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LASTMA Unveils 24-hour Toll-free Customer Service Centre

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The Lagos State Government has launched a 24-hour Customer Service Centre to enhance the operations of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority,

The centres situated at the LASTMA headquarters are equipped with dedicated toll-free hot lines, a walk-In complaint centre, a website, a whistleblower App, and a new department of statistics, research, and data.

According to a press statement he signed personally on Tuesday, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Sola Giwa officially opened the customer service centre and announced the dedicated lines: 0800-00-527862 or 0800-00-LASTMA.

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Explaining the initiative, Hon. Sola Giwa said Motorists can contact the Call Center via the toll-free hotlines to report incidents, request assistance, or seek information on road conditions, including updates on the activities of LASTMA personnel.

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He said the centre will also enable drivers to get real-time updates on road conditions and traffic advisories, enabling them to plan their routes more effectively, avoid congestion and reduce travel time.

Highlighting the features of the customer support centres, the Special Adviser further explained that the whistleblower app is designed to involve everyone in the state’s traffic management.

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“When you see something, say something,” he added. The app is available for download on the Android Play Store.

The Transportation Adviser also said the whistleblower app will allow Motorists and other road users to report dangerous driving and other reckless behaviours on the road, enabling LASTMA to take immediate action and uphold traffic regulations.

He said the public can also earn points for every valid incident they report and get rewarded for their actions.

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Giwa also mentioned that a walk-in complaint centre and a live interactive website (lastma.org) are available for citizens to engage with traffic management personnel, urging everyone to embrace the initiative.

Discussing the new Department of Statistics, Research, and Data, he explained that the department aims to provide a comprehensive breakdown and analysis of vehicles on Lagos roads.

This includes real-time data on the number of vehicles impounded, categorized by private and commercial vehicles, details on accidents and other traffic offenses,” the statement mentioned.

In the demonstration on statistics and data carried out between January and June, 2024, the Special Adviser debunked the belief that the agency concentrates more on private vehicles disclosing that 5, 547 commercial vehicles were impounded for traffic infringement as against 3, 823 private vehicles.

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In his address, the Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Oluwaseun Osiyemi emphasized that the customer support centres aim to improve communication between the public and LASTMA, streamline traffic operations, and significantly enhance the overall driving experience in Lagos State.

He noted that with the new centres, traffic management officers are now just a phone call away, at no cost to the public.

The General Manager of LASTMA, Mr. Olalekan Oki, confirmed that officers managing the newly launched call centre have been thoroughly trained by the government, noting that the agency will use multiple languages, including English, Pidgin, and Yoruba, to ensure convenient communication for all members of the public.

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He reiterated the agency’s commitment to prioritizing public feedback, stating that input from citizens will aid in efficient traffic management across the state

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Elon Musk Opens Up About His Transgender Child

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The CEO of Tesla and Space X, Elon Musk, has said he was “tricked” into granting permission for his child to undergo puberty blockers.

Musk made the disclosure in a live interview with psychologist Jordan Peterson on X on Monday.

During the conversation, Peterson mentioned Musk’s decision to relocate SpaceX’s headquarters from California, citing the state’s new legislation, Assembly Bill 1955, which enables schools to keep a child’s sexual orientation or gender identity confidential from their parents.

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This move came after California Governor, Gavin Newsom, signed the bill into law on Monday, July 15, 2024.

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When Peterson asked the owner of X about his motivation for speaking out on this issue, Musk shared a personal experience involving his child, Xavier, who now identifies as transgender and goes by the name Vivian Jenna Wilson.

Musk stated, “It’s evil. You’re taking kids who are far below the age of consent.

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“It’s very possible for adults to manipulate children who are having an actual identity crisis into believing that they are the wrong gender.”

Musk disclosed, “Well, it happened to one of my older boys. I was essentially tricked into signing documents for one of my older boys, Xavier. This was really before I had any understanding of what was going on, and we had COVID going on, so there was a lot of confusion. And I was told Xavier might commit suicide.”

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Peterson, challenging the notion, said, “That was a lie right from the outset. No reliable clinician ever believed that.

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“There was never any evidence for that, and also, if there is a higher suicide rate, the reason is the underlying depression and anxiety and not because of the gender dysphoria. And every god-d*** clinician knows that, too, and they’re too cowardly to come out and say it.”

Continuing, Musk said, “It’s incredibly evil. And I agree with you that the people that are promoting this should go to prison.

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“I was tricked into doing this. It wasn’t explained to me that puberty blockers are actually just sterilization drugs.

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“I lost my son, essentially. They call it ‘deadnaming’ for a reason. The reason they call it ‘deadnaming’ is because your son is dead, so my son, Xavier, is dead, killed by the woke mind virus.”

“So I vowed to destroy the woke mind virus after that. And we’re making some progress.”

According to a preprint study published by the Mayo Clinic earlier this year, puberty blockers have been linked to irreversible long-term fertility issues in boys, contradicting previous claims that the effects are reversible, as reported by Fox News.

The Mayo Clinic website states that puberty blockers, specifically GnRH analogues, are used to pause puberty in transgender and gender-diverse youth. These medications work by stopping the production of sex hormones, effectively halting physical changes associated with puberty

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Daily Mail reports that Vivian Musk, formerly known as Xavier, publicly announced her transgender identity in June 2022, at the age of 18.

At the same time, she petitioned to legally change her name to Vivian and adopt her mother’s surname.

“I no longer want to be related to my biological father in any way, shape or form,” Vivian said.

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Last week, Musk announced plans to relocate the headquarters of SpaceX and X to Texas, after a new California law that prohibits schools from forcing teachers to inform parents about changes to a student’s gender identity

“This is the final straw. Because of this law and the many others that preceded it, attacking both families and companies, SpaceX will now move its HQ from Hawthorne, California, to Starbase, Texas,” Musk wrote on X.

During the interview on Monday, Musk disclosed that he had previously told the governor that he would relocate his company if the bill was signed into law, indicating that his decision to move the headquarters was not a spontaneous reaction.

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JUST IN: 58 Countries Back Okonjo-Iweala For Second Term As WTO DG

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Fifty-eight of the 164 member states of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) members have voiced support for a proposal from the African Group backing incumbent Director General, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to serve a second term.

The 58 member countries of the trade association made this known at a July 22 meeting of the WTO General Council, according to a statement by the world trade body.

“The African Group requests that the current Director-General make herself available to serve a second term, and has proposed that the process of reappointing the Director-General should be started as soon as possible,” the statement partly read.

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“Fifty-eight members, several speaking on behalf of groups of members, took the floor to comment and express their support for the African Group proposal. They called on DG Okonjo-Iweala to make her intentions regarding a second term known as soon as possible. Most of these members praised the DG’s hard work and her achievements during her first term.”

Okonjo-Iweala, 70, said she was very grateful for the support from members. “Everything that I’ve accomplished, we’ve accomplished together,” she said.

The director general said that she took the call of members very seriously and was favourably inclined. She said she would get back to members very soon regarding her intentions.

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Okonjo-Iweala, the seventh WTO boss, took office on March 1, 2021 for a single term of four years which will expire on August 31, 2025. She is eligible for a second term.

The former Nigerian Finance Minister navigated stiff opposition to become the first woman and the first African to serve as WTO Director-General. Before her current appointment, she twice served as Nigeria’s Finance Minister from 2003 to 2006 and from 2011 to 2015. She also briefly acted as Foreign Minister in 2006, the first woman to hold both positions.

The skilled negotiator had a 25-year career at the World Bank as a development economist, rising to the number two position of Managing Director, Operations.

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Top 10 Highest Paying Jobs In The World 2024

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The pursuit of lucrative careers often drives professional aspirations. With technological advancements and globalization reshaping industries, some professions command exceptional salaries that reflect their critical importance and specialized skill sets.

Whether you’re a seasoned professional seeking a career shift or a recent graduate planning your future, understanding which roles offer the highest financial rewards can guide your career decisions.

In this article, we’ll explore the top 10 highest-paying jobs around the globe, per report from Nexford.

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1. Cardiologist
Role: Specializes in diagnosing and treating cardiovascular diseases.
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree; medical school; residency in internal medicine; board certification in cardiology.
Average Salary: $324,760

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2. Surgeon

Role: Performs surgical procedures to treat diseases and conditions.
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree; medical school; residency; medical license; board certification.
Average Salary: $297,851

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3. Psychiatrist
Role: Specializes in diagnosing and treating mental illnesses and emotional disorders.
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree; medical school; residency in psychiatry; medical license; board certification.
Average Salary: $255,812

4. Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Role: Oversees company operations, makes major corporate decisions, and communicates with the board of directors.
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in business or related field; advanced degrees like an MBA; extensive experience in leadership and strategic planning.
Average Salary: $197,747

5. Senior Software Engineer
Role: Designs, implements, and maintains complex software systems.
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in computer science; expertise in programming languages like Java, Python, or C++; experience with frameworks and version control systems.
Average Salary: $194,220

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6. Corporate Lawyer

Role: Provides legal advice and services to businesses on various legal matters.
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree; law school and JD; bar exam; specialization in corporate law.
Average Salary: $149,686

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7. Investment Banker

Role: Facilitates financial transactions, advises on strategies, manages mergers, and raises capital.
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in finance or related field; securities licenses; understanding of financial markets; certifications like CFA recommended.
Average Salary: $144,633

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8. Cloud Architect

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Role: Designs and manages cloud computing architecture.
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in computer science or IT; relevant certifications (e.g., AWS, Azure); skills in IaC tools and cloud networking.
Average Salary: $144,000

9. Internet of Things (IoT) Architect

Role: Designs and implements the architecture of IoT systems.
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field; proficiency in programming languages; knowledge of networking, embedded systems, and IoT security.
Average Salary: $131,646

10. Petroleum Engineer

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Role: Specializes in the exploration, extraction, and production of oil and natural gas.
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering or related field; internships; knowledge of programming and simulation tools; certification.
Average Salary: $130,523

Source: VANGUARD

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