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Addax workers’ strike ends as NNPC, partners resolve dispute

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THE Addax Petroleum Development Nigeria, APDN, workers strike has ended, due to the intervention of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited.

The workers had, last week, resumed their strike over the perceived inability of the Federal Government and Management APDN to address the alleged unfair labour practices and payment of their terminal benefits as Addax plans to leave Nigeria.

However, in a statement obtained by Vanguard, Garba Deen Muhammad, Chief Corporate Communications Officer, NNPC Limited, who confirmed the resolution of the conflict, stated: “The protracted dispute on OMLs 123/124, 126/137, operated by Addax Petroleum Nigeria Limited has finally been laid to rest, paving the way for much-needed investment and growth of the oil blocks.

“The Production Sharing Contract (PSC) for the blocks was initially signed in 1973 between NNPC and Ashland and terminated after 25 years. Subsequently, NNPC signed another PSC with Addax in 1998 on the blocks and operated through Addax Petroleum for another 24yrs.

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“In 2021, issues around the revocation of the licenses were reconsidered and the Nigeria Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) advised that the assets are returned to the Concessionaires (NNPC Limited) to ensure a clean and amicable exit for Addax.

“On 25th January 2022, NNPC Limited commenced formal engagements with Addax and NUPRC; followed by a series of meetings to ensure a swift close-out of the exit discussions and formalities. These discussions eventually paved way for the preparation and signing of a Transfer, Settlement, and Exit Agreement (TSEA).”

It added: “In his remarks at the close-out and signing ceremony, the NNPC GCEO, Mele Kolo Kyari, charged the Transition Management Team to hit the ground running toward restoration and fulfilment of the promise of the Assets. He promised that readjustment will be swift and efficient, in order to extract optimum value from the assets and to deliver maximum value to shareholders.”

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One year old boy drowns after falling into bucket of water in Anambra

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A boy, 1, has d!ed after falling into a bucket of water in Nnewi, Anambra state.

The child’s parents reportedly left him in the care of his siblings when the tragedy occurred on Saturday, Dec. 3.

The siblings were busy playing when the child made his way to buckets of water arranged outside and fell into one.

He was found too late.

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Videos shared online show loved ones praying for the boy to come back to life. No one is seen performing CPR in the video.

Sadly, the boy gave up the ghost.

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Men who refuse polygamy contributing to prostitution – Ned Nwoko

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A Nigerian lawyer and politician, Prince Chinedu Munir Nwoko, popularly known as Ned Nwoko, has accused men who do not marry more than one wife of contributing to immorality in society.

The former lawmaker, who stated this in his recent interview with the Guardian, urged Nigerian men to emulate the northern men by marrying more than one wife.

He said: “Many women are out there without a husband, especially in the southern part of the country, and there is a high level of prostitution. If the southern men emulate their northern counterparts by marrying more than one wife, that could probably change the situation.

“An average southerner may have one wife with girlfriends, and he is spending money on the girlfriends, sometimes even more than his wife.

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“For instance, the man, who has three wives, concentrate on them, every money he makes is spent on his family, and he is more likely not to have a girlfriend or concubines. The money those with several girlfriends spend on them is a gift, not an investment in the family.”

Nwoko, who has multiple wives, noted that he and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, are serving Nigeria by marrying many wives.

Ned, who further claimed to have the same background as Ooni, explained that their grandfathers were kings and had served Nigeria in that capacity. “And we are now also serving Nigeria by marrying many wives.”

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Gas Explosion kills man while he was preparing food (Photos)

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A Gas Explosion has killed a man at Ayimensah in the Greater Accra Region.

This sad incident happened this morning, Tuesday November 29, 2022.

Mr. Daniel, an agent was killed by the gas explosion this morning while preparing his breakfast.

The cylinder exploded and caught him in the fire.

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He was rushed to the hospital after the unfortunate incident but he passed away hours later.

The body has been kept at the morgue for autopsy and preservation.

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