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FRSC decry lost of 79 persons in road crashes on Okene-Lokoja road in 6months

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FRSC decry lost of 79 persons in road crashes on Okene-Lokoja road in 6months

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has raised alarm over the rate of road crashes that has recorded death of 79 persons while 388 persons were injured.
The Zonal Commanding Officer Zone RS8HQ Assistant Corps Marshal John B. Meheux gave the indication during the flag off of Special Intervention Patrol (SIP) along Okene-Zariagi-Lokoja-Koto Karfe-Geru corridor a distance of about 120Km.
He said the corridor had recorded about 95 road crashes involving 147 vehicles and 786 people in the first half of 2016 from January to 31st of May.
The commission expressed it’s readiness to enforce the use of speed limiters among the motoring public in Nigeria after so many shifts in date.
Meheux indicated that all the impediments to the enforcement of speed limiters have been removed adding that the enforcement would go a long way to assisting in the special intervention.the 
He said the intervention was being put in place to reverse the negative trent in road crashes.
The zonal commanding officer indicated that due to the large volume of traffic, road traffic crashes are very high leading to the unwarranted deaths.
“The corridor serves as gateway to at least 26 States of the Federation and also share boundary with the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), making it one of the busiest corridors in Nigeria, next only to Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
He said a special intervention patrol already existed on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway justifying it’s status as a World Bank designated Corridor.as an integral part of the special intervention patrol there is a mobile court that sits regularly to try violators
He added that it is on record that some violators had been sent to prison in recent times by such arrangement.o. ,”a.v
The zonal commanding officer listed the operational focus of the SON to include checking/reducing over speeding adding that speed limiters would be deployed for.commercial vehicles.
He said they will also check for tire violation and overloading in goods and passengers as well as dilapidated/excessive smoking/mechanically deficient vehicles.
On personal and vehicles he explained that in the first phase of the operation which is expected to last for six months to end in December 2016.
“A total of 52 officers and men including 06 officers and 46 marshals drawn from Kogi sector command and the following unit commands of Okene-Zaroagi-Lokoja-Koton Karfe-Gergu.
“10 patrol van, 1 ambulance and 1 utility tow truck have been deployed for the operations.”
He.said the officers and materials will be deployed to strategic locations on the corridor to ensure maximum compliance to traffic rules and regulations.

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FG declares its readiness to deploy 5G network after precautionary measures

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By Aminci Audu

The minister of communications and Digital Economy Isah Ali Pantami has declared that Nigeria is ready for 5th Generation Network (5G) as long as the major challenges are taken care of.

Pantami spoke yesterday, at a one day investigative hearing on the present status of 5G network organised by the joint Senate committee on communication, sScience and Technology, ICT and Cybercrime and Primary Healthcare and Communicable Diseases.

The minister in his presentation allayed the fear among Nigerians over the planned deployment of the network saying the Federal Government has taken all necessary precautions by investigating through research and trial on all issues raised.

He said “The position is that we are almost at the final stage. So now, Nigeria is ready for 5G as long as we address the major challenges.”

“We have not gotten there, wether we will deploy 5G but we are on track conducting research, investigations, engaging stakeholders and definitely if all issues are addressed, the executive will support the deployment of 5G in Nigeria.”

He noted that so far no negative impacts has been established from the research and trial carried both locally and at the international level. 

On the speculation that the 5G network escalated the COVID-19 he said there is no link between 5G and COVID-19.
“And there is no relationship between 5G and any desease. The only issue being raised usually is about radiation.  But people don’t realise that the radiation of 4G is more harmful than that of 5G. 
“The radiation of microwave oven at home is more harmful than that of the 5G. The radiation of even the smart phone itself is even more harmful that that of 5G

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SELF backs Sylva over choice of Saipem on Bonny NLNG Train 7 contract

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The South-south Emerging Leaders Forum (SELF) has faulted allegations of wrong doing leveled against the Minister of State for Petroleum Chief Timipre Sylva over the choice of Saipem, an Italian firm to handle the Bonny NLNG Train 7 contract.

SELF in a statement argued that the deal also endorsed by the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Local Content Board Engr. Simbi Wabote was in the best interest of the country.

SELF position was in response to an online publication which accused the duo of bribe taking running into millions of naira in the deal.

SELF warned the publisher of the medium , Mr Jackson Ude, to desist from blackmailing leaders of the South-south extraction in a bid to score political goals.

Urging the Publisher of the online medium to show proof his allegation, SELF noted: “We strongly condemn the allegation leveled by Pointblanknews.com and its sponsors, this is highly condemnable and viewed as a sponsored plot to instigate hate against the Minister and derail his concentrations.

“This is ridiculous and belittling of Jackson Ude, the face behind this blackmail for being petty to the ground level for publishing tissues of lies about the persons of Timipre Sylva and Simbi Wabote.

“Nigerians should not believe this and throw it into the dust bin. It’s incumbent on all well-meaning Nigerians to support the positive drive of Minister and collaborate with him, towards the actualization of the onerous task at stake.

“Although Jackson Ude and his medium Pointblanknews.com are criminally known for thriving in the business of blackmail, especially against the officeholders from the Niger Delta region. But this forum will henceforth resist this criminality by deploying all known instrumental of law to fight the faces behind these tissues of lies.

“This Forum is using this medium to warn the likes of Jackson Ude to stay away from Nigeria and the South-south most especially if they are not ready to turn a new leaf because the business of blackmail has long become outdated and unpopular.”

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Great relief as Kidnapped Punch reporter, Nnodim regains freedom

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It was a great relief for journalists, family members, friends and well wishers when the news filtered in that the Punch Newspapers reporter, Victor Okechukwu Nnodim who was kidnapped from his residence in Kubwa, Bwari Area Council on Thursday has regained freedom.

He was released almost 48hours hours after his abduction alongside two other neighbours who were also abducted.
It was gathered early hours of Sunday that he has been released and in high spirits.

The media world was jolted by the news of his abduction, as many turned prayer warriors supplicating for his freedom without any harm

His abductors, NationaUpdate learnt later communicated with his elder sister who resides in Lagos demanding for N10 million.

At the time of this report it could not be ascertained if ransom was paid before he regained freedom, but colleagues made efforts to contributed money towards his release, when it became obvious that the kidnappers were bent on collecting ransom.

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