- NNPC insists on October date for decision on gas plant
A joint venture consortium comprising Saipem, Chiyoda and Daewoo (SCD) yesterday emerged the preferred bidder for the $10 billion Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Train 7 project.
This came as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) insisted on the October target for the final investment decision on the gas mega plant.
The SCD consortium, the NLNG said, would be undertaking the engineering, procurement and construction project for the Train 7 project.
The gas giant announced the consortium in Abuja at the signing of Letter of Intent for the NLNG Train 7 EPC contract.
The signing signifies the endorsement of a legally binding interim agreement outlining the main points of the Train 7 project by the shareholders, which is mandatory before taking the final investment decision.
Speaking at the event, Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, affirmed that there was no going back on taking the decision in October, stressing that everything needed to be done was being done to make it a reality on the scheduled date.
The GMD, who was represented by the corporation’s General Manager, New LNG, Engr. Ahmed Dikko, said the management of NNPC was very passionate about the project because it holds the potential of boosting activities in the oil and gas sector and ultimately stimulating growth in the nation’s economy.
“Before us today is the signing of the letter of intent for the Train 7 project. By October 31, 2019, we will all gather together again to sign the dotted lines for the final investment decision of the Train 7 project. This is, indeed, the wish of NNPC as a shareholder, and I will like to reaffirm to you all our support to carry out all the realignment to make the project a reality,” the GMD stated.
He urged the other shareholders to start preparing for Trains 8, 9 and 10, while assuring the SCD Group, the consortium engaged for the engineering, procurement and construction of the Train 7 project, of the sustained support of NNPC towards the successful completion of the project.
Earlier, the Managing Director of NLNG, Engr. Tony Attah, said the Train 7 project was expected to increase the NLNG production capacity by 35 per cent from 22 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) to around 30MTPA, adding that the project would attract foreign direct investment of well over $10 billion, including the upstream scope of the LNG value chain.
“The project is anticipated to create about 10,000 new jobs during the construction stage and, on completion, help to further diversify the revenue portfolio of the Federal Government and increase its tax base. This is in line with our corporate vision of helping to build a better Nigeria. The construction period after final investment decision will last approximately four to five years,” Attah said.
In his remarks, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Folasahde Yemi-Esan, said the journey to the signing of the letter of intent of the Train 7 project was a very long and tortuous one, which has finally come to reality.
On his part, the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr. Simbi Wabote, urged the EPC contractor to abide by the local content requirements of the project.
The highpoint of the event was the signing of the dotted lines by NLNG and the SCD Group, which won the competitive bidding for the project.
NLNG is owned by four shareholders namely, the Federal Government of Nigeria, represented by the NNPC with 49 per cent; Shell Gas B.V with 25.6 per cent; Total Gaz Electricite Holdings, France with 15 per cent; and ENI International N.A.N.V.S. ar.l with 10.4 per cent.
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Members of staff celebrate fashion entrepreneur on birthday
Warm wishes and accolades have continued to pour in for serial entrepreneur and CEO of Signature Secrets Africa, Mrs Oreva Okowa, as she celebrates another birthday.
Okowa, who is the founder and president of Fashion Designers and Exhibitors Association International, celebrates her birthday today and her staffs deem it fit to recognize her steadfastness and dedication to her work.
In a tribute, an employee wrote: “You have accomplished the things that most women can only dream of. You are a role model for everyone around you. Congratulations” while another pitched in with: “Accept our heartfelt congratulations as all of us at Signature Secret Africa (Outfits and Fashion School) celebrate you on this grand success of yours!”
“You’re the most brilliant person we have ever known. You really deserve all the appreciations in this world” was the message from another one wrote: “It’s a great pleasure for me whenever I see you achieving the things that I never believed you could. You are amazing! Congratulations!”
With Signature Secret being a wardrobe and fashion school that concentrates on bringing out elegance and uniqueness in clients while also raising fashion designers, it has been nominated and has been recognised with several awards.
As further testament to her standing, Okowa has made a personal presentation of the brand to the President of Kenya, Uhuru kenyatta) at an event of the (African Cotton And Textile Industries Federation (ACTIF) as well as representing Nigeria in the following global market exhibition.
Amon others, Signature Secrets has represented Nigeria in the global market through events like Source Africa Global (South Africa), Cotton and Textile Industries (Kenya), Maitex ( Mauritius), the Textile Industries Market (Kigali), Mokola Trade fair exhibition (Ghana), Hub of Africa (Ethiopia), Magic Source (Las Vegas), Africa Fashion Week London (United kingdom) and African Fashion Reception (Ethiopia).
Osinbajo: FG pushing necessary economic reforms
*VP, Abiodun, Osoba, others inaugurate Daniel’s multimillion hotel
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Friday, reassured Nigerians that the Federal Government was pushing necessary reforms and focusing on key infrastructural projects to make the country an easier place to do business.
Osinbajo spoke at the inauguration of Conference Hotel, Abeokuta, which is owned by a former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel.
At the event which attracted eminent personalities, the VP also said the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration was fully committed to promoting and developing culture and tourism sector to drive the nation’s economy.
In attendance were Governor Dapo Abiodun; his deputy, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele; former governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba; former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who was represented by Hon. Wale Edun; Odole Oodua, Sir Kensington Adebutu; Senator Babafemi Ojudu; Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, Senator Adegbenga Kaka, Prince Segun Adesegun, Otunba Kassim Imam, Prince Gboyega Isiaka, Hon. Abiodun Akinlade, Alhaja Salmot Badru, Hon. Titi Oseni-Gomez and Hon. Segun Sowunmi.
Traditional rulers that attended the grand event included the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, Olu of Ilaro, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle while the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, was represented by the Dagburewe of Idowa.
New Telegraph reports that the multimillion naira hotel, which was closed down for eight years by the immediate past governor of the state, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, was reopened by the current administration.
Court invasion: Nigeria sliding into dictatorship – PDP
* Soyinka condemns DSS action
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the invasion of the sanctity of the Federal High Court by the Department of State Services (DSS) was a further confirmation that Nigeria is sliding into a dictatorship.
The party said in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan that the invasion was a vindication of its earlier stand that the nation is no longer governed by democratic principles of rule or law and dictates of the constitution.
“The invasion is in a forceful suspension of our constitutional order and a further battering of the judiciary, which points to an emerging lawlessness that can only find space in a military regime,” PDP stated.
It added that the disruption of the court proceedings and the way the judge, lawyers and journalists were attacked and persons standing trial re-arrested within the precincts of the court by the DSS, could only be obtainable in Idi Amin’s Uganda.
“Without prejudice to the charge against the convener of the “Revolution Now” movement, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, the PDP holds that, in a normal democracy, it is the duty of the court to determine the fate of an accused, according to the laws and not a resort to brute force by the government to silence persons with dissenting voices.
“Our party notes that such a violation, as embarrassingly witnessed in the Abuja court this weekend, is a direct invitation to anarchy and a huge threat to the unity, peace, stability and corporate existence of our nation and the safety of our citizens.
“Indeed, this is not the Nigeria our citizens yearn for and it is imperative to restate that Nigeria, under the Buhari presidency, is fast sliding into a dark country where, laws are suspended, the judiciary is assaulted and citizens are stripped of their fundamental rights,” the party said.
Meanwhile, Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka has also condemned the action of the DSS.
Soyinka, in a statement he personally signed and made available to New Telegraph, condemned the attack, and reiterated the “nation’s concern, indeed alarm, about the escalating degradation of the judiciary through multiple means, of which disobedience of court orders is fast becoming the norm.”
He called on President Mohammadu Buhari to “rein in your wild dogs of disobedience.”
The statement titled “LESSONS FROM THE AFRICAN WILD DOG (Lycaeon Pictus)” reads in part: “Only yesterday, in my commentary on the ongoing Sowore saga, I pointed out the near perfect similarity between plain crude thuggery and the current rage of court disobedience. Little did I suspect that the state children of disobedience would aspire to the level of the African wild dogs on a pack hunt.
“I apologize for underestimating the DSS capacity for the unthinkable. I reiterate the nation’s concern, indeed alarm, about the escalating degradation of the judiciary through multiple means, of which disobedience of court orders is fast becoming the norm. May I remind this government that disobedience calls to disobedience, and that disobedience of the orders of the constitutional repository of the moral authority of arbitration – the judiciary – can only lead eventually to a people’s disregard of the authority of other arms of civil society, a state of desperation that is known, recognized and accepted as – civil disobedience. It is so obvious – state disobedience leads eventually to civil disobedience, piecemeal or through a collective withdrawal of recognition of other structures of authority. That way leads to chaos but – who set it in motion? As is often the case, the state, unquestionably. Such a state bears full responsibility for the ensuing social condition known as anomie.”
According to Soyinka: “It has become imperative and urgent to send this message to President-General Buhari: Rein in your wild dogs of disobedience. And for a start, get a trainer to teach them some basic court manners!”
Sowore: Attack on Justice Ojukwu, a rape of judiciary – Atiku
Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last presidential election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has described the invasion of the Federal High Court, Abuja, presided over by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu by officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) as a rape on the judiciary.
Atiku, in a statement he personally signed Friday, said the attack was not just on the judge but on the entire judiciary.
“This is unacceptable. It is a rape on the sanctity of the court. Nigeria is not a dictatorship. We are a democracy, no matter how inconvenient this fact is to the powers that have forced themselves on us,” Atiku said.
The former Vice President said he was in “extreme anguish” when he watched the drama at the court, and called on the authorities to set up an inquiry to identify those responsible for Justice Ojukwu’s maltreatment and desecration of the court.
“Never in the history of Nigerian democracy has a judge been treated in such a disdainful and brazen attack on not just her person and office, but on the entire judiciary.
“They must be sanctioned to the highest extent permissible by our laws,” he added.
Atiku further called on law enforcement agencies in the country to respect not just the court order made by Justice Ojukwu, but the order of any court on any detainee.
Restructuring: Only National Assembly can conduct exercise – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to the restructuring of the country but would only welcome it if is carried out by the National Assembly.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu disclosed this Friday in Abuja while presenting a paper “The executive/legislative relationship: role of the media” at a forum organised by the House of Representatives Press Corps.
He said the National Assembly being made up of elected representatives of the people is an embodiment of the sovereignty of Nigerian and should be allowed to exercise its powers.
“The Parliament is a very important component of democracy and it represents the sovereignty of the people. And that is why we tell those who clamour for restructuring that you cannot do it outside of the Parliament.
“You cannot circumvent the Parliament. If you don’t have confidence in the Parliament, wait after four years you can vote in representatives you want,” he stated.
According to him: “President Muhammadu Buhari has always believed in restructuring and he is interested in the nation’s restructuring and if you look at the APC constitution, you will see our stand on restructuring.”
On the recently passed budget, the presidential spokesman said President Buhari was committed to the full implementation of the 2020 budget assuring that it will be assented to.
“I don’t know when the National Assembly will transmit the budget to the president. But I want to assure you that Mr. President is committed to signing the budget and returning the budget circle to January to December.
“Of course, when the budget comes, it is taken to the Council where ministers clearly identify their budgets and due diligence is done. And the executive and legislature have all agreed to work together for the benefit of the nation,” he said.
Titilayo Ajanaku was an unwavering democrat – Atiku
Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has described as disheartening and unfortunate the passing away of his longstanding lieutenant and seasoned political ally, Dame Titilayo Ajanaku, a former Presidential Special Adviser on Women’s Affairs and first female local government chairman in Nigeria.
In a condolence message released in Abuja on Friday, the Waziri of Adamawa lamented the loss of an unwavering democrat, who committed her life to the betterment of society.
“Titi was a passionate politician and a compassionate compatriot, who participated in politics as a means to the end of alleviating people’s pains, through the establishment of a free and fair; egalitarian and just society. She was urbane and humane, cerebral and a great team player.
“She was a force to reckon with in both the Peoples Democratic Party and the Peoples Democratic Movement, where she made huge political contributions towards nation building. She was equally a personal friend, a political ally and frontline woman leader who championed the cause of women in politics.
“She was a competent administrator and astute adviser. She served in our administration (Obasanjo-Atiku 1999-2007) in charge of women affairs, and made indelible impact; counselling the government to doing the right things for women in Nigeria. Her demise is a great loss to the nation and to all who knew her. Hers is a vacuum hard to fill,” the PDP presidential flagbearer in the 2019 election said.
Atiku Abubakar prayed for the Almighty God to grant comfort and strength to the family, friends and associates to bear the loss, and for her soul to rest in peace.
Sowore’s re-arrest, a desecration of judiciary –CUPP
*As Okei-Odumakin condemns DSS’ action
The Coalition of the United Political Parties (CUPP) has described the re-arrest of Omoyele Sowore in court by officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) as a desecration of the sanctity of the judiciary.
CUPP in a statement by the spokesperson, Ikenga Ugochinyere, accused officials of the secret police of launching the attack while the court was in session.
“The serenity as well as sanctity of the court was utterly desecrated by the men of the DSS who, believing they are above the law, launched their attack even while the court was in session.
“The arrest of Sowore right inside the court room while trial was on is treason against constitutional governance,” CUPP added.
It alleged that such would not have happened without the approval of the Presidency, stating that the attack has formally announced the total collapse of democracy and constitutionality and a descent into totalitarianism, anarchy and despotism.
“Nigeria is now officially a police state,” the coalition said.
CUPP called for the sack of DSS officers involved in the attack, and their superiors who gave the order, and as well, charge them to court for contempt.
Meanwhile, the President of Centre for Change, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, has condemned the decision of the DDS to re-arrest the Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, less than 24 hours after he was granted bail.
Okei-Odumakin in a statement issued on Friday, shortly after DSS invaded the Federal High Court, Abuja where Sowore was being tried and re-arrested him, said any society that tolerates thuggish disposition of its security forces is lost beyond redemption.
The statement reads in part: “Our attention has been drawn to the brazen and barbaric invasion of the Federal High court where Omoyele Sowore was being tried.
“The gangsteric conduct of the men said to be DSS operatives which led to the chasing away of the presiding judge, harassment of lawyers and journalists and man handling of Sowore was a crude assault on the hallowed seat of justice and further desecration of our judiciary.
“Any society that tolerates this thuggish disposition of its security forces is lost beyond redemption. The only way the government can attempt to prove it does not sanction this bestial conduct is to fish out those responsible for this barbaric conduct and ensure the rule of law is followed in the case of Sowore.”
Court jails two fraudsters in Ilorin
Stephen Olufemi Oni, Ilorin
The Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has secured the conviction of two persons charged before the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin, the state capital, on offences that border on internet fraud and other fraud related offences.
The convicts, Okoro Raymond and Ogundowole Tosin, were charged before the court presided over by Justice Mahmood Abdulgafar on separate charges.
The charge against Raymond stated: “That you, Okoro Raymond, sometime between March and September 2019 within the judicial division of the Kwara State High Court, fraudulently induced some unsuspecting Nigerians vide your created WhatsApp platform, Winners Chapel Investment with your phone number 09010197532 to deliver properties to you to wit: money totalling N200,000 under the guise of their investing and making double gains and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 321 of the penal code and punishable under section 324 of the same penal code.”
For Tosin, the charge against him stated: “That you, Ogundowole Tosin (a.k.a) CLARISSA DOSS) sometime in October 2019 or thereabout at Ilorin, Kwara State within the jurisdiction of this honourable court attempted to commit an offence of cheating by pretending to be one Clarissa Doss, presenting yourself to be a white woman, a property agent who has a property to lease at popular castle gate subdivision, New Jersey, United States, to one Hillary Kurtz as it is contained in your gmail account, firstname.lastname@example.org and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 95 and 321 of the penal code law and punishable under section 322 of the same law.”
They pleaded guilty to the charges.
Justice Abdulgafar, however, convicted and sentenced them to six months imprisonment and ordered that phones, laptops and money recovered in their bank accounts should be forfeited to the Federal Government.
Chelsea transfer ban reduced on appeal
Chelsea can sign players in January after having their FIFA transfer ban reduced following an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
The Premier League side were given a two-window ban by FIFA in February for breaching rules on signing young players.
CAS halved the ban to one window, which was served during the summer.
It also reduced the fine for the London club from 600,000 to 300,000 Swiss francs (£230,000), reports the BBC.
Chelsea play Everton on Saturday (12:30 GMT) and manager Frank Lampard said talk of transfers at the club was now “a discussion we can take up”.
“It’s a positive outcome for us,” he said. “It allows us the potential to look at the market going forward.
“So I’m pleased from a footballing level. It was never my business to get involved in the reasons why or the legal side of it.”
Chelsea were given a transfer ban after 150 rule breaches involving 69 academy players over several seasons, according to the judgement published by FIFA.
CAS found that the Blues “did violate” rules “related to the international transfer of minors” and “to the first registration of minors” but “for a significantly smaller number of players” amounting to “about a third of the violations found by FIFA”.
The CAS verdict added: “In addition, the violations of other RSTP (Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players) rules were found to be less serious than those attributed to Chelsea by FIFA.”
Details of the case which was recently published on a FIFA legal website showed Chelsea claimed many academy players were only triallists and did not play in organised matches.
Chelsea lodged an appeal to CAS against the FIFA punishment, which was also prompted by an investigation into the Premier League club’s signing of foreign under-18 players.
FIFA bans the transfer of under-18s to different countries unless the moves meet strict criteria, such as the parents moving to the country for non-footballing reasons.
The rules were introduced to help protect children from exploitation and trafficking.
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