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  •  Five housemates of the ongoing television reality show Big Brother Naija Khalid Ilebaye Phyna Bryan and Groovy were on Monday nominated for possible eviction This was announced by Biggie the coordinator of the show after Adekunle the head of house who had been saddled with the responsibility of nominating housemates made his nomination choice known to Biggie Adekunle who revealed reasons for nominating each of the housemates said he picked Khalid and Groovy because they happened to be strong contenders and Bryan for being a strategic game player He explained that there was need to put the strongest contenders in level 2 house up for possible eviction so as to improve level 1 housemates chances of emerging winners in the various tasks This left the nominated housmates feeling so emotional as Phyna could not hold her tears NewsSourceCredit NAN
    BBNaija: Khalid, Ilebaye, Phyna, Bryan, Groovy nominated for eviction
     Five housemates of the ongoing television reality show Big Brother Naija Khalid Ilebaye Phyna Bryan and Groovy were on Monday nominated for possible eviction This was announced by Biggie the coordinator of the show after Adekunle the head of house who had been saddled with the responsibility of nominating housemates made his nomination choice known to Biggie Adekunle who revealed reasons for nominating each of the housemates said he picked Khalid and Groovy because they happened to be strong contenders and Bryan for being a strategic game player He explained that there was need to put the strongest contenders in level 2 house up for possible eviction so as to improve level 1 housemates chances of emerging winners in the various tasks This left the nominated housmates feeling so emotional as Phyna could not hold her tears NewsSourceCredit NAN
    BBNaija: Khalid, Ilebaye, Phyna, Bryan, Groovy nominated for eviction
    Entertainment4 months ago

    BBNaija: Khalid, Ilebaye, Phyna, Bryan, Groovy nominated for eviction

    Five housemates of the ongoing television reality show, Big Brother Naija – Khalid, Ilebaye, Phyna, Bryan and Groovy were on Monday nominated for possible eviction.

    This was announced by Biggie, the coordinator of the show, after Adekunle, the head of house, who had been saddled with the responsibility of nominating housemates made his nomination choice known to Biggie.

    Adekunle, who revealed reasons for nominating each of the housemates, said he picked Khalid and Groovy because they happened to be strong contenders, and Bryan, for being a strategic game player.  

    He explained that there was need to put the strongest contenders in level 2 house up for possible eviction, so as to improve level 1 housemates’ chances of emerging winners in the various tasksThis left the nominated housmates feeling so emotional as Phyna could not hold her tears.


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  •  The Naira on Monday depreciated against the dollar at the Investors and Exporters window exchanging at N431 The figure represented a decrease of 0 67 per cent compared with the N428 12 it exchanged for the dollar at the close of business on Aug 5 The open indicative rate closed at N429 to the dollar on Monday An exchange rate of N444 00 to the dollar was the highest rate recorded within the day s trading before it settled at N431 The Naira sold for as low as N415 50 to the dollar within the day s trading A total of 115 67 million was traded in foreign exchange at the official investors and exporters window on monday NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Naira loses against dollar at investors, exporters window
     The Naira on Monday depreciated against the dollar at the Investors and Exporters window exchanging at N431 The figure represented a decrease of 0 67 per cent compared with the N428 12 it exchanged for the dollar at the close of business on Aug 5 The open indicative rate closed at N429 to the dollar on Monday An exchange rate of N444 00 to the dollar was the highest rate recorded within the day s trading before it settled at N431 The Naira sold for as low as N415 50 to the dollar within the day s trading A total of 115 67 million was traded in foreign exchange at the official investors and exporters window on monday NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Naira loses against dollar at investors, exporters window
    Economy4 months ago

    Naira loses against dollar at investors, exporters window

    The Naira on Monday depreciated against the dollar at the Investors and Exporters window, exchanging at N431. The figure represented a decrease of 0.67 per cent compared with the N428.12 it exchanged for the dollar at the close of business on Aug. 5. The open indicative rate closed at N429 to the dollar on Monday.

    An exchange rate of N444.00 to the dollar was the highest rate recorded within the day’s trading before it settled at N431. The Naira sold for as low as N415.50 to the dollar within the day’s trading.

    A total of $115. 67 million was traded in foreign exchange at the official investors and exporters window on monday.


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  •  President Muhammadu Buhari has forwarded the name of Muhammad Sabo Lamido to the Senate as Executive Commissioner Finance and Accounts for the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission The president s media aide Mr Femi Adesina confirmed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja Buhari in a letter addressed to President of the Senate Ahmed Lawan said Lamido was being nominated due to the death of Hassan Gambo who occupied the position until his demise He therefore urged the Senate to confirm the nominee in the usual expeditious manner NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Buhari nominates Executive Commissioner for Upstream Regulatory Commission
     President Muhammadu Buhari has forwarded the name of Muhammad Sabo Lamido to the Senate as Executive Commissioner Finance and Accounts for the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission The president s media aide Mr Femi Adesina confirmed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja Buhari in a letter addressed to President of the Senate Ahmed Lawan said Lamido was being nominated due to the death of Hassan Gambo who occupied the position until his demise He therefore urged the Senate to confirm the nominee in the usual expeditious manner NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Buhari nominates Executive Commissioner for Upstream Regulatory Commission
    General news4 months ago

    Buhari nominates Executive Commissioner for Upstream Regulatory Commission

    President Muhammadu Buhari has forwarded the name of Muhammad Sabo Lamido to the Senate as Executive Commissioner, Finance and Accounts, for the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission.

    The president’s media aide, Mr Femi Adesina, confirmed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

    Buhari, in a letter addressed to President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, said Lamido was being nominated due to the death of Hassan Gambo, who occupied the position until his demise.

    He, therefore, urged the Senate to confirm the nominee “in the usual expeditious manner”.


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  •  The Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC Ogun Command said that six persons died while two others sustained injuries in an accident that involved two vehicles on Idiroko Ota Expressway The Sector Commander of FRSC Mr Ahmed Umar who confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Ota said that the accident happened at about 1 20 p m Umar said that the accident which occured at Olokuta area on Idiroko Ota Expressway involved a tanker laden with gas and a Volvo 626 both registration number not visible due to the nature of the crash The sector commander said that eight people were involved in the accident in which six persons died while two males sustained various degrees of injuries The six corpses of the victims were trapped under the crash vehicle but rescue operation are ongoing to recover them However the injured victims were taken to hospital for medical attention he said Umar attributed the suspected cause of the crash wrongful overtaking which led to head on collision He cautioned the public against acts that could led to explosion as gas is spilling out seriously and making the rescue operation difficult Umar said that the fire service were contacted immediately the scene of the crash had been conned to avert secondary crash He said that the FRSC operatives were fully on ground managing the situation and making effort to remove the trapped bodies Umar advised motorists to drive cautiously and remain calm urging them to cooperate with FRSC personnel pending when the situation would be put to order NewsSourceCredit NAN
    6 die, 2 injured in Idiroko-Ota road accident 
     The Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC Ogun Command said that six persons died while two others sustained injuries in an accident that involved two vehicles on Idiroko Ota Expressway The Sector Commander of FRSC Mr Ahmed Umar who confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Ota said that the accident happened at about 1 20 p m Umar said that the accident which occured at Olokuta area on Idiroko Ota Expressway involved a tanker laden with gas and a Volvo 626 both registration number not visible due to the nature of the crash The sector commander said that eight people were involved in the accident in which six persons died while two males sustained various degrees of injuries The six corpses of the victims were trapped under the crash vehicle but rescue operation are ongoing to recover them However the injured victims were taken to hospital for medical attention he said Umar attributed the suspected cause of the crash wrongful overtaking which led to head on collision He cautioned the public against acts that could led to explosion as gas is spilling out seriously and making the rescue operation difficult Umar said that the fire service were contacted immediately the scene of the crash had been conned to avert secondary crash He said that the FRSC operatives were fully on ground managing the situation and making effort to remove the trapped bodies Umar advised motorists to drive cautiously and remain calm urging them to cooperate with FRSC personnel pending when the situation would be put to order NewsSourceCredit NAN
    6 die, 2 injured in Idiroko-Ota road accident 
    General news4 months ago

    6 die, 2 injured in Idiroko-Ota road accident 

    The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Ogun Command, said that six persons died while two others sustained injuries in an accident that involved two vehicles on Idiroko-Ota Expressway.

    The Sector Commander of FRSC, Mr Ahmed Umar, who confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Ota, said that the accident happened at about 1.20 p.

    m.Umar said that the accident, which occured at Olokuta area on Idiroko-Ota Expressway, involved a tanker laden with gas and a Volvo 626, both registration number not visible due to the nature of the crash.

    The sector commander said that eight people were involved in the accident, in which six persons died, while two males sustained various degrees of injuries.

    “The six corpses of the victims were trapped under the crash vehicle but rescue operation are ongoing to recover them.

    “However, the injured victims were taken to hospital for medical attention,” he said.

    Umar attributed the suspected cause of the crash wrongful overtaking, which led to head on collision.

    He cautioned the public against acts that could led to explosion as gas is spilling out seriously and making the rescue operation difficult.

    Umar said that the fire service were contacted immediately, the scene of the crash had been conned to avert secondary crash.

    He said that the FRSC operatives were fully on ground managing the situation and making effort to remove the trapped bodies.

    Umar advised motorists to drive cautiously and remain calm, urging them to cooperate with FRSC personnel pending when the situation would be put to order.


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  •  The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC Ilorin Zonal Command has arrested three persons at the Ilorin International Airport over alleged cyber crime This is contained in a statement signed by the EFCC Spokesperson Mr Wilson Uwujaren on Monday in Ilorin Uwujaren named the suspects as Olawale Ipadeola Opeyemi Badmus and Wasiu Babatunde He said that the commission found the suspects wanted following its renewed onslaught against corruption and illegal movement of cash through the nation s airports He said that the suspects were arrested on Monday at the airport in Ilorin Two of the suspects Ipadeola and Badmus flew in from Lagos and landed at the Ilorin airport around 11 56 p m on the waiting hands of the eagle eyed operatives of EFCC The third suspect Babatunde was arrested on Aug 6 following actionable intelligence he said The spokesperson said preliminary investigations about their activities showed that the suspects possessed several fraudulent documents on their devices He further said that upon interrogation the suspects confessed to the crime and admitted ownership of different brands of phones and laptops recovered from them at the point of arrest He added that the suspects would be charged to court upon conclusion of the ongoing investigations NewsSourceCredit NAN
    EFCC nabs 3 suspects over internet fraud at Ilorin International Airport
     The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC Ilorin Zonal Command has arrested three persons at the Ilorin International Airport over alleged cyber crime This is contained in a statement signed by the EFCC Spokesperson Mr Wilson Uwujaren on Monday in Ilorin Uwujaren named the suspects as Olawale Ipadeola Opeyemi Badmus and Wasiu Babatunde He said that the commission found the suspects wanted following its renewed onslaught against corruption and illegal movement of cash through the nation s airports He said that the suspects were arrested on Monday at the airport in Ilorin Two of the suspects Ipadeola and Badmus flew in from Lagos and landed at the Ilorin airport around 11 56 p m on the waiting hands of the eagle eyed operatives of EFCC The third suspect Babatunde was arrested on Aug 6 following actionable intelligence he said The spokesperson said preliminary investigations about their activities showed that the suspects possessed several fraudulent documents on their devices He further said that upon interrogation the suspects confessed to the crime and admitted ownership of different brands of phones and laptops recovered from them at the point of arrest He added that the suspects would be charged to court upon conclusion of the ongoing investigations NewsSourceCredit NAN
    EFCC nabs 3 suspects over internet fraud at Ilorin International Airport
    Defence/Security4 months ago

    EFCC nabs 3 suspects over internet fraud at Ilorin International Airport

    The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ilorin Zonal Command, has arrested three persons at the Ilorin International Airport over alleged cyber crime.

    This is contained in a statement signed by the EFCC Spokesperson, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, on Monday in Ilorin.

    Uwujaren named the suspects as Olawale Ipadeola, Opeyemi Badmus and Wasiu Babatunde.

    He said that the commission found the suspects wanted following its renewed onslaught against corruption and illegal movement of cash through the nation’s airports.

    He said that the suspects were arrested on Monday at the airport in Ilorin.

    “Two of the suspects (Ipadeola and Badmus flew in from Lagos and landed at the Ilorin airport around 11.56 p.

    m. on the waiting hands of the eagle-eyed operatives of EFCC.

    “The third suspect, Babatunde, was arrested on Aug. 6, following actionable intelligence,” he said.

    The spokesperson said preliminary investigations about their activities showed that the suspects possessed several fraudulent documents on their devices.

    He further said that upon interrogation, the suspects confessed to the crime and admitted ownership of different brands of phones and laptops recovered from them at the point of arrest.

    He added that the suspects would be charged to court upon conclusion of the ongoing investigations.

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  •  The police in Lagos said they have arrested a 34 year old man Emmanuel Rowland over alleged fraud He was arrested by police operatives from Ipakodo Division of the command The command s spokesman SP Benjamin Hundeyin confirmed the arrest in a statement on Monday Hundeyin said that the suspect was arrested at about 11 20 a m on Friday July 19 along Ipakodo road after an alarm raised He alleged that the suspect and others now at large duped unsuspecting passengers boarding their vehicle Investigation revealed that the suspect alongside others still at large while operating in a Volkswagen Jetta Saloon car with registration number JJJ 27 DG disguised as driver and passengers They picked unsuspecting passengers and started discussions about some money purportedly kept in their vehicle boot The suspect confessed to having started this crime in January 2022 adding that he was arrested on his sixth outing Hundeyin said The spokesman said that efforts were in top gear to arrest other fleeing members of the gang and other perpetrators of such crime He said that the Commissioner of Police Mr Abiodun Alabi had directed that the case be transferred to the headquarters for further investigations and prosecution NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Police arrest fraud suspect in Lagos
     The police in Lagos said they have arrested a 34 year old man Emmanuel Rowland over alleged fraud He was arrested by police operatives from Ipakodo Division of the command The command s spokesman SP Benjamin Hundeyin confirmed the arrest in a statement on Monday Hundeyin said that the suspect was arrested at about 11 20 a m on Friday July 19 along Ipakodo road after an alarm raised He alleged that the suspect and others now at large duped unsuspecting passengers boarding their vehicle Investigation revealed that the suspect alongside others still at large while operating in a Volkswagen Jetta Saloon car with registration number JJJ 27 DG disguised as driver and passengers They picked unsuspecting passengers and started discussions about some money purportedly kept in their vehicle boot The suspect confessed to having started this crime in January 2022 adding that he was arrested on his sixth outing Hundeyin said The spokesman said that efforts were in top gear to arrest other fleeing members of the gang and other perpetrators of such crime He said that the Commissioner of Police Mr Abiodun Alabi had directed that the case be transferred to the headquarters for further investigations and prosecution NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Police arrest fraud suspect in Lagos
    Defence/Security4 months ago

    Police arrest fraud suspect in Lagos

    The police in Lagos said they have arrested a 34-year old man, Emmanuel Rowland, over alleged fraud.

    He was arrested by police operatives from Ipakodo Division of the command.

    The command’s spokesman, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the arrest in a statement on Monday.

    Hundeyin said that the suspect was arrested at about 11.20 a m.

    on Friday, July 19 along Ipakodo road after an alarm raised.

    He alleged that the suspect and others, now at large,  duped unsuspecting passengers boarding their vehicle .  

    “Investigation revealed that the suspect, alongside others (still at large), while operating in a Volkswagen Jetta Saloon car, with registration number JJJ 27 DG, disguised as driver and passengers.    

    “They picked unsuspecting passengers, and started discussions about some money purportedly kept in their vehicle boot.    

    “The suspect confessed to having started this crime in January 2022, adding that he was arrested on his sixth outing,” Hundeyin said.    

    The spokesman said that efforts were in top gear to arrest other fleeing members of the gang and other perpetrators of such crime.    

    He said that the Commissioner of Police, Mr Abiodun Alabi, had directed that the case be transferred to the headquarters for further investigations and prosecution.


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  •   Citizens residing in various countries paid visits to historical and development sites in the northern Red Sea region The tour organized by the National Union of Youth and Students of Eritrea was attended by citizens of North America and African countries In the course of their tour the nationals visited the Gahtelay Dam the Plastic and Tin Factory the Museum of the North Red Sea the airport and port of Massawa as well as the historical sites of Adulis and the Sehaba Mosque and received information from project managers and experts Expressing their satisfaction at visiting development projects and historical sites the tour participants asked to organize similar programs for nationals coming to their homeland According to the branch of the Eritrean National Union of Youth and Students in the region a similar tour program was organized in July
    Eritrea: Tour to Northern Red Sea Development Sites (NRS)
      Citizens residing in various countries paid visits to historical and development sites in the northern Red Sea region The tour organized by the National Union of Youth and Students of Eritrea was attended by citizens of North America and African countries In the course of their tour the nationals visited the Gahtelay Dam the Plastic and Tin Factory the Museum of the North Red Sea the airport and port of Massawa as well as the historical sites of Adulis and the Sehaba Mosque and received information from project managers and experts Expressing their satisfaction at visiting development projects and historical sites the tour participants asked to organize similar programs for nationals coming to their homeland According to the branch of the Eritrean National Union of Youth and Students in the region a similar tour program was organized in July
    Eritrea: Tour to Northern Red Sea Development Sites (NRS)
    Africa4 months ago

    Eritrea: Tour to Northern Red Sea Development Sites (NRS)

    Citizens residing in various countries paid visits to historical and development sites in the northern Red Sea region.

    The tour organized by the National Union of Youth and Students of Eritrea was attended by citizens of North America and African countries.

    In the course of their tour, the nationals visited the Gahtelay Dam, the Plastic and Tin Factory, the Museum of the North Red Sea, the airport and port of Massawa, as well as the historical sites of Adulis and the Sehaba Mosque and received information from project managers and experts.

    .

    Expressing their satisfaction at visiting development projects and historical sites, the tour participants asked to organize similar programs for nationals coming to their homeland.

    According to the branch of the Eritrean National Union of Youth and Students in the region, a similar tour program was organized in July.

  •  The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Dr Timipre Sylva has said that the country loses 400 000 barrels of crude daily via oil theft Sylva said this on Monday when he paid a courtesy visit to Gov Hope Uzodimma of Imo at the Government House Owerri He described the development as a national emergency He regretted that the nation had fallen short of OPEC daily quota from 1 8 million barrels to 1 4 million barrels due to crude theft He warned that such huge economic loss was capable of crippling the nation s economy if not given the seriousness it deserved He expressed concern that the menace had persisted in spite of the efforts by the Federal and State Governments to arrest it Sylva said the problem of crude theft could not be handled in Abuja alone It is a national emergency because the theft has grown wings and reached a very bad crescendo This is because the thefts are taking place in the communities that host the oil pipelines As a result it has become necessary to involve the stakeholders especially the host communities And because of the height and orchestrated nature of the menace Nigeria could not take the advantage and opportunities that abound in the gas production This is because no investor would want to invest where there is incessant insecurity and vandalism of the infrastructure he said The minister therefore appealed to the stakeholders to collaborate to solve the problem He commended the governor for his efforts to ensure that Imo remains safe and the economy not shut down In a remark the Chief of Defence Staff Gen Lucky Irabor who was in the entourage thanked Uzodimma for supporting the Armed Forces in the fight against the escalating criminality in the oil producing areas in the South East Irabor called on the State Government stakeholders and communities to be involved in the fight against oil theft to a reasonable percentage and leave the rest for the army He assured the governor that the Army was ready to receive more assistance in the fight against banditry and other forms of criminality in the state and country at large Responding the governor gave assurance that his administraton would sustain its efforts to arresting the economic sabotage being perpetrated by pipeline vandals He described the consequences of crude theft as very alarming and too much to be tolerated He said that the problem did not only result in the drop in oil revenue for the government but also created environmental pollution and other health hazards for the host communities He therefore called for cooperation among the stakeholders including the Federal and State Governments NNPC and host communities to effectively fight the scourge Uzodinman commended NNPC for the 200 bed capacity hospital the company was building at the Imo State University Teaching Hospital Orlu He appealed to the company to speed up the project to ensure its completion in record time The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting was part of the nationwide intervention efforts to curb crude oil theft Others in the entourage were the Minister of State for Education Mr Gooduck Opiah and Group of NNPC Limited Mele Kyari The meeting was attended by a cross section of traditional rulers and other representatives of oil producing communities in the state NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Oil theft: Nigeria loses 400,000 barrels daily – Sylva
     The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Dr Timipre Sylva has said that the country loses 400 000 barrels of crude daily via oil theft Sylva said this on Monday when he paid a courtesy visit to Gov Hope Uzodimma of Imo at the Government House Owerri He described the development as a national emergency He regretted that the nation had fallen short of OPEC daily quota from 1 8 million barrels to 1 4 million barrels due to crude theft He warned that such huge economic loss was capable of crippling the nation s economy if not given the seriousness it deserved He expressed concern that the menace had persisted in spite of the efforts by the Federal and State Governments to arrest it Sylva said the problem of crude theft could not be handled in Abuja alone It is a national emergency because the theft has grown wings and reached a very bad crescendo This is because the thefts are taking place in the communities that host the oil pipelines As a result it has become necessary to involve the stakeholders especially the host communities And because of the height and orchestrated nature of the menace Nigeria could not take the advantage and opportunities that abound in the gas production This is because no investor would want to invest where there is incessant insecurity and vandalism of the infrastructure he said The minister therefore appealed to the stakeholders to collaborate to solve the problem He commended the governor for his efforts to ensure that Imo remains safe and the economy not shut down In a remark the Chief of Defence Staff Gen Lucky Irabor who was in the entourage thanked Uzodimma for supporting the Armed Forces in the fight against the escalating criminality in the oil producing areas in the South East Irabor called on the State Government stakeholders and communities to be involved in the fight against oil theft to a reasonable percentage and leave the rest for the army He assured the governor that the Army was ready to receive more assistance in the fight against banditry and other forms of criminality in the state and country at large Responding the governor gave assurance that his administraton would sustain its efforts to arresting the economic sabotage being perpetrated by pipeline vandals He described the consequences of crude theft as very alarming and too much to be tolerated He said that the problem did not only result in the drop in oil revenue for the government but also created environmental pollution and other health hazards for the host communities He therefore called for cooperation among the stakeholders including the Federal and State Governments NNPC and host communities to effectively fight the scourge Uzodinman commended NNPC for the 200 bed capacity hospital the company was building at the Imo State University Teaching Hospital Orlu He appealed to the company to speed up the project to ensure its completion in record time The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting was part of the nationwide intervention efforts to curb crude oil theft Others in the entourage were the Minister of State for Education Mr Gooduck Opiah and Group of NNPC Limited Mele Kyari The meeting was attended by a cross section of traditional rulers and other representatives of oil producing communities in the state NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Oil theft: Nigeria loses 400,000 barrels daily – Sylva
    General news4 months ago

    Oil theft: Nigeria loses 400,000 barrels daily – Sylva

    The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Timipre Sylva, has said that the country loses 400,000 barrels of crude daily via oil theft.

    Sylva said this on Monday, when he paid a courtesy visit to Gov. Hope Uzodimma of Imo at the Government House, Owerri.

    He described the development as a “national emergency”.

    He regretted that the nation had fallen short of OPEC daily quota, from 1.8 million barrels to 1.4 million barrels, due to crude theft.

    He warned that such huge economic loss was capable of crippling the nation’s economy, if not given the seriousness it deserved.

    He expressed concern that the menace had persisted, in spite of the efforts by the Federal and State Governments to arrest it.

    Sylva said the problem of crude theft could not be handled in Abuja alone.

    “It is a national emergency because the theft has grown wings and reached a very bad crescendo.

    “This is because the thefts are taking place in the communities that host the oil pipelines.

    “As a result, it has become necessary to involve the stakeholders, especially the host communities.

    “And because of the height and orchestrated nature of the menace, Nigeria could not take the advantage and opportunities that abound in the gas production.

    “This is because no investor would want to invest where there is incessant insecurity and vandalism of the infrastructure,” he said.

    The minister, therefore, appealed to the stakeholders to collaborate to solve the problem.

    He commended the governor for his efforts to ensure that Imo remains safe and the economy not shut down.

    In a remark, the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, who was in the entourage, thanked Uzodimma for supporting the Armed Forces in the fight against the escalating criminality in the oil-producing areas in the South-East. Irabor called on the State Government, stakeholders and communities to “be involved in the fight against oil theft to a reasonable percentage and leave the rest for the army”.

    He assured the governor that the Army was ready to receive more assistance in the fight against banditry and other forms of criminality in the state and country at large.

    Responding, the governor gave assurance that his administraton would sustain its efforts to arresting the economic sabotage being perpetrated by pipeline vandals.

    He described the consequences of crude theft as ‘’very alarming and too much to be tolerated”.

    He said that the problem did not only result in the drop in oil revenue for the government but also created environmental pollution and other health hazards for the host communities.

    He therefore called for cooperation among the stakeholders, including the Federal and State Governments, NNPC and host communities to effectively fight the scourge.

    Uzodinman commended NNPC for the 200-bed capacity hospital the company was building at the Imo State University Teaching Hospital, Orlu. He appealed to the company to speed up the project to ensure its completion in record time.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting was part of the nationwide intervention efforts to curb crude oil theft.

    Others in the entourage were the Minister of State for Education, Mr Gooduck Opiah, and Group of NNPC Limited, Mele Kyari.

    The meeting was attended by a cross-section of traditional rulers and other representatives of oil producing communities in the state.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  No fewer than 312 Christian pilgrims from Delta were on Monday transported to the Holy land Jordan in Israel through the Port Harcourt International Airport The Executive Secretary Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission Rev Yakubu Pam at the departure briefing in Asaba warned the intending pilgrims against absconding The NCPC boss represented by the Director of Mobilization Mr Chris Udegbunam lauded Gov Ifeanyi Okowa for his consistency in the sponsorship of Christians in the state on pilgrimage Pam congratulated the intending pilgrims for their level of preparedness both spiritually and physically to embark on the journey of faith According to him it is the policy of the commission to achieve zero absconding of pilgrims in the Holy land He therefore enjoined not to abscond adding he commission frowns seriously at it and would do everything humanly possible to discourage it Okowa represented by the Commissioner Bureau for Special Duties Johnbull Edema urged the pilgrims to be good ambassadors of the state and not bring disrepute to the state government He said that as pilgrims they need to conduct themselves in a manner befitting and worthy of Christians Okowa said that the exercise would offer opportunity for the pilgrims to visit historical biblical sites they read in the Bible and to draw them closer to God He urged them to pray and seek the face of God for the peace unity and development of the state and county particularly as the nation gradually approaches the 2023 General Elections In his remarks the Chairman Delta State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board Most Rev Cyril Odutemu admonished the intending pilgrims to conduct themselves decently while in the Holy land He warned them against unruly behavior in the Holy land and advised them not to do anything that would undermine the security of the host country Also the Executive Secretary of the Board Apostle Samuel Okoh charged the intending pilgrims to be good ambassadors of the state and Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Delta transports 312 Christian pilgrims to Jordan
     No fewer than 312 Christian pilgrims from Delta were on Monday transported to the Holy land Jordan in Israel through the Port Harcourt International Airport The Executive Secretary Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission Rev Yakubu Pam at the departure briefing in Asaba warned the intending pilgrims against absconding The NCPC boss represented by the Director of Mobilization Mr Chris Udegbunam lauded Gov Ifeanyi Okowa for his consistency in the sponsorship of Christians in the state on pilgrimage Pam congratulated the intending pilgrims for their level of preparedness both spiritually and physically to embark on the journey of faith According to him it is the policy of the commission to achieve zero absconding of pilgrims in the Holy land He therefore enjoined not to abscond adding he commission frowns seriously at it and would do everything humanly possible to discourage it Okowa represented by the Commissioner Bureau for Special Duties Johnbull Edema urged the pilgrims to be good ambassadors of the state and not bring disrepute to the state government He said that as pilgrims they need to conduct themselves in a manner befitting and worthy of Christians Okowa said that the exercise would offer opportunity for the pilgrims to visit historical biblical sites they read in the Bible and to draw them closer to God He urged them to pray and seek the face of God for the peace unity and development of the state and county particularly as the nation gradually approaches the 2023 General Elections In his remarks the Chairman Delta State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board Most Rev Cyril Odutemu admonished the intending pilgrims to conduct themselves decently while in the Holy land He warned them against unruly behavior in the Holy land and advised them not to do anything that would undermine the security of the host country Also the Executive Secretary of the Board Apostle Samuel Okoh charged the intending pilgrims to be good ambassadors of the state and Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Delta transports 312 Christian pilgrims to Jordan
    General news4 months ago

    Delta transports 312 Christian pilgrims to Jordan

    No fewer than 312 Christian pilgrims from Delta were on Monday transported to the Holy land, Jordan in Israel through the Port Harcourt International Airport.

    The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission, Rev.  Yakubu Pam, at the departure briefing in Asaba, warned the intending pilgrims against absconding.

    The NCPC boss, represented by the Director of Mobilization, Mr Chris Udegbunam, lauded Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa for his consistency in the sponsorship of Christians in the state on pilgrimage.

    Pam congratulated the intending pilgrims for their level of preparedness both spiritually and physically to embark on the journey of faith.

    According to him, ”it is the policy of the commission to achieve zero absconding of pilgrims in the Holy land.

    ”He, therefore enjoined not to abscond, adding, ”he commission frowns seriously at it and would do everything humanly possible to discourage it.

    ” Okowa, represented by the Commissioner, Bureau for Special Duties, Johnbull Edema, urged the pilgrims to be good ambassadors of the state and not bring disrepute to the state government.

    He said that as pilgrims they need to conduct themselves in a manner befitting and worthy of Christians.

    Okowa said  that the exercise would offer opportunity for the pilgrims to visit historical biblical sites they read in the Bible and to draw them closer to God. He urged them to pray and seek the face of God for the peace, unity and development of the state and county particularly as the nation gradually approaches the 2023 General Elections.

    In his remarks, the Chairman, Delta State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, Most Rev. Cyril Odutemu, admonished the intending pilgrims to conduct themselves decently while in the Holy land.

    He warned them against unruly behavior in the Holy land and advised them not to do anything that would undermine the security of the host country.

    Also, the Executive Secretary of the Board, Apostle Samuel Okoh, charged the intending pilgrims to be good ambassadors of the state and Nigeria.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Federal Ministry of Health FMOH has says it is guided by principles of safety efficacy transparency and accountability in the COVID 19 mass vaccination campaign in the country The Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire gave the assurance on Monday in Abuja Ehanire spoke at the launch of the SCALES 3 0 strategy for COVID 19 vaccination in the country organised by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in November 2021 NPHCDA introduced the SCALES strategy to rapidly increase COVID 19 vaccine coverage It was designed to expand access to COVID 19 vaccines outside the health facility The SCALES is an acronym for Service delivery Communication Accountability Logistics Electronic reporting and supportive Supervision for the ongoing COVID 19 vaccination Mass vaccination sites were established at all public places such as markets parks shopping malls schools mosques and churches Although the government said that the strategy has proven to be effective in shoring up COVID 19 vaccination coverage the proportion of fully vaccinated Nigerians is still low This is partly because the country is using two dose vaccines Most Nigerians are reluctant to take their second dose for various reasons including fear of a repeat of the mild side effects they may have experienced with the first dose The SCALES strategy is using COVID 19 vaccination structures and resources to improve Routine Immunization RI coverage with improved efficiency and reduced duplication of efforts by health care workers This is to ensure that controlling the transmission of COVID 19 does not become a fertile ground for the outbreak of childhood vaccine preventable diseases It became imperative for the government to launch the SCALES 2 0 Strategy It entails the integration of COVID 19 vaccination with childhood routine Immunisation for eligible adults and children leveraging mass vaccination campaigns routine immunisation fixed sessions outreach services and Mobile services The SCALES 2 0 was aimed at providing an opportunity for the single dose COVID 19 vaccine to be rolled out in the states The SCALES 3 0 strategy is an intensive campaign focused on ramping up uptake of COVID 19 vaccines childhood vaccines and other primary health care services at public and private health facilities According to Ehanire no vaccine will be allowed to enter any vaccination site without due authentication and safety verification He said that the government would never compromise on vaccine safety and vaccination standards Let me assure all Nigerians that the Federal Government remains committed to the provision of safe and efficacious COVID 19 vaccines in the country backed with accountability and transparency Every COVID 19 vaccine in Nigeria is tracked by National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control NAFDAC to ensure quality and potency across the supply chain he said The minister said that the campaign can only succeed if there was mass mobilisation of Nigerians We are therefore calling on state governors local governments chairmen traditional and religious leaders the media and every Nigerian to lend their support in mobilising the unvaccinated eligible individuals They should register and get vaccinated or walk into the nearest vaccination centres and get vaccinated However total performance still falls short of our desire because as of Wednesday only 24 4 per cent of eligible population had been fully vaccinated Only three states Nasarawa Jigawa and Kano have a vaccination coverage of over 50 per cent leaving 34 states performing sub optimally in vaccination coverage he said The minister added that there was need for the team to refine the current SCALES 2 0 strategy to accelerate COVID 19 vaccination He advised them to identify enablers that were unique to each state and deploy them as state specific strategies to be termed SCALES 3 0 The strategy will be anchored on an intensive three months campaign he said Ehanire said that the strategy was poised to curb the spread of the COVID 19 virus and gain the desired herd immunity as quickly as possible While we are glad that Nigeria is ranked among the high performing countries in terms of COVID 19 vaccine roll out we cannot but acknowledge the fact that we still have a lot of work to do Taking the COVID 19 vaccine is not just an act of self protection but also a civic duty to curtail the spread of the virus Every one of us has a critical role to play in the effort to stop the virus from spreading I therefore urge you to get vaccinated and ensure every eligible person around you is vaccinated he urged Meanwhile the Executive Director NPHCDA Dr Faisal Shuaib said all of the COVID 19 vaccines administered in the country were safe Shuaib said that 25 million eligible Nigerians had received their full doses and 40 million had received at least a single dose According to him that is enough evidence of the safety of the vaccine Shuaib urged Nigerians to get vaccinated against COVID 19 saying it is the best way to avoid severe infection and the risk of spreading to others NAN recalls that more than 12 4 billion COVID 19 vaccine doses had been administered worldwide a gain of 100 million with the world s population of 7 9 billion according to Bloomberg tracking China leads with 3 4 billion doses administered and a 92 4 per cent one shot vaccination rate among the 1 5 billion population the most in the world India is second with 2 billion among the 1 4 billion population and a 74 1 per cent Broken down by world regions Asia Pacific Latin American and U S Canada have administered at least one dose to 80 per cent of the population Europe is at 69 per cent Middle East at 57 per cent and Africa at 26 per cent according to the New York Times tracking NAN reports that as at Monday Nigeria s total confirmed infections were 261 885 255 481 discharged and 3 147 deaths NewsSourceCredit NAN
    COVID-19: FG guided by safety, transparency in mass vaccination — Minister
     The Federal Ministry of Health FMOH has says it is guided by principles of safety efficacy transparency and accountability in the COVID 19 mass vaccination campaign in the country The Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire gave the assurance on Monday in Abuja Ehanire spoke at the launch of the SCALES 3 0 strategy for COVID 19 vaccination in the country organised by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in November 2021 NPHCDA introduced the SCALES strategy to rapidly increase COVID 19 vaccine coverage It was designed to expand access to COVID 19 vaccines outside the health facility The SCALES is an acronym for Service delivery Communication Accountability Logistics Electronic reporting and supportive Supervision for the ongoing COVID 19 vaccination Mass vaccination sites were established at all public places such as markets parks shopping malls schools mosques and churches Although the government said that the strategy has proven to be effective in shoring up COVID 19 vaccination coverage the proportion of fully vaccinated Nigerians is still low This is partly because the country is using two dose vaccines Most Nigerians are reluctant to take their second dose for various reasons including fear of a repeat of the mild side effects they may have experienced with the first dose The SCALES strategy is using COVID 19 vaccination structures and resources to improve Routine Immunization RI coverage with improved efficiency and reduced duplication of efforts by health care workers This is to ensure that controlling the transmission of COVID 19 does not become a fertile ground for the outbreak of childhood vaccine preventable diseases It became imperative for the government to launch the SCALES 2 0 Strategy It entails the integration of COVID 19 vaccination with childhood routine Immunisation for eligible adults and children leveraging mass vaccination campaigns routine immunisation fixed sessions outreach services and Mobile services The SCALES 2 0 was aimed at providing an opportunity for the single dose COVID 19 vaccine to be rolled out in the states The SCALES 3 0 strategy is an intensive campaign focused on ramping up uptake of COVID 19 vaccines childhood vaccines and other primary health care services at public and private health facilities According to Ehanire no vaccine will be allowed to enter any vaccination site without due authentication and safety verification He said that the government would never compromise on vaccine safety and vaccination standards Let me assure all Nigerians that the Federal Government remains committed to the provision of safe and efficacious COVID 19 vaccines in the country backed with accountability and transparency Every COVID 19 vaccine in Nigeria is tracked by National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control NAFDAC to ensure quality and potency across the supply chain he said The minister said that the campaign can only succeed if there was mass mobilisation of Nigerians We are therefore calling on state governors local governments chairmen traditional and religious leaders the media and every Nigerian to lend their support in mobilising the unvaccinated eligible individuals They should register and get vaccinated or walk into the nearest vaccination centres and get vaccinated However total performance still falls short of our desire because as of Wednesday only 24 4 per cent of eligible population had been fully vaccinated Only three states Nasarawa Jigawa and Kano have a vaccination coverage of over 50 per cent leaving 34 states performing sub optimally in vaccination coverage he said The minister added that there was need for the team to refine the current SCALES 2 0 strategy to accelerate COVID 19 vaccination He advised them to identify enablers that were unique to each state and deploy them as state specific strategies to be termed SCALES 3 0 The strategy will be anchored on an intensive three months campaign he said Ehanire said that the strategy was poised to curb the spread of the COVID 19 virus and gain the desired herd immunity as quickly as possible While we are glad that Nigeria is ranked among the high performing countries in terms of COVID 19 vaccine roll out we cannot but acknowledge the fact that we still have a lot of work to do Taking the COVID 19 vaccine is not just an act of self protection but also a civic duty to curtail the spread of the virus Every one of us has a critical role to play in the effort to stop the virus from spreading I therefore urge you to get vaccinated and ensure every eligible person around you is vaccinated he urged Meanwhile the Executive Director NPHCDA Dr Faisal Shuaib said all of the COVID 19 vaccines administered in the country were safe Shuaib said that 25 million eligible Nigerians had received their full doses and 40 million had received at least a single dose According to him that is enough evidence of the safety of the vaccine Shuaib urged Nigerians to get vaccinated against COVID 19 saying it is the best way to avoid severe infection and the risk of spreading to others NAN recalls that more than 12 4 billion COVID 19 vaccine doses had been administered worldwide a gain of 100 million with the world s population of 7 9 billion according to Bloomberg tracking China leads with 3 4 billion doses administered and a 92 4 per cent one shot vaccination rate among the 1 5 billion population the most in the world India is second with 2 billion among the 1 4 billion population and a 74 1 per cent Broken down by world regions Asia Pacific Latin American and U S Canada have administered at least one dose to 80 per cent of the population Europe is at 69 per cent Middle East at 57 per cent and Africa at 26 per cent according to the New York Times tracking NAN reports that as at Monday Nigeria s total confirmed infections were 261 885 255 481 discharged and 3 147 deaths NewsSourceCredit NAN
    COVID-19: FG guided by safety, transparency in mass vaccination — Minister
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    COVID-19: FG guided by safety, transparency in mass vaccination — Minister

    The Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), has says it is guided by principles of safety, efficacy, transparency and accountability in the COVID-19 mass vaccination campaign in the country.

    The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, gave the assurance on Monday in Abuja.

    Ehanire spoke at the launch of the SCALES 3.0 strategy for COVID-19 vaccination in the country organised by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).

    The News Agency of Nigeria , reports  that in November 2021, NPHCDA, introduced the SCALES strategy to rapidly increase COVID-19 vaccine coverage.

    It was designed to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines outside the health facility.

    The SCALES is an acronym for Service-delivery, Communication, Accountability, Logistics, Electronic reporting, and supportive Supervision for the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination.

    Mass vaccination sites were established at all public places such as markets, parks, shopping malls, schools, mosques, and churches.

    Although the government said that the strategy has proven to be effective in shoring up COVID-19 vaccination coverage, the proportion of fully vaccinated Nigerians is still low.

    This is partly because the country is using two-dose vaccines.

    Most Nigerians are reluctant to take their second dose for various reasons including fear of a repeat of the mild side effects they may have experienced with the first dose.

    The SCALES strategy is using COVID-19 vaccination structures and resources to improve Routine Immunization (RI) coverage, with improved efficiency and reduced duplication of efforts by health care workers.

    This is to ensure that controlling the transmission of COVID-19 does not become a fertile ground for the outbreak of childhood vaccine-preventable diseases.

    It became imperative for the government to launch the SCALES 2.0 Strategy.

    It entails the integration of COVID-19 vaccination with childhood routine Immunisation for eligible adults and children, leveraging mass vaccination campaigns, routine immunisation fixed sessions, outreach services and Mobile services.

    The SCALES 2.0 was aimed at providing an opportunity for the single dose COVID-19 vaccine to be rolled out in the states.

    The SCALES 3.0 strategy is an intensive campaign focused on ramping up uptake of COVID-19 vaccines, childhood vaccines and other primary health care services at public and private health facilities.

    According to Ehanire, no vaccine will be allowed to enter any vaccination site without due authentication and safety verification.

    He said that the government would never compromise on vaccine safety and vaccination standards.

    “Let me assure all Nigerians that the Federal Government remains committed to the provision of safe and efficacious COVID-19 vaccines in the country backed with accountability and transparency.

    “Every COVID-19 vaccine in Nigeria is tracked by National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), to ensure quality and potency across the supply chain,” he said.

    The minister said that the campaign can only succeed if there was mass mobilisation of Nigerians.

    “We are therefore calling on state governors, local governments chairmen, traditional and religious leaders, the media, and every Nigerian to lend their support in mobilising the unvaccinated eligible individuals.

    “They should register and get vaccinated or walk into the nearest vaccination centres and get vaccinated.

    “However, total performance still falls short of our desire, because as of Wednesday, only 24.4 per cent of eligible population had been fully vaccinated.

    “Only three states: Nasarawa, Jigawa and Kano have a vaccination coverage of over 50 per cent, leaving 34 states performing sub-optimally in vaccination coverage,” he said.

    The minister added that there was need for the team to refine the current SCALES 2.0 strategy to accelerate COVID-19 vaccination.

    He advised them to identify enablers that were unique to each state and deploy them as state-specific strategies to be termed, “SCALES 3.0. “The strategy will be anchored on an intensive three months campaign,” he said.

    Ehanire said that the strategy was poised to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus and gain the desired herd immunity as quickly as possible.

    “While we are glad that Nigeria is ranked among the high-performing countries in terms of COVID-19 vaccine roll out, we cannot but acknowledge the fact that we still have a lot of work to do.

    “Taking the COVID-19 vaccine is not just an act of self-protection, but also a civic duty to curtail the spread of the virus.

    “Every one of us has a critical role to play in the effort to stop the virus from spreading.

    “I, therefore, urge you to get vaccinated and ensure every eligible person around you is vaccinated,” he urged.

    Meanwhile, the Executive Director, NPHCDA, Dr Faisal Shuaib, said all of the COVID-19 vaccines administered in the country were safe.

    Shuaib said that 25 million eligible  Nigerians had received their full doses and 40 million had received at least a single dose.

    According to him, ”that is enough evidence of the safety of the vaccine.

    ” Shuaib urged Nigerians to get vaccinated against COVID-19,  saying, ”it is the best way to avoid severe infection and the risk of spreading to others.

    ” NAN recalls that more than 12.4 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses had been administered worldwide, a gain of 100 million, with the world’s population of 7.9 billion, according to Bloomberg tracking.

    China leads with 3.4 billion doses administered and a 92.4 per cent one-shot vaccination rate among the 1.5 billion population, the most in the world.

    India is second with 2 billion among the 1.4 billion population and a 74.1 per cent.

    Broken down by world regions, Asia-Pacific, Latin American and U.

    S.-Canada have administered at least one dose to 80 per cent of the population.

    Europe is at 69 per cent, Middle East at 57 per cent and Africa at 26 per cent, according to the New York Times tracking.

    NAN reports that as at Monday, Nigeria’s total confirmed infections were 261,885, 255,481 discharged and 3,147 deaths.

    .


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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