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News Trends editor wins Toyota award for PUNCH



L-R: Managing Director, Toyota Nigeria Limited, Mr Kunle Ade-Ojo; Editor-in-chief, News Trends, Rasheed Bisiriyu (formerly of the PUNCH); and Head, Dealers Development and Special Projects, TNL, Mr Henry Ojuoko.
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The immediate past head of the transport desk and Production Editor (Business) at the Punch Nigeria Limited, Rasheed Bisiriyu, has emerged an overall winner of the 2019 edition of the annual Toyota Nigeria Limited’s awards for journalists.

Bisiriyu, now editor-in-chief of an online news platform, News Trends, was on Friday October 09 presented with the award along with two other winners, Theodore Opara (Vanguard newspapers) and Mike Ochonma (Businessday), who were declared the first and runner-up respectively.

Managing Director of the TNL, Mr Kunle Ade-Ojo, who presented the awards to the winners at the company’s head office in Lekki, Lagos, commended the journalists for their unique styles of writing.

He said the company’s gesture was in recognition of the invaluable contributions of the journalists to the business of the TNL and the automobile industry generally.

Toyota Nigeria has remained a leader among the auto brands in the country and indeed one of the household names globally.

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Land Rover okays new Defender XS Edition for Nigeria, others



A new Land Rover Defender XS Edition, featuring tough exterior design elements and comprehensive standard specification, will be introduced in Nigeria and other nations in sub-Sahara Africa later this year.

A statement by the premium automaker, Land Rover, says the new XS Edition will replace the hugely successful First Edition.

Positioned above the SE models, it features a unique exterior and interior treatment and available in both 90 and 110 body designs.

Externally, the XS Edition is identified by its bespoke body-coloured lower cladding and lower wheel arches, and distinctive 20-inch, contrast diamond-turned alloy wheels finished in Satin Grey. A choice of four exterior colour options is available: Silicon Silver, Hakuba Silver, Gondwana Stone and Santorini Black.

Inside, the XS Edition’s 12-way, heated and electric memory seats are finished in Grained Leather, while the Cross Car Beam has a Light Grey powder coat brushed finish. Illuminated metal treadplates complete the interior.

Its comprehensive standard specification comprises Electronic Air Suspension, Adaptive Dynamics and Configurable Terrain Response. In addition, the XS Edition benefits from Matrix LED headlights with signature DRL, ClearSight Rear View mirror technology and the state-of-the-art Pivi Pro infotainment system with 10-speaker Meridian sound system.

The XS Edition is available with a choice of powerful and efficient powertrains, including the 2.0-litre D240 diesel and 3.0-litre P400 petrol. Pricing will be available from respective sub-Sahara Africa Land Rover distributors closer to the time of introduction.


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FG will complete Lagos-Ibadan expressway in 2022 – Fashola



Less than 40 per cent of the ongoing reconstruction of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway is left to be done, Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said.

He stated this on Sunday during an interview on Bond FM and restated that the road project would be completed in the first quarter of 2022.

Fashola specifically said 80 kilometres of the 127-kilometre road had been done, adding that the delay in the completion of the project was caused by the government’s inability to shut down the bridge totally.

He said, “As we speak, 80km has been completed. Some of the parts of the road used today have been completed.

“We cannot shut the road totally. The number of vehicles passing the road is not less than 40,000. We can’t shut Lagos-Ibadan road like that. The road should be completed in 2022. The construction will end in 2022.

“The Third Mainland Bridge is faster because we had the opportunity of shutting it down totally.”

The reconstruction/rehabilitation of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway began in 2013 and was awarded to two firms.

Julius Berger is constructing section one, which stretches from Ojota in Lagos to Sagamu Interchange, while the RCC is working from the Sagamu Interchange to Ibadan.

The minister urged all the road users to be patient with the government.

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Lagos will begin Fourth Mainland Bridge construction this year – Sanwo-Olu



The foundation for the proposed Fourth Mainland Bridge will be laid before the end of year 2021, Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said.

He made this known on Friday in Lagos during the 16th Executive/Legislative Parley, with the theme: ‘A Consensus Agenda for Rebuilding Lagos’, which was organised by the Office of Civic Engagement.

He said that the government was determined that execute the Fourth Mainland Bridge, as it would improve movement in the state.

“We did not politically promise Fourth Mainland Bridge but we are going to do Fourth Mainland Bridge.

“With your prayers and by the grace of Almighty God, we shall turn the sod and lay the foundation for the building and construction of that Fourth Mainland Bridge before the end of this year.

“We are on course and I am sure that the 37km ring road is on track, which will change the face of transportation and movement in Lagos,” the governor said.

He said that his administration was on course to complete the two rail projects started several years back, both the Blue Line and the Red Line.

According to him, before the end of the administration, the project will be completed and trains will move on the two rail lines.

”It is a commitment that we have given to Lagosians and it is a commitment that we will see will come to fruition because we have finished the financial closure and we are excited about that project,” he said.

Sanwo-Olu also spoke on the theme of the parley, saying it came up as a result of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the EndSARS protest mayhem on the state.

He said that with the level of destruction, there was no alternative to start rebuilding Lagos.

The governor stressed that all stakeholders in the development and growth of Lagos State would have to come together to share experiences and proffer solutions.

“In the next 48 hours, we shall be sharing ideas on how best to reposition Lagos, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic, and of EndSARS destruction on one hand, and developing strategies to forestall youth restiveness on the other hand.

“We are working steadily towards achieving a Greater Lagos that will be a pride of all. As a government, we need to scale up our activities and work as a team so that we can continue to discharge our responsibilities with the ultimate goal of meeting the yearnings and aspirations of our people.”

Special Adviser, Office Of Civic Engagement, Princess Aderemi Adebowale, said the discussion around the theme in the next 48 hours would help to fast-track the rebuilding of the state.

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