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Dosunmu Market Inferno: Bode George Visits Scene, Assures Victims of Support

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Chief Bode George, a former PDP National Deputy Chairman, on Tuesday led some leaders of the party in Lagos State on a visit to the scene of a recent  fire incident at Dosunmu Market on Lagos Island.

A total of four buildings collapsed due to the intensity of the fire that engulfed the market on April 9.

The Lagos Territorial National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) had told NAN that 14 other buildings housing many shops were seriously impacted by the inferno.

Addressing scores of traders affected by the inferno, George, in company of other PDP leaders, including Sen. Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele, a former deputy governor and Capt. Tunji Shelle, ex-Lagos PDP Chairman, said that the party shared in the pains and losses of the victims.

George, a life PDP Board of Trustees (BOT) member, who commended the people for their patience, said that he came not for politics, but to see how to alleviate the burden of the victims.

He promised to take  the matter to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and see how to restore hope to the people.

“I will put this on my head. This is my area. I grew up here. I want to say that whatever it will take, I will give it.

“I will take it up personally with my younger brother and Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

“It is not about party, it is about the people who must feed and take care of their children and family.

“The governor has to find something to do on this. I will lead the fight for you,” George assured.

The PDP chieftain, who noted that he never imagined the magnitude of damage  wreaked, urged them traders to be patient.

He added: “Coming here and see it is completely empty and people are struggling, I am moved. This is where people get their daily meal. I will take it up.

“We don’t belong to the same party ,but this issue cuts across party line.

“All we want is for them (Gov. Sanwo-Olu and President Bola Tinubu) to get up and support these people and ensure that their income comes back.

“It is the responsibility of the government. I will visit him (Sanwo-Olu) and lay major complaint.

“I don’t want to politicise it, I am here as a Lagosian, this is my own local government, I will not want to see the people suffer.

“It is his responsibility as the state chief executive to remould the place, whether the traders have papers or no paper.

“If the governor does this, the traders and the property owners will never forget him for ever and ever.

“That’s is the essence of being in government. Government is not for self. So, I will take it up. He is a brother and we shall see to it.”

Speaking on behalf of the affected traders, Mr Abdurahmon Ajanaku, the General Secretary, Pedro Market, commended the PDP chieftains for identifying with the people.

Ajanaku, who noted that the traders had been kept in the dark since the incident, urged the state government not to abandon the victims.

Stating that the the damage and losses were huge, Ajanaku said that since the visit of the governor to the scene and the reported setting up of a committee, the traders were yet to hear anything from the state government.

“Over a month now, we have not had the opportunity to sit  down with the state government to speak on this matter since the Gov. came to visit this scene.

“We want us to talk, though we heard the government has set up a committee. We want the government to look at us and show us mercy and compassion.

“They government has not got back to us and has not held any meeting with us. Ajanaku said.

He said no fewer than 5000 families  were  affected by the inferno .

“How we are going to be comforted is what we are asking for.

“We don’t want a situation whereby the government, after rebuilding the shops, will be asking us to deposit N15 million to rent them,” he said.

Also speaking, Mrs Oluwatoyin Dosunmu said that her family had lost what their progenitor left behind for them.

Dosunmu, who noted that so many women and their families lost so much to the fire, urged the government not to add to their problems by dismantling the make-shift tents being used for trading.

Reports says that other affected traders took turns to plead with Sanwo-Olu and President Bola Tinubu to come to their aid.

Reports says    that that wife of the state PDP Publicity Secretary, Alhaja Kafilat Amode, who deals in bridal materials ,also lost a shop and two  warehouses, containing items worth millions of naira,to the inferno. (NAN)

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Alia To Constructs 10 Rural Roads In Gboko/Tarka Federal Constituency  

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From Attah Ede, Makurdi 

Benue State Governor, Rev Fr. Hyacinth Alia, on Thursday, declared that he will construct ten(10) solid rural roads in Gboko and Tarka Federal Constituency within the next few months in additional to the ongoing construction of flyover in Gboko, the traditional headquarters of Tiv nation.

 

Alia stated this, when he was addressing the people of Gboko/Tarka Federal Constituency at the Gboko township stadium in continuation of his one year thank you tour to the area.

The governor stated that he made no mistake in his decision to construct flyover in Gboko and Makurdi, saying that both the proposed 10 new roads in Gboko and Tarka with the underpasses Gboko and Makurdi, will undergo construction simultaneously and shall be deliver on time.

 

He promised to remain committed to the delivery of projects for Benue people, stressing that the opportunity that Benue people gave him to serve them is a privilege, which he took so seriously and vowed never to disappoint them.

Governor Alia explained that upon assumption of offiice one year ago, he has deliberately embarked on delivery of people oriented policies and programmes aimed at improving the lives and wellbeing of Benue citizens.

He said in the last one year, his administration has carried out massive construction of roads, renovation of offices and prompt payment of salary and pension to civil servants and pensioners.

The governor disclosed that he has directed that salary of workers should no longer be paid on 25th of every month but now as from 22nd of every month to enhance their standard of living.

“I have initiated policies that restore peace and public order in the State. I have also initiated programs for youths of the State, to engage them in acts that could make themselves reliant.

Governor however appealed to the people of the area to shun acts that is capable of thwarting development and remain supportive of his administration for more dividends of democracy.

He particularly thanked the people Gboko and Tarka local government areas for the show of love, care and support given to him in the last one year and promised to bring more development to their areas.

Earlier in his remarks, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State, Chief Barnabas Gemade, said governor Alia has lived up to people’s expectations, hence his developmental strides and good governance. 

The State Acting Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Benjamin Omakolo, thanked the people of Gboko/Tarka Federal Constituency for chosen Alia as their governor.

He stated that Governor Hyacinth Alia has so far lead Benue people very well as evident in the execution of numerous projects and timing payments of workers and pensioners entitlement.

Mr. Omakolo noted that Governor Alia has never borrow or taking loan from any bank or organisation to execute projects and pay salary of workers, rather, he was prudently using the monies from federation allocations and internally generated revenues to do what he had done so far.

He described Father Alia as a committed and dedicated servant whose passion for development and wellbeing of people made him to leave his priestly assignment to come and develop Benue State.

He announced that over 4,000 members of various political parties in Gboko and Tarka Federal Constituency defected into the APC and that he had received them with thanks.

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Gov Alia Promises To Renovate General Hospitals, Public Schools Across 23 LGAs

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Governor Hyacinth Alia of Benue State, Thursday, promised to carry out comprehensive renovation and equipping of all the general hospitals in the 23 local government areas of the State so as to meet the health needs of Benue people.

He further reinstated his government’s determination to rehabilitate all public primary and secondary schools, and to equip them with modern facilities to enhance educational development in the State.

Governor Alia who made this promise at Buruku while speaking in continuation of his thank you tour to the area, also promised to construct three roads across three communities in Buruku local government area in appreciation of their support for his administration.

He further announced that he has made three additional slots available for Buruku people to be appointed into his administration and thanked the people for standing by him during the 2023 governorship election in the State which saw his victory at the polls.

Earlier in his remark,, the acting Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Benue State, Mr. Benjamin Omakolo, disclosed that, Governor Hyacinth Alia inherited rotten and decay State which was almost in comatose from the previous administration.

He stated that the era where only one elder would sit down and consumed the resources meant for the development of the State has gone forever, saying that Alia has come to develop the state where every individual in the State will feel the impact and dividends of democracy being practice in Nigeria.

Mr. Omakolo noted that Governor Alia is gaining unprecedented supports and acceptance day by day since the thank you tour began few days ago and thanked Buruku people for voting Alia into power one year ago.

“At Sankara, Kwande, Jerchira federal constituencies axis, the crowds were overwhelming and acceptance of our governor due to his performance is unprecedented. The people’s love for him has continued to grow high and higher as a result of his achievements.

“Governor Alia has been able to proved to Benue State that he has leadership qualities even before he became governor right from where he was serving as a priest”, Omakolo stated.

He maintained that Benue APC under the leadership of governor Alia remain the original and authentic one with him as Chairman, saying there no other ruling party in the State and called on people to keep faith with the ruling APC and the administration of Hyacinth Alia.

The Acting Chairman used the opportunity to received about 2700 members of the main opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and other political parties in the area who decamped to APC.

On his part, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in the State, Chief Barnabas Gemade, remarked that governor Alia has succeeded in eliminating thuggery in Benue politics.

” Unlike before, nobody dare talked about someone in power or freely speak to address issues of concern because you don’t know when thugs will come after you. But today, thuggery has been eliminated completely in Benúe State.

“In the past, some political leaders in the state were using youths in a negative way and the present regime has stop such behaviours through engagement of the youths on positive ventures. The governor is out to restore peace and order for the wellbeing of the masses particularly the elderly in the state”, Gemade stated.

In his remark, the Commissioner for Works and Housing, Mr Imoji Tiza, acknowledged the efforts of the governor towards empowering Benue youths through their appointments into sensitive positions in his administration and engaging others in useful ventures.

He stated that Alia is the only governor that had considered Benue youths for appointments without the influence and recommendations from elders and godfather.

The commissioner thanked governor Alia for passing the litmus test in governance within the last one year and assured that Buruku people will continue to demonstrate their unalloyed support for him until the eight years tenure is completed.

Also speaking, special Adviser to the Governor on Labour and Union, Mr. Ayough Igbondu, noted that the Alia administration has reduced poverty in the state, and assured to mobilize support for him to succeed in office.

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Cholera: Agege LG Suspends School Food Vendors

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The Agege Local Government in Lagos State has suspended food vendors in schools in the area as a way of preventing the outbreak of cholera.

The council has also embarked on rigorous sensitisations to prevent outbreak of the disease in its communities.

Alhaji Ganiyu Egunjobi, Executive Chairman of the council, gave the disclosure in an interview on Friday.

According to the chairman, efforts have been put in place to sensitise market stakeholders and schools on radio to prevent the outbreak within the community.

“We have suspended all school food vendors to ensure safety of the pupils and students.

“We have informed both the pupils and students on radio stations to come with their foods to ensure their safety from the cholera disease.

“This development will allow us to detect and prevent the outbreaks in our community,” he said.

Egunjobi added that schools were visited and inspected to ensure the children are in good health and environmental condition.

According to him, market traders in various communities were also enlightened and sensitised to adopt environmental hygiene in their places to prevent the outbreak.

“We are working tirelessly to prevent the menace of cholera outbreak in our community.

“We are using various means to talk to our people, through landlord associations and others,  to caution them on ensuring hygiene in preparing  foods and drinks.

“We urge residents to acquaint themselves with precautionary measures against the deadly cholera disease outbreak.”

The killer disease has spread to over 30 states with Lagos recording 15 deaths from 350 cases. (NAN)

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