Presidential spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale made this known in a statement in Abuja on Thursday, January 4, 2024.
Ngelale said the President approved these appointments with the firm belief, after studying their impressive profiles, that the new appointees will expeditiously and efficiently execute on their collective mandate to create the conditions required to significantly raise the contribution of the Marine & Blue Economy sector to the nation’s GDP.
He added that the new appointees will evolve the Nigerian economy into a labour-intensive and inclusive one that creates new opportunities for all Nigerians in accordance with the Renewed Hope Agenda, under the able guidance of the Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola.
. FG Extends Free Train Rides
The federal government has extended the free train ride for Nigerians till Sunday, 7th January 2024.
This was contained in a statement signed on Thursday, January 4, by the minister of transportation, Senator Said Ahmed Alkali, who noted that the extension is based on the directive of President Bola Tinubu.
The free rides were initially announced to end on Thursday but the President has now extended it by three days.
3. Emefiele: EFCC Probes Dangote, BUA, 50 Other Companies
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has launched an investigation into the forex transactions of some companies in the country.
When contacted by The Cable for comments on the development, the EFCC spokesperson, Dele Oyewale, reportedly declined comments.
4. Abuja-Kaduna Road To Be Completed This Year – FG
The Federal Government has renewed its commitment to finishing the incomplete section of the Abuja-Kaduna road before the end of this year.
Despite several previous promises to complete the project, the government has faced delays since the contract’s inception on December 20, 2018
October 2022, Umar El-Yakub, the then Minister of State for Works and Housing, projected that work on the Kaduna-Abuja highway and Zaria-Kano road would be finished early in 2023. This completion was aimed at easing the difficulties faced by road users.
Furthermore, Babatunde Fashola, the former Minister of Works and Housing, acknowledged in April 2023 that the administration had been unable to meet its initial promise.
He cited significant challenges, such as security issues in 2022 and the need to relocate communities in the Zaria section of the 265km road project
recent meeting with the ministry’s directors in Abuja, the current Minister of Works, David Umahi, assured that overcoming contractual hurdles to ensure the project’s completion before the end of 2024 is a priority.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has declared it won’t allow the political class to ‘kill’ the educational sector in Nigeria.
According to the academic union, the education sector in Nigeria, from primary to tertiary levels, is not receiving the necessary attention from the government.