Connect with us

Business

FRSC Prosecutes Drivers Over Unlatched Containers

Published

on

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) last  Sunday said it had prosecuted 10 truck drivers  for driving unlatched articulated vehicles on Lagos highways during the month.
The Lagos State Sector Commander of   FRSC, Mr Hyginus Omeje,told  newsmen in Lagos that these were among the 52 truck drivers arrested by FRSC officials for various traffic offences.
Omeje said that they were prosecuted at the Lagos State Mobile Court following rampant cases of crashes recorded on the highways resulting from unlatched containers.
He said that the FRSC would intensify arrests and prosecutions of trucks found to be driving unlatched containers on the highways across the state.
According to Omeje, on July 13, the corps arrested 23 traffic offenders and all were prosecuted by the Lagos State Mobile Court.
“Three out of the 23 cases were on unlatched containers.
“Earlier on July 11, when we began to focus extensively on the activities of the operators alongside the special mobile court operations, 29 traffic offenders were arrested.
“ Seven out of the  29 cases were as a result of unlatched containers, and four out of that seven were prosecuted,’’ he said.
Omeje also warned motorists to avoid contending the roads with trucks and articulated vehicles.
“The FRSC is still committed to ensuring the safety of lives and properties on our roads.
“In recent times, there have been recurrent cases of containers falling from trucks while in motion, thereby, causing accidents and loss of lives.
“Consequently, we have started a special operation targeted at monitoring latched and unlatched containers again.
“You will recall that throughout 2016, we had a similar operation- “Operation Scorpion’’, to address this issue of latched and unlatched containers.
“ During that period, cases of unlatched containers constituting hazards reduced but it is like it is coming up again.’’
He said: “ On Tuesday July 11, we commenced the special operation that will focus extensively on the activities of these operators, we also started special mobile court operations.
“Meanwhile, we have had a series of engagements with stakeholders.
“We have also met with the unions of these operators of trucks,  the Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO) and Association of Corporate Fleet Operators, to ensure their members adhere to safety standards.
“One of these safety standards is to ensure that when these trucks are loaded, they twist the lock underneath.
“As long as that twist is locked, if the truck wants to have a crash, then, the truck will have to fall as a whole and not the container slipping off.’’
The sector commander urged all road users to adhere traffic rules and regulations.
“Accident will not inform anybody before its occurrence, so drivers must be very careful while on the road.
“Drivers should also be vigilant before and while overtaking trucks and articulated vehicles.

Continue Reading

Business

Stakeholders Meet To Assess Nigeria’s Preparedness For AFCFTA

Published

on

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

Continue Reading

Business

EFCC Nabs 419 Kingpin Over N250m Fraud

Published

on

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

Continue Reading

Business

Expert Wants Farmers To Grow Plant Produce For Export

Published

on

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

Continue Reading

Trending