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SALLAH: Tonlagha Felicitates with Muslims, Appreciates President Tinubu

The Managing Director/Chairman of Maton Engineering Nigeria Limited, Mr. Matthew Tonlagha, has felicitated with President Bola Tinubu and the Muslim Ummah as they join the rest of the world to commemorate the 2024 Eid-el-Kabir celebration. Eid-el-Kabir, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, is a significant time for reflection, prayer, and community. As Muslims across

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Lagos GDP Hits N41 Trillion, 7th in Africa under Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State Government announced that its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has surged from N27 trillion to N41 trillion within four years of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration, securing its position as the 7th largest economy in Africa. During the ongoing ministerial press briefing to mark the first year of Governor Sanwo-Olu’s second term in office

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Senator Dickson backs Tantita’s efforts to combat oil theft in Niger-Delta

Senator Henry Seriake Dickson, the representative of Bayelsa West in the 10th Assembly and former Governor of Bayelsa state, has thrown his weight behind Tantita Security Services Nigeria Limited’s involvement in the fight against oil theft in the Niger-Delta. During an appearance on the Arise TV Breakfast show, Senator Dickson underscored the importance of Tantita’s

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PHOTO STORY: Otuaro Meets Nigerian Army Commander at Effurun Barracks

In a bid to foster peace and stability in the Niger Delta region, Chief Dennis Otuaro, PhD, the Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), on Tuesday, engaged in a crucial meeting with Major A. E. Ohegbe, Commanding Officer of the 3 Battalion, Nigerian Army, at the Effurun Barrack in Delta State. The meeting aimed

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Presidential Amnesty Office Confirms Disbursement of March Stipends to Beneficiaries

The Presidential Amnesty Office has confirmed the disbursement of the N65,000 stipends for March 2024 to all beneficiaries. In a statement released on Saturday, the office addressed concerns raised by delegates regarding non-payment or delays in stipend disbursement, attributing any delays to technical issues experienced by some banks. The office reiterated its commitment to ensuring

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In Wake of OKUAMA Tragedy, Otuaro Holds Talks with COAS Lagbaja in Abuja

Chief Dennis Otuaro, PhD, Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), met with Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, in Abuja on Thursday to address pressing security concerns in the Niger Delta region, following a recent tragic ambush on Nigerian troops in Okuama community, Ughelli South, Delta State, resulting in the death of

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PAP Boss Otuaro Meets Ex-President Jonathan for Consultation in Abuja

Chief Dennis Otuaro, PhD, the Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), met with Former President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja on Thursday. The meeting was part of Otuaro’s efforts to engage various stakeholders for the successful implementation of the programme, which aims to foster peace and development in the Niger Delta region. During the meeting,

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OKUAMA TRAGEDY: PAP Administrator Otuaro Joins President Tinubu to Pay Tribute to 17 Slain Military Personnel in Abuja

The Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Chief Dennis Otuaro, PhD, joined President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in paying tribute to the 17 soldiers who lost their lives in the Okuama community tragedy in Delta State approximately two weeks ago. Expressing profound sadness

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OKUAMA: Edwin Clark Sounds Alarm as Nigerian Military Raids Home by Land and Air

Former Federal Commissioner for Information and Ijaw national leader, Chief Edwin Clark, has revealed that soldiers conducted a raid on his country home in Kiagbodo, Delta State, by both land and air in search of arms. The Elderstatesman disclosed that on Saturday, March 23, 2024, approximately 30 to 40 armed soldiers arrived in about 5

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HIGH-LEVEL TALKS: PAP Boss Otuaro Meets Defence Minister to Quell Niger Delta Security Challenges

The Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Chief Dennis Otuaro, PhD, held a crucial meeting recently with the Honourable Minister of Defence, Alhaji Muhammed Badaru Abubakar, in Abuja. The meeting was convened in response to the recent tragic events involving the loss of 16 soldiers in Okuama community, Delta state. Chief Dennis Otuaro extends

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PAP Administrator Otuaro Makes Courtesy Call on SGF Akume in Abuja

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator George Akume, CON, graciously welcomed Chief Dennis Otuaro, PhD, the newly appointed Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), during a meeting at his office in Abuja on Friday. This gathering marked the inception of significant initiatives aimed at revitalizing the program, with a dedicated focus

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OKUAMA/OKOLOBA: Presidential Amnesty Programme Boss, Otuaro, Meets Defence Minister for Strategic Talks

Chief Dennis Otuaro, PhD, the Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), met with the Honourable Minister of State for Defence, His Excellency, Dr. Muhammed Bello Matawalle, MON, in Abuja on Friday, March 22, to extend condolences and discuss strategic collaboration. The visit aimed to express condolences to the Nigerian military following the March 14,

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Edwin Clark Urges President Tinubu to Fast-Track Roads, Rail Projects in Niger Delta

Chief Edwin Clark, Ijaw National leader and convener of Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), has urged President Bola Tinubu to prioritize the completion of abandoned roads and rail projects leading to the Niger Delta region. In a letter to Tinubu on Wednesday, Clark commended the president for initiating the Lagos-Calabar coastal road construction but emphasized

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University of Benin Congratulates Otuaro on Appointment as PAP Administrator

The Department of Political Science at the University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria, has congratulated Dr. Dennis Otuaro on his recent appointment as the Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP). Dr. Otuaro’s appointment by President Bola Tinubu on March 15 marks a significant milestone in the efforts to address youth restiveness in the Niger

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Otuaro Vows to Bring Presidential Amnesty Programme Closer to the People

Chief Dr. Dennis Brutu Otuaro, the newly appointed Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), has assured that his tenure will prioritize bringing the programme closer to the people, according to GbaramatuVoice. Otuaro’s appointment, announced last Friday, comes as a replacement for Gen. Barry Ndiomu (Rtd). Upon his arrival on Monday, staff members of PAP

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INEC Chairman Meets Ijaw, Urhobo Delegation from Warri Federal Constituency in Abuja

Today, the Honorable Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, along with National Commissioners, welcomed a delegation representing the Ijaws and Urhobos from the Warri Federal Constituency of Delta State at the INEC Headquarters in Abuja. While the specifics of the meeting have not been disclosed yet, GbaramatuVoice reports that it may not be unrelated to

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Petroleum Minister Lokpobiri Hosts Amnesty Boss, Vows Better Collaboration to Combat Crude Oil Theft in Niger Delta

Nigeria’s Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Oil), Sen. Heineken Lokpobiri recently hosted Maj. Gen. Barry Ndiomu (Retd), the Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), where both leaders held discussions on ongoing efforts to combat oil facility vandalization and crude oil theft in the Niger Delta region. During the meeting, Senator Lokpobiri commended

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PHOTOS: Reps Meet Tompolo in Oporoza, Inspect Vessels Arrested by Tantita Security

The House of Representatives has affirmed its support for Tantita Security Services Nigeria Limited (TSSNL), the military, and other security agencies in combating crude oil theft and sabotage. During an on-the-spot inspection of vessels apprehended by Tantita in collaboration with other security outfits by members of associated Committees on oil and gas at Oporoza, headquarters

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House Chairman Ereyitomi Leads Crusade Against Oil Thieves, Backs Tantita Security Services

Chief Thomas Ereyitomi, Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum Resources (Training Funds), has called for an extension of the contract and scope of operations for Tantita Security Services Nigeria Ltd. (TSSNL) in the wake of recent successes in combating oil theft. In an open letter addressed to President Bola Tinubu, Mr. Ereyitomi

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NUJ to honor Tompolo for anti-crude oil theft efforts in Abuja

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) is set to present a national merit award to High Chief Government Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo, in recognition of his significant contributions to maintaining peace in the Niger Delta and successfully combating crude oil theft and pipeline vandalism. NUJ’s National President, Chief Chris Isiguzo, announced this during a

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INEC Assures Neutrality for Delta House of Assembly Re-run Election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has affirmed its commitment to impartiality in the forthcoming Delta House of Assembly Feb. 3 re-run election. Rev. Monday Udoh-Tom, the state INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), conveyed this assurance during a meeting with state chairmen of political parties in Asaba on Wednesday. ”INEC is not a political party;

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IYC Warns Consortiums as Shell’s Onshore Assets Sale Sparks Tension in Niger Delta

Warri, Delta State, January 23, 2024 — The Ijaw Youths Council (IYC), representing Ijaw youths globally, has raised alarm over potential hostilities in the Niger Delta if the sale of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) onshore assets deviates from the Local Content Act. During a world press statement on Tuesday in Warri, Delta State, Binebai

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How NNPCL successfully achieved the destruction of 10,166 illegal refineries, connections in three years

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) announced on Wednesday that a total of 10,166 illegal refineries and crude oil connections have been destroyed in Nigeria since 2021. Mele Kyari, NNPCL’s Group Chief Executive Officer, shared this information during a lecture at the 2024 Faculty Lecture titled, “Energy Security, Sustainability and Profitability in Nigeria: Advances,

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Read full text of President Bola Tinubu’s New Year Address to Nigerians

TEXT OF PRESIDENT BOLA AHMED TINUBU’S NEW YEAR ADDRESS TO THE NATION Dear Compatriots, It gives me immense joy to welcome each and everyone of you – young and old- to this brand new year 2024. We must lift up our hands to Almighty God, in gratitude, for His grace and benevolence to our country

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President Tinubu Appoints Heineken Lokpobiri as Chairman of NCDMB

President Bola Tinubu has appointed Heineken Lokpobiri, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, as the Chairman of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB). Aside Lokpobiri, other Nigerians appointed into the Board include Engr. Felix Omatsola Ogbe — Executive Secretary, Oritsemyiwa Eyesan — Member / EVP Upstream, NNPCL, Gbenga Komolafe — Member /

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Okerenkoko Community Challenges Itsekiri in Nigeria Maritime University Naming Dispute: Sends Strong Letter to President Tinubu

"Any attempt to rename our community Okerenkoko to one devious name called Okerenghigho will be resisted at all courses even if it will cause us the last drop of our blood."

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SUPREME COURT RULES: OLD AND NEW NAIRA NOTES TO REMAIN LEGAL TENDER INDEFINITELY

The Supreme Court yesterday laid to rest anxiety over the lifespan of the old 200, 500 and 1,000 naira notes. It granted the Federal Government’s request to allow the bills circulate indefinitely They shall continue to be in force with either the new or redesigned notes indefinitely, a seven-man panel of the apex court, headed

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JUST IN: President Tinubu Places Emphasis on Security, Job Creation, and Poverty Reduction, Unveils 2024 Budget Before NASS

President Bola Tinubu says Nigeria’s national defence and internal security, local job creation, macro-economic stability, investment environment optimization, human capital development, poverty reduction, and social security are some of the top priorities of the 2024 Budget of Renewed Hope. Addressing a joint session of the National Assembly on the 2024 Federal budget proposal on Wednesday

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Don’t engage in thuggery, violence Ndiomu tells ex-agitators

Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Maj-Gen Barry Ndiomu (rtd), has called on ex-agitators in states holding off cycle elections this weekend, to resist the temptation of being used as thugs to subvert the process. Rather, he urged them to go all out and vote according to their conscience and abide by the

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Shettima Reiterates President Tinubu’s Commitment to Niger Delta’s Development

Vice President Kashim Shettima on Wednesday, November 8, reiterated President Bola Tinubu’s commitment towards the overall development of the Niger Delta as well as other parts of the country. Shettima, who represented President Tinubu at the grand finale of the All Progressive Congress (APC) gubernatorial rally in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, ahead of Saturday’s election, noted

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Clark Warns Against Plot to Impeach Rivers State Governor – Urges President Tinubu to Intervene

Chief Edwin Clark, an elder statesman and leader of the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), has raised concerns over a political plot allegedly orchestrated by the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, to impeach Rivers State Governor, Sam Fubara. Clark on Monday in a statement suggests that Wike’s intentions revolve around pressuring

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Battle of Surveillance: How oil thieves installed CCTV cameras on trees to outsmart security operatives in N-Delta

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited has disclosed that crude oil thieves have resorted to a new tactic of installing Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras on trees to evade security operatives. According to a statement from the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) in Abuja on Tuesday, there were 149 recorded incidents of crude theft across

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Tantita Security Applauds Dedicated Team for Combating Oil Theft in Nigeria

Tantita Security Services Nigeria Limited, has extended its heartfelt appreciation to its devoted team for their ceaseless efforts in the ongoing battle against oil theft, a mission pivotal to Nigeria’s oil production and the environment’s welfare. Tantita Security Services Nigeria Limited is a private company, founded by former Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta

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PAP: Ndiomu Meets Customs Chief to Strengthen Niger Delta Operations

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and the Office of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) have joined forces to bolster their operations in the Niger Delta region. This strategic partnership was solidified during a recent meeting at the Customs Headquarters in Abuja, where the Acting Comptroller-General of the NCS, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, hosted the PAP Interim

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Ijaw nation sends strong message to Tinubu over marginalization, demands equitable federal appointments

“We demand without equivocation that an Ijaw person be appointed Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority."

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