By Kassim Omomia
.Says, Kanu emerged due to vacuum in Igbo leadership
FRSC assures road transport union of collaboration
IPOB: Ndigbo architects of own
failure – War veteran
PATRON of Biafra War Veterans,
Dr. Ramas Asuzu has described
the agitations of Indigenous
People of Biafra, IPOB, as a
fruitless venture, adding that
Igbos were the architects of their
misfortunes.
Briefing journalists yesterday in
his country home, Nri Kingdom,
Anaocha Local Government Area
of Anambra State, Asuzu stated
that the marginalisation of Ndigbo
was as a result of their defeat in
the Nigeria/Biafra war of 1967 to
1970. Asuzu also called on President
Muhammadu Buhari to implement
the recommendations of the 2014
National Conference, adding that
he never associated himself with
Nnamdi Kanu’s agitation for Biafra
sovereignty.
He stated that Kanu emerged after
a perceived leadership vacuum in
Igboland. “There is a vacuum in
Igboland and that made Nnamdi
Kanu to come and hijack the Igbo
leadership, which is a taboo.”
According to him, IPOB was
moving smoothly until Kanu
came to the scene and hijacked it
for selfish purpose, and because
it appeared that “Igbos like noise
making.”
He stated the way Kanu
adopted in his drive for agitation
for freedom and secession
through hate speeches would not
work and was an invitation to
violence.
“There were no due
consultations and Ndigbo failed
to come to the round table for
exhaustive deliberations on
burning issues before taking
actions.
“I warned against the agitation
because it was another step in
Igbo nation for our children to be
massacred,” he stated.
Asuzu expressed confidence
in the leadership of the apex
Igbo socio-cultural organization,
Ohanaeze Ndigbo, and hailed
the president-general, Chief
Nnia Nwodo, for his boldness in
speaking out and piloting the Igbo
affairs since assumption of office
to the best of his ability unlike “his
predecessors who shared money
in the hotel…”
Lagos commuters stranded as BRT drivers stay off road
Reps probe N11.01bn State House Clinic scam
DRIVERS of the Bus Rapid
Transport in Lagos State on
Thursday stayed off the roads.
This led to a lot of chaos with
commuters stranded along the
routes plied by the buses.
As at press time yesterday, the
operators of the BRT, Primero
Transport Service Limited, were
yet to speak on the development
as their spokesperson,
Mosunmola Agbaje, could not be
reached.
The buses were all parked at the
company’s Mile 12 terminal.
Collaboration with road
transport unions
Meanwhile, with the ongoing
plan to flag off the end of
year special road safety patrol
organized by the Federal Road
Safety Corps, FRSC, leaders of
the road transport unions in the
country have jointly expressed
solidarity with the FRSC, giving
assurances to work to make the
exercise a success. This was the
outcome of the pre-end of year
operation meeting held with
the Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye
Oyeyemi at the FRSC National
Headquarters, Abuja.
According to Bisi Kazeem,
Corps Public Education Officer,
FRSC, while welcoming the
participants, the Corps Marshal
expressed satisfaction with th
level of support and solidarity
he has received from them over
the years with some physically
participating in the end of year
special operations. He noted
that the need for sustained
collaboration of the stakeholders
is most imperative during the
embers months due to increased
human and vehicular traffic and
assured that the Corps is not
leaving any stone unturned in
its commitment to ensuring safer
road environment during the
yuletide season.
In his pre-meeting presentation,
the Corps Marshal noted with
appreciation, the support of
members of the unions during
the recent FRSC 7th annual
lecture series; the efforts of the
PTD-NUPENG in increasing the
number of drivers with valid
driver’s licence and regular
attendance of the Chairman
of the National Union of Road
Transport Workers, NURTW,
Alhaji Najeem Yasin, to most of
the FRSC programmes. He further
noted the ongoing construction of
roadside clinic for FRSC in Ilorin
by the NURTW and the Driver’s
Licence centre being constructed
by the Road Transport Employers
Association of Nigeria, RTEAN,
at Uromi.
Oyeyemi further expressed
happiness over the success of special
patrols conducted by the FRSC in
the outgoing year, saying while 48
percent reduction was achieved
during the Sallah celebration as
compared to the same period in
2016; there was a corresponding
reduction of 23 percent in the
fatality rates during the same
period last year.
He noted, however, that a
reduction of 33 percent was
recorded in the rate of road traffic
crashes during the 2017 Easter
special patrol as compared to the
same period in 2016, adding that
a reduction of 35 percent fatalities
was recorded within the period.
On the level of compliance
with use of speed limiters by
commercial operators, the Corps
Marshal noted that the compliance
level has gone to 40 percent
currently, expressing optimism
that more drivers are keying into
the project.
The Corps Marshal expressed
regret over continuous violent
attacks against personnel of the
corps performing their statutory
duties on the highway, urging
the transport union leaders to
warn their members against such
barbaric acts. He vowed that he
would pursue cases of violence
against members of the corps to
the logical conclusion to get justice
for the victims.
In their various remarks, the
transport union representatives
commended the Corps Marshal
for his untiring efforts to unify
the various unions for collective
campaign against the menace of
road traffic crashes.
They expressed satisfaction
with the existing collaboration,
unity and synergy which
they said was made possible
through the unifying initiatives
of the Corps Marshal and gave
assurances that they would
support the corps for the success
of the end of year special patrol
exercise.
The President of the National
Association of Road Transport
Owners, NARTO, Alhaji Kassim
Bataiya particularly assured
that towards the success of the
operations, his union has secured
the services of 200 members
who would be sent to the FRSC
for special training by the
corps for deployment for traffic
management assignment during
the special operation.
The meeting which had in
attendance representatives of
the major transport unions in the
country including the NURTW,
NARTO, RTEAN, PTD-NUPENG
also had representatives of the
Secretary to the Government of
the Federation, SGF, the National
Security Adviser, NSA, and the
Department of State Service, DSS,
in attendance.
PIQUED by the deplorable
condition of the State House
Clinic, members of the House
of Representatives yesterday
approved an investigation into
N11.01 billion so far allocated to
the hospital in the last three years.
An ad–hoc committee is to
investigate the scam following
a resolution made Thursday at
plenary.
The probe followed reports
over lack of basic infrastructures
and consumables in the clinic
notwithstanding N11billion so
far appropriated to the health
centre designated in the seat of
government and residence of the
president of the federal republic
of Nigeria in the Asokoro Villa,
Abuja.
In a motion titled: “the need
to investigate the deplorable
condition of the state house clinic
and the alleged deductions from
the salaries and allowances of
the medical staff”, brought for
consideration by Honourable
Henry Archibong, the House said
it was worrisome that despite the
huge budgetary allocations made
to the clinic amounting to over
N11Billion in the last three years,
the facility still lacks necessary
items such as syringes, drugs and
equipments needed to save lives.
According to the lawmakers,
in 2015, the clinic received
N3.94Billion, N3.87billion in
2016 and N3.2billion in 2017,
respectively for the upgrading
and provision of necessary
drugs and equipment.
They explained that the
inquiry had become imperative
in that year- in- year- out
budgetary provisions were
made and yet the Hospital
condition is so alarming and
embarrassing as to attract
condemnation from the first
lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari who
recently raised the alarm that
not even a syringe was available
in the health facility.
Sponsor of the motion,
Honourable Henry Archibong,
explained that it was ridiculous
that those the place was meant
to serve will openly protest the
lack of the basics as needle and
syringe in such health facility,
but wondered why the likes
of the permanent secretary
state house and the medical
director in charge of the clinic
had not honourably resigned
their appointments for lack of
performance and ineptitude.
“If those the place is meant
for cannot use the place, what
else and who else”, he said,
lamenting however what
becomes of other public health
amenities and services.
The House, nevertheless,
noted that it was a national
embarrassment and shame
to the country and therefore
unacceptable that the first
family could not conveniently
access medicare in a clinic
located in the State House, seat
of government of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the special
committee is also to investigate
allegations of deduction
from salaries of doctors and
other health workers by the
management of the Hospital
since April, this year.
The panel has three weeks to
do its job and report back.

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