The Federal Government has revealed that the Kano-Maradi rail would be completed in 36 months and hopes that the 283km railway will also be used for the development of freight and passenger transport, and be integrated with road transport.
This was disclosed by the media aide to the President, Bashir Ahmad, after the FG signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mota-Engil Group on the construction of $1.959 billion dollars Kano-Maradi Standard Gauge Railway lines.
- “The new (Kano–Maradi) railway corridor will run through Kano, Jigawa and Katsina and through Niger Republic territory as far as Maradi. Towns like Danbatta (Kano), Kazaure (Jigawa), and Daura, Mashi, Jibia (Katsina) will also be affected by the new rail line in Nigeria.”
He added that the Ministry of Transport had disclosed that the projects would be completed in 36 months.
- “According to the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, the duration for the Kano Maradi Rail project is 36 months and the contract type is Engineering, Procurement and Construction.”
What you should know
- Nairametrics reported in September 2020 that the Federal Executive Council approved the disbursement of $1.96 billion for the railway line from Kano in Nigeria to Maradi in Niger Republic.
- The President will also commission the Warri-Itakpe standard gauge rail line, running through Kogi, Edo and Delta States.
- On Monday, the Federal Government announced the signing of the contract documents for the commencement of the Kano-Maradi, Kano-Dutse railway project.
Lagos to close Apapa dockyard road for Railway Modernization project
The Lagos State Government has announced the proposed shut down of the Apapa Dockyard Road for one week for construction works.
The Lagos State Government has announced the planned temporary shutdown of Apapa Dockyard Road from 5:00 pm on Sunday, January 17 to 5:00 am on Sunday, January 24, 2021, for construction works as part of the Nigerian Railway Modernization Project (Lagos-Ibadan).
This disclosure is contained in a statement that was issued by the Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, Friday, January 15, 2021.
Oladeinde in his statement, explained that the tracks of the standard and narrow gauge lines will be laid during the temporary closure, adding that this will allow the contractors to work without any form of hindrance to meet set deadlines.
He advised motorists heading towards Naval Dockyard from Ajegunle to go through Marine Bridge to link Ijora Bridge and descend to Under Bridge (Ijora 7up) to connect through Forte Oil/Conoil Depot to the Western Naval Gate, while those coming from Ijora Olopa are to link Ijora Oloye through Under Bridge (7up).
While informing road users heading towards the Naval Dockyard from Ijora Badiya that they would be directed to ascend Total Bridge, make a u-turn under the bridge and reconnect the bridge again to descend Under Bridge (Ijora 7up) for access to the Western Naval Gate, the Commissioner said those coming from Iganmu are required to link the Naval Dockyard from Under Bridge (7up) as well.
Oladeinde emphasized that motorists whose movement will be disrupted by the closure are enjoined to utilise the provided alternatives and follow the directives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority personnel assigned to minimise inconveniences along the corridors.
The Commissioner, however, appealed to the motoring public to abide by the measures put in place to ensure ease in movement despite the ongoing construction, restating that a seamless multi-modal transportation system will soon be in place to meet the needs of all residents.
What you should know
- The Lagos-Ibadan railway is part of the Nigerian Railway Modernization project, which involves the realization of a new standard gauge railway line with connection to other states.
- The Lagos State Government had recently temporarily closed some roads for construction work as part of the Nigerian Railway Modernization project. Some of the roads earlier closed, include those at Agege, Iganmu and so on.
The @lagosmot18 has announced plans to temporarily close Apapa Dockyard Road from 5:00 pm on Sunday, 17th January to 5:00 am on Sunday, 24th January 2021 for construction works in continuation of the Nigerian Railway Modernisation Project (Lagos-Ibadan). @jidesanwoolu pic.twitter.com/SVVb81jPez
— The Lagos State Govt (@followlasg) January 15, 2021
Lagos reaffirms that schools should reopen on January 18
The Lagos State Government has reaffirmed that all public and private schools in the state will should resume next week.
The Lagos State Government has affirmed its earlier pronouncement that all public and private schools in the state below tertiary level should resume on Monday, January 18, 2021, for the second term 2020/2021 academic session.
This clarification by the state government is coming against the backdrop of opposition from some stakeholders and uncertainty amongst parents and students on the resumption of schools.
According to a statement by the Head, Public Affairs, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Kayode Abayomi, on Friday, January 15, 2021, this affirmation was made by the state’s Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo.
The Commissioner maintained that the resumption is in line with the Federal Government’s resolution after reaching a consensus with relevant stakeholders.
Adefisayo, while welcoming all to a happy and successful new academic term, urged students and members of staff to stay safe and adhere strictly to COVID-19 guidelines, adding that schools must provide soap, wash hand basin, alcoholic hand sanitisers, thermometers, and other essential items in public and private schools across the State.
She stressed the washing of hands, wearing of face masks, and maintenance of social distancing must be adhered to in order to avoid further spread of the virus.
She added that, “All schools must ensure strict compliance with subsisting COVID-19 requirements for school’s resumption. Administrators of both public and private schools are expected to ensure full compliance with the guidelines for school’s re-opening in their respective schools as the State’s Office of Education Quality Assurance Team will be on the ground to monitor situations in all schools across the State.’’
What you should know
- It can be recalled that the Lagos State Government had earlier announced that all public and private schools below the tertiary level in the State should resume for the second term 2020/21 academic session from Monday, January 18, 2021.
- The state government also advised all schools to come up with flexible plans where students and teachers who feel sick can teach or learn from home through available online platforms, adding that schools should also strive to prevent any COVID-19 infection among all students and staff.
FLASH: The Lagos State Government has affirmed its earlier pronouncement that all public and private schools in Lagos State below tertiary level should resume on Monday, 18th January, 2021 for the second term 2020/2021 academic session.#ForAGreaterLagos @jidesanwoolu pic.twitter.com/CkNI7GhXka
— Jubril A. Gawat (@Mr_JAGs) January 15, 2021
CAC says defaulting lawyers to face 2 years imprisonment for filing false documents
The CAC has stated that accredited lawyers found culpable for filing false documents will be liable to 2 years imprisonment.
The Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) has announced that any accredited lawyer found culpable for filing a false document in the course of company registration will be liable to 2 years imprisonment.
The new directive follows the relaxation of the strict requirements of the past where its officers need to compare signatures and looked at other documents to validate new filling.
According to a report from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), this disclosure was made by the Registrar-General of the Commission, Alhaji Garba Abubakar, at a forum with the Commerce and Industry Correspondents Association of Nigeria (CICAN) on Friday in Abuja.
What the Registrar General of CAC is saying
Abubakar in his statement said that once a document is submitted by accredited lawyers or certified secretaries (customers) on behalf of a company, the commission presumes that those documents are regular and the person that submitted has the authority to act in that capacity.
- “If anybody makes any mistake or false declaration or submit any information that is false, that person will be liable to two years imprisonment upon conviction. We advise our customers to ensure they have proper authority to make filings on behalf of companies that engage them. If there is any wrong information or any misstatement in the document submitted, they will be held responsible.’’
Abubakar also pointed out that, as part of new regulations to support the new Companies and Allied Matters Act 2020, (CAMA), the new system has placed a lot of responsibilities on the persons submitting documents on behalf of the companies.
What you should know
- In a bid to improve on the ease of doing business, attract investment and ensure economic growth, President Muhammadu Buhari signed into law the CAMA 2020 in August 2020, to replace the CAMA 1990.
- It should be noted that the new CAMA 2020 is not an amendment of the old act but rather a re-enactment.
- The Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo, approved a draft regulation to support the implementation of the new CAMA in December 2020.
- Also, CAC had given registered companies until April 1 to revalidate their various information and accounts or face sanctions.