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ELECTIONS OVER: OYRTMA Begins Enforcement Against Indiscriminate Display of Wares on Road Corridors



The Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority (OYRTMA) says it will begin enforcement operations in all local government areas of the state against the indiscriminate display of wares on road corridors.

The Executive Chairman of OYRTMA, Dr. Akin Fagbemi, said that action would be taken against traders that were always adamant about road encroachment to display their wares and goods.

Fagbemi spoke while playing host to Mr. Olaide Popoola, the Executive Chairman of Oluyole Local Government area in Ibadan, just weeks after the end of the 2023 General Elections, in the State. 

He said that the traders were fond of encroaching on the roads along Soka Junction, Eleyele-Ologuneru Road, Mokola Roundabout, Challenge, Iwo-Road, and other identified spots.

According to him, like we have been doing, we shall intensify advocacy/awareness campaigns to motorists and all road users in the state to ensure total compliance.

The Chairman of OYRTMA, Dr Akin Fagbemi (right) with the Chairman, Oluyole LGA, Olaide Popoola.

He said that the agency has moved to further integrate relationships with Local Government Authorities across the state in a bid to consolidate on its existing Community Traffic Management System.

Fagbemi said that this was in-line with the sustainable development agenda of the state government under Gov.
Seyi Makinde.

He said, “the new step is a crucial subset of the broader Sustainable Traffic Management Initiative to ease traffic flow, reduce road crashes and enthrone sanity on all roads within the State.”

Fagbemi assured the council chairman of OYRTMA’s commitment to further expand the existing relationship with the government, particularly as it remains the centre of several commercial and industrial hubs of the state.

“As a government agency, we are ready to expand and build on our existing relationship with all local governments across the state, particularly Oluyole because of its strategic position to economic growth.

“If you would recall, we earlier moved our Operational Headquarters to Sanyo, Oluyole Local Government area in a bid to entrench our Community Traffic Management System.

“This is central to our drive to keying into the sustainable development agenda of the state government under Omituntun 2.0 led by our amiable Governor, Seyi Makinde,” he said.

Commenting, Popoola said, “The continuous difficulty being experienced on roads by residents in different parts of the state is majorly man-made.

“People are fond of disobeying extant road traffic laws, park arbitrarily, and even, some people taking over government roads or setbacks for private business activities.

“This is not only inimical to the wellbeing of the communities, but also serves as a great bane for development.”

According to him, a typical example is the popular Soka Junction in Oluyole Local Government where untold hardship is being melted on commuters on a daily basis as a result of indiscriminate parking by motorists, hawking, and illegal road encroachment by traders, as well as abuse of government land by some individuals.

“We have to step in to put a sustainable stop to this menace and the role of OYRTMA in achieving this is apparently non-negligible.

“We have embarked on junction improvement at Soka and the entire area is cleared of any of such encumbrances.

“For continuity and sustenance of compliance, enforcement operations along the axis is key and we are confident OYRTMA would double efforts in this regard,” Popoola said.

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Over 73m People In Philippines Suffer From Tooth Decay



 At least 73 million Filipinos suffer from dental caries, making the disease a “serious health concern” in the Southeast Asian country, the Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) said on Wednesday.

“Dental caries is a silent epidemic,” Manuel Vallesteros, a division chief at the DOH’s disease prevention and control bureau, said this after a committee hearing at the House of Representatives.

Vallesteros said the DOH data is based on the 2018 national health survey, noting that the number now is much higher compared to when the COVID-19 pandemic had restricted access to dental services for more than two years.

Merely for illustration…

He noted that eight of 10 Filipino children suffer from “childhood caries” or “decaying baby teeth” because they are fed with sweetened infant formula.

“The oral health status of Filipino children is alarming,” the DOH said, adding the oral disease “continues to be a serious public health problem” in the Philippines.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), dental caries is a major global public health problem and the most widespread non-communicable disease. 

– Xinhua

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5 Ugborodo Communities Picket Chevron Yard In Escravos



#EndSARS Protest: Hoodlums break into Benin custodial centre

Hundreds of residents of the Ugborodo Community in the Warri South-West Local Government area of Delta on Wednesday besieged the Chevron Yard in Escravos, protesting against the alleged insensitivity of the oil company to their plights.

The protesters were drawn from Ode-Ugborodo, Ogidigben, Ajudaibo, Madangho, and Ijaghala Communities under Ugborodo Federated Communities.

The aggrieved protesters, both young and old, were led by the Eghare-Aja of Ugborodo, Mr. Daniel Uwawah.

They were armed with placards of various inscriptions such as: “We want our PIA as host communities Ugborodo”; “Enough of Chevron Divide and Rule Policies”.

“All local content contracts must be brought to the community through the appointed organ”; “Ugborodo Community demands frequent and regular engagement with Chevron”, among others.

In his remarks, Mr. Terry Atete, the Igbajoh of Ugborodo Community, who spoke on behalf of the Eghare-Aja, said that the federated communities had written several letters to the oil company for dialogue in line with the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), 2021.

The Act is one of the most audacious attempts to overhaul the petroleum sector in Nigeria.

It seeks to provide legal, governance, regulatory and fiscal framework for the Nigerian Petroleum Industry.

If implemented diligently, the PIA will help facilitate Nigeria’s economic development by attracting and creating investment opportunities for local and international investors.

Atete said that since the inception of Eghare-Aja, the Ugborodo Community had also written to Chevron on the Act, concerning the award of contracts and employment.

According to him, the company had deliberately refused to address their grievances.

“We are faulting the PIA process. We are saying that Chevron should come directly and dialogue with our community in line with the PIA Act.

“We are not going to accept it until they come and dialogue with us.

“We will not relent until Chevron comes and dialogue with the host communities, which made up Ugborodo,” he said.

Also, Mrs Oritsematosan Nuko, a Woman Leader in Ugborodo Community, appealed to Chevron and the Federal Government to come to the rescue of the community and shore up the area.

Nuko said that indigenes of the community were almost being chased away by tidal flood.

She, however, urged Chevron to heed to the call and address the demands of the community.

Nuko said the oil company should come forward for a dialogue toward addressing the lingering challenges confronting the federated community, including unemployment and the award of contracts.

Commenting, a Chevron member of staff, who pleaded anonymity, said that all the issues raised by the aggrieved protesters were already being addressed at the company’s headquarters in Lagos.

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Resident Doctors To Commence 5-day Warning Strike On Wednesday



… As FG fails to negotiate

Those planning to visit the hospital this week may as well think twice as the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), says it will commence a five-day warning strike on Wednesday.

The President of the association, Dr. Innocent Orji, disclosed this on Monday while speaking with newsmen on the outcome of its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting.

According to him, the warning strike will begin by 8 am on Wednesday.

The association had on April 29 issued a two-week notice to the Federal Government to increase the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS) or risk industrial action.

It said at the time that the increment should be to the tune of 200 percent of the current gross salary of doctors and also be in addition to the new allowances included in the letter written to the Minister of Health in 2022 for the review of CONMESS.

According to the association, it observed that in spite of several engagements with the Federal Government on the need to upwardly review CONMESS, which was last reviewed over 10 years ago, there are no changes.

“The Federal Government has neither called NARD to the negotiation table nor taken any tangible step in addressing the issue.

“This is against the background of the dwindling economic situation in the country, the serial abysmal decline in the value of the Naira, the imminent removal of fuel subsidy, and the consequent damaging effect on the cost of living in the country.

“There have been previous ultimatums issued to the government by NARD on account of this problem of the review of the CONMESS salary structure.”

It added that the previous Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) on CONMESS stated clearly that the salary structure would be due for review after five years, but this has not been done since the implementation in 2014, though the approval was given in 2009.

Orji, however, said that since the issuance of the two-week notice the association had not been called upon by the Federal Government to initiate negotiations.

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