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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.

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A woman of extraordinary accomplishments

A woman of extraordinary accomplishments

In loving memory of our dearly beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Mrs Veronica Ikpera Ebireri ( Nee Umukoro) who left this world on the 10th of March, 2001

It is now 19 years since you were snatched away from us

You died at a time the family needed you the most to continue to show us the way through your shinning examples of decency, trustworthiness and genuine love

Your memories will always keep us smiling

We continue to rest in the belief that God will grant you eternal bliss

We had no choice but to adjust the rest of our mortal lives to a vacuum that can never be filled

Continue to rest in perfect peace

We seize this opportunity to thank those who helped us to weather the storm of sudden and intense loss

The Good Lord will continue to reward you abundantly

Ebireri and Umukoro Families

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Arrangements have been concluded for a week-long free medical mission organized by Betty Anyanwu Akeredolu Foundation (BAAF), in collaboration with Sharing Hope Medical Mission USA, slated to begin on February 17, 2020 at Emeabiam in Owerri West LGA of Imo State.

Sharing Hope Medical Mission USA is a medical organization based in the United States, with a mission to provide access to healthcare and education in underserved and vulnerable communities in Nigeria so as to improve the health, wellness, and quality of life of those populations most in need.

In a release signed by the chairman of the organizing committee, Dr. Emmanuel Onyema, the visiting team from University of California, San Diego, USA will arrive Owerri, Imo State from Akure, the Ondo State capital, where they have already concluded a similar medical outreach.

This visit marks the second missionary journey of Sharing Hope to Nigeria on the invitation of the first lady of Ondo State, Her Excellency Chief Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, and will feature free medical tests and donation of medical supplies to the recipient communities.

According to the release, the visiting team on arrival will call on the Imo State governor, His Excellency Senator Hope Uzodimma, from where they will take off to Emeabiam to be received by the leaders and people of Emeabiam.

The release further reveals that the event will also witness the foundation-laying ceremony of Ada Emeabiam Development Centre (ADEDEC), a multipurpose centre which is committed to transforming Emeabiam into a peaceful, green, health-conscious and productive community through the implementation of outcomes of people-centered research and development studies in health, education, entrepreneurship, women and youth affairs, and social development.

Officials from Imo State Ministries of Health, Education, and Women Affairs and Social Development are expected to grace the foundation-layingz ceremony.

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Bayelsa Violence: Stop Oshiomhole Now, PDP Tells IGP

February14, 2020

Press Statement

Bayelsa Violence: Stop Oshiomhole Now, PDP Tells IGP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) calls on the Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, to immediately pull in the factional National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, for questioning and prosecution for incitement.

The party says the violence and arson being perpetuated by APC agents in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state capital, on Friday, was in furtherance of Oshiomhole’s inciting call that no governor would be sworn-in in Bayelsa state, contrary to the judgment of the Supreme Court.

Oshiomole’s statement was a direct call for sedition and violent subversion of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), the statutory authority of the Supreme Court and the mandate of the people of Bayelsa state.

He should therefore be pulled in immediately for prosecution for inciting violence and arson in the state.

Nigerians can recall that our party had on Thursday cautioned Oshiomhole over his utterances and apparent plots to cause violence and a breakdown of law and order in the state.

The world however watched with horror as APC agents, chanting APC slogans, assaulted the people of Bayelsa state, set the PDP secretariat in the state ablaze, attacked the premises of Radio Bayelsa, vandalized vehicles and equipment, took over major highways and attacked travellers, all in the bid to violently subvert the judgment of the Supreme court and forcefully take control of the state.

The PDP therefore charges the people of Bayelsa, the security agencies and Nigerians at large, to hold Oshiomhole responsible and accountable for the violence in Bayelsa state and deal with him accordingly in line with the provisions of our laws.

Oshiomhole must be brought to book and stopped from the use of garrulity and clear misuse of language to cause crisis in our country.


Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary

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Bayelsa Governorship: INEC dismisses rumours, declares Diri winner

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Duoye Diri as the winner of the Bayelsa election.

The INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, who made this announcement at the INEC headquarters in Abuja said the certificate of return will be issued immediately to the winner.

Yakubu while briefing journalists at the INEC Headquarters confirmed receiving the true certified judgement of the court.

According to him, the commission met on Friday morning to review the results of the election, without the votes of the APC which have been void by the court.

The total votes casts after excluding those of the APC now stand at 146,999. PDP polled 143,172 and scored 25 percent as required by the law.

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What makes Novena University unique?

What makes Novena University unique?


Novena University has been established to meet the yearnings and aspirations of our youths and women.

Our interest as you stay with this university is to create a pathway for a life journey, which is a time of great personal growth.

Our programmes are like an onion as they provide education which encourages critical and intuitive thought, adding layers of understanding to one’s view of the world and developing the skills needed to participate in the occupational environment as well as interpersonal relationships.


The vision of the University is to develop and promote the advancement of knowledge through excellence in scholarship for the benefit of the society.

The vision for this university is thus to build a renowned institution with strong and rigorous scholarship and training, much of which will be directed at training local leadership in Health and Medical Science, Law, Information and Communication Technology, Intelligence and Security Studies, Telecommunication, Energy and Petroleum, Maritime, Agriculture, Aviation, Natural and Applied Science, Engineering and Environmental fields, to ensure adequate skills and a healthy environment and sustainable future for Nigeria while continuing on its trajectory of improving the quality of life for Nigerian citizens


Our Mission

The mission of Novena University is to be a dynamic institution that will promote academic discipline and resourcefulness in the production of globally competitive graduates.

Novena University thus endeavours to develop in each student a respect for the dignity and worth of the individual, a desire and capacity for critical reasoning, appreciation and understanding of scholarship and creativity in the arts, the humanities, and the sciences, the ability to communicate; and the skills for continuous acquisition of new knowledge.

The aims and objectives of Novena University are not limited to improving highly motivated and qualified graduates to meet the current and projected needs of the work force but also to offer a variety of professional programmes to accommodate the distinctive needs of both conventional and working students.

In articulating its goals and objectives, the University was guided by its desire to produce graduates who are intellectually competent, occupationally equipped, morally responsible, economically independent, aesthetically conscious as well as adaptive and responsive to their physical and socio-cultural environments.

The objectives of Novena University are as follows:

(i)                 To advance higher education through its thrust of academic (intellectual) excellence animated by the virtues of diligence, discipline, justice and equity;

(ii)               To attract and retain brilliant undergraduate and graduate students and prepare them for a successful life in academic pursuit/career of distinction while imbibing new knowledge and understanding from ongoing research;

(iii)             To achieve academic excellence in the production of competent and globally competitive graduates who would meet the human resource requirement of the national economy;

(iv)   To foster critical thinking, problem-solving skills, creativity and self-expression by challenging students to be original thinkers rather than mere reflectors of other people’s thoughts;

(v)               To attract and retain high quality faculty (academic staff) who are both  committed to sound scholarship and  will strive to apply the wisdom of the past and the discoveries of today to the challenges in a rapidly changing world;

(vi)             To inculcate in the students the culture of discipline and learning with a view to improving their understanding;

(vii)           To provide a distinctive setting to facilitate the personal development of the body, mind and spirit of the students so that they may be good citizens, role models and future leaders for self-fulfilment and public good;

(viii)         To foster academic partnership and collaboration in teaching and research with universities worldwide so that the products of Novena University will be relevant (i.e., fit into the world of work) anywhere in the world.

(ix)             To provide quality education to students preparatory to their entering into careers in the professions, industries, public service, business, the arts and in the various trades;

(x)               To provide opportunities for the practice of certain income – earning vocational skills as part of the educative process which will help the student defray a large part of his/her educational expenses;

(xi)             To help the students develop manual skills that can serve as avenues for recreational and profitable use of time and as a  means of contributing towards their economic security;

(xii)           To teach the students to appreciate the beauty of nature as portraying God’s creativity and activity in the world;

(xiii)         To help the students develop a healthy acquaintance with the fine arts and encourage them to broaden their capacity to enjoy and create works of artistic value;\

(xiv)         To impress upon the students the cardinal importance of a healthy respect for nature, the environment and the habitat,  for mankind’s survival and well-being on  earth.

(xv)           To implant and promote in the students an awareness of their physical needs and encourage them to maintain a balance between their academic pursuits and the cultivation of their physical well-being;

(xvi)         To sensitize the students  to the importance of the care of personal appearance and grooming with emphasis on natural rather than artificial beauty, on simplicity and on modesty in dress and in diet;

(xvii)       To stimulate the students to better understand and appreciate the value and dignity of manual as well as other types of honest labour;

(xviii)     To help the students to learn effective communication and human relations skills that cut across disciplines, cultures and personal philosophies;

(xix)         To develop the students into persons who can be effective members of social institutions such as Church and family, and who will play  active roles in contemporary society, seeking to solve its problems and to improve the quality of life for all;

(xx)           To inculcate in the students a sense of good citizenship, patriotism and loyalty to the nation and every legitimate action of government;

(xxi)         To encourage the advancement of all branches of learning and to make available to all persons, irrespective of race, creed, sex, ethnic origin, social/economic status and political  persuasion, an opportunity of acquiring higher education; and

(xxii)       To undertake any other activities appropriate for a university of the highest standard.

Strategies for Achieving the Stated Objectives

(i)                 In the pursuit of these goals, the University is working, in partnership and collaboration with local and international universities and industries, to enrich the experience of its staff and students so that they can perform more effectively as good citizens in an increasingly globalising world.

(ii)               Another strategy for achieving the objectives is the erection of such structures as classrooms, lecture halls, laboratories and workshops in accordance with the provisions of the approved master plan document.

(iii)             Through adequate provision of instructional facilities to guarantee effective teaching and learning in the University, and by ensuring that such facilities are properly maintained to ensure durability and efficient use by staff and students of the University.

(iv) By ensuring that students’ admission to the programmes offered by the University is based on merit.  Students are required to possess the requisite qualifications in the SSCE/GCE or their acceptable equivalent examinations as well as reasonable score at the University Matriculation Examination (UME).  Apart from the external screening examination, candidates seeking admission into the University are required to pass an internal screening test and interview.  These measures are adopted to ensure high quality students intake as an essential means of guaranteeing quality output.

(v)               By making concerted efforts to attract and retain high caliber and experienced academic and non-academic staff.  Recruitment of staff is made through advertisements in the national dailies and the electronic media, and through interviews that are properly conducted.  Only those who are successful in the interviews and possess the requisite qualifications and experience are recruited into the service of the University.

(vi) By establishing linkage programmes with institutions, research agencies, industries and other organizations to encourage exchange of staff and ideas.

Novena University will commence its teaching and research activities through Colleges and Departments which will form the major academic units of the university. The university will operate the collegiate system but the colleges will by no means be mutually exclusive or self-contained. Thus, students will be compelled to take inter or intra college/departmental courses and thereby receive lectures from colleges and departments other than their own.

Apart from the collegiate structure, the University will establish Institutes, Centres and Schools. The Graduate School for instance, will provide the administrative focus responsible for co-ordination of postgraduate programmes in the university; this will provide the prospective students with a broad-based foundation for scientific, social, cultural and physical development. The initial academic development of the University is underlined by a nuclear concept such that majority of the core elements to be found later in the University at its full maturity, would be available at inception. By so doing the same moral, scientific, technological and vocational vision would run through the academic structure from inception to full maturity of the University.

In order to reap the benefits of grouping inter-related disciplines together, the University will establish the following colleges and departments in phases:

The academic development of the university will be carried out in three phases. The salient features of the phases are presented in the following sub-sections:
Phase I
Phase I commenced from the first academic session after the Federal Government’s approval. The University had three (3) colleges at inception with the full complement of departments and programmes. They include:

College of Natural and Applied Sciences (CNAS):
Department of Mathematics;
Department of Physical Sciences;
Department of Chemical Sciences;
* Department of Computer Science;
Department of Biological Sciences;
Department of Environmental Management;
Department of Maritime and Aeronautical Studies
* Computer Science will be transferred to the relevant college in the second

College of Food Science and Technology (CFAST):
· Department of Tourism;
· Department of Food Science and Technology;
· Department of Home Economics;
· Department of Microbiology;
· Department of Nutrition and Dietetics;
· Department of Agriculture.

College of management and Social Sciences (CMSS):
Department of Economics;
Department of Sociology and Psychology;
Department of Political Science;
Department of Accounting;
Department of Business Administration; and
Department of Mass Communication (Communication Management)


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