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Tight Security At Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge Over Resumption Of Tolling

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Tight Security At Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge Over Resumption Of Tolling

The Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge on Friday morning witnessed heavy security presence as the Lekki Concession Company (LCC) over the resumption of tolling at the bridge.

No fewer than five police patrols were stationed at strategic locations of the bridge to prevent any breakdown of law and order.

Also officials of the LCC were at various corners of the tolling corridor as vehicles were seen passing the bridge.

It was learnt, however, that contrary to an earlier announcement, payment of tolling using the upgraded electronic tag introduced by the LCC would commence today.

There has been protest especially from residents and some activists against the resumption of tolling in the two Plazas- the Lekki-Ikoyi and the Lekki-Epe Expressway.

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Tolling was suspended in the aftermath of the 2020 #EndSARS protest which climaxed in the destruction of tolling facilities in the two plazas and the spontaneous attacks on government facilities across the state.

The LCC, the organisation in charge of tolling at the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge and Lekki-Epe Expressway had earlier sensitised residents to the resumption of the tolling.

Officials of the LCC took over the toll plaza on April 1, 2022, but it was made free for all categories of vehicles while payment would resume on 15.

However, residents living on the Lekki corridors had on Tuesday called on the government to put its decision to reopen the plaza on hold.

They said the reopening should be suspended pending when all issues relating to the reopening were addressed.

The Commissioner for Transportation in the state, Dr. Frederic Oladehinde, defended the decision to reopen the tolling, saying it was in the interest of the state and the need to protect investors.

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He said: “I know a lot of Lagosians are unhappy that the Lagos State Government is taking steps to reopen the toll gate, but we need to know that we are doing this in the best interest of all parties, including investors, who have always requested we guarantee the safety of their investment.

“We should not forget that the business in question is somebody’s business and it has been in jeopardy since it was burnt and shut down 18 months ago.

“A number of investors approaching the government with the intention of partnership for the provision of critical infrastructure are looking at us and will want assurance that their investment is safe and secure. They will take their investment away if we cannot give them that guarantee and secure their business and investments,” Oladeinde said.

Ahead of the reopening, the LCC has advised motorists who have the old e-Tag which has now expired to contact its customer service for the upgrade.

 

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Aides Have Hijacked Leadership From Buhari – Babachir Lawal

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Aides Have Hijacked Leadership From Buhari- - Babachir Lawal

President Muhammadu Buhari is no longer in charge of his government as some of his aides have hijacked his leadership of the country according to Babachir Lawal.

Babachir, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, spoke when he appeared on Channels Television’s “The Verdict 2023”, on Friday night.

Speaking about the state of governance of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Lawal said things were out of the hands of the President.

He further stated that those in the present regime who had the ears of the president refused to carry out the expectations of the President or the public.

Lawal also said before the president’s election into office in 2015, he had shown a remarkable sense of leadership, while he previously held positions as governor of Borno State, Minister of Petroleum, and military Head of State, but had challenges with his “lieutenants”, and deciding who executed projects and orders when he came into power as President.

“Things are out of his hands, there’s no running away from that fact. There are people that do not take the orders they are given. As soon as they leave where the order is given, they go and do different things. There is nothing like cabal. There is no government that does not have an inner caucus. There’s no government. There are people who have the ears of the President, to whom the President by functionality, their functions in government, ought to do things, but they are not doing what the President tells them to do, or what the President expects them to do, or what society itself expects them to do.

“I can tell you this, I know President Buhari very well, even long before he became President, and most Nigerians also knew him. And the expectation was that based on his antecedents as former governor of Borno State, former Minister of Petroleum, and then President, he had shown a remarkable sense of ability to rule.

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“By 2015, we were almost at the same level where we are this time around; people were fed up. But when he got in, I think the President had issues with his lieutenants, about who executes the orders he gives, and who executes the policies that he makes. And that is really my own side of things.”

Asked about his switch from his support for, and membership of the ruling All Progressives Congress, to join the Labour Party which has Peter Obi as its presidential candidate, Babachir said: “I’ve seen the light; you can repent when you see the light. I’ve seen the light, I saw the light and I repented, I’m sorry. I did that before. The light is Peter Obi. The darkness is the old system that used to govern us, which is represented by both the PDP and the APC. No change. The same people, the same agbada, the same red face cap. The same people. So Nigerians have seen the light, not only me.”

 

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BREAKING: I’ll End Cash Crisis In Seven Days – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has urged citizens to give him seven days to resolve the cash crunch that has become a problem across the country from the Central Bank of Nigeria policy to change high-value naira notes with new ones.

During the Progressives Governors’ Forum who paid him a visit at the Presidential Villa to seek solutions to the cash crunch which they said was threatening the good records of the administration in transforming the economy, Buhari said the currency re-design would give a boost to the economy and provide long-term benefits. He expressed doubts about the commitment of banks in particular to the success of the policy.

“Some banks are inefficient and only concerned about themselves”, said the president, “even if a year is added, problems associated with selfishness and greed won’t go away.”

He said he had seen television reports about cash shortages and hardship to local businesses and ordinary people and gave assurances that the balance of seven of the 10-day extension would be used to crack down on whatever stood in the way of successful implementation.

“I will revert to the CBN and the minting company. There will be a decision one way or the other in the remaining seven days of the 10-day extension,” the president was quoted to have said in a statement released by his spokesman, Garba Shehu.

The governors told the president that while they agreed that his decision on the currency redesign was good and that they were fully in support, its execution had been botched and their constituents were becoming increasingly upset.

They told the president that, as leaders of the government and party in their different states, they were becoming anxious about a slump in the economy and the series of elections that are coming.

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They requested the president to use his powers to direct the concurrent use of the new and old notes till the end of the year.

The president said when he considered giving approval to the policy, he demanded an undertaking from the CBN that no new notes would be printed in a foreign country and they, in turn, gave him assurances that there was enough capacity, manpower and equipment to print the currency for local needs. He said he needed to go back to find out what was actually happening.

Buhari told the governors that, being closer to the people, he had heard their cries and would act in a way that there would be a solution.

 

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BREAKING: Buhari, APC Governors Meet In Also Rock

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President Muhammadu Buhari and governors of the All Progressives Congress, APC are currently meeting in Aso Rock.

The governors, under the aegis of the Progressives Governors Forum, are meeting with the president at the council chamber of the State House, Abuja.

The reason for the meeting is still sketchy at the moment but it may not be unconnected to the ambition of the APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu.

Kaduna sate governor, Nasir El-Rufai, had a few days ago, raised the alarm alleging that some elements in the presidency are working against the former Lagos governor.

Those currently at the meeting are governors of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai; Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu; Imo State, Hope Uzodimma; Zamfara State, Bello Matawale; Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi; Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje; Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun; Yobe State, Mai Bala-Buni; Niger State, Sani Bello; and Kwara State, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq.

 

 

 

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