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.

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.

2Face, Davido, Wizkid, Phyno, Others Nominated For 2014 Headies

Headies reviews nomineesThe 2014 Headies Nominees List has been unveiled and will premiere on HipTV on September 30.

This year’s nomination was based on the year in review from July 2013  to June 2014 respectively and the nominees include, 2Face Idibia, Davido, Mavins, Timi Dakolo, Sheyi Shay, Wizkid, Kcee and Phyno.

This was revealed at a press briefing at the HipTV office in Allen, Lagos on Tuesday with some of the nominees and senior media representatives were in attendance. Guests present at the press briefing include, KCee, Orezi, DJ Jimmy Jatt, BlackMagic, Ruby among others.

The 2014 Headies Nominees List are as follows

1. BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR
A non-voting category for the best single recording by an artiste or group in year under review.
1. IYAWO MI- TIMI DAKOLO
2. LET SOMEBODY LOVE YOU- 2FACE IDIBIA
3. ALWAYS ON MY MIND – NOSA
4. ORDINARY PEOPLE – COHBAMS ASUQUO
2. PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
An individual responsible for producing the most acclaimed song or album in the year under review.
1. DON JAZZY – DOROBUCCI
2. PHEELZ – ELEDA MI O
3. T SPIZE – AYE
4. LEGENDURY BEATZ – CARO
5. SHIZZY – SKELEWU
6. DEL B – PULL OVER
3. BEST MUSIC VIDEO
A voting category for the best conceptualist, best directed and most exciting video in the year under review. This award goes to the video director.
1. ADA ADA BY FLAVOUR – CLARENCE PETERS
2. TOH BAD BY NIYOLA – KEMI ADETIBA
3. JUST LIKE THAT BY RAYCE – AJE
4. OYA NOW BY JOE EL FT. ORITSE FEMI – UNLIMITED LA
5. PERSONALLY BY P-SQUARE – JUDE “ENGEES” OKOYE & CLARENCE PETERS
4. BEST R&B/POP ALBUM
A category for the best R&B/Pop Album in the year under review (by single individual or group).
1. THE JOURNEY – SEAN TIZZLE
2. TAKEOVER – KCEE
3. ONCE UPON A TIME – TIWA SAVAGE
4. ME, MY MOUTH & EYE – SOUND SULTAN
5. L.I.F.E – BURNA BOY
5. BEST R&B SINGLE
A category for the best R&B single in year under review (by single individual or group).
1. LET SOMEBODY LOVE YOU- 2FACE IDIBIA
2. IYAWO MI- TIMI DAKOLO
3. PLAN B – WANDE COAL
4. DON GORDON – BURNA BOY
6. BEST POP SINGLE
A category for the best pop single in year under review (by single individual or group)
1. DOROBUCCI – MAVIN CREW
2. AYE – DAVIDO
3. JOHNNY – YEMI ALADE
4. PULL OVER – KCEE
5. DOUBLE WAHALA – ORITSE FEMI
6. CARO – STAR BOY FEATURING WIZKID AND L.A.X
7. SURULERE – DR. SID
7. BEST REGGAE/DANCEHALL SINGLE
A category for the best Reggae/Dancehall single in year under review (by single individual or group).
1. GIRLIE O REMIX – PATORANKING
2. LEAD ME ON – CYNTHIA MORGAN
3. STINKING SH#T – CHOPSTIX FEATURING ICE PRINCE, YUNG L AND ENDIA.
4. ONLY YOU – JESSE JAGZ FT. WIZKID
5. MURDA – SEYI SHAY FT. PATORANKING & SHAYDEE
8. BEST RAP ALBUM
A Non-Voting Category for the Best Album By A Rap Artiste Or Group In Year Under Review.
1. NO GUTS NO GLORY – PHYNO
2. ALAGA IBILE- REMINISCE
3. BADDEST GUY EVER LIVETH – OLAMIDE
4. THY NATION COME – JESSE JAGZ
9. BEST COLLABO
A voting category for the best R&B, Pop or Hip-hop collaborative track (including cameos).
1. OYA NOW – JOE EL FT. ORITSE FEMI
2. EMERGENCY – WIZZY PRO FEATURING SKALES, PATORANKING AND RUNTOWN
3. SURULERE – DR. SID & DON JAZZY
4. PASS YOU BY – BLACK MAGIC FT. ORITSE FEMI
5. GIRLIE O REMIX – PATORANKING
6. DOROBUCCI – MAVINS
10. BEST RAP SINGLE
A voting category for a single (released on-air) recording of a rap song.
1. PARCEL- PHYNO
2. DOPE MONEY – OLAMIDE FT. PHYNO
3. SHOTZ ON SHOTS – ICE PRINCE FT. SARKODIE
4. RAP IT UP – POSLY TD
5. DEAF – EVA ALORDIAH
6. WTF – ILL BLISS
11. BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (MALE)
A non-voting category for the single male artiste with the most outstanding vocal performance on a single song or album.
1. IYAWO MI – TIMI DAKOLO
2. DOUBLE WAHALA – ORITSE FEMI
3. WHY YOU LOVE ME – NOSA
4. ORDINARY PEOPLE – COHBAMS
12. BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)
A non-voting category for the single female artiste with most outstanding vocal performances on a single song or album.
1. LOVE TO LOVE YOU – NIYOLA FT. BANKYW
2. WANTED – TIWA SAVAGE
3. WINDOW – MONICA OGAH
4. GOOD MAN – RUBY
13. NEXT RATED
This category is a voting category for the most promising upcoming officially unreleased (or signed) act in the year under review.
1. PATORANKING
2. RUNTOWN
3. OREZI
4. SKALES
5. YEMI ALADE
14. HIP HOP WORLD REVELATION
A voting category for the best new artiste in the year under review.
1. TIWA SAVAGE – ONCE UPON A TIME
2. SEAN TIZZLE – THE JOURNEY
3. BURNA BOY – L.I.F.E
4. KCEE – TAKE OVER
15. LYRICIST ON THE ROLL
A non-voting category for the Rap Artiste with the best lyrical depth and performance on a single song or album.
1. SHOTS ON SHOTS – ICE PRINCE
2. RAP IT UP – POSLY TD
3. GOD ON THE MIC – JESSE JAGZ
4. KPANSH – YUNG 6IX
16. BEST STREET-HOP ARTISTE
A voting category for the artiste whose songs are inspired by the streets. Such song should captain lingua, which may also be originated by the artiste and popular on the street.
1. DOUBLE WAHALA – ORITSE FEMI
2. SHOKI – LIL’ KESH
3. DOROBUCCI – MAVIN
4. ALOBAM – PHYNO
17. BEST ‘ALTERNATIVE’ SONG
A voting category for the artiste whose songs reflect any form or style of music which falls outside the mainstream of recent or past popular musical trends.
1. BOLAJI – BOJ
2. BODY- BLACK MAGIC FEATURING BANKY W
3. GOOD MAN – RUBY
4. WHY YOU LOVE YOU – NOSA
18. ALBUM OF THE YEAR
A voting category for the best album (solo or group) in year under review, that meets judges requirements of excellence (in every realm: Songwriting, production, rendition and promotion) and acceptability (Sales and popularity).
1. THE JOURNEY – SEAN TIZZLE
2. L.I.F.E – BURNA BOY
3. BADDEST GUY EVER LIVETH – OLAMIDE
4. NO GUTS NO GLORY – PHYNO
19. ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
Most critically and commercially adjudged artiste in the year under review. Overall most successful artiste for the year under review.
1. DAVIDO
2. WIZKID
3. KCEE
4. TIWA SAVAGE
5. OLAMIDE
6. PHYNO
7. FLAVOUR
20. SONG OF THE YEAR
A voting category for the most popular song in the year under review. This category is usually decided by voting.
1. AYE – DAVIDO
2. PULL OVER – KCEE
3. DOUBLE WAHALA – ORITSEFEMI
4. SURULERE – DR. SID
5. DOROBUCCI – MAVINS
6. JOHNNY – YEMI ALADE
21. BEST AFRICAN ARTISTE
A non-Nigerian award category for an individual African artiste with the most outstanding single/album and astonishing achievements and infiltration into Nigeria in year under review.
7. MAFIKIZOLO
8. SARKODIE
9. DIAMONDZ
10. R2BEES
22. HALL OF FAME
Special recognition for excellence and outstanding impact to the entertainment industry.
SIR (DR.) VICTOR UWAIFO