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Investor To Build N5.2bn Biofuels Refinery In Kogi State

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The managing director of Biodiesel Nigeria Limited, Engr. Hussaini Solomon, has said his company has concluded arrangement to establish a mini-biodiesel refinery in Lokoja, Kogi state worth N5.2 billion.

In an exclusive chat with LEADERSHIP, Solomon said his company, which recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Kogi State government and other relevant stakeholders in order to finalise the take-off of the project, has gone far in making the project a reality.

He said the project, which has an initial capacity of 100,000 litres per day, is billed to employ over 4000 young farmers in the state.

He further revealed that his company, Biodiesel Nigeria Limited, has been in the forefront of Jatropha biodiesel development for over 10 years. He listed his current customers to include telecommunications giant, MTN Nigeria, which he said has continued to enjoy reduction in its cost of power generation with the introduction of Biodiesels into its generating plants across the country.

Speaking on the prospect of the economic diversification project being embarked upon through the new policy framework on Biofuels development in the country, Solomon noted that initiative can fast track the diversification of the nation’s mono-economy. To actualize this, he said the nation must focus on the promotion of Biofuels production, blending and its value chain of activities.

“Biofuels provide a new economic opportunity to enhance the economic growth of Nigeria in Agriculture, Manufacturing and Energy Sectors, hence the GDP.

“The Biofuels policy is designed to diversify access to energy; create job opportunities; act as sources of revenues and mitigating greenhouse gases emissions by linking agriculture with petroleum industry,” he stated.

Meanwhile, the National President of Jatropha Growers, Processors and Exporters Association of Nigeria (JaGPEAN), Major General J. A. Omosebi (RTD) has disclosed that the association has mapped out strategies to ensure Nigeria attains self-sufficiency in the production Jatropha oil required for the biodiesel needs of the country by year 2022.

He stated this while presenting a paper titled, “Accelerating Biofuels Production and Usage in Nigeria: Role of the Agricultural Sector,” at the workshop.

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God, pls help Nigeria” – Wizkid Tweets after Buhari’s speech

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God, pls help Nigeria” – Wizkid Tweets after Buhari’s speech

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, finally addressed the nation following the unrest that has happened in the country these past few days.

The President had a lot to say but some Nigerians were not satisfied with the speech and they took to social media to share their thoughts.

Popular singer, Ayo ‘Wizkid’ Balogun was one of these Nigerians and shortly after the speech, he wrote on Twitter ;

Sigh! God pls help Nigeria

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‘Waste of 12 minutes’- Nigerians react to Buhari’s national broadcast

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP

Media users have reacted after President Muhammadu Buhari addressed the nation.

The address took place at 7pm on Thursday, October 22. Two days after End SARS protesters were shot at the Lekki toll gate. The shootings degenerated into chaos.

While speaking to Nigerians today, the president stated that Nigerians “misconstrued” the “promptness” with which the government acted on the End SARS demands “as a sign of weakness”

He added that “human lives have been lost” and properties have been destroyed “in the name of the End SARS protests.”

He then listed the “measures and initiatives” the government has put in place for “youths, women and the most vulnerable groups in our society.”

He then called on youths “to discontinue the street protests.”

After Buhari’s speech, Nigerians took to Twitter to express despair and disappointment. Some pointed out that he didn’t address the Lekki shooting and the lives lost. Most said they have no more hope in Nigeria and expressed eagerness to leave the county.

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Maza Maza warehouse: Distribution of COVID-19 palliatives was halted due to #EndSARS protest – Lagos govt

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Maza Maza warehouse: Distribution of COVID-19 palliatives was halted due to #EndSARS protest - Lagos govt

The Lagos State Government has condemned the vandalisation of the warehouse at Mazamaza housing the food palliative packages donated to the government by the Private Sector Coalition against COVID-19 (CACOVID) group.

Recall that a mob on Thursday, October 22, vandalised the warehouse where COVID-19 palliatives are kept at Maza Maza in Amuwo Odofin Local Govt Area and looted palliatives. The warehouse is located on Benster Crescent, popularly known as Monkey village.

A statement signed by the Acting Commissioner, Agriculture, Abisola Olusanya, said the items belong to the Southwest, contrary to social media reports that they are all for Lagos, adding that distribution was on-going but had to be halted due to #EndSARS protests.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had on September 22nd 2020, formally taken receipt of the food palliatives from the CACOVID team meant for distribution to the indigent,” the statement reads.

The State had repackaged its share of the consignment and was distributing it before the protests that have affected activities in the State. The repackaging was being done to account for every beneficiary, according to the agreement with the CACOVID Group, which monitored the process,”

“The warehouse in question is not State-owned and its usage was made available to the CACOVID group. The distribution was on-going but had to be halted due to protests, before the invasion of the warehouse today.

“For effective distribution of the food palliatives, groups such as Transport Unions, Ethnic Groups, Religious Associations, Artisans and Tradesmen Association, Marketmen and Women Association, People Living with Disabilities, Orphanages and Old Peoples’ Homes among others were being used as the distribution channels to their members.

“The State Government, however, regrets the invasion of the warehouse and appreciates the support offered by the CACOVID group to the citizenry of Lagos.”

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