Reps to probe Aviation Minister’s refusal of landing rights to four airlines

The House of Representatives is to investigate the alleged refusal by the Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah to grant four airlines landing rights at the Mallam Aminu Kano international airport, Kano.

In a motion of urgent national importance, Aliyu Madaki, said the despite applications made by the airlines, Ethiopian, Skyline, Turkish and Emirates airlines, Ms Oduah had refused permission.

The lawmakers resolved that its committee on aviation should investigate the matter and report its findings back to the house in four weeks’ time.

Analyst says Boko Haram’s ceasefire conditions are impossible

A presidential aspirants in the 2007 general election under the plateform of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) and a consultant to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), Galtima Liman on Friday said the conditions for negotiation with the Federal government proposed by the fundamentalist group, Boko Haram are unrealistic and impossible to meet.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Liman said President Goodluck Jonathan as the president of the country cannot be dictated to.

A purported spokesman of the Boko Haram sect on Thursday proposed to dialogue with the federal government and to planning a ceasefire if the government is willing to honour certain conditions.

The conditions for negotiation according to the sect include the arrest and prosecution of former Borno State governor, Ali Modu Sheriff for allegedly arresting and killing some of their members.

The second condition is that the venue for the dialogue with the government must be in Saudi Arabia.

The group also listed the names of the negotiators both from their side and from the federal government side.

The purported Boko Haram’s spokesman, who gave his name as Abu Mohammed Ibn Abdulaziz, listed the mediators from the government side to include Shettima Ali Mongonu, General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd), Bukar Abba Ibrahim, Gaji Galtimari and Barrister Aisha Wakil and her husband.

While according to Mr Abdulaziz, negotiators from the sect would include himself, Abu Mohammed Abdullaziz, Sheik Abu Abas, Sheik Ibrahim Yusuf, Sheik Sani Kontagora, and Mamman Nur.

Why we can’t build more refineries in Nigeria – Senator Abe

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (downstream), Magnus Abe on Friday said the reasons why investors are not willing to build refineries in Nigeria is because it is not profitable.

Mr Abe, who was a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, said there are refineries in Sierra Leone and Amsterdam that are operated with Nigeria’s money.

“People go to the bank to get guarantee, buy crude from Nigeria and send to these refineries and the refineries are paid. Whether subsidy or no subsidy is irrelevant to that refinery,” he said.

The Senator said there is no relationship between deregulation and the building of more refineries in Nigeria. “These issues are totally not related,” he said.

“To me, why we are not building refineries in Nigeria may be one, because of the infrastructural and security challenges but more importantly, maybe we are not taking enough advantage of the fact that we are actually producing crude in this country to give guarantees to people to say listen if you build your refinery in Nigeria we promise you that you will have first charge access to our crude, we will sell to you who is refining in Nigeria before we sell to anybody who is taking it out,” he added.

Responding to the question on why the existing refineries are not functioning optimally, Mr Abe said “there is a clear incentive to the refineries not to operate at a 100 percent capacity.

“If I own a refinery in Nigeria and then you give me product and I can go and sell those products outside, I’ll probably make more money than if I refine it here, how is that an incentive to me to refine the product here?”

Expert calls on Boko Haram to surrender unconditionally

A strategic security consultant, Max Gbanite on Friday said the conditions for ceasefire offered by the fundamentalist sect, Boko Haram to the Federal Government are unrealistic insisting that the group should surrender unconditionally.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Gbanite said like the civil war and the insurgency in the Niger Delta, the uprising by the Boko Haram is a domestic affair that should be treated in Nigeria and not in the Saudi Arabia as proposed by the sect.

“To say that the Federal Government must come to Saudi Arabia to negotiate is unacceptable,” he said.

He added that it is time to “for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to invite the ambassador of Saudi Arabia and ask him what particular area of influence Saudi Arabia has with Boko Haram?

“This is the time to bring in the Director General of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency and his operations department and ask questions: Who are the Nigerians who are Boko Haram in Saudi Arabia.”