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BioFuel Refinery Takes Off Soon In Kogi.

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Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.

With the efforts of NigerHon to diversify in economic resources, the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation ( NNPC) has began work on establishment of biofuel Refinery at Alape in Kogi state.

The Leader of the team, Renewable Energy Department of the NNPC, Mr Danjuma Yakubu who disclosed during a working visit to Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, said the team had carried out soil test at the proposed site for the Biofuel Refinery in Alape and decided to brief the governor on the development.

According to him, the Kogi State Government, the NNPC and private investors have also finalised agreement to establish Crop Processing Zone at Alape and Ike-Bunnu in Kabba Bunu Local Government Area of the State.

”The Crop Processing Zone will cover 20, 000 hectares of Sugarcane production in Ike-Bunnu while 15,000 hectares of land has been tested for Cassava Production in Alape”, he said.

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The sugarcane and cassava will serve as feedstocks for the Biofuel Refinery.

The group said the consultants engaged by the Corporation to carry out land validation in both Ike-Bunu are currently on sites will complete their works in 8 weeks.

They also revealed that contract for the feasibility study has been awarded stating that contractors for the construction of the Refinery were also on ground, awaiting the feasibility study report to commence construction.

The team commended the Governor for his support and for providing the enabling environment for industrialisation.

Yakubu noted that the NNPC were satisfied with the necessary tests that had been carried out on the sites so far.

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The Governor in his response commended the management of NNPC for commencement of work and also taking advantage of the state’s enormous economic resources to invest in the state.

 

He noted that the efforts of his administration in making the state safe for investors and citizens was already paying off.

The team was accompanied to the governor’s office by the State Commissioner of Finance and Economic Planning , Hon Idris Asiru, Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon David Apeh, State Accountant General, Mr Momoh Jibrin and Auditor-General Yusuf Okala.

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Plateau State Government Revokes 3 PW Roads Contracts, Says The Contracts Will Be Re-awarded.

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Yahaya Idris, Jos.

Governor Simon Lalang of Plateau State.

Plateau state Government has approved the termination of three road projects awarded to a company PW Nigeria Limited, explaining that the contracts were revoked based on request by the company handling the projects.
PW Nigeria is one of the leading construction contractors of roads, bridges, airports, urban infrastructure, dams and water treatment.

Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dan Manjang, who spoke to newsmen after the State Executive Council Meeting in Jos said the contracts would be re-awarded.

He said the projects include Shinkwan-Tunkus-Shendan bypass, Mangu bypass and the Tahos-Ganwuri section one roads.
Mr. Manjang said council also approved the scaling down of the Lalong legacy projects by fifty percent.

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He said that the state Executive also approved the engagement of a consultant to carry out review of the audit report by the federal inland revenue service on unremitted Tax and VAT by the state MDA’s between 2016 and 2017 .

Commissioner for Finance in the state , Regina Soemlat ,who also spoke to newsmen said the state is set to obtain a loan of One hundred million naira from commercial banks to invest in the education and water sectors.
She said the loan is intended to finance counterpart fundings for the state Universal Basic Education Board and the Partnership for Expanding Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programmes that will benefit people at the grassroots.

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The approval to obtain the bank facility which would be serviced within one year was made during the state executive council meeting presided by Governor Simon Lalong.

The council also approved the printing of booklets of vehicle licence, certificate of road worthiness and general receipts which the commissioner explained that they would be produced in a way that will check forgery.

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Fire Guts PeeLinks Electronic Mall In Lokoja

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Barely few days of Felele Tanker explosion that left several people dead, destruction of million worth of properties, popular electronic mall in Lokoja, Kogi state has been gutted by fire, razing down multi-million worth of electronic appliances.

According to eyewitness who spoke to Globaltimesnigeria, The incident was reported to have occurred at about 10:47 pm on Friday, The Mall which is located at about 100meters to the office of the fire service couldn’t receive the appropriate attention of the fire service as at the time, the office has closed for its services.

All efforts to provide help by people living around the residence prove abortive.

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The people who were greeted by confusion expressed dissatisfaction over the incident, describing it as evil.

The people living at the neighborhood angrily called on the Government to find permanent solution to prevent further occurrence, stating that they have lack of confidence in the present Adminstration, as the government is seen at all times failing in their primary responsibility of providing adequate security of lives and Properties.

It could be recalled that, Pastor Gideon Isah had call for severe prayer for Lokoja, and Kogi state.

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BREAKING: FG Obtains Fresh Order To Stop Planned Labour Strike

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The Global Times Nigeria reports that the Federal Government has obtained a fresh order stopping the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress from embarking on their planned strike which is to start on Monday.

According to the reports, the restraining order was issued on Friday by Justice Ibrahim Galadima of the National Industrial Court in Abuja, following an ex parte application by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation.

This came barely 24 hours after the same judge made a similar restraining ex parte order in favour of a group, Peace and Unity Ambassadors Association, on Thursday.

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The duo of Acting Director of the Department Civil Litigation of the Federal Ministry of Justice, Mrs Maimuna Shiru, and Mr Tijjani Gazali, led the Federal Government’s team, who moved the ex parte application that was later granted by Justice Galadima on Friday.

The NLC and TUC had jointly declared to embark on a nationwide strike on Monday to press for the reversal of the recent hike in electricity tariff and petrol pump price.

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