NTA News Summary For Monday 3/4/2017

NTA News Summary For Monday 3/4/2017

Abuja-Kaduna Road Emergency ResponseThe emergency response measures put in place on the Abuja- Kaduna express highway was put to test this afternoon when a tanker carrying 33 thousand liters of diesel oil skidded and completely blocked one side of the road and half of the other.

It was the first time that the effectiveness of emergency response agencies along the Abuja- Kaduna highway, was tested since the relocation of activities from Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport to Kaduna.

They did not disappoint as they all responded immediately to this tanker conveying 33 thousand liters of diesel which skidded and blocked the road.
While the police did not confirm or deny Aliyu’s account of the cause of the accident, the said vehicle is now in custody of the FRSC in Zuba.
The emergency agencies did not however waste time in doing the needful to restore free flow of traffic.

Army on Establishment of UniversityThe Nigerian Army has approved the immediate take off of Nigerian Army War College in Abuja and a university in Borno State.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai announced this at the opening of the 2017 first quarter conference in Maiduguri, Borno State.

Farewell for Saudi Ambassador
The Deputy Speaker House of Representatives, Yussuf Lasun says Nigeria stands to gain a lot from Nigeria / Saudi Arabia diplomatic relations especially on how to manage its petroleum resources.

The Deputy Speaker said this at a farewell dinner organized by the Nigerian / Saudi Arabian friendship group in the House of Representatives in honour of the outgoing Saudi Arabian ambassador to Nigeria Sheik Abdallah Sefyan.

The chairman of the committee representative Abdullahi Salame however thanked the ambassador for his cooperation during his stay in Nigeria and assured the incoming ambassador of the committee’s support.

FG Alerts Nigerians on ISIS New Recruitment Strategy
The Federal Government has urged parents and guardians to monitor the activities of their children and wares in order to prevent them from being recruited by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which has now resorted to targeting vulnerable individuals, including foreign students, using financial inducements to recruit them into the terrorist organization.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Monday, the Minister of Information and FG alerts Nigerians On ISIS new recruitment strategy culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, cited the recent recruitment Into ISIS of 27 medical students of the University of Medical Sciences and Technology (UMST) in Sudan as an example of the new strategy being Used by the organization to recruit more members.

Alhaji Mohamed therefore appealed to Nigerians, especially those who have children and wards in foreign academic institutions, to pay more attention to their activities, while urging schools across the country to enlighten their students on the new ISIS’ recruitment strategy.

Germany Donates Vehicles to IGP
Towards enhancing training needs of the Nigeria Police in capacity development and mobility, the German Government has donated operational vehicles to the agency.

Presenting the vehicles to the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, the German Ambassador to Nigeria, Bernhard Schlagheck said the two countries had enjoyed impressive bilateral relations, while the inspector general of police appreciated the commitment of Germany to the international peacekeeping and Nigeria’s fight against insurgency.

Govt to Establish Road Protection Agency
Bauchi State Government will establish road protection agency in the state. Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar stated this at the 13th National Summit of Voluntary Special Road Marshals in Bauchi.

HOS Signs MOU on Strategic Plan
The office of the Head of the Civil Service of the federation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a non government organization for the full implementation of the 2017-2019 Strategic Plan for the Civil Service.

It was reported that the MOU aims at repositioning the civil service of Nigeria.

Jamb on Difficulty of Registration
The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board jamb has allayed the fear of applicants, assuring every prospective candidate of registration before the expiration of the registration on the nineteenth of this month.

Speaking on the difficulties the Applicants go through and extortion at the registration centers, the Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyode said there are four outlets designated for the registration, spoke on the official fees.

It was reported that the registrar said applicants should stop panic registration because there is no cause for any tension that as at Saturday alone eighty three thousand were registered.

Nigeria Immigration to Sack Erring Officers
Five officer of the Nigerian Immigration Service are under investigation for inflating the rice of passport booklet from eighteen thousand to fifty thousand naira.

The comptroller General Nigerian Immigration Service Muhammad Babandede says if found guilty the officers will be dismissed and prosecuted.

This meeting is to discuss and exchange ideas on immigration act 2015 and the immigration regulations 2017. The essence is to facilitate smooth implementation of the regulations act 2017, in line with best global practices.

The Comptroller General Muhammad Babandede believes that, a lot of changes in terms of documentation will improve with the knowledge of the law by officers.

While the training is aimed at updating the service of 36 comptroller generals, zonal coordinators and other senior officers, the comptroller spoke on the issues of passports.

The action he said is to serve as deterrent to other officers.

Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) branch of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has embarked on a nationwide strike, to press for an upward review of remunerations as stipulated in their condition of service.

A correspondent visited some filling stations in Abuja and reports that already motorists have resorted to panic buying following the news of the
Though most filling stations are still dispensing petroleum products to motorists, but queues are already emerging in some stations.

Some motorists say they resorted to panic buying to avoid being stranded if the product in circulation is exhausted.

Investigations revealed that, the conditions of service of PTD are supposed to be reviewed every two years.

But three years after its expiry, their employers, National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) refused to affect the increment advancing high cost of spare parts, and low freight among other reasons.

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