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Queens at war: Division in Alaafin’s Palace as ‘Oloris’ attack each other

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There is presently a division among the Queens of the Alaafin of Oyo following the sour end of the enviable relationship between Queen Badira Ola and Queen Memunat.

Recall that Queen Ola who turned 30 last year and Queen Memunat who is marking her birthday today, used to be best friends.

When the going was sweet, the two Queens who are both mothers of sets of twins, were fond of wearing same clothes and are always at the beck and call of the Alaafin, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi.

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Both friends, who are Alhajas (went to Mecca at the same time in 2017) were pregnant at the same time and gave birth to their babies a week apart.

First, Memunat had her twins, a set of two girls, while Ola had hers a week after, a set of two boys.

Sadly the relationship has now turned sour and a source in the palace claims that Lizzy Anjorin had a role to play in it.

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The two Queens who loved to display public affections for each other on social media, now shun each other and have stopped following each other especially as the Alaafin of Oyo now adores Queen Memunat more.

“Olori Ola believes that Olori Memunat is always spread false information about her, plus she doesn’t appreciate her new closeness with Lizzy Anjorin especially as she has now lost her position as the favorite Alaafin’s olori.….” Kemi Filani claimed.

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Buhari greets former Gov. Alao Akala at 70

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President Muhammadu Buhari has rejoiced with former Oyo State Governor, Christopher Alao-Akala, on the occasion of his 70th birthday.

In a congratulatory message released by his spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Wednesday, the President saluted the Ogbomoso-born grassroots politician.

He lauded him for the ability to blend with all classes of society, and touching lives positively.

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President Buhari felicitated with the family, friends, and political associates of the former governor, wishing him long life, good health, and greater service to his people and motherland.

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Delta will complete Trans-Warri road, bridge projects in 2021 -Commissioner

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Delta government says the ongoing construction of Trans-Warri road and bridges in Warri South Local Government Area of the state will be completed in 2021.

The Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye, made this known on Wednesday in Warri while briefing newsmen shortly after inspecting the project.

“The essence of the inspection is to ensure that all contractors handling state projects are on-site in line with the state government’s directive to them to return to the site following substantial relaxation of the lockdown occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

The commissioner said that the multi-billion Naira road project, which comprised the 25.8 km and 19 bridges linking Ubeji, Ifie, Ijala, Ogbodede, Inorin, Ajigba, Orugbo, Usele, Ode-Itsekiri was awarded in 2006.

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He said that the contractor moved to the site in November 2007.

“Although the project has several links to other communities, this administration decided that the contractor should concentrate on the main alignment.

“The contractors are presently trying to complete the remaining five bridges and once they are done with that they will continue on the road work.

“The quality of work is very high and I must commend the contractors for doing a good job.

“However, let me urge them to increase the pace of work to ensure that this project is completed by the end of next year,” he said.

Augoye said that the project had opened up the Ubeji community to Ifie side of the Warri River.

“The project has attracted six tank farms and other multi-billion naira investments, I urged the contractors to speed up the pace of work in order to meet the December 2021 completion timeline.

“As you can see, the road has not been completed, but it has opened up the other side of the river to some economic activities.

“And if this other side of the river is completed, it means that it will create more economic activities for the people around this area,” he said.

The Special Director of the project, Chief Otimeyin Adam, commended the state governor for his commitment toward the completion of the project.

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He said that Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration had reduced the state government’s indebtedness to the contractor from N9 billion to N3 billion.

Otimeyin expressed optimism that the project would be completed as scheduled.

Earlier, Area Manager of Setraco, Delta Region, Mr. Joseph Helby said that the company was determined to complete the project at the end of 2021.

“We have completed 14 of the bridges, while work is ongoing on the remaining five bridges.

“We have also completed 95 percent of the internal roads in Ode-Itsekiri and we look forward to the completion of the entire project at the end of 2021,” Helby said.

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Federal Road Projects: FEC approves refunds of N148bn to Rivers, Ondo, three others

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated this when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the third virtual meeting of the FEC, held at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Mohammed said the approval of the refund followed a memo presented by the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola.

He said: “You will recall that in 2016, 36 states of the federation sent a very huge bill to the federal government, asking for compensation for money that they have expended on federal roads.

“This prompted Mr. President to set up a committee to go and verify the claims of these 36 states, whether indeed these projects were actually constructed, were they completed, in line with the federal government standards.

“At the end of that exercise by an inter-ministerial committee, chaired by the minister of works and housing, but also had Ministers of Education, Transportation, Finance, Minister of State for Works, DG BPP and Permanent Secretary Cabinet Office as members.

“At the end of that exercise, the committee recommended that the federal government should refund N550,364,297.31 billion to 31 of the 36 states, after they were convinced that, yes indeed, the projects were completed and they were federal government roads.

“But the claims of five other states Cross River, Rivers, Ondo, Bayelsa, and Osun failed on the grounds that they did not do proper documentation and the committee felt they needed proper documentation.

“So, the committee went back with new terms of reference to ensure that the claims of the five states were in order, that is why the BPP is on the committee.

“So, at the end of the exercise, the committee now reported that the five states – Cross River with 20 roads and one bridge will get a refund of N18,394,737,608.85, Ondo with six roads to get a refund of N7,822,147,577.08, and Osun with two roads and one bridge to get a refund of N2,468,938,876.78.

“Others are Bayelsa with five roads and one bridge is to get a refund of N38,040,564,783.40 and Rivers with three roads and three flyovers bridges is to get a refund of N78,953,067,518.29.”

Mohammed said the committees confirmed the roads and the bridges, that not only were they completed, they were in substantial-good form, adding that some of the bridges and roads were built about 10 years ago.

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He, however, disclosed that “there is a caveat, as the federal government will pay the states but however, henceforth, if any state takes on federal government road, it will not be paid, they will not get any refund.

“Even if you want to pay from your own pocket, you will still need the permission of the federal government and it will be supervised by the federal ministry of works and housing.”

According to him, the modalities of refund are being worked out and payment will be made over a period of time.

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Mohammed said 31 states were earlier paid the sum of over N550 billion as a refund for the reconstruction of federal roads in their respective states.

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