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Tinubu to inaugurate Lagos red line rail project on Thursday

  President Bola Tinubu will on Thursday, February 29, inaugurate the Lagos red line train project.   In a statement issued on Wednesday, Gbenga Omotoso, Lagos commissioner for information and strategy, said the train is the first phase of the project which will run from Agbado in Ogun state to Oyingbo in the heart of Lagos.   “The train, when fully operational, will run 37 trips and convey about 500,000 passengers daily,” the statement reads.   “The commissioning will signal the take-off of another major game changer in the state’s…

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We were intimidated, threatened not to embark on protest -NLC

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) says it was intimidated and threatened not to go ahead with its two-day nationwide protest.   The NLC had declared a two-day nationwide mass protest for February 27 and 28, 2024, over the economic hardship being faced by Nigerians since the removal of subsidy on petrol in May 2023.   On Tuesday morning, the protesters began their marches from the Labour House in Abuja and the Ikeja under-bridge in Lagos, while chanting solidarity songs and slogans.   Similar rallies were staged in state capitals across…

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Oronsaye report outdated, can’t guarantee reduction in governance cost — Falana

Human rights lawyer Femi Falana has described the Steve Oronsaye Report recommending the merger of government agencies and commissions as outdated, saying the recommendations of the report will not guarantee a reduction in the cost of governance.   Falana made this assertion in a statement on Tuesday.   The Senior Advocate of Nigeria said, contrary to the belief in official circles, the report won’t “substantially reduce the enormous costs of governance in the country as it does not reflect the current situation in the public service.”   Recall that the…

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Shuaibu storms PDP Headquarters, demands certificate of return

Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shauibu, on Wednesday, stormed the National Secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, seeking his certification of return.   Shaibu, emerged as the winner of a factional Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, primary election held on February 22.   He was declared the party’s candidate for the September 21, 2024 governorship election with 301 votes out of the total number of 559 votes cast at the primary by Honourable Moses Bartholomew.   Upon his arrival at the PDP, Shauibu claimed an imposter may have collected his…

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Oronsaye: Nigerians wouldn’t lose their jobs — FG

  The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, on Wednesday, eased fear of job losses after the implementation of the Oronsaye Report. Idris disclosed this in a statement signed by his media aide, Rabiu Ibrahim on Wednesday. Twelve years after it received the Stephen Oronsaye Report, the Federal Government, on Monday, approved the implementation of some of its recommendations to reduce the cost of governance. Consequently, 29 government agencies will be merged even as eight parastatals will be subsumed into eight other agencies. More so, four agencies have…

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Abuja court frowns at incessant delays in trial of anti-Tinubu air passenger, Uja

A Federal Capital Territory Magistrate Court sitting at Zuba has frowned at the incessant adjournments and delays in the trial of an anti-Tinubu air passenger, Barrister Obiajulu Hansel Uja, for criminal offense. Uja, an ‘Obidient supporter’ was arrested in April last year when he caused uproar during an Abuja-Lagos Ibom Air flight with his lone protest and demand that Bola Ahmed Tinubu, then a President-elect, must not be inaugurated as Nigeria’s President on May 29. The defendant, who is a lawyer by training, had since been put on trial before…

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Naira instability: BRGIE announces establishment of Biafracoin

The Prime Minister Biafra Republic Government in Exile, Mazi Simon Ekpa, announced that Biafrans have voted to establish Biafra digital currency, known as Biafracoin, amid the Naira crisis. The Finnish-based lawyer, Ekpa, disclosed this on Wednesday in a statement through his official X handle. The adoption of Biafracoin comes following the recent establishment of the Biafra Digital Currency Act 04/2024, which empowers the government to provide digital currency to Biafrans through Biafra Coin. According to him, the value of 1 Biafracoin is equal to 1 US Dollar. He urged Biafrans…

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Family releases 6-day burial rites for Wigwe, wife, son

The family of late Herbert Wigwe, the former group chief executive officer (GCEO) of Access Holdings Plc, has announced arrangements for his burial rites.   Earlier this month, Wigwe was involved in a chopper crash in the US alongside Chizoba, his wife; and Chizi, his son.   Abimbola Ogunbanjo, the former group chairman of Nigerian Exchange Group Plc (NGX Group), was also aboard the chopper, with all passengers confirmed dead hours later.   In a programme obtained by TheCable, the burial ceremony of the Wigwes will begin with a celebration…

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Implementation of Oronsaye report welcome development | FG shouldn’t rush it– Peter Obi

Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 elections, says the implementation of the Oronsaye report is a welcome development albeit long overdue.   BACKGROUND In 2011, former President Goodluck Jonathan constituted the Stephen Oronsaye-led panel to identify inadequacies in the country’s civil service.   In 2012, the committee submitted an 800-page report and recommended the abolishment and merging of 102 government agencies and parastatals.   The committee on the white paper submitted its report in 2014.   Since the submission of the report, the recommendations…

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Economic hardship: ‘This is renewed poverty not hope’ – Ozekhome tackles Tinubu

Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Mike Ozekhome, has described the current hardship in the country as renewed poverty and not the Renewed Hope mantra of President Bola Tinubu.   Ozekhome lamented that the current situation in Nigeria is poverty at a higher scale.   Featuring on Channels Television’s Politics Today, on Tuesday, the senior advocate lamented that things have never been this bad.   According to Ozekhome: “This is not renewed hope but renewed poverty, though we have been having poverty before but it’s now renewed on a higher scale.…

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