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Kogi signs MOU with firm for construction of 1,000 housing units

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Kogi Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with ONYX First Risers, a private construction firm for the construction of 1,000 housing units in Lokoja metropolis.

Mrs Folashade Arike-Ayoade, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) signed the MOU on behalf of the State Government on Thursday in Lokoja.

The SSG said the desire of the state was to construct affordable houses for the citizens to address the accommodation deficit especially, in Lokoja metropolis adding that the state Ministry of Justice had scrutinised the MOU documents.

Mr Abdulkareem Siaka, Special Adviser, Economic, Finance and Investment to Gov. Yahaya Bello said every state was in a perpetual phase of development providing accommodation and shelter.

“We have about 4.7 million (4,685,485) individuals that constitute Kogi State. We have House needs, we have housing deficits.

“That is why the government of His Excellency is interested in opening up housing estate within the state. It is not restricted to Kogi State capital but everywhere in the state.

“In the next two years you will see a minimum of seven housing estates cut across the length and breadth of Kogi State,” he said.

Chief Essey Okagbare, Chairman ONYX First Risers, who signed on behalf of the company said the firm entered into the agreement to develop 1,000 “affordable” housing units.

He said the idea was mooted in September and developed in the last three months culminating in the berthing and signing of the MOU today.

Okagbare said that the company hoped to move to site fully in January, 2022 considering the Yuletide period and movement of equipment to site, and to have the ground breaking ceremony for the project thereabout.

“We are not coming to build Quack houses because we want to make money. No, we will focus on quality, we are bringing environmental friendly projects in terms of housing”, he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the state government also signed MOUs with EForce Agro Developers Ltd for the Building of Infrastructures of Modern Agro-Complex Food Production and developing and Commercial scale maize farming at Osara expected to generate at least 5,000 jobs.

The state equally signed an MOU with Emperium Industries Nig. Limited for the production Marlstone Pellets (Fertilizer Fillers).

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No president will say there won’t be banditry next year — Lai Mohammed

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has said that no president will say banditry will next year.

Lai Mohammed said this while responding to a question on whether the current security challenges would end before President Muhammadu Buhari leaves office in 2023.

Responding to the question at a press conference on Wednesday December 15, Lai Mohammed said;

“Nobody, I’m not sure any president will say by next year there will be no banditry. It is just like saying by next year, there will be no thief.

“But what is important is that they should judge us by our achievement. We’ve not thrown our hands in the air. There was a time they asked us to hire mercenaries, but our soldiers are doing their best in these circumstances.”

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Buhari jets out Turkey for summit

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President Muhammadu Buhari will on Thursday leave Abuja for Istanbul, Turkey, to attend the third Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit, hosted by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of the Republic of Turkey.

According to the organisers, the theme of the Summit is ‘‘Enhanced Partnership for Common Development and Prosperity’’ and the agenda includes reviewing the cooperation between African countries and Turkey since the last Summit in 2014.

This was disclosed in a statement by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, on Thursday morning.

The third Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit is coming on the heels of President Erdogan’s recent State visit to Nigeria during which several agreements in the fields of energy, defence industry, mining and hydrocarbons were signed to expand existing bilateral ties.

The Turkish leader had during the visit to Nigeria, affirmed his commitment to immediately expand the volume of trade between the two countries to 5 billion dollars and the Nigerian delegation will seize the opportunity of the gathering in Istanbul to enhance cooperation with other partners for more trade and investment opportunities in the country.

It is expected that the Summit would provide guidelines and direction for cooperation with African countries for the next five years.

President Buhari will be accompanied on the trip by his wife, Aisha Buhari; the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Defence, Maj-Gen. Bashir Magashi (Rtd); FCT, Mohammed Bello; Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire; Agriculture, Mohammed Abubakar; Industry, Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo; the National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (Rtd); and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.

The President is expected back in Abuja on Sunday, December 19.

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2023 presidency: I’m not going to turn it down – Tinubu

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The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said he will not turn down the calls of those asking him to contest for president in 2023.

Tinubu stated this after a meeting with leaders of the Northern Alliance Committee in Abuja on Tuesday.

Speaking to journalists after the meeting, the former Governor of Lagos said he would, however, make consultations before officially announcing a decision on the matter.

“I’m not going to turn them down but I will still effectively and widely consult, particularly brainstorm with my friends and find a date to come out openly to tell Nigerians.

“But the president is still in office. I don’t want to distract him from all the challenges that he might face today.

“So, don’t muddle the political water. Consult, make our programme known to the people later,” Tinubu said.

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