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We’ll not allow ‘Project Infractions’ Says Wike




By Laide Akinboade, Abuja

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, on Thursday, said his administration will not tolerate  any infractions or obstructions of ongoing projects in the territory, adding that his main interest  was to ensure worthy projects are handed over to members of the public.

The Minister made the statement following his inspection of ongoing road projects at Guzape Lot 2, handled by Gilmour Construction, and Roads B6 and D12 along Constitution Avenue, handled by Julius Berger Construction.

Wike, who expressed satisfaction with the work so far done, faulted complaints of reports of a House of Reps Member obstructing the construction in Guzape, and barriers placed by the Central Bank obstructing Construction at road B6.

“We are not going to take it lightly. This is not a private project, it is a public project, handled by the Federal Capital Territory Administration. If there is any complaint, we think that whoever is responsible should complain to us and not go and use the Police to stop a legitimate company constructing work for the use of the public, which was approved by the Federal Executive Council. We have directed the contractor to go back and make sure they don’t heed to that so-called stoppage. They must go back and complete the work, which we are expecting that Mr President will Commission in May.

Coming to the B6 and D12 Area, he said, “We are happy with the work done by Julius Berger. We are very happy, and we are trying to observe some obstruction by the Central Bank, which of course, we will not allow. You see, one thing with institutions is that when they apply for land, and they are trying to give them, they will go beyond what was given to them, and it causes obstruction. I have always said anything for the public, we will not take it for granted. So, we want the Central Bank to allow us to use what belongs to us for the interest of the public”, he said.

The Minister also noted that no ongoing project had been stopped since the inauguration of President Bola Tinubu, adding that after the May deadline, other projects should be handed over to the public by December 2.

“By and large, we are very happy with what we are seeing and you can attest to the fact that since Mr President came on board, no work has stopped in all these sites. There are so many other sites, but it will be difficult to take all at the same time. But we believe after May, before December 2, so many projects will be handed over to members of the public”.

Commenting on why he had seemingly not been carrying the Senator representing the FCT, Ireti Kingibe along, Wike said “As my Senator, she represents the FCT, and when they are in legislation, she makes sure that the interest of the FCT is taken into consideration. So, when you mean carrying along, I don’t award contracts. Contracts are being awarded by the Federal Executive Council. If there is anything I think she should add to the National Assembly, as regards the FCT, I will do that.”


Police Demote Inspector for Attempted Extortion in Lagos 




The Police Command in Lagos State has demoted a police Inspector to a Sergeant for trying to extort money from a drone operator.

The command’s spokesperson, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the demotion on Saturday.

“The disciplinary process of the police officer that harassed one drone operator on Lekki-Ikoyi link bridge has been concluded.

“He has been reduced in rank from Inspector to Sergeant,” he said.

Report says that on April 6, 2024, Hundeyin responded to a viral video showing two police officers demanding a permit from a drone operator on the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge.

He said that the police officers acted within the ambit of the law to demand to see a permit.

“For emphasis, Nigerian aviation laws stipulate that a permit must be obtained from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) for the operation of drones weighing more than 250 grams anywhere within the country.

“Nonetheless, the Police Command in Lagos totally condemns the unprofessional conduct of the officers in attempting to extort the drone operator as can be seen in the concluding part of the video.

“The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, CP Adegoke Fayoade, has, therefore, directed the Commanding Officer of 49 PMF Akodo, from whose squadron the police officers were duly posted to the bridge, to produce the men for appropriate disciplinary actions,” he said. (NAN)

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NAFDAC Partners Centre on Fight Against Drug Counterfeiting




The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it has partnered with the National Counter Terrorism Centre, Office of the National Security Adviser (NCTC-ONSA) to strengthen its fight against drug counterfeiting, abuse and unwholesome foods.

This is contained in a statement signed by the Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof.

Mojisola Adeyeye, and made available to newsmen in Abuja on Saturday.

Adeyeye noted that the partnership also included the fight against unauthorised handling of chemicals which was part of the things fuelling terrorists operations and other criminal activities in the country.

The NAFDAC boss said the agency sealed the partnership when a delegation from the NCTC-ONSA, led by its National Coordinator, Maj.

-Gen. Adamu Garba Laka, paid her a courtesy visit in Abuja.

According to her, NAFDAC is a World Health Organisation (WHO) Maturity Level 3 Regulatory Authority and is highly endowed with experts in terms of human resources, and well equipped WHO Pre-qualified Laboratories.

Adeyeye said that NAFDAC, being a regulatory agency, is supposed to have 12,000 staff but the staff the agency has at the moment is barely 2,000 in a country of more than 230 million people.

“Indonesian Regulatory Agency has over twenty thousand staff and the population of Indonesia is about 280 million.

“NAFDAC staff work around the clock. We are not just a civil service organisation but a regulatory body that is mandated to protect lives on a daily basis from food to drugs to water, precursors and chemicals that can fall into the hands of the terrorists.”

Adeyeye thanked the Office of the National Security Adviser for returning NAFDAC to the ports in 2018, a year after her assumption of office as the Director-General of NAFDAC.

“So, this partnership between the two strategic agencies in the country at this point is very apt to safeguard the lives our citizens,” the NAFDAC boss said.

Adeyeye recalled that NAFDAC was out of the ports for seven years between 2011 and 2018 for reasons she said herself was not aware of, while sharing her passion and commitment for a better and secured country.

She said that there was need for NAFDAC to return to the Ports, adding that a lot of things went wrong when NAFDAC was pulled out of the ports.

She added that anything bad was coming to Nigeria in terms of drugs, precursors, adding that tramadol was rampant in the country.

“Our young people were getting mad at this period. Suicide bombing was at the peak. At this period, I said do we really know what we are doing?

“NAFDAC is charge with drug regulation. We are in charge of chemical and NAFDAC was removed from the ports for seven years. That is part of why terrorism became big in the country.

“I always refer to NCTC-ONSA as one of the agencies that helped us to go back to the ports. I commended the relentless efforts of the NCTC-ONSA in supporting NAFDAC to return to the port,” she stressed.

Adeyeye said that NAFDAC will continue to work with the organisation to ensure that sanity returns to the country, while issuing a stem warning to criminals who deal with substandard and falsified medicines to desist.

The D-G thanked the security agencies for their support during the recent relocation of the Open Drug Market in Kano to the Coordinated Wholesale Centre in Dangwauro and Justice Simon Amobeda for watershed judgement.

She said that the judgment affirmed the relocation of the market.

On his part, Maj. Gen. Laka said that his team were in NAFDAC office to solicit the agency’s support in deploying of some its officers to the NCTC to operate in its Forensic, Toxicology, Biological and Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) Laboratories.

He said that the embodiment of knowledge in the area of science and research standout NAFDAC in the community of World Regulatory Authorities.

He pledged his continuous support to the NAFDAC in the area of operations, research, Laboratory testing and investigation.

He also sought NAFDAC’s support to the Centre in the area of operationalisation of the laboratory equipment and analysis for it to achieve its objective.

Laka equally thanked NAFDAC D-G for releasing one of her staff to the Centre and requested for more staff from the agency. (NAN)

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Bwari Residents Appeal to FCTA for Water, Transport Aid




Some residents of Bwari Area Council have appealed to the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), to improve on water supply, transport services and rehabilitation of public schools in the council.

The residents spoke in separate interviews on Saturday in Abuja.

They lauded the Minister of FCT, Mr Nyesom Wike’s administration, for the ongoing and completed road projects at the various communities in the different area councils.

They, however, asked that more basic amenities be put in place to improve on the livelihood of residents.

Mr Haruna Zamayi, a public servant, said it was beautiful to see the administration working hard to ensure access to roads at the community level.

He, however, said that if the development could include provisions of other basic amenities at the local level, it would go a long way to improve the lives of residents.

“We believe that these roads will definitely link the rural areas to the urban and bring development in the capital city, so it is really a good and beautiful thing.

“I will also like to see the water board giving constant supply of water to residents in Bwari especially, as we cannot be the host supplying water to the city, yet keep buying water from local vendors.

“Transportation should be considered too; it is either we have new vehicles that can convey people at cheaper or susidised rates or they fix the old broken ‘El-rufai’ buses and keep them running,” he said.

He said that transportation from the satellite towns to city centre was a major challenge to especially government workers going to work every day, in spite of hike in fuel price.

Similarly, Ms Roseline Yuhe, an educationist and school proprietor, advocated for an improved learning structures for public schools in the area.

According to Yuhe, many public schools in the area, suffer from poor infrastructure, including inadequate classrooms, lack of proper sanitation facilities and poorly maintained buildings.

She said: “Learning takes place in a conducive environment not in dilapidated structures.

“You see a block of classrooms with damaged roofing or ceilings, yet pupils are made to stay inside to learn.

“Overcrowded classrooms are big challenge too and unfortunately extended to some private schools and this makes it difficult for teachers to manage classrooms effectively,” she said.

She urged the administration to look into addressing the challenge, while prioritising the education of children at the rural level with utmost attention.

Another resident, Mrs Christy Chibuzor, trader at the Bwari town market, also appealed to the administration to improve on the security of the area.

Chibuzor, who said though the Nigerian Police Force and other joint security forces were putting their best to secure lives and property in the area, however, added that crime was still increasing.

“Armed robbers keep disturbing some particular places in this town, like the Pambuara-Ushafa areas, Tudun-Fulani and so many other places and most times, they abscond before the police arrive.

“Even though we have heard less of incidents of kidnappings unlike last year to early this year, some of these criminals still operate on low key.

“We are hoping and trusting that the minister will not be tired or relent in the good work he has started, “she said.

Chibuzor also called on governments at all levels to have a review on taxes imposed on essential goods and services, adding business was slow and too much burden on average Nigerian. (NAN)

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