Counterfeit currency notes worth N2.5 million have been impounded by the Ogun Area 1 Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, as reported by Punch.
Michael Agbara, the command’s Controller explained that the counterfeit notes were seized due to diligence on the part of the command.
The Details: The fake notes were found in the possession of Samson Odejiba, a palm wine tapper who was promised N5,000 as a reward for the job.
Confessing to the crime, Odejiba said an Alfa contracted him to transport the money from Idiroko to Owode.
In addition to this, 40 drums of ethanol were also seized by the command. Agbara noted that the suspects carrying industrial product would be persecuted while the products would be confiscated.
“These 40 drums contain industrial alcohol known as ethanol. This is strictly stamped by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control for industrial use but the criminals sold it to the public who mix it with water and take it as alcoholic drinks.
“This is harmful to the health of the people. It is a criminal activity for anyone to convert it to domestic use,” Agbara said.
Also, an illegal petrol bunker used to smuggle Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) was uncovered by the command. About 160 jerry cans of 25 litres were recovered by the command.
“The smugglers hid the tanker in the bush and used other vehicles to shield it from public view. From the bush, a pipe was constructed and fuel is siphoned from the tankers and fed into jerry cans,” Agbara said.
As reported by Nairametrics, N1.002 trillion was generated between January and September 2019 by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS). This is according to data from the Department of Research and Statistics.
The data, which was also confirmed by the NCS’s Public Relations Office, indicated that the revenue was generated from 32 commands.
The statistics showed that the Apapa Area Command generated the highest revenue of N313.5 billion within the period under review. It also indicated that immediately after the partial closure of borders, the service recorded N115.6 billion in September, with about N6.1 billion more than what was realized in August before borders were closed.
School Resumption: Parents commend Lagos Govt, request e-learning infrastructure support for public schools
Government reopening of schools has no doubt been welcomed by concerns by some parents.
Parents of students in leading private schools in Lagos, including Meadow Hall, RMS, Wellspring College, Christ College, Children International School, Alpha Soteria, and many more, are happy with the Lagos State Government’s resolution to re-open schools on the 21st of September.
72.73% of parents surveyed expressed confidence that their children’s schools are COVID-19 compliant and ready, while 27.27% are not sure the schools are ready. The above stats show that the efforts of the government in making sure the schools are well-prepared to resume during this pandemic are paying off and parents are grateful for this; however, 54% of the parents want a new session to start from 21st of September, effectively canceling the 3rd term like other state governments have done.
About 60% of the parents surveyed said that they got value for money from online schooling for their wards, but the challenges were many. They implored the Lagos State Government to work with the schools in solving these challenges, which include:
- Contents not rich and extensive enough.
- Work overload without assessment.
- Feedback mechanism from teachers and performance ratings for the children not properly done.
- No time focused /attention per child, making lecture times ineffective.
- Some parents also said it was stressful navigating the platforms.
- The greatest of all issues mentioned was data, as many lectures were held via video streaming for hours daily.
In all, the parents commended the efforts of the teachers who, regardless of the challenges, tried their best to get the children engaged during the lockdown period. They did this, even without proper warning or planning for online schooling.
Over 90% of the parents surveyed had attended public schools in the past; they encouraged the state government to do more for the public schools in this new normal digital education era, so that public school children wouldn’t be disadvantaged and lag behind.
The parents asked that public schools be equipped with e-learning facilities, internet access for teachers, an internet library for the students, training to skill up teachers in the use of Information Technology for teaching, and laptops for the schools. They also requested that the government provides low-cost funding for the required resources.
In all of this, 60% of the parents surveyed said they are willing to support the government, in a bid to digitally empower the public schools in the state.
Speaking to Sobowale Temiloluwa, CEO, Intelligent Interactive Limited, a digital analytics and technology company on the survey, he said:
“There can be no progress without measurement and feedback, whilst the government is doing their bit, they need to get feedback from all stakeholders, including parents, in order to innovate and improve. The pandemic came as a shock to all, and we were all forced to go online, without adequate preparation. Having done this for months, we need to look back, see where we performed well, and where we performed poorly and improve.”
On public schools he said:
“In the new normal, everyone needs access to the internet, and these resources must be provided, else, the public school children will lag behind. However, this Government cannot do it alone, parents that have benefited from the public schooling system in the past must also support the government to achieve the task of empowering all children with access to digital tools for education.”
“Many global technology giants in Nigeria and Globally, are supporting governments with grants and tools to aid e-learning, the government can reach out to these top companies for help and partnerships. But it must be known that digital education has come to stay, and there must be moves to scale up, so we can meet up with the demands of this new normal period,” he concluded.
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Below are the results of the survey conducted:
Lagos shuts 3 container terminals, hotel in Amuwo Odofin, seals 17 buildings in Lekki
The government has moved to seal illegal terminals and unapproved structures in the state.
The Lagos State Government has moved to stop activities of the illegal container terminals with the sealing up of 3 illegal locations along Festac Link Bridge, Amuwo Odofin. This also includes the one used for batching sand underneath the bridge, among others.
The state government, in its continued clampdown on illegal structure, sealed off 17 buildings at Oniru Estate, Lekki, and several others along Oniru Beach. It also sealed the Festival Hotel and a 9-floor serviced apartment illegally renovated in Amuwo Odofin.
This disclosure was made by the Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, while supervising the sealing off of the facilities, in the company of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Urban Development, Ganiyu Adele Ayuba, and Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Arc. Foluso Dipe.
Salako noted that the existence of container terminals and docks must be controlled in order to forestall abuse of the physical environment and ensure environmental sustainability.
He explained that the container terminals, some of which also operated unapproved docks, are located indiscriminately in apparent contravention of the Lagos State Urban and Regional Planning Law 2019 which stipulates that prospective developers must obtain Planning Information and Planning Permit as necessary conditions for locating such facilities.
While ordering the removal of the container trucks along Festac-Mile 2 link-bridge, the Commissioner said that the State Government would not condone the existence of illegal terminals or similar facilities across the metropolis in view of their impacts on the infrastructure and natural resources of the State.
Salako urged anyone interested in setting up such facilities to approach the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development for Planning Information, which would give informed advice on approvable locations, and also obtain a Planning Permit from the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA).
The Lagos State Government, on Thursday, sounded a note of warning to all illegally operated container terminals in the State as it sealed three illegal locations along Festac Link-Bridge, Amuwo-Odofin, including the one used for batching sand underneath the bridge, among others. pic.twitter.com/KuekLY5pXG
— The Lagos State Govt (@followlasg) September 18, 2020
Fire guts fuel tanker, vehicles at Anthony, Lagos
The tanker conveying PMS lost control while in motion and subsequently fell sideways.
There is a fire outbreak, which has gutted a fuel tanker, at Anthony inward Gbagada, Lagos State.
This was disclosed by the Federal Fire Service via its Twitter handle on Friday evening. The incident, which occurred around 10 pm, has razed at least two vehicles.
First responders and other Emergency agencies are already at the scene of explosion in Anthony, Lagos State, Nigeria. Please avoid the area, take alternative routes.
— Federal Fire Service (@Fedfireng) September 18, 2020
The agency urged road users to avoid the area and take alternative routes.
Also, the Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Agency, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, confirmed the incident.
He said, “The Agency responded to distress calls and upon arrival at the scene of incident, it was discovered that a tanker with unknown registration number conveying PMS lost control while in motion and subsequently fell sideways. This led to an explosion in which two unidentified vehicles were burnt.”
A joint team of responders led by the Federal Fire Service, LASEMA, LASG fire service, LRU fire unit, Nigeria Police and LASTMA are working together to curb the inferno from escalating further.