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RSG Harps On Harmonious Relationship Among Companies

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The need for harmonious working relationship between Rivers State government, Shell Petroleum Development Company and Central Horizon Gas Company to enhance gas delivery in the State has been emphasised.

Commissioner for Energy and Natural Resources, Hon. Okey C. Amadi made the call in Port Harcourt in a meeting to introduce Central Horizon Gas Company the latest entrant in the gas distribution business in the state to Shell Nigeria.

He stressed the need for regular meetings between the two firms that are involved in the production and distribution of natural gas and advised the firms not to neglect their social responsibilities to their host communities warning that the issue of environmental impact of their operations should not be treated with levity.

The commissioner reiterated the state government’s desire to provide adequate security of lives and property to enhance industrial harmony and economic development of the state.

Responding on behalf of Shell Nig. Ltd, Mr. John Kadiri expressed the interest of his firm to sustain the harmonious relationship with the government of Rivers State and believes more could be achieved.

He stressed the need for Rivers State government to serve Shell Nig. Ltd a copy of the agreement it signed with Oando Plc, the operator of the CHGS franchise in order for them to ascertain the legal implications of the document.

Also speaking, Mr. Victor Dairo of Oando Plc thanked the state government for choosing them as a partner to operate the Central Horison Gas Company franchise in the distribution of natural gas in the state.

He also spoke on the need for regular interface between the operators of the grid in order to fine tune the grey areas of the contract agreement and hoped that the decision of the state government to involve the private sector in gas business would be a step in the right direction.

In his vote of thanks, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Dr. George Nwolu thanked the firms for attending the meeting and said the government would fulfill its obligation to ensure the success of the scheme.

It would be recalled that the state government on August 3, 2011 signed an MOU with Oando Plc, the operator of CHGS franchise on the expansion and distribution of compressed natural gas to designated areas within Port Harcourt metropolis and its environs.

Meanwhile, on October 29, 2011, another MOU was signed with Shell Nig. Gas to operate the gird to other designated areas of Port Harcourt metropolis.

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Stakeholders Meet To Assess Nigeria’s Preparedness For AFCFTA

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Stakeholders are expected to converge in Lagos today to take a look at the Nigeria’s preparedness to maximize the gains of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). 
The Tide learnt that stakeholders will be converging at the instance of a popular online newspaper, Primetime Reporters, to assess the progress made so far by the Federal Government through the National Action Committee on AfCFTA agreement.
The event which is the Third Annual Lecture and Awards of the online medium has as its theme: “Assessing Nigeria’s Preparedness to Maximize the Gains of AfCFTA.” 
The event will also witness conferment of awards on eight eminent Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in various fields of human endeavours.
The Managing Director/Editor-In-Chief of Primetime Reporters, Mr. Saint Augustine Nwadinamuo, made this known in a statement made available to The Tide in Lagos on Monday.
According to him, the event will hold at the National Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos beginning from 10.00am.
Nwadinamuo said that the event would be chaired by a renowned legal practitioner, Barr. Osuala Emmanuel Nwagbara of the Maritime and Commercial Law Partners, Lagos, while the Director General, Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Dr. Muda Yusuf, would be the lead paper presenter.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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EFCC Nabs 419 Kingpin Over N250m Fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arrested a leader of a deadly 419 syndicate, Abayomi Kamaldeen Alaka (a.k.a Awise) over an alleged attempt to swindle an innocent Nigerian of N250 million. 
The Tide learnt that the syndicate operates from a shrine at Ashipa Town, near Abeokuta, Ogun State.
According to a statement made available to The Tide in Lagos on Sunday, by the EFCC, Awise’s arrest followed a petition by his victim, Juliet Bright who lost N250m to the fraudster after she was tricked to provide money for sacrifices and invocations to heal her of an ailment.
The statement said Bright was introduced to Alaka by one Akinola Bukola Augustina (a.ka. Iya Osun) whom she met on Facebook in the course of her search for solutions to her health challenge. 
What drew her to Augustina was the latter’s post under the name, Osunbukola Olamitutu Spriritual Healing Centre.
 Once Bright contacted Augustina, the latter promised to heal her if she could pay N16 million. 
The victim paid the money through an Access Bank account belonging to one Mohammed Sani, who later turned out to be a Bureau De Change Operator.
After paying the money without receiving healing, Augustina transferred the victim to other members of the syndicate, notably Awise. 
Bright revealed that she met Awise at his shrine in Ashipa Town and was hypnotized and subsequently transferred various sum through bank accounts and in cash to the suspect and his syndicate members, until she lost N250 million to them.
Despite all the monies collected from her, her health conditions has never improved.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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Expert Wants Farmers To Grow Plant Produce For Export

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An expert in Quarantine Agriculture, Dr Vincent Ozuru, has advised Nigerian farmers to give more attention to growing plants produce that could be exported.
He said that plant like the hibiscus, popularly known as Zobo is on high demand in some countries around the world, today.
Ozuru who gave the advice while speaking to aviation correspondents at Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, noted that some plants produce, particularly hibiscus, had yielded huge revenue to the Federal Government through export.
According to him, Nigeria exported about 1,983 containers of hibiscus to Mexico alone in 2017 and earned $35 million within nine months of that year.
The agricultural quarantine expert explained that the export of the plant had a setback as a result of storage pest discovered by the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service in some consignments.
“The issue has now been taken care of and the export is resuming again, and all matters have been resolved with the stakeholders across the value chain.
“Mexico is the largest importer of Nigerian hibiscus, and our farmers should brace up to the challenge.
“The good news is that Nigeria has a vast growing belt in hibiscus, and the harvest is available all year round.
“We need to take advantage of this opportunity to earn foreign exchange for ourselves and for the country at large, even with the commitment of the present administration to diversify the economy”, he said.
Ozuru called on Nigerian farmers to show more commitment to the growing of export produce and also endeavor to get ready information on it in order to increase their income.

By: Corlins Walter

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