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SERAP Drags FG To ECOWAS Court Over Illegal Oil Pipelines

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has filed a lawsuit against the government of the President, Muhammadu Buhari , over “the failure to probe the operations of illegal oil pipelines between 2001 and 2022, to name and prosecute those suspected to be involved, and to recover proceeds of crime.” The suit was filed by SERAP, Chief Eric Dooh, (who is suing for himself as a leader of the Goi Community in Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers State, and on behalf of the Goi Community), and 15 other concerned Nigerians.

Abuja-Kaduna Rail Services Resumes Operations Nov 28

The Abuja-Kaduna rail services are set to resume operations on Monday, 28 November 2022 with skeletal train schedules. According to an internal memo, the first train will depart Abuja by 9:45 am while the second train will leave by 3:30 pm. Similarly, the first train will leave the Kaduna train station by 8:00 am while the second train will depart in the afternoon at 2 o’clock.

Trapped Funds: CBN Releases $265m To Foreign Airlines

In a bid to check the current crisis in the country’s aviation sector, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)  on Friday released $265 million to foreign airlines operating in Nigeria, in order to settle outstanding ticket sales. A breakdown of the funds shows that $230 million was released as special foreign exchange intervention while the sum of $35 million was released through Retail SMIS (Secondary Market Intervention Sales) auction.

Ponmo Consumption: FG Plans Ban To Revive Leather Industry

In a bid to revive Nigeria’s leather industry, the Federal Government (FG) has announced its plan to ban the consumption of animal skin, locally known as ponmo in the country. This was disclosed by Muhammad Yakubu, the Director-General (DG) of the Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Technology (NILEST), who stated that ponmo consumption had no nutritional value, adding that it should be stopped in order to revive the industry and boost the country’s economy.

New 'Langya' Virus Found In China Infects Dozens

A new animal virus that can infect people has been identified in eastern China. But scientists say they are not overly concerned because the virus doesn't seem to spread easily between people, nor is it fatal. The newly discovered virus identified as Langya henipavirus or LayV can cause respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, and fatigue, and is closely related to Nipah and Hendra viruses, but cannot spread easily in people. These also cause respiratory infections and can be fatal. Researchers think LayV is carried by shrews, which might have infected people directly or through an intermediate animal. The pathogen did not cause any reported deaths, but was detected in 35 unrelated fever patients in hospitals in Shandong and Henan provinces between 2018 and 2021, the scientists said,

NCAA Renews Azman Air Licence Hours After Suspension

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has renewed the air transport licence (ATL) of Azman Air to enable the airline to resume operations. This development is coming hours after the NCAA suspended the airline for failing to provide the required documents for its ATL renewal. According to NCAA, Azman’s licence has been renewed fulfiling all outstanding requirements.

President Buhari Officially Unveils NNPC Limited

President Muhammadu Buhari unveiled the new identity and logo of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, now a limited liability company. The motto of the new logo reads, ”NNPC: Energy for today, Energy for tomorrow”.

IPMAN Strike Triggers Fear Of Fresh Fuel Scarcity

Fresh fuel scarcity is looming in northern states of Nigeria including Abuja, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Kogi, Niger, and neighbouring states as independent marketers, Yesterday, announced a three-day warning strike over non-payment of outstanding fuel transportation costs, otherwise referred to as bridging claims. The Chairman of IPMAN, Suleja Depot Branch of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, Yahaya Alhassan said marketers had stopped the supply of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) from the depot, as the union had prevented trucks from moving product to the northern states. According to Alhassan said marketers were withdrawing their services until the Federal Government settled their outstanding bridging claims of N50.5bn. “The Petroleum Equalisation Fund has not paid our money. We have N50.5bn (to be paid by PEF) and because of that we are withdrawing our services,” he said.

2023 Census: NPC To Recruit Three Million Nigerians

The National Population Commission (NPC) during a town hall meeting with stakeholders on the trial census for 2023 in Kafanchan has disclosed that it would recruit three (3) million ad-hoc staff for the 2023 population census. The Commission added that the recruitment website will be opened in September and interested persons should apply. 

FG Suspends Proposed 5% Tax On Telecoms

The Federal Government yesterday suspended the proposed excise duty on telecommunication services. The suspension was made public by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, on Monday during the inaugural meeting of the Presidential Committee on Excise Duty for the Digital Economy Sector in Abuja. According to Pantami, the telecommunications sector is already overburdened by excessive and multiple taxation. The committee includes: Pantami Chairman, the Minister of Finance and National Planning, the Chairman of Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS), the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), and Representatives of all the telecom companies in Nigeria are members.

FNBC President: Macron Reappoints Abdulsamad Rabiu

President Emmanuel Macron of France has reappointed the Founder and Chairman of BUA Group, Abdulsamad Rabiu as the President of the France-Nigeria Business Council (FNBC) during the council’s July 2022 Meeting held in Paris, France. Speaking during the event, Abdulsamad stated that it was his personal honor to be a member of FNBC, serve as the Council’s pioneer president, and now be reappointed as president.

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