Global shipping line, Maersk resumed services from China to Onne Port (by ship) this year, and this week, it has resumed operations at the Onitsha Inland Port.
This was disclosed by a media aide to the President, Tolu Ogunlesi on Tuesday evening via his Twitter handle, tweeting, “Let me summarize it. Maersk is now (starting 2020) sending container ships direct from China to the Onne Port, without the need to first call at Lagos. Now, when the ship berths in Onne, it will be offloaded and the containers going to Onitsha Port will be barged down.”
Let me summarize it. Maersk is now (starting 2020) sending container ships direct from China to the Onne Port, without the need to first call at Lagos.
Now, when the ship berths in Onne, it will be offloaded and the containers going to Onitsha Port will be barged down.
— tolu ogunlesi (@toluogunlesi) October 6, 2020
Nairametrics reported in August that the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), resumed transportation of containers through barges from Lagos to Onitsha.
A witness at the Onitsha Inland Port yesterday said the port operations resumed fully this week. “We took a walk at the Onitsha pilot port after it was commissioned today. The port is at its full function. Such a pleasant sight! Congrats to the importers,” he said.
We took a walk at the Onitsha pilot port after it was commissioned today. The port is at its full function. Such a pleasant sight! Congrats to the importers.
Thank you @MBuhari@Alhaji_Ikemba @nwaEleberi pic.twitter.com/Hhk7E4fbQG
— Chukwuemeka (@Champele) October 6, 2020
Under the Maersk shipping line Schedule, the containers leave China through Shangai, arrive Onne Port in just over a month, and the cargo leaves Onne Port and arrive at Clarion Terminal, Onitsha the next day.
What this means:
Transportation of containers from Lagos to the East has been a very expensive process for Nigerian businesses based in the east due to poor transport infrastructure starting from the Apapa congestion to extortion from security operatives. This would reduce the costs for the South East-based businessmen as they would only have to pay mainly shipping costs from China.
Sanwo-Olu to Flag off Eti-Osa-Lekki-Epe Expressway Project
When completed, Lekki-Epe Expressway project, will eliminate the perennial traffic gridlocks, improve socio-economic activities.
Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has announced that the state is ready to flag off the Eti-Osa-Lekki-Epe Expressway project on Sunday 1st November, 2020.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor of Lagos State on New Media, Gawat Jubril, via Twitter.
— Gawat Jubril A. (@Mr_JAGss) October 30, 2020
The statement issued by Gawat Jubril disclosed that the flag-off of the reconstruction and upgrade of the Eti-Osa-Lekki-Epe Expressway road is in line with the Lagos State Government’s plan to rebuild the major road. It is also expected to bring a new motoring experience on the Eti-Osa-Lekki-Epe Expressway.
Gawat reported that there was a road inspection earlier today, where the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Works and Infrastructure, Engineer Aramide Adeyoye, said that despite the disruption of economic activities by the COVID 19 pandemic and the recent civil unrest spiked by the #EndSARS protest, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu remains focused on promoting economic prosperity through the provision of sustainable road infrastructure throughout the state.
What you should know
- The project, which is programmed for two phases to manage the huge financial outlay required, takes cognisance of the rapid industrialisation envisaged along the Lekki axis.
- The first phase of the project and reconstruction will be an 18.75km stretch spanning Eleko Junction to Epe T- Junction. The second phase of the 26.7km will start at Abraham Adesanya Roundabout to Eleko Junction.
- The project will be handled by Messrs Craneburg Construction Company Limited which has proven capacity and track record in the delivery of quality road projects.
- The Eti Osa-Lekki-Epe Expressway was constructed over 40 years ago, from Victoria Island to Epe T-junction. The builders adopted a rural road cross-section without drainage, except for chutes provided at intervals to allow water percolate into the soil along the verges.
What they are saying
Mrs. Adeyoye stated that other attendant benefits of the laudable project include the positive impact it would have on the lives of residents, businesses, commuters and Lagosians at large.
“Aside the fact that the Lekki-Epe Expressway project, when completed, will eliminate the perennial traffic gridlocks, it would ultimately improve socio-economic activities in and around Lekki and reduce drastically the travel time of commuters.”
BREAKING: Lagos relaxes curfew further, now from 10pm to 6am
The Lagos state government has announced a further relaxation of the earlier imposed curfew to be effective from 10 pm to 6 am.
The Lagos state government, on Friday, October 30, 2020, announced a further relaxation of the curfew imposed after the outbreak of violence across the state following the #EndSARS protest against police brutality and extra-judicial killings from 10 pm to 6 am.
This is against the curfew from 8 pm to 6 am that is currently in operation.
This was disclosed in a series of tweet posts by the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotosho, on his official Twitter handle.
The Lagos State Government has announced a further relaxation of the curfew imposed after the breakdown of law and order, following the hijack of the peaceful #EndSARS protests.The curfew will now be from 10pm till 6am. #HealingLagos #ForAGreaterLagos
— Gbenga Omotoso (@gbenga_omo) October 30, 2020
The commissioner said that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu praises Lagosians for observing the curfew which is expected to restore normalcy in our communities. He urges all Lagosians to go about their businesses in peace, even as they shun actions that can threaten our unity.
The statement from Omotosho partly reads, ‘’The Lagos State Government has announced a further relaxation of the curfew imposed after the breakdown of law and order, following the hijack of the peaceful #EndSARS protests. The curfew will now be from 10 pm to 6 am.’’
The statement also said that the Governor advised purveyors of fake news to stop causing disaffection among Lagosians, who are well known for being peace-loving and friendly.
Nairametrics had about a week ago, reported the easing of 24-hour curfew which was earlier imposed by the Lagos State Government from 6 pm to 8 am. This was announced by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, during a press briefing at State House Marina, after a tour of the state to inspect the level of destruction of the public and private asset during the #EndSARS protests that later turned violent.
This action suggests a move towards a return to normalcy as businesses try to get back to full activities after the 2 weeks of protests that brought economic activities in the state to a halt. This also coincides with the approval for all markets to open every day of the week by the Lagos state government.
NITDA warns the public to beware of unsolicited mails
NITDA has warned the public to beware of unsolicited mails that claim to be from Microsoft Teams.
National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has warned the public to beware of unsolicited mails that claim to be from Microsoft Teams.
This appeal is contained in a verified tweet by the organization, as seen by Nairametrics.
— NITDA Nigeria (@NITDANigeria) October 30, 2020
The organization urged the public to be cyber smart and noted that hackers send fake emails that appear to come from an automated message of Microsoft Teams.
The email urges the recipient to click on the “Reply in Teams” button, clicking the button leads users to a phishing page that steals login credentials.
What you should know
Nairametrics had earlier reported the appeal by CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to all Nigerians to be cybersecurity conscious, which will guarantee online safety for internet users. The appeal was made during the National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) event held this month.
- Microsoft Teams is a proprietary business communication platform developed by Microsoft, as part of the Microsoft 365 family of products.
- Teams primarily competes with the similar service slack, offering workspace chat and videoconferencing, file storage, and application integration.
- Teams is replacing other Microsoft-operated business messaging and collaboration platforms, including Skype for business and Microsoft classroom.