Gov. Bello Orders Contractor To Fix Minna Water Works

Niger State, Abubakar Bello,
Niger State governor, Abubakar Bello

The Niger State governor, Abubakar Bello, has ordered the management of the state Water Board and the contractor handling the repairs of Chanchaga Water Works, Minna, to fix it.

He gave the order after inspecting four electric motors imported from Germany to boost water supply to Minna, the state capital, at the premises of the water facility in Chanchaga.

The governor directed the water board and the contractor to double their efforts, work all round the clock and ensure taps are running with water without further delay.

“We have no time to waste. We must fix this water plant and I am not ready to take any excuse from anybody for further delay in fixing this place.

“We must ensure regular and adequate water supply in the state. With the delivery of these electric motors and the locally refurbished high and low lift pumps, the contractor and his men must work 24/7 and fix this place.

“I am taking this water issue personal and I will be coming here to inspect progress made, even at an odd time.

“So anybody that has a problem with fixing this place is permitted to go. We must fix this water plant”, the governor reassured.

He then assured residents of other major cities in the state that the government was committed to ensuring that all the water works are functional and are meeting the need of the people.

“We are moving to Bida, Kontagora and Suleja very soon. So we are going to expedite work on this Minna Water Works to enable us move to other towns”, the governor assured.

Earlier, the contractor handling the project, Mr. Outare Kokobissi, assured the governor that with the arrival of the electric motors and the refurbished pumps and residents of Minna will soon be relieved of lack of portable water.

He promised to work round the clock to ensure delivery.

Niger Govt. Opens Bidding To End Water Scarcity In Minna

water scarcityIn a bid to end water scarcity in some communities in Niger State, the Ministry of Water Resources and Dams Development has opened bidding to overhaul and rehabilitate some water works in the state.

The project, when completed, would enable the State government provide adequate and affordable water to the citizens especially in the five urban cities of Bida, Minna, Suleja, New Bussa and Kontagora respectively.

Opening the bidding at the conference hall of the ministry in Minna on Wednesday, the selected two companies that submitted their bids were China Zhonghao Nigeria limited with 16 and half months completion period at the sum of 19.5 billion Naira, with also 150 days bid security.

Also, the CDC Nigeria Limited submitted its bidding with 18 months completion period at 11.1 billion Naira both for the two treatment plants in Suleja and Chanchaga. The third selected company, Bi-Water, withdrew from the bidding.

The Commissioner of Water Resources and Dams Development, Abubakar Azozo, expressed happiness that it had shown transparency while, assuring the companies that the ministry would be just and fair to them.

He said diligent work would be needed within the shortest period of time.

Mr Azozo, who is optimistic that availability of water to the people of the state is paramount, assured residents that the present administration in the state would do its best to provide adequate and affordable water to the citizens especially in the five urban cities of Bida, Minna, Suleja, New Bussa and Kontagora respectively.

He assured them of adequate monitoring by the ministry’s engineers to ensure standard of the contract agreement when it finally commences as will ensure recouping of whatever the government invested within two years.

The Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr Abubakar Sadiq, in his remarks, said that project would involve a complete turn around maintenance to overhaul the two water works in the state to ensure optimal water supply to the citizenry.

He expressed satisfaction over the transparency exhibited during the bidding processes  and gave the assurance that the ministry would go ahead to study the technical aspects of the bidders to ensure the best company wins the contact.

Sadiq added that palliative measures would be put in place, to overcome some of the challenges. In line with this, he said that a 2,000KV generator had been provided to supply power for water pumps.

He noted that the project duration would be achieved if the government on its part would provide funding adequately.

The ministry consultant and Managing Director of Integrated Engineering Associate, Mr Hassan Umar, who also submitted an estimate of nine billion Naira within 18 months completion period stated that nine (9) contractors were invited to access the facilities and submitted their experiences.

He said that that after the bid, selection of the winner would be made within two weeks.

Community Urges Governor To Rehabilitate Roads In Niger State

roads, Niger State, Abubakar BelloA community in Niger State has appealed to Governor Abubakar Bello to, as a matter of necessity, consider the full rehabilitation of its roads.

One of the residents of Railway community, Abubakar Adamu, expressed dismay over the long abandonment of the community due to alleged victimisation of an individual who was said to be in opposition political party in the area.

He said that the government should be able to have the heart to accommodate everybody, insisting that the present All Progressives Congress (APC) government was looking forward to giving its best in service delivery to the people of Niger State in northern Nigeria.

An elder of the community, Mr Ibrahim Suleiman, who lamented over the situation of the roads, however, expressed confidence in the present administration.

He described Governor Bello as “a man with listening ears and (that) cares for the needy” and urged him to come to the aid of the community he claimed had been abandoned for several years.

Suleiman, who is an APC member, expressed hope that with the initiation of construction of many roads, the Governor would surely rehabilitate the roads that connect to the community, especially the Nnamdi Azikiwe road that links with Pigry – Morris axis.

The Nnamdi Azikiwe road in Chanchaga Local Government Area is one of the first roads constructed that leads to Minna town, but had been allegedly abandoned by the past governments in the last 18 years.

Niger Governor Commissions 50 Million Naira Beji Electrification

Niger State, Abubakar Bello, Beji ElectrificationThe Niger State Governor, Sani Bello, has commissioned a 50 million Naira Beji electrification project in Bosso Local Government to complete the community’s long awaited connection to the national greed.

The Governor, during the commissioning at Beji, regretted that the town had been in darkness and has been neglected since the creation of Niger State despite promises made by the immediate past government adding that connecting the town to the national greed was long overdue.

Bello stated that the commissioning was in fulfilment of his administration’s campaign promises to the people of Beji and environs while assuring to do more for other communities.

In his remark, the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructural Development, Abdulmalik Cheche, said that it was worthy of commendation that the present administration deemed it necessary to electrify Beji.

In fulfilment of APC’s promise to the community, he said that the project would surely boost the economic base of the people.

Cheche said that the project cost the state government about 50 million Naira and gave the assurance that the administration of Governor Sani Bello would gradually fulfill all its promises.

He charged the people to take ownership of the project and guard the equipment jealously to the benefit of their people, promising that other communities would benefit same within the next one year.

He also commended them of their peaceful conduct throughout the execution of the work and charged them to sustain the tempo.

He added that the project was meant to impact the three senatorial zones of the state. Wushishsi, Gbako, katcha, Shiroro and Chanchaga local governments will benefit from the project.

In same vein, the State Assembly member representing Bosso Local Government, Abdulmalik Madaki Bosso, applauded the state government for the stride.

He expressed joy that his constituency became the first to benefit from the electrification project but warned the residents to desist from vandalism.

NECO Donates Boreholes, Learning Materials To Communities In Niger

NECO, NigerThe National Examination Council (NECO) headquarters in Minna has donated two boreholes and learning materials to the host communities in Gidan Mangoro and Gbaganako, Chanchaga local government areas of Niger State.

The Registrar/CEO of NECO, Professor Abdulrashid Garba, commissioned the boreholes and presented the learning materials to the indigent students of Day Secondary School, Gbada, in Gidan Mangoro LGA.

He said that the idea was born out of NECO’s social responsibility to maintain cordial relationship with the host communities.

Professor Garba explained that benefiting students who were identified and provided with learning materials were drawn from the only public secondary school in Gbada while they selected base on the test conducted by the Council.

According to him, three SS3 students who had earlier paid NECO 2016 SSCE (June/July) fee of 11,550 Naira were refunded their money while other three SS2 students were presented with textbooks, notebooks and mathematical sets.

He said further that three other indigent students each from JS1 to 3 were equally selected and received textbooks, notebooks, school uniform, a pair of canvass, a pair of stockings, school bag and two singlets each.

Garba reiterated the commitment of the Council to extending the same gesture of corporate social responsibility to other communities in the state.

The Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, who was represented by the Commissioner of Education, Fatima Madugu, appreciated the good gesture of the NECO management, saying it would go a long way in sustaining their cordial relationship.

She urged the Council not to restrict the gesture to only host communities, noting that two public schools each have been earmarked from the three geo-political zones of the state to be renovated to UNESCO standard.

The Village Head of Gidan Mogoro, Adamu Marafa, in his remark commended NECO for the foresight. He appealed to the students and people of the community to make good use of the materials.

APC Rejects Results Of Niger East Senatorial By-Election

APCThe Niger state chapter of All progressive congress (APC) has rejected the results of the just concluded Niger East Senatorial bye Elections.

Speaking at a Press conference in Minna, the party candidate in the election, Mr David Umuru, noted that the exercise was characterised with serious malpractices perpetrated by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He alleged that money and material such as shoes and wrappers were used openly to buy votes in many polling units.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday declared Dr Shem Zagbai of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) winner of the Niger East Senatorial by-election after a re-run.

The August 30 by-election was declared inconclusive due to electoral malpractice in some polling units.

The re-run was held in polling units in Bosso, Chanchaga, Munya, Paikoro, Rafi and Shiroro Local Government Areas on Saturday.

Returning Officer for the election, Prof. Morenikeji Olakonmi, who announced the results in Minna, said that Zagbai scored 92, 056 votes against Mr David Umaru of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who polled 87, 405 votes.

Isa Bello of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Mr Abdulahi Diko of Social Democratic Party (SDP) scored 2,185 and 419 votes respectively.

State Spokesperson of the APC, Mr. Jonathan Vatsa, had on Sunday rejected the results, saying the result announced by the INEC at the early hours of Sunday was “unacceptable” to the party.

He also said though the party was currently studying the result and will make its position known, but “for now the result is unacceptable”.

“Though the party is yet to take a decision on the outcome of the by-election, all I know for is that the result announced by INEC is not acceptable and in due course the official position of the party will be announced.

“The next line of action on the by-election will be taken after consultations at the state level. We are also in touch with the national headquarters of the party and our position will be made known”.

 

PDP Wins Niger East Senatorial By-Election

PDPThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday declared Dr Shem Zagbai of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) winner of the Niger East Senatorial by-election after a re-run.

The August 30 by-election was declared inconclusive due to electoral malpractice in some polling units.

The re-run was held in polling units in Bosso, Chanchaga, Munya, Paikoro, Rafi and Shiroro local government areas on Saturday.

Prof. Morenikeji Olakonmi, Returning Officer for the election, who announced the results in Minna, said that Zagbai scored 92, 056 votes against Mr David Umaru of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who polled 87, 405 votes.

Isa Bello of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Mr Abdulahi Diko of Social Democratic Party scored 2,185 and 419 votes respectively.

“We have come to the conclusion of the collation. I, Prof. Morenike Olakonmi, hereby certify that I was the Returning Officer for Niger East Senatorial District by-election held on the 6th day of September 2014.

“That Dr Shem Zagbai of the PDP, having satisfied the requirements of the law and scored the highest number of votes, is hereby declared the winner,’’ he said.

Armed Youths Attack Chanchaga Town, Niger

Some youths on Tuesday night attacked Chanchaga town, a suburb of Minna, Niger state capital.gunmen nigeria

The armed youths, stormed the area around 10pm attacking anybody in sight, in the process leaving many of the residents wounded.

Some of the residents who preferred to remain anonymous said the youths numbering about fifty did not take anything away from their victims but were only interested in attacking the people.

The Niger state Police Public Relations Officer, Richard Ogunche who confirmed the incidents to Channels Television on telephone stated that investigation into the incident is ongoing as no stone will be left unturned in bringing the perpetrators to book.

Niger Police arrests two suspected Boko Haram members

The Police in Niger State have arrested two suspected Boko haram members at Angwa Daji community in Chanchaga Local Government Area of the state.

The arrest was made following a complain made by members of the sleepy community after the discovery  of an AK 47 rifle inside a popular Mosque at an Islamic school   where some Almajeris were being kept to  learn  Islamic education.

Confirming the incident to Channels Television in Minna, the Police Public Relations Officer Niger State Police Command; Pius Edobor mentioned that the rifle which belongs to the Nigeria Police was loaded with 27 rounds of live ammunition.

He further mentioned that an empty shell of an expelled bullet was also recovered from the mosque.

The suspects which include the head of the school are presently helping the Police in the investigation, the Police boss concluded.