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  •  2023 NGO urges Nigerians to vote rightly
    2023: NGO urges Nigerians to vote rightly
     2023 NGO urges Nigerians to vote rightly
    2023: NGO urges Nigerians to vote rightly
    General news23 hours ago

    2023: NGO urges Nigerians to vote rightly

    2023: NGO urges Nigerians to vote rightly 2023: NGO urges NigerMrs Gladys Ashemuke, Founder of GLAD To Lead Foundation, an Non-Government Organisation has urged Nigerians to take responsibility if they want the country of their dream to become a reality.

    Ashemuke, the national Coordinator of the foundation, made the call during a Non-Partisan National Summit in Abuja.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event tagged:” Doing it Right for the Right Results’ was organised by GLAD foundation in conjunction with PDP Vote Right Ambassadors (PVRA).

    “If the Nigeria of our dreams must come to reality, our perception about leadership, government and dividends of democracy must change.

    ”Until we begin to take responsibility for doing things right, we will never get it right as a people.

    “I want to remind everyone here that you are now an ambassador of doing things right.

    The Nigeria of our dream is achievable.

    ”Now talking about the Nigeria of our dreams, we all talk about not having dividends of democracy, but I beg to ask: How many of you do the right thing during elections?

    When you sell your vote, you don’t have any moral obligation to question them when they are in power.

    “Your Permanent Voters card is your voice, your power and your right.

    But I tell you, your right becomes your rights only when you do the right thing.

    ”Your right becomes your rights when you vote for the right candidate, your right becomes your rights when you think about the future of your children,” she said.

    She said PVRA has the structure to sensitise Nigerians across board to do the right thing, adding that the organization has members in 28 states of the country.

    “I am glad to lead the PDP Vote Right Ambassadors (PVRA).

    We are prepared to guide the electorate in the 2023 election by sensitising them to do the right thing.

    Because if we don’t have the right people in the policy making space, we will never get it right.

    “We have our structures from national to the unit level.

    We have been doing a lot of sensitization in the market places, mechanic workshops, motor parks and other public places.

    ”I did one here in Abuja at the motor park.

    I told them not to be sentimental when it comes to voting.

    But to vote for the right candidates from the right political party.

    According to Ashemuke, all citizens of Nigeria must not allow themselves to be instrument of destruction during the forthcoming elections by being partisan councious and being sentimental.

    “Everyone has to do the right thing and avoid partisan mindset in order to achieve the Nigeria we dream of, we must vote on facts not sentiments.

    “Our PVC is our power and right, it determines our future and that of our children so we have to make the right choices by picking the right candidate irrespective of party.

    “This is not just for the politicians it is for everyone no matter where you find yourself, it is an habit we must cultivate.

    “We must stay away from bribe in order to do the right thing and let our conscience be our currency that we spend wisely”.

    she said.

    Ashemuke also added that the foundation and PDP support group will keep sensitizing the citizens on the need to vote right and wisely.

    “We’ve been sensitizing people in markets, parks among others on the need to vote the right candidate and avoid voting out of sentiments,” she said.

    Dr Babangida Aliyu, former Governor of Niger State in his remarks also said that the summit is indeed important because we have to learn how to get it right.

    “We have to teach people how to do the right thing without forcing them to do it which is not the best approach.

    “Many people come to vote out of curiosity without knowing the details of things involved and some even come to sell instead of vote because they not been enlightened.

    “So we must learn how to be foot people and go into rural communities that cars cannot enter to sensitize them not in a sentimental way thereby allowing them to vote according to their choices.

    ” Aliyu said.

    Furthermore Hajiya Rabi Saulawa, President of Jam Iyar Matan Arewa in her keynote address appealed to the men to avoid gender sensitivity by allowing women in leadership positions.

    According to her, granting gender rights to be voted for is part of doing the right thing.

    “We advocate for women to be given more chance to participate in politics and as women we have to be united and let go of differences, “Irrespective of party, we should support each other in order to do it right for the right results.

    ” Saulawa said.

    In his remarks, PDP Kaduna State Chairman, Mr Felix Hyat commended Ashemuke for putting together such initiative to sensitise people on election and voting without asking for any support from the party.

    “Some PDP support group have come to us saying that they want money in order to support us but this foundation and support group have never asked us, “Because according to her, she believe that this is part of doing the right thing for the right results.

    ” He said.

    Hyat also noted that the messages passed today from the summit are very crucial for the growth of Nigeria seeing the situation on ground.

    He also reiterated that as party chairman they’ve been discussing among themselves on what to do in every State so that they will get it right as the theme suggest.

    “Politics is localised, so every State is planning programs that is suitable for them because what is done in Sokoto may not work in Lagos or Rivers, “So we have to localize it and take into consideration our cultural backgrounds.

    ” Hyat said.

    In his address, the chairman of the occasion Gov. DouyeDiri of Bayelsa said:” the right thing is for Nigerians to do what is right in order to achieve our desire for a better Nigeria of our dreams”.

    Also in a lecture delivered at the occasion by Prof. Hauwa E.

    Yusuf of Kaduna State University entitled: The Role of the Civil Society Groups in Governance, she observes that the Nigeria weak political landscape characterized by many anomalies constitutes serious impediment to doing things right in the country.

    (NAN)
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  •  Bayelsa spends N3 52bn on debt service to commercial banks in May
    Bayelsa spends N3.52bn on debt service to commercial banks in May
     Bayelsa spends N3 52bn on debt service to commercial banks in May
    Bayelsa spends N3.52bn on debt service to commercial banks in May
    Economy4 days ago

    Bayelsa spends N3.52bn on debt service to commercial banks in May

    The Bayelsa government on Friday said it spent  N3.52 billion on servicing its loan obligations to commercial banks for the month of May. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that domestic debt stock data from the Debt Management Office for Bayelsa as of March 31, stood at N151.41 billion.

    Mr Timipre Seipulo, Technical Adviser to Gov.  Douye Diri of Bayelsa on Treasury Matters,  stated this while giving an update of the state’s income and expenditure profile for the months of May and June  in Yenagoa.

    According to the financial highlights, the state generated some N1.68 billion from internal sources in addition to a gross inflow of N22.86 billion from the federation account to make a total of N22.91 billion for May. Of the amount, derivation revenue, a 13 per cent of value of crude oil produced within the state for May stood at N17.82 billion.

    On the other hand, non oil revenue of N124.69 million accrued to the state for the month under review.

    According to Seipulo, the state’s wage bill for civil servants and political appointees gulped N6.2 billion.

    For the month of June, Bayelsa got N18.67 billion after deductions at source from the federation account.

    Oil derivation accounted for N14.02 billion, while the internally generated revenue was N1.99 million.

    The total wage bill for the month of June was N6.14 billion (
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  •  COVID 19 Akwa Ibom leads as NCDC confirms 517 new cases
    COVID-19: Akwa Ibom leads as NCDC confirms 517 new cases
     COVID 19 Akwa Ibom leads as NCDC confirms 517 new cases
    COVID-19: Akwa Ibom leads as NCDC confirms 517 new cases
    General news4 days ago

    COVID-19: Akwa Ibom leads as NCDC confirms 517 new cases

    Akwa Ibom is driving Nigeria’s latest COVID-19 surge as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirms 517 additional infections between Aug. 6 and Aug.11, 2022. The NCDC made this known via its official website on Thursday.

    It said that out of the 517 additional infections recorded, Akwa Ibom reported 293 cases, while Lagos state recorded 101. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that this is the highest case count in the month of August.

    It overturned the previous record of 496 infections reported between July 28 and Aug. 1; and 412 infections reported between Aug. 2 and Aug. 5. The NCDC said that the 517 cases, which were recorded in 13 states and the Federal Capital Territory, have raised the total number of infections to 262,402. According to it, the FCT has 13 cases of the virus, Ekiti has 11, Delta and Kano reports nine each, Bayelsa has seven and Kaduna records six cases.

    Others include Oyo- five, Abia- three, Kwara- two, Nasarawa -two and Plateau- two while five states – Cross River, Ogun, Osun, Ondo, and Sokoto reported zero cases.

    The agency, however, said that 525 persons had been discharged in the last five days after recovering from the virus, thus bringing the total number of discharged persons to 256,006. It said that the death toll from the COVID-19 disease in the country stayed at 3,147 with no additional deaths reported on Thursday.

    The NCDC stated that the report included a backlog of 258 cases in Akwa Ibom from July 3. It added that the states of  Cross River, Ogun, Osun, Ondo, and Sokoto recorded zeros case.

    It urged Nigerians to take practical steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. “Let us all take responsibility to prevent the spread of the disease and limit the risk of infection among all ages.

    “Get vaccinated, wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, coughb or sneeze into your elbow and report when sick,” it said.

    NAN reports that the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) says no fewer than  28,120,290 of total eligible persons targeted for COVID-19 vaccination in the country are fully vaccinated.

    The NPHCDA said that about 11,848,002 of the total eligible persons targeted for COVID-19 vaccination, were partially vaccinated.

    Meanwhile, In the last five days, Yobe state moved up the ladder from 20th position to 18th and currently at 14 percent coverage of full vaccination.

    The NPHCDA said that Enugu state was the best performing state in the South-East Zone based on fully vaccinated performance, having reached 17 per cent coverage. 

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  •  Suspected ritualists behead security man in Bayelsa
    Suspected ritualists behead security man in Bayelsa
     Suspected ritualists behead security man in Bayelsa
    Suspected ritualists behead security man in Bayelsa
    Defence/Security5 days ago

    Suspected ritualists behead security man in Bayelsa

    Suspected ritualists beheaded a 37- year-old security man at a place of worship in Bayelsa on Thursday.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the victim was guarding the place of worship at Elebele community in Ogbia Local Government area of the state when he was murdered.

    A top official of the place of worship first saw the mutilated corpse with the head severed from the body and the throat was missing.

    The Youth President of the Elebele Community, Mr Famous Egbo said remains of the victim were discovered at about 5.50a.

    m. on Thursday.

    “When people saw him, he was beheaded.

    His throat was missing.

    People suspected that it might be a ritual killing.

    ’’ the youth leader said.

    Police spokesman in Bayela, DSP Asinim Butswat, confirmed the incident.

    In another development, a vandal was electrocuted on Osiri Road in Yenagoa on Wednesday.

    His charred body was found dangling from an electric pole.

    A resident said the vandal had cut one of the armoured cables on the pole and was working on the second one when power was restored and he was electrocuted.


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  •  Troops apprehend 10 pipeline vandals 2 high profile sea pirates
    Troops apprehend 10 pipeline vandals, 2 high profile sea pirates
     Troops apprehend 10 pipeline vandals 2 high profile sea pirates
    Troops apprehend 10 pipeline vandals, 2 high profile sea pirates
    Defence/Security5 days ago

    Troops apprehend 10 pipeline vandals, 2 high profile sea pirates

    Troops apprehend 10 pipeline vandals, 2 high profile sea pirates Troops apprehend 10 pipeline vandals, 2 high profile sea pirates Vandals By Sumaila Ogbaje Abuja, Aug. 11, 2023 Troops of Operation Delta Safe have in the last two weeks apprehended 10 suspected pipeline vandals and two high profile sea pirates in the Niger Delta.

    The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, made this known at a bi-weekly news briefing of the Defence Headquarters, on Thursday in Abuja.

    Onyeuko gave the names of the arrested sea pirates as Fagha Golden (aka) Fine Boy and Victor Elkanah (aka) Victor Padi. He said Fine Boy was apprehended at Nonwa village in Tai Local Government Area of Rivers, while Padi was captured at Pharzy Spring Diagnostic and Wellness Hospital in One-Eleme Local Government Area of the state.

    According to him, the suspects are notorious for series of armed attacks on oil vessels, kidnapping of expatriates and illegal oil bunkering in Rivers.

    “The large quantity of crude and Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) and the number of arrested crude oil thieves shows the unrelenting efforts by the troops.

    “Troops have sustained offensive posture to deny criminals the much needed space for their illegal operation in Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers states.

    “In the process several illegal oil refining sites were discovered and destroyed.

    “These include 37 illegal refineries, 68 dugout pits, 188 storage tanks, 33 wooden boats, 16 pumping machines, one generator, one vehicle, 175 cooking ovens and 23 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition.

    “Also, recovered was 3.7 million litres of crude oil and 2.01 million litres of AGO,” he said.


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  •  Betsey Obaseki women soccer tourney stakes N14m for grabs at 2nd edition
    Betsey Obaseki women soccer tourney stakes N14m for grabs at 2nd edition
     Betsey Obaseki women soccer tourney stakes N14m for grabs at 2nd edition
    Betsey Obaseki women soccer tourney stakes N14m for grabs at 2nd edition
    General news6 days ago

    Betsey Obaseki women soccer tourney stakes N14m for grabs at 2nd edition

    The Board of Trustees (BoT) of the second edition of the Betsey Obaseki Women Football Tournament on Wednesday announced a “sumptuous” cash prize of N5 million for winners.The BoT’s Vice Chairman and Deputy Governor of Edo, Mr Philip Shaibu, announced the cash prize at a news conference on Wednesday in Benin.Shaibu said the invitional event had been scheduled to hold between Sept. 7 and 17 in Benin.He said the tournament would feature 10 clubs in the Nigerian Women Football League (NWFL) Premiership and two other local clubs in the state.The 10 premier league clubs include Bayelsa Queens, Edo Queens, Nasarawa Amazons, Delta Queens, Confluence Queens and Osun Babes.Others are Rivers Angels, Sunshine Queens, Naija Ratels and Royals Queens, while Fortress Ladies FC and Brave Heart FC will join as local best to make a list of 12 teams.The BoT  which announced the cash prize for the winners, said the winner would pocket N3 million while second and third runners up would go home with N1.5 million and N750,000 respectively.Shaibu added, however, that other participating teams would get N500,000 each as a consolation prize.According to Shaibu, matches will hold across four centres namely, Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, University of Benin Sports Complex and two state-owned mini stadia at the School of Health Technology and Western Boys Secondary School, both in Benin.The deputy governor explained that while the draw for the competition had been scheduled for Aug. 24, the 36 states governors’ wives were expected to grace the closing ceremony.He said the event had come to stay as a pre-season event for women professional football clubs in the country, with the organiser of the league assenting to it.“This year’s event is going to be interesting.The theme for the 2021 event was used to promote girl child education; this year’s theme will be to campaign against illicit drugs and human trafficking.“The implication is that the event has come to stay in Nigeria.Thanks to the state governor’s wife, Mrs Obaseki, for keeping touch to make it an annual and pre-season event for women football premiership.“We also thank the state Sports Commission for accommodating it in its calendar despite being driven by the private sector.“To institutionalise it, we now have a Board of Trustees for the tournament, in which the First Lady (governor’s wife) is the chairman and I am the vice-chairman; this is to ensure that the event outlives this government,” he said.The deputy governor, who was assisted at the briefing by other members of the board, said the outstanding performances of Nigerian women at the Commonwealth Games had justified the renewed investment in women sporting events.NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  International energy companies in Angola and Nigeria illustrate the importance of creating enabling environments by NJ Ayuk
    International energy companies in Angola and Nigeria illustrate the importance of creating enabling environments (by NJ Ayuk)
     International energy companies in Angola and Nigeria illustrate the importance of creating enabling environments by NJ Ayuk
    International energy companies in Angola and Nigeria illustrate the importance of creating enabling environments (by NJ Ayuk)
    Africa6 days ago

    International energy companies in Angola and Nigeria illustrate the importance of creating enabling environments (by NJ Ayuk)

    By NJ Ayuk, CEO of the African Chamber of Energy.

    Last fall, I wrote (https://bit.ly/3zPqScP) about the importance of African governments doing everything they can to encourage international oil companies (IOCs) to continue operating in their countries.

    COIs play an important role in supporting economic growth, job creation, skills development and knowledge sharing.

    Currently, two IOCs in particular, Azule Energy in Angola and Shell Petroleum Development Corporation of Nigeria (SPDC), show tremendous promise in delivering those long-term benefits.

    Azule Energy, a newly formed independent joint venture of BP and Eni's Angolan businesses, is now a big player in the oil and gas industry.

    SPDC, the operator of a joint venture agreement between the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Shell, Total Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited and Agip Oil Company of Nigeria, is the largest Shell company in Nigeria.

    The potential of the two companies to impact African economies is so significant that the African Chamber of Energy features them both in its recently released State of African Energy Q2 2022 report.

    Azule Energy and SPDC are not the only IOCs contributing to economic growth on our continent, but they are excellent examples of the long-term impact international companies can have and the need to create an enabling environment for them.

    I strongly encourage government leaders in Angola, Nigeria and other oil and gas producing states to continue to take practical steps, from creating favorable tax policies to protecting company assets from theft and vandalism, to encourage ongoing activity of the IOC.

    A new era in Angola The joint venture between the Angolan companies of the British oil major BP and the Italian multinational Eni, completed in early August, is great news in every way.

    Azule Energy is now the largest independently owned oil and gas producer in Angola and, according to our report, is expected to be the second largest producer in the country overall, behind only state-owned Sonangol.

    Our report projects that Azule will produce approximately 22% of Angola's oil and gas production through 2025, surpassing even industry giants such as Chevron and TotalEnergies.

    How much product are we talking about?

    Azule is projected to produce 250,000 net barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d) from Angola's upstream sector by 2027, according to BP and Eni. Not only that, but the company has BP and Eni stakes in 16 exploration licences, suggesting a long-term presence in Angola.

    Azule will also have an important role to play in the growth of the Angolan natural gas industry, as a participant in the New Gas Consortium (NGC).

    This joint venture was created by BP, Eni, Chevron affiliate Cabinda Gulf Oil Company Limited (CABGOC), TotalEnergies and Sonangol in late 2019 to explore for and produce gas in Angola and drive economic growth there.

    One of the initial projects of the consortium will be the development of the Quiluma and Maboqueiro gas fields, the first non-associated gas development project in Angola.

    The consortium partners announced a final investment decision in the fields earlier this summer.

    With first gas scheduled for 2026, the fields are expected to produce a combined total of about 4 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas a year at their peak.

    The project will also supply gas to the Angola LNG (liquefied natural gas) plant.

    Azule Energy's ongoing activity will have a tremendous impact on the people and businesses of Angola.

    Only the new joint venture's natural gas activities will help meet domestic needs, starting with new gas-to-energy programs that will help deliver reliable electricity to more Angolans.

    The gas can also be used as a feedstock for petrochemical plants, leading to further economic growth and diversification, and can help meet the international community's pressing need for natural gas, which has increased since Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

    An example for Africa The leaders of the Angolan government have played an important role in making all this possible.

    For example, under the leadership of Diamantino Pedro Azevedo, the Ministry of Petroleum Mineral Resources has made it a priority to promote exploration and production activities.

    One route the ministry has taken has been to divest Sonangol, the national oil company, of non-core assets.

    That move gave Sonangol the funds it needed to focus on its upstream, midstream and downstream businesses as an operator.

    Angola also introduced licensing rounds several years ago.

    In February 2022, ANPG's third bidding round resulted in proposals from TotalEnergies, Equinor and Eni. As the energy chamber noted at the time, the introduction of the licensing rounds, along with tax reforms, including halving tax royalties and income tax requirements for marginal discoveries, have produced a rebound.

    in international activity in Angola.

    And it created the kind of environment that will foster a healthy and long-lasting working relationship with Azule Energy.

    SPDC's continued role in Nigeria In Nigeria, meanwhile, with over 4 billion boe of potential reserve and the ability to sustain production at over 300,000 boe/d through 2035, SPDC remains very important to the national economy.

    .

    The company's current portfolio, according to estimates in our report, is worth at least $2 billion.

    SPDC, which made its first discovery in Nigeria in 1956, has been the subject of controversy, mainly due to oil spills in the Niger Delta region.

    But the company's presence in Nigeria has also had a positive impact on lives and communities.

    In 2019, for example, the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) recognized Shell as the country's most impactful IOC for local content initiatives.

    The company is not only known for supporting local vendors and suppliers, but also makes it a priority to employ local people.

    It recently estimated that 96% of its local workforce (currently a total of about 2,500 people) is made up of Nigerians, and 66% are from the Niger Delta.

    The chamber is also optimistic about SPDC's plans to help transform Nigeria into a natural gas hub.

    SPDC Country Head/Corporate Relations Director Igo Weli said Shell companies are working with the Nigerian federal government to build a network of gas plants and pipelines that could boost industrial and commercial development and strengthen exports of liquefied natural gas to meet world demand.

    “In Bayelsa State, Shell Nigeria Gas has signed an agreement with the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) to provide gas infrastructure to the NCDMB industrial gas park in Polaku,” Weli said.

    "NCDMB estimates that the park could generate more than 30,000 local employment opportunities."

    Then there are the company's educational and skill-building initiatives.

    The NNPC/Shell Cradle-to-Career scholarship is one example.

    Since 2010, 708 young people from the impoverished Niger Delta, where much of SPDC's assets are located, have benefited from the scholarship.

    The program covers the full cost of tuition, room and board, books, clothing, toiletries, health insurance, and visitor care for each recipient for all six years of high school.

    And over the past five years, 184 participants transitioned into SPDC's college scholarship program.

    Recently, Nigeria has seen a growing number of its IOCs divest Nigerian assets: more than 25 oil production licenses in the Niger Delta basin over the last 11 years.

    Shell, in fact, also planned to sell its onshore assets in Nigeria, to help it meet emission reduction targets.

    However, the company put those plans on hold in June to comply with a Nigerian Supreme Court ruling, which said the company would have to wait until SPDC's appeal in a 2019 oil spill case before selling Nigerian assets.

    This would be a good time for government leaders to do everything they can to make staying in Nigeria more attractive to Shell after the court case is over.

    One way they could do this would be to help the company significantly reduce the vandalism and oil thefts that affect its operations.

    As recently as this summer, the company said it had lost more than $1 billion in revenue from crude theft and property vandalism in Imo, Rivers, Abia and Bayelsa states in recent months.

    This is an issue that should concern both the government and Shell, Weli said, because thefts are directly responsible for the majority of SPDC's oil spills.

    “If more than 90% (of) the spills are caused by people with axes, saws and even explosive weapons, then you are creating a problem that will consume the budget that you would have used for education, health, etc,” he said.

    .

    "If you break pipes and pipes leak and it's very expensive to clean up, and the government had to clean up to make the environment safe for us, then you're funneling needed resources to other things."

    I realize that solving the socioeconomic challenges that contribute to these crimes, including unemployment and fuel shortages, is not an easy task.

    Still, Nigeria's leadership should do all it can to help SPDC keep its assets safe in the short term so that the opportunities the company is creating can strengthen local communities in the long term.

    Well worth the time and resources Large international companies like SPDC and Azule Energy have an impact on both national governments and small communities.

    They add to the country's coffers and help young adults develop the skills needed for a prosperous and rewarding future.

    The African Chamber of Energy looks optimistically at both companies and we look forward to seeing more like them across the continent.

    However, making that happen will largely depend on African governments.

    By creating operator-friendly policies and working cooperatively to help COIs address challenges, our leaders can help ensure far-reaching benefits for their countries and their people.

  •  Gov Diri directs council chairmen to reside in their communities
    Gov Diri directs council chairmen to reside in their communities
     Gov Diri directs council chairmen to reside in their communities
    Gov Diri directs council chairmen to reside in their communities
    General news6 days ago

    Gov Diri directs council chairmen to reside in their communities

    Gov Diri directs council chairmen to reside in their communities     Chairmen   By Nathan Nwakamma   Yenagoa, Aug 10, 3022 Gov Douye Diri of Bayelsa on Wednesday directed  Local Government Chairmen to reside within their domains and ensure peaceful coexistence in their communities.  

    Diri said this at Ekeremor Local Government Secretariat where he inaugurated projects undertaken by the Council.  

    Diri commended Dr. Bertola Perekeme-led administration of the council for completing projects initiated by his predecessors and initiating new ones.  

    The Governor urged Bayelsa people to resist the temptation of pull-down syndrome and unwholesome attack on perceived political opponents, especially as elections drew closer.  

    Reacting to challenges and requests presented by Perekeme, the governor directed affected ministries to start the process of constructing an access road to link the Sagbama-Ekeremor Road at Isampou, construction of a Pavilion at Ekeremor and renovation of a Secondary School building also in Ekeremor.  

    He further directed the release of funds to Ekeremor Local Government Council for the payment of 2016 arrears to workers.  

    Earlier in his address, Perekeme  highlighted challenges confronting the council and thanked the Diri-led administration for its high level supervision and painstaking reforms.

    He said the measure had improved the financial management of councils,  resulting in the execution of projects by the administration, including the new Chairman’s Office Complex which was inaugurated.  

    Perekeme said after clearing the backlog of inherited debts, the council set aside money for allowances and severance package; his administration is also leaving behind savings of over N130 million.  

    The Ekeremor Local Government Chairman appreciated the chiefs, women and youth groups in the area for their support to his leadership.

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    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  No passport booklets shortage in Nigeria Minister
    No passport booklets shortage in Nigeria – Minister
     No passport booklets shortage in Nigeria Minister
    No passport booklets shortage in Nigeria – Minister
    Defence/Security6 days ago

    No passport booklets shortage in Nigeria – Minister

    Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, says there is no passport booklets shortage in Nigeria, as the Federal Government has cleared all backlogs of passport applications.

    This is contained in a statement issued by the Minister’s  Media Adviser, Mr Sola Fasure, on Tuesday in Abuja.

    According to him,  the ministry has made efforts to make passports available to Nigerians.

    “In 2021 alone, we provided 1.3 million passports to Nigerians.

    As at today, there is no booklets shortage in Nigeria.

    “As at the second quarter of 2022, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has provided 645,000 passports out of the 750,000 applications received.

    “To address the challenge of the backlog, we have sent 11,000 booklets to Ikoyi, 11,000 to Alausa and 8,000 to FESTAC centres in Lagos State.

    “We have also sent sufficient booklets to all the centres nationwide to address this challenge,” the minister said.

    He added that 10,000 passport booklets have been deployed to the new Port Harcourt passport production centre, to fast track passport issuance in the area.

    The minister said that the centre would now be responsible for passport demands from Rivers, Cross River, Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa.

    Aregbesola said that with these efforts, there was no excuse again for delays and non-issuance of passport within reasonable period across the country.

    The minister urged those seeking for passport to apply online to avoid being shortchanged by unscrupulous elements.

    “I will urge applicants for the Nigerian passport to apply early enough before their travel date to avoid cutting corners and falling into the hands of scammers and other opportunists.

    “It is important also that they apply by themselves through the NIS portal and not through touts and unscrupulous officials, which often brings heartaches,” he added.

    Aregbesola said that a six weeks and three weeks window for fresh application and renewal respectively had been provided after biometric data capture, within which the passport will be ready.

    “This timeline is to enable NIS investigate and validate the claims of applicants and confer integrity on the passport issued.

    “It is a reasonable provision in passport administration by global standard.

    There is no wait-and-get passport service anywhere in the world,” the minister said.

    He explained that in addition to the standardised timeline, the NIS had introduced tracking mechanism to enable applicants monitor the progress of their application.

    “We are also introducing data capture centres all over the country before the end of 2022, to eliminate physical contacts with NIS officials,” he added.

    He pledged that the Federal Government would continue to introduce necessary innovations in passport administration to serve applicants better. 


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  NiMet predicts 3 day cloudiness thunderstorms from Wednesday
    NiMet predicts 3-day cloudiness, thunderstorms from Wednesday
     NiMet predicts 3 day cloudiness thunderstorms from Wednesday
    NiMet predicts 3-day cloudiness, thunderstorms from Wednesday
    General news6 days ago

    NiMet predicts 3-day cloudiness, thunderstorms from Wednesday

    The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted cloudiness and thunderstorms from Wednesday to Friday across the nation.

    NiMet`s weather outlook released on Tuesday in Abuja predicted cloudy atmosphere over Northern region  on Wednesday with prospects of thunderstorms over parts of Adamawa and Gombe state during the morning hours.

    According to it, thunderstorms are anticipated over Bauchi, Kaduna, Sokoto, Kebbi, Katsina, Bauchi, Zamfara, Borno, Taraba, Kano and Jigawa state later in the day.

    “ Cloudy morning is anticipated over the North central region with chances of morning rains over parts of Niger state.

    “ There are prospects of rains over parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Plateau, Kwara, Nasarawa and Niger states during the afternoon and evening hours, “ it said.

    The agency forecast cloudy atmosphere over the inland and coastal cities of the South with prospects of morning rains over Rivers, Cross River and Akwa Ibom state.

    It anticipated moderate rains over parts of Imo, Edo, Abia, Ogun, Ebonyi, Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta, Akwa Ibom and Cross River state later in the day.

    NiMet envisaged cloudy atmosphere over the Northern region on Wednesday during the morning hours.

    It further envisaged thunderstorms over parts of Jigawa, Taraba, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Adamawa, Kano, Kebbi, Zamfara, Yobe and Kaduna State during the afternoon and evening hours.

    The agency predicted the North central region to be cloudy with chances of thunderstorms over parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Kwara and Nasarawa state in the morning hours.

    It anticipated prospects of thunderstorms over Plateau, Kogi, Benue, Niger and Nasarawa later of the day.

    According to it, cloudy atmosphere is anticipated over the inland and coastal cities of the South in the morning with chances of light rains over parts of Cross River and Akwa Ibom state in the morning hours.

    It forecast light rains over parts of Imo, Enugu, Abia, Ebonyi, Rivers, Cross rivers, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom and Delta states later in the day.

    “For Thursday, Thunderstorms are anticipated over parts of Kaduna, Bauchi, Kebbi and Sokoto state during the morning hours.

    “ Later in the day, thunderstorms are expected over parts of Borno, Bauchi, Gombe, Jigawa, Zamfara, Yobe and Kaduna states.

    “ The North central region is expected to be cloudy with chances of thunderstorms over parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Nasarawa and Kwara state in the morning hours, “ it said.

    According to it, thunderstorms are expected over parts of Plateau, Kwara, Kogi, Niger and Benue states later in the afternoon and evening hours.

    The agency anticipated the inland and the coastal cities of the South to be cloudy with prospects of morning rains over parts of Cross River and Akwa Ibom state.

    It forecast light rains over parts of Abia, Imo, Ebonyi, Enugu, Rivers, Cross rivers, Akwa ibom and Delta state during the afternoon and evening period.

    According to it, there are prospects of intermittent rains accompanied with thunder and strong winds over the North and North central parts of the country which may give rise to floods.

    The agency advised the citizens living in the northern region to take necessary precautions.

    The agency equally advised emergency management agencies to be at alert.

    “Airline operators are advised to get updated weather reports from NiMet for effective planning in their operations, “ it said.


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