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Rebuild PDP in South West, Oyefusi urges new caretaker committee

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Rebuild PDP in South West, Oyefusi urges new caretaker committee


A Stalwart of the Peoples Democratic Party, Abiodun Oyefusi, has urged the newly constituted Caretaker Committee of the South West PDP to rebuild the structures of the party in the zone.

Oyefusi, Lagos East Senatorial candidate of the party in the 2019 election, made the call on Saturday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP had on Thursday dissolved the Eddy Olafeso-led South West Zonal Caretaker Committee and appointed a new one.

The new committee headed by Mr Dayo Ogungbenro is to pilot the affairs of the party in the zone for three months.

Other members of the committee are, Mr Daisi Akinniran (Secretary); Mr Taiwo Kuye, Chief Adeola Ogunrinde, Mrs Oyebola Awolowo, Prince Nekan Olagbegi, Mrs Funmi Oguns and Mr Wahab Owokoniran.

Oyefusi, while congratulating members of the new committee on their appointment, urged them to take steps to reposition the party in the zone for greatness.

She said it was imperative to make the party the number one choice in the region and deliver governance to the people.

“I congratulate you; you are all capable men and women. I believe you will discharge your duties transparently and fairly and work assiduously to deliver the South West to the party by the next general elections,” she said in a statement.

Oyefusi commended Olafeso for his achievements in office and the success of producing for PDP a governor in Oyo and a number of senators as well as Federal and State lawmakers in states in the region.

She said Olafeso had laid a solid foundation for the new committee to work on.

On the forthcoming Edo Governorship elections, she described the appointment of Gov. Nyesom Wike as Head of PDP Campaign Council by the party’s NWC as commendable.

Oyefusi expressed confidence in the leadership of Wike to deliver the state to the party.

Edited By: Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

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Robogarden set to empower education stakeholders on coding technology

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A digitised educational platform, Robogarden, has urged the Federal Government to imbibe personalised learning on coding, robotics, artificial intelligence and skills in the Nigeria’s educational system.


Its President, Dr Mohamed Elhabiby, made the plea at a webinar on Tuesday, in Lagos, saying this would ensure future of the new economy was dependent on successful and sustainable digital transformation processes.

According to him, this will be achieved through skills, education technology, personalised learning and artificial intelligence.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the webinar focussed on Personalised Learning, AI and Education Technology, Digital Transformation Skills, Challenges, Today and in the Future.

Its theme was: “Rights and Voices of Youth: Teach Coding for the Youth.”

Elhabiby said there was the need to prepare children from an early age for the new reality of professions and mastery of digital technology to address shortage of skill and enhance competitiveness in the future of jobs.

He said that Robogarden was created to engage and provide code execution support for persons of different races and culture, irrespective of language.

The founder of the garden also urged the government to stimulate plans to provide tools to enable individuals, communities and companies to become active innovators.

“The job market was already undergoing profound digital transformation, and so required professionals with an increasing knowledge of technology.

“Such qualifications would result in better income distribution, reduction of social inequality, unemployment and crime rates.

“Skills for the future in 2030 include: digital literacy and computational thinking, creative and innovative thinking, and cognitive flexibility.

“We are highly relying on technology and skills should be matching to them.

“It is important to be digitally literate to the emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, internet of things and data science.

“Today’s job vacancies may not be the same as tomorrow, and that is why humans should be able to adapt to the changes happening around them in the digital space.

“Currently, every country has issues with shortage of skills and high unemployment rates globally.

“Skills plus education is the new future, while the new literacy is coding,” he said.

In her remarks, Mrs Ngozi Ogoke, Chief Executive Officer,  Ovana E-learning Limited, said her organisation, in collaboration with Robogarden,  focussed on bringing transformation to the Nigerian digital economy and Africa as a whole.

According to her, the webinar serves to offer scholastically unique technology driven solutions that would lead to critical thinking and achievement of excellence in higher learning outcomes.

“We aim to create bright new opportunities for individuals and the entire community as we are in a new world of technology and

digitalisation,” Ogoke said.

Responding, the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, said the country had opened its doors to technological training with regards to robotics.

Adamu, represented by Mrs Muna Onuzo-Iyanam, Special Adviser, Technical Planning, Research and Development, Ministry of Education, said he was committed to upscaling training of teachers and students toward achieving digital transformation in the education space.

“Our schools will become more compliant at introducing AI, robotics, coding and technological learning to prepare our children for the future and advance the future of jobs,” he said.

Also at the webinar, Dr Sally Adukwu-Bolujoko, the President, National Association of Proprietors of Private School, pledged her support and commitment to ensuring public schools’ participation in technological personalised learning.

Edited By: Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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Edo 2020: Nothing unusual about lawmakers backing candidates of their choice – Edo speaker

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The Speaker of Edo House of Assembly, Francis Okiye, on Tuesday said there was nothing unusual about the lawmakers backing the candidates of their choice for the Sept. 19 governorship poll in the state.


Okiye was reacting to the Monday endorsement of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Osgie Ize-Iyamu, by the Deputy Speaker, Yekini Idiaye, and two other members of the house.

The speaker in a statement he signed and made available to newsmen in Benin said: “It is imperative to state the actual position of things in Edo House of Assembly right now.

“It is not unusual for legislators and indeed politicians to engage in political re-alignments in this part of democracy like in Nigeria.

“That the Deputy Speaker and 2 other lawmakers chose to support the APC governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, is within their constitutional right,” he said.

According the speaker, the lawmakers said they merely declined moving to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and chose to to work for the candidate of their party, the APC.

Okiye stated that the three lawmakers still remained members and part of the 10 lawmakers in the Edo house of assembly.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the house had declared vacant, the seats of the 14 members of the house who were not sworn in, following the crisis that had bedeviled the house for years.

Edited By: Ejike Obeta (NAN)

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30 stranded Nigerians in Lebanon rescued, among 150 awaiting evacuation – NIDCOM

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Thirty Nigerians, who were trafficked and left stranded in Lebanon have been rescued, and are among a total of 150 victims awaiting evacuation to Nigeria.


The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) made this known in a statement by Gabriel Odu of its Media, Public Relations and Protocol  Unit on

Tuesday.

The commission said the rescue came after a video footage of the stranded Nigerians making an appeal to the Federal Government and well-meaning Nigerians to come to their aid viral on the Internet.

According to it, the appeal for help by the stranded Nigerians led to their rescue by officials of the country’s mission in Lebanon.

The stranded Nigerians have already been relocated to a more conducive apartment.

“They will be part of 150 others to be evacuated to Nigeria after they were trafficked and left stranded in Lebanon.

“The Lebanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Houssam Diab disclosed the evacuation plans when the Management of NIDCOM, led by the Secretary,  Dr Sule Bassi, visited that country’s mission in Abuja,” Odu said in the statement.

He quoted Diab as saying that the 150 girls would be returned home in batches with the first group of 110 people leaving Beirut for Lagos on Aug. 12.

The second batch sws expected to arrive Abuja on Aug. 16.

“The diplomat commended  efforts of  the Lebanese Community and the Oyo State Government who is sponsoring the return of  55 of the girls,” he said.

Responding on behalf of the NIDCOM Chairman/CEO, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Secretary of the commission, who acknowledged the excellent ties between Nigeria and Lebanon, urged both countries to sustain the cordial relationship.

Bassi also lauded the Nigerian Ambassador to Lebanon, Amb. Goni Madu Zanna Bura for his dedication and commitment.

He also commended the staff of the Nigerian mission,  the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Oyo and Ogun state governments and other strategic partners for their efforts.

“As part of the Nigerian Embassy’s Consular responsibility, the ladies in the said video that went viral and many other distressed Nigerian domestic workers were located and relocated to a safer place.

“Suffice it to say that 150 of these stranded victims are expected to be evacuated next week and handed over to NAPTIP, the agency responsible for (dealing with human) trafficking.

“A break down of the evacuees shows that Oyo State had 41, Ogun 21, Lagos 12, Ondo 18, Osun 26, and Imo 3.

Others are Kwara– 9, Enugu — 1, Ekiti — 6, Kogi — 1, Edo — 1, Delta — 3, Ebonyi — 1, Benue — 1, Abia — 1, Akwa Ibom — 1, and Anambra — 1,” he said.

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75% of vehicles plying 3rd Mainland Bridge ‘ll still be captured-  FRSC

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FRSC Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi (Centre) and Mr Popoola Olukayode, the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos State, during a supervising visit to the ongoing rehabilitation of the Third Mainland Bridge on Tuesday.

 

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Lagos, Aug. 4 Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, the Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), says 75 per cent of the vehicles plying the Third Mainland Bridge will still be captured in spite of its partial closure.

Oyeyemi made the clarification on Tuesday during his working visit to the bridge to observe traffic situation and ascertain the level of work at the site.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that rehabilitation work on the bridge, which began on July 24, is expected to end on Jan. 24, 2021.

According to him, 75 per cent of the traffic on the bridge will still be captured.

“Only 25 per cent will be directed to the alternative routes during the period of surface rehabilitation works on the bridge.

“The maintenance work, which is being implemented by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, is divided into two phases with each phase lasting for three months.

“The phase one is dedicated to repairs of the outward Oworonshoki bound lane of the bridge, while the second phase will focus on the Lagos Island bound carriageway,” the corps marshal said.

He said that the length of space under rehabilitation was 3.6 kilometres between Adeniji Adele and Adekunle routes out of the total length of the bridge, put at 11.8 kilometres.

Oyeyemi added that the 11.8 kilometres long Third Mainland Bridge was a critical corridor connecting Mainland and Island.

He said that the corridor carried the average daily traffic between Lagos Mainland and Island with 60,000 vehicles inward bound Island at peak period and 20,000 outward with 250 personnel on ground to direct the traffic 24 hours.

“The corps has deployed 250 personnel, 200 Marshals and 50 officers together with 15 patrol vehicles, two heavy trucks, two light trucks, two Ambulance and two motor bikes to control traffic.

“The identified locations for personnel fortification include: Stadium, Costain Roundabout, Iponri, Surulere, Eko Bridge Apongbon Alaska end, Oyingbo, Carter bridge, CMS Bus Stop and Iddo,” Oyeyemi said.

The corps marshal, however, appreciated the other security agencies, like Police, Civil Defence Corps and Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) for their collaborations in ensuring adequate security on the bridge.

In his remarks, Mr Popoola Olukayode, the Federal Controller of Works in Charge of Lagos State, said the contractor had been working progressively to ensure that the work was completed as scheduled.

“As we speak, work is ongoing at the six expansion joints that we are going to replace.

“The contractor is now cutting the steel so that they can be able to pull it out of the joint where it is being buried.

“So, after that one, we are going to replace the expansion joint one after the other and the work is progressing steadily.

“After the three months, we will shift to the other lane, and we are assuring Lagos residents that we are not going to extend the six months period that we will use to carry out the rehabilitation,” Olukayode said.

He said there were about 10 engineers supervising the project to ensure the work was done perfectly.

Edited By: Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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