Tears streamed during a night of remembrances for the late Mohammed Barkindo, secretary-general of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, held by the Nigerian petroleum industry on Wednesday in Abuja (OPEC).
Barkindo, 63, passed away in Abuja on Tuesday. In his hometown of Yola, Adamawa State, he was laid to rest using Islamic customs.
NAN reports that Mele Kyari, the group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd., prayed to God to give the family the fortitude to endure the loss while being represented by Adetunji Adeyemi, the group executive director, downstream, of the NNPC.
While Barkindo was described as a modest and hardworking man who made significant contributions to the oil and gas industry by Mike Sanger, the managing director of TotalEnergies EP Nigeria Ltd., who was represented by Charles Ebereonwu, the country communications manager for TotalEnergies Nigeria.
The chairman of the Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS), Rick Kennedy, the country chair of Shell Companies in Nigeria, Osagie Okunbor, and the executive secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, Simbi Wabote, also paid tribute to the late OPEC secretary-general.
Attack on Kuje prison: ISWAP takes responsibility
The commando-style assault at Kuje prison that freed 443 prisoners, including 64 infamous Boko Haram terrorists, has been blamed on the Islamic State for West Africa Province (ISWAP).
A video of the group’s fighters shouting “Allahu Akbar,” which is Arabic for “God is great,” appeared on the internet. The video’s characters spoke in Hausa while gunshots could be heard in the background.
President Muhammadu Buhari expressed shock and utter disappointment over the attack at the prison facility in the state capital earlier in the day. The president tweeted, “Saddened by the attack on the Medium Security Custodial Center, Kuje,” using his @MBuhari Twitter handle. I’m not happy with the intelligence apparatus. How are terrorists able to plan an attack, obtain weapons, target a security installation, and escape punishment? I anticipate a thorough report on this shocking incident.
Our emphasis on skill development has been crucial in the fight against unemployment. Gboyega Oyetola, governor
The current governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola, who is running for re-election on behalf of the All Progressive Party (APC) on Saturday, July 16, 2022, stated that his administration’s emphasis on skill development has helped address the issue of unemployment in the state.
He revealed this during a live broadcast of the governorship debate produced by AriseTV, which Dr. Reuben Abati, a well-known media figure, co-anchored.
In light of the fact that the state’s unemployment rate has nearly doubled since he assumed office as governor in 2018, the governor was responding to Abati’s query about how he plans to address the issue of unemployment in the state.
In order for us to be able to draw enough investment into our state, he said, “you may recall that we held the Osun investment summit sometime in 2019 or 2020.
“We currently have no fewer than 10 industries in Osun, I say categorically. You can see a number of businesses combining if you go to the Dabolu hurb. Therefore, in terms of creating jobs, we are actually on the right track. However, aside from that, it is crucial to discuss skill acquisition. In spite of the nation’s current economic situation, he continued, his government has set the pace in trying to draw in the much-needed investment into the state.
“The white collar is no longer there. The number of students graduating from all these universities at once is more than I can handle. We have really renovated a lot of our technical colleges because we can’t afford to let them in. Nine of them exist. We have started rehabbing about five as I speak. He presented data about how skill acquisition has provided the necessary motivation to absorb many unemployed young people in the state. “So we allow people to actually acquire skills, and we are ready to give them startup capital to start their business,” he said.
“In the area of small scale industries, we assisted a number of them to establish their own employment opportunities and act as their own labor employers. That is one of the things we are attempting to do to make sure we can produce a sufficient amount of jobs.
“It’s crucial to motivate people to learn new skills so they can launch their own businesses and, in turn, create jobs. In addition to taking care of themselves, they will be able to create more jobs, receive the startup capital we are providing, and be encouraged to grow and add jobs.
He also mentioned his recent employment of teachers and others while stating that, in addition to his skill acquisition program, he has employed and will continue to employ people into the civil service.
“Equally, just a few months ago, I hired 1000 teachers, and I plan to hire more. In fact, as part of a deliberate effort to lower the state’s unemployment rate, we are currently recruiting 20,000 OYES. When all of these factors are considered, I believe we are doing well in the area of job creation. Finally, he said.
After the cabinet ministers put pressure on the PM, Johnson fires Gove.
Over the past 24 hours, there has been a lot of drama in the British government as calls and countercalls for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to step down have dominated the news.
In the past 24 hours, 19 of Johnson’s cabinet members have remained with the embattled Prime Minister, while 6 have yet to decide whether to stay or leave, including Michael Gove, who was fired. According to the BBC, this is true.
A detailed account of the events in London provided by the BBC paints a compelling picture. “Boris Johnson fired Michael Gove, the former leveling up minister. Gove was referred to as a “snake” by No 10 sources, who also said it was impossible to have someone in the cabinet “who gleefully tells the press the leader has to go.”
After visiting the prime minister at his official residence with Priti Patel, Simon Hart, the secretary of state for Wales, made a resignation request.
Nadhim Zahawi, a recently appointed chancellor, and Steve Barclay, the new health secretary, are two individuals who are staunch supporters of the troubled prime minister.
Stocks are in a slump as the euro falters due to recession fears.
According to Reuters, the euro hit a two-decade low this morning as investors held back their investments due to recession fears and rising oil prices.
Equities, on the other hand, were torn between worries about growth and relief that a slowdown would lessen the need for interest rate hikes on the part of central bankers.
As a result, Japan’s Nikkei gained 0.7 percent while the MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside of Japan drifted upward away from a two-month low and increased 0.3 percent in early trade.
On the other hand, the Australian and New Zealand dollars managed to recover from two-year lows.
Major US index futures, including those for the S & P 500, were flat. The index increased overnight by 0.4 percent as traders braced themselves for a potentially hawkish statement at this month’s Federal Reserve meeting in response to encouraging economic data.