Buhari Approves New Board For NTA, Others

Buhari at his office The Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) has a new board led by a former Newspaper Editor and former Presidential Spokesman, Mr Duro Onabule.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday approved the new board which consists of six other Executive Directors.

They are: Dr. Steve Egbo, Administration and Training; Abdul Hamid Salihu Dembos, Marketing; Mohammed Labbo, News; Fatima M. Barda, Finance; Stephen Okoanachi, Engineering; and Wole Coker, Programmes.

Some other appointments were also announced in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.

“At the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Aliyu Hayatu is new chairman, while Buhari Auwalu and Yinka Amosun, are Zonal Directors, Kaduna and Lagos, respectively.

“Under the Ministry of Information and Culture, the following agencies have new appointees: Nigerian Film Corporation, Dr. Chika Maduekwe, General Manager; National Theatre and National Troupe of Nigeria, Comrade Tar Ukoh, Artistic Director; National Council for Arts and Culture, Mr Olusegun Runsewe, Director-General; National Film and Video Censors Board, Folorunsho Coker, Director-General,” the statement read.

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, will also serve as the Chairman of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), while Mr Mustapha Maihaja is to serve as the agency’s Director-General.

According to the statement, other members of the NEMA Board are: “The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr David Babachir Lawal; Captain Talba Alkali, representing Ministry of Transport and Aviation; Ambassador Rabiu Dagari, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Dr. Ngozi Azadoh, Ministry of Health; Mr Muhammadu Maccido, Ministry of Interior; Mr Ajisegiri Benson Akinloye; Ministry of Water Resources, Air Vice Marshal Emmanuel Anebi, Nigerian Armed Forces; and AIG Salisu Fagge Abdullahi, Nigerian Police Force”.

The President’s spokesman said the appointments are to take immediate effect.

Dakuku Peterside Advocates More Maritime Sector Reforms

dakuku-petersideThe Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, (NIMASA), Mr Dakuku Peterside, says a lot has to change if the country must compete with the rest of the world in the maritime sector.

He made his position known in an interview with Channels Television on Saturday.

He, however, pointed out some of the achievements of the sector in recent times, among which is the decrease in piracy.

“The rate of piracy has dropped to its barest minimum because we have been able to build on agency cooperation and coordination and we’ve also been able to build a network with our regional partners.”

Apart from that, he stated that in terms of maritime safety, the number of detentions of vessels calling at the ports have reduced because according to him, “people are now more aware that we have zero tolerance for substandard vessels.”

“We have also conducted more inspections than in previous years,” he added.

The Maritime boss also hinted that the Ministry of Transportation was pursuing the real establishment of the national fleet driven by the private sector; an initiative to which NIMASA is giving its total support.

Meanwhile, it was also revealed that indigenous players in the maritime industry may soon begin to rip the benefits of the Coastal and Inland Shipping Act as Nigeria is set to disburse over a hundred million dollars sabotaged vessel financing fund.

Good Governance Identified As Panacea To Poverty Reduction

Good Governance, Poverty ReductionA committed world of good governance at the federal, state and local government levels, have been identified as a panacea towards poverty reduction in Nigeria.

This is the submission of the Director- General, West African Institute of Financial and Economic Management, Professor Akpan Ekpo, at the distinguished annual lecture for participants at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru.

He noted that the absence of committed leadership in the country is a great concern, while political will is both a necessary and sufficient condition for institutional mechanisms for poverty reduction.

The renowned economist stated that, “a committed world of good governance can reduce global poverty to the barest minimum.

“The solution does not lie within the frameworks but within concrete action that portrays the exercise of good governance at the federal state and local government levels.

“In the absence of good governance, no nation can effectively design and implement sustainable poverty reduction programmes.”

He however suggested that the way forward is for government to formulate and implement an economic blue-print that stresses sustained growth and inclusive development with specific strategies and programmes targeted at the poor.

“This must be accompanied with a robust monitoring and evaluation framework,” he said.

Reflecting on the complexity of the issue of poverty and its alleviation, Professor Ekpo posited that all hands must be on deck with non-governmental organisations, complementing government efforts.

“Globalization of society is not helping matters in this regard. It is also necessary for civil society and the private business communities to join efforts with those of government, more than ever before, to contribute to poverty alleviation in ways that reflect their interests and capabilities because utilizing non-governmental channels would help broaden the scope of government contributions to poverty reduction.

“In this regard, the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) should focus not only on individual projects, but also engage in more general analysis and proposals to government for promoting workable approaches to poverty reduction,” Ekpo added.

Buhari Appoints New Heads For 13 FG Agencies

Muhammadu-Buhari-UNGeneral-AssemblyPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Monday approved the appointments of Chief Executives for 13 Federal Government agencies.

A list of the new Chief Executives was contained in a statement by the Director of Press in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF), Bolaji Adebiyi.

The appointments are:

Joseph Ari, Director-General, Industrial Training Fund (ITF).

Dr. Isa Ibrahim, Director-General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

Simbi Wabote, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Monitoring Board.

Aboloma Anthony, Director-General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON).

Mamman Amadu, Director-General, Bureau of Public Procurement.

Sharon Ikeazor, Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate.

Princess Akodundo Gloria, National Coordinator, New Partnership for Africa’s Development.

Mr Ahmed Bobboi, Executive Secretary, Petroleum Equalisation Fund.

Umana Okon Umana, Managing Director, Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority.

Sa’adiya Faruq, Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons.

Usman Abubakar, Chairman, Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC).

Dr. Bello Gusau, Executive Secretary, Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF).

Yewande Sadiku, Executive Secretary, National Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC).

Ayade Reaches Out To Hausa Settlements In Cross River

Cross River, Ayade, HausaThe Cross River State government has reached out to the Hausa communities in the state, to commemorate the Eid-el-Kabir with them.

The residents of Bogobiri community have benefited from different healthcare services such as testing and treatment of malaria and the distribution of over 600 mosquito nets among others.

Some inhabitants from other smaller Hausa settlements were also on ground to be part of this gesture by the government.

The Director General, Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency (CRSPHCDA), Dr. Beta Edu, led a medical team to the Hausa settlement in Calabar, the state’s capital in south-south Nigeria.

She started by sensitizing the people about the AyadeCare Health Insurance Bill and the need for them to use the treated mosquito nets as their environment seemed to a breading place for mosquitoes.

The CRSPHCDA boss also urged the women of the community to partner with the government to reduce to its barest minimum maternal and child mortality.

Some of the beneficiaries expressed gratitude to the Governor Ben Ayade led government.

They said he has made the history of being the first administration to visit their communities with gifts during a festive period.

African Leaders Asked To Jumpstart Youth Involvement In Governance

AfricaLiberia’s Vice President, Joseph Boakai, has asked African leaders to jumpstart the involvement of the youth in governance in Africa.

He says the youths are eager and have what it takes to govern Africa efficiently.

Mr Boakai, who declared open the election of the first set of the Save Democracy Group, SDG-Africa Youth Parliament in Nigeria on Monday, said African leaders must stop the trend of irresponsible governance that forecloses opportunities for the growth of its youth.

Young And Capable

A former Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives, Ghali Na’Abba, told the gathering that Africa could no longer continue with the trend of recycling leaders when there were young and capable leaders set to tackle Africa’s numerous challenges.

Nearly 40 youths from seven African countries gathered in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, to build a network of African leaders under the SDG-Africa Youth Parliament.

This new network of African youth leaders is in support of the Liberian Vice President’s call for the grooming of the youths in Africa, saying that their involvement in politics only to bring older leaders into power, is no longer enough.

Africa needs transformation and change and the present practice of leaders’ recycling ‘must stop now’ for a virile future, the Director General, SDG-Africa, Ifedi Okwenna, stressed.

The principal leaders of the SDG-Africa Youth Parliament at the event elected on Monday, will form part of 120 youth parliamentarians to be spread across Africa.

They will have the task of making key contributions towards peace, progress and economic growth of Africa.

African nations are known to have old leaders of over 60 years, while most of them boast of over 60 per cent youth population.

Persons of less than 40 years are scarcely found in the cabinets of their leaders.

NEMA Celebrates World Humanitarian Day

internally-displaced-persons-NEMA (1)As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark the 2016 World Humanitarian Day, the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says about 8,000 people are in need of immediate humanitarian assistance in the Northeast.

The Director General of NEMA, who briefed reporters after a road walk to mark this year’s World Humanitarian Day in Abuja, stated that majority of those needing assistance are those recently freed from the Boko Haram captivity.

According to him, the figure includes children and pregnant women who are in dire need of food, shelter and medical care.

Every August, the United Nations raise awareness about those who need humanitarian assistance and celebrate aid workers who risk their lives trying to help.

Niger Governor Approves N2.06 Billion For Pensioners’ Arrears

Niger State, Abubakar Bello, Beji ElectrificationThe Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello has directed the release of the sum of 2.06 billion naira for the payment of 1,341 pensioners’ backlog of all arrears with immediate effect.

The Director General, Niger State Pension Board, Usman Muhammad made the disclosure in an interview with Channels Television in Minna.

He said that 1,096 local government retirees and 255 pensioners in the state civil service were to benefit from the payment.

He however stated that the board will begin payment with state pensioners that left the service under the old pension scheme before others receive their entitlements.

Mr Muhammad said that those to be paid would have to provide among others their letters of first appointment and disengagement from the service while relations of deceased workers must produce the death certificate of their relation they intend to claim their entitlements.

The Director General warned that the board would not tolerate any sharp practices during the payment’s as the full weight of the law would be brought on any one, including staff of the board that tried to circumvent the process.

He emphasized that the board was ‘critically looking into the problems associated with the pensioners that fall under the new Contributory Pension Scheme’s (CPS) with a view to ensuring they received their benefits as soon as possible’.

Mr Mohammad assured to make a different by re-positioning the board even as he believed that the payment of the entitlements of pensioners ‘will not only reflate the economy but will make those affected happy’.

He added that the governor out of magnanimity has approved the Group Life Insurance and three years emolument to next of kin as a result of death of bread winner.

FRSC Warns Against Using Expired And Fairly Used Tyres

frsc, fairly used, expired tyresThe Federal Road Safety Corps has organised an awareness programme for commercial drivers against the usage of expired and fairly used tyres, which it said is responsible for most of the accidents along highways in the country.

The sensitization programme on the need for drivers to use right and quality tyres was held at the premises of the Harmony Transport Services, Ilorin.

In his welcome address, the Kwara State Sector Commander, Sunday Maku, urged drivers to change tyres every four years after manufacturing or after 8,000 kilometres.

He advised drivers to change two tyres at once and they should be at the back and not the front as this would allow proper grip on the road.

Also contributing, the Zone 8 Commander of FRSC, John Meheux, during a demonstration, said that wrong usage of tyres and non-usage of quality could easily lead to accidents.

He urged the drivers to always check the manufacturing and expiry date of tyres constantly.

The Corp Marshall of the FRSC represented by Deputy Corp Marshall, Ademola Lawal, while also condemning the usage of fairly used tyres, admitted that the economic situation of the country might not allow people to purchase new ones.

He, however advised the transport unions to form cooperatives to purchase new tyres in bulk for their members.

The Deputy State Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Alhaji Baba Abata, who spoke in Yoruba, challenged the FRSC to ensure that fairly used tyres are not imported to guard against their usage instead of blaming the commercial drivers.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Corps Marshall told Channels Television that the percentage or actual number of deaths, injuries or accidents as a result of the bad tyres could not be given as it was yet to be computed.

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.

FRSC Goes Tough On Bad Tyre Import

Tyre-FRSCThe Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has directed its officials to impound vehicles with expired tyres plying Nigerian roads.

This instruction takes immediate effect following the rising cases of tyre-induced road accidents in recent times.

The Corp Marshall of the FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi, gave the directive on Monday at a news conference attended by Senate leaders, ministers, service chiefs and other stakeholders in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

He said that accidents caused by substandard or expired tyres have been responsible for scores of accidents in 2016 alone, hence the need to crack down on offenders.

Giving their opinions on the issue, the Director General, Standard Organisation of Nigeria, Paul Angya, and the Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-governmental Affairs, Tijjani Kaura, decried the high rate of tyre import in Nigeria.

They said that the market was awash with over 250 brands of imported tyres, most of which were substandard and could barely survive two years on the road.

They maintained that it would no longer be business as usual for the traders.

The event came on the heels of a deadly car crash that left 12 Ekiti State medical doctors dead and another accident involving seven secondary school students of Kano State.

On investigation, the FRSC confirmed that the accidents were largely caused by tyre burst, owing to over-speeding.

Channels TV Boss, John Momoh Tasks Africa On Climate Change

Climate ChangeThe Chairman/CEO of Channels Television, Mr John Momoh, has drawn the attention of African leaders to the serious dangers of climate change.

This came as the foremost television station affirmed its commitment to re-directing the mind-set of the government to guarding the environment jealously and reducing air and water pollution.

Mr Momoh spoke at the Transcorp Hotel in Abuja on Saturday during the launch of a joint production of an environmental programme by Channels Television and Deutsche Welle Television called [email protected].

The Chairman/CEO of Channels Television, in his short opening remark, emphasised the importance of putting more effort into protecting the environment from further degeneration.

“We are really excited today that we are expanding our coverage footprints to the subject of environment which we all know is under threat. We are also familiar with the issue of global warming which makes Africa’s future less green.

“Indeed Africa is facing a dramatic increase in air and water pollution, drought and wildlife extinction and unless immediate action is taken to clean up the continent’s environment, its future may be bleak,” he said.

Based on findings by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) that over the next 30 years, growing populations, wars, climate change and the introduction of alien plants and animal species will increase poverty, destroy the environment and spread disease, Mr John Momoh expressed hope that Nigeria’s Minister for Environment, would get the much needed political support of the government and wide engagement of public, private and civil society institutions and the public in general.Eco@Africa-launch-Channels-TV-DW

On the production of [email protected], he said, “This partnership couldn’t have been more timely. It comes at a time when the government is focusing intensely on taking decisive steps towards implementing our environment policy process.

“So we are right on queue with the launch of [email protected] and we are right on queue with DW.

“We at Channels are very proud to be collaborating with DW in this production and together we’ll use the programme to assist in providing direction on the continent’s intended action to address environmental issues affecting its people and the economy.”

The launch follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by the Chairman of Channels Television, Mr John Momoh and DW’s Director General, Peter Limbourg in Paris in 2015.

Also speaking at the launch, the Director-General of Deutsche Welle Television, Mr Peter Limbourg, also expressed hope that the initiative would make a huge impact on Africa and Europe’s efforts on the environment.

He revealed that it was the first time that DW in over 60 years of its existence would produce a magazine with another TV channel in the world with both sides contributing.

He acknowledged the importance of Nigeria in the African continent in terms of its population, culture and wealth of human resources.

Speaking on the collaboration with Channels TV, he said, “What brings us together is that we both have high journalistic standards, we both are professionals and we are dedicated to the subjects; not only selling things, we are interested in the world.”

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Minister of the Environment, who was represented by Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Environment, Bukar Hassan, said that the federal government has endorsed [email protected]

He said that with partnerships such as Channels TV and DW’s the country would do everything to have a more sustainable environment.

[email protected] will report on innovations and best-practice guidelines in Africa and Europe and will present ideas on environmental protection from all over the world.

It will focus on the preservation of biological diversity, the utilization of national resources, energy sources of tomorrow and the mobility of the future.

The magazine is designed to be interactive; readers will be able to contribute their own ideas by uploading stories, photos and videos to social media.