News from PH: Ask for modular refinery licenses now – Dr Ibe Kachikwu

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1.   The Federal Government is asking Nigerians interested in the operation of modular refineries in the country to take advantage of the offer. The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, threw the challenge during the Niger Delta Youth Summit on Oil and Gas in Bonny. Dr Kachikwu said his ministry has re-evaluated 10 licenses that will soon be approved for operations across the Niger-Delta Region.

2.   The Rivers State Indigenous Marketers and Petroleum Products Association has affirmed that the tenure of chairman of the Independent Petroleum Markers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) and his executive members is still subsisting and legitimate until a fresh election is held.  A communiqué signed by chairman of the board of Trustees, Richard Orianwo, and the chairman of the association, Obele Ngeinu, said the clarification became necessary following reports of plans by some members to hold an illegal election. The Rivers State Indigenous Marketers and Petroleum Product Association in the communiqué vowed to resist attempts by any group to destabilize the peace of the area. The communiqué also called on the Rivers State Government, Commissioner of Police and the Director of State Services (DSS) to take note of their concerns and be vigilant.

3.   The Rivers State Government said it has activated its rapid response team across the 23 Local Government Areas of the state in a bid to address outbreak of Laser Fever in some parts of the county. The Permanent Secretary in the Rivers State Primary Health Care Management Board, Dr. Agiriye Harry, announced this during an interview with newsmen. The Permanent Secretary represented by the Director in charge of disease control, Dr Rowland Obed-White, said the move follows last week’s declaration by the Nigerian Center for Disease Control that nine states were already affected. Dr Harry however said there was no case of Laser Fever in the state. He advised residents to take necessary the precautions against the disease.

4.      The US has warned Venezuela that any threats against the American Diplomat or the opposition leader Juan Guiado will be met with significant response. The US National Security Adviser, John Bolton, said any such intimidation would be a grave assault on the rule of law. His warning came days after the US and more than 20 other countries recognized Guiado as interim president. Meanwhile Guiado has called for anti-government protests on Wednesday and Saturday. Guiado, the re-elected leader of the opposition declared himself the Interim-President on the 23rd of January.