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2022 Budget: FCT to spend N64 billion on ‘priority projects’

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The Federal Capital Territory will spend N64,861,604,695.00 for its 2022 National Priority Projects, says FCT minister Mohammed Bello.

The minister explained that the figure was contained in the 2022 Appropriation Bill presented to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari on October 7.

He disclosed this at the presentation of the FCT’s 2022 budget to the joint Senate and House committees on the FCT.

Mr Bello added that the budget estimate of the FCT leveraged the 2021-2022 Medium Term National Plan (MTNDP) of the federal government. The budget estimate targets the sustained completion of 18 priority projects both within the Federal Capital City and the satellite towns.

“Some of these priority projects include the installation of solar street lights along various roads in the satellite towns; provision of roads, water and electricity supplies to the resettlement site of Galuwyi Shere (Phase II),” stated Mr Bello. “Rehabilitation and upgrading of street lighting facilities within the FCC; Design/ construction of a dam, treatment plant, tanks and other bulk water supply infrastructure to Karshi; Abuja Light Rail Transit Phase II Addendum 1-2 (2) and the rehabilitation of federal government buildings, amongst others.”

Speaking further on the importance of some of the projects, Mr Bello said that the construction of the Mpape-Shere Galuwyi road was a bold initiative of the FCT Administration to ensure a successful resettlement process of original inhabitants in about 16 communities.

He said implementing the Abuja Light rail Mass transit Phase II Addendum 1-2 (2) would fund the completion of a remaining 5.76km rail line, thereby extending the rail line from Baizango to the Kubwa station.

The Greater Abuja Water supply project, he said, was a bilateral initiative to enhance water supply in the FCT, and its implementation would extend the supply of potable water to 33 districts covering Gwarimpa, one and two Utako, Dutse, Gudu Kaura, Wuye, Mabushi, Jahi, Kado, Karmo, Lokogoma, Kabusa, Dape, amongst others.

On the performance of the 2021 budget, Mr Bello disclosed that the 2021 Appropriation Act had allocated N37,430,762,421.00 for infrastructure development activities of the FCTA as of date.

The minister said N30,147,069,087.06 had been released, representing a budget performance of 81 per cent, stressing the need to increase the FCT’s budgetary allocation, stating that the FCT should be considered a national project.

He also said the FCT was performing well in its revenue generation drive, second to Lagos in internally generated revenue.

(NAN)

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#Justiceforsylvester: Lagos police investigate death of Dowen College student

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The Lagos Police Command on Saturday said investigation into the death of Sylvester Oromoni of Dowen College, Lekki, is currently ongoing.

In a statement by spokesperson Adekunle Ajisebutu, the command said although no report was made to it, the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, ordered an investigation into the death.

“The Lagos State Police Command is not unaware of the reported death of one Sylvester Oromoni, a 12-year-old student of Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos, which is currently going viral on the social media.

“The Commissioner of Police, upon hearing about it, instantly directed the Divisional Police Officer, Maroko Division, under whose jurisdiction the place of incident is, to immediately visit the school to carry out initial investigation into the incident.

“This directive has been carried out as investigation into the case has since commenced.

“However, in view of the seriousness of the case, the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, has also been directed to take over investigation of the case immediately.” he said.

Mr Ajisebutu, in the statement, cautioned the public against taking laws into their hands, saying the command has assured the bereaved family of justice.

“Members of the public, particularly the deceased’s bereaved parents, friends and relatives, are assured that the Lagos State Police Command has deployed all available human and material resources at its disposal to unravel the circumstances surrounding the sad and unfortunate incident.

“While diligent investigation is ongoing, members of the public are advised against taking the law into their own hands. They are also enjoined to refrain from comments that could jeopardize investigation.

“The Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, while commiserating with the bereaved family, has equally assured that the outcome of police investigation would be made public in due course,” he said.

The Lagos Ministry of Education on Friday, December 3, announced the indefinite closure of Dowen College, Lekki, pending the outcome of investigation into the boy’s death.

(NAN)

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Gov. Wike offers N50 million, automatic employment to physically-challenged person

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Governor Nyesom Wike has offered James Daniel, a disabled student of the Rivers State University with N50 million and automatic appointment as a university lecturer for bagging a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree.

Mr Wike announced the monetary reward and appointment on Saturday at the 33rd convocation of the state university in Port Harcourt.

He said the honour bestowed on Mr Daniel was in recognition of his academic excellence and for being an inspiration to other disabled persons.

The governor cautioned state-owned universities to stop indiscriminate conferment of doctoral degrees on all manner of questionable candidates and people of material influence.

He emphasised that serious universities guard their reputation jealousy and award doctoral degrees only to students who have gone through years of rigorous intellectual research and interrogation and whose dissertation is independently adjudged to be sound and contributory to new learning.

He described as unfortunate, the current trend and practice in universities to award doctoral degrees indiscriminately, like chieftaincy titles, to all manner of questionable candidates.

Mr Wike also assured that the infrastructural development in the university started by his administration, including the four new campuses at Ahoada, Emohua, Ebara and Sakpenwa, will be completed by the second quarter of 2022.

(NAN) 

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PDP inaugurates new NWC members December 10

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will hold presentation of certificate of return and swearing-in ceremony of its newly elected national officers on December 10 in Abuja.

A statement by the party National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja on Saturday said that the event would hold at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, by 9:30 a.m.

It said the transition from the outgoing to incoming national officers of the party was sequenced to the successful conduct of the October 30 and October 31 elective National Convention.

“Accordingly, the valedictory session of the outgoing National Working Committee (NWC) has been scheduled to hold on Wednesday, Dec. 8, at the NEC Hall of the National Secretariat, Abuja at 11am,” the statement said. 

The party advised all leaders, critical stakeholders and its members nationwide to note accordingly. 

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