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Kaduna residents find solace in Okada business amid job loss, demolition of markets, shops



Kaduna residents find solace in Okada business AAamid job loss, demolition of markets, shops

Kaduna State also known as the Crocodile City has gradually turned to a commercial hub for Okada riders as unemployment worsens and hardship bites harder.

This is evident from the fact that more salary earners in the state are being thrown out of their jobs following indiscriminate sack of workers at both private and public organizations in the State. Some were either sacked, got their appointment terminated or retired compulsorily.

Business centres and shops owners are not left out as their shop and other business places have been demolished by the State government without providing them enabling environment to continue with their businesses or paying them any form of compensation.

Many now face untold hardship as prices of household items including foodstuff have gone up astronomically beyond their reach, just as they have no other source of income to pick up their pieces.

The elderly ones among the sacked or retrenched workers, or those whose markets and shops were demolished often engage in begging, and in most cases fall sick and die. Their grown-up children take to the riding of commercial motorcycle, popularly called, ” Okada” since there is no dream of getting new jobs to keep body and soul together.

Most families sustain their daily life riding Okada in order to keep life going since it’s the only immediate source of income.

Although, the Kaduna State Government in 2014 banned commercial motorcycles, (Okada) from operating in the State, many unemployed household have ignored the ban since they have no other source of income. They operate within the rural center, but have now shifted to the urban centre, mostly dressed corporately to convinced government agents from arresting them.

Some did not learn how to ride motorcycles perfectly before beginning to carry passengers, which has often resulted in the loss of lives as they are often involved in accident.

In some cases, they sustain injuries that render them incapacitated.

Mr. Yusuf Amos worked with the defunct Kaduna Textile Limited (KTL) for 18 years before it was closed down, but unfortunately, till date, the company has not paid him his benefits or any form of entitlement.

” I worked for 18 years with KTL before it was liquidated. None of us were paid anything. When the company closed, I had no option than to look for an immediate source of income to feed my newly wedded wife. I only learnt Okada for two hours and bargained with the owner who said I should deliver 500 Naira daily. But after five days of riding the Okada, I had an accident that injured my left leg. Several treatments were administered but to no avail. The only solution was to cut off my leg. Since then, I have remained a one-legged man.”

Also, Mr. Nathaniel Odoma said, “Since United Nigerian Textile Company (UNTL) was shut down in 2006, I have had no other job. The gratuity paid to me could not even buy a plot of land. So I invested the money in Okada business. I bought two motorcycles, which I gave out on a daily basis. From the income generated, I pay school fees of my children, feed them and pay my house rent.

” My male children have grown, they too ride the Okada, use the income to train themselves in school. We have no other business nor job. Government is not helping us. We have to help ourselves to sustain our lives. It’s better to operate Okada to feed than to steal,” he said.

Hajia Bilkisu Mohammed who operates two shops in Kakuri market said she developed High Blood Pressure (BP) since her shops were demolished a few months ago.

” I have no rest of mind. I lost my husband some years back. My only investment and the hope to train my children was the shops. My children sometimes, helped me to sell some goods. We have been operating in those shops for seven years. But, when Kaduna State government demolished the shops, no compensation was paid, no money was given to us, we were not given a new environment to operate. I don’t have money to rent a shop. Thinking alone gives me sleepless night,” She said tearfully.

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Cholera outbreak in Cross River Community claims 51 lives



The death toll from the Cholera outbreak in Ekureku, Abi Local Government Area, Cross River State, has risen from 20 on Saturday to 51 on Monday.

Bernard Egbe, the clan head of the community, stated this when he received Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Sandy Onor, who was in the community to sympathise with them.



The clan chief, who described the situation as unfortunate, stated that many people infected with the disease were being treated at various health facilities in the area.

He went on to say that four of the victims being treated were in critical condition.

He stated that they had received assistance from WHO, UNICEF, and state government officials.

The cholera outbreak, which began on Thursday, affected ten villages in the Ekureku clan, he said.





Mr Onor, the PDP governorship candidate, said he felt the people’s pain but urged them to remain hopeful.

He stated that if elected, he would ensure that the people of the state have safe drinking water.
He gave cash as a consolation prize to each of the Ekureku community’s ten affected villages.




Meanwhile, Janet Ekpeyong, the Director-General of the state Primary Healthcare Development Agency, stated on Sunday that the state government is on top of the situation.





She stated that the government had used both human and material resources to stop the spread of the disease.

“The state Government has deployed a response team together with representatives from the World Health Organisation, the Nigerian Red Cross and Wash Programme.






“The combined team have all intervened accordingly and helped to save lives and prevent further spread of the disease,” she stated.







A case of the disease has also been reported in a remote village in the state’s Odukpani Local Government Area.

Iwara Iwara, Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Health, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday.







Mr Iwara stated that the outbreak was reported on Sunday night and that the government had sent men and materials to the area.






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Currency hawkers selling scarce new naira notes at party venues.



Despite complaints that several bank branches had run out of the small quantities of the newly redesigned naira notes allocated to them by their head offices as early as 12 noon on Thursday, large wads of the new notes have saturated party venues, with hawkers charging N200 on N1,000.





On Thursday and Friday, journalists who visited banking halls in several cities across the country, particularly Lagos and Abuja, confirmed that there was a limited supply of the redesigned notes, as bank tellers mixed a few notes with the old ones for over-the-counter withdrawals, while automated teller machines continued to dispense old bank notes.






Further investigation revealed that several bank branches had yet to receive their new note allocations, with many bank officials informing our correspondents that the new notes were still on their way.

On the other hand, at a party in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Saturday, a woman was seen freely hawking newly redesigned wads of N200 bank notes.







However, officials at some of the bank branches that still had the new notes told reporters that each cashier was given N100,000 of the new N1,000 for onward disbursement to customers seeking over-the-counter payments, and that they do not yet have the N500 and N200 denominations.








Customers were also seen depositing old bills over the counter, while cashiers at bank branches were handing out more old naira notes.

Central Bank of Nigeria had earlier clarified on its website under currency management, that it is against the law to sell currency banknotes.








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6 people dead, 25 injured in a ghastly road accident in Kogi state.



The Kogi Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) confirmed that six people were killed and 25 others were injured in an accident on the Okene-Ogori road on Saturday.

Mr Stephen Dawulung, Sector Commander in Lokoja yesterday, revealed that the lone accident involved an articulated vehicle carrying 45 people and cows.






According to the sector commander, the accident occurred around noon and killed some of the cows.

The victims of the accident were taken to Ageva General Hospital in Okene, Ajunko Clinic and Maternity in Ibilo, and Ogbagidi General Hospital in Okene, according to Dawulung.






He said: “When the accident, which involved an IVECO trailer conveying cows and 45 persons down South, occurred by a graveyard just a few kilometres to Ogori Magongo along Okene-Ogori road, Kogi, our officers and men were timely in response to it.”

“Our officers in conjunction with the Police and military personnel came to the rescue and rushed the injured to four different medical centres for medical treatment. The corpses of the dead have also been deposited at the morgue of the Ageva General Hospital, Okene.”







The accident, according to Dawulung, was caused by speed, which was uncontrollable at “a sharp bend.”

The sector commander, who described the incident as “sad and unfortunate,” stated that the command would continue to carry out speed, overloading, and mixed loading enforcement and education programs.











The sector commander, who described the incident as “sad and unfortunate,” stated that the command would continue to carry out speed, overloading, and mixed loading enforcement and education programs.

He defined mixed loading as the loading of goods and passengers in trucks and other vehicles designed solely to transport goods.

He advised motorists to maintain strict adherence to road traffic regulations at all times in order to avoid such calamitous incidents.










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