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Lagos rail lines ready by Dec. 2022 – LAMATA

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By Oyindamola Ruth

The Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) has said that the Lagos Blue and Red rail lines will be operational by December 2022.

The General Manager of the agency, Mrs Abimbola Akinajo, made the disclosure during a visit by the officials of the Office of Transformation, Creativity and innovation, (Office of Head of Service) on Wednesday, in Lagos.

Akinajo said that LAMATA was working assiduously to ensure the delivery of the rail lines to passenger operation by December 2022.

She said: “These two lines will change the transport landscape of Lagos when operational. We have a transport master plan which speaks to the vision of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on transportation.

“We have six rail lines and one monorail, 14 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridors, over 20 water routes and we are sure that when all of these are properly harnessed, Lagos will join the league of cities with an efficient transport system.”

“We have advertised four other rail lines for the private sector to invest. We are working on the private sector so they could bring in about 1,500 high capacity buses by 2022.

“We would be launching our First Mile Last Mile scheme very soon. We are working on the construction of two interchanges at Mile 2 and CMS. We want to ensure that Lagosians travel in comfort.”

The general manager affirmed that it was working toward “a connected Lagos” with the various transport projects implemented through it by the state government.

She explained that the vision of an intermodal integrated transport system was meant to create choices for the Lagos commuters without stress.

to achieve their daily commute needs and meet up their economic and social engagements.

Akinajo said LAMATA had opened up 57 routes for operators which include the two main transport unions, the National Union of Road Transport Workers and the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria.

She noted that they were currently operating on the Oshodi – Abule Egba BRT corridor and other standard bus routes.

However, Akinajo told the officials that LAMATA needs to increase its manpower as the transport networks unfold and an office complex to accommodate its staff.

The Lead Consultant, Mr Abdurrahman Lekki, described LAMATA as a transport agency pivotal to the Traffic Management and Transportation; Health and Environment; Education and Technology (THEMES) agenda of the state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Lekki advised the agency to ensure that a broad spectrum of stakeholders in the transport sector were carried along to guarantee success of government plans.

(NAN)

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FG suspends Air Nigeria project indefinitely

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The Air Nigeria project has been placed on indefinite hold by the federal government until further notice.

The minister of aviation and aerospace, Festus Keyamo stated that the airline was never a Nigerian airline, despite what the general public believed, and that they merely attempted to introduce the concept of a foreign airline posing as a Nigerian airline.

At the Ministerial briefing to commemorate President Bola Tinubu’s inaugural year in office, he made this statement.

He said, “It remains suspended and it was never Air Nigeria. It was only.

“If it is so, why not allow our local people to fly our flag? Why bring foreign airlines to fly our flag?

“So nobody should deceive you that it was Air Nigeria.”

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No To Student Education Loan In Tertiary Institutions – ASUU

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in Nigeria has expressed opposition to the idea of providing student education loan for those attending tertiary institutions across the country.

This was made known to the public on Monday during a press conference held in the capital of Akwa Ibom State, Uyo, where it was stated that the student education loan program would force pupils to enslavement, permanent debt, depression, and ultimately suicide.

Happiness Uduk, the ASUU Zonal Cordinator, expressed how depressing it was that those who benefited from food subsidies, bursary awards, and school scholarships were also the ones enforcing some of these offensive policies and vowed that the union would not back down in the face of them whenever necessary.

She said, “It is disheartening that people who attended schools on scholarship, enjoyed meal subsidies, free laundry services and bursary awards are the same running our economy today.

“Their Children are on scholarship in the best foreign universities in the world but after siphoning our economy, they turn around to impose a strangulating Education Loan in tax payers’ children so that they will be enslaved and remain indebted to the country forever. They do not mind the devastating effect of this scheme on the country, such as depression, suicide, and collosal loss of intellectuals.

“To this end, we vehemently condemn the idea of Education Loan and state clearly that using the money for intervention in higher Institutions will be about a positive turn-around of events that will make our institutions self reliant on highly subsidized tertiary education in Nigeria.”

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May 29: President Tinubu Begins Nationwide Project Inauguration

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Nigerian president, Tinubu is set to commence the Inauguration of project across the country to mark his one year in service.

This was made known to the public through a statement signed by Special Advisor on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, with the headline “President Tinubu Set To Inaugurate Projects To Mark One Year In Office”.

According to Bayo, the completion of Lagos’ Third Main Land Bridge will be the first project carried out on May 31, 2024, President Tinubu’s first anniversary in office. Additionally, he will be traveling throughout the week, starting on Sunday (tomorrow) and ending on Friday, to oversee other projects including the commissioning of 330 roads and bridges across the nation.

The statement reads below:

“STATE HOUSE PRESS STATEMENT

“PRESIDENT TINUBU SET TO INAUGURATE PROJECTS TO MARK ONE YEAR IN OFFICE

“Ahead of the first anniversary of his administration on 29 May, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu today departed Abuja for Lagos to begin a commissioning spree of projects completed under his administration.

“In Lagos on Sunday, the President will inaugurate the concrete-paved road to the nation’s major ports in Apapa and Tin Can Island. The reconstructed road which began under the Muhammadu Buhari Administration was financed by the Dangote Group, using its tax credits.

“On the same day, President Tinubu will formally inaugurate, by virtual means, the refurbished Third Mainland Bridge, which has drawn public acclaim for its excellent finishing and aesthetic furnishing. He will also commission, virtually, the rehabilitation of 330 roads and bridges across the country.

“The highpoint of the President’s engagements on Sunday will be the inauguration of the iconic Lagos-Calabar Superhighway, estimated to cost about N15 trillion. Work has begun on the legacy project that will connect nine coastal states, with Section Two already awarded to Hitech Construction Limited.

“President Tinubu will return to Abuja on Tuesday to begin another round of commissioning. He will first inaugurate the Southern Parkway, which the Nyesom Wike-led FCT Administration named after him.

“On Wednesday, the President will attend the National Assembly Dialogue Series, after which he will unveil the National Assembly Library Complex, named after him.

“President Tinubu will leave the National Assembly to relaunch the commercialisation of Abuja Light Rail, also known as Abuja Metro. He will symbolically join a train ride to the city centre.

“The Abuja Metro was completed in 2018 by the Buhari Administration. It was put into commercial use up till 2020. But with the onset of COVID-19, the train service was abandoned. Vandals descended on the facility, putting it out of use.

“FCT Minister Wike, after spending $15 million and building access roads to the various stations, has refurbished it for commercial service.

“After the train ride, President Tinubu will also inaugurate the Wuye Flyover-Link Bridge and the Defence Intelligence Agency Headquarters.

“On Friday 31 May, President Tinubu will commission the NASENI-Portland Compressed Natural Gas(CNG) Reverse Engineering Centre at Utako.

Bayo Onanuga

Special Adviser Information and Strategy.

25 May, 2024.”

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