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Rwanda:RFTC Warned Over Drivers’ Grievances

By Janvier Nshimyumukiza and Jean De Dieu Nsabimana

The Ministry of Infrastructure (MININFRA) has cautioned Rwanda Federation of Transport Cooperative (RFTC) against what it described as ‘unacceptable’ treatment of its drivers.

The State Minister in charge of Transport at MININFRA, Jean de Dieu Uwihanganye, said they received complaints from unidentified drivers accusing RFTC of unfair treatment.

Drivers said some don’t have contracts while others have contracts which they have no access to since signing them, according to Uwihanganye.

“They said their contracts were confiscated by the employer and that if one cannot get 800 passengers per day his salary is cut,” he said.

“Even when it comes to food allowances, they say the cooperative gives them Rwf3,500 or Rwf4,000 each instead of Rwf5,000 as stipulated in their contracts, this is also unfair,” he added.

Uwihanganye was on Thursday speaking at a consultative meeting on curbing road carnage attended by different government bodies and transport cooperatives and companies, at Police Headquarters in Kigali.

He emphasised that he was saddened by the indecent treatment of RFTC drivers, adding that there is no way one can be denied their work contracts after they had signed them.

Regarding deducting of drivers’ salaries following failure to get a minimum of 800 passengers a day, Uwihanganye said it is unacceptable as it puts a driver under a lot of pressure.

Drivers have been delaying on bus stops until they get required number of passengers, raising questions about the whole transport system since people have to queue up for so long waiting for buses.

The minister also said that “some other drivers resort to jamming speed governors to be able to cover more routes and carry as many passengers as possible in a day, encouraging over-speeding, which endangers passengers’ lives” .

“Drivers said they don’t get their full monthly pay even when they haven’t done anything wrong, that is intolerable,” Uwihanganye added, addressing RFTC deputy chairman.

RFTC denies allegations

While the state minister said he believes drivers’ claims were accurate, RFTC’s deputy chairman Alphonse Gahongayire denied the allegations, terming them as baseless.

“They all have signed the contracts and we pay them their full salaries, except when one has issued a traffic ticket by the police, in that case we pay the fines and deduct the amount from his salary,” he said.

However, the state minister seemed not convinced with the explanations, saying he personally talked to 10 drivers and they all confirmed what is in an unsigned letter that he received.

“I know some drivers are complicated and can even lie, but those complaints were confirmed by 10 drivers I spoke to,” he said.

“They said they didn’t know about the letter, but when I told them about its content they all said it’s true, and they have been living that life for years,” he said.

Uwihanganye said he sent the letter to RURA (Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority) in order for it to take action for the betterment of the transport sector.

According to statistics shared at the meeting by the police, 180 people died in road accidents from January to September 2017, motorcycles dominating with 117 (60%).

Commissioner for Traffic and Road Safety, George Rumanzi, attributed fatal accidents to “total collapse of motorcycle cooperative leadership” and “lack of background check and supervision for drivers.” He also cited drivers’ fatigue, among other causes.

IGP Emmanuel Gasana said Police and City of Kigali are working on a joint mechanism to find a place where confiscated vehicles will be kept, and owners will have to pay companies that will keep them.

This initiative came after owners failed to pick their vehicles.

Meanwhile, CP Rumanzi said speed governors reduced road accidents by 65% since their introduction despite the fact that some drivers manipulate them.

Regarding motorcycle accidents, some of recommendations by police are “reorganising motorcycle cooperatives” and “installing GPS technology” in speed governors so that every motorcycle is traceable, where it is located and what it is doing.

Officials said that will be implemented within a 2 month period.

South Africa: Dial-a-Ride Users Say the Service Is Deteriorating

By William Yoder

Some members of the Dial-a-Ride User’s Forum have expressed concerns about the safety and quality of the service as well as fee increases under the current contractor.

Members of the forum say the service they get from Dial-a-Ride, which provides transportation to people with disabilities, has deteriorated since HG Travelling Services won the tender on 1 December 2015.

In April, users protested against the provincial government about the use of MyCiTi branding, availability, cost and safety. A Dial-a-Ride bus was attacked recently in a housing protest.

Debbie Bedien, a member of the forum, said that buses used to be plain white with yellow Dial-a-Ride logos. “Whether it was taxi strikes, public strikes,or bus strikes, we weren’t affected,” Bedien said. But the buses now have the colour scheme and the logo of MyCiTi buses.

HG Travelling Services referred GroundUp to the City of Cape Town for comment. The City said the vehicles were clearly marked on the back and sides. However, a Dial-a-Ride vehicle which GroundUp photographed did not have these signs on the right side (it did have a sign on the left side).

Brett Herron, Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, said, “The MyCiTi logo features on all of those vehicles that are contracted by the City to provide a public transport service to the public.”

Dial-a-Ride Forum members also complained about the rising cost of the service. Since 2015, a 20km trip with Dial-a-Ride has gone from R8.80 to R13; for a trip under 5km it has gone from R6.70 to R9.

Members of the forum complained that the service was very booked up and Cape Town’s other public transport services were mostly inaccessible, a situation not set to change for several years.

“By 10:30am all rides [for the next week] are fully booked,” said Bedien.

About 800 people use the service on a “regular or ad hoc basis” according to Herron. He said HG Travelling Services had increased capacity for wheelchair users from 72 to 102 since gaining the contract. It currently operates 21 vehicles, 20 of which can accommodate passengers using wheelchairs.

Elroy Lodewyk, also a member of the Dial-a-Ride forum, said bookings were sometimes missed. He said some commuters had even lost their jobs due to the lack of reliability of Dial-a-Ride.

But Herron said, “The City was not informed about any commuter who has lost his/her job as a result of the Dial-a-Ride service.”

He said financial penalties could be imposed by the City should HG Travelling Services fail to provide adequate service.

Dial-a-Ride users say that passengers can be on the bus for hours. Another member of the forum, Luwie Links, said, “They pick up something like nine people. If you are first to be picked up at 5:10am in the morning, you will arrive at work at 8 or 8:30am.”

Members of the forum are also unhappy that Dial-a-Ride now requires users to be assessed by an occupational therapist every two years, even in cases where users’ disabilities are permanent.

Lodewyk said, “I’m 22 years in a wheelchair. What, after 23 years I will walk again?”

Nigeria: Uber’s Productive Four Years of Economic Transformation

By Emma Okonji

Uber has in the last four years of its operation in Africa, changed the perspectives in the transportation system, while using technology to drive economic transformation in the sector.

When Uber was first established in 2009, its mission was to help people everywhere get a ride, safely, quickly and at the push of a button. Eight years later, that mission remained the same and Uber’s innovative, technology-driven business model is still fundamentally changing the way people think about meeting their transport needs.

For the past four years, Uber has been delivering the same level of transformation across sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and with more than 1.8 million active riders using the app, Uber certainly has reason to celebrate its fourth anniversary on the continent.

The benefits

Speaking on the technology innovativeness infused into the transport system that has benefitted several countries, the General Manager for Uber SSA, Alon Lits, told THISDAY that several companies and individuals in Africa have benefitted from Uber since its launch in Africa four years ago.

According to Lits, “It is not just Uber that has benefitted from the stellar uptake of its convenient offering in Africa. The SSA countries in which Uber now has a presence, and the citizens of those countries, are also reaping significant socio-economic rewards thanks to the transformation that the Uber approach has helped to drive.”

At an economic level, these benefits take many forms. In many cities, the reliability, immediacy, and convenience that Uber offers to city residents and visitors is having the positive impact of helping to reduce congestion. In most urban parts of SSA, single occupant vehicles remain the biggest contributors to gridlock.

“But increasing numbers of city residents are recognising that Uber offers a cost effective way of sharing their daily commute with others, thereby reducing the total number of vehicles on the roads, while at the same time cutting down on the costly wear and tear that regular stop-start driving causes,” Lits said.

The perceptions

Repeat Uber usage in South Africa is a prime example of these shifting private transport perceptions. This month, almost 25,000 riders each used Uber more than 10 times a week, which points to the increasing adoption of this tech-driven solution, not just as a leisure transport option, but also for work and business purposes. This demonstrates that Uber is a true alternative to private car ownership.

Another significant benefit that Uber is delivering in SSA, is enabling and empowering economic opportunities and offering more choice. The steadily growing number of Uber driver-partners in countries across the region is testament to the appeal of the Uber business model. That is because it creates real opportunities for local entrepreneurs to create and enjoy the flexibility and enhanced earnings potential – for themselves and, ultimately, for individuals that many of them bring into their thriving and growing transport businesses.

Growth trajectory

The growing demand for trips across the SSA region leads to a steadily growing need for drivers. Currently more than 29 000 such driver-partners are taking advantage of the earnings generating opportunities delivered by the Uber app. Importantly, the Uber model allows these individuals to be as flexible as they need to be, which means that they are able to earn what they want, when they want to, either as a full-time entrepreneurs or to supplement other sources of income.

Lits explained that Uber investigates partnerships with businesses that bring benefits to drivers, such as the multiple vehicle financing programmes that have been made available to drivers across South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria, that reduce barriers to credit and capital. The first partnership of this kind was implemented in South Africa with WesBank, offering existing drivers access to vehicles at preferential rates, with a view to establishing their own passenger transport business. This unique model is based on driver ratings and earning potential, as opposed to the norm of credit checks. The model was successfully expanded across SSA and is being tested in markets across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Uber’s investments

Uber also invests heavily in supporting its driver-partners in their businesses through ongoing technological innovation as well as physical presences in the form of support hubs. Apart from the existing Greenlight Hubs across SSA, five more of these state-of-the-art Greenlight Hubs were opened in Dar Es Salaam, Nairobi, Kampala, Kumasi and Lagos this year.

In addition to offering driver-partners technical and app support, they also offer information sessions and tailored workshops to driver-partners, focusing on training and skills development.

In a region of high unemployment and stagnating economic prospects, Uber’s business partnership approach provides an accessible means for entrepreneurs to not only supplement their own income, but also to become small business owners, thereby helping to improve the lives and futures of individuals, families and communities.

Lits said Uber’s approach to shifting perspectives of how people in SSA move around their cities, is one of partnership with all stakeholders. According to him, Uber strives at all times to collaborate closely with local regulators to understand the challenges they are grappling with in their cities and then help them to develop workable and accessible solutions that benefit people and economies. It is with this in mind that Uber has just launched Uber Movement in Johannesburg, a new website to help urban planners, city leaders, third parties and the public better understand the transportation needs of their cities.

User’s entrepreneurship approach

Speaking on the Uber driver-partnership deal, Lits said: “The partnership approach has always been at the heart of the business because our global experience has shown us that multi-modal transport powered by technology is the best way to promote entrepreneurship, relieve pressure on infrastructure, and deliver safe and efficient transport that helps people connect with work, business and leisure opportunities.”

Uber’s mission

Uber’s mission is to help people get a ride at the push of a button – everywhere and for everyone. It started in 2009 to solve a simple problem – how do you get a ride at the touch of a button?

Eight years and over two billion trips later, the company said it started tackling an even greater challenge such as reducing congestion and pollution in cities by getting more people into fewer cars.

The Uber network is now available in over 600 cities in over 75 countries spanning six continents.

Namibia: Fight Obesity With Yoga

By Sandeep Wankhade

OBESITY is a growing public health concern in modern societies. Physical inactivity and an unhealthy diet have been identified as major risk factors for obesity.

Ample research has highlighted the role of obesity as a risk factor for a large number of chronic health complications, such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, stroke, as well as mood changes and depression in an obese individual.

What is Obesity?

According to a fact sheet available on the WHO website, worldwide obesity has nearly doubled since 1980. In 2008, 300 million women and 200 million men were obese. Do these figures have you worrying about your health? Before you start sweating, understand that you may not even be obese.

Technically speaking, being obese is different from being overweight. To put it in simpler terms, a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 25 classifies as being overweight. However, a BMI greater than or equal to 30 falls under the obese category.

Obesity Symptoms

Obesity reduces physical movements and also brings in slowness in emotional and mental activities. Food intake increases, and obesity can result in frustration. Laziness increases, reducing overall efficiency. Depression is often associated with excess weight gain.

Sometimes obesity can obstruct the breathing process.

Obesity because of physical problems

Obesity can be hereditary, and digestive disorders may result in obesity. Improper functioning of the endocrine gland system such as thyroid disorders, problems in the nervous system and can also cause obesity, as well as imbalances in emotional and mental activities

Obesity as a result of lifestyle

Lack of exercise, no physical movement, driving cars and other vehicles, sitting and watching TV, movies, working on computers, consuming cold food from the fridge all the time

Yogic concept of diet

In the system of yoga, the physical body is called annamaya kosha or the food sheath. Therefore, food is the essence of the physical body and for the same reason; food is also medicine for the body.

Food can be considered as vitality on the gross level because life comes from food. Life is sustained by food and, in the end, all life again becomes food for further life and the cycle of creation continues.

According to yoga, food is not only what we consume during our meals and digest in our alimentary system; it is also the nourishment that sustains life. For example, food nourishes or feeds our thoughts and speech, feelings and relationships with ourselves and others.

So, when we speak of obesity in yoga, we refer not only to the physical body but to all the aspects of our being and the way in which we nourish and mobilise them. For this reason, it is said that to maintain healthy body weight, it is not enough to treat the body with special diets or changes in lifestyle.

It is also necessary to work on the level of consciousness, which is the mental energy, and on the other aspects which are instrumental to this power or energy. Yoga is a scientific system for developing our body/mind instrument for the expression of consciousness.

Yoga practices for healthy weight

Yoga is an ancient technique that has always aimed at promoting holistic living through better lifestyle and a physical regime.

Being a natural method that focuses on controlled breathing through various postures, yoga is a completely harm free and perfect alternative for allopathic weight-loss pills.

Whether your BMI is abysmally high or you just believe in staying fit, yoga caters to all. Here are a few yoga techniques that you can start with on the path to shedding your weight.

Kapal Bhati (Breathing Exercise)

This breathing technique increases the rate of metabolism and thus helps in reducing weight. It also improves digestive tract functioning, absorption and assimilation of nutrients.

Paschimottanasana (Forward bend stretching the back)

This pose massages and tones the abdominal and pelvic organs. It also improves digestion and is highly effective in reducing obesity.

Veerbhadrasana (Warrior – pose)

This pose improves balance in the body and builds up stamina. The abdominal organs are also stimulated by practising this pose.

Naukasana (Boat- pose)

This pose strengthens the abdominal muscles, improves digestion, and stimulates the intestine.

Shalabhasana (Locust- pose)

This pose massages and tones the abdominal organs. It also improves digestion and flexibility in the body.

Halasana (Plow- Pose)

This pose strengthens and stimulates the abdominal muscles. It also alleviates stress and fatigue.

Bhujangasana (Cobra- Pose)

This pose tones the abdomen, Strengthens the entire back and shoulders, improves flexibility of the upper and middle back, expands the chest, improves blood circulation and also reduces fatigue and stress.

Respect your limits

Yoga may seem intimidating at first, but is an easy-to-approach alternative for overpowering obesity. While it may seem difficult to bend into some poses initially, being consistent in practice will help you stretch further with every passing day.

It is also important to remember that your body has its limits and it would be unwise to extend beyond these boundaries just to lose weight quickly. Stretch until where your body permits and then rest in that pose while breathing consciously.

Kenya: NTSA Names Major Killers on Roads

By James Kariuki

The National Transport and Safety Agency (NTSA) says private and commercial vehicles are to blame for the lion’s share of deaths on Kenyan roads.

Data from the authority reveals that 849 people died from accidents involving private vehicles while commercial vehicles related deaths stood at 707 compared to 563 deaths associated with matatus plying various roads in the country.

This is more than half of all deaths on Kenyan roads that in the just concluded financial year stood at 2,834 compared to 2015/2016 period.

A report released by NTSA board chairman Jackson Waweru says the hardest hit group are those in their prime between 20 to 44 years.

“Most accidents occurred on Friday, Saturday and Sunday when people are at home or driving around for leisure. Reckless driving, overlapping, motorists speeding on unfamiliar roads during weekends, riding without helmets, drink-driving, drink-riding and drink-walking on the road are to blame for about 91 per cent of fatalities reported during weekends,” he said.

The chairman said they were banking on technology to tame the deaths mostly blamed on failure by Kenyan drivers, riders, pedestrians and vehicle passengers to heed traffic regulations.

The statistics provided for the just ended 2016/2017 financial year also reveal a worrying trend in motorcycle related deaths where 465 riders perished together with 232 pillion passengers, which was solely blamed on failure to don helmets, reckless speeding and drink-riding.

Interestingly, NTSA seems to have concentrated on public service vehicles where reported deaths reduced by 8.3 per cent to stand at 563 from the previous year’s 614. This has seen NTSA put stringent measures on provision of speed governors with surveillance increased to ensure compliance.

While motorcycle related deaths have reduced by 9.2 per cent for riders as the previous year saw 565 perish, the death of pinion passengers rose from the 2015/2016 report of 200 pillion passengers to 232, which is a 16 per cent increase.

To tame the deaths, NTSA said a new curriculum had been prepared specifically for motorcycle riders to undergo theory, practical and sit for examinations.

This means riders will be taken through a thorough and vigorous road safety and use course that looks at all causes, eventualities and provides them with firsthand knowledge on first aid skills.

While a 21.8 per cent drop in pedestrian deaths was recorded, Mr Waweru said the 1,021 walkers demises was still high and asked corporate companies to join the authority in raising funds for putting up road barriers at known accident-prone spots along major roads in Nairobi and other cities.

“To better understand our drivers’ behaviour as well as create a historic driving trail of each driver, NTSA is soon launching a real-time database where each driver’s details will be updated regularly. Errant drivers will be penalised, licences suspended and in the worst scenario permanently banned from driving,” he said.

Pedestrians have also not been spared as 1,021 died compared to 1,306 the previous period.

Government vehicles were also blamed for causing 50 deaths compared to 34 reported in the previous period under review indicating the need to enhance traffic enforcement to all classes of drivers.

Also being introduced for every vehicle is the digital third identifier licence to be placed on a windscreen that will help NTSA and traffic officers confirm identity of motor vehicle owner on the spot.

Currently, only new registrations are getting the third identifier sticker while others will pay for the one off 10 year sticker once their vehicles are due for inspection.

South Africa: Transport Hosts Stakeholder Walk-About and Physical Scrapping of Old Taxis

press release

On Wednesday, 04 October 2017, the Minister of Transport, Mr Joe Maswanganyi will be joined by the Deputy Minister of Transport Ms Sindisiwe Chikunka, the Chief Executive Officer of the Taxi Scrapping Administrator Mr. Visham Naidoo and its Executive Officials together with key transport stakeholders and senior government officials during a walk-about and physical scrapping of old taxis, indicating that the Taxi Recapitalisation Programme (TRP) is well on track.

The Taxi Recapitalisation Programme (TRP) was approved for implementation by Cabinet in 2004, for a period of seven (7) years, at a total cost of R7.7 billion. Of the total amount, R5.5 billion was set aside for the scrapping of Old Taxi Vehicles (OTV) while R2.2 billion was to be utilized, among others for systems development and support, implementation of a law enforcement strategy and the development of a regulatory environment for taxi industry.

As part of this scrapping event, Minister Maswanganyi will bring members of the media up to speed regarding progress achieved and challenges in the Recapitlisation Programme to date as well as an update on the conversion of taxi vehicles.

The TRP was introduced amongst other reasons to ensure that old, unsafe taxis are taken off our roads and also to regulate the industry. With road and passenger safety being paramount, the TRP takes into account that old taxis do not have safety belts, are small, uncomfortable, not roadworthy and therefore always pose a danger for commuters, motorists and other road users in general.

Issued by: Department of Transport

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Mozambique: Nyusi Urges Reflection On Causes of Carnage On the Roads

Maputo — Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Monday urged all citizens to reflect on the causes of the alarmingly high number of traffic accidents on Mozambican roads, which are taking a serious toll on lives and property.

He was speaking to reporters in Maputo immediately after laying a wreath at the Monument to the Mozambican Heroes, in a ceremony marking the 53rd anniversary of the launch of the armed struggle for Mozambique’s independence from Portuguese colonial rule on 25 September 1964.

Lethal accidents, often involving passenger vehicles and heavy trucks, are becoming commonplace. This past weekend two major accidents occurred in Maputo and Tete provinces, causing the deaths of 25 people and injuring dozens of others.

“The vehicles belong to us, we are the drivers, we are the passengers, and we are the ones who cross the roads”, stressed Nyusi. He could not see any justification for the current levels of carnage on the roads.

The situation demanded an attitude of greater responsibility. “We cannot continue watching citizens lose their lives, their property, parts of their bodies, because some Mozambicans are irresponsible”, said Nyusi. “We call on people to denounce those who do not respect the lives of Mozambicans”.

As if to ram home Nyusi’s point about irresponsibility, at much the same time as he was speaking the police arrested a motorist in central Maputo who had just rammed his car into three parked vehicles on Patrice Lumumba Avenue, causing serious damage, but fortunately no loss of life. The man was drunk and admitted to falling asleep at the wheel.

Turning to military issues, Nyusi repeated what he had said the previous day, at a ceremony where military medals were awarded at the General Staff Headquarters. The current dynamics of the country, he insisted, required greater flexibility and adaptation from the Mozambican Armed Forces (FADM).

In the same way that the military adapt to the theatre of operations, he said, “it is time to adapt with the same flexibility to the changes which are taking place inside the national territory. We are continuing to hold a dialogue with the various forces of civil society, and with the largest opposition party (Renamo) in order to achieve effective peace”.

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Nigeria: Customs Intercepts Another Cache of Arms At Tin-Can Port

By Ndubuisi Francis and Eromosele Abiodun

Abuja and Lagos — The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Tin Can Island Command tuesday intercepted another container suspected to contain yet another cache of arms imported from Turkey.

The interception came barely one week after the command intercepted a 20-foot container load of 1,100 pump action rifles.

THISDAY investigations revealed that the container with number, CMAU189817/8 is believed to contain about 475 pump action rifles.

THISDAY gathered at the port that the pump action rifles were discovered after the Customs Area Comptroller of the Command, Comptroller Bashir Yusuf, ordered a detailed profiling of the importer of the 1,100 rifles intercepted last week.

After the detailed profiling, it was discovered that the container belonged to the same importer.

This seizure is the third in the series of containers loads of arms seizure at Tin-Can port alone and fourth in the country within eight months.

A source who witnessed the examination of the container told THISDAY that the rifles were concealed with small connecting pipes.

According to the source, “The container was owned by the same importer of the 1,100 guns. After a detailed profiling of the importer ordered by the Area Comptroller, it was discovered that he still has another container inside the port, so they fished it out.

“But I don’t know why they are hiding the identity of the importer; it could even be the government themselves importing these weapons.”

However, when contacted the National Public Relations Officer of the service, Joseph Attah, said a container was suspected and its yet to be examined to know what is inside.

“Let’s not speculate about arms please. A container is being suspected and examination will reveal whatever is inside,” he said in a short SMS.

The Comptroller General of the NCS, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), had last Monday displayed 1,100 rifles imported into Tincan port from Turkey.

The customs CG said the 20ft container was originally declared to contain wash hand basins and water closets.

He said: “On September 6, 2017, operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service intelligence unit on a routine monitoring of activities across the terminals discovered a 1x20ft container with number, GESU2555208 which was not previously listed for examination positioned with other containers for the day’s examination.

“They also observed that the seal of this unlisted container had already been cut and padlocked. The container became suspect and had to be immediately transferred to the enforcement unit.”

Upon thorough examination, the container contained 600 pieces of Jojef Magnum black pump action; 300 pieces of Jojef Magnum Silver pump action and 209 pieces of Jojef Magnum Plastic single barrels hunting gun pump action rifles.

“Importation of 1100 rifles at a time when the nation is undergoing some security challenges is a clear indication that there are indeed some elements who do not believe in the unity, peace and well being of Nigeria.

Also, the NCS has announced a significant break in its drive to checkmate the smuggling of vehicles through the land borders with the seizure of what it described as 18 high-profile and exotic bullet-proof cars smuggled through the land borders.

The Comptroller-General of Customs, Ali, who made the disclosure in Abuja tuesday, said the vehicles were impounded from Kefiano Motors Limited, an auto dealer in Abuja via credible information sourced by the detachment of the compliance team of the NCS.

All the impounded vehicles, Ali said, apart from been bullet proof, do not have proper evidence of paid customs duties and do not have the ‘end user certificate’, which statutorily must accompany vehicles of that level.

“Beyond the issue of non-payment of customs duty, 13 of these vehicles are Bullet Proof. These vehicles require clearance from the office of the National Security Adviser before importation. In a period of fragile security, we cannot afford to have unauthorised persons use armored vehicles. Without End User Certificates, possession of these vehicles is illegal,” he said.

Giving details of the vehicles which were parked at the NCS’s headquarters in Abuja, the customs boss said the vehicles seized included two Range Rovers, one Rolls Royce, four Lexus, three G Wagons, two Prado SUVs, one Lincoln Navigator, one Infinity, one 4matic , two Toyota Sequoia, and one Toyota Camry.

He said: “Let it be known that being in possession of smuggled item is an offence punishable under section 3 of Customs and Excise (Special Penal and Other Provision) Act Cap 47 laws of federation of Nigeria 2004,” adding that the law on ‘possession of smuggled items’ which had hitherto been idle in the operation of the NCS would be activated to allow for the prosecution of those indicted in illegal smuggling to up to one year imprisonment without an option of fine.

He urged vehicle buyers and customs officers to go through due process in acquiring and documenting vehicles to avoid undue stress and embarrassment.

He lamented that it was unfortunate that “the Service zero stands on smuggling continue to expose unwillingness of most Nigerian importers to comply with the law,” stressing that “these unpatriotic elements willingly comply with the laws of other countries, but refuse to comply with our National guidelines on imports and exports.”

“High profile interceptions such as these are testimonies of the positive effects of the ongoing reform activities in the service,” he said.

Reacting to reports that some smugglers had started hiding such cars in private homes, Ali explained that the customs service was empowered by Section 158 of CEMA, Cap 45, Laws of Federation of Nigeria to freely patrol into any residence on suspicion of harbouring smuggled cars for the purpose of seizure.

“In the last two months, the service had stepped up its implementation of the federal government’s ban on importation of vehicles through land borders and we shall continue to do so.

“For those who may want to test the service’ resolve to maintain the new tempo of aggressive anti-smuggling operations, let me restate management’s readiness to sustain the tempo and even increase it by acquiring more working tools that will boost effectiveness.” he said.

He stated that the re-invigorated anti-smuggling drive by the service had led to the seizure of 135 vehicles in Lagos (Zone A), 93 in Kaduna (Zone B), and 37 in Port Harcourt (Zone C).

South Africa: Truck Ploughs Into Parked Cars, Moving Vehicles in Cape Town

Several southbound lanes of Victoria Road in Salt River have been closed after a truck crashed into two parked cars and six moving vehicles on Tuesday.

It is thought that the driver of the truck lost control and collided into the vehicles near Salt River Road, City of Cape Town traffic services spokesperson Maxine Bezuidenhout said.

The accident took place shortly after midday.

A woman sustained serious injuries, while two children in the same vehicle – aged between 6 and 8 – were also hurt.

No other people were injured.

Bezuidenhout, who described the crash as “massive”, advised motorists to use an alternative route.

Source: News24

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Liberia: National Elections Commission Fails to Register Vehicles

By Bettie K. Johnson Mbayo

Monrovia — With less than 21 days to elections, the National Elections Commission (NEC) recently unveiled a fleet of vehicles.

However, those vehicles remain unregistered, thereby depriving the government of US$25,800 in revenue.

A communication from the Ministry of Transport dated July 12, 2017 in possession of FrontPage Africa shows that the Ministry of Transport requested the NEC to pay US$25,880 for its recently purchased fleet.

The NEC had sought inquiry from MOT over the cost of vehicle registration.

NEC, according to the Ministry, is currently plying the streets with unregistered vehicles which the Ministry termed as risky.

“What if a ballot vehicle is attacked, how will we trace it?

It’s unbelievable that the NEC will forfeit on registering their vehicles,” Minister Samuel Wlue said in a chat with FrontPage Africa.

Chapter 3, Subchapter A, section 3.1 states that registration of vehicles is a requirement in Liberia, for the proceeding years.

The Ministry said the green plates on the NEC vehicles were decommissioned in June 2015.

Registration, according to the Ministry, enables them and the Police to collaborate in unforeseen circumstances that may affect the fleet of vehicles during operation.

The fees collected from registration supports the national budget.

“The Ministry of Transport is about to embark on a vigorous enforcement of unregistered vehicles within Monrovia and its environs.”

“If NEC is not in compliance, the Ministry in collaboration with the Liberia National Police will have no alternative but to impound your vehicles during the enforcement exercise,” the communication stated.

“It’s a Liberian issue and the NEC should have to take the lead, all those who want to lead should lead by examples,” Wlue said.

Every party has violated, we can’t have people who make the law and break the laws.

At the same time, the Ministry has expressed regret over the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) failure to register its vehicles.

MOT revealed that in July 2016, the party obtained a bill of 19 vehicles but none are registered–they are only recognized by the emblem.

For the Liberty Party, 4 of their vehicles are in the draft while some vehicles are registered in individual names.

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Urey Clarifies Report On Real Estates

Businessman-turned Presidential hopeful Benoni Webster Urey clarifies here that two real estates in the United States… Read more »

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