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Buhari re-awakens Nigerians on gas potential



By Ahmed Ubandoma

President Muhammadu Buhari awakened Nigerians to the enormous potential of harnessing gas resources to turn the Nigerian economy back on track in a week he left Abuja for London for his routine medical examination.

Buhari, looking stylish in his signature caftan and matching cap, bid an emotional farewell to his compatriots before leaving Abuja’s Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport for London.

He should be back in about two weeks.

Buhari had earlier on March 29, virtually participated in the 2021 Nigeria International Petroleum Summit pre-summit conference and the official launch of the Gas Decade.

The president reaffirmed that his administration would use Nigeria’s enormous gas resources to boost the country’s economy and boost the industrialization of Africa’s most populous nation.

The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that oil-rich Nigeria, which is also Africa’s largest economy, has one of the largest gas reserves in the world.

Buhari said that given Nigeria’s reserve of around 600 trillion cubic feet of gas, the product has enormous potential to diversify Nigeria’s economy.

The growing global demand for cleaner energy sources has offered Nigeria an opportunity to harness gas resources for the good of the country.

“We intend to seize this opportunity,” he said.

The president also told conference attendees that his administration has prioritized gas development and made remarkable progress.

“It is well known that Nigeria is a gas nation with a little bit of oil, but the country has focused on oil over the years. ”

This is the paradox that this administration decided to face when we declared the year 2020 to be the “Year of Gas” in Nigeria.

“Our major goal for the gas sector is to transform Nigeria into an industrialized nation with gas playing a major role.

“We have also launched other policies and projects like the national gas expansion program, the autogas policy and the construction of the 614 km Ajaokuta-KadunaKano gas pipeline project,” he said. .

Also on March 29, Buhari said Nigerians were getting better together, despite intermittent inter-ethnic tensions in the country.

He also spoke virtually at the 12th Asiwaju Bola Tinubu Colloquium, held in Kano.

“Despite the occasional inter-ethnic tensions in our national history, it seems to me that we all agree on one point that despite our diversity of ethnicity, culture, language and religion, Nigerians are better together; even stronger together.

“We all have a stake in the Nigeria project and while playing our respective roles in its unity, peace and progress, we must constantly keep faith in the promise of a greater Nigeria. ”

On March 29, Buhari met behind closed doors with the chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum and the Governor of Ekiti, Dr Kayode Fayemi, where security issues dominated their discussion.

Fayemi, while addressing State House correspondents shortly after the meeting, praised the Buhari administration for securing funds to purchase weapons for security agencies to end the insurgency and criminal activity.

According to him, the security agencies are equipped with modern gadgets and weapons to enable them to provide adequate security to citizens, including farmers, in order to avoid the food crisis in the country.

On March 30, the president also met behind closed doors with leaders of the National Assembly, including Senate Speaker Ahmed Lawan and House Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila on the supplementary budget for security and COVID-19.

Speaking to reporters at the end of the meeting, Lawan said they had deliberated on crucial national issues with the president.

Also on March 30, Buhari ordered the security forces to identify and crush the bandits, kidnappers and their collaborators to restore confidence in society.

The president gave the order when he met with security chiefs shortly before he left the country for his medical examination.

The president’s spokesperson, Mr. Femi Adesina, said in a statement that the president “is due to return to Nigeria in the second week of April 2021”.

On March 31, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo chaired a virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at the State House.

A minute’s silence was observed in honor of two former ministers, Senator Bode Olowoporoku and Alhaji Umaru Baba.

Baba, 81, died on March 26.

Olowoporoku, former Minister of Science and Technology while Baba was at different times Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Minister of State for Defense.

He died on March 24 at the age of 76, after having been a senator, representing the senatorial district of Ekiti Sud in the Senate and also Minister of Science and Technology of the Second Republic.

The virtual FEC meeting had the president’s chief of staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, and the national security adviser, the retired Major-General. Babagana Monguno and seven ministers present.

Also in London, on March 31, Buhari telephoned the outgoing leader of the Republic of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou, where the Nigerian leader condemned the attempted coup in the Republic of Niger.

According to a presidential statement, Buhari reportedly said that “any illegal effort to depose a democratically elected government is not only despicable but unacceptable to democratic governments around the world”.

On March 31, Osinbajo chaired a meeting of the tripartite committee, comprising the executive, legislature and leadership of the APC party at State House.

Those present were Lawan, Deputy Speaker of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege and Secretary of the Federation Government, Boss Mustapha.

On April 1, the Presidential Media Communication Team held a press briefing with the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, as a resource person.

During the briefing, Pantami announced that the federal government had so far registered 51 million citizens in the national identification number system as of March 31.

It also revealed that 189 million ID module subscribers had been registered nationwide.

According to the Minister, only 150 million of the 189 million were successful in registration, while the rest had problems with irregular registration.

Also on April 1, Buhari rejoiced with Christians on the occasion of this year’s Easter celebration.

He recalled that “in most of our major cities our celebrations have been moderate as Nigeria battles the effects of the deadly coronavirus pandemic a year ago”.

The president also expressed his condolences to the family, friends and acquaintances of Mr. Yinka Odumakin, spokesperson for the Yoruba socio-political group Afenifere on the death of the activist.

NAN reports that Odumakin was Buhari’s spokesperson when Buhari ran for president on the late Congress’s Platform for Progressive Change.

The president described Odumakin as a dedicated and confident man.

He expressed his sadness at the passing of Odumakin, especially at a time when he had so much more to contribute to society and the nation as a whole.

On April 3, Buhari condemned the attack on three communities in the Íshíelu local government area in Ebonyi. The attack in which 22 people were reportedly killed took place in the communities of Egedege, Obegu and Amuzu.

While ordering the police to track down the attackers and bring them to justice, Buhari stressed that the perpetrators of the “heinous attack” would not be spared.

He expressed his deepest condolences to the families and friends who had lost loved ones in the attack and to all members of the communities.

Likewise, the President also sent a message of sympathy to a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and a member of the Presidential Economic Advisory Board, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, who survived an attack by gunmen in his town. from Aguata to Anambra.

Soludo was at a political meeting on his candidacy for governor in the upcoming elections in Anambra, scheduled for November 6 (NAN)


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