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Drama in Senate as committee members disown oil theft report

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There was mild drama yesterday in the Senate as members of Ad – hoc committee on Oil theft totally disowned and rejected report presented to the Senate at the hallowed Chairman.

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The rejection of the report came seven months after the Committee was saddled with the responsibility, but there was problem with members disowning of it

Trouble started when the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Akpan Bassey, YPP, Akwa Ibom North East presented the report for consideration and subsequent adoption.

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Recall that the Senate had on April 14, 2022 , constituted a 13 – member Ad – Hoc Committee on Oil Lifting , Theft and the impact on Petroleum Production and Oil Revenues under the Chairmanship of Senator Akpan Bassey who incidentally , is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum ( Upstream).

First to make observation on non – signing of the report by members was the Deputy Senate President , Ovie Omo – Agege who presided, saying that only six out of 13 members signed the report presented to him.

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Omo – Agege ‘s observation triggered open confessions by some members of the committee who outrightly disowned the report .

Specifically, Senator Sani Musa, APC, Niger East who penly told the Senate that the six signatures attached to the report were taken from attendance list taken at the first sitting of the Committee in April, said, “Mr President and Distinguished Colleagues, only three and not six members of the committee signed the report.

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“As a member , I attended the first meeting along with five other Senators whose signatures were attached to the report.

“After the first meeting , I was not invited for any other meeting and I did not attend any , making this report before us today, a very strange one to me”, he said .

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Also disowning the report, another member of the Committee , Senator Kashim Shettima, APC Borno Central said that as a member of the committee, he was never invited for any meeting and cannot say anything on the report being presented to the Senate for consideration and approval.

Not happy with submissions , the Deputy Senate President called Senator George Sekibo as a member of the committee to give the way out of the problem .

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Sekibo accordingly suggested that the report should be withdrawn for consensus among committee members between now and Monday next week for re – presentation on Tuesday in plenary .

Omo – Agege consequently put the suggestion to voice votes with majority of the Senators concurred.

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Members of the committee as constituted in April were: Senators Akpan Bassey ( Chairman) , Yusuf A. Yusuf, Solomon Adeola, Kabiru Gaya, Mohammed Aliero, George Sekibo , Gabriel Suswam, Kashim Shettima, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, Ali Ndume, Stella Oduah, Sani Musa and Ibrahim Gobir.

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Photos/Video: LASU class of 2004, Anthony Campus re-union anniversary

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The class of 2004, Public Administration of the Lagos State University (LASU) Anthony Campus re-union second anniversary get together on Saturday.

Old classmates had a lot share and had time to dance and celebrate old times.

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Finally, after terrorists attack, NRC to resume Abuja-Kaduna rail operations on Monday

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Finally, the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) will resume the Abuja-Kaduna passenger train service on Monday, with only two return services after the terrorists attack.

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Naijablitznews.com reports this was contained in a statement issued and signed by the Managing Director of the NRC, Fidet Okhiria.

The statement shows the first train will depart Rigasa train station in Kaduna state to Abuja by 8:00 in the morning while from Abuja, the first train will depart Idu train station to Kaduna state by 9:45 in the morning.

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The NRC management also revealed that as part of the new security measures, it is now mandatory for passengers to present their National Identity Number and valid Boarding Ticket before they will be allowed to board.

It also says the purchase of tickets by proxy is only limited to minors and a specified number of adult passengers.

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Online and mobile app ticketing will be available from 8:00 in the morning on Sunday, December the 4th, 2022 while the ticket offices at the train stations will open from 6:30 in the morning on Monday, December the 5th.

Recall that the NRC suspended train service along the route after Boko Haram terrorists attacked a moving passenger train in Kaduna on March 28, 2022.

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The insurgents had blown up the rail track and bombed the moving train, killing some and abducting more than 60 passengers. The unprecedented attack attracted international and national outrage.

The terrorists, who attacked the Kaduna-bound train released hostages in tranches with the last release coming on October 5, 2022.

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Before the hostages were completely released, distraught family members had protested several times to demand the release of their loved ones.

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Peter Obi Attends Gospel Musical Concert ‘The Experience’ In Lagos+Photo

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The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, on Friday, attended the annual gospel musical concert organised by House On The Rock church in Lagos.

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Upon his introduction, Obi was welcomed with cheers from the crowd.

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