National Shipping Line To Operate On PPP Basis, NIMASA Says

NIMASA, Peterside DakukuNigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) says the proposed national shipping line will be managed on a Public–Private Partnership (PPP) basis.

The Director General of NIMASA, Mr Peterside Dakuku, disclosed this to reporters on Monday in Lagos State, southwest Nigeria.

Making clarifications on the proposed national shipping line, Mr Dakuku said funding of the national carrier would come from the private sector.

He also stated that Nigeria has signed to several protocols that would help detect, rid and tackle pirates as well as security breaches on its waterways.

House Holds Public Hearing On Revenue Leakages In NIMASA

House of Representatives, NIMASAThe House of Representatives says it expects that the revenue generated by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) be used for public good and not for private interests.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, gave the charge on Wednesday in Abuja, during the public hearing on revenue leakages and operational deficiencies in NIMASA.

Speaker Dogara expressed hope that with the new leadership in the agency and from the result expected from the investigation, revenue from the agency would flow into government coffers.

The Chairman, House Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration, Honourable Mohammed Bago, on his part made it clear that the investigation was to ensure that government gets its due.

The Director General of NIMASA, Mr Peterside Dakuku, outlined some of the challenges confronting the agency.

Agreeing with the Speaker, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transportation, Sabiu Zakari, said that the government was also carrying out a full investigation into all the operations of the agency.

The House Committee is expected to submit its report to the House for consideration and adoption.

Appeal Court Nullifies Wike’s Election

Nyesom WikeThe Court of Appeal has struck out the appeal of Nyesom Wike, seeking a dismissal of the judgment of the Rivers State Election Petition Tribunal which sacked him as governor of the state.

The five-man panel of the appellate court held that Mr Wike was not validly elected as governor, having failed to comply with the provisions of the Electoral Act and the electoral guidelines laid down by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The panel dismissed Mr Wike’s appeal for lacking in merit and ordered INEC to conduct fresh elections for the office of the Governor of Rivers State.

Plans To Contest

Governor Wike, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) predicated his appeal on seven grounds.

He asked the Appeal Court to, among other issues, determine whether the Tribunal’s failure to turn down his preliminary objection did not amount to denying him an opportunity to fair hearing.

He urged the court to overturn the verdict of the Tribunal on the ground that he was denied pre-hearing conference.

Mr Wike also asked the court to set aside the verdict of the Tribunal on the ground that Mr Peterside Dakuku of the All Progressives Congress (APC) lacked the locus standi to challenge the outcome of the election in addition to his claim that the Tribunal lacked the jurisdiction to hear the petition.

At the hearing on Wednesday, one after the other, the five man appeal panel knocked out the grounds of appeal saying Mr Wike was never validly elected as the Governor of Rivers State‎.

Although the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party was not in court, the chairman of the APC in Rivers State, Dr Davis Ikanya, applauded the verdict of the Appeal Court.

Lawyer to the APC, Emeka Ngige, also applauded the verdict of the court.

After the judgement was delivered, the counsel to the PDP and Mr Wike, Mr Ifedao Adedipe, announced plans to contest the verdict of the court.

With the Supreme Court as the terminal point for governorship election petitions, the last may not have been heard of the April 11, 2015 governorship election in rivers state.‎

The Election Petition Tribunal headed by Justice Suleiman Ambrosa had, in a judgment on October 24 voided Wike’s election and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a fresh election in the state.

‎The Tribunal in its ruling stated that the characters of voters called by Mr Wike were impugned under cross-examination and that it agreed that the evidence of the witnesses of Wike and INEC was incredible and unreliable.