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UK: £360 million investment to transform rail ticketing across the country

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  • £360 million invested to radically reform and overhaul rail passengers’ experience of fares, ticketing and retailing
  • contactless tap-in and tap-out ticketing to be at more than 700 stations across the country outside London and the South East with 400 stations across the North set to benefit
  • investment marks first stage of plan to roll out convenient and modern digital ticketing across the whole rail network, improving thousands of daily commutes and simplifying journeys

An investment of £360 million will radically reform and improve passengers’ experience of fares, ticketing and retailing on the railways.

This will see contactless tap-in and tap-out ticketing at more than 700 stations across the country outside London and the South East, benefitting more than 400 stations across the North.

Over the next 3 years, the government will roll out contactless pay-as-you-go ticketing across the commuter networks of the Midlands and North – introducing London-style price caps and greater integration with local bus and tram networks.

This is just the first stage of the government’s commitment to roll out convenient and modern digital ticketing across the whole rail network, improving thousands of daily commutes, simplifying journeys and ensuring passengers are charged the best price.

It will also help to create a rail network that will not only deliver the types of journeys that create jobs, supports businesses and unlocks housing opportunities, but will level up the Midlands and the North to become an economic power base to rival London and the South East.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:

Passengers across the North and Midlands have waited far too long to see the same fast, easy and convenient ticketing as those in London. We’re determined to put that right.

Today’s investment is just the first phase of our efforts to overhaul our rail network, focused on improving journeys for passengers right across the country.

This comes ahead of the publication of the Integrated Rail Plan (IRP) and, once the full programme is delivered, cities across the North of England will have access to a contactless ticketing scheme.

The IRP will shortly set out how the government intends to transform rail across the North and Midlands while delivering benefits for passengers far sooner than under previous plans.

Source: GOV.UK

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Teacher Jailed For Raping Five-year-old Pupil In Jigawa

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A primary school teacher, Makasusi Sunusi, has been sentenced to life imprisonment for raping a five-year-old girl.

A High Court in Kazaure in the Kazaure Local Government Area of Jigawa State handed Sunusi the verdict for defiling the girl.

Justice Hussaina Adamu Aliyu delivered the verdict after finding Sunusi guilty of luring and raping the juvenile (names withheld).

The female judge ruled that the offense has contravened the Jigawa State Penal Code Section 3 Miscellaneous Amendment, 2014.

During the trial, prosecution called five witnesses including the victim and tendered a medical report while the defendant testified in his defence.

Therefore, Justice Aliyu held that “prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt and sentenced the defendant to life imprisonment for the offence of rape as prescribed by Section 3 of the Jigawa State Penal Code Miscellaneous Amendment, 2014”.

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Teacher Jailed For Raping Five-year-old Pupil In Jigawa

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A primary school teacher, Makasusi Sunusi, has been sentenced to life imprisonment for raping a five-year-old girl.

A High Court in Kazaure in the Kazaure Local Government Area of Jigawa State handed Sunusi the verdict for defiling the girl.

Justice Hussaina Adamu Aliyu delivered the verdict after finding Sunusi guilty of luring and raping the juvenile (names withheld).

The female judge ruled that the offense has contravened the Jigawa State Penal Code Section 3 Miscellaneous Amendment, 2014.

During the trial, prosecution called five witnesses including the victim and tendered a medical report while the defendant testified in his defence.

Therefore, Justice Aliyu held that “prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt and sentenced the defendant to life imprisonment for the offence of rape as prescribed by Section 3 of the Jigawa State Penal Code Miscellaneous Amendment, 2014”.

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70m active mobile line owners have no bank accounts – eTranzact

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About 70 million active mobile line owners in Nigeria do not have bank accounts, the Chief Executive Officer of eTranzact International Plc., Niyi Toluwalope, has said.

Mr Toluwalope made the disclosure at the Capital Market Correspondents Association of Nigerian (CAMCAN) 2021 Annual Workshop held on Saturday in Lagos.

The eTranzact boss said that 150 million of Nigeria’s 200 million population owned mobile phone lines, 110 million owned 150 million mobile phone lines but only about 40 million had active bank verification numbers.

Mr Toluwalope said there was the need to close the gap, especially as regards small and medium enterprises.

He spoke on: “Technology as a Tool for Financial Inclusion in Nigeria: A Fintech Approach”.

He said that financial inclusion was important to the capital market industry.

According to Mr Toluwalope, financial inclusion is an important component for enabling growth.

He said: “Financial inclusion holds the answers to how we increase the participation of retail investors, how we encourage more homegrown businesses, leverage the capital market for growth and the informal sector participation in the capital market.

“The role of technology cannot be overemphasised.

“Over the past few years, technology has allowed more people to gain access to financial services, and that has increased by default, the customer base of capital market operators.

“Essentially, the rise of digital financial services means growth for the capital market.”

Mr Toluwalope said the utilisation of technology would democratise capital market access and participation.

“We can directly expand the current digital savings and investments offerings to leverage the capital market for increased returns,” he said.

He added that for financial inclusion to thrive, the sector would need collaboration of players in the private and public sectors.

He noted that the Central Bank of Nigeria as well the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had taken a number of steps to drive financial inclusion.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the workshop had a panel session during which representatives of the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Ltd., FMDQ Exchange, SEC and stockbrokers pledged to continue to fashion out ways to tackle ponzi scheme activities.

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The workshop was sponsored by Flour Mills of Nigeria, United Bank for Africa, Access Bank, Zenith Bank, NGX, FMDQ and SEC, among other organisations. (NAN)

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