Ahead of the 2023 presidential election, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has set up a presidential lobby committee to ensure that a president of Igbo extraction emerges at the next general election.
Making this disclosure in a statement sent to Peoples Gazette on Saturday, the youth wing of the group said the 21-man committee will push the narrative for Igbo presidency going forward into next year.
“In line with its determination to mobilize support from across all ethnic, religious, social and economic classes across Nigeria and beyond for the emergence of a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction in 2023, the youth wing of the apex Igbo sociocultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, under the acting leadership of Onwuasoanya FCC Jones, has set up a Presidential Lobby Team,” the statement read.
The committee was handed several responsibilities, including identifying a credible and qualified presidential candidate from the South-East extraction, mobilize support across different political divide and initiating high level engagement with relevant stakeholders.
The committee comes at a time when the call for the rotation of the country’s presidency to the south continues to intensify.
Recall that Southern governors had in 2021 demanded that the next president of the country be produced by their region.
In 2020, the Ebonyi state governor, Davi Umahi, dumped the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Some political analyst said the governor’s decision to decamp was hinged on his his yet to be declared interest to contest at the 2023 presidential election.
Gov. Diri honours RCCG leader Adeboye with ‘Ebidaowei of Bayelsa’
Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa has honoured Enoch Adeboye, the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG)’s general overseer, with ‘Ebidaowei of Bayelsa’.
He thanked the RCCG leader for his continued support of his administration.
“You are a good father. So, after consultation, we decided to give you the name ‘Ebidaowei of Bayelsa’, meaning the good father of Bayelsa. Our story as a government in Bayelsa will be better told by you, Daddy G.O. When we were told that you were coming to start the year with us, we opened our arms to welcome you,” said the Bayelsa governor.
Mr Diri added, “This government will be two years old on February 14. You have been a part of us, supported us, prayed with us and prayed for us. You have continued to support us by coming to begin the year with us. As part of our second-anniversary celebration, we have adopted this programme. Bayelsa has been lighted up. Bayelsa will not go back to Egypt.”
The governor advised Christians to participate in politics actively. He gave the advice while speaking at the end of a two-day programme of RCCG’s ‘Light Up Bayelsa Holy Ghost Rally’ at the Oxbow Lake in Yenagoa on Thursday.
He urged Christians not to be aloof to politics or remain unconcerned but rather join to influence decision-making for the good of the generality of the people.
According to Mr Diri, Nigeria needs people who will salvage it from its many crises. He urged the church not to be docile in the face of insecurity, corruption and other vices threatening the country.
FG begins expatriate quota renewal
The federal government will soon begin inspection of organisations to grant additional slots of expatriate quota facilities and renewal of expatriate quota positions.
The expatriate quota application in Nigeria immediately comes after registering a company in Nigeria by foreigners seeking to migrate to Nigeria to carry out any permanent work.
This is contained in a notice by the permanent secretary in the interior ministry and principal registrar of marriage, Shuaib Belgore.
According to the notice titled ‘Public Notice for organisations and Public Places of Worship’, the federal government will also inspect places of worship to issue licences to conduct statutory marriages and renew existing ones.
“This is pursuant to the Second Schedule of the Marriage Act, Cap 6, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and the approved Legal Notices vide Federal Government Official Gazette Nos. 55, 56, 59, 60, 61 & 62, Volume 108 of 2021,” it added.
The notice also stated that the inspections and services would attract mandatory charges for organisations and public places of worship.
“For more information on the payment process, public places of worship and companies are directed to log on to the ministry’s website on www.ecitiz.interior.gov.ng for payment,” the notice explained.
It added, “For further enquiries: Please call the ministry’s e-citibiz contact centre on 07000099999(operating hours are Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The call centre can also be contacted during weekdays and weekends via: firstname.lastname@example.org,ng.”
NAN reports that Expatriate Quota is granted for an initial period of three years.
However, it can be renewed for further two years, each subject to a cap of 10 years. Within this time, the relevant skills in the position ought to have been transferred to qualified Nigerian understudies.
Oil and gas players meet over Niger Delta pollution
Critical stakeholders in the oil and gas sector rose from an emergency meeting in Abuja with far-reaching resolutions to address the soot and environmental pollution caused by artisanal refining activities in the Niger Delta.
The meeting, convened by Ita Enang, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, called on the federal government to consider and approve the implementation of the report of the National Summit on Integration of Artisinal/Modular Refinery Operations into the oil refining programme of the sector.
It also stressed the need for various organisations with crude oil refining technology to interact with Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulations Authority to enable them to make presentations on their technology.
The forum further canvassed engagements with the bodies of artisanal refining representatives to review the current state of affairs and proffer solutions to the environmental and economic challenges in the region.
The stakeholders also suggested that further engagements be made with governors and governments of impacted states and subnational structures on tackling current challenges.
The forum called for the review of the Petroleum Refining Regulations of 1974 and other relevant laws to accommodate the establishment of artisanal refineries.
It also called for establishing a database of those trained in related fields by the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Petroleum Training Institute, Warri and the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, including those trained by the Petroleum Technology Development Trust Fund and Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board.
The forum suggested funding the pilot scheme through the Central Bank, Petroleum Technology Development Fund, and the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board.
It also canvassed the need to follow the road map to implement the Artisanal Oil Refining Programme.
The forum had representatives from the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Federal Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, and Ministry of Finance, Budget, and National Planning.
Others were from National Oil Spill Detection Detection and Response Agency, Nigeria Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission and Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority.
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