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☕️ Nothing to Give

While observers continue to express concern for Nigeria's revenue challenges, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has revealed that the country's financial crisis is worse than is being discussed. 



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We Have Nothing to Give Next Month


The Story
While observers continue to express concern for Nigeria's revenue challenges, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has revealed that the country's financial crisis is worse than is being discussed.

What did the NNPC say?
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said that its projected monthly remittance to the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) – the government body responsible for sharing revenue proceeds among Nigeria’s federal and state governments – for May will be zero. The corporation said this in a letter to the Accountant-General of the Federation, on 27 April, according to a report by news site TheCable.

How can that be?
In March, Mele Kyari, Group Managing Director (GMD) of the NNPC, had warned that the corporation can no longer bear the burden of underpriced sales of petrol to consumers. He, however, promised that there will be no increase in the price of petrol until talks between the government and stakeholders are concluded. “The price could have been anywhere between N211 and N234 to the litre. The meaning of this is that consumers are not paying for the full value of the PMS that we are consuming and therefore someone is paying that cost,” he said at the time.

Does this mean that all of NNPC's earnings now go into subsidizing petrol?
“As we speak today, the difference is being carried in the books of NNPC and I can confirm to you that NNPC may no longer be in a position to carry that burden", Kyari said. In the letter to the accountant-general, the NNPC said N111.96B will be deducted from April 2021 oil and gas proceeds — due to the federation account in May — noting that the deduction is necessary to ensure the continuous supply of petroleum products to the nation and pledge energy security.

There has been concern over shortfall in the FAAC revenue for the three tiers of government, with Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo state, accusing the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) of printing N60B to augment the March allocation. However, Obaseki’s claim was refuted by Zainab Ahmed, minister of finance, budget and national planning, with Godwin Emefiele, governor of the CBN, describing it as a political ploy that is “unfortunate and totally inappropriate”. SOURCE


Nigeria's Scorecard on Governance

The Story
In a reflection of current realities, and as is the norm since the beginning of the president Buhari administration, Nigeria has been ranked as the third worst governed country in the world by the Chandler Good Government Index.

What factors were considered in the ranking?
The report ranked the nation very low in governance, leadership and foresight, scoring the country 102 out of 104 countries with a score of 0.319 points, ahead of Zimbabwe and Venezuela. The 2021 report released in Singapore on Monday by the Chandler Institute of Governance, noted that the ability to handle corruption properly is the strongest indicator of good governance.

Which were the best ranked countries?
While the CGGI explained that the ranking came during the COVID-19 pandemic, which exposed the strengths and weaknesses in institutions, laws, and leadership in countries as governance decides the success of these countries, the United States, China and other giants didn't top the list. Finland ranked number one with 0.848 points followed by Switzerland; Singapore; Netherlands; Denmark; Norway; Sweden; Germany; New Zealand and Canada. Mauritius, which was Africa’s best performer scored 0.5670, placing it at number 38 on the index.

The report also ranked Nigeria low in other parameters, scoring the nation 98 in leadership and foresight; 85 in robust laws and policies; 101 in strong institutions; 88 in financial stewardship; 97 in attractive marketplace; 72 in global influence and reputation, and 98 in helping people rise. SOURCE


How About Bringing Them Here?


The Story
President Buhari has asked the United States to consider relocating the headquarters of the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) from Germany.

The president stated this on Tuesday during a virtual meeting with Anthony Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State. AFRICOM, with headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, is one of the 11 U.S. departments of defence combatant commands which focuses on improving security in African countries. According to a statement by presidential spokesman Femi Adesina, Buhari said the relocation is necessary as part of efforts to address insecurity in Nigeria and other African nations.

Must we always look outside for solutions to our problems?
“The security challenges in Nigeria remain of great concern to us and impacted more negatively, by existing complex negative pressures in the Sahel, Central and West Africa, as well as the Lake Chad Region,” the president said. “Compounded as the situation remains, Nigeria and her security forces remain resolutely committed to containing them and addressing their root causes". However, the support of important and strategic partners like the United States cannot be overstated as the consequences of insecurity will affect all nations hence the imperative for concerted cooperation and collaboration of all nations to overcome these challenges.

What was Blinken's response?
According to the president, considering the growing security challenges and how it's weighing heavily on Africa, it underscores the need for the United States to consider relocating AFRICOM Headquarters from Stuttgart, Germany to Africa and near the Theatre of Operation.” On his part, Blinken said he was happy to make Nigeria part of his “first virtual visit to Africa,” adding that the US looks forward to building sustainable relationships that will engender development.

The US established AFRICOM in 2007, but it became fully operational in 2008, with operations carried out in Niger Republic, Djibouti, Chad, among others. SOURCE


Dropping Emergent Stock Like It’s Hot


The Story
Robert G. Kramer, 64, former chief executive of the pharmaceutical giant Emergent BioSolutions, unloaded $10m in company stock weeks before the publication of the company’s financial results -- and a production error that ruined 15 million Johnson & Johnson vaccines -- sent its share price tumbling.

How bad is this tumbling?
The stock unloaded by Kramer would now be valued at about $5.5m. Emergent’s share value dropped significantly after the publication of financial results on 19 February, and again following the Johnson & Johnson debacle. On Monday, the share price of the company, which signed a $135m deal last year to manufacture more than a lot of doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, was hovering around $64, less than half of its August 2020 peak of $135.

How have investors reacted to this?
The drugmaker said in late March it had found a problem with an ingredient used in the single-shot J&J vaccine at a manufacturing plant in Baltimore, Maryland, and had halted production there. Investors in Maryland have sued Emergent, Kramer, and other executives, alleging the company artificially inflated its stock price ahead of the decline by talking up its ability to manufacture coronavirus vaccines and hiding problems at the Baltimore plant.

Was this a deliberate action to swindle investors?
It is hard to tell, though there seems to be a precedent. This was Kramer's first “substantive” dealing since April 2016 - a Post review of the filings revealed - when he was among four executives who sold a combined $14.5m in personal holdings. Investors alleged at the time that the executives fraudulently offloaded the stock after exaggerating the size of a federal government order for anthrax vaccine. In June 2016 the order was revealed to be smaller than expected. Emergent’s stock price plummeted.

What's the company saying?
In a statement denying wrongdoing, Emergent said the stock sale by Kramer was part of a scheduled “trading plan” and in compliance with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules. “Mr Kramer, our executive team and our board of directors are held to the highest ethical standards and follow strict compliance with all laws and regulations governing financial transactions,” an Emergent spokesperson, Nina DeLorenzo, said. "Any insinuation of wrongdoing is without evidence or merit", DeLorenzo added.

An inspection of the Baltimore plant by the Food and Drug Administration found that the plant "is not maintained in a clean and sanitary condition;" that paint on the plant’s walls was peeling in several areas and paint flecks were found on the floor; and that a brown residue was also found on the walls and floors. SOURCE


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Which ocean separates Africa and Australia?

A. Indian Ocean

B.The Red Sea

C. Atlantic Ocean



What's the most badass operation done by Russia's KGB?

Bob Gray

The recovery of their agents who were kidnapped by terrorists in Lebanon.

The Agents were kidnapped and a ransom demand was made. The KGB negotiated by snatching a beloved uncle of the leader of the group. They tortured the man, mutilated him and dumped his body on the steps of the headquarters of the kidnap organization with a message. The message was simple: return our people or we will do the same thing to every member of the leader’s family. When he runs out of family members then they will do the group’s leader.

Their kidnapped people were returned and no Russian was ever kidnapped again in Lebanon. SOURCE


Which ocean separates Africa and Australia?

A. Indian Ocean




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