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NIMASA DG Bags Award Of Credence

NIMASA DG Bags Award Of Credence

Breaking News, Law
…As Youth Parliament pass vote of confidence on him The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has bagged the award of credence just as the Nigerian Youth Parliament passed a vote of confidence on him. This award was conferred on the DG during a special advocacy visit and presentation of certificate of credence by the members of the Parliament, led by the Majority Leader, Hon. Umar Etudaye at the Head office of the Agency in Lagos, recently. Speaking at the event, the Leader noted that in the quest of the Parliament to identify with distinguished and reputable personalities, organizations, institutions and public office holders, inaugurated her merit honorarium category as “Icon of Youth Development and Nation Building” a...
News Feature: Nigerians and the Cannibals of Libya

News Feature: Nigerians and the Cannibals of Libya

Breaking News, Law, News Feature
By Sylvanus Ekpo, Tina Edogor The slave markets of Libya are abuzz with young Nigerian slaves who are tortured, humiliated and eventually sold off on the auction block for a few, miserable dollars. While some are held in detention centres waiting to be deported, the not-so-lucky ones are roasted as suya and their body parts serve as barbecue for the cannibals of Libya. Once a thriving nation, Libya was ruled by Col. Muamar Gaddafi, who took power in 1969 in a bloodless revolution. He used the oil wealth of his country to improve healthcare, free education, free housing and a strong economy. Millions of impoverished peoples around the world flocked to Libya in search of the good life. Nigerians, tired of bad governance and failed promises, saw that country as the next best destinatio...

Clean Sweep Obiano

Opinion
By Sylvanus Ekpo When it comes to politics and politicking, no one does it better than those who are professionals in the game. And the best of them are in the saddle as governors, ministers, commissioners and local government chairmen. They get their tonic from being those who pour water on the hands of their godfathers. They genuflect, cringe and pass off as subservient until they get the ultimate prize. So, the recent governorship election in Anambra is worthy of note because since the hellish days of former governor Chris Ngige, the state has often been enmeshed in one form of ribaldry or another. Then, the politics of godfatherism held sway. The godfather and the godson were supposed to have an understanding to share the resources of the state as soon as the funds were released ...
Why we extended Rohr’s Contract – Pinnick

Why we extended Rohr’s Contract – Pinnick

Sports
President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Melvin Pinnick has explained that the resolve of the Federation’s leadership to ensure there are no distractions of any size or complexion around Nigeria’s 2018 FIFA World Cup preparation and participation informed the offer of a fresh, two –year contract to Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr. Franco-German Rohr, signed by the NFF in August 2016, has met the first milestone of his contract, which is qualifying the Super Eagles for a sixth FIFA World Cup finals. Nigeria thoroughly overhauled a so –called Group of Death, spanking 2012 AFCON winners Zambia home and away and earning four points from home-and-away clashes with fellow 2014 World Cup finalists Cameroon and Algeria. Second –placed Zambia finished six points behin...
Save our ports system from collapse, NAGAFF tells FG

Save our ports system from collapse, NAGAFF tells FG

Breaking News, Business, Port News
The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders, NAGAFF, has called on the federal government to urgently address the issue of high port charges imposed on cargoes by shipping companies in order to save the port system from imminent collapse. It further stated that there were official hindrances deliberately put on the path of ports in the Eastern axis, thus making them unenviable and unattractive. These assertions were made in a memo sent to the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman. In the said letter, NAGAFF stated that the port access roads leading into the Apapa premier port had become a national eyesore. "It is now a national shame that the primary gateway access road to the nation's economy is in crisis and a disaster...
Stakeholders Oppose Amendment to NIMASA Act Seeking 1% Contribution to Navy

Stakeholders Oppose Amendment to NIMASA Act Seeking 1% Contribution to Navy

Breaking News, Law, Maritime
Stakeholders in the Nigerian maritime industry have opposed moves by the Nigerian Navy seeking amendment to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety (NIMASA) Act to contribute 1% of its revenue to the Nigerian Navy. The move was condemned by industry players during a One-Day Public Hearing on “A bill for an Act to Amend the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency Act, No. 17 2017 to increase the functions of the Agency; and for related matters (HB; 1131 & 1178), before the House of Representative Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration. Speaking at the event, the President, African Ship owners Association and a former Director General of NIMASA, Mr. Temisan Omatseye pointed out clearly that it will be against all international conventions of t...
16 Companies In INTELS-Operated Free Trade Zone Deregistered

16 Companies In INTELS-Operated Free Trade Zone Deregistered

Business, Law, Maritime
The Oil and Gas Free Trade Zones Authority (OGFZA) has deregistered a total of 16 companies operating in the zones under the concession of INTELS Nigeria Limited, the company whose contract for ship pilotage was recently revoked by the federal government. However, the companies are said to have voluntarily applied to withdraw from the trade zones following the lull in business activities even before the face-off between the federal government and Intels. According to the OGFZA, the application for de-registration between March and April 2017, saying that the current feud has no connection with the exit of the affiliate OGFZA maintained that companies under the zone indicated interest to leave due to lull of economic activities in Nigeria and the authority is currently engaging INT...
This is fraud: NNPC GMD must offer scholarship to Okafor the way they offered Al-Amin

This is fraud: NNPC GMD must offer scholarship to Okafor the way they offered Al-Amin

Education, Politics
Few days ago, social media was ablaze with the celebration of Tochukwu Okafor who carted away EVERY award in Engineering from UNIBEN namely: Best Graduating Student, University of Benin. — Dean’s Prize to the Best Graduating Student in academic performance, Faculty of Engineering.‎ ‎— Department Prize to the Best Graduating Student, Department of Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering. — Nigerian Society of Engineers Prize to the Best Overall Graduating Student in the Faculty of Engineering. — Arch. Aminu Abubakar Prize to the Best Graduating Student in the Department of Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering. ‎— Nicholas and Victoria Osifo Memorial Scholarship to the Best Graduating Student in Engineering. He graduated with a stunning 4.95CG...
‘Look, Akpabio, I’m not a bastard’ — How Mu’azu opposed plan to reject Buhari’s victory

‘Look, Akpabio, I’m not a bastard’ — How Mu’azu opposed plan to reject Buhari’s victory

Politics
Ahmed Adamu Mu’azu, chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the historic 2015 presidential poll, furiously reacted to suggestions that he should reject Muhammadu Buhari’s victory after President Goodluck Jonathan had openly conceded. Jonathan, after congratulating Buhari in an unprecedented telephone call while the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was yet to officially announce the winner, told party members that although he had conceded to Buhari in his personal capacity, PDP was free to reject the result. Before Jonathan conceded, however, Mu’azu had threatened to do so on behalf of the party. He even stopped picking Jonathan’s calls at some point. All these are snippets of the intrigues that followed Jonathan’s defeat — as narrated by Bolaji...
Nigerian Network of NGOs celebrates silver jubilee in grand style in Lagos

Nigerian Network of NGOs celebrates silver jubilee in grand style in Lagos

NGO
The Nigerian Network of NGOs, NNNGO, a coalition of not-for-profit organisations in the country yesterday rolled out the drums and brass band to celebrate 25 years of advocacy against poverty, pestilence, human rights abuses and natural disasters. The 17th Annual Anniversary of the Network attracted scores of NGOs, distinguished personalities and agencies in the public sector. In her Anniversary remarks, the British Deputy High Commissioner in Nigeria, Ms. Laure Beaufils, commended the organisation for standing up to the tyranny of power, adding that citizens groups were vital for the socio-economic health of the country. She noted that citizens groups were responsible for the Arab Spring of 2011. She charged NGOs operating in the country to be transparent, accountable, enthrone feedbac...