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Obaseki Flags Off Construction Of 9.7km Uwelu Road, Others



L-R: Ogida of Evbogida, Chief Osaruyi Ogida; Ohen-Amegor of Uwelu Community, High Priest Osaretin Amegor; representative of Edo State Governor and Commissioner for Road and Bridges, Engr. Ethan Uzamere; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Road and Bridges, Ferguson Enabulele, and Member representing Egor Constituency in the Edo State House of Assembly (EDHA), Hon. Natasha Osawaru, at the flag-off of construction of 9.7km Uwelu Market Road with adjoining streets, in Egor LGA, on Wednesday, January 10, 2024.

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, on Wednesday, flagged off the construction of 9.7km Uwelu Market Road with adjoining streets.

Obaseki, at the flag-off, said the road construction project will benefit over 20 communities, reassuring sustained efforts to open up more communities for economic activities and development.

The governor who was represented by the State Commissioner for Road and Bridges, Engr. Ethan Uzamere, said the government, as part of the project, is developing a mini water storm project to address the erosion problem in the area.

He said, “This road is called Uwelu Spare Parts Road. We are doing a lot of adjoining roads around here. This is an old bypass road reducing traffic around here. We started working around one week ago immediately after the holidays to ensure this road is done well.

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“The total lots apart from Uwelu Spare parts market road include nine adjoining streets which amount to about 9.7KM. We are using new technology; some of the roads are done with concrete technology with rigid pavement and we are doing some major mini stormwater projects as well.”

According to him, “The road will connect more than 20 communities, boosting economic activities in these areas. We have a major stormwater project in the State and need to take water away from our roads as we have issues with water on our roads. We are focused on erosion control and also focusing on the mini water storm project around this area.

“This Uwelu Spare Parts Road has been bad for a long time and over the years, palliative works have done without great success. There is a major erosion issue with this road. That is what we are moving to solve immediately and when it’s solved the road will last for a long time.”

On his part, the Chairman of Egor Local Government Area, Hon. Eghe Ogiemudia commended the Edo State Governor for prioritizing the development of the area, noting that, “The road is like a bypass connecting several communities.”

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She stated, “We thank the governor for keeping to his promise of fixing this road. The people of Egor will work with the Obaseki-led administration to ensure he finishes strong.”

Also, the Chairman of Uwelu Spare Parts Market, Osa Collins said, “For over 20 years, this road has not been motorable and we have lost customers and traders alike who have all moved to other markets in the State. The governor has done something great by flagging off this road as our unborn children will appreciate the governor for what he has done.

“The governor made a promise last year when he came visiting and today he has kept to his promise as construction of the road has commenced.”

Others present at the flag-off include the Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Edo State Chapter Comr. Odion Olaiye, youths and elders of Uwelu and Ogida communities, serving commissioners, permanent Secretaries, and traditional leaders, amongst others.



Terrorism: Court Frees Rivers APC Chieftain After Two Years




A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has discharged and acquitted a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress and Deputy Chairman of Youth Movement in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State, Chief Fubara Ohaka, of charges filed against him by the Federal government.

Ohaka had been standing trial on six counts of alleged involvement in illegal oil bunkering, terrorism, dealing in illegal refining products without a licence, and conspiracy among other charges preferred against him since 2022 by the Federal government through the Department of State Services.

Delivering judgment in the matter, the trial judge, Justice Stephen Dalyop-Pam, held that the Federal Government failed to provide evidence to back its claims, hence failing to prove its allegations against the defendant.

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Our correspondent reports that Justice Dalyop-Pam agreed on no-case submission by the counsel for the defendant and thereby discharged and acquitted him.

Speaking to newsmen outside the courtroom, Ohaka expressed happiness that he has been vindicated, saying the judgment has put shame on the faces of all those who conspired to tarnish his image.

He said, “I’m happy that the judiciary has vindicated me today. I told the world that I never had any idea of the allegations against me, I am not a bunker, I have never sponsored any person to do bunkering,

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“Thanks to the judiciary who in its wisdom have reached to the root of the matter and proven to be the last hope of the common man.

“I want to thank those who stood by me in the time of trial, I’m happy that I never disappeared from them when I was told I was innocent of the allegations against me.

“Let me also use this medium to advise government agencies to always carry out proper investigation before engaging in legal battles, because if they had I would not have spent the number of months I spent in detention before the legal action that turned out in my favour today.”

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NLC Insists On Planned Protest, Knocks DSS




The Nigeria Labour Congress has insisted that the planned protests against the prevailing economic situation in the country will hold contrary to the warning issued by the Department of State Services to shelve its protests.

The organised labour, on Monday, began mobilising its members for a nationwide protest slated for February 27 and 28 over the cost of living crisis in the country.

The Federal Government’s failure to fulfil its promises after the 14-day ultimatum by Labour, according to sources, will be met with a two-day nationwide protest already slated for February 27 and 28.

Reacting to the planned protests in a statement on Wednesday, the DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, urged the union to shelve the plan in the interest of peace and public order.

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The Secret Service urged the union to pursue dialogue and negotiation rather than engage in conduct that could heighten tensions.

However, the NLC President, Joe Ajaero, in a statement he personally signed on Wednesday evening, noted that the protests will still hold and questioned why the DSS had yet to execute the arrest of those planning to disrupt the protests.

We are concerned by the unsolicited advice of the Department of State Security to shelve our planned protest against the unprecedented high cost of living despite the indescribable suffering in the land, spiralling inflation, deepening poverty and the Naira at an exchange rate of N1,900 to the US Dollar.

“According to the Service, the planned protest should be shelved ‘in the interest of peace and public order’, pre-supposing that the action is intended to be violent and disruptive even when we have a history of peaceful protests’.

“More worrying is the new role the Service has assigned to itself, the chief spokesperson of the government.

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“We are equally worried that although the “Service is aware that some elements are planning to use the opportunity of the protest to foment crisis and by extension, widespread violence and yet have not executed the arrest of these elements,” the NLC president said.

Ajaero noted that the NLC will not compromise the sovereignty or security of the country while assuring that the protests would be peaceful.

We are equally intrigued by the innuendos of the Service, their philosophy of “peace” and wild allegations and we want to reassure them that no one loves this country more than us and on our honour, we would never do anything that will compromise its sovereignty or security.

“Having said this, we would not have ourselves blackmailed or lied against by the Service. Our protest is a peaceful one against the unpardonable cost of living of which the unserviced personnel of the Service are also victims.

“We cannot fold our hands and pretend all is well. That will be a grievous conspiracy that history will not forgive,” he said.

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VIDEO: Give Tinubu Time To Get Things Done, Gowon Begs Nigerians




A former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd.), has urged Nigerians to exercise patience with President Bola Tinubu’s administration, emphasizing that it’s premature to anticipate flawless outcomes at this stage.

Gowon spoke in an interview with State House correspondents after a meeting he had with Tinubu on Wednesday.

The former Head of State, who noted that he was visiting Tinubu for the first time after the latter’s inauguration, disclosed that discussions revolved around matters concerning peace and security within the West African sub-region.

Responding to inquiries about his advice to the President regarding the prevailing national circumstances, Gowon acknowledged the existing challenges but stressed that it’s too early to anticipate perfection.

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He said, “I was telling him that there’s no Nigerian leader that can get there, that will not get all of these, all that is being said about him. But certainly, there is no doubt about all that one has heard and seen from various media. I think the government is trying its best to deal with the various problems of the country.

“But with Nigerians, don’t worry, you will get criticised but people who get there know better than you know. I think all one can say to Nigerians is that they have to give the President time to get things done and it is too early to sort of say a perfect result will be achieved. That is my opinion.

“At least, if I remembered, I was told that I was too slow, fighting the war and that probably Nigeria would not make it and we should seek for discussion. Well, did we do it or not? They probably did not know the problem there on the ground there.”


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