Abuja, March 13, 2019 The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved the sum of 64.75 million Euros to improve water supply in Kano State
Hajia Zainab Ahmed, the Minister of Finance, disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents after FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.
She said that the project, which would be executed by the Kano State Government, would improve the living conditions of the people of the state.
“Today at the FEC meeting, we got an approval for a facility in the sum of 64,750,000 million Euros for a National Urban Water sector reform project in Kano State.
“The project is to improve the living conditions of up to 1.5 million people in the greater urban area of Kano by improving access to quality water and also we are seeking to increase the financial viability of the Water Board by increasing its revenue and enhancing its governance framework.
“The project is to rehabilitate and build infrastructure needed to increase access to water services to the population in greater Kano and to help improve key sector reforms to ensure the sustainability of the project.
“The Kano State Ministry of Water Resources through its State Project Management Committee is to implement the project.
“The funding is a facility to the Federal Government of Nigeria; the Federal Government of Nigeria will be on lending to Kano State at the same terms and conditions,’’ she said.
The minister said that the funding was from the French Development Agency with an interest rate of 1.02 per cent, a repayment period of 20 years and a seven-year moratorium period.
According to her, there is also a fee of 0.25 per cent for appraisal and a commitment fee of 0.25 per cent.
Ahmed said that the low cost facility with a seven-year moratorium was meant to provide good quality drinking water to up to 1.5 million people in greater Kano.
No fewer than 28 ministers attended the meeting which was the first since after the Presidential, National Assembly, Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, Head of Service, Winifred Oyo-Ita and the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno were also in attendance.
Accord corps members warm reception, Oyo NYSC Coordinator urges monarchs, other stakeholders
According to her, the people’s warm reception to the corps members will further motivate them into facilitating development to their host communities.
Ambekemo said that the 2019 Batch C (Stream I) orientation course closing ceremony would be held on Nov. 25, at the state NYSC permanent orientation camp, Iseyin.
She explained that in the course of the exercise, the corps members underwent various forms of training, such as military drills, leadership training as well as professional lectures.
“Gov. Seyi Makinde is expected to preside over the closing ceremony, deliver his goodwill message to the corps members and declare the orientation course closed.
“We pray God to keep us till that day and grant us successful closing ceremony,” she said.
Edited by Shittu Obassa and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq
Monarch wants Ogun Govt to repair dilapidated roads ahead of Yuletide
Prof. Adeyemi Obalanlege, Olota of Ota, in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun, has appealed to the state government to repair bad roads to reduce road accidents during the Yuletide.
Obalanlege made the appeal at the “2019 Ember Months’’ campaign organised by Sango-Ota Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps on Thursday in Ota.
It was tagged: “Road Safety is a State of Mind; Road Crashes is An Absence of Mind. Stay alert, Stay Alive.’’
The monarch said that the appeal became necessary because many of the roads were no longer motorable to the road users.
Obalanlege attributed some of the road traffic crashes across the state to the deplorable state of the highways.
“We have lost so many innocent lives to crashes, as most of the roads are in terrible conditions,’’ he said.
The traditional ruler said it was only when the roads were in good conditions that the FRSC would be able to effectively enforce traffic rules and regulations across the state.
He implored motorists to do all necessary things before putting their vehicles on the roads and shun drinking while driving to avoid unnecessary crashes.
Obalanlege also cautioned uniform personnel against reckless driving that could lead to unnecessary mishap on the roads.
In his remarks, Mr Clement Oladele, the Ogun Sector Commander of FRSC, lauded the Sango-Ota Unit Command for rescuing 116 victims from 65 crashes in Sango-Ota and its environs in 2019.
Oladele, represented by Mr Olufemi Olonisaye, Ogun Head of FRSC Operations, said that the tanker accidents across the state increased in 2019.
“The responsibility of reversing this trend of tanker crashes required collective responsibility of everyone, both the government, individual and stakeholders,” he said.
Oladele said that FRSC had struck a partnership with the Department of Petroleum Resources, Ogun branch, to train over 500 drivers, adding that they were trained on tanker safety at the NNPC Depot, Mosinmi in Ogun.
The sector commander enjoined tanker operators to use safety valves on all loaded tankers as safety measure to prevent spilling in the event of crash.
Commenting, Mr Akeem Ganiyu, the Sango-Ota Unit Commander of FRSC, urged motorists to embrace safe driving culture and abhor the wrong use of highways.
Ganiyu attributed some of the crashes, which had claimed numerous lives and property, to bad attitudes of motorists.
The unit commander stressed the need for motorists to change their attitude in the use of phone while driving, shun speeding, avoid driving under fatigue, among others.
He said that life lost carelessly to road accident due to absence of mind could not be replaced as life has no duplicate.
Edited by Cecilia Odey/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)
54 persons die in auto crashes in Ogun in10 months- FRSC
Sagamu (Ogun), Nov. 21, 2019 The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Thursday, said that about 54 persons died in auto crashes in different parts of Sagamu, Ogun between January and October this year.
FRSC’s Sagamu Unit Commander, Taofiq Iyanda, made the disclosure at the ‘Ember Months Campaign”, at the Isale Oko Motor Park, Sagamu.
Iyanda said that within the Sagamu corridor, 104 road traffic crashes involving 143 vehicles were recorded, adding that about 897 persons were involved in the crashes and 329 persons sustained injuries within the period.
The unit commander advised motorists to always ensure that their vehicles were in good condition.
He said that the tendency for more people to travel in December had in the past resulted in high number of road accidents.
“Drivers tend to overload their vehicles by carrying more than the permitted number of passengers, goods and luggage. During this period, commercial drivers also engaged in excessive speed to make more trips.
“These are traffic offences that happen during the ember months up to early January,” he said.
He said that the unit command would deploy regular and special marshals as well as patrol vehicles, ambulances and power bikes along major corridors in the unit to check road crashes.
Contributing, the Corridor Commander of the Lagos – Ibadan Expressway, Mr Kehinde Hazmat, enjoined commercial vehicle drivers to always obey traffic rules and regulations and to observe the 50km/h speed limit, especially at construction zones.
The Ogun FRSC Sector Commander, Mr Clement Oladele, called on motorists to avoid every form of distraction while driving before, during and after festive period.
Oladele said that the state command of FRSC would embark on a 24-hour surveillance during the festive period and appealed to motorists to bear with the inconveniences at every diversion point.
Edited /Dada Ahmed
We’re back on Lagos roads to save lives, VIS tells motorists
He said that residents of the state, especially road users thought Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIOs) were off the roads.
NAN reports that the immediate past Governor of the state, Akinwunmi Ambode, banned VIOs from operating on the roads.
Fashola said: “Since the advent of this administration, citizens still believe that VIS or VIOs are still off the roads. We are not off the roads.
“As a matter of fact, we are back on the roads to do the needful.
“We have embraced a lot of new practices and procedures. We have embraced technology and that still needs the presence of VIOs on our roads in Lagos to mitigate where technology is limited.
“The presence of VIOs is required, so we are on the road. A lot of people still believe that we are still under the previous ban from the road.’’
According to him, the period of ban, was an avenue for the vehicle inspectors to strategise and come back with fresh and new ideas and ways of performing the statutory duties the VIS is charged with.
He said that for the entire period, when the VIS was off the road, most drivers and vehicle owners became careless about roadworthiness, particulars and conditions of their vehicles.
“For the period that we were not on the road, a lot of people became relaxed and do as they pleased, whereas part of the reasons for that our off-road operation was to allow citizens to do their civic responsibilities.
“Part of such responsibilities is to ensure that their vehicles are always in top shape as well as obtaining driver’s licence and renewal of vehicles’ particulars but that was not the case.
“Some of the citizens are having difficulties with us being on the road now and we are also having difficulties with them because they don’t want to believe that we are back on roads,’’ the VIO boss said.
On the impact of the VIS, Fashola said that VIS was progressively moving in the right direction and improving on its services toward the citizens of the state.
According to him, going forward, the VIS will make adjustment in its daily procedures and how it interacts with the citizens of the state.
On the roadworthiness of most vehicles plying Lagos roads, the VIO boss said that only 50 per cent of the volume of traffic in the state could be said to be roadworthy.
He said: “I give the roadworthiness of vehicles on our roads 50:50 score marks.
“There are citizens who take pride in driving safe vehicles and those that do not care as long as the car is moving, nothing concerns them. These are some of the things we have to contend with and deal with.’’
Fashola called for the cooperation of motorists, urging them to obtain all necessary documents that guaranteed and qualified them to be on the road.
He said those driving without driver’s licences and other genuine particulars should desist from such habits, saying that they should either get or renew their particulars.
Fashola warned: “If you are caught driving without a licence, no plea for that failure. It is not a difficult document to get.
“It is a licence that guarantees and qualifies you to use the road. If it is expired, go and renew it.’’
He said that the minimum fine is N20,000 for not having a licence.
He said: “If you think of the money you part with, the time it will take you to go through the process and collect your vehicle, you will go and get the genuine documents,’’
Edited by Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)
Bauchi Govt. enrolls 100 orphans into technical college
The Bauchi State Orphan and Vulnerable Children Agency (BASOVCA), says it has enrolled 100 Vulnerable and Orphan Children (OVC) in technical college for the 2019/2020 academic session.
She said that the students were selected from 20 Local Government Areas of the state through the Orphan and Vulnerable Children Agency (OVC league) in the state.
“The agency has enrolled 100 OVC from all the Local Government Areas using a non political structure known as OVC league.
“The OVC league is a structure that exists from the state level to all the LGAs, to the 323 wards and 660 units to ensure that OVC were reached,” she said.
She said the agency also operates nursery and primary school for basic education with more than 108 new enrolment.
Arkila said that the agency would continue to ensure that vulnerable and orphan children in the state were provided with basic education and health among others.
Edited by Joseph Edeh/Felix Ajide (NAN)
Buhari meets Speakers of 36 states Houses of Assembly at Aso Rock
Abuja, Nov. 21, 2019 President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday met with speakers of the 36 states Houses of Assembly of the federation at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
NAN reports that though the agenda of the meeting was unknown as at the time of filing this report, President Buhari and the speakers are expected to deliberate on national issues, including security and autonomy of the Assemblies.
Those at the meeting included the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.
Others include the Permanent Secretary, State House, Jamil Arabi and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters.
Edited /Wale Ojetimi
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