Nigeria LNG Delivers Landmark 3000th Cargo to Turkey
The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Limited (NLNG) said it has delivered its 3000th cargo of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to Botas Petroleum Pipeline Corporation at Marmara LNG Terminal in Turkey.
LNG Lokoja, one of the 23 vessels in NLNG’s fleet, with a 148,471 cubic metre capacity, loaded the cargo and sailed from Bonny Island Terminal in Rivers State on January 7, carrying 47,778,900 million British Thermal Units (MMbtus) of LNG.
Speaking at the Marmara LNG Terminal in Turkey in a ceremony to mark the delivery of the cargo, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of NLNG Limited, Mr. Babs Omotowa, said his company was fully committed to its aspiration to help harness the nation’s gas resources, and its vision to help build a better Nigeria.
“Today, we deliver our 3000th cargo of LNG to Botas Petroleum Pipeline Corporation. We take pride in the fact that this delivery demonstrates the consistency and reliability of NLNG as a world class energy supplier. It also underscores the excellent relationship we have with our customers. I also wish to recognise the diligence and dedication of our staff, the kind support of the government, our shareholders and our loyal customers,” he said
Private sector requires $6 billion to invest in the power sector to address electricity problem in Nigeria.
Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc, Yinka Sanni, in Lagos yesterday, said “Huge amount is required to invest in the power sector and the financial institutions are needed to finance some of these projects.
The private sector in the power sector is committed to deliver constant power in the country and that is why they are committing resources despite the inherent risk especially at this period that the country would be going for election he also said.
“We have N3 trillion in the Pension Fund and that shows that funds would be available for long term investment. Investors in the power sector had shown that they are here for long term investment”.
Chief Executive Officer, Stanbic IBTC Holding Plc , Sola David-Borha, in her remark said ” Stanbic IBTC Investors’ conference will continue to be the conference of choice for investors seeking to establish and/or strengthen their ties with/in Nigeria.
Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) reemphasise its commitment to facilitating the emergence of a knowledge based Nigeria.
The NCS will organise its 2014 flagship conference under the theme, “Building a Knowledge-Based Economy in Nigeria:
According to Jide Awe, Chairman, Publicity, Events and Trade Services, Nigeria’s developmental challenges of unemployment, poverty, disease and low quality of life were daunting and must be resolved..
For NCS, 2014, according to Awe is a year of innovative vision and opportunities requiring strategy and action to connect IT to growth opportunities for job creation, income generation, enterprise development, capacity building and export.
Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to offer Keshi new contract
Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, to be offered a new contract by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to remain in charge of the national team till 2019.
Keshi’s present contract with Nigeria will end in November next 2015, but officials are willing to tie him down on a longer term because they are satisfied with the progress of the national team under his stewardship since he was contracted in November 2011.
A board member of the federation, who craved anonymity, said that the federation would tie Keshi to a new term, to prevent him from being lured by Angola and South Africa, after his contract expires next year.
Mob in Bauchi, attack alleged homosexuals in court
A Nigerian court in the northern state of Bauchi adjourned abruptly hearing a case of sodomy on Wednesday after a mob hauled missiles at the suspects.
The stoning began after the presiding officer at the Bauchi Area Court 4, Malam El-Yakub Aliyu, finished listening to the plaintiff and the defence lawyers, and was about to close the session.
The court heard the submissions of the plaintiff’s counsel, Mr Dayyabu Ayuba, who objected to the bail application made by the defence counsel for one of the suspects, Ibrahim Marafa of Nasarawa quarters.
Ayuba argued that the case against Marafa was too serious to be granted bail, adding that even for his own safety, the court should refuse the application.
The defence lawyer, Mr Kamdi Musa, cited the 1999 Constitution as amended and the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) to buttress his prayers, adding that Musa would not jump bail as a family man.
Aliyu, however, refused the application, saying the sections cited by Musa were only applicable if there was no provision on the issue in the Shari’a law.
He also asked if the two other suspects, Usman Sabo and Hafiz Abubakar both of Bakin Kura quarters, were represented by counsel, but they said no.
A witness in the case, Dalhatu Gambo, 35, a carpenter at Bakin Kura quarters, told the court that residents of the area were informed that the duo were practising sodomy in a private house.
During cross examination by the presiding officer, Gambo said he only heard about their involvement in the act but did not actually catch them in the act. He said, however, that he once saw both suspects in the house with one of them improperly dressed.
The mob started stoning the suspects while they were being returned to prison custody when the court adjourned sitting on the case. The police were invited to control the situation.
US has no plans to withdraw aid to Nigeria in wake of anti-gay law introduction
The US Government has denied that it is to withdraw financial aid to Nigeria towards fighting HIV and AIDS amid the fallout from the recently introduced anti-gay law, but has said it will ensure its funding is not in violation of the law.
The US Ambassador to Nigeria James Entwistle, made the announcement on visiting the chair of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Attahiru Jega, at the organisation’s headquarters on Monday.
Speaking to journalists who asked about aid given to support programs to tackle HIV and AIDS, he denied the US would withdraw its funding.
He said: “Absolutely not! But we have to look at it very carefully and make sure that everything we do is in compliance with the new law.
“As you know, we put millions of dollars in the fight against HIV/AIDS. And again, I am not a lawyer; I read the law and it seems to me that it may put some restrictions on what we can do to help fight HIV/AIDS in this country. These are the issues we are looking at as we look at the law,” he continued.
Discussing the situation in the US, he said: “The issue of same sex marriage is very controversial all over the world, including my country where 17 states out of 50 have considered it. Some are saying it is not legal.”
The British Government last week defended decisions to increase aid to the country despite the law, telling PinkNews that the country’s government does not actually receive any of the money, and instead it goes directly to contractors and organisations there.
Under the terms of the new Nigerian law, anyone who enters into a same-sex marriage or civil union may be jailed for up to 14 years, and all such unions entered into abroad are made “void”.
It also bans people who register, operate or participate in gay clubs, societies or organisations, or who publicly show that they are in a same-sex relationship will be punishable with up to ten years in prison – this includes couples holding hands.
“Only a marriage contract between a man and a woman shall be recognised as valid in Nigeria,” the law states.