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Extension Of East-West Road To Calabar Will Gulp $1bn – Minister

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STEPHEN-ORUThe Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Stephen Oru, on Thursday, said that the ongoing expansion of the East-West road would cost one billion dollars (about N165 billion).

Mr. Oru disclosed this in Calabar, Cross River State, during the graduation ceremony of the 2nd Batch of participants of the Identify, Train and Engage Scheme (ITRENS) of the ministry.

The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that the scheme is a youth empowerment programme sponsored by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.

The minister expressed optimism that the road would be put to use by the end of December.

He said his optimism on the road’s completion was based on the fact that the contractor, SETRACO, opened “more work cans” to ensure its successful completion by December.

“We are still very hopeful that the greatest portion of the East-West road will be put into full use by the end of this year.

“`Between now and December, the greatest portion of one aspect of the dual carriage-way will be completely put into use’’, the minister said.

According to him, the delay in the completion of the road has been as a result of excessive rainfall.

Mr. Oru said that with the dry season at hand, the good portion of the road would be completed well before the end of the year.

“The road would be extended to Cross River State, which is the new aspect of the upcoming contract to be financed by China-Exim Bank which will gulp about one billion dollars.

“That road is going to be 90 per cent made of bridges and it will be extended to Calabar”, he said.

The minister assured the people of the area that SETRACO would do a good job to ensure that the road was put into use by the end of December. (NAN)

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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

Governor Wike

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

Bello Matawalle

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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