NNPC welcomes female children engineering study promotion

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As part of measure towards promoting gender equality, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has welcomed an education initiative by Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN), aimed at encouraging more female children to study engineering, the idea of which was said would bring both human and emotional touch to the profession.

How, corporation stated that it was ready to collaborate with the group, who is championing the course, to encourage female children to study engineering.

The Group Managing Director, NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, who commended members of the association for demystifying engineering profession as a male job, said that female engineers bring human and emotional touch to the profession by making sure that every engineering design has a human face.

Speaking during a courtesy visit of the group to the corporation’s office in Abuja on Tuesday,Baru said female engineers give a good account of themselves in oil and gas industry, assuring that, the corporation would continue to partner APWEN in the quest to take Engineering to a higher heights.

The NNPC’s boss stated that the corporation would continue to encourage female engineers in the employ of the corporation to participate in the activities of APWEN, with assurance that qualified children would be sponsored to take part in the forthcoming investiture of the association.

“We have female engineers in the rigs, gas stations, refineries and most of our technical services. A female engineer is, indeed, involved in proffering solution to the recent fuel queues. They deliver whenever they are called upon to do so.

“NNPC is very much committed to the Engineering profession because it is the bedrock of our activities,”  Baru noted.

On her part, President, APWEN, Felicia Agubata, who led national executive committee and the Abuja Chapter of the association on the visit, described NNPC as pinnacle and enabler of the Nigerian economy

She commended NNPC for providing fuel for the national economy and expressed the readiness of the association to work with the corporation to encourage the study of engineering among female children

 

Islamic cleric inside police net over human parts possession in Lagos

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Until police storm his house, Abdulfatai Kayode, and confessed dealing in various human parts businesse, after officers from the law enforcement agent exposed him, none of his co-tenants at No. 4 Okedumade street, off Badare street at Alakuko in Lagos and neighbors knew that the young who has been parading himself as an Islamic cleric does otherwise.

As gathered, how Kayode came about the various human parts found in his apartment were not cleared to gathered crowd who knew him as ‘Alfa’ until he confirmed to had been dealing in both man and woman bodies business after lot of exhibits were brought from his dark room.

It was learnt that operatives from Lagos State Police Command, led by Commissioner of Police, CP Edgal Imohimi, stormed the area on Tuesday on receiving tips about the man type of business from sources who suspected him of to be involve in unusual trading and arrested the self acclaimed Alfa, after founding human parts inside his house.

However, exhibits found in the man’s apartment including assorted types of female body parts comprising of laps, intestine and the vagina were exposed by the police who taking the accused to state command.

Confessing to the crime, Kayode confirmed that the human parts found in his room were his own even though he refused to release information about his source, but exposed another person he identified as Ifa, as his accomplice.

He disclosed that there were various parts of human in his possession before his arrest and that those found were new market.

“From the new market, there was a man’s heart and that other assorted types of female body parts comprising of the laps, intestine and the vagina.

The command’s spokesperson, SP Chike Oti, hinted that upon CP receiving information on the Islamic cleric business, he deployed command’s underground operatives to fish both Koyode and the identified Ifa, who was also later arrested.

Oti said that the CP attributed the arrest to intervention of community policing and safety partnership in existence in Lagos state and that he urged Lagosians to be wary of their neighbors’ movements and report any suspicious happenings.

Petroleum minister, NNPC, NIMASA chart path for crude oil exportation

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Nigeria may have to begin looking outwardly traditional ways of exporting crude oil, from Free On-Board (FOB) and Cost, to Insurance and Freight (CIF) system, in order to attract maximum benefits for Nigeria, the pathway of which emphasis was laid by upon by authorities in charge of the nation wealth.

In a nutshell, stakeholders within the maritime industry have been convened to generate ideas on how best to export Nigerian crude oil for development of the nation.

At a meeting, organized by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in conjunction with Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), on Tuesday in Abuja, they agreed that there was no best time to holistically approach the preferred system of exportation of the crude oil and that major players within the industry must come together to achieved the set goal.

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, raised concerns that various attempts in the past to transit from the Free-on-Board (FOB) to Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF) system of exporting the nation’s crude oil had failed and that there was no better time than now to revisit the issue holistically to determine which of the systems best serves the interest of Nigeria.

Addressing gathering at the meeting, Kachikwu urged participants to come up with recommendations to help the Federal Government take appropriate decision on the issue with a view to enhancing the nation’s the economy.

On his part, the Group Managing Director, NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, stated that the corporation’s preference for FOB was informed by prevailing security situation and that of need to guarantee steady revenue into the Federation Account.

At the meeting, the NNPC’s boss explained that under CIF, petroleum cargoes were legally property of federal government which could pose a danger to the country’s earning as creditors could procure court orders to confiscate crude oil cargoes as a means of securing payment of Nigeria’s indebtedness.

According to him, the experiences of Nigerian Airways and the Nigerian National Shipping Line both of which had their vessels/crafts and cargoes confiscated on court orders obtained by creditors is unpleasant to recall.

“Due to these peculiarities, we find it most appropriate to transfer the potential risks associated with the ownership of the cargo to the buyer at the load port in Nigeria which FOB incoterm allows.

Government/NNPC’s liability ends as the crude oil passes from loading hose at the vessel’s manifold to the loading vessel. The buyer pays for Freight, Marine Insurance, unloading and transportation from the load port in Nigeria to the destination”, he stated.

To him,  NNPC was not unmindful of the value erosion inherent in the FOB sale arrangement, adding that the corporation was open to new ideas on the proper mix that could enable synergy and collaboration amongst different stakeholders to guarantee security of federation revenue as well as guard against associated risks involved in delivery of crude oil and Gas to customers.

In his remark, the Director General,  NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, indicated that while there was no correct measure to the issue of freight system to adopt, there was need to be open-minded about possible alternatives that could help in the quest to diversify the economy.

He urged participants to be guided by the national interest in their discussion and explore all possible opportunities.

Customs debunks alleged N1.5tn set for 2018 revenue, 577 officers retirement report

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That Nigerian Customs Service set N1.5 trillion as revenue to be generated in 2018 through the service’s commands across the federation has been proven unauthentic by the office which claimed that the information did not emerged from the service and that it was never in contact with any member of the public on the alleged report.

The service also debunked report that the office had signed retirement paper of 577 officers, who were claimed to be due to exit customs, but confirmed that of promotion and redeployment of its personnel as contained in a statement attributed to the service National Public Relations Officer, Joseph Attah, recently.

While report on the set N1.5 trillion and other development had sunk in the public domain, with believe that since the service was able to generated declared N1.2 trillion in 2017, shooting above its target for the year, and that covering the announced set figure should not be a problem for the service, The Guild gathered that the office that had not released such information to members of press.

Finding by our correspondent after contacting the service to clarified doubts on uncleared information, discovered that the report on the retirement of 577 officers must have been scooped from an internal monthly routine circular, which serves as reminder to officers that maybe due for retirement, and that it may have been double crossed by newsmen.

Meanwhile, The Guild had reported yesterday that the service Comptroller-General, Hammed Ali, announced N1.5 trillion as targeted revenue to be generated by the NCS before close of the stated year, the report which it later found unauthentic as claimed by its sources.

Attah, who confided in The Guild on Tuesday, discredited the report that the office had pegged N1.5 trillion as revenue to be generated in 2018 and that the information was not from office of the Controller-General.

He also cleared air over the 577 reported officers that were claimed would be going for retirement by undisclosed period, saying the information were not true.

The service boss expressed concerned over impression such report would have sent to public particularly on side of stakeholders.

According to him, the Controller-General did not released information on revenue to would be generated in 2018 nor did he directed any member of the service to inform public on any planned retirement.

“I am yet to come to term with report across dailies headlines that customs set N1.5 trillion for 2018 revenue and that it is also retiring 577 officers.

“At least, if there there were anything of such, it is ethical of journalists to contact my office to verify authenticity of the report before circulating”, he Attah clarified.

The service boss stated that the report never emanated from his office and public must disregard the information, which he discredited.

He assured that the office would reach out to media organisations so as not to misinformed members of the public with untrue information.

Meanwhile, on The Guild’s previous report, the information gathered was linked to a statement credited to Attah, by our sources who claimed that the report leaked after first management meeting for 2018 held in Abuja, where Ali was reported to had said that in 2017, the Service generated N1.37 trillion, surpassing the year’s target of N770.57 billion, and that the service would prove better in 2018

Our report claimed from the statement that promotion of officers, which would soon be approved by the board and the review of salaries, payment of bonus to Customs officials, were also part of development to be expected in 2018.

The Guild also wrote that the statement disclosed 577 officers due for retirement and according to a circular released which was signed by  Comptroller Establishments.

According to our report, the officers included a Deputy Comptroller General, an Assistant Comptroller General, 11 Comptrollers, 27 Deputy Comptrollers, 27 Assistant Comptrollers and 23 Chief Superintendents of Customs.

“Similarly, the Service carried out promotion and redeployment of some officers as contained in a statement issued some weeks ago by the Service National Public Relations Officer, Joseph Attah.

“Among those promoted in acting capacity were Isa Talatu Mairo to Deputy Comptroller-General Tariff and Trade; Amajam Bukar, Controller, Federal Operations Unit Zone C, elevated to the rank of Assistant Comptroller-General, Enforcement, Investigation and Inspection and David Elisha Chikan as ACG (Human Resources and Development),’’ it said.

It said that the CGC charged the affected officers to see their appointments and as opportunities to contribute their best towards consolidating the gains of the ongoing reforms in the service,” it said.

Other rank and file listed on the retirement notice include five Chief Inspectors of Customs Terminal (CIC T); 21 Chief Inspector of Customs (CIC); 21 Superintendents of Customs (SC) and 36 Deputy Chief Inspectors of Customs (DCIC)

Others are 23 Deputy Comptrollers (DCs); 121 Assistant Chief Inspectors of Customs (ACIC); four ACIC1; 131 Deputy Inspectors of Customs (DIC) and one Assistant Superintendent of Customs 11

 

 

 

 

Couple faces authorities charges over 13 children captives, torture in US

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At least, 13 children were discovered held captives by California could who would be charge of torture after authorities located the innocent school children in side the husband and wife home, with some shackled to beds in the dark.

It was gathered  that the children were discovered after a 17-year-old girl who escape the house over the weekend phoned police and informed the office of captives others.

Confirming the report, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department disclosed through a statement that the children at the house in Perris, California, ranged in age from two to 29.

It added that several children were met shackled to beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings, but the parents were unable to immediately provide a logical reason why their children were restrained in that manner.

“Deputies located what they believed to be 12 children inside the house, but were shocked to discover that seven of them were actually adults, ranging in age from 18 to 29. The victims appeared to be malnourished and very dirty.”

The sheriff’s office said that the victims were provided with food and beverages after they claimed to be starving.

The parents, 57-year-old David Allen Turpin and 49-year-old Louise Anna Turpin, were booked on torture and child endangerment charges with bail set at $9 million.

The Spanish-style stucco house where the victims were allegedly held is located in a middle class neighborhood of Perris, a small city some 70 miles (110 kilometers) southeast of Los Angeles.

There are indications that the children were allowed outside the house in recent years.

 

 

$40M worth diamond, fifth larget gem lives in Lesotho

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A diamond thought to be the fifth largest of gem quality ever found has been discovered in Lesotho, miner Gem Diamonds said Monday, and could be worth as much as $40 million.

The company unearthed the D-colour stone at the Letseng mine in the landlocked southern African country and described the 910-carat find as of “exceptional quality”.

“Since Gem Diamonds acquired Letseng in 2006, the mine has produced some of the world’s most remarkable diamonds, including the 603 carat Lesotho Promise,” Gem Diamonds chief executive Clifford Elphick said in a statement.

“However, this exceptional top quality diamond is the largest to be mined to date… This is a landmark discovery.”

Ben Davis, a mining analyst at Liberum Capital, speculated in a research note to investors that the diamond could be worth as much as $40 million (33 million euros).

Gem Diamonds shares in London were up 14 percent from the market open to £0.92 a piece.

Police arrests Aisha Buhari impersonator in FCT

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A woman, identified as Aisha Bello, who has been impersonating in image of President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife, Aisha, to get contract, has been arrested by Federal Capital Territory Police Command, which went after her upon receiving tips upon her location

It was learnt that suspect make use of Buhari’s name too solicit for contracts and financial assistance from unsuspecting members of the public.

The Federal Capital Territory Commissioner of Police, Sadiq Bello, said that the commanded arrested a 37 years mother of four whom parading herself as Aisha Buhari and been going about soliciting for assistance with the name.

Briefing journalists after her arrested on Monday, Bello disclosed that suspect was arrested by police operatives on recently at Fadama office in Maitama, following a report that she contacted the coordinator of the project, requesting assistance with the name.

He added that the woman had sought for assistance in her capacity as the first lady before she was arrested by the police contacted after she arrived at the office.

“Today we have a special suspect to present to you; she is Aisha Muhammed Bello, 37 years old and a mother of four from Plateau.

The commissioner hinted that a phone and a newly acquired Airtel SIM card registered in the name of the first lady were recovered from her.

“Investigation is ongoing with a view to contacting other people she must have duped in the name of the first lady,” Bello added.

The commissioner said that the suspect would be charged to court at the end of investigation.

Bello advised members of the public to always be doubly sure of who they deal with before parting with their property or money.

He reiterated the command’s determination to improve on its service delivery to the people while calling for the support and cooperation of the public.

Patience, EFCC lawyers argue over forfeiture application, Court fixes Jan. 23 for hearing

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Whether a Federal High Court in Lagos which fixed January 23 to hear a motion seeking forfeiture of funds linked to former President, Goodluck Jonathan, wife, Patience would grants the request, councils to former first lady, Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN) and Mike Ozekhome (SAN), and that of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Rotimi Oyedepo, have established argument on basis of the latter ex-parte application.

 

However, the EFCC had began fresh moves to seize funds in 15 bank accounts linked to Jonathan and the figure which the commission was seeking its seizure was put at N3.1 billion.

Oyedepo, who appeared on Monday before Justice Mojisola Olatoregun with an ex parte application, seeking temporary forfeiture of the funds, was countered by Adedipe and Ozekhome led team which challenged the court’s jurisdiction to entertain the ex parte application since the funds on request were already subject of litigation.

But Oyedepo, counsel for the EFCC, maintained that the SANs had no right of hearing in the court, since his application was ex parte, and wondered how they got wind of the move by the anti-graft agency in the first place.

He urged the judge to disregard their appearance before judge upheld Oyedepo’s submission despite the other party’s position of the application.  .

But in view of the development, the judge adjourned the case until Jan. 23, and directed the EFCC to file an affidavit to convince the court that there were no pending lawsuits relating to the funds sought to be forfeited.

In the said ex parte application, the EFCC listed Patience Jonathan and five firms and Esther Oba as respondents.

The firms that were listed as second to sixth defendants were Globus Integrated Services Ltd., Finchley Top Homes Ltd., Am-Pm Global Network Ltd., Pagmat Oil And Gas Ltd. and Magel Resort Ltd.

The ex parte application was backed by a 15-paragraph affidavit deposed to by an investigator with the EFCC, Huleji Tukura.

Customs sets N1.5Tn as 2018 targeted revenue

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Following success of N1.2 trillion recorded by Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) as revenue generated in 2017, the service Comptroller-General, Hammed Ali, has set N1.5 trillion as targeted revenue to be generated by the NCS before close of the state year.

Through a statement on Monday by the Customs’ National Public Relation Officers, Joseph Attah, after first management meeting for 2018 held in Abuja, Ali said that in 2017, the Service generated N1.37 trillion, surpassing the year’s target of N770.57 billion, and that the service would prove better in 2018

According to him, promotion of officers, which would soon be approved by the board and the review of salaries, payment of bonus to Customs officials, is also part of development to be expected in 2018.

The statement added that 577 officers were retired according to a circular released which was signed by  Comptroller Establishments.

“The officers included a Deputy Comptroller General, an Assistant Comptroller General, 11 Comptrollers, 27 Deputy Comptrollers, 27 Assistant Comptrollers and 23 Chief Superintendents of Customs.

“Similarly, the Service carried out promotion and redeployment of some officers as contained in a statement issued some weeks ago by the Service National Public Relations Officer, Joseph Attah.

“Among those promoted in acting capacity were Isa Talatu Mairo to Deputy Comptroller-General Tariff and Trade; Amajam Bukar, Controller, Federal Operations Unit Zone C, elevated to the rank of Assistant Comptroller-General, Enforcement, Investigation and Inspection and David Elisha Chikan as ACG (Human Resources and Development),’’ it said.

It said that the CGC charged the affected officers to see their appointments and as opportunities to contribute their best towards consolidating the gains of the ongoing reforms in the service,” it said.

Other rank and file listed on the retirement notice include five Chief Inspectors of Customs Terminal (CIC T); 21 Chief Inspector of Customs (CIC); 21 Superintendents of Customs (SC) and 36 Deputy Chief Inspectors of Customs (DCIC)

Others are 23 Deputy Comptrollers (DCs); 121 Assistant Chief Inspectors of Customs (ACIC); four ACIC1; 131 Deputy Inspectors of Customs (DIC) and one Assistant Superintendent of Customs 11

Kaduna budgets over N330M for teachers’ training

By Abdulwaheed Usamah,

Embattled Kaduna State Government has said that its has plan to train teachers through the state Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), the training which it disclosed would gulp N337.19 million from the government purse.

Upon sacked 22, 000 primary school teachers over poor performance, generating protest and strike by the Nigeria Union of Teachers, the state government expressed it readiness to ensure teachers in Kaduna become competence and turn around the state education sector positively.

From 2018 budget papers released on Monday by the state Planning and Budget Commission, it indicated that, “N337.19 million was earmarked for leadership and capacity training for school head teachers and assistants; jolly phonics training for 1,200 teachers and training of 200 Almajiri school teachers on literacy and numeracy skills.

the state hinted it that it would also train the teachers on use of Teachers Guide; training of 230 care givers on pre-primary curriculum; training of class teachers on reading methodology and post training impact survey.

According to it,  70 associate counselors from 23 local government areas will be trained on strategies for effective counselling skills in basic education; and training of 100 quality assurance evaluators.

“Other training includes evaluators and principals workshop on evaluating and student learning; evaluating and tracking student; workshop on coordination, monitoring and reporting and impact assessment on training of inclusive education teachers on Braille and sign language.”

Besides, a breakdown of the figure shows that N3.53 billion would be spent on the construction of classrooms, offices and toilets for primary schools, while N1.89 billion was for building classrooms and laboratories in junior secondary schools.

The board would also spend N15.1 million on the construction of Early Child Care Development Education games village in nine primary schools in nine local government areas.

It indicated that N821.27 million would go into procurement of furniture, materials for skills acquisition, teaching and learning aids, computers, magnetic boards, mattresses, sporting and instructional materials.

“N143.58 million was allocated for monitoring and supervision of projects, while N13.06 million was for maintenance of project monitoring vehicles.”