Shell begins production from Bonga north west project in Nigeria
Shell’s deep-water subsidiary in Nigeria, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Ltd (SNEPCo) started oil production from the first well at the Bonga North West deep-water development off the Nigerian coast on 5 August 2014, another milestone for the country’s energy industry. “This is an excellent addition to our deep-water portfolio – a key growth theme for Shell’s world-wide upstream business,” said Andrew Brown, Shell’s Upstream International Director. “It’s also good news for Nigeria, as it is a new source of oil revenues and strengthens Nigeria’s deep-water expertise, a key driver of economic development. See more
Nigerians in S’Africa in No Hurry to Go Home
A little more than four months ago, Nigeria overtook South Africa as Africa’s largest economy. But for the legions of Nigerians who left the West African nation in search of greener pastures and for whom Gauteng – South Africa’s richest province – has become a home, they are not in a hurry to return to their native country.
Many moved into Hillbrow in Johannesburg in the mid-1990s. Their homes and businesses spread to the Yeoville, Randburg, and Windsor areas, which some South Africans now call “Nigertowns” because of the Nigerian migrants. Their vibrant culture, fashion and way of doing business have expanded to the conservative streets of Pretoria, South Africa’s capital. Read more
NFF Worried Over Hitches, Complaints in Electoral Process
The Nigeria Football Federation has expressed serious concern over the handling of the electoral process ahead of elections into the NFF Executive Committee this month, which has drawn complaints and attracted widespread criticisms from members of the Nigeria football family.
“We have received phone calls, phone messages and emails, and there have been media reports of persons being denied forms for unclear reasons. Read more
Crisis still continues to rock Nigeria Football Federation
The crisis rocking the Nigeria Football Federation [NFF] has continued unabated as its acting president, Mike Umeh, was questioned by security operatives on Tuesday.
Umeh was summoned by the country’s State Security Service [SSS] after he attempted to preside over an executive committee meeting on Tuesday in order to iron out issues bothering the electoral process into the board of the football federation.
One of the aspirants for the presidency of the NFF had petitioned the authorities on the planned meeting of the executive committee of the federation, supersport.com has been informed. Read more
Why Plateau won’t endorse Giwa
It has been learnt that Plateau State FA chairman, Sunday Longbap, will not nominate the owner of Nigeria Premier League club Giwa FC, Mr. Chris Giwa, for the post of Nigeria Football Federation president because he was allegedly indicted by a government white paper.
Longbap has reportedly refused to nominate Giwa and he has cited the indictment by a government panel of the club owner as the main reason for his refusal, reports Africanfootball.com. Read more
ICT media group targets Jonathan, others for centenary awards
A group of Nigerian reporters in Information and Technology, ICT sector, under the aegis of Information Technology Media Alliance has concluded plans to bestow President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and other eminent Nigerians with honours at a forthcoming event tagged the Nigeria Broadband Business Forum and ICT Centenary awards billed for October, 2014 in Lagos. Read more
NBA gives Abia govt 14 days ultimatum to reinstate sacked CJ
Following the purported removal of Abia State Chief Judge, Justice Nnenna Otti, by the state government on the recommendation of Abia House of Assembly, Aba branch of Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, has given the state government a 14-day ultimatum to reverse the action or face civil disobedience.
Addressing newsmen yesterday in Aba, chairman of the branch, Mr. Chidozie Ogunji, narrated how one Gideon Nwamuo had petitioned the Abia State House of Assembly against the Chief Judge, claiming that Justice Otti during her recent jail delivery, released two persons, John Barah and Mohammed Bukar. Read more
Chinese earthquake death toll rises to 589
The death toll from a 6.1-magnitude earthquake that struck China’s southwestern Yunnan province on Sunday has risen to 589, with nine people still missing, China’s state-run media said on Wednesday.
Among the reported deaths, 504 were in the worst-hit Ludian County and 72 in Qiaojia County. In addition to the deaths, 2,401 people were reported injured. Read more
Nigerians Reportedly Giving Up On Android, Moving Back To BlackBerry
Is there an advantage to purchasing an Android smartphone over that of a BlackBerry handset? Sure, there are a few: you get more choices, in some cases better hardware, larger displays with higher resolutions, more apps, and so etc. Those are valid reasons and those are actually some of the reasons why Nigerians at one point gave up on BlackBerry for Android. Read more
US surveillance shows abducted Nigerian schoolgirls
Recent US surveillance video taken in Nigeria shows what appears to be large groups of girls held in remote locations, giving hope that the more than 200 schoolgirls who were abducted by Boko Haram extremists might be found, a report said Tuesday. Read now
No embezzlement in Pension Fund, says DG
Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) on Tuesday said it had plugged sources of misappropriation of pension funds in the agency.
Director-General of PTAD, Mrs Nellie Mayshak, made this known at the Sensitisation Workshop for Treasury Funded Parastatals and their Pensions Board of Trustees it organized in Abuja. Read more
British Airways cancels flights for fear of ebola
Saudi doctors have tested a patient suspected of contracting Ebola during a trip to West Africa, the Health Ministry announced Tuesday. A hospital in Jeddah admitted the Saudi man after he began showing symptoms of hemorrhagic fever upon his return from Sierra Leone. Symptoms include fever, vomiting, severe headaches, muscular pain, and, in the final stages, profuse bleeding. Read more
Risk Grows of Russia Entering Ukraine
Poland’s prime minister says he has information indicating that there is a growing threat of a “direct intervention” by Russia in Ukraine.
Donald Tusk said Wednesday that his assessment is based on information he has been receiving for the past dozen hours or so. He did not elaborate.
Tusk says “the threat of a direct intervention by Russia into Ukraine is greater than it was a few days or a couple of weeks ago.” Read more
Italy falls back into recession
taly’s economy has fallen back into recession, latest official figures show, after contracting for two quarters in a row.
GDP, the value of all the country’s goods and services, shrank 0.2% in the second quarter of the year.
The surprisingly weak number follows a 0.1% contraction in the first quarter. Read more
Boko Haram: Akwa Ibom investigates attack plot
Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Information, Aniekan Umanah, has called on residents of the state to remain vigilant, saying the alleged plot by members of the Boko Haram sect to attack the state is under investigation.
Umanah, while speaking with Daily Trust in Uyo, said there is a need for vigilance by all residents. Read more
D’banj speaks on agriculture
Following his recent delving into the agricultural sector, D’banj was on American Broadcasting Corporation(ABC) where he talked about agriculture and poverty in Africa. Read more
Israelis, Palestinians kick off ceasefire talks in Cairo
A fragile ceasefire in the Gaza Strip entered a second day Wednesday as Israeli and Palestinian delegations prepared for talks in Cairo to try to extend a 72-hour truce.
Delegations are now ready for what are expected to be tough talks aimed at securing a permanent ceasefire after the three-day window closes. The United States is also due to take part in the talks, though Secretary of State John Kerry is not expected to attend, according to Israeli media reports. Read more
Crude Supply to Refineries By Marine Vessels Increases Cost, Says Alison-Madueke
The Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, has explained that the option of transporting crude oil to the refineries by marine vessels due to vandalism of pipelines has increased the cost of refining the product by $7 per barrel.
This is coming as the Chief Executive Officer of Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc, Mr. Austin Avuru, has raised concern on the high rate of alarm being raised by some operators over crude oil theft. Read more