The governor of Imo state, Emeka Ihedioha, has launched the construction of 13.5bn rural road project.Ihedioha
The World Bank assisted Rural Access and Mobility Project (RAMP) include 380.7 kilometres of the rural road across the 27 Local Government Areas of the state.
Speaking at the flag-off at Onuimo, Isu and Mbaitoli LGAs of the state, Governor Ihedioha assured the readiness of his administration to partner development agencies for the betterment of the state.
The governor said he approved the swift payment of the counterpart fund to activate the project upon assumption of office.
The Imo no one citizen who decried the poor states of roads in the state said the project will boost Agriculture and socio-economic development in the state and reduce rural-urban migration.
In his words, “As soon we assumed office, the RAMP project attracted our attention, and so came under review. Our task teams and committees analyzed the program and its processes, and being satisfied with its objectives, immediately ratified it, then provided the necessary approvals and directives therein including updating payments of counterpart funds.”
He continued, “As a State, and indeed as a person, we are particularly grateful to the two (2) institutions that have made today possible – The World Bank and the AFD (the French Development Bank). As a policy of State, we will continue, as a matter of fact, to intensify our engagements with the development partners and multilateral institutions, in order to leverage on their pedigree.”
The governor revealed his administration’s intention to revive the Imo Rural Roads Maintenance Agency (IRROMA), to ensure that no part of Imo State rural areas remained inaccessible due to bad roads.
“In order to ensure that beyond the construction of these projects, their continuous use is guaranteed, we will revive the State Road Maintenance Agency. This will ensure that our roads remain in satisfactory conditions even years after construction, ” Ihedioha said.”
Governor Ihedioha assured that construction on the state’s urban and major link roads will commence in earnest.
“Let me use this platform to say that in the next few days, massive construction will commerce on Imo urban and major link roads. You will agree that we met a road network in a deplorable state of disrepair. We have painstakingly gone through the path of due process – from the design to the procurement.
“We have involved the Ministry of Works, as never before, in the process. We want to deliver durable roads that will stand the test of time. Be assured, the development will get to ALL parts of Imo State, no discrimination or exclusions.”, he concluded.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Rural Development, Richmond Osuji, said the state government approved the payment of 15% Initial Mobilization Fund for the project.
He disclosed that the state government has mapped out fund to compensate owners of properties that will be affected in the course of the project.
Osuji promised that the Bureau for Rural Development will ensure the compliance of the contractors with the technical specification, budget and timeline for the completion of the projects.
In his speech, the National Coordinator of RAMP, Udandoma Ularamu, stated that Imo state is the fifth state in the country that have partnered with the agency.
Man Rapes 10-Year-Old In Anambra
A 22-year old man, Ikechukwu Okoli, has been arrested for allegedly raping a 10-year- old girl in Uzoegwu Street Nkpor in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The suspect, a native of Ndikelionwu village in Orumba North Local Government Area of the state, reportedly lured the victim to his room where he had carnal knowledge of her.
The Police spokesperson, Haruna Mohammed, who confirmed the arrest, said the suspect would be charged after investigations were concluded.
He said: “On the 22/6/2020 at about 3:pm following a tip off, Police operatives attached to Isiuwulu Division arrested one Ikechukwu Okoli ‘m’ aged 22years native of Ndilionwu village in Orumba North LGA but reside at Uzoegwu Street Nkpor in Idemili North LGA of Anambra State.
“Suspect had on the same date allegedly defiled a ten years old girl in his room. Scene was visited by police detectives and victim taken to the hospital for medical examination where laceration of her hymen was confirmed.
“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, John Abang has directed that the case be transferred to the State Criminal investigation Department, Awka for discreet investigation after which suspect would be charged to court for prosecution.”
9 Killed In Kogi Bank Robbery Attack
Nine persons were reportedly killed when suspected armed robbers invaded the Isanlu branch of First Bank in Kogi State on Thursday.
The victims were identified as eight policemen and one civilian.
Among those killed were the Divisional Police Officer in the town, five other Policemen and two Policewomen.
While the DPO, the two policewomen, and four Policemen were killed at the Police Station, one policeman was killed at the bank’s premises.
The other victim, a male civilian, died when a stray bullet hit him.
The armed robbers were said to have invaded the Police Station about 1.00 p.m. and opened fire on all officers and men on duty.
They also set free all detainees in the detention facility.
The robbers later proceeded to the bank branch in the area where they killed one of the policemen on duty and carted away money.
The Police Public Relations Officer of Kogi Command, William Ayah, confirmed the attack to The PUNCH.
He, however, said the command was yet to ascertain the number of casualties.
Kogi Govt Bans Sale Of Beef For 48 Hours After Death Of 12 Cows During Grazing
Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello, has banned the sale of beef in Lokoja, the state capital and its environs for the next 48 hours.
The ban is coming barely 24 hours after 12 cows mysteriously died in Lokoja on Thursday April 9 while grazing at a land belonging to the Nigeria-Korea Vocational Institute.
A statement released by the state Commissioner for information and Communication, Kingsley Fanwo, said an investigation has commenced into the cause of the deaths.
The statement reads in part:
“The attention of the Kogi State Government has been drawn to the report of dead cows within the Lokoja Township. We wish to inform the people of the State, some of the proactive measures taken by the Government to find out the cause of the death of those cows and to also ensure their beef does not find their way into our markets.
Security agencies and the affected Government Ministries and Departments have been mandated to form strong institutional walls that will stop the beefs from getting into the market as it is detrimental to health.
The State Government has committed to briefing members of the public on findings about the incident. We also urge our people to volunteer intelligence that will help us unravel the mystery behind the death of those cows”.
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