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Kano government floats new transport authority

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Kano State government on Friday announced a new Road Transport Authority to regulate and manage the entire transport system in the state.

Kano State governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, who spoke during the flag-off of a National Council of Trans­portation meeting in Kano, revealed that the new transport authority would accommodate its transport system.

Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, who was represented by his Deputy, Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna said “Kano State
government has developed transport policy, which after implementation will improve the sector performance and at­tract private investment.”

Ganduje disclosed that already Kano has introduced a Computerised Vehicle Inspection to ensure the safety of lives of road users.

He said the service is a technological innovation designed to reduce road traffic crashes and fatality among automobile operators and commuters plying Kano roads.

Ganduje explained that “these efforts have helped tre­mendously in sanitising traffic flow, improved commercial ac­tivities in the state and accorded Kano metropolis a modern outlook to what is obtained in advanced countries.

Ganduje noted that investment in the transport sector was vital because, “today, transportation has becomes essential part of our Social and Economic lives, which calls for serious discussion to improve on the sector.”

He said the National Council of Transportation meeting comes at a time when Nigeria is facing critical challenges in its road transport system, and as such deliberate policies should be adopted to find tune the sector.

“Our worries today in Kano for example is that our Trans­ portation system has been well dominated by Commercial
transporters of mainly KEKE NAPEP, Taxes, andBuses which continue to poses challenges to the Traffic of the State”.

“Therefore, we have because of these challenges invested heavily on the road transport system, to ease the Traffic’s,
these investment as can be seen are on the construction of Bridges, Roads, and even the purchased of high class Buses that will takes care of the State overwhelming population.”

Similarly, Dr Ganduje said that the proposed Kano Light Rail project is going to be flagged off soon, a multi-billion naira project that would cover Janguza, Yankura, and Jogana Stations, adding when operational, it would ease problems associated with intra road transport traffics.

In his speech earlier, the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Ameachi, said that President Muhammadu Buhari has invested tremendously in Road Transport system, with almost all the nation’s roads affected by the Federal Government Interventions.

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SERAP sues Buhari over alleged missing N11tn electricity fund

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President Muhammadu Buhari has been dragged to court by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) for allegedly failing probe N11tn electricity fund said to missing.

The money, according to SERAP, was meant to provide regular electricity supply for the country since 1999, and it is suspected to have “been stolen, mismanaged or diverted into private pockets.”

In the suit number FHC/L/CS/1119/2022 filed last week at the Federal High Court, Lagos, SERAP sought for “an order of mandamus to direct and compel President Buhari to investigate how over N11 trillion meant to provide regular electricity supply has been allegedly squandered by governments since 1999.”

This is coming after it was reported that Nigeria’s electricity grid has collapsed at least three times within five months, and 130 times in seven years, plunging many households across the country into darkness.

 

 

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Toyota-Suzuki joint SUV coming in August, Africa listed

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The collaboration between Toyota and Suzuki is set to manifest in concrete terms as Toyota says it will start the production of a new SUV model developed by Suzuki at Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd from August.

The Suzuki-developed SUV will come with mild and strong hybrid variants – made in India for both brands, multiple sources including motorauthority.com report.

The two companies are said to be planning to export the new model to markets outside India including Africa.

Toyota and Suzuki are promoting mutual supply of vehicles globally, which is one of the collaborations in their business partnership.
The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding for a business alliance in 2017. Since then, the two companies have been bringing together Toyota’s strength in electrification technologies and Suzuki’s strength in technologies for compact vehicles for joint collaboration in production and in the widespread popularization of electrified vehicles.
The powertrains of the new model to be on sale in India will be equipped with mild hybrid developed by Suzuki and strong hybrid developed by Toyota.
By bringing together strengths of both Toyota and Suzuki through the collaboration, the two companies say they will be able to provide a wide variety of vehicle electrification technologies to customers and contribute to the acceleration of electrification and the realization of a carbon-neutral society in India.

While Suzuki leads and understands the India market, Toyota brings hybrid tech to the table.

Maruti Suzuki India Limited and TKM will market the new model in India as Suzuki and Toyota models, respectively.

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Ford to end production of Focus in 2025

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Ford has confirmed that it will stop producing the Focus model in 2025, in a move that threatens the longer-term future of its Saarlouis, Germany plant that only makes that model.

Nigeria may not miss the exit of the Focus as it has not really been as popular as other Ford models such as the Escape, the Edge and Everest.

Ford however said that its plant in Saarlouis would continue to produce the Ford Focus passenger car, while the company is also evaluating options for future site concepts.
In Europe, Ford has emphasised the future role for electrified models – which includes its Cologne plant in Germany being a hub for EV production. It will build a new SUV based on VW’s MEB platform from 2023.
Ford also recently announced that its Valencia, Spain, plant would receive investment for making electric vehicles on a next-generation electric vehicle architecture.

 

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