A motor accident which occurred on Wednesday on Urua Ekpa junction in Uyo Akwa Ibom has claimed two persons, according to the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in the state.
The Sector Commander, FRSC, Mr Sunday Oghenekaro, disclosed this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency , in Uyo on Wednesday.
Oghenekaro said that the accident, which involved three vehicles, would have been averted if the tricycle driver had adhered to traffic rules and regulations.
The sector commander said that the deceased were one male and one female adult on the tricycle.
He explained that the truck with registration number, BNY 137 XA, skidded off the road while trying to avoid the tricycle crossing the road on top speed and rammed into the truck.
Oghenekaro also said that two adults: a male from the tricycle and the other from the motorcycle sustained various degrees of injury.
“The crash along Urua Ikpa Junction today is a very unfortunate one.
“If everyone else had done what he or she is supposed to do regarding his or her respective role, this incident would have been avoided by all means.
“The keke rider was riding negligently, and the Mack truck driver in trying to avoid him, unfortunately rammed into the keke and two persons in the keke died.
“The two persons that died were one adult male and one adult female, two persons injured, one from the keke and one from the motorcycle.
“There were three vehicles involved in the accident, but the motorcycle that was involved is what we call secondary impact, because the Mack truck didn’t hit the motorcycle directly.
“It was the keke that hit it, but consequently the motorcycle that was close by was affected,” Oghenekaro said.
He warned road users to adhere to all traffic rules and regulations while on the road to ensure safety on the roads.
Oghenekaro said that every person that must drive must undergo training and be duly licensed as contained in the National Road Safety Rules and Regulations 2012 as amended and rules regulations 44 as stipulated.
“People need to consider their lives, especially as we approach festivities season. Monetary consideration should not override safety consideration.”
Edited by Abiodun Esan/Dada Ahmed
NCS conference showcasing emerging applications, technology in achieving 4IR for sustainable development
The Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), said that the annual International conference would showcase emerging applications and technologies to achieving fourth industrial revolution (4IR) that would lead to Sustainable Development.
The President, NCS Prof. Adesina Sodiya said at a virtual news briefing via Zoom that this year’s theme ‘Emerging Application and Technology for Industry 4.0 (EATI 2020) would provide technological support for modern industries.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that this year’s conference initially scheduled to be held at Akwa Ibom would be held virtually from Aug. 11 until Aug. 13.
Sodiya said that the theme of the conference was carefully and scientifically chosen in order to provide the needed technological supports for industries in this modern society.
He said that Industry 4.0 or the Fourth Industrial revolution was simply about smart manufacturing that would create jobs and wealth in the country.
According to him, the technological components of industry 4.0 are full process and production line automation, intelligent control of cyber-physical systems, and adoption of Internet of things (IoT).
Other components are: robotics, big data analytics, cloud computing, and machine learning.
“As a nation, our industries must leverage on these technologies for enhanced profitability and economic well-being.
“The conference will focus on important issues related to the theme and sub themes such as Innovative Strategies for addressing cyber security and privacy challenges in industry 4.0.
“Others are a New Generation of Cyber Physical Systems in the Era of artificial intelligence (AI), Identity and Population management strategies for stimulating digital Economy, Youth Innovation and Sustainable Productivity among other,’’ he said.
Sodiya said that this year’s international conference would provide a multi-stakeholder forum to strategise creative approaches and practical solutions.
According to him, interestingly, this is the first time NCS will be holding virtual conference in the history of the society.
He said that the challenge posed by COVID-19 reaffirmed the need for Information Technology professionals to change their strategies.
Sodiya said that the expected speakers at the conference would be Minister of Communication and Digital Economy and Minister of Youth and Sports, among others.
The president, however, encouraged and gave reasons members should participate at the conference because it would add value and knowledge as well as the convenience of participating virtually.
Edited By: Donald Ugwu (NAN)
NiMet predicts cloudy, thundery weather activities Monday to Wednesday
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted cloudy and thundery weather activities from Monday to Wednesday across the country.
NiMet`s weather outlook released on Sunday in Abuja predicted cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms over some parts of northern states.
The states are Yobe, Borno, Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa, Sokoto, Taraba, Kebbi and Katsina.
According to the agency, the rest of the region will be under cloudy conditions during the time.
“Later in the day, cloudy skies with pockets of thunderstorms are anticipated over the region with the exception of Sokoto where cloudy condition is expected.
“Over the central region, cloudy skies with isolated rain showers are anticipated over Jos, Nasarawa, Makurdi, Niger and Abuja during the morning hours.
“As the day progresses, much cloudiness is expected to prevail over the region with prospects of thunderstorms over Benue, Abuja, Niger and Plateau States.’’
The agency predicted that southern coast and the inland would be cloudy with the exception of Ikom, Obudu, Calabar in Cross River and Eket in Akwa Ibom, where light rain showers were anticipated during the morning hours.
It further predicted that some southeast inland and coastal cities such as Enugu, Umuahia, Obudu, Uyo, Calabar, Eket, Port-Harcourt and Yenagoa are expected to experience cloudy skies with scattered rain showers later in the day.
The agency, however, envisaged cloudy skies over the inland and coastal areas of the Southwest.
According to NiMet, morning thunderstorms are likely over Katsina, Borno, Taraba and Katsina on Tuesday, while the rest of the northern region is expected to be cloudy during the morning hours.
“Places like Southern Borno, Bauchi, and Gombe will experience cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms in the evening while the rest of the region are expected to be cloudy.
“Cloudy skies with thunderstorms are expected over Niger axis, while other parts of the central cities will experience much cloudiness during the morning hours.
“Scattered thunderstorms are anticipated over Kaduna and Niger States in the afternoon with more prospects in the evening.
“Cloudy conditions are expected over inland and coast of the south during the morning and evening period.’’
NiMet forecast cloudy skies over the northern region with chances of thunderstorms over Borno, Gombe, and Adamawa during the morning hours of Wednesday.
It also predicted pockets of thunderstorms over Borno, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe, Kano, Zamfara and Kebbi States.
“Cloudy skies are expected to prevail across the central region during the morning hours, while thunderstorms are expected over the high grounds of the central states during the afternoon and evening period.
“Cloudiness is expected to prevail over the inland and the coastal belt throughout the forecast period.’’
Edited By: Dianabasi Effiong/Silas Nwoha (NAN)
FRSC commences prosecution of tricycle rider in viral video
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the tricycle rider who was arrested in Benin, along Benin/Sapele road on July 16, for driving against traffic, went berserk at the point of arrest.
During the incident, the tricycle driver was seen tearing one of the FRSC staff’s uniform and not only damaged the windscreen of the patrol car, but disfigured the bonnet and other body parts with mud and stone.
This led to a swift reaction by the patrol team members applying some force against the assailant to restore sanity to the situation, though violating the corps operational guidelines in the course of doing so.
Kazeem added that the disciplinary panel constituted at the instance of the Corps Marshal that conducted the investigation into the incident, recommended that the 7-man patrol team involved in the incident be sanctioned.
According to him, they will be sanctioned with the award of loss of seniority and reduction in rank.
“The case against the erring driver was filed in charge number; MEV/177C/2020, on 22 July, 2020 before His Worship, Magistrate (Mrs) E. Ojehumen at the Evbuoriaria Magistrate Court 8, Sapele road, Benin.
“During the proceedings, the defendant pleaded not guilty to a 2 count charge bordering on breach of public peace and malicious damage of FRSC Patrol Vehicle.
“Counsel to the defendant eventually applied for bail which was granted by the court, and the case was adjourned to August 5, 2020 for further hearing,” he said.
He noted that reduction in rank that was awarded by the Disciplinary Panel against the affected personnel have been investigated.
According to him, they were found liable of patrol misconduct, incivility, unprofessional and unethical behaviour toward a road traffic offender; acts that contradict the patrol operational ethics of the corps.
Oyeyemi cautioned motorists to desist from acts of molestation, assault of corps personnel and malicious damage to FRSC property.
He said that the corps would not relent in prosecuting anyone who assaulted its personnel or damaged any of its property and installations nationwide.
The FRSC boss also warned personnel to deploy maximum level of civility in arresting offenders rather than resorting to acts contrary to the corps operational guidelines.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
FRSC cautions against claiming of right on the road
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has cautioned motorists against insisting on their right of way because such moves do lead to accidents on major roads in the country.
Udoma spoke after monitoring some major road corridors within Enugu, Abia and Ebonyi states as part of his supervision on the ongoing “Operation Safe Journey’’ for the Eid-el-Kabir celebration nationwide.
Udoma, who is in-charge of Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo states, said; “The motoring public and every other road users should ply the roads with restraint and accommodation of others.
“At times a fellow motorist may be making a mistake and infringing on your right of way; the best approach to avoid accident and build up traffic is for you to be patient with the erring driver and give him a minute or two and you go your way peacefully.
“The little patience and accommodation we display on the roads usually help our journeys to be smooth and hitch-free,’’ he said.
The zonal commander urged motorists to apply defensive driving and start their journeys on time to avoid the temptation of driving on high speed to make up for lost time.
“The best journey is the one made and the people at the other end, which is your destination, can comfortably welcome you alive as well as hale and hearty,’’ he said.
On the outcome of his monitoring, Udoma said that FRSC got enough personnel as well as patrol and other special vehicles for evacuation and rescue deployed at strategic locations within the zone.
“So far, the transport companies and fleet operators that convey passengers has maintained carrying only 50 per cent of their normal passengers in line with the COVID-19 Protocols although with their fares increased.
“Terminals (parks) owners have fully complied with provisions of hand washing facilities and alcohol based hand sanitisers; while wearing of face mask is made mandatory for all passengers as well.
“From general assessment, the operation has been smooth and hitch-free within the zone and stakeholders are also up and doing,’’ he added.
NAN reports that “Operation Safe Journey’’, which was flagged-off on July 29; would terminate on Aug. 8.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)