2019: Tinubu, Fashola rattle Ambode

…ex-govs’ loyalists pick governorship forms   Barring any last minute change, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode’s hope of returning for a second term might run into hitches. Gladiators in the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are mobilizing against his re-election. New Telegraph gathered from multiple sources within the party that based on a directive by the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, all key elements within the party have been told to abandon Ambode and support the Managing Director of Lagos State Property Development Corporation (LSPDC),…

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Fashola to inaugurate TCN substation, 60MVA power transformer in Akure

Transmission Company of Nigeria has completed a 30/40MVA 132/33kV transmission substation project in Wudil, Kano State and a brand new 60MVA 132/33kV power transformer in Akure, Ondo State. The transformer and substation project would be officially commissioned by the Minister of Power Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, according to a statement from the General Manager Public Affairs, Mrs. Ndidi Mbah. According to Mbah, the transformers had been energized to supply communities where they were located and their environs. The projects were in addition to twenty-seven power transformers…

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Rent proposal: Experts tackle FG

Plea to property owners by the Federal Government to consider collection of rents in arrears to lessen the burden of accommodation needs of low-income tenants has raised dust. Dayo Ayeyemi reports   Criticisms have continued to trail a recommendation by the Minister of Power, Work and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, that landlords should consider collecting rents in arrears, instead of six months or one year advance payment. The minister, at a forum in Abuja penultimate week, cited economic challenges of the country for the suggestion, which he said had invariably…

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VIDEO: Third Mainland Bridge to be closed for 3 Days, not 27 Months – Fashola

Third Mainland Bridge

The third main land bridge in Lagos will be shut down for three days, starting from July 27, the Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has said. He said this on Monday while addressing some confusion over the period for the road closure, on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily. According him, the bridge will only be closed for three days, contrary to reports that it will be closed for 27 months. “I think somebody mistook the date 27th of July for 27 months, I don’t know how that…

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Osibajo, Fashola, others seek sustainable housing provisions

Dayo Ayeyemi Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osibajo, and the Minister of Power, Work and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, will be leading other international experts, chief executives of real estate companies and mortgage institutions to seek solutions to the challenges of affordable and sustainable housing for the generality of Nigerians. Nigeria currently has 17 million housing deficit and would require building one million housing units yearly to bridge the gap in 20 years.   According to experts, the nation would need N59 trillion to be able to meet the…

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SERAP wants Fashola to account for power expenditure

A rights group, the Socio- Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has dragged the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) to the Federal High Court in Lagos over his “failure to account for the spending on the privatisation of the electricity sector and the exact amount of postprivatisation spending on generation companies (GENCOS), distribution companies (DISCOS) and the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN). The suit was sequel to the minister’s failure to respond to a Freedom of Information request dated May 7, 2018, from SERAP seeking…

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Fashola: FG to enforce revised National Building code

The Federal Government has assured that the newly revised national building code passed into law by the National Assembly would be enforced absolutely to help promote sanity in the built environment.   Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, who gave the assurance yesterday in Abuja when he inaugurated the newly reconstituted Architect Registration Council of Nigeria, stated that Nigeria government had also shown enough commitment in preserving the ecosystem by signing the Paris Climate Change.   Fashola noted that passing the National building code bill into law was…

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Metering: FG escapes N119bn liability judgement

        …converts trapped funds to credit scheme The metering deficit rocking Nigeria’s power sector has taken a new twist with the Federal Government wriggling out of its N119 billion liability on metering judgment. The protracted litigation resulting from the 2003 metering arrangement by government had also trapped contract sum in the banks. A document of the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing sighted by New Telegraph, revealed how interventions by government saved it the embarrassment of losing N119 billion as judgment liability. The contract lump sum trapped in banks has…

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FG’ll complete 2nd Niger Bridge in record time – Fashola

The Federal Government has said that it would deliver 2nd Niger Bridge project in record time as designs for the link roads from the Onitsha and Asaba ends had begun. According to Works, Power and Housing Minister, Mr Babatunde Fasola, the federal government would ensure completion of the second Niger Bridge project would as promised as it had completed the designs for the link roads from the Onitsha and Asaba ends which was already at procurement stage.Fashola, who disclosed this when he inspected work on the project said work would…

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Minister to govs: Stop further intervention on FG roads

Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, yesterday called on state governors across the country to stop further intervention on ederal projects until the Federal Government finished reimbursing the ones it inherited from the past administration. He said any state governor who disobeys the directive will not be reimbursed if such governor is seeking for reimbursement after constructing the project. Speaking to journalists while inspecting Ezzamgbo federal housing project in Ebonyi State, Fashola noted that intervening on Federal Government projects by state governors without approval was unacceptable, describing it…

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