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FEC okays over N137b for construction works

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The Federal Executive Council (FEC), yesterday, approved various civil works worth above N137 billion across the six geopolitical zones of the country, the Ministers of Works and Housing, and his Information and Culture counterpart, Mr Babatunde Fashola and Alhaji Lai Mohammed respectively, said the works were under the Ministry of Works and Housing, as well as the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF).

For the projects under the Ministry of Works and Housing, Mr Fashola said seven projects worth N122.280 billion were approved, cutting across various states, explained that the projects, which said are road construction, were approved for implementation in the 2020 Budget, presenting memorandum for the award of a couple of roads across the country. 

There are seven roads in all. The roads were valued at a total sum of N122.280 billion expected to generate employment for about 2564 people, including Dualisation of Akure to Ado Ekiti road connecting Ondo and Ekiti states at the sum of N23. 751 billion, construction of Ukana-Akpautong-Ikot Ntuen road in Akwa Ibom State, for N1. 538 billion, construction of Iluke-Aiyetoro Kiri-Abugi-Eggan road in Kogi State at N25.352 billion.

Rehabilitation of Odo-Ona Elewe Idiayunre-Marou Ogun State border road in Oyo State for N4. 628, 429 billion, construction of Tamawa-Gulu road in Kano state phase three, Maigar-Guru section for N1.508, 952 billion, rehabilitation of Potiskum-Fika-Bajoga-Gombe road linking Yobe and Gombe states for N59. 759 billion, construction of Kachako-Danbazzau road in Kano State for N6. 749 billion, presenting the report of the memo by the OSGF for 11 ecological projects across the six geopolitical zones of the country, Alhaji Mohammed said the projects cost was put at N14, 907,754,845.

- Gbajabiamila to pay additional 50% hazard allowance to 450 doctors, others

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The House of Representatives Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, promised to pay 50 per cent of the hazard allowance, in addition to what is currently being paid by the Lagos State Government to about 450 doctors and other health workers at the Randle General Hospital, Surulere, Lagos State.

He stated this while interacting with his constituents of Surulere 1, Federal Constituency through a virtual meeting as part of his constituency engagements, after the Randle hospital’s workers were once exposed Covid-19 cases in the constituency.

The Speaker, during the interactive session conducted via zoom with leaders of different Communities Development Associations (CDAs), youth leaders and market women associations, said he is committed to continue providing dividends of democracy to them, telling his constituents that as the Speaker, he needed their continuous support to pilot the affairs of the Green Chamber, urging them to continue observing the COVID-19 protocols to stay safe, adding that, in the last one year, a lot of community development projects he attracted were inaugurated in the constituency.

- When COVID-19 hangs the fate of over 1.3m candidates awaiting results

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The fate of final year students waiting to sit for the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE), in May/June is precariously hanging in the balance with the continued closure of schools nationwide, as a result of rising figures of Coronavirus pandemic.

Their dreams of starting tertiary education this year, is slowly grinding into a painful mirage unless drastic moves are made by the government, to quickly return them to class and allow them sit for their qualifying examination.

These final year students form a considerable number of the 1,904,578 candidates that wrote the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination in March, as the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, allows final year students to sit for its examination using awaiting result, pending when such results are uploaded to the board’s portal.

Only candidates with the required O’ level (five credits, including Mathematics and English), are considered for admission, according to the guidelines released by JAMB during the policy, meeting on 2020 admissions into tertiary institutions last Tuesday, first choice admission is expected to commence on August 21. The admission processes is expected to end in November.

Going by the guidelines, it stands to reason that some of these final year students, may have to forego their first choice institution, if they fail to upload their O’ level results before August when admission processes would have commenced in various institutions, as Federal Government has given JAMB and tertiary institutions, the go-ahead to conduct this year’s admission pending when a decision on candidates with awaiting result is taken.

- APC CRISIS: Ojudu lied, I was not denied opportunity to see Buhari — Fayemi

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Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has said there was no truth in the media report that, he took the former Deputy National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Victor Giadom to Aso Rock Villa to see President Muhammadu Buhari, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, alleged that the falsehood was fabricated by a senior aide of the Presidency and a former Senator, Babafemi Ojudu, and planted in a national newspaper just to cast aspersion on the person of Governor Fayemi, and create an impression that the NGF Chairman is an unwanted visitor at the Villa.

It is on record that Senator Ojudu, in his desperate bid to rubbish Governor Fayemi, had told his close associates that, he would battle Governor Fayemi, who is also the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), with falsehood and cheap blackmail in his nefarious attempt to destabilise APC in Ekiti State, therefore, implore the general public to disregard the highly illogical concoction that was served as an exclusive story.

- Ojude Oba Ijebu Festival 2020 

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Lately, many people have been wondering if the 2020 Ojude Oba, will hold or not in a few weeks time. Since the COVID-19 pandemic happened, many Ijebu people have been wondering if the event will be cancelled or not, because of the huge gathering of people that, the event will attract, as report gathered revealed that, this year’s Ojude Oba will hold as scheduled, but it will be by Virtual Technology. 

The plan in conjunction with the Major Sponsor, Globacom involves using technology to drive the festival, if COVID-19 won’t allow physical congregation. The Technical details we heard are being worked out, as insider revealed that, the Ojude Oba Planning Committee is closely monitoring developments and planning, to cope with the details of the present or emerging scenario.

Discussion with Glo to hold a Virtual Ojude Oba. Glo disclosed that, this colourful cultural event will hold in style “Online”, But is it possible to have such a colourful historical event online, and it won’t affect all the paparazzi and side attractions.

- NWC members shun meeting, declare it illegal

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The National Working Committee (NWC), the governing authority of the party, declared last night its members would not attend the parley.

In a statement jointly signed by Acting National Chairman, Ntufam Hillard Eta, and acting National Secretary Waziri Bulama after an emergency NWC meeting, they said attending such a meeting would amount to embracing illegalities, and turning a blind eye to the infractions on the Constitution of the party, added that, it believed that President Muhammad Buhari was ill advised.

The statement reads: We wish to unequivocally state that, members of the National Working Committee (NWC) believe that, the President was offered wrong advice or blackmailed into lending his weighty office to the illegality, of the National Executive Committee meeting, purportedly convened by one Victor Giadom on 25th June, 2020.

We hereby respectfully implore Mr. President to kindly avail himself with facts of the matter, regarding the impasse presently experienced by the Party, so as to guide him in his assessment of the matter because, we are sure that, the President if properly advised, would come to the conclusion that, the meeting convened by Chief Victor Giadom bothers on illegality and criminality.

- Fed Govt increases TETFund’s research grants to N7.5b

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The Federal Government, has increased the National Research Fund (NRF), for Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), from its initial N3 billion to N7.5 billion for 2020, the approval, which came from President Muhammadu Buhari, will enable the agency to provide 12 COVID-19 and related infectious disease molecular laboratories, two in each geopolitical zone, makes the fund the highest single provider of COVID-19 test centres in Nigeria.

TETFund’s Executive Secretary, Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, announced this at the 2020 TETFund Board of Trustees (BoT), retreat in Abuja, explained that the latest approval makes the agency the largest holder of research grants in the country.

The executive secretary said, the BoT of TETFund approved over N200 million to sponsor some COVID-19 research proposals, mainly from universities and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

- Father of five rescued from committing suicide in Ogun

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A 36-year-old man, Fatai Oyedele, on Tuesday, attempted suicide by jumping into Ogun river in Abeokuta, the Ogun State, as Oyedele, a father of five, was rescued by officials of the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE).

The Public Relations Officer of TRACE, Babatunde Akinbiyi, confirmed this in a statement he made available to newsmen in Abeokuta, explained that Oyedele, who resides around Tourist Estate, Obere Atan-Ota area of the State was equally armed with deadly substance, suspected to be Sniper.

He added that, after he was rescued from the river shores, he was taken to Adigbe police station in Abeokuta for further investigation.

- Islamic Movement protest incessant killings in the country, call for release of leader

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Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, in Kano have staged a peaceful protest in Kano, condemning the continuous incessant killings in the country, especially in Zamfara and Katsina states. Speaking at the close of the protest on Wednesday, one of the organizers, a representative of the Academic Forum of the Movement Engr Aliyu Kabara said, the Movement is condemning the continuous killing of innocent citizens who by extension are Muslims.

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We are out to protest in condemnation of the continuous illegal detention of our leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife Malama Zeenat Ibrahim, also we are condemning the continuous killing of innocent citizens, who are also Muslims in northern Nigeria in places like Zamfara, Katsina and other places.

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Our position as Nigerian citizens and Muslims, we call on the people to rise against this oppressive acts to protect themselves, and humanity from incessant killings. We condemn the killing and call for a stop. We call for the immediate and unconditional release of our leader, Shaikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife from illegal detention. The court has since ordered his release and compensation, but the Nigerian government acted in contempt of court, and dubiously concocted a case against him in Kaduna.

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