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Budget allocates £2m to plan Beatles-inspired attraction in Liverpool

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Budget allocates £2m to plan Beatles-inspired attraction in Liverpool

A new Beatles-inspired mega attraction on Liverpool’s waterfront, secretly in its planning stages since 2017, is to get a government cash injection of £2m.

The money was announced in a budget which included a blizzard of northern England “levelling up” projects, although some eyebrows were raised that a significant chunk was going to leafier suburbs rather than places with more pressing claims.

The wider museum and cultural sector broadly welcomed measures which included one for tax relief. The chancellor, Rishi Sunak, said he was doubling tax relief for theatres, orchestras, museums and galleries and it will be extended to March 2024, in order to help them rally after the worst of times.

Money from the government’s much-vaunted levelling up fund included £232m to 12 projects in north-west England; £187m to 10 projects in Yorkshire and the Humber; and £100m to 5 projects in the north-east England.

In the north-east the projects include reopening the Whorlton Bridge over the River Tees, the UK’s oldest suspension bridge, which is four miles from Barnard Castle.

There was also regeneration money for the arguably prosperous, leafy towns of Yarm and Eaglescliffe. Alex Cunningham, the Labour MP for Stockton North, said: “I’m not suggesting they shouldn’t have the money but there are places like Billingham which are in far greater need and they should have had money as well.”

The Beatles attraction cash is essentially scoping money for a new immersive experience which the city authorities have been in unpublicised talks about for at least three years.

Claire McColgan, the director of culture for Liverpool city council, said it would be much more than a new Beatles attraction. It would be an enormous and celebratory music hub which may have a new secondary school in it, rehearsal space for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and other music education facilities.

She said: “It will be huge and it will be much more than the Beatles.” The Fab Four will be the hook but “what we are really excited about is how this gets kids from the some of the poorest areas of Liverpool to create and explore their passion for music”.

The council is looking at two sites on Liverpool’s waterfront for the development, which has a working title of The Pool. How much it costs and how long it takes to create – if the plans go ahead – remain to be seen. McColgan predicted five to 10 years and was optimistic it would be closer to five.

Liverpool’s metro mayor, Steve Rotheram, said it would not be a stuffy museum. “It’s an immersive experience … we want something other than just looking at old artefacts, John Lennon’s underpants in a glass case,” he said. “We want something really that people will be attracted to.”

The project is getting Treasury money because of the support given to it by the new culture secretary, Liverpool-born Nadine Dorries. “If anything personifies levelling up, it’s the story of the Beatles,” she said.

“This funding will help unlock opportunities so that any child, no matter what corner of Liverpool they come from, or beyond, can become the next Lennon or McCartney.”

McColgan said the £2m would allow those involved to build the case for The Pool and work out how much it would cost.

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Gov Bago signs Executive Order on Niger Green Economy

Governor Umaru Bago of Niger State has signed an Executive Order on the Green Economy.

The Executive order which was titled ‘the Niger State Green Economy Initiative Order (No.3), 2023’ provides that the Green Economy Initiative shall be driven by the State Blueprint that details the strategic pillars and outlines the strategic key performance indicators, targets and timelines of the transition into a green economy.

Also enshrined in the Order, Niger State Government shall produce a State-Wide Land Use and Economic Development Plan to guide investment decisions and ensure investments that would stabilise the green transition are properly coordinated and planned.

The Order further directed all the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the State to adhere strictly to the initiative, adding that appropriate sanction will be carried out on any violator of the Executive Order.

Singing the Executive Order shortly before the commencement of the weekly State Executive Council (SEC) Meeting at the Council Chambers, Government House, Minna, Governor Bago explained that the Executive Order was to ensure the effective implementation of the Green Economy Policy.

Governor Bago appreciated Media Practitioners for the wide coverage given to his administration and encouraged them not to relent.

Recall that the Present administration initiated the Green Economy Policy, and hosted the first summit on initiative with the view to turn around the economy of the State and engender socio-economic development.

According to the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Bologi Ibrahim, “With the signing of Executive Order Three, the initiative has come to stay and its implementation is sacrosanct.”
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COP28: President Tinubu Meets King Charles in Dubai

President Bola Tinubu on Thursday met with King Charles III of England in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Both of them are in the country to participate in the United Nations Climate Conference known as COP28 taking place in the Emirati city.

Tinubu posted a message on his X account, on the meeting, describing the king as passionate climate advocate.

He posted: “I had a productive meeting with His Majesty, King Charles III of England who is also the Head of the Commonwealth, and a passionate climate advocate.

“The meeting was a significant step in strengthening the partnership between Nigeria and the United Kingdom, and I am optimistic about the positive impact our joint efforts will have on our planet’s future as we look forward to setting an equitable global standard for environmental stewardship at COP28.”
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Police Rescue Abducted Plateau Pastor, Three Others in Bauchi

Operatives of the Nigerian Police, Bauchi State Command have rescued four kidnapped victims including a pastor. 

The victims were kidnapped by bandits who invaded Raddi village via Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State on Wednesday, November 29.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Ahmed Wakil, a Superintendent of Police, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists.

Wakil said the bandits had stormed the house of one Yakubu Makeri, of Yagi village via Rahama ward, to attack him but a team of operatives attached to Rishi Police Divisional Headquarters in conjunction with local vigilantes swiftly moved to the scene and engaged the bandits in a gun battle.

The statement read, “On November 29, 2023, at about 1am, one sabitu ‘m’ of Kadade village via Toro LGA of Bauchi State reported that on the same date at about 12.30am, an unknown number of bandits invaded their village and stormed the house of one Yakubu Ya’u Makeri, male, of Yagi village via Rahama ward.

“A team of operatives attached to Rishi Police Divisional Headquarters in conjunction with local vigilantes swiftly moved to the scene and engaged the bandit.

“The operatives overpowered the bandits in a gun duel. As a result, one of the bandits was neutralised while the remaining scampered and abandoned their mission.

“However, during the encounter, the operatives succeeded in rescuing three kidnapped victims, namely: Pastor Bala, male (50), Keziya Ayuba (50) and Sunday Ayuba, (40) all of Raddi village via Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State.

“The aforementioned victims were confirmed to have been kidnapped from their village in Jos, Plateau State.”

Wakil stated that the Commissioner of Police has ordered the Divisional Police Officer to intensify wider patrol across the area in a bid to arrest the fleeing bandits so they can face the full wrath of the law.

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