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|LONDON Jared Cook Jersey , June 23 (Xinhua) -- Britain's biggest construction project of the 21st century, the proposed High Speed Two rail link, backed a campaign Tuesday to recruit an army of female engineers.
The government-back company behind the 79 billion U.S. dollar project, HS2 Limited NaVorro Bowman Jersey , threw its weight Tuesday behind National Women in Engineering Day.
Female engineers already working on the massive rail project were spending the day convincing young female students about the wealth of opportunities in the rail industry.
HS2 has launched its STEM - science, technology, engineering and maths - inspiration program to introduce potential recruits to HS2's successful women engineers.
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Students spent Tuesday mixing with female engineers in 'speed networking' events.
Beth West, HS2's commercial director, said: "Our female ambassadors are working to spread the message that being a woman is not a barrier to working in the rail industry.
"HS2 is a 21st century project and we want to lead by example on diversity. We strongly believe in the value of women in the workforce and currently a third of our engineers and our executive team are female. We will build on that along with the wider industry, where only 6 per cent of the engineering workforce is female."
Simon Kirby Mario Edwards Jr Jersey , CEO of HS2 said: "Over the life of the project HS2 will be offering 2,000 apprenticeships to young people and 100,000 jobs. Days like today are really important as we need young qualified people to move into these roles and drive forward our future infrastructure development."
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Currently legislation is going through the parliamentary processes prior to work starting.
The British government says the new fast link, with trains travelling at up to 360 kilometers per hour, is needed to ease congestion on the existing crowded rail links to northern England and Scotland.
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Chanda Kaziya said work on the revision of the minimum wage has commenced and was expected to be completed soon.
He said the changing economic situation has forced the government to embark on revising the minimum wage after the first revision which was done in 2012.
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LAGOS， June 19 (Xinhua) -- Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari returned to Abuja， the country's capital city on Sunday after a vacation in London.
The presidential plane landed at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport at about 5.32 p.m. local time.
The Nigerian leader was welcomed at the airport by members of the Federal Executive Council， Service Chiefs and other government functionaries.
Buhari told reporters that he is resuming work stronger and more energetic.
The president， jokingly， challenged one of the journalists， who asked him of his state of health， to a wrestling competition.
"You have seen me， you saw me when I was going， you can do the assessment by yourself，" he added.
"You can see me inspecting the guards of honor， if you want to wrestle me， you can do so， but you know I'm taller than you，" the president told the reporter.
President Buhari left Abuja on June 6 for a short vacation in London， where he used the opportunity to seek medical attention from a specialist on Ear， Nose and Throat (ENT) for treatment of a persistent ear infection.
While on vacation in London， President Buhari hosted dignitaries including former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and top party leaders.
"The president will be back on Sunday. I spoke with him yesterday evening and I think it is just the best that he takes the weekend off. He will certainly be back on Sunday，" the VP said.
The Nigerian leader had informed the National Assembly of his medical condition and asked for 10 days off to attend to an ear i.