Nigeria Army begins road construction to Sambisa Forest.

Nigeria Army has started the construction of road network to Sambisa to ease troops operations in mopping up Boko Haram insurgents in the forest.


Lucky Irabor, the Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole, stated this during a press conference at the Maimalari cantonment in Maiduguri.


“We have embarked on roads construction within the Sambisa forest to open up the area and also ease our operations in within the theatre.


“Construction of the roads will ease fighting troops in their effort to mop up the Boko Haram insurgency from their hideout,” the major general said.


He called on individuals and corporate organisations to support the military, as everything could not be left to government.


Such support was essential in reviving the economic development of the north-east, he said.


“I also urge the general public to continue to support the military in the north-east through the provision of useful information and not to follow the ways of some media outfit that were bent to bring down the military.”

Kwara: Ensuring Sustainable Road Infrastructure – By Opeyemi Azeez

The present administration in Kwara State set a new record in October 2016 when Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed commissioned the first state-owned N200 million Asphalt Plant built with the capacity to produce 25 tons of asphalt per day. Considerably, it’s a leap to bridge the road infrastructural gaps in the State.

The development, objectively, has the potency to solve the major problems faced by the State Road Maintenance Agency (KWARMA) in the maintenance and further accomplishment of quality road networks across the State.

Beyond the rhetoric, however, what is plausible is to ensure the government remains on track by blocking all chance for distractive circumstances. In other words, the commendations should be less important. Rather: the end goals.

On the heels of the progress, the State Commissioner for Works and Transport, Alhaji Aro Yahaya, recounted the need to domesticate the production of quality asphalt, and by so doing: generate employment for both skilled and unskilled labour, reduce cost of road maintenance, and provide quick response to the impact of erosion and road degradation. According to him, these needs made it imperative for the State government to acquire the asphalt plant.

From the above, the acquisition of the plant is worthy, realizing the direct impacts it bears on the duo of the government and the people, simultaneously.

Since the commissioning of the plant, respite has overwhelmed motorists and other road users in the State courtesy of the quick (statewide) road rehabilitations embarked upon by KWARMA.

Crowning to the employment opportunities and substantial reduction in the cost of road maintenance is the increasing source, provided by the plant, for more revenue generation through the sale of asphalt to contractors and other users.  Revenue generated will assist the government to actualize more projects in other sectors.

It is also cheering to note that despite the lean financial resources at the disposal of the State government, contractors handling various road projects across the State have been mobilized back to sites. Almost on daily basis, we hear of the Works Commissioner inspecting road projects across the State. While a few of these projects have been completed, many others are ongoing including the Maigida-Arobadi road in Moro local government, Ilala brigde, Oloro palace road and Share-Oke ode road (lot 1 and 2).

Other ongoing road projects are Coca cola bridge road, Egbejila-airport road, Agbo-oba – Henry-George extension, and Amule Saraki bridge. Some of the roads that have been completed are the Babalonma township roads, mini-campus- Henry George road and Adua lere – Sanu  Sheu- Isale  koko road.

With the establishment of the Kwara Infrastructure Development Fund (IF-K) by the State government, Kwara will no doubt witness unprecedented infrastructural growth as IF-K  provides a sustainable funding window and ensures that all ongoing and new capital projects across the State are funded to completion, thereby ending the era of abandoned project in Kwara.

The Geri-Alimi diamond underpass is among several other infrastructural projects planned for implementation under the IF-K scheme. Others are the establishment of two campuses of the Kwara State University in Osi and Ilesha-Baruba, dualisation of Michael Imodu-Ganmi road; dualisation of UITH-Sango road, renovation of the Indoor Sports Hall of the Kwara State Stadium and the Light Up Kwara projects.

Certainly, there is no doubt about Governor Ahmed’s determination and commitment to ensure that Kwara State becomes self-reliant and achieve sustainable development by looking inwards to solve its challenges and initiate far-reaching measures to carry-out developmental projects in the face of lingering national economic downturn.

Lagos Assembly Summons Contractor Of Itokun-Ikorodu Poorly Constructed Road

Lagos Assembly Summons Contractor of Poorly Constructed Road In Itokun Ikorodu. DHV Nigeria Limited, the construction company that constructed the substandard Low Cost Bye Pass Itokun road in Ikorodu North Local Council Development area has been summoned by the Lagos state Assembly over poorly constructed road in the said area.


The road condemned barely two weeks after commission. Itokun Road is part of the 114LGA Road commissioned by Governor Ambode.

Flood Takes Over Road To Otuoke

A section of the Onuebum Road leading to Otuoke, former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan’s home town in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, has been taken over by flood.

Motorists, especially private car owners, are now forced to travel through Elebele Road to access Otuoke community, host to a federal university.

Also, petty traders operating along the Otuoke-Onuebum Road have been sacked by the rising water level from the adjoining forest. The road is the closest route for residents of Azikoro, Agbura, Otuokpoti and several other communities in Yenagoa to access Otuoke.

Some community youths had done palliative work on the failed portion of the road before flood submerged it. The youths were sighted, yesterday, directing vehicles away from the deeper parts of the flooded area.

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Rail transport will reduce road crashes – FRSC

The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Boboye Oyeyemi, has said a functional rail system will reduce road carnages and the attendant loss of lives and property in the country.


He said that car crashes on the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway had reduced drastically since the inauguration of the light rail in July, 2016, adding that the dense traffic on the highway had also reduced to a large extent.


Oyeyemi said this on Thursday in Abuja at a press briefing on the Sallah special patrol and the commencement of enforcement of speed limiting device in commercial vehicles.


He commended the Federal Government for investing in rail transport, noting that an improved inter-modal transport system across the country would assist the corps to achieve its UN Decade of Action goals.


He said, I commend the government for reviving the rail transport in the country. Since the inauguration of the Abuja-Kaduna rail line, road traffic crashes has reduced along that corridor, as well as the usually dense traffic on that road.

If the rail transport and other inter-modal system are introduced in other parts of the country, it would help the FRSC to achieve its desired objectives of reducing road traffic crashes and fatalities.”


The Corps Marshal said the enforcement of the speed limiting device in commercial vehicles would commence on October 1, 2016, adding that the facility was meant to reduce fatalities on the road and not to punish operators.


He explained that the agency had succeeded in reducing road traffic crashes between January and August, 2016 over the figures recorded in the same period in 2015.


Oyeyemi said, “From January to August, 2015, a total of 5,953 crashes were recorded involving 39,119 people in which 3,233 of them died and 17,189 others were rescued alive. Comparatively, within the same period in 2016, a total of 5,707 crashes were recorded involving 38,222 people out of which 3,048 died and 17,446 others were rescued alive.”

Abandoned Nine Month Old Baby Found Crawling On Lagos Road

Residents of Shodipo Crescent in the Ikeja Government Reserved Area of Lagos State were shocked on Wednesday to find an abandoned baby boy crawling on the road.

It was learnt that the nine-month-old baby, whose name had yet to be ascertained, was seen crawling by residents, who quickly alerted some policemen on patrol in the area.

It was gathered that the child was picked up by the policemen and brought to the Lagos State Police Command headquarters, Ikeja.

The baby was thereafter taken for a checkup.

It was gathered that the nine-month-old was believed to have crawled out of his parents’ apartment, although no resident in the area had showed up for the baby boy.

A police source said that the child would remain in the police custody until his family showed up with concrete proofs of relationship.

She said, “We found the boy on Shodipo Crescent in the Ikeja GRA. He is about nine months old. He was found crawling on the road. Some residents thereafter alerted some policemen on patrol.

“The police team rescued the baby. So far, nobody has come up to claim the baby. He must have left the custody of his parents or guardian and that is how some children fall into the hands of kidnappers and ritual killers. He is still with us at the command headquarters.”

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North Central records highest road accidents – FRSC

Corps Marshal and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi, has said that zone 4 of the corp made up of Benue, Nasarawa and Plateau states has the highest rate of accidents in the country.


Oyeyemi, who spoke on Wednesday at the flag off of the sensitisation rally on the speed limiting devices and then 2016 ember months campaign in Jos, said last year the zone recorded 905 accidents, while 279 people died.


He, however, added that in 2016, road accidents decreased to 784, but had the highest number of fatalities of 331 deaths.

He said these accidents were largely caused by human error, like speeding and urged motorists to exercise caution while driving in these ember months.


Oyeyemi said, “Over time, the corps, through research and statistics has established that speed and speed related offences have been responsible for high percentage of crashes (over 60 per cent)and this prompted the introduction of the speed limiting devices.”

Fashola Restates FG’s Commitment To Power, Road And Housing Development

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has restated the Federal Government’s determination to develop stable power supply, good road network and affordable housing for Nigerians.

This is contained in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja by the Minister’s Special Adviser (Communications), Mr Hakeem Bello.

It said that Fashola gave the assurance when he spoke at the African Alliance 2016 Investors Day in Lagos.

It stated that the ministry was determined to achieve results by doing things differently to develop sustainable infrastructure to convert current challenges to opportunities for economic growth.

He was quoted to have decried the problems inherent in the entire power chain, “from distribution to transmission, generation and gas supply, including a cross-cutting liquidity problem”.

The statement said the existing gap of meter supply in the distribution segment of the power chain had created enormous opportunities for local production for estimated three million consumers.

“Local producers or investors are expected to meet a significant local content participation that would help Small and Medium Enterprises supply an estimated three million consumers who needed to be metered.

“Apart from metering, the distribution companies have aging assets: Transformers, ring main units, poles, cables, breakers and so on, some of which are 20 to 30 years old.

“It is a problem on one hand and enormous opportunity on the other hand,” it said.

The statement stated that the ministry planned to complete about 47 transmission projects to deliver 1,000 MW more carrying capacity this year to expand national growth plan.

The statement said that the Federal Government, in spite of low oil revenue, had upgraded budgetary allocation to ensure completion of existing roads across the six geo-political zones.

“This is the first step to sustainability. But it is not enough to budget.

“It is important to implement the budget and use the finances properly.

“We plan to phase 206 roads over three years to ensure completion or substantial progress of existing roads with heaviest traffic and strategic economic significance in each of the six geo-political zones.”

The statement also reported the Minister as saying that an agreed common purpose and parameters must be defined to have a sustainable and affordable housing design that had national acceptability.

The minister disclosed that the Federal Government, in partnership with the private sector, was on a Nigerian housing model that would consider geo-political cultural differences.



FG Will Rehabilitate Roads – Fashola

The Federal Government says passage of the 2016 Appropriation will help to fast track the rehabilitation of strategic roads across the geo-political zones of the country.


It added that once the budget was passed, the settlement of debts owed contractors for road projects across the country would commence in earnest.


The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, announced the intention of the government when he visited Kwara Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, in Ilorin on Monday evening.


Fashola, who had earlier passed through the Jebba-Ilorin road, decried the deplorable state of the road which resulted to unending traffic hold up that left many motorists stranded for days.


He noted that President Muhammadu Buhari had identified the Jebba – Ilorin road as one of the strategic roads that would be given urgent attention by his administration.


“It is a very strategic road which Mr President himself has identified as one of his strategic economic roads; and the identification is with a lot of merit. Even on our short journey here we saw cattle, we saw fuel, we saw yams, we saw grains, and we saw containers going to and fro.

“So, it tells anybody who cares to observe that this is a strategic economic artery for the movement of goods between the north and south of Nigeria.

“This is the road that farmers use to get their goods to the markets. It is the road that petroleum distributors use to get their cargo to this part of the country and so on.”


He commended the contractor for continuing work on some failed portions of the road, despite non-payment by the immediate past administration.


“When I assumed office, the entire budget for road works was N18 billion for the whole of Nigeria. And all of us are now seeing where the money went. So, it is understandable, that people like this contractor who were working to build roads were not paid.

“But all of that will change under this administration as soon as the new budget is passed.

“So, I am hopeful that the challenges and the discrepancies in the budget will be overcome by meeting of minds between parliament and the executive.


There are no sides in this matter. We are different shades of the same government. So, it is imperative that we quickly get these issues behind us and get a budget in place,” he added.


Fashola said that the federal government has also set up a committee to verify federal roads rehabilitated by state governments to ensure that the standard set were followed.


On housing, he said that the government was looking at formulating policies that would promote the use of locally produced materials for sustainable buildings to enhance job creation.


“We would use more locally made materials so that our people can get back to increased productivity, create jobs and then our job would have been done as a government of change,”  Fashola declared.


Responding, Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed described Fashola’s appointment as an opportunity for him to bring his experience and achievements in Lagos to move the country forward.

“No doubt, what you did in Lagos have shown that we require people like you to move some of the most critical areas to drive Nigeria’s economy forward. We are all very clear that the issue of road and the issue of energy are very germane to our growth and development.

“So, somehow we have a lot of pressure on us but we are happy that you are coming at a very critical time to see how you can at least support some of the roads in the state, “ Ahmed said.


He added that the government had marked out lands in strategic areas of the state for the development of housing schemes and commercial zones.




Fayose Arrests Road Safety Corps For Traffic Offence

Governor Ayodele Fayose on Friday arrested an operative of the Federal Road Safety Corps at Ikere Ekiti for flouting a traffic rule.

Fayose, who went to flag off the completion of the Ado-Ikere-Iju dualisation and the commissioning of the downtown market stall in the
town, stopped his convoy at Oke–Ikere area of the town and ordered that the man be stopped and his car seized.

The road safety operative, who was  identified  as Mr Alabi , who was driving towards in his  Peugeot  505 to  Ikere Ekiti, had taken the left side of the road with the intention of dodging the dilapidated portion of the dual carriageway, which infuriated the governor who was on that rough portion of the road.

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