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Police, Taskforce Clash Averted

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A bloody clash between the Police and members of the road traffic decongestion committee of Emohua Local Government of Rivers State was averted last week by the timely intervention of the council’s supervisor for transport, Wenenda Agbagbo.
The policemen fully armed had trooped into the council to rescue a Cocacola truck impounded by members of the taskforce on the allegation of illegal parking.
The Mobile Policemen numbering about six were accompanied by three representatives of Cocacola, including the driver of the truck and the depot manager.
At the council, the mobile Police had questioned the taskforce, why the truck should be impounded, arguing that there was no enough reason for the truck to be packed over night at the council.
The Taskforce justified their action and there was tension as both parties warm up for a clash. The unfortunate scenario attracted the attention of the council’s Supervisor for transport, Mr. Agbagbo, who instantly invited the disagreeing groups for amicable settlement in his office.
In his defence, the taskforce leader, one Dan Awuse alleged the said truck was impounded on ground of wrong packing and road obstruction, an offence he said that is punishable, resulting in towing the truck to the council premises.
The taskforce had demanded for the payment of N60,000 as fine for the offence for which the Cocacola company had initially paid the sum of N10,000.
Leader of the Police team, who is a Corporal (name withheld) explained that he accompanied the depot manager the previous day for the release of the truck, but frowned at the poor attitude of the taskforce committee resulting in the re-inforcement of police personnel.
He said there was no evidence of wrong parking and as alleged by the taskforce, adding that the initial payment of N10,000 was not made in respect of the offence.
The Police had insisted that the truck be released without any further payment and delay which almost disrupted the settlement.
In his speech, the supervisor, Mr. Wenenda advised the taskforce committee to be honest in the discharge of their duties, and warned against victimising anybody.
He told the police to see the taskforce as partners on tackling congestion on the road.
The supervisor however pleaded with the taskforce for the release of the said truck without payment of another fee.

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ICT Skills’ll Deliver Economic Independence To Nigerian Girls – NITDA

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The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has said that if Nigerian girls are taught relevant Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills at a young age, they will be set up for economic independence in future.
The Agency who made this remark through a press release signed by its Head, Corporate Affairs and External Relations, Mrs Hadiza Umar, joined the global community to mark the “Girls in ICT Day.” The day which is marked annually on the fourth Thursday in April falls on the 23rd April this year.
In the statement, Mrs Umar said that the Agency is highlighting the need to promote technology career opportunities for girls and women in ICT, the world’s fastest growing sector.
She said, “During this year’s celebration, NITDA is drawing attention to the critical need for more girls and women to participate actively in the ICT sector of our economy. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) had estimated skills shortfall of over two million jobs in the ICT sector within the next few years. This opens a huge opportunity for girls and young women who have the ability to learn Coding, Apps Development, Computer Science and other ICT related courses.
“This will not only make them ready for a successful career in the ICT sector, but ICT skills are rapidly becoming a strong advantage for students in just about any other field they might choose to pursue. With technology playing vital role in all manner of careers, from Arts to Social Sciences, and from Law to History, to Graphic Design, learning ICT skills at a young age will set girls up for economic independence. Furthermore, the ICT sector needs more girls and women and celebrating a day like this reminds us that ICT helps to improve the lives of people everywhere.
“It contributes significantly towards better healthcare, better environmental management, better communication, and better educational systems that transform the way children and adults learn. NITDA, in its proactive manner and in line with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy as well as in furtherance of bridging the gender imbalance in ICT in Nigeria, has embarked on series of Capacity Building programmes for women and girls across the country. Girls with ICT skills can expect to earn good wages and enjoy huge career opportunities.

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Keystone Bank Disowns Ex-staff, Fake Investment Company

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Keystone Bank Limited has alerted customers of the activities of one Mr. Obinna Onuselogu, who parades a company, Triple C Investment Limited, as an affiliate of the bank with the aim of defrauding unsuspecting members of the public.
The bank, in a statement yesterday, said Onuselogu, who used to be a staff, was no longer in its employ.
It added that anyone who transacts any business with him purportedly in the name of the bank does so at his/her own risk.
“Please note further that Keystone Bank is neither related nor affiliated to any company known as Triple C Investment Limited, which Mr. Onuselogu claims to be its chief executive officer.
“Anyone who transacts any business with him purportedly in the name of Keystone Bank does so at his/her own risk,” the statement said.
It was learnt that the ex-staff has been using the name of the bank and its executives claiming to be in partnership with the bank with the intent of defrauding unsuspecting members of the public.
The bank said it was working on a legal process and security agents to put an end to the unscrupulous activities of the so-called Tripple C Investment and its agents.

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Fishermen Union Warn Against Dead Floating Fish Consumption

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The Bonny Indigenous Fishermen’s Cooperative Union has set up a 20-man task force to work with the police and arrest any person or group of persons found with the polluted floating fish along Bonny sea and creeks.
President of the union, comrade Promise Bristol, made this known in a chat with newsmen in Bonny.
Bristol observed that a large quantity of different species of fish were found dead, floating on the sea, from the Atlantic Ocean to the communities and fishing ports in Andoni and Bonny Local Government Areas.
According to him, the species of fish included croaker, popularly known as “broke marriage”, “shine nose”, mackerel, among others.
Bristol lamented that the incident had brought untold hardship to the fishermen in the areas, saying that fishing is their only source of livelihood and appealed to government at all levels to come to their aid.
Bristol said the cause of the death of the fishes was unknown and warned members of the public against their consumption, pointing out that consumption of such fishes could be detrimental to human health.

 

Tonye Nria-Dappa

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