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Nyako: How N1.2bn Was Diverted To Private Companies – Witness

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on March 24, 2017 through its seventh witness, presented documents to show the transfer of N1,384,525,000 diverted from the Adamawa State government, during the tenure of Murtala Nyako, to the account of Crust Energy Limited.

Nyako, a former governor of the state is facing a 37-count charge along with his son and serving senator, Abdulaziz, Abubakar Aliyu and Zulkifikk Abba, before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

They are alleged to have committed the fraud using Blue Opal Limited, Sebore Farms & Extension Limited, Pagoda Fortunes Limited, Tower Assets Management Limited and Crust Energy Limited, as conduit pipes.

The witness, Chinedu Ayogu, a compliance officer with Diamond Bank, while being led in evidence by O.A. Atolagbe, told the court that the bank received request with respect to some companies linked to the defendants.

“We received a request from the EFCC to provide the account opening packages of Sentinel Production and Exploration Limited and the statements of account which consisted of the Naira and Dollar accounts, and we complied,” Ayogu said.

Ayogu identified the various documents sent to the EFCC in response to the anti-graft agency’s request, which were subsequently tendered as exhibit against them. There was no objection from counsels to the defendants, as to there admissibility, and they were accepted and marked as exhibit AD.

Under cross-examination, Ayogu revealed that at various times, several amounts of money were credited into the account of Crust Energy Limited.

Ayogu said: “On May 2, 2013, Crust Energy Limited was credited with N160 million, N79 million on May 13, 2013, and another N79 million on May 14, 2013,  N150 million on May 23, 2013, and another N150 million on June 7, 2013, N120 million and N100 million on July 16, 2013, N508,500,000 on November 19, 2013, and N38,025,000 on December 10, 2013.”

According to Ayogu, the documents also indicated that “on August 13, 2013, Belmark Ent. IFO Sentinel Exploration was credited with $4,500,000. On November 19, 2013, Belmark Ent. IFO Sentinel Expl was credited with $3,000,000. On December 12, 2013, Sentinel Exploration E/O Belmark Ent. Was credited with $220,000”.

While adjourning to May 2, 2017 for continuation of trial, Justice Abang fixed March 28, 2017 to hear an application brought by Abba seeking for a release of his international passport.

Fayose Offers To Help Buhari ‘Discipline’ His Powerful Appointee

Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti state governor, says he is ready to help President Muhammadu Buhari discipline his “powerful” political appointees.

Fayose said this in a statement issued by Idowu Adelusi, his media aide, on Friday.

He said Nigerians were beginning to believe the statement of Aisha, the president’s wife, that a cabal had taken over the government.

Fayose’s latest onslaught is coming a day after he promised Babatunde Fashola, minister of power, works and housing, that he would tone down his criticism of the president.

In the statement, the governor said the refusal of Hameed Ali, comptroller-general of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), to wear a uniform for an appearance at the senate was shameful, and that it portrayed the Buhari-led administration in a bad light.

He then volunteered himself to help curb the excesses of some of his appointees.

“Governance has been reduced to a theatre of the absurd. These appointees of yours are needlessly and embarrassingly flexing muscles and are heating up the polity. They appear to be having fun and regaling themselves at the expense of the nation,” he said.

“The economy has collapsed and the people are suffering. There is hunger and anger never before witnessed in the land. Yet, presidential appointees are preoccupied with trivialities and inanities. Wearing of uniform has suddenly become a supreme court matter. Why a man who will not wear uniform went to take a uniformed job beggars belief.

“How someone who has so little respect and scanty regard for an organisation like the Nigeria Customs Service should be made to head the same organisation must baffle right-thinking Nigerians. In other societies where people have a sense of decency and decorum, people with such irreconcilable differences would honourably resign their position.

“And where a government finds itself unable to effectively govern, as we appear to have here on our hands, it behoves the head of that government to do the needful.

“Mr President, I, Ayo Fayose, volunteer to help you in this regard. As a state governor, I cannot brook a tenth of what you are taking from your appointees. None of my appointees can disrespect and disparage the Ekiti state house of assembly like your appointees are doing to the national assembly.

“Mr President, let it not be said that you have lost grip of your government. Nigerians are beginning to believe, as a statement of fact, your wife’s allegation that a cabal has taken over your government.”

He urged the president to rein in his appointees because they appeared more powerful than he is.

“Your defence that your wife belongs in ‘the other room’ now rings hollow in the ears of Nigerians. The saying is that he who appoints can also disappoint,” he said.

“Your appointees are your creation and it is an aberration when they become greater and more powerful than you. Mr President, the tail is wagging the dog right now. You must take effective and firm action to reverse this ugly and unwholesome trend. I am also the head of a government and I know how it works.

“The ‘consortium of presidents’ around you, as Nigerians now derisively refer to those ‘powerful’ and larger-than-life appointees of yours who take delight in riding roughshod over the polity and desecrating the hallowed chambers of justice, must be cut to size.”

Fayose assured the president that Nigerians were ready to queue behind him “to put an end to your appointees’ shenanigans”.

“Did you listen to what a distinguished senator of the federal republic said this week on the floor of the red chamber; that for the 49 (sic) days that you were away on medical leave in London, your appointees were gentle and behaved themselves and there were no killings in any part of the country by rampaging herdsmen; but now you are back and the troubles are back with us again? We all prayed for your quick recovery and swift return to office. Must we now regret doing so?”

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Heresy In The House Of Oduduwa By @DeleMomodu

Fellow Nigerians, let me take you on historical excursions today. At this unfortunate time that History is not a compulsory subject in our school curriculum, it is pertinent to educate ourselves properly about our dear beloved nation. For those who may not know, Ile-Ife is the ancestral home of all Yoruba people. Please, ignore attempts by all manner of historians attempting to rewrite history. Ile-Ife occupies an eminent space on the world map today, and as far back as I can remember, as being the cradle of Yoruba civilisation, at the very least. That is why you will find that all Yoruba’s in the diaspora lay claim to no other ancestral home than Ile-Ife. The Ooni of Ife is their revered King.

I’m proud to have been born and raised in that ancient town. I was born in 1960, just before Nigeria attained Independence, in a neighbourhood called Obalufon, a stone-throw from Sabo, where the Hausa community lived, and still lives today. My father had migrated, according to oral history, from Ihievbe, now comfortably situated in Owan East Local Government of Edo State. He met and married my affectionate mother and I’m the only product of their conjugation.

Ile-Ife welcomes hundreds of immigrants from different parts of Nigeria and beyond and we were fully integrated. We lived in peace, and as one. Ile-Ife produced four Deles in journalism and three of the four – Dele Giwa, Dele Agekameh and Dele Momodu – had their origin in present day Edo State. The fourth, Dele Olojede, is from Modakeke, and lived close to Ojoyin and Akarabata Roads in Ile-Ife. No one could tell the difference. We can easily be called bona fide sons of Ile-Ife and you won’t be wrong.

I spent 26 out of my first 28 years fully in Ile-Ife, the other two years were used serving the former Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Chief Akin Omoboriowo, of blessed memory. I also served The Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade Olubuse II. I had studied Yoruba for my Bachelor of Arts degree and graduated in 1982 and returned in 1986 to enrol for a Masters in Literature-in-English and finished that in 1988. I’m therefore humbly qualified to regard myself as an authority on Ile-Ife, and indeed an adopted Ife son. I can vouch for Ife people as very friendly and welcoming people despite the internecine wars that have recently ravaged the town and halted the peace we all enjoyed growing up with.

In my close to 57 years on earth, I have come to see Ile-Ife as a modicum of tolerance and accommodation. Ile-Ife plays host to one of Africa’s greatest universities. I’m mightily honoured and proud to be an alumnus of University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University. Most of our lecturers including non-indigenes usually build their homes in the town upon retirement because of the comfort and serenity provided by Ile-Ife.

I’m very familiar with the Sabo area of Ile-Ife. My father had worked with the Public Works Department, not far from Sabo. He also owned a small hotel and restaurant in Sabo and catered to the Hausa Community. My mum was also a food-seller by Ilare Prison, and we lived in Ogboku Road, by Akui Road, all very close to Sabo. I never heard of skirmishes between the Hausa and the Ifes, or anyone for that matter. You can therefore imagine my shock, horror and devastation when I read of the latest wanton killings in Ile-Ife and the communal strife that had spawned it. I was somehow relieved when I heard that the terrible situation had been brought under control. Kudos to the security forces for the big task of separating the warring communities.

I have read different and conflicting accounts of what led to the war. In every conflict, there must be two or more parties involved. In this particular case, all accounts I read pointed to a case of provocation and retaliation. I cannot confidently determine or say if the reaction was commensurate to the action, as propounded by Isaac Newton in his Law of Motion, but something definitely triggered the conflagration and dastardly massacre. I can still manage the news up to that point. But something else happened that rendered me speechless.

Those who should maintain the peace, protect the people and punish the homicidal lunatics who beheaded and murdered recklessly came in and took sides in the matter by arresting one side while studiously ignoring the other. “Which kind injustice be this?” in Fela’s voice. How can the prosecutor also be the Judge even before the case begins in the court room? Is it that the suspects just woke up and started shooting sporadically at anyone in sight, especially people in their community? How come not even one person was picked up from the other obvious party in the imbroglio? I also fail to see the logic in the mass arrests of Ife people and abducting them from the State of Osun to the seat of the Federal Government in Abuja. Any rookie lawyer knows that they can never be tried in Abuja but in Osun State.  What Gestapo and Gulag facilities exist in Abuja that are not available in Osun State to warrant these people being moved?

I sincerely reject the excuses offered by the Inspector General of Police while trying spiritedly to justify the perfidiously odious decision to villainize only one party to the conundrum. I respect the Inspector-General of Police and considered him a thorough bred professional.  However, it defies logic that the head of any of our security agencies would utter words to the effect that the Yorubas involved in this sad and ugly incidents are criminals but the other side are not.  Clearly, this was a clash between Hausas and Yorubas. Why have the Hausas not been branded criminals as well? Is it because the Inspector General of Police is from the North?  such misguided, uninformed and ill-advised statements can only add to the palpable tension in Yorubaland and fan the flames of the seething discontent and anger that is becoming all pervading not just in Ife but amongst all Yorubas wherever they are.

Although the Ifes know who their assailants are, they have been reluctant to name them because their hospitable nature does not allow them to snitch on their guests. That is no reason for the Police who were on the scene quiet quickly, on Tuesday 7 March 2017 when the incident actually took wings, from arresting those Hausas that they saw committing atrocities. To take the position that until those involved on the Hausa side are named by the Ifes, they would not be arrested is too naïve and utterly presumptuous.

The response and reaction of the Nigeria Police bemuses me for a force seeking to assure Nigerians that it can be relied on for its neutrality and sense of justice. Its response to the crisis was utterly confused and disorganised. Once events began to unfold on Tuesday 7 March, a seasoned and professional Force would have begun to gather intelligence and deployed a strong contingent to the flashpoints to prevent further disturbance.  On the contrary, the Police waited until full scale war had blown out before seeking to control the situation. By then it was too late.

The other thing I cannot understand is why the Police will not inform Nigerians of the current state of their enquiries and why only one side has been fingered in the crisis. I keep saying we are no longer in the dark ages.  Information is key. The way that the British police has managed the information as regards the Westminster attack is a case in point.  Regular updates are released. Nobody can therefore speculate.

The only solution to the current Ife Crisis is for the Police to release the remaining Ifes currently being held by them.  If they need to be in some form of protective custody or to prevent a recurrence because of their presence, then they can be bailed with a condition that they should not return to Ife. There have been similar riots and incidences in other parts of the civilised the world.  People are not just locked up but released on bail pending further investigations.  There is a presumption of innocence until guilt is pronounced by a Court of Law.  We cannot continue to behave in an anachronistic and primitive manner.

The bias of certain powerful forces is already extremely shambolic. I wonder if there are agent provocateurs and fifth columnists who are deliberately setting up our President Muhammadu Buhari for monumental failure. Nigeria has known no peace since we succeeded in sacking the profligate government of PDP. It is embarrassing that some government operatives cannot see what damage they are doing to our President who suffered so much personal attack because of the perception that he is an ethnic jingoist and religious bigot. There is a saying by the Yoruba that a man accused of being a thief should never romance someone else’s goat. Our President needs to rescue our people and disabuse the minds of Nigerians about his branding as a President who does not think other Nigerians are important except his own people. Some of us laboured hard to convince our people that General Muhammadu Buhari is a true Nigerian patriot who would come to defend every Nigerian, especially the poor. I still believe in him and wish to assume that some people are using his name to commit and perpetrate all kinds of malfeasance while he is ensconced within the gilded cage of Aso Rock.

The tension in Nigeria at the moment can be cut with a razor blade. Nothing is more dangerous than playing ethnic games in the midst of economic tragedy. Nigerians voted for change to enjoy the highfalutin promises we made to them. We promised to deliver them from prodigal sons and daughters; liberate them from terrorists and general insecurity; rescue them from hunger and disease; eliminate ethnic and religious crises; provide jobs, social security and succour for our agonizing youths and many such goodies.

We did not promise to abdicate leadership responsibilities for irrational pursuit of personal vendetta and wars of attrition. We did not tell Nigerians that they would have to survive and live more by faith and promises than by concrete plans and effective and efficacious governance. We did not envisage the nightmare staring us in the face today so horribly.

My appeal is to the President. Politics is give and take. Politics is about practicality. A good lesson came from America just last night. Democracy is a game of numbers. Being obdurate and obstinate has no place in democracy. Anyone telling the President that he can fight all battles and win all wars is a big liar. In fact it was such a belief that heralded the downfall of the PDP that the President has now succeeded. We saw what happened in his absence when a different approach was tried and tested, Nigerians were happy, joyful and hopeful and they cooperated beautifully with the APC government despite their prior anxiety and palpitation.

President Buhari should stick to a winning formula. He should encourage and empower his deputy, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, to carry on with the good news of the kingdom. The Ife crisis loomed large in our reckoning on 8 March 2017, While the then Acting President was marking his 60th birthday in a low key manner.  Due to my obvious connections, I am aware that Senator Jide Omoworare was at the private dinner to mark the occasion. I know that Prof Osinbajo mandated both him and Senator Rabiu Kwankwanso, who was also at the occasion, to utilise their influence and contacts in the respective communities to ensure that peace prevailed immediately. He also gave necessary marching orders to the security agencies.

History teaches us that a similar situation occurred in Ife and the lack of neutrality displayed by the authorities during the first Modakeke crisis led to the second crisis which saw carnage and mayhem in frightening proportions. Once peace was allowed to reign, reconciliation was effected by the neutrality eventually displayed by the authorities.  Both communities no live in harmony. My fear is that if the same approach of neutrality, reconciliation and rehabilitation is not adopted the resultant inferno will consume our country. It is only natural for those aggrieved to seek their own form of justice and retribution.  President Buhari must never let it get to that.  He must take charge now because the buck stops with him and not the Inspector General of Police!

There is so much to gain by this government collectively. I do not want to believe that President Buhari would want to blow this chance of a lifetime. I seriously doubt he would want to be remembered as a champion of myopia and parochialism above being a national hero and global statesman. I pray our President would direct all his disciples to begin to act like nationalists and be less of incendiaries determined to set fire to Nigeria and dismember whatever is left of the carcass.  

Nigerians want peace and prosperity and no more!

Super Eagles: When Nigerian Fans Do Not Matter, By Aderonke Bello

It was a gut-wrenching Thursday night for devoted football fans in Nigeria – the match between Senegal and Nigeria played in faraway England without a single live broadcast.

Thousands of Nigerians moved from their homes to viewing centers around the country, to catch a glimpse of the football match but to no avail. The NFF had asked Nigerians to go and watch online via a provided link.

Shamefully, the match that ended up a draw in front of a disappointing crowd was played at English Football League Two football club, Barnet’s ‘Hive Stadium’.

A case of neglect?

Many die-hard fans bought the stipulated N500 ticket to watch the match but end up downtrodden as it was not shown eventually. The company that was scheduled to stream live the match later apologised with promises of a refund of the N500 paid without any offer of compensation.

The money of course is not an issue considering the depth of love and patriotism of Nigerian fans who would have loved to watch their beloved super eagles play.

It is also a failure on the part of the NFF to schedule a football match without concrete arrangement to have it shown on mainstream TV, we are talking about our Super Eagles here. It is totally unacceptable, the NFF should be ashamed of this neglect of our passionate fans – it must not happen again.

A case for Black Armband

The Nigerian football federation had earlier tweeted that players would wear black armbands to play in England in the wake of the Westminster terrorist attack (May the soul of the departed RIP).

Regrettably, the football federation has never neither compel nor urge the Super Eagles to wear black armbands to honour the victims of insurgency, not even the fallen soldiers in Nigeria. Not even a thought of it.

I recall opining not long ago to the NFF about the importance of respect, using the power and the strength of football in uniting the nation when top soldiers fall in battle, shortly before the Algeria/Nigeria match, late last year in Uyo, which unfortunately, fell on deaf ears.

Is the NFF still broke?

So many questions were on the lips of Nigeria who feel they should have shown the match live, and of course with no doubt, the Uyo township stadium would have undoubtedly be filled to the rafters.

The glee on the faces of almost all the NFF board members, laughing away in the UK, with no expense spared hotel accommodations when they claim to be broke, truly beggars belief.

CAF and continental engagements and recognition seem to be the major focus and interest of our leaders, than the feeling of Nigerians feeling who elected them into office in the first place. How on earth would you take a Nigerian friendly to England, and to add salt to injury by not ensuring that the match was shown live on TV?

On this one, the NFF has failed woefully and they owe all the over 170 million Nigerians an apology.

Whistleblower Policy: Nigerian Govt Investigating 154 Tips

Nigerian Government says its Whistleblower policy has so far received a total communication of 2,251 as at Saturday, March 24, 2017.

The various communications were recieved through website, calls, SMS and emails.

Mr Festus Akanbi, Media Adviser to the Minister of Finance, who gave an update said the communication includes enquiries, tips, compliments and general advice from the public.

He gave the breakdown thus:

a.Website (www.whistle.finance.gov.ng)  – 95

b.Calls – (09098067946) – 1,550

c.SMS – 412

d.Emails ( whistle@finance.gov.ng) – 194

II.TOTAL NUMBER OF TIPS RECEIVED – 282

a.Tips received through Calls – 49

b.Tips received through SMS – 87

c.Tips received through Website – 95

d.Tips received through E-mail – 51

According to Akanbi, out of the 282 tips recieved, a total of 154 tips that are actionable relate to:

i.Contract Inflation and Conversion of Government Assets to Personal use

ii.Ghost workers

iii.Payment of unapproved funds

iv.Embezzlement of salaries of terminated personnel

v.Improper reduction of financial penalties

vi.Diversion of Funds meant for distribution to a particular group of people (farmers)

vii.Diversion of funds to personal commercial Bank Accounts to earn interest

viii.Non-Remittance of Pension & NHIS Deductions

ix.Failure to Implement projects for which funds have been provided

x.Embezzlement of funds received from Donor agencies

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xi.Embezzlement of funds meant for payment of Personnel emoluments

xii.Violation of TSA regulations by keeping funds in Commercial banks

xiii.Violation of FIRS (VAT) regulation by adjusting Value Added Tax payment

xiv.Non-procurement of equipment required for Aviation Safety

xv.Money laundering and Diversion of funds meant for approved projects

xvi.Illegal Sale of Government Assets

xvii.Diversion of Revenue (IGR)

xviii.Financial misappropriations (embezzlement)

xix.Concealed bailout funds

xx.Mismanagement of Microfinance banks

xxi.Illegal Recruitments

xxii.Violation of procurement Act

Buhari To Visit Borno On Monday

President Muhammadu Buhari is expected in Bama town, Borno State on Monday as special guest of honour to declare open the Nigerian Army 2017 Small Arms Championship, tagged ‘NASAC 2017.

The chief of training and operations, Army Headquarters, David Amadu, on Friday at a pre-event press briefing in Maiduguri disclosed the president’s planned visit on Monday.

Mr Amadu, a major general, also said the minister of Defense, Mansur Dan’Ali, and all the service chiefs are also expected at the five-day event.

The general added that after the opening ceremony, the event will then shift to the former enclave of the Boko Haram insurgents, the notorious Sambisa forest.

“The championship will be formally declared open Monday, 27th March 2017 and close on Friday, 31st March 2017.

“During the championship, Nigerian Army has lined up chain of activities which include medical outreach to Bama, Kindyga and Magumeri IDPs camps,” he said.

He said other engagements comprised educational training for Army Education Corps in Maiduguri, security awareness meetings with the traditional rulers, distribution of relief materials to IDPs within Maiduguri city, among others.

“The championship was aimed at testing and shaping the intelligence and professional capacity of the Nigerian Army officers and soldiers as well as equipment,” Mr Amadu added.

“It was also to put the Sambisa forest into proper use and turn it into Nigerian Army training ground as roads and bridges have been constructed and opened to enable the Nigerian Army test its arms, ammunition and equipment as part of its fire arms demonstration”.

“The firearms demonstration was meant to consolidate the professionalism of the Nigerian Army in protecting the integrity of Nigeria and constitutional role of the Nigerian Army, especially, security.”

He allayed fears of civilians who are invited for the competition, declaring that unlike before, the notorious forest is now safe with intense security measures already adopted to guarantee safety for both the troops and invited guests.

He then appealed to the public to cooperate with the Nigerian Army during the championship, pointing out that arrangements had been made to ensure proper security of lives and property within and around the defined range of the firearms demonstration.

We’re Yet To Receive Second Tranche of Paris Club Refund – Kwara Govt

The Kwara State Government says it is yet to receive a second tranche of the London-Paris club loans refund from the federal government.

The State Commissioner for Finance, Alhaji Demola Banu disclosed this on Friday in Ilorin while briefing journalists after the meeting of the State Joint Accounts Allocation Committee (JAAC).

Banu stated that although President Muhammadu Buhari has authorized the release of the funds to the 36 states of the federation, the Federal Ministry of Finance is still processing the payment.

“There has been no official commitment from the Federal Ministry of Finance as regards when the money will be paid. No State of the federation has received any fresh payment at the moment,” he added.

The Commissioner, however, assured that the public will be duely informed whenever the payment hits the State government’s accounts.

Speaking on the federal allocation to the 16 local government councils in the State for the month of March, Banu disclosed that the gross statutory allocation for the LGs stood at N923, 374, 901.19, Value Added Tax (VAT) of  N368, 927, 474.85 and excess Petroleum Profit Tax (PPT) of N219, 190, 418.56.

He said the sum of N273, 114, 949.65 was deducted at source as repayment for the LGs previous borrowings from banks. Other deductions are N1.5m for sundry expenses.

The Finance Commissioner announced that following the deductions, the sum of N271, 979, 655.86 is to be shared among the councils, which is inclusive of 10 per cent of the State government’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) distributable for the month, representing N44, 090, 651.86.

He also noted that N900, 000,000 was appropriated for the payment of Basic Education teachers’ salary, while the sum of N108, 988, 840.95 was allocated for LG pensioners’ arrears. Additionally, the sum of N147, 046, 492.19, which is the exchange gain difference accruing to the LGs, will be shared among them equally.

Banu, however, noted that the state government is yet to receive this month’s allocation from the federal government but expressed optimism that the payment would be received next week.

Meanwhile, a top official of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KWIRS), Mr. Segun Olaniyi was present at the JAAC meeting to give a breakdown of the IGR performance of each of the 16 LGs in the State for January, February up till the 16thday of March, 2017.

Olaniyi revealed that the total sum of N65, 973, 895.44 was realized as IGR for the LGs for the period under review, with Baruten LG having the highest collection of N15.4million.

Representatives of labour unions in the State, who were also at the meeting implored the government to use the Paris club refunds, when received, to clear LG salaries and pensions.

Gov Ahmed Flags Off N2.3b Dualization Of Kulende-UITH-Oke-Ose Road Project

Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed on Friday flagged off N2.3bn dualization of Kulende-UITH-Oke-Ose road project in Ilorin.

Speaking at the flag off ceremony on the federally owned 9km road, Governor Ahmed noted that the project reflects his administration’s commitment to implement major infrastructural projects, boost commercial activities across the state and uplift the people.

He noted that the State’s intervention on the road, validates government’s responsiveness to the plight of motorists, noting that the tremendous population growth witnessed in the metropolis has led to increased pressure on infrastructure.

Governor Ahmed assured all affected property owners by the dualization that the government will not delay in compensating them once all necessary assessments are completed.

According to him, the State government will ensure that the project and others across the State are executed in accordance with the design specifications and program of work.

The governor also called on the Federal Government to refund the monies expended by the state government on the road and others designated as federally-owned across the state. He noted that the refund will ensure the state Government have additional funds to invest on more roads and other people-oriented projects across the state.

Earlier in his address, the Commissioner for Works and Transport, Alhaji Aro Yahaya recalled that in 2012, the State Government, as a temporary measure, awarded and funded the contract for the expansion of the road from Kulende junction to Oyun-bridge to reduce the inconvenience experienced by commuters and motorists plying the route

Alhaji Yahaya disclosed that the dualization has a completion period of 18 months and urged both the contractor and the consultant to justify the confidence reposed in them by the State government.