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New post added at Naija News Spot - NUPENG - Petrol Will Soon Be Available



The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers on Monday says that petrol would soon be available in filling stations across the country.

Mr Tokunbo Korodo, the South-West Chairman of the union, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos there had been improvement on loading of petroleum at the depots in Lagos.

He observed that Nigerians would appreciate the present regime if it could reduce the price of petroleum.
NAN reports that the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, had earlier said that a price modulation in petrol would begin by January 2016.
Kachikwu disclosed this during his inspection of the Port Harcourt Refinery Company (PHRC) on Christmas day.

The NUPENG chairman said that the government meant well for all and sundry, in spite of the few greedy that worked to frustrate genuine intentions.
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New post added at Naija News Spot - Why He Has Not Been Talking In The Senate - David Mark Reveals



Former Senate President David Mark has explained the reason behind his closed lips in the 8th National Assembly.

The former legislator representing Benue South at the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly, said he decided not to make any contribution following the defeat of his party, the Peoples Democratic Party in the last general election.

“When the PDP lost the general election in March, I decided that I will maintain and remain silent until the end of the year. That is why I have not been talking. Of course for those of you who know me, you know I can talk, but not all unnecessary talks”, he said.

Mark has been under verbal attacks from angry Nigerians over his ‘siddon look’ posture since his ouster as the Senate President.

The former Niger State military administrator, while addressing members of his party at his Otukpo residence recently, said he was tired of hearing people calling him names over the sorry state of his constituency.

Mark said he has done enough for his people within the past 16 and should be given some credits.
On the forthcoming rerun in the Zone, Mark said he was waiting on God to direct him if he should re-contest or pull out but chairman of the party in the state insisted that his people still want him to ‘continue the job he has started.”
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New post added at Naija News Spot - Why He Has Not Been Talking In The Senate - David Mark Reveals



Former Senate President David Mark has explained the reason behind his closed lips in the 8th National Assembly.

The former legislator representing Benue South at the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly, said he decided not to make any contribution following the defeat of his party, the Peoples Democratic Party in the last general election.

“When the PDP lost the general election in March, I decided that I will maintain and remain silent until the end of the year. That is why I have not been talking. Of course for those of you who know me, you know I can talk, but not all unnecessary talks”, he said.

Mark has been under verbal attacks from angry Nigerians over his ‘siddon look’ posture since his ouster as the Senate President.

The former Niger State military administrator, while addressing members of his party at his Otukpo residence recently, said he was tired of hearing people calling him names over the sorry state of his constituency.

Mark said he has done enough for his people within the past 16 and should be given some credits.
On the forthcoming rerun in the Zone, Mark said he was waiting on God to direct him if he should re-contest or pull out but chairman of the party in the state insisted that his people still want him to ‘continue the job he has started.”
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New post added at Naija News Spot - FG to Target 13,000MW Solar Electricity – Minister of Environment



The Federal Government will develop about 13,000 megawatts (13 gigawatts) of off-grid electricity from solar energy, the Minister of Environment, Hajiya Amina Mohammed has disclosed.

The minister, yesterday, said the Federal Government was working on the possibility of diversifying the country’s energy mix and laid emphases on renewable energy and efficient gas power in meeting the energy needs of Nigerians.

Mrs. Mohammed, according to a document she issued to the media, containing some of the highlights and agreements reached at the recently concluded Conference of Parties on Climate Change, otherwise known as COP 21, which was held in Paris, France, said that “in particular, we plan to develop around 13GW of off-grid solar power, delivering energy access to the poorest communities in a cheaper and healthier manner with less emission.”

The minister also noted that the government would increase the use of climate-smart agriculture through irrigation systems, climate-resilient crops and broader sustainable land management practices, “given the climate risks that Nigeria faces, this is the only way in which the government’s ambitious Agriculture Transformation Agenda can be delivered,” she added.

She disclosed Nigeria’s eagerness to take a regional lead by announcing a bold and courageous Intended Nationally Determined Contributions that seek to ensure that the Nigerian economy continues to grow while reducing its carbon emissions.

“Nigeria’s ambitious INDCs aim at reducing emissions by 20 per cent by the year 2030 with support from the international community. This will support the restructuring of the economy in a way that will facilitate inclusive growth with vast opportunities to diversify the energy mix, with emphasis on renewable energy and efficient gas power.

“In particular, we plan to develop around 13GW of off-grid solar power, delivering energy access to the poorest communities in a cheaper and healthier manner with less emission. We also plan to create a more efficient, lower carbon oil and gas sector. By ending gas flaring and using the gas for commercial purposes, including power generation, we could generate as much as $7.5bn worth of benefits,” she added.

She noted that the government would substantially increase the use of climate smart agriculture through irrigation systems, climate resilient crops and broader sustainable land management practices.

“Given the climate risks that Nigeria faces, this is the only way in which the government’s ambitious Agriculture Transformation Agenda can be delivered,” she added.

Mohammed said these opportunities would not only reduce emissions and improve climate resilience, but that the approach would unlock economic opportunities.

The minister further revealed that the World Bank has projected that a combination of low carbon activities could provide a boost to the Nigerian economy and add as much as two per cent to the country’s Gross Domestic Product.

She urged the international community to support and assist Nigeria with financing, technology and capacity building, just as she enjoined the private sector and civil society to partner the government to unlock the opportunities provided by the historic climate change agreement, emphasising that, “working together, I firmly believe that we can commit ourselves to actions that will serve as a springboard to Nigeria’s new climate economy.”
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New post added at Naija News Spot - Zaria Residents To FG: Ban Shiites In Nigeria



Residents of Zaria, in Kaduna State, yesterday, called on the Federal Government to immediately ban the activities of the Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky’s-led Islamic movement in the state and Nigeria at large.

They said the action was long overdue because of the untold hardship the Shiites sect had unleashed on them since the last 20 years that the group emerged.

At a press conference in Kaduna, the spokesperson of the affected Zaria communities, Mallam Idris Mohammed Baba, said the Shiites had held people in Zaria and Sabon Gari Local Council Areas hostage with impunity, alleging that the Islamic sect was running a parallel government in the country.

He said that the Shiites had in May 2015 declared 24 youths persona non grata for challenging the activities of the sect in Gyellesu community, where El-Zakzaky resides.
According to Baba: “My experience with Shiite followers is disastrous and terrible. At a point, Shiite boys threaten to kill me. We are happy over the military action against Shiite’s movement in Zaria because we can now breathe fresh air in the area.
“Before, we couldn’t grant interview to the press about Shiite’s activities, but now we are sleeping with our two eyes closed. As a community, we wrote letters to the government about ungodly activities of Shiites but no single action was taken.

Alhaji Saidu Garba, one of the Gyallesu elders, said “After El-Zakzaky was released from detention in 1999, he came and settled in Gyallesu and since then, there is no peace in the area. We thank Allah for touching the heart of government and the military for liberating us from Shiites untold hardship.”

He continued, “Shiites killed many of our people, who challenged their activities. We buried them and we cannot talk to the world because of their threat. We were living like slaves in our own land, where Shiite leader, Sheikh El-Zakzaky, met us.”
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New post added at Naija News Spot - Nigerian Appointed as Police Inspector in New York




New York Police Department recently announced the promotion of Deputy Inspector Olufunmilola F. Obe to the rank of Inspector.

When her promotion was announced, there was drum rolls especially among the Nigerians and Africans who were present at the event.

Inspector Obe started her career with the New York City Police Department in June, 1992 as a Police Cadet assigned to the 24 Precinct.

In February 1994, she was sworn in as a New York City police officer and assigned to the 17 Precinct. She has also served at the 19 and 50 Precincts, as well as the Property Clerk Division.

She was promoted to Sergeant in December 2000, Lieutenant in July 2005, Captain in September 2008, and Deputy Inspector in June 2012.

Inspector Obe is currently the Commanding Officer at the 28 Precinct, Inspector Obe has also commanded Police Service Area B. She also served as Executive Officer of the 19, 25 and 34 Precincts.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from The City College of New York and a Master of Public Administration from Marist College. She is also a 2014 graduate of the Police Management Institute at Columbia University.

Inspector Obe has been married to her husband, Peter, for 19 years, and they have three children, Ayodele, Tola and Timi.

Another Nigerian Shola Olatoye is also the chairman of the New York City Housing Authority.

Ms Olatoye, 39, a former HSBC Bank vice president and senior community development manager, was the vice president and New York market leader for Enterprise Community Partners, a national non-profit organisation.



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New post added at Naija News Spot - Don’t Insult Buhari This Christmas Season – PDP Sends Seasons Greetings to Nigerians



The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) charges Nigerians to use this year’s Eid-El-Maulud and Christmas to offer special prayers for the unity and stability of the nation as well as recommit their individual and collective security and economic welfare into the hands of God.

The PDP said the special prayers have become essential as the nation is now, more than ever before in dire need of divine intervention, especially as citizens cope with the sudden hardship occasioned by poor management of the nation’s economy in the last seven months.

The party, in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh on Thursday said the two important celebrations, coming at this trying time, offers the citizens an opportunity to put aside every political, religious and ethnic differences and unite against their prevailing common challenges.

“Nigerians across board have in the last few weeks been recalling the campaign promises made by President Buhari and the APC, particularly, their December 24, 2014 Christmas message wherein they promised several reforms and welfare programmes that will, in their own words, ‘begin to positively impact on the citizenry within its (APC) first few months at the helm, to such an extent that Nigerians will have a better Christmas celebration in 2015’.

“Whilst we understand the indignation, frustration and disappointments occasioned by the long list of unfulfilled promises and dashed expectations under the current regime (and justifiably so), we urge that Nigerians should not recourse to hauling insults on the President as such would not bring the succor they seek.

“The challenges we face today as a nation should not make us lose our dignity and demureness as a people. They should not make us miss the essence and meanings of Eid-El-Maulud and Christmas and the divine succor they bring, especially the assurance that there is always an end to every negative situation.

“The PDP therefore calls on all Nigerians to use the occasions to reflect on those things that bind us together as a nation; show love to one another and commit the nation into Gods’ hands, even as we charge the political class to be conscious of divine accountability in all their dealings

“On this note, the Acting National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, on behalf of the PDP National Executive Committee (NEC), wishes all Nigerians joyful Eid-El-Maulud and Christmas celebrations.
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New post added at Naija News Spot - PHOTOS: Shiite Members Celebrate Maolud Nabiyy



Members of Shiite in Kano state celebrated the birth of Prophet Mohammed (S.A.W) by taking to the streets of Kano state in an event called the Maulud procession.

The group was led by Mallam Sanusi Abdulkadir from Kabara where they gathered before moving through Soron Dinki, Makwarari Jakara, and Kwanar Dala, da Gwammaja and Kofar Mazuma areas in Kano metropolis.

Members who spoke with Sahara Reporters noted that the practice was yearly and intended to be a celebratory message of Maulud Nabiy, but this year’s message is different because they are out to mourn the genocidal carnage perpetrated by the Nigerian Army against their member in Zaria.

The Shiites procession saw sect members comprising men, women and children dressed in mostly black attires. See photos below

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New post added at Naija News Spot - Senator Shehu Sani Threatens to Sue APC



Senator Shehu Sani has threatened to sue his party, the All Progressive Congress, over what he described as false allegations against him.

Sani made the threat on Wednesday after a group within the party threatened to sack the senator from the party for refusing to honour their invitation.

”If in the next one week, the party excos in the state fail to withdraw a letter sent to him on the allegation that he was involved in anti party activities, he will take a legal action against the party,” Mr. Sani, who was represented at a news briefing by his senior legislative aide and his campaign director general, Rabiu Khaleed, said.

”This is our stand. We will not honour an invitation by kangaroo executives in the state. APC executives are not in existence in the state. We are, therefore, urging them to withdraw the letter sent to us within a week or we will take legal action against them.

”Senator Shehu Sani will not honour their invitation because he doesn’t recognize them as state executives of the party. They are only claiming to be APC members but we know they are only doing a bid for the state governor. Since our election, no party executive in the state deemed it fit to write to Senator Sani to inform him of any party activities despite being a party stakeholder. Therefore, he will not honour any invitation from anybody because there are no recognized party leaders in the state,” he said.
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New post added at Naija News Spot - Senator Shehu Sani Threatens to Sue APC



Senator Shehu Sani has threatened to sue his party, the All Progressive Congress, over what he described as false allegations against him.

Sani made the threat on Wednesday after a group within the party threatened to sack the senator from the party for refusing to honour their invitation.

”If in the next one week, the party excos in the state fail to withdraw a letter sent to him on the allegation that he was involved in anti party activities, he will take a legal action against the party,” Mr. Sani, who was represented at a news briefing by his senior legislative aide and his campaign director general, Rabiu Khaleed, said.

”This is our stand. We will not honour an invitation by kangaroo executives in the state. APC executives are not in existence in the state. We are, therefore, urging them to withdraw the letter sent to us within a week or we will take legal action against them.

”Senator Shehu Sani will not honour their invitation because he doesn’t recognize them as state executives of the party. They are only claiming to be APC members but we know they are only doing a bid for the state governor. Since our election, no party executive in the state deemed it fit to write to Senator Sani to inform him of any party activities despite being a party stakeholder. Therefore, he will not honour any invitation from anybody because there are no recognized party leaders in the state,” he said.
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New post added at Naija News Spot - Senator Ben Bruce Reacts to New CBN Order to Block Use of Naira Card Abroad



Outspoken Senator Ben Murray Bruce has reacted to the decision of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to stop customers from using their debit and credit cards abroad.

The CBN ordered all commercial banks not allow Nigerans to use their naira-denominated credit, debet and ATM cards for transactions that are denominated in foreign currencies, either locally or when they travel abroad.

In his reaction, the senator described the reports of Nigerians running to Cotonou and Ghana to open accounts as very disturbing.

He also asked if the CBN had thought of the implications the order will have on small and middle scale businesses.

The Senator posted the reaction on his Facebook page.
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New post added at Naija News Spot - Full Text Of President Buhari's Christmas Message To Nigerians




I felicitate with all Nigerians, especially our Christian brothers and sisters, on the joyous occasion of this year’s Christmas.

On this occasion of the commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ, let us all rededicate ourselves to the virtues of peace, love, honesty, justice, equity, piety, humility and service to others which he taught.

There can be no doubt that a greater manifestation of these virtues and ideals in our lives will immensely help us to become a more united, peaceful, secure and progressive nation.

Let us also reach out in love and compassion to fellow Nigerians who are in distress at this period of our nation’s history.

I particularly urge you all to remember victims of terrorism and insurgency in the country, especially Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

The Federal Government will continue to collaborate with state governments and other stakeholders to ease the harsh conditions in IDP camps, while the ultimate objective remains to quickly put an end to insurgency and return the IDPs to their homes.

We must never again allow any group to hold the nation to ransom under whatever guise.

Let us also not allow current socio-economic and security challenges to dampen our expectations for a better Nigeria.

This administration has taken a number of measures to restore hope to our people. The 2016 Budget defines our commitment to giving Nigeria a new lease of life.

Our change slogan is not a campaign gimmick but a promise that must be kept. We are determined to bring about tangible changes in the lives of our people.

In this regard, efforts will be intensified to recover stolen funds, block revenue leakages and enthrone due process, transparency and accountability.

Public office is a public trust that must be held to the highest ethical standards.

I wish all Nigerians a Merry Christmas.

Please drive carefully.

MUHAMMADU BUHARI

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New post added at Naija News Spot - 30 Nigerian Universities To Begin Strike Action By December 24



Students of tertiary institutions in the country might have cause for worry as the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities, SSANU, has directed its members to embark on indefinite strike from December 24.

This is in response to the Federal Government’s directive informing Vice-Chancellors of universities to remove retrench over 2,000 staff from their pay-roll.

The decision was taken by the National Executive Council of SSANU to protect the interest of their members and salvage the educational sector from collapsing. Addressing journalists on the outcome of its meeting, the National President of SSANU, Comrade Samson Ugwoke, said the action of government to retrench over 2,000 staff was contrary to the Federal Government and SSANU agreement of 2009.


Ugwoke stated that SSANU wants the government to immediately rescind the order for peace to reign. He also said that they’ve written the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, urging him to order the immediate withdrawal of all letters from the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission, National Universities Commission and the Federal Ministry of Education directing Vice-Chancellors to remove personnel of the University Staff Primary Schools from the pay-roll.
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New post added at Naija News Spot - Kachikwu Orders Special Fuel Supply For Christmas




The Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, has called a special petrol supply intervention to ensure a hitch free Christmas and New Year celebration.

This order was given to the Pipeline Products Marketing Company (PPMC) for them to embark on special supply intervention measures to ensure country-wide availability of product ahead of the yuletide and beyond.

The NNPC says that daily fuel trucks which leaves depots to Abuja, Kaduna, Enugu, Kano, Ibadan and Jos has increased significantly.

The minister who is spending time with his constituency in Delta State, has given assurances that from 2016, the country’s oil sector will experience a turn around that will allow the refineries work effectively and then petroleum products will be available to Nigerians at affordable prices.

He said that as a technocrat he would give his best with the opportunity given to him to serve as the Minister of State for Petroleum.

On the current petroleum scarcity, the Minister attributed the situation to panic buying and hoarding, warning all those concerned to demonstrate patriotism.

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New post added at Naija News Spot - Air France Flight Forced to Land in Kenya Over Bomb Alert



Air France has confirmed a flight from Mauritius to Paris was diverted to Mombasa in Kenya following the discovery of a suspicious item onboard.

The airline said Flight AF 463 carrying 459 passengers, three pilots and 11 cabin crew was evacuated after it landed normally at 00.45pm local time in Mombasa.

Kenyan Police said the device was found in the toilets.
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New post added at Naija News Spot - Gombe: 6 Feared Dead As Gunmen Attack Expatriates


Gunmen killed three policemen and three civilians during an attack on some foreign workers in the Guba Shango axis of Gombe state on Saturday.

A security source confirmed the attack to TheCable, saying it happened around 9pm. The source said the attackers trailed the workers from a construction site to their quarters, adding that those killed lost their lives while trying to repel the attack.

“Someone must have given them information, because they trailed the workers from a site where they were excavating coal to their quarters, opposite Ganja School, here in the state capital,” the source said. “Three policeman and three local guards were killed during a gun battle.

They were not kidnappers because even after overpowering the security personnel, they did not abduct the workers. “One cannot really say if they were armed robbers or Boko Haram members.” Fwaje Atajiri, police spokesman in the state, refused to comment on the incident.
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New post added at Naija News Spot - $2.1 BILLION ARMS DEAL: The Sun Newspaper Returns N9 Million Compensation



The Sun Newspaper announced on Saturday that they have returned the N9million compensation it received from the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), paid to them by Sambo Dasuki. The money was said to be compensation given to newspaper houses whose offices were raided by the military last year.

In a statement signed by the Sun Managing Director/Editor-in- Chief, Mr. Eric Osagie, the paper said it took the decision to return the money following the controversy the episode generated:

The Man­agement of The Sun Publishing Limited has considered the public outcry and diverse controversies generated among media hous­es, the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN) and the public over the N120 million paid by the Goodluck Jonathan administration as compensation to newspaper companies for the unlawful seizure of their newspapers and stoppage of circulation by armed soldiers in several cities across the country in June 2014.

After the unlawful action of the military, to which The Sun lost millions of naira, we had signified the intention to commence liti­gation against the Federal Government along with other affected newspaper companies. 2. However, at the level of the NPAN, which The Sun is a member, a de­cision was collectively taken to accept the Presi­dency’s offer of peace­ful settlement in place of litigation in the interest of peace and national se­curity.
We were later in­formed of the payment of N120 million compensa­tion out of which the sum of N9 million was paid to The Sun Management by the NPAN.
At the time the com­pensation was paid, we had no inkling whatso­ever under which expen­diture sub-head in the Presidency the fund was sourced and that it was al­legedly part of the funds meant for the purchase of arms.
As a very responsible newspaper organization, which places premium on ethics, individual and cor­porate integrity, we are certainly embarrassed by the turn of events and the unfortunate insinuation of involvement in the illegal sharing of the nation’s commonwealth and the feasting on the blood of soldiers fighting the war against insurgency.
We believe strongly in our corporate integrity and principles of fairness and social justice, which have driven our business considerations over the years.
In the light of the foregoing, we have re­turned the cheque of N9 million to the NPAN for onward transmission to the source through which it came.
We have seen that the good intention not to seek redress in court has seem­ingly backfired.
We have also given notice to our lawyers to immediately commence the process in court to redress the huge loss suf­fered through the actions of the military.
We assure our teem­ing readers of our com­mitment to serving them faithfully and conscien­tiously by upholding the time-tested principles of fair business ethics, eq­uity and social justice.
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