Dame Jonathan Commissions Nigeria’s Newly Acquired Fishing Vessel

Fishing_vessel_polandIn a bid to boost its economy through the agriculture sector, Nigeria today officially acquired the first ever dual purpose vessel Newly built in Gdansk, Republic of Poland.

The vessel is billed for deep sea fishing and research works.

Dame Patience Jonathan, who commissioned the vessel, expressed happiness that when put to use, the vessel named RV Bayagbona after the First Executive Director of Nigerian Institute of Oceanography and Marine Research, Dr. Bayagbona will further drive the Agricultural policy of President Goodluck Jonathan to make Nigeria self-sufficient in food production, especially fish production.

The First Lady said the acquisition of the vessel will enhance the exploration of these resources. She also noted that the vessel will boost Nigeria’s capacity in Marine and Oceanography research for sustainable development and management of the country’s vast resources.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Akinwumi Adesina said the acquisition of the 10.1 million Euro vessel will see to 25 per cent reduction in fish importation, giving room for the exploitation of the country’s rich tuna resources.

Channels Television’s correspondent, Lauretta Chiogor, reports that RV Bayagbona is due back in Nigeria next month and will be handed over to the Institute for Marine Research and Oceanography.

She also adds that the vessel will operate on a Public Private Partnership.

Ikorodu: Okada Rider Shot By Policeman Identified As Olalekan

The young motorcycle rider, identified as Olalekan, who was shot dead yesterday by a policeman in Ikorodu, Lagos, was shot three times by the law enforcement agent when he tried to resist the seizure of his motorcycle.

Channels Television correspondent, Lauretta Chiogor, who visited the area reported that Olalekan died instantly.

A visit to the Ikorodu General Hospital also revealed that three Rapid Respond Squad (RRS) vehicles have been stationed around the premises and the hospital gates have been locked as friends wait outside the gate, waiting to see the corpse of the victim.

The Okada riders association in the area has called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of the police officer, identified as Haruna.

Allegations involving bribery and corruption have been leveled against the officer whose whereabouts are unknown at present.

Sources told Channels Television that Haruna demands sums from N5000 up to N15000 from Okada riders, who he insists are plying illegal routes.