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Two feared killed, property worth millions perish in Lagos tanker fire



Lagos tanker fire

2019 Lagos Tanker Fire Occured @  Mile 2/Badagry Expressway, Lagos

Lagos Tanker Fire – Two persons were confirmed dead while three others sustained serious fire burns and five vehicles destroyed when a truck loaded with 33,000 litres of petroleum product fell, yesterday, at Barracks Bus Stop, along the Mile 2/Badagry Expressway, Lagos, spilling its content on the ground.


Lagos tanker fire

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Petrol from the tanker had allegedly drained into the gutters and flowing into the nearby community.


The inferno caused a major hitch to the free flow of traffic as vehicular movements inward and outward Mile Two, on both lanes, were halted by rescuers from the police, soldiers from Ojo Cantonment and fire service and officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA), apparently to prevent the fire from spreading into residential houses.

It was gathered that the incident occurred around But at about, the fire was still raging.

Also, as at the time The Guardian left the scene, nothing had been done to move the trucks off the expressway to allow vehicular movements.

When The Guardian arrived the scene at about, commuters were sighted trekking long distances as commercial motorcycles, which is the only means of transportation, were stopped several metres to the scene and the riders directed to disembark from the bike.

Military personnel also joined other agencies to restore sanity to the road. Fire service officials were on standby to contain the fire.

Taiwo Hameed, a commercial bus driver who plies the Mile 2-Badagry expressway blamed the two truck drivers for the accident.

He said that both drivers were struggling to meander through a dip gully in the middle of the road in front of the Police Station.

According to him, the tanker was ahead of the second truck carrying cartons of power generators

“The tanker fell as it tried to pass through the dip hole. It spilled its content in the.middle of the road. Hoodlums as well as petrol hawkers besieged the place as petrol started dripping into near by gutters ro scoop for fuel.

“Policemen who were on ground tried to scare away the hoodlums but the more they tried the more the urchins scooped petrol into jerry cans. While the scooping was on the tanker exploded sending huge ball of fire into the sky. It trapped the second truck and three vehicles tagging behind it.

“While the fire was on the driver of the articulated truck and his conductor battle to remove some of the generators. Policemen and some soldiers provided both of them with security. Some hoodlums who later discovered that the truck was carrying generators abandoned the fuel they came to scoop and were stealing generators.

“They attacked the container with hammer and iron cutters. However what saved the situation was the time the accident occurred,” he said.


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Labour Force

Kogi Governor Approves Implementation of N30,000 Minimum Wage for workers



Kogi Governor Approves Implementation of N30,000 Minimum Wage for workers

Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello, has approved the implementation of N30,000 as minimum wage for the workers in the state.


The secretary to the state government, Folashade Ayoade disclosed this on Tuesday after an extensive meeting with the organized labour in Lokoja


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She blamed the delay in the implementation on the inability for the committee to meet regularly due to the covid-19 pandemic which has been overcome.


The SSG equally commended the organised labour for their understanding and patience, which she said has resulted into the signing of the implementation of the new minimum wage.

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CBN to End Forex Sales to Commercial Banks in 2022



Author: Eunice Johnson, Abuja 

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has put Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) on notice that it will stop selling forex to them by the end of 2022. CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele made this known in Abuja on Thursday at the end of the Bankers’ Committee Meeting where he also introduced the RT200 Programme.




Emefiele said the time had come for the banks to go out there and source for forex by funding entrepreneurs with ideas. The CBN, Emefiele said, will support the banks by granting rebates and other support until the banks find their feet in sourcing their forex by themselves.

He also disclosed that the apex bank’s policies and measures have led to a significant improvement in diaspora inflow from an average of US$6 million per week in December 2020 to an average of over US$100 million per week by January 2022. He added that the CBN would be reviewing these intervention programmes going forward to ensure that they continue to achieve the desired results.

He said international bodies, including some embassies and donor agencies, have been complicit in illegal forex transactions that have hindered the flow of foreign exchange into the country.


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Customs CG Deploys 37 Comptrollers as Comptroller Attah Heads Kebbi Command



Customs CG Deploys 37 Comptrollers as Comptroller Attah Heads Kebbi Command

Author: Gift Wada, Abuja

The Comptroller General of Customs Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd.) has approved the deployment of 37 Comptrollers to various Units, Departments and Commands across the country.

This was disclosed in a release signed on Tuesday by the Customs Deputy National, DC Timi Bomodi for the Comptroller General of Customs.

Among those deployed are the present National PRO of Customs Comptroller Joseph Attah who will assume the office of Area Controller of Kebbi Command, Comptroller AAS Oloyede who shall be moving from ICT/MOD to Tin Can Island Port Command, while Comptroller SI Bomoi to FCT Command. Other postings are Comptroller BA Jaiyeoba to Oyo/Osun Command, Comptroller A Dappa-Williams to Eastern Marine Command, Compt. MA Umar Kano/Jigawa, Compt. KC Egwuh ICT/MOD, Compt. LM Mark Enugu/Anambra/Ebonyi, Compt. T Tachio CTC Kano, Compt. AA Umar Western Marine, Compt. M Dansakwa North Eastern Marine, Compt. AC Ayalogu T & T and Compt. KD Ilesanmi will assume duty as Comptroller Board among others.


Ali in postings released on 7th of February, charged the newly posted Comptrollers to justify the confidence reposed in them by NCS Management by bringing to bear their years of experience and training in trade facilitation and anti-smuggling activities on their new assignment.


Given the enormous expectations of government regarding revenue generation in the current year, the Comptroller General reiterated the need for all Area Controllers and Unit heads to take full charge of the affairs of their Commands by ensuring absolute compliance with extant fiscal policies while leveraging on the efficient management of data to optimize trade facilitation and revenue collection.

Furthermore, the CGC directed all officers to be extremely vigilant in protecting the lives and wellbeing of Nigerians by ensuring the full fortification of our borders against the incursion of smugglers and other cross border criminals.

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