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Following the successful mega rally in Abuja, Nigerian Breweries and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), held another mega rally on road safety on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at the Ojota New Garage in Lagos.

The Lagos rally, the second of the three rallies scheduled for the year, is part of activities for the 10th edition of the Don’t Drink and Drive Campaign, a road safety awareness campaign organized by Nigerian Breweries and the FRSC.

Speaking at the event, the MD/CEO, Nigerian Breweries, Mr. Johan Doyer, said the campaign is to discourage drink driving and improve safety on our roads.

“We commenced this year’s campaign with a mega rally in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Like previous years, this year’s campaign will focus on the improvement of road safety awareness for all commercial drivers and draw attention to alcohol related accidents”, he stated.

Mr. Doyer, who was represented at the occasion by the Corporate Affairs Adviser of Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mr. Kufre Ekanem, said that over 16,000 drivers and other road users in 40 cities and towns across the country have directly been engaged since the inception of the campaign 10 years ago.

In his remarks at the occasion, the Corps Marshal, FRSC, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, represented by the Corps Education Officer, Corp Commander Bisi Kazeem, said this year’s ‘Don’t Drink and Drive’ campaign comes at a time when the FRSC is embarking on pre-patrol activities for the ember months’ special patrol.

“The FRSC is working assiduously to ensure that there is a significant shift in the attitude of motorists this year, especially during the yuletide where people have come to believe that drinking on a daily basis as a way of celebrating is permissible. This campaign is a timely reminder that drinking and driving does not only pose a threat to the life of the drunk driver, but also to the lives and property of all road users”, he declared.

Honourable Omotosho Omotayo, who represented the Chairman, Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Alhaji Musa Isiwele, said the association has set up committees to enforce the prevention of sale of alcohol in motor parks across the country. This development according to him, “will contribute towards the success of the laudable partnership between Nigerian Breweries and the FRSC.”

While flagging off the campaign, the acting Commissioner for Transport, Lagos State, Prince Anofiu Olanrewaju Elegushi, represented by Engineer Akinola Johnson, said the ‘Don’t Drink and Drive’ campaign is a welcome development, especially at a time when the Lagos State Government is bent on improving the standard of transportation through its Bus Rapid Transit system (BRT) and minimizing accidents by curtailing the sale of alcohol in motor parks.

The rally was attended by members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria, Tanker Drivers, Luxury Bus Drivers, Tricycle and motorcycle riders, representatives of non-governmental organisations in the transport sector, military and para-military organisations in the country and the public.

In the last ten years, Nigerian Breweries has partnered with the FRSC to organize the ‘Don’t Drink and Drive’ campaign. The 2017 edition of the campaign will move next to Enugu for its third and final rally.

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N65,000 Minimum Wage: Labour Begins Nationwide Strike Thursday

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The organised labour has served to warn of an imminent nationwide strike which will kick off on Thursday over Federal Government delay in the implementation of a new National Minimum Wage.

Mr Joe Ajaero, President, United Labour Congress (ULC) gave the warning in a communique issued after its meeting on Monday in Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the organised labour, made up of the NLC, TUC and ULC had on Sept. 12 issued a 14-day ultimatum to the government to state an amount to enable the minimum wage committee to conclude its sitting.

Labour had collectively demanded for N65,000 per month as the new National Minimum wage for all Nigerian workers as harmonised by organised Labour.

Ajaero said that if the government failed to meet their demand on the expiration of the ultimatum, it would collaborate with other labour centres and Civil Society Organisations to embark on a nation-wide strike.

”We shall no longer be obliged by this time to give any further notice to the government before embarking on the action.

”By this communiqué, we order all our affiliates and state councils nation-wide to move to the final level of alert in their preparation for the proposed nationwide strike,” he said.

The labour leader said that a new national minimum wage was desirable and possible, adding that lack of patriotism, greed and corruption was the bane of a reasonable wage.

Meanwhile, the Central Working Committee (CWC) of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has empowered the National Administrative Council (NAC) and its leadership to carry out all necessary actions in conjunction with other stakeholders to ensure the achievement of the minimum wage. (NAN)

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FRSC Screens 300,000 Applicants For 4,000 Jobs

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About 324,000 job applicants nationwide have commenced screening exercise for a slot of 4,000 positions in the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

Speaking on Monday during an assessment tour to the screening centres in Abuja, its Corps Marshal, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, said only 400 vacancies are made available for the officer cadre but have about 105,000 applicants were jostling for the job.

He said 3,200 vacancies were made available for Road Marshal assistants while 1000 vacancies were made available for Marshal Inspectorate cadre.

Oyeyemi said that they would go through different levels of screwing exercise ranging from credentials screening which has commenced, aptitude test to be conducted by the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB), interview screening and drug test.

He noted some irregularities ranging from the presence of married women who were not supposed to participate in the recruitment exercise.

He also frowned at the presence of pregnant women and applicants below the height limit required for the job.

Oyeyemi appreciated the military and the Department of State Security Services (DSS) for their support in ensuring the smooth conduct of the screening exercise.

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You Can Now Apply For A Free Retail Stall At The 2018 GTBank Fashion Weekend [DETAILS HERE]

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Do you make or sell fabulous fashion apparels and accessories? Can your fashion brand stand out at the biggest fashion event in Africa? Then, the 2018 GTBank Fashion Weekend is calling for you!

Now in its third year, the GTBank Fashion Weekend has become the premier consumer-focused event that places African fashion on the global stage and helps small businesses in the local fashion industry thrive. The first and second editions of the event, which held in November 2016 and 2017 respectively, brought together over 250,000 people to interact with some of the best minds in the global fashion space and directly patronize more than 200 indigenous small businesses in the local fashion industry.

Organized with an overall vision of Promoting Enterprise, the 2018 GTBank Fashion Weekend will provide more than 130 small businesses with free stalls to showcase and sell the finest ensemble of apparels and fashion accessories. Applications for free stalls at the event are now open and will close on Saturday, September 29, 2018.

To apply for a free Retail Space at the GTBank Fashion Weekend, kindly visit; https://fashionweekend.gtbank.com/apply

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