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Democracy Youth Round Table National Conference 2022 set to hold in Abuja

The youths are not joking with thier future as regards leadership and governance as elections draw nearer

With the on going Agitations for youth inclusiveness, participation and involvement in Governace and  leadership, Democracy Youth Round Table National Conference 2022 will hold on Thursday 24th March 2022 at Sheraton Hotel Abuja by 12noon.

Democracy Youth Roundtable Conference is an idealistic innovation, that is timely and of crucial necessity to the democratic requirements of our nation. It is a platform for leaders to engage in proactive discusses, deliberations and arguments that will suggest better approaches and engagements to further improve our democratic structure.

Participate Will include Students,Youth leaders, Civil Society groups, NGOs and others.

Engr Noah Dalaji-Founder Africa Children Talent Discovery Foundation will be the Chairman of the Occasion along with Mr Hamza Lawal– CEO CODE, Prince Olatunji Olusoji– SSA on Special Duties to Delta State Governor, Fadila Saleh Bade (Mama Africa, Hon Steven Azaiki , Hon Shina Peller, Chief Femi Fani Kayode– Former Hon Minister of Aviation, Mr Nicholas Felix other Personalities

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EFCC operatives grill Anyim

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), yesterday, grilled former Senate president, Anyim Pius Anyim, over his alleged role in a case of corruption and diversion of public funds.

Anyim, sources confirmed, arrived the headquarters of the anti-graft agency in Jabi, Abuja at about 3pm. As at the time of filing this report, he was still being grilled by a team of operatives.

Though details of the specific allegations against the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) were still sketchy, a source familiar with the development, said it was tied to the corruption and money laundering case involving former aviation minister, Stella Oduah.

Part of the rehabilitation funds to the tune of N780 million were allegedly traced to a company in which Anyim has an interest.

When contacted, Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC spokesman said he had not been briefed.

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Three students of the Greenfield University in Kaduna State who were abducted by bandits suspected to be kidnappers have been killed by their abductors.

The students were among those that were abducted by bandits from the private university located along the Kaduna- Abuja highway on Tuesday night.

Confirming the development, the Kaduna State Commissioner for internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said the remains of three students were found on Friday in Kwanan Bature village, a location close to the university and have been evacuated to a mortuary by himself and the Force Commander, Operation Thunder Strike, Lieutenant Colonel MH Abdullahi.

More details shortly

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Government News

Nigeria to leverage 600 trillion cubic feet of gas to diversify economy — Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that his administration will leverage on Nigeria’s robust gas resources, currently standing at 600 trillion cubic feet, to urgently industrialize the country and ultimately diversify it away from petroleum, which is gradually being discarded for cleaner energy sources that gas provides.

This is as the Secretary-General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Mr Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, hinted that projections show that from now till 2045, global investments of more than $12 trillion will be needed in the upstream, midstream and downstream in the gas sector.

Speaking in Abuja on Monday as he virtually launched “The Decade of Gas in Nigeria” initiative noted that the rising global demand for cleaner energy sources has offered Nigeria an opportunity to exploit gas resources for the good of the country.

He noted that all the opportunities provided by gas will be fully explored.

The President told participants at the Pre-Summit that while his administration has prioritized gas development and recorded remarkable progress, it is well known that Nigeria is a gas nation with a little oil, but the country has focused on oil over the years.

‘‘That is the paradox that this Administration decided to confront when we declared the year 2020 as “The Year of Gas” in Nigeria.

‘‘It was a bold statement to demonstrate the resolve of this Administration that gas development and utilization should be a national priority to stimulate economic growth, further improve Nigeria’s energy mix, drive investments, and provide the much-needed jobs for our citizens in the country.

‘‘Before the declaration of Year 2020 as The Year of Gas, this Administration had shown commitment to the development of Nigeria’s vast gas resources and strengthening of the gas value chain by reviewing and gazetting policies and regulations to enhance operations in the sector as encapsulated in the National Gas Policy of 2017.

‘‘Our major objective for the gas sector is to transform Nigeria into an industrialized nation with gas playing a major role and we demonstrated this through enhanced accelerated gas revolution,’’ he said.

Enumerating what his administration has done to energise the sector, the President said the development of gas infrastructure has commenced along with the domestic utilization of LPG and CNG, as well as the process of commercializing gas flares, development of industrial and transport gas markets, and increasing gas to power.

‘‘We also kick started other policies and projects like the National Gas Expansion Programme, Autogas policy and the construction of the 614km Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano gas pipeline.

‘‘After a thorough review of these laudable achievements and successes in the gas space, we acknowledge that Nigeria still has more work to do in the gas space.

‘‘This has led the Federal Government to begin a more proactive push towards gas development. This initiative will ensure further optimal exploitation and utilization of the country’s vast gas resources.

The President extolled the collaboration between the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and the Nigeria LNG Limited to actualize the dream of transforming Nigeria with its massive gas resources.”

He described the NLNG as the Federal Government’s arrowhead in the reduction of gas flaring in Nigeria.

According to the President, NLNG, which contributes about one percent to GDP, has generated $114 billion in revenues over the years, $9 billion in taxes, $18 billion in dividends to the Federal Government and $15 billion in Feed gas Purchase.

The President noted that these achievements were accomplished with 100 percent Nigerian Management and 95 percent Nigerian workforce.

He also applauded NLNG for winning the award for outstanding business strategy, in 2020, for going ahead with Train 7 during the global pandemic.

‘‘The Ministry of Petroleum Resources and NNPC are in various regards setting the pace.

‘‘I would like to charge all other relevant MDAs on the need to partner with the international oil companies, the indigenous oil companies and financial institutions to actualize the dream of fully utilizing our gas resources to uplift our economy,’’ he said.

President Buhari affirmed that later this year, Nigeria will host the 4th International Petroleum Summit in Abuja.

President Buhari in his Presidential address said that the conference comes timely as a prelude to NIPS said that Nigeria has robust gas resources but focussed on oil for decades and that was the paradox it was prepared to confront.

Also speaking at the event, the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Mr Timipre Sylva said the main objective of running a gas-powered economy by 2030 springs from the idea of ending gas flaring and turning it into revenue generation.

He noted that investments in gas infrastructure were ongoing like the 614km AKK pipeline project and others.

“NLNG closed the deal on the $10 billion Train 7 project. The AKK 614km costing $2.8 billion is to address infrastructure deficit in gas sector. We have shortlisted 200 companies to bid for gas flare sites.

“The Nigerian Gas Expansion Project (NGEP) was also unveiled and all these were to drive investments and boost economy. We must deal with energy poverty immediately by unleashing our gas resources.

“There will be challenges and President Buhari has the political will to address them as he is ready to use gas as an economic enabler”, Sylva assured.

In his remarks, the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Resources (NNPC), Mr Mele Kyari stated that the Nigerian gas masterplan was gradually and steadily being implemented.

Kyari noted that the conference comes at a good time as the world transits into newer energy, adding that Nigeria should play leadership roles in the new world order.

“Fossil fuels are giving way to wind and solar and other types of energy.

The Federal Government has committed huge resources to migrate into new energy, especially gas, to grow the economy. Efforts to diversify started in 2016 and 2020 was tagged year of gas.

We’ve rolled out autogas to ensure greater gas utilization is a reality”, he noted.

In his goodwill message, the Secretary-General of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Mr Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo stated that tackling emissions has many pathways that should all be explored.

“The oil and gas industries are part of the solution; we possess critical resources and expertise that can help unlock our carbon-free future. It is also important to remind ourselves of the historic plunge in oil and gas investments in 2020. In the oil sector alone, upstream oil capital expenditure could fall by more than 30% in 2020, a shrill wake-up call, exceeding the annual dramatic declines seen in the severe industry downturn in 2015 and 2016.

“I would like to commend the President for keeping faith with the requirements

of continued heavy investments, including critical gas projects, such as the Ajaokuta–Kaduna–Kano Natural Gas Pipeline, the Nigeria LNG Train 7 project and actively promoting several fertilizer blending plants across the country, supporting the ongoing agrarian revolution.

Nigeria’s ‘Decade of Gas’ initiative also shines a beacon of light on the importance of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), and the value of multilateralism. OPEC and the GECF have much in common. We have some of the same Member Countries, including Nigeria, share similar founding principles, and collaborate together.

Gas is vital to Nigeria’s future, as is oil. And both will be fuels of choice globally for the foreseeable future and instrumental in facilitating the energy transition.

“What is clear is that no-one should be left behind. Sustainable

Development Goal number seven of the UN ensures access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all people of the world”, he said.

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Government News

Reps probe NNPC over $339m missing crude oil, raise concern over Ebola

Abuja

House of Representatives has resolved to probe the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) over alleged missing 5.2 millon barrels of crude oil, supposedly allocated to refineries under the Direct Sales Direct Purchase (DSDP) scheme.

The 5.2 millon barrels of crude oil, amounting to $339 million was reportedly allocated to the refineries between June 2018 to July 2019.

Besides, the House also resolved to probe allocation of crude oil under DSDP from 2018 till date, as well as crude oil allocation per refinery and the rationale for the allocation.

The investigation is equally expected to unravel what happens to un-utilised stock of crude oil in the case of a refinery with inadequate production capacity.

This followed the adoption of a motion by Abubakar Yalleman on “urgent need to investigate the allocation of crude under the DSDP,” at yesterday’s plenary.

Yalleman, in his motion, drew the attention of the House to a report in a national daily, detailing how the crude oil is allegedly stolen or diverted daily.

The lawmaker noted that according to the report, “approximately 5.2 million barrels of crude oil supposedly allocated to comatose NNPC refineries in 2018 under DSDP operations are unaccounted for.

He said: “Essentially, almost half of the 10.9 million barrels of crude oil allocated for domestic supply between June 2018 and July 2019 as reported by the NNPC is either stolen or diverted.

“That the average price for Nigerian crude oil in 2018 was $65, which means that the unaccounted volume may have denied the country USD339 million at a time of acute revenue deficit.”

The lawmaker is worried that unless the leakages are plugged, they will deepen the national deficit even further thus depriving the country of the much-needed development.

The House also raised concerns about the outbreak of Ebola virus in some African countries.

Consequently, it mandated the Ministry of Health to enhance surveillance at all entry points into the country to respond promptly to any suspected case of Ebola coming from neighbouring countries, especially Guinea and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The House also mandated the health ministry to create awareness about the virus.

Besides, the Green Chamber urged the health ministry to collaborate with the West Africa Health Organisation and World Health Organisation on containment strategies.

This followed the adoption of a motion by Unyime Idem on “urgent need to create public awareness and preparedness to combat possible outbreak of Ebola virus and to take measure to avoid same.”

Idem, in his motion, informed the House that on February 7, the DRC announced a new case of the Ebola virus in the country.

The lawmaker noted that on February 14, Guinea’s Ministry of Health, also declared an Ebola outbreak, following the mysterious death of three persons.

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Police arrest 11 suspects, recover fake N5.7m, others

Abuja

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Police Command has arrested a seven man robbery gang who attacked and robbed a school at Kafe-Life Camp.

The police also announced the arrest of four other suspected fraudsters for being in possession of fake Naira notes totaling N5.7 Million.

Also arrested are suspected armed robbers, fraudsters and one chance criminals terrorizing residents with their deadly activities.

FCT police public relations officer, Yusuf Maryam, listed items recovered from suspects to include: one HP Laptop and one Apple Mac book Laptop and Volkswagen vehicle with registration number BWR 903 HE.

Yusuf, in a statement said: “The FCT police command has arrested 11 suspects for one chance, fraud and armed robbery along Durumi, Wuye and Kafe-Life Camp axis.”