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NDDC launches road project worth N6.2bn in Delta State

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Road projects worth over N6.2 billion was inaugurated by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) on Friday in Delta State.

The NDDC’s Managing Director, Nsima Ekere, led top management officials to inaugurate the projects, located in three local government areas.

The benefitting local government areas are: Warri North, Sapele and Ughelli North.

Mr. Ekere, who spoke at Ireto community in Sapele, where a 3.1 kilometre road was constructed at the cost of N482million, said NDDC had justified its establishment.

“We went to Olero creek to open the roads and what I saw there justified the federal government’s intervention in establishing the commission,” Mr. Ekere said.

“Residents said this is their first time of seeing a car in their community.

“Many of them have never come out of the creek and I could see the joy on their faces.

“That is the same kind of joy I am seeing on your faces.

“It shows that you appreciate the current board and management of the NDDC for intervening in the affairs that affects you directly.

“Before our intervention, this community was totally impassable and I am sure that this would boost the economic activities of the people living along the stretch of the road.’’

The NDDC boss commended the people for the cooperation given to the contractor to complete the 3.1 kilometres road rehabilitation project in record time.

He said that the project was awarded on November 29, 2016, at the cost of N482 million.

Mr. Ekere urged the community to continue to support the government and the commission.

Thomas Akpodiete, who spoke on behalf of the Ireto community, thanked the NDDC for completing the project.

He, however, appealed for the construction of drains on both sides of the road.

A copy of the projects brief, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), showed that three roads were completed in Warri North at a total cost of N5.4 billion.

They roads are- the 2.52 kilometres Tebu-Gbokoda in Olero creek community; 2.125 kilometres Tebu-Gbokoda-Udo and the 2.95 kilometres Udo-Ajamita.

All the three roads have drainages, while the contracts were awarded in December 2014, to different contractors.

Also inaugurated was the reconstructed Uloho Avenue Road, in Ughelli North, which gulped N312.7 million.

Source : (NAN)

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Gov Ayade Reviews Curfew In Cross River

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Gov Ayade Reviews Curfew In Cross River
Gov Ayade Reviews Curfew In Cross River

Ben Ayade

Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade has relaxed the curfew in the state from 4 pm-6 am to 6 am-6 pm.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Governor’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Christain Ita on Saturday.

The new time is scheduled to take effect from Saturday, October 31st.

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Recall that following the hijacking of the peaceful protest against police brutality in the state by hoodlums, the state governor, imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state, on Friday, October 23, 2020.

“The state governor, His Excellency, Sir Ben Ayade has reviewed the curfew imposed on the state and has directed that with effect from Saturday, October 31, 2020, curfew hours will now be between the hours of 6 pm and 6 am daily.

“Restriction of movement is hereby relaxed from 6 am to 6 pm,” the statement added.

 

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El-Rufai Meets Youth Leaders, Condemns Attack On Police Officers

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El-Rufai Meets Youth Leaders, Condemns Attack On Police Officers
El-Rufai Meets Youth Leaders, Condemns Attack On Police Officers

Governor El-rufai

Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-rufai has condemned the attack on police officers and police barracks in the State following the outbreak of violence that trailed the #EndSARS protest.

He made this remark when he met with youth leaders from the 23 Local Government Areas of the state on Friday.

At the event, he appealed to them not to engage in any act of violence or looting.

El-Rufai vowed to prosecute those behind the looting and threat of peace in Kaduna South and Chikun Local Government Areas according to the law.

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“You cannot condemn an entire profession because of the misconduct of a few. SARS is just a small unit of the Nigerian Police Force, and even among SARS, they are not all bad,” he said

“Yes, some of them might have been quite bad and killed many people, but that should not be used to frame the police in a manner that people feel justified to attack and kill policemen.

“I have seen a video where a policeman was attacked and burnt to death. For what? That policeman is a human being, creation from God, he has children, and he has a family.

“Who will look after them? The Nigerian Police is the only police we have, it Is our collective duty as citizens, as leaders to come together and help the police to be better.”

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Nasarawa Governor Sule Calls For Training Of Police Officers

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Nasarawa Governor Sule Calls For Training Of Police Officers
Nasarawa Governor Sule Calls For Training Of Police Officers

Abdullahi Sule

Governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule has called for the training of police officers in the country to tackle the numerous security challenges affecting the country.

He made the call during an empowerment programme on Friday in Karu, Karu Local Government Area of the state.

At the event, he described the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) as disheartening.

He, however, called for understanding from the youths.

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“The kind of reforms we would want is to ensure that the police is well trained and well equipped and that is why it is disheartening to see that SARS is completely dismantled,” he said.

“SARS as I understand is the unit that has been trained specifically to be able to confront armed robbery and some kind of dangers that probably other policemen have not been trained for that.

“Now that we have dismantled them, whatever form that we have, we have to go and train them again so I call on us to use the opportunity not to be throwing away the bathing water and the baby at the same time.”

 

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