Dualization of roads: Cross River, residents of Akwa Ibom erect sanctuaries and buildings to obtain compensation from FG
The erection of counterfeit holy places and unapproved structures along the Calabar – Itu– Ikot Ekepene interstate in Cross River and the Akwa Ibom States is establishing a hindrance to the dualization of the turnpike.
The dualization, DAILY POST discoveries uncovered, was embraced by the present government. The street, which was built in the ’70s amid the time of oil blast by the General Yakubu Gowon routine, had since turned into a passing snare.
The Federal Government had granted the street contract in 2018 to a firm, Julius Berger, for the total remaking and dualization of the whole range of more than 50 kilometers stretch of the street.
Be that as it may, instead of value this move by the administration, locals living along the stretch of the street have contrived an arrangement of getting cash from the legislature by raising crisis structures near the road.
At the point when our reporter visited the street amid the week, numerous locals were seen building houses, raising sanctuaries and sinking boreholes by the side of the road which has just been reviewed with structures caught for obliteration.
For example, the locals along Okurikang, Ikot Okon Akiba, Karam, Akai Effiwat, Itu, and Itu intersection and different towns in Akwa Ibom State have raised places of worship and unapproved structures.
A portion of the locals, in a meeting, conceded that they are hurrying to fabricate houses and sanctums near the street realizing that agreement has been granted for the development.
One of them in the town of Karam, who gave his name as Ekpo, stated, “We don’t know about any street development venture. We are expanding on our territory, and no one has let us know not to construct near the street”.
An older man on grips in a similar town, who would not give his name, was seen administering the structure of his home. He clarified that his other structure is a cover house which could crumble at any minute. He expressed this was the reason he has drawn in somebody to fabricate another for him next to the street.
Another young fellow, Elvis Samuel in Ikot Okon Akiba town, transparently conceded that he is building his home near the street with the goal that he could get paid by the contractual worker when it is obliterated throughout the development work.
“We have been living here for a long time and have been enduring the impact of the awful condition of this street and since government has chosen to chip away at it, we ought to likewise be given some remuneration for keeping the street alive by filling the terrible spots with stones and sand for vehicles to pass,” he said.
Responding, the town head of Okurikang, Chief Inyang said he was ignorant of any race to develop houses near the street, including that if there is anything of such, “those taking every necessary step ought to be the ones to whine not those simply cruising by.”
At the Federal Ministry of Works, Calabar Office, the Federal Controller of Works, Engineer Bassey Nsentip said such “tricky improvement” isn’t supported by the service.
He usually said in the South-South for individuals to take part in such crisis development to blackmail cash from the government when significant activities are being embraced.
“I was in Yorubaland for more than ten years, and I didn’t see such frame of mind yet in the south here due to avarice for cash, numerous individuals money in on the circumstance to begin tricky improvement extends just to coerce cash from the government,” he said.
Nsentip said when the bequest valuers were given the activity of surveying structures out and about, they were told to do it with speed to maintain a strategic distance from individuals taking advantage of the circumstance, yet individuals are as yet working after the option to proceed for the task has been obtained.
“Usually here to see that after the structures have been evaluated and denoted a few people still form before the ones checked and utilize their red paint to stamp their very own structures yet the home values have a code to recognize the ones set apart by them,” he said.
He said any structure that was not caught when the option to proceed was being obtained would be bulldozed without the installment of any remuneration to proprietors of such arrangements.
Buhari approves new appointment
President Muhammadu Buhari approved the appointment of Captain Musa Nuhu as the new Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that It will replace Captain Muthar Usman. Until his appointment, Nuhu was the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
He is an airline pilot, security expert, leading quality control auditor, and artificial intelligence expert. Nuhu has a master’s degree. Bachelor of Business in Aviation and was in the Presidential Air Fleet as Captain and security officer.
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that He also worked at Nigeria Airways, Aero Contractors and Petrowest, among other organizations.
Declare state of emergency on education – CLO tells Gov Emmanuel
The Civil Liberties Organization, a chapter of the state of Akwa Ibom, has asked Governor Udom Emmanuel to declare a state of emergency in the state’s education sector.
The president of CLO in the state, Franklyn Isong, said this in his office in Uyo, the state capital while informing journalists as part of activities to commemorate World Teachers’ Day with the theme “Young teachers: the future of the profession.”
He said the need became necessary to stop the serious decomposition of infrastructure and insecurity in state public schools.
Isong criticized the content of the education presentation recently organized by the state government, describing it as “urbanized” and not with the intention of capturing the deep crisis that was shaking the sector in the state.
He said: “It is worrisome and sad that most public schools in some communities in Akwa Ibom state are in ruins, insecure and left to the destiny of the communities without government attention.
“All that is needed is for the Governor to take bold steps by declaring a state of emergency in the education sector to build more classroom blocks in rural and urban schools, provide good infrastructure such as science equipment, libraries, laboratories, as well as review the education curriculum to ensure a better and safe future for children in the state of Akwa Ibom. ”
He thanked the state government for tameing the right to basic education of the Akwa Ibom child in free and compulsory education and urged the state government to do what is necessary.
“The right to basic education of all Nigerian children, as enshrined in the Child Rights Act of 2003 in Article 15 (1), had been tamed under the Akwa Ibom State Child Rights Act, to ensure that every child in the State of Akwa Ibom the right to compulsory, free and qualitative basic education. ”
Isong added that; “In the Fundamental Principles and Directives of State Policy, as set out in Chapter 2, Section 13 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of 1999 (as amended), the government has the responsibility to ensure that the education of Nigerian children be free and qualitative. ”
He also urged the government to address the numerous complaints of delays in the payment of pensions and unpaid tips to relatives of late elementary school teachers with delays in 1991 and to provide an improved social assistance package for teachers in public schools throughout the state.
We will attack DSTV, MTN, Shoprite, Stanbic IBTC, others if they don’t leave Nigeria – Yoruba youths
After the xenophobic attacks against Nigerians and Nigerian companies in South Africa, the Oodua Youth Coalition, OYC, has granted South African companies and businesses seven ultimata to leave Nigeria.
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that the group president, Oluyi Akintade Tayo, the refusal of the interested parties to give in to the notice of resignation will mean death.
While expressing disappointment at the attitude of South Africans against Nigerians living and working in South Africa, particularly what they described as the continued silence of the South African government on development, the group emphasized that during the apartheid era, which was the time Difficult of In the rainbow country, Nigeria was firm with them.
The statement says: “Oodua Youth Coalition (OYC), the most crucial youth group in Nigeria that projects and protects the Yoruba nation in the country, is sad and angry because South Africans, with the support of the country’s authorities, are coordinating the looting and burning of Nigerian businesses and mutilations and murders of our brothers and fathers on earth.
“It is unfortunate that South Africa, which under the apartheid regime had the support and solidarity of the Nigerians and the government while the white supremacists reigned supreme, is now turning to inflict physical and psychological pain and injury to the people whose parents committed great harm.” part of wages and profits and the community to end the apartheid reign.
“The circulating video in which Mr. Bongani Mkongi, the Vice Minister of Police of South Africa, defended the attacks against Nigerians and other Africans confirmed our previous fear and doubts about the guilt of the South African authorities. It is disconcerting that the country whose former leader, the late Nelson Mandela, recognized Nigeria’s efforts to elevate the South African-led government, is expelling other Africans, mostly Nigerians, energetically and with shame.
“We have tolerated the excesses of these South Africans whose businesses have prospered in Nigeria without any physical and psychological attack. For months, the coalition has written several letters to the South African consulate in Nigeria requesting meetings to chart a way forward and find a lasting solution for these unfortunate and barbaric incidents that have still been ignored or have run into a brick wall.
“OYC, after an emergency meeting, has concluded plans to, as a matter of urgency, attack all South African companies and facilities in Nigeria, especially in the southwest region of the country. DSTV, MTN, SHOPRITE, STANBIC IBTC, and other outlets are our goals.
“Therefore, we give these South African companies a maximum of seven days to leave Nigeria or forget them, since our coalition, with other groups and comrades throughout the country, will attack them and burn them to ashes,” reads the notice.
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