BY FIDELIS UGBOMEH, Lagos - The Minister of Transport, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi has directed that every prospective train passenger must present identity cards before obtaining tickets at ticket sales points. He said that the each passenger on presentation of ID card will be issued a ticket with his or her name boldly written to forestall the possibility of transferring tickets to the highest bidders which was the practice in recent times. He said this was as a result of complaints of passengers on hoarding of first class tickets by some officials Nigerian Railway Corporation  (NRC) and transfer of tickets from one passenger to another by passengers at Idu and Rigassa Railway Stations along the Abuja to Kaduna Railway Line, Director of operations and acting managing director of the Corporation, Mr. Niyi Alli who dropped this hint recently in Lagos appealed to passengers wishing to enter the Kaduna to Abuja passenger train to...
The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, says there will be no sacred cow in the proposed nationwide psychiatric test on traffic lawbreakers. The exercise, scheduled to begin nationwide on July 1, will focus on life-threatening violations such as use of phone while driving, route violation, traffic light violation, dangerous driving and overloading. Oyeyemi gave the assurance on the sidelines of a strategic session with Zonal Commanding Officers of the FRSC at the agency’s headquarters in Abuja on Friday. He told newsmen that no offender, including official convoy drivers, would be spared, adding that the Corps would adopt a scientific approach in enforcement the policy. He said, “I won’t pursue them on the highway. I’ll take their numbers and write to the head of that agency to direct that convoy driver to report. “There are processes; I don’t need to pursue offenders because the database is there. “Any ministry,...
By Adebayo Waheed, Ibadan After 15 years of neglect, Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi will on Friday, flag off the construction of Ibadan Circular Road to enhance the socio-economic development of the ancient city. The governor's Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Mr. Yomi Layinka in statement said the project which was conceived by the administration of former Governor Lam Adesina, had suffered neglect and abandonment by successive administrations in the state. ``In the pursuit of his administration’s agenda to transform Oyo into a modern state of his dream, Governor Abiola Ajimobi identified the socio-economic benefits of the circular road project to the state and has diligently pursued its manifestation. ``In realization of this vision, the state government signed a memorandum of understanding for the construction of the road through a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) agreement with ENL Consortium Limited. ``The circular road, when completed, is expected to ease intra and inter-city traffic congestion,...
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has carried out a test-run on an upgraded baggage scanner machine that could detect explosives, narcotics and other prohibited items at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. The Managing Director of FAAN, Mr Saleh Dunoma while speaking at the event on Wednesday, said it was aimed at boosting safety and security at the airport. Dunoma said that the interest of FAAN was to make sure the airports are safe and secure, protect lives and provide machines of immense benefits to airlines and all stakeholders. “This scanner is intended to complement the Executive Order recently issued by the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and also assist the operations of other agencies at the airport, making them more efficient. “Our intent is to deploy these scanners to our international airports but this depends on the outcome of its performance in Lagos,” he said. Dunoma said that FAAN was committed...
By Patrick Ochoga, Benin City The traditional ruler of Igarra in Edo State, Oba Emmanuel Adeche Saiki, the Otaru of Igarra, has called for unity among the families and people of Igarra as the community gears up activities to celebrate the 288 years old Aba festival. The monarch was reacting to a publication on alleged headship of clans in the community which he said was a ploy to distort history. He said the Otaru of Igarra is the paramount ruler of Igarra/Akuku clan and not head of Ezi-Ezu only as reported in the said publication. In a statement by the Palace Secretary, Elder Folorunsho Dania and made available to journalists, he said the issue of chieftaincy mentioned in the said write up have since been settled through various court judgements and Commissions of Enquiry dating several years ago and recent court rulings. The statement said the interview granted by the Otaru of Igarra...
BY DAVID ADUGE-ANI   It is no longer news that there is a fresh outbreak of avian influenza (bird flu) in the federal capital territory (FCT), including seven other states in the country.   Gideon Mshelbwala, director of veterinary and pest control services, federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, who raised the alarm on Friday at a meeting with state commissioners of agriculture in Abuja, listed the states affected by the outbreak as Bauchi, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Nasarawa, Plateau and Kaduna.   Speaking with the FCT administration (FCTA) on what they are doing to curtail the outbreak, the director of public health, FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS), Dr. Humphrey Okoronkwo said his office is not aware of anything being done towards that regards.   Okoronkwo further told our reporter on phone to visit him in his office on Monday for more details.   He however, referred our reporter to the FCT epidemiology department for additional information...
By Ejike ejike, Abuja Anambra State governor, Willie Obiano has donated motor bike brigade, made up of 50 equipped motorcycles to the state Command of the Nigeria Police Force. The gesture which  is the first of its kind in Nigeria,will drastically bolster the operations of the officers and men of the command. Speaking shortly after receiving the power bikes from the governor, the Inspector General of Police( IGP), Mr Ibrahim Idris, said that the gesture  was unprecedented. Idris added that the gesture was worthy of emulation by other governors to fight crime and criminality in every nook and cranny of the country. He said it would enhance the operational capacity of police in the state. “Anambra state has set a pace in the country and the other governors should emulate Obiano. “It is a challenge to them and i am assuring that police will reward the state through communal policing against criminals,” he said. Idris, who received...
The Osun Government says it will provide free train ride for its indigenes from Lagos to Osogbo during the Eid-el-fitr holiday. The Commissioner for Industries, Commerce and Co-operatives, Mr Ismaila  Jaiyeoba-Alagbada, gave the information in a statement on Thursday in Osogbo. Jaiyeoba-Alagbada said the free train would leave Iddo terminus in Lagos to Osogbo on Saturday June 24 by 10am and return to Lagos on Tuesday June 27 by 11am. He said the train would also pick passengers along Ogun and Oyo corridor. Jaiyeoba-Alagbada said the service was in continuation of the commitment of Gov. Rauf Aregbesola’s administration to making life more meaningful for the people of the state. According to him,  the free train service, which commenced in 2011 during festive periods , is also aimed at facilitating a stress-free homecoming for the people during the festival. The commissioner urged indigenes of the state who wish to come home to celebrate Eid-el-Fitr to make...
Cattle breeders association, otherwise known as Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Katsina State chapter, has approved micro-chip inplants for their livestock to increase the security of their animals. The Katsina  State chairman of the association, Mannir Atiku Lamido, made this known at the launch of the animals identification and management solution at Dayi in Malumfashi local government area. Lamido called on the Fulani herdsmen to take advantage of the arrangement, adding that the association is working to ensure that all herdsmen could protect their animals through the device with relative ease. He also commended the various arrangements being put in place by the state government to enhance the welfare and and security of Fulani herdsmen. In his address, the Galadiman Katsina and District Head of Malumfashi, Justice Mamman Nasir, promised to compliments efforts at enlightening Fulani herdsmen on the innovation being powered by one of the telecommunications giants in the country. The...
BY DAVID ADUGE-ANI About 9,000 farmers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have so far been registered to participate and benefit in the CBN Anchor Borrowers programme. In an interview with newsmen, the acting secretary, FCT Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat (ARDS), Dr Musa A. Aliyu said that 16 village extension agents and 800 farmers from the area councils have been trained and will be issued certificates on the day of formal launching in the FCT. Aliyu explained that the Anchor Borrowers programme was targeted at small holder farmers who are into crops like rice and soya beans production, where FCT enjoys comparative advantage. According to him,“In line with the mandate of this sub sector in driving programmes in the agricultural sector, the FCT Agricultural Development Project continued to provide innovative advisory services on global agricultural best fit technologies to about 200,000 farming families. The achievements so far include: The average yield of rice...