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Dont violate Traffic Rules, FCTA Warns Security Personnel in Abuja

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Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Authority, has urged security personnel to shun violation of traffic regulations of Abuja, the in order to ensure orderly human and vehicular movement in the Territory.

This caution is coming on the heels of the reinvigorated efforts by the FCT Administration to decongest roads in the nation’s capital.

Making this call, Chairman, Special Ministerial Task Team for smooth traffic movement along the busy AYA-Nyanya road, Ikharo Attah, noted that it was observed that some uniform personnel were in the habit of driving against traffic, whenever there was traffic gridlock on the axis.

The chairman of the Traffic Control Team, spoke at the weekend, when he met with representatives of military and para-military agencies within the FCT.

Attah, while speaking with the stakeholders at Mabushi Headquarters of the Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS) warned offending uniform personnel would be made to face the full wrath of the law if found contravening FCT traffic rules.

He faulted some uniform men for contributing to the serious perennial gridlock on the AYA-Nyanya axis, and urged them to be role model to civilians, warning that offenders would not be spared.

According to him, the committee set up by FCT Minister Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, last week had immediately swung into action to ease the traffic gridlock on the axis, despite the severe downpour rainfall during the evening rush hours.

He added that the stakeholders’ interface was an emergence meeting with members and relevant agencies to discuss ways of sustaining the success recorded during its Thursday’s operation.

Similarly, the Director of DTRS, Wadata Bodinga underscored the importance of synergy between government agencies in making the Special Traffic Control Team a huge success.

Recall that the Team, which comprises of representatives from different traffic management and security agencies, with its chairman selected from the media, is expected to submit a preliminary report for further action within two weeks.

However, some residents of the FCT and neighbouring communities in Nasarawa state have called on the FCT Minister to extend Traffic Control Teams work to other busy axis like Dutse-Bwari and Nyanya Checkpoint-Mararaba, following the success recorded so far in the area.

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Catholic Church Welcomes New Apostolic Nuncio

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The Catholic Church in Nigeria  has welcomed the newly-appointed Apostolic to Nigeria, Archbishop Michael Francis Crotty.

Crotty, an Irish, was appointed by the Vatican.

He will oversee the propagation of the gospel of Jesus Christ through the church in Nigeria.

The position, an ambassadorial status, advances cohesion in the body of Christ.

In his welcome message for Crotty on Tuesday,  the President of Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), Archbishop Lucius Ugorji, said that the Church was glad to receive him.

The CBCN president,   who is also  the Archbishop of Owerri Catholic Archdiocese, said,” With joy and gratitude to God, I extend a hearty welcome to Archbishop Michael Francis Crotty on behalf of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, clergy, religious and lay faithful in Nigeria.

“We are thankful to His Holiness, Pope Francis, for appointing Archbishop Michael Francis Crotty as the Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria to build on the good works of his predecessor, Archbishop Antonio Filipazzi.

“His appointment is a testament to the strong spiritual bond between our countries,” he said.

He said that although Crotty was the first Apostolic Nuncio from Ireland to serve in Nigeria, many Irish missionaries had played significant roles in spreading the gospel in Nigeria.

“We appreciate Archbishop Crotty’s acceptance of serving in Nigeria and assure him of our full support and cooperation.

“We pray for a fruitful mission and a blessed tenure for our excellency,”  he added. (NAN)

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Boundary Commission to Provide Infrastructure Along Disputed Boundary Areas

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The National Boundary Commission (NBC), says it has concluded plans to provide infrastructure in flash locations along interstate boundaries to encourage integration and cooperation.

The Director-General of the commission, Mr Adamu Adaji, stated this in an interview in Abuja on Wednesday.

Adaji said that the commission would look at flash point areas and provide infrastructures that would encourage cooperation and integration among border communities.

He said that the goal was to see how the commission could bring people in border communities together to share from a common facility.

This, according to him, will douse tension and bring some kind of understanding among border communities.

“The bounder communities will share the facilities, which in the long run will bring the people together and eventually reduce tension and boundary conflicts.

“This is a way of encouraging integration and cooperation by encouraging people to come together, relate with one another and engage in beneficial commercial activities.”

Adaji said that a similar initiative was test runed with a borehole, constructed boundary corridor in Ado Local Government Area of Benue state, where it shared boundary with Ebonyi.

“We have also been able to construct some market stalls in the Ebonyi sector of the boundary between Ebonyi and Cross River,” he added.

“So, our appeal is for people to appreciate, cooperate and understand that boundaries are not barriers.

“The boundary line will not stop somebody from owning properties across and that is what we want to partner with the states to educate people along by the boundary corridors. (NAN)

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 Recertification: NCAA Suspends 10 Private Jet Operations

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The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended ten private jet operations over failure to begin recertification process.

This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Michael Achimugu, Director, Public Affairs and Consumer Protection on Friday in Abuja.

The agency said the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations 2023 Part 18.

3.
4 forbids holders of Permit for Non Commercial  Flights (PNCF) from using their aircraft for carriage of passengers, gargo or mail for hire or rewards  (commercial operation or charter services)

“As a result of flagrant disregard of this rule, the NCAA had earlier directed all holders of PNCF to undergo re-evaluation which should have been concluded by the April 19,  2024.

“To this end, the  NCAA has suspended the PNCF

 of Azikel Dredging Nigeria Ltd, Bli-Aviation Safety Services, Ferry Aviation Developments Ltd and Matrix Energy Ltd.

” Also Marrietta Management Services Ltd, Worldwide Skypaths Services, Mattini Airline Services Ltd, Aero Lead Ltd, Sky Bird Air Ltd and Ezuma Jets Ltd.

 “The public is hereby notified that it is illegal to engage PNCF holders for commercial purposes. The NCAA will not hesitate to initiate enforcement actions against any PNCF holder found guilty of illegal operations,” the agency said.

The agency said that its officials had been deployed to General Aviation Terminals (GAT) and private wings of the airports to monitor activities of the PNCF holders. (NAN)

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