Oru Leonard is now ATACA Chairman

By Favour Nnabugwu


New Chairman for Abuja Transportation and Aviation Correspondent (ATACA) has emerged as Mr Oru Leonard is now the chairman of the body  after a rigorous election.

Mr. Oru was announced as the candidate with the highest vote out of the 3 candidates that contested for the office of Chairman.

The newly elected ATACA Chairman, Oru Leonard who is a Fellow of the Advertising Regulatory Council of Nigeria (ARCON) and a full member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM), appealed to members of the association to support the newly elected officials to move the association to greater heights.

He however vowed to work with other executive members in love, unity, mutual understanding to collectively promote integrity of the association.

Speaking earlier, the immediate past chairman, Mr. Chris Agabi described the election as the freest, fair, and most credible election since the inception of the association.

Agabi commended the efforts of the Electoral Committee for the job well done before, during, and after the election that produced successful candidates.

He further commended the contestants for behaving themselves by complying with the association’s electoral guidelines to ensure ATACA actualize a smooth election in 2023.

FG orders closure of 2nd Niger Bridge from January 15 as construction work resumes

By Favour Nnabugwu




The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has ordered the closure of the Second Niger Bridge and sections of other major roads earlier opened to ease traffic for the 2022 Christmas celebrations.

The Second Niger Bridge will, however, remain closed for public use with effect from Sunday, January 15, 2023 for continuation of work on the completion of the access roads to the bridge

He gave the directive in Abuja, on Wednesday. This, he said is to enable contractors return to site to complete work on the various projects.

This was contained in a statement signed by Engr. Folorunso Esan, on behalf of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry.

The statement read in part, “Recall that barricades were removed at all construction sites on December 15,2022 for ease of movement to reduce travel time during the yuletide season.

“Contractors are now set to resume work on major highways especially the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway( from OPIC to the old toll gate ) and the Abuja-Kaduna-Kano Expressway (around Kawo on the Kaduna-Zaria Section).

“To this end the Honourable Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN has directed that construction barricades be returned at construction sites for safety purposes with effect from Tuesday, January 10,2023.

“The Second Niger Bridge will, however, remain closed for public use with effect from Sunday, January 15, 2023 for continuation of work on the completion of the access roads to the bridg.

“The Honourable Minister seeks the patience and understanding of motorists and members of the public on this action aimed at completing the on-going projects.“

Rotimi Amaechi commences Masters in Corporate, Company Law in London

By Favour Nnabugwu





Former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, has stated that he has started his Masters in Corporate and Company Law at Kings College, London.

Ehile explaing that he studied law to fulfill his father’s wish to be a lawyer.

But the former governor of Rivers State, who hinted that he would go a step further by going to Law School to be called to bar, said he had no intention of practicing the profession even as he said he had started Masters in Corporate and Company Law at Kings College, London.

Asked if he would go to Law School, he said: “Yes, I think so. I may go to Law School. I’m already doing a Masters degree in Corporate and Company Law at Kings College, London. I hope to combine it with Law School.

Ameachi in an interview with Vanguard said contrary to claims in some quarters that he bought the Law degree certificate,he actually worked hard for it.

He said throughout the time of the programme, he was dedicated to his studies, disclosing further that even as a minister,he was always ahead of lecturers and students in punctuality,a development he disclosed, made the Baze University,where he attended to present him award for being deligent and punctual.

He said going back to pursue a fresh degree in Law at the age of 57 was normal to him, saying he merely achieved what he had wanted a long time ago.

“Going back to obtain Law degree at 57 is normal. I should have graduated a long time ago. When I hear people say I bought a degree,I just laugh. I laugh because until I started campaigning for presidency I never missed a class. So for three years and six months,I never missed a class. And I came before all the lecturers and I came before all the students.

“The school gave me award for being deligent and punctual. I never failed any course work. But that’s not important, what is important is that I wrote all my course work in person,so they can’t say lecturers passed me.

” And in Baze University,we don’t write matriculation number or our names,they give you a barcode which you place on the answer sheet. So when the teachers mark,they mark what is called blind marking and they can’t take it home. They mark there in the school,if they can’t finish,they leave it there and come back the next day. When they come the next day, they continue.

And as they are marking, they mark with barcode so they don’t know the name of the person or the matriculation number and I don’t think they are handwriting experts.

” Let me give you an instance. I scored 69 percent in Jurisprudence which was a B grade. The person who taught me Jurisprudence was my supervisor in my long essay, I’m sure if he had known that it was me,he would have added me one percent to make it 70. The whole faculty was like “oh,no,he should have added you one percent to make it 70t.”

Asked on his inspiration to pursue the course, Chief Rotimi Amaechi explained: “First and foremost, it was to fulfill my father’s wish that I read Law. At least, I have satisfied his wish and he would have been happy if he was alive.

“He was in love with the work of Chief Rotimi Williams who was one of the best lawyers then and felt I should be like him.

“When I got the admission, I started asking myself how would I cope with my work. I would go to school as early as 8am and report to work by 6pm. I would work from 6pm to 11 pm and sometimes 11:30pm then I go home. I did that on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Wednesdays were cabinet meetings. I worked Wednesdays and Fridays. ”

Asked if he would go to Law School, he said: “Yes, I think so. I may go to Law School. I’m already doing a Masters degree in Corporate and Company Law at Kings College, London. I hope to combine it with Law School

“I don’t intend to practice but to have the knowledge of law and the certificate

“It is to help me not to make some mistakes. There is no excuse in law. So they are some things you can’t know except you read Law ”

The former governor of Rivers State,while admitting that he refused to fund the establishment of Law School in the state while he held sway as the governor,faulted his successor for commiting the state’s money to the project which he described as the federal government’s responsibility.

“Yes, it’s true. I asked them when they brought the proposal,I asked them would the federal government fund it and they said no. I’m not a father Christmas. I said primary schools in Rivers State are not functioning, secondary schools are not functioning and I would go and build a law school for government as big as the federal government? I told them that I have a land and here’s the land and they said no. So,I don’t know why that is an achievement for a man whose primary and secondary schools are not functioning and teachers are not paid.

” By the time I did audit of education in Rivers State,we trained 90,000 teachers and I employed 13,200. So that money that he used in building law school would have been used to employ more teachers.

“It’s federal government responsibility. I told them I was not interested but I would give them the land. So the money spent there could have been used in building more schools, employing more teachers and train them. Like out of the 13,200 teachers we employed, only 3000 were teachers,the other 10,000 were people who were just looking for jobs and we employed them and took them to Rivers State University of Education to train them for six months.

“So that money that you are investing in a big federal government’s project,you should have used it to employ more teachers, build more schools and create more jobs for our people. Rivers State has the highest number of unemployment,”he added

Why Abuja-Kaduna rail corridor yet to resume services – Sambo

By Favour Nnabugwu



Minister of Transportation, Muazu Sambo has explained that until to those in captivity from AK-9 train abducted are released, the Abuja- Kaduna train may yet resume services

The Minister during his familiarization tour of the Idu and Kubwa train stations, Abuja  stated.

Accompanied by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Magdalene Ajani, Managing Director of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, NRC, Engr. Fidet Okhiria among others, the Minister also said federal government would spare no effort to install the required technological devices along the corridor to prevent future attacks.

He said: “It is very important to get those Nigerians that have been kidnapped and reunite with their families. Otherwise, it will appear the government is not sensitive whereas the government is not only sensitive but is doing everything it can to make sure that those who have been affected by this abduction are reunited with their families. I think it is an important step to do that first and foremost.

“Secondly, you must put in place adequate security and infrastructural measures to protect and prevent all forms of threats that are possible and leave what you cannot do to God but everything humanly possible must be put in place to ensure that the reoccurrence of this nature is automatically eliminated forever.

“Technology can make that possible and we are trying to deploy the best technology available anywhere in the world that has served very well in other jurisdictions which we believe can also serve us very well in Nigeria.

“We are in the process of procuring the sensors and that is why I said we must ensure that we put in place every infrastructure that will ensure that lives are safeguarded. So, the technology that is going to be deployed is such that you can perceive a threat and eliminate it before you get to the location. That is being proactive.”

On claim in some quarters that families of NRC staff abducted when the ill fated train was bombed on March this year have been abandoned by the Ministry, the Minister dismissed same, saying, “it is totally unfounded. They are members of staff of the NRC. It will be highly unexpected that a member of your own family is affected in an incident and you have not gone to his or her family.

“It is not possible. We have done that (visited the families) and we are still doing and we will continue to do it until we have gotten them reunited with their families and by the grace of God, they will be reunited with their families..

Gbemisola Saraki resumes duties in Mines Ministry


L- The Honourable Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Arc Olamilekan Adegbite, and the new Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Sen Gbemisola Saraki, on her reception at the Ministry’s headquarters in Abuja today 


By Favour Nnabugwu


Senator Gbemisola Saraki has resumed duties as the new Minister of State at the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development in Abuja today

Saraki was redeployed from the Federal Ministry of Transport by President Muhammadu Buhari, after giving portfolios to the newly appointed Ministers whom were screened and cleared by the Senate.

The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Arc Olamilekan Adegbite, who received her expressed optimism that she would bring her wealth of experience from the ‘World Public Service’ to add value to what the Ministry is already doing and push it beyond.

He also maintained that the Ministry has done its best so far to fulfill the President Buhari’s mandate to diversify the economy and contribute to the Gross Domestic Product, GDP, towards creating jobs for Nigerians.

In her response, she (Saraki) appreciated the Minister, for highlighting the issues of Mining and the versed window of opportunities therein.

Meanwhile, she pledged her unflinching support to actualize the mining sector’s vision and drive it to greater heights in the interest of stakeholders and Nigerians.

Following the warm reception accorded her, she acknowledged the friendliness of management and staff of the Ministry, therefore, implored their cooperation to effectively move the sector forward in order to facilitate national development.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Dr Oluwatoyin Akinlade, represented by the Director, Artisanal and Small Scale Mining, Patrick Ojeka, made it known that the Ministry is one of the pivotal stones for economic diversification as mandated by Buhari, which had also performed creditably well in repositioning the mining industry as well as ensuring an astronomic growth of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Akinlade also assured that the Ministry’s technical team, which is made up of seven technical departments and other service complementary departments that have over the years supported her (Saraki) predecessors will also give her same support via their wealth of experience.

The Permanent Secretary added that the management and staff would give her the expected support in order for her to efficiently and successfully perform her duties in developing the mining sector.

NRC to resume Abuja-Kaduna train May 23

By Favour Nnabugwu



The Federal Government, through the Federal Ministry of Transportation (FMoT), has directed that the Abuja-Kaduna Train Service (AKTS) should resume on May 23.

The Deputy Director, Public Relations of the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC), Mr Yakub Mahmood, made this known in a statement issued in Lagos on Monday

The Nigerian Railway Corporation on March 29 suspended train operations along the Abuja-Kaduna route indefinitely
Mahmood said that the corporation wished to inform its valued customers that additional security measures were being put in place at both the train stations and the track to ensure the safety of passengers onboard.

He said that such measures were not only for the Abuja-Kaduna Train Service (AKTS) but also for all the passenger train services, especially on the standard gauge railway lines.

“Consequently, the passengers are hereby enjoined to cooperate with the NRC in order to enjoy improved service delivery, safety and comfort.

“This is by patiently complying with additional measures that will surely be introduced for the safety of our passengers, such as requesting for passengers National Identification Numbers (NIN).
“The NIN is part of our internal security check; in addition, presentation of the following must be strictly complied with before boarding the train:

“A valid photo Identification Card (ID), reachable telephone number of Next of Kin (NOK) or close relative and an Online and offline purchase of tickets must contain the passenger’s individual profile or identification data,” he said.

Mahmood said that concerted effort to secure the safe release of the abducted passengers being held hostage by the terrorists was continuing out of the public domain for strategic security reasons.

He said that the government wished to assure the relatives of the abducted citizens still in captivity that the safe rescue of the passengers was a top priority.
The NRC official said that they should not misconstrue the resumption of train services as abandonment or nonchalant attitude of the government towards their plight.

Mayweather visits Amaechi, plans to establish boxing academy


L – APC Presidential Aspirant and Minister of Transportation, Rt Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, receives American boxing great, Floyd Mayweather AKA Money Man at his Abuja home, Monday.


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Renowned American boxer and boxing promoter, Floyd Mayweather wants to establish a boxing academy in Africa, especially in Nigeria to build young fighters.
Mayweather, a former WBC Super featherweight champion said this when he visited the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Aspirant and Minister of Transportation, Rt Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi at his Abuja residence early Monday morning.
Mayweather said Amaechi is always concerned about empowering the youths, hence his support is needed to actualize his goal of setting up the boxing academy.
“The ultimate plan is to find the next Mayweather. I want to work with kids, I will come over to meet and talk to make sure we are all on the same page, and slowly start building these fighters. We just want to help. It’s all about giving back, helping the youths and the young generation coming up. I want to build a boxing camp for the kids. Different American trainers will come over and work with them.
“There are so much talents in the sport world over there in the United States, and Africa is dominating in the U.S now. There are so much hidden talents, so much skills, so we want the world to see these skills.
“We don’t want it to be hidden, like I was able to display my skills and talents to the world, here I am today. I want to build an academy just for the children to grow,” Mayweather said.
In response, Amaechi told the boxing great that he believes the Federal Government would support any initiative to harness more talents in the country, which would also create jobs.
 Abuja-Kaduna train to resumes soon – NRC

By Favour Nnabugwu



The Nigerian Railway Corporation, NRC, has announced that it has successfully completed work on the damaged portion of the Abuja-Kaduna rail track following the terrorists’ attack on March 28 which grounded service on the route.

The attack led to the death of nine persons and the abduction of over 140) passeengers including an aged woman, a nursing mother, among others.

In a release made available to newsmen, NRC said track access between the two cities has been achieved even as it failed to provide update on the 141 persons still in the custody of their abductors.

Signed by Niyi Alli on behalf of the corporation’s Managing Director, Fidet Okhiria, the statement read: “The connection of the Abuja-Kaduna Train Service, AKTS line has been achieved.

This implies that the major track components (concrete sleepers and rails) have been completely laid. The south end of the tracks (which was destroyed by the explosion) has been successfully joined with the north end. Track access between Abuja and Kaduna is now restored.

“The technical team continue with other track works including ballasting, temping, fastening of accessories (clips, bolts and nuts) and welding.

“Loco 2502 which was involved in the accident (though not damaged) and trapped at the Rigasa end due to lack of route access has now crossed to the Idu end and taken to the workshop for proper examination and routine maintenance.

“As we have mentioned in our earlier releases, the Abuja – Kaduna Train Service will resume soon with additional security measures put in place

“Passengers will be required to provide their NIN registration for verification prior to purchasing train tickets. This is for improved passenger profiling and safety on-board.

“The corporation is committed to the safety of all our passengers and staff on board the ill-fated Ak9 train service. We will continue to collaborate with security agencies to ensure all persons being held are rescued unhurt and reunited with their families, soonest.

“We continue to pray for the reposed of the souls of those who lost their lives in the unfortunate attack. We also pray that Almighty God continue to grant the families of those who lost loved ones, the fortitude to bear the irreparable lost. We equally pray for the full recovery of those injured in the ill-fated AK9 train service of 28h March, 2022

“In compliance with Mr. President’s directive, we encourage anyone stili looking for a loved one or for update to please contact the following numbers in our situation room:
Mrs. Lola on 08023310145 and Mr. Mahmood on 07038356015

“The NRC continues to express its profound gratitude to the security agencies for the continued support, especially for the security cover availed our officials and staff at the incident site.

“As customary, the corporation will continue to update the general public of latest developments.”

Abuja-Kaduna train attack: Kaduna Govt disburses N18m to families of death victims

By Favour Nnabugwu


The Kaduna State Government  has layed up plans to disburse N18 million to families of the nine persons killed by terrorists during the Abuja-Kaduna train attack.

The Executive Secretary of the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (KADSEMA), Muhammed Mukaddas, in a statement on Wednesday,said the sum of N2 million naira would be given to each family.

According to him,  the sum of N250,000 each will also be given to 22 persons who were severely injured.
He said “369 victims were called and offered opportunities for psychological support, 264 persons accepted the offers and were supported.”

“We secured ambulances and buses for evacuation and moved to the scene. Before arrival, the military had commenced evacuation, we therefore evacuated the dead bodies and a few severely wounded victims and one person that had escaped captivity.”

“We deposited the dead at the 44 NARH and others at St. Gerald’s hospital for treatment. We set up a crisis center which availed families of the victims to call for enquiries and also provide relevant information about their missing relatives,” he said.

Vandals hit Lagos-Ibadan rail track, disrupt movement

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Train movement on Lagos-Ibadan railway track corridor was temporarily disrupted on Saturday due to the removal of some components by hoodlums.

Passengers on board the train which departed the Obafemi Awolowo Train Station in Ibadan at 8:30am were said to have been forced to stop somewhere before Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti train station at Papalanto area of Ogun State as a result of the incident.

One of the passengers, Dr Feyi’ Leo, a lecturer at the confirmed the temporary disruption of the train movement.

She said that fear gripped her and other passengers, when the train was forced to stop.

Leo said the train coming from Lagos to Ibadan was also forced to stop in the opposite direction.

She added that the two trains continued their journey after the damaged section was fixed.

“The trip was smooth and we had gone past the station at Abeokuta , moving towards Papalanto, when the train stopped and reversed some few meters.

“We were agitated and started asking questions. An announcement was made by the NRC official on board that, their technicians were fixing a fault on the track, and that it would not take long.

“True to their word, we left after 20 minutes of stoppage. But I was afraid while the whole thing lasted because of the materials on my laptop.

“There is no backup, and it would have been a huge loss if anything had happened to my laptop,” she said.

Another passenger, who identified himself as Promise, said, the temporary stoppage caused panic on board the train.

He, however, added that there were armed security agents on board,and technicians, who quickly fixed the damaged track.