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NB, FRSC Flag Off 10th Don’t Drink And Drive Campaign

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NB, FRSC Flag Off 10th Don’t Drink And Drive Campaign

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Nigerian Breweries Plc in partnership with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Thursday flagged off the 10th edition of the Don’t Drink and Drive campaign in Lagos.

The campaign is a corporate social responsibility initiative by the company to improve safety on Nigerian roads by discouraging the habit of drink driving by drivers.

Mr Kufre Ekanem, Nigerian Breweries’ Corporate Affairs Adviser explained during the flag off that the partnership with the FRSC is a major pillar for sustaining the Don’t Drink and Drive initiative over the years.

“This partnership is a major pillar of our responsible consumption campaign which is part of our long term strategic sustainability agenda, Brewing a Better World. This agenda also focuses on the delivery of concrete commitments in areas where our company can directly make impact through its operations,” he said.

Mr Ekanem further revealed that the 10th edition of the campaign would be broader in scope and operations by involving a wider audience who would benefit from the initiative.

“For the 10th Don’t Drink and Drive Campaign, we plan to extend our reach through the hosting of mega rallies in Abuja, Lagos and Enugu that would involve a wider audience including the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria and Tanker Drivers. Other targeted audience groups include Luxury Bus Drivers, ‘Keke’ and ‘Okada’ riders and non-governmental organizations with focus on the transport sector,” Mr Ekanem stated.

He also used the occasion to reveal the success of the initiative in previous editions and appreciated the FRSC for the sustained partnership and its continued commitment to the promotion of road safety in Nigeria.

Corps Commander Bisi Kazeem, Corps Public Education Officer, Federal Road Safety Corps, who represented the Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Dr. Olayemi Boboye used the occasion to commend Nigerian Breweries Plc for remaining consistent and committed to ensuring safety on Nigerian highways through the Don’t Drink and Drive initiative.

Commander Kazeem said that the FRSC is delighted by the motivation of Nigerian Breweries Plc in complementing its efforts towards road safety in Nigeria. “The Corps upholds improved consultation and collaboration as one of its core values. This underscores our delight with the sustained motivation by the management of Nigerian Breweries Plc to complement our efforts towards ensuring safer roads in Nigeria through responsible drinking habits among drivers,” he said.

Since inception of the initiative, Nigerian Breweries Plc and the Federal Road Safety Corps have held enlightenment rallies in over 39 cities and towns which have directly engaged over 16,000 drivers and road users across Nigeria with several more target audience reached through mass media messages.

Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. Her passion for journalism is amazing. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour.

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Lagos Extends Okada Ban to Oshodi, Mushin, Others

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

The ban on commercial motorcycles otherwise known as Okada in Lagos State has been extended to more local councils from Thursday, September 1, 2022.

The Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Frederic Oladehinde, at a press conference in Lagos on Thursday, disclosed that from next month, Okada riders would not be allowed to ply major roads in four additional Local Government Areas (LGAs) and six Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs).

The new areas to observe the ban on commercial motorcycle operations are Kosofe, Oshodi-Isolo, Somolu and Mushin Local Government Areas as well as Ikosi-Isheri LCDA, Agboyi-Ketu LCDA, Isolo LCDA, Bariga LCDA, and Odi-Olowo LCDA.

Earlier, precisely on June 1, 2022, the state governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, banned Okada in Eti-Osa, Ikeja, Surulere, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, and Apapa, as well as LCDAs under them after a young man was lynched by Okada riders in Victoria Island.

While addressing newsmen today, Mr Oladehinde said the extension of the proscription order was a move by the state government to sustain the gains recorded in the ongoing action against operations of motorcycle operators in the metropolis.

According to him, Okada accidents and fatalities have reduced by 63.7 per cent across the 15 local councils where the first phase of ban had been enforced, stressing that the development also significantly brought down the rate of crimes associated with motorcycles.

This, he said, led to resolutions reached at a stakeholders’ forum last Tuesday, with interest groups in which the participants unanimously urged the Government to make the Okada ban state-wide.

“The Ministry in conjunction with the inter-ministerial committee on Okada, having critically accessed these resolutions and the challenges of Okada operations on the security architecture of the State, recommended to Mr. Governor not to go back on the already laid down phase ban in a bid to sustain the gains.

“Based on the apparent positive impact of the ban and the resolution of the Stakeholders’ Forum, Mr Governor has approved the ban of Okada in another four LGAs and their respective five LCDAs for the second phase of the total ban, in addition to the on-going ban in the six LGAs and their respective LCDAs,” the Commissioner said.

The state government advised residents to embrace alternative means of transportation for their journey, noting that the State had provided safe and sustainable First- and Last-Mile Transport Scheme, BRT Scheme, e-hailing taxi Scheme and other acceptable means for the safety of commuters.

Mr Oladehinde disclosed that 7,500 motorcycles had been impounded and crushed in the ongoing enforcement, while resistance had dropped sharply. He issued a stern warning to riders who may want to flout the proscription order, stressing that the enforcement would not be sparing.

The Commissioner said the state government had interventions in place to empower the affected Okada riders as an alternative means of livelihood. He urged them to embrace the intervention programmes which are being coordinated by six Government ministries and also Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF).

“It is important to reiterate the State Government’s commitment to the safety, security of lives and properties in the State. In exercising this, any motorcycle impounded will be crushed and the process will be made public.

“Both riders and passengers arrested on proscribed routes will be made to face the full wrath of the law in line with the provision of Section 46, sub-section 1, 2 & 3 of the Transport Sector Reform Law (TSRL), 2018,” he said.

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Maritime Truck Owners Threaten Strike Over Arrests by Customs

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By Adedapo Adesanya

The Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO) has threatened to down tools nationwide to protest the incessant arrest and detention of its members by officials of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).

In a letter to the Comptroller General of Customs, Mr Hameed Ali, the President of AMATO, Mr Remi Ogungbemi, warned that if all detained trucks are not released immediately, the group will have no other choice than withdraw its services nationwide.

Mr Ogungbemi also said that the seizure and possible auction of their trucks is causing untold hardship on truck owners, adding that for a long time, truckers have been passing through this injustice in the hands of the Customs.

“We have been passing through this injustice in the hands of Nigeria Customs Service as a result of the dishonest declaration of actual goods that importers and their collaborating agents are having in their containers.

“Truckers are just commercial transporters of goods. We are only invited by the agents to come and carry goods to and from the ports after Customs must have examined and approved the release of goods in containers to importers and agents.

“But unfortunately, after loading, the containers are duly examined and released by Customs on our trucks, they will waylay the trucks on the road, seize and detain our trucks in their yard together with containers with question marks.

“Does Customs arrest ships that do bring illicit goods to Nigeria for complicity? Does Customs seal the terminal that receives contraband and dangerous consignments in their yards for complicity in storing illicit consignments?

“Are commercial trucks involved in the physical examination of goods in the ports together with Customs, police, DSS, NDLEA, and others to see what the containers are carrying?

“Does it sound just for Customs officers and other government agencies that jointly examined and approved the exit of contraband and other dangerous goods in the ports to be holding truckers responsible for their fault and negligence?

“Is it the truckers that are short paying the government import duty on goods or the importers and their agents?

“If the answer is no, we are calling on the Nigeria Customs Service to release all our trucks detained in their yard or withdraw our service nationwide in protest against the unjust seizure of our trucks.

“Our members are facing agonizing economic hardships. Their source of livelihood is being seized by the Nigeria Customs for the offence committed by importers and their dubious collaborating agents,” the letter read.

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OYSROMA Moves to Ease Movement of Traffic

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By Aduragbemi Omiyale

The Oyo State Road Maintenance Agency (OYSROMA) has commenced the rehabilitation of roads in the state to ease the movement of traffic.

The chairman of the agency, Mr Ogunlade Busoye Soladoye, said the roads to receive facelift include Molete-Fire-Challenge roads, Mokola-Dugbe and the Femi Johnson Junction along Oke-Ado Road, among others.

In a statement on Monday, it was stated that it is part of the Operation Zero Potholes initiative of Governor Seyi Makinde.

When completed, he said, the rehabilitation of the roads as well as the desilting of drainages across the Ibadan metropolis and its environs, would create a better environment for the populace.

While speaking after visiting some of the roads to be transformed by OYSROMA, Mr Soladoye said “This is one of our feedback mechanisms concerning the deplorable condition of roads during the rainy season.”

He also implored the residents to desist from the act of dumping refuse on waterways, as the agency has started clearing drainages across the state, promising that the agency will live up to its mandate.

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