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Driver’s Absent Mindedness Responsible For 37% Of Road Accident In 2019, Says FRSC

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The Edo Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) , Anthony Oko, has said 37 percent of road accident that occured in the last 10months were as a result of lack of consciousness by drivers.

Anthony who disclosed this in Benin on Thursday at the 2019 ember month flag-off campaign with the theme: “Road Crash is Absence of Mind; Stay Alert, Stay Alive”, noted that, it is imperative to address absent mindedness among drivers particularly during the yuletide season.

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According to him, in 2018, out of 290 crashes in the state, 113 were believed to be caused by drivers absent mindedness, which according to him represented 39%, causing 206 total crashes with 801 people injured, 136 persons death and total of 387 vehicles involved.

He added, “From January to October 2019, 37% probable causes of RTC were caused by drivers absent mindedness which led to 170 RTC cases, injuring 664 persons, killing 143 people and 351 vehicles involved and the year is yet to end”.

He, however, called for a synergy between the government and key stakeholders to ensure that home grown initiatives and strategies are deployed to make success of the campaign geared towards better motoring in the coming weeks.

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Oko revealed that the strategies to be implemented to see that the alertness on the part of road users is assured and lives protected till 2020 and beyond include; massive and robust public engagement, passenger advocacy, media programme, route lining of critical crash points , going outside duty calls by erecting warning signs on the portion of the roads that are bad.

Others are  enhanced collaboration with other security and disaster management agencies like EDSTMA, FERMA, NEMA, standby rescue teams, tow trucks for the removal of all manners of obstructions to beef up enforcement on traffic offense bearing more directly to crashes; to see that the alertness on the part of road users is assured and lives protected till 2020 and beyond.

Speaking through permanent secretary, Edo State Ministry of Infrastructure, Ferguson Enabulele, Ferguson Enabulele, God of the state, Mr. urged the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) and other road association to assist in admonishing drivers to be conscious while driving.

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Obaseki, said that his administration was focused on the welfare of the people, adding that he will do everything possible to ensure roads are motorable.

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100 Civil Servants Die In Jigawa Within One Month

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The Jigawa State and Local Governments Contributory Pension Scheme said 100 civil servants died within one month.

Executive Secretary of the Board scheme, Alhaji Kamilu Aliyu Musa, disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the payment of the retirement and death benefits in his office.

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He said the Board has paid N1.215bn to 550 retirees for the month of July, 2022.

Kamilu explained that, the beneficiaries are categorized into four for the payment of their rights.

According to him “the first category include 411 beneficiaries who have retired from the service and were paid over N920,331 million.

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“The second category of the beneficiaries are those 100 people that have died while in service and their families received the total amount of N267,329 million”

“The third category of 8 beneficiaries are under the death pension balance and will get N27, 952 million as their entitlement

READ ALSO: BREAKING: APC Presidential Primaries: Jigawa Delegate Dies In Abuja

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“While the fourth category of beneficiaries are those who are not in service for up-to five years, the board will refund 8 percent to them amounting to N201,437 thousands as their entitlement.”

The Executive Secretary also reiterated the board’s commitments to pay each retired civil servant his entitlement within one month of his retirement.

He then commended Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubukar for his support to the Board and releasing the Pensioners entitlement in a right time.

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INEC Reacts As Hoodlums Burn Razed Its Enugu Office

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has confirmed that hoodlums burnt down its office at Igboeze North Local Government Area of Enugu State.

The incident occurred on Sunday night when the arsonists stormed the office situated at the council’s headquarters in Ogurute.

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Confirming the incident, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr. Emeka Ononamadu, in a statement on Monday, said the arsonists overpowered the security guards, forced their way into the premises, and set the building ablaze.

He said although no casualties were reported, 748 ballot boxes, 240 voting cubicles, office furniture, and equipment were destroyed in spite of the effort of the Enugu State Fire Service deployed from Nsukka.

READ ALSO: JUST IN: Hoodlums Set INEC Office Ablaze In Enugu

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Ononamadu added that the Commission is working to ascertain the status of voter registration machines for the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise as well as uncollected Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) locked up in the fireproof cabinet.

”The incident has been reported to the Nigeria Police for investigation and further action.

”The attack, coming in the middle of the voter registration exercise and other preparations for the 2023 General Election, is worrisome. It will be recalled that on 23rd May 2021, our office in the neighbouring Igboeze South Local Government Area was attacked in a similar manner by unknown gunmen.

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”This followed earlier attacks on the Udenu Local Government Area office on 13th May 2021 and the State Headquarters in Enugu on 16th May 2021.

”The Commission has since substantially recovered from these attacks and resumed normal activities there, including the VR and collection of
PVCs.

READ ALSO: 2023 Elections: INEC Speaks On Voters Registration In Niger Republic

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”The Commission will continue to work with the security agencies and the emergency services to protect our facilities,” the statement added.

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Niger Attack: Death Toll Of Security Operatives Rises To 48

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The number of security personnel killed in Niger State by suspected bandits has increased following the discovery of more bodies in the bush.

Sani Kokki, the convener of Concerned Shiroro Youths of Niger State, explained that more bodies of the security operatives were discovered in the bush by the locals.

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According to Sani Kokki, “On Saturday evening, the dead body of a mobile policeman was also discovered by a passerby.”

READ ALSO: Pastor Adeboye Clarifies Reports Alleging He Asked Christians To Buy Guns

Recall that a number of soldiers, policemen and civilians were killed after bandits attacked a mining site on Wednesday in Niger State.

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He explained that the death toll of the security personnel killed by the bandits had risen to 48.

He alleged that the bandits killed 34 soldiers, eight mobile policemen and six civilians.

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