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Military rescue wife of top Plateau govt official, doctor from kidnappers

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Troops of the Special Task Force, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) in Plateau have rescued two kidnap victims from their abductors.

Ishaku Takwa, the Media Officer of the task force maintaining peace in Plateau and environs made the disclosure in a statement on Tuesday in Jos.

Mr Takwa said the rescued victims are Tabitha Silas, wife of Deputy Chief of Staff, Plateau Government House and Audu Samuel, the Chief Medical Director, Allah Na Kowa Clinic and Maternity, Barkin Ladi.

He explained that the victims, kidnapped by the same gang from their separate residence in Jos and Barkin Ladi on January 9 and 10 respectively, were rescued by the troops on Tuesday.

“Troops of OPSH have rescued Mrs Tabitha Silas, the wife of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Deputy Governor’s office Plateau state, from kidnappers.

“Silas was also rescued along with Dr Audu Samuel, the Medical Director Allah Na Kowa Clinic and Maternity Barkin Ladi.

“Silas was kidnapped on Sunday, Jan. 9 at her residence in little Rayfield Jos, while Samuel was kidnapped on Monday, Jan 10, at his residence in Barkin Ladi by the same gang.

“The rescued victims have been reunited with their families,” he said, while promising to furnish the media with details on the matter later.

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FG begins expatriate quota renewal

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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: info@ecitibiz.interior.gov,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.

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Oil and gas players meet over Niger Delta pollution

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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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Osun 2022: APC aspirants trying to steal voters’ PVCs, Oyetola cries out

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Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun has urged would-be voters to safeguard their Permanent Voter Cards ahead of the July 16 gubernatorial election, accusing other All Progressives Congress (APC) aspirants of attempting to steal their PVCs.

On Thursday, while touring Ila Federal Constituency, Mr Oyetola also urged APC members to keep their membership registration slips ahead of the party’s primary.

He appealed to them not to allow anyone to deceive them with a ”fake loan” to still steal their PVCs from them.

“I implore you to keep the party’s registration slip issued during the accreditation exercise and your voter’s card safe. With the look of things, it seems that the party will opt for direct primary,” noted the Osun governor. “If it is so, the membership slip will be used for the exercise. Some people want to collect your PVC and membership slip with the pretence to give you a loan.”

He added, “They are all liars, the loan that they did not give you two years ago. They are lying to give you months to the election. They are promising you food now. They are liars. We started our food support programme last April and did not stop it.”

In his remarks, the Orangun of Ila, Oba Abdul Oyedotun, said the governor’s achievements in developing the state were enough testimonies for him to be reelected.

Mr Oyedotun, who noted that the governor would triumph in the election, said the electorate was behind him.

“Your achievements speak for themselves, and we are proud of what you have done. Your second term ambition will be successful, and whoever tries to stand in your way will not witness your success story,” said the ruler. “Don’t despair, our ancestors were faced with travails, and they emerged triumphant. You shall overcome yours too. Your detractors will witness your success, and you will triumph over them.”

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