Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, on Thursday commissioned over 100 projects in the state 13 days to handing over power to his successor.
The governor commissioned the projects during a Thanksgiving programme held in Owerri, the state capital. He said the projects being inaugurated has proven his critics wrong.
Some of the schools constructed and inaugurated include Owerri City Secondary school, Owerri Girls College, Young Scientist College, Ikenegbu Girls Secondary School, Akwakuma Girls Secondary School, Emmanuel College, Government College Owerri, Amakohia Comprehensive Secondary School, among others.
Okorocha explained that the newly built schools will give Orlu a facelift. He added that he decided building schools because he did his campaign there.
Some of the projects built by his administration include Umunna Primary school, Orlu. “We have schools like this more than 546 of these schools scattered all over. 305-storey building schools.”
Okorocha stated included: Central School Ubomiri, Okigwe State Primary School, Central School Amaokpara among others.
Commissioning them the governor said: “Since I don’t have time, the 305 schools are hereby commissioned.”
On tertiary institutions, some of them built by the Okorocha administration included: Imo State College of Advanced Professional, Imo State University Owerri, Eastern Palm University Ogboko, University of Creative Technology Nkwerre, University of Medical College Ogboko, University of Engineering Onuimo, University of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Abor/Okpala.
Other institutions listed are Imo State Polytechnic Ahiara, Imo State Polytechnic Umuagwo, Imo State Polytechnic Arondizuogu, Imo State College of Education Ihite Uboma, Imo State E-Library, among others.
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, says the era in which the presence of the Federal Government is lacking in states is over.
Fashola stated this on Monday during an interview on Channels Television’s Business Morning, while explaining that various constructions are ongoing in all states across the country.
“I can tell you that road construction is going on in all the 36 states of the country. At least, there is one road connecting in one state or the other.
“In some states, there are three, in some states, there are five, in some states, there are eight. What you used to hear before that there is no federal presence in our states, you haven’t heard that lately because if we are not building a road in a state, we are building a house or intervening in a transmission system,” he said.
According to the minister, infrastructure is a crucial investment which successive governments have undertaken since the civil war that ended in 1970.
He, however, reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government in the delivery of infrastructure that will boost the economy and in turn, the wellbeing of Nigerians.
“With the rail coming, with the airports being completed, with the roads coming, you will see as we go down the line competitiveness in pricing and efficiency, manufacturing will pick up, jobs will come. If companies can move goods four times quicker than they used to, they will expand,” he said.
Four months after emerging the winner of the November 18 governorship election of Anambra State, Governor Willie Obiano, has taken the oath of office and pledged to do more projects for the people of the state.
Obiano also appreciated his fellow contenders in the tensed polls for showing the spirit of sportsmanship by congratulating him after the results were announced in his favour.
He also thanked the people of the state for giving him a mandate of another four years.
“I must recognise all the candidates who ran against me in the last gubernatorial election for putting up a formidable fight. They fought like true sportsmen and women and accepted the decision of the people in good fate,” he said.
The governor was filled with gratitude on Saturday amid the cheering crowd during his inauguration ceremony that took place at the Alex Ekwueme Square in Awka, the state capital.
“Anambra people, I thank you and stand here as a product of your love for Anambra State, good governance. I am the proof that we have attained a great political maturity,” he said amid tight security.
The state’s Chief Executive also highlighted his achievements within the last four years of his first term that ends today.
He added, “We grew our GDP by One Trillion Naira in the middle of a recession and increased our Internally Generated Revenue while most status remains suspended. We suspended taxes for low-income earners and put more money in the hands of breadwinners.
“We have attracted investments and touched every community with special projects chosen by each community. We have taken back our cities and communities to the brutal hands of armed robbers and kidnappers who once made our beloved state a dread to decent people and a taboo to investors.
“We have turned the table of our enemies and our adversities into advantages. We are Nigeria’s safest state today. We have elevated governance in building roads and bridges to building lives. We are the new agricultural model for Nigeria.”
The governor clad in white agbada and a red cap to match also promised not to let the people of the state down in his second-term journey.
In doing this, however, he gave them an assurance that they would enjoy more dividends of democracy.
He stated further, “Let me assure you that the democratic garden you watered with your votes on November 18 will blossom with the flowers of progress. It will flourish to our joy and happiness and to the admiration of all Nigerians.
“We can rise together as one that when we stand together as one, we can bend the tide of destiny in our favour.”
He also lauded the efforts put in by the leadership of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, upon which platform he was given the mandate to serve his people.
Prominent personalities in attendance included the Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo and the National Chairman of APGA, Mr Victor Oye.
Other governors include Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state, Darius Ishaku of Taraba state and Dave Umahi of Ebonyi state.
Also, traditional rulers were not left out as the Ooni of Ife, HRH Enitan Ogunwusi; Obi of Onitsha, HM Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe led the train of royal fathers.
As the official second term begins today, it is expected that developmental projects would make the state an envy of others across the country.
The Federal Government has released the proceeds of the N100 billion Sukuk bond for the construction and rehabilitation of 25 major road projects in the six geopolitical zones of the country.
The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, handed over the cheque for the N100 billion to the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babtunde Fashola, at a ceremony in Abuja on Thursday.
“The proceeds will be used to support government capital spending for 2017 – the construction and rehabilitation of 25 key economic roads across the six geo-political zones of the country,” she said.
“The roads will ease commuting, spur economic activities across the country and further close our infrastructural gap.”
Mrs Adeosun promised to source more funds for the development of critical infrastructure in the country.
The Sukuk bond, which was issued by the Federal in September, had been oversubscribed according to the minister, a development she said was a sign of confidence in the Nigerian government.
The Director-General of the Debt Management Office, Mrs Patience Oniha, who was present as Mrs Adeosun handed over the cheque to Mr Fashola, praised the decision to issue the Sukuk bond, which was oversubscribed to the tune of N105 billion.
The Governor-elect in Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose has said he would want to be like Obafemi Awolowo by way of his political actions, expressing his desire to be respected like the political icon.
Fayose, on Sunday addressed journalists following his victory at the polls in Ekiti State, promising to run an all-inclusive government that Ekiti people will be proud of.
He extended the hand of fellowship to the incumbent governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi and the Labour Party candidate, Mr Opeyemi Bamidele.
“I assure everyone that contested with me and has conceded and accepted me as the governor elect that I will work with all of them.
“We will recall that it is still Ekiti, that homogeneous state where we speak the same language and our communities end with Ekiti, that is, there is no community in Ekiti that does not end with the word Ekiti. The government belongs to all of us.
“Four years is a very short time in the life of any administration. i want to let them know that these four years will be four years of all of us in government. There will be no winner and no loser,” he said.
Mr Fayose also said he would work with Fayemi on all uncompleted projects and ensure that they are finished and not abandoned as is the trend when new governments take over office.
He also said he would tar all untarred roads in Ado Ekiti in two years and pay civil servants on 21 of every month.
The Niger state government has promised to complete all on-going projects in the state before the tenure of the present administration expires in 2015.
The state commissioner for information, Professor Yahaya Kuta made this promise while leading community leaders and journalists on an inspection tour of some of the projects across the state.
The first port of call for the inspection team is the proposed headquarters of the Niger state emergency management agency. The building is expected to house all relevant disaster management agencies in the state.
The team also inspected two housing estates in Bida and Mariga where the permanent secretary in the state’s ministry of land and housing told the team that the estates will help reduce the housing deficit in the state.
Several other projects were also visited by the team, as the state government has vowed not to leave any project uncompleted by the end of the tenure of the present administration.
The commissioner appealed to the residents in the state to take ownership of the projects in their areas by ensuring that they are vandalised.
The Niger Delta Development Commission has opened bids for the construction of 66 mega projects in the oil bearing region.
The Managing Director, NDDC, Dr. Christian Oboh, explained that the action of the commission was in line with the provisions of the Public Procurement Act, 2007.
Some of the projects, according to him, include 17 shore protection/erosion control jobs, 33 road projects, five electrification schemes, and construction of one technical college in each of the nine oil producing states.
Others are regional technical villages/industrial parks for each of the nine states, as well as a regional specialist children orthopaedic/cardiovascular hospitals and maternity homes across the Niger Delta states.
Speaking during an interactive session with representatives of the Nigerian Society of Engineers and civil society organisations in Port Harcourt on Friday, Oboh said the decision to invite bids for the projects was in furtherance of the board’s commitment to due process.
Oboh said the contracts would be awarded to the least most responsive bidder, who would be known only after the bids had been evaluated and analysed.