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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Former President Gowon & Wife Mark 50th Wedding Anniversary

Nigeria's Former head of state, General Yakubu Gowon and his wife Victoria Gowon are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. The dinner took place at Silk Road Resturant, Abuja.

They were hosted by Alex Addingi, country Director of Silk Road Restaurant. Ex-Eagles captain Amokachi was also at the event, which was private and had few family members in attendance.

General Yakubu Gowon was Nigeria’s third military Head of State, and he was in power from August 1, 1966 to July 29, 1975. He took power after a military coup d’├ętat and was overthrown in another.

In 1969, precisely on April 19, Gowon married Victoria, in Lagos. Happy Wedding Anniversary!

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Hundreds Hurt As Blasts Hit Sri Lanka Churches, Hotels

As many as 207 people are dead in an Easter Sunday terrorist attack targeting Christians in Sri Lanka after eight explosions ripped through high-end hotels and churches as suspected suicide bombers blew themselves up.

Seven suspects have been arrested after the explosions injured up to 500 people, and the country's foreign minister said at least 27 foreigners were among those killed. Earlier reports indicated that nationals from the UK, US, Netherlands and Portugal were among the dead.

After an initial six blasts hit three churches and hotels - mostly concentrated near the city of Colombo - a further two were reported later in the day, killing 207 people, a police spokesperson said. 


Britain's High Commissioner to Sri Lanka James Dauris said: 'We understand that some British citizens were caught in the blasts but we are unable to say how many people are, or might have been, affected.'

Sri Lanka's defence ministry has now ordered curfew with immediate effect 'until further notice', and the Sri Lankan government said it had shut down access to social media messaging services, sources say.


Singer Adele Divorces Husband, To Lose Half Of Her Wealth To Him

One of the top gists trending on the social media space is Adele’s divorce. The development might turn out an expensive one as her husband Simon Konecki could get half her £145m fortune.

The singer, and her estranged husband Simon confirmed their separation on Friday after an eight-year relationship and three-year marriage.

Adele and Simon Konecki are said to have made the decision to go their separate ways before 
Christmas – amid claims he could get half her £145 million fortune, reports The Mirror. The couple did not sign a pre-nup before they tied the knot in 2016.

The former couple – who share son Angelo, six, are now said to be gearing up for a multi-million pound divorce – which could see Simon entitled to up to half of the singer’s £145m fortune.

It was also said Adele and Simon – who began dating in 2011 and are said to be amicably separating - started drifting apart due to his travel with work and her discovery of a new social circle in LA and NYC.

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I Didn’t Plan To Have Baby Mama – Taye Currency

Many were shocked when musician, Taye Currency’s 25-year-old son, Yusuf, was elected into the Oyo State House of Assembly during the recently concluded polls. Firstly, it was heartwarming that someone that young could win such an election, and people were also surprised that Taye Currency, who is a little over 40, could have such an elderly son.

Fuji artistes are no strangers to having children out of wedlock. Long before the ‘trend’ caught on with pop musicians, Fuji singers had been having baby mothers.

However, Currency said he never planned to have a baby mother. Describing his experience raising a child at such a young age, Taye said, “I and his mother were very young and inexperienced. However, my mother loves children and she was the one that took care of him.


It was also around that time that I started fuji music; so, I was also able to take care of him as a father. As of then, I didn’t know anything about having a baby mother and it is not something I advocate. I don’t think it is a good thing. However, it so happened that way and I don’t regret it.”

The fuji artiste also maintained that right from when his son made his intention to go into politics known, he knew he would emerge victorious. He said, “I have always supported whatever he wants to do. I tried my best to give him good education and I always made him understand that there is no limit to what he could achieve. I believe that age is nothing but a number, and I also started my career and began making money at a young age. When it comes to politics, power is in the hands of the people, and if they see that you mean well for them, they would support you.

 “I encouraged my son to move closer to the grass roots and that was what helped him. He may be young but I believe so much in him and I am sure he would not let the people down. With the right guidance, he will surely make memorable impact. I also thank the people of Ibadan South-West constituency for throwing their weight behind him.”


Many Actors Living From Hand To Mouth - Bimbo Akintola

Because of the glitz and glamour that surround the movie industry, most people seem to think that actors have it all rosy. But talented actress, Bimbo Akintola, painted a different picture during an interview with Sunday Scoop. The Out of Bounds star noted that unless the industry becomes more structured, actors would continue to get the short end of the stick.

She said, “Until actors start getting what is really due to them, such as royalties, the industry cannot be robust. In Nigeria, when you shoot a film, you only get whatever fee is paid; you don’t get royalties from subsequent monies that the movie makes.

 If we truly want positive and meaningful change, the industry has to be properly regulated. The truth is that people are living from hand to mouth. Lagos is not an inexpensive place to live. By the time you deduct your rent, children’s school fees and other expenses, you would realise that the money you are making is nothing. That is why everybody is becoming producers; meanwhile, that shouldn’t be so. You cannot just say you are a producer without following the laid down procedures but there are no enabling laws.”


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Aisha Buhari To Establish Muhammadu Buhari University

Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, has expressed her plan to establish a private university in Nigeria to be known as Muhammadu Buhari University.

She disclosed this on Saturday during a town hall meeting in Yola, organised by her in collaboration with Concerned Indigenes of Adamawa. Aisha, who did not, however, reveal when or where the university would be sited, explained that the university would be established in collaboration with partners from Sudan and Qatar.

The wife of the president lamented the challenges facing education and various sectors in the state. She also called for active support of the state indigenes in complementing government efforts.

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How Man R*pe Young Lady In Lagos To Regain "Respect"

This is something else. The police in Lagos have arrested a 27-year old man, Alowale Salu, who ambushed and used a gun to forcefully r*pe a lady who jilted him.

Salu was among the suspected criminal elements paraded by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zubairu Muazu at the State Command.

Salu was said to have confessed but tried to justify his action saying that the lady in question humiliated him in their area. He said he lives with the victim in Ojumoye area of Ikorodu, Lagos, and had made several attempts to woo her to no avail. He said on several occasions the lady had disgraced him publicly and he decided to sleep with her to regain his respect.

“On the day the incident happened, I went to one of my friends, Bayo, borrowed a gun and ambushed the victim on the road at night. I made her to surrender, forcefully penetrated her and collected her phone before I allowed her to go” Salu said.

His action has landed him in big trouble as the victim identified and reported to the operatives of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Sqaud; he was traced to his house and arrested for armed robbery and r*pe.

The police said that the suspect will be charged to Court for the alleged offence which attracts life imprisonment or death sentence.

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I'm Proud Of My Father - Son of Anini, most deadly armed robber

Unless you're the one facing the direct consequences of an evil action, you can't really understand the 'heat' all those who are complaining are experiencing or have experienced from the said 'acton'.

Osayi, second son of Lawrence Anini, the most notorious armed robber who was executed alongside his gang members in 1987, has spoken out after three decades of silence.

Osayi said he decided to speak because of people’s opinion about him for many years.

In a clip online, Osayi said anytime he goes out, people always pointed him out as ‘look at Anini’s son'. 'That is Anini’s son.’

He said he was not hiding his identity and that he is proud of his father. Osayi who wore black and carried dread locks, said he wanted to use the video to clarify some things about his late father.

He lampooned Nollywood producers over the video of ‘Anini’ saying many things in the video were untrue.

His words, “His name is not Nomayankpon as stated in the movie. Anini is not an alias but my grandfather’s name. If I am walking, people always pointed me out saying ‘see Anini pikin.’ I was somewhere yesterday and people were saying many things about Anini.

“I am not hiding my identity. I have used that name to take the Nigeria government to court for years. I am proud of my father. If the way he runs things is not okey by you, that is your opinion but he is my father.

“We are two brothers. The other one is called Osaro. There is no need for people to be pointing out at me. My grandmother is still alive. I will release the true story of Anini by this month end. There is nothing real in that drama about Anini.”

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Dancing Senator Saga: PDP Alleges Plot By APC Against Him

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday alleged that leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) were plotting “new set of fabrications and allegations,” to discredit and smear its 2018 governorship candidate in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement, said having failed to brand Adeleke’s school certificate as fake, the APC leaders, including those operating from Lagos State, were “knitting a very ludicrous allegation that Adeleke’s school testimonial was forged, with a view to smearing his image in public.”

He said, “The PDP already has information on how the APC used a former commissioner in the state to reach out to certain top security officers to use the fabrications to arrest and embarrass Adeleke and the principal of his school, Ede Muslim High School, Ede, Mr Kadili Abass.

“Our party has also been fully informed of how huge sums of money had been forwarded as a bribe to the compromised security agents to arraign and humiliate Adeleke and Abass on fabricated charges, even when they know they cannot prove any case.”

According to him, the PDP has intelligence of attempts by agents of the APC to hack into the school files to mutilate relevant academic documents, just to get at Adeleke, not minding the harm such will cause other students of the school.

Ologbondiyan said, “Such wickedness can only come from depraved and decadent individuals who are desperate to subvert the will of the people at all costs.”

He advised the APC to accept its defeat in the Osun governorship election and desist from acts of mischief against Adeleke for the interest of peace.

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Nollywood Director, Ifeanyi Onyeabor Dies On Set

Nigerian movie director, Ifeanyi Onyeabor is dead. He died yesterday while shooting a movie in Jos, Plateau State.

The cause of his death remains unknown, the remains of the deceased have been transferred to a morgue.

Actor Guild of Nigeria president, Emeka Rollas, confirmed Onyeabor’s death on Saturday. May God rest his soul.


REVEALED: N8.7bn Fraud In JAMB, EFCC Goes Top Officials

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has launched into a probe of the cash inflow and outflow of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) between 2010 and 2016.

The anti-graft agency wants to get to the root of an alleged N8.7billion fraud in the board. Fifteen suspects have already been shortlisted for trial.

Among them are some zonal heads and state coordinators. One of the suspects facing trial is a female accountant, Philomena Chise, whose sensational claim that a snake swallowed N36million raked in from the sales of e-cards rocked the nation.

Chise later told EFCC operatives that the said N36milion was disbursed as an I-Owe-You advance to cash-strapped staff.

The N8.7billion alleged fraud is said to have predated the present JAMB management, led by Prof. Ishaq Oloyede.

A document detailing the alleged fraud and sighted by The Nation says the large sum was revenue from sales of e-facility cards and change of course cards which ended in private pockets.

“The remittance of over N8billion by Oloyede to the Federal Government as revenue led to the Forensic Investigation of Financial Activities of JAMB between 2010 and 2016 by Faithpro Consulting Auditing Associate (Financial and Management Consultants),” it says.

“The forensic investigators came up with N8.7billion shortfall within the same period which the EFCC has been investigating. There are about 15 suspects who may face trial in the first batch.”

Some of the states where the fraud was detected include Benue, Nasarawa, Kano, Kogi, Plateau, Gombe, Yobe and Edo.

Some of the suspects under investigation, who may face trial include Chise and Sale Umar (Benue); Labaran Tanko (Nasarawa); Daniel Agbo (Kogi), Yakubu Jekada (Plateau), Patricia Ogunsola and Cyril Izireim Imoukhuede (Edo); Murtala Abdul (Gombe); Aliyu Yakubu (Kano) among others.

The report adds: “In Benue, out of the expected revenue of N124, 180,00 from e-facility cards, only N88,700,000 was remitted leaving a balance of N35.48million.

“The JAMB office in the state also received 10,210 change of course cards and instead of remitting N8, 025,000, about N7million was paid into the designated account. About N1,025,000 is missing till date.

“Although JAMB’s preliminary findings claimed that Chise confessed that a snake swallowed the N36m unremitted cash, she told the EFCC detectives that the shortfall was an I-Owe-You advance to cash-strapped staff that are yet to refund same.”

Employees in Yobe State claimed to have “lost sales records because of attacks on Damaturu by Boko Haram.”

The story is similar in Edo State “where N26,400,000 is missing. Out of the expected revenue from e-facility cards of about N123, 933,000, only N97,533,000 was paid into the relevant account.”

In Gombe, about N40, 004,000 sales revenue was realized but only N29, 073,000 was remitted leaving a balance of N10,269,000.”

“An officer in Kano, in his efforts to cover up for 20,000 unaccounted cards worth N20million, cut carbon papers in the form of e-facility cards and returned these cards as unused.”

The document revealed findings on Nasarawa State where an officer claimed to have lost over N24,037,000 cards in a road crash.

The document added: “Investigation revealed that Mr. Labaran Tanko was the JAMB State Coordinator of Lafia Office, Nasarawa State between 2011 and 2016.

“Investigation revealed that within the period of his tenure, Nasarawa State Office revealed a total of 24,882 e-facility cards out of which 24,037 were unsold while 845 were sold at the rate of N1,000 each. The expected revenue was N845,000 realized and remitted to JAMB.

“However he claimed that the remaining 23,147 cards got burnt in an accident he had along Lafia-Akwanga Expressway while 890 cards were missing.

“Meanwhile, contrary to his submission, forensic evidence obtained from the IT Unit of JAMB showed that the cards were sold and utilized by candidates within Nasarawa State and its environs.

“This forensic evidence showed the name, phone number and purpose for which the cards were used. The expected revenue from the claimed burnt/missing cards was N24,037,000. The revenue from the cards, which were actually sold and utilized based on forensic evidence, was never remitted to JAMB.

“Also investigation revealed that 2,000 CBT cards were supplied to Nasarawa State Office which were never sold. Rather, the State Coordinator claimed that the said 2,000 CBT cards were among the cards that got burnt in road accident along Lafia-Akwanga Expressway.

Contrary to the claim, investigation recovered forensic evidence which showed that the cards were actually not burnt but utilized by candidates within Nasarawa State and its environs. This forensic evidence further revealed the details of candidates hat used the cards, such as name, phone number and purpose for which the cards were used.

“Further investigation revealed that 4, 589 change of course cards were supplied to Nasarawa State Office of which they sold 1,426 at the rate of N2,500 each while 3, 163 cards were unused and same was remitted to JAMB. However, the State Coordinator claimed that the remaining 3,163 cards got burnt in the same road accident. Forensic evidence, however, proved otherwise.”

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Our Leaders Are Intellectually Bankrupt - Oyedepo

Bishop David Oyedepo, founder, Living Faith Church Worldwide, has said that ‘many of our leaders are intellectually bankrupt’ and that they lack capacity, courage and character.

Bishop Oyedepo, speaking at 20th inaugural lecture of Covenant University on Thursday, lamented that: ‘It is unfortunate that many of our leaders are intellectually bankrupt. ‘When confronted with some of these beautiful initiatives, it is very shameful that they often don’t know the meaning. And if they don’t know the meaning, how will they go about implementation?”

‘I have often said it that our leaders lack three Cs-capacity, courage and character. ‘Where is the capacity when you are bereft of intellect required of a leader? Where is the courage when you don’t have the political will to follow through with policies that will improve governance? And where is the character when all they are thinking is how to win election as many times as possible while ignoring developmental initiatives?’


Many Nollywood Guys, Ladies Live From Hand To Mouth – Actress Bimbo Akintola

Because of the glitz and glamour that surround the movie industry, most people seem to think that actors have it all rosy. But talented actress, Bimbo Akintola, painted a different picture during an interview with Sunday Scoop. The Out of Bounds star noted that unless the industry becomes more structured, actors would continue to get the short end of the stick.

She said, “Until actors start getting what is really due to them, such as royalties, the industry cannot be robust. In Nigeria, when you shoot a film, you only get whatever fee is paid; you don’t get royalties from subsequent monies that the movie makes.

If we truly want positive and meaningful change, the industry has to be properly regulated. The truth is that people are living from hand to mouth. Lagos is not an inexpensive place to live. By the time you deduct your rent, children’s school fees and other expenses, you would realise that the money you are making is nothing. That is why everybody is becoming producers; meanwhile, that shouldn’t be so. You cannot just say you are a producer without following the laid down procedures but there are no enabling laws.”

Shooting down allegations that she is a snub, Akintola said, “The problem is that many people judge you without knowing you. If you do your findings, you would realise that the people that accuse me of being a snub have never even met me. Rather, they rely on hearsay or just form their opinions. You also should not judge me based on certain roles you’ve seen me act.

Whatever happens on screen ends on screen; it’s all make-believe. I am always original and I don’t try to be what I’m not. At this stage of my life, I don’t live my life to impress anybody; and I have never done that anyway.” 

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Adele splits from husband Simon Konecki after eight years together


Adele splits from husband Simon Konecki after eight years together and three years after marriage

Adele splits from husband Simon Konecki after eight years together and three years after marriage
Award-winning British singer, Adele, 30,  has separated from her US-born CEO husband Simon Konecki, 44,  after three years of marriage.

The singer's representatives said on Friday:

'Adele and her partner have separated. They are committed to raising their son together lovingly. As always they ask for privacy.'

Her spokespeople, Benny Tarantini, and Carl Fysh, said the star would be making no further comment on the matter.

Adele splits from husband Simon Konecki after eight years together and three years after marriage

Adele who met the charity entrepreneur in 2011 secretly got married to him in 2016.

She confirmed the union on-stage as she picked up a Best Album Award at the 2017 Grammys.

During an emotional acceptance speech, she said: 'I'm married! My husband, my son, you're the only reason I do it.'  

Photos From Gideon Okeke’s Church Wedding

Nollywood actor, Gideon Okeke yesterday, 20th of April, 2019 had his church wedding. Before now, Gideon and his bride, Chidera had their traditional wedding.  We say big congrats to them.


Nigerian Church Celebrates Easter Season With Free Shopping For Everybody

This is quite commendable. A Church in Calabar, Cross River State - The Brooks Church - celebrated "Good Friday" by organising free shopping where people drop stuffs and anyone is allowed to take anything he or she likes home without paying a dime. More pics...








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Bishop Oyedepo: Many African Leaders Are Intellectually Bankrupt

Founder of Living Faith Church Worldwide, Bishop David Oyedepo, has berated African leaders, saying that they lack character, capacity and courage, three virtues he said they must have to move the black continent out of the woods.

Oyedepo, who delivered a keynote address during Covenant University’s 20th inaugural lecture at the university premises on Thursday, also noted that unlike their western counterparts, African leaders do not build institutions that would outlive them.

The lecture delivered by Jonathan Aremu, a professor of International Economics Relations at CU, was themed: ‘Sequencing and negotiating Nigeria’s regional and international trade agreements.’

The cleric was making allusion to Aremu’s lecture where he (Aremu) bemoaned Nigeria’s indifference and lack of will power in drafting effective trade policies and negotiations with relevant bodies.

The development, Aremu argued, has left the nation unable to articulate her interest properly.

Oyedepo, however, blamed the situation on Nigerian government’s lack of foresight and its inability to identify opportunities that would benefit the led.

He said: “It is unfortunate that many of our leaders are intellectually bankrupt. When confronted with some of these beautiful initiatives, it is very shameful that they often don’t know the meaning. And if they don’t know the meaning, how will they go about implementation?

“I have often said it that our leaders lack three Cs-capacity, courage and character. Where is the capacity when you are bereft of intellect required of a leader? Where is the courage when you don’t have the political will to follow through with policies that will improve governance? And where is the character when all they are thinking is how to win election as many times as possible while ignoring developmental initiatives?”

Oyedepo said the leadership should take a cue from an institution like Harvard University which has outlived the founder for centuries.
If Harvard were to be in Nigeria, it would have been in ruins in less than two decades, the cleric noted.

Nonetheless, Oyedepo said not only leaders are culpable, noting that the led are as much guilty for looking the other way for too long.

This, according to him, is the reason the Covenant University platform was conceived to point out the ills in governance while also recommending solutions to them.

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After Woman's Execution, 2 Nigerian Men Nabbed With Cocaine Enroute Saudi Arabia

Two suspected drug traffickers have been apprehended by the National Drugs and Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Kano Command. The suspects named Abdul Abubakar Mohammed and Ibrahim Mustapha, were arrested with 2.927kg of cocaine, said to be the first of its kind in the state.

Parading the suspects before news men on Saturday in Kano, the Commander, Dr. Ibrahim Abdul said luck ran out of the two suspects after his men trailed them to a hotel on Katsina Road, in Fage area of the state after two months of investigation.

According to him, the command’s shift from reactive to proactive investigative methods led to the successful arrest of the suspects whom he said has already started swallowing the parcels before taking off to Sudan from where they will continue their journey to Saudi Arabia through the sea.

“We have adopted proactive methods for effective policing and investigations as it relates to drugs. We have been on the trail of the suspects for the past two months after intelligence gathering by our vigilant officers".

This is happening after the recent execution of a Nigerian woman as well as arrests by the Saudi Arabia authorities for drug trafficking.

The two suspects, while interviewed by news men said that they hail from Maiduguri and are both business men who deals in Caps and Cola nuts respectively but lost their business due to Boko Haram.

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Buhari, Swear With The Qur’an That You Didn’t Rig The Election - Galadima Dares President

Buba Galadima, a former ally to President Muhammadu Buhari has challenged him to swear with the Qur’an that he did not rig the 2019 presidential election.

Galadima who is also the spokesman to the Presidential candidate of the People's Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar lambasted President Buhari.

He said Atiku won the election but it was allegedly rigged by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

He described the election as an embarrassment while challenging the president and the APC leaders to swear with the holy books to prove Buhari won.

“The election was a national embarrassment. It was far from being free and fair. Not only that, it was clear to everybody that INEC, the military, and the police all colluded to work for APC,” he said.

“The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party Alhaji Atiku Abubakar won the presidential election but INEC chose to declare President Muhammadu Buhari the winner. The whole world knows that Atiku defeated Buhari hands down but the election was heavily rigged in Buhari’s favour.

“I boldly challenge Buhari and other APC leaders to swear with the Holy Quran, and the Bible if they were sure that Buhari won that election. If they are sure that Buhari defeated Atiku, Buhari, APC leaders should take up my challenge. I’m throwing this challenge openly, I’m making it public, and I’m waiting for any of them who is bold and sure of himself to take up this challenge.

“INEC was only independent in name during the elections as it surrendered its mandate to the whims and caprices of Buhari and APC. With the way it conducted the election, INEC will enter the Guinness Book of Records as having organised the worst election in Nigeria’s history.”

Galadima further said the conduct of the electoral process is proof that Buhari is not fighting corruption. He said rigging of elections amounts to corruption, and “APC is a nest of corrupt elements”.

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When Lagos-Ibadan Rail Will Be Ready, by Amaechi

Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has assured that by early June this year, the rail transport system would ready for use between Lagos and Ibadan. The Lagos-Abeokuta rail had been completed earlier in the year as passengers were offered a three-month free ride. The period of free ride was however later shortened.

Amaechi who spoke to some journalists over the weekend noted that his commitment to the full take off of rail transportation in Nigeria is aimed at making life easier and better for Nigerians. He undertakes rail inspection trips at least twice in a month. The Ghanaian government recently sent a team led by its Minister of Rail Development, Hon. Joe Ghartey, to come and understudy the progress being made in Nigeria’s rail projects.

The Lagos-Ibadan rail project is being executed at the cost of $1.6 billion, which is being funded from the loan from the Chinese government. He explained that the hitherto abandoned Itakpe-Wari rail line has been completed and has commenced operation. It shall, for a start, be carrying 100 passengers per trip, until more coaches are purchased. The Itakpe-Warri rail line was abandoned for 34 years.

“It is one rail project that we did not borrow a dime to complete. President Muhammadu Buhari was and still enthusiastic in driving the rail project in Nigeria as a way of improving the nation’s economy. The Itakpe –Warri rail line was revived and completed with $200m. Presently, the Railway Village which was burnt is being rehabilitated, just as the Railway yard (which will comprise school, hospital and maintenance units) is being built in Agbor, Delta State,” he said.

Amaechi further noted that the cost of land and other properties on the rail corridor have all gone up as many people are already scrambling to buy lands and properties along such places in anticipation of the economies that will be built within those areas.

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