Fuel Scarcity: Kachikwu Sets Up 14-Man Committee

The Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, has raised a 14-man committee within the Independent Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) to help in finding lasting solution to the fuel crisis in the country. This information was contained in a statement signed by Mr Garba Deen Muhammad, the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the NNPC on Thursday in Abuja. The statement quoted Muhammad as saying that the setting up of the committee followed the meeting between the Minister and IPMAN toward ending the crisis in the…

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I’ll Critically Review 2016 Budget Passed By NASS Before Assenting, Says PMB

President Muhammadu Buhari said Thursday in Washington DC that he will critically review the 2016 Appropriation Bill passed by the National Assembly before assenting to it. Speaking at a meeting with the United States Secretary of State, Mr. John Kerry, President Buhari said that in view of the controversial alteration and padding of the budget proposals, he needed to review the appropriation bill to be certain that its contents tallied with the authentic budget proposal presented to the National Assembly. “Some bureaucrats removed what we put in the proposal and…

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Mining Roadmap Major Milestone For Sector – Fayemi

The minister of solid minerals development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, said the submitted mining and metals roadmap will serve as a major milestone for the sector after the Ministerial Committee on Roadmap for the Development of the Solid Minerals Sector presented the document. Fayemi who was elated by the prompt submission of the roadmap by the 14 man committee co-chaired by Professors Ibrahim Garba and Siyan Malomo, at the Ministry’s conference room in Abuja expressed optimism that the roadmap will fast-track growth and development of the sector. According to him the…

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Crude Price variation – Group Tasks NEPC on Economic Upturn

The New Initiative for Credible Leadership has charged the Nigerian Export promotion Council (NEPC) with the responsibility to extend its activities towards making certain increase in non-oil export as resolution to the economic hardship caused by fallen crude value. The NEPC has crucial role to play in Nigeria’s economic recovery since there’s finally an understanding that the era of relying on crude as the country’s major revenue supply is over. Hence diversification is key. A statement issued by an Aubja based group during the week noted that this economic challenge offers the NEPC to further prove it is capable of satisfying its mandate of developing and diversifying the nation’s export trade since it will get…

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Chibok Girls Not Missing – Gov Fayose

Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, has claimed that the abduction of 276 schoolgirls from Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, in April 2014 did not happen. According to Punch, Fayose said this while declaring open a two-day workshop organised by Women Arise for Change – a non-governmental organisation. The governor was said to have described reports on the abduction as a ploy to unseat former President Goodluck Jonathan. “I don’t think any of these girls is missing; it is a political strategy. Who is fooling who? If you wanted to use…

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Breaking News: EFCC picks up culprit in Fuel Scarcity scam, Nnamdi

The dragnet of the Economics and Financial Crimes Commission yesterday picked up one of the culprits in the ongoing fuel scarcity scam, Mrs Esther Ogbue-Nnamdi. Mrs Ogbue Nnamdi was until the recent reforms in the oil industry, the Managing Director of the Petroleum Products Pricing and Marketing Company (PPMC), a subsidiary of the NNPC where it was alleged that she enriched herself and amassed stupendous wealth from sales of IPOs to desperate oil cabal, collection of kick backs through proxies and other underhand dealings to have seen to the ongoing…

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It Is Not Abnormal For PMB To Assent To 2016 Without Detail – NASS

The national assembly has said it is still working on the details of the 2016 budget even after passing it last week, insisting that it is not abnormal for President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the budget without details, chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has said. But in a statement on Wednesday, Jibrin said “there is nothing abnormal” for the president to assent to the bill before receiving its details. The lawmaker explained that there were inconsistencies and anomalies in budget, hence the need for a thorough job to be…

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Scientists Revisit ‘The Hobbit’ Human Specie

The diminutive human species nicknamed “the Hobbit” is older than previously recognised, scientists now say. The discovery of Homo floresiensis in 2003 caused a sensation because it seemed the creature could have been alive in the quite recent past. But a new analysis indicates the little hominin probably went extinct at least 50,000 years ago – not the 12,000 years ago initially thought to be the case. Researchers report their revised assessment in the journal Nature. Prof Bert Roberts, from the University of Wollongong, Australia, says the revised dating actually…

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‘Suicide Bomber’ Held In Cameroon Not Missing Chibok Schoolgirl — Parents

Parents from Chibok community in Borno State have denied a girl held by Cameroonian authorities, after an aborted suicide bombing mission, is one of 219 missing female students abducted by Boko Haram in 2014. The girl had claimed she was one of the missing school girls, the Cameroonian government said. The Murtala Muhammed Foundation, involved in efforts to identify the girl, said in a statement on Wednesday that three authorised representatives of the community confirmed the girl was not one the school girls kidnapped on April 14, 2014. Read the…

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I Fight With My Mouth, I Don’t Slap People, Says Governor El-Rufai

Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai has debunked speculations that he allegedly engaged his Deputy, Barnabas Bala Bantex, in a fisticuffs over alleged argument on state matters. The cause of the alleged fisticuffs between El-Rufai and Bantex, according to reports was that, the Governor and the deputy have been having a cold war over alleged plans by the governor to sack top civil servants in the state. However, speaking at an interactive session with journalists on Tuesday night, El-Rufai laughed over the rumour, and described the rumour mongers as, “Not…

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