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Edo North, Central traditional rulers fault installation of Pere of Olodiama in Gelegele








From Omoregie Elvis, Benin



Traditional rulers in Edo North and Central have faulted the

installation of Pere of Olodiama in Gelegele, by the Ijaws living in

Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo State calling it  an act

of sacrilege.


His Royal Highness, Zaki Aidenojie  Ehidiamhen I, the Enogie of Opoji,

expressed his resentment when he led other traditional rulers in both

Edo North and Central to the Palace of the Benin monarch in solidarity

of the people of the Benin kingdom on Tuesday.


The Enojie of Opoji  and vice chairman,  Edo State Traditional Rulers,

said  they were against the decision of the Ijaws living in Gelegele

to instal  their own king in the area as there can never be two kings

in Edo South.


“We the Traditional rulers from Edo North and the Edo Central, we have

gathered here to add our voice to that of the state government, the

Benin Traditional Council and those of them from Edo South who are

opposing the wrong move of the Ijaws”, he said.


He said the Portuguese gained access to Benin through the Gelegele and

even when the Benin was under western region, Gelegele was still part

of Benin and never a kingdom of its own.


Ehidiamhen I said if the  Ijaws in Gelegele had wanted a chief, they

should have written to the Oba of Benin for one adding that the Oba in

his magnanimity could have sent them a duke.


“The Oba has the power to even appoint a duke in Gelegele as done in

other areas. If they have wanted a chief, they have done well and they

have come to the Oba, plead with him, of course he can decide to give

a chieftaincy title of Benin Kingdom to that Gelegele because it is

part of his kingdom. He has the power to send his dukes there or his



“It is never heard that somebody Pere from another kingdom from

Bayelsa or Delta to provoke himself to go to Edo State and crowned a

king in another man’s kingdom. I think it was an abomination.


“In 1955, an Itsekiri man, the  late Okotiebor who was the minister of

finance in the first republic was made the Adolor of Benin kingdom. He

is an Itsekiri man. He may answer Pere or Olu of Benin. So, I think

the Oba has the power to give any title to whom he deemed fit”, he



The Enojie of Opoji commended the Benin monarch and the state

government for the way and manners they have handled the matter since

the issues of the installation of the Pere began while also calling on

the state government to take a step further to order for the arrest of

those behind the installation.


“I must commend the Oba and the Benins for the maturity that His

Majesty have used in calming down situation and if not, there would

have been arson and serious problems would have come out.


“I also appreciate the governor of the state for their timely

intervention but I think they should not stop there because the Pere

and the elders in council should be located by the law enforcement

agents and the man that wanted to receive crown should be invited and

prosecuted”, he said.


The traditional of Opoji said it was misnormal for anybody to address

Gelegele as part of Beylsa or part of Delta State. The state governor

of Beyelsa and Delta should be countered by the Edo State governor to

tell them to maintain peace and should remain in their territory and

not transpassing into Edo State.


HRH, Razaq Ogiefoh III, the Enojie of Ewu said the installation of

Pere of Olodiama in Gelegele was the usurping of power by the people

of Ijaws which must be condemned in its entirety.


He said majority of those who are traditional rulers elsewhere have

their roots from the Palace of the Benin Kingdom adding that it would

be suicidal for a traditional ruler elsewhere to call himself a King

in Benin Kingdom


He said from history, there has always been one traditional ruler in

Benin Kingdom which is the Oba of Benin



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Fidelity Bank Commends Air Peace’s Performance



Fidelity Bank Commends Air Peace’s Performance



Fidelity Bank Commends Air Peace’s Performance

. Celebrates Airline For The Commencement of the Lagos-London Route

LAGOS – Fidelity Bank Plc has commended Air Peace’s performance since it commenced flight operations about 10 years ago.



Fidelity Bank Commends Air Peace’s Performance

Dr. Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe, the Managing Director, Fidelity Bank Plc gave the commendation over the weekend in Lagos during a special event organised for the airline by the bank to celebrate Air Peace for the milestone of commencement of direct flights from Lagos to London.

According to Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe, who doubled as the host at the event, the airline has upheld the principles of financial discipline and good corporate governance since inception, while it has also been very loyal to the bank.


She expressed delight that the bank had the airline as one of its major clients since inception, stressing that the Bank was celebrating the airline’s milestone of launching direct flight service to London and other developments it would attain in the future.

The event, which held at the Civic Center, Victoria Island, Lagos, had in attendance several bank Managing Directors, stakeholders in the aviation sector, media personalities and well-wishers of both brands.

Speaking at the event, an elated Dr. Allen Onyema, the Chairman, Air Peace, observed that it was not rosy for the airline to attain its status and expressed gratitude to the flying public, the various aviation stakeholders, the media and the government for the continued support since it launched in 2014.

He specifically acknowledged the pivotal role played by Engr. Ben Adeyileka, the former Acting Director-General, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), in helping the airline secure its Airline Operator Certificate (AOC).

He further commended Fidelity Bank for the consistent support and stressed that the bank had contributed to the success story of the airline.

“I call it our journey with Fidelity Bank. I did not envisage this day would come when an indigenous institution would be celebrating another indigenous institution. Fidelity supports real business. They keep removing people from the streets of poverty. Let other banks emulate Fidelity,” he said.

He reiterated that Air Peace was set up primarily to create employment, not for profitmaking, stressing that the motivation behind the business was to empower Nigerians economically.

“Air Peace was not borne out of the intent to profiteer, but to create jobs. Air Peace was not established because I wanted more money but because of the conviction that running an airline would create massive job opportunities. That was why we went into aviation”, he remarked.

He restated the airline’s belief in the Nigerian project, maintaining that supporting the airline meant supporting the growth of the Nigerian economy.

Onyema further craved for the support of all Nigerians on the Lagos-London route, which it opened on March 30, 2024.

He explained that the airline needed to sustain the route, stressing that this could only be done through support from Nigerians.

He said: “For every penny you pay to Air Peace, you pay to sustain the jobs of thousands of Nigerians and support economic growth.

“Air Peace flies you from any of our domestic routes to London. So, you can fly from Yola to London via Lagos. From the local airport, you are taken to the international airport free of charge with a seamless luggage transfer.”

He pledged that the airline would continue to fully adhere to the standard of safety and lauded the management and staff of Air Peace for their efforts in realising the London dream.










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Dangote Group is the elixir of Gateway int’l Trade Fair – OGUNCCIMA



Dangote: NANS Write President Tinubu Over mismanagement Of CTIN Funds (Video)

Dangote Group is the elixir of Gateway int’l Trade Fair – OGUNCCIMA

…Subsidiaries hit Ogun trade fair




Ogun State Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (OGUNCCIMA) has described the Dangote Group as the driving force of the Gateway International Trade Fair.


This is just as companies under the leading African Indigenous Conglomerate, Dangote Industries Limited, hit the trade fair with their various products as part of strategies to increase market share and deepen customers’ affection.




The President of the chamber, Engr. Mike Akingbade, stated this when Ogun state governor, Dapo Abiodun officially opened the 13th edition of the Trade Fair at the M.K.O Abiola Trade Fair Complex, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta

Akingbade lauded the support of Dangote Group in sustaining the Trade Fair, which he noted has led to the prosperity of the state and economic freedom for the people.

“A special commendation must be given to Dangote Industries Limited which has remained the major sponsor of the Gateway International Trade Fair for many years. The committed support of the Dangote Group is the elixir with which the trade fair is activated and OGUNCCINA is eternally grateful for the wonderful gesture of the company,” he said.

He said the 13th Gateway International Trade Fair with the theme: “Achieving Economic Prosperity through Business Connection, Trade and Investment, “is aimed among others, to allow businesses to expand their reach, access new markets, and diversify their customer base. He emphasized that forging robust business connections, participating in trade activities, and making strategic investments will unlock new markets, stimulate economic growth, and enhance overall prosperity.

The Regional Sales Director, Dangote Cement PLC, Lagos/Ogun, Mr Tunde Mabogunje in his goodwill address, assured Ogun state government and OGUNCIMMA of the continuous support of the company, noting that the Group is dedicated to enhancing the prosperity of Nigeria by creating opportunities for Nigerians and businesses in the country.

Mabogunje said visitors to the Dangote Group’s pavilion at the fair will have the opportunity of buying products of these companies at reasonably reduced prices as the Dangote businesses will be selling at discounted prices.

He also hinted that the Dangote Refinery will be part of the next edition of the Trade Fair.

“We want to appreciate Ogun state for bringing us as a partner. We want to assure you that we will be here next year bigger. By next year, our refinery will be part of the Trade Fair,” he said.

Governor Dapo Abiodun who visited the Dangote pavilion immediately after performing the ribbon-cutting ceremony, commended the company and others for supporting the Trade Fair which he noted is aimed at stimulating economic growth.

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Nigeria Launches New Fiscal Incentives to Revitalise Oil & Gas Sector, Aiming to Attract $10 Billion Investment



Nigeria Launches New Fiscal Incentives to Revitalise Oil & Gas Sector, Aiming to Attract $10 Billion Investment

Nigeria Launches New Fiscal Incentives to Revitalise Oil & Gas Sector, Aiming to Attract $10 Billion Investment












… as FG endorses consolidated guidelines










Sahara Weekly Reports That Today, in a move to further revitalise the oil and gas industry’s contribution to the Nigerian Economy, Wale Edun, OFR, Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, presided over a signing ceremony at the Federal Ministry of Finance headquarters in Abuja endorsing the Consolidated Guidelines for the implementation of Fiscal Incentives for the Oil & Gas Sector – a cornerstone of the Presidential Directive aimed at enhancing the Nigerian oil & gas sector’s global competitiveness whilst stimulating economic growth.





Nigeria Launches New Fiscal Incentives to Revitalise Oil & Gas Sector, Aiming to Attract $10 Billion Investment






As disclosed during the signing, the Presidential Directives were developed and coordinated by the Special Adviser to the President on Energy, Mrs. Olu Verheijen to ensure a competitive framework for the Nigerian oil & gas industry. These Consolidated guidelines for the fiscal incentives are based on extensive collaboration across Finance and Petroleum Ministries and involved several key regulatory bodies including the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), and the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA).


According to Mrs. Verheijen, these new measures have been designed to deliver a competitive Internal Rate of Return (IRR) for Oil & Gas Projects and attract over $10 billion in new investments within the next 12-18 months. They also underscore Nigeria’s commitment to reaching its long term oil production target of 4 million barrels per day whilst enhancing the reliability of gas supply for to boost export earnings and fuel Nigeria’s industrialization.


Mrs. Verheijen disclosed that among the guidelines signed were the NUPRC Guideline on Hydrocarbon Liquids Content in a Non-Associated Gas (NAG) Field, essential for accurately categorising and quantifying the hydrocarbon liquid content in these fields. Additional guidelines focused on the applicability of tax credits and allowances for Non-Associated Gas Greenfield Development and the Midstream Capital and Gas Utilization Allowance, providing taxpayers with clarity on the computation of these benefits.


HM Edun, in his remarks, thanked President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for signing the directive in February 2024 to engender growth in the Nigerian oil and gas sector, which had stagnated for over the last decade. He also emphasised the potential of the guidelines, saying, “The idea is to create an atmosphere conducive to international competitiveness such that investment comes in. And in this case, we know it’s foreign direct investment”.


The signing ceremony was attended by various stakeholders, including NNPC Limited, Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS) and the Independent Petroleum Producers Group (IPPG), further highlighting Nigeria’s unified approach toward reinvigorating its oil and gas sector.

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