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May 29 Deadline For Abuja-Kaduna Railway No Longer Feasible, Amaechi Says, Explains Why

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The May 29, 2016 date earlier announced for the commencement of the commercial operation of the Abuja-Kaduna standard gauge railway route is no longer feasible, the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has said.

He made the announcement yesterday shortly after inspecting the project at Idu and Kubwa, Abuja.

The minister and his team also visited the Catholic Hospital, the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent De Paul Hospital, Byazhin, Kubwa, where he resolved the knotty issues around demolition of their premises for a major alignment of the rail tracks to occur.

The delay in the alignment of the rail tracks is said to have been responsible for the delay in the completion of the project.

“The May 29 deadline isn’t feasible. I was pushing them to keep to the initial deadline but the team, the project consultant, in their wisdom said we may make mistake if we continue to push. They advise we allow the contractors follow their time table. They need at least one month to finish the alignment at Kubwa”, Amaechi explained.

He, however, noted that the commercial operations may occur in June while the free test-run will still happen earlier, before the commercial operations begin.

“We have finally resolved what made us not to keep to our initial date of commissioning. The Daughters of Charity had refused to allow the contractors demolish their premises and strengthen the alignment. But we’ve negotiated and agreed that demolition should start from tomorrow (today) and that fencing will start today (yesterday)”, Amaechi said adding that by June, the project should be delivered.

The minister noted that at this first stage, about 1,000 staff would be engaged, who would be on every six kilometers of the way for maintenance purposes even as security issues were still being reviewed.

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blasted President Muhammadu Buhari over his nationwide broadcast over the ongoing #EndSARS protest rocking the country.

Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.

He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.

Also Read: President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech – Full text

Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.

The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.

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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the killing of peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos.

This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.

Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.

Also Read: Shehu Sani Condemns Shooting Of #EndSARS Protesters At Lekki Toll Gate

“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.

“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.

“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.

 

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

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The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello has declared his intention to lead the #EndSARS protest against police brutality ongoing nationwide.

He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.

Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.

Also Read: Fayemi Names Members Of Judicial Panel On Human Rights Violations By Police

He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.

The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.

He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.

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