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Under Buhari bandits control territories, install traditional rulers: Shehu Sani

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Senator Shehu Sani has lamented increased insecurity in the country, saying bandits have created a state inside the regime of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Virtually now, bandits in the North West have become a state within a state,” Mr Sani said.

Mr Sani, in an interview with Channels TV, said bandits have become so powerful that they now install traditional rulers and imams in some areas in the North-West.

“They (bandits) have been able to establish governance structure in the sense that they don’t just kidnap and extort money, it has reached a point where they even install,” Mr Sani said. “According to reports, they install traditional rulers and imams.”

Mr Sani’s statement comes a few days after bandits killed over 200 citizens and burnt down properties in several communities in Zamfara State.

In his reaction, Mr Buhari, who ran on the promise to tackle insecurity in the country before he was elected in 2015, urged affected communities to exercise “patience” with his regime’s handling of the matter.

In November, minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, dismissing reports that bandits now control parts of the country, said bandits who impose taxes on citizens are no different from areas boys who extort people in the southern part of the country.

“The issue is not about bandits collecting taxes. But that’s not the same as saying there is a new caliphate. Do you know how many places in this country where area boys collect taxes and there is no banditry there?” Mr Mohammed asked.

“I don’t want to mention names. In many of our cities, they carve out their own territories. So what they are writing is nothing. It is not indicative that the bandits have taken over,” he added.

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PDP fixes February 19 for Lagos congress

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The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has approved February 19 for the conclusion of its outstanding congress to elect new state executive committee members in Lagos.

The party disclosed this in a statement issued by its National Organising Secretary, Umar Bature, on Thursday in Abuja.

According to the statement, the NWC also scheduled a crucial meeting with Lagos stakeholders on February 7 at its zonal headquarters, Ibadan.

It added that the NWC would continue to update stakeholders on any development in that regard.

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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.

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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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