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East-West Road to be completed Dec 2021 – Akpabio



The Federal Government will complete and deliver the entire stretch of the East-West road, from Sections 1 to 5 by December 6, 2021, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has said.

The minister made the disclosure at a meeting of counterparts on the complementary programme for the road project in Abuja.

A statement by the Director, Press and Public Relations at the ministry, Patricia Deworitshe, reported Akpabio as saying that the ministry hoped to deliver completely Sections I-IV of the East-West road by December 6.

Then ensure the revalidation and award of contract for Section V covering Oron-Calabar initially awarded to RCC Construction Company by the Federal Executive Council (FEC), but was later abandoned due to the astronomical cost of the project when it was re-routed.

Akpabio, who appreciated the commitment of members of the counterparts’ team, noted that tasks would not be complete without a virile management support for the road.

“It is not just the road that is important but also the management of the corridor such that it will enable the development of aesthetics and other infrastructures along the road network,” he said.

Akpabio added that the commitment of the ministry to the roundtable meeting must therefore be complemented by the support of all the counterparts in terms of action to ensure the beauty and sustainability of government efforts and development agencies on the road over the years.

Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr. Babayo Ardo, said the road traversing five states in the region had been under construction since 2006, adding that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari had promised to ensure its completion by 2021.

Babayo said in order to realise this promise, the ministry was not only pooling resources together to ensure its completion, but also that the completion and management of the road will top the main item on the agenda at the 4th National Council of Niger Delta slated for between December 14 and 19, 2020 in Port Harcourt.


State trains: Plateau, Niger, Osun, Borno set to join Lagos, FCT 



State trains: Plateau, Niger, Osun, Borno set to join Lagos, FCT 

Plateau, Niger, Borno and Osun states are among state governments currently making arrangements to run train services within their respective areas.

They are joining Lagos State Government and the Federal Capital Territory already operating and managing mass transit train services for the people in those places.

This is coming after the railway development and operation was moved from the exclusive legislative list to concurrent allowing states and private sector to be involved in the business.

Managing Director of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, Fidet Okhiria, disclosed this in Lagos on Tuesday during a public lecture.

Okhiria spoke as a guest lecturer at the endowed professorial chair on Transport and Logistics at the Lagos State University (LASU) on ‘From exclusive clause to concurrent list: Potency for sustainable rail infrastructure development in Nigeria and the Lagos State Example’.

He commended the Lagos State Government and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, two subnational governments for effectively initiating and running mass transit trains.

He said it was part of the fallout of moving the railway development from the exclusive list to current as signed into law in March 23, 2023 by the ex-President Muhammadu Buhari.

Already, he said the Plateau State Government had commenced a trial run of its stage-managed train service.

Okhiria said, “Lagos State is one of the states already operating a mass transit train in Nigeria. The Lagos Blue Line is a standard gauge track operating between Mile 2 and Marina…The service has greatly reduced the traffic jam usually experienced at Marina to Orile and Mike 2 axis, especially usually during peak hours.

“Lagos State is presently at an advanced stage of commenting the Red Line from Agbado to Oyingbo. We are currently inspecting and certifying various operating equipment along the corridor for safety concerns. When the service commences, it will greatly impact the way Lagosians travel.

“Other states are already keying in before now, using our track access tool to negotiate a train service within their corridor.

“Notable among them included Plateau State Government, already operating on trial runs, Niger State (talks ongoing), Borno State (talks ongoing), Osun State Government (hire service during festivities) and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) currently restated, to mention a few.”

The NRC boss recalled that the prior to the constitutional amendments, was both a sole operator and regulator of rail activities in the country.

He cautioned states against dropping standards due to the high cost involved in building railway infrastructure, which he noted could affect safety.

Okhiria said the NRC would continue to offer necessary technical advice and other input to ensure adherence to uniform global standards in railway development and management.

He urged private investors to key into the project in the area of running trains, both passengers and freight.

Vice-Chancellor of LASU, Prof. Ibiyemi Tunji-Bello, represented by the VC Administration, Prof. Adenine Omotunde Boyo, said that the removal of railway from exclusive to concurrent list would empower the states to invest massively railway business and boost the intermodal transport system.

She commended the initiative of the Lagos State Government for completing and commencing daily commercial train service from Mile 2 to Marina.

Speaking on the professorial chair endowment in the transport studies at LASU, Prof. Dele Badejo said it was the first of its kind in transport development and sustainable development in sub-Sahara Africa.

He said, “This guest lecture is historic because it is the first time that the endowment has gathered and assembled stakeholders and intellectuals in the rail transport sub-sector to brainstorm and provide a road map for the repositioning and improving various activities and infrastructure on rail transportation.”



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PH refinery receives one million barrels of crude – Report



Port Harcourt Refinery

PH refinery receives one million barrels of crude – Report

Following the mechanical completion of the Old Port Harcourt Refinery in December last year, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd (NNPCL) supplied one million barrels of crude oil to the plant. This supply marks the refinery’s readiness to begin refining petroleum products.

NNPCL is pushing for a phased commencement of operations, with a possible start date in August, due to increasing pressure for the plant to begin production before the end of the year. The crude oil supply was delivered in two tranches, with the latest arriving last Wednesday.


A barrel of crude oil can produce approximately 170 liters of refined petroleum products. Therefore, the one million barrels supplied to the Port Harcourt refinery are expected to yield around 170 million liters of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) and other refined products.

The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority has issued the necessary license for the refinery’s operations. The Port Harcourt Refinery Complex (PHRC) rehabilitation project costs approximately $1.5 billion and is a national initiative encompassing the Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Installation, and commissioning phases.

PH refinery receives one million barrels of crude – Report

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Carloha to gift ILOTBET UEFA EURO 2024 Winner Chery car



Carloha to gift ILOTBET UEFA EURO 2024 winner Chery car

A lucky person will on Thursday July 18 be presented with a brand new Chery vehicle for accurately predicting the teams qualifying from the group stage of the recently concluded UEFA EURO 2024 Championship.

The winner will be rewarded with a brand new Chery Tiggo 2 Pro, a stylish and versatile cross-over vehicle, known for its exceptional performance and advanced features.

Carloha Nigeria disclosed this in a pre-event press release obtained on Monday from the company.

It is the fallout of the partnership between Carloha, the exclusive importer and franchisee of Chery vehicles in Nigeria, and ILOTBET, a leading sports business company.

A statement by Caeloha said, “This exciting promotion, which commenced on May 31, 2024, and ended on July 10, 2024, before the beginning of EURO 2024, offers fans the chance to win Tiggo 2 Pro.

“The ‘Predict and Win’ promo invites football enthusiasts to predict the exact bracket of teams qualifying from the group stage of the UEFA EURO 2024 Championship.”

The highlight of this promotion is the prize-giving ceremony of the Tiggo 2 Pro, which will take place at Carloha’s Showroom on July 18, 2024.

This gesture typifies the generosity of Chery Group and its contribution to the development of sports and also its dedication to enhancing the overall fan experience.

“We are delighted to partner with ILOTBET on this innovative promotion that combines the thrill of football with the excitement of winning a fantastic prize,” said Mr. Joseph Omokhapue, the Marketing Director of Carloha Nigeria. “The Chery Tiggo 2 Pro is a perfect match for the energy and enthusiasm of football fans, and we look forward to seeing who will drive away in this smart technology.”

This collaboration with Chery aims to enhance the experience for football fans by offering an enticing incentive to participate in the UEFA EURO 2024 Championship predictions.

According to the firm, the partnership between Chery and ILOTBET brings added excitement to the UEFA EURO 2024 Championship and offers the yearning football fans an incredible opportunity to win a top-of-the-line Chery Tiggo 2 Pro.

“Chery Motors, a leading name in the automotive industry known for its innovation and commitment to excellence, has long been synonymous with high-quality vehicles that combine style, performance, and advanced technology,” the firm added.

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