Tag: Travel

<strong>NAHCO Workers Suspend Strike After Commencement of Negotiation</strong>
Aviation, Labour, News, Nigeria, Transportation

NAHCO Workers Suspend Strike After Commencement of Negotiation

The Nigerian Aviation Handling Handing Company Plc, NAHCO, staff members have announced a suspension of their strike embarked on in the quest to demand salary increases. The aviation workers, under the umbrella of the national union of air transport employees, NUATE, and air transport services senior staff association of Nigeria, ATSSSAN, said the management of NAHCO had begun negotiations with its workers. This was stated by the deputy general secretary, ATSSSAN, Frances Akinjole, in an interaction with journalists on Monday. See Also: ASUU Strike: Aviation Union Set To Shut Down Airports Akinjole said, “It has been suspended, and they have agreed to commence negotiation on the salary issue with us.” Recall that flights at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport wer...
<strong>NRC Suspends Warri-Itakpe Train Service As Train Derails</strong>
News, Nigeria, Transportation

NRC Suspends Warri-Itakpe Train Service As Train Derails

The Nigerian Railway Corporation, NRC, has announced the suspension of rail service along the Warri-Itakpe rail line after a train derailed at kilometre 30 Ajaokuta-Itakpe section of the track. This was contained in a statement issued by the coordinator, Warri-Itakpe train service, Sanni Abdulganiyu, on Sunday. The development comes two weeks after gunmen stormed a train station in Edo state and kidnapped several passengers. However, state authorities say most of those kidnapped have been rescued.   Abdulganiyu in the statement said the train derailed at about 12:30 pm with about 148 passengers and 30 crew members on board. He added that “there were no fatalities nor casualties as a result of the derailment. According to the coordinator, the corporation was able...
<strong>NRC Announces Indefinite Suspension of Edo Train Service Over Abduction</strong>
News, Nigeria, Security, Transportation

NRC Announces Indefinite Suspension of Edo Train Service Over Abduction

The Nigeria Railway Corporation, NRC, has announced an indefinite shutdown of Ekehen Station in Edo State.   It said the decision was reached due to security challenges. The development happens barely one year after the March 28, 2022 attack by suspected terrorists on the Abuja-Kaduna train, which culminated in the death of about 14 passengers while 65 others were kidnapped. The NRC in a statement posted on the passengers’ WhatsApp group said that the closure was “till further notice.” The statement reads, “Public Announcement: This is to inform our general public and most especially our esteemed passengers, that Ekehen Station has been temporarily closed due to security issues, till further notice.” Another notice reads, “Due to the incident at Ekehen station on S...
<strong>FG To Toll Second Niger Bride – Fashola</strong>
Infrastructure, News, Nigeria, Transportation

FG To Toll Second Niger Bride – Fashola

Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Works and Housing, has stated that the temporarily opened Second Niger Bridge will be tolled. Fashola said that the bridge will be tolled to help make sure that the infrastructure is maintained to serve for several years. The Minister disclosed this during an interview with Channel Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday. He added that the delay in delivering the project was due to the relocation of transmission lines connecting the East to the West across the Niger River and the sit-at-home order by the Indigenous People of Biafra. He gave the expected date to deliver the project as April or May 2023.   Fashola said, “Inevitably, the bridge will be tolled but that is the job of the NSIA because we must make sure the bridge is pro...
<strong>Second Niger Bridge To be Opened For 30 Days</strong>
Infrastructure, News, Nigeria, Transportation

Second Niger Bridge To be Opened For 30 Days

The Federal Government has directed the opening of the Second Niger Bridge for use during the yuletide to ear traffic in the South-East region. The bridge was formerly opened in the late hours of Thursday. The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, who issued the directive on Wednesday at the inauguration of the bridge, stated that it will be opened for a period of one month during the festive period. Fashola said that the bride will be shut down to traffic on January 15, 2023. The minister asked motorists that will be plying the bridge to be cautious so as not to defeat the purpose of constructing the bridge. Recall that the federal government disclosed last week that the bridge will be opened to traffic on December 15, 2022. Fashola while speaking at the...
NRC Increases Fares On Lagos-Ibadan Train Service Over Diesel Cost
Finance, News, Nigeria, Transportation

NRC Increases Fares On Lagos-Ibadan Train Service Over Diesel Cost

The Nigeria Railway Corporation, NRC, has disclosed that the fares for Lagos-Ibadan and Lagos-Abeokuta train have been reviewed upwards. Recall that the NRC had in August announced a reduction in the number of trips on the Lagos-Ibadan route due to an increase in the cost of diesel. In a memo issued by the NRC, the train services for the Lagos-Ibadan route were hiked. The memo read, “The new fare on Lagos – Ibadan Train Service (LITS), “Lagos – Ibadan, and Ibadan – Lagos; First class (9,000), Business, (6500), Standard, adult (3600), minor (3000). See Also: IGP Deploys Armed Officers As Abuja-Kaduna Train Service Restarts Monday “Lagos – Abeokuta, and Abeokuta – Lagos; First class (6,000); Business (4,500), Standard, adult (3,000), minor (2,000). “Abeokuta – Ibada...
<strong>FG Extends Resumption Of Kaduna-Abuja Train Services</strong>
News, Nigeria, Transportation

FG Extends Resumption Of Kaduna-Abuja Train Services

The Ministry of Transportation in Kaduna on Sunday announced the extension of the resumption date for the Kaduna-Abuja train service. Recall that the train service was halted in March 2022 after terrorists attacked its passengers. About 25 passengers were killed, several others sustained injury and more than 50 were kidnapped during the attack.   But the federal government had earlier this month pledged that the Kaduna-Abuja train service would be restored before the end of November. See Also: Why Abuja-Kaduna Train Service Will Not Resume Now – FG However, Mu’azu Sambo, the Minister of Transportation, while on an inspection tour to examine its readiness for operation before the resumption of operations said that some things still need to be sorted out before resumpti...
<strong>Why UK Is Experiencing Visa Application Surge From Nigerians – UK Envoy</strong>
News, Nigeria

Why UK Is Experiencing Visa Application Surge From Nigerians – UK Envoy

Catriona Laing, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, explained why there is a spike in the number of visa applications from Nigerians seeking to enter the United Kingdom recently.   Laing stated this on Sunday in Abuja when he appeared on the News agency of Nigeria Forum. She acknowledged that the UK government took note of the situation and was in contact with the Nigerian government to avoid brain-drain in Nigeria, especially in the health sector. She said, “You know, there is obviously people of Nigerian origin in the UK. So, people like to go where they have family or where they have friends. Secondly, the English language obviously makes it a lot easier. “Thirdly is the education; and people who have studied, they will want to return. And I think y...
<strong>US To Impose Visa Ban On Individuals Who Seek To Undermine Nigeria’s Democratic Process</strong>
Elections, News, Nigeria

US To Impose Visa Ban On Individuals Who Seek To Undermine Nigeria’s Democratic Process

The United States of America has vowed to impose visa ban on individuals who attempt to undermine Nigeria’s democratic process in the 2023 general elections. This was disclosed by the political counselor at the US Embassy in Nigeria, Rolf Olson, when he spoke at the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship alumni association seminar on Thursday. Olson said the US would not hesitate to impose sanctions on individuals who undermine the country’s election just like they have done in previous elections. He said, “When we say ‘all’ Nigerians, we mean all: politicians, candidates, students, leaders of religious, traditional, community, youth and business organisations and entities – everyone has a role to play in this effort. “Even a small number of troublemakers can cause substantial havoc t...
Suspended Construction on Eastern Rail Line, FG States Reasons

Suspended Construction on Eastern Rail Line, FG States Reasons

Minister of Transport, Mu’azu Jaji Sambo, revealed on Saturday why construction on the eastern rail line had been suspended. He noted that the contractors of the China Civil Engineering and Construction Company CCEC were forced to suspend work on the rail line due to insecurity and vandalisation of the rail infrastructure. See Also: NRC Postpones Resumption Of Abuja -Kaduna Train Services The Minister during an inspection tour of the project in Port Harcourt said the workers of CCEC had been attacked along Abia State. Sambo called on the media and judiciary to help unmask and prosecute the perpetrators to serve as an example to others. He also debunked news claiming the Federal Government had diverted funds meant for the railway construction for other projects which led...