Traffic Builds As Repair Works Resumes On Kara Bridge Axis

Commuters along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway stretching from Berger to Kara cattle market axis are expected to face longer journey hours as repair work resumes. 

The road which was re-opened on December 1, 2019, was partially closed in September when the reconstruction work commenced and traffic was diverted on both sides of the expressway.

Channels Television observed that traffic outbound Lagos has already been diverted to the inbound section, with slow vehicular movements witnessed, similar to the one witnessed since the commencement of the reconstruction.

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Both in and out-bound motorists now have had to endure the gridlock which sometimes lasts for hours.

The initial work plan was reviewed when the ministry failed to meet up with the set completion date for the 1.2-kilometer rehabilitation and reconstruction which kicked off in September last year.

According to the Federal Controller of Works, Mr. Adedamola Kuti who spoke to Channels Television, the project is expected to be completed next month.

“We are fully ready for this; we are right in the dry season, a construction season so we don’t expect the kind of experience we had during the rainy season.

“By the time we get ready, here should be taking us this month and next month. By the end of February we should be completing the 600 meters work on the outbound Lagos,” he confirmed.

The rainy season forced the deadline for the completion of the reconstruction of the Kara/Berger, forcing road users to bear the brunt as they spent long hours in traffic.

Commuters have been enjoying an easier flow of traffic on the highway since it was re-opened in December 2019.

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Senate To Ensure States Get Paid For Infrastructure Intervention

Senate, Anambra State, Willie ObianoIt is cheery news for Governor Willie Obiano as the Senate assures him of its commitment to ensuring that he is refunded the 43 billion naira spent by Anambra State government on rehabilitation and reconstruction of federal roads in the state.

The Senate Committee on Works, led by Senator Kabiru Gaya also vowed to ensure that other state governors who have done same get their repayment, saying the funds were captured in the 2016 budget which is being executed.

The 8-man committee made the pledge on Tuesday during an inspection visit to the site of some federal infrastructure in the state in southeast Nigeria.

Senator Gaya doused Governor Obiano’s concerns on the Second Niger Bridge Project in which the chairman blamed the delay in execution on the contractors.

He also commended the Governor for the good condition of roads and the beautification of the state, giving assurance of hope for the Enugu-Onitsha expressway rehabilitation.

Gaya noted that the major priority of the present administration was to ensure good network of roads among states and zones for effective movement and socio-economic development.

In his response, Obiano commended the lawmakers for the visit, especially for raising hopes on the refund of the money owed the state.

He appealed to the committee and the Federal Government for consideration of more federal roads like the Umueze Anam- Kogi road and Nnewi-Okigwe road among others, to boost economic and social development in the state.

Yobe House of Assembly approves N8.6 bn for reconstruction of burnt schools

The Yobe State House of Assembly today approved the sum of N8.623 Billion as supplementary budget for the construction of schools that were burnt by the radical Islamic sect Boko Haram, barely 25 days to the end of the 2012 fiscal year.

The approval came just one week after the Speaker of the State House, Rt. Hon. Adamu Dala Dogo, representing Karasuwa constituency narrowly escaped impeachment.

Some of the money approved by the House will be used for the settlement of over ten thousand graduates, HND, NCE and Diploma holders recently employed by the Yobe state government.

Part of the money is to also cater for the recent increment in the salaries of judiciary in the state as well as another ten thousand youth for training by the state ministry of Youth and social development aimed at engaging the youths in gainful ventures.

Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Adamu Dala Dogo, said that the decision of the House to give the supplementary budget a speedy passage is to allow speedy development in the state.

“We must not allow development to suffer in the state. The government needs the money to reconstruct those schools that were burnt down by unknown gunmen. The salaries and emolument of the graduates newly engaged by the Yobe state government needs to be settled without delay. The judiciary have just increase their salaries and government have to take care of all these need which were initially not in the 2012 budget”, the Speaker explained.

The House in session therefore directed the executive arm to redirect the N500 million meant for the purchase of buses by the ministry of Transport and Energy into the supplementary budget.

Meanwhile, the House also ratifeied Khadi  Shuaibu Talba as the new Grand  Khadi of the Sharia Court of Appeal  of the state following the demise of late Khadi Ibrahim Ahmed

Also today the House appointed Hon. Ishaku Sani Daya as a replacement for the former deputy majority leader, Late Hon. Adamu Abubakar Degubi, who was killed by unknown gun men four months ago.