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Price of cooking gas rises marginally – NBS

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said the average cost of refilling a five kilogramme (kg) cylinder of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (Cooking Gas) increased to N2,05.14 in August from N2,01.45 recorded in July.

The NBS disclosed this in its August 2018 “Liquefied Petroleum Gas (Cooking Gas) Price Watch” released in Abuja on Friday.

According to the report, the price increased by 2.17 per cent month-on-month and 3.19 per cent year-on-year in the period under review.

It named the states with the highest average price for refilling a five kg cooking gas to include Bauchi N2, 490.00; Borno N2, 400.00; and Gombe N2, 354.55.

It said the states with the lowest average price for the refilling of a five kg cooking gas were Kaduna N1, 825.00; Kano N1, 800.00; and Enugu N1, 791.11.

According to the bureau, the average price for refilling a 12.5kg cylinder for cooking gas increased in August to N4, 366.48 from N4, 244.35 in July.

It said the price increased by 2.17 per cent month-on-month and 3.19 per cent year-on-year in the period under review.

“States with the highest average price for the refilling of a 12.5kg cylinder cooking gas are Benue N5, 100.00; Akwa Ibom N4, 750.25 and Cross River N4, 733.33.

“Also, states with the lowest average price for the refilling of a 12.5kg cylinder for cooking gas are Katsina and Kebbi N4, 000.00; Lagos N3, 952.38 and Oyo N3, 948.13.

Meanwhile, the bureau said the price of Premium Motor Spirit (Petro) also increased to N146.90 in August from N146.80 recorded in July.

The NBS also said in its August 2018 “Premium Motor Spirit (Petro) Price Watch” released in Abuja, that the average price paid by consumers for petrol increased by 1.7per cent year-on-year and 0.1 per cent month-on-month.

It said the price of petrol increased to N146.90 in the period under review from N146.80 recorded in July.

It said the states with the highest average price of petrol were Borno N157.00; Kebbi N152.94 and Kwara N152.86.

It also named the states with the lowest average price of petrol to include Ekiti N144.23; Katsina N144.08 and Bauchi N143.89.

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Curfew in Bauchi after violence

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Violence that erupted over a disagreement at a birthday party has forced Bauchi State government has imposed a curfew on Yelwa community, a suburb of Bauchi metropolis.

Gov. Mohammed Abubakar announced on Tuesday in Bauchi that the restriction of movement from 7 p.m to 6 a.m until normalcy returns to the affected area.

A minor disagreement at a birthday party by some youths in the community turned violent.

The fracas claimed at least three lives while two houses and a car were burnt early Nov. 19, the state police command confirmed.

“The government has decide to impose a curfew from the hours of 7.00pm to 6.00am from today, Tuesday, 20th November 2018, until further notice in the following areas of Yelwan Tsakani, Unguwan Kusu, Unguwan Gas, Lushi and Kagadama,” the governor said.

He explained that the measure was taken to ensure peace among the communities and to prevent hoodlums in the affected areas from further escalating the disturbance from spreading to other parts of the state.

Abubakar regretted that the unfortunate incident had resulted in affecting the relative peace enjoyed in the state since inception of his administration.

“This had come at a time when Federal Government is taking necessary measures to restore peace in some parts of the country ravaged by communal conflicts.

“We must therefore not allow ourselves to be used by disgruntled elements who may want to plant seeds of discord among us,” he urged.

The governor however appealed to traditional rulers, community and religious leaders to preach tolerance, peace and respect for one another to their followers.

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Ex-UK Secretary warns international investors to be careful about investing in Buhari’s Nigeria

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A former United Kingdom Secretary of State for International Development, Priti Patel, has warned international investors to be careful when deciding to invest in Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Conservative Member of Parliament delivered a severely critical review of the Nigerian president’s economic policies in an op-ed she wrote for City A.M. which was published on Monday, November 19, 2018.

Patel accused the Nigerian government of seeking international investment while it has continued to flout international law and convention.

To illustrate the president’s hostile actions towards investors in the country, Patel pointed to Buhari’s decision to cancel a deal the previous government had made with Process and Industrial Development (P&ID) while also refusing to honour court decisions over the resulting conflict.

She wrote, “However, as with all investments, investors should know of the corrosive effect of corruption, as well as the lack of transparency and associated difficulties of doing business in certain countries.

“In Nigeria, the unhappy experience of the firm founded by two Irishmen, Process and Industrial Development (P&ID), is a case in point, and demonstrates the risk that businesses will face in Nigeria.

“In 2010, P&ID signed a 20-year contract with the Nigerian government to create a new natural gas development refinery, but the project fell through after the Nigerian government reneged on its contractual commitments.

“Upon taking office, President Buhari promptly cancelled a compensation settlement, and has done his level best to pretend Nigeria’s obligations to P&ID do not exist.

“Since Buhari reneged on this deal, P&ID has undertaken legal efforts to affirm a tribunal award, first decided in London. It also made several attempts in court to force the Nigerian government to respect its obligations.

“The most recent court decision at a London tribunal confirmed that the Nigerian government owes P&ID almost $9bn for the initial breach of contract, loss of income, additional costs, and interest accrued after five years of non-payment.

“However, the Nigerian government has continued to flout international law and convention, and it refuses to respect the various court decisions.”
She noted that Nigeria’s 145th place on the world’s ranking for ease of doing business “demonstrates the risks of investment into Nigeria”.

She further cast doubts over President Buhari’s ability to fight corruption, noting that it has gotten worse under his administration according to Transparency International’s ranking. She concluded by saying investors should be wary of doing business in Nigeria.

She wrote, “President Buhari currently faces serious allegations, which include staging show trials of opponents of a regime that is accused of corruption and graft, while simultaneously shielding his own party members and inner circle.

“We should all welcome international efforts to attract international investment into developing economies. However, to do this successfully Nigeria must seriously tackle corruption, rather than use it as a smokescreen. It must honour its obligations to companies like P&ID.
“Until then, investors inevitably will be very wary of investing in Nigeria.”

President Buhari has been accused in several quarters of taking economic decisions that have made conducting business in the country a nightmare. His handling of the economy is a major issue going into the 2019 presidential election as he seeks a second term in the Presidential Villa.

His biggest challenger, Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president, is running largely on his self-proclaimed ability to strengthen Nigeria’s economy and ease the nation of the burden of 88 million people living in extreme poverty, the highest in the world.

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CAN urged to sanction members fueling insecurity, making hate speeches in Nigeria

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A group, Christians Without Border, has called on the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to sanction members fueling insecurity in the country.

The group said the idea of promoting hate speeches from the pulpit was fast becoming a normal trend among ordained Messengers of God these days, development it said is bothersome.

CWB also chided the leadership of CAN for maintaining undignified silence; by failing to caution its members and Pastors who are in the habit promoting hate speeches and making provocative statements from sacred altars.

“Not even an ordinary condemnatory statement has been issued by CAN to denounce such hate sermons,” Elder Simon Ainoko, President lamented at a press conference on Tuesday.

Elder Ainoko said the group was also uncomfortable with the recent demand for the removal of service chiefs by the leadership of CAN led by its National President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle during a visit to President Muhammedu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He bemoaned that the current leadership of the Christian body was gradually deviating from the dream of the founding fathers of the association who were apolitical.

It, therefore, charged the body to sanction any member of pastor caught making inflammatory comments that could unsettle the peace of the nation.

His words, “The Concerned Christian Forum is uncomfortable with some of the issues raised with Mr. President at the visit by the CAN leadership. By our interpretation some of the views canvassed by CAN have partisan flavor, which we have reason to believe is unhealthy for the Body of Christ.

“CAN is expected to be neutral and impartial on the affairs of Nigeria, especially sensitive issues. We suffered greatly in recent history, when the immediate past leadership of CAN dragged the Body of Christ into partisan politics. One of the repercussions was that the Roman Catholic Church, one of the major blocs, suspended its membership of CAN because of the apparent embarrassment the partisan indulgence caused Christians in Nigeria. We cannot afford a relapse into this era of disunity and lack of cohesion within the Body of Christ, hence the need for caution.

“We do not think, it is appropriate for CAN to dabble into how Mr. President should appoint his security chiefs or how long they should serve in that capacity. It appreciated the efforts of the Security Chiefs in curtailing the menace of Boko Haram terrorism and other insurgencies.

“For CAN to posture in a manner indicative of indicting the Presidency on such crisis especially in states like Adamawa, Plateau, Benue, Taraba, Kaduna and Zamfara states depreciates the dignity they ought to embody. CAN’s utterances and comments on such sensitive issues should be more of supporting government to enthrone peace and unity.

“In the year 2017 alone some Pastors and CAN members stood on the sacred altars of their churches and spewed hate speeches’, directing their members to go out and kill Fulani herdsmen at sight. A few examples will illustrate us better and how CAN is failing us.

“Apostle Johnson Suleiman of Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, boasted of directing his congregants during the service of Sunday, January 15th, 2017 that “I have told them in the church here, that any Fulani herdsman that just entered by mistake, Kill him, Kill Him. Cut his head. If they are busy killing Christians and nothing is happening, we will kill them and nothing will happen,” and the video went viral on social media.

“And also last year, a Senior pastor with Mountain of Liberation and Miracle Ministries, Mr. Chris Okafor, said this during a church service, “Enough is enough, no Christian must be killed anymore, if you want to kill one Christian, we are going to reply, we will defend ourselves”

“So, we advise the Body of Christ to be more circumspect in their utterances, least, they be misconstrued as extending support to forces against the progress of Nigeria.”

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