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Gov. Ugwuanyi inaugurates 13-kilometre road in Enugu East council

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Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State on Thursday inaugurated a 13-kilometer road that linked Abakpa Nike Lake Junction to Orie Emene to ease traffic flow in the Enugu East Local Government Area.

Inaugurating the road in Enugu on Thursday, Ugwuanyi said the project was conceived by his administration as the first bypass to ease the traffic flow in Enugu East local government.

He said that it would serve as a diversion for interstate vehicular movements as recommended by the Enugu State Urban Renewal Committee.

According to him, the bypass opens up development at the Harmony Estate in Amorji Nike, Adoration Pilgrimage Centre, and also provides access to the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu currently undergoing massive rehabilitation.

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The governor also said that the completion of the entire road project was consistent with his administration’s procurement policy of starting and completion of projects.

He said the stretch from Airport roundabout to Eke Obinagu in Emene had been duly completed and inaugurated by his administration.

”It has elevated the status of Emene and its environs from a semi-urban city to an urban city within Enugu Capital Territory.

Ugwuanyi pointed out that the project would help to reflate the local economy of concerned communities and open a new economic corridor through stimulation of commerce, creation of employment, and job opportunities for the teeming youths.

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In appreciation, the Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry, Enugu Nigeria, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, described the road project as unprecedented and a miracle taking off in the state.

Mbaka disclosed that the area of the ultra-modern road built by Ugwuanyi before now was a thick forest.
The cleric said that he had dreamt of the road, envisioned it while the governor actualized it.

”May God be glorified and may the governor of Enugu State be blessed in Jesus’ Name, Amen, ” he prayed.

A road was constructed with drainage channels across five rivers including culverts and Bridges that linked a busy and thickly populated Abakpa Nike with Emene satellite town.

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Personalities at the event included Speaker of the Enugu House of Assembly, Chief Edward Ubosi, the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Ngozi Emehelu.

Others were, the member representing Enugu East and Isi-Uzo Federal Constituency, Mr. Cornelius Nnaji, the PDP State Chairman, Mr. Augustine Nnamani, the Enugu East Council Chairman, Mr. Alex Ugwu, among others

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NEMA warns Edo govt of impending flood

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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has called the Edo State Government to put in more structures that will help mitigate the effect of the proposed flood.

This call was made by VM Muhammadu Muhammed, the director of National Emergency Management Agency, (NEMA) after a meeting with Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state over the weekend.

According to Muhammadu, Edo was among the highly probable flood-risk states based on predictions by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) and the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA).

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He said;

“The prediction released by NIMET and NIHSA annual flood outlook indicates that 102 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in 28 states fall within highly probable flood-risk areas, while 275 LGAs in the 36 states, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) fall within moderately probable flood-risk areas, while the remaining 397 fall within the low probable flood-risk areas.

“This year’s outlook has predicted the highly probable flood-risk areas in Edo to include Etsako East and Esan South East LGAs, while the low probable flood-risk areas are Ikpoba Okha, Oredo, Etsako Central, Esan North East, and Ovia North East LG Areas.

“Government should carry out public enlightenment campaign to the vulnerable communities to undertake mitigation action and prepare to vacate to safe ground, identify safe locations for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps and distil drainage systems and canals to allow free flow of water.”

The Edo State Governor was also asked to organize meetings to prepare all stakeholders for mitigation and response, as well as repositioning relief materials for prompt response after any flooding incident.

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National Theatre renovation to create 10,000 jobs – Fed Govt

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Ten thousand jobs will be created as a result of the renovation of the National Arts Theatre, the Federal Government has said.

Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed spoke on Sunday while handing over the edifice to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Bankers’ Committee.

CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele said the edifice would attract $20 billion annually to the economy after the remodelling is completed in 18 months.

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Speaking at the event attended by Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, his Deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat; Minister of Youth and Sports Development Sunday Dare; the Chairman of the Committee of Banks’ CEOs, Mr Herbert Wigwe, and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Culture, Grace Isu Gekpe, among other dignitaries, Emefiele said the CBN-led Bankers Committee would inject N25 billion into the Creative Industries and Financing Initiative (CIFI. Part of the fund will be spent remodelling the theatre.

“Our goal is to support startups and existing businesses across these four pillars, as well as foster the development of a Nigeria Creative Industries Centre in four major cities in Nigeria.

“Towards the realisation of this objective, the Bankers Committee intends to support this creative venture with about N25 billion of initial funding.

“The National Theatre Iganmu, Lagos is expected to serve as the initial pilot for the Nigeria Creative Industries Centre.”

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Rape bill targeted at lecturers – ASUU

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Abduction of UNIBEN lecturers, students sign of failed national security says ASUU

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU), has faulted the recent Bill passed by the National Assembly on sexual harassment and rape, describing it a design to victimize university lecturers.

ASUU insisted that the Rape Bill is ostensibly targeted at its members.

Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, the National President of ASUU, expressed concerns at a Town Hall meeting on Monday, with critical stakeholders in Jos, noting that, the Bill passed by the Assembly, though, yet to be signed into law, does not go well with ASUU.

The Town Hall meeting was organized by the University of Jos chapter of the union.

Prof.Ogunyemi maintained that the Bill is discriminatory and also targeted at the male lecturers.

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According to him;

“Our reaction to that Bill is that, it is discriminatory and is targeted at male lecturers.

“We don’t want a situation, where male lecturers will begin to say they don’t want to teach female students, because they say we should not smile to female students.

“So a time may come, when male lecturer will say, we won’t teach female students, let them get female lecturers, let them get a female supervisor.

“I’m not sure, we want that, and that is not also healthy for society. Because at one point or the other, there will be a point of interface. So, what we are seeing is that we have laws in the society, that already addressed issues of sexual harassment, issues of rape.

“Another form of victimization is that male students can also be raped in one way or the other and this has not been taken into account or has this type of bill passed.

“We went to the public hearing and we read our objections, well, we have not seen the newly passed bill, but, what we are told is that our views will be taken into account and we said if they are laws in the society that already addressed the issues of harassment and rape, why are we duplicating efforts?”

Prof. Ogunyemi further argued that:

“If it meant to cover all and some strata of the educational system, which means it could be a bill meant to cover all genders or both genders, male or female, which we have not seen. Our worries is that, all their talks is centred on the higher institutions, which should stop, because they are stigmatising and is like they are labelling lecturers as criminals or potential criminals.”

Ogunyemi said:

“We can still raise our voices against that bill to ensure that it will promote equity, fairness and then, that is where we can have justice for all. We are against sexual harassment of our students. We do not support it in any forms.”

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