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Sylva Seeks Bayelsa Return to Ruling-APC

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From Mike Tayese, Yenagoa

The All Progressives Congress Governorship candidate in Bayelsa state for the November 11 election and the immediate past Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timpere Sylva has implored the people of the state to vote for APC, to avoid the state remaining in opposition, as the state will benefit maximally from the ruling party, with Asiwaju Bola Ahmed as president.

Sylva stated this while addressing party supporters on his triumphant entering into the state after his emergence as the flag bearer of the party on the 14 and 15th April 2023.

According to him, Bayelsa has remained too long in opposition and that has eluded the state from benefitting from the central government.

” To link with the Federal government is pertinent, than being in opposition, a lot which the state would have benefitted had eluded us”

He said, hence, his  government this time around will attract development to the state, “we can’t remain in opposition and expect development maximally from the central government”

Sylva said despite all the monies the state has being receiving from the Federal government, there is no commensurate evidence to show,but if voted into power his government would bring a lot of change to the state.

He listed that his government would among other things stabilize power,restore the Peace park, an international tourism centre. Saying all the establishment he established has been abandoned and now moribund as Bayelsans are denied where to  go for recreation and picnic.

” We will also stabilize power and we are back again and want partner to bring development and progress to the state.

He said the state has the wherewithal to produce light with abondance of gas in the state, adding that, with light industries and investors would be attracted to you the state and jobs will be created for the teeming unemployed youths, describing the prosperity government as voodoo.

“One of the worst  incompetent way to  produce jobs to is give every employment  unsustainably , how many job can you give to Bayelsans unsustainably.The only panacea to unemployment is to provide a sustainable job is to establish industries”

” My government will also tackle frontally the flooding problem with the best internationally approved standard”

He said the state has all it takes to fight the annual menace and is poised to create  and produce power which will attract industries which will  employ our youths  sustainably  and power will create industries for massive employments .

He described Yenagoa as a big village lacking all indices of a state capital and promised to bring true prosperity against the voodoo Prosperity of the present government.

“Talk of prosperity.I laugh.This is not true prosperity.During my tenure over 250 youths were sent abroad for training and today they are self employed, that is what l am talking about as a lot of them are in NNPC “

He also disclosed that he sent some youths to Thailand for training, as there are ample abundant opportunities to be explored to bring all  these opportunities.” No more voodoo Prosperity as APC and Sylva is back”

While speaking with journalists, the state chairman of APC in the state, Dr. Barr. Denis Otiotio, said the teaming supporters of the Party in the state troupe out in there large numbers to received their leader and the Party governorship candidate Chief Timipre Sylva.

He said, this is the first time there candidate is coming back home after there last primaries, saying that is why the Party deem it fit and necessary to welcome him.

“He has been the sole sponsor of the Party in the state, in the previous Election, he has been the pillar behind the Party. He has been the sole financier of the Party. The people felt that there is need to show him love since he has become the Governorship candidate of the Party in BAYELSA state”.

“We will move and mobilize all the ways to make sure is elected into office as the governor of BAYELSA state come November 11th 2023”.

It would be recalled that the All Progressives Congress held it’s Governorship primary on the 14 and 15th April 2023 that produced chief Timipre Sylva who was also the former Minister of Petroleum Resources.

Otiotio said, the great executive members of the Party has constituted a reconciliation committee headed by His Royal Highness, Millionaire Ambaowei. “We are on track. Their is always aggrieved members after any elections. The duty of the reconciliation committee is to reconcile all aggrieved members so that we can we present a common front to face the incumbent”.

On the deputy governorship candidate, the chairman said they will followed all due process according to INEC guidelines. Saying they cannot unveil there governorship candidate without INEC publishing the name. “Before we unveil him, we will inform everybody”. he said 

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Tinubu Tasks APC Stakeholders in North-Central on Unity

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President Bola Tinubu has urged the stakeholders and members of  All Progressives Congress (APC) in the North-Central Zone to remain united in order to take the party to the next level of development.

Tinubu made the call on Saturday at  the Zonal stakeholders meeting of the party in Lafia.

Tinubu, who was the Chairman of the meeting, was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation ( SGF), Sen.

George Akume.

The president said:” I want to appeal to all of you to maintain unity. We need to maintain unity of purpose, unity of brothers and sisters for the progress of our party and the country at large “

He also commended Governors of the zone for initiating projects that have direct bearing on the lives of the people.

Tinubu solicited continued support and prayers from the stakeholders, APC members and other Nigerians to enable him succeed.

The president assured of his administration’s commitment to continue to provide infrastructure and other good policies that would improve the lives of Nigerians.

On his part, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, the APC National Chairman, said the party has introduced a lot of reforms,  including e- registration for party members.

” We have introduced e-registration for party members as e-registration will give us accurate numbers of our party members,” he said.

Ganduje appreciated Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa and the North Central APC leaders for inviting him to the meeting.

He also called on the stakeholders and other members of the party to embrace unity for the overall development of the party and Nigeria at large.

The APC national chairman urged  Nigerians to support Tinubu’s administration to succeed.

Also Speaking, Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara , who is the North-Central APC Coordinator, said the meeting was to discuss issues that would move the party forward.

” It is also to thank our party stakeholders for the success of our party and to interact with ourselves for the overall development of our party,” he said.

The governor urged stakeholders and other members of the party to build a formidable North-Central zone, urging,

” Let’s all make North-Central formidable.”

On their parts,  the Nasarawa governor, Gov.  Usman Ododo of Kogi and Gov. Hyacinth Alia of Benue, also called for  unity among APC members.

Sule said: ” Dear members of APC, let’s have the party in our hearts for the progress of the party and for the overall development of the country.

 Also, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, Rep. Idris Wase, Hajiya Imaan Sulaiman Ibrahim, Minister of Police Affairs ( State), Hajiya  Hajarat Danyaro, member representing Nasarawa Central at the State House of Assembly, among other stakeholders ,  urged for focus and unity.

They appealed to party members to remain focused and united for the progress of the party.

They appealed that all hands must be on the deck to take the party to the next level of development.(NAN)

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Niger Assembly Halts Ongoing Construction of IBB University Teaching Hospital Over Substandard Quality

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From  Dan Amasingha, Minna. 

Niger State House of Assembly joint committees on works, health and Nutrition have directed the immediate suspension of the ongoing construction of IBB University Teaching Hospital Minna due to lack of compliance with the contract specifications.

Chairman of the House Committees Arch.

Suleiman Abubakar Gomna and his counterpart, Pharm.
Umar Nasir gave the order during an oversight visit to the project site in Minna.

The Lawmakers described the project as below standard and a deliberate plan by the contractors to shortchange the state government. 

Abubakar Gomna expressed sadness over the substandard nature of the ongoing project noting that, Poor quality work has repercussions that extend to safety and communication in addition to wasted time, resources and materials.

The lawmaker explained that lack of adequate quality control procedures and improve construction project efficiency can have a ripple effect of high expectation.

“There is  urgent  need for material testing towards  ensuring  quality and standard.”      

Chairman house standing committee on health and Nutrition, Pharmacist Umar Nasir said durability, strength, and quality of materials play a pivotal role in the safety and longevity of structures in construction and can significantly impact the overall performance of a construction project.

The Head Project Management of Think Lab Group Limited, Mohammed Lawal Aliyu disclosed that the project consist of three phases which includes; renovation of old structures and building new one.

He said infrastructure such as road, electrification and water as well as supply of medical equipment is also embedded in the contract.

Daily Asset gathered that the contractor, Think Lab Group is  handing the project have already access an advance payment of N9 billion from the state government .

The House committee are insisting that, to  ensure that sharp practices was not recorded, the company must abide by the directives from the lawmakers in order to have an edifice that will stand the test of time

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Reps Query Abandonment of Skills Acquisition Centre Project in Akwa Ibom

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By Ubong Ukpong, Abuja

The House of Representatives Committee on Niger Delta Ministry has queried the contractors for abandoning the skills acquisition center project at Iwuo Achang, Ibeno Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.

Chairman of the Committee, Rep.

Eugene Dibiagwu, issued the query at an investigative hearing on the abandoned Skills Acquisition Center.

He said that the lack of commitment by the contractors had made them part of the problem Nigeria is facing over abandoned projects.

He added that it was ridiculous that the project was yet to be completed after being paid 85 percent of the contract sum.

“As a contractor that has been paid up to 85 percent, you were supposed to have completed that project; you know the reason why you have not; we will not allow the project to die that way.

“We understand the situation we found ourselves in in the country economically regarding the cost of materials.

“We will engage the ministry of Niger Delta so that they will know whether to consider further valuation for your request for additional money.”

He expressed shock that part of the fence built by the contractors had broken, saying the committee would unravel whether the fence the contractor built that fell was their fault or of a natural cause.

He, however, charged the contractor to do everything possible to complete the project, adding that the committee would not join issues with the contractor until the project was completed.

The committee said that if the skill acquisition center must work with all the necessary facilities to make it functional, it would require an additional N2 billion from the N4.2 billion earlier quoted for the project.

“We are looking at an additional 2 billion naira, which will bring the total project to 6.2 billion naira, having committed 4 2 billion naira initially.

“And even if we commit 6.2 billion naira, the center will not still work considering what is left to be done. That center cannot train one person even with 6.2 billion naira.

The committee added that this is because the center would accommodate training workshops, train personnel to man the center, and also equip the training center to work.

It would be recalled that the House, on Nov. 23, 2023, deliberated on a motion titled “Need to Complete the Construction of the Skill Acquisition Center at Iwuo Achang, Ibeno Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State”.

The House had urged the Federal Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs to ensure completion of the project within the 2024 fiscal year and mandated the Committee on Niger Delta Ministry to ensure compliance.

However, the Chairman stated that the contract for the center was awarded on March 15, 2010 by the Federal Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs to three companies.

He stated that the project had reached about 85 percent completion 12 years ago but was abandoned due to an unexpected increase in the price of goods.

This, he said, left the property vandalised and in deplorable condition.

The contractors who appeared before the committee include Stegis International Agency Nigeria Ltd., a civil construction building, and Enarosol Nigeria Ltd., a landscaping and perimeter fencing company.

Others include Y. S. Associates, Electrical and Mechanical Works.

The contractor who tried albeit unsuccessful to defend their actions, were requested to appear with copies of the contract agreement, interim performance certificates, and any other relevant documents relating to the project.

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