FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has assured that the N640 million abandoned office complex of the FCT Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board would soon be completed.
A Press Statement signed by SA, Media To FCT Minister of State, Austine Elemue said the minister gave the assurance while on assessment tour of the project, however, lamented that the 5 story building located at Kaura district of Abuja has only advanced to 20 percent completion since its commencement in 2015.
She noted that the project falls within the category of one of the abandoned projects in the Federal Capital Territory that needs urgent attention, saying “it is a presidential mandate to complete all abandoned projects”.
Aliyu said; “this practically falls into one of the cases of an abandoned projects and as we all know, Mr. President commitment from the beginning of this administration is to ensure that we complete all abandoned projects.
“We will continue to do our best to enable the contractor do the needful. A lot of resources have been committed to this structure and abandoning it at this stage of completion only leads to wastage of government resources. So we will see what we can do, and I am happy the contractor has returned to site with a renewed vigour.
“Apparently, even in the budget we can say that it is a priority, but let us see the enthusiasm, the capacity of the contractor to do the needful, because the project requires a budgetary provision to bring it to a logical conclusion”.
The minister also promised that the administration would ensure that genuine contractors are paid on the level of work done.
Earlier in his remarks, the Managing Director of Berdotez Associates Limited, Engr. Ejike Amu-Nnadi, assured the minister that the project would be completed in 20 months.
While thanking the minister for the political will demonstrated so far, Amu-Nnadi, reiterated the commitment of his firm to deliver quality job of international repute.
According to him, “We have received a lot of boost and commitment from the present administration that is why we have the confidence to keep investing. This is a very huge project and it is an institutional project of international repute.
“We have committed ourselves to diligence at work and steadfastness to make sure that we achieve the 20 months timeline. In accordance with our programme of work, we should have rounded up this project. We need your support, commitment and anything that can speed up this project.
“Without you, we cannot achieve it. Without your political will, it will be difficult because this project has suffered a lot of setbacks due to lack of political will. But with your commitment and political will, we are back to site and we are not stopping until we finished.
“By December, we will come back to show you the progress we have recorded and it will be very impressive. We and our partners will make sure that we achieve good results. Your coming here has further boosted our confidence and we will not disappoint you”.
Attah’s Death: Shuaibu Abubakar Audu’s Foundation Pays Condolence Visit To Late Attah’s Family In Idah.
By Yahaya Idris, Idah.
The Shuaibu Abubakar Audu’s Foundation (SAAF), has condoled with the immediate family and Igala kingdom over the death of the Attah Igala, HRM. Dr. Michael Ameh Oboni II.
The foundation delegation ably led by its Chairman, Hon. Prince Idoko Daniel Ogacheko and was received by the Chief Mourner the Son of late Attah, Prince Ocholi Ameh Oboni
Prince Ogacheko, who convened the message of Grand Patron of the foundation Alhaji Shuaibu Abubakar Audu, condoled the deceased’s family, as having described late Attah as a peaceful, cordial and amiable father to all.
Prince Ogacheko prayed to God to give his family, friends, associates the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
“Unfortunately, death is not a letter that is bodily written on human face and nobody knows who is next”.
But God, who is sovereign does whatsoever He pleases as He is the ultimate decider of human life,” the foundation said.
Speaking on behalf of the family, Prince Ocholi Ameh Oboni expressed gratitude to Audu’s Foundation for coming down to identified with them. He pray to God to grant them journey mercy to their destination.
Flooding: Lawmaker Inspects Collapsed Bridge, Appeals To Nasarawa Govt. For Immediate Succour
Chairman Nasarawa state House of Assembly committee on Urban development and member representing Awe south constituency Hon Suleiman Yakubu Azara, has called for government urgent intervention to reconstruct the Azara bridge which was washed away by flood as a result of heavy down pour.
The lawmaker who was accompanied by the contractor Rim construction company sympathized with the people of Azara development Area over the unfortunate incident and expressed concern on how the bridge linking Azara community with other parts of the world was completely washed away making life more difficult to commuters and residents of the area.
“I’m shocked at the level of damaged cause by this flood which resulted to the collapsed of this bridge linking Azara and other communities as my people cannot longer go outside and come back to the town.
“this is the only road that linked Azara to other communities and apart from been endowed with mineral and agricultural potentials it also border Taraba, plateau and Benue states.
“this is a serious ploblem therefore I’m calling on the state government to urgently come to our rescue and thank God we have a listening and hard working Governor Engineer Abdullahi Sule whom am very confident he will do something urgently, Hon Suleiman added.
Speaking to newsmen at the scene, one of the commuters Lawan Yakubu makori attributed the incident to carelessness on the part of users who doesn’t care about existing of the affected bridge even when it started developing faults.
According to him the Azara bridge was gradually been washing away for about four months now whenever it rains but action has not been taking until it finally collapsed as a result of a recent heavy down pour cutting off the area completely.
He appreciated the lawmaker Suleiman Yakubu Azara for the visit saying it has rekindle their hope.
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