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President Tinubu To Commission Lagos Red Line Rail

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President Bola Tinubu is visiting Lagos state on Thursday to commission the first phase of the Lagos Rail Mass Transit (LRMT) Red Line. A press statement issued by the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), announced that the President would visit to officially open the 27 kilometre-long train on Thursday, February 29, 2024. “The first phase of the Red Line stretches 27 kilometres from Agbado to Oyingbo with eight stations at Agbado, Iju, Agege, Ikeja, Oshodi, Mushin, Yaba, and Oyingbo. “The groundbreaking and commencement of civil works for the rail project started on 21st April 2021 and with the dedication, project management, and monitoring, the infrastructure was completed within a 30-months window.”

Senator Okpebholo Declared Winner Of Edo APC Gov Primaries

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Monday Okpebholo, senator representing Edo Central, has been declared the winner of the Edo State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship election in the state. He polled 12,433 to defeat his closest rival, Hon Dennis Odahosa, the member representing Ovia Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives who scored 6,541 votes. Bassey Otu, governor of Cross River and the chairman of the APC supplementary primary election, declared Okpebholo winner on Friday, in Benin.

Zamfara Lawmakers Step-Up To Impeach Speaker Moriki

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The Speaker of Zamfara State House of Assembly, Hon. Bilyaminu Moriki, is set to be impeached by majority lawmakers from the opposition party.

Heatwave: Avoid exhaustion, dehydration - Expert Warns

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Public health expert Dr. Gabriel Ameh has urged Nigerians to stay hydrated and prevent fatigue as the period of abnormally hot weather sets in the Federal Capital Territory. In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja, Ameh noted that the high temperatures combined with the unstable power supply could cause illnesses, endanger cattle, or possibly result in fatalities.

FG To Launch Nationwide Exercise To Tackle Spread Of Lassa Fever

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The Federal Government (FG) through the Federal Ministry of Environment has launched the National Deratization framework exercise aimed at preventing and controlling the spread of Lassa fever across the country. This was made known during a press briefing by Mahmud Kambari, the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Environment who represented the Minister of State for Environment, Dr Iziaq Salako.

Gombe Strange Killer Disease: Reps Beg FG To Intervene

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The House of Representatives has demanded the Federal Government to investigate as well as curtail the spread of an unknown disease that has killed many in Nafada Local Government Area of Gombe State. The Federal House requests that the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare urgently deploy its personnel to verify the nature of the disease. The House also urged the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention put-up surveillance measures to contain the spread of the disease and ensure that adequate treatment is extended to affected victims. 

FG Detains 2 Binance Executives

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The Federal Government (FG) has reportedly detained 2 top executives of Binance, a cryptocurrency trading platform. According to a Financial Times report, both executives came to Nigeria last week as a result of a ban on their website, but however had their international passports seized and were arrested by officials of the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA). Reports suggest that they were detained for alleged manipulation in foreign exchange trading in Nigeria.

FG To Complete $700M Gas Pipeline In March

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The Federal Government (FG) revealed on Tuesday that the $700m Obiafu/Obrikom/Oben gas pipeline, popularly known as OB3, would be completed in March 2024. This was made known on Tuesday by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (gas), Ekperikpe Ekpo, during the 7th Nigeria International Energy Summit in Abuja, where he noted that the OB3 gas pipeline as one of the biggest gas transmission systems in Africa.

Tinubu Introduces Expatriate Employment Levy to Boost Economy

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President Bola Tinubu has on Tuesday revealed at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja the introduction of the Expatriate Employment Levy (EEL) a compulsory fee imposed on organizations employing the services of expatriate workers in Nigeria, aimed at boosting local employment, narrowing the wage disparity and promote technology domestication in the country. He described the initiative as a game changer, urging the foreign companies operating in the country to employ more Nigerians, balance employment opportunities, and close the wage gap between the expatriates and the Nigerian labour force.

Olympic 2024: Super Falcon Floored Cameroon To Make It Into Finals

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Nigeria’s Super Falcons have made another record in the final round of qualifiers for the women’s football event at the 2024 Olympics by defeating Cameroon 1-0 on aggregate in the third round of qualifiers for the quadrennial games. The Falcons played a goalless draw at the Stade de la Réunification, Douala, on Friday that gave them an edge against the Cameroonians at the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja on Monday. 

Dani Alves Sentenced To Jail

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A top court in Barcelona has sentenced former Brazil international Dani Alves to four and a half years in prison, having been found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman in a Barcelona nightclub in 2022. The court also ordered him to pay €150,000 ($162,990) to the victim.

Afrobasket: D’Tigers Withdraw From Qualifiers

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The Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF, in a press statement, noted that the Nigeria senior male basketball team, D’Tigers, would not be participating in the FIBA Afrobasket Qualifiers which is billed to commence in Tunisia on Friday.

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2Africa Subsea Cable Lands Akwa Ibom

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Days after being declared public interest in Portugal, the 2Africa submarine fibre optic cable, will links Europe, Asia, and Africa has landed in Qua Iboe, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. The cable, dubbed the largest cable project in the world is measured at 45,000-kilometre. According to Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, Bosun Tijani, via his X handle wrote: “This is a significant milestone that has been delivered with the support of President Bola Tinubu, whose directive to all relevant agencies to support the ease of approvals was critical to the successful landing of this cable in Akwa Ibom, a first for the Niger Delta region,”

…African Grammy Awards Is Coming

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The Nigerian government has disclosed an ongoing negotiation with the organizers of American Grammy Awards to establish an African version of the Grammy Awards.

Many Killed In N'Djamena Following Attack On Security HQ

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Several people were reportedly killed on Wednesday following a deadly attack on the headquarters of the National Security Agency (ANSE) in Chad's capital city N'Djamena. The violence in N'Djamena came as tensions rose ahead of a presidential election set for May and June that could return Chad to constitutional rule after three years of military-backed rule. Security forces have surrounded the headquarters of the Socialist Party Without Borders (PSF), after accusing "elements" of the main opposition party of launching the deadly attack on the country's internal security agency.

NCC Orders Telecos To Disable SIMs Without NIN

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has charged telecom operators to bar any active mobile line that is not linked to NIN on or before February 28, 2024. This was even as it said the same codes were introduced for mobile lines in order to authenticate and protect the identities of users.