$69m crude oil shipment: Court fixes Feb. 13 to continue hearing in FG’s suit against Chevron, Total

By Olamilekan FAWAS A Federal High Court Lagos, on Tuesday, adjourned until Feb.13, 2019, a 69 million dollars suit filed by the Federal Government (FG) of Nigeria, against Chevron Petroleum Nigeria Ltd, seeking to recover oil revenue. The FG filed the suit against Chevron Nigeria Ltd, and Chevron Petroleum Nigeria Ltd, as first and second defendants respectively. The case which was adjourned for a report of proceedings at the Court of Appeal, could not proceed on Tuesday, as the court did not sit. The judge, Justice Mojisola Olatoregun is said…

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NNPC explains rationale for surveillance contract

By Thompson ABISOLA The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says the award of oil infrastructure surveillance contract to Ocean Marine Solutions for the protection of the 87-kilometre Trans Forcados Pipeline (TFP) was to curb losses on the pipeline. The corporation disclosed this in a statement signed by Mr Ndu Ughamadu, its Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division on Tuesday in Abuja. “The decision to assign the TFP surveillance package to Ocean Marine Solutions was reached after consideration of huge losses on TFP and rigorous appraisal of the company’s impressive record…

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FCT mobilises 470 athletes for 2018 sports festival

By Meletus EZE The Permanent Secretary, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Mr Christian Ohaa,  has said that the territory is mobilising 470 athletes to compete at the 19th Sports Festival scheduled for Abuja. Ohaa stated this on Tuesday in Abuja while briefing newsmen on the arrangement by the FCT to host visiting states in terms of security, transportation and facilities. The 19th Sports Festival is billed to hold in Abuja between Dec. 6 to 16, where athletes will compete in over 37 sports. He said that arrangements were in top gear…

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FG, ASUU meeting inconclusive, says Ogunyemi

By Giwa SHILE The meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) ended without any conclusion on Tuesday. ASUU National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, , while speaking with newsmen at the end of the closed door meeting in Abuja noted that negotiations were still ongoing. He said both parties were yet to reach a concrete decision. “For now, we have started to discuss. We are yet to reach any concrete decision. Once we have more information, we will make ourselves available to the press. “The…

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Summit urges African countries to leverage strengths toward integration

By Aliyu DANLADI The 13th African Economic Conference (AEC) has called for African countries to leverage the full range of their strengths and resources to accelerate the region’s drive towards continental integration. According to a joint opening statement from the UN, participants made the call at ongoing conference in Kigali, Rwanda. The conference, jointly organised by the UN Development Programme, the UN Economic Commission for Africa, and the African Development Bank, follows the launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA). The AfCTA was signed in March by 44…

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Top senators briefed by CIA blame Saudi prince for Khashoggi’s death

By Elizabeth ADENUGA Leading U.S. senators said on Tuesday they were more certain than ever that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was culpable in the killing of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi. They said this  after receiving a CIA briefing on the matter. “The views that I had before have only solidified,” said Sen. Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Menendez has called for a strong U.S. reaction to Khashoggi’s death and backed legislation to end all U.S. support for the Saudi coalition waging war in…

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2019: Osinbajo begins door to door campaign at Nyanya, Karu in FCT

By Thompson ABISOLA Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday commenced door to door campaign at Nyanya and Karu suburbs of the FCT for the re-election bid of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 general election. Osinbajo was given a rousing welcome as residents of the communities thronged the streets shouting “Sai Baba! Sai Baba!’’. He went from one corner of the communities to another campaigning from house to house while excited supporters surged to follow him around. Addressing an enthusiastic crowd at Karu, the VP bellowed APC!  APC! APC! while the…

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ECOWAS female parliamentarians elect new president

By Olaleke ASHAFA The ECOWAS Female Parliamentarians Association (ECOFEPA) has elected Filomena Martins of Cabo Verde as president replacing Sen. Stella Oduah of Nigeria. It would be recalled that Oduah’s two-year tenure, which began in May 2016, expired in May 2018. The female parliamentarians, on the side lines of the ongoing Second Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Parliament in Abuja, elected Martins on Dec. 3 for a two-year tenure. In an interview with newsmen on Tuesday, the president said the action of the new bureau would focus on education of…

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JTF arrests 38 suspected vandals, cultists in 2 months in Lagos

By Thompson ABISOLA The Joint Military Task Force (JTF) under Operation AWATSE on Tuesday said it had arrested 38 suspected pipeline vandals and cultists  and recovered 120, 000 litres of petrol in Lagos within the last two months. The Director of Defence Information, Brig.-Gen. John Agim, disclosed this to journalists at a news conference in Lagos. He said the suspected pipeline vandals and cultists had been handed over to the appropriate security agencies for further investigation and prosecution. “Operation AWATSE is a joint task forces under the control of defence…

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Lagos-Ibadan rail line must be operational before Feb. 2019 — Amaechi

By Giwa SHILE The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has directed the Chinese Civil Engineering Company (CCECC), the contractors handling the Lagos-Ibadan railway, to ensure that the train becomes operational before February 2019. Amaechi said this on Tuesday during the monthly inspection of the Lagos-Ibadan rail project in Papalando, Ogun State. He said that the contractors must ensure that the tracks and bridges were completed and the train must make transport sense. “There must be train on the tracks before February. It doesn’t matter when, but there must be…

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