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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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No Petrol Price Hike in June, Says FG

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No Petrol Price Hike in June, Says FG

The Federal Government on Friday said it would not increase petrol price in June despite the recommendation by the Nigeria Governors Forum that the cost of the commodity is increased.

A committee set up by the Nigeria Governor’s Forum had on Wednesday recommended a petrol price of between N408.5/litre and N380/litre, and also called for immediate removal of petrol subsidy.

However, in a statement issued and signed by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, in Abuja on Friday, the government ruled out the possibility of a hike in petrol price any time soon.

The minister guaranteed Nigerians that the cost of the commodity would remain the same at between N162/litre and N165/litre.

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Sylva said, “Once again it has become necessary to assure Nigerians that despite the huge burden of under-recovery, the Federal Government is not in a hurry to increase the price of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) to reflect current market realities.

“The current price of petrol will be retained in the month of June until the ongoing engagement with organised labour is concluded.”

“This clarification becomes necessary in the light of recent reports regarding the resolution of the Nigeria Governors Forum to increase the pump price of petrol.” He added.

The minister stated that he would like to strongly urge petroleum products marketers, not to engage in any activity that could jeopardise the supply and distribution system in place.

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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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