By FESTUS OKOROMADU,   The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said it is working in collaboration with the international oil companies (IOCs) to deplore one-stop-shop security machinery tailored at professionally and effectively securing the oil and gas environment in line with global best practices for the good of the national economy. According to the Corporation, the apparatus which is a structured and holistic security tool will be deplored to curb incidence of oil and gas infrastructure sabotage is coming as a complement to the Federal Government efforts in provision of security operations. A press statement signed by the spokesperson of the Corporation, Ndu Ughamadu said the General Manager, Group Security Department of the NNPC, Mr. Sam Otoboeze, made the was disclosure in Abuja. Mr. Otoboeze was quoted as describing the security synergy with the international oil companies and other security agencies will create a robust production environment that would enable the Federal Government...
By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari departs Abuja, Sunday for New York, to join other world leaders at the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 72). In a statement by the special adviser, media to the president, Femi Adesina, the high point of the President’s visit will be his participation in the General Debate during which he will deliver the country’s National Statement. The theme for this year’s Debate is: “Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet.” According to him, president Buhari will join other world leaders at the welcoming reception to be hosted by the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, and also hold a bilateral meeting with the UN scribe. He said, “Equally, the Nigerian leader will hold a lunch meeting with President Donald Trump of the United States of America, along with other world leaders. “During the General Assembly,...
Mr Stephen Mbah, a Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) governorship aspirant in Anambra, says his priority, if voted into power on Nov. 18, is to revolutionalised the agriculture sector in the state. Mbah gave this indication while addressing party faithful at the inauguration of the Dunukofia Local Government Area chapter at Umunachi, near Onitsha. He said that 40 per cent of the state’s annual revenue would be used to create farm settlements across the state. “My government will have a three-year programme to turn around the fortunes of farmers in the state through mechanised farm settlements that will be established in many parts of the state. “We are already discussing with foreign consultants to see how people, mostly youths and women, will be encouraged to live in farm settlements and produce for export and local consumption. “The target is to make Anambra the food basket of the nation.” Mbah also said that his government would initiate...
From OlanrewajuArotimi, Calabar The Chief of Army Staff (COAS),  Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Monday, commissioned the last phases of his intervention housing projects in 13 brigade of the Nigerian army, Akim town, Calabar. The COAS had in February 2017, commissioned 36 flats in the first phase of the project which commenced in November, 2016. Represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans, Nigerian army headquarters, Abuja, Major Gen. Christopher Jemitola, the COAS expressed delight while unveiling the project comprising 52 one-bedroom flats and 49 single rooms, respectively. "I am delighted to be in your midst today for the commissioning of phases 2 and 3 of the Chief of Army Staff intervention project in Akim barrack. "I was here in February 2017 to commission phase one of this unique project, and here we are again commissioning  an additional block of flats. I am indeed delighted. And, with what I have seen on the ground;...
By Tunde Oguntola, Abuja The Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) House has honoured the minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, for his dedication to the campaign for the rights of creative people in the country. At an elaborate ceremony that featured a red carpet reception, music and documentary videos, the Minister was presented with the ‘’Copyright Medal of Honour’’ and his name entered in the ‘’COSON Roll of Honour’’ after the reading of his citation. COSON chairman Tony Okoroji, who made the presentation that rounded off the hours-long ceremony, described the minister as a  ‘’unassailable and fearless public servant’,’ and thanked him forbeing the first minister to visit the imposing green-and-white COSON House since it was commissioned. The minister, who said he was very proud of COSON, thanked the organisation for the award and the hosting, which he described as ’one of the best Saturday mornings’’ I have had. He said COSON...
By BUKOLA IDOWU, Bank customers in Nigeria will pay not less than N1.462 billion to banks as card maintenance charges every month totaling N17.544 billion in a year beginning from May 2017, as the revised Guide to Bank Charges take effect from this month. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had revised the card maintenance charges in the new guide which was released last month from N100 annually to N50 monthly. This means every debit or credit card holder will pay N600 annually as against the N100 being paid previously. According to data released recently by the Nigeria Inter Bank Settlement System (NIBSS) the central database for banking transactions in the country show that as at September 30, 2016, there are 29.24 million active cards being used by the 63 million active bank customers. The new Guide to Bank Charges stipulates that banks charge N50 monthly as card maintenance fee on naira debit...
BY KAYODE TOKEDE, Lagos - For Nigeria to de-risk various infrastructure projects, the federal government as the initiator must think as public sector on one hand and have the mindset of a private sector entrepreneur in execution in order to align with the profit motive of the private sector entrepreneur. These are the words of renowned banker and chairman Zenith Bank Plc, Mr. Jim Ovia. Speaking at the just concluded Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ovia said, while both parties must think Nigeria first, bridging the infrastructure gap and implementing the Nigeria Integrated Infrastructure Master plan (NIIMP), will require an investment quotient of about $3trillion, adding that the implementation of the master plan might take about 26 years to accomplish. The founder and pioneer Group Managing Director of Nigeria’s largest bank also listed the salient areas to be addressed and the projected financial commitment to include Energy ($1trillion), Transport...
By OsaOkhomina,Yenagoa There was pandemonium weekend in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital over the attack on the medium prison facility located along Okaka area of the state following the  attempt by some prisoners to escape from jail.  Six prisoners, detained on awaiting trial for kidnapping, armed robbery and murder, were arrested in the confusion during their alleged attempt to break out of jail. LEADERSHIP gathered that the re-arrested prisoners had broken out of their cell by tearing open the wall with explosive suspected to be Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and were heading for the outer wall with the second explosive before they were arrested by the armed squad of the Nigerian Prison Service. The incident, which occurred at about 9.05pm on Sunday, caused panic among the Okaka residents with loud explosion,gun shots and loud noises coming from the prison facility.   Our correspondent reports that preliminary investigation conducted by the Nigerian Prison Service, Bayelsa...
By Bernard Tolani Dada The Speaker, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Barr. Onofiok Luke, has pledged the readiness of the assembly to give the Akwa Ibom State Command Of the Nigeria Police Force the necessary legislative backing that would ensure effective Policing of the state. Speaker Luke gave the assurance, when he played host to the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Don Awunah and his team at the assembly complex. He commended the police boss for efforts of his men in tackling kidnapping and cult related crimes in the state. He also applauded the police boss for reduction in cases of accidental discharge and also applauded him for some proactive measures adopted in the fight against crime in the state. While appreciating the police leadership in the state for its non partisan nature, Barr. Luke commended the Police Commissioner for cooperating with the state government to ensure a crime free society. He...
BY DOYIN OJOSIPE The National Power-Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) has joined the league of professional power trainers in Africa. This followed the conferment of a Centre of Excellence, (COE) in training for the power sector in Africa on the institute after the assessment of its application by the African Network of Centres of Excellence in Electricity, (ANCEE). This is even as NAPTIN has been granted admission into the membership of the ANCEE, a pan African initiative led by association of power utilities of Africa, and supported by the African development fund of the African development bank group. As a member of ANCEE, NAPTIN will henceforth enjoy several benefits, including sharing knowledge and best practices with other COEs in the region; as well as increase its offered courses. The opportunity will further pitch the country to attract foreign direct investment through training and patronage from other African countries, which enables it to upgrade its...