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Bayelsa, Sterling Bank, Two Other Firms Sign $5m MoU On Innovative Medical Supplies *Project Trailblazing, Says WHO

Bayelsa, Sterling Bank, Two Other Firms Sign $5m MoU On Innovative Medical Supplies *Project Trailblazing, Says WHO

News Feature
Bayelsa State government has signed an agreement with a consortium comprising Sterling Bank, Zipline, Health Spaces and DrugStoc for the Bayelsa Health Supply Chain Transformation Project (BHSCTP). The project, estimated at $5million to be provided by the firms, is expected to provide a 21st century supply system and other supply chains using drone technology in the distribution of cost- effective pharmaceuticals in the state. Speaking during the MoU signing in Yenagoa, Governor Douye Diri charged the stakeholders in the project to ensure that it comes on stream to boost distribution of pharmaceuticals, particularly in remote communities in the state. He identified access to healthcare as a major challenge and urged the consortium to deploy the technology to create access for resi...
” Compt Yusuf Malata Shines at World Customs Day Award.”

” Compt Yusuf Malata Shines at World Customs Day Award.”

News Feature, Port News
The Apapa Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, otherwise known as the flagship of the Nigeria Customs Service ,in 2021,lived up to it's billing,scoring exceptionally high in all performance indices .In the midst of a global pandemic that negatively impacted the global supply chain,this Command was able to efficiently deploy it's IT tools to enhance revenue generation and thereby blocking areas of leakages.In 2021, Apapa Command of the Nigeria Customs Service collected a record setting amount of N870b, which amounted to about 1/3 of the total collection of the Service.In the same vein, the Command was able to electronically track illicit imports and exports and was able to make 103 seizures related to illgal importation of unregistered pharmaceuticals, illicit drugs and wild life". T...
MARITIME SAFETY: NIMASA INCREASES CONDITIONAL SURVEY OF FLAG REGISTRATION BY 43.6% IN 2021

MARITIME SAFETY: NIMASA INCREASES CONDITIONAL SURVEY OF FLAG REGISTRATION BY 43.6% IN 2021

Maritime, News Feature
• Port State Inspection grows by 24.2 % • As Jamoh Reiterates Agency’s Commitment to Shipping Development. The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh has announced an increase of 43.6% in condition survey for Flag Registration by the Agency in year 2021 as against the performance in year 2020.NIMASA also recorded an improved Port State Control (PSC) implementation in year 2021 with 24.2% higher than the PSC inspections of year 2020.   Dr. Jamoh who disclosed this during a media interactive session in Lagos, noted that despite the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Agency ensured improved Port and Flag State Administration in accordance with the safety requirements of the Merchant Shipping ...
Bayelsa To Commission Over 20 Projects On Diri’s Second Anniversary

Bayelsa To Commission Over 20 Projects On Diri’s Second Anniversary

News Feature
Jubilation As Cars Enter Southern Ijaw Community For The First Time No fewer than 20 road, educational, health, media and agricultural projects will be inaugurated during the second anniversary in office of the Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, on February 14. The projects include those inherited from the past administration and completed in the last one year and others initiated by the Governor Diri government during same period. The anniversary activities will commence a week before February 14 and will continue till the end of the month due to the number of projects lined up for inauguration. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is expected to flag-off a bridge project across River Nun at Angiama linking Oporoma, headquarters of the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area. ...
Otuokpoti Monarch’s Dethronement Stands, Says Gov Diri

Otuokpoti Monarch’s Dethronement Stands, Says Gov Diri

News Feature, Press Release
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has said despite protest from some quarters, the removal of the paramount ruler of Otuokpoti community in Ogbia Local Government Area, Chief Cousin Wongo, is irrevocable. Governor Diri, on Monday, announced the monarch's dethronement as well as the removal of the community development committee chairman and its youth president as a result of their complicity in the kidnap of the Commissioner for Trade, Industry and Investment, Mr. Federal Otokito, from his residence in the community. Mr. Otokito, however, regained his freedom on Monday after his abductors inflicted severe injuries on him. Speaking during a reception at Otuokpoti shortly after commissioning a Divisional Police Station constructed by the Ogbia council chairman, Ebiyon Turn...
Stop Seeing Politics As Dirty, Gov Diri Urges Christians *Reels Out Achievements Ahead Second Anniversary

Stop Seeing Politics As Dirty, Gov Diri Urges Christians *Reels Out Achievements Ahead Second Anniversary

News Feature, Religion
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has advised Christians to actively participate in politics and stop seeing it as dirty if they want to positively impact on the society. Governor Diri gave the advice while speaking at the end of a two-day programme of The Redeemed Christian Church of God tagged "Light Up Bayelsa Holy Ghost Rally" at the Oxbow Lake in Yenagoa on Wednesday evening. The governor in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, urged Christians not to be aloof to politics or remain unconcerned but rather join to influence decision-making for the good of the generality of the people. He said Nigeria was in dire need of people that would salvage it from its many challenges, adding that the church should not be docile in the face of insecuri...
Nigeria Customs Service to take Delivery of 135 Scanners.

Nigeria Customs Service to take Delivery of 135 Scanners.

News Feature
In readiness for launch of it's e-Customs, otherwise known as it's paperless regime,plans have been concluded by the Nigeria Customs Service,to purchase no fewer than 135 Scanners in the next two years. Customs helmsman ,Hameed Ali, who made the disclosure in Abuja said the Scanners would be deployed to entry points, including border Stations, air and seaports. Ali who was responding to questions at the World Customs Day Celebration in Abuja held at the Service's Board room, also revealed that the three multi purpose Scanners acquired last year by the Ministry of Finance and deployed to Apapa, Tin Can and Onne Ports would be commissioned soon and put to use.He said the new Scanners have the capacity to scan no fewer than 20 containers in an hourvand that this would drastically elimi...
God Has Something Special For Bayelsa, Says Pastor Adeboye

God Has Something Special For Bayelsa, Says Pastor Adeboye

News Feature, Religion
General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has said Bayelsa State will continue to make good progress as God has something special for the state. He made the prophetic declaration on Tuesday when he was received at the Government House, Yenagoa, by Governor Douye Diri, his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, top government officials and some Christian leaders in the state. The globally acclaimed cleric, popularly known as Daddy G.O, is in the state for a two-day “Light Up Bayelsa Holy Ghost Rally” holding in selected cities across the country to commemorate his 80th birthday in March this year. Pastor Adeboye said his visit was in fulfilment of the promise he made earlier to hold a crusade in Yenagoa, stating that he was happy to s...
I’ll Ensure My Kidnapped Commissioner Is Released Unhurt — Gov Diri

I’ll Ensure My Kidnapped Commissioner Is Released Unhurt — Gov Diri

News Feature, Press Release
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has assured that no stone would be left unturned to ensure the release of his Trade and Investment Commissioner, Mr. Federal Otokito, who was kidnapped a few days ago. The governor called for his immediate and unconditional release by his abductors, stressing that the state's laws against kidnapping would be followed to the letter against them. Mr. Otokito was kidnapped last Thursday night from his residence in Otuokpoti, his hometown in Ogbia Local Government Area of the state. Speaking on Sunday at the 12th Kolokuma-Opokuma Thanksgiving Day in Sampou, his community, Governor Diri insisted that the state government will not pay a dime as ransom for his release. A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, quoted ...
IYC slams CNPP, CSOs call for Wabote resignation over corruption allegations

IYC slams CNPP, CSOs call for Wabote resignation over corruption allegations

News Feature, Opinion
THE Ijaw Youth Council IYC, Worldwide, has slammed the the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties, CNPP, and the coalition of Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, over calls for the resignation of the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB, Mr. Simbi Wabote over corruption allegations. IYC described the call for Wabote resignation as mischievous and aimed at tarnishing the image of NCDMB Executive and distracting him from the laudable job he is doing at the NCDMB. President of IYC, Comrade Peter Igbifa, who was reacting to a statement by the CNPP National Chairman Chief Willy Ezugwu and the Secretary of the CSO coalition, Alhaji Ali Abacha, said it was subjudice for the duo to comment on an issue that is before a court of law. Igbifa sai...