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Okowa prepares grounds for oil companies’ return to Delta

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Ahead of the relocation of headquarters of multinational oil companies to the Niger Delta region, Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, yesterday set the ball rolling for their return to the state.

Reports said that the governor had commenced aggressive engagement sessions with oil producing communities in the state as part of the roadmap for the actualisation of sustainable peace and enhanced working environment for the oil firms.

The companies that left in the wake of militants’ hostility in the Niger Delta exercised fear of return following the relocation order given by Vice-President, Yemi Oshibajo, during his peace mission to the state.

The governor, represented by Commissioner for Oil and Gas, Mr. Mofe Pirah, told representatives of cluster communities of Odimodi, Yokri, Sokebolou, Obotobo and Ogulagha, all in Burutu Local Government, to give peace a chance.

Leading a delegation on behalf of the governor, including the Special Adviser to the Governor on Niger Delta, Chief Kelly Penawou, Vice- Chairman of Burutu Local Government, Hon. Samuel Peremoke, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Politics, Hon. Godknows Angele, Pirah said the session was not only complementing the Federal Government’s quests for peace in the region, but to encourage the return of the multinationals that left the state in the heat of the crisis.

He said: “Several companies have relocated from the areas in recent times and the only reason they give for their action was that the environment was no longer safe for them to operate as their workers were being kidnapped and equipment vandalized.”

“The emergency at hand is to create enabling environment for the return of the multinational companies to the areas to help address the poverty in the land and grow the socio-economic sector in the communities and there must be a sustained synergy among all critical development partners.

He explained that the Ministry of Oil and Gas and the Office of the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice had been mandated to always interface with communities aimed erasing all forms of hostilities between companies and their host communities, saying that every agitation can be settled through a round table engagement.

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Lagos distributes 12 coconut processing equipment to councils

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Lagos State Government through the Lagos State Coconut Development Authority (LASCODA) has distributed coconut processing equipment to coconut processors in 12 Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas of the state as part of its empowerment programme in the coconut value chain. Special Adviser to the Governor on Food Security, Mr. Okanlawon Sanni who distributed the coconut processing equipment to beneficiaries disclosed that the state had shown commitment in boosting food security in the state, stressing that government had included coconut processors in its agricultural development programme with a view to developing the state’s coconut value chain.

Sanni noted that the 12 units of coconut processing equipment donated to coconut processors in the state included, Stainless two ton per hour coconut greater, 7.5 H.P Electric motor, Industrial burners, Aluminium bowls and spoon amongst others.

Meanwhile, Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Oluwatoyin Suarau who also spoke at the event noted that the empowerment program for the coconut processors cut across processors from Badagry, Kosofe, Ori-Ade, Oto Awori, Ibeju- Lekki, Epe, Ojo, Surulere , Ikorodu,Lekki Agege and Alimosho LGAs & LCDAs. While congratulating the beneficiaries, Suarau opined that coconut value chain has a lot of potentials that can be harnessed which can impact positively on the GDP of the country.

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Employee sues CIG motors over alleged termination of appointment

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A former staff of CIG Motors Company Limited, Akeem Adebiyi Adeyemi, has filed a N1.062 million suit before the National Industrial Court (NIC), Lagos Division, against the management of the company over an alleged wrongful termination of appointment. In the suit, reference NICN/LA/35/2018 filed through his lawyers, Olawale Fapohunda, the claimant is seeking a declaration that the purported termination of his employment with the defendant through a letter dated August 31, 2017 based on protest against certain racial comments by the chairperson of the company, Mrs Chen Xuixia is illegal, malicious and wrongful.

The claimant sought the court’s declaration that the defendant breached his right to freedom from discrimination as provided for under Section 42 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended and Federal law of Nigeria, Cap C23 LFN 2004.

He asked the court to declare that the deliberate refusal of the defendant to remit his pension contribution from April 2017 to August 2017 was unlawful and a violation of the provisions of the Pension Reforms Act 2014 and that the refusal of the defendant to remit the Personal Income Tax monthly deduction made from him to the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service was unlawful and a violation of the provisions of the Personal Income Tax Act Cap P8 LFN 2004.

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Catholic Church rejoins CAN

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Barely five years after the Roman Catholic Church in Nigeria pulled out of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the church has announced its return to the umbrella organisation of Christians in the country. The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria(CBCN) had, in a letter dated September 24, 2012, announced its withdrawal from the organisation. Although the letter was not explicit on the reasons for the action, many believed it was due to some disagreements.

The re-union which reportedly took place at the weekend, saw a delegation of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, led by Rev. Fr. (Prof.) Cornelius Omonokhua, attending an expanded two-day National Executive Committee meeting of CAN for the amendment of its constitution. President of CAN, Dr. Samson Ayokunle, expressed delight at the new development, describing it as one of the best things that has happened to CAN in recent times.

In a statement issued by Adebayo Oladeji, his Special Assistant on Media and Communications, Ayokunle said bringing the Catholic brethren back to the fold was part of his vision for CAN. “I must acknowledge the support and understanding of my brother in Christ, Most Rev Ignatius Kaigama, President, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria and his team.”

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