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Coy Invests N607m In Transportation

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The Operators of the Cross River State Urban Taxi and Bus Service Scheme known as Pronto Cabs Limited have spent a total of N607 million to acquire over 270 cars for the take-off of the transport scheme in the State.

  This was disclosed to newsmen in Calabar by the Managing Director of Pronto Cabs Limited, Mr. Kenneth Asim-Ittah in his office.

  Mr. Asim–Ittah said the idea of entering into this scheme was as a result of the recent ban on commercial motorcycle operators in the state by the state government.

  He said that the scheme is to complement the effort of the state government in its resolve to provide excellent and efficient urban transport service within Calabar metropolis.  

According to him “following the appointment of Pronto Cabs Limited, we entered into agreement with the state government and fund managers, Calabar Microfinance Bank and Ekondo Microfinance Bank, the Department of  investment Promotion, the Department of Public Transportation (DOPT),Commercial  Motorcycles Regulatory Agency(CMRA) and the Calabar Bike- men Association(CBA) in ensuring the smooth and speedy implementation of the scheme with a view to achieving the goals of the scheme.”

  So far, he added, 39 taxi/bus routes have been created with additional 52 taxi locations in the state capital.  

He said that the vehicles are given out on procurement basis as four persons who operate as cooperative ventures could acquire one with the initial payment of #40,000 Naira and daily payment of between N2,000 to N3,000 until a total of N2.25 million is finally paid depending on the vehicle type.

  Mr. Asim-Ittah expressed joy that there are other taxi operators springing up in the state, pointing out “it is complimentary rather than competitive and this is a healthy development.  We are here to provide effective and best transport services to Cross Riverians. We welcome other partners in this sector.”

  On the issue of maintenance, he said that ‘’the company has entered into agreement with Suzuki Motors worldwide and we do not entertain any fears” adding that Aquafills workshop is into partnership with them on repairs.

  He said that its fleet of vehicles are all insured and fully tracked to enhance security and monitoring of the use of the cars for the scheme.

  The managing director said the company has equally constituted a monitoring team to ensure that beneficiaries  do  not abuse the scheme by using their  vehicles for purposes other than that for which there were meant.

  Mr. Asim-Ittah debunked the allegations that the company was owned by the state Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke, adding that “this is a privately owned company by indigenes of the state aimed at complimenting government’s effort.”

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Missing Crown: Police Arraign Suspects

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The Police in Delta State have filed a three-count charge of burglary, stealing and felony against Chief Ayiri Emami and others at large before a magistrate’s court sitting in Warri.
The charge, MW/178 C 2021, the Commissioner of Police vs Chief Emami, reads: “That you Chief Emami and others at large on March 30, 2021, about 11.30p.m., at Olu of Warri Palace, Warri in the Warri Magisterial District did conspire among yourselves to commit felony, burglary and stealing.”
Count II: “That you Chief Emami and others now at large on March 30, 2021, about 11.30p.m., at Olu of Warri Palace, Warri in the Warri Magisterial District with intent to commit a felony, breaks into a dwelling house of the Olu of Warri.”
Count III: “That you Chief Emami and others now at large, on March 30, 2021, about 11.30p.m., at Olu of Warri Palace, Warri in the Warri Magisterial District did stole two crowns value at N2 billion.”
According to the charge sheet, the alleged stolen crowns belong to Itsekiri.
It also stated that the offences are punishable under certain sections of the Criminal Code Laws of Delta State.
Chief Ayiri pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Chief Magistrate, Ejiro Diejomaoh, granted bail to Ayiri in the sum of N2 million, with two sureties, who must not be persons lower than Level 15 and in like sum.

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Obaseki Promises To Sustain Reforms, Projects

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The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has pledged to sustain ongoing reforms and projects to open up new towns and communities in the state for increased economic growth.
Obaseki gave the assurance on Wednesday, when he received the management team of Benin Club 1931, who were on a courtesy visit at the Government House, Benin City.
Reiterating the need to improve the standard and quality of the club to meet the ongoing massive development across the state, the governor said, “We are opening up new areas and towns and there will be new clubs. You must ensure that you improve the standard and quality of the club. There will be competition, I can assure you.
“We need to do quite a bit in terms of rebranding and repositioning of the club. As you see, the city is growing tremendously; the growth trajectory will continue for many years to come.”
Obaseki commended the leadership of Benin Club 1931 for sustaining the Club since 1931, congratulating them for the 90th-anniversary celebration.
“Not many institutions in this country can celebrate or boast of celebrating 90 years or nine decades of existence. It’s quite a lot of achievement; it’s a significant milestone and should be celebrated significantly. Ikoyi Club was founded in 1938 and we are older; we should do things to reflect our importance and significance in this country,” he charged.
Noting the reason for the early set up of the Benin Club, Obaseki added, “British officers had to settle here and occupied the place for a while as they needed a recreation area. That is why we have the club before that of Lagos.”
In his response, President of Benin Club 1931, Fred Ejedawe Iboi commended the governor for the developmental strides being recorded across all sectors of the state.
He noted, “We have done our best to develop the club’s infrastructure, and now, the club is working on installing facial recognition to access the club. We have done our best to improve on the infrastructure we met.”

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NSCDC Arrests Couple Over Children Sale

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Operatives of the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Akwa Ibom State Command have arrested one Elisha Effiong for allegedly conniving with his wife to sell their two daughters aged six and four, respectively.
Effiong, who lives in Cameroon with his wife was arrested in Uyo on November 15, 2021, through an intelligence report while trying to sell their children, identified as Abasifreke Edet and Rachael Edet.
In a statement issued on Wednesday by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Umana Ukeme, the suspects said that their decision to want to sell the children was borne out of extreme hardship.
According to the statement, the suspect confided in a private security guard of his plans while the guard, in turn, notified the commandant of the corps, Mr Abidemi Majekodunmi who immediately ordered the arrest of the culprit.
“The suspect, Elisha Edet Effiong, ‘M’ was apprehended with his two children identified as Abasifreke Edet, 6, and Rachel Edet, 4, while attempting to sell them for M700, 000 in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
“Effiong, 40 years was apprehended at FulCare Hospital along Ekpanya Street, where he notified the security guard of his intention to sell his two children to pay off his debt and meet other financial challenges.
“The security guard notified the NSCDC and immediately, Commandant Abidemi Majekodunmi detailed personnel of the anti-human trafficking unit of the corps who swung into action and apprehended the suspect alongside with his two daughters, “ the statement read in part.
According to Ukeme, preliminary investigations have been concluded while the case would be transferred to NAPTIP zonal office, Uyo for the prosecution of the suspect.
The commandant while commending the private security guard for the prompt release of an intelligence report that aided the arrest of the suspect, however, condemned the heinous act, describing it as a crime against humanity.
He called on the people of Akwa Ibom State to always avail personnel of the corps with timely and actionable intelligence that could lead to arrest and tracking of criminal elements in the state.

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