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Ambode flays contractors’ work on Oshodi, Bariga roads

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Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Wednesday expressed displeasure at the slow pace of work on the reconstruction of some of the road projects in the state, describing the development as unacceptable.

Speaking during the inspection of projects in Bariga, Alimosho and Oshodi, Ambode reiterated his determination and commitment to make life comfortable for the people.

During the tour of the road project in Bariga, he said the reconstruction of the road was so important to his administration as a result of its strategic location and link to other areas in the metropolis.

He directed the contractor to commence work immediately and to deliver the work before Christmas, adding that while the work was ongoing, the contractors should provide palliative measures for the residents so that they could live their normal lives.

“We are not pleased with the slow pace of work in this area. I want to tell the contractors that we would not accept anything that will make life difficult for the residents. This project must be delivered before Christmas and ensure you create palliative measure while the work is going on,” Ambode said.

At Alimosho, the governor, who described the area as the most populous local government in Lagos, sympathised with the residents on the untold hardship being experienced daily by commuters, promising to ensure completion of ongoing works on the road within the next three months.

“In the course of my campaign, I came to this neighbourhood three times, asking you to vote for me. I am back here to let you know that this road, that is so important to the economy of this area, we would complete it within the next three months,” he said.

Ambode appealed to residents to be patience and to persevere for a little while, assuring them that the deplorable condition of the road would soon be a thing of the past.

“I want to appeal to all our people living here. The contractor is going to work day and night and also create palliative for you to be able to use the road while he is working. Please cooperate with them to carry out their work; it’s for our own general good,” he added.

At Oshodi, the governor ordered the immediate reconstruction of Brown Street, advising traders to immediately vacate the right of way to ease the free flow of vehicular movement in the area.

Ambode, who walked through the stretch of Brown Street, Oshodi, explained that the reconstruction of the road was important because of its location at the heart and economy in the local government.

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BREAKING: ASUU meeting with FG end in deadlock, strike to continue

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The meeting between the federal government and the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Tuesday ended without an agreement.

As a result of this, the six-month-old strike embarked on by public university lecturers is set to continue.

The lecturers met with the Professor Nimi Briggs Committee at the National University Commission (NUC) in Abuja with high hopes of resolving the impasse.

A senior member of ASUU said that members of the Briggs renegotiation committee didn’t come with any new offer on the table.

According to him, the committee pleaded with the lecturers to suspend the ongoing strike, with promises that their concerns will be included in the 2023 budget.

The meeting started at about 12pm and lasted for about three hours.

ASUU has been on strike since February 14.

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Suspected thugs destroy Tinubu’s Emilokan billboard in Lagos (PHOTO)

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Some persons suspected to be political thugs have vandalized a billboard of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, in Lagos.

The billboard located on the close to the third mainland bridge was destroyed on Tuesday morning.

The action sparked tension online as some APC members have accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

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EFCC recovers another 1.4bn naira for NHIS

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EFCC writes INEC, demands APC, PDP, other aspirants’ bank details

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has recovered an additional sum of one billion, four hundred million naira (N1.4 Billion) for the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

In a statement via its official Twitter handle, the money, according to the commission, was part of the funds which some commercial banks ‘fraudulently’ refused to transmit to the Treasury Single Account, TSA, since 2015.

The statement further said the money had been released to the NHIS since August 5, 2022.

It also revealed that the Commission had in similar fashion on February 10, 2022, released a sum of N1.5bn to the scheme.

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