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Road Projects: We Won’t Demolish Properties Without Engaging Owners—Makinde

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…inspects abandoned Akala expressway road project


Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has declared that his government would not demolish any property to facilitate road construction without adequately engaging with the owners and paying due compensations.

Governor Makinde stated this during an assessment tour of the abandoned Kuola-Jakata-Benbo-Apata Road on the Akala Expressway, which connects the Lagos-Ibadan expressway to the Ibadan-Abeokuta Road.

He noted that his Government would ensure the completion of the project, adding that the project was already captured in the 2020 Budget.

A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the Governor was in company of the Commissioner for Works, Professor Raphael Afonja and other Government officials.

Governor Makinde noted that a lot of money had been expended on the road project, adding that the project was abandoned during the tenure of the immediate past administration.

He stated that his administration would complete the road to decongest traffic on the Ring Road axis, affirming, however, that the Government would not demolish people’s properties without compensating them.
He said: “You cannot demolish people’s properties without compensating them. So, we will engage them. And from the feelers that I can see out there, they [property owners and residents] also want development in this area. Of a truth, we must know that development comes at a price. It may be painful but, for the common good of all, I believe they will cooperate with us.

“The legal tussle is because there is usually a misunderstanding or disagreement. Even if you go to war, it will still boil down to the fact that you all need to sit down to end the war. And, soon, we will engage them and I believe everybody will align.”
The Governor added that it would be a quick win for the Government to complete the abandoned project, which he noted would ease traffic on Ring Road, as commuters travelling from Lagos-Toll Gate axis towards Apata-Abeokuta Road would no longer need to go through Ring Road.
“You can see that a lot of money has been expended by trying to link the road coming from the Toll Gate area to the Ibadan-Abeokuta road. It is just about three kilometres to get here. If we do it, we will decongest the Ring-Road and people coming from Lagos will either go through this way or the other way. They don’t need to reach Ring Road
to get here.

“The project has already been captured in the 2020 budget and I think this is a quick win for us,” the Governor said.

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Taiwo Adisa

Chief Press Secretary to the Oyo State Governor

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Aregbesola Insists On Digitalisation Of Security Agencies

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The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola said for the country to get things right with the security challenges in Nigeria, digitalization of intelligence gathering and monitoring is the best approach.

 

He emphasized that the world had gone past the manual process of operation as it is still being done in Nigeria presently.

 

 

Responding at the IT Audit Presentation on the Ministry of Interior and its Agencies to the Minister by Mr. Folusho Philips, Chairman of Philips Consult, Aregbesola pledged that he would make sure his Ministry put the necessary efforts and tools in place to ensure maximum capacity building for digitalization in the Ministry and the agencies under his watch.

 

 

He said “What distinguished the individual is how he can challenge and overcome situations”. He advised that Nigerian leaders should put in all their best to overcome the security challenges facing the country to distinguish the country to meet world digital standard.

 

 

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr Shuaib Belgore, mentioned that significant efforts have already commenced to fully digitalize operations in the Ministry.

 

He stated that the Electronic Data Management System which would ensure digitalization of file records and implementation of the Human Resource Module of the IPPIS are set to take off in the Ministry. He however emphasized the need for more funding to be appropriated to further strengthen the Ministry’s Information Technology backbone.

 

 

The presentation identified that the Ministry and its agencies are yet to update in the digital world’s standard and needed to braze up to the world acceptable practices in the quest to curb insecurity and bring peace to the Nation.

 

 

The Directors commended the Minister’s initiative and efforts to see that insecurity is a thing of the past in Nigeria.

 

 

Present during the presentation are the Permanent Secretary, Directors in the Ministry, representatives of the agencies and the delegation of Philips Consultant.

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”Its Not Our Building” Senators Reject Ownership Of Leaky National Assembly Building

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Senate President Ahmad Lawan has urged Nigerians to stop bashing the National Assembly management for the parliament’s leaky roof, even as it is being maintained that the building housing the National Assembly belong to the FCTA.

 

 

During Tuesday’s downpour, the roof of the White House, where the two chambers of the National Assembly are started leaking, resulting to the lobby being taken over by flood.

 

 

Many Nigerians and civic groups described the incident as a national embarrassment.

 

 

Reacting to the media reports on the incident, the Deputy Whip of the Senate, Senator Sabi Abdullahi, raised a point of order, saying the reports breached the privilege of the lawmakers.

 

 

He clarified that the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) was in charge of the maintenance of the complex and not the lawmakers against the belief of many Nigerians.

 

 

Abdullahi noted that the N37 billion earmarked for the renovation of the National Assembly complex in the 2020 budget was slashed to N9 billion in the revised one.

 

 

He said up till now, nothing has been done.

 

 

The Senate President said the roof leakage confirmed the position of the lawmakers that the building was due for renovation.

 

 

Lawan said: “The fact that there was a leakage to me is a clear testimony, confirmation and vindication of the position the national assembly took initially.

 

 

“Everyone knows that this place is overdue for rehabilitation. We went to see Mr President and he was gracious and he asked us to meet with FCTA, the owners of the building.

 

 

“Myself, the speaker, late chief of staff and minister of finance met to look for money for the rehabilitation of the national assembly.

 

 

“When the N37 billion was approved, it was not a National Assembly budget, it was an FCDA budget.

 

 

“If this place leaks, we are not holding our democracy with the respect it has. We expect the press to inform the people responsibly.

 

 

“This house is the house of Nigerians. It belongs to Nigerians and it deserves to be rehabilitated.”

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Guest Flees As Hotel Uncovers Murdered Female Companion

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The Kwara State Police Command has begun searching for a man who allegedly killed a lady in a hotel in Ilorin, the state capital, about three weeks ago.

 

 

The suspect, whom the police identified as Adegboye James of Okelowo Street, Ede, Osun State, was alleged to have murdered the lady whom he brought to the hotel on Adewole Housing Estate, Ilorin, on May 27, 2021.

 

 

The police, in a statement signed by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Ajayi Okasanmi, said the address given by the suspect was fake and could not be traced.

 

 

He called on members of the public whose daughter or female relation was missing since May 28, 2021, to check the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation Department for possible identification of the corpse.

 

 

The statement read, “On May 28, 2021, around 7.30pm, we responded to a call from one  Olalekan Anafi, the supervisor of Premium Diamond Hotel, in the Adewole area of Ilorin that on May 27, 2021, around 2pm, one Adegboye James, lodged at their hotel.

 

 

“The said Adegboye James went out and came back with a lady.  The said Adegboye James later checked out of the hotel without the knowledge of any of the hotel staff.

 

 

“In the morning of the following day when nothing was heard from the room occupied by the said lodger, a spare key was used to open the room and the hotel was confronted by the dead body of the lady.

 

“Investigation into the incident is already at an advanced stage as ordered by the Commissioner of Police, Kwara State, CP Mohammed Bagega, to arrest the lodger whose name and address as reflected in the hotel’s logbook is fake.”

 

In another development, the Kwara State command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps said its operatives are searching for a motorist who allegedly cut off the hand of a seven-year-old Alimanjiri student, Usman Abubakar, of Malam Aliu Adamu School, Patigi, in the Patigi Local Government Area of the state.

 

 

A statement by the Public Relations Officer of the NSCDC, Babawale Afolabi, said the child was allegedly kidnapped together with his schoolmate by the unknown motorist, who promised to take them to where they would eat on Monday night.

 

 

Babawale said the suspect, who is now at large with the boy’s hand, later escaped into the bush.

 

 

He said the victim lost much blood and was treated at the Patigi General Hospital.

 

 

The PRO said the NSCDC had commenced investigation into the incident.

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