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Federal Government to commence Ibadan-Kano rail project soon

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The Federal Government has restated its commitment to connect the whole country by rail with the soon to commence Ibadan-Kano Standard Gauge Rail project.

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, while on routine tour of the Lagos-Ibadan rail line project disclosed that the Nigerian Government has paid its share of the counterpart funding and awaits China-Exim bank to ratify its side of the agreement for the project to commence.

Speaking further on the Ibadan-Kano rail project, Amaechi, forewarned that the master plan of the soon to commence project should not be changed as the original blueprint for the Lagos-Ibadan wasn’t adhered to by Messrs @CceccNig & TEAM Consortium.

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The Minister who rode the train from Ebutte-Meta to the 8.72 km Apapa Port Spur line, informed the media that the inability of Messrs @CceccNig to link the final part of the rail line down to the sea is rather due to disruption by trucks going in and out of the port complex.

At the Samuel Ladoke Akintola train station (Omo-Adio), Amaechi advised he Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), to acquire more land around the train stations and the rail tracks for future development. He further stated that this will be near impossible in the future as whatever space available now would have been taken over by businesses attracted by the rail line.

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It will be recalled that full commercial train services on the Lagos-Ibadan rail line after trial runs commenced on December 7, 2020, with only Lagos, Ibadan and Abeokuta residents enjoying the train services as the major & minor stations along this route are yet to be completed.

The Permanent Sec., Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Magdalene Ajani, the Managing Director, NRC, Engr. Fidet Okhiria, the Board Chairman, Alhassan Musa Ibrahim were among dignitaries that accompanied the Honourable Ministry on the inspection tour.

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Peter Obi fumes over supporter’s alleged attack, arrest in Lagos

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Peter Obi, a leading 2023 presidential candidate, has condemned an alleged attack on Labour Party supporters in Lagos State.

On Sunday in Oshodi, Lagos, a social media user named Obi Flag Boy is said to have been attacked.

Additionally, it was reported that a few party supporters had been detained prior to the rally on Saturday.

Obi reacted on Twitter by lambasting the assault and intimidation of the party members.

He emphasised that freedom of peaceful assembly and unrestricted electioneering are guaranteed by the constitution and urged security agencies to remind their agents to uphold civil liberties.

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”Elections are not deemed free and fair when a certain group employs the tool of intimidation to ensure that the opposition is silenced, both at the campaigns and at the polls.

”Peaceful assembly and unfettered electioneering campaigns are constitutionally guaranteed. Both and other ordered liberties cannot be breached wilfully by security agents.

”Recent reports of OBIdients being silently arrested by some security agents is extremely disturbing and condemnable. We must ensure that everyone is given a level playing field in the forthcoming elections and that no eligible Nigerian, irrespective of ethnicity, religion, or political affiliation, is disenfranchised, more so through violence and intimidation.

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”I call on the Federal and State agencies to remind their operatives on the need to respect civil liberties,” he tweeted.

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President Muhammadu Buhari will present the N19.76trillion 2023 Appropriation bill before the Senate and the House of Representatives on Friday.

The budget Presentation will take place 10:00am at the temporary chamber of House of Representatives.

The President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, read the letter on the budget presentation by President Buhari in Plenary on Tuesday.

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Naija News 247 recalls that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, had said President Buhari is expected to present the 2023 budget to the National Assembly in October.

Gbajabiamila stated this in September when he addressed newsmen shortly after inspecting hearing rooms 028 and 234 of the House, which was expected to serve as the temporary chamber due to the ongoing renovation of the House complex in Abuja.

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“I am hoping that the budget will be presented latest by the first week of October,” he said.

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The Advertising Regulatory Council of Nigeria (ARCON) has lodged a suit at the Federal High Court, Abuja, against Meta Platforms Incorporated (owners of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp platforms) and its agent AT3 Resources Limited.

The apex regulatory body for Nigeria’s advertising ecosystem, ARCON, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday.

According to statement, ARCON is seeking a declaration among others that the continued publication and exposure of various advertisements directed at the Nigerian market through Facebook and Instagram platforms by Meta Platforms Incorporated without ensuring the same is vetted and approved before exposure is illegal, unlawful and a violation of the extant advertising Law in Nigeria.

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ARCON stated that Meta Platforms Incorporated’s continued exposure of unvetted adverts had also led to loss of revenue to the Federal Government.

ARCON is seeking N30bn in sanction for the violation of the advertising laws and for loss of revenue as a result of Meta Incorporated’s continued exposure of unapproved adverts on it’s platforms.

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The statement read in part, “ARCON reiterates that it would not permit unethical and irresponsible advertising on the Nigeria’s advertising space.”

According to ARCON, the Council is not regulating the online media space. Rather, it’s focus is on advertising and marketing communications on the online platforms in line with its establishment Act.

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