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AMALGAMATION: Truckers’ Umbrella Body Seeks Sanwo-Olu’s Urgent Intervention Against Hoodlums, Extortion

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LASG Announces Traffic Diversion At Second Rainbow

…Threatens to withdraw services if LASG remains deaf to their plea!***

The umbrella body of maritime trucking associations which mainly focuses on the movement of Import and Export goods, in and out of the Lagos ports, has appealed for an urgent intervention of the Lagos State Government, to checkmate hoodlums perpetuating multiple extortions, and inflicting unimaginable terror and destructions on we truckers in Lagos State.

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Speaking under the aegis: ‘Amalgamation’, the body in a passionate appeal, stressed that the gesture had become very necessary, in view of the recent ghastly truck accident that occurred on the 7th of November 2022, close to the Trade Fair bridge, along the Lagos Badagry Express Road, in which one Police Inspector and two other people lost their lives.

Specifically, the body blamed the hoodlums for the accident, noting that it was in the process of miscreants, forcing and dragging the steering with a truck driver, in order to collect money by force, that the truck lost control and crushed three people to death.

“This ugly incident is only one out of many, in the catalogue of extortion, violence, assault, injury, damage to truck and death that are being caused by these marauding hoodlums in which almost everybody in the State is a direct and indirect victim of the harrowing menace and malaise they are putting we truckers in the State”, the Umbrella body stated, in a statement made available to the Maritime First, on Wednesday.

“In the light of the above complaints, we humbly and passionately request that you act as follows:-

  1. Make law to CRIMINALISE the way-laying, ganging up on trucks and extorting of trucks that are transiting Lagos metropolis by miscreants.

       2- That you kindly urge the Police and other law enforcement agencies to see it as part of their responsibility to intervene whenever they see Street Urchins maltreating truckers within the state metropolis instead of showing no concern.

  1. Ensure that the miscreants in Police custody that caused the truck accidents at Trade Fair which claimed three lives of innocent Nigerians including a Police Inspector are brought to justice in order to serve as lesson and deterrent to other miscreants.

“Our requests at this moment become necessary as the presence of street urchins on Lagos road is forcing our drivers to abandon trucks which is killing our business.

“The banditry of these miscreants is forcing many logistics companies to close business and relocate from Lagos.

“Moreover, the presence of these hoodlums is not only a total disgrace and embarrassment to a populous and developed state like Lagos but also a setback to Lagos State’s effort of attaining a MEGA CITY status. Hence, all the activities of hoodlums on our roads should be totally banned.

“As law-abiding citizens, we deemed it fit to bring to your attention these ugly trends that have taken over most of our roads in Lagos State and taking a serious toll on our lives and business for your urgent intervention and solutions for peace and security in Lagos metropolis.

“In the absence of any solution to our problem, we will peacefully embark on a grand protest and withdrawal of our service to register our grievances to let the whole world know that our lives and business are imploding under the anarchy of miscreants on Lagos State roads”, Mr. Ridwan Bello in a statement further stated, on behalf of the Amalgamation.

The ‘Save Our Soul’ appeal was equally made to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, the Department of State Services (DSS) Lagos Command; Chairman, House Committee on Transportation Lagos State House of Assembly; and the Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation.

 

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Ramadan: Transportation Minister calls for self-reflection, prayer for Nigeria

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Ramadan: Transportation Minister calls for self-reflection, prayer for Nigeria

… As Bauchi auto crash claims 25 lives, injures 10 others***

The Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo has advised Nigerian Muslims to engage in self-reflection and prayers for the country during Ramadan.

This was made known in a statement issued by Henshaw Ogubike, the Director of Press and Public Relations in the Ministry on Friday in Abuja.

In his Ramadan message, Sambo extended warm wishes to Islamic faithfuls and prayed to Almighty Allah to shower them with love, peace, prosperity and joy.

The minister urged Muslims to deepen their devotion and show brotherly love to everyone around, particularly the less privileged, during the holy month.

“Let us therefore in this holy month deepen our devotion, extend our bond of fellowship and compassion to everyone around, particularly the less privileged in our communities,” he said.

The minister also prayed for the security of all Nigerians and prosperity for the country.

“May the Almighty Allah ease our adversity; shower us with love, peace, prosperity and joy. May we be free from harm, and our nation be blessed and prosperous,” he said.

Tragedy struck on Thursday in Udobo village in Gamawa Local Government Area of Bauchi State when 25 people lost their lives in a lone auto crash.

Sector Commander of the FRSC in Bauchi State, Mr. Yusuf Abdullahi, told the press in Bauchi on Friday that 10 other persons sustained injuries in the crash.

He said the accident involved one Toyota Hummer bus in which the over-speeding driver lost control after a tyre burst.

“Thirty-five persons were involved in the road crash.

“Twenty-five of them – nine adult male, 11 adult females, two male children and three female children – lost their lives on the spot.

“Ten others sustained serious injuries and they are all male adults,’’ he said.

He added that the injured were taken to the Federal Medical Centre, Azare in Katagum Local Government Area of the state, while corpses of the deceased were taken to Hadeja in Jigawa for burial.

Abdullahi charged motorists to always be conscious of traffic rules and regulations while plying the roads. 

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AfDB, BCI promote women’s access to finance in Africa with $485,000

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The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Bank for Trade and Industry (BCI) of Mauritania have signed a 485,000 dollars agreement for Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA).

The bank in a statement said that the programme was aimed at promoting women’s access to finance in Africa.

“The Promoting Access of Women-Owned Enterprises to Financial and Technical Support Services in the Western Sahel Region project is financed by AfDB with support from Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi).

“The project aims to strengthen BCI’s financing capacity for trade and industry and to better support women small and medium enterprises in Mauritania, Mali, Senegal and Guinea,’’ it said.

It said that Mohamed El -Azizi, AfDB’s Director-General for North Africa and Isselmou Tajidine, Managing Director of BCI’s Trade and Industry Group, signed the agreement.

It said that the agreement was signed on the sidelines of the Mauritania Investment Forum.

The forum with the theme, “Invest Days-Nouakchott’’, was organised by the Mauritania Investment Promotion Agency.

AfDB’s director-general for North Africa said: “The signing of this technical assistance agreement with the BCI Group is an important step in supporting financial inclusion and growth of women-led SMEs.

“This plays a crucial role in Mauritania’s economic development.

“The agreement consolidates a 10 million euro line of credit, approved by AfDB’s board of directors to BCI in 2021, to support growth and trade of strategic small businesses of women entrepreneurs.’’

BCI’s managing director said that the project reinforced the bank’s strategic partnership with AfDB and would position the bank as the choice for women entrepreneurs in Mauritania, Senegal, Mali and Guinea.

Tajidine added that it would help to expand the bank’s offering of financial products and technical support for women-led businesses.

AFAWA and the Mauritania Investment Promotion Agency organised a workshop on strengthening financial inclusion of women’s SMEs in Mauritania during the Invest Days-Nouakchott Forum.

The session presented the mechanisms of the initiative, including the “Guarantee for Growth” programme implemented by the African Guarantee Fund.

It also provided an opportunity to discuss the regulatory framework and steps that authorities and businesses can take to improve financial access for women’s businesses.

The forum also featured the inauguration of the AFAWA ambassadors programme which will advocate accelerated access to finance for Africa’s women entrepreneurs and showcase women leaders.

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Cooking gas price increased by 24.05% in one year – NBS  

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Cooking gas price increased by 24.05% in one year – NBS  

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), says the average price of 5kg of cooking gas increased from N3,708.58 in February 2022 to N4,600.57 in February 2023.

This is contained in the Bureau’s “Cooking Gas Price Watch’’ for February 2023 released on Friday in Abuja.

The report said the February price represented a 24.05 per cent increase compared to what was obtained in February 2022.

The report said on a month-on-month basis, the price rose by 0.26 per cent from N4,588.75 recorded in January 2023 to N4,600.57 in February 2023.

On state profile analysis, the report showed that Kwara recorded the highest average price of N4,962.86 for refilling a 5kg cooking gas, followed by Adamawa at N4,914.00, and Niger at N4,907.50.

It said on the other hand, Enugu recorded the lowest price at N4,179.41, followed by Rivers and Abia at N4,204.44 and N4,220.00.

Analysis by zone showed that the North-Central recorded the highest average retail price of N4,845.44 for 5kg cooking gas, followed by the North-West at N4,629.19.

“The South-East recorded the lowest average price at N4,428.97 for 5kg cooking gas.’’

The NBS also said the average retail price for refilling a 12.5kg cooking gas declined by 0.23 percent on a month-on-month basis from N10,277.17 in January 2023 to N10,253.39 in February 2023.

“On a year-on-year basis, this rose by 37.67 percent from N7,447.79 in February 2022.’’

State profile analysis showed that Akwa Ibom recorded the highest average retail price of N10,879.50 for 12.5kg cooking gas followed by Cross River at N10,803.57 and Anambra at N10,768.75.

On the other hand, the report showed that the lowest average price for 12.5kg of cooking gas was recorded in Yobe at N9,580.00, followed by Gombe and Borno at N9,766.67 and N9,857.14, respectively.

Analysis by zone showed that the South-South recorded the highest average retail price for refilling a 12.5kg cooking gas at N10,590.18, followed by the South-East at N10,478.54.

“The North-East recorded the lowest price at N9,801.46.’’

Similarly, the average retail price per litre of kerosene rose to N1,173.89 in February 2023 on a month-on-month basis, showing an increase of 1.78 per cent compared to N1,153.40 recorded in January 2023.

According to its National Kerosene Price Watch for February 2023, on a year-on-year basis, the average retail price per litre of kerosene rose by 160.48 per cent from N450.66 in February 2022 to N1,173.89 in February 2023.

Analysis by the state showed that the highest average retail price per litre of kerosene was recorded in Plateau at N1,550.00, followed by Abuja at N1,473.33 and Adamawa at N1,438.10.

“On the other hand, the lowest price was recorded in Nassarawa at N923.81, followed by Katsina at N945.83 and Sokoto at N956.94.’’

The NBS said that analysis by zones showed that the South-West recorded the highest average retail price of Kerosene at N1,259.96 per litre, followed by the South-East at N1,255.12, while the North-West recorded the lowest at N976.24.’’

The report showed that the average price of a gallon of kerosene was sold at N3,926.23 in February 2023, indicating an increase of 1.03 percent from N3,886.11 in January 2023.

“On a year-on-year basis, this increased by 151.72 percent from N1,559.78 in February 2022.’’

State profile analysis showed that Kwara recorded the highest average retail price per gallon of kerosene at N4,905.83, followed by Ebonyi at N4,606.25 and Anambra at N4,550.00.

It said Borno and Gombe recorded the lowest price at N3,050.00, followed by Bayelsa and Delta at N3,071.43 and N3,116.67, respectively.

Analysis by zone indicated that the South-East recorded the highest average retail price per gallon of kerosene at N4,517.60, followed by the North Central at N4,107.59, while the South-South recorded the lowest at N3,474.47.

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