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Chinese firms take over Nigeria’s rail construction sector

…push Julius Berger, Costain to backseat   Chinese construction firms are the new brides of the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government as they slowly but steadily spread their influence and tentacles in Nigeria’s rail construction sector, while old names like Costain West Africa and Julius Berger sit on the sidelines. In August last year, China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) received the approval of the Federal Government to construct a rail line in Kano at the sum of $1.85 billion. The rail, with a total…

Kano tricycle riders offer free ride to celebrating Buhari’s return

A group of commercial tricycle riders in Kano state are celebrating the return of President Muhammadu Buhari by offering free rides to commuters, NAN reports. According to one of the tricycle riders, Malam Badamasi Aminu, the decision was made after a friend shared the idea with the association. Kano tricycle riders offer free ride to celebrating Buhari’s return Aminu said that consequently members refilled their vehicles’ petrol tank on Friday, March 10, and offered free ride to all the passengers that patronised them on…

African airlines recorded best safety performance in 2016 — IATA

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) on Friday said that Sub-Saharan Africa had its best safety performance within the last decade in 2016. IATA said that airlines from the region had zero passenger fatalities and zero jet hull losses in its data released for the 2016 safety performance of the commercial airline industry. This is contained in a document signed by IATA’s Director-General, Alexandre de Juniac, a copy of which was obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. de Juniac said the all…

Lagos-Ibadan new rail project, a promise fulfilled – Ashafa, Oyegun

Gbenga Ashafa, Chairman, Senate Committee on Land Transport, says the new Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail project is a fulfilment of the promises of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the electorate. Ashafa said this on Tuesday at the ground breaking ceremony of the project in Lagos. “One major aspect of this project is generation of employment. At least 250,000 jobs will be created through this project. Many people will be employed directly for the construction of the railway project. “The project will bring a positive…