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VP Shettima inaugurates 76.67km Ogbomoso-Iseyin road

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Last Updated on May 31, 2024 by Fellow Press

Vice-President Kashim Shettima on Thursday in Ogbomoso joined Oyo State’s Gov. Seyi Makinde to inaugurate the newly-constructed Ogbomoso-Iseyin Road.

In his speech at the ceremony, Shettima said the economic agenda of President Bola Tinubu’s administration was rooted in supporting each state of the federation.

”This is to help them to achieve their objectives and fulfill promises to the nation,” he said.

Shettima further said the present administration acknowledged the fact that “it is the convergence of many parts that forms a cohesive whole.

“Our federation can only be proud if each state actively participates in building essential infrastructure to facilitate our daily life.”

Shettima commended Makinde for being a collaborative partner and also executing critical capital projects.

“Oyo State has a pivotal role in our nation’s economy and will always remain a top priority in our efforts to stabilise and promote unity and peace across the nation.”

The vice-president also saluted the governor for his dedication to leaving behind a legacy project that would transcend generations.

He said the 76.67-kilometre road being inaugurated was not only connecting communities within the state but also serves as vital link to another geo-political zone in the country.

Shettima noted that the road infrastructure projects of Makinde’s government should serves as an exemplary model for every state and every Nigerian committed to the country’s development.

In his remarks, Makinde reiterated his commitment to infrastructure development in every nook and cranny of the state.

Makinde said he would continue to link towns and villages across the state through road inter-connectivity to reduce infrastructure deficit and also move the state from poverty to prosperity.

He called on both local and foreign investors to come to Oyo State, with that assurance that his administration has provided a conducive atmosphere for business to thrive.

The State Commissioner for Public Works, Prof. Daud Sangodoyin, said the need to construct the road was borne out of the Makinde administration’s commitment to improving the citizenry’s socio-economic activities.

Sangodoyin stated that the entire work scope of the project was divided into two concurrent lots to contractors for speedy completion.

According to him, the first lot of 38.10 km was awarded to Kopek Construction Ltd. while the second lot of 38.57 km was awarded to Craneburg Construction Company.

“The road project was flagged off on May 18, 2022,” he added.

In their separate remarks, representatives of the contractors, Mr Issam Feghali of Kopek Construction Ltd. and Mr Gilbert Sassine of Craneburg Construction Ltd. respectively, said the road’s quality was standard.

The duo appreciated the residents of Ogbomoso, Iseyin and other communities on the road corridor for their cooperation and support which enhanced a speedy execution of the contracts.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the road upon inauguration was named after a former governor of Oyo state, the late Adebayo Alao-Akala.

Dignitaries at the event included, Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazak of Kwara, the acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Iliyas Damagun, and Sen. Fatai Buhari of Oyo North Senatorial District.

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Minimum wage: Archbishop urges compromise

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Last Updated on June 9, 2024 by Fellow Press

Archbishop Joseph Ojo, General Overseer of the Calvary Kingdom Church, Okokomaiko, Lagos State, on Saturday urged labour leaders and the Federal Government to reach a compromise as regards a new minimum wage.

Ojo made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

The archbishop described wage negotiation as a social contract that should be approached with empathy by parties.

According to him compromise is needed in the matter to save the country from anxiety.

“They should consider the fact that the unemployed are much more than the few that are in government employment.

“The federal, states and local governments only employed some workers.

“Others are in firms owned and operated by individuals that might not be able to pay higher wage.

“The higher they push it, the higher the inability of the unemployed to survive, because firms, which struggle to pay staff, may not talk of hiring new ones,” he said.

The cleric said that lack of employment might result in increase in crimes.

“There are private sector employers, who cannot cope with what the federal or states will offer,” he added.

The cleric said that high wage bill might compel private schools to increase school bills to meet up with overhead costs.

“Some parents will not meet up, and their children would be forced to drop out of school,” he said.

He also advised governments to consider subsisting social-economic variables, such as cost of food items, transport and medical bills, and offer a sustainable minimum wage.

“The parties ought to put all these into consideration to achieve progress in their negotiation,” the cleric said.

NAN reports that the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress are now demanding N250, 000 as a new minimum wage.

The Federal Government has offered to pay N62,000.

Negotiations are ongoing.

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Over 200 intending pilgrims protest in Ilorin over faulty aircraft

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Last Updated on June 7, 2024 by Fellow Press

No fewer than 200 intending pilgrims from Kwara on Friday protested at llorin international Airport over the inability of an aircraft to transport them to Saudi Arabia.

The pilgrims, officials of the State Pilgrims Welfare Board and the 2024 state Amirul Hajj had boarded the aircraft since Thursday.

The aircraft was, however, said to have developed a technical fault.

Some engineers with the Federal Airport Authority had been making frantic efforts to repair the faulty aircraft since Thursday without success.

Consequently, some of the intending pilgrims staged a protest over the development.

The intending pilgrims, alongside their relations, took the protest to the highway linking the airport with other communities to express their displeasure over the situation.

Some of the protesters were seen singing solidarity songs condemning the situation, especially since they are the tenth and last batch from the state.

Sen. lbrahim Oloriegbe, the state’s 2024 Amirul Hajj, while speaking with NAN, attributed the failure to transport the last batch of the pilgrims to faulty aircraft.

Oloriegbe said the intending pilgrims had boarded the aircraft since Thursday but were unable to be transported following the development.

The Amirul hajj said that they are expecting another aircraft from Medinnah to transport the intending pilgrims and the officials.

He appealed to them to exercise patience, as the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria was on top of the situation.

He said that the board would continue to cater for the feeding of the intending pilgrims pending when they would be transported to the holy land.

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