We’ll Not Compromise HSE In Oil,Gas Sector

By Thompson ABISOLA The Department of Petroleum Resources(DPR), said it would not compromise  Health,Safety and Environment  standards in the nation’s oil and gas industry in line with international safety requirements. The agency also said it would not leave any stone unturned  to ensure that operators in the industry comply with  set rules with a view to minimizing  inherent risks  as well as evolve  standards in the sector that can stand the test of time. Besides,the agency said it is considering stringent actions against  indiscriminate citing of gas stations in the…

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Buhari meets Ekweremadu, Southeast governors in Aso Rock

By Giwa SHILE President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday met behind closed doors with Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, four Southeast governors and Deputy Governor of Anambra at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The Southeast governors, who were led by the Deputy Senate President, arrived the State House at about 4.20p.m. The affected governors included Dave Umahi (Ebonyi); Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia); Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu) and deputy governor of Anambra Mr Nkem Okeke while Rochas Okorocha was yet to arrive the venue of the meeting as of the time of filing this report. The…

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FG allots N39.52 bn in Nov. bonds, refuse higher rates from subscribers

By Aliyu DANLADI The Federal Government, on Wednesday, allotted N39.52 billion worth of bonds in its November auction, refusing to accept higher rates from subscribers, the Debt Management Office (DMO), says. In a statement obtained from its website in Abuja, it said three bonds in tenors of five, seven and 10 years were offered at the auction. The Federal Government had initially offered N115 billion to investors. The statement also said that allotments were made to the successful bidders at 15.20 per cent for the five-year, 15.50 per cent for…

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Atiku awards scholarships to children of victims of 157 Task Force Battalion attack

By Elizabeth ADENUGA The Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has awarded scholarships to five children of the victims of the recent attack on  157 Task Force Battalion in Metele, Borno. Abubakar made the declaration in a statement personally signed by him on Wednesday in Abuja. He also called on those who desired to celebrate his birthday to donate their gifts and money to the widows and orphans of the fallen military heroes. “I feel immense sadness when I think of the families they have left…

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Osinbajo advocates legislation against female genital mutilation

By Meletus EZE Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, says there is  need for states with high prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) to legislate against the practice. Osinbajo expressed this view during an interaction with a team from Pearls Africa Foundation on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa. Pearls Africa Foundation is a Lagos-based social enterprise that promotes the cause and advancement of young girls and women using technology. The three girls in the team—Okpose Ayajenu, Mariam Matti and Moriat Alade, all built tech-based project/ websites through which they tried to…

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Budget delay: All federal projects in Southeast will be funded – Buhari

By Thompson ABISOLA President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that all ongoing federal projects in the South East will be funded, saying that the seven-month delay in passing this year’s budget will not serve as an excuse. The president gave the assurance during a meeting with South-East Governors and Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, on Wednesday at State House, Abuja. He pledged that the Federal Gvernment would sustain the support to the South-East in terms of infrastructure. ‘‘I assure you that we are doing our best and will not default on…

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FG passionate about workers’ welfare, private sector development – Minister

By Aliyu DANLADI Prof. Stephen Ocheni, Minister of State for Labour and Employment, has said the Federal Government is passionate about the welfare of workers and growth of private sector. Ocheni  said this in a statement by Mrs Rhoda Ishaku, Assistant Director of Press in the ministry on Wednesday. Ocheni said this during a symbolic workplace inspection in some selected workplaces in Ajaokuta, Kogi State, including the West African Ceramics, BN Ceramics and the Ajaokuta Steel Company. “The private sector development is a key factor in the economic development of Nigeria; that…

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Association tasks FG on policies to deepen cooking gas usage

By Thompson ABISOLA The Nigerian Association of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers (NALPGAM) has urged the Federal Government to develop policies to deepen the usage of cooking gas and promote sustainable environment. Mr Nosakhare Ogieva-Okunbor, President of NALPGAM, made the appeal at a seminar organised by the Ibadan branch of the association on Wednesday in Ibadan. The seminar, themed: “Promoting a Sustainable Environment for Best Practices in LPG Marketing” is to sensitise members on ensuring sustainability in the business environment. Ogieva-Okunbor said government could come up with programmes that would boost…

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NEMA DG denies Reps’ allegation of misappropriating N33bn

By Olaleke ASHAFA  The Director-General, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Mr Mustapha Maihaja,  has denied misappropriating N33 billion as alleged by the House of Representatives Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness. Maihaja denied the allegation while briefing newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja, where he shed more light on activities and interventions of the agency. He described the public response as an obligation to adequately inform Nigerians on what truly happened in NEMA. He said the House of Representatives’ committee got the whole figures mixed up, leading it to make the accusation.…

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Osinbajo encourages patronage of indigenous content and technology

By Giwa SHILE Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday, stressed the importance of patronising indigenous content and technology, to promote human development. Osinbajo made this known in Akure during the Development Partners Summit, and the re-launch of Ondo State Education Endowment Fund (OSEEF). Represented by Dr Isa Pantami, Director-General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Osinbajo explained that human development was important and all tiers of government must ensure that citizens were involved in the process. “This is one of the reasons why the Federal Government is interested and…

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