House Committee Wants Sachamori Drainage Redesigned

The Federal House Committee on Environment has called for the redesigning of the Sacamori drainage and also a review of the cost of the ongoing dredging project at Fegge Onitsha, Anambra State.

The Chairman of the committee and member representing Anaocha, Njikoka, and Dunukofia in the House of Representatives, Uche Ekwunife, made this request when the committee inspected the Sacamori project at Fegge Onitsha, accompanied by Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi.

The project was awarded in November 2011 at the contract sum of 1.2billion Naira and was expected have been completed by June 2013. Inspecting the project at Fegge Onitsha, what greeted the committee members was a drainage filled with all kinds of waste and refuse.

The Committee Chairman stated the terms of inspection and demanded answers to questions concerning the execution of the project.

The State Governor, who accompanied the committee members, explained the difficulties posed by the drainage and the various efforts from the state until the Federal Government intervened.

The drainage, which was filled with both solid and liquid waste had become a haven for pigs, and it was said that this was no fault of the contractors, as they were indeed working but the residents of the area were not helping matters.

The contractor also said that 80% of the project had been completed while only 65% costs had only been paid to him. He said that he had written to relevant authorities on the need for the scope of the project to be widened to ensure a total and permanent solution to the flooding menace.

Summarizing the committee’s findings, the Chairman stated that the entire essential components of the project that would really check flooding and erosion in the project area were not captured in the present contract. He made clear that except a second phase of the project was well designed and awarded soon enough to provide a permanent solution to the environmental challenge; the first effort of the project would soon be devastated by flood.

She said that the ecological fund has the responsibility to ensure that the project was comprehensively and effectively executed to serve the desired purpose.

Honourable Ekwunife disclosed to the contractor that he had outstanding payment of 202million Naira and urged him to work with speed while the second phase process undergoes consideration.

2015 Elections: Igini Assures Of Credible Process

As part of the effort to ensure free and credible elections in the country, INEC says it is introducing permanent voter’s cards.

This disclosure was made by the Resident Electoral Commissioner of Cross River State, Mr Mike Igini, who said that voters card can only be used once at any polling unit.

Mr Igini was a guest on Channels Television’s Saturday breakfast programme, Sunrise, where he spoke about the preparations of the Independent national Electoral Commission, INEC, towards the 2015 general elections.

“We are trying to institutionalise our processes and our procedures and for every election, talking about electoral contexts and peculiarities, we come up with something new to raise the bar.

“Therefore is it very important to have as many resident electoral commissioners as possible in those places where elections will take place, so that they take the benefits of the new ideas being introduced,” he said.

Speaking about the Permanent Voter’s Card, PVC, Igini explained, “What we have done simply is that, this card reader is configured to 1 PU, it’s not transferable. You can only use your (voter) card like your ATM card.

“So when you approach the presiding officer on that very day, unlike a situation when we may have to wait till 12 o’clock, once you come to the polling unit, you approach the presiding officer, and they will swipe this in, your picture clearly will show.”

He explained that this is to ensure that there is no form of manipulation or double voting during elections.

CPC Endorses Aregbesola For Re-election In 2014

One of the opposition Parties in Osun state, the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), has endorsed the incumbent Governor, Rauf Aregbesola for a re-run in the 2014 gubernatorial election.

Speaking at the Osun CPC awareness Programme organised by the state chapter of the party in collaboration with De Raufs, a volunteer Group in Osogbo, the state capital, all the speakers agreed that the empowerment programmes of Governor Aregbesola has earned him the people’s mandate.

Moving the motion for the adoption of Governor Rauf Aregbesola for a second term in Office, Barrister Segun Olawale and other speakers maintained that the administration’s commitment to creating a conducive environment aimed at making the state an investment destination, the poverty alleviation measures, good road network, social security and the total turnaround of the state is an indication that he can still do better when re-elected for a second term.