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  •  The Nigeria Governors Forum NGF has announced Gov Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state as its interim Chairman Mr Abdulrazaque Bello Barkindo spokesman of the NGF disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday Bello Barkindo disclosed that the forum Chairman Gov Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State transferred power of the NGF to Tambuwal at the National Economic Council NEC meeting held at the Aso Rock Villa Abuja Tambuwal has served meritoriously and harmoniously as Vice Chairman of the Forum under Dr Fayemi in the last four years Fayemi who was only a few weeks ago elected as the President of the Forum of Regional and State Governments in Saidia in the state of Casablanca in Morrocco attended the NEC virtually from New York City where he is currently attending the United Nations General Assembly meeting The Sokoto State Governor will be holding fort until May 2023 when a proper election is conducted among the governors Bello Barkindo said He quoted Fayemi before making the announcement as acknowledging the result driven output of the NEC and thanked his colleagues and other members of the council for their support Yes we may be occasionally troublesome coming from the forum of governors and we do test your patience but you have never really expressed any frustration with all our truculent questions and the insistence that the federation must be a true federation Fayemi said The new President of the FORAF also did not forget to thank the Secretariat of the NEC and through the NEC thanked the President and Commander in Chief of the Country for taking the resolutions of the NEC seriously by implementing them In his response Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said the NGF chairman had taken the wind out of their sail because he was meant to on behalf of the NEC commend Fayemi s informed and patriotic services to the council in the last four years The service according to Osinbajo was enhanced by Fayemi chairmanship of the NGF The NGF has ensured that we move to a true federation not just in words but in deeds as well Osinbajo said The vice president prayed that Fayemi s services both nationally and globally to development and to all of the good which the nation deserves and the global community deserves would continue Fayemi is expected to formally hands over the Chairmanship of the NGF to Tambuwal on Oct 16 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NGF announces Tambuwal as interim chairman
     The Nigeria Governors Forum NGF has announced Gov Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state as its interim Chairman Mr Abdulrazaque Bello Barkindo spokesman of the NGF disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday Bello Barkindo disclosed that the forum Chairman Gov Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State transferred power of the NGF to Tambuwal at the National Economic Council NEC meeting held at the Aso Rock Villa Abuja Tambuwal has served meritoriously and harmoniously as Vice Chairman of the Forum under Dr Fayemi in the last four years Fayemi who was only a few weeks ago elected as the President of the Forum of Regional and State Governments in Saidia in the state of Casablanca in Morrocco attended the NEC virtually from New York City where he is currently attending the United Nations General Assembly meeting The Sokoto State Governor will be holding fort until May 2023 when a proper election is conducted among the governors Bello Barkindo said He quoted Fayemi before making the announcement as acknowledging the result driven output of the NEC and thanked his colleagues and other members of the council for their support Yes we may be occasionally troublesome coming from the forum of governors and we do test your patience but you have never really expressed any frustration with all our truculent questions and the insistence that the federation must be a true federation Fayemi said The new President of the FORAF also did not forget to thank the Secretariat of the NEC and through the NEC thanked the President and Commander in Chief of the Country for taking the resolutions of the NEC seriously by implementing them In his response Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said the NGF chairman had taken the wind out of their sail because he was meant to on behalf of the NEC commend Fayemi s informed and patriotic services to the council in the last four years The service according to Osinbajo was enhanced by Fayemi chairmanship of the NGF The NGF has ensured that we move to a true federation not just in words but in deeds as well Osinbajo said The vice president prayed that Fayemi s services both nationally and globally to development and to all of the good which the nation deserves and the global community deserves would continue Fayemi is expected to formally hands over the Chairmanship of the NGF to Tambuwal on Oct 16 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NGF announces Tambuwal as interim chairman
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    NGF announces Tambuwal as interim chairman

    The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has announced Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state as its interim Chairman.  

    Mr Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, spokesman of the NGF, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.  

    Bello-Barkindo disclosed that the forum Chairman Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State transferred power of the NGF to Tambuwal at the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting held at the Aso Rock Villa Abuja.  

    “Tambuwal has served meritoriously and harmoniously as Vice Chairman of the Forum under Dr Fayemi in the last four years.  

    “ Fayemi who was only a few weeks ago elected as the President of the Forum of Regional and State Governments in Saidia in the state of Casablanca in Morrocco attended the NEC virtually from New York City, where he is currently attending the United Nations General Assembly meeting.  

    “The Sokoto State Governor will be holding fort until May 2023 when a proper election is conducted among the governors,” Bello-Barkindo said.  

    He quoted Fayemi before making the announcement as acknowledging the result driven output of the NEC and thanked his colleagues and other members of the council for their support.  

    “Yes, we may be occasionally troublesome, coming from the forum of governors, and we do test your patience but you have never really expressed any frustration with all our truculent questions and the insistence that the federation must be a true federation,” Fayemi said.  

    The new President of the FORAF also did not forget to thank the Secretariat of the NEC and through the NEC thanked the President and Commander in Chief of the Country for taking the resolutions of the NEC seriously by implementing them.  

    In his response, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said the NGF chairman had taken the wind out of their sail, because he was “meant to, on behalf of the NEC commend Fayemi’s informed and patriotic services to the council in the last four years.  

    The service according to Osinbajo was enhanced by Fayemi chairmanship of the NGF.  

    “The NGF has ensured that we move to a true federation, not just in words but in deeds as well,” Osinbajo said.  

    The vice president prayed that Fayemi’s services both nationally and globally to development, and to all of the good which the nation deserves and the global community deserves would continue.  

    Fayemi is expected to formally hands over the Chairmanship of the NGF to Tambuwal on Oct. 16.
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  •  The International Labour Organisation ILO has called on the Federal Government to create more jobs and economic opportunities as key drivers in the promotion of peace resilience and social cohesion in the country The ILO Country Director to Nigeria Ms Vanessa Phala said this in a Panel Session tagged Using Social Dialogue and Labour Standards in Promoting Peace and Resilience in Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja The event was organised by the ILO in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment to mark the 2022 International Peace Day The 2022 theme for the International Peace Day is End Racism and Build Peace and it is celebrated annually on Sept 21 Phala said that globally almost 2 billion people were still living in fragile and conflict effected situation where poverty was increasingly concentrated The ILO believes that employment decent working condition and social dialogue can contribute to peace and resilience she said Phala also said that in collaboration with member states tripartite constituents and other stakeholder the ILO supports an employment centered crisis In Nigeria according to the United State Institute for Peace the government of Nigeria has successfully intensified the fight against the extremist group Boko Haram Yet the country also faces resurgent militancy in the Delta increased agitation by pro Biafra nationalists in the Southeast conflicts over land use in the Middle Belt and an economic crisis triggered primarily by low oil prices The lack of peace in Nigeria can be linked to a lack of employment and economic opportunities for the growing young population As a result achieving peace goes beyond military force alone The country must deploy Social Dialogue by interacting with all population groups and creating decent jobs for the growing younger population she said Phala said that the ILO Recommendation on Employment and Decent Work for Peace and Resilience Recommendation 2017 No 205 refered to important principles that would foster peace in the world of work She added that this include the freedom from child labour and forced labour freedom of association and collective bargaining and tripartite social dialogue non discrimination and equality at work Labour Inspection among others Phala however said that Nigeria had ratified most of the conventions concerning the thematic areas She said the ILO supervisory bodies had requested some practical and legislative measures for their improved implementation Also Sen Chris Ngige Minister of Labour and Employment said that social dialogue and the application of labour standards had remained key in the Labour Administration System Ngige represented by Mrs Juliana Adebayo Director Productivity and Measurement Standard in the ministry said the topic Using Social Dialogue and Labour Standards in Promoting Peace and Resilience in Nigeria underscores the essence of tripartism in Labour Administration System The critical role of social dialogue to stabilising our industrial relations pace was demonstrated during the negotiation on the National Minimum age and the recent concluded review of the Labour Bill he said He said that government had created a stable political and civil climate in Nigeria that had enabled employers and workers organisations to operate freely without fear of reprisal He added that the government has ratified conventional tripartite consultation convention such as the International Labour Standard which is the highest attestation to the commitment Government has also realized that social dialogue is a veritable tool for the promotion of industrial peace and harmony decent work income distribution among other in the country NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ILO calls for jobs, economic opportunities to promote peace
     The International Labour Organisation ILO has called on the Federal Government to create more jobs and economic opportunities as key drivers in the promotion of peace resilience and social cohesion in the country The ILO Country Director to Nigeria Ms Vanessa Phala said this in a Panel Session tagged Using Social Dialogue and Labour Standards in Promoting Peace and Resilience in Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja The event was organised by the ILO in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment to mark the 2022 International Peace Day The 2022 theme for the International Peace Day is End Racism and Build Peace and it is celebrated annually on Sept 21 Phala said that globally almost 2 billion people were still living in fragile and conflict effected situation where poverty was increasingly concentrated The ILO believes that employment decent working condition and social dialogue can contribute to peace and resilience she said Phala also said that in collaboration with member states tripartite constituents and other stakeholder the ILO supports an employment centered crisis In Nigeria according to the United State Institute for Peace the government of Nigeria has successfully intensified the fight against the extremist group Boko Haram Yet the country also faces resurgent militancy in the Delta increased agitation by pro Biafra nationalists in the Southeast conflicts over land use in the Middle Belt and an economic crisis triggered primarily by low oil prices The lack of peace in Nigeria can be linked to a lack of employment and economic opportunities for the growing young population As a result achieving peace goes beyond military force alone The country must deploy Social Dialogue by interacting with all population groups and creating decent jobs for the growing younger population she said Phala said that the ILO Recommendation on Employment and Decent Work for Peace and Resilience Recommendation 2017 No 205 refered to important principles that would foster peace in the world of work She added that this include the freedom from child labour and forced labour freedom of association and collective bargaining and tripartite social dialogue non discrimination and equality at work Labour Inspection among others Phala however said that Nigeria had ratified most of the conventions concerning the thematic areas She said the ILO supervisory bodies had requested some practical and legislative measures for their improved implementation Also Sen Chris Ngige Minister of Labour and Employment said that social dialogue and the application of labour standards had remained key in the Labour Administration System Ngige represented by Mrs Juliana Adebayo Director Productivity and Measurement Standard in the ministry said the topic Using Social Dialogue and Labour Standards in Promoting Peace and Resilience in Nigeria underscores the essence of tripartism in Labour Administration System The critical role of social dialogue to stabilising our industrial relations pace was demonstrated during the negotiation on the National Minimum age and the recent concluded review of the Labour Bill he said He said that government had created a stable political and civil climate in Nigeria that had enabled employers and workers organisations to operate freely without fear of reprisal He added that the government has ratified conventional tripartite consultation convention such as the International Labour Standard which is the highest attestation to the commitment Government has also realized that social dialogue is a veritable tool for the promotion of industrial peace and harmony decent work income distribution among other in the country NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ILO calls for jobs, economic opportunities to promote peace
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    ILO calls for jobs, economic opportunities to promote peace

    The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has called on the Federal Government to create more jobs and economic opportunities as key drivers in the promotion of peace, resilience and social cohesion in the country.

    The ILO Country Director to Nigeria, Ms Vanessa Phala said this in a Panel Session tagged “Using Social Dialogue and Labour Standards in Promoting Peace and Resilience in Nigeria’’ on Thursday in Abuja.

    The event was organised by the ILO in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment to mark the 2022 International Peace Day. The 2022 theme for the International Peace Day is “End Racism and Build Peace’’ and it is celebrated annually on Sept. 21. Phala said that globally,  almost 2 billion people were still living in fragile and conflict effected situation where poverty was increasingly concentrated.

    “The ILO believes that employment, decent working condition and social dialogue can contribute to peace and resilience, ’’she said.

    Phala also said that in collaboration with member states, tripartite constituents and other stakeholder, the ILO supports an employment-centered crisis.

    “In Nigeria, according to the United State Institute for Peace, the government of Nigeria  has successfully intensified the fight against the extremist group Boko Haram.

    “Yet the country also faces resurgent militancy in the Delta, increased agitation by pro-Biafra nationalists in the Southeast, conflicts over land use in the Middle Belt, and an economic crisis triggered primarily by low oil prices.

    “The lack of peace in Nigeria can be linked to a lack of employment and economic opportunities for the growing young population.

    “As a result, achieving peace goes beyond military force alone.

    The country must deploy Social Dialogue by interacting with all population, groups and creating decent jobs for the growing younger population, ’’she said.

    Phala  said that the ILO Recommendation on Employment and Decent Work for Peace and Resilience Recommendation, 2017 (No. 205) refered to important principles that would foster peace in the world of work.

    She added that this include the freedom from child labour and forced labour, freedom of association and collective bargaining, and tripartite social dialogue, non-discrimination, and equality at work, Labour Inspection, among others.

    Phala however, said that Nigeria had ratified most of the conventions concerning the thematic areas.

    She said the ILO supervisory bodies had requested some practical and legislative measures for their improved implementation.

    Also, Sen. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, said that social dialogue and the application of labour standards had remained key in the Labour Administration System.

    Ngige, represented by  Mrs Juliana Adebayo, Director, Productivity and Measurement Standard in the ministry, said the topic, “Using Social Dialogue and Labour Standards in Promoting Peace and Resilience in Nigeria’’ underscores the essence of tripartism in Labour Administration System.

    “The critical role of social dialogue to stabilising our industrial  relations pace was demonstrated during the negotiation on the National Minimum age and the recent concluded review of the Labour Bill, ‘’he said.

    He said that government had created a stable political and civil climate in Nigeria that had enabled employers and workers organisations to operate freely without fear of reprisal.

    He added that the government has ratified conventional tripartite consultation convention such as  the International Labour Standard which is the highest attestation to the commitment.  

    “Government has also realized that, social dialogue is a veritable tool for the promotion of industrial peace and harmony, decent work, income distribution, among other in the country.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Enugu State Police Command says it has rescued 12 kidnap victims and foiled an attempt on some residents within one week The command s Spokesman DSP Daniel Ndukwe disclosed this in a statement issued in Enugu and made available to newsmen on Thursday Police operatives in Unity Division on Sept 21 at about 7 10p m responded to a distress call that suspected kidnappers blocked the road between Ekwegbe Agu and Neke Uno communities in Enugu East and Igbo Etiti council areas on the Enugu Opi Nsukka Highway The police operatives foiled their attempt to kidnap some road users after a gun duel Thereafter they rescued two male victims who were on the verge of being kidnapped and recovered their vehicles Ndukwe stated He also stated that at about 5 30p m on Sept 16 operatives serving at 9th Mile Police Division with assistance from Neighborhood Watch Group and Forest Guard rescued four victims in a forest at Okpatu Community in Udi council area The statement explained that the four rescued victims were said to have been kidnapped at Umulumgbe Community in the same council area at about 4p m on Sept 15 This is in addition to their rescuing six other victims in the same forest at about 4 15p m on Sept 14 the statement added It stated that the victims were reportedly kidnapped on Sept 12 at Awhum Community in Udi council area Ndukwe stated that all the rescued persons had been re united with their families He also stated that the Commissioner of Police in the state Mr Ahmed Ammani had ordered the immediate deployment of more resources to further contain emerging incidents of kidnapping in some parts of the state particularly on the Enugu Opi Nsukka Road This is to ensure the security and safety of lives and property of innocent citizens especially along major roads in the state he added According to him the state police boss has appealed to residents of the state to assist the command with prompt and credible information that will help in serving them better He stated that the command could be reached on the following emergency hotlines 08032003702 08075390883 08086671202 or Police PPRO on 08099854883 He added that information could be sent to the command via infoenugupolice gmail com He gave assurance that such vital information would be treated with utmost confidentiality and dispatch NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Enugu Police Command rescues 12 kidnap victims in 1 week
     The Enugu State Police Command says it has rescued 12 kidnap victims and foiled an attempt on some residents within one week The command s Spokesman DSP Daniel Ndukwe disclosed this in a statement issued in Enugu and made available to newsmen on Thursday Police operatives in Unity Division on Sept 21 at about 7 10p m responded to a distress call that suspected kidnappers blocked the road between Ekwegbe Agu and Neke Uno communities in Enugu East and Igbo Etiti council areas on the Enugu Opi Nsukka Highway The police operatives foiled their attempt to kidnap some road users after a gun duel Thereafter they rescued two male victims who were on the verge of being kidnapped and recovered their vehicles Ndukwe stated He also stated that at about 5 30p m on Sept 16 operatives serving at 9th Mile Police Division with assistance from Neighborhood Watch Group and Forest Guard rescued four victims in a forest at Okpatu Community in Udi council area The statement explained that the four rescued victims were said to have been kidnapped at Umulumgbe Community in the same council area at about 4p m on Sept 15 This is in addition to their rescuing six other victims in the same forest at about 4 15p m on Sept 14 the statement added It stated that the victims were reportedly kidnapped on Sept 12 at Awhum Community in Udi council area Ndukwe stated that all the rescued persons had been re united with their families He also stated that the Commissioner of Police in the state Mr Ahmed Ammani had ordered the immediate deployment of more resources to further contain emerging incidents of kidnapping in some parts of the state particularly on the Enugu Opi Nsukka Road This is to ensure the security and safety of lives and property of innocent citizens especially along major roads in the state he added According to him the state police boss has appealed to residents of the state to assist the command with prompt and credible information that will help in serving them better He stated that the command could be reached on the following emergency hotlines 08032003702 08075390883 08086671202 or Police PPRO on 08099854883 He added that information could be sent to the command via infoenugupolice gmail com He gave assurance that such vital information would be treated with utmost confidentiality and dispatch NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Enugu Police Command rescues 12 kidnap victims in 1 week
    Defence/Security3 days ago

    Enugu Police Command rescues 12 kidnap victims in 1 week

    The Enugu State Police Command says it has rescued 12 kidnap victims and foiled an attempt on some residents within one-week.

    The command’s Spokesman, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, disclosed this in a statement issued in Enugu and made available to newsmen on Thursday.

    “Police operatives in Unity Division, on Sept. 21 at about 7:10p.

    m., responded to a distress call that suspected kidnappers blocked the road between Ekwegbe-Agu and Neke-Uno communities in Enugu East and Igbo-Etiti council areas on the Enugu-Opi-Nsukka Highway.

    “The police operatives foiled their attempt to kidnap some road users after a gun duel.

    “Thereafter, they rescued two male victims, who were on the verge of being kidnapped, and recovered their vehicles,” Ndukwe stated.

    He also stated that at about 5:30p.

    m. on Sept.16, operatives serving at 9th Mile Police Division with assistance from Neighborhood Watch Group and Forest Guard rescued four victims in a forest at Okpatu Community in Udi council area.

    The statement explained that the four rescued victims were said to have been kidnapped at Umulumgbe Community in the same council area at about 4p.

    m. on Sept. 15. “This is in addition to their rescuing six other victims in the same forest at about 4:15p.

    m., on Sept. 14,” the statement added.

    It stated that the victims were reportedly kidnapped on Sept.12 at Awhum Community in Udi council area.

    Ndukwe stated that all the rescued persons had been re-united with their families.

    He also stated that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Ahmed Ammani, had ordered the immediate deployment of more resources to further contain emerging incidents of kidnapping in some parts of the state, particularly on the Enugu-Opi-Nsukka Road. “This is to ensure the security and safety of lives and property of innocent citizens, especially along major roads in the state,” he added.

    According to him, the state police boss has appealed to residents of the state to assist the command with prompt and credible information that will help in serving them better.

    He stated that the command could be reached on the following emergency hotlines: 08032003702, 08075390883, 08086671202 or Police PPRO on 08099854883. He added that information could be sent to the command via: infoenugupolice@gmail.

    com.

    He gave assurance that such vital information would be treated with utmost confidentiality and dispatch.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  First Bank of Nigeria Ltd in partnership with Verve International has inaugurated the third National Consumer promo designed to reward users of FirstBank verve card with gifts and cash prizes Mr Chuma Ezirim Group Executive e Business and Retail Products FirstBank said this in a statement on Thursday in Lagos He said the promo was to appreciate customers who used the card to carry out electronic banking transactions The ongoing two month promo will end on Oct 30 as 20 customers 10 customers per month with the highest transaction count during the promo will be made millionaires winning the sum of N1 million each Also N20 000 will be won by 25 customers monthly On the other hand 2 620 FirstBank verve cardholders that double their transactions every week stand a chance to enjoy 10 per cent cashback capped at N2 000 per customer he said Ezirim stressed that the partnership with Verve Card through the years had been that of empowerment and opportunities which included growing the economy supporting new businesses and preventing unemployment He urged FirstBank verve card holders to continue to use their cards as it was a card offering that promoted safe convenient and rewarding digital banking experience with 20 customers standing a chance to be millionaires at the end of the promo The News Agency of Nigeria reports that FirstBank in partnership with Verve recently rewarded over 2 601 FirstBank verve cardholders with various prizes including N20 000 cash prize and N10 000 cash prize The bank also gave out N10 000 worth of airtime power generating sets refrigerator cooking gas smart TV and the grand prize of a brand new car to a lucky winner NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FirstBank partners Verve International, rewards customers in new promo
     First Bank of Nigeria Ltd in partnership with Verve International has inaugurated the third National Consumer promo designed to reward users of FirstBank verve card with gifts and cash prizes Mr Chuma Ezirim Group Executive e Business and Retail Products FirstBank said this in a statement on Thursday in Lagos He said the promo was to appreciate customers who used the card to carry out electronic banking transactions The ongoing two month promo will end on Oct 30 as 20 customers 10 customers per month with the highest transaction count during the promo will be made millionaires winning the sum of N1 million each Also N20 000 will be won by 25 customers monthly On the other hand 2 620 FirstBank verve cardholders that double their transactions every week stand a chance to enjoy 10 per cent cashback capped at N2 000 per customer he said Ezirim stressed that the partnership with Verve Card through the years had been that of empowerment and opportunities which included growing the economy supporting new businesses and preventing unemployment He urged FirstBank verve card holders to continue to use their cards as it was a card offering that promoted safe convenient and rewarding digital banking experience with 20 customers standing a chance to be millionaires at the end of the promo The News Agency of Nigeria reports that FirstBank in partnership with Verve recently rewarded over 2 601 FirstBank verve cardholders with various prizes including N20 000 cash prize and N10 000 cash prize The bank also gave out N10 000 worth of airtime power generating sets refrigerator cooking gas smart TV and the grand prize of a brand new car to a lucky winner NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FirstBank partners Verve International, rewards customers in new promo
    Economy3 days ago

    FirstBank partners Verve International, rewards customers in new promo

    First Bank of Nigeria Ltd., in partnership with Verve International, has inaugurated the third National Consumer promo designed to reward users of FirstBank verve card with gifts and cash prizes.

    Mr Chuma Ezirim, Group Executive, e-Business and Retail Products, FirstBank, said this in a statement on Thursday in Lagos.

    He said the promo was to appreciate customers who used the card to carry-out electronic banking transactions.

    “The ongoing two-month promo will end on Oct. 30, as 20 customers (10 customers per month) with the highest transaction count during the promo will be made millionaires, winning the sum of N1 million each.

    “Also, N20,000 will be won by 25 customers monthly.

    “On the other hand, 2,620 FirstBank verve cardholders that double their transactions every week, stand a chance to enjoy 10 per cent cashback capped at N2,000 per customer,” he said.

    Ezirim stressed that the partnership with Verve Card through the years had been that of empowerment and opportunities, which included growing the economy, supporting new businesses and preventing unemployment.

    He urged FirstBank verve card holders to continue to use their cards as it was a card offering that promoted safe, convenient and rewarding digital banking experience with 20 customers standing a chance to be millionaires at the end of the promo.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that FirstBank in partnership with Verve, recently rewarded over 2,601 FirstBank verve cardholders with various prizes; including N20,000 cash prize and N10,000 cash prize.

    The bank also gave out, N10,000 worth of airtime; power generating sets, refrigerator, cooking gas, smart TV and the grand prize of a brand-new car to a lucky winner.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  At least 7 800 secondary school teachers in Enugu State are currently undergoing training in contemporary teaching skills organised by the State Government The Executive Chairman Post Primary School Management Board PPSMB Dr Favour Ugwuanyi said this while declaring the workshop open on Thursday in Enugu Ugwuanyi said that the training was meant to build the capacity of the teachers and improve the quality of education in the state She said that the teachers were drawn from Nsukka Obollo Afor Awgu Enugu Udi and Agbani zones She said that the training centred specifically on leadership skills conflict management and use of technological tools She also said that the training would equip the participants to adapt to modern day educational system and good parenting Ugwuanyi also said that the exercise would further help to improve the performance of the students in the state According to her the zeal and commitment from the teachers made Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to approve the training for them At the end of the workshop the board is expected to have better teachers that will discharge their duties efficiently and enjoy their profession passionately she said The state PPSMB boss also said that the workshop would be used to conduct physical verification aimed at fishing out ghost teachers She said that the last head count in the state took place in 2019 She said that the exercise would help the government to properly identify those that were still in service She congratulated the teachers for the brilliant performance of a student from Udi Zone who emerged the overall best in the 2022 West Africa Examination Council WAEC result in the country She attributed the feat to the regular evaluation and monitoring exercise embarked upon by the board in addition to the encouragement by the state government They are not owed salary and promotions are given to qualified teachers without delay which have helped to motivate the teachers Ugwuanyi said In a remark the governor said that the government was considering rural allowance for teachers in rural areas to boost their morale He urged teachers to shun absenteeism because of its negative impact on both the students and state He warned that his administration would no longer tolerate the habit amongst teachers The governor represented by his Senior Special Assistant on Religious Matters Bishop Chinedu Nwoye encouraged them to do more for the state A resource person Prof Shola Adeyaju delivered a lecture on Leadership and Conflict Management for teachers in public schools in Enugu State Adeyaju is the Head of National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies Kuru Jos He urged the teachers to carry everyone along and learn the best way to handle conflicts anytime they arose He further charged them to develop leadership skills to be able to manage and control students In another topic Building the 21st Century Teachers Mr Donald Chukwuanyi said that technology had changed the old educational system and method of learning According to Chukwuanyi learning now can be done using social media tools such as Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Zoom and YouTube He said that 21st Century teachers must therefore be dynamic storytellers and posses the ability to adapt to change A cross section of the participants expressed joy over the training saying that it had added value to their knowledge The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the training which started on Sept 20 would end on Sept 24 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Enugu trains 7,800 secondary school teachers
     At least 7 800 secondary school teachers in Enugu State are currently undergoing training in contemporary teaching skills organised by the State Government The Executive Chairman Post Primary School Management Board PPSMB Dr Favour Ugwuanyi said this while declaring the workshop open on Thursday in Enugu Ugwuanyi said that the training was meant to build the capacity of the teachers and improve the quality of education in the state She said that the teachers were drawn from Nsukka Obollo Afor Awgu Enugu Udi and Agbani zones She said that the training centred specifically on leadership skills conflict management and use of technological tools She also said that the training would equip the participants to adapt to modern day educational system and good parenting Ugwuanyi also said that the exercise would further help to improve the performance of the students in the state According to her the zeal and commitment from the teachers made Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to approve the training for them At the end of the workshop the board is expected to have better teachers that will discharge their duties efficiently and enjoy their profession passionately she said The state PPSMB boss also said that the workshop would be used to conduct physical verification aimed at fishing out ghost teachers She said that the last head count in the state took place in 2019 She said that the exercise would help the government to properly identify those that were still in service She congratulated the teachers for the brilliant performance of a student from Udi Zone who emerged the overall best in the 2022 West Africa Examination Council WAEC result in the country She attributed the feat to the regular evaluation and monitoring exercise embarked upon by the board in addition to the encouragement by the state government They are not owed salary and promotions are given to qualified teachers without delay which have helped to motivate the teachers Ugwuanyi said In a remark the governor said that the government was considering rural allowance for teachers in rural areas to boost their morale He urged teachers to shun absenteeism because of its negative impact on both the students and state He warned that his administration would no longer tolerate the habit amongst teachers The governor represented by his Senior Special Assistant on Religious Matters Bishop Chinedu Nwoye encouraged them to do more for the state A resource person Prof Shola Adeyaju delivered a lecture on Leadership and Conflict Management for teachers in public schools in Enugu State Adeyaju is the Head of National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies Kuru Jos He urged the teachers to carry everyone along and learn the best way to handle conflicts anytime they arose He further charged them to develop leadership skills to be able to manage and control students In another topic Building the 21st Century Teachers Mr Donald Chukwuanyi said that technology had changed the old educational system and method of learning According to Chukwuanyi learning now can be done using social media tools such as Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Zoom and YouTube He said that 21st Century teachers must therefore be dynamic storytellers and posses the ability to adapt to change A cross section of the participants expressed joy over the training saying that it had added value to their knowledge The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the training which started on Sept 20 would end on Sept 24 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Enugu trains 7,800 secondary school teachers
    Education3 days ago

    Enugu trains 7,800 secondary school teachers

    At least 7,800 secondary school teachers in Enugu State are currently undergoing training in contemporary teaching skills organised by the State Government.

    The Executive Chairman, Post Primary School Management Board (PPSMB), Dr Favour Ugwuanyi, said this while declaring the workshop open on Thursday in Enugu.

    Ugwuanyi said that the training was meant to build the capacity of the teachers and improve the quality of education in the state.

    She said that the teachers were drawn from Nsukka, Obollo Afor, Awgu, Enugu, Udi and Agbani zones.

    She said that the training centred specifically on leadership skills, conflict management and use of technological tools.

    She also said that the training would equip the participants to adapt to modern day educational system and good parenting.

    Ugwuanyi also said that the exercise would further help to improve the performance of the students in the state.

    According to her, the zeal and commitment from the teachers made Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to approve the training for them.

    “At the end of the workshop, the board is expected to have better teachers that will discharge their duties efficiently and enjoy their profession, passionately,” she said.

    The state PPSMB boss also said that the workshop would be used to conduct physical verification aimed at fishing out ghost teachers.

    She said that the last head count in the state took place in 2019. She said that the exercise would help the government to properly identify those that were still in service.

    She congratulated the teachers for the brilliant performance of a student from Udi Zone, who emerged the overall best in the 2022 West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) result in the country.

    She attributed the feat to the regular evaluation and monitoring exercise embarked upon by the board, in addition to the encouragement by the state government.

    “They are not owed salary and promotions are given to qualified teachers without delay, which have helped to motivate the teachers,” Ugwuanyi said.

    In a remark, the governor said that the government was considering rural allowance for teachers in rural areas to boost their morale.

    He urged teachers to shun absenteeism because of its negative impact on both the students and state.

    He warned that his administration would no longer tolerate the habit amongst teachers.

    The governor, represented by his Senior Special Assistant on Religious Matters, Bishop Chinedu Nwoye, encouraged them to do more for the state.

    A resource person, Prof. Shola Adeyaju, delivered a lecture on “Leadership and Conflict Management for teachers in public schools in Enugu State”.

    Adeyaju is the Head of National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos. He urged the teachers to carry everyone along and learn the best way to handle conflicts anytime they arose.

    He further charged them to develop leadership skills to be able to manage and control students.

    In another topic, “Building the 21st Century Teachers”, Mr Donald Chukwuanyi said that technology had changed the old educational system and method of learning.

    According to Chukwuanyi, learning now can be done using social media tools, such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Zoom and YouTube. He said that 21st Century teachers must, therefore, be dynamic, storytellers and posses the ability to adapt to change.

    A cross-section of the participants expressed joy over the training, saying that it had added value to their knowledge.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the training, which started on Sept. 20, would end on Sept. 24.
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  •  Gov Kayode Fayemi the outgoing Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum NGF has applauded Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on his sterling leadership quality of the National Economic Council NEC Osinbajo s spokesman Laolu Akande in a statement on Thursday in Abuja said Fayemi who is the outgoing Governor of Ekiti State spoke at a virtual meeting presided over by the vice president on Thursday Fayemi said that Osinbajo in steering the council had done a lot to ensure that the country was a true federation He also expressed his appreciation to the entire council and President Muhammadu Buhari Fayemi said that having served in previous NEC and longer than most current members he could affirm that Osinbajo s leadership had been outstanding He added that the council had never had the kind of leadership that Osinbajo had provided The governor said he hoped that such leadership of NEC would be maintained going forward I want to particularly express my own gratitude to you for your leadership over the last four years that has reenergised this council in a manner that we have not seen in a long time In fact I should say over the last seven years but I have been privileged to be part of it in the last four years And I have been part of all the NEC s proceedings before your time but I can say without any shadow of a doubt that the energy the focus the results over the last four years are due to no other reason than your extraordinary leadership of this council he said In his remarks the vice president commended Fayemi who was attending his last NEC meeting More so at the meeting NEC received briefings on the need for states to adopt strategies to step up service delivery in the grassroots and also on how to mitigate flood NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Outgoing NGF chairman rates Osinbajo’s leadership of NEC high
     Gov Kayode Fayemi the outgoing Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum NGF has applauded Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on his sterling leadership quality of the National Economic Council NEC Osinbajo s spokesman Laolu Akande in a statement on Thursday in Abuja said Fayemi who is the outgoing Governor of Ekiti State spoke at a virtual meeting presided over by the vice president on Thursday Fayemi said that Osinbajo in steering the council had done a lot to ensure that the country was a true federation He also expressed his appreciation to the entire council and President Muhammadu Buhari Fayemi said that having served in previous NEC and longer than most current members he could affirm that Osinbajo s leadership had been outstanding He added that the council had never had the kind of leadership that Osinbajo had provided The governor said he hoped that such leadership of NEC would be maintained going forward I want to particularly express my own gratitude to you for your leadership over the last four years that has reenergised this council in a manner that we have not seen in a long time In fact I should say over the last seven years but I have been privileged to be part of it in the last four years And I have been part of all the NEC s proceedings before your time but I can say without any shadow of a doubt that the energy the focus the results over the last four years are due to no other reason than your extraordinary leadership of this council he said In his remarks the vice president commended Fayemi who was attending his last NEC meeting More so at the meeting NEC received briefings on the need for states to adopt strategies to step up service delivery in the grassroots and also on how to mitigate flood NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Outgoing NGF chairman rates Osinbajo’s leadership of NEC high
    Economy3 days ago

    Outgoing NGF chairman rates Osinbajo’s leadership of NEC high

    Gov. Kayode Fayemi, the outgoing  Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), has applauded  Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on his sterling leadership quality of the National Economic Council (NEC).

    Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, said Fayemi, who is the outgoing Governor of Ekiti State, spoke at a virtual meeting presided over by the vice president on Thursday.

    Fayemi said that Osinbajo in steering the council, had done a lot to ensure that the country was a true federation.

    He also expressed his appreciation to the entire council and President Muhammadu Buhari.

    Fayemi said that having served in previous NEC and longer than most current members, he could affirm that Osinbajo’s leadership had been outstanding.

    He added that the council had never had the kind of leadership that Osinbajo had provided.

    The governor said he hoped that such leadership of NEC would be maintained going forward.

    “I want to particularly express my own gratitude to you for your leadership over the last four years that has reenergised this council in a manner that we have not seen in a long time.

    “In fact, I should say over the last seven  years, but I have been privileged to be part of it in the last four years.

    “And I have been part of all the NEC’s proceedings before your time, but I can say without any shadow of a doubt that the energy, the focus, the results over the last four years are due to no other reason than your extraordinary leadership of this council,” he said.

    In his remarks, the vice president commended Fayemi who was attending his last NEC meeting.

    More so, at the meeting, NEC received briefings on the need for states to adopt strategies to step up service delivery in the grassroots and also on how to mitigate flood.


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  •  The Nigeria Police Force Public Relations Officer CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi has described the safety and security of journalists as crucial to the growth of any society Adejobi made the assertion on Thursday during a media week organised by the Nigerian Union of Journalists NUJ News Agency of Nigeria Lagos Chapel The event had the theme Health and Security of Nigerian Journalists Emerging Consideration Adejobi was represented by the Pubic Relations Officer of Zone 2 Command of the Nigeria Police Force SP Hauwa Idris Adamu He advised journalists to prioritise their safety saying that insecurity was a global challenge Journalists should be security conscious they should be vigilant and should not bring out their gadgets in an environment that is not safe The need for safety and security of media professionals cannot be overemphasized Everyone is advised to be conscious of his or her safety and security wherever and whenever We all should pay attention to where we are in whose presence we make and answer business calls who we give custody of our wards most importantly we need to know who our neighbours are he said Adejobi urged journalists to have proper means of identification to distinguish themselves from non professionals He called on journalists to exhibit professionalism That is knowing who to ask what how and when to ask in case of non media friendly environments and while adopting espionage as a means The police spokesman said that investigation was useful in journalism Proper investigation into events will help to reduce if not completely eradicate fake news which is very inimical to the growth and development of our society It is expected of media professionals to give exact established and proper reports that are healthy for the targeted audience and capable of promoting the dignity of the profession He said that journalists and the police should work together for the benefit of the nation Adejobi said that every citizen had a duty to police his or her environment as policing was the duty of all and sundry and should not be left to security agencies alone In his address of welcome the Chairman of NUJ NAN Lagos Chapel Mr Yunus Yusuf said that the purpose of the symposium was to discuss how the job of the journalists affected his mental health and security Many journalists become witnesses to disasters human sufferings and violent events at some points in their careers Journalists are oftened burdened by mental stress created by the nature of their work Stress and psychological trauma are major occupational risks for journalists Yusuf said According to him journalists as watchdogs of the society write about problems of others but no one cares for them During elections journalists are attacked while politicians are protected by security agents Nobody protects journalists he said Yusuf added that journalists were harassed when they wrote stories unfavorable to some people or organisations The Managing Director of SUNU Health Nig Ltd Dr Patrick Korie said that there was knowledge gap on the safety and health of journalists Korie urged journalists to make their health a priority Take the issue of your health serious a journalist who is not in good health cannot function well He urged journalists to regularly undergo medical checkups NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Safety, security of media professionals crucial – say police, others
     The Nigeria Police Force Public Relations Officer CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi has described the safety and security of journalists as crucial to the growth of any society Adejobi made the assertion on Thursday during a media week organised by the Nigerian Union of Journalists NUJ News Agency of Nigeria Lagos Chapel The event had the theme Health and Security of Nigerian Journalists Emerging Consideration Adejobi was represented by the Pubic Relations Officer of Zone 2 Command of the Nigeria Police Force SP Hauwa Idris Adamu He advised journalists to prioritise their safety saying that insecurity was a global challenge Journalists should be security conscious they should be vigilant and should not bring out their gadgets in an environment that is not safe The need for safety and security of media professionals cannot be overemphasized Everyone is advised to be conscious of his or her safety and security wherever and whenever We all should pay attention to where we are in whose presence we make and answer business calls who we give custody of our wards most importantly we need to know who our neighbours are he said Adejobi urged journalists to have proper means of identification to distinguish themselves from non professionals He called on journalists to exhibit professionalism That is knowing who to ask what how and when to ask in case of non media friendly environments and while adopting espionage as a means The police spokesman said that investigation was useful in journalism Proper investigation into events will help to reduce if not completely eradicate fake news which is very inimical to the growth and development of our society It is expected of media professionals to give exact established and proper reports that are healthy for the targeted audience and capable of promoting the dignity of the profession He said that journalists and the police should work together for the benefit of the nation Adejobi said that every citizen had a duty to police his or her environment as policing was the duty of all and sundry and should not be left to security agencies alone In his address of welcome the Chairman of NUJ NAN Lagos Chapel Mr Yunus Yusuf said that the purpose of the symposium was to discuss how the job of the journalists affected his mental health and security Many journalists become witnesses to disasters human sufferings and violent events at some points in their careers Journalists are oftened burdened by mental stress created by the nature of their work Stress and psychological trauma are major occupational risks for journalists Yusuf said According to him journalists as watchdogs of the society write about problems of others but no one cares for them During elections journalists are attacked while politicians are protected by security agents Nobody protects journalists he said Yusuf added that journalists were harassed when they wrote stories unfavorable to some people or organisations The Managing Director of SUNU Health Nig Ltd Dr Patrick Korie said that there was knowledge gap on the safety and health of journalists Korie urged journalists to make their health a priority Take the issue of your health serious a journalist who is not in good health cannot function well He urged journalists to regularly undergo medical checkups NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Safety, security of media professionals crucial – say police, others
    Defence/Security3 days ago

    Safety, security of media professionals crucial – say police, others

    The Nigeria Police Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, has described the safety and security of journalists as crucial to the growth of any society.

    Adejobi made the assertion on Thursday during a media week organised by the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ),  News Agency of Nigeria Lagos Chapel.

    The event had the theme: “Health and Security of Nigerian Journalists: Emerging Consideration”.

    Adejobi was represented by the Pubic Relations Officer of Zone 2 Command  of the Nigeria Police Force, SP Hauwa Idris-Adamu.

    He advised journalists to prioritise their safety, saying that insecurity was a global challenge.

    “Journalists should be security conscious, they should be vigilant and should not bring out their gadgets in an environment that is not safe.

    “The need for safety and security of media professionals cannot be overemphasized.

    “Everyone is advised to be conscious of his or her safety and security wherever and whenever.

    “We all should pay attention to where we are, in whose presence we make and answer business calls, who we give custody of our wards; most importantly, we need to know who our neighbours are,” he said.

    Adejobi urged journalists to have proper means of identification to distinguish themselves from non-professionals.

    He called on journalists to exhibit professionalism.

    “That is, knowing who to ask what, how and when to ask in case of non-media friendly environments, and while adopting espionage as a means.

    ” The police spokesman said that investigation was useful in journalism.

    “Proper investigation into events will help to reduce, if not completely eradicate, fake news which is very inimical to the growth and development of our society.

    “It is expected of media professionals to give exact, established and proper reports that are healthy for the targeted audience and capable of promoting the dignity of the profession.

    ” He said that journalists and the police should work together for the benefit of the nation.

    Adejobi said that every citizen had a duty to police his or her environment as policing was the duty of all and sundry and should not be left to security agencies alone.

    In his address of welcome, the Chairman of NUJ, NAN Lagos Chapel, Mr Yunus Yusuf, said that the purpose of the symposium was to discuss how the job of the journalists affected his mental health and security.

    “Many journalists become witnesses to disasters, human sufferings and  violent events at some points in their careers.

    “Journalists are oftened burdened by mental stress created by the nature of their work.

    “Stress and psychological trauma are major occupational risks for journalists,” Yusuf said.

    According to him, journalists, as watchdogs of the society, write about problems of others but no one cares for them.

    “During elections, journalists are attacked while politicians are protected by security agents.

    Nobody protects journalists,” he said.

    Yusuf added that journalists were harassed when they wrote stories unfavorable to some people or organisations.

    The Managing Director of SUNU Health Nig. Ltd., Dr Patrick Korie, said that there was knowledge gap on the safety and health of journalists.

    Korie urged journalists to make their health a priority.

    “Take the issue of your health serious; a journalist who is not in good health cannot function well.

    ” He urged journalists to regularly undergo  medical checkups.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Chief Timipre Sylva Minister of State for Petroleum Resources says there are about 265 illegal refineries in the Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC corridor alone as Nigeria continues to grapple with oil theft The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Sylva spoke at the 60th Anniversary of the Oil Producers Trade Section OPTS of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry LCCI on Thursday in Lagos The minister represented by Mr Kamaru Busari Acting Permanent Secretary Ministry of Petroleum Resources said vandalism and oil theft had resulted in Nigeria producing less than one million barrels of crude oil per day Sylva said the country s inability to meet its Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries OPEC quota had deprived it of the much needed oil revenue when oil prices were very high in the international market He said nevertheless the government was engaging host communities security agencies and deploying technology to address the issue in order to boost investors confidence in the sector On his part Malam Mele Kyari Group Chief Executive Officer Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd NNPCL said the company was not unmindful of the current challenges particularly security in the operational areas and cash call arrears settlement Kyari represented by Mr Dapo Segun Deputy General Manager Treasury NNPCL however maintained that the company was resilient and would work with other stakeholders to overcome the security challenges He said We have deployed creative solutions to tackle security challenges in the operational areas Technological intervention for both monitoring and prompt intervention would also be set up The tackling of the menace is a top priority for NNPCL Also our new governance framework provides us autonomy and opportunity for self accounting hence cash call settlement including arrears would be settled and handled promptly going forward Earlier in his address of welcome Mr Rick Kennedy Chairman OPTS said OPTS had made significant contributions to the development of the Nigerian oil and gas industry over the past 60 years Kennedy represented by Mr Osagie Okunbor Vice Chairman OPTS said OPTS members had demonstrated resilience and commitment in the face of economic security environmental and funding challenges He said We have continued to make significant contributions to Nigeria s development As a group OPTS member companies account about 90 per cent of Nigeria oil production and contributes significantly to the domestic and export gas production and supply Over the last decade OPTS member companies accounted for 40 60 per cent of government revenue and 85 to 95 per cent of export earnings OPTS member companies are also proud to have paid tens of billions of dollars in taxes levies royalties rents and license fees to the Nigerian government Kennedy who is also the Managing Director Chevron Africa Business Unit said the OPTS companies had also created over 600 000 direct and indirect jobs for Nigerians Also Mr Bunmi Toyobo Executive Director OPTS thanked the 29 companies who were members of the OPTS for their contributions to its achievements in the past 60 years This celebration is to demonstrate our abiding faith in Nigeria as a group and belief in the boundless growth potential of our country given the enabling environment he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    265 illegal refineries in SPDC corridor – Sylva
     Chief Timipre Sylva Minister of State for Petroleum Resources says there are about 265 illegal refineries in the Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC corridor alone as Nigeria continues to grapple with oil theft The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Sylva spoke at the 60th Anniversary of the Oil Producers Trade Section OPTS of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry LCCI on Thursday in Lagos The minister represented by Mr Kamaru Busari Acting Permanent Secretary Ministry of Petroleum Resources said vandalism and oil theft had resulted in Nigeria producing less than one million barrels of crude oil per day Sylva said the country s inability to meet its Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries OPEC quota had deprived it of the much needed oil revenue when oil prices were very high in the international market He said nevertheless the government was engaging host communities security agencies and deploying technology to address the issue in order to boost investors confidence in the sector On his part Malam Mele Kyari Group Chief Executive Officer Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd NNPCL said the company was not unmindful of the current challenges particularly security in the operational areas and cash call arrears settlement Kyari represented by Mr Dapo Segun Deputy General Manager Treasury NNPCL however maintained that the company was resilient and would work with other stakeholders to overcome the security challenges He said We have deployed creative solutions to tackle security challenges in the operational areas Technological intervention for both monitoring and prompt intervention would also be set up The tackling of the menace is a top priority for NNPCL Also our new governance framework provides us autonomy and opportunity for self accounting hence cash call settlement including arrears would be settled and handled promptly going forward Earlier in his address of welcome Mr Rick Kennedy Chairman OPTS said OPTS had made significant contributions to the development of the Nigerian oil and gas industry over the past 60 years Kennedy represented by Mr Osagie Okunbor Vice Chairman OPTS said OPTS members had demonstrated resilience and commitment in the face of economic security environmental and funding challenges He said We have continued to make significant contributions to Nigeria s development As a group OPTS member companies account about 90 per cent of Nigeria oil production and contributes significantly to the domestic and export gas production and supply Over the last decade OPTS member companies accounted for 40 60 per cent of government revenue and 85 to 95 per cent of export earnings OPTS member companies are also proud to have paid tens of billions of dollars in taxes levies royalties rents and license fees to the Nigerian government Kennedy who is also the Managing Director Chevron Africa Business Unit said the OPTS companies had also created over 600 000 direct and indirect jobs for Nigerians Also Mr Bunmi Toyobo Executive Director OPTS thanked the 29 companies who were members of the OPTS for their contributions to its achievements in the past 60 years This celebration is to demonstrate our abiding faith in Nigeria as a group and belief in the boundless growth potential of our country given the enabling environment he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    265 illegal refineries in SPDC corridor – Sylva
    General news3 days ago

    265 illegal refineries in SPDC corridor – Sylva

    Chief Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, says there are about 265 illegal refineries in the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) corridor alone as Nigeria continues to grapple with oil theft.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Sylva spoke at the 60th Anniversary of the Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS) of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) on Thursday in Lagos.

    The minister, represented by Mr Kamaru Busari, Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, said vandalism and oil theft had resulted in Nigeria producing less than one million barrels of crude oil per day.

    Sylva said the country’s inability to meet its Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) quota had deprived it of the much needed oil revenue when oil prices were very high in the international market.

    He said, nevertheless, the government was engaging host communities, security agencies and deploying technology to address the issue in order to boost investors’ confidence in the sector.

    On his part, Malam Mele Kyari, Group Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd. (NNPCL), said the company was not unmindful of the current challenges, particularly security in the operational areas and cash call arrears settlement.

    Kyari, represented by Mr Dapo Segun, Deputy General Manager, Treasury, NNPCL, however,  maintained that the company was resilient and would work with other stakeholders to overcome the security challenges.

    He said: “We have deployed creative solutions to tackle security challenges in the operational areas.

    “Technological intervention for both monitoring and prompt intervention would also be set up.

    The tackling of the menace is a top priority for NNPCL.

    “Also, our new governance framework provides us autonomy and opportunity for self-accounting hence cash-call settlement including arrears would be settled and handled promptly going forward.

    ” Earlier in his address of welcome, Mr Rick Kennedy, Chairman OPTS, said OPTS had made significant contributions to the development of the Nigerian oil and gas industry over the past 60 years.

    Kennedy, represented by Mr Osagie Okunbor, Vice Chairman, OPTS, said OPTS members had demonstrated resilience and commitment in the face of economic, security, environmental and funding challenges.

    He said: “We have continued to make significant contributions to Nigeria’s development.

    “As a group, OPTS member companies account about 90 per cent of Nigeria oil production and contributes significantly to the domestic and export gas production and supply.

    “Over the last decade, OPTS member companies accounted for 40-60 per cent of government revenue and 85 to 95 per cent of export earnings.

    “OPTS member companies are also proud to have paid tens of billions of dollars in taxes, levies, royalties, rents, and license fees to the Nigerian government.

    ” Kennedy, who is also the Managing Director, Chevron -Africa Business Unit, said the OPTS companies had also created over 600,000 direct and indirect jobs for Nigerians.

    Also, Mr Bunmi Toyobo, Executive Director,OPTS, thanked the 29 companies who were members of the OPTS for their contributions to its achievements in the past 60 years.

    “This celebration is to demonstrate our abiding faith in Nigeria as a group and belief in the boundless growth potential of our country, given the enabling environment,” he said.


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  •  50 winners emerged in the ongoing Dangote Cement Plc Bag of Goodies Promo Season 3 in the Northeast region on Thursday The company made this known in a statement signed by Mr Anthony Chiejina Group Head Corporate Communications Dangote Group in Lagos According to the statement the Regional Director Northeast Dangote Cement Plc Mr Ismail Iliya at a ceremony in Jos Plateau said the winners were from Bauchi Adamawa Taraba Plateau Borno Gombe and Yobe According to him 20 winners were awarded cash prizes and consolation gifts at the venue while those in far flung areas will be sent theirs after the event Iliya noted that the winners ranged from businessmen to block moulders labourers and contractors across the region and they were quite encouraged by the big win to participate in the promo Star prize winner Mr Salisu Adam said he was elated about his win and commended the company for the initiative We were doubtful initially but with the conviction that Dangote means well for the nation we decided to give the promo a trial he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    50 winners emerge in Dangote cement promo in Jos
     50 winners emerged in the ongoing Dangote Cement Plc Bag of Goodies Promo Season 3 in the Northeast region on Thursday The company made this known in a statement signed by Mr Anthony Chiejina Group Head Corporate Communications Dangote Group in Lagos According to the statement the Regional Director Northeast Dangote Cement Plc Mr Ismail Iliya at a ceremony in Jos Plateau said the winners were from Bauchi Adamawa Taraba Plateau Borno Gombe and Yobe According to him 20 winners were awarded cash prizes and consolation gifts at the venue while those in far flung areas will be sent theirs after the event Iliya noted that the winners ranged from businessmen to block moulders labourers and contractors across the region and they were quite encouraged by the big win to participate in the promo Star prize winner Mr Salisu Adam said he was elated about his win and commended the company for the initiative We were doubtful initially but with the conviction that Dangote means well for the nation we decided to give the promo a trial he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    50 winners emerge in Dangote cement promo in Jos
    Economy3 days ago

    50 winners emerge in Dangote cement promo in Jos

    50 winners emerged in the ongoing Dangote Cement Plc ‘Bag of Goodies Promo Season 3’ in the Northeast region on Thursday.

    The company made this known in a statement signed by Mr Anthony Chiejina, Group Head, Corporate Communications, Dangote Group, in Lagos.

    According to the statement, the Regional Director, Northeast, Dangote Cement Plc, Mr Ismail Iliya, at a ceremony in Jos, Plateau, said the winners were from Bauchi, Adamawa, Taraba, Plateau, Borno, Gombe and Yobe. According to him, 20 winners were awarded cash prizes and consolation gifts at the venue while those in far-flung areas will be sent theirs after the event.

    Iliya noted that the winners ranged from businessmen to block moulders, labourers and contractors across the region, and they were quite encouraged by the big win to participate in the promo.

    Star prize winner, Mr Salisu Adam, said he was elated about his win and commended the company for the initiative.

    “We were doubtful initially but with the conviction that Dangote means well for the nation we decided to give the promo a trial,” he said.


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  •   Delta Govt laments as famer loses over N70m rice farm to flood Delta Delta Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources Dr Godfrey Enita on Thursday expressed concern over the extent of damage wrought by flood on rice farm in the state The commissioner spoke with newsmen after inspecting a 100 hectares rice farm taken over by flood at the Benin Owena River Basin Authority in Ngegwu Ajaji Illah Oshimili North Local Government Area of the state According to Enita the damage to the rice farm is colossal huge and massive In fact when the report got to me I did not know that it was of this magnitude When I first saw the video most part of the farm was above the water but as you can see more than 70 per cent of the entire rice farm land is under water That tells you how massive the loss but I must commend the farmer he is a dogged person because of his commitment These are people the government should encourage particularly for someone who had invest much and only to experience this huge loss due to flooding Enita gave assurance that the state government would liaise with appropriate authorities to do what would be necessary to support the farmer to remain in business He noted that the magnitude of damage was enough to discourage the farmer if nothing was done to keep him afloat The commissioner said that the issues on how to secure the programme on food security would remain a national discuss He said that the issues of flooding had occupied the centre stage if the nation must sustain the policy on food security According to him we are aware that dams will be opened and flooding will come but why something tangible has not been done to stem it over the years is what we cannot understand The commissioner said that as state government there was nothing much that could be done to stop the flooding But we will continue to support our farmers in all ways possible to give them hope and encourage them to stay in their businesses Enita said On his part the Managing Director Merrybell Rice Farm Mr Felix Okonti who lost 50 hectares about 250 metric tonnes of rice farm to the flood said that his total loss was about N72 million According to Okonti the total hectarage under the river basin land development is 100 hectares which was leased to the Delta State Government Ministry of Agriculture Assisted Rice production Out of this I own 50 hectares and because we are mindful that there will be flood we first planed planting faru 44 but due to delay in inputs we opted for flood resistant variety called Buga rice variety from Jos which we planted in this field We did not envisage that the height of flood will be this high normally this variety is supposed to withstand the flood but this is not the situation As you can see it has covered all the plants and going by the average of five to seven tonnes of rice per hectare the gravity of loss is colossal It takes about 120 days three months for this variety to mature and these have reached 72 days when the flood came and as you can see there is nothing to salvage from the farm Okonti who encouraged himself said that in spite of the loss he would venture into dry season rice farming from November According to him the farm is insured and give the current market price the total loss is put at about N72 million He however advised the Federal Government as the manager of river basins and inland waterways to construct the needed dams along the River Basin to absorb the waters that cause havoc along the states in the area The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the commissioner in company of the Permanent Secretary Mr Ben Agamah Mr Okonti among others paddled on a canoe through the flooded rice farm to a certain the extent of damage NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Delta Govt. laments as famer loses over N70m rice farm to flood 
      Delta Govt laments as famer loses over N70m rice farm to flood Delta Delta Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources Dr Godfrey Enita on Thursday expressed concern over the extent of damage wrought by flood on rice farm in the state The commissioner spoke with newsmen after inspecting a 100 hectares rice farm taken over by flood at the Benin Owena River Basin Authority in Ngegwu Ajaji Illah Oshimili North Local Government Area of the state According to Enita the damage to the rice farm is colossal huge and massive In fact when the report got to me I did not know that it was of this magnitude When I first saw the video most part of the farm was above the water but as you can see more than 70 per cent of the entire rice farm land is under water That tells you how massive the loss but I must commend the farmer he is a dogged person because of his commitment These are people the government should encourage particularly for someone who had invest much and only to experience this huge loss due to flooding Enita gave assurance that the state government would liaise with appropriate authorities to do what would be necessary to support the farmer to remain in business He noted that the magnitude of damage was enough to discourage the farmer if nothing was done to keep him afloat The commissioner said that the issues on how to secure the programme on food security would remain a national discuss He said that the issues of flooding had occupied the centre stage if the nation must sustain the policy on food security According to him we are aware that dams will be opened and flooding will come but why something tangible has not been done to stem it over the years is what we cannot understand The commissioner said that as state government there was nothing much that could be done to stop the flooding But we will continue to support our farmers in all ways possible to give them hope and encourage them to stay in their businesses Enita said On his part the Managing Director Merrybell Rice Farm Mr Felix Okonti who lost 50 hectares about 250 metric tonnes of rice farm to the flood said that his total loss was about N72 million According to Okonti the total hectarage under the river basin land development is 100 hectares which was leased to the Delta State Government Ministry of Agriculture Assisted Rice production Out of this I own 50 hectares and because we are mindful that there will be flood we first planed planting faru 44 but due to delay in inputs we opted for flood resistant variety called Buga rice variety from Jos which we planted in this field We did not envisage that the height of flood will be this high normally this variety is supposed to withstand the flood but this is not the situation As you can see it has covered all the plants and going by the average of five to seven tonnes of rice per hectare the gravity of loss is colossal It takes about 120 days three months for this variety to mature and these have reached 72 days when the flood came and as you can see there is nothing to salvage from the farm Okonti who encouraged himself said that in spite of the loss he would venture into dry season rice farming from November According to him the farm is insured and give the current market price the total loss is put at about N72 million He however advised the Federal Government as the manager of river basins and inland waterways to construct the needed dams along the River Basin to absorb the waters that cause havoc along the states in the area The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the commissioner in company of the Permanent Secretary Mr Ben Agamah Mr Okonti among others paddled on a canoe through the flooded rice farm to a certain the extent of damage NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Delta Govt. laments as famer loses over N70m rice farm to flood 
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    Delta Govt. laments as famer loses over N70m rice farm to flood 

    Delta Govt. laments as famer loses over N70m rice farm to flood    Delta Delta Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr Godfrey Enita, on Thursday expressed concern over the extent of damage wrought by flood on rice farm in the state.

    The commissioner spoke with newsmen after inspecting a 100 hectares rice farm taken over by flood at the Benin-Owena River Basin Authority in Ngegwu, Ajaji – Illah, Oshimili North Local Government Area of the state.

    According to Enita, the damage to the rice farm is colossal, huge and massive.

    “In fact, when the report got to me, I did not know that it was of this magnitude.

    “When I first saw the video, most part of the farm was above the water but as you can see, more than 70 per cent of the entire rice farm land is under water.

    “That tells you how massive the loss but I must commend the farmer, he is a dogged person because of his commitment.

    “These are people the government  should encourage, particularly for someone who had invest much and only to experience this huge loss due to flooding.

    ”Enita gave assurance that the state government would liaise with appropriate authorities to do what would be necessary to support the farmer to remain in business. 

    He noted that the magnitude of damage was enough to  discourage the farmer if nothing was done to keep him afloat.

    The commissioner said that the issues on how to secure the programme on food security would remain a national discuss.

    He said that the issues of flooding had occupied the centre stage if the nation must sustain the policy on food security.

    According to him, we are aware that dams will be opened and flooding will come but why something tangible has not been done to stem it over the years is what we cannot understand.

    The commissioner said that as state government,  there was nothing much that could be done to stop the flooding.

    “But we will continue to support  our farmers in all ways possible to give them  hope and encourage them to stay in their businesses,” Enita said.

    On his part, the Managing Director, Merrybell Rice Farm, Mr Felix Okonti, who lost 50 hectares (about 250 metric tonnes of rice) farm to the flood, said that his total loss was about N72 million.

    According to Okonti, the total hectarage under the river basin land development  is 100 hectares which was leased to the Delta State Government Ministry of Agriculture Assisted Rice production.

    “Out of this, I own 50 hectares, and because we are mindful that there will be flood, we first planed planting faru 44, but due to delay in inputs, we opted for flood resistant variety, called Buga rice variety from Jos which we planted in this field.

    “We did not envisage that the height of flood will be this high, normally, this variety is supposed to withstand the flood but this is not the situation.

    “As you can see, it has covered all the plants and going by the average of five to seven tonnes of rice per hectare, the gravity of loss is colossal.

    “It takes about 120 days (three months) for this variety to mature, and these have reached 72 days when the flood came and as you can see, there is nothing to salvage from the farm.

    Okonti, who encouraged himself said that in spite of the loss he would venture into dry season rice farming from November.

    “According to him, the farm is  insured and give the current market price, the total loss is put at about N72 million.

    He, however, advised the Federal Government, as the manager of river basins and inland waterways, to construct the needed dams along the River Basin to absorb the waters that cause havoc along the states in the area.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the commissioner in company of the Permanent Secretary, Mr Ben Agamah, Mr Okonti among others paddled on a canoe through the flooded rice farm to a certain the extent of damage.

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    NewsSourceCredit: NAN