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Mbah flags off construction of New Enugu City, 40km dual carriageway, others

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On Thursday, Governor of Enugu State, Barr Peter Mbah, initiated the construction of various road projects in the state, including a 17km dual carriageway and feeder roads in New Enugu City, a 40km dual carriageway connecting Owo, Ubahu, Amankanu, Neke, and Ikem, as well as the construction and reconstruction of 71 urban roads in Enugu’s capital city.

At the symbolic flag-off of the urban road construction, Governor Mbah assured that the 71 roads would be simultaneously constructed and completed before the end of December. He emphasized that the funds for these projects have been secured, and strict monitoring would ensure that quality standards and timelines are met without any variations or delays.

Regarding the New Enugu City roads project, Governor Mbah reiterated his administration’s commitment to making Enugu the number one city in Nigeria. He described the project as a significant development handled by the China Communication Construction Company (CCCC) and stated that it would rival great cities worldwide. He emphasized that the New Enugu City would feature essential infrastructure, including a dedicated power project, a central sewage system, high-speed internet, and various modern amenities.

The 40km dual carriageway road project, which will be a gateway to the North Central region, is part of the government’s plan to construct at least 10,000km of roads in the next eight years, aiming to enhance access to rural areas and stimulate economic growth, including agricultural and export activities.

Governor Mbah disclosed that a total of 400km of roads have been flagged off for construction during the first phase of the government’s road-building initiative.

The contractors, including Henry Li, Deputy Managing Director of CCCC Nigeria, assured the government of their commitment to delivering high-quality projects on time.

Local communities, their leaders, and traditional rulers expressed their gratitude and pledged to cooperate with the government and contractors for the successful and timely completion of the projects.

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‘You’re responsible for Nigeria’s economic woes’— Atiku tackles Tinubu

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Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the 2023 general election, attributed Nigeria’s economic challenges to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

In a statement shared on his official social media account on Sunday, the former Vice President of Nigeria urged Tinubu to take cues from Argentina’s President Javier Milei on swiftly restoring investor confidence despite inheriting a troubled economy.

Atiku criticized Tinubu for deflecting blame onto the opposition and his predecessors, calling such actions unnecessary and shortsighted. He emphasized that market dynamics respond to concrete actions, not political rhetoric.

Drawing parallels with President Milei’s leadership in Argentina, Atiku highlighted the need for well-sequenced economic reforms. He commended Milei’s proactive approach in preparing for the post-reform challenges and ensuring the availability of mitigating measures.

Atiku contrasted Tinubu’s administration’s ad hoc and hurried reforms with Milei’s strategic sequencing. He pointed out Argentina’s lean government structure achieved through reducing ministries and privatizing state-owned enterprises, contrasting it with Nigeria’s expanding bureaucracy and excessive spending on official residences.

Atiku likened Tinubu’s administration’s approach to Nero fiddling while Rome burns, accusing him of evading substantive action and blaming the opposition for policy failures, reminiscent of characters in George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

Expressing admiration for Argentina’s reforms, Atiku suggested aligning his “Recover Nigeria Plan” with Milei’s stabilization strategy to alleviate Nigeria’s economic distress. He emphasized the need for transparent policies focused on economic revival and warned against dismissing discontent, particularly among the youth, which could manifest in protests.

The statement referred to the worsening economic conditions in Nigeria, highlighted by soaring inflation rates and high living costs, as reported by the National Bureau of Statistics, with headline inflation reaching 29.90% and food inflation at 35.42% in January 2024.

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BREAKING: Fire guts FCT Minister’s residence

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A fire broke out at the private residence of Dr. Mariya Mahmoud, the Minister of State in the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), on Sunday afternoon.

Situated at No. 9, Justice Roseline Ukeji Close in the affluent Asokoro district of Abuja, the property was reportedly completely destroyed by the blaze.

Despite prompt emergency response efforts, including the arrival of fire service personnel, nothing could be salvaged from the premises.

Mr. Austin Elemue, the Minister’s Special Adviser on Media, confirmed the incident, indicating that the cause of the fire remained unknown at the time.

Authorities have initiated an investigation to ascertain the cause of the fire.

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PHOTO: Gov Makinde Host Nigeria Police Games

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1: Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde (left) and Inspector General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun, during the opening ceremony of the 14th Biennial Nigeria Police Games, host by Oyo State Government, held at Adamasigba Stadium, Ibadan. PHOTO: Oyo Gov’s Media Unit.

2: From left, Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Barr Bayo Lawal; Governor Seyi Makinde; Inspector General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun and his wife Elizabeth, during the opening ceremony of the 14th Biennial Nigeria Police Games, host by Oyo State Government, held at Adamasigba Stadium, Ibadan. PHOTO: Oyo Gov’s Media Unit.

3: Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde (left) take a salute from the Police Mascots, during the opening ceremony of the 14th Biennial Nigeria Police Games, host by Oyo State Government, held at Adamasigba Stadium, Ibadan. PHOTO: Oyo Gov’s Media Unit.

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