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Strike: FG, ASUU meet today

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  • As Car bomb kills eight in eastern Baghdad market: Medics

The Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities,  ASUU, will again meet today in a bid to resolve the ongoing strike embarked upon by the university teachers two weeks ago.

Expected at the meeting called by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, are the Ministers of Education and Finance, Mallam Adamu Adamu and Mrs. Kemi Adeosun respectively,  Chairman, National Income Salaries and Wages Commission, Executive Secretary National Universities Commission and the President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba.

A statement signed by Samuel Olowookere, Deputy Director, Press in the Ministry of Labour and Employment, yesterday, in Abuja read: “In furtherance of efforts at resolving the lingering industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, will tomorrow (today) by noon meet with the President and Executive of ASUU.

“Government delegation at the meeting will include Minister of Education, Minister of Finance, Chairman National Income Salaries and Wages Commission, Executive Secretary National Universities Commission and the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC.

“The minister recalled that ASUU had earlier promised during the last meeting held on Thursday, August 17, 2017, to take the offer of the Federal Government back to its members and get back to the Federal Government within a week. “Senator Chris Ngige calls on ASUU to show good faith as the Federal Government had already demonstrated commitment to addressing the grievances of the Union.”

When Vanguard contacted the National President of ASUU, Prof. Abiodun Ogunyemi, on his phone, yesterday, on the position of the strike, he simply said that the union was still consulting and that whatever was the outcome of the consultation would be made available to the public.

In the meantime, a car bomb killed at least eight people in a crowded vegetable market in a Shi`ite Muslim district of Baghdad on Monday, police and medics said.

No group immediately claimed responsibility, though the Sunni Muslim militants of Islamic State have said they carried out a string of other recent attacks in the capital.

The car rigged with explosives detonated in the mainly Shi`ite eastern district of Jamila, police said, as Iraqi government forces were preparing to declare victory over Islamic State more than 400 km (250 miles) further north in the city of Tal Afar.

It was not immediately clear if a suicide bomber had driven the vehicle to the target or if it was a parked car bomb, police sources said.

Medics and police sources said eight people died and 25 were wounded.

Interior Ministry spokesman Brigadier General Saad Maan said four people were killed and 12 wounded, including two policemen.

Vanguard with additional report from Zee

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47 die, 180 injured in 52 accidents in Sokoto — FRSC

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47 die, 180 injured in 52 accidents in Sokoto — FRSC

No fewer than 47 persons died, while 180 sustained injuries in 52 different road crash that occurred from May to October in Sokoto state.

Mr. Kabiru Yusuf-Nadabo, the Sokoto State Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) disclosed this at the 2022 accident victims remembrance day on Friday in Sokoto.

Yusuf-Nadabo said out of the road crashes, 23 were fatal while 25 were serious that involved 78 different categories of vehicles.

He said that the event was part of Africa Road Safety/World Road Safety awareness initiative to awaken people on the rising cases of road accidents that cause loss of lives, as well as properties.

According to him, FRSC was established to curb the menace and to create a safe motoring environment for all Nigerians, adding that FRSC has been making remarkable efforts on reducing road traffic accidents.

”The event was set to commemorate road traffic accidents victims and equally sensitise the Nigerian public on the dangers, consequences of accidents and proper usage of roads.

”Based on the statistics presented and life experiences from some survivors of traffic accident victims, ” Yusuf-Nadabo said.

He urged motorists to abide by regulations and abstain from dangerous driving, overspending and overloading to ensure accident-free and safer roads.

 Prayers were offered in both Islamic and Christian ways.

In the same vein, two traffic accident survivors, Malam Kabiru Bello and Malam Hassan Garba, recounted their ordeals during and after the crashes they were involved in.

The event witnessed presentations from the state Vehicles Investigation Office (VIO), Special Marshals, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO).

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Onitsha Fire explosion: 80 shops destroyed, Police yet to know casualty rate

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Onitsha Fire explosion: 80 shops destroyed, Police yet to know casualty rate

The Fire Chief of Anambra Fire Services, Mr. Martin Agbili, has said that 80 shops were affected in the chemical market fire explosion at Onitsha Head Bridge.

This is contained in a statement signed by Agbili on Wednesday in Onitsha.

He said that incident took place at the Science and Lab Line of Ogbo Ogwu Market not the entire Ogbo Ogwu Market, Onitsha.

”It is really a terrible situation but the fire is under control now. The vibration from the explosions caused the collapse of some market buildings.

“A lot of safety measures have been taken to protect the entire market. There are casualties but we can’t ascertain the actual number of death and the injured”, he said.

The fire also destroyed goods and properties worth millions of naira.

In a related development, the Police Public Relations Officer, Anambra Command, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga,  says the police were yet to be furnished with the casualty rate at the fire explosion in the chemical market in Onitsha.

Ikenga stated this on Tuesday, in Onitsha while reacting to a fire explosion that rocked the chemical market.

According to him, I don’t have the information on the level of casualty and the level of damage.

“But I can confirm to you that there was a fire explosion at the chemical market and our operatives led by DCP Operations, John Ogbodaga is on ground.

“The area has been cordoned off, the fire service was also on ground and the situation is under control,” he said.

It was earlier reported that no fewer than four persons were reportedly confirmed dead and about 20 sustained various degrees of injuries.

On his part, the state Fire Chief, Anambra Fire Service, Mr. Martin Agbili, said that he and other relevant stakeholders were currently on the scene of the incident at the time of filing this report and useful information would be given in due time.

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3 die, on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway – FRSC

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47 die, 180 injured in 52 accidents in Sokoto — FRSC

Three persons died and three others were severely injured in a lone road accident on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

Mr. Ahmed Umar, the Sector Commander of the FRSC in Ogun, confirmed this to newsmen on Monday in Abeokuta.

Umar explained that the accident occurred in the early hours of Monday and involved a Toyota Sienna with registration number DKP 60 LG.

He added that it occurred just before the first AP turning point after Danco filling station on the expressway.

He attributed the crash to speeding that led to loss of control by the driver.

The FRSC boss stated that six people, comprising four males and two females were in the vehicle.

”A total of three people were injured, two male adult and one female adult and unfortunately three persons lost their lives in the accident,” he said.

Umar noted that the injured victims were currently receiving treatment at Idera Hospital, while the dead bodies were deposited at the morgue of same hospital.

The sector commander commiserated with the crash victims and advised motorists to shun speeding, particularly during these ember months.

 

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