The Federal Government on Monday says it is committed to cleaning up the hydrocarbon impact on communities in Ogoniland in spite of challenges being faced in the exercise.
Dr Marvin Dekil, the Project Coordinator, Hydrocarbon Pollution and Remediation Project (HYPREP), disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sidelines of the 2020 Ogoni Day celebration in Bori, Rivers.
HYPREP, under the Federal Ministry of Environment has the mandate to clean up decades-long oil spills in four Ogoni local government areas in Rivers such as Eleme, Gokana, Khana and Tai.
Dekil said that in spite of government’s commitment to the project, the remediation … >>> Read Full Story



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Dr Audu Mohammed, the Coordinator, National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP), on Monday, said Federal Government would empower local manufacturers to produce malaria drugs locally.

He told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that government would be doing this through the World Health Organisation (WHO) prequalification programme.
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He said the prequalification Programme, set up in 2001, was a service provided by WHO to facilitate access to medicines that met unified standards of quality, safety and efficacy for HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.
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The crisis in All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River State has taken a new dimension as a faction planned to disrupt the local government elections slated for March 2020
Already, another group led by APC Chairman, Etim John State working committee on Monday, said they are not part of a plot to disrupt Local Government elections slated for March this year by Cross River State Independent Electoral Commission (CROSIEC).
In a statement signed by the Secretary Francis, Ekpenyong and made available to newsmen, the party said, “We are aware that some dissident group in our party had taken (CROSIEC) to Court over the conduct … >>> Read Full Story



Shiite protesters burn US flag

Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, have staged massive protest in Abuja following US’ killing of top Iranian General, Qasem Soleimani following an airstrike.
The IMN members, known as Shiites stormed Banex, Wuse area of Abuja to protest the killing and burnt a US flag.
The protesters demanded the release of their leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat still being detained.
Shiites protesters in Abuja
The protesters were chanting the slogan, “death to America,” as the burnt America’s flag.
 
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Huge crowds have packed the streets of the Iranian capital Tehran for the funeral of Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani.
Soleimani was assassinated in a US drone strike in Iraq on Friday on the orders of President Donald Trump.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei led prayers and at one point was seen weeping.

Iran has vowed “severe revenge” for the death of Soleimani and on Sunday pulled back from the 2015 nuclear accord.
Soleimani, 62, headed Iran’s elite Quds Force, and was tasked with protecting and boosting Iran’s influence in the Middle East
He supported Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in the country’s civil conflict, aided … >>> Read Full Story



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The Abia State Commissioner of Police, Ene Okon, on Monday, confirmed the arrest of five suspects in connection with the abduction of a young boy in Umuoba, Isiala Ngwa South local government area of the state.

Okon, who spoke to journalists in Aba, said the suspects have also confessed to the crime.
He said: “I am aware of the arrest of five kidnappers who have confessed to kidnap escapades by Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). They are undergoing interrogation.”
A police source told our correspondent that the suspects were arrested on Monday morning in Isiala Ngwa North local … >>> Read Full Story



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The All Progressives Congress (APC), in Bayelsa State, has slammed the State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, over his alleged refusal to completely pay the gratuities and pension arrears to pensioners who had meritoriously served the state.
The party also accused of refusing to clear the backlog of civil servants salaries and other benefits they are entitled to.
The APC, made their position known in a statement by the member representing Brass-Nembe Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Israel Sunny-Goli, and sent to DAILY POST
through his media assistant, Sam Dogitimi.

Sunny-Goli, said from all indications, the outgoing Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Seriake … >>> Read Full Story