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2,530 Driving Licences Ready For Collection In A’Ibom

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says 2,530 driving licences are ready for collection in Akwa Ibom.
The FRSC’s state Sector Commander, Mr Matthew Olonisaye, disclosed this in an interview with The Tide source in Uyo yesterday.
Olonisaye urged applicants who were captured and given temporary driving licences to come forward and collect the valid one.
“As at today, we have 2,530 unclaimed driving licences in the state, for reasons which we don’t know.
“So, we enjoined members of the public, if anyone has applied for driving licence, we expect such person to go for the original.
“It is the original that shows that you have finished the processes and procedures of obtaining driving licence.
“It is not enough to go to the licencing office for physical capturing, collect the temporary card without having the original.
“So, we expect applicants that have been captured to go to the state Board of Internal Revenue Service and collect their original driving licences,” Olonisaye said.
He also announced that arrangements have been concluded to embark on aggressive enforcement of law and order against people driving without driving licence in the state.
He warned members of the public to ensure they comply with the rules and regulations guiding the operations on the road, noting that defaulters would be penalised.
“Currently we are making arrangements with the state Board of Internal Revenue Service to conduct aggressive enforcement of driving licences in the state to ensure that everybody that operates any form of automobile on the road is qualified to do so.
“Without a valid driving licence, it shows that you are not qualified to operate on the road. It is the licence that gives you the legal right to operate on the road,” the sector commander said.
Olonisaye urged motorists to drive with care during this raining season, adding that frictions between the tyres and the road was reduced when its rains.
He also appealed to them to ensure their wipers were functional to help them improve on visibility when it rains to avoid any unforeseen eventuality.
“We are currently in rainy season and driving in raining season requires special condition. So, we expect drivers of automobile to drive reasonably on the road.
“They should not forget that during raining season, the frictions between the tyres and the road is reduced.
“So, definitely the stopping distance will be longer and they are expected to reduce their speed to avoid unfortunate occurrence.
“We also expect them to ensure their vehicles are in good condition, their wipers must be functional.
“Test your wipers in the morning before you leave home not when the rain starts, you begin to have issues with the operations of your wipers.
“Don’t forget that if rain is falling, visibility reduces, so one of the ways of enhancing visibility is through the usage of wipers,” Olonisaye said.
He said the command had commenced extensive public enlightenment targeted at creating awareness on better road use by the civil servants in the state.
Olonisaye said the enlightenment programme would be taken to respective Ministries, Departments and Agencies in the state to assist the civil servants, due to their tight schedules.
He said that during the programme, civil servants would be taught on understanding the highway code, causes of road crashes, how to prevent them and practical road safety tips for drivers and pedestrians.

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Eno Sacks Commissioner For Special Duties

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Akwa Ibom State Governor, Umo Eno has relieved the Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr Bassey Okon, of his appointment with immediate effect.
Secretary to the State Government, Mr Enobong Uwah, disclosed this in a statement in Uyo on Monday.
Uwah, who did not give reasons for the commissioner’s sack, directed him to hand over all state government properties in his possession to the Permanent Secretary.
He thanked the former commissioner for the period he served the state, and wished him well in his future endeavours.

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Check Oil Pollution In N’Delta, Stakeholders Urge Oil Firms

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Stakeholders in host communities have demanded that oil companies be compelled to address adverse health impact of oil exploration in the Niger-Delta.
They made their position known on Monday during a public presentation of the research report on the impact of oil extraction on women’s health in Otuabagi community in Bayelsa.
The Tide’s source reports that Dr Emem Okon, Director, Kebetkache Women Development and Resource Centre, an NGO, championed the event.
The source also reports that Otuabagi Community within the Oloibiri District in present Ogbia Local Government Area is where crude oil was discovered in commercial quantity in Nigeria in 1956.
Okon said the report highlighted the adverse consequences of oil extraction which had profound negative impact on health and livelihood of women in Otuabagi community.
She said research revealed that several of the participants had hydrocarbons in their blood sample more than World Health Organisation (WHO) threshold and therefore demanded for compensation from oil companies and government.
“There is, therefore, a need to demand for compensation and restoration of polluted sites as well as health actions to keep us alive and to resist death, poverty and injustice”, she said.
She stated that the findings and data would serve as a tool for policy makers, community leaders and all those who strove for a more equitable and sustainable future.
Meanwhile, Dr Bieye Briggs, a public health physician and head of the research team, said from the findings of the report, it was revealed that there was very high and unacceptable level of exposure of the people to hydrocarbons.
Briggs advocated for the Federal Government to carry out health audit in Otuabagi community and other oil producing areas in the Niger-Delta region.
He explained that such audit was with a view to instituting intervention program to halt and reverse the impact of oil exploration.
Similarly, Chief Daniel Amangi, the traditional ruler of Otuabagi community, commended Kebetkache Women Development and Resource Centre for undertaking the project and urged the Federal Government to focus on developing the community.
Amangi also called for the immediate implementation of the recommendations of the research findings for the overall benefit of the people.
In the same vein, Alagoa Morris, a stakeholder, lamented that life expectancy was lower in the Niger-Delta region than in other parts of the country due to the hazards caused by oil exploration.
He called for compensation to be paid to host communities to ameliorate the health impact of oil extraction in the region.
The ceremony also featured a drama presentation by Otuabagi women and panel discussion on the findings of the report.

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Court Orders AAU Graduate’s Car, iPhone’s Forfeiture To FG

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A Benin High Court on Monday ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to sell a Toyota Venza 2012 model, recovered from a graduate of Biochemistry from Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma, Osadolor Edomwonyi.
The EFCC charged Edomwonyi with internet fraud.
Delivering judgment, Justice Efe Ikponmwonba, sentenced Edomwonyi to three years imprisonment.
The judge also ordered the forfeiture of an iPhone 13 Promax, recovered from the convict .
He also ordered that balances in his Opay account, Kids Bank account and Access Bank with which he was charged and convicted to the Federal Government through EFCC and the accounts be parmanently closed.
The convict prayed the court for a plea bargain agreement.
Ikponmwonba, however, gave him an option of fine in the sum of N100,000.
Earlier, the EFCC counsel, Mr I K Agwaisaid, said the convict committed an offence contrary to the provisions of Sections 6 and 8 (b) of the advance free fraud and other fraud-related offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.
The prosecutor said in a plea bargain agreement, Edomwonyi pleaded guilty to the one-count charge of possession of fraudulent documents.

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