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Month: December 2021

Gov Diri Signs N314.4bn Appropriation Bill Into Law

Gov Diri Signs N314.4bn Appropriation Bill Into Law

News Feature, Press Release
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, on Thursday, signed into law the state's 2022 Appropriation Bill, which was passed by the House of Assembly. Governor Diri assented to the bill in his office in Government House, Yenagoa in the presence of the Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Abraham Ingobere, his deputy, Michael Ogbere, the House Leader, Monday Bubou, other principal officers of the assembly and top government functionaries. Governor Diri had in October presented to the assembly the bill tagged "Budget of Sustainable Growth" of N310,717,608,362. Speaker of the assembly, Abraham Ingobere, however, explained that the original figure was increased by N3,747,410,619. The governor expressed happiness that the budget was ...
AN OPEN LETTER TO HIS EXCELLENCY, CHIEF OLUSEGUN OBASANJO, GCFR, FORMER PRESIDENT AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA By Chief (Dr.) E. K. Clark, OFR, CON

AN OPEN LETTER TO HIS EXCELLENCY, CHIEF OLUSEGUN OBASANJO, GCFR, FORMER PRESIDENT AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA By Chief (Dr.) E. K. Clark, OFR, CON

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Your Excellency, MY DISAPPOINTMENT OVER YOUR UNPROVOKED OUTBURST AGAINST THE PEOPLE OF THE NIGER DELTA REGION Let me begin by thanking you for finding time to stop by at my Abuja residence on Monday, 13th December, 2021, to check on my wellbeing and state of health; a visit that also afforded us the opportunity to discuss matters pertaining to the state of our nation which, unfortunately, continues to drift to very disturbing levels. I am indeed very grateful. Your Excellency, in the course of our discuss, which was cordial, you did not mention, neither did you show any form of distraught or anger with the Niger Delta Region. Your Excellency will recall that a summit was organised by a group, Global Peace Foundation, on Monday, 13th December, 2021, the same day you came to ...
Bello Koko appoints Seven General Managers at Nigerian Ports Authority  …Ibrahim Nasir promoted General Manager Corporate Communications

Bello Koko appoints Seven General Managers at Nigerian Ports Authority …Ibrahim Nasir promoted General Manager Corporate Communications

News Feature, Press Release
The Nigerian Ports Authority has announced the appointment of some senior staff, 7 as General Managers and 10 as Assistant General Managers. This is in line with the Management’s commitment to employees’ motivation and service excellence. The new General Managers includes Moltok Josephine Adar, formerly the Asst. General Manager - Overseas Office is now General Manager Servicom; Ahmad M. Umar, formerly the Asst. General Manager Accounts now General Manager Human Resources; Sheidu-Shabi Khadija Ife, formerly the Asst. General Manager Environment now General Manager MD’s Office; and Ngini Chukwuma, formerly Asst. General Manager Facility Management is now the General Manager, Lands and Asset Administration. Others are former Asst. General Manager, Corporate & Strategic Communic...
Nembe Oil Spill: Gov Diri, NESRA DG Disagree

Nembe Oil Spill: Gov Diri, NESRA DG Disagree

Breaking News, News Feature
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has expressed dissatisfaction with comments credited to the Director General of the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), Mr. Idris Musa, on the legality of the state's technical committee on the recent oil spill in Nembe Local Government Area of the state. The NOSDRA DG was reportedly quoted to have said that the committee was illegal and also prevented the media from being part of the Joint Investigation Visit to the spillage site. Governor Diri spoke on Monday during a courtesy visit of the Minister of State for Environment, Mrs. Sharon Ikeazor, to Government House, Yenagoa. The minister was in the state for an on-the-spot assessment of the blowout that occurred at OML 29 Wellhead platform operated by Aite...
Nembe Oil Spill: Bayelsa Sets Up 11-Man Technical Committee

Nembe Oil Spill: Bayelsa Sets Up 11-Man Technical Committee

News Feature, Press Release
Bayelsa State government has constituted a technical committee over the recent oil spill at the OML 29 Santa Barbara River wellhead in Nembe Local Government Area of the state. The platform, which is operated by Aiteo Exploration and Production Company Limited, had a blowout of gas and crude oil that lasted about 38 days before it was killed. Governor Douye Diri inaugurated the 11-man committee on Wednesday inside the Executive Chamber of Government House, Yenagoa. The committee is headed by the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Biriyai Dambo SAN while his Special Assistant, Tariotu Lugard, will serve as secretary. The committee has the mandate to laise with relevant agencies of the federal government and to embark on a joint investigation visit (JIV) to the affect...
FINANCE MINISTER TEARS NEW CEMA BILL INTO SHREDS . * Says Nigeria Customs Service cannot be autonomous.

FINANCE MINISTER TEARS NEW CEMA BILL INTO SHREDS . * Says Nigeria Customs Service cannot be autonomous.

News Feature, Politics
Minister of Finance and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, yesterday in Abuja took a critical look at the proposed Customs and Excise Act ammendment bill and came up with a verdict that the bill if passed in its present form cannot pass an Integrity test in line with global best practices. Zainab who spoke at a Public hearing organized by the House of Representatives Committee on Customs and Excise listed six critical areas that makes the bill draconian . Represented by a Permanent Secretary, Mr Aliyu Ahmed, she admitted that eventhough a review of the 1958 Act was imperative, any new law which does take cognizance of the Service's primary responsibility would be dead on arrival. She listed areas where the Bill would not pass the minimum Integrity test to include plans to create an auton...
ANLCA REQUIRES URGENT REBRANDING..SHITTU

ANLCA REQUIRES URGENT REBRANDING..SHITTU

News Feature
PRINCE OLAYIWOLA SHITTU is the immediate past President of the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents. He took a retrospective look at the Tony Iju Nwabunike led tenure of The Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents and came up with the following verdict. He spoke Exclusively with Shipping World Shittu: I don’t think it is magic o. I think approach by individuals differ. When you think you’re doing very well, people who are looking at you might just think you have not done enough, and they needed a change. Anything in life that does not have change, just know that something is wrong somewhere. You cannot be a President of an organization or anywhere else forever. Buhari will not remain President of Nigeria forever. When we had that election, it was a very peaceful electi...
Gov Diri Rejigs Bayelsa Security Outfits, Commissions 50 Patrol Vehicles, 40 Motorbikes *Signs Community Safety Corp Bill Into Law

Gov Diri Rejigs Bayelsa Security Outfits, Commissions 50 Patrol Vehicles, 40 Motorbikes *Signs Community Safety Corp Bill Into Law

News Feature
Bayelsa State Governor Senator Douye Diri, has warned criminal elements to henceforth steer clear of the state. Governor Diri gave the warning on Tuesday during the re-launch of the state security outfit code-named Operation Doo-Akpo. He also commissioned 50 brand new operational vehicles, 40 motorbikes and security gadgets while signing into law the Community Safety Corp Bill to streamline operations of the state security outfits. The law brings the operations of security outfits such as the Operation Doo-Akpo, Bayelsa Volunteers and the Bayelsa Vigilantes under one umbrella. Speaking at the event at the Peace Park in Yenagoa, Governor Diri noted that the exercise was to reinvigorate the security architecture of the state to make it more efficient and effective in crime fi...
HAMEED ALI BOYCOTTS PUBLIC HEARING ON CUSTOMS AND EXCISE REPEAL BILL

HAMEED ALI BOYCOTTS PUBLIC HEARING ON CUSTOMS AND EXCISE REPEAL BILL

News Feature, Port News, Press Release
Speaker of the House of Representatives , Rt Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, monday tongue lashed the Comptroller General of Customs, Hameed Ali, for boycotting the public hearing on a bill to repeal the Customs and Excise management Act of 2014. A visibility angry Gbajabiamila expressed his displeasure over the apparent nonchalance of the Customs boss in his non appearance at the public hearing said it was totally unacceptable. The Speaker said ' this public hearing is more important than any event which may have prevented him from the public hearing. I had to delay the resumption of plenary to be physically present with you' , said. He explained that the bill when passed would reposition the Nigeria Customs Service in tandem with international best practices and make the Service more resul...
Wodu, A Homegrown SAN, Says Gov. Diri

Wodu, A Homegrown SAN, Says Gov. Diri

News Feature, Press Release
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has described Barr. Kemasuode Wodu as a 'homegrown' Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). Wodu, a former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, is among 72 legal practitioners in the country conferred with the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in Abuja on Wednesday. Speaking at a reception in his honour in Abuja, Governor Diri said he had always referred to Wodu as a SAN in waiting. The Bayelsa chief executive noted that unlike other SANs the state had produced, Wodu largely practised in Bayelsa and Rivers states and showed that he also had the qualities for the exalted rank. He said: "At 25, Bayelsa has now produced five SANs. One is however late. "I had always called Wodu a SAN in waiting. But I see him as a...