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LASTMA Harps on Traffic Safety Advocacy Clubs in Schools



LASTMA Harps on Traffic Safety Advocacy Clubs in Schools

… As NEMA tasks on sharing information with emergency responders***

The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has called for the establishment of more traffic safety advocacy clubs’ in both public and private schools.

The General Manager, LASTMA, Mr Bolaji Oreagba, made the call on Thursday during an interactive session with students of Dee-Gee Secondary School, Ebute Metta, Lagos, who paid him a courtesy visit in commemoration of his first 365 days in office.

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The Director, Public Affairs Unit of LASTMA, Adebayo Taofiq, in a statement on the visit, said the establishment of more of such clubs would be a fruitful part of the efforts geared towards improving traffic management across the state.

He said that Oreagba was the Director of Operations before he was appointed as the General Manager of LASTMA by Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Sept. 14, 2021.

Taofiq quoted Oreagba as saying that the establishment of more of such clubs in schools would go a long way in inculcating traffic safety measures in students early in life.

“These young students are definitely the future of this country, so, if you catch them young by impacting traffic knowledge in them, automatically, there would be a massive reduction in accidents on our roads in the nearest future,’’ Oreagba said.

He urged parents as well as guardians to always be good examples to children by obeying all traffic regulations and road signs whenever they are on board with them.

In attendance with the General Manager during the interactive session were senior management staff members and LASTMA Controllers.

An SSS3 student, Master Adesegun Umar, spoke on behalf of others, commending officers of LASTMA for a job well done in managing and controlling traffic across Lagos.

Umar said that they had gained additional knowledge during the interactive session with the General Manager, particularly on Zebra Crossings on roads.

In the meantime, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Abuja Operations Office, has advised Nigerians to assist in sharing correct information about disasters with emergency responders.

Mr Justin Uwazuruonye, Head, NEMA Abuja Operations Office, gave the advice on Thursday at an After Action Review Meeting in Abuja.

The meeting was organized to review the various actions of emergency responders during the recent incident of a building collapse at Kubwa in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The newsmen report that representatives from the NSCDC, Fire Service, FRSC, Red Cross, FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Police attended the meeting.

Uwazuruonye said the meeting was aimed at outlining the gaps and proffering solutions to areas that need improvement when handling future emergencies.

“We want Nigerians to help assist the victims of any disaster before emergency responders arrived at the scene.

“This is because we discovered that most Nigerians are not concerned about saving the lives of the victims, they are concerned about bringing out their phones and uploading disaster situations on social media.

“Nigerians should change their attitude towards that and also they should understand that most of the emergency responders are not living within the locality.

“So they rely on the information passed across to them, and if they don’t get this information at the right time and early enough, there is no way they will respond promptly,” he said.

He said that there was a need for Nigerians to get to the police, fire service, FEMA and so on as soon as there is an emergency, as this would help operatives to know what to do.

Uwazurunoye said it was also important for Nigerians to show concern by assisting in giving the right information at the right time.

On building collapse in the FCT, he called on residents to report all suspected cases of building plan alterations to the Development Control Department.

“If you notice that a particular building is being altered and it is not safe for people to live in, please report to Development Control, so that they can take action from there.

“Let us share information and most importantly, let that information be correct information and not to victimize anyone,” he said.



Lion Kills OAU Zoo Attendant 



…Lion killed instantly 

Mr Olawuyi Olarewaju, a veterinary technologist with Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun,  has been killed by a Lion.

It was learnt that Olarewaju, who had been in charge of the OAU Zoological Garden for over a decade, was attacked by a nine -year-old male lion on Monday.

He was said to have been attacked while feeding the lion at the zoological garden of the university.

Confirming the incident, Mr Biodun Olarewaju, the OAU Public Relations Officer, said the management of the university had been thrown into mourning following the incident.

Olarewaju, in a statement in Ile-Ife, said that other members of staff of the university, who were at the scene of the incident did everything within their powers to rescue the deceased but the wild cat had already caused severe fatalities.

He said that saddened by the tragic event, the aggressive lion had been euthanized.

“On hearing the sad news, the management team, led by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Adebayo Bamire, abruptly ended an on-going meeting for an on-the-spot assessment.

“The vice chancellor was informed on arrival by the Acting Director of the University Health and Medical Centre, Dr Tirimisiyu Olatunji, that all first aid and medical efforts to save the life of the victim failed.

“The deceased has been taking care of the lions since they were born on campus about nine years ago but tragically, the male lion killed the man who had been feeding them.

“The university management has sent a delegation to the widow and children of the deceased,    imploring them to take solace in God who gives life and also has the power to take life,” he said.

Olarewaju said that the management had ordered a comprehensive investigation into the immediate and remote causes of the incident.

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ASUU Says 46 Members Lost Their Lives To Economic Hardship



The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Abuja zone, has disclosed the death of some of its members due to economic hardship alongside poor remuneration of academics and unfavourable working conditions.

The 1st zonal coordinator, ASUU, Abuja zone, Salahu Muhammed made this known while briefing newsmen in Abuja on Monday.

Muhammad said no fewer than 46 academics lost their lives in universities under the Abuja zone.

They are the University of Abuja, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa State University, Nasarawa, and the Ibrahim Babangida University, Lapai.

He said that the union recently lost an eminent Professor of Fisheries, Johnson Oyero, of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, due to inability to afford quality medical facilities.

“In the last decade, more Nigerian academics are leaving the country in droves in search of greener pastures, thereby overworking the patriotic ones that remain in the system whose level of patriotism is dwindling daily due to poor remuneration and working conditions.

“It is also worthy of note that the union has lost several members during the period under review due to herculean working conditions, psychological and emotional stress, and diseases related to these conditions.

“For instance, universities in the Abuja zone have lost 46 members,” Muhammed said.

He decried the payment to their members, of amputated two-month salaries by the Federal Government out of the seven-and-a-half month withheld salaries.

Also, the 2nd ASUU Abuja Zonal Coordinator, Mr Salahu Lawal, said the salaries were withheld when the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari invoked a ‘No Work, No Pay’ policy on members of the union that embarked on a strike that lasted eight months in 2022.

Lawal said despite the order by President Tinubu for the release and payment of their withheld salaries, some members have reportedly received an amputated two-month salary of the seven-and-a-half-month withheld salaries, while many were yet to get anything.

“This is far below the expectation of the union and further weakens the morale of our members and the union’s trust in government promises.

“We use this medium to call on all that are involved in this inglorious act to do the needful with regards to lecturers’ withheld salaries as there is nothing more to prove,” he said.

Lawal also lamented the inability of the government to implement the exemption of Federal Universities from the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) as approved by the federal Executive Council in December 2023.

‘’In December 2023, the Minister of Education after a FEC meeting told the world that tertiary institutions are now exempted from the IPPIS an imposition on federal universities by the immediate past Buhari-led government.

“It is worrisome that two months after that pronouncement, the directive has not been implemented rather there was a funny narration on the salaries paid in January stating ‘’New IPPIS’’.

“This is lack of political will to carry out a directive from the president or even FEC by some elements who are beneficiaries of the dubious payment platform,’’ Lawal stated.

He further called on the Federal Government to sign and implement the Professor Nimi Briggs committee renegotiation agreement.

The ASUU Zonal Coordinator called for the immediate implementation of salary awards of 25 percent and 35 percent and payment of its arrears from January 2023 to date

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SIFAX Chairman, Afolabi Agrees To Deliver LAUTECH Convocation Lecture In April



…Following the University’s Special Visit and Invitation

The Chairman of SIFAX Group, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi has agreed to deliver the Convocation lecture at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology LAUTECH, Ogbomosho, come April 2024.

This was a sequel to an invitation by the management of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho led by its Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Rasak Olatunde Rom Kalilu, following a courtesy visit to the revered SIFAX Group Chairman, recently. 

*L-R: Professor Temisan Ebijuwa, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology; Chike Ogeah, Managing Director, Mac-Folly Hospitality, a subsidiary of SIFAX Group owners of Lagos Marriott Hotel; Professor Rasak Olatunde Kalilu, Acting Vice Chancellor, Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomosho; Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, Chairman, SIFAX Group and Wunmi Eniola-Jegede, Executive Director, Business Development and Strategic Planning during the formal visit of the LAUTECH management team to invite Afolabi to give the University’s convocation lecture in April 2024 held at the Lagos Marriott Hotel, Ikeja.

The SIFAX Group Chairman, in the course of the visit, was adequately briefed on happenings in the University.

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The LAUTECH has been at the forefront of Nigerian universities actively promoting transportation logistics and maritime studies.

*R-L: Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, Chairman, SIFAX Group; Professor Rasak Olatunde Kalilu, Acting Vice Chancellor, Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomosho; Professor Temisan Ebijuwa, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology and another staff of the university during the formal visit of the LAUTECH management team to invite Afolabi to give the University’s convocation lecture in April 2024 held at the Lagos Marriott Hotel, Ikeja, 

Consequently, the Maritime First learnt that the Convocation lecture would provide a unique opportunity for the renowned business mogul, not only to further expose the lucky audience, to the unfolding opportunities in the various industries where he presently towers like a colossus; but also to impact them with the tools and motivation needed for a successful exploration of the nation’s Blue Economy.

ALSO READ: SIFAX: Ajayi Crowther University Honours Taiwo Afolabi With a Doctorate Degree

* L-R: Professor Rasak Olatunde Kalilu, Acting Vice Chancellor, Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomosho and Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, Chairman, SIFAX Group in a discussion during the formal visit of the LAUTECH management team to invite Afolabi to give the University’s convocation lecture in April 2024 held at the Lagos Marriott Hotel, Ikeja, today.

 The University’s next convocation is scheduled for April 2024.

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