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Rivers approves contract for sixth flyover



Mike Odiegwu, Port Harcourt

Rivers State Government has approved a contract for the construction of a sixth flyover to ease traffic congestion in Port Harcourt.

A statement by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, said a new flyover to be located at the Kaduna Street Junction of Aba Road, was expected to change the aesthetic beauty of Port Harcourt and boost the economic activities of the state.

The statement quoted the Commissioner for Works, Eloka Tasie-Amadi, as saying that the decision to approve the contract for the sixth flyover was taken during the State Executive Council meeting in Port Harcourt at the weekend.

He said: “The Rivers State Executive Council presided over by His Excellency, the Governor of Rivers State, has approved a contract for the construction of a flyover at the Kaduna Street junction of Aba Road in Port Harcourt and also approved the award of the contract to Messer Julius Berger.

“The construction will involve a bridge of 593 meters and service lanes of about 770 meters. The reason behind this is that you will observe that the bridge (at Kaduna Street Junction) is a two-lane bridge. And we are going to make it a four-lane bridge, dual carriage.”

Tasie-Amadi explained that at the completion of the Rumuogba, GRA junction and Rumuola flyovers all other bridges on Aba Road would be four lanes (dual carriage) with additional four lanes on the ground.

He said the development would create a bottleneck at the Kaduna Street junction bridge following the free-flow of traffic from the Rebisi Flyover.

He said: “We, also recognise that there are implications when you have broken down vehicle on that bridge and possible security challenge when you have a broken down vehicle at night.

“So, these are the reasons why the Executive Council took this decision. We have also chosen Julius Berger to do the construction because of their track record as evidence from the recently commissioned Rebisi Flyover and the projects they are handling at the moment.”

The Commissioner said the Kaduna Street Junction flyover project would be completed in under 12 months.

Alao speaking, the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim, said the approval by the State Executive Council was a demonstration of a commitment to the urban renewal vision of Governor Wike’s administration.

He said: “This new flyover will also beautify the city; the aesthetics will change, economic activities will also get a boost. We have seen this kind of passionate commitment to restore Port Harcourt to its Garden City status.

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“At a time when governance has shutdown in various states of the federation because of COVID-19, the visionary government led by His Excellency, Nyesom Wike is still rolling out projects.

“This kind of development we are seeing in the State is a pointer to the service delivery and the commitment of His Excellency to ensure that social contract he has with Rivers State people is not affected by the economic downturn in the country.”

Nsirim maintained that the governor had continued to change the narrative about governance, striving assiduously to make Rivers State a model.

He said the governor at the inception of his administration said he would ensure that Rivers became a destination of choice for investors.

“What is happening within the state capital at this point in history is a confirmation that Rivers State, particularly, Port Harcourt, will become investors choice in years to come.

“Our appeal to citizens of the State is that the time has come to rally round this administration; shun distractors of government, shun those who are out to de-market the State.

“It is time to be united as a people and then come together to work with this visionary government to ensure that the purpose, the New Vision blueprint as enunciated since 2015 comes to fruition as has been articulated.”

The Nation

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10 government officials demanding bribes from me – American Investor



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An American Businessman and Managing Director of Alafei Foods Company Limited, Claude D Convisser, has alleged that between eight to ten government officials are demanding bribes from him.

According to him, many businesses in Ghana do not survive for the long term because they spend huge sums of money to pay bribes before they get assistance to develop.

He added that the slow growth of Ghana’s economy is linked to the continuous demand of bribes by people in authority from potential investors.

“We haven’t paid bribes and I must say I’m a very stubborn investor even though you have people in government who keep asking how much is in for them.

Eight to ten officials in this administration have demanded bribes from me,” Mr Convisser said Friday on the Morning Starr.

Mr Convisser added that “the NPP parliamentary candidate of Yendi’s secretary keeps demanding bribe from me.”

The American investor who has lived in the country for the past six and half years indicated that Ghana would have been the lead business country in West Africa but for the continuous demand for bribe.

Mr Convisser applied to set up a soy and vegetable factory in Zugu, a community in the Yendi Municipality of Ghana under the 1D1F to meet the protein and vitamin needs of the Ghana School Feeding Program in the Northern region.

The company, if set up would have employed over 30,000 farmers and supply to the GSFP at a lower cost but authorities have frustrated him and are unwilling to grant him a letter of intent to enable him to secure funds from his sponsors.

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Lady caught on camera stealing bone straight hair worth 200k in Lagos



A woman has been caught on CCTV camera stealing a bone straight hair worth N200,000 at a shop in Lagos.

Lady caught stealing bone straight hair

The video which was shared by a Twitter user, shows the woman hurriedly taking a hair from where it was sampled and putting inside her bag.

She then tells the sales rep to take a photo of a hair for her, which she did while the woman continued checking out other hairs.

The shop owner while watching the footage, can be heard scolding the sales rep for not being smart enough to detect what the woman was doing.

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MEET The Prominent Nollywood Actress Who Spent Most Of Her Life In Canada



Nollywood actress, Linda Osifo needs no introduction when it comes to acting.

The beautiful lady can be described as one of the most talented young actresses in Nigeria as we speak.

Although she was born in Edo State, Nigeria, she left Nigeria for Canada at the age of 16 and it was in Canada she had her education.

She is the first daughter and middle child of her family and she holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from York University in Toronto, Canada.

She had her debut acting role in 2012 when she starred in Family Secrets, in New Jersey, USA directed by Ikechukwu Onyeka.

She returned to Nigeria in 2013 and she starred in her first Nollywood film, ‘King Akubueze’ which was directed by Nonso Emekewe.

She also featured in the popular Nigerian soap opera Tinsel as ‘Nina Fire’ and in 2017, Linda played the role of Adesuwa Dakolo in EbonyLife’s spin-off drama series, ‘Fifty’[8] and Africa Magic’s television series ‘Jemeji’, playing the role of Noweyhon.

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