Minister of Science and Technology Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu says the federal government will ban the importation of refined petroleum products into the country by 2018.
Onu said this while addressing a meeting of stakeholders of the All Progressive Congress in Uburu, Oha-ozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
He noted that the country had relied on single commodity oil, without expanding the economy which had led to the relegation of other sources of revenue.
The minister said that the ministry of science and technology was working to change the country from a resource-based economy to a refined-faceted economic base.
The federal government has announced plans to spend about N270 billion within three years for the rehabilitation of 50 bridges due to decay of many of the existing ones.
Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola made this known while inspecting the rehabilitation of Lagos Ring Road Bridge.
Fashola said government would start with about N70 billion to N100 billion in year one and that priority will be given to the very critical bridges.
The minister directed engineers to begin work to realign the Apon-gbon Bridge while work will resume on many bridges that had suffered neglect across the country.
He observed that some columns and beams of Nigeria’s longest bridge, Third Mainland, were threatened because of human activities, sand filling and ecological factors which resulted in erosion.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC has announced the list of successful bidders for the 2017/2018 crude oil term contract.
A statement by Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs, Ndu Ughamadu, said the Group General Manager, Crude Oil Marketing Division of the Corporation, Mele Kyari announced the results in Abuja today.
He said the contract will run for one year effective 1st January 2017 for consecutive twelve circles of crude oil allocation.
The list consists of 39 winners with 18 Nigerian Companies, 11 International Traders, five foreign refineries, three National Oil Companies and two NNPC trading arms.
All the contracts are for 32,000 barrels per day except Duke Oil Limited, an oil trading arm of the NNPC, which shall be for 90,000 barrels per day.
Recall that during the bid opening in November 2016, Group Managing Director of the Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru had assured the public that NNPC will ensure due process, transparency and fairness in the selection process.
Ousman Badjie, Gambia’s army chief, has reaffirmed his loyalty to embattled President Yahya Jammeh, as the deadline given by the West African regional bloc, ECOWAS gets closer.
“May I please seize this opportunity to renew to your Excellency the assurance of the unflinching loyalty and support of the Gambia Armed Forces,” Mr. Badjie, a general, wrote in a letter to Mr. Jammeh published today in a pro-government newspaper.
Mr. Jammeh initially accepted his defeat in the December 1 election, but a week later reversed his position, vowing to hang on to power despite a wave of regional and international condemnation.
West African regional bloc ECOWAS has placed standby forces on alert in case Jammeh attempts to stay in power after his mandate ends on January 19.
Mr. Jammeh has called the bloc’s stance “a declaration of war”.
Many Gambians, who have lived through 22 years of Mr. Jammeh’s increasingly authoritarian rule, were stunned when the elections commission declared opposition figure Adama Barrow the winner of last month’s election.
Mr. Jammeh’s initial acceptance of the result sparked nationwide celebrations.
Mr. Badjie declared his allegiance to Mr. Barrow soon after the poll results were announced, according to a spokesperson for the president-elect.
Ivanka Trump has made her upcoming move to Washington, D.C., official by purchasing a mansion in the nation’s capital.
As her father prepares to move into the White House, Trump, her husband, Jared Kushner, and their three children, Arabella, Joseph and Theodore, will be following him to the nation’s capital. Washington Fine Properties agent William F.X. Moody confirmed the move to The Washingtonian, telling the magazine that Trump had finished off a deal for a 6 bedroom, $5.5 millon D.C. house.
The Kushner family will be moving to Kalorama, the same D.C. neighborhood that the Obamas are planning to move to after they leave the White House. The two families will live less than two blocks apart.
Last month, PEOPLE reported that Trump and Kushner were planning a move to Washington. Though Trump still does not plan to take on a formal job in her father’s administration, she does hope to have influence in the policy areas she’s passionate about, like maternity leave and child care for working mothers.
“Everyone is adjusting to these new circumstances during the transition period, and while Ivanka has no intention of taking a formal role in the administration, she plans to be an advocate for issues she cares deeply about,” a source close to Ivanka tells PEOPLE.
However, there’s widespread speculation that Kushner, a close adviser during his father-in-law’s campaign, could be taking a position in the Trump White House.
Whatever formal roles they do or don’t take in the new president’s administration, Trump and Kushner will clearly be a presence in D.C. in 2017.
The Obama women may be getting ready to pack up their wardrobes to leave the White House, but their fashion is still fresh. On Monday, the first family landed at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland after a family vacation to Hawaii, trading in their swimsuits and sundresses for coats and boots.
Malia, 18, was wrapped up in a maroon hooded parka and lace-up ankle boots. Under her jacket, she wore a black turtleneck dress with an empire waist and billowing skirt. Her carry-on was a tan leather weekender from Madewell.
Her sister Sasha, 15, kept warm in a shearling-lined denim jacket and knee-high boots over ripped black jeans and a beige sweater.
While the girls definitely brought their A-game to disembark the Air Force One, their mom took the cake — unsurprisingly. The first lady’s gray velvet knee-length flared topper was the definition of regal chic. A hood made it practical, which is consistent with the rest of Michelle’s wardrobe. Underneath she wore black pants and a matching shirt.
She added a little edge with a pair of Jimmy Choo biker boots. The $1,050 leather shoes feature gold buckles.
Oh, and, the man of the family was looking pretty good, too. In fact, he mirrored his wife’s color scheme: his pants matched her coat and his cool jacket matched her pants. Oh the Obama’s; always complimenting each other.
While there are only a few weeks left in their reign, this surely isn’t the last time the Obamas’ stylish sides will be on display.