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Lagos Has Enjoyed Four Years of Industrial Harmony, Says Ambode

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The Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Wednesday thanked workers in the state for cooperating with him in the last four years.

He said as a result of their cooperation and understanding, the state had not experienced any industrial action under his watch in the last four years.

Ambode said this on Wednesday, in his remarks during the May Day rally, held at the Agege Stadium to commemorate this year’s Workers’ Day.

The governor, who was represented at the rally by the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Rotimi Ogunleye, described the harmony between him and the labour unions in the last four years as unprecedented.

He attributed the harmony to mutual understanding and the commitment of his administration to workers’ welfare.

He said, “I am pleased that together, we have given the people of Lagos State four productive years of sustained industrial harmony. This is, perhaps, the longest period of such in the modern history of our state and this was made possible by the culture of mutual respect and understanding we nurtured and deployed.

“The culture of openness, mutual respect and frank discussions that marked our relationship with labour and the resulting period of industrial harmony allowed the government to initiate and implement programmes and policies that have resulted in immediate and long-lasting tangible values to the workers, the state government, and the good people of Lagos State.”

Ambode said under his watch the state invested in training and seminars for workers to enhance their productivity just as it launched orientation campaigns to change the limiting mindset of civil servants.

“Very importantly, our administration concluded the review of the state pension law by signing the amended Lagos State Pension Reform Law in the first quarter of 2019. This amendment, among others, increased government’s pension contribution from 7.5 per cent to 10 per cent. This is a legacy that we are proud to bequeath to the hard-working officers of the Lagos State Public Service,” he added.

Ambode said the state and private employers must see this year’s May Day, with the theme, ‘Another 100 Years of Jobs, Dignity and Social Justice in Nigeria,’ as a call to “rededicate to job creation, stable work place, equality of all workers, dignity in labour and social justice.”

“The society must begin to honour, respect, and reward labour and not wealth,” he added.

In his remarks, the Chairman, Trade Union Congress, Lagos State Chapter, Francis Ogunremi, described Ambode as the most labour-friendly governor, while commending him for his commitment to workers’ welfare as shown through  prompt payment of salary, allowances and timely remittance of workers’ pensions.

On his part, the Lagos State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Sessi Agnes Funmi, said Ambode’s giant strides in the last four years remained a challenge for other governors in the country.

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Police Arrest Six Cultists While Fighting over Gun Deal

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Four Lagos-based suspected cultists and two others have been arrested by men of the Ogun State Police Command in Odogbolu.

The suspects were arrested while allegedly making arrangements to purchase a locally-made pistol for an operation.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this on Wednesday in a statement.

Oyeyemi said Oluwadamilare Aboyeji, Matthew Adebiyi, Jacob Solomon and Iliasu Jubril were based in Ikorodu, Lagos State, while Segun Olubanjo and Samuel Olaniyan were based in Odogbolu.

According to the PPRO, the suspects were arrested on November 27, 2020 in Odogbolu when the four Lagos-based alleged cultists came to meet Olubanjo and Olaniyan to foment trouble as a result of a gun transaction between the two groups.

Oyeyemi said, “Investigation revealed that the Ikorodu-based suspects contracted Samuel Olaniyan to purchase a locally-made pistol for them, and when the gun was delivered, they discovered that the pistol was not serviceable; hence they came with full force to deal with the Odogbolu-based cultists for betraying their trust.

“While the pandemonium was going on, a distress call was made to the Odogbolu Division, consequence upon which the DPO, SP Awoniyi Adekunle, quickly led his men to the scene, where the six suspects were apprehended.

“Recovered from them were one locally-made pistol and two live cartridges.”

The PPRO added that the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, had directed that the suspects and exhibits be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation with a view to charging them.

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Nigeria’s Problem is Not Restructuring, But Hunger, Poverty, Says Amaechi

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The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, says the problem of Nigeria is not restructuring but hunger and poverty, which have led to insecurity in the country.

Speaking on Channels Television programme, Sunday Politics, Amaechi said he does not see anything wrong with calls for the restructuring of the country but insists that the Federal government is more concerned about tackling hunger and poverty.

“If to you, what is important is restructuring, I don’t see anything wrong with restructuring but I am saying it is not the most critical problem we have.

“The most critical problem we have is that hunger and poverty are breeding insecurity,” Amaechi said when asked his take on restructuring.

The former governor of Rivers State added that the President Muhammadu Buhari-administration is more concerned about reducing poverty in the country, and believes that creating jobs for the people will keep them away from crime.

“If you are able to create employment, you create security. If you like, hire as many men as you want to hire that are policemen, you would do nothing until you put food in the hands of people.

“When you do not create a legitimate economy, the people will create for themselves an illegitimate economy and be able to feed themselves.”

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No More Drivers License without NIN, FRSC Tells Nigerians

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Boboye Oyeyemi, Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), said the corps will introduce the National Identity Number (NIN) information for vehicle registration by the first quarter of 2021.

Mr Oyeyemi revealed this when he featured on the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja on Friday.

The corps marshall said the essence of the NIN was to enhance road safety through the use of technology.

The FRSC boss also said that from December, driver’s licence would no longer be issued without the NIN information.

“I must commend the government. With the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), now we have one national database, one identity. You cannot use double identity now and with the biometrics, you cannot be funny.

“You know before some people have about five different identities but now you are forced to pick one. Once you pick one with NIMC that is what you will be using because it is now going to be as from next month (December). It is going to be compulsory.

“Now if you want to renew your driver’s licence or you want to obtain a fresh driver licence, you must provide your NIN. NIN is the first thing and with that, no biometrics will be done again they will import it from NIMC.

“So I am talking about using technology now to enhance security so with this I think we make progress we are really on course.”

The FRSC boss, Mr Oyeyemi,  explained that only the Vehicles Inspection Office (VIO) was authorised to test applicants before prescribed fees could be paid to the state government through their internal revenue service.

He added that the VIO would, in turn, refer applicants for capturing which would be transferred to the database of the country.

“Now a lot of things have been occurring, you cannot get a licence by proxy, anybody that does not go for the physical capture for the first issuance of a licence is not a genuine licence, it is fake.

“I am happy when I came on board, I came on board in 2014, the first thing we did was to establish a verification portal. Where the portal is now done, all those with fake licences disappeared, they now had to go and do a new one.

“A fake licence is N25,000 to N30,000, an original licence is N6,350 but I won’t blame them, it is the ‘bigmanism.’ People are not ready to follow the process and along the line too this NIN information for drivers licence the same thing will come on board before the end of the first quarter next year for vehicle registration.

“If you want to register your vehicle, it is going to be compulsory for you to provide your NIN. These are parts of the security checks. So once you provide your NIN, it makes the matter to be simpler,” the FRSC official said.

He urged the country to take a cue from China and other developed countries that made use of technology to fight crime.

He commended the security agencies for making use of their unrestricted access to the database in checking corrupt practices in the system.

“I must commend all of them from EFCC, NFIU, ICPC, the military intelligence unit of the Army, Navy, Air force and DSS. This is what they are now using, the paperwork is no more because they have access to the database and they are utilizing it effectively.

“The country is growing even though I need to let people know the efforts of Mr President, the country is developing as par 21st technology innovation and we must just catch up with best practices.

“The best practice is for you to have the database that you can use to fight crime,’’ he said.

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