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Nigerian Government Commissions 8 Gun Boats To Combat Increasing Oil Theft, Pipeline Vandalism, Waterway Crimes

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The Federal government has commissioned eight gun boats acquired by the Nigeria Security’s and Civil Defence Corps in furtherance of its tough stance against illegal oil activities in the Niger Delta region and the nation’s waterways

The government which also resolves to stop oil theft, illegal Oil bunkering and pipeline vandalism launched eight NSCDC Gunboats, to wage a full scale war, against the perpetrators of the heinous crime.

Speaking during the official commissioning of the gunboats in Portharcourt, Rivers State, Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, described the incidences of oil theft as an organized crime ridding the nation, of accrued revenue running to million of dollars annually.

“The Country in recent past, had recorded various occurrences of crude oil theft and reports, has shown that the country loses million of dollars daily such that of the 141 million barrels of oil produced, in the 1st quarter of year 2022, only 132 million barrels of oil were received, at export terminals; the aftermath results further reveal that over 9 million barrels of oil was lost to crude oil theft.” Aregbesola said

He decried the negative impacts of crude oil theft and oil pipeline vandalism in the nation and called on all Security Agencies to shun Inter-agency rivalries and synergize, by supporting the fight against Oil theft, in order to salvage and rid the nation’s economy of saboteurs.

The Minister further maintained that the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps as the lead agency, in safeguarding Critical National Assets and Infrastructure is mandated, to use the available logistics provided by the Government to reduce crime rate and by extension take the war against crude oil theft to the camp of the enemies.

While extolling the role of Government in the provision of necessary logistics, to enhance the fight against Oil pipeline vandalism across the nation, the NSCDC Commandant General, Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi, affirmed that the 8 newly, commissioned gunboats will boost the morale of the Corps, in combating the menace of Crude Oil theft along the waterways.

“The NSCDC is generally expected to effectively, safeguard Critical Infrastructure and oil installations, which are very central and vital, to the socio-economic development of the nation.

“The Corps is saddled with the mandate, to guard against oil theft, illegal oil bunkering through the provision of physical security to oil pipelines against vandalism.

“Therefore, any threat to the oil and gas sector is automatically, considered as a high security concern owing to the debilitating effects it has on national development.

“It also constitutes environmental degradation, pollution, destruction of land and aquatic life, loss of means of livehood and drastic reduction, in the inflow of foreign exchange needed to bolster the economy of the nation,” the CG said.

He affirmed that a marching order, has been issued to all Zonal Commanders, State Commandants and Heads of Antivandal Unit, across formations to be battle ready with a renewed vigour to stamp out oil theft and pipeline vandalism in the nation.

He reiterated the Corps’ determination and unwavering commitment, to the war against illegal oil bunkering and assured the Government and the entire nation that the gunboats would be distributed to States in the coastal region as the Corps continue to collaborate, with the Military and other Security Agencies.

He enjoined Nigerians to assist Security Agencies, in winning the war against the enemies of the nation by volunteering credible Intelligence and Information that could lead to possible arrest and prosecution of oil pipeline vandals and saboteurs of the nation’s economy.

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FG Approves N24.2bn For Free Internet At Airports, Schools, Markets

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THE Federal Government has approved free internet services worth N24.2 billion naira at 20 selected airports, 43 universities and six markets across the country.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Isa Pantami, disclosed this after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday

Pantami said that the airports were selected from the six geo-political zones.

“Certain intervention projects are going to be implemented by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Nigerian Communications Commission of providing Internet in 20 selected airports in Nigeria and higher institutions of learning and also some markets to support micro small and medium enterprises.

“In each geopolitical zone, you have around three airports. In the South-West, we have Lagos and Ondo. For the South-East, we have Anambra and Enugu.

“For the South-South, we have Port Harcourt and Akwa Ibom. For the North-Central we have Abuja and Ilorin. In the North-West, we have Kano, Sokoto and Kebbi. For the North-East we have Yola, Maiduguri and Gombe.”

The minister said the markets and 43 institutions which include universities and polytechnics were also drawn from the six geopolitical zones, adding that it will ease e-learning in schools and also enhance the transition to a cashless economy.

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Buhari Approves Appointment Of 6 New Perm Secs

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President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday approved the appointment of six new permanent secretaries in the Federal Civil Service

The appointments followed after a recent conducted selection process.

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF),Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, made this known in a statement by Mohammed Ahmed, Director of Communications of the Office of the HOCSF,

The appointees and their states of origin are Esuabana Asanye (Cross River), Mahmud Kambari (Borno), Richard Pheelangwah (Taraba), Lamuwa Ibrahim (Gombe), Yakubu Kofar-Mata (Kano) and Oloruntola Michael (Ogun).

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DSS Confirms Plot To Install Interim Govt

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The Department of State Security Service has said that the plot to Instal interim government was real

DSS noted that the plot was “by some key players” to install an interim government and stop Bola Ahmed Tinubu from being inaugurated as president.

A statement on Wednesday, by Peter Afunanya, the public relations officer of the secret police, said: “The Department of State Services (DSS) has identified some key players in the plot for an Interim Government in Nigeria.

“The Service considers the plot, being pursued by these entrenched interests, as not only an aberration but a mischievous way to set aside the constitution and undermine civil rule as well as plunge the country into an avoidable crisis.

“The illegality is totally unacceptable in a democracy and to the peace loving Nigerians. This is even more so that the machination is taking place after the peaceful conduct of the elections in most parts of the country.”

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