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N81.41bn Spends on Refineries, Refined No Crude-NNPC

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Data obtained from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC showed that a total of N81.41bn was consumed on Nigeria’s refineries between January and August this year but the facilities refined no drop of crude oil.

It was further gathered that for 13 straight months, Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company, Port Harcourt Refining Company, and Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company had been running without refining any volume of crude oil.

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Data from the fused refineries operations put the volume of crude processed by the facilities from August 2019 to August 2020 at zero metric tonnes.

The National President, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, Chinedu Okonkwo, said, “Getting our refineries working optimally is so vital now to save us the continued depletion of our foreign exchange.

“I know the NNPC is working towards that and we hope the refineries will come on board as soon as possible because this might also help in reducing the cost of refined petroleum products.” He added.

The Director-General, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dr. Muda Yusuf, noted that the dominance of the public sector in this space had significantly slowed down the progress and development of the oil and gas sector.

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Reps Urge FG To Secure Release Of Illegally Detained Nigerians Abroad

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Reps Urge FG To Secure Release Of Illegally Detained Nigerians Abroad

The House of Representatives on Thursday urged the Federal Government to intervene and secure the immediate release of Nigerians who are currently being detained illegally in the various prisons outside the country.

The House, in addition, urged the Federal Government to use diplomatic means to assist Nigerians who were wrongly convicted and were being detained in various prisons abroad.

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When a motion was put into voice vote by the Deputy Speaker, Hon Idris Wase, who presided over the plenary, it was unanimously supported by the members. The Committees on Foreign Affairs, Justice and Inter-Parliamentary Relations and Diaspora Affairs were mandated to ensure compliance.

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F.G. Bans SSS1, SSS2 Students from Taking WASSCE, NECO, NABTEB

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F.G. Bans SSS1, SSS2 Students from Taking WASSCE, NECO, NABTEB

The Federal Government has banned students in Senior Secondary School one and two from applying for and taking external West African Senior School Certificate Examination, the National Examination Council, and National Business and Technical Examinations Board.

This was revealed to AMILOADED in a circular issued by the Federal Ministry of Education to principals of federal unity schools.

It was titled in the circular with no: FME/DBSE/US/DOC/III/16 and signed by the ministry’s Director Senior Secondary Education, Hajia Binta Abdulkadir. The circular was confirmed by the Director of Press and Public Relations, Ben Bem Goong, on Friday.

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The government threatened to expel any SSS One and Two students who take the exams. This, the education ministry, said would help to maintain decorum and boost standards of education in schools.

Further mentioned that all students must write these examinations after they have been duly registered for the examination by the college.

Recall that students of Federal Unity College should adhere strictly to the content of this circular. And Principals are advised to bring the content of this circular to the knowledge of all parents of the college.

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Buhari Approves Activities Mark Nigeria’s 61st Anniversary – Minister

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved activities lined up to mark Nigeria’s 61st independence anniversary.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, stated this at a news conference on Friday in Abuja.

The minister was represented by Dr Ifeoma Anyanwutaku, Permanent Secretary in the ministry.

Mohammed said the anniversary was for Nigerians to appreciate efforts of the country’s forbearers at gaining independence from the colonial masters. He also said it was to appreciate the contributions of successive administrations toward building the country.

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“This press conference, therefore, will signpost the beginning of activities for the 2021 celebration.
Adding that “As you are aware, we are just about rounding off activities marking the 60th year-long Diamond Jubilee Independence Anniversary celebration, which will terminate on Sept. 30.

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