AJAOKUTA STEEL MILL BACK ON, 40 YEARS AFTER

** Nigeria’s largest steel plant will finally start production four decades after it was built.

The Ajaokuta mill has cost the country more than $8bn, but has never produced any steel. It is hoped that getting the facility off the ground will save Nigeria billions of dollars in steel imports.

Built on a 24,000 hectares (59,000 acres) site in 1979 with the coke oven and byproducts plant larger than all the refineries in Nigeria combined.

TRENDING

*. Leaders of Islamic State (ISIS) are sneaking battle-hardened extremists from Syria into Nigeria, according to UK Sun. Some of the fighters are reportedly sent to the Middle East for training in a “chilling exchange programme”. The tabloid said the insurgents are trained for possible attacks in Britain. The report quoted sources as saying the strong links between Nigeria and the UK will make it easier for IS to send its killers to Britain. “It is feared IS will exploit regular flights between Lagos and London to export more evil to the UK,” the report read.

*. Former militant leader, Chief Government Ekpemupolo, better known as Tompolo, has denied rumours that he has joined the ruling APC. Speaking to Vanguard through Paul Bebenimibo – his media adviser and consultant, Tompolo described the report as untrue.
He said, “I am not a politician. “How can one who does not belong to a political party defect from one political party to another? “Tompolo is not a politician. He is just a political activist. He doesn’t belong to any political party please,” Bebenimibo said.

NEWS FLASH

1. FOREIGN SCENE:
President Trump is still not happy with the coverage his summit with North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un is receiving in the media and now he’s dragged former preisdent, Barack Obama into it.
In a tweet this afternoon, Trump said, ‘If President Obama (who got nowhere with North Korea and would have had to go to war with many millions of people being killed) had gotten along with North Korea and made the initial steps toward a deal that I have, the Fake News would have named him a national hero!’.

2. FOREIGN SCENE:
Israel’s internal security service has indicted one of the country’s former cabinet minister on suspicion of spying for Iran. In a statement on Monday, the Shin Bet security service said Gonen Segev, energy minister from 1995 to 1996, “was recruited by Iranian intelligence and served as an agent”. According to Reuters, the security service said Segev “had been living in Nigeria” and was discovered to have made contact with officials at the Iranian embassy in Nigeria in 2012. Segev, who was jailed in Israel in 2004 after being convicted of attempting to smuggle Ecstasy pills, left the country in 2007.

3. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
The Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, will by tomorrow, Tuesday, lead a delegation of the Senate on a three-day parliamentary visit to Russia, aimed at deepening legislative best practices and further strengthening the relationship between both countries. During the visit, the President of the Senate is expected to address the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation (Senate of Russia) and hold meetings with its Chairperson of the Federation Council, Ms. Valentina Matviyenko, Chairman of the State Duma, Mr. Vyacheslav Volodin

4. JUDICIARY:
Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has threatened to drag the PDP, and other parties to court over the sale of nomination form to aspirants in the 2019 election. The senior lawyer insisted that previous court judgments have prohibited such payment. His reaction followed PDP’s decision to sell nomination forms for N12 million to its presidential candidates for the 2019 election.
Falana blamed President Buhari for his inability to change the guideline despite expressing disappointment that he took a loan of N27m to buy the APC nomination form during the 2015 elections.

5. RELIGION:
The Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, has commenced political awareness for its members and Nigerians at large on the need for them to participate in the 2019 general elections.
The campaign, tagged: “Let My People Vote,” was kicked-off at the weekend at the RCCG Youth Centre along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
Those who spoke at the programme kick-off included Apostle Alex Bamgbola, Chairman of the Lagos State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria; Pastor J.T. 

6. TRADITIONAL INSTITUTION:
The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has said presidential aspirant, Kingsley Moghalu is fit to govern Nigeria. He also warned politicians against acts and pronouncements that may cause violence before, during and after the 2019 general election. The Emir, who spoke while receiving Moghalu, in his palace in Kano on Saturday, insisted that Nigeria is bigger than the selfish interest of any politician. He said: “I have the privilege of working with five brilliant associates as deputy governors of the Central Bank of Nigeria when I was the governor.

7. POLITICS:
A human rights lawyer, Dr Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), on Monday urged presidential aspirants to emulate the legacies of the late MKO Abiola to enthrone good governance in 2019 and beyond. Agbakoba, also a former President, Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), made the call in an interview with the Newsmen in Lagos. ”Our presidential aspirants in the coming 2019 elections should be purposeful and think about the electorate, the people, like the late Abiola. ”When you are running for an office, you are running to carry the burden of the people. It is like becoming the father of the house.

8. POLITICS:
The immediate past governor of Delta state, Dr. Emmanuel Ewetan Uduaghan on Monday disclosed that he withdrew his senatorial ambition in 2015 to accommodate the interests of former President Goodluck Jonathan in Delta state. Uduaghan made assertion at his residence when the Coalition of Bomadi Local Government Area Elders and Youths visited him. He said, “The stability of the state was very important to me. I needed to concentrate on the state and prepare it for a peaceful transition; otherwise, I have all the machinery to win the seat if I had so wanted it like I do now.”

9. OIL AND GAS:
The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) on Monday said that the Dangote Refinery, Petrochemical and Fertilizer projects would solve the country’s crude oil refining and exporting challenges, when completed. Alhaji Debo Ahmed, the Chairman, Western Zone of IPMAN said in Lagos that the refinery would address the lingering crisis of importing refined products into the country. Ahmed said that the $16b investment project would revamp the oil and gas industry when it finally kick-starts its operations

10. #RUSSIA 2018:
Croatia striker Nikola Kalinic has been reportedly sent home after refusing to come on as a substitute during their 2-0 victory over Nigeria in their first World Cup clash on Saturday. Kalinic who was left on the bench was ordered to enter by boss Zlatko Dalic in the final minutes of the Group D clash in Kaliningrad. But according to reports in Croatia, the striker declined his manager’s orders, citing a problem with his back. The Croatia boss was then forced to turn to Marko Pjaca, a wide player, to come on in place of forward Mario Mandzukic.

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