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SERAP To Buhari: Exercise Your Powers As Petroleum Minister, Coordinate FG’s Response To Fuel Crisis

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A Civil Society Organization, CSO, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to exercise his authority as Minister of Petroleum Resources by urgently coordinating government responses to the current fuel scarcity.

The Executive Director of SERAP, Mr. Adetokunbo Mumuni, stated this in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday.

According to SERAP, the fuel situation was worsening extreme poverty and stripping millions of Nigerians of any real opportunity to exercise their human rights and take on responsibilities.

The statement said: “the longer this fuel scarcity continues the greater the difficulties Nigerians will face. President Buhari now has to take control of the Ministry of Petroleum to end the suffering.

“This will be by ensuring that fuel is available and properly distributed across the country.

“There’s a lot of work to do in this sector; so the president should roll up his sleeves and sort this out before it goes out of hand.

“Nigerians need a permanent solution to the fuel crisis as an oil producing county. This government must not fall for the quick fix and the short-term measures.

“The current development has perpetrated a string of misfortunes for the citizens: poor living conditions, ill-health, marginalisation, and inability to enter into the life of society and assume responsibilities.

“This situation is entirely inconsistent and incompatible with Nigeria’s human rights commitments and cannot be justified given that Nigeria is among leading producers of oil in the world”.

He noted that the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights recognised poverty as a violation of the obligations assumed by states.

“Indeed, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights itself has recognised poverty as a violation of the obligations assumed by states parties under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to which Nigeria is a party”, Mumini said.

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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

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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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