…Vows to unlock traffic gridlock points in the metropolis
The Lagos State Government has given a seven-day ultimatum to traders, motorists, taxi operators, commercial bus operators, artisans and the public to abate all forms of activity that escalate traffic gridlocks in the metropolis or face the law.
The Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde issued the ultimatum during a stakeholder-meeting on the Traffic Management Intervention Plans for the State, saying that enforcement of the traffic laws would commence upon the expiration of the notice period, which commences from Monday, October 7, 2019, to Sunday, October 13, 2019.
Oladeinde said the meeting, which held in Alausa, was to sensitise stakeholders in the transport sector that the enforcement exercise would cover 60 major gridlock points already identified in different areas of the State to ease traffic congestion.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Olawale Musa, the Commissioner stated that the all-inclusive meeting became necessary in the wake of the rising traffic delays experienced by residents, thereby impacting negatively on human health, commerce and socio-economic development.
While expressing displeasure at the attitude of some traders and road users, especially commercial bus operators, Dr. Oladeinde noted that their willful disobedience to traffic rules and regulations including illegal parking, crossing of road medians indiscriminately, illegal u-turns, illegal road trading and careless driving make nonsense of the rules and regulations established by the State Government and further complicate the traffic situation.
The Commissioner highlighted that Transportation and Traffic Management is at the frontier of the present administration’s six development pillars, noting that it also has an impact on the successful implementation of the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda.
“I am glad to note that the Ministry of Transportation is at the centre stage of the successful implementation of the other five development plans. What this means by implication is that effective traffic management and transportation is crucial to achieving success in all other development plans of this administration, because, without an efficient transport system, there is no socio-economic growth,” he stated.
He admonished the stakeholders to actively participate in the actualisation of the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda, assuring that the State Government would continue to provide efficient traffic management and transportation system that will continually meet the needs of a fast-growing smart city.
Oladeinde informed stakeholders present that the enforcement team would have its members nominated from road transport union members, traders across different locations, task force, police, traffic management agencies and other stakeholders to ensure equal representation.
Responding, a representative of NURTW, Alimosho branch, Mr. Adeyemo Johnson commended the State government for its initiatives to rid the metropolis of constant traffic gridlocks while calling for the provision of enough motor parks and shops to enable effective compliance with the law.
Also speaking at the event, Mrs. Risikat Akindele, Iyaloja of Ikotun, appealed for government’s help to sanitise all markets in the State, expressing the readiness of all market men and women to comply with the law.
The meeting had in attendance representatives of Market Men and Women Associations, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and Nigeria Police (Traffic Division) among others.
Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, on Thursday, October 3rd said that the demand of labour over the implementation of the new minimum wage would cost the Federal Government N580 billion annually.
Ngige said that such adjustment, in line with labour’s demand, was not sustainable as the government would have to lay off some workers to be able to meet their demands. The minister said government cannot afford that kind of money now, adding that the focus of President Buhari’s government is on workers on grade level 1 step 1 and level 6 step 1 where the impact of the wage would be felt by workers.
The Minister spoke in Abuja when the leadership of United Labour Congress (ULC) led by its President, Joe Ajeiro, paid him a courtesy at the ministry. While urging workers to show more understanding to the plight of the federal government, Ngige said the current economic realities, may make the new wage bill not feasible. He said that the government was avoiding a situation where it would have to lay off workers, adding that this would add to the burden of the citizenry.
Ngige appealed to the labour to accept the consequential adjustment from levels 7 to 17, adding that the federal government had only three months left to implement the new minimum wage. He said the government would not tell the labour leadwra what it could not pay, stating that no worker deserved to be owed salary.
The minister said: “There is no problem with disagreement in the labour system, when can sometimes disagree to later agree, on the national minimum wage, it will translate to an additional N580billion if government agrees to the consequential adjustment labour is proposing.
“Government cannot afford that kind of money now, besides the administration of President Buhari is more interested in the lowest cadre of workers which are those on grade level 1 step 1 and level 6 step 1, these are the ones who the N30,000 will have greater impact on.
“Government has done their own homework and brought out what they can use to defend this consequential adjustment. Grade 1 to 6 does not have any problem, but 7 to 14 band and 15 to 17 band this is where we have the problem. Once you finish a minimum wage and go into consequential adjustment you are trying to reach a collective bargaining agreement and once you are trying to reach and once you are the principle of ability to pay comes in.
“So if you push government to go and accede to an increment which its resources cannot accommodate, you are indirectly asking them to retrench workers so that the few that are remaining will get this big big money.
“We don’t want that, from 2015 the president has made it clear that he is not out to inflict pains on Nigerians and that he does not want to create unemployment but even at that our increase in population is galloping and our resources is not consequentialy increasing to meet up that is why we have a lot of unemployed youths on the street today.
“We need to arrive at an agreement as soon as possible so that we can use the 2019 budget allocation to deframe this consequential adjustment because it will be bad if we are unable to do it and we finish this financial year by December because the budget circle is going to return to January/December 2020 so we we have three months only before this recurrent funds as well are swept back into government treasury, that is the law.”
He regretted the inability of the joint negotiating team of both the government and labour to agree on the consequential adjustments, insisting that the new wage may become bloated by workers on grade levels 7-14 and 15-17. Already organised labour has started mobilising their members to embark on strike on the 16th of this month.
The Senator representing Imo West at the red chamber, has launched a campaign for the reduction of lawmakers at the national assembly to cut the cost of governance.
Speaking at the plenary session on Thursday October 3, the former Governor of Imo state said the number of Senators representing each state should be reduced from three to one. He also advocated for only three house of representatives members for each state.
“What (are) three senators doing that one senator cannot do?” Okorocha asked.
“Here, we have three senators per state. Over there,(house of representatives) over there, we have 360 eligible human beings. This country must begin to make sacrifices and cut down the cost of governance.”
Okorocha also asked what the current senate is doing different from the eight senate and previous ones.
“And if what we are doing today is similar to what we did in the 8th senate be rest assured the product will be the same,” he added.
He also told Senate President Ahmad Lawan that he pleaded with him “just two days ago to change your style”, adding: “If you change your style, you will get a new result.”
“Let’s proffer solutions and not create more problems for the executives. They are waiting for us. What do we have different to show?” the senator asked.
“The summary of what we have been talking about is money, we don’t have enough funds to support the needs of Nigerians, to create jobs and put food on the table of the common man.
“This problem arises from the fact that we depend on only one source of income which is crude oil, which consists of over 50% of our revenue and 90% of our foreign reserves, ad this oil is static.
“We should look inwards. Let us cut our clothes according our materials not our sizes. The budget of Nigeria is cut according to our size not the material available, and according to the solution.”
The issue of improperly registered SIM Cards had been going on for the past seven (7) years, but this time around, within forty five (45) days, we were able to solve the menace, most of the telecom operators were planning to see me, I refused to see them and directed them to get back on track first, the Honourable Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM has said.
The tireless energetic Minister made this assertion today while making his remarks during a meeting held with a delegation from the World Bank Group, led by the Country Director (Nigeria), Mr Shubham Chaudhuri held at the Ministry’s Headquarters, Abuja.
The global partners were at the Ministry to explore possible areas of collaboration aimed at eliminating global poverty and making efficient use of the Digital Space in Nigeria.
Dr. Pantami also disclosed the key focused area of the Ministry which includes, Fostering a Digital Economy; Promoting Indigenous Technologies; e-government implementation; Increased Broadband Penetration; Digital Job Creation; Digital Literacy and Effective ICT Regulation.
Pantami said, “Nigeria is blessed with an average youthful population of 18.5 years that are digital natives, as the Honourable Minister, under my watch, the Ministry will work round the clock to come up with policies that would promote the Nigerian youths and support a digital economy”.
The Management of BUA Ports and Terminal, BUA Group, has urged the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) to desist from peddling inaccurate information about their deliberate, quick and illegal decommissioning of BUA Terminal in Port Harcourt, Rivers State without following due process.
Responding to statements credited to the Managing Director of the Nigeria Ports Authority, Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman stating that the decision was taken for health and safety reasons as a result of failure of the terminal operators to reconstruct the berths, BUA disclosed that the NPA failed to carry out any of its own obligations under the Lease Agreement which are necessary and required for any meaningful reconstruction to take place. Neither has it responded to BUA’s several requests for approval to perform remedial action on the berth.
Notwithstanding, BUA said they had contacted a renowned construction company to effect the needed repairs at the terminal and thereafter paid the sum of 4.7million euros but lamented that approval letters sent to the NPA for work to begin were without reply thereby making any construction work impossible. BUA also said the failure of the NPA to provide security for the terminal as required in the lease agreement has given way for nefarious activities of hoodlums and vandals who over a period of time cut the pipes and steel beams of the berths thereby affecting their stability and consequently making remedial works imperative.
In another statement by BUA Group, they described attempts by the NPA to ensure it decommissions BUA Ports and Terminal without due consideration for arbitration or the subsisting court injunction, as scripted and in total disregard for due process and the rule of law.
According to the statement, “It is gratifying to note that the MD of the NPA admitted issuing a Notice of Termination but interestingly omitted to acknowledge that NPA failed to abide with the provisions of the Lease Agreement especially the dispute resolution provisions. The Agreement provides that certain steps must be taken where there is a dispute which if cannot be resolved amicably, should be referred to arbitration.
“As a responsible corporate citizen, which appreciates the coercive powers of the NPA as an agency of Government, BUA approached the Federal High Court for the protection of its rights and investments. The court dutifully granted an injunction restraining the NPA from giving effect to the Notice of Termination and also ordered parties to proceed to arbitration in accordance with the terms of the Agreement. In essence, NPA was enjoined to await the outcome of the arbitration proceedings.
Rather than wait for the outcome of the arbitration proceedings, which NPA itself had initiated, NPA again issued a letter decommissioning the terminals, which is tantamount to an effective termination of the Agreement, ostensibly relying on a letter written by us requesting the approval of NPA (as required under the Agreement), to carry out remedial works.
“We restate that there is no provision under the Agreement enabling NPA to decommission the terminals neither is there anything in our letter to the NPA that to suggest that the remedial works required to be carried out on the berths affected requires a closure of the entire Terminal.
“We note the statement by the MD of NPA alleging that BUA Ports and Terminals failed to reconstruct the berths as a purported reason for the said termination. It is however interesting to note that the MD of NPA failed to state that NPA actually failed to carry out any of its own obligations under the Agreement to date, which obligations are necessary and required for a concomitant obligation by for any meaningful reconstruction. For instance, the NPA has the specific obligation to dredge the ports, repair, renew, rebuild the quay walls and provide security for the terminals. It did not do any of these.
“It was the failure of the NPA to provide the required security that led to the nefarious activities of hoodlums and vandals who over a period of time cut the pipes and steel beams of the berths thereby affecting their stability and consequently making remedial works imperative.
“Our stance is that the NPA under the current management should desist from misleading the general pubic with inaccurate statements and deliberate misinformation.
“We restate that disputes are not resolved on pages of newspaper, twitter accounts or other social media.
“We believe that if the NPA has confidence in the merits of its case, it should as a law abiding Agency of Government and creation of statute, diligently prosecute its claims in the arbitration”. BUA Group added.
It should be noted that BUA Group had recently announced that it would commission its newly constructed flour, pasta and sugar plants in Port-Harcourt.
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Nigerians from all walks of life have given lavish commendation to the grand masters of data for the life-transforming unique consumer promotion tagged “Recharge and Win Big”, otherwise called “My Own Don Beta,” launched in Lagos on Thursday.
One of the special guests at the launch of the promo, Deputy Director, National Lottery Regulatory Commission, Mrs. Nkiru Onuzulu, who described Globacom as a credible brand, assured Nigerians of the credibility of the Glo promo adding, “NLRC is here because we have given approval to Glo and that means due process has been followed. We will ensure that everything promised will be delivered.”
Also speaking, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Director, Consumer Affairs, Mrs Felicia Onwuegbuchulam said: “Globacom has complied with the terms and conditions for the promo. This promo is a powerful empowerment tool. Imagine if a woman in the village wins the industrial sewing machine. We sincerely appreciate Glo and expect that other telecommunications organizations will emulate them to give back to subscribers in line with our slogan that the subscriber is king.”
From the University of Lagos, the Dean, Students Affairs, Prof. Ademola Adeleke congratulated Globacom for the promo which he described as a poverty alleviation gesture. Showing his delight, the Dean said “Up Glo! Coming from the University and knowing the depth of poverty in the society, we appreciate the promo. On behalf of the 55,000 UNILAG students, we will give support to the promo and publicise it on campus”.
From the sports sector, ex Super Eagles Captain, Austin Jay-Jay Okocha expressed delight to attend the launch of the promo adding that “as a Delta/Igbo businessman, I am seeing a lot of business opportunities. I can only say thank you to Glo.” President-General of the Nigerian Football Supporters, Dr. Rafiu Ladipo, testified that Globacom has been supporting the Club for over 15 years.
Welcoming guests, Globacom Retail and Consumer Sales Chief, David Maji, said the items to be won in the promo included Tricycles, popularly called Keke, Industrial Sewing Machines, Grinding Mills, and generators.
He disclosed that My Own Don Beta promo was open to all new and existing prepaid and postpaid subscribers, and would start on October 3, 2019.
On how to participate in the promo, Maji explained that all a prepaid subscriber needed to do was to recharge with a total of N200 in a day either in one recharge or cumulative recharges. “The more the recharge, the more entries the customer gets to the draw, thus the higher chances of winning”, he added.
Maji also stated that subscribers in all parts of the country would have a chance of emerging winners and that prize-presentation events would be held in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Benin, Ibadan, Kano, Jos, Enugu and Onitsha.
Other guests at the event included the Iyaloja of Lagos, Folashade Ojo; member, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Adewale Adedeji; the Acting Dean, Lagos State University, Dr. Olufemi Obayori, the Deputy Dean of Yaba College of Technology, Mr O.R. Balogun and several Nollywood stars including Funky Mallam, Broda Shaggy, Osas Ighodaro, Ebube Nwagbo, Damilola Adegbite and Odunlade Adekola.
Promise Isaac, who captained Nigeria to the 2008 Olympic silver medal and scored 79 goals in 11 professional seasons in Turkey, died late Wednesday after collapsing at his apartment gym in Austin, Texas, authorities said. He was 31.
His club, Austin Bold FC, on its Twitter handle paid homage on Thursday:
Austin Bold FC is heartbroken by the death of Isaac Promise, who passed away on Wednesday night.
Isaac Promise: 1987-2019
— Austin Bold FC (@AustinBoldFC) October 3, 2019
Promise was playing for the Austin Bold of the USL.
Police said authorities were called after a report of a deceased person at Isaac’s apartment building, but no further details have been provided.
Austin Bold owner Bobby Epstein said Isaac collapsed at the apartment gym and no foul play was suspected.
Isaac played for Nigeria at the 2005 World Youth Championship and captained the Under-23 national team that lost the 2008 Olympic final 1-0 to Lionel Messi and Argentina.
He also appeared in three matches for Nigeria’s senior national team.
Isaac played for seven clubs in Turkey, appearing in more than 350 matches.
He spent a season in Saudi Arabia before signing with Austin Bold, where he had three goals in 20 matches this season.
Chairman, Joint Tax Board (JTB), Mr. Babatunde Fowler, has disclosed that revenue generation at the sub-national level rose from N800.02 billion to N1.6trillion, representing 46.11% between 2016 and 2018.
Fowler made the disclosure yesterday in his welcome address at the North-Central zone regional flag-off of the New Tax Identification Number (TIN) Registration System and National Consolidated Taxpayer Database, which held at the Banquet Hall of the Kwara State Government House, Ilorin.
According to Fowler, the jump in revenue collection by states has been underpinned by the economic policies of the Federal Government, which, among other things, have resulted in the expansion of the national tax base from 10million to 20million and is expected to rise to 45million by the end of the year; growth in the collections by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) from N3.30 trillion in 2016 to N5.32 trillion in 2018, the highest ever and representing 53.81%; while non-oil revenue climbed to N2.85trillion, an equivalent of 54% of total revenue generation.
Fowler, who is also FIRS Chairman, explained that the New TIN Registration System is underpinned by a common desire by stakeholders to drive the financial regeneration of the country. This desire, he added, will be strengthened by the new system, which will lay the foundation for government at all levels to have access to the funding required to drive socio-economic growth and development exclusive of aids, grants and borrowing.
He noted that the choice of Kwara State for the North-Central regional flag-off of the New system was strategic. The state, he explained, has, over the last four years, been a leading light in ensuring sustainable internally generated revenue profile for the itself and the region.
“Having achieved a 221% increase in its collection from N7.1billion in 2015 at the time of attaining its autonomous status to N23billion in 2018, Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KWIRS) has become a benchmark for revenue authorities not just within the North-Central Region, but nationwide as well. “It is worthy of note that KWIRS is the only state revenue agency to in the country to have been ISO certified, with ISO 9001 for Quality Management System and ISO/IEC 22301 for Business Continuity Management System,” said Fowler.
He added that other states in the region are not left behind, noting that Niger State and Nasarawa State are among the top 15 states with an annual growth rate in excess of 20%.
The New TIN Registration System, Fowler explained, improves the efficiency and output of the entire tax administration process and enhances convenience to the taxpayers as well as the tax administrators, while guaranteeing that each taxpayer’s details are readily available to them at all times and anywhere.
“A significant feature of the New System is that it possesses the capability to integrate with all relevant agencies by leveraging on already captured data. With its ability to deploy analytics to discover underlying correlating trends and patterns, better visibility of the taxpayer is assured inherently leading to increased Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) for all tiers of government. “Thus, the new system reduces the burden of taxpayer information management, while at the same time significantly reducing the cost of collection,” said Fowler.
BBNaija Pepper Dem housemate, Mercy aka Lambo shows promise by becoming the last woman standing in the house, competing for the N60million worth of prizes alongside fellow male housemates Frodd, Seyi, Mike and Omashola
Mercy’s time in the house so far has not been without drama particularly the moment when she had to be physically restrained during a row with now disqualified housemate Tacha. Besides the drama, Mercy has proven herself to be goal driven, from winning the HoH challenge down to the tasks prepared by the sponsors. She is also known for her ever-changing style and sense of humor.
The finale will hold Live on Sunday, 6 October and BBNaija fans will get to experience an intense conclusion of the reality show.
Will she make history by emerging the first woman to win BBNaija?
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