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Former Aide To First Lady Of Nigeria And APC Rep Aspirant Dies In UK

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A former aide to the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Works and Infrastructure, Abdulraheem Owokoniran, has been reported to have died in United Kingdom (UK).

Owokoniran was also a former aide to the First Lady, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, CON.

He contested for the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) during the last primary of the party for the Surulere Federal Constituency I Bye-election.

He was elder brother to the current Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Tourism, Idris Aregbe, who had also contested for the Surulere Chairmanship seat.

They were the son of former APC leader in Surulere, late Alhaja Olaide Agaba.

Owokoniran, before his death, had a stint at Sterling Asset Management, a subsidiary of Sterling Bank, and later in 2010, he worked in the Freedom House Office of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and subsequently in the Rehoboth House Constituency Office of Senator Oluremi Tinubu.

The Constituency Office offered him a great opportunity to further learn about the focus, human values, rigours, philanthropy, planning, maximisation of resources and other fundamental issues that are germane to populist leadership.

Owokoniran contested for the Lagos House Assembly, but was asked to step down for Kabir Lawal, one of the aspirants.

In 2014, during the House of Assembly primary, he was also asked to step down.

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FG Vows Clampdown On Traders Inflating Price Of Commodities

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The President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s led administration has vowed to clampdown on traders, responsible for hiking the price of goods and commodities.

The government, through its agency, the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, expressed displeasure, stating that despite the recent appreciation of the Naira against the dollar, consumers continue to face escalating costs without a corresponding decrease in prices of goods and commodities.

This was contained in a statement released by the commission’s chief, Adamu Abdullahi, on Wednesday.

Adamu added that the commission has been directed to intensify monitoring of both formal and informal markets, where businesses may be taking advantage of market conditions to unfairly inflate prices, and ramp up enforcement activities.

He said: “This situation is unacceptable, and the FCCPC is committed to protecting consumers from exploitation.

“The FCCPC understands the significant financial strain these rising prices are placing on Nigerian households. As a result, the Commission is taking proactive steps to address this issue.

“While the FCCPC cannot directly regulate prices, the Commission will utilise its existing legal framework to enforce fair competition and consumer protection provisions.

“This includes monitoring and investigating unusual price hikes, addressing complaints filed by consumers, and taking action against any businesses found to be engaging in anti-competitive practices such as price-fixing, price gouging or cartel formation.”

“The operatives will be working collaboratively with trade associations, farmer groups, and other stakeholders to identify and remove unnecessary barriers to entry in various sectors, combat price-fixing, and dismantle cartels. This will encourage increased competition, ultimately leading to lower prices for consumers.”

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Nigerian govt to sell crude oil in Naira to Dangote, other local refineries

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The Nigerian government has decided to sell crude oil to Dangote and local refineries to strengthen the Naira.

Gbenga Komolafe, the CEO of the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission, revealed this information on Monday during a briefing in Abuja.

According to him, Nigeria’s condensate and crude oil reserves rose to 37.5 billion barrels on January 1, 2024, with a 68.01-year life index.

“The commission, in conjunction with relevant stakeholders from NNPC Upstream Investment Management Services, representatives of Crude Oil/Condensate Producers, Crude Oil Refinery-Owners Association of Nigeria, and Dangote Petroleum Refinery came up with the template for the buy-in of all.

“This is in a bid to foster a seamless implementation of the DCSO and ensure consistent supply of crude oil to domestic refineries.

“The Petroleum Industry Act, PIA intends to make the implementation (of crude oil obligation) easy for producers and refineries.

“So, the answer simply is that the transaction currency would be in Naira or dollar. That is the simple answer.

“But we all know that if the transaction is carried out in Naira, that will free the pressure on the exchange rate.

“That will help the exchange rate. So that is the intent, and besides, the overall intent of the Petroleum Industry Act is to develop our midstream, which is a very laudable provision of the PIA,” he said.

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BREAKING: Wike, Atiku Meet At PDP Caucus Meeting Ahead Of NEC

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By Kayode Sanni-Arewa

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, are currently attending the National Caucus meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja.

The duo, who sought the presidential ticket of the party for the 2023 election, are among stakeholders at the meeting holding at Bauchi Governors’ lodge behind ECOWAS secretariat in Asokoro.

Details shortly…

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