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Libya Slavery: Bro. Joshua Iginla begs youths to stay home, develop Nigeria

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The founder and the general overseer of Champions Royal Assembly, Kubwa, Abuja, Bro Joshua Iginla, has joined his voice to the widespread condemnation greeting the alleged killings of migrants and human trafficking going on in the country, describing it as man’s wickedness against another. Speaking at his church service last Sunday in Abuja, the revered man of God also decried the desperation of Nigerian nationals and other Africans to seek greener pastures abroad, revealing that there was no machine out there that guaranteed instant prosperity once they land abroad.

Recall, last month, the popular Cable News Network (CNN) brought into our living rooms a video clip of black migrants being sold in night markets in Libya. It showed migrants auctioned off for as little as four hundred dollars.

“I have never seen this level of heartlessness, wickedness from one human being to another. I saw how young ladies were molested and I begin to wonder if the people doing these are human beings.

“That is why in this ministry, we are doing our best to assist. It is really wicked to see how people price human beings like food. I pray that the government of the day will take cogent steps because there are a lot of poor brothers out there in pains.

“Please, like I always say to Nigerian youths, don’t be too desperate to relocate abroad that you now travel through desert. Let me tell you, what you are going through here is better than what people are going through out there”

Bro Iginla said he once nursed the idea of joining the bandwagon of fortune seekers abroad but God held him back. According to him, “I said to myself that all the days of my life will I wait until my change comes before God lifted me up. I had taken that decision before to travel out by all means but God said to me that I should relax and that he would take me abroad as a glorified wealthy person just to add colour to what is there and that is what God has done for me.”

He said through the prayers of the faithful, and by the grace of God, those who are in this act of slavery business will be exposed by Heaven, and if they refuse to repent, death will visit them. He also declared that fellow Nigerians involved in the human trafficking business as if they were selling eggs, deceiving people into their wickedness, God would also expose and bring them to judgment if they refuse to repent.

The televangelist cum philanthropist advised Nigerian youths not to be in a hurry to travel abroad. “If you go abroad, you will labour, in fact, you will work harder than when you are in Nigeria. Our people who are there can testify to what I am saying.

“Nigerian laws are more human-friendly than those of other countries. I have never seen a law like Nigeria that is so friendly to the citizens unlike the foreign countries.

“My brethren, we are crying every day that Nigeria is bad; no, Nigeria is a good, blessed country and it will prosper.”

He opined that where most people miss it is that they wait on the government for everything, adding that the best way to survive in Nigeria for now is entrepreneurship. “Don’t wait for the government because in the next 30 years, they will continue to promise, create your Jerusalem yourself.

“Please don’t be in a hurry to travel out, let’s join hands together in prayers to make Nigeria better.”​

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Why we resort to contractor-financing of pipeline projects – NNPC

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has explained why it has resorted to contractor-financing of its pipeline and other facilities development in recent times in the Industry.

Delivering the Keynote speech at the Nigerian International Pipeline Technology and Security Conference (NIPITECS 2018) Tuesday in Abuja, the NNPC Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru, stated that the recourse was to get around the prevalent funding challenge in the country, saying this has enabled the corporation to aggressively build the pipeline infrastructure within the Gas Master Plan as exemplified in the recent award of the Ajaokuta-Abuja-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) gas pipeline and all ongoing downstream pipeline infrastructure rehabilitation effort.

The NNPC GMD who was represented at the event by Dr. Babatunde Adeniran, Chief Operating Officer, Ventures, affirmed that pipelines remained the cheapest way of moving products across any distance, noting however that pipeline operation and construction in Nigeria had been an expensive undertaking.

He challenged members of the Pipeline Professionals Association of Nigeria (PLAN) and other stakeholders to proffer solutions that could lead to a dramatic change and expansion of pipeline business in Nigeria.

Dr. Maikanti Baru said such solution must be able to resolve the challenge which has hindered the growth and viability of pipeline venture in the country.

The GMD explained that emphasis should not be on what has been done in the past but to seek quicker, better, cheaper and more effective ways of how things should be done to achieve the feat.

“The poser I will like the conference to address is: Is cost really an inhibitor or is it the security challenges or financial models that are not properly structured and above all how do we make the pipeline business a financially viable investment?’’ he said.

Continuing, the GMD probed: “How do we build partnership with the required technical expertise to assemble new technology based-industries that are cheap to operate and can deliver products that are both locally and internationally marketable?”

He also wondered if Nigeria had a financially capable environment that could provide funds at rates that would be competitive and low enough to produce adequate returns.

He averred that the answer to these posers would enable NNPC restructure and develop policies that would encourage infrastructure development in the country.

Earlier in his welcome address, Engr. Geoff Onuoha, Chairman of PLAN, expressed delight at the high level of support accorded the association by the NNPC Management, assuring that the pipeline professionals would not only pick up the gauntlet and tackle the challenge posed to the group by the NNPC GMD, but would continue to work with other stakeholders to ensure the in-country viability of pipeline business.

Engr. Chidi Izuwah, the Acting Director General/Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, commended the NNPC Management for embracing the contractor-financing model in the AKK project, noting that such an option should be replicated wholesomely in respect of other mega industry projects.

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No anointed aspirant for Lagos governor – Lagos APC elders

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) elders have declared that no aspirant has been adopted for Lagos State governor.

The Chairman of the Elders’ Forum, Alhaji Tajudeen Olusi, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, said the party would not have resolved to hold a primary if it had adopted an aspirant.

He was reacting to media reports that the chapter had adopted Jide Sanwo-Olu, the Managing Director of the Lagos State Property Development Corporation (LSPDC), as its governorship candidate.

Said Olusi: “All these things are speculations. They are not true. How can we plan to hold a primary to elect our candidate and then adopt somebody?

“If we are still going to hold our primary, why then should we adopt, or does the adoption cancel the primary? No.

“This is the political season; many interesting things happen, but I can tell you most of the things that have been reported on the matter are mere speculations and not facts. Nobody has directed any adoption.”

Olusi, referring to a video being circulated, said it was normal for individuals or groups to back or endorse aspirants ahead of any election, but said such endorsements should not be taken to be the party’s position.

Olusi said the determination of who would become the party’s candidate would be taken at the primary.

He described the APC as a democratic party, saying all aspirants would be allowed a level-playing field.

On the feasibility of holding a direct primary in view of the large number of party members, Olusi said there was no cause for alarm.

He said the right preparations were being done, expressing optimism that everything would go well during the exercise.

Olusi would not comment on the controversies over different modes of primary in some APC state chapters.

“Honestly, I do not want to comment on that. However, we are a growing democracy and we learn every day,’’ he said.

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Fayose: I will make myself available to EFCC after handover

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Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti, says he will make himself available to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) after handing over to Kayode Fayemi, governor-elect.

Fayemi will be sworn in on October 16.

Fayose, in a letter dated September 10 and addressed to the chairman of the commission, said several actions of the anti-graft agency suggest “the commission’s desire to have me clarify some issues or answer some questions”.

This newspaper had reported that the EFCC had begun the investigation of Fayose, his wife Feyisetan and top aides over allegations of money laundering and abuse of office.

The report came after the commission, in a tweet it later deleted, hinted that it was dusting off its shelves on the N1.3bn fraud case it filed against Fayose in 2005.

The anti-graft agency gave the hint a day after Fayemi defeated Kolapo Olusola, Fayose’s candidate, at the July 14 gubernatorial poll.

Fayose, in the letter, said once his immunity from investigation lapses, he will, “as a responsible citizen”, make himself available to “answer questions within my knowledge”.

“Several and serial actions of your commission for some time now, including but not limited to freezing of my accounts and attempts to secure forfeiture of my properties, are indicative of the commission’s desire to have me clarify some issues or answer some questions but for the immunity I enjoy under section 308 of the 1999 constitution as the sitting governor of Ekiti state,” the letter read.

“I wish to inform you that my term of office pursuant to which I enjoy immunity against investigation and prosecution under the above provision shall lapse by effluxion of time on Monday 15th October, 2018.

“As a responsible citizen of our great country, who believes in the Rule of Law, I wish to inform you of my decision to make myself available in your office on Tuesday 16th October, 2018 at 1pm to clarify issues or answer questions within my knowledge.

“Kindly confirm the suitability of the above date or indicate by return, the commission’s convenient time.”

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