I’ll Complete All Road Projects Embarked On – Ajimobi

Abiola Ajimobi, Oyo State, Paris ClubThe Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has told contractors handling the multi billion Naira road construction within Ibadan metropolis and residents of the affected areas, that he does not intend to hand over uncompleted road projects to whoever will succeed him in 2019.

The Governor disclosed this while addressing residents of Agodi-Gate, Idi Ape, Iwo Road Interchange, Basorun, Akobo-Oju Irin and Ologuneru, during an inspection tour of the project sites, in company with the Deputy Governor, Mr. Moses Adeyemo, and other top officials of the state, on Tuesday.

He said that he would spare no efforts in ensuring that the ongoing expansion and dualisation of roads, in these areas were completed in the next 18 months by personally supervising the projects until they were completed.

Although some of them were Federal roads, Ajimobi said that the state government decided to bankroll the projects to give succor to residents, whom he said were daily experiencing hardship while plying the roads.

At each stop, enthusiastic residents, who trooped out in their numbers, had pleaded with the Governor to ensure that the projects were completed in record time.

Ajimobi said, “For ease of business and commercial activities, we must build roads. You will recall that this government is the first that was elected for a second term by the people in the history of Oyo state. We are still grateful for this.

“This is part of the dividends of democracy, we made promises to you during the election and this project is in partial fulfillment of the promises.

“We will not renege on any of our promises. What we promised, we will deliver and it will be solid projects that will endure.

“We are going to complete the road construction projects within the next 18 months, because I don’t intend to hand over these road projects uncompleted to my successor. We are desirous of leaving behind a legacy of achievements in urban renewal”, he said.

He further said: “We owe the citizens the responsibility of modernizing and beautifying Oyo State like other big cities in the country.

“But, I must appeal to residents to endure the imminent inconveniences because to eat omelette we must break eggs.

“With good road network and infrastructure, we already have a platform for development and no administration has ever worked the way we are working. It will boost commercial activities and also serve as incentives for investors.”

A resident of Akobo Oju-Irin, Mr. Siyanbola Gbenga, told newsmen that the people of the area were in dire need of expansion of the road which according to him, would ease the perennial traffic congestion that had become nightmare for them.

At Iwo road interchange, the Governor had bought off the roast plantains on display by a roadside seller, Mrs. Rachel Oyerinola, who was dumbfounded at her luck at being paid a sum far higher than the selling price of the plantains.

The woman said she was amazed at the rapid transformation that Iwo road had undergone during the Ajimobi led administration.

Having inherited the business from her mother, whom she said also sold the commodity on the same spot, she said she had always known Iwo road as the den of armed robbers, thugs, hard drug peddlers and rapists until Ajimobi instilled sanity in the area.

Gov. Obiano Marks Three Years In Office

obianoThe Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has proudly announced to the state that the three years of his administration have brought transformation in the lives of citizens and to the state as well.

He made this known during a state broadcast marking his third anniversary in office at the Government House, Awka, the state capital.

The governor happily stated that the four pillars and 12 enablers of his administrative blueprint have helped in achieving the vision and mission he had for the state, especially in agriculture.

Within three years, agricultural investments in the state have resulted in job creation totaling 725 (direct jobs) and 5,200 (indirect jobs).

Also in industrialization, trade and commerce, Anambra has become a first choice investment destination with well over 40 investors attracted and investment inflow of 5.5 billion U.S Dollars in three years.

NIS Clamour For Office Of Surveyor-General In Edo

edoThe Nigerian Institute of Surveyors (NIS), Edo state chapter, has called on the Edo State Government to establish the office of Surveyor-General to ease the work of survey and planning in the state.

The Chairman of NIS, Anthony Ekhator, stated this when he led some members on a courtesy visit to the Government House in Benin City, the state capital.

He said no meaningful infrastructure development can take place in any society without accurate map of the state, to help government’s developmental objectives.

This according to him can be made easier with professional bodies like the NIS and an office of Surveyor General to facilitate easy planning.

“In the south-south states, it’s only Edo state that don’t have an office, we believe this is an opportunity because the office is an extra-procedural office.

“The surveyors observe with precision, compute with accuracy, report comprehensively and cost ethically”, he said.

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, said his administration will work closely with the body in areas of research and planning to bring about economic development.

“Every development has to occur within a certain space like you said your profession is that one that measures this space and gives development accuracy to what to do within the space.

“We are not going to attract business without creating housing and other support services for the people who are going to work there.

“All what you asked for we are going to do, we have the will but are you going to support us professionally to get this done”, the governor said.

Gov. Bello Demolishes Four Kidnappers’ Dens In Okene

Yahaya-Bello-Governor-Kogi-StateThe Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has demolished buildings used by suspected kidnappers, terrorist and armed robbers in perpetrating their crime, in Okene central Senatorial district of the state.

Governor Bello, who was accompanied to the area by the Commissioner of Police, Wilson Inalegwu, and other security agencies in the state, has so far pulled down four structures, with a vow from the governor to implement the anti-kidnapping robbery and terrorism law in the state.

Recently, the central senatorial district witnessed a lot of criminality ranging from cultism, armed robbery and kidnapping.

Meanwhile, it was all celebration and jubilation by the large crowed of the people from that area who came watching as the building of the notorious kidnap Kingpin Tijanni Bakare situated at Oyunkoko ward in Okene LGA area, was pulled down by the bulldozer.

The building which was discovered to have his five cars, a tortoise, black dog, and a shrine in it was were kidnap victims were said to be paid.

Then enforcement team and the Governor also demolished the notorious Ahlui-Sunnah Mosque in Inike, Okene lga, which was reportedly hijacked in 2015 by members of the Boko Haram terrorist group and has been serving as operational base for their nefarious activities.

The last building demolished was at Adavi local government area, owned by 75-years old Aishetu Mohammed, who started crying as soon as the team arrived, her son was said to keep arms and ammunition ina  part of the house which was later discovered.

The government through the administrator of the local Government while demolishing the building, promised to build a four bedroom flat for her.

Gov. Ahmed Signs 2017 Budget Into Law

Abdulfatah-AhmedThe Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has assented to 160.9billion Naira 2017 budget as passed by the Kwara State House of Assembly.

Speaking during the signing ceremony at his office, Governor Ahmed said with the signing of the budget into law, his administration will commence execution of some major capital projects immediately, starting with the new campuses of Kwara State University (KWASU) and all other major projects across the state.

“I want to assure you that as we sign the budget into law, we will hit the ground running.

“In this regard, some major capital projects slated for execution this year will be flagged-off from next week.

“We will start with the campuses of Kwara State University, we are building for Ilorin School of Governance, College of Agriculture in Ilesha-Baruba and of course, the Osi Campus.

“We will also be flagging-off the dual carriage roads and all other projects”, he said.

Ahmed said his government is working round the clock to ensure that funding for the budget is made available through the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) for optimal implementation of the appropriation law.

He also said he will uphold adherence to the provisions of the budget, while commending the House of Assembly for its professional approach to legislative function.

Dr. Ahmed said the House will however be approached for supplementary appropriation where the need arises.

Earlier, the Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ali Ahmad said the House has passed a budget of 160.9 billion Naira with over 90billion Naira devoted to capital expenditure where all the indices put in place by international organisations are present.

He said it is a budget that will be different from all the budgets earlier passed in the state.

Hon. Ahmad stated that with the injection of significant capital expenditure into the economy, the state will surely move out of recession faster than expected.

It will be recalled that Governor Ahmed presented the 2017 budget estimate of 135,064,529,461 billion Naira to members of the State House of Assembly for consideration and approval on December 29, 2016.

However, the approved budget was increased by the House to 160.9billion Naira, with 90.1billion Naira voted for capital expenditure, while 70.7billion Naira was allocated to recurrent expenditure.

Aisha Buhari Urges Nigerians To Know Their Consumer Rights

Aisha Buhari Thanks Nigerians for Supporting Husband’s AdministrationThe wife of the Nigerian President, Aisha Buhari, has urged Nigerians to understand their rights as consumers, in order to stand up to market abuses that undermine those rights.

She said the rights of the consumer must be protected and those on the wrong side of the law should be made to understand that.

“Their rights come to an end where the rights of the consumers begin”, Aisha said.

Mrs. Buhari made the remarks in Abuja, during her appointment as Consumer Ambassador of Nigeria, by the country’s Consumer Protection Council, as part of activities to mark the World Consumer Rights Day 2017.

Represented by the wife of Nasarawa State Governor, Mairo Tanko Almakura, she thanked the Management of the Consumer Protection Council for the honour bestowed on her.

She said: “The campaign for consumer rights is a noble cause and I assure the Commission of my support and commitment towards driving the campaign embarked by the council.”

The Director General of the Consumer Protection Council, Dupe Atoki, said digital technology, though beneficial, has exposed consumers to online threats such as cybercrime, data theft and invasion of privacy.

Atoki stated that this year’s theme tagged ‘Building a Digital World Consumers  Can Trust’ is intended to call attention to these consumer issues.

The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah and the Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu in their goodwill messages highlighted the important role of the Council in protecting the rights of consumers.

The agency said the stakeholders workshop, which is scheduled for Thursday, March 16, 2017 will feature presentations from Google, Microsoft, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), among others.

British Govt. To Partner With Nasarawa On Infrastructure

Al-Makura Commits To Peaceful Coexistence In NasarawaThe British Government has pledged to partner with Nasarawa State Government in the areas of agriculture, mining, housing and infrastructure to help shore up its economic base.

The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Thomas, stated this when he paid Governor Tanko Al-Makura his first visit at the Government House, in Lafia, the state capital.

On his part, the Governor assured the UK of all the cooperation it needs so as to achieve optimum results.

While stating the purpose of his visit in a swift manner, he said that more needs is to be done in some sectors of the State and the United Kingdom is ready to partner.

“The purpose of my visit is to understand more about the challenges in this state, to understand about the opportunities in the state and see what support the British Government can bring to Nasarawa.

“Some of these opportunities include agriculture, mining, mass housing, infrastructure, and there is a lot of work that needs to be done, I know the Governor is getting on with that work and doing it very well.

“One of those sectors, one of those priorities are areas where the UK has expertise, British companies can come to the state and engage with you.

“We will look at the opportunities and see in what way they can contribute to the economic development of Nasarawa state”, he said.

The governor who appreciated the visit, responded by saying that the state has a conducive business environment and abundant natural resources, and so the United Kingdom will be given all the cooperation needed for a fruitful partnership.

“Agriculture, solid minerals which abound in Nasarawa state is because we have conducive business environment and climate that can produce any kind of crops.

“So, any British entrepreneur that is interested in partnering with this administration or any organisation within the state can come and we would give certain organisation all the support and encouragement” the governor said.

For optimal result to be achieved, Al-Makura assured that when a deal is signed, it would be supervised by him to avoid any hitch.

“I would like to take the opportunity of this courtesy to bring to your notice that we really acknowledge and appreciate all the support we are getting in terms of this international partner support.

“In particular I would want to assure you that whatever support that comes to Nasarawa state, will be personally supervised by me, to ensure that the ultimate objectives and results are achieved”, he said.

Also part of the visit was an exhibition of samples of mineral resources that the state is endowed with and a visit to the special school in Lafia.

Military Assures Humanitarian Agencies Of Support On IDPs

Military Commits To Ridding Northeast Of InsurgentsThe Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor, has stated that the military outfit is tirelessly rendering support to myriads of Humanitarian Agencies, to alleviate the sufferings of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and other locals in a bid to win the peace and restore development in the region.

General Irabor made this disclosure during a meeting with the Deputy Executive Director, United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF), Omar Abdi, who led a four-man delegation to the Headquarters Theatre Command on Wednesday.

Describing UNICEF as a household name in Nigeria, the Theatre Commander further stated that the military outfit regularly interfaces with UNICEF and other Humanitarian Agencies through its Civil-Military Affairs Department, to facilitate their activities in the North East.

Irabor called on UNICEF to strengthen developmental infrastructures such as medical and educational facilities in the localities, to enable those IDPs who had returned to their communities have access to health and educational infrastructures.

Also speaking at the meeting, the Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF, commended the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole for a successful campaign against terrorism, cataloged the objectives of UNICEF in the North East to include concerns for life saving activities, humanitarian activities, nutritional health, education and protection of children.

He expressed the desire of the international body to expand its humanitarian activities to those areas where the body is yet to access.

However, he added that the support of Operation Lafiya Dole is very crucial to the expansion.

Suspected Somali Pirates Hijack Ship

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Photo: BBC

A  freight ship has been hijacked off the coast of Somalia, for the first time in five years.

According to reports, a number of suspected pirates boarded the Sri Lankan-flagged vessel off the country’s northern coast on Monday.

A spokesperson for the European Union Naval Force which runs an anti-piracy operations in the area, said it was too early to confirm pirate involvement.

If confirmed, this would be the first hijacking of a commercial ship by Somali pirates since 2012.

Turkey-Netherlands Row: Dutch Ambassador Barred

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As a diplomatic row between Turkey and the Netherlands deepens, Ankara said it has barred the Dutch Ambassador from returning to the country, and also suspended high level political talks.

This is in retaliation of a Dutch decision to block Turkey’s Ministers from campaigning for a referendum.

Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands have all blocked Turkish attempts to hold rallies in their countries.

But President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has accused the Dutch and Germans of Nazism.

The proposed rallies aimed at encouraging a large number of Turks living in Europe to vote yes, in a referendum on April 16 to expand the President’s powers.

Bauchi Police Command Appoints New Police Commissioner

Police Inspector Allegedly Kills Man Two Days To His WeddingThe Bauchi State Police Command has appointed Mr. Garba Baba Umar as the newly Police Commissioner, that would steer the affairs of the command in protecting lives and properties, as well as combat crime and criminal elements in the state.

Umar was received by senior police officers and was subsequently led to the State Headquarters where he took time to inspect the sentry guard mounted by officers of the Bauchi Police Command.

He thereafter proceeded to meet the various Departmental Heads before addressing journalists on his mission in combating crime through community policing and dialogue.

In performing what could be described as his first official assignment, the Police Commissioner alongside other senior officers decorated 12 newly promoted officers and charges them to be of good conduct in performing their professional duties.

This is the first assignment the police officer will be undertaking as a Commissioner of Police having served in various capacities with his last as Deputy Commissioner in charge of monitoring the police force headquarters.

However, the commissioner called on citizens, especially political and religious leaders not to abuse the privilege of freedom of speech and association by inciting the public through their utterances.

Fashola, Okowa Commission Gas Turbine In Niger Delta

Delta Govt. To Partner With NDDC On ProjectsThe Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola and the Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, have commissioned a 115mw gas turbine installed by Transcorp Power Limited Ughelli, bringing the installed capacity to 620mw from the 160mw which the company inherited from UPN privatization in 2013.

According to the management of Transcorp Power, the company currently generates only 300mw owing to shortage of gas supply, and promises to invest facilities that would increase gas supply to the power station if the government creates an enabling regulatory framework.

Mr. Fashola commended Governor Okowa for his commitment to peace in the Niger Delta, observing that it has paid off with the successful operation of Transcorp in the area without issues.

He also observed that the increase in power generation was a clear sign that the privatization of the power sector had started yielding benefits for Nigerians.

However, Governor Okowa called for collaborative efforts in the power sector to ensure that generated power translates into electricity in the homes of Nigerians, assuring that the existing peace in the state would be consolidated as a continuous boost to investors confidence.