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NAOSRE Felicitates With FRSC At 33 As Kazeem, Ogungbemide Assure Safer Travels

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Assistant Corps Marshal, ACM, and Corps Public Education Officer,  Bisi Kazeem, and the Sector Commander RS2.1 Lagos, Corps Commander Olusegun Ogungbemide of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC,  have reinstated the commitment of the Commission to provide excellent services in  eradicating road traffic crashes and safer motoring environment through enhanced professionalism as the commission marks its 33 years of creation.
The Commission was created in February 1988 by the Federal Government to among other things, regulate, enforce and coordinate all road traffic and safety management activities.
Speaking during a courtesy visit to the Sector Commander RS2.1 Lagos by the National Association of Online Security  Reporters, NAOSRE on Thursday led by the association’s President Mr. Femi Oyewale,  Corps Commander Olusegun Ogungbemide re emphasized the important role  of the commission in the country’s security and safety architecture  by ensuring road safety and effective  traffic management.
He noted that though the past 33 years may have been challenging, the Commission has established itself as foremost on the continent as an agency that has entrenched an appreciable degree of safety on the roads in line with global best practice.
Ogungbemide however sued for more media supports in enlightening the public about the activities of the Corps to promote compliance.
“I see today as a great privilege to host NAOSRE. I thank you for monitoring us and presenting the public with balanced reportage about our activities. We value our relationship with the media and we seek more co operation for better and public enlightenment about the Road Safety Corps,” he requested.
Earlier, Oyewale Femi thanked the Commission for honouring the association Security Dinner Discourse event which held on December 11, 2020 at Oriental Hotel Lagos.
He explained that the essence of the courtesy visit was to felicitate with the Commission on the occasion of their 33rd anniversary and seek better working relationship for a safer Nigeria.
Oyewale emphasized the association’s commitment to promoting the activities of security agents through unbiased reportage and vowed to sustain the professionalism the association is noted for.
“The physical presence of the Federal Road Safety Commission at our Dinner Discourse  event in December 2020 year was the needed conviction of the cordial working relationship between NAOSRE and FRSC. We cherish our relationship with you and that informs the reason we are also here today to felicitate with you on the occasion of your 33rd anniversary. You can count on NAOSRE always,” Oyewale assured.
In a statement by the Corps spokesman, Bisi Kazeem made available to NAOSRE, the Commission disclosed that it has recorded tremendous achievements in the area of Traffic Engineering, Road Safety Administration, Traffic Management, rescue operation, and crash reduction in its 33rd year of creation.
 It noted that it has achieved this glorious feat, as a result of a chain of leadership ingenuity that led to the fusion of the services of volunteers called Special Marshals and social responsibility groups in its programmes to enhance road safety management in Nigeria.
The statement titled “33 Years Of Road Safety Administration, Traffic Management In Nigeria, Journey So Far,” Assistant Corps Marshal Bisi Kazeem explained that FRSC  defines its cause in tandem with UN Decade of Action as well as the mantra of functional 21st adding that the Commission is committed  to transparent evaluation of trends and sustained drive for improved performance.
Bisi Kazeem’s statement reads in part:
“The establishment of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in 1988, as the Lead Agency in road safety administration and traffic management in Nigeria via decree no 45 of 1988 as amended by decree no 35 of 1992, later codified as FRSC Act (CAP 141) Laws of the Federation 1990 and FRSC Act CAP F19, LFN, 2004; FRSC (Establishment) Act, 2007 is to address the ugly trend of road crashes.
“The FRSC has, since its establishment operated in line with best global practices to achieve this cardinal mandate of saving lives without compromise by religiously walking the path of honour in efficient service conveyance, by delivering high quality services in line with a Quality Management Policy that is not at variance with other laws of the land in respect to road safety administration and management in the country.
“In its thirty three years as lead agency in traffic and safety management, FRSC has recorded tremendous achievements in the area of Traffic Engineering, Road Safety Administration, Traffic Management, rescue operation, and Crash reduction. It has achieved this glorious feat, as a result of a chain of leadership ingenuity that led to the fusion of the services of volunteers called Special Marshals and social responsibility groups in its programmes to enhance road safety management in Nigeria.
“To this end, road safety administration in Nigeria has witnessed a paradigm shift from Traditional approach to Safe Systems Approach through the use of state of the art Information Technology facilities; the Corps has been able to enhance its operational capacity aimed at promoting public safety and security. The Corps under different governmental and administrative leaderships has proven to allay the menace of road traffic crashes in the past 33 years.
“Again, it is noteworthy to look at the direction of the present leadership of Dr Boboye Oyememi’s swift response to the incessant abuse of traffic rules which led to the putting together of the OPERATION COBRA to address certain life-threatening traffic-related offences. This singular step has become instrumental to the decline in crash rate as offenders apprehended by the Operation Cobra squad are usually referred to a government health facility for Emotional Stability Test. Oyeyemi’s Management has so far constructed and inaugurated 16 permanent structures in various Sector commands, with other two awaiting inauguration.
“To achieve the stated targets, the Corps has developed transformational initiatives focused on People, Processes and Technology (PPT) that is why today not only does its staff pride as the most disciplined but the Corps stands as the best Information Technology (IT) driven organization in Nigeria with its robust data base and over 95 percentage digitalized administrative and operational procedures.
“It is therefore expedient to state that the era covering the period of reign of the present Corps Marshal, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, and establishment of State Traffic Agencies was encouraged to further complement the function of the FRSC within the states. The Corps also embarks in consultation with stakeholders who have become more involved through the mechanism of the special marshals, celebrity Special Marshals and road Safety clubs. The deployment of FRSC personnel to Tank Farms has to a large degree, dwindled the rate of crashes associated with articulated vehicles, particularly tankers carrying petroleum products.
“Through its Safe-to- Load initiative, articulated vehicle have been subjected to checks before they are allowed to load from the various depots across the country with trained personnel of the Corps undertaken routine checks to ensure strict compliance.
“In pursuit of aggressive public enlightenment programme, the FRSC Management under him established the National Traffic Radio 107.1 FM in October, 2019 as a medium for educating mass members of the public on traffic matters and updating them of road conditions across the country. The Corps further introduced a massive welfare scheme through the Post Service Scheme and the 20,000 Housing project for Staff,” Kazeem stated

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Tukur Buratai’s Vision and Leadership As Nigerian Army Chief of Staff

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It would be understating the fact that Nigerian troops never recorded greater successes against Boko Haram than they did under the leadership of the immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai (rtd). Buratai, it is on record, did put in all efforts to ensure his troops were motivated with different welfare packages initiated by him for their comfort.
Prior to his appointment as the Chief of Army Staff by President Muhammadu Buhari, the military was losing its officers and men in large numbers. Thus, Buratai’s focus was to improve on the military’s operational achievements. He made a success of it and the result was the unprecedented successes in the counterinsurgency operation he is being credited for even after he exited office.
Within three months of his appointment, Buratai demonstrated his leadership capability by showing that he indeed understood the terrain of the North East, the epicenter of the insurgency. He took the war to Boko Haram and his soldiers recaptured and hoisted the Nigerian flag in Gamboru Ngala, which served as Boko Haram’s main operational base. The insurgents were chased to their Sambisa Forest hideout where troops of the Operation Lafia Dole proudly displayed vital insignias of the sect including a Holy Quran and flags of the sect’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, on national television to the admiration of Nigerians.
Improving the welfare of the army was vital in his agenda. His major policy therefore was directly for the benefit of the troops. He ensured that they were in right frame of mind in their duty. Buratai would go to any length to see and meet the troops’ needs at every point in time. Under his leadership, priority was given to the equipment used by the military to combat the insurgents, among other steps taking by him. The allowances and bonuses of the military were paid as at when due.
His concentration was centered on identifying the most pressing problems that troops and their families were facing, the needs associated with those challenges, and he utilized the resources available to meet those needs. It was also to his credit that the fighting troops were provided with constant water supply to meet their daily needs and to stabilize them emotionally and psychologically. As part of efforts to encourage his men, General Buratai on Tuesday July 25, 2017 approved the promotion of 6,199 soldiers involved in the fight against Boko Haram under his watch.
In the basic responsibilities of a leader which include accomplishment of the mission and the welfare of the soldiers, Buratai was not found wanting. He established Nigerian Army Farms and Ranches, built and commissioned block of flats at Jaji, Khobe Cantonment, Jos in Plateau State and the Danjuma Chalets at 2 Division Headquarters. The former Army chief also renovated a lot of projects he met on ground and initiated water projects including the Supply and Transport Foods and new Command Guest Houses.
Buratai’s contributions to national, regional and international peace have not gone unnoticed here at home and abroad, which, obviously, led to his being appointed a non-career ambassador after a successful military career.
In terms of projects, capacity building, training and welfare, throughout Buratai’s tenure as COAS, there was never a dull moment.
It is on record that Buratai’s leadership style did inspire the fighting soldiers, a record-breaking template his successors would also find suitable to utilize. When he became the Nigerian army chief, he made it a duty to identify with his officers and men as they launched a full-scale war against the Boko Haram fighters.
He initiated a range of activities in support of developing the force, via intensive training, mentoring, partnering, monitoring and empowering. His enabling efforts in that regards include setting up the Nigerian Army Institute of Technology and Environmental Studies in Biu, Borno State; Command Secondary School (Boys & Girls) in Kebbi State; Nigerian Army Aviation hangar at Jaji Airstrip, Kaduna; Mine Resistance Amour Protected (MRAP); Activation of Divisions Training Schools; establishing Tinapa Post Housing Development Limited Estate, Calabar; Army Warrant Officers Board; the Nigerian Army Special Forces School; First Nigerian Army indigenous infantry patrol vehicle; Nigerian Army Cyber Warfare Command and the Nigerian Army Vehicle Manufacturing Company.
Other capacity building projects Buratai initiated are; the Supply and Transport Driving School; Nigerian Army Women’s Corps; Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association Hospital; Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Command; 20 Regimentation Battalion; 133 Special Forces Battalion; 123 Special Forces Battalion; Counter Terrorist and Counter Insurgency Museum; 109 Special Forces Battalion; 4 Special Forces Battalion, Counter Explosive Devices; 707 Special Forces Brigade; Motorcycle Battalion; Nigerian Army Agricultural Business Enterprise Limited; Army War College, Nigeria; Nigerian Army Bureau De Change; Nigerian Army Investments Account; Operation Lafia Dole Sectors 1,2 and 3; Homes Fit for Heroes; Otukpo Post Housing Development Limited Estate; Buffalo Engineering and Technical Services Limited, evolution of new operational concepts, establishment of 6 and 8 Divisions, Nigerian Languages Training Initiative, and many more.
Inspiring and effectively leading subordinates, especially through a military mission with life or death implications, is no small feat. It requires leadership, one that extends well beyond the battlefield.
Evidently, for years to come, history will remember General Yusuf Buratai, particularly, in areas critically important to Nigerian Army.

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Alaafin’s Palace Agog As Otunba Tomori Williams Becomes 1st Aare Onikoyi Of Yorubaland

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 The ancient palace of Alaafin Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi on Sunday played host to the crème de la crème of the society. 

 

It was the official coronation of Otunba Tomori Williams as Aare Onikoyi of Yorubaland by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi 111.

The glamorous event, which held at Aganju Forecourt, Afin Oyo, had top celebrites, businessmen and women, captains of industries, as well as prominent politicians from far and near in attendance.

As expected of Tomori as an excellent host with high taste for good things, alongside his beautiful wife, the guests were treated into an exclusive reception, after the installation rites. Different dishes, both local and continental, as well as chosen drinks and finger foods were supplied in essence.

Fuji music icon, King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal aka K1 and the Mayegun of Yorubaland was on bandstand.

Presenting certificate of office to the newly installed chief, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi described Otunba Tomori Williams as brave successful businessman whose philantropic gestures can’t be overemphasized.

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Top celebrites at the party include the likes of Elegushi of Ikate Kingdom, Oba Saheed Elegushi; Olofa of Offa, Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi, Oloyan of Oyankingdom, Oba Kelani and his Olori, Alara of Ilara Epe Oba Folarin Ogunsanwo, the Lagos/mainland council of white cap chiefs, Oba Kabiru Agbabiaka Osolo, Onibogun of Ibogun, Oba Ifakayode Ajigbotifa, the oyemesi, the Akisinkun of Lagos, Mr Bisoye Fagade, Chief Olawale Audus, the Aro of Oto, representative of Olubadan of Ibadanland Oba Saliu Adetunji, Mogaji Nureni Akanbi; the Aare Ona Kakanfo, Iba Gani Adams and Onishagisha of Magodo

Also on the list are Hon. Shina Peller; Ambassador Ayanlakin, Oloye Akiade Fijabi; Hon. Shina Alabi; Chief Wale Saranda; Chief (Mrs) Kadijat Bakare; Bashiru Fakorede; Mustapha Dodo and a whole lot of others.

Otunba Tomori Williams is MD/CEO T. Williams Construction Nig. Ltd., the Managing Director of Olaleye Property and Investment Ltd, MD Maintek Property and MD Olaleye New Town Developments Ltd. His various working expertise includes Real Estate Developments, Construction, Property Repossession, and Consultancy.

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ENDSARS: Hoodlums stole $2m, N17m from my palace – Oba Akiolu

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Oba of Lagos Rilwan Akiolu has alleged hoodlums who attacked his palace on October 21, 2020 stole $2 million and N17 million.

Hoodlums attacked buildings in Lagos State a day after soldiers opened live ammunition on EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll plaza on October 20, 2020.

They vandalised vehicles and carted away artefacts located at Iga Idugaran, Lagos Island.

They also went away with the staff of office commonly referred and plundered the palace for two days.

Akiolu, who spoke on Wednesday during the commissioning of the Glover Hall Memorial in Lagos, said he had avoided counting losses from the attack in public.

The monarch, while lamenting that Lagos suffered “huge” destruction, said those who attacked his palace were ignorant of the implication of what they did.

He also appealed to the Federal Government to assist Lagos to recover from the destruction, saying the state suffered from the aftermath of the EndSARS protest than any other states in the country.

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According to him: “I will support anything that will move Lagos forward. I have appealed to the Federal Government to assist Lagos with what we have suffered. We host many people here, not Lagosians alone. The incident that happened here from October 20 to 23rd is so saddening.

“The destruction we suffered in Lagos is so enormous than in any other part of the country.

“Many buildings were burnt, including vehicles used to generate income. I can now say publicly that they stole away from my palace $2 million and N17 million.

“Those who committed the offence would not have done that if they know the implication. But as a father, I won’t place any curse on them.”

After the attack on Akiolu’s palace, some soldiers whisked the septuagenarian away.

The monarch returned to his palace over two months after he escaped from an attack on his palace.

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