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At last, FG raises N64.8bn for Ogoni Clean-up
Thu, 15 Nov 2018

The Federal Government has said there is no going back on the Ogoni Clean-up, disclosing that it has realised a whopping sum of N64.8 billion ($180 billion) for the commencement of the project in two weeks’ time. The Minister of State, Environment, Mr. Ibrahim Jibrin, said this on Wednesday while briefing State House Correspondents after the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. Jibrin said that the procurement processes have reached the final advance stage, adding that, “Yesterday (Tuesday), the Ministerial Tender Board sat to consider the submission of the procurement department of Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) and 15 lots were up for grabs”. He said: “On Friday, the governing council of the Ogoni Trust Fund will meet to ratify this and we hope by the next week, this letters will be out and the contractors will be

mobilised to site. “There are some other five lots. Because we are 21 in this first segment that are beyond the reach of the Ministerial Tender Board and the Governing Council. So, that one will go to the Federal Executive Council. We have already written to BPP for no objection and we hope to get the no objection hopefully by next week. So, the next two weeks, those five lots will be presented to the Federal Executive Council for approval. “I can assure you that we are on course and there is no going back on the Ogoni clean up. This is the first time that the Federal Government has put a machinery in place. No government in the last 30, 40 years of oil pollution has done what this government is doing now. “The President made a promise in 2015. He charged us to actualise that promise, we took up the gauntlet, we put all the governance structures in place, we did the governing council, we did the Board of Trustees, we did the project coordination office and got a project coordinator to put in place.

“We have advertised in the most transparent way right from the month of March both national and international. Some of them – the Economist of London and we have gotten more than 400 companies who expressed interest. “We shortlisted after the technical evaluation and got 183 and these the companies that were qualified to bid and pick the financials attached therein and they did that, it has been ongoing for couple of weeks now and it has been concluded and therefore I can confidently tell you that before the end of this month, in the next week’s, there will be 21 companies that will be mobilised to site to start the work. “You must ask whether there is funding? Yes, of course there is funding.

Again, this is the first time the government has done something. Because of the confidence that the oil companies have in the government, because of the governance structures that are put in place, the opening of the Ogoni Trust Fund was able to mobilise a $180 million from the oil companies. “Right from the NNPC, SPDC and the ventures. They have mobilised $180 million. It is in the escrow account with the Standard Chartered Bank of London and the Board of Trustee is managing that. ”

The minister said that the Federal Government is concerned, saying that, “we can beat our chest and say that the Buhari administration has shown the way forward on this clean up exercise and we hope and pray that the people whom we are working for will have cause to laugh and smile very soon.” In a similar development, the minister said that the Federal Executive Council has approved a memo for the ratification of the Doha Amendment of the Kyoto Protocol. This protocol, according to him, concerns the United Nations framework conventions on climate change which is a major global issue across the world now.

The Kyoto Protocol was crafted in 2004 and Nigeria is a party to that. The initial period of commitment of the protocol was from 2008-2012. The new segment now is from 2013-2020. The essence of this protocol is to commit advanced countries or developed countries that are mostly industrialised and are at the forefront of the production of gaseous emission which is harmful to the environment, which is leading to climate change and therefore causing global problem environmentally.

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Minimum Wage: We cant pay N30,000, governors insist
Thu, 15 Nov 2018
The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) has said that most of the states in the country cannot afford to pay the N30,000 National Minimum Wage proposedThe post Minimum Wage: We cant pay N30,000, governors insist appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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Again, Senate uncovers fresh $1.151.6bn illegal withdrawals from NLNG dividends
Thu, 15 Nov 2018
Further probe into the $3.5 billion financial impropriety by the Nigeria National Petroluem Corporation (NNPC), the Senate on Wednesday further uncovered fresh multiple illegal withdrawalsThe post Again, Senate uncovers fresh $1.151.6bn illegal withdrawals from NLNG dividends appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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Unpaid salaries: Nigerian proprietress faults American consultant
Thu, 15 Nov 2018
Says allegations false, misrepresentation of truth Demands refund of N17m for unsatisfactory performance The proprietress and owner of Broadoaks British School (BBS) and Teenee ToodsThe post Unpaid salaries: Nigerian proprietress faults American consultant appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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Minimum wage: Govs meet over definite stance on acceptable pay
Thu, 15 Nov 2018
Against the backdrop of the ongoing minimum wage negotiation, Nigerian governors under the auspices of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) have called for an emergencyThe post Minimum wage: Govs meet over definite stance on acceptable pay appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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Reps to probe friction between Idris, PSC over promotions
Thu, 15 Nov 2018
The House of Representatives on Wednesday resolved to probe the friction between the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and the Police Service Commission (PSC)The post Reps to probe friction between Idris, PSC over promotions appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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Nnamdi Kanus bail: Senator Abaribe, 2 other sureties ordered to deposit N100m cash with Court
Thu, 15 Nov 2018
The continued absence of the Leader of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu in Court took another twist on Wednesday as the trial judge,The post Nnamdi Kanus bail: Senator Abaribe, 2 other sureties ordered to deposit N100m cash with Court appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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APC Primaries crises: Oshiomhole has no moral ground to remain in politics Saraki
Thu, 15 Nov 2018
Following allegations of receiving kickbacks in dollars levelled against the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, by his partys aspirantsThe post APC Primaries crises: Oshiomhole has no moral ground to remain in politics Saraki appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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Igbo leaders endorse Atiku/Obi for 2019 presidency
Thu, 15 Nov 2018
Igbo leaders, on Wednesday endorsed the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. The decision was taken in Enugu by SoutheastThe post Igbo leaders endorse Atiku/Obi for 2019 presidency appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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SCourt to hear Ogun PDP dispute Dec. 5
Thu, 15 Nov 2018
The Supreme Court has fixed December 5th, to hear the appeal on the lingering legal tussle over the leadership of the Ogun State Chapter ofThe post SCourt to hear Ogun PDP dispute Dec. 5 appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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Bye- Election: Ahmed asks constituents to vote en masse for PDP
Thu, 15 Nov 2018
The Kwara state governor, Alh Abdulfatah Ahmed yesterday called on the people of Irepodun, Oke- Ero, Ekiti and Isin local government areas of Kwara stateThe post Bye- Election: Ahmed asks constituents to vote en masse for PDP appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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Lame, Jibrin unskilled politicians Labaran
Thu, 15 Nov 2018
The Bauchi state government has described Alhaji Ibrahim Yakubu Lame and Alhaji Bala Jibrin as unskilled politicians, following their recent comments over the APC governorshipThe post Lame, Jibrin unskilled politicians Labaran appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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Secondus to ECOWAS: INEC designing special card reader, result sheets for APC
Thu, 15 Nov 2018
Says APC plans to disrupt 9 states for isolation The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus has warned the ChairmanThe post Secondus to ECOWAS: INEC designing special card reader, result sheets for APC appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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Half of Africans living with diabetes in Africa are unaware -WHO
Thu, 15 Nov 2018
Calls for early diagnosis and treatment As Nigeria join the rest of the world to observe World Diabetes Day, the World Health Organisation (WHO) hasThe post Half of Africans living with diabetes in Africa are unaware -WHO appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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Buhari returns from Paris Peace Forum
Thu, 15 Nov 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja after a 5-day official visit to France, where he participated in the first edition of the Paris PeaceThe post Buhari returns from Paris Peace Forum appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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Manchester Uniteds Jose Mourinho better than Pep Guardiola Diego Maradona
Thu, 15 Nov 2018
Argentina great Diego Maradona has said he believes Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is a better manager than Pep Guardiola. World Cup winner Maradona hasThe post Manchester Uniteds Jose Mourinho better than Pep Guardiola Diego Maradona appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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Former Egypt forward handed jail sentence for tax evasion
Thu, 15 Nov 2018
Former Egypt forward Mohamed Aboutrika, one of the countrys most famous sportsmen, has been sentenced to a year in jail on charges of tax evasion,The post Former Egypt forward handed jail sentence for tax evasion appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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Novak Djokovic defends Roger Federer over preferential treatment claims
Thu, 15 Nov 2018
Novak Djokovic has defended Roger Federer over claims the Swiss great enjoys preferential treatment on tour. In an interview with French radio station RMC, JulienThe post Novak Djokovic defends Roger Federer over preferential treatment claims appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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Rosemary Chukwuma: 2020 Olympics my next target
Thu, 15 Nov 2018
Rosemary Chukwuma, a 100m Youth Olympics Gold medalist, says her focus after her achievement in the Youth Olympics is to participate in the 2020 OlympicsThe post Rosemary Chukwuma: 2020 Olympics my next target appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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U20 WAFU Cup: Flying Eagles open campaign against Benin December 7
Thu, 15 Nov 2018
The Flying Eagles will open their U20 WAFU Cup campaign on December 7 against Benin Republic, according to fixtures. The Nigeria U20s next Group BThe post U20 WAFU Cup: Flying Eagles open campaign against Benin December 7 appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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22 Super Eagles train in Asaba ahead Bafana clash
Thu, 15 Nov 2018
The Super Eagles of Nigeria stepped up their preparations ahead of Saturdays 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture against South Africa with 22 playersThe post 22 Super Eagles train in Asaba ahead Bafana clash appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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Rooney excited to see what fearless 3 lions are capable of
Thu, 15 Nov 2018
Englands striker Wayne Rooney attends a press conference during a media day at St Georges Park in Burton-on-Trent, central England on November 13, 2018, aheadThe post Rooney excited to see what fearless 3 lions are capable of appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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Claudio Ranieri appointed Fulham manager
Thu, 15 Nov 2018
Fulham have sacked Slavisa Jokanovic as manager and replaced him with former Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri, the club announced on Wednesday. Ranieri, 67, ledThe post Claudio Ranieri appointed Fulham manager appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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Times Multimedia Partners CNN To Debut Folio.ng
Thu, 15 Nov 2018
The management of Times Multimedia, a media, digital publishing and technology company in partnership with CNN, the worlds news leader, is set to debut aThe post Times Multimedia Partners CNN To Debut Folio.ng appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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Afreximbank boosts African businesses with $15m bankability project facility
Thu, 15 Nov 2018
The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has launched a $15 million project preparation facility aimed at increasing the availability of viable well-prepared projects in Africa andThe post Afreximbank boosts African businesses with $15m bankability project facility appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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Gov Emmanuel budgets N670.72bn for 2019 fiscal year
Thu, 15 Nov 2018
The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel has presented budget estimate of N670.72 billion to the House of Assembly for consideration. The budget was increasedThe post Gov Emmanuel budgets N670.72bn for 2019 fiscal year appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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Only leaders with integrity can drive Nigerias economic growth Ambode
Thu, 15 Nov 2018
Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday said if Nigeria must develop and have sizable improvement in the nations Gross Domestic Product (GDP), peopleThe post Only leaders with integrity can drive Nigerias economic growth Ambode appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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FGs $2.86bn Eurobonds over-subscribed by $9.5bn
Thu, 15 Nov 2018
Proceeds to fund fiscal deficit, other financing needs The Federal Government on Wednesday announced that it has priced its offering of US$2.86 billion aggregate principalThe post FGs $2.86bn Eurobonds over-subscribed by $9.5bn appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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Don Jazzy, Timi Dakolo, Gideon Okeke, Shade Ladipo, Laura Ikeji and more showed up to the unveiling Brunch of the 2018 Miss Nigeria finalists!
Thu, 15 Nov 2018
Following recent auditions in Lagos, Owerri and Abuja, Nigerias foremost and most prestigious beauty pageant, Miss Nigeria, unveiled the 18 finalists contending for the highlyThe post Don Jazzy, Timi Dakolo, Gideon Okeke, Shade Ladipo, Laura Ikeji and more showed up to the unveiling Brunch of the 2018 Miss Nigeria finalists! appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers
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