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Breaking News, Opec Secretary General, Muhammad Barkindo Dies @63 In Abuja



The death of the two term OPEC Secretary General has been announced in a tweet by the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari.

In the early hours of Wednesday, Mr Kyari, on his verified Twitter handle, had written,

@MKKyari, “We lost our esteemed Dr Muhammad Sanusi Barkindo. He died at about 11pm yesterday, July 5 2022. Certainly a great loss to his immediate family, the NNPC, our country Nigeria, the OPEC and the global energy community. Burial arrangements will be announced shortly.”

The cause of his death was unknown at the time of filing this report.

Mr Barkindo’s term as secretary-general was to end on July 31. On Tuesday, he delivered a keynote address at the Nigerian Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition in Abuja, which runs from July 4 to 7. Nigeria joined OPEC in 1971. The country marked its 50th Anniversary in OPEC last year.

Late Barkindo standing in the middle

He was born April 20th, 1959, and died on July 5th aged 63.

Following the announcement of his death by the NNPC GMD, a former senator Shehu Sani, tweeted,

“Muhammad Sanusi Barkindo, former GMD NNPC and until recently, @OPECSecretariat scribe, was honoured yesterday. He died 11pm yesternight. May Allah grant him Aljanna firdausi. Amin. That is the ephemerality and transience of life.”

On Tuesday,  Mr Barkindo met President Muhammadu Buhari along with some OPEC delegates in Abuja. In a statement by OPEC, the meeting took place mainly to honour Barkindo’s two-term tenure as secretary-general of OPEC.

In the meeting, President Buhari, Welcomed him back home and saying, “We are proud of your distinguished achievements at OPEC. You were able to successfully navigate the Organization through turbulent challenges.”

Responding, Barkindo said, “I and my colleagues from the OPEC Secretariat are deeply honoured by your audience, Mr President, as well as of the honourable Minister Sylva and other senior officials of the Nigerian oil and gas industry.”

He later briefed the President on oil market developments and the vital role the Declaration of Cooperation played in stabilising the global oil market over the duration of his tenure.

Muhammad Barkindo being honoured. 

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Press Release, BIG-TENT Collaborates With Docs&Medics4Peter Obi Presidential Campaign



BIG-TENT in Collaboration with Docs&Medics4Peter Obi conducted the first in the series of listening clinics for HealthCare Practitioners. This event is meant to give stakeholders the opportunity to contribute to the shaping of the Health Care Policy of the Peter Obi Presidency. Professor Pat Utomi gave an opening remark and welcomed all the attendees.
Dr Uche Uzoukwu who is the National Coordinator of Docs&Medics4Peter Obi gave his opening remarks and pointed out the need for the government to revamp the primary health care sector.
Stakeholders present such as Dr. Okocha, Dr. Osuagwu, Risikat Dosunmu, Dr. Igbodike, Dr. Simpa, and Dr. Esla gave their presentations. Contributions from providers in the diaspora was received by the team and some of the diaspora members who contributed include,

1) Dr. Uche Uzoukwu
2) Dr. Risikat Dosunmu
3)Dr. Dania Simpa
4) Dr. Dozie Oragui
5) Dr. Phil Igbodike
6)Dr. Mrs Ngozi Onyia
7) Dr. Mrs Folaseye Adebayo.
8)Dr. Esla Allanana
9)Victor Ekong
10)Dr Regina Tah
11)Dr Tochukwu Okonkwo
12)Dr. Awoniyi Oluwasegun
14)Dr McGinger
15)Dr Idu Nwapa Nwadiaro
16)Dr Joel chukwujekwu Omembelede
17)Dr Analo Chukwudi
18)Dr Okocha Emeka
19)Dr Ferdinand Osuagwu

Docs$Medics4Peter Obi will continue to work with all stakeholders (Both national and international) to come up with a framework that the Peter Obi campaign can use as a template to revamp our HealthCare sector. Pictures of Dr. Risikat Dosunmu and Uche Uzoukwu with Professor Pat Utomi are shared above.

Afterwards, we were asked to wait and join the launching of 40 million ballots vote launching program as further collaboration in future is expected.

Also, the campaign of Peter Obi has reached out to Docs&Medics4Peter Obi regarding actionable items that they want healthcare workers campaigning for Peter Obi to prioritize as the campaign draws closer. We will be reaching out to all our partner organizations to see how we can all continue to collaborate and partner to help the campaign.

Signed Administrative Secretary and Media Coordinator Docs&Medics4Peter Obi.

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Suspected Terrorist Who Disguised As A Woman Saved By Police From Mob Action In Lagos



A suspected terrorist Sanni Gafar aged 29, on Monday have been saved by the Lagos State police command from mob action in the Ijora Badia area of the state.

According to the police spokesperson, Benjamin Hundeyin, Gafar was dressed as a woman as of the time of the mob action.

Hundeyin said, “Preliminary investigation shows that the male suspect, who many alleged disguised as a woman, is Sanni Gafar, aged 29. He was found with a bag containing three hammers, six screwdrivers, one pair of pliers, one chisel, five spanners, three rolls of black cellophane, cable wires, 20mm bending spring, a pair of black trousers, and a plastic box of clips. Investigation is ongoing to ascertain his claim that he is an electrician.”

CKN News

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William Ruto Declared Winner Of The Presidential Election In Kenya



Kenya’s William Ruto and presidential candidate for the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) has been declared winner of the presidential election in Kenya.

The Deputy President William Ruto was declared winner by  the electoral commission chairman amid dramatic scenes.

He narrowly beat his rival, Raila Odinga, taking 50.4% of the vote.

The announcement was delayed amid scuffles and allegations of vote-rigging by Mr Odinga’s campaign.

Four of the seven members of the electoral commission refused to endorse the announcement, saying the results were “opaque”.

“We cannot take ownership of the result that is going to be announced because of the opaque nature of this last phase of the general election,” said Juliana Cherera, the vice-chairperson of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

“We are going to give a comprehensive statement… and again we urge Kenyans to keep calm. There is an open door that people can go to court and the rule of law will prevail,” she said.

Mr Odinga’s party agent earlier alleged that there were “irregularities” and “mismanagement” in the election.

This was the first time Mr Ruto, 55, had run for president. He has served as deputy president for 10 years, but fell out with President Uhuru Kenyatta, who backed Mr Odinga to succeed him.

Via BBC News

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