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Ha @SERAPNigeria, you better don't break your neck because there is nothing BREAKING here.
The loans you are asking for are in the public domain available at @DMONigeria website.
Since @OfficialPDPNig is now interested, shall we check part of the loans & what they are used for? Image
Project Description: Nigerian National Public Security Communication System Project.

Loan Amount: $399.5M.

Agreement Date: Dec 20, 2010

President: Goodluck Jonathan

Finance Minister: Okonjo Iweala

Maturity Date: 21 Sept 2030

Outstanding: $322.67M..

Where's the CCTV PDP? Image
I don't even know which of the CCTV scam we should focus on now because both Y'aradua & Jonathan were actually avoidable disasters that Obasanjo plagued Nigeria with.
$460m loan obtained from the China-EXIM bank for CCTV, @OfficialPDPNig wey the money?🙄🙄…
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Ossai Nicholas Ossai representing Ndokwa/Ukwani Federal constituency of Delta State, a PDP member...Chairman of the House Committee on Treaties, Protocol and Agreements....

Which sovereignty of Nigeria did you UNCOVERED already ceded to China o....
“I've told d House of Reps that it is a clause in d loan agreement. Like the loan for the construction of Ibadan to Kano rail is $5.3 billion, d implication is that if we can’t pay the money, whatever they need to take from us they would without us talking about our sovereignty,”
“Most times what the Chinese does is to go after the asset that has been constructed and then use it to recover their money, so what’s wrong with that?"

So, people discussing SOVEREIGNTY, how else do u assure China to recover their loan o? Can d House of Reps give alternative?
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These videos have been circulating on social media. Taken last night in Lagos.

These are new locomotives for #AbujaKadunaRail & #LagosIbadanRail - shipped from China end-2019, arrived Apapa end Jan & now en route to a Railway Yard in Ogun State, from where they will be deployed
“On January 25, 2019, CRRC Qishuyan Co., Ltd. and China Civil Engineering Construction Corp (CRCC) formally signed a contract in Beijing for the export of 21 locomotives to Nigeria.”

[The first batch of 10 were ready for shipment to Nigeria in October]…
“The 21 locomotives comprise four NDJ3N locomotives, six DF11GN diesel passenger locomotives, nine DF8BN freight locomotives and two DF7GN locomotives.”…
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In 1893 the British colonial government began construction of a narrow gauge rail line between Lagos and Ibadan, via Abeokuta. Construction of Baro—Kano Railway started in 1907, finished 1911.

The Lagos-Ibadan Line was extended to Minna, to join Baro-Kano, and create Lagos-Kano.
Meanwhile this interesting excerpt from Dele Olojede’s Ten Big Ideas Essay from 2015. Sokoto’s Error. Clearly rail had hugely Transformational impact on Nigerian geography. It’s the reason why obscure places like Kaura Namoda and Kutiwenji got a shot at national renown.
I recall Kaura Namoda popped up in one big GEJ Speech, years ago. I think that was his 2010 declaration speech for the Presidency.

As for Kutiwenji, Nigerians of a certain generation use it to embody the ends of the earth.
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For those asking about the Trial Schedule for #LagosIbadan Rail, this is from the NRC MD:

“We will continue to do a return trip every day, where the train leaves Ibadan by 9.00 a.m. and leaves Lagos by 4.00 p.m. But after 21st December, we will be running two return trips.”
He explains the purpose of the Trial Rides: We are “stressing the track so that if there are errors in the formation or any other thing, it will come out before the full commencement of commercial operations in April.” #LagosIbadanRail
“We have about 350 wagons, both for containers and other goods that are coming in on that route. Also we are going to have about 36 coaches for passengers. We intend to run about six return trips between Ibadan & Lagos when we start [full operations].” — MD, NRC #LagosIbadanRail
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Today VP @ProfOsinbajo on behalf of PMB performed the groundbreaking ceremony for the Standard Gauge Rail Wagon Assembly Plant in Kajola, Ogun State. The completed Plant will have capacity to produce 500 wagons per year — open, container, flat, tank and box wagons. #InvestNigeria
“The Federal Ministry of Transportation signed an agreement with Messrs. CCECC Nig. Limited in March, 2018 to establish this plant for the production and assembling of rolling stock, spare parts and maintenance equipment in Nigeria.” — HM @ChibuikeAmaechi | November 9, 2019
“Consequently, Messrs. CCECC conducted a feasibility study in which the choice of Kajola, Ogun State was arrived at as the suitable location for the project.” — @ChibuikeAmaechi #LagosIbadanRail #RailUPng #AbujaKadunaRail #infrastructure
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Minister of Transportation @ChibuikeAmaechi will on Friday November 8, 2019 accompany Vice President @ProfOsinbajo to the groundbreaking ceremony of the planned Railway Wagon assembly plant in Kajola, Ogun State. #LagosIbadanRail Image
The Transport Ministry on behalf of @NigeriaGov had in March 2018 signed an agreement with the Chinese rail contractor CCECC to establish the Wagon Assembly plant, where rolling stock would be produced locally for the on-going Railway Modernization Projects.
When established, the plant is expected to produce some of the Wagons to be used on the Lagos—Ibadan, Abuja—Kaduna, Itakpe—Warri Rail operations, and for other railway operators.
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Nigeria really needs money to power its economy. We are extremely short of revenue and I support the need to urgently look for global investors and wealth managers. The government alone can't raise money to be used for our infrastructure need.

An analytical look at the top 10 economies in Africa will make you shake head for Nigeria and how far we are from the mark. The thread will look into the GDP of these countries, their budget, their population and the VAT being paid by the citizens. Nigeria tops the list
Nigeria has a GDP of $444.92b (2019) with a population of 200m people. Her budget (2019) is $24.6b which is just 5.5% of her GDP. That is the lowest amongst the top 10 economies in Africa and it seems it is the lowest in the world. Her VAT is 5% also the lowest in the world.
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And we are back! Another #LagosIbadanRail Tour. Haven’t been here since before construction started on the main Station in Lagos. Impressed by how far work has gone.

Follow this unfolding thread. #infrastructure
We’re starting with the Ebute Metta Station, under construction. Will be the biggest of the 10 Stations. #LagosIbadanRail
Construction #LagosIbadanRail #Station
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This week @NigeriaGov awarded a $3.9bn contract to China Railway Construction Corp(CRCC) to

1. Construct a new seaport in Warri

2. Extend #ItakpeWarriRail Line at both ends:

- On Itakpe end, ext to Abuja, through Baro, with spur to Lokoja

- On Warri end, ext to new Warri Port
The contract was approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in May 2019:…
Financing arrangement: PPP

@NigeriaGov will contribute 15%

CRCC contribution: 10%

Balance of 75% to be borrowed from China Export-Import (Exim) Bank, using an SPV

CRCC will operate both rail line and port under a 30-year concession agreement, to recover and repay the SPV debt
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Maiden FEC Meeting of the #NextLevel kicks off with an Address by President @MBuhari #FECBrief
President @MBuhari: To improve service delivery and efficiency we have decided to restructure some functions, which has led to the creation of new ministries:

#FECBrief #InauguralFEC
PMB: We have merged Finance and Budget & National Planning.

We have also created a Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs to institutionalize our various interventions that support some of our poorest and most distressed citizens.

#FECBrief #InauguralFEC
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1. Oyo Governor Abiola Ajimobi has approved C of O for the planned Inland Dry Port in Ibadan.

2. The new #LagosIbadanRail has now passed Kilometer 137 (somewhere in Omi Adio, on the outskirts of Ibadan). Will terminate at KM 158, which will be the Ibadan Dry Port.
These updates are from the Press Briefing by Minister of Transport Rotimi Amaechi, May 23, 2019:

The 6 ‘smaller’ Stations on #LagosIbadanRail should be ready by July 2019.

The 4 ‘Mega’ Stations: Apapa, Ebute Metta, Abeokuta and Ibadan will take longer to complete.
Rail Priorities for Next Level:

Complete #LagosIbadanRail

Extend Central Line from Itakpe to Abuja (with spur to Lokoja)

Commence #CoastalRail (#LagosCalabarRail), starting w/ PH to Warri (to join the Central Line at Warri) and Benin to Onitsha (to join Central Line at Agbor)
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Minister of Transport Rotimi Amaechi today carrying out his final inspection Tour (before the end of the Administration) of the 156km $1.6 billion #LagosIbadanRail
📷: Transport Ministry #RailUPng
#LagosIbadanRail was flagged off by VP @ProfOsinbajo in March 2017. Track laying commenced 2018; 120+km of the 156km line now completed - tracklaying now approaching Ibadan. Construction has also started at the Ebute-Meta Mega Station in Lagos.

📷: Transport Ministry
Transport Ministry: 6 of 10 #LagosIbadanRail Stations are under construction.
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May 2017: @NGRPresident approved the handover of the International Airport Road, Lagos (Oshodi—MMIA) to @followlasg, for reconstruction.

Here’s the Road now, upgraded from a 4-lane to a 10-lane Highway. Work still ongoing. (I filmed this on Friday).
The new Oshodi Transport Interchange being built by @followlasg: 3 Bus Terminals; each one 30,000 square metres; all three connected by a Skywalk (straight ahead in the video)

[Terminal 1: Inter-state;
Terminals 2 & 3: Intra-city]
This is a Lagos Infrastructure #Thread. Brought to you by the APC Government of President @MBuhari and Vice President @ProfOsinbajo.
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We’re on the #LagosIbadanRail Train, about to set off from Iju, to Abeokuta. Alake of Egbaland, Governor of Ogun, Minister of Transport, Senators, etc on board. #PMBMeansBusiness
Train is now on the move. #LagosIbadanRail
On the move. #LagosIbadanRail
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Good morning Ibadan #PMB4Plus4
Music is a brutally effective messaging tool. KWAM 1 on the beat in Ibadan. #PMBinIbadan #PMB4Plus4
Awaiting PMB & PYO. #PMB4Plus4 #PMBinIbadan
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Been doing a bit of traveling around Nigeria (more to come), seeing ongoing infrastructure projects. Impressive sights. What I find most intriguing is how unaware people are, even of projects near them. Part of issue is prob that we just have grown up not expecting these things.
There are still people who will argue that nothing is happening re #LagosIbadanRail. For some its partisan blindness (as the Yoruba say, you can't wake a man pretending to be asleep).

But for many others its just genuine disbelief. Because they haven't seen it, it can't exist.
Another striking thing is THE SHEER SCALE of what needs to be done. Even after Buhari's 8 years,even with all the focus on #Infra, there will still be a lot to be done. Because for much of the time in our history(when we had money!) we didn't do these things. The DEFICIT is much.
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“We’re doing rail. We will tell PDP, show us the one you did in 16 years.” #16vs4
“But you were a part of that [PDP] Government!”

Listen to how Amaechi fires back in this EXCLUSIVE, LEAKED video

RT if you want to see more leaked (BUT undoctored!) videos 🔥
Last week Amaechi took former DG SEC and World Bank VP Arunma Oteh to see the #LagosIbadanRail under construction. Here’s what she had to say: #TheYearOfInfrastructure #RAILUPng (1)
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We’re starting at the Railway Compound in Ebute Metta, where the #LagosIbadanRail Main Station (the biggest of the 10 Stations) is going to be. #RailUPng
Construction has commenced on the Ebute Metta Station. The Line will start at the Apapa Harbour. Ebute Metta will be the second Station. #LagosIbadanRail
Inspection of #LagosIbadanRail by Minister of Transport, @ChibuikeAmaechi.
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Politicking aside, serious work is still going on. Today is for #LagosIbadanRail. Tour should commence shortly.

It‘s a brand new 160km standard gauge rail line that will run from Iddo in Lagos, through Ogun State, to Ibadan in Oyo State. Construction in progress.
Last week was for #ItakpeWarriRail, this week is for #LagosIbadanRail. From the same people who brought you the blockbuster #AbujaMetro.

I’ll be defecting to Abeokuta and back, bringing updates along the way about the progress of the #LagosIbadanRail. Stay tuned.
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