Mikel Obi Offers To Support Nigeria Cash-Strapped Amputee Team

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Mikel Obi Offers To Financially Support Nigeria Cash-Strapped Amputee Team

Super Eagles of Nigeria captain John Mikel Obi has stepped in to financially and morally support the country’s cash-strapped amputee football team, but the Special Eagles face a race against time to make it to the World Cup in Mexico.

The team, who have missed the last three World Cups due to a lack of finances, took to crowd-funding early this month to help them travel to compete in the 2018 tournament.

While both the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president, Amaju Pinnick, and the Super Eagles squad have made significant financial contributions, the captain John Mikel Obi has now stepped in to assist.

“We’ve spoken to a representative of John Mikel Obi who has offered to help the team,” co-ordinator of fund-raising, Fred Edoreh, told BBC Sport.

“His support will come as a big boost, but right now the dilemma is to find the flights to get the squad to Mexico.

“Time is running out on us and with ticket costs increasing by the day towards our opening game against our budget, we are taking the hard decisions of sending the first team as first batch.

“This is to avoid heavier cost and also get the boys to settle down before the game against Brazil on Sunday.

“The first batch (eight players and coach) should have left today (Tuesday) but there were not enough seats on the last lap of the journey, from Mexico City to Guadalajara.

“Our travel agents are working hard to secure space for them by tomorrow, Wednesday. So they are expected to depart Lagos by 12 noon with Ethiopia Airlines.”

“This will help us to secure our presence and avoid a global sanction. Hoping with additional funds, the reserve team can depart on Thursday or Friday,” Edoreh said.

It is believed that the former Chelsea midfielder will be supporting the team with money and kits.

The Amputee World Cup kicks off October 24 in San Juan and Guadalajara, Mexico. Nigeria is grouped alongside defending champions Russia, Brazil and El Salvador.

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Shehu Sani Joins New Political Party – 3 Days After Dumping APC

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Shehu Sani Joins New Political Party – 3 Days After Dumping APC

Shehu Sani, the senator representing Kaduna Central senatorial district, on Tuesday, announced that he has joined People’s Redemption Party (PRP), barely three days after he left the All Progressives Congress ((APC).

Shehu Sani Dumps APC

The senator made this known in a statement by his Special Adviser, Political and Ideology, Mr Suleiman Ahmed, in Abuja.

He said that “It has become impossible for the senator to continue to co-habit with reactionaries and their perfidious and inimical style of politics.

“Sen. Sani maintains the highest respect and honour for President Muhammadu Buhari. However, we prefer to live in a Cottage of Honour than a mansion of shame.

“Sen. Shehu Sani has returned to the PRP. PRP represents our socialist revolutionary ideology.

 “Sen. Sani is now free from the toxicity and infamy APC existentially represents. We left the APC for the emperors and their lackeys.”

Confirming the development to the News Agency of Nigeria in an interview, the Kaduna State Chairman of the party, Dr Tom Maiyashi, said the lawmaker is now a member of the party.

Maiyashi said the lawmaker had been duly registered and offered membership card of the party.

He stressed that “Sen. Shehu Sani has registered with the party and his ward is Kaduna South.’’

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Timaya Reveals Why He Didn’t Sign Patoranking And Runtown

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Timaya Reveals Why He Didn’t Sign Patoranking And Runtown

Popular Nigerian singer Timaya has revealed that he failed to sign Patoranking and Runtown to his Dem Mama record label despite giving them their first breaks in the music industry, because he did not understand the business then.

The dancehall singer made this known during a recent interview with Olisa Adibua and Maria Okanrende on Beat FM.

While stating that he did not understand the music business when Patoranking and Runtown were under his wings, Timaya further said he does not regret signing the pair, despite their respective successes in the past few years.

“I did not understand the business then,” Timaya said.

“I don’t want anybody to be like they are doing it because they are not in a good spot.

“Whatever I did for them, I did it like ‘okay, let’s go’.”

When asked about the secret to his successful records, the  singer attributed it to God, saying: “Nobody knows how to make hits.

“I don’t even know. I think it’s just God and secondly, when you work all the time, you have a lot of songs, you need the right people around you to tell you the right songs to put out so I don’t feed myself with bad energy.”

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2019: Donald Duke Announces His Running Mate

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2019: Donald Duke Announces His Running Mate

The presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Donald Duke, has picked Junaid Mohammed as his running mate for the 2019 presidential election.

Mr Duke, a former Cross River state governor, made this known on his twitter handle @Donald_Duke, describing Mr Mohammed as a well-known academic scholar with a political ”firebrand” background.

”The Presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, Mr Donald Duke, in consultation with the Party have chosen Dr Junaid Mohammed as his running- mate in the Presidential election 2019.” Mr Duke said in his tweet.

”He was born in Dala, Kano city, on April 12 1950. He trained as a medical doctor at the Kharkov Medical Institute, USSR ( the former Soviet Union) graduating in 1976 with First Class Honours with distinction in all subjects.

”Dr Junaid Mohammed is a well known academic and on the political scene as a political warhorse/ firebrand. He has served in several capacities at both the federal and state levels; including the House of Representatives 1979- 1984.

”Dr Mohammed was a founding member of the PRP in 1976 under the leadership of the late Mallam Aminu Kano and was until his nomination the SDP National Deputy Chairman for the North-West.

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CBN Cancels Licences Of 9 Microfinance Banks

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CBN Cancels Licences Of 9 Microfinance Banks

The National Association of Microfinance Banks has confirmed that nine out of the 34 microfinance banks in Niger have lost their operational banking licences.

The North Central Secretary of the association, Mr. Sado Daniel, said this in Bida while inaugurating a micro-finance bank established by the Federal Polytechnic, Bida.

“These micro-finance banks lost their licences because they fell short during the regulation exercise carried out by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN),’’ he said.

He further disclosed that the non-adherence to corporate governance contributed to the collapse of the banks, urging the management and staff members of the new bank to adhere strictly to the rules establishing it.

 “Banks do not die, people kill them; please do not kill the Federal Polytechnic Bida Micro-Finance Bank; ensure you adhere strictly to the rules of the game,’’ he said.

In the same vein, Hajia Hajara Mohammed, a representative of the CBN in Minna, said that insider abuse was another huge factor that contributed to the failure of micro-finance banks across the country.

Mohammed urged business people to stop diverting loans collected from banks to other purposes such as marriage among other things different from what the loan was meant for.

She said “until we stop using business money and loans to get married and buy clothes, businesses in the country will not progress.

“If you don’t return your loans there is no way you will benefit from loans being made available by the Federal Government through the CBN.”

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Buhari Dares Nigerians Who Are Bent On Leaving The Country To Go

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Buhari Dares Nigerians Who Are Bent On Leaving The Country To Go

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, October 22, challenged Nigerians who are bent on leaving the country because of the current difficulties, to do so if they have another country.

Buhari said this when he received the Kwara State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant and members of the party from the three senatorial zones of the state in Abuja.

He charged Nigerians to remain loyal to their country while citing an example with his former Second in Command during his tenure as Military Head of State, the late Major General Tunde Idiagbon.

According to President Buhari, Major General Idiagbon was extremely committed to the cause of positively changing the narrative about Nigeria.

His words: “The late Major General Tunde Idiagbon was a very rare example of what loyalty to the fatherland and to a superior, should be.

“Tunde was strong, loyal and extremely committed to the cause of positively changing the narrative about Nigeria, which the administration set out to do at that time”.

“What I said long ago in 1984 is still valid today. We have no other country but Nigeria.

“Others who feel they have another country may choose to go. We will stay here and salvage it together.”

He enjoined Nigerians to remain faithful and loyal to the country in all their dealings.

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Ekweremadu Set To Dump PDP For APC!

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Ekweremadu Set To Dump PDP For APC!

Except for any last minute change, there are strong indications that the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu will dump Nigeria’s major opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Daily Sun reports that Ekweremadu has been involved in high-level negotiations with the top echelon of the APC, “because he was aggrieved about the way he has been treated since Senate President Dr Bukola Saraki defected to the PDP.

“What is, however, unclear is the position the APC will give him upon defection?”

A source said Ekweremadu’s defection “is just in a matter of days.”

It is also understood that the 56-year-old lawyer and politician is unhappy with the treatment meted out to him by the PDP especially after the Port Harcourt primary election which produced Atiku Abubakar as the presidential candidate.

It was also gathered that “Ekweremadu was not happy with the way he was used and dumped by the PDP.”

A chieftain of the APC from the South East  had earlier said:

“Look at the way they treated Ekweremadu. When all of them left, Ekweremadu remained to fight for the survival of this party. How many of them would have resisted the temptation not to defect in the face of the intimidation, harassment, prosecution and persecution meted out on him.

“As a person, he had nothing to lose if he had defected then.  In fact, he had everything to gain. He probably would have been the senate president because he was offered the slot. Then, when you people now return, you feel that people who had helped this party to survive, did not matter, again, simply because you got a presidential ticket. Also, even Saraki knows that if the DSP had not been loyal, they would have gotten at him (Saraki) long ago.

“All the trials Ekweremadu was put through were all because of Saraki. But, when it was the turn of Saraki to be there for him, he failed him and as we speak, how many days is this after the primary. Atiku is yet to call DSP. You don’t treat a man who has been taking bullets on you people’s behalf like that. Well, I wish them and PDP well, but, they should know that action begets reaction and they will pay the price for this mistreatment of people, who laboured for the party during the toughest time. And, if Ekweremadu leaves, we will hold these people responsible,” he stated.

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9 Persons Killed In Today’s Lagos/Ibadan Expressway Accident

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9 Persons Killed In Today’s Lagos/Ibadan Expressway Accident

About nine persons were feared dead on Tuesday, October 23, in an accident involving a Mercedes-Benz Marcopolo bus and an Iveco truck at Aseese area of the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway.

Confirming the figure to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abeoukuta, the Ogun State Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr. Clement Oladele said that the accident was caused by the driver of the bus marked SMK 867 XG.

He said that the bus lost control and collided with the parked truck with registration number AAA XP at 5:30am.

“A total of 42 persons were involved in the accident; they comprised 34 males and eight females.

“Three male and two female adults were injured while seven male and two female adults died,” he said.

The sector commander told NAN that the injured victims were taken to a nearby hospital while the corpses were deposited at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital mortuary, Sagamu, Ogun State.

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Principal Apologizes After Flogging NYSC Corps Member In Akwa Ibom

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Principal Apologizes After Flogging NYSC Corps Member In Akwa Ibom

The Principal General of Government Technical College, Abak, Akwa Ibom State, Mr Friday Udoka, has tendered a public apology for flogging a serving female corps member that was deployed to his school.

While saying sorry to Miss Olaitan Adeola Kolawole in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) state office on Monday in Uyo, Udoaka said he did not deliberately flog the corps member, noting that he used the cane on her out of anger.

It was gathered that Miss Kolawole wrote the name of her friend, Dolapo Victoria, in the attendance register of the school on Friday, October 19, 2018 when Dolapo was absent.

The principal, who has just three years to retire from service, was said to have flogged Kolawole for the misdeamour and dragged her outside the classroom in front of the students, which he denied.

In his apology, Udoaka said: “No man is perfect, I have not beaten a corps member before. I am very sorry for using a cane on a corper. Adeola, I am very sorry for what happened.”

“When I went back home, I felt bad for beating a woman. It is not true that I dragged the corper out of my office and flogged her before the students. This is a man that behaves like a father but I don’t know what happened that I behaved rudely with you. Please forgive me.”

“The mistake will not repeat itself. Whatever is the cost of your treatment, I will bear the cost.”

Reacting to the apology, Miss Kolawole said she had no justification not to accept the apology of an elder.

She said: “For an elder to apologize for his mistake, I forgive him. I accept his apology. My parents wanted to take up the matter, but I will talk to them not to pursue the case as they wanted”.

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BREAKING: Nigerian Senate Finally Passes Electoral Act Amendment Bill

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Nigerian Senate Finally Passes Electoral Act Amendment Bill

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday, October 23, passed the Electoral Act Amendment Bill for third reading.

The fresh amendment followed President Muhammadu Buhari’s rejection of two earlier bills passed by both chambers of the National Assembly.

The passage also followed the adoption of the report by the joint Senate and House of Representatives committee‎ on the bill, which was presented to the Chairman, Senate Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission, Senator Suleiman Nazif.

The committee had addressed the issues raised by the President in a harmonised, fourth version‎ of the bill.

President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, who said passage of the bill was “almost impossible,” expressed hope that the President would assent the bill when transmitted by the National Assembly.

After the passage, Senate President Bukola Saraki commended his colleagues for their determination to the passage of the amendment before elections.

The House of Representatives has also scheduled third reading of the bill for today.

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It’s Three Days to the End of GOtv Open Week

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Africa Rise And Shine Book Launch In New York

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The Founder/Chairman of Zenith Bank Plc, Mr. Jim Ovia recently launched his book, Africa Rise and Shine in New York.

This prestigious event happened on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly and had foreign dignitaries and private sector captains of industry in attendance.

Earlier, Africa Rise and Shine was unveiled in Lagos at Eko Hotel and Suites on September 17, 2018.

The event had Nigeria’s Vice President, His Excellency, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, GCON (SAN), other government functionaries, traditional rulers and private sector stakeholders present.

Africa Rise and Shine is available for pre-order online at Amazon and in-store at Laterna Books and Roving Heights.

See photo excerpts from the book launch in New York below:

Africa Rise And Shine: How A Nigerian Entrepreneur From Humble Beginnings Grew A Business To $16 Billion

The Author of Africa Rise and Shine, Mr. Jim Ovia with moderator, Zeinab Badawi on the podium at the Africa Rise and Shine book launch in New York. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Zenith Bank Chairman Jim Ovia)

The Author of Africa Rise and Shine, Mr. Jim Ovia speaking at the Africa Rise and Shine book launch in New York. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Zenith Bank Chairman Jim Ovia)

L-R: The GMD/CEO of Access Bank, Mr. Herbert Wigwe; The Publisher of Guardian Newspapers, Lady Maiden Alex Ibru and Chairman of Coronation Capital, Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede during a meet-and-greet with the Author of Africa Rise and Shine, Mr. Jim Ovia at the Book Launch in New York. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Zenith Bank Chairman Jim Ovia)

The Founder/Chairman of Zenith Bank and Author of Africa Rise and Shine, Mr. Jim Ovia (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Zenith Bank Chairman Jim Ovia)

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Twins Die In Midnight Fire While ‘Careless’ Mom Sleeps At Lover’s Place

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Twins Die In Midnight Fire While ‘Careless’ Mom Sleeps At Lover’s Place

Tragedy struck Inynasang community in Calabar, the Cross River state capital following the death of five-year-old twins, in a midnight fire caused by candlelight.

It was gathered that the incident, which occurred at about 1:00a.m. on Monday at No. 9, Edem Okon Street, Inynasang, engulfed five buildings.

The twins (Bishop and Ituobong) were said to have met their death when their mother left a candle on the refrigerator, which melted into the refrigerator and caught fire that later razed the whole house.

Speaking on the incident, an eyewitness, Miss Immaculate Essien, said their mother is a single parent but left the children in the house alone to sleep elsewhere.

She said: “Their mother made them tea and bread and left for her boyfriend’s house leaving a candlelight on the refrigerator and asked them to put off the candle when they were done but they slept off.

“I started noticing smoke at about 1:00a.m. and before I could come out with my son my house was already in flames from the roof while the deceased room was already engulfed in fire. We tried putting off the fire but it was very difficult because of the rubber ceiling, which escalated the inferno to the next compound. I had to choice than to leave the place, I didn’t come out with a pin, I lost everything in the fire.”

Another resident, Mrs. Gloria Asuquo, said the bereaved mother who fries yam and bean cake (Akara) at their junction, was foolish to have left her children alone at home to meet a man.

She said: “She left her children to have sex with a man without turning off the candle she left on the fridge; those children would still be alive if she applied caution but because she was in a hurry to go out, she will now live to regret her action forever.

“Residents are furious and don’t even want to see her because she normally doesn’t want the children to come out and play with the other kids because she was afraid her separated husband will come and abduct them.

“She has been visiting the man in this our area for long and that was part of the reason her husband left her and got another apartment. She did not even allow the man to pick anything from the house. Now, the evil has finally become public knowledge.”

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Cross River State, DSP Irene Ugbo, said that “the mother of the deceased was at their Divisional Police Office at Airport Road because we leant the people in the neighbourhood wanted to lynch her.

“We had to keep her in our custody because angry neighbours wanted to lynch her because of what happened. They blamed her that it was her fault that the children died in such a tragic manner because she went to sleep at her lover’s place.

“We are investigating the matter and hope to get to the root to avoid an escalation of the matter because we also learned that the man she slept in his place was attacked and his dog was brutally slaughtered by the angry mob.”

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SARS Reforms Panel Begins Sitting, To Hear 27 Complaints

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SARS Reforms Panel Begins Sitting, To Hear 27 Complaints

The Presidential Panel on the Special Anti- Robbery Squad (SARS) Reforms for the North Central Zone has received 27 complaints and will hold public sitting on the complaints from October 22 to October 25.

The Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Tony Ojukwu, said this on Monday in Abuja in his welcome remarks at the commencement of the panel’s public sitting.

According to Mr Ojukwu, the essence is “to increase access to the services of the commission.

“And to seek accountability where there is evidence to indicate that officers or officials of SARS have been involved in acts amounting to human rights violation in the course of carrying out their law enforcement duties.

“Also, to provide opportunities for fair hearing to both complainants and alleged violators and to main stream human rights norms and tenets into the operations and administration of SARS in line with global best practices.’’

The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo had, in August, requested the NHRC to constitute the panel to hear and investigate complaints against SARS and to make recommendations.

Mr Ojukwu said the specific terms of reference of the panel are: “To investigate the veracity of allegations of human rights abuses and abuse of power made against SARS within the last two years.

“To independently review and render advice on any value added by SARS, from a public safety and security perspective, and make recommendations to government.’’

In his goodwill message, Benjamin Okolo, a deputy supereintendent of police, representing the Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris, said the police would co-operate with the panel and abide by the outcome.

“We have already started some reforms and we believe that the outcome of this panel will equally enhance what we are doing.’’

Mr Okolo assured the panel that nobody would be victimised, intimidated or harassed for airing their views or submitting complaints.

For his part, Idris Bawa of the Nigeria Policing Program (NPP) said the public hearing would add value to reforms in the Police Force.

In his keynote address, Akingbolahan Adeniran, from the presidency said the public hearing would enhance all aspects of community policing for better performance.

According to him, the aim is to adequately regulate activities of the police and efficiently direct intelligence gathering.

“We expect the police to appear more as an intelligent driven organisation and work has already started in this area; very soon the police will be more proactive,’’ Mr Adeniran said.

(NAN)

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DJ Cuppy Bags “Artist Of The Year” Award

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DJ Cuppy Bags “Artist Of The Year” Award

Florence Otedola, a daughter of Nigerian billionaire, Femi Otedola, who is popularly known as DJ Cuppy, was recently awarded artist of the year from the Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development.

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Clearly excited about the award, the entertainer took to her social media accounts to express her appreciation.

(VIDEO): Twitter Agog As DJ Cuppy Reveals Why She Stopped Being A Feminist

She wrote: “As a 25-year-old Nigerian, the youth are ALWAYS my priority! Thank you to Lagos State for this tremendous honour!”

DJ Cuppy is a Nigerian disc jockey and producer, who sings most times. She has collaborated with the likes of Tekno, Skuki and Sarkodie.

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Nigeria To Commence Refining Of Gold As FG Issues First Licence

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Nigeria To Commence Refining Of Gold As FG Issues First Licence

The Federal Government has announced that Nigeria would soon commence the refining of gold as it had issued the first gold refining licence to a firm known as Kian Smith Limited.

The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma, disclosed on Monday, October 22, that the Federal Government will also commence the purchase of gold from local refiners, adding that these were outcomes of the recent Economic Recovery and Growth Plan Focus Labs.

The minister, who spoke at the ongoing 24th Nigerian Economic Summit in Abuja, said, “As an outcome of the ERGP Focus Labs, we have also been able to accelerate the development of the National Gold Development Policy and the establishment of a Federal Gold Reserve Scheme in Nigeria.

“Today, I am happy to report that the first gold refining licence has been issued to a company called Kian Smith Limited, which was one of the companies that participated in the labs. Indeed, the Federal Government is finalising modalities to purchase gold from local refineries via a Federal Gold Reserve Scheme subject to international standards, such as the London Bullion Market Association.

“This accelerated development of the National Gold Development Policy by the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, and the progress recorded in implementing the Federal Gold Reserve Scheme by the Central Bank of Nigeria are direct solutions to issues presented by investors at the ERGP Focus Labs.”

He explained that the government conducted sector-specific focus labs, with the objective of addressing any bureaucratic issue investors might face in setting up projects in Nigeria.

“These labs were held earlier this year. The main labs were held from 13th of March to the 21st of April, while the post labs work continued to the 12th of May. The labs were conducted in three work streams, namely agriculture and transportation; manufacturing and processing; and power and gas,” Udoma added.

He stated that as part of the lab process, the government was able to assist Brass Fertiliser and Petrochemical Development Company in obtaining expedited issuance of various approvals that were required by its financiers from multiple government agencies.

“Brass Fertiliser is a very large multibillion-dollar petrochemical plant positioned to be one of the largest consumers of gas in the country within the next five years. If this project succeeds, it could create up to 20,000 direct and indirect jobs,” the minister said.

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