The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Oyo State Command, says no fewer than 1,025 of its personnel and 28 operational vehicles have been deployed for a crash-free and successful Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
The command made this known in a statement made available to newsmen in Ibadan on Thursday by the State Sector Commander, Mrs Uche Chukwurah.
Chukwurah said that the 1,025 Regular and Special Marshals were drawn from 11 FRSC formations in the state including the Sector Command Headquarters to man all major routes within the state.
She said that the command would be joining other FRSC formations nationwide in an operation tagged ‘’Eid-El-Kabir Special Patrol Operation’’ slated to hold from Aug. 9 to Aug. 16.
Chukwurah said the operation became imperative because it was believed that there would be increased travels before and after the celebrations.
She noted that it was projected that the celebrations would trigger an increase in human and vehicular traffic across major corridors on the nation’s highways.
The sector commander said the operation was to mitigate occurrence of road traffic crashes and other road-related emergencies which might stem from the surge in traffic volume and check traffic indiscipline during such festive seasons.
“It is the desire of FRSC that the Eid-el-Kabir festival is celebrated without incidence of road traffic crash and its corresponding menace,’’ she said.
She assured residents of the state and other members of the public traversing roads within the state of safety before, during and after the festival
“It is imperative to reiterate the essence of abstinence from risky road use behaviour and total adherence to all traffic laws as prescribed by extant traffic laws,’’ Chukwurah said.
Edited by Adeleye Ajayi
FG charges Correctional Service to de-radicalise youths roaming streets
The Federal Government has directed the Nigerian Correctional Service to seek synergy with relevant Government Agencies, Non- Governmental Organisations and Civil Society Organisations with a view to de-radicalising Nigerian youths roaming the streets.
Mr Mohammed Manga, Director Press and Public Relations of the Ministry of Interior, made this known in a statement on Friday in Abuja.
He quoted the new Minister of Interior, Alhaji Rauf Aregbesola as giving the directive when he visited the Nigerian Correctional Service in Abuja.
The minister urged the officers of the Service, to support the Federal Government in its efforts to ensure a safe and secured environment for Nigerians.
Aregbesola said that he believed the officers and men of the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS) would be at the vanguard of championing the good intention of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He noted that the President had helped in reforming the old law of the Nigeria Prisons Service to the new Nigeria Correctional Service.
The minister said this was in a bid to reduce recidivism (reoffend) among those who were being taken to the correctional centres.
“We will support you to reduce to a large extent, those who are coming under your care from going back to crime,” he said.
The Minister said the rehabilitation and readjustment should be the focus of the Nigeria Correctional Service in the country.
Aregbesola enjoined staffers of the Ministry and all it agencies to ensure compliance to the SET (Security, Economy and Transparency) agenda of the Buharis’ administration, in order to achieve the mandate of the ministry which is security of Nigerians.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs Georgina Ehuriah, described Aregbesola as a committed leader who would never give up, until he achieved results.
She called on all the agencies under the Ministry to support the drive of the Minister to move the Interior Ministry and its agencies to the next level.
The Controller-General, Nigeria Correctional Service, Ja’Afaru Ahmed, disclosed that the Service had over 250 centres across Nigeria with some becoming dilapidated, having been built for over a century.
He commended the Federal Government, under the leadership of President Buhari for giving some of the centres a facelift.
‘We were neglected for years, but with President Muhammadu Buhari, we have started witnessing the upgrading of our formations across Nigeria,’ Ja’Afaru said.
Edited by Felix Ajide
Interior minister promises adequate funding for fire service
The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola has promised to provide adequate funding to the Federal Fire Service (FFS).
Aregbesola said this during a familiarisation visit to the FFS on Friday in Abuja.
He said that he had been briefed on some of the challenges faced by the agency and was ready to eradicate those shortcomings.
“I am aware releases are not adequate and you already have some committed expenditure you cannot fund,” he said.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that FFS had seek special intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari for funds of the sum of N9.20 billion to ensure the delivery of the remaining 32 firefighting equipment.
Aregbesola promised to attend to the immediate needs of the service by providing adequate support to the agency’s growth.
“We will ensure we get you to the operations of the best fire service in the world,” he said.
He however reiterated that the agency’s role of ensuring the safety of lives and properties was of paramount importance.
The minister said that it was important to enforce preventive strategies by being proactive.
Mr Liman Ibrahim, Controller General (CG), FFS, said that he was grateful the Minister had promised to tackle the challenges faced by the service.
Ibrahim said that the agency has 32 already manufactured fire fighting trucks in Austria and Turkey but were yet to be delivered by the contractor due to inadequate funds.
He said that the earlier 12 newly acquired fire fighting trucks had not been delivered because operators and drivers of the vehicles were undergoing training.
“By Sunday, 25th August, 2019, these vehicles will be moved to various zones across the country,” he said.
Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz
Combat Proficiency Competition: 4 Brigade lifts trophy, 2 Div Garrison receives wooden spoon
The Nigeran Army’s 4 Brigade, Benin, has emerged overall winner with 450 marks to lift the golden trophy at the just concluded 2019 2 Division Combat Proficiency Competition held in Benin.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that 4 Brigade was closely followed by 32 Artillery Brigade, Akure with an overall score of 440 marks, while 2 Division Garrison Brigade with the element of 81 Battalion Ibadan received a wooden spoon.
NAN reports that it is customary in military competitions for the wooden spoon to be presented as a token to any formation or participant that emerges last.
Col. Darnumar Suleiman, who served as the Chief Judge during the week long event, announced 2 Division Garrison Brigade with the element of 81 Battalion Ibadan, as coming last with an overall score of 360 marks in the five activities competed for.
42 Engineering Brigade with the element of Engineering Commad, Ede, and 52 Signal Brigade emerged 3rd with an overall score of 390 marks while the 22 Brigade, Ilorin emerged 4th.I
In his closing remarks, Maj.,-Gen. Anthony Omozoje , General Officer Commanding (GOC), 2 Division, Ibadan urged the participants to take back to their various units and formations the knowledge gained from the competition.
Omozoje, represented by Brig.,-Gen. Soji Ogunsugba, the Training Officer, 2 Division also said that he expects the participants to effectively utilise the experiences gained when they return at their formations.
He asured the participants that the Division would continue to give priority to training and retraining of officers and men, adding that the identified lapses during the 2019 competition would be corrected.
NAN reports that the formations under the 2 Division that participated in the the competition included 4 Brigade, Benin, the 22 Brigade, Ilorin; and 32 Artillery Brigade, Akure.
Others are 42 Engineering Brigade with the element of Engineering Commad, Ede, and 52 Signal Brigade as well as 2 Division Garrison Brigade with the element of 81 Battalion all in Ibadan.
Some of the events competed in include physical fitness, map reading and navigation, preparation and description of sketch, skills at arms shooting as well as combat swimming and minor tactics.
Edited by Bayo Sekoni
Security: Enugu CP assures partnership with NIS
Sulaiman gave the assurance on Friday when the new Comptroller of NIS Enugu State Command, Mr Emmanuel Arogundade together with key officers of the command, paid him a courtesy visit in Enugu.
The commissioner noted that the partnership would be nip crime in the bud in the state, adding that immigration and police are partners in progress.
“I am assuring you people of the police command readiness to support immigration service at all times to achieve on their mandates in the state,’’ he said.
Earlier, Arogundade applauded the quality of the relationship between the immigration and police in the state.
The comptroller said he came to register his arrival in the state and to solicit for the police continual cooperation in order to succeed in his mandate.
He lauded Sulaiman on some achievements of his Command so far.
Insecurity: South West governors plan security network
Fayemi made the disclosure while fielding questions from newsmen on the sideline of the first Governors’ Lecture Series of the Mass Communication Department of the University of Lagos in conjuction with the university’s Multi Media Centre of Excellence.
The lecture is an annual communication in governance agenda setting initiative.
“For us in South West, we deliberated on this over the last couple of months and have met with our traditional institutions.
“We have also met with our non-state actors in the field of security, as well as our self-determination group, and we have come up with a western Nigeria security network that is going to be announced soon.
“By then, you will have a full picture of what we are doing,’’ Fayemi said.
The governor noted that the main security outfits in the country were intensifying efforts to fight crimes but said thatmore needed to be done.
“We want it sustained and comprehensive.
“There is a longer term response to insecurity, and we cannot remove it from correlation to other challenges.
“There are economic challenges, inequality in the land and poverty in the society.
“There is a direct correlation between insecurity and inequality, and we must tackle that by ensuring that we create an enabling environment for jobs to be provided for Nigerians seeking to work,” he said.
According to Fayemi, it is not every Nigerian who wants to work but those seeking to work ought to be able to find jobs.
“It may not be necessarily the type of jobs they are looking for; we need to also improve on our entrepreneurial skills.
“This will ensure self-reliance, add value to them and the society at large,’’ he said.
On ministerial appointments, Fayemi said that the appointees were tested.
“To the best of my knowledge, having served as a minister in this country, I think the new appointees are truly tested politicians and technocrats in their own rights.”
According to him, the returnees are people of substance and the new ones, particularly that from his state, decent, honest and credible.
Fayemi expressed confidence that Chief Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, from Ekiti, would excel in the Ministry of Trade and Investment.