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Gombe Govt to Build Road Barriers to Prevent auto crashes on Highways



……As Governor Inuwa Moves To Tackle Recurring Road Accidents

The Government of Gombe state is to construct traffic barriers on major highways in the state, especially the southern Bypass of the metropolis where 15 persons were killed in a road crash recently

The move by the state’s Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya is to checkmate incessant roads accidents

The Governor reiterated his government’s commitment to continually work with relevant agencies to find a permanent solution to the recurrence of auto accidents along the southern Bypass of Gombe metropolis.

He spoke during a special visit to the scene of the recent truck accident on the Gombe- Biu Bypass which claimed 15 lives and left many injured, that his administration was commited to putting permanent solution to the perennial problem which claimed many lives and property of the citizenry”.

Unveiling some of the immediate measures his government will take to curtail the perennial problem, the Governor said, “we resolved to put a barrier along the road to stop trucks and other heavy duty vehicles from passing through the road until when it is late at night when there are less traffic and less activities.

“We will also work with relevant authorities to divert traffic to the alternative route along Yola Road where they can pass and link up with Biu road through Kalshingi”, he added.

The road was constructed some years back as a bypass to avert frequent heavy truck accidents in Gombe town, but due to urbanization and expansion of the town, the road seems no more a bypass, leading to frequent ghastly motor accidents almost on daily basis”.

The Governor said his administration will not hesitate to take any measure within the ambit of the law that may help avert such tragedies, stressing that “the major role of government is to protect lives and property of its citizens”.

Governor Inuwa therefore issued a stern warning against indiscriminate building of structures on right of ways by residents and traders to avert unnecessary loss of lives and property.

He said, “whatever measures government would take will never yield positive results without support and cooperation of the public”.

He therefore, urged members of the public to cooperate with government and avoid indiscriminate erection of houses, shops and other structures on the right of way and ensure compliance to laws guiding land administration.

“As you can see, we are here together with heads of all relevant security agencies and the traditional rulers; we shall continue to work together towards putting an end to this problem”, the governor assured.

“Our government will not tolerate indiscriminate erection of buildings and other structures on the right of ways or any other thing that will endanger people’s lives”, he warned.

“We already have a taskforce under CP Mohammed Wakili which enforces compliance to rules and regulations towards ensuring safety of our people”, he added.

Speaking during the visit, the Gombe State Commissioner of Police, Babatunde Ishola Babaita assured the readiness of his men to enforce the Governor’s order to ensure public safety, warning that law will take its course on whoever is found wanting.

In his short remarks, the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr. M. N. Thenam said he will deploy his men to ensure safety usage of the road and strict compliance to the new orders issued by the Governor.

Also Present during the visit were the Emir’s of Akko and Gona, Senior District Head of Gombe as well as heads of security agencies, including the Commandant of 301 regiment, State Director of Security, Director of Federal Fire Service among others.


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PDP Crisis: Ortom, Fayose, Anyim, Others Get Soft Landing



…..Party Rescinds Sanctions

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rescinded sanctions slammed on former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, and ex-Senate President, Pius Anyim, over alleged anti-party activities.

Benue Governor Samuel Ortom, Ibrahim Shema of Kastina state and other party Chieftains also sanctioned got soft landings after a crucial meeting of the national working committee of the party yesterday in Abuja

Recall that the party top shots were suspended by the embattled Iyorchia Ayu leadership over alleged anti party activities

But in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, yesterday Thursday, March 30, the party announced that its National Working Committee,NWC, has reversed the suspension of the party’s chieftains.

Ologunagba noted that the PDP NWC also reversed Governor Ortom’s referral to the party’s disciplinary committee.

He said: “The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at its meeting today, Thursday, March 30, 2023, extensively discussed recent developments in the party.

“The NWC recognised the imperativeness of a total reconciliation among party leaders and critical stakeholders for a more cohesive Party in the overall interest of our teeming members and Nigerians in general.

“Consequent upon the above, the NWC reverses the referral of the Governor of Benue State, His Excellency, Dr. Samuel Ortom to the National Disciplinary Committee.

“The NWC in the same vein reverses the suspension of the following members of our great party: H.E Ibrahim Shema (Katsina State); Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti State); Sen. Pius Anyim (Ebonyi State); Prof. Dennis Ityavyar (Benue State); Dr. Aslam Aliyu (Zamfara State).

“This decision is without prejudice to the powers of the NWC to take necessary disciplinary action against any member of the party at any time pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the PDP (as amended in 2017).

“The NWC charges all leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of our party across the country to be guided by the provisions of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017) as well as the new spirit and necessity of reconciliation, unity, and harmony in our party at this critical time.

“The PDP must remain focused as we continue to take every necessary action to recover the stolen mandate freely given by Nigerians to our party and presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, on Saturday, February 25, 2023, at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal,” the PDP spokesperson stated.

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DSS ING Alarm:Legal Means Can Be Deployed To Stop Tinubu’s Inauguration- HURIWA



Civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, (HURIWA), yesterday said there was nothing wrong in applying legal means to stop the inauguration of the President-Elect, Bola Tinubu on May 29, 2023 because the February 25, 2023 election that produced him is still being actively challenged in court by leading candidates in the poll.

HURIWA, in a statement by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, said the so-called alarm raised by the Department of State Services (DSS) on Wednesday that some politicians are plotting an interim government should not be used as an obstacle to stop the petitions filed by Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) challenging Tinubu’s Victory

The DSS warning followed a petition by the Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, Festus Keyamo that the DSS should invite Obi and his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed, over their rejection of Tinubu as the President-Elect.

Similarly, Atiku had earlier in March led a protest to the Abuja office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to reject the result of the February 25 poll declared by the electoral umpire.

Both Atiku and Obi alleged electoral malpractices in the poll and are in court to challenge the declaration of Tinubu as President-Elect by INEC.

HURIWA’s Onwubiko said, “The Department of State Services should not rope in powerful opposition forces such as Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar with a view to finding some frivolous charges to hang on their necks to frustrate their formidable petitions against the outcome of the February 25 presidential poll.

“The DSS must work for all of Nigeria and not work as errand boys of Tinubu and his allies who only recently made claims that some persons want to stop his swearing in. By the way, there is nothing wrong in applying legal means to stop his inauguration because the election is being actively challenged. Nothing should be used as obstacles to obstruct Obi and Atiku’s petitions.

He advised that ,“The DSS should go after arm smugglers, kidnappers, bandits and terrorists and leave politicking for politicians.”

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Edo NUJ Felicitates Arase Over Appointment As Chairman PSC



The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Edo State Council has felicitated with Solomon Arase, a retired Inspector General of Police on his appointment as Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC).

In a statement signed by the union Chairman, Comrade Festus Alenkhe, the union described the appointment as well deserved.

The union expressed optimism that Arase will bring his wealth of experience to bear in his new assignment to his father land.

The union prayed God Almighty to grant him the knowledge and wisdom to reposition the Police Service Commission for better service delivery.

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