The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Institute of Transport Technology (NITT), Zaria, on research and training towards enhancing maritime safety and security in Nigeria.
Dr Bashir Jamoh, the Director-General of NIMASA, said on Saturday in Zaria that the MoU was hinged on research and training with a view to enhance local content and boost the quality assurance of the institute.
The director-general noted that NITT and NIMASA have been together for over three decades.
“The MoU signing ceremony was to formalise and strengthen the relationship in terms of research, training and development,” Jamoh said.
According to him, activities of sea pirates had negatively impacted the sector in 2020 and dented the image of our country.
He however noted that the attacks by sea pirates subsided by 2021 and from January 2022 to date Nigeria did not record any attack by the pirates.
He said NIMASA achieved the success through strategic collaborations and partnerships with key stakeholders in the sector.
He added that collaboration with the NITT would further support NIMASA with research to sustain the gains and strengthen the sector.
Jamoh said with the signing of the MoU, the NITT would assist NIMASA with either research or training in wherever it observed gaps.
“If it is gaps on individuals that drive the transport industry then the gaps would be bridged in terms of training.
“If it is in terms of infrastructure, the institute will conduct research to determine the type of infrastructure that would address the identified gaps.
“If the gaps were identified in terms of the general progress of the industry, the institute would also come-in,’’ he said.
He stated that NITT was established to develop not only the maritime industry but the whole transport and logistics sector, stressing that NIMASA will sustain its support to the institute towards enhancing growth and development in the transport and logistics sector.
The Director-General of NITT, Dr Bayero Farah, said the MoU was aimed at strengthening the relationship between NITT and NIMASA so that NITT can provide more training to the staff of NIMASA.
Farah said the MoU was also hinged on collaborative research between the two agencies on critical and dynamic issues that affect the maritime industry in Nigeria.
He said:“At any time we had issues in the Maritime Sector, NITT and NIMASA would conduct a research and proffer solution based on international best practice.
“With the signing of this MoU the training of NIMASA’s managers’ cadre by the NITT towards enhancing the growth of the sector would commence with immediate effect.
The Kwara Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) has promoted 332 and step upgraded 235 members of staff.
The service said the beneficiaries included 16 senior staff and 316 junior personnel.
This is contained in a statement announcing the conclusion of its staff appraisal and promotion exercise for 2021, signed by the Executive Chairman of the agency, Mrs Shade Omoniyi, in Ilorin on Saturday.
Omoniyi appreciated members of staff of the service for their commitment to making a positive difference and impact on revenue drive for the state.
She also commended taxpayers and other stakeholders who were strategic to the processes of tax administration in the state for their unwavering support and contribution towards generating revenue for the strategic development of the state.
“This is in recognition of the contribution of staff to the overall achievement of the Service and particularly in the actualisation of the 95.61% of our annual budget of 2021. “A feat that is the highest target hit since the agency was founded in 2016. The service has also been able to achieve N18.036 billion IGR collection for the State in the half year of 2022, a leap from revenue collection of N16 billion for half year 2021. “This milestone is an attestation to the effort of the AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq- led administration in rewarding performance and ensuring that conducive work and business environment are in place and a Kwara of everyone’s dream can become a reality.
“As a service, we are resolute in our bid to continuously prioritise staff welfare in all ramifications; “Develop an extensive training plan for all, with focus on relevant areas as it affect our operations, better service delivery, support a work life balance and continuous review and improvement on the appraisal process,” the statement read in part.
The Kwara Government has received an interim report on the verification of pensioners in the state.This is contained in a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Head of Service (HoS), Mr. Murtala Atoyebi, in Ilorin on Saturday.It explained that the State Government contracted a financial consortium in December 2021, to conduct a verification exercise on pensioners as a result of the challenges inhibiting the smooth payment of pensioners’ entitlement.The interim report submitted by the firm indicated that a total of 16,368 pensioners were processed for screening out of which only 9,931 were verified valid, it said.It added that a total of 6,437 pensioners failed to participate in the exercise which was conducted in all the 16 local government areas of the state to ease the burden of the aged.“Consequently, the government has directed the office of the state Accountant General to suspend forthwith, payment to the affected pensioners effective from this July until they are cleared.“The Government advise all those with anomalies in their documentation to immediately clear such with the consultant while those that failed to appear for the verification exercise should go to the Staff Development College, Ilorin, for screening, commencing from Monday, August 1,” the statement read in part.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
The Police Command in Kwara has warned criminals and bandits to keep off as the state was not their base.
The command’s Spokesman, SP Okasanmi Ajayi, served the warning in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday in Ilorin.
It dismissed as fake intelligence report circulating on several social media platforms that some forest reserves in parts of Kwara have been taken over by bandits.
The reports claimed that bandits were ready to use the forests to launch attacks on Kwara and some neighbouring states.
“The command wishes to state categorically that Kwara is safe and secured and no part of Kwara is occupied by bandits or terrorists.
“The writers and sharers of that fake intelligence report are mischievous, desirous of sowing a seed of distrust and fear in the minds of the good people of Kwara in particular and Nigeria in general.
“This is an attempt to create panic in the minds of peace loving Kwarans, but they have failed,” it said.
According to the statement, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Tuesday Assayomo, has renewed police and other security agencies commitment and alertness to the protection and the defence of lives and property of residents.
“Aggressive and extensive patrols have been emplaced in the state, while vigilante groups and hunters have been coopted in patrolling the forests and bushes.
“Consequently, the good people of the state are advised to give information to the police whenever anything negative or sinister developments is being suspected around their vicinity,” it urged.
The statement also enjoined residents to go about their lawful businesses without fear of attack or intimidation.
It assured that the command would not relent in regular patrols, intelligence gathering and raiding of black spots in conjunction with sister security agencies in the state.
The incumbent Chairman of Tangaza Local Government Council in Sokoto State, Alhaji Bashir Kalanjeni, has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP ).
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Kalanjeni defected to the APC alongside eight serving and two former councillors in the area.
This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Bashar Abubakar, the Special Assistant to Sen. Aliyu Wamakko (APC-Sokoto North), on New Media, on Sunday in Abuja.
Abubakar listed the councillors as Zakariyya Madugu, Abubakar Kalanjeni, Abubakar Aliyu, Halilu Aliyu, Ibrahim Sarkin-Tudu, Musa Sakkwai, Abdullahi Garba and Jamilu Muhammad.
Abubakar named the two ex-councillors as Abdullahi Garba and Jamilu Muhammad.
Wamakko, while welcoming them into the party assured that they would be carried along for the development of the party and the state as a whole.
He expressed confidence that APC would win the 2023 general elections with landslide victories across Nigeria.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Saturday received another batch of 140 Nigerians stranded from Agadas, Niger Republic.
The NEMA Coordinator, Kano Territorial Office, Dr Nuradeen Abdullahi, confirmed this while receiving the returnees in Kano.According to him, the returnees were brought back to Kano at about 9.38 p.
m in three luxury buses under the care of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) from Agadas.
Abdullahi noted that the returnees were brought back through a voluntary repatriation programme for the distressed who had left the country to seek greener pastures in various European countries and could not afford to return when their journey became frustrated.
The returnees included 100 male adults, 30 female adults and 10 children (six female and four male), he said.
“The returnees are from different parts of the country, some from Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Jos, Lagos and Cross River, among other states.
”The coordinator further explained that the returnees would be trained for four days to be self-reliant and be given a grant to start off businesses.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the returnees were given clothes, food, toiletries, blankets, mosquito nets, pampers and sanitary pad each.
He enjoined the returnees to be ambassadors towards advocacy and sensitisation against irregular migration.
“Nigerians should avoid endangering their lives by travelling to seek for greener pastures in other countries as no country is better than Nigeria,” Abdullahi said.
A returnee, Madam Aisha Lawal, from Kaduna State, a divorcee and mother of five, said she travelled to Libya for greener pasture with one of her kids.
“I was a business woman before I left my husband, we are suffering and i have no capital to continue with my business that was why I decided to travel to Libya,” she said.
Another returnee, Mr Richard Odogwu from Lagos State, said before he travelled he was working in a company.
“I was sacked from the company I work to make little money in taking care of my six siblings.
“My parents are dead and I have to take care of my siblings that was why i decided to travel to Libya to search for greener pasture,” said Odogwu.
NAN recalls that the agency had between May and June received a total of 227 stranded Nigerians from Agadas.
The returnees were received by NEMA along with other agencies, including Nigeria Red Cross, SEMA, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and IDPs ascwell as the DSS.
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Person (NAPTIP) has rescued no fewer than 615 victims of human trafficking in Katsina State from January 2022 to date.
The NAPTIP Commander in the state, Mr Musa Aliyu, revealed this while briefing newsmen on Saturday in Katsina to mark World Day against trafficking in persons.
Aliyu said that NAPTIP received the victims in collaboration with stakeholders from the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), the Nigeria Police Force and the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) operating in the state.
He urged the Nigerian youths not to be deceived with the so-called greener pastures, noting that this year’s theme for the celebration is “Use and Abuse of Technology”.
According to him, the theme focuses on the use of technology as a tool that can enable and impede human trafficking.
The state Coordinator of the Network Against Child Trafficking, Abuse and Labour (NACTAL), Mr Shola Babadiya, described cyber technology as an avenue used by human traffickers to further their nefarious activities under its power of anonymity.
He pointed out that the traffickers use cyber technology to not only mobilise and recruit their victims but also arrange for their transportation and logistics.
Babadiya called on Nigerians to be on alert and always collaborate with NAPTIP to end the act of human trafficking in the state.
The state Commissioner for Women Affairs, Hajiya Rabi’ah Muhammad, also urged media practitioners to intensify efforts on anti-human trafficking awareness campaign.
“Especially among the general public on the ills of human trafficking amid the tactics employed by traffickers in luring their victims into their nets,” she said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the news conference was organised by the state Ministry of Women Affairs, NAPTIP and NACTAL.
Mané scores as Bayern Munich beat RB Leipzig for German Super Cup Match Leipzig (Germany), July 30, 2022 Sadio Mané scored on his competitive debut for new-look Bayern Munich as they overcame RB Leipzig 5-3 in thrilling fashion on Saturday to lift the German Super Cup.Germany teenager Jamal Musiala rifled Bayern Munich ahead after RB Leipzig had failed to clear a corner-kick after 14 minutes.
Ex-Liverpool forward Mané then tapped in on the half hour from Serge Gnabry’s pass as the Bavarians quickly got used to life without new FC Barcelona signing Robert Lewandowski.
Benjamin Pavard made it three before the interval.
The season curtain-raiser between last term’s Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich and the German Cup winners was held in Leipzig.
But the hosts did little to threaten the visitors until Marcel Halstenberg’s second-half header.
Gnabry and Christopher Nkunku then traded goals before Dani Olmo’s late strike for RB Leipzig made things interesting, only for Leroy Sané to score at the death.
“I’m really, really happy to win my first trophy with Bayern Munich.
“I’m looking forward to more trophies,” Mané said later on.
Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann, formerly at RB Leipzig, started Senegal’s African Player of the Year while other new signings such as Matthijs de Ligt began on the bench.
RB Leipzig’s Domenico Tedesco meanwhile included Austria midfielder Konrad Laimer, heavily linked with a move to Bayern Munich.
But left-back Angelino was missing as he looks for another club with Hoffenheim’s David Raum set to arrive.
After a minute’s silence and applause for late Germany great Uwe Seeler, the first excitement came when Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer raced out of his box.
But he failed to clear the ball, only for his defenders to mop up for him.
Bayern Munich then took the lead but it was more to do with RB Leipzig’s casual defending than anything.
After some pinball in the box, 19-year-old Musiala pounced and made no mistake.
A lot is expected of midfielder Musiala this season —- with Bayern Munich set to play without an out-and-out striker —- and he passed his audition with aplomb.
RB Leipzig, linked in the media with former Borussia Mönchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl, thought they had soon levelled.
But Nkunku —- Bundesliga Player of the Season last term —- was rightly flagged offside.
Mané then made the headlines, even though in truth it was one of the easiest goals he will ever score, with two more efforts later on chalked off for offside.
Musiala took centre stage again by setting up Pavard on the stroke of half-time.
But RB Leipzig’s defending was again loose following the departure of Nordi Mukiele to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).
Substitute Andre Silva struck the bar for RB Leipzig after the break and Halstenberg went one better with his own header from a corner-kick.
But any hopes of a comeback were quickly ended by Gnabry smashing into the roof of the net.
Nkunku’s 77th-minute penalty kick and Olmo’s fine finish came too late for the Red Bulls as Bayern Munich’s defence suddenly wilted, before Sané had the last laugh on the break.
“In the first half they simply showed their strength.
They were coming from everywhere, left and right,” said RB Leipzig’s Tedesco.
“We’ve got to improve and bring the lads to a good level.
” The game clashed with the first round of the German Cup, meaning that RB Leipzig and Bayern Munich take on Ottensen and Viktoria Cologne at the end of August.
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Weightlifter Adijat Olarinoye beat others in the women’s 55kg category to win the first gold for Nigeria at the 2022 Commonwealth Games and set a new Games record on Saturday.
Olarinoye lifted 92kg in snatch and 111kg in clean and jerk, making 203kg in total to set a new Games record in the category.
India’s Bindyanari Sorokhanibam settled for the silver medal with a total of 202kg, while England’s Fraer Morrow settled for the bronze medal with 198kg.
The Senate Chief Whip, Orji Kalu, has congratulated the newly elected President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Archbishop Daniel Okoh.Kalu, in a statement issued on Saturday in Abuja, described the newly elected President as a committed religious leader who is committed to nation building.
Acknowledging the leading roles played by CAN in advocating religious harmony and peace, Kalu said that spiritual leaders have major roles to play in the social, economic and political development of Nigeria.
According to him, the role of religious platforms in promoting peace and unity cannot be overemphasised.
The former governor of Abia urged the President of CAN to sustain the good legacies of his predecessor, who championed religious tolerance and harmony among Nigerians regardless of tribal, ethnic and religious differences.
He said, “on behalf of the people of Abia North Senatorial district, I congratulate the newly elected President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Archbishop Daniel Okoh on his assumption of office.
“The spiritual leader has served meritoriously in various positions in all facets of life.
“His emergence as President of CAN is a testimony to his goodwill and pedigree across the country.
“Archbishop Okoh, no doubt, will consolidate and build on the achievements of his predecessor”.
Kalu wished the new President a successful tenure while also wishing the outgoing President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle continued success in his spiritual endeavours.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Okoh is the General Superintendent of Christ Holy Church also known as Nation Builders.