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Liberia: President Sirleaf Breaks Ground for Construction of Ministerial Complex

Monrovia — President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has broken grounds for the construction of China-Aided Ministerial Complex and Capitol Building Annexes.

She termed execution of the two projects as a great relief for various ministries and agencies of the Government of Liberia, still operating from outdated buildings that do not meet current day reality.

According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf made the statement on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at the construction sites of the former demolished Defense Ministry Building in Congo Town, outside Monrovia.

The Liberian Chief Executive noted the contributions of former Chinese Ambassadors – Lin Songtian, Zhou Yuxiao and now Zhang Yue and acknowledged President Xi Jinping for working towards bringing to fulfillment the Ministerial Complex and Annexes at the National Legislature.

Speaking earlier, Chinese Ambassador to Liberia, Zhang Yue, welcomed President Sirleaf and delegation for gracing the ground breaking ceremony.

Ambassador Zhang Yue noted that the executions of these landmark projects represent another milestone of China-Liberia relations.

He described the projects as a result of mutual understanding between our two peoples and the outcome has further strengthened our friendship and cooperation.

Ambassador Zhang Yue alluded to Chinese Proverb: “It takes long to give good things; So, good things end up are around the corner after several years of hard work and patience on both sides.”

He said the Complex includes offices, meeting rooms, auditorium, multi-purpose halls, archives, canteen, and also auxiliary facilities such as water pump house, power distribution and generator room; sits on a total of 24,000 square meters and is designed to accommodate at least 1,300 people.

He noted that constructions of the Ministerial Complex and Annexes of the Capitol Building will improve working conditions of the Liberian Government and including the Legislature in order to better serve the Liberian people.

Also making remarks, Public Works Minister, William Moore said the construction of the Ministerial Complex and Annexes to the Capitol Building was not strange to him.

He said he became involved with the projects when he worked in the President Delivery Unit (PDU).

He said he was delighted at this time that the projects are being formally executed. He extended gratitude to former Public Works Minister, Samuel Kofi Woods and Antoinette Weeks who laid all the technical details for the projects prior to his appointment, as Minister.

Minister Moore then commended the Government of the Peoples’ republic of China for providing the Ministerial Complex and Annexes to the Capitol Building as China-Aided for Liberia.

In a related development, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf also received His Excellency, Mr. Adama Barrow President of the Republic of The Gambia who arrived in the country on a two- day official visit to Republic of Liberia.

Mr. Barrow, known as ECOWAS success story came to power in The Gambia on December 7, 2016, after defeating his predecessor – Yaya Jammeh who initially refused to step down.

He was pursued through diplomatic means and relinquished power on Thursday, January 19, 2017, paving the way for his inauguration.

Zimbabwe: Setback for Beitbridge-Chirundu Dualisation

By Tendai Makaripe

GOVERNMENT has put brakes on the US$3 billion Beitbridge-Harare-Chirundu dualisation project, despite the recent hype around what could be Zimbabwe’s biggest infrastructure project since independence in 1980.

The dualisation project was supposed to be launched by President Robert Mugabe last month, with construction work starting this month.

But Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister, Joram Gumbo, said this week that government was no longer in a hurry to start the project.

“The project cannot be rushed,” Gumbo told the Financial Gazette. “A project of this magnitude involves a lot of complex processes that cannot be completed overnight.”

Asked why he was backtracking from government’s earlier commitment, Gumbo said there were many bureaucratic processes involving different arms of government which were stalling the project.

“For example, some of the processes involve the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, an institution with its own way of doing things. We also need to open bank accounts at the same time giving ear to our financial advisors on the proper route to take,” he said.

Asked to explain why the project was not commissioned by President Mugabe last month as he had indicated in February, Gumbo said: “I will have to wait and hear from my boss on when he will commission the project. What I can tell you is that it will take place near Mvuma.”

Apparently, it is now nearly 10 months since government announced that it had found an investor, who would pour at least US$2,7 billion into the project.

Last year, government entered into an agreement with a Chinese contractor, China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd (CHEC), to do the work, which would be financed by Austrian firm, Geiger International (Geiger) on a 25-year Build Operate and Transfer (BOT) model. The road continues to wear at a rapid pace, battered by elements. The heavy rains which poured on the country this year left most road infrastructure heavily damaged. The treacherous highway, whose poor state has been blamed for fatal road traffic accidents, is a critical artery in the southern African region.

The latest development is a strange turn of events, considering that the ruling ZANU-PF party is banking on the project to show its commitment to turn around the economy and create jobs promised during the 2013 elections, in which it won a landslide victory against the opposition parties.

There is speculation the ZANU-PF administration could be deliberately delaying the project in order to launch it close to elections, which are slated for next year. The ruling party is already gearing for what promises to be a crunch general election.

ZANU-PF is known for turning national projects into campaign platforms. Already, reports elsewhere in this newspaper suggest that over 700 people in Karoi, Mashonaland West, have registered for jobs on the stretch of the highway project that pass through the district.

With the dualisation of the highway expected to create thousands of jobs, it comes in handy for the party which has received brickbats for failing to deliver the 2,2 million jobs it promised ahead of the 2013 general elections.

Watchers have said the project could be ZANU-PF’s perfect opportunity to appease the agitated populace as the plebiscite draws closer.

But Gumbo denied this was the case.

“That is mere speculation; there is no political involvement whatsoever. This is purely a technical matter,” he said, explaining the current development.

The highway has been delayed for years owing to many factors, among them a nasty legal wrangle involving government and ZimHighways — a consortium of 14 construction firms that included Murray & Roberts Zimbabwe (now Masimba Holdings), Costain Africa (now ZCL Holdings, which is under judicial management), Kuchi Building Construction, Tarcon, Bitumen Construction Services (Bitcon), Joina Development Company and Southland Engineers — which had won the tender for the 900km highway at a cost of US$883 million.

Fed up by the delays, government sought to terminate the contract, arguing that the consortium lacked the financial wherewithal to do the work. ZimHighways claimed that the delays were caused by senior government officials who demanded bribes to facilitate the project.

The battle ended two years ago when government sweet-talked the consortium into withdrawing the case and opt for an out of court settlement under which it would be granted 40 percent of a stake on the road project.

CHEC has also had its own fair share of controversy.

It is a subsidiary of China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), which in 2011 courted controversy in Uganda and several other countries for alleged shoddy deals.

CCCC was blacklisted by the World Bank over fraudulent practices by its predecessor, China Road and Bridge Corporation, in 2009.

But government defended its decision to award it the tender, arguing that that it was CCCC, and not CHEC, that was blacklisted.

The highway is Zimbabwe’s busiest road, carrying nearly 5 000 vehicles per day.

It is not only part of the trunk network in Zimbabwe, but also a major component of the north-south traffic corridor directly linking Harare and Pretoria, and providing landlocked Zambia with access to the Indian Ocean ports of Durban and Richards Bay in South Africa.

South Africa: No New Renovations At Nkandla – Dlodlo

No new renovation work is being carried out at President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead, Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo said on Friday.

“What might be happening is maintenance work, but no renovations,” she said at a post-Cabinet briefing.

“We did not discuss it in Cabinet. There are no renovations at Nkandla,” she said in answer to a question from News24.

She referred journalists to new Public Works Minister Nathi Nhleko’s statement earlier this week about reports that more renovations were being done.

Nhleko on Tuesday said none of the companies involved in the upgrades to President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead had been blacklisted.

The department had continued working with eight out of the 14 companies. They had been contracted between August 2014 to date, he said.

Nhleko was police minister when he compiled a report into the Nkandla saga that contradicted former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s findings that Zuma unduly benefitted from the upgrades costing R246m.

He said the department would place on the database those suppliers guilty of breaching supply chain management policies and/or Treasury regulations.

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said the revelations were shocking, considering the Constitutional Court had found the upgrades were “fraught with corruption and unlawful enrichment”.

Meanwhile, the disciplinary hearing of one of the 12 public works employees accused of wrongdoing in the Nkandla saga was postponed in Durban on Tuesday. Sibusiso Chonco and 11 other officials are accused of acting unlawfully during the upgrades.

Chonco’s hearing was postponed to July 4 to 6. His lawyer Adrian Moodley said Chonco was not unwilling, but unable to participate in proceedings due to poor health.

Source: News24

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Nigeria: Two Dead, Scores Injured As Building Collapses in Lagos

By Chiemelie Ezeobi

Scores of construction workers were thursday injured and two killed when a two-storey building undergoing construction in NICON Town Estate, off Admirality Way in the Lekki area of Lagos, partially collapsed.

It was gathered that the construction workers were mixing concrete at the site when part of the building cracked and collapsed, trapping many of them under the rubble.

The deceased persons who were simply identified as Tasiu Tanko and Abdullahi Usman had since been deposited at the morgue while the injured persons were taken to the hospital.

Immediately news of the incident filtered out, officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), and other emergency responders rushed to the accident scene to rescue those trapped underneath the rubble.

According to eyewitness account, the collapsed building took all by surprise as it had previously not given any sign of wear and tear.

It was gathered that the structure suddenly had a crack and partially collapsed like a pack of badly stacked cards.

It took the concerted efforts of emergency workers to bring out the workers from underneath the rubbles, although two were brought out dead.

Already, the building has been cordoned off by LASEMA pending an on-the-spot assessment of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), who are expected to take some samples for tests.

Confirming the incident, the General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Mr. Tiamiyu Adesina, however said although two persons died, they only have one person injured who was taken to the hospital.

He said: “The agency received a report regarding the partial collapse of a building at Nicon town Estate, Admiralty way Lekki.

“Investigations conducted by the agency’s Emergency Respone Team (ERT) at scene of the incident revealed that the structure under the process of casting of the roof beam and parapet partially collapsed as mixed concrete, and the poker vibrator were seen at the site.

“The building suddenly collapsed on some of the workers on site and two adult male named Tasiu and Abdulahi were reportedly killed, while an adult male named Yakub sustained some injuries and have been taken to the hospital.

“The agency’s Emergency Response Team immediately cordoned off the building for further investigation to be carried out by the appropriate authorities.”

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Sudan: Assistant of President of Republic Briefed On Projects Implemented in East Sudan

Khartoum — The Assistant of the President of the Republic, Musa Mohammed Ahmed chaired, Thursday, at the Republican Palace, the meeting of the national, Islamic and Arab organizations operating in Sudan.

Musa, during the meeting, briefed on the projects implemented by some of the organizations in East Sudan, top o which, the model villages in Kassala, the Red Sea and water projects as well as the organizations plans for 2017.

The representative of the National, Islamic and Arab organizations, Abdul Maula Musa said in press statements that the meeting touched on the humanitarian issues and the needs of Eastern Sudan states.

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By Andrew Kunambura

IN July last year, Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister, Jorum Gumbo, was reassuring in his update on the dualisation of the Beitbridge-Harare-Chirundu highway.

“Things are definitely moving,” he said during a press briefing.

“The contractor and the financier are in the country and they are working on an implementation plan which they will present to us when we begin our meetings with them this week.”

He was speaking soon after sealing a 25-year long US$3 billion Build-Operate-Transfer deal for the construction of the highway, one of southern Africa’s busiest.

The deal was signed between government and a contractor, Chinese firm China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd (CHEC).

The project is being financed by an Austrian firm, Geiger International.

Gumbo’s highly optimistic speech gave the impression that work on the expansion of the road was, at the time, only a few weeks away from commencing; but 10 months later — and still counting — nothing has happened.

The road, which is narrow and characterised by dangerous potholes, has been a political pedestal for successive transport ministers for a long time as it has become a death highway due to the accidents occurring almost daily.

From Nicholas Goche to Obert Mpofu and now Gumbo, every minister has spoken of imminent site-works that have never been.

Only in February this year, Gumbo said President Robert Mugabe would officially launch the dualisation of the road by mid-March, while the actual construction work would start before the country’s Independence Day commemorations held on Tuesday last week.

The dates have since come and gone without any of the events taking place. Neither has there been any further feedback on a project that would have undoubtedly raised the profile of the ZANU-PF government’s much-celebrated Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation economic blueprint that promised the creation of two million jobs and conducive conditions for both local and foreign investments.

And, as if to remind the powers that be that expansion of the highway is now long overdue, a horrific accident took place along the trunk road last month.

If anything was needed to stir the consciences of those in charge of the project, it should surely be the gruesome images of charred remains of passengers who perished when a South Africa bound cross-border bus side-swiped a haulage truck — now a familiar phenomenon on the road — and veered off the road before bursting into flames near Mvuma, killing 31 people.

Their bodies were burnt beyond recognition.

The accident happened not very far away from the scene of a similar crash involving another bus which ploughed into a truck and caught fire and killed 50 people in 2001.

Yet another bus killed 37 people and injured 48 others when it hit a truck along the same road and overturned before landing on its side.

Last year, another bus collided with a haulage truck 45 kilometres outside Beitbridge town, killing 12 and injuring many others.

These are just a few examples of the deadly crashes that could have been avoided had government expedited the dualisation of the road.

As things stand, many more lives are going to be lost as the region and Africa now top global statistics of road fatalities and injuries.

According to a 2015 World Health Organisation Global Burden of Disease and Injury study, southern Africa is increasingly becoming the most dangerous region to drive on earth.

While road deaths and injuries in sub-Saharan Africa increased by 13 percent between 1990 and 2013, they increased 35 percent in southern Africa during the same period.

In general, Africa tops the world on road fatalities at 26,6 percent, a figure which is three times higher than that of Europe — at 9,3 percent — where there are 40 000 more vehicles per every 100 000 people than Africa.

It is undoubted that the Beitbridge-Harare-Chirundu highway is making a significant contribution to these statistics as a major artery into Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries such as Zambia, Malawi and the Democratic Republic of Congo that rely on it for both cargo and human movement.

Besides the fact that the highway is too narrow to accommodate the heavy traffic flow, the road has long passed its lifespan and is now riddled with huge potholes and sharp edges that make driving an absolute nightmare.

It was designed to last 20 years but, like many other 1970s Rhodesian-era roads, it has been allowed to outlive its span threefold. Critics indicate that they are baffled by the fact that a road of such commercial significance, which is said to carry between 1 000 and 5 000 vehicles daily, is allowed to rot to that extent.

Unusually heavy rains that mercilessly battered the country during the just ended rainfall season further exacerbated the bad state of the road.

That it has been probably the worst maintained major road in the country and yet by far the busiest speaks volumes about State bureaucrats’ commitment to seeing it through its teething stages.

That the country stands to lose considerable business if government continues to dawdle on the project at a time when regional players are busy planning the construction of a trunk road which skirts Zimbabwe, running through Botswana, does not seem to be a good reason to jolt the country into action. Despite having earlier expressed optimism, Gumbo is now not even sure when the project would start. In an interview with this newspaper, he said the project would not be rushed.

Such is the approach to the dualisation project, which has been on the planning table for nearly two decades.

A legal wrangle erupted between government and a consortium of local contractors, ZimHighways, which could not implement the project for over a decade due to an poor economic environment that culminated in a hyperinflationary crisis which ended with dollarization in 2009.

Government revoked the agreement in 2013 after persuading the consortium to withdraw their court case for an undisclosed settlement.

ZimHighways, comprising 14 construction firms that included Murray & Roberts Zimbabwe (now Masimba Holdings), Costain Africa (now ZCL Holdings which is under judicial management), Kuchi Building Construction, Tarcon, Bitumen Construction Services (Bitcon), Joina Development Company and Southland Engineers, is once again reportedly coming back to haunt government by demanding a share of the spoils.

During the decade leading to 2013, the project could not take off amid accusations and counter-accusations between government and the consortium.

Government claimed the consortium lacked the financial wherewithal to do the job, while the consortium claimed that some senior government officials were demanding bribes for them to facilitate the project.

The wrangle only ended in September 2015 when government struck an obscure deal with the consortium, under which it withdrew the case leading to the current arrangement being formulated.

Nonetheless, there has not been any meaningful progress.

The delay has also been very costly, with the project’s cost now hitting US$2,7 billion from the US$984 million quoted in 2002.

Being a signatory to the SADC protocol on transport, communication and meteorology, Zimbabwe is under pressure to not only rehabilitate its roads, but also modernise them.

In terms of that protocol, Zimbabwe agreed to assist in developing an adequate road network that supports the region’s socio-economic growth.

The network needs to provide access to major centres, ports, and harbours, while minimising road transport costs and impacts to the environment.

According to the protocol, roads affect all aspects of development in the region.

“Businesses depend on effective roads for transporting their goods, industry relies on roads for delivery of equipment, and people require roads for travel between home, workplaces, and elsewhere in the region,” the regional body said in a communiqué issued after a regional conference held in Bulawayo last year.

But despite all those commitments government has remained lethargic.

There were reports recently of squabbles on the project, with the Chinese contractor reportedly unwilling to cede the 40 percent stake reserved for local contractors.

This is the same emotive project that was subject of the long running legal wrangle between government and ZimHighways.

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Nigeria: Govt to Build Courts in Prisons – Dambazau

By Joshua Odeyemi

The Federal Government is working on co-locating courts and prisons to fast track the process of administering justice in the country.

The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau gave this hint yesterday in Abuja, while commissioning 239 operational vehicles and farm implements recently acquired by the Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS).

Dambazau said the move was important to reduce congestion in most prison facilities in urban areas.

The Controller-General of Prisons, Ja’afaru Ahmed, said tractors and other relevant implements procured would address the drudgery hitherto associated with the prison farms.

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Nigeria: Two Die, Others Injured As Building Collapses in Lagos

By Evelyn Usman and Monsuru Olowoopejo

Tragedy struck yesterday, after part of a two-storey building under construction at NICON Town Estate, off Admiralty Way in Lekki area of Lagos, collapsed, killing two persons– Tasiu Tanko and Abdulai Usman–who were construction workers.

Another worker, Yakuub, who sustained severe injuries, is still being attended to by doctors at the intensive care unit of an undisclosed hospital.

Vanguard gathered that work was ongoing at the site when part of the building caved in, trapping the workers. The deceased, according to eyewitnesses, were brought out of the debris dead, while others were rescued with varying degrees of injuries.

Residents of the area were said to have thronged the scene to help in rescuing those under the debris, until the arrival of rescue workers from the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency and policemen.

General Manager, LASEMA, Mr. Adeshina Tiamiyu, who confirmed the incident, said: “The agency received a report at about 11.40a.m., regarding partial collapse of a building at NICON Town Estate, Lekki.”

He said investigation conducted by the agency’s Emergency Response Team, ERT, at the scene of the incident, revealed that the structure was at the stage of casting the roofing beam.

He added that the construction workers were mixing concrete with a poker vibrator when part of the building caved in on some of them.

Taimiyu added: “The agency’s ERT immediately cordoned off the building for further investigation to be carried out by the appropriate authorities.”

South-West spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye, said the bodies had been evacuated and taken to the morgue. He disclosed that fire also engulfed Bedmate Industry, a furniture company, at Lekki, yesterday.

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Tanzania: Govt Unveils Massive Budget for Fagship Infrastructure Projects

Photo: Daily News

Mtwara Port is in pipeline for development (file photo).

By Nasongelya Kilyinga

Dodoma — The Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication has unveiled a massive 4.5trl/- budget, which among other things, will cover flagship infrastructure development in the 2017/2018 fiscal year.

This means, the government will be spending almost 45 per cent of its budget as development expenditure in infrastructure.

However, the figure represents a drop of almost 400bn/- compared to the 2016/2017 budget, in which 4.9trl/- was set aside for the same purpose.

Presenting the budget estimates yesterday, the Minister, Prof Makame Mbarawa, said that out of the amount, the transport sector will take a huge chunk, totalling 2.5trl/-, while 1.9trl/- is for works sector and the remaining 18bn/- is reserved for communication sector.

Among areas of priority, is 900bn/- for the construction of Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) from Morogoro to Dodoma. In the current financial year, the government has allocated 1tril/- to cover the Dar es Salaam -Morogoro patch, in which President John Magufuli, has already laid a foundation stone and the project, is ongoing.

Minister Mbarawa further said that during the next financial year, the government has set aside 200bn/- for rehabilitation of Dar es Salaam-Isaka central railway, which will include bridges and culverts and to rehabilitate railway lines within Dar es Salaam Port.

He said the projects will be supported by the World Bank. Another project highlights in transport sector to be covered during the 2017/2018 fiscal year is 187bn/- for the modernisation and expansion of the Dar es Salaam Port and a sum of 87bn/- for the construction of a Multi-Purpose Terminal at Mtwara Port.

Minister Mbarawa said 500bn/- has been allocated for the continued revival of the national carrier – Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL). During the next fiscal year, Prof Mbarawa said, the amount will be used for the acquisition of three new aircrafts, which include two CS 300 with the capacity to carry 127 passengers each and one long haul Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, with the capacity to carry 262 passengers.

“The funds will also be spent on providing insurance cover, training of pilots, engineers, cabin crew, start up costs as well as down payment for another Boeing 787 (Dreamliner),” he told the House, insisting that the government was committed to see ATCL fully back into the air and operating profitably.

Other areas include: 35bn/- set aside for the construction of Terminal Three at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA), 32.5bn/- for rehabilitation and upgrading of Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA), in which 5bn/- is from internal source and the remaining 27.5bn/- from the Netherlands Development Fund (ORIO). The ongoing project is being carried out by Netherlands-based construction company BAM International.

The government has also allocated 23.5bn/- for the improvement of Mwanza Airport. He said the funds will cover initial work for the construction of a new passengers’ terminal, extension of runway and cargo terminal, while another 5.5bn/- will enable undertaking of feasibility study for the construction of Msalato Airport in the designated capital of Dodoma and 1.1bn/- for upgrading and rehabilitation of Dodoma Airport. Most of the funding for these projects comes from the government’s own sources.

In works sector, the Minister said, priorities will be on improving the road networks countrywide, in which 12.8bn/- has been allocated for compensation to people, who will be affected by Dar es Salaam-Chalinze -Morogoro Expressway project (DSM-Chalinze Section – 144 kilometres).

The project which will later stretch up to Morogoro, covering another 200 kilometres will be undertaken through Public Private Partnership (PPP). The list also includes backlog rehabilitation of Mlandizi-Chalinze road which will cost 2.1bn/-. Another highlight is 25.9bn/- set aside for final payment of contractors and consultant engineer, who carried out 64km Wazo Hill-Bagamoyo-Msata road project including lower Ruvu Bridge.

The amount will also cover initial preparations for the construction of Bagamoyo-Saadan-Tanga (178km) including Pangani and Lower Wami bridges. Minister Mbarawa further said that his ministry has set aside 5.9bn/- in the next financial year, to procure a ferry to ply between Kogongo-Busisi, 333m/- to procure another ferry (170 tones) to ply between Magogoni and Kigamboni, 300m/- to carry out expansion of Kigamboni ferry terminal side. On rehabilitation of ferries, the Minister said, 600m/- will be spent on rehabilitating MV Kigamboni, 610m/- to rehabilitate MV Misungwi and 500m/- for rehabilitation of MV Sengerema.

Rehabilitation of MV Pangani will cost 196m/-. On the construction of government houses, the ministry has set aside 795m/- for government tied quarters for judges’ residences in Dar es Salaam, Kagera, Mtwara, Kilimanjaro, Shinyanga by June, next year.

Another 100m/- has been set aside to conduct monitoring and evaluation of construction and maintenance projects for government leaders’ houses by June, next year. A sum of 100m/- is set aside for the construction of houses for former Magomeni quarters residents in Kinondoni, 600m/- to rehabilitate government leaders’ houses in Dodoma and 500m/- to construct TEMESA’s new workshops in Songwe, Simiyu, Geita, Njombe and Katavi regions.

On construction of bridges, the Minister said 26bn/- has been allocated in which some of the major projects include 4.3bn/- for the construction of new Wami Bridge, 3.4bn/- for construction of Kilombero Bridge, 3.2bn/- for construction of Sibiti Bridge along Ulemo-Gumanga-Sibiti road, 1.6bn/- for the Ruhuhu Bridge and 2.15bn/- for rehabilitation of Kirumi Bridge.

Others include 3bn/- for construction of Momba Bridge, 1bn/- for Mlalakuwa Bridge, 1.17bn/- for a feasibility study and detailed design of the Kigongo/Busisi Bridge, 762m/- for design and construction of Simiyu Bridge and 471m/- for construction of Kavuu Bridge along Majimoto-Inyonga road.

The Minister also spoke enthusiastically on decongestion of Dar es Salaam roads, where 12bn/- has been allocated for various projects both ongoing and new. These include a 9km stretch of Kimara-Kilungule-External, where 979m/- has been set aside, another 1.16bn/- is allocated for Mbezi-Malambamawili-Kinyerezi-Banana stretch which covers 14km.

Another 20km stretch connecting Tegeta-Kibaoni-Wazo Hill-Goba-Mbezi has been allocated 870m/-. The government also set aside 1.9bn/- for Kibamba-Kisopwa-Kwembe-Makondeko road stretch, 1bn/- for widening of Mwai Kibaki road, 1.29bn/- for Kongowe-jimwema-Kivukoni Ferry road.

Minister Mbarawa also said that 46.9bn/- has been allocated for Dar es Salaam flyovers, in which a sum of 25.5bn/- is for the construction of the ongoing TAZARA flyover and 20.3bn/- for Ubungo interchange.

Another 1bn/- is for improvement of intersections at KAMATA, Magomeni, Mwenge, Tabata/Mandela, Salander/UN roads, Mbezi Mwisho, Buguruni and Morocco.

Nigeria: Two Dead, Many Injured As Building Collapses in Lagos

By Eugene Agha

Lagos — Two persons were said to have died while many were injured when a two-storey building undergoing construction in NICON Town Estate, Lekki, collapsed.

It was gathered that the construction workers were mixing concrete at the site when part of the building cracked and collapsed, trapping many of them under the rubble.

The deceased persons were identified as Tasiu Tanko and Abdullahi Usman.

Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and other emergency responders rushed to the accident scene as soon as they heard of the incident to rescue those trapped underneath the rubble.

Witnesses said the collapsed building took all by surprise as it had previously not given any sign of wear and tear.

Confirming the incident, the General Manager of LASEMA, Mr. Tiamiyu Adesina, said, “The agency received a report regarding the partial collapse of a building at Nicon Town Estate, Admiralty way, Lekki. Investigations conducted by the agency’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) at the scene of the incident revealed that the structure under the process of casting of the roof beam and parapet partially collapsed.”

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