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IPMAN warns members against cross-border smuggling of petrol products

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The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN has warned its members against engaging in cross-border smuggling of petroleum products in the country.

 

Recalls that on June 22, the Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC Mele Kyari convened a stakeholders’ meeting to curtail cross-border smuggling of petroleum products.

 

The meeting had attendance, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, chief executives of petroleum agencies, security chiefs and critical downstream players, among others.

 

Speaking to newsmen in Kano on Wednesday, Chairman of the IPMAN, Kano branch, Bashir Dan-Mallam lamented that the activities of the petroleum smugglers at border towns is a great sabotage to Nigeria’s economy.

 

According to him, Nigeria is losing huge amount of money to the activities of the smugglers, noting that the money being lost in that regard is enough to execute developmental projects for the citizens.

 

Mr Dan-Mallam added that the activities of the smugglers across border towns is also a snag to the government’s efforts to end insecurity in the country, calling on members not to be a party to the crime and be vigilant to expose the perpetrators.

 

The chairman disclosed that the new Managing Director of Petroleum Products Marketing Company, PPMC, Isyaku Abdullahi had recently held a meeting with IPMAN and its sister associations on ways to check the problem.

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He also revealed that a committee has been set up to go round some states like Kano, Katsina, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kebbi, Kwara, Ogun, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, among others in a bid to chart ways on how to check the menace.

 

“The operation has already started and it would be expanded across all the 36 States of the federation. This problem of cross-border smuggling of petroleum products is worrisome and sabotages to nation’s economy and development as a whole.

 

” it affects the government’s revenue and its commitments to fighting insecurity. I, therefore, warned our members others to engage in these illicit acts. I believe those perpetrators are not registered members of our association,” he said.

 

He also warned that anybody who is found wanting would not be spared by the law.

 

While commending the MD PPMC for rising against the problem, Mr. Dan-Mallam also commended the federal government for introducing initiatives for the development of the downstream sector.

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Breaking:Emir of Dutse Nuhu Muhammad Sunusi Passes On

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The Emir of Dutse  in Jigawa state North West Nigeria Alhaji Nuhu Muhammadu Sunusi is Dead.

In his verified Facebook handle a traditional title holder Santurakin Dutse  and PDP Gubernatorial Candidate of Jigawa state Mustafa Sule Lamido made the statement.

 

Another credible source from the Capital of Jigawa state told NIGERIAN TRACKER that Emir Nuhu Sunusi died today in Abuja but did not disclose the place where he died.

NIGERIAN TRACKER recalls that Alhaji Nuhu Muhammadu Sunusi was appointed Emir of Dutse by the military administration of Late Colonel Ibrahim Aliyu in 1995 after the passing away of his father Muhammadu Sunusi.

 

He reigned as the Emir for 28 years

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Naira Controversy: Emefiele Appears Before Reps. Committee

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Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) Godwin Emefiele on Tuesday appeared before the ad hoc committee of the House of Representatives on the cashless policy and deadline for the replacement of old currency notes.

Emefiele, who was supposed to appear before the Committee last week, failed to do stating he was out of the country with President Muhammadu Buhari.

The House threatenedto invoke the provisions of section 89(1)(d) of the Constitution by issuing a warrant of arrest today to compel him to appear.

The CBN Governor, who appeared with some of his assistants, went into a brief Executive session with members of the committee.

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Cashless system helps in tracking election financing — Osinbajo

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By Chijioke Okoronkwo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says a cashless policy, when effectively operated in Nigeria, can help stem the surge of illicit election financing by making it possible to track funds.

Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Monday in Abuja, said the vice president received a delegation of the EU Election Observation Mission led by Mr Barry Andrews.

The EU Chief Observer is also a member of the European Parliament.

“I think that what we should be looking at is to provide more infrastructures.

“ The cashless thing has been really advantageous and helps with tracking.

“That sort of infrastructure is useful for more financial inclusion and the more financial inclusion you have, the easier it is to track.

“So much money can be spent without it being tracked under the current election financing practices in the country.’’

Osinbajo acknowledged the serious difficulty in controlling election financing because of cash transactions.

According to him, there are still infrastructure issues required to be in place to ensure an efficient cashless system in the country.

“With cash transactions, it is still difficult to seriously control election financing.’’

On electoral offences, the vice president said the Electoral Offences Commission Bill was at the National Assembly.

He said he hoped that it would begin a new regime of dealing with electoral offences which would be helpful.

“By and large, one shouldn’t expect INEC to be the investigator of electoral offences.

“I think that law enforcement agencies should be responsible for arresting and prosecuting offenders, state by state.

“Electoral offences are always seen through a political prism; people will always feel that they are being prosecuted because they belong to a certain party.

“What is more important is that we have to find a system where the police could have a special unit for offences during the course of elections.

“The Federal High Courts could also have a special jurisdiction to deal with offences and not extend beyond the Federal High Courts.”

On the role of the judicial system, Osinbajo said that more attention should be paid to the monitoring of tribunals and their outcomes, calling for more scrutiny from the National Judicial Council.

He disclosed that discussions had been had in the past concerning malfeasance on the part of some judges and those found guilty should be brought to the fore.

“There should be sanctions and that way, we would be able to clean up and correct some of the problems,’’ he said.

In his remarks, Andrews said that the mission would be monitoring the elections coming up next month and hope for a peaceful and fair electoral process.

According to him, it is the 7th time the INEC is inviting the EU Mission to monitor the elections, adding that the team had been in the country since Jan 11 and will be around until the end of March, 2023.

Other members of the delegation include Ms Samuela Isopi, Ambassador, EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS and Mr Thomas Boserup, Deputy Chief Observer, EU Election Observation Mission. (NAN)

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