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Project managers want own seal as requirement for FG contract bidding



The Chartered Institute of Project Managers of Nigeria (CIPMN), has called on the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment to include CIPMN’s practising license and seal among pre-qualification requirements for contractors seeking federal government jobs.

Mrs. Victoria Okoronkwo, the President and Chairman, Governing Council of the organisation, made the call when she visited the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, in Abuja on Monday.

Okoronkwo said that the measure would boost the quality of projects as it would encourage quality checks.

She added that it would also accord recognition to project managers in the civil service and force both private and public sectors to appoint and engage qualified project managers to head project management units.

The CIPMN boss also requested the assistance of the minister in its quest for take-off grant to assist the body to set up the right structural and administrative framework critical to forming a solid foundation.

“Since it is one of our fundamental mandates to develop human capital in the areas of project management, we will appreciate if the minister grants us approval for the training/registration of the management and staff of the ministry and other agencies under your supervision.

“This will enhance their overall project management capacities and improve on their productivity,” he said.

She, therefore, pledged the readiness of the organisation for prompt interface with the ministry to give project management due recognition to play pivotal role in the nation’s socio-economic development.

In his response, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, promised to look at the organisation’s request and find ways to partner with them to advance their cause.

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Light-Up Kwara: Company says project 90% completed, no dispute with Kwara Govt



Dr Sunny Akpoyibo, the Chairman, Riccofortezza-Asteven Energy Limited, on Friday said the Light Up Kwara project (LUK) was over 90 per cent completed.

Akpoyibo told newsmen in Ilorin that the company had no dispute with the Kwara State Government as the project was almost executed as residents could testify.

He said that the company would have completed the project this June, but for the repeated vandalism of its cables by some unpatriotic elements.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the chairman was reacting to the Kwara House of Assembly recent advice to the state government to hand over the company that handled the Infrastructure Fund Kwara (IFK) to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for further investigation over the project and prosecution if found wanting.

LUK is a three phase project. Phase one which comprises installation of 522 single-arm all-in-three LED solar streetlights was fully completed since 2017 on streets within Ilorin.

”Phase two, installed along Asa Dam road, comprises 226 double-arm all-in-three LED solar streetlights, 17 single-arm all-in-three solar streetlights, was also fully completed towards the tail-end of 2017/2018.

”Phase three comprises installation of 3 Solar Farm Tunnels (SFTs) to power retrofitted moribund road lighting poles along Fate road/Umaru-Audi road/Ahmadu Bello Way-to-Challenge junction and Post Office (SFT 1), University road (SFT 2) and New Yidi road/Unity road/Taiwo road (SFT 3).

SFT 1 and 2 have been completed and fully operational since 2018.

SFT 3 on New Yidi Road has also been installed and all Highway lights to be connected on New Yidi road, Taiwo Road and Unity Road have been competently retrofitted with new LED light and painted.

”What is outstanding in phase three is laying of underground PV cables and beautification of the SFT.

”And due to repeated and sustained vandalisation of already laid PV cables at Fate, Umaru Audi and Ahmadu Bello way, delays ensured.

“Cables which would have been used to complete the project have always been diverted to replace the stolen ones,” he said.

Akpoyibo said the company had been unable to take delivery of materials ordered to illuminate Yidi Road because of restrictions by the Federal Government due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to him, in order to demonstrate commitment to the project the company is still on site despite outstanding payment of more than N900 million by the state government.

On his part, Mr Bolade Soremekun, the Managing Director, RUBITEC Nigeria Ltd, another company involved in the project, said there was no dispute with the Ministry of Energy and Kwara State Government over the project.

“Our project continues and is ongoing. New casting is being done as we speak as well as rehabilitation of some bulbs that need to be changed,” he explained.

Soremekun said that his company was committed to completing all the three phases of the project.

NAN also recalls that the Assembly’s advice to the state government was part of the resolutions of the House at its plenary on Thursday, on the report of an Ad-hoc Committee on the investigation into the Light-Up Kwara project executed by the last administration in the state.

Reading the resolutions of the House, the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Salihu, urged the state government to review the terms and conditions of the contract for the project and direct the contractors to complete all outstanding work on the project.

It further urged the government to transfer all the activities of Light-Up Kwara project to the supervision and monitoring of the State Ministry of Energy in the interest of accountability and transparency.

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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World Bank to fund Maputo urban transformation project




The World Bank will give 150 million United States dollars to an urban transformation project in Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique, to improve its infrastructure and institutional capacity for sustainable development, Maputo Mayor Eneas Comiche announced on Friday.

“(The project is) to support the main priorities of the municipal development plan 2019-2023, aimed at fighting poverty and promoting sustainable and inclusive growth of the territory,” the mayor told the press in Maputo.

According to a document released by the World Bank in December 2019, the aims of the Maputo Urban Transformation Project include addressing informal settlements, harnessing the potential of city center and promoting sustainable urban growth.

The project had its first public hearing on Friday following a visit to the city and a review on the project by technicians from the World Bank.


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Kebbi Assembly tours abandoned projects



Kebbi State House of Assembly joint Committee on Agriculture, Animal health Husbandry and Fisheries, General Administration, Works and Transport and Public Account is visiting abandoned projects across the state.

Alhaji Samaila Salihu-Bui, Chairman of the joint committee, during a visit to the uncompleted Veterinary Hospital Bulasa, on Friday in Birnin Kebbi said the visit was to ensure probity and accountability.

Salihu-Bui, also a member representing Arewa constituency, added that the visit was also to provide an avenue for discussion with contractors handling abandoned projects.

“We embarked on this tour to find out the problems for ceasing projects in spite of their impact toward improving living standard of people in the state.

“There is no reason to stop the veterinary hospital construction, since government had already paid 70 per cent of the project,” he noted.

He ordered the contractor handling the project, Muhammadu Kiruwa, to immediately complete the project to enable people of the state benefit from it.

In his remarks, the contractor, also the National President of Miyatti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association, assured the committee of returning site soon to complete the project.

Kiruwa said the company would resume work as soon as he discuss with the engineers from the Ministries of Animal Health Husbandry and Fisheries as well as Works and Transport.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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Ekiti airport project to continue despite unfriendly economy – Gov. Fayemi



The Cargo Airport, currently being built by the Ekiti State government in Ado Ekiti, will continue, notwithstanding the present unfriendly economy, Gov. Kayode Fayemi has said.
The governor, who said this on Friday in Ado Ekiti, while on an inspection visit to some project sites, embarked upon by his administration, said he was confident that the project would be completed on schedule.
According to him, the current economic downturn being experienced globally will not be allowed to stop the completion of the airport, given its relevance to the economic growth of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the airport project formally commenced in October 2019 at a ceremony attended by Fayemi, the Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, a legal luminary, Chief Afe Babalola (SAN) and others.
NAN also reports that the project is sited on Ado Ekiti-Ijan Ekiti road in the state capital.
Although the governor admitted that the project required huge financial commitment and well-defined technical expertise, he, however, said that his administration would go ahead with it and ensure its inauguration, along with others, before October 2022, to mark his third year in office.
According to Fayemi, the project is pivotal to his administration, adding that no effort will be spared to ensure its completion.
“I am confident that this project will be inaugurated before I leave office. We are doing everything possible to ensure that we deliver alongside other projects we are working on,” he said.
The governor also listed the establishment of an agriculture zone, where agro-allied factories would be located in order to further boost the state’s industrial development, as another legacy project of his administration.
“It is an agro-based industrial hub of our state. A juice processing factory will be there. Dangote Mill, JMK Mill and our Dairy Farm at Ikun-Ekiti will also be part of it.
“Just go and check what the government and Promasidor Nigeria Limited are doing at Ikun-Ekiti. We have brought the 400 local and foreign cows we want to crossbreed to produce 1,000 litres of milk daily.
“Although it is true that resources are very scarce, nevertheless, with innovation, we shall ensure that we fulfill our promises to the people of the state,” the governor said.
NAN also reports that other projects visited by the governor for on-the-spot assessment of their level of completition included the Ekiti State Civic Centre and the New Oja Oba market, among others.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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Monarch urges Kwara govt. to complete road projects in Irepodun LG



Oba AbdulWahab Oyebamire on Friday urged the Kwara Government to complete abandoned road projects in Irepodun Local Government Area to assist community farmers and traders transport their produce to the markets.

Oyebamire, the Aala of Ilala, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ilorin.

He said that the farming season was here as well as the rainy season but the access roads and the link bridge to the community were yet to be completed.

The monarch said that the projects were about 80 per cent completed, saying that in spite of several letters written to the government to embark on completing the projects, nothing had been done yet.

“We are appealing to the government to complete the roads and the link bridge in the area because our wet and dry seasons’ farmers and marketers are experiencing untold hardship.

“They find it difficult to ply the roads and transport their produce from the farms to the markets daily and this challenge is affecting their economy and livelihood,” he said.

Oyebamire, however, commended the intervention of the state government on the measures introduced to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

He said that the government extended the palliatives to the people of the community, saying that the palliatives cushioned the effects of the lockdown in the community.

“We appreciate the government of Kwara State for the quick intervention and consideration,” the monarch said.

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

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Unilag VC urges stakeholders to support project, programme or student



The Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe has urged stakeholders and friends of the institution to key into his vision of ‘picking a project, programme or student’ in a bid to promote excellence.

Ogundipe made the appeal in an interview on Thursday in Lagos.

He spoke on the sidelines of the inauguration of the newly renovated Human Resource Development Centre (HRDC) building and meeting rooms donated to the University of Lagos Business School.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Dr Akintoye Akindele, Chairman of Platform Capital, carried out the renovation and made the donation to the institution.

Ogundipe said that with such vision, the institution would contribute more, not only to the nation but the world at large.

”Part of the vision that God gave me when I applied for the position of the vice chancellorship  is: Pick a Project, Pick a Programme and Pick a Person.

”And what we are doing here today is part of that pick a project which Dr Akintoye, through the Platform Capital, is doing now in the renovation of this building.

“We also have a similar one currently going on in the Faculty of Law, being carried out by Alhaji Femi Okunu and many others like that.

In the area of Pick a Programme, we are talking to the alumni and friends of the university to pick a department and try and support it, by buying equipment and many others, in a bid to enhance the teaching and learning in that department, especially now that we are talking about online teaching.

For Pick a Person, you can pick an indigent student and train such student from first year to when he or she is going to graduate.

“You can also pick someone in a department and sponsor such person to an international conference outside the country or even within.

“We are indeed grateful to all our donors so far and expect more of such, to take our university to where we truly want it to be,” he said.

Ogundipe expressed delight at the gesture by the Platform Capital, saying it was the way to go, as it would continuously boost the culture of  excellence of the university.

”Today’s commissioning is not just for the renovated classrooms by platform Capital, there is also the lecture theatres, the old building in itself, and they also brought in IT system into the space.

“There are other facilities that enhance someone to deliver lectures to any part of the world, that is virtual teaching platform in the classrooms, where a lecture will be recieved and even examination conducted online.

”This will also impact on students in terms of entrepreneurship. As you know, this is HRDC building and the facilities are renovated for the UNILAG Business School. The entrepreneurship centre is a part of this because there is an aspect of entrepreneurship teaching that goes on now.

”If you look at the recent ranking by Forbes, the UNILAG Entrepreneurship Centre has just been ranked as the best in Nigeria and the third best in Africa.

“So, this centre will further enhance our teaching in entrepreneurship too,” he assured.

The vice chancellor also gave an update on the institution’s position as it concerns academic activities in view of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

He said: “I want all our students to know that it may be a bit difficult for us to bring all our students back to campus now.

”This is because they are more vulnerable to COVID-19. So we are going to do the online teaching and we want to assure them that we will put them into consideration at a particular stage.

”Management has met on that. At a particular point, we are going to put them into consideration, in such a way that they will not need to buy the data .They will only buy the data when the lectures are going on.

”But when it is time for examination, management is looking at it, we are going to recommend it to council, whereby the university will pick part of the bill for the data that the students are going to use for their examinations.

Right now, I want to assure you that once we have a directive from our principal, we will migrate online. We are fully ready concerning what we are going to do in that regard,” he said.

On his part, Dr Akindele, of the Platform Capital, who is also a teacher at the University of Lagos Executive MBA programme, said education remained the key driver of growth.

According to him, there is need for individuals and corporate organisations to continue to find means of supporting the government in its quest to develop the sector, as it cannot do it alone.

”For us, education is a key part of growth and for us too, we spent enough time analysing and looking at government.

“We believe that it is almost wrong or almost hypocritical for everybody to believe that government must do everything.

”We also believe that the private sector and individuals can play a major role in the development of this nation and that if we all run our governments, in our own small governments, we will be the larger government.

”You run a government in your home being a parent, you run a government of your own being a Chief Executive Officer and if we all run our governments, optimally, we can build a community of government that is all network and all connected.

” And what are the key areas for that? For us, education is one, secondly, it is entrepreneurship, thirdly, is gender equality and finally health.

“These are the four key areas that we are passionate about and we are not just talking about it, but putting in place things that will drive them.

”So, looking at education, it includes adopting any primary school around, fix the classrooms, buy students uniform and pay the teachers and not just the universities alone,” he said.

According to him, Platform Capital feels UNILAG is already doing a lot that is great, hence the need to give it the support.

”You know if we rally round the best in class and make it world class, we will all benefit from it.

”So for us, doing this is furthering the dream and vision of the Prof. Ogundipe-led team, supporting the fantastic faculties that they have here, hoping that we can make them the number one in Africa.

”This will then attract not just grants, the best minds, but the best teachers and the best students will then stay back.

”So, with this, we expect that our best minds will get what they intend going to get abroad here,  because this is a world class facility.

”With this, we now have prize for the best students here, job opportunity given and internship,” he said.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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N3.9bn Light project: Kwara Legislature demands prosecution of Ahmed, Ogunshola



The Kwara  House of Assembly on Thursday urged the State Government to hand over suspects in connection with the failed N3.9 billion Kwara Light project contract.

The lawmakers specifically demanded for the prosecution of a former governor of the state, Abdulfatah Ahmed, and former Director General of Kwara Public Private Partnership (KP3), Abayomi Ogunshola, by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC)
over alleged improper execution of the project.

The News  Agency of Nigeria recalls that the N3.9 billion electrification project was awarded in 2015 by former governor AbdulFatah Ahmed to provide illumination on some major streets in llorin metropolis and other parts of the state.

The House made the demand at plenary on Thursday in Ilorin after adopting the report of its ad-hoc committee investigating the execution of the ptoject.

The Chairman of the Committee, Mr Abolarin Gabriel, while presenting the report, informed his coleagues that the project was not properly executed in line with specification.

The Speaker, while reading the resolution of the House after deliberation and adoption of the report, said it has become imperative to prosecute the former governor and Ogunshola who jointly undertook to execute the project.

The Assembly also want repeal of the state Public Private Partnership law to curb corruption and other sharp practices in award of contracts in the state.

Besides, it called for a review of the terms and conditions of the Light Up Kwara Project.

The resolition urged the stste government to compel the two contractors handling the project to complete it according  to specifications across the state.

The House called for transfer all activities of the project to the state Ministry of Energy for proper execution.

The speaker flayed the sidelining the ministry of energy in the award of the project, describing it as unacceptable.

Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Gov. Sule lauds FG for approving funds for Farin-Ruwa Hydro Power project



Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has commended the Federal Government for approving over N8 billion for the completion of Farin-Ruwa multi purpose hydro power project in Wamba Local Area of the state.

The governor made the commendation on Thursday in Lafia at an expanded meeting of the state COVID-19 committee.

Sule noted that the Dam, which has the capacity to generate 20 megawatts of electricity, has been taken over by the federal government.

He said expected the power generated from the dam has the capacity to serve the people of Wamba, Akwanga and Keffi Local Government Areas of the state and beyond.

“The project was started by the first executive governor of the state, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, he said, adding that his administration continued with it before the fedeal government took over the project.

“Government is a continuum; my predecessor started the project and I continued it before it was taken over; that is the beauty of government.

“Government is a continuum and a lot of government resources have been spent on the projects by the former governor,” Sule added.

He also expressed gratitude to the federal governent for taking over the construction of 15 kilometre Sisinbaki-Farin Ruwa road.

He described federal government’s attention on the projects as unprecedented considering the rich potentials endowed in the area, especially the Farin Ruwa Dam which has the capacity to generate 20 megawatts of electricity and other tourist attractions.

He specifically thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for the release of N8 billion for the execution of the two projects, adding that it will boost socio-economic activities in the area.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Federal Executive Council had on Wednesday approved over N8 billion for the execution of Farin Ruwa hydro power project.

Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Delta govt. urges contractors to speed up projects



The Delta Government has called on contractors handling some road projects in the state to speed up work before the beginning of rainy season.

The State Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye, made the call on Wednesday in Agbarho in Ughelli North Local government Area of the state while inspecting the three-kilometre Agbarho-Orherhe-Otokutu road and the bridge Section 1 project.

Augoye noted that the project was earlier awarded to another contractor but the contractor failed to mobilise to the site.

The commissioner commended the contractor handling the project, ”Feborze Global Venture”, for the quality of work and urged them to complete the project within three months.

“You will recall that this project was earlier awarded to another contractor, who failed to mobilise to the site until the governor directed that the project be re-awarded to this present contractor.

“I must commend their pace and quality of work and I urge them to complete the project within the next three months,” he said.

The Project Manager, Mr Ifeanyi Ochuba, said that the project was 75 per cent completed, saying that it would be completed in the next three months.

The commissioner also inspected a three-kilometre road with reinstatement of collapsed bridge at Oduaran road in Ughelli.

According to him, the road was cut-off last September due to flooding in the area, hence the need to commend the contractor for the pace of work.

As at September, last year, this road was cut off and the governor directed that the road should be reconstructed and the bridge reinstated,” Augoye said.

Chief John Oguma, the Chairman of Obakpor Engineering Company Ltd., handling the project, said the project was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Oguma gave an assurance that the project would be completed in July 2020.

Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)



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