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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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Senate Committee Screens Yakubu For INEC Chair Today

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Senate Committee Screens Yakubu For INEC Chair Today

Mahmood Yakubu

The Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), will screen Mahmood Yakubu today following his re-appointment as Chairman of the Commission for a second and final term.

The Chairman of the committee, Kabiru Gaya, disclosed this to journalists on Wednesday after the panel submitted the report of the 2021 budget estimates of the commission to the Senate Committee on Appropriation.

The Senate received President Muhammadu Buhari’s letter seeking Yakubu’s confirmation on Tuesday.

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He had on October 27 announced his decision to reappoint the former INEC boss.

The president’s letter was forwarded to the committee on INEC for screening which Senator Gaya said will be carried out expeditiously.

“Precisely the re-nominated Chairman of the Commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu is to face our committee by 2:00 pm for the required drilling, the outcome of which will determine the report to be submitted to the Senate on Tuesday,” he said.

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No Plan To Review 2021 Spending Estimates: Minister

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No Plan To Review 2021 Spending Estimates, Says Ahmed

Finance, Budget and National Planning Minister, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed

Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed has expressed that there is no plan to review the spending estimates of the 2021 budget.

She has also allayed the fears of federal civil servants that the country’s entering into recession might stall the salary payments of workers.

She made this known while speaking with journalists after the weekly virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in the State House.

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Ahmed said even the consequential adjustment in the 2020 budget wholly addressed salary matters.

Recall that the proposed 2021 budget is currently being reviewed by members of the National Assembly.

“On the 2021 budget, we are not planning to retrieve the budget or to reverse the budget beyond the work of appropriation that the National Assembly is currently doing in consultation with us,” she said.

 

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#EndSARS: UK Parliament Does Not Speak For British Govt – FG

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#EndSARS: UK Parliament Does Not Speak For British Govt – FG

Geoffrey Onyeama

The federal government of Nigeria has stated that it has reached out to the United Kingdom to explain its side of the story over the #EndSARS crisis.

This follows a petition being considered by the United Kingdom to sanction officials of the Nigerian government over alleged human rights abuses during the #EndSARS protests in the country.

However, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, explained to State House Correspondents on Wednesday that Nigeria has reached out to the UK govt.

He explained that FG has presented its own side of the story to the UK govt to aid its deliberations on the matter.

This he stated after the weekly federal executive council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, noting that a balanced view is important in such matters.

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He said: “Yes, we have reached out to the UK government. The meeting that took place were Parliamentarians and they do not speak for the UK government which acts for the United Kingdom and they have also heard the side of the (Nigerian) government regarding everything that has happened.

“So, we have been in touch with them and engaging with them. Of course, as in any democracy, the members of parliament are able to also able to air their views.

“But what is important, is that a balanced picture is made available to them before they take any decision.”

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