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FEC approves N120.7bn for roads, other projects

 FEC approves N120.7bn for roads, other projects

The Federal Executive Council (FEC), on Wednesday, approved a total of N120, 717,387,596 for various projects across states of the federation.

Addressing State House Correspondents after the virtual FEC meeting, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari in the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja, ministers of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; and Water Resources Engr Suleiman Adamu, gave details of approvals they obtained during the meeting.

In his own brief, the Minister of Works and Housing, Fashola, said the three memoranda, totalling N117,485,081,325, presented to the FEC for approval were passed.

According to him, while two were in respect of various roads and bridges works, the third was for a banking application software for the Federal Mortgage Bank.

“Council approved a total sum of N18, 923,846,198.47 billion for roads and bridges. First is the rehabilitation of 26 kilometers of Kano – Kazaure – Daura – Mai’adua Road in Kano-Jigawa-Katsina States at N8.767 billion. Omor – Umulokpa Road in Anambra and Enugu N1.712 billion.

“Rehabilitation of Oye – Oranto off Enugu Express Dunukofia in Anambra at N2.504 billion. Okpokwu Bridge along Ogoja – Okuku – Aliforkpa-Benue Road in Cross River N1.057 billion. Bridge at kilometer 22 +700 meters along Bida -Zungaru road in Niger at N1.022 billion. Nkwumi Bridge linking Abia and Enugu states at N1.072 billion, and Chalawa – Runku – Sawa – Kayi Road in Kombotso, Kano State N2.787 billion.

“The other memorandum relating to roads is for the total sum of N98, 73,840,842.81 billion. The roads are in Rijiya – Gusau Road in Zamfara N1.799 billion; Jega – Kwanar Sanagi – Kebbi – Gunmi Road in Kebbi N31.539 billion; Koko- Mahuta Road in Kebbi, N19.713 billion; Kukar Babangida – Gangara Road in Katsina N11.731 billion, Ihiala-Orlu -Umuduru Road to Uko at N16.750 billion, Oye Ama Etitte road to Umuawulu Road in Anambra at N2.155 billion and rehabilitation in Bichi Road in Kano State N8.34 billion.

“The third memo was the procurement of a core banking application software for Federal Mortgage Bank in the sum of N487.394; 285.71 million for Messers FINTAX software to enable Federal Mortgage Bank provide all the frontline services that other banks now provide across its branches nationwide.

“Unlike other banks, federal mortgage bank is still unable to send automated notices, statements and all of those to national housing fund contributors. This application will now enable the federal mortgage bank provide those kinds of services and do a lot of automation and reconciliation loan and credit processing when fully installed”, he explained.

Also briefing, the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, said his ministry presented two memoranda to Council, once of which was the furnishing of the already completed technology building that is the data and communication command and control center at the cost of N2, 100,080,759.65 billion.

Besides the furnishing memorandum, he said an approval was obtained for the purchase of 44 operational vehicles for meant to enhance efficiency of the officers, which include Comptrollers, Assistant Comptroller Generals, Deputy Comptroller Generals as well as for patrol duties, at the cost of N768, 077, 08 million.

“Council also approved contract for the furnishing of the technology building, that is the data and communication command and control center, it will also serve as the service Headquarter of Nigeria Immigration Service. The award is favour of messers Julius Berger Nigeria Plc at the total sum approved is N2, 100,080,759.65 billion.

“Council approved the procurement of operational vehicles to enhance efficiency in the service for those who have been recently promoted in the Nigeria Immigration Service, Comptrollers, Assistant Comptroller Generals, Deputy Comptroller Generals as well as patrol vehicles. The council approved procurement of 44 operational vehicles at total contract sum of N768, 077, 08 million. The beneficiaries are messers PAN, Kawra and Wanla Motors Nigeria Ltd.

“While the final phase of consultancy was given to Messers APTECH Practice Ltd, an architectural design consultants. The ward is a total sum of N163, 956,232.03. The duration of the project is four months,” he said.

FEC also approved a memo which sought the award of contract for the reversed cost for an extension of time of the consultancy services at Tadasungai Irrigation project in Kwara state.

Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu recalled that Council had okayed the reversal of the total cost of the main project and got approval to extend the services of the consultant, Messers Tech Consult Consultancy International and associates Ltd for another 12 months.

“It was 24 months plus 12 months extension plus 12 months liability period, making it 36 for a total sum of N200, 192,200 million inclusive 7.5 percent VAT. These are high priority project along the banks of River Niger and has the potential to improve production in the country especially rice production.”

The Minister said council also approved award of contract for a dedicated power line for middle Ogun Irrigation project phase one which is in Iseyin in Oyo State.

He explained that the irrigation system used to be powered by diesel generators, “but because of deregulation and with diesel it has become so expensive and not sustainable.

“So, we have to look for other ways and means to power irrigation systems. We are looking at both National grid and solar. In this case we have an interim arrangement to extend power for national grid power to irrigation scheme and in the future before it is finished, we will take it to solar.

“The capacity coverage is about 3,000 hectares and right now about 1,300 hectares have been finished but because of lack of power we cannot irrigate the land. Also the land is only being used for rare…irrigation,” he said.

Meanwhile, Minister of Special Duties, George Akume, as well as Minister of State for Science and Technology, Mohammed Abdullahi, informed State House Correspondents of their visits to their home states; Benue and Nasarawa states respectively, on the mission to relate with stakeholders on recent #EndSARS protests

Yuletide: Police deploy personnel to flashpoints in Abuja

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, Police Command has massively deployed personnel to flashpoints in and around the nation’s capital in view of the approaching Christmas and New year Celebrations.

Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma, said this was part of the strategies they have mapped out to secure the FCT, which is the crux of their mandate.

Ciroma said as a follow up to this, they have intensified vehicular and foot patrols, diligent stop and search operations, intelligence-based crime fighting strategies and constant raids on blackspots especially drug spots.

He said this on Wednesday when he paraded 31 suspects for various offenses including robbery, fraud, car theft, cultism, illegal possession of firearms and drug peddling.

Items recovered from them included 12 locally made guns, 31 ammunition, 24 phones and laptops, five cars, a half bag of Indian Hemp, several bags of uniforms and accoutrements and fake appointment letters among others.

The Commissioner said furthermore, in line with the global paradigm shift in policing, the Command has continued to improve upon its community policing strategies by regularly engaging the community to provide actionable intelligence for proactive policing within the FCT.

He said, “It is worthy of note that one of the high points of the Command’s recent achievements was the cracking of a notorious car theft syndicate, which was not only achieved by the diligence of the Police Detectives on stop and search operation, but also by the effort of the victim who took precautionary measures including installing a tracking device on his vehicle and promptly informed the Police of the incident.

“However, as the Yuletide season approaches, I want to appeal to residents to be more security conscious and provide timely information in case of emergency as our emergency lines are in circulation.

“At this juncture, I want to sound a note of warning to criminal elements within the FCT to desist from their nefarious activities or face the full wrath of the law. Also, I wish to reiterate the ban on the use of fireworks (also known as knock out) within the FCT, as all violators will be arrested and prosecuted accordingly. Hence, parents and guardians are enjoined to prevail upon their wards ahead of the festive period.

“I want to use this medium to guarantee FCT residents of the Command’s unwavering commitment toward the protection of lives and property within the Federal Capital Territory.

“In addition, I wish to express my profound gratitude to the Inspector-General of Police IGP. Mohammed Abubakar Adamu NPM MNI, the Honourable Minister of the FCT, Mallam Muhammed Musa Bello for their unflinching support towards the FCT Command. I also want to appreciate Gentlemen of the Press and all those who volunteered useful information to the Command in its fight against crime within the FCT.”

Obaseki celebrates deputy, Shaibu at 51

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has felicitated with his deputy,  Comrade Philip Shaibu on his 51st birthday.

Obaseki, in a statement, hailed the deputy governor for his unalloyed loyalty to Edo people and unwavering commitment to the vision of making Edo great again.

According to the governor, “I congratulate you my friend and brother on your 51st birthday.

“It is with great joy that I celebrate you today, given our very peculiar and shared experience forged by years of unalloyed loyalty to Edo people to drive our common vision to make Edo great again.

“I wish you strength, wisdom, long life and prosperity. Happy birthday.”

Panel summons Yerima for allegedly instigating police abuse

The Independent Investigative Panel (IIP) set up by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to probe alleged impunity by the police ordered former governor of Zamfara state, Sen. Ahmad Sani Yerima to appear before it on January 12, 2021 over allegations of mobilising some Police Officers to arrest, torture and detain a Katsina State-based business man, Alh. Musa Wapa over a claim of N23m.

The panel, led by Justice Suleiman Galadima (rtd) noted that the name of Yerima was mentioned many times in Alh. Wapa’s complaint before it and proceeded to grant the complainant’s application that the Senator be invited as a necessary party.

Testifying before the panel on Wednesday, the complainant gave details of how Yerima allegedly used the IGP- Intelligence Response Team to deny him the payment of N25 million for three trailers of maize he supplied to his farm, Rufai Poultry (Nig.) ltd.

Wapa, who admitted being indebted to Yerima, stated that the obligation to pay his debt was not due as at June 30th, 2020 when the Senator allegedly paid N3m to the Police team comprising of Abdullahi and Zakariyya of Area Command Kano state and IGP-IRT Panteka, Kaduna state to torture and detain him for six days.

He said the incident happened on June 30, 2020 at about 6pm when a police vehicle suddenly stopped where he was repairing his tractor and the occupants alighted and started beating him in front of other people and later seized some of his vehicles.

The complainant said the police officers also handcuffed him, while one of them tortured him. He added that the police officers did not spare his driver, who he claimed, was arrested,  put inside Police bus and was driven together with him from Katsina to Kano and later to Kaduna on different days.

Wapa said the police officers beat them while they were inside the bus and that his own personal car which the policemen seized from him was also driven by one of the officers to Kano state.

He told the panel that his First Bank account has been frozen as a result of his problem with Yerima and the police.

The complainant told the panel that Yerima tricked him to deposit his Certificate of Occupancy in Jaiz Bank under the pretext that his money will be paid, adding that nothing came out of it.

On  what he wants the panel to do for him,  Wapa urged the panel to award  N100m compensation in his favour, for the alleged violations and tarnishing of his image, claiming that the police made him to appear as a terrorist.

He equally urged the panel to ensure that justice is done and the culprits brought to book.

Lawyer to the police James Idachaba (DCP), however told the panel that the Wapa’s arrest was based on a court order, a claim the compliant denied knowledge of.

The panel adjourned the case till January 12, 2021 for continuation of hearing.

Senate: Buhari govt has failed to secure Nigerians

Reps resolve to invite president after rowdy session

Borno death toll now 67

‘Sect remains degraded’

The Senate on Tuesday took a strong exception to weekend’s killing of farmers in Borno State by Boko Haram insurgents.

It castigated President Muhammadu Buhari’s government for failing to secure Nigerians and called for urgent measures to restructure the security architecture.

The nation’s foremost lawmaking organ put the death toll of the Borno killings at 67, up from 43, whose bodies were buried on Sunday.

The Senate also heard how Boko Haram has seized the rural areas of Borno State where the insurgents collect dues from citizens.

Senator Kashim Shettima, Borno State’s immediate past governor, sponsored the motion whose content was passed wholly by senators.

It will now be sent to the President as the Senate’s resolution on the matter.

The highlights of the titled: Beheading of 67 farmers in Borno by Boko Haram insurgents: need for urgent decisive action,”

*Sack of service chiefs

*Violation of Section 14(1) of the Constitution which stipulates that security and welfare is the primary purpose of government.

*A probe of widespread allegations of corruption and leakages within the security structure

*Immediate restructuring and remodeling of security architecture

*Exploring multilateral and bilateral options of partnership with neigbouring nations of Chad, Niger and Cameroon.

*Recruit at least 10,000 Civilian JTF to complement efforts of the armed forces.

*Provide proper welfare for security personnel fighting in the frontline

*Address the immediate and remote causes of insecurity in the country.

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The Senate said: “If the President insists that the security chiefs are doing their work well, the logical implication is that the President himself as the Commander-in-Chief of the country, has failed in his most rudimentary assignment of securing the nation.

“Protecting the lives and property of citizens is the primary obligation of government and any government that cannot discharge this basic obligation loses any iota of legitimacy,” it added.

Shettima said he got the latest death toll from the attack from residents of Kwashabe village in Zabamari where the killings took place.

It said machinery must be put in place to ensure that all resources meant and deployed for security are actually spent on the needs on ground.


It also urged the President  “to take immediate steps to restructure, remodel and revamp the country’s entire security architecture and provide enough state-of-the-art weapons and equipment to effectively combat the belligerent power of the insurgents”

The Senate enjoined the Federal Government “to aggressively explore multilateral and bilateral options of partnership with the neighbouring nations of Chad, Niger and Cameroons towards, reviving and strengthening the Multi-national Joint Task Force and finding a lasting solution to the scourge of insurgency in the Lake Chad region.”

It asked the Federal Government to “as a matter of urgency, recruit at least 10,000 Civilian JTF, versatile with the local terrain in Borno as Agro-Rangers under the aegis of the NCDSC to complement the efforts of the Nigerian Armed Forces.”

Some of the resolutions of the Senate are as follows: “Urge the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to immediately initiate a transitionary process of phasing out the current over-stayed security chiefs and replacing them with new ones with new ideas and solutions.

In his lead debate, the former governor of Borno State lamented that over 40,000 people have been killed in the last 10 years by insurgents.

He added that over 2.5 million people had been displaced while thousands of security operatives have lost their lives.

According to him, about 2,800 attacks have been carried out in Borno State since January.

He said insurgents are now in charge of governance in major rural areas, collecting levies, killing and abducting citizens at will.

Shettima said: “Last weekend’s beheading happened about 20 kilometers from Maiduguri.

“Boko Haram insurgents are virtually ruling all our rural areas.

“They kill and abduct people at will. They’re targeting farmers and this will create hunger in the North.

“Government officials keep saying that Boko Haram has been technically defeated. This claim is not true.

“If we allow the terrorists to take over the Northeast, that is capable of metamorphosing into something larger.”

Senator Ahmed Baba Kaita representing (Katsina North) said the actions of President Buhari have failed to produce any result so far.

He said while the President may have tried, but more needs to be done.

He added that if urgent steps are not taken, insurgents may overrun the country. He said the military must be investigated and made to account for the huge funds they have been receiving from government to combat insurgency.

Kaita who represents Buhari’s senatorial District, said: “The time of truth has come. This situation is no longer acceptable to any Nigerian.

“We can’t be mourning our citizens in and out everyday. We can’t accept the explanation from those who should do the right thing whenever there is an attack. If the statement from Garba Shehu is true, that is very irresponsible.”

The lawmaker opined that, “We have to sit down with the military and assess the situation in the Northeast.

“Something is wrong here. If we allow this to go, we should be ready to have another attack soon. The President may be doing enough, but we are not seeing the results. More needs to be done.”

Ali Ndume, (Borno South) said soldiers fighting insurgency don’t have modern arms even as they are hardly provided with air support.

Ndume, who is chairman of Committee on the Army, said people in Borno State now pay ransom to Boko Haram members before they’re allowed to go to their farms or move around in their villages.

Ndume said: “The issue of insecurity has been there. We have lamented. Committees have been set up.

“We have sent recommendations to the President. Two reports were not implemented. There are other recommendations we have made and nothing was done. We need to take a step further. Section 14 of the Constitution is clear.

“We are just talking about the security. You pay and people don’t have the arms. I can tell you that people fighting war are sharing ammunition.

“They have no arms or proper kits. I have gone round. I have not seen a Nigerian soldier holding a new AK47.

“Last week, some people came to me in Abuja and asked for money to help them pay their dues to Boko Haram terrorists before they can harvest their crops.”

Senator Adamu Aliero (Kebbi Central) wondered why Buhari refused to visit Borno after the attacks, opted to send a delegation.

Aliero said: “President Buhari should have gone to Borno State and not to send a delegation.

“We have lost lives in every part of the country. The story is the same. We have done what we should do.

“The Army is overstretched. We budget billions every year. We have failed in securing Nigeria.

“We need to probe and know what’s happening. Service Chiefs have outlived their usefulness.”

Senate President Ahmad Lawan said excuses will no longer be tolerated.

He said the resolutions of the Senate must be implemented by the Executive.

Lawan said: “This is not the first or the second case of insecurity in the country. We will take additional steps and insist that our resolutions are implemented. These are recommendations the Executive must implement.

“This is one thing that will gladden the hearts of Nigerians when implemented. Enough of excuses.

“People who have nothing to add should be showed the way out. We need people who can do the job. Nothing is more important to Nigerians than security.”

19 die of Lassa fever in Bauchi

No fewer than 19 persons have died of Lassa fever between January and November 2020 in Toro and Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

This is as the state confirmed 22 positive cases of yellow fever in Ganjuwa LGA out of the 63 samples tested.

Executive Chairman of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BASPHCDA), Dr Rilwanu Mohammed made the disclosure Wednesday while giving a situation update of Lassa and yellow fever in the state.

Dr. Mohammed also said the state has already has received 4 million doses of yellow fever vaccine from the federal government adding that vaccination will be conducted in January 2021 with the target population of ages 1 to 44 who are vulnerable.

The BASPHCDA chairman added that efforts are on to ensure that the yellow fever outbreak did not spread to other LGAs in the state as well as neighbouring states of Kano and Jigawa.

He said further that the vaccination for yellow fever will be conducted in 19 LGAs in the state with the exception of Alkaleri which had its vaccination in 2019 due to the outbreak there.

Rilwanu Mohammed, however, lamented that the Agency is worried because of the apathy being exhibited by people who are refusing to be vaccinated in spite of the education and enlightenment programs embarked upon by the Agency.

Fire razes Osun market, destroys goods

Traders at the popular market, Oja Tuntun in Ile-Ife are still counting losses following a midnight fire that gut shops on Wednesday.

This is coming after another fire incident 8 months razed down the market destroying goods and valuables in the new market.

The Nation gathered that on Wednesday the fire engulfed the market around midnight after it started from a section of the market.

Some traders who got to the scene early started salvaging their goods from the building. The men of Osun State Fire Service was alerted to put off the fire.

The cause of the fire was not yet known as at the time of filing this report.

One of the traders identified as Ojuolape Ojogeade who spoke with our correspondent bemoaned the incident. ALL BY THE NATION

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