Police confirm attack on Aviation Minister (latest news)
The FCT Police Command on Monday in Abuja confirmed that gunmen fired shots at the car of the Minister of Aviation, Ms Stella Oduah in Abuja.
The spokesperson of the command, DSP Altine Daniel, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the incident occurred at about 10 p.m. on Friday.
She added that the minister was not in the car when the incident took place.
Daniel, however, said that the incident was reported to the police on Monday at about 5:30 p.m.
According to her, some metal objects are found in the vehicle which does not look like the conventional bullet.
“The objects will be subjected to ballistic test,” she said.
According to her, investigation into the incident has begun.
Also, confirming the shooting, Special Adviser to the minister, Mr Joe Obi, told NAN that the attack took place at the Ministers’ Hill, Maitama in the FCT.
“Fortunately, the minister was not in the car at the time the attack took place.
“An official report has been made to the police and the police are currently investigating it, ” Obi said.
—————————————————————————— Dickson reaffirms commitment to Brass LNG project (biz) By SundiataPOST, Abuja
Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State on Monday reaffirmed the commitment of his administration to ensure the actualisation of the Brass Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) project.
The governor made the pledge when he paid a courtesy visit to the Amanayabo of Twon Brass, King Alfred Diette-Spiff at Twon Brass during a “Thank You Tour’’ of Brass Local Government Area.
He told the people of the local government that his administration was ready to partner with the Federal Government and other investors to ensure the take-off of the Brass LNG project.
Dickson, who described the project as “very crucial’’ to the economic development of the state and the country at large, said the state government was also interfacing with stakeholders to ensure the commencement of the Brass fertiliser project.
The governor said that the successful take-off of the projects would go a long way in boosting the state’s economy.
He commended the people of Brass for their support for him during and after his election as governor of the state.
He said the people’s peaceful disposition enabled his administration to embark on projects such as a general hospital and a world-class model secondary school in the area.
He added that the state government had awarded contracts for the construction of a modern landing jetty and water reticulation projects, among others, in the area.
Earlier, King Alfred Diete-Spiff had expressed delight over the governor’s visit and lauded the governor for his developmental strides in the area and the state in general.
The address, which was read by Chief Serena Dokubo-spiff on behalf of the king, highlighted Dickson’s achievements in the areas of security, infrastructure development and appointment of Brass indigenes into positions of trust.
“Your activities in the kingdom are visible for appreciation.
“The peace and security prevailing in our community is easily traceable to you. This is very reassuring in that we have a leadership in the state that is truly committed to the aspirations and yearnings of the people.’’
He called for government’s assistance in the construction of the Yenagoa-Brass link road and the reinstatement of Brass as headquarters of the Central Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy.
Ochekpe urges foreign investors to invest in water sector (biz) By SundiataPOST, Abuja
The Minister of Water Resources, Mrs Sarah Ochekpe, has urged Nigerian businessmen to invest in the water sector through partnership with their foreign counterparts.
Ochekpe made the call at the 2013 Water Africa International Trade, Building and Construction Exhibition organised by Ace Events Management, UK, in Abuja on Monday.
She advised Nigerian experts and local investors to advance their knowledge by taking advantage of the opportunity provided by the international exhibition to explore modern technologies in the water sector.
She charged participants to network and acquire modern skills to move the sector forward and encouraged foreign operators of water facilities to invest in the Nigerian water sector.