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The Honourable Minister of the FCT Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has charged political and community leaders in the FCT to cooperate with the Administration for the overall development of the Territory.

The Minister said this during the visit by FCT political and community leaders led by Senator Philip Aduda, in the wake of the removal of illegal structures at Apo Akpajenya and Dagbalo in the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC). Malam Bello reiterated the importance of cooperation between the political and community leaders and the FCT administration, stressing that there was the need for constant communication between the Administration and community leaders.

In the words of the Minister “dialogue and sensitization, community engagement of traditional, religious, indigenous communities as well as the Area Council political leadership and overall information dissemination are solutions to community issues.” He continued “I assure you as advised, the relevant Departments will make sure that what happened doesn’t happen in the way it happened,” He said that this particular case was inherited and that demolition was always the very last resort. Malam Bello however called on his guests not to shy away from reality as there were a number of pending projects that will require the cooperation of the communities to ensure success and the overall development of the FCT.

The Minister said that he was an advocate of community integration and urban renewal where urban development is implemented around indigenous communities, but this will require the cooperation of those communities. He decried situations where community heads are refusing to cooperate with the Administration for the development of certain areas within the FCT. He reminded the leaders that the development of towns and cities take years and could not be accomplished within short periods of time.

He encouraged community leaders who had been relocated and resettled to move to the new locations as this will encourage the community members to follow suit, adding that, community heads should show leadership and lead by example. Earlier Senator Philip Aduda said that the delegation was in the FCTA to register concern over the removal of illegal structures in the affected communities within the Abuja Municipal Area Council. He said that in the future , before such exercises are carried out, enough notice and time should be given to the affected communities to forestall any hardship.

Speaking in the same vein were House of Representative member, Micha Jiba representing the AMAC Bwari Federal Constituency, the Executive Chairman of the Abuja Municipal Area Council, Adamu  Abdullahi Candido, the Sapeyi of Garki,  HRH Usman Ngakupi, and other members of the delegation. Also at the meeting were the Permanent Secretary, FCTA, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa, the Executive Secretary FCDA, Engr Umar Gambo Jibrin, and the Director of Security, FCTA, Mr. Adamu Gwary.

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EDO 2020 UPDATES: Godwin Obaseki wins polling unit



Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has won his polling unit in the ongoing governorship election in the state.

Voting at Polling Unit 19, Ward 4, Oredo Local Government Area, Obaseki polled 184 votes while All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, got 62 votes.

In Unit 21 of the same ward, the PDP garnered 53 votes while the APC polled 33 votes.

Obaseki’s PDP polled 70 votes ahead of Ize-Iyamu’s APC that garnered 65 votes. In Unit 23, it was PDP 101, APC 32.

In Unit 24 of the same Oredo Ward 4, PDP won with 94 votes, while the APC got 50 votes.

Also in the same ward, Unit 25, the PDP got 33 votes ahead of the APC’s 22 votes.

Casting of ballots ended in most of the areas at 2:30pm

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School building collapses in Lagos (photos)



A three-story building belonging to a private school in the Ejigbo area in Lagos state collapsed on Saturday, September 19.

The affected school, Excel College, which is located at 15, Ansarudeen Street, Ile-Epo Bus-Stop, collapsed at about 8.15 am. So far, there are no reports of casualties recorded.

According to eyewitnesses, the privately-owned building belonging to Excel College had previously shown signs of distress and the school was planning to renovate the structure before the collapse.


School building collapses in Lagos (photos)School building collapses in Lagos (photos)

by Linda Ike

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Edo election: I’m disappointed, says Obaseki after voting



Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has expressed displeasure over the conduct of the ongoing governorship election in the state.

He said the Independent National Electoral Commission should have prepared better for the election.

Obaseki spoke after casting his vote at Polling Unit 19, Ward 4, Oredo Local Government Area.

The governor lamented that he stayed for over one and a half hours in the queue.

The Peoples Democratic Party candidate in the election said he was delayed because the card reader was slow.

He said, “I expected that INEC would have prepared better for this election. I waited for one and a half hours in the queue before exercising my franchise, it’s a bit disappointing.

“Giving that this is a sole day election, I expected better planning for this election. Card readers were very slow and that’s the situation everywhere.”

Earlier, the Special Adviser to Edo State Governor, Crusoe Osagie, alleged that there was manipulation in areas where Obaseki is popular.

He said, “Suddenly card readers are not working in areas where Governor Godwin Obaseki is very popular.

“Voters are being disenfranchised and we are constrained to say that this is sabotage.

“Specifically, in Oredo Ward 1, Unit 20 and other places where the Governor is clearly popular, the card readers are not working.

“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should prove to Edo voters that it can conduct a credible election in Edo State.”

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