In order to ensure safer roads during the yuletide and beyond, Special Marshals in Edo State, on Monday, held a sectoral workshop to brainstorm on possible ways of achieving optimal efficiency.
In his opening remarks at the one-day workshop, the State Coordinator of the Special Marshals, Mr Friday Ekhator said that he and his colleagues were working towards being regarded as the best in the country.
Ekhator said that the special marshals were engaged in aggressive paradigm shift that had engendered unprecedented initiatives to achieve the vision of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).
“Presently, there are no fewer than 774 special marshals in the state, and even with this figure, there is still need for more marshals.
“The theme of the workshop: “Special Marshals Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”, is apt, as it will provide the incoming marshals an opportunity to know the historical antecedents of the marshals.
“They will know where we are coming from, where we are presently and x-ray into the future prospects of special marshals in the country,” he said.
Ekhator expressed optimism that the workshop would enhance the productivity, efficiency and visibility of the special marshals on the road.
While declaring the workshop open, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, the FRSC Corps Marshal, said that nobody could separate special marshals from regular marshals.
Boboye, who was represented by Mr Kehinde Adeleye, Zonal Commanding Officer (ZCO), Zone Rs 5, comprising Edo, Delta and Anambra, said that the workshop was meant to prepare the special marshals for better performance on the road.
He said that the workshop would also serve as an assessment on the journey so far by the special marshals since inception as well as enable possible corrections, where needed.
The corps marshal stressed that the synergy and collaboration between the special marshals and the corps was for efficiency and effectiveness, adding that the collaboration went beyond the workshop.
According to him, special marshals are special people drawn from across various vocations, who volunteer to help maintain services on the road.
Boboye, however, threatened to de-marshal any special marshal, who henceforth failed to participate in the National Patrol Day.
Earlier, Edo Sector Commander, Mr Anthony Oko had said that it was a season of rumination on the 30 years of existence of the special marshal.
Oko explained that the services required of special marshals as individuals and as a group were primarily surveillance, traffic control, enforcement and public education.
He noted that the key functions were expected to tame recklessness of road users and eliminate mediocrity among them.
“While I encourage the leadership of the Edo special marshals to maintain their tempo on capacity building for members, it is imperative for them to have enough preparations to handle the practical dimensions of being visible on our roads,” Oko said
The Ijaw Youth Congress (IYC), has expressed worries over the proliferation of bills on the floor of the 9th National Assembly for the establishment of regional development agencies.
President, IYC worldwide, Roland Pereotubo Oweilaemi, in a statement in Lagos on Wednesday, questioned the rationale for the establishments of such regional agencies, especially as it concerns their funding.
He maintained that while the IYC was not against the establishment of such regional development agencies, the issue of how the Federal Government would fund them should be of concern to every Nigerian, including the lawmakers.
“With the way and manner the 9th Assembly is introducing these bodies such as North Central Development Commission, North West Development Commission, etc, after the North East Development Commission came on stream through the 8th Assembly, IYC fears that history may want to repeat itself about the funding.
“We believe that these agencies are not going to be funded with oil money from the Niger Delta. The funding of the North East Development Commission is shrouded in secrecy as we believe strongly that it is being funded with oil money. This broad day robbery of our exclusive economic right should not be replicated in the incoming bodies,” he stressed.
He maintained that just as the governors from the South East had made it clear that the South East Development Commission would be jointly funded by them, the governors from the north should also come clear on how they want their regional development agencies to be funded.
He said: “This was how the then Supreme Military Council (SMC) under the chairmanship of General Olusegun Obasanjo exercised legislative powers at the federal level, made the greatest mockery of the Ijaws by promulgating River Basin Development Authorities Decree and the Niger Delta Basin Development Authority Decree.
“The former established 10 other River Basin Development Authorities for every river, rivulet, creek and brook in the rest of Nigeria. The latter established the Niger Delta Basin Development Authority.”
Edo Speaker Declares Vacant Seats Of 12 Lawmakers
The Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, Francis Okiye, on Wednesday, declared vacant the seats of 12 members-elect for deliberately refusing to present their certificates of return to the Clerk of the Assembly for inauguration.
Also during plenary, the seats of Messrs Uyi Ekhosuehi and Henry Okaka, representing Oredo East and Owan East respectively, were declared vacant for allegedly absconding from plenary after the inauguration of the Seventh Assembly on June 17.
According to the speaker, even if the lawmakers-elect come for sitting now, they cannot meet the mandatory 180 sitting days as enshrined in the constitution.
The affected members-elect are Vincent Uwadiae, Ovia North-East II; Ugiagbe Dumez, Ovia North-East I; Washington Osifo, Uhunmwode; Victor Edoror, Esan Central; Kingsley Ugabi, Etsako East and Michael Ohio-Ezomo, Owan West.
Others are Sunday Aghedo, Ovia South-West; Chris Okaeben, Oredo West; Crosby Eribo, Egor; Aliyu Oshiomhole, Etsako West II; Oshomah Ahmed, Etsako Central and Ganiyu Audu, Etsako West I.
Okiye, while declaring the seats vacant, said that the 12 members-elect ‘defiantly refused’ to come forward to do necessary documentation as part of the conditions for their inauguration as members of the Assembly.
He said: “12 out of the 24 members-elect, who completed their screening and documentation process, were inaugurated on June 17, out of whom two have refused to discharge their legislative duties.
“They have refused to represent their constituents in the Assembly, invariably denying them effective representation.
“At this point, I am declaring the seats of the 12 members-elect vacant, in accordance with Section 109, subsection 1(F) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended),” he said.
Okiye consequently called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct by-elections within 90 days in the affected constituencies.
Police Confirm Burning Of Two Suspected Kidnappers In Bayelsa
The Bayelsa State Police Command on Wednesday confirmed the burning of two suspected kidnappers in Otuagala Community in Ogbia Local Government Area of the state by mob.
The suspected criminals were involved in the kidnap of three students of the College of Health and Technology, Otuogidi.
The police spokesman in the state, SP Asinim Butswat, said the two kidnappers were arrested on Tuesday evening.
He said shortly after men of the command arrested the criminals, mob from the community overpowered the security operatives and burned the kidnappers to death.
He said: “Following a tip off, on December 3, at about 1625 hours, a combined team of policemen and the vigilance group, combed Otuagala forest, in Ogbia Local Government Area.
“The team rescued the three students of College of Health and Technology Otuogidi, who were kidnapped by unknown gunmen on the December 2.
“The victims were in good condition. Meanwhile, two kidnappers were arrested and two wooden carved guns that resemble AK 47 Rifles were recovered from them.
“However, angry mob from the community overpowered the security operatives and burned the kidnappers to death,” he said.
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