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Bayelsa lawmakers, youth group celebrate Amoro on 50th birthday



Yenagoa—The lawmaker representing Nembe constituency II in the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Chief Hon Edward Irigha-Brigidi has congratulated the chief executive officer of Amotoi Global Services Limited, Barr. Amunaboye Clement popularly called Amoro, on his 50th birthday.

Brigidi in a goodwill message on Thursday described the celebrant as his brother and confidante who has been his partner in his efforts to make Opu Nembe a just and productive land.

Chief Edward Irigha-Brigidi

The lawmaker noted that Clement and himself have been through rough times together because of their shared belief in putting the interest of Nembe first in their endeavours.

Brigidi prayed for good health, grace, and excellent spirit for the business mogul for his newly attained age.

In his words: “I thank God for having you on my side all these years as a brother and confidante who have been steadfast with me through thick and thin, in our pursuit for an egalitarian and a more productive Opu Nembe.

“Although it hasn’t been on a bed of roses we have bonded very well way beyond the expectations of our traducers simply because we have always selflessly found a common ground to put the interest of the great people of Opu Nembe first in all our undertakings before any other interest.

“On this auspicious day wherein you have successfully added another golden age to your crown of life, it is my prayer that you age more gracefully in good health, sound mind, and excellent spirit and may the good Lord add more fruitful and memorable years filled with splendor to your original end time.”

Similarly, the Brass Constituency I lawmaker in the state assembly, Dr. Daniel Charles has also congratulated Chief Amunaboye Clement for becoming a quinquagenarian.

Hon. Dr. Daniel Charles

Charles in a short congratulatory message said Clement has distinguished himself for developing human capacity and empowering both young and old in the Nembe-Brass clime.

He further prayed to God for continuous protection and celebrations for Clement.

Also, a group, the Reformed Nembe Youth Federation (RNFY) has felicitated chief Amunaboye Clement on the occasion of his 50th birthday anniversary.

In a statement signed by its president, Engr. Ayerite Moses on Thursday and obtained by, the group described Clement as a business magnate and astute administrator whose leadership style has promoted youth inclusiveness.

The group described the celebrant as a believer in youths and an agent of change who has impacted the youths in Nembe kingdom, including employing many of them.

“The Reformed Nembe Youth Federation (RNYF) celebrates a business magnate, astute administrator, a global entrepreneur, a legal luminary, human capacity builder, and a mentor whose leadership style has promoted youth inclusiveness.

“Today, we the youths can attest to the fact that through your mentorship, commitment, and purposeful leadership, our youths are now products of positive change with self-conviction.

“Hence, the youths are now better equipped in mind and dexterity to function in a multi-dimensional and challenging environment like ours.

“Please accept our warmest wishes and assurances of our unalloyed support to your developmental strides,” the statement partly reads.


NSA Inaugurates Ndiomu as Chairman of panel to probe oil theft




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




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




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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