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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Thursday, 25 March, 2021 Edition)

National House of Representatives

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Here’s our picks on today’s top buzzy stories on Punch Newspaper. We prepare it as a quick-read for our visitors who also enjoys Punch News.

Refineries: Reps probe $1.5bn planned rehabilitation, past repairs

The House of Representative has resolved to investigate the fresh $1.5bn recently approved by the Federal Executive Council to rehabilitate the Port Harcourt refinery. The House will also be probing into the rehabilitation and maintenance exercises on other refineries in the country over the years.

At the plenary on Wednesday, the House unanimously adopted a motion of urgent public importance moved by Mr Onofiok Luke titled ‘Motion on the need to ensure transparency and accountability in the rehabilitation exercise of the nation’s refineries’.

Following the motion’s adoption, the House mandated its Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) to “carry out an investigative hearing and conduct a comprehensive audit of funds previously spent on the rehabilitation/repairs and maintenance of the Port Harcourt refinery and other refineries in the country, and the key performance indicators therefrom.”

Petrol imports gulped N2.11tn in 2020, says NBS

The amount spent on the importation of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) rose by 17.54 per cent to N2.11tn last year, the latest data obtained from the National Bureau of Statistics have shown.

The country spent N1.71tn on petrol imports in 2019, down from N2.95tn in the previous year, according to the NBS.

The data also showed that petrol topped the list of products imported into the country, accounting for 11.7 per cent of the total amount spent on imported products from January to September.

Buhari, Tinubu reported rift, handiwork of mischief makers – Presidency

The Presidency on Wednesday said there was no truth in the media reports (not The PUNCH) suggesting a crack in the relation between the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.); and a leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, stated this in a statement titled, ‘Alleged rift between President Buhari and Tinubu; handiwork of cynics’.

Shehu attributed reports of a rift between the two leaders to those he described as media mischief makers.

Matawalle pleads with FG to hold talks with bandits

Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has called on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), come out with a comprehensive plan of action to sustain peace and dialogue initiated in Zamfara towards addressing armed banditry and other criminalities.

The governor made the call when he received a delegation from the Federal Government, led by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, which paid a visit to the state over Sunday’s fire incident at the Tudun Wada Market, Gusau.

According to Matawalle, all conflicts that have ethnic dimension can best be resolved through dialogue. He said it was the most practical choice which was previously done in the Niger Delta to attain peace and if applied in the current issue of banditry affecting Zamfara and the North-West region, it would be squarely addressed.

JAMB plans June 5 for exams, begins registration, makes NIN mandatory

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, on Wednesday, announced the commencement of registration for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and Direct Entry.

The organisation, however, said for any person to be registered for the UTME/DE, such candidate must supply their National Identity Number.

The Head, Public Affairs and Protocol, JAMB, Dr Fabian Benjamin, made the announcement in a statement in Abuja.

Ortom petitions IGP over assassination attempt, Adamu assigns probe

The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Wednesday formally presented to the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, a petition on Saturday’s assassination attempt on him.

The PUNCH learnt that the governor presented the petition to the police boss at an early morning meeting the two of them had in Abuja.

Recall that Ortom and his aides were attacked on Saturday on his way to his farm along Makurdi-Gboko Road. The governor, while narrating his ordeal during a thanksgiving service on Sunday, said he ran over one kilometre to escape assassination.

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