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Repair on Kwara waterworks near completion – Engineers

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Engineers handling the repair of some waterworks in Kwara said on Friday that the facilities were at between 90 and 95 per cent completion stage.

A statement issued in Ilorin by the Press Secretary in the state Ministry of Water Resources, Mr Olalekan Onilu, quoted the engineers as saying that the impact of the repair work would be felt soon across the state.

It also said Olatunde Mike, Isiaka Ibraheem, Taiye Salami, and Sunday Bamidele, the engineers handling Igbaja, Kaiama, Lafiagi Asa-Dam and Pategi waterworks respectively had given an assurance that the facilities in their respective areas would boost access to potable water in the areas.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq had released funds to the Ministry of Water Resources to fix some abandoned waterworks in the state.

The waterworks include Asa-Dam Waterworks, Igbaja Waterworks, Kaiama Waterworks, Pategi Waterworks and Lafiagi Waterworks among others.

According to the statement, the engineer handling Igbaja Waterworks, Bamidele, specifically said that no fewer than 14 villages would benefit from the ongoing reconstruction of Igbaja Dam after completion.

Bamidele said that work was almost completed on the civil work of the treated building in the dam.

According to him, test running of the facility will begin on Saturday to determine whether there are still leakages in the installed pipes.

 

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Marine Beach Bridge Apapa to be shut for repairs next week“– Works Controller

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The Federal Controller of Work in Lagos, Mr Kayode Popoola, on Wednesday said that the Marine Beach Bridge in Apapa would be shut for repairs “next week“.

Popoola told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that the contractor, Buildwell Nigeria Ltd, was already on site to begin replacement of damaged expansion joints and bearings on the bridge.

“The contractor delayed commencement on the repairs on the bridge till next week because ongoing patching of adjoining roads to the bridge to avert gridlock.

“I just came back from inspecting the Marine Beach Bridge now. The contractor is set to begin work, but we want them to finish with repair of all the adjoining roads before starting on the bridge.

“Next week, we are going to close the bridge and then the contractor will start work. The contractor is at the moment patching the roads, adding stone base and some cement to make sure the roads are stable during this period of the rainy season.

“We are going to replace the expansion joints and bearings and also do the jacketing of the piers on the bridge. That means that we are going to surround it with reinforcement and put fresh concrete.

“The beam of the bridge will be lifted up, so that we can see all the bearings very well to change the bad ones.

“We are going to work on about 45 metres on both carriageways. We will finish work on one carriageway and move traffic to it before we continue on the next bound,’’ he told NAN.

The controller of works said that a traffic management architecture was being evolved in conjunction with traffic regulatory agencies and law enforcement agencies to avert gridlock and hardship to road users.

Popoola, however, appealed for understanding of road users during the construction to ensure speedy completion of repair works on the bridge.

He said that repair works usually come with some discomfort to ensure smooth rides and begged motorists to comply with construction zone guidelines during the closure.

On the Obalende Bridge linking Dodan Barracks that was burnt due to recent tanker explosion, the controller of works said that results from safety tests carried out on the bridge revealed that its structural integrity was not compromised.

He said that only the bridge deck was damaged and efforts were on to ensure rehabilitation of the affected part.

“We thank God that the intensity of the fire did not do too much damage to Obalende Bridge, but it is still going to be maintained very soon. The damage was not to severe, the structural integrity of the bridge is okay.

“The reinforcement of the concrete was exposed and we are going to cover it,’’ he said.

On the Alaka Bridge linking Eko Bridge shut for rehabilitation, Popoola said that components for repairs of the bridge were unable to arrive Nigeria because of the Coronavirus lockdowns.

NAN recalls that the Federal Government had on the March 10 shut the Alaka Bridge linking Eko Bridge after an emergency meeting of stakeholder to prevent its total collapse.

“The ministry knows the importance of the Alaka Bridge and the urgency of the work, so, everybody is working to make sure that the maintenance takes place immediately.

“Some components for repairs of the Alaka Bridge are being expected from abroad which is part of the due process. And because of COVID-19 and the closure of the airports, the materials have not arrived,’’ he said.

Edited By: Debo Oshundun/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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SDG trains 50 youths on automobile repairs in Yobe

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The Yobe office of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), says it has sponsored 50 youths for training as auto mechanics at the Kaduna Peugeot Automobile Company under its skills development programme.

Mr Musa Damagum, the state SDG coordinator made this known on Sunday in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Damaturu.

“We have sent 50 youths for training as auto mechanics at the kaduna Peugeot Automobile Company Nigeria.
“Our objective is actually to upgrade their skills in terms of latest skills and knowledge in automobile maintenance.

“Because we noticed that most of the mechanics we have are lagging behind because of the new generation cars that are ICT driven.

“And most of the mechanics have probably learned from the cars that were produced in the 60s, 70s and 80s.

“So there is a need for them to come up to the speed, which will increase their productivity and marketability,” he said.

He noted that, the gesture would compliment the government’s efforts by reducing unemployment among youths in the state.

He said that the SDG also plans to establish ‘Moduler Workshops’ in various locations across the state, which would comprise all automobile specialists in one place.

“And most of the mechanics have probably learned from the cars that were produced in the 60s, 70s and 80s.

“So there is a need for them to come up to the speed, which will increase their productivity and marketability,” he said.

He noted that, the gesture would compliment the government’s efforts by reducing unemployment among youths in the state.

He said that the SDG also plans to establish ‘Moduler Workshops’ in various locations across the state, which would comprise all automobile specialists in one place.

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C’ River Govt. repairs, test-runs cable-car at Obudu Ranch Resort

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In a bid to revive the Obudu Ranch Resort, the Government of Cross River has carried out repairs and maintenance of the cable-car at the resort.

Mr Bobby Ekpeyong, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Obudu Ranch Resort, during the test-run on Monday at the ranch in Obudu, said Gov. Ben Ayade was fully committed to bringing the resort back to life.

Ekpenyong added that the governor’s commitment was to ensure the resort regained its pride of place in the tourism and hospitality sector of the country.

“In addition, there have been other major renovation works which are ongoing at the ranch, one of which is the total overhaul of facilities at the water park which is now also ready for use by the public.

“Plans are underway to fix the power situation at the ranch with a foreign company coming in to install wind turbines as an alternative source of power.

“This installation would have been in place if not for the lockdown we are witnessing today due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

“As soon as the lockdown order is lifted and the expatriates come in, I can assure you that the problem of power at Obudu resort will be a thing of the past,” he said.

The Commissioner for Culture and Tourism Development, Mr Eric Anderson, who inspected the test-run, thanked Ayade for keeping his promise and ensuring that the resort was restored to function at its full capacity.

The ranch resort found on the Obudu Plateau close to the Cameroon border in the North-Eastern part of Cross River, was sometime one of Nigeria’s finest tourism destinations.

It, however, remained a shadow of itself for over 10 years, due to poor management and maintenance.

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

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NNPC repairs vandalised pipeline at Mosan, Ipaja Lagos – LASEMA

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Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, the Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), said on Saturday that the agency monitored the repair of the vandalised pipeline at Mosan, Ipaja, Lagos State, by officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Oke-Osanyintolu made this known in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos.

According to him, as early as 8 a.m. we were informed about an uncontrolled leakage of petrol (Premium Motor Spirit) along NNPC Pipeline in Aboru off Kakatin Road, Ipaja, Lagos.

He said that LASEMA responders were deployed and it was discovered that the leakage emanated from a major NNPC pipe which had been tampered with through an illegal set up designed to continuously divert and siphon fuel.

“The NNPC repair team had secured the pipe and the leakage had been addressed.

“We urge well-meaning members of the public to report the unsavoury elements endangering lives and property for selfish purposes to the appropriate authorities whenever they find out,’’ Oke-Osanyintolu said.

He promised not to disclose the identities of informants, saying that prompt action would be taken to avert disaster as the agency and the NNPC did in this instance.

Oke-Osanyintolu, however, said that the combined team of LASEMA responders, Lagos State Fire Service, NNPC, Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC) and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) worked to secure the area. .

Edited By: Saidu Adamu/Adeleye Ajayi
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Duo repair ventilators free in JUTH to combat COVID-19

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Two volunteers, Engr. Williams Gyang and Nura Jibrin, have repaired two ventilators in the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), as part of their humanitarian service to combat COVID-19 in Plateau.

Speaking to newsmen at the hospital premises on Thursday in Jos, Gyang said the gesture was premised on the critical function of a ventilator in the treatment of COVID-19 cases, saying the hospital has shortage of the equipment and required urgent repairs of damaged ones.

He said he was interested in fabricating the inventilator when he heard countries stressing the need to get more of the equipment to reduce the diseaese death rate.

“The outcry is bad, people are dying, We need to begin to harness our potentials in Nigeria by supporting talents in the country in researches for inventions in the country.

“I did not do it with my friend to be paid, I can’t collect money and then sit down and watch people dying, it is a humanitarian service to assist,” he said.

Gyang explained that he assessed the ventilators and discovered they can be fixed and so invited his childhood friend who attended Technical College, Jos, with him, which resulted to its success.

He said his training as an electrical electronics engineer and 10 years experience in the engineering unit of Plateau Radio Television Corporation contributed to the successful repairs.

He said the repairs required the use of special chemical and mechanical materials as the machine was operated on humans, saying they have one left to be repaired.

“I watched the news and saw how many people were dying of the virus and wished that I was a doctor, but then I said I can still do something based on my training,” he said.

The Chief Medical Director of JUTH, Prof. Edmund Banwat, lauded the efforts of the duo, saying the repairs have increased the number of functional ventilators in the hospital to six.

He said that COVID-19 was characterised with fever, cough and shortness of breath which kills , saying the ventilator takes over respiration in such cases, so critical in the management of the virus.

“Any hospital that does not have ventilator may not be able to manage severe cases of Coronavirus infection effectively or a case that comes in the severe form.

“You need to take over the respiratory system of the patient for them to survive; so ventilators are a critical need in any hospital or in any isolation centre that would manage these cases that we have,” he said.

According to Banwat, the two repaired ventilators are being monitored but all the parameters that are needed show that they are functional.

The chief medical director said it was necessary to encourage ingenuity in youths, for the possibility of producing ventilators in Nigeria.

He said the outbreak of COVID-19 has made General Motors (GE), one of the companies producing ventilators, to produce four times its usual capacity but only for the American citizens and not for export.

He said they had pending orders for ventilators in GE and China which access may not be possible, saying the situation is a wake up call for indigenous skills and inventions to be encouraged.

He said JUTH had one of the best isolation facility in the country even though it required more equipment.

He said the Federal Ministry of Health was making efforts to distribute ventilators to federal tertiary hospitals across the country especially in the period of the current pandemic.

He implored the public to practice personal and resepiratory hygiene and stressed that hand washing with running water and soap was very effective as a preventive measure and can be practiced in rural areas.

Edited By: Franca Ofili/Muhammad Suleiman Tola
(NAN)

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Bridges, road repairs in Lagos suffer over Covid-19 fear

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The new Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr Kayode Popoola on Friday said that some construction giants handling major road projects in Lagos were “shutting down site “over Coronavirus pandemic.

Popoola in a telephone interview with Nigeria News Agency listed the firms to include Julius Berger (JB), Reynolds Construction Company Ltd., (RCC) and CGC Nigeria Ltd., among others.

The controller said that the firms had in a circular to the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing on Thursday notified the ministry that  the sites would close down due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

He said that Julius Berger had completed ongoing rehabilitation works on the Independence Bridge and opened it to traffic on March 22.

“We were working on the Independence Bridge but we completed work and opened the Bridge to traffic on Sunday morning after we completed the last trunk of the asphalt laying,’’ he said.

He, however, lamented that the firm would suspend ongoing rehabilitation works on the Ijora Olopa Ramp under Eko Bridge as well as planned rehabilitation of the Marine Bridge in Apapa due to the site closure.

“Julius Berger is closing down all its’ site today, they are moving out of site, so from tomorrow you will not see any of them on site. They informed us yesterday and said it was because of Coronavirus.

“CGC is not on site, they have closed down, and they too served us the circular yesterday. RCC has also closed down.

“We were to work on Ijora Olopa Ramp this weekend and we had even closed a section of the bridge in preparation for the work but because Julius Berger is shutting down in compliance with their management directive, we had to reopen the bridge because work cannot be done now.

“Julius Berger is still working on Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway to make sure that the road become motorable soonest but they will stop work today. JB will move out of site,’’ Popoola told NAN.

He said that rehabilitation and reconstruction works which were progressing on the Lagos-Badagry Expressway would also have to be suspended.

He, however, noted that, Hitech sub contractor handling the Apapa-Oshodi-Ojota-Oworonsoki Expressway reconstruction and rehabilitation project on behalf of the Dangote Group was the only firm still on site.

The controller expressed hope that the firm would remain on site and not serve any closure notices since it was complying with the restriction of the number of workmen permitted on site per time.

Speaking on the Alaka/Eko Bridge, he said that materials for repairs being imported from China was being slowed down by the same COVID-19 pandemic and that the materials had not arrived in Nigeria.

He appealed to Lagos residents to comply with government directive to end the raging scourge of the virus in Nigeria while pledging his commitment to clean highway drains to combat flooding.

The controller said that massive desilting of highway drains would begin across Lagos to avert flooding but appealed to residents to shun drain stuffing habits.

Popoola also pledged his commitment to ensuring smooth roads in Lagos, saying: “My vision is to see that all our roads and bridges in Lagos are maintained timely, we will attend swiftly to failures on roads and bridges to ensure they are smooth always.

“We will ensure we monitor all drainage facilities to ensure there is no blockade.

“We are going to take the issue of desiliting very seriously because we do not want flooding, so I am appealing to all residents of Lagos to please not drop refuse inside drains so that we will not record flooding during the rainy season’’.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Ismail Abdulaziz
(NAN)

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TCN repairs faulty power transformer in Sokoto

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The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) says its engineers have completed repairs on its 60 Mega Volt Amp (MVA) 132/33 kilo Volt (KV) power transformers in Sokoto Transmission Substation.

Mrs Ndidi Mbah, the General Manager Public Affairs, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.

Mbah said that the transformer developed fault on March 18 due to frequent circulation of 33kV feeder fault currents within the transformer, oil filtration.

She said that the transformer would commence operation on Thursday.

According to her, work is also ongoing on one of the 30MVA 132/33kV power transformers in the substation which was shut down by TCN to take care of transformer oil degradation and leakage.

“Consequently, TCN has been unable to supply bulk electricity from the transformers to Kaduna Disco for onward distribution to its customers,

“TCN has not been able to also supply electricity around Sokoto environ who take supply from the faulty transformers in the substation.

“As soon as the oil filtration is completed, the 60MVA power transformer will be energized.

”Work is on-going to urgently seal the oil leakage problem on the 30MVA transformer,” she said.

Mbah said that TCN sincerely regret the inconveniences caused the government and electricity customers in Sokoto State.

It also pledged to expedite ongoing works on the transformers, to ensure normal bulk supply was restored to the substation.

Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Muhammad Suleiman Tola
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Lagos gives update on closed Alaka/Eko Bridge portion, repair

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The Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, on Sunday, said that the components for the repair of Alaka Bridge linking Eko Bridge were being assembled.

Hamzat told the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos, while giving an update on the closed portion of the bridge.

The portion had on March 10 been shut because some bearings on the bridge were said to have gone bad.

Hamzat reiterated that the closure became necessary to save lives because of the state of the bearings.

The deputy governor said that the damaged components were not accessories that could easily be purchased, and had to be imported.

“Structural members on Alaka Bridge will be fixed, that is what will happen, but until we change the expansion joints, it would not be opened to the articulated trucks; maybe cars and the rest.

“We are working with the Federal Government, they have ordered the components but with all these shutdown because of Coronavirus, we do not know how long it is going to take to bring them in, but it has been ordered.

“The materials are done to specifics, there are some purchased for Third Mainland Bridge but unfortunately it is not something that we can just switch,’’ he said.

He said that the state government was collaborating with the Federal Government to ensure all federal roads in the state were in good condition.

On road maintenance, he said that constant investment and collaboration with the private sector was the best option to sustain infrastructural renewal.

 

 

Edited By: Oluwole Sogunle
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FG shuts Alaka Bridge linking Eko Bridge in Lagos for emergency repairs

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The Federal Government on Tuesday night shut the Alaka Bridge linking Eko Bridge in Lagos for repairs to prevent  its total collapse, the Nigeria News Agency reports.

NAN reports that officials from both Lagos State Ministry and Federal Ministry of Works and their Transportation counterparts converged on the bridge at about 9:15 p.m. on Tuesday for the emergency closure.

The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr Adedamola Kuti, told NAN in a telephone interview, that the emergency closure was to prevent total collapse of the bridge.

“We are all here closing the Alaka to Costain portion of the Eko Bridge because some bearings are bad.

“We just discovered that the bearings are broken and we are here to shut it down for the safety of motorists.

“We are shutting it down now so that we can carry out full investigations on the extent of damage to the bearings to begin the repairs,’’ Kuti said.

He explained that only Alaka flyover portion from Alaka to Costain section of the Eko Bridge was bad but from Costain Bus stop area beside the National Theatre is in good condition.

The Controller said that the traffic regulatory agencies were on ground to ensure that impact of gridlock as a result of the closure was minimized when commuters use the road on Wednesday morning.

He advised motorists going to Lagos Island to connect the Eko Bridge through the service lane at Alaka through Iponrin to Costain Bus Stop area to connect the bridge.

He also advised use of the National Theatre, as alternative route to connect the Eko Bridge on the other side.

Edited By: Wale Ojetimi
(NAN)

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