Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Monday launched 100 tricycles to ease transportation challenges, stimulate macroeconomic economic activities, and reduce poverty.
The government also officially enrolled members of the Tricycle Owners Association of Nigeria (TOAN) on the informal package of the state’s health insurance scheme — a step the body hailed as beneficial while also commending the Governor for granting them official recognition.
“Today, we are launching 100 tricycles which our government guaranteed for members of TOAN. This is done through a partnership with SEAP Microfinance Institute, SIMBA/TVS, and TOAN. I commend all of you for this hugely beneficial partnership,” AbdulRazaq said at the launch of the 3-wheelers held at the Government House Ilorin.
“A major fruit of this partnership is the enrolment of TOAN members in the Kwara State health insurance. The health and economic benefits of this insurance cannot be overemphasised.
“Our profound appreciation particularly goes to SIMBA/TVS for the 12 month warranty in the tricycles and offer of free service for the same period. I also commend the firm for its decision to locate your Service, Sales, and Spares Centre in Offa in Kwara State. The attendant economic benefits of this step will be huge, and we promise to support you every step of the way.”
The administration had also implemented four major programmes and interventions that are meant to save jobs, create jobs, and prevent the people from falling into destitution, AbdulRazaq said, referring to some initiatives funded under the Kwara State Social Investment Programme.
“These interventions included government’s soft loans for traders, transporters, and grants running into millions of naira for dozens of victims of ENDSARS riots. We have also granted non-interest loans to 170 young people to strengthen or get their businesses started. We have offered similar supports for farmers,” he added.
AbdulRazaq congratulated beneficiaries of the first phase of the community transport intervention project and urged TOAN and other transport unions to continue to work with the government on the strategy to ensure coordination, safety, and general security.
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Community Intervention Kayode Oyin-Zubair, for his part, said the community transport intervention project is a direct response to the request from TOAN members, saying the intervention is a total departure from the traditional empowerment programmes.
“Each beneficiary has committed themselves to an equity contribution. We have agreed with SEAP Microfinance that all equity contributions will be refunded to dutiful beneficiaries that completely liquidate their credit under the 18 months tenor of this intervention. Apart from the insurance on their vehicles, we have equally enrolled all beneficiaries with Kwara State Health Insurance Agency,” Oyin-Zubair said.
Executive Secretary Kwara State Health Insurance Agency Dr Bunmi Jetawo-Winter encouraged all the affected tricycle operators to immediately present their enrolment cards to their respective health facilities to access subsidised health care services.
Executive Programme Director SEAP Microfinance Bank Dr Oladokun Olatunde said the bank partnered the state government to boost the state economy and reduce pressure on the government.
“We are supporting the state government to strengthen public-private partnership. We decided that most of the people rely on government and that has been draining the limited resources of the government. So, we thought to put money that the government is supposed to give them and whoever made full payment will get the money, make some savings and get another tricycles,” he said.
Chairman Tricycles Owners Association of Nigeria Alhaji Saliu Gidado applauded the government of AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for its interventions and for approving the certificate of the association to operate as Tricycles Transport Service provider under the state Ministry of Works, saying previous efforts to be independent like any other unions Kwara State had proved abortive.
“Today is also a landmark in the history of Tricycle Owners Association of Nigeria in Kwara State, because this is certainly the first time any government will be doing this for us. This will go a long way in ameliorating the sufferings of the masses in the state in terms of transportation,” the chairman added.
BREAKING: Ilebaye Wins BBNaija All Stars Edition
Following a suspense-filled evening, the grand finale of BBNaija All Stars commenced at 7 pm tonight.
Housemates were gradually eliminated from the competition, with Cross, Pere, and Adekunle being the first to exit. This led to an extraordinary situation where the top three remaining contestants were all female, marking a historic milestone within the Big Brother franchise.
The tension continued, and eventually, Ceec was evicted, leaving Mercy and Ilebaye as the final two housemates competing for the price money of N120 Million
In the end, it came down to Mercy and Ilebaye as the top two finalists, with Baye who emerged victorious as the winner of the BBNaija All Stars Edition
More to follow….
BREAKING: Jubilation across Nigeria as BUA Reduces Price Of Cement To N3,500
One of the major companies in Nigeria, BUA Group , has announced a reduction of ex-factory cement price to N3,500 per bag.
The company, which made this known in a statement on Sunday, said the reduction will take effect from 2 October, 2023.
The statement titled : ‘BUA Cement reduces ex-factory cement prices to N3,500/bag effective October 2, 2023’, reads in full :
“We refer to our previous pronouncements regarding our intent to reduce cement prices upon the completion of our new lines at the end of the year, in order to spur development in the building materials and infrastructure sectors.
As per the commitment made to reduce prices and following a periodic review of our operations for efficiency, the management of BUA Cement Plc wishes to announce and inform our esteemed customers, stakeholders, and the public that effective October 2, 2023, we have decided to bring the price reduction forward. As a result, BUA Cement would now be sold at an ex-factory* price of 3,500 Naira per bag so that Nigerians can begin to enjoy the benefits of the price reduction before the completion of our plants.
Upon completion of the ongoing construction of our new plants, which would increase our production volumes to 17million metric tonnes per annum, BUA Cement PLC intends to review these prices further in line with our earlier pronouncements by the first quarter of 2024.
NOTE: all pending, undelivered orders which had been paid for at the old prices will be reviewed downwards to N3500/bag in line with the new pricing from October 2, 2023. Our licensed dealers are also enjoined to ensure that end-users benefit from this reduction in ex-factory prices as we will monitor field sales to ensure compliance
“Total Shutdown”: List of Major Labour Unions that will Join Nationwide Strike
Barring any last-minute change of mind, Nigeria’s organised labour will embark on an indefinite strike on Tuesday, October 3.
The labour leaders in the country said they took the decision following the “failure” of the Bola Tinubu government to successfully implement policies to alleviate the sufferings of Nigerians following the removal of the subsidy on petrol.
“It’s going to be a total shutdown … until government meets the demand of Nigerian workers, and in fact Nigerian masses,” the labour leaders said.
October 3 strike: List of labour unions to join
There are numerous labour unions in Nigeria, cutting across different sectors.
Here is a list of the labour unions that have announced they will join the strike.
Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) is at the forefront of the strike. The union had earlier embarked on a two-day warning strike. It also gave the government a 21-day ultimatum, which has ended.
Joe Ajaero, the national president of the NLC, complained that “none of the demands put before the federal government had been addressed.”
The NLC is an umbrella body which houses unions for many industries, including nurses, road workers and printers.
Trade Union Congress (TUC)
The Trade Union Congress (TUC) is another major union whose members are ready to join the nationwide strike.
Members of the TUC include senior bank workers and high school teachers, among others.
Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG)
Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) is one of Nigeria’s main oil and gas unions.
NUPENG President Williams Akporeha said the union will also join the nationwide strike, according to Reuters.
Workers under NUPENG include fuel tanker drivers, pump attendants, among others.
National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE)
The National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has also directed its members to commence full mobilisation to join the indefinite strike.
Premium Times reported that the NUEE in a notice signed by its acting general secretary, Dominic Igwebike, urged its members to stop work from the early hours of Tuesday.
This means Nigeria may be plunged into a blackout when the strike begins.
Association of Senior Staff of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions (ASSBIFI)
The Association of Senior Staff of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions (ASSBIFI) has also asked its members to join the strike.
ASSBIFI’s directive to its members, according to PM News, was issued by the Assistant General Secretary, Admin and Planning, Saka Adekunle and Head, International & Industrial Relations, Anthony Emeh.
This implies that banks may also not be in operation during the strike.
NURTW says it won’t join strike
Unlike other unions, the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) has said that its members will not be participating in the strike, stating that the plan was “ill-timed and in bad faith”.
The union leader, Alhaji Tajudeen Badiru Agbede, stated the union’s position after an emergency meeting with all the state chairmen, secretaries and treasurers in Abuja, Nigerian Tribune reported.
Meanwhile, the federal government has made another move to halt the planned nationwide indefinite strike as it invited the union leaders for another round of interaction.
The peace meeting will be held on Sunday, October 1, at the presidential villa in Abuja
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