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Ministry Of Works Allocates N100m To Road Rehabilitated By RCCG

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The Federal Ministry of Works and Housing has set aside N100m in the 2021 budget for the rehabilitation of the Ife-Ifewara Road which had been fixed by the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye.

The road was rehabilitated free by Adeboye as part of the church’s Social Corporate Responsibility at the cost of N188,440,342.00.

As a result of this, the Senate is currently probing the Ministry of Works and Housing for paying N145m to a construction firm, Cartil Construction Nigeria Limited, as a reimbursement for the road.

The matter is currently being handled by the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, following a petition written to the panel by the church.

However, our correspondent, who obtained a copy of the Ministry of Works and Housing’s 2021 budget, observed that the ministry allocated yet another N100m as payment to the contractors for the rehabilitation of the Ife-Ifewara Road.

Details of the allocation are: Account code – 23030113; rehabilitation/repair of roads; fund code – 03101; fund name – Capital Development Fund; programme code – ERGP12153874; Rehabilitation of Ife-Ifewara Road in Osun State, C/No 6105 N100m.

When contacted, the chairman of the Senate panel handling the case, Senator Ayo Akinyelure, said the officials of the RCCG, those of the Ministry of Works and Housing, and management of the construction firm had been asked to appear before the committee on Thursday, April 15.

A senior official of the RCCG, Pastor Niyi Adebanjo, had in a petition submitted to the Senate alleged that the Ministry of Works and Housing officials paid N151m to the management of Cartil Construction Nigeria Limited as part payment for the road project awarded to it but abandoned.

Adebanjo submitted the petition on behalf of Adeboye while the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, referred the document to the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions.

The petition was laid by the Chairman of the Committee on behalf of Lawan, on Tuesday, February 9, 2021.

The RCCG, in the petition, alleged that the construction firm claimed the sum of N151,508,901.22 as reimbursement for the rehabilitation of the Ife-Ifewara Road in Osun State which the church constructed.

Part of the petition read, “The rehabilitation of the road was awarded and paid for by Pastor Enoch Adeboye in the sum of N188,440,342.00, hence the claim by Cartil Construction Nigeria Limited was illegal and unjust.

“The church hereby requests the Senate to look into the matter and, among others, urge the firm to refund the money it collected to the coffers of the Federal Government.”

Speaking before the panel under oath, Adebanjo said, “Pastor EA Adeboye employed the services of the construction department of the RCCG to execute the project between August 26, 2016 and 2019 and the total cost was over N188m.

“The project started from Eruwa junction in Ife and Garage Olode in Ifewara, which is 8.2km. We have the details of all the seven companies that supplied us with the materials used to execute the project.

“They delivered all the materials on site. We have supplied details of the projects to the committee. While the project was ongoing, authorities of the Nigerian Correctional Service pleaded with Pastor Adeboye to extend the construction to their premises which was done.

“There are people at Ife and Ifewara who can testify to the fact that Pastor Adeboye constructed the road because he visited the palace where the Oba appreciated him for constructing the road.

“We were, therefore, shocked when we found out that somebody is trying to defraud the Nigerian state by claiming money for a project he never executed.”

An official at Cartil Construction Nigeria Limited, Olalekan Jimoh, was put on oath to address the panel on behalf of the managing director, who Jimoh claimed could not speak the English language.

Jimoh debunked the allegations by the RCCG, saying the contract for the construction of the road was awarded to his construction firm in 2010 for the sum of over N600m to rehabilitate the road under reference.

He said only N145m had been paid to the company.

“Cartil Construction Limited was duly given an award letter and the description of works to be done,” he said.

Jimoh said the staff of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing in Abuja and those in Osun State were constantly supervising the project which is still ongoing.

“Up until March 2020, there were communications between us and the Federal Government,” Jimoh said.

He, therefore, urged the Senate committee to summon officials of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing for questioning so as to correct the impression that the firm fraudulently collected money for projects it did not execute.

However, a member of the Senate panel, who is the Senator representing the area under reference, Francis Fadahunsi, faulted the submissions of the construction company.

He said, “I visited the road personally and I complained to the Minister of Works and Housing (Babatunde Fashola) and told him that the road was abandoned due to the sickness of the managing director of the construction company.

“The minister then promised that another contractor would take over the project because the road had been abandoned.

“It was when armed robbers capitalised on the poor state of the road that Pastor Adeboye came to the aid of the people.”

Ruling on the matter, the Senate committee chairman, Akinyelure, directed the secretariat to write the directors and supervising engineers in charge of the project to appear before the panel.

He said, “The engineers from the Ministry of Works and Housing should come and tell us their own side of the story. The directors of works too should be summoned.

“We will listen to them before we carry out the physical assessment of the road as part of our oversight functions.”

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Senate Passes Bills To Establish Two Federal Universities in Ekiti, Nasarawa states

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The Senate on Tuesday passed two bills seeking to establish two federal universities in Ekiti and Nasarawa States.

The bills are the Federal University of Health and Medical Sciences Iyin, Ekiti State (Establishment) Bill, 2021, and Federal University Lafia Teaching Hospital (Establishment) Bill, 2021.

Both bills are sponsored by Senators Opeyemi Bamidele (APC, Ekiti Central), and Tanko Al-Makura (APC, Nasarawa South).

The passage of both bills followed the presentation and consideration of two separate reports by the Committee on Health (Secondary and Tertiary).

Chairman of the Committee, Senator Yahaya Oloriegbe (APC, Kwara Central), in his presentation, said the bill to establish the Federal University of Lafia Teaching Hospital was “necessitated as a result of the precarious health conditions faced by the resident.”

According to him, the bill to establish the Federal University of Health and Medical Sciences Iyin, Ekiti State, seeks to promote and emphasize teaching, research and extension of knowledge in the field of medicine and environmental sciences.

In a related development, the Senate on Wednesday passed a third bill to amend the University Teaching Hospitals (Reconstitution of Boards) Act.

The bill’s passage by the upper chamber followed consideration of a report by the Committee on Health (Secondary and Tertiary).

Senator Oloriegbe in his presentation explained that the amendment bill seeks to amend the First Schedule to the Principal Act to include the University Teaching Hospital, Lafia and Modibbo Adama University Teaching Hospital.

In a related development, a bill seeking to establish the Federal College of Education, Kaiama, Kwara State, scaled second reading during plenary.

The bill was sponsored by Senator Sadiq Suleiman Umar (APC, Kwara North).

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, after the bill was considered, referred it to the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND.

The Committee which is chaired by Senator Ahmad Baba Kaita was given four weeks to report back to the upper chamber.

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Terrorism Sponsors: UAE Names Six Nigerians, 47 Others

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Six Nigerians have been designated as terrorism sponsors by the United Arab Emirates.

The state-owned news agency, WAM, made this known in a report.

The country said the listed individuals and entities, including their affiliates, are being monitored.

The Nigerians named are Abdurrahaman Ado Musa, Salihu Yusuf Adamu, Bashir Ali Yusuf, Muhammed Ibrahim Isa, Ibrahim Ali Alhassan and Surajo Abubakar Muhammad.

“The UAE Cabinet has issued Resolution No 83 of 2021, designating 38 individuals and 15 entities on its approved list of persons and organisations supporting terrorism (Local Terrorist List).

“The resolution underscores the UAE’s commitment to target and dismantle networks that finance terrorism and its related activities.

“The resolution demands that regulatory authorities monitor and identify any individuals or entities affiliated with or associated with any financial, commercial or technical relationship and take the necessary measures according to the laws in force in the country in less than 24 hours,” the report read.

The following is the full list of added individuals:

1. Ahmed Mohammed Abdulla Mohammed Alshaiba Alnuaimi (UAE)

2. Mohamed Saqer Yousif Saqer Al Zaabi (UAE)

3. Hamad Mohammed Rahmah Humaid Alshamsi (UAE)

4. Saeed Naser Saeed Naser Alteneiji (UAE)

5. Hassan Hussain Tabaja (Lebanon)

6. Adham Hussain Tabaja (Lebanon)

7. Mohammed Ahmed Musaed Saeed (Yemen)

8. Hayder Habeeb Ali (Iraq)

9. Basim Yousuf Hussein Alshaghanbi (Iraq)

10. Sharif Ahmed Sharif Ba Alawi (Yemen)

11. Manoj Sabharwal Om Prakash (India)

12. Rashed Saleh Saleh Al Jarmouzi (Yemen)

13. Naif Nasser Saleh Aljarmouzi (Yemen)

14. Zubiullah Abdul Qahir Durani (Afghanistan)

15. Suliman Saleh Salem Aboulan (Yemen)

16. Adel Ahmed Salem Obaid Ali Badrah (Yemen)

17. Ali Nasser Alaseeri (Saudi Arabia)

18. Fadhl Saleh Salem Altayabi (Yemen)

19. Ashur Omar Ashur Obaidoon (Yemen)

20. Hazem Mohsen Farhan + Hazem Mohsen Al Farhan (Syria)

21. Mehdi Azizollah Kiasati (Iran)

22. Farshad Jafar Hakemzadeh (Iran)

23. Seyyed Reza Mohmmad Ghasemi (Iran)

24. Mohsen Hassan Kargarhodjat Abadi (Iran)

25. Ibrahim Mahmood Ahmed Mohammed (Iran)

26. Osama Housen Dughaem (Syria)

27. Abdurrahaman Ado Musa (Nigeria)

28. Salihu Yusuf Adamu (Nigeria)

29. Bashir Ali Yusuf (Nigeria)

30. Muhammed Ibrahim Isa (Nigeria)

31. Ibrahim Ali Alhassan (Nigeria)

32. Surajo Abubakar Muhammad (Nigeria)

33. Alaa Khanfurah – Alaa Abdulrazzaq Ali Khanfurah – Alaa Alkhanfurah (Syria)

34. Fadi Said Kamar (Great Britain)

35. Walid Kamel Awad (Saint Kitts and Nevis)

36. Khaled Walid Awad (Saint Kitts and Nevis)

37. Imad Khallak Kantakdzhi (Russia)

38. Mouhammad Ayman Tayseer Rashid Marayat (Jordan)

The following is the full list of the added entities:

1. Ray Tracing Trading Co LLC

2. H F Z A Arzoo International F Z E

3. Hanan Shipping L.L.C

4. Four Corners Trading Est

5. Sasco Logistic L.L.C

6. AlJarmouzi General Trading LLC

7. Al Jarmoozi Cargo & Clearing (L.L.C)

8. Al Jarmoozi Transport By Heavy & Light Trucks (L.L.C)

9. Naser Aljarmouzi Ceneral Trading (L.L.C)

10. Naser Aljarmouzi Cargo & Clearing LLC

11. Wave Tech Computer LLC

12. NYBI Trading – FZE

13. KCL General Trading F Z E

14. Alinma Group

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United Arab Emirates Listed Six Nigerians Among 38 Global Sponsors Of Terrorism

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The United Arab Emirates on Monday designated six Nigerians as financiers of Boko Haram and other criminal activities.

The decision was made when the Emirate federal cabinet met in the capital Abu Dhabi on Monday, according to state-run WAM news agency.

Abdurrahaman Ado Musa, Salihu Yusuf Adamu, Bashir Ali Yusuf, Muhammed Ibrahim Isa, Ibrahim Ali Alhassan and Surajo Abubakar Muhammad were the six Nigerians placed on the Middle-East giant’s watch list.

According to Peoples’ Gazette, the decision came about a year after the Nigerians were indicted for sponsoring Boko Haram.

A Nigerian government official said to be involved in sponsoring the dreaded sect that has killed over 100,000 civilians and security forces and inflicted untold economic damage on the country since its campaign began in 2009.

The government official has yet to be publicly identified by the Emirati authorities, amidst claims that some elements in the Nigerian government were mounting diplomatic pressure not to publish the name.

At least 47 other foreign nationals and entities were also added to the watch list by the UAE on Monday.

Following is the full list of added individuals:

1.      Ahmed Mohammed Abdulla Mohammed Alshaiba Alnuaimi (UAE)

2.      Mohamed Saqer Yousif Saqer Al Zaabi (UAE)

3.      Hamad Mohammed Rahmah Humaid Alshamsi (UAE)

4.      Saeed Naser Saeed Naser Alteneiji (UAE)

5.      Hassan Hussain Tabaja (Lebanon)

6.      Adham Hussain Tabaja (Lebanon)

7.      Mohammed Ahmed Musaed Saeed (Yemen)

8.      Hayder Habeeb Ali (Iraq)

9.      Basim Yousuf Hussein Alshaghanbi (Iraq)

10.     Sharif Ahmed Sharif Ba Alawi (Yemen)

11.     Manoj Sabharwal Om Prakash (India)

12.     Rashed Saleh Saleh Al Jarmouzi (Yemen)

13.     Naif Nasser Saleh Aljarmouzi (Yemen)

14.     Zubiullah Abdul Qahir Durani (Afghanistan)

15.     Suliman Saleh Salem Aboulan (Yemen)

16.     Adel Ahmed Salem Obaid Ali Badrah (Yemen)

17.     Ali Nasser Alaseeri (Saudi Arabia)

18.     Fadhl Saleh Salem Altayabi (Yemen)

19.     Ashur Omar Ashur Obaidoon (Yemen)

20.     Hazem Mohsen Farhan + Hazem Mohsen Al Farhan (Syria)

21.     Mehdi Azizollah Kiasati (Iran)

22.     Farshad Jafar Hakemzadeh (Iran)

23.     Seyyed Reza Mohmmad Ghasemi (Iran)

24.     Mohsen Hassan Kargarhodjat Abadi (Iran)

25.     Ibrahim Mahmood Ahmed Mohammed (Iran)

26.     Osama Housen Dughaem (Syria)

27.     Abdurrahaman Ado Musa (Nigeria)

28.     Salihu Yusuf Adamu (Nigeria)

29.     Bashir Ali Yusuf (Nigeria)

30.     Muhammed Ibrahim Isa (Nigeria)

31.     Ibrahim Ali Alhassan (Nigeria)

32.     Surajo Abubakar Muhammad (Nigeria)

33.     Alaa Khanfurah – Alaa Abdulrazzaq Ali Khanfurah – Alaa Alkhanfurah (Syria)

34.     Fadi Said Kamar (Great Britain)

35.     Walid Kamel Awad (Saint Kitts and Nevis)

36.     Khaled Walid Awad (Saint Kitts and Nevis)

37.     Imad Khallak Kantakdzhi (Russia)

38.     Mouhammad Ayman Tayseer Rashid Marayat (Jordan)

Following is the full list of the added entities:

39.     Ray Tracing Trading Co LLC

40.     H F Z A Arzoo International F Z E

41.     Hanan Shipping L.L.C

42.     Four Corners Trading Est

43.     Sasco Logistic L.L.C

44.     AlJarmouzi General Trading LLC

45.     Al Jarmoozi Cargo & Clearing (L.L.C)

46.     Al Jarmoozi Transport By Heavy & Light Trucks (L.L.C)

47.     Naser Aljarmouzi Ceneral Trading (L.L.C)

48.     Naser Aljarmouzi Cargo & Clearing LLC

49.     Wave Tech Computer LLC

50.     NYBI Trading – FZE

51.     KCL General Trading F Z E

52.     Alinma Group

53.     Al-Omgy & Bros Money Exchange.

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