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The report that Zamfara State has offered to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), gold bars worth N5 billion raised eyebrows on the sanctity of the provisions of the law that all minerals in the country belong to the Federal Government. While the potential is cheering news for those concerned about the economic viability of states, those from the Niger Delta, whose oil minerals have been exclusively exploited by the Federal Government since 1966, are wondering whether there are two sets of laws, on the ownership of minerals in the country.


Speaking at a Senate plenary, the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, representing Delta State Central Senatorial District, asked the Senate President a rhetorical question: “Mr President (of the Senate), not too long ago, we saw the Governor of Zamfara State (Bello Matawalle) come before the CBN to present a gold bar worth close to about N5 billion. The gold bar was presented for sale to the CBN. Mr. President, our people are beginning to wonder who owns this gold that is being sold to the CBN.”

There is no report the Senate president answered the question, considering the tension associated with resource control. Nevertheless, various groups in the Niger Delta have raised the haunting poser for the country. Nubri Saatah of the Niger Delta Congress, wrote:  ”The President has succeeded in granting states in Northern Nigeria such as his home state of Kastina, Zamfara, and Kaduna, as well as the Southwest state of Osun resource ownership, while deftly neglecting to alter the extractive laws surrounding the Niger Delta where oil is mined and not gold.”

Considering the genuine concerns about the double standard in dealing with the artisanal miners as against the artisanal refiners, the presidential initiative which is driving the new approach in gold mining in the north should be extended to the oil mineral mining in the Niger Delta. As stated by one Dr Vincent Nwani, “If those mining gold illegally in the North can be given such privileges, those refining fuel in the Niger Delta should also be given same,”

To treat states equally, the Presidential Artisanal Gold Mining Development Initiative (PAGMDI), should be replicated in other mining sectors, considering the benefits. As noted by President Muhammadu Buhari: ‘‘with the implementation of the PAGMDI scheme which will result in the set-up of accredited gold buying centres across key mining areas, artisanal miners and SMEs engaged in mining will be able to capture the value of their work.” He also observed that the programme could generate over $500 million annually, and as much as 250,000 jobs.

The unfolding tragedy, arising from the #EndSARS protest, shows that one of the root causes of the crises bedevilling our country is unemployment, and we believe the presidential initiative on gold mining will help to address it. With over 44 mineral deposits scattered across the country, especially in the north, the country and the respective states would earn huge sums of foreign exchange from the exploitation of those minerals. What had held the nation down was her over-dependence on oil, thereby neglecting the other sources of revenue.

Now that the PAGMDI has been established, it is time to amend the relevant laws, including the constitutional provision on exclusive legislative list, which have trapped states in debilitating economic penury. States should be allowed to explore the resources within their domain, and pay taxes to the Federal Government. That will answer the Deputy Senate President’s observation that: “They don’t sell oil in any of the Niger Delta states. I am wondering why a governor of a state should be selling gold bar from Zamfara to the CBN.”

The Zamfara State government is clutching at straws to convince Nigerians it is not subverting federal and constitutional principles. If we follow their logic, the oil states can start buying and selling their oil and turn the exclusive list into a charade.

The Nation

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Actress, Biodun Okeowo Celebrates Son, Ayomide On His 20th Birthday

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Nollywood actress, Biodun Okeowo is celebrating the 20th birthday of her son, ‘her first fruit,’ Ayomide today November 4th.


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Taking to social media, the actress showered prayers on her dearest baby boy and wished him the best life has to offer.

Biodun Okeowo, aka Omoborty shared a photo of herself and her son as she wrote;

“My first fruit is a year Older Today Thank you Jesus It’s been a beautiful journey Doing it all alone with you Lord Jesus Not complaining but grateful Happiest birthday Ayomide.”

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She added;

“20 fabulous years Ayo mi. I will never have cause to cry or mourn over you son. Thank you for being obedient and not deviating from the way you were brought up.”

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MUSIC: Flavour ft Beenie Man

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“Ashawo” hit-maker, Chinedu Izuchukwu Okoli popularly known by his stage name Flavour comes through with this latest record dubbed; ‘Sawa Sawa’ off his just released album; ‘Flavour Of Africa‘.

Off the 55 minutes project, Flavour unites with Jamaican heavy weight dancehall artiste, Anthony Moses Davis professionally called Beenie Man to unleash this masterpiece.


The album, “Flavour Of Africa” owes production credit to Masterkraft, Rotimi Keys, Selebobo, Spax, Stadic, Johnny Blaze, Marvio and DJ Tunez.


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Nigerians drag Erica after Nengi featured in Davido’s new music video

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Nigerians have dragged BBNaija Star Erica Nlewedim after Davido featured Nengi in his new ‘Jowo’ movie.


Davido released a snippet of his music video “Jowo” Yesterday and fan’s couldn’t get enough after they saw Big Brother Naija Star  Nengi in the thriller.


Apparently, fans didn’t see the feature coming, since Nengi and Davido have never been seen together since the end of the reality tv show.

Besides, Erica and Kiddwaya were the only BBNaija housemates that have hanged out with Davido but fans were surprised that Davido featured Nengi instead of Erica since it’s assumed that the couple are friends with  Davido.

Nengi’s appearance in Davido’s music video has led to clash between Nengi and Erica’s fans, as Nengi’s fans drag Erica for not being included even after meeting Davido.

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