The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Ahmed Idris Wase has commiserated with the Government and people of Plateau over the death of 14 people as a result of a building collapse.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Umar Puma, Wase recalled that incident occurred in the early hours of Monday, July 15, 2019 at Delimi community in Jos North Local Government Area of the state.
He said that the incident led to the death of the landlord and other occupants, with four others who are said to be critically injured.
The deputy speaker called for adequate measures aimed at preventing a repeat of similar incident in the future.
Wase described the incident as “one-too-many” and that it happened at a time when the state and the country in general was working hard to keep the citizens safe and secured.
According to Wase, a situation where citizens are dying from avoidable causes such as building collapse even in the face of ongoing executive and legislative efforts to regulate and reposition the building and construction industry is not acceptable.
He said that for the people to record deaths from unsafe structures due to avoidable negligence was unacceptable and most unfortunate.
The deputy speaker prayed God for the repose of the souls of those who lost their lives and grant their families the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq
Reps query Julius Beger over slow pace of Abuja-Kaduna, Lagos-Ibadan highways
The House Committee on Works, in its resolutions, expressed its disappointment when the company appeared before it alongside officials of Ministry of Works and Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) at an investigative hearing on Wednesday.
The committee, in its resolutions on the hearing, said it “questions Julius Berger’s capacity to concurrently handle big projects.”
The committee said that in view of this, “it is directing the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing to consider the option of involving other contractors to handle different sections of the road”.
It said this is to ensure that the project is completed on time and save lives and property.
The committee also demanded a monthly progress report on the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano road from the Ministry of Works and Housing.
In addition, it invited the Bureau of Public Procurement to brief it on the “Certificate of No Objection” issued on the proposed third lane of the Abuja-Kano road.
The committee, however, resolved to carry out oversight function on the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano road immediately.
It also resolved to invite the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority to provide it with all details of payments made to Julius Berger and the justifications for the payments.
Furthermore, the committee directed the construction company to open up the completed, but closed portions of the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano road, and minimise and streamline the road diversions as advised by the FRSC, immediately.
It added that the company should immediately attend to the potholes that littered the road.
Furthermore, it called for segmentation of the projects and urged that the Federal Government to involve other contractors to ensure timely completion of the project.
“The committee advises Julius Berger Nigeria Plc., the Ministry of Works and Housing, and the FRSC to work together to ensure sanity and security on the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano road,” the resolution read in part.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the contract of the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano road was awarded to Julius Berger at the cost of ₦155 billion with a completion period of 36 months.
The chairman of the committee, Rep. Kabir Abubakar (APC-Kano), alleged that the company had, by its actions and inactions created a situation leading to loss of lives and gridlock on the Abuja-Kano road.
Abubakar said this was in spite of the company being paid a mobilisation fee of over ₦50 billion.
The chairman expressed concern that Julius Berger might not meet up with the completion deadline as stated in the contract agreement.
He said that in spite of the disbursement of about 32 per cent of the total contract sum, the work done, as discovered by their consultant, was not commensurate with the funds collected by Julius Berger.
The committee said that Julius Berger stood the risk of losing the contract if it failed to complete the project within the stipulated time.
Representatives of the ministry and the company, however, told the committee that they did not come along with details of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway for the appearance.
Responding to questions, the Regional Technical Manager, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc., Mr Benjamin Bott, said the company was doing everything possible to complete the work as scheduled.
Bott said the company regretted the loss of lives and inconveniences caused users of the Abuja-Kano and the Lagos-Ibadan highways.
He told the committee that measures were being put in place to reduce hardships being experienced by motorists on the Abuja-Kano road.
According to him, the measures include patching the potholes and collaborating with the FRSC to control traffic and reduce accidents.
The Julius Berger representative explained that some sections of the road were not opened to traffic as they had not been completed, contrary to the belief of the users.
Bott also told the lawmakers that 60 kilometre of the completed section of the road would be opened for use within the next two months, while work on the other sections would continue.
On his part, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works, Mr Mohammed Bukar, said the Abuja-Kano road contract was awarded to Julius Berger through a procurement process recognised by the Procurement Act.
According to him, in spite the fears expressed by the committee about Julius Berger not meeting the completion schedule, there is no cause for alarm.
Edited by: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Kayode Olaitan
Edo guber elections: PDP advises APC to stop heating up polity
His appeal comes amid worsening political tension in the state, arising from the governorship election in the state, slated for August next year.
Nehikhare appealed to law enforcement agencies, especially the police to be at alert in view of the tension building up, following planned decamping of a PDP chieftain to the APC.
“The PDP condemns the grandstanding of various factions of the APC on the APC factional rally scheduled for Dec. 13.
“Edo State, which hitherto, was a peaceful and tolerant state is being steadily turned to `Kabul,’ the war-torn capital of Afghanistan.
“In the past few days, Edo State residents have been inundated with threats and counter-threats from at least three factions that exist in a party that is known for its intolerance and propensity for violence, maiming and arson.
“We hereby call on the police and other security agencies to be at alert because the build up by disgruntled factions in Edo State APC can only deliver sorrow, tears and blood.
“We advise that a proper and effective security arrangement is put in place to checkmate any act of violence.”
The spokesman said, however, that the PDP in Edo State was sympathising with the populace, who had been made to feel insecure and bear the brunt of the power play within the APC.
“However, there is light at the end of the tunnel as people in Edo State will have a chance to vote and chase these people out of town in a few months.
“We advise Edo State residents to stay calm and remain focused,” Nehikhare said.
Edited by: Silas Nwoha
Edo APC crisis “tragic and unfortunate”, says Oyegun
Oyegun said that the rift between Gov. Godwin Obaseki and APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomole, brought to fore the dangers of godfatherism in the nation’s politics.
When principles are involved in an argument, it is very hard to wade in, especially expecting that one party surrenders principle to another.
It is a good thing to mentor somebody, to have an elder, more experienced to help bring up the younger one.
But when you have mentored him, and he has attained maturity and growth, do not keep treating him like a child,” Oyegun said.
He, however, revealed that efforts were ongoing to address the matter and bring peace to the party’s affairs of the state.
Oyegun lauded the performance of the state governor and reiterated his support for the great stride the state was recording.
Edited by: Wale Ojetimi
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Sanwo-Olu wants more Nigerian professionals in politics
Sanwo-Olu made the call on Thursday while delivering the 3rd University of Lagos, Faculty of Engineering Alumni Lecture in Lagos.
The governor spoke on the topic: ”Professionals in Politics: Panacea for Sustainable National Development.”
He urged professionals not to shy away from embracing their political nature, saying that politics is a big part of everyday live and existence.
Quoting ancient philosopher Plato, Sanwo-Olu said that “one of the penalties for declining to take part in politics is that people end up being governed by those inferior to them.
Politics in Nigeria definitely needs more professionals, more ‘outsiders’, not less.
Politics thrives best in the face of diversity; different professional callings bringing different skill-sets and perspectives to the table.
”If we complain that it is politics that has robbed Nigeria of many opportunities in its history then we must also be willing to concede that it is politics that will redeem us and set things right.
”Nigeria’s development will not happen outside of politics and political activity,” the governor said.
He said that most developed countries deployed political leadership to take decisions that set them on the path of development.
”I believe that we must reclaim the word ‘politics from negativity’. It is often given a negative coloration that it does not deserve, and that is misleading.
”As many people as want to go into partisan politics must be encouraged to do so.
We must stop seeing people as ”sell-outs” when they choose to fly the flag of partisan politics.
”We must acknowledge the power that politics has to shape our lives and our societies for good or ill. It is arguably the most potent tool that exists for influencing the course of a society.
”We owe, to a great extent, our happiness or unhappiness to the way politics is played on our behalf.
”We must educate ourselves about the way politics is played in our society – from the smallest level all the way to the top,” he said.
Sanwo-Olu said that politics could be viewed as a professional calling – similar to a religious calling, as professionalism in politics aided national development.
He said that many of the greatest politicians that Nigeria had produced came from various professional callings and walks of life.
The governor said that many of the founding fathers and first generation of political leaders in Nigeria were journalists who had made their name with their pens and writing skills.
According to him, Accounting, Law, Engineering, Business are all professions that have supplied and continue to supply considerable numbers of people at the highest levels of politics and political service in Nigeria.
In his address, Mr Titi Omo-Ettu, Chairman, UNILAG Faculty of Engineering Alumni Association (UNILAGFEAA), said that Nigeria had infrastructure deficit, hence, should adopt Chinese model of governance.
”For a country that has infrastructure deficit as challenge, the Chinese model of governance in which political leadership is selected on the basis that 80 per cent of those governing are engineers or persons of engineering background suits us.
”Your Excellencies, we see your election as a challenge to us as infrastructure providers and we are to remind you of this major responsibility on your shoulders and our determination to support you to succeed,” Omo-ettu said.
Edited by: Chioma Ugboma/Wale Ojetimi
2023: Group demands for Igbo President
The Equity Group, a combination of 45 political parties on Thursday called on the South–East and politicians of Igbo extraction to work together to produce the next president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, come 2023.
The National Chairman of the group, Mr Okey Chikwendu, made the call at a news conference in Abuja.
According to him, the total exclusion of Ndigbo from national leadership equation has become matter of grave concern to well-meaning Nigerians.
Chikwendu said the Igbo deserve visionary treatment and should be given space to produce the next president.
According to him, a president of Igbo extraction will work assiduously towards genuine national unity given their spread and investment in all the nooks and crannies of the country.
“Historically and geographically, Nigeria sits on a tripod namely: North, East and West.
“Under both variants of civilian/democracy and military government regimes that have ruled in the post-independence Nigeria (since 1960), Ndigbo of the present South-East Geo-Political Zone have literally been “political on-lookers’’.
“The apparent total exclusion of Ndigbo, an important part of the national tripod from the national leadership equation, has become quite a troubling matter of grave concern to well-meaning Nigerians,” he said.
Chikwendu called on all patriotic and well-meaning Nigerians to supports and partner the Igbo on this cause, come 2023.
In the same vein, one of the National Leaders of Equity Group, Mr Frank Igwebuike, stressed that to promote equity, justice and fairness it was the turn of an Igbo man to take over the mantle of power as the president comes 2023.
He said, “it is not within the power of the incumbent president to hand over power to anybody, it is the turn of the Igbo man to become the president putting into consideration many variables.
“We are calling on Nigerians to have a rethink. We must talk of the real unity in diversity,” he said.
Another leader of the group, Mr Godson Okoye, also stressed the readiness of the Igbo to take over the mantle of leadership by the end of the present administration.
“There is no disunity in the Igbo as perceived in some quarters; this must be achieved for us to say there is unity, equity, justice and peace in this country,” he stressed.
Edited by: Dorcas Jonah/Donald Ugwu
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