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Travel / Re: Arik London Flight Declares Emergency At Heathrow Airport by Gbenge77(m): 10:28am On Mar 26, 2016
Arik has a fantastic safety record.not sure about the customer service though
Nairaland / General / Re: #yorubaboys Trending On Twitter, Hilarious Snapshots by Gbenge77(m): 3:19pm On Mar 23, 2016

Yes OK.. like me
Celebrities / Re: Eniola Badmus Meets The Ooni & Olori Of Ife by Gbenge77(m): 5:54pm On Mar 22, 2016
Would Eniola please shed some excess weight?
Politics / Re: Nnpc’s Unremitted Funds To Federation Account Are N4.9trn – RMAFC by Gbenge77(m): 8:18am On Mar 22, 2016
That's quite a gargatuan sum.

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Education / Re: "Okada Boy" Makes UNIOSUN Best Overall Graduating Student by Gbenge77(m): 1:19pm On Mar 09, 2016

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Jobs/Vacancies / Re: I Was Thrown Out Over Hnd And Bsc "Wahala" by Gbenge77(m): 8:14pm On Feb 08, 2016

I guess u are a degree holder. but do u know dat HND holders are more experienced. don't discriminate cos u just might be shocked dat dos guys could not afford HND holders. though I actually think it's there choice.
“their choice".You made a grammatical mistake.Are you a poly graduate?
Business / MTN Fined $160m In Cameroon for tax evasion by Gbenge77(m): 10:11am On Jan 22, 2016
The local units of mobile telecom
companies, Orange and MTN in
Cameroon, have been fined over $160
million for failing to pay taxes on
games and gambling services, the
Central African nation's corruption
board said, on Wednesday.
A wide-reaching probe into the sector
led to fines totaling $283 million, and
found other companies, including
Camtel and Viettel, were also in
violation of regulations.
The amount paid by each company was
not clear and the companies were not
immediately available for comment,
according to Reuters.
In the report written by the anti-
corruption commission, known as
CONAC, MTN and Orange were also
accused of not paying taxes on their
money transfer system, known as
Mobile Money.
The report is another blow for MTN,
which is already contesting a $3.9
billion fine in Nigeria for failing to
disconnect users with unregistered SIM
Unregistered SIM cards can be used for
criminal activity - a growing concern in
Nigeria facing the threat of militant
Islamist group Boko Haram.
MTN successfully lobbied to get the fine
reduced from $5.2 billion in December. Source:www.odili.net/news/source/2016/jan/21/623.html
Politics / Re: Amosun's Daughter Graduates From Law School by Gbenge77(m): 2:34pm On Dec 17, 2015

Are you surprised?? Some earn as low as 10k. Even some work pro bono.
10k? Are you kidding me?
Travel / Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 8 by Gbenge77(m): 3:30pm On Dec 10, 2015



You don't need to dodge the question because I don't expect that since you are more intelligent, Am sure by now you should understand the higher power am talking about because all you explanation still dragged it down to it maybe higher power is too local to use in a conversation like this..

No qualms and case closed.. grin grin grin
Dodge what question?All I did was to refute your claim that “a purpoted higher power“ reversed the CO's decision.That is fallacious.Eat the humble pie man.
Travel / Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 8 by Gbenge77(m): 11:55am On Dec 10, 2015

Thanks for the info and remember I said In my previous post that I am not VO and its not my work

Lemme get things straight here since you are lecturing me, The latest information you are talking about was brought from where, VO superior or which office

Do not ask me such an asinine question.
Travel / Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 8 by Gbenge77(m): 9:28am On Dec 10, 2015


If I may ask, who reverse visa that was granted to visa denied since you said supervisory officer don't reverse their decision

If I am not wrong my decision is final but a council committee can reverse my final decision, I guess that what you explained above...

If yes higher power that I mentioned means council committee no be so

No“ commitee“ or“ higher power“ reverses visa decisions at the US consulate.Alright?The CO might have granted the visa initially.Then it appears some new information came to light which he/she was not privy to previously,and that did result in the visa cancellation.So Co that granted the visa cancelled the visa Not “the higher power“ that you suggested.Drink it in.Don't debate over something you do not know.
Travel / Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 8 by Gbenge77(m): 7:23am On Dec 10, 2015

Well higher power reverse the VO decision maybe they observed that the VO does not conduct the interview well.

You want suggestion when you have issues but you didn't drop your transcripts so that it can solve other people problem.. Abi you never thought of that?

People transcripts have solved loads of people issues if you don't know

To me what you did is selfishness and that's what is killing this generation
Negative .Although there are supervisory officers who review visa decisions.The decision of the Consular officer is final.The supervisory officers don't reverse their decisions.It could be that new info came to light after the interview,which neccessitated the cancellation of the visa by the CO.
Car Talk / Re: Motorcycle Pictures From 2014 Bikers Convention In Nigeria by Gbenge77(m): 12:47pm On Oct 13, 2015
Are you a biker? What do you ride?
do you still nurse the ambition to travel to the US?
Travel / Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 8 by Gbenge77(m): 5:20pm On Oct 07, 2015
I want to inquire about the diversity immigration visa program by KCC (kentucky consular center)
Nigeria remains barred from the program.you ve posted on a wrong thread though
Travel / Re: Usa Visit Visa by Gbenge77(m): 2:55pm On Aug 13, 2015
@sexydivaomalic, either u acept wit me or not,d real life truth is dat a lot of people hav got dere visa at u.s embassy by inclusion of Ghana in their travel experience,we hav a lot of gud example of such transcripts on dis forum,weda ghana is visa free or not it wont stop people from goin 2 ghana an it wont stop u.s frm recognising it,moreover evrybody luvs easy tin,peace
whether one has travelled to Ghana previously,or any other reputablle nation in the world,it all counts as travel history.But you are not going to specifically say that its the Ghana trip that swayed the decision in the applicants favour.I don't think Consular officers go about looking for Ghanaian visas in an applicants passport before deciding whether to issue the visa or not.In fact,we ve seen people with fantastic travel history denied before.Most importantly,each individuals case is evaluated based on its own merit.
Career / Re: What Oil Companies Pay Their Workers In Port Hacourt by Gbenge77(m): 9:49am On Jul 22, 2015
Total?Simply Fantastic!
Career / What Oil Companies Pay Their Workers In Port Hacourt by Gbenge77(m): 9:46am On Jul 22, 2015
Would you rather work in an Oil Company or elsewhere?

Of course, we all know that 9 out of every 10 fresh Nigerian graduates will prefer to work in the Oil and Gas sector if given the opportunity. This trend has been ongoing for like ages. And the major lure has always been the obscene salaries and super juicy perks which major companies in the O&G sector are traditionally known to lavish on their employees.

For example, report shows that high ranking O&G professionals in the cadre of senior staffs, managers and directors are earning as much as N17,000,000 - N47,000,000 or even more per annum depending on the type of job and company in which they are located.

However, on the flip side, new entrants are now realizing that all Oil Companies are not born equal, and as such their salary scales are never the same. In fact, while one Oil Company may be paying up to N8,000,000 in annual salaries to its entry level staff, say in engineering department for example, a similar staff at the same level in another Oil Company may be getting a pay package that's way below N3,000,000 per annum. (Although even this is considered to be a kill compared to what's obtainable in other sectors such as manufacturing and so on.).

It was against this backdrop that we decided to find out what the Oil Companies actually pay their workers in Port Harcourt. We researched eleven companies with focus on basic entry level salary scale. Below are our findings:

Upstream - Integrated Oil Companies (IOCs) in Exploration and Production (E&P)

Total E&P Nigeria
Entry Level Salary: N7, 000,000 – N12, 000,000 / year
Total is arguably the highest paying company in Nigeria today, with about 1700 employees.​

Entry Level Salary: N6, 000,000 – N10, 000,000 / year
ExxonMobil, through her two upstream subsidiary companies, is the second largest oil producer in Nigeria, with a cumulative total of up to 4 million deep-water/shallow-water offshore acreage.​

Chevron Nigeria
Entry Level Salary: N6, 000,000 – N9, 000,000 / year
Chevron is the third-largest oil producer in Nigeria with a daily production capacity of over 230,000 barrels of crude oil.​

Shell Nigeria
Entry Level Salary: N3, 360,000 – N7, 800,000 / year
Shell Nigeria is the oldest and the largest oil producer in the country. It produces over 600,000 barrels per day (about 21% of Nigeria's daily output) with about 6000 employees of which about 90% are Nigerian nationals, including its current MD.​

Independent Upstream E&P / Multinational Oil Servicing Companies

Aiteo Eastern E&P
Entry Level: N3,600,000 – N5,000,000 / year
Aiteo is an upwardly mobile Nigerian independent E&P company with ambitious interest in some of the world's most significant basins.​

Schlumberger Nigeria
Entry Level: N3,600,000 – N6,000,000 / year
Schlumberger is a multinational E&P oilfield service provider specializing in technology, information and management solutions in both the midstream and upstream sub-sectors.​

Halliburton Nigeria
Entry Level: N3, 600,000 – 4,500,000 / year
Halliburton is a multinational upstream E&P service provider specializing in operational and reservoir solutions.​

Saipem Nigeria
Entry Level: N2, 400,000 – N4, 800,000 / year
Saipem Nigeria is subsidiary company of Italian oil giant.​

Seplat Petroleum
Entry Level: N2, 400,000 – N4, 800,000 / year
Seplat is a front line Nigerian independent upstream E&P company listed in both Nigeria and London stock exchange.​

Indigenous IOC/ Downstream Companies

Oando Group
Entry Level: N1, 800,000 – N4, 800,000 / year
Oando is Nigeria's first IOC with annual revenue of $1.9 billion in as far back as 2010.​

Entry Level: N1,800,000 – N3,600,000 / year
Conoil is an indigenous IOC with about 6 blocks in the Niger Delta and 25% Equity stake in the Block 4 of Joint Development Zone (JDZ)​

Showing some of the O&G jobs that command the highest pay

The Bottom Line

Apart from sub-sector differences and maybe the use of global pay scale (like in the case of top multinational IOCs), there are other factors that cause wide disparity in salaries paid by the Oil Companies, and these factors are probably as hugely diverse as the sector itself. However, Employee Profile is definitely one of the most relevant elements that cause the disparity.

The following are things about employee profile that tend to make some difference:

Major area of study – Oil Companies tend to pay higher salaries to employees with rare oil-industry-specific-skills and training. Stuffs like Petroleum Economics, Petroleum Engineering, and Geosciences are among the hottest Majors.

School attended, grade earned and certifications obtained – There are exceptions to this one though depending on your area of focus. (While some companies may give preference to candidates with foreign M.sc degrees, others like Shell are said to give more credence to high-performance-skills than academic credentials when considering let's say field workers for example.)

Relevant experience - When it comes down to it, nothing would make more difference than the good old experience. That's why many Petroleum Industry professionals usually advice newcomers to do all it takes to build up their experience profile – yes, even if it means working a while (for little or nothing) with a licensed Oil and Gas sub contractor.


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Sports / Re: Keshi To Drag NFF To FIFA Court by Gbenge77(m): 4:25pm On Jul 07, 2015
Keshi and the NFF.Unending brick-bats.Can't he just leave them in peace.Keshis desperation for the Super Eagles job is just mind-boggling
Politics / Presidential Air Fleet Much Better Than NAF by Gbenge77(m): 9:16am On Jun 09, 2015
Presidential Air Fleet Much Better Than NAF

5 months ago
A renowned author and columnist Dr. M.K. Hassan expresses concern on the issue of budgetary spending. Despite drop of oil prices, the draft of the 2015 budget reportedly contains an allocation of N400m for purchase of a brand new presidential jet.

This may lead to the situation when the Presidential Air Fleet will have more modern and functioning aircraft than the whole Nigerian Air Force (NAF) combined.

Read more of Dr. Hassan’s findings published on SaharaReporters below:

One of the reasons the Nigerian military cannot to deal with Boko Haram is out-of-date air force. Instead of arming the NAF with modern fighter jets, Goodluck Jonathan has been building a fleet of brand new presidential executive jets. The struggling NAF is left with obsolete aircrafts to fight insurgents.

The Nigerian citizens, especially in the North East, have been left in the mercy of marauding insurgents taking over the country’s territory. With this kind of careless defense strategy from the president, how can the country defeat Boko Haram?

READ ALSO: MURIC Lambasts Jonathan For Desire To Buy Another Jet

According to one of the leading international defence and security sources, IHS Janes, “the NAF currently fields a very limited offensive counterinsurgency (COIN) capability in the guise of 11 Chinese-built CAC F-7 fighters; as well as 21 Aero L-39ZA Albatros, 12 Alenia MB-339, and 12 Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet trainer and light strike platforms. It also fields seven Mil Mi-24 ‘Hind’ assault helicopters. With the exception of the F-7s, which were acquired in 2010, the NAF’s fixed-wing combat fleet dates back to the early 1980s and needs replacing.”

The 12 German-French Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jets have been the main fighter jets in the fight against Boko Haram in the last six years. Alpha jets are out of production since 1991. They have some of the most obsolete surveillance capability one can think of due to low computing and imaging processing power of the electronics on board. These jets were designed for the attack of long-range fixed targets like barracks in conventional warfare and not close and highly mobile targets like Boko Haram’s pick up trucks convoys.

To summarise, the capability of these Alpha jets, it is like trying to use the early version of the black and white Nokia 3310 phone for Facebook and Internet browsing nowadays, instead of taking devices like Blackberry Z30 or iPhone 6. For all his promises of defeating Boko Haram, President Jonathan is trying to use these jets as his main fighting air power to defeat the insurgents. How would it be possible to find Shekau using these?!

The Chinese made Chengdu F-7 jet fighters were acquired by Obasanjo in 2005 and delivered up to 2010 as reported by Janes. “Made in China” goods and OBJ have one thing in common: unreliability, and high failure rates when and where it matters most. The Chengdu F-7 were among some of the jets that have been crashing and burning down during this conflict. I believe any fighter pilot that is asked to go on mission with any of the unmaintained jets, will definitely make his last prayers before flying one.

The Russian MI helicopters are among those crashing helicopters we have got, and some did crash recently and were in the news.

I am not going to talk about the Czechoslovakian made Aero Albatros L39 and the 12 Alenia MB339 military trainer jet aircrafts. Those are so old that they are supposed to be in a museum, and not for training our Jet Fighter Pilots.

Some of these jets were burned down by Boko Haram when they attacked Maiduguri in March 2014 as shown in the pictures released online by the insurgents. This begs for explanation, why were even some of the jets parked in Maiduguri, the epicenter of Boko Haram, instead of outside the region? Why would Air Marshall Badeh allow this? At least we know that for security of defence assets, in most war setting situation, long-range jet fighters are kept out of conflict regions and are most of the time signaled to come in for attacks. For example, will the US Air force park their most important jet fighters, the Northrop Grumman B2 stealth bombers, in Baghdad waiting for terrorists to come and burn them down? No! Anyway this is a story for another day.

READ ALSO: Boko Haram Killed Nigerian Pilot On Video

How can rag tagged insurgents be moving in convoys for 100’s of kilometers within Nigerian borders unchallenged with air power and be able to establish a caliphate in Gwoza? In a pathetic show of comedy, instead of the president to acquire real drones like the Raptors from General Atomics, Stalkers from Lockheed Martin or their type from anywhere to stop the terrorists from moving in large convoys, he had his own drone made for him in Kaduna. This president is unserious! The Kaduna made “Gulma” drone he went to launch some months back, one can buy something better than it for three thousand dollars (600 thousand naira) on Ebay website. The president in his usual characteristic comical display of “C in C” powers praised the toy Gulma drone and said that it will be used to fight Boko Haram. Even on the launch day, the Gulma drone was a sitting duck on display inside a building. It was not flown to demonstrate its capabilities to fight Boko Haram and only God knows how much was spent in building Gulma. What a fraud and a joke!

As an expert in radar systems and electronics, I can say without mincing words that these out of style aircrafts the NAF uses in this battle against Boko Haram with not so good night vision capability, magnetometers, vision cameras, gyroscopes, and other must have sensors on board fighter jets, cannot find Shekau and his rag-tag army. These military assets are incapable of accurately tracking highly mobile insurgents targets like Boko Haram that move in large convoys to attack our towns and villages.

Does it bother Jonathan that his Air force is in shambles since he came to power and cannot fight Boko Haram? NO! The reason is his measure of how successful and strong the economy and his country is, is not by the fighting power of his Air force. The president measures the prosperity of his country and its military strength with how many new jet owners we have since he came to power, and how many executive jets he has acquired for himself. O boy, we are in serious trouble.

Do not despair, there is a new strategy and fighter jet for fighting Boko Haram and it is the PVC. PVC stands for the Permanent Voters Card. Yes, it is a weapon that Nigerians must acquire to defeat the incompetent government and Boko Haram. No matter what, every citizen must get this fighter jet, the PVC, since the Government has failed to get fighter jets for its Air force to fight Boko Haram. The way to use the PVC fighter jet is to come out on the election day, line up no matter the heat and inefficiency of the INEC on that day, to cast the vote, defend the vote against external aggression of riggers and their collaborators so that we can have a new government that will arm the Air force.

The incumbent president has already bought 4 jets since he came to power in addition to the 9 jets he met in the fleet.

Finally, we have to ask how many presidential jets will be enough for a child that grew up with no shoes. http://www.naij.com/352719-presidential-air-fleet-much-better-than-naf.html
Politics / Re: Jega's Announcement Of Presidential Election Results 2015: Part 4 by Gbenge77(m): 3:03pm On Mar 31, 2015
Aren't the PDP gonna rule for 60 years. Again?

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Business / Re: Football Betting Season 8...AGE!!! by Gbenge77(m): 6:33pm On Jan 16, 2015
Psg 18 al ahli 0
Travel / Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 6 by Gbenge77(m): 5:55pm On Jan 14, 2015
Where is Yvette?Who remembers her?
Travel / Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 6 by Gbenge77(m): 9:36am On Jan 10, 2015

I'm surprised to read that section from you. The method of emailing the embassy after getting the visa to inform them about your real intention of obtaining that visa has been abused. It's not against the law to give birth in US as long as you can afford it, so it's counterproductive to withhold that info during the interview even if you are not asked.
You may only answer questions asked during the interview.
Travel / Re: Xmas In The US !!!! Lets Share Pictures!! by Gbenge77(m): 12:17pm On Jan 04, 2015

Na by biebie?? Person fit get all the beards like Raskimono and still dull like hollow vessel.
Travel / Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 6 by Gbenge77(m): 3:17pm On Dec 15, 2014
Visa denied on Friday 12th at d Abuja consulate..this is d second time in 2months..but I believe that's how God wants it...really appreciate Slimmy , innovativeame, dotman, walspring and Ctemi for dose encouraging advise and calls...I appreciate u guyz much

VO- gudmorning
Me- hi how is it going
Vo- I'm gud, you're going to university of Baltimore for?
Me- Msc in cyber forensic and counterterrorism
Vo- why cyber forensic and counterterrorism
Me- really wanna be a forensic analyst and the rise in technology related crime in Nigeria today from criminal cases, employee misconduct ,civil disputes to d act of terrorism has generated an urgent need for a new type of investigator who can combine the field of information technology with forensic sci with d art of investigating and critical thinking..and this profession isn't enormous in Nigeria cos there's lack of professionalism
Vo- (nods)OK yes its true...which skool did you graduated from and what course?
Me- unilag, enviromental botany and palynology
Vo - can I see ur transcript
Me- my school don't issue transcript to student but I have my cert and my final ur statement of result
Vo.- can I see it
After given him, he saw all my final yr with As (4.54/5.00) cgpa and he was pointing to my project result which I had an A
Vo- what was your project topic about?
Me- Forensic Palynology :
Vo - nods .thats very good
I was even happy. Thought d man go give me
Vo- I really love your project topic
Me - smiles
Vo- who is your sponsor
Me - my uncle
Vo- what does he do
Me- he's the Commander of Police mobile force 49squadron and the former lagos state police relation officer PPRO
Vo- can I have his statement of account
Me- I gave him and also the letter of sponsorship with mobile police letter head paper and logo
Vo- typed for like 3min....after which he said I'm sorry blah blah blah and gave a white sheet

But on d paper he gave ...it states that I don't have a ties to my country but he didn't ask me about that cos I've already prepared for that questions
But I know Man proposes God disposes. School resumes jan26th

The Co will not ask you directly about your ties to your country.He will consider some factors viz a viz,professional,cultural,financial,social etc before deciding whether or not you have enough ties to your country.Also,he will look at your specific intentions,family situations,long range plans and prospects.All this will help him make a decision whether or not to grant you a visa.In addition,its vitally important that you don't sound or appear desperate during an interview.In fact ,that's the reason for the interview.To seperate the wheat from the chaff.The genuine from the desperate.This is quite a difficult job,but that's what they are trained to decipher.Of course a few mistakes might occur,where the CO mistakes the genuine for the desperate,these cases are few and far between,considering that they get their decisions right more often than not.They don't consider documents as vitally important,considering the number of fraudulent docs that have been presented previously.They don't even trust Nigerian docs again.And its funny when you see some applicants go with ashipload of docs,trying to impress the CO.They are quick to produce the docs,even when the CO hasn't asked for it.That might suggest desperation to the CO.
In the final analysis,en sure your intentions are genuine,display a positive body language,don't fret.Maintain a calm mien,to suggest that even if the visa is not granted,heavens won't fall.That's the kinda attitude they wanna see.An applicant who demonstrates the above traits has a fantastic chance of getting a visa.
Over and out!


Travel / Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 6 by Gbenge77(m): 3:53pm On Nov 24, 2014

On her thread...everyone was always...good morning ma, the radiant one ma, god bless u ma...etc but he could describe sb as an old ugly woman like that. She saw it and said...hey! Shock gripped all of them..hence the damage control.
Travel / Re: Usa Visit Visa by Gbenge77(m): 1:38pm On Nov 24, 2014
In the spirit of giving back ; though when I asked a question NOBODY answered me. My spouse's details. 8am appointment

VO: why new york?
Ans: For vacation with family
VO: what do you do and where do you work?
Ans:bla bla bla
VO: how much do you earn
Ans: 140,000
VO: where is your wife
Ans: she has her own visa
VO: can I see
Ans: pass on the photocopy of the visa page
VO: what is her job description
Ans: bla bla bla
VO: will you be receiving healthcare in the US?
Ans: No
Ok . Circles the form and says pick up your visa.
Muchos gracias for the pages of info!
Travel / Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 6 by Gbenge77(m): 1:29pm On Nov 24, 2014

Nigerians aren't even respectful...we pretend. Last time, a DV selectee said he was accosted by an old woman at the embassy but never knew she was the VO handling comments on NL. Others did a lot of damage control on his behalf. It was a shame! The VO pretended and moved on.
how do you mean?

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Career / Re: Help!!!! Globacom Is Being Messed Up... by Gbenge77(m): 12:58pm On Jan 04, 2014
josh001: This is in no way an attack against your person but your article is so hard to read, no flow of thought, conjunction of words were bad and the use of terms we are not familiar with worsened issues, had to stop halfway, no abuse intended but you got some work to do on articulated writing.
Your punctuation is bad as well.

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