The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, said on Friday that the present administration was committed to human capital, economic and infrastructure developments to boost Nigeria’s global competitiveness.
Fashola made the statement while delivering a keynote address on “How Government Policy Affects Business, Society in National Development and Changing International Environment” at the Lagos Business School.
Speaking during a session on Social, Political and Economic Environment of Business, the minister advised critics of the administration to always consider the nation’s peculiarities when judging policies.
He said that systems of government in most African countries and globally which some analysts used as basis for calling for restructuring of the nation were faulty as Nigeria operated on different indices.
He explained that government’s strides for economic development had always been met by criticisms of analysts, who did not understand problems holistically.
Fashola added that even issues of nomination and portfolio of ministers elicited so much reactions and controversies that impacted on economic decisions because of some misinforming analysis.
Citing examples, Fashola said that some analysts misinformed the public while making submissions on government’s budget for education and health care, which he noted, were not domiciled in just two ministries.
He said that the budget of those sectors were also captured in other ministries, including works and housing, adding that the works ministry was constructing roads in some tertiary institutions.
“I don’t think that arguments that Nigeria is spending less on health care and education is correct. 52 per cent of the spending is what you see in the budget. You cannot run a home without considering states and local governments spending.
“In Nigeria, spending is in three parts. Investments in education and health are not only domiciled in those ministries, it spreads to environment, works and housing ministries as well as other areas of needs.
“Today Federal Government is building internal roads in universities and the budget is captured in works not education.”
He said that 3,139 projects which employed more than 20, 0000 people and impacted about a million Nigerians were being executed under the government’s Sustainable Development Goals.
He said that human capital development was a priority of the Buhari regime, adding that, “no investments can be too much for humans”.
The minister said that global economies were changing and making solutions seem more difficult and that Nigeria was not an exception, calling for private sector investments and support for the nation’s growth.
He said the edge advanced economies had over Nigeria was that they developed their infrastructure early, adding that the present administration was now focusing on infrastructure development.
Fashola explained that the drive was massive such that road reconstruction projects were going on simultaneously in all states of the federation, adding that budgetary allocations had now risen from N18 billion in 2015 to N300 billion.
“If we mobilise resources from October to May, it would help us as we complete roads for the Nigerian economy.”
Fashola condemned criticisms of Federal Government’s borrowings, which he noted, were targeted toward the development of the nation’s over-stretched and dilapidated infrastructure.
Reeling out statistics, he argued that developed economies evolved through phases of borrowings to attain current status.
“I do not support debt for consumption but debt for productivity.”
He said that fusion of the academia was important because the academia “is where human capital is prepared”, adding that the collaboration would impact on all sectors.
Lamenting the negative effects of social media, organised crime and criminally, he said that every generation must anticipate and prepare to tackle the problems of technological evolution.
The minister offered graduates of the Lagos Business School opportunities for internship in the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing to further strengthen learning and private sector collaboration. .
Edited by Silas Nwoha
Fashola delivers 3 rehabilitated 1.80km roads to UI
The Minster of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has delivered three internally-rehabilitated 1.80 kilometres roads to the management of University of Ibadan, Oyo State.
Mrs Boade Akinola, the Director of Press and Public Relations in the ministry, made the disclosure in a statement to newsmen in Abuja, on Wednesday.
The 1.80km roads which were rehabilitated by the Federal Government have asphalt overlay, construction of culvert and line drains within the tertiary institution.
The roads include: Gongola, 230 metres, Sokoto Crescent, 560 metres, and Amina Way 1,010 metres.
It will be recalled that the Federal Government, under the 2017 and 2018 appropriation, approved 43 contracts for the rehabilitation of internal roads in Federal Tertiary Institutions in the six geo-political zones.
The University of Ibadan is one of the beneficiaries in the first phase of the intervention.
Akinola said in the statement that Fashola was represented by the Federal Controller of Works, Oyo State, Mr Oladimeji Awopetu, said 18 out of the 43 internal road projects had been completed and were being handed over across the country.
The minister said the intervention was to bridge the gap in the schools infrastructure needs, adding that students were expressing renewed enthusiasm with regards to attending classes because some defective roads had been restored.
“To date, 18 out of the 43 interventions have been completed and today we hand over this one in the University of Ibadan, Oyo State, as a critical contribution to support education,” Fashola said.
Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Abel Olayinka, thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Works and Housing, for selecting the institution as one of the beneficiaries among many tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
“For us to have been part of this intervention, we are very grateful.
“Though we have been doing some palliative repairs in the past, this time around, the Federal Government had surprised us by coming in a big way to fix these roads,” Olayinka said.
The vice-chancellor revealed that more internal roads of the institution were still yearning for urgent attention, and appealed to government to intervene as soon as resources were available.
The university’s Director of Works, Mr Adetolu Olufemi, noted that the roads had been in a deplorable state before the rehabilitation.
Also, a student from the Department of European Studies, Adeyemi Ayomikun, said that the intervention was a great relief to the university community.
According to Ayomikun, students have been saved a lot of stress in moving from the hostels to their lecture rooms.
Among the dignitaries present at the handing over ceremony were the Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC-Administration), Prof. Kayode Adebowale, DVC Academics, Prof. Adebola Ekanola.
Others were DVC Research Innovation and Strategies Partnership, Prof. Olayinka Adeyemo, the University Bursar, Dr Michael Alatise, and Mr Olatunji Oladejo of the Directorate of Public Communications.
Edited By: Mustapha Lamidi
Vehicles parked at construction sites on highways will be impounded-Fashola
The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, on Friday directed that all vehicles parked at construction sites of highway projects should be impounded.
Fashola said this in a statement in Abuja after his returned from an inspection tour of the highway projects in Port- Harcout, Rivers.
According to him, the Federal Government roads are not for parking lot.
He said that the highways were not parking lot, so people who wanted to do business must create their own parking lots as well.
He said that the on-going expansion and upgrading work on the Port Harcourt– Enugu and the Aba – Port Harcourt Expressways was on course.
“The 9km road from Eleme Junction to the Imo River and 4km of the road to the railway crossing in Aba towards Port Harcourt sections of the road are being expanded and upgraded from the four existing lanes to eight lanes.
“This is to accommodate current and future traffic volumes and ease some level of intolerable discomfort especially during the rainy season.
“The road would link the five states in the Southeast Geopolitical Zone of the country.
“The highway has a total length of 41.4km starting from Aba Rail Crossing Bridge within Aba township in Abia and will finally terminate at Eleme Junction Flyover in Port Harcourt, Rivers.’’
Fashola commended the initiative of the construction company, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation Nigeria Ltd as it planned to focus on the first four lanes.
He said that the company planned to finish that and put them to use before the reconstruction of the other four lanes to reduce the long time spent in traffic by commuters and the community.
“If people have two uninterrupted lanes, traffic may be slow but it will move, and therefore we can concentrate on finishing the remaining lanes.
“When we finish both , then we can have the full compliment of the eight lane highway.
“Our plan is to make this year better than last year and ultimately by next year, there will be no rainy season challenges because, we should have come out fully from this,”he added.
The minister also disclosed that similar construction work had commenced at the Enugu and Okigwe axis of the highway project by different contractors to provide seamless travelling experience.
He used the opportunity to urge local and state governments to mobilise their people to be alive to their civic responsibilities and cooperation, pointing out that community and personal hygiene were crucial in this crisis of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Federal Controller of Works Rivers, Mr Johnson Fadire, who conducted the minister and his team round the on-going road construction project said the inspection by the minister was timely.
Fadire said the ministry would “do the needful’ to make sure the road was completed and delivered at the right time.
He commended traditional rulers who prevailed on their subjects whose properties were demolished for the construction of the highway for agreeing to accept an initial payment of 50 per cent for compensation on their demolished properties.
Earlier, Mr Zou Xiaomei, Project Manager of CCECC Nigeria Ltd, one of the contractors handling section IV of the project in Rivers, said although there were initial challenges but they had been sorted out.
Edited By: Gregg Mmaduakolam/Isaac Aregbesola
FG’s infrastructural development in tertiary institutions effective – Fashola
Mr Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Works and Housing says the Federal Government’s development of infrastructures in tertiary institutions across the country is effective.
Fashola disclosed this on Friday in Abuja in a statement issued by Mrs Boade Akinola, the Director, Press and Public Relations in the ministry.
He made the remarks during handing over ceremony of rehabilitated 2.45 kilometres internal roads by the ministry to the Rector of the Federal Polytechnic Kaura Namoda, Zamfara State.
Fashola explained that the feedback he got from students across the tertiary institutions shows the intervention was effective.
The minister, who was represented by the Federal Controller of Works, Zamfara, Mr Hassan Muhammed, said it’s indisputable that the quality of education would be impacted by the quality of infrastructure and the learning environment.
He said that the Federal Government’s intervention in development of infrastructure in tertiary institutions to boost quality education has given students renewed hope and enthusiasm.
He said those who doubt should simply listen to some of the feedbacks from the students of the schools where the intervention had already taken place.
According to Fashola, the summary of all the feedbacks from students demonstrated that the gap of the nation’s infrastructural needs was being bridged by a gradual process of repairs and construction on major highways and schools.
He said there are forty three of such interventions in internal roads within tertiary institutions across Nigeria.
In his response, Rector of the polytechnic Mr Yahaya Bande said that the school which was established thirty six years ago had suffered deplorable road condition, especially during the rainy season.
“We have it on our memory how we used to suffer on these roads during the rainy season, but today, the story has changed.
“We thank President Muhammadu Buhari for remembering us,” he said.
The rector, however, promised to help maintain the roads and put them to good use.
The President of the Students Union Government, Polytechnic, Mr Ali Abdulmalik said the federal government’s intervention in the internal roads of the institution had been a big blessing to the students and management.
“We are very happy that the roads have been fixed because of the sandy nature of the roads before the intervention and students usually fall from bikes. We have recorded a lot of accidents on these roads.”
Reiterating Abdulmalik’s position, the Vice President of the Students Union, Miss Hannah Obinna also expressed her happiness over the completion of the project in her time.
“We thank President Buhari and the Honourable Minister for making this happen.
“It will attract more students to the school, we have been posting the pictures of the roads on our social media platforms to serve as encouragement to would-be students of the institution.”
Nigeria News Agency reports that Federal Government had completed eighteen out of the forty three of which Federal Polytechnic Kaura Namoda was one of the beneficiaries.
Edited By: Celine-Damilola Oyewole/Felix Ajide
Nigerian building institute confers fellowship on Fashola
The Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB), National Council has conferred honourary fellowship on Mr Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Works and Housing.
Fashola was conferred with the fellowship on Monday when Mr Kunle Awobodu, the National President of the institute and his team paid the minister a courtesy visit in Abuja.
Awobodu said the conferment came as a result of the exemplary leadership of the minister when he was the governor of Lagos State.
He said Fashola tackled the issue of building collapse in the state, which he set up a technical committee to look into proper building procedure.
“He charged us that what he gave us we cannot compromise, his anticipation was to have an organised society in Lagos, so the issue of building collapse, we must put in all our energy and professional knowledge.
“To make sure that it becomes a thing of the past, that day was a day I can never forget that was the 24thof July 2008 when I saw the seriousness in his charge.
“ I began to organise professionals in the built environment, all over Lagos we established sets in line with local governments and that was how the issue of Building Collapse Prevention became an international name.
“And it was this caution of building an acceptable organised society that one brought to NIB a mindset; this is an organisation that has been existing since 1967.
“ We need to appreciate a man that has done so much to the built environment, ’’ Awobodu said.
The national president of NIOB however used the occasion to call on government to ensure that quacks were eliminated from the build industry.
He recalled the building collapse incident that took many lives on March 13, 2019 in Ita-Faaji Lagos Island that claimed the lives of over 20 persons including pupils.
“Building collapses cast a dent and a slur on our national image, we enjoin all public spirited individuals and organisations to join in this campaign.
“Do your part, build right, use the right professional for building construction, engage and support professional builders.’’
Responding, the minister said the conferment was for all those who helped him to achieve all he was able to achieve in Lagos State and even those who were presently working with him.
He said those who build “are those who contribute to prosperity, and it is also important to create knowledge and value.’’
According to him, building with knowledge and value will not give room to comprise and the results are predictable and painful.
Fashola enjoined the professionals to ensure that people who came out from the institute were found worthy in knowledge and in value before they could be called members.
“As far as the national building code is concerned, I am sure that the major thing we are looking forward to now is looking on how to optimise gas and demystify gas usage in homes.’’
He assured the institute of his support and cooperation.
Edited By: Grace Yussuf
Loko-Iwe bridge, eastern travellers now have better, shorter alternative – Fashola
The Minister of Works, Mr Babatunde Fashola, says travellers going to the east from the north now have a better and shorter alternative route with the near completion of the Loko-Oweto bridge.
Fashola said this during the inspection of the on-going construction works on the Loko-Oweto bridge in Nasarawa Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, North Central zone of the country.
He said the bridge has been completed only the connecting roads was left and that would soon be done.
He said the bridge would serve as alternative and less expensive route for those travelling to the eastern part of Nigeria, further promoting national integration and unity.
“Loko-Oweto bridge that connects the north and south of Nigeria from the Benue Loko-Oweto side to Loko in Nasarawa and links you to the Federal Capital;
“So this is a major strategic transport route to connect this part of the country to and all those coming from the east of Nigeria.
“If you are familiar with the territory of Benue state you would know that from Otukpo through to Otukpa to Obollo Afor and link the east of Nigeria and reduce the journey time between eastern Nigeria, the Federal Capital and Nasarawa and naeibhouring states by many hours now you can make this connection for about six hours.
“This is a major impact on business reducing the cost time and improving the ease of doing business.
“The entire bridge is completed the only work remaining now is the connecting roads to link the bridge to the towns.’’
He said the road from Otukpo to Oweto had been completed; it is just three and half kilometre more to link the bridge to that road on the Benue side.
Fashola explained that there was still some work to be done on the Loko side which have about 74 kilometres of connecting roads to be completed.
“So, this is a major intervention from the Buhari administration in linking Nigeria, this is the bridge that crosses the River Benue while the second Niger bridge is also going on; two major bridge intervention of the two largest rivers in the country.
“To improve national integration and breed further co-existence and interaction among the people of this country.
“It is going to develop into a major economic route for Nigeria especially for farming produce and farmers and agricultural produce.’’
Fashola noted that the construction of the bridge made it possible for the problem of electricity to be addressed because of the planting of street lights that had also made it possible for the people of the community to enjoy electricity.
On when the bridge is to be delivered, Fashola said funds and the global economy were all challenges that was confronting the completion of the work but was optimistic that the bridge would be delivered soon.
The Emir of Loko, Alhaji Abubakar Umar, who spoke through an interpreter, Loko Babangida, commended the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The traditional ruler noted that the project had brought development and improvement of life to his people.
He added that since the road was opened hundreds of vehicles go through the area bringing business to his people.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the 2.2km bridge is 1,835 metres connecting another bridge of 220 metres, and an inland of 550 metres.
The roads had been opened up to vehicle movement and trucks and transporters use it as a shorter route.
NAN recalls that the contract of the bridge was awarded in 2011 to RCC Engineering at the cost of N49,166,051,778.45.
Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola
Over 1,094 housing units completed under National Housing project- Fashola
Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola says that 1, 094, housing units have been completed under the National Housing Project from the 2019 budget.
Fashola made the disclosure during an oversight visit to the ministry by the Senate Committee on Housing led by its Chairman, Sen. Sam Egwu, on Thursday in Abuja.
The purpose of the visit was for the minister to present a summary of how the 2019 budget allocated to the housing sector was utilised.
The minister said out of the N83.661 Billion budget presented to the Federal Government, only N33.4 billion was released to the ministry.
“The ministry got only 39 per cent financial support from the federal government in the appropriation of 2019 to the housing sector.
“Our two main parastatals are the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) whose responsibility is to grow primary mortgage funding and manage the national housing fund.
“This was created by act of parliament and its purpose is to provide the financial support for the purpose of achieving affordable housing objective of the government.
“We also have the Federal Housing Authority and their intervention requires them to provide housing estates in various parts of the country.
“We have in our own administrative wisdom, created a special project unit which is in the ministry of housing for coordinating projects such as the direct mandate project.
“Also, constituency and zonal intervention projects and sustainable development goals often initiated in parliament and domiciled in ministries including ours.
“Some of the things we have executed under the national housing project is the housing unit; over 1,094 houses have been completed and there are about 3,000 under construction at different stages,” he said.
Fashola said this was ongoing in 34 states of the federation and the ministry was working on modalities to dispose them.
According to him, two states, Lagos and Rivers are not building because of land issues.
“The other thing we are doing is maintenance to improve existing value of assets and to create employment for some of the vulnerable people such as brick layers, plumbers and so on.
“So that is going on in some of our federal secretariats.
“There are currently 24 federal secretariats under maintenance; we issued contracts for maintenance and we employed over 5,000 people and we intend to continue this,” he said.
According to the minister, the ministry has inaugurated a cooperative housing policy using the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN).
He told the committee that this would enable citizens get low interest loans from FMBN and encouraged Nigerians to build for themselves instead of waiting for government.
Fashola stressed that one major challenge of the ministry was how to get more revenue to fund urgent infrastructural development needs.
He however, said there were schools, hospitals and maternity homes completed in some states and urged state governments to take control of those institutions.
In his response, Egwu expressed satisfaction on the presentation and assured the minister of the committee’s cooperation to execute the projects.
Nigeria News Agency reports that at the time the budget was passed in 2019, the ministry was Ministry of Power, Works and Housing but had been separated.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Maureen Atuonwu
We are gradually bridging infrastructure gaps through road construction- Fashola
Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, says the infrastructure gap in the country is being steadily bridged by repairs and reconstruction on major highways.
Mrs Boade Akinola, Director, Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Works, made this known in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.
Fashola said this while handing over a rehabilitated 2km internal road and construction of culverts, at the Federal Polytechnic, Ede in Osun.
The minister was represented at the inauguration ceremony by the Federal Controller of Works in Osun, Mr Olawale Kehinde.
Fashola said that there were currently 43 such interventions in internal roads within tertiary institutions across Nigeria.
“To date 18 out of the 43 interventions have been completed and today we hand over this in Federal Polytechnic, Ede.
“It will renew students’ enthusiasm to attend classes, because some impassable roads have become motorable,” he said.
While expatiating on the economic importance of the project, the Minister said that not less than 38 people were employed during the execution of the project
He said that this had contributed enormously to the job creation initiatives of the Federal Government.
He enjoined the school management and host community to ensure that the project was effectively maintained.
Speaking earlier, the Rector, Federal Polytechnic Ede, Dr John Adekolawole, said that the project consists of 2km road, in the North and the South campuses.
“I am sure both the students and the staff are very happy with the construction of the road.
“Indeed management is very appreciative of the new road, as it has tremendously changed the landscape of our campus,” the rector said.
He said with the cooperation and support of the ministry, other road projects would be approved for construction especially the Ogberin-Logun-Sekona Road.
“We hope the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing will also be positive on other collaborations on other projects, especially the perimeter fencing of the South Campus,” he said.
The Rector expressed his appreciation to the construction company Messrs Q System Venture Ltd that undertook the project with high sense of responsibility and completed the road in record time.
Adekolawole also expressed his appreciation to all the directors of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing for their efforts.
Also speaking, the President of the Students Union Government, Mr Quazeem Ajibade, said that the union was so pleased with the road project, adding that it had made the school environment more conducive for learning.
Edited By: Olabisi Akinbode/Isaac Aregbesola
Construction of tertiary institutions roads major policy of FG says Fashola
Minister of Works and Housing, Raji Fashola says the construction of roads in Nigerian tertiary institutions has become a major policy of the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari.
Fashola said this on Thursday at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) while handing over some 2.2km of roads rehabilitated in the university by the Federal Government.
The minister, who was represented by the Federal Controller of Roads in Enugu, Mr Femi Oyekanmi, said that the government had stepped up work in all sectors of the economy.
According to him, Nigeria is steadily reducing the gap of its infrastructural needs by the gradual process of repairs, renewal and construction on highways.
“Currently, there are 43 of such interventions in internal roads within the tertiary institutions across Nigeria and the students are expressing a renewed enthusiasm with regards to attending classes.
“Some defective roads have been restored to become drivable,” he said.
“While it is true that a lot needs to be done in every sector of our national life, including education, the Buhari government has stepped up to lead the process of getting that job done.
“Those who doubt it should listen to some of the feedback from students in the schools where this intervention has taken place,” he said.
The minister said that 18 out of the 43 ongoing road interventions had been completed “and today we hand over this one as a critical contribution to support education.”
He said that no fewer than 27 people were directly employed in the course of the job, thereby, contributing to the job creation initiatives of the government.
He said that similar road intervention project was ongoing in University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH) and the Federal University of Health and Dental Technology, Enugu.
Fashola urged beneficiaries of the projects to ensure that the assets were used properly and maintained.
Responding, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration, UNN, Prof. Pat Okpoko described the road projects as a big relief to the university community.
Okpoko said that the project would not only improve on the learning outcome in the institution but also improve the ambience of the environment.
He said that the university needed more of such interventions as infrastructures in the institution were failing due to age.
“Our infrastructure supply is weak and dwindling because of age. So we need more of these projects and others. We need improved resources for seamless academic sessions,” he said.
Okpoko said that the university had a maintenance culture and would ensure that the projects were maintained.
The Deputy Director of Physical Planning, UNN, Mr Arnold Ozele, said that the project was the first of such interventions in the university.
“It had seemed that the road rehabilitation project may never be a reality. We dearly hope and look forward to more interventions in future,” Ozele said.
Also, the President of the Students Union Government, Mr Fortunatus Chimezie, said that the project had brought hope and relief to the over 40, 000 students in the institution.
Chimezie said that the learning environment had been enhanced and requested for more of this type of projects.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the three rehabilitated roads have a combined length of 2.2km with 0.65km of drain.
The roads are Ikejiani Road, 1,040metres, Ugwuegede Road, 400metres and Engineering to Odim Gate, 580metres.
Edited By: Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)
Fashola inaugurates 4 roads in BUK
The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has inaugurated four road projects in Bayero University, Kano.
A statement by Mrs Boade Akinola, Director, Press and Public Relations, in the ministry, quoted Fashola as saying at the ceremony that government would continue to bridge the infrastructure gap by executing projects in the university.
Represented by Mr Idi Saje, Federal Controller of Works, Kano State, Fashola said that 18 out of 43 interventions had been completed and handed over to the school as a critical contribution to supporting education.
Prof. Muhammad Bello, the Vice Chancellor, in his remarks, said that the road intervention would ease movements around the school.
“The new roads will reduce transport cost, minimise airborne diseases and generally ease our activities.
“They will also make regular attendance of classes possible with less discomfort on the roads, while fatalities will be reduced completely. I am indeed happy to receive the roads on behalf of the university.
“I am also particularly happy that the roads were properly constructed with drainage. It is an excellent job done by the ministry and I want to assure the minister that the roads will be well used and maintained.”
Speaking earlier, the Director, Physical Planning Unit of the school, Mr Muhammad Gazzali, who represented the institution in the supervision of the project, attested to the high quality of the roads.
“I have no doubt that they will stand the test of time,” he said.
A representative of the contractors – Views Tours Nigeria Ltd – Mr Abideen Abdulazeez, thanked the minister for adequate funding of the project.
Prof. Chedi Bashir of the Pharmacy Department, who spoke on the projects, described the development as “a welcome development”.
“The roads are now good and movement has been enhanced. Things are easy for both staff and students,” he said.
A student, Omah Mbah, who studies sociology, described the roads as “a wonderful gift that will make life better for all of us”.
“The roads are beautiful and neat. We are happy,” Mbah said, adding that the excited students “just cannot stop taking pictures of the new roads”.
Mbah commended the minister and the Federal Government for the “wonderful” road projects.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and Ephraims Sheyin (NAN)
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- COVID-19 cases near 50,000 in Bangladesh, deaths reach 672
- One killed, 21 injured in shelling in Yemeni port: MSF
- Monsoon hits India’s southern state of Kerala
- Cambodia’s famed Angkor sees 65 pct drop in foreign visitors in 5 months
- Feature: Egyptians abide by gov’t order to wear masks in public places to curb coronavirus spread
- More terrorists surrender, others arrested in NE –DHQ
- Vietnam’s factory activity contracts at lower space: survey
- Australians asked to be patient with “careful” easing of coronavirus restrictions
- Nigerian troops kill 4 in airstrikes on gunmen camp
- Poland resumes domestic flights on Monday after COVID-19 hiatus
- Gunmen kill Nigeria’s ruling party official in failed kidnap attempt
- Russia’s COVID-19 cases near 415,000
- People take part in protest over death of George Floyd in Auckland, New Zealand
- Thousands return to work as Philippines eases 76-day lockdown
- Bayelsa seals 6 churches for breaching COVID-19 protocols
- Majority members of Thailand’s Palang Pracharath Party’s executive board resign en masse
- Indian companies continue to cut staff at fastest pace in May: PMI data
- Roundup: S.Korea’s export posts double-digit fall for 2 months
- New Zealand confirms no new case of COVID-19 for 10 consecutive days
- S.Korean gov’t revises down 2020 growth outlook to 0.1 pct
- 1st LD Writethru: Armenian PM, family test positive for COVID-19
- Protests over George Floyd’s death continue in cities across United States
- Staying fit is important says Udoh
- Spotlight: How would United States exit from WHO harm global fight against COVID-19?
- Businesses across Turkey prepare to resume operation
- 12 killed, 21 injured in road accident in Nepal
- Armenian PM, family test positive for COVID-19
- Roundup: Life edges closer to normal as Aussie states ease COVID-19 restrictions
- 7 killed in separate attacks in Afghan provinces
- Brazil marks more than half a million virus infections
- PDP wins C/River LG election
- Oil prices edge down as wary traders eye upcoming OPEC+ meeting
- Basketball legend Jordan “pained and plain angry” over George Floyd’s death
- Cherry harvest season begins in Uzbekistan
- Ikpeazu, Abia Exco, others to self-isolate after commissioner’s death
- Protesters rally to demand justice for George Floyd in Vancouver, Canada
- United States cities extend curfews, deploy soldiers as street anger mounts
- Major China-Europe freight train route sees surging deliveries
- Roundup: Curfews imposed in about 40 United States cities as protests against police brutality spread
- Leicester to prepare for restart with practice games at empty stadium
- Mongolia confirms 6 new COVID-19 cases, 185 in total
- United States sends Brazil 2 million doses of hydroxychloroquine despite risks
- India reports highest daily spike of 8,392 COVID-19 cases as total reach 190,535
- S. Korea reports 35 more COVID-19 cases, 11,503 in total
- Immigration rights activists call United States routine deportations amid pandemic “outrageous”
- United States states clamp down on protests demanding end to police violence over George Floyd’s death
- Spotlight: More countries to ease COVID-19 restrictions as global cases rise with Latin America as new epicenter
- Nigeria records 307 new cases, total now 10,162
- Curfew issued for United States Los Angeles County following weekend protests over killing of George Floyd
- COVID-19 hotspots in South Africa may be placed on higher alert level: president
- Peru confirms 8,805 new COVID-19 cases as total hits 164,476
- College Football Hall of Fame damaged in Atlanta protests
- Rwanda cancels further easing of lockdown after reassessment
- Brazil’s COVID-19 cases top 500,000, death toll nears 30,000
- Dollar changes hands around 107.70 yen level in early trade in Tokyo
- Tokyo stocks open higher on hopes for economic revival
- Curfew announced in Washington after protests near White House
- Pakistan condemns India’s declaring diplomats as persona non grata
- 5.6-magnitude quake hits 335 km SSW of Ohonua, Tonga — USGS
- Tropical storm Amanda kills 11 in El Salvador
- Landmarks in United States capital defaced amid unrest over Floyd’s death
- Palestinian woman makes ice cream rolls at shop
- Measures taken to curb spread of COVID-19 at Tribhuvan Int’l Airport
- People’s daily life in Sanaa, Yemen
- U.S. Texas governor declares state of disaster following violent protests
- Heat wave hits West Bank town of Tubas
- Chile’s COVID-19 cases rise to 99,688, with 1,054 deaths
- Senator donates 500kva transformer to Ibadan communities
- La Liga announces fixtures as Spanish season re-start looms large
- Air Peace hails India, China, Israel over evacuation of citizens from Nigeria
- Sancho hat-trick keeps Borussia Dortmund in title hunt
- COVID-19: PTF submits recommendations on reopening of schools, places of worships
- Gov Masari mourns Katsina NUJ scribe
- AfDB: Sierra Leone president assures Adesina of country’s support
- Bandits kill Batsari LGA APC Chairman in Katsina State — Police
- Chicago braces for more chaos
- Military units respond firmly to terrorist attacks in Mozambique: president
- 1st LD Writethru: 5.3-magnitude quake strikes Japan’s Ibaraki Prefecture, no tsunami warning issued
- Turkey deports 12 Finns over terror links
- Protests over killing of African American held in Dublin
- Adesina: HURIWA asks President Trump to call America’s representative at AfDB to order
- New curfews announced throughout Los Angeles area
- CBN adjusts timelines for reversals of complaints on electronic channels
- President Buhari receives 4th Interim Report on COVID-19 from PTF
- Dangote wins World Travel Market Award with CNN commercial
- Indiscriminate shelling kills 5 in Libyan capital
- Thuram, Plea dazzle in Gladbach rout of Union
- Chinese Doctors: ADC demands health minister’s apology for “misinforming” Nigerians
- Egypt sees daily record of 1,536 COVID-19 infections, tally nears 25,000
- Extension service providers to resume training of farmers – IITA
- COVID-19: Olubadan bans masqueraders’, orders stay at home rituals
- Oman reports 1,014 new COVID-19 cases, 11,437 in total
- Iran, Turkmenistan agree to reopen borders amid easing of COVID-19 restrictions
- U.S. first representative to AfDB urges Trump administration to support Adesina
- PDP crisis: BoT Chairman urges calm among members
- Indonesia reports 700 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, 40 new deaths
- Spotlight: SpaceX Crew Dragon successfully docks with ISS in historic mission
- Port Harcourt DisCo denies plans to sack 120 workers
- Turkish security forces kill 3 PKK members
- U.S. to impose new sanctions against Hezbollah: envoy
- Sergeant at Arm of Nasarawa State Assembly dies @69
- Turkey confirms 839 new COVID-19 cases, 163,942 in total
- Sri Lanka begin training on Monday, South Africa to follow suitp
- Sylva congratulates new NNPC board members
- Judiciary autonomy will enhance quick dispensation of justice – A’Ibom CJ
- Roundup: Italy’s infection rate continues to improve as country gears up for tourist arrivals
- UK COVID-19 deaths rise to 38,489 as another 113 patients die
- Appointments: Kwara youth group organises prayer for Profs Akanbi, Gambari, 4 others
- Lebanon postpones oil, gas licensing deadlines amid COVID-19 outbreak
- Military bombards bandits’ logistics warehouse in Zamfara – DHQ
- Thousands defy mass-gathering ban in UK to protest over police killing of George Floyd
- Air Peace airlifts 312 Indian nationals
- Spain registers 96 new COVID-19 infections, two new deaths
- COVID-19: Abia Govt. orders mandatory tests for Executive Council members, others
- Yemen’s gov’t reports 13 new COVID-19 cases, 323 in total
- Actress Toyin Abraham seeks justice for murder of teenager in Lagos
- Lebanon’s number of COVID-19 infections rises to 1,220
- Over 100 arrested in 2nd day protest in Houston over death of George Floyd
- 300 more in NYC arrested in George Floyd protests
- 1st LD Writethru: India expels 2 officials of Pakistan High Commission on charges of espionage
- Tunisia announces 1 new COVID-19 case
- Return to roundtable or face consequences, FG tells striking ASUU
- COVID-19 : Enugu community begins cash transfers to indigent families
- Italy’s death toll from coronavirus rises by 75 to 33,415
- Threatened U.S. sanctions benefit no one: Hong Kong business community
- Media practitioners call for collaboration to contain spread of COVID-19 in Ebonyi
- Tinubu commiserates with Buhari over death of nephew
- NCPC reassures Nigerians of integrity, transparency in procurement process
- Lagos govt hosts drive-in concert to reinvigorate entertainment sector
- Edo Governorship: ALGON kicks against direct primaries
- Iraq confirms 260 new COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths
- Gov. Okowa congratulates new NMA President, Prof. Ujah