293:7 – Nigerians ratio dwarfs expatriates’ as $1.5bn Refinery rehab begins

Kyari: We Can’t Afford to Fail 200m Nigerians The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has kicked off construction work in the Port Harcourt Refinery rehabilitation project with 2930 Nigerian workers against 70 expatriates. A statement by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the NNPC, Dr. Kennie Obateru, sent to Platforms Africa, quoted the NNPC Chief Operating Officer, Refineries & Petrochemicals, Engr. Mustapha Yakubu, as saying that everything was being done to ensure that the project is delivered hitch-free and on schedule. Speaking at the Technical Kick-off Meeting…

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One feared dead as Police, Northern Youth “Okada” Riders Clash In Lagos

  “If you have anyone in Ogba area of Lagos, call him or her immediately to ascertain his or her safety. The place is a no-go area as we speak,” an eyewitness    Lagos Ogba Community is a no-go area at the moment as a clash, which broke out between men of Area G Police Command and motorcycle riders identified to be mostly youths from the Northern part of the country, has claimed one life. According to findings by Platforms Africa, thousands of residents, traders and hawkers in the area…

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Panic as Nigeria declares 28 States at Risk of Severe flooding + List

  28 of the 36 states in Nigeria are likely to experience severe flooding this year, the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, has announced, creating panic among residents of some of the states. Adamu dropped the hint at the public presentation of the 2021 Annual Flood Outlook (AFO) of the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) in Abuja. He listed the states to include Abia, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, FCT, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano and Kebbi. Others are Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun,…

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Reason Buhari removed Port Authority Boss Hadiza Bala Usman +Amaechi’s link

  First female MD in NPA history, Hadiza Bala Usman, under probe + how her 5-year tenure was abruptly ended after just four months   Details have emerged on reasons President Muhammadu Buhari removed the Managing Director of Nigerian Port Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman. The removal, Platforms Africa gathered, was connected to allegation of gross misconduct at the NPA under Usman. She has also been subjected to investigation. The removal of Usman was a part of recommendations made by the Ministry of Transportation under Mr. Rotimi Amaechi for the setting up…

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Crude oil slips to $68.54 per barrel

  Oil prices slipped on Thursday, reversing early gains under pressure from rising COVID-19 infections in India and elsewhere although prices retained some support from a report the previous session that showed U.S. crude inventories fell much more sharply than expected. Brent crude oil futures fell by 43 cents, or 0.6%, to $68.54 a barrel by 11:47 a.m. ET (1547 GMT). West Texas Intermediate (WTI) U.S. crude futures slipped 54 cents, or 0.8%, to $65.09. “When Saudi Arabia cut their crude selling price, it was a stark reminder that there…

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JUST IN: Buhari fires Nigerian Port Authority Boss Hadiza Bala Usman

  How Usman’s 5-year tenure, which started in January, was abruptly brought to an end in just four months President Muhammadu Buhari has removed Hadiza Bala Usman as Managing Director/CEO of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA). The President who effected the removal through the suspension of Usman has immediately replaced her with Mohammed Koko who is taking Over in Acting Capacity. Usman was first appointed as the Managing Director of the NPA in 2016. President Muhammadu Buhari had in January reappointed Hadiza Bala Usman as Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority,…

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Dare, Nigerian famous Pastor Adeboye’s Son, dies 37 Days to 43rd birthday

  Dare Adeboye, third child of Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, is dead. He reportedly died 37 days to his 43rd birthday. He was aged 42. Platforms Africa reports that he would be 43 on June 9, 2021. Before his death, he was one of the pastors in Abuja branches of the church. He officiated on Sunday. “He however asked not to be disturbed after getting home from church. He retired to his bedroom, slept but did not wake up,” official told Platforms…

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25-year old Poor Woman Gives Birth to Nine Babies

  She, based on scan result, went to the hospital believing she was carrying seven babies but she ended up giving birth to five girls and four boys through Caesarean Section   A 25-year old Malian woman from the north of the poor West African state, has given birth to nonuplets in Morocco and all nine babies are ‘doing well,’ official of Mali government said. Although Moroccan authorities had yet to confirm what would be an extremely rare case. Mali’s government flew 25-year-old Halima Cisse, a woman from the north…

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How 80-year-old grandmother, 3 others arrested with 192kg cocaine, heroin

    An 80-year-old woman, Mrs. Mary Adebayo, her 19-year-old granddaughter, Funmilola Adebayo and two other ladies have been arrested in Akure, the Ondo state capital by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEAS, for selling assorted illicit drugs like cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, tramadol, swinol and skuchies. Following intelligence-based raids and follow up operations on their locations on Sunday 2nd May, 2021, over 192kilogrammes of cocaine and other psychoactive substances were recovered from the suspects while the octogenarian, her granddaughter and two other ladies; Tessy Matthew and Blessing Adesida were arrested. As a result of…

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EXCLUSIVE: Customers Kick as GTBank’s Network Glitch Drags into Second Week

  “When you see GTB Customers, kindly hug us. We are going through a lot these days,” a customer who said he was terribly affected by the “bad banking,” lamented.     The network glitch rocking Guarantee Trust Bank (GTBank) with headquarters in Nigeria, has entered the second week with customers lampopning the lender over inability to fix the problem on time. While many of the customers trooped in to the Customer Service section of the Bank branches across the country, others took to social media networks; Twitter and Facebook,…

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