Malabu probe: Reps backpedal on Jonathan’s invitation

Barely a week after the House of Representatives’ ad hoc committee investigating allegations of corruption, malpractices, and breach of due process in the award of oil prospecting licence (OPL 245) better known as Malabu oil scandal, said it planned to invite former President Goodluck Jonathan, there are indications that the committee will no longer insist on the appearance of the former leader. New Telegraph reliably gathered that the ad hoc committee, led by Hon. Razaq Atunwa (APC, Kwara) may have considered the implications of the invitation of the former president…

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Local oil firms walking a tight rope

Indigenous firms are the worst-hit by myriads of challenges bedeviling the oil and gas industry. ADEOLA YUSUF reports on how many of them are running into bankruptcy     Aiteo, an indigenous oil firm, made the headlines penultimate week; basking in the euphoria of its new status as the biggest Nigerian- owned oil firm in terms of production, hitherto known by many as the petroleum product trading firm, it announced the production of the largest share of the 313,602 barrels per day output from indigenous companies. The firm’s management cannot…

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Dickson signs 2017 budget, education bill into law

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has signed the 2017 Appropriation Budget of N243.2 billion and the Educational Development Trust Fund Amendment bills into law. It will be recalled that the governor proposed an educational trust fund bill to help the less privileged in the state acquire education. Assenting to the bills at the Government House, Yenagoa, the governor said the budget, christened “Budget of Repositioning for Consolidation,” was aimed at completing various ongoing projects in the state. Dickson, who noted that the government appropriated N111 billion for capital projects alone,…

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Sustained development for Etche

As at May 29, 2015 when the good people of Rivers State rightly expelled the All Progressives Congress ( APC) from government, the people of Etche Ethnic Nationality were one of the most neglected communities. They were denied developmental projects, appointments and respect from their own state government. Due to no fault of theirs, they were degraded to second class citizens in a state where they served as food basket and also have some of the critical oil producing communities. Their situation was worsened by the fact that Etche APC…

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LASU student wins Rotary DEWEF scholarship

A sophomore at the Department of Botany, Faculty of Science, Lagos State University (LASU), Edet Polycarp Daniel has emerged as one of the winners of the Rotary Inter national, District Education Welfare Fund (DEWEF) Scholarship. The scholarship is designed for suitably qualified indigent, but brilliant students in federal and state tertiary institutions in Lagos and Ogun States, who have completed their100-Level and are cur rently in their 200-Level, under the District 9110 Education and Welfare Endowment Fund (DEWEF). To qualify for the scholarship, Edet, a 200-Level under graduate, competed with…

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Angst in APC over ‘marginalisation’

The bottled-up anger in the All Progressives Congress (APC) is gradually being let out with series of protests by members who feel marginalised, writes ONYEKACHI EZE   There is no doubt that all is not well in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Events in the last few weeks confirmed this. First, is the news making the rounds that the party’s planned April 29 midterm national convention might not hold due to lack of funds. In fact, many people had expected this to happen because the APC leadership has cried…

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