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#EndSARS: Acts of Police brutality must stop – Lagos State Government

The Lagos State government said it has noted the protests against the brutality of the SARS unit of the Police.

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The Lagos State government said it has noted the protests against the brutality of the Special Anti- Robbery Squad (SARS) and says it agrees that such acts of brutality must stop.

This was disclosed in a statement by Gbenga Omotoso, Commissioner for Information and Strategy on Friday evening.

The #EndSARS protests have attracted global interest from BBC to Bloomberg, as Nigerian youths protests acts of assaults and extortion from SARS. Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar said on Friday that he condemns any use of force on #EndSARS protesters across the nation and urged the FG to listen to the youth and investigate the use of force on protesters.

“LASG has noted the protests against the reported highhandedness of the men of the Special Anti- Robbery Squad (SARS). We know how painful it is to be victims of police brutality. It is not good. The message of the protests is clear – such acts of brutality must stop. We agree,” the Lagos State government said.

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The government said the governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu is in talks with the Police and hopes to resolve the matter in the interest of the masses and spirit of democracy.

“The government, therefore, seeks the patience and understanding of all those concerned. Steps are being taken to correct the wrongs that have been identified. Let us remain peaceful as the authorities are addressing the issue.

“The Lagos State Government will do everything possible to ensure that human rights of all Lagosians are protected at all times.

“We commend the protesters for the peaceful way they have conducted themselves. The State Government will work with the relevant authorities to ensure that their grievances are dispassionately examined,” the Lagos State government stated.

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FG to organize another tripartite meeting for Lagos-Ibadan expressway gridlock

The FG has announced plans to organize tripartite stakeholders’ meeting to resolve issues on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

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The Federal Government has announced plans to organize another tripartite stakeholders’ meeting, as they have reiterated their commitment towards resolving the incessant gridlock and truck menace on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

This disclosure was made by the Coordinating Director, Highway Construction and Rehabilitation in Nigeria, Mr Funsho Adebiyi on Saturday during an inspection tour of the ongoing Lagos-Ibadan Expressway rehabilitation and reconstruction project.

According to a report from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Adebiyi said that those invited to the meeting include the Lagos, Ogun and Oyo state governments, as well as truck drivers and owners, traffic regulatory agencies, amongst others.

What Mr Adebiyi is saying

While expressing regret that the constant presence of articulated trucks parking indiscriminately on the Oghere section of the ongoing Lagos-Ibadan Expressway project is damaging new construction work on the highway, he said that drastic steps must be taken to tackle the problem in each of these states in conjunction with their governments.

He said,

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  • You see trailers in their hundreds park on the road shoulders we are just repairing. Some of them are not parked empty, they are carrying as much as 900 bags of cement and they are abandoned there on the road shoulder.’’

He pointed out the need for another meeting, as the 4 previous stakeholders’ meetings held with truck drivers and owners, as well as other stakeholders did not achieve the desired results.

Adebiyi said,

  • I had invited my Minister to a town hall meeting before and he has met them and we are organizing another town hall meeting with them next week Friday and Saturday, to come and sit down with them to discuss with the truck drivers, truck owners, the truck park operators. We are making efforts also to construct parks where they can park – about 4,000 capacity truck park. It will be constructed still along this Oghere end, but we are begging them to stop parking on the road.’’

Adebiyi, during an earlier inspection of section one of the highway which stretches from Ojota in Lagos to Sagamu interchange, said the federal government was constructing two major additional interchanges.

He also added that two flyovers were being constructed on section one, in addition to 14 existing ones on other stretches in Ogun and Oyo, to curb gridlock and improve the safety of new communities along the axis.

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What you should know

  • The reconstruction/rehabilitation of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, which faced several setbacks was flagged off in 2013 with the award of the contract to 2 firms.
  • Section one of the project that spans from Ojota in Lagos to Sagamu interchange in Ogun state was awarded to Julius Berger, while the other section which spans from Sagamu interchange to Ibadan was awarded to RCC.

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NIN: International passport renewal and 6 other key uses of the number

Nairametrics takes a cursory look at the importance of the NIN to Nigerians in our current system.

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NIN, How to retrieve your National Identification Number – NIMC

The National Identification Number (NIN) has become a vital means of identification in Nigeria for various purposes ranging from international passport renewal to opening of bank accounts, amongst others.

The National Communications Commission (NCC) recently directed telecommunication companies in Nigeria to block the lines of subscribers who fail to link their SIMs with their NIN before the January 19 deadline (for subscribers with NIN) and February 9 deadline (for subscribers without NIN).

This resulted in increased registration by Nigerians who are yet to get their NIN in a bid to meet the deadline, even as the NCC recently insisted that the deadline will not be moved.

Nairametrics takes a cursory look at the importance of the NIN to Nigerians in our current system.

Key areas NIN is required

  • Voters card registration: NIN is now accepted as a means of identification for obtaining the Permanent Voters Card (PVC) in Nigeria.
  • Bank account opening and reactivation: NIN is being used to access a wide range of services in banks and the financial services industry, ranging from documentations for the opening of an account, means of identification for payment of second or third party cheques, to reactivation of dormant accounts.
  • Consular services at Nigerian embassies and missions: As a bonafide citizen of Nigeria, NIN is now being used as a means of identification to access a wide range of services at Nigerian Embassies and Missions abroad, amongst others.
  • International passport: The Nigeria Immigration Services has made NIN compulsory as a means of identification for anyone that wants to apply for fresh or renewal of international passports in Nigeria.
  • Driver’s license: It has become compulsory for anyone that wants to apply for or renew his or her driver’s license to show his or her NIN as a means of identification. According to the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), no vehicle registration or renewal can be done without providing NIN as part of its requirements – no waiver allowed.
  • Government-related jobs and grants/loans: Most government-related jobs cannot be secured without NIN as a vital means of identification. As a matter of fact, you even need to provide your NIN in the prescribed job forms to apply for the job.
  • Tertiary admissions: Most tertiary institutions, in addition to other means of identification, accept NIN for the processing of admissions and registrations of new students.

What you should know about NIN

  • The National Identification Number (NIN) is an eleven-digit number issued to every citizen and legal resident from age 0 under section 27 of the National Identity Management Commission Act.
  • Although its primary purpose is to track individuals for social security purposes, the National Identification Number (NIN) has become in reality, a national identification number for taxation and other purposes.
  • Enrolment consists of the recording of an individual’s demographic data and capture of the ten (10) fingerprints, head-to-shoulder facial picture and digital signature, which are all used to cross-check existing data on the National Identity Database, to confirm that there is no previous entry of the same data.
  • NIN is not the same thing as the National e-ID Card which is a physical token. It can be used on its own for digital identity verification without the e-ID card.

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Pensioners’ walk-in-verification exercise postponed indefinitely by PTAD

PTAD indefinitely postponed the proposed resumption of the walk-in verification for pensioners.

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The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) has announced the indefinite postponement of the proposed resumption of the walk-in verification for pensioners at its headquarters and state liaison offices for all pensioners earlier scheduled for January 19, 2021, till further notice.

The postponement of the verification which is under the Defined Benefit Scheme (DBS), is in line with the Federal Government’s directive on measures to help curb the spread of the dreaded Covid-19 pandemic.

This disclosure is contained in a statement issued by PTAD on Friday, January 14, 2021, in Abuja.

The statement from the agency partly reads, “PTAD hereby informs the general public that the proposed resumption of the walk-in verification of pensioners at its headquarters and state liaison offices for all pensioners under the Defined Benefit Scheme earlier scheduled for January 19, 2021, has been postponed till further notice.

“The postponement is in line with the Federal Government’s directive on ensuring safe practice of the Covid-19 protocols, through the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19.”

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PTAD noted that pensioners under the Civil Service Pension Department (CSPD), the Police Pensions Department (PPD) and the Customs, Immigration, Prisons Pension Department (CIPPD) and Parastatal Pension Department (PaPD) will also be affected by this suspension.

It, however, in its statement, assured all pensioners who had requested for the walk-in verification that they would be contacted and scheduled for the exercise when the walk-in verification resumes.

PTAD also urged pensioners with urgent complaints to send their complaints as emails to [email protected], [email protected] of they should upload their complaints on PTAD’s website complaint link on ptad.gov.ng

What you should know

  • It can be recalled that PTAD had earlier announced the suspension of its walk-in verification for pensioners on December 10, 2020, and had said that the exercise would now commence on January 19, 2021. This makes it the second postponement of the exercise in about a month.
  • The latest announcement of indefinite suspension has been attributed to the outbreak of the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

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