The Federal Road Safety Corps, Akwa Ibom State Command, said it has recorded about 72 road traffic crashes within this year, 2020 and about 16 persons have died while 93 others sustained injuries.
The Sector Commander, Mr Oga Ochi, disclosed this last Monday, during the flag-off ceremony of the “2020 Commemoration of African Road Safety Day/World Day of Remembrance of Road Traffic Victims”, held in Uyo, the state capital.
Ochi, who admitted that the number of road crashes in the state was minimal said the command was working towards having zero road traffic crashes.
According to him, “for us in Akwa Ibom State, we have a line up of activities to mark this remembrance week. Before I outline the activities line up, I want to draw our attention to the fact that in 2020, we have a record of 72 road traffic crashes across the state.
“And of this 72, we have 93 persons injured and we had 16 persons dead during these crashes across the state. A total of 226 persons were involved in the crashes across the state
“Now, if you look at this figure, you will believe that Akwa Ibom State has a very low rate in road traffic crashes in the number of persons. But that’s not for us to go back and rejoice knowing fully well that we can have zero records of road crashes in the state.
“That’s what the FRSC in Akwa Ibom State been working towards to ensure that throughout the week, month and years we have no crash at all and when it happens we have no fatality and injuries, he said.
He added that the command during the festive period would commence free vehicles check to identify some defects in vehicles for owners.
He also appealed to vehicle owners not to be afraid when they see road Marshals flag them down and stressed that it was not to book them for fine but to identify defects in their vehicles for correction.
“I do implore all of us as road users to imbibe discipline and work in concert with the FRSC to fulfil its mandate of keeping death off our road by being cautious when using the road.
“By putting in remembrances, that our loved ones are patiently and eagerly waiting to receive us safely back home after every trip”, he said.
Ewhrudjakpo Tasks NLC, TUC On Effective Labour Struggle
Bayelsa State Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, has expressed worry over the way organised labour has been tackling issues bordering on the welfare of the masses in Nigeria in recent times
He observed that the performance of labour organisations such as the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) have not been too impressive in terms of protecting the interest of their members, democracy and the national economy.
Ewhrudjakpo stated this while granting audience to the National President of the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE), Comrade Benjamin Anthony, and the South-South chairpersons of the Union in Government House, Yenagoa.
In a statement issued by his media aide, Mr Doubara Atasi, the Deputy Governor asserted that organised labour had lost the fervency it was known for in the past when the likes of late Michael Imodu, Ali Ciroma, Chief Ovie Kokori, Chief Wariebi Agamene of NUPENG and others held sway.
Insisting that the labour movement had lost much integrity, Senator Ewhrudjakpo noted that labour’s silence in the country when most public universities had been shut for upward of seven months was unacceptable.
He noted that in the face of skyrocketing cost of living in Nigeria occasioned by soaring food and fuel prices, which have made nonsense of the national minimum wage, labour cannot afford to be indifferent while workers are being subjected to economic hardship.
The Bayelsa number two man, who called on the labour leaders to wake up from what he called “self-induced slumber”, reminded them that under their watch, the Federal Government had borrowed so massively that the national debt profile had hit thresholds never known in the history of the country.
While assuring the AUPCTRE delegation of government’s support for their upcoming conference in Bayelsa, Senator Ewhrudjakpo pledged that the Governor Douye Diri Administration would continue to prioritize the welfare of workers in the state.
”We believe that labour has almost lost its integrity. Labour has decided to downgrade itself from a four-category hurricane to a mere seasonal storm, and that is not encouraging for us.
“If you read the struggle for independence and the one against military dictatorship in Nigeria, you will agree with me that we no longer have the Michael Imodus, the Ovie Kokoris, the Pa Oyeyemis, the Ali Ciromas and the Agamenes in our labour movements.
“What is happening to us? Personally, I am disappointed at the role of labour; labour’s silence is unacceptable, uncomfortable and worrisome.
“If labour were playing its role, I don’t think we can have our children at home for seven months that our universities have been under lock and key. Labour is playing the ostrich.
“We have incessant increase of pump price of petroleum products, as against what they (APC government) promised before they came into office. Yet labour is quiet.
“We have prices of food stuffs skyrocketing daily, and labour is quiet. The fact that these are not direct labour issues does not mean that they are not issues for workers; because at the end of the day, they affect the wages of the workers”, he said.
Earlier, the National President of AUPCTRE, Comrade Benjamin Anthony, acknowledged the labour-friendly disposition of the state government, which explains the reason the union conferred a special award on Governor Diri earlier this year.
According to Comrade Anthony, the team were in Bayelsa for the State Delegates Conference holding in Yenagoa, the state capital.
The AUPCTRE National President was accompanied on the visit by the Bayelsa Chairperson of AUPCTRE, Comrade Ayibalayefa Gabriel and her counterparts from Edo, Rivers, Akwa-Ibom, Delta and Cross River states.
By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa
Navy, Lions Club Offer Independence Day Medical Outreach
The Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Victory, in partnership with the Canaan City Lions Club, has carried out a medical outreach in Ikot Edem Odo Community in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River State.
The outreach, tagged “Independence Day Medical Rhapsody”, involved free eye check, test for malaria, blood pressure, diabetes, hepatitis and free donations of eye glasses, insecticide treated nets and drugs to community members.
Speaking during the outreach, the Commander, NNS Victory, said the outreach was a directive from Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo, the Chief of Naval Staff.
Represented by Commander Solomon Nelson, Okpala said in line with Nigeria’s 62nd independence celebration, it was necessary to let the civil populace know that the military cared about their health.
“We have carried out this medical rhapsody to take care of the people’s health and also know how they are fairing health wise.
“This outreach is part of our corporate social responsibility and we hope that through it, some of the health needs of members of Ikot Edem Odo community will be met,” he said.
Similarly, Mrs Felicita Opata, President Canaan City Lions Club, said the outreach was part of their focus in ensuring that they bridged the gap of healthcare need in disadvantaged and rural communities.
Opata said October would be a very busy one for them as they would be carrying out various awareness campaigns on sight, mental health and diabetes.
“In collaboration with the Nigerian Navy, we decided to express our independence celebration in the form of service to humanity; I think this is the best way to celebrate the nation’s anniversary,” she said.
On his part, Chief Patrick Etim, Chief of Ikot Edem Odo Community, thanked the Navy and the Club, saying the outreach was all encompassing and a blessing to his community.
Etim, however, appealed to the government to help the community in the area of electricity and portable drinking water.
Also, another beneficiary, Mr Ekpenyong Offion who spoke to The Tide’s source, prayed that the almighty God blessed the Nigerian Navy and the Lions Club for their kind gesture.
He said he now had a new pair of glasses to enable him to read, quality hypertension drugs that will last him for over two months and a mosquito treated net to help him prevent malaria
Independence: Okowa Lauds Deltans, Seeks Support
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State on Saturday lauded the people of the State for the privilege and support given him as Governor in the past seven years.
Okowa, represented by his Deputy, Deacon Kingsley Otuaro, stated this at the event to mark Nigeria’s 62 Independence Anniversary in Asaba.
He said though the year’s independence celebration was the last for him as Governor, the past seven years had been eventful and impact full in terms of jobs creation, infrastructural development and youths and women empowerment.
He said the government could do more and remained committed to in spite of the challenges that had bedeviled the nation, while assuring that his administration would finish and bequeath a “Stronger Delta” to the incoming administration.
He urged the people to sustain their support to the next administration, adding that peace and unity was necessary to build an enduring economy.
Okowa said: “October 1, 1960 remains ever green in the memory of Nigerians, on this day Nigeria gained her independence from Britain and we give thanks to God that we have spent 62 years as an independent country in spite of daunting challenges.
“It is significant to note that this is my last independence address to the people of Delta as Governor.
“It was a privilege for me to preside over the affairs as governor, and I thank the people for the privilege.”
While extolling past and present leaders who had sustained this feat, Okowa charged Nigerians to present a positive approach and commitment to addressing the challenges before the nation.
“Since the coming of this administration we have faxed and surmounted many challenges to create the much needed atmosphere to create development in our state.
“Some of these challenges include the COVID-19 pandemic, pockets of communal classes, youths restiveness and the spillage of the insecurity ravaging the entire country.
”In spite of these challenges, we remain resolute to realise the Stronger Delta of our dreams; our state is described as the most peaceful state in the country.”
According to the governor, the state has constructed over 1, 577.8 kilometers of roads, 8.8 kilometers of drainage channels in addition to 21 bridges across the state.
“In the last seven years, many youths have been transformed from job seekers to job creators; as at June this year, 128, 813 direct and indirect new jobs have been created in the state.”
The event which was marked with match past by the military, police and paramilitary and women groups came to close with the cutting of the independence cake.
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