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FRSC Boss Tasks Christians On Road Safety

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The  Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Osita Chidoka, has urged Christians to imbibe Christian ethics of tolerance and patience while driving so as to prevent road traffic crashes.

Chidoka said this on Sunday during a Church service at Christ Redemption Church, Enugu to mark the 2010 World Day of Remembrance for Road traffic victims

“We should recognise the impact of road traffic crashes and support those who are affected by doing more to prevent these tragedies across the roads.

“Adopting the spirit of forgiveness for those that cause road crash for our relations will go a long way in ensuring that we do not seek to revenge for such deaths, disabilities or incapacitation our loved ones sustained during accident,’’ he said.

The corps marshal called on leaders of Churches to put zebra crossing and other road signs on entrances into their church to warn motorists and make the Church safe for road users, especially children.

He said the corps had reduced road accidents by about 35 per cent while the number of those injured also reduced by the same margin.

Chidoka regretted that no fewer than 60 to 70 people lose their lives weekly on the roads, and advised that since nobody was immune to road crash; all hands must be on deck to check carnage on the roads.

He said the corps would acquire heavy duty towing vans that would be distributed to different state commands to enable them to remove vehicles involved in accidents.

On the FRSC academy at Udi, he debunked allegation that the project had been abandoned, saying that work was still ongoing at the premises.

He said that he chose Enugu for the Remembrance Day, because the message had to be taken across the country. “It has been held in Abuja in the last three years.

“I have been doing it in Abuja in the past three years, more importantly, as the ember months are here. People will travel down to the East, so we need to heighten our campaign,’’ he said.

Gov. Sullivan Chime represented by Mr John Egbo, Commissioner for Transport, noted that road accidents would be reduced, if people observe road safety rules.

He said his ministry had been collaborating with FRSC in organising seminars for motorists on the need for safety on roads and that 1,000 road traffic signs had been installed at strategic locations in Enugu.

“In addition to improving our road infrastructure, Enugu State Government has acquired 13 ambulances to be stationed at strategic points on the roads that traversed the state.

“Also government has signed an agreement with a foreign firm for the introduction of a mono rail. They are all aimed at reducing road accidents on inter and intra city routes,’’ Egbo explained.

The event which was being observed nationwide featured special rededication and protection prayers for the corps marshal, officers and men of the FRSC.

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Stakeholders Meet To Assess Nigeria’s Preparedness For AFCFTA

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Stakeholders are expected to converge in Lagos today to take a look at the Nigeria’s preparedness to maximize the gains of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). 
The Tide learnt that stakeholders will be converging at the instance of a popular online newspaper, Primetime Reporters, to assess the progress made so far by the Federal Government through the National Action Committee on AfCFTA agreement.
The event which is the Third Annual Lecture and Awards of the online medium has as its theme: “Assessing Nigeria’s Preparedness to Maximize the Gains of AfCFTA.” 
The event will also witness conferment of awards on eight eminent Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in various fields of human endeavours.
The Managing Director/Editor-In-Chief of Primetime Reporters, Mr. Saint Augustine Nwadinamuo, made this known in a statement made available to The Tide in Lagos on Monday.
According to him, the event will hold at the National Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos beginning from 10.00am.
Nwadinamuo said that the event would be chaired by a renowned legal practitioner, Barr. Osuala Emmanuel Nwagbara of the Maritime and Commercial Law Partners, Lagos, while the Director General, Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Dr. Muda Yusuf, would be the lead paper presenter.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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EFCC Nabs 419 Kingpin Over N250m Fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arrested a leader of a deadly 419 syndicate, Abayomi Kamaldeen Alaka (a.k.a Awise) over an alleged attempt to swindle an innocent Nigerian of N250 million. 
The Tide learnt that the syndicate operates from a shrine at Ashipa Town, near Abeokuta, Ogun State.
According to a statement made available to The Tide in Lagos on Sunday, by the EFCC, Awise’s arrest followed a petition by his victim, Juliet Bright who lost N250m to the fraudster after she was tricked to provide money for sacrifices and invocations to heal her of an ailment.
The statement said Bright was introduced to Alaka by one Akinola Bukola Augustina (a.ka. Iya Osun) whom she met on Facebook in the course of her search for solutions to her health challenge. 
What drew her to Augustina was the latter’s post under the name, Osunbukola Olamitutu Spriritual Healing Centre.
 Once Bright contacted Augustina, the latter promised to heal her if she could pay N16 million. 
The victim paid the money through an Access Bank account belonging to one Mohammed Sani, who later turned out to be a Bureau De Change Operator.
After paying the money without receiving healing, Augustina transferred the victim to other members of the syndicate, notably Awise. 
Bright revealed that she met Awise at his shrine in Ashipa Town and was hypnotized and subsequently transferred various sum through bank accounts and in cash to the suspect and his syndicate members, until she lost N250 million to them.
Despite all the monies collected from her, her health conditions has never improved.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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Expert Wants Farmers To Grow Plant Produce For Export

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An expert in Quarantine Agriculture, Dr Vincent Ozuru, has advised Nigerian farmers to give more attention to growing plants produce that could be exported.
He said that plant like the hibiscus, popularly known as Zobo is on high demand in some countries around the world, today.
Ozuru who gave the advice while speaking to aviation correspondents at Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, noted that some plants produce, particularly hibiscus, had yielded huge revenue to the Federal Government through export.
According to him, Nigeria exported about 1,983 containers of hibiscus to Mexico alone in 2017 and earned $35 million within nine months of that year.
The agricultural quarantine expert explained that the export of the plant had a setback as a result of storage pest discovered by the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service in some consignments.
“The issue has now been taken care of and the export is resuming again, and all matters have been resolved with the stakeholders across the value chain.
“Mexico is the largest importer of Nigerian hibiscus, and our farmers should brace up to the challenge.
“The good news is that Nigeria has a vast growing belt in hibiscus, and the harvest is available all year round.
“We need to take advantage of this opportunity to earn foreign exchange for ourselves and for the country at large, even with the commitment of the present administration to diversify the economy”, he said.
Ozuru called on Nigerian farmers to show more commitment to the growing of export produce and also endeavor to get ready information on it in order to increase their income.

By: Corlins Walter

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