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NCDC Certifies Bayelsa Molecular Lab

NCDC Certifies Bayelsa Molecular Lab

Breaking News
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has activated the newly inaugurated Bayelsa State Molecular Laboratory, Research and Diagnostic Centre as a COVID testing laboratory in the country. Governor Douye Diri The facility, which was inaugurated by Governor Douye Diri on Tuesday, brought the number of NCDC accredited laboratories in the country to 66 in 34 states. The NCDC in a letter signed by the Laboratory Network Advisor, Celestina Obiekea, and addressed to the Bayelsa State Commissioner for Health, stated that the laboratory had fulfilled the necessary requirements for a molecular laboratory to test for COVID as well as met all successful validations and optimisations. It further explained that the state will be responsible for procurement of consumables, equipment a...
Buhari names Col MD Dikio Adviser on Presidential Amnesty Program

Buhari names Col MD Dikio Adviser on Presidential Amnesty Program

Breaking News, News Feature
Colonel MD Dikio President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed a new Cordinator for the Presidential Amnesty Program. He is Col Milland Dixon Dikio. Usually dependable Presidency sources told Shipping World that Col Dikio's appointment takes immediate effect. Col Dikio hails from Rivers State. Colonel Milland Dixon Dikio (rtd) is from Mbiama In Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State. He attended Baptist High School, Port Harcourt (1971-1975). He was admitted into Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) 21st Regular Combatant Course and was appointed the Academy Cadets Adjutant in recognition of his leadership qualities. He was posted to the elite Nigerian Army Armored Corps on commission as a Second Lieutenant effective Jan 03, 1977. He is a seasoned professional who held command, dipl...
Bayelsa Faults FG On Insolvency Status  *Restates Call For Restructuring 

Bayelsa Faults FG On Insolvency Status *Restates Call For Restructuring 

Breaking News, Politics
Bayelsa state governor, Senator Douye Diri Bayelsa State Government, on Tuesday, described as incorrect Federal Government's categorisation of the state as insolvent due to its low internally generated revenue profile. It also restated its call for restructuring of the country to address the current lopsided federalism that denied states, particularly Bayelsa, the due revenue from the resources in their land and region. Chairman of the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), Mr. Elias Mbam, while receiving receiving the Annual States Viability Index (ASVI) from the Editor-in-Chief of the Economic Confidential in his office in Abuja on Monday, stated that Bayelsa, Borno, Katsina, Kebbi and Taraba states had become insolvent because of their “extremely poor I...
Make Service Your Watchword, Diri Charges New Commissioners *Bayelsa Gov Swears In 25 Cabinet Members

Make Service Your Watchword, Diri Charges New Commissioners *Bayelsa Gov Swears In 25 Cabinet Members

Breaking News, Press Release
Newly appointed commissioners with Senator Douye Diri Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has told new commissioners in the state that service to the people was the essence of their appointment. The governor also charged them to work towards actualising the dreams of the state's founding fathers. Speaking during the swearing in of 24 new commissioners and a Special Adviser on Political Affairs at the Executive Council Chambers of Government House, Yenagoa, Governor Diri said they were assuming office at a difficult moment occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic. He stressed that they would need to put in their best to meet the yearnings of people of the state. His Acting Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, in a statement, quoted the governor as saying the commiss...
ABANDONED CONTAINERS AT NIGERIAN PORTS: FORMER COMPT GEN OF CUSTOMS RAISES ALARM.

ABANDONED CONTAINERS AT NIGERIAN PORTS: FORMER COMPT GEN OF CUSTOMS RAISES ALARM.

Breaking News, Port News
President Muhammadu Buhari A former Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Hammad Bello Ahmed has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately appoint a ministerial committee to carry out a comprehensive audit of abandoned containers at the Nigerian Seaports to forestall a national catastrophe as was experienced recently at the Port of Beirut in Lebanon. Mallam Ahmed who spoke Exclusively to Shipping World magazine on Monday said as a former helmsman of the Nigeria Customs Service, he has on good authority that some of the containers have been abandoned for upwards of ten years by their consignees. "We must not fold our hands and wait until the calamity in the magnitude of what happened in Lebanon happens before we act", the former Customs Chief cautioned. Malla...
GOVERNOR BUNI-LED APC CARETAKER COMMITTEE TASKS AMEACHI, SYLVA ON PARTY’S RECONCILIATION, REPOSITIONING EFFORTS

GOVERNOR BUNI-LED APC CARETAKER COMMITTEE TASKS AMEACHI, SYLVA ON PARTY’S RECONCILIATION, REPOSITIONING EFFORTS

Breaking News, Politics
Governor Mai Mala Buni (middle) with both Rotimi Amaechi(Right) and Timipre Sylva( left) The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker/extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni on Monday met with the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva at the Party's National Secretariat. At the meeting which was held close door, Governor Mai Mala Buni charged the ministers to work together and lead the Party's efforts to reconcile aggrieved party members and reposition the Party, particularly in the South South region. Ahead of the Governorship elections in Niger Delta states of Edo and Ondo as well as legislative By-Elections in Bayelsa and Cross River states, Governor Mai Mala...
Terminal Operators, Not Govt Should Provide Scanners at Entry Points…Fmr Customs Chief.

Terminal Operators, Not Govt Should Provide Scanners at Entry Points…Fmr Customs Chief.

Breaking News, Maritime
Mallam H. B . Ahmed A former Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Mallam H. B . Ahmed has condemned in the strongest possible terms, the recent approval of over N600b by the Federal Excutive Council for the procurement of scanners at the nation's Seaports and other entry points. The former Customs Chief who spoke exclusively with our correspondent said " it is the responsibility of terminal operators to render such a Service, and not the government. Scanners like cranes and forklifts are some of the services required to be provided by Terminal Operators. This is what is applicable in other climes and Nigeria should not be an exception " he said. Mallam Ahmed who is well respected and regarded as one of the most grounded Ex Customs Chiefs said it was unpatriotic to ma...
Jamoh takes campaign for inter Agency cooperation to Immigration boss.

Jamoh takes campaign for inter Agency cooperation to Immigration boss.

Breaking News, Maritime
Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh The quest for inter agency cooperation among relevant governmentl agencies as a panacea to secure Nigeria’s maritime domain last weekend took Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, to the door step of the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammed Babandede. Jamoh, who was at the NIS headquarters on a working visit, said the immigration service was a critical stakeholder in the security apparatus of the country. He said the service was also key in the implementation of the Cabotage law, which seeks to empower Nigerians in the maritime sector.   Jamoh said, “We need to interface and synerg...
Hameed Ali’s Comments on WTO, ACFTA: Customs replies Emeka Akabogu

Hameed Ali’s Comments on WTO, ACFTA: Customs replies Emeka Akabogu

Breaking News, Maritime
Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali The attention of Nigeria Customs Service has been drawn to a gross misinterpretation of the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) on his presentation at the public hearing of the Senate Committee on Finance. A write-up by a supposed learned personality on Maritime matters, going viral on social media unfortunately misrepresented the CGC’s position on Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement erroneously misinforming the public that the CGC is against the implementation of the Free Trade Agreement/Facilitation, because it will affect revenue collection. On the contrary, the CGC’s position was in support of increased local production for the nation to benefit from the forthcoming ACFTA. He explained the i...