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RSG Okays Contracts For 46.5km Roads

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The Rivers State Government has awarded contracts for the reconstruction of Oyigbo-Okoloma and Chokocho-Igbodo Roads in Oyigbo and Etche local government areas of the state, respectively.
Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike said it takes a government that cares for the development and wellbeing of the people to award such significant contracts at the twilight of the administration.
Wike stated this shortly after the Rivers State Government signed contracts with Lubrik Construction Company and SETRACO Nigeria Limited at Government House, Port Harcourt, last Monday.
This is even as the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Amb. Desmond Akawor has hailed the award of the Oygbo-Okoloma Road project by the Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, saying that it shows that loyalty pays.
The contract for the reconstruction of Oyigbo-Okoloma Road was awarded to Lubrik Construction Company, while that of Chokocho-Igbodo Road was awarded to SETRACO Nigeria Limited.
The governor said despite the fact that the 19.4kilometres Oyigbo-Okoloma and the 27.1kilometres Chokocho-Igbodo roads belong to the Federal Government, the state government decided to award contracts for the roads to alleviate the sufferings of the people of the two local government areas.
Wike said the moment the state government announced that contract would be awarded for the reconstruction of Chokocho-Igbodo, some narrow-minded persons attempted to play politics with the road, by hurriedly mobilising Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to site.
He explained that irrespective of attempts to politicise the project, his administration could not continue to stand by and watch the people of both Oyigbo and Etche continue to suffer due to Federal Government’s negligence.
“These two roads are very key to the people of Etche and Oyigbo. This is not the only projects we have embarked upon in these two local governments. But these two projects are projects that are so impactful in the lives of the people of Oyigbo and Etche.
“The Chokocho-Igbodo Road is a federal road, because it is a road from Rivers State to Imo State. But like I said, Rivers people, Etche people are suffering, and therefore, it behoves on us to make sure we reduce the burden of suffering on our people.
“Etche is noted to be food basket of Rivers State, and if we cannot give them that confidence and sense of belonging as people from the state, then, we have failed in our mandate, we have failed in our contract with the people of the state.”
Wike reiterated that no projects awarded by his administration would be abandoned, even as no contractor would be owed.
“These two roads are very key to us, and it must be accomplished in 12 months’ time. No contract will be abandoned under this government, and nobody will be owed. By the grace of God, we are doing the best in terms of payment to contractors.”
The governor also enjoined the companies to apply the local content policy by employing indigenes of the areas in direct labour and award contract to them to supply materials that would be used on site while the contract last.
In his speech, the Director, Lubrik Construction Company, Mr. Gilbert Sassine thanked Wike for the renewed trust on the company, and promised to deliver quality road within the 12-month stipulated time.
Similarly, the Managing Director, SETRACO Nigeria Limited, Dr. Ray Chaudhuri pledged to work assiduously to deliver the project for the benefit of Rivers people.
The state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Zacchaeus Adangor; Commissioner for Works, Elloka Tasie-Amadi; and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Works, Mrs. Ebere Emenike; signed the contracts on behalf of the Rivers State Government, while Sassine and Chaudhuri signed for their respective companies.
Reacting to the award of the contracts, Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Amb. Desmond Akawor, hailed the award of the Oygbo-Okoloma Road project by the Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike.
Akawor, in a statement he personally signed and made available to The Tide in Port Harcourt, said the award and signing of the contract was a new vista for Ndoki and Asa people of the area.
He said so far, the local government area has benefitted not less than eight projects from the Wike administration and such was unprecedented.
Among projects Akawor listed that Wike has executed since inception of his administration for Oyigbo people, include the rehabilitation and construction of the Oyigbo-Agbonchia/Eleme Road, Oyigbo-Iriebe Road, Oyigbo High Court building, and Oyigbo Police Station.
Other projects are: Rivers State Cassava Processing Plant, Afam; Okoloma Police Station construction and the newly completed Government Secondary School, Obeakpu.
The PDP chairman said he has no regret supporting the Wike administration, adding, “I know I was making the right decision by supporting a man who stepped in to save the PDP in a critical state like Rivers State.”
He said the award of the Oyigbo-Okoloma Road has shown that the governor was a detribalised leader, as the Asa and Ndoki people are grateful to him.
The project, he further pointed out, has put to shame critics of the governor and as well raised the profile of the PDP in Oyigbo.
He said, “Wike did not disappoint my people. He has rewarded my service to him with dividends of democracy to a local government area that was abandoned in the past”.

By: Kevin Nengia

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Edo Pays N147m Counterpart Fund In FG’s Intervention Project

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Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has paid the counterpart fund of N147 million for the Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprises Project for the Niger Delta (LIFE-ND).
The State Project Coordinator, Mr John Omoruyi, disclosed this in a statement issued in Benin on Monday.
The Tide’s source reports that LIFE-ND is funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in collaboration with the Federal Government and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The LIFE-ND directly supports Nigeria’s agricultural policy and the strategic framework for youth employment and job creation.
The project is currently being implemented in the Niger Delta states of Abia, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo and Ondo.
Omoruyi explained that the amount, meant to create wealth, sustainable jobs, and ensure food security in the participating states, covered the years 2022 to 2024.
He added that the payment of the N147 million counterpart fund would enable the state to access funds for the ongoing transformation of the rural economy via agribusiness.
According to him, Obaseki has done well to restate his commitment to the sustainable development of the agricultural sector by promoting modern farming techniques, supporting smallholders, encouraging value addition and fostering agribusiness innovations.
“Furthermore, this feat by the Obaseki administration will not only contribute to economic growth but also enhance food security, reduce poverty and empower rural communities in the state.
“This is in addition to boosting agricultural productivity and value addition across four commodities – rice, cassava, poultry and fishery value chains”, he said.
According to Omoruyi, LIFE-ND in Edo has created jobs for 2,348 women and youth enterprises out of the targeted 4,250.
He said this was across the participating 10 local government areas and 100 communities across the state.
He disclosed the release of the counterpart fund would further create employment for more than 2,500 women and youths targeted for 2024.
The state project coordinator also disclosed that the National Project Coordinator (NPC), LIFE-ND, Mr Sanni Abiodun, had commended the governor for the prompt payment of the fund.
Abiodun acknowledged the Edo Government as the first in the country to pay the counterpart fund up to date, urging other participating states to emulate Edo State.
“This is in line with the consistent desire of the federal and state governments of Nigeria and IFAD to attain sustainable job and wealth creation as well as ensure food security in Nigeria”, he said.

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Delta Bans Commercial Motorcycle, Metal Scavenging In Asaba

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Delta State Government has officially placed a ban on commercial motorcycle, otherwise known as “Okada” as a means of transportation within the state capital.
The State Government, also banned, forthwith, scrap metaI scavenging, otherwise known as “iron condemn”, in the state capital, Asaba, with immediate effect.
The State Government announced the ban through the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Dr. Kingsley Emu, who briefed newsmen on the outcome of the State Executive Council meeting presided over by Governor Sheriff Oborevwori at Government House, Asaba.
Dr. Emu said the ban was necessitated by the preponderance of crime being committed with Okada and the frequently reported cases of vandalism of public facilities by the scavengers, adding that strict enforcement would commence June 1, 2024.
The SSG clarified that the ban implied that no “iron condemn” cart pusher would operate in any part of the State Capital Territory after May 31, 2024, adding that commercial motorcycle operations had also been prohibited in some parts of the capital territory not covered by earlier ban.
He said adequate sensitisation campaign would be mounted before the commencement of enforcement, noting that the ban was not targeted at any particular tribe, but in the interest of peace and security.
“The biggest news on traffic regulations is the ban or prohibition of commercial motorcycle, popularly known as Okada. All OKada riders in Delta State capital territory area, all the streets, are banned forthwith.
“If you are caught, we will confiscate and destroy the okada as well as other massive sanctions in terms of fines and a possible jail term.
“This decision has become imperative arising from the huge security challenges that we have. Our people are openly violated, families are raped and the people who commit these crimes easily run away on Okada.
“In Delta Capital Territory Development area, it’s total and outright ban in all the areas. It is important that we do this to protect the lives and property of people.
“We understand that there are some few innocent people but the preponderance of crime being perpetrated with Okada has necessitated this decision. It has been a major issue at the security council meeting severally and, thereafter, Exco concluded today.
“There are also other designated streets in Ethiope East, Ika North East, Oshimili North and South, Sapele, Uwvie and Warri South Local Government Areas affected. These regulations are being enforced since 2012, 2013, 2014, with improvements on them.
“But it has never been operational. All these regulations came at the peak of security challenges. When it was a little bit under control, it was relaxed and there was no strong sanctions to deter people. It has now become imperative that it must be enforced.
“We are going to give up till 31st of May for people to adjust and comply. Effective June 1st, all the security agencies will be engaged to enforce compliance. We will crush all the seized Okadas in the public place.
“Oshimili North and South have also, in their respective By-laws, banned “iron condemn” or scrap metal scavenging. Effective tomorrow, we expect them to wind down their activities and as from the 1st of June, enforcement will start.
“We do know the type of havoc these people have brought to the system, how our transformer cables have been vandalised and even assets in our private homes.
“We can not fold our hands as a state. Laws are always made in the interest of the larger population. We will give enough notice to them. We will publicise all the streets involved”, the SSG said.

Albert Ograka, Asaba

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Navy Offers Free Medical Services To 1,000 Residents

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The Nigerian Navy, Forward Operating Base (FOB), Ibaka, has given free medical services to 1,000 residents of Ibaka in Akwa Ibom State.
The Commanding Officer, Capt. Uche Aneke, said during the exercise on Monday in Abaka, the essence was to promote cooperation with the host community.
Aneke said that the outreach was part of the navy’s corporate social responsibility to the people.
“It is to reinforce the navy’s commitment to its host community, it is also aimed at promoting cooperation and enhancing the well-being of the residents”, he said.
The commanding officer said the initiative was part of the navy’s 68th anniversary celebrations.
He further said the exercise was in line with the directive of the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Emmanuel Ogalla, to support host communities.
“So, this outreach will foster civil-military relationship between FOB, IBAKA and the host community, it will also impact positively on the health of the people.
Also Speaking, Ibaka Community Head, Chief Dennis Antai, commended the navy for the gesture. describing it as well-intended.
He encouraged resudents of the area to take advantage of the exercise in the interest of their health and well-being.
Antai assured the navy of the continued cooperation of the host community in the discharge of their duties.
A beneficiary, Mr Benjamin Effiong, commended the navy for the initiative, and prayed God to sustain the force in discharging its duty of protecting Nigeria’s territorial waters.
The Tide’s source reports that the rhapsody witnessed health talks, blood pressure tests and malaria treatment.
It also involved deworming of patients, diabetes screening, HIV screening and screenins for Hepatitis B and C.
The source also reports the FOB IBAKA donated mosquito nets, drugs and provided essential treatments to the host community.

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