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Lagos to Relocate Okobaba Sawmillers to Ikorodu by December – Sanwo-Olu

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The Lagos State Government on Tuesday said the  Okobaba sawmillers would possibly be moving to the proposed site at Agbowa area of Ikorodu by December.

Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State said this in Ikorodu at  the inspection of ongoing works at the proposed Timberville, Agbowa.

Sanwo-Olu said the project was conceived quite a long time, but his administration was determined to complete it, for the good of the economy.

He said the government had completed a total of 160 two-bedroom flats, as part of the facilities that were available for the potential Okobaba Sawmillers that would be occupy the Timberville, Agbowa.

According to him, the construction of the access road is in progress and will be completed soon, as work around the Timberville is 95 per cent completed.

”We are happy that within our government, we activated it back and we have spent a lot of money resource to be able to bring it to a usable and  convenient situation.

”Part of the facilities that are here is for the potential Okobaba Sawmillers that are coming here, we have got a total of 160 2-bedroom flats that have been completed.

”We have offices that runs into tens. One of the things that we need to do now is  extensive clean up, and to be able to put a police post and a small fire service here.

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”So the sawmillers are actually just waiting for us to clean up, to ensure that the place is fully habitable for them to start to move, we have all agreed completely, and in terms of political, we have 110 per cent political will to complete the project,” he said.

The governor also said that the Timberville has a  plant where byproducts coming out from the mill, from the saw dusts, would be treated for reuse, so that nothing would be wasted.

”We have told the contractor, once we have made additional funding available, we are hoping that before the end of this year, we all should sing hallelujah, and bring everybody down here.

”We will complete this project, we will relocate all of our sawmillers from Okobaba to Agbowa Ikosi, purpose built for them. This place is massive, it is the first of its kind, I dare say in the whole of West Africa, because this is purpose built for sawmillers,” he said.

Sanwo-Olu said the government would ensure that all necessary equipment were brought in for the sawmillers, as this would make their work a lot easier, a lot better, and people could access them.

The President of the Okobaba sawmillers, Alh. Ganiyu Onikeku commended the state government for the initiative, urging the present administration to rehabilitate the road leading to the place.

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Onikeku said  the project was started by the Babatunde Fashola’s administration, adding that when the project was conceived, many members of the association did not believe that the government was serious about it.

He expressed happiness that the project was near completion. (NAN)

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2023: APC Suspends Jigawa Lawmaker over Alleged Anti Party Activity

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The All Progressives Congress (APC), in Jigawa state has suspended the member of the state House of Assembly representing the Kanya Babba constituency, Hon Usman Haladu Isah, for allegedly sabotaging the party.

This was contained in a press statement jointly signed by the party chairman of Babura Local Government, Isa Ubale, and the party chairman of Kanya Babba Constituency and made available to newsmen.

The statement said the member was accused of undermining the party ahead of the 2023 general election and disrespecting the party’s elders.

The embattled lawmaker also lost his ticket to Ibrahim Hashim Kanya in the APC primary election for the coming 2023 general election.

Ubale said the suspension was unanimously agreed by all the party leaders in the constituency.

The suspension took effect from the 24th of September 2022, pending the conclusion of the investigation for further action.

The statement added that a copy of the suspension document had been sent to the stakeholders of the party in the state.

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Plateau: Kwande Reconciles Warring PDP Groups, Party Ready for Elections

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From Jude Dangwam, Jos

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has resolved to work for all candidates of the party beginning from the Presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar to the Governorship candidate Caleb Mutfwang, Senatorial candidates, House of Representatives candidates and the State House of Assembly flag bearers of the party in the forthcoming 2023 general elections in the country.

The resolution was reached at a healing meeting called by the former Ambassador to Switzerland Amb. Yahaya Kwande held at his residence with all factions, party leadership and the Governorship candidate arriving at a common ground to work together for the success of the party as official campaign leading to the 2023 elations will kick-started in few days.

The former Secretary to the Plateau State Government, Prof. Shedrach Best while briefing newsmen after the five hours closed door meeting at the residence of the elder statesman Monday in Jos the state capital disclosed that all issues have been resolved and the party is ready to go into electioneering campaigns.

In his words, “There has been a lot of concern on the unity of the party in Plateau state, and there has been discordant statements in regards to the support of the Presidential candidate of the PDP Atiku Abubakar.

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“This meeting addressed all those issues of the need to unite the party, the need to get the people work together because there has been groups that are working across purposes but today by virtue of the Convener who happens to be an elder stateman Yahaya Kwande, he was able to bring together all shade of opinions under one roof.”

He added, “We have been able to discuss the unity of the party so that we get ready for the take off of campaigns, and we are going into this campaign as one house, we are going as one Plateau, one PDP. We have agreed that every persons that bear the flag of the PDP beginning from the Presidential flag bearer Atiku Abubakar, through the Governorship flag bearer Caleb Mutfwang to Senate candidates, House of Representatives candidates and House of Assembly candidates, this party will support them and deliver them.”

Best explained the essence of the meeting, “This is a healing meeting at the residence of this elder statesman who we consider a father figure, we wanted a rallying point and this is the rallying point, we wanted a meeting point and this is the meeting point, If you look at the meeting, the State Working Committee (SWC) is represented, the Jang group and the Huseni group are equally represented, all people from both sides were here.”

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While responding on the Governor Wike’s position on the party and the possible support for the victory of the party in the coming elections he stated, “The Plateau PDP has been around since 1999, and Wike’s support is a recent phenomenon, I believe that this party is good to go. PDP is strong enough because the backbone of the party is the people, and Plateau people are essentially and fundamentally PDP.

“If we get Wike’s support fine, but if we don’t, I believe this party is sustainable; remember that in 2019 when we held elections, Atiku Abubakar won in Plateau state and there was no support from Wike, we are capable of replicating that,” he assured party faithful and Plateau citizens.

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Adjustment of the Time-Table of Activities Earmarked to Commence Campaigns by the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council.

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By Jude Opara, Abuja

The crisis that trailed the list of members of the Campaign Council may have forced the All Progressives Congress (APC) to postpone indefinitely its earlier planned Peace Walk and Prayers to flag off it campaigning programme.

In a statement made available to newsmen late on Monday, Chairman of the APC National Campaign Council and governor of Plateau state, Simon Lalong said the event would now hold an a later date.

He said the postponement was done to include many other stakeholders who would want to be part of the campaign team.

Lalong wrote; “Recall that we had earlier earmarked a peace walk and prayers for Wednesday, September 28, 2022, to  officially kick-off our campaigns for the 2023 Presidential Elections. We had also announced that the members of the Campaign Council report at the Campaign Headquarters on that day to collect their letters of appointments.

 

“However, due to the expansion of the list to accommodate more stakeholders and interests within the APC family, we have decided to adjust the time-table of these activities in order to ensure everyone is on board before activities officially commence. Consequently, the activities earlier announced for the 28th of September will no longer hold.

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“As the ruling and most attractive party in Nigeria, we understand the sacrifices and understanding of our teeming members who are more than willing to volunteer themselves for this great task ahead. It also shows the enormous love that the party members have for our candidates. 

“A new date and time-table of events will be announced soon”.

Many party stakeholders have been complaining that they were ignored in the composition of the Campaign Council, insisting it was lopsided.  

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