The Chairman, Bayelsa State Directorate for Project Monitoring and Evaluation, Engr. Ebiye Tarabina, has tasked contractors handling government projects in the state to intensify efforts to meet projects completion deadline.
Engr. Tarabina gave the directive during an inspection and evaluation tour of ongoing projects in the state recently.
Projects inspected includes the Igbedi Road; th Glory Drive to Onopa Road; the Igbogene /AIT Road project, the Yenagoa /Oporoma Road and the Elebele Bridge project.
While stating that the projects are very significant for the present and future development of the state, he urged contractors not to relent on their efforts.
The chairman who noted that Governor Douye Diri was committed to the completion of all ongoing projects in the state, charged contractors handling the various projects to expedite action.
He said one of the objectives of the prosperity administration led by Senator Douye Diri in embarking on infrastructural development was to create employment opportunities for the teeming youths in the state.
He noted that investment in these projects has been made possible of the government judicious application of state resources to meet the pressing needs of the people.
At the site of the Glory Drive to Onopa and Igbedi Road project, the project monitoring boss expressed delight at the pace and quality of work achieved so far.
He, however, urged the contractors to increase the pace for the timely completion of the projects.
The site manager of CCECC , the company handling the Glory Drive to Onopa road project, Henry Zhang, assured that the company will do everything within its power to ensure that the project is completed on schedule.
In a similar vein, the General Manager of PAACIE construction company, who is handling the Egbedi road project, Mr. Sarkis Abichmount pledged completion of the project on record time, said more milestones will be achieved on the project in the coming days.
The chairman was accompanied by members of the board, heads of departments, engineers, news men and support staff of the directorate.
Drama As Ortom Busts Illegal Revenue Checkpoint In Benue, Arrests Operators [PHOTOS]
Luck ran out on a gang of illegal checkpoint operators at Abinsi, Guma Local Government Area of Benue State on Sunday, October 24, 2021, when Governor Samuel Ortom busted their operations.
Governor Ortom’s attention was drawn to the activities of the illegal revenue operators when he noticed the harassment of heavy-duty vehicles that were detained at the checkpoint on his way from Kwande Local Government.
He then ordered his convoy to stop to find out why many vehicles were parked at the checkpoint.
As soon as he alighted from his car, some of the youths at the checkpoint took to their heels.
He discovered, during an interaction with drivers of the vehicles, that the checkpoint operators were collecting money from motorists without issuing them receipts, a development that prompted the Governor to order the arrest of four of the operators who could not run.
The Governor directed that those who fled should also be apprehended and thoroughly investigated alongside the four suspects to unravel benefactors of the proceeds from their illegal collections.
He explained that within a very short time, the checkpoint operators collected more than N20,000 from the commuters without issuing them receipts.
Governor Ortom lamented that despite the collections, nothing goes to the government as such monies are diverted into private pockets for individual use.
DAILY POST reports that he vowed to sanction the management of the Board of Internal Revenue Service, BIRS, for failure to supervise and ensure the right thing was done.
Governor Ortom said he will henceforth, personally carry out surprise checks on the activities of checkpoint operators in the state.
The four suspects were then handed over to the Police for further investigation.
EFCC Grills Ex-Senate President
A former Senate President, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, is currently being grilled by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in a case of corruption and diversion of public funds.
Anyim who arrived the headquarters of the anti-graft agency in Jabi, Abuja at about 3pm, is currently being grilled by a team of operatives.
Though details of the specific allegations against the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, were sketchy as of press time, a source familiar with the case informed that, it is tied to the corruption and money laundering case involving former Aviation Minister and serving senator, Senator Stella Oduah.
Part of the rehabilitation funds to the tune of N780 million were allegedly traced to a company in which Senator Anyim has interest.
When contacted, Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC spokesman said he has not been briefed.
Mr. Macaroni Confronts Policemen Over Alleged 30k Extortion Of A Young Man
A video making the rounds shows actor, comedian and content creator, Mr. Macaroni (Debo Adedayo), confronting policemen over their dealings with a young man.
In the video, a young man carrying dreadlocks and backpack can be seen explaining to Mr. Macaroni that he was made to transfer N30,000 to an account by the officers.
Some of the officers then started pleading with the comedian-turned activist.
However, one of the policemen could be seen recording the person making the video in spite of his colleagues’ attempt to stop him.
Some youths that recognised Debo, stopped to ask what was happening.
One of the officers was heard telling them “kosi kan kan” (‘nothing is wrong/happening’).
On the body of a police Hilux truck packed at the scene was written “The Nigeria Police Ogudu Division”.
A source said the event was streamed live on Instagram by Mr. Macaroni.
The star was a key figure of the #EndSARS movement that climaxed with the Lekki Tollgate shootings.
Also, last Wednesday, which was the first anniversary of the infamous October 20, 2020 incident, saw Mr. Macaroni and other stars at Lekki Tollgate for a memorial.
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