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Why NAPIMS Boss, Bala Wunti, is Scared of His Own Shadow

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Why NAPIMS Boss, Bala Wunti, is Scared of His Own Shadow

Why NAPIMS Boss, Bala Wunti, is Scared of His Own Shadow

…How he allegedly spent billions on the Atiku presidential campaign

…Abandons benefactor, late Abba Kyari’s family

For now, peace seems to have eluded Bala Wunti, the Group General Manager of the National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), so much that even his shadow scares him. Instructively, as part of the restructuring and consolidation of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, NAPIMS is now known as the NNPC Upstream Investment Services (NUIS).
Until his elevation as GGM, one of the most influential roles in the Nigerian oil industry, Wunti was the Chief Upstream Investment Officer of the NNPC Upstream Management Services. It was reliably gathered that Wunti got the job through the influence of Malam Abba Kyari, the late Chief of Staff to President Buhari. He hails from the same Bauchi State as Mrs Kyari.
Why NAPIMS Boss, Bala Wunti, is Scared of His Own Shadow
If fortune smiled on him generously in that post among others that he had occupied in the oil and gas industry where he had been a player for about three decades, the NAPIMS job ushered him into a higher level of mammoth wealth. Those close to him allege that between 2020 and now, he has acquired so much wealth that would make Forbes query their Richest List research team. Because of his sensitive position, he is not extravagant but is as financially solid as they come. He is reputed to, however, have a bias for acquiring luxury properties and has a mouthwatering property portfolio in Abuja.
Beyond his influence in the oil and gas industry, Wunti is a close ally of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party. With an Atiku presidency, Wunti was convinced he would retain his juicy portfolio or be elevated. Thus, as the 2023 electioneering approached, sources said that Wunti went all out, mobilising and mopping up funds for the PDP candidate. It was rumoured that his financial involvement in the Atiku campaign is in tens of millions of dollars. At his level, they don’t transact in naira; it is either dollars or pounds!
Another impeccable source disclosed that Wunti never believed in Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress candidate, which further fuelled his investment in Atiku. Unfortunately for Wunti, Tinubu is now the president-elect and will be sworn in on May 29. And that is the crux of his problems.
Wunti is currently racing against time. He knows and has confided in close associates that the new administration will ease him out for his partisanship, among other infractions. Significantly, there is the overhanging allegation of his role in Nigeria’s oil production decline. Last October, a group, the Concerned Citizens of Nigeria, accused Wunti of being involved in some contract fraud and engaging in multi-billion-dollar corruption.
In an open letter, the group alleged that Wunti is notorious for frustrating oil development operations for personal gains and using his position as a top official to exclusively give contracts to companies he favours in flagrant violation of the procurement procedures.
“A major concern is the country’s participation in the Deepwater field development space, which is the major contributor to the nation’s oil production. Despite the rise in the crude oil price in the past months, with countries all over the world taking advantage of this opportunity by aggressively embarking on reserve growth and field developments to ensure they derive maximum benefit (economy, job creation, etc.), this high prices currently present, Nigeria has only one (1) deep offshore drilling rig currently carrying out drilling operations, which is the SNEPco Bonga OML 118 drilling operation.
“Despite this challenge in the nation’s oil development, Bala Wunti, due to his greed, personal interest, and inherent fraudulent character, is willing to frustrate this field (Bonga) development to the detriment of the sufferings and yelling of the nation and Nigerians in general.”
The group highlighted Wunti’s alleged involvement in contract irregularities, stating: “Investigations show that on the 18th March 2022, SNEPco wrote requesting for NAPIMS approval to exercise the two (2) years optional extension of the existing NNPC approved contract with OCEAN DEEP DRILLING (ODNEL)/VALARIS by extending the contract duration for another two years for the Provision of Deep Offshore Drilling Rig Services. The Valaris DS-10 drillship is currently carrying out drilling operations in the Bonga field of OML 118.
“This approval request will ensure an uninterrupted drilling activity in the field. Interesting to note is that to date (about seven (7) months delay), NAPIMS GGM has yet to and refuses to approve the contract extension. From our investigation with some SNEPco personnel, we understand that follow-up letters were sent to the GGM’s office, and various phone calls were made but yielded no positive results.”
The group lamented that despite sending several whistle-blowing emails to the GMD of NNPC (Nigerian National Petroleum Company) for the past one year, “No action has been taken till date to address various concerns raised which could have resulted into NNPC being a better company for the over 200 million concerned Nigerians which the corporation is saddled with the responsibility of protecting their interest and the interest of our unborn children.”
Curiously, despite the overwhelming evidence of his serial malfeasance, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has turned a blind eye to wunti. But, for how long?
On the home-front, there are insinuations that relations between him and the late Kyari family, which used to be very robust, has now broken down because of his alleged neglect of the Kyaris. Not even Kyari’s wife who solidified the relationship between the two men or her kids are getting any form of support from the NAPIMS boss. The family source who disclosed this said that the Kyaris got frustrated and decided to keep him at arm’s length when several attempts to get his attention for one thing or the other came to nought.
Beyond this, another problem for Wunti is that he does not have a cordial relationship with his boss, Mele Kyari, the chief executive officer of NNPC Limited. Whether or not Wunti’s animosity borders on eyeing Kyari’s post could not be independently verified, but he has been fingered as one of the brains behind the negative stories in the media against the NNPC boss. So frustrated is Kyari with Wunti’s antics and campaigns of calumny that he overtly rues that he cannot sack him. Even if Wunti escapes Kyari’s axe, he is confident that the evil he has done will not make him escape the new administration’s.

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Cybersecurity levy: FG more interested in milking dying economy, says Peter Obi

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Cybersecurity levy: FG more interested in milking dying economy, says Peter Obi

 

 

 

 

 

 

Global News Reports That The Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, in the 2023 elections, says the federal government is more interested in milking a dying economy through the introduction of the cybersecurity levy.

 

 

 

 

Cybersecurity levy: FG more interested in milking dying economy, says Peter Obi

 

 

 

In a post on his X account on Wednesday, Obi said the policies implemented by the government not only drive the citizens into poverty but also diminish the country’s competitiveness in the economic environment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to Obi, it is unreasonable to expect the struggling citizens of Nigeria to individually finance all government activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The introduction of yet another tax, in the form of Cybersecurity Levy, on Nigerians who are already suffering severe economic distress is further proof that the government is more interested in milking a dying economy instead of nurturing it to recovery and growth,” Obi said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The imposition of a Cybersecurity Levy on bank transactions is particularly sad given that the tax is on the trading capital of businesses and not on their profit hence will further erode whatever is left of their remaining capital, after the impact of the Naira devaluation and high inflation rate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“It is inconceivable to expect the suffering citizens of Nigeria to separately fund all government activities. Policies such as this impoverish the citizens and make the country’s economic environment less competitive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“At a time when the government should be reducing taxes to curb inflation, the government is instead introducing new taxes. And when did the office of the NSA become a revenue-collecting center?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“And why should that purely national security office receive returns on a specific tax as stated in the new cybersecurity law?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On May 6, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) directed banks and other financial institutions to implement a 0.5 percent cybersecurity levy on electronic transfers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CBN said the policy would take effect in two weeks and charges would be described as a ‘Cybersecurity Levy’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The apex bank said the charges would be remitted to the national cyber security fund, administered by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).

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TY BURATAI HUMANITY CARE FOUNDATION CELEBRATES WORKERS; SALUTES PRESIDENT TINUBU’S SALARY INCREASE APPROVAL

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TY BURATAI HUMANITY CARE FOUNDATION CELEBRATES WORKERS; SALUTES PRESIDENT TINUBU’S SALARY INCREASE APPROVAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sahara Weekly Reports That The TY Buratai Humanity Care Foundation has recently expressed jubilation and gratitude towards President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for his approval of a significant salary increase ranging between 25% and 35% for civil servants on the remaining six Consolidated Salary Structures. Additionally, the Foundation also applauded the President for approving a pay rise for pensioners under the Defined Benefits Scheme (DBS). This announcement was made in a statement signed by the Chairman of the Foundation, Amb Ibrahim Dahiru Danfulani Sadaukin Garkuwan Keffi and Betara of Biu.

 

 

 

 

 

TY BURATAI HUMANITY CARE FOUNDATION CELEBRATES WORKERS; SALUTES PRESIDENT TINUBU’S SALARY INCREASE APPROVAL

 

 

 

 

The statement highlighted the Foundation’s Grand Patron, His Excellency, Ambassador Lt Gen Tukur Yusufu Buratai (Rtd) CFR, former Chief of Army Staff, who expressed confidence in President Tinubu’s renewed hope agenda. The Grand Patron emphasized that the salary increase would undoubtedly bring smiles back to Nigerian workers, acknowledging their relentless dedication to the nation’s progress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buratai further stated that the salary and pension increase are a step in the right direction and hope for more increases in the nearest future in order to further cushion the inflationary trend in the economy on the workers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Furthermore, General Buratai urged the public to rally behind President Tinubu’s administration, expressing concern over prevalent issues such as fuel scarcity and the escalating prices of goods in the market. Despite the Naira’s appreciation against the dollar, the Grand Patron noted that these economic challenges persist, calling for solidarity and support from all citizens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Buratai extended his heartfelt salute to Nigerian workers for their unwavering sacrifices towards the nation’s prosperity. Their dedication and commitment do not go unnoticed, and their efforts are instrumental in shaping a brighter future for all.

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Ondo 2024: PDP holds primary on Thursday with seven contestants

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Ondo 2024: PDP holds primary on Thursday with seven contestants

 

 

 

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Global News Reports – The Ondo Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is gearing up for its primary this Thursday. This pivotal event comes before the November 16 governorship election in the state.

 

 

Ondo 2024: PDP holds primary on Thursday with seven contestants

 

 

 

Seven Prominent Figures Vying for the Ticket The party boasts seven chieftains who will be vying for the PDP’s ticket in the primary. The lineup of aspirants is impressive and diverse. It includes Mr. Agboola Ajayi, a former Deputy Governor of the state, and Chief Olusola Ebiseni, who previously served as the Secretary General of the pan-Yoruba socio-political association, Afenifere. Joining them are Mr. Kolade Akinjo, a former member of the House of Representatives; Mr. John Mafo, a former Commissioner for Information; Mr. Adeolu Akinwumi; Mr. Bamidele Akingboye; and Bosun Arebuwa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Committee and Procedures Announced In a statement released on Wednesday, Mr. Kennedy Peretei, the state Publicity Secretary of the PDP, shed light on the upcoming poll. He revealed that a seven-man committee, led by Bayelsa State Deputy Governor, Mr. Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, will conduct the primary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The statement read, “The Ondo State Peoples Democratic Party Governorship Primary Election, scheduled for Thursday, 25th April, 2024 will be conducted by a 7-man Primary Election Committee, headed by Bayelsa State Deputy Governor, His Excellency, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Details of the Primary Election The statement detailed, “The Ondo State PDP Governorship Primary Election, set for Thursday, April 25, 2024, will be overseen by a 7-man Primary Election Committee.” The committee’s chair is none other than the Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, His Excellency, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Venue and Participants The International Culture and Events Centre (The Dome) in Akure will host the exercise. An impressive roster of 627 delegates from the 18 local government areas of the state will gather to choose the party’s flag bearer for the November 16, 2024, Governorship election.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final Preparations Delegate accreditation will kick off at 10:00 am. The party advises individuals who are not delegates or do not have official business at the venue to maintain a reasonable distance from the arena.

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