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Lagos-Calabar railway project: FG, CCECC sign $11.12bn MoU

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The Federal Government and China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the execution of the 11.12 billion-dollar Lagos-Calabar railway project.

The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, signed the agreement on behalf of the government, while the President of CCECC, Cao Baogang, signed for the company in Abuja on Friday.

He said that the contract was awarded during President Goodluck Jonathan’s regime in the sum of 11.92 billion dollars but was negotiated downward.

Amaechi said, “we were able to save 800 million dollars from the initial sum of the project which will be delivered in the next two years.

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“This contract was awarded by the President Goodluck Jonathan regime at 11.917 billion dollars and when we took over at Ministry of Transportation we negotiated with CCECC and succeeded in reducing the contract sum from 11.917 billion dollars to 11.117 billion dollars.

Chairman, Board of Nigeria Railway Corporation, Mr. Usman Abubakar; Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi; Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and the Deputy Production Manager of the China Civil Engineering and Construction Corporation (CCECC), Mr. Xih Lijun, during the inspection of ongoing construction of the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail line in Papalanto, Ogun State, on Tuesday
Chairman, Board of Nigeria Railway Corporation, Mr. Usman Abubakar; Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi; Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and the Deputy Production Manager of the China Civil Engineering and Construction Corporation (CCECC), Mr. Xih Lijun, during the inspection of ongoing construction

“We are able to save 800 million dollars after negotiation with CCECC and that has to do with the fact that CCECC said prices of commodities like steel and other things have come down.

“So, our gathering is to sign same contract but with different price and to make it legal from the initial price to the negotiated price.

As soon as we conclude discussion with China Exim Bank, they will commence construction of the first segment,’’ he said.

He said the first segment would be from Calabar, Uyo, Aba and Port Harcourt and it would include all the seaports on the route.

“The entire contract covers Calabar, Uyo, Aba, Port Harcourt, Yenagoa, Otuoke, Ughelli, Warri, Sapele, Benin, Agbor, Asaba, Onitsha, Ore, Ijebu Ode, Sagamu and Lagos.

“My expectation is that the project can be completed in two years since funding won’t be a problem,’’ the minister said.

Earlier, Baogang, said that the railway would contribute immensely to the economic development of the country and open doors of employment.

He said that the company was ready to train Nigerians through building of factories, especially those in the grassroots.

“I know that railway contributes immensely to the economic development in Nigeria and it is very important.

“Railway will open doors for local people and I am sure that we will create more than 400 jobs with this project.

“We will execute this project with quality materials and with high speed and we hope to deliver in two years as expected by the minister,’’ he said.

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Fake Certificate: Kaduna Govt Sacks 233 Teachers, Plans Competency Test For 12,254

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Kaduna State government has sacked 233 teachers who presented fake certification upon the time of their recruitment.

Addressing newsmen during a press conference in kaduna on Thursday, the Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education, Tijjani Abdullahi, noted the investigation was  conducted to ensure the certificates presented  by the teachers are genuine.

Abdullahi, said the step was taken to raise the standard of education in the state and also to confirm that the teachers have the requisite credentials that constitute the basic qualifications for employment as teachers.

He added that 451 certificates have so far been verified by contacting the institutions that awarded the certificates, while nine of the 13 institutions contacted have responded.

“So far, the Board has verified 451 certificates by contacting the institutions that awarded the certificates. Nine of the 13 institutions contacted have responded, as of today.

“The responses from the institutions show that 233 teachers presented fake certificates. This represents 51 per cent of the 451 certificates on which responses have been received from the awarding institutions. One institution disowned 212 of these 233 fake certificates.

“The Board will dismiss the 233 teachers who presented these fake certificates, while their files will be forwarded to the Ministry of Justice to initiate prosecution for forgery. The Board will continue to check the integrity of the certificates presented by teachers to ensure that this critical profession is not devalued by impostors.

“As part of our duty of transparency, the names of the 233 teachers found to have presented fake certificates will be uploaded on the website of the Kaduna State Government today,” he said.

The Board also announced that it will conduct a fresh competency test for 12,254 teachers from January 2022 as part of continuous assessment of its teachers both for their own improvement and for better delivery of learning.

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Again, ISWAP Abducts 15 International NGO Members To Sambisa

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The Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP), has reportedly kidnapped 15 international Non-Governmental Organisations officials in Borno State on Wednesday.

This is coming in less than 24 hours when NewsBreak reported how ISWAP abducted five Borno state government officials.

In the news, gathered information revealed that the victims were abducted in Damboa Local Government Area.

According to Daily Trust, the victims had reportedly left Damboa town while heading for Adamawa.

“It is unfortunate that the insurgents continue their nefarious activities on the fringe of Sambisa forests, we have received reports that ISWAP kidnapped at least 15 persons (passengers) near Gumsuri village while allowing two others to go.

“They are desperate to recruit more people into their criminal activities. They deceived people because they dressed in military attire. It is sad and shocking,” a security source said.

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BREAKING: Kano APC headquarters set ablaze [PHOTOS]

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The headquarters of a faction of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has been set ablaze. This happened on Thursday morning.

The building located along Maiduguri road, in Kano metropolis, was set ablaze by thugs suspected to be against the Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau’s APC faction.

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POLITICS NIGERIA recalls that two days ago, a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Maitama voided the ward congresses conducted by the faction of Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje.

Justice Hamzat Muazu subsequently declared that the congress conducted by the faction led by former Governor Shekarau and lawmaker, Sha’aban Sharadaas, is the authentic exercise, effectively handing over the structure of the APC in Kano State to Shekarau and Sharadaas.

Recall that the Kano APC under the leadership of Ganduje had on July 31, 2021, returned all its candidates unopposed across the 44 local councils, unanimously electing the 13,068 ward executive members across the 484 wards.

Rejecting the option of consensus, a member representing Sharadaas, lamented that the process had excluded some party loyalists.

Sharadaas, Chairman, House Committee on Security and Intelligence, alleged that the party had denied members willing to contest in the ward congress opportunity to do so.

He subsequently teamed up with Shekarau to conduct a parallel congress and submitted its report to the APC leadership in Abuja.

Amid the controversy, the faction loyal to Sharadaas and Shekarau approached an FCT High Court to challenge the authenticity of Ganduje’s exercise – which they were successful on.

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