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Chairman of Host Communities of Nigeria Oil and Gas Producing areas (HOSTCOM) Festus Pemu, also asked multinational oil companies 50  per cent of oil blocs awarded in the Niger Delta region.

Pemu said: “At present no oil bloc is owned by an indigene of oil producing communities. This is unfair and needs to be corrected.”

He also called for the immediate approval of pipeline surveillance jobs to the host communities, as they are most suited to do it effectively.

To consolidate on the existing peace, Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has urged the United Kingdom and other countries, which have stakes in the region to invest in employment generating ventures.

Speaking when the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Paul Arkwright, paid him a courtesy visit in Asaba, Okowa said: “Anything that will create more job opportunities for the youths should be encouraged.”

The governor said cases of pipeline vandalism were limited to the creeks of the state.

Arkwright in his speech said he was in the state to explore areas of economic benefits for the U.K., declaring that Delta was one of the key states in the country

Meanwhile, a non-governmental organization group, Kovenium/mmalah Foundation (KIF) in Delta State has chided government over its failure to stop gas flaring in oil communities.

Executive Director of the NGO, Faith Nwandishi, told journalists in Asaba, yesterday that gas flaring had wreaked havoc in Ndokwa East, West, Ughelli, Ogwashi-Uku and Ozoro, with no fewer than 132 persons feared killed in 2015 and 2016.

The Udefi Oba Oloye of Warri Kingdom in Delta State, Chief Clement Maleghemi has urged Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to fulfill all the promises he made during his meeting with youths.

Maleghemi made the appeal while speaking on the significance of Udefi Day celebration at Ugbolokppso, Uvwie Local Government Council at the weekend.

 

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The head of Disney has warned against a US trade war with China and called for a “fair and just” immigration policy in an apparent broadside against Donald Trump.

Bob Iger’s comments to US broadcaster CNBC put the company behind Mickey Mouse, and owner of the Star Wars franchise, at odds with the White House.

Mr Iger is a member of the new President’s business advisory council, though he did not attend its first meeting last week, saying it clashed with a Disney board meeting.

Mr Trump has threatened to levy tariffs of up to 45% on Chinese goods – risking a trade war with the world’s second biggest economy, the like of which the IMF has already warned could derail global growth.

Mr Iger told CNBC that China was a key market for its films, theme parks and consumer products.

He added: “An all-out trade war with China would be damaging I think to Disney’s business and to business in general and something I think we have to be really careful about.”

The chief executive was also apparently critical of the new administration’s travel ban – which affects immigration to the US from seven mainly Muslim nations and the country’s refugee programme.

Mr Iger stressed the importance to the US of its “openness to the people of the world”.

He said: “I firmly believe that we cannot shut our borders to immigrants.

“I think a fair and just immigration policy is good for our country and good for our society.”

Mr Trump’s travel ban has already attracted the ire of Silicon Valley bosses – including Amazon’s Jeff Bezos – who are supporting a legal challenge.

Mr Iger was speaking as Disney published results for the three months to the end of December showing a surprise drop in revenue, though profits were better than expected.

The results pointed to the growing importance of its operations in China, where its Shanghai Disney Resort opened last summer and has already seen more than seven million visitors.

Revenues for the quarter fell 3% to $14.8bn (£11.8bn), hit by a drop in advertising revenue at sports channel ESPN and comparison with the success in the prior year of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

While Rogue One, the latest film in the franchise, took $1bn (£800m) at global box offices, it could not match the $2bn (£1.6bn) takings for the 2015 release.

SOURCE:TODAY.NG

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Donald Trump on Wednesday lashed out at department store chain Nordstrom for dropping his daughter’s clothing line, again spotlighting the intermingling of the US presidency with Trump family businesses.

The public rebuke, which the White House later defended, called renewed attention to the potential tangle of business interests Trump brought with him on taking office last month.

In a tweet posted moments after he wrapped up an address to US law enforcement, Trump hit out at the high-end retailer for announcing last week it had decided to discontinue sales of Ivanka Trump’s fashion line due to poor sales.

“My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by Nordstrom,” Trump wrote. “She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!”

Since his surprise victory in the November presidential election, Trump has used his Twitter feed to lambast individual companies — from General Motors to Boeing — be it for off-shoring jobs or allegedly overcharging the federal government for aircraft.

But the latest tweet was different in that it sought to defend part of Trump’s family business empire, which critics have said could be a source of profound conflicts of interest for the White House.

Trump made sure to give his message on Ivanka maximum reach by posting it both on his personal handle @realDonaldTrump and on the official account of the US presidency @POTUS.

Since his November victory, Trump has touted an effort to remove himself from running his business empire, transferring corporate control to his sons. But he has resisted divesting, as a government ethics watchdog had called on him to do.

Critics say the Trump businesses still pose a significant ethical quandary.

Further playing into the running debate, Pentagon officials said Wednesday they were looking to rent space in Trump Tower, Trump’s flagship Manhattan luxury building, to accommodate equipment and staff who accompany the president during his stays there.

That came on the heels of a lawsuit filed by Melania Trump in New York, which claimed that damaging rumors reported by a British tabloid had interfered with her “unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to earn millions of dollars due to her raised profile as first lady.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Wednesday defended Trump’s Nordstrom tweet, saying the president was standing up for a family member.

“There’s clearly efforts to undermine that name based on her father’s issues or particular policies,” Spicer told reporters.

 

 

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UN secretary-general, António Guterres during a message to the commission for social development, disclosed that he is concerned that over 201 million people will be jobless in 2017, with an additional 2.7 million people in 2018.

 Guttere said the world was currently going through a challenging period.
 

“This year, the number of jobless people is expected to exceed 201 million and another 2.7 million could be added to the unemployment rolls by 2018. Anxiety is mounting as societies cope with urbanisation, climate change, population growth and other mega trends. In this effort, we must give top priority to achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women," he said.

Guttere further said the new UN agenda 2030, required a redefinition of traditional planning, monitoring and delivery of sustainable development objectives

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA), has sought clarity from the United States Government, over the executive order recently enforced by President Donald Trump, restricting citizens from seven countries from entering the US.

IATA represents 265 airlines all around the world and says the order was capable of hampering trade and free movement.

In a statement, the association stated since the order was issued, entry requirements had been changed “significantly and immediately”.

“The EO was issued without prior coordination or warning, causing confusion among both airlines and travelers.

“It also placed additional burdens on airlines to comply with unclear requirements, to bear implementation costs and to face potential penalties for non-compliance,” it said.

Explaining why he made the law, Trump had said: “America is a proud nation of immigrants and we will continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression, but we will do so while protecting our own citizens and border. America has always been the land of the free and home of the brave.

“We will keep it free and keep it safe, as the media knows, but refuses to say. My policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months. The seven countries named in the Executive Order are the same countries previously identified by the Obama administration as sources of terror. To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting.

“This is not about religion – this is about terror and keeping our country safe. There are over 40 different countries worldwide that are majority Muslim that are not affected by this order. We will again be issuing visas to all countries once we are sure we have reviewed and implemented the most secure policies over the next 90 days.”

SOURCE:TODAY.NG

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Earlier on 23rd January 2017, internet connections was completely shut down in the northwest and southwest of Cameroon, its two main English-speaking regions as a long drawn out mass protest against marginalization by the French-speaking led government persisted.

It is the first time the central African country is tampering with internet connectivity, which has been ongoing in the former Southern Cameroons since Jan. 17.

Internet users in the affected parts of the country found out they could no longer communicate and disseminate information particularly on social media. No prior notice had been given by the government before the internet blackout.

The shutdown came less than two hours after government outlawed the activities of two Anglophone pressure groups—Southern Cameroons National Council and the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium. Two leaders of the Consortium, Barrister Nkongho Felix Agbor and Dr. Fontem A. Neba, were arrested same day in Buea and airlifted to the nation’s capital Yaounde. Fast forwarding to today, 1st February 2017, Businesses in Cameroon’s restive Anglophone regions are losing money as a result of the internet cut.

The Internet Without Borders group estimates that small businesses had lost an estimated 44,000,000 CFA Francs, which translates to $723,000 or 675,000 euros. The group wants internet restored to the affected areas as a matter of urgency.

According to a report published today by one of its researchers, beyond the outage being a violation of the rights of citizens, it ‘‘also has consequences for the economy: banking and money transfer agencies closed.’‘

It added that the outage had blocked entrepreneurs who are an important part of the economic activity of the country.

The report also alleged that even though no official communication had been issued by the government, they had information that service providers were ordered to truncate access because of alleged threats to national security.

In a January 23 open letter to the Cameroonian President and sector minister, civil society groups including Internet Sans Frontières, Access Now, The World Wide Foundation, Or Pen International called on the authorities to respect its international commitments and to re-establish the Internet connection throughout Cameroon.

Business owners in the town of Buea, the capital of the Southwest Region of Cameroon have complained of struggling to operate following an internet shutdown.

Internet users said that they can no longer communicate or access information, particularly on social media. Many internet cafes, micro finance institutions and money transfer agencies had to shutdown.

Over 100 people were arrested and one person killed in November last year in the north-western town of Bamenda, following days of violent protests over the alleged discrimination against minority English-speaking people.

French is spoken in eight of Cameroon’s 10 regions and English in the north-western and south-western regions. The Anglophone regions are calling for authorities to stop imposing French on their educational and legal systems.

 

 

 

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According to reports, acting president, Yemi Osinbajo, has flagged off the distribution of 20,000 solar powered lighting systems in rural communities in Nigeria,

He started the programme, yesterday, at Wuna village, a rural community in Gwagwalada, Abuja, with the distribution of 200 units to the villagers in the first phase.

Osinbajo noted that irrespective of the importance of power to national development, it was not feasible for every Nigerian to tap from the national grid.

The VP said this realisation, compelled government to start searching for alternative means of providing power to less fortunate Nigerians, especially at the grassroots, hence the solar powered systems.

The acting president also disclosed that a total of 20,000 solar system would be distributed in homes across rural communities in the course of the year.

The power system fell in line with government’s objective of increasing energy production from renewable energy sources from 13 per cent of total electricity generation in 2015 to 23 per cent in 2025 and 36 per cent in 2030,including the goal to increase the percentage contribution of solar energy in the total energy mix.

 

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Movie Producer and comedian AY shared an adorable photo not too long ago on instagram of himself and his daughter. He wished her happy birthday, with the most adorable message. Read what he wrote below:

"I had to catch a flight yesterday to make sure i am home for your special day my darling. Heaven knows that i am one of those parents that are busy in their everyday lives and forget to share with those they love how much they mean to them. 
But today is a wonderful day to come home and celebrate what you mean to daddy. This is very important for me as i watched you come out of an operation alive only a few weeks ago. Besides buying you gifts or throwing a big birthday party for you, this is  also a day of Thanksgiving. This a day to remind you how much you are loved by daddy. 
Just before you came into this world 9 years ago, i remember how broke i was as a proposed father who could not even take care of himself, not to talk of your mum who followed me into the journey with hopes and aspirations for a better tomorrow. Today, you have brought us goodluck.  you have been a well behaved and God fearing child. there is absolutely nothing in comparison to your brilliance. At your age you have resolved issues between daddy and mummy, you have also captured the culture of caring and giving to others who dont have.  you make me walk with my shoulders high everytime i see your results or attend any of your school functions. You have proven to me that a local Warri boy can also be the father of an 'Ajebutter'. Michelle Folashade Adeola Makun, You have brightened my world,  you are like the sunlight that reflects on the raindrops of me and your mum's lives to make beautiful rainbows.  you have been a blessing to us.  Happy Birthday to the sweetest daughter ever!"

 

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Toyota Motor Corp’s four-year run as the world’s top-selling automaker has ended as the Japanese company said on Monday its global sales for 2016 fell short of Volkswagen AG’s.

Toyota said global sales across its Toyota, Lexus, Daihatsu minicar and Hino Motors Ltd truck brands rose 0.2 per cent to 10.18 million last year from 2015.

This was less than the 10.3 million sold by Volkswagen, which posted record high global sales despite its diesel emissions scandal.

Toyota’s overall global sales were supported by a 5.5 per cent rise in domestic sales for the Toyota brand following new launches for models including the Prius.

Meanwhile, overseas sales slipped 0.6 per cent as demand eased in North America, in and around the Middle East and Africa.

Toyota, which had been the world’s top-selling automaker on an annual basis since 2012, estimates global sales to increase to around 10.23 million vehicles in 2017.

 

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Hadi Sirika, the Minister of State for Aviation, yesterday presented 2017 Budget proposal of N22, 014,184,703.02 billion to senate, seeking for senate support on adequate funding of the sector.

He said the 2016 budget witnessed a lull in its implementation due to the recession in the economy. “ adding that the aviation sector of the ministry had a total Capital Allocation of N18, 085,012,092 billion.

Sirika disclosed this at the 2017 budget defence before the committee on aviation headed Sen. Bala N’Allah

“The 2016 budget has witnessed a lull in its implementation due to the recession in the economy. As you aware, the aviation sector of the ministry had a total Capital Allocation of N18, 085,012,092 billion in 2016.

“The ministry has worked tirelessly in the past years to uplift the standard of the Nigerian Aviation Industry,” he said.

However, Sirika called for more support from the Senate for the improvement of the Aviation sector.

“To do this, we must ensure that our airports and environs are not only safe and secure but must strive to meet the standard and recommended practices as outlined by various recognised aviation agencies including the International Civil Aviation Organization.

According to Sirika, in 2017, emphasis will be focused on sustaining the infrastructural renewal at the airports by driving the remodeling projects to a logical conclusion.

“The Bilaterl/Multilateral Airspace Services Agreement would be pursued with greater vigour in 2017 to enhance the internally generated revenue of the sector.”

The Minister also said that the Ministry would ensure the establishment of a National Carrier if they received “suitable funding options.”

                                                                                                

 

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