Thursday, 4 October 2012

.Federal Government Orders Investigation Into Mubi Massacre; Approves 1 Point 4 Billion Naira For Completion Of Zik Mausoleum; Okays New Solid Mineral Road Map

Special Adviser on media and publicity to the President Reuben Abati,  who disclosed this while briefing newsmen at State House Abuja after the weekly  meeting of the Council of Ministers, said council also approved a new road map to drive the full development of the solid mineral sector.

The presidential spokesman was delegated by Council to coordinate the briefing in the absence of information minister, Labaran Maku who is Kwara state for the national good governance tour 

President Goodluck Jonathan had promised Nigerians the last time he visited Anambra state that the Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe Mausoleum which had been abandoned for sometime now would be revisited and completed. 

The Housing Minister, Ama Pepple explained that the contract which was originally under the presidency was stalled and had to be cancelled three times before it was transferred to the ministry of lands housing and urban development in 2010.

The minister said with the new approval, the project is expected to be completed within 13 months, hopefully in time for the celebration of the nation's centenary in 2014.

Council's approval of a road map for the solid mineral sector according to Minister of Mines and Steel  Musa Sada is to provide a sound environment for huge investment as it would be largely private-sector driven and there would be specific incentives to encourage investors

Meanwhile outside the approval of memos, President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday directed security agencies to commence full  investigation into the Tuesday night killings of 40 students of the Federal Polytechnic Mubi in Adamawa State.

The President's directive came after Minister of Education, Professor Ruqqayyat Rufai had intimated the Federal Executive Council  of the development  

According to Dr. Abati, President Jonathan stressed that the investigation must unravel the root cause of the unfortunate massacre for appropriate action by government.

Reports said that the students of the Adamawa state University, Federal Polytechnic and School of Health Technology residing in the Wuro-Fatuji suburb, known for its high student population, were rounded up in the night and shot dead as they stood in lines outside the school hostel.

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