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Nigeria Lost Over $1bn To Gas Flaring In 2014

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Nigeria lost over N225 billion ($1 billion) to gas flaring in 2014 alone, while about 295 billion standard cubic feet of natural gas was flared in nine months, according to the Lead Director, Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), Eze Onyekepere.

Onyekepere, while speaking with journalists in Abuja on Monday, during a media presentation on issues in implementing the Nigerian Gas Master Plan (NGMP), noted that the volume of gas flared in the country could fuel about 7,000 mega watts of efficient thermal electric power. He lamented that Nigeria is rich in energy resources yet poor in energy supply.

“In 2014, Nigeria lost about $1 billion as oil companies operating in the country flared a large proportion of the gas produced from January to September 2014. Nigeria flares about 1.2 billion cubic feet (bcf/d) of gas per day, which could fuel about 7000mw of efficient thermal electricity power, over 1,400 agro-processing facilities, 350 textile plants, 70 fertilizer plants with opportunities for creating over one million jobs,” Onyekepere said.

Quoting the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Onyekepere added, “about 295 billion standard cubic feet of natural gas was flared in the nine-month period.”

He pointed out that the failure of the seventh National Assembly to pass the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) has robbed the nation a huge sum of revenue.

Onyekepere, therefore, recommended that President Muhammadu Buhari should re-present the PIB to the National Assembly for quick action.

The CSJ also advised that the PIB be split into four parts because of the bulky nature of the bill, with the part dealing with gas isolated and immediately passed into law.

He noted that the country’s inability to end gas flaring in the past was due to lack of political will, adding that the government with the industry stakeholders should fix a definite time frame to end flaring of associated gas and fully implement the gas re-injection Act, with the new rules carrying stiff sanctions for defaulters.

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Nigeria Ranks Third On Global Terrorism Index Despite Drop In Deaths – Report

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Nigeria Ranks Third On Global Terrorism Index Despite Drop In Deaths – Report

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Nigeria has been ranked as the third most terrorized country in the world according to a 2020 report by the Global Terrorism Index (GTI).

The report which was released on Wednesday, ranked Nigeria third only behind war-torn countries of Afghanistan and Iraq.

According to the GTI report, Nigeria witnessed an increase in Boko Haram attacks in the period under review, witnessing her worst terrorist attack in 2019 in northeastern Borno State, where at least 70 people were killed and 10 others wounded when insurgents attacked at a funeral.

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“Over the past year, Boko Haram increased attacks on military targets, with deaths rising from 26 in 2018 to 148 in 2019,” the report said.

However, the report recognized that terror-related incidents in the country fell by 27% in the same period due to a significant reduction in violence attributed to killer herdsmen.

“This reduction occurred despite a small increase in deaths attributed to Boko Haram, which has been the most active terrorist group in the country over the past decade. Deaths from terrorism in Nigeria are now 83 percent lower than at
their peak in 2014.”

 

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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

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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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