Federal Govt. Approved the Sum of N36.118b for Constructio ——-

The federal government has approved the sum of N36.118 billion for the construction of a double carriage bridge from Oju/Loko-Oweto Bridge over River Benue to link Loko (Nasarawa State) and Oweto (Benue State).

Minister of Information and Communication, Labaran Maku, disclosed this while briefing journalists after the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting which was presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

“The contract was awarded to Messrs Reynolds at the sum of N36.118,910,405.94, with 48 months completion period,” he said. “When completed, it will reduce the heavy traffic on the Abuja-Lokoja Road. It will cut two hours off from Abuja to Enugu. It is a strategic road for North Central, South East and South South zones.”

The Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, also brought a memo to the council seeking the ratification and president’s approval for the direct procurement of two A30 Sea Princess Boats with back up spare parts and training of crew member for the Nigeria Customs Services (NCS).

Maku explained that the Marine Unit of the NCS was established to complement other law enforcement agencies in checking various forms of smuggling along the Nigerian waterways and creeks. But over the years, the Marine Unit has not been adequately equipped, and almost half of the boats in its fleet are now completely grounded.

“In order to re-invigorate the unit, council ratified the president’s approval, for the direct procurement of two A30 Sea Princess Boats with back up spare parts and training of crew members, in favor of Messrs John Holt Plc, in the sum of N270,000,000.00 only, inclusive of all taxes and charges, with. Delivery period of six weeks,” he said. (daily times

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Bank Attack by Armed Robbers

Eight armed robbers in the early hours of today stormed a new generation bank in Fagba area of Ifako-Ijaye, in Lagos State, southwest Nigeria, and attacked the security guards, killing one and overpowering two others.

Sources told P.M.NEWS that the robbers destroyed the bank’s Automatic Teller Machine, ATM, to gain access into the banking hall. The source could not confirm if the robbers could access the bank’s vault but it was believed they were able to cart away millions of naira.

Contacted this morning, the bank officials who do not want their names mentioned, confirmed the robbery incident.

However, they refused to give further details but directed P.M.NEWS to contact the Lagos State Police Command Public Relations Officer. They said the robbery attack has been reported to the police for investigation.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Samuel Jinadu, requested our correspondent to call him again when he was contacted at press time.

The attack is contrary to the claims by the state Police Commissioner, Yakubu Alkali, that there has been no successful bank robbery since he took over in Lagos in January this year.

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Premarital sex can be a an offense in civil laws in some countries. It is a factor in religious thought and we shall be dealing with this set of factors in part in this answer. Sex is the most deeply held, private matter for a person and in this case is a personal choice.

In the US there are no longer any penalties for premarital sex, nor is there an automatic marriage when the female becomes pregnant. At one time society had these and other penalties for pregnant females. A great example of societal norms may be found in “The Scarlet Letter” by Hawthorne. Hawthorne was dealing with the injustices of the societal penalties to the female in this story and is a good reflection of 19th century norms.

In many religions there are penalties for premarital sex, the most severe being death. Although some religions, notably Judaism and Christianity, no longer exact those penalties, they still exist “on the books” so to speak. Since premarital sex is so prevalent in the US today, it would be impractical to impose penalties for it as societal norms are so very different.

On a personal level, the effects of premarital sex can be many. The most common effect for the individual is loss of self respect. Depending on the sexual encounter, it can have a devastating effect on the self esteem. For those who have been raped, there are feelings of worthlessness, being “dirty”, “damaged goods”, not “good enough”, etc. Irregardless of the circumstances, the violence done to the psyche can have long term ill effects. For the willing participant, the inevitable doubts about the “purity” of the act can cause preoccupation with moral issues.

For the religious person, the demands of their particular religion have profound effects upon this decision. Marriage laws were originally designed to ensure the safety and well being of women and resulting children. Since the laws of primogeniture were predicated on fatherhood, it was of primary importance that women be married when they produced those children. Certain passages in the Bible and the Koran have very involved statutes concerning marriage and rape.

The questions about premarital sex can go beyond the religious in that the issue of disease that can play a major factor. It is said that you also sleep with everyone else that your partner has ever slept with…and it is true. Syphilis, gonorrhea, herpes, and HIV are very real sexual diseases and a source of concern. When one engages in premarital sex, one risks having contact with these diseases if one’s partner is active with other partners.

Excluding the disease factor, your decision must be made upon a calm, rational decision. Ask yourself these questions.

  • Can I live with this decision without regret the rest of my life?
  • Is this action just for the moment?
  • If I wait will it be better?
  • Am I prepared for pregnancy?
  • Am I prepared to rear a child by myself?
  • Am I prepared to possibly get an unknown disease?
  • Can I deal with the emotional upset if my partner dumps me?
  • Can I deal with the financial strain?
  • Am I ready to stand by this decision and live with my head held high?

Financial strain??? Yes. The cost of treatment for disease is not cheap, either emotionally or financially. Pregnancy is expensive as is psychotherapy. The consequences of your actions have many ramifications.

So if you decide to engage in premarital sex, make the decision before you are faced with the fact of desire.

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