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Oil Thieves Fight Back (an extensive report indicting Kola Karim’s Shoreline Natural Resources Limited and Eraskorp Nigeria)

Executive Summary

Ocean Marine Solutions Limited is Nigeria’s leading asset protection company dedicated to protecting our country’s natural resources from graft and illegal activities.
We have an unblemished reputation and our most prized asset is our ability to deliver value that benefits not just our clients but our fellow Nigerian citizens.
We have successfully eliminated illegal bunkering and oil theft on the Escravos – Warri and Bonny – Port Harcourt Crude Oil Pipelines.
If we accept NNPC’s invitation to takeover responsibility for the security of the Trans Forcados Pipeline, we will gladly put an end to the criminal abuse of another key part our strategic national infrastructure.
Fearful that we will put an end to their illegal racketeering, vested interests in the Trans Forcados Pipeline have engaged in a clumsy smear campaign in an effort to harm us and preserve the status quo. They will not succeed.
Ocean Marine Solutions Limited utterly refutes the outrageous, untrue, defamatory allegations bandied about concerning our operations.
We hold Kola Karim, Shoreline Natural Resources Limited and Eraskorp Nigeria Limited accountable for spreading these pathetic and malicious falsehoods. We will take the necessary legal and other steps to protect our reputation and expose the truth.
Ocean Marine Solutions Limited is not intimidated and the Nigerian people will not be fooled. Moreover, the eyes of the authorities are now on these crooked elements whose true purpose has been revealed.
We call upon the authorities to investigate the calamitous mismanagement of the Trans Forcados Pipeline and hold accountable those responsible.
Ocean Marine Solutions Limited will always continue to serve Nigeria as proud Nigerians.
1. IntroductionOcean Marine Solutions Limited (“OMS”) has never courted the limelight or chased headlines. As a result, many Nigerians may not have heard of us but all Nigerians benefit from the work we do protecting this country’s precious natural resources every day of the year. We are proud to be a values-driven Nigerian company looking after the Nigerian people’s interests.

However, in recent weeks, OMS has been the victim of a crude smear campaign orchestrated by desperate factions who are fearful that their lucrative abuse of the Trans Forcados Pipeline (“TFP”) will be over if OMS takes over responsibility for security and surveillance. Many sensible Nigerians will naturally ask, “is this a case of oil thieves and illegal bunkerers fighting back?”

‘Oyo Education Suffered Under Ajimobi’ -Seyi Makinde

Oyo State guber hopeful, Seyi Makinde had once again come down heavy on the outgoing government of Governor Abiola Ajimobi.
The engineer lambasted the government for always allocating between 3 to 4 percent to education in the State’s annual budget since the inception of his government.
In a monitored interview session titled Crossfire on Fresh FM, the candidate expressed disappointment over the sorry State of education in the State, he stated his dejection that Oyo State has fallen from the peak to the bottom as far as education is concerned.Revealing how each of the 391, 000 secondary school students are made to cough out N1000 per term, Makinde said there is nothing to show for the over N1 billion generated annually from the compulsory levy.

The 51-year old described the last 7 and a half years under Ajimobi, especially as it regards education, as ‘years of the locusts’.

“For close to 7 years now, we are stalked in number 26 on WAEC ranking. We have analysed, and reanalaysed. Oyo has been allocating between 3 to 4 percent allocation to education. Teachers are not paid as and when due. I am not happy with the state of education in Oyo State. Many states should be behind us and not as it is’ he stated.

“If I am elected by the grace of God, I will devote a minimum of 10 per cent to education. I will scrap the N1000 Levy they are asking students to pay. If we multiply 391, 000 secondary school students with the N1000, that would give you N391,000,000. This is anti-people. How do you tax the already poor parents of these future Nigerians? Remember students of Olodo Community Grammar School recently protested because of the levy.”

Speaking on how his efforts to give facelift to some schools were frustrated, Makinde narrated how an alumnus of Bishop Philip Academy, Monatan, his alma mater, Alhaji Gbadamosi, assisted the school with a CBN intervention project.. “I have wanted to do something in schools, approvals have been delayed.”

Succour For Atiku As Ibadan Billionaire, Kola Karim Shells Out $30M Support Fund

Kola Karim, the polished and stylish international businessman and CEO of Shoreline Energy has a specialty, starting companies and nurturing them to success. Building extremely viable international partnerships is also one of his innate characteristics. What many may however not know about him is that he is fiercely loyal to his friends and whenever any of his friends needs support, he is always there to lend a hand. If his friend has an aspiration, to him, it is all or nothing. He never supports in half measures; he goes the whole hog.

The news now is that Kola Karim has built yet another partnership. Thanks to the man whose company recently acquired 51% stake in Entrepose, a leading provider of construction and mechanical services to International Oil Companies, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s presidential campaign has received a major boost.

Kola Karim has promised a support of $ 30.5 million. He also promised another ₦ 9 billion before the end of January. With that, Atiku will have no problem prosecuting his presidential campaign. Apart from the funds coming at the right time, it will most likely turbo-charge the former Vice-President’s campaign which is already moving at full gallop.

Those in the know have revealed that the relationship between Atiku and Karim did not just start. They have been close from way back and not only does Atiku believe in him as one of Nigeria’s most successful entrepreneurs, he had always seen greatness in him even as a young entrepreneur. Karim on the other hand believes in the Atiku project, especially for the good of Nigeria and Nigerians.

Apart from Shoreline where he is the CEO, Karim controls a number of other companies including Costain West Africa where he is Chairman of the Board. 49-year-old Kola Karim has also been a Director of Nigerian Ropes Plc since March, 2008.

2019; ‘I Will Boost Oyo IGR, Plug Loopholes Of Fraud’ Seyi Makinde

The gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde has said that lack of political will and deliberate government policies to cheat the system by those in power are the reasons the state’s economy has not improved.
According to a statement issued from his gubernatorial campaign office and signed by Prince Dotun Oyelade, the candidate said this while receiving delegates from Oke Ogun who thronged his office in appreciation of the choice of Engr. Remi Olaniyan as his running mate.
The PDP candidate referred to his Manifesto titled ‘Oyo State Roadmap For Accelerated Development, 2019-2023’ in which he enumerated his plans to make the state economically viable.
“Coming from a successful business background, I have, in concert with my team worked out the best and durable ways to lift the state up from a debt-ridden entity to a rich and self sustaining one.
The N1.4bn Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) by the state can be improved upon drastically if we provide an easier template for businesses to be established and function in the state” Makinde said.
In the Ease of Doing Business category, Engr Makinde said that he is always unhappy when he sees oyo state permanently second to the last among all the 36 states in the federation especially in the past seven years and wondered why anyone would say such legacy must continue.
He averred that billions of needed naira is lost and the resultant debt borrowing is transferred to tired and vulnerable citizens.
“I will ensure that the protocol and red-tapism for starting a business in our state is reduced to the barest minimum instead of the current long-drawn period, while we’ll be flexible and ensure that every single business passes through the state’s Board of Internal Revenue Services for effective monitoring and taxation. I will also make sure that the staff of the board are motivated enough while plugging all loopholes for fraud.”
Makinde said that without waiting for Federal Allocation, the state will use its internally generated resources to tackle youth unemployment in the state and concentrate more on policies that have direct bearing on the sufferings of the people rather than ego-serving and selective infrastructural development. He opined that his policies are people-centred because the people of the state are suffering untold hardship in the hands of ruling All Progressives Congress, particularly the irregular payment of civil servant salaries, underfunded education sector despite the increase in school fees and other unfriendly policies of APC in Oyo State.

PAY WITHOUT CARD, A C’GATE SOLUTION, MAKES DEBUT

CoralPay has deployed the first interoperable USSD and mobile payment platform to Nigerians desirous of a seamless and secure payment solution. The solution, which fulfills the mantra of being Africa’s Gold Standard for payments, allows for enhanced interoperability amongst stakeholders in the payment ecosystem.

The solution, according to the CEO CoralPay Chioma Nkechika, allows customers using the USSD short codes of their respective banks alongside their Mobile Apps to pay for goods and services directly from their bank accounts and wallets. The transactions are accepted on POS terminals, and ATMs, with receipts printed or on eCommerce sites with emails sent to registered addresses.
The C’Gate solution, which is already being adopted and deployed by leading Nigerian banks and Mobile Money Operators (MMOs), seamlessly enables USSD to POS, USSD to Web, USSD Fast Transfer transactions, USSD on App, USSD to ATM, and CiCo (USSD Cash-In and USSD Cash-Out) on POS, offering customers more flexibilities and payment options than anything currently available in the Nigerian market.
Zenith Bank has led the adoption of the C’Gate solution as an addition to its e-payment offerings, with other banks like GTBank, UBA, Access Bank, FCMB, FirstBank, Fidelity Bank, Wema Bank, Keystone Bank, Sterling Bank, Providus Bank and others following suit at various levels of integration and deployment.
POS transactions have grown significantly, with total transaction count up (YoY) from 63.7million to 146.3million transactions, with corresponding value rising from N758.9 billion to N1.4 trillion as at the December 2016 and December 2017 respectively. This excludes web payments, ATM operations and mobile money transfers, all of which are now seamlessly integrated with the C’Gate Platform.
CoralPay Technology Limited, a payment switching and transaction processing company, earlier in the year announced its entry into the Nigerian payment industry with a solution, in partnership with Alipay International to ease online transactions for the Chinese, other Asian consumers and African merchants starting with Nigeria.
The partnership further expands Alipay’s footprint in Africa and opens the door for its more than 520 million active users in China, to make online payments via the CoralPay platform. Speaking on the agreement, the CEO of CoralPay assured Nigerians of the company’s ability and capacity to deliver on the African franchise, leveraging on their business network and partnerships.

On C’Gate, the CoralPay boss said that the solution was designed and developed locally, leveraging on the global experience and expertise of the company’s engineers, drawing on the declared mission to build ‘Africa’s Gold Standard’ for payment, encouraging financial institutions and SMEs grow capacity through financial inclusion and innovation. He further hinted that the C’Gate platform as deployed, is the first of several breakthrough solutions the company has in its pipeline, adding that they are well-primed to bring more innovative services into the Nigerian market.

On the advantages of C’Gate, the CEO, said customers are now liberated from their cards and can now transact on POS, Web and ATM-like transaction without their payment cards, while confirmation is received via printed receipt at the point of interaction or email. Customers can carry out these transactions remotely or while physically present with the merchant.
With the inclusion of key billers and agency banking on the C’Gate platform, customers are also able to carry out bill payments and CiCo (cash-in/ cash-out) at agent locations. Additionally, he said the C’Gate ensures safer, faster and easier transactions for the customer, as card details are not required, and not dependent on Internet access. No new deployment costs are incurred as all transactions occur using the existing infrastructure of both customers and banks.

Metele; ‘Buhari’s Absence At Soldiers Burial Is Sad’ -Atiku

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, on Saturday, described the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari or any high-powered Federal Government delegation at the burial of officers and men of the 157 Task Force slain by Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists in Metele, Borno State, as “sad and totally unacceptable.”

Atiku had in a statement commiserated with the families of the fallen soldiers and the armed forces, praying God to grant them the fortitude to bear the losses.

He, however, carpeted President Buhari for failing to honour the “men of honour and valour” by taking a day to attend their funeral and fulfil his role as head of state, saying that the president by hosting Nollywood stars at the Villa a day before but refused to attend the funeral did not send the right signals.

“I appreciate Nollywood and I have personally done a lot, both in my private capacity and when I was vice president, to promote that vitally important industry. However, it does not send a right message to the men and women who are fighting for Nigeria if you can attend a get together of entertainers but you cannot find the time to honour those who make the peace we are benefitting from possible.

“I urge President Muhammadu Buhari to learn from French President, Emmanuel Macron, who on March 28, 2018 took a whole day off to attend the funeral of Lt Col Arnaud Beltrame, who was killed by a terrorist after a March 24, 2018 terror attack in the South of France.

“I am in deep mourning and my grief is further compounded by the fact that the Federal Government ignored my advice to them to declare a few days of national mourning so that the nation could pay its respects to these men who gave so much that we may have peace. But it is never too late to honour those who died for Nigeria,” Atiku said.

Akpabio’s Wife Never Caused Security Breach During Aisha Buhari’s Visit

Attention of the Senator Representing Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial district, Senator Godswill Akpabio and his wife has been drawn to a story making the rounds in the media purporting that his wife, Mrs Ekaette Unoma Godswill Akpabio caused a security breach at the airport during the visit of the wife of the President and First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mrs Aisha Muhammadu Buhari to Akwa Ibom State on Friday, December 14, 2018.

The story obviously syndicated by the Akwa Ibom State Government House is a serious indictment to the practice of Journalism in Akwa Ibom State. Even though they carry different bylines, it is obviously from the same source, using the same language and quotations, evidently a hatchet job.

However, we want to state categorically that the story sold to different newspapers is a piece of fake news clearly marketed to malign the integrity of the former First Lady of Akwa Ibom State, Mrs Ekaette Unoma Godswill Akpabio and surprisingly, even otherwise respected media houses fell for it.

Interestingly, the video of the airport scene to receive the visiting First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari is available and has been widely circulated online. Nowhere is Senator Akpabio or the wife, Unoma at the scene even from the doctored video circulated by Akwa Ibom State Government House, complete with an interview by Mrs Martha Udom Emmanuel.

The truth is no one stopped the wife of the Governor from receiving the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Mrs Akpabio having been the First Lady in Akwa Ibom State for eight years (2007 to 2015) clearly understands the protocol that goes with such an event. She strongly believes in government and giving due respect to constituted authorities.

The unnecessary fracas at the airport was caused by the overzealousness of securitymen attached to Akwa Ibom State Government House who engaged in loud arguments with the Protocol and Security Officers from the State House, Abuja.

They had come with a premeditated notion that the chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who were also at the airport to receive Mrs Buhari, were going to prevent the wife of the Governor from getting close to the President’s wife. But it turned out to be a melodrama as no one prevented Mrs Emmanuel from receiving the First Lady.

However, with the benefit of hindsight we understand that the frustration of the Akwa Ibom State Government may have stemmed from the stout refusal of the State House Protocol Officers to include a trip to the Government House, Uyo in Mrs Buhari’s itinerary after an elaborate preparation had been made for her reception, including laying of red carpets.

Having failed in hijacking the First Lady, they found a comfortable scapegoat in Mrs Akpabio. It bears repeating that Senator Akpabio’s wife never caused any security breach at the airport. Purveyors of the fabricated story should desist from further dragging the name of an innocent woman in the mud, just to score cheap political points.

-Anietie Ekong
Special Assistant (Media) to
Senator Godswill Akpabio.