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Niger, Mali, Burkina-Faso Dare ECOAS, Announce Plan To Form Confederation

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Niger, Mali, Burkina-Faso Dare ECOAS, Announce Plan To Form Confederation

The governments of Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger, all led by military regimes, are moving forward with plans to establish a confederation, according to an announcement from the Malian foreign ministry on Thursday.

News ToGo reports that this move deepens ties among the three countries through an alliance that challenges broader West African integration efforts.

On January 28, the military administrations of Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger declared their withdrawal from the West African bloc ECOWAS. They emphasized that this decision was a “sovereign” one and stated their intent to leave the Economic Community of West African States “without delay.”

Further solidifying their stance, the leader of Niger’s military junta, Abdourahamane Tchiani, reiterated on Monday that none of the three Sahel nations would seek to rejoin the regional bloc.

At a gathering in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, the ministers from the three countries confirmed their joint commitment to depart from ECOWAS promptly and continue their collaboration under the Alliance of Sahel States (AES). The Malian foreign ministry shared that they “reaffirmed their commitment to advancing resolutely in the process of implementing the AES and creating the Tri-State Confederation.”

Details regarding the functioning of the proposed confederation have not yet been disclosed, including plans for alignment in political, economic, and security matters. These countries are grappling with a decade-long battle against Islamist insurgents that has caused instability in the subregion.

In November, their finance ministers mentioned considering the establishment of a monetary union, and officials from all three nations have expressed varying levels of support for moving away from the West African CFA franc common currency.

These military-led governments have severed longstanding military ties with France, their former colonial ruler. This move has diminished France’s influence in the Sahel region and complicated international efforts to combat militants associated with al Qaeda and the Islamic State.

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What Tinubu Told Fashola In His New Message

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What Tinubu Told Fashola In His New Message

President Bola Tinubu has sent a new message to former Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Raji Fashola.

News ToGo reports that conveyed heartfelt congratulations to former Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola on his 61st birthday in a recent message.

In his Saturday message, Tinubu extended warm felicitations to Fashola, acknowledging their longstanding association since Fashola served as his Chief of Staff during his tenure as Governor of Lagos State. Fashola went on to hold pivotal roles, eventually becoming Governor in 2007 and subsequently serving as Minister of Power, Works, and Housing from 2015 to 2019, and continuing as Minister of Works and Housing until 2023.

Ajuri Ngelale, spokesman for Tinubu, emphasized the President’s appreciation for Fashola’s dedicated service to Nigeria, underscoring him as one of the nation’s most gifted individuals.

The statement also conveyed Tinubu’s wishes for Fashola’s continued good health and many more years of active leadership in advancing Nigeria’s progress and development.

“We celebrate one of Nigeria’s most talented minds on this special occasion,” the statement concluded warmly.

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JUST IN: Death Recorded As Fatal Accident Occurs On Third Mainland Bridge

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JUST IN: Death Recorded As Fatal Accident Occurs On Third Mainland Bridge

One person tragically lost their life in an accident on Saturday morning on the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos.

News ToGo reports that the incident involved a collision between a mini truck (MUS 489 XS) and a Toyota Camry (KRD 470 JD).

According to a statement from the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), initial findings indicate that the accident was caused by excessive speeding amid heavy rainfall earlier in the day.

Mr. Sola Giwa, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, disclosed in the statement issued by Mr. Adebayo Taofiq, Director of Public Affairs and Enlightenment at LASTMA, that three other individuals were rescued from the accident scene. The incident occurred near the Unilag waterfront, heading towards the Iyana-Oworonsoki area of Lagos.

Despite ongoing efforts to educate motorists on adhering to speed limits, Giwa expressed concern over continued violations of the Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Law, 2018, by drivers. He urged both commercial bus operators and private car owners to observe speed limits strictly, particularly on the Third Mainland Bridge and other roadways across the state.

Giwa noted that officials from the State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit (SEHMU) swiftly attended to the deceased, while LASTMA ensured the prompt clearance of the accident vehicles to facilitate smooth traffic flow on the bridge.

He extended condolences to the family of the deceased and stressed the critical importance of prioritizing road safety measures.

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Finidi George Set To Land A Top Appointment

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Finidi George Set To Land A Top Appointment

Finidi George is reportedly eyeing a potential return to Nigerian football.

News ToGo reports that George is set to land a new appointment in the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL), following his resignation as head coach of the Super Eagles due to tensions with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

According to reports from the Nation, Rivers United is considering Finidi for the position of their new head coach. The NPFL club is keen on restructuring after a disappointing end to their season.

Rivers United had a promising start, advancing to the quarter-finals of the CAF Confederation Cup, but their league performance faltered. They finished outside the top positions, failing to secure a continental qualification for the first time in three years.

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