Icheoku says in the battle to free the Scots from their perpetual underdog position from England, fear won over pride. When it matter most to walk tall as an independent country among the comity of nations, the Scottish people chickened out. They scurried under the bed in trepidation, timidly accepting their fate that they are incapable of navigating the uncharted future of too many unknowns without big-brother England? Icheoku says the Scottish people were literally pulverized by fear of this and fear of that; and were convinced that they are too dumb to manage a future without England. A blitzkrieg marshaled by the NO campaigners with overreaching impetus from 10 Downing Street in the final hours of the campaign helped in no small way to seal the outcome.

Icheoku had no dog in the duel and acknowledged so earlier - that either way our palate for 18 year old Scotch would not be affected. Icheoku also said that in the event Scotland breaks away, provided Locness stays open for monster-hunt business and Dundee United still kicks the round leather, that Icheoku would as always still love Scotland. Now that the majority has spoken, maintaining that fear of the unknown is a safer bet to a brazen pursuit of pride in self governing, Icheoku cannot but congratulate the winners on their victory. To the losers, always remember that you are first Scottish and in protest just quaff down more of the golden liquid. Like in every contest, the YES campaigners successfully persuaded the undecided on the merits of remaining a united Kingdom entity. They also convinced these fence-sitters that the cost of mounting a sovereign Scottish blue flag is not a good trade-off for the doomsday scenario that freeing themselves from England would cascade on Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and throughout the land. They won and the other guys lost.

Icheoku says congratulations Scotland on your cowardice or lack of courage induced NO vote; at least you were given the opportunity at self governance but passed. Icheoku wishes that so many other self-governance seeking nations throughout the world, including the people of Biafra, could similarly be so opportune. What is fear if not an induced state of mind, after all the great United States of America was once a colony of Britain? Icheoku says may the monarchy reign over you never abates. Long live United Kingdom, Long live the Monarchy!


Once again all the doubters of the conspiracy theory surrounding the Ebola Virus Disease should now be assured that the journey has come full circle? Six months after the EVD has taken thousands of lives and a very big toll on the economy of the victim-countries, the American government has finally woken up and now ready to do something about it? Icheoku asks what took them this long?

America is known for rushing to the assistance of people in need within twenty-four notice - be it hurricane in the Phillippines or mudslide in Afghanistan or earthquake in some God forsaken part of the planet or even Evian Flu in Asia or Mesa Flu in Saudi Arabia; but Africa has been reeling under the scourge of Ebola for over six months now and suddenly, the mighty Yankees just remembered that some people in the jungle of Africa could use some help? Icheoku says it is all part of the agenda: - first Patrick Sawyer, an American, takes his deathly cargo to Nigeria on a mission? Then Western media, controlled by Americans, went to town crying fire in a crowded theater about the doomsday scenario that is ebola in Africa? From the blues came a vaccine out of San Diego, America, that could cure EVD, although a Spanish priest treated with the same vaccine died while the Americans survived? Several "infected" Nigerians equally survived and they never received this miracle-working American vaccine?

So after waiting in vain and nursing the disappointment that Patrick Sawyer's mission was not "accomplished", and seeing the Nigerian authorities declare triumphantly that the Ebola Virus Disease has been contained if not totally eradicated, they went back to the drawing board asking what happened with the plans to get something going in Africa's most populous country? The rest is now part of history.

Suddenly three thousand soldiers and few medical personnel are being sent to Africa to fight the EVD? Icheoku queries are these soldiers going to shoot or nuke ebola? Why soldiers instead of medical personnel? Icheoku asks why now? Why wait until after over two thousand Africans have been killed by this disease? Why now that Nigeria, to the surprise of the world, was able to manage and contain the EVD? Icheoku asks did plans to stir health crisis in African most populous country hit the brick wall and now another ploy disguised as aid must be put in the offing? Anyway, Icheoku urges the Nigerian authority not to accept this aid as they have no need for it any longer; moreso who knows the stuff hidden in the Trojan Horse aid package.

Ordinarily Icheoku is not usually a cynic, but paying closer attention to world's political economy and how certain objectives determine certain actions, it is increasingly becoming obvious that some things are just above certain pay grades. But one final advise to the Nigerian authorities, Icheoku urges them to be vigilant and watch closely before EVD would come back with a vengeance.


"The difference between the cinema and the church in Nigeria is that for the cinema you pay a gate fee before you enter but in the church, they let you come in before they take from you. Look at the population of people in church today and yet we have negligible righteousness in the country? So, something is wrong. I am not condemning what people are doing but if it is just a clever ploy to continue to control and manage people and get rich, then one day the people would say 'to your tent oh Israel.'" - Pastor Tunde Bakare. Icheoku says this pastor spoke for me and has possibly got a convert with his candid assessment of the 'casino royal' which all these churches have become in Nigeria. Just know the truth and the truth will set you free.


Icheoku says what an honor it is indeed to be so privileged to put the icing on the cake for one's country's World Cup win. Icheoku says congratulations to goal scorer Mario Gotze and his German national side for a well deserved victory over Argentina in the just concluded FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 finals. Germany is the new world cup champion, hurray!


Icheoku said it before and will say it again - Netherlands would have gone all the way to clinch the cup but for FIFA intervention and Icheoku stands to be corrected on this. Today they proved once again that they had the stuff champions are made of with their routing of host Brazil 3-0 and you wonder what a beautiful World Cup finals it would have been against Germany had FIFA's machination not so cruelly intervened. Anyway, their consolatory third place is not one of such cases where a half loaf is better than no loaf for Icheoku; and as a result Icheoku is not satisfied. The Dutch has been and remained Icheoku's favorite throughout the tournament and Icheoku will continue to believe they were forced out of the finals and no opinion can persuade otherwise. So long FIFA World Cup Brazil 2004 championship until Russia 2018; admitted Icheoku will tune in tomorrow to see how the finals is rigged. Congratulations Netherlanders, Ciao!


Icheoku says unfortunately we missed the mark and for this we are indeed very sorry for projecting a Netherlands win over Argentina as well as in the finals against Germany. Why the Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal did not bring in his penalty-kicks best keeping goalie, Tim Kral, is beyond everyone's imagination. What is done is done and the coach has his conscience to worry about on the real reason behind the unthinkable. Icheoku griefs the Dutch loss as avoidable. You may please scroll down to page one to read further analysis.


In the future of the FIFA World Cup 2014 championship holding in Brazil, Icheoku sees an all European championship final between Netherlands and Germany. Germany will defeat Brazil and Netherlands will defeat Messi and his boys during the semi finals resulting in an all European meet in the finals; following which Netherlands will emerge victorious. Icheoku remains steadfast in our projection that the Orange guys will carry the golden cup this 2014 and there is NO SHAKING in our conviction. Go DUTCH!


Icheoku tips Netherlands to win the cup - their performance against Spain in the opening and now Mexico, has irrevocably moved the process forward. Icheoku says 'Go DUTCH.'


To the kidnapped young school girls of Chibok, Icheoku says the world has heard your plight and is coming to your rescue, just hang in there. FYI:- Please you may scroll down for full commentary on this.


Icheoku says he made today's reality in South Africa possible, RIP Nelson Mandela.


Icheoku says President Bill Clinton played the saxophone; President GW Bush played and danced to the beat of African drums; President Barack Obama sang Al Green's Lets Stay Together; President Olusegun Obasanjo danced PSY's Gangnam Style; and even Madam Secretary of State Albright danced to Macarena and the other Madam Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also danced some South African tunes too. Now President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria just strung the guitar. Icheoku says whats up with all these presidents showing us the lighter side of themselves and displaying inert talents which duties of the state had somehow made redundant. Icheoku says the world especially Nigerians can use the million Naira smile on their President Jonathan's face. A country almost over-heating from stress of every kind can sure find some uplifting from their smiley president. Icheoku says GOOD for the country.


Icheoku says what mother Russia had put together, unbridled licentiousness and loneliness has put asunder; and so it is that the fabled strong man of Russia became a weakling on the home front and was not man enough to do what it takes to keep his home safe and secured. Russia's President Vladimir and First Lady Lyudmila Putin's marriage have gone with the wind; its center did not hold as cravings for younger skirts by Vladimir have driven the older love interest over the cliff and she had to walk away. Icheoku says yet another evidence that marriage does not work, never worked and will never work except for those who live in denial and put a facade of happily ever after. Icheoku says to Vladimir and Lyudmila, happy trails.


"Whenever Obasanjo disagrees with a person, he will carry the fight to his place of worship, to his dining table and sometimes, he will even be fighting the person in his dream. He is unforgiving and his method of disagreement with people is sometimes a matter of life and death." - Tanko Yakassi; reacting to the recent outburst of Obasanjo in Dutse castigating President Jonathan for keeping him in the dog's house and away from calling the shots in Aso Rock. Icheoku adds, may be it is about time the Otta deity is arrested and tried for his numerous misdeeds during his presidency including the Halliburton scandal. Further, Obasanjo's membership of the PDP should be suspended since he is now more of a problem than a solution to the wellness of the party; which has increasingly become more apparent since he lost his third term bid to cling to power. But only if Icheoku were Jonathan and Jonathan were Icheoku?


Icheoku says the Surgeon General Michael Douglas has warned men to beware, pause and ponder before going downtown on their women. He spoke from experience having nearly died from throat cancer which he claimed resulted from his giving too much head to his women. Icheoku wonders which of his women gave him the cutties. You may scroll down for further and fuller story on main page .............


"We don't know if we would have been able to stop the terrorists had they arrived here from Boston. We're just thankful that we didn't have to find out that answer." - Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York speaking on the Divine providence that stopped Boston Marathon bombers cold and prevented them from getting to New York to prosecute their terrorism act.

Icheoku says well put together Mayor and in a case where lack of desired answer was a preferred option.

However no one seems to acknowledge the hijacked guy, without whose cruel fate, those Boston Marathon bombers might still be on the run. Imagine a scenario where Boston operatives would have been looking for their suspects - "the dark-skinned" terrorists, while the real "fair-skinned" terrorists would be miles away in New York causing another mayhem. Thankfully a bad incident of a vehicle hijack led to the solving of such a heinous crime of no mean magnitude. As far as Icheoku is concerned, this guy is the real hero and deserves all the credits for solving the Boston Marathon crime and should get any and all available rewards thereto.

Also thanks to the technology of the IPhone and Mercedes' imbeded tracking devices which triangulated and honed operatives to the mad men of Russia from Dagestan Chechyna. The rest as they say, is now history and one lived in real time.


“We are embarked on a big and noble dream borne out of the necessities of our history and the imperatives of our justice, equity and fair play. While our history is a proud, large, and significant imprint in Nigeria, the reality of our contemporary existence has been rendered small by the politics of the Nigerian republic. This time calls for self-assertion and Igbo people must rise and answer the challenges with one voice." - Orji Uzor Kalu, speaking on the imperativeness of a united Igbo front to take on the Nigeria project. Icheoku agrees intoto; has said it before and again says it that in Orji Uzor Kalu lies the destiny of Igbo people of Nigeria in the Nigeria project. Igbo people must put aside their base restiveness and political disfunctionalities and follow the leadership being provided by this accomplished son of Igboland, the only Igbo man who other stakeholders of Nigeria from other tribes and zones truly respect and listen to. Peradventure this Orji Uzor Kalu's opportunity to lead the Igbos out of their political doldrums and into the promised land would be lost; but Icheoku strongly counsels against that as such golden opportunity rarely strikes twice. Icheoku loves the courage of Orji Uzor Kalu and prays he succeeds with the "Njiko Igbo" project whether in 2015 or any other future time.


Icheoku mourns a true son of the land who happened on the stage when Nigeria was not prepared for his kind. Regrettably the world reknowned scholar died frustrated at the rot that is Nigeria and the unwillingness of the ruling elite to fix the broken. Icheoku says sleep well Chinua and may the Almighty reward you for at least trying by speaking up against the decadence. His internment is scheduled for May 23, 2013 at Ogidi Anambra State Nigeria. Icheoku says so long Chinualumogu.


"I know you have'nt been in a position to actually execute foreign policy, but every time you've offered an opinion, you've been wrong." - President Barack Hussein Obama counselling Mitt Romney.


"What has consistently escaped most Nigerians in this entire travesty is the fact that mediocrity destroys the very fabric of a country as surely as a war – ushering in all sorts of banality, ineptitude, corruption and debauchery. Nations enshrine mediocrity as their modus operandi, and create the fertile ground for the rise of tyrants and other base elements of the society, by silently assenting to the dismantling of systems of excellence because they do not immediately benefit one specific ethnic, racial, political, or special-interest group. That, in my humble opinion, is precisely where Nigeria finds itself today." - Professor Chinua Achebe, an excerpt from his latest literary work "There was a country." Icheoku adds, this is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth; and anyone who does not like to hear the truth about the real and true situation on the ground in Nigeria should just jump off the bridge or like Zimbabwe's strongman Robert Mugabe would put it, go hang.


“I’m not that interested in material things. As long as I find a good bed that I can sleep in, that’s enough.” - Nicolas Berggruem, the homeless billionaire.


"I was being ironic on stage. Yes, I know Obama is not a Muslim - though I know that plenty of people in this country think he is. And what if he were? The point I was making is that a good man is a good man, no matter who he prays to. I don't care what religion Obama is - nor should anyone else in America." - MADONNA, the material girl explaining her reference to President Barack Obama as a "black Muslim?"


"Yes, great minds like Abraham Lincoln, Mahtama Ghandi, Martin Luther King and Kwame Nkrumah made the world easier. Yet whatever they achieved was with plainness of approach, honesty and integrity. They were not attained with dourness and stupidity. They came out of a vibrant methodology and pragmatic visions. Jonathan lacks these qualities. Comparing the man Jonathan to these great minds is illusory and vain." - Dr Olusegun Fakoya



The safest place for the ship is the harbor but the ship is not made for the harbor; therefore to succeed, you must venture out of your comfort zone and mightily sacrifice.


"You don't have to hide who you love to serve the country you love - military's don't ask, don't tell, is over. That is what the promised change is all about and we delivered." Icheoku says, just the truth Mr President and four more years to "That One" who really gets it.


Study has established that nagging is the shortest and surest route traveled to bring a marriage to a crashing end. It is even considered deadlier than infidelity and adultery put together; so couples you now know - if you want to end it asap, just let that trap of yours run afoul without ceasing. On the positive side, couples who render each other their ears enjoy marital bliss using the Faiss principles of "give and take and compromise" as their guiding light. So chose today how you want your union to go and then do what needs to be done to get there.


Beware, thirty four (34) million people live with HIV/AIDS world world; SCARY?


Do you know that ADULTERY is a death-penalty offense in Iran and that APOSTASY is also a death-penalty offense in Saudi Arabia? Be thankful for your freedom, those of you who are not confined in both enclaves, especially the Elliot Spitzers and Arnold Schwarzeneggers of this world; and should we add former President Clinton, except that those mullahs do not consider polishing the knob sexual enough to qualify as adulterous.


"What's the point of being in the government if you don't try to make things better, which means trying to change things." - Richard Holbrooke, speaking as it would seem to Nigerian government officials who usually go into government only to enrich themselves and not make things better for the people, period!


"Listen when the song of the frog resounds from the marshes. Listen to what they have to say. It is good to come together. It is good to reach agreement. It is good to make the voices of many the single voice of all." - HRH Justice Eze Ozobu, citing the Battle of Herero as reference point to finding solution to Igbo peoples' problem of intractable dysfunctionalism.

His Royal Highness was analogizing the problems of rudderless adriftness, lack of a collective pursuit and single purposefulness as well as the absence of one identifiable leadership and/or spokesperson which are afflicting the Igbo people of Nigeria. According to this retired jurist and now traditional ruler of Owa Imezi community, Ezeagu Local Government Area of Enugu State, Nigeria, for the Igbo nation to make any meaningful and serious political headway in Nigeria, they MUST first learn to become and fight their cause as an indivisible army of one. They must end being a motley of disorganized, noisy and often ignored mob-like people, each with his or her divergent, incoherent idea and agenda on how to move the process forward. Icheoku says with this pointy truth, this jurist has identified the single cause of Igbo peoples' problem and thus earned a place in the annals of Igbo history for pointing the light on the way forward for the Igbo nation. It is now left for the Igbo people to imbibe this message, a gospel truth. and learn to articulate and marshal their viewpoints as one indivisible and fully harmonized entity!


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Monday, December 1, 2008


River Niger, that is! Because while the dredged river will allow for cargo ships and boats to reach some northern states such as Niger state, the neglected bridge will impact the commerce of the Igbo area of Nigeria. Yet an Igbo woman is the titular Minister of transportation but without the needed clout to effect any Nigeria state policy?
The Nigeria government on December 1st, 2008 signed a N34.8 billion naira contract for the dredging of the River Niger along its lower 572km stretch from Warri in Delta State to Baro in Niger State. Minister of Transportation, Mrs. Deziani Allison-Madueke, who signed the agreement on behalf of the government, said the project was divided into five sections and awarded to five different contracting firms to ensure that they were completed within the stipulated time. The duration of the completion of the project is one year while a two year maintenance agreement has also been signed between the government and the contractors. The dredging will allow for hauling of heavy tonnage of goods along the river course to the northern part of the country.
Icheokudotcom says that what is happening to the Igbo area of Nigeria now calls for a mass action. How is it that a bridge over the same River Niger which has been in contemplation all these years cannot be equally awarded with the same zeal and passion as this inland dredging of the same river? If the Biafran war is not yet over in the psyche of the Nigerian authorities, let them say so, that the Igbo will know their true position in Nigeria. It is indeed very shameful that this blatant discrimination and crass nepotism is taking place in the 21st century Nigeria where a vital bridge of commerce is being neglected because of hatred for the people who principally inhabit the area of the country which the bridge will mainly serve!
Icheokudotcom says, ENOUGH of this bullshit by the Hausa-Fulani Oligarchs in Nigeria! Or whose country is Nigeria, anyway?


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Nigeria: Niger Bridge Might Collapse Before Dec 2008
Beatrice Onuchukwu
9 November 2008

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Awka — The officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), in collaboration officials of Anambra state government, have inspected the ailing Niger river bridge which is now giving Nigerians so much concern following the announcement by experts that the bridge may collapse before the end of this year if the Federal Government fails to act quickly.

Although the second Niger bridge is supposed to be a joint project between the Anambra, Delta state and Federal governments, as well as the private sector, the initial arrangement was that the contractor would source 60 percent of the cost of the project, Anambra and Delta states would provide 10 percent, while the Federal government would provide 20 percent.

Information revealed that NEMA's visit might ginger the federal authorities to begin the repairs immediately so as to avoid any ugly embarrassment.

The bridge, built in the 1960s, suffered a major destruction during the Nigerian civil war when it was bombed. It was however repaired after the war but since then, fears were being expressed that the effect of the destruction was still noticeable.

Setraco Construction Company Nigeria Ltd has been maintaining and repairing the bridge in the past two years and fears have started increasing that it might not survive the pressure of the expected increase in traffic especially during this Christmas period which is fast approaching.

Technical manager of Setraco, Mr. Elid Sheidid, had said that apart from the weakness of the bridge itself, there is a threat of gully erosion at the foot of the bridge at the Asaba end which is dangerously exposing the pillars.

That was the reason why former President Olusegun Obasanjo, shortly before he left office, suggested a second Niger bridge took.

But when the Senator Julius Ucha -led Committee on Works visited Anambra State on September 24, this year, it was discovered that the then federal government did not award any contract for the construction of the bridge before leaving office.

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The committee had also invited officials of the Federal Ministry of Works and the contractor to inspect and explain the position of the bridge. Before then, Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State had described the alleged contract as a big fraud, which according to him, existed only in the imagination of the then federal government. Obi said, "if you award a contract, you mobilise the contractor. In this case, nothing of such was done and that is why nothing is happening there. We want this bridge to be built and we are prepared to meet whatever conditions are required to ensure the realisation of the project."

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NEMA assures on Niger Bridge safety
Written by VANGUARD
Friday, 12 December 2008
Abuja—Nigerians have been told not to entertain any fear about using the Niger Bridge, Onitsha, as necessary repairs have been carried out to fortify it. AVM Mohammed Audu-Bida, Director-General, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) made the statement yesterday in an interview in Abuja.

The DG said that he visited the bridge in November with officials of the Ministry of Works to investigate its condition.

“Contrary to speculations that the bridge is about to collapse, the bridge is still strong, and there was no significant damage on it.

“However, the contractor has done some ground work and carried out necessary repairs on some minor faults discovered, and the bridge is strong now,’’ he said.

He called on motorists, especially those who would use the bridge during the Christmas and New Year festivals, not to entertain any fear, adding that the bridge was still very strong.

He also said that work on the proposed second bridge across the River Niger would soon start. “The contract has been awarded and work will soon begin on the site,’’ he said.

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Niger Bridge Won't Collapse, NEMA Assures Travellers
By Alex Emeje, Snr Correspondent, Abuja

National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has assured travellers during the yuletide that the old Niger Bridge in Onitsha, a gateway to the South Eastern parts of the country, will not collapse as being speculated.

Director-General of NEMA, Mohammed Audu-Bida, said necessary actions have been taken by government to ensure the safety of commuters, especially during this yuletide.

He disclosed this during an assessment of level of preparedness of the combined security networks that have been deployed to mount surveillance and protect lives and properties during the exercise.

In a statement, the agency said it is spearheading "Operation Eagleye", a joint effort of security agencies in the country in providing adequate security on major highways to control traffics and combat criminal activities throughout the yuletide period.

He said the reason for the maximum security alert at this period was influenced by past experiences of high road accidents and increased rate of criminalities during such festivities.

Audu-Bida added that heavy penalties await offenders who fail to observe strict lane discipline, over speeding, overload, obstruction of traffics, indiscriminate use of firecrackers and acts that threaten human lives and security of the country.

He enjoined Nigerians to avoid actions that can ruin their life. According to him, "as 2009 is just around the corner, we should avoid recklessness that may deny us the joy of witnessing the New Year.

"All the security agencies are collaborating and on full alert to deal ruthlessly with undesirable elements who may foment trouble. "

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Anambra, Delta Pull Out Of Second Niger Bridge Project
By Okey Maduforo, Correspondent, Awka

Anambra and Delta States have backed out of the second Niger Bridge project, valued at N10 billion, although the Federal Government has put on the table its N4.3 billion counterpart funding.

Both states were to contribute N6.7 billion.

Senate Works Committee Chairman, Julius Ucha, said Anambra and Delta argued that they were forced into the deal by the Olusegun Obasanjo administration, whereas they have not even one kobo to contribute.

The Committee once visited the old Niger Bridge at the Onitsha end where it expressed displeasure over its rehabilitation and queried the contract award.

During the inspection, Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi, noted that "the traffic on it is too heavy and worrisome. Even truck drivers complain to us about its vibration.

"The second Niger bridge is a Public Private Partnership (PPP) in which Anambra and Delta States are supposed to contribute 10 per cent each, the Federal Government 20 per cent, and 50 per cent borrowed by the contractor.

"We commenced a meeting between the three governments. The last meeting was held over a year ago. So they can't be doing meeting without inviting us when we have paid 10 per cent. That will amount to a fraud.

"How can they say that they have awarded the contract when we have not been attending meetings and nobody has ever invited us. What they did is a fraud.

"If you flag off a contract you award it and mobilise the contractor. If you go to the site now there is nothing there. We want the bridge to be built and we are prepared at any condition to build this bridge."

The reported missing of the documents on the bridge is described by Ohanaeze Ndigbo as a deliberate attempt to frustrate the development of the South East.

Ohanaeze President General, Dozie Ikedife, said the project was singled out because questions were raised about sharp practices.

"This is indeed an act of sabotage," he maintained.

"Have they lost the contract files of Ajaokuta Steel, have they lost the contract documents of Kaduna-Zaria-Kano Road dualisation? What has happened to the Maduguri International Airport project? You cannot tell me that the documents are only one copy. It should be more than one copy.

"It is also ridiculous that a contract of this nature would have its papers missing. Are the Ministry of Works and Transport telling us that the papers grew wings and fled out of the window?

"Simply because we have started asking questions, some persons or group of persons went and removed the papers. Why must it be contracts or projects that concern people from this part of the country?

"Since the end of the civil war, we have struggled to rediscover ourselves in all sectors of life and some people who are apprehensive of this growth are also not happy that we are getting a second Niger Bridge.

"We in Ohanaeze insist on a full scale probe of what happened and those behind it should be brought to book. It should not be treated like one of those things because it does not affect them and their people."

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FG assures on 2nd Niger Bridge project
Thursday, February 5, 2009

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Federal Government will proceed with the execution of the second Niger Bridge project under the Public Private Partnership arrangement regardless of the withdrawal of the Delta and Anambra state governments from the project.

Minister of Works, Housing and Urban Development, Dr. Hassan Muhammad Lawal, made this assurance at the public hearing of the Senate Committee on Works on the project.

He stated that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) had approved the award of the contract, and that the Debt Management Office (DMO) was in the process of vetting the contract documents preparatory to signing by the two parties when the two state governments announced their withdrawal.

He disclosed that notwithstanding that development, the Federal Government 2009 budget had captured the project, and that given the viability and bank-ability of the project, many private investors will jump at the opportunity to partake if eventually the two states indeed withdrew from the project.

“The Federal Government is making efforts to contact the two states to encourage them to claim their ten percent equities respectively. It is important to add that the project is consistent with President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua’s vision and plans to address the problem of infrastructure deficit in the country and provide succour to Nigerian roads’ users and the populace adjoining the bridge in the two states,” he said.

He disclosed that in the unlikely event of the two states refusing to proceed, the Federal Government would explore other options and proceed.
He assured that the project would not be stalled and that the project would commence as soon as practicable, even as he stated that the draft agreement was already in place and that any private investor partaking in the project will not lose anything.

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Begin work on Niger Bridge —Gov. Orji tells FG


OVERNOR Theodore Orji of Abia State has appealed to the federal government to commence work on the collapsing River Niger Bridge before it leads to a national tragedy.

He said based on the strategic importance of the Niger Bridge to the nation, linking the 17 Southern states to the North, the dilapidating Bridge should be given the urgent attention it deserved.

Governor Orji who spoke yesterday in Lagos at an interactive session with newsmen, said the South East governors lacked the funds to carry out the repair of the Niger Bridge.

"The River Niger Bridge is strategic and important to not only the South East but the entire nation, being the linking route between the Southern and Northern states.

"But unfortunately, the South East governors lack the resources to reconstruct the Bridge and it is for that reason, we have been appealing to the federal government that has the capacity to rehabilitate the bridge to come and do it. We will keep appealing to the federal government without relenting," he said.

The Abia state governor who said that with the election litigations over, his administration was at present concerned with plans on how to take Abia State to the next level. He said about N6 billion had been committed to the rehabilitation of Aba-Owerri Road and Aba-Port Harcourt Road both in Aba in spite of the fact that both roads belonged to the federal government.

According to him, his administration decided to embark on the rehabilitation, having identified road construction/rehabilitation, refuse collection and clearing of culverts as the major problems of the town.

He said his administration through the public private partnership (PPP) engaged Geometrics Nigeria Ltd, owned by Prof. Barth Nnaji to build a power plant at Osisioma, Aba that would supply electricity to both commercial and domestic electricity consumers, stressing that the project would soon be commissioned.

According to him the Abia state government had revived the Umuahia Ceramics by involving the UCL that bought majority equity of the company which was commissioned a few weeks ago by Vice President Goodluck Jonathan.

On kidnapping, he said the incident had drastically reduced, assuring Abia people and visitors that there was adequate security in the state.

He said Abia state is one of the few sates that offer free education from primary to secondary school, stressing that his administration had put in place a scholarship scheme to enable brilliant students to pursue their higher education without stress.

He called on Abia businessmen to come back to the state and invest, stressing that it was such investment that would bring about the development of the state as well as create job opportunities for the thousands of youths wo pass out out from tertiary institutions annually.

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Second Niger Bridge contract not yet awarded – FG
By Emmanuel Obe, Onitsha
Published: Wednesday, 6 May 2009
The Minister for Works, Housing and Urban Development, Dr. Hassan Lawan, on Tuesday said that there was no existing contract for the construction of a second bridge over the River Niger at Onitsha.

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Minister of Works and Housing, Dr. Hassan Lawal

Lawan disclosed this while inspecting the existing Niger Bridge with the Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi.

The Minister said that the various claims to the existence of a contract for the second Niger Bridge were made to deceive the people and reap political gains.

He said his investigations since he assumed duties four months ago, showed that there was no legal contract for the project.

But he said the absence of a contract did not diminish the need for a second bridge over the River Niger, especially as the 50-year-old first bridge has been overstretched.

He requested the Anambra and Delta states governments to partner with the Federal Government to start proper procedures for the project which he said was a national issue that affected Nigerians.

Obi recalled that his administration had made several representations and appeals to the Federal Government without any worthwhile response and wondered how any responsible government could flag off a project without awarding the contract.

He warned that the collapse of the present bridge would result in devastating socio-economic consequences and thanked President Umaru Yar’Adua for his concern and support which he noted, was a departure from the old order.

The Technical Director, SETRACO, the firm handling the maintenance of the project, Dr. Ray Chaudhuri, said the pillars of the bridge were being threatened by erosion as the river had changed course following non-dredging while some component parts of the bridge had been vandalised.

The minister also inspected collapsed spots on the Onitsha-Enugu Expressway.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo had towards the end of his administration, flagged off the controversial Second Niger Bridge Project.

Meanwhile, the minister has ordered the Abada Traders Association to stop work immediately on the building project beside the Niger Bridge, Onitsha.

Lawan handed down the order during an inspection tour of the area.

The minister said it was sheer irresponsibility for anybody to lease out the land for any reason considering its strategic proximity to the Niger Bridge, adding that the land belonged to the government.

He also said that the traders had been misled into entering the agreement saying nobody was be allowed to use the place for business because it was not safe and equally a threat to security.

On the claims by the lawyer representing the traders, Mr. Iloegbune Okoye, on how they secured the land, the minister expressed disappointment that somebody who was claiming to be a lawyer should be so unethical and undisciplined in his practice as to be misleading people to do the wrong thing, and stressed the need for legal practitioners to practice law the way it should.

Lawan said the traders were lucky to have a governor who was considerate and people-oriented enough to propose an alternative site for their building project and promised that the Federal and state governments would dialogue to sort things out.

In his remarks, Governor Obi said he had discussed the issue severally with the traders and had equally proposed an alternative and better site for them as all occupants from the bridge to the Upper-Iweka had been asked to vacate the area.

He noted that the traders were not only building without Certificate of Occupancy but also without approval of the building plan by the State Government. The Governor regretted that some lawyers were misleading the people into ruining the State.

Earlier the lawyer representing the traders, Mr. Okoye admitted that he was part of the several meetings initiated by the State Government to resolve the issue before they headed to court to obtain an injunction against the government.