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Horrors of Lagos- Abeokuta Expressway, puts residents on edge 



The Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway is one of the oldest roads in Nigeria, but has in recent times turned a death trap and source of concern and worry to residents and business owners who ply the route. The rehabilitation of the road has suffered several setbacks since it was awarded to Julius Berger PLC in year 2000. After the year 2000 attempt to rehabilitate the road  several other contractors have been awarded the contract only for them to later abandon it due to changes in government.

The road has over the years been used for political gimmicks and to score political points, more like for vote buying. And residents are tired of it all and have been calling on the government to find a lasting solution to the terrible state of the road.. Contractors on their own are often not always seen onsite and later they stop coming at all as a result of not being able to reach conclusive decision or agreement with the goverment because funds for the project are either delayed for a long period of time or not disbursed at all.

The despicable state of the Lagos- Abeokuta expressway has left residents and business owners within that axis with little or no choice but to make repeated calls on the government to repair the overly damaged roads. The road, anonymous sources revealed has been in a bad state for a long time and as such has had a damning effect on all users of the road over time.

Almost all media outlets have have donr extensive report on the bad state of the road with some television stations found documentary on it. It is a wonder to many how the road deteriorated to the current state it is, deep gullies, man-size pot holes etc.

As far back as Saturday March 23, 2022, a correspondent  who visited the road reported that most affected parts are some spots at Abule-Egba, Ijaiye and U- Turn areas, reaching as far as the old tollgate at Sango-Ota, throough to Ifo Ogun State and beyond.

Report has it that the road has been bad for more than seven years and is getting worse yearly especially after the raining season every year, as erosion washes away greater parts of the road.

A LASTMA official who only spoke on condition or anonymity stated that on an average, about 20 tankers fall weekly on the road due to the nature of the road and plenty vehicles break down on the road . She further stated that most vehicle owners have abandoned the road preferring to use the inner roads while the more daring ones drive against traffic which is an offence in the road safety regulation which has increased the rate of accidents along the route. The official revealed that the bad road has resulted in the congestion of the only lane that is still motorable in some places. She disclosed thst sometimes the government just poor granite on some areas of the road as palliative measure.

Two tricycle operators, around Abule Egba affirmed that the road affects them, as it causes theit vehicles excessive wear and tear thereby incuring more expenses for maintenance of their vehicles. One of the operators lamented saying, “Na every day we dey repair our keke, we don turn Mechanic now because our keke fit spoil anywhere because the road no good”

Businesses also are not free from the damages caused as a result of  the bad road, information gathered from Managers of two Fuel stations stated that they record lower sales as the road gets worse by the day. Adding that, they have resortef to begging commuters to buy petrol from them.

A Hotel and Events Centre Manager expressed dissatisfaction because, it was affecting her business and she loses money. She said “Our guests do not patronize us anymore as a result of the road because their girlfriends and wives don’t like coming to this side of the road to hangout or relax  we ladies like soft life and the road is affecting our soft life”.

The residents  have severally through the years appealed to the the government to come to their aid and do something about the road to their ordeal.

Recently, the State Government for the uptenth time promisef that the road would be repaired, most residents are waiting to see if the Government will actually fix the road or if it be another failed promise.

Efforts to reach the Ogun State Commissioner for Works, Ogun Commissioner for Works, Engineer Adebowale Akinsanya to get more details on when the road maintenance would likely begin proved abortive.

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NSCDC vows to arrest attackers of its headquarters in Lafia



The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence  Corps (NSCDC) in Nasarawa,  says it has commenced investigation to unravel those behind the attack on its headquarters in Lafia.

Mr Jerry Victor,  the NSCDC Public Relations Officer in the state said  this in an interview with the newsmen on Tuesday in Lafia.

The unspecified number of suspected bandits attacked the NSCDC Lafia office in  the early hours of  June 17,  but were repelled by the personnel of the command.

Victor said that the state commandant of the corps, Ismaila Abdullahi, had  directed the Intelligent unit to get to the root of the attack with a view of apprehending the attackers, collaborators and sponsors.

He said  that those behind the attack would not escape justice as the command would go after them, no matter their status in the country.

Victor said that preliminary investigation  revealed that the bandits wanted to set some of their members at their custody free.

“They came in large numbers with iron rods and attempted to break some part of the command’s fence to gain entry into the facility.

“Our personnel swiftly responded by opening fire on the hoodlums, whose mission was to release some high-profile suspected criminals including informants of kidnappers in our custody,” he said.

Victor  said that the command had beefed up surveillance in and around their office to forestall future occurrence.

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NCAA praises Keyamo’s contributions toward Nigeria’s ICAO’s audit rating



The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has praised the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development,  Mr Festus Keyamo’s contributions to Nigeria’s 71.04 per cent audit rating by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

Mr Michael Achimugu, Director of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection of NCAA, made the commendation before journalists on Tuesday in Lagos.

Achimugu said that Nigeria scored 71.04 per cent in the ICAO-conducted Universal Security Audit Programme-Continuous Monitoring Approach (USAP-CMA).

He said that Keyamo (SAN) and the Acting Director-General of NCAA, Capt. Chris Najomo, played huge roles during the recently-concluded ICAO’s USAP-CMA in the country’s aviation industry.

He said that Keyamo and Najomo were pivoted to the ICAO’s rating due to their leadership skills and mobilisation of human  and material resources to ensure that all gaps were closed.

The NCAA spokesman described as mischievous, comments in some quarters that the minister and Najomo were responsible for  alleged poor ratings Nigeria had.

“It is ironic that the writer blames the ‘failure’ of the security audit on the honourable minister (meaning that the minister should have intervened and done whatever was necessary to score higher).

“At the same time, the writer  blames the minister for “intervening” in security and safety issues. He needs to decide if he wants the minister to be involved or not,” he said.

Achimugu said that both Keyamo and Najomo came into office months ago and swang into action immediately to improve  infrastructure and workers’ remuneration.

“Six months ago, we met a dilapidated industry with poor infrastructure. The security and safety issues did not start in the last six months.

“Had it not been for the tireless efforts of the honourable minister and the D-G, NCAA, what we met on the ground would not have scored 30% in the audit.

“Going by what was on ground when Keyamo and Najomo assumed office, the current score is a substantially good showing, a miracle if I must say.

“The narrative being pushed out is just a part of the larger strategy to push out Keyamo and Najomo from office. It is the handwork of paid mercenaries,” he said.

According to Achimugu, ICAO auditors praised Nigeria’s performance during their final briefing at the NCAA and  mentioned that they  had complained about an absent infinfrastructure.

According to him, the auditors eventually  said that they were pleasantly surprised that the infrastructure  was made available the following day.

ICAO had in March conducted the USAP-CMA for the Abuja and Lagos airports.

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CDS marks Sallah celebration with troops in Delta



By Matthew Denis

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Christopher Gwabin Musa paid a working visit to the troops of Operation Delta Safe, where he had sallah lunch with them.

The visit is part of the CDS operational tour to boost the morale of troops for effective and maximum results.

Brigadier General, Tukur Gusau, the Director Defence Information (DDI) made this known in a press statement shortly after General Musa spoke during his visit, extended his warmest greetings and best wishes to all Muslim personnel and their families on the joyous occasion of Eid-Kabir.

He prayed for the day to bring happiness, peace, and prosperity. He added that “as we gather here today, on this auspicious occasion of Sallah, I am deeply honored to stand before you, the brave soldiers who serve tirelessly to protect our nation’s interests in the Niger Delta region.

The CDS maintained that the troops’ unwavering vigilance and act of professionalism in combating threats posed by criminal elements, oil thieves, and other security challenges are commendable.

He also said he is proud of each one of them for their steadfastness and resilience in the face of adversity.

“Your commitment, sacrifice, and dedication do not go unnoticed, especially on such a significant day of celebration.

“Operation Delta Safe plays a crucial role in safeguarding our national assets, ensuring stability in the region, and promoting economic activities vital to our nation’s growth.

“your efforts contribute significantly to the overall security architecture of our country, and your sacrifices are deeply appreciated by the government and the people of Nigeria.

The Defence Chief concluded that as we celebrate Sallah together, let us reflect on the values of unity, peace, and tolerance that this festive season represents.

“These are values that resonate with our mission here in the Niger Delta. Let us continue to work together as a cohesive force, respecting each other’s differences and upholding the integrity of our operations.

“I also want to acknowledge the families of our dear personnel who support us from afar.

“Your unwavering support and understanding enable us to carry out our duties effectively. We are grateful for your sacrifice and commitment to our collective cause.

Earlier in his wellcome address, the Joint Task Force (JTF) Commander, Real Admiral JU Okeke said he is honoured to well come the CDS to the luncheon with troops of JTF South South Operation DELTA SAFE.

He sincerely appreciated General Musa for his Magnanimous presence.

He added that the event was organized in line with the CDS philosophy and passionate attachment to troops deployed in various theatre of operation.

Real Admiral Okeke further said that the gesture showcases the Defence Chief deep concern for the welfare and morale of personnel which he said, are critical to their fighting spirit.

The Commander JTF also added that his troops in synergy with other security agencies, community leaders and other stake holders have been involved in both kinetic and non- kinetic activities which has considerably brought peace.

He concluded that they conducted raids in criminal hideouts and recovered several weapons.

Presence at the event are some DHQ Departmental Chiefs, GOC 6 Division, land component commander, Major General JH Abdussallam, FOC NAVTRAC, Real Admiral IM Albara and some traditional rulers.

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