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“Lagos is the destination of choice for many foreign visitors and investors,” he stated.
“This preference has translated to increased motorisation and business transactions which often impede on existing transportation infrastructure.” he further stated.
Speaking on the relative stability achieved in the rate of tanker crashes in the country following FRSC’s interventions after the first fatal crash that occurred on 31st May, 2015 in Anambra state, Oyeyemi stated that with the deployment of FRSC officials to the depots and tank farms across the country under the “safe to load” scheme, a total of 10,782 trucks have so far been checked, out of which 4,211 were found not to have met the minimum safety standards, adding that 3,472 of the drivers were found with expired driver’s licence.
The Corps Marshal commended the Lagos sate government for establishing 5 coordinated driver institutes in the state, describing the policy as exemplary, and called for its sustenance to accomplish the intended purpose. While applauding the state Governor, Akinwumi Ambode for his untiring efforts to resolve the perennial Lagos traffic, Oyeyemi assured the state of sustained collaboration of the FRSC in the collective determination to make the state attractive to investors and tourists through efficient traffic management.
On the way forward for the Lagos traffic snarl, Oyeyemi called for road user education, approval for the Nigeria Road Safety Strategy (NRSS) by the Federal Executive Council which he urges the state to immediately commence its implementation; exposure of traffic managers to modern traffic systems and best practice and the need for Lagos state traffic management authorities to collaborate with the FRSC to promote regular interfacing and independent review of policies.
“Lagos state government should increase the capacity of the current mass transit scheme, to serve as disincentive to private vehicle usage in the state,” he stated.
“The state should also empower traffic management/enforcement agencies to operate 24 hours and the state government should strengthen the enforcement collaboration of Lagos VIO, LASTMA and the FRSC.
“Lagos state is to create dedicated lanes for non-motorised transport and encourage the use of bicycles to cover short distances,” Oyeyemi submitted.
The Summit which was declared open by the Governor of Lagos state, Akiwunmi Ambode attracted paper presentations from different transport experts, academia and transport operators and drew participation from different stakeholders.
Senator Yarima, is representing Zamfara West constituency and chairman Senate Committee on Marine Transport.
The senator, who made the remark at an interactive session with some journalists in Abuja yesterday, said that there was no vacancy in Aso Villa come 2019.
Responding to a question as to whether he would be running for presidency in 2019, Yarima said: “I don’t think there is any vacancy. As far as I am concerned, President Buhari must go for a second term. You see he has come back with something new; the man is incorruptible.”
On why he had remained relatively quiet, Senator Yarima said: “The simple answer is that you talk only when it is necessary.”
According to him, while in office as Governor, he had to constantly engage the media in explaining the issue of Sharia policy as well as other programmes and activities government.
“While in office as governor and before I came to the senate everybody knew I had to be talking and going round the country meeting the press in Lagos, London and everywhere,” he said, adding: “Most importantly while in the senate during the last two sessions I was a minority leader.”
While denying any link between the Sharia he introduced and the current insecurity occasioned by the Boko Haram insurgency, Senator Yarima said the Boko Haram insurgency had nothing to do with the religion of Islam.
Speaking at the ceremony, President Muhammad Buhari said the emir was appointed as the university’s chancellor because of his wealth of experience and integrity.
He called on him to use his experience to improve the university.
Represented by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, the president warned vice chancellors and management of universities in the country against corrupt practices.
“We are committed to the fight against corruption. The federal government will ensure that wastages and leakages are blocked and perpetrators are brought to book,” he said.
The Chancellor, Muhammad Sanusi II, in his address said he would work hard to consolidate on the good work and ideas of his predecessors in line with goals of the founding fathers of the university.
He thanked the federal government for finding him worthy of the appointment.
In his address, Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Faraday Orumwense, said the institution was committed to staff welfare, reduction of cultism to the barest minimum and maintaining uninterrupted academic calendar.
The vice chancellor appealed for more funding from the government to address challenges bedevilling the institution.
In an interview with News24, Mkhwanazi-Xaluva accused Oyakhilome and heads of some churches of failing to disclose monies received from members.
“Some of these religious leaders will face prison if they do not comply and we have been clear about our course of action,” she was quoted as saying. Mkhwanazi-Xaluva reportedly said Oyakhilome had indicated that he would fight the commission in court before making his records public. “If he intends on that route, we are ready. He will have to face the same fate as the others who refuse to hand over their financial records.
“These people take money from people. What are they doing with that money? We want to know. We will not back down. Some religious leaders have also threatened the commission, which is leading us toward the legal route. Saps have been notified already. We are forced to take the legal route because some of them are not complying and we cannot be held to ransom by a few,” she said
The prosecuting counsel, Mr. Peter Danladi, who referred to section 216 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, ACJA, 2015, said the amendment was necessitated by fresh facts that were uncovered by government in relation to the case against the former minister.
Danladi pleaded for an adjournment to enable him to perfect the amendment process.
The development did not go down well with Orubebe, who asked the Federal Government to leave him alone if it has no evidence to prosecute the charge against him.
Orubebe, through his lawyer, Mr. Larry Selekeowei, SAN, queried the legal propriety of allowing government to orally apply for leave to amend a charge pending before the tribunal.
In a short ruling, the tribunal headed by Justice Danladi Umar ordered government to file a formal application indicating its intention to amend the charge against Orubebe.
The matter was subsequently adjourned till January 27.
A communiqué issued by the council in Akure after its monthly meeting described the trend as “an affront on the state traditional rulers.”
They, therefore, stated that the title should be prohibited in the state and that there should not be any Ndigbo chieftaincy title for leaders of Igbo or other ethic group in the state.
It said that the use of titles such as Eze, Igwe, Obi or any other synonym is not acceptable in the state and that the only chieftaincy title that would be recognized is the one bestowed by the traditional ruler in the state on Igbo indigenes such as chairman or president or leader of Igbo indigenes.
The Communiqué noted that efforts had been made in the past by several Igbo leaders residing in the state to assume the Eze Ndigbo title but such moves have always been resisted.
The Obas declared: “The continued use of Eze Ndigbo chieftaincy title and flaunting of paraphernalia of Ndigbo traditional institution in Ondo State is a calculated attempt to embarrass the Yoruba traditional rulers.
“It is also meant to desecrate the Yoruba traditional institution. It is also an affront on Ondo State traditional rulers.”
The Obas said that the issue of Eze Ndigbo chieftaincy title in Ondo State, which is the title of traditional rulers in Igbo communities, is alien to Yoruba and tradition.
“It is a way of arrogating to the Igbo leaders the traditional power and equating themselves to Yoruba Obas.
They said that it is forbidden under the extant Chiefs Law for any person who is not a recognized Oba in Ondo State to wear a crown, costume or any other paraphernalia of an Oba.
“It is an infraction of the penal law and indeed the Chiefs Law in Ondo State for any person to parade himself as either a minor chief or recognized chief without the requisite approval of the prescribed authority or the State Executive Council as the case may be,’’ they said.
The Council therefore warned that; “Whoever wants to be a traditional ruler among the Igbos or any other ethnic groups should go to his domain for such dispensation.