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Tricycle operators’ strike grounds Kano

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From Desmond Mgboh, Kano

An early morning strike embarked upon by operators of commercial tricycles in Kano State has paralyzed traffic and sliced down market activities in the state.

The operators embarked on strike, yesterday  to protest a demand notice by the state government asking them to renew their registration/operational permit for the year 2022.

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The operators recalled that they were, only last year, caused to surrender a huge amount of money for the registration/operational permit in addition to the fact that they pay N100 daily to the same government.

They declared that the recurrent and insensitive taxes were too much for their small earnings and incomes.

As a result of the strike, thousands of passengers, especially traders,were stranded at different junctions in the absence of the tricycles to convey them to their workplaces.

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Daily Sun reports that the strike has equally led to a measurable slice in traffic to different markets in the state, especially Sabon-Garri and Yankaba markets.

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Traders dealing with perishable items like cat fish, meat, vegetable and fruit lamented the situation while some had to slash their prices to avoid unsold items at the end of the day.

Speaking at a press conference, yesterday, Managing director, Kano Road and Traffic Agency, Baffa Babba Dan ‘Agundi,regretted that the striking tricycle operators did not want to renew their 2022 operational permit.

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Dan Agundi, insisted that while he has no powers to stop them from embarking on or continuing with strike, he would,however,not hesitate to arrest any of them, who choose to work with their tricycle without its complete papers.

He explained that payment of taxes are recognized by law adding that  government needed revenue earned from taxes to execute projects and administer to the state, even as he pointed that the present security enjoyed in the state was costing the government a lot of money.

Agundi revealed that the government was already working on the introduction of a mass transit transport system, which when introduced, would put an end to the monopoly the operators enjoy in the state today.

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5G National Policy will improve security, achieve numerous goals-Pantami

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From Adanna Nnamani, Abuja

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The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa  Pantami has said that the deployment of the fifth-generation (5G) network will aid in achieving numerous goals including playing a significant role in improving the security situation in the country. 

He added that the 5G Network will enhance transparency and economic development as well as greatly bolster job creation for Nigerians.

Pantami made this remark during his address at the launch of the National Policy on Fifth Generation Networks for Nigeria’s Digital Economy, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday.

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This was contained in a statement issued by the Minister’s Spokesperson, Uwa  Suleiman.

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She said the Minister in his presentation to the President, emphasized that “5G network is a viable platform for security institutions to leverage on, in tackling the security challenges that have bedeviled the country, by harnessing the potential of digital technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), Robotics etc. which explore real time information for maximum efficiency.”

“Professor Pantami who expressed gratitude to the President for the immense support enjoyed by the Digital Economy sector, also disclosed that the National Policy on 5G will achieve numerous goals, including the security of the ecosystem and the protection of data, ensuring that international best practice and globally accepted standards and specifications are entrenched in Nigeria’s ecosystem.

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“The formal launch of the 5G Network in Nigeria today is in furtherance of the Federal Government’s commitment to develop a thriving digital economy. Recall that the National Policy on 5G Networks was approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on the 8th of September 2021 after a series of trials and multi stakeholder engagements eliminated perceived health risks.”

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JOSTUM matriculated 4607 students

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From Rose Ejembi, Makurdi

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A total of 4,607students on Tuesday matriculated for the 2020/2021 academic session at the Joseph Sarwuan Tarka University, Makurdi (JOSTUM) formerly known as Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi (FUAM) in Benue State.

Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Richard Kimbir who disclosed this said 3345 of the matriculating students are regular undergraduates while 362 are admitted for the sandwich programme and 900 for postgraduate programs.

Kimbir congratulated the students for scaling the hurdles of university admission process, particularly the intricacies of JOSTUM screening and registration to arrive at their present accomplishment as bonafide fresh students of the University.

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Kimbir noted that the matrication was the first to be held under the university’s new name since the federal government change the name of the institution from Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi (FUAM) to Joseph Sarwuan Tarka University Makurdi (JOSTUM).

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While urging the new students to define their priorities and settle down quickly to face the challenges ahead, Kimbir advised them to shun all acts capable of placing their names in the University’s black book.

“All acts of violence are retrogressive and therefore, condemnable in any decent society. I urge you to shun all forms of cultism, indecent dressing, sexual harassment, drug abuse, examination misconduct, unlawful demonstration and willful destruction of University’s property.”

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The Vice Chancellor assured that the university will continue to expand on hostel accommodation until all students are housed on campus even as he called on private investors to partner with the institution not just in the area of accommodation but transportation as well.

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