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12 killed in Ibadan New Year road crash
Wed, 02 Jan 2019

Twelve people, including a pregnant woman identified as Mrs Funmilayo, were reportedly killed in a road crash Monday night near Bola Ige International Market along the new Ife-Ibadan Road, Gbagi, Ibadan, Oyo State Capital.

Eyewitnesses said the accident, which occurred at exactly 11.45pm, involved those who were going to churches for the ‘crossover night’ at Iyana-Agbala and Egbeda area of the city.

They said the incident happened when a trailer, coming from the Iwo Road axis, rammed into several commercial vehicles, including a bus belonging to one ‘Orobo Baba Weather’ which had loaded passengers at the spot as well as a Toyota Camry and a Nissan Micra car.

They said they could not ascertain whether the trailer had a brake failure.

The conductor of the bus, Waris Olatunde, said he narrowly escaped death.

“It was only God that saved me. Usually, I used to collect money for my bus’ driver from the passengers before he leaves the park, but in this case, he said since it was late already, I should take N200 and leave. He told me that he would collect the money himself on the road. The man just closed the side door of the vehicle and before he entered from the driver’s side, the trailer had crossed to this side and killed everyone in the vehicle. Even a Camry and a micra car were also crushed,” he said.

A neighbour of a pregnant woman, Mrs. Iseoluwa Opeyemi, who was weeping uncontrollably, told our correspondent that the woman popularly called Funmi-iya-Funmilayo was on her way to her mother-in-law’s house at Iyana Agbala when the incident happened.

She narrated: “Mama Funmi was a very hardworking woman. They just moved to their new house last Saturday and she died last night. She came to our house and told us she was going to her mother- in-law’s house not knowing that she was going to die. Her only surviving son in the crash is now at hospital. I was there this morning and the boy is recuperating though his head was partially damaged. I pray the little boy survives this.”

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Mr Adekunle Ajisebutu, confirmed the incident.

He, however put the casualty figure at 11.

But a comprehensive report obtained from the Office of the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC), Cecilia Alao, indicated that 12 people died. The victims’ corpses were said to have been deposited at the morgue of the Oyo State Specialist Hospital, Adeoyo, Ibadan.

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Minimum wage: NLC blames Buhari for not transmitting bill to N/Assembly
Wed, 02 Jan 2019

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) yesterday said 2018 remains one of the most traumatic years for workers due to the failure of the federal government to enact and implement the new national minimum wage of N30,000.

NLC President Ayuba Wabba stated this in his New Year goodwill message to Nigerian workers.

Wabba said in spite of the unimpeachable tripartite process leading to the agreement by the social partners on the new national minimum wage, it is unfortunate that the federal government is yet to transmit to the National Assembly an executive bill for the enactment of N30,000 as the new national minimum wage.

The NLC president accused the government of dilly-dallying on the issue which has strained government – labour relations that could trigger a major national strike in the next few days.

He, however, appealed to the government to do the needful by urgently transmitting the bill on the new national minimum wage to the National Assembly, just as he urged workers to fully mobilize for a prolonged national strike and enforce their right.

According to him, “This strike action is inevitable last option for us and we crave the understanding and support of all Nigerians and businesses.

“We would want to assure workers that their labour, patience, and diligence will not be in vain and that this leadership remains committed to giving all that it takes to ensure that they get just and fair wages due to them in a decent work environment appropriate to their well-being.”

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B/Haram: We’re faced with serious challenges in Borno – Shettima
Wed, 02 Jan 2019

Worried by the resurging Boko Haram activities in Borno State, Governor Kassim Shettima says the state is currently faced with serious challenges.

He spoke in Maiduguri on Monday at the emergency extraordinary security meeting he convened which, he said, was aimed at collecting range of ideas to chart a more decisive course in combating the resurging insurgency.

“We are principally here as a family, as a people all affected by the situation in Borno State, to discuss suggestions that will hopefully contribute to combined ongoing efforts towards addressing the problem. So much was achieved by the military in combating Boko Haram insurgency.

“We are today faced with serious challenges in Borno State. These challenges should strengthen our abiding faith and resolve to continually do whatever we can in support of our military, the police, the DSS, our Civilian JTF, all para-military agencies and political authorities at the federal level, to end the Boko Haram insurgency.”

Shettima, who noted that the meeting was not to pass blames or verdict on the security agencies, said: “I think the most inhuman way to go is to gather and condemn those who are putting their lives on the line and giving their lives in efforts to find peace.”

He added: “We all have stakes in the peace and stability of Borno and this is why we chose to hold an extraordinary security meeting with carefully chosen participants. Our focus should largely be about finding solutions. We all know the situation of things. Let us, as a family with equal stakes, suggest solutions that will, insha’Allah, contribute to addressing our problems.”

He said President Buhari was devoted to the fight against Boko Haram “and I believe that service chiefs, the IGP, the DG of DSS and heads of all para-military agencies share the commitment of Mr President. Most importantly, troops in the front lines, have laid their own lives, proved their commitment in the service of our country and in obedience to the President, Commander-in-Chief. The president has mobilized world leaders in support of Nigeria’s fight against Boko Haram. He has fostered regional cooperation and he supports troops.”

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