Delta Communities Decry Deplorable State Of Major Roads

 

Residents of some communities in Asaba, the Delta State capital have asked the state government to adopt proactive measures in fixing dilapidated roads around the city.

Of particular concern is a major road just by the entrance to the capital city, leading to many other communities, which according to residents has been in a deplorable state for over six years.

Speaking to Channels Television, a resident of the area, Ebere Jaga, noted that the bad roads make people wonder as it’s located in the heart of the state.

“We want the government to help us. This is the heart of Asaba. You will imagine people passing and asking what is happening. Is that a road or what? People are surprised that this type of place is in the heart of Asaba,” he stated.

Another resident, Chikwe Matthew, feared that if the government does not address the issue urgently, it might be worse considering the rains that are coming.

He said, “This is the second time we have this rain and you can see how the road looks like. It means that in the next due season of serious rain, it’s going to be terrible.”

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But reacting to the development, the state government blamed the situation on inadequate funding, noting it has been a major challenge.

According to the Director General of the State Capital Territory Development Agency, Clement Ofuani, the state government is determined to fixing the road despite being faced with the challenge of paucity of funds.

The Director-General of Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency, Clement Ofuani

“We are aware of their challenging situation and we are working day and night to see how we can ameliorate the situation.

“But the truth we cannot run away from is that the primary problem is funding constraint,” he stated.

Many Feared Dead In Fresh Attack On Zamfara Communities

104 Bandits Killed, 85 Arrested In Zamfara – Police

 

Many people were reportedly killed on Thursday following a fresh attack by suspected armed bandits on three communities in Birnin Magaji Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

Eyewitnesses told Channels Television that the gunmen opened fire on farmers who were harvesting sweet potatoes at Garin Haladu community on Wednesday evening.

Although police authorities have not confirmed the incident, eyewitnesses, however, said the death toll from the attack is worrisome.

Others who were seriously injured are receiving treatment at the Nasarawa Godal hospital.

The state has been witnessing series of attacks recently leading to the loss of several lives including police officers.

On December 4, armed bandits killed 16 officers which was confirmed by the  State Police Command.

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Although before the attack, the police claimed to have killed 100 bandits terrorising some communities in the state.

According to the Force Spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, security operatives destroyed several hideouts of the criminals.

Before that, a set of identical twin sisters were on October 16 abducted in Dauran town of Zurmi Local Government Area of the state.

A family source told Channels Television that the sum of N15 million was paid as ransom to secure the release of the 16-year-old twins, Hassana and Hussaina.

The twins were however released in November after payments were made to the kidnappers.

 

Bayelsa Election: Governor Dickson Calls For Peaceful Polls

dicksonThe Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, has called for a peaceful governorship election, as he begins a tour of constituencies in the state ahead of the April 11 Governorship and House of Assembly elections.

Governor Dickson assured the residents in the state that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would continue to maintain its dominance in the state, in spite of the setback the party suffered at the Presidential polls.

At the Palace of the Opu Okun of Opukuma Clan, HRM king Okpiotari Diongoli, the Governor urged Bayelsans to keep faith with the PDP and ensure that they would vote for the party in the upcoming elections.

Describing the party as a credible political platform that promotes the interest of the minorities, Governor Dickson urged the people to remain steadfast in their support for the party.

While appreciating the people for demonstrating their support for the party, through their huge turnout and votes in the last elections, the Governor encouraged them not to despair, but join hands with his administration to consolidate on the successes recorded so far. He also asked them to work for the prosperity of the state.

Dickson also advised the residents to conduct themselves peacefully, assuring them that the government has put in place all necessary measures to maintain law and order during and after the elections.

Communities visited by the Governor were Sagbama town, Kaiama, Akaranbiri in Opokuma, as well as Sabagreia.

Imo State Government Completes Onungara Bridge

OkorochaThe Imo State Government has completed the construction of the Onungara bridge, linking the people of Owalla Avuvu and Amachara Avuvu communities in Ikeduru Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

Residents in the communities have expressed their appreciation to the Governor Okorocha led administration for finally completing the bridge.

They said that the newly completed bridge would revitalize the love between both communities and also boast the economic activities in the area.

They noted that the fortunes of the two communities would be augmented especially in agriculture and fishing.

The traditional ruler of the community, however, further appealed to the Imo State government to complete the access roads to the area.

Indigenes of both communities met on the just completed bridge to celebrate this new feat that has kept them apart for over three decades.

The Transition Committee (TC) Chairman, Obinna Nsirim, who was on a visit during the celebration, promised that in no distant time, the bridge would become motor-able.

He appealed to the people to remain patient as the government will in a short time complete the access roads.

Obiano Reiterates Commitment To Infrastructural Development In Anambra

obianoThe Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has reiterated his commitment to infrastructural development in the state, assuring the resident of Orumba North and South Local Government Areas that his administration will continue with road projects in the area.

During a tour of the communities in the Local Government Area, Governor Obiano said the Anambra State government had spent over 47 billion Naira on road construction in the area within the past eight and half years.

Communities in Orumba North and South Local Government Areas are seen as the food baskets of the state, but the needed good roads to move their produce from their farms to the markets in the cities are lacking. The government is looking to provide good roads in the area to aid transportation of goods.

The Governor made a stop over at Mbaukwu in Awka South Local Government Area to sympathise with a domestic fire accident victim, Mr Friday Alagbo.

He said the state government would offset the hospital bills, but warned citizens to be careful in handling flammable materials, even as the state government had commenced with revamping the state’s fire fighting system.

At Ezira, in Orumba North Local Government Area, the reception was heartwarming, giving way for the people to solicit state government assistance to tackle poor road in their local government.

A Local Government Chairman highlighted some of their achievements in line with the vision of the state government as contained it its economic blueprint.

Governor Obiano, addressing the people, assured them that the construction of the 11.3 kilometer Ezira-Umuonyia-Achina road, which connects Orumba South to Aguata, would soon begin.

Obiano urged the people to continue supporting his political party, the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), as the 22 billion Naira already spent on road infrastructure in the local government would only be a tip of an iceberg.

The Governor also visited Ajalli, in Orumba South. Addressing a gathering of residents, Governor Obiano said that over 25 billion Naira had been spent on road construction in addition to interventions in schools, hospitals and other key sectors.

He also urged the people to give APGA candidates total support in the forthcoming elections, to maintain the tempo of good governance in the Local Government Areas.

 

Former SSS Boss Says Boko Haram Will Be Phased Out ‘Gradually’

A former director of the State Security Service, Mr Mike Ejiofor, has said that Nigerians should give the Federal Government the support it needs to combat terrorism in the country.

Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, he said that as long the Federal Government continues to get this support, since stepping up its fight to phase out the insurgents that almost rendered the government toothless in terms of security; the insurgents will be phased out not at once but gradually.

“It has taken over a long period of time before we got to where we are so I don’t expect that within one month all the problems will be resolved

So gradually, we are getting there, there’s no gainsaying there must be some skirmishes, there must be isolated cases of attacks, because it’s an asymmetrical war, it is not a war you have an opponent you are facing and taking on, one on on,”. he said.

Commenting on the relaxed curfew in Yobe state, he said the success recorded by the special troops in the region gave rise to the adjustment in curfew.

He added that life is gradually returning to normal in Yobe State as normal activities have resumed.