FG Orders Suspension Of Eleme-Onne East-West Road Construction

Reconstruction work along the Eleme-Onne portion of the East-West Road in Rivers State has been immediately suspended by the federal government.

In an interview with reporters on Sunday in Port Harcourt, the Minister of Works, David Umahi, disclosed that the suspension directive was issued following the discovery that the contractor managing the project used inferior materials.

Naija News reports that the He expressed disappointment over the poor progress of construction despite the government having paid an advance of N33 billion, even though he mentioned that he had viewed the work the day before (Saturday).

The Minister clarified that the work must cease until some anomalies related to the project are fixed, stating that the contractors’ current rate of work will not allow the job to be finished in five years.

The minister said, “The project must benefit the people. The rainy season is coming in two months and the people will go ahead suffering.

“You have our (FB) N33 billion. Do you know what the interest rate is every month on the bill?

“The President had to order me in September to come here and order the payment because some people in Rivers State went to see the President and we paid you N33 billion, since that time till now.

“I saw that the sand they are using is not river sharp. What we paid for is river sharp sand.

“I’m not satisfied. The idea is that when you place the lumps, the lump would be good. But when you place the sharp sand there are some voids between the lumps.

“And so the sand will go and fill it and it becomes a compact monolithic pavement structure. When I saw that sand I wasn’t happy.

“And I took that sand and put it on my palm and poured water and I was squizzing it, and at the end of the day, there was nothing left.

“That confirmed that it was very clear. So I directed that the company should be written and they should ensure that they remove the sand.

“I was very shocked that instead of removing the sand they had continued with the sand.

“The contractor is carrying out the job, but at snail speed. If we allow him even another five years he will not finish So we are not going to allow him.”

To guarantee the project is finished, he added, a meeting with the contractor has been set up to examine the irregularities. Following that, the mistakes will be examined and a revised schedule will be provided.

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We Have Been Begging Wike To Join APC – Okocha

The chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) caretaker committee in Rivers State, Tony Okocha, has declared that the party wants the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, to join its fold.

Okocha, in an interview published by The Nation on Sunday, said he has been begging Wike both openly and secretly to join the APC.

On the insinuations in some quarters that Wike is psychologically already an APC member, and just a mole in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Okocha said those saying such are entitled to their opinion but Wike has never attended the meeting of the APC and the former Rivers State Governor is not the only opposition politician working with President Bola Tinubu.

He added, however, that the APC couldn’t have won the presidential election in Rivers State without Wike’s support, and the former Governor has nothing to prove to his detractors.

According to Okocha, “I have taken to the podium and even the streets a million times to beg Wike to come to the APC. I have used the words, come to Macedonia and help us. We have been begging him to come to the APC.

“He is the magician and the dean of politics of Rivers State. He is the grandmaster as of today. And having defeated everybody back to back, he is the champion. How many lions can someone kill before they can be called a lion killer?

“On the claims that he is psychologically and every other thing in APC and a mole in PDP, I will say that people are entitled to their opinion. Wike has never attended any APC meetings.

“He is also not the only person from the opposition party that is in the federal cabinet. All I can say is that he got the reward for the impact he made in helping APC win the presidential election in Rivers State.”

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Petrol trading lifts NNPC’s profit to $2.7b, Saudi Aramco declares $161b

The first post-restructuring financial statement of the Nigeria National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) has exposed the structural defects of the oil company as it seems to thrive more on product trading and less as an upstream operator.

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