Oil Tanker Drivers to go on strike, DSS Clears Saraki of N310 Million and other top news

Nigerian Newspapers Daily Roundup: Oil Tanker Drivers to go on strike, DSS Clears Saraki of N310 Million, confirmation of Lassa Fever in Kogi State

Nigerian oil tanker drivers are supposed to be on strike from today over low wages and poor roads, Reports Reuters.

The oil tanker drivers from Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), one of Nigeria’s two major oil labourers’ unions, didn’t set an end date, according to Cogent Ojobo, a regional chairman for NUPENG.

“Tanker drivers across the country will not work tomorrow so there is bound to be scarcity of petrol, diesel and kerosene,” said Ojobo, adding that petrol stations may later join the strike.

“They are protesting against the federal government because of poor remuneration, bad roads that wear out their vehicles fast and other matters,” he said.

NUPENG had been in talks with Nigeria’s government since last year but the last week’s deadline for an agreement was not met, he concluded.



DSS cleared Saraki of N310m ownership

The DSS has said that the 310 million naira said to belong to senate president, Bukola Saraki did not belong to Saraki or any member of the National Assembly and accused its (now dismissed) staff, who is now standing trial for armed robbery, Abdulrasheed Maigari, of trying to fabricate a lie for a hidden motive. It will be recalled that Maigari, a former DSS operative, had said that he and others connived to steal the huge cash from the Senate President’s home when they were working as security operatives in his house. But a top DSS source told Vanguard last night that the facts emanating from its investigations did not support the claims by Maigari and should be ignored.



Lassa Fever Confirmed in Kogi

In a story confirmed by the Kogi state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Saka Haruna Audu, he said state Rapid Response Team was summoned and provisions were made for the source/contact tracing and prophylactic treatment for medical personnel who had contact with the patient who was diagnosed with lassa fever before his transfer.

“All these have been concluded as all those who have had contact with the patient are currently being closely monitored.

“It is important to note that it was discovered that the patient had travelled to Ilorin, Kwara State where he had stayed for two weeks. He only developed symptoms of haemorrhagic fever two days after his return. We are therefore uncertain whether he contracted the Lassa Fever there or here in Lokoja,” he stated.

The confirmation of Lassa Fever in Kogi State was made after a male patient who is a resident of Angwan Kura, Lokoja reported at the medical centre with signs and symptoms suggestive of haemorrhagic fever.

Lassa fever, also known as Lassa hemorrhagic fever (LHF), is a type of viral hemorrhagic fever caused by the Lassa virus. Many of those infected by the virus do not develop symptoms. When symptoms occur they typically include fever, weakness, headaches, vomiting, and muscle pains.


Where would Nigeria be without Buhari?

Former Minister of Petroleum Resources, ex-Governor of old Cross River State and Chairman, Akwa Ibom APC Caucus, Chief Don Etiebet, was interviewed by Vanguard and he offered this answer:

“Could you imagine where Nigeria would have been by now if he did not come? Maybe Boko Haram would have hoisted its flag in Aso Villa. They were already in Abuja. You saw all the bombings in Abuja, the previous governments with all the money they allocated, they put them in their pockets, sending soldiers so callously empty handed to be killed in the field. They were not sincere and honest in their dealings. They did not love Nigeria, all the money that was given to them to fight insecurity; they put it in their pockets and used the balance to buy people for the elections.”



Meningitis Outbreak: Death Toll Rises to 41!

The Sokoto state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Balarabe Kakale, released this information. He attributed the deaths to lack of public support to routine immunisation programme against certain diseases in the state. Kakale also attributed the problem to poor environmental and personal hygiene as well as poor ventilation. He described the “type C” meningitis as very deadly, saying all hands must be on deck to tackle the ugly trend. The commissioner however, said the efforts of the state government had gone a long way in curtailing the disease. He posited that adequate drugs had been provided to various emergency response teams deployed to combat the disease across the state.
Kakale further said the Sokoto state government had taken steps to mitigate the effects of the outbreak by massive statewide sensitisation as well as advising the public to avoid sleeping in overcrowded rooms and ensuring proper ventilation.

“The massive public enlightenment campaign has resulted in a massive turnout of patients in our health facilities in affected areas who hitherto will have remained at home.

“ This in turn led to the treatment of all of the suspected cases of meningitis and other patients with non- contagious febrile illnesses like malaria.

“ Subsequently, there is abrupt decline and a possible halt in all meningitis related morbidities and mortalities,” he added.