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I will not surrender govt to criminals -Ortom By Scholastica JOSEPH, Makurdi

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enue State Governor Samuel Ortom has vowed to deal with anyone caught fomenting trouble in that state or at the border communities as his government would not give room for criminal elements to overrun the state. Ortom read the riot act, last week, at the Benue Peoples House in Makurdi, while briefing the press on his plans to tackle insecurity in the state. The governor appealed to the people of Taraba and Ebonyi, who are currently at loggerheads with their Benue counterparts, to remain calm and allow for peace to reign. According to him, a joint committee comprising of five stakeholders from each state has already been inaugurated to find lasting solutions to the Benue/Taraba border clashes. He said his government is in agreement with Ebonyi and Taraba states and would do everything to resolve the issues and bring lasting peace between the states. The governments of Taraba and Benue had

given directives that persons involved in there crisis, (whether from Benue or Taraba) should be apprehended and sanctioned accordingly. “We are not joking about this. We will continue to monitor things to ensure that peace returns to our states,” he said. The governor said there was need for collaboration with all stakeholders; traditional

rulers, the press and the general public, to end criminality in the land saying anyone with useful information should avail it to the security agencies. Speaking on the internal crisis in Katsina Ala, Gboko, Kwande, Agatu and other places, Governor Ortom announced that after a critical meeting with security stakeholders, it was discovered that

criminal elements are taking advantage of the security situation to cause more mayhem in the state. “The case of Katsina Ala was purely a criminal matter. We have discovered that a lot of criminals were taking advantage to aggravate the situation and we have been able to nip this in the bud and hopefully, there will be no more hostilities.

“As at today, there is no form of economic activity going on in that axis. Businesses, schools and even farming activities which is our main source of sustenance are all shut down. We will ensure our people have their peace.” He further states that those who neglected their responsibilities leading to the crisis will be sanctioned.

The new USAID AENN activity will benefit 200,000 primary school boys and girls in Adamawa and Gombe states in partnership with the American University of Nigeria.

NNPC tasks petroleum engineers on energy security By Godfrey AKON

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he Nigerian N a t i o n a l P e t r o l e u m Corporation, NNPC, has challenged members of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, SPE, to come up with a blueprint for energy security and sustainability in Nigeria. Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, gave the charge at the 2019 annual SPE Oloibiri Lecture Series and Energy Forum in Abuja last Thursday, a statement from the corporation said. While presenting a paper on “Energy Security and Sustainable Development in Nigeria: The Way Forward,” Baru recounted the huge national energy deficit in the country, stressing that as the second largest economy in Africa,

demand for energy was growing at a very rapid rate. “Despite abundant Oil and Gas reserves, Nigeria experiences shortages in electric power. Based on Nigeria’s Energy consumption current and forecast, available statistics showed an increase from 6 GW in

2015 to 30 GW by 2025 with the primary source of the current power supply being from hydro and gas. “The future consumption which is expected to drive growth by 2025 would need aggressive development of gas and renewables projects to meet the

exponential demand”, he stated. The GMD listed efforts by the corporation to bridge the energy supplydemand gap to include accelerated development of gas resources and facilities, rehabilitation of existing refineries, investments in renewable energy

Filling stations warned against off-loading fuel at noon By Ambrose IMOBHIO, Asaba illing stations owners and operators have been warned not to off load fuel products at noon in any part of the state due to safety concerns. Mr. Eugene Oziwele, the Delta state director, Fire Service, gave the warning while speaking with journalists in Asaba.

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He maintained that the warning has become imperative to enlighten the owners of such stations on the inherent dangers associated with afternoon off-loading. The director maintained that owing to the heat and emission associated with noon, any contact of fuel with sensitive materials could cause explosion. He stated that the level of fire incidence in

the state has reduced drastically with the education the service has been given to residents. Oziwele maintained that with the state of art facilities provided by the state government, the fire service is able to respond to distress calls and avert fire incidence. He commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for the support to the Service for efficient delivery.

projects, and focus on exploration of the frontier basins to boost reserves. He noted that Nigeria was facing a new challenge in the form of competition from new oil production centres across the globe, particularly Africa, adding that there was need to “unlock new barrels as quickly as possible to stay relevant in the new emerging world”. He therefore called on the SPE and its member to “proffer an industry road map to guarantee energy security and sustainability for the nation”. The Oloibiri lecture series which is organized by the Society of Petroleum Engineers Nigerian Council, is an annual event focused on contributing to oil and gas policy development for Nigeria.

ILO task governments, stakeholders on e-waste management By Chuks NZEH

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he International L a b o u r Organisation, ILO, has tasked governments and stakeholders on proper management of electronic waste, especially as it relates to creating jobs for the youth. This was made known recently in Abuja, by the ILO government vicechairperson, Aniefiok Etim Essah. “In my own country, Nigeria, and in several other African countries, e-waste is littering our landscape; yet, our youth possesses the creativity and potential for learning skills to manage e-waste, giving us the opportunity to increase youth employment,” he observed. ILO, worker vicechairperson, James Towers, on his part said workers handling ewaste have no voice, no bargaining power and they are breaking hazardous materials by their hands. Towers further stressed that majority of these workers are unaware of the many risks associated with handling e-waste. According to him, only 20 per cent of ewaste is formally recycled, even though it is valued at •55 billion. ILO, employer vicechairperson, Patrick Van den Bossche also said there is great business opportunity in the ewaste sector. “We need to step up our efforts in creating decent and sustainable jobs, fostering an enabling environment for sustainable enterprises, offering new products and new services, and adding value through enhancing the circular economy”. He further said that the world produces as much as 50 million tons of e-waste annually.

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