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FG Declares Monday Public Holiday

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The Federal Government has declared Monday as a public holiday to mark the 2019 Eid-ul-Maulud, the birthday of Prophet Muhammed.

The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government in a statement in Abuja on Thursday, through the ministry’s spokesman, Mohammed Manga.

He congratulated the Muslim faithful on the occasion and enjoined them to live within the virtues and teachings of the prophet, which he said are love, courage and perseverance, adding that doing so would guarantee peace and security in the country.

Aregbesola expressed the hope that the challenges confronting the nation at the moment would soon be over and called on Nigerians to remain focused and determined.

He said, “With the immense potential the country is endowed with and  its human and natural resources, if tapped and properly utilised, Nigeria will sooner than later join the league of developed nations.

“With love, commitment, self-sacrifice, patience and patriotism, we will certainly, build a greater Nigeria.”

The minister restated the government’s desire to ensure a peaceful and secure environment for all Nigerians and urged all citizens to pursue love for one another.

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Governor Udom Emmanuel Loses Father

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Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel has lost his Father, the Late Elder Gabriel Emmanuel Nkanang.

The sad event occurred on Sunday, December 1st 2019. He was aged Ninety (90years.)

According to a family source, after due clearance from the Head of the Family, Pastor Edo Ekim ( the Father of the celebrity Nollywood actress, Ini Edo) , the first Son of the departed Patriarch, Mr. Gabriel Nkanang (Jr.) was authorized to make public the demise of the late Patriarch.

Burial arrangement according to family sources will be announced in due course.

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Driving With Google Map Is NOT An Offence-FRSC

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says driving with the aid of Google map is not an offence — contrary to a widely reported statement credited to one of its officers.

Earlier it had been reported on some media platforms that the FCT sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Ayuba Gora on Wednesday said driving with the Google map is a serious traffic offence.

The statement which has long-generated reactions from Nigerians on social media.

Meanwhile, Bisi Kazeem, spokesman of the corps, said driving with the aid of Google map is not an offence — contrary to a widely reported statement credited to the FCT Sector boss, this was contained in a new statement issued on Thursday while reacting to a report by NAN which quoted Ayuba Gora, FRSC sector commander for the FCT, as saying the use of Google map while driving is outlawed.

He said though driving with the aid of Google map is not prohibited, deploying the app while a vehicle is in motion could cause accidents.

He said many road traffic accidents are a result of distraction caused by the use of mobile phones while driving.

“To state the obvious, we have always enlightened the public on the position of the law on use of phone while driving which the Sector Commander tried to emphasize during the flag off,” he said.

“The statement he made during the flag off buttresses the position of the Corps, which is that any driver who intends to deploy the use of Google map while driving must have it set on the phone before embarking on the journey, not while the vehicle is already in motion as this could be dangerous to the driver and other road users, and can lead to road traffic crash.

“We say this because, available records have shown that use of phone for whatever purpose; be it text, voice calls, chats, browsing, setting google map to find location etc while driving could be distractive and can easily lead to loss of concentration. This has led to many road traffic crashes with attendant loss of lives and properties.

“On the strength of this, the Federal Road Safety Corps wishes to reiterate its position on use of phone while driving as a dangerous and hazardous road traffic behaviour which has led to unwanted and avoidable road crashes.

“We therefore call on all motorists who intend to deploy the use of google map on their phone especially during the festive season when traffic density is high, to activate such before setting the vehicle in motion so as to ensure 100 percent concentration on the wheels.”

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