Four female hawkers have been confirmed dead in an accident involving a truck on Upper Iweka Flyover in Onitsha, Anambra.Mr Andrew Kumapayi, the state Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), who confirmed the incident in Awka on Wednesday, said the accident occurred at 7.
Police Arrest Three over Murder of Ibe, Friend in Abuja
The Police in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have arrested three persons over the death of Dr Obisike Ibe and his friend.
Commissioner of Police, Babaji Sunday made the announcement on Tuesday in Abuja.
Ibe was a staff member of Zenith Lab and Kidney Centre, Abuja. He and his friend, Ezekiel Edoja, resided in House D2, 24 Street, Games Village Estate.
The suspects stole an envelope containing about $1,000, Abe’s phone, ATM card and a vehicle.
The card was used to withdraw N2million from Ibe’s account on December 13, 2021. Sunday said the gang confessed to have plotted and committed the offence.
Similarly, a 22-year-old man was on January 14 arrested over the death of Mohammed Usman on his farm in the Karu area.
“Thorough investigation led to the arrest of the suspect, who voluntarily confessed in a written statement, to have stabbed the deceased and taken flight for fear of apprehension.
“The suspect told the investigation team that he stabbed the deceased during the fight that ensued between them”, the CP added.
The cutlass used to cause injuries to the leg of the deceased before his rib was stabbed has been found.
The command also arrested a security man with a construction company in the Utako area over alleged theft of a car.
The black Toyota Camry, with registration number: BDG 356 BH, was reported stolen on January 9.
FEC Approves N56bn for Kuje Road Dualization, Abuja Light Rail
By Laide Akinboade, Abuja
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved two projects for the Federal Capital Territory to the tune of N56.2 billion.
Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Malam Muhamad Musa Bello disclosed this to newsmen at the end the meeting of the Council which held on Wednesday, January 19.
In a statement issued by FCT and signed by the Chief Press secretary of FCT Minister, Anthony Ogunleye on Wednesday, the minister said the projects are for the full scope development of the FCT Highway 105 (Kuje Road) from Airport Expressway to Kuje Junction (Stage 1) at the cost of N54,946,909,160.
The statement read in part, “While providing insight into the justification for the two projects, the minister explained that the construction of the road from Kuje to Airport Expressway became necessary because the existing two-lane single carriage way road is grossly inadequate to carry the current traffic and presently in a deplorable condition requiring frequent rehabilitation”.
He said when fully constructed, the road will open up for development, parts of Phase V of the Federal Capital City (FCC) as well as open up the Kuje Satellite town, while connecting the Airport Expressway to the future Outer Southern Expressway (OSEX) in line with the Abuja Master Plan.
The project the minister added will also decongest the vehicular traffic originating from the Federal Capital City (FCC) to Kuje and provide free traffic flow along the route as well as provide an alternative route to Gwagwalada road.
He said the 9Km road with a spur to Kyami District, is one of the key regional roads of the Federal Capital Territory that traverses the FCT from the North to the South that is planned to link other future Federal Roads to the FCT and other parts of the Country.
On the access road and car park for the Abuja Light Rail Gbazango Station, the minister said the public attraction to the completed Gbazango Train Station in the area has necessitated need to provide immediate access to-and-from the train station and to further enhance maximum functionality Abuja Rail Mass Transit System (ARMTS) of the Federal Capital City (FCC) due to commenced operation.
According to him, “The project, when completed, will help to create access and open up the area to allow for physical development to be realized. It will further reduce traffic pressure being experienced on the existing roads within the area as well as link up with the Outer Northern Expressway-ONEX (Murtala Muhammed Expressway)”.
He added that the facility will improve the security situation in the area, create job opportunities as well as the enhancement of socio-economic activities of the FCT.
The Gbazango Station located within Gbazango area of Kubwa Satellite Town is planned to start from the existing Arab Road and connect the train station through a service facility corridor in Gbazango and Kubwa areas.
NDE Flag off Agricultural Extension Training in Abuja
Blessing Bature-Akpakpan, Abuja
The National Directorate of Employment, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on Monday Commenced a five-day Agricultural Extension Training for 50 beneficiaries of the Rural Employment Promotion (REP) scheme to upskill them on agro value chain businesses as a strategy to catalyze employment opportunities in the country and boost economic development in the long run.
Speaking during the Flag off, the Director General, NDE Mallam Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo who was represented by the Chief Rural Employment Promotion Officer, NDE, Mr.
Also speaking, the NDE State Coordinator, FCT, Mallam Hassan Isa Koto represented by the Head Finance, FCT-NDE, Mr. Noble Chimezie said federal government is not leaving any stone unturned in encouraging Nigerian youths , men and women to see and embrace agriculture as a very profitable business and a key to long term economic growth, employment and wealth creation and encouraged the beneficiaries to count themselves lucky of such golden opportunity.
Koto said the training is very rich, exposing participants to agribusiness ideas aimed at generating rural employment and improving income through agribusiness engagement amongst others and advised them to take every step of the training seriously.
In the same vein, the Head of Department, Rural Employment Promotion, REP, NDE-FCT Mr. Jinanwa Chukwuma said the training and disbursement of loans was a strategy to boost employment.
“Today 50 participants of agricultural extension training scheme AET will commence training while 108 already trained persons by NDE in sustainable agricultural development empowerment scheme, graduate agricultural empowerment scheme and community based agricultural empowerment scheme will be resettled with loans to enhance their agricultural activities.”
One of the beneficiaries, Mr. Zalo Christopher thanked the leadership of president Muhammadu Buhari for this intervention, through the NDE, saying the loan will go a long way in reducing unemployment in the country and promised to put the loan to good use.
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