NNPC Releases 66th Monthly Report, Downs Pipeline Vandalism by 37.2% in Jan

  The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Tuesday deepened its culture of transparency as it released the 66th edition of its Monthly Financial and Operational Report (MFOR) in which it announced a 37.21 % decrease in cases of pipeline vandalism across the country in the month of January 2021. This report, according to a press release by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the Corporation, Dr. Kennie Obateru, indicates that a total of 27 pipeline points were vandalized in January 2021 down from the 43 points…

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NNPC in epoch-making haulage of 96 line pipes for $2.8bn AKK project

  Phase one of 1,300km Trans-Nigerian Gas Pipeline (TNGP) project for gas delivery to Europe received a boost   The execution of $2.8 billion Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano, AKK gas pipeline project was boosted at the weekend through the delivery of 96 pipes from Warri Southsouth region to Itakpe in Kogi state, Northcentral Nigeria by rail. The conveyance by rail was made possible through the efforts of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, a major stakeholder in the project. The Corporation, which confirmed this in a message obtained by Platforms Africa from its…

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Ramadan: Sultan Orders Nigerian Muslims’ Search for new Moon on Monday

  I’tikaf should still be put on hold while strict observance of all COVID-19 protocols including avoiding lengthy or crowded sessions should be observed, Sultan says in a statement   The President-General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), and Sultan of Sokoto, Alh. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has enjoined Nigerian Muslim Ummah to search for the crescent of Ramadan 1442 AH immediately after sunset on Monday, April 12, 2021. Sultan, in a statement signed by the Director of Administration, NSCIA, Arc. Zubairu Haruna Usman-Ugwu, sent to Platforms Africa, felicitated with the…

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How COVID-19 altered Royal Funeral for Queen Elizabeth’s hubby, Prince Philip

  The plans for royal funerals for the Duke of Edinburgh, also known as Prince Philip, have been in place for many years, but ceremonial elements have had to be altered due to the pandemic. Current Covid rules limit the number of people who can attend funerals to 30, and original plans for public processions for the duke may not go ahead, a report by CNN read. The duke had recently spent a month in two London hospitals, undergoing heart surgery and treatment for an infection, before returning in mid-March to…

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Missing NAF fighter Jet’s wreckage found, one pilot body not seen + PHOTO

    The wreckage of the Nigerian Air Force fighter jet that went missing last week may have been found in Bama, Borno State, an authoritative military source told THISDAY on Sunday. The source said it was found with the body of one of the pilots intact. The pilot was Flight Lieutenant Chapele Ebiakpo. He, however, said the body of the other pilot, Flight Lieutenant John Abolarinwa, is still being searched for, explaining that troops on the ground have been asked to intensify their search. The Air Force had declared…

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555-million-year-old headless Creatures with Human genes discovered

  Scientists at the University of California – Riverside, say discovered ancient creatures are Earth’s first Animal, surprisingly similar to humans   The earliest multicellular organisms may have lacked heads, legs, or arms, but pieces of them remain inside of us today, new research shows. According to a study by University of California – Riverside published in the SciTech Daily, 555-million-year-old oceanic creatures from the Ediacaran period share genes with today’s animals, including humans. “None of them had heads or skeletons. Many of them probably looked like three-dimensional bathmats on…

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How to Reassign Power in the Humanitarian Sector, by Wale Osofisan, PhD

  When we analyze leadership in the humanitarian sector, we often see images of mostly white men, a few white women, and, if one looks hard enough, one may be lucky to spot a few black and brown men and women working within western cities such as New York, London, Paris, Geneva, or Washington, DC. This is not exclusive to the aid sector. As of 2020, a review of FTSE 250 companies found that 69 percent have no ethnic diversity on their boards. These are the people who have the privilege of…

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US may reconsider AstraZeneca vaccine efficacy trial data

  Data and Safety Monitoring Board said in a statement that it was concerned that AstraZeneca may have provided an incomplete view of the efficacy data   Results from a US trial of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine may have used “outdated information,” US federal health officials said on Tuesday. The Data and Safety Monitoring Board said in a statement that it was concerned that AstraZeneca may have provided an incomplete view of the efficacy data. AstraZeneca reported Monday that its COVID-19 vaccine provided strong protection among adults of all ages in a long-anticipated…

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Meet Ibiyinka Fuwape, Nigerian female Professor who won AU top Science Award

  Here are details of science discovery by the Nigerian female Professor of Physics that won her AU highest Science Award A Nigerian female Professor of Physics, Ibiyinka Fuwape, has won African Union Award instituted in honour of African scientists for achievements and discoveries in science, technology, and innovation. Prof Fuwape, currently Vice Chancellor of Michael and Cecilia Ibru University, Agbarha-Otor, Delta State, also heads the Condensed Matter Research Group, domiciled at Federal University of Technology, Akure. She won the AU Award for her outstanding contributions to cutting edge research…

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NLNG, USAID ink 5-year MoU for Malaria-free Nigeria’s Bonny Island

Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG) has signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the U.S. Agency For International Development (USAID) to make Bonny Island, its operational base, malaria free. The MoU was signed by NLNG’s Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Engr. Tony Attah on behalf of NLNG and the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard. Through the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), USAID will provide technical assistance to NLNG’s led Bonny Island Malaria Elimination Project (BNYMEP). BNYMEP seeks to reduce the malaria burden, move the community to pre-elimination status, bring malaria-related mortality to zero,…

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