YEARS after losing his seat in a stunning crisis, the former deposed Chairman of National Union of Road Transport Workers, (NURTW), Oyo State Council, Alhaji Lateef Akinsola popularly called Tokyo is making atypical surreptitious moves to regain power, Mega Icon Magazine exclusively gathered.
Our further checks revealed that the embattled ex-NURTW boss, Akinsola, who visited the state governor, Abiola Ajimobi at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan on the eve of Sunday May 28th, 2017 to break fast, also desperately seeking for the governor’s assistance to reinstate him.
Tokyo, who claimed he had court judgement in his favour pleaded with the governor for several hours, which was turned down.
It would be recalled that the Oyo state government in 2011 inaugurated a five-man judicial commission of enquiry to investigate the protracted crisis in the state chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers which claimed several lives, including Anwal Bala Shannon, a 500 level medical student of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, at Iwo road area of Ibadan, the state capital.
The panel which had a retired high court judge, Justice Olagoke Ige, as the chairman, was told that the government resolved to investigate the NURTW crisis because it could no longer fold its hands while some people continued to portray the state as a state of touts and hooligans.
Also, the probe panel with eight weeks to conclude its assignment was given the mandate to investigate the immediate and remote causes of the violent clash, to identify those individuals and or groups that precipitated and or participated in the crisis either directly or indirectly, and recommend appropriate sanctions to be imposed on the identified culprits and to make appropriate recommendations on how to prevent recurrence among others.
However, the state governor, Abiola Ajimobi proscribed the then NURTW which was under the firm control of rivalry leaders – Alhaji Lateef Akinsola (Tokyo) and Alhaji Mukaila Lamidi (Auxiliary) respectively.
This development led to the emergence of Alhaji Taofeek Oyerinde (Fele), who is currently occupying the seat for a second term.
Mega Icon Magazine also gathered that the ex-NURTW captain, Alhaji Akinsola nominated the present occupant, Alhaji Oyerinde, one of his loyal aides, who has been able to control the affairs of the union without rancor.
SWEGOP to Governments: ‘Stop Using Fire Brigade Method to Run Health Sector
South West Group of Online Publisher (SWEGOP) on Friday frowned at the fire brigade approach adopted by federal and state governments to fight the pandemic coronavirus.
SWEGOP also called on governments at all level to review their position on provision of primary and secondary healthcare facilities in their domain
In a release signed by the group’s chairman , Mr Olayinka Agboola and Public Relations Officer, Remi Oladoye, SWEGOP noted that the pandemic coronavirus has further exposed the weakness of the government despite the huge budgetary allocations released to run the health sector, year in, year out.
“It is obvious that our governments have not been effective and have been paying lip service to the development of health sector in Nigeria, most states don’t have facilities to tackle any outbreak of viral diseases let alone well-equipped isolation centres where such cases can be treated.”
The group also called on governments at all levels in Nigeria to be more proactive and put in place facilities that can enhance the operations of medical personnel in the country.
The association also commended the medical personnel and relevant agencies for their effort in combating the dreaded Coronal Virus.
Said the group “with the record of just one death and scores of recovery cases recorded, it is evident that our medical personnel are up to the task”.
The group of media professionals, however urged the general public and stakeholders to collaborate with the government in preventing further spread of corona virus and others in the country.
In Italy, Morgues overwhelmed as COVID-19 death toll tops 8,000
An overwhelmed Italian city at the heart of the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday sent more of its dead to nearby towns for cremation as the country’s world-leading toll topped 8,000.
Officials in Rome reported 662 new deaths and 6,153 infections — largely in line with the figures reported throughout the week.
The rise in daily deaths edged down to the lowest point in the crisis — 8.8 percent — while the infection rate stood at around eight percent for the fourth day running.
But the numbers are not dropping much further and Italians appear to be coming to terms with the realisation that two weeks of life under lockdown have not made the disease go away.
“Until we see this damn rate drop, we will have to continue making very hard sacrifices,” deputy civil protection service chief Agostino Miozzo said in reference to the ever-tightening containment measures.
Italy’s coronavirus death toll now stands at 8,165 — more than that of second-placed Spain and China, where the virus emerged in December, combined.
‘Crematoriums could not cope’
The endless flood of victims forced the city of Bergamo at Italy’s northern epicentre of the pandemic to send still more bodies to less burdened crematoriums in neighbouring towns.
An AFP photographer saw six camouflage green army trucks transporting coffins out of a Bergamo cemetery on Thursday.
“The large number of victims has meant that Bergamo’s crematorium could not cope on its own,” mayor Giorgio Gori said in a statement released to AFP.
The mayor said the city had also received 113 urns with the ashes of bodies that had been sent out for cremation earlier this week.
The bodies in the city of about 120,000 people are literally piling up.
A warehouse in the commune of Ponte San Pietro on Bergamo’s western outskirts held 35 freshly-made wooden coffins Thursday that were destined for cremation at a later date.
Still more coffins filled a barren church hall in the Seriate commune to Bergamo’s east.
A priest said a quiet prayer over the rows of coffins and a single red rose rested atop one in the otherwise empty room.
Yet the Italian government is just as anxious about the northern crisis spilling over into the far less developed south.
The head of the Campania region that includes Naples warned of a “dramatic explosion” of infections based on this week’s trends.
“The next 10
days will be hell for us,” governor Vincenzo De Luca said in an open letter to Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.
The number of officially registered deaths in Campania — Italy’s third-most-populous with nearly six million people — rose from 29 on Sunday to 83 on Thursday.
But no southern region has recorded more than 100 coronavirus fatalities to date.
Italy’s latest figures confirm that COVID-19 overwhelmingly kills the elderly and the sick.
Data from Italy’s first 5,542 fatalities show that 98.6 percent of the victims already suffered from at least one ailment or pre-existing condition.
Slightly over half had three or more other health problems when they died.
Only 29.1 percent of the victims were women. The disparity has been observed elsewhere and still puzzles doctors around the world.
The average age of victims was 78 — a fraction lower than the 78.8 reported last week based on the first 3,200 deaths.
But Italian virologist Roberto Burioni said the figures were “not particularly reliable” because the country was primarily testing people who already exhibited flu-like symptoms.
Italy’s death rate among the confirmed COVID-19 cases — 10.1 percent — was thus much higher than in countries with broad-based testing such as South Korea.
Nigeria: Another 14 fresh cases of COVID-19 confirmed
Another fourteen new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Nigeria, bringing the total number of cases to 65, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced in a tweet on Thursday night.
According to the breakdown of the number of the additional cases, 12 new cases were discovered in Lagos while the remaining two were confirmed in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, the nation’s capital.
Six of the cases were detected on a vessel and three others were returning travellers into the country while the remaining case was a close contact of a confirmed case.
The NCDC, however informed that another case had been discharged, bringing the number of persons who have recovered from the virus to three.
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