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DSS Former Boss, Daura, Will Not Return – Presidency

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President Muhammadu Buhari is reported to have ignored pressure for the reinstatement of sacked Director-General of Department of State Service (DSS), Mr Lawal Daura.

The Nation said that President had foreclosed the recall despite pressure from some forces, including members of his kitchen cabinet.

It reported that some of the lobbyists went to see the President in London to mount pressure for the reversal of Daura’s sack.

Daura was sacked by then Acting President Yemi Osinbajo for the blockade of the entrance of the National Assembly, which caused outrage in the country.

According to the Nation, “those against the ex-security chief’s return argued that his sack saved the nation’s democracy and boosted the Buhari administration’s democratic credentials.

The battle has since shifted to the Presidency, over the search for a new Director-General.’’

While some people want the position zoned to the north, others support the confirmation of the Acting Director General, Mr. Mathew Seiyefa, who is from Bayelsa state.

“The forces pushing for Daura’s reinstatement have lost the battle because the President has foreclosed his return.

“The President has no plans to bring back Daura under any guise. He believes this administration is one and will not overrule his deputy. He is a man of discipline and not an ethnic bigot.

“What happened is that some ministers, a few kitchen cabinet members and influential people close to the President sneaked into London to meet with Buhari to overturn Daura’s sack,’’ the Nation reported.

Seiyefa, is the most senior Director in the DSS. A Twitter post by the PresidencyNigeria said he will act as Director-General until further notice.

Lawal was sacked over the unauthorised blockade of the National Assembly, preventing some senators and workers from gaining entrance.

Osinbajo described the blockade as a gross violation of constitutional order, rule of law and all accepted notions of law and order.

According to him, the unlawful act which was done without the knowledge of the Presidency is condemnable and completely unacceptable.

Professor Osinbajo assured Nigerians that all persons within the law enforcement apparatus who participated in this travesty will be identified and subjected to appropriate disciplinary action.

Daura, born 5 August 1953, was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari on 2 July 2015, following the dismissal of his predecessor Ita Ekpeyong.

He once worked in the service and retired.

Seiyefa, Daura’s successor had earlier served as the Director of the Institute of Security Studies (ISS), before he was transferred to the DSS headquarters.

With about 34 years of experience, Seiyefa had served in different capacities, including State Director in Osun, Akwa Ibom, and Lagos states.

Seiyefa is also a member of the National Institute.

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IATA Inaugurates Turbulence Aware Data Resource To Forecast Turbulence

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IATA Inaugurates Turbulence Aware Data Resource To Forecast Turbulence

The ability of airlines to forecast and avoid turbulence would now be greatly enhanced as the International Air Transport Association, IATA, has inaugurated a turbulence aware data resource.

IATA said the system would pool and share turbulence date generated by participating airlines. The global body for airlines said before now, airlines had to depend on reports and weather advisories from pilots to offset the impact of turbulence.

IATA says the result would be the first global, real-time, detailed and objective information for pilots and operation’ professionals to manage turbulence.

It is expected that airlines operating in Nigeria would participate and benefit from this new system.

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Oil Price Stability Buoys Nigeria’s Budget Benchmark

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Oil Price Stability Buoys Nigeria's Budget Benchmark

Nigerian budget benchmark appears buoyed by oil price stability as a result of cuts in production levels to which OPEC members have agreed.

The benchmark of sixty dollars was eroded by sustained drops in price. The high for the year was eighty-six dollars which dropped to about fifty-eight dollars last week.

It rebounded to sixty-two dollars per barrel last week, just as the federal executive council was to hold an emergency meeting on how the price drops would affect the Nigerian budget.

Opec countries had agreed to reduce daily production by eight hundred thousand barrels, while non-OPEC members decided to reduce production by four hundred thousand barrels per day.

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CBN And MTN Plan To Settle $8b Rift Out Of Court

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CBN And MTN Plan To Settle $8b Rift Out Of Court

It seems as though the Central Bank of Nigeria and telco giant, MTN, are trying to find ways of resolving the $8 billion rift between them. One of MTN’s lawyers is quoted as saying they are making moves toward an out-of-court settlement.

Meanwhile, counsels for both parties have secured another adjournment until late January.

Another $2 billion case involving MTN and the Nigerian attorney general’s office was adjourned as well last week until early January.  This case is related to alleged back taxes owed by MTN.  The telco giant has denied it owed the taxes.

The $8 billion case was a result of a charge against MTN for allegedly violating Nigeria’s extant laws.  In August, Central Bank of Nigeria sanctioned MTN Nigeria for allegedly using irregular certificates of capital importation to transfer $8.1 billion to South Africa on behalf of its offshore investors.

MTN is being asked to return the $8.1 billion to Nigeria.

Mtn group’s Nigerian operations account for one-third of its entire African market share.

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