Breaking news in Nigeria, Thursday 3rd September 2020

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The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi has said that the University of Transportation being constructed at Daura, Kastina State, would boost the transfer of technology from China to Nigeria.

Amaechi expressed this view while speaking with State House correspondents after a private meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that construction work on the university project commenced in December 2019.

The China Civil Engineering Construction Company is building the university as part of its corporate social responsibility.

The minister said that the university would domesticate railway engineering and impact Nigerians with the technical know-how on train manufacturing and servicing.

“The key to the development of any nation is education; so, if we are building transport technology in Daura, essentially, there will be a transfer of technology from the Chinese to Nigerians.

“We need to know how to build our trains, our coaches, our locomotives, our tracks, our tracks and all that constitutes railway technology including maritime and aviation; it is completely a transport university.

“Now, if you go to Kajola, Ogun State, they are building a factory to manufacture locomotives and the railway stuff; how will Nigerians be part of that manufacturing if they are not trained?’’ He asked.

Fayemi directs immediate review of Ekiti State laws.

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has directed the immediate review of the laws of Ekiti State.

This was disclosed by the Ekiti State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Olawale Fapohunda, at a special session of the State House of Assembly on the review of the said laws.

Fapohunda speaking at the occasion yesterday said: “Mr Governor has directed a holistic review of The Laws of Ekiti State with the sole aim of enabling laws that respond to the socio-economic aspirations of the people of this state

“Since the coming into force of the laws of Ekiti State in 2012, they have not been reviewed. The five volumes were updated up to 2009. It is against this backdrop that it is now necessary and even overdue that the laws be reviewed.”

According to Fapohunda, “some of our laws have become obsolete and many repealed. Indeed, Laws passed by the Ekiti State House of Assembly since the year 2009 till date are not included in the five volumes of the Laws”

He thereby urged the House of Assembly to consider the speedy review of the laws as his Ministry was prepared to provide legal advice and support to the House.

NLC threatens strike over Petrol Price increase.

The Nigeria Labour Congress has threatened to down tools over the increase in the price of petrol by the federal government.

Comrade Ayuba Wabba, President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, made this known on Wednesday to reporters while reacting to the fuel price increase announced by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

Wabba said the labour union has rejected the hike in petrol price threatening that it would no longer guarantee industrial peace. He added that an emergency meeting of its organs will be called to deliberate on the next line of actions to take,

He said: “In fact, Nigerians and even the Nigeria Labour Congress we are shocked, and this increase is coming at a time when many Nigerians are passing through very peculiar and precarious times.

“It is like Nigerians are being taken for a ride; the increase in price of petrol is like adding salt to injury. “The increase in price of petrol has happened now more than three times in three months; only yesterday they hiked the tariffs of electricity. And to compound it, they also reduced the interest rate of savings, which affects mostly the poor and the vulnerable.

“While rejecting this with the strongest terms, I think Nigerian government is taking Nigerians for granted.

“At the end of the day, Nigerians are becoming poorer and poorer; in fact, many people are already on the edge. Many workers are already on the edge.

“Certainly, we cannot guarantee industrial peace and harmony, and we will have to call our organs and we will have to also react but we reject it in its entirety,” he explained.

BREAKING: Former Nigerian Minister, Hamisu Musa dies.

A former minister of Postal Services in the Second Republic, Senator Hamisu Musa, is dead.

According to the deceased’s son, Ibrahim Musa, the octogenarian died at 1am on Thursday at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano State after a protracted illness.

He added that the funeral will hold today (Thursday) at 12noon at his Kafin Agur home in Madobi Local Government Area of Kano State.

The late 89-year-old politician was elected senator on the platform of the defunct Peoples Redemption Party, in 1979 to represent Kano South West Senatorial District. During his time in the Red Chamber, he chaired the Senate Committee on Social Development.

Senator Musa, who studied at the New York Institute of Management, was a recipient of an honorary doctorate degree and a national honour of Commander of the Order of the Niger.

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