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Truck Crashes: 90% of articulated vehicles over-aged — FRSC

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Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), says that 90 per cent of articulated trucks plying the roads are overaged vehicles that are not roadworthy.

Oyeyemi disclosed this on Monday during his working visit to Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) and Nigerian Port Authority (NPA) in Lagos.

“Ninety per cent of the articulated vehicles on the roads across the country are over 30 years, which are not supposed to be and that is the main reason for crashes of these articulated vehicles.

“We want the NSC to collaborate with more stakeholders in setting as well as enforcing minimum standards for trucks and their drivers as part of measures to ensure free flow of traffic.

“And minimise incessant fall of heavy duty vehicles around port areas, especially Apapa, Lagos,” the FRSC corps marshal said.

According to him, FRSC’s partnership with NSC over the years has yielded results in road traffic administration, hence, the need for sustained collaboration.

He urged NSC to work with stakeholders to generate data base for traffic control, conduct public education and enlightenment for truck operators as well as train truck drivers on minimum safety standards.

He said that over-aged trucks on the roads were the reason for the incessant falls, leading to avoidable losses of lives and property.

The corps marshal added that the visit was to reinforce the robust relationship between the two agencies, especially with the appointment of a new Executive Secretary for the council, Mr Emmanuel Jime.

“Most of the trucks are not adhering to minimum safety principles and standard, some of them break down at the middle of expressway thereby causing crashes in the night.

“The corps had signed memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under the Road Transport Safety Standardisation Scheme (RTSSS) to collaborate and set standards for truck operations.

“It will also generate database, conduct public education and enlightenment for truck operators, training of truck drivers and the implementation of Vehicle Transit Areas (VTAs) scheme in Nigeria,” he said.

Jime, in his remarks, lauded the corps marshal for his rare act of humility by taking the first shot to visit the council towards advancing the relationship with his predecessor.

He assured the corps that he would do everything possible to ensure full implementation of the MOU between the two agencies on traffic management with respect to cargo movements.

“Within the council mandate as Port Economic Regulator and Trade Facilitation Agency, we identify critical issues challenging the performance of our nation’s logistics sector and the growth of her international trade.

“In response to them, the council has identified collaborative partnerships with relevant government agencies and the organised private sector as key to rigorously canvass ideas and solutions,” he said.

According to him, the good news still remains that the great potentials of our nation as the trade hub of the West and Central Africa subregion is not doubt.

He says that opportunities are vast, the market is large and the population fast growing which are the factors readily available to support the country’s value chains for competitiveness.

Jime said NSC and FRSC would stand together and collectively work to ensure that both agencies continue to work closely at accomplishing guided efforts towards the ease of doing business.

“We will ensure that agencies work closely at accomplishing guided efforts towards the ease of doing business and the improvement of our nation’s trade and transport sectors in order to remain competitive in a globalized economy,” he said.

Alhaji Muhammed Bello, the Acting Managing Director (NPA), in his remarks, said the agency was working effectively on the gridlocks along the corridors.

According to him, in the last two weeks we have recorded a progress in the traffic areas.

“We have informed all our truck operators that the trucks must be latched to avoid crashes on the road.

“We need to renew the MoU to enhance more progress and collaboration,” he said. (NAN)

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Supreme Court Orders FG To Pay allocations Directly To LGAs

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The supreme court has ruled that the federal government should henceforth pay allocations directly to local government councils from the federation account.

Delivering judgment in the suit on Thursday, a seven-member panel of justices held that state governments have continued to abuse their powers by retaining and using the funds meant for LGAs.

In May, the federal government filed a suit at the supreme court against governors of the 36 states.

In the suit marked SC/CV/343/2024, the federal government asked for full autonomy for the country’s 774 local governments.

In the suit filed by Lateef Fagbemi, attorney-general of the federation (AGF) and minister of justice, the federal government also requested the supreme court to authorise the direct transfer of funds from the federation account to local governments — in accordance with the constitution.

The suit was hinged on 27 grounds.

“That the constitution of Nigeria recognizes federal, states and local governments as three tiers of government and that the three recognized tiers of government draw funds for their operation and functioning from the federation account created by the constitution,” the originating summons had read.

“That all efforts to make the governors comply with the dictates of the 1999 Constitution in terms of putting in place a democratically elected local government system, has not yielded any result and that to continue to disburse funds from the federation account to governors for non-existing democratically elected local governments is to undermine the sanctity of the 1999 constitution.”

The federal government had asked the apex court to invoke sections 1, 4, 5, 7 and 14 of the constitution to declare that the governors and state houses of assembly are under obligation to ensure democratically elected systems at the third tier.

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N33bn Fraud: Ex-Minister Mamman Collapses Outside Court

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The arraignment of Saleh Mamman, the former Minister of Power under ex-President Muhammadu Buhari, was on Thursday, July 11, 2024, stalled at a Federal High Court in Abuja due to ill health.

Mamman, whose plea was fixed for Thursday morning, collapsed outside the courtroom before the case was called.

The former minister’s counsel, Femi Ate (SAN), told the presiding judge Justice James Omotosho shortly when the matter was called for Mamman to take his plea.

Upon resumed hearing, the ex-minister walked into the courtroom and stepped into the dock with part of his clothes drenched.

Justice Omotosho then asked why Mamman was sweating or whether it was raining outside.

The former minister, who responded from the dock, said water was poured on him.

The counsel for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika (SAN), while addressing the court, said though the matter was fixed for Mamman’s arraignment, there was a development outside the courtroom.

Olumide-Fusika said he had a discussion with Ate outside the courtroom about Mamman’s ill-health.

“I was informed of an incident outside. I will want my learner senior advocate to tell the honourable court himself,” he said.

Speaking, Ate said Mamman, “upon being brought into the premises of the court collapsed and had to be resuscitated and treated by the medical personnel of the Federal High Court.”

He said his client was served with the charge after he was resuscitated.

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“He was served this morning,” he added.

The lawyer said he sought the understanding of Olumide-Fusika for an adjournment so that the arraignment could be done on Monday when his client would have been okay.

However, the judge said due to the workload in the court dockets, the arraignment could only be fixed for September ending.

Ate then withdrew the oral application for an adjournment.

The judge, however, asked Mamman if he was fit enough to take his plea today and he responded in the affirmative.

Mamman, however, said he was fit to continue with the arraignment.

“It can happen to anyone,” the judge said.

Justice Omotosho, thereafter, stepped down the arraignment until Thursday afternoon.

The EFCC had filed a 12-count money laundering charge against the Mamman.

He was alleged to have committed money laundering offences to the tune of N33 billion.

The former minister served under former President Buhari from 2019 to 2021.

 

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Olaide Akinremi, House Of Reps Member, Dies At 51

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Olaide Adewale Akinremi, a member of the house of representatives, is dead.

The lawmaker died on Wednesday morning aged 51.

Akinremi represented Ibadan north federal constituency on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He was a ranking member and house committee chairman on science and research.

In a statement, Akin Rotimi, spokesperson of the house, said the Oyo lawmaker was a “dedicated public servant known for his unwavering commitment to the development of his constituency and the country at large”.

“His passion for service, coupled with his deep understanding of the needs and aspirations of his people, earned him the endearing title of ‘Jagaban’.

“Throughout his tenure, he was a staunch advocate for policies and initiatives that promoted social welfare, economic growth, and scientific research.

“His contributions to legislative debates and his active participation in committee activities were a testament to his dedication and hard work.

“Rep. Akinremi was as much a grassroots politician as he was an astute statesman who leveraged his goodwill and network of relationships to attract positive impact to the people of his constituency.

“He built friendships by being intentional about reaching out and sending goodwill messages to all colleagues on special occasions, fostering camaraderie and unity within the House.

“As a ranking member, Rep. Akinremi had keen institutional memory and was a mentor to many first-time parliamentarians, guiding them with wisdom gained from his extensive experience in legislative affairs.”

Tajudeen Abbas, speaker of the house, also expressed “profound sadness” over the passing of the lawmaker.

“Rep. Akinremi Olaide Adewale was a beacon of dedication and service,” Abbas said.

“His contributions to our legislative work, especially in the area of science and research, were invaluable.

“His passing is a great loss to the House, his constituency, and the nation. We will miss his leadership, wisdom, and the unique passion he brought to his work.”

Akinremi’s death comes weeks after the passing of Isa Dogonyaro, a member of the house of representatives who represented Babura/Garki federal constituency of Jigawa state.

Dogonyaro died in May after a brief illness.

 

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