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FCTA flags off N1.8bn Kagini rail station access road, car park

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By Muhammad Tanimu

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has Thursday, flagged off the construction of access road and car park for the Kagini Light Rail station. 

The project estimated to cost about N1,830,392,695.00 and financed from the Green Bond fund domiciled in the Ministry of Environment, was said to have been awarded to an indigenous contractor and  expected to be completed within twelve months. 

FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, at the flag-off ceremony, said the project was earlier this year approved by President Muhammadu Buhari, as part of efforts towards accelerating infractural development in the nation’s capital. 

Bello noted that Kagini rail station was designed to enable residents within the area and other adjoining Districts enjoy the benefits of a modern rail transportation system, while also helping to reduce carbon emissions that destroy the environment. 

The Minister of Environment, Dr. Mohmood Abubakar, who was the special guest and also performed the ceremony said the project was funded from the proceeds of the second issuance of the Sovereign Green Bond of the Federal government. 

He also pledged that his Ministry would partner with FCT in solving the protracted poor traffic lights management through the Green Bond initiative. 

Abubakar noted that government was using the Green Bond project in tackling the menace of climate change in the country. 

Also speaking, FCT Minister of State, Dr.  Ramatu Aliyu,  disclosed that the project was in line with the Administration’s commitment to improving and providing services that have direct impact on the citizens. 

Aliyu further added that the administration was mobilizing private sector stakeholders and resources for more people oriented projects that enriches lives.

She said, “We are convinced of the need to create an enabling environment for businesses to thrive and reduce the cost of doing business. 

“We have adopted strategies that will help to build and aggregate stakeholders competencies and commitments needed to mobilize public and private resources for developing the nation’s capital and enriching the lives of every residents.”


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NSCDC dismisses viral video on ‘bandit personnel’

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has dismissed a viral video purporting that a member of the corps confessed to being a bandit.

The suspected bandit, Mr Abdullah Saidu, in the viral video called himself personnel of the Corps.

This is contained in a statement issued by the NSCDC Spokesperson, Mr Olusola Odumosu, in Abuja.

Newsmen report that Saidu was arrested in connection to a group of armed bandits terrorising some parts of Koton Karfe Local Government Area of Kogi.

The spokesperson said that the NSCDC has set up a team to investigate the available records to confirm the authenticity of Saidu’s claims that he was the corps personnel.

“The general public shall be adequately briefed on subsequent findings.“Based on the aforementioned, the purported video where the alleged suspect openly confessed to the crime did not in any way give credence to or affirm his membership to the Corps.

“Experience has shown that criminals are fond of impersonating security operatives in order to divert attention, subvert investigation or get away with the crime,” he said.

Odumosu further noted that the NSCDC was saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and property amongst others.

“The Corps will not in any way condone any saboteur of national security or sponsorship of criminals.”He reiterated the Corps’ zeal to discharge its statutory mandates without compromise but with humility and integrity.

He said the NSCDC will continue to synergise with sister agencies to combat crimes in the country.

Source: (NAN)


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Federal government to incorporate NNPC board in six months

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President Muhammadu Buhari said on Sunday he had appointed a board for the NNPC and directed that it should be incorporated within six months, a move that could allow it to sell shares in the future.

The President signed the petroleum bill into law last month which has been in the works for nearly two decades, aiming to overhaul the sector and turn the state-owned oil company into a private firm.

The new oil law requires NNPC to be incorporated within six months, Buhari said in a statement, appointing Ifeanyi Ararume as NNPC chairman and its current Chief Executive Mele Kyari to lead the firm.

Kyari has said NNPC could consider an initial public offering (IPO) within three years. The incorporation could pave the way for NNPC to sell shares.

Buhari said last month that NNPC made its first profit in 44 years in 2020.

Source:(Global World News)


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Niger state becoming safe haven for fleeing Zamfara bandits

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Shiroro Local Government in Niger State has cried foul over the influx of bandits and terrorists fleeing Zamfara state.

The bandits/terrorists are identified by their masks and motorcycles, and their presence is causing fear and apprehension among the locals, spokesman of the local government, Salis M. Sabo disclosed in a statement.

Sabo said the bandits are believed to have flown from “Zamfara or other adjoining troubled states which the Niger State borders through Shiroro.

“The marauders have started showing their ugly faces in Galadiman Kogo, Zama, Magami, Maganda m, Paleli, Iburo, Chukuba, Dnasapa all in Shiroro Local Government.

“The military operation going on in Zamfara needs to be well coordinated and replicated in other States on Zamfara borders so as to save the vulnerable neighboours from bearing the brunt arising from the operation.

“The Coalition of Shiroro Associations (COSA) calls on the authorities concerned to swiftly intervene and listen to the cries of the people of Shiroro” Salis M Sabo said.


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