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FG Unveils 300mmscf Facility In Delta To End Gas Flaring

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After over 60 years of flaring gas from oil fields, the Federal Government on Thursday commissioned the 300 million standard cubic feet gas gathering facility in Kwale, Delta State.

The gas gathering hub, constructed by Nedogas Development Company Limited, in partnership with the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, was commissioned by the Minister of Petroleum Resources (Gas), Ekperipe Ekpo.

The PUNCH reports that the gas gathering hub was borne out of the stranded nature of the associated gas resources in OML 56 producer as there was no evacuation pipeline to link gas resources to the Nigeria gas pipeline network from which such gas could be monetised.

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According to materials made available to our correspondent at the event, the project aimed at eradicating gas flaring and converting environmental pollutants into products of value.

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The facility would contribute about $240m annually to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product within the first four years through trunk line tariffs, liquid product sales to off-takers and other infrastructural tariffs.

It will provide a proximal location for gas producers in the cluster to deliver their gas resources via pipeline connections with distances ranging from 3km of Ebendo to 21km of Matsogo.

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Speaking, the Executive Secretary of the NCDMB, Felix Ogbe, said he was excited to be at the occasion, which he said answered some of the questions bugging the minds of many industry enthusiasts.

On whether Nigeria is serious about the flares out programme and delivering on the COP 26 commitments on reducing emissions, Ogbe answered in the affirmative, saying Nigeria, at COP 26, committed to achieving net zero by 2060.

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According to him, the Kwale Gas Gathering facility project was designed to monetise natural gas from fields through gas gathering, compression, injection and metering infrastructure.

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The Kwale Gas Gathering facility is tied to the Nigerian Gas Infrastructure-owned 48-inch OB-3 gas trunkline. It allows companies in the area to end routine flares and gather and inject the gas for economic uses and to reduce flaring,” Ogbe explained.

The Chairman of Nedogas, Mr Emeka Ene, expressed satisfaction that the project was completed despite all initial odds.

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While describing the facility as a modular project, Ene said it could be replicated in the over 100 gas flaring sites in the country.

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Declaring the facility open for business, the gas minister called on others in the oil and gas industry to come up with new ideas and help in transforming flared gas into valuable products.

The PUNCH reports that Gas valued at $1.9bn was flared in Nigeria between 2020 and 2024, according to the Nigerian Gas Flare Tracker.

The Nigerian Gas Flare Tracker stated that during the period under review, 595.1 million standard cubic feet of gas were flared in Rivers, Delta, Imo, Edo, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Anambra, Abia and Lagos States.

The World Bank describes gas flaring as the burning of natural gas associated with oil extraction.

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Rivers Crisis: Police Barricade Of LG Secretariats To Continue, Says IGP

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The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kayode Egbetokun has directed the continuation of the police barricade on local government secretariats in Rivers State to prevent a breakdown of law and order.

IGP Egbetokun gave the directive while fielding questions from journalists in Abuja on the sideline of a Conference with Commissioners of Police and other Senior Officers.

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He said the police will continue to occupy the secretariats until a court of competent jurisdiction delivers judgment on the local government crisis in Rivers State.

The IGP who also spoke on the controversy over the recruitment of constables and the allegations by the Police Service Commission (PSC) said the management of the Force will not sit idly and watch questionable and untrainable persons recruited into the police.

Egbetokun maintained that the Nigeria Police Force is a specialised institution that is not meant for all Nigerian.

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Controversy As US State, Louisiana Asks Schools To Display Ten Commandments

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Louisiana has become the first U.S. state to mandate that every public school classroom, from elementary to university level, must display a poster of the Ten Commandments.

The measure, backed by Republicans and signed into law by Governor Jeff Landry on Wednesday, described the commandments as “the foundational documents of our state and national government.”

The law is expected to face challenges from civil rights groups, The American Civil Liberties Union, who argue that it contravenes the separation between church and state enshrined in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, specifically the Establishment Clause.

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It reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

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The state law requires that a poster include the sacred text in “large, easily readable font” on a poster that is 11 inches by 14 inches (28cm by 35.5cm) and that the commandments are “the central focus” of the display.

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It will also be shown alongside a four-paragraph “context statement” which will describe how the commandments “were a prominent part of American public education for almost three centuries”.

The posters must be on display in all classrooms receiving state funding by 2025 – but no state funding is being offered to pay for the posters themselves.

Similar laws have recently been proposed by other Republican-led states, including Texas, Oklahoma and Utah.

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On his X account late Wednesday, the governor, #LAGovJeffLandry posted on X, “Today, we fulfilled our promise to bring drastic reform to our education system and bring common sense back to our classrooms.

“A strong education system leads to a strong economy and a strong state.

“Our historic Dream Big Package puts the focus back on our kids, and allows Louisiana to follow in the footsteps of our neighbors in the South.

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“I am thankful to the legislature for their commitment to making the education system in Louisiana one that students, parents, and teachers can all be proud of.”

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There have been numerous legal battles over the display of the Ten Commandments in public buildings, including schools, courthouses and police stations.

An X user, MicheleMaybe, #michele4_t, posted, “What about a Muslim child in that classroom? Or a Buddhist? Or Atheist?

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“This is completely illegal and an affront to our US Constitution. Thankfully you’re getting the snot sued out of you, as you should. We are NOT a Theocracy.”

Another X user, Marjorie, #MTGsbigtoe, wrote, “You should keep your lifestyle choice of being a Christian to yourself. The Bible has no place in the classroom.”

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Also, carte blanche kitty with account #mrswhiskeykitty, said, “Vouchers will demolish our public schools. This is just a taxpayer bailout for failing religious schools with minimal oversight.”

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In 1980, the US Supreme Court struck down a similar Kentucky law requiring that the document be displayed in elementary and high schools.

In a 5-4 vote, the high court ruled that the requirement that the Ten Commandments be posted “had no secular legislative purpose” and was “plainly religious in nature”.

The court noted that in addition to criminal matters like killing and stealing, the Ten Commandments also made references to worshipping God including observing the Sabbath day.

The PUNCH reports that the Ten Commandments are a set of ethical guidelines and principles foundational to the Jewish, Christian, and maybe even Islamic traditions.

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PHOTOS: Oxford University Confers Honorary Degree On Okonjo-Iweala

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The Director General of the World Trade Organisation, Dr. Ngozi Onkonjo-Iweala, has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Oxford.

The former Nigerian Minister of Finance disclosed this in a post and photos on X.com on Wednesday

She wrote, “A great honour to be recognised today by Oxford University with the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (D.litt. honoris causa).

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“A marvellous ceremony at the Sheldonian Theatre followed by receptions at All Souls and St Johns Colleges.”

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Captioning the photos, Okonjo-Iweala added that her husband and daughter were present at the event, as she took pictures with other honorands.

She added, “With Chancellor Lord Christopher Patten and Vice-Chancellor Dr Irene Tracey and the other 5 Honorands- Sir Michael Palin, Warren East, Sir #demishassabis, Professor Salim Yusuf, and #ShankarAnoushka. Also with my husband, Dr Ikemba Iweala and my daughter, Dr #onyiiwealamdphd.”

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“With Professor #NgaireWoods – Dean of the Blavatnik School, Baroness #ValerieAmos – Master of University College, Oxford, Mr Hosh Ibrahim of the #Mo_IbrahimFdn, Sir #ian_goldin and with members of the Oxford Africa Society.”

Earlier in June, the WTO DG was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

In October 2021, the Luiss University in Rome, Italy, also conferred an honorary doctorate on Okonjo-Iweala.

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