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Tragedy As Lightning Strike Kills Three FRSC Officials Preparing For Parade In Ogun

Tragedy struck in the ancient town of Ilese, near Ijebu -Ode, in Ijebu North-East local government area of Ogun State, as three officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) were struck to death by mysterious thunder lightning which occurred in the early hours of Wednesday, Vanguard reports.

The incident, which occurred around 10 a.m followed a drizzling which was accompanied by the lightning that entered into the FRSC’s office located at the old Toll Gate in Ilese town where it killed its victims.

It was gathered that the thunderstruck while the FRSC officials were planning for the early morning parade within the vicinity of their office located at the old toll gate.

Though no official statement has been released to the effect, a senior member of the Corps, who spoke with VANGUARD on condition of anonymity disclosed that there were about twelve officials in the exact office when the lightning occurred, accompanied by the thunder which struck three of his colleagues to death.

When contacted, the FRSC Public Relations Officer in the state, Florence Okpe also confirmed the incident but declined further comments.

Okpe, who promised to issue a statement later in the day, said that until the corp’s Sector Commander, who has hurriedly gone to Ilese in order to ascertain what really transpired returned, she wouldn’t be able to give a clear statement on the incident.

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As at the time of filing this report, men of the state’s special security outfit code-named “OP MESA” have taken over security of the entire area, chasing onlookers away and preventing journalists from taking pictures.

Also, traditionalists worshipers otherwise known as Sango adherents have joined other FRSC officials at the scene of the incident in Ilese Ijebu in a bid to perform some traditional rites on the corpses before they are released to government officials for burial.

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N50,000, N30,000 To Be Distributed Among 433,000 Nigerians, Businesses By FG

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Tola Johnson, Special Assistant to  President Muhammadu Buhari on Micro Small and Medium and Medium Enterprises(MSMEs), says 100,000 small businesses will get N50,000 each.

NAN reports that the gesture is part of COVID-19 economic stimulus.

The presidential aide made the announcement at the inauguration of the Implementation of Survival Fund and Guaranteed Off-Take Stimulus Schemes for MSMEs on Thursday in Abuja.

Johnson, the Project Coordinator, said that the schemes were part of the Economic Sustainability Plan drafted by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo-led committee and approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“The Payroll Support targets 100,000 businesses. However, the number of individuals who will benefit from this is 500,000. What the government has done is to say that there a lot of MSMEs that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

“Afterward, there is a CAC (Corporate Affairs Commission) free registration; it is free for the MSMEs but the government is paying the CAC for this. What the government has done is to say to the CAC, you do this regularly to the MSMEs at about N12,000 or thereabout; give it to us at half price, we will give it to the MSMEs free.’’

Johnson added that under the National MSMEs Clinic, Osinbajo and the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment went to no fewer than 26 states.

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He said it was discovered that very creative businesses were not registered.

“They will tell you they don’t have N10,000 to N12,000 to register their businesses. The government had promised that at some point, we will do and I think the opportunity has come now; the opportunity cannot be better than now.’’

The official also announced that under the Survival Fund, the last strap would be the Transport and Artisans Support.

At least 333,000 beneficiaries will get a one-off N30,000 grant, Johnson said.

He added that the government will work with associations, individuals and the Ministry of Transportation to implement the scheme.

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