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Perform ground-breaking ceremony of commercial oil drilling in Niger – Bello begs Buhari

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Niger State Governor, Alh. Abubakar Sani Bello, has called on President Muhammad Buhari to perform the ground-breaking ceremony of commercial oil drilling in the Bida Basin, Niger State before the expiration of his administration in 2023.

The Secretary to Niger State Government, SSG, Alh. Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, who made the call in Minna, said doing so will finally actualize nearly 50 years’ dream of exploring oil in the Northern frontier.

According to him, “With the ceremony of commercial oil drilling in Bauchi and Gombe States last Tuesday, it is possible for Mr. President to do the same in the Bida Basin before the expiration of this administration.”

He called on the Ministry of Petroleum Resources to consider establishing a platform (gas terminals/pumping stations) within Niger State for the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) gas pipeline project presently passing through Niger state territory.

The governor said, “The platform (gas terminals/pumping stations) will serve the Federal Capital Territory, the people of Niger State, the Garam Industrial Park and the Baro Port among other communities which has the potentials to boost the economic activities along the corridors of Kogi-Niger and Kaduna states.”

He explained that the platform will ultimately positively affect the industrialization drive of the Federal Government, particularly as Niger State is one of the pioneer states implementing the National LPG expansion implementation plan.

Bello further added, “Niger state is already providing lands for infrastructural investments, ease of doing business and adequate security in the LPG industry, providing state tax holidays and other fiscal incentives for private sector participation, as well as developing a comprehensive Niger state energy policy among other things.”

 

 

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2023: Sit-At-Home Big Threat To Igbo Presidency – Group

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A group known as Pan Nigerian President of Igbo Extraction Coalition has warned the Indigenous People of Biafra and its factions that multiple sit-at-home orders could deprive the Igbo winning 2023 presidency.

This is contained in a statement jointly signed on Friday by the group’s Chairman, Rev Obinna Akukwe and the Secretary, Dr Pat Anyanwu.

According to PANPIEC, frustrated politicians would use the purported sit-at-home of February 24 to scuttle the aspirations for Igbo presidency and give the impression that the South-East voters were supporting the agitation for a Biafra state.

“PANPIEC is aware that some members of the Strategy Team are working behind the scenes for the release of Nnamdi KANU, details of which will be kept private.

“Therefore, any further multiple sit-at-home represents a multiple demarketing of the Igbo Presidency Project.

“PANPIEC advises Simon Ekpa, Commander of IPOB auto-pilot, to jettison his Biafra agitations till after the 2023 elections to enable teeming Igbo Youth to exercise their civic responsibilities.

“Igbo cannot be asking for Biafra and Igbo Presidency simultaneously.

“PANPIEC warns for the last time that the indiscriminate sit-at-home strikes fear into the minds of other stakeholders in the north favourably disposed to the Igbo Presidency.

“PANPIEC have received thousands of inquiries from concerned northern voters over the stance of Ndigbo on Biafra and warns that all the rumours of war are destabilizing the Igbo Presidency Project”, the group stated.

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Nasarawa Gov Sule Loses First Son, Hassan Sule

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Hassan, the first child of Nasarawa Governor Abdullahi Sule, is dead. Hassan, reported to have no health challenge, was full of life on Thursday and had useful engagement with friends, it was gathered.

He was said to have slumped around 9:30pm on Thursday before he was confirmed dead.

The Governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Ibrahim Addra, confirmed the incident.

According to him: “His Excellency Engr. Abdullahi Sule, Executive Governor of Nasarawa State on behalf of his family announces the sudden demise of his son Hassan Sule whose sad event occurred Thursday 26th January 2023 at the age of 36”

Hassan was laid to rest in Gudi, Akwanga Local Government Area on Friday.

 

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Frank MBA, Idowu Owohunwa Become Lagos, Ogun Police Commissioners

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The Nigerian Inspector General of Police (IGP), Alkali Baba on Tuesday approved the redeployment of two commissioners of police to Lagos and Ogun States respectively.

Frank Mba, a former spokesman of the Nigerian Police Force is returning to Lagos where he served as Police PRO for many years.

Also recommended to the PSC to take over as Commissioner of Police, Ogun State, is CP Idowu Owohunwa.

While CP Frank Mba, former Force Public Relations Officer, is the current Commissioner of Police in charge Federal Border Patrol branch at the department of operations, CP Owohunwa is currently the Principal Staff Officer (PSO) to the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba.

This was stated in a letter dated January 24, 2023, and signed by Hafiz Inuwa, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police to the Police Service Commission (PSC).

According to the letter, the postings are part of a strategy being put in place by the IGP to strengthen the strategic and operational readiness of the Police force in Lagos and Ogun commands.

It reads, “I am directed to humbly write and forward the proposed posting of the under-mentioned commissioners of police to State Commands indicated against their names for the Commission’s kind consideration and approval”.

“The Inspector General of Police is deploying the under-mentioned Commissioners of Police to strengthen the strategic and operational control of the commands.”

 

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