Gov. Udom hosts IOCs over move to end gas flaring

………Plans over 5,000 new jobs with gas initiative

Gov. Udom Emmanuel with representatives of the IOC during the inspection on the intelligent Building in the state
Gov. Udom Emmanuel with representatives of the IOC during the inspection on the intelligent Building in the state

The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, on Tuesday hosted multinational companies comprising Mobil Producing Nigeria, Vitol and BlackRhino in Uyo and expressed desire for more partnership to create job opportunities in the state.

This is even as he expressed optimism that the planned partnership with the IOCs to tap the gas that was hitherto flared wold come to fruition soon and create over 5,000 jobs.

Speaking at the meeting with IOCs led by the Lead Country Manager, Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN) Mr. Paul McGrath, Gov. Emmanuel appreciated the companies for accepting to partner the State.

He assured that the enabling environment would be created in the state for he IOCs, while reiterating that his administration’s determination to create job opportunities through industrialisation which he noted was only possible when investments thrive.

The Governor explained that the state had taken steps to build the necessary gateways for investors and appealed to the Federal Government to assist in the realisation of its vision.

“We appeal to the Federal Government to give us enough support for the investors that are coming in because people that will work here are not only Akwa Ibom people.

“The day we start the Ibom Deep Seaport project at least 5000 people will be on board handling different jobs, skills will be transferred and training will be offered.

“We will develop capacity and the rest of the things will come up so the chain effect of that positive impact is what we cannot overlooked, he stated.

The Intelligent building in Akwa Ibom still under construction
The Intelligent building in Akwa Ibom still under construction

Justifying the partnership with Vitol, the Governor explained that the company would partner others ” to stop gas flaring then channel the power to Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and other uses”, explaining that ” we cannot have gas then complain in this country”.

The Governor who embarked on inspection of the 21 Storey Intelligent building shortly after the meeting, said the building has been a demonstration of government’s commitment to partner with the Corporate Organisations in the provision of conducive working environment, adding that residence for staff will be added.

Earlier, the Chairman and Lead Country Manager, Mobil Producing Nigeria, Mr. Paul McGrath, thanked the Governor for the opportunity given the company to partner in the development of the state .

Mr. McGrath pledged the company’s readiness to eradicate gas flaring and produce more Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) using Vitol and BlackRhino as facilitators.

Also, the African Head, Vitol, Mr Pierre Barbe, said their major focus in their investment in Nigeria is to end gas flaring and sanitise the ecosystem, saying that the initiative will make gas available for power generation and production of LPG for domestic consumption.

On his part, the President BlackRhino, Brian Hertily, assured that when the necessary modalities are put in place for conversion of gas into energy the state will attract more industries for job creation.

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2019 UCL Champions Liverpool falls to Napoli

Some exhausted Liverpool players as they fall to Napoli
Some exhausted Liverpool players as they fall to Napoli

Liverpool began their Champions League title defence with a 2-0 defeat away to Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo on Tuesday.

Dries Mertens scored from the penalty spot with eight minutes remaining after Andy Robertson tripped Jose Callejon inside the box.

Napoli substitute Fernando Llorente added a second in stoppage time to put the result beyond doubt.

In the other Group E game, Salzburg made an impressive start with a 6-2 victory at home to Genk. (Reuters/NAN)

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Average price per litre of kerosene up in August – NBS

Average price per litre of kerosene up in August - NBS
Average price per litre of kerosene up in August – NBS

By Folasade Akpan

The average price per litre paid by consumers for National Household Kerosene increased to N319.94 in August 2019 from N316.03 in July, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

The bureau, in its “National Household Kerosene Price Watch (August 2019)” obtained from its website on Tuesday in Abuja, said the increase is by 1.24 percent month-on-month and 10.80 percent year-on-year.

The report by the bureau indicates that states with the highest average price per litre of kerosene were Abia, N375.55;  Enugu, N365.47; and Ebonyi, N358.33.

It also said that states with the lowest average price per litre of kerosene were Abuja, where it sold for N245.50; Kwara, N261.11; and Benue, N261.90.

“Similarly, average price per gallon paid by consumers for kerosene increased by 0.19 percent month-on-month and by 11.92 percent year-on-year to N1, 213.53 in August 2019 from N1, 211.18 in July.

“States with the highest average price per gallon of kerosene were Gombe, N1, 400; Adamawa, N1, 360.00; and Borno, N1, 355.

“States with the lowest average price per gallon of kerosene were Bayelsa, N1, 030; Akwa Ibom, N1, 079.58; and Osun,N1, 085.22.”

The NBS said that in arriving at the statistics, field work was carried out by its staff in all states of the federation, supported by supervisors who were monitored by internal and external observers. (NAN)

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Ghanaian girl 22, says slept with 700 men from age 14

Threatens to expose 14 Ghana celebrities on list

ABENA GHANABA, Ghana slay queen who says has slept with 700 men
ABENA GHANABA, Ghana slay queen who says has slept with 700 men

A 22-year-old Ghanaian Slay Queen,  Abena Ghanabah was unperturbed when she told a Ghpage TV that she has slept with 700 men.

Ghanabah, formerly known as Charlotte Abena Serwaa Ghanabah confessed that out of the 700 men, 27 of them were Ghanaian celebrities.

According to her, she started sleeping with men at the age of 14.

She said the first person she slept with was a 56-year-old headmaster while staying at a boarding house during her secondary school days.

Ghanabah also disclosed that she decided to go public with the names of the Ghanaian celebrities she slept with because they refused to give her what they promised her.

According to Ghpage.com, she said also said she has rejected several romantic affairs with some lesbians in the Ghanaian movie industry.

She also stated that she decided to expose the celebrities she has slept with because they refused to give her whatever they promised her.

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The 22-year-old girl stated that she exposed these celebrities out of anger and is not perturbed about the consequences.

Abena Ghanabah also disclosed that she has been approached by several lesbians in the Kumawood movie industry which she rejected.

 

 

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N/Korea Kim writes Trump, invites him to Pyongyang

Kim and Trump to meet in Vietnam in February

North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, invited U.S. President Donald Trump to visit Pyongyang in a letter sent in August, amid stalled denuclearisation talks, a South Korean newspaper reported on Monday, citing diplomatic sources.

Kim, in the letter sent in the third week of August, spoke of his “willingness” for a third summit and extended an invitation for Trump to visit the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, the Joongang Ilbo newspaper reported, citing an unidentified source.

Trump on Aug. 9 said he had received a “very beautiful letter” from Kim.

But U.S. officials have not said anything about the second letter in August.

Trump and Kim have met three times since June 2018 to discuss ways to resolve a crisis over North Korea’s missile and nuclear programmes, but substantive progress has been scant.

Their first two meetings were formal summits, the second of which, in Vietnam in February, broke down after they failed to narrow a gap between U.S. demands for North Korean denuclearisation and a North Korean demand for relief from sanctions.

They met for a third time on June 30 in the Demilitarised Zone between the two Koreas and agreed to restart working-level talks but that has not happened.

Since the June meeting, North Korea has several times tested short-range projectiles.

The White House, the U.S. State Department and the North Korean mission to the UN did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the report.

An unidentified director-general for U.S. affairs at North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday he hoped a “good meeting” with working-level U.S. officials would take place “in a few weeks”.

But whether a meeting would lead to a “crisis or chance” was up to the U.S., the official said, calling for a more flexible approach.

“The discussion of denuclearisation may be possible when threats and hurdles endangering our system security and obstructing our development are clearly removed beyond all doubt,’’ the official said.

North Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister, Choe Son Hui, said last week Pyongyang was willing to have “comprehensive discussions” late this month.

Trump subsequently said he would be willing to meet Kim at some point this year.

South Korea’s Foreign Minister, Kang Kyung-Wha, asked about the newspaper report, said there were “detailed explanations about such a letter’’ but declined to elaborate.

Kang said it could be “too much to expect’’ that Trump and Kim would meet before any working-level talks.

“No agreement was reached between the two leaders in Hanoi even after working-level negotiations,’’ Kang told a parliamentary panel.

“For the sake of the success of another summit, their working-level teams should meet and have primary discussions on the outcome of the summit.’’ (dpa/NAN)

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Police confirm 3 killed in Akwa Ibom cult clash

 

IG of Police Mohammed Adamu
IG of Police Mohammed Adamu

By Sunday Bassey

The Akwa Ibom Police Command has confirmed that three persons were killed in a cult clash between Axe and Vikings confraternities in Onna Local Government area of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Odiko Mac-Don, disclosed this while speaking with on Sunday in Uyo.

Mac-Don, who said that aside the three persons who were killed, added that some others sustained varying degrees of injuries in the clash.

He, however, said that nobody had been arrested.

“Yes there was cult clash in Awa, in Onna Local Government area. Although nobody has been arrested for now, three persons have, however, been confirmed dead,” he said.

The police spokesperson said that investigations were ongoing to unravel the cause of cult clash in the area.

“Investigations are ongoing; whenever the culprits are arrested, we will bring them to book. You know that this government has zero tolerance for cultism and we will not condone their activities.

“We are trying to restore normalcy to the area. We were not aware of the incident until last night,” he said.

An eyewitness, who pleaded anonymity, said that the incident happened last week in the area.

He listed the affected villages to include Awa, Afaha Ubium, Ikot Obong Ishiet, Edem Idim and Ikot Asse as well as other neighbouring villages.

The eye witness explained that the cultists laid siege to the affected villages, killing three persons and leaving scores with varying degrees of injuries.

He said the clash between the two confraternities was a supremacy battle, occasioned by the disbursement of cash allegedly given to some youths by one of the state government-owned agencies operating in the community.

Another eyewitness, who also pleaded anonymity, alleged that the money was released to one of the youth leaders who, he said, was was a member of one of the cult groups.

He said that the youth leader shared the money among his members only, a situation which infuriated members of the rival cult group.

The eye witness said that the rival cult members regrouped, armed with dangerous weapons, and attacked the youth leader who, he said, had, however, escaped to a neighbouring state.

He alleged that the younger brother of the youth leader was one of those killed when they could not find him at home.

The police spokesperson said that while the corpses of the victims had been buried, those who sustained injuries were currently receiving treatment in hospitals whose identities were not revealed for fear of another attack. (NAN)

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Religious body partners Delta govt on skills acquisition for youths

Skills acquisition centre
Skills acquisition centre

Edeki Igafe

The Brotherhood of the Cross and Star (BCS) says it is partnering the Delta government to organise Leadership and Entrepreneurial Skill Development Summit for youth in the State.

The Spokesman of BCS, Mr Edet Archibong disclosed this on Sunday during a press conference in Asaba.

The BCS is a religious organisation, and was founded in 1956 by Leader Olumba Olumba Obu, in Calabar, Cross River.

Archibong, who spoke on behalf of the spiritual head of BCS, Olumba Obu, said 20 slots had been earmarked for youth in Delta in the summit.

He said the program would be held on Sept. 20, adding that it would covered areas like the positive use of the internet, online and digital marketing among others.

Archibong said that the summit tagged “Raising Leaders” was to flag-off the 2019 Brotherhood All Youth Assembly (BAYA) slated for Sept. 20 and Sept. 22 in Asaba.

The spokesman said that BAYA was inaugurated in 2012 adding Delta would be hosting the 7th edition of the convention.

According to him, the theme of the BAYA 2019 is “Olumba is the true friend of the youth”.

“BAYA is an umbrella body for all the youth organisation in the BCS worldwide.

“This forum is a platform for reaching out to the youth and inculcating in them the ideas of God and in so doing also have them gainfully engaged.

“An idle mind is the devil’s workshop. When the youth are gainfully engaged in positive ventures, they will not become ready tools in the hands of evil people and enemies of the society.

“At least three youth from every state/nation will be empowered in various vocations and skills while Delta will have 20 slots in the entrepreneurial summit,” he said.

Archibong said that the establishment of the BAYA had become very important particularly at this period that the society was faced with plethora of challenges.

“The society is constantly plagued by collapse of religious and moral values, deepening racial division, ethnic conflicts, alarming rate of drug abuse, and frightening level of violence, cultism and sexual immorality.

“These has led to the falling of our youth from the path of salvation.

“This convention is not just an event but the onset of a process that will deliver both spiritual and economic empowerment for the youth in the vicinity of Delta. And ultimately have them engaged in profitable business ventures.

“Entrepreneurial development on its part, will reduce unemployment and generate wealth thereby creating a positive social impact in the society,” he said.

Archibong advised those in leadership positions to always have the fear of God and use the nation’s resources judiciously. (NAN)

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Tree felling: Ogun Govt. suspends activities in forest reserves

Illegal tree felling
Illegal tree felling

Olawale Jokotoye

The Ogun Government has suspended all activities in all its forests reserves across the state, the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tokunbo Talabi, said on Sunday.

Talabi, in a statement made available to newsmen in Abeokuta, said that the suspension takes immediate effect.

According to him, the suspension covered logging, timber exploitation, evacuation of logs and forest concession as well as activities in all government and non-governmental open forest areas.

He said that the step had become necessary to check observed “over exploitation and illegal tree felling” in government forest reserves across the state.

He disclosed that a committee would be set up to look into all issues affecting the state forest reserves to advise government on a comprehensive policy and process.

The SSG said that this would ensure the sustainability of programmes being implemented in the sector by the government.

Talabi enjoined stakeholders who might be interested in submitting memoranda concerning the issue to do so within two weeks to the office of the Secretary to the State Government at the Governor’s Office in Abeokuta.(NAN)

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Senate President Lawan, Speaker Gbajabiamila, CJN Tanko Muh’d under probe

Buhari eager to fight corruption to a standstill
Buhari eager to fight corruption to a standstill

The Federal Government has commenced an investigation into bank accounts belonging to Senate President Ahmed Lawan, Speaker of the House of Reps Femi Gbajabiamila and other principal officers of the National Assembly.

The probe conducted by the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) would also investigate accounts owned by Nigeria judges including the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Muhammad.

A letter dated Sept. 10, 2019, and signed by NFIU Associate Director, Analysis and Compliance, Fehintola Salisu, stated that the Chief Compliance Officers of banks were directed to release the account details of all legislators and judiciary officials in the country.

The Financial Intelligence agency further asked the banks to provide account names, numbers and transaction details of the top civil servants.

NFIU listed judges and national assembly members but failed to listany member of the executive arm of government for the same investigation.

The letter with reference: NFIU/ACCFT/ACCOBANKS/VOL.I/877/PO5IA29 reads: “Request for information on: All accounts of: the National Assembly, National Judicial Council (NJC), all the members of the National Assembly, principal officers (management) of the National Assembly Service Commission, (and) of principal officers of the judiciary.

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Kenya introduces malaria vaccine – News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)

 

Mosquito
Malaria is caused by anopheles Mosquito

Kenya on Friday introduced the world’s first malaria vaccine, joining Ghana and Malawi to roll out the landmark vaccine for the disease that continues to affect millions in Africa.

The vaccine, known as RTSS, was launched in the western part of Homa Bay by the Kenyan Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Rudi Eggers, WHO representative to Kenya, said the vaccines are powerful tools that effectively reach and better protect the health of children who may not have immediate access to health facilities when severe illness comes.

“This is a day to celebrate as we begin to learn more about what this vaccine can do to change the trajectory of malaria though childhood vaccination.’’

Eggers said the vaccine will be available to children from six months of age in selected areas of the country in a phased pilot introduction.

He said the vaccine is said to be the first and only vaccine to significantly reduce malaria in children.

According to the WHO, malaria claims the life of one child every two minutes.

The disease is a leading killer of children younger than five years in Kenya.

Eggers said Africa has witnessed a recent surge in the number of malaria cases and deaths, threatening the gains in the fight against the disease made in the past two decades.

“The ongoing pilots will provide the key information and data to inform a WHO policy on the broader use of the vaccine in sub-Saharan Africa.

“If introduced widely, the vaccine has the potential to save tens of thousands of lives.’’

The WHO said Homa Bay County is one of eight counties in Kenya where the vaccine will be introduced in selected areas.

According to WHO, the vaccine is a complementary malaria control tool, to be added to the core package of WHO-recommended measures for malaria prevention.

This includes the routine use of insecticide-treated bed nets, indoor spraying with insecticides, and timely access to malaria testing and treatment.

The Ministry of Health, through the National Vaccines and Immunisation Programme, is leading the phased vaccine introduction in areas of high malaria transmission, where the vaccine can have the greatest impact.

The aim is to vaccinate about 120,000 children per year in Kenya across the selected introduction areas, including eight counties in western Kenya.

According to the Ministry of Health, the vaccine will be added to the immunisation schedule for more than 300,000 Kenyan children who are expected to be vaccinated in the next three years. (Xinhua/NAN)

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