Nobody Died in Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Says Commissioner

first_imgThe Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Hon. Charles Udoh, has dismissed media reports that five football fans were feared to have died following a stampede at one of the gates of the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo during the Nigeria versus Zambia World Cup qualifier last Saturday.Speaking in Uyo yesterday, the commissioner said reports of death during the World Cup match were far from what transpired at the stadium.“I wish to categorically state that the said report is false and tainted with malice,” observed the Udoh.He however admitted that there was a rush by spectators; who arrived the venue after the match had started, trying to gain entrance into the stadium which led to a few of them sustaining minor injuries.  “There were nine people injured during the incident and all of them were taken to the hospital for treatment while no life was lost. The Akwa Ibom State Police Public Relations Officer and the Commissioner for Health confirmed this,” the commissioner stressed.Udoh insisted that the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium is probably the best maintained sporting facility in Nigeria today and has no history of poor crowd control as posited in the report.  “It is on record that Akwa Ibom State is reputed as being; not only a peaceful state but a safe and secure state with credible leadership which is one of the reasons why the state has; in the last 18 months, been listed by the National Bureau of Statistics as the second largest Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) destination in Nigeria. “We are dismayed that such a report; which has a high potency of painting a negative picture of not only Akwa Ibom but Nigeria as country, was published without verifying the facts. It is instructive to note that the Nigeria vs Zambia match was a FIFA organised match and mischievous insinuations as contained in the said report could easily lead to Nigeria being sanctioned,” concludes the commissioner. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

USG considering Cruiser resolution

first_imgIn an effort to decrease the number of students walking home alone at night, the Undergraduate Student Government is considering a resolution that would push for longer operating hours for Campus Cruiser.Cruising · Currently, Campus Cruiser runs until 2:45 a.m., but a USG resolution, if passed, would recommend extending those hours. – Mia Robinson | Daily Trojan Many students have voiced concerns about Campus Cruiser’s hours; Cruiser currently runs from 5 p.m. to 2:45 a.m. on the University Park Campus and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Health Sciences Campus.Dawan Robinson, a junior majoring in aerospace engineering who worked as a Campus Cruiser driver during his freshman and sophomore years, said he has experienced instances when he was off campus and would have liked to use a Campus Cruiser, only to realize it was past 3 a.m.“I’ve been in a conversation with friends, not looking at the time very well, and I wish I could use Campus Cruiser because I’m pretty far away and don’t want to walk,” Robinson said. “On those occasions, the extra time would be very useful.”USG began looking into the issue last semester, when a survey of presidents and vice presidents of student organizations revealed 87 percent of those surveyed felt Campus Cruiser service could run later into the night, especially on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.Based on the survey and other research, Helen Moser, USG’s director of campus affairs, and Wilson Kyi, a residential senator, have drafted a resolution recommending the extension of Campus Cruiser’s hours until at least 3:45 a.m. The Senate is scheduled to vote on the resolution Tuesday.“We’ve been talking about this for a while, and to move forward. We felt we needed an official document letting the administration know this is what we want,” Kyi said.Moser said the initial presentation cited schools such as Yale, Berkeley and the University of Chicago as models.“You look at these schools, some of which are in neighborhoods similar to ours, with programs similar to ours, but some of them run 24 hours, or maybe an hour later than ours does,” Moser said.Tony Mazza, director of USC Transportation, noted that there are options for students looking for a ride after 3 a.m. These options include the trams, which run 24 hours Monday through Friday, and the Leavey Library shuttle, which offers rides from Leavey.“Students can also call [the Department of Public Safety] to schedule a ride from the Leavey Library driver or contact Yellow Cab,” Mazza wrote in an e-mail.Mazza said USC Transportation has been considering offering Cruiser service later into the night, but that it could put a strain on Cruiser drivers, all of whom are students.“We have been looking at creating some kind of on-demand service for students after 2:45 [a.m.], yet we don’t want to encourage students staying out after 3 a.m.,” Mazza wrote. “The reality is it is hard to find students who want to work from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. Our Leavey Library shuttle shifts are the most difficult shifts to fill.”Still, Robinson said that based on his time as a Cruiser driver, he is not sure this would be an issue.“They already have student workers who work past 3 o’clock, anyway,” he said. “And the only thing I can think of as a drawback are students who have class at 8 a.m., but those aren’t the students who would sign up to work that shift.”Beyond extending hours, many students say they would like to see further revisions to the program.“I’ve called, and it wasn’t too late — I just couldn’t get a cruiser,” said Blake Davidson, a freshman. “It was a Thursday night, and the wait time was like an hour and a half. So I just ended up walking. They should have a cancellation option, so if someone decides they don’t need a cruiser, the cruiser doesn’t still show up instead of picking up someone else.”Heather Ritchie, a freshman majoring in theatre, said she would like to see Cruiser offer service to more locations.“I would revise the places they offer services to,” she said. “They refuse to take people to New-North because it’s on a tram stop, but that’s one of the biggest freshman dorms.”In addition to its desire to represent the concerns of students, USG is seeking to alleviate the stress imposed on DPS officers, who are often obligated to escort students once Cruiser shuts down for the night.Moser said the resolution, if passed, will mark the first step in what she sees as an ongoing process to streamline the late-night service offered to USC students.“If this is successful, and if students communicate that they want more later on, we might push for more hours,” Moser said. “The point of this resolution is to really show that we support this as USG, and it’s also something students support.”last_img read more