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SCOOP: MTN workers to stay home as students reportedly picket headquarters [Update]

Staff of @MTNNG have reportedly been told to stay back at home after the company received a warning of a planned protest by Nigerian students.

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The staff of MTN Nigeria have reportedly been told to stay back at home after the company received a warning of a planned protest by Nigerian students. According to information uncovered by Nairametrics, some university students and groups intend to picket the company’s headquarter located at Falomo, Lagos State.

MTN Nigeria was reportedly informed by the protesters last week that they (the protesters) will be holding a protest at the company’s premises this week. However, the date wasn’t categorically stated. Meanwhile, there are strong indications that the protest will hold today, which is why MTN instructed staff members to stay back at home until 10 am when an update will be circulated.

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Note that although staff members were at work on Monday, the company’s buses were not parked in the complex due to fears and uncertainty regarding when the protest will take place. MTN Nigeria had experienced similar protests which ended in damage of properties.

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Why the protest? The Students and groups plan to protest the killings of Nigerians in South Africa. Nigerians and other nationalities have been a target in xenophobic attacks by some South Africans who are enraged over the lack of jobs available to them.

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These South Africans believe foreigners are taking away all the jobs. This is why they are calling for other Africans to vacate their country. The unrest has led to the killings of some non-South Africans within the country and the destruction of properties belonging to other Africans.

What’s the link? MTN Nigeria is a subsidiary of MTN Group, a South African telecommunications company. This could be the reason the Nigerian students and groups have chosen the company as their destination for protest against the killings.

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Update:

MTN Nigeria’s staff have been informed to resume back to work after an earlier instruction required them to stay home due to a planned protest by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS). According to the latest development, the company believes the protest is unlikely to happen after all.

Note that as at the time of updating this report, none of the company’s premises across the country had witnessed any gathering of protesters. This is interesting considering that the protests were, indeed, scheduled to happen. Security outfits were even informed by NANS about the impending protests.

Canceled protest in Kano: Nairametrics has learned that a protest in Kano was canceled by the  Department of State Service (DSS) due to the tense security situation in the State.

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Passengers can now arrive 90 minutes before departure for domestic flights – FG

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The Federal Government has announced the reduction of arrival time for passengers from three hours to one hour and a half before departure for domestic flights.

This was disclosed in a tweet post by the Minister for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, through his Twitter handle on Monday, July 13, 2020.

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The minister said that the decision was arrived at after they have reviewed passenger facilitation at the airport while noting that passengers should check-in online.

In the tweet post, Sirika said, ‘’My colleagues and I have reviewed passenger facilitation at our airports, consequently I am happy to announce that, henceforth travellers are to arrive one hour and half before their departure time for domestic flights. Travellers are advised to check-in online, please.’’

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It can be recalled that the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) had earlier in June issued flight resumption protocol for both international and local passengers across the country, advising passengers to arrive at the airport three hours before their time due to the new COVID-19 safety checks for domestic flight operations and five hours for international flight operations.

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Seyi Makinde Proposes N3 billion investment plan for water supply

The local governments in Oyo are advised to submit a list of 10 faulty boreholes in the LG. 

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Seyi Makinde Proposes N3 Billion plan for water supply

The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde announced the proposal of a N3 billion investment plan dedicated to water supply in rural and urban areas of the state.

Speaking through the Chairman of Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA), Mr. Najeem Omirinde in Ibadan on Monday, he added that N500 million of the N3 billion would be used for repairing broken and faulty state-owned boreholes.

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All Chairmen of each of the Local Governments in Oyo are advised to submit a list of 10 faulty boreholes in the Local governments.

The Oyo State governor also ordered that all new boreholes must be compliant with solar-powered pumps, to enable their longevity and save costs.

Urging residents to patronize the agency if they need to dig up boreholes for water, citing that it would be cheaper if done through the state agency than with private drilling companies.

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Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed stated last year that Nigeria needs an estimated N36 trillion annually for the next 30 years to solve Nigeria’s infrastructure problem. The investment, although a tiny fraction of what Nigeria needs is a bold step by the Oyo State government.

 

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FG asks UK court for more time to appeal $9.6 billion arbitration judgement

Malami stated that the Evidence of P&ID’s highly orchestrated scam had only recently come to light. 

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FG asks UK court for more time to appeal $9.6 billion arbitration judgement

The Federal Government has approached a UK court to appeal for more time to appeal the $9.6 billion arbitration award against it over the breach of contract with Process & Industrial Development (P&ID) Ltd.

Nigeria has said that it needs more time to pursue its argument that the 2010 gas supply contract with Process & Industrial Development Ltd was a sham.

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The legal dispute with P&ID is coming against the backdrop of the huge drop in the country’s revenue due to the collapse in oil prices globally. Nigeria had applied to US courts in March seeking for documents from 10 banks which includes Citigroup Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co, in a bid to prove its corruption allegations.

P&ID, however, has denied any wrongdoing in the whole transaction, arguing that Nigeria missed its opportunity to appeal.

The Nigerian Lawyer, Mark Howard, on Monday, the first morning of a 2-day hearing, said ‘’It is very unusual in a fraud case to discover a single smoking gun. By its very nature, fraud is conducted in secret, which makes it hard to detect and justifies an extension.’

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The legal representatives for Nigeria are seeking another hearing for the judge to decide whether any misconduct has taken place and whether it justifies overturning the contract

The Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Abubakar Malami in a statement said, ‘’Evidence of P&ID’s highly orchestrated scam had only recently come to light.’’

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It can be recalled that last year, a UK judge upheld an earlier arbitration award to P&ID, which had accumulated to about $9.6 billion. The arbitration decision was over a failed contract to build a gas processing plant in the Southern city of Calabar.

The Nigerian lawyers disclosed that they have uncovered alleged bribes to government officials and their family members dating back to 2009.

Malami in his court filing on March 24, submitted that ‘’There is good reason to believe that ministers at the highest level were involved in a corrupt scheme to steal money from Nigeria.’’

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