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Presidency reveals why Buhari appointed Senator Margaret Okadigbo as NNPC Chairman

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The Presidency has revealed why President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Senator Margaret Okadigbo as the Chairman Board of Directors of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited.

It stated that the president appointed Margaret Okadigbo as the Chairman of NNPC to repay the kindness done to him by her husband, the late former Senate President, Chuba Okadigbo.

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This was made known by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in a statement titled, ‘PMB: Kind to the living and the dead’, in which he stressed that although Buhari might be regarded as strict and unbending on certain issues, he is certainly not wicked as his detractors paint him.

What the Presidential media aide is saying

Adesina, in the piece, said the appointment of Okadigbo’s widow confirms what some of us had always known. Muhammadu Buhari never forgets a good turn. He repays every kindness, every justice done to him, as much as it lies in his power.

He said, “When you show kindness to the living, it is a good thing, something to applaud. But when you go further to do the same to the dead, it is something that places you on a very high pedestal; a man to be emulated, acclaimed, a blessed of the Lord.

“In his first outing in 2003, Buhari ran with the former Senate President, Dr Chuba Okadigbo, as vice-presidential candidate. They both challenged the result of the election, and were determined to get justice. But in September of that year, Okadigbo died. Very painful.

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“Now, 19 years later, who has Buhari made Chairman of the NNPC Ltd Board? Margery, Okadigbo’s widow.”

In case you missed it

  • Recall that on January 5, 2022, the Presidential Spokesman, Femi Adesina, in a press statement, announced that President Muhammadu Buhari, had appointed Senator Margaret Chuba Okadigbo, wife of late former Senate President, Dr Chuba Okadigbo, as the new Chairman Board of Directors NNPC Limited.
  • He said that the appointment was done by the president in accordance with the power vested on him under Section 59(2) of the Petroleum Industry Act 2021.
  • Meanwhile, on January 7, 2022, the president inaugurate the new Chairman and board members of NNPC Limited and urged them to ensure strict compliance with Corporate Governance principles that place premium on doing business with the highest ethical standards, integrity, and transparency.
  • He also charged them to focus on profitability and operate at par with its industry peers across the world.

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4th Mainland Bridge: Lagos selects 3 companies in final stage, contract to be awarded in March 2022

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The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, says the state government has selected 3 companies for the final stage in the contract award process for the Fourth Mainland Bridge.

He also said that the selection process for the project, which will be executed under a Public-Private Partnership (PPP), will be completed by March this year.

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The project is running behind schedule as the governor had earlier said that the project will take off by the end of 2021.

This was made known by Governor Sanwo-Olu while speaking during an interview on a Channels Television programme; Sunrise Daily, as he was trying to highlight efforts by his administration to tackle the traffic gridlock and improve infrastructure across the state.

Sanwo-Olu, who noted that the fourth mainland bridge is a huge project, said 3 companies had been shortlisted for the final stage of the process from an initial list of 30 companies.

What the Lagos State Governor is saying

Sanwo-Olu, during the interview, said, “I also addressed the Fourth Mainland Bridge which is a big project we want to deliver under Public-Private Partnership (PPP). From about 30 companies that expressed interest, we are now at the final stage with three shortlisted companies and I am hoping by March we should have completed the process.

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‘’I want to say our administration is doing well, even if I do say so myself and our people can also testify to the progress we are making across board.

‘’I made a promise to serve Lagosians diligently and I intend to continue to do that with all the vigour and energy in me.’’

What you should know about 4th Mainland Bridge 

  • Recall that in August 2020, the Lagos State Government shortlisted 6 companies for the design, development, construction, operation, and maintenance of the Fourth Mainland Bridge.
  • This followed the government’s issuance of a Request for Qualification (RFQ) in February this year. The 6 companies were said to have completed the technical and financial capacity requirements.
    The Lagos State Government had earlier said that the preferred bidder for the fourth mainland bridge will be known by December 2021.
  • Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had earlier revealed that the foundation for the proposed Fourth Mainland Bridge would be laid before the end of the year 2021.
  • The Fourth Mainland Bridge is a 37.4km freeway subdivided into three sections namely Island Section, Lagoon Section and Mainland Section. It will commence from Abraham Adesanya Roundabout in Lekki through Ajah and Langbasa areas, crossing the Ado Badore Road before arriving at the Lagoon shoreline.

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iPhone drives Apple’s net sales up 11% to $124 billion in Q4 2021

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Apple’s 2021 fourth-quarter financial report has shown that the total net sales reported hit N124 billion, up 11% from the 111 billion the same period last year in the face of supply chain bottlenecks and chips shortage.

iPhone saw massive patronage at $71 billion in fourth-quarter 2021 against $65 billion same quarter the previous year, while Mac and iPad sales totalled $10 billion and $7 billion respectively from the $8.6 billion and N8.4 billion respectively same period last year.

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This shows that more people continued to show interest in the company’s product than they did in 2020.

The growth could also be attributed to the late-September release of the iPhone 13 line causing sales to spike a 9% year on year increase from $65.6 billion.

While other Wearables, Home and Accessories also saw an increase from $12 billion to N14.7 billion last year, only services went down to reach $19.5 billion, a significant decline from 15.8 billion last year.

America tops the list in terms of region, as the highest spender of Apple products at $51 billion in 2021 followed by Europe, China and Japan at respective $29 billion, $25 billion and $7 billion while the rest of the Asia Pacific saw a $9.8 billion during the period.

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Tim Cook, the CEO said in the financial report, “This quarter’s record results were made possible by our most innovative lineup of products and services ever. We are gratified to see the response from customers around the world at a time when staying connected has never been more important.”

What you should know

Counterpoint Research put the company at the top of the market share list for the world’s largest smartphone market, as companies like Vivo, Oppo, Honor and Xiaomi followed in that respective order.

... iPhone drives Apple’s net sales up 11% to $124 billion in Q4 2021 Read More on ... Nairametrics.

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