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Capt. Idris Wada Built Lokoja, Bus Mega Terminal kick off in kogi , expects 500 vehicles daily.

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The kogi state government has disclosed that its mega bus terminal located built by Capt Idris Wada lead administration at the Felele end of Lokoja metropolis would commence operation on Thursday with expectant daily traffic of over 500 vehicles loading and discharging passengers.

 

This was disclosed by the commissioner for information and communication Kingsley Fanwo while on the spot assessment and to ascertain the level of readiness of the edifice for its take off.
The commissioner noted that the mega Terminal which was started by the past administration of Captain Idris has to be completed by the present administration, saying that by putting it into use will significantly solve the intractable transport management problems in the state.

He explained that the present government in its wisdom considered Governmemt as a continuum and decided to complete the edifice to ensure smooth take of the park which is expected to reduce the accidents occasioned by indiscriminate parking of vehicles along the expressway within the city.

Fanwo explained that kogi state happened to be in the centre of the country providing thoroughfares to Commutters and passengers from the Northern to Southern states, deserves a standard motor terminal.

He said by the take off the mega Terminal, all operators of mini parks within the Lokoja– metropolis have been advised to relocate to the new mega Terminal to avoid collision with law enforcement agencies.

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According to him” The immediate past administration started the construction to a certain level, however this administration of Governor Yahaya Bello recognises that government is a continuum, hence, he needed to complete the project and we are set to opened it for public usage.
” This terminal is going to spark a revolution in transportation management in the state. Lokoja is a nodal town , it is in the centre of the country. It connects South South, South East, Southwest with the Northern states of the country and with this the problem of transportation management would be solved.” He said.
While urging Commutters and passengers to avail the opportunity provided by the mega Terminal for the comfort and relaxation while on transit assured of adequate security presence around the place adding that all that is required to making a journey worthwhile have been put in place.
He noted that he was face with pleasant confusion when he stepped into the arrival and departure hall of the terminal which he mistaken it to be insude one of the terminals of the international airports, assuring the people that the edifice is of international standards .
He advise Commutters, passengers, transport owners to patronise it as it has been designated the only legal terminal for boarding and discharging passengers in the state.

Kogi state Former Governor, Capt Idris Wada at the commissioning of Kogi state Commissioning of the Lokoja Mega Terminal in lokoja

In his remark the commissioner for Transportation, Baron Okwoli assured the public that the construction work has reached 99.99percent and it is ready to be declared opened by his excellency Alhaji Yahaya Bello on the 15th April , 2021 saying it will clean up the Nataco area of the metropolis noted for its disorderliness of Commutters, passengers and transport owners.
He said the government has taken cognizance of the different categories of passengers and have prepared to provide the best facilities at the terminal.
He added that to solve the challenge of those providing ancillary services at the old parks, an alternative area has been marked for bukateria and for hawkers to remain in business.

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The commissioner warned Commutters to key into the new arrangement as failure to comply would be an offence after the inauguration.
According to him” we have been able to create additional entrance gate… It is not the best to have one entry and exit route. It cost us huge amount of money. We have upgraded the 11kva to 33kva with standby 500kva generator to ensure 24 hours electricity. We want the state to be a hub for travellers to have a place to rest before proceeding the journey.
” This mega park is to provide conducive environment where you can express yourself maximally, other things that will add value to travellers comfort have been provided.
In their separate remarks , the Chief Security Advicer Jerry Omodara assured the users of the Security arrangement already put in place to quarrantee the safety and protection of lives and property of the people.
He hinted that a police post, a joint security office that will house, the men of DSS, Army ,Navy, NDLEA and FRSC is already in place even as a fire renders to take of fire emergencies within the premises in on ground.
While encouraging the small business owners to patronise the terminal, the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry Gabriel Olofu said the government is ready to assist them with soft loans to enable them grow their businesses.

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EXCLUSIVE: Armed robbers invade Aso Rock, empty Buhari’s chief of staff Gambari, admin officer Maikano’s residences

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Armed men suspected to be robbers invaded the residences of two senior aides to President Muhammadu Buhari inside the precinct of the Presidential Villa, administration officials and security sources have told Peoples Gazette, raising fears that the rising insecurity across the country was drawing closer to the elite than previously estimated.

The incident on May 9 (yesterday) prompted Ibrahim Gambari and Abubakar Maikano, the chief of staff and admin officer, respectively, to abandon their residences, sources said.

“Their houses were robbed and the robbers packed money and other valuable assets from both houses,” an aide to the informed about the robbery told The Gazette.

It was not immediately clear whether or not valuable documents of state interest were carted away by the intruders, but The Gazette heard that the residences were thoroughly ransacked.

“The robbers took away as much as possible from both places,” a security officer that confirmed the incident said. “What is more unfortunate is that no one has been arrested.”

Officials also said Mr Gambari was given an official residence at the Defence House, but has not been living there, preferring instead to live inside Aso Rock and be close to the president.

Nigeria’s presidential palace just west of the city centre has long been seen as highly fortified and far beyond the reach of burglars, bandits and other criminals currently holding the vast swathes of the country to ransom.

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But as criminal activities overshadow other matters of national consequences, Mr Buhari has faced calls to act urgently before it would be too late.

Armed bandits have abducted thousands of citizens since January alone, claiming billions in ransom payments at an alarming rate.

No explanation was immediately rendered for the invasion and why it was not prevented by the ubiquitous contingent of security officers, especially those of the State Security Service, guarding the fortress.

Mr Gambari did not immediately return a request seeking comments. 
A spokesman for the SSS said he would not comment on the matter and a spokeswoman for the police in Abuja abruptly disconnected the call upon hearing The Gazette’s enquiry was about a security breach at the Presidential Villa.

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Tinubu Support Group Appoints Ganduje As Patron

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The Bola Tinubu Support Organisation (BTSO) has appointed the Kano State governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, as its national patron.

This was contained in a press release obtained sent to LEADERSHIP and signed by the national coordinator of the organisation, Comrade Abubakar Abdullahi Kuso.

Presenting the letter of appointment  to Governor Ganduje, Kuso said the organisation appointed the governor as its patron considering his commitments and support to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

 

Receiving the letter from the leadership of BTSO, Governor Ganduje appreciated them for honouring while accepting the appointment.

Recall that Asiwaju Tinubu, had last month visited Kano State where he celebrated his 69th birthday anniversary with an annual colloquium

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FCCPC Commences Investigation Over Alleged Unprofessional Conduct Leading To The Deaths Of Two Persons:

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Pursuant to Sections 17(a), (e), (h), (l), (s), (t), (y) of the Federal Competition & Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPA)

Monday, May 10, 2021: Between Friday May 7th and Sunday May 9th, the Federal Competition & Consumer Protection Commission (Commission) learned from multiple channels and sources about the sad and unfortunate deaths of Mrs.

Peju Ugboma after a surgical/medical procedure at Premier Hospital, Victoria Island, Lagos State; and Ms. Omolara Omoyajowo after receiving care at Beachland Specialist Hospital, Arepo, Ogun State.

With respect to Late Mrs. Ugboma, publicly available information suggests that she was admitted at Premier Hospital, Victoria Island, Lagos State, on Thursday, April 22nd, 2021, to undergo what appeared to be an elective procedure on Friday, April 23rd, 2021.

The information also imply that the procedure appeared to be uneventful, and the patient survived the operation.

However, subsequent to the procedure, complications may have arisen. Premier continued management, including intensive care. The patient invariably deteriorated. On Sunday
April 25th, 2021, a decision was made to transfer the patient for further care and management to Evercare Hospital, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos. She was transferred accordingly. Mrs. Ugboma ultimately died in the afternoon of Sunday April 25th, 2021.

Similarly, available information seems to indicate that Late Ms. Omoyajowo was admitted at Beachland Specialist Hospital in Arepo, Ogun State on Wednesday May 5th, 2021, where she was receiving medical attention. Her condition appeared to deteriorate, and the hospital decided that the patient needed to be transferred to a teaching hospital in Lagos State. She was thereafter transferred. Ms. Omayajowo was declared dead on arrival at the next facility on Thursday May 6th, 2021.

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In both cases, relatives and friends allege mismanagement including failure of professional standards; as well as patient care/customer service standards including timely responses to requests.

The Commission in 2018, in collaboration with multiple healthcare professional associations led by the Nigerian Medical Association, and the Federal Ministry of Health promoted, created, and secured the adoption of the Patients’ Bill of Rights (PBoR). The rights enshrined therein are provider obligations that otherwise exist in other enforceable instruments/codes governing healthcare delivery.

Further, and in addition, the Federal Competition & Consumer Protection Act (FCCPA) mandates the Commission to enforce “any enactment with respect to the protection of consumers, conduct investigations into matters related to consumer protection; ensure consumer interests receive due consideration, and provide redress to obnoxious practices; ensure service providers comply with local and international standards of safe service delivery” Section 17(a), (e), (s) and (y).

The Commission does not investigate or evaluate conduct to determine professionalism, ethics or violation of professional/ethical codes. The Commission does not make determinations with respect to the professionalism or adopted procedures of qualified and authorized professionals. However, the Commission investigates and considers whether service providers sufficiently respect rights of consumers and applicable standards of care in compliance with those rights, including providing redress or remedies for injured consumers.

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Initial information gathered is sufficient for the Commission to open an active investigation into these cases. As such, the Commission has today issued Notices of Commencement of Investigation & Summons to Produce (NCISP) to relevant persons/entities. The Commission is also communicating with the Medical & Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN), to expand engagement to the extent that any pertinent conduct may be otherwise unprofessional and, or may be subject of any disciplinary process (if applicable).

The Commission invites information from the public that may assist in this investigation, including where same is not directly applicable to these incidents, but potentially relevant to a robust and more meaningful inquiry into the subject matter or similar/ancillary occurrences with respect to the parties identified in, or relevant to these investigations. The Commission requests that such information be sent electronically to: [email protected]

Finally, considering the sensitivity of these sad events, and in respect and deference to families/affected persons or reputation of both professionals and facilities, the Commission advises candor and restraint in discussions and pronouncements about the occurrence and investigation.

Babatunde Irukera
Executive Vice Chairman/ Chief Executive

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