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PIB passage: NNPC now to be accountable – Lawmaker

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PIB passage: NNPC now to be accountable – Lawmaker

…. As Kano Govt., NNPC, GACN sign MoU on gas project***

Rep Kingsley Ujuma (APC-Imo),  a member of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) says the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) will now be accountable with the passage of the bill.

Ujuma said this while briefing newsmen on Friday in Abuja, following the passage of the PIB on July 1, by the two chambers of the National Assembly.

He said that the NNPC would now be a limited liability company whose profits would be accrued to the country and subsequently moved to the Federation Account.

He said that the bill would galvanise all assets including the economic and security inherent therein that would bring effective production, transparency and good governance to the country.

“Today, with the passage of the bill, we are talking about an oil sector that is organised with governance policy and profitability and viability.’’

He said that 99 per cent of the lawmakers voted for the passage and agreed with the content of the recommendation of the PIB committee.

“This bill has been in the cooler over a decade because of disagreement over grey areas. It got to a point where there were too many vested interests and that could not help the passage,” he said.

For the host communities, the lawmaker said that the bill, if assented to by the president, would give power to them to participate in their own resources.

He said that the bill reserved five per cent for the host communities, adding that every other thing a host community should enjoy would be through the five per cent.

Also read: Senate passes Petroleum Industry Bill

He said that the five per cent fund would be saved directly into an account that would be managed by the host communities.

He said that the issue often raised by host communities of not getting their share would be put to rest as they would not have to beg for it.

The lawmaker said that the host communities with the five per cent should be able to provide electricity, internal security within the local community and scholarship for its people.

In another development, the Kano State Government on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NNPC and  Gas Aggregation Company Nigeria (GACN) Ltd. on the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) pipelines gas project.

Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano, at the event on Friday in Kano Government House, said that the MoU would facilitate the revival of ailing industries in Kano and neighbouring states.

He noted that various foreign investors have indicated interest in the gas sector in the state.

“We will use gas to make Kano a gas hub of Sub Saharan Africa,” he said.

Represented by his Deputy, Dr Nasiru Yusuf-Gawuna, Ganduje said that the AKK pipelines gas project would enhance industrialisation in the state.

“I want to tell you that Kano state is taking advantage of making sure that all moribund industries are revived.

“We are going to take every advantage of it. So, there is going to be a lot of sensitisations, a lot of foreigners have approached the government for investment.

“So, our possible investors have to be sensitised on this,” he said.

He said that the ongoing rail line project that would pass through the state up to Niger Republic was another positive initiative by the Federal Government for the project.

Ganduje said that the state government had also reserved 1,200 hectares of land at Tamburawa for a Gas Industrial Layout in order to key into the pipeline.

“The government selected members of AKK pipelines committee who are committed to the job.

“His Excellency wants to extends appreciation to the Federal Government, NNPC and GACN managements on behalf of the people of Kano State,” he said.

Earlier, the Group Managing Director, NNPC, Mr Mele Kyari, said that the AKK project was an opportunity to revive ailing industries in the state.

“Industries in Kano before were buoyant, but are now out of operations due to power problem. So, this is an opportunity to revive them,” he said.

Kyari, who was represented by Chief Operating Officer, Gas and Power, Mr Yusuf Usman, revealed that the pipeline project would assist to create jobs to people.

Also, the Managing Director, GACN, Mr Olalekan Ogunleye, said that the Federal Government was consistently supporting gas development and there was a policy framework on that.

He said that GACN has no option than to deliver on its mandate.

Gas Aggregation Company Nigeria Limited (GACN) is the Strategic  Aggregator established by the Nigerian Gas Supply and Pricing Regulation, “The Regulation, 2008”.

Its primary mandate is to allocate natural gas to strategic sectors for domestic utilisation in Nigeria.

Ogunleye said that GACN had earlier engaged with NARTO, NURTW and MAN Kano chapters on the way forward as major key players in the gas project.

He commended the state government for the support it has been giving to the success of the project.

Ganduje signed on behalf of Kano government, while Usman and Ogunleye, signed on behalf of NNPC and GACN respectively

 

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Governors’ Forum Welcomes LG Autonomy – Gov. AbdulRahman

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AbdulRazaq AbdulRahman, Governor of Kwara and Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), said the forum welcomed the Supreme Court ruling granting autonomy to local government areas. They have no options, anyway.

AbdulRahman remarked while addressing State House correspondents after a meeting with President Bola Tinubu on Friday.

He was accompanied by Gov. Hope Uzodimma, Chairman, All Progressives Party (APC) Governors Forum and Dr Bala Mohammed, Chairman, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum.

“Compliance is a given and our Attorney General has applied for the enrollment order, which we’ll study carefully.

“But by and large governors are happy with the devolution of power regarding local government autonomy. It relieves the burden on governors.

“Our people really don’t know how much states expense in bailing out local governments, and that’s the issue there,” he said.

He said in his state Kwara, the government had never tampered with local government funds.

“What the local governments have to do is to manage themselves, especially with the incoming minimum wage, to manage their affairs and make sure salaries are paid, traditional rulers get their five per cent and those are the main issues,” he said.

On states where local government elections are yet to be conducted, he said the forum would meet next Wednesday to look at the issue wholly and then come up with a resolution.

He also said the discussion on minimum wage was ongoing, and that the tripartite committee had met and submitted its report.

“Yes, a movement of figures is the prerogative of the president which he will also transmit to the National Assembly for robust debate before it’s adopted,” said AbdulRahman. 

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Kanwan Katsina Lauds Efforts of Successive Katsina Governors, on Ketare

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Kanwan Katsina Lauds Efforts of Successive Katsina Governors, on Ketare

… Credits Shehu Yar’ Adua for Government Day Secondary School; Gov. Shema for construction of Gora-Ketare-Kankara and, Ketare-Mashigi-Malumfashi Roads

The Kanwan Katsina District Head of Ketare, Alhaji Usman Bello Kankara has commended successive governments of Katsina State for executing various developmental projects in Ketare District.

Alhaji Usman Bello gave the commendation when he received the leadership of Ketare District Youth Mobilization KDYM in his palace who paid him Sallah’s homage and congratulated him for the successful Sallah Durbar in Katsina.

The Monarch explained that all the modest achievements recorded in his 24 years as District Head of Ketare were made possible with the assistance of the successive Governors of Katsina State.

The Kanwan Katsina explained that the Late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua when he was the Governor of Katsina State in 1999  and was his Teacher at Katsina College of Art and Science and Technology in 1975 was responsible for the construction of the Government Day Secondary School, Ketare; while Governor Ibrahim Shehu Shema who was the Kanwan Katsina School mate at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, constructed Gora-Ketare-Kankara Road and Ketare-Mashigi-Malumfashi Road.

Similarly, Governor Aminu Bello Masari constructed Dayi-Gangule-Gundawa-Wawal Kaza Roads and a comprehensive Primary Healthcare Center in Ketare, in the same vein, the current Katsina State Governor Malam Dikko Umaru Radda in a bid to enhance the security of lives and properties which are his topmost priority establish the Katsina Community Watch Corp where Ketare Youth were engaged in combating bandits and kidnappers.

Alhaji Usman Bello Kankara mni also expressed gratitude to the management of the Community and Social Development  Project CSDP under the leadership of Dikko Mohammed for collaborating with communities of Ketare District to construct all the Community Day Secondary schools.

Therefore, The Kanwan Katsina assured the youth organization that he will not relent in partnering with the Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies to bring in the much-needed development in Ketare District.

Earlier in his address, the interim Chairman of the Association Malam Bishir Umar Girbobo said they were at the palace of the Kanwan Katsina District Head of Ketare Alhaji Usman Bello Kankara to pay Sallah homage and to appreciate all the developmental projects and policies initiated by or facilitated by him such in the areas of education, computers training for the Youths ICT, Health, Agriculture,  Road Construction, issuance of National ID Card and INEC Voters’ Cards, among others.

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HOAX: NNPP Writes Senate, Debunks Letter To Akpabio Alleging ‘Siege’ By FG On Kano

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HOAX: NNPP Writes Senate, Debunks Letter To Akpabio Alleging 'Siege' By FG On Kano

…Calls writer an impersonator who should be arrested!

The New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) says the letter to the Senate, accusing the Federal Government of laying siege on Kano State did not emanate from the party.

This is contained in a statement by the NNPP National Chairman, Dr Agbo Major on Thursday in Abuja.

The party was reacting to a letter written to the Senate, through its President, Godswill Akpabio by Dr Ajuji Ahmed on June 24. 

The letter was titled: Need for NNPP Federal Lawmakers to Make Urgent and Concerted Efforts to End Immediately the Siege on Kano State by Agents of the Federal Government.”

According to Major Agbo, the letter written by Dr Ajuji Ahmed was without the mandate and authorization of the leadership of  NNPP.

“Dr Boniface Aniebonam is the founder of  NNPP, holder of the registration certificate of the party,  chairman,  board of trustees and a life member of the board while  Dr Agbo Major is the national chairman and Comrade Oginni Olaposi Sunday is the National Secretary etc. 

He described Ahmed as an impersonator who should be arrested by the senate. 

“The NNPP stand remains that the Kano Emirate leadership crisis is an internal matter of Kano state indigenes under culture and tradition.

HOAX: NNPP Writes Senate, Debunks Letter To Akpabio Alleging 'Siege' By FG On Kano

“Political party involvement under the circumstances is wrong. The principle of our party remains focused on the peace of the society, development and well-being of the greater numbers of Nigerians.

“That the matter is currently before competent courts of law and jurisdiction and any interference by the National Assembly shall further complicate the situation.

“The avoidable tension generated as a result of the actions of the state government in Kano necessitates the need for vigilance and enhanced security in the state to avoid breakdown of law and order. 

“It is trite for Gov. Abba Kabir Yusuf, Sen  Rabiu Kwankwaso and Elder Buba Galadima to understand that every court order must be obeyed before the complaint. The rules of engagement to vacate orders of the court are very clear and unambiguous”

He said it was, therefore,  necessary for the National Assembly to align with the position that would guarantee the protection of the lives and property of citizens in  Kano state.

” ⁠The NNPP as a registered political party in Nigeria is not interested in engaging in any controversy with the Federal Government and its agencies,  particularly security institutions.

“We should be responsible partners and law-abiding citizens for the peace and development of Nigeria. The letter and any form of representation by the said Ahmed should be disregarded forthwith 

“In an ideal situation,  it shall be the responsibility of the NNPP lawmakers to raise the matter on the floor of the national assembly.

“As we said, the matter is in court and they should go to court, after all, the Kano state governor is in power today via the court.

NNPP  have no role to play because Gov ABBA Yusuf is the governor of Kano state and not the party.”

Major Agbo noted that Elders of Kano state and elites, come together and resolve the internal Chieftaincy crises, then approach the court for consent judgment or be patient with the court for final judgment.

“This is better, civilised and brotherly than the avoidable propaganda and blackmail of the Federal Government and its security institutions carrying on with their statutory duties to maintain peace and order of the society.

“We, therefore,  wish to state that Gov ABBA Yusuf should concentrate on providing quality leadership in Kano and distance himself from all the avoidable tensions in the state. 

“We also appeal to the senate to disregard the illegal and inappropriate letter of the expelled members of the NNPP led by Ahmed.

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