P.M. NEWS Nigeria » Transportation http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com First with Nigeria News - Nigerian leading evening Newspaper - Sun, 29 Mar 2015 11:52:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 I promise to connect 36 states to rail line, says Jonathan http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/03/22/i-promise-to-connect-36-states-to-rail-line-says-jonathan/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/03/22/i-promise-to-connect-36-states-to-rail-line-says-jonathan/#comments Sun, 22 Mar 2015 08:19:02 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=233909 President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

President Goodluck Jonathan has pledged to connect all the 36 states of the federation to railway line, if re-elected in the March 28 elections.

Jonathan made the pledge in Daura on Saturday when he paid a courtesy call on the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Umar Farouk Umar.

He said that that the railway lines, when operational would ease transportation of goods and persons to all nooks and crannies of the country.

Jonathan said that the railway line would boost economic activities of Nigerians.

He said that his administration had constructed and rehabilitated roads linking different state capitals.

He told the emir that his administration had so far established 12 federal universities out of which 10 were located in northern part of the country.

Jonathan said that he was in Katsina to thank the emir for his support to his administration and to solicit for more for his re-election.

He further pledged that if re-elected, he would provide more dividends of democracy to Nigerians.

Responding, the emir thanked the President for the visit and commended him for his commitment to improving the living standard of Nigerians.

Umar promised to give all necessary supports and cooperation to the president to actualise his dream.

The traditional ruler prayed for the peaceful conduct of the general elections.

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Agbakoba urges FG to appoint minister of maritime http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/03/03/agbakoba-urges-fg-to-appoint-minister-of-maritime/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/03/03/agbakoba-urges-fg-to-appoint-minister-of-maritime/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:24:55 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=231952 Olisa Agbakoba

Olisa Agbakoba

Chief Olisa Agbakoba, a maritime lawyer and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), on Tuesday urged the Federal Government to appoint a minister of maritime.

Agbakoba made the appeal at a news conference in Lagos. The conference was organised by the Olisa Agbakoba Legal (OAL).

He said that the office of a maritime minister would enable all issues concerning the sector to be given the needed attention for the benefit of the economy.

“The sector should push for a minister; someone who can be at that level to talk with the President.

“It will help to establish what the industry truly needs to generate huge revenue for the economy,’” the maritime lawyer said.

He noted that maritime stakeholders had come under the Nigerian Shippers’ Council as the ports economic regulator, to devise a plan called the ‘Maritime Action Plan 2015′ to look at critical sectors of the industry.

Agbakoba said that arbitrary increase in port charges by terminal operators had made the ports uncompetitive.
He urged that this should stop in the interest of the economy.

“Because of the dependence on oil for revenue, we have forgotten agriculture, manufacturing and shipping.

“Key players in the maritime sector have a role to play to continue to bring to government’s attention, the capacity of the sector to generate jobs, revenues and wellbeing of the country.

“We must call the attention of policy makers to the big opportunities available in the industry. It is a big challenge,” he said.

On the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF), Agbakoba said that stakeholders must address the constraints of disbursement.

He remarked that funding was required to help the industry to grow, adding that workable ideas were required to boost local content and cabotage administration.

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FG begins rehabilitation of Wharf, Apapa Road http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/02/25/fg-begins-rehabilitation-of-wharf-apapa-road/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/02/25/fg-begins-rehabilitation-of-wharf-apapa-road/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:27:42 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=231254 Godwin Eke, Federal Controller of Works

Godwin Eke, Federal Controller of Works

The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Godwin Eke, said on Wednesday that remedial work was being carried out on Wharf Road in Apapa to reduce the rate of accident.

Eke told NAN in Lagos that the road was being rehabilitated as part of ongoing emergency repair of roads in Apapa.

“We received reports that trucks have been falling there. We now decided to do something remedial, something temporary to reduce the rate of accident there.

“That is part of our plan for the permanent works on Apapa-Tin Can Road.

“It is included in our quantities; there is no contravention; it is part of the emergency repairs that we are carrying out.

“We are using what we call ripraps that is those big stones, those depressed sections, we put the ripraps there, then we put stone base to level it.

“We have done Creek Road, we have done part of that Wharf Road, we have done Liverpool round about, we have done up to Tin Can, we have done Coconut Bridge, we have done even from Beach land to Tin Can.

“We have also done from Cele to Ilasa, also towards Sango Otta, we have repaired Ile Epo and environs.”

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We’ll open inland ports in Nigeria, says Jonathan http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/02/21/well-open-inland-ports-in-nigeria-says-jonathan/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/02/21/well-open-inland-ports-in-nigeria-says-jonathan/#comments Sat, 21 Feb 2015 14:58:40 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=230795 Igbo leaders and elders in Lagos at a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan, State House, Lagos State

Igbo leaders and elders in Lagos at a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan, State House, Lagos State

President Goodluck Jonathan said on Saturday that the Federal Government would open more inland ports in the country for easy clearance of imports.

The president stated this at the State House, Marina, while he was addressing a delegation of the Igbo market leaders who visited him in Lagos.

Jonathan said that the Federal Government had already approved an inland port in Aba, Abia state.

He said that the Aba Inland Port was intended to decongest Lagos ports and expand business activities to other parts of the country.

The president thanked the traders for standing by him in his re-election bid and acknowledged that he could not compensate the Igbo enough for their support for his administration.

“In my political career, since I became the vice president and later president, my strongest support base has been the South East,” he said.

He told the visitors that the fortune of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2015 general elections remained very bright and urged them to support the party until victory was achieved.

A spokesman for the traders, Sir Nnamdi Nwigwe, said that the traders believed in the transformation agenda of the president and would do everything within their powers to ensure he was re-elected for a second term.

Nwigwe also said that the PDP would be returned in Lagos during the governorship polls.

He said that the Lagos state government had denied them the conducive climate to do their businesses through incessant closures of the markets and double taxation.

He urged the Federal Government to enlighten the traders on the various economic policies of government so that they could easily comply without falling foul of the law and on the operations of the Free Trade Zones.

Another speaker, Chief Alex Odunukwe, the Chairman of the Balogun Market Business Association, told the president that the group was supporting his candidacy because of the laudable achievements in his first term.

“We have seen the improvement of the road infrastructure in the country, improved fuel supply and the transformation in the agriculture and education sectors.

“You do not have need to be afraid of the election because what God has decreed for you in governance must happen,” he added.

In a related development, the Igbo community in Lagos, comprising Aka Ikenga, the Igbo think tank, Ohaneze Ndigbo and the traditional rulers assured Jonathan of their willingness to repeat the feat they accomplished in 2011 by re-electing him in 2015.

The community urged the Federal Government to guard against the plan by some persons to allow illegal immigrants to vote in the 2015 polls and attempt to disenfranchise Nigerians through hoarding of Permanent Voter Cards.

Other Igbo leader such as the President of Aka Ikenga, Chief Goddy Uwazurike, the Ezeigbo Lagos, Eze S.N. Ohazurike and the President of Ohaneze Ndigbo Lagos, Mr Fabian Onwughalu, said what the community had with Jonathan was “a partnership”.

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Bombardier CEO steps aside in shakeup http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/02/12/bombardier-ceo-steps-aside-in-shakeup/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/02/12/bombardier-ceo-steps-aside-in-shakeup/#comments Thu, 12 Feb 2015 17:03:33 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=229723 Pierre Beaudoin

Pierre Beaudoin

The head of Canada’s Bombardier stepped aside Thursday in a major shakeup of the world’s third largest aircraft manufacturer, after posting a $1.2 billion loss last year.

Pierre Beaudoin will be replaced as chief executive by Alain Bellemare, while he takes on a new role as executive chairman of the board.

The chair was held by his father Laurent. Both are heirs of company founder Joseph-Armand Bombardier.

The change at the top follows a new round of job cuts announced last month — part of a third turnaround plan since 2013, amid delays in getting its new CSeries jetliners off the ground.

New Bombardier CEO Bellemare — former head at United Technologies’ aerospace division — once worked for UT’s subsidiary Pratt & Whitney, whose engines were selected to power Bombardier’s CSeries passenger aircraft.

An engine problem arose in 2013 testing that delayed the CSeries rollout. The first jetliners are now expected to be delivered in mid-2015, said spokeswoman Isabelle Rondeau.

In its annual report, Bombardier said its 2014 losses are mainly due to the manufacturer’s decision to suspend its Learjet 85 business aircraft program.

The losses follow a $572 million profit the previous year.

The medium-sized CSeries is Bombardier’s entry into airspace dominated by Airbus and Boeing.

Meanwhile the company’s stock price has plunged 60 percent since Beaudoin took the reins in 2008.

It fell another 10 percent in early trading in in Toronto on Thursday to below Can$3, after the company posted its financial results.

Its 2014 revenues were $20.1 billion, up nearly 11 percent compared to $18.2 billion the previous year.

Going forward, the company said it expects another tough year in the aircraft business, but is forecasting continued strength in train sales.

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Edo flags off N5.7bn Auchi Erosion Control Project http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/02/09/edo-flags-off-n5-7bn-auchi-erosion-control-project/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/02/09/edo-flags-off-n5-7bn-auchi-erosion-control-project/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 08:52:05 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=229392 Jethro Ibileke/Auchi

L-R: Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State; HRH Haliru Momoh, Ikelebe 111, Otaru of Auchi, Hon Hassan Kadiri, Chairman, Etsako West Local Government Area and Hon Clem Agba, Commissioner for Environment and Public Utilities at the flagging-off of the reclamation works at the Auchi Gully Erosion project at Auchi Photo: Jethro Ibileke

L-R: Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State; HRH Haliru Momoh, Ikelebe 111, Otaru of Auchi, Hon Hassan Kadiri, Chairman, Etsako West Local Government Area and Hon Clem Agba, Commissioner for Environment and Public Utilities at the flagging-off of the reclamation works at the Auchi Gully Erosion project at Auchi
Photo: Jethro Ibileke

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo state has flagged off a N5.7billion Auchi Erosion project to tackle the menacing gully erosion threatening to consume the community, describing it as a historic intervention that will change the fortune of the kingdom.

Speaking at the flag-off of the World Bank-assisted project on Friday, Oshiomhole said, “We have borrowed N5.7 billion naira to protect this great kingdom of Auchi, to restore hope and to remove the fear and the pain that people suffer when it rains because that is the primary purpose of government. The loan that the bank gave to us is at an interest rate of less than 1 per cent and it was spread so thinly that we pay painlessly. So it takes a sensible government, competent and transparent for people to access this World Bank facility.

“I want to congratulate you for witnessing this historic intervention which will change the fortune of this great kingdom and all those who reside in this kingdom. When men or women who are enthroned into office by God conduct themselves under the guidance of God and ensure that justice and fairness rule, then the people will rejoice because they will witness development.

“I am really excited at this rare privilege that we are here to formally flag off the restoration and the construction of the Auchi erosion project. Different governments in the past have attempted to address this problem. I am told that one contractor that was given the job in the past by some federal interests even have some of his second hand tractors trapped in the valley of this kingdom. When the people of Auchi wanted government to solve the problem, some persons in government were more interested in the name of the kingdom and in the name of this project to pocket tax payers’ money.

“So rather than give the contract on the basis of well-thought-out designs that can be scientifically checked and verified as suitable and proper, they choose one of themselves who knows next to nothing about civil engineering or erosion control so that the money can be taken.

“So when you hear me criticize PDP, it is because this has been their habit. In the name of the unemployed, they will advertise, collect money and in the end people will die. In the name of Auchi erosion, they appropriated money, they took the money and Auchi people were worse off.

“But like I have always said, my task was never to lament the failure of the past but to put hope and to make the point that we still can make tomorrow better if we learn the right lessons from the failures of the past. When I assured His Royal Highness that this will be done, I did so because I know not that we have all the money to do all that we desire to do but because we have the will to do everything that we are sure we need to get done.

“Today, we are here in spite of all the conspiracies from some quarters to deny us access to the ecological funds from which we could have raised even this sum to get this job done. Even when they gave out N2 billion naira each to some state they didn’t to Edo state but I am not lamenting that now. Those they gave the money to have pocketed it, they haven’t launched any programme that we can see but we who didn’t get it.

“I’m comforted that though we may be afflicted with poverty of the pocket, we are relieved by the resourcefulness of the brains. The only poverty that I dread is the poverty of ideas, poverty of commitment and the poverty of will and passion to do what is right. So if we are here today, we are here because we have gathered these other attributes to identify what we needed to do, to identify who we need to approach and how we need to approach them so that today, it can become a reality.

“We want to appreciate the World Bank for the trust and for the confidence but even for not just throwing money at us but for having the passion and commitment to visit and see for themselves the nature of the erosion challenges and what we are trying to do”, he said.

In his remarks, the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Programme (NEWMAP) National Project Director, Mr. Chikelo Nwune said, “Whatever will be done, the challenge is on all of us all to make it work. The money we are going to use to do this project is a loan that will be paid over several periods of years, so it is important for us to be prudent in the management of the project.

“The terrain of Auchi area is something we cannot change. We have done the design and the people who have the expertise and the skills are going to translate it and you will see the drain that will convey the runoff water into the water bodies. Beyond that, the natural environment will be tampered with, some houses will go but thank God the resources are there to create some compensation.

“As development takes place, human beings lifestyle must change, people must generate wealth. As I look around, I saw garbage here and there, if these garbage enter into the drainage, they will distort the normal flow of water, so it is necessary for us to remind ourselves that there are expectations, from the government to pay the contractors, for the contractor to deliver and beyond that, for the maintenance. We all must agree that after the work is done, we are going to maintain it so that it will stand the test of time”, he said.

The Otarru of Auchi, HRH, Aliru Momoh, the Ikelebe III, in his remarks appreciated the Comrade Governor for delivering the good things of life to the people of the state in general and the Auchi Kingdom in particular.

He said, “I have no doubt that what we are seeing here today is something that we have fought for. We demonstrated in 2006, we closed down the expressway and said that Auchi Erosion be declared a disaster.

“The Federal Government did not respond and we ended up with nothing but today, this is being realized through the efforts of Governor Adams Oshiomhole”.

Also speaking, the Commissioner for Environment and Public Utilities, Prince Clem Agba said, “today’s event is a culmination of a series of preparatory activities which took almost five years to accomplish.

“Within this period, Edo State Government contributed an initial N30 million for designs, hosted an Engineering clinic to review the designs, signed the subsidiary agreement with the Federal Ministry of Finance, issued a legal opinion in respect of the project and provided office accommodation for the state project management unit,” he said.

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FG to privatise transport sector http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/02/08/fg-to-privatise-transport-sector/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/02/08/fg-to-privatise-transport-sector/#comments Sun, 08 Feb 2015 19:11:25 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=229347 Director General BPE, Benjamin Dikki

Director General BPE, Benjamin Dikki

The Director-General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Mr Benjamin Dikki, has said that the bureau would soon begin the privatisation process for the country’s transport sector.

This is contained in a statement by the bureau’s Acting Head, Public Communications, Alex Okoh on Sunday in Abuja.

According to the statement, the process will begin as soon as the necessary legal and regulatory frameworks are put in place.

It said that once this was done, the transport sector would become a viable investment destination for investors from across the globe.

It noted that the bureau was concerned with the viability of the transport sector because it was critical to the growth of the nation’s economy.

“We don’t want to repeat the mistake we made during the port reform. Before embarking on the reform of any sector, we will ensure that the legal and regulatory frameworks are in place.

“That is why for the transport sector, we have all the seven draft bills undergoing approval process by the Federal Executive Council (FEC), after which they will be transmitted to the National Assembly for passage.

“From the assurances we are getting from the various stakeholders, these bills will be passed soon,” the statement said.

It lauded the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan for its support for the bureau which, he said, ensured a measure of success in the power sector reform.

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FG has so far spent N10bn on 2nd Niger Bridge, says Jonathan http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/17/fg-has-so-far-spent-n10bn-on-2nd-niger-bridge-says-jonathan/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/17/fg-has-so-far-spent-n10bn-on-2nd-niger-bridge-says-jonathan/#comments Sat, 17 Jan 2015 19:28:10 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=226736 Bridge

President Goodluck Jonathan said the Federal Government has spent N10 billion on construction of the 2nd Niger Bridge out of the N130 billion total cost of the project.

The President disclosed this when he stopover at the project’s site in Asaba on Saturday on his way to PDP campaign in Onitsha, Anambra.

Jonathan said it was a big project being executed under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement.

He said that now that it had taken off, its execution would go on smoothly and uninterrupted through to 48 months completion period.

“So far, out of the N130 million total cost of the project, we have spent about N10 billion.

Niger Bridge so far: less than 50 metres covered

Niger Bridge so far: less than 50 metres covered

“It is a big project and now that it has taken off, it will go on smoothly through the 48 months completion time.

“The project is a PPP arrangement, I am quite impressed with what I have seen,” he said.

He added that most components required for the construction had been procured and piling work had commenced.

Mr Mike Onolomemen, Minister of Works said a lot had been done since the flag off of the project in March 2014.

Onolememen said the contracting firm, Julius Berger Nigeria, was engaged because of its antecedents, adding that almost all the procurements for the construction of the bridge were imported.

According to him, works are in progress with the piles being driven into the ground and dredging going on along the River Niger.

“For us, it is a thing of joy and certainly before the next raining season, a lot of piles would have been driven in. No doubt, development of infrastructure takes a long time.”

Mr Detler Lubasch, Managing Director, Julius Berger, said work on the project would be sustained.

Lubasch said the project would be of enormous social and economic benefits and significance to the country.

NAN reports that the President was accompanied to the project site by former Gov. Peter Obi of Anambra, among other dignitaries.

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Fashola set to move tank farms from Apapa to Lekki http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/16/fashola-set-to-move-tank-farms-from-apapa-to-lekki/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/16/fashola-set-to-move-tank-farms-from-apapa-to-lekki/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 16:17:24 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=226567 Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State

Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State

Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State on Friday said that his administration had concluded plans to relocate all tank farms in Apapa to a world class industrial and petrochemical plant in Lekki.

Fashola spoke in Lagos as the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign train in the state moved to Apapa area of the state.

He said that the relocation would make Apapa become the commercial, residential and industrial hub it used to be.

NAN recalls that the state government had said that tank farms in areas such as Apapa posed a danger to residents.

“You do not need 3,000 tankers to come to Apapa and move fuel supply to the whole of Nigeria. We will be able to supply the country from the Lagos refinery that we have.

“Once the refinery in Lekki is built, we will move all the tank farms out to a world class petrochemical plant that I have designed for you,” Fashola said.

The governor also said that he had signed an agreement to build a Shoprite mall in Festac, saying those for Isolo and Ikorodu were also on the way.

Fashola urged the residents to vote for the party’s governorship candidate in the February election, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, for continuity of good governance in the state.

“Ambode will continue with all these plans so that life can return back to Apapa and the entire state.

“Vote for continuity in Lagos, it is too big to gamble with, it is too strategic to Nigeria, Africa and indeed the entire world,” Fashola said.

He commended residents for their trust and support, saying that their votes would not be taken for granted.

Earlier, Ambode said that the state had enjoyed steady growth and development and it was necessary to continue with the tradition of excellence, which the party was known for.

He promised that the traffic gridlock on Apapa-Oshodi Expressway would be re-addressed.

“The only way you can address this is to vote for APC, we must continue with the tradition of excellence,” Ambode said.

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FG urged to refloat National Shipping Line http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/14/fg-urged-to-refloat-national-shipping-line/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/14/fg-urged-to-refloat-national-shipping-line/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 13:14:44 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=226238 andoni

A marine engineer, Mr Alex Peters, on Wednesday urged the Federal Government to facilitate the re-establishment of a national shipping line.

Peters made the plea in an interview with NAN in Lagos.

NAN reports that the former Nigerian National Shipping Line (NNSL), established in 1959, got deeply indebted and liquidated in 995 and all its 21 vessels were sold.

Peters, who is the Secretary, Institute of Marine, Science and Technology, lauded the initiative to bring back a national shipping line which fell within the jurisdiction of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

“If the Federal Government is asking NIMASA to refloat such a national carrier, that is a step in a right direction.

“It is important that in doing so, qualified, skilled and experienced management personnel are put in place,” Peters told NAN.

According to him, it was a great disservice to Nigeria to shut down the NNSL in the first place.

“The repercussions are still there to be seen.

“Shutting down NNSL was like throwing away the baby with the bath water,” the mariner said.

He said that the new national carrier should be made to operate in such a manner that it will grow many indigenous shipping companies in Nigeria. “There is adequate manpower to man the proposed national carrier,” the marine engineer said.

He said that a Private-Public arrangement for the proposed new carrier would be perfectly in order

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Tin Can Island Port trailer park almost completed http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/29/tin-can-island-port-trailer-park-almost-completed/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/29/tin-can-island-port-trailer-park-almost-completed/#comments Mon, 29 Dec 2014 18:24:08 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=224409 Tin Can Island Port: trailer park almost completed

Tin Can Island Port: trailer park almost completed

Here is cheering news for motorists usually caught up in the perennial gridlock on the Oshodi-Apapa Port expressway.

The trailers and tankers clogging the road will soon have their parking bay, according to the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos state, Mr Godwin Eke.

He said the construction of trailer park meant for 378 trucks at Tin Can Island Port has reached 80 per cent completion.

Eke told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Monday that other facilities which were part of the project, put the entire project completion to 80 per cent completion.

He said that a few truck stands had yet to be to be completed.

“The Work is ongoing there; we have achieved more than 80 per cent completion.The trailer park as it is now, we only have a few truck stands for the place to be operational, but there are certain things that we need to put in place before we can open the trailer park.

“We need to fence it round for security reasons, we need to install gates so that all unwanted trucks cannot just enter and go out of the place. We also need to complete the access bridge so that trucks coming from Apapa quays can access the park when they are coming from Apapa.

“We have just 12 truck stands to go, if it is the truck park alone we have achieved more than 96 per cent. But there are some other ancillary facilities we need to put in place like fencing and gates and barriers.“

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FG replaces 48 damaged steel columns on Eko Bridge http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/26/fg-replaces-48-damaged-steel-columns-on-eko-bridge/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/26/fg-replaces-48-damaged-steel-columns-on-eko-bridge/#comments Fri, 26 Dec 2014 20:45:49 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=224096 Julius Berger Apapa

Julius Berger Construction Company have replaced all the 48 steel columns of the Eko Bridge damaged by fire in 2008 to prevent collapse of the bridge, the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr Godwin Eke, has said.

Eke told NAN that the columns were installed on a span damaged by fire in 2008 to make the bridge stable pending complete rehabilitation of the bridge.

He said that the repairs of the abutment of the Third Mainland Bridge as well as that of the Marine Beach Bridge, which was also damaged by fire, were ongoing.

“For Eko Bridge, Julius Berger has installed the steel columns to hold the bridge and we are now awaiting the procurement of the permanent works to do the full rehabilitation of the bridge.

“So, the question of the bridge collapsing is out of the question. 48 columns were installed to hold the bridge.

“We are currently working on the Third Mainland Bridge abutment by Borini Porini not Julius Berger.

“The Marine Beach Bridge has been closed for quite a while now, a local contractor, Build Well Plant Construction Limited, is handling that one, he has finished rehabilitating the under, he would start work on the surface next year.”

On the plans to evacuate the traders and artisans who caused the fire that damaged both Eko Bridge and the Marine Beach Bridges, the controller said that the Federal Government was planning to fence the areas.

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NIMASA tasks ship owners on abandoned wrecks http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/26/nimasa-tasks-ship-owners-on-abandoned-wrecks/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/26/nimasa-tasks-ship-owners-on-abandoned-wrecks/#comments Fri, 26 Dec 2014 14:42:50 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=224052 Dr Ziakede Akpobolokemi

Dr Ziakede Akpobolokemi

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on Friday expressed concern over the failure of ship owners to remove their abandoned wrecks at the nation’s sea ports in spite of numerous marine notices.

NIMASA Director-General, Dr Ziakede Akpobolokemi, expressed the concern in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

He condemned the actions of the affected ship owners, who instituted legal cases against the agency, whenever such wrecks were to be removed.

Apobolokemi said government had awarded contract for the removal of the wrecks, adding that work had started in some areas.

He explained that apart from the fact that wrecks were detrimental to navigation, some people used the wrecks as “cover up’’ to carry out nefarious acts.

“Government has awarded contracts for wrecks to be removed in all our maritime domain. They have started. By the grace of God, the wrecks are going to be removed. The first phase of the job has been awarded in the South South and Lagos areas.

“It is not good for us to have wrecks. Let me tell you, you will give Marine Notice 20 times, ‘come and remove your wrecks’, you will not see Nigerians.

“The day you want to go and remove the wreck; a wreck that has been abandoned for five years, suddenly you will see crew.

“The next day, they have gone to court to get injunction.

“Okay, we have advertised; we have told you, we have the mandate under the law to go and remove these wrecks.

“If I tell you the number of litigation we have here; that is to tell you that we must change our ways. Somebody whose wreck is negative in terms of money; would go to court and say is N10 billion.

“Meanwhile, what they bought that vessel, it may not be up to one million dollars but after using it for 20 years, he is coming to ask you N10 billion. That is the situation.”

The director-general suggested adequate education of ship owners on wrecks, adding that wrecks could create “navigation problems, stowaway, and criminals hide.”

Akpobolokemi said there was also resistance because some people did not want NIMASA to remove the wrecks because the criminals were hiding there.

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China connects remote Xinjiang with high speed train http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/26/china-connects-remote-xinjiang-with-high-speed-train/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/26/china-connects-remote-xinjiang-with-high-speed-train/#comments Fri, 26 Dec 2014 04:51:42 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=223993 China's high speed rail service, 300kms per hour

China’s high speed rail service, 300kms per hour

China tied the restive far-western region of Xinjiang closer to the rest of the country Friday, opening a high-speed rail line between its capital Urumqi and Lanzhou, in neighbouring Gansu, nearly 1,800 kilometres away.

A slick bullet train took off from Lanzhou West Railway Station at 10:49 am (0249 GMT), with female attendants in Uighur and other ethnic costumes serving 622 passengers, live footage on state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) showed.

The line, the first high-speed railway in China’s remote and poor northwest, stretches through the high-altitude Qilian mountain range, an ancient section of the Great Wall and five strong wind zones, slashing travel time between the two cities by half to less than 12 hours, CCTV said.

Another train left Urumqi for Lanzhou two minutes later, according to the report.

A stewardess on China's bulllet train

A stewardess on China’s bulllet train

Xinjiang, a vast area bordering Central Asia, is home to Uighurs and other mostly Muslim ethnic groups. It has long had a population of Han, China’s dominant nationality, whose numbers have increased strongly over the past half century through immigration.

Though rich in natural resources such as oil and gas, the region has been the scene of ethnic and religious unrest characterised by clashes between local groups and authorities as well as violence both inside and outside the region that Chinese authorities have classified as religious-inspired terrorism.

China is engaged in a crackdown on militancy in the region and earlier this month a court condemned eight people to death for two deadly attacks in Urumqi, state media said, bringing the number of death penalties or executions announced for Xinjiang-related violence to around 50 since June.

According to the state-run Xinhua news agency, the line linking Gansu’s capital of Lanzhou to Urumqi is 1,777 kilometres (1,100 miles) long and its trains are designed to travel at a maximum speed of 250 kilometres an hour.

The line was one of several being opened this month, including one that cut train travel times between the commercial hubs of Shanghai and Guangzhou from 16 hours to seven.

Completion of another high-speed line linking Beijing and Lanzhou in 2017 will cut train travel times between the Chinese capital and Urumqi from 41 hours previously to just 16, Xinhua said in a report last month.

China has long had an extensive rail network but in recent years has emphasised the development of super fast trains that have slashed travel times between major cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, and made rail travel competitive with flying.

Only begun in 1999, China’s high-speed rail network has quickly become the largest in the world, with more than 11,000 kilometres of track in service during 2013, with the total expected to reach 16,000 kilometres by 2020, according to official media.

The high-speed network, however, has been plagued by graft and safety scandals following its rapid expansion, with a deadly collision in July 2011 killing more than three dozen people. The accident triggered a flood of criticism of the government and accusations that the authorities had compromised safety in its rush to expand.

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FG awards N12bn contracts for sea port projects in Lagos, Makurdi http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/18/fg-awards-n12bn-contracts-for-sea-port-projects-in-lagos-makurdi/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/18/fg-awards-n12bn-contracts-for-sea-port-projects-in-lagos-makurdi/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:43:31 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=223271 Dr Nurudeen Muhammed

Dr Nurudeen Muhammed

The Federal Government on Wednesday approved a 59-million-dollar (N9 billion) contract for the construction of Berth 21 at the Terminal ‘E’ of the Lagos Port Complex in Apapa.

Also approved was a contract for the construction of the Inland River Port at Makurdi at the cost of N3 billion.

These were some of the outcomes of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The supervising Minister of Information, Nurudeen Mohammed, briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting alongside his transportation counterpart, Sen. Idris Umar.

Joined in the briefing were the Ministers of Works, Mike Onolememen; Aviation, Osita Chidoka, and Industry, Trade and Investment, Olusegun Aganga.

Mohammed explained that the approvals of the contracts were based on a memo presented to the council by the Minister of Transport.

The Lagos port contract, according to him, was awarded to Greenview Development (Nigeria) with a completion period of 18 months.

“Council deliberated extensively and particularly noted that the project, upon completion, is expected to add 200 metres of Quay length to the existing 510 metres, thereby increasing the total terminal quay length to 710m for the handling of Dry Bulk Cargoes.

“The project will also provide direct and indirect job opportunities as well as enhance government revenues and having more efficiency and economy of scale which will lead to better pricing of bulk commodities such as cement, grains and sugar in the long run.

“Council approved the award of contract for the construction of the project within the unexpired term of the company’s concession period of 25 years on Design, Build, Operate and Transfer (DBOT) basis, with a completion period of 18 months.”

The minister said that the Inland River Port project in Makurdi was awarded in favour of Evomec Global Services Limited with a completion period of 18 months.

He said that there was a provision of N600 million in the 2014 budget for the project, adding that the balance would be provided for in subsequent budgets.

“The Minister of Transport also presented another memorandum to seek council’s approval for the construction of the Inland River Port at Makurdi.

“The project will link the hinterland in the northern central states of the country to the coastal ports and among other things ease the process of evacuation of agricultural products, petroleum products, bulk cargoes and distribution of essential imports.

“The project is also to generate employment, expand riverine activities and greatly improve socio-economic development of Benue State and its environs.”

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FG approves N24bn for rehabilitation of Onitsha-Enugu Expressway http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/17/fg-approves-n24bn-for-rehabilitation-of-onitsha-enugu-expressway/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/17/fg-approves-n24bn-for-rehabilitation-of-onitsha-enugu-expressway/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:55:42 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=223235 Dr Nurudeen Muhammed

Dr Nurudeen Muhammed

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday in Abuja approved N24.2 billion for the rehabilitation of the outstanding section of Onitsha-Enugu Expressway and Amansea-Enugu.

The supervising Minister of Information, Dr Nurudeen Muhammed, stated this when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the weekly FEC meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan.

He said the project, which would be partly financed through the ministry’s 2014 budget as well as SURE-P 2014 appropriation, when completed, would enhance transportation in the area.

“The project upon completion will enhance transportation, communication, improve the socio-economic activities and standard of living of the citizens; reduce travel time and vehicle operating cost.

“It will also generate employment for not less than 25 engineers, 100 skilled and 435 semi-skilled workers in the course of execution of the project.

“There is a budgetary provision of N400 million in the ministry’s 2014 appropriation and N11billion under SURE-P 2014 appropriation, which is adequate for the takeoff of the project.”

He said that the council also approved the rehabilitation of Sokoto-Tambuwal-Jega-Birnin Yauri-Kontagora-Makera Road in Sokoto, Kebbi and Niger States and Vandeikya-Obudu Cattle Ranch in Benue and Cross River State.

He said the projects upon completion would enhance socioeconomic activities as the road projects passed through rich agricultural lands in Sokoto, Kebbi, Niger, Benue and Cross Rivers.

“There is a budgetary provision of N1.8billion in the ministry’s 2014 appropriation for the projects and the balance of funds for the project will be provided for in the ministry’s subsequent budgets.”

He said the council also approved the rehabilitation of Sokoto-Tambuwal-Jega-Birnin Yauri Road (186km) in Kebbi State at the cost of N19.8 billion, thereby revising the initial contract sum from N10.5 billion to N30.4 billion with a completion period of 36 months.

Muhammed further disclosed that the council approved an additional N10.6 billion for the completion of the rehabilitation of Sokoto-Jega-Kontagora-Makera Road: Kontagora-Makera (85km) in Niger State, thereby revising the contract sum from N8.9 billion to N19.5 billion, with a completion period of 30 months.

He also stated that the council approved the rehabilitation of Vandeikya-Obudu Cattle Ranch (completion of outstanding 12.5km) in Benue/Cross River states at the cost of N3.3 billion, thereby revising the contract sum from N3.29 billion to N6.6 billion, with completion period of 18 months.

He said the council approved N350.8 million for the procurement of Insurance cover for assets of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria.

According to him, the insurance cover is required annually for the maintenance of the College’s Approved Training Organisation (CATO) Certificate issued by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority ( NCAA) which precludes the operation of any aircraft without valid insurance cover.

He further stated that the approval was in line with the Federal Government’s directives that Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) should provide insurance cover against fire and perils on government’s assets and properties.

He said there was a budgetary provision of N450 million in the Service Wide Vote for the insurance cover for the College’s Asset.

The minister said the council also approved N200 million for the supply of Aviation Gasoline (AVGAS100LL) to the college.

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Hacking threatens airline safety, says aviation chiefs http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/11/hacking-threatens-airline-safety-says-aviation-chiefs/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/11/hacking-threatens-airline-safety-says-aviation-chiefs/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:22:27 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=222504 plane

Cyber crime is a serious threat to safety in the skies, aviation industry heavyweights said Wednesday, vowing to fight the growing scourge before it causes a catastrophic incident.

Hackers, cyber criminals and other “terrorists” are stealing information but in a worst-case scenario could endanger lives by tampering with airline systems.

Among the five organizations getting together to take action against hacking are the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and other bodies that signed a new cyber security agreement late last week, formalizing their front against cyber crime.

“Our common goal in developing this agreement is to work more effectively together to establish and promote a robust cyber security culture and strategy for the benefit of all actors in our industry,” said Raymond Benjamin, secretary general of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

He added: “As technologies rapidly evolve and become more readily accessible to all, cyber threats cannot be ignored.

“This is an important new area of aviation security concern and our global community will ensure that it is met with a strong level of commitment and response.”

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Julius Berger working tirelessly to finish Apapa roads – FG http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/10/julius-berger-working-tirelessly-to-finish-apapa-roads-fg/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/10/julius-berger-working-tirelessly-to-finish-apapa-roads-fg/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:12:09 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=222417 Julius Berger Apapa

The Federal Controller of Works, Lagos, Mr Godwin Eke on Wednesday said that Julius Berger has began working at night and weekends to hasten the pace on repair works on Apapa roads.

Eke told NAN in Lagos that the firm could not meet the completion deadline because of the unwholesome activities of articulated vehicles around construction sites.

NAN reports that the Minister of Works, Mr Mike Onolememen had in September directed Julius Berger to rehabilitate roads in Apapa within eight weeks to reduce the hardship being experienced by road users.

Onolememen also directed Julius Berger to get the job done by November.

The controller said that the truck drivers’ non-compliance with agreements reached with them at various stakeholders meetings to vacate the roads, slowed down the pace of work.

He explained that more than 15 kilometres of repair works had been achieved because of the resilience of Julius Berger, adding that the firm has began working at night and on Sundays.

Eke said that the 15 per cent of work completed included milling of asphalt and replacement with special binder materials.

“We have done more than 15 kilometres of rehabilitation of the roads but we are behind schedule, we want to work but we cannot access our site.

“We started working at night and even on Sundays so that we can do appreciable work to get close to our desired goal before the company closes for the year.

“The agreement at the stakeholders meeting was that tankers should give us space to work and use only the service lane, so that we can work on the main carriageway; but they don’t seem to remember the agreement, they block everywhere,” he said.

On the ongoing phase 2 reconstruction of the Apapa/Oshodi Expressway, he said that the project was 86 per cent completed and would be completed before the set time.

“We have about 14 per cent to go in completing the project which includes jobs like provision of gantries and road markings. There is no major work left apart from the rehabilitation of the ramp at Mile 2–it is under construction,” he said.

He said that 10.8 kilometres of construction was replicated on both bounds of the carriageway, in spite of traffic challenges.

Eke explained that the project has a percentage lapse of 91 per cent because it was originally supposed to be completed in March 2015, but would be delivered this December.

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Nigeria Awards China $12b Railway Contract http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/20/nigeria-awards-china-12b-railway-contract/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/20/nigeria-awards-china-12b-railway-contract/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:17:56 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=220284 China Railway Construction Corp has signed a deal worth nearly $12 billion with Nigeria to build a railway along the West African nation’s coast, from Lagos to Calabar, Chinese state news agency Xinhua said on Thursday.

The announcement comes shortly after Mexico abruptly scrapped a $3.75 billion high-speed rail contract with a consortium led by the Chinese firm over transparency concerns.

China is pushing to win railway construction projects around the world as part of plans to export its high-speed technology and lift its manufacturing sector up the value chain.

Beijing is also pumping money into the sector, with more than $100 billion worth of infrastructure projects approved in late October and early November in a bid to bolster slowing growth in the world’s second largest economy.

“It is a mutually beneficial project,” CRCC Chairman Meng Fengchao told Xinhua. He added the railway project will lead to equipment exports from China worth $4 billion, including construction machinery, trains and steel products.

Officials at CRCC could not be immediately reached for comment.

The project will create up to 200,000 local jobs, according to Xinhua, helping Beijing in its soft power push to gain a foothold in resource-rich regions of Africa.

The coastal railway will stretch for 1,402 kilometres, linking Nigeria’s economic capital Lagos in the west with Calabar in the east, Xinhua said.

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FG awards N272m contract for Abuja light rail http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/19/fg-awards-n272m-contract-for-abuja-light-rail/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/19/fg-awards-n272m-contract-for-abuja-light-rail/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:36:29 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=220179 File Photo: Moving train in Lagos

File Photo: Moving train in Lagos

The Federal Government on Wednesday approved a N272 million contract for consultancy services for the feasibility study and conceptual design of Lots Four, Five, and Six of the Abuja Rail Mass Transit System.

This was the outcome of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The Supervising Minister of Information, Mr Nurudeen Mohammed, who briefed State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, said the contract was awarded to Ladiom Associates with a completion period of 12 months.

“The Federal Capital Territory Rail Mass Transit system is designed primarily as a mover of people within and between the satellite towns and the different phases of the city.

“There is a provision of N280 million in the 2014 FCT Statutory Appropriation for the project.

“The projects, upon completion, will reduce traffic congestion, shorten journey distance and reduce pressure on existing public transport services.

“The project will also provide employment opportunities to about 5,000 skilled and unskilled workers, while about 4,500 skilled workers will be engaged in the direct operation of the system on completion.”

The supervising minister said the FCT Rail Mass Transit System would be integrated with the planned national rail network.

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mr Bala Mohammed, who also briefed newsmen, said that everything about the project was on course in terms of the financial plan.

“Lot Four will carry passengers from Kuje to Karshi; Lot 5 from Kubwa to Bwari because there must be some provision for crisscrossing of commuters within the city.

“Lot 6 will carry people from the airport to Kuje and Gwagwalada up to Dobi, a satellite town that is far off Gwagwalada. That will complete the feasibility studies that we are set to do.

“You are aware we are executing the Lots One and Three and we have gone 60 per cent. Everything about the project is on course in terms of the financial plan.

“What we are doing now is to start building the stations – 13 in number – that are going to be used by the passengers. So, everything about the light rail is on course.

“Lot Two is the most viable one. Already, we have gotten expression of interest from the organised private sector to do it, which is very significant to us as a government as a mark of confidence shown in Nigeria and in Abuja because it is a bankable project and the passengers are there because it is going to provide rail transportation from Nyanya to the city centre up to Kubwa.

“In fact they (investors) are struggling for that.

“For the Lots Four, Five and Six, that is why we are doing the feasibility study. We want to run away from the previous practice where contracts were awarded on the basis of conceptual design.

“This time around, we are coming with the engineering design and the bill of quantities before we go to tender.”

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