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PIB: 83 Per Cent Of Oil Blocks Owned By Northerners – Senator

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The-petroleum-industry-billThe contentious Petroleum Industry Bill on Wednesday opened up a can of worms as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Business and Rules, Senator Ita Enang said that 83 per cent of oil blocks in the country are owned by Northerners.

“There should be equity and federal character in the allocation of oil blocks in this country. Eighty-three per cent of all present oil blocks are held by northerners,” Enang said on the floor of the Senate, without a dissenting voice from any of the senior lawmakers.

Enang, Senator representing Akwa Ibom North-East (Uyo) Senatorial District, then went ahead to buttress his allegation by giving a breakdown of major oil blocks vis-à-vis their owners.

For instance, Enang stated that Cavendish Petroleum, the operators of OML 110, awarded to Alhaji Mai Deribe of Borno State (North East), makes an average of about N4bn monthly. He thereafter demanded a review of oil block licences in the country even as other senators from the South urged him on.

“These need to be looked into, revoked and re-awarded. The Federal Character which is a principle applicable in every aspect of our national existence should also be brought to bear in the application of our oil blocks, marginal fields and prospecting licences.”

Enang’s disclosures came amid a consensus among the lawmakers on the need to let the bill sail through second reading, while further legislative work would take care of the contentious issues.

Meanwhile, debate on the general principles of the bill would be concluded on Thursday (today).

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  1. obomeguono azanuwa

    March 7, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    This is a step in the right direction. May God give the genuine south-south legislators wisdom and courage to fight the undue marginalisation the south-south people are facing in the hands of corrupt men.

  2. Suleiman Jibril

    March 8, 2013 at 12:24 am

    Inspite of 83% ownership of Oil blocks in the country,the north is the most backward, most impoverished,most diseased,has the highest concentratio of destitutes etc The Northern elites should bury their heads in shame.No wonder they are always interested in power at the centre.For meaningful develop-ment,Nigeria must go back to regionalism.

  3. dominic

    March 8, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Sen Ita Enang you’re a man I’ve always admire your views since your house of reps days,pls carry on & don’t let those thieves continue with the stealing of our oil.pls convince you’re colleagues & let’s collect back all the oil blocks from those thieves including armed robber sanusi lamido’s own & give it to the true ownwers.God bless you.

  4. Fola

    March 8, 2013 at 9:14 am

    I just hope that the issue will be addressed to the last letter and not just thrown into the gabbage like all the other ones.

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

Bello Matawalle

Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

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He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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