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PENGASSAN Declares Meeting with FG Inconclusive, Continues Strike

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The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) on Wednesday said a meeting it held with the Federal Government was inconclusive.

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He said the government was yet to address some of PENGASSAN’s demands.

The parties had disagreed after the directive that the oil workers register for the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

Osifo disclosed that PENGASSAN maintained that Petroleum Training Institute and Petroleum Product Pricing Regulatory Agency, must be paid using the harmonized template of 2015.

He noted that this was already in use by the budget office, appropriated by the National Assembly and signed by President Muhammadu Buhari into law.

The labour leader said the union wants a high-powered committee, comprising Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas workers and PENGASSAN Presidents, to settle the outstanding issues surrounding the IPPIS platform.

“For the 22 months salary arrears, government agreed to pay 50 per cent and that the balance would be worked out after Federation Accounts Allocation Committee has met.

PENGASSAN has agreed, but insisted that there should be a definite date for payment of the balance,’’ he said.

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Arms Proliferation: Navy Urges FG to Build Walls Across Borders

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Arms Proliferation: Navy Urges FG to Build Walls Across Borders

To help stem the tide of insecurity and the proliferation of arms and ammunition in Nigeria, the Nigerian Navy has said erecting the Berlin kind of wall between Nigeria and her neighbors is urgently required.

The Navy officer represented by Commodore Jemila Ababkar Sadiq stated this on Monday while participating in a public hearing on four security-related bills organized by the House of Representatives Committee on National Security and Intelligence in Abuja.

According to Commodore Sadiq, most of Nigeria’s neighbors lack basic armories to store and keep proper records of the arms donated to them by foreign governments or regional bodies to fight insurgency. She added that soldiers of countries such as Chad sleep with unregistered weapons under their beds and sell the same to make ends meet whenever the need arises.

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Also speaking at the hearing, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), expressed the need to regulate the activities of local blacksmiths who it said have become sophisticated in the art of fabricating firearms. According to him, in recent times, blacksmiths have advanced their skills and now possess the capability to manufacture assorted and sophisticated rifles.

Represented by Air Commodore F. G. Okoyi, the DIA commended the proposed establishment of the commission stating that The Ministry of defense should oversee the affairs of the Commission.

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My Village People‘ Becomes Nollywood‘s 17th Film to Gross Over N100 Million in Box Office

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My Village People‘ Becomes Nollywood‘s 17th Film to Gross Over N100 Million in Box Office

Niyi Akinmolayan’s hit comedy ‘My Village People’ has recorded a major milestone after crossing the N100 million mark in box office.

Produced by Kountry Kulture Network, FilmOne Entertainment and TMPL Motion pictures, ‘My Village People’ is officially the 17th Nollywood title to gross over N100 million. The film which has so far grossed N100,118,350, made the record after 12 solid weeks in box office.

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Starring Bovi Ugboma who doubles as writer and executive producer, ‘My Village People’ follows the story of Prince Bovi a young man who finds himself in a bizarre love triangle with the marine world and a coven of witches as a result of his reckless lifestyle.

The film also stars Nkem Owoh, Venita Akpofure, Sophie Alakija, among others.

The dark comedy is produced by Matilda Sola, Winnie Okpapi, Mimidoo (Achineku) Bartels and co-executive produced by Moses Babatope of FilmOne Entertainment and Idris Olorunnimbe of the Temple Company.

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Ten More Kidnapped Bethel Baptist School Students Regain Freedom

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Ten More Kidnapped Bethel Baptist School Students Regain Freedom

Ten more abducted students of Bethel Baptist Secondary school in Kaduna State have regained their freedom.

This is the fourth batch of the students released so far by their abductors.

The police are yet to confirm the development, but a top official of the school told Channels Television that the 10 students were released on Sunday afternoon, after an unspecified amount of money was paid as ransom to the kidnappers.

He also expressed optimism that the bandits will release the remaining eleven kidnapped students still in captivity in no distant time.

A total of 121 students of Bethel Baptist Secondary school in Chikun Local Government Area of the state were abducted by bandits from their hostels on July 5, 2021.

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The students were later released in batches after their parents reportedly paid ransoms to their abductors.

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