Dangote prosecutes 140 for illegal haulage, provides mobile workshop for faulty trucks
The Patrol and monitoring unit of Dangote Cement Company, has prosecuted over 140 truck drivers with the company over alleged haulage of products not belonging to the company and reckless driving on the highway.
Worried by the numerous cases of accidents and lost of innocent lives leading to payment of compensation in millions of Naira caused by reckless truck drivers of his company, the President of Dongote Group Alhaji Aliko Dongote had inaugurated a national patrol team to reverse the trend in July.
Other reason for the inauguration of the patrol team the company indicated were to check mate theft of the company’s properties, illegal haulages, picking of passengers and possible diversion of company trucks and products to unauthorized destinations.
The head of the company’s patrol and monitoring unit, Abdullahi Magaji, yesterday told Journalists that 70 suspected drivers and their illegal customers have since been charged to court for prosecution.
He said the patrol team was mandated by the company management to monitor the activities of its truck drivers and check mate all illegal activities.
Magaji explained further that most of the defaulting drivers had formed the habit of hauling products other than the company’s goods for personal gains.
According to him, the suspected drivers, after off loading the company’s cement products at the dealers depots, prefer hauling other products for their personal gains instead of returning back to the factory empty as required.
In his words, “Just recently, one of our drivers was arrested with a full truck load of Indian hemp (canabis) with other illegal products in Kebbi state.”
He said the driver and the owners of the illegal products have been handed over to the police and the NDLEA.
According to him, “The patrol and monitoring unit, since it’s inauguration, has been sensitizing the company’s truck drivers to always abide by the rules guiding their operations. “These rules are very simple, do not haul any product outside that of the company, do not speed above the regulated meters issued to you by the company and most especially, do not drive recklessly.
“Those who abide by the rules are always free from punishment while the recalcitrant ones will continue to face the heavy harmer of the law.”
Magaji who is also a retired commissioner of Police, disclosed that all the company’ drivers are well remunerated, hence they have no excuse whatsoever for any driver to embark on any shady duty with the company’s truck or property.
He however pointed out that the patrol and monitoring teams effort has started yielding positive dividend as the incessant road accidents caused by recklessness of the truck drivers is almost a thing of the past.
“It may interest you to know that two qualified drivers are attached to each of the truck, gone are the days when a driver will hand over steering to his motor boy for him to take a nap”
On the issue of.Dangote’s spoilt trucks congesting the highway, Magaji said the management of the company had since provided mobile mechanical vehicles to handle spoilt trucks.
“Two of these mechanical mobile vehicles have been deployed to each State of the federation, so I am pleased to inform you that the President of Dangote Group of Company, Alhaji Aliko Dangote has provided enabling working environment to all his employees,” Magaji added.
Gov bello says Kogi can no longer pay grants to its former Govs
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State
has sent an Executive bill to the State House of Assembly asking for an end to payment of grants to its former Governors
Bello observed that the State is no longer viable to sustain such venture like like payment of grants and other priviledges to former governors.
Out of the three former governors the State has produced since the return of democracy in 1999, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris and Alhaji Idris Wada are still alive but the first executive governor of the State, Prince Abubakar Audu died during the 2015 Governorship election in the State at the verge of clinching victory
The bill when passed will also affect former deputy governors that have also been enjoying the grants and privileges.
The executive communication that was sent to the State House of Assembly, was read on the floor by the Speaker of the House, Rt.Hon. Prince Matthew Kolawole.
The letter indicated that the State can no longer afford the payment of grants and privilledges due to financial constraints.
Lawan turns down INEC chairman’s request for joint committee of Senate, INEC
***Says it negates principle of separation of powers
The Senate President Ahmad Lawan on Thursday turned down a request by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman Professor Mahmood Yakubu for a joint committee to look in to two germane issues of delineation of State constituencies and the review of electoral constituency.
Lawan’s disagreement was based on what the perception of the public would be should such a committee be put in place especially as it negates the principle of separation of powers.
The INEC Chairman had approached the Senate on Thursday to present the issues which he said the commission has been trying to achieve in the last 17 years without success.
He said the commission has been challenged with 42 court cases over the issues, some of which he said the commission won while it lost others.
Professor Yakubu highlighted the many INEC’s attempts to carry out the exercise which were truncated with the litigations
He said the commission also made another attempt in 2009 to review the electoral constituencies for which it came up with a document that it forwarded to the National Assembly but till date there was no news.
So the chairman pointed out that the commission came to meet the Senate ahead of 2023 General election with a new document aimed at reviewing the constituencies with a new strategy.
“It is a document that contains the history of the Nigerian election dating back to 1922.”
He said they need the backing of the National assembly through constitutional ammendment to achieve their all important exercises.
He therefore advocated for a joint committee between the commission and the National Assembly members to look at the document and resolve the challenges
However, the senate president kicked against the formation of such a joint Committee on the ground that it negates the principle of separation of powers as it can easily be misconstrued by the public.
On the Review of the electoral constituencies which INEC has the mandate to carry out in not less than 10 years, the INEC boss said he has been listening to public opinions.
He said contrary to such opinions the constitution did not say it should be done every 10 years but that it should be done not less than 10 years interval, which can be in 100 years but not less that 10 years.
The INEC Chairman said the two exercises are very important because of population explosion especially as the last population census conducted in Nigeria was 2006, over 16 years ago hence he said they are no longer tenable.
The other reason which has to do with State creation, he said is not an issue as no State was created in recent years.
For the Commission to be able to achieve the delineation of State Constituencies and review electoral constituencies the chairman said they are asking the National Assembly to use its powers to amend the constitution.
Bello’s achievement is only in birthday jamboree, photo-ops with celebrities – CNPP
Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, Kogi State chapter, has berated Governor Yahaya Bello of the state for his perchance for celebrity parties but clueless about the economic challenges facing the State
In a statement signed by the State Chairman Comrade Mohammed Kabir and Secretary, Mouktar Atima, the CNPP said the only visible achievement of the Bello-led administration is its proven expertise in organising birthday parties and photo-ops with celebrities.
CNPP noted that the recent consumer price index report released by National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) last week Tuesday should be of serious concern to Kogi state government.
“Last week, NBS report showed that food prices were highest in Kogi state in the month of May. Same report showed that neighbouring Edo and Ekiti states recorded lowest increase in the same month.
“The latest NBS report makes it fourth month in a row that Kogi is topping the unenviable chart as the state with the highest increase in prices of commodities.
“In the face of the this alarming trend that affects the livelihood of our people, Governor Bello is only interested in social and political jamborees,” the statement reads.
CNPP stated that it obvious that the Governor Bello-led administration is clueless on how to approach the emerging economic realities in the state.
“The NBS report said the food inflation on a year-to-year basis was highest in Kogi at 32.82 per cent while neighbouring Abuja at 16.91 per cent recorded the slowest rise in year-on-year inflation in the country.
“While neighbouring States and the FCT are fairing better, Kogi State Government remains clueless as to the cause of the biting inflation in Kogi.
“Till date, the state government has not mentioned the issue not to talk of evaluating the situation and proffering solutions. All we see and hear is birthday celebration and fruitless engagements with celebrities.
“Go to any market in Kogi and compare prices of food stuff and other essential commodities with what is obtainable in other states and you will be surprised.
“Make further enquiries on how much each commodity was sold last month and you will confirm the sad reality the people of Kogi state are faced with.
“This is a state where local government workers, teachers and pensioners are being paid in ridiculous percentages.
“This is same state where local businesses are struggling to stay afloat because of unfavourable policies of the same government. How do we expect the masses to cope?
“There is serious and growing hunger in Kogi state. This is a time bomb that must be attended to immediately.”
The coalition of political parties therefore called on Governor Bello to “outgrow childish tendencies and face the reality of real governance”.
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