These are the stories that drove the conversation today:
The Lagos Government has announced a restriction of the movement of fuel tankers to designated trailer route in the state.
In an announcement made by the Commissioner for Transportation, Ladi Lawanson in Alausa ,“as an immediate response to the latest incident, the Lagos State Government hereby announces the following measures: Fuel tankers are hereby directed to ply the designated trailer route, that is, Apapa-Oworonshoki Expressway via Ogudu to Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
“All tankers and containers coming into Lagos State from henceforth are directed to obtain the Ministry of Transportation Certificate of Road Worthiness at any of our centres within the next 30 days, while new centres along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway will be established to quickly to cope with the expected demand for this service,” Lawanson said.
He listed the 10 centres currently available to process the applications to include Berger, Ojodu; Odogunyan, Ikorodu; Agric/Ishawo Road, Ikorodu; Works yard, PWD, Shogunle; NCI, Gbagada; VIS Yard, Oko-Afo, Badagry; VIS Yard, Ayobo-Ipaja; Test Centre, Badagry; VIS Yard, Epe; and VIS Yard, Oko-Oba Abattoir.
He added that the government, in partnership with all the stakeholders, would set up joint-enforcement of the operating laws, while barriers would be installed on bridges in Lagos to prevent articulated trucks including Ojuelegba, Mobolaji Bank Anthony, Ekodeso, Abule-Egba, Lekki-Ajah, among others.
Nigerian Army has confirmed the voluntary surrender of 32 Boko Haram terrorists to troops at different locations in Borno.
Army spokesman, Brig.-Gen Texas Chukwu, confirmed this in a statement on Sunday, as he said one Ibrahim Lawal, who surrendered one AK 47 rifle and two magazines containing 59 rounds of 7.62mm (special) ammunition.was among the terrorists who surrendered.
Chukwu added that “the surrendered terrorists are currently undergoing interrogation and will be handed over to the appropriate authority on completion.”
About 11 persons were said to have been killed by cholera outbreak across six local government areas of Katsina.
According to reports, 132 cases have been recorded in 6 local government areas of of Funtua (40 cases), Kusada (83), Kaita (3 cases), Ingawa (4 cases), Kankia (1) and Katsina (1 case),” while five of the 11 persons were said to have died in Funtua LG and the remaining six in Kusada LG as a result of the outbreak.
State Commissioner of Health, Mariatu Bala Usman confirmed the incidence in Kusada, adding that adequate steps have been taken to curtail the spread including public enlightenment, live phone-in radio/tv programs, on the spot assessment by State Epidemiologist and his team, provision of drugs and commodities for the treatment of patients free of charge.
The Assets Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) has said that the room for negotiation with debtors was over as the company is set for a new stage of complete assets take-over.
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of AMCON, Ahmed Kuru, who disclosed in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday, said that the N5.4 trillion debt had lingered for too long, and that AMCON had gotten tired of obligors (debtors), coming to their office and telling lies about wanting to embark on a staggered payment which they ended up never complying.
He said that most part of the N5.4 trillion had been with the banks for five years before AMCON bought them over, adding that after 7 years of the companies operations, the obligors were yet to pay.
President Muhammadu Buhari has on Sunday sympathised with victims of the Kaduna gas explosion.
In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said he was touched by the losses of life and economic ruin suffered by “these hard working Nigerians striving to make a living through honest labour, adding that his heart was with the victims at their hour of distress.
“As a human being, I fully understand the economic impact of this accident on the lives of these hard working Nigerians.”
Buhari however advised Nigerians to pay greater attention to safety procedures and precautionary measures in their business places, as precautionary measures could help to avert disasters.