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Successful bidder of $2.5bn Lagos 4th Mainland Bridge to be determined by October 



By Moses Adeniyi

Successful bidder of the proposed $2.5 billion transaction worth Lagos fourth mainland bridge is expected to be determined by October in the 3rd quarter of Y2021; Nigerian NewsDirect have gathered.

Report gathered revealed that the project which on completion is expected to be the longest bridge in Africa, is to be funded under Public Private Partnership (PPP) and is presently undergoing technical processes to eliminate every glitch.

According to the Director General, Office of Public Private Partnership (PPP), Lagos State, Mr. Ope George, during the ongoing Ministerial Briefing at the State Capital, Ikeja, to commemorate the second year of the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu led Administration in office, the project is currently being contested among six bidders.

He said the State is at a critical point where glitches have been identified and same were been addressed to finalise processes towards the commencement of the $2.5 billion transaction worth project.

He mentioned that the State will continue to ensure friendly environment for private sector engagement to thrive in partnership with the Government in efforts towards driving development courses in the State.

According to report gathered on PPP projects sponsored within the period under review in the housing sector, one of the iconic projects funded under PPP arrangements include the Ilubirin Estate which is a public foreshore housing project being built on reclaimed land in Ikoyi Island, Lagos, at the the foot of the third mainland bridge, facing the Lagos Lagoon waterfront.

Also on housing, are the development of luxury apartments at GRA Ikeja, the State Capital, with multipurpose apartments on 6,2894sq.m within the Old Secretariat; FBT Coral Estate Limited, a PPP arrangement to reclaim a 775,120Sqm of land for the proposed mixed used development; provisions of cloud infrastructure and web portal for online gathering and registration of real estate agents and transaction — landlord technologies — to regulate the Real Estate sector.

In addition is the Ultra-modern Hostel facilities in the Lagos State University which is a PPP arrangement to Design, Build Finance, Operate, Maintain and Transfer Construction of 16 Blocks of 94 rooms each with 376 beds per block.According to report gathered, the investment value for the project is about N11billion.

Work projects designed under PPP arrangement for the period under review include the fourth mainland bridge which is a proposed 38km long bridge initiative by the Lagos State Government, connecting Lagos Island by way of Lekki, Langbasa, and Baiyeku towns and across Lagos Lagoon to Itamaga in Ikorodu part. On completion the project is expected to become the longest bridge in Africa.

On works also, is the proposed ring road which is expected to provide alternative traffic resources from Lekki to Ikorodu, Ikeja to Ajah, relieving the 3rd Mainland Bridge of its overstretched capacity. It is a 2*4 lane carriageway cross sectional road with permission for BRT lane and future road construction.

Also on work is the crescent island toll road project for the reclamation and development of 150 hectares on a proposed 40-year Design, Finance, Build, Operate, and Maintain (DBFOM) arrangement for a toll road project and a link bridge connecting the Mainland to the Proposed Crescent Island.

On the power sector is the Imota Power Project which is an independent Power Project for the only Rice Mill currently under construction by the State Government.

It was also gathered that the State Government is under partnership arrangement, working on a rendeavour to develop 1,000 hall in the NW quadrant of the Lekki Free Zone into an industrial and logistics focused mixed-use project.

Also, is the Alaro City which is adjacent to the future Lagos international Airport and close to the region’s largest deep sea and major Nigerian and International companies.

Projects on traffic management under PPP arrangement include JJT Car Park designed to develop a high-level car park arcade at Alausa Secretariat Complex; truck traffic management solution infrastructures; Artezia traffic violation management system, among others.

Health projects include the Lagos State Medical Park for development of a medical village on a 2.1 hectares of land in Ikoyi; development of a Smart Health Information Platform to connect the entire health ecosystem in Lagos State; Joint Venture Pharmacy and equipping Maternal and Child Centres (MCCs) in the State, including those at    Ajah, Alimosho and Eti-Osa.

Other PPP sponsored projects includes the Lagos Bike Share Scheme; outsourcing proposal for the operation and maintenance of the State owned Tiguar S-410 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV); establishment of Lagos Aquaculture Centre of Excellence to set up fish farms in clusters to anchor aquaculture growth in Lagos; Eko Token (Lagos Cash Token UCSR); Waltzing Water Park, Iganmu Lagos; JK Randle Centre for remembrance and reconnection for Yorubas and Africans people for a vital injection of tourism to Lagos, among others


Nigeria committed to ensure security, peace in West Africa – Akpabio



The President of the Senate, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, has restated Nigeria’s commitment to ensuring peace and security in West Africa.

Akpabio said this on Thursday in Abuja at the opening of the international roundtable on Parliamentary Security Sector Governance.

The roundtable was organised by National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) in collaboration with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS).

The roundtable drew lawmakers from Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Ghana.

Represented by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Navy, Sen. Daniel Gbenga, Akpabio recommend synergy among countries in the sub-region to address insecurity.

“Nigeria is a country that is willing and determined to ensure that the West Africa sub- region enjoys peace, security, shared prosperity in our developmental goals.

“In order to mitigate the challenges already identified, it is important to properly address insecurity in the West African sub region.

“This can be done through deep cooperation and deliberate policies and laws by our parliament, as well as empower the parliament to assume full legislative powers,” he said.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Tajudeen Abbas, said the security sector plays a pivotal role in ensuring peace, stability, and development within any nation.

Represented by the Deputy Speaker, Rep. Benjamin Kalu, Abbas said effective governance and reform of the security sector were essential for upholding the rule of law, protecting human rights, and safeguarding democratic principles.

“In this regard, the role of parliament is indispensable as it serves as a key institution for oversight, legislation, and budgetary control over the security sector.

“I urge all stakeholders present to consider practical strategies for enhancing parliamentary engagement in security sector governance.

“This may involve developing specialised training programs for parliamentarians on security related matters, establishing robust mechanisms for information sharing between security agencies and parliamentary committees.

“Also for fostering a culture of dialogue and cooperation between the executive and legislative branches on security policy formulation,” he said.

The Director-General, NILDS, Prof. Abubakar Sulaiman said that in recent times, West Africa faced a scourge of terrorism, insurgency, and transnational crime.

He said that the menace presented formidable threats to the collective peace and stability of the region.

According to him, security issues, including illicit trafficking and the movement of armed groups, further compound the complexities.

“We must confront these urgently; internal conflicts, driven by various factors, pose additional challenges that require our immediate attention.

“More recently, the series of military coups that have taken place in and around our region which remains a threat to peace, the rule of law and democratic stability within the region.

“As legislators, you stand at the forefront of crafting responses to these challenges.

“The laws and policies you shape must not only address the immediate threats but also lay the foundation for sustainable security sector governance and reform,” he said.

Sulaiman said the roundtable provided an opportunity to pool insights, share best practices, and develop legislative frameworks that are responsive to the unique security dynamics of West Africa.

Peran said that there has been a spread of terrorism and violent extremism with terrorist groups becoming more and more sophisticated.

“Wave to try to understand better why the security situation is so complex and what can be done to improve it in a sustainable fashion said the Resident Rep of KAS, Ms Marija Peran.

According to her, security sector reforms and governance plays a vital role in stabilising the region.

She said they had also been recognised as an essential precondition not only for conflict prevention, post-conflict reconstruction and peace-building but in general for good governance.

“Security sector reforms, repurposing of security institutions and agencies, improved interagency cooperation and effective oversight of the security sector are critical enablers to create the peaceful and secure Africa,” she said.

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Senate threatens to step down NCoS budget over insufficient information



The Senate has threatened to step down consideration on the 2024 budget of the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCoS) over insufficient information

Sen. Adams Oshiomhole, the Chairman,Senate Committee on Interior, Sen.Adams Oshiomole, said this said this at the 2024 budget defence of the National Assembly Joint Committee on Interior on Thursday in Abuja.

Oshiomole said he was unhappy with the services being rendered to inmates by the NCoS.

“Your organisation has transformed from Nigeria Prison Service to Nigerian Correctional Service but you have yet to change in your attitudes toward inmates.

“It’s not just your fault because the government appropriates little money for you, it is either you don’t feed the inmates or you feed them only once and even at that, very miserable food.

“This is why they have completely emaciated and some can never live a decent life again even when they did not commit an offence.

“You all know the price of food items in the market, so how can you look us eye to eye and tell us that you feed a man in Nigeria with N750 a day, how much is a bottle of water,” he said.

He said that the committee would not be in a haste to approve any budget for the service until it received satisfactory answers.

He requested for a breakdown of the number of inmates and security dogs at the correctional centers and how they were fed daily.

“I would like to see a breakdown of how you feed the inmates. If you say you feed inmates three times a day with N250 each.

“How many dogs do you have and how much does it cost to feed them daily,” he said.

Responding, the NCS Comptroller General, Alhaji Haliru Nababa, said the service had a total of 81,358 inmates nationwide, saying that 53,362 of the inmates were awaiting trial.

“We feed each inmate with N750 daily and they are fed three times daily (N250 for each square meal).

“We have 900 security dogs and to feed a dog each day we spend N800,” he said.

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Army Chief tasks NASS on funding



Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, the Chief of Army Staff, has appealed to the National Assembly to review the current envelope budgeting system of the Federal Government to ensure adequate funding for the Nigerian Army.

Lagbaja said this when he appeared before the National Assembly Joint Committee on Nigerian Army on Thursday in Abuja.

He said that the envelope system had led to inadequate funding for the Nigerian Army, especially its anti terrorism operation and other operations across the country.
Lagbaja also called on the national assembly to expedite action on the passage of the Armed Forces Support Trust Fund Bill, saying that the passage would enhance the operations of the Armed Forces, through improved funding.
The Chairman, of the Joint Committee, Sen. Abdulaziz Yar’ adua assured of transparency in the handling of the Nigerian Army 2024 budget.

He comended Lagbaja for taking responsibility for the bombing of Kaduna villagers and taking steps to investigate the matter.

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