Following the ongoing rehabilitation of the dilapidated Ganaja road in the State, Motorists and Truck owners in the state have lauded the efforts of Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello over his effort to make the flooded parts of the road accessible to commuters that are finding it difficult to pass through on daily basis.
Mr Adejoh Ocheja made this commendation today at the arrival of heavy equipments deployed by the Kogi State Ministry of Works and Kogi Road Mentainance Agency ( KOGROMA) to the deplorable section of the Ganaja road, Lokoja.
The road which serves as a major route linking the North with the Eastern part of the Country has been overtaken by flood in the last one month trapping several Trucks.
The Honorable Commissioner for Works and Housing, Engr. Abubakar S. Ohere revealed that even though the Ganaja Road is a Federal Road, the economic importance of the route to the State and the Nation can not be over emphasized.
Ohere said that the State Government can’t fold its hand without making effort to make the road passable, considering the socio economic importance of the road to the State and the Nation at large.
The commissioner noted that the State Government is rehabilitating the road to enable the evacuation of trapped articulated vehicles and to also create a palliative for commuters pending the total reconstruction of the road in accordance with the designed master plan.
Asked whether he has received any support from the Federal Government, Ohere said ” as at this level of work, the State Government has not received any attention or commitment from the Federal Government and that is why we are appealing to the Federal Ministry Of works and Housing to graciously approve the reenforcement of the compliance of the contract awarded for the construction of Ganaja road”
He further stressed that the road had already been awarded to three (3) contractors in the past but they are yet to begin work but because of the strategic location of the road the palliative had to commence awaiting a lasting solution.
The Commissioner further stated that, to to avoid further gridlock, the Men of the Federal Road Safety Corps and other Security Agents would be made available in order to encourage free flow of vehicular movement in this season.
Ohere also appealed to the Federal Government to dredge the River Niger so that there would be proper flow of water, if the River Niger is not dredged any little over flow, it will take over the community, He said.
The Commissioner thanked the Motorists and the people of Ganaja for enduring the hardship faced in the last few weeks and hail the Support of the community, describing the synergy as worthy of emulation.
Ohere finally assured Kogi citizens of the continued support of Governor Yahaya Bello to DO MORE for the people of the state.
Gov Sule, Speaker Balarabe Pays Tribute To Slain State APC Chairman, Says Killers Will Not Go Scot-Free.
Nasarawa Governor, Alhaji Abdullahi Sule, said the state has lost a rear gem whose contributions would be greatly missed, stressing that the late Philips Tatari Shekwo deserves a befitting burial owing to the virtue he represented in the society.
The Governor who was speaking when members of the state assembly led by the Rt. Hon. Speaker Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi paid him a condolence visit at government house Thursday in Lafia, the State capital.
The slain party Chairman’s burial is scheduled to hold Friday in his country home, Yelwa in Toto Local Government Area of the state.
The governor commended the Speaker and members of the Assembly for sharing in the moment of grief, noting that the breakthrough made by the military in rescuing a brother to a member of the state assembly who was abducted by yet to be identified gunmen in Nasarawa Eggon was highly appreciated and assuring that the killers of Shekwo will be exposed.
Leading other members of the state assembly, the Speaker, Ibrahim Balarbe Abdullahi in an emotionally laden voice explained that the death of the APC Chairman is a great loss to the Governor, Government, the APC and people of Nasarawa state.
The Speaker who noted the selfless attributes of the late Philips Shekwo said his death in the hands of his assailants is uncalled for, hence the need to double up effort towards apprehending those behind the heinous crime.
Although it was condolence visit the speaker used the medium to congratulate Governor Abdullahi Sule for welcoming a new set of twins by his wife, Farida Abdullahi Sule among other achievements the state has recorded in recent times.
FHC Fix Friday To Decides On Ndume’s Bail Application After Spending Days In Kuje Prison
The Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed Friday for ruling on the bail application filed by Borno South Senator, Ali Ndume, who has been detained in prison since Monday over his suretyship for Abdulrasheed Maina believed to have jumped bail.
Our Correspondent gathered that Senator Ndume is currently detained at Kuje Prison. Justice Okon Abang adjourned for ruling after Ndume’s lawyer, Marcel Oru, argued the bail application, which was opposed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s lawyer, Mohammed Abubakar.
Maina, a former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reformed Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, is being prosecuted by the EFCC on charges of money laundering involving N2bn. On November 18, 2020, Justice Abang revoked the bail granted him, ordered his arrest, and directed that his trial would proceed in absentia.
The judge also on Monday remanded Ndume in prison until he produced Maina or paid the sum of N500m bail bond to the Federation Account. Ndume, through his lawyer, Marcel Oru, had on Tuesday filed an appeal against the remand order at the Court of Appeal, along with an application for the bail of the defendant filed before Justice Abang.
Restructuring Of Nigeria: Northern Elders Forum Expresses Dissatisfaction With El-Rufai’s Claims
The Northern Elders Forum on Wednesday distanced itself from the comments credited to Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State that selfish Northern leaders were opposing the restructuring of Nigeria.
The organisation said the governor could not have been referring to its leadership under Prof. Ango Abdullahi because it had campaigned restructuring more openly and more vigorously than any group or interest in the country.
The NEF Director, Publicity and Advocacy, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, said these in an interview with Punch.
El-Rufai had during a session at the 26th National Economic Summit said Northerners kicking against calls for the restructuring of Nigeria were not speaking for the North.
But Baba-Ahmed said, “The Governor of Kaduna State could not have been referring to Northern Elders Forum under the leadership of Prof. Ango Abdullahi. Our Forum has campaigned for restructuring more openly and more vigorously than any group or interest in the country.
“There are records of many statements made by the Forum or in conjunction with other groups in support of the imperative for restructuring as a vital requirement for the survival of our country as a united, functional, and just entity.
“We believe the North will be a major beneficiary of major changes in the manner our federal system is designed and functions.“We do not know of any serious northern group that is against restructuring. If there are such groups, they must be speaking to the Governor in private, and they certainly do not represent the interests of the North.”
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