APGA Endorses Jonathan For Second Term, As TAN Rallies South-South

APGA-TANSolidarity for President Goodluck Jonathan has started pouring in from different quarters.

The Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria and members of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, both have endorsed President Jonathan for a second term.

At different rallies held in Port Harcourt and Anambra State, both groups unanimously agreed that one good term deserves another.

Thousands of transformation ambassadors gathered at the Liberation Stadium in Port Harcourt Rivers State to ask the President to re-contest the presidency come 2015.APGA

It was the third in the nationwide solidarity campaign for the President’s re-election bid in 2015, organized by the Transformation Ambassador of Nigeria.

With solidarity songs and placards displaying their love, delegates from the South South region of Nigeria took turns to climb the podium as they pledged their allegiance to the man they call an agent of change.

Millions also signed the big book to show their seriousness in backing President Jonathan for another term. So far over 4 million signatures from the South-South region have been gathered.

Meanwhile, in Awka, the capital of Anambra State, South-East Nigeria, it was a different gathering but one that tells the same story.

APGAMembers of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, gathered to rally the support of their members to endorse President Jonathan for a second term.

The National Chairman of the party, Victor Umeh, while speaking at the rally said, “Ever since 2011, APGA has remained a strategic partner to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in Nigeria.

“We have, as party leaders, at various times, spoken unequivocally of our support for President Goodluck Jonathan.

“In 2013, there was a governorship election in Anambra State, and from what we have seen in Nigeria under President Goodluck Jonathan’s watch, credible and free election is now the order of the day…Democracy has come to stay in Nigeria.”

The party, therefore, believes that one good term deserves another.

“Looking at the political template in Nigeria today, we are certain that President Goodluck Jonathan needs to be re-elected for another 4 years in office,” Umeh told the gathering.

Nigeria Begins Construction Of Second Niger Bridge

niger-bridgeThe Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, on Monday performed the ground breaking ceremony of the Second Niger Bridge, 50 years after the first bridge was built.

Performing the function at the Anambra end of the project site, the president assured Nigerians that the construction would begin immediately and would be completed within the four years record time and according to design.

The old Niger bridge sprawls across the Niger River on the Onitsha side of Anambra State to Delta State, with evidence of age written all over it having been built in 1965.

Construction of the second bridge is from Ogbaru side of Anambra State to Delta State.

The President said the second Niger Bridge would be part of the transformation agenda and a critical national infrastructure that would be key to social economic development.

He also said the project, when completed, would improve road transport, communication and also link industrial and commercial regions.

According to the Minster of Works, Mike Onolememen, the second Niger Bridge and the connecting roads would enhance economic development of the southeast and southwest.

“The Federal Government is committed to building an enduring bridge across the Niger that will meet internally acceptable standard and deepen national integration and interaction,” Mr Onolemenme said while giving the specification and the cost of the bridge.                          

On the aspect of the financing, the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said the Federal Government financing model involved Private Public Partnership, with quality participants being part of the project which would cost 117.9 billion Naira (about 698 million dollars).

Several speakers in the likes of the Deputy Senate President, Deputy Speaker, Chairmen of Works Committee in the Senate and House of Representatives, and Governors of Abia and Delta States, all commended the President’s political will to ensure the commencement of the second Niger Bridge and urged him to see to its completion.

The Anambra State governor, Peter Obi, however, expressed dissatisfaction over the indoor nature of an occasion that would have been done in the open.

He commended the president’s love for the people of the southeast.

The official ground breaking ceremony took place amidst fanfare.

The second Niger Bridge, for which 40 billion Naira has already been provided for the commencement of work, will indeed eliminate the burden of traffic gridlock suffered on the Anambra and Delta ends of the road, a constant situation that has weakened the first bridge which was constructed with £5 million.

FG opens Third Mainland Bridge

The Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen on Tuesday officially declared open all sections of the Third Mainland Bridge ready for use.

Mr Onolememen said repair works on eight expansion joints have been completed.

According to the Minister, the repairs were completed 10 days ahead of the scheduled date of November 5.

He said there was no variation in the contract sum of N1, 055,477,608.16.

Motorist and Commuters, who have had to manage diversions and traffic congestions since the repairs started on July 6, will be relieved as more lanes will now be available to them.

The contractor that handled the repairs, Messrs Borini Prono Coy Ltd also confirmed that the work is 100 per cent completed.