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Tradesmen at Risk of Asbestos Exposure

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Curtain University in Western Australia recently conducted a survey involving 240 tradesmen, including carpenters, painters, plumbers and electricians, who have a high risk of occupational exposure to asbestos.
Survey results showed 3 in 4 tradesmen have difficulty identifying asbestos in the workplace. Furthermore, there is currently no asbestos safety training for people doing apprenticeships. This is deeply concerning, given that Australian “tradies” risk exposure to asbestos, not only in older buildings but also from illegal imports.
Fortunately, this worrisome trend is about to change. As a result of the survey, the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union has called for mandatory national safety training on asbestos for all tradespeople.

Extensive Use of Asbestos-Containing Products in Australia

While this is a step in the right direction, it should not make the rest of us complacent. The risk of exposure to asbestos does not come from fibro houses alone.
The asbestos cement manufacturing industry, whose durable and affordable products were used extensively by the building industry, is responsible for an estimated 60 percent of all production and 90 percent of all consumption of asbestos fiber in Australia.
Asbestos-containing products include:
  • Flat and corrugated fibro cement sheeting
  • Asbestos-cement pipe and sheet material
  • Wallboard and siding
  • Roofing materials such as roofing shingles, ceiling tiles and lay-in panels
  • Roofing felt, base flashing, cement wallboard, cement siding and ceiling tiles
  • Asphalt and vinyl floor tiles
  • Vinyl wall coverings
Although asbestos has not been used in domestic building materials in Australia since the 1980s, products containing asbestos were not banned until 2003. That means homes built or renovated prior to that may contain asbestos in one form or another.

More Awareness About Asbestos Is Needed

Despite the efforts of the many who dedicate their time educating people about asbestos, including those who have tragically lost loved ones to asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma, there are many who remain ignorant or complacent about the danger it poses.
I believe asbestos awareness education should be introduced and upheld in all schools and areas of employment, not only in Australia but around the world. Until this happens, we can only do our part as individuals to help ease the problem.
Asbestos is the reason countless men and women around the world are dying of mesothelioma. I urge you not to wait until tragedy strikes before finding out what you need to know to protect yourself and the people around you from harm.
Please, don’t let it stop there. Share what you know with others and encourage them to do the same.

Meet 3 Nigerians From Same Family In The US Army (Photo)

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 Meet 3 Nigerians From Same Family In The US Army (Photo)
The Odocha family
Three talented Nigerians have joined the U.S Army and reports have gathered that the soldiers are doing well in delivering their duties. 
Nigerians excel in many fields both at home and overseas, and the US Army is not an exception.
What is more remarkable is how one family resident in USA has produced three full-fledged officers for the US Army.
Social media users are currently celebrating with the Odocha family.
From left to right are: Lt Chioma Odocha, Lt Tochi Odocha and Capt Kelechi Odocha, all children of Dr and Mrs Harold Okay Odocha, originally from Mbaise, Imo State. Dr Odocha is a Transplant Surgeon (Liver/Kidney) and former Chief of Transplants at Howard University, Washington, DC.

'Vote out Buhari' statement: Police declare IBB spokesman, Kassim Afegbua wanted

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'Vote out Buhari' statement: Police declare IBB spokesman, Kassim Afegbua wanted
The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) yesterday declared the spokesperson of former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida, Mr Kassim Afegbua wanted.

The spokesman of the Police, CSP Jimoh Moshood in a statement ‎said the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris has ordered the immediate arrest of Kashim Afegbua for making false statements, injurious falsehood, defamation of character and for act capable of Inciting public disturbance throughout the country.ý

Moshood said he is therefore declared wanted by the Nigeria Police Force and should report at the nearest Police Station anywhere he is in the country.

Babangida in a press statement released on Sunday by Afegbua, urged Buhari to sacrifice his personal ambition for national interest, while calling on Nigerians to vote out Buhari in 2019.
However, hours later another statement was circulated by press release distribution agency, PRNigeria, claiming that IBB has disowned the earlier statement issued by his media aide.

An Australian Imam Narrates What He Did To A Nigerian Scammer

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An Australian Imam Narrates What He Did To A Nigerian Scammer  
An imam and a scholar who is based in Australia has taken to his twitter page to reveal what he did to a Nigerian scammer that sent him a mail in order to scam him of $1000 (one thousand dollars)

Below Is What The Imam Wrote On His Twitter Page:

Nigerian scammer sent me an Email saying he wants to send me $100,000,000 but I should first send him $1000.

I told him to deduct the $1000 from the $100M and send me the rest. No response yet. �

MasterCard, Visa Cards From Nigeria 'To Be Blocked Abroad' As Egmont Group Considers Expelling Nigeria

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MasterCard, Visa Cards From Nigeria 'To Be Blocked Abroad' As Egmont Group Considers Expelling Nigeria
Nigerians may no longer be able to carry out international transactions as Egmont Group is considering expelling the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) because of governance issues.
A major consequence of the expulsion will be the blacklisting of Nigeria in international finance.
This could affect use of MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards by Nigerians.
It could also affect the international rating of Nigerian financial institutions, restricting their access to some big-ticket international transactions.
Nigeria will also no longer be able to benefit from financial intelligence shared by the other member countries, including the US and the UK.
Also to be affected is the country’s ability to recover stolen funds abroad.
It was learnt that the expulsion is part of the agenda of Egmont’ working group and heads of FIU meeting between March 2 and March 7, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The group, comprising 153 countries, mandates its members to establish a financial intelligence unit that serves as a national centre for the receipt and analysis of (1) suspicious transaction reports; and (2) other information relevant to money laundering, associated predicate offences and financing of terrorism, and for the dissemination of the results of that analysis.
All advanced countries are members of the group, which is an initiative of the American government.
In July 2017, the group had suspended Nigeria, citing interference of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in the workings of the NFIU.
The body had asked Nigeria to amend the law establishing the NFIU to make it autonomous.
It also accused the NFIU of failing to protect “confidential information, specifically related to the status of suspicious transaction report (STR) details and information derived from international exchanges”.
“The heads of FIU made a decision, by consensus, to suspend the membership status of the NFIU, Nigeria, following repeated failures on the part of the FIU to address concerns regarding the protection of confidential information, specifically related to the status of suspicious transaction report (STR) details and information derived from international exchanges, as well as concerns on the legal basis and clarity of the NFIU’s independence from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The measure will remain in force until immediate corrective actions are implemented,” Egmont group had said at the time.
The senate had passed the bill granting the NFIU autonomy few days after its suspension was reported.
In December, Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the EFCC, said NFIU had been separated from the EFCC.
He said from January 1, 2018, NFIU, would begin to operate as an independent organisation.
“We have allowed NFIU to go. They are operationally autonomy independent of EFCC,” he had said.
But what Magu said has not been implemented.
Nigeria’s admittance into the group in 2007 is considered to be one of the biggest achievements of the President Olusegun Obasanjo administration.
The membership ensured the removal of Nigerian banks from the blacklist of international finance.
The blacklisting had prevented the banks from engaging in correspondent banking with foreign institutions and also denied Nigerians access to foreign credit cards.
Source: TheCable

How We're Using Witch-Doctors From Edo To Fight Human Trafficking - NAPTIP

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How We're Using Witch-Doctors From Edo To Fight Human Trafficking - NAPTIP
According to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) said it has engaged some local witchdoctors in Benin, Edo as ambassadors in fighting human trafficking in the country.
The Director General of NAPTIP, Ms Julie Okah-Donli, disclosed this at a symposium for the agency’s officials in Abuja on Monday.
Edo state has the highest number of traffickers and victims of human trafficking in the country.

Okah-Donli said investigations revealed that some local witch doctors were involved or used in the trafficking of persons to Europe.
“When we gathered these witchdoctors recently to sensitise them on what human trafficking victims go through in Europe, they were shocked.

“And they have made their commitments to work with us to fight the menace of human trafficking,” the NAPTIP boss said.
She said that the agency would involve and sensitise more witchdoctors in Edo and other parts of the country and make them NAPTIP ambassadors in fighting human trafficking.
Okah-Donli said that once human traffickers got a victim’s consent by force, fraud or coercion, such person would be made to take oath of secrecy and allegiance before a local witchdoctor in a shrine.
According to her, some rituals are performed on the victims where the potential victim’s urine, pubic hair, finger nails, eye lashes, menstrual blood, underwear and other personal effects are collected.
She said that once these rituals were done, it would be seen as bond between the victims and traffickers.
“In spite of the rituals and oath taking, the victim reaches the destination point only to realize the farce behind the earlier sweet promises of a greener pasture.
“And in this circumstance, such person is told in strict terms not to renege on the oath of secrecy as it cannot be reversed,” the NAPTIP DG said.
She pledged the agency’s commitment and determination to defeat the scourge of trafficking in persons.


Dangote group trains 150 indigenous engineers in refinery operations

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Dangote group trains 150 indigenous engineers in refinery operations

The Management of Dangote Oil Refinery Company (DORC) says about 150 indigenous engineers have been trained in refinery operations in preparation for the take-off of its Lagos Refinery and Petrochemical Plant.

Mr Mohan Kumar, the company’s Director of Human Capital Management and Project Support, made this known at a news conference in Lagos on Monday while presenting 22 engineers who returned from Mumbai, India.
Kumar said the young engineers were trained at Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. in India on how to manage the operations of the refinery.
He added that the engineers had gathered fundamental practical knowledge about refinery.
According to him, the engineers are recruited and trained to witness the building of the refinery from scratch.
He said the engineers spent two months in classroom training and three months on the job training.
Kumar explained that the 22 engineers were trained by experts who had over 45 years experience in refinery operations, stressing that the training became imperative due to the commitment of Dangote Group to promote local content by developing indigenous capacity.
He added that “the engineers are expected to also transfer the skills acquired to other Nigerians when the refinery takes off.
“The 22 engineers arrived from Bharat Petroleum Corporation, Mumbai in India, where the last set of 150 employees trained in various areas of petroleum and petrochemical refining.’’
Kumar noted that another set of 600 engineers would be sent for training before the end of April.
According to him, the refinery will produce 780 Kilo Tonnes Per Annum (KTPA) of Polypropylene, 500 KTPA of Polyethylene, while the fertiliser project will produce 3.0 million tonnes of urea per annum.
He explained that “the refinery will also have the largest sub-sea pipeline infrastructure in the world with capacity to handle three billion cubic metres of oil annually.”
Dangote Refinery is expected to save Nigeria 12 billion dollars annual import substitution and create 4,000 direct jobs, as well as reduce prices of petroleum products after completion.
The project is located in Lekki Free Trade Zone in Lagos State on a vast land mass of 2,200 hectares, an area eight times bigger than the entire Victoria Island in Lagos.

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