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No Plans To Concession Port Harcourt Refinery – Kachikwu

No Plans To Concession Port Harcourt Refinery – Kachikwu

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Contrary to public speculations that the Federal Government was planning concession of the Port Harcourt refinery to Agip/Eni and Oando, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has maintained that government will not sell or concession Nigeria’s oil refineries to private firms. He spoke during a public hearing inter-face with Senate Ad-hoc committee looking into the planned concession of the Port Harcourt refinery to Agip/Eni and Oando at ‎ the National Assembly Complex. According to him, what's going on is that a technical committee has been set up by the government to undertake a review‎ stating that the committee is coming up with a holistic investment figure enough to fix the nation’s refineries. ‎‎The Minister ‎also denied the swapping method of p
Gunmen Attack Army Formation In Delta, Kill One, Cart Away Weapons

Gunmen Attack Army Formation In Delta, Kill One, Cart Away Weapons

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One soldier was killed and several others injured in an attack on military personnel in Nigeria’s oil-rich south, a security source said on Thursday, in the second incident this month in the restive region. The attack happened in the early hours of Thursday in the Ogbogbagbene community, south-west of the Delta state capital Warri, according to locals. A source at Nigeria’s Department of State Security intelligence agency said it was not immediately clear whether those responsible were “militants or just hoodlums”. “But they killed a soldier, injured others and carted away arms and ammunition, as well as a military gunboat,” he said, adding that the injured were being treated in hospital. There was no immediate response from the military joint task force that handles security i
DESOPADEC Commissioner, Izoukumor Appeals To ‘Avengers’ To Sheath Their Sword

DESOPADEC Commissioner, Izoukumor Appeals To ‘Avengers’ To Sheath Their Sword

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The Commissioner representing Ijaw ethnic nationality in the board of Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Commission, DESOPADEC, Chief Favour Izoukumor has appealed to members of the self-styled militant group, 'New Niger Delta Avengers' to join force with the Delta State Government to develop the state. Izoukumor said that it would be counterproductive to target oil and gas facilities in state just to show anger and agitation for development, saying it is the state that would suffer in event of such attack. While appealing to his Ijaw kinsmen not to join in any act capable of casting the people in bad light, Izoukumor urged all stakeholders not to resort to violence because according to him, it will further deplete both the state and federal revenues at face of economic r...
Otuaro Expresses Delight Over Militia Group, ‘Avengers’ Shelved Attacks On Oil Installations 

Otuaro Expresses Delight Over Militia Group, ‘Avengers’ Shelved Attacks On Oil Installations 

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Acting Governor of Delta State, Barr. Kingsley Burutu Otuaro has expressed delight over the shelving of “Operation Cripple Delta Oil” by militant group which styled itself as' New Delta Avengers'. BigPen Online recalls that the militant group had call its plans to bomb installations mainly in Delta State following the reported intervention of elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark. A statement by Senior Special Assistant on Communications and Press to the Acting Governor, Mr. Bulou Kosin, said Otuaro, who was the Chairman of the Delta State Advocacy Committee Against Oil Facility Vandalism, had appealed to the militant group to resort to dialogue in place of violence. According to him, their planned attacks would only deplete state resources for the development of the oil communit
BUSTED! New Niger-Delta Avengers Funded By DESOPADEC, Interested Parties In State Assembly

BUSTED! New Niger-Delta Avengers Funded By DESOPADEC, Interested Parties In State Assembly

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Reports have emerged that the self-styled group, New Niger Delta Avengers which have been threatening fire and brimstone is reportedly being funded by some politicians in Delta State and top management of Delta Oil commission, BigPen Online can report. Credible sources told our correspondent that some politicians in the state frustrated of how to get funds from Okowa government had allegedly formed the supposed militant group to prod the state government to release backlog of funds to contractors and the Delta Oil Production Area Commission. The source said that the oil commission have been a conduit pipe to some lawmakers in the state House of Assembly but Okowa on assumption of office reportedly blocked on the loopholes through the DESOPADEC amendment bill. It was gathered t...
Ogoni Cleanup: Group Raises Concern Over Whereabouts Of $200million Shell Release To HYPREP

Ogoni Cleanup: Group Raises Concern Over Whereabouts Of $200million Shell Release To HYPREP

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A group, Save Our Ogoni Project, SOOP has expressed concerns about the whereabouts of $200million Shell recently released to the governing council of the Hydrocarbon Pollution Restoration Programme, HYPREP for Ogoni cleanup. The group said that its fears has become imperative because it has lost confidence in the leadership of HYPREP which it alleged may have deposited the funds in a private account instead of the "Ogoni Trust Fund" account. It said that their worries followed the failure of HYPREP to brief Ogoni people of how they had appropriated the $10million the Federal Government earlier released for the clean up exercise. SOOP, in a statement by its Coordinator, Mr. Aalo Anthony, also said that the alleged secret recruitment of youths for oversees training drawn from a
Plot To Remove Amnesty Boss, Boroh Heightens Tension In N’Delta

Plot To Remove Amnesty Boss, Boroh Heightens Tension In N’Delta

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Tension is mounting in the Niger Delta following a plot by a section of ex-militant leaders to launch a campaign for the removal of the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh (rtd). The development has however divided the ranks of the Ex-militants as some are rooting for Boroh while others are against him. Already, one of the group which styled itself as Niger Deltans for Accountability and Good Governance (NDAGG), has set up a Boroh-must-go website (http://www.ndagg) to push its case against the coordinator. It accused the amnesty coordinator of denying ex-militants their entitlements. Nation newspaper reported that another group, rooting for Boroh, Niger Delta Concerned Ex-agitators (NDCE), in a statement in Yenagoa, on Saturday war
Group Demands Extension Of Referendum To Indigenous Peoples Of Niger Delta

Group Demands Extension Of Referendum To Indigenous Peoples Of Niger Delta

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Following the letter by Arewa Youths Council, calling on Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to allow the Igbos have their 'Biafra Republic' through a referendum, a Niger Delta group has demanded that the referendum be extended to the oil-rich region to enable the indigenous people of the area go their own way. In a statement made available to BigPen Online on Saturday, the group, Niger Delta Self Determination Movement, NDSDM, said that over 40 ethnic nationalities in the region are demanding that such a referendum must be extended to them in all the six states of the South- South geopolitical zone. The group said that they were equally tired of the "over 100 years of stifling and oppressive system" occasioned by the amalgamation of Nigeria by Lord Lugard. They reaffirmed their de...
Delta Deputy Gov. Otuaro Urges ‘New Avengers’ To Give Peace A Chance

Delta Deputy Gov. Otuaro Urges ‘New Avengers’ To Give Peace A Chance

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  Deputy Governor of Delta State, Barr. Kingsley Burutu Otuaro, has called on suspected militant group, 'New Niger-Delta Avenger' to give peace a chance saying that the Delta State Advocacy Committee Against Oil Facility Vandalism which he chairs is always open to engagement with any aggrieved group for positive advancement of the oil rich Delta state and Nigeria at large. Otuaro spoke in reaction to threats by self-styled militant group, 'New Delta Avengers' which vowed to strike oil facilities earlier than it stated in its ultimatum, over alleged neglect of oil communities by the state government. Speaking to newsmen at the weekend, Otuaro advised that approach to agitation should not be counter-productive, stressing: "destructive activities could constitute security ri...
Delta Will Become Number One Oil Producer By 2018 – Gov. Okowa

Delta Will Become Number One Oil Producer By 2018 – Gov. Okowa

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The Delta State Governor, Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa has predicted that by 2018, the State will become the number producer of oil in the country if the youths continue to maintain the existing peace. Governor Okowa made the prediction at the palace of the Okobaro of Ughieveen Kingdom, HRM. Matthew Ediri Egbi JP Owhawha shortly after he commissioned 10.8 Kilometres rehabilitated/resealed Okpare-Umolo-Ovwodokpokpor, Kiagbodo roads in addition to the inspection of Ewu and Okpe-Olomu roads. Governor Okowa noted that the State Government could nt meet up to the expectations of its people because of the little derivation accruing to the state in addition to youth restiveness and militancy. The governor appealed to youths in Ughelli South Local Government Area to continue to maintain the...