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East-West Road: Royal Fathers Raise Alarm Over Plan To Abandon Project

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Royal fathers and community leaders in the Niger Delta region under the auspices of East-West Road Community Association (EWRCA), have raised alarm over an alleged plan by the Federal Government to abandon the ongoing construction work on the East-West Road.

The chairman of the association, His Royal Highness, Eze Joshua Eyiiba of Ekpeye Kingdom in Rivers State, raised the alarm during the press briefing organised by the association in Port Harcourt, recently.

The chairman, whose address was read by the Secretary of the association, Chief  Bob-Chima Okala said that the alarm was necessitated by the recent claim by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Hon God’sday Orubebe that the road project was 50 percent completed.

He also alleged that the Minister directed that money so far released for the ongoing project recently should be spent only on the Delta State segment of the road, thereby abandoning the Kaiama, Mbiama-Port Harcourt section of the project.

The association disclosed that the Senate Committee on Works on its oversight function on the project only visited the Delta segment of the road and went straight to Eleme-Akwa Ibom axis without inspecting the Kaiama-Eleme stretch of the road.

According to the association, the decision of the Senate  Committee on Works to by-pass the Kaiama-Eleme segment was further confirmation that the Federal Government had concluded plans to abandon the project, especially the Kaiama-Eleme axis of the road.

 

The group condemned the claims by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs that over 50 per cent of the project had been achieved, adding that the statements were false.

There was a televised press interview that 50 per cent of the job has been done on East-West Road project.  We wonder what  statistical index or criteria our Hon Minister used in arriving at such incoherent analysis. How could they have done 50 per cent when even the newly expanded road has neither been done, nor the old one touched at all”, he asked.

The EWRCA leader averred that it was disappointing to note that a drive from Eleme junction in Port Harcourt through Ahoada to Kaiama and Ugheli would show the abysmal performance on the road project contrary to speculations of the honourable minister.

Eze Eyiba appealed to the Federal Government to release money to SETRACO Nigeria Limited, the contracting firm handling the project, to enable it continue the project, adding that the East – West Road had become a death trap which he said had been causing avoidable accidents virtually every day.

He stated that the completion of the road project was initially slated for 2010 and later shifted to 2014 but expressed fears that the work might not be completed before the end of the present administration.

Also speaking, Eze Robinson O. Robinson, Royal Majesty of Ekpeye Kingdom, who is the patron of the association, corroborated the fears of the royal fathers that the Federal Government may abandon the road project, adding that the region was the economic nerve-centre of the nation.

The Royal Father appealed to President Good Jonathan and the Minister of the Niger Delta, Godsday Orubebe to ensure that the ongoing East-West Road project was completed before the expiration of their tenure, considering the economic importance of the road, adding that Federal Government could not hide under the cover of Boko Haram insurgency as an excuse not to complete the job.

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FG Alerts On Massive Flooding In Rivers, FCT, Others

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The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA), an agency of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, has predicted more devastating floods from the end of August to early October in some states of the federation, including Rivers and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Already, the agency said in line with its earlier predictions, Lagos, Nasarawa, Anambra, Abia, Kwara, Kaduna, Rivers, Enugu, Borno and Ondo states had witnessed severe flooding as a result of heavy local rainfalls compounded by poor drainage system.
The Director-General of the agency, Engr. Nze Clement Onyeaso, in an interaction with some journalists in Abuja, yesterday, said all areas earlier identified as flood prone this year as well as those along the Rivers Niger and Benue might likely begin to experience more devastating flooding from the end of August.
“Nigeria is located within the River Niger Basin which is occupied by nine countries namely Benin, Burkina- Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Cote d’Ivore, Guinea, Mali, Niger and Nigeria. Nigeria is located at the lowest position of the Basin and this means that once the upper catchment of the Basin gets flooded, Nigeria should be prepared to experience flooding. The period of flooding in these upstream countries is August and September of every year,’’ he said.
The DG said his agency was monitoring the development as we approach these critical months, adding that it will also continue to monitor Cameroonian authorities with regards to flood scenarios in the upper catchment of the sub-basin.
Nze warned Lagosians against the practice of dredging and sound filling the Atlantic Ocean, to build what they usually call model cities like those in Lekki and Banana Island, saying such may, in the future, pose serious threats.
As part of the preparation for the expected floods, the DG called on Nigerians, especially the state governments to be fully prepared by ensuring cleaning of blocked drainage system and canals remove refuse, weeds, water hyacinths and floats on water channels.
The agency had earlier predicted that 121 LGAs in 27 states and FCT might experience severe flooding this year.

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Rivers Police Confirm Killing Of Disbanded OSPAC Leader In EMOLGA

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The Rivers State Police Command has confirmed the killing of one Alex Uwazuruike Isaac, the leader of disbanded OSPAC in Umudioga community in Emohua local Government Area of the state, last Tuesday.
The spokesperson of Rivers State Police Command, SP Nnamdi Omoni, who confirmed this in a telephone interview with The Tide, said the dismembered body of the victim has also been recovered and deposited in the mortuary for preservation.
The police spokesperson further stated that the police has restored normalcy in the community while the Commissioner of Police, Eboka Friday, has ordered for full investigation into the incident.
It would be recalled that gunmen suspected to be cultists, last Tuesday, invaded Umudioga community, and killed Alex Uwazuruike Isaac, who was said to be the leader of the disbanded OSPAC, a local vigilante group in the area.
A native of the community, who pleaded anonymity for fear of the unknown, disclosed that the gunmen, who were armed with sophisticated assault rifles, stormed the community in the afternoon and went for their target.
The source further revealed that the gunmen shot Isaac dead before beheading and dismembering his body, and later paraded the head of their victim in the community while urging natives not to panic as they came for the deceased and not for the community.
The Tide gathered that some other members of the disbanded OSPAC have already fled the community as a result of the killing of their former leader and fear of being attacked by the cultists who are hunting members of the defunct OSPAC in the area.
It was learnt that many suspected cultists were arrested and killed in the community while others fled during the reign of the deceased OSPAC commander in the community in 2019.
The Tide further learnt that the killing comes barely three weeks after the Chairman of Emohua Local Government Council, Dr Chidi Lloyd pronounced the dissolution of all vigilante groups in the LGA, and asked communities that make up the council area to submit five names of natives who would be screened and admitted into a new security outfit to be established and funded by the council in no distant time.

By: Akujobi Amadi

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JAMB Fixes Mop-Up UTME For 18,000 Candidates, Aug 6

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has rescheduled examination for more than 18,000 candidates who experienced biometric verification challenges and those who genuinely missed the just-concluded Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) as a result of a clash with this year’s National Business and Technical Examinations Board examination.
The mop-up UTME is scheduled for Friday, August 6, 2021, in some selected locations across the country.
JAMB Spokesperson, Fabian Benjamin, made this known in a statement, yesterday, titled, ‘Mop-Up UTME Holds Friday, 6th August, 2021…JAMB’.
The statement read, “Following detailed investigation and careful analysis of the highly-successful 2021 UTME, and with due consultation (resulting in gracious concession) with the National Examination Council (NECO) concerning the timetable of the council’s on-going SSCE, JAMB has scheduled a Mop-up UTME for Friday, August 6, 2021, in some selected locations across the nation.
“About 18,000 candidates slated for the examination are being notified through both text messages on their designated phone numbers and their JAMB profiles. In addition, the candidate can check using their registration number on http://www.jamb.gov.ng/2021mopup.
“For the avoidance of doubt, no candidate whose result has been duly released will be rescheduled for another examination.
“The rescheduled candidates are in the following categories:
“Candidates who could not be initially scheduled for examination owing to their inability to timely procure and supply their mandatory NINs or profile codes until after the close of the registration exercise and, therefore, had to purchase Bank Drafts (as against the usual vending of PINs) after the scheduled period for the examination and were later registered.
“Few candidates who encountered peculiar biometric verification problem, or who failed biometric verification on the examination date (and were recaptured) but were not allowed to partake in the examination. (Adequate screening arrangements have been made to re-verify such claims and any candidate found to be involved in any form of impersonation will be identified for prosecution).
“Candidates who were unable to sit for the UTME owing to the clash of timetables of the UTME and the then on-going NABTEB examinations and whose particulars have been verified and supplied directly to JAMB by NABTEB.
“Candidates who have been ascertained by JAMB to have experienced genuine rescheduling/technical problems as was the case in 30 of the 760 centres used for the examination.
“The rescheduled candidates are to print fresh examination notification slips containing the venue and time of the examination. The slips are to be printed from the JAMB website https://www.jamb.gov.ng using the candidates’ registration number from Sunday, August 1, 2021.
“The board strongly advises candidates to avoid supplying their vital information, including registration number to fraudsters who abound especially in cybercafe(s), tutorial centres springing up almost everywhere in the nation as a result of the illicit activities of examination syndicates. CBT centres approved by JAMB which are consistently monitored are relatively more secured for printing examination notification slips by candidates who cannot print such on their own.”

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