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Technical report on National Road Safety Strategy ready soon — FRSC

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says the report of the Technical Working Group (TWG) on the Nigeria Road Safety Strategy (NRSS) will soon be ready.

Corps Marshal of the agency, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, stated this in an interview with newsmen on the sidelines of the TWG second meeting in Abuja on Wednesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the TWG is a think-tank of the National Road Safety Advisory Council (NRSAC) tasked with driving implementation of the NRSS.

Approved by the Federal Executive Council in 2016, the NRSS is a platform for an integrated national approach toward reducing carnage on the nation’s highways.

Among other objectives, it is targeting a 35-per-cent reduction in road accident fatalities by 2018 in line with the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020).

Oyeyemi said the group’s responsibility was to produce a technical report for the NRSAC of which the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, is the chairman.

“This is our second meeting; we are working toward it and by February next year the memo to be considered by the NRSAC will be ready.

“From the road safety advisory council, it will go to the National Economic Council (NEC) for endorsement by states; you know states are members of NEC.

“The Vice President will then present it to the Federal Executive Council for ratification which will make it binding.

“One of the critical things we want to achieve is to make sure that budgetary provisions by states for their traffic management are fully implemented, and road infrastructure provided nationwide,’’ he said.

“When the NRSS becomes operational, there will be no more friction between the federal and state governments over jurisdiction,’’ he said.

Oyeyemi said that the nation’s roads had been fully defined, setting the country on course for a coordinated and effective road traffic management.

Describing the NRSS as encouraging, the corps marshal said all critical stakeholders both at the federal and state levels were now participating in its advancement.

Membership of the TWG, inaugurated on Aug. 3, comprise the FRSC, the Federal Ministry of Budget and National Planning, state vehicle administration and traffic management agencies and transport unions.

Others include: the Nigeria Medical Association, Standards Organisation of Nigeria and the Nigeria Institute of Town Planning.(NAN)

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Governors have no business with removal of fuel subsidy, says Fayemi

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Kayode Fayemi, chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, stated on Thursday that state governors had no say in whether or not to keep the fuel subsidy.

During a news conference following a meeting of the Governors, Mr Fayemi made the remark.

The group “concluded to engage the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress on how best to address this issue without causing any dissension but with a view to recovering the Nigerian economy for the Nigerian people,” according to the Ekiti State Governor.

However, he argued that the decision wasn’t one for the Governors to make.

“For us at the forum, it is a matter that is a going concern. We don’t have a definite issue on it because it is left to the Petroleum Industry Act. It is not for us. NNPC is now a private company and the company should decide what it wants to do with the price of its products. It shouldn’t really be the business of Governors.

“It is not up to sub-nationals to decide on what happens to PMS pricing. It is an entirely exclusive responsibility of the Federal Government.

“However, we are critical stakeholders and we are members of the National Economic Council, so we contribute to debates in the Council.”

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Fuel subsidy removal will cause more hardship for Nigerians, says Abdulsalami

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Former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd.) has warned that the proposed fuel subsidy removal will cause further harm to Nigerians.

Abdulsalami spoke on Thursday at the 19th Daily Trust Summit in Abuja, pointing out that the country is already facing challenges on multiple fronts.

The Buhari administration has made public its plan to stop the payment of fuel subsidy by June 2022.

However, many stakeholders, including the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, feel the move is insensitive and wrongly timed as the citizens are already going through untold hardship.

“Unemployment or underemployment remain at record levels,” General Abdulsalami said, adding “and over 80 million Nigerians are still caught up in needless poverty.

“All of these tend to have negative effects on security.

“In fact, Nigeria now faces a food security crisis that is compounded by the COVID-19 global pandemic and the banditry in many States in Northern Nigeria.

“All of these have disrupted the fragile value chains across the country, and negatively impacted the ability of Nigerians to produce, process and distribute food.

“The result is a continued rise in the prices of food items, beyond the reach of many Nigerian families.

“On top of all these, fuel prices are expected to rise significantly in the coming months as announced last November by the NNPC.

“We all know when this happens, as the government has planned, it will push many millions deeper into poverty.”

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Photos from Alao Akala’s candle night

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Hundreds of residents of Ogbomoso in Oyo State, on Wednesday, organized a candle night procession in honour of a former governor of the State, Chief Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala.

Alao-Akala is an indigene of Ogbomoso, the second largest city in the State. The former police officer died in the early hours of Wednesday, 12th January, 2022.

He was the governor of the State between 2007 and 2011.

To pay their last respect for the former governor, youths, women and men in their hundreds organized a candle night procession in honor of the former governor.

The event attracted friends, family and supporters of the late politician.

The procession, which started around 4.pm, took off from Alao-Akala’s residence.

It moved through Takie, Sabo, LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Orita Naira, Oja’gbo, Ijeru, Arowomole, Oja Akande and Seminary.

All the participants wore black attires.

They described the former Governor as someone whose legacies cannot be forgotten in a hurry.

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