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Jonathan: We Employed 500 Indigenous Engineers To Boost Local Content



president-goodluck-ebele-jonathan-official_portraitThe Federal Government has employed 500 indigenous engineers in the construction sector to boost local content and lay quality foundation for infrastructural development.

President Goodluck Jonathan, represented by the Minister of State for Works, Mr Bashir Yuguda, made this known at the inauguration ceremony of the 29th President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) on Saturday in Abuja.

He said the recruitment of the engineers was in fulfilment of government’s commitment to professional excellence and local content drive in the country.

The president said the gesture was also in response to the request of the works ministry in line with his administration’s resolve to bring professionalism into governance.

He said government was reforming all sectors of the economy, especially the road sector to enhance the achievement of Vision 20:20:20.

“In line with the transformation agenda of this administration, the government promotes professionalism and that is why 500 engineers have been employed.

“The National Planning Commission is responsible for the development of a 30 year National Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan from 2014 to 2043.

“The commission is working closely with all the relevant stakeholders, including development partners to ensure that it meets the deadline.

“This is to avoid the gap that we have in delivering infrastructure to the nation and we will appreciate the effort of the NSE”, he said.

The president commended NSE’s monitoring and evaluation exercise, saying “it is a welcome development as it will help to enhance infrastructure development.’’

Jonathan urged the body to continue to strive to bring up young engineers, especially those involved in industrial training.

Earlier, the former president, Mr Mustafa Shehu, said that the NSE had a lot of achievements during his tenure.

He said that during his tenure, the society upgraded the network of its ICT infrastructure to meet global standards.

Shehu said that the NSE partnered with NIGCOMSAT for the provision of the e-voting software which was solely developed by Nigerian engineers and used for its elections.

“The technology has been tried for two years now and the outcome has been splendid; it is indeed an achievement the nation can learn from in elections in Nigeria”, he said.

He urged Nigerian engineers to continue to strive to uphold professionalism and engineering ethics while developing the country’s construction sector.

Mr Ademola Olorunfemi, the new president of the body, said his administration would focus on providing quality and inspirational leadership through the display of the ingenuity of Nigerian engineers.

Olorunfemi said that an NSE monitoring Action Group (NMAGs) to monitor policies and programmes affecting critical sectors of the economy would be established.

He also said that NSE would initiate policy reforms and practical action to mitigate growing youth unemployment and create technological development for sustainable development in the country.

Olorunfemi added that the Nigerian Content Development Law 2010 was a scheme with the potential to create over 30,000 jobs in the next five years, adding that this could only be achieved by encouraging local production.

He further urged government to continue to create avenues to promote local content, saying this would lead to sustainable development. (NAN)

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Femi Otedola Reacts To Lekki Tollgate Shooting



Femi Otedola Finally Reacts To Lekki Tollgate Shooting
Femi Otedola

Femi Otedola

Nigerian businessman, Femi Otedola has finally reacted to the shooting that took place at Lekki Tollgate, Lagos on Tuesday.

Information Nigeria recalls men dressed in military wears opened fire on unarmed #EndSARS protesters, who convened at the area.

Otedola took to his Instagram page on Sunday to commiserate with the families of those who lost their lives in the unfortunate incident.

Sharing a photo of the Nigerian flag, he wrote;

“The horrors that have been unfolding in our country have left me filled with sadness. I deeply commiserate with those who have lost their loved ones and as a father, I share the sentiment of my three daughters who protested in Lagos and London. As a young boy of 16, I participated in the ‘Ali Must Go Protest’ of 1978, so I understand the determination of our youths who rightly want our country to be better. We must all do our part to make Nigeria great! I will continue to do my own quota in providing for those who are most in need of support in our country in these tough times .…F.Ote💲”

Read Also: Femi Otedola Spotted Dancing With His Children (Video)

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“Oke Wasn’t Killed By Stray Bullet, He Was Stabbed By Thugs” – Brother Claims



“Oke Wasn’t Killed By Stray Bullet, He Was Stabbed By Thugs” - Brother Claims


Information Nigeria recalls a graphics designer identified as Oke, was killed hours after tweeting “Nigeria will not kill me” on Wednesday.

It was reported that the young man had passed away after he was hit by a stray bullet.

The deceased’s younger brother, Daniel has come out to clear the air regarding the circumstances leading to his death.

Daniel revealed his brother was stabbed on the neck by thugs who infiltrated and ransacked their home.

In his words;

Good day, My name is Obi-Enadhuze Daniel younger brother of the now deceased Okechukwu Obi-Enadhuze @O_Okee . I, my brother and mother lived at makinde police barracks, mafoluku, Oshodi, Lagos State.

Today at about 11 o’clock in the morning the police station at makinde was attacked by thugs who wanted to destroy the station, I my mom and brother were holed up in our house.

 The attack went on for hours before the thugs eventually breached the police and proceeded to set the station on fire, after accomplishing this they set their sights to the barracks and began the assault, they proceeded to destroy every car in the barracks, my mom’s 2 cars where destroyed and set on fire and then they infiltrated our house by breaking the door they then proceeded to ransack the house and carted away with everything we own. 

 my brother on trying to get them to take everything but spare us was pushed to my mom’s room and stabbed on the neck, the attacker then proceeded to attack me but missed my neck but got my chin instead, after this my mom and I carried my brothers body to the entrance of the station soliciting for help from the thugs still ravaging the barracks, we were finally able to put him in a wheelbarrow and took him to a hospital where he was rejected because “he was already dead” unfazed we moved him to another hospital where he met the same treatment this was where he bled his last drops of blood and died, his body has now been moved to a morgue

we have lost every single thing we own, as our house was completely ransacked and set on fire the only thing left is my brothers phone and at about 8 o’clock this evening the barracks was still on fire but Okechukwu has paid with the ultimate price

I and my mother are homeless with nothing now but we’re safe for now, we thank everyone that has been able to reach out to us, and were able to share consoling words with us in these trying times, God bless you

While we were holed up in the house the three of us said these words together and we say it again ” THREE OF US ARE HERE, THREE OF US ARE TOGETHER, THREE OF US ARE SAFE”

Let it be known that my brother @O_Okee  was NOT killed by a police bullet but died a hero protecting my mother and I.

If you see this please retweet, let the world know how Okechukwu died. He was NOT killed by a police bullet but thugs in his home!”

Read Also: RIP Oke: Barely 3hours After Tweeting “Nigeria Will Not End Me” #EndSARS Protester Dies From Gunshot

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Youths Burn Down Sanwo-Olu’s Mother’s House In Lagos (VIDEO)



Youths Burn Down Gov Sanwo-Olu’s Mother’s House In Lagos (VIDEO)

Youths Burn Down Gov Sanwo-Olu’s Mother’s House In Lagos (VIDEO)Lagos youths have set the family house of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on fire.

This was after the Governor said that no nobody was killed during the shooting by soldiers at Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.

Sanwo-Olu had debunked claims that the soldiers opened fire and killed some peaceful protesters.

Recall that men of the Nigerian Army reportedly opened fire on protesters following the declaration of 24 hours curfew by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwolu.

Bullets fired by security operatives hit some persons and at least two persons have been confirmed killed by the police and many injured

Voices in viral footage blamed the shootings on soldiers.

However, the angry youth attacked several important places such as Nigeria Port Authority, TVC News, and the family house of the Governor where his mother resides.

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