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Chinese Loans: Amaechi Advised to Step Aside

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The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has demanded that the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi should immediately step aside.

The body based its call on the probe of the alleged lethal clauses in Article 8(1) of the commercial loan agreement signed between Nigeria and Export-Import Bank of China.

The agreement allegedly “wills the sovereignty of Nigeria” in the $400 million loan for the Nigeria National Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Infrastructure Backbone Phase II Project, signed in 2018.

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has raised the alarm over the loan.

On Sunday, CNPP Secretary General, Willy Ezugwu, commended the Chairman House Committee on Treaties and Agreements, Nicholas Ossai “for observing the anomaly and not succumbing to the Minister’s antics aimed at truncating the probe.”

He frowned at the attempt by the Minister to stop the investigative hearing into some of the agreements signed between Nigeria and China while responding to various questions on the ongoing modernization of railway projects being implemented by his ministry.

“We are aware that the Minister is expected to appear again before the House of Representatives on 17th August, 2020, over the ongoing investigation into the commercial loan agreement signed between Nigeria and Export-Import Bank of China to the tune of $5.3 billion.

“For us, for Mr. Rotimi Amaechi to urge the House Committee not to investigate the terms of the loans being received by the federal government because he believed that the probe will jeopardize the chances of the country getting further loans is nothing but a cover up attempt that must be strongly resisted.

“The Minister’s further argument that China was monitoring happenings in Nigeria and the probe will send a negative message to the Asian country about Nigeria is clearly an affront on the intelligence of the Nigerian people.

“We believe that the real fear of the Minister of Transportation is that if the probe continues, at the end of the day, his deeds against the Nigerian people will come to the open.

“The CNPP hereby called on the minister to step aside for proper investigation as he has proven that, by his defence in favour of the defective loan agreement, he has something to hide.

“The CNPP is keeping track of the Minister’s ongoing argument in the media and is currently consulting with relevant civil society organizations on the next line of action on the matter”, the statement read.

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Bandits kill Army colonel, two soldiers in Katsina

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A Nigerian Army colonel, M.Z Manu and two soldiers have been killed by bandits in Unguwar Doka Village under Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State.

It was gathered that the bandits, armed with AK-47 rifles invaded the villages on Thursday night and started shooting indiscriminately. In the process, the gallant officer, soldiers and some civilians were killed.

The acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brig. General Benard Onyeuko, who confirmed the incident in a statement issued to journalists at the Special Army Super Camp IV Faskari, said troops of Operation Sahel Sanity responded to a distress call on September 24, 2020 that bandits attacked Unguwar Doka Village and swiftly mobilised to the area where they cleared the bandits.

During the encounter, troops neutralised 21 bandits while others escaped with gunshot into the forest as evident by the trails of blood along the criminals’ escape route.

 

The statement disclosed that the soldiers rescued three kidnapped victims, including an eight-month-old baby who had been in captivity for more than 23 days and recovered one AK-47 and three motorcycles from the fleeing hoodlums.

 

“Regrettably, resulting from the encounter with the bandits, one gallant officer and two soldiers paid the supreme sacrifice while two other soldiers were wounded in action and are currently receiving medical treatment in a military medical facility and responding positively,” said Onyeuko.

“The fearless troops have continued to pursue the bandits into the forest and dominating the general areas with aggressive fighting patrols to deny them any respite.” he added.

 

Meanwhile, the burial activities of Colonel Manu will hold today at army HQ, Zaria, Kaduna state.

 

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Kanu Signs Up For Simba TVS

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Nigerian soccer legend, Kanu Nwankwo, was yesterday, unveiled as an ambassador for Simba TVS, distributors of Nigeria’s leading brands in the tricycle, motorcycle and power bike Sector.

 

Kanu said “I have the singular honour and privilege of endorsing and recommending their products. They are number one in their areas of business. Their quality and after sales service policy is demonstrated in their Workshops pan Nigeria”.  Simba TVS places strong emphasis on empowerment, and runs specific programs targeted at women, youths, welfare for the mechanics and rider communities.

 

Mr Mahendra Pratap,  Simba TVS – Business Head in Nigeria,  said “we are honored and humbled that, Kanu Nwankwo, is endorsing TVS King Tricycles and motorcycles, emphasizing that the two-time African player of the year embodied  their brand’s core values of Trust, Value and Service  “through his dedication to this great nation.

 

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Group Head- Marketing -Simba Group, Mr KarthikGovindarajan, Simba’s association with Kanu Nwankwore presents one more step in the Group’s ongoing efforts at deepening their relationship with Nigerian football.

“As the official motorcycle and tricycle of the Super Eagles, Kanu’s endorsement is an inspiration in Simba TVS’s commitment to customer service and empowerment.

 

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Judicial workers to begin strike Monday

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Staff of the Federal High Court across the country have announced plans of engaging in a two-week strike from Monday September 28, 2020.

 

The judicial workers under the aegies of Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) revealed that they are engaging in the strike in line with the industrial action planned by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) over the increased prices of electricity and petroleum products.

 

The notice read;

 

“Please be informed that the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), Federal High Court chapter shall, in collaboration with the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), commences a two-week indefinite strike action from Monday the 28th day of September 2020.

“All offices shall remain closed within this period. You are required to comply.”

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