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Karimi Urges FG to call Contractors Handling Gwagwalada- Lokoja Road to Order

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Karimi Urges FG to call Contractors Handling Gwagwalada- Lokoja Road to Order

A two time House of Representatives member Hon Karimi Sunday Steve, has called on the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola, to call to order the contractors handling lthe repairs of Gwagwalada- Lokoja portion of the Abuja-Lokoja road, over alleged dereliction of duty.

According to Hon Karimi commutters traveling on that road have been facing hardship since the beginning of the first quarter of this year lasting three months.
The former federal lawmaker is particularly miffed that a journey that normally takes two hours sometimes now lasts for 14 hours “because of negligence on the part of the contractors and lack of effective supervision on the part of the ministry”.

He noted that whereas the repairs causing traffic gridlock should have been handled swiftly and mostly at night, “they are lazily pretending to be working, but are stagnant due to no other reason than lack of effective planning, thereby causing untold hardship for the people plying the road”.

He added, “Some even have lost their lives due to unnecessary accidents. During this festive period, the Minister needs to move swiftly to avoid the ugly experiences of the last few months. The major problems are on the Gwagwalada and Lokoja end, where reconstruction work has been ongoing for months, without good progress”.

“My investigations revealed that workers resumed to site at 10am and close for work at 4pm. For such an important work on such an important trunk “A’ road, I consider the attitude of the contractors as wilful dereliction of duty and irresponsible” he said

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UN Rescue Services worries, Nigeria is sitting on a time bomb with 10m out of school children

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United Nations Rescue Services has raised concern that Nigeria is sitting on a keg of gunpowder with over 10m out of school children roaming the streets that are available as easy recruits by insurgency.
The UN International Chairman, security and intelligence, African Affairs Ambassador Steve Madila who spoke in Abuja at a media briefing on Wednesday said they are developing vocational  training centers of minimum 3 months and maximum 1 year to keep the out of school children busy as the idle mind is the devils workshop.

He said, the United Nations program on eradication of extreme poverty and hunger was born in 2021 to advocate on sustainable development goals. 
“Before the year 2000 we heard about the Millenium Development goals. It was established because the UN carried out research and found out that about 2.5 billion people on planet earth were living below poverty line and their definition of living below poverty line is if you can not afford to spend at least $2 per day on yourself. 

“$2 is less than N1000. In Nigeria poverty walks on its two legs, there are some people that go out and don’t come back to their houses until another 6pm”

“In Nigeria 50,000,000 bags of cement was  delivered in IDP camps in  the north east, to deliver affordable housing with a minimum of 5,000, 000 naira Nigerians that are 18 years old can have access to affordable housing project. “Our goal is to deliver at least 10,000 housing units across the 6 political zones of Nigeria. The condition for giving you a house that will last a 1000 years.”Civil servants and people in the informal sectors like barbers, taxi drivers that can accumulate between  300,000 to 500,000 can choose from a one bedroom to a two bedroom bungalow, and above. 
“We target people who have lost hope of owning houses of their own and 40 federal Government agencies including NNPC NTA , radio Nigeria, DSS, EFCC,ICPC and the police whoare in dire need for houses because government cannot provide housing for them.  “These have made us to expand our project to 36 states of Nigeria and the FCT.”
He said they will also bring about revolutionary health services in the 6 geopolitical zones  such that it would be made medical hub with 1000 hospitals dedicated to women and children. “These hospitals must have international airport facility to cater for patients in the state that need surgery.  

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Senate puts off plenary to mourn death of N’Assembly members

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The Senate, upon resumption from its two weeks recess, on Tuesday again adjourned plenary till Wednesday, 14th March, 2021, as a mark of honour for two members of the National Assembly that died recently

The upper chamber thereafter held a minute silence in honour of both lawmakers who are members of the House of Representatives. 

The decision to suspend plenary was is in tandem with the tradition of the National Assembly, following a motion moved by the Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi, and seconded by the Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe. 

The Senate Leader said, “The passing away of two members of the National Assembly by names of Honourable Haruna Maitala, who until his demise represented Bassa/Jos North Federal Constituency of Plateau State, and who we lost on 2nd April, 2021, in a ghastly motor accident.

“The second loss we suffed, was that of another Honourable member, Hon. Suleiman Aliyu Lere, representing Lere Federal Constituency from Kaduna State, whom we also lost on 6th April , 2021.”

Abdullahi added: “Mr. President, Distinguished Colleagues, I rise in accordance with our tradition, to move a two motions: one for the suspension on all other items scheduled for consideration on the order paper today; [And] also another motion for this Distinguished chamber to observe one minute silence in honour of the departed, I so move.”

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, while putting the motion to a voice vote which was unanimously supported by Senators, described the demise of the two lawmakers as “another sad development in the National Assembly”.

The upper chamber, thereafter, held a minute silence in honour of the deceased lawmakers before adjourning plenary till Wednesday, 14th April, 2021.

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Ramadan fast commences Tuesday as Sultan of Sokoto sights the moon

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Ramadan fast commences Tuesday as Sultan of Sokoto sights the moon

The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, has announced the commencement of Ramadan having sighted the moon.

The Sultan in a live broadcast on Monday announced that the Ramadan fast will begin on Tuesday.
He admonished Muslims to ensure strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocol during the Ramadan period.
The beginning and end of Islamic months are determined by the sighting of the new moon.

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