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‘Lagos Blue, Red Rail Lines Will Be Ready In 2023 1st Quarter’

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, promised that Lagos blue and red rail lines would commence operation between the last quarter of 2022 and first quarter of 2023.

 

The Governor, who disclosed this, after inspecting the on-going blue and red line projects, said his administration is committed to realising the rail projects in the last two years.

 

He said work has commenced extensively on the red rail line at the Ikeja iconic station, which is the meeting point of the project, adding that the construction work has really progressed in Ikeja, the biggest station outside the Marina station.

 

 

It would be recalled that the blue line from Okokomaiko in Lagos West on Lagos-Badagry Expressway after Lagos State University (LASU) is to come from Okokomaiko to Mile 2 through Orile, elevated to pass the National Arts Theatre, then sea crossing and finally end up in Marina was started by Babatunde Fashola’s administration in 2010, while the Red Rail Line, which is on Lagos Central District into Lagos West, was conceived by Sanwo-Olu-led administration.

 

 

 

The governor said construction work is going on as scheduled, and that the iconic Marina Station is unique, because it is an elevated station for multipurpose to harbour bus station and ferry services.

 

He said: “They have started the decking. There is also a pedestrian walk for people with disabilities. Underneath, there will be a bus station for BRT for First and the Last lines buses. There is also ferry services adjourning the Marina Station, which will move up to the State House. That is the summary of the massive architecture that is going on.

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“We are excited because we can see the number of Nigerians that are working here. I think here in Marina alone, we have over 1000 workers. Part of the things we have been telling our contractors is that we need to have proper skill transfer.

 

 

“So, we will be working with LASU, University of Lagos and Yaba College of Technology, where we will be having engineering students that will have a feel of what rail construction is all about. They will come and see the bridge, road and rail construction as a learning tool, so that they can see how these are being done. Thus, our contractors can take them as interns.

 

 

There are few hiccups, but we believe we will surmount them. Therefore, we are still on track. Last quarter of 2022, by the grace of God or first quarter 2023, you begin to see your trains moving on these two corridors.”

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Marijuana Most Commonly Abused Drug In Gombe -NDLEA

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National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Gombe Command, says marijuana use is on the rise in the state.

 

 

Making this assertion on Saturday at the Pantami township stadium, venue of the climax of Gombe Marathon 2021, Assistant Commander, Drug Demand Reduction, Akomolafe Adekola, lamented the indiscriminate use of the drug among the youth.

 

 

 

Tagged Gombe Marathon to Stop Drug Abuse, the occasion was also used to commemorate the celebration of Gombe @25, with 250 registered runners and more than 500 spectators that came out to support the war on drugs and illicit substances.

 

 

 

According to Adekola, marijuana is the most commonly abused drug in Gombe, warning that it has destroyed the lives of so many young people.

 

 

While offering open invitation to those who may need rehabilitation, he called on the general public to report anyone or place where Indian hemp is being planted or kept.

 

 

 

He warned the populace against taking drinks indiscriminately, noting that some people lace drinks with abusive drugs after which they offer unsuspecting victims.

 

 

“If you have someone that is a drug abuser, you shouldn’t approach him, just report him to NDLEA; we know how to approach and pick them up,” he enthused.

 

On his part, Deputy Commander of the Command, Olisameka Okafor, whose speech heralded the marathon, called on youths in Gombe to eschew all forms of drug abuse and embrace better life for better future.

 

 

Okafor said, “NDLEA, as a partner in this race, is here to give awareness to the youth and not to arrest anyone.

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“No runner should take any drug to make them run faster because, at the end of the race, the winners will be tested for drug use and if found guilty of such, it is an automatic disqualification.”

 

 

 

While promising the support of NDLEA in the fight against drug abuse, Okafor added, “I call on those who are already addicted to come for rehabilitation at the NDLEA treatment and care centre in Gombe.”

 

 

 

Also speaking, Convener of the Marathon, Nzomisaki Shadrach, lauded partners of the event, while calling on government and civil society organisations to key into the initiative.

 

 

 

“They should key in towards providing sponsorships for future events as the Marathon Race is an annual programme that will continue to give its best in the fight against drug abuse.

 

 

 

“It will in turn harness young talents in athletics and other form of sports and entertainment,” Shadrach said.

 

 

 

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Evergreen Musical Coy Hits Town With Eko Liveband Challenge

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Eko Evergreen Liveband Challenge is an initiative of Evergreen Musical Company Ltd designed to empower and create fresh window of opportunities for Livebands across Lagos Metropolis.

 

 

According to Bimbo Esho , Managing Director of Evergreen Musical Company , she said the need for an event like this has become very necessary in helping to expose the trending Lagos Musical LiveBand Culture to the Global space. She said she feels so much pity for Livebands who have been completely marginalised, relegated to the background and only given reference and news mention only during Owanbes.

 

 

 

She recalls that several years ago Nigerian Livebands created the pathway for todays musicians and represented Nigeria at the biggest musical fiestas of the world . She said their company is using this platform as a wake-up call and to challenge some corporate organisations and even government who have been unknowingly creating severe marginalisation between musicians thereby giving more prominence to artiste whose musical lyrics and general aesthetics doesn’t represent Nigerian musical culture.

 

 

 

Bimbo Esho whose entertainment outfit Evergreen Musical Company has become an household name in the Nigerian entertainment space in the past 25 years has been at the forefront of promoting and preserving Nigerian entertainment Musical Icon. According to her with over 800 Live bands playing different music genres and scattered in Lagos metropolis there is an urgent need to rescue them and bring them all under one roof and showcase to the world .

 

 

 

This music event she said will bring these musical geniuses to compete under one roof , win laurels and create an healthy environment that will help boost tourism and hospitality in the State while driving economic activities , commerce and open fresh opportunity for prospective Lagosians.

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Reintrating further she said it will also help create employment opportunities and engage different youths therefore shifting their attention away from social vices.

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Nude Video: Son Of Gov Tambuwal’s Special Adviser, Two Others Get Four-year Jail Term

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Aminu Hayatau Tafida, a son of the Special Adviser on Social Investments to Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State, and two others have been sentenced to four years and six-month imprisonment.

 

 

Those sentenced alongside Aminu are Umar Abubakar and Masaud Abubakar Gidado.

 

 

The trio were handed an option of N400,000 fine each, including compensation for alleged circulation of an 18-second nude video, in a case that has suffered several adjournments.

 

 

 

Delivering judgement on Tuesday, Chief Magistrate Shu’aibu Ahmad of the Magistrate Court sitting in Sokoto, said the prosecuting counsel had proved his case beyond any reasonable doubts and as such, the three accused persons were convicted for the very offenses put forward before them.

 

 

 

While citing Section 209 ACJN of Sokoto 2019, Shu’aibu, however, gave opportunity to counsels to the defendants to make any other submission before reading his sentences.

 

 

 

On the strength of that, counsels to all the defendants separately but unanimously said they did not intend to call any other witness. They, however, pleaded that justice should be tempered with mercy on grounds that all the defendants were youths who had the future before them and first-time offenders; hence the need to consider option of fine as well.

 

 

 

“We are appealing to this honorable court to show leniency in its sentence, more so that they have all shown remorsefulness over their actions. We are, therefore, appealing that other options should also be considered as sentencing convicts is no longer a fashion this time around.

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“If in case this court so wish to sentence them, the court should be liberal taking into cognisance the economic hardship being faced this time around, we so appeal,” they stated.

 

 

In his sentence, the presiding magistrate, Shuaibu Ahmad, said he had taken into consideration the fact that the defendants were first-time offenders, and that he will therefore be lenient but give maximum sentence.

 

 

 

Shu’aibu said, for the offences of indecent act which goes contrary to Section 171 of Sokoto State Penal Code, the defendants are sentenced to pay a fine of N200,000 each ,whose default will lead to two-year imprisonment.

 

 

He said for the offence of sharing and sale of obscene book, the defendants are sentenced to pay 50,000 each, for whose default will lead to two- year imprisonment.

 

 

 

Shu’aibu further said that, for the offence of abatement, Section 48 of the Sokoto Penal Code provides N50,000 naira or conviction for six months in the case of default.

 

 

Shu’aibu also said that each of the defendants is to pay N100,000 compensation to the complainant.

 

 

Reacting to the development, both the prosecutor, ASP Simon Sule; and the complainant said they were satisfied with the judgment, and, according to them, the pronouncements will serve as deterrence to others.

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