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Dangote Refinery:If We Don’t Do It By Ourselves, Nobody Will Come Down Here And Do It For Us, Dangote Tells Ghana Delegation

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Dangote Group of company has said it plans to export petroleum products from its refinery to Europe, South America, West Africa and Central Africa.

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The company stated this on Sunday during a visit by a delegation of Ghana led by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, to the refinery site in Lagos.

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The Executive Director, Strategy, Capital Projects and Portfolio Development, Dangote Group, Devakumar Edwin, said products from the refinery, with a capacity to process 650,000 barrels per day, could be marketed anywhere in the world.

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He said, “It is one of our targets to take diesel to Europe. Our equipment is already being designed to do this. We can take surplus petrol to South America, apart from West African countries and Central African countries. That is why decided to go for Euro V.

“The refinery can handle all the Nigerian crude grades and all the African crude grades, as well as some of the Middle East grades and the US light oil.” Read Also: See List Of 13 Richest Blacks In The World According To Forbes 2019

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According to him, the refinery can meet 100 per cent of the Nigerian requirements of all the liquid products and will have surplus to export.

The minister, after the tour of the project, said, “This is one of the impressive projects, if not the most impressive project, we have seen done by a Nigerian. It is a very encouraging development, and for us as government, we have also resolved to support this project fully.

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“In terms of support, it will be in the areas of feedstock and off-take. Government will guarantee some of these things. But all these will come out of discussions with the President of Dangote Group. Once they put their needs on the table, we will look at them and see how to narrow the gap.”

The President, Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, said, “We believe in Nigeria, and if we don’t do it by ourselves, nobody will come down here and do it for us. Nigeria is actually supposed to feed the entire West and Central Africa and that is what we are trying to do. That is why went for this massive capacity.”

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1st Anniversary: My Comfort Not A Priority, Says Kwara Gov

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Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Friday said the administration is not in a rush to purchase official vehicles or make the Government House overtly cozy when the state is littered with unbefitting infrastructure that has kept it down the ladder of socioeconomic development over the years.

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In a live broadcast and media chat to commemorate the first year of his administration, AbdulRazaq said his conducts, prudent handling of public funds, and prioritisation of people’s welfare were in agreement with the spirit of Otoge — the campaign slogan of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

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“What Kwarans voted for was change. They were tired of how things were being done before. They needed a new beginning to chart a new course. That’s the task we are charged with. The question they are asking us is how we are funding our (numerous) projects? The answer is because we are prudent in the management of public resources,” he said.

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“I thank members of the state house of assembly. All the lawmakers are entitled to a vehicle each. So far, they have sacrificed that. That possibly runs to over a billion. Our commissioners are also entitled to vehicles. That also runs to over a billion. The Governor and the deputy Governor and their aides are also entitled to vehicles which also run to over a billion. We all have sacrificed such in order to invest in critical infrastructure for the state.”

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In a strong pushback against a culture of spending public funds to shore up political standing, AbdulRazaq said the people had not voted him to lavish public funds on acolytes or entrenched interests and said his priority has been to “share projects” across the state to deepen development in the grassroots.

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“We abandon the renovation of Government House which is also over N100m. That’s not important to us now. We need to focus on the essential things. We believe that there should be a change in the way things are done,” he added.

“Let us make sure that we start delivering now with the right trajectory because our people voted for change and change has come to stay. People will continue to see the change. Yes, some (persons) will complain that we’re not sharing money. We’re not doing this, we’re not doing that. We are not here to share money; we are here to share projects and infrastructure. We expect people to stay with us and stay focused.”

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He commended the people of the state for their support over the last one year, calling on them to remain steadfast as the administration commits public funds to serve them.

“We are doing a lot of jobs. This morning I looked at the social media and I saw that Kwara is trending number one because we are doing the right things, we are taking the right steps, and taking the right decisions. The resources are scarce but the little we have we are spending prudently and judiciously,” the Governor added.

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Commenting on the plummeting oil prices and the COVID-19 pandemic that have slowed down global economy, AbdulRazaq said the government would slash the (N162bn) 2020 budget by roughly N40bn with huge emphasis placed on cutting cost of governance and some infrastructural projects that do not immediately impact on the lives of the people.

He said more money would now go into social investments to shore up the purchasing power of the masses amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

AbdulRazaq said the state government had nearly finalised debates on the national minimum wage until the pandemic struck, adding however that the recent presidential order granting autonomy to local governments has justified his position that the third tier of government must be allowed to manage its own resources and take its own decisions.

He commended the workers in the state, including the leadership of the unions, for their understanding while the debate lasted, saying the government remains committed to the welfare of the workers.

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Why Court Frees Senator Adeleke Over Alleged Exam Malpractice

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A Federal High Court in Abuja has discharged former governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke in the alleged examination malpractices trial involving him and four others.

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Adeleke, who was arraigned before a Federal High Court in Abuja in October 2018 along with Sikiru Adeleke (who is said to be the senator’s relative), Alhaji Aregbesola Mufutau (the school principal), Gbadamosi Thomas Ojo (registrar) and Dare Samuel Olutope (teacher).

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Ademola and Sikiru were accused of fraudulently, through personation, registering as students of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School, Ojo-Aro, Osun State to enable them sit for the National Examinations Council (NECO) examination of June/July 2017.

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The other three defendants were accused of aiding the commission of the alleged offence.

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At the resumed hearing on Thursday, prosecution lawyer, Simon Lough said the state has amended the charge to exclude Adeleke, in view of his continued absence in court.

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Adeleke has failed to attend court since last year when he was granted permission, by the trial judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo, to travel to the United States on medical grounds.

Lawyers to the defendants, led by Alex Izinyon (SAN) did not object to the prosecution’s decision to amend its charge.

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Justice Inyang Ekwo, in a ruling on Friday, said he was minded to discharge Adeleke in view of the prosecution’s decision to withdraw charges against him.

‎Justice Ekwo elected to continue with the trial of the other four co-defendants in the case, who were re-arraigned on Thursday on a seven-count amended charge filed in the name of the Inspector General of Police (IGP).

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Pilot Wife Exposes Departure Of 15-Man Chinese Medics From Nigeria

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The 15-man medical team from China who arrived Nigeria on April 9 to support Nigerian medical doctors with their experiences in containing the Coronavirus pandemic have been secretly flown out of the country.

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The secret departure was disclosed by Nollywood actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, whose husband, Matthew Ekeinde is a pilot.

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According to a report from an online medium, State Press “She took to her Instagram page to announce that her husband was embarking on his first flight in two months due to the shut down of the nation’s airspace.

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“Sharing a picture of her husband and his co-pilot fulled kitted in a face shield and a mask, she wondered if it was the new normal.

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“The Nollywood diva eventually added that he was flying the Chinese doctors who arrived Nigeria in April back to their base.

She wrote, “Is this the new normal? #TheCaptain went on his first flight today in two months! Those are the Chinese pple that flew in some time ago! Not sure how to feel”.

Recall that Nigerians opposed their coming to the country, while the Federal Government assured that they will be quarantined for 14 days on arrived.

The Nigeria Medical Association also kicked against the decision of the FG to invite the Chinese doctors to help the country curtail and contain the spread of the deadly virus.

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But the Federal Government last two weeks denied knowing the whereabouts of the team, claiming that they were guests of the Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC).

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