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Amosun Signs N637bn Light Rail Contract With Chinese Company

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Ogun State government is set to make transportation in the state better by improving the rail transportation system in the state.

The government, Monday, signed a $3.2 billion light rail project contract with Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) for the intracity and intercity rail network in the state.

While signing the contract at his office in Abeokuta, Governor Ibikunle Amosun said the project would cover cities such as Abeokuta, Sagamu, Ijebu Ode, Idi-iroko among others.

He noted that when completed, the project will take pressures off the roads as well as open up the cities for further development.

According to him, within the next three years, the Abeokuta intra-city Project would have taken shape.

The project has two phases: one cuts across the entire cities in the state, while the other phase will be for the Abeokuta intra city light rail. The enormous project, the governor promise, will not affect all ongoing roads and bridge projects in the state as they would be completed with the laying of the final asphalt, before the commencement of new projects.

Amosun further said that the intracity rail network that would commence from Abeokuta-sagamu-Ilaro-Ota and Idiroko would be the priority of the State in the next 2-3 years while the intercity network to Lagos and other neighbouring states which may stretch to about 8 years would follow.

Chairman CCECC, Mr. Cao Bao Gang assured of the company’s readiness to work with the Ogun State Government. He said that the intra city Rail network was achievable within three years and the company would also help the state to raise funds for the project.

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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

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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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