By Lucy Osuizigbo-Okechukwu
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Anambra Command, on Friday, decorated 34 newly-promoted officers in the state with new ranks, urging them to rededicate themselves to service of their fatherland.
The Sector Commander, Mr Andrew Kumapayi,gave the charge during the ceremony held at the commands headquarters in Awka,
Kumapayi explained that 34 officers who were senior officers, middle cadre officers and marshals were decorated.
He called on the officers to work harder to ensure sanity on the states roads.
We thank God for the recognition of your hard work and I urge you to brace up to the challenges of making our roads safe for users, Kumapayi said.
Also speaking, the Anambra state Commissioner of Police, Mr John Abang urged the officers not to be carried away with the new ranks but to see it as a demand for more responsibility.
Abang said that the promotion was an opportunity to contribute to the growth and development of the nation through safety on roads.
For every rank you are wearing, you are making your families, communities and country proud. So continue to walk the talk and discharge your duties without fear, Abang said.
Mr Gabriel Adaji, one of the newly-promoted officers, promised to be more dedicated to duties, saying that the promotion had not been easy.
I will continue to promote the image of the FRSC and do my job diligently. I thank the command for the opportunity, he said. (NAN)
By Harrison Arubu
A group of U.S-based Imo indigenes, the Mbano National Assembly (MNA), has reacted to Tuesdays Supreme Court verdict that effected a change of government in its home state.
The judgment replaced Mr Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party with Sen. Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress as governor, almost eight months after the former assumed the office.
The MNAs reaction came through its President, Mr Basil Njoku, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York on Friday.
Njoku decried the negative impact of premature change in government on development, a situation he blamed on disregard for the rule of law by actors in the electoral process.
He also decried the delay in adjudication of election petition cases in the country, noting that it distracts the government of the day and scares investors.
Njoku said: It is important that cases are resolved expediently so that it creates room for those in government to begin immediately and institute policies that would last.
For example, contracts already signed by the government of Ihedioha will now be subject to the whims of the new government.
No investor is willing to do business with a government battling with election cases in court with no assurance of being there tomorrow.
In every society, there are bound to be litigations, but the speed with which those cases are dealt with is essential to creating an enabling environment for people to move on.
When cases keep languishing in courts, the government in power is not sure of tomorrow, so they are edgy and unwilling to take certain bold actions to improve the lives of the people.
He noted that the interest of MNA, a politically neutral nongovernmental and charity organisation, was the development of Imo and not the party or people in power.
To this end, he said the association was ready to work with any government to improve the living condition of the people.
Our take is let the peoples business be taken care of, the business of infrastructure, security, light, healthcare and rural development.
At the end of the day, people dont really care which party is in power, so long as government is responsive to their needs.
I am heartened by what the immediate past governor said. With humility, he handed over the case to God and asked the people to work with his successor.
So, any reasonable society must work with whoever is in power to deliver for the people, he added.
Njoku said the goal of MNA was to work with government to deliver its various charity projects and programmes in the state, including an ultra-modern surgical theatre at the Mbano Joint Hospital. (NAN)
By Dorcas Jonah
Team Nigeria at the ongoing African Track Cycling Championship in Cairo, Egypt, have won one gold, one silver and a bronze medals.
The championship organised by the African Cycling Confederation (CAC) began on Thursday and will end on Sunday.
According to the competitions website, Grace Ayuba won gold in the junior category from the scratch 7.5-kilometre event.
Former world number five on track cycling in the junior category, Mary Samuel, led the Nigeria team to win silver in team pursuit women elite.
Others in the team are Tawakalt Yekeem, Ese Ukpesersye and Rita Oven.
Team Nigeria also won a bronze in the team sprint women elite as the championship continues.(NAN)
Sri Lankas Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Friday said it lifted a ban imposed on drones within the island country, local media reports said.
The CAA, in a statement, said drones can now be operated in conformity with civil aviation regulations.
The CAA suspended the operation of all pilotless aircraft, including drones last May, soon after the Easter Sunday terror attacks in April, which killed over 250 people.
The CAA had said the ban was imposed, considering the volatile situation in the country after the blasts. (Xinhua/NAN)
By Ismaila Chafe
President Muhammadu Buhari has departed Abuja for London to participate in the inaugural UK-Africa Investment Summit holding on Jan. 20.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the president had earlier performed some official assignments, including his meeting with security chiefs, before leaving the presidential villa for the London trip.
The president also joined hundreds of Muslims faithful at the Aso Rock Mosque where he observed the two rakaat Jumaat prayer.
An earlier statement by Mr Femi Adesina, the Presidents Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, on Thursday, said the London Investment Summit would be hosted by the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.
According to the organisers, the event is expected to bring together African leaders, international business chief executives and heads of international organisations to create new partnerships that will deliver more investments and jobs to the benefit of people and businesses in African countries and the United Kingdom.
Apart from highlighting new perspectives on UK-Africa Partnership for Prosperity, issues of Sustainable Finance and Infrastructure; Trade and Investment; Future African Growth Sectors and Clean Energy and Climate, are expected to dominate presentations and discussions during the Summit.
With the expected take-off of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in mid-2020, the London investment summit will provide Nigeria with the opportunity to project itself as a leading investment destination for new industries.
In addition, the summit will deepen Nigeria-United Kingdom investment ties post-Brexit given that Africa currently represents just two per cent of British trade activity, with Nigeria accounting for only 10 per cent of that total, Adesina stated.
He further disclosed that the Nigerian delegation to the investment meeting will showcase what the Federal Government had done through policies and legislations to improve the investment and business climate in the country.
The president is expected back in Abuja on Thursday.(NAN)
By Ismaila Chafe
The Federal Government has taken delivery of two fighter helicopters to boost the ongoing fight against insurgency and banditry in the country.
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, disclosed this when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting of Security Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Friday.
The meeting was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Abubakar also announced that additional fighter helicopters and other military hardware would be supplied to the nations armed forces to enhance their capacity in the battle fields.
He said: In terms of procurement of platforms, substantial number of these equipment are expected by the end of February, some of the equipment we are acquiring have started arriving.
For the Nigerian Air Force, two helicopter gunships arrived on the Jan. 15 and we are now in the process of putting them together to add to whatever we have already.
I am sure you are also familiar with the equipment acquisition by the Nigeria Police Force; I am sure you are also familiar with the policy on community policing that was approved by the President.
It is going to be funded and the whole idea is to ensure that Nigeria is secured and citizens can go about pursuing their legitimate aspirations without any hindrance.
According to Abubakar, Nigeria is collaborating with its neighbours to completely end the Boko Haram insurgency.
We are doing everything with other sister countries in the Lake Chad basin, working together to ensure that Boko Haram terrorism is brought substantially to an end as much and as quickly as possible, he said.
He, however, appealed to all Nigerians to contribute their quota towards addressing security challenges troubling some parts of the country.
He said: Our appeal is for all Nigerians and other stakeholders, local and state governments, to join hands with the Armed Forces of Nigeria to ensure that our country is secured rather than looking at other methods that are likely going to negate the national community policing policy that the federal government has approved.
He assured that the nation security agencies were ready to contain all cases of insurgency or banditry in any part of the country.
He added that the agencies would secure the lives and property of all citizens as well as the territorial integrity of the nation at all times.
What we want to do is to reassure Nigerians that the Armed Forces and indeed other intelligence and security agencies in Nigeria are going to continue to work round the clock to ensure that our country is secured.
We will ensure that nobody undermines the territorial and national sovereignty of Nigeria.
We are going to keep a very close watch on what is going on and with the equipment that we are getting.
Definitely the challenges that we are facing in some of the theatres of operation particularly the North-East will be addressed adequately.
He added that the meeting appraised the security situation across the country and was satisfied with the progress being made.
This meeting was called to critically evaluate what the Armed Force of Nigeria as well as other security and intelligence agencies are doing with regard to ensuring that the territorial integrity of Nigeria is not undermined by any individual or group of individuals.
The appraisal also looked at the emerging situation in some of our areas particularly acts of banditry in some of the North-Western States and other parts of the country.
We have critically looked at everything and we are satisfied with the progress we are making and we are satisfied with the support that the federal government is giving the armed forces and other security agencies, he said. (NAN)
By Victor Adeoti
Justice Jide Falola of the Osun State High Court in Ikirun on Friday sentenced two men to death by hanging for murder.
Falola in his judgment, said the prosecution counsel proved his case against the convicts, Orisakunle Abiodun, 21; and Opadokun Olayinka, 29, beyond reasonable doubt for the murder of one Matthew Adeoye in Ikirun.
The judge sentenced the convicts to five years imprisonment for conspiracy and death by hanging for murder.
Falola, however, discharged and acquitted the third accused, Femi Aroyehun for lack of evidence against him.
The convicts, who were first arraigned on Jan. 22, 2018, pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge of conspiracy to commit murder and murder, preferred against them.
The State Counsel, Mr Philips Afolayan, had earlier told the court that the three defendants murdered one Matthew Adeoye on March 9, 2017 in Ikirun.
Afolayan said the offences were contrary to and punishable under Section 324 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap. 34, Vol. 2, Laws of Osun State and Section 316 (1) and punishable under Section 319 (1) of the same Criminal Code Law of Osun State.
Afolayan told the court that on that fateful day, one of the convicts, Abiodun, used his motorcycle to hit the deceased while returning from work with his friend.
The prosecution counsel said that this resulted in an argument between the deceased and the three convicts.
Afolayan said the convicts and some of their supporters descended on the deceased, who later ran for his life.
He said the deceased was beaten to coma with grievous injury inflicted on him.
Afolayan said the deceased was later rushed to a nearby hospital by the police, where he eventually died on the same day.
The Defence Counsel, Mr L.S. Bello, however, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy. (NAN)
Liverpool have officially announced their kit manufacturer deal with Nike, after a High Court case ruled against current supplier New Balance.
The club confirmed the news on Tuesday on their website, with their partnership with the global sports brand beginning ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.
Nike will supply kits for the first team, academy and womens sides, along with the coaching staff and the Liverpool FC Foundation, and is effective from June 1.
This, of course, means the Reds will be unable to wear their new kit on the final day of the 2019/20 campaign, as is tradition.
Liverpools chief commercial officer Billy Hogan described Nike as a brand that reflects our ambitions for growth, which was a key factor behind their success in the case in October.
The deal is believed to be worth 30 million a year, plus 20 percent of royaltiesreduced to five percent for footwearwith a pledge of 6,000 doors worldwide selling Liverpool merchandise.
Celebrities such as Drake, Lebron Jamesa Reds stakeholderand Serena Williams are lined up to promote the club, which could prove a major boost to their worldwide appeal.
Nike and Liverpool have already agreed on designs for the kits for next season, with a deep red similar to Portugals shirts at the 2018 World Cup favoured for the home kit.
Hyper turquoise and dark grey are rumoured as colours for the away and third kits respectively.
Our iconic kit is a key part of our history and identity, Hogan explained.
We welcome Nike into the LFC family as our new official kit supplier and expect them to be an incredible partner for the club, both at home and globally as we continue to expand our fanbase.
As a brand, Nike reflects our ambitions for growth, and we look forward to working with them to bring fans new and exciting products.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has denied given approval to former boxing champion, Bash Ali to stage a World Guinness Book of Record fight in Nigeria.
Kola Daniel, Special Assistant (Media) to Minister of Youth and Sports Development, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said the Legal Department of the ministry had written to the boxer warning him to desist from peddling false claims about a non-existent approval from the office of the minister for the fight.
Daniel reiterated that no such approval was granted by President Muhammadu Buhari contrary to claims by the boxer that the approval was conveyed to him by the office of the minister.
He therefore asked the boxer to keep to the facts and follow due process in his plans to stage the fight.
D.A. Muhammad, Director, Legal Services in the ministry also denied the boxers claim.
Muhammad said in a letter dated Jan.7, 2020 that no approval has been granted by either the ministry or the presidency for the fight.
It is to be recalled that on Nov.4, 2019 a meeting was held between the ministry and yourself in the company of Director, Legal Department and other senior staff of the ministry, wherein the ministry was categorical about not entering into any meaningful discussion with you in relation to the Guinness Record Fight until the litigation between you and the ministry is amicably sorted out.
It is in this regard the ministry is surprised to note your manipulation of information to the effect that approval has been granted you to carry out the World Guinness Record Fight.
I am accordingly therefore, by this letter, directed to convey that no approval whatsoever was granted you by Mr President or the Ministry, and it will be in your overall interest to issue another letter stating the factual situation that took place between the office of the Minister and your good self on the said date in order for us to make further progress on the said matter, he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Bash Ali in 1985 made history as the first World Boxing Federation (WBF) cruiser-weight boxing champion from Africa.
The 63-year-old former boxing champion is seeking to enter the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest boxer to win a world title.
The former boxer who has not competed professionally for more than a decade is seeking to take on a yet-to- be identified American boxer in a bid to clinch the world record.
The proposed fight has, however, been fraught with lots of controversies.
Iran on Saturday confirmed suspicions that its missile system shot down the Ukraine Airlines plane killing 176 people and blamed US adventurism for the disaster.
In an apologia on Saturday, Iran said it unintentionally shot down the plane, calling it an unforgivable mistake.
The Ukraine International Airlines plane came down on Wednesday shortly after Iran launched missiles at bases hosting American forces in Iraq in response to the killing of Qasem Soleimani, one of Irans top generals, in a US drone strike.
The Islamic Republic of Iran deeply regrets this disastrous mistake, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani tweeted.
Armed Forces internal investigation has concluded that regrettably missiles fired due to human error caused the horrific crash of the Ukrainian plane
President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine said in a statement on Saturday that his country expects a full investigation, a full admission of guilt and compensation from Iran after the downing of a passenger plane.
Iran had earlier said it mistakenly shot down a plane killing all 176 people aboard and voiced its deep regret, after initially denying it brought down the aircraft in the tense aftermath of Iranian missile strikes on U.S. targets in Iraq.
Zelenskiy said: Iran has pleaded guilty to crashing the Ukrainian plane. But we insist on a full admission of guilt.
We expect from Iran assurances of their readiness for a full and open investigation, bringing those responsible to justice, the return of the bodies of the dead, the payment of compensation, official apologies through diplomatic channels, he added.
A patient died on Saturday from a mysterious illness after an outbreak in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, according to the local health commission.
The emergence of the virus is raising concerns as hundreds of millions of people are getting ready to travel during the Chinese New Year holiday later this month.
Experts who analysed the gene sequencing of the virus think it could be triggered by a new type of coronavirus, according to Chinese state broadcaster CCTV.
A total of 41 people have been diagnosed with the coronavirus.
Seven people are still in critical condition, and two have been released from hospital, with no new infections detected for the last week, Wuhans health commission said.
Most of those with the illness are workers at or visitors to a particular market in Wuhan which sells fish and wild animals, the World Health Organisation said.
It is not clear if the disease is being passed from person to person, the commission said, adding that of the more than 700 people who have come into contact with the patients, none has been infected.
Coronaviruses can infect animals and people, causing diseases ranging from the common cold to severe illnesses such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
The disease raised an alarm in places like Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Thailand, and the Philippines, where officials said they would set up quarantine zones or scan passengers from China for signs of the disease.
Symptoms included fever, difficulty breathing, and lung lesions. (dpa/NAN)
Omans Sultan Qaboos died on Friday evening, the Diwan of Royal Court announced, declaring a three-day state of mourning.
There had been speculation concerning the 79-year-old rulers health after he made a short trip to Belgium for medical reasons last month.
His death was confirmed by the royal court in an obituary carried by state media early on Saturday.
The cause of Qaboos death was not specified.
It is with hearts filled with faith in Allah and his Providence, and with great sorrow and deep sadness yet with complete satisfaction and absolute submission to the will of the Almighty Allah, that the Diwan of Royal Court mourns His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, the royal court said.
Qaboos ruled the Gulf state since deposing his father in a bloodless coup in 1970 and was credited with transforming Oman into a modern country and an influential regional player.
In its statement, the royal court announced a state of mourning and the halt of official work in the public and private sectors for three days and the flying of flags at half-mast over the forthcoming 40 days. (dpa/NAN)
By Veronica Dariya
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), on Saturday said it had suspended the use of the National Identity Number (NIN), for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
The Registrar of the board, Prof. Ishak Oloyede, disclosed this to newsmen during a press conference at the boards Headquarters in Abuja.
He said that the decision to suspend the use of the number as a prerequisite for the 2020 UTME and Direct Entry registration came after several calls from stakeholders.
We also decided to suspend that prerequisite based on some technical issues on ground, he said.
Oloyede spoke further: We came to a decision yesterday and decided that we will suspend the use of NIN as a prerequisite for the 2020 UTME and Direct Entry (DE) registration until 2021.
By then, all candidates would have been given one year notice to register.
This does not affect our permanent and adhoc staff who will participate in the exercise as they will require the NIN for verification.
We have gone round and seen the passion and commitment of the candidates; the reality on ground is that what we expect is not attainable at the moment, so we shall not inflict more pain on candidates.
Oloyede also noted that technical issues on ground with regards to the system of registration at the National Identification Management Commission (NIMC), was one of the major reasons for the suspension.
According to him, plans are underway for the provision of a more advanced system that will be more efficient for the exercise.
He also said that the board as well as NIMC would continue to share its intelligence reports as well as other plans for the smooth conduct of the exercise in future.
He reiterated that the need for NIN as a perquisite for the exercise was to tackle identity fraud during the examinations.
Also speaking, the Director-General of NIMC, Mr Aliyu Azeez, said that the move was necessary as the commission was overwhelmed with the exercise within the short time given.
He said that NIMC had only 1,000 centres around the country for the exercise and would need up to 4,000 to conduct such exercise.
He, however, stated that the partnership with JAMB would continue while advising parents and candidates for the 2021 exercise to use the opportunity to acquire the number within the stipulated time to avoid last minute rushes.
Azeez also said that by 2021, NIMC registration would be made available at JAMB Computer-Based Tests (CBT) centres nationwide, with operators on ground to capture candidates.
NAN recalls that JAMB had earlier stated that all candidates for the 2020/ 21 UTME and DE must have NIN before registering for admission slots into the nations tertiary institutions.
UTME and DE registrations exercises are scheduled to begin on Monday, Jan. 13 and end on Feb. 17
By Rita Iliya
Residents of Suleja and Tafa have expressed optimism over the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) initiated by Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger to make towns and cities socially inclusive and self-sustaining.
They made this known at the end of a Two-Day Technical Interactive Session with stakeholders on IDP formualtion with officials from the UN-Habitat and Niger State Urban Support Programme (SUP) in Suleja on Saturday.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Niger state government is working with UN-Habitat and other partners to prepare the state Urban Development Policy based on the National Urban Development Policy of 2012.
This was aimed at developing the human settlements sector in an integrated manner through the formulation of the SUP.
Alhaji Mohammed Alhassan, Representative of Suleja Emirate, lauded the IDP formulation project and said his aspirations was to have a liveable and workable city for people to live with adequate services provided.
Suleja has become a congested city because of its proximity to the Federal Capital and has witnessed consistent inflow of people not just to Suleja town but the emirate. Therefore, my hope is to see the emirate where things are working in a comprehensive manner.
This is to have a city that adequate services are provided since the major challenges of the city is increased population, inadequate infrastructure and facilities that have been extended beyond accepted limit, he told NAN.
He commended the state government for initiating projects that would attract investors to the state to provide services that were inadequate such as water, electricity, schools, standard hospitals in a planned manner for easy access.
Alhaji Haruna Garba, Director, Social Development in Suleja Council Area, said the IDP project would address challenges of housing, land, education, water, insecurity and youth restiveness facing the emirate.
When the project is implemented, my aspirations is to have a new Suleja that is vibrant and all inclusive with job opportunities and capacity building, he said.
He commended the state government commitment to ensure the feasibility of the project and pledged the councils support in the actualisation of the project.
Also, Mr Obed Nana, Resident of Tafa Local Government Area, said the project would help develop local government areas and said the involvement of stakeholders would bring about the actualisation of the project.
The involvement of the people in the process shows the project is a realistic one, because it involves peoples consultations as the people are the ones to come up with development plan, this shows a good projection.
By this, Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello is very enthusiastic about the project and this shows the project will be successful in the end in terms of funding and addressing challenges affecting people especially rural dwellers, he said.
In his remarks, Prof. Mustapha Zubairu, Coordinator, Niger State Urban Support Programme, commended the Emir of Suleja, Malam Awwal Ibrahim, for mobilising his subjects to participate actively in the project formulation process.
The IDP project is a deliberate attempt by the governor to give Suleja and everyone the opportunity to decide what their challenges are and share ideas of their needs for equitable distribution of services, he said.
Meanwhile, Dr Abdul Hussein, Permanent Secretary, Niger Ministry of Land, said the IDP would serve as a guide for town planning in controlling development.
The ministry of land will continue to provide the needed information for the formulation and the implication as the end user of the document, he said.
NAN report that highlights of the programme was inspection of some sites such as Ladi Kwali poultry, Suleja water plant, Suleja Smart City site and other state institutions.
Most times, we overlook little details that could possibly help us save some cost on a couple of things and eventually feel the weight of irretrievable spending bearing down on us after a while. In line with this, I am moved to discuss how you can save cost on fuel - using less(er) volume of fuel to cover more mileage. Tips such as putting off the air conditioner while on the move and turning off the engine whenever your car is stuck in traffic are about the most common measures people resort to when it comes to preventing the fuel from burning out fast. Spare me some seconds before I delve into the article proper: it pays - more economical - to wind up the windows and allow the a/c breathe while at high speed than shutting it off and leaving the windows open. The reason is that leaving the windows at a high speed increases the probability of drag - I will shed more light on this as the article progresses - occurring and this, in turn, causes the fuel to get used up quickly.
Now, I shall be sharing the other tips that should help you help optimize the fuel in your car’s tank and save you some cash.
Unclutter the boot: A lot of persons are fond of packing extra luggage in their cars thus turning it into some form of mobile wardrobe or store. But here is what you should know: the more weight you have in your car’s boot, the lower the fuel economy. As such, it would be wise to take whatever (items) that significantly add(s) to the carriage and save some penny on fuel.
Well, just to let you know; the physics behind this is that weight increases aerodynamic drag - which is the force exerted on an object moving against the wind - and this consequently increases fuel consumption. The need to limit the effect of aerodynamic drag is one of the major reasons pick-up truck owners usually install tonneau cover over the (truck’s) bed.
Invest in the right engine lubricant: The hard truth here is that ‘quality‘ might not be enough to give you optimal performance when one considers the impact of engine lubricant on fuel economy - and by extension, the overall functioning of the car’s engine. The perfect word here is ‘right‘; you have to use the engine lubricant that has been recommended for your automobile’s model/type. Hence, in case you do not have the car’s instruction manual with you, there may be an urgent need to do research to know the right engine oil for your car.
Ensure proper inflation of tyres: Tyres that are not well inflated will ultimately lack enough pressure to roll smoothly on the road - even though the car may be moving somewhat unhindered - and this tells (negatively) on fuel economy. Therefore, you should make sure that your car’s tyres are properly gauged before setting out. Do your checks [with the aid of a pressure gauge] and make necessary fix when need be.
Back to cruise control: Without an iota of doubt, there are many speedy temptations on our roads, and the truth is that we, more often than not, fall for them. But before you get tempted to hit the pedal (accelerator) and ‘make your car fly‘ just like the other road user(s) right ahead of you, you should consider utilizing the cruise control feature to stay at a steady speed range and burn less fuel.
Monitor the air filter and fuel injectors: Accessories such as air filters and fuel injectors also play some important roles in improving fuel economy. So, make it a point of duty to check them and do proper cleaning regularly; more so, replacement should be done as soon as it may be required - when these accessories are worn out.
Let the brake be: An incident during your learning (how to drive) years or some other unfortunate occurrence might have made you form the habit of having your foot on the brake pedal; that may be fine by you - moreover, who wouldn’t go for safety first? That aside, some persons have unrepentantly resorted to driving this way since they got their first automobile. It is, however, important to state here that such an act normally causes fuel to be used up fast(er) - and even cause you to seek a replacement (brake) more often. In essence, you should not be so ‘brake-fastidious‘ that you keep placing your foot on the pedal when you do not need to.
Ensure proper alignment: Uneven/imbalanced alignment makes the work of an automobile daunting and also results in increased fuel consumption. Hence, any time you observe that your vehicle is jerking towards one side [than the other], your car’s tyres are making squeaking noise or wears out rather too easily, it might be high you took it to an expert to correct the alignment before you spend more (money) on fuel.
Time and again, we have been made to understand that exercises are beneficial for our well-being. And, rightly so; there is a wide range of health benefits - from minimising the risk of one being downed by chronic illnesses to boosting energy level, developing healthy bones and muscles, helping one have sound sleep/relaxation and so on - derivable from partaking in physical exercises on a regular basis. So, a lot of persons would have shut out the idea of exercises being a death trap.
But then, news about how a number of individuals suddenly slumped and breathed their last while engaging in one form of physical exercise or the other has made the rounds at different points in time, and this is enough reason to ask the question: why should an activity meant to improve a person’s health eventually serve as a stimulant for his/her demise? The answer to this may lie in the knowledge one has about his/her body and how it works. More so, it is highly probable that there are some conditions that an individual’s body may be predisposed to, that do not permit specific kinds of exercise.
On the other hand, there are instances whereby exercises may end up turning into a stressor with a person overworking or exerting so much pressure (on) a particular machinery/organ in his/her body. In most of the cases of exercise-related deaths, the cause is traceable to heart complications, especially cardiac arrest and older persons (above 40 years of age) who do not moderate their physical exercise routine have a higher tendency of falling victim, but fatal incidences involving younger individuals cannot be outrightly ruled out, nonetheless.
A report, based on the findings of a scientific research and provided by New York Post, intimated that a high level of exercise can be a risk factor for heart attack consequently leading to death. So, from the foregoing, it is obvious that while physical exercises are good, what one makes of it could either aid in improving the health or turn it into a death trap. You should, therefore, watch out for certain symptoms [like shortness of breath, chest pain, light-headedness, irregular heartbeat, etc.] that are often associated with overexercising. You should give yourself a quick break whenever you notice any of these symptoms - remember, you can leave to fight another day. Talking about moderation; according to renowned medical institution, Mayo Clinic, 150 minutes of aerobic activity every week is perfect for anyone looking to maintain a safe (exercise) routine.
Besides moderation, since exercise-related deaths are commonly due to heart complications, it would be of immeasurable benefits to know the kinds of exercise that individuals with a history of heart disease can partake in. The following aerobic exercises are often recommended:
- Light jogging
- Stretching (for 5 minutes)
You should do these exercises at a slow pace - no overexertion - and ensure that you do not get dehydrated over a long period of time while at it.
Thanks to the internet, there are now many prospects/avenues through which one can get himself/herself employed - and gainfully at that. But how would it be if after you must have completed a particular job/project online with your client ready to pay, there is no medium through which you can obtain your due payment? Or as it had usually been in the past, the payment platforms available do not allow transactions between your country of residence - Nigeria in this case - and your client’s country? - Then frustration sets in. Not to worry, if your online freelancing adventure, at one time or the other, impeded or short-circuited due to payment concerns, you should read on to know where to turn:
Skrill: Skrill is a highly secure payment portal through which individuals can send and receive money - forty different currencies are currently supported on Skrill. Beyond this, however, you can also use the platform to do other transactions like buying and selling cryptocurrencies, running forex trade and so on. Skrill is based in the United Kingdom and started its operations way back in 2001 when it was known as ‘Moneybookers‘ - the company’s name until it was re-branded to Skrill in 2011. This online payment platform is owned by Paysafe Group and it has over 25 million users registered on it.
Procedure for signing up
To register on Skrill; you will need an active email account, and you can either sign up as an individual or as a business - your company. Mind you, the services and charges achievable with each of these two accounts vary to some extent.
Upon the verification of your email address, you will be able to access the platform albeit temporarily because you will have to verify your identity using a valid means of identification - either driver’s licence, international passport or national ID card. Again, you will also need to provide a proof of address (that is, your residence or wherever you are operating from) - a utility bill or bank statement should suffice in this regard. Failure to do the identification and verification means you will be barred after reaching a set limit [of fund withdrawal].
Furthermore, you will need to link up a debit card to your account, and also provide your NUBAN account number wherefore you will make available your bank’s name, as well as the SWIFT CODE. This would enable Skrill to send money into the account after you must have initiated a withdrawal in the times to come. Lest I forget, all your client needs to send payment to your account is your email address, the very one you registered with on Skrill.
Still on withdrawal; withdrawal comes in two forms. There is an option whereby you can receive your fund in local currency - Naira in this case - into your bank account through your debit card and the fund is usually wired almost immediately - though it may take longer (hours) on some occasions. Note that the money will be charged from whatever currency it had been available into your local currency using Skrill’s exchange rate.
With the second option, you will be able to receive foreign currency but it is expedient that you must have opened [and submitted on Skrill] your domiciliary account beforehand. This second option does take between 2-5 working days, and you will only be able to withdraw cash (foreign currency) from the cashier at your bank. It is important to state here that there are attached to every withdrawal you made; you can long on to www.skrill.com to find out more and get started.
Payoneer: Payoneer is another reliable and trustworthy portal through which freelancers can get their hard-earned money. This internet payment service provider was launched back in 2005 and has its headquarters in New York, USA. It only recently extended its operations to Nigeria, and already has over four million registered users spread across 200 nations around the globe.
Through Payoneer, you can request payment from such freelancing sites like Fiverr, Upwork and Envato. Just as with Skrill, you need an active email address to open an account - either personal or business - on Payoneer. The mode of operation - as it regards withdrawal, verification and all - is quite similar to Skrill, but the charges do vary. You can visit Payoneer to find out more.
The security framework of any area/jurisdiction is critical to its growth and development; this is because any situation that endangers or jeopardizes the lives and properties of the residents could, to a large extent, ground businesses and cause a state of panic. Therefore, it is incumbent on concerned and authorized personnel/government agencies to rise up to the challenge and curtail incidences that could escalate into unrest within their area(s) of influence.
Over the past few years, there has been a spate of occurrences that have spiked the state of insecurity in the nation to the end that some persons can scarcely vouch for the safety of their lives, loved ones, and properties. The maladies created by incessant kidnappings, Fulani herdsmen’s disregard for the sacredness of lives [leading many persons mourning the loss of their loved ones], cult violence, a barrage of armed robbery attacks and suchlike have so profound in our society today. Coupled with these, the Nigeria Police Force has sometimes looked ill-equipped or maybe rather short-staffed to effectively take care of the situation. Moreover, the gross misconducts exhibited by some men of the Nigeria Police Force have also some form of distrust among the citizens.
These unpleasant happenings/leanings must have been factored by the governors presiding over the affairs of the six south-western state in the country as they arrived at the decision to institute the security outfit that is now known to all as “Amotekun“. The governors must have definitely felt the heavy burden of insecurity within their jurisdictions bearing down the shoulders.
While there have been talks on the possible clash of responsibilities that may ensue between officials of the Amotekun group and Nigeria Police Force, a number of prominent individuals, including Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state, have come out to allay fears that the group is not out to counter/overthrow the Police Force, but to rather complement them. Beyond what has been said however, the launching of Amotekun in Ibadan draws attention to the lapse that has existed in our security architecture especially, as the Nigeria Police Force is concerned. The centre seems not to be capable of holding in many facets - security inclusive, of course, and it is in this wise that the establishment of Amotekun brings to mind the need to have a state police force. More so, considering that the South-west, which is only a part (geopolitical zone) in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic state as Nigeria, now has its own security group should stimulate others to take similar steps in securing the lives and properties of the people that govern.
Again, the Federal government could as well ensure the institution of state policing across every state of the Federation. The truth be told; the need for a sort of outfit like Amotekun has been long overdue, and every well-meaning Nigerian should see the good in it and encourage its propagation/sustenance. However, should the Federal government kick against its preservation, then it may be high time to canvass for the institution of the state police - governors who cannot afford to go to sleep while the roof of their abode gets gutted by the flames of violence should take the lead in this cause.