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Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) on Friday sought for more stakeholders’ support to the implementation of Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) in its host communities in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa.
 
Mr Esimaje Brikinn, General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs of Chevron, made the call in on Friday in Yenagoa, on the sidelines of Dodo River Communities Rural Development Association (DRCDA)’s Annual General Meeting (AGM).
 
Brikinn, represented in the meeting by Mr Anthony Emegere, explained that supporting the GMoU implementation would enable the communities to reap more benefits.
 
DRCDA, a Community-Based Organisation (CBO), was established by five Chevron’s host communities in Ekeremor – Amatu 1, Amatu 11, Bilabiri 1, Bilabiri 11 and Bisangbene.
 
The general manager said the AGM represented a milestone in the implementation of the GMoU geared towards bringing more benefits to the people of its host communities.
 
He stated: “Like every process, the GMoU is being constantly reviewed to keep up with stakeholder’s expectations and emerging developments.
 
“The process improvement includes: operational excellence, sustainable economic empowerment programmes and small business and enterprise development.
 
“It also seeks to improve efficiency, stakeholders’ participation and new innovations that would add value to the GMoU model.
 
“I implore our community leaders, women, youth and other stakeholders to keep in mind and continue to support the implementation of the GMoU so that our communities can reap more benefits from the agreement.”
 
Brikinn, however, commended DRCDA for successfully managing the GMoU, executing and inaugurating 52 projects in in the host communities.
 
The projects include: the Dodo River Cottage Hospital, training of hundreds of persons in diverse vocational skills, in addition to special economic empowerment and scholarship for students from the communities.
 
Mr Francis Amamogiran, Acting Chairman of DRCDA, said the achievements of the GMoU were strategically designed on the principles of community development.
 
Amamogiran said that DRCDA was established for sustainable development in the five host communities.
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Yukaka Katada, the owner of one of the stricken oil tankers crippled in explosions in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, said the U.S. is wrong about the way the attack was carried out.
 
Speaking at a press conference in Tokyo on Friday, he contradicted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the U.S. Navy, which released a video that purports to show an Iranian patrol boat removing a limpet mine from the port side of the Kokuka Courageous.
 
Katada said his ship was attacked on the starboard side by a flying object, not by a mine, allegedly planted by Iran.
 
“It seems that something flew towards them. That created the hole, is the report I’ve received,” Katada said, according to the Financial Times.
 
“It seems there was a high chance they were attacked by a flying object. The impact was well above the water. I don’t think it was a torpedo.”
 
The Japanese ship owner did not say who might be responsible for the attack. Iran has vehemently denied it was involved.
 
A video released by the U.S. Navy Friday morning appeared to show an Iranian Revolutionary Guard patrol vessel removing an unexploded limpet mine from a commercial oil tanker struck in an attack in the Gulf of Oman Thursday.
 
The Associated Press reported the actions suggest the Islamic Republic “sought to remove evidence of its involvement from the scene.” On Thursday, the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran for the attack on the Norwegian and Japanese oil tankers.
 
Iran on Friday firmly denied involvement, accusing the U.S. of waging an “Iranophobic campaign.”
 
“Iran categorically rejects the U.S.’s unfounded claim with regard to 13 June oil tanker incidents and condemns it in the strongest possible terms,” its statement said.
 
The U.S. “immediately jumped to make allegations against Iran—[without] a shred of factual or circumstantial evidence” and was “sabotaging diplomacy,” Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted.
 
The U.S. Navy also responded to the explosions on the oil tankers on Thursday, evacuating several of the mariners.
 
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UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock has bowed out of the Tory leadership race, the day after he came sixth in the first round of the vote.
 
In a statement Mr Hancock said: “I ran as the candidate of the future, but the party is understandably looking for a candidate for the unique circumstances we face right now. I will talk to all the other candidates about how these values can be best taken forward.”
 
On Thursday Boris Johnson topped the first round of the Conservative Party leadership contest with 114 votes out of 313 Tory MPs.
 
Three contenders were knocked out but Matt Hancock scraped through, with 20 MPs supporting him.
 
​​Mr Johnson, who has gotten the endorsement of US President Donald Trump, is the clear favourite to win the contest.
 
A second round of voting will take place among MPs on Tuesday, June 18, and the race is on for second place with Jeremy Hunt – who won 43 votes – fractionally ahead of Michael Gove, who got 39.
 
Dominic Raab, who got 27 and Sajid Javid, who got 23, and Rory Stewart, who polled 19, will now come under pressure to quit and throw their weight behind Mr Johnson, Mr Hunt or Mr Gove.
 
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No fewer than 32 Swiss companies have indicated interest in the nigeria’s oil and gas sector.
 
Amb. Baba Madugu, Nigerian Ambassador to Switzerland, disclosed this on the sidelines of the African Day celebration held in Bern.
 
Madugu also listed Information Communication Technology (ICT), agriculture and solid minerals sectors among the areas the investors were interested in.
 
According to him, the development was a fall-out of the Swiss-Nigeria investment forum held in Zurich in 2018.
 
The envoy, while speaking on the African Day celebration, noted that the annual event was aimed at showcasing the investment opportunities abound in the continent.
 
He said it was meant to enhance the various partnerships between Switzerland and African nations with a view to further deepening relations.
 
Also, Mr Celeste Ugochukwu, Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora (NIDO) Swiss, said the event also served as an opportunity for the African Diaspora and other stakeholders to be informed of development in the continent.
 
“No price is too much to pay in celebrating Africa. In commemorating this day, nations showcase their potentials in trade, tourism, agriculture and food,” Ugochukwu added.
 
However, Mr Issa Abdullahi, National Coordinator of Swiss African Forum, emphasised the need for more activities to be included in the event.
 
“We could do better if programmes like panel discussion and interactive sessions that would create awareness on the potentials in the continent are included in the event,” Abdullahi noted.
 
The event attracted Swiss government functionaries, the diplomatic core and the African and Caribbean Diaspora as well as foreign investors.
 
There were also food stands and arts and craft exhibition from various African countries.
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Germany has raised some 6.5 billion euros (S$10 billion) from the sale of 5G frequencies to telecoms firms, the Federal Network Agency, said Wednesday, announcing the result of a three-month auction.

The sale far exceeded expectations of between three billion and five billion euros, and the windfall will go towards closing the digital gap in a country whose wireless networks rank only 46th in the world for download speeds.

Germany's three main mobile network providers - Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone and Telefonica Germany (O2) - and 1&1/Drillisch, which specialises in internet services, bought the 41 frequency blocks on offer, with Deutsche Telekom taking the lion's share, the network agency said in a statement.

5G is the latest high-speed generation of cellular mobile communications.

It promises radically quicker transfers of data, making possible widespread use of artificial intelligence and other high-tech advancements such as self-driving cars and "telemedicine".

Berlin will require the winning bidders to offer the service to at least 98 per cent of German households and along motorways and rail lines.

The United States has urged Berlin to bar operators from building networks on hardware from Chinese tech firm Huawei, arguing that the equipment could help Beijing spy on Western companies and governments.

 

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Huawei Technologies Co Ltd has told Verizon Communications Inc that the U.S. carrier should pay licensing fees for more than 230 of the Chinese telecoms equipment maker's patents and in aggregate is seeking more than $1 billion, a person briefed on the matter said.

Verizon should pay to "solve the patent licensing issue," a Huawei intellectual property licensing executive wrote in February, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier. The patents cover network equipment for more than 20 of the company's vendors including major U.S. tech firms but those vendors would indemnify Verizon, the person said. Some of those firms have been approached directly by Huawei, the person said.

The patents in question range from core network equipment, wireline infrastructure to internet-of-things technology, the Journal reported. The licensing fees for the more than 230 patents sought is more than $1 billion, the person said.

Huawei has been battling the U.S. government for more than a year. National security experts worry that "back doors" in routers, switches and other Huawei equipment could allow China to spy on U.S. communications. Huawei has denied that it would help China spy.

Companies involved, including Verizon have notified the U.S. government and the dispute comes amid a growing feud between China and the United States. The licensing fee demand may be more about the geopolitical battle between China and the United States rather than a demand for patent fees.

Huawei and Verizon representatives met in New York last week to discuss some of the patents at issue and whether Verizon is using equipment from other companies that could infringe on Huawei patents.

Verizon spokesman Rich Young declined to comment "regarding this specific issue because it's a potential legal matter."

However, Young said, "These issues are larger than just Verizon. Given the broader geopolitical context, any issue involving Huawei has implications for our entire industry and also raise national and international concerns."

Huawei and U.S. wireless carriers T-Mobile US Inc and AT&T Inc did not respond to Reuters' requests for comment. Sprint Corp declined to comment.

The United States last month put Huawei on a blacklist that barred it from doing business with U.S. companies on security grounds without government approval, prompting some global tech firms to cut ties with the world's largest telecoms equipment maker.

Washington is also seeking the extradition of Huawei Chief Financial Executive Meng Wanzhou from Canada after her arrest in Vancouver last December on a U.S. warrant.

China has since upped the pressure on Canada, halting Canadian canola imports and in May suspended the permits of two major pork producers.

 

- Reuters

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