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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TRUST NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [15 JANUARY, 2018]


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 15 January, 2018.
Mon, 15 Jan 2018
It cost the federal government N1.7 billion ($4.7 million) to construct each kilometre of the186km Abuja-Kaduna rail project, Daily Trust investigations have revealed.
Our investigations showed that the cost is more expensive than other railway projects in Africa. 

The $874 million (N317.3 billion) railway project was built by the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CECC). 
An analysis of the cost and capacity of standard gauge rail (SGR) projects in other parts of Africa showed that the Abuja-Kaduna project is among the most expensive. 
It beats Africa’s first modern trans-border electric rail which is located between Ethiopia and Djibouti.
Cost comparisons have been made between this line and Ethiopia’s 756km Addis Ababa-Djibouti line launched last year. 
The Ethiopia-Djibouti rail which is double track, electrified and built at the cost of $3.4 billion. 
This means it cost about $4.4 million (N1.5 billion) per kilometre in comparison to Nigeria’s single track and diesel-powered Abuja-Kaduna rail.
Abuja-Kaduna rail
Nigeria’s first standard gauge railway tracks start from Idu, near Abuja, to Rigasa in Kaduna. It features both passenger and cargo trains. The rail has nine stations and a designed speed of 150km per hour. 
The cargo trains, carrying 800 tons of goods, will take one and half hours to travel between the two cities, according to Railway International.
Like the Ethiopia’s, the Abuja-Kaduna line was financed by the Chinese EXIM bank which provided $500 million as a concessionary loan for the project. The remainder was provided by the federal government.
The Abuja-Kaduna rail line was conceived by the Obasanjo administration. The track laying for the single standard gauge line was officially launched in July 2013 by President Goodluck Jonathan.
In October 2014, the federal executive council (FEC) approved $6.6 million for the procurement of two locomotives for the Abuja- Kaduna rail. However, the project was stalled due inadequate funding. 
President Muhammadu Buhari administration revived the project in 2015 and inaugurated the line on July 26, 2016.
The project was the first segment to be implemented as part of the Lagos-Kano standard gauge project under the first standard gauge railway modernisation projects (SGRMP) in Nigeria.
Ethiopia- Djibouti electric rail  
The 753km Ethiopia-Djibouti railway modernisation project, also known as the Addis Ababa-Djibouti railway, is the first modern electrified railway line in East Africa.
The project is jointly owned by the governments of Ethiopia and Djibouti and constructed by China Railway Group and (CCECC).
The project was initiated in 2011, it was completed and formally inaugurated for passenger services in October 2016.
It involved laying double-track for the first 115km from Addis Ababa to Adama, and single track for the remaining 600km to Djibouti. 
Travelling at 120km/h, the train service cuts the journey time down from three days by road to about 12 hours.
The project employed approximately 20,000 local workers in Ethiopia and 5,000 in Djibouti
Another expensive rail
Findings by Daily Trust have shown that it’s not only Nigeria that gets rail costing more than usual. 
Like Nigeria’s, the first Kenyan major modern railway, running between the capital Nairobi and the coastal city of Mombasa, is another Chinese project executed at “prohibitive cost,” which generated criticisms from Kenyans. 
It was constructed at $5.6 million per kilometre for the track alone, making the line cost close to three times the international standard and four times the original estimate. This made it more expensive than Nigeria’s. 
Kenya’s new 472km railway was financed by $3.2 billion Chinese loans.
Kenyan government advisers, Canadian Pacific Consulting Services (CPSC), had challenged its economic viability in a 2009 study before the even project started. 
It described the project “cost prohibitive” using “even the most optimistic” traffic and income projections. But the government said many bridges and tunnels, land compensation, were responsible for the high cost.
Mon, 15 Jan 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said President Muhammadu Buhari will not save the All Progressives Congress (APC) governors from “a crushing defeat” in 2019.
The major opposition party said APC governors had been rushing to Abuja to meet Buhari in order to have soft landing in 2019 because of their alleged poor performance.



In a statement yesterday in Abuja, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, also challenged the APC to immediately test its popularity among Nigerians by conducting free, fair and credible local council elections in states under its control.
“Instead of facing the people, APC governors who are now scared stiff of the looming disgrace awaiting them are busy running to Abuja for help forgetting that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led presidency will also face an inevitable crushing defeat in 2019.
“The APC knows it cannot face the more than eight million Nigerians it has rendered jobless with its reckless policies. They know that judgement awaits them from thousands of workers who were unjustly sacked in the states where APC governors rule, particularly Kogi and Kaduna.
“The APC cannot also return to the states where countless helpless families’ breadwinners painfully paid the supreme price due to untold hardship under their misrule.
“We all know that the APC is mortally afraid of going into any election, particularly at the grassroots as Nigerians across board are bitter with them for their deceit and the wrecking of our once robust economy.
“Nigerians are also at pains over the poor welfare direction of the ruling party which has resulted in the penetrating hardship now being suffered under the APC-controlled Federal Government,” the statement said.
The PDP spokesman said APC was “petrified because Nigerians have renewed their interest in the PDP as the only genuine people-oriented party.”


Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Former military President Ibrahim Badamasi Babaginda has urged Nigerians to eschew hate speeches, discrimination and other vices that trigger violence and bloodshed. 
In a statement marking the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day, the former military president said Nigerians had witnessed so much bloodshed through communal clashes and conflicts and called for urgent actions to stop them.  



“As people we should inculcate our cultural values that promote good conduct, tolerance and peaceful coexistence. We should eschew hate speeches, discrimination and other vices that trigger senseless violence and bloodshed,” he said. 
He also urged political office holders as well as politicians from  all political parties to be conscious of their campaign slogans and messages by ensuring that they were geared towards peaceful participation and constructive engagements of the electorate as the nation entered another electioneering campaign year.
He called on government at all levels, religious leaders, traditional rulers, social activists and the media to serve as national vanguards in resolving some of the recent disturbing incidents.
“At this period where our nation is faced with myriads of challenges of terrorism, communal clashes, kidnapping, cultism and gangsterism among other criminalities, we should cooperate and support our security forces with relevant information and intelligence to help in tackling the problems,” he said. 
He also urged members of the armed forces and security agencies to remain apolitical, neutral and focus on the ethics of discipline and professionalism.


Ganduje, Kwankwaso supporters clash in Kano

Mon, 15 Jan 2018

Many supporters of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State and his predecessor, Sen. 



Mon, 15 Jan 2018

Opposition political parties in Bauchi State, yesterday, said the reported reconciliation between Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and other APC members in the state will not deter them. 



Mon, 15 Jan 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday last week, January 4, 2018 commissioned the long awaited Kaduna Inland Dry port situated at Kakuri, Kaduna. 



Mon, 15 Jan 2018

Senator Ali Wakili (APC, Bauchi South) has said there is still a long way to go in reconciling aggrieved chieftains of the party in Bauchi because Governor Mohammed Abubakar has not fulfilled the promises he made during the 2015 electioneering campaign. 



Mon, 15 Jan 2018

The APC paraded a formidable array of men and women of high political calibre, able, willing and ready to deliver Abia State to the APC, come 2019, the leader of the Abia State Caucus and member of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Sam Nkire, has said. 



Mon, 15 Jan 2018

There was poor turnout of voters during yesterdays Anambra-central re-run election, Daily Trust on Sunday gathered. 



Mon, 15 Jan 2018

Senator Babayo Garba Gamawa is the deputy national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).



Mon, 15 Jan 2018

The decision of Lagos State government to ban cart pushers and wheelbarrow operators who usually collect refuse from communities in Lagos has elicited mixed reactions. 



Mon, 15 Jan 2018

In order to address critical issues arising from the implementation and abuse of the FCT master plan, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Administration will host a stakeholders conference. 



Mon, 15 Jan 2018

The candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Abdulkarim Mohammed, has been declared winner of Saturday Gwagwalada Central Ward councillorship by-election in the area. 



Mon, 15 Jan 2018

The chairperson of Abuja chapter of the Deaf Women Association of Nigeria, Mrs Helen Beyioku-Alase, has called for an end to sexual exploitation and violence against deaf women and young girls. 



Mon, 15 Jan 2018

Four children have been reported missing after they were suspected to have been abducted by yet to be identified persons at Anguwar Madaki in Zuba, Gwagwalada Area Council. 



Mon, 15 Jan 2018

The police in Kubwa have arrested a woman after she trailed her husband to his lovers house where she allegedly stabbed the lovers 17-year-old son, which led to his death. 



Mon, 15 Jan 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Otunba Gani Adams, leader of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), on his investiture as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land.



Mon, 15 Jan 2018

Only Latin American soldiers once rivalled those of Africa in coup making expertise. 



Mon, 15 Jan 2018

In its first Retail Secondary Market Intervention Sales (SMIS) for the year, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), on Friday, intervened in the inter-bank Foreign Exchange Market (FEM) with the total sum of $262,500,000. 



Mon, 15 Jan 2018

If you own a personal computer (PC), laptop, smartphone, or any electronic gadgets that are powered by computer chips (processors), you should be concerned about the design flaws that were uncovered last week in all processors (CPUs) made by Intel, AMD, ARM, or any other chip manufacturer out there. 



Mon, 15 Jan 2018

Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos said the Spanish champions cannot defend their title and are fighting to finish in La Ligas top four after their defeat to Villarreal on Saturday. 



Mon, 15 Jan 2018

Investors from China have indicated interest in building a multi-billion dollars modular refinery in Nigerias Niger Delta region. 



Mon, 15 Jan 2018

The desire to gain places in Nigerias 23-man squad for the 21st FIFA World Cup finals in Russia will be the key incentive for Nigerias home-based professionals, who begin campaign for glory in the 5th African Nations Championship in Morocco today. 



Mon, 15 Jan 2018

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has advocated immediate demolition of over 2,000 identified illegal filling stations operating across the country to check the persistent scarcity of petroleum products. 



Mon, 15 Jan 2018

Security researchers have revealed a set of security flaws they said could let hackers steal sensitive information from nearly every modern computing device containing chips from Intel Corp, Advanced Micro Devices Inc and ARM Holdings. 



Mon, 15 Jan 2018

Indigenous companies, Masters Energy Oil and Gas Limited and AMG Petroenergy Limited, said their companies were duly registered at the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC). 



Mon, 15 Jan 2018

Bournemouth erased a two goal deficit in the span of five minutes as Arsenals slide down the table continues. 



Mon, 15 Jan 2018

Haruna K Akwashiki is the National Coordinator, Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Programmes One (ATASP-1) of the Federal Government and African Development Bank (AfDB). 



Mon, 15 Jan 2018

Manchester City lost a Premier League game for the first time this season as Liverpool edged a thrilling encounter with the league leaders at Anfield. 



Mon, 15 Jan 2018

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has seal off 6 fuel stations in Anambra for allegedly hoarding and selling petrol above the official pump price of N145 per litre. 



Mon, 15 Jan 2018

Liverpool became the first team to defeat leaders Manchester City in the league this season after hanging on to claim a thrilling 4-3 victory at Anfield.Liverpool became the first team to defeat leaders Manchester City in the league this season after hanging on to claim a thrilling 4-3 victory at Anfield. 



Mon, 15 Jan 2018

AFC Bournemouth earned their first-ever win against Arsenal as Jordon Ibe''s maiden strike for the club clinched a comeback 2-1 victory at Vitality Stadium. 



Mon, 15 Jan 2018

The National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) has rejected proposal by the National Assembly to scrap the Petroleum Equalisation Fund (PEF).



Mon, 15 Jan 2018

Two of the English top-flights highest scoring teams this season go head to head today at 5pm.