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Jonathan Woos South Korea Investors To Bayelsa

Jonathan Woos South Korea Investors To Bayelsa

News Feature, Politics
Former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has said great opportunities abound in Bayelsa State for foreign investors. The former Nigerian leader stated this at a state banquet organised by the Bayelsa State government in honour of the South Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, Kim Young-Chae, on Friday night in Yenagoa. Amb. Young-Chae was on a two-day visit to the state. Describing Bayelsa as a fertile market for foreign direct investment, Dr. Jonathan said not many foreign investors have discovered the state's economic potential. A statement by the governor's Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, quoted the former president as urging the Korean envoy not to let slip the opportunity of harnessing the full potential of a virgin state like Bayelsa. Jonathan commended Governo...
Bayelsa Has Potential For Greatness Like South Korea, Says Envoy

Bayelsa Has Potential For Greatness Like South Korea, Says Envoy

News Feature
South Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Kim Young-Chae, on Thursday, said Bayelsa State had the potential to be as developed as his country of origin. Speaking in Government House, Yenagoa, as guest of the state government, Ambassador Young-Chae said his visit was a follow-up to his recent meeting with Governor Douye Diri in Abuja to further explore areas of partnership between the state and the Republic of Korea. He noted that Bayelsa and South Korea shared a lot of similarities, which he said would make economic co-operation between both parties beneficial. The envoy, who is on a two-day visit to the state, identified agriculture, construction and manufacturing as some of the areas of co-operation, expressing the readiness of his country to make the partnership a reality. He ...
IMO ACKNOWLEDGES DECLINE IN PIRACY IN GULF OF GUINEA

IMO ACKNOWLEDGES DECLINE IN PIRACY IN GULF OF GUINEA

News Feature
The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has given credence to Nigeria’s efforts in combating piracy in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG) including the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure also called the Deep Blue Project of the Federal Government of Nigeria. This was contained in its second Quarter (Q2) 2021 report on the global reduction of piracy in 27 years in Nigeria, including the GoG region. The report notes that “the number of kidnapping in the Gulf of Guinea in the second quarter of 2021 is the lowest since Q2 of 2019. While 33 incidents of piracy were reported in the last quater of 2020, 6 cases were reported in the second quarter of 2021 . The IMB report also noted that the number of kidnapped crew in the region also declined from 50 in the  l...
Atala Oil Field Remains Bayelsa’s Prized Asset, Says Gov. Diri *Asks FG To Cancel Revocation

Atala Oil Field Remains Bayelsa’s Prized Asset, Says Gov. Diri *Asks FG To Cancel Revocation

Press Release
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, on Wednesday, made emphatic clarifications on the state's position about its Atala oil marginal field (OML 46), which licence was revoked by the federal government through the Department of Petroleum Resources in April 2020. Governor Diri, who was commenting on the issue publicly for the first time amid the controversy it had generated in recent times, expressed shock over the revocation. He said the marginal oil field remained a prized asset of the state to which it is sentimentally attached and called on the federal government to reconsider its decision on the matter. The governor stated this position before commencement of the weekly state executive council meeting in Government House, Yenagoa. A statement by his Chief Press Se...

PHOTO NEWS

Misc
Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon.  Rotimi Amaechi; Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Ajani Magdalene; Acting Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mohammed Bello-Koko; Chairman Lekki Port LFTZ Enterprise Limited, Mr. Abiodun Dabiri and the Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, during an inspection visit to the Lekki Deep Sea Port by the Minister .      
Deep Blue Project Driven by Competent Manpower…Jamoh

Deep Blue Project Driven by Competent Manpower…Jamoh

Maritime, News Feature
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr Bashir Jamoh, has reiterated that assets deployed under the Deep Blue Project, recently launched by President Muhammadu Buhari, are manned by proficient officers from the Nigerian security services. Dr. Bashir Jamoh, stated this in Lagos during   the graduation ceremony of officers trained to crew the Special Mission Vessels, the main maritime component of the project also called the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure. Dr. Jamoh, who was represented by the Agency’s Executive Director, Operations, Mr. Shehu Ahmed, said the graduation of 30 officers trained in various part of the globe marked a significant addition to the team of competent personnel manning a...
Like Peter did to Christ, Onochie denied APC thrice

Like Peter did to Christ, Onochie denied APC thrice

News Feature, Politics
President Muhammadu Buhari's Senior Special Assistant on New Media Lauretta Onochie, has denied her membership of the ruling All Progressives Congress( APC). Onochie denounced the party three times before the Senate Committee on INEC on Thursday when she appeared before it for her screening as National Commissioner. Onochie arrived the venue knowing the odds she would be up against when she appear before the Senate screening Panel for her as National INEC Commissioner for Nigeria's electoral Umpire INEC, Even without being prompted Onochie herself brought up the allegation of her membership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) admitting her romance with Buhari's campaign organization working for the election victory of President Buhari in 2015 before being rewarded wi...
Group accuses FG of using PIB to set up slush fund, endorse southern governors’ stance

Group accuses FG of using PIB to set up slush fund, endorse southern governors’ stance

Misc
  The Federal Government has been accused of using the recently passed Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) to set up a slush fund for illegal siphoning of Nigeria's commonwealth into private pockets. Reacting the content of the PIB, the League of Professionals for Strategic Advocacy said in a statement that legislating the utilisation of 30 percent of annual profit of the state oil company for exploration in the Chad basin and other frontier basins amounts to setting up a slush fund. "The 30% allocation of NNPC earnings for Frontier Basin Exploration is a slap on the sensibility of Nigerians, especially the accommodating people of the South-South. Who does that in a world where capital deployed into business is at the risk of the investor whose ultimate goal is profit making?" the ...
PIB: Host Community Provision A Time Bomb, Gov Diri Warns

PIB: Host Community Provision A Time Bomb, Gov Diri Warns

News Feature, Politics
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has warned that the definition of a host community in the just passed Petroleum Industry Bill by the National Assembly was a time bomb if not properly addressed. He also restated the position of governors of the southern states that it was an injustice to allot three per cent of oil revenue for the host communities that bear the brunt of exploration and exploitation activities. Governor Diri spoke on Tuesday when he featured as guest on Channels Television breakfast current affairs programme, Sunrise Daily. He was quoted in a press release by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Alabrah, that prior to Monday's meeting of the southern states governors in Lagos, the states had been in consultation with relevant stakeholders on their posit...
Jamoh Introduces a New Ship Registration Regime

Jamoh Introduces a New Ship Registration Regime

Maritime, Port News
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has commenced the issuance of new certificates of ship registration while simultaneously phasing out the old permits. This is in a bid to ensure the utilisation of secured statutory certificates and prevent the entry of unseaworthy and sub-standard ships into the Nigerian flag. Director General of the Agency, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, said, "We are restructuring the Nigerian Ship Registration Office to serve you more efficiently and effectively. We are determined to grow our national fleet and tonnage to an enviable height.” According to Jamoh, “We are committed to ensuring that our Ship Registry remains of International Standard and this is why we have enhanced our certificates with more security features that would stand t...