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Oyeyemi orders FRSC officers to shelve vacations for Yuletide

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Oyeyemi orders FRSC officers to shelve vacation for Yuletide

To forestall the incidence of traffic gridlock which has become a reoccurring decimal every December in the confluence town of Lokoja the corp Marshall of the federal road safety corps Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi has ordered his men to cancel all leaves and vacations they are contemplating during the festive period.
Oyeyemi who gave the indication in Lokoja yesterday while addressing officers and men of the corps shortly before flagging off road safety campaign tagged “operation crash the crash “during the festive period ordered that sick officers to report for duty with their medications as logistics would be provided for them even at the road side.
He also cautioned Governors Convoy drivers to always respect traffic rules and regulations by looking up to the FRSC officials to make easy routes for them to pass for easy traffic flow rather than their use of siren to harass and cause more confusion.
According to him, “We have engaged most of the a governors who are now complying and we have trained some of their drivers.
When they are approaching gridlock areas they should allow the patrol teams to assist them to allow for free flow of traffic for ease of movement.
“Most of the Governors have cautioned their drivers and that is the engagement we have been doing the convoy drivers should exercise a little restrain so we can give them assistance to have eased movement.
According to him, it became necessary in view of the the zero crash order from the Federal Government.
He described Lokoja as a special corridor where gridlock of any kind would not be tolerated.
“I don’t want to hear any report of gridlock anywhere in the state considered as a key strategic point in our campaign.”
He promised the officers of adequate logistics to make their job easy and record success.
“Kogi is a confluence State that records vehicular density there is no way you will go to the north or southern part of the country without passing through Kogi State either the eastern flank or the western flank.
“We need the support of the State and we have gotten it, his personal commitment and also the maximum support of all the security agencies.
“The only appeal is that all road users in approaching Kogi because of the strategic location should be more careful on the road so that everybody within a short time if there is a gridlock the traffic flows and they get to their destinations.”
The corps marshal said they have a commitment to reduce crashes by 15% and we have achieved that by 6% and to reduce fatality by 25%, as they work towards the UN goal.
On the number of fatal road crashes recorded since January till December he said they recorded roughly about 7000 road cashes and the loss of about 4600 lives .
The Kogi state governor,Alhaji Yahaya Bello promised to provide logistic support to ensure the success of the campaign.
Governor Bello said he has approved substantial amount for the rehabilitation of some of the Federal roads using the State Road maitainance Agency.
He also called on the Federal Government to expedite action on the completion of the Abuja/ Lokoja road project that had been going on at a snails speed adding that if the roads are smooth kidnappers would not be encouraged to use the roads for their activities.
The sector commander RS8.3 Ayobami Omiyale said that the Road Safety as the lead agency on all road traffic management matters in Nigeria would mobilise and galvanise all sister services and other critical stakeholders to give a bite to the resolve and ensure that accidents and other gridlock experienced around this time of the year do not rear their ugly heads again.

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Buhari returns to Nigeria after weeks of medical trip to the UK

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Nigerian president Muhammadu Buharihas returned to Abuja after weeks on medical trip in London.
This was according to a statement from the presidency on Thursday.
The president had been heavily criticized for his perchance for medical expedition inspite huge budgetary allocation to the Presdential Villa clinic.
His critics also blamed him for embarking on such trip even when resident doctors in his country were on industrial action.
The presidential aircraft that brought Buhari and some of his aides touched down at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja at about 4.45 p.m.
Dignitaries at the airport to welcome the president included the Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammed Bello, and the National Security Adviser to the President, Babagana Monguno.
Others were the service chiefs, acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali, the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufa’i, the Director General of the State Securitt Services, Yusuf Bichi and other presidential aides.
President Buhari, after a brief welcoming ceremony at the airport, boarded a presidentrtial helicopter that conveyed him to the Presidential Villa.

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Participants urge Kogi to key into Open Government Partnership

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By Friday Idachaba

Participants at a one-day stakeholders strategic meeting on Open Governance Partnership have called on Kogi government to urgently key into the global concept to promote transparency, accountability and good governance.

The participants made the call in a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting organised by Conscience For Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (CHRCR) in partnership with African Centre For Leadership Strategies And Development (Centre LSD) on Tuesday in Lokoja.

The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that the Communiqué was signed by Mr Idris Miliki, Executive Director of Kogi-based CHRCR and made available to newsmen in Lokoja.

The Communiqué said that in view of the importance of the global OGP concept with potentials to check corruption and enhance good governance, 16 states in Nigeria had presently signed up.

It however revealed that Kogi State was yet to key into the global concept and urged the state to, as a matter of urgency, sign up for the state to derive inherent benefits of the partnership.

Objective of the meeting in line with the OGP concept, according to the Communiqué, is to encourage accountability, transparency and reduce corruption in Kogi State.

It is also to build on the existing Networks on Anti-Corruption, Transparency and Accountability (NATA), to mobilize Media institutions and professionals in reporting activities on OGP in Kogi State.

The participants however, urged multi-lateral financial institutions particular the World Bank to begin to hold State Governments accountable by verifying the situations of implementations on ground before rating them on financed projects.

The Communiqué reiterated that there should be no rivalry but rather, a broad based relationship and partnerships between the state government and the Civil Society Organizations as both work for and in the interest of the citizens.

The Communiqué said there was need for the current House of Assembly members to live up to their constitutional responsibilities by performing their oversight functions on all institutions of the state, “particularly the local government councils.”

It also called on Media Professionals to take more interest in OGP issues and partner more with the Civil Society Organisations in particular and other relevant institutions to drive the OGP Concept.

“The Civil Society Organizations needs to do more in raising awareness and sensitization of the general public on the OGP and with the Government to get the OGP.

“There is need for the development partners to continue to work with the Civil Society Organizations in the state to promote the OGP process”, the Communiqué added. (NAN)

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Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, of Sokoto Catholic diocese, has come under attack again from the Presidency for describing Nigeria as a killing field under the Buhari administration.
Kukah in his Easter homily on Sunday, said both the government and the citizens have become helpless as criminals continue to cause havoc in parts of the country.
The battle over insecurity in Nigeria has continued unabated especially in the northern parts of the country where bandits and insurgents have turned to a killing field.
Kukah said the security situation has frustrated many citizens making them to believe the government has gone AWOL (absent without official leave).

“Taunted by Boko Haram, ravaged by bandits, kidnappers, armed robbers, and other merchants of death across the nation, there is collective fear as to whether Nigeria’s glory is about to depart” the bishop said.
“Retired military and intelligence officers lament over what has become of their glorious profession, as they watch the humiliation of our military personnel. Traumatised citizens are tortured daily by bandits.
“The nation has since become a massive killing field, as both government and the governed look on helplessly. A thick and suffocating cloud of desperation, despondency, desolation, gloom, and misery hangs in the hot air. We have no message and have no idea how long this will last.”

However in a statement issued in Abuja Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman said Kukah’s “bashing” of President Muhammadu Buhari is “ungodly.”
“All citizens have their individual ideologies, even their own versions of truth. But if you profess to being a man of God, as Father Mathew Hassan Kukah does, ideology should not stand in the way of facts and fairness,” he said.
“Father Kukah has said some things that are inexplicable in his Easter message. But, in saying that the Boko Haram terrorism is worse than it was in 2015, he did not speak like a man of God. 

“Kukah should go to Borno or Adamawa to ask the citizens there the difference between 2014 and 2021.”
Shehu also faulted the bishop for saying Buhari is not concerned about those displaced because of the security crisis, citing the creation of the ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development as part of the president’s efforts in that regard.
“Some of the comments are no more than a sample of the unrestrained rhetoric Fr. Kukah trades in, which he often does in the guise of a homily,” the presidential spokesman said.
“We urge well-meaning citizens to continue to support the ongoing efforts by the administration to secure the country and move it forward.”

With additional reports from Cable

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