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Sowore:Ex-Presidential Candidate Crossed Red Lines-DSS

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The Department of Security Services (DSS) has disclosed that Mr. Omoyele Sowore, the Publisher of Sahara Reporters and founder of the African Action Congress (AAC), was arrested by security operatives and is in their custody for now.

The DSS Spokesperson Peter Afunaya claimed that Sowore crossed the red line after he called for a revolution over alleged bad governance, insecurity and corruption, among other national issues.

Meanwhile, PRNigeria gathered that the security agencies in Nigeria were concerned about foreign interest in the agitation for the planned Revolution Now Protest.

The DSS at a media briefing in Abuaj maintained that the proposed revolution march instigated by former Presidential Candidate of AAC will threaten public safety, peaceful co-existence and social harmony.

Hence, the DSS, as a responsible security agency, will not just sit idly and watch any individual, group and their cohorts rise and threaten the peace, unity, and constitutionalism of the country.

Afunaya who described revolution as insurgency, revolt, insurrection and forceful takeover of government, added that Nigeria is not a Banana Republic and cannot be made one by the likes of Mr. Sowore.

He emphasized that DSS will not allow self-centered and violence-inclined persons to take law into their own hands.

“Though there is apprehension and anxiety among citizens already, we wish to assure friends of Nigeria, and other law-abiding citizens, that there will be no revolution of any kind come Monday, August 5, 2019.

“A democratically elected government is in charge, and we cannot allow any person or group to foment chaos or fan the ember of revolution,” he said.

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Oil Theft: Navy Impound Three barges, Arrest Seven Suspects in Bayelsa

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The Nigerian Navy has impounded three barges laden with suspected stolen crude oil and refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) ,arresting seven, at Tunu Community Creek, in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa.

The Commander, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) SOROH, Commodore Nanmar Lakan told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday that his command received an intelligence report on the illegal activities going on in the area and swung into action.

NAN reports that the seven suspects who were found on board the barges who claimed to be security working under Tunu leadership are kept under custody pending when the investigation is concluded.

According to Lakan, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has complained of the loss of 25 percent of their daily production in the area to oil thieves.

He said he swung into action by sending his men on both air and water surveillance in the area and their efforts paid off as the barges were impounded by his officers and men.

According to the Commander, two of the barges have the capacities of containing 637,000 litres of the products each while the third can contain 700,000 litres of the products.

Lakan added that investigation is ongoing to ascertain the owners of the barges and where the products were meant to be discharged.

He warned those who indulge in such illegal activities of oil theft to desist from such illegitimate business, as the Nigerian Navy will not allow them to find peace. (NAN)

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FG Opts for Low- key Celebration of Tinubu First Anniversary

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By David Torough, Abuja

The minister of information and national orientation, Alhaji Mohammed Idris, has said that President Bola Tinubu’s first year anniversary in office would be low-key in line with his policy of prudent management of resources.

Idris stated this on Wednesday in Abuja during a ministerial press briefing heralding the one year anniversary of President Tinubu administration slated for May 29.

He noted that the move was in line with Tinubu’s desire to serve the country and efficiently use resources for the good of all Nigerians.

“The first anniversary will be low-key, there will be no celebration, it will be a sectoral presentation by ministries.

“This is in line with Tinubu’s administration to ensure efficient and judicious use of resources to deliver dividends of democracy to citizens.

“The president has directed that useful information should be provided in an honest, timely, and consistent manner.

“Members of the media are expected to report honestly, responsibly, and with a deep sense of patriotism. The essence of the media is to inform the people and hold the government accountable.

“Thus, over time, the ministry of Information and National Orientation finds it worthy to always brief the media and people on what the federal government is doing,” he said,

The minister also charged media practitioners to do their job with a deep sense of responsibility and patriotism.

He reiterated that, as part of the ministerial briefing, ministers of various ministries would begin presentation of their ministerial scorecards today as part of the first anniversary of the administration.

Tinubu’s First Year Marked by Economic Revival, Social Programmes – SGF

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, George Akume said the President Bola Tinubu-led administration has made significant strides in reviving Nigeria’s economy and implementing social programmes to uplift citizens during its first year in office.

Delivering the administration’s one-year progress report at a ministerial sectoral updates session on Wednesday, Akume highlighted President Tinubu’s efforts to unleash Nigeria’s economic potential through major reforms.

“This administration has implemented significant economic reforms aimed at stabilising our economy and fostering sustainable growth,” he stated.

Akume pointed to policies that have attracted foreign investment, reduced inflation, and spurred job creation across various sectors.

According to him, a major economic move was the dismantling of monopolistic control over electricity through the 2023 Electricity Bill, allowing states, corporations and individuals to generate, distribute and transmit power.

On the fiscal front, Akume said the removal of the contentious fuel subsidy was hailed as a “challenging but necessary” step to curb corruption, inefficiency and reduce the annual fiscal burden on the government.

He said infrastructure development has been another key focus area, with the completion of extensive road networks, improved rail systems and modernisation of ports to facilitate trade and connectivity.

Alongside economic measures, Akume emphasised the administration’s people-focused policies through an array of social intervention programmes targeting poverty alleviation and empowerment of vulnerable groups.

“These initiatives have provided financial assistance, skills acquisition opportunities and improved access to essential services,” he explained.

He said investments have also been channeled into healthcare through new facilities and educational reforms to boost human capital development.

Akume however, admitted the first year had its challenges from various angles but he commended President Tinubu for his “calm, unwavering commitment and resilience” in serving Nigerians with diligence.Moving forward, Akume said the administration 

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Tinubu Reverses Appointment of Wike’s  Ally after Backlash

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By Lubem Myaornyi, Abuja

President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of Chukwuemeka Woke as the Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency.

Woke, a former Chief of Staff to a former Governor of Rivers State and current Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, was on May 9, 2024, appointed as the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Ogun-Osun River Basin Development Authority.

This was met with backlash from Nigerians who protested the appointment of an MD who is not from the South West region.

The President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, however, revealed the redeployment in a statement on Wednesday.

Ngelale also announced the President’s appointment of Dr. Adedeji Ashiru as the Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of the Ogun-Osun River Basin Development Authority.

Apart from being an engineer, Woke is also known as an environmental expert and a politician.

He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical/Petrochemical Engineering and has worked within the Environmental, Safety, and Operations Departments of the former Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

Woke served as the Chairman of Emohua Local Government Area in Rivers State and held the position of Chief of Staff at the Government House in Port Harcourt for an extended period.

Meanwhile, Ashiru holds a Doctorate degree in Engineering from the CommonWealth University, UK, and has led a consortium of blue-chip companies, in addition to earning many stripes in his professional endeavour.

The statement read in part, “The President expects the new Chief Executive Officers to deploy their competencies to these critical agencies for sustainable gains and turnaround while maintaining utmost transparency in their operations.”

Tinubu Appoints Shehu Muhammed New FRSC Marshal

Similarly, President Bola Tinubu has appointed Shehu Mohammed as the new Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps.

Mohammed, an Assistant Corps Marshal, would replace Dauda Biu, who was appointed by former President Muhammadu Buhari in 2022.

A statement on Wednesday by the Director of Information, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Segun Imohiosen, said Mohammed’s appointment took effect from May 20, 2024.

He noted that Mohammed’s appointment was for an initial period of four years.

 “President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has approved the appointment of Assistant Corps Marshal Mohammed Shehu as the Corps Marshal/Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Road Safety Commission.

“The appointment is for an initial period of four years with effect from May 20, 2024, to the relevant provisions of the Act establishing the Commission.

“President Tinubu tasks the appointee to bring his wealth of experience to bear in his new assignment,” the statement partly read.

Tinubu Inaugurates 15-man Governing Board for NEITI

On the other hand, President Bola Tinubu has reaffirmed Nigeria’s commitment to the implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative by inaugurating the newly constituted 15-member National Stakeholders Working Group, also known as the Governing Board of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.

Represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator George Akume, who also chairs the new NEITI board, the President said transparency in the extractive sector as well as prudent management of Nigeria’s resources was central to his administration’s economic agenda and the anti-corruption policies.

“The present administration is passionate and remains fully committed to the global Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, the work of NEITI and the visible impacts which the EITI process has achieved so far in Nigeria,” the President stated at the inauguration which took place in Abuja.

He added, “Our faith in the EITI process is not just because it is central to our key government agendas, but also because, over the years, NEITI has demonstrated a high degree of competence, integrity and commitment to the values that the country requires to achieve economic growth and development in the sector.

“This has been through the availability of reliable information and data required for national planning and reforms. NEITI has supported revenue growth in the sector through the meticulous application of EITI principles.

“Our national and global focus is on energy security, efficiency and justice in energy financing, renewables and control of emissions. The work of NEITI is so important to our country and particularly this administration in helping us to define our country’s engagement strategy on the energy transition debate through consultations, constructive engagement driven by reliable information and data.”

Tinubu emphasised NEITI’s non-partisan nature, calling on the NSWG members to conduct themselves according to the EITI standards that define the function of the NSWG to be focused on policy and oversight, not day-to-day management.

“It is also necessary for me to stress that your appointment is a part-time one. Your appointment as a member of the NSWG is not a full-time job and as members, please note this very carefully to avoid getting involved in issues of day-to-day management which is the work of NEITI management under the leadership of the Executive Secretary.

“You are therefore advised to conduct yourselves in accordance with this requirement,” the President stated.

Addressing the board shortly after the inauguration, the NSWG Chairman, George Akume, stressed the need for the new NEITI board to immediately take steps to address the outstanding issues raised by the EITI validation report.

“This board has the responsibility to understand the issues and provide policy support to the secretariat to successfully implement the plan.

“Nigeria scored 72 points in that global assessment and I hope that Nigeria will score 100 points at the next validation due in January 2026 under this board and my chairmanship.

“Our duty as a board is to provide strong policy direction for NEITI and the extractive sector for the full implementation of the EITI principles and standards to ensure transparency and accountability in the sector.

“We must support the ongoing independent audits of the industry, reforms in the oil and gas sector being driven by the Petroleum Industry Act 2021, the reforms in the solid minerals sector, the proposed amendments of the NEITI Act, pay attention to the debate on climate change, energy transition, beneficial ownership disclosures, domestic resource mobilisation, contracts transparency implementation and EITI standards on Open Data,” Akume stated.

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