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Gov Mbah launches construction, reconstruction of multiple Enugu roads



Gov Mbah launches construction, reconstruction of multiple Enugu roads

Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State, on Thursday, launched the construction of 71 internal roads in Enugu metropolis as well as the construction of New Enugu City roads.


The New Enugu City roads are made up of 17 17-kilometre dual carriageway and feeder roads as well as 40km Owo-Ubahu-Amankanu-Neke-Ikem dual carriageway.


At the Premier Layout Road, awarded to IDC Construction Limited, where he carried out the symbolic launch, Mbah promised that the urban roads would be simultaneously executed and delivered before the end of December.


“These 71 roads as identified in the first phase will be completed between now and December and the funds for these roads have been secured.


“So, there is no reason the contractors will not complete these roads as and when due.


“We are not going to entertain any variation, any delay or time overrun because the funds will be provided.


“We will ensure that we put in place a close monitor to ensure not only that the standards we have agreed are met, but also that the timelines are met strictly,” he said.


The governor further said that they were providing the highest quality of roads by making sure the roads were well paved.


According to him, the roads are not going to have open drains so there will be pedestrian parts well paved, as well as streetlights.


Also at the New Enugu City, which sits on 10,000 hectares of land, off Enugu-Abakaliki Road and traverses Enugu East, Enugu North, Enugu South, and Nkanu West LGAs, Mbah reaffirmed his administration’s determination to restore Enugu to its number one position in Nigeria and beyond.


He said that with the completion of the project, Enugu would rub shoulders with any great city in the world.


“We will have a functional New Enugu City between now and the next 24 months.


“We are here not only to witness the construction of a road, we are here to witness the construction of infrastructure.


“In this New City, we are going to have a dedicated power project, a central sewage system, high-speed internet, and there is hardly anything you will find in any modern smart city that you will not find in this City,” he said.


He also said that the first phase of the project would cover 26 square kilometres, comprising the Happy Island, the Vitality Bay and the Innovation Park, in line with the purposes the New City is to serve.


Also at the launch of the construction of the Owo-Ubahu-Amankanu- Neke-Ikem dual carriageway, the governor said the new government was bent on constructing at least 10,000 kilometres of roads in the next eight years to open the space for investors and make life better for Enugu people.


“This 40-kilometre dual carriageway is going to be a major gateway to the North Central and open up our rural areas.


“Recall that we said we are going to unlock our rural economy and the best way to do that is to ensure that we have access roads to our farmlands.


“We will also create special economic zones in our rural areas.


“But we are not thinking about agriculture as food only but also as export commodities,” the governor said.


In separate speeches, the contractors, including the Deputy Managing Director, China Communication Construction Company Nigeria, Henry Li, assured the government of first-rate projects and early competition.


“As the contractor entrusted with this significant undertaking, we recognise the responsibility that comes with it.


“We pledge our unwavering commitment to delivering the benchmark road on time and with the highest quality,” he said.


Meanwhile, the communities, which trooped out with their leaders, including traditional rulers and council chairmen, thanked the governor for the massive projects.


They promised to cooperate with both the government and contractors to ensure speedy and hitch-free execution and completion of the projects.

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Nigerian Navy arrests Motor Tanker VINNALARIS 1 Lagos for crude oil theft



The Nigerian Navy Forward Operating Base, IGBOKODA in Ondo State, has arrested 77-meter-long Motor Tanker (MT) VINNALARIS 1 LAGOS in the early hours of Thursday 7 December 2023 at about 3.00am.


A Statement by the Nigerian Navy spokeperson Commodore Ayo Vaughn said the vessel had 17 crew members onboard at the time of arrest and was caught engaging in illegal siphoning of crude oil from one of the well heads at EBESAN oil field about 7 nautical miles off the coast of Awoye riverine community in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State.


He said the apprehension of the vessel was based on credible intelligence received by the Base on the illegal activities of crude oil thieves at the location which informed the swift deployment of FOB IGBOKODA personnel to enforce the arrest of the vessel and her crew.


The vessel, MT VINNALARIS 1 LAGOS, has a storage capacity of about 15,000 metric tonnes and as at the time of arrest had loaded about 500 Metric tonnes of crude oil.


The statement further added, “it is believed that Tantita Security Service TSS is involved in the illegalities because Awoye riverine area which is close to the place of arrest is covered by TSS.” Vaughan noted that it was upon the arrest of the vessel by the Nigerian Navy that TSS began to raise false alarm, which the Navy described as totally unfounded and mischievous.

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The National Judicial Commision has recommended the appointment of 11 Supreme Court Justices, one Justice of Court of Appeal, 6 Heads of Courts and 26 other Judicial Officers.


This was the consencus at the Councils 104 Meeting after considering the list of candidates presented by its Interview Committee



According to a statement signed by the Director Of Information, Soji Oye, the council after much deliberations, recommended Justice Hannatu Sankey, Justice Chidiebere Uwa, Justice Chioma Nwosu-Iheme, Justice Haruna Tsammani and

Justice Aseimo Adumein as Supreme court Justices.


Others are Justice Obande Ogbuinya, Justice Stephen Adah, Justice Habeeb Abiru, Justice Jamilu Tukur, Justice Abubakar Umar, and Justice Mohammed Idris.


The NJC also recommended Justice Mohammed Ramat as a Justice of the Court of Appeal.


Some heads of court nominated are Justice Joel Agya, as the Chief Judge Taraba State,

Justice Umar Abubakar, Chief Judge of Taraba State amongst others.


The Council has said that all recommended candidates to the Supreme Court Bench would be sworn-in after the approval of their recommendation by President Bola Tinubu and the subsequent confirmation of their appointment by the Senate.


NJC has also noted that the various Heads of Court recommended would also be sworn-in upon the approval of their appointment by their various State Governors and subsequent confirmation of same by their respective State Houses of Assembly.

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EFCC denies comments on 70 percent Nigerian Youths involvement in internet fraud



EFCC denies comments on 70 percent Nigerian Youths involvement in internet fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has denied comments by it’s Executive Chairman, Ola Olukoyede which labelled seventy percent of Nigerian Students as internet fraudsters.




While stating this in a Statement by the Head, Media and Publicity Dele Oyewale, the Commission says it is a misrepresentation of the concerns of the Chairman of the EFCC to the rising incidences of internet- related crimes involving Youths across the Country.




It explains that its Chairman had called for wider media enlightenment of youths as a counter- measure against the menace of internet fraud at a meeting with Representatives of the Civil Society Organizations, CSOs that paid him a visit in Abuja.




Olukoyede says that reports and intelligence available to him indicated that, unless the trajectory of youth involvement in internet fraud is addressed and reversed, the future of their leadership of Nigeria may be threatened and if it continues in the next ten years, seven out ten of the youths may be getting involved in cybercrimes.



The EFCC says that at no time did its Chairman mentioned that “seven out of ten” Nigerian students are criminals” as widely reported.




The Commission assures the public that its Chairman is doubly committed to the progress of Nigerian Youths and underscores his calls for collaborative interventions in offering them more productive and sustainable alternatives.



The Statement added that the concerns of the EFCC Chairman bothers on breaking the jinx of mass indulgence of youths in cybercrimes.

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