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FRSC promotes, decorates three senior officers

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The Federal Road Safety Corps on Tuesday in Ilorin decorated three of its senior officers.

According to reports, the low key event held at the RS8 Zonal Command Headquarters, Ilorin.

The Zonal Commanding Officer, Assistant Corps Marshal (ACM) Amauche Nwaka, while reading the address of the Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, said the promotion was well-deserved, based on hard work.

“As it is the culture of the Corps, the seasons of reward have never been delayed.

“In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has shut down nations, the FRSC thought it wise not to shut down nor delay the recognition and upliftment of officers.

“This was achieved with the introduction of a novel process in promotion, in the form of a virtual interview, rounding off the 2019 promotion.

“I congratulate all of you for your well-deserved promotion. You worked hard for it. You should be mindful that you will be met with several forms of new challenges.

“You should, therefore, be prepared for these challenges and opportunities; your ability to sustain your new positions would vindicate your elevation.

“Therefore, it is on this premise that you are charged to continue to work as we go forward, considering the numerous road safety management challenges facing our dear country.

“You are also reminded of the current global COVID-19 pandemic, which has not abated.

“You are required to bring a new lease of life into the fight, by ensuring that all government policies at all levels are strictly adhered to.

“You are particularly to note the directions of the Presidential Task Force on the pandemic.

“Above all, you must live by example; COVID-19 is real, keep safe,” he charged them.

Newsmen reports that the officers promoted and decorated included the Kogi Sector Commander, Corps Commander Omotosho Abe, elevated to the rank of ACM; Ekiti Sector Commander, Corps Commander Faustina Alegbe, promoted to the rank of ACM, and Deputy Corps Commander Joshua Adekanye, who got promoted to the rank of Corps Commander.

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Responding on behalf of the promoted officers, the most senior promoted officer, ACM Omotosho Abe, thanked God and the Corps Marshal for deeming it fit to elevate them.

“We are happy because our ranks and responsibilities have changed. We appreciate God because we thought it was impossible.

“We appreciate the Corps Marshal and all our senior officers here present today. We say a big thank you,” he said.

Reports have it that the occasion was graced by the Zonal Commanding Officer RS11

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Assistant Corps Marshal Godwin Ogaghaogene, and the Kwara Sector Commander, Corps Commander Joshua Owoade.

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State Govts responsible for COVID-19 patients’ evacuation – NCDC

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Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), says it is the responsibility of State Governments to evacuate COVID-19 patients to medical facilities for treatment.

Ihekweazu said this while fielding questions on Monday at the 49th joint national briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja.

According to the director-general, the NCDC cannot forcefully take a patient to the hospital as it is not a law enforcement agency.

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Ihekweazu was reacting to a viral video showing a patient being forcefully evacuated.

He said while he could not vouch for any health officer’s conduct in the country, the evacuation of patients remained the duty of the state governments.

“Every state has a responsibility for evacuation; as we start increasing the inclusion of the private sector in care, you would find that more people would start evacuating patients with the private sector services.

”So, there is a whole spectrum of possibilities that could have happened.

“What we don’t do as health workers is to use force to evacuate patients to provide them care. That would be a very unusual reaction.

”We are not law enforcement and we are not trained in law enforcement.

“We never use force to evacuate patients; if we have difficulty and there are specific circumstances because of public health reasons why an evacuation has to happen, we would invite our friends in the (security) services to support us in that act,” Ihekweazu said. 

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Gunmen shoot dead prominent Iraqi analyst and advisor – officials

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Gunmen in Baghdad killed a well-known former government advisor and political analyst near his home on Monday, government officials, police sources and medics said.

The government officials described the killing of Hisham al-Hashemi, who had written about politics, Islamic State, and the role of Iran-backed militias in Iraq as a targeted killing but did not point the finger at any particular group.

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There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Hashemi’s killing.

Police sources said two gunmen on a motorbike shot him outside his house in the Zayouna district in eastern Baghdad.

Hashemi, who was well-connected with politicians, activists, and paramilitary officials, worked as an advisor to former Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and informally with the government of current Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, a government official said.

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Plateau: Fashola reveals when collapsed Wase/Langtang Bridge will be completed

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The Minister of Works, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, says repairs of the collapsed Wase/Langtang Bridge in Plateau State will be completed in two months.

The minister made this known when Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State visited his office in Abuja on Monday.

According to a statement issued by the Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor, Dr. Makut Masham, the minister sympathized with the state government over the natural disaster.

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Fashola said the ministry had commenced the design and cost of the bridge which would take two months to complete.

He said that immediate palliative works should be carried out to restore temporary connection for people in the area, while the permanent solution was being worked out.

”The Federal Controller of Works in Plateau had recommended the replacement of the old collapsed bridge with a new one, which was being considered,” Fashola said.

Earlier in his remarks, Lalong said the visit was to seek an immediate solution on the bridge which had completely cut off links to Wase and Langtang Local Government Areas and travelers to Taraba State.

“I took a personal visit to the area to see things for myself last week, and as you know, it is a Federal Road. From what I saw, it is something that needs the federal financial might to fix.

“I have asked my people to provide boats as alternatives for now, but this cannot be sustained for a long time considering the economic activities that take place in the area.

”We need the quick intervention of the Federal Government, which is why I decided to pay this visit to you,” he said.

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