The Federal Government say it will spend a total of N505.6bn on 116 ongoing water projects across the country.
It also stated its total outstanding liabilities to contractors handling some water projects was N88.8bn as at 2015.
The Minister of Water Resources, Mr. Suleiman Adamu, gave the indication during the public presentation of the road map for the water sector tagged: Immediate and long-term strategies for water sector, 2016 – 2030, in Abuja.
“It is imperative to change the trend to achieve 100 per cent access to water supply for our citizens by the year 2030 (the Sustainable Development Goals target year), when the population is estimated to grow to about 257 million,” he said.
On the projects, the minister stated that some of the contracts handled by the ministry had been stalled for up to 15 years.
He said, “A total of 116 projects are ongoing. The total contract cost for these projects is N505.57bn and most of them are at 40 to 60 per cent level of completion. Some of these projects have been stalled for up to 15 years. The total outstanding liabilities for ongoing projects is N88.85bn as at 2015.
“Of this sum, N66.88bn is for the main ministry’s projects while N20.97bn is for River Basin Development Agency projects. The total contractual commitment to completion is N264.99bn and our focus is on prioritisation and completion of ongoing projects.”
According to the minister, out of the 116 ongoing water sector projects, 38 are for irrigation and water drainage; 37 for dams, and 41 for water supply.
Adamu stressed that the ongoing projects would be prioritised based on already established criteria, which included stage/time of completion, cost of completion, envisaged impact on citizens and the economy, age of abandonment and overall project viability.
The minister said, “Out of the 116 projects, 38 are prioritised based on the following criteria: irrigation drainage, 10 projects; dams, 13 projects; and water supply, 15 projects. For new projects, only fully prepared with detailed engineering designs and all other relevant bid documents will be considered.”
University Of Ibadan (UI) Goes Digital, Releases Timetable for Virtual Academic Session
University of Ibadan (UI) on Friday announced it is going ahead with resumption on February 20 despite the second wave of COVID-19.
In a statement released by the school, the First Semester of the 2020/2021 academic session will commence virtually on February 20, 2021.
The virtual academic session will last for 13 straight weeks and end on Friday May 12, 2021, while the matriculation ceremony will hold on Tuesday March 16, 2021.
The University of Ibadan also scheduled one week for the Finalization of Continuous Assessment, to begin from Mon. 17 May and ends Friday 21 May.
The rising number of COVID-19 cases has compelled the Senate to approve the virtual academic session in an effort to ensure the tertiary institution abides by the protocols established by the Federal Government to curb the spread of the pandemic.
“It, therefore, agreed that the 2020/2021 First Semester lectures will be delivered online. In this regard, students will not be accommodated on campus,” a statement from the school said.
“Senate also approved the cancellation of the 2019/2020 session. The next session is, therefore, renamed 2020/2021 Academic Session. Consequently, students who have been admitted for the 2019/2020 session will now be regarded as the 2020/2021 intakes.
“Kindly note that online opening of Registration Portal and Orientation Programme for the 2020/2021 intakes may commence ahead of the Sat 20/02/21 date indicated above,” the statement said.
House of Representatives Impeached Trump Over Capitol Invasion
The United States House of Representatives on Wednesday impeached President Trump for the second time after instigating the US Capitol invasion.
Led by Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, 232 representatives, including 10 Republicans, voted to impeach the outgoing president against 197 that voted for him to remain in the office for the next six days when he would handover to the president-elect, Joe Biden.
The ten Republicans were Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the party’s No. 3 leader in the House; Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington; John Katko of New York; Adam Kinzinger of Illinois; Fred Upton of Michigan; Dan Newhouse of Washington; Peter Meijer of Michigan; Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio; David Valadao of California; and Tom Rice of South Carolina.
Speaking before the vote, Pelosi said “a constitutional remedy that will ensure that the Republic will be safe from this man who is so resolutely determined to tear down the things that we hold dear and that hold us together.”
“He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love,” she said, adding later, “It gives me no pleasure to say this — it breaks my heart.”
Republicans, who unanimously stood behind president Trump in 2019 during his first impeachment, were divided this time over the attack on Capitol.
A Republican representative from California, Kevin McCarthy, said “The president bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters,” Mr. McCarthy said. “He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding.”
US Congress Declares Joe Biden as The 46th President of The United States After Trump Mob Left
The joint congress of the United States on Thursday, January 7, 2021 certified Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States following President Trump’s mob action that disrupted the congress joint proceeding on Wednesday.
After ordering his followers to disrupt proceedings on Wednesday, President Trump later announced that there will be an orderly transition on January 20.
“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th,” Trump said in a statement issued by White House Deputy Chief of Staff Dan Scavino.
“I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!” Trump added.
While the certification was just a mere formality as Biden had secured enough electoral college votes (270) required to clinch the world’s most powerful seat, the refusal of Donald Trump to accept the results of the November 2020 election made the session a keenly watched, especially after Trump mob disrupted a joint session of the Senate.
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