The Federal Government has given telecoms company, Globalcom, an approval to reconstruct 64km Ota-Idiroko road in Ogun State in 2022, under its Tax Credit Scheme.
Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, disclosed this during an inspection tour of the ongoing reconstruction of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Wednesday.
He added that the FG had no contract yet for the route but was contacted by Globalcom’s management to construct the road under the new tax scheme.
Fashola said, “From Ota to Idiroko, we don’t have a contract there, but Chief Mike Adenuga of Globacom has offered to construct that road using the tax credit system.
“So, that has also started, they are doing the design and hopefully, by sometime early next year, they should mobilize to site. The real reconstruction is going to happen if we have a deal with Glo.”
The Federal Government said last month that about 794 kilometres of road had been prioritised for construction by eligible companies through Road Infrastructure Development and Refurbishment Investment Tax Credit Scheme.
This came after the approval by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for a number of key infrastructural projects to be undertaken by some companies in place of their tax obligations under the Tax Credit Scheme.
The FG identified the companies that had taken the advantage of the initiative as Dangote Industries, Unilever, Julius Berger, MTN, BUA Group of Companies, Access Bank, Transcorp Group, Lafarge and GZI Industries.
Fashola said that FERMA had gone to take measurements there and would move there from the end of September.
He said they would also remove all the squatters, traders and settlers on the road and help manage traffic.
The minister said that the Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta road contract was first awarded in the year 2000 but now worth about N56 billion.
“This administration has revived the contract and that is why it is fifty something billion naira because at that time when it was a lot less, they didn’t fund it,” he said.
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The Bauchi State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of a suspected ritualist, Isaac Ezekiel, for allegedly plucking the eyes of a 16-year-old boy, Uzairu Salisu.
Two accomplices, Nensok Bawa, 38, and Yohana Luka, aka Doctor Samu, 52, were also arrested in connection with the crime, which happened at Yelwa community, in the Bauchi area of the state.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the incident happened around 9am on June 24 when Ezekiel lured Salisu to do a casual job for him on a farm in the community.
Salisu was said to be doing the job when the suspect allegedly used a wire to strangulate him till he lost consciousness.
Afterwards, the 32-year-old reportedly used a knife to pluck out the two eyes of the minor and abandoned him on the farm.
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The ward head, Mohammed Lawal, who was among the people who found the minor writhing in pain, alerted the police to the incident.
The victim was said to have identified Ezekiel as the culprit, leading to his arrest.
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