The Edo State government has finalised the audit of roads across the state to determine the areas and level of intervention needed to bring them to good shape, as part of efforts to fast track improvement in road infrastructure across the state.
Special adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osagie, said the road audit was carried out to provide government with a reliable assessment of road infrastructure with a view to categorising the level of intervention and mobilising resources to fix the roads.
According to Osagie, “Governor Obaseki means business in Edo State. He is out to ensure that contracts awarded for road construction and reconstruction are carried out to specifications and are of the best quality.
“The data from the audit carried out on the roads give details of roads that need intervention, outlining those that need serious or minimal work to put them in good shape. On a number of the roads, contractors are returning to site to commence work. This will give tax payers value for their money,” he added.
Osagie added that roads are critical components of the Governor Obaseki led administration’s vision for economic transformation and wealth creation for Edo people as the road projects will not only connect the different parts of the state but open up more areas to economic activities.
Journalist, Ayanda Ngwane Bags Humanitarian Award One of Africa’s journalist turned businesswoman and humanitarian, Ms Ayanda Ngwane, has bagged Nigeria Goodwill Ambassadors Award 2018, for selfless and positive contributions towards humanitarian services as well as building and fostering goodwill in Nigeria.
Ngwane, who is the chief executive officer of Ayanda Media Networks spanning across Angola, Nigeria and South Africa, was recognised for helping to create awareness on issues of grave concerns affecting the less privileged people including the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in crisis plagued part of Nigeria through the Ayanda Ngwane Foundation.
The awards platform was instituted by the Goodwill Ambassador Events Agency to honour and celebrate both old and young individuals including organisations that are selflessly and positively giving hope and care to the needy around them, imparting positively to their environment.
According to the organisers, Ngwane is among the award recipients who have distinguished themselves in the areas of peace building, youth empowerment, humanitarian services, community development/job creation and the general well being of humanity.
The president of Nigeria Goodwill Ambassadors Awards, Chris Odey, noted that such acts have hitherto gone without being applauded, adding that the award was also created to correct the ‘abnormally’ .
“The awards have not been created to massage egos, rather to bring to fore the fact that such great deeds are being carried out albeit quietly.
“We believe that with the presentation of awards and accolades, others will follow suit and in to doing create opportunities for fellow Nigerians across the world. We believe in the goodness of mankind and believe that our humble effort will assist in the general development of our world, one step at a time,” Odey said.
14 New Public Tertiary Institutions Enlisted As TETFund Beneficiaries
By Chika Mefor, Abuja
Fourteen new public tertiary institutions in Nigeria have been selected as beneficiaries of the interventions of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), bringing the total number of beneficiaries to 216.
The enlistment which was announced during a brief ceremony by the executive secretary of TETFund, Dr Abdullahi Bichi Baffa followed the approval granted to 14 qualified institutions out of the numerous request by the TETFund Board of Trustees.
In a press release signed by the TETFund director, Public Affairs, Benn Ebikwo, the institutions are First Technical University, Ibadan; College of Education, Lanlate; Oke-Ogun Polytechnic, Saki, Oyo State; University of Medical Sciences, Ondo; Gombe State College of Education, Billiri; Ibarapa Polytechnic, Eruwa, Oyo State and Ogun State Institute of Technology, Igbesa.
Others are Gateway Polytechnic, Saapade; Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Kaduna State; College of Education, Kangere; Bilyamunu Usman Polytechnic, Hadejia; Federal Polytechnic, Ukana; Federal Polytechnic, Ile Oluji and Enugu State Polytechnic, Iwollo.
Baffa advised the newly enlisted institutions on the need to adhere to the operational guidelines of the TETFund as well as ensure transparency in their implementations of the various intervention lines.
He added that the brief ceremony was held in order for the management of the Fund to meet directly with the heads of the institutions and acquaint them with the operations of the Fund and modalities for accessing its various interventions.
While congratulating the management of the newly enlisted institutions on behalf of the Board of Trustees and management of the Fund, Dr Baffa described the event as historic considering the fact that the fund was admitting into its fold, 14 new tertiary institutions at once.
Expressing appreciation on behalf of the newly enlisted institutions, vice chancellor, First Technical University, Ibadan, Prof Ayobami Salami thanked the Board of Trustees and management of TETFund for finding them worthy of enlistment and promised to be worthy partners in their relationships with the Fund.
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