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Abuja-Kano Road: Fashola Blames “Senators’ Request” For Slow Pace Of Work

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Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN, has explained that one of the reasons for the delay in the construction of the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano dual carriageway was the request made by some members of the National Assembly to expand the road from two lanes to three lanes.

A statement from the Ministry of Works’ Deputy Director Press and Public Relations, Boade Akinola, quoted Fashola as saying this at the town hall meeting of stakeholders organised by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing held in the Kaduna State University Conference Hall, Kaduna.

The statement issued on Friday was titled, ‘FG Reiterates Commitment to Completing Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria -Kano Dual Carriageway’.

Fashola also reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to completing the ongoing reconstruction of the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano dual carriageway.

Responding to various questions from stakeholders who wanted to know why the construction work on the road was taking too long, the minister was quoted as saying, “Shortly after we flagged off the road, we received a letter from the Senators in the National Assembly asking the Federal Government to expand the road from two lanes to three lanes, that was not from us, it was from the National Assembly, the Senators and they wrote to the President and copied my Ministry.”

Explaining further, Fashola stated that based on the directive from the Presidency to undertake that expansion, “we needed to redesign an expansion to accommodate about 40 different bridges on this road to align with the lanes.

“So if they are going to expand from two to three lanes, a new design needed to be created. The process for doing that required us to hire a design consultant. We had to follow the procurement process established by the National Assembly.”

He said, “The procurement process is a long one which entails advertising, waiting for a period of six weeks after advertisement, reviewing of tender, picking of consultant and going to the Bureau for Public Procurement and finally to the Federal Executive Council for approval to hire a consultant to do the design requested.”

The Minister also disclosed that after going through all the processes of procurement for redesigning to three lanes the Ministry received another instruction to revert back to two lanes due to paucity of fund.

Fashola also attributed the delay in completion to the total length of the road and the process of construction.

He added, “Each Lane is 375km. So if you multiply that by four, we are building a thousand and five hundred kilometres of highway. No matter how hard you tried to work, if there was 25 hours in one day to do this work, we will commit to it, but the truth is that materials take time to react, minimum and maximum processes must be observed.”


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Ex-Deputy Governor Of Zamfara Dumps APC For PDP

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Zamfara State Former Deputy governor, Ibrahim Wakkala, has decamped from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Wakkala made the declaration on Wednesday while briefing journalists in Gusau, Zamfara State capital.

He was deputy governor under the administration of Former Governor Abdulaziz Yari.

While explaining the reason for his carpet crossing, Wakkala said since the APC lost in 2019 elections, he has been considered irrelevant as a result of not been consulted for any party activities in the state.

He noted that since the inception of the current administration of Governor Bello Matawalle, he has been playing an advisory role, especially in addressing the security challenges facing the state.

He also noted that he has formally sent a written notice to inform his former principal Abdulaziz Yari on his resolve to dump the APC.


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FLASHBACK: In 2015, Osinbajo said president’s failure to secure citizens is impeachable offence

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Amid the recent violent attacks across the country, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo is now being referred to his 2015 statement where he said it is an impeachable offence if the president cannot secure the lives and property of citizens.

At the time, about a month to the 2015 presidential election, Osinbajo, running mate to Muhammadu Buhari under the All Progressives Congress (APC), seemed to be sending a note to Goodluck Jonathan, the incumbent who was also seeking reelection under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Just a year before, in 2014, more than 200 schoolgirls were abducted in their hostel in Chibok, Borno state.

The incident sparked off an outrage both locally and internationally, scaring the Jonathan government. Hundreds of residents in the north-east were also displaced by Boko Haram attacks.

A fundamental issue in the Buhari/Osinbajo campaign to unseat Jonathan was security, especially in the north-east.

Osinbajo, on February 8, 2015, took to Twitter to imply that Jonathan be removed because he appeared incapable of tackling the security challenges.

“If the president says I’ve lost the capacity to guarantee the security of lives and property, it’s certainly an impeachable offence,” he tweeted.

Pundits have argued that one of the reasons Jonathan lost the election to Buhari in 2015 was his seeming inability to end the incessant attacks.

Fast forward five years after under Buhari, security still remains the biggest challenge.

Last Saturday, Boko Haram insurgents killed 45 farmers in Zabarmari in Jere local government area of Borno, in an attack the United Nations described as “the most violent attack” targeted at civilians in 2020.

There have also been reports of killings, kidnapping and banditry in the north-west region.

While Buhari has not said he lacks the capability to tackle insecurity, Nigerians are now linking Osinbajo’s 2015 tweet with the failure of the Buhari government to mitigate the security challenges.

Below are some of the recent reactions on Osinabjo’s 2015 tweet:

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Nigeria Politicians Even Worst Than Bandits – Former Health Insurance Boss

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BANDITS HAVE DIRECT LINES OF NORTHERN GOVERNORS – PROFESSOR USMAN YUSUF, FORMER HEALTH INSURANCE BOSS CLAIMS.

A former executive secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme on Wednesday said bandits terrorising northern Nigeria have the direct lines of the governors in the region.

He described politicians in the country as being worst than bandits who loot the country and provide guns for northern youths to rig elections and dump them afterward.

According to Professor Yusuf, negotiations between state governors and bandits are “the governors of the states importing from the bandits and a sign of failure in governance.”

Mr. Yusuf said who appeared on ARISE News said in some instances, governors of the states buy cattle for the bandits and even give them money as ways of pacifying them.

“Many of these bandits have direct lines to these governors, calling them. I know Nasir el-Rufai refused to negotiate with them. The governors negotiate with them, they buy them cattle, they buy them birds, it is all signs of failure of governance from the centre to the states.

“We are negotiating with bandits and giving them the money of the people they are killing,” the Professor of haematology-oncology and bone marrow transplantation said.

He added, “you know there are two or three types of bandits, there are bandits in the forest that carry arms and we have a lot of bandits in government.

“All those people that loot people’s money are worse than bandits. All those politicians that loot the people money are worse than bandits and they winning elections.”

Mr. Yusuf said the insecurity being experienced in the country is a result of the enmeshed corruption and bad governance.

“It is politicians that imported tramadol to these kids to make them their political thugs. They give them arms all across the country, politicians give thugs arms and when they are done with them, they dump them.

“These kids have the guns, they become bandits and thugs and cultists and armed robbers, so yes there are bandits stealing our money and there are bandits getting our money ransomed,” he said.


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