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Taraba Governor, Dr. Agbu Kefas Receives Committee Report On First Youth, Economic And Security Summit






The Governor of Taraba State, Dr. Agbu Kefas has received reports from the committee of the first Youth, economic and security summit that was held in June.

The committee led by Chief Bako Benjamin visited the governor at the Executives chamber, Jalingo to officially submit reports from the widely publicized summit.

The three-day summit flagged-off by Dr. Agbu Kefas was organized to address critical issues concerning the youth, security, and economic development of the state.

In his opening address, the Executive Governor, Dr Agbu Kefas expressed his determination to fulfill his campaign promise of ensuring that 80% of his government comprises young individuals. He emphasized the importance of cultivating the right mindset among the youth to drive the administration forward effectively.



During the summit, Chief Bako Benjamin addressed the need for a mental transformation for the purpose of progress in the state. He noted that the summit poses to modify the mindset of youths to achieve all-round success.

“If we must make progress, then there must be a mental transformation. That is what this summit aims at achieving. We know that there is a direct correlation between idle youths and criminality.’’

“The creation of a fresh new Taraba has kick-started today, and you must count yourselves lucky to be here on time. It is time to move forward in unity for Taraba State. Success is intentional. What and who you listen to, and what you know is what frees you or imprisons you in the journey of life. I assure you that after today, you will never remain the same again. Mindset is everything. To succeed you must have a daring mindset and stop spending time in places and with persons that won’t grow you and add value to your life.’’

In general, the summit attracted a wide range of participants, including young people from the local government of Taraba State, academia, leaders from the private sector, 5 and other stakeholders with an interest in youth development, economic growth, and security in the state.

The summit provided a platform for participants to engage in discussions, share ideas and best practices, and to explore opportunities for collaboration and partnership. It also brought together a diverse range of perspectives and expertise to address the challenges facing young people in Taraba State and identify strategies for promoting economic growth, improving security, and creating opportunities for youth development.

In the 40-page reports submitted by the committee, recommendations offered to the state government during the summit for the progress of Taraba state were highlighted. Fortunately, some of them have been adopted by the Governor Agbu Kefas-led administration.

The report asserted that in the education sector, it was recommended that the state enact a subsidy, grant scholarships to Tarabans, establish vocational centres, and introduce a rewarding system in Primary and Secondary schools. In the last few weeks, the Dr. Agbu Kefas has subsidized tertiary institution fees by 50% and declared free primary and secondary school education, as recommended by the summit.

Apart from the education sector, recommendations made on Agriculture, economy, security sectors were also captured in the reports.

According to the report, Keynote speakers touched majorly on Education and skill development, Youth employment and entrepreneurship, innovation and technology, economic development of Taraba state, security and conflict resolution.

Holistically, the reports captured the success, challenges, recommendations, keynote speakers, participants and every activity that took place at the Youth, economic and security summit in Taraba state.

In his response, Dr. Agbu Kefas appreciated the committee for their steadfastness and commitment in ensuring the summit became a huge success. He also reiterated his plans to adopt the recommendations made at the summit.

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Dangote Refinery to start production by October and November 2023



The Dangote Refinery is gearing up to commence refining operations, with plans to produce diesel and jet fuel by October 2023 and petrol by November 30, 2023, according to the Executive Director of the Dangote Group, Devakumar Edwin.

According to reports, Edwin in an interview with newsmen disclosed that the refinery is on track to receive its first crude cargo within two weeks.

Initially, the facility is set to produce up to 370,000 barrels per day of diesel and jet fuel in October 2023.

Furthermore, Edwin outlined the refinery’s strategy for gradually increasing petrol production, to reach an impressive 650,000 barrels per day by November 30.

He expressed the refinery’s readiness to receive crude oil:

  • “Right now, I’m ready to receive crude. We are just waiting for the first vessel. And so, as soon as it comes in, we can start.”

Regarding the shift in the original timeline, Edwin explained that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPCL) had already committed their crude oil to another entity on a forward basis, causing a temporary delay.

He assured that this setback is momentary, and the refinery will exclusively use Nigerian crude oil from November 2023 onwards.

Edwin highlighted that the Nigerian oil will be purchased in US dollars, not in naira, as the refinery operates within a free trade zone on the outskirts of Lagos. However, due to its equity stake, the NNPCL will supply some crude at discounted prices.

The Dangote refinery is equipped to process various crudes, including most African grades, Middle Eastern Arab Light, and even US light-tight oil.

Edwin stated,

  • “We can take even some of the Russian grades… if the global system opens up to allow us to receive them. If you look at our production profile, 50% of my production will meet 100% of the requirements of the country.”

Excess gasoline, meeting 10 ppm sulfur Euro 5 quality, will be exported to other African markets, the US, and South America, albeit in relatively small volumes.

Jet fuel will be exported to Europe, while diesel will be sold in sub-Saharan Africa.

Edwin emphasized that the refinery would benefit Nigeria significantly, providing a reliable supply of environmentally friendly refined products and generating substantial foreign exchange for the country.

Furthermore, he noted that the Dangote refinery will play a pivotal role in addressing fuel supply challenges faced by import-dependent West Africa, particularly following Nigeria’s removal of fuel subsidies, which had resulted in a thriving illicit gasoline market due to price fluctuations.

Edwin added that the revenues generated from the refinery’s operations will be reinvested in further developments, underscoring Aliko Dangote’s commitment to Nigeria.

  • “The money will be coming back in, and it will go for further investments,” he affirmed, highlighting Dangote’s dedication to the nation.
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Senate President, Godswill Akpabio faces strong opposition amid allegations of loyalty to Tinubu



A brewing political storm is on the horizon as top politicians within the Senate, gear up to challenge Senate President Godswill Akpabio’s leadership when the Senate resumes later this month.

The unhappy forces are reportedly angry by what they perceive as Akpabio’s submissiveness to President Tinubu, rather than prioritizing the interests of lawmakers and the Nigerian public.

Accusations have been levelled at Akpabio, a former Akwa Ibom State Governor, suggesting that his close relationship with the President has diverted his attention from his colleagues and hindered his ability to address the pressing concerns of Nigerians amid the nation’s challenges.

Reliable sources have confirmed that a group of dissatisfied Senators, led by two former North West governors, intends to capitalize on Akpabio’s recent misstep, where he claimed that “prayers” had been sent to their mailboxes for celebrations, to take punitive action against him.

A well-placed source within the National Assembly, knowledgeable about the brewing plot, revealed that the anti-Akpabio faction has convened multiple meetings, including gatherings in Saudi Arabia and Ilorin, to finalize strategies for Akpabio’s potential impeachment upon the Senate’s return.

The source within the National Assembly disclosed,

  • “Among Senator Akpabio’s ‘sins’ is his perceived ‘highly-subordinated relationship with President Bola Tinubu. Additionally, the ‘token’ slip by the Senate President on the day of adjournment for the ongoing recess forms the basis for the move to serve him the famous ‘banana peel’ treatment.”

Despite Akpabio’s subsequent clarification and retraction of his “prayer” comment, it failed to mollify many of his colleagues who had publicly expressed their disapproval.

The source further noted,

  • “All of these actions are part of preparations for the 2027 general elections, where a new ‘hybrid party’ is expected to emerge, drawing membership from both the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and opposition parties, particularly the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
  • The goal is to replicate the ‘tsunami’ that rocked the then-ruling PDP in 2014 when many party heavyweights defected to form what is now known as the SPC.”

As the Senate gears up for its resumption, political intrigue and manoeuvring promise to be at the forefront of Nigeria’s political landscape.

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President Tinubu nominates Yemi Cardoso as CBN Governor and four deputy governors



President Bola Tinubu has put forward Dr. Olayemi Michael Cardoso for the position of Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

This announcement was made in an official statement released by Presidential spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale, on Friday.

According to the statement, this appointment is contingent upon the confirmation of the Senate.

It stated,

  • “President Bola Tinubu has approved the nomination of Dr. Olayemi Michael Cardoso to serve as the new Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), for a term of five (5) years at the first instance, pending his confirmation by the Nigerian Senate.”

The appointment aligns with Section 8 (1) of the Central Bank of Nigeria Act, 2007, which grants the President of Nigeria the authority to appoint the Governor and four Deputy Governors for the CBN, subject to Senate confirmation.

Additionally, President Tinubu has nominated four individuals for the role of Deputy Governors of the CBN, also for a term of five years initially, pending Senate confirmation.

The nominees are as follows:

  1. Mrs. Emem Nnana Usoro
  2. Mr. Muhammad Sani Abdullahi Dattijo
  3. Mr. Philip Ikeazor
  4. Dr. Bala M. Bello

Under President Tinubu’s “Renewed Hope” agenda, these nominees are expected to implement crucial reforms at the CBN, aiming to boost the confidence of both Nigerians and international partners in the restructuring of the Nigerian economy, ultimately leading to sustainable growth and prosperity for all.

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