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Gov. Tambuwal inaugurates Mabera Water Storm, other erosion projects

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Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State on Wednesday inaugurated the N3 billion erosion control project tagged: “Mabera Storm Water Management Works” and others in the state.

Reports state that the project consists of 18.5 kilometres enlarged drainage system across Mabera Jelani, Mabera Iddi, Nakasarin Barebari, Nakasarin Nagaji, Salame and Trade Fair areas in Sokoto Township.

It was recalled that the project is being executed under the World Bank-assisted Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP), in partnership with the state government.

Inaugurating the project, Tambuwal said the state government had settled its counterpart funding of N1.4 billion since 2017, adding that some procedures had delayed execution of the project.

The governor said the projects were aimed at reducing the vulnerability to soil erosion, floods and other complex environmental challenges bedeviling the state, threatening infrastructure and livelihood of people.

According to him, the flood experienced in Mabera and suburbs predated his administration as the previous governments could not offer good efforts toward addressing the menace.

“My administration is committed to ensure lasting solution to environmental and other problems thereby ensuring the settlement of project counter fund since 2017.

“The programmes were approved under the project comprised Mabera Storm Water Management Works, rehabilitation of Lugu Dam, construction of Earth Dam at Rafin Duma and Sakkwal.

“Others were Yarbulutu River Bank Erosion Control Works, Flood and Erosion Control Works at Goronyo and Durbawa areas.

“Smaller sites in the project included 1.9 kilometres, 1.5 kilometres and two kilometers Flood Control works at Tureta, Sayyinna and Specialist Hospital in Sokoto,” Tambuwal said.

He said that some people embarked on political colourations capitalising on the delay to criticise the present administration.

Tambuwal, therefore, implored people to have good understanding of the government programmes and ensure constructive criticisms that would encourage his government to execute people-oriented projects.

Earlier, the Commissioner for Environment, Alhaji Sagir Bafarawa, said the projects were in fulfilment of Tambuwal’s pledges toward uplifting people’s lives.

Bafarawa said the state government had completed all the necessary formalities of the collaborative agreement along with professional and technical scrutiny enshrined in the overall procedures.

He explained that the NEWMAP strives toward reducing vulnerability to soil erosion in targeted sub-catchments designed to support the country’s transformation agenda to achieve greater environmental and economic security.

The commissioner said that the project would impact positively toward addressing flood and gully erosion through good drainage systems, rehabilitation of degraded lands and establishment of earth dams in some parts of the state.

“The project will facilitate reactivation of some irrigation schemes to boost agricultural activities to ensure food security and livelihood activities of the people of the state,” Bafarawa said.

Also, the District Head of Gagi, Alhaji Sani Umar-Jabbi, expressed appreciation to the governor for his courage and good stewardship that transformed the state.

Umar-Jabbi urged residents who had received compensation to hasten evacuation from the places affected to pave way for smooth continuation of the project billed to be completed within 32 months.

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Lagos APC women leader dies after performing Hajj in Saudi

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The leader in the Lagos Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ramota Bankole, has been pronounced dead after performing her Hajj rites in Saudi Arabia.

Bankole, who was Lagos APC former Welfare Secretary, was said to be among the pilgrims that dropped dead following excessive heat recorded in the holy land.

The former politician death was confirmed on Thursday by the council chairmen of Epe Local Governments, Eredo and Ikosi-Ejirin Local Council Development Area (LCDA), amid ongoing search by friends and family members for missing hajj pilgrims in Saudi after death toll at the annual rituals, which were carried out in scorching heat, surged past 900.

They described the demise of the Lagos APC for Executive member, who celebrated her 60th birthday last month, as a rude shock to them, considering her role within the party.

Leading the trio, the Chairman Epe Local Government, Surah Animashaun, in her statement, added that the deceased was hale and hearty before leaving the country for pilgrimage.

According to the statement, “It’s with a heavy heart, and a deep sense of grief that I received the news of the death of Alhaja Ramota Bankole.

“It is a sad day indeed as I received the news that she died in the holy land of Mecca while on holy pilgrim.

“I extend my condolences to the Bankole family, Apc member and entire people of Epe on the unfortunate demise of our dear Sister and Mummy”.

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East-West Road: FG orders construction company to remobilize to site

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The Nigerian Federal Government has issued Reynolds Construction Company, RCC, a seven-day ultimatum to return to the site after failing to complete 1 kilometer of the 15km East-West Road section from Eleme Junction to Onne Port Junction in Rivers State, despite receiving over N40 billion in mobilization funds.

Minister of Works, David Umahi issued the ultimatum on Wednesday during an inspection tour of ongoing road projects in the South-South zone.

“We are very sad with the manners and behaviors of this contractor, RCC. The federal government has paid over 40 billion on this project, and not even one kilometer has been completed,” Umahi said, according to a statement released by the Federal Ministry of Works.

The statement posted on the Ministry’s official website indicated that the contractor’s delay was attributed to importation of necessary machinery, an excuse deemed unacceptable by the Federal Government.

Additionally, Umahi stressed that no requests for price variation from the contractor would be entertained, as the project does not warrant any price adjustments.

The minister threatened to terminate the contract if the company failed to return to site.

He expressed concern over the hardship faced by road users and emphasized the Federal Government’s commitment to securing interim funds for road maintenance until the company resumes work on the site.

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Nigeria’s diesel price drops by 0.78 percent in May – NBS

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The average retail price of Automotive Gas Oil, known as Diesel in Nigeria dropped slightly to N1403.96 per liter in May 2024 from N1415.06 in April.

The National Bureau of Statistics disclosed this in its recently released May 2024 Diesel Price Watch.

The drop in price on a month-on-month basis represents 0.78 percent.

However, on a year-on-year basis, the report said diesel prices increased by 66.29 percent compared to N844.28 per litre recorded in May 2023.

On a state-by-state analysis, Adamawa State (N1709.00), Sokoto State (N1675.00) and Bauchi (N1657.92) recorded the highest prices of Diesel in Nigeria.

Conversely, the top three lowest prices were recorded in Niger State at N1140.20, Kano State at N1153.33 and Oyo State at N1236.92.

Meanwhile, the Zonal representation of the average price of Automotive Gas Oil (Diesel) showed that the North-East Zone has the highest price of N1605.91 per litre while the South West Zone has the lowest price of N1303.60 per litre when compared with other Zones.

The diesel price drop in May comes after Dangote Refinery commenced the supply of Diesel and Aviation fuel to the Nigerian market in April 2024.

Recall that Dangote Refinery announced a diesel price reduction on two different occasions for oil marketers.

 

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