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Today's Headlines: My Bant With Wike Wrongly Reported, I Can’t Sign A Dime Until I’m President - Tinubu; Niger Delta Communities Threaten $1tn Lawsuit Against IOCs, FG

My Bant With Wike Wrongly Reported, I Can’t Sign A Dime Until I’m President - Tinubu

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President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu said his bant with Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers on Wednesday was wrongly reported by the media. According to Tinubu, he had no signatory power for any expenditure right now until he had been sworn in as president. He told Wike not to take him seriously over what he said, saying that he is just president-elect until after the inauguration

“The question is, I am president-elect, I have no signature for expenditure until sworn in. How can I commit? I cannot sign a dime of Nigeria’s money or expenditure, there can only be one president at a time. I believe in fulfilling promises,” he said.

Niger Delta Communities Threaten $1tn Lawsuit Against IOCs, FG

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Oil and gas host communities in the Niger Delta have vowed to file a $1tn litigation against oil companies and the Federal Government to the tune of $1tr. The PUNCH gathered that the over 3,000 oil and gas host communities were planning to sue the duo for the damages which oil and gas exploration activities had done to the health, environment and livelihoods of the people in the region.

The President of the Host Communities Network of Nigeria, Prince Barbs Pawuru, who harped call for an environmental, health and livelihoods audit of the Niger Delta, noted that the oil and gas sector was about cost and benefits and that while host communities bore the cost, the oil operators and the government took the benefits. Pawuru, speaking at the second Niger Delta Alternatives Convergence 2023 in Port Harcourt, disclosed that offshore oil exploration was more attractive to multinationals due to the absence of monitoring, unlike onshore. 

Police To Reconstruct 25 Dilapidated Lagos Barracks

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In compliance with the Lagos State Government’s recommendations on the poor condition of some police barracks that failed the structural integrity test, the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, on Wednesday, announced plans to reconstruct 25 dilapidated barracks and facilities in the state.

The Force Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, while addressing journalists at a press briefing at the command headquarters in Ikeja, said the initiative by the IG would address the long-standing issue of poor and dilapidated infrastructures within facilities occupied by police personnel.

FG Plans Budget Allocation For Geospatial Data

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The Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba, has disclosed that the Federal Government plans to include an allocation for geospatial data in the budgets of government agencies. He was represented by his SA, Dr Zakari Lawal, during the sensitization workshop on the use of geospatial data for development planning and decision-making in Abuja on Tuesday.

According to the minister, the Federal Government has made a provision for monitoring and evaluation of projects in the country, further noting that this will be replicated for geospatial information systems. 

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