Association of Tourist Boat Operators in Lagos Set to Empower Members amid Fuel Subsidy Removal+30

The Lagos State Chapter of the Association of Tourist Boat Operators and Water Transporters (ATBOWATON) has revealed plans to empower its members in response to the removal of fuel subsidies by the Nigerian government. The association aims to overhaul its operational strategies by implementing a "one zone, one project" agenda. The decisions were made during an emergency meeting called by the association's national leaders amid concerns over double taxation and the need for reconciliation among members. Chairman of ATBOWATON Lagos, Engr. Babatunde Lawal, expressed disappointment that the association had not benefitted from its efforts to promote water transportation. Lawal also addressed the proposed formation of another union of boat operators, stating that the members had rejected the idea.

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Regional Mediation Efforts for Niger Crisis Collapse as Deadline for Military Intervention Nears+30

Regional mediation efforts to reverse the coup in Niger and restore its democracy collapsed as tensions escalate ahead of the Sunday deadline for possible military intervention by other West African countries. ECOWAS is prepared to use force if former president Mohamed Bazoum is not reinstated. Niger's neighbors Mali and Burkina Faso, along with Guinea, have chosen to side with the junta. Nigeria, with its large military strength, could be at the forefront of the intervention, but faces challenges on the homefront.

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