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Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire In Railway Development Talks



There are indications that Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire will work together to execute a number of transport infrastructural projects to speed up the economic development in the two countries.

minister-of-transport-senator-idris-umar-360x366Already, the two nations have agreed to jointly fight against coastline piracy and have initiated discussion on the construction of rail line between Abidjan and Lagos.

The Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar, gave the hint in Abuja while receiving his counterpart from Cote d’Ivoire, Mr. Gaoussou Toure.

Umar, in a statement from the Federal Ministry of Transport on Friday said, “The Federal Government will wish to partner with the government of Cote d’Ivoire in the development of railway services that will link other African countries.”

He explained that the rail linkage would not only boost the transport sector but also improve trade relationship among the countries in the West African sub-region.

The minister observed that feasibility studies to align the various corridors on the West African rail lines were ongoing.

Umar told his guest that the Nigerian government had embarked on the modernisation of rail infrastructure within the country.

According to him, the Federal Government has rehabilitated 90 per cent of the existing narrow gauge rail lines, one of which is the Lagos-Kano rail line.

The government, he said, had also embarked on modernisation of railway tracks with double gauge between Abuja and Kaduna which would be completed soon.

He said the feasibility studies on the modernisation of railway projects in other parts of the country and the alignment of the various corridors on the West African rail line were ongoing.

He also announced the readiness of the Federal Government to collaborate with the government of Cote d’Ivoire in combating piracy in the West African territorial waters.

Umar said the joint efforts by the two countries became necessary in order to completely stop the activities of pirates and armed robbers on the West African coast line.

He urged the government of Cote d’Ivoire to strategise on measures that would bring about a lasting solution to the menace.

He said Nigeria already had bilateral relations with the government of Benin Republic on maritime safety and noted that the relationship was yielding positive results for the two countries.

Umar, therefore, called on both foreign and local investors to invest in the transport sector in African countries so as to boost their economies, stressing that government could not transform the sector alone.

Earlier, Toure had said he was in Nigeria to seek the Federal Government’s assistance and partnership in the areas of transport, aviation, roads, trade and investment.

He said Cote d’Ivoire had plans to partner with other African countries to construct rail lines from Abidjan to Accra (Ghana) and to Benin and Lagos.

The Ivorian Transport Minister said Nigeria, being the hub of economic activities in Africa, had developed its infrastructural facilities to the level that it could lend support to other African countries including Cote d’Ivoire.

He called on Nigerian businesspeople to invest in his country’s economy.



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  1. charles umweni

    August 4, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Hypocrate! Did you hear the Minister say: ” the rail linkage would not only boost the transport sector but also improve trade relationship among the countries in the West African sub-region.” Yet Nigerians, especially the young generations since the late seventies, have been denied this very vital means of mass transportation of persons and goods, which the Minister and his generation enjoyed in the fifties and early seventies.

    The so called rehabilitation of the ” existing narrow guage lines” is nothing but a caricature of what exited in the fifties and sixties. The coaches are outdated and a journey between Lagos and Kaduna takes longer now than it used to in the sixties. At a time we should be talking of an overhaul of the rail sector to introduce fast paced trains and coashes to all major Nigerian cities and towns, we are talking of rehabilitating narrow guages that were laid more than seventy years ago between few cities north and south of the country.

    Successive regimes, one after the other, have continue to pay lip service to improvement of rail transport in Nigeria but the more we look the less we see. Instead of improvement, what we have is retrogression and near total collapse of rail services. I remenber watching sone few years back an interview of (Dr) Samuel Ogbemudia, on AIT or CHANNELS television where he recounted how someone came into his office when he was Minister of Transport under Abacha, to threaten him with a gun to stop his proposed reformation of the rail transport system. The fellow was arrested, and to this day nothing has been heard of the case. That fellow obviously was not acting alone or for himself. There are powerful individuals who are hell bent on ensuring that Nigeria does not develop its rail sector, so that their transport business can thrive at the expense of us all. These people are the owners of the many fleets of long articulated vehicles that we see criss-crossing Nigerian roads, with devastating consequences on other road users.

    However, the real culprits are corrupt government officials who lack the will to push reform in the sector, but would rather collude with these saboteurs of our economy and country. The resulting tragedy is that Nigeria has remained grossly inaccessible by train to its teeming population.

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School teacher reportedly flees after allegedly flogging his student to death in Lagos



In what will come across as a really shocking development, a Twitter user has accused a Lagos teacher of killing his brother.

The man alleged that a Lagos teacher beat his junior brother to death over the boy’s failure to correctly answer a question asked of him during their mathematics session.

The man, whose Twitter handle identified him as Ridwan Oyewunmi, on Friday narrated the incident, which he claimed involved one Elihans College in the Ikorodu area of Lagos.

He said the school authorities had made them believe the young boy, whom he identified as Boluwatife Omelaja, had slumped and died while attempting to answer a question in the front of the classroom.

“I just lost my brother to School Teacher Brutality. Mr. Emmanuel is a sec school teacher at Elihans college, Ikorodu in Lagos,” Oyewunmi wrote in a Twitter thread.

“He beat up my brother Boluwatife Omelaja (frame 2) to death on the 26th of November on the school premises because he couldn’t answer a math question he was asked correctly.

“The school initially made us believe he slumped and died while he was trying to answer the question on the board, a boy who wasn’t ill or showed any sign of sickness before.

“He was brought home in the school’s bus by the school proprietress and principal, along with Mr. Emma-whom we didn’t know was the killer at that time, and he was buried a few hours later according to the Muslims doctrine.”

Oyewunmi also said the principal conveyed the boy’s corpse with the school bus to his parents’ home.

He, however, added that one Lateef Omelaja, the deceased’s sibling, “who was prevented from leaving the school,” later returned and narrated what he claimed transpired.

“Meanwhile Bolu’s other brother, Lateef Omelaja was prevented from leaving the school premises, in order to prevent him from spreading the true news to us at home and to buy Mr. Emma more time to run away,” he added.

“We believed the cock and bull story the school fed us not until Lafeef got home at around 5 pm and narrated what really happened at the school to us.

“We also confirmed this from other students of the school including classmates of Boluwatife.

“The painful part is, the school keeps trying to cover up for Mr. Emma claiming he didn’t beat Bolu. Mr. Emma is on the run, nowhere to be found.

“I know no amount of punishment for him will bring back my brother but I just want Mr. Emma located and justice served.”

As of when this report was filed, TheCable Lifestyle has reached out to the school involved to hear its side of the story.

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I am happy without marriage, kids – Don Jazzy reveals




Michael Collins Ajere, professionally known as Don Jazzy has said he is happy without marriage and kids.

The iconic music producer said that contrary to many people’s belief, he is happy not being married at this point in his life.

Don Jazzy stated this during an interview with The PUNCH, while speaking on the level of fulfilment he feels.

According to him, his business is doing well and family is comfortable, so the believe that he is not happy about not being married and not having children is untrue.

The music producer noted that he is very happy currently and would only start missing children sometime in the future.

When asked if he feels fulfilled, he said;

“Pretty much, yes. I am doing well and I have a beautiful business. My family is healthy and comfortable. I know a lot of people would say because I am not married and don’t have children, that means I am not happy.

“But, I am very happy (laughs). I am not missing anything. Perhaps, in the future, I would start missing little children but for now, I am actually fine. I feel fulfilled and grateful. I thank God.”

Read Full Interview HERE

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Falz excited after a street in Lagos was named after him



Nigerian rapper, Folarin Falana popularly known as Falz has taken to social media to show his excitement after a street got named after him in Lagos state.

Street named after Falz in Lagos

The Bop Daddy crooner disclosed this on Friday, November 27, on his Instagram page after he shared a photo of himself standing under a street sign .

On the street sign, one could see “Falz Falana Lane” boldly written on it.

Street named after Falz in Lagos

Sharing his excitement, the rapper stated that there is “wahala” for anyone who doesn’t have a street named after them.

In Nigeria, streets are named after people for a purpose. It could be for their affluence, impacts or landmark achievements.

There is no doubt that Falz was honoured for his impact in music and society at large recalling how he used his voice during the recent EndSARS campaign.

His fans and industry colleagues have reacted to the photo of the singer. While Many hailed him with different love emojis, others noted that he deserved it.

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