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Second Niger Bridge: the Facts & Figures by Doyin Okupe

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Doyin Okupe, a former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan has made what he called 15 revelations about the Second Niger Bridge.

In a message he entitled “GEJ, Buhari & The People,” Okupe wrote:

[1] The Bridge is NOT Being Constructed by the FGN.

[2] It’s a PPP Project which the FGN contributes a tiny fraction.

[3] The 2nd Niger Bridge Will Cost about N117 billion.

[4] Started in 2013 and should have been completed in 2017, but worked stopped for 31 months. Completion date Not certain now.

[5] FGN share of the Cost is N30billion. Jonathan through the Sure-P paid N21.2billion (71%) including N7billion for the completion of preparatory work (Phase 1).

[6] 38% of the work has been done as at Jan 2015.
[7] The N140b Oshiomhole said was wasted on Admin cost on the bridge was a lie, as admin cost will not be higher the to cost of the whole project.

[8] Buhari’s Govt Paid N2billion NOT $2billion as Osinbajo said during the Anambra state election. They will be paying another N3.05 when 2018 budget is approved.

[9] Work has restarted in earnest at the site and about 5%-7% has been completed bring the total completed work to about 43% to 45% according to an engineer I spoke to.

[10] All the pictures flying all over the internet are pictures of work-in-progress made during the 1st quarter of 2015.

[11] In summary Jonathan Govt have paid 71% of FGN share of the cost, While Buhari’s govt has paid 6.1%.

[12] Julius Berger, the Major Contractor and Construction company will put Toll Gate on Completion of the Bridge to cover their cost.

[13] The Construction Company is Funding the Project and the People using the Bridge will bear the cost via Toll Charges.

[14] The real People building the Bride are Nigerians that will use the Bridge, as they will REPAY the cost to Julius Berger.

[15] For those celebrating Politicians and sharing old or fake pictures of 2nd Niger Bridge, the #Facts are Not on your side.

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CGF of Fire Service Lauds Ejiro Agharigho Who Drove Flaming Tanker Away from Residential Area

The incident happened at Agbarho, Ugheli North Local Government Area, Delta State

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CGF of Fire Service Lauds Ejiro Agharigho

The Controller General of the Federal Fire Service, Engr. Jaji Abdulganiyu, has noted the bravery shown by Mr. Ejiro Agharigho, a tanker driver, who on Saturday the 10th of June, drove a Petrol laden tanker engulfed in flames away from a highly populated area where the incident occurred to an open field, far away from residential area.

The incident happened at Agbarho, Ugheli North Local Government Area, Delta State. It would have been a black saturday for the community, Delta state and Nigeria at large, but for the bravery and HEROIC intervention of Mr. Agharigho Ejiro. 

The Controller General also noted the fire would have consumed the area and caused untold damage to lives and property but for Mr Agharigho Ejiro ‘s uncommon fearlessness and promptness in driving away the burning truck not regarding the risk to his life.

This, the CGF described as an act of ultimate Heroism and one that should be celebrated by all. 

“On behalf of Men of the Federal Fire Service and Nigerians in general, I commend Mr. Ejiro for his heroic spectacle and aptness in forestalling a major fire disaster from happening,” said the CGF.

He also thanked Mr. Ejiro for first putting the lives of others before his. To him, this is what humanity is all about. 

Also, the CGF has urged all Nigerians to emulate Mr. Agharigho Ejiro, ready to defend the country at all times and copy his act of heroism.

On a final note, the controller General of fire, urged all Nigerians to be fire safety conscious at all times and to see fire safety as everyone’s responsibility.

He also advised that fire extinguishers and arresters be made available at all fuel dispensing places and all staff of fuel stations should be acquainted with fire prevention tips.

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PHOTOS: Ex-convict Returns To Nigeria With 4.56kg Of Cocaine

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An ex-convict, Okechukwu Francis Amaechi, has been arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency at the Port Harcourt International Airport for importing cocaine.

The agency in a statement issued on Sunday said Okechukwu finished serving a drug trafficking prison sentence in Brazil in March 2022.

Okechukwu was caught with 4.56kg crack concealed in lawnmower tyres.

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UK Government Denies Declaring IPOB Terrorist Organisation

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The British High Commission Abuja has described as inaccurate the reports making rounds that United Kingdom (UK) has added the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to the UK’s list of terrorist groups or organisations banned under UK law.

In a statement made available to GrassRoots.ng, titled: “British High Commission Abuja on the UK Government Publications of the 13 April Country Policy and Information Note: ‘Nigeria: Separatist groups in the South East’”, the Commission said, “These reports are untrue.  The ‘Indigenous People of Biafra” (IPOB) is not a proscribed organisation in the UK”. 

“The inaccurate reporting relates to the 13 April 2022 publication by the UK Government of a revised Country Policy and Information note (CPIN) on separatist groups in SE Nigeria, including the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). CPINs provide country of origin information (COI) and analysis of COI for use by UK Government decision-makers handling particular types of protection and human rights claims. 

“All asylum and human rights claims made in the UK are considered on their individual facts in accordance with our obligations under the UN Refugee Convention and European Convention on Human Rights, taking into account relevant background country information and case law.

“The CPIN on separatist groups in the South East, including the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), provides a general assessment of risks faced by individuals belonging to those groups.  These assessments are based on an analysis of publicly available country information obtained from a wide range of reliable sources including media outlets; UK and other governments; local, national and international organisations; and non-government organisations. 

“This CPIN also acknowledges that the Nigerian government has proscribed IPOB as a terrorist organisation, some members of IPOB have reportedly used violence against the state and members of the public, and advises that persons who have committed human rights abuses must not be granted protection”.

 The document is publicly available on our UK Government website, Gov.UK here.

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