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Delta Reviews Ayakoromo Bridge Contract to N10.5bn

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Delta Government said it had approved an upward review of contract cost of Ayakoromo Bridge project from N6 billion to N10.5 billion.

The Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, told journalists in Asaba that the review was part of decisions reached at the first State Executive Council meeting in 2022, which was presided over by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Thursday.

Aniagwu explained that the contract for the construction of the bridge which was awarded in 2013 had to be reviewed as a result of present economic realities in the country.

He said that the project was priority to the present administration in the state, adding that it was expected to be completed and inaugurated within the next 15 months.

“The Ayakoromo bridge also came up today and the Exco has approved an upward review of that contract which was awarded in 2013 at the initial cost of about N6 billion.

On the Independent Power Plant (IPP) in Oghara, Aniagwu said that the council gave approval for a programme that would enable the IPP come on stream by bringing in Independent Power Generating Companies under lease to own it.

“We have some turbines and equipment that they (the power generating companies) need to buy. We will bring them in and they will pay us some money from the beginning to some time and they will own the plant thereafter,” he said.

According to him, the state government took the measure because it does not want to engage in outright sale of the power facility where the state may be short-changed.

The commissioner further stated that Exco approved the upgrade of Delta Broadcasting Service (DBS) to enable it to beam its signals across the state and to the entire South-South region. 

To this end, he said, transmitters and other tools would be provided for the Asaba station and Ubulu-Uku sub-station to enhance the strength of the signal.

“The good one for me is that Exco approved the upgrade of Delta Broadcasting Service. So, in the next six months, we will, as much as possible, provide them with transmitters that would be able to cover the entire state,” Aniagwu stated.

On road infrastructure, he said that approval was given for the construction of Idheze internal roads in Isoko axis, rehabilitation of 5.6km Idere-Ase road in Isoko South, construction of Umuchime-Ogbele road, Ogume in Ndokwa West and construction of Ovie Whiskey Palace Road, Jesse, in Ethiope West.

While saying that the Okpe- Ekuku-Agbor road in Ika South was also approved for construction, the Commissioner disclosed that the Exco approved the rehabilitation and expansion of the Ugbolu – Asaba road as well as the Flood Control measures of Sakpoba Water Board, Oghara and the Ajagbodudu Market road. 

“We also approved the rehabilitation of Ugbolu-Asaba road, to enable people easily access the film village coming to fruition soon. The road will also be expanded,” he added.

Aniagwu said that Exco also approved the repudiation of the Udu Harbour Market due to non-performance of the contractor, and that the contract would be re-awarded to a more competent company.

He disclosed that the council approved the appointment of Michael Imoh as the Ovie of Aviara in Isoko South, adding that Solomon Usoro Onyesom was endorsed as the Okpala-Uku of Ashaka Kingdom in Ndokwa East.

The Commissioner also announced that the government gave approval for the amendment of the declaration to the throne of Uvwie Kingdom regarding succession to the throne, even as he said that a 500-seater auditorium was approved for construction at the Delta State University, Abraka.

On his part, the Commissioner for Urban Renewal, Chief Arthur Akpovwowo, said approval was given for the transfer of the Department of Town Planning and Urban Development Board from Ministry of Lands to the Ministry of Urban Renewal.

Akpovwowo disclosed that approval had been given for the ministry to work at Ekuku-Agbor in Ika South,  Ovu in Ethiope East and Akugbene in Bomadi Local Government Areas, and assured that the ministry would ensure that illegal activities in town planning and development were put to a halt. 

He sued for the support of all in correcting the ills bedevilling town planning and development in the state.

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Nestlé Trains Over 1,000 Children on Sustainability

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Nestlé Nigeria is helping over 1,000 children, beneficiaries of Nestlé for Healthier Kids
(N4HK) program in six primary schools in Ogun State and the FCT to imbibe a
sustainability mindset at an early age.

In collaboration with the International Climate Change Development Initiative (ICCDI),
Nestlé Nigeria is training the primary five learners on a more sustainable approach to
managing and recycling waste in a bid to enable them become better stewards of the
planet.


This is one of the initiatives to support the company’s ambition of ensuring that none of
its packaging, including plastics, ends up in landfills as litter, or in waterways, rivers or
oceans.


In a statement announcing the kick-off of the training at Methodist Primary School 2,
Ago-Oko, Abeokuta, Ogun State, the Corporate Communications and Public Affairs
Manager of Nestlé Nigeria PLC, Victoria Uwadoka said, “Nestlé Nigeria is committed to
driving more sustainability awareness to help protect the planet for future generations as
embedded within our purpose at Nestlé.

We are therefore delighted with the collaboration of all stakeholders including the Ogun State Ministry of Environment, Ogun State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Ogun State Universal Basic Education Board and
the Special Adviser to Governor on Education on this shared objective.”


“As multiple researches have proven, habits imbibed early in life are more likely to remain
with us into the future.

Therefore, training children on the importance of protecting our environment is a strong contribution towards ensuring more responsible management of post- consumption waste as they grow, taking us closer to achieving a waste free future.”


Elaborating on the objectives of the training, Mr. Olumide Idowu, founder of the international Climate Change Development Initiative said, “The sustainability training is designed to equip the children with the requisite knowledge and support, enabling them take responsibility in school and at home.

Everyone, including children, needs to be
involved in this huge task of protecting the environment.”.

The Chairman, Ogun State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Dr Femi
Majekodunmi represented by the Board Secretary, Mr. Olalekan Kuye, commended
Nestlé Nigeria for the laudable initiative aimed at enhancing sustainable environment friendly practices within public primary schools in the state.

He stated that training learners on waste management and recycling will ultimately contribute positively to a safe
and hygienic environment.


In her comments, The Special Adviser to the Ogun State Governor on Primary and
Secondary Education, Mrs Ronke Soyombo appreciated Nestlé’s consistent contribution
and investment in education within the state.

She stated that the expected outcomes of
the training are positive behavioral change to enhance environmental sustainability and
in addition, the opportunity for learners to be upskilled on the conversion of waste to
useful items.


In 2021, over 150 children in 2 primary schools in Ogun State benefited from the
Sustainability Training. This year, the program has been scaled up to 6 N4HK beneficiary
schools, 4 in Ogun State and 2 within the FCT.

The schools include – Methodist Primary
School 2, Ago-Oko, Abeokuta, Oke Ona United Primary School, Abeokuta, NUD Primary
School, Owode and All Saints Primary School, Owode. The schools in the FCT are UBE
Primary School Kuje and Science Primary School, Kuje.


Nestlé for Healthier Kids (N4HK) is a flagship initiative which aims to help 50 million
children globally lead healthier lives by 2030.


In Nigeria, N4HK incorporates a school-based nutrition education program, which helps
children imbibe healthy habits including good nutrition, active lifestyles through adequate
physical activities, good hygiene practices and healthy hydration.

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Aura by Transcorp Hotels Wins Tourism Innovation Award

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Aura by Transcorp Hotels, the online booking platform which allows people to book hotels and short let apartments, experiences, and order food anywhere in Nigeria, has received a Special Recognition Award for Tourism Innovation at the 5th edition of the Nigeria Tourism Awards.

According to the organisers of the award, the recognition is aimed at celebrating industry icons who have contributed to the growth of tourism in Nigeria.

“We are proud to receive the Special Recognition Award for Tourism Innovation less than a year after our official launch. With aura by Transcorp Hotels, we cater to the three major things people think about when they travel – where they stay, what they eat, and things to do.

With our verified accommodation – hotels and apartments – and carefully curated experiences, we have over the past 10 months shown people reasons to travel within the country, whether for business or leisure, solo or as a family or group,” said Ifeoma Okafor-Obi Business Development Director, aura by Transcorp Hotels.

“With just a few clicks on our platform, users can be on their way to enjoy their best staycation ever, visiting hidden gems in different parts of the country and staying in hotels and apartments that feels like home, Okafor-Obi added.

Also commenting on the recognition, Dupe Olusola Managing Director/CEO Transcorp Hotels Plc, owners of aura by Transcorp Hotels stressed that the platform has proven to be a tool for revolutionising domestic tourism in Nigeria.

“World over, governments use domestic tourism as a tool to eliminate poverty, generate employment, improve economic growth, upgrade infrastructure, as well as support and develop local and national pride.

As Nigeria’s leading hospitality company, we have set the pace in providing a platform that shows people beautiful places to travel across Nigeria, and gets the perfect place to stay, improving the attractiveness of different destinations in the country,” the MD/CEO added.

“It is quite encouraging that our investment in aura by Transcorp Hotels to support the development of domestic tourism has not gone unnoticed.”

aura by Transcorp Hotels provides a great selection of exquisite properties at the best prices, carrying out verification on all listings on the platform to ensure 2 / 2 that guests are choosing from the right pool of options, and in keeping with the known high standards of the parent company Transcorp Hotels Plc.

To enjoy access to unique accommodation, food and localised experiences listed on aura by Transcorp Hotels, users must register at aura.transcorphotels.com. They can also download aura by Transcorp Hotels on Google Play and Apple App Store.

Aura by Transcorp Hotels is very easy to use, but should users need any support, they can reach out via WhatsApp (+234 812 003 000) or the dedicated customer experience number 01 3434499.

About aura by Transcorp Hotels
Aura by Transcorp Hotels is an online platform that helps you book accommodation, order great food and everything you need for memorable lifestyle experiences.
Download Aura on Google Play or Apple App Store. You can also visit aura.transcorphotels.com

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Act Now to Avoid Another Violent Protest Worse Than End SARS in Lagos: NURTW to Sanwo-Olu

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The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW),Lagos chapter has called on the Lagos State governor Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu to prevail on the suspended chairman of the union Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya, to vacate the union’s office to avert another looming protest worse than End SARS.

Speaking through the caretaker committee chairman of the National union in Lagos state, Comrade Fatai Adeshina popularly known world wide as Akeweje Egbeda during a press conference in Lagos on Wednesday ask the governor to act fast.

Speaking with newsmen, Akeweje asked the Governor to instruct the embattled Lagos park management chairman popularly called MC Oluomo to vacate the office in accordance with the national body’s directives.

It will be recalled that the association has forwarded a letter to the state Governor on a proposed peaceful protest slated for tomorrow Thursday 19 of May, 2022.

The peaceful protest is slated to pick up from the Governor’s office in Alausa Ikeja, Lagos down to the NURTW state office at Agege, Lagos.

Akeweje told our correspondent that the embattled chairman of the union Alhaji Musliu Akinsanya aka Mc Oluomo has been told to vacate the office since April 2nd this year but has remained in the office in defiance to the instruction of the national leadership of the association.

Akeweje is calling on the to prevail on him to avoid possible breakdown of law and order that will engender serious security breach

According to Akeweje, “NURTW is the authentic body for transport business in Lagos state, we are all experience members of the union from different branch’s and unit in Lagos state, we are also card carrying members of the All Progressive congress (APC) under the leadership of our father who is Asiwaju BOLA AHMED TINUBU our incoming presidency come 2023.

Commenting on the protest, NURTW National Chairman, Alhaji Tajudeen Baruwa confirmed the proposed protest by its Lagos branch urging them remain peaceful even in the face of provocation.

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