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Month: February 2022

Yemi Osinbajo Flags Off Southern Ijaw Link Bridge *VP Commends Gov Diri on Projects Continuity

Yemi Osinbajo Flags Off Southern Ijaw Link Bridge *VP Commends Gov Diri on Projects Continuity

News Feature, Politics, Press Release
Sixty years after it was conceptualised, history was made on Saturday as Vice President Yemi Osinbajo flagged off a strategic bridge linking the riverine Oporoma, the headquarters of the largest local government area in Nigeria, Southern Ijaw, in Bayelsa State. The flag-off, which was held at Angiama community, was preceded by a historic drive on the Yenagoa-Oporoma-Ukubie road, which construction has reached Angiama. Vice President Osinbajo commended Governor Diri for continuing projects that predated his administration, saying the 36km Yenagoa-Oporoma-Ukubie road was significant as it will improve the economy of the people and reduce the incidence of sea piracy. He noted that the partnership between the federal and state governments was working as evidenced in the refund of ...
More Encomiums from Captains of Industry on Bello Koko`s Appointment as MD of NPA………

More Encomiums from Captains of Industry on Bello Koko`s Appointment as MD of NPA………

Misc, Port News
Nothing happens by chance,every incident occurs at a precise moment for which it was, so said the Chief Executive Officer of Bulls Plus, Mr C Derrick, in a goodwill message to Mohammed Bello Koko, who was appointment Tuesday by President Muhammadu Buhari as Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority. Mr Derrick said Bello Koko was not just as fit as fiddle for the top job given his pedigree as a tested manager in the financial sector, he said his track record in maritime industry as thrown him up as good manager of men and resources. While thanking President Muhammadu Buhari and Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi on Bello Koko's appointment, Mr Derrick says he and other Captains of industry are confident that the new NPA helmsman would not let the nation down. Said Mr Derric...
COMMUNIQUE ISSUED BY THE PDP GOVERNORS’ FORUM AT THE END OF THEIR MEETING IN YENAGOA BAYELSA STATE

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED BY THE PDP GOVERNORS’ FORUM AT THE END OF THEIR MEETING IN YENAGOA BAYELSA STATE

News Feature, Politics
The PDP Governors’ Forum held its regular meeting on Monday, 14th February, 2022, at the Bayelsa State Government House, Yenagoa. The meeting reviewed once again the state of the nation, the readiness of the PDP to rescue the nation from APC misrule and issued the following Communique: 1. The PDP Governors urged Mr President to immediately sign the Electoral Act Amendment Bill into law. Waiting to run out the 30 days is yet another sign of unwillingness by Mr President to give Nigeria a reformed Electoral framework. If there are still misgivings on any aspect of the Bill Amendments may be introduced at a later stage. 2. The Governors congratulated PDP for winning 43 out of 62 Councillorship positions in the Abuja Area Council election results, just concluded. Inspite of improvements ...
Ayu Inaugurates Edifice Named After Media Icon, Ikoli, In Bayelsa *Says PDP Proud Of Gov Diri

Ayu Inaugurates Edifice Named After Media Icon, Ikoli, In Bayelsa *Says PDP Proud Of Gov Diri

News Feature
National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Iyorchia Ayu, has inaugurated a mega media complex in Bayelsa State built by the administration of Governor Douye Diri. The PDP chair inaugurated the Ernest Ikoli Media Complex on Monday as part of activities marking Senator Diri's second anniversary in office. The complex is named after the late media icon and pioneer editor of the Daily Times, established in June 1925. The purpose-built edifice with 430 offices, 107 restrooms, two restaurants and other facilities houses the state-owned media outfits, namely Radio Bayelsa, Niger Delta Television and the Bayelsa Newspaper Corporation, publishers of the New Waves Newspaper. Ayu noted that Ikoli was not just the first editor of the Daily Times but a nationalist....
Diri’s 2nd Anniversary: Bauchi Gov Inaugurates Road Project *Bayelsa Gov Hails Predecessor

Diri’s 2nd Anniversary: Bauchi Gov Inaugurates Road Project *Bayelsa Gov Hails Predecessor

News Feature
Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed, on Tuesday, inaugurated the 4.22km Igbogene-Okarki road project in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State in continuation of Governor Douye Diri second anniversary celebrations. The section inaugurated is the first phase of the outer ring road project, which is a dual carriageway to link communities in Ogbia and Nembe local government areas of the state. The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, had last Thursday inaugurated the Igbedi community road project also constructed by the Governor Diri administration. Expressing surprise how Governor Diri has been able to undertake numerous projects at the same time despite the challenges of paucity of funds, Senator Mohammed described him as a peaceful governor, who unifies his peopl...
Shipping World Exclusive!! Flagrant  Abuse of Public Procurement Act: Hadiza Bala Usman may spend five years in jail

Shipping World Exclusive!! Flagrant Abuse of Public Procurement Act: Hadiza Bala Usman may spend five years in jail

Maritime, News Feature, Port News
As Nigerians await the final outcome of the probe into the various infractions by Ms Hadiza Bala Usman , the suspended Managing Director of Nigerian Ports, facts have emerged that the embattled NPA Strong woman may just be heading for prison on account of her monumental breaches to the Public Procurement Act of 2007. Shipping World can report on good authority that the investigative panel which probed her stewardship at NPA has found her guilty of a gross violation of the public procurement laws of Nigeria. The law says " Any offence under the Public Procurement Act is punishable with conviction without an option of fine where an offender is a human being but not a public officer ,he/she is punished to an imprisonment for 5years without an option of fine for 5 years. Ms Hadiza Bala Usm...
I bulit Itakpe _ Warri Rail in 9months…. Admiral FBI Porbeni……

I bulit Itakpe _ Warri Rail in 9months…. Admiral FBI Porbeni……

News Feature, Travel
Elder Statesman and former Transport Minister, Admiral Festus Porbeni , said it took the Abdulsalam Abubakar administrations less than nine months to construct the Itakpe/Warri Rail. Admiral Porbeni who spoke exclusively with Shipping World in Abuja said plans had reached an advanced stage to construct an express rail line between Lagos and Abuja but for the short tenure of the regime. The former Transport Minister while commending the Buhari administration for embarking on a massive rail connectivity across the the country explained that it would have taken just two and hours for a trip between Lagos and Abuja had the project been executed. He said "a Canadian firm had been approached before we left office. The idea was for us to provide the right of way, while the firm was to cons...
EXCLUSIVE! Hadiza Bala Usman Responds to Amaechi’s Query.

EXCLUSIVE! Hadiza Bala Usman Responds to Amaechi’s Query.

Breaking News, Port News
Embattled Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala Usman has responded to the query issued her by the Minister of Transportation, Rt Hon Rotimi Amaechi. In the 23 page document obtained exclusively by Shipping World on Monday in Abuja, Hadiza Bala Usman cleared herself of any wrong doing. In a letter dated February 4 ,2022 and captioned " Re: Allegations of infractions Arising from the Report of the Administrative Panel of Inquiry into Activities of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) 2016 to 2021", the suspended MD took time to respond to the 21 grounds on which was found culpable by the panel headed by Mr Auwal Suleiman, the Director of Maritime Services at the Ministry of Transportation. Disregard for Ministerial Directive in Respect of the Bonny/Port Harcourt/Lagos ...
EXCLUSIVELY!Hadiza Bala Usman barred from holding public office….

EXCLUSIVELY!Hadiza Bala Usman barred from holding public office….

Breaking News, News Feature, Port News
Report The Ministerial Panel set up on the orders of President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the infamous tenure of Hadiza Bala Usman as Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, has at last turned in a report of "guilty as charged". The former Convener of Bring Back our girls was found culpable on all charges but one, according to sources close to the panel which was headed by Mr Auwal Suleiman,the Director of Maritime Services at the Federal Ministry of Transportation.The 11man panel which was inaugurated by Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi about 8 months ago found Hadiza Bala Usman guilty on all counts and barred her from holding public office in the future. The recommendations of the panel was submitted to the Presidency about five weeks .The Secretary to the Government ...