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*Directs Special Adviser on Real Madrid Football Academy to commence screening of students
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike says his administration always set funds aside for any project that it awards.
He stated that this is the reason why there would be no abandoned project in the State.
Governor Wike gave the explanation after inspecting the Junior Doctors’ Residential Quarters and the Real Madrid Football Academy in Port Harcourt.
The Governor said he has continued to fulfil the promise of executing quality projects in every sector and the reconstruction of the Junior Doctors’ Quarters is one of such projects.
He stated that when completed, the Quarters would enhance the productivity of Doctors.
“The extent of work we saw at the Junior Doctors Quarters is very astonishing. We had promised to touch every sector to improve productivity of workers.
“Any project we want to embark upon, we make sure that there are funds for them. We want to complete every project awarded by us.
“What you’ve seen there is work still at the foundation level. It is very solid and you will only understand it when the structures are out of the ground. There are not less than 46 one-bedroom flats for the Junior Doctors,” he said.
At the Real Madrid Football Academy located at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, the Governor expressed delight at the extent of work.
He said academic and sporting activities cannot begin at the Academy until the Federal Government directs the reopening of schools.
Governor Wike however, directed the Special Adviser on Real Madrid Football Academy to commence the screening of applicants in preparation for the opening.
“The Real Madrid Football Academy is conceived to give skills to our youths. Those of them who are talented in football will continue with it and others will face academics.
“This is first of its kind in Africa and we appreciate our partnership with Real Madrid ,Spain. Already, they have trained our coaches who are now eager to start work.
“Unfortunately, COVID-19 pandemic is preventing it. By the time the Federal Government directs for school to reopen, we hope to be ready.
“The Special Adviser should start the admission process. Those who are qualified will be admitted and made to hold on for resumption. Our decision is that 70 percent admission will be for Rivers people while 30 percent for others.
“Nobody will come here and not be happy with what we have done,” he emphasised.
Elders Statesman, Chief Sergent Awuse described the work at the Real Madrid Football Academy as a fantastic concept well executed.
“It is good to know it’s the first in Africa. The Governor is doing it not minding the cost because of his passion.
“It is for the development of Rivers youths and Nigerians. This is leadership in action. He has continued to build enduring structures for posterity, ” he said.
Former Majority Leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Chidi Lloyd said Governor Wike is strengthening institutions with his deliberate execution of projects among in all the sectors.
“It is obvious he is addressing the three domains of education with the Real Madrid Football Academy. This is for comprehensive development of Rivers youths.
“I admire him so much because he has a personal touch to all his projects. He supervises them to ensure that the agreed standard is delivered in order to have value for money.
“He has provided accommodation facilities to judges and doing so to doctors. I tell you, when workers are comfortable, they can resist taking of bribe,” he said.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Real Madrid Football Academy, Christopher Green said about a thousand applications have been received from across the world and Spain.
He assured that with the directive given by the Governor, he would begin the screening of applications and prepare the successful applicants for resumption of activities.


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The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has commissioned four projects in Odeda Local Government Area, Ogun State, in order to improve socio-economic growth of the people, especially those at the grassroots level.

He said the projects were aimed at boosting the economy and security around Odeda, as it shares boundary with Oyo State, noting that the 40 Open Stalls at Gbonnagun market, Obantoko; 16 Lock-Up shops at the Osiele market and 20 Open Stalls at Kila market were built to complement the existing stalls and also to assist the traders reduce stress and risks associated with selling by the road-side.

The governor, represented by the State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Afolabi Afuape, stated  that the re-constructed Police Post at Bakatari would help reduce security threats around the area.

He maintained that Local Governments are to complement the efforts of the State government in delivery of dividends of democracy to the people; expressing optimism that all the 20 LGAs would have more projects to showcase by the time his administration would be rounding-off.

“You entrusted your votes to us, I assure you that we will not disappoint you as we will continue to work for the success of everyone, most especially those at the grassroots, likewise the urban inhabitants will also benefits maximally from our government,” governor saidI

In his remarks, the Transition Chairman, Hon. Semiu Lawal implored the market leaders, traders and the people of Odeda to judiciously use the facilities and ensure peaceful co-existence especially in the Bakatari axis of the Local Government Area.

   He promised the State Governor that the support given to them would be put to effective use in developing their areas.

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Niger State Government says it will not go back on the restriction order of heavy trucks plying the state-owned roads which took effect on the 15th September, 2020.
This is coming after the State government had assured that it’s  position will be reviewed as event concerning the closure unfolds.
The state government maintained that it’s decision to close down all state government roads was done within the confines of law stressing that adequate consultations and sensitization with relevant stakeholders were made and two weeks notice was also served to general public as well as relevant road transport organizations before the roads were barricaded.
As such, the state government will not relent on it oars to ensure that the State owned roads are not access by articulated vehicles, the heavy trucks are however free to use all the Federal roads that transverse the State.
The State government said beyond the current closure to fast track the reconstruction of the Minna-Bida Road, measures would be evolved such as weigh-bridges to ensure that the movements of articulated vehicles on the State owned roads are regulated to avoid heavy flow of traffic beyond the capacity of the roads.
He enjoined the Federal government to raise up to the occasion and do the needful on if not all, some of the Federal Roads in the State.
Chairman of the Infrastructure, Project Monitoring and Implementation Committee who is also the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Ibrahim Balarabe brief Journalists on behalf of the State government, reaffirming it’s position.
“There is no going back on Niger state government’s decision on the ban on articulated trucks from plying the state-owned roads. We still stand on our position and will not relent on that. Our roads still remain closed to articulated trucks”. He stated.
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SGF urges Nigerians to embrace 60th Anniversary Logo



The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, has urged Nigerians to embrace the 60th Anniversary Logo of “Together Shall We Be”.

Mustapha made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN), in Abuja,  on Wednesday.

“Nigeria’s 60th anniversary logo is a symbol of the our journey to nationhood that should be embraced by all.

“The Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC), on Nigeria’s 60th Anniversary celebration had a very robust input and finally settled on the one that  recognises Nigeria’s sojourn to nationhood.

“The IMC identified the challenges faced and what is required to move Nigeria to its enviable stage among the comity of nations.

“To arrive at a logo, the IMC reviewed 15 entries by patriotic Nigerians.

“We appreciate all efforts made.

“Out of these 15 logos, the IMC chose the best four that were then subjected to a Diamond/Change/Innovation challenge on a website specifically designed for that purpose,”the SGF explained.

According to him, Nigerians from all walks of life participated in the whole process that required selection of a logo, best fit slogan, appropriate poetry and accompanying photographs.

The SGF noted that the outcome of the above processes as it relates to the logo was what President Mohammadu Buhari unveiled as well as the theme agreed by the IMC. 

“On the other hand, the IMC would conclude the winning entries for the slogan, poetry and photography after which winners would be given prize money at a separate event,” he said.

NAN reports that President Buhari unveiled the anniversary logo and pledged that his administration will continue to work towards greater inclusiveness.

NAN reports that the unveiling was held at the 15th virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at the State House, Abuja.

Buhari described the logo as a product of choice from Nigerians who participated in the selection process.

He noted that 60 years of independence calls for pomp and pageantry. (NAN) 

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