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NNPC sacks GEDs, creates 4 new directorates

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BARELY 24 hours after former Group Managing Director of Nigerian Na­tional Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Joseph Dawha, was relieved of his appoint­ment by President Muham­madu Buhari, all Group Exec­utive Directors (GEDs) of the corporation have also been sacked with immediate effect.

And in order to inject new life into the corporation in line with President Buhari’s prom­ise to transform the state oil company into a world-class company, four new director­ates have been created.

The affected GEDs who were fired yesterday are Mr. Ian Udoh, Refining and Pet­rochemicals; Mr. Adebayo Ibirogba, Engineering and Technical; Dr. David Ige, Gas and Power; Dr. Attahir Yusuf, Business Development; Dr. Dan Efebo, Corporate Servic­es; Mr. Bernard Otti, Finance and Accounts and Ms. Aisah Abdurrahman, Commercial and Investments.

With this development, the number of directorates in the state-run oil firm has been cut down from eight to four in ac­cordance with President Bu­hari’s strategy to shrink gov­ernment agencies to reduce cost of governance. The new Directorates and their Group Executive Directors include Refining and Engineering, which is now headed by Dr. M. K. Baru; Exploration and Production now under Den­nis Nnamdi; Commercial and Investment to be overseen by Bankole Komolafe while Finance Department is under the supervision of Isiaka Ab­dulRazak.

All four appointees were formerly Group General Managers of the corporation. The decision to promote them was hinged on their experi­ence within the corporation.

The last set of GEDs was appointed by the Jonathan administration in March last year. This latest raft of ap­pointments demonstrates the President’s determination to crack down with the reforms needed to turn NNPC around and institute transparency and accountability in its opera­tions.

Speaking shortly after taking over from his pre­decessor on Tuesday, new NNPC GMD, Ibe Kachikwu, pledged to work assiduously in achieving the president’s growth aspiration for the oil and gas industry.

He is taking over the affairs of the troubled oil company at a time the global industry is grappling with low crude oil prices and will therefore be confronted with a plethora of problems, including dislodg­ing a deadly oil industry cabal working to frustrate reforms in the industry. His other chal­lenges inlude pipeline van­dalism, the nation’s ailing re­fineries, fuel subsidy politics and funding of Joint Venture Cash Call Operations, among others.

The new boss is expected to bring his experience on board to resolve the constant TAM, which had become a pain in the neck for Nigerians, as the corporation keeps making huge budget for TAM, with nothing to show for the huge expenditure while the refin­eries have failed to deliver petroleum products to Nige­rians.

With the announcement by NNPC that Port Harcourt and Warri refineries have success­fully restarted production after a nine-month phased rehabili­tation programme.

 

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Police Deploy More Personnel To Seaports In Lagos Over Nigerian Students, NANS’ Protest

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Following the ASUU strike that has kept university students across the nation at home for over seven months, NANS declared “Occupy The Airport” nationwide protest.

The Nigeria Police Force has announced that it has deployed personnel to adequately secure seaports across the nation following a threat by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to shut down commercial activities at the nation’s busiest seaports ¬¬¬¬¬¬- the Apapa and Tin-Can Island Ports in protest over the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Following the ASUU strike that has kept university students across the nation at home for over seven months, NANS declared “Occupy The Airport” nationwide protest.
The aggrieved students who protested on Monday at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport also reportedly threatened to ground commercial activities at the Apapa and Tin-Can Island Ports in Lagos State.
Disclosing the security beef up to Daily Trust, the Commissioner of Police in charge of Western Port Authority Command, Jonathan Towuru, said security was tightened around the Western Ports to avoid any breakdown of law and order although the student body did not show up as threatened.
The commissioner said, “People went about their businesses while operations at the terminals went on seamlessly, without any hindrance. But if the students eventually turn up, we will engage them in discussions. I must say that they conducted themselves well on Monday at the airport even though you still saw police monitoring the protest.”

 

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Evans The Billionaire Kidnapper Bags 21 Year Imprisonment

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Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Ikeja Special Offences Court on Monday sentenced kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans, and his co-defendant, Victor Aduba, to 21 years imprisonment for kidnapping one Sylvanus Hafia.

They were accused of conspiring and kidnapping Sylvanus Ahanonu Hafia at about 5:30 pm on June 23, 2014, at Kara Street, Amuwo Odofin in Lagos and were alleged to have captured and detained Hafia and demanded a ransom of $2m.

But they pleaded not guilty to the four charges.

The judge held that the sentence would serve as a deterrent to other aspiring kidnappers

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Poverty, Hunger in the Country, Okowa Blames APC

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…says Delta healthcare will curb medical tourism

Delta State Governor and Vice-Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ifeanyi Okowa, weekend, said that poor management of the nation’s economy by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) caused the rising hunger and poverty in the country.

He stated this at an empowerment programme for the people of Ika Federal Constituency at Boji-Boji Owa, Ika North Council by the member representing the constituency at the House of Representatives, Mr. Victor Nwokolo.

The governor, who commended Nwokolo for his gesture, described the event as “empowerment programme with a difference. He said Nigeria was troubled because people were hungry and out of job due to mismanagement of the nation’s economy.

He added that even students were having lots of challenges because their parents could not meet their needs owing to the level of poverty resulting from ineptitude of the APC-led Federal Government.

He, therefore, urged Nigerians to support the PDP, saying it was the only party with clear understanding of the nation’s challenges and had clear solution to rescue the nation.

Earlier, Nwokolo said his motive for the empowerment was to restore hope to the hopeless amid rising hunger and poverty in the land.

MEANWHILE, Okowa, also at the different forum, said the huge investment being made by his administration in the health sector was to improve healthcare delivery and reduce medical tourism in the country.

He disclosed this in an interview with journalists shortly after inspecting facilities at the Advanced Diagnostic Medical Centre and Mother and Child Hospital, Owa-Alero in Ika Council of the state.

He said the twin medical facilities would, on completion, reduce medical tourism as it would provide first-class medical services to people who would have sought medical treatment abroad.

“I am glad we have gotten to this stage. I had high hopes that by today, we would have inaugurated these projects.

“The equipment are fully on site and we are trying to get things fully sorted out and I am sure that in the next one month, it should be ready and opened to the public for use.

“The two projects are obviously very important. The Mother and Child, as it is so stated, is supposed to take care of every illness concerning our women and children,” he said.

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