I RIDE FOR THE BRAND - REX TILLERSON

"My word is my bond. I ride for the brand. Once I am committed, I am in it for the long haul." - Rex Tillerson, US Secretary of State on loyalty.


THE RUSSIAN COLLUSION: DEALT A FATAL BLOW.


"There is no allegation in this indictment that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity. There is also no allegation in the indictment that the charged conduct altered the outcome of the 2016 election." - Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General of the United States of America.

ICHEOKU says this determination, for every intent and purpose, now lays to rest the "Collusion with the Russians" hogwash; as nobody can be guilty of an offense which requires awareness to ground when he or she is not aware of it. Collusion is a conspiracy and requires a proactive participation coupled with a guilty knowledge to bring about the purpose of the conspiracy. Therefore, when will the Special Counsel address the nation and tell Americans that there is no there, there, in the Russian Collusion investigation and save America further bleeding both in resources, time and unity. Enough of the sore loser antics of the Democratic Party which does not know how to take a loss and learn to work to fix what went wrong, instead of continuously pointing a finger at a mirage that is the Russian Collusion, in its bid to find something to blame for its ineptitude that led to the epochal loss of November 8th, 2016.

CYRIL RAMAPHOSA: A SERVANT PRESIDENT OF SOUTH AFRICA.

“And I will do this as a servant of the people because I do believe that when one is elected, you basically become a servant of the people of South Africa. And I will seek to execute that task with humility, with faithfulness and with dignity as well. That is what I will seek to do. Thank you all for this great opportunity that I’ve been given. I will try to work very hard not to disappoint the people of South Africa.” - Cyril Ramaphosa, President, South Africa.


ICHEOKU says definitely a right tone to flag off his presidency. Provided he translates his words into action by putting his money where his mouth is, he will succeed as president. ICHEOKU says congratulations Mr President CR.


JACON ZUMA: A GRACIOUS EXIT.

"No life should be lost in my name and also the ANC should never be divided in my name. I have therefore come to the decision to resign as President of the Republic with immediate effect. Even though I disagree with the decision of the leadership of my organization, I have always been a disciplined member of the ANC." - Jacob Zuma, former President, South Africa.


ICHEOKU says certainly a gracious and selfless exit. Goodluck JZ and may God see you through your retirement. Thank you Jacob for accepting to relinquish the office and peacefully too. Like former President Jonathan Goodluck of Nigeria, they rose above self, recognizing that no blood of the citizens should be shed in their names. Worthy of emulation, especially in the African continent where so many despot would rather continuously shed the blood of the citizens than to yield the office. Congratulations.


MORGAN TSVANGIRAI: DEAD AT 65


ICHEOKU says Uncle Robert Mugabe finaly outlived him; admitted he put up a good fight trying to be president of Zimbabwe but to no avail. He was 65 years old and died of colon cancer. May his soul now rest. Adieu Morgan.


WINTER OLYMPICS PYEONGCHANG 2018

WINTER OLYMPICS PYEONGCHANG 2018,

ICHEOKU says South Korea is hosting the world of Winter Olympics 2018. A stellar preparation and spectacular performances so far. Congratulations to the host country and the gathered athletes who are gathered in Pyeongchang South Korea for the event.


PERCHED AND REVVING TO ITS ALEINS RENDEZVOUS.

PERCHED AND REVVING TO ITS ALIENS RENDEZVOUS.

ICHEOKU says science and technology are awesome. They make the seemingly impossible, possible. Elon Musk's personal Tesla Roadster enroute to Mars atmospheric orbit. Congratulations to Elon Musk and his SpaceX and Tesla teams.


OBAMA: WHAT DID HE KNOW.


ICHEOKU says what did former President Barack Hussein Obama know and when did he know it. America people must demand of their leaders a full disclosure and full accountability in the unfolding FBI released memo scandal. Only by getting to the bottom of the matter will American people regain their confidence in their law enforcement agencies.


FBI MEMO SCANDAL: OBAMA WAS IN THE LOOP


"POTUS WANTS TO KNOW EVERYTHING WE ARE DOING." - Lisa Page to boyfriend Peter Strzok, two FBI officials.


ICHEOKU says the POTUS then was President Barack Hussein Obama, who had previously denied and lied to the American people that he does not dabble into any FBI's investigative matter. Really?


THE MEMO: THE CRITICAL AND CRUCIAL POINTS.


Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe admitted that no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the FISA court without the Michael Steele's dossier information. Michael Steele was engaged by Hillary Clinton's campaign and Fusion GPS to obtain dirt information on then candidate Donald John Trump which subsequently produced the infamous Steele's dossier. This is the but-for test: but for the dossier alleging collusion, there would not have been a Mueller's Russian investigation.


Michael Steele admitted to then Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr that he was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not, being president. Bruce Ohr's wife was also then employed by the same Fusion GPS which hired Michael Steele to help it with digging up dirt on Trump. But Bruce Ohr kept this critical bias information and the fact that his own wife was also employed in the illicit dirty job activities by the same Fusion GPS out of the Justice department application to the FISA court to obtain a surveillance warrant that led up to the Russian probe. The dossier was a bogus hatchet job manufactured to just smear and nail Trump.


ICHEOKU says the web of conspiracy could not be any clearer: first you have a desperate Michael Steele who is out to stop the election of Donald Trump at all cost and by all and every means necessary. Then you have interest of financial gains through employment, which probably persuaded the hiding of the vital information from the FISA court. The information could have negated the issuance of the warrant and without which the court might have otherwise declined its issuance. Yet somebody is saying what; that the Russian Investigation is not a big ruse or as the president would say a political WITCH hunt.


AMERICA IS HERE TO STAY - PDJT

AMERICA IS HERE TO STAY - PDJT

"Americans fill the world with art and music. They push the bounds of science and discovery. And they forever remind us of what we should never ever forget: The people dreamed this country. The people built this country. And it's the people who are making America great again. As long as we are proud of who we are, and what we are fighting for, there is nothing we cannot achieve. As long as we have confidence in our values, faith in our citizens, and trust in our God, we will not fail. Our families will thrive. Our people will prosper. And our Nation will forever be safe and strong and proud and mighty and free." - President Donald John Trump.


I AM AMERICA'S CHEERLEADER IN CHIEF - PDJT

I AM AMERICA'S CHEERLEADER IN CHIEF - PDJT
"I believe in America. As President of the United States, I will always put America First. Just like the leaders of other countries should put their respective countries first. But America First does not mean America alone. So together, let us resolve to use our power, our resources, and our voices, not just for ourselves, but for our people—to lift their burdens, to raise their hopes, and to empower their dreams. To protect their families, their communities, their histories, and their futures. A nation’s greatness is more than the sum of its production – a nation’s greatness is the sum of its citizens: The values, pride, love, devotion and character of the people who call that nation home." - President Donald John Trump, Davos 2018.

POPE CONDEMNS FAKE NEWS (CNN): SEES WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP

POPE CONDEMNS CNN: AGREES WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP

ICHEOKU says President Donald John Trump, the man who saw tomorrow, has a new ally. Pope Francis has finally seen the light on what the president has been talking about for nearly two years now. The Holy See has now come to appreciate what PDJT went through in the hands of purveyors of Fake News, which unfortunately is continuing till today. The pope called them evil and compared them to the Biblical garden of Eden's serpent, which fed Eve with Fake News about what will happen if she and Adam ate of the forbidden fruit. ICHEOKU commends the pope for finally turning around the corner. Well done papa for calling out the likes of CNN and co. Bravo.

IT IS ONE YEAR TODAY, HURRAY!

IT IS ONE YEAR TODAY, HURRAY!
ICHEOKU says congratulations to President Donald John Trump for successfully steering America's ship of States for a full year. What the naysayers said will not happen is a reality which they are finding extremely difficult to live with. But their preferences notwithstanding, Make America Great Again is on course and nobody will torpedo it. Once again, congratulations to the leader of Team MAGA on the anniversary of his being sworn in as the 45th POTUS.

PRESIDENT TRUMP IN EXCELLENT HEALTH

PRESIDENT TRUMP IN EXCELLENT HEALTH.

ICHEOKU says he submitted himself to the Walter Reed National hospital for a three and half hours medical examination which included his requested, but not required, mental acuity test. The president passed excellently well and aced his IQ test 30/30. ICHEOKU says yet another nail on the coffin of the fake book Fire and Fury hatchet job which had claimed unfounded story about the president's mental health. But will the possessed far left media hordes now take their chill pill and let the president be? Your guess is as good as ICHEOKU's. ICHEOKU says congratulations President Donald John Trump for once again shaming your traducers. It is now all the way live to 2020 and a second term assured victory.


ICHEOKU'S MAN OF THE YEAR 2017: PRESIDENT DONALD JOHN TRUMP

ICHEOKU says following an examination of so many nominated individuals, we have determined that this year 2017's man of the year is President Donald John Trump, the 45th President of the United States of America. He came into office shooting on both hips and as the year draws to an end, his both guns are still firing and smoking. For standing up to the world and starring down American detractors and being the cheerleader and champion in chief of America, the leader of Team Make America Great Again has earned ICHEOKU's man of the year award 2017. Congratulations to President Donald John Trump.

JERUSALEM IS ISRAEL'S ETERNAL CAPITAL - PDJT

JERUSALEM IS ISRAEL'S ETERNAL CAPITAL - PDJT
ICHEOKU says a wisdom of Solomon come to judgment; it is about time the child is given to the rightful mother. Salute to the courage of President Donald John Trump.

PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN MARKLE ARE ENGAGED: HURRAY!

ICHEOKU says they look nice together and hopefully the crazy media and their paparazzi hordes will let them be and not force them into a life of misery or accidentally run them off the cliff. Lady Di's tragic experience is still painfully fresh till this day and no one, not ICHEOKU, wants to relive or experience such awfulness again, NEVER again. May God protect and bless the duo as they take their baby steps into the journey of of so many unknown absurdities called marriage. All the best Harry and Meghan.


AMERICA STRONG!

"Together with our allies, America's warriors are prepared to defend our nation using the full range of our unmatched capabilities. No one — no dictator, no regime and no nation — should underestimate, ever, American resolve."


RUSSIAN COLLUSION: EVIDENCE FOUND!

RUSSIAN COLLUSION: EVIDENCE EMERGES!

ICHEOKU says Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton was caught pants down colluding with the Russians and she has been trying so hard to pull the wool over the eyes of American people over whodunnit. What a lying, contriving, manipulative woman who lies so easily that you wonder whether truth actually exists in her lexicon. Pitiful.

RUSSIAN DOSSIER: PAID FOR BY HILLARY CLINTON

RUSSIAN DOSSIER: PAID FOR BY CLINTON

ICHEOKU says finally the circle is about being completed and American people and the world at large will come to know who in fact did the collusion. Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Congress paid Fusion GPS to produce the fake Russian dossier which former CIA chief James Clapper said was the basis for the Trump investigation. Yet, the investigation is still ongoing, despite the now established fact that the basis of it was a manufactured phony. But hey, we shall see.


ICHEOKU says still wondering WHAT HAPPENED and the reason 33,000 emails were deleted and bleach washed? Hopefully American people will soon confirm their suspicion that those shouting themselves hoax with Russian Collusion might indeed be the ones who actually colluded with the Russians. So much for the Russian Reset button. Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton, simply too crooked.


GLAD TO BE CARRIED TO FULL TERM.

GRATEFUL TO BE CARRIED FULL TERM

ICHEOKU says another lucky one that survived the abortionist's pincers from the over 360,000 unlucky ones that get flushed out each year. May God help us all have a better resolution about unwanted pregnancies.


JUST SAY NO TO KNEELING: IT IS UN-AMERICAN.

JUST SAY NO TO KNEELING: IT IS UN-AMERICAN.
ICHEOKU says from being disrespectful to the flag to being unappreciative of the services of the military to overall being anti America; NFL players must learn to check their political activism outside the stadiums. They must not kneel on our dime. ICHEOKU supports the president 1000% on this and hereby calls on every player to respect the sensibilities of the many differently opined fans who paid to watch a game and not to be made mad by their personal political agenda.

IPOB: NOT A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION - USA


“The United States Government is strongly committed to Nigeria’s unity. Important political and economic issues affecting the Nigerian people, such as the allocation of resources, are worthwhile topics for respectful debate in a democracy. Within the context of unity, we encourage all Nigerians to support a de-escalation of tensions and peaceful resolution of grievances. The Indigenous People of Biafra is not a terrorist organization under US law.” - Russell Brooks, United States of America.

ROCKET MAN; ON A SUICIDE MISSION.



"The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. The United States is ready, willing and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary. That’s what the United Nations is all about; that’s what the United Nations is for. Let’s see how they do." - PDJT


DONATE TODAY TO HELP REBUILD LIVES!

DONATE TODAY TO HELP REBUILD LIVES!

ICHEOKU says the Red Cross does one heck of a good job going to the assistance of the needy; so in these times of great need, occasioned by so many hurricanes, flooding and earthquake, show that you really care, donate to help the victims rebuild their wrecked lives. Remember that the Almighty rewards a cheerful giver.

HILLARY CLINTON LOST THE ELECTION - CHARLES SCHUMER

HILLARY CLINTON LOST THE ELECTION - CHARLES SCHUMER

"When you lose to somebody who has a 40 percent popularity, you don’t blame other things — Comey, Russia — you blame yourself. So what did we do wrong? People didn’t know what we stood for, just that we were against Trump. And still believe that." - Senator Charles Schumer, Senior Senator from the State of New York and Democratic Minority Leader in the Senate. ICHEOKU says the statement spoke volume and it spoke for itself. Finally it seems the Democrats have finally turned the corner and are now ready to face up to their abysmal performance in the last presidential election by acknowledging that the American people indeed choose Trump over their Hillary Clinton. Thankfully, they will also now rest their "Russians Did It" cockamamie and find a message they can present to the people and for the good of the country.. Time to move the process forward is now as American people did not buy into the crap of a Russian collusion which they tried unsuccessfully to sell to them.

North Korea PUT ON NOTICE

NORTH KOREA  PUT ON NOTICE: DON'T PUSH ME.
"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. As I said, they will be met with the fire and fury and, frankly, power." - President Donald John Trump. ICHEOKU says the Michelin Tire midget at Pyongyang is definitely courting trouble and messing with the wrong man. He probably thinks Barack Obama the redline president is still in office; but unbeknownst to him there is a new sheriff in town and his name is Donald John Trump and he does not mess around. Hopefully China can rein in the little man before he commits mass suicide with his North Korean people.

NORTH KOREA: TOTAL ANNIHILATION NOW ON THE TABLE.

NORTH KOREA: TOTAL ANNIHILATION NOW ON THE TABLE.

ICHEOKU says once again the diminutive midget of Pyongyang has been advised to heed the resolution of the United Nations firm stand against his continuing provocations; and that the total wiping out of his North Korea is now an option should he force the hands of the United States of American military. In a statement by the Defense Secretary Jim Maddog Mattis over its latest nuclear test, the secretary said “Our commitment among the allies are ironclad. Any threat to the United States or its territories, including Guam, or our allies will be met with a massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming. We are not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely North Korea, but as I said, we have many options to do so.” ICHEOKU says does not really know the joker that guy has, but whatever it is will likely very soon be forced out. The world including ICHEOKU is waiting and watching.

BIAFRA EXIT FROM NIGERIA: A CALL TO DUTY

BIAFRA EXIT FROM NIGERIA: A CALL TO DUTY
ICHEOKU says the time has come and the time is now for the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra to be allowed to choose their self governance and exit from Nigeria going forward.. A referendum on the future of Biafra is a legitimate demand of the people and it is their right to so do. The people of the Nation of Biafra want to go their own way because of the hostilities from other member nations of Nigeria. Let the United Nations order a referendum and let the people decide their own Biafraexit.

PDJT ISSUES A VERDICT ON ISLAMIST TERRORISTS


"There can be no coexistence with this violence. There can be no tolerating it, no accepting it, no excusing it, and no ignoring it. Every time a terrorist murders an innocent person and falsely invokes the name of God, it should be an insult to every person of faith. Terrorists do not worship God; they worship death. If we do not act against this organized terror, then we know what will happen and what will be the end result. Terrorism's devastation of life will continue to spread, peaceful societies will become engulfed by violence, and the futures of many generations will be sadly squandered. If we do not stand in uniform condemnation of this killing, then not only will we be judged by our people, not only will we be judged by history, but we will be judged by God." - President Donald John Trump.


BBOB: BRING BACK OUR BIAFRA

ICHEOKU says it is worth fighting for, self determination and it is not a crime for a people to aspire for self governance. Indigenous Peoples of Biafra are marching forward and hopefully they will soon get to the promised land. Viva Biafra.
#BringBackOurBiafra.





"When two raging fires meet together, they do consume the thing that feeds their fury. Though little fire grows great with little wind, yet extreme gusts do blow out fire." - William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew


WHAT REALLY MATTERS IN LIFE - STEVE JOBS

“I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world. In others’ eyes, my life is an epitome of success. However, aside from work, I have little joy. Non-stop pursuing of wealth will only turn a person into a twisted being, just like me. God gave us the senses to let us feel the love in everyone’s heart, not the illusions brought about by wealth. Memories precipitated by love is the only true riches which will follow you, accompany you, giving you strength and light to go on. The most expensive bed in the world is the sick bed. You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you but you cannot have someone to bear sickness for you. Material things lost can be found. But there is one thing that can never be found when it is lost – Life. Treasure Love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends. Treat yourself well. Cherish others.” - SJ

EVIL CANNOT BE TRULY DESTROYED.

"The threat of evil is ever present. We can contain it as long as we stay vigilant, but it can never truly be destroyed. - Lorraine Warren (Annabelle, the movie)


ONLY THE POOR WISH THEY HAD STUFF?

“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.

Monday, December 1, 2008

RIVER NIGER, NIGERIA SIGNS CONTRACT FOR DREDGING BUT NON FOR BRIDGE?

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
From ANDY ELEREWE, Abuja
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

KALU OKWARA and UFOMBA UZUEGBU


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.