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President Tinubu Arrives Lagos Ahead Of Red Line Rail Commissioning

“It brings to two the rail lines owned and operated by the Lagos State Government. The first, the Blue Line, runs from Marina to Mile 2.”

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President Bola Tinubu on Wednesday, February 28, arrived in Lagos after an earlier visit to Ondo state. He arrived around 6 pm.

Tinubu is scheduled to commission the Lagos Red Line train on Thursday, February 29.

He had earlier paid a condolence visit to the family of the late Rotimi Akeredolu, former governor of Ondo, in Owo town.

The president was received in Owo, the hometown of Akeredolu, by Lucky Aiyedatiwa, governor of Ondo, Olayide Adelami, his deputy, and other top politicians.

Tinubu, accompanied by Aiyedatiwa and Adelami, visited Akeredolu’s residence and met with Betty Anyanwu, the deceased’s wife, to condole with her.

A statement issued on Wednesday by Gbenga Omotoso, Lagos commissioner for information and strategy said: “The commissioning will signal the take-off of another major game changer in the state’s transportation infrastructure.

“It brings to two the rail lines owned and operated by the Lagos State Government. The first, the Blue Line, runs from Marina to Mile 2.”

The rail project is being undertaken by the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), an agency under the Ministry of Transportation.

The Lagos light rail network was flagged off by the Bola Tinubu administration in 2003.

The train is the first phase of the project, which will run from Agbado in Ogun State to Oyingbo in Lagos, with eight stations including Agbado, Iju, Agege, Ikeja, Oshodi, Mushin, Yaba, and Oyingbo.

Once fully operational, it is expected to make 37 trips daily, accommodating approximately 500,000 passengers.

This initiative aims to significantly reduce travel time, alleviate health issues caused by stress, boost economic productivity, ease traffic congestion, minimise road accidents, and enhance commuter safety.

As part of the inter-modal connectivity of our public transportation infrastructure, the Redline is integrated with bus terminals at Ikeja, Oshodi, Oyingbo, Ikeja, Yaba, and Iju.

“To guarantee the safety of commuters and Lagosians, the rail corridor has 10 vehicular overpasses and pedestrian bridges to separate the train from vehicular and pedestrian traffic,” Omotoso said.

 

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Joe Biden Bows To Pressure, Drops Out Of US Presidential Race

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President Joe Biden of the United States has withdrawn from the November 5 election after weeks of pressure.

Biden, 81, served as deputy of Barack Obama, during his two terms as America’s number one citizen.

Like Obama and other Democrats, Biden lined up behind Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential election won by President Donald Trump.

Four years later, Biden defeated Trump who was seeking reelection. Then 77, he had made history as the oldest person to be elected into the Oval Office.

However, his presidency has been marred with controversies, especially on account of ill-health and fitness.

The issue reached its height after Trump defeated him by a wide margin in a presidential debate some weeks ago.

Biden had consistently resisted pressure to quit until he announced it in a post on his X handle, on Sunday.

While announcing his decision to step down, Biden said he would remain as President and Commander-in-Chief until his term ends in January 2025.

“Over the past three and a half years, we have made great progress as a Nation.”

“Today, America has the strongest economy in the world. We’ve made historic investments in rebuilding our Nation, in lowering prescription drug costs for seniors, and in expanding affordable health care to a record number of Americans. We’ve provided critically needed care to a million veterans exposed to toxic substances. Passed the first gun safety law in 30 years. Appointed the first African American woman to the Supreme Court. And passed the most significant climate legislation in the history of the world. America has never been better positioned to lead than we are today.

“I know none of this could have been done without you, the American people. Together, we overcame a once in a century pandemic and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. We’ve protected and preserved our Democracy. And we’ve revitalized and strengthened our alliances around the world.

“It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve as your President. And while it has been my intention to seek reelection, I believe it is in the best interest of my party and the country for me to stand down and to focus solely on fulfilling my duties as President for the remainder of my term.

“I will speak to the Nation later this week in more detail about my decision. For now, let me express my deepest gratitude to all those who have worked so hard to see me reelected. I want to thank Vice President Kamala Harris for being an extraordinary partner in all this work. And let me express my heartfelt appreciation to the American people for the faith and trust you have placed in me.

“I believe today what I always have: that there is nothing America can’t do when we do it together. We just have to remember we are the United States of America.”

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Just In: Why We Accepted N70,000 Minimum Wage – Labour

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The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Joe Ajaero on Thursday gave reasons why the Organised Labour accepted the proposal of N70,000 minimum wage from the President, Bola Tinubu.

Ajaero, who spoke to State House reporters after the meeting with the President, said the unions agreed to the offer because of other incentives attached.

He said another reason for accepting the offer is because “ the President promised a review every three years as against what obtained in the past.”

President Bola Tinubu on Thursday approved the sum of N70,000 as national minimum wage, his Special Adviser on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga said.

Tinubu was said to have announced the new wage during a meeting with the leadership of the Organized Labour in Abuja.

Thursday’s meeting came a week after the first meeting the President had with the Labour leaders last week.

The new minimum wage when approved by the National Assembly will replace the N30,000 minimum wage which expired on April 18, 2024

Onanuga who posted via his official X handle, @aonanuga at exactly 03:31 pm said, “Breaking: President Bola Tinubu has approved N70,000 minimum wage for Nigerian workers with promise to review the national minimum wage law every three years.

“President Tinubu also promised to find ways to assist the private sector and the sub-nationals to pay the minimum wage.

“President Tinubu announced the decisions at the meeting held with leaders of TUC and NLC on Thursday in Abuja, the second time the parties met in 7 days.

“The Labour leaders applauded President Tinubu for the fatherly gesture as the President also promised to use his discretionary powers meet the demands of university unions demanding unpaid 4 months salaries.”

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Just In: Tinubu Approves N70,000 Minimum Wage

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President Bola Tinubu has approved N70,000 as the new minimum wage for Nigerian workers with a promise to review the national minimum wage law every three years.

This is coming after the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress met with the President at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday.

 

From left: Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris; Minister of Labour and Employment, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha; President, Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Joe Ajero and President Trade Union Congress, Comrade Festus Osifo briefing State House Correspondents after their meeting with President Bola Tinubu on the new Minimum Wage at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Thursday (18/7/24) Photo: NAN

The Special Adviser to President Bola Tinubu on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, in a statement on X, confirmed the development.

“President Bola Tinubu has approved N70,000 minimum wage for Nigerian workers with promise to review the national minimum wage law every three years.

“President Tinubu also promised to find ways to assist the private sector and the sub-nationals to pay the minimum wage.

“President Tinubu announced the decisions at the meeting held with leaders of TUC and NLC on Thursday in Abuja, the second time the parties met in 7 days,” the statement read.

Onanuga further noted that labour leaders praised President Tinubu’s “fatherly gesture”, and the President also vowed to exercise his executive discretion to address the outstanding four months’ salaries owed to university unions.

 

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