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Work Progresses In Gombe Regional Water Scheme, As Contractor Pledges Project Timely Completion



The contractor handling the rehabilitation, upgrade and expansion of Gombe Regional Water Supply Scheme, Jidadu Ventures Ltd has restated strong commitment towards ensuring high standard and timely completion of the project.

The assurance came from the site Engineer of the firm, Mr Abubakar U. B. while briefing newsmen shortly after conducting them round the project sites.

Engr. Abubakar said in order to fast-track the completion of the projects, the firm mobilised all the needed facilities, personnel, and resources to the sites, maintaining that construction works had since begun in all the major sites of the project and are undertaken simultaneously.

“At most of the sites, work has reached significant level. We reached between 60-80 % at Tumfure mega Booster Station along western bypass and the other booster station adjacent Gombe International Hotel. In few weeks we hope to complete the work in these two sites”, the Engr noted.

He said the company has already finished rehabilitation of the overhead reservoir close to Ministry of Women Affairs which has 1 million litre capacity and work is going earnestly at Wuro Juli facility which if completed can supply about 5 million litres of water to the neighborhood.

At the Tabra site where the company is constructing a mini borehole-based water project and treatment plant with 500,000 litre capacity, the site engineer said after suspending the work for sometimes due to rainy season, work has resumed earnestly.

Commenting on the quality of work, Engr. Abubakar said, “we are closely working with our consultants and other relevant stakeholders who monitor the project to ensure all terms and conditions of the contract are adhered to. And from our side, quality is our no.1 priority; we don’t compromise quality or standard.

“As you can see, we are using High Density, Polyethylene Pipes (HDPEs) which are specifically produced and branded for this project; And we also use austenitic stainless steel materials and other materials which are Internationally recommended for use in water construction works”, he added.

Mr Abubakar stated that the firm is now pursuing the project with all enthusiasm as all the natural factors impeding the smooth running of the projects are no more, assuring timely completion.

“Since we are now moving into dry season, we will continue to pursue the project with all vigor. Before the end of the year, I am sure most of our booster stations would have been completed.

“With the support, encouragement and cooperation we get from the state government under the leadership of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, we are hopeful that the project will be completed even before the deadline”, he added.

Work has also begun in earnest at the site near NTA, where the third mega booster station is being constructed. “We excavated the place and are laying all the necessary foundations for all the structures and facilities. The facility as other two booster stations will have a combined capacity of 1.5 million litres”, the Engr. clarified.

At all the sites visited, workers were seeing busy doing their jobs under close supervision of engineers and consultants ensuring strict compliance with the terms and conditions of the contract.

The rehabilitation, upgrade and expansion of Gombe Regional Water Supply Scheme project aims to provide additional 11 million litres of water to the existing supply capacity of the scheme and pipe laying of more than 160 km within Gombe metropolis and neighboring communities.

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PDP Crisis: Ortom, Fayose, Anyim, Others Get Soft Landing



…..Party Rescinds Sanctions

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rescinded sanctions slammed on former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, and ex-Senate President, Pius Anyim, over alleged anti-party activities.

Benue Governor Samuel Ortom, Ibrahim Shema of Kastina state and other party Chieftains also sanctioned got soft landings after a crucial meeting of the national working committee of the party yesterday in Abuja

Recall that the party top shots were suspended by the embattled Iyorchia Ayu leadership over alleged anti party activities

But in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, yesterday Thursday, March 30, the party announced that its National Working Committee,NWC, has reversed the suspension of the party’s chieftains.

Ologunagba noted that the PDP NWC also reversed Governor Ortom’s referral to the party’s disciplinary committee.

He said: “The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at its meeting today, Thursday, March 30, 2023, extensively discussed recent developments in the party.

“The NWC recognised the imperativeness of a total reconciliation among party leaders and critical stakeholders for a more cohesive Party in the overall interest of our teeming members and Nigerians in general.

“Consequent upon the above, the NWC reverses the referral of the Governor of Benue State, His Excellency, Dr. Samuel Ortom to the National Disciplinary Committee.

“The NWC in the same vein reverses the suspension of the following members of our great party: H.E Ibrahim Shema (Katsina State); Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti State); Sen. Pius Anyim (Ebonyi State); Prof. Dennis Ityavyar (Benue State); Dr. Aslam Aliyu (Zamfara State).

“This decision is without prejudice to the powers of the NWC to take necessary disciplinary action against any member of the party at any time pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the PDP (as amended in 2017).

“The NWC charges all leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of our party across the country to be guided by the provisions of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017) as well as the new spirit and necessity of reconciliation, unity, and harmony in our party at this critical time.

“The PDP must remain focused as we continue to take every necessary action to recover the stolen mandate freely given by Nigerians to our party and presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, on Saturday, February 25, 2023, at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal,” the PDP spokesperson stated.

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DSS ING Alarm:Legal Means Can Be Deployed To Stop Tinubu’s Inauguration- HURIWA



Civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, (HURIWA), yesterday said there was nothing wrong in applying legal means to stop the inauguration of the President-Elect, Bola Tinubu on May 29, 2023 because the February 25, 2023 election that produced him is still being actively challenged in court by leading candidates in the poll.

HURIWA, in a statement by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, said the so-called alarm raised by the Department of State Services (DSS) on Wednesday that some politicians are plotting an interim government should not be used as an obstacle to stop the petitions filed by Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) challenging Tinubu’s Victory

The DSS warning followed a petition by the Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, Festus Keyamo that the DSS should invite Obi and his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed, over their rejection of Tinubu as the President-Elect.

Similarly, Atiku had earlier in March led a protest to the Abuja office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to reject the result of the February 25 poll declared by the electoral umpire.

Both Atiku and Obi alleged electoral malpractices in the poll and are in court to challenge the declaration of Tinubu as President-Elect by INEC.

HURIWA’s Onwubiko said, “The Department of State Services should not rope in powerful opposition forces such as Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar with a view to finding some frivolous charges to hang on their necks to frustrate their formidable petitions against the outcome of the February 25 presidential poll.

“The DSS must work for all of Nigeria and not work as errand boys of Tinubu and his allies who only recently made claims that some persons want to stop his swearing in. By the way, there is nothing wrong in applying legal means to stop his inauguration because the election is being actively challenged. Nothing should be used as obstacles to obstruct Obi and Atiku’s petitions.

He advised that ,“The DSS should go after arm smugglers, kidnappers, bandits and terrorists and leave politicking for politicians.”

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Edo NUJ Felicitates Arase Over Appointment As Chairman PSC



The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Edo State Council has felicitated with Solomon Arase, a retired Inspector General of Police on his appointment as Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC).

In a statement signed by the union Chairman, Comrade Festus Alenkhe, the union described the appointment as well deserved.

The union expressed optimism that Arase will bring his wealth of experience to bear in his new assignment to his father land.

The union prayed God Almighty to grant him the knowledge and wisdom to reposition the Police Service Commission for better service delivery.

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