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Gov Bello’s Visit To Fashola, Panacea To End Infrastructural Challenge In Kogi

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BY Abah Benjamin Eneojoh.

Engineers from the Department of Highway Bridge and Design (Road Design North) of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing Abuja in partnership with the Kogi State Ministry of Works and Housing and Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) have begun visit to deplorable roads in Kogi State.

This was revealed today in Lokoja by Engr Omotayo O. Awosanya Head of the Department of Highway Bridge and Design Federal Ministry of Works and Housing during a stakeholders interactive session on the possible ways to profer lasting solution to the incessant road accident in Kogi State.

Recall that after the visit of His Excellency Alhaji Yahaya Bello, the Executive Governor of Kogi State to the office of the Honorable Minister of Works and Housing, Hon. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) in Mabuchi, Abuja on the need to give urgent attention to deplorable Federal Roads in the State.

Subsequently,
the Kogi State Honorable Commissioner for Works and Housing, Engr Abubakar S. Ohere called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to quickly intervene on the the deplorable condition of Federal roads in the State in order to avoid accident in this “Mber” months.

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Engr Ohere noted that the State Government can’t fold its hands without making efforts to make roads passable considering the socio economic importance of the roads to the State and the nation at large.
” 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 and others roads in Kogi State” he requested.

Engr Omotayo in his opening speech said that his Team is here on behalf of the Honorable Minister of Works and Housing Hon. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) to conduct a site visit to Felele area of Lokoja and other deplorable points in the State in order to create a remedy for the incessant accident in Nigeria.

He further revealed that the two major flash points for road accident in Nigeria are the Felele area of Lokoja Kogi State and the Otedola Bridge in Lagos , stressing that the Honorable Minister of Works and Housing is quite worried on the frequent reoccurrence of ghastly motor accident at these two points therefore demanding stakeholders to brainstorm on the possible ways to end this devastating occurrences within the shortest time.

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Suggesting the remedy that could mitigate this nasty occurrence, the Acting Director Civil Engineering Department, Kogi State Ministry of Works and Housing, Engr Simon Oguche maintained that the only ways to avert this menace is to construct an interchange, create a service lane, develop a shoulder and build speed breakers at the necessary points, with this he said problem of incessant accident on Felele area of Lokoja will be laid to rest.

In the same development, Mr Idris Fika, the Kogi State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) attributed the cause of he frequent motor accident in the Felele area of Lokoja to Human Activities adding that if the Lokoja International Market is relocated or people are restricted to trade within the market without hanging outside the fence of the market for trading activities, the frequent horrible experience on that road will be drastically reduced.

He further noted that if proper action is not taken now with the presence of Lokoja International Market, Kogi State Polytechnic, Federal University Lokoja, International Terminal, and the proposed Federal Medical Centre on that road, it could be more devastating in the future than what we are currently passing through now.

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During inspection to the failed section on Ganaja road, Engr Omotayo appealed to the representative of Federal Road Mentainance Agency (FERMA) Engr Bankole to commence a palliative work on Ganaja road immediately to ease commuters in this “Ember” season.

On reaching Felele site, Omotayo also reiterated that due recommendation by his Team to the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing would bring a lasting solution to the incessant road accident in Felele area of Lokoja.

In his recommendation, there shall be a Double Service Lane on the both sides of the road, there shall be an Interchange or Grace Separation and speed breakers on Dual carriage as such will help to decongest the road.

He further added that, a shoulder (Parking Lane) shall be constructed to avoid vehicles parking any how.

This he said will be done in appropriate places on the Felele Road.

Engr Omotayo appealed to the State Government to secure the right of way as such would ease the work of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, he said.

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Former Niger President Tandja Passes On At 82, Causes Of His Passage Not Reveal

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Former President of Niger, Mamadou Tandja is dead. The sad occurrence was confirmed by Niger government in Niamey on Tuesday but did not state the cause.

The government declared “three days of mourning throughout the national territory” for the 82-year-old.

Late Tandja was forced out of power in February 2010 after plotting to remain in office despite a two-term limit.

He was succeeded by President Mahamadou Issoufou in 2011.

The former leader had been ill for several years and was flown to France, Germany and Morocco for treatment.

Tandja passed away as Niger prepares for the December 27 presidential election.

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Mourners across the country and around the globe took to their various social media handles to pour condolences as his passaged was described as one too many.

Former President of Niger, Mamadou Tandja

The former president will be remember for his services to his people and humanity in general.

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South-South Leaders Demands Restructuring Of Nigeria, True Federalism

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Governors and people of the South-South geopolitical zone have demanded the restructuring of Nigeria, in line with the principle of true federalism to guarantee peace, security, and stability of the nation.

The South-South leaders believe the country is not at peace with itself and not working as it should, particularly for the people of the region.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, who is the Chairman of the South-South Governors Forum, stated this on Tuesday as the position of the zone during the regional stakeholders meeting with a presidential delegation.

This followed an initial meeting which failed to hold as a result of an emergency National Security meeting.

The delegation, led by the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, met with the governors and other leaders of the region at the Government House in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Governor Okowa informed the delegation that the people of the South-South were committed to the restructuring of the country in a way that would guarantee true federalism and devolution of powers to the states to create and manage their own police and security architecture under a federal structure.

He called for true federalism guided by the principle of derivation, revenue sharing, and control of resources by each state of the Federation as it was the case in the first republic.

Environmental Degradation:
According to the governor, the kind of federation the South-South desires is one where federating units are constitutionally empowered to create their own structures like local government areas, manage their elections, and control their judiciary.

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“We are all aware of the huge endowment of this country; as such, it is imperative to stress that with a little bit of efforts, imagination, hard work, sacrifice and leadership, every state of the Federation as of today, has the ability and capability to contribute to the national purse.

“This should be encouraged rather than the whole country depending substantially on a region of the country,” he said.

Governor Okowa added, “What is worse and even more painful in this ugly situation is the deliberate lack of understanding, empathy and the uncompromising attitudes of some Nigerians, who have refused to understand the challenges of the South-South region of the country especially, the degradation of the environment and our waters.

“As a result, most of the demands of the region have remained unattended to while the resources of the region have been used continually to develop other parts of the country”.

On behalf of the region, he reiterated the call for the relocation of the headquarters of major oil companies from Lagos and Abuja to the South-South.

Privatise Them Now
The governor also requested the immediate implementation of the consent judgment entered in the Supreme Court Suit No: SC/964/2016 to enable the South-South region get its share of the $55billion shortfall of collection on deep offshore and inland basin production sharing contracts.

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He called for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the region’s major seaports in Port Harcourt, Calabar, Warri, in order to enhance the economic development of the region.

In addition, Governor Okowa demanded that the two refineries in Port Harcourt and one in Warri should be privatised.

“Enough is enough. Let us now privatise them and in doing so, however, allow the states and the region among others, considerable equity in the name of fairness and justice,” he said.

The governor observed that one of the major failures of the intervention agency – Niger Delta Development Commission (NCDC) – was its refusal to forge and foster synergy, consultation, and cooperation with the state governments, especially on project location, development, and execution.

He stated, “We have resolved and we, as the state governments, will no longer allow NDDC to execute any project(s) in any state of the region without it consulting state governments.

“Frankly, enough is enough and we have a court judgment to back our position.”

In his remark, Professor Gambari explained that the stakeholders meeting was at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari, to the delegation comprising all the ministers from the region to visit and consult with representatives of the people regarding the recent #EndSARS protest.

He noted that reports indicated that there were instances where the breakdown of law and order was recorded in various locations in the South-South states.

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Decades Of Mishandling
The presidential aide lauded the governors for their quick response and actions in addressing the crisis in the region.

Beyond the issue of #EndSARS, he said the President acknowledged that the people in the region have been dealing with other concerns that were particular to them, such as the degradation of the environment due to decades of mishandling and adherence to environmental standards.

Professor Gambari promised to convey the demands of the governors and leaders of the region to the President.

The Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, on his part, urged the leaders of the region to avail themselves of the ongoing review of the 1999 Constitution by the National Assembly, since most of the issues raised were constitutional matters.

Present at the meeting were Governor Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Governor Ben Ayade (Cross River), Governor Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), Governor Douye Diri (Bayelsa), and Godwin Obaseki (Edo).

Ministers present included Godswill Akpabio (Niger Delta), Timipre Sylva (State for Petroleum), Goddy Agba (State for Power), Festus Keyamo (State for Niger Delta), Osagie Ehanire (Health), and Lai Mohammed (Information and Culture).

While the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, was absent, the National Chairman of the Pan Niger Delta Forum, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga, and former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Onueze Okocha, among others were present.

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Ex – Nigerian And Biafran Soldier Col Nwobosi Passes On At 82

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A former Nigerian and Biafran soldier, Col. Emmanuel Nworah Nwobosi, passed on

The elder statesman died at the age of 82 on Tuesday.

Col Nwobosi was formally Captain in the Nigerian Army, and Colonel in the defunct Biafran Army, as well as Chief of Staff to the late Biafran leader, General Emeka Ojukwu.

He died on Tuesday at his Obosi in Idemili North Local Government of Anambra State, his country home.

Hon. Emmanuel Nwobosi (jnr) on behalf of the family, said that the patriarch died after a brief illness associated with old age.

He said further that the family will give details of his funeral arrangement later.

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“Yes, my father, Col Emma Nworah Nwobosi, is dead. He died today (Tuesday) after a brief illness, reasonably associated with old age,” he said, according to the Sun.

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