NNPC, NCDMB to grow Nigerian content to 70%

By Thompson ABISOLA  The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) have committed to growing Local Content in the Oil and Gas Industry from the current 40 per cent to 70 per cent by 2027 as part of strategies to sustain economic development in country. NNPC Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru, made this commitment while delivering a keynote address at the 8th Practical Nigerian Content Conference in Yenogoa, Bayelsa State, saying strategies for implementing the NCDMB Local Content development includes closing human…

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Bush is hailed at funeral as U.S. ‘soldier-statesman’

By Kunle SHONUGA Former President George H.W. Bush was hailed at his state funeral on Wednesday as a warrior-statesman of uncommon personal kindness who went from being a hero of American conflicts to representing a bygone era of civility in politics. Amid an unusual bipartisan spirit at the service at the Washington National Cathedral, both Republican and Democratic politicians honored a president who called for a “kinder, gentler” nation. Bush, the 41st U.S. president, died last week in Texas aged 94. He occupied the White House from 1989 to 1993,…

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EKSG reverses all last minute appointments by Fayose

The  Ekiti Executive Council at its sitting on Wednesday approved the cancellation of certain key appointments made by former Gov. Ayo Fayose in the twilight of his tenure. The review also affects all other appointments made into the state’s public service. The Chief Press Secretary to the  governor, Mr Olayinka Oyebode, who briefed newsmen at the end of the meeting, said that all Executive Secretaries appointed after the July 21 governorship election in the state were to revert to their former positions. He said all other appointments into the Public Service…

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FEC approves N551m for construction of Freight Office at Jibia

By Thompson ABISOLA The Federal Executive Council (FEC), presided over by Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, approved N551.8 million for the construction of national freight office in Jibia, Katsina State. The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Ameachi, disclosed this when he, along with the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the Council’s meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday. According to him, the national freight office is usually located at border posts and Jibia is between Katsina State and Niger…

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U.S. actor Sean Penn in Turkey for documentary on Khashoggi murder

By Aliyu DANLADI U.S. actor and filmmaker Sean Penn and his crew on Wednesday did some shooting in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul reportedly for a documentary on the killing of Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the mission. The private NTV broadcaster said the actor had been trying to gather detailed information on the scene to make a documentary about the murder of Khashoggi, a case that has sparked an international outcry. According to the broadcaster, Penn is expected to meet with Hatice Cengiz, the fiancee of…

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1 million lives could be saved annually by meeting Paris climate goals- WHO

By Olaleke ASHAFA The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday said the lives of 1 million people around the world could be saved each year by 2050 if the goals for reducing air pollution in the Paris accord were adhered to. The report, released at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland, underlined the effects that pollution-producing human activities had on human health and offered possible solutions for policy makers around the world to consider. According to WHO’s Head of Public Health, Maria Neira, the true cost of…

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OPEC meeting to discuss Saudi Arabia’s oil oversupply, says Iran

By Giwa SHILE The upcoming meeting of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will discuss the crude oversupply by Saudi Arabia, Iran’s oil minister said on Wednesday. “The issue of Saudi oversupply is among the topics that would be discussed in the forthcoming OPEC meeting,’’ Bijan Namdar Zanganeh was quoted Iran’s PetroEnergy Information Network as saying. “The OPEC member states should probe into the reasons behind Qatar’s withdrawal from the cartel, as some oil producers have created problems for Qatar,’’ Zanganeh added. The Iranian minister also ruled out…

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Dickson seeks relocation of operational headquartres of oil firms to producing states

By Thompson ABISOLA Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa has reiterated the need for oil companies to obey the Local Content Act by relocating their operational headquartres to producing states across the country. Dickson made the call on Wednesday in Yenagoa at the 8th Practical Nigerian Content Forum tagged, “Driving Economic Development and Sustainability.” The annual programme was sponsored by the State Government, the Nigerian Content Monitoring and Development Board (NCMDB) among others. The governor explained that relocating their headquarters to producing states would go a long way in strengthening the…

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Aisha Buhari dissociates self from N150m scandal

By Meletus EZE The wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has dissociated herself from the N150 million scandal allegedly collected from unsuspecting members of the public by one Amina Mohammed, using her name. Mrs Buhari also warned her staff not to engage in any fraudulent activities, adding that “anyone found guilty will face the full wrath of the law’’. The warning was made in a statement  by her Director of Information, Mr Suleiman Haruna, on Wednesday in Abuja. The statement quoted Mr Haruna as saying that, “ the wife…

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Southeast economic summit targets infrastructure development – Barth Nnaji

By Thompson ABISOLA Southeast Region Economic Development Company (SEREDEC) Chairman,, Prof. Barth Nnaji, says the 2018 regional economic summit targets infrastructure development for growth and development of the region. Nnaji made the disclosure in Abuja on Wednesday. He said that the summit which would be held in Enugu from Dec. 11 to Dec. 12 was private sector driven with collaboration from Southeast Governors Forum. He said that focus would be on infrastructure development, such as rail lines to connect the entire region, gas pipeline, and health services. ” The Private…

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