Passengers To Go Through Screening To Check Spread Of Ebola Buhari, Lagos Inaugurates Ibile Oil And Gas Corporation (IOGC) and other major headlines you missed today...

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Passengers To Go Through Screening To Check Spread Of Ebola
The Federal Government has ordered health workers to intensify screening of passengers coming into the country as part of deliberate efforts to check possible spread of Ebola virus.

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, said this when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting which was presided over by acting President Yemi Osinbajo.

Nigeria was hit with the deadly virus in 2014 when a Liberian, Patrick Sawyer, entered the country with the disease, causing its spread across the country with many deaths recorded.

Adewole, however, stated that the acting president had directed relevant government agencies to intensify surveillance to avoid a recurrence.

The minister said “we are aware of the outbreak of Ebola in DRC in the last couple of days. There are implications for this because one single case can trigger a public health alert.

“For us as a country, we need to step up now. Fortunately for us, Ebola is not indigenous to Nigeria. For us to have Ebola outbreak in Nigeria, it has to be imported.

“And so, what we need to do is to step up preparedness at all borders: land, sea and air, to ensure that we quickly identify a probable case, offer additional screening and quarantine.

“The Acting President directed that we should step up activities at the border points and I did visit the port health services at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, to confirm that surveillance activities are ongoing.”

 Yahaya Bello, Ikpeazu & Others Honored At Daily Times 91st Anniversary

Buhari , Bello , Ikpeazu & Others honored At #DailyTimes 91st Anniversary. | The Kogi State State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, was yesterday along with others honored with the governance governance award as Daily Times honours heroes and heroines who have helped shape Nigeria’s history in different fields till now.

The award is part of activities designed by The Daily Times of Nigeria , the nation’s heritage newspaper, to mark its 91 years anniversary, commencing on May 16, 2017, with exhibition at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

The National and Historic Exhibition of an AA top level exhibition with the theme: “Nigeria through the Times” at the entrance foyer of the Abuja International Conference.

The exhibition, according to the statement of the organizers , is aimed at bringing back to our memories, the vision and struggles of the country’s founding fathers, who laboured vigorously for the Nigerian Independence as exclusively documented by The Daily Times and retained in its very rich archives.

Nigerian Heroes who were honored include , President Muhammadu Buhari, who is being given Nnamdi Azikiwe Leadership Award, President Nana Akufo-Ado of Ghana with Babatunde Jose Leadership Award, the immediate past President of Nigeria, President Goodluck Jonathan to be honoured with Ernest Ikoli Leadership Award, and the Nigeria Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, to be awarded with the Politician of the Decade Award.

Governors honoured with the good governance award are Governors Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia); Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos); Ibrahim Dankwabo (Gombe); Bindo Jubril (Adamawa); Willie Obiano (Anambra); Yahaya Bello (Kogi); and Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi).

Lagos Inaugurates Ibile Oil And Gas Corporation (IOGC)

The Lagos State Government Monday formally inaugurated the state-owned oil company, Ibile Oil and Gas Corporation (IOGC), as a business arm of the state in the oil and gas industry.

Speaking at the formal inauguration of the company’s corporate head office in Lagos, the state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, said the initiative was another giant step in the determination of the state to leverage on the recently acquired status of oil producing state in Nigeria.
He said the company was set up to manage the downstream and upstream activities of the state and protect the interest of all stakeholders.

“Lagos State is at the threshold of witnessing a boost in economic growth and employment generation given the evolving developments in its investment climate, particularly the oil and gas sector. The Dangote refinery, the largest in Africa and one of the biggest in the world, will soon come on stream at the Lekki Free Trade Zone (LFTZ).

This multi-billion dollar investment will effectively complement the oil exploration activities of Yinka Petroleum and other oil exploration companies that will also operate in the Dahomey Basin in the future. This will complete the Lagos State oil and gas security tripod of exploration and logistics in the western axis, refining in the eastern axis and funding and exportation through the banks and the ports in the central axis,” Ambode explained.

The governor said with the inauguration of the office complex, the Ibile Oil and Gas Corporation is being positioned to become a leading player in the oil and gas industry.
He said his government was aware of the multiplier effects that a viable oil and gas industry would bring about in terms of investment opportunities that would be created in allied industries and sectors of the state economy.

According to him, this has been the main driving force behind his commitment to develop strategies and policies that will continue to ease the process of doing business in the state.
Ambode, who was represented by the state Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Olawale Wasiu Oluwo, added that “as a government, we are also not unmindful of the potential risks inherent in the oil and gas exploration industry in terms of oil spills, underwater aquatic contamination, gas flaring, community conflicts, youth restiveness, and health and safety issues.”

He, however, noted that the state government is taking proactive measures and would soon commit substantial investment to prevent possible occurrence of these challenges.
In her welcome address, the Managing Director of the company, Ola Debayo-Doherty, stated that to flag off the company’s operations, the company is finalising the front –end engineering design and development work on a gas commercialisation project to be completed in 2019.

According to her, the project will enable the achievement and realization of the state’s aspiration to make a step change and become the preferred business hub in Africa and also grow its economy to transform into the desired mega city.


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