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Jonathan Seeks Closer Ties Between Nigeria, OPEC Nations

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PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN WITH UAE AMBASSADOR, MAHMUD AL-MAHAMUD

PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN WITH UAE AMBASSADOR, MAHMUD AL-MAHAMUD

President Goodluck Jonathan, on Thursday, called for closer ties between Nigeria and other members of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC.

Mr. Jonathan made the call at a meeting with the new ambassadors of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, UAE, to Nigeria, after receiving their letters of credence at the presidential villa, Abuja.

The new envoys are Mohammed Al-Mahumud of UAE and Adbdul Aziz Al Muhannadi of Qatar.

Reuben Abati, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, quoted Mr. Jonathan as saying that such partnerships would improve the decision-making process within OPEC.

According to the statement, the president said closer ties would also open up more opportunities for investment and socio-economic collaboration among its members.

“Jonathan told the new ambassadors that the cordial diplomatic relationship between Nigeria and other OPEC member-countries ought to be translated into more beneficial engagements.

“He said that the on-going Transformation Agenda of the Federal Government had thrown up more opportunities for investments in agriculture, real estate development, power generation, manufacturing and other areas in Nigeria.

“Jonathan, therefore, urged the UAE, Qatar and other OPEC countries to take advantage of the immense potential of Nigeria’s large market and the new investment opportunities in the country”, the statement said.

The statement also quoted the president as telling the envoys that many companies from the UAE had invested in telecommunications and real estate, and that they were doing very well.

“We want to see them also in agriculture, manufacturing, oil and gas, and other areas”, Mr. Jonathan said.

Both ambassadors assured the president that they would do their best to improve trade and economic relations between their respective countries and Nigeria during their tenures.

Mr. Jonathan also had a farewell audience with the outgoing ambassador of Finland, Mrs Rita Korpivaara.

The president commended Mrs. Korpivaara’s efforts at enhancing bilateral relations between Nigeria and Finland.

He wished her success in her future endeavours. (NAN)

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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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