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Train accident leaves 23 dead, 65 hospitalised in Mexico



Rescuers at the accident site at Olivos station in Mexico City, Mexico. Photo: REUTERS

At least 23 people were killed and 65 hospitalised when a railway overpass and train collapsed into a busy road in Mexico City on Monday night, crushing cars under fallen carriages and rubble.

Reuters reports that authorities halted rescue efforts shortly after they began, saying there was a risk that more train parts and debris could slam down onto the road.

A video on local channel Milenio TV showed the structure plummeting into a stream of cars near the Olivos station in the southeast of the city at around 10.30 p.m. local time.

At least two train carriages precariously hung from the damaged overpass while a crane was working to stabilise the train carriages so rescuers could resume their search for survivors. Initial rescue efforts saw medical and fire crews trying to access the carriages. The army was also in attendance.

Mexico City Mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum told the press on the site that it appeared a girder had given way on the overpass but the cause was being investigated while those affected were taken to the hospital.

Seven of the people transported to the hospital were in a critical condition and undergoing surgery, she said.

Reuters/Muzha Kucha

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Gombe ranks 1st on environments that promote business growth in Nigeria



Gombe State has been ranked first among states that have provided attractive environments that promote business growth in Nigeria.

This was contained in a result of the State Ease of Doing Business Survey undertaken by the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) as a status report on the current attractiveness of states business climates for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs.

Reacting to the development, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya said the attainment of this feat is a clear demonstration of his administration’s commitment to Good Governance which has culminated in comprehensive reforms in land administration, financial management, revenue administration and the massive infrastructural development that are critical to doing business.

According to him, the clear and purposeful drive in vocational and technical education, as well as support to SMEs, have ensured the upgrading of the skills of the youthful population of Gombe State.

The Governor assured of his determination to sustain the tempo, while acknowledging the hard work by the public service in making this happen. He expressed belief that the success recorded is also part of the dividend of his administration’s comprehensive reforms in the civil service.

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Wealthy individuals urged to consider helping female students



Philanthropist and other wealthy individuals in Gombe state have been urged to always consider females students by providing them with sanitary items.

The Principal of Government Secondary School and Technical College, Barunde Gombe, Malam Muhammad Musa made the appeal when the females students of the school receive free Sanitary Pad from Hussaini Sani Babangida on Tuesday.

Malam Musa appreciated Hussaini Sani Babangida for such gesture saying the gesture will go a long way in assisting the female’s students and prayed Allah to reward him abundantly.

Speaking during the presentation of items in GSTC Barunde and Government Girls Secondary School Doma, Hussaini Sani said he decided to provide such gesture considering how female’s students are facing difficulties during their menstrual period due to economic hardship.

He also called on government at all levels and wealthy individuals in the society to come to their aid in that direction.

Some of the beneficiaries interviewed, Rabi Saleh and Firdausi Jamilu expressed their happiness and appreciates the donor for such kind gesture.

The donor presents 275 pads in GSTC Barunde and 300 in Government Girls Secondary School Doma Gombe.

Cov/M.S. Saulauwa

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Kaduna Police foils robbery attack, recovers ammunitions and operational vehicle



Kaduna State Police Command says it received a distress call through Divisional Police Officer Tudun Wada, that unknown armed men invaded Jada road, in a bid to commit heinous crime in the area.

This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen by the Command’s Spokesperson ASP Mohammed Jalige in Kaduna.

It explained that on receipt of the call, patrol team were immediately dispatched to the area, where the handlooms, on sighting the patrol vehicle, started shooting berserkly.

It maintained that Officers involved in the operation succeeded in repelling the attack and recovered twenty four rounds of live ammunitions, thirty polymer-cased twelve-guage shotgun shells, a Toyota Corolla LE, a driver’s license and ATM cards.

The statement described the counteroffensive operation as successful, devoid of any injury to the operatives, while the hoodlums escaped with bullet wounds considering the observed volume of blood spilled and stains at the scene.

It adds that the Command solicits for information about any person(s) found with bullet wound(s) and such should be reported to the Police for immediate action.

PR/Usman Sani.

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Minimum Wage: Labour begins indefinite strike in Nasarawa



The Organised Labour in Nasarawa State has begin an indefinite strike today over partial implementation of thirty thousand naira minimum wage and other welfare related issues.

Our Correspondent reports the organised labour made the declaration  after its State Executive Council meeting held in lafia.

The Chairman of the State Labour Congress NLC Comrade Yusuf Sarki Iya told newsmen that the action became necessary due to the failure by the government to meet their demands.

Comrade Yusuf Sarki Iya listed some of the demands to include partial implementation of minimum wage without recourse to due process of collective bargaining and lack of implementation of promotions since two thousand and eighteen.

Others includes lack of annual increments, lack of training, lack of confirmation of appointments of casual workers some of which have worked for more than ten years among others.

He said that some of the problems had lingered for a long time but government had failed to give priority toward addressing them.

The State NLC chairman added that, they have given the present administration more than two years’ grace to address their challenges but the government has been paying lip service.

Comrade Yusuf Sarki Iya described the implications of minimum wage of workers from grade levels one to six in the state as a mirage

COV/Aliyu Muraki/Lafia..

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GOC re-echo call on Boko Haram fighters to surrender



The Acting General Officer Commanding GOC 7 Division Nigerian Army Brigedeir General Abdulwahab Eyitayo has called on remnants of Boko Haram insurgents to give up the fight and surrender so as to be reintegrated back to the society.

The GOC made the call during a luncheon with media professionals in Maiduguri.

Brigedeir General Eyitayo who is also the Commander Sector 1 Joint Taskforce Northeast, Operation Hadin Kai urged Boko Haram fighters to shun violence and embrace peace as the war is almost over.

According to him, activities of informants and logistic suppliers to the insurgents in their hideouts are some the factors that made the war on terror to be protracted.

General Eyitayo therefore called for better synergy between the military and the media for the battle to be successfully won.

He appreciate the media for the positive reportage since he assumed duty as acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division three months ago.

Secretary Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ, Borno State Council, Mohammed Ibrahim appreciated the resilience and sacrifice of troops prosecuting the war, assuring of better cooperation and professional coverage of activities of the military.

Over fifty journalists from different media organisations attended the luncheon.


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