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Lagos-Ibadan Rail: Chinese Firm Worries Over Robbery, Theft



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  • Lagos-Ibadan Rail: Chinese Firm Worries Over Robbery, Theft

The contractor handling the construction of a standard gauge rail line along the Lagos-Ibadan corridor, China Civil Engineering and Construction Company, has lamented the prevalence of robbery attacks and theft of their equipment in the Lagos end of the project.

This may further slow down the pace of work on the project as the CCECC workers may have to limit their activities to the daytime.

This concern was raised by the contractor during last week’s meeting with the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, which was meant to assess the volume of work executed and identify areas of challenges.

Already, the minister has hinted that the December 2018 initial completion time for the project is no longer feasible.

Amaechi told journalists after the meeting with the CCECC team and inspection of the project along the Ewekoro-Papalanto area that the new Lagos-Ibadan rail line would become operational by February 2019.

The shift in the delivery date, it was learnt, was due to a number of factors such as prolonged rainy season, some encumbrances along the railway’s right of way, and lately the robbery attacks on the CCECC workers.

Even as the minister urged the contractors to speed up the work for the train services to commence in February 2019, he said he was impressed with the level of work done thus far.

The contractors did not give details of the robbery attacks, types of equipment stolen and the value of items.

By the time the train starts running in February, it may not go beyond Abeokuta from Lagos, going by the hint of the minister.

He said, “I am sure that you are impressed with what you see; I am impressed 50/50. I have told them (CCECC) that there must be a train on the track before February. It doesn’t matter where; there must be a train that should be able to convey passengers up to Abeokuta, if not up to Ibadan.

“Before February, there must be a train that makes transport sense. What makes transport sense is that you are able to leave Lagos at least to Abeokuta, if not to Ibadan.”

On the security challenges being faced by the contractor, the minister urged the team to beef up security around them and their equipment.

He said, “Things are happening in Lagos; they have challenges. That is the greatest problem we have. The challenges are numerous; they talked about being attacked by communities, armed robbers, equipment being stolen. We didn’t experience that between Abeokuta and Oyo. So, I have told them to also get security men so that they can get protected.”

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Transcorp Hotels Expand into Marketplace, Launches Aura to Connect People, Hoteliers, Others



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Transcorp Hotels Plc, on Thursday, announced it has launched a new digital platform, Aura, through which people can book accommodation, restaurants and experiences.

Aura, Transcorp’s first in the alternative accommodation segment, is part of the company’s asset-light model, leveraging technology to deliver true hospitality, exciting experiences, and drive shareholder value.

It’s a new dawn in the hospitality industry! I am thrilled to introduce you to Aura by Transcorp, the digital platform we are using to connect people to quality accommodation, great food, and awesome experiences,” Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Transcorp Hotels Plc. Dupe Olusola said.

For more than 30 years, Transcorp Hotels Plc has been at the forefront of creating a superior guest experience at our locations. Today, our commitment to innovation has offered us an opportunity to extend this beyond the hotel premises,” Olusola added.

The launch of Aura by Transcorp is one of the most significant developments in the company’s history as it seeks to transform the travel and tourism industry in Africa by focusing on three important components of travel, whether for leisure or business — where you stay, what you eat and how you spend your time. With its people-driven hospitality model, Aura is set to revolutionise travel and help remind Africans of our deep history of hospitality.

Speaking on the launch of Aura, Obong Idiong, Chief Executive Officer at Africa Prudential Plc, Aura’s technology partners, expressed his excitement. “Finding the right accommodation when you travel can be incredibly complex. Options available for the right prices are often limited, and travellers sometimes end up with accommodation that taints the travel experience. Transcorp Hotels Plc has been able to fix that with Aura and we are proud to be associated with them.”

To ensure topnotch user experience, we built a solution to drive digital transformation through the adoption of shared living spaces for the Aura business. With an advanced search algorithm powered by artificial intelligence, Aura determines the relevance of locations taking into consideration, the customers’ preferences and requirements to meet them at the point of their needs,” Idiong added.

Priscilla Adeboye, a travel enthusiast and early adopter of Aura, said the global pandemic has pushed international travel down her list. “But I still want to be able to take some time off work or spend a weekend away from home with the family. I have found incredible homes on Aura that meet my need for space and privacy.


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Siemens Energy Nigeria Appoints Seun Suleiman as Managing Director




Seun Suleiman is the New Managing Director of Siemens Energy Nigeria

Mr. Seun Suleiman is the new managing director of Siemens Energy Nigeria, the company announced on Wednesday.

According to the statement released by the energy company, Suleiman will be responsible for the entire management of operations and decisions on business policies and corporate strategy.

Commenting on his appointment, Suleiman said, “It is an absolute honor to lead the business for Siemens Energy Nigeria and I look forward to delivering on the brand’s promise of excellence.

Suleiman joined Siemens Energy in 2014, bringing over 15 years’ experience and deep expertise in the private sector across Europe and West Africa.

The statement said, “He is an accomplished business strategist and success-driven leader with strong business acumen. Suleiman has also been a core member of the executive management team at Siemens Energy serving in roles as Sales Director West Africa – Service Distributed Generation Oil & Gas and Vice President Service & Digital.

“Prior to this, he also held various functional and managerial positions with ABB Ltd UK, ABBNG Nigeria, Schneider Electric Nigeria and Dresser-Rand Nigeria Ltd.

It added that Suleiman was experienced in establishing operational excellence with specific competence in the power, oil and gas sectors.

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FG Reopens Osubi Airport Warri for Daylight Operations




FG Reopens Osubi Airport Warri for Daylight Operations

The Federal Government on Monday said the Osubi Airport in Warri has been reopened for daylight operations.

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Siriki, disclosed this in a tweet.

The airport was closed in February 2020 over mismanagement and debt allegation involving aviation service providers and airport management.

However, Oberuakpefe Afe, a lawmaker representing Okpe/Sapeie/vaie federal constituency, recently moved a motion for the Federal Government through the ministry of aviation and relevant authorities to reopen the airport for flight operations.

On Monday, Hadi Siriki said “I have just approved the reopening of Osubi Airport Warri, for daylight operations in VFR conditions, subject to all procedures, practices and protocols, including COVID-19, strictly being observed. There will not be need for local approvals henceforth.

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