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Lagosians React To System Testing Of Second Toll Plaza

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Lagosians have reacted to the ongoing system testing of the second toll plaza located at the Eleganza axis of the Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lagos State.

The ongoing system testing has raised questions, as motorist and commuters in general inquire the end result of the test.

A white board with the inscription “We are not tolling this plaza, system testing ongoing” is boldly and strategically displayed at the plaza.

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However, the eventual consequence of the system testing has been raising questions.

A motorist who spoke with our correspondent revealed that “the testing might be a gradual way of checking reactions before tolling the plaza kicks off. According to him, a situation where drivers will have to pay at both plazas would ruin business because after paying the tolls and buying fuel, there wont be anything to take home.”

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Recall that the second toll plaza was once a subject of litigation, following a suit by human rights lawyer, Ebun Adegboruwa at a Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere, Lagos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ihedioha Launches Attack On Imo State Governor, Uzodinma

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Yet to accept his sack as the Governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha has launched an assault on his successor, Governor Hope Uzodinma.

In a meeting with members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at his Abuja residence on Saturday, January 18, Ihedioha stated that he pities those celebrating his loss at the Supreme Court.

According to him, such people celebrating his downfall were not good students of democracy.

The sacked Governor of Imo State also disclosed that he is waiting for answers. He said;

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“The elections in Imo were closely monitored, well advertised and everybody in Nigeria followed it through. The results were very clear, the electoral umpire still has the results.

“It is not about Emeka Ihedioha. It is not about Imo State. It is about the future of our country and democracy. It’s about what do we do tomorrow. .. I am calm and we are calm, and that is why you see in Imo, there is calmness.

“The calmness is coming out of shock, it is coming of disbelief. It is coming out of the fact that people are saying, let us still see, can this be possible? We are waiting for answers and I believe there will be answers.

“This is not the time to celebrate. I pity anyone who is celebrating that sad event. If anyone is celebrating, that person is not a student of democracy.”

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We Will Work Harmoniously With Gov. Uzodinma, Says Imo Assembly Lawmakers

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People’s Democratic Party (PDP) members in the Imo state House of Assembly have stated that they will work in harmony with the newly sworn-in governor of the state, Hope Uzodinma.

The lawmakers described Uzodinma’s victory at the Supreme Court as victory to the people of Imo State.

Reaction to the fact that there were only two members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) out of the 27 members of the House of Assembly, the speaker of the House, Chiji Collins said he does not think the state legislature populated by the PDP will have any problem with the new administration, adding that the lawmakers in House house were Imolites who were not in the house to fight, but the serve the Imo people.

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Collins said: “The members of the House of Assembly are all Imolites and we represent Imo people. So we have not come to fight anybody.”

“We are sons of daughters of Imo and we are representing them and so anything we will do will be in their best interest.”

Also speaking, the state lawmaker representing Ikeduru constituency, Uche Ogbuagu, said he was delighted about Uzodinma’s emergence as governor of Imo State, adding that the new administration might use the opportunity to right all the wrongs of the Emeka Ihedioha’s led administration.

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“Apart from this, we all have one thing in common and this is the good and progress of all Imolites. Anybody God has chosen to be the governor of Imo state, I cannot fight that person. I am a product of providence and destiny and so I don’t fight destinies,” Ogbuagu said.

Ogbuagu further noted that every action which will be taken by lawmakers in the House will be dependant on the party’s leadership in Imo state.

 

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FG Announces Plan To Reduce Price Of Petroleum

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The federal governmentt is exploring ways of reducing the price of petroleum by providing alternative petroleum.

If actualised, the new pump price will be between N96 and N97 per litre from it’s current N147

Minister of state for petroleum resources, Timipre Sylva, said the alternative petrol will be provided through Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), explaining that CNG fuel has undergone a pilot project in Benin City where over 10,000 vehicles are already running on it.

The minister made the disclosure while addressing journalists in Abuja on Thursday, January 15.

“If we are thinking of reducing pump price for fuel? I could easily say yes and I’m sure all of you wonder why I am saying that,” he said. “We are thinking of giving the masses an alternative. Today we are all hooked on PMS, what we want to do going forward is to see that we are able to move the masses to CNG.

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“CNG unit for unit costs is less than even the subsidised PMS. Per litre the subsidised rate of PMS is N145 per litre, while CNG will cost N95 to N97 per litre that is why I could say we want to reduce the cost of fuel, that way when we are given an alternative Nigerians will not notice when the subsidy on PMS is removed.”

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The minister expressed the hope that the petroleum industry bill (PIB) will be passed by the national assembly before May 2020. The CNG is a fuel that can be used in place of gasoline, diesel fuel and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). It is used in traditional gasoline/internal combustion engine automobiles or specifically manufactured vehicles.

 

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