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Oyo Approves New Concessionaire For Ibadan Circular Road

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… awards Oyo-Iseyin, Eruwa Roads, Aviation fuel facility project, others to present bills on consumption tax, Information Tech Institute to State Assembly  

 

The Government of Oyo State has approved the award of the contract for the construction of the 110km Ibadan Circular Road to a new concessionaire named Messrs SEL-Vydra Consortium, at the cost of N138.2 billion.

The project, which is to be executed on a Build, Operate and Transfer concession arrangement, is also classified as a User-Pays toll road.

The new contract followed the expiration of the earlier contract for the construction of the 32 km stretch granted to Messrs ENL Consortium by the immediate past government in the State.
The Makinde administration has, however, approved a joint evaluation of the work done by ENL on the segment awarded to it in 2017.

The immediate past government had awarded the 32-kilometre portion of the road to ENL at the cost of N67 billion.
The portion awarded to ENL at the cost of N67bn represents only a third of the entire 110km stretch of the all-important road now awarded at the cost of N138.2bn.

A statement by Mr. Taiwo Adisa, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor ‘Seyi Makinde, confirmed that the award of the contract was one of the last assignments undertaken by the State Executive Council, which was dissolved shortly after its meeting of Tuesday, June 29, 2021.

Other contracts awarded by the Council include the 34.85 km Oyo-Iseyin Road; Isaba-Ogundoyin road, Eruwa; BCJ/Railway Crossing/NIHORT Road and the Kolapo Ishola GRA roads.

 

The Oyo-Iseyin Road is a Federal Road being constructed by the State in view of its strategic importance to the economic expansion plans of the Makinde administration.

 

The statement further indicated that the Ibadan Circular Road encircles the Ibadan urban area, providing the critical link between different parts of the city and the new Central Business District initiated by Governor Makinde.

 

While the state government will contribute N25 billion and own 20 per cent equity in the project, Messrs SEL-Vydra Consortium will contribute the sum of N113.2 billion and own 80 per cent.
According to the statement, the Oyo-Iseyin road, awarded to Messrs Kopek Construction Limited, at the cost of N8.4 billion, will be executed through the Alternative Project Funding Approach (APFA).

The state government also approved the construction of a 500,000 litre aviation fuel facility at the Ibadan Airport as well as the construction of Isaba-Ogundoyin road in Eruwa.

 

It also approved the rehabilitation/sectional overlay of BCJ-Railway crossing/Up Jesus junction/Baptist Grammar School junction/NIHORT junction, with a spur to ‘Ye Are The Light Church’ Road, Ibadan.

 

Approval was also given for the rehabilitation and asphaltic overlay of roads within Kolapo Ishola Estate, a Government Reservation Area (GRA), in Ibadan at the cost of N1.053 bn.

 

The project would be executed by Messrs Peculiar Ultimate Concerns, with a contract duration of five months.
According to the statement, the council approved a 12 month completion period for the Oyo-Iseyin road.

 

The BCJ/Railway Crossing road, which was awarded to Messrs Still Earth Nigeria Limited at the cost of N888.9 million is also to be completed within seven months.

Similarly, the Isaba/Ogundoyin road, Eruwa, which was awarded at the sum of N684.1 million is expected to be completed within seven months,  while the repayment under APFA will be effected in 12 months.

The statement also confirmed the approval of the construction of an aviation fuel facility at the Ibadan Airport at the cost of N1.2 billion.
The facility will enable airlines use Ibadan as their operational base, while also ensuring that the airport serves as an immediate alternative to the Lagos Airport in case of weather or other forms of challenges.

 

The Council equally approved two bills for onward transmission to the State House of Assembly.
The bills include the Oyo State Institute of Information Technology, Communication and Entrepreneurship Studies Law 2021 and the Hotel Occupancy and Restaurant Consumption Tax Law 2021.

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Taiwo Adisa
Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde

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Van Vicker Finally Bags Varsity Degree — 24 Years After Secondary Education

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Van Vicker, the multiple award-winning Ghanaian actor, has finally bagged a university degree — about 24 years after completing senior secondary school.

 

The 43-year-old movie director, who is a renowned face in Nollywood, took to his Instagram page to recount the touching tale of his educational journey.

He said while his secondary schoolmates were enrolling at the tertiary institution in 1997, his single mother couldn’t afford to send him to school.

 

He also accompanied the post with a photo in which he could be seen wearing a graduation robe of the African University College of Communication (AUCC).

 

 

Vicker said he bagged first-class honours in Strategic Communications and was named the overall best in his set.

 

 

“21 years later, here I stand before you with 3 achievements during my graduation; to God be the glory. 1. 1st class honors. 2. Best Student in Strategic communication. 3. Best Communication Student Award,” the actor wrote.

 

“The above is within the context of my 2021 post on social media and is in no way presumptuous but uprightly to inspire. I could not enroll at a tertiary institution in 1997 because my single mother did not have the funds.

 

“If free SHS was available back in the day, most likely I would have graduated in 2000/2001. My career took off and I have been blessed but as someone who relishes education getting that degree was just a matter of time.

 

 

“I complete my Masters program this December and I am sorely motivated and committed to going even beyond, God willing. I thank all those who supported me and are supporting me during this journey.”

 

Vicker has appeared in hundreds of films including ‘My Soul Mate’, ‘Heart of Fire’, ‘Popular King’, ‘Gambling with Marriage’, ‘Harvest of Love’, ‘Stolen Will’, ‘The Joy of a Prince’, ‘Discovered’, ‘The Kingdom’ and ‘Against The Law’.

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Hushpuppi Pleads Guilty To Fraud

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Nigerian scammer Ramon Olorunwa Abbas also known as Hushpuppi has pleaded guilty to fraud in an American court.

 

 

United States Department of Justice (DoJ) in a statement on Wednesday said court documents show that Abbas, a 37-year-old Nigerian national, pleaded guilty on April 20.

 

 

A version of Hushpuppi’s plea agreement filed late Tuesday outlines his role in a school finance scheme, as well as several other cyber and business email compromise schemes that cumulatively caused more than $24 million in losses.

 

 

Acting United States Attorney Tracy L. Wilkison said Hushpuppi allegedly faked the financing of a Qatari school by playing the roles of bank officials and creating a bogus website in a scheme that also bribed a foreign official to keep the elaborate pretense going after the victim was tipped off.

 

 

Wilkison stated that Hushpuppi played “a significant role in the scheme, funded his luxurious lifestyle by laundering illicit proceeds generated by con artists who use increasingly sophisticated means.”

 

 

Kristi K. Johnson, the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office said Hushpuppi “among the most high-profile money launderers in the world, has admitted to his significant role in perpetrating global BEC fraud, a scheme currently plaguing Americans.

 

 

“His celebrity status and ability to make connections seeped into legitimate organizations and led to several spin-off schemes in the U.S. and abroad,” Johnson said in the DoJ statement.

 

 

Hushpuppi and members of his gang were arrested while sleeping at their Dubai residences in June 2020.

 

 

The Nigerian fraudster was arrested along with Olalekan Jacob Ponle, also known as Woodberry and 10 others.

 

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Mother Of 10 Loses 48 Years Marriage Over Denying Husband Sex

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A mother of 10, Mrs Tolu Osho, has lost her 48-year-old marriage for allegedly denying her husband sex.

 

 

An Igando Customary Court in Lagos, on Wednesday, granted the request of her estranged husband, Mojidi, to dissolve the union.

 

 

The court president, Mr Adeniyi Koledoye, said that since the petitioner insisted on divorce after several interventions, the court was left with no option other than to grant him his prayer; and pronounced the union dissolved.

 

 

“The court hereby pronounces the marriage between Mr Mojidi Osho and Mrs Tolu Osho dissolved yesterday.

 

 

“Both of you henceforth cease to be husband and wife.

 

 

 

“Each of you should go his or her separate ways unmolested; the court wishes both of you well in your future endeavours,” Koledoye asserted.

 

 

The president ordered the petitioner to pay N250,000 to his wife as a severance fee and also pay another N250,000 for her to get a new accommodation.

 

The petitioner, a 72-year-old mechanic, Mr Mojidi Osho, had earlier told the court to nullify his marriage because his wife was denying him his conjugal right to sleep with her.

 

“The last time my wife allowed me to sleep with her was 10 years ago.

 

 

“I am starving seriously, but whenever I come home with my girlfriends, she will chase them away,” Osho said.

 

 

The septuagenarian also accused his wife of threatening to kill him so that she can inherit his property.

 

 

“My wife wanted to kill me; she has been feeding me with poison.

 

 

“There was a day I fainted and was rushed to the hospital and it was detected that I ate poison.

 

 

“I thought I will not survive it, but God saved me and I stopped eating her food,” he said.

 

 

The embattled man said his wife was a witch who kept attacking him in the spiritual realm.

 

 

 

“On two occasions, she shot arrows at me in my sleep which led to sicknesses, but God healed me.

 

 

“She also buried charm in my workshop and customers stopped patronising me.

 

 

“My wife made me impotent, but I survived it after spending huge amounts on hospital and herbal treatment,” he claimed.

 

 

“Tolu makes my life miserable, I would have gone far in life if I have not married her.

 

 

“I regret the day I met her and I wish I can turn back the hand of the clock,’’ Osho said.

 

 

According to him, Tolu stopped washing his clothes 27 years ago; h,e therefore, begged the court to end the marriage to save him from committing murder.

 

 

Responding to the allegations, the 68-year-old trader, Tolu, said that she denied her husband sex for only four years not 10 years as he claimed.

 

 

“I stopped him from making love to me four years ago when he started bringing different girls home to sleep with, after which he will want to sleep with me; so I refused him,” she stated.

 

 

 

The mother of 10 children denied threatening her husband’s life or attempting to kill him through poisoning.

 

“I did not poison my husband’s food since 1973 when we got married, is it now that I will poison him?

 

“He is just looking for excuses to discard me; he came to this court to divorce his second wife, now he wants to also divorce me so that he can marry a new wife,” Tolu said.

 

According to her, Osho is fond of invoking curses on their children, which is affecting their lives now.

 

The respondent begged the court not to grant her husband’s wish for the dissolution of their marriage, saying she still loved him

 

 

 

 

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