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Riverine Community Laments Fresh Crude Oil Spill In Bayelsa

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Some riverine residents of Ikebiri kingdom in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State have lamented the fresh oil spills in the community. from the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC/ENI) pipeline.

It was learnt that the latest which is coming from Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC/ENI) pipeline reportedly happened in June, making it third in 10 years, with a five-year interval from 2010, 2015 and in 2020.

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According to Chief Uroupatei Igoli, at Ikebiri, Boloukubu [special bush] where the spill occurred is where the residents go often to set their fish traps and nets for their livelihood and from which they take care of children’s education and feed the family.

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“This oil spill has affected the aquatic lives, killing all the fishes in the swamp and river. We are left with nothing, as we no longer catch fish even if you go to the swamp or river to fish.

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“Those who picked and brought dead fish from the impacted environment to the community and ate all had health problems and some even died. We are suffering from related illnesses.”

Also speaking, Woman leader of Ikebiri 2, Seimieghe Matthew, said “There is a particular bush identified by our people as Boloukubu and currently there is an oil spill from a pipeline and since the incident happened, I have received several complaints from the women folks in the community”

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“Again, due to the connecting rivulets to the river, the crude oil has also spread to affect the river and denied us our main source of drinking water.”

Another resident, Chief Kemeoyatei Festus, said the community has lost eight persons because of the oil spill.

”I am talking about; six from this compound and the other deaths occurred in other compounds in the community. Even when you go into the bush with your canoe and return home through the river, unless you turn the canoe upside down and scrub the body with soap, the crude oil would remain on the body of the canoe. The same with your paddle, it would be soiled with crude oil.”

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FG Extends Kaduna-Abuja Train Resumption

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The Ministry of Transportation, on Sunday, in Kaduna, extended the resumption date for the Kaduna-Abuja train Service

Recall that the train service was suspended in March 2022, after bandits attacked its passengers, killed 25, wounded several others and Kidnapped over 50 passengers.

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However, early this month, the federal government had promised that the Kaduna-Abuja train service would resume before the end of November.

But the Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo, while on inspection tour to examine its readiness for operation before the commencement of operations, said certain things needed to be in place before resumption.

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He said the FG has introduced a new system of purchasing tickets, which he said is the beginning of security checks that would assist the government to know who boards the train at every point in time.

Although he declined speaking on the actual resumption date, but assured the public that it wouldn’t be far from now.

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Dangote Plans Fresh 300,000 Jobs For Nigerians

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Africa’s foremost industrialist, Aliko Dangote, is optimistic that the new multibillion naira investment in the sugar sub-sector would help provide no fewer than 300,000 jobs in Nigeria.

A statement from the Corporate Communication Department of the company quoted the Group’s President Aliko Dangote as saying that the company was providing fresh funds and thus expanding its operations in the sugar sub-sector.

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Mr Dangote, who was speaking at the Flagg off Ceremony of the 2022/2023 Crushing Season and Outgrower Scheme Awards in Numan, Adamawa State, said the opportunities would include both direct and indirect jobs.

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Dangote, who is Africa’s top philanthropist, expressed optimism that the massive investment will create over 300,000 jobs for Nigerians.

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He said, “We are making a massive investment in Adamawa State through expansion of DSR Numan’s sugar refining capacity from 3000tcd to 6000tcd, 9800tcd, and to 15,000tcd. DSR will be able to create about three hundred thousand jobs, direct and indirect, with positive multiplier effects on the economy nationwide.”

The Dangote Group is the biggest employer of labour in Nigeria outside the government.

Dangote was appointed Chairman, National Job Creation Committee in 2010 to assist the Federal Government in providing more employment opportunities for Nigerians.

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The Dangote President had also announced that his company was doubling its spending on CSR schemes in host communities in Adamawa State, the location of its 32,000 hectares integrated sugar complex.

Speaking in Numan, Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, described the Dangote Sugar Refinery as the biggest contributor to the development of the sugar development effort of the Federal Government.

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The Minister also commended Mr Dangote for the massive support through his Corporate Social Responsibility scheme.

In the same vein, the Dangote Refinery and Petrochemicals is expected to create some 250,000 job opportunities when completed next year.

Already, Dangote Cement Plc is one of Africa’s biggest job providers in the manufacturing sector.

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Igbos Inaugurate Biafra House In US, Give Reasons

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Igbos residing in the United States, US, have inaugurated the Biafra House in Oxon Hill in Maryland, Washington DC.

It was gathered that the Biafra House was inaugurated to serve people who believe in Biafra and friends of the nation.

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This was authoritatively disclosed to DAILY POST by a source.

The source, who pleaded anonymity, said: “The Biafra House is officially opened for business to the public, including Government Administrative Matters, Diplomatic Protocol, International Relations, and Security, amongst others.”

The Biafra House was formed to help Igbos in the US and Diaspora interact with the international community.

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According to the source: “The Biafra House will be interacting and providing services to local, as well as governments and the International community through partnerships, pending when the United Nations and other world bodies may compel the government of Nigeria to effect a plebiscite for Biafran people.

“Biafra House is where Biafrans in the United States and the World can seek Diplomatic and Consular services, as it’s open for five business days a week and within the New York time zone.”

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“Again, The Biafra House will be interacting and providing services to local, as well as governments and the International community through partnerships, pending when the United Nations and other world bodies may compel the Fulani government of Nigeria to effect a plebiscite for Biafran people.”

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