A Train crash which occurred at Pen Cinema railway crossing in Lagos State on Friday has claimed liuves of three person and many others injured, just as an eyewitness said the accident occurred when the bus driver of a commercial bus was trying to make U-turn on the rail line.
Penpushing gathered that, the train hit the commercial bus while number of people hanging on the train fell off and three die instantly while other sustained various injuries,just as the witness identified as Raji Oladimeji said the passerby had earlier warned the commercial driver
“We warned the driver not to make U-turn at that particular point when a train was approaching but he refused. So, it was in the process of making the turn that the approaching train crushed the bus where people hanging on the train fell off and three die instantly while other sustained various injuries,’ Oladimeji said.
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The Executive Vice Chairman, Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy (ISGPP) DR Tunji Olaopa has said that job creation on a massive scale is the solution to economic problem of Nigeria
He made this known on Wednesday during his welcome speech at a 2-day dialogue organised by Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy to proffer solution to Nigeria economic problem held in Ibadan, Oyo State Capital.
Olaopa explained further that the aim of the dialogue is to build on previous conversations in and around government, to highlight Nigeria's youth unemployment challenges, and also to know what Nigeria government is doing to tackle the menace of unemployment and the role of the private sector in job creation
His words "Part of our findings from our study shows that weak policy conceptualisation, management, implementation, and evaluation are at the core of perennial challenge of youth unemployment in Nigeria"
The Vice Chairman noted that job creation and full employment should be seen as important economic, and the availability of good job is the most important measures of an economic health
“Statistics shows that Nigeria working age population is growing rapidly and will continue to grow over the next 20years, but our labour and capital markets must also be ready for this change in the population age structure, failure to absorb the large working age population into productive, formal sector employment can cause danger and aggressive which can hindered job creation and youth employment”
He reiterated further that in order to eradicate unemployment among Nigerian youth and young graduates, there is a need for provision of supportive framework for diversification of Nigeria economy for job creation in order to achieve inclusive growth in this country
“I know that this dialogue will discuss the framework for generating a deeper understanding of Nigeria unemployment challenges, explore the potential job creation opportunities of Nigeria economy and will facilitate steps to address the unemployment challenges and distill the range of barriers to create job in this country"
While highlighting the effort of the ISGPP towards creation of job opportunities for Nigeria youths and young graduate, Olaopa said the aim of the ISGPP is to strengthened the whole effort through action and policy research, leveraging on think tank, the Public Policy Group, and series of seminar to raise bar of national discourse and deepen inputsvto national policy, and deployment of expertise to strengthen implementation for reassuring policy outcome
The Federal Government on Wednesday promised to give assistance to the victims of flood disaster which destroyed number of properties and also claimed eight lives last Friday in Abeokuta, Ogun State Capital.
Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo made this known when he visited some of the affected areas including Amolaso Ago Ijesa, Itoku and Ijeja in the Abeokuta metropolis, alongside with the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, and also took time to commiserate with the affected victims
Osinbajo who spoke with journalists at Itoku area described the incident as "unfortunate", but stated that the Federal Government would provide immediate relief materials to assist the victims.
He also pointed out that for the drainages, channelisation and the good infrastructure put in place by the state government, the incident would have been worse, adding that," let say that what has happened here is very unfortunate indeed’.
A former Governorship Candidate under the platform of Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN),Rotimi Paseda said the Thursday road carnage in Lagos should serve as wake up call for the federal government to show commitment in revamping the nation’s railway transportation system, which he observed as the best way to reduce carnage of road accident in Nigeria.
Paseda stated this while reacting to the fire disaster which occurred last Thursday at the Julius Berger end of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway in which no fewer than nine people died and over fifty vehicles burnt.
The Ogun State Governorship flagbearer of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) in 2015 emphasized that government should earmark more fund to the rail transportation system in order to avoid a repetition of the disaster.
He also made specific reference to the on-going rehabilitation of the railways in the South West, and urged the federal government to consider granting expressways in the South West corridors a special attention being the gateway to the nation's economy.
A Pentecostal Church, Victory Life Bible Church, (VLBC), has offered scholarship to some children who lost their parents to Boko Haram, with declaration that the gestures were part of social responsibly of the church, with its headquarters in Abeokuta, Ogun State Capital.
The General Overseer of the Church, Apostle Lawrence Achudume made this known in an interview with Journalists on Sunday at the Church located along Ogun State Television-Ajebo road, pointing out that, the church found it important to bring succor for the bereaved.
He explained further, that other indigents were also considered for the scholarship, adding that, as at the time he was speaking with journalists, 100 beneficiaries have being taken care of, with assurance that the gestures will continued.
‘We have given scholarship to 100 students, which also include some who lost their parents to Boko Haram Insurgents. Whenever you have opportunity to do good, you have to, and there is no point seeing people suffering and you are living big’
The Apostle said, the church would not rest on its oars in putting smiles on faces of the needy, explaining that the gestures cut across all religions, adding that on his own, he would stop given when he pass on to the great beyond.
Ogun State Police Command has arrested a 26 year old man, Daniel Essien for allegedly defiling a six year old girl, following the complaint complaint lodged by the victim’s mother Ayoola Tolulope of number 6, Olufemi Oshin Street Alagbole Akute.
Penpushing gathered that the arrest followed report made by the victim’s mother that she was called by her child school teacher to be watchful of her daughter because the girl confided in her that a man has been abusing her sexually.
‘This made her to interrogate the child on her arrival from school consequent upon which the girl told her that it was Essien who own a barbing salon in the neighborhood who has been having carnal knowledge of her for almost 3 times now’.