Akande, Aregbesola, Olumaikaye Harp on Religious Tolerance, Love

Former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Adebisi Akande and Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun state have

Former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Adebisi Akande and Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun state have jointly canvassed for religious tolerance and understanding among Nigerians.

The duo stated that humanity and good character defines human being rather than religion saying that religion should not be placed above humanity and virtuous.

The former and current governor of the state spoke at a reception organized for the Anglican Bishop, Osun North East Diocese, Reverend Dr Humphrey Olumaikaiye by Akande at his country home in Ila-Orangun, Osun State.

Speaking, Aregbesola said the world will be great if everybody relates to one another and as human being in good manner rather than religion.

Aregbesola said religion should not be a factor to determine existence, stating that each and everybody should be defined based on his or her relationship with the people around him.

The host, described Olumaikaiye as a godly, friendly, brilliant and distinguished personality who is enlightened beyond religious bigotry.

Responding, Olumaikaiye called on religion faithful to stop preaching religion, if they are not ready to address the various challenges facing the country.

Instead of preaching religion, Olumaikaye urged the faithful of the two religions to preach love, tolerance, understanding and peace.

According to Olumaikaiye, love supersedes every other preaching and remains the only way out of the various challenges confronting the country.

He lauded Aregbesola for the infrastructural development and transformation of the state, describing his administration as focused and progressive.

 

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Dangote To Employ 350 LSETF’s Employability Support Project Trainees

Indication has emerged that Nigeria’s leading employer of labour Dangote Group of companies and the organization’s partners’ vendors  are set

Indication has emerged that Nigeria’s leading employer of labour Dangote Group of companies and the organization’s partners’ vendors  are set to employ over 350 graduates of the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) Employability Support Project, following the completion of an eight weeks intensive training exercise.

The Executive Secretary of LSETF, Akintunde Oyebode, who disclosed this to Journalists on Tuesday commended Dangote Group and other partners for the gesture, saying the Employability Support Project, was providing a viable platform to bridge the gap of shortage of skilled and employable labour required to fill the needs of the job market.

He said, “Manpower skills gap remains a significant issue for businesses operating in the State and we are pleased to see that world-class brands are satisfied with the quality of our trainees and the scheme in general.

“I enjoin other corporate organizations to follow Dangote’s lead in recruiting the well trained and certified manpower that the Employability Support Project, has produced and supporting the Lagos State Government in its effort to bridge the unemployment gap in the state.”

Harping on the essence of the job fair recently held in Lagos, the CEO, Arc Skills Nigeria CEO, Amit Washington represented by the General manager Mrs Ebunoluwa Bolodeoku    said the move by Dangote and its partner vendors to employ trainees of the Employability Support Project, is a testament to the quality of the scheme.

“Today is another milestone for us, one of the many that have been achieved under this project as we march towards creating sustainable employment for our youths. The vision for setting up this project, the first of its kind in Nigeria, is to increase the pool of employable graduates.

 

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Engineers Challenge Govts, Stakeholders On Occupational Safety, Health Practices

The president of American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Nigeria Chapter), Mr Stephen Udezi has challenged all levels of government

The president of American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Nigeria Chapter), Mr Stephen Udezi has challenged all levels of government and stakeholders on the need to adapt to relevant safety and health practices within the workplace and environment.

Udezi stated this in Lagos at the just concluded professional development conference, technical session, exhibition and networking organized by the ASSE Nigeria chapter in collaboration with Lagos state safety commission.

Speaking on the theme, ‘Sustainable Efforts at Repositioning Occupational Safety & Health Practice in Nigeria’, he lamented the increasing number of safety issues at homes, schools, companies, organizations and government institutions.

Udezi, who is also a Safety Health and Environment (SH & E) expert, said that the increasing number of safety issues prompted the theme of this year’s event adding that professionals in safety sector must be good ambassadors in the country.

He said: “Let’s listen, digest and put to good use every lecture, so that we can go home and achieve our collective  desire in ensuring that Nigeria becomes a reference point for best practices in occupational and health practices”.

In his address, the director general/ CEO of Lagos state safety commission, Hon. Hakeem Olaogun Dickson noted that the commission in its efforts to maintain effective networking with relevant stakeholders in reducing workplace accidents, illnesses, injuries, diseases and facilities joined the vision zero campaign.

The campaign was globally launched by International Social Security Association (ISSA) and International Labour Organization (ILO) with the aim of preventing disease, injuries, illnesses and fatalities through the seven golden rules.

Dickson explained that the commission is expected to drive the campaign through a three dimension approach such as safety, health and wellbeing in workplaces.

He noted that Lagos state safety commission created vision zero awareness geared towards achieving zero harm in workplaces.

 


Stop Attacks On Children In Conflict Zones Around World – UNICEF

UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore on Tuesday said the rules of war regarding the unlawful targeting of children must be

UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore on Tuesday said the rules of war regarding the unlawful targeting of children must be respected, while attacks on children around the world must stop immediately.

“The rules of war prohibits the unlawful targeting of civilians, attacks on schools or hospitals, the use, recruitment and unlawful detention of children, and the denial of humanitarian assistance.

“When conflicts break out, these rules need to be respected and those who break them need to be held to account. Enough is enough. Stop attacks on children,’’ Fore said.

Fore said that no method of warfare has been off-limits, including attacks on schools, hospitals and civilian infrastructure in Yemen, South Sudan, Gaza, Bangladesh and Syria among others.

“Children have been abducted, recruited for fighting, abused and denied humanitarian assistance,’’ Fore added.

Fore also said that UNICEF has only received 16 per cent of the funding it needs for the year in order to protect children with basic needs, including food, vaccinations, protection services and schooling.

NAN reports that UNICEF said 357 million children, or one in six children worldwide, live in conflict zones, an increase of 75 per cent over the early 1990s.

According to UNICEF report, enhanced urbanization, protracted conflicts, and the rise in the number of schools and hospitals that are targeted by attacks increase the danger to children.

Other hazards include kidnapping and sexual abuse.

“We are seeing a shocking increase in the number of children growing up in conflict-affected areas and exposed to the worst forms of violence you can imagine,” said Save the Children president Hele Thorning-Schmidt.

“Children suffer things that no child has to encounter – from sexual abuse to being used as a kamikaze in bomb attacks, their homes, schools and playgrounds become battlefields,” said Torning-Schmidt, a former prime minister of Denmark.

UN data show that more than 73,000 children were killed or mutilated in 25 conflicts since 2005 when they started this statistic. Since 2010, the number of UN-confirmed murdered or crippled childen has risen by nearly 300 per cent.

However, according to volunteer organizations, the real figures are likely to be much higher given the difficulties in confirming data in conflict zones.

“Save the Children” points out that the deterioration of the situation for children in conflict zones is due to the increasing urban fights and the increasing use of bombs in densely populated areas.

 

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Women Urge FG To Address Issues Affecting Their Progress

Nigerian Women has urged the federal government to address all issues affecting their progress in the country, as contained in

Nigerian Women has urged the federal government to address all issues affecting their progress in the country, as contained in a 10 Action Point Charter, recently presented to the National Assembly.

This was made know at the ‘One Million Women’s March’ organised by the Women For Women (WFW) held recently in Abuja, with the theme: pressing for progress.

The mobilizer FCT Women for Women, Hajia Binta Ibrahim, explained that the march signifies intact unity amongst Nigerian women with the aim of achieving one goal.

“We demand that political under-representation and exclusion of women and girls be addressed, as well as poverty hunger, insecurity and sustainable environment for women and girls.

According to Ibrahim, a lot of women sponsored themselves to this unity rally from their various states. “Women no longer accept the back seat, this group is not politically affiliated but we are here to support any woman that is interested in seeking political office”.

Earlier, the National Woman Leader, National Association of Nigerian Traders,  Ruth Agboko affirmed that women most have active participation at all levels of government ” over the years some people say women are to be seen not heard but it is a new dawn. Women are endowed to make positive change if we can make home comfortable we can in like manner contribute to the leadership of this great nation.

Women traders contribute a great deal to the GDP of Nigeria and when it’s comes to numerical strength  women are about  half the population  of Nigeria.  If we are not liabilities then we should be recognized as assets.

Convener of the rally Hon. Nkoyo Toyo representing Calabar/Odukpani federal constituency of Cross River state, explained that the march was influenced by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) to transform the world.

Toyo stated that  women and girls have continued to be discriminated upon and marginalised even in areas were they have proven their capability, calling for genuine support and inclusive government where both men and women will have equal opportunities.

 

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PDP Extols The Late Sheik Isyaku Rabiu

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has extoled the virtues of late Islamic Scholar, businessman and philanthropist, Sheik Isyaku Rabiu, as

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has extoled the virtues of late Islamic Scholar, businessman and philanthropist, Sheik Isyaku Rabiu, as a devout Muslim and a man of peace whose humility, in spite of towering attainments in all spheres of life, remains exemplary.

The party said Sheik Rabiu’s death is a huge loss, not only to his family, associates and the Muslim community, but also to the entire nation and humanity at large.

The PDP national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbodinyan, in a release, maintained that Sheik Rabiu will be remembered for his words of wisdom, unparalleled generosity and excellent sense of administration for which he recorded many successes in life.

“The party condoles with the Muslim community, the government and people of Kano state and the Sheik’s family over the loss.

“The PDP prays God to grant him eternal rest and give his family and associates the fortitude the bear the irreparable loss,” PDP added.

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Don Recommends Use Of Bicycles For Short Trips

A professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA, Professor Eno Okoko has recommended

A professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA, Professor Eno Okoko has recommended the use of bicycles for short trips by the commuting population in Nigerian cities.

He made this recommendation yesterday in Akure while delivering the 98th Inaugural Lecture of the University tagged: ‘Spatial Interaction -The Quintessence of Urban Mobility’.

Okoko said bicycle as a mode of transportation for short trips is energy efficient, non-polluting and environment friendly.  He said “because of its flexibility and ability to render door-to-door services in towns where the road condition does not permit an efficient operation of taxi or bus services and its ability to beat long queues of vehicle on roads where the traffic situation is chaotic, bicycles have advantages over other modes of para-transit transport even in terms of travel time.”

He, however,called on governments and road builders to henceforth include bikeways in urban road designs as is the case in other countries.  He cited examples of London, New York and San Francisco where network of bicycle lanes are expanded to accommodate its usage. Citing further examples, like Venice and Mdina in Malta where motorised transport is not allowed inside the city, he encouraged Nigeria to follow suit because a sizeable proportion of the urban population walk around in city centres.

He said “some municipal authorities deliberately encourage communities to ambulate or walk in the city in order to reduce the population of cars.

  It has similar advantages as bicycling and requires no fuel other than a person’s most recent meal and it has old origin.”

The don, lamented lack of effective “pedestrianisation” measures in most of our cities, saying pedestrians constitute about 22% of all road deaths, the majority being school children, women and the elderly.  He thus recommended the provision of pedestrian traffic facilities in the city centres in order to ensure seamless spatial interaction and quintessential urban mobility.

Speaking further, Okoko frowned at inappropriate activities like street trading and unauthorised street parking.  He called on relevant agencies to implement the parking regulations, provide parking spaces and if need be develop multi-storied and underground parking facilities.  He commended the off-street parking facilities in Akure city and recommended same for other busy commercial cities and streets in Nigeria.

He also commended the efforts of the Federal Road Safety Commission [FRSC] in preventing and reducing road accidents through the implementation of speed limits.  He however recommended the adoption of Intelligent Transport Systems [ITS] in Nigeria as operating in developed countries.  He said the ITS concept emerged when transportation professionals recognised that electronic and communication technologies could play a significant role in optimizing road transportation, especially in improving safety, mobility and efficiency of transport by automatically controlling the speed of vehicles.

Okoko further suggested the use of a national transport data bank to take care of transportation planning, traffic management and transportation modelling.  “We currently rely on the postdiluvian technique of manual data collection for transportation planning in Nigeria.  The time is now apt for Nigeria to have a national transport data bank for planning purposes.” he added. Professor Okoko, a first class graduate of Geography at the University of Maiduguri also recommended option of opening up the underground to utilize underground space for transport route development in Nigeria.  He said this is necessary because of the growing population and number of cars.  Similarly, Professor Okoko appealed to the government to improve on mass transit systems to meet the needs of the teeming populace.

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Senate Pronouncement: FCT Police Pledges Support To IGP Idris

Following the declaration of Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris as an enemy of democracy by the Senate, the

Following the declaration of Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris as an enemy of democracy by the Senate, the FCT Police Command has Pledged its support and confidence in the current management of the Nigeria police under IGP Idris.

In a statement signed by the Command’s PRO, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, the Command said “The Commissioner of Police and the entire personnel of the FCT Command wish to reaffirm their unalloyed loyalty to the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris and his entire management team.

“Our believe in your dynamic and purposeful leadership in steering the affairs of the Nigeria Police Force which has given good account of itself in confronting the security challenges in the country in line with International best practices remains unwavering.

“The Command applauds your pragmatic approach to policing the contemporary Nigeria society. Your expertise and wealth of experience as a seasoned super cop has been brought to bear in your approach and determination to provide security to all and sundry in the Country.

This, you have eloquently demonstrated with the inauguration of the Police Rapid Response Squad in FCT to ensure that all good and law abiding citizens of the FCT both high and low are adequately secured.”

The statement further added that “no doubt, the crackdown on the criminal elements and the recovery of their deadly arms in Benue, Kaduna and other parts of the Country attest to your resilience and workable strategy in crime fighting.

“Your uncommon courage, forthrightness and exemplary leadership style

have endeared you to our hearts and we shall continue to stand by you

both in and out of your service to the Country and humanity.”

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Lagos Mulls Installation Of 10,000 CCTV Cameras To Drive Smart City Project

Lagos State Government on Friday said it is considering installation of additional 10,000 High Definition (HD) CCTV cameras across the

Lagos State Government on Friday said it is considering installation of additional 10,000 High Definition (HD) CCTV cameras across the State as part of the comprehensive Smart City Programme

Speaking at the annual Ministerial Press briefings in Lagos the Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr Hakeem Fahm said the smart city initiative, which is on course, was intended to allow the people and companies operate in a safe and secure environment thereby creating more jobs and increasing the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the State.

He said the focus of the smart city programme basically includes provision of security and surveillance, implementation of a metro fibre network and e-Governance, adding that apart from HD cameras with gantries deployed in the first phase, other scope of the project involves integration of the deployed cameras with Centralized Emergency Command and Control Centre (CCC), provision of road signature structure and street lights across the State.

“In the second phase of the project, we will be deploying 10,000 HD cameras, world class e-Government solution and data centre solution, one key alarm, metro fibre network to serve as backbone for communication and unified communications with smart phones for first respondent agencies such as police, fire service, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS), Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO), among others,” Fahm said.

He said the initiative would address security, transportation and infrastructure in a sustainable manner, adding that thousands of surveillance CCTV cameras would eventually be deployed across the length and breadth of the state.

“The security component will deploy thousands of surveillance CCTV cameras through the length and breadth of the State. The transportation component focuses on Intelligent Transport Service (ITS) and the connectivity component with provision of a metro fibre network through a major Internet Service Provider (IPS) that will eventually lead connectivity to various homes, offices and institutions in the State,” Fahm said.

On activities of the Ministry in the last one year, the Commissioner said it was gratifying to report major portals being developed such as Driver’s Licence Processing and Verification Portals to ease the process of driver’s licence issuance and verification of vehicle registration, Education portals to enhance learning and registration of private schools, while Land Use Charge portal and Citizens Gate app, a platform where residents can engage with government online, were successfully implemented.

He said through the Lagos State Online recruitment and testing portal, a total of 1,500 Local Government staff were recruited in November 2017, while free Wi-fi were provided at three selected parks and gardens across the State with plans to provide additional Wi-fi access at bus terminals and several parks and gardens in the State.

On Yaba Information Communication Technology (ICT) hub, the Commissioner said the project was another eloquent example of the commitment of the present administration to truly create another Silicon Valley in the State where new set of entrepreneurs and innovators would be raised to address the challenges confronting the nation in the ICT sector.

He said upon completion of the project, Lagos would become the catalyst for Information Technology (IT) penetration and enablement not just in Nigeria but Africa.

According to him, “The ICT hub is aimed at boosting innovation and creativity among youths with soft skills knowledge in the State. The hub would create enabling environment for youths to showcase their talents, being future technology leaders and with a burgeoning youth population facing growing employment challenges, Lagos State saw the need to embrace software development and key into vast opportunities available.”

 

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FRSC Partners Ministry To Remove Speed Bumps In Nasarawa State

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nasarawa State Command, says it is partnering with the Federal Ministry Power, Works and

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nasarawa State Command, says it is partnering with the Federal Ministry Power, Works and Housing to remove speed bumps on highways across the state.

Mrs Faustina Alegbe, Sector Commander of FRSC in the state, disclosed this on Friday in Lafia at a workshop organised by the corps for stakeholders in the transport sector in the state.

Alegbe said that in a bid to reduce the prevalent rate of accidents on the highways, the FRSC in the state was collaborating with the ministry to remove all speed bumps.

“Any major highway is not supposed to be littered with speed bumps. Myself and the Federal Controller of Works had visited his Royal Highness the Emir of Lafia and he agreed with us.

“So, we are about fixing a time when we can go and remove the speed bumps on the highways across the state,” she said.

To achieve the goal, she said, the corps had embarked on advocacy using the media, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) safety club, government agencies and schools and tertiary institutions.

She called on motorists to complement the FRSC’s efforts at reducing road crashes by obeying traffic regulations and avoid drinking before driving.

In his paper titled: ‘Seizure and Driving’, Dr Chidozie Adoku, Head of Department, Internal Medicine, Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, Lafia, advised drivers to observe routine medical check-up to ascertain their medical condition before driving.

Malam Yusuf Salihu, a commercial driver and participant at the workshop, expressed relief over the decision of FRSC to remove speed bumps on the state highways.

Salihu, however, admitted that motorists must reciprocate the gesture by adhering strictly to high way rules and regulations.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the workshop brought together drivers from government agencies and commercial drivers across the 13 local government areas of the state. (NAN)

 

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