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The Ogun State Government has announced a statewide restriction of movement on Saturday July 24, 2021 to allow a smooth and peaceful conduct of local government elections scheduled to take place this weekend.

 

The nine-hour restriction will take place between the hours of 7 in the morning and 4 in the evening, according to a statement by the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Alhaji Abdulwaheed Odusile.

 

The restriction, the statement said, was at the instance of the Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC) which is conducting the councilorship and chairmanship elections in all the 236 wards across the 20 local government areas in the state.

 

However, during the period of the restriction, voters will be free to move to their polling centers within their neighborhood and cast their votes for the candidates of their choice.

 

The statement urged the electorate to be peaceful and avoid any act that could tarnish the hard-earned reputation of Ogun State as one of the most peaceful states in the country.

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The Lagos State Government has announced restriction of movement across the state between 8.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m. on Saturday, July 24, ahead of the local government elections.

 

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso who made the announcement in a statement on Thursday in Lagos said the restriction was to enable the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) conduct hitch-free elections into the positions of chairmen and councillors in the 20 local governments areas and 37 Local Council Development Areas of the state.

 

He said the restriction would facilitate ease of movement of the electorates, election materials and LASIEC officials for the sanctity of the election.

 

According to him, the restriction will facilitate effective monitoring and enhanced security during the election.

 

”All eligible voters are urged to participate in the election, which requires cooperation of all residents,” he said.

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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has lauded the governments of Lagos and Ogun states for the support in resolving the traffic challenges being experienced during the festive period within Lagos state and Lagos- Ibadan corridor.

 

The Director-General, NEMA, Alhaji Mustapha Habib Mohammad who gave the commendation in a statement said the intervention had facilitated free flow of traffic that would enhance the safety of the travelling public in and out of Lagos state.

 

He said that deepening of more collaboration and information sharing would engender disaster risk reduction strategy in the citizens.

 

Mohammed said the agency had directed its officials all over the country to collaborate with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to ensure “Safe Eid-El-Kabir Celebrations.”

 

He recalled that NEMA and Lagos State sectors of the FRSC had appealed to motorists on safety measures to be adopted during the festive season.

 

He added that the relevant traffic emergency management authorities from both states and the FRSC had mobilised men and materials for hitch free traffic during the Sallah celebrations on the Lagos- Ibadan corridor.

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In commemoration of this year’s  National Diaspora Day event, Ecobank Nigeria is joining the rest of the country to celebrate Nigerians in the diaspora by making transactions on its proprietary money transfer app, Rapidtransfer, free of charge.

 

The Federal Government has set aside July 25 of every year as the National Diaspora Day in recognition of the contributions of Nigerians living outside the country towards the development of their homeland.

 

In a commemorative message, Managing Director, Ecobank Nigeria, Patrick Akinwuntan stated  that Nigerians in the diaspora contribute significantly to the socio-economic development of the country. Mr. Akinwuntan lauded the decision of the Federal Government to set aside a special day every year as the National Diaspora Day, adding that the recent launch of the National Diaspora Policy (NDP) by the government would further promote and harness the resources and capacity of Nigerians in the diaspora towards national development.

 

 “As a pan-African institution positioned to foster the economic growth and integration of our continent, we are particularly pleased to work closely with NiDCOM, ably led by the Chairman/CEO, Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa towards the engagement of Nigerians in the diaspora on policies, projects and other initiatives geared at developing the nation. From our constant engagement with Nigerians in the Diaspora, we understand their peculiar needs and have created tailor-made solutions to serve them effectively.” He noted further that Ecobank has partnered NiDCOM on webinars, diaspora quarterly lecture series and will continue to seek other collaboration opportunities to deepen engagement with the diaspora community.

 

Also speaking,  Korede Demola-Adeniyi, Head, Consumer Banking, Ecobank Nigeria said Ecobank will apply zero fees to all Rapidtransfer transactions from 1st July till the end of October, 2021,  thereby enabling Nigerians living abroad to send money to their loved ones affordably. According to her, the decision to waive charges underscores the bank’s commitment to helping Nigerians abroad remit money home without placing an additional burden of charges on them, especially at this period of global economic downturn.

 

Rapidtransfer is Ecobank’s proprietary money transfer service which enables users send funds across borders, affordably and instantly. The Rapidtransfer app is available for use by Ecobank and non-Ecobank customers. Remittances can be received directly into the recipient’s account or as cash at any Ecobank branch. Beneficiaries who wish to receive funds into an account but do not have domiciliary accounts have the opportunity to open in Euro, GBP or USD instantly and enjoy all the benefits that come with Ecobank foreign currency accounts.

 

In addition, N5 is paid on every one dollar received as cash or direct to account in line with the Central Bank of Nigeria’s ongoing Naira for Dollar initiative.

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The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr Bashir Jamoh, has reiterated that assets deployed under the Deep Blue Project, recently launched by President Muhammadu Buhari, are manned by proficient officers from the Nigerian security services.

 

Dr. Bashir Jamoh, stated this in Lagos during   the graduation ceremony of officers trained to crew the Special Mission Vessels, the main maritime component of the project also called the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure.

 

Dr. Jamoh, who was represented by the Agency’s Executive Director, Operations, Mr. Shehu Ahmed, said the graduation of 30 officers trained in various part of the globe marked a significant addition to the team of competent personnel manning assets under the maritime security scheme.

 

According to him “this event is remarkable. It guarantees us competent manpower required to man the Special Mission Vessels. It is a further indication of our commitment to bequeathing a crime free maritime domain to Nigerians and the global maritime community.”

 

The Director General also stated, “Early in the year and in line with a Presidential directive, we deployed the Special Mission Vessels and the Fast Interceptor Boats to the Lagos Port Secure Anchorage Area. But the event of today takes us further to the full deployment of the two Special Mission Vessels with fully trained and certified crew”.

 

The Crew of the Special Mission Vessels have concluded localized training and terrain familiarization courses after their initial technical based training abroad.

 

Also speaking about the training, Coordinator of the Deep Blue Project, and Director, Planning, Research and Data Management Services Department (PRDMSD), NIMASA, Mr. Anthony Ogadi, said the crew had nine foreign and 10 local trainings on various platforms of the Deep Blue Project under the supervision of the project contractor, HLSI. Ogadi stated that some local trainings for the operation of other assets under the maritime security scheme, including the Special Mission Aircraft, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, and armoured personnel carriers were simultaneously on-going at Ikeja and Ojo in Lagos, and Elele in Rivers State.

 

Speaking on behalf of the crew, Captain of DB Lagos, Captain Uche Aneke, and that of DB Abuja, Captain Mohammed, thanked NIMASA for facilitating the training. They assured the Agency that they would carry out their duties with a high sense of proficiency and professionalism.

 

Certificates were presented to the officers at the ceremony, which also had in attendance NIMASA’s Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Hon. Chudi Ofodile, and Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, Bar. Victor Ochei.

 

The Deep Blue Project is an initiative of the Federal Ministry of Transportation and Federal Ministry of Defence, which is being implemented by NIMASA, with personnel drawn from the Nigerian Air Force, Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Army, Nigeria Police, Department of State Services, and other security agencies.

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