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Accidents: Lagos mulls designated routes for trucks, articulated vehicles



The Lagos State Government said it was contemplating implementing logistic routes for trucks and articulated vehicles as specified in the state’s Transport Master Plan.

The Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, made the disclosure at a Stakeholders’ meeting on Thursday at Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa Ikeja.

Oladeinde said that the decision was made following recurring truck accidents happening within the state, especially the most recent ones which resulted in the loss of lives and property.

He noted that in order to curb incessant truck accidents, the stakeholders were gathered periodically to chart robust strategies that would further checkmate unceasing truck accidents in the state.

The commissioner for transportation said that the safety and security of Lagosians remained paramount to the government.

He stressed that a combination of different policies, which included erecting truck barriers, compliance with minimum safety standards and restricting movement of articulated vehicles to designated routes, would curb the persistent accidents.

Explaining the proposed logistic routes for trucks and articulated vehicles, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Mr Abdulhafiz Toriola, noted that the government was considering implementing the use of designated routes.

Toriola said that the routes were one of the strategies to checkmate the operations and activities of trucks plying the state roads.

He said that government did not want to take unilateral decisions hence, it called for the stakeholders’ engagement to dialogue with relevant unions before taking necessary steps.

The permanent secretary also mentioned that the ministry was reviewing the Minimum Safety Standard Procedure for trucks and articulated vehicles being implemented by the Nigerian Ports Authority.

He said it might modify the SSP by including the Vehicle Inspection Service and Federal Road Safety Commission officials in the inspection process.

Toriola also expressed the government’s willingness to collaborate with relevant truck operators to ensure that drivers manning the steering of trucks were well-trained.

He added that only qualified drivers were allowed to drive the trucks/articulated vehicles within the state.

Earlier, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Mr Sola Giwa, said the meeting was germane because of lives that were being lost daily due to negligence by drivers and truck owners.

Giwa said as a responsive and proactive government, it would not condone unabated truck accidents resulting in the killing of innocent citizens.

He further stated that the collaboration of the government and truck unions would go a long way at ensuring the most desired sanity on our roads.

Giwa said that this could be achieved with the full support of the Police and the state’s law enforcement agencies.

“The Representative of Council of Maritime Transport Union and Association, Mr Adeyinka Aroyewun, called for genuineness and clarity of purpose by both parties to help in achieving the desired results.

Also, Chief Remi Ogungbemi of the Association of Maritime Truck Owners urged the government to checkmate the activities of area boys who had constituted themselves as threats to the lives of their members.

Present at the meeting were representatives from the Nigerian Ports Authority, Depot and Petroleum Product Marketers Association and Council Of Maritime Transport Unions and Associations.

Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria, Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners and Association of Maritime Truck Owners also attended the event, among others stakeholders.

All Stakeholders agreed to work with the state government to tackle the menace of trucks and articulated vehicle drivers in the state.


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Gov. Sule of Nasarawa State wins second term bid



The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), have declared

The incumbent Governor of Nasarawa State, Engr Abdullahi Sule of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) winner of last Saturday’ governorship election in the state.

Governor Sule, who was declared winner on Monday morning, defeated the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, David Umbugadu, by a margin of 64,193 to emerge winner.

While declaring the result, the INEC Collation Officer, Prof. Tanko Ishaya, said Sule scored 347,209 votes to defeat his closest rival David Umbugadu of People’s Democratic party (PDP), who polled a total of 283,016 votes.

Candidate of New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) Abdullahi Maidoya came third with 11,726 votes, while that of Social Democratic Party, (SDP) Mohammed Alfa Nyas got 9003 votes.

According to INEC, Sule won seven out of the 13 Local Government Areas in the state.

The state Collation Officer, said the total number of registered voters were 1,899,244, while the number of accredited voters were 668,978

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Abia APGA rejects Governorship Poll results as Labour Party leads



The results of the March 18 governorship poll in Abia state has been rejected by the All Progressives Grand Alliance. The Independent National Electoral Commission has so far announced results in 10 LGAs. In a statement signed on Monday by the APGA Chairman Abia State, Rev. Augustine Ehiemere, the party said it would not accept an election “marred by irregularities.” It, however, urged supporters to remain calm as they await the conclusion of the process. The statement read partly, “The results so far announced did not in any way reflect the will of the good people of Abia voters as demonstrated at the various polling units.“We are highly disappointed that the votes cast for our candidate, Professor Greg Ibe, were suppressed and not credited to him.“Regrettably too, there were brazen irregularities, including snatching of ballot papers, over-voting, unprecedented manipulation and violence against the opposition.“Most of the results were collated without recourse to BVAS machines, hence, they cannot be relied upon.“We appeal to our members to remain calm and watch things unfold. We firmly believe that light will triumph over darkness, and Abia emancipated from the chains of undemocratic forces.“The election was marred with irregularities in all parts of the state, and APGA cannot accept a highly flawed election.” Only ten local government results have so far been collated, and they include; Ukwa East, Umunneochi, Ukwa West, Bende, Isialangwa North, Isialangwa South, Arochukwu, Ugwunnagbo, Isuikwuato and Ikwuano. So far, the results announced puts the Labour Party in the lead with a margin of 13,132.

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BREAKING: INEC Declares PDP’s Mutfwang winner of Plateau Gov Election



The Plateau State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Caleb Mutfwang, has been declared as the winner of Saturday’s governorship election by the Independent National Electoral Commission.The result declared by the INEC Presiding Officer, Musa Yusuf, after counting the votes scored by parties that participated in the election shows that Mutfwang had the highest votes beating the All Progressives Candidate, Nentawe Yilwatda.Recall that the PDP governorship candidate was reported to be taking an early lead as of 11 am when INEC resumed collations of results from the 17 local government areas of the state.Details later…

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