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Fashola Promises Transparent Process In Management, Development Of Roads

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said on Tuesday the Federal Government would ensure transparency in the Highway Development Management Initiative (HDMI) for all participants.

Fashola, who disclosed this at the Ministerial Notice of the commencement of the HDMI in Abuja, said the initiative would be used to manage and develop federal road networks in the country.

He said the goal of the initiative is to attract sustainable investment and funding in the development of road infrastructure in the country.

Fashola said: “The rationale behind the private sector engagement under the HDMI would provide an avenue that would mitigate the paucity of funds, which had hindered roads development in the past.”

According to him, the initiative falls in line with the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan of the country which has been in implementation for almost four years.

The minister said the federal government was executing over 700 different programmes in the country.

“This aggregates to 13,000km of roads and bridges on rehabilitation and construction among the 36 states, including the FCT.

“As a result of the size of project we are taking, there is an increasing demand for funding to finance the project.

“There is the need to finance other complementary services, rest houses, towing vehicles, which seems suited for commercial initiating compliance.

“This is another effort to mobilize carrying capacity, resources, and entrepreneurship into the Nigerian highway sector and hopefully convert the roads from the social assets into assets of commercial opportunities.

“The 12 routes aggregate the total of 1963.24km which represents 5.6 percent of the 35,000km of the federal road network,” he added.

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Lagos Receives Two Trains For Red Line Rail System

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday said it had received two trains – TALGO SERIES 8 – for the Red Line Rail System.

This was disclosed by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, on Tuesday in Ikeja.

He said that the arrival of the trains was another major milestone in the determination to deliver the operation of the Red Line Rail System by the first quarter of 2023.

“The 2 Nos. Ten and Eleven Car trains which were bought from Milwaukee are here,” he said, explaining that it was necessary to decouple the train into 21 individual cars for effective transportation to Lagos.

He said that the trains would be recoupled with the help of rolling stock Engineers from Talgo, the company that manufactured them in the United States of America.

“The engineers will also take the opportunity to train our local Engineers whilst they are here to equip our young people with the requisite skills.

“Once the recoupling is complete, the testing and commissioning will commence, followed by full passenger operations in the first quarter of 2023.

“Each train can carry 1500 passengers and is expected to run on the Red Line Rail from Agbado to Oyingbo, with the journey taking less than 30 minutes”, the Commissioner said.

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Borno To Train 100 Journalists On Capacity Building

Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum has announced plans to sponsore 100 journalists for capacity building training at the University of Maiduguri.

Zulum disclosed this at the Triennial Delegates Conference of the state council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) on Saturday in Maiduguri.

Represented by his Special Adviser on Communications and Stategy, Malam Isa Gusau, the governor said he requested the University to organise a certificate training programme for the journalists to be funded by the state government.

He urged the council to nominate its members to participate in the programme to enhance their capacities.

While reiterating commitment to run an open door policy, Zulum assured continued support to the journalists to enable them to discharge their duties.

The Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Babakura Abba-Jato, lauded the delegates and contestants for the peaceful conduct of the exercise.

Abba-Jato represented by Baba Shiekh-Lawan, urged the contestants to accept the outcome of the election in the spirit of sportsmanship.

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We Will End Crude Oil Theft Through Deployment Of Technology- F.G

The Federal Government has restated its determination to end crude oil theft through the deployment of technology as well as additional security measures.

Mohammed made the remarks at a press briefing in Abuja on Friday after an aerial surveillance of the Trans-Forcados oil pipeline in Rivers state.

According to a statement by Segun Adeyemi, special assistant to the president on media in the office of the minister, Mohammed said the measures taken so far have started bearing results, as 210 suspects have been arrested, and 365 illegal refining sites destroyed.

“The continued campaign by the government security agencies (GSAs) have led to the arrest of 210 suspects and confiscation of 20.2 million liters of AGO, 461.8 thousand liters of PMS, 843.6 thousand liters of DPK, and 383.5 thousand barrels of crude oil,” he said.

An additional 365 illegal refining sites were destroyed, with about 1,054 refining ovens, 1,210 metal storage tanks, 838 dugout pits, and 346 reservoirs destroyed by the GSAs.

“We witnessed first-hand a number of illegal refineries destroyed by our military in the course of our aerial surveillance.”

Mohammed said many vehicles, crude mining and bunkering equipment, such as speed boats, wooden boats, trucks and tankers, have also been confiscated.

He said private security contractors were also engaged to provide local intelligence on all illegal crude ventures happening within the region, adding that the contractors were also engaged for security surveillance services to ensure safe and seamless operations along the country’s pipeline networks.

“The new security architecture leverages collaboration between the upstream operators, industry regulators, government security agencies (GSA), and private security contractors (PSC),” the minister said.


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