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Month: September 2022

Gov. Diri Rewards Commonwealth Games Medalists, Bayelsa Queens, Coaches

Gov. Diri Rewards Commonwealth Games Medalists, Bayelsa Queens, Coaches

News Feature, Sports
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has announced a reward package for sportsmen and women from the state that participated in different competitions recently. Olympic silver medalist, who won gold in wrestling at the Commonwealth Games, Blessing Oborududu, and sprinter Timma Godbless, who got gold in 4x100 relay for Nigeria in the African Senior Athletics Championship in Mauritius were among recipients of the governor’s gesture. Among others were teenage table tennis sensation, Samuel Boboye, who won two gold medals for Nigeria in the Africa U-19 championship in Tunisia as well as Bayelsa Queens, champions of the African Female Champions League WAFU Zone B tournament in Yamoussoukro, .Côte d’Ivoire. Coaches of the teams were also rewarded. Governor Diri, while receivi...
Gov. Diri Queries Bayelsa Population Figures *Says Nigeria Lacks Adequate Census Data

Gov. Diri Queries Bayelsa Population Figures *Says Nigeria Lacks Adequate Census Data

News Feature
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has faulted the population figures attributed to the state by the National Population Commission (NPC), saying they were grossly under-estimated. The Bayelsa governor also said the current population data for the country were inaccurate and called on the NPC to correct past census figures in the 2023 national census exercise. Governor Diri stated this on Tuesday during the Stakeholders Summit on the 2023 Population and Housing Census held at the Chief DSP Alamieyeseigha Banquet Hall in Government House, Yenagoa. Buttressing his claim, the governor stressed that the state had grown beyond the current structure of eight local government areas, noting that, for instance, the projected population of Yenagoa, the state capital, points to ...
WORLD MARITIME DAY: NIGERIA JOINS IMO ON GREENER SHIPPING FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

WORLD MARITIME DAY: NIGERIA JOINS IMO ON GREENER SHIPPING FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Maritime, News Feature
The Honorable Minister of Transportation Mu’ azu Jaji Sambo says Nigeria is committed to achieving greener shipping in line with the campaign by the International Maritime Organization, IMO, to attain sustainable development in the maritime industry. This is just as Nigeria joins the IMO to commemorate the 2022 World Maritime Day. Sambo said that Nigeria would not be left behind in the global move towards greener shipping, while also reflecting on the need for stakeholders in the maritime sector to begin exploring ways to transition into a greener and more sustainable future. On his part, the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh noted that the Theme for this year’s world Maritime Day celebration is in line with the Agenc...
Pipeline Surveillance: Gov Diri, INC Resolve Tompolo, Asari, Ateke Rift

Pipeline Surveillance: Gov Diri, INC Resolve Tompolo, Asari, Ateke Rift

News Feature
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has alongside leaders of the Ijaw National Congress (INC) and other stakeholders calmed frayed nerves arising from the pipeline surveillance contract awarded by the Federal Government to High Chief Government Ekpemupolo aka Tompolo. Governor Diri also said leaders of the Ijaw nation and other ethnic nationalities in the Niger Delta have resolved to work together to protect federal government facilities in the region. The governor stated this at the weekend at the end of a meeting of critical stakeholders of the Ijaw nation led by the INC President, Prof. Benjamin Okaba, in Government House, Yenagoa. Senator Diri noted that the meeting examined the various issues that threatened the unity of the Ijaw nation following the award of the pipe...
Our Projects Not Shrouded In Secrecy – Bayelsa Govt

Our Projects Not Shrouded In Secrecy – Bayelsa Govt

News Feature, Politics
We have read the scurrilous claims, circulating largely online, by a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Perekeme Kpodoh, against the government of His Excellency Senator Douye Diri. In the report, Chief Kpodoh alleged that the cost of projects being executed by the Bayelsa State government was shrouded in secrecy and that the contractors were unknown. One leg of this claim is laughable. Contractors and even consultants involved in a road or building project are often displayed on boards at project sites. Only those with ocular issues or bent on mischief cannot see them. The road, building and other projects undertaken by the Governor Diri administration, which Kpodoh could not deny, are clearly visible and not done under the cover of darkness. But, importantly...
IT IS CRIMINAL FOR TONY IJU, TO ELONGATE HIS TENURE AS ANLCA PRESIDENT….SEN SANI KAMBA

IT IS CRIMINAL FOR TONY IJU, TO ELONGATE HIS TENURE AS ANLCA PRESIDENT….SEN SANI KAMBA

News Feature
President Emeritus of the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents, Sen Sani Kamba , says Tony Iju Nwabunike should be held responsible for bringing the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents, ANLCA, to its lowest ebb in the almost seven decades of existence. He described Tony Iju as a coward who fled the country after setting his home on fire and adding that Tony Iju's action was irresponsible and a demonstration of executive rascality. Tracing the genesis of the crisis, Sen Kamba said it was totally unacceptable and wrong for ibos to want to occupy the position of Chairman of Board of Trustees and the same time cling to the Presidency when after the inauguration of Tony Iju as National President, Chief Henry Njoku refused to step down as BoT Chairman even after he w...
NPA BOARD CHAIRMAN , AKIN RICKETTS, CROWNED KING …

NPA BOARD CHAIRMAN , AKIN RICKETTS, CROWNED KING …

Maritime, News Feature
History was made today when the Chairman of the Board of Nigerian Ports Authority, Chief Akin Ricketts, stepped into the shoes of his late grandfather, Late Chief Ubi Ofem , as he was coronated OBOL KEPON, Village Head of Obioko Clan in Ijiman Ward , Ugep in Cross River State. By this coronation, Chief Akin Ricketts, thus becomes His Highness OBOL KEPON, VILLAGE HEAD of Obioko Ward . The ceremony attracted friends and well wishers from within and outside the State. Members of the Maritime Elders Forum wish the new king a glorious reign .
Shippers’ Council boss seek synergy with Airfreight Stakeholders’ Forum.

Shippers’ Council boss seek synergy with Airfreight Stakeholders’ Forum.

News Feature, Port News
The Executive Secretary of Nigerian Shippers' Council (NSC), Emmanuel Jime, has sought for between the Council Airfreight Stakeholders to achieve the common goal of promoting seamless trade and creating enabling environment for businesses. Jime made the call when the President Airfreight Stakeholders' Forum, Mr. Toyin Onifade led his members on a courtesy visit to the Councils Headquarters in Lagos . The NSC boss said his organization was statutorily established to protect the interest of shippers, adding that the Airfreight Stakeholders' Forum is essential to this fundamental responsibility. "I have had thorough briefing about the activities of Airfreight Stakeholders' Forum. I understand that the Forum has, expectedly, played a key role in airfreight matters. As Port Economic Re...
MOHAMMED BELLO KOKO’S MANY GOOFS: APPOINTS A LAWYER AS GM PUBLIC AFFAIRS

MOHAMMED BELLO KOKO’S MANY GOOFS: APPOINTS A LAWYER AS GM PUBLIC AFFAIRS

News Feature
Baring any last minute changes, Mrs OLUYEMISI OYINLOLA, one of the most experienced and best hands in the legal department of Nigeria Ports Authority, NPA, would assume duty as General Manager Corporate Communications and Strategy, to take over from Mallam Ibrahim Nasir, who has proceeded on his mandatory retirement vacation.But for this surprise posting, MRS OYINLOLA was being touted as most suitable for the post of General Manager , Legal Services/ Company Secretary. But if this appointment holds, the NPA would be losing on two fronts; losing a core professional to run the PR unit and trading off one of best brains in the NPA'S legal department. Industry watchers are yet to come to terms with this development as there are competent and experienced hands within the system that would ha...