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Chief Stephen Ejueyitsi Aganbi died early hours of Thursday at home in Koko

Bible translator dies in Nigeria

Deacon Stephen Ejueyitsi Aganbi, a Bible translator, has died in Koko, headquarters of Warri North Local Government.

A statement issued in Koko said Deacon Aganbi died in his home early hours of Thursday.

Deacon Aganbi, 99, served as chairman for the Itsekiri Bible Translation Project.

The team completed the Old and New Testament Translation in the Itsekiri language.

The statement signed by Business Mogul, Mr. Felix Aganbi said the late Bible translator, gifted interpreter and scholar had a strong influence in Itsekiri literature.

‘’Deacon Stephen Ejueyitsi Aganbi was a legal guru, a highly reputed politician of the Second Republic in Nigeria and the Olare-Aja of Koko (community head)’’.

The statement praised Deacon Aganbi for putting his learning to the service of the Church and using the Bible to nourish the faith and life of believers.

‘’Deacon Stephen Ejueyitsi Aganbi served as a spiritual guide to many’’

It also praised the accomplished and careful translator for his well-known vision and linguistics competence in the languages of the Niger Delta region

Second Republic Politician, Stephen Ejueyitsi Aganbi, bows to death at 99

· Itsekiri leaders, National Assembly Member mourn

Deacon Stephen Ejueyitsi Aganbi, the Olare-Aja of Koko, will be remembered as a modern and progressive community leader, a committed citizen and one of the most effective leaders in the history of Nigeria’s Second Republic. Aganbi died early hours of Thursday. He was 99.

The death of the international lawyer, renowned politician, Itsekiri community head and Baptist Deacon was announced Wednesday morning.

‘Chief Stephen Ejueyitsi Aganbi died early hours of Thursday at home in Koko’’ a statement in Koko, headquarters of Warri North said.

‘’We have lost the unique focus of our community and festive light in our lives, but the inspiration of his self-confidence, cheerfulness and determination will live on in our hearts forever’’

The statement described Deacon Aganbi as an icon of dedicated and upright public and private service, a man amongst men and one of the nation’s greatest political leaders.

Specifically, the statement praised Deacon Aganbi for his roles in the unity and development of the country, particularly the Itsekiri nation.

‘’Deacon Stephen Aganbi was a quintessential Nigerian. Throughout his political years, he proved to be an honest and courageous administrator. He also added charisma to education and astuteness both of which he displayed at difficult times’’ Business mogul, Mr. Felix Aganbi said

Trained in the United Kingdom, the Second Republic Politician, lawyer, community leader and chairman of defunct Nigerian National Shrimp Company Limited, Oghara was on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 conferred the Alare Aja (community head) of Koko by the Olu of Warri, His Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli.

‘’Deacon Stephen Aganbi dedicated his life to the empowerment of his people. His contribution to the history of the Itsekiri nation will never be forgotten’’ Felix Aganbi said.

Before ascending the throne, the late community head had distinguished himself as a lawyer, politician and religious leader.

‘Deacon Stephen Aganbi was more than a political leader. He loved the company of children and younger persons. He was both a father-figure and mentor to people from all parts of the world. Indeed, he was a living legend. May his soul rest in eternal peace’’.

The chieftain of the defunct National Party of Nigeria (NPN) recently decried the abandonment of some health care facilities in Warri North.

He called on DESOPADEC to develop all health care facilities in Koko.

Meanwhile, the member Representing Warri Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Thomas Ereyitomi on Wednesday paid glowing tribute to Aganbi who he said played key roles in the nation’s development.

He described Aganbi as a great man whose wealth of knowledge and advice will be greatly missed by all.

‘’Pa. Aganbi was a lawyer par excellence, a community leader and a lover of God’ the lawmaker said.

Similarly, a former chairman of Warri North Local Government, Chief Francis Maku-Eyituoyor described Stephen Aganbi as a defender of the faith.

‘’We are encouraged and inspired by the example of Christian Service’’ he said

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ADDRESS BY H.E. MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE COVID- 19 PANDEMIC SUNDAY 29TH MARCH, 2020

1. Fellow Nigerians,

2. From the first signs that Coronavirus, or COVID-19 was turning into an epidemic and was officially declared a world-wide emergency, the Federal Government started planning preventive, containment and curative measures in the event the disease hits Nigeria.

3. The whole instruments of government are now mobilized to confront what has now become both a health emergency and an economic crisis.

4. Nigeria, unfortunately, confirmed its first case on 27th February 2020. Since then, we have seen the number of confirmed cases rise slowly.

5. By the morning of March 29th, 2020, the total confirmed cases within Nigeria had risen to ninety-seven.

6. Regrettably, we also had our first fatality, a former employee of PPMC, who died on 23rd March 2020. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family in this very difficult time. We also pray for quick recovery for those infected and undergoing treatment.

7. As of today, COVID-19 has no cure. Scientists around the world are working very hard to develop a vaccine.

8. We are in touch with these institutions as they work towards a solution that will be certified by international and local medical authorities within the shortest possible time.

9. For now, the best and most efficient way to avoid getting infected is through regular hygienic and sanitary practices as well as social distancing.

10. As individuals, we remain the greatest weapon to fight this pandemic. By washing our hands regularly with clean water and soap, disinfecting frequently used surfaces and areas, coughing into a tissue or elbow and strictly adhering to infection prevention control measures in health facilities, we can contain this virus.

11. Since the outbreak was reported in China, our Government has been monitoring the situation closely and studying the various responses adopted by other countries.

12. Indeed, the Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) was one of ten global health leaders invited by the World Health Organisation to visit China and understudy their response approach. I am personally very proud of Dr Ihekweazu for doing this on behalf of all Nigerians.

13. Since his return, the NCDC has been implementing numerous strategies and programs in Nigeria to ensure that the adverse impact of this virus on our country is minimized. We ask all Nigerians to support the work the Federal Ministry of Health and NCDC are doing, led by the Presidential Task Force.

14. Although we have adopted strategies used globally, our implementation programs have been tailored to reflect our local realities.

15. In Nigeria, we are taking a two step approach.

16. First, to protect the lives of our fellow Nigerians and residents living here and second, to preserve the livelihoods of workers and business owners to ensure their families get through this very difficult time in dignity and with hope and peace of mind.

17. To date, we have introduced healthcare measures, border security, fiscal and monetary policies in our response. We shall continue to do so as the situation unfolds.

18. Some of these measures will surely cause major inconveniences to many citizens. But these are sacrifices we should all be willing and ready to make for the greater good of our country.

19. In Nigeria’s fight against COVID-19, there is no such thing as an overreaction or an under reaction. It is all about the right reaction by the right agencies and trained experts.

20. Accordingly, as a Government, we will continue to rely on guidance of our medical professionals and experts at the Ministry of Health, NCDC and other relevant agencies through this difficult time.

21. I therefore urge all citizens to adhere to their guidelines as they are released from time to time.

22. As we are all aware, Lagos and Abuja have the majority of confirmed cases in Nigeria. Our focus therefore remains to urgently and drastically contain these cases, and to support other states and regions in the best way we can.

23. This is why we provided an initial intervention of fifteen billion Naira (N15b) to support the national response as we fight to contain and control the spread.

24. We also created a Presidential Task Force (PTF) to develop a workable National Response Strategy that is being reviewed on a daily basis as the requirements change. This strategy takes international best practices but adopts them to suit our unique local circumstances.

25. Our goal is to ensure all States have the right support and manpower to respond immediately.

26. So far, in Lagos and Abuja, we have recruited hundreds of adhoc staff to man our call centers and support our tracing and testing efforts.

27. I also requested, through the Nigeria Governors Forum, for all State Governments to nominate Doctors and Nurses who will be trained by the NCDC and Lagos State Government on tactical and operational response to the virus in case it spreads to other states.

28. This training will also include medical representatives from our armed forces, paramilitary and security and intelligence agencies.

29. As a nation, our response must be guided, systematic and professional. There is a need for consistency across the nation. All inconsistencies in policy guidelines between Federal and State agencies will be eliminated.

30. As I mentioned earlier, as at this morning we had ninety-seven confirmed cases. Majority of these are in Lagos and Abuja. All the confirmed cases are getting the necessary medical care.

31. Our agencies are currently working hard to identify cases and people these patients have been in contact with.

32. The few confirmed cases outside Lagos and Abuja are linked to persons who have travelled from these centres.

33. We are therefore working to ensure such inter state and intercity movements are restricted to prevent further spread.

34. Based on the advice of the Federal Ministry of Health and the NCDC, I am directing the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days with effect from 11pm on Monday, 30th March 2020. This restriction will also apply to Ogun State due to its close proximity to Lagos and the high traffic between the two States.

35. All citizens in these areas are to stay in their homes. Travel to or from other states should be postponed. All businesses and offices within these locations should be fully closed during this period.

36. The Governors of Lagos and Ogun States as well as the Minister of the FCT have been notified. Furthermore, heads of security and intelligence agencies have also been briefed.

37. We will use this containment period to identify, trace and isolate all individuals that have come into contact with confirmed cases. We will ensure the treatment of confirmed cases while restricting further spread to other States.

38. This order does not apply to hospitals and all related medical establishments as well as organizations in health care related manufacturing and distribution.

39. Furthermore, commercial establishments such as;
a. food processing, distribution and retail companies;
b. petroleum distribution and retail entities,
c. power generation, transmission and distribution companies; and
d. private security companies are also exempted.

40. Although these establishments are exempted, access will be restricted and monitored.

41. Workers in telecommunication companies, broadcasters, print and electronic media staff who can prove they are unable to work from home are also exempted.

42. All seaports in Lagos shall remain operational in accordance with the guidelines I issued earlier. Vehicles and drivers conveying essential cargoes from these Ports to other parts of the country will be screened thoroughly before departure by the Ports Health Authority.

43. Furthermore, all vehicles conveying food and other essential humanitarian items into these locations from other parts of the country will also be screened thoroughly before they are allowed to enter these restricted areas.

44. Accordingly, the Hon. Minister of Health is hereby directed to redeploy all Port Health Authority employees previously stationed in the Lagos and Abuja Airports to key roads that serve as entry and exit points to these restricted zones.

45. Movements of all passenger aircraft, both commercial and private jets, are hereby suspended. Special permits will be issued on a needs basis.

46. We are fully aware that such measures will cause much hardship and inconvenience to many citizens. But this is a matter of life and death, if we look at the dreadful daily toll of deaths in Italy, France and Spain.

47. However, we must all see this as our national and patriotic duty to control and contain the spread of this virus. I will therefore ask all of us affected by this order to put aside our personal comfort to safeguard ourselves and fellow human beings. This common enemy can only be controlled if we all come together and obey scientific and medical advice.

48. As we remain ready to enforce these measures, we should see this as our individual contribution in the war against COVID-19. Many other countries have taken far stricter measures in a bid to control the spread of the virus with positive results.

49. For residents of satellite and commuter towns and communities around Lagos and Abuja whose livelihoods will surely be affected by some of these restrictive measures, we shall deploy relief materials to ease their pains in the coming weeks.

50. Furthermore, although schools are closed, I have instructed the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to work with State Governments in developing a strategy on how to sustain the school feeding program during this period without compromising our social distancing policies. The Minister will be contacting the affected States and agree on detailed next steps.

51. Furthermore, I have directed that a three month repayment moratorium for all TraderMoni, MarketMoni and FarmerMoni loans be implemented with immediate effect.

52. I have also directed that a similar moratorium be given to all Federal Government funded loans issued by the Bank of Industry, Bank of Agriculture and the Nigeria Export Import Bank.

53. For on-lending facilities using capital from international and multilateral development partners, I have directed our development financial institutions to engage these development partners and negotiate concessions to ease the pains of the borrowers.

54. For the most vulnerable in our society, I have directed that the conditional cash transfers for the next two months be paid immediately. Our Internally displaced persons will also receive two months of food rations in the coming weeks.

55. We also call on all Nigerians to take personal responsibility to support those who are vulnerable within their communities, helping them with whatever they may need.

56. As we all pray for the best possible outcome, we shall continue planning for all eventualities.

57. This is why I directed that all Federal Government Stadia, Pilgrims camps and other facilities be converted to isolation centers and makeshift hospitals.

58. My fellow Nigerians, as a Government, we will avail all necessary resources to support the response and recovery. We remain committed to do whatever it takes to confront COVID-19 in our country.

59. We are very grateful to see the emerging support of the private sector and individuals to the response as well as our development partners.

60. At this point, I will ask that all contributions and donations be coordinated and centralized to ensure efficient and impactful spending. The Presidential Task Force remains the central coordinating body on the COVID-19 response.

61. I want to assure you all that Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies with a role to play in the outbreak response are working hard to bring this virus under control.

62. Every nation in the world is challenged at this time. But we have seen countries where citizens have come together to reduce the spread of the virus.

63. I will therefore implore you again to strictly comply with the guidelines issued and also do your bit to support Government and the most vulnerable in your communities.

64. I will take this opportunity to thank all our public health workforce, health care workers, port health authorities and other essential staff on the frontlines of the response for their dedication and commitment. You are true heroes.

65. I thank you all for listening. May God continue to bless and protect us all.

President Muhammadu Buhari
29th March 2020.

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Chief Stephen Aganbi lived a life that mirrored a better Nigeria

Second Republic Politician, Stephen Ejueyetsetsi Aganbi, bows to death at 99

· Itsekiri leaders, National Assembly Member mourn

Chief Stephen Ejueyetsetsi Aganbi, the Olare-Aja of Koko, will be remembered as a modern and progressive community leader, a committed citizen and one of the most effective leaders in the history of Nigeria’s Second Republic. Aganbi died Tuesday night. He was 99.

The death of the international lawyer, renowned politician, Itsekiri community head and Baptist Deacon was announced Wednesday morning.

‘Chief Stephen Ejueyetsetsi Aganbi died Tuesday night at home in Koko’’ a statement in Koko, headquarters of Warri North said.

‘’We have lost the unique focus of our community and festive light in our lives, but the inspiration of his self-confidence, cheerfulness and determination will live on in our hearts forever’’

The statement described Chief Stephen Aganbi as an icon of dedicated and upright public and private service, a man amongst men and one of the nation’s greatest political leaders.

Specifically, the statement praised Chief Aganbi for his roles in the unity and development of the country, particularly the Itsekiri nation.

‘’Chief Stephen Aganbi was a quintessential Nigerian. Throughout his political years, he proved to be an honest and courageous administrator. He also added charisma to education and astuteness both of which he displayed at difficult times’’ Business mogul, Mr. Felix Aganbi said

Trained in the United Kingdom, the Second Republic Politician, lawyer, community leader and chairman of defunct Nigerian National Shrimp Company Limited, Oghara was on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 conferred the Alare Aja (community head) of Koko by the Olu of Warri, His Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli.

‘’Chief Stephen Aganbi dedicated his life to the empowerment of his people. His contribution to the history of the Itsekiri nation will never be forgotten’’ Felix Aganbi said.

Before ascending the throne, the late community head had distinguished himself as a lawyer, politician and religious leader.

‘Chief Stephen Aganbi was more than a political leader. He loved the company of children and younger persons. He was both a father-figure and mentor to people from all parts of the world. Indeed, he was a living legend. May his soul rest in eternal peace’’.

The chieftain of the defunct National Party of Nigeria (NPN) recently decried the abandonment of some health care facilities in Warri North.

He called on DESOPADEC to develop all health care facilities in Koko.

Meanwhile, the member Representing Warri Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Thomas Ereyitomi on Wednesday paid glowing tribute to Aganbi who he said played key roles in the nation’s development.

He described Aganbi as a great man whose wealth of knowledge and advice will be greatly missed by all.

‘’Pa. Aganbi was a lawyer par excellence, a community leader and a lover of God’ the lawmaker said.

Similarly, a former chairman of Warri North Local Government, Chief Francis Maku-Eyituoyor described Stephen Aganbi as a defender of the faith.

‘’We are encouraged and inspired by the example of Christian Service’’ he said

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COVID-19: WORK FROM HOME, SANWO-OLU DIRECTS CIVIL SERVANTS FROM LEVEL 1 TO 12

COVID-19: WORK FROM HOME, SANWO-OLU DIRECTS CIVIL SERVANTS FROM LEVEL 1 TO 12

…Workers On Essential Services Must Not Leave Duty Posts

…Governor Urges Private Companies To Take Similar Measures

Lagos State has introduced more preventive measures to break the cycle of transmission of the novel coronavirus among residents.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Sunday, directed the State’s civil servants from Grade Level 1 to 12 to stay off office for 14 days.

They are to work from their homes, the Governor said at a press conference held at Lagos House in Marina.

The latest directive came two days after the State Government shut down schools and suspended public gatherings of more than fifty persons.

The measure followed confirmation of additional coronavirus cases across the nation on Sunday, with three more confirmed in Lagos.

Sanwo-Olu said the stay-at-home directive did not affect the civil servants on essential duties and first responders whose levels fall in the cadres.

He said: “I am hereby directing that all public officers in the entire unified public service from Grade Level 1 to 12, which constitute about 70 per cent of our entire public workforce should stay at home from March 23, 2020 and this will last for 14 days in the first instance.

“We will review this measure as time goes on. Members of the public are advised to refrain visiting any of our public offices. They are to transact any businesses as it is possible on the phone or online channels. This stay-at-home order does not affect our first responders. Medical personnel, fire fighters, members of emergency services, those in waste management operations and all those on essential services are meant to still be at their duty posts.”

The Governor pleaded with private companies across the State to employ similar measures in curtailing the spread of the virus, urging them to allow non-essential staff to stay off duties for the same period.

He said the Government was not unaware of the economic impact that had attended the outbreak of COVID-19 in the State, promising that his administration was ready to cushion the effects on the vulnerable residents.

Sanwo-Olu, however, frowned at non-compliance to social distancing order by some organisations, including religious houses, stressing that disobedience to the Government’s measures may aggravate the spread of the virus.

The Governor said law enforcement agencies would be embarking actions that would drive strict compliance to measures initiated by the State to protect members of the public.

He said: “I want to reiterate that the Government will frown at any organisation, whether public or private, that is not obeying this directive. The social distancing directive is not a religious matter; it is a matter of morality and civic responsibility. Times like this call for heightened commitment to doing the right thing. Our law enforcement agents are to ensure that there’s strict compliance to this important public health tips.”

Sanwo-Olu re-assured residents that there was no cause for panic, saying his administration remained fully prepared to work with the Federal Government and international healthcare agencies in containing the spread of disease in Lagos.

He said the treatment and eventual discharge of the index COVID-19 patient from Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) in Yaba was a testimony to the commitment by the State Government to break the cycle of transmission of the virus.

As part of proactive steps being taken in the case of escalation in number of patients, Sanwo-Olu said the State Government had identified locations across five traditional divisions in Lagos to build isolation centres where patients can be treated.

He disclosed that other secondary and tertiary healthcare facilities in the State would be deployed to support the capacity of IDH in Yaba, adding that the Government had started to set up isolation centre in Gbagada General Hospital.

He said: “As part of our strategy to strengthen our efforts, more health workers are also being trained and we have put some of our retired nurses and doctors on notice, who will come to support health personnel who are working tirelessly at this time.

“We will not relent in our determination to battle this coronavirus to a standstill. We are sure that we will win this battle as we have always won in Lagos. With the cooperation of the people towards obeying the public health guidelines, I believe this epidemic will also pass by us in no time.”

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Maritime experts blame Nigeria’s economic woes on infrastructure

Maritime experts blame Nigeria’s economic woes on infrastructure

 

Key actors in the field of maritime economy on Monday expressed delight and satisfaction with the high degree of determination so far exhibited by President Muhammadu Buhari to move the country forward.

They also commended the Federal Government for the priority it attaches to the economic recovery of the country.

At a one day seminar on Blue Economy in Lagos and tour of secondary school students and teachers to Apapa Port Complex, the experts praised the government for the introduction of conducive macro-economic policies.

They also praised the government for the policies it has enunciated and pursued in the maritime sector.

Specifically, they commended the government for supporting the sustained growth of the non-oil economy.

They said government effort to tackle youth unemployment in the country could only bear the desired fruit if the children know the opportunities in the non-oil sector.

The School to Sea event was attended by galaxy of maritime experts like Olaitan Williams, Seyi Okaga, Abdullahi Shuaibu and Samuel Oyeyipo.

The event also provided a platform for officials of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), National Inland Waterways Authority and Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC) to speak on the opening of careers to all talents in these federal agencies.

The experts stressed the need for improved investments in maritime infrastructure.

The programme convener, Olaitan Williams while welcoming guests said Ocean Ambassadors Foundation has taken a leading role in drawing attention to the opportunities in the maritime sector through the School to Sea seminar and Excursion.

She added that on the long run, the answer to the high rate of youth unemployment is to make a thorough reappraisal of the content and direction of the educational system.

Samuel Oyeyipo, South-West Regional Coordinator, Nigerian Export Promotion Council and special guest of honour said the organization had proved itself a force for the promotion of non-oil export in the blue economy.

‘The Nigeria’s blue economy can generate far larger revenue than currently exist once appropriate measures are taken to improve the country’s infrastructure’’ he said.

Specifically, the NEPC chief said improvement in the nation’s infrastructure would increase the contribution of non-oil export sector to the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP).

40 students and 10 teachers from St Caleb’s Royal International, Honey Land College, Magodo, Mind Builders School, Ikeja, Methodist Girls High School, Lagos and Jubril Martin Memorial Grammar School, Iponri participated in the first quarter of the 2020 School to Sea Seminar and Tour.

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OVER N3.7B RECOVERED FROM NDDC CONTRACTORS, DIRECTORS SO FAR, PRESIDENT BUHARI SAYS AT INAUGURATION OF NDDC ADVISORY COMMITTEE

OVER N3.7B RECOVERED FROM NDDC CONTRACTORS, DIRECTORS SO FAR, PRESIDENT BUHARI SAYS AT INAUGURATION OF NDDC ADVISORY COMMITTEE

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Abuja said law enforcement agencies have recovered over N3.7billion as well as various assets worth billions of Naira from contractors and former directors of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

The President disclosed this at the inauguration of NDDC Advisory Committee, comprising the 9 Governors of the Niger Delta Region and the Ministers of Niger Delta Affairs and Environment.

Specifically, President Buhari said: ‘‘To date, the EFCC and other agencies of Government have recovered over N3.7billion in cash as well as various assets worth billions of Naira from some contractors and former Directors of the Commission.

‘‘Furthermore, I am told that Government agencies have placed liens on over N6 billion of assets which are being investigated.’’

The President told the committee that these abuses of the past clearly show the need for strict and diligent oversight, going forward.

He, therefore, charged them to discharge the new assignment diligently and effectively, working closely with the relevant ministries, adding that he looked forward to seeing positive changes in the affairs of the Commission as well as on the ground in the Niger Delta region.

President Buhari recalled that in 2016, his administration launched the “New Vision for the Niger Delta (NEVIND)”, aimed at bringing sustainable peace, security, infrastructure and human capital development to the region.

He said the medium to achieve this noble objective was through the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, NDDC and the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP).

The President, however, expressed regret that in the past these institutions were unable to deliver their mandates due to mismanagement.

‘‘As a result, the people of the Niger Delta were left with abandoned infrastructural projects and substandard social programmes which were designed to improve their living conditions.

‘‘It is to reverse this trend that I approved, in February 2020, the constitution of a 10-Man Presidential Monitoring Committee (PMC) as provided for in Section 21 of the NDDC Establishment Act.’’

He noted that the PMC, which will be chaired by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs and its members drawn from various MDAs, will focus on monitoring the operations and activities of the commission, and will be reporting to him.

In the same vein, the President said the inauguration of the NDDC Advisory Committee is in line with the provisions of Section 11 (I) of the NDDC Establishment Act, explaining that the Committee is charged with the responsibility of advising the Board and monitoring its activities.

Justifying the decision to inaugurate the Committee ahead of the reconstitution of the NDDC Board, President Buhari said:

‘‘This is to enable us develop insights into the affairs of the Commission which will properly guide the Board when reconstituted once the Forensic Audit exercise on the Commission is concluded.

‘‘You may recall that the Federal Executive Council, on 5th of February, 2020 approved the appointment of the Lead Forensic Auditors. I am told they are concluding their pre-engagement activities and should be ready to commence work soon’’.

Speaking on behalf of the members of the Advisory Committee, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State thanked the President for inaugurating the Committee and granting the request of the governors, from the region, for a forensic audit of the NDDC.

The Governor expressed the hope that the report of result from the forensic audit would help streamline activities of the NDDC with a view to putting it on course to deliver on its mandate to the people.

Underscoring the roles of the Advisory Committee, the Delta State Governor noted that for sustainable development of the region, the NDDC must perform its duties in close collaboration with the States to avoid duplication of projects.

‘‘We do not want to criticise what has happened in the NDDC for quite some time, but the fact is that the cooperation between the states and the NDDC has not been strengthened overtime and we have various cases of duplication of projects that are not properly planned.

‘‘But I believe that with the inauguration of this body we will be able to sit down, meet together, work in collaboration and supportively to bring greater developments to our people,’’ he said.

Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
March 10, 2020

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Maritime experts set for blue economy

Maritime experts set for blue economy

· Begin training of children in Lagos

· Urge Sanwo-Olu to go beyond ferry services

Maritime expert, Violet Olaitan Williams, Sunday made a critical appraisal of the Nigerian Maritime sector and concluded that a Catch Them Young programme was expected.

Williams dwelt on the efforts by Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), the Ocean Ambassadors Foundation and others to ensure the growth of the nation’s economy, including early exposure of children to opportunities in this strategic sector.

It was the fifth yearly School to Sea Excursion press conference in Lagos.

Williams, speaking on the importance of the blue economy to students in Nigeria, said Ocean Ambassadors Foundation was working to bridge the gap between the human capital requirements in the maritime sector in relation to available manpower.

The maritime sector chief said this lacuna naturally led to the infiltration of the Nigerian maritime labour space by foreigners.

‘’We believe this trend is counterproductive and concerted efforts to reverse same would be in the overall interest of the maritime industry’’

This, she said, was responsible for a strategic action plan introduced by the Foundation with a view to sensitizing students of secondary school age to appreciate opportunities in the blue economy essentially (sea based and shore based) careers in transportation, trade and tourism.

‘’Ocean Ambassadors Foundation has therefore taken it as a major responsibility to join the global campaign for stimulating youth interest in maritime sector career’’ she said.

Specifically, she said the action plan was being pursued by the organization to prepare leaders of tomorrow in ship building and maintenance, vessel parts, fabrication, navigation, surveying, marine engineering, marine economics, international trade, maritime logistics, supply chain, ship brokerage, ship building, Naval Architecture, marine insurance and marine law.

Williams announced the date for the 2020 Ocean Ambassadors Foundation School to Sea Excursion.

‘’The 2020 Seaport and Ship Experience programme will take place on Thursday, March 12, 2020 in Lagos’’

Williams who underscored the main goals of the foundation said the Catch Them Young programme was aimed at exposing young talents to careers in the maritime sector, initiating Ocean Ambassadors Club and eradicating joblessness through the vast opportunities in the sector.

She urged the Federal and State governments to introduce maritime subject in primary and secondary schools.

Williams also announced the date for the 2020 Maritime Quiz for private and public secondary schools in Lagos State.

‘’The quiz will take place in October at the University of Lagos’’

She urged the Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu to key into the blue economy vision of the organization and make maritime a priority of the administration’’

‘’Lagos should go beyond ferry services’’ she added.

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Femi Gbajabiamila is a man of real integrity – Adeyinka Adedoyin

Femi Gbajabiamila is a man of real integrity – Adeyinka Adedoyin

Says Mister Speaker detests wastage of resources

Lagos politician, Hon Adeyinka Adedoyin, on Friday extolled the Sterling qualities of the House of Representives Speaker, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, describing him as a man of tremendous honour and real integrity.

Adedoyin spoke at a special event to honour Gbajabiamila for effective representation, commitment to public service and prudent management of resources.

He praised the Speaker for giving the House of Representatives the desired sense of purpose and direction.

“The Rt Hon Speaker is carrying himself with grace and dignity” he said.

The Lagos All Progressives Congress (APC) leader spoke on the humility, simplicity, purposefulness and intellectual depth of the representative of Surulere Constituency 1 in the House of Representatives.

Adedoyin spoke when the Surulere Political Hall of Fame inducted four new members at a ceremony in Lagos on Friday.

He commended Gbajabiamila for celebrating the milestone attained by his mother without playing to the gallery of drawing undue attention to himself, the family and the National Assembly.

“Mister Speaker celebrated the occasion in a low-key befitting the mother’s humble nature.

He lashed out at some desperate individuals and their collaborators for formulating all kinds of lies and posting same to various websites just to create wrong impressions.

“We are aware that the agenda of these persons is to smear the good name of Rt Hon Femi Gbajabiamila ”

Adedoyin, a straight forward politician who will always call a spade by its name, cautioned those making irresponsible and unguarded comments.

The Lagos leader praised Gbajabiamila for giving the country good leadership, fighting resource wastage and taking Nigeria to the next level.

He also praised him for keeping in touch with the people who elected him.

The astute politician while emphasizing law making, the politically correct relationship with the executive and the brilliant committee appointments commended the leadership of the House for being responsible and responsive to the needs of all”

“Nigerians expect APC to provide them with good employment, good drinking water, affordable medical services, good schools for their children and a decent living condition. They also want security for their lives and property, true federalism, respect for fundamental Human Rights and the rule of law. Rt Hon Femi Gbajabiamila is living up to expectations of Nigerians ” Adedoyin said.

He counseled charlatans masquerading as media professionals to rise above pettiness and stop misleading the public about Mama’s birthday.

“It is clear that the motives of these individuals and their masters are far from being genuine and altruistic ”

He also advised the presiding officer of the House of Representatives to remain calm in the face of unwarranted provocation.

“The good people of Nigeria are solidly behind Rt Hon Femi Gbajabiamila. The wonderful people of Surulere Constituency 1 are very proud of him. He has given good account of himself at the national level ” he added.