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Roads: Residents urge Gov. Sanwo-Olu to consider community



Some residents in Lagos on Tuesday urged Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to consider their communities in the emergency repairs going on across various parts of the state.

In an interview with Nigeria News Agency residents around the Ikotun, Ejigbo and Isolo axis said their community also deserved the same urgency on road rehabilitation.

Mrs Obiageli Michael, a 42 years old media consultant, told NAN that Ikotun should make the list of those deserving urgent repairs of roads in the state.

“I have not seen any road as terrible as coming from somewhere like Cele to Ikotun.

“I’m curious; I honestly need to understand why no road within Alimosho Constituency 1 makes it on the first list of roads to be rehabilitated.

“These roads are terrible, spending more hours than you should on the road is hazardous, because on rainy days it doesn’t matter when you leave the house,’’ she said.

NAN reports that following the outcry of Lagos residents about the deplorable road network in the state, Sanwo-Olu on Sunday Oct. 13, declared a state of emergency on dilapidated highways.

The roads mapped out for emergency rehabilitation are Ojota stretch of Ikorodu road, Motorsway-Kudirat Abiola Way, Aponbon Highway, Babs Animashaun road, Agric/Ishawo Road, Ijede Road in Ikorodu, Lekki-Epe Expressway from Abraham Adesanya to Eleko Junction.

Mr Prince Origbagbo, a Realtor, said that the state government should have carried out the repair in an alphabetical order to ensure transparency in the selection.

“The thing is if it was done in an alphabetical order nobody will complain, by so doing all areas will be touched, the way they have gone about it, it will be easy for some areas to be forgotten unknowingly.

“They could have also considered the population of residents in these areas, truth be told if it was done in an alphabetical order nobody will have course to complain.’’ he said.

Mr Ken Agbonkhese, a journalist, told NAN that it would not be realistic for the government to fix all the roads at once.

“Well the truth is, all the roads can’t be repaired at once but they could have taken one road from each Local Government Council Development Area (LCDA), but their motivation is different,’’ he said.

Sanwo-Olu had said Lagos State Public Works Corporation (LSPWC) would be carrying out repairs on 116 inner roads across the state.

This, he said, would be in addition to the over 200 roads rehabilitated by the corporation in the last three months.

Mr James Lawrence, a 37 years old lawyer, told NAN that that if the contractors are fast enough before another raining season most roads could be repaired.

“As long as the state government can guarantee that these contracts will be well executed and managed then it won’t matter if Abaranje road is left out.

“We won’t want situation whereby projects will be abandoned halfway and in the process making lives of commuters more miserable than it was in the beginning.

“If they will be dedicated and treat this with utmost urgency, everything will be fine eventually,’’ he said.

NAN reports that contractors deployed for the work includes Julius Berger, Hitech, Arab Contractors, Metropolitan Construction, Salvagogu Construction, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) and RCF Nigeria Limited. (NAN)


Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

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Commissioner seeks traditional institution’s support on girl-child education



Hajiya Halima Jabiru, Nasarawa State Commissioner for Woman Affairs and Social Development, has solicited the support of Nasarawa Emirate Council in ensuring improved investment in quality of girl-child education and health for  sustainable development.

Jabiru said on Wednesday during a visit to the Emir of Lafia,  retired Justice Sidi Bage, that that this had become imperative because educating girl-child remained an important investment which government must prioritise.

According to her, education is not only important for the sustenance of human and national development, but also recognised as an essential tool to fight and conquer illiteracy and poverty.

The commissioner, however, noted that it was disheartening that girl-child education was not accorded the attention it deserved in “our communities.“

She also sought the support of the royal fathers in enlightening their subjects on the benefits of girl-child education, discouraging hawking and all forms of child abuse.

“Child Rights Law which is operational in Nasarawa state prohibits child marriage, therefore, withdrawal of an under aged girl for marriage is criminal and punishable offence for the parents and person that marries the child,“ she said.

The commissioner also urged women to always guide against maternal mortality in our communities, stressing that that no woman should lose her life in the course of child birth.

She stressed that most complications in child birth could be avoided through early detection, adding that steps would be steps taken to ameliorate or prevent them during regular antenatal visits to the hospital by pregnant women.

Jabiru said that the state government would improve maternal outcomes and greatly strengthened through antenatal care programme focusing on the prevention and recognition of complications of pregnancy and childbirth.

“Substantial reduction of maternal mortality and morbidity will require long-term investment in community education and family planning and, ultimately the empowerment of women.

“Many measures that can be taken to improve maternal health; from specific medical interventions to research to the strengthening of women’s socioeconomic status are likely to benefit the fetus and neonate as well.’’

Also speaking, the Emir Bage said girl-child education was very paramount and a life line to development.

He said girl-child education was a strong component capable of decreasing maternal mortality, adding that women with formal education would have better knowledge about health care practices.

Bage said that girl-child education had been one of his areas of priority since his assumption on the throne.

The Emir noted that with the constitution of the new emirate council the focus would be on continued girl- child education to encourage girls to acquire necessary education for self development and the for the development of the state

Bage, however, stressed the need for the Child’s Rights Act to be strengthened and implemented in all states of the federation to checkmate indiscriminate child abuse.

Edited by Hawa lawal/Dada Ahmed

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Osun Govt to establish Braille Press Centre for blind persons



Osun Government says it has started the construction of Braille Press Centre for the blind as well as a Development Centre for the deaf in the state.

Mrs Aderonke Abokede, the General Manager, Osun Agency for Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) made this known during a news conference in Osogbo on Wednesday.

Abokede said the centres after completion, would be equipped with necessary equipment that would make reading and skills acquisition programme easy for the blind and the deaf.

According to her, the state government was very compassionate about people living with disabilities in the state by providing them with improved standard of living and adequate treatment.

Abokede noted that the agency was established in 2009 with the aim of implementing community and social development projects.

She said the agency had completed 478 gender-sensitive and functional micro projects in different sectors in the state.

She said that the agency had spent more than N3 billion on different projects in the state, with more than N813 million contributed by the state government as counterpart fund and the rest by the World Bank.

Abokede, however, said projects executed by the agency were demand-driven, where the host community would contribute 10 per cent of the funds needed for such projects and the agency would pay the rest.

“The actual implementation is done by the community, while the agency only facilitates funding, supervises and monitors,” Abokede said.

Edited by Adeleye Ajayi

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Buhari salutes Lady Maiden Ibru at 70




Abuja, Nov. 20, 2019 President Muhammadu Buhari has saluted Lady Maiden Ibru, Chairman, Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of Guardian Newspapers, as she turns 70.

In a statement by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Wednesday, the president congratulated Ibru for a life of giving and coaching, which he said had attracted recognitions and awards at home and abroad.

Buhari extolled Ibru for providing ”strong leadership for the newspaper and other companies, and still creating time for the Trinity Foundation, founded by her late husband, Dr Alex Ibru”.

According to him, Mrs Ibru’s outstanding contributions to the lives of many, especially the girl-child and underprivileged families, deserves spotlighting and commendation.

He affirmed that by investing in education of others and encouraging many to return to school, she has touched generations.

The President prayed that the almighty God would grant Lady Ibru more years of good health, strength and wisdom.

Edited by Buhari Bolaji/Ismail Abdulaziz

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Begging, hawking activities worry DPR at filling stations



The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), has cautioned owners of filling stations against the increase in hawking and begging activities at the filling stations in Zamfara.

The controller inchage of Gusau, DPR field office, Alhaji Ango Haruna, gave this warning during a surveillance patrol of filling stations and gas stations in Gusau on Wednesday.

Haruna said, “we noticed rampant hawking, begging and unnecessary parking of vehicles at filling stations, which is against DPR rules and regulations.

“We don’t allow such activities; as part of our measures is to ensure safety at the filling stations.

“Filling stations are not markets or parks, they are meant for storage, retail and sales of petroleum products.

“We are, therefore, calling on filling stations’ marketers in the state to discourage such activities in their business premises,” he said.

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Buhari greets ex-President Jonathan at 62




Abuja, Nov. 20, 2019 President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with former President Goodluck Jonathan on his 62nd birthday.

Buhari, in a statement by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Wednesday, joined the nation in praying for good health and strength for Jonathan to keep serving the nation.

The President rejoiced with family, friends and political associates of the former president, lauding him for good counsels to leaders within and outside Nigeria since he left office, sharing his experience of serving at different levels of governance.

According to him, the former President’s legacy of humility and patriotism will continue to resonate, inspiring generations to come on the sacrifices made for the stability of democracy and promotion of sustainable development.

The President wished the former President and his family more years of joyful celebrations.

Edited by Buhari Bolaji/Sadiya Hamza

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We `ll make state-owned tertiary institutions world class- Gombe Commissioner



Mr Meshack Lauco, the new Commissioner for Higher Education, Gombe state says the vision of the ministry under his leadership is to make the state-owned tertiary institutions attain world class ranking.

Lauco, who disclosed this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Gombe, said the quality of education in all state-owned tertiary institutions would not be compromised.

He stated that the era of just giving certificate would be jettisoned, adding that the laws establishing such institutions would be reviewed to put them in their right perspectives in line with their mandate.

According to him, there will be thorough evaluation of the accreditation status of all the programmes and courses in all the tertiary institutions.

He explained that the strategic plans for the development of the institutions, in line with their timelines, would be supervised to ensure no deviation from their developmental plans across the state.

“We want a situation whereby we will have our institutions like Gombe State University, they will become world class. Their rankings would be improved in both national and international ranking.

“We will look at the impact factors like publication, Google citation of articles from these institutions and the visibility of the institutions on the internet; we will ensure all these are improved.

“We want a situation whereby people will want their children to come to our institutions to have quality education in Gombe State; that is our mission,’’ he said.

On the non-payment of two month salaries of staff of some of the state-owned institutions, the commissioner said: “The ministry is aware based on the brief I got from the Permanent Secretary.

“We are already putting heads together and making concerted efforts to make sure they are paid their salaries. I assure you that Gov. Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State is committed to quality education.

“You cannot talk of quality education when officers are grumbling. Now that the commissioners are in place, it is our responsibility to inform the governor and we have no doubt it will be resolved.

“I call on all those who have not received their salaries for the past two months, now, to bear with us. We will definitely pay their salaries soonest.’’

The commissioner appealed to staff of all tertiary institutions in the state to give the state government the needed commitment, loyalty and sacrifice that would improve the quality of tertiary education in the state.

Nigeria News Agency reports that staff of three tertiary institutions, owned by the state government has not received their September and October salaries.

The institutions are: State Polytechnic, Bajoga; College of Health, Science and Technology, Kaltungo and College of Legal and Islamic Studies, Nafada.

Edited by Modupe Adeloye/Dada Ahmed

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