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Lawmaker, Agala-Omubo celebrates Sylva at 58, describes him as mentor, pace-setter

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Yenagoa—The lawmaker representing Brass constituency II in the Bayelsa State House of Assembly Timi Agala Omubo has felicitated the minister of state for petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva on the occasion of his 58th birthday anniversary.

The lawmaker in a goodwill message made available to Mangrovepen.ng on Wednesday expressed gratitude to Sylva and described him as a mentor, political colossus, risk-taker, and pace-setter.

He noted that he is privileged to have been tutored by the former Bayelsa state governor who has been an inspiration to both young and old and a servant of humanity.

According to Agala-Omubo, the minister played the most significant role in him becoming a lawmaker, further helping him to become an effective representative of the people of Brass constituency II in the state legislature.

The lawmaker prayed for long life, sound health, and strength for Sylva to do more exploits in his already impactful life.

“Your Excellency, it is a great privilege to be under your outstanding tutelage that transforms boys into responsible revered men and girls into great virtuous women: a rare attribute that has qualified you as a Leaders’ Leader.

“From your youthful days as a Member of the old Rivers State House of Assembly till your current reign as Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria now celebrating 58 productive years on earth, you have significantly dedicated your life to the service of humanity; demonstrating time and time again that in all we do, in all we become, we must remain humble and put the people first before self.

“In and out of office, you have been the modest and jovial Opu Abadi we know you to be, who gets loved by virtually everyone that meets you because of the imitable qualities you possess.

The statement reads in part:

“You remain an inspiration to both young and old. Every day, our hopes for a better tomorrow remain alive because of your leadership, and high, because of your progressive dreams.

“Our most venerable Leader, the fact that you belong to Nigeria cannot be gainsaid. Indeed you remain a patriotic Nigerian from the oil-rich Niger Delta region, particularly from the Ijaw extraction.

“And as a bonafide son of Bayelsa State, you hail from Nembeland, the home of some of the bravest and brightest humans on earth, of which you are one. However, the people of Brass Constituency II are extremely proud to own and also claim you as our very own.

“On your 58th birthday, I vividly recall and appreciate how, by the grace of God, you were instrumental to my emergence as a lawmaker to represent you and other constituents in the Bayelsa State House of Assembly.

“You played the most significant role before, during, and after the 2019 assembly election and, since then, you have continued to assist and influence me in providing purposeful representation to our people, just like you are also providing unique leadership in the petroleum sector which remains the mainstay of the nation’s economy.”

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NSA Inaugurates Ndiomu as Chairman of panel to probe oil theft

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Abuja—The National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), on Tuesday, inaugurated an 11-man special investigative panel to probe oil theft in the Niger Delta region of the country, Daily Trust reports.

The panel, comprised of retired top military brass and police officers as well as some administrators, has the Interim Administrator, Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Major General Barry Ndiomu, as its chairman and Mr. David Attah as Secretary.

Inaugurating the panel in Abuja, Monguno said that Nigeria was facing a monumental loss of revenue that ought to have accrued from the sale of crude oil.

He noted that pipeline vandalism and theft of crude oil had led to a significant decline in production.
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The Terms of Reference (ToRs), according to NSA, are to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the illegal insertion into the Trans-Escravos Pipeline (TEP) around Yokri area in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State

On his part, the Permanent Secretary, Special Services, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Aliyu Yerro, said the menace of crude oil theft had greatly impacted the nation’s revenue growth.

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Senate seeks clarifications on new cash withdrawal policy, set to grill CBN chiefs

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Abuja—The Senate will on Friday grill two deputy governors of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) over the cash withdrawal limit policy unveiled by the apex bank on Tuesday, according to the Punch newspaper.

The red chamber planned to seek clarifications on the new directive which restricts over-the-counter cash withdrawal by individuals and organisations to N100,000 and N500,000, respectively, per week.

It also limits cash withdrawals via point-of-sale machines and automated teller machines to N20,000 daily and N100,000 weekly, respectively.

According to a memo signed Tuesday by the CBN’s Director of Banking Supervision, Haruna Mustafa, withdrawals above the thresholds would attract processing fees of five per cent and 10 per cent, respectively, for individuals and corporate entities going forward.

In addition, third-party cheques above N50,000 shall not be eligible for OTC payment while extant limits of N10m on clearing cheques still remain.

The circular also directed banks to load only N200 and lower denominations into their ATMs and restricted withdrawal to N20, 000 per day from ATMs.

The policy which will become effective on January 9, 2023, had generated criticisms but the CBN clarified on Wednesday that PoS operators could apply for waivers.

Deliberating on the policy on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday, senators said there was a need to debate the policy on the floor of the red chamber.

However, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, directed the Senate Committee on Banking to grill the two re-appointed deputy governors of the CBN, Aisha Ahmad, and Edward Adamu, who will be screened on Friday, on the new cash withdrawal policy.

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2022 Flooding: Bayelsa govt directs fresh distribution of items to communities, acknowledges donors

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Yenagoa—Bayelsa State government has acknowledged donations from international agencies, state governments, political parties and their presidential candidates, individuals and corporate organisations in the wake of the 2022 flooding that ravaged the state.

Governor Douye Diri in his opening remarks at the weekly state executive council meeting in Government House, Yenagoa, on Wednesday disclosed that the government received donations in form of cash, foodstuff and other materials from well-meaningful individuals and corporate organisations during and after the floods.

According to a statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Alabrah, Diri restated his administration’s commitment to transparency and assured the people that they would not be left in the dark as regards the flood donations.

He listed the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, the Akwa Ibom and Lagos state governments, which donated N100m and N50m respectively, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar (N55m), and his counterpart in the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Adewole Adebayo (N10m) as some of the donors.

Other donors are Dr. Azibapu Eruani of the Azikel Group, who he said has started redeeming his pledge of N350million worth of items, and the Chief Executive Officer of the Century Energy Group, Chief Ken Etete (N50m).

The governor also disclosed that the South Korean Ambassador to Nigeria donated $100,000, Access Bank N100m, Zenith Bank N20m, Linkage Assurance N20m, Sterling Oil N15m, Paache Construction N10m and AITEO N50m.

According to Diri, organisations that donated items include the Tompolo Foundation 440 cartons of noodles, 595 bags of 50kg rice, 35 jerrycans of 25kg palm oil, groundnut oil 180 cartons, garri 40 50kg bags, beans 20 100kg bags as well as 500 tubers of yam.

Others are Globus Bank 70 bags of 50kg rice and 100 cartons of noodles, Stanbic Bank 146 4×6’ mattresses, 148 pillows and 150 plastic buckets.

The rest are Julius Berger 100 bags of 50kg rice, Redeemed Christian Church of God 100 bags of 50kg rice, Brass Petrochemical and Fertiliser Company 100 bags of 50kg rice, 100 bags of 50kg garri and 100 bags of 100kg beans.

Diri directed the task force on flood mitigation and management and the Bayelsa State Emergency Management Agency (BYSEMA) to immediately resume distribution of items in the warehouse to all affected communities in the state.

He also assured that the donations will be prudently used and urged people of the state to exercise patience with the process of distributing the relief materials to victims.

He further stated that the process will be devoid of political colouration.

His words: “We never played politics with the flood and the relief items for victims. The whole world saw it. Those who came to play politics, the whole world equally saw them.

“In all that we did, we never discriminated against any political party. And we commend particularly our people that bore the brunt of the flood.

“As a government, we will take decisions in the best interest of our people. Everything should not be politicised.“

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