By Adedapo Adesanya
The Independent Petroleum Markers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has charged the federal government to heed to the demands of youths who are protesting the deplorable state of the Eleme section of the East-West road, warning that it could disrupt the oil and gas sector of the country.
Since Monday, youths in Rivers State have blocked the Eleme axis of the East-West Road with petrol trucks and other articulated vehicles, demanding the immediate reconstruction of the deplorable sections of the road by the federal government.
The youths maintained that an important road like the Eleme section of East-West road, which plays host to several multi-million Dollars investments, including the oil and gas free zone, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Port Harcourt Refinery, Intels, Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals Limited, among a host of others, should not be neglected.
Warning the central government, the Chairman of IPMAN in Rivers State, Mr Joseph Obele, lamented that petrol tankers have not been able to load products at the Port Harcourt refinery since the protest began five days ago.
“The protest is affecting us in the petroleum sector. Since Monday, we have not been able to load.
“Yes the road is very bad, we are calling on all the relevant authorities to mobilized contractors to commenced construction work on the road because the youths have said they won’t leave the road until they see construction equipment on site,” he said.
Reports show that the road leading to the Port Harcourt Refining Company and the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) has been turned to a football pitch by Rivers State youths, due to the protest, meaning products can’t move out.
Leader of the protest and President of Ogoni Youth Federation, Mr Lergbosi Yamaabana, has vowed that the protest will continue until tractors and caterpillars are seen on site.
Mr Yamaabana said the aim is to cripple economic activities, especially multi-million dollars investments in the area, accusing the government of only listening to forceful agitation.
“We are still here like we promised, we are not leaving here until the Federal government mobilizes contractors handling the road to the site.
“In view of reconstructing the entire stretch of the road together with all the four bridges that have been demanded, that is our resolve.
“I want to address the government at this point that the more they keep quiet, the more we are strong. If they know what is good for them they should mobilize contractors to site,” the agitator said.
Akinwumi Adesina Turns Down Requests to Become Next Nigerian President
By Adedapo Adesanya
The President of the Africa Development Bank (AfDB), Mr Akinwumi Adesina, has ruled himself out of the 2023 presidential race in Nigeria.
Mr Adesina made his position known in a statement on Tuesday after months of calls for him to join the contest after a group bought the presidential nomination form of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for him at the cost of N100 million.
In the statement, the banker emphasised that his current desire is to continue to hold the office of the president of the AfDB which he won reelection for last year.
However, he expressed appreciation for those who found him worthy of leading his country at this critical time it is undergoing different challenges ranging from economy, security and others.
“While I am deeply honoured, humbled and grateful for all the incredible goodwill, kindness, and confidence, my current responsibilities at this time do not allow me to accept to considered,” the statement read in part.
“I remain fully engaged and committed to the mission that Nigeria, Africa and all the non-African shareholders of the African Development Bank have given me for Africa’s development.
“I remain fully focused on the mission of supporting the accelerated development and economic integration of Africa,” Mr Adesina added.
Less than two weeks ago, a coalition of 28 groups purchased the N100 million APC presidential forms for the former Agriculture Minister.
The coalition consists of groups such as the Youth Arise Movement, Nigerians in Diaspora, One Nigeria Group, Prudent Youth Association of Nigeria, women groups, farmers, and other civil society groups.
Sanwo-Olu Promises Justice for Sound Engineer David Imoh
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has promised to ensure that the late Sound Engineer killed by a mob in the Lekki area of the state last week gets justice.
The Governor gave this assurance through the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, in a statement issued on Monday night.
Last week, after boarding a commercial motorcycle, an argument ensued between Mr David Imoh and the okada rider over N100 and attracted other riders, who then lynched him.
There have been calls for justice for the deceased and in the statement today, the state governor said this would be done.
He condemned the mob attack and said the police are interrogating four suspects at the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Panti in connection with the incident, while two survivors of the act are in hospital.
According to Mr Sanwo-Olu, the government will address the root cause of this and similar incidents, which have caused public anxiety, appealing to residents to remain calm as police continue to investigate the matter.
“Lagos has no room for savagery and anybody found to have been involved in this barbarism will surely face the law.
“We condemn and will not condone any kind of jungle justice, no matter who the perpetrators are,” the statement stressed.
N80bn Fraud: EFCC Arrests Accountant General of the Federation Ahmed Idris
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
The Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), Mr Ahmed Idris, is cooling off in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
He is having talks with the agency, explaining what he knows about an alleged diversion of N80 billion belonging to the federal government.
He was picked up by operatives of the EFCC on Monday, May 16, 2022, after allegedly failing to honour invitations by the commission to respond to issues connected to the issue.
In a statement issued on Monday night, the anti-money laundering organisation claimed that Mr Idris, through verified intelligence, “raked off the funds through bogus consultancies and other illegal activities using proxies, family members and close associates.”
“The funds were laundered through real estate investments in Kano and Abuja,” another part of the statement disclosed.
The AGF has been in the news lately over an audit report, which indicted some ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) of the federal government of fraud.
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