Suspected hoodlums have disrupted a meeting of the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) in Kaduna.
The coalition had converged on Arewa House, Kaduna, on Monday, to discuss the insecurity in the northern region when armed men broke into the hall.
CNG had organized a meeting under the theme, ‘Module for Broad-based Community Action for Self Defence, Deeper Engagement and Enhanced Synergy between States’, which was scheduled to take place on Monday and Tuesday.
Participants expected at the meeting included traditional rulers, religious leaders, civil society groups, youths, the business community, and other stakeholders from all 19 northern states of the country.
However, while the meeting was on, the attackers were said to have stormed the venue of the event and disrupted the meeting.
Tables were turned upside down, while a glass door was shattered in the process.
The incident took place hours after the CNG directed its members to organize a protest in Katsina, to demand the safe return of the students kidnapped from the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina.
According to Aminu Masari, governor of Katsina, as of Sunday afternoon, 333 students were still unaccounted for.
According to a statement issued by the group on Sunday, the protest will take place at Daura, the hometown of President Muhammadu Buhari — the president is currently in Katsina state.
“Three state chapters of the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) are into massive mobilization for an indefinite sit-out outside President Buhari’s home in Daura to demand the urgent rescue of the kidnapped students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara,” the statement reads.
“CNG’S spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, said the national headquarters of the coalition had been briefed by the three state chapters involved.
“The sit-out protest is expected to involve parents of all the abducted children and other concerned groups and individuals and to stay on until all the abducted children are returned alive and safe.
“The states to embark on the protests include Kano, Katsina, and Jigawa.”
JUST IN: Gunmen Attack, Assassinate Ogun Chief Adeyinka Folarin
Some yet-to-be-identified gunmen have killed a popular traditional chief, Adeyinka Folarin, the Baasegun of the Itunsokun community in Ogun State.
The gunmen suspected to be cultists were said to have on Monday night around 8 pm attacked Folarin in his residence in Sagamu
Two traditional rulers under anonymity confirmed the killing.
One of the traditional rulers said, “The information is correct but I don’t have much information about the incident. We heard that the chief who is a popular traditional chief and member of the Akarigbo in-council was killed last night. He is popularly called Baasegun, we however can’t say these are the people who did these terrible acts. We leave the police and other security agencies to do their job.”
A staff of Sagamu Local Government who pleaded anonymity said that the incident also made the LG workers hurriedly shut down for the day to avoid being caught in any act of violence that the killing could cause.
The source said, “Already, tension is very high in the town as I speak to you, workers are already moving out of the local government secretariat to avoid being caught in any form of crisis. Many are saying the man was killed by cultists but no one could really confirm this, the information is still scanty now.”
More to come…
Emefiele: President Tinubu Breaks Silence, Says Former CBN Governor Was Suspended Because Financial System Under Him Was Rotten
Nigeria’s President, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on Friday in Paris, France, told the Nigerian community that he suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele, from office because the financial system under him was rotten.
Emefiele is still being detained by the DSS.
Tinubu spoke during an interactive session with Nigerians in the Diaspora, resident in France and neighbouring countries, on the side lines of the two-day financing climate pact summit, which ended in Paris on Friday.
He also noted that many of those resident abroad were unable to send money to their relatives because of the multiple exchange rates, which he said had become a thing of the past.
He said: “Then the financial system was rotten. Few people making bags of money and then you yourself, you stopped sending money home to our poor parents. Several windows. But that is gone now. It’s gone.
“The man is in the hands of the authorities. Something is being done about that. They will sort themselves out.”
The President, while describing fuel subsidy as a 40-year-old scam, disclosed that his aides, Dele Alake and Wale Edun, left out subsidy removal from his inauguration speech, adding that he had to summon the courage to announce it when he mounted the podium to give his inaugural speech. He said fuel subsidy was making just a few smugglers rich.
Tinubu said: “Some countries were bleeding us. Courage was missing. Sometimes I became an advocate of it. But God gave me the opportunity when I danced around and strategised with my team. We won the presidency. And the day I was declared winner, I fell almost sick with joy.
“The few friends that visited me were rejoicing. So I asked the question, you asked me to bring this trophy, this victory. What do you do with it?
“I brought it. I won. We must achieve with it. We must change Nigeria with it. And then Wale Edun and co, we started debating, putting my speech together without the question on subsidy. I got to the podium, I was possessed with courage and I said ‘subsidy is gone.’
“They thought it was a joke of the century until I called NNPC. We are tired of feedings smugglers, making few people rich and subsidising the next-door neighbour.
“I met with the President of Benin Republic today. Everybody is equal now. We are friends. We are conjoined twins joined by the hips. How we will separate each other is with this fuel subsidy. Let us see whether we will survive or not but we are going to survive.”
Tinubu assured Nigerians that palliatives to cushion the effect of the removal of the subsidy were being worked out.
On why he kicked against organised Labour embarking on protests, he said they could not be asking for palliative, salary increase, transportation and still want the old order to remain.
“You want money increase in palliative, transportation what are you protesting about? Are you sharing part of the subsidy? If you protest, I will join you and protest against. And they stopped. No protest
“Palliative we will get but we have to save the money in order to embark on giving palliative”.
Dangote Refinery Will Generate $21billion, To Employ Over 100,000 Youths
Amid encomium from eminent personalities, which included President Mohammadu Buhari and five other African heads of state, President of the pan-African Conglomerate, Dangote Industries Limited (DIL), Aliko Dangote disclosed yesterday that the newly commissioned 650,000pbd refinery would employ over 100,000 Nigerians youths as well as generate over $21 billion, therefore saving the country huge forex, that would have been used for fuel importation. The company, according to him, now has over 33,000 employees.
Much to the excitement of Nigerians, Dangote said the commissioning has marked the beginning of the new journey of the self-sufficiency in refined petroleum products and exportation of same just as been achieved in Cement and lately fertilizer.
Dangote lamented that the current fuel crisis has had negative impact on the nation’s economy and that informed his decision to build a world class refinery that would change the trend and that though faced challenges but decided to trudge on.
He highlighted events leading to his firm deciding to build its own refinery after his attempt to acquire one of the existing moribund did not materialize noting that he decided to change marketing strategy and settle for gigantic project ever undertaken by an individual world over.
According to him, the refinery plant would be run at the highest effective and efficient level for maximum benefits to all Nigerians noting “we will replicate what we achieved in cement and fertilizer by attaining self-sufficiency and becoming net exporter.
Dangote assured Nigerians that 40 per cent of the production capacity will be available for export with the coming on stream of the plant guaranteeing raw materials for plastic, and pharmaceutical industries.
In his remark, President Buhari congratulated Dangote Group, saying “the 650,000 barrels a day of crude which will enable our country to achieve self-sufficiency in refined products and even have some supplies for export saying the government and people of Nigeria are proud of the doggedness and tenacity of Dangote as entrepreneur.
Said he; “This feat at this time of the nation’s economic development clearly made this event a notable milestone for our economy and the game changer for the downstream petroleum products not only for Nigeria but the entire African continent. Dangote Group has helped transform our economy from heavy import dependence to a net exporter in some critical industries, including cement and Fertiliser.”
He noted that the economy which has been stressed for many decades by huge deficits in economic infrastructure and over a decade of insurgency has also been severely impacted by several external crises, including the global financial crisis, the collapse of world crisis the Coronavirus pandemic and the Russia Ukraine war.
“The consequences of these challenges constitute a severe strain on our economy and limiting government’s ability to provide basic infrastructure without resorting to borrowing. Government therefore decide to focus attention on creating an enabling environment for the private sector to thrive and fill the enormous gap in investments not only in infrastructure, but also in all critical sectors.
“We recognize that without active participation of the private sector and a strong commitment to public-private partnership, the economy will not be able to continue to meet the challenge and economic growth”, while expressing the hope that the coming administration will continue to apply such innovative schemes to accelerate the fruition of critical infrastructure, in particular roads and gas pipelines.
Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele while commending Mr. Dangote for the successful completion of the refinery project said it would not only aid that nation’s domestic petrol needs, but also help in generating export revenues for our country.
Emefiele recalled; “In September 2013, when Alhaji Aliko Dangote announced his plans for the refinery, it was estimated to cost about US$9 billion, of which US$3 billion was projected as equity investment by the Dangote Group and the balance financed through commercial loans. Due to an array of factors, the project was eventually completed with a total of US$18.5 billion with funding distributed into 50 percent equity investment and 50 percent debt finance. I am proud to state that the commercial loan component of the project was financed majorly by our domestic banks with the balance sourced from foreign banks. The Central Bank of Nigeria also partnered, as always, with the Dangote Group in ensuring the successful completion of the project by providing about N125 billion, to cover domestic currency requirements for the venture.
“What you may not be fully aware of, Your Excellencies, is that the Dangote Group has started repaying some of the commercial loans even before the commissioning of this facility. This reflects the commercial capability of the Group and its Chairman. I am pleased to inform everyone today that, following extensive repayments, outstanding debt has dropped appreciably from over US$9 billion to US$3 billion.”
The CBN Governor commended Nigerian banks saying they did not only partnered with the project through effective financing but were keenly aware of the importance of the project for our nation. “They provided immense support and exceptional understanding, even when interest payments and principal repayment had fallen due.”
He described the successful completion of the refinery to President Buhari’s astute vision to ensure that Nigeria produces what Nigerians consume and that we consume what we produce. “The refinery and petrochemical project by the Dangote Group is a testament to your vision for Nigeria. It shows that, regardless of what the world thinks, Nigeria can be self-sufficient in all products that we consume and at the same time export our excess output to the rest of the world.”
“Aside enumerating our strategic efforts in the agriculture and other critical sectors, a sterling projects that we highlighted was the gigantic Dangote Refinery and Petrochemical project. The world doubted our willpower to succeed with this project. In hindsight, I could appreciate their skepticism because they do not understand how a single individual could build a refinery capable of serving an entire nation. To them, projects of this magnitude are usually only undertaken by sovereigns not individuals.”
Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd (NNPC), Mele Kolo Kyari said the NNPC was happy to partner Dangote Refinery because the project has potentials for smooth supply of petroleum and it would guarantee healthy competition for the benefits of the nation’s economy.
He said the NNPC Ltd. was committed to value addition to the potentials of the project noting that the new Petroleum Industry Act will provide security of supply of refined products and protect the plant. The NNPC boss added that his was happy the refinery is coming on board at a time the subsidy on imported products has become unbearable for government.
In their respective goodwill messages, Presidents of Ghana, Senegal, Niger, Benin Republic and Chad expressed satisfaction that the Dangote Refinery will serve the West African region and that their countries would be beneficiaries saying the Dangote Refiner is an African company for Africa by an African entrepreneur.
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