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Expert Commends FG On AKK Gas Pipeline Project

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AKK Gas Pipeline Project

An energy expert, Mr Bank-Anthony Okoroafor has commended the Federal Government efforts on the Ajaokuta- Kaduna-Kano (AKK) gas pipeline project.

Okoroafor in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja said the approval of the project by the Federal Executive Council was a step in the right direction.

NAN reports that the project was approved by FEC in December 2017.

According to Okoroafor, the project will help address the infrastructure deficit map of Nigeria in terms of gas pipelines.

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“ This is a 614 km long natural gas pipeline expected to transport 3,500 million metric scf per day of dehydrated wet gas from several gas gathering projects located in southern Nigeria

“ It will result in the establishment of a connecting pipeline network between the eastern, western and northern regions of Nigeria.

“ It will create a steady and guaranteed gas supply network between the northern and southern part of Nigeria by utilising the countries widely available gas resources,’’ he said

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He added that the AKK project would reduce the large volume of gas flared annually in Nigeria, boost electricity generation, strengthen the industrial sector, promote and increase the local usage of domestic gas.

Okoroafor said that it would equally help the government to make more money and address some environmental and health issues from gas flaring.

The Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru recently in Dubai, directed the Chinese Consortium and NNPC Project Team on the project to finalize the term sheet for the project’s contractor financing agreement.

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He reiterated the need for both parties to speedily conclude details of the agreement towards its full execution during President Muhammadu Buhari’s state visit to China in September.

The project is expected to be financed by a Chinese consortium made up of Bank of China and Sinosure.

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NIMC Extends Diaspora Enrolment Of Nigerians To UK, UAE

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NIMC Extends Diaspora Enrolment Of Nigerians To UK, UAE

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has extended enrolment of Nigerians under the diaspora registration programme to the United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates.

Commission spokesperson, Loveday Ogbonna, said the commission has decided to extend the enrolment to these two countries after the huge success in South Africa.

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Ogbonna says the extension is in line with NIMC’s mandate to ensure all Nigerian citizens at home and abroad, as well as legal residents in Nigeria, were enrolled into the national identity database and issued the unique national identification number.

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Ogbonna said DEFCON systems limited, DSL, and the National Authentication Limited (NEAL) are the two Nigerian companies licensed by NIMC to handle the enrolment services across the globe to ensure best-in-class services and inclusivity.

He said the enrolment will involve demographic & biometric data capture of all Nigerian citizens residing in the two countries.

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The UAE programme is scheduled to take off today, while the UK programme kicks off on Friday.

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Offa Robbery: Court Grants Defence Request To Examine Gunshot Injuries

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Offa Robbery: Court Grants Defence Request To Examine Gunshot Injuries

A Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin has ruled in favor of the defence counsel who asked for an independent examination of the alleged gunshot injuries sustained by three accused persons alleged to have participated in last year’s robbery incident in Offa.

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Thirty-three persons, including nine policemen, were killed during the robbery, while five accused persons are standing trial.

But the court refused a post-mortem examination on the corpse of the principal suspect in the robbery incident, Michael Adikwu, whom the accused persons claimed, was deliberately killed by a police inspector while in custody at the force headquarters in Abuja.

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Earlier, the 5th accused person (Niyi Ogundiran), had narrated to the court how the police extracted confessional statements from him under duress.

The case has been adjourned till early April.

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There Are Plans To Revisit And Deliver The National Carrier Project – Aviation Minister

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There Are Plans To Revisit And Deliver The National Carrier Project - Aviation Minister

Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has revealed that there are plans to deliver the national carrier project during president Buhari’s administration.

Sirika says the federal government will revisit the project which he describes as the brain-child of the president.  He said the president would not let it die.

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The minister said this while defending the ministry’s budget before the senate committee on aviation in Abuja.

He said the ministry only suspended the project to put adequate measures in place.  He also expressed concern that Nigeria is not able to boast of a national carrier, despite being a huge aviation market.

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The minister says the national carrier project is a Public Private Partnership (PPP). The private sector will lead and deliver, while the government will play its role.

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He said the process would be transparent and would be done through local and international fora and media.

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