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Jonathan govt abandoned 116 projects, left N89bn debt – Buhari’s minister, Adamu

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The Minister of Water Resources, Alhaji Suleiman Adamu, has disclosed that the immediate past administration left 116 ongoing and abandoned irrigation and water projects.

Adamu also disclosed that the past administration left liabilities of N89 billion.

Speaking with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, on Sunday, the Minister said: “In the ministry itself, when we came in, we inherited 116 ongoing and abandoned projects and we had a liability of N89 billion that is what we had inherited.

“That was a serious problem, 38 done irrigation projects and over 40 water supply projects. Obviously, in four years there is no way we can finish them.

“Some projects have been started as way back in 1987. Some projects were abandoned in 2000 and we have only been able to revive them.

“When this administration came into office and from opinions that we got from stakeholders in the water sector, it is a sector that has been in crisis.

“Recent survey indicated that according to the indices or parameter of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), we have attained 69 per cent coverage in terms of water supply.”

Adamu described the figure as dismal because over 50 million of Nigerian population under the MDGs were still not covered and the target for MDGs was 75 per cent “we only achieved 69 per cent’’.

“If we applied those indices to the parameter set by new Sustainable Development Goals we are actually nowhere, the statistics is so dismal.

“One of the diagnostic reports we got last year indicated that in 1992, 30 per cent Nigerian population enjoyed pipe borehole water but it declined to seven per cent in 2015.

“This was what led us to series of discussions, retreats and consultations leading to the Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari declaring the state of emergency on water and sanitation.”

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Ajimobi: I Don’t Want To Be Minister Under Buhari, Prefer To Be Senator

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A former governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, says he prefers to be a senator in Nigeria to being a minister.

His reasons are not farfetched.

Fielding questions from journalists in Ibadan, the ex-governor infamous for his ‘constituted authority’ statement explained why he would want to be a federal lawmaker in the senate and not a minister under President Muhammadu Buhari.

“I hold President Muhammadu Buhari in high esteem. I will actually prefer a younger person to be considered for the ministerial slot since I am pursuing my senatorial ambition,” he stated.

He added, “I am in court for my senatorial election. I only expressed my preference that I am in court because I prefer the Senate.




“How can I be pursuing the Senate and ministerial appointment at the same time? I prefer the Senate.”

Ajimobi, however, pointed out that President Buhari had not offered him any ministerial appointment, noting that it was a reason he was committed to the petition the All Progressives Congress filed against Senator Kola Balogun at the tribunal.

Balogun, who contested on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was declared the winner of the Oyo South senatorial district election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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Save Lagos From Child Cultism, African Action Congress Tells Sanwo-Olu

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The Lagos State Chapter of the African Action Congress has called on Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to immediately address child cultism and insecurity in Lagos.

The party stated that the terror of child cultism was rapidly growing in the state, estimating that ‘six out of every ten children’ in Lagos are cultists.

The party said, “a 72-hour mass violence of child cultism with different names like “Omo Kesari” , “Awawa” “One Million Boys,” Seven Street Boys in Oshodi; Judas Iscariot Boys in Ejigbo; and others in Idimu, Ikotun and other areas vindicate the reports that Lagos is one of the most underdeveloped states in Nigeria, given the wealth owned by the state and the fact that its debt is second only to the Federal Government.”

Kunle Wizeman Ajayi, Acting State Chair of AAC, heaped the blame of child cultism on the low quality of education in the state, adding that the political leaders further impoverished the people by taking over all local trade places in the state.

“The reign of child cultism today can be attributed to the general collapse of public education in Lagos as well as the mass unemployment in the state. Private schools are times three of public schools.

“It is also appalling that most of the trading power of our poor people like markets, mechanic villages, and sports arenas have all been destroyed, seized.

“Then what kind of government is ignoring the night economy? This is a lucrative economy that can even resolve unemployment as well as reduce child cultism,” Wizeman said.

He stressed that the Lagos State government must put measures in place to equip and ensure all children have access to free education.

He also urged the state governor to desist from the indiscriminate arrest of innocent citizens through the machinery of the state government.

“Child cultists can be trained to become the greats of the future with democratic, pro-people standards!

“Governor Sanwo-Olu must also not resort to setting the Lagos Task Force loose to arrest traders, innocent citizens, and Okada riders. Face the real issues and tackle the problems headlong.

“Even if a government wants to prevent trade littering the streets, is it not much more correct to create alternative spaces for these traders instead of violent repression.

“Lagos AAC calls on Lagos towns to immediately build independent community Vigilance Teams. Then we all need to demand that Lagos is truly made working at all levels through free functional and compulsory education.

“Massive industrialisation and creative development of the night economy are needed to cater for employment and reducing poverty,” Wizeman stated.

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Abia lawmakers pass bill to set up House of Assembly Service Commission

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The bill to establish Abia State House of Assembly Service Commission, has been passed into law by the leadership of the current 7th house.

The passage of the bill took place during the State Assembly plenary sitting on Wednesday, after it (Bill)had been subjected to all necessary legislative procedures.

The Speaker of the State Assembly, Rt. Hon. Chinedum Orji, who presided over the sitting, pointed out that the bill if signed into law by the Executive arm of government would strengthen the democratic structure of the State.

He listed other merits of the bill if it becomes a law to include, granting the State House of Assembly financial autonomy and creating more job opportunities among Abians.

Meanwhile, the Speaker, Orji, has assured that the current 7th leadership of the house will pay serious attention to their oversight functions in order to aid the workings of the State government.

The Speaker gave the assurance, while addressing his colleagues during the plenary session of the Assembly, opining that the recent constitution of Adhoc Committees to probe some of the Abia government agencies and Boards were not designed to witch-hunt or blackmail anybody, as it has been hinted in some quarters.

He said, “No amount of blackmail will stop the house from giving legislative backing to support the Governor of Abia state in improving the lives of Abians.

“We, as members of the legislative arm of government will not allow anyone intimidate us in the discharge of our duties”.

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