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Lara Banjoko Advocates Phased deregulation of the petroleum products sector  to ameliorate the suffering Nigerians

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Lara Banjoko Advocates Phased deregulation of the petroleum products sector  to ameliorate the suffering Nigerians

Lara Banjoko Advocates Phased deregulation of the petroleum products sector  to ameliorate the suffering Nigerians

Lara Banjoko, CEO, of Zone 4 Energy Limited and arguably the leading female force who holds the magic wand to turn the fortunes of any moribund petroleum sector company around has lent her voice to the total deregulation of petroleum products in Nigeria as a massive step for petroleum products availability and massive investment/increased employment in the Country.
Lara Banjoko Advocates Phased deregulation of the petroleum products sector  to ameliorate the suffering Nigerians
Banjoko who is a force to be reckoned with in the oil and gas sector opined that deregulation of the petroleum products in phases is the way forward to ameliorate the suffering of Nigerians masses and enable the country implement cushions that will ameliorate the expected changes such a policy will bring to citizens…. She believes such deregulation must be carried out not in a knee jerk approach but with careful and thoughtful planning over a defined period to enable our citizens be able to accept and live with such policy direction.
Banjoko, who also agreed with Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu on deregulation made the recommendation today in Lagos while reacting to the recurrent scarcity of PMS, also known as petrol in the country.
According to Banjoko,  currently, petrol (which is the primary mover of people across the different strata of Nigeria) is being subsidized under the recovery process in two different and distinct phases…
1. On the costs of purchase
2. On the foreign exchange component of the importation and supply. The product herein is being delivered using the CBN exchange and not the parallel market for such importation….
As such, the advocacy and advice will be a consideration and push towards a phased-out deregulation of the sector…
“The first step is suggested to be on the purchase pricing option. Wherein the foreign component is retained while the product is imported and sold on the prevailing international pricing benchmark”
Furthermore, she states that the second phase will be to remove the foreign exchange component and allow importation and delivery to be at the parallel market (though the belief is that the incoming government must phase out the current regime of multiple exchange rates.
It would be recalled that the deregulation of economic activities which gathered momentum in this country in 1986 under the general programme of Structural Adjustment has been a matter of intense debate among economists, bankers, and members of the public at large.
The monopolistic tendency of NNPC to provide all the petroleum products created some features which have made justification for the deregulation of the sector. The features include a low level of competition, smuggling of petroleum products, monopolistic and sharp practices, the existence of petroleum subsidies, poor maintenance of infrastructural facilities, distortions in product supply and distribution, inappropriate pricing of products supply, and high level of fraud and corruption. According to the PPPRA, Reginald (2009) and Igbikiowubo (2011), the Federal Government of Nigeria wants to deregulate the downstream sector of Nigeria’s oil industry in order to:
• Ensure that petroleum products are made available to consumers in an uninterrupted manner.
• Eradicate waste and corruption which are consequences of a tightly regulated economy. • Ensure that the supply and distribution of petroleum products are orderly and consumer friendly.
 • Channel money realized from the exercise to development projects that will be beneficial to the majority of the people.
 Notwithstanding the above, the office of the Chief Economic Adviser of the president in collaboration with the NNPC and the budget office of the Federation asserted that the rationale behind the Federal Government’s plan to deregulate the downstream petroleum sector includes:
 • To improve the efficient use of scarce economic resources by subjecting decisions in the sector to the operations of the forces of demand and supply.
 • Deregulation will further reduce economic waste and lightens social burdens caused by government control.
 • To expand opportunities for economic growth, a competitive sector and help achieve greater cost-effectiveness. Furthermore, Allison Madueke (2011) harped on the imperatives for the deregulation of the downstream sector including:
• Saving of cost in petroleum subsidies.
• Job creation opportunities.
• Downtime record in the existing refineries.
• Investment opportunities or foreign direct investment in the sector.
Lara Banjoko is the CEO of Zone4 Energy Limited. An epitome of beauty and brain, she is a successful business-woman who has worked so hard to make a name for herself.

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The Unending Supply: A Testimony of Faith and Tithing – Pastor Enenche

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The Unending Supply: A Testimony of Faith and Tithing – Pastor Eneche

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Global News Reports That In a captivating narrative, Senior Pastor Paul Enenche of Dunamis International Gospel Centre in Abuja shared a miraculous tale involving a bag of rice. After his wife gave away a portion as tithe, the rice began to multiply in a way that defied explanation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pastor Enenche’s wife was accustomed to tithing not only money but also food. On a notable occasion, after dedicating a tenth of their rice as tithe, they were astonished to find that the rice continued to replenish itself. This bewildering event led to his wife giving away the rest of the rice, perturbed by the unceasing abundance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pastor Enenche himself has a long history of tithing, a practice he began during his university years. With a monthly allowance of just N30, he faithfully contributed N3 as tithe. His commitment to this spiritual discipline has persisted, independent of his eventual role as a pastor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Pastor Enenche, tithing is a deep-seated principle found in the scriptures, not a means to pastoral service. Since 1986, he has been a practitioner of tithing, convinced by the positive changes it brought into his life

, rather than by ecclesiastical debate.

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Nigeria will overcome security challenges — Ex-army chief, Buratai

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Nigeria will overcome security challenges — Ex-army chief, Buratai

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sahara Weekly Reports That A former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai (rtd), has predicted an end to the security challenges Nigeria is presently passing through saying it will soon be a thing of the past.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nigeria will overcome security challenges — Ex-army chief, Buratai

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Buratai spoke at the public presentation of books written by the Director Academic, Planning and Quality Assurance, Nigerian Army University, Biu, Borno State, Brigadier General Mogbekeloluwa Oluyinka Fakokunde, which was held at Nigerian Army Resource Centre, Abuja on Friday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The former army chief commended the efforts of the Nigerian military in the war against insecurity saying they have given their best within the circumstances they have found themselves. He however expressed optimism in the ability of the military to nip the security challenges in the bud very soon saying insecurity is a global occurrence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I want to commend them (the military). They are doing well. They are doing their best within the circumstances they find themselves and what is happening. It (insecurity) is not only in Nigeria, it is global. What is happening is Nigeria is not an exception. Within our neighbours, we see what is happening and globally.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We see what is happening in Sudan, Ukraine, in the Middle East and so on. They (the military) need to remain resolute, remain focused and continue the project they are doing and surely they will succeed. For sure it (insecurity) cannot be permanent, there must be a solution and we can get out of it one day,” General Buratai told media

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The author, Brigadier General Fakokunde, while speaking with Tribune Online, said the books were written with the intention to solve societal problems such as stress, drug abuse and addiction as well as providing the leeway for teachers to manage stress associated with their profession.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He said as builders of talents, teachers need the required skills and qualifications to excel and impart knowledge on their students as leaders of tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“If you look at these books, they are not just ordinary books, they are also working instruments addressing the problems of the society like problem of drug addicts, problem of occupational stress and others ravaging the workforce now. These are competencies they need to imbibe so that they can manage their stress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The rate of drug abuse is a serious thing now and is prevalent among the students and the youths. With these publications, we have instruments that can be used to manage drug abuse among our youths, our workforce and every strata of the society. The intention is to solve problems of the society and that is what we have done by unveiling these books.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The books’ reviewer, Professor Mary Ogechi Esere, of the University of Ilorin, while commending the author for his efforts said the books describe Nigeria’s current realities and provide solutions for the way out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She said the books could not have come at a better time describing them as tools for stress management and to tackle the menace of drug abuse especially among the youths.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The author has deemed it fit to give us tools that we can use to manage the stress and tackle drug abuse which is prevalent among our students right from primary schools. The books are apt, written at the right time. It is scholarly and the writing style is unique,” she said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The books presented are Handbook of Occupational Stress Management for Teachers, Psychological Testing and Technique in Continuous Assessment for Colleges and Universities, Drug Abuse Awareness Scale (DAAS) and Drug Abuse Awareness Scale (DAAS) Manual.

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REVIEW OF, ‘THE LEGEND OF BURATAI 2’

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REVIEW OF, ‘THE LEGEND OF BURATAI 2’

REVIEW OF, ‘THE LEGEND OF BURATAI 2’

 

 

 

 

 

By Hannatu Lot Dickson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Legend of Buratai Volume 2 is authored by General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, the former Chief of Staff of the Nigerian Army. The book was Published by Sprezzatura Publishing Ltd. Cover design by Mereo Books. It was published October 13, 2021 in English Language. It has 125 pages with ISBN-10: * 186151915X and ISBN-13: * 978-1861519153.

 

 

 

 

REVIEW OF, ‘THE LEGEND OF BURATAI 2’

 

 

 

 

 

The author Tukur Yusuf Buratai CFR psc(+) NAM GSS ndc (BD) was born 24 November 1960. He is a retired Nigerian army lieutenant general, former Chief of Army Staff appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in July 2015, and Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Republic of Benin. He was commissioned into the Nigerian Army in 1983 and has had multiple command, administrative, and instructional appointments.

 

 

 

 

The Legend of Buratai 2 is a novel base on true-life story of General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, the former Chief of Army Staff. It is a novel of eight (8) chapters and has one hundred and twenty-five (125) pages. Each of these chapters and pages is so richly engaging and informative from start to finish.

Just a recap of the plot summary, the book is the enthralling true-life story in his own words, General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, the Chief of Staff of the Nigerian Army, who rose to legendary status by dint of hard work, bravery, diligence, excellence and honesty. His journey through life is presented as an exemplary story for all who would aspire to follow his path. His childhood and formative years were also captured.

 

 

 

 

 

The preliminary pages of “The Legend of Buratai 2” begins with the titled page where the titled of the book was boldly written and the author’s name. Then followed by the cover page design which contains the cover photo which was taken in Ngamdu. The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Yusufu Buratai is clearly seen in the picture with troops during operations against Boko Haram terrorists at the Nigerian Army Special Super Camp Ngamdu, Borno State in April 2020. He was practically leading the combat operations. Them followed by the content page which outlines the book’s structure, listing chapters, which helps readers navigate the book’s organization and content.

 

 

 

 

The Photographic Acknowledgement section credits the sources of photographs used in the book, acknowledging photographs taken from the personal album of the author. Followed by a heartfelt message dedicating the book to all young people in Nigeria, and especially those of the Nigerian Military School and the Nigerian Defence Academy.

 

 

 

 

The Publisher’s Note and acknowledgement pages expressed gratitude while the Forward was written by Major General Paul Tarfa mni (Rtd), who described General Buratai’s records of service as Chief of Staff of Nigerian Army as legendary and cannot be surpassed. ‘He is a General who inspires his subjects by leading from the front’. He further, provided context, endorsement, and insights into the book’s significance.

 

 

 

 

 

The author begins chapter one by talking about the beginning which captures the lineage, nuclear family and the journey of Yusufu Buratai especially when he joined the RWAFF. Chapter four depict the miraculous escape from the pond as a child, Dr. Gidado Kumo and John Atanda spoke in chapter three and four, while chapter five and six described the author’s encounters with Snakes and Ghost respectively. chapter seven followed with matters bordering on patriotisms and chapter eight list several principles guiding Lt. General TY Buratai, a few out of those principles are: Do not bother about what people say,; Commit to improving yourself to the extent that you do not have time to compete or criticize others; Let excellence be your trademark anywhere you find yourself; Do not be too proud to retrace your steps back to the right path; Listen more and say less; Always lead with courage or not at all; Honour your words as your bond and never make a promise you can’t keep…

The plot is set in Buratai town, Biu Local Government Area of Borno State to Potiskum, Yobe State. The genre is non-fiction.

 

 

 

The book, ‘The Legend of Buratai 2’ is the best pick for young minds in need of inspiration and mentorship. It is a captivating and fascinating masterpiece, rich in original history, military tactics, strategies and important life lessons with a touch of spirituality straight from the mind and experiences of true and pragmatic General TY Buratai.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Legend of Buratai 2 has the potentials to recoup reinvigorate patriotism to our fatherland Nigeria. It also has the capability and potentials to make a young mind dream and do everything in their powers to live their dreams just like Lt. General TY Buratai.

 

 

 

 

 

The book is so real, it’s not a conventional love story with a perfectly Happy-Ever-After. It was infused with strong themes, I love how Lt Gen. TY Buratai recollected his childhood and formative years, how he was educating us on how to be patriotic and how he described ‘the wretched rustic life of a terrorist’ infused in a poem titled, ‘ARE YOU A TERRORIST?’

The themes in “The Legend of Buratai: Volume 2” include

 

– Hard work: General Tukur Yusuf Buratai’s rise to legendary status is attributed to his diligence and hard work.

 

 

 

– Bravery: General Buratai is known for his bravery and military tactics.

– Excellence: General Buratai’s journey to excellence is presented as an exemplary story for all who would aspire to follow his path.

 

 

 

 

– Honesty: General Buratai’s honesty is one of the key characteristics that contributed to his legendary status.

 

 

 

– Patriotism: The book is capable of reawakening patriotism to one’s fatherland, according to Moses A. Uyang, author and humanitarian.

 

 

 

– Diligence: Buratai’s diligence is another factor that contributed to his success.

 

 

 

The book is practically a handbook or a catalyst for youngsters who dear to dream, who wants to love and serve their country whole heartedly, be patriotic and serve humanity in all earnest and honesty.

 

 

 

The book offers a wide range of literary appreciation and acceptance, historical sources, and educative values. It is a foundation for historical and otherwise critical evaluation.

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