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Vision 20-2020: Nigeria Needs $600bn For Roads Construction

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If the Federal Government will meet Vision 20-2020 goals, about N600 billion needs to be available to build 14,000 kilometres of roads annually.

Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen, who made this known in Abuja yesterday, while speaking at a one-day public lecture organised by the Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria, APWEN, on the theme Road Sector Reform for Sustainable Roads Development, said Nigerians spent same amount (N600 billion) needed to fix roads to import vehicles into the country yearly.

According to Onolememen, for Nigeria to move toward a sustainable economy commensurate with Vision 20-2020, there was need to increase the total road network from the current 200,000km to 300,000km by 2020. The paved network would also need to be increased from the current 65,000km to over 200,000km, also by 2020.

The minister said the situation would require the construction or paving of an average 14,000km of roads every year at the cost of N600 billion annually.

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“The point has been made several times that Nigeria cannot overcome its road infrastructure development challenges unless necessary reforms are embarked upon to reposition the road sector to meet up with the world.

“Vision 20-2020 requires that Nigeria attains a GDP of, at least, 900 billion dollars by the year 2020 and GDP per capita of at least 4,000 dollars.

“Experience has shown that there is a direct link between economic growth and the size and condition of road networks. Thus, for every one dollar spent on road maintenance, there is a corresponding increase in the nation’s GDP.”

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

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He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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