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Reps Want NPA To Create Modern Trailer Parks

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The House of Representatives midweek urged the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to take advantage of the vacant land along the Lagos-Ikorodu road to create modern trailer parks.
It also urged the authority to ensure that only trailers scheduled for loading had access to the lighter terminal vicinity.
This followed a motion by Rep. Babajimi Benson (APC-Lagos) on the urgent need to rehabilitate Ebute-Ogolonto road that leads to Ikorodu Lighter Terminal and address the indiscriminate parking of trailers on the road.
Moving the motion, Benson, explained that the Ikorodu Lighter Terminal (IKLT) was constructed by the NPA to de-congest the Apapa and Tin Can Island Ports in Lagos State.
He expressed concern that the terminal, in recent times, had been witnessing movement of containers from the Apapa Port Complex by sea to the Ikorodu Lighter Terminal in barges.
Benson maintained that due to the continued growth in the terminal’s containerised and bulk cargo haulage businesses, there had been an increasing number of trailers plying the Ogolonto to Ebute route in Ikorodu Federal Constituency.
He further expressed concern that in the course of picking up their consignments, the trailers parked indiscriminately on the Ogolonto-Ebute road, thereby causing traffic congestion and damage to the road.
“This situation is worsening every day, bringing hardship to the people, in addition to the damages from the weight of those trailers on the said Ogolonto road.
The motion was unanimously adopted by members when it was put to a voice vote by the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara.
The House also urged the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to give strict warning and subsequently penalise any trailer that parked indiscriminately on the Ogolonto-Ebute road.
It urged the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to immediately commence palliative works on the road to ensure that travel time was reduced.
It mandated its Committees on Nigeria Customs and Excise, Ports, Harbours and Waterways, Works, and Legislative Compliance to ensure implementation. The House of Representatives midweek urged the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to take advantage of the vacant land along the Lagos-Ikorodu road to create modern trailer parks.
It also urged the authority to ensure that only trailers scheduled for loading had access to the lighter terminal vicinity.
This followed a motion by Rep. Babajimi Benson (APC-Lagos) on the urgent need to rehabilitate Ebute-Ogolonto road that leads to Ikorodu Lighter Terminal and address the indiscriminate parking of trailers on the road.
Moving the motion, Benson, explained that the Ikorodu Lighter Terminal (IKLT) was constructed by the NPA to de-congest the Apapa and Tin Can Island Ports in Lagos State.
He expressed concern that the terminal, in recent times, had been witnessing movement of containers from the Apapa Port Complex by sea to the Ikorodu Lighter Terminal in barges.
Benson maintained that due to the continued growth in the terminal’s containerised and bulk cargo haulage businesses, there had been an increasing number of trailers plying the Ogolonto to Ebute route in Ikorodu Federal Constituency.
He further expressed concern that in the course of picking up their consignments, the trailers parked indiscriminately on the Ogolonto-Ebute road, thereby causing traffic congestion and damage to the road.
“This situation is worsening every day, bringing hardship to the people, in addition to the damages from the weight of those trailers on the said Ogolonto road.
The motion was unanimously adopted by members when it was put to a voice vote by the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara.
The House also urged the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to give strict warning and subsequently penalise any trailer that parked indiscriminately on the Ogolonto-Ebute road.
It urged the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to immediately commence palliative works on the road to ensure that travel time was reduced.
It mandated its Committees on Nigeria Customs and Excise, Ports, Harbours and Waterways, Works, and Legislative Compliance to ensure implementation.

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PDP Women Protest, Demand Justice For Slain Party Leader

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Women stakeholders in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Wednesday, protested to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Abuja, demanding justice for Mrs Salome Abuh who was killed in Kogi State.
Mrs Abuh, the PDP Women Leader of Ochadamu Ward in Ofu Local Government Area of Kogi State, was murdered in her house on November 18 in a post-election violence.
The women led by PDP National Women Leader, Hajiya Mariya Waziri, told newsmen that they would not rest or relent until justice was secured for the deceased.
“Today, Nigerian women have gathered to continue our mourning and agitation over the death of an innocent woman, our sister, friend and mother, Mrs Abuh who was killed in cold blood in Kogi for participation in politics.
“We are here today to find answers to these nagging questions: Why are the murderers of our sister Mrs Abuh who are well known in their community still walking free?
“How long will justice continue to be delayed and denied for Mrs Abuh?
Who killed Salome Abuh? Who killed Abuh, this innocent mother?” she asked.
Waziri said that no mother deserved to be killed in cold blood, not even after enduring the pains and strife of motherhood.
The national woman leader described the killing as the ‘height of humiliation’, suppression of women in Nigeria, and a huge setback for women participation in politics.
Waziri called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take major action that would bring the perpetrators to justice, while also calling on Nigerians to raise their voices in solidarity for justice for Abuh.
Executive Secretary of NHRC, Mr Tony Ojukwu, receiving the protesting women, said that the Commission commiserated with them in their moment of grief.
Ojukwu said while it was expected that Nigeria’s elections should be improving, unfortunately the improvement in the electoral system in the past seemed to have been rolled back during the Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections.
“Everybody has attested to this. It behoves on all of us to make sure that we take steps to deepen our democracy in making sure that things like this did not go unchecked.”
Ojukwu said that was why Justice Uwaise electoral reform committee advocated that an Electoral Offences Commission be established to ensure that electoral offenders were tried and prosecuted for justice to prevail.

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Abia IPAC To Formulate Dev Plan For Good Governance

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The Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in Abia State says it would develop a 25-year development plan that could facilitate good governance and overall transformation of the state.
The Chairman of the council, Mr Ceekay Igara, said this last Wednesday, when he unveiled the newly elected officials of the council to newsmen in Umuahia.
Igara said that as the name implied, IPAC should advice the ruling Peoples Democratic Party on the best ways to administer the state.
“We want to join hands with the ruling party to develop the major cities of Umuahia, Aba and Ohafia with the development plan we shall produce.
“We cannot continue to do one thing the same way and expect a different result.
“IPAC is not supposed to play the role of opposition. Our role is advisory and we shall be advising rather than fighting the government.
“If we fight the government, then the citizenry will suffer because fighting will stall development, “ Igara said.
He said that his leadership was determined to do things differently from what obtained in the past, using different strategies to achieve result.
He said that as a major stakeholder in the affairs of the state, IPAC would evolve a robust plan to guide the government to ensure that it delivered the dividend of democracy to the people.
He said that the new leadership would devise new techniques of getting its advice across and acceptable to the government.
Igara said that IPAC under his watch would educate and reorientate the chairmen of all the political parties on ways to meet the people’s expectations.
He said that the council would establish effective communication with traditional institutions and religious organisations to sensitise and mobilise the citizenry for their active participation in the electoral process.
He wondered why less than half-a-million of the two million registered voters in the state voted in the 2019 polls and blamed the development on people’s apathy and lack of confidence in the ability of the Independent National Electoral Commission to discharge its duties creditably.

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Public Hearing: Atiku Decries Congestion In Higher Education Sector

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Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, has said that Nigeria’s higher education sector is overburdened by population growth.
He suggested the establishment of more tertiary institutions across the country to cope with the country’s growing population.
He stated this at a public hearing on a bill to establish Modibbo Adama University Yola, held at the National Assembly Complex, Abuja yesterday.
The bill which passed second reading in the Senate on November 13 seeks to convert the Modibbo Adama University of Technology (MAUTech) Yola, a mono-disciplinary institute to a multi-disciplinary and engaging institution of higher learning.
Abubakar said that the higher education sector was also overburdened by a significant youth bulge.
“More than 60 per cent of the country’s population is under the age of 24 years; almost one in four Sub-Saharan people reside in Nigeria, making it Africa’s most populous country.
“From an estimated 42.5 million people at the time of independence in 1960, Nigeria’s population has more than quadrupled to 186,988 million people in 2016 (UN projection).
“The United Nations anticipates that Nigeria will become the third largest country in the world by 2050 with 399 million people,’’ Atiku said.
The former vice-president said that with such projections, Nigeria’s exponential population growth was exerting immense pressure on the country’s resources and overstretching public services and infrastructure.
Abubakar further explained that record from Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) indicated a wide disparity between the number of applications and the actual number of successful admission in the nation’s tertiary institutions.
He said that converting MAUTech Yola to a conventional university would expand the chance of qualified candidates to get placement beyond the limited confines of engineering and sciences.
“The conversion of the university to a conventional university which in addition to courses in science and technology will have the mandate to run courses in medicine, pharmacy, law, the arts and social and management sciences, among others.
“This indeed is the surest way to accelerate access, quality, relevance and equity for our people in Adamawa.
“I formally join fellow compatriots in the advocacy for the conversion of the university from a specialised entity to a conventional one,” Abubakar said.
He, however, appealed to members of the National Assembly to review the law on compulsory basic free education, alleging that the funds given to states to develop education were being diverted.
Sponsor of the bill Sen. Aishatu Dahiru (APC-Adamawa Central) said that the world was moving from mono-disciplinary institutions to multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary institutions of learning.
“In keeping with this, it will also have well-grounded students of technology with knowledge of the social sciences and humanities and not just technology robots,’’ she said.
In his remark, Chairman, Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TetFund Sen. Ahmad Kaita, said that the institution would provide the much needed technical knowhow that would aid the country’s technological advancement.
President of the Senate Ahmad Lawan while declaring the public hearing open said that the institutions were central to the growth and development of the much needed workforce in the country.
Lawan who was represented by the Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege said that the institution would be useful to the proposed catchment areas of Adamawa.

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