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Offa bank robberies: Suspect alleges he was told to implicate Saraki

One of the five persons  standing trial  for  last year’s bank robberies in Offa, Kwara State, Ayoade Akinnibosun, on Friday told an Ilorin High Court that the police deliberately killed Michael Adikwu, a  principal suspect and  the  mastermind  behind  the robberies, which claimed many lives.

Testifying before the court in a “trial within trial”, Ayoade also narrated how the police asked him to implicate the  Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki,  in the robbery incidents.

Akinnibosun and two other accused, Ibikunle Ogunleye and Adeola Abraham,  alleged  that they made their statements under duress.

Answering questions during cross-examination by the defence counsel,  Mathias Emeribe,  Ayoade,  who is the first accused  in the case,  claimed  Adikwu,  who was the mastermind of  the robberies,  was shot dead by one Inspector Vincent attached to the police Intelligence Response Team.

While being   examined and cross-examined by their counsel, Emeribe,  and  the prosecution counsel, Razaq Gold,  they  alleged that they were  tortured and threatened by the police to make their  confessional statements.

The prosecution witness, Inspector Hitila Hassan,  on Thursday told the court that the suspects voluntarily made  their statements under his supervision.

Lead prosecuting counsel, Prof Wahab Egbewole,  sought to tender the statements as exhibits but Emeribe objected.

Emeribe argued that the accused  did not volunteer their statements which the prosecution wanted to tender before the court, noting that they fell short of the provisions of the Evidence Act, particularly sections 28 and 29.

At the resumed hearing on Friday,  Akinnibosun said,  “Abba Kyari told me to  say that  the Senate President Bukola Saraki  gave me the guns  we  used  for the operations but I declined.

“He (Abba Kyari) promised that they would reward me handsomely and set me free if I could  indict Saraki. When I disagreed,  they asked  some policemen to take me back to the cell. During this time,  my hands were tied to my legs.”

The suspect  said  he was the leader of Kwara South Liberation Movement mobilising young jobless graduates for the  representative of  Kwara South  at the Senate, Dr Rafiu Ibrahim.

The trio also  claimed Inspector Vincent  shot dead five Fulani men  when they were kept at the IRT ‘theatre room’.

They added that it was in the same ‘theatre room that Inspector Vincent, popularly known  as Mr Torture, allegedly shot dead Adikwu for failing to indict them.

Ogunleye  said “they brought the late Adikwu to implicate us and he said he had not met any of us in his life – that was  why Mr Torture shot him to death.”

The trial Judge, Justice Halimat Salman,  adjourned the case till  March 25, 2019 for the continuation of trial within trial.

JUST IN: Two storey building collapses in Ibadan, hours after Lagos incident

Less than 48-hours after a three-storey building collapsed Ita-Faaji area of Lagos Island, another structure has crumbled but this time in the Bode area of Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state.

At least 20 persons, including children were killed in the Lagos incident.

The incident happened around 5:50 p.m., as reports say many occupants of the two-storey building have been trapped.

Sympathisers are currently at the scene, making efforts to rescue victims before the arrival of government officials.

Writers, activists shower encomium on Pius Adesanmi

Associates of Pius Adesanmi, Nigerian-born Canadian professor, gathered in Lagos to pay their last respect to him on Thursday.

Adesanmi was among the passengers on the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed on its way to Nairobi, Kenya, on Sunday.

At a memorial, tagged “An Evening of Reminiscences” at Ouida House, GRA, Ikeja, many said inspiring things about the deceased.

Lola Shoneyin, a writer and also the host, said Adesanmi lived a good life. She said the day was not to mourn the late professor but to appreciate him and the impact he made.

Shoneyin

Shoneyin added that Nigeria had lost a great man, encouraging Nigerians to immortalise him.

“If I’ve learnt anything about Pius over the last few days, I’ve been completely moved by the outpour of love and appreciation for what Pius was. I know a lot of politicians that will be willing to pay to have this kind of show of love that Pius has been receiving. It came from our heart because he was a gift to us,” she said.

“I remember his laughter more than anything else; he spreads joy and that is the thing that I am going to hold dear. He would not have wanted us to be sad. He was unassuming and loved people.

Shoneyin consoles a friend crying

“This is a testament to the kind of special human being he was. Pius had a lot to give, he had a lot he could have given us. This is a passing that would stay with us forever because it is a collective loss.”

Kadaria Ahmed, a journalist, said his death is still unbelievable to her. She described Adesanmi as a kind man and a stellar human being.

“Pius believed in me more than I believed in myself. Mentoring and nurturing came naturally to him,” Ahmed said.

Kadaria

“His abiding sense of humanity meant that he cared deeply about people and wanted everyone to achieve their potential; not just for themselves but because he saw the connection between our personal accomplishments and the salvaging of the Nigerian dream.”

Aerial photo of guests at Ouida House

Kunle Ajibade, a journalist, described Adesanmi as a man who belonged to the amazing group of courageous, broad minded, brilliant essayist in the world.

“The role of a public intellectual his to encourage new ideas, to encourage deep thinking, to encourage different ways of challenging forms of debates in order to enrich our discourse with impressive command of his subject. Pius Adesanmi analysed brilliantly with a moral voice. He was an educator.”

Momodu reads his last chat with Adesanmi

Dele Momodu, publisher of ovation magazine, in a solemn mood, read out his chats with the late Adesanmi, saying he would “forever live in our hearts.”

Okorocha kicks as Imo Gov-elect Ihedioha issues directives to govt bankers

Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has said that governor-elect, Emeka Ihedioha, has no constitutional powers to issue directives to banks when he has not yet been sworn in as governor.

Okorocha, in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary on Friday in Owerri, said the governor-elect was “behaving like a typical member of the Peoples Democratic Party;” and that he is “only interested in the state treasury.”

Okorocha asked Ihedioha to exercise patience until May 29 before he starts issuing directives to banks on the state’s financial dealings.

He said, “Emeka Ihedioha, who was declared winner of the governorship election in Imo State by Prof. Francis Ezeonu-led INEC in Owerri, does not have the right or locus yet to harass or give directives to the financial institutions in the state over their dealings with the state government.

‘The media report quoting Ihedioha as having given such directive is unfortunate and a sign of ugly things to come. Otherwise, Ihedioha should not have been the first of all the governors-elect in the country to issue such directive.

“We are also not surprised at his issuing the directive because as a PDP man, his interest, first and foremost, will be the treasury of the state, and the policy or the slogan of ‘Share the money’ will soon come back. But he should exercise patience and wait till he is sworn-in.

“He shouldn’t be in a hurry. There is a government in place and until May 29, 2019, that government should continue.”

Adenaike congratulations Abiodun, urges inclusive governance

The Ogun State Coordinator.of the Buhari Osinbajo Strategic Solidarity Movement, Otunba Adewale Adenaike has described  the election of Prince Dapo Abiodun of the All Progressives Congress as next governor of Ogun State, as a victory for all indigenes both at home and in the Diaspora.

He said that Abiodun’s victory has ushered in a dawn in Ogun and Nigerian politics.

In his congratulatory message to the governor-elect, front line Ogun politician, former governorship aspirant in the state, said that the outcome of the election was a manifestation of the wishes of the people of Ogun State, majority of whom voted for the candidate who they believed was the best to move the state forward.

Adenaike restated his confidence in the preparedness of governor-elect, Dapo Abiodun to deliver the dividends of democracy all residents and people of Ogun State in line with his manifesto.

While urging Abiodun to be magnanimous in victory, Adenaike also enjoined candidates of other political parties who contested the gubernatorial election in the state to put aside partisanship and join hands with in in-coming governor to deliver excellent results in all spheres of governance.

 

Trump, May, World leaders condemn New Zealand’s mosque attack

U.S. President, Donald Trump,  British Prime Minister, Theresa May and other world leaders on Friday condemned the mosque shootings in New Zealand that left 49 people dead a “sickening act of violence.”

Trump on his twitter handle @RealDonaldTrump said that the attack was senseless. While commiserating with those that died, he pledged the support of the U.S. to New Zealand.

“My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured. The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured. The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!

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For the UK Prime Minister, May, she wrote: “On behalf of the UK, my deepest condolences to the people of New Zealand after the horrifying terrorist attack in Christchurch,” May tweeted on Friday.

“My thoughts are with all of those affected by this sickening act of violence.’’

German Chancellor, Angela Merkel has expressed sorrow over the “citizens who were attacked and murdered out of racist hatred’’ in attacks on two mosques in New Zealand that killed many.

“We stand together against such acts of terrorism,” Merkel said through her spokesman, Steffen Seibert, on Twitter.
She added that the victims had been doing nothing more than “peacefully praying in their mosque.”

Turkish President, Recep Erdogan urged leaders to take measures against what he called the “dangerous trend” of Muslims being targets of attacks, particularly in Western societies.

His comments came in the wake of attacks on two mosques in New Zealand that killed at least 49 people.

“It is clear that the perception represented by the murderer [in New Zealand] … has started to swiftly take over Western societies like a cancer,” Erdogan said.

“We urge the whole world, the Western countries in particular, to take urgent measures against such dangerous trend.”
EU Council President, Donald Tusk, says New Zealand has Europe’s “solidarity” following the twin mosque attack that left at least 49 people dead in Christchurch.

“Harrowing news from New Zealand overnight. The brutal attack in Christchurch will never diminish the tolerance and decency that New Zealand is famous for.

“Our thoughts in Europe are with the victims and their families,” he tweeted.

Tusk said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern “can count on our solidarity.”

Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, on Friday offered his deepest condolences to the government and people of New Zealand following the multiple shootings in Christchurch, which left many dead and 48 others injured.

In a statement, Wickremesinghe said New Zealand is a country with a strong history of peace, multiculturalism and tolerance and there was no doubt that its people will not allow this incident to undermine those values.

In the wake of the heinous attacks, Wickremesinghe said he also offered his support to New Zealand.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the incident was one of New Zealand’s darkest days.

Saudi Arabia on Friday said that one of its nationals was injured in the attack that targeted two mosques in New Zealand.

The Saudi embassy in New Zealand revealed in a statement posted on its Twitter account that the citizen sustained minor injuries without revealing its identity.

It called upon Saudis in the Christchurch city where the attack took place to be cautious, follow the local authorities’ instructions and stay at home until situations are back to normal.

The embassy also asked its nationals to contact the embassy in case of emergency.

Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, has expressed his “heartfelt sympathies” for New Zealand following the attacks in Christchurch.

The terrorist attack in Christchurch has left 49 dead and 48 injured on Friday, New Zealand police said.

“We grieve, we are shocked, we are appalled, we are outraged, and we stand here and condemn absolutely the attack that occurred today by an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist,” Morrison on Friday.

“This attack reminds us of the evil that his ever present and would seek to strike out at any time.”

“I particularly want to express my sincere prayers and thoughts for those New Zealanders, indeed Australians of Islamic faith today, who have been the subject of this callous right-wing extremist attack.”

New Zealand Police Minister, Mike Bush, confirmed that three men and one woman were in police custody in relation to the multiple shootings at two separate mosques in central Christchurch.

Bush said he was aware that the footage of the Al-Noor Mosque shooting was on social media and police were doing everything they could to get it removed.

“I found the advice of the New Zealand police force to be particularly wise.

“They have said, and I agree, and do not allow this evil into our lives. Do not share the footage. Do not watch the footage,” Bill Shorten, leader of the opposition Australian Labor Party, said.

Buhari completes mandatory NYSC programme

Yusuf Buhari, son of President Muhammadu Buhari, has now completed his mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) which he started last year after surviving a power bike crash in 2017.

It would be recalled that Yusuf and his friend, Bashir Gwandu, were severely injured along Gwarimpa road in Abuja on December 26, 2017.

He was riding his power bike when the crash occurred.

Yusuf was admitted at an emergency ward at Cedarcrest Hospital in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Days later, he was flown abroad for further medical treatment and returned to Nigeria in February, 2018.

However, Yusuf’s state of service and place of primary assignment (PPA) was not disclosed.

The president’s son bagged his Master’s Degree in the United Kingdom in July 2016.

He and Zahra graduated from the University of Surrey, Guildford.

JAMB re-opens portal for candidates unable to complete registration

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), says it has reopened the portal for prospective candidates who were unable to complete their registration before the February 21 deadline.

In a statement released on Wednesday and signed by Fabian Benjamin, its spokesman, the board said 41,063 candidates were unable to complete their registration.

“JAMB had closed the sale of its Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) application document on 21st February,” the statement read.

“At the close of the sale and subsequently close of registration portal, it was discovered that 41,063 candidates created a profile and procured either  UTME or DE ePINS but were unable to complete their registration formalities after initiating the process.

“We are considering to open the registration portal effective from Wednesday 13th March, for all candidates with either UTME or DE ePINS to complete their registration formalities. The portal would be closed on Friday, 15th March, by 12midnight.”

Announcing the new date for the examination, the board said the tertiary institution entrance exam will now commence on April 11.

The board also announced that the mock examination originally slated for March 23, will now hold on April 1; saying the change was due to certain circumstances beyond its control.

He urged the candidates who had shown interest to write the mock test and have since printed their notification slips not print another one.

“All the details on the slips remain the same except the mock examination date which is now 1st April,” Benjamin said.

The statement also urged candidates to start the printing their UTME slips from April 2, 2019.

BREAKING: Lagos begins demolition of marked buildings

The Lagos state government has commenced the demolition of buildings likely to collapse at Lagos Island.

Government officials are currently pulling down such houses on Freeman street in Ita Faji area.

The development comes two days after a three-storey building on Massey street in the same area, caved in.

Twenty people, including nine children were killed in the incident while 50 were rescued.

Lagos building collapse: 20 people brought in dead – Jide Idris

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, said that 20 victims of the Ita-Faji school building that collapsed were brought in dead to the General Hospital in Lagos. Idris made the fact known during his visit to the hospital on Friday in Lagos.

According to him, the bodies have been released to the families for burial. He said, however, that 45 persons survived the incident and were managed across some of the state health facilities, including the Lagos Island General Hospital, Massey Street Children’s Hospital, Onikan Health Centre and Gbagada General Hospital. Others are the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja; National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, and Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba.

“Out of the 45 survivors known to the government as at this morning, 14, including 10 children and four adults, are still receiving medical attention at the Lagos Island General Hospital.

“More survivors will still be discharged to their families before the close of work today,” the commissioner said.

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, commended the state government for its prompt response and efficient healthcare management of survivors. Adewole also commended the state government for granting free medical care to the victims in order to remove any barriers to prompt, qualitative and comprehensive care needed for their rehabilitation.

“I am greatly impressed by the promptness of the emergency response of the state and the efficient healthcare deployed to ensure that the survivors of the sad incident are stabilised and kept alive,” Adewole said.

The minister said that there were plans to strengthen the healthcare system across the states in order to address emergencies and save lives; urging other states of the federation to emulate the Lagos State example.

“I also want to appeal to the media and Nigerians to report suspected unregistered schools in an environment not ideal for learning,” Adewole said. (NAN)

PROFILE: Tarrant, the gym instructor ‘who killed 49’ in New Zealand

Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian, is suspected to be the gunman behind the horrific attack that left 49 persons dead in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Friday. The suspect invaded two mosques during a coordinated and unprecedented attack.

Tarrant reportedly worked as a personal trainer at Big River Gym in the northern New South Wales city of Grafton.

Tracey Gray, gym manager, told ABC News the man who filmed the attack and streamed it online was Tarrant, who worked at the gym after he graduated from school in 2009 until 2011, when he left to go travelling overseas in Asia and in Europe.

“He was a very dedicated personal trainer,” Gray said.

“He worked in our program that offered free training to kids in the community, and he was very passionate about that.”

The gym manager said she never saw Tarrant as someone who had an interest in firearms.

“I think something must have changed in him during the years he spent travelling overseas,” she said.

The suspect during a trip to Pakistan last year

Tarrant was said to have lost his father Rodney to some kind of asbestos-related illness when he was rounding off high school.

He left his job after making some money from Bitconnect, a cryptocurrency like Bitcoin, and then used the money to fund his travels. He is known to have travelled to Europe, South-East Asia and East Asia.

What he said about himself in the manifesto

In a 74-page manifesto, believed to have been written by him, Tarrant described himself as a “regular white man, from a regular family” who was born in Australia to a “working class, low-income family”.

“My parents are of Scottish, Irish and English stock. I had a regular childhood, without any great issues. I had little interest in education during my schooling, barely achieving a passing grade,” he said.

“I am just a regular White man, from a regular family. Who decided to take a stand to ensure a future for my people.”

The author of the manifesto went on to describe himself as “a private and mostly introverted person” and admits he is racist, adding that he is an “Eco-fascist by nature”.

He described himself as an ethnonationalist and a fascist, who was inspired by Norwegian shooter Anders Breivik.

49 shot dead as gunmen invade New Zealand mosques

Mass shootings at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch have left 49 people dead.

Jacinda Ardern, prime minister of New Zealand also told a news conference that about 20 people were in a serious condition after the “terrorist” attack, making for “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”

“What has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence,” she said, adding that the attackers have “no place in New Zealand.”

“For now my thoughts and I’m sure the thoughts of all New Zealanders are with those who have been affected their families,” she said.

It was gathered that a heavily armed gunman clad in military-style gear opened fire at a mosque in the center of Christchurch on Friday. A second mosque was also targeted.

Prior to the shooting, videos and documents were shared on social media which seem to suggest that the shooter live-streamed his attack on Facebook coupled with a prepared an anti-immigrant “manifesto.”

The social media posts show images of weapons and ammunition, as well as the name of perpetrators of past mass-casualty shootings.

As of press time, Facebook has taken down the videos.

“Police are aware there is extremely distressing footage relating to the incident in Christchurch circulating online,” a police statement read.

“We would strongly urge that the link not be shared. We are working to have any footage removed.”

Meanwhile, Mike Bush, New Zealand police commissioner said four people (three men and one woman) have been taken into custody while investigation is ongoing.

Effects of the use of social media on Nigerian students, by Abubakar Sidiq Imam

It gives me immeasurable pleasure to be at this great College this morning to address this distinguished assemblage of erudite gentlemen and ladies on the use of social media in our contemporary society.
Before I proceed,I must say that this is the third time I will be so opportuned to be here on similar exercise.The first was in 2009 when I was the Guest Speaker at the first graduation ceremony of the Secondary School Unit.2014 presented another opportunity when I was engaged to interact with the newly-admitted NCE students and today marks the third time.
 May I therefore thank everyone involved for finding me worthy of being invited to communicate with our future leaders on the effective use of the phenomenon called social media.
As it was previously,I am impressed that this arena of intellectualism as continued to grow from grace to greatness due to the resilience of the tireless Proprietor and the selflessness of the succeeding staff members and ambitious students of the outstanding College.It is my prayer that this institution continues to witness limitless positive transformation.
Having said, that let me go to the  issue that informed my invitation,which is the use of social media.Is there any better way of doing so than attempting the operational definition of the main issue?I answer by saying no.
I therefore see social media as the revolutionary and most modern means of inter-personal,group or mass communication between and among people who may have and might never met through words of mouth,written statement,signs and pictures as well as  video.
They can also be seen as the technological devices that facilitate the creation and sharing of information,ideas,career interests and other forms of expression through virtual community and network.
Social media are quite different from the traditional media like television,radio and newspaper because of their quality,reach,frequency,interactivity,usability,immediacy,performance and ease of deployment.
Anyone no matter how young or old he is who does not use social media in our contemporary society is often liken to a non-functional and extremely backward person who may not be able to communicate freely with his fellow human beings as effective,quick and meaningful as possible.
 Examples of social media are facebook,instagram,twitter,whatsapp,youtube and the likes.
Just like every other human or technological phenomenon,social media can be used positively or negatively.
Our concern here is the positive use of the system for the academic,professional and personality development of students for the overall benefit of our communities, the nation and mankind in general.
Social media have the capacity to increase the intellectual wherewithal of learners.The consistent use of it improves knowledge acquisition because social media are like  “walking libraries”, which can be consulted for any topic or issue to enhance erudition.It contains all the information on any issue.Students are therefore encouraged to use social media to goggle for information on your course of studies or any issue that may interest you to enable you learn all you need to know on every topic sometimes better than your teachers and classmates.
Social media can also be used to mobilize students for positive development or to promote a particular course of actions which will promote developmental issues.
Social media have also proved to be veritable tools for the promotion friendship and interaction among users.Students have formed or may form whatsapp groups where  issues of common interests can be raised and discussed.
 Social media have also proved to be effective means of destroying mental slavery,stereotypes and misinformation about a group of people by using such means to debunk misinformation and outright falsehood.Students can therefore use them to spread positive information and intercultural communication about among members of different tribes,towns,nationalities and religions with a view to promoting peace,understanding and development within and across border lines.
There are several other positive uses to which social media can be deployed to ehance personal and human progress but which time and space will not permit me to explore here.The success of the recent elections across the country, particularly in Kwara State, could be traced to the proper usage of the social media to motivate,educate and bring vital information to the knowledge of stakeholders by youths and other concerned groups.
 I must,therefore,warned students against wrong use of device to promote division and tension.We should run away from using it to promote falsehood,criminality,drug addiction,thuggery and free or illicit sex.
It is important to tell you that whatever you give will come back to you.Let us use social media wisely and judiciously and it will be well for all of us.
I cannot round-off this presentation without urging the students to work harder to justify your parents increasingly huge investment in your education.The gap between you and success and, in fact,outright greatness is your personality.You should know that your  attitude determines your altitude in life.Your destiny is proportionately dependent on your dispositions,characters and commitment to the pursuit of learning and hardwork.
The proprietor of this group of educational institutions,Prof.Issah Adebayo Raheem,would have remain a Nurse which he became around 1982 if not for his determination, which transformed him from what he was to what he is today.If you are close to him you will discover that he is still thinking of whatelse to do to improve himself and further exert his influence to justify the essence of his birth about 60 years ago to leave his community better than he met it .Let us all emulate him and we will never remain the same.
Imam ,the Deputy Editor,Unilorin Bullentin, presented this paper at the orientation programme for the Students Union Government of Nana Aishat Memorial College of Education on Wedneday 13th March, 2019

41bn barrels of crude remain untapped – NNPC boss

 

The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, has stated that more than 41billion barrels of crude oil and 319trillion cubic feet of gas are yet to be discovered in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The NNPC GMD stated that from available information, the African global crude oil and gas outlook remained positive and on the upward trajectory, saying the West Africa as the Sub-Region held the ace in terms of offshore Deep Water exploration hotspots.

Dr. Baru made this disclosure during a special session on Africa, entitled: “Foundations for New Investment”, at the ongoing 19th CERAWeek Conference taking place in Houston, United States Wednesday.

He stated that a prolific 1.08 bIllion barrels of crude oil find was recently made at the Owowo field, offshore Nigeria.

He called on foreign investors to explore the Nigerian Ultra-Deep terrain which he described as largely untested.

Dr. Baru told his audience that in Nigeria NNPC was currently drilling Kolmani River-II Well in the Benue Trough – one of Nigeria’s several frontier inland Basins with about 400 Bcf of gas expected to be encountered.

The occasion also provided an opportunity for the NNPC GMD to make a case for the domestication of oil and gas technologies within the African continent.

He said: “It is my belief that domesticating these cutting-edge technologies will develop the capacity of our people, improve our economies and emplace our national oil and gas companies on the path of sustainable growth and development.”

According to the GMD, African countries must react positively to the new reality by deploying new policies and stabilize their business environment to attract meaningful investments

He said critical to achieving that for Nigeria was the passage of the four components of the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) which is expected to usher in a new legislation that will not only enhance the investment climate in the country, but also change the fortunes of the nation’s oil and gas business for the better

Baru informed delegates at the conference that the NNPC was opening up its business environment to ensure transparency and accountability in its dealing with all stakeholders

He also lauded the Federal Government for its peace initiatives in the Niger Delta communities which he said had seen the country hitting very high oil and gas production figures in recent years.

Ministers and high level energy executives from Mali, Somalia, Namibia and Uganda were among panelists at the Special Session.

Organised by IHS Markit, CERAWeek is a global platform on energy trends and public policy where over 4,000 oil and gas experts convene annually to debate the future of oil, natural gas, renewable energy, power and new technologies