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CSOs Call For Public Hearing On Fuel Subsidy Removal

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Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Nigeria have advocated a public hearing on the removal of petroleum subsidy to enable President Muhammadu Buhari take a final decision.

This is part of the resolutions taken at a round-table of CSOs and stakeholders convened in Abuja by the Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ) on the ongoing efforts of President Buhari’s administration to reform the Nigeria oil and gas sector, with special focus on the Berne Declaration.

In a communiqué signed by the executive director, ANEEJ, Rev David Ugolor, Zero Corruption Coalition’s Lukman Adefolahan and six others, the CSOs said, “Government should sustain the ongoing reform of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, and make it comprehensive.

They also urged the Federal Government to strengthen all the anti-corruption agencies and ensure they are adequately funded to enable the recovery of all oil revenue looted by Politically Exposed Persons and prosecute them as promised. The government was also urged to step up the crude oil refining capacities of the nation’s refineries to 100 percent optimal capacity utilization.

The CSOs advocated immediate review of all Joint Venture Contracts of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation by the NNPC management just as they asked President Buhari to sign the 2015 Audit Bill passed by the seventh National Assembly into law.

Olanrewaju Adeoye of the 21st Century Community Empowerment for Youth and Women Initiative, Victor Emejuiwe, Centre for Social Justice, Debo Adeniran of Coalition against Corrupt Leaders, CACOL, Comrade Nelson Nwafor, Foundation For Environmental Rights, Advocacy & Development, (FENRAD), Odion Timothy ( Nigeria Network of NGOs and Olukayode Majekodunmi of Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, also attended the seminar.

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  1. Joe

    August 22, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    This will be quite the fruitless hearing as PMB has already made his decision, nor do I do think a hearing is very like to change much when the president should already be up to date on these matters.

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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

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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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