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Reps berate FERMA over bad roads, accidents

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An ad hoc committee to investigate the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) from 2020 till date has been set up by the House of Representatives on Tuesday and report back to it within six weeks.

The decision is coming on the heels of the adoption of a motion moved by the Minority Leader of the House, Ndudi Elumelu at the plenary in Abuja.

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Moving the motion, Mr Elumelu said there was a need to investigate the alleged monumental fraud and illegalities in FERMA.

He said that while billions of naira were allocated to FERMA yearly for road maintenance purposes, the federal roads across the country had remained bad as most of them had become death traps.

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Mr Elumelu alleged corrupt practices included high handedness by the agency’s leadership, over inflation of contracts and award of non-existent contracts.

Others are the massive splitting of jobs and flagrant disregard for procurement laws in the award of contracts, and in most cases, refusal to implement the budget in full.

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Mr Elumelu said there were allegations of intentional delay in awarding contracts for road repairs and construction several months after bidding had been completed and successful bidders emerged.

Also, he alleged that most of the contracts were cornered by the management for themselves and their cronies who abandoned sites after collecting a reasonable percentage of advance payment of contract sums.

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He stated that if the spate of unbridled pilfers by top government officials continues it would deplete the nation’s treasury.

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FG empowers women in sanitary items production

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About 30 women were trained over the weekend by the Ministry of Women Affairs, Bauchi State on the production of sanitary items for home management.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria the training was done in collaboration with QUB Resources Limited, Abuja, which provided the training.

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The women were trained on how to make liquid soaps, hand sanitisers, and other disinfectants.

The training was done under the ministry’s Women’s Economic Empowerment Workshop.

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Representative of QUB Resources Limited, Mrs. Lydia Shehu, said the theme of the one-day training is, ‘Building women’s economic resilience for inclusive recovery’.

Shehu said that the aim was for the attainment of personal and family hygiene and from bacteria, and viruses, among others, and to improve their means of livelihood.

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She lauded the Minister for Women Affairs and Social Development, Pauline Tallen for organising the programme, especially during this period of COVID-19 and other diseases.

The representative explained that the skills taught were not capital-intensive, adding that the trainees could start up the business with little income and train other women on the products.

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Mr Macaroni Knocks Critics Over Sabinus AMVCA Win

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Nigerian comedian, skit maker, actor and philanthropist Debo Adedayo popularly known as Mr Macaroni, has bashed those criticising his colleague, Sabinus’ win at the Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards on Saturday.

Emmanuel Ejekwu aka Oga Sabinus had won the award for Best Online Content Creator at the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) and he expressed his joy for being honoured in such a way.
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Following this, many have come out to argue that Mr Macaroni should have won the award. Reacting, Mr Macaroni tweeted, “Sabinus winning the AMVCA Award is very well deserved!! He has brought joy and laughter to the faces of millions including mine.
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I have also had the pleasure of featuring him in about 3 of my contents. I share in his win.
Please let us not ruin this beautiful moment.”mr macaroni
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2023 elections: APC fortunate, in control of 22 states – Adamu

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The National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) Abdullahi Adamu, has stated that the ruling party is fortunate to be in control of 22 states ahead of the 2023 general elections.

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This is as he promised that the party will field its finest candidates ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Adamu made the statement at the inauguration and screening of the party’s governorship, senatorial and House of Representatives aspirants in Abuja on Sunday.

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The party chairman, who was represented by the Deputy National Chairman (North), Senator Abubakar Kyari, urged the aspirants to stick to party rules as they jostle for the APC tickets.

“We have been very fortunate as a party that we have produced the best. Today we have 22 states and at the last count before myself (Kyari) and the national chairman and one of our colleagues resigned from the Senate we had 70 senators out of 109, which is just three shy of the two-third majority needed in the Senate. Also we have almost two-third of the House of Representatives membership.

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“And even after we had left we had one senator who decamped into the APC from Sokoto and we’re expecting another one from Oyo to officially cross the aisle to the APC. All of us here in the National Working Committee, on behalf of the national chairman, would like to welcome you here,” he said.

According to him, APC is a strong party that is committed to delivering the right candidates for the forthcoming elections.

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The national chairman added that he has no doubt that all the aspirants assembled at Fraser Suites in Central Business District area of Abuja can achieve the feat.

“I know there’s a long, long huddle ahead of all of us. I would like to at this point plead with you to be patient, screen thoroughly so that we can have the best of the best,” he said.

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The APC National Organising Secretary, Suleiman Argungu, had on Saturday, disclosed that 1,693 politicians comprising 145 governorship, 351 senatorial and 1,197 for the House of Representatives aspirants were screened at the two-day exercise.

Argungu disclosed that “we have 28 presidential aspirants so far. They will be screened on May 23, 2022.”

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