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Lawmakers Call For Urgent Reconstruction of Collapsed Artisan Bridge in Enugu

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The House of Representatives has urged the Ministry of Works to urgently reconstruct the collapsed bridge at New Artisan, Enugu-Port Harcourt expressways.

The resolution of the House was sequel to the adoption of a motion moved at the plenary on Tuesday by Nnolim Nnaji and co-sponsored by Chimaobi Atu, Stainless Nwodo, Mark Obetta, Chijioke Okereke, Sunday Umeha, Paul Nnamchi, Iduma Igariwey, Obi Aguocha, Peter Aniekwe and Ugonna Ozurigbo.

The Green Chamber also urged the federal government to ensure that adequate funds are provided for durable roads and bridges with optimum facilities across the Southeast, taking proactive measures to ensure maximum safety of lives through quality risk assessment and implementation of safety findings.

The House further mandated the House Committee on Works to monitor and liaise with the federal Ministry of Works to adhere to the resolutions to repair the collapsed bridge and other South Eastern roads.

Moving the motion, Nnaji recalled that on Monday 5th of September, 2023, the bridge along the Enugu-Port Harcourt Federal Expressway at the New Artisan Market in the Enugu section of the road, collapsed when a truck conveying Nigerian Breweries products and an unidentified lorry were on the bridge.

He stressed that there was no loss of life during the incident as emergency responders quickly swung into action to ensure that no unwary vehicle plunged into the water underneath the bridge.

The lawmaker said considering the fact that the collapsed bridge which is of great economic value to Nigeria, was not only located along the Enugu federal expressway but was equally a connecting road to some parts of Imo State, Ebonyi State, then to Umuahia, Aba and some other South-South region like Port Harcourt in Rivers State, Cross River and Akwa Ibom States.

Nnaji added that if this bridge is not urgently repaired, it would affect logistics and movement of goods and services and also business-economic growth in Enugu State and across some other states, leading to huge losses and sufferings of commuters.

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Police Probe US Businessman’s Sudden Demise in Lagos Hotel

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– US-based businessman Onyejekwe Izuchukwu found dead in Lagos hotel
– Police investigation underway to determine cause of death
– Autopsy to be performed to reveal more details

The Lagos State Police Command has launched an investigation into the sudden death of Onyejekwe Izuchukwu, a 62-year-old US-based businessman. Izuchukwu’s body was discovered in his hotel room in Ikoyi on June 9, 2024.

According to a source, Izuchukwu had been staying at the hotel since June 6, engaging in business activities. Tragically, his lifeless body was found by a cleaner on the floor of his room.

The hotel’s management reported the incident to the police, who have commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Izuchukwu’s death. A doctor was called to the scene and confirmed the businessman’s demise.

Izuchukwu was a prominent figure in the oil and gas industry, having served as President of Bits and Drilling Tools, a division of Schlumberger. His death has sent shockwaves through the industry.

“The command has commenced an investigation into the case,” said Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin. “Izuchukwu’s corpse has been deposited in a morgue in Ikeja for autopsy.”

 

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Lagos Govt Opens Emergency Center To Curb Cholera Outbreak

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– Lagos activates emergency centre to combat cholera outbreak
– UNICEF urges provision of clean water and sanitation facilities
– 350 suspected cases reported with 17 confirmed and 15 deaths

Lagos State Government has activated its Public Health Emergency Operations Centre to tackle the cholera outbreak. The centre will coordinate responses to the increasing number of severe gastroenteritis cases across the state.

According to Prof. Akin Abayomi, Commissioner for Health, the laboratory investigation has confirmed Cholera sub-type O-1, associated with more severe disease. He urged residents to adhere strictly to precautionary measures to prevent further spread.

Meanwhile, UNICEF has called on the state government to provide high-standard water and sanitation facilities to communities. Celine Lafoucrier, Chief of UNICEF Lagos Field Office, emphasized the need for strengthened healthcare systems to respond to outbreaks.

Lafoucrier stated, “Addressing cholera outbreaks requires a deliberate focus on providing high-standard water and sanitation facilities.” She also stressed the importance of community engagement strategies to halt transmission.

The state government has confirmed 350 suspected cases of cholera in 29 wards across multiple LGAs, with 17 confirmed cases and 15 deaths. However, the number of new cases is subsiding in previously affected areas due to interventions and surveillance efforts.

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