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N5,000 cash payment is too small considering the level of inflation in the country – Energy Analyst says as he opposes to subsidy removal

Dr Bala Zaka, Port Harcourt-based Energy Analyst, has reacted as the Federal Government moves to pay N5,000 grant to 40 million Nigerians as part of measures targeted at cushioning the negative impact of petrol subsidy to be introduced in 2022.

The Analyst who opposed to the subsidy removal, said the nation did not attract any positive impact from previous subsidy withdrawals.

“First, the N5,000 cash payment is too small considering the level of inflation in the country.
“Second, it would be difficult to select or determine beneficiaries. Third, we are also not very sure of frequency of disbursement. More than these, it would be open to corruption.”
Instead of cash payment, he said: “It would be better to increase the minimum wage, which would empower citizens to meet basic needs.
“Government can also invest significant funds into the power sector to supply commercial and stable electricity nationwide. “The increased supply of power would reduce the demand for petrol products, which the citizens need to generate their independent power.”

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GATE petitions US over alleged ‘state-sponsored’ terrorism in Nigeria; tackles Buhari on Igboho, Nnamdi Kanu

A United States-based group, Global Advocates For Terrorism Eradication, GATE, on Friday, petitioned the office of the United States Secretary of State, Antony J. Blinke, demanding that the United States Government should designate some Nigerian Government officials as sponsors of terrorism, alleging that “from all available indices, what is happening in Nigeria is State-sponsored Terrorism”.

GATE said its core objectives are to stop the provision of material support, funding and prosecutorial protection of terrorists by state actors. In a statement by its Principal Advocate, Robert Berry, the 26-page petition alleged that the Nigerian government was allegedly sponsoring terrorism by carrying out terrorist activities including training, fundraising, financing, and recruitment of terrorists and terrorist activities.

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Ben Bruce asks President Buhari to move to 21st Century, says Nigeria still running 18th century economy

Ben Bruce asks President Buhari to move to 21st Century, says Nigeria still running 18th century economy. Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, has claimed that Nigeria is still running an 18th century economy dependent on crude oil and its turbulent prices.

The senator called for the Ministry of Science and Technology to be properly funded, noting that the biggest economies in the world are technology-driven.

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SERAP Petitions UN Over ‘Vicious Assault’ On Justice Mary Odili, Seeks Independent Probe Of Incident

Group has urged Mr. Diego García-Sayán, UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, to “put pressure on the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to conduct a credible, thorough, impartial, independent, transparent, and effective investigation into the vicious assault on Supreme Court Justice Mary Odili by rogue officials”.

The group urged him to “ask the Nigerian government to ensure that any investigation into the assault is based on human rights principles, and protected from undue influence

SERAP petition followed the recent invasion of Justice Odili’s Abuja residence by armed personnel.

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The competitiveness of Nigerians abroad starts from home where they have acquired good education – Buhari

President Buhari has said that the competitiveness of Nigerians abroad starts from Nigeria where they have acquired a good education. A statement released by presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, says the President said this during a meeting with Minister of State Foreign Affairs of United Arab Emirates (UAE), His Excellency Shaikh Shakboot Alnahyan, at the sidelines of the Paris Peace Forum in Paris today November 12.

“Nigerians are all over the place, very competitive. And the competitiveness starts from home, where they have acquired good education, gone into businesses, and then take all that abroad.” the President was quoted as saying. According to the statement, President Buhari encouraged Nigerians in Diaspora to “subject themselves to the rules and standards of the country in which they live either as working class, or doing businesses.”

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President Buhari mourns Brig General and three soldiers killed during clash with ISWAP

President Buhari mourns Brig General and three soldiers killed during clash with ISWAP

President Buhari mourns Brig General and three soldiers killed during clash with ISWAP. President Buhari has expressed his sadness over the death of Brigadier General Dzarma Zirkusu and three soldiers killed during a clash with ISWAP members in Borno state on Thursday evening November 13.

In a statement shared on his Facebook page, President Buhari said he has sent his condolences to the Chief of Staff as well as families of the deceased military officers.

His statement reads;

“I am extremely saddened to hear of the demise of Brigadier General Dzarma Zirkusu and three soldiers who paid the supreme sacrifice, in a very rare display of gallantry, as they tried to help their compatriots in the war against terrorists.

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Femi Adesina claims he stopped going to church because pastor attacked Buhari

Adesina claims he stopped going to church because pastor always attacked Buhari. Femi Adesina , the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, has narrated why he stopped attending a church in Abuja. Adesina, who did not mention the church he stopped attending, but his public profile states that he has been a member of the Foursquare Gospel Church since 1988 and was ordained a pastor.

He wrote, “I used to attend a church in Abuja from 2015 to 2018, till the pastor began to see himself as someone who must bring the Buhari government down. Sunday after Sunday, it was all sorts of criticism from the pulpit. But I endured, since it was a branch of a church I had attended for over 30 years. Till one day, he overdid it.
“The Dapchi girls were abducted and there was no name the pastor did not call President Buhari that Sunday. It was horrendous that such things could come from the pulpit. But I suffered long and sat through the sermon, or rather, what was supposed to be a sermon. I then went home, wondering what the church of God was turning to.”
Adesina recalled that not quite long after the pastor’s message, the Dapchi girls were recovered, except for Leah Sharibu and a few others, but the pastor did not commend the president for that.

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Oil Majors Get Regulatory Assurance To Invest In $10bn Deepwater Space

The logo which has simple features typifies the essence of Upstream operations with a rig icon embedded in the logo to reflect the mandate of the commission.

Oil Majors Get Regulatory Assurance To Invest In $10bn Deepwater Space.

The newly created Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) has given international oil companies operating in Nigeria its assurance to look into identified grey areas in its implementation of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA).
Chief executive officer, NUPRC, Mr Gbenga Komolafe made the call in his maiden meeting with top members of the Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS) yesterday in Lagos.
The commission also announced the immediate promotion of 195 its staff and unveiled its new logo as it begins operation as the new upstream oil and gas sector regulator.

The IOCs also indicated they were reconsidering their earlier exit plan following uncertainties created by the PIA which made counter provision on already signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), for deep water asset development.
NAN reports that a 12-year dispute on the operational guideline with regard to Production Sharing Contract (PSC) in the deep water space had cost parties over $9 billion in contingent liabilities.
However, the new PSC understanding is expected to yield $780 million in immediate revenues to the government and unlock $10 billion investment.
At the stakeholder meeting with members of the OPTS, composed of major IOCs, Komolafe, said the PIA has a timeline of about six to 12 months to clear some grey areas and that the Commission is interested more in encouraging investment in the sector.

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Shehu Sani asks Buhari to declare bandits as federal civil servants since he doesn’t want to pronounce them terrorist

Former senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani has asked the government to declare bandits as federal civil servants since it is becoming hard for them to pronounce them terrorists.
Recall bandits and kidnappers are on rampage in the North West, killing and kidnapping citizens in exchange for ransoms.

Reacting to the killings of Muslim worshipers in their mosques in Niger and Katsina State; as well as the killings of Christians in their Churches in Kaduna, the former lawmaker represented Kaduna Central District at the 8th Assembly wondered why the Buhari government are yet to declare bandits’ groups in the North as terrorists.

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Gov Wike Order FG To Provide Invaders Of Mary Odili’s House Within 48 Hours

Addressing a press conference along with Rivers State Leaders of Thought at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, Governor Wike said series of events had shown that the Odili family is being targeted, just as he alleged that Friday’s invasion of the residence of Justice Odili by security agents was an assassination attempt.

Gov Wike, on Sunday gave the Federal Government 48 hours to unveil the invaders of Justice Mary Odili’s house.

Since the person who made a complaint against her residence and the personnel who went there are known, government had no reason not to take action against them”, he said

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