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Name National Construction Institute after Anenih, Senate tells FG

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Late Tony Anenih

By Olugbenga Salami

Senate has urge the federal government to name the National Institute of Construction Technology and Management, Uromi in Edo State after former chairman, Board of Trustees of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, late Chief Tony Anenih.

The upper legislative chamber also charged the government to accord him all the official burial rites due such national figure who served the country with honour and diligence during his lifetime.

It also resolved, following a motion, titled: “Demise of Chief Dr. Tony Okhakon Anenih CFR: The Iyasele (The Prime Minister) of Esan People” by Senator Clifford A. Ordia, PDP-Edo Central and co-sponsored by Senator Matthew A. Urhoghide, PDP-Edo South and Senator Francis Alimikhena, PDP-Edo North, to pay a condolence visit to his family in Abuja and Uromi, as well as the people and government of Edo State.

Presenting the motion, Senator Ordia informed the senate that Anenih, according to his family, died on October 28 at the age of 85years.

He likened the life and times of the late politician to the words of the legendary Martin Luther king, when he said: “An individual has not begun to live until he can rise above the narrow horizon of his particular individualist concerns to the broader concern of all humanity”.

The lawmaker explained that “Anenih was not only a loving husband and consummate father of all, he was a bridge builder, a detribalized Nigeria with uncommon courage, vision and capacity to deliver on promises.

“He was kind, truthful and above all very generous. He is never tired of giving either in cash or kind”, Ordia added.

He further informed: “In the course of his service to this nation as a politician and one time Honorable Minister of Works. Chief Tony Anenih have to his credit so many physical policies, plan and implemented projects which will endure beyond this generation.

“As a minister, he accorded priority to road construction and maintenance of vital roads, to enhance economic growth and social interaction”.

Senator Ordia also disclosed that Anenih initiated the policy for the establishment of Federal Road Maintenance Agency, FERMA in addition to the Eastern bypass in Kaduna; rehabilitation of Minna Western bye-pass; rehabilitation of Awka-Agulu Ekwulobia-Uga to Imo State boarder; rehabilitation of Abakaliki- Afikpo road, Ikob Abasi-Edet road; Auchi-ekpoma Agenibode road, Idah- Ayangba Road; Denkina-Shintaku road; Penyam-Shedan Road and host of others.

He added that the deceased also initiated the construction of 48km Lagos–Benin Bye pass; construction of Ekpoma–Ilushi road; construction of Federal Secretariat, Benin City; and establishment of National Institute of Construction Technology and Management Uromi etc.

Others who contributed to the motion like the deputy senate president, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Senators Biodun Olujimi, Matthew Urhoghide, Binta Masi-Garba, and Danjuma Goje eulogised the sterling qualities of the late Anenih as a true politician and detribalised Nigerian.

The senate president, Dr. Bukola Saraki, in his remarks described the deceased as a great man who served the country diligently and therefore deserves to be recognized and honoured.

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FG urged to declare state of emergency on federal roads, Senate tasks

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Disturbed by the deplorable conditions of road networks across the country, the Senate on Tuesday, charged the federal government to declare a state of emergency on all federal roads.
This was as the upper legislative chamber mandated  its Committees on Petroleum (Downstream), Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, FERMA and National Planning to investigate the Petroleum Products Price Regulatory Agency, PPPRA on the non-remittance of five percent user charge pump price of petrol.
Besides, the joint committees were also asked to investigate the non remittance of international vehicle transit charge accruing to FERMA and other established state roads maintenance agency.
These resolutions followed deliberations on a motion sponsored under Orders 42 and 52 of the Senate rule by Senator Geshom Bassey (PDP Cross River South)  who lamented the deplorable state of federal roads in the country.
Presenting the motion, Senator Basset expressed concern that several thousands of lives have been lost to road accidents due to bad and un-motorable roads, while bad portion of roads are safe haven for kidnappers and armed robbers on Nigerian highways.
Supporting the motion, Senator Chukwuka Utazi (PDP Enugu North) said the state of the federal highways are highly deplorable and that urgent attention is needed especially within this budget cycle to do something drastic to address the situation.
Utazi said “and like you prayed that the PPPRA should release the fund for totally provided for FERMA to do  it’s job.
“Mr President, the raining season is just gradually coming to an end and this is the opportunity for FERMA to go and start rehabilitating our roads so that Nigerians can move freely.
“This period is also the time for harvest and in order to ensure that farmers that are in the hinterland get to the appropriate market to get adequate prices for their goods, we  have to make sure the roads are properly done.
“You also know that because we don’t have the rail lines that should be in place, most of the goods and services that we move from one place to the other are done through trucking and if you continue to do trucking, you know that the life span of any  major federal highway may not last long.
“This is a very important motion moved at the most appropriate time to get the desired attention and I’m standing here lending my support and full weigh to get that being done knowing fully well that those of us from the south east are the major complainants of the bad roads in this country and we hope that we get the desired attention from FERMA if  this motion scales through.”
In his remark, President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan said he believe that every part of the country suffers from this problem of deplorable  roads.
He expressed optimism that the  committees mandated to look into the matter will  swing into action and attend to the issue associated with this motion.
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SAD… Taraba INEC REC is dead

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The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, (REC) in Taraba State, Alhaji Baba Abba Yusuf, is dead.
INEC Secretary, Rose Oriarian-Anthony, said the REC died on Saturday night at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Borno State, where he had been on admission.
She said: “The Independent National Electoral Commission regrets to announce the death of the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Taraba State, Alhaji Baba Abba Yusuf.
“He died last (Saturday) night at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Borno State, where he was on admission for sometime.
He was buried today (Sunday) September 29 2019 at 4pm in Maiduguri.
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Transgender: Sade Adu’s daughter finally becomes a man (PHOTOS)

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Izaak and Mum

Sade’s transgender son has shared a heartfelt message of thanks to the soul singer, as he completes his transition from female to male.

Izaak Theo Adu, born Mickailia ‘Ila’ Adu, has spent the past six months in recovery after undergoing phalloplasty surgery, the reconstructive procedure typically undergone by transgender and non-binary people.

After returning home to his family, Izaak shared a sweet photo of himself hugging Sade, 60, along with a message praising the iconic singer for her unwavering support. In the Instagram post, Izaak wrote: ‘It’s been a long hard road but We did it!! We are coming home!!!! ‘Thank you for staying by my side these past 6 months Mumma. Thank you for fighting with me to complete the man I am. ‘Thank you for your encouragement when things are hard, for the love you give me. The purest heart. I love you so much. Queen of queens ♥️ #mumma #lioness #queen#iloveyou.’

Izaak is Sade’s only child from her former relationship with reggae music producer Bob Morgan.

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