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Tinubu waives ‘no work, no pay’ order for resident doctors

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President Bola Tinubu has approved the waiver of the “no work, no pay” order that was instituted against striking members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD).

According to a statement on Friday signed by Ajuri Ngelale, special adviser to the president on media and publicity, the waiver will enable the doctors to receive the salaries which were withheld during the strike action.

On July 26, the resident doctors embarked on a strike action after the federal government failed to meet their demands.

But the government on August 1 instituted a “no work, no pay” order against the doctors.

Following a series of meetings between leaders of the association and representatives of the government, the striking doctors called off their strike on August 12.

“Invoking the Principle of the Presidential Prerogative of Mercy, President Bola Tinubu has approved the waiver of the “No Work, No Pay” Order that was instituted against striking members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) on August 1, 2023, following the commencement of their industrial action which began on July 26, 2023,” the statement reads.

“After several constructive engagements between the Federal Government and NARD, the Resident Doctors called off their strike on August 12, 2023.

“The Office of the Accountant General of the Federation was directed to withhold all salaries accrued by striking NARD members during the 17 days of their strike action.

“In view of the faithful implementation of terms which were agreed upon during the fruitful deliberations between the Resident Doctors and the Federal Government of Nigeria, President Bola Tinubu has directed the grant of an exceptional last waiver of the “No Work, No Pay” Order on Resident Doctors, which will allow for the members of the NARD to receive the salaries which were previously withheld during the 17-day strike action.

“The President has directed the grant of the waiver with a mandatory requirement that the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment must secure a Document of Understanding (DoU) establishing that this exceptional waiver granted by the President will be the last one to be granted to the National Association of Resident Doctors and all other Health Sector Unions.”

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Sanwo-Olu appoints Bakare-Oki Olalekan as acting GM of LASTMA

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Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor of Lagos, has appointed Bakare-Oki Olalekan as the acting general manager of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA).

Olalekan possesses a master’s degree in transport management/planning from the University of Lagos and a bachelor’s degree in history and international studies from the Lagos State University.

He would succeed Bolaji Oreagba, the immediate past general manager of the agency.

In a statement issued on Friday, Jubril Gawat, the senior special assistant to the governor on new media, said Bakare-Oki joined the state civil service in 2000.

“A dedicated servant of Lagos state since 2000, Mr. Olalekan has risen through the ranks with a steadfast commitment to excellence and leadership,” the statement reads.

“With his recent role as deputy director, grade Level 16, and a seasoned background as director of the logistics & engineering department, he has demonstrated exceptional expertise in logistics, fleet management, and operational strategy across LASTMA’s extensive network.

“The accolades he has received, includes; ‘Best zonal head of the year’ and ‘Best area commander/outstanding leader of the year,’ reflects his unwavering dedication to service.”

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FRSC warns against night travels during festive period

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The Federal Road Safety Corps has cautioned passengers against embarking on night journeys during festivities due to their negative consequences.

The FRSC Sector Commander in Katsina State, Mr Ibrahim Maiyaki-Bazama, gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Katsina.

“People have freedom of movement, but we, as the road safety corps, have the mandate to take measures that will help minimise road crashes.

“Part of such measures is that we encourage people to stop or minimise night travel.

“This is because when a motorist is driving at night, he cannot see beyond the reach of the vehicle’s light.

“In case of an accident, sometimes helpers are not readily available, or it takes time to get those who will assist,” he said.

Maiyaki-Bazama further said that the command has standby rescue teams ready for operation in case of any eventuality.

He said that the teams were at the five units under the command located at Funtua, Daura, Koza, Malumfashi, and Kankia.

The Sector Commander further urged motorists to adhere to traffic rules and regulations, pointing out that “it is only the living that celebrate.”

He said that the command was committed to reducing road crashes to the barest minimum.

He added that the need to reduce road crashes prompted the command to engage stakeholders on road safety in the state.

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FRSC to prosecute fleet operators who violate safety standards

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says it will sanction and prosecute fleet operators who violate safety standards across the country.

Dauda Biu, FRSC corps marshal, spoke in Abuja on Thursday during the 2023 annual safety managers retreat.

Biu, who was represented by Amuche Nwaka, assistant corps marshal, said the FRSC would no longer tolerate the failure of fleet operators to adhere strictly to the terms of the road transport safety standardisation Scheme (RTSSS).

The FRSC boss said the retreat was intended to appraise and address notable observations made by the corps regarding the management of fleet operations in the country in the last one year.

He said investigations revealed that most recorded fleet operations-related crashes in the country could have been avoided if the concerned safety managers had been committed to their roles.

“This retreat is, therefore, a wake-up call to all of us to further justify our roles as safety managers,” NAN quoted Biu as saying.

“Specific lapses observed included non-installation of speed limit device (SLD), tampering with the already installed device, calibration above the approved speed limits, connivance with unscrupulous vendors for issuance of compliance certificates without actual installation, and so on.

“These shall no longer be tolerated as the corps will not hesitate to sanction non-compliant operators henceforth.

“All observed non-compliant fleet operators in any of the identified areas will be served with pre-action notices for prosecution and there is no going back on this.

“Fleet operators who refused to allow certification teams access to their premises will be prosecuted in accordance with the law.

“Fleet operators who fail to meet certification standards twice will be suspended from operations.

“Certified vehicle stickers shall be issued only for vehicles installed with functional speed limiting devices.”

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