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Makinde, Adeleke unite for PDP progress in the South-West

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Gov Makinde and Gov Adeleke unite for PDP progress in the South-West

In a significant display of unity and commitment to the progress of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-West zone, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State welcomed his Osun State counterpart, Ademola Adeleke, at the State Secretariat in Agodi, Ibadan, on Friday. The meeting between the two governors was marked by discussions centered around fostering harmony within the PDP and advancing the development agenda for the South-West geopolitical zone.

Addressing reporters after their deliberations, Makinde emphasised the paramount importance of unity within the PDP. He stated, “We discussed issues around the unity of our party in the South-West and alignment, I can assure you that we will do what we are supposed to do.” The commitment to party cohesion and regional development was evident in their discussions, underlining the governors’ shared dedication to the PDP’s success and the prosperity of the South-West region.

Governor Adeleke echoed this sentiment, highlighting the substantial and positive discussions they had regarding the South-West PDP. He affirmed their resolution to align their efforts for the greater good of the party. Adeleke also commended Governor Makinde for his administration’s remarkable strides in infrastructure development within Oyo State. Drawing parallels, he noted that Osun State, under his leadership, has been following a similar trajectory of substantial infrastructure development.

 

During the visit, Governor Adeleke addressed members of the Oyo State Executive Council, stressing the fraternity and collaborative spirit that bind the two states. “Oyo State is moving forward, and Osun State is moving forward because Gov. Makinde and I are brothers. I want you all to continue to support Gov. Makinde because he is doing well in terms of infrastructure and other aspects of governance. Osun has also been moving forward,” Adeleke affirmed.

The gathering showcased a harmonious relationship between the governors, symbolising a commitment to collaborative efforts that transcend state boundaries. As the PDP navigates the intricate landscape of South-West politics, the unity displayed by Makinde and Adeleke stands as a testament to their shared vision for a more prosperous and cohesive future for both the party and the region at large.

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EFCC, NUPENG Join forces against oil theft

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The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, (NUPENG)is seeking a collaboration with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC)to fight the scourge of illegal oil bunkering in the country.

 

 

The President of the Union, William Akporeha made the request when he led members of his executive to the corporate headquarters of the EFCC in Abuja.

 

 

 

Akporeha, who commended the EFCC boss for repositioning the anti-graft agency on the path of professionalism and rule of law, stressed the need to sanitise the oil and gas industry.

 

 

Akporeha itemised some of the challenges involved in the movement of petroleum products across the country, pleading with the EFCC to always come to the aid of truck drivers experiencing difficulties in the course of their works.

 

 

 

In his response, Olukoyede said it is important that major players in the oil and gas sector collaborated with the EFCC to confront the National Economic sabotage in the sector.

 

 

 

He assured members of the union that the Commission would not arrest or detain any truck or driver who did not dabble into shady deals, noting that the process of profiling suspected oil thieves and evaluation of petroleum products involved are often long drawn.

 

 

Olukoyede promises to continue to work with every stakeholder in the oil and gas sector to ensure sanity in their operations.

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Kidnap kingpin, Boderi, feared killed as troops battle terrorists in Kaduna

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Troops of the Nigerian Army operating in 1 Division area of responsibility have neutralised some insurgents and recovered more firearms and ammunition in encounters with the criminals in the General area of Igabi, Giwa and Birnin Gwari Local Government Areas of Kaduna State.

 

A Statement by the Army spokeperson, Major General Onyema Nwachukwu said a notorious terrorist, Boderi, who orchestrated many high profile kidnappings including those of the Yauri school girls, Greenfield University students and the Nigerian Defence Academy attack may have been killed alongside another kingpin, Bodejo in the ambush.

 

The statement said while on a fighting patrol along Maganda-Dausayi – Mugaba axis, troops came under fire from insurgents who employed rustled herds of cattle as shields while they engaged the troops with direct fire. Two of the terrorists were killed in the process and arms as well as other items including 1 Techno phone, 3 Hilux vehicles and motorcycle keys, wraps of substance suspected to be marijuana, tramadol tablets and the sum of 13,200 Naira only, were recovered.

 

Also, during the encounter, some of the rustled livestock used as shield by the insurgents were caught in the crossfire. Troops are still on the trail of the fleeing insurgents and remain resolute on ridding the area of armed violence according to the army.

 

In a separate operation, conducted by troops of 1 Division of the Nigerian Army on Wednesday 22 February 2024, the troops successfully ambushed marauding insurgents along the Bada – Riyawa axis on the Kaduna – Birnin Gwari Road. In the encounter, troops killed 6 insurgents and recovered arms and 19 motorcycles which were destroyed.

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Senate confirms Cardoso Chairman, CBN’s Monetary Policy Committee, 11 others as members

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The Nigerian Senate has confirmed the appointment of Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Olayemi Cardoso, as Chairman of the Monetary Policy Committee alongside eleven others.

 

 

The confirmation follows the adoption of a report of the committee on Banking and other Financial Institutions presented by its chairman Adetokunbo Abiru (APC Lagos East).

 

 

Abiru, in his presentation, said the nominees possess the academic qualifications, technical knowledge and professional experience to be members of the Monetary Policy Committee.

 

 

Abiru further stated that the Senate Committee on Banking did not receive any petition against the nominees.

 

 

He added that the nominees were all cleared by the Nigeria Police Force and the State Security Services and possessed the Code of Conduct Bureau acknowledgment slip.

 

 

 

Other lawmakers in their submission charged the newly confirmed Members of the MPC to come up with proper economic policies to salvage the current situation in the country.

 

 

Those confirmed are CBN Deputy Governors, Mohamed Sani Abdullahi , Bala Bello, Emem Usoro and Philip Ikeazor.

 

 

Others are the Director General, Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), Lamido Yuguda, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Finance, Jafiya Shehu, murtala Sabo Sagagi, Aloysius Uche, Aku Paulin, Mustapha Akinwumi and Bandele Amon.

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