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FG to Harness Policy Experts to Actualise its Agenda – Shettima

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Vice-President Kashim Shettima has reassured that the Federal Government will harness the experiences of intellectuals and policy experts in actualising its Renewed Hope Agenda.

Shettima said this at the Presidential Villa Abuja when he received the board and management of Bruit Costaud, a government affairs, strategic policy communications and advisory firm.

The Vice-President also applauded the foresight of the managing partner of the firm and former Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

Shettima noted that the assemblage of renowned experts across diverse fields in the firm was commendable.

“The calibre of people covering a wide spectrum of areas, including security, energy, international diplomacy, communications and others, is a testimony to the seriousness of the group.

“I am also glad to know that our intellectuals and policy experts are still relevant in the scheme of things, contributing to the progress of our country; that is how it should be.

“The world is knowledge-driven; everything that we are doing today is guided by knowledge.

“That is why we have to engage groups like yours,” Shettima said.

Earlier, Mohammed thanked the Vice President for the opportunity to share insights on the firm’s activities and its proposal for the present administration.

He commended President Bola Tinubu for his efforts to address contemporary challenges.

Mohammed pledged that the firm would support the administration to succeed in its task of transforming Nigeria.

“We reaffirm our commitment to the advancement of our beloved country, Nigeria, under the leadership of President Bola Tinubu (GCFR) and the well-being of its people.

“Together, we can overcome any challenge and realise the immense potentials that Nigeria holds.

“Nigeria stands at a pivotal moment in its history, facing both challenges and opportunities that require astute policy guidance and strategic advocacy.

“We are confident that, through the bold initiatives of Mr President, we will surmount these challenges.”

Mohammed also gave assurance that the firm would deploy resources within its areas of expertise to support the government to address challenges in the economy and related areas.

“Your Excellency, our firm is dedicated to leveraging our expertise, experience and extensive network to support government policies that promote economic prosperity, social equity and sustainable development.

“As insiders with the knowledge and hands-on experience, we believe we can bring our experiences to bear to support the administration.

“We commend your leadership and vision in supporting the President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu , to steer Nigeria towards the path of progress and prosperity.

“Your commitment to fostering innovation, empowering communities and championing inclusive growth has not gone unnoticed,” Mohammed said. (NAN)

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VP’s Official Resident won’t Obstruct Traffic – Wike

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By Laide Akinboade, Abuja

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike has assured that the official residence of the Vice President under construction in Abuja, will not obstruct the flow of traffic when the project is completed. The Minister made the statement when he inspected the ongoing construction works at the Vice President’s official residence, over the weekend.

The Minister said the design and conceptualization of the VP’s residence by the Federal Government took into consideration the flow of traffic around the area, adding that the construction work is being carried out according to specification.
BWike further disclosed that the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) has made its input into the project and that the FCDA and the contractor executing the project have also made the necessary adjustments.
According to the FCT Minister, “Those who designed the Vice President’s residence know why. We are not the ones who designed it. It was the Federal Government that decided that the Vice President’s residence should be located here. So, I’m sure they considered everything before deciding that. “We have invited the office of the NSA and they have taken a look and made their input which the FCDA and the contractor, Julius Berger has taken into cognizance and made amendments. So, for traffic concerns, I don’t think it’s a problem”. Barrister Wike meanwhile expressed satisfaction with the speed and quality of work and assured that the project will be completed and commissioned by next month. He said “significant progress has been made on the project since his last visit to the site, while the contractor has also promised to hand over the project in May, adding that he has no reason to doubt their capacity. “As for the quality of the job, of course, we can see the work is going according to design and specification. So, we believe, by the grace of God, that is something that will be actualized”, Barr. Wike further stressed.The FCT Minister also reassured that other ongoing infrastructure projects in the FCT scheduled to be completed by May next month would be actualized and opened for public use thereby making the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu a reality in the FCT.He said the projects will showcase the President’s achievements within his first year of office, in in fulfillment of the promises he made to Nigerians.

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Home Owners Protest Against Alleged Exploitation by Estate Developer

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Residents of Urban PrimeTwo Estate at Ogonbo road, Abraham Adesanya in Ajah, Lagos, have staged a peaceful protest against alleged exploitation and highhandedness by the management of Landwey Investment, the estate developer.

The residents came out en masse on Thursday around the environment to speak publicly against the action of the estate developer and seek for justice.

Mr Alfred Igoba, Vice-Chairman, Resident Association of Urban PrimeTwo Estate, said that the developers had cut off water supply for the residents for almost one week.

 Igoba said that the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Landwey, Mr Wale Ayilara, had requested the home owners pay N10,000 monthly, totaling N120,000 yearly before they could have access to water.

He stated that they were surprised at such request, because they bought the water pump and were also paying for the electricity bill for the pumping of the water monthly.

According to him, they decided to negotiate with Landwey management since they claim that they own the borehole, to accept N5,000 monthly for their facility, while the residents use the balance to get the water treated for consumption because it was very bad.

Igoba explained that they also offered an alternative to Landwey, that they would pay the N10,000 on the condition that they would get the water treated for consumption, but the CEO allegedly refused to accept either of the offer.

“To our surprise, the company came and cut-off the water supply in the estate which comprises about 420 units, leaving families, most especially women and children, to suffer for water.

“ We went to Ogonbo Police Station to report the incident and the DPO called him to appear for resolution, but he declined.

“ On getting to the borehole facility now, we discovered that the developer has removed the water pump and disconnected the cables, so that we are unable to reconnect it,” he said.

According to him, the home owners have been patronising the services of water tank suppliers at a the cost of N10,000 daily for each trip.

“This has become too unbearable and discomforting for ever family living in the estate,” he said.

He said that the developer had not also provided electricity for the residents since October 2023 due to a damaged transformer.

He said the situation had forced the residents to resort to renting a transformer at N2 million monthly.

According to him, the action of Landwey management is against the agreement entered into at the purchase of the property.

Igoba said the agreement explicitly stated that the estate developer would provide not less than 22 hours electricity supply daily for the home owners through the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (IKEDC).

He said the home owners were paying IKEDC for the monthly power consumption through the developer.

“As at that time, IKEDC was charging us N74 per kilowatt and Landwey was charging us N150 per kilowatt because if there is no electricity supply, they would power the estate with generator.

“On Oct. 3, 2023, our old transformer got burnt and three days later Landwey brought another transformer, which also burnt due to a damaged cable by a company operating around the vicinity.

On service management of the estate, Igoba stated that Landwey in October 2023 wrote the residents that it could no longer manage the estate through its service manager, named Wey Facility.

He appealed to the Lagos State Government through the Lagos State Real Estate Regulatory Agency (LASRERA) and the judiciary to wade into the matter and deliver the home owners from the developers.

Reports says that home owners paid within the ranges of N55 million to purchase four bedrooms apartment in the estate, N38 million for three bedrooms and N27 million for two bedrooms apartment.

They also paid developmental levy of N1.5 million, electricity connections and other services, totalling about N5 million for facility in the estate at the point of purchase.

Reacting, An official of LandWey Investment Ltd., Ms Mabel Mayokun, in a statement made available to newsmen, explained why the estate residents’ water was disconnected.

Mayokun stated that the disconnection was due to the inability of the Residents Association Executives to settle utility bills.

She expressed worry that the dispute between the two parties threatened the harmony and operational efficiency of the community, adding that the estate’s residents had gotten increasingly concerned of the development.

“LandWey Investment Ltd., known for its significant contributions to the community and the development of UrbanPrime2 Estate, is dismayed over the actions of the executives.

“Our commitment has always been to the well-being of the residents and the prosperity of UrbanPrime2.

” It is regrettable that such tactics are being employed,” Mayokun said. (NAN)

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Wike Suspends all Events at International Conference Centre

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The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr Nyesom Wike, has suspended all events at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

Wike announced the suspension after he inspected the centre in Abuja on Monday.

He explained that the suspension was to enable Julius Berger to carry out holistic rehabilitation of the centre.

The minister had terminated the contract of Messrs Integrated Facility Management Services Ltd, assigned to manage the centre.

Mr Anthony Ogunleye, Director of Press, Office of the Minister, who announced the development on April 4, added that Julius Berger had been contracted for the immediate renovation of the centre.

After going round the facility, the minister described it as a mere conference centre, “There is nothing international about the centre.

“When we came here for the ECOWAS inauguration sometime last week, with President Bola Tinubu, no right-thinking human being would see the state of this facility and be happy.

“In fact, during the inauguration, Tinubu drew my attention to the rot. Even the lighting system was so poor.

“This is unacceptable. There is no way we can accept this as an International Conference Centre.

“You cannot call it a conference centre but not international, because there is no standard compared to any international conference centre”.

He added that the FCT Administration would not continue to be embarrassed by the poor state of the centre.

“So, we are sorry to announce this; every booking made here is cancelled.

“We will start immediate rehabilitation of the centre to meet up with international standards,” the minister said.

He said that Julius Berger had been given eight months to complete the total renovation of the centre.

The goal, according to him, is to transform the facility into a befitting International Conference Centre that Nigerians will be proud of.

He said that Julius Berger was called back to rehabilitate the centre because it was the company that built the edifice.

“We believed that in the next seven to eight months, the company would do something that Nigerians and the international community would appreciate,” he said.

On the management of the centre, if the rehabilitation was completed, Wike said that the Managing Director of Abuja Investment Company (AIC), Amb. Maureen Tamuno knows what to do.

“If she does not do it well, well, we will have no choice but to wade the big stick; but I believe she has the capacity to run it well,” the minister said.

He explained that he would not probe anybody on what led to the rot of the centre, but to move on, get the job done and give the country a befitting international conference centre.

Reports says that Tamuno, an experienced public officer, entrepreneur, and diplomat was appointed as new head of AIC on April 4.

She was the Nigerian High Commissioner to Jamaica, Belize, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. (NAN)

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