‘Do Not Call My Phone,’ Bayelsa Lawmaker Tells Constituents

Prof. Steve Azaiki, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a member of the Federal House of Representatives, Yenagoa/Kolokuma/Opokuma Federal Constituency, has directed Bayelsans to apply for the Federal Civil Service Recruitment on the website, rather than calling him on his phone line.

In a post on Thursday, which has been deleted, the federal lawmaker said: “Federal Civil Service Recruitment: Please apply, I promised to let you know of opportunities and productive information that will come my way. Please do not call my phone on this, rather go through the website and apply.”

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Buhari Orders Forensic Audit Of NDDC Operations From 2001 To 2019

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered a forensic audit of the operations of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), from 2001 to 2019.

The president gave the directive when he received governors of the states in the Niger Delta area, led by Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa, on Thursday in Abuja.

President Buhari said the directive had become imperative in view of the persistent criticisms of the operations of the commission.

According to him, what is presently on ground in the Niger Delta region does not justify the huge resources that have been made available to the commission.

He said: “I try to follow the Act setting up these institutions, especially the NDDC.

“With the amount of money that the Federal Government has religiously allocated to the NDDC, we will like to see the results on the ground; those that are responsible for that have to explain certain issues.

“The projects said to have been done must be verifiable. You just cannot say you spent so many billions and when the place is visited, one cannot see the structures that have been done.

“The consultants must also prove that they are competent,’’ he said.

FG Approves N5.4bn to Build Oil, Gas Parks In Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa

Minister of State for Petroleum, Mr. Timipre Sylva

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) wednesday in Abuja approved N3 billion for the construction of oil and gas parks in Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa States. It also approved N2.413 billion to provide indoor shooting range for aviation security.

Briefing reporters at the end of the weekly FEC meeting, Minister of State for Petroleum, Mr. Timipre Sylva, said the construction of the parks was conceived to support the development and manufacture of oil and gas tools.

According to him, the move will not only provide 1,000 jobs but will also improve the security of the Niger Delta.

BREAKING: Buhari Approves N10 Billion For Enugu Airport Upgrade

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the sum of N10 billion Naira for an Intervention fund for the upgrade of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.

The Nigerian president on his Twitter handle on Thursday said: “I have the assurance of the Minister of Aviation that the work will be done speedily and to the highest standards.

“Even as we have many items competing for our limited resources, we will continue to prioritize infrastructure investments in every part of the country. It is our responsibility to ensure Nigeria’s infrastructure is fixed; we will keep doing this.”

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) had last month commenced the rehabilitation of the runway at the airport. 

South-East governors on Monday resolved to meet President Muhammadu Buhari to discuss the welfare of the region, rehabilitation of the Akanu Ibiam international airport, among other issues.

The governors resolved to meet with President Buhari following fears that the closed Enugu airport could be abandoned.

The airport was closed on February 10, 2010, by FAAN for the first phase of major renovation and expansion works. The airport was re-opened on 16 December 2010.

NIMASA DG Advocates Implementation Of Uniform Ballast Water Management Globally

The Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dakuku Peterside, has advocated a uniform implementation of a harmonised Ballast Water Management region in the world.  The NIMASA DG added that the approach to compliance, monitoring and enforcement should also be harmonized, Tribune Online reports.

The director-general stated this at the regional workshop on the Ballast Water Management Convention (2004) for Anglophone and Central African countries, held recently in Lagos. According to the NIMASA DG, “ Now that the Convention has entered into force, there is an urgent need for uniform implementation of a harmonised Ballast Water Management regime around the world

“There should also be a harmonised approach to compliance, monitoring and enforcement as it is the crucial part of it.

“Furthermore, port biological baselines surveys and risk assessments represent key aspects of implementing the convention and ensuring the protection of the environment, property and resources in your respective countries.”

Dakuku noted that Nigeria has taken steps to ensure the effective implementation of the Convention, urging other countries to accede to the ratification process.

“Nigeria being among the first five countries to ratify the convention has taken giant steps in effective implementation. Among such steps include the development and gazetting of regulations on Ballast Water Management pursuant to the Nigerian Merchant Shipping Act 2007; Development of an Enforcement and Implementation Manual on Ships Ballast Water and so many others.

“The Ballast Water Management Convention was adopted in 2004 to minimize the risk of species invasion via Ballast water and the Convention entered into force just over two years ago.

“As of today, 81 countries have ratified the convention, representing more than 80 percent of the total world tonnage and we know that other countries are currently in the ratification process, Dakuku added.

Nigeria Has the Capacity to Solve Subsisting Energy Poverty Challenge in Africa – Sylva

Timipre Sylva with the Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Nigeria.

The Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, H.E. Chief Timipre Sylva received H.E. Abdulaziz Al-Bisher, the Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Nigeria.

The Ambassador expressed his optimism that the continued bilateral relations between both Nations will be solidified with the progress of the Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline (NMGP).

Chief Sylva stated that Nigeria as a Nation has the capacity to solve the subsisting energy poverty challenge in Africa as it has the largest natural gas reserves in the continent while noting that the NMGP project will directly increase energy access and availability to millions of Africans.

Anambra Explosion: Obiano Sympathises With Victims’ Families, Inaugurates Investigative Panel

The Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano has sympathised the family of a woman and her child who was burnt to death in a truck accident in Onitsha, the state capital, Channels Television reports.

Governor Obiano has directed owners of properties affected by the tragic accident, including shop owners, to report at the Conference Room of the Secretary to the State Government on Monday, October 21, 2019, see how the Anambra State Government can assist them.

The accident occurred on Wednesday when a tanker laden with premium motor spirit, popularly known as petrol, fell into a ditch and began to spill its contents. A ball of fire resulted from this incident and quickly spread.

Men of the Anambra State Fire Service arrived at the scene with their equipment but were unable to quench the inferno as the angry mob on the scene prevented other fire trucks, including one from neighbouring Asaba in Delta State, from getting to the scene.

In a statement by the Commissioner for Information & Public Enlightenment Don Adinuba, said that a panel will be set up immediately to determine the cause of the accident, why the firemen could not put out the fire and how the condition of the victims can be ameliorated.

The governor also prayed for the repose of the souls of the woman and child who died in the accident. The Anambra State Government will assist their families in their burials.

Minister Flags Off Preparations For Tokyo 2020 Olympics

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has reiterated the necessity of various National Sports Federations under his watch to start early preparations for Tokyo 2020 which he assured would make a big difference between success and failure.

He said: “We are left with barely 280 days to the commencement of the first two games as the Olympics and Paralympic games are scheduled to take place in Tokyo, Japan from July 21st to August 9th 2020 and 25th August to 6th September, 2020 respectively.

He made this known in a meeting with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Federations President, Technical Directors, Secretaries General and Stakeholders at the Media Centre Package” A” of MKO National Stadium, Abuja.

Dare said that countries see Olympic Games as avenue to show off their sports prowess, make statement that they are leaders in their own right, and we cannot afford to employ the Olympics as a trial events, this is a global sporting competition.

The Permanent Secretary, Olusade Adesola, in his opening remarks, said that with just 280 days to Olympics, we need to start preparations in earnest, and this meeting marks the beginning of the journey to 2020.

Avoid Actions That Emphasize The Country’s Differences, Buhari Tells Nigerians

President Muhammadu Buhari has charged Nigerians on the need to avoid actions that emphasizes the country’s differences but instead work together for a united nation.

He also called on citizens to be security conscious while restating his government’s commitment to secure lives and property.

President Buhari made the call during the emblem appeal launch for the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day which at the council chamber of the Aso Rock Villa.

Highlight of the event was the decoration of the President, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Senate President Ahmed Lawan, with the emblem.

A sum of ten million Naira was also donated by the Federal Government to support the work of the Nigerian legion.

The Chief of Defense Staff, the Service Chiefs, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and members of the Federal Executive Council were present at the ceremony.

Credit: Channels Television

Falana Apologizes To Moghalu Over Allegation Of Appointment With APC

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has apologized to former presidential candidate of Young Progressives Party, YPP, Kingsley Moghalu, for saying he resigned from his party because he received an appointment from the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Clarifying the allegation, Falana in a statement on Tuesday, titled ‘My Mea Culpa’, said his statement was a case of mistaken identity.

“At the symposium held in memory of the late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti in Lagos yesterday, I did say that Professor Kingsley Moghalu had called it quit with the YPP, the political party which sponsored his presidential election in February 2019.

”I equally said that he had joined the ruling party and accepted an appointment from the federal government.

“While confirming his resignation from the YPP, Professor Moghalu had stated that he has neither joined the ruling party nor accepted an appointment from the federal government. I believe him in toto.

“I did not set out to embarrass Professor Moghalu as it was a case of mistaken identity. Any embarrassment caused by the incorrect aspect of the statement is deeply regretted.” Falana said.