Lagos State Government Sunday said there has been a massive drop in the rate of fatal accidents involving commercial motorcycles, popularly known as ‘Okada’, since it banned their operations in six local governments and restricted them in other parts of the states. Okada and commercial tricycles were banned in Apapa, Eti-Osa, Ikeja, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland and Surulere local governments. The ban came into effect on February 1 and was trailed okada riders clashing twice with the police in the Lagos suburbs of Ijora and Iyana Ipaja. Lagos State commissioner for information Gbenga Omotoso insisted that the ban on the activities of the motorcycles and tricycles in those local governments is yielding positive result. Omotoso pointed out that the current situation is a radical departure from the casualty rate between January and December 2019 when there were 168 commercial motorcycles accidents involving 226 victims, leaving 201 persons dead.
February 23, 2020 17:48 UTC
According to her, all hands must be on deck to stop incest because no member of the society is exempted from the scourge. For Pastor Yemisi Ayorinde, poverty and lack of knowledge were major factors that promote incest. Adeleye who quoted various laws against incest described it as a sexual act that can be said to be against the law of nature. Also, Magdalene Inarigu, a lawyer, said incest was a crime in Nigeria by virtue of section 3(1)(b) of the Matrimonial Causes Act. Similarly, the Amira (Leader) of the Federation of Muslim Women Associations in Nigeria (FOMWAN), Plateau chapter, Mrs Muhibba Abdulrazak, condemned incest saying that Islam strongly forbade it.
February 23, 2020 17:03 UTC
Mr Kunle Adeshina, the Director, Public Affairs of the Lagos State Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, made this known in a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos on Sunday. According to the statement, the team which was led by the Special Adviser, Drainage Services, Mr Joe Igbokwe and Permanent Secretary, Drainage Services, Mr Lekan Shodeinde visited canals and drainages under Systems 6c, 5 and 4. The statement quoted the Special Adviser on Drainage and Water Resources, Mr Joe Igbokwe, saying that in preparation for the rains, the government was paying desired attention to the clearing of drainage channels in the state. The special adviser noted that the ultimate goal of clearing and dredging of the drainage channels and canals was to allow easy passage of rainstorm water. He reiterated his appeal to all those who had constructed on drainage alignments and setbacks to remove them immediately or have them removed.
February 23, 2020 16:18 UTC
The Social Protection Policy was to drive the design and implementation of policies and programmes to tackle issues of poverty and vulnerability in the state. UNICEF Social Policy Specialist, Ramatu Budah, said during the inaugural meeting of the TWG on Sunday in Kano that the move to reverse the poverty and vulnerability index became imperative for the Fund. “This was coming on the heels of a report, 2017 global multidimensional poverty index which indicates that about 76.4 per cent of the population of Kano State are living in poverty.” she said. The social protection policy is a national policy which was adopted in 2017 by the Federal government and it is expected that all states should do the same. “Like I said, it is significantly important for us as UNICEF due to the poverty index in Kano.
February 23, 2020 15:56 UTC
The hearing could not go on as scheduled because the judges had to attend a valedictory session organised in honour of the retiring Court of Appeal President, Hon. Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, who will retire from the Bench on March 6, as she attains the statutorily mandatory retirement age of 70 years. Dissatisfied with the lower court’s ruling, the Trustees had filed the appeal praying the appellate court to set aside the entire ruling of the lower court made on January 23, dismissing the appellant’s counterclaim filed on June 8, 2017, in suit N0, M/5/2009. Ayoyinka had stated that though the matter stalled, they are still maintaining the status quo in respect of the court. A new date is yet to be fixed for hearing in the matter.
February 23, 2020 15:11 UTC
South Korea raised its infectious disease alert to its highest level on Sunday as confirmed coronavirus cases in the country jumped to 602 and the death toll rose to six. The escalation in the alert level allows the government to send extra resources to Daegu city and Cheongdo county, which were designated “special care zones” on Friday. The alert level also enables the government to forcibly prevent public activities and order the temporary closure of schools, the health ministry said. The last time South Korea raised the alert level to “red” was 11 years ago during the Influenza A or H1N1 outbreak, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency said. Since the first confirmed case on Jan. 20, six people have died from the virus in South Korea, with three deaths reported on Sunday.
February 23, 2020 15:00 UTC
Novak Djokovic admitted on Sunday he will miss injured rival Roger Federer as he prepares to begin his charge for the Dubai Championships. “It was a surprise, to be honest,” Djokovic said prior to his Monday start against Tunisian wildcard Malek Jaziri. But no one knew really what was the injury, what is the extent of that injury. “Roger is Roger — this sport needs him.”World number one Djokovic last played here in 2016 and won his fourth Dubai title three years earlier. “I’m looking forward to competing again at the tournament where I’ve done well in the past,” Djokovic said.
February 23, 2020 15:00 UTC
The Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) in Ekiti State has disclosed that the negotiation on the consequential adjustment of the new N30,000 minimum wage between the government and the organised labour has reached an advanced stage. The group added that Governor Kayode Fayemi would before the end of February 2020 sign the agreement on the implementation of the consequential adjustment. The statement read, “The minimum wage and consequential salary adjustment negotiation in Ekiti State is nearing 90% per cent completion and shall be finally signed on or before ending of February 2020. “The negotiation of minimum wage and consequential salary adjustment is receiving adequate attention and with tremendous progress by this development, the completion and eventual signing of necessary documents will be completed before the ending of February 2020. “To this end, whatever labour will agree with will be for the best interest of the workers and the state,” JNC said.
February 23, 2020 14:48 UTC
And to ensure this is a reality and the exercise runs seamlessly, the forum set up a Special Purpose Committee. And at the last meeting of the group, eight aspirants have shown interest in the governorship race from the forum. ALSO READ: Communities laud Oyetola over rehabilitation of Ede roadsThree of the eight aspirants are from the South Senatorial district; five are from the North Senatorial district while the central is not represented at all. Olanusi promised a level playing ground for all the aspirants while reiterating that other splinter groups joining forces with the forum will not be sidelined. It is expected that the Unity Forum will throw up her candidate before the end of March, with the hope that one of the eight aspirants will emerge as the symbol of the group at the primary election.
February 23, 2020 14:37 UTC
Rural women farmers from different states across the country stormed the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Abuja to protest against the government’s continued release of agriculture budget to those they described as ‘political farmers’. The women farmers under the auspices of Small Scale Women Farmers Organization in Nigeria (SWOFON) gathered at the popular Unity Fountain, Abuja where they started there rally, before heading to the Agriculture Minister’s office, where they submitted a letter of protest and demand. The National President of SWOFON, Mrs Mary Ishaya said the protest became necessary following the government’s gross neglect of Smallholder women farmers in all it’s policy formulations and implementation. “Smallholder women farmers in Nigeria (SWOFON) an association of over 500,000 rural farmers spread across the 36 states of the Federation and the FCT welcome Mr President’s goal of drastically reducing the vulnerability of women to biases in farming, bridging gender gaps, and also address the unequal gender power relations in the sector. “Smallholder women farmers believe that when their collective demands are met, it will directly improve the farm yields and outputs of small scale women farmers”, she added.
February 23, 2020 14:37 UTC
Ahead of the congress of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State, the party has dissociated itself from moves by former governor and leader of the party, Mr Ayodele Fayose, to present his anointed candidate as a consensus for the chairmanship position. Fayose had in the last few weeks organised meetings in the state where he endorsed and called for consensus on a former commissioner in the state, Mr Bisi Kolawole, to lead the party. But the Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Jackson Adebayo, on Sunday, said PDP would ensure free, fair and transparent congress according to the party’s constitution across various levels in the state. “The clarification becomes necessary in order to correct the erroneous impression that the meeting was called on behalf of the party, adding that the convener of the meeting, the former governor of the state, Mr Ayo Fayose, was expected to let the gathering know that the meeting was his personal idea instead of creating the impression that it was an official party meeting. “The party cautioned the group which is associated with the former governor to desist from brigandage politics but concentrate on canvassing for delegates support because the party will not encourage consensus arrangement, saying that the constitution of the party will be adhered to.”
February 23, 2020 14:26 UTC
Refusal to reside in his domain, ruling houses call for dethronement of Olu of Oworo in KogiRefusal of Olu of Oworo, Oba Mohammed Baiyerohi to reside in Agbaja his domain in Kogi State, Iwomasi ruling houses of Oworo Kingdom has petitioned the state House of Assembly for his dethronement. The ruling houses stated further that in Oworo kingdom, every Olu of Oworo must reside in Agbaja and reign from Agbaja but unfortunately, Mohammed Baiyerohi had flagrantly desecrated this reversed custom and tradition and refused to reside in Agbaja since his enthronement. The ruling house said the call for the dethronement of the traditional ruler is to avert looming large scale crisis on the grand of his discretion of customs and tradition of Oworo Kingdom. According to the ruling houses., the traditional ruler has been accused of causing disaffection and disharmony among communities and people of Oworo Kingdom in Lokoja local government. The ruling houses said this is to avert looming large scale crisis in Oworo kingdom due to the misconduct of Mohammed Baiyerohi the current Olu of Oworo.
February 23, 2020 13:41 UTC
A third person who became ill on board a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship quarantined off the coast of Japan has died, the country’s health ministry said on Sunday. The death comes after two other elderly passengers, also both Japanese and in their 80s, died on Thursday after contracting the virus. Despite a quarantine imposed on the Diamond Princess, more than 600 people on board tested positive for the virus, with several dozen in serious condition. In total, Japan has so far recorded four deaths linked to the new coronavirus outbreak, which has infected more than 130 people excluding those linked to the Diamond Princess. AFPDOWNLOAD THE PUNCH NEWS APP NOW ON
February 23, 2020 13:30 UTC
The new WBC world heavyweight champion was wearing a gum shield in the colours of the Nigerian flag during his stoppage win against Deontay Wilder on Sunday morning. His gloves had the colours of the Nigerian flag. Joshua is proud of his Nigerian heritage and is frequently seen donning both the British flag and the Nigerian flag. Fury was spotted wearing the gum shield during the fight, as well as after. With Fury knocking out Wilder, both Fury and Joshua may soon slug it out for the undisputed heavyweight crown.
February 23, 2020 13:18 UTC
Ogun State police commissioner has ordered the arrest of the officer involved in the arrest that led to the death of Remo Stars Sports Club player Tiyamiyu Kazeem. Police spokesman Abimbola Oyeyemi, in a statement, said the officer was unprofessional for leaving an arrested person in a vehicle. Eyewitnesses said Kazeem was arrested while driving along Sagamu road area of Ogun State with one of his teammates, Sanni Abubakar. “The SARS officer stopped Tiyamiyu Kazeem, insisting that he was a Yahoo boy. “The inspector went to shagamu and saw the deceased puting on a military cap consequent upon which he got him arrested,” Oyeyemi said.
February 23, 2020 12:45 UTC