Rivalry between the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the main opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) took a new dimension yesterday when former Vice President and presidential candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubabar, reeled out 30 names working with President Muhammadu Buhari who are all accused of corruption, in one way or the other.
Some notable names among the allegedly corrupt APC chieftains, according to Atiku, include; former governor of Edo State and National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole; a serving senator and former Governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Adamu; Lagos socialite and Director General of Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Folarin Coker; the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; former Lagos State governor and National Leader of the APC, Senator Bola Tinubu; Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Alhaji Abba Kyari; sacked former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal; the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai; the minister of state transport (Aviation), Senator Hadi Sirika; The First Lady, Hajia Aisha Buhari; and the Executive Director, National Film and Video Censors Board, Mr. Adedayo Thomas; former governor of Bauchi State, Adamu Muazu; former Osun State Deputy Governor, Senator Iyiola Omisore; former pension chief, Abdulrasheed Maina; former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro; and former governor of Abia State, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu.
Also listed is the Bauchi State government under Governor Isa Yuguda; former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Godswill Akpabio; Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo; Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje; a two-term former governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Seminu Turaki; in-law to President Buhari, who is the Executive Secretary, Border Communities Development Agency (BDCA), Alhaji Junaid Abdullahi, and former governor of the state who is currently in charge of Buhari’s campaign in Sokoto State, Alhaji Aliyu Wamako.
Others are; the gubernatorial candidate of the APC in Imo State and a close associate of President Buhari, Senator Hope Uzodimma; serving Minister of Transportation and Director-General of the Buhari Campaign Organisation in 2015, who has been charged with the task of ensuring that Buhari is elected a second time, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi; and the embattled Zamfara State governor, Alhaji Abdul’ aziz Yari.
Others include the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru; and the suspended Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Mr. Ayodele Oke.
While Oshiomhole was linked with petitions over allegations of large scale corruption, during his days as governor of Edo State by a human rights crusader, Bishop Osadolor Ochei, the PDP also pointed accusing fingers in his direction in connection with alleged financial inducements during the last APC primaries. Adamu, one of President Buharis’s allies in the Senate, is being prosecuted alongside 18 others for allegedly stealing N15 billion from the treasury through contracts awarded when he was governor for eight years.
While Coker faces N3billion fraud charge, Lai Mohammed was alleged to have begged his subordinates at the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) for a ‘loan’ of 13 million to enable him travel to China.
Tinubu’s Alpha Beta is facing N100 billion corruption allegation, according to Atiku’s Special Assistant on Public Communications, Mr. Phrank Shaibu who released the 30 names and the corruption allegation against eaqch of them.
The statement alleged Babachir’s involvement in the infamous grass-cutting scandal as the SGF.
Shaibu alleged that Buratai allegedly bought two Dubai mansions for $1.5 million; Sirika was accused of siphoning over N1.2 billion on a phony Nigeria Air project, which was eventually suspended by the federal government.
The First Lady was said to have made the list for reporting her ADC, Sani Baban-Inna, to the security agencies over allegation of swindling members of the public of the sum of N2.5 billion.
Muazu has N19.8 billion case of corruption with the EFCC, but he has “taken refuge with the APC.” While Omisore’s N1.3 billion fraud charge is still pending, he is already seeking political refuge in the APC.
Olam Agri Reiterates Commitment to Food Security, Secures IFC loan
…As subsidiary, Crown Flour Mill works with FG and the High Commission of India in Nigeria to facilitate importation of Indian Wheat
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Olamm Agri, a leading agribusiness conglomerate with footprints across the world, underlined its commitment to global food security with a US$200 million loan from the International Finance Corporation (IFC).
Rana Karadsheh, Regional Industry Director, Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Services, Asia Pacific at IFC, explained, Our partnerships with key agricultural commodity-trading companies such as Olam Agri are crucial to maintaining the flow of critical food staples between countries with surpluses and deficits, ensuring better food security for the worlds poorest and most vulnerable populations, he added.
Speaking about the facility, Neelamani Muthukumar, Chief Executive Officer, Operations at Olam Agri, said, This facility further supports us to continue to supply staple crops and ensure food security to some of the most populous countries in Asia and Africa most at risk of global food inflation,
He added, Were delighted to continue our long-standing partnership with IFC, aligning with Olam Agris focus on better access to food and nutrition for the most vulnerable and on strengthening global food security, he added.
Meanwhile, the leading agribusiness Nigerian flour-milling unit, Crown Flour Mill (CFM) limited as part of a concerted effort aimed at addressing the pressing global food supply chain crisis and ensuring food security in Nigeria, has officially notified the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment of its interest to import 500,000 mt of wheat from India and secured the support of the Federal Government on its request.
CFM has consistently shown its commitment to contributing to and aligning with and the FGs food security, food production self-sufficiency drive as well as its other socio-economic growth aspirations including employment generation.
Following its approval, the ministry has also on behalf of CFM written to the High Commissioner of India in Abuja for it to consider the business importation request.
In the light of the cordial relationship between both countries and the Federal Governments endorsement, the Indian High Commission has further officially communicated the ministrys request to the Directorate General of Foreign Trade in India.
On the local front, CFM continues to play its role in the development of the wheat value chain in Nigeria through various intervention initiatives and massive investments under the auspices of the Seeds for the Future Programme as an organization and through the joint efforts of the Flour Milling Association of Nigeria (FMAN), Wheat Development Programme.
Speaking about the move to booster its wheat supply chain, Ashish Pande, the Managing Director, CFM, said, As a highly productive company and contributor to Nigerias food security agenda, we strive consistently to provide affordable and healthy food for the populace.
The disruption to the global wheat supply chain and challenges on the local front call for urgent alternative actions.
The endorsement by the Federal Government will help us proceed to the next level of the arrangement to bridge the local wheat supply shortage.
NCDMB partnering Shell, Exxon, NAOC in Oil & Gas Parks -Wabote
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Major international operating oil and gas companies, notably Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) and Exxon Mobil Nigeria, and the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) have made significant investments in support of the ongoing development of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Parks Scheme (NOGaPS), the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr Simbi Kesiye Wabote has revealed.
He stated this recently at the Nigerian Content Sensitization Programme for Law Enforcement Agencies, organised by the NCDMB in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State with a view to strengthening the existing collaboration with various law enforcement organizations and sister agencies and leverage their expertise and partnership to accelerate Nigerian content compliance in the oil and gas industry.
He gave a breakdown of the Board’s achievements and initiatives and hinted that NCDMB was developing the oil and gas parks in conjunction with key operators in the oil and gas industry.
According to him, Shell funded the provision of power and utility cables deployed at the oil and gas park located at Emeyal -1, Bayelsa State, while Exxon Mobil provided the electrical infrastructure for the park at Odukpani in Cross River State.
Also, NAOC had earlier partnered with the Board to develop the 10-megawatts gas power plant that would supply electricity to the Bayelsa park when completed, in addition to providing uninterrupted electricity currently to the Nigerian Content Tower and some strategic infrastructure owned by the Bayelsa State Government.
The Executive Secretary also confirmed that the Board had signed an agreement with the Gas Aggregation Company of Nigeria (GACN) to establish a gas-fired power plant at the Odukpani, park – to provide the park with constant electricity.
He assured that the power facility will be ready before the end of 2022, about the same time the Emeyal-1 and Odukpani parks would be completed, ahead of commencing operations in early 2023.
He announced that the Board had started inviting interested manufacturing companies and other firms to apply for spaces in the parks.
The parks would have dedicated power supply and shared services and were conceived to domicile equipment components manufacturing in-country, to meet the needs of the oil and gas industry and sectoral linkages as well as create jobs for the nation’s teeming youths.
Wabote also indicated that the Board was also working to develop oil and gas parks at Oguta in Imo State, at Onna in Akwa Ibom, Ilaje in Ondo State and in Delta State, and work was progressing in different stages at the identified locations.
He confirmed that the completed oil and gas parks would be managed by professional facility managers, to ensure their sustainability.
He also stated that the Board is partnering with the Nigeria LNG Limited to develop the Brass Island Shipyard as a Capacity Development Initiative.
He hinted that the feasibility study, geotechnical survey, and site selection study had all been completed. In addition, the land valuation and perimeter survey had also been completed and the plan is to construct the shipyard in two phases, he added.
Speaking further on the rationale for organising the workshop and engaging with law enforcement agencies, the NCDMB boss noted that “when you are speaking the same language with Customs, they will guard against the importation of goods that can be produced incountry, while immigration will help in terms of expatriate quota management.”
In his welcome address, Head Legal Services NCDMB, Barr Naboth Onyesoh said the Board recognizes the power of collaboration and the impetus it generates for the attainment of its mandate and that is why Compliance and Enforcement is one of the five pillars of the Board’s 10-year Strategic Roadmap, formulated to drive Nigerian content growth to 70 percent by 2027.
He remarked that “collaboration and stakeholder engagement was also identified in the same 10-year Roadmap as one of the four enablers to attain the 70 percent Nigerian Content growth target.”
He maintained that since the oil and gas industry serves as the mainstay of Nigeria’s economy, all stakeholders of the industry should support the implementation of the Nigerian Content Act to ensure that Nigeria derives maximum value from the oil and gas industry while it is still relevant in the global energy mix.
The workshop featured several presentations and panel discussions from representatives of the invited agencies and legal luminaries who proposed various strategies for improving enforcement and compliance with the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act.
Senator Tokunbo Abiru Empowers 1,250 Market Women With Grants Worth N62.5M , Supports Rural Farmers ;Unveils Stadium, Market
… We are not surprised about your outstanding achievements, we know the stuff you are made of. – Gov Sanwo-Olu
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Governor Sanwo-Olu inaugurated a 960-capacity mini-Stadium , which include; Football pitch, Basketball and Volleyball courts, administrative offices, changing rooms and other amenities;
The governor also commissioned the remodelled popular Oluwo Fish market which now comprises 240 open stalls, 82 lock up stalls, 5 open floors, 12 toilets and 4 new offices for Iya Oloja and Baba Oloja, Tourism Board and Local Government Staff Security post.
The projects were done by the Presidency through the office of the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs).
Abiru also doled out grants worth 62.5m to 1,250 selected market women and traders across the senatorial district and also supported about 200 rural farmers with hand planters and financial grants.
Senator Abiru in his speech said he was passionate about improving the socio-economic conditions of his constituents adding that he will not relent in his quest to ensure there is greater good to the larger.
In his remarks, Governor Sanwo-Olu said, “Over the last 18 months, Senator Abiru has dutifully delivered the dividends of democracy in several areas and on multiple fronts, not just in the primary mandate of law-making, but also in terms of life-changing empowerment and endowment.
“Today, we are here to commission a number of infrastructure projects by him, some of which are facilitated through the Office of the Special Assistant to President Buhari on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), occupied an esteemed daughter of Lagos, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire”.
Princess Orelope-Adefulire applauded Senator Abiru for making women empowerment as a cardinal focus of his activities, she noted that such action is crucial for social integration and inclusiveness.
She said the Office of the SDGs in the presidency had facilitated rehabilitation of more than 10 schools and four healthcare projects in the Lagos East Senatorial district.
A novelty football match was played on the pitch between Tokunbo Abiru Football Club and Epe Alaro United. The match ended in a penalty.
Dignitaries who graced the well attended commissioning/ empowerment include; Lagos State Deputy Governor, Obafemi Hamzat, Former Deputy Governor, Prince Abiodun Ogunleye, GAC member, Asiwaju Olorunfunmi Basorun,Alhaji Bode Oyedele, Alhaji Akanni Seriki Bamu Lagos APC Chairman, Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi, serving commissioners federal and state legislators among others.
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