FG Appoints Chief Executive Of NTA, Other Parastatals

Lai-Mohammed-Nigeria-Minister-of-informationThe Nigerian government has appointed the Chief Executives of six information-related parastatals under the Ministry of Information and Culture.

The appointments were announced in Abuja on Wednesday by the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed.

A statement by a spokesman for the Minster, Mr Segun Adeyemi, said that Mr Ishaq Modibo Kawu would take over as the Director-General, National Broadcasting Commission while Mr Mansur Liman was made the Director-General of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria.

Mr Yakubu Mohammed was made the Director-General of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Dr. Garba Abari, Director-General of the National Orientation Agency, Mr Bayo Onanuga, Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria and Mr Osita Okechukwu, the Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria.

The new appointees replaced the Chief Executives of the parastatals who were disengaged on February 15.

The statement further said that the appointments take immediate effect.

FG Receives Repentant Niger Delta Militants 

Niger DeltaThe Federal Government will be receiving about 7,000 repentant militants in Akwa Ibom State on Saturday, January 23, 2016.

The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Co-ordinator of the Amnesty Program, Retired Brigadier-General Paul Boroh said that the repentant militants declared their interest to disarm and join the Niger Delta Amnesty programme.

He was speaking to journalists after an inter-agency meeting to discuss the recent attack on pipelines in the Niger Delta.

General Boroh added that the ex-agitators have also declared their willingness to be involved in plans to ensure the security of pipelines and oil facilities in the region.

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Ugure, had earlier hosted an inter-agency meeting, where strategies on how to counter the attacks on oil facilities were discussed.

Warri Pipeline Explosion

Facilities belonging to the Nigeria Gas Company, Chevron Nigeria Limited and Nigeria National Petroleum Company, NNPC were blown up by suspected militants on Friday, January 15 in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State.

This has forced the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, to announce the operational shutdown of the Port Harcourt and Kaduna Refineries owing to crude supply challenges arising from the attacks on vital crude oil pipelines.

Both the Nigerian Army and the Navy have described the attack as sabotage and terrorism which will not be tolerated.

The JTF Commander of Operation Pulo Shield in the Niger Delta, Major-General Alani Okunola, said that the task force had mobilised men to apprehend those who attacked the oil facilities.

He also warned community leaders that they would be held responsible for any attack on the country’s oil and gas facilities in their domains.

The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, while condemning the act, promised that no efforts would be spared in securing the lives and property of the citizens.

He also proposed the establishment of special courts and tribunals to tackle crimes in the maritime sector.


Warri Pipeline Vandalism Is ‘Sabotage And Terrorism’ – Navy Chief

NavyThe Chief of Naval Staff says that the recent oil pipeline vandalism in Warri, Delta State is sabotage and terrorism and will not be tolerated by the Navy.

Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas made the statement on Wednesday at a lecture with participants of Course 24 of the National Defence College in Abuja, who came from various security agencies in Nigeria.

He said that a close inspection of the explosion revealed that the intention of the saboteurs was not to steal crude oil but to damage the oil facilities which infringes on a primary mandate of the Navy and would be taken seriously.

While listing the core mandate and challenges of the Nigerian Navy, the naval boss maintained that no efforts would be spared in securing the lives and property of the citizens.

He also proposed the establishment of special courts and tribunals to tackle crimes in the maritime sector.

Also speaking on the importance of strategic information to national security, the Director General of the National Orientation Agency, Mike Omeri, observed that a continuous synergy between the people, government and security agencies was important in the fight against insurgency.

He proposed the creation of a national communication strategy to be used across national spaces, stressing that security orientation and behavioural modification must be sustained to ensure that the right impact was made on the citizens towards lasting security in Nigeria.

The attacks on the pipelines forced the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to shut down the refineries in Port Harcourt and Kaduna, a development that could further worsen the scarcity of fuel faced by many states of the oil-rich nation.

But the NNPC gave the assurance that arrangements had been made to ensure availability of petroleum products while it sought solution.

Omeri Commends Accreditation Process

Mike_Omeri2The Director General of the National Orientation Agency, Mister Mike Omeri, has commended the mass mobilisation of voters despite a few challenges identified in the accreditation process so far.

At the Ta’al Modern Primary school in Keffi, Nasarawa State, Mr Omeri expressed the hope that the election would be held smoothly, given the observed peace and tranquility at the polling stations visited.

Accreditation of voters has commenced across Nigeria as citizens go to the polls to vote in the presidential and national assembly elections, the 5th quadrennial election to be held since the end of military rule in 1999.

In Lagos State, south-west Nigeria, voting materials arrived at some of the polling units early.

Channels Television correspondents, who visited polling units in Ikeja and Ifako observed that accreditation had already started. Residents at Ifako were seen queued up in orderly manner while officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were seen giving on final instructions on election processes.

Our correspondent in Kano, north-west Nigeria, said accreditation started early and was still going on smoothly, though there were cases of some people not being able to get accredited as the card readers failed to read their finger prints.

In Otuoke, the home town of the Nigerian President and the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Goodluck Jonathan, the card reader failed to recognise the finger print of the President, forcing the INEC to accredit the President with the Register.

FG Working To Ensure Speedy Extradition Of Sadiq Aminu- Omeri

sd_mike_omeri_on_making_the_foi_act_work_201212As the Federal Government awaits the extradition of Mr Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche, a terror fugitive who was arrested in Sudan, Co-ordinator of the National Information Centre and Director General of the National Orientation Agency, Mr Mike Omeri today said relevant officials are working round the clock to fast track his extradition.

At a joint news briefing in Abuja, Mr Omeri announced the arrest of the father of Mr Sadiq Ogwuche who had earlier signed a bail bond for his son over his inability to produce him at a time he was needed by security agencies.

Mister Omeri also confirmed the Kala-Balge incident where local vigilante groups repelled an attack by Boko Haram insurgents and appealed to residents to protect and defend their communities.