PRESIDENT BUHARI COMMISSIONS ABUJA’S LIGHT RAIL NETWORK

**President Buhari yesterday officially commissioned the first phase of the Abuja Light Rail mass transit covering 12 stations within the metropolis.

The Abuja Rail is the first Light Rail network in West Africa. The rail project has been in the works for over 11 years. It was inherited at 63% completion and the remaining 37% was fast-tracked to completion by this Administration.

After the launch, the president and other dignitaries and journalists took a ride from the CBD metro station to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.
The rail line is the first phase of a metro line for Nigeria’s capital city

TRENDING

*.US President Donald Trump yesterday arrived in the UK for the start of a four-day visit. Trump, who said he is “fine” about any protests planned during his visit, was accompanied by his wife Melania Trump as they landed at Stansted at 13:50 BST before a helicopter took them to the US ambassador’s residence in London.
During his visit, the US president will have talks with Theresa May at Chequers, travel to Windsor to meet the Queen and play golf at Turnberry in Scotland.

POLITICS:
Ahead of the 2019 general elections, a former Minister of Information, Jerry Gana, has declared his intention to run for presidency under the flag of the Social Democratic Party (SDP). He made his interest known in a letter to the the party on Thursday.
He said Nigeria is facing a threat of war with the level of crippling uncertainty everywhere in the country. He also said the present government has shown incompetence and lack of capability to turn around the drifting country.


NEWS FLASH

1. FOREIGN SCENE:
There’s a Twitter Purger going on at the moment as the social network site begins the process of deleting over 70 million (fake, dormant, Inactive, spam, bots) accounts as announced by its CEO, Jack Dorsey.
Jack who has also lost 200,000 followers to the purge earlier announced that, ‘this week we’ll be removing locked Twitter accounts (locked when we detect suspicious changes in behavior) from follower counts across profiles globally. The number of followers displayed on many profiles may go down’.

2. AFRICAN ISSUES:
Angry Kenyans have taken to Twitter to react furiously to news that 20 politicians travelled to watch the World Cup at ‘taxpayers’ expense.’ According to Kenya’s The Star, 14 members of the National Assembly and six senators are currently in Russia at the expense of the Kenya government. The politicians reportedly travelled in two batches, one group left on July 2 and another on July 5. They are expected to stay in Russia until after the World Cup final on July 15.
Now Kenyans on Twitter have accused the politicians of travelling to Russia for the World Cup tournament with ‘public funds.

3.:PRESIDENCY:
President Buhari says he is a “very slow” reader, saying this could be as a result of being an ex-soldier. Buhari said this during a joint briefing with South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa in Abuja on Wednesday. He was speaking on the Continental Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) which Nigeria is yet to become a signatory to. He said he is still studying the agreement and will soon sign it. The president said: “I am very careful about what I sign whether it is my cheque book or agreements especially when it involves nations and states

4. NATIONAL. ASSEMBLY:
The senate committee on banking, insurance and other financial institutions says the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) should compile and publish the names of debtors. Speaking on Thursday at the opening of a 2-day retreat at Intercontinental Hotel in Lagos, Rafiu Adebayo Ibrahim, chairman of the committee, said this allows Nigerians know the people holding the economy to ransom.
The senator said these people account for 80% of AMCON’s N4.8 trillion.

5. STATE GOVERNMENT:
Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode today hosted an 11-year-old hyperrealist artist, Kareem Waris Olamilekan who drew a stunning portrait of French President, Emmanuel Macron in just two hours on the spot during the President’s visit to the new Afrika Shrine in Lagos.
Governor Ambode, who hosted the artist alongside his parents, teachers and instructor, promised to give him educational support, as well as help to nurture his talent to become a great artist later in life. 

6. POLITICS:
A day after making the same demand on INEC. the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC) has asked a federal high court in Abuja to declare the election of APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomole, and the entire national executive committee invalid, null and void. This was contained In a suit with file number FHC/ABJ/CS/734/18 filled on behalf of the faction on Thursday by its National Chairman, Buba Galadima, Publicity Secretary, Kazeem Afegbua, youth leader; Nicholas Asuzu and chairman of Kogi state chapter, Hadi Ametuo.

7. POLITICS:
Yesterday, Uche Secondus the National leader of the PDP led a protest march to the INEC office and the National Assembly to submit different petitions regarding this weekend’s governorship election in Ekiti State. According to PDP, ‘leaders were in front of the National Assembly to submit petition on the brutality of Ekiti people by the policemen but were blocked by security’.
In another tweet, the party said, ‘The protest march of leaders of @OfficialPDPNig also visited the office of @inecnigeria to register another petition.

8. KEMI ADEOSUN’S SAGA:
Finance minister, Kemi Adeosun, is not entitled to National Youth Service Corps’ Certificate of Exemption, and even if she had applied for one, the man who was in charge of the Corps in 2009 said there was no way he could have approved such request. On Wednesday, Maharazu Tsiga, who assumed office at the NYSC as director general in January 2009 revealed Mr Tsiga, a retired general, further provided clues that further reinforced positions of NYSC’s serving and retired personnel, including a retired director of mobilisation, Anthony Ani, all pointing to the invalidity of the said ‘certificate’.

9. ENTERTAINMENT:
One day after Forbes declared that Kylie Jenner is set to become one of the world’s youngest self-made billionaires with a current networth of $900 million, fans of the reality star have started a campaign to help her raise the needed $100m to get her her to One Billion.
Following the release of the Forbes cover, comedian Josh Ostrovsky, aka The Fat Jewish, created a GoFundMe page to help Jenner earn the $100 million she needs to tip her net worth into the billions.  

10. SPORTS:
Antonio Conte turned down the chance to become Real Madrid manager so he can receive a big pay-off from Chelsea. Conte was eventually sacked as the Blues manager on Thursday. He took training at Cobham for the final time in the morning, before saying his goodbyes to players and staff.
Conte is due up to £9million and wants it in one lump sum, but Chelsea’s policy is to continue paying sacked managers’ salary for up to a year until they find another job. Either way, the former Juventus and Italy boss knew he would be in the money, if the former Premier League champions axed him.

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