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Why I choose to complete Amosun’s projects – Governor Abiodun

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The Executive Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun has said that his administration would continue to give priority attention to roads, hospitals and other projects abandoned by his predecessors because they were funded with tax payers money.

He said no part of the State would be neglected in the distribution of infrastructure as he has decided to make the people the centre piece of his administration.

“I will not leave any project abandoned by previous government. Those they funded or abandoned midway will be completed by us. When we were drawing up budget too, we asked for your inputs and these are the roads and projects you chose by yourselves.

“Infrastructure, especially road will be given the right attention in order to open up the State for more economic development”, he said after inspecting major roads in the East and Central Senatorial Districts of the State, weekend.

Abiodun inspected the Oba Erinwole Road in Sagamu, Kuto Flyover, Elite and Fajol-Osara-Gbonagun roads in Abeokuta.

He noted that the issue of good road network in the State could not be over-emphasised as roads open up the State to socio-economic activities and promote the welfare of the citizenry.

According to the Governor, the Oba Erinwole Road which was in a terrible state when he took over and had become a death trap for its users, “yet it is an important road that serves several industries and also links the Sagamu-Ore-Benin Expressway.”

“I came to see the level of work done on this Oba Erinwole Road. This road is very important as it leads to many factories and industries. We awarded the contract for this road in March this year. If not for the pandemic, work would have gone further than this by now. When it is completed, it will alleviate the suffering of the people,” he noted.

At the Kuto flyover and service lanes in Abeokuta, he said, though awarded by the last administration, it would be completed soon, as he has extracted commitment from the contractor.

The governor noted that most of the road projects executed by his administration were prioritised by the residents themselves as they were allowed to do so while government was preparing the budget.

“For instance, it was part of our inclusiveness that made the people to choose the 7.1km Fajol-Osara-Gbonagun Road. This is an inter-local government road that would link Abeokuta South and Odeda Local Government Areas, as well as act as a bypass to the Abeokuta-Ibadan Road”, he said.

While informing that roads are simultaneously being constructed across the state, he stated that similar projects are ongoing at Ipokia and Imeko, Prince Abiodun added that construction work would soon commence on Denro-Isashi-Akute Road bordering Lagos.

He said the desire of his administration was to ensure that the people are able to traverse the length and breadth of the State with ease, saying that work so far done was “a tip of the iceberg.”

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FFK slams President Buhari over speech on #EndSARS protest

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Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has slammed President Muhammadu Buhari over his speech on the widespread #EndSARS protest.

FFK described the President as a ”dictator, a disgrace to humanity and a stench in the nostrils of God for allegedly issuing threats and serving warnings in his speech.”

He added that it is left for the Nigerian peope to either stand down, bow their heads in shame, tuck their tail between their legs and run away or either stand up, hold their heads up high, knuckle down, dig deep and insist on their rights.

The PDP Chieftain tweeted;

Buhari’s speech was an insult to our people, a disgrace to humanity & a stench in the nostrils of God. He is not warm, he is cold. He is not kind, he is cruel. He is not empathetic, he is sociopathic. He is not a President,he is a dictator. He is not a man, he is a monster.

He has issued his threat &served his warning. It is left to the Nig. people to either stand down, bow their heads in shame, tuck their tail between their legs & run away or stand up, hold their heads up high, knuckle down, dig deep, insist on their rights & refuse to budge

The next few days will reveal which choice they have made.

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FG and ASUU disagree on payment platform for N30bn allowances

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The Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities have again disagreed on the payment platform which will be used in disbursing the salary arrears and the N30 billion earned allowance of university lecturers.

While the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige offered to pay the salary arrears and the N30 billion Earned Allowances of the university lecturers through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System platform at the meeting which ended in a deadlock on Wednesday October 22, ASUU delegation led by its National President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi reportedly insisted that lecturers would not enrol on the government salary platform.

It is expected that both parties will reconvene on Monday October 26, to decide on the platform for the disbursement of the funds pledged by the FG.

Recall that the federal government had agreed to pay N40 billion, being the pending Earned Academic Allowance of the university teachers overdue since November 2019. N30 billion would be paid on or before November 6, while the remaining N10 billion would be spread equally over two tranches to be paid in May 2021 and February 2022.

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#EndSARS: “Buhari’s speech contains avoidable gaps” – Femi Falana (SAN)

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Foremost Human Rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) has criticized the speech delivered by the President in the aftermath of the #EndSARS protests and military shootings in the country.

According to Falana, the speech contained avoidable gaps like where Buhari accused the international community of jumping into hasty conclusions over the shooting of unarmed peaceful protesters by soldiers at the Lekki tollgate in Lagos State on Tuesday.

Falana said the president’s act of consoling families of police members killed during the protests was good but he should have also followed it up with consoling families of victims of police brutality.

Speaking to Punch he said, “The presidential speech contained some avoidable lacunae. For instance, the President accused the international community of jumping into hasty conclusions with respect to the Lekki shootings.

“My worry is that the President would be embarrassed at the end of legal inquiry into the military invasion of the Lekki toll gate as the number of the unarmed protesters that were mowed down and the circumstances of the barbaric attack by the soldiers from a particular military barrack in Victoria Island would be exposed.

“It was good that the President consoled the families of the police personnel who unfortunately lost their lives in the course of duty. Similar presidential condolences ought to have been extended to the families of the unarmed protesters who were brutally murdered in Ogbomoso, Ibadan, Benin, Lagos etc. I want to believe that the President was not informed that unarmed protesters were slain in the premeditated attacks by police and military personnel.

“However, the President reiterated the point that the voice of the protesters had been heard loud and clear and that the Federal Government is committed to addressing the outstanding demands. Specifically, the President announced that the emoluments of police officers would be reviewed upwards. That is a concession of one of the key demands of the protesters.”

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