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  •  Again Buhari urges ASUU to call off strike
    Again, Buhari urges ASUU to call off strike
     Again Buhari urges ASUU to call off strike
    Again, Buhari urges ASUU to call off strike
    Education4 days ago

    Again, Buhari urges ASUU to call off strike

    President Muhammadu Buhari has again appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off the ongoing strike.

    Buhari made the call on Friday in Maiduguri at the maiden Special Convocation Ceremony and conferment of Honourary Degree of Doctor of Letters by the University of Maiduguri on Alhaji Muhammadu Indimi, Chairman, Oriental Energy Resources Ltd. The president was represented by his Chief of Staff, Alhaji Ibrahim Gambari.

    “Its more appropriate that we say something about this ASUU strike because we are celebrating Alhaji Indimi who is celebrated hugely for advancement of quality education not only in this country.

    “In this regard, I want to convey President Muhammadu Buhari call for ASUU to call off thier strike and return to classroom”.

    The president said negotiations had gone far, and for ASUU to continue the strike under such condition was counter productive.

    Accorcing to him, such prolong interruption of education is undermining the nation’s development of human capital.

    The Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Aliyu Shugaba said the maiden special convocation was to give honour to Indimi for his contribution to educational development at home and abroad.

    He urged the Federal Government, ASUU and other unions in the university to resolve the lingering strike to save the education sector.

    Also, former President Olusegun Obasanjo lauded the peaceful atmosphere in Maiduguri, adding that, “what I saw is contrary to the picture being painted outside”.

    Obasanjo lauded the effort of Borno government and other stakeholders for the relative peace in the state and urged them to sustain the tempo.

    He congratulated Indimi for the honour bestowed on him, describing him as “a self made man as shown by his struggled to greatness in life”.

    For his part, Indimi expressed gratitude to God for the honour done to him and reiterated commitment to selfless service to humanity.

    Prof. Saliba James, who read the citation of the celebrant, said that Indimi had distinguished himself in promoting educational development within and outside the shores of Nigeria.

    “Indimi has been providing remarkable help to the vulnerable and downtrodden people in the society irrespective of where they come from.

    “He has supported many indigent students in Borno, his home state and even in far away states like Akwa Ibom. “It is on record that Alhaji (Dr.) Indimi has provided vital education infrastructure in International University of Africa (IUA), Sudan; in far away Lynn University, Florida, USA, and of course not forgetting to mention this multi-billion Naira magnificent edifice where we are right now seated and holding this Special Convocation today in this University.

    “I believe that his best is yet to come”, James said.


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  •   Africa will decide its energy future Obasanjo
    ‘Africa will decide its energy future’ – Obasanjo
      Africa will decide its energy future Obasanjo
    ‘Africa will decide its energy future’ – Obasanjo
    Africa5 days ago

    ‘Africa will decide its energy future’ – Obasanjo

    In the midst of a global oil and gas crisis, Africa must take charge of its own energy destiny and use its rich resources for the benefit of its own people.

    This is the call from former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo.

    His comments come as the world scrambles to find new sources (https://cnb.cx/3QiJetN) of oil and gas to meet its energy needs following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

    In this context, Obasanjo says that African countries cannot be beholden to the Global North's unrealistic ideals of an economy powered exclusively by renewable energy.

    He says this is particularly true when the developed world is coming to terms with the need for hydrocarbons.

    “Like the rest of the world, Africa must pursue energy policies that promote socioeconomic development and the sustainable use of hydrocarbons,” he says.

    “Africa is the lowest producer of greenhouse gas emissions and needs to lift almost 500 million citizens out of poverty,” says Obasanjo.

    “Responsible management of our hydrocarbons and investment in our economies is necessary to ensure a just energy transition and sustainable growth for our people.” The European Union has said it intends to cut Russian oil supply (https://cnn.it/3SH55gf) by as much as 90% by the end of 2022, and the announcement has already caused global energy costs to skyrocket.

    shoot.

    Africa is one of the potential new energy sources to replace this supply, with an estimated 61 billion BOE (barrel of oil equivalent) (https://bit.ly/3JOEuJW) discovered in the region over the last 10 years.

    years.

    Obasanjo's call for Africa to assert its energy sovereignty comes ahead of the Africa Oil Week (AOW) conference (www.Africa-OilWeek.com/home) in South Africa, where energy companies, investors and governments will meet to negotiate deals that will shape the future of the continent.

    The African Petroleum Producers Organization (APPO) (https://bit.ly/3QCrCJm) has also called on member countries and other global institutions to use oil as a catalyst for energy security, sustainable development and economic diversification.

    in Africa through collaboration and partnerships.

    Both Obasanjo and APPO have called for an accelerated dialogue on the sustainable development of hydrocarbons and Africa's role as a supplier of the world's energy needs.

    “There has been a lot of talk in forums like the World Economic Forum in Davos (https://bit.ly/3doX0N5) about a just energy transition,” says Obasanjo.

    “However, we must not allow it to be imposed on Africa.

    “The discussions at AOW (www.Africa-OilWeek.com/home) will be instrumental in charting a new energy course for Africa.

    We will decide what is best for us.” Paul Sinclair, vice president for energy and director of government relations at AOW, says Africa is committed to a just and equitable transition to renewable energy.

    “Critics make the mistake of thinking that Africa has abandoned renewable energy strategies.

    That's not the case,” says Sinclair.

    “The energy transition is exactly that, a transition that is part of Africa's goal of reaching net zero.

    However, oil and gas are needed for the foreseeable future.” Sinclair says Obasanjo's comments must be weighed against the socioeconomic challenges facing many African economies.

    Obasanjo has been an important leader of Africa's post-colonial period, having overseen Nigeria's transition to representative democracy.

    Since he left the sphere of government, he has been a senior statesman, active in defining geopolitical issues, including energy.

    Obasanjo also helped shape (https://bit.ly/3Ad3B68) the modern Nigerian oil industry, ushering in political reforms that have made the country an energy superpower on the African continent.

    "Creating an African oil industry that benefits the people of Africa requires strong policies and regulations," says Obasanjo.

    "Learnings that we can apply across the region.

    I look forward to discussing these opportunities for Africa."

    The African continent remains one of the least explored places in the world for oil and gas deposits.

    However, the continued discovery of new energy resources (https://bit.ly/3SG9HTU) suggests that the continent holds great value below its surface.

    According to the United Nations (https://bit.ly/3BZmWZU), it is estimated that half a billion Africans live below the poverty line, while at the same time Africa is only responsible for 3.8% (https:/ /bit.ly /3dkjajt) of global CO2 emissions.

    Many African countries argue that they should be allowed to harness their natural resources through low-carbon management strategies while developing renewable energy sources at the same time.

    This will require countries to develop the right energy mix for growth.

    and progress

  •  Serving and retired police officers family pay tributes to late Tafa Balogun
    Serving and retired police officers, family pay tributes to late Tafa Balogun
     Serving and retired police officers family pay tributes to late Tafa Balogun
    Serving and retired police officers, family pay tributes to late Tafa Balogun
    Defence/Security2 weeks ago

    Serving and retired police officers, family pay tributes to late Tafa Balogun

    Some retired senior police officers and family members have described the late former Inspection-General of Police (I-GP), Mr Tafa Balogun as one of the best cops Nigeria ever produced.

    The retired officers paid glowing tributes to the late Balogun in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday at his Ikoyi, Lagos residence.

    Many said Balogun was one Inspector-General of Police that brought great reforms to the force.

    Mr Tunde Alapinni, a retired Assistance Inspector-General of Police (AIG) and one-time Force Spokesman, said the impact made by Balogun could not be ignored.

    Alapinni said that Balogun was devoted to the transformation of the police and its personnel.

    In his own tribute, retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) Waheed Kassim, described the late Balogun as a dear brother and friend, stressing that his death was shocking.

    For DIG David Omojola, it was too early for Balogun, whom he described as his “Big Boss’’ to leave this earth suddenly.

    “However, we are consoled that he impacted positively on our lives.

    His tenure as I-G witnessed tremendous and good policing,’’ Kassim said.

    Mr Edward Ajogun, a retired Commissioner of Police (CP) and one- time Personal Assistance to Balogun as I-GP, said his former boss was always thinking positively about the Nigeria Police Force and security of Nigeria.

    Ajogun said that Balogun brought lots of reforms into the police including the creation of female mobile police.

    He also introduced computer training for officers, mass promotion for officers stranded for years and ensuring that officers were promoted according to seniority.

    He said that under Balogun, the Force had credible staff list which was used for promotion, stressing that the late I-GP was a unifier, encouraging officers to work as a team.

    Commissioner of Police in Lagos state, Mr Abiodun Alabi, described late Balogun as a visionary leader and a mentor to many retired and serving officers.

    Alabi said that anytime he visited the late I-GP, he always drew attention to how best Lagos should be policed.

    “The Force will miss his wealth of experience.

    It is his mentorship that has piloted some of us to where we are today in the Force,’’Alabi said.

    Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State CID, Mr Fayoade Adegoke, described the late I-GP as, “a great dad, benefactor, mentor, super cop who revolutionised the Force as an I-GP.

    ’’ The first son of the deceased, Mr Abayomi Balogun, said that his father never changed one bit before his death as an advocate of doing anything that was right.

    He said many people misunderstood his father as a strict person, stressing that members of the family were not exempted from such strictness.

    He described his father as a brilliant officer, father, who always attracted standing ovations at occasions, local or international wherever he was made to deliver speeches or lectures.

    The second daughter of late Balogun, Ms Bolale Balogun, said her father would be greatly missed for many things, including food recipes, words pronunciation, reading and responsible behaviour.

    “My father taught me that there is no alternative to success than to follow due process in all things.

    “He made me tough like himself.

    If he wants to punish you for doing wrong, it is 24 strokes of the cane; because of this, no one dares get into daddy’s trouble,’’ she recollected.

    The former police boss died at Reddington Hospital in Lagos on Balogun will be buried on Saturday in Osun. He was Nigeria’s 21st indigenous Inspector-General of Police.

    He served as IG-P during the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

    He joined the Nigerian Police Force in May 1973 as member of Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Course 3. Balogun attended the University of Lagos and graduated in 1972 with a B.

    A. in Political Science.

    He worked in various police commands and rose through the ladder to become IG-P.

    Balogun was at a time the Principal Staff Officer to former Inspector-General of Police, Alhaji Muhammadu Gambo, and Deputy Commissioner of Police, Edo, and pioneer Commissioner of Police in Delta.

    He was also CP in Rivers and Abia states.

    Balogun, a fellow of the premier highest military institution in Nigeria, the National War College, later became an Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone One, Kano, from where he was named the 21st I-GP of Police on March 6, 2002.
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  •  Abia needs spiritual cleansing says ADC Guber Candidate
    Abia needs spiritual cleansing, says ADC Guber Candidate
     Abia needs spiritual cleansing says ADC Guber Candidate
    Abia needs spiritual cleansing, says ADC Guber Candidate
    General news3 weeks ago

    Abia needs spiritual cleansing, says ADC Guber Candidate

    The African Democratic Congress’ (ADC) Governorship Candidate in Abia, Bishop Sunday Onuoha, has said that the state needs spiritual cleansing to be able to move forward.

    Onuoha said this when he addressed members of an Umuahia-based socio-political organisation, Oganihu Ndi-Abia, as part of his consultations with stakeholders.

    He said: “Our iniquity as a people is enormous and our place is stinking.

    “We need to cleanse our land spiritually.

    “Once we come into office, we shall devote the first two weeks to pray and fast to cleanse the land.

    “Our children and future generations have been mortgaged but we shall pray to recover our land.

    Onuoha, who is a Methodist Bishop, said that he had been in the ministry serving Christ for over 40 years.

    He, therefore, promised to leverage his clout as a man of God to recover Abia and “open a new page for the state”.

    According to him, until we look at the spiritual aspect of our state, we are going nowhere.

    “This is why I have offered myself and I know that God will not leave Abia alone.

    “God will redeem Abia,” the cleric-turned politician said.

    He also spoke on his plans to ensure adequate security of lives and property of the citizenry.

    He promised to fully deploy security vote and engage community leaderships in securing the state.

    “The power of securing our environment must get back to the communities.

    “The traditional rulers and community leaders must take charge of security in their localities.

    “They know one another and are in a better position to fish out the criminal elements in their midst,” he said.

    The governorship hopeful also gave assurance that he would ensure equitable distribution of the state resources among the different segments.

    Onuoha, who is the President of Vision Africa Radio, Umuahia, said that his opponents should show what they had done in the state “and not what they intend to do, when elected.

    “This should be the focus of the campaigns by all the governorship candidates,” the former Special Adviser to former President Olusegun Obasanjo said.

    He recalled the role he played toward the realisation of the Ecumenical Centre, Abuja, which was contracted to Chief Obinnaya Nwagbara at the conception of the project.

    Earlier in an opening speech, Nwagbara, who is the Patron of Oganihu Ndi-Abia, regretted the deplorable state of Abia, in spite of its huge human and material endowment.

    He said, “My worry is that God blessed Abia with milk and honey, yet we live in poverty and dehumanising condition.” He blamed the poor infrastructure and socio-economic backwardness of Abia on past political leaders.

    He accused them of committing Abia, codenamed “God’s own state,” to other gods.

    Nwagbara said that for that singular act, “the glory of God left Abia after the land was defiled and denegrated.

    “Abia needs a spiritual revival and new dispensation and ADC must resolve not to follow the old order.

    “If God blesses you to be governor, remember to help the people.

    “God did not create us to suffer and be mindful that the youths are angry.

    “You must show them that you are capable of doing the will of God in their lives.

    “If you disappoint them, they will revolt and go after you,” the octogenarian said.

    He prayed that God shall “take hold of the souls of politicians” to be able to do His will.

    “Power belongs to God.

    But if God did not call you to serve, please quietly step aside,” Nwagbara said.

    The Chairman of the group, Mr Goddy Nnorom, said the members resolved to identify with the governorship candidate because of his pedigree and proven integrity in public and religious circle.

    Nnorom promised that the group would mobilise the electorate to ensure Onuoha’s electoral victory.

    He, however, admonished him not to renege on his campaign promises, when elected.

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  •  2023 My choice of running mate based on competence ability vision Tinubu
    2023: My choice of running mate based on competence, ability, vision – Tinubu
     2023 My choice of running mate based on competence ability vision Tinubu
    2023: My choice of running mate based on competence, ability, vision – Tinubu
    General news3 weeks ago

    2023: My choice of running mate based on competence, ability, vision – Tinubu

    Sen.

    Bola Tinubu, All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Candidate,  says  selection of his running mate has nothing to do with religious faith.

    He said selection of Sen.

    Kashim Shettima, a Muslim,  as his running mate had  to do with competence, experience, ability and vision.

    Tinubu made  this known in a statement by his spokesperson, Mr Tunde Rahman on Saturday in Lagos.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the APC presidential candidate was reacting to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s comment in a television  interview on Friday.

    Abubakar had said that  a Muslim-Muslim Ticket made him reject Tinubu when he wanted to be his running mate in 2007.

    According to Tinubu, Atiku can attest that the person I selected as my running mate is more qualified for the position than the man who joined him.

    “In his desperate attempt to win the election by stoking religious bias, Atiku has reduced himself to uttering baseless lies.

    “My running mate and I are here to build a more just and prosperous society for all Nigerians, be they Christian, Muslim or adherents of other faiths.

    ‘Atiku  will fail in this sad attempt to trick an entire nation,” he said.

    The former governor of Lagos State, therefore,  restated his position on religion and politics, saying that when he decided that Shettima was the best selection as his running mate, he listened to, weighed and balanced the advice received from a broad and representative array of wonderful Nigerians.

    “Nigerians who deeply care about this nation and the path it must go.

    “Some people counselled that I should select a Christian to garner support of the Christian community.

    “Some said I should select a Muslim for a similar reason but l clearly could not do both because both positions had merit and right on their side.

    “Neither position expressed what was most right and needed for the moment in which we find ourselves and the nation,” Tinubu explained.

    The APC presidential candidate noted that all his life, the decisions regarding the team supporting him had always been guided by the principles of competence, innovation, compassion, integrity, fairness, and adherence to excellence.

    He stressed that he was not going to depart from those principles at this important period.

    Tinubu added that it was more important than ever before,  that he adhered to these principles.

    “As governor of Lagos state, these principles helped me assemble one of the most capable governing cabinets any state or this nation has seen.

    “I trust in these principles to allow them to, once more, guide me to construct another exemplary teams that can do Nigeria proud.

    “In this crucial moment, where so much is at stake, we must prioritise leadership, competence, and the ability to work as a team over other considerations.

    “This is the standard I will use to select the rest of my campaign team and if you elect me as your president when I staff my government,” he said.

    The APC presidential candidate said that  if elected, he would  select the best people for the right jobs so that they could construct a better Nigeria now and for generations yet to come.

    Responding to the false account of the PDP presidential candidate, Tinubu  recalled that Atiku was not among those who founded the Action Congress (AC).

    “It was the actual founders of the AC who offered the party’s flag to Atiku because of the need to fight the authoritarian designs of  then President Olusegun Obasanjo and the PDP had on Nigeria’s democracy.

    “At that moment, Atiku, the  vice president then,  had been unceremoniously pushed aside if not out of the PDP by Obasanjo.

    “We needed to rally all forces to confront the one-party state Obasanjo had in mind and Atiku was simply a beneficiary of this collective duty to fight the attack on multi-party democracy the PDP had launched,” Tinubu explained.

    The former governor of Lagos state said he felt sorry for Atiku,  adding that the love of his own ambition had eclipsed his relationship with the truth and an honest account of the past.

    CHOM

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  •  Recall me if I fail to deliver in 2 yrs APC senatorial candidate Enugu North
    Recall me if I fail to deliver in 2 yrs — APC senatorial candidate, Enugu North
     Recall me if I fail to deliver in 2 yrs APC senatorial candidate Enugu North
    Recall me if I fail to deliver in 2 yrs — APC senatorial candidate, Enugu North
    General news4 weeks ago

    Recall me if I fail to deliver in 2 yrs — APC senatorial candidate, Enugu North

    Amb.

    Ejike Eze, the Senatorial Candidate of All Progressive Congress (APC) in Enugu North, says constituents should recall him if he fails to meet their expectations within two years of election.

    Eze, a retired Career Diplomat and  fomer Senior Special Assistant on Protocols and Security to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, said this in Nsukka on Friday during the unveiling of  his 12-page senatorial manifesto.

    The booklet is tagged “Agenda for Credible Representation”.

    The Senatorial candidate said his mission in Senate would be to initiate, sponsor and support progressive bills and resolutions that would bring the needed dividends of democracy to the people of Enugu North.

    “I offer myself to represent the good people of the district in my clarity of purpose and belief in good leadership that  will serve the purpose of the people.

    “I believe as a career diplomat and a grassroots person that I have all it takes to impact positively on constituents and move the district forward.

    “I will give quality and effective representation to the district; if after two years in Senate I didn’t meet expectations of the district, you have the right to recall me,” he said.

    He said if elected in 2023 general elections he would champion empowerment programmes that would boost the welfare of people as key essence of government.

    “I will provide empowerment to our people, especially our teeming youths who are yearning for good life; this will top list of my concern and consideration in Senate.

    “I will invest in the education of our children and empowerment of women in the district to enable  them to assist their husbands in the family upkeep.

    “I will use my contacts, network, goodwill, clout and influence as diplomat who has travelled over 35 countries and retired meriteriously in Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs  to achieve this,” he said.

    The candidate expressed appreciation to thousands of party faithful, friends, associates and well wishes who travelled from far near to attend the event.

    Eze used the event to name Chief Eva Asadu, former APC Enugu State Publicity Secretary, as  Director-General  of his campaign.

    He said the choice of Asadu was after much consultations with stakeholders in the area who described him as a grassroots politicianIn a remark, Asadu  expressed appreciation to Eze for finding him worthy to be his campaign DG and pledged that he would work hard to ensure the victory of the senatorial candidate in 2023.

    The DG solicited cooperation of stakeholders and party faithful in the district since he could not do it alone.

    “All party faithful of APC in the district must work as team not only to achieve victory for Eze but also to ensure that all the party candidates in district emerge victorious in 2023 general elections,” he said.

    Unveiling the menifesto, Chief Ugochukwu Agballa, Chairman of APC in Enugu State, represented by Mr Solomon Akor, the Publicity Secretary of the party, commended the rich content of Eze’s manifesto.

    Agballa said that the party was working hard day and night  in Enugu State to ensure that all the party candidates achieved landslide victory in 2023 general elections.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that many party faithful in Enugu North district and Enugu State attended the unveiling ceremony.

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  •  Atiku dissembled on NNPC restructuring Okechukwu
    Atiku dissembled on NNPC restructuring-Okechukwu
     Atiku dissembled on NNPC restructuring Okechukwu
    Atiku dissembled on NNPC restructuring-Okechukwu
    General news4 weeks ago

    Atiku dissembled on NNPC restructuring-Okechukwu

    The Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON) Mr Osita Okechukwu has taken a swipe at the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar for accusing the ruling party of stealing his idea to reform the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

    While reacting to the unveiling of the NNPC Limited last Tuesday, the PDP Presidential standard bearer alleged that APC stole his idea to reform the state owned oil corporation to make it more profitable, transparent and efficient.

    But in a statement on Thursday, Okechukwu, also a foundation member of the APC countered the former Vice President, wondering how on earth APC stole Atiku’s Idea when about 2 billion dollars Signatures Bonus and 1.5 billion dollars LNG Proceeds between 2004 and 2006, were allegedly stolen under his watch.

    The VON boss lampooned Atiku for the sleaze that trailed the privatisation of state owned enterprises under his watch as the Chairman of the National Council on Privatisation while he served as the nation’s number two citizen.

    “Am one of those who going by President Olusegun Obasanjo’s testimonies on Atiku, his ambivalence on late Deborah’s imbroglio and his antecedents will not go to bank with his posturing statement.

    “How come Atiku who failed to reform NNPC when he has the powers as chairman of National Economic Council and chairman of National Council Privatisation honestly come today to dissemble facts?” “One challenges Atiku to refute the allegation of September 2009 Federation Accounts Allocation Committee, that 2 billion dollars Signatures Bonus and 1.5 billion dollars were neither reflected in the Federation Account nor 47.32 per cent due to States and local government councils disbursed to them.

    “Thus, violently breached Section 162{3} of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, which states, “Any amount standing to the credit of the Federation Account shall be distributed among the Federal and State Governments and the Local Government Councils in such a manner as may be prescribed by the National Assembly,” he said.

    Okechukwu added:”One hopes that Atiku will not compel us to look into the less than transparent process which governed the privatisation of State Owned Enterprises when he was chairman of the National Council on Privatisation.

    “The outcome of which is sordid result of gnashing of teeth where instead of coming to life the enterprises like Niger Dock, Electricity Distribution Companies et al are not the envisaged instrument of economic development, but poverty creation.” According to Okechukwu, His Excellency Atiku Abubukar instead of commending the uncommon patriotism and political will of President Buhari to hands off the NNPC’s honeypot, is engrossed with Fake News and dissembling of facts.

    He said that time has changed and Nigerians were very anxious of reality more than before.

    Recall that Atiku had in his statement said:“I had in 2018 made public my plans to reform the NNPC to make it more profitable, transparent, and efficient.

    The APCled government denigrated me for my patriotic vision.

    “But today, I am happy to note that the same government has taken a tentative step along the lines of the suggestions that I had made.” Atiku added that, “I hope I’ll have the opportunity to complete the process of turning the NNPC into a genuinely world-class company in the mold of the NLNG, Aramco of Saudi Arabia, and Petrobras of Brazil, where Nigerians and institutions will invest in.”

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  •  Tigray rebels form a team to negotiate with the government
    Tigray rebels form a team to negotiate with the government
     Tigray rebels form a team to negotiate with the government
    Tigray rebels form a team to negotiate with the government
    Foreign4 weeks ago

    Tigray rebels form a team to negotiate with the government

    Tigray rebels have formed a team to negotiate with the Ethiopian government, a Tigray People's Liberation Front spokesman told AFP on Monday, 20 months after war broke out in the northern region.

    The announcement comes less than a week after an Ethiopian government body tasked with examining the possibility of peace talks with the TPLF held its first meeting.

    But in a sign of the challenges that beset the process, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's Prosperity Party has insisted that any negotiations can only be led by the African Union (AU), a position rejected by the rebels.

    The TPLF has raised concerns about the "closeness" of AU envoy former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo to Abiy and said it wants any talks to take place under the auspices of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

    "We will be ready to send a delegation to Nairobi ... and we have established a team with high-ranking members," TPLF spokesman Getachew Reda told AFP, without giving further details.

    "It would be highly irresponsible of us to send all negotiating processes to the AU," he said, adding that any talks should involve Kenyatta, who has played an active role in the peace efforts.

    The government committee is headed by Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonen, who also serves as foreign minister.

    The conflict has brought hundreds of thousands of people to the brink of famine, displaced more than two million and left more than nine million in need of food aid, according to the United Nations.

    The fighting has subsided since a humanitarian truce was declared in late March.

    But Tigray continues to face severe food and fuel shortages and lacks access to essential services such as electricity and banking, according to aid agencies.

    Getachew reiterated the rebels' position that the status of Western Tigray, claimed by both Amharas and Tigrayans and currently occupied by Amhara forces, was not subject to negotiation.

    The conflict erupted in November 2020 when the government sent federal troops to Tigray to topple the TPLF, the region's former ruling party, saying it was in response to rebel attacks on army camps.

    After the TPLF made a surprise return in June, retook Tigray and then expanded into neighboring Afar and Amhara regions, fighting intensified in the second half of 2021, before reaching a stalemate.

  •  Gov Okowa felicitates Maikyau NBA President Elect
    Gov. Okowa felicitates Maikyau, NBA President-Elect
     Gov Okowa felicitates Maikyau NBA President Elect
    Gov. Okowa felicitates Maikyau, NBA President-Elect
    General news4 weeks ago

    Gov. Okowa felicitates Maikyau, NBA President-Elect

    Gov.

    Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has congratulated Mr Yakubu Maikyau (SAN) on his election as the 31st President of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).

    Okowa, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, on Sunday in Asaba, said that Maikyau had over the years proven his mettle in the legal profession.

    He noted that Maikyau was announced President-Elect of the body following a virtual election conducted by a committee chaired by Prof.

    Ayodele Akintunde.

    “Akintunde while announcing the result of the poll on Sunday, said that Maikyau scored 22,342 votes to defeat his closest challenger, Joe-Kyari Gadzama, who polled 10,842 votes,” he said.

    The governor described Maikyau’s emergence as eminently deserving and an inspiration to young lawyers, adding that with his antecedents in the past, the NBA was in safe hands.

    He urged Maikyau’s to bring his wealth of experience to bear not only in advancing the course of NBA but also the legal profession in general.

    Okowa assured the NBA President that his administration would continue to partner relevant authorities to ensure prompt administration of criminal justice system in Delta.

    “On behalf of the government and people of Delta State, I congratulate you, Mr Yakubu Maikyau (SAN), on your election as President of Nigeria Bar Association (NBA).

    “As a member of NBA’s Legal Profession Regulation Review Committee (LPRRC), you contributed immensely to the reform of the profession, which birthed the Legal Profession Regulation Bill.

    “And, as the pioneer and current Chairman of NBA Welfare Committee, you midwifed the NBA-Law Pavillion Partnership, the NBA-NHIS scheme, and the NBA-Leadway Improved Life-Insurance scheme, making the welfare of lawyers a top priority.

    “We recall your heroism as a young lawyer when you came on the national stage as a counsel in the Human Rights Investigation Commission of Nigeria popularly referred to as ‘Oputa Panel’, set up by former President Olusegun Obasanjo in 1999 as the country returned to democratic rule.

    “As a cerebral Senior Advocate of Nigeria, you attained the pinnacle of legal practice in Nigeria through sheer hard work and distinction of character.

    “Armed with these achievements and contributions to the bar, I have no doubt in my mind that the NBA will be in ‘safe hands’ with you,” Okowa said.

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  •  Tourism Stakeholders seek upgrade of Tafawa Balewa s tomb
    Tourism: Stakeholders seek upgrade of Tafawa Balewa’s tomb
     Tourism Stakeholders seek upgrade of Tafawa Balewa s tomb
    Tourism: Stakeholders seek upgrade of Tafawa Balewa’s tomb
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    Tourism: Stakeholders seek upgrade of Tafawa Balewa’s tomb

    Stakeholders in the tourism sector have advocated upgrade of the tomb of Nigeria’s sole Prime Minister, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa to attract more visitors.

    Some of the stakeholders who spoke in Bauchi, said the mausoleum needed total rehabilitation in line with international standards, to make it more attractive to visitors.

    Balewa’s tomb is one of the monuments, heavily patronised by tourists in Bauchi State.

    It was declared a national monument on Aug. 29, 1979 by the then military administration.

    The construction of the tomb and the building enclosing the grave began in 1977 and inaugurated in July 1979.

    Within the enclosure are reference library, gallery, mosque and grave of the former Nigerian leader, often referred to as the Golden Voice of Africa.

    Balewa was born in December 1912 in Bauchi, and started his education at a Qur’anic school in Bauchi town and later attended Katsina College, now (Barewa College).

    On completion of his secondary education in 1933, he returned home and started teaching at the Bauchi Middle School where he rose to the position of headmaster in 1941.

    In 1944, Balewa went to University of London’s Institute of Education, and on his returned he was appointed Inspector of Schools.

    His political sojourn started in 1946 when he was elected into the Northern Nigeria House of Assembly, and in 1951 elected as the Vice President of the Northern People’s Congress (NPC).

    The party nominated Balewa to Lagos as Member of Parliament in 1952. He was appointed Minister of Works and Transport in the same year.

    In 1957 the NPC won election with majority of the MPs and Balewa was elected as Prime Minister.

    At independence in 1960, Balewa became the Prime Minister of the independent Nigeria and re-elected in 1964. He was killed alongside other prominent Nigerian leaders during the Jan. 15, 1966 coup. Tourists on visit at Balewa’s tomb

     

    According to him, the tomb is in good condition and recording high number of visitors, especially students who are on excursion to learn and see some of the personal belongings of the late prime minister.

    According to the tour guide, visit to the tomb is free, but adult visitors to exhibition section (gallery) are charged N100 per head and N50 for children.

    He disclosed that over 7,000 students from schools across the country visit the tomb annually.

    The tour guide also said that 75 students of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPS), Kuru, Jos, were on study tower at the tomb in September, 2021, while 22 foreign students or tourists also visited the tomb last year.

    He listed important personalities that visited the tomb to include former President Olusegun Obasanjo on July 16, 1999,

    Former President Goodluck Jonathan, in September 2011, and former President of the Senate, Ken Nnamani, and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in May, 2022, among others.

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