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Buhari Commissions Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri Rail Line

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Buhari Commissions Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri Rail Line

President Muhammadu Buhari has commissioned the 326-kilometre Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri rail line and Railway Ancillary Facility Yard at Goodluck Jonathan Railway Complex, in Owa-Oyibu, Ika North East Local Government Area, Delta State.

President Buhari  In a virtual inauguration of the rail line On Tuesday, directed the Federal Ministry of Transportation to link all the nation’s seaports of origin and destination to the rail network in order to significantly improve the nation’s overall transportation capacities.

He added that his administration recognizes the importance of the railway mode of transportation as a an important support for industrialization and economic development.

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“I have approved the prioritization of viable railway routes for either new rail lines or the reconstruction and rehabilitation of some, to achieve effective and efficient train services supporting the country’s trade and commerce.

“The railway infrastructure that I have the honour to commission today is the rail line from Itakpe via the steel town complex of Ajaokuta to Warri, and it is an important link for the country’s economy as the central rail line.

“We have also approved linking this line further from Itakpe to Abuja, thereby connecting the Northern zones of the country and also extending southwards to link the Warri Ports,” Buhari said.

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NIMC Calls for Reduced Public Panic

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The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) on Thursday said that there is no cause for panic regarding the two weeks deadline for deactivation of subscribers identity module (sim) cards that are not linked with users’ national identity number (NIN).

The Commission explained that adequate arrangements have been made to capture the data of 200 million Nigerians within the next five years.

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It added that the steps taken so far to ensure that all subscribers have NIN in their sim cards are meant to address the security challenges facing the country.

The Commission also said the telecommunications operators would be involved in the exercise.

The Spokesman of NIMC,  Kayode Adegoke said that government has approved licensing of over 200 institutions to carry out “enrolment of Nigerians and legal residents into the national identity database on behalf of the national identity management commission.”

Adegoke said the initiative was aimed at addressing the bottlenecks associated with the capturing of citizens data by NIMC.

He added that the method would increase the enrolment centres from the current 1,000 to 10,000 across the country.

He said the NIMC is desirous of scaling up its assignment to regulatory functions after the completion of the exercise.

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FCTA Set to Implement Minimum Wage for FCT Workers

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The Federal capital territory administration, says it will implement the national minimum wage for workers in the territory to avert another strike.

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Hajia Ramatu Aliyu, FCT minister of state, disclosed this in a statement issued by her special assistant on media, Austin Elemue, on Tuesday in Abuja.

She noted that immediately after the two unions threatened to embark on the strike, the administration engaged all stakeholders with a view to finding a solution to the problem.

According to her, this led to the constitution of a multi-stakeholder ministerial committee on the implementation of the new national minimum wage in area councils and local education authorities of the six area councils.

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Fuel Price Hike: FG to Support Marketers on Petrol Import

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The Federal government says it will make the dollar accessible to oil marketers in order to make the importation of petrol into Nigeria competitive and help reduce the commodity’s rising cost.

This was disclosed during a meeting between oil marketers and officials of the federal ministry of finance on the need to make the foreign exchange available for petrol imports.

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This move according to marketers, would halt the current monopoly in the importation of petrol.

The National president, Independent Petroleum Marketers’ Association of Nigeria, Chinedu Okonkwo, told journalists on Monday that petroleum product dealers would start importing petrol soon.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has been the major importer of petrol for more than two years while other players in the downstream oil business purchase the product from NNPC to dispense in their retail outlets.

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