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World Bank terminates N27b NEWMAP project in Abia state

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Dr Uchenna Okere, the National President Abia Professionals Association has revealed how World Bank terminated N27b Newmap project in Abia state under Okezie Ikpeazu administration in 2015.

Okere said that Dr Okezie Ikpeazu with the then economic team headed by Obinna Oriaku went straight to the world Bank country office in Abuja for presentation on the state of poor infrastructure in Aba and Abia state in general.

According to him, Abia was a pariah state as most donor agencies had before then cancelled or withdrawn their support to Abia State because of many reasons which may not be necessary now.

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He said the world bank decided to support the State by including Abia State in many of their developmental projects plans which NEWMAP is one of them.

“After lots of presentations and engagements world Bank through Federal Ministry of Finance and NEWMAP awarded the contract for $56m ( Fifty six million dollars) N27b at then exchange rate to today’s N34b to Heatland/ Setraco Nigeria Ltd for Erosion and flood water management of Porth Harcourt road/ Urratta and Obohia /Ngwa road project.”

“This job entails underground tunneling of flood water from Uratta crisscrossing Obohia / Ngwa road to the Ogbo hill river and construction of Ngwa road and other adjoining roads.

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He stated that the technical aspect of the contract including the underground tunneling was abandoned by the contractor and the designs of this important project were altered by the contractor in collaboration with some officials of the State government.

“The world Bank and Minstry of finance rose from their meeting last week with a decision to terminate/ determine this contract that would have solved the perennial flooding problems of Aba because of fraud / greed and incompetence of the state government.”

World Bank terminates N27b NEWMAP project in Abia state

The statement added that: “The implication is that since last month as witnessed by residents of Ngwa road, there is no job going on at the site, as world bank has stopped the work and is currently auditing the project which will determine their next line of action.”

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“This is another lost opportunity by Abia state government to greed and incompetence from the same government that has been trumpeting sincerity of purpose in their dealings.”

“We call on world bank to kindly re-award this job to a more competent company and for EFCC to immediately commence investigations on how the funds were misappropriated and the officials involved.”

“This is also a call on Abia elders to know that such opportunity comes only once”, the statement read.

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Residents, Traders Appeal to Gov Obiano Over Construction of Pedestrian Bridge

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By Oge Onyeanusi, Onitsha

Due to incessant loss of lives and other hardship faced by residents and traders around Building Materials International Market, Ogidi, Idemili North LocaI Government Area of Anambra State,a call has been made to the State and Federal Government to construct a pedestrian bridge at Enugu/Onitsha Express Road .

The bridge if constructed will drastically reduce incessant road accidents involving residents and traders living or transacting businesses within the vicinity.

A similar bridge which was constructed a few years ago at Tarzan Junction along Enugu/Onitsha Express Road under former Governor Chris Ngige’s administration seems to be serving no useful purpose as pedestrians prefer crossing the road on foot with ease due to its location.

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However,in a bid to address the issue, residents of Ogidi Building Materials Market,traders and artisans have appealed to the Anambra State Government to come to their aid by building a pedestrian bridge within the vicinity.

There have been reports of human casualties who were killed by motorists while attempting to cross the ever busy road.

Residents, Traders Appeal to Gov Obiano Over Construction of Pedestrian Bridge

While pleading with Gov.Willie Obiano to award contract for commencement of work on the road, President, Building Materials International Market, Ogidi,Chief Jude Nwankwo emphasised that bulk of businesses being transacted in the area on daily basis by traders was enough reason to build the bridge.

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The market leader disclosed that not only that cluster of markets are located in the area such as the building materials, cosmetics, bakery materials, plastic,fabrics -synthetic and other minor markets residents living around the express road suffer the same fate and fear of being crushed or killed by over-speeding vehicles.

Chief Nwankwo stated that as responsible citizens traders at the building materials market pay all their taxes and other financial entitlements to the State Government and called on proper action to be taken concerning the affected road to save lives as well as improve the scope of business in the area.

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NEDC constructs international cattle market in Bauchi as stray Cows kills 10 persons in Soro cattle market

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Bauchi-The Northeast Development Commission (NEDC) has commenced the construction of an International Cattle market at Soro village in Ganjuwa local government area of bauchi state to check the trend of accidents caused as a result of stray cows, a development that has posed as danger to the lives of residents in the area.

The member representing Darazo/Ganjuwa Federal Constituency in the House of Reps, Mansur Manu Soro who made the disclosure while briefing the State Deputy Governor, Baba Tela and the MD/CEO of NEDC, Dr Mohammad Goni Alkali during an on the spot assessment of the relocation of the market to another site, said that no fewer than 10 person have been killed by stray cows over the years during market days due to the citing of the market, close to the residential area.

“We are worried by the lost of lives in the cattle market, so i moved a request on the floor of the House and my request was forwarded to the NEDC for intervention. I am very happy that today, the project is moving on well”.

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“Considering the size and volume of cattle that come in every market day, we decided to expand the market to conveniently accommodate 3000 cattle at a time and make business transactions easier for the people” he said

The lawmaker said that when completed, the new cattle market will reduce congestion on the main highway and reduce the risk of people getting killed by oncoming vehicles during the market days.

Also Speaking, the Managing Director and CEO of NEDC, Dr Mohammad Goni Alkali said that the Commission agreed to construct an international cattle market in Soro in order to safeguard the lives of the people of the town who have fallen victim of attack by stray cows.

Goni Alkali who expressed satisfaction with the quality of the work done so far, assured that the project will be completed by the end of 2021 and will be commissioned for use by the early 2022.

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He assured that all the necessary amenities such as electricity, water, public VIP toilets and other conveniences will be provided within the market for ease of doing business pointing out that it is part of the mandate of the Commission to intervene in areas that will make life easier for people of the North-East subregion.

“I have known about this market since my school years and I know how important it is to the people of the area. Based on the information we have, we decided to relocate the market to a more safer and better place”The NEDC Boss said

NEDC constructs international cattle market in Bauchi as stray Cows kills 10 persons in Soro cattle market

Bauchi State Deputy Governor, Sen. Baba Tela who led the inspection visit expressed happiness over the project saying that it will go a long way to decongest the town on market days as well as safe lives of innocent people who had fallen victim in the past.

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Baba Tela however pointed out that provision should be made to make business transactions in the market easier considering that Nigeria has joined the cashless society calling for mobile banking on market days.

The Deputy Governor also commended the NEDC for accepting to construct the modern cattle market in Soro as well as other interventions in the state since it was established.

Chairman, Senate Committee on Special Duties, Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf stressed the need for ownership of the market in order to make it viable and durable saying that, “when the people are involved, they tend to be more involved in the project”.

The new international cattle market will have 48 locked up stalls, two restaurants that can accommodate 100 people at a time, a 200 capacity mosque, a mini cattle clinic, two boreholes and VIP toilets.

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Bala Mohammed Is A Patriot, Will Never Decamp To APC, Northern Youth Leaders Tell FFK

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A Frontline group made up.of over 100 youth groups, Northern Youths Leaders Forum (NYLF) has described as laughable, claims by former Aviation Minister, Chief Fami Fani-Kayode that he would Influence Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed and two other People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governors to dump their party as lame and laughable.

NYLF President, Comrade Elliot Afiyo expressed this at a world press conference in Yola on Friday September 17, 2021.

“We observed the defection by Chief Femi Fani Kayode (FFK) from PDP to APC yesterday with little or no surprise.

“We strongly believed that this is the time and season for defections. It is our belief that whenever someone defects, it is obvious that he or she is pursuing something or something is pursuing him or her.

“However, we are surprised and astonished with the reason and claims of Chief Femi Fani Kayode (FFK) for his defection, how he influenced the defection, of three PDP’s Governors to APC and his lame claim that he is in the process of influencing the defection of another three PDP’s Governors to APC,” Afiyo said.

NYLF said that while they remain aloof, tacit and obstetric to his claims that God told him to defect to APC and how he influenced Governors Umahi, Ayade and Matawalle’s defection, they take seriously with unassuming exception, his claim that Governors Ifeanyi Unwuanyi, Bala Mohammed and Seyi Makinde are on their way to APC through his influence.

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“We are odiously convinced that FFK has the right to use his only and available political weapon and value which is his tongue, we make bold to say that FFK as we know him, has made a lunatic and vain claim to placate and please his Taskmasters and Paymasters.

“We are not surprised with this claim because former President Obasanjo said it on the 30th of August, 2018 when we visited him and I quote ‘”Fani Kayode is my boy, give him food, he will praise and sing for you. (Check Punch Newspaper 31st August 2018).

“We sincerely believed and truly too, that this is part of his praise singing which he is known for,” he said.

The group stated categorically that Governor Bala Mohammed will never dump the PDP for APC.

“WR want to state clearly without mincing words that Senator Bala Mohammed has not and will never defect to APC and also, he has never at anytime discussed the issue of defection with FFK.

“Senator Bala Mohammed is a Nationalist who always places the National interest above his personal interest.

Bala Mohammed Is A Patriot, Will Never Decamp To APC, Northern Youth Leaders Tell FFK

“He has and still passing through persecutions, humiliations, prosecutions, character assignations, campaigns of calumny, frustrations, insults and even spiritual attacks.

“In all these, God has given him the grace to remain steadfast, focused and committed to his ideals which he always defines.

“Therefore, there is no number of forces which he has not encountered that are pursuing him which would make him to defect to APC,” NYLF stressed.

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The group said that it is a general and public knowledge that the nation is sinking and there is every need for patriots and advanced citizens to come together to rescue Nigeria.

“Bala Mohammed by acts of commission or omission, has proved to us that he will be part and parcel of the Rescue Mission.

“No doubt with people like Bala Mohamed in the boat, Nigeria and Nigerians will be rescued in 2023 from the National conspiracy by the few elites which FFK is a prominent member by his actions,” they added.

On the Southern Governors’ demand for a Southern President, NYLF described it as a good development, however, warning that it does not reflect realities on ground.

“It is a good political development that the Southern Governors are now speaking collectively irrespective of political leanings.

“The call by these Governors is a
welcome development but it does not reflect the reality on ground.
Nigeria presently is facing an uncommon and unconventional situation which requires uncommon and unconventional solution by uncommon and unconventional President.

” It would be recalled that former President Jonathan was sincerely committed to dealing with the security challenges between 2010 and 2011 but was frustrated by some Northern elites who brainwashed the Northerners especially the rural North into believing that Jonathan was killing Northerners.

“Jonathan was completely blocked by the same Northern elites from purchasing arms to fight insurgency.

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“It is our strong belief and candid opinion that Nigeria needs a bold and courageous Northerner who will take the bull by the horn and tackle the security challenges which is our major national challenge for now even if it means killing the trouble makers if possible, so as to bring desired peace,” they advised.

The group further at the briefing, pointed out that they are impressed by the massive infrastructural development in Adamawa State, endorsing him for another term in 2023.

“We are highly impressed by the infrastructural developments in Adamawa State.

“We observed with great disbelief that such a feat could be achieved in just two years in Adamawa State that is not part of the oil producing States. We sincerely commend
Governor Ahmadu Fintiri and his team.

“In view of this thereof, we want to assure him that NYLF will do whatever is possible
within the confines and ambit of the law, to ensure that he comes back in 2023 to continue with his good works.

“To this end, we wish to appeal to other parties in Adamawa State to collapse their structures, support and vote for Fintiri during the Gubernatorial elections come 2023,” they said.

NYLF assured Nigerians that come 2023, “we will have a President that will be referred to as Nigeria’s President of Nigeria’s extraction not Northern or Southern extraction.

“We should not be distracted, discouraged or despair because of people that are identifying with or Conspirators because of a pot of porridge,” they said.

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