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Delta Monarchs Beg Govt to Fix Lagos-Asaba Expressway

Delta State Council of Traditional Rulers, DSCTR, has pleaded with the Federal Government to urgently intervene by fixing the bad portion of Lagos-Asaba road between Ubulu-Okiti and Otulu Junction, saying it has become a death trap for motorists and other road users.

In a statement in Asaba, Chairman of the Council and Obi of Owa Dr. Emmanuel Efezeimor II, decried the deplorable condition of the road noting that urgent steps should be taken to fix the portion of the road to avert danger.

The monarchs said that the Lagos-Asaba road is the gate way to the eastern part of the country contending that the road usually witnesses heavy traffic during the yuletide thereby underscoring the need for government to urgently take action.

The royal fathers also stressed "the need for the deployment of officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, to divert motorists from the bad portion of the road."
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1,000 Ex-Airways Workers Receive Benefits

About 1000 ex-staff of the Nigeria Airways Limited have started receiving bank alerts for the part payment of their severance benefits.

The payment of the first batch is coming barely few days after the conclusion of the verification exercise held in the three zones of the country, including: Lagos, Kano and Enugu.

Chairman, Aviation Union Grand Alliance (AUGA) Comrade Luqmon Animashaun who confirmed the payment yesterday, said that those who have received banks alerts were jubilating, rejoicing that the exercise and the stress they went through was not in vain.

As at Tuesday, the first 1,000 cleared and forwarded for credit after the exercise are said to have received their money.

One of the beneficiaries, Mr. Lasaki Akintomiwa told LEADERSHIP that, finally, they have been led out of the woods of deprivation and entitlement denial by the God sent Minister of Finance, Hajia Zainab Ahmed.

In Lagos alone, no fewer than 4,000 members of the ex-staff were cleared during the rigorous verification exercise.
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Get Safety Requirements, Avoid Arrest, FRSC Tells Motorists

The Federal Road Safety Corps, on Tuesday, advised motorists to avoid arrest by meeting the minimum safety standards.

Mr Hyginus Omeje, the Lagos State Sector Commander of FRSC, warned in Lagos that the corps would randomly pick vehicles for inspection during the ‘Operation Restore Sanity on Lagos Roads/Operation Velvet’.

Omeje noted that the ‘operation’ was inaugurated on Thursday by the police in conjunction with agencies such as FRSC, Lagos State Traffic ManagementAuthority and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps to tackle perennial gridlock in the state.

“During the exercise, motorists will be randomly picked to check for minimum safety requirements in their vehicles.

You must have your driver’s licence, your vehicle documents must be in order, you must have your fire extinguisher, jack, wheel spanner and caution sign, among others.

“If we observe that your lights are broken, and all those things mentioned are lacking, your vehicle will be impounded and you will be made to restore it and get everything in order before its release,” Omeje said.

The FRSC sector commander said that all erring motorists would be arraigned and prosecuted before mobile courts.

Omeje, decried motorists’ disregard for traffic rules.

He condemned driving against traffic, describing it as abnormal and suicidal.

Omeje told NAN that 120 FRSC men would be deployed from its 10 unit commands in the state to join in the operation.

According to him, those to be deployed would be different from those already in the Special Team on Apapa Gridlock.

NAN reports that the `Operation Restore Sanity on Lagos Roads/Operation Velvet’ team is headed by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Imohimi Edgal.

The police identified some roads and areas for robust intervention during the exercise.

They include Akpogbon and Obalende bridges, Marina, Bar Beach and Idumota-lddo on Lagos Island; Allen Avenue, Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Agidingbin by Omole, Ile Zik-Mangoro and Agege Motor Road in Ikeja axis.

The others are ljora Badia, Alaka Junction and Ojuelegba on Lagos Mainland, as well as Alakija, lyana-Iba, Alaba Rago and Festac First Gate on the Mile 2-Badagry Road.
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Three Terrifying Attractions In China

China is a country rich in culture and has a huge population of about 1.3 billion people as of 2017. In addition, they have advanced in science and technology that even the US is having a hard time putting a clamp on
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VAT Removal from Airfares to Make Domestic Flight More Affordable – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the recent decision by the Federal Government to remove Value Added Tax (VAT) from domestic air transportation is to make air
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No Missing Names, Govt Says - Set to Start Payment of Ex-Nigerian Airways Staff

The federal government on Sunday said there are no missing names of beneficiaries in the ongoing verification of the liquidated Nigeria Airways Limited (NAL) workers.
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Norway Announces Plan to Increase Visa Issuance to Nigerians

The Norwegian Ambassador to Nigeria, Amb. Jens-Petter Kjemprud, on Monday disclosed the plan by the Embassy to increase visas issuance to Nigerians.
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Ex-Nigerian Airways Workers to Receive 50% of Benefits

The Federal Government says it will pay 50 percent of entitlements owed ex-staff of the defunct Nigerian Airways in 2018 and pay the other half next year.

The Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, made the disclosure while briefing journalists after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday in Abuja.

Ahmed said that though the formal approval given for payment of the entitlements was N45 billion, due to the paucity of funds, President Muhammadu Buhari, only gave approval for the initial payment of 50 per cent (N22.6 billion).

“We hope in 2019, to pay the balance,” she said.
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Govt Extends Verification for Nigeria Airways Ex-Workers

Minister of Finance, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, has directed the extension of the ongoing verification and payment of former workers of the defunct Nigeria Airways and assured that the exercise would continue until everybody is captured.

Initially, the exercise was billed to last for one week.Ahmed gave the directive yesterday during her visit for on-the-spot assessment of the exercise across the three centres in Kano, Enugu and Lagos. She said that additional desks had been made available to address all complaints.

This is contained in a statement by her Special Adviser on Media and Communications, Paul Abechi. Represented by the secretary, Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit (PICA), Dr. Mohammed Dikwa, the minister appealed to all participants to be patient with the officials.

According to her, over 6,000 former staff of the liquidated airline spread across the three centres will be attended to during the period of the exercise.He added that 40 per cent would be attended to in Kano 50 per cent in Lagos and 10 per cent in Enugu.

"We are here on behalf of the honourable minister of finance, Hajia Zainab Ahmed, based on the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari, to release the entitlements of ex-workers of Nigeria Airways Limited (liquidation). We are very much aware at the federal level of the suffering you have undergone over the years. It is as a result of this that Mr. President forced the honourable minister to immediately release funds for the ex-workers of the Nigerians Airways," Dr. Dikwa said.He added that the verification became necessary since the funds had been made available.

"Let me inform you that the verification exercise will continue until such a time that each and everyone that is entitled is captured. I want you to be patient and orderly, so that you get verified and get your entitlements latest by next week.

"For many of you who were omited, we will address it squarely and make sure that all those who are entitled and admitted are verified and paid their entitlements. On this note, we are going to dedicate additional desk for you to go and lay your complaints, put down your details, and as soon as the team reports back to Abuja next week, we will address the matter with dispatch.

"And for those who are deceased and are also omitted, be assured that your entitlements will be paid. We are going to look into the records and be sure that you are entitled, and once that is ascertained, you will be paid," the minister reassured.
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Invalid Documents - Vehicle Inspectors Deploys Street Cameras in Lagos

The Lagos State Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS) has deployed streets cameras to detect vehicles plying Lagos roads with invalid documents.

The deployment of the IT technology followed the launch of an e-inspection and e-billing system last year.

The system will use street cameras, car number plate recognition and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) to identify vehicles plying Lagos Roads without valid documents.

According to a statement from the state VIS, the street cameras will capture vehicles randomly while the details of the vehicle will be run through the vehicle database and a bill will be sent to the house of the owners of errant vehicles.

It was learnt that already some motorists have started getting such bills in their houses and a team will be sent to impound any car if the owner refuses to pay the fine or correct any inconsistent bill within seven days.

Also, the fines may range from N20, 000 to N250, 000, depending on the offence and the number of times an offender has been caught.

It would be recalled that the Governor of the state, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode had banned vehicle inspection on the road by the VIS officials.

The government had therefore automated the system and reorganized the VIS by the introduction of the computerized inspection centres across the nooks and crannies of Lagos state.

The VIS officials however, warned vehicle owners to regularise their papers so as not to fall victims of the new electronic detection system
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