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Gbajabiamila says NITTA bill will address road carnages



The Speaker,  House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, says the bill for an Act to repeal and reenact the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT) Act will  address road crashes in the country.

Speaking at the opening of a public hearing on the bill on Thursday, Gbajabiamila said the bill if properly harnessed would  also liberate the country from over- dependence on oil.

He said the bill when passed into law,  would provide direct and indirect employment opportunities and reduce the carnage on  roads and waterways.

Represented by Deputy House Leader, Peter Akpatason, Gbajabiamila said that the high number of deaths on the nation’s roads would be addressed among other issues.

“This bill is very timely and a laudable initiative. We as legislators will support all viable efforts that will lead to  improvement of the transportation industry in Nigeria,” he said.

In her remarks, the Minister of State for Transport, Ms Gbemisola Saraki said the NITT remained  one of the key institutions under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Transportation.

She said  it was the ministry’s objective that it was supported to achieve its full potentials to become an institute of global standard.

“I convey the full support of the Federal ministry of transportation to this legislative initiative by way of a bill for an Act to repeal and reenact the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT) Act.

“Since it came into existence on March 14, 1986, the NITT Act has not been amended; giving the need to respond to changing circumstances including the need to streamline the membership of its governing powers, and to align its staff policy with those of other academic institutions, the ministry supports the general principles of the bill.

“It is geared toward ensuring that NITT becomes more professional, practical and future driven institution which will serve as a hub to produce the much need manpower in our nation’s transport sector.

“As Nigeria’s economy continue to expand, the transportation sector will be required to adjust to changing realities, provide logistics and solutions to serve this expected expansion.

“This bill from our own evaluation, is designed to ensure we put in place a foremost national institution to address potential manpower requirement to achieve this objective,” she said.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the Committee, Rep. Abbas Tarjudeen (. ) said that transportation playes a major role in the daily life of human beings.

He said that no society or country could  function optimally if it does not have measures in place to facilitate transport.

According to him, an effective transport system will provide productivity and overall development.

He  said transportation had helped to enhance life over the years and the current world would not be able to thrive without the ability to transport things from one place to another.

He said millions of people around the globe relied  on transport to get to their businesses, homes and work places every day.

According to him, transport facilitates economic activities and as such,  economic growth relies on access to efficient and dependable transport system.

“Transportation encourages tourism which is among the sector that have emerged as a powerful tool for economic advancement.

“Haven  been chairman of this committee for the past three years, I have observed that if Nigeria wants to stop or minimise her over -dependence on oil, one of the areas she must look into is transport sector.

“In looking at transport, serious emphasis must be placed on training of transport operators and the only agency of government in transport that is saddled with the  onerous responsibility is Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology.

“A critical look and examination of Nigerian institute of Transport Technology Act 2004, revealed that there is an urgent need to repeal the Act if it must meet up with modern challenges and compete favorably with other transport training institutes in other climes. 

“It is on this positive note that I decided to sponsor this bill. There is no gainsaying that if this bill is passed into law, Nigeria is going to harvest a lot of benefits from it,” he said.

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Hon Adewale Receives INEC Certificate Of Return



The winner of the Lagos State House of Assembly election, Ifako-Ijaiye Constituency 01, Hon Adewale Temitope Adedeji (ATA), on Thursday, received the Certificate of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Hon Adewale received his certificate from the Lagos State INEC chairman, Segun Agbaje and thereafter took pictures with the APC State party Chairman, Cornelius Ojelabi and the Governor of Lagos state, Babajide Olusola Sanwoolu who also received his certificate of return with his deputy Dr Obafemi Kadri Hamzat.

With the historic issuance of the certificates to the legislators, the stage is set for the 10th assembly to begin the business of law-making that would promote good governance, social welfare and infrastructural development of the state.

Hon Adewale, who is also the Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Transportation, will be going for a second term in office following an outstanding first term of a long list of achievements.

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Lagos Archbishop Condemns Ethnic Profiling During Guber Poll



The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Alfred Adewale Martins, has condemned all forms of ethnic profiling, utterances, and violence witnessed in some parts of Lagos State, before, during and after the recent elections.

In a statement signed on Wednesday by the Director of Social Communications, Rev. Fr. Anthony Godonu, the prelate urged the state government as a matter of urgency to call all parties to order and to put in place a machinery for the quick restoration of peace and normalcy.

Martins said that if the trend was not urgently checkmated, it could truncate the peaceful co-existence of residents of the state.

He described as unfortunate and unacceptable, the tension, hate speech and violence, especially before, during and after the recent Governorship and House of Assembly elections in some parts of the state.

He implored the law enforcement agencies to safeguard the lives and property of all residents irrespective of tribe, religion, or ethnic groups.

The clergy also urged the residents of Lagos to remain calm and not allow themselves to be divided against their neighbours.

According to him, the ethnic and discriminatory comments making the rounds, particularly on social media, are not a reflection of the true nature of Lagosians, who are known to be peace-loving, accommodating and cosmopolitan, including by promoting inter-tribal marriages for many decades.

“I call on everyone to put a stop to the spread of hate speech and fake news and to shun all forms of rancor.

“The divisive comments and behaviours, particularly along ethnic or tribal line is not conducive to good neigbourliness and peaceful coexistence,” he said.

Martins advised the people of Lagos State not to allow the political class to whip up such divisive sentiments to disrupt their lives and livelihood.

He said that we are equal before God and the only man-made distinction among people was between the poor and the rich, the privileged and the underprivileged.

“We are all equal before God, we are Nigerians and have lived and interacted together as one people for decades in Lagos and other parts of our country.

“With the elections over, we hope that all those who have been fanning the embers of ethnic division will be more circumspect and desist from further heating up the polity.

“We must be law-abiding citizens and not take the law into our hands in any guise,” he said.

Martins commiserated with the families of those who lost their loved ones and whose property were destroyed in the violence in the state and across the country.

He also called on law enforcement agencies to do the needful where offences have been committed, as part of efforts to facilitate a national healing process.

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United States Condemn Violence, Intimidation Of Voters During Lagos Guber Poll



The United States says it is deeply troubled by the disturbing acts of violent voter intimidation and suppression that took place during those polls in Lagos, Kano, and other states.

In a statement by the US Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria, which was seen by IfakoIjaiyeNews, the government said the use of ethnically charged rhetoric before, during, and after the gubernatorial election in Lagos was particularly concerning.

The statement read: “Nigeria carried out the second round of its electoral process with gubernatorial and state assembly elections on March 18.  The United States is deeply troubled by the disturbing acts of violent voter intimidation and suppression that took place during those polls in Lagos, Kano, and other states.  Members of the U.S. diplomatic mission observed the elections in Lagos and elsewhere and witnessed some of these incidents first-hand.  The use of ethnically charged rhetoric before, during, and after the gubernatorial election in Lagos was particularly concerning.  We commend all Nigerian political actors, religious and community leaders, youth, and citizens who have chosen to reject and speak out against such violence and inflammatory language, affirming Nigerians’ commitment to and respect for the democratic process.

“We call on Nigerian authorities to hold accountable and bring to justice any individuals found to have ordered or carried out efforts to intimidate voters and suppress voting during the election process.  The United States likewise will consider all available actions, including additional visa restrictions, on individuals believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining the democratic process in Nigeria.

“Following the February 25 national elections, the United States joined other international observers in urging the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to improve voting processes and technical elements that experienced flaws in that voting round.  The March 18 elections appear to have had significant operational improvements, as polling stations generally opened on time and most results were visible on an electronic viewing platform in a timely manner.

“The United States renews its call for any challenges to election results to go through established legal processes, which must not be interfered with.  We further call for Nigeria’s people to work together as they participate in and continue to strengthen the country’s vibrant democracy.”

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