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14 WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2017 news Work begins on Apapa-Oworonshoki Expressway next week Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja T he President, Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, on Tuesday, disclosed that reconstruction work would start on the Apapa-Oworonshoki Expressway next week. Dangote said this in an interview with State House correspondents after a meeting stakeholders around Apapa had with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting was meant to resolve the gridlock around the Apapa area. “Work on the Apapa- Oworonshoki way is going to start next week. Everything, including the design, has been handed over. We will start work next week. “The bidding process is going to go on, where four, five contractors will bid. Anybody that wins the contract, we will fund the project under the agreement that we have,” the business mogul said. Upon completion, Dangote believed the government Blackout delays Medview aircraft’s landing at Abuja airport Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja P anic gripped passengers on a Medview Airlines flight coming from Lagos to Abuja on Tuesday as the plane could not land immediately due to outage at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport. The aircraft hovered in the air for about 10 extra minutes after the pilot announced that the plane was unable to land at the airport. Passengers on the flight claimed that the pilot could not land the plane at 6:30pm, its scheduled arrival time, due to a shutdown of the runway lights. However, Abuja airport officials claimed that the runway lights were not affected, insisting that only the taxiway lights were turned off temporarily. “The pilot announced that the runway lights were not working and that he had to wait a little. The plane hovered for about 10 minutes before it was cleared to land,” a passenger who simply gave his name as Sam told our correspondent. “I asked one of the crew members who also confirmed that the runway lights went out of service temporarily,” he added F Another passenger said, “When the plane was about to land, the pilot told us that the lights were not working and so we hovered in the air for some minutes and this created panic in the passenger cabin. It was a Medview Airlines flight and this happened around 6:30pm this (Tuesday) evening.” When contacted, the spokesperson for the NAIA, Mrs. Voke Ivbaze, told our correspondent that the runway lights never went off. She said, “I made enquiries as soon as I got your request for information on the matter and I can tell you that actually what happened was just the regular change-over. “Towards evenings like this, the light is changed over to generator so that there won’t be any problem. 258 more Nigerians arrive from Libya Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi A bout 258 Nigerians were on Tuesday evacuated from Libya by the International Migration Organisation. The National Emergency Management Agency which received them, said 238 females were trafficked and were on their way to Europe Eti-Oni Cocoa festival ive organisations have expressed their willingness to support the annual Eti-Oni Cocoa Festival. The event, which is billed to start on November 28 and end on December 2 2017, holds at Eti-Oni, Atakumosa East LGA of Osun State. The Cocoa Festival is an initiative of the Eti-Oni Development Group to promote the revitalisation of the cocoa industry. It is a week- long annual celebration of Peace, Love and Development in Eti-Oni, Atakumosa East LGA of Osun State. The five organisations are: Fidelity Bank Plc, MTNN, WACOT Ltd., Nigerian Bottling Company NBC, and Bayer Crop Science Speaking at a pre-event press conference for Cocoa Festival 2017 in Lagos, which was attended by the representatives of MTNN, would be able to save a lot of money. He put the current economic loss, occasioned by the traffic bottlenecks along the road, at over N10bn daily. He said, “You have to understand that Apapa and Tin Can Island Ports handle about 80 per cent of the cargoes that come into Nigeria. “As we speak, some of our ships are waiting to come in from Lome and discharge. It is not because we don’t have anywhere to berth the ship but because all our operations are choked up because we have containers, general cargoes that have actually been there and we are not able to remove. “But I am more worried about the smaller operators because for those that have imported, the charges are accumulating every day. Transport charge has almost doubled.” Dangote described the government’s decision to decongest the ports as the right one. He expressed the hope that Nigerians would begin to a see a massive change by next week. 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