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FCT Minister Condoles Media Aide Over Death of Wife



FCTA, Abuja
By Laide Akinboade 

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, on behalf of the FCT Administration condoled with the family of his Special Assistant on Media Alhaji Abubakar Sani over the death of his wife, Hajia Sa’adatu Abubakar Sani.

Bello who was one of the earliest callers at the residence of the bereaved in the early hours of Friday joined members of the family in prayers and laid supplications to God for the repose of the soul of the deceased.

Other visitors at the residence of Alhaji Sani include the Chief of Staff to the Minister, Mallam Bashir Mai-Borno, members of the FCT Press Corps, FCT-based journalists as well as several heads of agencies and departments of the FCTA.

Abubakar Sani was the Chairman of the FCT Press Corps until his appointment as the Special Assistant (Media) by Mallam Bello in 2015. He was re-appointed in August 2019.

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Abuja’s UTC Complex Demolished for Urgent Upgrade, Security Measures – FCTA Explains




By Laide Akinboade, Abuja

In a significant move to propel small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) forward and tackle security challenges, the Federal Capital Territory Administration has taken the decision to demolish the renowned UTC Shopping Complex, the capital’s largest graphics design and printing hub.

The complex, which had stood for over three decades, is set to undergo a complete reconstruction to meet global business standards.

Hassan Ogbole, Deputy Director of Monitoring and Inspection at the Department of Development Control, explained that the existing structures were deemed defective and required upgrading to align with international business norms.

While acknowledging the inconvenience caused to traders and occupants, Ogbole emphasized the necessity of creating a modernized facility capable of meeting global standards.

Strict enforcement notices were issued to the occupants well in advance, urging them to vacate the premises to facilitate the construction process. However, some occupants deliberately chose not to comply, hampering the authorities’ efforts to proceed with the development plans.

“The condition of the complex has deteriorated significantly, rendering it unsuitable for habitation and business activities. We must make way for a new development,” stated Ogbole, underlining the urgent need for reconstruction.

Addressing the security concerns in the area, Peter Olumiji, Secretary of Command and Control at the FCTA Department of Security, highlighted the importance of remodeling the complex. In addition to meeting global standards, the revamp aims to eliminate criminal activities, including the forging of official documents, that have been prevalent within the complex.

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One of the traders, Samuel Onuchukwu, expressed concern about the temporary site provided by the developers, citing inadequate security measures for conducting business. Many traders are still in the process of removing their goods and property from the shops and offices, further complicating the situation.

Authorities are cognizant of the challenges faced by the occupants and assure them that adequate measures will be taken to ensure a smooth transition during the reconstruction process. The demolition of the UTC Shopping Complex marks a significant step towards fostering a thriving business environment and enhancing security in the area.

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App-based Transport Workers Want Fare Review From Uber, Bolt




The Amalgamated Union of App-Based Transport Workers of Nigeria (AUATWON) has expressed concerns over the  ripple effect of the new fuel price on its members.

Mr Adedamola Adeniran, National President of the union in a statement on Friday in Lagos, said  the new fuel price was causing hardship on its members’ earnings and patronages.

Adediran said this was because members lacked the capacity to increase the fare, unlike independent cab drivers, branded taxi drivers, bus drivers and others.

He, therefore, urged App-Based Transport companies including Uber, Bolt, Lagride, Indriver and others to urgently review their price upward by 200 per cent and set minimum trip fare at N2, 000 naira respectively.

He also urged the companies not to deactivate any of the drivers as a result of the fuel subsidy removal.

“The app companies should immediately set their commission at 10 per cent flat or reduce their commission by 50 per cent without any hidden charges, owing to homogeneous commission charges that had made our business unprofitable.

“We demand that app companies subsidise trip fare for the rider by at least, five per cent to cushion the effect of the increase for the rider, using the gain from homogeneous commission reserved,” he said.

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Similarly, Mr Jossy Olawale, Chairman, Media and Publicity Committee of the union, appealed to the app companies to immediately respond and act on the union’s demands.

“We will also like to encourage our members to go about their peaceful business and adopt every lawful and profitable means to carrying out their businesses until further directive by the union.” (NAN)

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Fuel Scarcity: LASTMA Cautions Motorists Against Road Obstruction




The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has cautioned motorists queuing up for fuel at different filling stations not to obstruct traffic.

It warned them not to cause congestion that could hinder other road users around filling stations.

The General Manager, LASTMA, Mr Bolaji Oreagba, said these in a statement issued  on Wednesday in Lagos through the Director, Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department, Mr Taofiq Adebayo.

He said that he had deployed more officers on traffic monitoring around filling stations and other areas across the state.

Oreagba said that the deployment became imperative following reports of long queues around filling stations caused by motorists parking indiscriminately.

He said that such motorists were blocking roads while queuing up to buy fuel.

The LASTMA boss expressed displeasure at the disorderly behaviour of such drivers who queue up haphazardly around filling stations.

He urged petrol attendants and marketers to ensure that products were sold in an orderly manner.

Oreagba said this was necessary so as not to infringe on the right of way of other road users.

 “Buying fuel is not an excuse to block and impede traffic flow across the state.

*In as much as we want our roads to be free, we do not want fuel queues to constitute a burden for other road users across the state.

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“Efficient traffic management has remained crucial in the attainment of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s seamless multi-modal transportation system in Lagos.

“We are equally advising motorists including members of the public against unsafe fuel storage inside vehicles, homes, markets and workplaces.

“Landlords and tenants should shun inappropriate storage of fuel at homes and public places.

“Filling Stations must equally avoid dispensing fuel in polythene bags to avoid scuffles that can spark off fire incidents,” Oreagba said. (NAN).

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