Buhari sympathises with victims of Onitsha tanker explosion



President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the death of a mother and her child as a result of an oil tanker accident in Onitsha, Anambra.

Reacting to the incident in a statement by his spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, on Wednesday, President Buhari said: “I am profoundly touched by the sight of the charred remains of an innocent mother and her child who are victims of this tragedy.”

The President also extended his sympathies to other victims of the explosion whose houses, shops and other property were destroyed in the mishap.

He said: “While I express sadness over this tragedy, I must at the same time call for urgent action on the part of those concerned to stem these frequent fatal disasters on public roads.”

The President decried the way and manner safety precautions and routine maintenance were taken for granted by vehicle owners.

“I call on the Ministry of Transport, the Federal Road Safety Commission and other stakeholders to urgently address the issue of safety standards in the country, with a view to stemming the embarrassing frequency of these tragedies,” he added. (NAN)


Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz


NiMet predicts dust haze, thundry weather conditions for Saturday



The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted dust haze and thundery weather conditions for Saturday.

NiMet’s weather outlook on Friday in Abuja predicted dust haze conditions with localised visibility of 2 to 5km over the North.

It further predicted sunny and hazy conditions over inland cities of Central states with chances of thunderstorms over coastal cities within the period of forecast.

“For Northern states, dust haze condition with localised visibility values of 2 to 5km is expected over the Northern region throughout the forecast period.

” Day and night temperatures are expected to be 30 to 36 degree Celsius and 9 to 18 degree Celsius respectively,” it said.

According to NiMet, sunny and hazy conditions are expected over Central states throughout the forecast period with day and night temperatures of 27 to 36 degree Celsius and 11 to 22 degree Celsius, respectively.

The agency envisaged morning hazy condition over the inland cities of Southern states with likely partly cloudy condition over coastal cities in the morning hours.

“Later in the day, there are chances of

thunderstorms over Lagos, Port Harcourt, Warri and Calabar in the

afternoon and evening hours.

” Day and night temperatures are expected to be 31 to 37 degree Celsius and 21 to 25 degree Celsius, respectively,” NiMet said.

/Ali Baba-Inuwa

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Sen. Ekwunife tasks company on timely completion of Anambra power project



Sen. Uche Ekwunife on Friday charged the Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited to ensure timely completion of the 132/33 KV transmission sub-station at Agu-Awka, Anambra.

Ekwunife, representing Anambra Central Senatorial District, gave the charge when she visited the project site for a first-hand information on the extent of work already done.

The lawmaker expressed satisfaction that the project was nearing completion after an interaction with representatives of the company and the project consultant.

She described the power project as “real and practical” and promised to ensure that the National Assembly offered the necessary support for its completion.

She hoped that the project would boost economic activities and speed up industrialisation in the senatorial zone, when completed.

Ekwunife urged the company to put in more efforts in other power projects at Adazi-ani and Obosi areas to further boost business activities in the area.

The Project Manager, Mr Amaechi Chinwuba, said the Agu-Awka transmission sub-station was “technically completed”.

Chinwuba said the project would be inaugurated in February 2020, adding that it was designed to supply power to Awka and its environs.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the 132/33 KV transmission sub-station at Agu-Awka Anambra is a Federal Government project being executed under the National Integrated Power Project.

(Edited by: Okisor Angela/Sam Oditah)


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Buhari congratulates UK Prime Minister on election victory



President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his election victory at the United Kingdom general election.

The President, in a congratulatory message by one of his spokespersons, Malam Garba Shehu, noted that “Britain has been a reliable and historically unique ally of Nigeria’’.

He said Buhari observed that Britain had particularly supported his administration’s efforts at improving security and recovering stolen assets held in the UK.

Shehu said the President looked forward to continue working with the Prime Minister to forge a stronger Nigeria-UK relationship, especially in the area of trade and economic partnerships, which had greatly benefited the citizens of both countries.

Buhari wished Prime Minister Johnson “the best of luck as he navigates the people of Britain through the decisive period of leaving the European Union’’.

Edited by: Kamal Tayo/Ali Baba-Inuwa


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Lagos/Ogun: FRSC embarks on Operation Zero Tolerance, deploys 3,500 marshals



The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Zone RS2 Command, comprising Ogun and Lagos States, on Friday said that it would embark on “Operation Zero Tolerance” from Dec. 15 to Jan. 19, 2020.

The FRSC’s Zonal Commanding Officer, Mr Samuel Obayemi, said in a statement issued in Lagos that the operation had become imperative of curb unnecessary road traffic crashes and fatalities during the Yuletide season.

Obayemi said that the operation, tagged ‘Road Safety is a State of Mind-Stay Alert’, was in expectation of the end of the year’s increased traffic volume, road traffic gridlock and infractions committed by motorists.

According to him, the zone will enforce safety rules and regulations along all highways in Lagos and Ogun commands of the FRSC to prevent unnecessary deaths and injuries.

Obayemi, an Assistant Corps Marshal, said that given the importance attached to the end of the year festivities and heavy movement of passengers and goods, the zone wanted to reduce accidents.

“The objective of the operation is committed to ensuring free flow of traffic, reduction in road traffic crashes and its fatalities, prompt response to road traffic victims to save lives, clearance of all forms of road obstructions among others within the zone.

“The public is hereby informed that the enforcement shall target offences such as excessive speeding, dangerous driving and overtaking, tyre violations (expired/fake/substandard), lane indiscipline and route violation.

“Others are road obstructions, use of phone while driving, overloading, seat belt use violation, child safety, passengers’ manifest violation, mechanical deficient vehicles, unlatched containers carrying vehicles among others.

” The zone will be deploying 3,500 Regular and Special Marshals, 43 patrol vehicles, four ambulances, two tow trucks and four patrol motor bikes,” Obayemi said.

According to him, the zone will employ such strategies as public enlightenment, traffic control, foot team patrol, day time route lining and mobile court sittings.

He said that the zone would also establish road camps at strategic spots along the Ojota Bus Stop/Toll Gate, Lagos-Ibadan/Egbeda Corridor, Sagamu, Ijebu Ode and Ogunmakin axis to ensure early traffic stress interventions.

Obayemi said that help areas would be set up at identified black spot positions and the FRSC would synergise with other security agencies and stakeholders.

The assistant corps marshal urged road users to take advantage of Lagos-Ikorodu-Sagamu, Lekki-Epe-Ijebu Ode and Sango Otta-Ifo-Abeokuta routes due to the ongoing road construction on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

He said that the general public should take note of FRSC Emergency Toll Free line 122 or 0700CALL as well as the CUGs of Commanding Officers put on FRSC’s official websites in case of emergencies.

“Be alert at all times, be safety conscious, the end of the year is not the end of life,” Obayemi said.

Edited by: Oluwole Sogunle


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Aswan Forum: Buhari returns to Abuja



President Muhammadu Buhari has return to Abuja after he participated in the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa, held in Egypt.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the presidential aircraft conveying the president and some members of his entourage landed at the Presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, at about 2.30pm.

At the opening of the forum on Dec. 11, President Buhari maintained that the resolution of conflict situations in African countries had remained a key component in the overall development of the continent.

The Nigerian leader said: “As Africans it is important to focus on the issues of conflict prevention and resolution. Conflicts have devastating effects on our societies and they militate against our progress. In this regard, the need to silence the guns cannot be overemphasized.”

President Buhari equally emphasized that massive investment in transportation infrastructure was necessary for African economic resurgence as this would facilitate the African Free Trade Area Agreement recently signed on by the continental leaders.

“Africa should embark on the provision of transport connectivity by enhancing the development of roads, rail, and air links which will ease the free movement of persons, goods and services within the continent.

”In this regard, we in Nigeria have already commenced an aggressive drive to upgrade our rail transport system and road networks across the country.

“We should furthermore promote free trade within and amongst Africa and Africans especially now that we have launched the African Free Trade Area Agreement,” he said.

The President also held bilateral talks with his Egyptian counterpart Abdelfattah el-Sisi where both leaders pledged to collaborate to eradicate the menace of terrorism in parts of Africa.

President Buhari and el-Sisi met on the sidelines of the Aswan Forum on Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa taking place in Egypt.

Edited by: Sadiya Hamza


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