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Akeem ReachnaijaMarch 20, 2019
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1. The idea for a 4th Mainland Bridge was first mooted in 2003 during the administration of Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

2. The bridge is intended to provide the required transportation to complement the rapidly growing industrial activities on the Eti-Osa – Lekki –
Epe corridor of Lagos State.

3. The bridge is also intended to drastically reduce the volume of traffic on Eko, Carter and Third Mainland Bridges.

4. The conceptual design for the 4th Mainland bridge was done by renowned indigenous architecture studio NLÉ Works.

5. In 2008, the conceptual design for the 4th Mainland bridge was approved by the Lagos state government.

6. The Bridge was designed to be a 38km bridge and expressway with a design speed of 140 km.

7. The bridge is designed to be a two-level bridge. The upper level will function as a means for vehicular traffic. Its lower level will stimulate
and accommodate pedestrian, social, commercial and cultural interactions.

8. The Bridge would be made up of eight interchanges to facilitate effective interconnectivity between different parts of the State.

9. The proposed alignment passes through Lekki, Langbasa and Baiyeiku towns along the shoreline of the Lagos Lagoon estuaries, further
running through Igbogbo River Basin and crossing the Lagos Lagoon estuaries to Itamaga Area in Ikorodu. It then crosses the Itoikin road
and the Ikorodu – Sagamu Road to connect Isawo inward Lagos Ibadan Expressway at Ojodu Berger axis.

10. The bridge will be a Four-lane dual carriageway with each comprising 3 lanes and 2metres hard shoulder on each side.

11. The bridge will be constructed to have a generous median to allow for both future carriageway expansion and light rail facility.

12. No fewer than 800 structures and shanties have been identified to be destroyed to allow for the construction of the proposed 4th Mainland
Bridge project. The inhabitants of affected structures will be compensated and/or relocated.

13. The 4th Mainland Bridge will be the first construction project (long-span bridge and expressway) of this magnitude that would be
embarked upon without Federal funding.

14. The project would be funded solely (concession) by the private sector.

15. On 25 May 2016, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode signed an MoU with a consortium of firms and finance houses for the financing and
construction of the 4th mainland bridge.

16. The consortium of firms that were engaged to finance and construct the bridge included Visible Asset Limited, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc,
Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) and Access Bank, Hi-tech Construction Limited, Eldorado Nigeria Limited, Nigerian Westminster Dredging
and Marine and J.P. Morgan. Visible Assets Limited would be the coordinating firm.

17. The contract cost for the construction of the 4th Mainland Bridge was N844bn.

18. When completed, the Fourth Mainland Bridge would be will be the longest in Africa. Currently, the 6 October Bridge, Cairo, Egypt (20.5
km) holds the continent’s length-crown.

19. On 22 May 2017, the Lagos State Government announced that it had cancelled the contract it had signed to with a consortium of firms for
the construction of the 4 Mainland Bridge. The delay in commencement by the concessionaire was given as the reason behind the
termination of the contract.

20. On 17 Aprill 2008, the Governor Ambode-led government announced that a new concessionaire will be announced in June 2018. No
the concessionaire has since been announced.

21. On January 2019, during an election campaign, the Lagos State governorship candidate of All Progressive Congress (APC),  Babajide
Sanwo-Olu said the construction of Fourth Mainland Bridge would not be his priority if elected.




Akeem ReachnaijaMarch 19, 2019
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The Mercedes-Benz S-Class, formerly known as Sonderklasse  (German for “special class” and abbreviated as “S-Klasse” ) is a series of full-sized luxury flagship vehicles produced by the German automaker Mercedes-Benz.

Apart from being the first car in Europe to incorporate airbags and three point seatbelts,it has also pioneered many of the company’s latest innovations, including drivetrain technologies, interior features, and safety systems. Predecessor models includes the W180 ,W111 and the larger W108.

The top-of-the-line car and one time World’s best-selling luxury sedan has been manufactured through the years by many parents that includes Daimler-Benz  ( 1972-1998), DaimlerChrysler from (1998-2007) and Daimler AG (2007 to present).

Below are the models we’ve seen so far since its official introduction forty-seven years ago.

1) First generation W116 (1972–1980)

Also called 280S, 280SE, 280SEL, 350SE, 350SEL, 450SE, 450SEL, 300SD

2) Second generation W126 (1980–1991)

Also called 260/280/300/380SE/SEL, 420/500/560SE/SEL/SEC, 300/350SD/SDL

3) Third generation W140/C140 (1991–1998)

Also called 300SE/SEL, 400/500/600SEL, 500/600SEC, 300SDL, 350SDL (1991-1993)
S280/300/320/320L/420/420L/500/500L/600/600L (1993-1998)

4) Fourth generation W220 (1998–2005)

Also called S280, S320, S320 CDI, S400 CDI, S350, S430, S500, S600, S55, S63, S65

5) Fifth generation W221 (2006–2013)

Also called S250 CDI, S300, S350 (BlueEFFICIENCY, BlueTEC), S400 HYBRID, S450, S550(500), S600, S320/S420 CDI, S63, S65

6) Sixth generation W222/C217/A217 (2014–present)

Today’s S-Class previews the future of driving. It can change lanes with a tap of your finger,slow itself for a tollboth or exit,surn a traffic jam into easy street,and watch out for danger ahead, even when it’s coming from behind.


Akeem ReachnaijaMarch 18, 2019
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Some of these cars are worth more than the GDP of some countries.

They are not just cars, they are luxury amenities.

They are the priciest cars in the world.


8. Bugatti Chiron

Price: N1.04billion ($2.9million).

Features: 1500Hp, 8.0 Liter turbo-charged W-16, 16 Cylinder Engine, 268mph speed.

The Bugatti Chiron is the successor to the Veyron supercars. Its design combines both automotive and aerospace engineering.

Chirons – which are handmade – are faster than the Veyron. Their 1,500 engines are also more powerful than those of the Veyron Super Sport (the fastest Veyron model).

While its top speed has been limited to 261 mph on the road, its actual top speed is yet to be tested.

Celebrities that own a Bugatti Chiron includes soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo.


7. Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio

Cost: N1.4billion ($4million)

Features: 650Hp, 4.5 liter F136F V-8 engine, Top speed: 362 Km/h, 0 -100Km/h-3s.

The handmade 2-seater Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio has an all-carbon fiber frame. It comes with no roof, side windows and windshield.

The Sergio was built in honor of Sergio Pininfarina, the former chairman of the company, who passed away a year before it was debuted in 2013.

Only six (6) of these gorgeous Sergio were built.


McLaren P1 LM

6. McLaren P1 LM

Price: N1.3 Billion ($3.6 million)

Features: 986Hp, a 3.8 liter twin-turbo V-8, weigh 132 pounds.

The P1 LM was not intended for mass production. It is an authorized attempt by the British firm, Lanzante, to create a street-legal version of the track-only McLauren P1 GTR.

This car was produced with a select elite group of buyers around the world in mind. It weighs 60 Kg less than the P1 GTR).


5. Lamborghini Veneno Roadster

Price: N1.6 billion ($4.5 million)

Features: 740Hp, 0 – 60 Mph, full-all-wheel drive system,

This Lamborghini Veneno Roadster transmission can spin at 8,400 rpm to yield 740 horsepowers and 507 pound-feet of torque. This means that the car can do a 60 mph at 2.9 seconds.

The body structure of the Veneno Roadster got a lot of inspiration from LP700-4 Aventador and it is made of carbon fiber.

Only 9 Lamborghini Veneno Roadster were produced.

4. Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita

Price: N1.7 billion ($4.8 million)

Features: Coated with real diamonds, a 4.8-liter, dual-supercharged V8, 1,004 horsepower and 797 pound-feet of torque.

This car comes with a one-of-its-kind dual carbon rear wing, iconell exhaust system, airbags, ABS powered carbon ceramic brakes, paddle-shift, infotainment system, chronometer instrument cluster, tires monitoring systems along with a hydraulic system.

Initially, three CCXR Trevitas were planned to be produced, however, because of the complexity to make the special diamond weave carbon-fibre, only 2 were ever made, making it one of the rarest vehicles manufactured by Koenigsegg.

Boxing star, Floyd Mayweather, owns one of them.


2. Maybach Exelero

Price: N2.8billion ($8million)

Features: 5.9Liter, Twin-Turbo V12, 700Hp, 351 Km/h, 0 -100Km/h -4s, acceleration time of 4.4 seconds.

The Maybach Exelero combines the elegance and first-class quality of a high-end limousine with the powerful suppleness of a sports coupe.

With an unladen weight of over 2.66 tons and the dimensions of a small transporter, it achieves a maximum speed of over 350 km/h.

Conceive an ultra-high performance tyre which not only copes with the aforementioned weight, the dimensions and the speed, but also makes the automobile safe, stable and

The entire car is hand built. Only 6 Maybach Exeleros were built. Hip-Hop mogul, Jay Z, is the proud owner of one of them.

2. Sweptail by Rolls Royce
Price: N4.6 billion ($13 million).

Features: 6.75-liter twin-turbo W-12 engine, 2560.075 kg, 453 Hp,

Well, before you think you can acquire one, just know that the car is off the market. It was made specifically for a deep-pocketed customer who approached the luxury automaker- Rolls Royce – and asked it to build him a car like no other. Of course, the company obliged.

Despite its size, the Sweptail only comes with two seats. Where the third and fourth seats would have been is a large expanse of wood, inspired by private yachts, and a “hat shelf” complete with luggage rails.

It accelerates to 60 mph in just 5.6 seconds before maxing out at a top speed of 150 mph.

Only one Sweptail By Rolls Royce was made.


Bugatti La Voiture Noire
Price: N4.7 Billion (£9.5 million)

La Voiture Noire was built by Bugatti as a one-off sports car.

The car was crafted from carbon fibre.

It was unveiled at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.

The car boasts a 16-cylinder engine that is housed inside a sculptural body. It has an extended front and the signature Bugatti C-line that separates the driver and passenger seats.

The La Voiture Noire – French for “the black car” – was sold to an anonymous enthusiast for a price of €11 million (£9.5 million) before tax, making it the most expensive new car of all time.


Akeem ReachnaijaMarch 16, 2019
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The election is over, no time for stories, now it’s the time to get back to real work! The minister of transportation, Mr. Rotimi Ameachi alongside his entourage and members of the Nigeria Railway Corporation accompanied by ES Shippers Council, Mr. Hassan Bello today inspected some ongoing construction of the Lagos-Ibadan Railway. One of the many places they inspected is the Apapa port axis and the inspection of EBJ Station construction. He was also at the NRC headquarters at Ebute-Metta where the Lagos rail terminal will be sited. The place is currently under construction.


Akeem ReachnaijaMarch 12, 2019
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The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) gave assurance on Tuesday on the state of aircraft flying in the country’s airspace.

The NCAA said there was no cause for worry as no Boeing 747 Max 8 is presently in operation in the country.

Its spokesman, Sam Adurogboye disclosed this in a statement.

He assured the flying public of their safety, stating that there is no cause for alarm.

He said : ” Presently, the accident aircraft type, Boeing 737 Max 8 is not in operation in the Country.

“However, the Authority, in line with its Safety Oversight mandate enshrined in the Civil Aviation Act 2006, is consciously monitoring the development (s) with a view to take the necessary steps that will enhance the safety of all aircraft in operation within the Nigerian airspace.”

Recall that an Ethiopian Airline B737 -Max 8 crashed on Sunday 10th March 2019 killing all the souls on board after which the Airline and some other countries have grounded the accident aircraft type in their operations.

He further said : ” This is to assure the public that NCAA will continue to ensure that safety regulations are strictly adhered to for the safety of all in Nigeria.
Our heart is with the Airline and families of the victims of the accident. “


Akeem ReachnaijaMarch 12, 2019
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A plane was forced to return because a mother on the flight forgot her baby on the ground .

According to Gulf News, Flight SV832, from Jeddah to Kuala Lampur, turned back after the Saudi mother told cabin crew that she had forgotten her baby in the boarding area at the terminal of the King Abdul Aziz International Airport.

A video went viral on social media showing the pilot requesting permission to head back to the airport, while talking to ATC operators – who were caught by surprise and were scampering around to figure out the protocol to be observed for such an incident.

“May God be with us. Can we come back or what?” the pilot was heard talking to air traffic controller.

The operator, after taking the flight number, is heard asking another colleague about the protocol.

“This flight is requesting to come back…a passenger forgot her baby in the waiting area, the poor thing.”

The operator then asks the pilot to re-confirm the reason for turning back.

The pilot was overhead speaking:

“We told you, a passenger left her baby in the terminal and refuses to continue the flight.”

“Ok, head back to the gate. This is totally a new one for us!”

In the video comments, the pilot was given loads of applause for his “humanity” — on agreeing to return to the airport after takeoff and considering the situation as an “emergency case


Akeem ReachnaijaMarch 11, 2019
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Nigerian leading carrier, Air Peace says there is no plan to cancel its order for 10 Boeing 737-MAX 800 aeroplanes following worldwide concerns about the aircraft safety.

Air Peace The airline spokesman said any decision about cancelling the order is premature. Mr Chris Iwarah, Corporate Communications Manager, Air Peace, spoke with Newsmen on Monday in Lagos.

He said the airline will continue to act in the interest of the safety of the flying public. Newsmen report that Ethiopian Airlines had grounded all B-737-800MAX aircraft in its fleet till further notice following Sunday’s crash of its fight ET302 which killed all 157 persons on board.

The aircraft en route Nairobi from Addis Ababa, crashed six minutes after takeoff around Bishoftu, 40 miles south-east of the Ethiopian capital. The crash was the second involving the B737 MAX 800 aircraft in the past four months following October 2018 crash involving a Lion Air plane which went crashing into the sea off Jakarta, in Indonesia, killing all 189 people on board.

Other carriers in China and elsewhere have grounded the B737 MAX 800 aircraft in their fleets due to safety concerns. Iwarah told Newsmen that the multi-million dollar deal signed between Air Peace and the American aircraft manufacturer, The Boeing Company, on Sept. 13, 2018, for the delivery of 10 brand new B737 MAX 800 aircraft was still on.

“At this moment, it is premature to begin to talk about things and conclusions that have not been put in the public domain. “Investigations into the crashes involving B737Max 800 are ongoing so it will not be fair at this time to begin to make definite comments on those issues.

“We are still in the domain of investigation but we want to assure the public that we are following the development very closely,” he said. The Air Peace spokesperson said the airline had not yet taken delivery of the ordered aircraft, adding that before that time issues surrounding its safety must have been identified by global aviation experts.

Iwarah said: “We also trust that Boeing is capable of responding to the issues technically. They have the capacity to respond to that.

“I want to say clearly that we will not engage in anything that will jeopardise the lives and safety of our passengers. There is no basis for talking about cancelling the order.

“Any step we take now will be premature until investigations are concluded. So, we are following the investigations very closely to ensure that at the end of the day only the right thing is done.

“Whatever steps we take will be in line with what favours safety and what is in the interest of our passengers.”

He further explained that the B737 Max Air was “suspended” by those already operating the equipment to enable investigation to run its course.

“If investigation runs its course and they feel that there is nothing to be worried about, they will lift that suspension and continue to operate the aircraft but on our part, we have not even taken delivery.

“We are currently working with Boeing, we are also asking questions and following all developments because we are a safety conscious airline,” Iwarah added.


Akeem ReachnaijaMarch 11, 2019
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A Nigerian drug lord was this week arrested and deported for the second time after making a mysterious return into Kenya.

According to the Department of Immigration Services, it is not clear how Kelvin Adeshina Akinjiola returned to the country after being deported in 2018.

He was first expelled from the country on July 10, 2018, by Interior Cabinet Security Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i.

Adeshina was apprehended upon arrival at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria.

“He was deported on Saturday and arrested upon arrival in Lagos, Nigeria,” Alexandra Mutesi, Director of Immigration services, said.

The suspected drug lord was arrested after Kenyan officials informed their Nigerian counterparts that he was engaged in drug trafficking.

Sources claimed a former powerful police boss unsuccessfully attempted to secure the release of Adeshina.

He is a popular figure in the city’s high-end entertainment facilities where he is usually seen with influential individuals and often dishes out money openly.

Media reports in Kenya further revealed that the illegal immigrant is usually spotted in the company of armed guards.


Akeem ReachnaijaMarch 11, 2019
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China grounds its 737 MAX fleet after latest-gen Boeing jet suffers 2nd crash in 5 months

Chinese airlines have been ordered to ground their Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes, after the modern jet suffered a second fatal crash in just five months – with its aviation watchdog noting disturbing similarities between the incidents.

“Given that two accidents both involved newly delivered Boeing 737-8 planes and happened during take-off phase, they have some degree of similarity,” the Civil Aviation Administration of China said Monday, emphasizing its principle of zero-tolerance on any safety hazards.

All Chinese domestic airlines were requested to suspend operation of the 737-8s by 6:00pm local time (10:00am GMT) and, according to local media and flight tracking resources, on most routes the jet has already been replaced with older-generation planes.

With the first 737 MAX crash in late October still under investigation, the tragedy on Sunday that claimed 157 lives might well have been a coincidence, but security concerns and the potential grounding of the entire MAX fleet would severely impact Boeing’s business. A Boeing spokesman declined Reuters’ request for a comment.

Chinese carriers account for about 20 percent of the plane’s sales, with dozens of Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets already in operation and many more scheduled for delivery. China Southern Airlines Co. has the biggest fleet, with 16 of the aircraft, while Air China Ltd. currently operates 14 jets. China Eastern Airlines Corp. has 13.

‘Some degree of similarity’

While the US manufacturer continues to emphasize the jet’s “unmatched reliability” and to market MAX 8 as the customer’s preferred choice for “comfortable flying experience,” the latest generation Boeing 737 has a gloomy track record since its commercial debut in 2017, having been involved in two fatal crashes in the last five months.

On October 29, 2018, a two-months-old jet belonging to Indonesian low-cost airline Lion Air crashed into the Java Sea, just 13 minutes after takeoff from Jakarta. All 189 on board died. The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but early reports indicate that the pilots struggled to control the climb due to an autopilot system malfunction, which kept on forcing the jet’s nose to dive.

A similar fate was suffered by Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 on Sunday when its 737 MAX 8 crashed some six minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa en route to Nairobi, Kenya. The aircraft was only four months old. All 149 passengers and eight crew members on board died.

The tragedy of a truly international magnitude on Sunday killed three Russians, eight Americans, four Indians and eight Chinese citizens – in addition to 18 Canadians, 32 Kenyans, eight Italians, nine Ethiopians, six Egyptians, three Australians, four Slovaks and five Dutch persons. Morocco and Poland each lost two of its nationals. Among the passengers were 19 UN Workers representing different nationalities.

While Boeing has sent an investigative team to get to the bottom of the tragedy, Swedish flight-tracking website flightradar24 said the jet displayed an “unstable vertical speed” during its takeoff. Despite worldwide concerns over the aircraft’s safety, Boeing has yet to make a decision on whether to ground the planes globally, pending investigation. Currently 350 units of the 737 MAX have been delivered worldwide. Another 4,661 are planned for delivery.

‘Safety precaution’: Ethiopian Airlines grounds Boeing 737-8s after deadly crash

Ethiopian Airlines has announced it will temporarily stop operating Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes as a “safety precaution” following a crash that killed all 157 people – and hours after China ordered its carriers to ground their fleets.

“Although we don’t yet know the cause of the crash, we had to decide to ground the particular fleet as extra safety precaution,” the airline said.

The Ethiopian Airlines Group has four 737 MAX planes left in its fleet, and orders for an additional 25 placed with Boeing. The decision to ground the fleet until further notice came after Flight 302 crashed on Sunday morning, minutes after takeoff, killing everyone on board.

Concerned by similarities between two fatal incidents involving Boeing’s flagship plane during takeoffs, China’s Civil Aviation Administration also placed a temporary ban on MAX flights. Prior to Sunday’s tragedy, a two-month-old jet belonging to Indonesian low-cost airline Lion Air crashed into the Java Sea, killing all 189 on board. The cause of both crashes is still under investigation.

Boeing cancels 777X launch event after Ethiopian Airlines’ MAX 8 crash

The ceremonial debut of Boeing’s 777x wide body aircraft, planned for March 13 in Seattle, will be postponed indefinitely, the company said, following the second deadly accident in just five months involving its 737 Max 8 plane.

“We will look for an opportunity to mark the new plane with the world in the near future,” Boeing said in a statement Sunday night, emphasizing that at the moment the company was focused on “supporting” Ethiopian Airlines in the wake of the tragic air accident, which claimed 157 lives.

The unveiling ceremony at Boeing’s Everett Factory was supposed to be attended by top executives and numerous honored guests, who were more-than-eager to see the presentation of the “largest and most efficient twin-engine jet in the world.”

Designed to build on the success of the 777 and 787 Dreamliner series, the plane is being assembled to replace the current generation of retiring 747 fleets. Production of the first 777X test model began in 2017, with first deliveries scheduled for next year. Once operational, the plane is expected to sell for at least $360.5 million.

Boeing’s plans, however, were thrown into disarray on Sunday, when Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed just six minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa en route to Nairobi, Kenya. All 157 people on board, mostly foreigners, were killed in the incident. Following the tragedy, Boeing announced that it will dispatch an investigative team to the crash site to provide technical assistance. The 737 MAX was only four-months-old when the jet allegedly demonstrated “unstable vertical speed” during its takeoff. The official cause of the crash is not yet known.

Sunday’s disaster was the second recorded crash of the brand new Boeing narrow-body aircraft. In October, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 operated by Lion Air crashed minutes after taking off from Jakarta, Indonesia, killing all 189 passengers and crew. That crash is also under investigation.

Despite the cancelation of the inauguration ceremony, the 777X’s development program will proceed on-schedule, the company said.


Akeem ReachnaijaMarch 3, 2019
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Congratulations are in order for a Nigerian Pilot identified as Adeola Ogunmola Sowemimo, who is the First Nigerian Female Pilot at Qatar Airways likewise the First Nigerian Female Pilot on the Gigantic Boeing 787 Dreamliner Aircraft.

According to reports, she is also the First Nigerian Female Pilot to fly the Boeing 767 Aircraft across the Atlantic.

It has been learnt that Adeola is now in the same league with Kenya’s Capt Irene Koki, Ethiopia’s Capt Amsale Gulau and a few other African women who fly the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Congratulations to her once more.