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NNPC Limited will not tie subsidy, petrol price to operations, says Mele Kyari

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC) says it will ensure the provision of petroleum products to the federal government.
Mele Kyari, group managing director, NNPC, said this during a pre-recorded interview with Channels Television on Sunday ahead of Tuesday’s unveiling of NNPC Limited as a commercial entity.
In September 2021, the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) completed the incorporation of the NNPC Limited.
He emphasised that NNPC would be a service provider to the government rather than bearing the responsibility for importation and subsidy.
In the first five months of 2022, NNPC deducted N1.27 trillion for petrol subsidy — about 31% of the N4 trillion provision for the year.
“In the case of the price of petroleum, this is a policy matter. And the NNPC is going to be a supplier to the Federation at a fee. So, the issue of at what price you sell petroleum will be the decision of the state,” he said.
“The state has continued to maintain that we must continue to pay subsidy on petroleum products. We are happy to do this, but as a commercial venture, we will have a service-level agreement between us to render that service.”
Kyari emphasised that the price of petroleum products will have nothing to do with its operations.
“We will procure the products, and we will sell to the state and will be step-on-step with the country, and literally, I’ve seen no indication at this point in time that the state is ready to change any price of petroleum products. It has nothing to do with our operations,” he added.
“For us, what it really means is that this is business for us. We will charge a fee at any point so that the company can make money on behalf of its shareholders.
“More than anything else, there’s really no plan of tying this (subsidy) to our turnover, and they have no relationship.”
Kyari further added that the transition would heighten demand for transparency even as the NNPC had joined the global Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).
“Actually it now becomes more demanding to be more transparent. NNPC is a partner company for the global EITI initiative, like many other private companies that voluntarily chose to become partner company to the EITI,” Kyari added.
“The meaning of this is that you’re going to make certain disclosures to your shareholders and to the world community that companies ordinarily are not required to do, and we will keep to that because we’re not going to withdraw as a partner company to the EITI.
“That means that there are further requirements beyond what we are doing today. Beyond just publishing your financial statements, there are many other disclosure requirements for being a partner company to EITI.

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Celebrating Celestial Church of Christ at 75 …Let’s go within

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The Divine Order for the establishment of the Celestial Church of Christ Worldwide, was given to His Eminence, Saint Samuel Bilewu Joseph Oshoffa of blessed memory on Friday, 29th September, 1947, in Porto Novo, Republic of Benin. And today, Thursday, 29th September, 2022, it is exactly 75 years since that once-in-a-lifetime event occurred.

Today also, the journey that began 75 years ago in very humble, unusual and mysterious circumstances in the forest of Agangue, has metamorphosed into the existence of a religious body that is unarguably the largest white garment church that the world can presently boast of.

The Celestial Church of Christ came with a vision to cleanse the world through the proclamation of the Good News of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. The church was also raised to proclaim deliverance to those bound by the Shackles of Satan and bring healing to the brokenhearted, the sick and also restore hope to the hopeless.

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His Eminence, Reverend Emmanuel Mobiyina Oshoffa, Supreme Head, CCC Worldwide

In his good will message to the church at 75, from his New York base, where he is currently rounding off his pastoral working tour of the United States America, His Eminence, Reverend Emmanuel Mobiyina Oshoffa, Pastor and Supreme Head of the Celestial Church of Christ Worldwide says:

“As Celestians, all over the world, celebrate the 75th anniversary of the birth of our great church, it is important that we go within our individual selves and attempt to find answers to a number of pertinent questions, the most important of which are: ‘How well have you built on the outstanding legacies of the founding fathers of the church? Are you a scatterer or a gatherer? If the last trumpet sounds this moment, would you be found worthy of a place in eternity on the right side of the Most High God?’ Yes, it’s truly a time for celebration but it’s also a time for very sober reflection,” His Eminence concluded.

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CASON Confab proffers solutions to church killings, kidnaps, others

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Faced with the fact that over 6,000 Christians were bombed, beheaded or shot dead between January 2021 and March this year in Nigeria, and about 2,500 were kidnapped for ransom, the Church Administrators Society of Nigeria (CASON) hosted speakers to proffer solutions at its 9th annual conference tagged “The Church and the Challenge of Insecurity” in Lagos, this week.

Speaking at the confab, security expert and chief executive of Halogen Group, Mr. Wale Olaoye identified complacency and distraction as primary reasons why the unchurched and the un-discipled have foisted mayhem on Christians and the rest of the world.

He said, “Church leaders in Nigeria have become complacent. Rather than disciple the nations, they are busy acquiring wealth and building monuments, while their teeming followers idolize them. The truth is that the mark of great churches is not in their seating capacity, but in their sending capacity.

“Back in the day, Christians were eager to travel from the south to the core north on missions to win souls for Christ. But churches have stopped sending and funding missionaries. The alarming result of this is that out of 7.92 billion people in the world, Christians are just 2.26 billion. Amongst the unchurched, 5.27 billion are ISIS, ISWAB, Boko Haram and other terrorists who want to foist their extreme ideologies upon the world through violent bombings, killings, kidnappings, etc,” Olaoye explained.

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According to the CASON Vice President, Pastor Steve Akoni, church administrators and pastors must rethink the new normal “because we are faced with new realities. We invite people to come and worship the Lord in our churches, therefore we are obliged to do all that we can to keep them safe. Technology has made security easy, so let’s install CCTV cameras, train our ushers and gatemen to become security conscious, and raise the security awareness of our congregation.”

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Also speaking at the confab via a recorded video, Dr. Sam Adeyemi, Senior Pastor, Daystar Christian Centre, advised that church leaders must engage in scenario planning and prepare for all eventualities. He emphasised that such pro-activeness is faith-based and God-inspired because, “We need a combination of humanity and divinity to have security.”

Responding to questions, the CASON President and chief host of the confab, Pastor Seyi Oladimeji said, “The insecurity challenge dictates that every church leader today must create a secure but friendly worship facility and environment. We must leverage on both physical and virtual security structures, just as the bible instructs us to put on all of God’s armour so that we would all be able to stand safe against all strategies and tricks of Satan.”

In the heat of insecurity and ahead of the 2023 elections, all the speakers at the 2022 CASON Conference agreed that while all Christians in Nigeria must demand good governance and vote only for politicians with proven integrity, church leaders must look within and begin to do much more to erase ostentatious living, prevent stealing, fraud and fake lifestyles among their numbers.

In addition to this, churches in Nigeria are also encouraged to return to funding missionaries to reach and win the unchurched in order to breakdown the rage against Christianity.

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According to Olaoye, the main speaker, church leaders must be able to predict dangers, prevent them, protect their congregation and respond accordingly to all threats. “In addition to this, churches should begin to do proper risk assessment, background checks on key persons, invest in facility security systems, establish access control, emergency and lockdown procedures, etc. They must also invest in insurance and cybersecurity.”

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Pastor Wole Oladiyun, author, engineer, serial entrepreneur and Senior Pastor, Christ Livingspring Apostolic Ministry (CLAM) rounded off the conference with a fervent prayer session, while commending CASON for taking the initiative to train administrators for the Church in Nigeria, even in its ongoing collaboration with Babcock University.

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Burial programme for late AMSE Akingbulugbe announced

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The Celestial Church of Christ Worldwide and the entire Akingbulugbe Family at home and in diaspora announce the dates for the burial program of the late Shepherd in Charge of the Celestial Church of Christ, Olowu Cathedral, Lagos IslandAssistant Most Superior Evangelist Gbekeleoluwa Gabriel Akingbulugbe (JP, M.P.I.C.), who joined the saints triumphant on Sunday, 4th September, 2022.

BURIAL OUTLINE:

Monday, 10th October, 2022: Prophets/Prophetesses Prayer Night, 10.00 pm till dawn @ Celestial Church of Christ, Olowu Cathedral, Lagos Island, Lagos.

Tuesday, 11th October, 2022: Night of Praise @ Celestial Church of Christ, Holy Mary Cathedral, Alaba Oro, LagosTime: 4.00 pm.

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Wednesday, 12th October, 2022: Service of Songs @ Bell Events Centre, Opposite Island Maternity, Lagos. Time: 4.00 pm.

Thursday, 13th October, 2022: Body leaves for his home town, Ode Aye/, Ondo State at 7.00 am./ Wake Keep at his home town, Ode Aye, Ondo State @ 4.00 pm./ Music: 10.00 pm till dawn.

Friday, 14th October, 2022: Interment at 10.00 amOde Aye, Ondo State.

Sunday, 16th October, 2022: Thanksgiving Service @ Celestial Church of Christ, Olowu CathedralTime: 10.00 am.

May his soul find eternal peace. Amen.

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