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Petroleum tankers not restricted by Lagos govt- NUPENG

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The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) on Friday said that petroleum tankers were not affected by the Lagos State Government daytime operational restriction.

Mr Tokunbo Korodo, the Southwest Chairman of the union, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that “the ban had nothing to do with petroleum tankers.”

Korodo, who said that petroleum tankers were not captured by the law, added that they could deliver products to any destination any time.

“We are aware of this directive by the LASG but the law did not restrict our trucks.

“Tanker drivers can move at any time to deliver its products; we are not affected by the traffic law.

“You can see that our tankers are working all round the clock to lift petroleum products and deliver at designated filling stations nationwide,” he said.

He, however, said that the ban was to reduce incessant accident caused by articulated vehicles on Lagos roads.

NAN recalls that the state government had on Sept. 6, restricted the movement heavy duty vehicles within the metropolis to between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

The government action followed the recent Ojuelegba trailer accident which claimed three lives on Sept. 3.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Mr Oluseyi Whenu, said the movement of articulated vehicles contravened Section 2 (i) and 2 (ii) of the Traffic Law.

Whenu said that the government would henceforth impound vehicles and the owners fined whenever there was a breach of the restriction order.

Truck drivers under the aegis of the Association of Maritime Truck Owners said that they would withdraw their trucks from the road with immediate effect over the restriction directive.

The Chairman of AMATO, Mr Remi Ogungbemi, said that it was difficult for members to comply with the state directive on the restriction due to security reasons.

Ogungbemi said that the state’s policy restricting trucks’ movement to the night would be hard to comply with because the safety of trucks, drivers and the cargoes could not be guaranteed.

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BREAKING: ASUU meeting with FG end in deadlock, strike to continue

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The meeting between the federal government and the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Tuesday ended without an agreement.

As a result of this, the six-month-old strike embarked on by public university lecturers is set to continue.

The lecturers met with the Professor Nimi Briggs Committee at the National University Commission (NUC) in Abuja with high hopes of resolving the impasse.

A senior member of ASUU said that members of the Briggs renegotiation committee didn’t come with any new offer on the table.

According to him, the committee pleaded with the lecturers to suspend the ongoing strike, with promises that their concerns will be included in the 2023 budget.

The meeting started at about 12pm and lasted for about three hours.

ASUU has been on strike since February 14.

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Suspected thugs destroy Tinubu’s Emilokan billboard in Lagos (PHOTO)

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Some persons suspected to be political thugs have vandalized a billboard of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, in Lagos.

The billboard located on the close to the third mainland bridge was destroyed on Tuesday morning.

The action sparked tension online as some APC members have accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

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EFCC recovers another 1.4bn naira for NHIS

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EFCC writes INEC, demands APC, PDP, other aspirants’ bank details

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has recovered an additional sum of one billion, four hundred million naira (N1.4 Billion) for the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

In a statement via its official Twitter handle, the money, according to the commission, was part of the funds which some commercial banks ‘fraudulently’ refused to transmit to the Treasury Single Account, TSA, since 2015.

The statement further said the money had been released to the NHIS since August 5, 2022.

It also revealed that the Commission had in similar fashion on February 10, 2022, released a sum of N1.5bn to the scheme.

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