LASG vows to reduce traffic gridlock to boost investors’ confidence
The Lagos State Government on Tuesday said it would leave no stone unturned to attract investors through the reduction of traffic congestion in the state.
Mr Steve Ayorinde, the state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, disclosed by saying,“This administration is determined to make Lagos State and investor’s delight, a place where every investor gets its money’s worth. “For this to become a reality, the traffic situation must be well managed, a task which the traffic radio is wholly committed to fulfilling. “For us to accomplish the free flow of traffic in a megalopolis state like Lagos, we all have significant roles to play; we must obey traffic regulations as well as comply with traffic rules. “
LASTMA officials are our brothers and sisters; we must cooperate with them in order to keep Lagos traffic moving.’
He added that about 7.5 million dollars was lost to traffic gridlock in Lagos daily. According to him, uneven urban growth and development, inadequate transport infrastructure, limited alternatives to vehicular transportation, and lack of high capacity vehicles are responsible for the traffic gridlock. “All of these lead to chronic traffic congestion and this contribute to noise and air pollution in Lagos,’’ he said.
Fayose hails Buhari over negotiation with Niger Delta militants
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, on Tuesday, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for listening to wise counsel by opting to negotiate with the Niger Delta Militants, especially the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) and suspending military action, saying, “the President must face the reality that democracy is about negotiation and concession.”
He however said there must be display of absolute sincerity from the federal government such that the militants will have trust in the process.
According to a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor maintained that “the Niger Delta region as at today is still the golden goose laying the golden eggs on which all other regions are surviving and it will be suicidal for military action to be sustained against the militants.” Governor Fayose who, in a statement last week Thursday, advised President Buhari to dialogue with the Niger Delta Militants, said he was happy that “for the first time, the President took to advice and suspended military actions in the Niger Delta and opted to dialogue with the militants.”
Jonathan’s cousin, wife arraigned
Former President Goodluck Jonathan’s Cousin, Azibaola Roberts and his wife was arraigned at Federal High Court for alleged financial fraud and diversion of $40 million by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja on Tuesday.
FG threatens to revoke licences of banks violating its ‘no sack’ order
Following the news of the retrenchment of 200 staff of Skye bank today, the federal government has released a statement threatening to sanction banks and telecommunication companies, that fail to comply with its order to suspend retrenchment. FG on June 4th, prevailed on Banks and Insurance companies to halt retrenchment exercises for now due to the hard economic realities.
The Minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige gave the warning at the 105th session of the International Labour Congress (ILC) in Geneva, Switzerland today June 7th.
“The federal government gave the licences to the banks to operate and if its directives are not adhered to the licences will be withdrawn if the need arises. We will go a step further if they continue. We know what to do. They need to comply. They need to come to the negotiation table. We halted the spate of sack in the oil industry and we succeeded. Even if you are going to lay off, there is a way to declare redundancy, there is a process. Section 20 of the labour act says it. You must call the unions and discuss with them. You don’t just treat them as slaves in their own country and you want us to keep quiet. We want them to maintain the status quo. As far as I am the minister of labour, I will protect the interest of workers; same to the telecommunication companies, they are also talking about compiling lists without discussing with anybody.”
Doctors to begin nationwide strike on Thursday June 9th
Members of the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) has said that they will be going on a nationwide strike starting from Thursday June 9th. President of the association, Muhammad Askira, announced this today June 7th. According to him, they are taking the painful decision of embarking on the strike action following the failure of the federal government to meet its demands of better working condition and better remuneration.
He added that the decision to go on strike was taken at the associations ordinary general meeting in Jos from May 30th to June 5th
“Sixteen out of 58 federal tertiary institutions or centres were exempted from the initial centre based strike for the commitment of the chief medical director of the hospitals to implement the federal government’s directives. If by midnight on Sunday, June 19, our demands are not met, all the members of the association, including those exempted, would join the indefinite nationwide strike. Due to the failure of the government to address the demands of NARD, it has declared a total and indefinite strike. NARD has to take this painful decision in order to highlight the plight of our hardworking members who have had to endure a long period of deprivation and disenfranchisement.”he said
52 Year old man dies during sex marathon with his secret lover
52-year-old man, simply identified as Mr. Benjamin, who lives at Ayegbami area of Sagamu, Ogun State, has reportedly died while having marathon sex with his secret lover in her house last weekend.
Benjamin was said to have left his pregnant wife at home on the excuse that he was going for a vigil in the church.
But instead of going to the church for the said vigil, he allegedly went to spend the night with the secret lover where he met his sudden death.
Daily Sun learnt yesterday that late Benjamin, whose corpse has been taken to Ijebu-Igbo, his home town, for burial, has allegedly been spending weekends with the secret lover on the excuse of going for vigil.
It was learnt that the man had suffered partial stroke some years ago after the tragic death of his first wife, who was involved in the ill-fated Sosoliso air crash at Lisa Village, Ogun State in 2005 while returning from Abuja.
Late Benjamin, said to be living with his wife in a free accommodation and a car belonging to his mother in-law, until his death, was said to have already got children from his first marriage, while the pregnant young wife has no child.
Seun Kuti calls for Obasanjo to be tried for corruption
The youngest son of legendary Afrobeat singer, Fela Kuti, Oluseun Anikulapo Kuti, commonly known as Seun Kuti has questioned President Muhammadu Buhari’s ongoing fight against corruption.
The Afrobeat star has of recent been vocal in the social media in criticizing the current All Progressives Congress, APC-led administration.
Just last week, he had lambasted the President via his Facebook account, saying he (Buhari) never cancels foreign trips, writing that, “Na only local trips our pressido dey cancel.”
Seun,via his twitter handle @Realseunkuti, on Tuesday queried “Wat about d other presidents? Abi Obj is not worth investigating or is dis govt scare of investigating Obj govt ni?”
He wrote in reaction to a recent interview by the immediate past president, Goodluck Jonathan, where he was quoted as saying that the current administration is probing his government.
Two die, three pensioners slump at Bayelsa verification
Two old pensioners died and three others slumped during a verification ordered by the Bayelsa State Government.
It was learnt that the incident occurred on Monday and Tuesday at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex at Ovom area of Yenagoa, the state capital.
Of the three pensioners that collapsed, two were said to have survived while one is said to be in a coma at a private hospital in the state capital.
The downpour reportedly contributed to the hardship of the pensioners during the exercise.
The exercise which started on Monday was initiated by the state government to get the actual figure of the pensioners.
But the retirees complained that the exercise had many hiccups and urged the government to find a lasting solution to their plight.
Sources said the unnamed two dead pensioners were initially taken to the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, but because of the ongoing strike there, their remains were taken to an undisclosed morgue at a private hospital in the state.