‘Southwest Federal Housing Project Nearly Completed, Already Creating Jobs’

Federal Controller of Works, Kolawole Kukoyi


The Federal Government has expressed satisfaction that its ongoing National Housing Programme (NHP) across the country has reached about 70 per cent completion stage in the south-west.

The Federal Controller of Works, Kolawole Kukoyi, who led the team on an inspection tour to Abere in Ede North Local government area of Osun state at the weekend, commended the speed of work on the site so far.

Kukoyi explained that apart from addressing the housing deficit issues in the nation, the government has also developed different structures that empower private investors to contribute to the development of the nation.

“The Federal Government Housing Programme is a programme that is created to impact on the economy of the environment and to provide houses for the people; to intervene in the housing problem,” he said.

He also expressed joy that the NHP has created jobs for many locals as well as empowered the indigent ones involved in all the building stages.

The Federal Government had in the 2018 budget set aside N35.4bn to address the housing needs of its workforce under the NHP.

The programme which kicked off in 33 states of the federation is expected to deliver over 2,700 housing units in Nigeria.

Ogun State Partners With IFAD On Rice, Cassava Production

Ogun, IFADThe Ogun State government is partnering with the International Funds for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to develop about 500,000 hectres of farmland in three local government areas for rice and cassava production.

The development is part of the aggressive plans of the state government towards widening its economic base.

Governor Ibikunle Amosun made the partnership known while addressing the members of the IFAD delegation on Friday in Ogun State in southwest Nigeria.

He reiterated the commitment of his administration towards agricultural development and its value chain in rice and cassava production.

In his response, the leader of the delegation, Dr. Samuel Iremi, commended the effort of the state government and expressed the organisation’s willingness to effectively partner with the Ogun State government.

NNPC Commences Sale Of Kerosene At 50 Naira Per Litre In Ogun

nnpc-crude-oilThe management of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC has commenced the sale of kerosene to residents of Ogun State, Southwest Nigeria at 50 Naira per litre.

At an exercise monitored in Sagamu Local Government Area, residents commended the efforts of the Buhari led administration in keeping with his electioneering campaign promises.

They however asked the management to the NNPC to ensure the continuity of the initiative to bring a new lease of life to the people.

Kerosene a major component used for domestic cooking has in recent times been in short supply and has forced many women to seek alternative measures.

Residents who seemed to be savoring this latest development however appealed to the federal government to ensure the continuation of the exercise which they said would go a long way in assuaging the suffering of residents.

Buhari Should Seek Forgiveness From Yorubas, Not Votes – Fayose

buhariEkiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has said that the All Progressives Congress ( APC ) presidential candidate, Major General Mohammadu Buhari (Rtd) should seek forgiveness (not votes) from Yoruba people of the South-West, including Edo and Delta States.

According to the governor, Buhari’s cancellation of the Lagos Metroline project in 1985 was the greatest disservice to the Yoruba people in particular, and Nigerians in general.

“If Buhari had not cancelled the Metroline project out of vendetta,transportation problems in Lagos would have been solved permanently.

“The Metroline project would have made life easier and changed the face of transport in Lagos.

But Buhari cancelled it and even went ahead to pay compensation to the French company that handled it. Buhari’s action cost Lagosians over $78 million then,” Fayose said.

Speaking further, the governor said; “In Yorubaland, we were enjoying free education and free health before Buhari came.

Then, all that was needed to go to primary and secondary schools was school uniform while drugs were free.

“Apart from free education and free health, the South West witnessed rapid development.

Lagos State University, Ogun State University (now Olabisi Onabanjo University), Ondo State University (now Ekiti State University), Ondo State Polytechnic (now Rufus Giwa Polytechnic), and several other institutions were established.

“As at 1979, Lagos State had no secretariat. Jakande’s government built the Alausa Secretariat within four years. Ajasin’s government built Alagbaka Secretariat in Akure within four years. Even the Lekki-Epe road on which they are now collecting tolls was constructed by Jakande.

“For all that they did for us in Yorubaland, what did Buhari do to Jakande, Ajasin, Bola Ige and Bisi Onabanjo? He jailed them and Bisi Onabanjo came out of prison with health issues that eventually claimed his life.

“What did Buhari do to reward Awolowo, whose party gave us free education and free health? Awolowo’s international passport was seized and he was prevented from traveling abroad for medical treatment. Awolowo died two years after!

“In 1984 that Buhari introduced school fees, thousands of our youths then dropped out of school.

“Therefore, Buhari who truncated the future of many of our people and jailed our leaders who served our land selflessly should be seeking forgiveness from Yoruba people, not votes.”

Aregbesola Goes Spiritual For Peace And Re-election in Osun

Governor of the State of Osun, Rauf Aregbesola, and other members of the Executive Council have joined the Celestial Church of Christ (CCC) Worldwide to offer prayers for peace and stability in the state, and Nigeria at large.

This was deemed necessary particularly at a period when the state governorship election is fast approaching.

The vigil, which held at the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park in Osogbo, the state capital, saw thousands of Christians and Muslims from the South-West states converging to pray for peace in troubled parts of the country.

In what looked more like a revival service, several members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) also joined in the gathering where they not only prayed for continued peace and progress of the state, but also for the re-election of Governor Rauf Aregbesola for a second term in office.

Governor Aregbesola, while speaking on the significance of the programme, said that religion could best be described as love, peaceful co-existence, tolerance and harmony without rancour.

The all night prayer session which lasted from 10pm till dawn, with various artistes drew the presence of a large congregation from virtually all the Yoruba speaking states in Nigeria.

NEMA Issues Fresh Nationwide Flood Alert

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has issued fresh flooding alert following the announcement by Nigeria Metrological Agency (NIMET) in its seasonal rainfall prediction that there will be another flooding this year.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja, the Director General of NEMA, Muhammed Sani Sidi said the agency spent N1.3 billion to provide relief and manage flood disaster in the country in 2012.

Mr Sidi urged state governments to quickly evacuate people living along the floodplains to reduce the risk of flooding this year.

This was in response to the complaints of many of the rural dwellers who are most vulnerable, that unless they are relocated, they have nowhere to go.

He also listed the communities that would be vulnerable to flooding this year according to the findings of NIMET.

The states include Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara in the North West while the entire South-South and Southwest zones will be affected.

NIMET had last month predicted normal rainfall in Nigeria during the year except in Sokoto, Kebbi, Niger and Kwara states, which might experience excessive rainfall.

The agency had also predicted that rainfall pattern in most parts of Nigeria was likely to be similar to that of 2012.

Southwest Governors to Reconstruct Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

The plan by Bi-Courtney highway services to reconstruct the Lagos-Ibadan expressway appears to have run into more troubled waters, as the governors of the Southwest and Edo states have agreed to take over the reconstruction of the road.

Southwest Governors to Reconstruct Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

At a meeting at the government house, Abeokuta, Ogun state, Southwest Nigeria yesterday, the governors agreed to pull resources together to reconstruct the road, as well as the Shagamu-Benin expressway, in addition to the plan to construct a rail line traversing Lagos through Asaba, the Delta state capital.

Governors Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) of Lagos State; Fayemi of Ekiti State, Rauf Aregbesola of OsunState; Senator Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State and the Host Ibikunle Amosun were on sit.

Others were the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Alhaji Alli Olanusi, and his Edo State counterpart, Mr. Pius Odubu.

According to the Ekiti state governor, Kayode Fayemi who read the communiqué at the end of the meeting, the governors also demanded an immediate review of the existing concession agreement on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, adding that the position of the road as the artery linking Lagos to other parts of the country made the review imperative.

Apart from the gridlock caused by the state of the expressway, they also said there were the issues of job losses, insecurity, and economic wastage which has created an impact on the socio-economic development of the nation in general.

The reconstruction of the road has been mired in controversy since Bi-Courtney emerged as the concessionaire. After a long delay occasioned by disagreement over the project’s design and several months of carrying out palliative work on the road, the company recently started the actual reconstruction project.

However, the company’s plan to build an asphalt plant in a parcel of land belonging to the Ogun state government is still in dispute.

Meanwhile, effort to get the response of Bi-Courtney has not been successful.