Ogun Govt. Begins Road Construction In Abeokuta

The Ogun State Government has commenced the construction of a 7.5km six-lane dual carriage, Ogun Standard Road, along the Enugada-Adatan-Ajitadun-Mokola-Ake axis in Abeokuta.

The State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, assured residents that the project and other ongoing projects across the state would be completed in record time.

While monitoring a demolition exercise to pave way for the road, Governor Amosun reaffirmed that his administration will not abandon any project.

He promised that more developmental projects that will be of immense benefit to Ogun citizens would be constructed before the end of his tenure.

The Deputy Governor, Yetunde Onanuga, also thanked the people for their cooperation, saying there was no resistance of any kind against the demolition.

According to her, it was an indication that the people appreciate the development government is bringing to the area.

On his part, the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Olamilekan Adegbite, said the State Government is paying a total of eight billion Naira as compensation for the houses affected by the demolition exercise.

Adegbite, who revealed that about two billion Naira had already been disbursed, added that apart from payment of compensation, the State Government is also providing temporary relocation support for the aged and physically challenged affected by the demolition exercise.

Some of the residents who spoke to reporters, Mr Sina Akinpelu and Mrs Monsurat Akinbile, expressed satisfaction with the development.

They urged the State Government to fast track the compensation plan, as well as ensure timely completion of the project as promised.

God’s Punishment Awaits Those Against Anti-Gay Law- Okoh

The Primate of All Nigeria Anglican Communion, Most Revd. Nicholas Okoh has said that those canvassing same-sex marriages in the country would face the punishment of God.

He was speaking in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital during the 70th birthday of his predecessor, Dr, Peter Akinola, held at the Cathedral of St. Peter, Ake, Abeokuta.

He however commended President Goodluck Jonathan for his courage in signing the anti-gay bill into law which has continued to generate reactions in some quarters in Nigeria and beyond.

According to him, those not in support of the bill are like the biblical duo, Adam and Eve who questioned God for asking them not to eat the fruits from the Garden of Eden.

His words: “Many people do not realise that what is referred to as the homosexual trouble is not the homosexual or lesbian trouble but people’s refusal to accept the scripture for what it is, authority for life and practice following God.

He added: “in the beginning, man questioned the authority of God in the garden by saying did God actually say that you should not eat the forbidden fruit. That challenge to God’s authority dethroned God’s power and enthroned man’s power.

“”So they concluded that God has no right to tell man what to do and that they were the people who knew what to do. So man set God aside and took over the command. Consequently, disaster followed”.

He said the same thing was happening today in the issue of human sexuality. “It is not about whether a man should marry a man or a woman should marry a woman, the question in the garden (of Eden) has come back again”.

Asking rhetorically, the primate said: “did God say that you should marry only a woman? Did God say a woman should marry only a man? God is wrong, we have come of age, man is right. And as in the former time, disaster followed when man dethroned God. So again it shall happen that if man decided to stick to the principle of dethroning God, He will face nothing but disaster”.

Akinola, during an interview with journalists said his journey in life had been tortuous and  rugged but the good Lord is taking him through.

Commenting on his ordeals in the hands of hoodlums who attacked him last December and took away his vehicle, he appealed to Nigerian youths to be self-reliant.

Nigeria Hit By Three Pirate Attacks In 8 Days – Agency

Pirates attacked three vessels off the coast of Nigeria in the space of eight days this month, killing one person, a maritime agency said, in a sign of worsening security off the coast of the country.

Gunmen killed a crew member when they attacked a chemical tanker carrying out a ship-to-ship transfer at Lagos port on 4 February before a security team repelled the attackers, piracy watchdog the International Maritime Agency said in a report.

The tanker was the Dubai-managed Pyxis Delta and the crew member killed was a Filipino, security firm AKE said. The Nigerian navy declined to comment on the attack.

Piracy off the Nigerian coast and elsewhere in the Gulf of Guinea is on the rise. The coastline, rich in natural resources such as cocoa and metals, is second only to the waters off Somalia for the risk of pirate attacks, which drives up shipping and oil industry costs.

“Armed attacks off Lagos occur less frequently than in the south of the country but the high levels of violence are common to incidents of maritime criminality off Nigeria as a whole,” AKE said in a report.

“Further cases of tanker hijacking should be expected across the Gulf of Guinea in the coming weeks as black market demand for fuel in Nigeria remains strong.”

Pirates made away with cargo after they boarded a ship off the oil-producing Brass coastline in southern Nigeria on 7 February, and on Monday gunmen on a speedboat fired on a vessel off Bonny in the Niger Delta but were unable to board, the IMB said.

There are also growing concerns about the onshore creeks of the Niger Delta, where oil theft and kidnapping is rife.

Gunmen ambushed an Indian-owned oil barge last week as it was being escorted by the military through the Delta, killing two soldiers and one crew member on the ship.

Nigeria is a busy oil shipping route. The country is among the world’s top 10 crude oil exporters and imports around 80 percent of the fuel products needed for its 160 million people due to a lack of domestic refining capacity.

Rainfall of ice in Abeokuta

Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, south-west of Nigeria, on Thursday recorded an unusual rainfall laden with ice falling, also known as hailstorm.

Hail is a form of solid precipitation. It consists of balls or irregular lumps of ice, each of which is referred to as a hail stone.

Residents witnessed ice blocks, the size of gravels falling from the sky leaving the very apprehensive when solid blocks started falling on rooftops, road and vehicles, making very loud unusual sound.

According to reports, the ice storm started during the heavy rainfall which started around 5.42pm, lasting about 27 minutes with strong winds.

Wind shields of three vehicles were reportedly broken by the ice at Ake, the heart of the ancient town.

Similar ice storm were experienced other parts of the city such as Panseke, Kuto and at the MKO Abiola Stadium.

A witness who wrote his experience on a social media platform stated that “I’m presently driving somewhere around Kuto, in Abeokuta and there’s massive hail storm here. It’s so strong; it’s got people leaving their cars for shelter. To give you an idea, it’s like having gravel poured on the roof of your vehicle from a four storey building.”

Another witness, Mr. Denola Badejo of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, said he was afraid when the rain caught him driving. “I thought it would break my glass.”