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Mystery Snakes ‘Harass’ World Bank Staff

The World Bank erosion control project in Umuoji, Idemili North Local government Area of Anambra state is now under threat following the attack on the workers by mystery snakes .

World Bank consultant, Mr Silver Yance , who disclosed this to newsmen in a chat described the threat as a serious challenge.

He said each time his workers were at the site of the erosion project , nest of snakes would appear and ‘harass’ them.

Yance said “This is one of the challenges we are facing . Other challenges are inappropriate drainage systems that were often channelled into farmlands and residential quarters.

He noted that erosion sites in the state were all life threatening because they were in densely populated areas.

The World Bank consultant said about six families had lost their homes in Ikenga Ogidi, idemili North local government area of the state within the last six months.

He said World bank was currently undertaking eight projects in various parts of the state.

He commended the pace of work on the projects, noting however that more efforts were needed in some of the projects, especially in the area where the mystery snakes constituted a problem.

Mike Ivenso who represented the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano, on the occasion, noted that the state had lost about N30billion worth of property to erosion recently.

Chamber urges incoming Kogi govt. to revive ailing industries

The Kogi Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture has urged the incoming administration in the state to put measures in place that will facilitate the revival of ailing stateowned industries in the state. Its Vice President (Industry), Mr Habuh-Rajan Suleiman, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lokoja on Sunday.

He decried the slow pace of development in the state, adding that ‘time has come for the harnessing of the enormous natural and human resources in the state’’.

Suleiman also called for the resuscitation of the state-owned Trade Fair Complex now converted to a park for articulated vehicles.

He said the resuscitation of the complex would open new vista of economic opportunities for the growth of commercial activities that could create more employment opportunities for the people.

Suleiman also called on the new government to put in place modalities for the success of the recently enacted Public Private Partnership (PPP) Law in the state in order to attract foreign investors to the state.

He said the law would ensure the needed synergy between the state government and the private sector, to stimulate investors’ interest in the state’s abundant solid mineral potentials.

‘’Kogi is blessed with 22 of the 34 solid minerals in the country, all that is needed is the right leadership to channel these resources to improve the lot of the people of this state,’’ he said.

Suleiman said that with sound industrial policy, backed with purposeful leadership, small scale and cottage industries would spring up to facilitate rapid development of the state.

On tourism, Suleiman described Kogi as the home of tourism in Nigeria in view of its vast and rich tourism potentials but urged that the sector must be properly harnessed to achieve the desired objective.

He also called for the resuscitation of the state-owned Trade Fair Complex now being used as a park for articulated vehicles, adding that the resuscitation of the complex would open new vista for the growth of commercial activities and create more employment opportunities for the people.


– Raymond Ozoji, Awka

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