Monthly Archives: August 2019

We lose 22 million barrels of crude in six months – Obaseki

Godwin Obaseki, the Governor of Edo State, who is the Chairman of the Ad-hoc Committee of the National Economic Council on Crude Oil Theft, Prevention and Control, has called on stakeholders to join forces and work towards eradicating the menace of crude oil theft that is currently on increasing in Nigeria.

Obaseki made the call at a meeting of stakeholders which at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in Abuja, according to a statement from the oil firm.

The governor painted a dire picture of the oil theft menace and stated that in the first six months of 2019, the nation lost about 22 million barrels of its crude oil production to oil theft.

Obaseki noted that if nothing was done to curtail the ugly trend, the figure could double by the end of the year.

He said the twin menace of oil theft and pipeline vandalism were beginning to pose a threat to the national economy.

NNPC said it was excited that the menace of oil theft and its twin-evil of pipeline vandalism were receiving attention at the highest level of governance in the country.

The meeting had in attendance the Group Managing Director, NNPC, Mele Kyari, and representatives of the governors of Delta, Bayelsa, Ondo, Cross River, Akwa Ibom and Rivers States.

Also in attendance were representatives of the Police, Navy, Army, Civil Defence, International Oil Companies and some indigenous operators.

In its June 2019 Monthly Financial and Operations Report released recently, NNPC announced a staggering 77 per cent rise in the cases of oil pipeline vandalism across its network of pipeline infrastructure.

The report stated that 106 pipeline points were breached, which was an increase from the 60 points vandalised in May 2019.

Source: Punch

“Gov. Bello fought to get other aspirants disqualified” – APC aspirants allege

Some of the aspirants for Thursday’s governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi state have accused the state governor, Yahaha Bello of haven fought to have aspirants disqualified for the primary election.

Sources close to some of the aspirants told The Nation that they have information that the governor was working with some unnamed officials at the national Secretariat to alter the delegates list because of fears that some of them may not vote for him.

According to the APC electoral guidelines for the conduct of indirect primaries, only officials of the party from the ward, local government and state constitute delegates for the primary election scheduled to hold in Lokoja on Thursday.

Aside the party officials who constitute delegates, there are also statutory delegates made up of members of the state and National Assembly as well as national officials from the state.

The source showed The Nation a document they obtained from INEC which was supposedly transmitted to the commission on July 24, containing names of the delegates for the primary.

The source said “Bello is afraid that more aspirants have been cleared to contest against him. He is no longer comfortable and so he is doing everything he can to manipulate the list of delegates and import names into the list.

“He was the one produced these officials from the ward to the state level down to the ward. But, right now, he is not comfortable with them and is afraid that they will vote against him because he abandoned them since they came into office.

“He fought to have indirect primary approved for him by the party and also fought to get other aspirants disqualified. Now that more people have been cleared, he is not comfortable with the entire process and because he is desperate to come back, he is working with some officials at the national Secretariat to manipulate the list

“Last week, he invited the ward and local government officials to Lokoja and was abusing some of them. He is no longer comfortable with the party officials as well as the indirect primary he canvassed for.”

The source ask the national leadership of the party to allow a level playing ground for all aspirants band allowed the people of the state to nominate a person of their choice as the party flag bearer.

There are 239 wards within the 21 local government areas of Kogi state and executive members of the parry in these wards and local government and state officials are delegates to the primary

Osinbajo presides over first EMT meeting 3 months after inauguration

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday, presided over the first Economic Management Team meeting three months after President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term in office.

According to his media aide, Laolu Akande, via his verified Twitter handle, Osinbajo is presiding of the meeting themed, “Next Level Agenda: Budget issues.”

The meeting opened with a review of the 2019 budget implementation.

Present at the meeting include the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo; Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; Minister of Works and Housing, Tunde Fashola, Minister of State, Finance, Budget and National Planning, Clement Ike, and Minister of State, Petroleum, Timipre Sylva.

Also present were Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mele Kyari; Federal Inland Revenue Service chairman, Tunde Fowler;  Directors General from the Budget Office, Debt Management Office, National Bureau of Statistics and Special Advisers on Economic Matters, among others.

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VP Osinbajo presiding over the first Economic Mgt Team meeting of President Buhari’s 2nd term, themed Next Level. Agenda: Budget issues. In attendance are Ministers: Finance, B&NP; Industry, Trade& Investment; Info; Works & Housing; B&NP State & Petroleum State. There’s also…21312:28 PM – Aug 28, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy

You can’t call for Congress “without consulting party stakeholders” – Abe to Amechi

The crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state took a new turn over the weekend as Magnus Abe, former senator representing Rivers south-east, questioned the minister’s power to announce a congress “without consulting party stakeholders”.

The misunderstanding between the duo took a toll on the Rivers chapter of the APC in the last elections as it could not field candidates, losing 50 positions.

Amaechi’s refusal to support Abe’s governorship bid had split the party into two factions. The factions held parallel primaries and congresses that were annulled by the courts.

The warring factions could not resolve the dispute and organise a valid primary before the deadline the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) set for submission of candidates for the elections.

Last week, Amaechi had announced that Rivers APC would hold a fresh congress but Abe kicked against it, asking the minister what gave him the power to announce a congress “without consulting party stakeholders”.

Abe explained that the origin of the crisis in the party started with the congress, asking why Amaechi chose to “reopen the sourest point in the heart of members of the party”.

“Look at the state of our party here today in Rivers State, yet the Minister of Transportation, on assumption of office as Minister of Transportation, the first thing he did was to announce Congresses in Rivers State and I ask myself, this was the same kind of behaviour that led the party to where it is,” Abe said in a statement.

“Everybody in Nigeria knows that the origin of the crisis in Rivers APC was from the Congress and how the Congress was handled and there are extant Judicial pronouncements on the last Congress which the party was misled to ignore and we have all kept quiet in the hope that by keeping quiet we will create room for resolution of some of these challenges so the party can move forward.

“Instead, you become more brazen in your challenge to the rights, feelings and interest of others within the same political party. How do we do that and expect to make progress?

“What kind of Congress, is he the Chairman of the party? Is he the National Working Committee? Is he the Court? What gives him the power to come and announce Congress on the day he was inaugurated as Minister?

“Rather than address the issues of the country and the issues of his Ministry, the first thing he could do was to reopen the sourest point in the heart of members of the party.”

Alleging that Amaechi is determined to “prove to the world that he is a conqueror”, Abe vowed to resist the moves of the minister.

“As I said before, nobody can conquer Rivers people. If you want the support of Rivers people ask for it, work for it and you will get it. Nobody is against anybody. We all left our homes to serve, improve our society and improve ourselves and to do that we need to work with other people,” he said.

“If we work with others and respect the views and sensibilities of others, it will help in creating an avenue for this party to move forward.

“Any other way by force or by fire is nothing but a pathway to self-immolation for the APC in Rivers State and we will not allow anybody to set the party on fire and destroy it.”

Source: TheCable

Complete List: New NDDC Board

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Pius Odubu (pictured), a former deputy governor of Edo state, as chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Odubu served as the deputy of Adams Oshiomhole when the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was the governor of Edo state.

Olusegun Adekunle, permanent secretary in the office of the secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), announced the appointment in a statement.

He said it is sequel to the confirmation of the senate.

Adekune said the interim management headed by Nelson Brambaifa had been directed to hand over to the most senior director in the commission.

He said the chairman and members of the newly composed governing board would visit the secretary to the government of the federation’s office on September 2 for proper documentation and briefing.

Here are names of the new appointees on the NDDC board:

  • Bernard O. Okumagba, managing director
  • Otobong Ndem, executive director projects
  • Maxwell Okoh, executive director finance & admin
  • Jones Erue
  • Victor Ekhatar
  • Joy Yimebe Nunieh
  • Nwogu Nwogu
  • Theodore A. Allison
  • Victor Antai
  • Maurice Effiwatt
  • Olugbenga Elema Ondo
  • Uchegbu Chidiebere Kyrian
  • Aisha Murtala Muhammed
  • Ardo Zubairu Adamawa
  • Badmus Mutalib
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