PIB Bill: Senate scraps NNPC; Gunmen abduct 6 Lagos pupils 3 days after writing school; Igbos, stop complaining, you didn’t invest in Buhari’s 2015 campaign – Ngige; FG approves closure of 5 foreign missions & embassies; Tell those agitating for Biafra that there is enough cake to share – Obasanjo . . .
The Senate on Thursday passed a part of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB). The bill scaled the third reading. The bill will scrap NNPC and merge the DPR, PPPRA and the PEF into one agency. The NNPC will be replaced by the National Petroleum Company (NPC) and Nigerian Petroleum Assets Management Company (NPAMC), The new bill also streamlined the role of the Petroleum Minister. According to the bill, the NPC and the NPAMC will be under the supervision of a newly created Petroleum Regulatory Commission (PRC) which will get 10% cost of collection of revenues from other commercial agencies.
Gunmen abducted six pupils of the Igbonla Model College, Epe in Lagos. About seven months ago, four pupils and two members of the teaching staff were abducted from the same college in October 2016. Reports say the gunmen gained entry around 6am on Thursday through the creek at the back of the college and kidnapped 10 SSS pupils. According to the reports, four of the pupils were later released at the waterside after profiling their parents’ details. They escaped with the remaining six pupils, identified as Peter Jonah, Isiaq Rahmon, Adebayo George, Judah Agbausi, Pelumi Philips and Farouq Yusuf.
The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige, has asked the Southeast to stop complaining of marginalization by the Buhari administration. He lamented that all his efforts to persuade the Igbo to wisely invest in Buhari’s presidential bid in 2015 failed because of lack of cooperation by many South-east leaders, who threw their weight behind former President Goodluck Jonathan. Dr. Ngige said, inter alia: “. . . I went to our Ohanaeze Ndi-Igbo in Enugu twice. They could not even reply to a letter written by Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, seeking for a meeting with them . . .”
The Federal Government has approved the closure of five foreign missions and embassies, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama told newsmen in Abuja on Thureday. The minister who did not mention the embassies or missions, said the process for closure was underway and was also subject to the approval of the president. Mr. Onyeama said, inter alia: “. . . We do not want to indicate the embassies that will be closed yet because we are in the process of submitting the proposals, the cost analysis and also the political analysis we did to the president . . .”
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has appealed to pro-Biafra agitators who are asking to secede from Nigeria to shield the struggle, stressing that there is “enough cake to share.” Speaking at the Biafra conference held in Abuja on Thursday Obasanjo said, iner alia: “. . . But I think, we should even appeal to those saying they want to go, we should not tell them to go, we should make them understand that there is enough cake to share. We should massage Nigeria just like in a love relationship. Some of the people agitating for Biafra today were not even born then. They don’t know what it entails . . .”