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  •  Dr Sunny Akpoyibo the Chairman Riccofortezza Asteven Energy Limited on Friday said the Light Up Kwara project LUK was over 90 per cent completed Akpoyibo told newsmen in Ilorin that the company had no dispute with the Kwara State Government as the project was almost executed as residents could testify He said that the company would have completed the project this June but for the repeated vandalism of its cables by some unpatriotic elements The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the chairman was reacting to the Kwara House of Assembly recent advice to the state government to hand over the company that handled the Infrastructure Fund Kwara IFK to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC for further investigation over the project and prosecution if found wanting LUK is a three phase project Phase one which comprises installation of 522 single arm all in three LED solar streetlights was fully completed since 2017 on streets within Ilorin Phase two installed along Asa Dam road comprises 226 double arm all in three LED solar streetlights 17 single arm all in three solar streetlights was also fully completed towards the tail end of 2017 2018 Phase three comprises installation of 3 Solar Farm Tunnels SFTs to power retrofitted moribund road lighting poles along Fate road Umaru Audi road Ahmadu Bello Way to Challenge junction and Post Office SFT 1 University road SFT 2 and New Yidi road Unity road Taiwo road SFT 3 SFT 1 and 2 have been completed and fully operational since 2018 SFT 3 on New Yidi Road has also been installed and all Highway lights to be connected on New Yidi road Taiwo Road and Unity Road have been competently retrofitted with new LED light and painted What is outstanding in phase three is laying of underground PV cables and beautification of the SFT And due to repeated and sustained vandalisation of already laid PV cables at Fate Umaru Audi and Ahmadu Bello way delays ensured Cables which would have been used to complete the project have always been diverted to replace the stolen ones he said Akpoyibo said the company had been unable to take delivery of materials ordered to illuminate Yidi Road because of restrictions by the Federal Government due to the COVID 19 pandemic According to him in order to demonstrate commitment to the project the company is still on site despite outstanding payment of more than N900 million by the state government On his part Mr Bolade Soremekun the Managing Director RUBITEC Nigeria Ltd another company involved in the project said there was no dispute with the Ministry of Energy and Kwara State Government over the project Our project continues and is ongoing New casting is being done as we speak as well as rehabilitation of some bulbs that need to be changed he explained Soremekun said that his company was committed to completing all the three phases of the project NAN also recalls that the Assembly s advice to the state government was part of the resolutions of the House at its plenary on Thursday on the report of an Ad hoc Committee on the investigation into the Light Up Kwara project executed by the last administration in the state Reading the resolutions of the House the Speaker Mr Yakubu Salihu urged the state government to review the terms and conditions of the contract for the project and direct the contractors to complete all outstanding work on the project It further urged the government to transfer all the activities of Light Up Kwara project to the supervision and monitoring of the State Ministry of Energy in the interest of accountability and transparency Edited By Chidinma Agu Muhammad Suleiman Tola NAN
    Light-Up Kwara: Company says project 90% completed, no dispute with Kwara Govt
     Dr Sunny Akpoyibo the Chairman Riccofortezza Asteven Energy Limited on Friday said the Light Up Kwara project LUK was over 90 per cent completed Akpoyibo told newsmen in Ilorin that the company had no dispute with the Kwara State Government as the project was almost executed as residents could testify He said that the company would have completed the project this June but for the repeated vandalism of its cables by some unpatriotic elements The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the chairman was reacting to the Kwara House of Assembly recent advice to the state government to hand over the company that handled the Infrastructure Fund Kwara IFK to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC for further investigation over the project and prosecution if found wanting LUK is a three phase project Phase one which comprises installation of 522 single arm all in three LED solar streetlights was fully completed since 2017 on streets within Ilorin Phase two installed along Asa Dam road comprises 226 double arm all in three LED solar streetlights 17 single arm all in three solar streetlights was also fully completed towards the tail end of 2017 2018 Phase three comprises installation of 3 Solar Farm Tunnels SFTs to power retrofitted moribund road lighting poles along Fate road Umaru Audi road Ahmadu Bello Way to Challenge junction and Post Office SFT 1 University road SFT 2 and New Yidi road Unity road Taiwo road SFT 3 SFT 1 and 2 have been completed and fully operational since 2018 SFT 3 on New Yidi Road has also been installed and all Highway lights to be connected on New Yidi road Taiwo Road and Unity Road have been competently retrofitted with new LED light and painted What is outstanding in phase three is laying of underground PV cables and beautification of the SFT And due to repeated and sustained vandalisation of already laid PV cables at Fate Umaru Audi and Ahmadu Bello way delays ensured Cables which would have been used to complete the project have always been diverted to replace the stolen ones he said Akpoyibo said the company had been unable to take delivery of materials ordered to illuminate Yidi Road because of restrictions by the Federal Government due to the COVID 19 pandemic According to him in order to demonstrate commitment to the project the company is still on site despite outstanding payment of more than N900 million by the state government On his part Mr Bolade Soremekun the Managing Director RUBITEC Nigeria Ltd another company involved in the project said there was no dispute with the Ministry of Energy and Kwara State Government over the project Our project continues and is ongoing New casting is being done as we speak as well as rehabilitation of some bulbs that need to be changed he explained Soremekun said that his company was committed to completing all the three phases of the project NAN also recalls that the Assembly s advice to the state government was part of the resolutions of the House at its plenary on Thursday on the report of an Ad hoc Committee on the investigation into the Light Up Kwara project executed by the last administration in the state Reading the resolutions of the House the Speaker Mr Yakubu Salihu urged the state government to review the terms and conditions of the contract for the project and direct the contractors to complete all outstanding work on the project It further urged the government to transfer all the activities of Light Up Kwara project to the supervision and monitoring of the State Ministry of Energy in the interest of accountability and transparency Edited By Chidinma Agu Muhammad Suleiman Tola NAN
    Light-Up Kwara: Company says project 90% completed, no dispute with Kwara Govt
    General news2 years ago

    Light-Up Kwara: Company says project 90% completed, no dispute with Kwara Govt

    Dr Sunny Akpoyibo, the Chairman, Riccofortezza-Asteven Energy Limited, on Friday said the Light Up Kwara project (LUK) was over 90 per cent completed.

    Akpoyibo told newsmen in Ilorin that the company had no dispute with the Kwara State Government as the project was almost executed as residents could testify.

    He said that the company would have completed the project this June, but for the repeated vandalism of its cables by some unpatriotic elements.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the chairman was reacting to the Kwara House of Assembly recent advice to the state government to hand over the company that handled the Infrastructure Fund Kwara (IFK) to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for further investigation over the project and prosecution if found wanting.

    LUK is a three phase project. Phase one which comprises installation of 522 single-arm all-in-three LED solar streetlights was fully completed since 2017 on streets within Ilorin.

    ”Phase two, installed along Asa Dam road, comprises 226 double-arm all-in-three LED solar streetlights, 17 single-arm all-in-three solar streetlights, was also fully completed towards the tail-end of 2017/2018.

    ”Phase three comprises installation of 3 Solar Farm Tunnels (SFTs) to power retrofitted moribund road lighting poles along Fate road/Umaru-Audi road/Ahmadu Bello Way-to-Challenge junction and Post Office (SFT 1), University road (SFT 2) and New Yidi road/Unity road/Taiwo road (SFT 3).

    SFT 1 and 2 have been completed and fully operational since 2018.

    SFT 3 on New Yidi Road has also been installed and all Highway lights to be connected on New Yidi road, Taiwo Road and Unity Road have been competently retrofitted with new LED light and painted.

    ”What is outstanding in phase three is laying of underground PV cables and beautification of the SFT.

    ”And due to repeated and sustained vandalisation of already laid PV cables at Fate, Umaru Audi and Ahmadu Bello way, delays ensured.

    “Cables which would have been used to complete the project have always been diverted to replace the stolen ones,” he said.

    Akpoyibo said the company had been unable to take delivery of materials ordered to illuminate Yidi Road because of restrictions by the Federal Government due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    According to him, in order to demonstrate commitment to the project the company is still on site despite outstanding payment of more than N900 million by the state government.

    On his part, Mr Bolade Soremekun, the Managing Director, RUBITEC Nigeria Ltd, another company involved in the project, said there was no dispute with the Ministry of Energy and Kwara State Government over the project.

    “Our project continues and is ongoing. New casting is being done as we speak as well as rehabilitation of some bulbs that need to be changed,” he explained.

    Soremekun said that his company was committed to completing all the three phases of the project.

    NAN also recalls that the Assembly’s advice to the state government was part of the resolutions of the House at its plenary on Thursday, on the report of an Ad-hoc Committee on the investigation into the Light-Up Kwara project executed by the last administration in the state.

    Reading the resolutions of the House, the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Salihu, urged the state government to review the terms and conditions of the contract for the project and direct the contractors to complete all outstanding work on the project.

    It further urged the government to transfer all the activities of Light-Up Kwara project to the supervision and monitoring of the State Ministry of Energy in the interest of accountability and transparency.


    Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

  •  The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos Mr Kayode Popoola on Wednesday said that work on section one of the Lagos Ibadan Expressway reconstruction and rehabilitation was 61 per cent completed The News Agency of Nigeria reports that section one of the project is about 43 km and spans from Ojota in Lagos to the Sagamu Inter change being handled by Julius Berger Nigeria Plc Popoola told NAN in Lagos that Julius Berger abandoned the site for about two months because of the Coronavirus COVID 19 pandemic but returned in May and work was in progress inspite of the challenges He listed some of the challenges slowing down the construction to high traffic and vehicular volume as well as limited number of construction workers allowed on site due to COVID 19 restriction guidelines Lagos Ibadan Expressway rehabilitation and reconstruction project is ongoing and the contractors are on site On section one being handled by Julius Berger Nigeria Plc work is ongoing and as at today the percentage completion is 61 percent The contractors are carrying out excavations on some sections just yesterday Tuesday they laid Macadam at Ibafor on Kilometer 17 plus 250 he said Macadam is broken stone of even size bound with tar or bitumen and used in successively compacted layers for surfacing roads and paths The federal controller also explained that over 24 km of the road had been completed with 50 percent representing about 20 km of drainage works also completed on both carriageways Popoola added that some median drains and kerbs had also been completed Speaking on the Apapa Oshodi Ojota Oworonsoki Expressway project being handled by the Dangote Group the controller said it was 48 per cent completed Right now the work has passed Gbagada they want to link the end of Alapere coming out he said He assured that the contractor would be able to deliver the project on the scheduled November completion date with the speed at which the project was running NAN recalls that President Muhammadu Buhari flagged off the project in Lagos in November 2018 with the construction expected to enhance ease of doing business at the ports and reduce discomfort for motorists Speaking on the Lagos Badagry Expressway project he said that some workers of CGC Nigeria Ltd contractors on the project were stranded abroad due to suspension of international flights because of the COVID 19 pandemic Popoola said the staff who traveled to China were unable to return to Nigeria before the closure of the airports Some of their management staff are in China they are eager to come back but the airports are closed he told NAN Commenting on the Lagos Ota Abeokuta Expressway project he said that Julius Berger was working around Gudugba on the Abeokuta end of the highway before they were forced to leave in February due to Coronavirus After the COVID 19 lockdown the contractor will return to site he said Edited By Remi Koleoso Ifeyinwa Omowole NAN
    Lagos-Ibadan Expressway project 61 percent complete – Fed. Controller
     The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos Mr Kayode Popoola on Wednesday said that work on section one of the Lagos Ibadan Expressway reconstruction and rehabilitation was 61 per cent completed The News Agency of Nigeria reports that section one of the project is about 43 km and spans from Ojota in Lagos to the Sagamu Inter change being handled by Julius Berger Nigeria Plc Popoola told NAN in Lagos that Julius Berger abandoned the site for about two months because of the Coronavirus COVID 19 pandemic but returned in May and work was in progress inspite of the challenges He listed some of the challenges slowing down the construction to high traffic and vehicular volume as well as limited number of construction workers allowed on site due to COVID 19 restriction guidelines Lagos Ibadan Expressway rehabilitation and reconstruction project is ongoing and the contractors are on site On section one being handled by Julius Berger Nigeria Plc work is ongoing and as at today the percentage completion is 61 percent The contractors are carrying out excavations on some sections just yesterday Tuesday they laid Macadam at Ibafor on Kilometer 17 plus 250 he said Macadam is broken stone of even size bound with tar or bitumen and used in successively compacted layers for surfacing roads and paths The federal controller also explained that over 24 km of the road had been completed with 50 percent representing about 20 km of drainage works also completed on both carriageways Popoola added that some median drains and kerbs had also been completed Speaking on the Apapa Oshodi Ojota Oworonsoki Expressway project being handled by the Dangote Group the controller said it was 48 per cent completed Right now the work has passed Gbagada they want to link the end of Alapere coming out he said He assured that the contractor would be able to deliver the project on the scheduled November completion date with the speed at which the project was running NAN recalls that President Muhammadu Buhari flagged off the project in Lagos in November 2018 with the construction expected to enhance ease of doing business at the ports and reduce discomfort for motorists Speaking on the Lagos Badagry Expressway project he said that some workers of CGC Nigeria Ltd contractors on the project were stranded abroad due to suspension of international flights because of the COVID 19 pandemic Popoola said the staff who traveled to China were unable to return to Nigeria before the closure of the airports Some of their management staff are in China they are eager to come back but the airports are closed he told NAN Commenting on the Lagos Ota Abeokuta Expressway project he said that Julius Berger was working around Gudugba on the Abeokuta end of the highway before they were forced to leave in February due to Coronavirus After the COVID 19 lockdown the contractor will return to site he said Edited By Remi Koleoso Ifeyinwa Omowole NAN
    Lagos-Ibadan Expressway project 61 percent complete – Fed. Controller
    General news3 years ago

    Lagos-Ibadan Expressway project 61 percent complete – Fed. Controller

    The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr Kayode Popoola, on Wednesday, said that work on section one of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway reconstruction and rehabilitation was 61 per cent completed.

    The News Agency of Nigeria, reports that section one of the project is about 43 km and spans from Ojota in Lagos to the Sagamu Inter-change being handled by Julius Berger Nigeria Plc.

    Popoola told NAN in Lagos that Julius Berger abandoned the site for about two months because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but returned in May and work was in progress inspite of the challenges.

    He listed some of the challenges slowing down the construction to high traffic and vehicular volume as well as limited number of construction workers allowed on site due to COVID-19 restriction guidelines.

    “Lagos-Ibadan Expressway rehabilitation and reconstruction project is ongoing and the contractors are on site.

    “On section one being handled by Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, work is ongoing and as at today the percentage completion is 61 percent.

    “The contractors are carrying out excavations on some sections, just yesterday, (Tuesday) they laid Macadam at Ibafor on Kilometer 17 plus 250,”he said.

    Macadam is broken stone of even size, bound with tar or bitumen and used in successively compacted layers for surfacing roads and paths.

    The federal controller also explained that over 24 km of the road had been completed with 50 percent representing about 20 km of drainage works also completed on both carriageways.

    Popoola added that some median drains and kerbs had also been completed.

    Speaking on the Apapa-Oshodi-Ojota-Oworonsoki Expressway project being handled by the Dangote Group, the controller said it was 48 per cent completed.

    “Right now, the work has passed Gbagada, they want to link the end of Alapere coming out,”he said.

    He assured that the contractor would be able to deliver the project on the scheduled November completion date, with the speed at  which the project was running.

    NAN recalls that President Muhammadu Buhari flagged off the project in Lagos in November 2018 with the construction expected to enhance ease of doing business at the ports and reduce discomfort for motorists.

    Speaking on the Lagos-Badagry Expressway project, he said that some workers of CGC Nigeria Ltd, contractors on the project, were stranded abroad due to suspension of international flights because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Popoola said the staff who traveled to China were unable to return to Nigeria before the closure of the airports .

    “Some of their management staff are in China, they are eager to come back but the airports are closed,” he told NAN.

    Commenting on the Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta Expressway project, he said that Julius Berger was working around Gudugba on the Abeokuta end of the highway before they were forced to leave in February due to Coronavirus.

    “After the COVID-19 lockdown, the contractor will return to site,”he said.



    Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Ifeyinwa Omowole (NAN)

  •  Mr Michael Yigao Managing Director China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation CCECC Nigeria Ltd says the 15 Chinese medical experts that arrived in the country on April 8 are in the company s care Yigao made the disclosure on Monday in Abuja while reacting to questions raised by the media and opposition parties on May 14 as to the whereabouts of the Chinese medical team This followed comment by the Minister of Health Osagie Ehanire that the experts who reportedly came into Nigeria to support the fight against COVID 19 were not his guests but those of CCECC Ehanire while responding to questions at the daily Presidential Task Force on COVID 19 briefing May 14 said the medical personnel are not guests of the Federal Government but that of the construction company Yigao who corroborated this while speaking with newsmen confirmed that the experts came into the country to share their experiences in fighting the COVID 19 It will be recalled that some Nigerians had kicked against the decision to invite the medical experts saying the country had enough doctors to tackle the COVID 19 pandemic The Nigerian Medical Association NMA even described the move as an embarrassment to the association and other health workers who were giving their best in the fight against COVID 19 pandemic under deplorable working conditions However Yigao clarified that the team came specially to help CCECC fight this pandemic and protect its employees The team had a telecast meeting with the Minister of Health and some doctors around the country and shared their experience in China on how they re fighting the virus and the meeting was very positive They are here with us and have continued to teach our staff how to protect themselves because protection and prevention are more important than the treatment Most of the workers understand the situation now and they know the risk so they follow the proper procedures and cooperate with their instructors he said He said the medical experts would be heading home as soon as there was a commercial flight to China Right now commercial flight to China is not open but when flights are open again we re considering the team going back to China He praised the Nigerian government for how they had been able to contain the pandemic so far In a big country like Nigeria it can be a bit difficult to control a pandemic because you will have to make all the people of such a large country understand that it is serious and real thing I think Nigeria is taking this very seriously and you can see it in the implementation of the lockdown and the suspension of international flights etc And like other companies in Nigeria we will do whatever we can to help the country like building treatment centres and training people on how to handle the virus He said that his company would like to build on the strong mutual relationship between Nigeria and China Upon request from the Nigerian government we gave necessary support like building treatment centres and at the same time delivered some health related equipment We understand the COVID 19 pandemic challenge in Nigeria because we are based here and have a lot of employees and we do believe that with efforts from the government from the people we will win this war I hope the people of Nigeria understand that we need the help of all peoples across the world to win this fight against Coronavirus he added He said that CCECC would continue to give quality support to the Nigerian people in all areas CCECC is a Nigerian company based here for nearly 40 years and most of the staff here are Nigerians so we have a Nigerian voice At CCECC we have a company standard and we do not compromise you can see our touch in the airport terminals Abuja Isolation Centres Abuja Kaduna Lagos rail lines etc You can see our works at the Airport Terminals they are one of the finest in Africa we at CCECC will not compromise standards for any price Edited By Peter Ejiofor Wale Ojetimi NAN
    15 Chinese medical experts are in our care — CCECC MD
     Mr Michael Yigao Managing Director China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation CCECC Nigeria Ltd says the 15 Chinese medical experts that arrived in the country on April 8 are in the company s care Yigao made the disclosure on Monday in Abuja while reacting to questions raised by the media and opposition parties on May 14 as to the whereabouts of the Chinese medical team This followed comment by the Minister of Health Osagie Ehanire that the experts who reportedly came into Nigeria to support the fight against COVID 19 were not his guests but those of CCECC Ehanire while responding to questions at the daily Presidential Task Force on COVID 19 briefing May 14 said the medical personnel are not guests of the Federal Government but that of the construction company Yigao who corroborated this while speaking with newsmen confirmed that the experts came into the country to share their experiences in fighting the COVID 19 It will be recalled that some Nigerians had kicked against the decision to invite the medical experts saying the country had enough doctors to tackle the COVID 19 pandemic The Nigerian Medical Association NMA even described the move as an embarrassment to the association and other health workers who were giving their best in the fight against COVID 19 pandemic under deplorable working conditions However Yigao clarified that the team came specially to help CCECC fight this pandemic and protect its employees The team had a telecast meeting with the Minister of Health and some doctors around the country and shared their experience in China on how they re fighting the virus and the meeting was very positive They are here with us and have continued to teach our staff how to protect themselves because protection and prevention are more important than the treatment Most of the workers understand the situation now and they know the risk so they follow the proper procedures and cooperate with their instructors he said He said the medical experts would be heading home as soon as there was a commercial flight to China Right now commercial flight to China is not open but when flights are open again we re considering the team going back to China He praised the Nigerian government for how they had been able to contain the pandemic so far In a big country like Nigeria it can be a bit difficult to control a pandemic because you will have to make all the people of such a large country understand that it is serious and real thing I think Nigeria is taking this very seriously and you can see it in the implementation of the lockdown and the suspension of international flights etc And like other companies in Nigeria we will do whatever we can to help the country like building treatment centres and training people on how to handle the virus He said that his company would like to build on the strong mutual relationship between Nigeria and China Upon request from the Nigerian government we gave necessary support like building treatment centres and at the same time delivered some health related equipment We understand the COVID 19 pandemic challenge in Nigeria because we are based here and have a lot of employees and we do believe that with efforts from the government from the people we will win this war I hope the people of Nigeria understand that we need the help of all peoples across the world to win this fight against Coronavirus he added He said that CCECC would continue to give quality support to the Nigerian people in all areas CCECC is a Nigerian company based here for nearly 40 years and most of the staff here are Nigerians so we have a Nigerian voice At CCECC we have a company standard and we do not compromise you can see our touch in the airport terminals Abuja Isolation Centres Abuja Kaduna Lagos rail lines etc You can see our works at the Airport Terminals they are one of the finest in Africa we at CCECC will not compromise standards for any price Edited By Peter Ejiofor Wale Ojetimi NAN
    15 Chinese medical experts are in our care — CCECC MD
    General news3 years ago

    15 Chinese medical experts are in our care — CCECC MD

    Mr Michael Yigao, Managing Director, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) Nigeria Ltd, says the 15 Chinese medical experts that arrived in the country on April 8 are in the company’s care.

    Yigao made the disclosure on Monday in Abuja while reacting to questions raised by the media and opposition parties on May 14, as to the whereabouts of the Chinese medical team.

    This followed comment by the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, that the experts, who reportedly came into Nigeria to support the fight against COVID-19, were not his guests but those of CCECC.

    Ehanire, while responding to questions at the daily Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing May 14, said “the medical personnel are not guests of the Federal Government but that of the construction company”.

    Yigao, who corroborated this while speaking with newsmen, confirmed that the experts came into the country to share their experiences in fighting the COVID-19.

    It will be recalled that some Nigerians had kicked against the decision to invite the medical experts, saying the country had enough doctors to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) even described the move as an embarrassment to the association and other health workers who were giving their best in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic under “deplorable working conditions”.

    However, Yigao clarified that the team came specially to help CCECC fight this pandemic and protect its employees.

    “The team had a telecast meeting with the Minister of Health and some doctors around the country and shared their experience in China on how they’re fighting the virus and the meeting was very positive.

    “ They are here with us and have continued to teach our staff how to protect themselves because protection and prevention are more important than the treatment.

    “Most of the workers understand the situation now and they know the risk, so they follow the proper procedures and cooperate with their instructors,’’ he said.

    He said the medical experts would be heading home as soon as there was a commercial flight to China.

    “Right now, commercial flight to China is not open, but when flights are open again, we’re considering the team going back to China.”

    He praised the Nigerian government for how they had been able to contain the pandemic so far.

    “In a big country like Nigeria, it can be a bit difficult to control a pandemic because you will have to make all the people of such a large country understand that it is serious and real thing.

    “I think Nigeria is taking this very seriously and you can see it in the implementation of the lockdown and the suspension of international flights etc.

    “And like other companies in Nigeria, we will do whatever we can to help the country, like building treatment centres and training people on how to handle the virus”.

    He said that his company would like to build on the strong mutual relationship between Nigeria and China.

    “ Upon request from the Nigerian government, we gave necessary support, like building treatment centres and at the same time delivered some health related equipment.

    “We understand the COVID-19 pandemic challenge in Nigeria because we are based here and have a lot of employees and we do believe, that with efforts from the government from the people, we will win this war.

    “I hope the people of Nigeria understand that we need the help of all peoples across the world to win this fight against Coronavirus,’’ he added.

    He said that CCECC would continue to give quality support to the Nigerian people in all areas.

    CCECC is a Nigerian company based here for nearly 40 years, and most of the staff here are Nigerians, so we have a Nigerian voice.

    “At CCECC, we have a company standard and we do not compromise, you can see our touch in the airport terminals, Abuja Isolation Centres, Abuja, Kaduna, Lagos rail lines etc.

    “You can see our works at the Airport Terminals, they are one of the finest in Africa, we at CCECC will not compromise standards for any price.


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    Edited By: Peter Ejiofor/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

  •  The management of University of Ilorin says it has taken delivery of multi million naira Science Engineering and Technology equipment from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund TETFUND The university made this known in its bulletin issued on Monday saying that this would further boost the institution s quest for consistent high quality service delivery in the realm of teaching learning and research It stated that the institution Vice Chancellor Prof Sulyman Abdulkareem expressed the management appreciation to all concerned stakeholders for considering the university to be beneficiary of the intervention The publication said that the equipment which were part of a TETFUND Intervention Project in Special Science Engineering and Technology SET were supplied in two installments It said that the intervention was expected to boost teaching and learning in the Faculties of Engineering and the Sciences in the institution The installation of the equipment numbering about 55 would be undertaken by Skill G Nigeria Ltd very soon to ensure that the facilities are put to use without further delay it said According to the bulletin the facilities will be useful in the fields of Autotronics Electrical Electronic Communications Mechatronics as well as Refrigeration and Air conditioning It also quoted Dr Jacob Aweda of the Department of Mechanical Engineering as saying that several Departments such as Physics Telecommunication Science and Computer Science Agricultural Engineering and Educational Technology are bound to benefit from the equipment It will expose their students to the latest information in their respective fields of study The equipment will no doubt assist students in learning and retention in the course of their training as well as encourage them in the pursuit of entrepreneurship before and after their graduation Aweda said in the publication Aweda commended the National Universities Commission NUC the Tertiary Education Fund and the Skill G Nigeria Ltd for the various roles they played in ensuring that the Federal Government considered the university as beneficiary He assured the university management that everyone involved would not only be properly trained on how best to utilise the equipment but empowered in such a way that the facilities would stand the test of time Edited By Gregg Mmaduakolam Olagoke Olatoye NAN
    Unilorin takes delivery of TETfund engineering equipment
     The management of University of Ilorin says it has taken delivery of multi million naira Science Engineering and Technology equipment from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund TETFUND The university made this known in its bulletin issued on Monday saying that this would further boost the institution s quest for consistent high quality service delivery in the realm of teaching learning and research It stated that the institution Vice Chancellor Prof Sulyman Abdulkareem expressed the management appreciation to all concerned stakeholders for considering the university to be beneficiary of the intervention The publication said that the equipment which were part of a TETFUND Intervention Project in Special Science Engineering and Technology SET were supplied in two installments It said that the intervention was expected to boost teaching and learning in the Faculties of Engineering and the Sciences in the institution The installation of the equipment numbering about 55 would be undertaken by Skill G Nigeria Ltd very soon to ensure that the facilities are put to use without further delay it said According to the bulletin the facilities will be useful in the fields of Autotronics Electrical Electronic Communications Mechatronics as well as Refrigeration and Air conditioning It also quoted Dr Jacob Aweda of the Department of Mechanical Engineering as saying that several Departments such as Physics Telecommunication Science and Computer Science Agricultural Engineering and Educational Technology are bound to benefit from the equipment It will expose their students to the latest information in their respective fields of study The equipment will no doubt assist students in learning and retention in the course of their training as well as encourage them in the pursuit of entrepreneurship before and after their graduation Aweda said in the publication Aweda commended the National Universities Commission NUC the Tertiary Education Fund and the Skill G Nigeria Ltd for the various roles they played in ensuring that the Federal Government considered the university as beneficiary He assured the university management that everyone involved would not only be properly trained on how best to utilise the equipment but empowered in such a way that the facilities would stand the test of time Edited By Gregg Mmaduakolam Olagoke Olatoye NAN
    Unilorin takes delivery of TETfund engineering equipment
    Science & Technology3 years ago

    Unilorin takes delivery of TETfund engineering equipment

    The management of University of Ilorin says it has taken delivery of multi-million naira Science, Engineering and Technology equipment from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND).

    The university made this known in its bulletin issued on Monday, saying that this would further boost the institution’s quest for consistent high quality service delivery in the realm of teaching, learning and research.

    It stated that the institution Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, expressed the management appreciation to all concerned stakeholders for considering the university to be beneficiary of the intervention.

    The publication said that the equipment, which were part of a TETFUND Intervention Project in Special Science, Engineering and Technology (SET), were supplied in two installments.

    It said that the intervention was expected to boost teaching and learning in the Faculties of Engineering and the Sciences in the institution.

    “The installation of the equipment, numbering about 55, would be undertaken by Skill-G Nigeria Ltd. very soon to ensure that the facilities are put to use without further delay,” it said.

    According to the bulletin, the facilities will be useful in the fields of Autotronics, Electrical Electronic Communications, Mechatronics as well as Refrigeration and Air-conditioning.

    It also quoted Dr Jacob Aweda of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, as saying that several Departments such as Physics, Telecommunication Science and Computer Science, Agricultural Engineering and Educational Technology are bound to benefit from the equipment.

    “It will expose their students to the latest information in their respective fields of study.

    “The equipment will no doubt assist students in learning and retention in the course of their training as well as encourage them in the pursuit of entrepreneurship before and after their graduation,” Aweda said in the publication.

    Aweda commended the National Universities Commission (NUC), the Tertiary Education Fund and the Skill-G Nigeria Ltd. for the various roles they played in ensuring that the Federal Government considered the university as beneficiary.

    He assured the university management that everyone involved would not only be properly trained on how best to utilise the equipment, but empowered in such a way that the facilities would stand the test of time.



    Edited By: Gregg Mmaduakolam/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

  •   Demystifying Financial Inclusion through USSD News Agency of Nigeria Global disruptions caused by the Novel Coronavirus COVID 19 pandemic have made individuals organiastions and countries to think out of the box to be able to survive in the various aspects of life It has also made them to make necessary adjustments In Nigeria in an effort to curb the spread of the pandemic President Muhammadu Buhari on March 30 locked down the Federal Capital Territory and Lagos and Ogun states The five week lockdown brought to the fore the importance of the cashless banking policy initiated and implemented by the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN and made many citizens and other residents to embrace the initiative more The policy was introduced to reduce the amount of physical cash in circulation thereby encourage the use of electronic platforms for settlement or payment for goods and services Cashless policy introduced by the apex bank in December 2011 and kick started in Lagos in January 2012 had been greeted with mixed feelings due to lack of deep understanding of its functionality However with the closure of financial institutions during the lockdown banks customers resorted to the use of Unstructured Supplementary Service Data USSD and other online financial platforms as advised by financial institutions A great benefit of going cashless is increased security for both vendors and customers Cash has long been the target of thieves and its removal has the potential to reduce crimes Cashless payments reduce errors and the cost of labour involved in processing cash The expenditure incurred in printing and transportation of currency notes is also reduced with cashless banking According to the CBN cashless policy was introduced in line with the nation s Vision 2020 goal of being one of the top 20 economies It is aimed at driving development and modernisation of the Nigerian payment system as well as driving financial inclusion In line with the apex bank cashless banking initiative First Bank of Nigeria Ltd in 2015 launched 894 USSD mobile banking channel through which various banking activities are carried out on a mobile phone Analyst are convinced that the USSD banking platform supported many Nigerians during the lockdown to carry out various cashless transactions and services from the comfort and safety of their homes amid COVID 19 A public affairs commentator Mrs Obiageli Elemuo says the banking channel promoted financial inclusion deeply during the lockdown She observes that many Nigerians who hitherto were not comfortable using the channel for fear of fraud resorted to using to it as a substitute for a physical banking hall She is of the opinion that even with banks re opening of banking halls following gradual ease of the lockdown many Nigerians are still opting for the channel so as to reduce handling of currency notes for fear of contracting COVID 19 through the handling Elemuo believes that the 894 USSD banking service is quick convenient and easy to use and gives instant notifications thereby re assuring customers According to Mr Chuma Ezirim FirstBank s Group Executive e Business and Retail Products over 9 5 million customers are active on the platform at present He describes the service launched in January 2015 as user friendly noting that the channel can be used across the four major GSM network operators in the country without the use of the internet Customers are able to enjoy a wide range of banking services using the bank s 894 USSD banking These services include fund transfers data and airtime top up for self and third party individuals quick balance enquiry and bank verification number enquiry he says The official says FirstBank is satisfied with the impact so far made by the platform At FirstBank we are excited about the impact our innovative solutions are making in the Nigerian payment landscape Our 894 USSD banking has been a viable platform through which we take our banking services to the doorstep of our customers right on the palm of their hands without the limitation of an internet connection Ezirim says He gives the assurance that the bank will remain committed to creating avenues to enable Nigerians to carry out various financial activities conveniently and securely A customer of FirstBank Mr Moses Igbrude describes USSD banking as amazing saying that the banking product helped him much during the lockdown He urges service providers to come up with initiatives that will sustain their operations and the nation in the midst of COVID 19 as well as make them stronger after the pandemic Another customer Mr Ugochukwu Okoroma believes that USSD banking promoted financial inclusion during the lockdown According to him some Nigerians who were compelled by the lockdown to use the channel found it interesting and are willing to continue with it It has been wonderful I cannot remember the last time I visited the banking hall I am enjoying the product very well he says Okoroma however advised banks to secure the platform adequately against hackers adding that they should strengthen their complaint frameworks in case of failed transactions END If used please credit the writer and the agency
    Demystifying Financial Inclusion through USSD
      Demystifying Financial Inclusion through USSD News Agency of Nigeria Global disruptions caused by the Novel Coronavirus COVID 19 pandemic have made individuals organiastions and countries to think out of the box to be able to survive in the various aspects of life It has also made them to make necessary adjustments In Nigeria in an effort to curb the spread of the pandemic President Muhammadu Buhari on March 30 locked down the Federal Capital Territory and Lagos and Ogun states The five week lockdown brought to the fore the importance of the cashless banking policy initiated and implemented by the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN and made many citizens and other residents to embrace the initiative more The policy was introduced to reduce the amount of physical cash in circulation thereby encourage the use of electronic platforms for settlement or payment for goods and services Cashless policy introduced by the apex bank in December 2011 and kick started in Lagos in January 2012 had been greeted with mixed feelings due to lack of deep understanding of its functionality However with the closure of financial institutions during the lockdown banks customers resorted to the use of Unstructured Supplementary Service Data USSD and other online financial platforms as advised by financial institutions A great benefit of going cashless is increased security for both vendors and customers Cash has long been the target of thieves and its removal has the potential to reduce crimes Cashless payments reduce errors and the cost of labour involved in processing cash The expenditure incurred in printing and transportation of currency notes is also reduced with cashless banking According to the CBN cashless policy was introduced in line with the nation s Vision 2020 goal of being one of the top 20 economies It is aimed at driving development and modernisation of the Nigerian payment system as well as driving financial inclusion In line with the apex bank cashless banking initiative First Bank of Nigeria Ltd in 2015 launched 894 USSD mobile banking channel through which various banking activities are carried out on a mobile phone Analyst are convinced that the USSD banking platform supported many Nigerians during the lockdown to carry out various cashless transactions and services from the comfort and safety of their homes amid COVID 19 A public affairs commentator Mrs Obiageli Elemuo says the banking channel promoted financial inclusion deeply during the lockdown She observes that many Nigerians who hitherto were not comfortable using the channel for fear of fraud resorted to using to it as a substitute for a physical banking hall She is of the opinion that even with banks re opening of banking halls following gradual ease of the lockdown many Nigerians are still opting for the channel so as to reduce handling of currency notes for fear of contracting COVID 19 through the handling Elemuo believes that the 894 USSD banking service is quick convenient and easy to use and gives instant notifications thereby re assuring customers According to Mr Chuma Ezirim FirstBank s Group Executive e Business and Retail Products over 9 5 million customers are active on the platform at present He describes the service launched in January 2015 as user friendly noting that the channel can be used across the four major GSM network operators in the country without the use of the internet Customers are able to enjoy a wide range of banking services using the bank s 894 USSD banking These services include fund transfers data and airtime top up for self and third party individuals quick balance enquiry and bank verification number enquiry he says The official says FirstBank is satisfied with the impact so far made by the platform At FirstBank we are excited about the impact our innovative solutions are making in the Nigerian payment landscape Our 894 USSD banking has been a viable platform through which we take our banking services to the doorstep of our customers right on the palm of their hands without the limitation of an internet connection Ezirim says He gives the assurance that the bank will remain committed to creating avenues to enable Nigerians to carry out various financial activities conveniently and securely A customer of FirstBank Mr Moses Igbrude describes USSD banking as amazing saying that the banking product helped him much during the lockdown He urges service providers to come up with initiatives that will sustain their operations and the nation in the midst of COVID 19 as well as make them stronger after the pandemic Another customer Mr Ugochukwu Okoroma believes that USSD banking promoted financial inclusion during the lockdown According to him some Nigerians who were compelled by the lockdown to use the channel found it interesting and are willing to continue with it It has been wonderful I cannot remember the last time I visited the banking hall I am enjoying the product very well he says Okoroma however advised banks to secure the platform adequately against hackers adding that they should strengthen their complaint frameworks in case of failed transactions END If used please credit the writer and the agency
    Demystifying Financial Inclusion through USSD
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    Demystifying Financial Inclusion through USSD

    Demystifying Financial Inclusion through USSD

     

     

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    News Agency of Nigeria
    Global disruptions caused by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have made individuals, organiastions and countries to think out of the box to be able to survive in the various aspects of life. It has also made them to make necessary adjustments.

     

    In Nigeria, in an effort to curb the spread of the pandemic, President Muhammadu Buhari on March 30 locked down the Federal Capital Territory and Lagos and Ogun states.

     

    The five-week lockdown brought to the fore the importance of the cashless banking policy initiated and implemented by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and made many citizens and other residents to embrace the initiative more.

     

    The policy was introduced to reduce the amount of physical cash in circulation thereby encourage the use of electronic platforms for settlement or payment for goods and services.

     

    Cashless policy introduced by the apex bank in December 2011 and kick-started in Lagos in January 2012, had been greeted with mixed feelings due to lack of deep understanding of its functionality.

     

    However, with the closure of financial institutions during the lockdown, banks customers resorted to the use of Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) and other online financial platforms as advised by financial institutions.

     

     

    A great benefit of going cashless is increased security for both vendors and customers. Cash has long been the target of thieves, and its removal has the potential to reduce crimes.

    Cashless payments reduce errors and the cost of labour involved in processing cash.

    The expenditure incurred in printing and transportation of currency notes is also reduced with cashless banking.

     

    According to the CBN, cashless policy was introduced in line with the nation’s Vision 2020 goal of being one of the top 20 economies. It is aimed at driving development and modernisation of the Nigerian payment system as well as driving financial inclusion.

     

    In line with the apex bank cashless banking initiative, First Bank of Nigeria Ltd., in 2015 launched *894# USSD mobile banking channel through which various banking activities are carried out on a mobile phone.

     

    Analyst are convinced that the USSD banking platform supported many Nigerians during the lockdown to carry out various cashless transactions and services from the comfort and safety of their homes amid COVID-19.

     

    A public affairs commentator, Mrs Obiageli Elemuo, says the banking channel promoted financial inclusion deeply during the lockdown.

     

    She observes that many Nigerians who hitherto were not comfortable using the channel, for fear of fraud, resorted to using to it as a substitute for a physical banking hall.

     

    She is of the opinion that even with banks’ re-opening of  banking halls following gradual ease of the lockdown, many Nigerians are still opting for the channel so as to reduce handling of currency notes for fear of contracting COVID-19 through the handling.

     

    Elemuo believes that the *894# USSD banking service is quick, convenient and easy to use, and gives instant notifications, thereby re-assuring customers.

     

    According to Mr Chuma Ezirim, FirstBank’s Group Executive, e-Business and Retail Products, over 9.5 million customers are active on the platform at present.

     

    He describes the service launched in January 2015 as user-friendly, noting that the channel can be used across the four major GSM network operators in the country without the use of the internet.

     

    “Customers are able to enjoy a wide range of banking services using the bank’s *894# USSD banking.

     

    “These services include fund transfers, data and airtime top-up for self and third-party individuals, quick balance enquiry and bank verification number enquiry,’’ he says.

     

     

    The official says FirstBank is satisfied with the impact so far made by the platform.

     

    “At FirstBank, we are excited about the impact our innovative solutions are making in the Nigerian payment landscape.

     

    “Our *894# USSD banking has been a viable platform through which we take our banking services to the doorstep of our customers, right on the palm of their hands, without the limitation of an internet connection,” Ezirim says.

     

    He gives the assurance that the bank will remain committed to creating avenues to enable Nigerians to carry out various financial activities conveniently and securely.

     

    A customer of FirstBank, Mr Moses Igbrude, describes USSD banking as amazing, saying that the banking product helped him much during the lockdown.

     

    He urges service providers to come up with initiatives that will sustain their operations and the nation in the midst of COVID-19 as well as make them stronger after the pandemic.

     

    Another customer, Mr Ugochukwu Okoroma, believes that USSD banking promoted financial inclusion during the lockdown.

     

    According to him, some Nigerians, who were compelled by the lockdown to use the channel, found it interesting and are willing to continue with it.

     

    “It has been wonderful. I cannot remember the last time I visited the banking hall. I am enjoying the product very well,’’ he says.

     

    Okoroma, however, advised banks to secure the platform adequately against hackers, adding that they should strengthen their complaint frameworks in case of failed transactions. (END)

     

    ***If used, please credit the writer and the agency*

     

     

  •  A biscuit firm BELOXXI Nigeria Ltd on Thursday gave out 2 000 cartons of biscuits as palliative to children in Nsukka town and its environs in Enugu State Dr Victor Onye a BELOXXI Distributor gave out the product on behalf of the firm in Nsukka Onye said that the gesture was the company s little way of giving back to children who patronised the firm He said the gesture was apt because children would need it more now they were at home due to COVID 19 pandemic A carton of Fine Tea or Milky biscuits is given to each family for their children to ensure most families in Nsukka and its environs get one he said He urged Nsukka residents to wash their hands regularly maintain social distancing as well as wear face masks as recommended by the Federal Government to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic in the country Two beneficiaries Mr George Eze and Mrs Mary Ogbu prayed God to reward the company for the palliative This is the first time since the lockdown started I will see a palliative targeted at children Ogbu said Edited By Joe Idika Maureen Atuonwu NAN
    Palliative: Company donates 2, 000 cartons of biscuits to children in Nsukka 
     A biscuit firm BELOXXI Nigeria Ltd on Thursday gave out 2 000 cartons of biscuits as palliative to children in Nsukka town and its environs in Enugu State Dr Victor Onye a BELOXXI Distributor gave out the product on behalf of the firm in Nsukka Onye said that the gesture was the company s little way of giving back to children who patronised the firm He said the gesture was apt because children would need it more now they were at home due to COVID 19 pandemic A carton of Fine Tea or Milky biscuits is given to each family for their children to ensure most families in Nsukka and its environs get one he said He urged Nsukka residents to wash their hands regularly maintain social distancing as well as wear face masks as recommended by the Federal Government to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic in the country Two beneficiaries Mr George Eze and Mrs Mary Ogbu prayed God to reward the company for the palliative This is the first time since the lockdown started I will see a palliative targeted at children Ogbu said Edited By Joe Idika Maureen Atuonwu NAN
    Palliative: Company donates 2, 000 cartons of biscuits to children in Nsukka 
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    Palliative: Company donates 2, 000 cartons of biscuits to children in Nsukka 

    A biscuit firm, BELOXXI Nigeria Ltd, on Thursday gave out 2,000 cartons of biscuits as palliative to children in Nsukka town, and its environs in Enugu State.
    Dr Victor Onye, a BELOXXI Distributor, gave out the product on behalf of the firm in Nsukka.

    Onye said that the gesture was the company’s little way of giving back to children who patronised the firm.

    He said the gesture was apt because children would need it more now they were at home due to COVID-19 pandemic.

    “A carton of Fine Tea or Milky biscuits is given to each family for their children to ensure most families in Nsukka and its environs get one,” he said.
    He urged Nsukka residents to wash their hands regularly, maintain social distancing as well as wear face masks as recommended by the Federal Government to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic in the country.

    Two beneficiaries, Mr George Eze and Mrs Mary Ogbu prayed God to reward the company for the palliative.

    “This is the first time since the lockdown started, I will see a palliative targeted at children,” Ogbu said.


    Edited By: Joe Idika/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)

  •  OLAM Nigeria Ltd on Saturday donated 1 000 bottles of hand sanitisers 5 000 pieces of nose masks and 3 200 cartons of Cherry Noodles to the Ondo State Government Mr Arunkarthick Ashokkumar the Branch Manager of the company presented the items to Gov Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State at the Government House in Akure He said the donation was part of the company s Corporate Social Responsibility CSR to the state to support the effort of government in cushioning the effects of the lockdown caused by COVID 19 pandemic The News Agency of Nigeria reports that OLAM is a multinational company with business interest in cocoa value chains According to him the gesture is also to identify with people whose capacities to embark on diverse ventures to make ends meet at this time are greatly hampered as a result of the pandemic currently ravaging the global community You know COVID 19 pandemic is a global issue and it is wrecking havoc across the globe It is time for companies across the globe to intensify their Corporate Social Responsibility CSR activities to combat this COVID 19 he said The branch manager also advised the people of Ondo to always take necessary precautions maintain social distancing and proper hygiene to stay safe and prevent the global pandemic Receiving the items Akeredolu appreciated the company for contributing significantly to the efforts at supporting the residents of the state through the consequential effects of COVID 19 He described the items as very essential to fight the pandemic and assured OLAM of necessary support to boost their investment in the state The governor said his administration was investor friendly hence it would continue to create an enabling environment to attract investors to improve the economy of the state Also Mr Adeola Adegoke the National President Cocoa Farmers Association of Nigeria CFAN lauded OLAM for the donation to cushion the effects of the lockdown caused by the COVID 19 pandemic He commended the company for its usual support for farmers in the country Edited By Bola Akingbehin Muhammad Suleiman Tola NAN
    COVID-19: OLAM donates palliatives to Ondo Govt
     OLAM Nigeria Ltd on Saturday donated 1 000 bottles of hand sanitisers 5 000 pieces of nose masks and 3 200 cartons of Cherry Noodles to the Ondo State Government Mr Arunkarthick Ashokkumar the Branch Manager of the company presented the items to Gov Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State at the Government House in Akure He said the donation was part of the company s Corporate Social Responsibility CSR to the state to support the effort of government in cushioning the effects of the lockdown caused by COVID 19 pandemic The News Agency of Nigeria reports that OLAM is a multinational company with business interest in cocoa value chains According to him the gesture is also to identify with people whose capacities to embark on diverse ventures to make ends meet at this time are greatly hampered as a result of the pandemic currently ravaging the global community You know COVID 19 pandemic is a global issue and it is wrecking havoc across the globe It is time for companies across the globe to intensify their Corporate Social Responsibility CSR activities to combat this COVID 19 he said The branch manager also advised the people of Ondo to always take necessary precautions maintain social distancing and proper hygiene to stay safe and prevent the global pandemic Receiving the items Akeredolu appreciated the company for contributing significantly to the efforts at supporting the residents of the state through the consequential effects of COVID 19 He described the items as very essential to fight the pandemic and assured OLAM of necessary support to boost their investment in the state The governor said his administration was investor friendly hence it would continue to create an enabling environment to attract investors to improve the economy of the state Also Mr Adeola Adegoke the National President Cocoa Farmers Association of Nigeria CFAN lauded OLAM for the donation to cushion the effects of the lockdown caused by the COVID 19 pandemic He commended the company for its usual support for farmers in the country Edited By Bola Akingbehin Muhammad Suleiman Tola NAN
    COVID-19: OLAM donates palliatives to Ondo Govt
    General news3 years ago

    COVID-19: OLAM donates palliatives to Ondo Govt

    OLAM Nigeria Ltd on Saturday donated 1,000 bottles of hand sanitisers, 5,000 pieces of nose masks and 3,200 cartons of Cherry Noodles to the Ondo State Government.Mr Arunkarthick Ashokkumar, the Branch Manager of the company, presented the items to Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State at the Government House in Akure.He said the donation was part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to the state to support the effort of  government in cushioning the effects of the lockdown caused by COVID-19 pandemic.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that OLAM is a multinational company with business interest in cocoa value chains.According to him, the gesture is also  to identify with people whose capacities to embark on diverse ventures to make ends meet at this time are greatly hampered, as a result of the pandemic currently ravaging the global community.“You know COVID-19 pandemic is a global issue and it is wrecking havoc across the globe.“It is time for companies across the globe to intensify their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities to combat this COVID-19,” he said.The branch manager also advised the people of Ondo to always take necessary precautions, maintain social distancing and proper hygiene to stay safe and prevent the global pandemic.Receiving the items, Akeredolu appreciated the company for contributing significantly to the efforts at supporting the residents of the state through the consequential effects of COVID-19.He described the items as very essential to fight the pandemic and assured OLAM of necessary support to boost their investment in the state.The governor said his administration was investor-friendly, hence it would continue to create an enabling environment to attract investors to improve the economy of the state.Also, Mr Adeola Adegoke, the National President, Cocoa Farmers’ Association of Nigeria (CFAN), lauded OLAM for the donation to cushion the effects of the lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.He commended the company for its usual support for farmers in the country.Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

  •  The new Federal Controller of Works in Lagos Mr Kayode Popoola on Friday said that some construction giants handling major road projects in Lagos were shutting down site over Coronavirus pandemic Popoola in a telephone interview with Nigeria News Agency listed the firms to include Julius Berger JB Reynolds Construction Company Ltd RCC and CGC Nigeria Ltd among others The controller said that the firms had in a circular to the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing on Thursday notified the ministry that the sites would close down due to the Coronavirus outbreak He said that Julius Berger had completed ongoing rehabilitation works on the Independence Bridge and opened it to traffic on March 22 We were working on the Independence Bridge but we completed work and opened the Bridge to traffic on Sunday morning after we completed the last trunk of the asphalt laying he said He however lamented that the firm would suspend ongoing rehabilitation works on the Ijora Olopa Ramp under Eko Bridge as well as planned rehabilitation of the Marine Bridge in Apapa due to the site closure Julius Berger is closing down all its site today they are moving out of site so from tomorrow you will not see any of them on site They informed us yesterday and said it was because of Coronavirus CGC is not on site they have closed down and they too served us the circular yesterday RCC has also closed down We were to work on Ijora Olopa Ramp this weekend and we had even closed a section of the bridge in preparation for the work but because Julius Berger is shutting down in compliance with their management directive we had to reopen the bridge because work cannot be done now Julius Berger is still working on Lagos Abeokuta Expressway to make sure that the road become motorable soonest but they will stop work today JB will move out of site Popoola told NAN He said that rehabilitation and reconstruction works which were progressing on the Lagos Badagry Expressway would also have to be suspended He however noted that Hitech sub contractor handling the Apapa Oshodi Ojota Oworonsoki Expressway reconstruction and rehabilitation project on behalf of the Dangote Group was the only firm still on site The controller expressed hope that the firm would remain on site and not serve any closure notices since it was complying with the restriction of the number of workmen permitted on site per time Speaking on the Alaka Eko Bridge he said that materials for repairs being imported from China was being slowed down by the same COVID 19 pandemic and that the materials had not arrived in Nigeria He appealed to Lagos residents to comply with government directive to end the raging scourge of the virus in Nigeria while pledging his commitment to clean highway drains to combat flooding The controller said that massive desilting of highway drains would begin across Lagos to avert flooding but appealed to residents to shun drain stuffing habits Popoola also pledged his commitment to ensuring smooth roads in Lagos saying My vision is to see that all our roads and bridges in Lagos are maintained timely we will attend swiftly to failures on roads and bridges to ensure they are smooth always We will ensure we monitor all drainage facilities to ensure there is no blockade We are going to take the issue of desiliting very seriously because we do not want flooding so I am appealing to all residents of Lagos to please not drop refuse inside drains so that we will not record flooding during the rainy season Edited By Edwin Nwachukwu Ismail Abdulaziz NAN
    Bridges, road repairs in Lagos suffer over Covid-19 fear
     The new Federal Controller of Works in Lagos Mr Kayode Popoola on Friday said that some construction giants handling major road projects in Lagos were shutting down site over Coronavirus pandemic Popoola in a telephone interview with Nigeria News Agency listed the firms to include Julius Berger JB Reynolds Construction Company Ltd RCC and CGC Nigeria Ltd among others The controller said that the firms had in a circular to the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing on Thursday notified the ministry that the sites would close down due to the Coronavirus outbreak He said that Julius Berger had completed ongoing rehabilitation works on the Independence Bridge and opened it to traffic on March 22 We were working on the Independence Bridge but we completed work and opened the Bridge to traffic on Sunday morning after we completed the last trunk of the asphalt laying he said He however lamented that the firm would suspend ongoing rehabilitation works on the Ijora Olopa Ramp under Eko Bridge as well as planned rehabilitation of the Marine Bridge in Apapa due to the site closure Julius Berger is closing down all its site today they are moving out of site so from tomorrow you will not see any of them on site They informed us yesterday and said it was because of Coronavirus CGC is not on site they have closed down and they too served us the circular yesterday RCC has also closed down We were to work on Ijora Olopa Ramp this weekend and we had even closed a section of the bridge in preparation for the work but because Julius Berger is shutting down in compliance with their management directive we had to reopen the bridge because work cannot be done now Julius Berger is still working on Lagos Abeokuta Expressway to make sure that the road become motorable soonest but they will stop work today JB will move out of site Popoola told NAN He said that rehabilitation and reconstruction works which were progressing on the Lagos Badagry Expressway would also have to be suspended He however noted that Hitech sub contractor handling the Apapa Oshodi Ojota Oworonsoki Expressway reconstruction and rehabilitation project on behalf of the Dangote Group was the only firm still on site The controller expressed hope that the firm would remain on site and not serve any closure notices since it was complying with the restriction of the number of workmen permitted on site per time Speaking on the Alaka Eko Bridge he said that materials for repairs being imported from China was being slowed down by the same COVID 19 pandemic and that the materials had not arrived in Nigeria He appealed to Lagos residents to comply with government directive to end the raging scourge of the virus in Nigeria while pledging his commitment to clean highway drains to combat flooding The controller said that massive desilting of highway drains would begin across Lagos to avert flooding but appealed to residents to shun drain stuffing habits Popoola also pledged his commitment to ensuring smooth roads in Lagos saying My vision is to see that all our roads and bridges in Lagos are maintained timely we will attend swiftly to failures on roads and bridges to ensure they are smooth always We will ensure we monitor all drainage facilities to ensure there is no blockade We are going to take the issue of desiliting very seriously because we do not want flooding so I am appealing to all residents of Lagos to please not drop refuse inside drains so that we will not record flooding during the rainy season Edited By Edwin Nwachukwu Ismail Abdulaziz NAN
    Bridges, road repairs in Lagos suffer over Covid-19 fear
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    Bridges, road repairs in Lagos suffer over Covid-19 fear

    The new Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr Kayode Popoola on Friday said that some construction giants handling major road projects in Lagos were “shutting down site “over Coronavirus pandemic.

    Popoola in a telephone interview with Nigeria News Agency listed the firms to include Julius Berger (JB), Reynolds Construction Company Ltd., (RCC) and CGC Nigeria Ltd., among others.

    The controller said that the firms had in a circular to the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing on Thursday notified the ministry that  the sites would close down due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

    He said that Julius Berger had completed ongoing rehabilitation works on the Independence Bridge and opened it to traffic on March 22.

    “We were working on the Independence Bridge but we completed work and opened the Bridge to traffic on Sunday morning after we completed the last trunk of the asphalt laying,’’ he said.

    He, however, lamented that the firm would suspend ongoing rehabilitation works on the Ijora Olopa Ramp under Eko Bridge as well as planned rehabilitation of the Marine Bridge in Apapa due to the site closure.

    “Julius Berger is closing down all its’ site today, they are moving out of site, so from tomorrow you will not see any of them on site. They informed us yesterday and said it was because of Coronavirus.

    “CGC is not on site, they have closed down, and they too served us the circular yesterday. RCC has also closed down.

    “We were to work on Ijora Olopa Ramp this weekend and we had even closed a section of the bridge in preparation for the work but because Julius Berger is shutting down in compliance with their management directive, we had to reopen the bridge because work cannot be done now.

    “Julius Berger is still working on Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway to make sure that the road become motorable soonest but they will stop work today. JB will move out of site,’’ Popoola told NAN.

    He said that rehabilitation and reconstruction works which were progressing on the Lagos-Badagry Expressway would also have to be suspended.

    He, however, noted that, Hitech sub contractor handling the Apapa-Oshodi-Ojota-Oworonsoki Expressway reconstruction and rehabilitation project on behalf of the Dangote Group was the only firm still on site.

    The controller expressed hope that the firm would remain on site and not serve any closure notices since it was complying with the restriction of the number of workmen permitted on site per time.

    Speaking on the Alaka/Eko Bridge, he said that materials for repairs being imported from China was being slowed down by the same COVID-19 pandemic and that the materials had not arrived in Nigeria.

    He appealed to Lagos residents to comply with government directive to end the raging scourge of the virus in Nigeria while pledging his commitment to clean highway drains to combat flooding.

    The controller said that massive desilting of highway drains would begin across Lagos to avert flooding but appealed to residents to shun drain stuffing habits.

    Popoola also pledged his commitment to ensuring smooth roads in Lagos, saying: “My vision is to see that all our roads and bridges in Lagos are maintained timely, we will attend swiftly to failures on roads and bridges to ensure they are smooth always.

    “We will ensure we monitor all drainage facilities to ensure there is no blockade.

    “We are going to take the issue of desiliting very seriously because we do not want flooding, so I am appealing to all residents of Lagos to please not drop refuse inside drains so that we will not record flooding during the rainy season’’.


    Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Ismail Abdulaziz
    (NAN)

  •  BUA Group has acquired majority shareholding in P W Nigeria Ltd one of Nigeria s largest construction engineering and mining companies Abdul Samad Rabiu Executive Chairman of BUA Group said in a statement on Sunday that the acquisition was necessary to further deepen its investments in the infrastructure business in sub saharan Africa This acquisition marks the beginning of the next phase of our medium term strategy for our infrastructure business following the completion of the consolidation of our cement arm BUA Cement in January 2020 BUA s acquisition of majority holdings in P W Nigeria Ltd provides a prime opportunity to increase our investments in the entire value chain of the cement mining and construction industry where we already have BUA Cement Plc We believe P W Nigeria Ltd with its solid experience in building dams roads airports water projects and other infrastructure projects in Nigeria provided a strong value proposition too difficult to ignore he said Rabiu said it became imperative for BUA to position itself strategically to support critical investments and government effort and unlock latent opportunities in the infrastructure development space He noted that the acquisition of P W Nigeria extends BUA s investments leadership and capacity in the infrastructure space and projects were expected to benefit from a tight integration of BUA s cement business and PW Nigeria s construction business P W Nigeria Ltd originally founded in 1948 in Ireland later began operations in Nigeria in 1974 It has over 45 years of experience working in Nigeria and throughout the West Africa region P W Nigeria Ltd has an extensive modern fleet of construction equipment and a team of highly trained and professional staff BUA Group established in 1988 has grown over the years to entrench its place as a leading player in the foods mining manufacturing and infrastructure space in Africa with major investments in cement mining real estate steel port operations sugar and agribusiness With key operations spread across Nigeria and an international presence in London BUA Group has firmly established a reputation as one of the largest contributors to Nigeria s GDP Its key cement holding BUA Cement is the second largest producer of Cement in Nigeria and is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange Edited By Oluwole Sogunle NAN
    BUA Group acquires majority holding in construction company
     BUA Group has acquired majority shareholding in P W Nigeria Ltd one of Nigeria s largest construction engineering and mining companies Abdul Samad Rabiu Executive Chairman of BUA Group said in a statement on Sunday that the acquisition was necessary to further deepen its investments in the infrastructure business in sub saharan Africa This acquisition marks the beginning of the next phase of our medium term strategy for our infrastructure business following the completion of the consolidation of our cement arm BUA Cement in January 2020 BUA s acquisition of majority holdings in P W Nigeria Ltd provides a prime opportunity to increase our investments in the entire value chain of the cement mining and construction industry where we already have BUA Cement Plc We believe P W Nigeria Ltd with its solid experience in building dams roads airports water projects and other infrastructure projects in Nigeria provided a strong value proposition too difficult to ignore he said Rabiu said it became imperative for BUA to position itself strategically to support critical investments and government effort and unlock latent opportunities in the infrastructure development space He noted that the acquisition of P W Nigeria extends BUA s investments leadership and capacity in the infrastructure space and projects were expected to benefit from a tight integration of BUA s cement business and PW Nigeria s construction business P W Nigeria Ltd originally founded in 1948 in Ireland later began operations in Nigeria in 1974 It has over 45 years of experience working in Nigeria and throughout the West Africa region P W Nigeria Ltd has an extensive modern fleet of construction equipment and a team of highly trained and professional staff BUA Group established in 1988 has grown over the years to entrench its place as a leading player in the foods mining manufacturing and infrastructure space in Africa with major investments in cement mining real estate steel port operations sugar and agribusiness With key operations spread across Nigeria and an international presence in London BUA Group has firmly established a reputation as one of the largest contributors to Nigeria s GDP Its key cement holding BUA Cement is the second largest producer of Cement in Nigeria and is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange Edited By Oluwole Sogunle NAN
    BUA Group acquires majority holding in construction company
    Economy3 years ago

    BUA Group acquires majority holding in construction company

    BUA Group has acquired majority shareholding in P.W. Nigeria Ltd., one of Nigeria’s largest construction, engineering and mining companies.

    Abdul Samad Rabiu, Executive Chairman of BUA Group said in a statement on Sunday that the acquisition was necessary to further deepen its investments in the infrastructure business in sub-saharan Africa.

    “This acquisition marks the beginning of the next phase of our medium term strategy for our infrastructure business following the completion of the consolidation of our cement arm, BUA Cement, in January 2020.

    “BUA’s acquisition of majority holdings in P.W. Nigeria Ltd provides a prime opportunity to increase our investments in the entire value chain of the cement, mining and construction industry where we already have BUA Cement Plc.

    “We believe P.W. Nigeria Ltd with its solid experience in building dams, roads, airports, water projects and other infrastructure projects in Nigeria provided a strong value proposition too difficult to ignore,” he said.

    Rabiu said it became imperative for BUA to position itself strategically to support critical investments and government effort and unlock latent opportunities in the infrastructure development space.

    He noted that the acquisition of P.W. Nigeria extends BUA’s investments, leadership and capacity in the infrastructure space and projects were expected to benefit from a tight integration of BUA’s cement business and PW Nigeria’s construction business.

    P.W. Nigeria Ltd., originally founded in 1948 in Ireland, later began operations in Nigeria in 1974.

    It has over 45 years of experience working in Nigeria, and throughout the West Africa region.

    P.W. Nigeria Ltd. has an extensive modern fleet of construction equipment and a team of highly trained and professional staff.

    BUA Group, established in 1988, has grown over the years to entrench its place as a leading player in the foods, mining, manufacturing and infrastructure space in Africa, with major investments in cement, mining, real estate, steel, port operations, sugar and agribusiness.

    With key operations spread across Nigeria and an international presence in London, BUA Group has firmly established a reputation as one of the largest contributors to Nigeria’s GDP.

    Its key cement holding, BUA Cement, is the second largest producer of Cement in Nigeria and is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.


    Edited By: Oluwole Sogunle
    (NAN)

  •  The Minister of Works and Housing Mr Babatunde Fashola on Friday directed that all vehicles parked at construction sites of highway projects should be impounded Fashola said this in a statement in Abuja after his returned from an inspection tour of the highway projects in Port Harcout Rivers According to him the Federal Government roads are not for parking lot He said that the highways were not parking lot so people who wanted to do business must create their own parking lots as well He said that the on going expansion and upgrading work on the Port Harcourt Enugu and the Aba Port Harcourt Expressways was on course The 9km road from Eleme Junction to the Imo River and 4km of the road to the railway crossing in Aba towards Port Harcourt sections of the road are being expanded and upgraded from the four existing lanes to eight lanes This is to accommodate current and future traffic volumes and ease some level of intolerable discomfort especially during the rainy season The road would link the five states in the Southeast Geopolitical Zone of the country The highway has a total length of 41 4km starting from Aba Rail Crossing Bridge within Aba township in Abia and will finally terminate at Eleme Junction Flyover in Port Harcourt Rivers Fashola commended the initiative of the construction company China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation Nigeria Ltd as it planned to focus on the first four lanes He said that the company planned to finish that and put them to use before the reconstruction of the other four lanes to reduce the long time spent in traffic by commuters and the community If people have two uninterrupted lanes traffic may be slow but it will move and therefore we can concentrate on finishing the remaining lanes When we finish both then we can have the full compliment of the eight lane highway Our plan is to make this year better than last year and ultimately by next year there will be no rainy season challenges because we should have come out fully from this he added The minister also disclosed that similar construction work had commenced at the Enugu and Okigwe axis of the highway project by different contractors to provide seamless travelling experience He used the opportunity to urge local and state governments to mobilise their people to be alive to their civic responsibilities and cooperation pointing out that community and personal hygiene were crucial in this crisis of Coronavirus COVID 19 The Federal Controller of Works Rivers Mr Johnson Fadire who conducted the minister and his team round the on going road construction project said the inspection by the minister was timely Fadire said the ministry would do the needful to make sure the road was completed and delivered at the right time He commended traditional rulers who prevailed on their subjects whose properties were demolished for the construction of the highway for agreeing to accept an initial payment of 50 per cent for compensation on their demolished properties Earlier Mr Zou Xiaomei Project Manager of CCECC Nigeria Ltd one of the contractors handling section IV of the project in Rivers said although there were initial challenges but they had been sorted out Edited By Gregg Mmaduakolam Isaac Aregbesola NAN
    Vehicles parked at construction sites on highways will be impounded-Fashola
     The Minister of Works and Housing Mr Babatunde Fashola on Friday directed that all vehicles parked at construction sites of highway projects should be impounded Fashola said this in a statement in Abuja after his returned from an inspection tour of the highway projects in Port Harcout Rivers According to him the Federal Government roads are not for parking lot He said that the highways were not parking lot so people who wanted to do business must create their own parking lots as well He said that the on going expansion and upgrading work on the Port Harcourt Enugu and the Aba Port Harcourt Expressways was on course The 9km road from Eleme Junction to the Imo River and 4km of the road to the railway crossing in Aba towards Port Harcourt sections of the road are being expanded and upgraded from the four existing lanes to eight lanes This is to accommodate current and future traffic volumes and ease some level of intolerable discomfort especially during the rainy season The road would link the five states in the Southeast Geopolitical Zone of the country The highway has a total length of 41 4km starting from Aba Rail Crossing Bridge within Aba township in Abia and will finally terminate at Eleme Junction Flyover in Port Harcourt Rivers Fashola commended the initiative of the construction company China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation Nigeria Ltd as it planned to focus on the first four lanes He said that the company planned to finish that and put them to use before the reconstruction of the other four lanes to reduce the long time spent in traffic by commuters and the community If people have two uninterrupted lanes traffic may be slow but it will move and therefore we can concentrate on finishing the remaining lanes When we finish both then we can have the full compliment of the eight lane highway Our plan is to make this year better than last year and ultimately by next year there will be no rainy season challenges because we should have come out fully from this he added The minister also disclosed that similar construction work had commenced at the Enugu and Okigwe axis of the highway project by different contractors to provide seamless travelling experience He used the opportunity to urge local and state governments to mobilise their people to be alive to their civic responsibilities and cooperation pointing out that community and personal hygiene were crucial in this crisis of Coronavirus COVID 19 The Federal Controller of Works Rivers Mr Johnson Fadire who conducted the minister and his team round the on going road construction project said the inspection by the minister was timely Fadire said the ministry would do the needful to make sure the road was completed and delivered at the right time He commended traditional rulers who prevailed on their subjects whose properties were demolished for the construction of the highway for agreeing to accept an initial payment of 50 per cent for compensation on their demolished properties Earlier Mr Zou Xiaomei Project Manager of CCECC Nigeria Ltd one of the contractors handling section IV of the project in Rivers said although there were initial challenges but they had been sorted out Edited By Gregg Mmaduakolam Isaac Aregbesola NAN
    Vehicles parked at construction sites on highways will be impounded-Fashola
    Metro3 years ago

    Vehicles parked at construction sites on highways will be impounded-Fashola

    The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde  Fashola, on Friday directed that all vehicles parked at construction sites of highway projects should be impounded.

    Fashola said this in a statement in Abuja after his returned from an inspection tour of the highway projects in Port- Harcout, Rivers.

    According to him, the Federal Government roads are not for parking lot.

    He said that the highways were not parking lot, so people who wanted to do business must create their own parking lots as well.

    He said that the on-going expansion and upgrading work on the Port Harcourt– Enugu and the Aba – Port Harcourt Expressways was on course.

    “The 9km road from Eleme Junction to the Imo River and 4km of the road to the railway crossing in Aba towards Port Harcourt sections of the road are being expanded and upgraded from the four existing lanes to eight lanes.

    “This is to accommodate current and future traffic volumes and ease some level of intolerable discomfort especially during the rainy season.

    “The road would link the five states in the Southeast Geopolitical Zone of the country.

    “The highway has a total length of 41.4km starting from Aba Rail Crossing Bridge within Aba township in Abia  and will finally terminate at Eleme  Junction  Flyover  in  Port Harcourt, Rivers.’’

    Fashola  commended the initiative of the construction company, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation Nigeria Ltd as it planned to focus on the first four  lanes.

    He said that the company planned to  finish that and put them  to use before the  reconstruction of the other four  lanes to reduce the long time spent in traffic by commuters and the community.

    “If people have two uninterrupted lanes, traffic may be slow but it will move, and therefore we can concentrate on finishing the remaining lanes.

    “When we finish both , then we can have the full compliment of the eight lane highway.

    “Our  plan is to make this year better than last year and ultimately by next year, there will be no rainy season challenges because, we should have come out fully from this,”he added.

    The minister also disclosed that similar construction work had commenced at the Enugu and Okigwe axis of the highway project by different contractors to provide seamless travelling experience.

    He used the opportunity to urge local and state governments to mobilise their people to be alive to their civic responsibilities and cooperation, pointing out that community and personal hygiene were crucial  in this crisis of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

    The Federal Controller of Works Rivers, Mr Johnson Fadire, who conducted the minister and his team round the on-going road construction project said the inspection by the minister was timely.

    Fadire said the ministry would “do the needful’ to make sure the road was completed and delivered at the right time.

    He commended traditional rulers who prevailed on their subjects whose properties were demolished for the construction of the highway for agreeing to accept an initial payment of 50 per cent for compensation on their demolished properties.

    Earlier, Mr Zou Xiaomei, Project Manager of CCECC Nigeria Ltd, one of the contractors handling section IV of the project in Rivers, said although there were initial challenges but they had been sorted out.


    Edited By: Gregg Mmaduakolam/Isaac Aregbesola
    (NAN)

     

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