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Six Die in Kwara Auto Crash

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From Alfred Babs, Ilorin

Six persons were reportedly killed yesterday afternoon in a multiple auto accident at Falokun community along Offa-Ajase road in Kwara state.

DAILY ASSET correspondent gathered that the accident, which happened at about 2:35 pm was allegedly caused by twin factors of speed violation and wrong overtaking.

The six victims include two males, two females and two female children.

The injured persons were said to be a male and one female.

Speaking on the incident, the state sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Jonathan Owoade, said that the injured persons suffered varying degrees of injury such as fracture and bruises, adding that there was no first aid treatment administered on them.

It was also gathered that the two vehicles involved in the multiple accident include a grey-coloured private Peugeot 406 salon car with registration number RBC 424 DW and a blue-coloured private Mazda 323 vehicle with registration number BWR 590 BJ.

According to the report by the Kwara State sector command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on the road crash, the two drivers of the vehicles involved in the accident had no national drivers licence.

The sector commander also said that items recovered from the scene of the crash included luggage, which he added that had been handed over to the police officers at Ajase Police Division.

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He also said that the obstruction caused by the crash had been cleared, adding that injured persons were taken to General Hospital, Offa for medical treatment and the corpses deposited at the mortuary  of General Hospital Offa.

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Fire Razes Lagos Spare Parts’ Building

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CETECH, a spare parts’ building in the Ladipo area of Lagos State was gutted by fire yesterday.

Several items and valuables worth millions were destroyed, although no life was lost in the inferno.

The raging fire started around 4 in the evening yesterday.

While the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, some residents told The Nation that it may have been caused by electrical faults.

Emergency responders including National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), security agencies are at the scene, battling with the fire at the time of filing this report.

When our correspondent visited the scene, scores of residents, workers gathered at the entrance of the affected building, counting their losses and lamenting the disaster.

Others joined the firefighters to battle with the inferno, while offloading goods in the building.

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Lagos Acquires Two Trains for Red Line Rail Project

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The Lagos State government has acquired two new 10-car speed trains that run at 330km/hour for its Red Line rail projects.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday completed the acquisition deal with Talgo Incorporated in Milwaukee, United States of America.

He was accompanied by the Commissioner for Transportation, Frederic Oladeinde; Special Adviser on Works Mrs Aramide Adeyoye and Managing Director of Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) Abimbola Akinajo.

The Governor said the government is excited to complete the purchase of the new trains.

According to him, they were in Milwaukee to see things for themselves in respect of the purchase of the trains, adding that they had inspected the trains, seen their configuration and are satisfied that they fit into the tracks of the Redline.

“A train is not something you can just pick up on the shelf so we are very lucky to get brand new trains. We have seen our beautiful white and red trains. Coincidentally, the rail line is called Red Line, and you can see they have given us the colour. We will only brand them.

“We hope this purchase will be the beginning of a mutually-beneficial business relationship. Providing a source of livelihood for our people is all about providing jobs for our people and that is what we are doing. It is about ensuring that we can build our economy; people can move from one location to another and businesses can grow,” he said.

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The acting Mayor of Milwaukee, Cavalier Johnson, who received Sanwo-Olu, said: “It is a little bittersweet. I am sending my congratulations to the Governor of Lagos State in Nigeria but also a little disappointed that we missed out on the opportunity to have those train sets operating here in Milwaukee and in Wisconsin.”

The Chief Executive and President of Talgo USA, Antonio Perez, said: “For us, it is important that our trains are utilised. It doesn’t make any good for the trains that we built to be stored and kept without passengers riding them.”

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Zulum Seeks Collective Fund-raising in Recharging Lake Chad & Hawul Basins

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Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, has called for a collective fund raising that would be channeled towards recharging the Lake Chad and the Hawul Basins which have been the major sources of livelihood for about 30 million people before it receded by 90%.

Governor Zulum made the called on Tuesday, when he visited the Minister of Water Resources, Engineer Suleiman Adamu, at the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja.

During the meeting which lasted for about an hour, Zulum noted that funds could be raised through collaborations with the United Nations regional stabilization facility, other foreign and Nigerian based development partners such as the Northeast Development Commission, as well as contributions from states within the Lake Chad region.

He noted that the funds would be channeled towards recharging the Lake Chad Basin which was a source of livelihood for about 30 million people before it receded by 90%.

Speaking on Hawul River Basin, Governor Zulum, a professor of Irrigation Engineering, suggested the possible use of distilling and suppressing vacuum techniques to expand the capacity of the basin, while promising Borno Government’s support for urgent measures considered by the Federal Government.

“At our own level, we are ever ready to provide the needed political will to thrive these important projects”, Zulum said.

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Responding, the Water Resources Minister, Engineer Suleiman Adamu, assured the governor of President Buhari’s commitment to reviving the Lake Chad.

He also promised that the ministry will henceforth shift focus from executing fragmented projects to a strategic and ambitious one that can make massive impact on the lives of people in Borno and rest of the Lake Chad region.

Governor Zulum was accompanied by the State Commissioner of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Engr. Bukar Talba.

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