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CEESF hails Agba for facilitating approval of N75bn for reconstruction of Benin-Auchi-Okene road

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Concerned Ekpoma Eminent Stakeholders Forum (CEESF), Ekpoma, Edo State, has saluted the “doggedness and commitment” of the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Ikanade Agba, for facilitating the approval of N75bn for the reconstruction of the Benin-Auchi-Okene highway.

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The forum praised the Minister for his role in mobilising the critical support of other members of the Federal Executive Council for the necessary and consequential presidential approval.

The forum, meanwhile, pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to quickly release the N75billion for immediate commencement of work on the dilapidated road.

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The stakeholders forum said it was with great joy it received the N75billion approval by the President for the reconstruction of three sections of the road at the cost of N25 billion each.

The approved proposal was captured in the memo for the reconstruction of select federal roads under the Federal Government Road Infrastructure Development and Refurbishing Investment Tax Credit Scheme Phase 2 by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited.

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In a statement signed by Obasanmi Jude, the Converner, and Lawrence Isiraojie, Sectetary, the forum urged the President to quickly release the money for the reconstruction.

The forum, however, enumerated the untold hardship commuters had to go through while travelling on the road.

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The statement said in part: “You will recall that towards the end of 2022, the youth, men and women in Edo Central in collaboration with Esan groups and associations both home and in the Diaspora staged a weeklong protest on the road to draw government’s attention to the failed portions of the said roads.

“The coordinated efforts led to the blocking of the road for more than one week, thereby hampering the free flow of traffic in that axis all in the bid to get government’s attention to the sorry-state of the roads.

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“We must state categorically that in addition to the weeklong protest, a series of letters were written to the Federal Ministry of Works, several advocacy visits were made, placards and banners were designed for the purpose of calling government to hear our plight.

“Gentlemen of the press, we cannot recount the trauma and ordeal motorists and articulated vehicles had to go through during the period when the roads were not motorable.

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“A lot of perishable items moving from South to North could not get to their destinations; many road users could also not get to their destinations as they had to stay on the road for weeks during the last raining season.

“Heavy duty vehicles carrying petroleum products could not also navigate the bad spots of the road as a lot of them fell with their content posing serious threats to inhabitants of Ekpoma and its environs.

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“In the morning of the 19th of January, 2023, we received with great joy the N75bn approval by Mr President for the reconstruction of three sections of the road thus: Okene- Auchi, Auchi -Ehor and Ehor- Benin at the cost of 25 billion naira each.

“The approved proposal was captured in the memo for the reconstruction of select federal roads under the Federal Government Road Infrastructure Development and Refurbishing Investment Tax Credit Scheme Phase 2 by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited.

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“The Exco and members of CEESF wish to use this medium to appreciate Mr President for this approval which will brought relief to the people within the bad spote of the federal roads. We also appreciate the doggedness and commitment of the Honourable Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Ikanade Agba for his role in mobilising the critical support of other members of the Federal Executive Council for the necessary and consequential presidential approval.

“We want to also appeal to Mr President for quick release of the fund so as to enable the commencement of work on the aforementioned sections immediately.”

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Elections: We are not in any dialogue with Atiku-Obi/Datti PCC

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The Obi/Datti Presidential Campaign Council has debunked having any link with the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP concerning stepping down for him.

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Recall that in an interview with the BBC Hausa service, Atiku Abubakar had claimed he was in talks with the presidential candidate of the Labour Party LP, Peter Obi and Rabiu Kwankwaso of the NNPP to step down for him.

The PCC in a statement issued and signed by Diran Onifade Head of Media,
Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Council, the council denied having talks with Atiku.

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In the statement, Onifade stated that:”We have been inundated with enquiries about the claim of an on-going discussion between our Presidential ticket and the camp of PDP’s Presidential Candidate,Atiku Abubakar.

“For emphasis, we wish to repeat, as we have said all day, that the claim is totally false and baseless. We are not in any talks with Atiku or anyone else with a view to stepping down from a race in which we are the frontrunner.

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“Peter Obi is in the contest to win in consonance with the aspiration of majority of Nigerians who desire a New Nigeria devoid of lies, corruption and selfish scheming.

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I Wonder Why Tinubu Waited This Long To Say What We Have Been Saying On The Economy- Oby Ezekwesili

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Kayode Arewa Sanni

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The former Minister of Education, Dr Mrs Oby Ezekwesili, has taken out her time to drag the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for recently speaking against the economy of the country, under this present administration.

While speaking, Oby Ezekwesili made it known that she listened to the lamentations of the APC presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu on the way his party, the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC has run the economy of country.

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Speaking further, the former education minister made it known that she wonders the reason why Bola Tinubu waited this long to say the same thing they have been saying on the economy all these while.

Since the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, came into power, over seven years ago, the presidential candidate of the APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu never spoke against anything about this government, but as it stands now, the kind of statements he is making these days makes one wonder why he is saying all these things now.

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JUST IN: Gunmen Attack Gov Makinde During Campaign, Destroy Vehicles

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Information reaching naijablitznews.com indicates that the campaign train of Seyi Makinde, guber candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo state, has been reportedly attacked by gun-wielding hoodlums.

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Moses Alao, special assistant to the governor on print media, in a statement on Wednesday, said the attacks occurred on Tuesday at Igangan, Ibarapa north LGA of the state.

Alao said the governor had addressed a mammoth crowd at the Igangan town hall and was heading to Tapa when the incident occurred, adding that the governor’s convoy ran into a roadblock, where the hoodlums demanded money.

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He said the hoodlums started pelting the convoy with sticks and stones and later shot at the vehicles.

“The attacks were premeditated and orchestrated by some opposition elements, who hired street urchins to waylay the convoy of the governor,” Alao said.

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“This is with a view to giving the governor a bad image among the teeming population of Oyo state people.

“The unprovoked attacks were reprehensible, especially as the people of the state already know Makinde as a man of peace.

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“As it has become the custom of the governor to acknowledge the cheers and love of the people and in turn distribute souvenirs wherever he went to campaign, Governor Makinde stood in an open-roof SUV while other members of the entourage were in his tow.

“Toward the exit of the town was a roadblock, which we now know was mounted by the thugs to halt the flow of traffic so that they would be able to perpetrate their dastardly act.

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“Some group of boys started demanding money instead of the souvenirs being shared by the governor. Before anyone could say Jack Robinson, they started hauling stones, while some went in search of big sticks with which they were smashing vehicles indiscriminately.

“The urchins went directly after the SUV of Chief Tegbe, which showed a clearly premeditated motive, while others kept attacking other vehicles coming behind the governor.”

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Alao said the JAC bus conveying the media aides of the governor, journalists, and other vehicles were damaged by the hoodlums.

“At some points, the hoodlums graduated from hurling stones by bringing out guns and shooting at vehicles in the convoy,” he said.

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“We are sure that the same hoodlums went into the streets of Igangan to commit the wanton arson and destruction.

“While we sympathise with the families of individuals affected by the crisis, it is important to point out that Governor Makinde is a man of peace. And has made it clear that his ambition is not worth the blood of any Oyo state indigene.

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