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The Senate has asked the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Usman Alkali Baba, the Director-General, Department of State Services, DSS, Yusuf Magaji Bichi, and other relevant security agencies to as a matter of urgency, carry out a holistic investigations into the bloody attack on the convoy of Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, Young Progressives Party, YPP, Anambra South on September 11 at Enugwu-Ukwu community in Njikoka Local Government Area in Anambra State.

According to the Senate, the Security agencies should carry out the investigation with a view to arresting, prosecuting and bringing the perpetrators to book.

The Senate has also mandated the Police, DSS and relevant security agencies to report findings back to the Senate Committee on National Security and Intelligence as well as the Senate Committee on Police Affairs within two weeks.

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Accordingly, the Senate observed a minute silence in honour of the victims that lost their lives in the unfortunate attack.

Resolutions of the Senate yesterday were sequel to a motion by Senator Uche Ekwunife, PDP Anambra Central), who noted with deep concern the attack on Senator Ifeanyi Ubah’s convoy on Sunday, September 11, 2022 at Enugu-Ukwu, Anambra State by gunmen suspected to be hired assassin, killing some security men and other aides of the lawmaker.

Ekwunife who specifically lamented that the attack on the Young Progressives Party, YPP senator led to the gruesome killing of two of his long serving personal aides and two mobile police personnel by the gunmen, noted that “the killings, maiming and wanton destruction of lives have now become a recurring decimal in the South East where unknown gunmen terrorize citizens on a regular basis.”

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She recalled that Hon. Okechukwu Okoye (Okey di Okay), a serving lawmaker in the Anambra State House of Assembly was recently kidnapped, murdered and gruesomely beheaded, lamenting that till date, no arrest or report has been made in connection with this dastardly killing.

Ekwunife who was worried that these attacks by armed men have continued in the South East despite repeated government assurance to address this pervasive security crisis, warned that if the federal government failed to “intervene urgently, these heinous and barbaric killings may continue, thereby subjecting the people of Anambra State to untold fear and hardship.”

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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has implored a presidential aspirant in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar; a top presidential hopeful in the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; and other presidential aspirants to raise money, in order to meet the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

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The National Industrial Court, NIC, sitting in Abuja, on Tuesday, struck out a suit the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, filed to compel the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, and the Federal Government to call off the ongoing strike action.

Justice Polycarp Hamman terminated further proceedings in the matter, after it was withdrawn by factional President of NANS, Umar Faruk Lawal.

Lawal had told the court that he filed the suit marked NICN/ABJ/273/2022, for himself and on behalf of NANS.

Aside from ASUU which was cited as the 1st Respondent, the Minister of Education and the Attorney-General of the Federation were listed as 2nd and 3rd Respondents, respectively.

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When the matter came up on Tuesday, Lawal, notified the court that he filed a motion for discontinuance.

He premised his decision to withdraw the suit on account of the challenge by the student body which contested his standing and denied that he is the President of NANS as he had deposed to.

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Though the other two Respondents were not represented, however, counsel to ASUU, Marshal Abubakar, informed the court that he was not opposed to Lawal’s application to withdraw the suit.

Consequently, Justice Hamman struck out the matter.

It will be recalled that two NANS presidential candidates had claimed victory at an election the students’ body conducted recently.

While Lawal who is of the Department of Library and Information Science of the Bayero University, Kano, insisted that he won the election, the NANs Convention Planning Committee declared Usman Barambu as the President-elect of the association.

ASUU had since gone before the Court of Appeal in Abuja to set aside the NIC judgement that ordered it to call off its over seven-month old strike action.

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The union, in a 14-ground of appeal, also applied for a stay of execution of the judgement.

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The NIC had in the judgement that was delivered on September 21, ordered the striking varsity lecturers to return to the classroom, pending the determination of a suit the Federal Government filed to query the legality of their strike action.

The interim injunction directing ASUU members to resume work followed an application FG filed through its lawyer, Mr. James Igwe.

Justice Hamman held that the order was both in national interest and for the sake of undergraduates in the country that have been at home since February 14.

He held that the strike action was detrimental to public university students that cannot afford to attend private tertiary institutions.

“The balance of convenience tilts in favour of the applicant.

“I hold that this application is meritorious and this application is granted”, Justice Hamman ruled.

However, ASUU, in its appeal, maintained that Justice Hamman “erred in law and occasioned a miscarriage of justice when he decided to hear and determine the Respondents’ motion for interlocutory injunction when he knew or ought to have known that the substantive suit was not initiated by due process of law”.

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It argued that the mandatory steps and procedure stipulated in Part 1 of the Trade Dispute Act, TDA, was not followed by FG.

More so, ASUU averred that the trial judge acted ultra vires and misdirected himself when he unlawfully assumed jurisdiction to entertain the matter, adding that what was granted as an interlocutory order was the same relief FG sought in its substantive suit.

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Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has said the state government was developing a cultural district in Benin metropolis to leverage its rich cultural heritage in boosting tourism receipts.

The governor said this in commemoration of World Tourism Day, marked every September 27, by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), an organ of the United Nations. This year’s theme is ‘Rethinking tourism.’

A statement quoted the governor to have said his government was rethinking tourism and investing hugely in the sector to reposition it to contribute adequately to the state’s economic growth and development.

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The governor noted that the state was developing a tourism master plan to serve as a compass to drive the sector’s development, urging for the support and collaboration of all stakeholders to grow the tourism sector and make it more vibrant and attractive.

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According to Obaseki, “This year’s World Tourism Day presents yet another opportunity to reinstate the crucial role of the tourism sector to the growth and development of any economy and advocate for increased partnership among critical stakeholders to adequately harness the huge potential of the sector.

“Travel and tourism alone, according to global research body, statistica.com, contributed about 2.8 per cent of Nigeria’s entire GDP in 2020, which equaled $11 billion and this very significant contribution to the nation’s economy could be increased to reflect the true potential of the sector with adequate investment and partnerships.

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“This is why as a government, we are rethinking the sector and repositioning it to become a veritable source of revenue for our dear state. We are already developing the state’s tourism master plan, as well as critical infrastructure, among others required to reposition the sector to effectively contribute to the state’s economic growth and development.

“With this tourism master plan, we are sure of boosting domestic tourism in the state and improving revenue. Our goal is to position Edo State as a world-class culture and tourism destination, leveraging the huge arts, culture and tourism potential of the state.

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“We are already developing a cultural district, which comprises museums, art spaces, cultural and arts bouquet services, entertainment centers, shopping malls, among others. These are sure to boost the state’s cultural district.”

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Mr Shehu Mohammed, the Zonal Commanding Officer (ZCO) Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in charge of FCT and Niger, has said 80 per cent of Road Traffic Crashes (RTCs) across the thirty-six states including the FCT are caused by human error.

Mohammed said this in an interview with newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja.

He said that human, mechanical and the environment which was natural were the leading causes of RTCs in the country.

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He also said that illicit drug and alcohol abuse, poor vision and over-speeding were also among factors that causes road accidents in the nation.

According to Mohammed, the human error contributed to almost 80 per cent of RTCs because it is the human that normally control the mechanical.

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“We as human, we contribute a lot of crashes on the roads, especially during the Ember months where many drivers try to double their efforts to meet up with the year’s demand.

“About 80 per cent of road crashes are caused by human errors because most of the crashes are avoidable and preventable, “he said.

According to him, for instance, a driver that will start driving from Kano coming through Abuja axis down to the south without a rest is definitely inviting a crash.

“You can imagine the kind of fatigue, and then he get tired and want to sleep, and again maybe the vehicle is already overloaded.

“This could cause pressure on the mechanical system of the vehicle which is also a factor contributing to RTCs, ” he said.

“So I think those are the things that normally contributed to this kind of increase in road traffic crashes especially at night, “he said.

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Mohammed said that poor vehicle maintenance was also a human error adding that the driver or the owner of the vehicle were to maintain the vehicle regularly and periodically for good function of the vehicle.

He said: “but then, the environment, this is natural which is beyond human control.

“However, I think what is happening now at the raining season is what is causing the increase in the traffic crashes.

“You will agree with me that the low visibility during rain fall, the slippery road, and then people not been able to see far may likely contribute to some of the causes of the increase in the RTCs, ” he said.

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Mohammed urged the motorists to pay more attention to highway signs, adding that drivers ought to adopt defensive driving techniques by scanning through the roads and consider other road users to prevent crashes.

The FRSC boss reiterated the corps corporate strategic role for the year 2022 as to reduce the road crashes and attendant fatality by two per cent.

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