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President Buhari Commissions Abuja-Kaduna Rail.

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President Muhammadu Buhari expressed his delight over the progress of the rain services in the country whilst promising to boost further the rail transport system in the country.

The President, who spoke while commissioning Abuja-Kaduna rail track, which also coincided with the flagging off of Abuja-Kaduna  Idu Industrial layout, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, yesterday, said the project would impact on the lives of Abuja residents as well as Kaduna State.

He said that his administration towards the end will focus on a  25-Year Strategic Railway Master Plan which is aimed at rehabilitating the existing 3,505km narrow gauge rail lines, and developing as well as constructing new standard gauge rail lines across the country.

Though conceptualized by the administration of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in 2006, the actual execution of the project started in 2009 under the administration of Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in 2009.

Miniser of transport, Rotimi Amechi, Speaker House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogaro,  President Muhammadu Buhari, Senate president, Bukola Saraki.

Minister of transportation, Rotimi Amechi, Speaker House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogaro, President Muhammadu Buhari, Senate president, Bukola Saraki.

The President said: “I am delighted to be here today to commission Abuja-Kaduna rail track and flag off the Abuja-Kaduna train services (Passengers & Freight) on Nigeria’s first ever Standard Gauge Rail track to go into operation. ‘’This project was conceived by a previous administration, started by the last government and I am pleased to complete and commission it.

“It is on record that between 1963 and early ‘80s, Nigeria had a vibrant rail system which conveyed agricultural produce, livestock and solid mineral resources to Lagos and Port Harcourt sea ports from where they were exported to other parts of the world.

“It is our vision and hope that those good old days will soon be back with us and, indeed, in a more prosperous way, with the restoration of rail transport system which today’s occasion symbolises. “The construction of Abuja-Kaduna Standard Gauge rail track commenced in 2009 and happily, 16 years after, we are on the threshold of presenting to Nigerians a Standard Gauge Railway Train Service that will be safe, fast and reliable. “The Abuja-Kaduna train service will provide the much needed alternative transport link between the Federal Capital Territory and Kaduna State, a corridor which has a huge potential for industries, agricultural activities and a growing labour force.

“Completion and commissioning of this project is, indeed, in keeping with our vision of bringing about the desired change to make life easier for the generality of Nigerians through the development and provision of the necessary social and physical infrastructure.” While commending the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, for a job well done, President Buhari said most state capitals would be linked to the gauge rail. Continuing, the President said: “I wish to also reassure Nigerians that due attention will be placed on pursuing the 25-Year Strategic Railway Master Plan which is aimed at rehabilitating the existing 3,505km narrow gauge rail line and developing and constructing new standard gauge rail lines across the country.” “As we celebrate the symbolic return of rail service today I wish to reiterate the commitment of this administration to pursue with greater vigour and determination rehabilitation and construction of other rail lines, including the major Lagos-Calabar and Kano-Lagos lines.’’

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In his opening speech, the Minister of Transport, Mr Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, who undertook a test-ride of the train service from Idu Main Station to Kubwa in Abuja with Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, Senate president, Bukola Saraki, and FCT Minister Abubakar Bello, among other dignitaries, said the rail line would impact on housing as the poor would be able to live in their houses in Kaduna and come to work in Abuja. He said: At the same time, it will impact on agriculture and the economy as agricultural produce are conveyed from Kaduna to Abuja at much cheaper rates.” “Transportation is also provided for majority of Nigeria who live between Kano and Abuja at a cheaper rate. I hope that when the Kaduna-Abuja road is maintained, it would last longer as heavy cargos are now conveyed by rail. “We recall that the contract for Lagos to Kano railways was awarded by President Olusegun Obasanjo, partially executed by President Goodluck Jonathan and completed by President Muhammadu Buhari. Under the directives of President Buhari, the stations, the signalling, the communications and part of the tracks were completed by this administration.” Also, Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, said the vision of the Obasanjo administration at the time was to have a brand new standard gauge rail system for Nigeria, running from north to south, east to west, and covering the entire country.

“The first phase was the Lagos-Kano rail at a price of about $8billion if I recall and it was supposed to be completed in four years. ‘’Sadly our successors did not fight, understand or share in this vision and the project was suspended and the result is that 10years after awarding this contract we are standing here today to commission a fraction of that project.” “As governor of Kaduna State, I am grateful and gratified that the Abuja-Kaduna segment of the Lagos-Kano rail system is being commissioned today. The impact of this rail line to Kaduna cannot be easily quantified in terms of social and economic benefits. It would be recall that that an agreement was signed between Nigeria and the CCECC of China for construction of a standard gauge Lagos-Kaduna rail line, costing $8.3 billion. On his part, the Managing director of CCECC, Mr Jack Li, said the construction company attached great importance to the actualization of this first section of Nigeria railway modernization project. “During construction, more than 1,000 sets of machinery and equipment were mobilized, over 5,000 jobs created during the construction period and during its operation. More than 1,000 permanent jobs were created, additional to over 10,000 job opportunity that will come as a result of this train operation,” he said.
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Jesus Never Raised The Dead Nor Healed The Sick – Majid Michel Says In Sermon

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The Ghanaian actor, Majid Michel made a controversial statement about Jesus Christ. He claimed that Jesus did not perform certain miracles commonly associated with him. Specifically, the actor said Jesus never healed sick people. He also stated that Jesus did not raise anyone from the dead. These types of miracles are usually attributed to Jesus in Christian teachings based on the Bible.

Majid Michel spoke about some well-known miracles that people often connect with Jesus. He then made the following statement:

“Do you know Jesus never healed the sick nor raised the dead? Jesus never let the blind see.” This quote directly contradicts many traditional Christian beliefs about Jesus’s miraculous acts.

The Ghanaian actor continued to share his perspective with the audience. He tried to explain his understanding of Jesus’s role and actions. The actor said:

“Do you know what Jesus said? ‘I do nothing by myself. As I see the Father do, I do. In other words, I am Jesus, I have a will, but I will not use my will; only the will of my Father I came to do.'” This suggests that Jesus didn’t act on his own but followed God’s will.

The actor continued by mentioning a well-known story from the Bible. He talked about the time when Satan tried to tempt Jesus. Using this example, he further explains his point of view. He connected this biblical event to his earlier statements about Jesus’s actions. The actor then said:

“If the devil had gotten Jesus to turn that stone to bread without asking his Father’s permission, he had gotten him to sin and that is what you call sin—separation from God, independence from God.” With this statement, the actor means that acting independently of God would have been sinful for Jesus.

The actor shared this video on his Instagram account. He ended his message with a final statement. He said: “When you throw your own plans and make your own decisions without consulting the Father, you have sinned.”

 

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This Ghanaian actor has won awards for his work. For many years now, he has been devoted to his faith in God. He often talks about how he came to believe in Christ. Since his religious conversion, people have seen Majid Michel preaching in churches. He frequently shares his views on religion, which are often different from common beliefs.

Majid Michel acted in a movie called ‘Crime To Christ’. He has expressed strong opinions about religion. He believes that Christianity, Islam, and other religions are causing big problems in the world.

The actor thinks all religions have done harmful things in the past. He says they have been violent and cruel at times. Because of this, Majid suggests that people should not be religious. He thinks people should stay away from organized religion.

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Rema’s ‘HEIS’ Sets Record For Biggest Opening Week On Spotify Nigeria In 2024

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Nigerian music star Rema continues to be a leading force behind the global Afrobeats movement. His latest album, “HEIS,” has become a massive hit on Spotify Nigeria. It smashed records to solidify Rema’s status as a superstar.

Here’s a closer look at Rema’s record-breaking achievements:

Unmatched Opening Week for HEIS Album

“HEIS” amassed 12.3 million streams on Spotify Nigeria during its first week. With this, he established a new benchmark for album debuts on the platform in the country. This surpasses the previous record held by Olamide’s album “Ikigai,” which garnered 7.92 million streams in its opening week.

HEIS Album, Second Highest Overall

“HEIS” falls just short of Davido’s record-breaking “Timeless” album (which holds the number one spot with a phenomenal 14.4 million opening week streams). But it still claims the prestigious number two position on Spotify Nigeria. This achievement demonstrates Rema’s immense popularity and the widespread appeal of “HEIS.”

Building Anticipation with “Benin Boys”

Even before the album’s release, Rema was making headlines with the hit single “Benin Boys” featuring Shallipopi. This track secured the most first-day streams for a song on Spotify Nigeria, effectively generating immense anticipation for the upcoming album.

HEIS Album Dominates Streaming Charts

“HEIS” didn’t just break opening week records; it also dominated its debut day, surpassing Rema’s own previous record for most first-day streams. The album continued its impressive run, reaching a staggering 1.99 million streams the following day. This early dominance indicates the album’s strong connection with listeners and its potential for long-term success.

A Global Star with a Mission

Rema’s success with “HEIS” further cements his place as a global Afrobeats phenomenon. It’s worth noting that his debut album received mixed reviews, with some praising his bold experimentation and others questioning the final product.

Interestingly, at the album’s listening party held in London, Rema expressed a desire to take Afrobeats back to its roots. He feels the genre is being simplified to cater to foreign audiences, and “HEIS” seems to be his effort to push Afrobeats in a more authentic direction.

This mission to preserve the genre’s core identity while still achieving global success makes Rema’s artistic vision particularly intriguing.

Only time will tell how “HEIS” influences the future of Afrobeats, but one thing is certain: Rema is a frontrunner in shaping the sound of the genre for years to come.

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Deyemi Okanlawon Advises Skit Makers Hoping To Go Into Acting

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Deyemi Okanlawon is a Nollywood actor. He recently appeared on the Echoo Room podcast. During the podcast, he talked about social media skit makers. These are people who make short, funny videos for social media platforms.

Some of these skit makers want to become professional actors. Okanlawon had advice for them. He said they need to work very hard to achieve their goals.

The podcast host asked Okanlawon what he thought about skit makers using their videos to enter the acting industry. Okanlawon responded by stressing two important things. He said perseverance is crucial. He also said hard work is necessary.

Okanlawon believes that becoming a successful actor requires more than just making social media videos. He suggests that aspiring actors must put in extra effort to make their dreams come true.

He began, 

“If you’re ever trying to do anything different from the norm, if you’re known for something and you’re trying to do something different, it’s going to be difficult.”

 

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“Nobody is going to readily roll over and allow you; I’ve learned that the hard way. So if anyone finds themselves in that situation, what I would suggest is to just keep that vision alive and keep working towards it,” Deyemi added.

Thinking back on his career…

Deyemi Okanlawon remembered a period when he kept getting cast as the bad guy in movies. Instead of getting discouraged, he saw it as a chance to show everyone he could play all kinds of roles, not just villains.

He explained, 

“There was a time in my career when I was the bad boy of Nollywood; I was the villain and I saw it but I didn’t particularly like it. I wanted to play the loverboy, the good guy or the pastor, but they were giving me the villain.”

He also said that by doing this, directors finally realized he wasn’t limited to playing bad guys.

“I said to myself, ‘This is the opportunity that I have’ to maximise this opportunity and so I took every villain that was ever asked to play and I made them so different and still so believable. They tried to put me in a box but I made sure I painted the box differently and I worked with what I had until people started to realise that I could do more,” he narrated.

The actor advised others facing the same problem. He said to stay strong and keep working towards your dreams.

“I think that anyone who finds themselves in a situation where they feel like the path where they want to be is not readily available, I think they need to put in the extra work and it will happen,” Deyemi concluded.

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