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We will give Dangote Refinery all the necessary legal backing to succeed – Nasarawa Speaker

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We will give Dangote Refinery all the necessary legal backing to succeed – Nasarawa Speaker

By Umar Egbunu Muhammed, Lafia

Speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Mr. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, has indicated that the House would give Dangote Sugar Refinery in the state all the necessary legislative backing and support to succeed.

This, the speaker said, is to enhance the economic and security status of the state considering the benefit of the Refinery in the overall development of the state and the country at large.

He gave the indication when he led other Principal Officers of the House on an on-the- spot assessment to Dangote Sugar Refinery, Tunga, Awe Local Government Area of the State on Saturday.

He explained that the visit was to see things for themselves and appreciate Alhaji Aliko Dangote, the President of Dangote Group for establishing the refinery in the state.

His words: “We appreciate Alhaji Aliko Dangote for this project in our state as it is a pride to Tunga, Nasarawa State, Nigeria and indeed Africa as a whole.

“The project will tackle unemployment thereby taking our unemployed youths and other persona off the streets.”

“It will also improve on the standard of living of the people of the state and Nigeria at large.

“Apart from the economic benefits, the project will also boost the security of the state because the thick forest serving as a hiding place for criminals would no longer be available, there would be no hidding place for them here Again, ” he added.

He commended Governor Abdullahi Sule for ensuring that the project is established in the state when he was the Managing Director of the Sugar refinery of Dangote Group.

“I also want to commend the host community, Tunga, Awe Local government for supporting the establishment of the refinery in their community and I call for their continued support to enable the project succeed.

The speaker assured of the kawmakers’ continued support for the activities of the  Dangote Group to succeed.

“We will protect the project and ensure  that all pending lands and boundary demarcation issues are addressed peacefully,

“I also appreciate the corporate social responsibility projects of the company to the host community which cut across school and health projects,water and scholarship among others,” he stated.

Earlier, Alhaji Bello Abdullahi Dan-Musa, the General Manager, Government and Strategic Relations, Dangote Industries Ltd who took his time to brief the Speaker on the company’s journey so far in the state appreciated the speaker and his entourage for the visit.

He said that the visit would further boost the relationship between the House and Dangote refinery.

The general manager expressed the determination of Dangote to continue to invest in Nigeria in order to tackle unemployment and uplift the standard of living of Nigerians.

The speaker and his entourage inspected equipments, centre pivot machine, pump station among other facilities in the site.

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Prophet predicts collapse of Nigeria economy in 6 months

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The Nigeria economy which experts say has been in the intensive care unit may finally pack up if urgent steps are not taken to right the wrongs, the Leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele in a statement on Saturday warned President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to him, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, NNPC, salaries of workers will be affected
This was according to a statement on Saturday where the prophet revealed that Nigeria will continue to rely on loans, except the federal government brings back oil subsidy, Nigeria economy will not grow.

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Lawmaker worries 42.74b metric tonnes of Bitumen reserve wastes away

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The Senator representing Ondo South in the Senate, Nicholas Tofowomo, on Wednesday, drew attention of every stakeholder in the Nigerian project to the untapped 42.74 billion metric tonnes of Bitumen reserve wasting away in the midst of unemployment.

The lawmaker gave the indication in his lead debate on the establishment of Bitumen Training institute, Ode Aye, Ondo State (Establishment Bill 2021 (SB 663)

The lawmaker said in his Ondo South Senatorial district, the amount of bitumen available for extraction is about 16 billion barrels.

“Our bitumen is wasting. There is environmental degradation caused by spiling of bitumen and people are crying that there is no job,” Senator Tofowomo told newsmen at a briefing after his bill seeking to establish Bitumen Training Institute in Ondo State passed second reading on the floor of the Senate.

He said despite the fact that Nigeria has the second largest deposit of bitumen in the world, the country is spending its scarce foreign exchange earnings to import bitumen.

“Nigeria has the second largest deposit of bitumen in the world, coming after Venezuela. The Latin American is doing well with the bitumen. Nigeria also needs to explore the resources. We should look at how much we spend in importing bitumen.

“Let us have an institute so that whatever we are doing on the bitumen will not just be talk show, but exploration and all the forex we spend on importation will be saved,” he said.

The lawmaker said many past administrations of Federal government have played different roles in exploring Bitumen, but it is not a continuous process because of different difficulties in its exploration.

Senator Tofowomo said the establishment of Bitumen Institute would harmonise all the past stride and research made on Bitumen exploration since 1905 and come up with a Solid foundation for economic exploration of Bitumen in Nigeria.

“The enactment of this Bill will help transforming the Bitumen potentials as well as fortunes in Nigeria in producing the desired Manpower and expertise to drive the Bitumen Industry just like the Petroleum Training Institute is doing with the petroleum Industry,” he added.
The bill eventually scaled second reading 

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Malami assures, £4.2m seized from Ibori, associates will soon be returned

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Malami assures, £4.2m seized from Ibori, associates will soon be returned

Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami has indicated that the Federal Government of Nigeria is working tirelessly to ensure the return of looted Nigerian assets kept outside the country’s territorial boundaries.

In that vein, Malami said any moment from now, Nigeria should expect the return of £4.2m seized from the associates of convicted fomer Governor of Delta State, James Ibori.

This was according to a statement issued by , Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu which was made available to news men in Abuja on Monday.

The statement noted that the delay in repatriating the fund is due to some documentations.

He said the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice and other relevant government agencies will keep the general public informed once the Ibori loot is received  and confirmed.

He said the Federal Government of Nigeria is in  touch with the government of the United Kingdom on the matter.

“Documentations with the banks in different countries often take longer than anticipated. We anticipated two weeks but we are not in control  of the banks,” the statement said.

He maintained that the Federal Government is working assiduously to ensure that the transfer goes through successfully.

“There is neither complacency nor any delay as  efforts are being made to ensure successful transfer of the looted funds,” he said.

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