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The Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, on Tuesday said the time for the current administration to move away from blaming the Administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan and concentrate on delivering democratic dividends to Nigeria has come.

Amaechi said this on Tuesday when he received the report of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for the Finalisation of the Draft National Transport Policy.

He said: “What we assure Nigerians is that under the Muhammadu Buhari administration, we would do everything possible to ensure that we maximise the resources that the President by way of budget releases to each ministry.

“I agree with those who said we should stop criticising the last government and that we should do our own.

“We need to leverage on what we know.

“People are shouting intermodal transport.

“I went to the new airport in Singapore and I didn’t find one person at the airport.

“As you walk in, technology takes over.

“Also, they said in the next few years, they would introduce driverless cars.

“We should also think outside the box about how to improve our transport sector and think less about how sun and moon affects the sector or building more bus stops.

“We should see how much investment we can put in the area of ICT.

“Intelligent transportation should not be ignored.

“Usually, people take experts’ contributions for granted, but the fact is experts know better and if we don’t come to you, who would we go to?

“We will go through it and I will direct the Permanent Secretary to give a copy to the Minister of State for Aviation, while I read a copy.

“Once we are through and we share our views, we will take it to cabinet for approval.
“I assure you that we would take the next step you want us to take.”

The chairperson of the Committee, Mfon Usoro, said the adoption of the policy would make Nigeria’s economy stronger.

Usoro said: “This final draft of the National Transport Policy contains a set of progressive, political ideas, goals and vision for a responsive, integrated and affordable transport system that is capable of meeting Nigeria’s current and future transport needs.

“We the individual of committee, individually and collectively attest to this draft NTP as a FEC-ready document and remain committed to defend its content.

“Our wish is for the document to receive an accelerated attention by the approval of the authorities.”

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EFCC Arraigns Fayose Over Alleged N2.2 Billion Fraud [PHOTOS]

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The immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Peter Ayodele Fayose, has been arraigned before Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of a Federal High Court in Lagos over alleged N2.2 billion fraud.

Recall that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had listed a former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, a former Group Managing Director of Diamond Bank Plc., Alex Otti, and 20 others to testify against the former governor.

An 11-count charge bordering on fraud and money laundering has been slammed on Fayose and his company, Spotless Limited, by the EFCC.

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EFCC Moves Fayose To Lagos For Arraignment [PHOTO]

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The immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, was on Sunday moved to Lagos for his planned arraignment on Monday over fraud allegations.

The former governor has been with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission since Tuesday when he reported at the headquarters of the anti-graft agency in Abuja.

According to available information, Fayose is to be arraigned on an 11 count charge based on his obtaining N1.3 billion from a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, for the prosecution of his election in 2014.

Obanikoro was said to have obtained N4.7 billion from the Office of the National Security Adviser during the regime of former President Goodluck Jonathan, retired Colonel Sambo Dasuki.

It was alleged that part of the money was given to Fayose and another N1.3 billion to Iyiola Omisore, who was the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the 2014 governorship election in Osun State.

On Sunday, Fayose was moved through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja to Lagos for arraignment before a Federal High Court.

He was with an operative of the EFCC when the photograph was taken.

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South East Won’t Participate In 2019 Elections —- Nnamdi Kanu

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The Supreme Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has said the South East will not partake in the 2019 elections.

Kanu said this on Sunday during a live world press broadcast from Jerusalem, where he was sighted about 24 hours ago.

He said for the people of the South East, whom he referred to as Biafrans, it was a referendum to actualize Biafra or nothing.

He said IPOB will achieve this by every necessary means.

According to Kanu: “I decree that there is no longer South East or South South Nigeria.

“It shall be known as Biafra.

“Without referendum, nothing will happen in Nigeria.

“IPOB will not participate in any election and that position will never change.

“I promised the Zoo that I will be coming to Biafra and I came.

“I do not recognize the court of the Zoo.

“I want the people of the Middle Belt to rise and join IPOB.

“The Governor of Abia State directed the assault on my father who is a Monarch.

“I thank @realDonaldTrump and the government of Israel who stood by IPOB in our time of need.

“I thank Prof. Ben Nwabueze who stood by me.

“I want to send my solidarity to Ayo Fayose and assure him that Biafra will stand by him in this hour of need.

“We will have a special place for him in Biafra.

“I thank all my sureties that stood by me.

“My unavailability was forced on me.

“The Army of the Zoo killed my dog Jack and a few other people in my compound.

“I am sorry for what my sureties are passing through but I want to assure them that they will have a special place in Biafra.

“I shall not be honouring the Court.

“The notion that I jumped bail is a fallacy in law.

“I did not jump bail.

“On the 14th of September, 2017 the terrorists of the Zoo came to kill me.

“They know if I go to court, Nigeria will burn and I was forced to leave.

“I did not jump bail.

“The Zoo called Nigeria cannot jail me.

“I will fight till the last day.

“Binta Nyanko’s court failed to ask the Nigerian Army why they invaded my home.

“Nigerian court is a Kangaroo court.

“I did not jump bail.

“I left because the court failed to protect me.

“I am not a Nigerian.

“I already renounced Nigeria in 2015.

“I am a Biafran of British Nationality.

“I cannot be tried by a court I do not recognise.

“I do not recognise Nigeria.

“I can only come to the court with UN supervision.”

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