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Truck crushes 2 to death in tricycle

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By Peter Okolie

Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in the state, Mr Kumapayi Ayodele, said the incident occurred at about 10.45 a.m. along Obodoukwu Road, off Onitsha-Owerri Expressway.

He told Nigeria News Agency that a Mercedes Benz truck and a tricycle with Reg. No. HTE 143 QL were involved in the incident, adding that one person sustained injury in the accident.

NAN gathered that the accident occurred when a 40-feet contained being conveyed by the articulated vehicle fell off and landed on the tricycle at a bad portion of the road.

“The trailer was trying to manoeuver the pot holes along the road when the container suddenly fell on the `keke’

“Heavy rain was falling then. It was a horrible sight to behold.

“It is unfortunate that government allowed the road to be in a bad state for long and has resulted in the death of innocent lives,” an eyewitness told NAN.

Ayodele said that five persons – four males and a female – were involved in the crash and that two deaths were recorded.

He said that remains of the dead had been deposited at a morgue in the town and that the injured had been taken to a hospital for treatment.

The FRSC official attributed the incident to bad road and loss of control by the articulated vehicle driver, adding that the driver and his motor boy did not sustain any injury.

Ayodele added that the obstruction caused by the accident had been cleared “with the help of Julius Berger’s tow truck, the Police, ATMA and Red Cross”.

Edited by Chidi Opara and Olisa Ifeajika

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9 killed in collision between goods truck and car in India

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At least nine people were killed in a deadly collision between a goods truck and car in India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh on Friday, police said.

The accident took place at Pratapgarh district, about 166 km southeast of Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh.

“This morning a collision took place between a car carrying passengers and a goods truck here in which nine people were killed,” a police official in Pratapgarh said. “The victims comprised of four men, three women and two minors.”

Police officials said the crash badly damaged the vehicle and rescuers have to use gas cutters to pull out the bodies from the mangled car.

According to police officials, the victims were on their way to Bihar from Rajasthan. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed grief over the accident.

Deadly road accidents, often caused due to overloading, bad condition of roads and reckless driving, are common in India.

(XINHUA)

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Turkish forces send 30 truckloads of logistics to Syria

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The Turkish forces on Friday sent 30 truckloads of logistics to Turkish observation points in northeastern Syria, state news agency SANA reported.

The logistics were sent to the Turkish observation points in Ras al-Ayn city in the countryside of Hasakah province in northeastern Syria, said the report.

On May 18, the Turkish forces sent shipments of logistics to consolidate its positions north of Ras al-Ayn.

The Turkish forces have captured several areas in northern Syria following battles with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces that erupted in October 2019.

(XINHUA)

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Tanzania, Kenya resolve dispute over COVID-19 tests for cross-border truck drivers

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Tanzania and Kenya on Friday resolved a dispute over COVID-19 tests for truck drivers crossing the border, facilitating trade between the two East African countries.

The dispute, which had been ongoing for quite some time, was resolved by ministers responsible for transport from the two countries at the end of their one-day meeting at the Namanga border post, said a communique released at the end of the meeting.

The meeting followed a directive on Wednesday by heads of state of Tanzania and Kenya to ministers responsible for transport and commissioners of border regions to resolve the dispute to facilitate trade between the two countries.

According to the communique, the ministers agreed that truck drivers from both sides will be tested for COVID-19 before commencement of their journeys at the point of origin using standards set by the World Health Organization.

The two countries agreed that tested truck drivers should be issued with a 14-day COVID-19 free certificate by competent authorities, which should be mutually recognized by the two countries, said the communique.

The communique said the two countries also agreed that each country should create conducive places where the truck drivers can stop for a rest, adding that such places should be equipped with necessary amenities.

They further agreed that the two countries should undertake random COVID-19 screening at the designated resting places, said the communique, adding that the screening should be done in a transparent manner.

According to the communique, the two countries agreed that in case of one of the truck crew being found to be at high risk of COVID-19, the owner of the truck will be allowed to replace all the crew and the truck allowed to proceed.

It said the two countries agreed to release to the public data on the status of COVID-19 without mentioning the nationality of the infected.

Tanzania was represented by Minister for Works, Transport and Communication Isack Kamwelwe, while Kenya was represented by Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works James Macharia.

(XINHUA)

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U.S. forces send 40 truckloads of logistics, weapons into Syria

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The U.S. forces brought 40 truckloads of logistics and weapons into northeastern Syria on Thursday evening, state news agency SANA reported.

The truckloads came from Iraq through the illegal al-Walid crossing and reached the northeastern province of Hasakah, said SANA.

The weapons reached U.S. military bases in the city of Shaddadi in the countryside of Hasakah, it added.

It’s the latest shipment to reach U.S. bases in northeastern Syria.

On May 17, Washington sent 50 truckloads of weapons and logistics to U.S. bases in the Rmailan area in northeastern Syria.

The United States has run several bases in northeastern Syria, mainly in areas controlled by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.

(XINHUA)

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13 dead as truck veers off road in Bangladesh

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At least 13 people were killed as a rod-laden truck veered off a road in Bangladesh’s Gaibandha district, some 268 km northwest of capital Dhaka, on Thursday morning, local police said.

“The accident left 13 people dead on the spot,” Superintendent of Gaibandha Police Muhammad Towhidul Islam told Xinhua.

He said the truck, carrying the victims on board, went off the road and ended up in a ditch at about 8:00 a.m. local time.

According to the official, the victims are mostly day laborers who were returning to their village homes from capital Dhaka ahead of Eid-ul Fitr.

He said the trucker could not keep control over the steering due to heavy rainfall at the impact of Cyclone Amphan that devastated Bangladesh and Indian coastal areas Wednesday.

Despite the countrywide lockdown owing to COVID-19, Bangladeshi people are now flocking to village homes to celebrate Eid-ul Fitr, the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Muslim-majority Bangladesh will celebrate Eid-ul Fitr on or around May 24 based on the sighting of the new moon.

(XINHUA)

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East African truck drivers praised over delivery of goods amid COVID-19 crisis

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The East African regional business and private sector watchdog on Wednesday praised truck drivers for their continued delivery of essential commodities across the east African borders amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The East African Business Council (EABC) based in Tanzania’s tourist city of Arusha said in a statement that the truck drivers were among those risking their personal health to keep products moving to stores, hospitals, homes and elsewhere during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite the impact of COVID-19, truck drivers continue to deliver essential commodities including food, personal protective equipment(PPE), medicines, raw materials within and across the East African Community (EAC) borders, said the statement.

“The EABC appreciates and recognizes the selfless dedication of truck drivers who are delivering goods to health facilities, factories and consumers,” said the statement signed by Peter Mathuki, EABC Executive Director.

“This will boost the availability of medical, PPEs and food crucial to protecting the health of our citizens and improving food security in the region,” said the statement.

The statement said stigmatization against truck drivers should never be an option, as this may lead to a disruption in the supply chain in the EAC member countries of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan, thus affecting further trade and investment.

“Let us support our truck driver in the region, our unsung heroes on the wheel delivering essential cargo into and out of our countries,” said the statement.

(XINHUA)

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COVID-19: Taskforce denies 11 trucks entry to C/River

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The Cross River Government in collaboration with Peace Corps Nigeria have intercepted and sent back 11 trucks carrying Almajiri, Quranic education pupil, at the Gakem-Benue boundary of the state.

Head of the taskforce team at the border, Mr Omang-Idiege, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday that the trucks were returned for carrying large numbers of Almajiri against the inter-state lockdown order.

Idiege, who is the State Commissioner for Youth Development and Skill Acquisition, said that the trucks were sent back to their destination between May 4 and May 17, adding that the taskforce had continued to maintain a steady presence at the boundary.

According to him, it was the desire of the state Governor, Ben Ayade, to ensure that the state remain COVID-19 free, hence the effective boundary surveillance.

NAN reports that Gakem is in Bekwarra local government area and it is the boundary post between Cross River and Benue states.

“Between May 4 and 17, we have sent back 11 trucks conveying Almajiri in their large numbers back to their destination.

“The President has announced an inter state lockdown of persons not on essential duties. I wonder why we keep being confronted with trucks at the Gakem-Benue border conveying Almajiri.

“We will not succumb to any form of challenge or gratification to allow any passenger vehicle or truck conveying Almajiri entrance into the state,”  he said.

He commended Gov. Ayade for his enforcement strategies and directives that have kept the state COVID-19 free since the outbreak of the pandemic in Nigeria.

Also speaking with NAN, the State Commandant of Peace Corps Nigeria, Dr Dominic Okweche, said that the Corps was driven by absolute passion to protect Cross River boundaries against the pandemic.

Okweche said that he has deployed over 100 Peace Corps personnel across the state since the COVID-19 taskforce was inaugurated.

Okweche said the Corps was determine to ensure that the state government directives of total shut down of boundaries was enforced.

According to him, the collaboration between the Corps and the state government had recorded tremendous results at the boundary post.

“The Corps has been steadfast and committed in their duties, rejecting all forms of monetary inducement to allow vehicles conveying passengers into the state.

“Peace Corps personnel have been deployed to all the local government areas across the state irrespective  of inadequate funding and welfare packages, the Corps have shown doggedness and resilience in the fight against COVID-19.

“If one person is infected with the virus in Cross River, then no one is said to be safe again, hence the commitment to ensure that the state is Covid-19 free”.

“We are poised to deliver on our mandate. We want the state to remain Covid-19 free and we are determined to doing things the right way,” he said.

He thanked Ayade for the confidence he had reposed on the Peace Corps of Nigeria in the state, assuring that the Corps will always deliver on its mandate.

Okweche called on all residents of Cross River to obey government directives on the compulsory use of face masks, no large gatherings among others.

Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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2 killed after oil truck, car collide in Yemen’s Aden

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Two people were killed and three others were injured after an oil carrier truck and a car collided in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden on Tuesday, a security official told Xinhua.

The local security source said on condition of anonymity that “collision of a truck loaded with oil and a car caused a huge fire that killed two people and injured three others in Aden’s neighborhood of Mansourah.”

The collision’s fire also burned a number of residential buildings nearby and caused some damage, he said.

He added that the injured people were taken to hospital, one of them was with life-threatening injuries.

Local Yemeni police forces arrived at the scene and began an investigation into the incident.

The southern port city of Aden is considered as Yemen’s temporary capital where the Saudi-backed Yemeni government has been based since 2015.

The impoverished Arab country has been locked into a civil war since late 2014, when the Houthi rebels overran much of the country and seized all northern provinces, including the capital Sanaa.

(XINHUA)

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Truck assembly firm takes off in Ondo industrial hub

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The Ondo State Government says that a truck assembly firm, Dongfeng Trucks, one of the investors in the Ondo-Linyi Industrial Hub in Ore, has begun skeletal operations.
The Manager of the industrial hub, Chief Alex Ajipe, made this known in a statement issued on Monday in Akure.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the hub, located in Odigbo Local Government area of the state, was inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari in February.
NAN also reports that the firm, established in 1969, is one of China´s leading truck brands, with the product range covering heavy and medium duty trucks.
Ajipe said that the plant would begin full assembly of trucks whenever the COVID-19 pandemic subsided.
According to him, this is the first time in the history of the state that a truck assembly plant will be operating in the state.
Ajipe, also the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Klick Konnect Network International Limited, described the development as another remarkable milestone by the Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu-led administration in the state.
“The hub has recorded landmark establishments, such as one of the highest capacity producers of high quality food-grade ethanol in Nigeria.
“It has the first MDF factory in West Africa; a high-capacity textile mill and a paper mill, among others, all of which have employed the state indigenes in their thousands,” he said.
The manager said that orders and enquiries for the trucks could be made through: 08035070763/ e-mail: [email protected] and [email protected]

Edited By: Joe Idika and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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