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Katsina Gov. Kicks Off Construction Of N5Bn Interchange Bridges



Katsina Gov. Kicks Off Construction Of N5Bn Interchange Bridges

Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State has flagged off the construction of Kofar Kaura and Kofar Kwaya interchange bridges in the state at an estimated total cost of N5,714,353,312.5.

The governor, while flagging off the project on Thursday, said it was a historic moment to witness the commencement of such a project in the city of Katsina.

He said the two inter-change bridges to be constructed, would be beneficial to all people coming into or leaving Katsina state.

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Masari said the Kofar Kaura underpass would be built at an estimated cost of N2,906,277,281.25 and that of Kofar Kwaya at an estimated cost of N2,808,076,031.25.

“If you could remember, part of our restoration agenda is urban renewal, which means upgrading the existing structures in the major towns and constructing new ones.

“We started with the provision of drainages through collaboration with the world bank. Here in Katsina under the NEWMAP, we are spending over N15 billion to construct drainages that would evacuate water from the metropolis under phase one.

“Phase ll will start next year directly from the government revenue, in Katsina city alone, we have spent over N5 billion in providing drainage.

“This is very very important and significant, especially when you consider the heavy downpour we received within the last three years.

“The story would have been different without adequate provision of drainages and channels that would evacuate rainwater,” he said.

The governor said the government would spend over N2 billion before the end of the administration in providing additional facilities, and that it is also considering a new road that would run through the old city, all within the period.

“We are also examining other places that require intervention, especially in terms of vehicular movement. We have so far identified two or three places.

“And we will discuss with our designers to see how we can approach this because decongestion does not mean breaking down houses alone, it means giving free movement, easy access to places.

“All these are part of urban renewal under the restoration agenda.

“These particular two projects, the contractor would have no excuse, because already we have paid in advance, 70 percent of the total cost.

“And we have made adequate provision that if the contractor can perform magic and finish this in one day, we have his remaining money ready for him.

“These are the types of projects that you don’t start until you are sure of the sources of funds or the funds are already available to pay the contractor as at when the certificates are approved,” he said.

Masari further appealed to the contractor and the consultant concerning the quality of work, especially drainages to evacuate water from the road.

He also commended the people of the state for their support and understanding even during what he described as the most difficult time, appealing that they should continue to pray over the security challenges in the state.

The project manager, Triacta construction company, which is handling the project, Mr. Sadek Awwad, assured the governor that they would do everything possible to meet the deadline for the completion of the project which is next year.

An underpass is a road or path that goes underneath a railway or another road. 

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Gov. Fayemi Sets Date For Governorship Aspirants To Resign



Gov. Fayemi Sets Date For Governorship Aspirants To Resign

Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti has fixed Dec. 18 as the deadline for governorship aspirants who are still in the state’s civil service to resign their positions.

The aspirants are those wishing to contest the primaries of the ruling All Progressives Congress where the party’s candidate will be picked for the 2022 governorship election.

Fayemi’s directive is contained in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, on Wednesday in Ado-Ekiti.

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According to the statement, the development became imperative in order to ensure cohesion and excellent service delivery, the two major hallmarks of the administration which must not be compromised.

The statement said that the APC in the state had fixed the governorship primaries for between Jan. 4 and Jan. 29, 2022.

The Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) had fixed Ekiti State gubernatorial election for June 18, 2022.

Incumbent Fayemi of the APC, who is also the Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum, is term-limited and cannot seek re-election for a third term.

He first governed the state between May 2010 and 2014 was defeated by Ayo Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party while seeking reelection for a second tenure.

The APC had earlier in its official notice for the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun States fixed Nov.16 for the commencement of the sales of nomination forms for Ekiti and Nov.18 for Osun.

The notice was signed by the National Secretary of the Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Sen. John James Akpanudodehe.

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Adamawa Governor Shares SUVs To Traditional Rulers



Adamawa Governor Shares SUVs To Traditional Rulers

Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa has distributed five brand new Land Cruiser Special Utility Vehicles and five new Toyota Hilux vans to traditional rulers in the state.

The vehicles were presented to five first-class emirs and chiefs in the state.

The governor said that the gesture was part of the government’s logistics aid to the traditional rulers as custodians of culture.

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He said that the government held the traditional rulers in high esteem for their roles and contributions in promoting peace and culture.

“Your role in entrenching peaceful coexistence in the society cannot be over-emphasized, hence the need for government to carry you along in the scheme of governance,’’ Fintiri said.

He said the government relied heavily on traditional rulers to build peace and maintain security because of their closeness to the people.

Responding, on behalf of the state’s Traditional Council, the Emir of Mubi, Alhaji Abubakar Ahmadu, thanked the governor for the gesture.

The emir represented the Lamido Adamawa, Alhaji Muhammadu Barkindo, at the occasion.

Alhaji Ahmadu promised that the traditional rulers would use the vehicles judiciously.

This special gift will remain indelible in our minds, he said.

The royal father also assured the governor of the traditional rulers’ support and loyalty to the government.

He called on their subjects to co-operate with Gov. Fintiri and give him maximum cooperation to enable him to deliver more dividends of democracy.

Traditional rulers who benefitted from the gesture are the Lamido Adamawa, the Emir of Mubi, the Amne of Shelleng the Gangwari of Ganye, and the Hama Bata. 

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Kano Boat Disaster: Ganduje Expresses Shock Over Mass Deaths



Kano Boat Disaster: Ganduje Expresses Shock Over Mass Deaths

Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has expressed shock over the Tuesday evening Bagwai boat mishap that led to the death of 20 persons.

Ganduje spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Abba Anwar, in a statement issued on Wednesday in Kano.

“Bagwai boat mishap, which so far caused the death of 20 people, as rescue operation still on, is a state tragedy.

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“We learned that the boat started from Hayin Badau to Bagwai on their way to attend the Maulud celebration.

“The boat was ferrying about 50 people with some loads, it capsized because of overloading. Most of the passengers were Islamiyyah students,” he said.

The governor prayed to God to forgive the deceased sins, also quick recovery of the rescued who are receiving medical attention.

“I urge boat operators to always take the issue of overloading very seriously. They should know that they can still get profit without overloading their boats,” the governor said.

Ganduje said it was unfortunate that a similar incident was recorded some years ago on the same axis.

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“People should know that the lives of their fellow human beings are too important to be risked deliberately.

“Based on the information we received this morning, there are 20 deaths. Seven persons have been admitted to the hospital and another eight others were found this morning. The rescue operation is still going on.

“We salute the courage and patriot posture of the rescue teams,” he said. 

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