LGA boss leads team on environmental cleanup, charges residents on good hygiene

By Adewunmi Abodunrin,

As part of the efforts aimed at providing a habitable environment for living, the Executive chairman of Alimosho, Jelili Sulaimon has led his team members in a sanitation exercise.

The move came as a result of huge garbage heaps evident in some key locations around major roads, streets, schools including public buildings, were performed in Egbeda bus stop, Vulcarnizer, Baale, Aregbesola primary school, among others.

In addition to the chairman, other key members who were present at the exercise, tagged ‘Clean Alimosho Tour’, are Vice Chairman, Alimosho Local Government Area and Supervisory Councillor for Environment, Yekini Adekunle; the Head of Department for Environment, Yekini Adekunle to clear off the garbage.

“I want to use this opportunity to tell the people of Alimosho to make their community clean. The way we treat our environment has effect on our health, nature gives back what we give to it. Let us be clean and make our environment clean for healthy living, Sulaimon said

On his part, The vice chairman, Adebisi urged the public to stop dumping refuse on road sides and public places, while assuring them of friendly environmental plan and prompt response to environmental issue in Alimosho.

Atiku expresses grief over lost lives after bomb blast in Maiduguri

By Balogun Alabi,

The Former Vice President and chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has expressed grief over death of victims involved in suicide bomb attack carried out by four female suspected suicide bombers which occurred in Maiduguri, Borno State.

Atiku described the consecutive bomb blast in the state as disturbing, as well as, commented that increasing cases of girls being used as suicide bombers was alarming.

He added that the teenage girls who were used as suicide bomber were meant to mothers, teachers and scientists of the future, and not been used to carry out extremist ideologies.

The former Vice President noted that the Boko Haram group was still threat to the lives and property of Nigerians, especially those in the North-East region of the country.

In a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Thursday, Atiku urged Nigerians to remain vigilant and report suspicious activities to security agencies nearest to them.

He encouraged members of public to be determined and ensure that the issue of insurgency was eradicated by supporting security agencies.

“We are all in this together. We must work closely with security operatives on ground to make sure that our land is secure and our lives are safe.

“I pray to God for a peaceful repose of the dead and fortitude to their bereaved families and friends,” he said.

In a related development, the former Vice President condemned killing of two policemen and abduction of two foreigners along the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway on Tuesday.

Atiku noted that the kidnap was a criminal act, and that it was equally act of sabotage against the national economy.

“Kidnapping drives away foreign investors. It drives away corporate and individual donors from engaging in humanitarian missions and the gross effect of it leaves a debilitating effect on the health of the national economy,” he said.

Kaduna teachers suspend strike action

The Kaduna State wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers has called off the indefinite strike action embarked upon in all public schools.

The group also commends Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai’s reforms on education in the state.

 

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Nasarawa begins proactive measures to curb Lassa-fever outbreak

By Balogun Alabi,

The Nasarawa State Government has disclosed that it had begun taking proactive measures to check the outbreak of Lassa fever in the state, even though cases of the disease were yet to be reported.

According to the state, there was already information about a suspected case, which involved a nurse at the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi with symptoms suggestive of Lassa fever.

The state government noted that blood samples of the lady had been taken, and that the sampled had been sent to diagnostic laboratory, in order to be sure that the patient was free from the disease.

Speaking to journalists on Thursday in the state, Nasarawa State Ministry of Health, Director of Public Health, Ibrahim Adamu, explained that result from the blood test was not ready.

Although, Adamu ascertained that the nurse was seen vomiting blood without showing signs of fever, and that those around her became apprehensive due to reported case of outbreak of Lassa-fever in the country, being that as she was a health worker.

“We decided to take her blood sample for test in order to be on the safe side since we are in the season and Nasarawa is one of the endemic states for the disease,” he added.

The director hinted that the government had provided drugs and protective kits for health workers in case of an outbreak in the state, as part of the proactive measures.

He said that the ministry had also intensified sensitization campaign on the disease using media and other means to reach the people, especially those in the rural areas.

Adamu, however urged members of public to improve personal and environmental hygiene, as it was key to stemming tide of outbreak of diseases such as Lassa fever, cholera, others.

Drone saves two teenagers from drowning in Australian sea

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One of the drones which were unveiled recently at an Australian beach as part of trial for use by life guards has successfully rescued two teenagers who had been swept out to sea.

The 17-year-old and 15-year-old boys whose name were undisclosed, were seen in distress after becoming caught in the sea of about ten-feet, half-a-mile offshore at Lennox Head, north of Sydney.

However, the lifesaving drone was said to have rescued the teenagers after it spotted them and dropped a flotation device in what was believed to be a world-first use of the technology, after which the boys hung to the device and swam to shore.

Speaking on the incidence on Thursday, the New South Wales, surf lifesaving official, Kelvin Morton, noted that there was no other lifesaving operation or organisation worldwide that was effectively performing as the company.

Morton added that the drones used to deploy inflatable pods was innovative, and claimed that most lifesaving organisations around the world were stepping back and waiting to see how the new drones works.

He explained that it would take about six minutes for life guards to reach the victims, compared with 70 seconds the drone spent to locate them.

A lifeguard supervisor who piloted the drone, Jai Sheridan, affirmed that the drone was an amazingly efficient piece of lifesaving equipment and a delight to fly.

“I was able to launch it, fly it to the location, and drop the pod all in about one to two minutes. A trial of the drones is due to end in April.

“It [the drone] gives them [life guards] eyes across the water at a height of 60 metres [200 feet] and they can move at 50 kilometers [31 miles] an hour,” he said.

The pilot stressed that the drones could see things in the water which a jet-ski could not, as the drones had already led to several beaches being evacuated this summer.

LASG, PSP operators to settle CLI dispute out of court

By Adewunmi Abodunrin,

The Lagos State Government and stakeholders in the Private Sector Participation (PSP) in the waste management sector have consented to resolve the dispute which led to a suit on the implementation of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI) before a Lagos High Court in Igbosere, Lagos Island.

In a statement signed by Assistant Director, Ministry of Justice, Kayode Oyekanmi, which stated that the CLI, which is a new waste management policy of the State Government, was established to tackle challenges in the solid waste management systems in line with global best practices within Lagos.

It would be recalled that the PSP operators had sued the State Government and an environmental utility group to execute which was billed to execute the new initiative, Visionscape Group, which was to contest a rumoured decision to abandon the PSP operators for a new investor for the collection and disposal of waste in the State.

At the last adjourned date, parties in the suit had informed the court of their readiness to settle the matter out of court, while the case was adjourned for activation of discussions leading to the amicable resolution of the dispute.

When the case came up again on Wednesday before Justice Oyekan Abdullahi, counsel to the PSP operators, Tosin Adesioye, from the Chambers of Ebun Adegboruwa & Co, told the court that parties in the suit had made substantial progress on the discussion to settle the matter.  

The lawyer also applied for two more weeks to be granted to the parties to perfect the terms of settlement.

Responding, counsel to the State Government, Mr Saheed Quadri, affirmed the position of the counsel to the PSP operators, saying that it was true that parties had met severally even up till Wednesday (yesterday) on the issue.

Quadri, who is the Director of Civil Litigation in the State’s Ministry of Justice, said it was gratifying to report back to the court that settlement had reached an appreciable stage, and asked for a short adjournment for parties to conclude on the amicable resolution.

In his brief ruling, Justice Abdullahi commended the lawyers to the parties for their individual and collective efforts to amicably resolve the matter, saying that it was obvious that substantial progress had been made.

“I want to commend all the counsel in this matter for their individual and collective efforts. I can confirm seeing the progress made so far and I want to appreciate all the parties involved in the settlement process. It is my hope that the team of legal minds in this suit will be in touch with one another,” Justice Abdullahi said.

The matter was subsequently adjourned to January 29, 2018 for final terms of settlement.

Unknown gunmen abducts teenager, robs motorists in Katsina

By Balogun Alabi,

Unknown gunmen have reportedly abducted a 14-year-old girl, as well as, robbed motorist sat gunpoint in Kankia Local Government Area of Katsina State, although no life was lost.

It was gathered that the suspects who were about three in number, gained entry into the girl’s residence where they met her father.

According to father of the victim, Salisu Mai-Tiles, narrated that after the three gunmen invaded his residence situated at Sabuwar-Abuja quarters in the area at about 1:30 a.m on Thursday, they demanded for money.

Confirming the incidence in the state, the father added that he conformed to every order given to him by the gunmen, in order to secure his life and that of his daughter.

“They asked me to give them money, which I did; whatever they asked we never objected to their demand to save our lives, but unfortunately, they went with my 14-year-old daughter,” he said.

Asides abducting the girl, the gang members was also said to have blocked Katsina-Kano road in the area and robbed motorists at gunpoint.

However, efforts to reach the state police command concerning the matter proved futile

Man seeks divorce over wife’s alleged drunkenness, adulterous behavior

By Balogun Alabi,

A commercial driver, Lamidi Adebayo, has told a Customary Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti capital of Ekiti State, to dissolve his 28-year-old marriage with his wife, Bose, over allegations that his wife was a drunkard, as well as, committed adultery.

The husband, a resident of number 89, Isato Street, Ado-Ekiti, told court that neighbors had inform him severally that his wife, Bose, and her friend were philandering about, even though he never believed the information.

Adebayo noted disclosed that the nature of his job as a driver made it difficult for him to always be at home, but he was shocked on November 7, 2017, when his child hood friend, Lateef, a herbalist, confessed to the husband that he had been having secret affairs with his wife, Bose.

The petitioner stressed that his wife had told the herbalist that he died long ago, even though he was still alive, hale and hearty.

During court hearing on Thursday in the state, the husband also alleged that his wife was a drunkard, and that she drank assorted wines and palm wine to stupor every morning.

The estranged husband explained that he had try all within his capacity to stop his wife’s adulterous act and drunkenness but she never yielded.

Adebayo, who indicated that his marriage had no marital rite, but they already had four children, urged court president, Olayinka Akomolede, to dissolve the marriage due to her behaviour and dishonesty.

However, the plea of the wife was not immediately taken, while ‎President of the Court, ajourned the case until February 15, for further hearing.

India affirms advancement, test-fires intercontinental ballistic missile

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The Indian Defense Ministry said that it has successfully test-fired its Agni-V long-range intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), adding that the nuclear weapon was its most advanced missile.

It was learnt that the ICBM was fired on Thursday morning off the coast of the eastern state of Odisha, which was said to be a major boost to the country’s defense capabilities

According to the ministry, the country currently has no fewer than 120 to 130 nuclear warheads in its arsenal, which indicates its advancement.

India disclosed that the missile had been tested for more than five times since 2012, and that the launch drew the ire of India’s two most important geostrategic adversaries: Pakistan and China.

While commenting on the development on Thursday, the ministry explained that relations between Beijing and New Delhi deteriorated significantly in 2017, after a border dispute in the Himalayan region of Doklam occurred between both countries.

Also, the launch was said to have came during one of India’s flagship geopolitical conferences, themed, the Raisina Dialogue 2018.

The ministry said that the test took place during a panel titled: “Nuclear Unpredictability: Managing the Global Nuclear Framework.”

However, an associate professor of political science in the country, said that the timing of the launch was very interesting.

Task Force seizes over 120 motorcycles in Lagos

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The Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit has seized over one hundred and twenty (120) motorcycles in the state over allegations that erring motorcyclists did not comply with traffic law of the state.

It was gathered that the motorcycles were seized by the taskforce around First rainbow bus stop, Cele-Ijesha, Mile two area of the state.

The agency disclosed that it carried out the operation in order to ensure that motorcyclist in the state were restricted from strategic routes, as well as, ensure they abide by the state road traffic laws of 2012.

According to the taskforce, it would not completely wipe out all motorcycles in the state, except those that neither complied nor cooperated with the law.

The seized motorcycles

Confirming the development which occurred on Thursday, the taskforce chairman, Olayinka Egbeyemi, explained that all motorcycles seized would be crushed totally, as it would serve as deterrent to erring riders within the state.

“The faith of the motorcycles seized will be totally crushed”, he added.

Egbeyemi stressed that the development was part of measures by the state government to curb increasing number of commercial motorcyclists on restricted routes within the state.

Similarly, the chairman said that the agency would not relent in arresting defiant of traffic laws, since advocacy had failed.