MILESTONES: New Bishop for Lagos Anglicans, garland for Governor Amosu, Barkindo steps up


Mohammed Barkindo (former Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation), emerged Secretary General of the Organization of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries‎ (OPEC).

The appointment came on Thursday, June 2, 2016, at the OPEC held in Vienna.

Nigeria’s Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, was in attendance at the OPEC meeting where his appointment was announced.

Mr. Barkindo was the managing director of the NNPC from 2009 to 2010, and served as acting secretary-general of OPEC in 2006.

He replaces Libya’s Abdalla El-Badri, who completed two full terms. Mr. Barkindo was born in Yola, Adamawa state ‎on February 14, 1944. He attended Barewa College, Zaria, and then Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained a Diploma in Law in 1969.

He later attended North London Polytechnic (1973–1975) and St Clements University in the Turks and Caicos Islands (2000–2002).


Michael Olusina Fape, the Bishop of Remo Diocese (Anglican Communion), elected the new Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Lagos.

His election was announced at the just-concluded Episcopal Meeting of Bishops headed by the Primate of All Nigeria, Anglican Communion, the Most Rev’d Nicholas D. Okoh, held at Ibru Centre, Agbarha Otor, Delta State.

Bishop Fape was elected and consecrated as the second Bishop of the Diocese of Remo on November 16, 2003 and was enthroned on November 20, 2003.

Mr. Fape was born on January 28, 1959 in Ipogun, Akure, Ondo State, and had his primary education at St. Jude’s Primary School, Ipogun, from 1966 to 1971 and attended St. Paul’s Secondary Modern School, Ilara–Mokin between 1972 and 1974 where he obtained Secondary Modern School Leaving Certificate in 1974.

Later he went to St. John/Mary’s College, Owo, where he trained as a Professional Teacher and obtained Teachers’ Grade II Certificate, between 1975 -1978.

Bishop Fape went to the University of Ibadan in 1984 and graduated in 1987 with Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Religious Studies: Second Class Upper Division.

He then travelled overseas for his Master’s Degree at Yale University Divinity School, New Haven, CT (U.S.A.) between 1989 and 1990 where he obtained a Master of Sacred Theology degree (S.T.M.), in Pastoral Counselling and Ethics.


Nasir El-Rufai, governor of Kaduna State, launched the sales of Kaduna branded fertiliser at N4,000 per bag for the 2016 farming season to farmers in the state.

While kicking-off the fertiliser sales in Giwa Local Government Area of the state on Saturday, the governor said his administration had pulled the state out of the waste and fraud of fertiliser subsidy being practiced in the past.

The governor warned against diversion of the products for commercial purposes,saying anyone found sabotaging the scheme would be prosecuted.


Ibikunle Amosun, governor of Ogun State, was on Friday, June 3, 2016, presented with an award of Excellence in Good Service in Leadership by the Trade Union Congress in Congress in Abuja.

The award was In recognition of his pedigree as a labour-friendly governor, one of the few that still manages to pay salaries regularly.

Speaking shortly after receiving the award, Governor Amosun described it as yet another affirmation of the giant strides his administration had made in Ogun State.
“Like I always say, awards of this nature represent a challenge to do better than our best,” Governor Amosun said.

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