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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said the explosion which rocked Abule Ado Area of State was as a of gas explosion.

Recall that an explosion rocked the Abule Ado area of Lagos at the early hours of Sunday.

There had been speculation that the explosion emanated from an NNPC pipeline but the NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr. Kennie Obateru, on Sunday evening refuted that claim.

In a statement on Sunday, the NNPC boss said investigations found that a truck hit some gas cylinders stacked in a gas processing plant located near the corporation’s system 2B Pipeline Right of Way which resulted in the explosion.

“The explosion was so huge that it led to the collapse of nearby houses and damaged NNPC pipeline and efforts were made to curtail the resultant fire, he added.

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The Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari and other top Management of the corporation departed to Lagos this evening for an on-the-spot assessment at the scene of the incident.

Obateru added that the corporation has immediately stopped ongoing pumping operations on the Atlas Cove-Mosimi pipeline which was active at the time of explosion.

The release explained that NNPC had already mobilized its in- combined team consisting of Health Safety Environment experts, Medical and Security personnel from its nearby Satellite Depot in Lagos, even as Lagos State Fire Service was also rallied to extinguish the fire.

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“More fire firefighting personnel and equipment were mobilised from the NNPC Mosimi Area to provide extra fill up to the ongoing operation.

“Members of the public and residents of the affected communities should remain calm as the temporary of the petroleum products pipeline would not affect the normal supply of products to Lagos and its environs.

“The fire, currently burring at controlled conditions, was being fought headlong, a detailed assessment of the incident is underway to establish the extent of damage to the pipeline,” the statement added.

The NNPC Group Managing Director, Mallam Mele Kyari, condoled with the victims of the incident, praying that God provides them succour at this hour.

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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COVID-19 Allowances: Lagos doctors declare 3 days warning strike

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Medical doctors in on Sunday declared a three- day warning strike over the state government’s failure to meet their demands.
The doctors under the auspices of Medical Guild are striking over wage disparity between the Federal and Lagos state doctors, COVID-19 Hazard allowances and inducement allowances MOU approved by the Federal Government, non-payment of doctors working in isolation centre as well as unceremoniously disengagement of doctors in the isolation centres without recourse to their welfare.
It could be recalled that the doctors had early served a 21 -day ultimatum to the state government and later extended it by two weeks during which the doctors and the officials of government met but failed to agree.
READ ALSO: Lagos doctors begin 3 days warning strike Monday
Announcing this at a press conference in Lagos, shortly after a meeting with the State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Sanwo-Olu, the Chairman of the Medical Guild, Dr. Oluwajimi Sodipo who said the strike will begin 8 am Monday and ends on Thursday 16th, 2020 said doctors in the isolation Centres were exempted from the strike.
Further explaining the rationale behind the strike, Sodipo said: “if the state government had met 70 per cent of their demands within the period their ultimatum lasted and the two weeks extension, the strike would have been averted.
Giving details of their demands, he said: That the wage disparity between Federal and Lagos State doctors is not being given necessary attention by the government.
“That the issue of COVID 19 hazard allowances and inducement allowances MOU approved by the federal government to her doctors is not being approved by the state government to her doctors.
“That doctors working in the COVID 19 isolation Centres are still being owed two months salaries which have remained unpaid at the moment, they are also being unceremoniously disengaged.”

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He further said the congress would reconvene at the end of the three days strike to review the progress made and plan for further action.
Speaking, an ex-officio of the Medical Guild, Dr. Babajide Saheed lamented that the government had the opportunity to avert the warning strike but failed to use it.
“The government had the opportunity to avert the warning strike if they had made efforts to do the needful.” they had made efforts to do the needful.”
He said if the government can come up with a circular to do the needful within 24 hours the strike could still be averted

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Nigeria, China finalising negotiations on N43.24bn Ibadan port

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Negotiations between the Federal Government and China Railway Construction Corporation Limited for the construction of the Ibadan Inland Dry Port is nearing completion , the Nigerian Shippers’ Council announced on Sunday .

The CRCC is the preferred bidder for the proposed dry port to be established in the capital of Oyo State.

The NSC, which described this as a major milestone , is the guarantor to the concession of the proposed 80 ,000 twenty -foot equivalent unit capacity dry port to be built on the basis of public -private partnership agreement .

It said in a statement issued in Abuja by the Head , Public Relations , NSC , Rakiya Zubairu, that on completion , the facility would help address the problem of port congestion and gridlock in Apapa , .

The council said the Ibadan facility would be designated a port of destination where cargo would be consolidated for import and export , especially in the south -western part of .

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“ Among other uses , the dry port will provide a competitive cargo sorting centre, bulk breaking as well as cargo -tracking and truck management services ,” Zubairu said.

The council said, “ This project , which has been estimated at $ 94 m ( N 43 .24 bn ) , will boost employment in Oyo State and other cities in the environs. ”

It said the Lagos -Kano standard gauge railway , currently under construction, was aligned to the proposed dry port , making it easy to convey cargo from the seaports in Lagos and to all destinations along the route.

The NSC said the negotiations emphasised the utilisation of local content at each stage of development and operation of the facility .

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It said, “ Having concluded this stage , an updated full business case compliance report will be produced . A draft agreement will be presented to the Federal Ministry of Justice and sent to the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission for vetting .

“ After that , the Minister of Transportation will present the agreement to the Federal Executive Council. The concessionaire will then be taken to the site for sod- turning . It is expected that construction will commence immediately after the ceremony. The timeline for completion is 12 months .”

The council noted that the negotiations were moderated by the Federal Ministry of Transportation led by the acting Permanent Secretary and the Director , Maritime Services , Auwalu Suleiman .

Other persons involved in the negotiations include the Director -General, ICRC , Chidi Izuwa , and a representative of the Federal Ministry of Finance , Jummai Katagum .

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The four – day negotiations also had the Secretary to Government of Oyo State , Olubamiwo Adeosun , in attendance , while the CRCC was led by its Deputy Managing Director, Jacques Liao .

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