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FAAN launches taxi app for travellers at Abuja airport

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The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has inaugurated an app for taxi services at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja (NAIA).

Rabiu Yadudu, managing director of FAAN, who launched the app on Thursday, said the newly deployed technology would boost the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).

Yadudu was represented at the event by Usman Sadiq, director of security service, FAAN.

”The project is planned to be operated under the public and private partnership (PPP),” Yadudu said.

”The FAAN taxi app is to enable air travellers to book online for a taxi to the airport and from the airport.

”It is also aimed at eliminating touting and analogue ways of operating taxi at the airport as anyone could book the FAAN taxi at the airport and move just like other transport apps.”

According to Yadudu, the project will improve safety, security and comfort and further ensure development in the aviation sector.

“This is a good development. We fear changes naturally. Sometimes, when change occurs we will be proud of it. I am assuring taxi and commercial drivers that this will actually lead to laudable development, ” Yadudu said.

“It is in furtherance of conformity with international standards and will equally add to the gross domestic product of Nigeria.

“This laudable project is as a result of careful planning, negotiation and some meetings of relevant stakeholders. I hope everybody will key into this project and work towards its success.”

The agency added that the app will soon be extended to Lagos and Port Harcourt international airports.

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Niger state government declare today and tomorrow public holidays for civil servants

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Niger state government has declared today,(Thursday) and tomorrow,(Friday) as public holidays to enable Civil Servants in the state obtain their Permanent Voters Cards,(PVC).

A statement issued by Secretary to the state government, Alhaji Ahmed Matane said the Governor, Abubaker Sani Bello also called on all Nigerlites of 18 years and above to seize the opportunity to come out and obtain their Permanent Voters Cards.

The Governor called on all concerned not to only collect their Voters Cards but to also come out enmasse and vote for candidates of their choice in the 2023 general elections.

The State Governor directed all Commissioners, Special Advisers, and Top Government Officials to return to their Local Governments in order to sensitize and mobilize the general public to register and obtain their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) before the closing date announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He also directed them to render reports on the outcome of the exercise in their respective Local Government Areas after the exercise.

Meanwhile, Christian Association of Nigeria,(CAN) , Niger state chapter has called on all Christians in the state to seize the opportunity of the two days public holidays to come out enmasse go and register for their PVCs.

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Senate sends delegation to London over Ekweremadu’s arrest

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The Senate has disclosed that a high powered delegation would leave to the United Kingdom following the arrest of the former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice following the alleged purported Organ harvest against the Ekweremadu’s.

Speaking on Wednesday shortly after a Closed door session of the Senate, the President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan who said that the delegation of the Upper Chamber would be made up of members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs led by Senator Adamu Bulkachuwa, Bauchi North, mandated the members to liaise with the Nigeria High Commission in London to get briefs on the matter.

Lawan who noted that the Senate will continue to engage the Nigeria High Commission on the matter relating to Ekweremadu, said that he had a robust engagement with the Nigeria High Commissioner, Ambassador Ishola Sarafa on the alleged Organ harvesting, adding that as Senators, they will continue to support their colleague.

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Self-defence is part of survival, says Matawalle on asking residents to bear arms

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Bello Matawalle, governor of Zamfara, says asking residents of the state to defend themselves against bandits is in the interest of keeping people safe.

According to a statement issued on Tuesday by Jamilu Magaji, chief press secretary to the governor, Matawalle said this while inaugurating some security committees in Gusau, the Zamfara capital.

The governor recently asked residents of the state to take up arms to protect themselves against bandits.

The governor had also directed the state police command to issue gun licences to residents who qualify and are willing to obtain firearms to defend themselves.

Speaking on the development, Matawalle said there is a need to support the efforts of security agencies.

“Self-defence is a natural instinct and has always been part of human survival strategy,” NAN quoted him as saying.

“As those entrusted with the safety of lives and property of the people, we will do everything possible to uphold this responsibility within the ambit of the law.

“We are also aware that the security forces are doing their best to combat this formidable challenge.

“Their efforts are, however, hampered by the lack of adequate modern warfare equipment and the dearth of personnel.

“Our decision to mobilise people to secure their communities is, therefore, for the people to complement the efforts of the conventional security forces in dealing with banditry and fishing out informants.

“The acquisition and usage of firearms by the public, who desire to do so, would be governed by the Nigeria Firearms Act.”

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