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Amaechi Gives Account Of Stewardship

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The Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi has given account of his stewardship to the state House of Assembly as part of activities to mark the celebration of his two years administration in the state. Speaking during a special interactive session of the House held on Thursday at the Assembly chambers he thanked members of the state legislature for the robust support given his administration within the two years of uninterrupted leadership in the state adding that he did envisage to have such support from the legislature after his eight years of leadership as speaker. He disclosed that while serving as the speaker of the state House of Assembly, he laid the foundation for the legislature to support in the development of the state as well as, for the people to have a legislature that they would be proud of. The governor informed the lawmakers that in the next few months to come he would approach the House with the 2010 appropriation bill and appealed to the legislators to give the bill necessary attention it deserves for its passage into law. The state chief executive told the lawmakers that his administration is laying a solid foundation on the educational development of the state adding that a bill on corporate social responsibility would soon be sent to the state assembly for passage. He disclosed that work has commenced on the new site of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST), while, some of the new model primary school buildings under construction would soon be commissioned for use assuring that the state government would continue to pay scholarship to Rivers students. On the health sector, governor Amaechi re-emphasized the commitment and determination of his government to improve on the healthcare delivery system in the state adding that the end of this year about 100 functional healthcare centres constructed by this administration would be commissioned to reduce infant mortality in the state. He said that about 200 midwives have so far been employed by the state government as a way to boast healthcare delivery services to the people of the state. Governor Amaechi also told the lawmakers that the state government is planning to build a metropolitan city through road networking listing Bori in Khana and Ahoada East Local Government areas as vivid examples. He stated that land is being reclaimed at Opobo, Andoni, Abalama and Ogu/Bolo local government areas as a way to make land available in the coastal areas of the state. He also disclosed that the state government would on November15, test run the trans Amadi Gas Turbine project which according to him would provide 100 megawatts of electricity generation to the state adding that work on reconstruction of convention and distribution network has also commenced. On waterfront demolition, governor Amaechi said there was no going back on the decision taken so far. “Waterfronts must be demolished. We have to liberate Port Harcourt City by demolishing waterfronts”, Amaechi stated. He appealed to the people of the state to give peace a chance so that more development could be sustained. The forum provided an opportunity for the lawmakers to pour encomium on Governor Amaechi’s administration in the state.

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We Get Petrol At N200 Per Litre From Depots, IPMAN Cries Out

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The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has decried the ‘unsustainable’ price that the private depot owners sell the premium motor spirit, otherwise known as petrol in the country.
Speaking, yesterday, on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, the Deputy National President of IPMAN, Zarama Mustapha, revealed that the private depots get petrol at the approved price of N148/litre from the sole importer of the commodity, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, however, sell it for as high as N195 to N210 to independent marketers, which is not sustainable.
“Though marketers get petrol at the approved price of N148/litre from NNPC depots, the company does not have enough storage facilities to cater to the needs of marketers, hence, the latter resorts to private depot owners. It is more of the issue of private depots collecting the products at the approved price and not selling to the independent marketers at a price approved by the mainstream, downstream regulatory authority.
“You cannot get a product at N195 to N200 and expect to sell it at N175,” he noted.
The IPMAN official said depot owners give excuses such as the cost of transporting the product from the mother vessel to their depots and escalation of the dollar as reasons for the price hike.
Mustapha lamented that most Lagos depots are in a chaotic situation and marketers spend three days to load refined petrol that they are not supposed to spend more than three hours to lift.
He urged the NNPC to engage depot owners to sell the product to marketers at the recommended price, saying the common man is at the receiving end.
For weeks, vehicle owners have had a tough time getting petrol from filling stations, especially in Lagos and Abuja.
Whilst many outlets are closed, the few open ones sell the indispensable commodity for as high as N250 per litre from the uniform price of N169/litre.
The supply shortage has led to long, gruelling snake-like queues at the few open filling stations as motorists and business owners jostle to buy fuel while others resort to the black market.
The situation has also worsened traffic on major roads as vehicle owners block at least one lane to join queues to filling stations.

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Make Nigerian Youths Innovative, Buhari Tells Corporate Leaders

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President Muhammadu Buhari has tasked leaders of corporate organisations to build the capacity of Nigerian youths to be innovative and embrace technology to make positive contributions to their organisations and the nation.
The president, represented by the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami, said this at the Institute of Directors (IoD) 2022 Annual Director’s Conference (ADC), yesterday, in Lagos.
The ADC had as its theme: “Corporate Governance and Digital Transformation: Leading Purposefully for Growth and Sustainability.”
Buhari, noting that the challenges associated with corporate governance were multifaceted, stressed the need for heads of organisations to harness technology to achieve effective governance.
He reiterated the commitment of his administration to providing the necessary legal support and framework to support the entrenchment of good corporate governance practices across various sectors of the economy.
Buhari also pledged his commitment to supporting the IoD by giving the institute’s chartered bill the necessary consideration to enable it to achieve its mandate.
Deputy Secretary General, United Nations, Ms Amina Mohammed, said the world was hit by a series of global crises which have affected the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Mohammed said technology and digitalisation would set the era of digital transformation in areas of health, education, agriculture and finance.

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Nigeria Does Not Belong To North, Arewa Youths Tell Northern Elders

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The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has said that Nigeria does not belong to the North ahead of the 2023 general election.
Apparently reacting to the recent interview granted by a member of the Northern Elders Forum, Alh Sani Zango Daura, in which he called on the North to support a Northern candidate.
The AYCF, in a statement issued by its National President, Yerima Shettima, noted that supporting a southerner was clearly a demonstration of justice.
He noted that this was because Nigeria does not belong to the North alone, or Muslims and Christians of the North, insisting that “even on moral grounds, the most responsible political action by the North was the decision on powershift in 2023, because the Presidency cannot be hereditary and Nigeria is not a Banana Republic”.
Shettima further said, however, that the elder was expressing his personal opinion and not the stand of the North in general, saying that a “ little balancing was needed in position of our father Zangon Daura, more so when he admitted that the elders are mere escorts for the younger generation today”.
The AYCF noted that when 13 Northern governors led by Kaduna State Governor, Mal Nasirel-Rufai endorsed a Southern candidate for the 2023 presidency, they repeatedly cited political justice.
“Though we are not card-carrying members of the APC, we shared the view that the decision was in line with being fair to the South in 2023.
“We are aware, as well as our father ZangonDaura, that the North is respected for honouring its promises to the South and this one absolutely undeniable character of all Northerners.
“We are not known to break promises and that explains why our son, President MuhammaduBuhari never objected to the idea of a Southern presidential candidate in the ruling party. In the North, like our father ZangonDaura knows, promises are sacred and in fact a culture”.
It would be recalled that in a viral audio of AlhajiZangonDaura while addressing a group of youths, suggested that they should throw their weight behind a fellow Northerner for the presidency in 2023, citing historic and religious instances, something the AYCF said it believed was “overtaken by events, current realities, and the spirit of justice and fairness in the Nigerian project”.

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