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Eko Bridge Repairs: Fashola Assures Speedy Completion

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Eko Bridge Repairs: Fashola Assures Speedy Completion

The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, on Thursday assured Lagos residents of speedy completion of the rehabilitation of Eko Bridge.

Fashola said this during the inspection of the work on the bridge, which he said was targeted at ensuring the safety of residents and road users.

“Let me again thank the people of Lagos, the governor of Lagos and the government of Lagos for their understanding and forbearance that we have to close this section of this bridge starting from the 4th of June this year for nine weeks.

“The purpose is to ensure that this infrastructure continues to deliver for us.

“This is also a generational effort because since about 1975 or thereabout when this bridge was built which is about 46 years, this kind of maintenance has not been done on it,” he said.

READ ALSO: LASG Announces Partial Closure Of Eko Bridge For Emergency Repairs

The minister explained that the alignments between expansion joints on some sections of the bridge shifted from the normal five millimeters and expanded to a width of 23 mm, hence the need to quickly repair the portions to prevent collapse.

We intervened in the adjacent one (Eko Bridge) sometime last year that helped to prevent the collapse of a section of the bridge because this work hasn’t been done for over 40 years the way it should be done.

“It is causing us some discomfort but as I said, people of Lagos and all the people from other states who use this facility for business will ultimately benefit from it.

“The contractor assures me that he has all the materials, so we are working full blast. Your cooperation will take them closer to the end quicker and possibly sooner than we anticipate,” he said.

Fashola said the bridge was providing jobs for men working beneath and the top of the bridge, adding that 37 bridges nationwide were undergoing maintenance simultaneously.

He repair of bridges in Lagos and across Nigeria was part of the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime to deliver safe and quality infrastructure.

He further said the Lagos-Ibadan railway project inaugurated by Buhari created mass employment opportunities for Nigerians.

He congratulated the government and residents of Lagos, Oyo and Ogun where the project traversed.

That is really symbolic of our commitment to the economy and wellbeing of Nigerians.

“Infrastructure is one of the ways in which government does its job of enabling the economy of the private sector to get on with their job of creating wealth,” Fashola said.

READ ALSO: Fashola Commends Construction Company As Eko Bridge Rehabilitation Achieves 83% Completion

Mr Olukayode Popoola, Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, said four worn out bearings on the Eko Bridge had already been removed and the process of replacement had begun.

As we are standing here on top of the bridge the deck is on top of a jerk. The bearing will be replaced after casting the pier.

“The reinforcement is being formed, they will now cast it and then when it attains the maximum strength, the bearing will be replaced.

“So also the expansion joints, you can see it on the ground, immediately after the removal of the old one they are going to fix the new one on the ground,” Popoola explained said.

He assured that the periodic maintenance of the bridge and other bridges in the state would be sustained.

Recall that the Eko Bridge was shut on June 4 with traffic diverted for the second phase of the rehabilitation of the Costain bound section of the bridge.

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LG Polls: Protesters Storm Amuwo-Odofin LGA, Ask For Re-Run

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LG Polls: Protesters Storms Amuwo-Odofin LGA, Ask For Re-Run

A group, Concerned Residents of Amuwo-Odofin, on Wednesday in Lagos staged a peaceful protest to register their dissatisfaction with the conduct of the Saturday local government elections in the area.

The group called on the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) to cancel the exercise and order a rerun, citing electoral malpractices.

LASIEC on Tuesday presented Certificates of Return to the 57 council chairmen elected in the July 24 polls.

READ ALSO: Police Ban Protests In Lagos

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates won all 57 chairmanship seats, with Mr Valentine Buraimoh returned as victorious in Amuwo-Odofin LGA.

LASIEC had described the election as ‘pretty good, though with pockets of hitches, noting that the exercise was peaceful and without any major uprising and rioting.

But the group, which held a peaceful protest in Festac Town, Amuwo-Odofin Local Government, demanded that the election should be cancelled.

It alleged that the election was a far cry from public expectations from LASIEC.

It further alleged that the exercise was plagued by electoral malpractices.

One of the conveners of the group, Mr Mayowa Ademola, expressed concern over what he referred to as “violent elections” in the area.

“It’s getting too much. It’s not right that we can’t joyfully have an election.

“Many people didn’t come out to vote because of fear of what may happen,” he said.

Ademola opined that LASIEC would disenfranchise many people if the election was not cancelled.

Amuwo-Odofin resident, Mr Fidelis Mamuyovwi, claimed that he was forcefully carried out of the council because he insisted that the correct results be announced.

“After the election, we went to the council but we were not allowed to enter the collation centre,” he said.

Mamuyovwi, who was also a PDP agent, said that a voter, who tracked his votes to the collation centre, raised alarm when figures that were announced were different from what was recorded at the polling unit.

Another protester, Mrs. Anthonia Monday, said she was part of a group of residents who protested at the council secretariat when some party agents were denied entry into the collation centre.

“The results were collated and announced at the polling units but the figures changed at the final collation point,” she claimed.

She urged LASIEC to cancel the July 24 elections and conduct a rerun that would be free and fair.

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LAWMA Showers Encomium on Dangote Sinotruk

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Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), heaped praises on world Dangote Sinotruk, a company owned by Dangote Industries Limited and Sinotruk of China.

 

In an exclusive interview with NEWSRAND during a visit to the company’s plant factory at the Ikeja area of Lagos, Engineer Ajayi Abimbola, Assistant General Manager, (AGM) Engineering Services, LAWMA, said the automobile company is customer-friendly, adding that the trucks and other products from the company are world-class.

 

In the course of the conversation, Abimbola disclosed that the agency has procured waste management trucks, numbering 102, from the company.

 

“For over a year now, we’ve been working with Dangote Sinotruk to achieve a cleaner Lagos. So far, we were able to patronise 102 trucks to ensure that Lagos environments are clean and wastes are properly managed. The trucks are ready, and we hope to commission them any moment from now,” he stated.

READ ALSO: Dangote Cement Acquires 2,000 Trucks for Distribution of Products

While assuring that the partnership between LAWMA and Dangote Sinotruk will continue, Abimbola explained that the newly-purchased trucks from the company will “ensure that we have a cleaner environment, the health hazard will be totally eliminated.”

 

According to him, amongst the new-purchased trucks are -24cbl and 12cbl, adding that the waste management operations in Lagos will experience a new revamp.

 

“Unlike before, it takes 2-3 days to lift waste, what we are looking forward to doing with the new trucks is a turnaround evacuation of market wastes. The marine waste too, will be taken care of, because the truck is will guarantee us that capacity we need to do it,” he added.

 

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YABATECH Emerges As Nigeria’s Best Polytechnic

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The Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH) has emerged as the best polytechnic in Nigeria for the second time in the Webometrics ranking released in July.

Mr. Felix Alade, Media Relations Officer of the institution, said this in a statement on Tuesday in Lagos.

The statement said the ranking was based on web contents impact, top-cited research, and papers published on research and publication platforms online.

READ ALSO: FIFA Ranking: Nigeria Drops By 3 Spots, Now World 32nd

It added that the primary objective of the ranking web was to promote open access to the knowledge generated by institutions.

“YABATECH has been able to implement strategies to improve her ranking through the increase in the quantity and quality of the web content,” it said.

The statement said the ranking web which started in 2004 was currently in its 18th year of publication.

It added that the ranking was aimed at offering full coverage of higher institutions in whatever country or discipline involved.

The statement noted that 31 institutions from over 200 countries in the world were ranked in the Webometrics ranking released in July.

It said that editors of the ranking web were scientists working at one world-class public research institution, with long experience in metrics-guided evaluation.

Commenting on the ranking, the Deputy Registrar of the institution, Mr. Joe Ejiofor, in an interview with Newsmen, described the development as a wonderful achievement.

“The news came to us as a surprise and at the same time a welcome development, the Rector and management are very happy with this latest web ranking.

“It is a pointer to the growth and development recorded since the current management led by the visionary Rector, Mr. Femi Omokungbe, came into office in 2018,” Ejiofor said.

Ejiofor said YABATECH, known for its pace-setting role, would remain dedicated to its vision as a leading institution of higher learning in and outside Nigeria.

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