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FG to reopen Eko, Marine bridges on Monday

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The Federal Government says it would reopen the Marine Beach Bridge and the Eko Bridge in Lagos State after many months of closure for major repairs.

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, SAN, on Saturday, gave the directive that the two bridges should be reopened to traffic on Monday.

The Eko Bridge and Marine Beach Bridge were shut in March and May respectively for the repair work.

A statement by the ministry’s Director of Press and Publicity, Boade Akinola, said, “After emergency repairs by the FG, Fashola has approved the reopening of Eko, Marine Bridges on Monday.”

The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr Olukayode Popoola, had last month hinted that the Eko Bridge linking Alaka would be ready for use this month.

He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the emergency rehabilitation work was nearing completion then, noting that the bearings had been replaced along with the expansion joints.

“Before the end of October, we are going to open this section of Eko Bridge (linking Alaka) to traffic,” he said.

Popoola also said, “We have removed the damaged expansion joint on Eko Bridge; we have also removed the bearings and replaced the damaged bearings with new ones.

“It was the bearings that failed initially and that is why we have the piers being worked on. Now, we have put the new bearings and we want to complete the concrete work on the piers.

“Then we will go on top of the bridge and replace the expansion joint before we open it to traffic.”

NAN reports that the Federal Government on March 10 shut the Alaka Bridge linking Eko Bridge in Lagos for emergency repairs to prevent its total collapse.

Officials from both Lagos State and Federal Ministry of Works and their Transportation counterpart met to take the decision for closure of the bridge.

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic was said to have delayed the importation of components needed for the repairs.

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FG names Nwabuoku to oversee Accountant General Office  

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The Federal Government has approved the appointment of Mr Anamekwe Chukwunyere Nwabuoku to oversee the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation (OAGF).

This follows the ongoing investigation of the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF) over N80 billion fraud by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Aliyu Ahmed, Permanent Secretary (Finance), Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, was quoted as saying this in a letter dated May 20, 2022.

The appointment will be pending the outcome of the investigation, according to a statement by Yunusa Tanko Abdullahi, Special Adviser to the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning.

The statement also read in part, “Mr Anamekwe is expected to carry out his duty in strict compliance with extant rules and observe the highest sense of professionalism expected of an officer working at his level.

“Currently, he is director, Inspectorate Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, and presently he is overseeing the office of the Accountant General of the Federation.”

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56 people eating Nigeria like termites — Al Mustapha alleges

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Former Chief Security Officer to late military Head of State General Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al Mustapha

…Says Nigerian soldiers have turned into a police

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Buhari appoints Semiu Adeniran new stastician general

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mr Semiu Adeniran as the Statistician General of the Federation and Chief Executive Officer of the National Bureau of Statistics.

The appointment follows the demise of the former statistician general, Dr Simon Harry, on April 13, 2022, eight months into his five-year tenure.
A statement by Sufuyan Ojeifo, Special Assistant (Media) to the Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba, said, “Adeniran is a professional statistician of repute with bias for Demography and Social Statistics. He has over three decades of statistical hands-on experience garnered from various local and international institutions.”

“Until his appointment, Mr Semiu was the Director of Demographic and Household Statistics at the National Bureau of Statistics.”

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