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Buhari approves new security architecture for waterways

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved new maritime security architecture for Nigeria, saying the aim is to stamp out piracy in the Nigeria maritime domain and grow the nation’s economy.

Speaking yesterday in Abuja while declaring open the on-going threeday conference of the Association of African Maritime Administrators (AAMA), Buhari charged the delegates and participants to synergise and collaborate against piracy and sea robberies on African waters.

Buhari said: ”As countries have to continue to develop their maritime sector beginning from national to regional and sub-regional level, here in Nigeria, we have taken steps to tackle some of the issues peculiar to us while still referring to regional and sub-regional collaborations.

”We have set up engagement to resolve and address the misunderstanding and contentious issues in the Niger Delta which, of course, is part of Gulf Guinea.

We recently approved a new maritime security architecture and infrastructure to be jointly coordinated by NIMASA, National Security Adviser and Federal Ministry of Transport.”

The president, who was represented by Vice- President Yemi Osinbajo, admonished maritime administrators across the continent to continually work together in building strong maritime economies for their respective countries.

The president bemoaned what he described as pillaging of African waters which has affected fishing activities with incidences of marine pollution

The president said: ”As things stands, African fishing ranks are being pillaged.

Its waters are being polluted and piracy has heightened maritime security challenges and caused increases in Cost Insurance and Freight (CIF).

”Regulatory and legal framework to properly manage these maritime resources and overcome the challenges are still inadequate.

We are yet to develop human capacity to respond appropriately to these challenges.

The good news, however, is that we are collaborating.”

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara commended the efforts of the Federal Ministry of Transportation in hosting the event and called for collaboration among African countries to cultivate and reap the benefits of its oceans.

Minister of Transport, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, said the Federal Government has stepped up efforts to make Nigeria a deserved maritime hub in the West and Central Africa by embarking on comprehensive port reforms and upgrading port infrastructure and linking the ports to the rail network to boost efficiency and quick cargo clearance.

In his opening remark, the Director-General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, said the country accounts for over 60 per cent of the total seaborne traffic in volume and value in West and Central Africa region.

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Lagos distributes 12 coconut processing equipment to councils

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Lagos State Government through the Lagos State Coconut Development Authority (LASCODA) has distributed coconut processing equipment to coconut processors in 12 Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas of the state as part of its empowerment programme in the coconut value chain. Special Adviser to the Governor on Food Security, Mr. Okanlawon Sanni who distributed the coconut processing equipment to beneficiaries disclosed that the state had shown commitment in boosting food security in the state, stressing that government had included coconut processors in its agricultural development programme with a view to developing the state’s coconut value chain.

Sanni noted that the 12 units of coconut processing equipment donated to coconut processors in the state included, Stainless two ton per hour coconut greater, 7.5 H.P Electric motor, Industrial burners, Aluminium bowls and spoon amongst others.

Meanwhile, Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Oluwatoyin Suarau who also spoke at the event noted that the empowerment program for the coconut processors cut across processors from Badagry, Kosofe, Ori-Ade, Oto Awori, Ibeju- Lekki, Epe, Ojo, Surulere , Ikorodu,Lekki Agege and Alimosho LGAs & LCDAs. While congratulating the beneficiaries, Suarau opined that coconut value chain has a lot of potentials that can be harnessed which can impact positively on the GDP of the country.

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Employee sues CIG motors over alleged termination of appointment

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A former staff of CIG Motors Company Limited, Akeem Adebiyi Adeyemi, has filed a N1.062 million suit before the National Industrial Court (NIC), Lagos Division, against the management of the company over an alleged wrongful termination of appointment. In the suit, reference NICN/LA/35/2018 filed through his lawyers, Olawale Fapohunda, the claimant is seeking a declaration that the purported termination of his employment with the defendant through a letter dated August 31, 2017 based on protest against certain racial comments by the chairperson of the company, Mrs Chen Xuixia is illegal, malicious and wrongful.

The claimant sought the court’s declaration that the defendant breached his right to freedom from discrimination as provided for under Section 42 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended and Federal law of Nigeria, Cap C23 LFN 2004.

He asked the court to declare that the deliberate refusal of the defendant to remit his pension contribution from April 2017 to August 2017 was unlawful and a violation of the provisions of the Pension Reforms Act 2014 and that the refusal of the defendant to remit the Personal Income Tax monthly deduction made from him to the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service was unlawful and a violation of the provisions of the Personal Income Tax Act Cap P8 LFN 2004.

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Catholic Church rejoins CAN

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Barely five years after the Roman Catholic Church in Nigeria pulled out of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the church has announced its return to the umbrella organisation of Christians in the country. The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria(CBCN) had, in a letter dated September 24, 2012, announced its withdrawal from the organisation. Although the letter was not explicit on the reasons for the action, many believed it was due to some disagreements.

The re-union which reportedly took place at the weekend, saw a delegation of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, led by Rev. Fr. (Prof.) Cornelius Omonokhua, attending an expanded two-day National Executive Committee meeting of CAN for the amendment of its constitution. President of CAN, Dr. Samson Ayokunle, expressed delight at the new development, describing it as one of the best things that has happened to CAN in recent times.

In a statement issued by Adebayo Oladeji, his Special Assistant on Media and Communications, Ayokunle said bringing the Catholic brethren back to the fold was part of his vision for CAN. “I must acknowledge the support and understanding of my brother in Christ, Most Rev Ignatius Kaigama, President, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria and his team.”

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