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Gridlock as petrol queues resurface in Lagos

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Queues for petrol have resurfaced at filling stations in Lagos, causing hardship for residents and motorists trying to get the product.

On Wednesday morning, TheCable witnessed long queues at filling stations along Onipanu bus stop, Ishefun road, Bolade area of Oshodi, and Marina, Lagos Island.

The development comes a month after the city and other parts of the country experienced petrol scarcity.

Kazeem Ibiyemi, a resident of Ayobo, Lagos, told newsmen that he bought petrol for N250 per litre at Badek petrol station.

Ibiyemi said he had tried to buy the product from the NNPC filling station in the area, but gave up because of the long queue.

Afeez Oladeji, a commuter, said commercial buses had hiked fares due to the situation, explaining that he had to pay an exorbitant bus fare of N700 from Agege to Oshodi.

Meanwhile, at a Total filling station in Ikeja, a long queue caused traffic gridlock as of the time of filing this report.

There were also long queues at Bovas, Mobil, and NNPC filling stations in Ojodu Berger.

Conoil filling station in Alagomeji, and Sabo were faced with a huge crowd of cars, and people lining up for petrol.

In a phone interview with newsmen, Mike Osatuyi, national operations controller of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), said the situation was caused by limited availability of the product.

“We don’t have fuel. If there is fuel, then we have something to sell. The little that’s available, we are buying at N205. When you add up transport, that’s about N213 before you can add your profit. That’s the truth,” Osatuyi said.

“Even if you want to buy at N205 now, you won’t even see to buy.

“NNPC said the fuel is available but we don’t see it. If we are able to see the fuel, that’s the only way we can confirm that the product is available. Let’s wait and see for the next few days.”

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Lagos state government approves use of Hijab in all schools

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Lagos State Government has directed full compliance with the Supreme Court judgement that students in schools across the state can wear hijab to attend classes.


In a circular dated Monday December 5, 2022 and sighted by newsmen, the Head of Service, Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola, directed to a number of pubic and private agencies and individuals, said there should be compliance with the directive, as it was in line with the decision of the apex Court in the land.


The statement read in part: “It is hereby notified for general information that the Supreme Court Judgement 8C.910/2016 delivered on the 17 of June, 2022 on the use of Hijab as it affects pupils/students in Lagos State schools has declared that students should be allowed to wear the Hijab if desired.


“A comprehensive guideline on the use of Hijab in schools will be issued by the state government in due course.

However, you are to note that the judgement is binding on all schools in the state.


” As a law abiding administration, all accounting officers are to note the contents of this circular for immediate compliance and give it the deserved service-wide publicity. ”


However, officials of the state Ministry of Education did not respond to enquiries made by our correspondent regarding details of the implementation of the directive.

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Buhari nominates Edward Adamu and Ahmad as CBN Deputy Governors

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President Muhammadu Buhari has written the Senate, seeking the screening and subsequent confirmation of the former Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Director, Human Resources, Edward Adamu, for the position of Deputy Governor of the nation’s apex bank.


According to the letter, read on Tuesday during plenary by the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, the nomination of Adamu is for the second and last time in office.


President Buhari has also written the Senate, asking for the screening and confirmation of the CBN Deputy Governor, Mrs Aisha Ndanusa Ahmad for the second and last time in that position.


According to the President, the communication was in line with the provisions of Section 8(1) (2) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) (Establishment) Act 2007.


Also, President Buhari has written the Senate, seeking for the screening and subsequent confirmation of Ambassador Ayuba Ngbako from the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, as member of the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission, RMAFC.


President Buhari has also forwarded the 2023 Statutory budget proposals of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to the Senate for consideration and approval.


Buhari, according to the President of the Senate, sent the proposal pursuant to section 121 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended, the Federal Capital Territory 2023 Statutory budget proposal for the kind consideration of the Senate.

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Abdul Samad Rabiu receives Nigerian army recognition award

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The Nigerian army has awarded Abdul Samad Rabiu, founder of BUA Group, for his support to the institution through his company’s foundation and his private philanthropy, the Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative (ASR Africa).

The award was presented by President Muhammad Buhari at the 2022 Nigerian army ‘chief of army staff’ conference in Sokoto.

Faruk Yahaya, chief of army staff, joined Buhari during the presentation.

In a statement on Monday, Rabiu thanked the Nigerian army for the recognition, saying it was a call to do more.

“Personally, I am very honoured to have received this recognition award today,” he said.

“Our security agencies are doing so much and have sacrificed a lot to keep us safe. We must acknowledge visible progress and support where we can as individuals and the private sector.”

Rabiu further urged others in the private sector to join hands in supporting visible government efforts in the security and social development space.

According to the statement, the billionaire’s contributions include a N2 billion donation to the army, plans to refurbish and equip science laboratories as well as libraries in six command secondary schools across the various regions in Nigeria, infrastructure development and refurbishment of barracks, provision of kits, equipment, amongst others.

Speaking on the award ceremony, Yahaya highlighted the numerous achievements of the Nigerian army and thanked eminent Nigerians, security agencies, and the government for supporting the institution in its quest to defend the country’s territorial integrity and sovereignty against external aggression while also giving aid to civil authorities in mitigating internal security challenges in the country.

Meanwhile, at the 16th annual Africa CSR awards (SERAS), the BUA founder was named the chief executive officer (CEO) of the year 2022, while BUA Group and ASR Africa bagged three awards namely: ‘best company in social impact and human capital advancement in Africa’, ‘impact investor of the year’, and ‘best company in infrastructure development’.

The awards were given for the firms efforts in driving impactful change and sustainable development through various ASR Africa and BUA foundation projects in the year 2022.

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