The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Command in Kano State has deployed 1,820 personnel to ensure a hitch-free Eid-el-Fitr celebration in the state.
Mr Zubairu Mato, the State FRSC Sector Commander, said this in a statement yesterday in Kano.
Mato said three ambulances, 16 patrol vans, one tow truck and personnel have been deployed on major routes and highways.
He said these were to ensure the free flow of traffic on critical road junctions, adding the measure will run from May 11 to May 17.
The Sector Commander said that the deployed personnel include 120 Officers, 1,250 regular Marshals and 450 Special Marshals.
He said they are to provide effective enforcement of traffic laws, traffic control at strategic locations (including routes to Eid Praying grounds), emergency rescue services and removal of road obstructions within the festive period.
“The objective of the operation is to enhance FRSC visibility on the road through deployment of personal and logistics to reduce road traffic crashes, fatalities and injuries.
“Ensure strict compliance to COVID-19 Health Protection Report 2021, speedy removal of obstruction on our roads and enlighten members of the public on the need to stick to road safely rules during the festive period.
“The Command has already commenced aggressive public sensitisation campaigns and stakeholders engagements to ensure effective compliance to the PTF’s directives on COVID-19 protocol for inter-state travels.
Similarly, the FRSC, Ogun Command, says it will deploy 1,295 personnel for special patrol during the Eid-el-Fitri celebration.
FRSC Sector Commander in Ogun, Mr Ahmed Umar, said this yesterday in an interview with The Tide source in Ota.
Umar said the deployment would be with effect from Tuesday, May 11 to end May 17 to monitor and control gridlocks during the Eid-el-fitri festival.
He said the personnel comprising 710 regular marshals and 585 special marshals, would be deployed to check excesses of drivers on the highways.
The sector commander also said 28 patrol vehicles, eight ambulances, two tow trucks and 12 motor bikes would be deployed as logistics to various strategic areas, accident prone areas as well as construction zones.
“The FRSC enjoins motorists against speeding, dangerous driving, route violation, overloading and the use of phone calls while driving to avoid unnecessary crashes.
“Also, we appeal to them to use their seatbelts and not allow underaged children occupy the front seat of a car,” he said.
Also the FRSC says it has deployed no fewer than 170 personnel and three patrol vehicles on the Ore-Benin expressway for the Eld-el-Fitri celebration.
The FRSC Unit Commander in Ore, Ondo State, Mr Olusegun Aladenika, told newsmen that the kick off of the Special Patrol yesterday was to ensure free flow of traffic on the Ore-Benin expressway.
Lagos Orders Closure Of Ladipo Spareparts Market
The Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, has ordered immediate closure of Ladipo Market, Mushin, for several environmental offences ranging from reckless waste disposal, unhygienic premises, and non-payment of waste bills, among others.
Wahab said that the market would remain closed until the mandatory conditions of redress were met by traders and market stakeholders, adding that it was part of ongoing efforts at instilling compliance in markets around the state.
Wahab, while speaking on the development, underscored the critical importance of environmental hygiene in markets.
He said: “It is imperative that markets in the state adhere strictly to environmental laws and regulations put in place for the well-being of residents.
“The closure of Ladipo Market serves as a stern reminder that no entity, regardless of its size or influence, is above the law.”
He stated that the state government was fully committed to collaborating with market stakeholders, to facilitate necessary adjustments and improvements, to enable them meet required environmental standards, adding that the market would not be reopened for business until set standards were met.
The commissioner said, “Ladipo Market, a prominent hub for automotive spare parts and related services, has been a focal point for environmental concerns due to various activities that contravene established regulations. LAWMA’s intervention is a significant step towards rectifying these issues and bringing the market to compliance.”
In his reaction, the Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, Dr. MuyiwaGbadegesin, said that the closure was expected to allow for a thorough assessment of the environmental impact of the market’s activities and the implementation of necessary remedial measures, serving as a clear signal that LAWMA would not hesitate to take decisive actions, where and when environmental laws were flouted.
“As Lagos State continues to grow and develop, it is imperative that economic activities are conducted in a manner that is sustainable and environmentally responsible.”
“LAWMA’s recent actions demonstrate the authority’s commitment to this cause. The offensive against environmental infractions will continue till sanity is restored in our markets, while the next stop will be illegal markets,” he stressed.
The closure of Ladipo Market follows a similar action taken against Oyingbo, Alayabiagba, Oke-odo markets, and some sections of Tejuosho Market, for serial infractions.
The decision to shut down those markets underscored the state government’s unwavering commitment to the restoration of environmental sanity in the state.
Tinubu, Sultan Beg NLC, TUC To Shelve Strike
President Bola Tinubu and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, have appealed to the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to shelve their planned strike over the removal of fuel subsidy.
The organised labour had fixed Tuesday, October 3, for the commencement of an indefinite strike over fuel subsidy removal.
However, speaking during the public lecture and special Juma’at prayer to mark the 63rd independence anniversary of the country at the National Mosque, Abuja, on Friday, Tinubu appealed to the workers not to embark on the strike.
Represented by the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Jibrin Barau, the President reiterated the commitment of his administration to cushion the effect of the fuel subsidy removal.
This was contained in a statement by the media aide to the Deputy Senate President, Ismail Mudashir.
The statement said, “The Sultan has talked about the issue of strike by the NLC. I also call, on behalf of His Excellency, the President, and the entire government, on the labour leaders to shelve the strike.
“Let’s dialogue, let’s sit together, let’s understand ourselves, and let’s look at the prevailing situation in the country. How do we meet this country, the challenges ahead and the current challenges? It is through dialogue that we can solve our problems collectively.”
While stating that the government was new and working hard to bring succour to Nigerians,” Tinubu added, “It (Federal Government) has set aside N500bn and other packages are being unveiled to cushion the effect of the subsidy removal. Therefore, we need to support and pray for the government.”
Earlier, the Sultan had appealed to organised labour to give the Federal Government another chance.
He said, “For God’s sake, for Allah’s sake, anybody planning to go on strike should please give the government another chance. Please, rethink and give the government another chance.”
The Sultan, who said he had been involved in the negotiation of the labour leaders and the government since 2007, said if the NLC and TUC embarked on the strike, it would do more harm than good.
Police Conniving With Land Grabbers, Ogun Assembly Alleges
The Ogun State House of Assembly has accused the police of alleged connivance with land grabbers in the state.
The assembly called on the Inspector General of Police, KayodeEgbetokun, to look into the alleged illegal arrest and detention of innocent Ogun residents on trumped-up charges by the police in connivance with some suspected land grabbers in the State.
The Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo, made the appeal at Tuesday’s plenary when other lawmakers took turns reporting rampant cases of land-grabbing in their constituencies.
The discussion took place when members were contributing to a debate on the second reading of the State Anti-land Grabbing (amendment) bill.
According to the Speaker, hundreds of innocent residents of Ogun are languishing in the various police cells, both at Alagbon in Lagos and the Force Headquarters in Abuja.
This, the Speaker said, was “due to the connivance of land grabbers with some security agents against innocent members of the public.”
Oluomo pleaded with IGP Egbetokun to wade into the matter so as to ensure that innocent Ogun residents are not made to suffer on account of trumped-up charges.
Oluomo advised that any land-related matters should be charged to court, while promising that the new amendment would ensure the constitution of a task force by the state government to handle land matters.
In their various submissions, the lawmakers stressed that the activities of the land grabbers had been affecting the peace, progress, and development of the state, hence the need to take a holistic approach towards addressing the menace.
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