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Lagos To Spend N240bn On New Seaport

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Lekki seaport

Inadequacy of facilities at the Apapa and Tin-Can Island ports have brought about the need for another seaport in the state. The proposed Lekki seaport will gulp N240 billion ($1.5 billion), Lagos State Government has said.

Speaking last week at a ministerial press briefing in Lagos, Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Olusola Oworu disclosed that the development of Lekki Deep Seaport (Phase I) would gulp $1.5 billion.

“The Lagos State Government in collaboration with the Federal Government through the Nigerian Ports Authority and a private investor-Lekki Port Lekki Free Trade Zone Enterprise (LPLE) has commenced the development of the Lekki Deep Seaport in Akodo, Ibeju-Lekki Local Government area of the state,” she stated.

According to her, shareholders agreement has been executed while preliminary works has started at the site. When completed, she says the port would relieve the pressure on the Apapa and Tin-Can Island ports and would also support business activities at the Lekki Free Trade Zone.

“The construction of the port is expected to last for about four years and over 10,000 jobs are projected to be created directly and indirectly during the construction period while over 169,000 jobs would be generated directly and indirectly when it becomes fully operational,” she explained.

On the proposed Lekki-Epe International Airport, the commissioner said since the Lekki Free Trade Zone would soon become a haven for investment, the government thought it fit to have an international airport in the area.

“The state government has commenced works on the development of the Lekki-Epe International Airport to complement activities at the zone and also provide alternative air transport services in the state. The State Government has successfully obtained the site approval for the airport from the Federal Ministry of Aviation and has also completed the master plan of the 3,500 hectares of land earmarked for the project.

“The Lekki-Epe International Airport is designed to handle about five million passengers annually with provision for a modular terminal for future expansion. Preliminary works on the airport project have commenced with the clearing of 150 hectares (runway), 4.5km of the access road and 9km of perimeter road.

“The Lands Bureau has successfully completed the crop enumeration exercise on the designated site for the airport to facilitate the payment of compensation to affected land owners and farmers. In line with the policy of the present administration on public-private partnership, the proposed airport will be built and managed by private investors,” Oworu explained.

According to her, the process for the selection of private investors to develop and manage the airport has commenced, saying that to handle this process, a team of local and internationally acclaimed consultants namely: Stanbic IBTC (Financial Advisers), Arup PTY (Technical Consultants), Norton Rose (Off-shore Legal Consultants) and Banwo and Ighodalo (Local Legal Consultants) have been engaged.

On the informal sector reform programme, the commissioner said a lot of daily massive transactions were going on unnoticed under a shadow economy, saying this scenario “leaves much to be desired in terms of the ability of operators in this sector to leverage on their assets for the creation of the much needed capital essential for the growth and expansion of their businesses.

“To address this development, the state government, in collaboration with the Institute for Liberty and Democracy (ILD), a Peru-based Non-Governmental and Research-Oriented Organization has begun the process of collecting data on assets existing in the informal markets / extralegal economy, classified as ‘Dead Capital or Locked Assets’.

“LASG-ILD initiative is thus intended to assist the state in identifying the various constraints inhibiting enterprise and business units in the informal / extra-legal economy and aid their eventual transition to the formal sector,” she explained.

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Nigeria Ranks Third On Global Terrorism Index Despite Drop In Deaths – Report

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Nigeria Ranks Third On Global Terrorism Index Despite Drop In Deaths – Report

Boko Haram

Nigeria has been ranked as the third most terrorized country in the world according to a 2020 report by the Global Terrorism Index (GTI).

The report which was released on Wednesday, ranked Nigeria third only behind war-torn countries of Afghanistan and Iraq.

According to the GTI report, Nigeria witnessed an increase in Boko Haram attacks in the period under review, witnessing her worst terrorist attack in 2019 in northeastern Borno State, where at least 70 people were killed and 10 others wounded when insurgents attacked at a funeral.

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“Over the past year, Boko Haram increased attacks on military targets, with deaths rising from 26 in 2018 to 148 in 2019,” the report said.

However, the report recognized that terror-related incidents in the country fell by 27% in the same period due to a significant reduction in violence attributed to killer herdsmen.

“This reduction occurred despite a small increase in deaths attributed to Boko Haram, which has been the most active terrorist group in the country over the past decade. Deaths from terrorism in Nigeria are now 83 percent lower than at
their peak in 2014.”

 

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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