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FEC Okays ₦813 Billion For Road, Water, Other Projects Nationwide
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FEC Okays ₦813 Billion For Road, Water, Other Projects Nationwide

The Federal Executive Council (FEC), yesterday, approved the change of scope for the construction of the Abuja-Kaduna-Kano highway from N155b to N797.2b. FEC also approved N10.4b for the procurement of fire fighting vehicles and equipment for the Federal Fire Service and N6b for provision of potable water in Gokana, Khana, Eleme and Tai, being the four Ogoni council areas of Rivers State. Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola said the road, hitherto undergoing renovation, would be completely reconstructed, thereby changing the cost of the project from N155b to N797.2b. He said: “I presented one memorandum and one report with respect to the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano highway, which was to change the scope of work from rehabilitation previously awarded because parts of t...
Lagos Has Been Fortunate To Have Visionary Governors – El-Rufai
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Lagos Has Been Fortunate To Have Visionary Governors – El-Rufai

Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna, says Lagos is the most fortunate Nigerian state governed by visonary men. Since the return of democracy in 1999, Lagos has been governed by four men — Bola Tinubu, Babatunde Fashola, Akinwunmi Ambode, and incumbent governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. Speaking at the closing session of the 2021 Lagos ‘Ehingbeti’ Economic Summit, on Thursday, el-Rufai said Lagos has remains fortunate in terms of leadership. He said if Lagos were a country, it would have a higher gross domestic product (GDP) than many African countries. El-Rufai added that the south-west state is a role model for Kaduna, saying he looks to Lagos becoming a top state on the ease of doing business. “If Lagos were a country, it would have a bigger GDP than many African countries. F...
Jide Kosoko Shares Fashola’s Throwback Photo 55 Years Ago
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Jide Kosoko Shares Fashola’s Throwback Photo 55 Years Ago

Nollywood actor Jide Kosoko has shared a throwback picture of minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola. Jide, 66, shared the picture in an Instagram post on Sunday. He said the picture was taken in 1966. “Raji Fashola in 1966,” he wrote. In June 2020, Jide wished Fashola a happy 57th birthday saying he was proud of him. He said, “My dear brother, Your Excellency Babatunde Raji Fashola S.A.N. I wish you peace, good health, and happiness. Congratulations and happy birthday to you.As you mark your years of existence on Earth today, I join others in wishing you a very happy birthday. “May you have many more years and sound health to stay alive and continue to lead. I am very proud of you and your achievements, thank you for your service.” Both Jide and Fashola hail f...
2023: Zoning Should Be Respected — Amaechi Backs Fashola
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2023: Zoning Should Be Respected — Amaechi Backs Fashola

Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, says the zoning arrangement for political offices should be respected ahead of the 2023 elections. Amaechi, who spoke during a Channels TV programme on Sunday, said the arrangement, which is usually between the north and south, should remain the same. In Nigeria, political offices — especially the presidency — are rotated on the basis of geographical zones, from the time of Olusegun Obasanjo up till the administration of President Muhamadu Buhari who is from Katsina state. Some Nigerians have started clamouring that the presidency should return to the south with the 2023 election. Asked by the anchor if the All Progressives Congress (APC) will consider giving the south-east a chance for the presidency in 2023, Amaechi responded: “It...
Tinubu May Lose Control Of APC In New Leadership Struggle
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Tinubu May Lose Control Of APC In New Leadership Struggle

The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the APC had on June 25, 2020, dissolved its National Working Committee (NWC) where Tinubu and his associ­ates had a clear majority. They lost the battle as the management of the party structure is now in the hands of a caretaker committee and state governors who are bat­tling to reassert their control over the party’s machinery. Although the general view is that Tinubu will run for the presidency in 2023, but he has not announced any such inten­tions. Sources said the former Lagos State governor now ex­periences serious rivals in the party. The divisions in the party are said to be led by the camps of Nasir el Rufai, governor of Kaduna State and Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Trans­port on one side; and deposed chairman of the APC, Ada...
Lagos Pension Package: Fashola Turned It Down, Never Accepted It – Hakeem Bello
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Lagos Pension Package: Fashola Turned It Down, Never Accepted It – Hakeem Bello

Three former governors currently serving as ministers in the President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet have said that they are not receiving pensions from their state governments. The ministers are Babatunde Fashola (Power, Works and Housing); Chris Ngige (Labour and Employment) and Kayode Fayemi (Mines and Steel Development). Fashola, a former governor of Lagos State, said he did not receive any pension from Lagos State. According to his Special Adviser on Communications, Mr. Hakeem Bello, the minister recently made it clear that he (Fashola) had no reason to ask the Lagos State Government to stop paying him a pension when from the outset he never accepted it. Bello said, “The minister spoke on Hard Copy, a programme on Channels TV on Friday. In that programme, he said you don’...
FEC Approves ₦62.7 Billion For Construction Of Road Linking Kano And Katsina
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FEC Approves ₦62.7 Billion For Construction Of Road Linking Kano And Katsina

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved N62 billion for the construction of Kano – Gwarzo – Dayi Road, linking Kano and Katsina states. The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chamber of the State House, Abuja. The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, was also at the briefing. Fashola said: “The Ministry of Works and Housing presented one memorandum for the construction of Kano – Gwarzo -Dayi road and it was approved for N62.7 billion, to be executed in 24 months.” On his part, Ehanire said the council approved the introduction of platonic medical records and management for the National Health Insurance Sche...
N392bn Debt: FG To Focus On Priority Projects, Says Fashola
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N392bn Debt: FG To Focus On Priority Projects, Says Fashola

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), has disclosed that due to the burden of unpaid certificates totaling over N392 billion, the federal government would carefully select projects to execute in the 2021 budget, instead of starting new ones. A statement signed by the Director of Press and Public Relations in the ministry, Boade Akinola, noted that Fashola stated this during the 2021 budget defence of his ministry before the House of Representatives Committee on Works, and reiterated that the budget would focus on road projects, especially those on routes A1-A9. Fashola explained to the committee that the disparity between the liabilities in unpaid certificates and the budgetary provisions over the years had compelled the ministry to prioritise its capital propos...
₦6.26 Trillion Is Needed To Complete Ongoing Road Projects – Fashola
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₦6.26 Trillion Is Needed To Complete Ongoing Road Projects – Fashola

Minister of Works, Babatunde Fashola said on Wednesday that the Ministry need about N6.26 trillion to complete the about 711 federal high road projects across the country. The Minister who spoke while defending the 2021 budget estimate of the Ministry before the House Committee on Works headed by Hon. Abubakar Kabir Bichi however said that inadequate funding has slowed down the pace of work on the road projects. Fashola said it was difficult for the Ministry to accomplish all its objectives due to paucity of funds, but said that rather than expanding the projects being financed through Sukuk, efforts should be channeled toward the completion of the entire green network covering the four major ports, Lagos, Warri, Port Harcourt and Calabar.
Camcorder Found By Fashola At Lekki Tollgate Looked Planted – Former Deputy Director SSS, Amachree
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Camcorder Found By Fashola At Lekki Tollgate Looked Planted – Former Deputy Director SSS, Amachree

Former Deputy Director of the State Security Service in Nigeria, Dennis Amachree, says the Camcoder that was found by Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, at the Lekki tollgate on Sunday, October 25, looks like it was planted at the scene. Fashola alongside SouthWest governments and Ministers from the SouthWest had paid a condolence visit to the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, over the wanton loss of lives and properties in the state after hoodlums hijacked the #EndSARS protest in the state. Among the places destroyed was the Lekki tollgates. While inspecting some of the government-owned facilities that were destroyed, Fashola discovered a ''Camcoder'' at the Lekki tollgate. Many Nigerians expressed shock that it was the Minister who found the camera day...
The Truth About Lekki Toll Gate Will Be Exposed When Buhari Leaves Office – FFK
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The Truth About Lekki Toll Gate Will Be Exposed When Buhari Leaves Office – FFK

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, says the truth behind the Lekki tollgate gunshot will only be exposed after President Buhari leaves office. FFK stated this on his Twitter handle while reacting to the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, discovering a secret camera at the Lekki tollgate. Read his tweets below ''Why would a Minister remove a camera from the crime scene of the biggest mass murder in our history? If the camera was planted by Govt. they will show us what they want us to see. If the camera was not planted &provides evidence of genocide it will be doctored or destroyed." "The deep state is at work here but we cannot be fooled. It is only after PMB leaves office that the truth about what happened at the Lekki Toll gate will be exposed.Afte...
Lekki Hidden Camera: Fashola Illegally Tampered With Exhibits – Judicial Panel Member
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Lekki Hidden Camera: Fashola Illegally Tampered With Exhibits – Judicial Panel Member

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria and member of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on activities of disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Mr. Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN, has faulted the visit of South-West governors to Lekki Toll Plaza, saying it is an usurpation of the powers of the panel. In a statement on Monday morning, Adegboruwa said since the panel has been vested with the powers to investigate alleged shooting at the Toll Gate, it is illegal for anyone else to visit the place without approval from the panel. According to him, reports that Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works and Housing  discovered a hidden camera which he took amounts to tampering with exhibits which may be useful to the commission. He said "On Sunday, October 25, 2020, it was widely publicized tha...
Nigerians Disappointed As They’re Looking For Results In Wrong Place – Fashola
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Nigerians Disappointed As They’re Looking For Results In Wrong Place – Fashola

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola on Thursday said Nigerians are disappointed in the present administration because they are looking for results in the wrong place. Fashola who disclosed this in an interview on Channels Television said Nigerians should note that governance is not magic and the results they promptly need can only be delivered by state and local government which are the closest to grassroots. “Governance is not magic. It is the act of the possible and our responsibility is to always project hope. Perhaps those who feel that way (disappointed) should be made to realize that what we expect of the Nigerian Federal government lies more with the state government and the local government…some of the most basic things. “What we should do is to focus ...
Businessman Being Investigated For N75M Fraud Dies During COVID-19 Test
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Businessman Being Investigated For N75M Fraud Dies During COVID-19 Test

A businessman, Godwin Julius, who was being investigated for alleged involvement in a N75m fraud, has died while being tested for COVID-19 at the Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba, Lagos State. Godwin and one Obinale Osunwoke were arrested in the Ejigbo area of the state and were detained after the police reportedly traced some of the money to an account belonging to the late businessman. PUNCH Metro gathered that the policemen acted on a petition by the representative of a United States of America-based company, Terraroad’s International Incorporation, Wisdom Chris, that the firm had been swindled out of N75m. Wisdom told PUNCH Metro that the suspects and others currently at large impersonated the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, and defrauded the firm of $200,000 ...
I’m surprised Naira Marley has not been arrested – Executive Jets CEO, Sam Iwuajoku
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I’m surprised Naira Marley has not been arrested – Executive Jets CEO, Sam Iwuajoku

The Chief Executive Officer of Executive Jets Services Limited, Sam Iwuajoku has expressed disappointment with the federal government’s “cold feet” in arresting Naira Marley and his crew members for violating the interstate travel ban. In an interview with Premium Times, the airline CEO admitted writing the apology letter addressed to the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika. He said he wrote the letter which has been trailed by mixed reaction out of anger. Iwuajoku also condemned the indiscriminate movement of any form during the Coronavirus pandemic. He said; “Why will anyone be moving around unnecessarily during a pandemic? Moving around for musical concert at this time is ‘unnecessary movement’. I am wondering why they were not even arrested. “I have been abused by peop...
Naira Marley: ‘It is ridiculous to link me with non-compliant flight’ – Fashola tells Executive Jets chairman
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Naira Marley: ‘It is ridiculous to link me with non-compliant flight’ – Fashola tells Executive Jets chairman

Babatunde Fashola, Minister of works has reacted to the flight saga of mistaken identity with Naira Marley. The Executive Jets Chairman, Sam Iwuajoku, who flew Naira Marley to Abuja for a concert, had apologized to the federal government. The apology came after the federal government on Monday suspended its operations. Iwuajoku, in a letter sent to the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said the airline airlifted Naira Marley after mixing up his identity with Minister Fashola Babatunde. Reacting, Fashola in a statement on Tuesday by his Special Adviser on Communications, Hakeem Bello, described Iwuajoku’s statement as ridiculous. His statement read: “The attention of the Office of the Honourable Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN, has been drawn to a let...
Many Countries Begged Nigeria For Food During Lockdown – Fashola
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Many Countries Begged Nigeria For Food During Lockdown – Fashola

The Federal Government has said many neighbouring countries asked Nigeria for food during the lockdown occasioned by coronavirus pandemic. Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, made this known on Saturday during an Instagram Live Chat with City People Magazine. The minister, who spoke on the COVID-19 Economic Sustainability Plan recently submitted by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), said the plan contains diverse measures to fortify the Nigerian economy against any shock brought by the pandemic. Fashola said, “We are looking at constructing roads with more stones, more cement, more iron rods so that more people will be employed. For example, it will take 14 people to build a kilometre of road. So, if you are doing m...
Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Second Niger Bridge To Be Ready By 2022 – Fashola
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Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Second Niger Bridge To Be Ready By 2022 – Fashola

The Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, the Second Niger Bridge, and the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway, among others, are to be completed in the first quarter of 2022, the Federal Government has said. It said the roads were grouped as essential infrastructure and projected to be delivered in less than two years. The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said this in a live television programme monitored by our correspondent in Abuja on Thursday night. He said, “The Second Niger Bridge, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Abuja-Kaduna-Kano roads are part of the projects under the Federal Government’s essential infrastructure development fund and their expected delivery dates are in quarter one of 2022.” The minister argued that real construction work only commenced on the Lagos-Ibadan Expre...
Five States To Get N148bn Reimbursement For Repairing Federal Roads
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Five States To Get N148bn Reimbursement For Repairing Federal Roads

The Federal Executive Council has approved the reimbursement of funds expended on federal roads by some state governments. The total sum to be reimbursed to five states is N148,141,987,161.25. Among states shortlisted to benefit include Cross River N18,394,737,608.85, Ondo N7,822,147,577.08, Osun N2,468,938,876.78, Bayelsa N38,040,564,783.40 and Rivers N78,953,067,518.29. The memo was presented by the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, at the third virtual council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari inside the Council Chambers of the State House. Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who briefed State House correspondents on behalf of Fashola, said council had also warned that there will be no reimbursement in future should any st...
Abba Kyari Paid The Supreme Price Serving Nigeria, Says Fashola
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Abba Kyari Paid The Supreme Price Serving Nigeria, Says Fashola

In his condolence message, Babatunde Fashola, minister of works and housing, says Abba Kyari paid the supreme price in his service to Nigeria. He added, that the good way to honour Kyari’s service and memory is “to continue from where he stopped”. Fashola said, Kyari was “much misunderstood” and “often maligned”. “Wherever you stood then and stand now, let us not forget that Abba was a patriot,” he said. “He executed President Buhari’s vision with his own single mindedness. One of his favourite quotes was credited to Jeff Immelt to the effect that “The job looks easy when you are not the one doing it.” He seemed to take a lot of comfort from these words… “Like all of us, Abba was flawed but he was not conceited. He was driven by conviction and never shied from an intelle...
Check Out How Wike And Fashola Greeted Today In Rivers
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Check Out How Wike And Fashola Greeted Today In Rivers

Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works and Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State using elbow to greet Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works and Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State today adopted a different, yet effective greeting pattern after meeting in Portharcourt, the Rivers State capital today. Instead of the traditional handshake, the two decided to greet each other using the elbow. The move is as a result of advice to avoid shaking of hands following the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic.
Remi Tinubu, Adeola And Osinowo Are Failed Senators – Lagos PDP
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Remi Tinubu, Adeola And Osinowo Are Failed Senators – Lagos PDP

The performance of the three All Progressives Congress (APC) senators representing Lagos State in the 9th National Assembly is nothing to write home about, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Lagos state chapter has said. Speaking in a chat with DAILY INDEPENDENT on Saturday, Taofik Gani, the party’s Publicity Secretary said Oluremi Tinubu ( Lagos Central), Bayo Oshinowo (Lagos East), Solomon Olamilekan Adeola (Lagos West) have failed to meet the expectations of Lagosians as their representatives in the upper chamber of the National Assembly. It said the three senators have failed to move the motion for the National Assembly to urgently accord the 37 local council development areas in the state full status of local governments. It also said they have failed to convince the fed...
Okada-related Accidents Have Dropped from 28 to 7 Since the Ban was Effected- Lagos Deputy Governor Obafemi Hamzat Speaks
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Okada-related Accidents Have Dropped from 28 to 7 Since the Ban was Effected- Lagos Deputy Governor Obafemi Hamzat Speaks

Obafemi Hamzat, the deputy governor of Lagos State, says the state has begun reaping the benefits of the Okada ban as the rate of motorcycle accidents in the state has dropped from 28 to 7. Speaking on Channels TV, Obafemi said Okadas have become an avenue for pertirting crime. He reiterated the state government's position that the ban is laegely for security and safety reasons. In his words ''The truth of the matter is that Okada is becoming an avenue to perpetrating crimes. And we cannot wait until a major disaster happens. We knew what happened in Kano State some years back when the Emir of Kano was attacked through this means of transportation. Our lives are important. Some of them had knives and guns. If you are interested in riding Okada, why do you need a knife or a gun...
Nollywood Films Promotes Money Ritual and Kidnapping – Fashola
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Nollywood Films Promotes Money Ritual and Kidnapping – Fashola

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has said that most movies churned out by the Nigerian movie industry encourages money ritual and kidnapping. The former Governor of Lagos State who disclosed this while speaking on the topic ‘Insecurity: Taking actions against organised crime’ at the 4th annual public lecture/symposium organised by the United Action for Change urged filmmakers to change the narrative to save innocent lives. Fashola added that the claims of a human parts being turned into money is a myth and shouldn't be reinforced in movies. He said; “Some people believe that if you get a man’s head or a woman’s body parts, they could be turned into money. It’s not true! And when you ask people who believe in it if they have seen it happen before, they tell y...
How We Foiled Attempts To Bomb Lagos, By Fashola
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How We Foiled Attempts To Bomb Lagos, By Fashola

Minister for Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola on Thursday narrated how attempt by terrorists to bomb Lagos State in 2013 was foiled. Fashola who was governor of the state at the time said they intercepted 17 suitcases loaded with explosives which were smuggled in to wreak havoc. He disclosed this while delivering a lecture titled “Insecurity: Taking actions against organised crime” at the fourth annual public lecture of the United Action for Change (UAC) held in Lagos. Noting that security was not the job of law enforcement agencies alone, Fashola said the suitcases were discovered with the help of citizen information. “It is when information is offered that law enforcement must act to check, recheck and verify. So, when 17 suitcases loaded with explosives were brought i...
They are Not Part of the Lagos Plan- Fashola Declares Support for Lagos Governor’s Ban on Okadas, Tricycles
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They are Not Part of the Lagos Plan- Fashola Declares Support for Lagos Governor’s Ban on Okadas, Tricycles

Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Works and Housing, has declared his support for Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu's decision to ban Okadas, motorcycles. Fashola who was governor of Lagos state from from May 2007 to May 2015 and had banned Okada riders during his administration, showed his support behind Governor Sanwo-Olu's decision when he spoke at the public lecture organised by the United Action for Change (UAC) in Lagos today Thursday February 6th. “If you care about security, you should back your governor on okada ban. As a centre of excellence, okada cannot be part of the plan. I’ve always held this position. Motorcycle have always been a conduit pipe for the opioid crisis among youths. We must act to eliminate anonymity. I was robbed in my home, in fact on my ...
Buhari appoints Adeniran as Surveyor-General of the Federation
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Buhari appoints Adeniran as Surveyor-General of the Federation

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) has appointed Taiwo Samuel Adeniran as the Surveyor-General of the Federation. This was conveyed in a letter with reference FMPW & H/42935/S.1/T2/86, dated January 29, 2020, and signed by the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola. The Federal Ministry of Works and Housing supervises the Office of the Surveyor-General of the Federation. Fashola, according to a statement issued by the OSGF in Abuja on Friday, was quoted to have said in the letter that “I am pleased to inform you that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has approved your appointment as the Surveyor-General of the Federation. “This is in accordance with the powers conferred on him (President) by Section 171 of the Constitution of ...
UPDATED: Naira Marley Hits US As Court Strikes Out Car Theft Charge
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UPDATED: Naira Marley Hits US As Court Strikes Out Car Theft Charge

A Tinubu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Tuesday dismissed a car theft charge filed by the police against hip hop artist, Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, his two brothers and their cousin. Chief Magistrate Tajudeen Elias made the order after receiving a letter from the police disclosing their intention to withdraw the case. Marley, who was absent, was said to be in the United States “for medicals”. Marley, his two brothers: Idris Fashola, 18; Babatunde Fashola, 24; and their cousin, Kunle Obere, 22, were standing trial on a four-count charge of conspiracy, stealing, assault and obstructing the police from arresting Marley. They were arraigned by the Police on December 16, but Marley, the fourth defendant, was absent. The court granted the trio N500,000 bai...
Court Strikes Out Car Theft Charge Against Naira Marley
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Court Strikes Out Car Theft Charge Against Naira Marley

A Tinubu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos has dismissed a car theft charge filed by the police against hip hop artist, Adeyemi Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, his two brothers and their cousin. Chief Magistrate Tajudeen Elias made the order on Tuesday morning after receiving a settlement agreement between the complainant Mr Adelekan Ademola and the four defendants. Marley, his two brothers Idris Fashola, 18; Babatunde Fashola, 24; and their cousin, Kunle Obere, 22 were the defendants in the case. Mr Elias struck out the four-count charge of conspiracy, stealing, assault and obstructing the police from arresting Marley. Marley was absent, but the other defendants were in court.
Aliko Dangote Says Apapa-oshodi Road Will Last For 40 Years When Completed
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Aliko Dangote Says Apapa-oshodi Road Will Last For 40 Years When Completed

As part of Dangote Industries Limited’s commitment to the Federal Government of Nigeria, Group President/CE of Dangote, Aliko Dangote took the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola on an inspection tour of the 35-kilometre Apapa-Oshodi-Oworonsoki-Ojota highway currently under construction by Dangote Industries Limited. The work began in 2018, as part of a bargain between the company and the Federal Government to enjoy a 10-year tax rebate that accrues to N72.9 Billion. The road has been subjected to heavy traffic flow. An initial attempt to work on the road fell apart, it was approved for N15 Billion in 2013, work on the road stopped after the 2015 general elections. During the inspection, Fashola told members of the press, “The Federal Government is dedicated to the spe...
Why We Can’t Avoid Borrowing- Fashola, Zainab, Saraki
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Why We Can’t Avoid Borrowing- Fashola, Zainab, Saraki

The ministers of Finance, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed; Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; Minister of State for Transport, Gbemisola Saraki as well as the Director-General, Debt Management Office (DMO), Patience Oniha, have justified borrowing by the federal government. They argued that the government must borrow to meet the infrastructural needs of the people, stressing that such borrowing was inevitable. They made the submission on Tuesday when they appearred before the House of Representatives Committee on Aids, Loans and Debt Management to defend the loan request of $22.718 billion presented to the Senate by President Muhammadu Buhari. In her presentation, the Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed, said there was an urgent need to fund the 2020 budget to improve infrastructural developm...
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List Of The 524 Roads And Bridges That Buhari Is Constructing In Nigeria

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, recently revealed that the Buhari administration is currently undertaking 524 road and bridge construction projects across the country. Fashola made the revelation while updating the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on the ongoing road and bridge construction/rehabilitation projects nationwide. The Minister also revealed that every State in the Federation including the FCT has at least three such ongoing projects. The list of the projects was released by the Minister Of Works and Housing provides a detailed record of ongoing road and bridge projects in the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory. Below are some of the  construction projects - roads and bridges - across the country as listed by the Mi...
Rep Member, Bamidele Salam Challenges Fashola To 90-Day Road Travel Tour
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Rep Member, Bamidele Salam Challenges Fashola To 90-Day Road Travel Tour

The statement that roads in the country are not as bad as they are portrayed, attributed to Babatunde Fashola, Minister for Works and Housing, has earned him a response from a member of the House of Representatives, Bamidele Salam. Mr Salam (PDP–Ede North/Ede South/Egbedore/Ejigbo federal constituency) challenged Mr. Fashola and other relevant stakeholders to boycott air travels for road ones for the next 90 days in order to estimate the ratio of good to bad roads in the country. Mr Fashola had on Wednesday while addressing state house correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, said: “The roads (in the country) are not as bad as they are often portrayed. I know that this is going to be your headline, but the roads are not that bad.” The gauntlet But M...
Nigerian Roads Are Not That Terrible – Fashola
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Nigerian Roads Are Not That Terrible – Fashola

Contrary to general reports making the rounds that Nigerian roads are terrible and not motorable, the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has said that Nigerian roads are not as bad as people think. The Details: Fashola made this statement after the Federal Executive Council meeting where the sum of N58.4 billion was endorsed for the construction of Bida-Sachi-Nupeko road and the Nupeko-Patigi Bridge across River Niger, linking Nupeko and Patigi in Niger and Kwara States. According to the Minister, “The roads are not as bad as they are often portrayed. I know that this is going to be your headline, but the roads are not that bad.” He highlighted the paucity of funds and topography as major setbacks that stalled the process of road construction. He said poor topogr...
FG To Begin Sale Of New Houses Soon Nationwide – Fashola
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FG To Begin Sale Of New Houses Soon Nationwide – Fashola

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on Wednesday said that the ministry would soon commence the sale of housing units built under the National Housing Programme nationwide. He said that this would be done through an online subscription to allow for transparency and reduce human interference to the barest in the allocation process. Mr Fashola said this at a one-day stakeholders engagement forum organised by the Lagos State Real Estate Transactions Department with the theme: “Lagos Real Estate: Achieving 21st Century Compliance” Represented by Sarah Alawode, Controller, Federal Ministry of Housing, Mr Fashola said that housing, apart from being one of the major needs of a man, holds great potential for the economic well being of Lagos State and Nigeria at large...
Toll Gates Reintroduction: No Policy Statement Yet – FG
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Toll Gates Reintroduction: No Policy Statement Yet – FG

The Federal Government on Saturday said it did not make any policy statement to suggest that it would reintroduce toll gates across federal highways in Nigeria any time soon. It said if such move was to take effect soon, there would be proper explanations on how it would commence. When asked to state if the government had rescinded its decision to reintroduce toll gates, the Special Adviser on Communications to the Minister of Works and Housing, Hakeem Bello, told our correspondent in Abuja on Saturday night that the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, never made any policy statement on toll gates. Bello said, “Look, why the so much excitement over nothing? The minister never made a policy statement. If the government wants to make a major policy like that (toll ...
Fashola, Fayemi May Replace Osinbajo As VP
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Fashola, Fayemi May Replace Osinbajo As VP

Rather than settle, the dust generated by the alleged plot to remove Vice President Yemi Osinbajo by some powerful forces in the presidency, otherwise known as ‘members of the cabal’, continues to rise with reports on Tuesday that two possible replacements had already been pencilled down if the embattled VP throws in the towel. A credible source in the presidency told Daily Independent that Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, who is the current chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), and Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works and Housing, are two top contenders for the number two position. According to him, it has been agreed that the South-West will still retain the position but unlike in 2015 when Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s camp produced Osinbajo, the would-be vice president th...
FEC Okays N310b For Roads Projects
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FEC Okays N310b For Roads Projects

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved three memos and a total of N310 billion for roads projects. The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola briefed State House correspondents at the end of FEC meeting chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa. He was with the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajuba and the Senior Special Assistant on Media and publicity, Laolu Akande. According to him, FEC approved N79.82 billion for Ibadan-Ilesa-Ife road, N200.176 billion for roads linking second Niger Bridge to Asaba and Onitsha, and N29.654 billion for phase 2 of Kano-Katsina highway. He said “The ministry of works and housing presented three memoranda and they were approved by the council: construction of Ibadan -Ilesa-Ife Du...
No Refund For Federal Roads Repairs, FG Tells State Government
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No Refund For Federal Roads Repairs, FG Tells State Government

President Muhammadu Buhari has asked state governors not to fix federal roads if they will eventually demand refund for the rehabilitation. The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, made this known on Tuesday in Abuja when he appeared before the House of Representatives’ Ad Hoc Committee on Abandoned Federal Government Projects (Works) from 1999 till date. According to the minister, the President issued the directive due to the humongous amounts being claimed by the governors after repairing federal roads in their states. Fashola said, “The states submitted a bill of almost a trillion naira when President Buhari was elected. He asked us to work out what was their entitlement and all of that. Ultimately, the BPP (the Bureau of Public Procurement) certified about ...
FG’ll Complete Ongoing, Abandoned Projects, Says Fashola
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FG’ll Complete Ongoing, Abandoned Projects, Says Fashola

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on Thursday, said the Federal Government would complete all ongoing and abandoned projects across the country. He disclosed this when the management team of Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria paid him a courtesy visit in his office. Fashola said the policy direction of government was to complete all ongoing and abandoned projects. The minister, who was responding to the remarks of the Board Chairman of the FMBN, Adewale Adeeyo, on the uncompleted recapitalisation of the bank, said the ministry would see that the process was completed. He was quoted in a statement issued by his ministry as saying, “It (FMBN recapitalisation) is one of those areas of urgent focus by the President as a way of creating prosperity and enhancing...
Politicians Who Fell Out With Their Godfathers
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Politicians Who Fell Out With Their Godfathers

In Edo, It’s No Retreat, No Surrender… Nobody would have thought that the political battle for the soul of Edo State between Governor Godwin Obaseki and his political godfather, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), will continue unabated with no end in sight. Tuesday’s resolution by the Senate which ordered Obaseki to issue a fresh letter of proclamation for the proper inauguration of the Edo State House of Assembly within one week or risk having the Senate take over the state assembly was a clear pointer to the fact that all the peace moves brokered by stakeholders had failed to yield the expected amicable resolution. The hint of a looming political disagreement between Obaseki and his predecessor surfaced during the 2019 natio...
Fashola now having grey hair for heading 3 ministries – Okorocha
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Fashola now having grey hair for heading 3 ministries – Okorocha

Senator Rochas Okorocha has said that the immediate past Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has been so overwhelmed by the three Ministries left under his care that he has started having grey hair at 56. Okorocha, a former governor of Imo State, said this when he spoke at the screening of Fashola in the senate chamber. According to Okorocha, the former minister had grown grey hair because of the enormous work of overseeing the three ministries. “The three ministries are too large for one person. Look at my friend; he now has grey hair,” Okorocha said. Alongside Fashola, those scheduled for screening today July 29th include Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), Geoffrey Onyema (Enugu), Gbemisola Saraki (Kwara), Maryam Katagum (Bauchi), Muhammadu Mahmoud (Kaduna State), Clem...
Mohammed, Fashola, Onu Set To Retain Ministerial Seats
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Mohammed, Fashola, Onu Set To Retain Ministerial Seats

There were strong indications last night that between 12 and 15 ex-ministers will join President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet. It was learnt that the ex-ministers’ names are on the list which was reportedly submitted to Senate President Ahmed Lawan on Wednesday. But there was still a pall of uncertainty on the size of the cabinet. The President has the constitutional right to have a 36-man or a 42-man cabinete. The President is said to have decided to retain some of the ex-ministers on merit. Those speculated to be on the list last night are ex-Ministers of Justice and AGF Abubakar Malami ( SAN); Adamu Adamu( Education); Hadi Sirika ( Aviation); Zainab Ahmed (Finance); Aisha Abubakar (Women Affairs); Lai Mohammed ( Information); Babatunde Fashola (Works, Power and Housing); Rotimi ...
Buhari Drops Ambode, Re-appoints Fashola As Minister Representing Lagos
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Buhari Drops Ambode, Re-appoints Fashola As Minister Representing Lagos

President Buhari has dropped the plan to appoint the past Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode as the Minister representing Lagos and has settled for the past Minister of Works, Housing and Estate, Babatunde Fashola. My State News learnt that President Buhari who has promised to unveil his Ministerial list this Month has vowed to the Governing Council in Lagos state headed by the National leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Tinubu to drop Ambode and re-appoint Fashola as Minister who will represent Lagos State. According to a leaked report, President Buhari has constantly rejected the recommendations from Bola Tinubu for the Minister who will have Lagos slot. The President has insisted on listing the immediate past Governor of Lagos State, Akinwumi Ambode for th...
I don’t think any nation is doing what this government has done – Fashola
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I don’t think any nation is doing what this government has done – Fashola

Former Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, says the strides recorded by President Muhammadu Buhari's government could hardly be achieved by any other nation. He stated this during a recent interview at his office in Abuja, the nations capital. “This government is doing something that I don’t think many if any nation has done before. They are building the entire infrastructure at the same time ports, airports, rail, roads, power, all simultaneously at the same time. “Often times, what most countries do is to finish one then go to the other. And it is because we have outgrown our infrastructure as a nation. And that is why you will see the commitment of the President to projects like the second Niger bridge, the Igbodo-Ogoni bridge, the Mambilla power plant, ...
Westerhof Finally Gets House Gift From FG 25 Years After Promise
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Westerhof Finally Gets House Gift From FG 25 Years After Promise

25 years after the promise was made to provide a house for Clemence Westerhof, the Technical Adviser that led the Super Eagles to victory in the 1994 African Nations Cup competition, the federal government, on Monday fulfilled it. Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, said many promises were made in moment of euphoria and elation, one of which was the allocation of a house which was never redeemed since 1994. He said that Johannes Bonfrere, better known as Bonfere Jo, was also promised a house for leading the Super Eagles to the first Olympic football gold medal in 1996, but the promise was forgotten, until it was redeemed by Buhari’s government in 2018, after 24 years. “It was the public announcement of that redemption that brought to light, the commitment ...
Tinubu And Fashola Owe $1.43bn Foreign Debt Not Me – Governor Ambode
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Tinubu And Fashola Owe $1.43bn Foreign Debt Not Me – Governor Ambode

The outgoing Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has explained that the current foreign debt owed by the State Government was inherited from previous administrations before his tenure which began in 2015. This is a clear attempt by Governor Ambode to distance himself and his administration from the $1.43 billion foreign debt which the Lagos State Government currently owes. According to him, during his four-year tenure, his administration never took foreign credit facility to run State activities. The Governor, who made the disclosure during an interview, said that despite the numerous infrastructure the State Government had planned for the development of the State, the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) did not seek foreign option for financial support. Before Gove...
Ambode Would Have Surpassed Achievements Of Tinubu, Fashola If…’ – Wale Ogunade
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Ambode Would Have Surpassed Achievements Of Tinubu, Fashola If…’ – Wale Ogunade

A political analyst, Wale Ogunade, on Wednesday said the governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, would have surpassed the achievements of his predecessors if he had not ignored the political structure that brought him to power. Mr Ogunade, who is the president, Voters Awareness Initiative, spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos, while assessing Mr Ambode’s performance ahead of his exit from office next month. Mr Ambode lost his bid to return to office for a second term during the All Progressives Congress, APC, primary election, losing to Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who became the party’s candidate in the March 9 governorship election and would be succeeding him on May 29. Unlike Mr Ambode, his immediate predecessors, Babatunde Fashola and Bola Tinubu spent eight years each...
Bad Road Is  Not The Cause of Accidents on Highways – Fashola
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Bad Road Is Not The Cause of Accidents on Highways – Fashola

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said that bad roads are not the cause of accidents on highways in Nigeria. Fashola said that injuries and avoidable accidents that occur on highways are not always due to bad roads as claimed by many Nigerian road users. He stated this when he spoke at a capacity building workshop on the activation of the five United Nations’ Convention on Road Traffic acceded to by Nigeria in Abuja yesterday March 20th. According to him over speeding and reckless driving are the main causes of accidents on Nigerian roads. In a statement issued by the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing on Wednesday, the minister noted that injuries and avoidable accidents that occurred daily on highways were regrettable. The statement...