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14 — VANGUARD, MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2018 Dangote hailed over longest concrete road project in Nigeria AS Nigeria’s longest rigid pavement road project inches closer to completion, motorists travelling from Northern part to the South have said the road has started supporting vehicular movements across the regions. The Obajana - Kabba road in Kogi State is said to be the longest concrete road project in Nigeria. It is one of the country’s roads linking the North and the South. A notable businessman from the North, Mr. Ibrahim Dantsoho, 40, as well as other motorists commended the president of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, and described the project as a big relief, saying it had already eased travelling and connectivity across the regions. Managing Director of AG-Dangote Construction Company Mr. Ashif Juma said the project would be completed as planned and that Nigerians would yearn for more of such roads when they see the difference with bituminous roads. Mr. Juma said so far 33km earthwork and 22km concrete pavement had been accomplished, noting :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 that every care was being taken to ensure that Nigeria had a most durable road in Nigeria. He assured: “We will deliver the project by December this year. All hands are on deck” He urged ‘’Nigerian governments at all levels to switch over to construction of concrete roads instead of asphalt as it is far superior, durable and cheaper, and does not require frequent maintenance.’’ A human rights activist and consultant, Mr. Abdullahi Umar, 55, who travels through Okene in Kogi State said he now use the Obajana-Kabba road. He called on other companies to emulate the Dangote Group. A statement from the Corporate Communications Department of the Dangote Group said: “Concrete road last longer than asphalt roads and do not have potholes. It does not require frequent maintenance as asphalt roads. It saves fuel for motorists and protects tyres from wear and tear. ‘’It is part of the Group’s determination to support government and Nigerians to grow the economy and facilitate ease of doing business.’’ Nigeria needs philosopher-kings to end treasury looting — ONAIYEKAN •Advocates conditional pardon of Boko Haram insurgents By Luminous Jannamike ABUJA—THE Catho lic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, yesterday said Nigeria needed philosophers as political leaders to end the endemic culture of looting of the nation’s treasury. Onaiyekan spoke while addressing Catholic faithful at a mass to jointly celebrate the Divine Mercy solemnity and the 2018 Mothers’ Day in Abuja. He said while Nigeria had enough resources to cater for the welfare of all its citizens, the dearth of political leaders who possessed philosophical mindsets as well as the willingness to live modestly was responsible for the menace of corruption within government circles and its attendant negative effects on the society. Using Mahatma Ghandi, an Indian nationalist and political leader, to buttress his point, the Archbishop said: “I wish Nigeria had a pool of politicians who are philosopher kings. That would have made the twin Army chief cautions journalists reporting security issues on social media By Joseph Erunke ABUJA—THE Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt.General Tukur Buratai has pleaded with African media to exercise caution in reporting security issues on social media, calling on media to objectively and constructively report the fight against terrorism. He spoke at the Pan African Distinguished Achievers Award ceremony, in Accra, Ghana, where problem of greed and corruption a thing of the past in our nation. Mahatma Ghandi of India was not even a Christian but he believed in the philosophy of modesty. He once said ‘there is enough in the world for every man’s need but not for every man’s greed.’ “The pattern of consumption in our modern society cannot be sustained in the long run. If only we would all live modestly, the greed that breeds corruption will be eliminated, and no one will ever he was bestowed with an Award of Excellence for his contributions to peace in Nigeria and Africa at large, insisting that it was necessary for African journalists to exercise caution in the use of social media on security issue. The award was given to him by the Association of African Journalists and Broadcasters in Accra, Ghana. Represented by the Chief of Civil Military Affairs, Army Headquarters, Major General Nuhu Angbazo, Buratai, urged African journalists to always remember that “it is necessary to quote facts in the manner which will discourage hate, extremism and violence while promoting a united fight against all kinds of criminalities including insurgency. ‘’The security of Africa is a collective responsibility. The activities of terrorism which have international affiliation will be brought to an end as quickly as possible.” be in need. If our politicians would possess the mentality of frugality and modesty, it will cascade down to the citizens and every one will be willing to share whatever he possesses with his neighbour.” Onaiyekan also advocated mutual forgiveness among Nigerians and conditional pardon for Boko Haram insurgents to heal the wounds of the past. “A lot of negative occurrences are going on in our country, and we are scared because God may descend on us in anger. If He doesn’t, it is because of His mercy and forgiveness. So we need to pay attention to mutual forgiveness. We must find a way to wash each other’s wounds. We have continually hurt each other in ways that polarize the nation along religious and ethnic lines. If we admit our need for God’s mercy, then, we must forgive each other. It is my duty as a preacher to call for the forgiveness of Boko Haram insurgents; on the condition that they would change for the better,” he said. The Catholic prelate further called for the unconditional respect for the dignity of womanhood; saying, “Anything or anyone that tends to treat women as if they are of lesser quality than men is not of God.’’ 79TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION OF CHIEF JOHN AGBOOLA ODEYEMI IN ILE-IFE From left; The celebrant, Chief Agboola Odeyemi; Ambassador Tokunbo Awolowo- Dosumu; Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi and Otunba Sunbo Onitiri at his (Odeyemi) residence, along Mokuro Road, Ile Ife yesterday. PHOTOS BY DARE FASUBE. From left; Dr Olukayode Titiloye; Dr. Herbert Ademola Ajayi and Pastor Julius Olu Titiloye. (LEFT): From left; General Manager/ Editor In Chief, Vanguard Newspaper, Mr Gbenga Adefaye; former Deputy Governor Osun State, Sooko Adeleke Adewoyin and Chairman, Ogun Osun River Basin Authority, Mr Sola Lawal. From left; Mr Lanre Awosiyan, Prof Femi Omisore and his wife, Funke. C M Y K

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