FG to generate N12.4bn from Lagos-Ibadan e-ticketing solution in 4 yrs

The acting Director-General, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, (ICRC), Mike Ohiani, has stated that the Federal Government is expected to generate over N12.4 billion within the next four years courtesy of the introduction of e-ticketing solution on the Lagos-Ibadan standard train service. Ohiani, who disclosed this at the official Outline Business Case (OBC) presentation on the Lagos-Ibadan Standard Train Service and the Warri-Itakpe Standard Train Service to Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) in Lagos, said the overall scope of the project is for the designing, financing, building, operation, managing the secured e-ticketing…

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Senate alleges N16bn padding of 2022 Budget

The Senate Committee on Environment, yesterday, said it had discovered some N16 billion included in the 2022 budget of the Ministry of Environment for servicing of debts believed to have been collected by state governments. Chairman of the panel, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, made the revelation during the presentation of his committee’s report before the Senate Committee on Appropriation in Abuja. He claimed that about N6 billion was also added to the ministry’s 2021 budget, for which it was queried by the committee, stating, “only for it to be brought back…

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Alleged Lekki Massacre: Lagos #Endsars Report Filled With Errors, Contradictions – Lai Mohammed

Ishaku Yohanna Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has dismissed the report submitted by the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry into the October 2020 EndSARS protests as not only speculative, but as one riddled with many errors, contradictions, and innuendos. Lai Mohammed also described the leaked report of the panel as fake and “tales by moonlight.” He stated this on Tuesday while addressing a news conference in Abuja. In the leaked report, the panel said the attack by Nigerian security forces “could in context be described as a massacre,” but the…

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Two governors pull punches at APC Governors Forum meeting

There was gnashing of teeth at the All Progressives Congress, (APC) Governor Forum’s meeting last night, as the Progressives Governor’s Forum, (PGF) reportedly split into pro and anti-Tinubu camps over the preference for political parties’ primaries for the selection of candidates. The pro-Tinubu Group wanted direct primaries while those wanting Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Amaechi to take on Tinubu wanted indirect primaries. According to the report, it degenerated into verbal abuses with two  Governors standing up poking fingers at each other’s face, only to be separated by the Chairman of the…

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Buhari, APC Govs agree on February 2022 for National Convention

The ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC), has tentatively scheduled its national convention to sometime in February, 2022. President Buhari approved Feb. 2022 for the conduct of the APC National Convention following a meeting he had with some of the governors of the party led by the chairman of the APC National Caretaker Committee and Yobe State governor, Mai Mala Buni. With him were his Kebbi and Jigawa and Kebbi States’ counterparts, Atiku Bagudu, who is the Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Jigawa State Governor Atiku Bagudu, and Abubakar…

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Buhari pledges support for Africa First Ladies, as A’isha Buhari is elected President

President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged support to the resolutions of the African First Ladies Peace Mission, (AFLPM), aimed at promoting peace and development in the continent. This is as Nigeria’s First Lady, A’isha Buhari was unanimously elected President of the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM), at the Executive Session of the 9th General Assembly, in Abuja yesterday. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 9th General Assembly of the AFLPM, the President also urged African leaders and other stakeholders to support the women in realising their core objective of…

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“We’re ready for reprisal action when next any Northerner comes under attack in S/East” – CNG threatens

The Coalition of Northern Group, (CNG), yesterday declared that the North would no longer remain idle when next its people are deliberately targeted and massacred in the South-East region, or anywhere in Nigeria. Its spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, who made this known to newsmen at a press conference, which was held in Kano State, said that the power to release the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB)’s separatist leader, Nnamdi Kano, only wrested and vested in the Judiciary. According to the CNG spokesperson, “the North will no longer remain idle when…

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Again, kidnappers return to Abuja-Kaduna highway, abduct dozens

Daredevil kidnappers have returned to the Abuja-Kaduna highway yesterday, abducting dozens of travellers. Recall that the kidnappers had on Sunday abducted an unspecified number of passengers and killed a notable Zamfara politician, Sagir Hamidu. It was reliably gathered that the kidnappers returned to the highway yesterday, at about 4:30 p.m., and opened fire on motorists. Sources said the incident occurred less than five kilometres away from the point the assailants operated on Sunday. According to an eyewitness who plied the road immediately after the incident, Lawan Sani, disclosed that he…

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Killings of citizens along Abuja/Kaduna expressway by bandits, a national shame, Says ACF

The apex socio-cultural forum, Arewa Consultative Forum, (ACF), has described the incessant killings of innocent citizens along the Abuja/Kaduna expressway by bandits as a national shame. Reacting to the most recent attack by bandits on the road which led to the kidnap of many Nigerians, and murder of former Zamfara State governorship aspirant, the Late Hamidu Sagir, in an issued statement signed by the forum’s National Publicity Secretary, Emmanuel Yawe, expressed worry that Nigerians on a daily basis are being terrorised, kidnapped, and killed without let on this road. While…

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‘FG treating Ndigbo like 2nd-class citizens’ — Nwodo alleges

The immediate-past President-General of the Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, has accused the Gederal Government of treating the Igbo race as second-class citizens. Nwodo, who made the allegation while delivering a paper on: “Nigeria’s Political and Economic Future – the Dangers We Can Avert”, lamented the exclusion of the Igbo race in the security architecture of the country as well as other sensitive and strategic public positions. His words: ” We are grossly marginalised and treated by the federal government as second-class citizens. No Igbo man, for…

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