Delta State Promises New Roads In Riverine Communities

Delta State Promises New Roads In Riverine CommunitiesThe Delta state government says it will focus on the development of roads in the riverine and agrarian communities in 2017.

The state Commissioner for Works, Mr James Augoye, made this known during an on-the-spot assessment of the 1.4kilometres council road and the Ugbani circular/ Izuah roads in Akwukwu-Igbo which had reached 30% stage of work.

Augoye, who listed some of the benefiting riverine communities to include Okerenkoko, Opuraza,Ogulagha, Burutu township roads, Ogidigben among others, instructed the contracting firm at Akwukwu-Igbo to carry out proper testing of the laterite because of the poor earth work done and do a refilling before the stone base and final alsphating.

He tasked the Superintending Engineer and the Zonal Chief of the LGA to work closely with the contractor to ensure strict adherence to the directives.

While calling on contractors handling road projects in the state to mobilize to site on or before January 9 and take advantage of the dry season to speed up work, the works commissioner hinted that the contracting firm handling the Okpanam road would be on site immediately.

Mr Augoye was also at the 2.4 kilometres Onicha-Uku Ukwunzu roads phase two, the rehabilitation of Issele-Uku main access road from the Benin-Asaba federal highway and the 4 kilometres Owa-Alero to Ute-okpu road.

Two Killed In Akwa Ibom Market Wall Collapse

akwa-ibom-market-wall-collapseTwo persons were killed on Monday in Akwa Ibom State by the wall of a building in a popular Urua Ederebo market in ‎Urua Ederebo, Ikot Akpatek, Onna Local Government Area.

Reports say two market women were killed while 17 others were injured in the incident that happened in the hometown of Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel.

The cause of the collapse is still unknown, but the market, which is over 50 years old, was renovated three years ago‎ by the state government.

Another part of the building with cracks

While the state’s Commissioner for Works, Ephraim Inyang-eyen, who led rescue operations, said no life was lost during the incident, the State Commissioner of Police, Murtala Mani, ‎confirmed that two women died to the collapsed market wall.

Addressing reporters after evacuations, Mr Mani said: “It is not a building that collapsed. It was the wall of a local market. The market is a small market. Two market women died”.

The Chairman of Onna Local Government caretaker committee, Mr Joshua Ndoho, told Channels Television that the council would set up a committee on Tuesday to evaluate the structures in the market with a view to removing those seen to be too old.akwa-ibom-market-wall

He said” “It is obvious that the collapsed shop was too old and unfit for habitation.

“It is better we do not have a market than to have a market that people will die”.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr Dominic Ukpong, said the nine people who sustained injuries were quickly moved to Ibom Specialist Hospital for proper treatment by experts, claiming  that nobody died in the incident.

The collapse of the market wall is coming nine days after a church building belonging to Reigners Bible International collapsed and killed over 27 worshippers while hundreds were injured.

The roof of the church had caved in during a service organised to confer Bishopric authority on the founder of the church.

Governor Emmanuel, who was in the church on that day, escaped unhurt.

An investigation into the cause of the collapse has been launched by the state government.

Kwara Govt. Moves To Fix Roads Across State

Kwara Govt. Moves To Fix Roads Across StateThe Kwara state government has assured residents of Ilorin the state capital that filling of potholes within the metropolis will be completed by January 2017 and that the exercise would move to other parts of the state thereafter.

The state’s Commissioner for Works, Aro Yahya, gave the assurance while inspecting road projects in the state capital.

While expressing satisfaction that the exercise which began two months earlier had yielded much success, he gave the assurance that other parts of the state would begin to feel the impact of the exercise in the new year.

“About two months ago, we started the rehabilitation and patching of potholes in the metropolis and we have recorded some tremendous progress.

“If you go to Police road, we have finished it. We did sectional overlay around university Tanke road, that one is not potholes parse but large damaged area of the road.

“We still have highlights of potholes to do in that axis which we plan to do any moment from now.

“Aside these roads, we have also started cutting some areas and any moment from now we will start filling them.

“As I am speaking with you now, our people are working on the Kwara State Polytechnic road and by tomorrow, they will start filling the potholes with asphalt and we should be through in that axis soon,” he said.

Niger State Approves 0.5bn Naira For Power Contracts

Niger State, PowerThe government of Niger State has approved the sum of 536,944,754 naira to connect two local government headquarters with 33KVA direct line to the national grid after decades of abandonment.

The state’s Commissioner for Works, Transport and Rural Development, Abdulmalik Cheche, disclosed this to reporters on Monday after a State Executive Council meeting in Minna, the Niger State capital.

He explained that the approval was made as Mariga and Agwara local councils have never been connected to the national grid since their creation.

The Commissioner was optimistic that the completion of the projects at Bangi and Agwara, the headquarters of Mariga and Agwara respectively would have added value to the people and boost their economic productivity.

He regretted that the two local governments remained the only councils in Nigeria that were not connected to the national grid, despite Agwara’s proximity to Kanji Dam.

Mr Cheche further stressed the need for the project to alleviate the plight of the people of the areas, as other local governments were connected to 11KVA.

He stated that the contract would be completed at the stipulated time agreed so as to ensure its commissioning by January 2017.

The Commissioner disclosed that Mariga and Agwara projects cost 401,252,162 naira and 135,692,592 naira respectively.

He said that the Niger State government has never relented in the payment of its statutory 35 million naira monthly due to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) for its power consumption.

Cheche stated that contractors were given equal opportunity to bid for the contracts, adding that all due processes were followed in the award of the contracts.

Niger Govt. Spends Over 3bn Naira On Roads

Sani Bello, Niger State SSGThe Niger State government says it has spent over three billion Naira on road construction and rehabilitation in the last one year of the present administration under the leadership of Governor Abubakar Bello.

The Commissioner for Works, Mr Abdulmalik Cheche, gave the figure in an interview with Channels Television in Minna on the one year stewardship of the ministry.

Mr Cheche, who was optimistic of the government’s performance, gave the assurance that good roads would be provided for the people of the state, considering the importance of road to the economy of any society.

He explained that the amount was for both State and Federal roads.

“The township roads will also have solar street lights to assist in providing security in the towns,” the Commissioner stated.

Mr Cheche also listed some of the Federal road projects which the state had embarked on and completed to include Minna- Tegina road, Minna- Suleja road and Kagara- Kaduna road.

According to him, the Federal Government gave the go-ahead and promised to reimburse states that embarked on such projects.

The Permanent Secretary of the the state’s Ministry of Works, Mr Umar Bawa, made remarks that addressed the usage of the roads.

He stressed the need for registration of motorcycles and urged all commercial motorcycle users and motorists to strictly adhere to the the rules and regulations.

Mr Bawa stated that some of the state and township roads were completed while others were still under construction.

Meanwhile, the General Manager Niger State Transport Authority, Haruna Abubakar, reiterated his commitment to restructuring the transport sector, as part of the Ministry of Works.

He assured the state’s residents of the government’s commitment to purchasing more buses, repairing of those in deplorable state while others that could no longer serve would be sold.

“The idea is to ease transportation in the state,” he added.

Governor Wike Suspends Works Commissioner

WikeRivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has suspended the State Commissioner for Works, Mr Kevin Wachukwu.

A statement by Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, informed that the suspension is with immediate effect.

The Governor directed that the Special Adviser on Special Projects should take over the responsibility of supervising projects in the Ministry in the meantime.

Niger Govt. Renovates Deputy Governor’s Residence With 16m Naira

niger-stateNiger State Government says it has spent 16 million Naira in renovation of the Deputy Governor’s residence to a befitting level.

The state government also earmarked 100 million Naira for the completion of the Sani Bello Housing Estate in Kontagora.

The state Commissioner for Works, Lands and Housing, Haliru Jikantoro, gave the figures while briefing reporters after the State Executive Council meeting in Minna.

He claimed the Deputy Governor’s residence was in total shambles and total overhauling was done during the renovation.

More Houses For People

Jikantoro said the developer for the Sani Bello Kontagora Housing Estate was supported to complete the estate because he was the only developer who continued working on the site when other developers left their sites at the cessation of the former administration and absence of fund.

The Commissioner also said that the present administration was looking into some projects by the former administration that were viable and people oriented, with the view to completing them.

He added that though the new administration intended to provide more houses for the people, there was no need to build more houses when there were houses that were yet to be completed.

Jikantoro further stated that the state government intends to take one project at a time to enable them deliver well.

“Whatever project we intend to undertake, we will face it one at a time so that we can do a good job in order to leave a legacy.

We will not dabble into all projects at the same time. We will pick one and complete it before moving into another project. The fact that Sani Kontagora Housing Estate is picked, does not mean that other housing projects in the state would be abandoned,” he said.

The Sani Bello Kontagora Housing Estate is currently at 85 per cent completion and the 100 million Naira advanced to the developer would complete the project in few months.

Anambra Infrastructure: Obiano Empowers 150 Youths

Obiano Commissions Daily Road Maintenance Project In Anambra

Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has put together 150 youths from across the three senatorial zones of the state to handle a daily road maintenance project.

The youths were fully trained and equipped to see to the maintenance of roads in all the streets and towns in Anambra State in south-east Nigeria.

Speaking at an event in Awka, Governor Obiano said that the initiative was to enhance good roads and safety of lives.

He added that it would also extend the life span of vehicles plying the roads, stressing that there would not be jerks and bumps.

The Governor promised that the youths would be adequately remunerated, but he reminded them to work diligently.

He called on the 21 Local government administrations to be involved and give their support to the youths to make the laudable project work.

Governor Obiano also stressed that the project would be beneficial to the citizens of the state.

He also inspected the mode of operation to ascertain the professionalism of the workers.

After the inspection, he expressed satisfaction with their performance.

In his speech, the Chairman of Awka South Local Government Area, Azubuike Iloh, said the project would elevate the state to having the best of roads when fully operational at a minimum cost.

The Commissioner for Works, Lawrence Chinwuba, also told the gathering that the project would help in the area of youth empowerment.

To ensure a smooth take off, the Anambra State government also procured different equipment to tackle the job headlong from the simple tools of barrows, head pans and rakes, to the mechanised equipment of cutters, cement mixers, buses, tankers and earth-moving machines.


Anambra: Second Phase Of Operation Zero Pot Holes On Roads Begins

AnambraThe Anambra State Government has commenced the second phase of rehabilitation of collapsed portions and filling of pot holes on roads across the state, tagged ‘Operation Zero Tolerance to Pot Holes’.

Governor Willie Obiano flagged off the exercise in the three senatorial zones of Anambra State, owing to the Federal Road Safety Corps records that 109 people died of road mishaps within the state between September and December 2013.

The state has resolved that such a re-occurrence would be averted completely.

Performing the flag-off at the Nanka end of Ekwulobia Road, the Governor recalled that the first phase of the exercise began six months earlier but was disrupted by the rains. It was meant to cover all categories of roads in the state, irrespective of ownership status and would be completed before Christmas, as part of preparation for the expected mass return.

At Orlu Road, Ihiala, where a badly damaged road was being rehabilitated, the Anambra Governor urged youths to support the ongoing project by clearing grasses on the roads and opening up blocked drainage.

The State Commissioner for Works, Callistus Ilozumba, enjoined local government councils and town unions to support the project while maintaining that the commitment of the State Government towards fixing the roads was total.

Concluding the tour at Onitsha, the Governor warned against building unauthorized bumps and burning of tyres on roads during festive periods, as it weakens and reduces the life span of the affected road. He noted that the ongoing rehabilitation would ensure free flow of traffic and promote road safety.

Governor Obiano also promised that an agency within the Ministry of Works would be set up to continuously ensure that pot holes and failed portions of roads across the state are fixed.

Obiano Charges Contractors To Be Committed To Projects

Willie ObianoAnambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has told contractors that he will not sack any of them but is insisting on quality construction without which they will lose their contracts.

He said this in a meeting with all the contractors and consultants handling road and building projects in the state at the Conference Hall of the Government House, Awka.

They were summoned by the Governor to give account of how far they had gone executing the projects with a statement of when they would likely complete them.

The contractors took turns to make their presentations before the Governor, his deputy, Dr. Nkem Okeke, the Secretary to the State Government, Oseloka Obaze, and the Commissioner for Works, Calistus Ilozumba.

Reacting to the submission of the contractors and consultants, the Governor expressed satisfaction over their presentations but reminded them that his administration would not tolerate incompetence of any sort.

He made it clear that he did not call the meeting to sack any of them but would do so if he detected non-commitment to delivering quality project to the state.

Mr. Obiano also announced to them the imminent set up of a supervisory team that would ensure their projects are as specified in the contract terms before any further payments would be made to them.

The State Commissioner for Works also urged the contractors to put up the best of performance to guarantee further business dealings, while maintaining that shoddy jobs would not be entertained.

The Governor, closing the meeting, informed the contractors that they would all still meet again to agree on a date of exact delivery on the projects each one of them was handling, as the state would not be kept in suspense for a project they have fully mobilized contractors for.

Over 400 Houses Demolished By Ogun In Bid To Build Expressway

About  400 houses, shops and other structures were demolished by the Ogun Government, in a bid to pave way for the expansion and reconstruction  of the Sango-Ijoko-Akute-Ojodu Road in the Ifo Local Government Area of the state.

The State Commissioner for Works, Mr Olalekan Adegbite, who led a government delegation to the area said the project was part of efforts aimed at improving the socio economic development of the area and part of the urban renewal effort of the state government.

The 32 km road, which is estimated to gulp about N52 billion including compensation to affected property owners, is also expected to be completed in the next 30 months.

The road linking Sango, Ijoko, Akute Alagbole and Lambe had been neglected by past administrations in the state but the current  administration said it is determined to fix  it.

However, several persons have been displaced and are said to be without any alternatives as regards shelter. To this, the Commissioner explained that adequate notice was given to property owners, after which, men and equipment were mobilised to site for the demolition of structures  on the right of way.

The Commissioner further explained that the demolitions were necessary as the road would be expanded to a six-lane highway with two bridges and three fly-overs.

The project is expected to be completed in the next 30 months and a section of it tolled.

Government has however promised adequate compensation for those affected by the reconstruction exercise expected to be completed in the next 2 and half years.