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Why Many Roads In Nigeria Are Without Drainage – Former COREN President

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As many people living within the country have continue to wonder why some roads in the country are without drainage, the immediate past President of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN),  Mr Ali Rabiu has said that contractors should not be blamed for roads built without drain or drainage systems again. adsbygoogle || []).push({}); adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Engineer Rabiu while clearing the air in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday 1st August, 2023 in Abuja said that the inclusion of drainage systems in road construction was a function of government’s specification to contractors.

According to investigations across the country there are many roads constructed that lacked drain or drainage systems resulting in the untimely deterioration of the roads.

The former COREN boss, however, maintained that no contractor would deliver what the client had not specified or paid for.

He said, “If you commission a contractor to build a road for you, and give him the design of the road and the price of the contract are negotiated in accordance with the design, the contractor builds the road you have given him.

“If the design includes drainage of course he would have no option than to put drainage, and if it doesn’t include drainage because you don’t want to spend money, he will give the road you have asked him to build.

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“It is important as engineers that we advise our government; however inclusion of drainage is a function of what the government has asked you to build.

“Government is the sole owner of roads, out of over 200,000 km of roads we have in Nigeria none belong to any private individual,” he said.

According to him, roads are shared between the three arms of government; the Federal Government owns about 35,000km, the state governments and the local government own the balance.

Rabiu said the owners of the road, which was usually the government, should be ready to take the advice of the professional on the need to build drainage to ensure we have more durable roads.

“Most importantly it has to utilise the services of professionals. If you want to build a road, then you have to go through the conception stage, which also includes the planning, the design and then actualise it by construction.

“It is  important that professional engineers are involved, but you have, situations where a governor will call an engineer in his own ministry of works and tell him to build a road from point a to point b within a short time frame.

“The engineer will start running around trying to make it possible because the governors’ word is law to avoid sanctions.

“These are the considerations and in the Nigeria of today we cannot say we want to be professional to the extent of dictating to the governor, the governor can simply remove you from there and put someone else.”

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Rabiu said this was one of the challenges faced by engineers especially those working with government.

On what could be done to address this situation since it is costing the government tax payers’ money, the former COREN boss said the professional bodies like COREN and NSE had been on advocacy programmes.

He said they had been advising the government on the right things to do, adding that it was one thing to give advice and another for the advice to be taken.

“The thing to do is for the electorate to vote for the right people. And our political leaders need to know that they are expending tax payers’ money wrongly.

“Because if you do not follow the rules, you are just throwing tax payers’ money down the drain,” Rabiu said.

In the same vein, Mr Marshal Anuforo, also a civil engineer agreed with the COREN boss but added that some other factors also accounted for the lack of drainage on constructed roads.

He said most contracts were sourced by bidders then outsourced to contractors, and according to him, this could involve a long chain of people.

“When the chain becomes so long, from one hand of one contractor to the other and each chain wants to have their own profit.

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“The fund that would remain for the job is reduced and the engineer of course will not use his money to carry out the job.

“So, I think that those that give out contracts should ensure that they send officials to monitor and supervise the work.

“This way the contractor that does  not do what is specified in the contract negotiation can be called to order,” Anuforo said.

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Eid-El-Fitr: ICDA North Central Coordinator Urges Muslim Faithfuls To Abide By Ramadan Lessons

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The Igala Cultural And Development Association, ICDA North Central Coordinator, Prince Oruma Musa has sent a message of congratulations to Igala muslim faithfulls in the North-central as they celebrate the eid-el-fitr. push({});

Prince Oruma congratulate Igala muslims as they completed the Ramadan fasting urging them to continue to abide by the teachings during the ramadan fasting.

“The patience and perseverance exercised during ramadan fasting is a sacrifice that will be rewarded with blessings from Allah”, he said.

He further express shock over the sudden death of former governor of Kogi State, Alh Idris Wada son, Mohammed Ibrahim Idris who died after eid-el prayer at his Abuja residence.

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The deceased was a former member of House of Representative, represented Omala, Ankpa and Olamaboro in the 7th Assembly.

In a message conveyed by special adviser on media, Prince Abdulrahman Obaje, Prince Oruma said he is deepely saddened by the death of Muhammed.

“On behalf of myself and the good people of the Igala Kingdom, North-central Zone, I wish to express our deep condolence over the death of your son, I am deeply saddened by his death. He is a young Nigerian full of promises for the future of Nigeria”. He said.

He said the death has created a vacuum that will be difficult to fill, urging the family he left behind to take solace in the fact that the late Muhammed live a life worthy of emulation.
He prayed that the Almighty Allah grant the dead eternal rest in Aljanat Firdaos.

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He further reiterate his commitment towards the advancement of ICDA , saying that we should all intesify prayers and commitment, while all hands on deck to see that ICDA get out of its current predicament.

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Investigative Journalists Group, NGIJ Hails Aderinokun on Appointment as Head of Media at Access Corp

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Investigative Journalists Group, the Nigerian Guild of Investigative Journalists NGIJ has extended a warm congratulations to Mr. Kunle Aderinokun on his appointment as the new Head of Media and Public Relations at Access Corporation. adsbygoogle || []). push({});

In a statement released on Tuesday in Lagos signed by Ayoyemi Mojoyinola, the National President and Israel Bolaji, the National Vice President of NGIJ, the guild described Aderinokun as a versatile journalist, banker, business analyst, media expert and arts enthusiast who would bring his rich years of experience to bear on the new role.

“NGIJ recognises the appointment of Mr. Aderinokun as a significant development, as his decades of robust experience across the media and financial industry undoubtedly be a valuable asset to Access Corporation and the nation.

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“His extensive knowledge, exposure, intellect and expertise in media and finance make him a well-suited candidate for this position

“The NGIJ is confident that Mr. Aderinokun’s appointment will further to the growth and success of Access Corporation. We look forward to witnessing his impactful contributions to the organisation’s media and public relations endeavours,” the statement noted.

Prior to his appointment at Access Corporation, Mr. Aderinokun held various key positions in prestigious organizations. He began his career at First Marina Trust Ltd as an MIS and Account, followed by a role as an Analyst at Wall Street Trust Company.

Subsequently, he served as a Banking Officer at United Bank for Africa Plc and later founded Pure Synergy. At ThisDay Newspaper Group, he distinguished himself as an Associate Editor and Group Business Editor, responsible for editing and writing compelling business stories and analyses.

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Mr. Aderinokun holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Ilorin and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Lagos. His educational background, coupled with his extensive professional experience, equips him with a comprehensive understanding of the business landscape.

The Nigerian Guild of Investigative Journalists (NGIJ) is a professional body that promotes investigative journalism, ethical standards, and accountability in Nigeria. The guild comprises seasoned journalists who are committed to upholding the principles of integrity, fairness, and accuracy in their work.

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ICDA Chairman, Abubakar Sadiq Debunks Rumours of Unpopular Movement, Calls for Prayers

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Igala Cultural and Development Association (ICDA) National President, Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq has debunk rumour making the round on social media that the leadership of the apex social-cultural group of the Igala nation (ICDA) has approved an unpopular movement. push({}); adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Abubakar made this known in his first podcast after the Kogi governorship election held November 11th, 2023 and received by The Informavores!, saying that he did not hold any meeting with anybody approving any unpopular movement.

In his message that was passed in Igala Language and roughly translated, he said in part that, “There is rumour making the round and our people have been calling me left and right concerning some people that ICDA held meeting with or append signature for approval so that they can go to VIPs of Kogi State. “

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”All that rumour is not true. We did not hold meeting with anybody and ICDA did not sign any agreement of approval with anybody”.

“And there is no any Igala son/daughter in this trial time that would volunteer to lead such movement. For this reason, as far as we are concern, all that rumour is not true”

“And so, don’t be deceived and misled by mischief makers.”

Recall that the Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja in the petition filed by Social Democratic Party, SDP and its candidate, Muritala Ajaka is still ongoing and the rumoured movement may not be unconnected with it.

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Abubakar further revealed and reassured that preparation is in top gear to elect new executives members that would pilot the affairs of ICDA in a short period of time.

He concluded his message with prayers and admonish the teaming populace to be more prayerful and steadfast.

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