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CBN Names New Executives for Union, Keystone, Polaris Banks

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By Tony Obiechina, Abuja

Following the dissolution of the Board and Management of Union Bank, Keystone  Bank and Polaris Bank on Wednesday night, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has appointed new executives to oversee the affairs of the banks.

This was announced in a statement by the Acting Director of Corporate Communications, Mrs Hakama Sidi Ali in a statement in the early hours of Thursday.

The new appointees are: Yetunde Oni – Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer Union Bank; Mannir Ubali Ringim – Executive Director Keystone Bank; Hassan Imam – Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer;  Chioma Mang – Executive Director (Polaris Bank); Lawal Mudathir Omokayode Akintola – Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer; Chris Onyeka Ofikulu – Executive Director.

According to the statement, the appointments take immediate effect.

Road Traffic Crashes Claim 404 Lives in Two Years – FRSC

Niger Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), on Thursday, said that road traffic crashes (RTC) claimed 404 lives in the state between 2022 and 2023.

The State Sector Commander, Kumar Tsukwam, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna.

Tsukwam said: In 2022 RTC claimed 303 lives in Niger state but the fatality reduced to 101 in 2023 due to our increase in the enforcement of traffic rules and regulations.

“Last year, we did a lot of enforcement and special patrol in order to reduce RTC in the state.

“Sometimes, we worked at night to ensure that road users obeyed traffic rules,” Tsukwam said.

He also said that 524 traffic crashes occurred in the state in 2022.

He said that the corps reduced the rate to 396 in 2023 through enforcement and engagement of road users in sensitisation.

He said that during the period under review, 1,769 persons sustained injuries in 2022, while in 2023, the corps recorded 1,201 injuries from road crashes.

The state FRSC boss further disclosed that 3,586 persons were involved in RTC in 2022, while 3053 persons were affected in 2023.

He said that 676 vehicles were involved in RTC in 2022 and 556 vehicles in 2023.

According to him, 17,465 road traffic offenders were apprehended and treated according to the traffic law during the period.

He promised that the corps would  increase its operational apparatuses to further reduce RTC in the state.

“We have discussed with the Federal Highway Controller of Works in the state to see how we can put up road furnitures to warn motorists ahead of some dangerous spots across the state.

“Also, we are going to work with the Federal Road Maintenance Agency because they have agreed to partner with us,” Tsukwam said.

“There would be Mobile Courts working with the corps this year to try traffic offenders on the spot,” he said.

He also said that the corps already  had plans to embark on inter-command patrol with other FRSC commands across the state.

“We have designed a strategy to ensure that articulated vehicles carry only goods and not passengers,” he said.

He said that the corps would increase its weekly media programmes and early morning visits to motor parks to sensitise road users on road safety.

He advised road users, especially motorists, against violating traffic rules and regulations and travelling at night in order to reduce RTC. (NAN)

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Alleged Kidnapping of 11 Travellers in Enugu, Mischievous, Misleading – Police

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The Police Command in Enugu State has denounced media report alleging that 11 people were kidnapped at the Amechi-Idodo area of the Enugu/Abakaliki Expressway on Wednesday.The command described the report as misleading, mischievous and aimed at creating panic.The Command’s Spokesman, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Enugu.

Ndukwe said that the stance given in an online publication remained a total distortion of facts surrounding the incident of an attempted abduction along the said road, on July 16, 2024, around 6p.
m.Ndukwe said that contrary to the misleading report, a Joint Security team, upon receipt of a distress call on the incident, moved to the Enugu/Ebonyi States border point along the Enugu/Abakaliki Expressway, on the said date and time.
“Hence, they rescued 13 occupants of a Nissan commercial bus. However, three others, who scampered into nearby bushes upon the attack, are yet-to-be located,” he said.The command spokesman said that the Commissioner of Police, Mr Kanayo Uzuegbu, had ordered the sustenance of ongoing operations to locate and rescue the three missing victims and also hunt down the assailants.Ndukwe said that the commissioner reassured commitment of the command to sustain collaborative efforts with internal and neigbouring States’ security forces to ensure watertight security on major highways and borders.“The commissioner further cautions reporters and publishers to always verify their facts before going to press,” he said .This, he said, was to avoid misleading reports and creating panic in the minds of unsuspecting members of the public,” he added. (NAN)

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Tinubu Mandates 2.1m Crude Oil Production – CDS

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President Bola Tinubu has directed security agencies to improve the security architecture to ensure the production of 2.1 million barrels of crude oil per day.

Gen. Christopher Musa, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), said this while briefing State House correspondents, after a meeting with President Tinubu on Friday.

“It is a mandate for us to restore full production, we are targeting 2.

1 million barrels per day, which is achievable.
So, we are taking steps to ensure that all that is required to be done is done,” he said.

He said the President was aware of the cries of the oil producing communities and would not let them down.

He said the communities should be rest assured that steps were being taken to address their grievances so that full production of crude oil would be restored.

“For the criminals, those that are hell bent on destroying our infrastructure and stealing our crude oil for whatever reasons, their days are numbered.

“We are coming after them, and we want to assure Nigerians that all we need is to work together to achieve success.

“Nobody can do it alone, no single service, no single individual can do this alone; we all need to work together, including the states. We understand that the communities have so much needs, the President will address those issues to ensure that we have full production,” said Musa.

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, said security chiefs were at the State House to brief President Tinubu on the current security situation in the country.

“This we have been doing regularly. Mr President is satisfied with our report and he has challenged us to continue to work together and improve our synergy.

“We have records of all reported crimes across the country and can tell you that crime rate is declining in Nigeria. 

“Records don’t lie, the records are there. So, I can assure you that we will continue to do what we are doing to maintain the decline in the crime rate,” said Egbetokun.

Report says that Nigeria’s crude oil production currently stands at 1.472m pbd, down from 1.502m last month and up from 1.450m one year ago.

This is a change of -2.04 per cent from last month and 1.50 per cent from last year.

The decline in daily crude oil production figure is attributed to pipeline vandalism and sundry criminal activities that have made it impossible for the country to meet its OPEC production quota. (NAN)

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Gov. Alia Promises to Pay N70,000 Minimum Wage

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Gov. Hyacinth Alia of Benue has promised to pay the newly approved N70,000 minimum wage agreed between the Federal Government and the organised labour.Alia, who disclosed this on Friday while answering questions from newsmen in Makurdi, said that workers needed to be appreciated.The Federal Government and the organised labour had on Thursday, announced the sum of N70,000 as the new minimum wage in the country.

He said with focus and the improved internally generated revenue, his administration would pay the new wage.
The governor said despite the current economic situation in the country, things were gradually moving in the State because of careful planning and prudent application of resources.
“Even our internally generated revenue (IGR) has increased. So it is now left for us to close all loopholes to see how much we can cash in to do many other things including the payment of salaries.“Why not, we can pay. I’m focused. What is agreed by the Federal Government is definitely what we the sub-nationals can also just queue in to.“Without the workforce, we wouldn’t have any center of any government. So we need to appreciate our civil servants or workforce in a way approved by the Federal Government and the Labour organisations synonymously so that the system can work”he said.Earlier, the governor while inaugurating the governing councils of seven State tertiary institutions charged them on corporate governance.He said the future of the institutions was on their shoulders therefore, they must not fail in the discharge of their responsibilities.The governor urged them to concentrate on policy enhancement that would improve the quality of education at the institutions to meet global standards.Alia said the government would provide them with a working guidelines for efficient service delivery.Responding on behalf of those inaugurated, Mr Paul Chukwuma, Chairman/Pro-chancellor Benue State University (BSU) promised to deliver on their mandate.Chukwuma said State institutions needed adequate support to carryout research and development.He said they would use their connections to facilitate support to the various institutions.Those inaugurated include Paul Chukwuma, Chairman/Pro-chancellor Benue State University (BSU) Makurdi, while Prof Shagbaor Wegh, Mr Simon Orkuma , Dr Diana Ochoga and Mr Michael Gongul are members.At Benue State Polytechnic, Ogbokolo – Dr Demian Anyam is the Chairman, while Mr Sam Godday , Dr Kelvin Kandev, Mr Samuel Awuhe and Mr Peter Egbodo are members.In College of Education, Oju – Prof. Member George-Genyi is the Chairman, Prof Emmanuel Otor, Prof Joseph Kerker, Habiba Ochifu, and Rev. Elijah are to Serve as members.College of Education, Katsina-Ala has Prof. Gabriel Moti as Chairman, Chief Johnson Onoja, Victoria Ekwo, and Patience Iorun as members.Akawe Torkula Polytechnic, Makurdi – Prof. Okpe Okpe is the Chairman, Mr Bitacy Jirgba, Dr Shiminenge Atime, Mr Edo Egboja and Mr Achihin Hur are members.Akperan Orshi Polytechnic, Yandev has Dr Victoria Pila as Chairman, Mr Sam Agwa, Mr Nicholas Ugallali, Mrs Theresa Ikwe and Mr Joseph Adi as members.In College of Health Technology, Agasha – Dr Bem Vangerwua is the Chairman, Dr Silas Ge, Alice Yaaju, Rebecca Tor and Comfort Anongu are to serve as members.(NAN)

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