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The Federal Government of Nigeria has approved US $6.2m for the rehabilitation and upgrading of water supply in eight towns affected by insurgency in Adamawa.

Maurice Vunobolki, Adamawa project coordinator announced the report and said that the contract agreement was signed with six contractors for the immediate take-off of the eight months projects.

Water supply programme

The project are under the federal government’s North East Multi-Sectoral Crisis Recovery Project ( MCRP) in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe in partnership with the World Bank. The water supply programme is part of the federal government milestone in the implementation of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) under component two of the project. The towns set to benefit from the project include; Garkida, Gombi, Hong, Pella, Uba, Maiha, Michika, and Gulak.

Out of the six contractors who have met the standard procurement protocols, five were indigenous. Emnamu Global Enterprises Nigeria Ltd will execute the Hong town water rehabilitation and upgrading while China Zhonghao Nig Ltd will execute Gombi and Garkida water system rehabilitation and upgrading. Fieldrill Nig Ltd and City International Dimensions Construction Ltd, will handle the Michika and Uba water rehabilitation and upgrading, while Hillwater Resources Ltd and Bellsworth Resources Ltd target the Maiha, Gulak, and Pella water rehabilitation.

A significant fraction of residents in Adamawa State has no access to potable water provided public water authorities. Often residents rely on unofficial sources. They buy water from small scale water vendors or collect it from unimproved water sources; they also rely on self-water supply (free source) such as rivers, perennial streams, water ponds and unprotected wells which is susceptible to water borne diseases such as typhoid fever, cholera, dysentery, malaria parasites etc.

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Nigeria is set to commence construction of modern Ruga Settlements in Zamfara State. Governor Bello Matawalle revealed the reports and said that the government will spend US $24m for the project.

The three pilot Ruga Settlements will be situated in three senatorial districts in Zamfara State. Each settlement will be fitted with 210 two and three bedroom houses, western and Islamiyya schools, earth dams, grazing land and mosques.

Ruga Settlements

The settlement will be additionally feature police stations, 130 shops and mini markets, livestock markets, diary collection and social centres, roads and drainages among others. Construction of each plot will cost US $8m.

RUGA as an acronym for Rural Grazing Area, which was formed since pre-colonial era for improved pastoral and farming growth. According to the President, the Ruga Settlement seeks to settle migrant pastoral families in which animal farmers, not just cattle herders, will be settled in an organized place with provision of necessary and adequate basic amenities such as schools, hospitals, road networks, vet clinics, markets and manufacturing entities that will process and add value to meats and animal products.

He pointed out that beneficiaries will include all persons in animal husbandry, not only Fulani herders. So far, twelve states have applied to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, making lands available for the take-off of the scheme in their states. President Umar further estimated that each RUGA settlement will provide at least 2,000 jobs and will be a major attraction for foreign investors.

“The overall benefit to the nation includes a drastic reduction in conflicts between herders and farmers, a boost in animal protection complete with a value chain that will increase the quality and hygiene of livestock in terms of beef and milk production, increased quality of feeding and access to animal care and private sector participation in commercial pasture production by way of investments,” said the president.

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Nigeria has flagged off construction of 81 km urban roads project worth US $64.6m in Imo State. Governor Emeka Ihedioha cut the sod and said and said the project is part of his promise to address the dilapidated infrastructure in the state, with a view to ensuring economic development.

The 16 roads earmarked for construction cut across the three zones of Orlu, Owerri and Okigwe, inclu=ding the famous Assumpta-Port Harcourt road and the Naze-Nekede-Ihiagwa-Obinze stretch.

Roads project

Others are Control-Post/World Bank; Ahiara Junction/Okpala; IMSU/Bishop’s Court; Okigwe Town/St. Mary’s Catholic Church, MCC/Toronto junction, Aba Branch/Ahiara Junction, and Concorde/Zuma/Port Harcourt.

“Part of my administration’s cardinal agenda is to run a one-stop state, where democracy dividends will be evenly distributed across the 27 local government areas of the state. We have deliberately chosen state roads while we have started discussion with the federal government on how we can rehabilitate the many bad federal roads in the state,” said Governor Ihedioha

“In order to ensure that a good job is done and to guarantee the durability of the project, painstaking processes were observed. The process of getting to this point was transparent and followed due process. All these were done to ensure not just quality assurance but value for money,” he added.

The governor also flagged off the reconstruction of Government Technical College, Okporo, Orlu, Government Technical College, Owerri, Dan Anyiam Stadium and Grasshopper International Handball Stadium, Owerri.

Governor Ihedioha also that the construction of both the government technical colleges, and the stadium would meet the international standards to boast technical education and sports development in the state.

 
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The government of Nigeria has approved a 6.7 hectares of land for the construction of the Northeast Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) model school in Bauchi State. Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed revealed the report and said that the approval gesture is to fast track the execution of the project.

“The project as a perfect example of meaningful partnership between the Federal Government and the State, in the provision of qualitative education to students,” said Governor Mohammed.

The model school

According to Hamid Bobboyi, Executive Secretary of UBEC, the model school will have facilities for pre-primary and junior secondary school, classrooms, special needs classrooms, audio visual rooms, science laboratories, vocational workshops, libraries, multi-purpose training centre, staff room, offices, clinics, playground, toilets, assembly ground and cafeteria.The school will be equipped with the state-of-the-art ICT devices, including interactive boards, computers, ipads, tablets and Internet enabled television sets, among others.

“The introduction of the Model School Initiative is a turning point in the delivery of education within the basic education sub-sector, by providing conducive environment for effective teaching and learning, and serve as centres which will promote teaching and learning through ICT devices.,” said Hamid Bobboyi.

“The deployment of Information Communication Technology-based facilities in school management and administration, is another landmark, as it will check absentees, give monitoring and evaluation mechanisms in addition to ensuring better acquisition of knowledge especially in critical subjects,” he added.

On his part, the Minister of State for Education, Mr. Chukwuemeka Nnajiuba, reaffirmed the determination of the Buhari’s administration towards improving the quality of basic education in the country.

 

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Nigeria through Lagos State Public Works Corporation announced to have executed rehabilitation and palliative 150 roads across the state.

The road repair intervention by the Lagos State Public Works is in actualization of the vision of His Excellency, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu’s administration to ensure free flow of vehicular movement with the removal of hindrances such as pot holes and other gridlock elements across the State.

Rehabilitated roads

General Manager, Lagos State Public Works Corporation, Eng Olufemi Daramola commended the works done and said that it will ease human and vehicular movement across the State hence boosting socio-economic activities and job creation.

The roads that underwent the rehabilitation include; Iju road, Ifako-Ijaiye, Ogudu Road, Kosofe, Town Planning Way, Mushin, Ikorodu Road: Maryland Independence Tunnel, Mile 12 inward Ketu axis, Kosofe, Oke-Afa-Ejigbo Road, Oshodi Isolo, Apongbon Round About, Marina in Lagos Island, Oba Akran Avenue, Aromire and Akilo Road in Ikeja, totaling 82,787.61 sqm.

The State also executed urgent palliative road works along Lekki-Epe Expressway, Itoikin Epe, Ikotun Ejigbo Road in Alimosho, Ikotun Ijegun road, Alimosho, Ikotun Egbe road- Alimosho, Iddo inward Idumota.

The palliative road works were done using materials such as Asphalt, Concrete Granite Boulders, Crushed Granite Stones and in some cases, Paving Stones to repair damaged road pavements and consequently provide comfort to motorist across the State.

“We are not there yet. Rehabilitation and maintenance of roads across the state is a continuous schedule with plan of intervention for different areas and road sections,” said Eng Olufemi Daramola

 

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Nigeria has approved US $502m for the construction and rehabilitation of major roads across the country. Minister of State for Works and Housing, Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu confirmed the report during a briefing on the outcome of the maiden Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.

The Minister explained that the first segment of the approval will be used for the extension of the Lagos-Badagry express road to Nigeria’s border with Benin Republic at a cost of US $42m.

Roads to be upgraded

The other roads approved include; construction of two bridges at Kontagora-Rijau road at the cost of US $3.1m, construction of additional lane on Kano-Katsina road at the cost of US $26m, construction of Kontagora-Bangi road in Niger state which will cost US $56m, with a completion period of 48 months, construction of Ilogu-Ireni road in Kwara and Osun states at the sum of US $51m.

The minister further stated that FEC approved US $7m for the construction of Wudil bridge on Kano-Maiduguri road, US $29m for the construction of Baro Port road in Niger US $48m for the construction of Yaba-Yangoji road in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)

Rehabilitation works is set to be done on the outer Marina-Bonny Camp road and Eko bridge at a cost of US $25m with a completion period of 12 months, Ibori-Idomi western road in Edo State at the cost of US $12m with a construction period of 12 months.

US $34m was approved for the rehabilitation of Wukari-Ibi road in Taraba, N25billion for the rehabilitation of Ajingi-Kafin Hausa road in Jigawa while rehabilitation of Abba-Owerri road would cost US $19m. US $47m for the rehabilitation of Kaliyari-Damaturu road in Yobe US $35m for the rehabilitation of two outstanding sections of Nnnewi-Okigwe road in Imo and Anambra.

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has inaugurated 98.8KW solar hybrid mini grid power plant at Kare-Dadin Kowa, in Kebbi State.

The Rural Electrification Agency who performed the inauguration said that the power plant is part of the government’s commitment to providing equitable access to electricity across regions in Nigeria.

Solar hybrid grid

The newly inaugurated solar hybrid mini grid system would provide clean energy to 483 residential buildings, 82 commercial buildings and serve over 3,000 inhabitants of Kare-Dadin Kowa. A total of 565 high grid solar panels have been installed to power homes, businesses, places of worship, schools and health centres among others.

“Kare-Dadin Kowa community is the second of twelve communities earmarked to benefit from REF grants. This is due to following and attaining legal, regulatory and procurement compliance and no objection from the Federal Government,” said Rural Electrification Fund (REF) Executive Director Dr. Sanusi Ohiare.

Ohiare said the REF provides access to electricity to maximize the economic, social and environmental benefits of rural electrification grants, to promote off-grid electrification, and to stimulate innovative approaches to rural electrification.

REF projects are administered using a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model. The first call of the REF will energise 12 communities and deploy 19,000 Solar Home Systems (SHS).

Kare-Dadin Kowa is a small riverine community in Argungun Local Government Area of Kebbi State, which is said to have a total population of about 3,180 people, whose major vocations are agriculture and fishing.

Energy crisis

Lengthy power cuts are pretty much a daily experience in Nigeria. The country’s epileptic power supply has been identified by businesses as the second biggest obstacle to doing business in the country, after a lack of access to finance.

This unreliable power supply is a major hindrance to Nigeria’s economic growth. It also costs the country an enormous amount of money. According to Nigerian government data, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), lack of access to reliable electricity costs Nigeria an estimated US $29bn a year.

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has approved construction of the US $5.3bn Ibadan-Kano rail line project. Transport Minister Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, confirmed the statement and said the Ministry has also applied for funding to commence coastal rail for the Port-Harcourt to Warri segment.

The minister pointed out that the Minister of Transportation for State Gbemisola Saraki, has been assigned the responsibilities of overseeing all the maritime agencies while he focuses on the railway sector.

Lagos–Kano Standard Gauge Railway

The Lagos–Kano Standard Gauge Railway is an under construction standard gauge railway across Nigeria, from the Atlantic Ocean port of Lagos to Kano, near the Niger border. The railway will run parallel to the British-built Cape gauge line, which has a lower design capacity and is in a deteriorated condition.

The railway is being built in segments. Only the segment between Abuja and Kaduna has been completed so far, and services began officially in July 2016. The 187 km segment is an important junction point on the existing Cape gauge railway network, where a branch line departs the Lagos–Nguru line for Kafanchan, on the Port Harcourt–Maiduguri Railway.

The segment between Lagos and Ibadan is under construction. It is the is the first part of a new 2,733km Lagos-Kano standard gauge line. The line is being developed by 

China Civil Engineering Construction (CCECC) with an an investment of US $1.5bn from the Nigerian and Chinese governments. Rotimi Amaechi,explained that the need for new approvals was responsible for the slow pace of work on the new Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge railway line. Once complete, the Lagos-Ibadan line will co-exist with the old narrow gauge track. Construction of the project is scheduled to be completed over 18 months in a six-phase manner.

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Construction works at the Kashimbila Multipurpose Dam are 90% complete. This was revealed by Nigerian Minister of Energy, Sale Mamman after he paid a visit to the ongoing project in Takum, Taraba State, Nigeria.

Kashimbila Multipurpose Dam

The dam was initially designed with an installed capacity of 18MW, however, following the detailed hydrological modelling and yield analysis carried out by Aurecon, a 40MW installed capacity was recommended, which was accepted and implemented.The multipurpose dam will have the capacity to generate electricity, a water treatment plant capable of supplying 60,000 cubic meters of water to about 400,000 people, irrigation facility of about 2,000 hectares and an airstrip.

According to Sale Mamman the commissioning of the project was simply delayed by the construction of an electricity evacuation line. “The multipurpose dam will cover the electricity needs of about 80% population in areas like Doga, Wukari, Takum, Kashimbila and many other communities in the Northeast and Yandev in Benue state who are not yet connected to the grid; and also support agricultural ventures in surrounding states in the Northeast. ” he added. The facility will also irrigate 3,000 hectares of plantations, particularly in the dry season.The project, which was conceived around 2007, is a proactive step by Nigeria to prevent an ecological disaster that science predicted would happen in the future when the structurally weak volcanic Lake Nyos inevitably collapses, which is likely to affect six states in the country.

Once completed the project will create 39,887 jobs while over 100,000 persons will benefit socially and economically.The project will regulate the river’s flow, thus preventing flooding that threatens 6 million people, mainly in the states of Taraba, Benue, Cross River, Kogi and Delta. The Kashimbilla dam has also been designed to accommodate tourism.

 

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The Nigeria LNG (NLNG) joint venture has signed a letter of intent for construction of the plant’s 7th train, with the expansion set to be made official by late October as part of US $12bn project expansion plan.The preliminary agreement for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract was signed with SCD JV – a consortium formed by Italin company Saipem, Japanese company Chiyoda corporation and South Korean company Daewoo E&C.

Construction of the 7th train at the Bonny Island LNG facility is scheduled for commissioning in 2024. The project will include a new liquefaction unit, an 84,200m³ storage tank, a 36,000m³ condensate tank and three gas turbine generators. The six-train Bonny LNG plant is located in the Niger Delta.

NLNG Train 7 project

According to Tony Attah, Managing Director for NLNG, the company is making significant progress towards the realization of the extension project. “Intent as it connotes, is a very clear statement that we are forging on with Train 7. The letter of intent is a bold statement that we have selected our preferred bidder for the contract. With Train 7, Nigeria will maintain its place in the global gas market, and NLNG will continue to support the development of our domestic LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) consumption through our commitment of 350 million tonnes to the domestic market,” Attah said.

The project will be owned and operated by Nigeria LNG, a joint venture between Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) with 49% stake, Shell Gas with 25.6% interest, Total with 15% stake and Eni with 10.4% interest. Once the deal is approved by Nigerian authorities, Daewoo E&C and its partners will be responsible for the construction of the LNG plant with an annual production capacity of 8 million tonnes and other associated facilities on Bonny Island, Nigeria.

Upon completion, the project will increase the Nigeria LNG facility’s total production capacity from 22 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) to 30 million tonnes per annum (mtpa). The project will increase the plant’s liquefaction capacity by 8 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa), or 35%, to reach 30 million barrels per day (Mmbpd).

 

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The federal government of Nigeria is set to commence construction of the second runway at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.

According to the minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika, provisions for the construction of the runway will be covered in the 2019 national budget. “The second runway project is in the budget and it will be procured. I will be meeting with the transaction advisers who are in town and get their baseline studies report before we move to the next stage,” he added.

The minister also added that the government has decided to take up the construction of the second runway before handing it over to the concessionaire, following the high cost and will not want the current runway to dilapidate to the initial point that necessitated shutting the airport down.

 

Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport

The airport currently has one runway which is 3,609m long and has an asphalt surface. Sirika noted that the second runway became very necessary, following the fact that the Airport was becoming very busy. “Operators would be on ground 20 to 30 minutes waiting to take off or even to land, which is so expensive and very inefficient,” he added.

The project will be among the many transport projects that have been launched by the Federal government of Nigeria as they look forward to ensure that they streamline the transport industry. The new runway will replace the existing 27-year-old runway at the airport.

When completed, the project is expected to improve the air transport system in the country by increasing the number of airlines that will be landing into the airport. Construction of the runway will help in making the airport a hub for Western Africa.

 
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