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FCTA Demolishes Shanties, Kiosks, Beer Parlours in Wuse Parks

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 By Laide Akinboade 

In order to restore the master-plan of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), under the aegis of Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC) on monday 23rd September 2019 demolished shanties, beer parlours and other illegal structures in designated Parks and Gardens in Wuse Zone 6 area of Abuja.

Surich Park, and two other Parks in Wuse Zone 6, were affected by the demolition exercise for operating without approval or outside the land use.

People were seen running helter-skelter, salvaging what valuable properties they can lay their hands on before and during the demolition exercise.

Speaking during the exercise, Director, Development Control Department, Murktar Galadima, noted that it was a follow up to its ongoing sensitization campaign and enforcement of development standard,which the government will continue till it have achieve its goal.

Galadima said it’s going to be all over FCC, wherever there are designated parks, to ensure prevailing activity is in line with what was approved for the development of such parks.

He also cautioned operators of Parks and Recreational Spots not to do any transaction with any person that is not officially assigned to do that kind of transaction.

According to him: “This administration have been up and doing in regards to implementation of our standard.

“I’ll like to caution them (operators of parks) not to deal with anybody not officially assigned to do that responsibility, because sometimes some touts will claim that they’re working for the constituted authorities whereas it’s not true.

‘However if any of our staff is found wanting, we are going to apply the civil service rule.”

Similarly, Director, FCT Parks and Recreation Department, Arc. Ali Ukele, said the affected parks are not designed for recreational purposes but supposed to be developed for basic Park form, which entails they should have green and park benches, and we are not supposed to have buildings in them; so that’s the infractions observed.

He said: “There are some park operators that have approved allocations, but a lot of them don’t have, so if you don’t have and you are operating illigally this operation will also catch up with you.

“We have shanties where people are sleeping within the parks, and you can see all sort of things in the Parks, there are laundry services, and all sort of shanty related activities, so we can’t allow the trend to continue.

“Also, there are security threats, because people sleep in Parks, and we have complaints from residents, because people come from parks and then rob or disturb them in the night, then disappear into the parks, so this is the issue.”

Recall that FCTA about two weeks ago through AMMC going round parks and gardens had earlier identified parks and spots that do not conform with the Parks and Recreational Spots FCT standard, warning illegal operators to vacate as a matter of urgeny.

Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC) comprises of a joint team drawn from relevant departments and agencies.

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German-based oil Company Unveils Nollywood Actor, Pete Edochie as Ambassador

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A Nollywood actor, Pete Edochie, was on Saturday, unveiled as the brand ambassador of Rowe Motor Oil distributed by a German based company, 9th Integrated Energy Solutions Ltd.

Speaking during the endorsement held in Enugu, Mr Okechukwu Benjamin, the Managing Director, of the company, said the deal was a multimillion Naira contract that would last for two years.

The managing director said the deal was renewable after its expiration in 2026.

He said the company chose Edochie because of his class and impeccable character in Africa and beyond as a reputable movie star.

He explained that 9th integrated Energy Solutions Limited was a German company that brought Rowe oil into Africa and owned the franchise for the whole of Africa.

“We are here today to officially unveil Chief Pete Edochie, as the brand ambassador of Rowe oil Nigeria and we are glad that he accepted the offer.

“Our product is a German premium oil that comes with a seal which makes it difficult to be adulterated in the market.

“We have different categories of the oil that would improve Nigerian vehicles, their engine efficiency and save fuel for them.

He added that they sold the oil based on specification of vehicles.

Reacting, Edochie thanked the company for choosing him noting that companies endorsed him as their brand ambassadors because of his reputation and impeccable character.

Edochie popularly known as “Okonkwo and Ebubedike” by his fans, said he had managed to live above board within a society marked with criminal tendencies, describing the offer as a “credible achievement”.

“I am glad to be here and to be made the ambassador of Rowe oil and I am stating my reputation on the quality of this product.

“I have enjoyed a very international marketable reputation for a very long time and I am glad to say that if you go outside this country, first thing they come across as a thespian is Pete Edochie.

“It is a not magic. When I did Things Fall Apart, I became so celebrated even before the Nollywood came into existence.

“There are some parts of the world I am being  moulded and people lean on them to take photographs and pay,” Edochie said.

Speaking on his endorsement, the Nollywood actor, who expressed gladness over the organisation’s choice, said the Rowe oil was unique as it sustained the life of a car.

He said Nigeria had come of age to be introduced into things that were  modern and scientific, hence, there was need for them to patronise the oil due to its quality and effectiveness. (NAN)

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Grammys 2024: Davido Expresses Gratitude to Fans for Support

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Nigerian Afrobeat star, David Adeleke, also known as Davido, has expressed gratitude to his fans for their show of love and support at the 66th annual Grammy award  in Los Angeles on Sunday.

The Grammy-nominated singer, took to his Instagram page @davido to appreciate his fans, as well as the organisers of Grammys award @recordingacademy for their recognition.

The singer congratulated the winners of Grammys on their various categories that night, saying that ’Grammy week was a vibe’.

“Grammy week was a vibe! Thank you for all the love from my supporters and thank you to the @recordingacademy for recognising me.

Big congrats to the winners of the night,” he wrote.

Reports says that the 66th Annual Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles, on Sunday, brought  a great disappointment to fans,  due to the loss of  Nigerian music sensations like Davido and Burna Boy, who  failed to win  in their  various nominated categories.

The other three Nigerian artistes nominated that also failed to make the list of winners were Ayra Starr, Olamide and Asake.

The music stars failure to win in their nominated categories sparked great disappointment and frustration among fans, lovers of music, as well as the Nigerian music communities.

NAN also reports that the South Africa singer Tyla emerged victorious with her song, “Water” on the Best African Music Performance category

Also, in the much-anticipated Best Global Music Album category, Davido and Burna Boy fell short, with Shakti’s “This Moment” clinching the coveted award.

The standard-bearer of Afrobeat, Davido, earlier celebrated three nominations at the 2024 Grammys; Best Global Music Performance, Best Global Music Album and Best African Music Performance.

Nigerian music star,  Burna Boy received four nominations in 2024: Best Melodic Rap Performance (“Sittin’ on Top of the World” with 21 Savage).

Others are, Best Global Music Performance (Alone); Best African Music Performance (City Boys) and Best Global Music Album (I Told Them). (NAN)

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Star-studded Film, “Dead Serious” to Hit Cinemas Feb. 9

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Comic Nollywood film, “Dead Serious” starring veteran Nollywood actor Nkem Owoh and ace comedian Oga Sabinus, is to hit cinemas on Feb. 9, its Director, Moses Inwang, has said.
Inwang stated this on his instagram page while sharing the official trailer of the comic film.
He noted: “We are dead serious about bringing you the most hilariously awkward romantic couple this Valentine’s! Prepare to laugh till your sides hurt and shed a few tears as well.


“Brace yourself for the mind-blowing movie, “Dead Serious,” the craziest romantic serious comedy of the year.

“This must-see film will hit cinemas nationwide on Feb.
9.”
The star-studded film also features, Sharon Ooja, Lillian Afegbai, Emem Inwang, Deyemi Okanlawo, and Saeed Mohammed, among others.

Popular skit maker, Lawal Bolaji, Popularly known as’ Nasboi’, also starred in the comic film. (NAN)

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