Our Correspondent, Bauchi
Bauchi State governor, Bala Mohammed, has disclosed that the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Works has awarded the rehabilitation of 84km Alkaleri-Futuk road (link road between Bauchi and Gombe states) for the sum of 32 billion naira.
The governor disclosed this on Thursday during an inspection visit to Alkaleri-Futuk road, in the company of the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of North-East Development Commission (NEDC), Mohammed Alkali.
“As I have been briefed by my commissioner and chairman local government area about this corridor, this corridor links Bauchi to Gombe, Adamawa and Benue states.
“As you are aware we so much mineral resources. As you are aware, the Americans are coming to establish a cement plant. As you are aware, we have oil and gas. And you are aware Mr. President has awarded the contract (of this road) through the Federal Ministry of Works to the tune of 32 billion naira to rehabilitate this road. But the contractor has not been mobilized.
“In the next one week, we are going to meet with the Minister of Works to carry this matter to them. But certainly, Mr. President has listened to our appeal. We are going to rehabilitate all the places that have been washed away. By the grace of God, they have set aside the sum of 1.5 billion to mobilize the contractor to site. I am sure that by the time they finish their procurement, you will see them coming here by the end of rainy season.
“On behalf of the government and people of Bauchi state, we convey our appreciation to NEDC and the federal government led by Mohammed Buhari for this gesture for the solace they are providing to us,” the governor stated.
In his remarks, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of North-East Development Commission (NEDC), Mohammed Alkali gave assurance that his Commission will do everything possible to ensure that the road is functional again.
He said: “In the Commission, we have been hearing of this road for a long time. The governor has been tirelessly talking to the Commission so that we can come together to see what we can do to make the road functional again. In awarding contracts of this nature, we look at the viability of the road. And I can tell you that from what we have seen, this is an economic road.
“We have come here with our Management team to see this road so that as soon as possible to we can make this road passable. We will liaise with the state and federal government to make sure that we rehabilitate this road for the benefit of everyone.”
Drogba Returns, Scores Hat-trick Against Arsene Wenger’s Team
Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba, on Wednesday night, returned to action to score a hat-trick against Arsene Wenger’s UNICEF XI team in a charity match.
Wenger returned to management to lead a UNICEF XI out against Marseille legends.
Wenger’s side moved into a 2-1 lead at the Stade Velodrome in his first.
However, Drogba stole the show with his trio of goals for Marseille legends.
The Ivory Coast legend found the net twice and then even dusted off his infamous celebration for his third goal.
Marseille legends triumphed 7-4 against UNICEF XI.
Formula One hotshot Pierre Gasly was also on target in the enthralling game.
Meanwhile, Robert Pires, Jens Lehmann, Mathieu Flamini and Samir Nasri, all Arsenal legends under Wenger, made appearances last night.
EFCC Bursts Internet Fraudsters Hideout, Arrests 22
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Command, has arrested 22 “Yahoo Boys” for alleged involvement in internet fraud.
The suspects were identified as Akintunde Ibrahim Olajide, Yusuf Taiye Afeez, Jimoh Idris Okikiola, Adeyemo Wariz Adegoke, Ademola Olalekan Saheed, Anif Abayomi Busayo, Oriade Sunday Oluwatobi, Ajadi Opeyemi Damilola.
Others include, Peter Akanji Blessing,Olaoluwa Felix Oguniran, Agbei Shola Peter, Toheeb Adeagbo Tola, Ajayi Akinyinka Umar, Ibrahim Opeyemi Ishola, Samson Shonubi Oluwafemi, Oki Kayode Oluwadunsi, Durosamo Temitope Dickson, Akinremi Ridwan Abiodun, Ahmed Ogunyele and Olawore Ridwan Olalekan.
They were apprehended during an operation at their hideout in Ogbomoso, Oyo State based on intelligence on their alleged criminal activities.
At the point of their arrest, five cars, several mobile phones, laptops and other incriminating documents were recovered from them.
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The Commission said twenty of the 22 suspects have been indicted by investigation.
It added that they would be charged to court as soon as the investigation was concluded.
Six Parties Ready To Merge, Contest Against APC, PDP – Moghalu
A former presidential candidate in the 2019 general election, Kingsley Moghalu has claimed that at least six political parties have indicated their interest to merge and form a mega party ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Moghalu stated this when he hosted Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo, the candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) for the November 6 governorship poll in Anambra State.
The ex-Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, who recently defected to the ADC, also called on Nigerians to register in order to be eligible to vote in 2023.
DAILY POST quoted him him: “We hope to be a key part of a much larger third force that is building up for the presidential elections which will include a merger of about six or seven or more parties.
“So, I believe that in the 2023 elections the citizens of Nigeria should not allow it to be a contest between two sides of the same coin because there is no difference. It should be a battle between the old and the new – between the old Nigerian and the possibilities for a new Nigeria. That is what 2023 should be,” Moghalu said.