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FG can’t refund states for money spent on Federal Roads now – Works Minister

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The Federal government cannot refund money spent on Federal Roads by State Governments for now, says Works Minister David Umahi.

Umahi made this known on Thursday when he visited Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State in Ibadan.

The Minister is on a two-day working visit to Oyo State.

”The economy right now will not permit any commitment by the federal government.

”However, records of such road projects done by the states would be kept and could be revisited when the economy improves,” he said.

He commended Makinde for his administration’s intervention in road projects.

The minister said that the intervention was alleviating the suffering of people.

“Be it state or federal roads, we are one government. The aim and oath of office is to place the welfare of the people ahead of any other interest,” he said.

Umahi urged Makinde to embrace Concrete Pavement Technology in road construction projects, saying it was more durable and less expensive to asphalt roads.

He said road projects with concrete pavement in Lagos state had been successful, adding that he built almost 95 per cent of road projects on concrete pavement as Governor of Ebonyi.

Speaking on the purpose of his visit to Oyo State, the Minister said that he was touring federal government road projects in the South West.

Umahi said he had met with all the contractors handling road projects in North West, North Central and South West, in Abuja.

“After the meeting, I decided to visit these projects to know quality of work done and other things on ground,” he said.

 

He further sought for more cooperation of the Oyo state government in achieving success on federal government’s projects in the state.

Responding, Makinde appreciated the minister for the visit.

Acoording to him, Umahi’s track records while governing Ebonyi speaks for itself.

The governor said that his administration prioritised road as project that was important to economy.

“We are committed to rehabilitation and reconstruction of many road projects, be it state or federal roads.

“For example, the 34km Oyo-Iseyin road took us two years to get approval from federal government and we awarded it to contractor immediately we secured the approval because of its important to the agri-business of the state.

“The road will be inaugurated on Sept. 15 by the former President Olusegun Obasanjo. We are not asking for refund immediately but the records are there and we will give it to the Minister,” he said.

Makinde further said his administration would continue to invest on road infrastructure for the development of the state.

He told the minister of his willingness to partner the federal government to dualise the Oyo state portion of the Ibadan-Abeokuta road.

The governor also informed the minister that he had agreed and his counterparts in Ogun and Lagos States to light up Lagos-Ibadan Road.

He said the road was the most busiest road in the country and that lighting the entire stretch of the road would enhance security on the road corridor.

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Unknown Gunmen Abduct Channelstv Reporter In Port-harcourt

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Some unknown gunmen have kidnapped Joshua Rogers, the ChannelsTV reporter in Port-Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Politics Nigeria learnt that Rogers was picked up close to his residence at Rumuosi in Port Harcourt and to an unknown destination by the gunmen around 9pm on Thursday, April 11.

The reporter was driving his official ChannelsTV branded car when the hoodlums accosted, pointed a gun at him and took him away in the same vehicle.

 

Rogers was said to be returning from his official assignment in Government House after a trip to Andoni for a government event when the incident happened.

Already, the gunmen were said to have contacted his wife and demanded a N30million ransom for bis release.

His cameraman confirmed the incident and appealed to his abductors to set him free unconditionally.

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Lassa Fever Kills 150 In Nigeria — NCDC

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According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC), 150 people died from Lassa virus in 125 local government areas throughout 27 states in the federation between January and March 2024.

The NCDC reported that the deaths were recorded with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 18.6% overall from week one to week thirteen, 2024. This is higher than the CFR for the same time in 2023 (17.5%).

In its Lassa Fever Situation Report Epi Week 13, which was released on March 25–31, 2024, the agency revealed that 806 of the 5,295 suspected cases that were recorded were confirmed. Eyes Of Lagos reports,

According to the report, in week 13, the number of new confirmed cases decreased from 25 in Epi week 12, 2024 to 15. These cases were reported in Ondo, Bauchi, Plateau and Edo states.

 

In total for 2024, 27 states have recorded at least one confirmed case across 125 LGAs, even as 62 percent of all confirmed Lassa fever cases were reported from Ondo, Edo, and Bauchi states, while 38 percent of cases were reported from 24 states with confirmed Lassa fever cases.

Of the 62 percent confirmed cases, the NCDC said Ondo reported 24 percent, Edo 22 percent, and Bauchi 16 percent. The predominant age group affected is 31-40 years (Range: 1 to 98 years, Median Age: 32years), with a male-to-female ratio for confirmed cases of 1:1.

From the report, the number of suspected cases (5,295) increased compared to that reported for the same period in 2023 (4,338).

The agency confirmed that the National Lassa fever multi-partner, multi-sectoral Incident Management System has been activated to coordinate response at all levels at the Emergency Operations Centre, EOC.

No new healthcare worker was affected in the reporting week 13, the report noted.

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