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Immigration boss tasks newly decorated officers on professionalism 

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The Comptroller General, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mr Muhammad Babandede, has urged newly decorated senior officers of the service to exhibit high sense of professionalism and commitment to duty.


Babandede said this during the virtual decoration of senior officers of the service on Wednesday in Abuja.

He said that officers should carry out their duty in line with the mandate of the service especially in furtherance of the Federal Government policy on ease of doing business. 

 

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 100 senior officers were promoted by the Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Board (CDCFIB) vide a letter referenced , /503/138. 

 

The number of junior officers who were also promoted within the same period were 3,548 and 118 conversions.

 

Babandede directed that all other officers promoted be decorated at the Zonal and Command levels due to COVID-19 protocols given by the Federal Government in keeping social distancing.

“I am not looking for certificate. I am looking for professionalism in this service. I want you to be a professional immigration officer, a professional visa issuer and professional technician who can repair our equipment.

“I encourage you all to have a skill rather than rushing to get a certificate.

“A lot of people are rushing to get certificate but this cannot help Nigeria, what will help Nigeria is skill. And I hope we will encourage our officers to do that, ” he said.

 

Babandede said that the service was trying its best to be gender balanced,  adding that the service would continue to ensure that it practiced gender balancing.

“A total of 29 Comptroller of Immigration (CIS)  to the rank of Assistant Comptroller General (ACG) and a total of 71 Deputy Comptroller of immigration (DCI) to the rank of Comptroller of Immigration (CIS) were promoted.

 

“Out of the 29 ACGs, we have 7 females and out of the 71 CIS, we have 14 females. We are still trying our best to ensure gender equality in our service, ” he said.

Babandede urged senior officers decorated to be up and doing, adding that promotion was not by chance but hard work.

“To whom much is given, they say  much is expected. But I am expecting too much from you because of COVID -19 which means you have more work to do.

“I urge you that wherever you are posted, stay there and do your work. The E-registration System of immigration has almost been completed, so be prepared, ” he said.

On his part, Commissioner, CDCFIB, Maj. Gen. Emmanuel Bassey (Rtd.), advised the newly promoted officers to justify the promotion by working harder and adding value to the service.

 

“Many are called, few are chosen. The few of you that have been chosen are  expected to perform well. There is always something to look up to at any point in time. Do not relax. You must justify this deserved position.

“For those who were not promoted should never feel disappointed. It is not the end of time. Your chance to be promoted will surely come.

“The promotion for 2020 will be done this year by God’s grace, so do not be worried, ” he said.

Assistant Comptroller General, (ACG) Mrs Doris Braimah, on behalf of the decorated senior officers,  said that promotion came from God and to him alone be all the glory.

 

Braimah said that promotion came with more work and responsibility, adding that as the newly decorated officers assumed their new roles, they would do their best to carry out their duties.

 “On that note, we promise to do all that is within our powers to uphold the value of the NIS. We shall perform our task diligently and promise not to let the service down, ” she said.

  

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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NSCDC prevents thieves from diverting 1,100 litres of PMS across border

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The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has taken charge of 1,100 litres of Petroleum Mentholated Spirit ( PMS) meant to be taken away  from Nigeria to Benin Republic  through the  water ways by some oil thieves.


 

The Commandant of NSCDC, Lagos State, Mr Iskil Makinde, at the display of the exhibits in Lagos on Monday  said  that the thieves  were arrested in their boat while they were carting away the product to Benin Republic from Badagary where it was siphoned.

 

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr  Makinde assumed duty in Lagos  on Aug. 24 following a posting order dated Aug. 17 from Commandant -General of the NSCDC, Abdullahi Mohammadu.

 

The Commandant said that  the incident  happened on Sept. 20 and that the products were stocked in polythene bags and kegs.

 

According to him at the parade,  all attempts to stop the culprits initially proved abortive.

 

“ However, a hot pursuit by the NSCDC marine corps of the thieves  made them abandoned the boat in which the products were loaded and jumped into the sea to escape,” he said.

 

Makinde  said that  other exhibits recovered at the scene include a wooden canoe which cracked in the course of bringing it to the shore.

 

“ Also recovered is a 740 HP Yamaha engine used to power the boat,” he said.

 

The  NSCDC boss described the incident as very unfortunate, especially, when the country needed all resources to enable it stabilise after  the  COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The  commandant  said  that the corps would not condone any act of criminality in the state.

 

“The corps is also assuring  the residents of Lagos State  of peaceful environment as its personnel are  set of ridding the state  of all criminal elements,” he said

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Source: NAN

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NAHCON mourns Emir of Zazzau

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The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, (NAHCON) has expressed sadness over the death the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris.


NAHCON Executive Chairman,  Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan, in a statement by Mrs Fatima Usara, Head, Public Affairs of the commission, on Monday in Abuja, described the demise of the monarch as a great loss to the country.

Hassan also said that the demise of the emir came at a time when dignified royal fathers like him were most needed.

He said his personality was most needed in cementing the unity of the Nigerian society along the vision of the States and Federal Government.

He said that the NAHCON family extended its condolence to President Muhammadu Buhari, Gov. Nasiru El-Rufa’I of Kaduna State, his immediate family and entire people of Zazzau over the loss of the venerated statesman.

” We pray jannatul firdaus to be his final abode. May the Almighty grant his family and people the fortitude to bear the loss,” he said.

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Fayemi inaugurates steering committee on Open Government Partnership

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Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti on Monday inaugurated the steering committee of Open Government Partnership (OGP), to further demonstrate his administration’s commitment to open governance, transparency and accountability.


News Agency of Nigeria reports that OGP is an international multi-stakeholder initiative aimed at promoting open governance, citizen’s empowerment, fight corruption and harness new technology to strengthen member states.

Fayemi, who inaugurated the committee at the Governor’s Office, Ado-Ekiti, said the OGP initiative was in consonance with his restoration agenda as clearly spelt out in the five pillars of his administration.

The steering committee, which is to be coordinated by the Commissioner for Budget, Mr Femi Ajayi, had the Director General Office of Transformation and Service Delivery (OTSD), Prof. Mobolaji Aluko as member.

Special Adviser, Bureau of Public Procurement, Mr O’seun Odewale; Permanent Secretary (Finance) Mr Folorunso; Permanent Secretary (Budget) Mr Adeleke Adefolaju; Accountant General, Mrs Titilayo Olayinka and Special Adviser, Mr Biodun Oluleye.

Others include: Prof. Oluwadare C.T, Olafunsho Olajide from Disability Not a Barrier Initiative; President, Ekiti Chambers of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA), Chief Kola Akosile; and Representative of the Institution of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, Mrs Agbaje.

Members of the steering committee, according to the Governor, were selected from civil society organisations, professional bodies, youth parliaments, public service and other interest groups.

This was to ensure more commitment from the government to promote open governance, empower citizens, fight corruption and harness new technology to strengthen governance in Ekiti State.

The Governor explained that his administration had always prioritised inclusion of the needs and aspirations of towns and communities in the State’s annual budgets

He said that the OGP initiative would increase collaboration between government and other stakeholders to improve the standard of living of the people in the state.

“The Open Government Partnership initiative will also promote more collaboration work within government by promoting mutual accountability, information sharing and coordination among MDAs.

“This will promote efficiency in government and delivery of the goals of the five pillars,” he said.

Fayemi explained that OGP would further strengthen his administration’s reforms in open budget, open contracting, revenue transparency, beneficial ownership transparency, assets disclosure, access to information, citizens’ engagement and empowerment.

Ekiti being the first State to join OGP in South-western Nigeria, Fayemi expressed delight that his administration’s efforts at deepening good governance and embracing inclusive participation were gaining recognition at international level.

According  to him,  as a responsible government, we always insisted that all government functionaries demonstrated understanding of accountability and transparency in their various activities.

“The policy areas are the right to information, gender and inclusion, digital governance and rights, protection of civic space and natural resources and fight against corruption.

“The OGP was launched in 2011 with eight (8) founding member government. In July, 2016 Nigeria, through the efforts of Open Alliance, joined the partnership as 70th member country.

“To deepen ongoing institutional and policy reforms in Ekiti State, we applied for membership of Open Government Partnership in October, 2019, the application was graciously approved,” he said.

Earlier, the Commissioner for Budget and Economic Development, Mr Femi Ajayi stated that the initiative involved engaging citizens in governance, adding that the benefits of the partnership was enormous.

Ajayi said that such partnership, if well coordinated would cement the already cordial relationship between the government and the civil society.

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NCC set to commence cost-based review of new rates for International voice calls services

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is set to commence a cost-based review to determine new pricing regime for mobile International Termination Rate (ITR) for inbound international voice calls in the country.


Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, Director, Public Affairs, NCC, made this known in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ITR is the rate paid to local operators by international operators to terminate calls in Nigeria.

Adinde said that as part of the process for the rate determination, the Commission has organised a virtual stakeholders’ engagement forum with relevant industry stakeholders.

He said that the meeting was to intimate them about the ongoing cost-based study and the need to cooperate with Messrs Payday Advance and Support Services Limited, the consultants engaged to carry out the study.

Addressing the stakeholders, NCC Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Umar Danbatta, said the study had become imperative following the various implementation constraints arising from contending industry and market dynamics that met previous efforts at finding an optimum price for the termination of international voice services in Nigeria.

Danbatta, said through the new ITR pricing, the Commission would be able to balance the competing objectives of economic efficiency and allowing operators the latitude to generate reasonable revenue.

He, however, explained that in 2013, the Commission issued a determination stating that Mobile Termination Rates (MTR) were the same irrespective of where the call originated from, adding that it was largely misconstrued by operators at that time that ITR should be the same rate as the MTR.

He said this led to operators ignoring the international cost portion, where ITRs were agreed at MTR level without a positive residual to cover the costs of the international leg for local operators.

“As a result of this, the ITRs continued to decline, in line with the MTR glide path and as the ITR was set in naira, it suffered a further downward slide in dollar terms following the currency devaluation.

“Ironically, the Nigerian operators paid the international operators in dollars to deliver international calls which created an imbalance of payments as the ITR in Nigeria declined,” he said.

Danbatta said Nigerian operators’ profitability and commercial results were negatively affected putting Nigeria’s ITR below that of most countries with which it made and received the most calls, thereby making Nigerian operators perpetual net payers.

“According to him, this has, therefore, led to undue pressure on the nation’s foreign reserves, which continued to get depleted by associated net transfers to foreign operators on account of this lop-sidedness.

“Hence the need for Nigeria, with volatile a currency to regulate the ITR to prevent or mitigate the imbalance of payments with international operators.

“Where ITR is not properly regulated, it tends to have negative effect on a market like Nigeria with major supply side challenges and associated socio-economic implications. So, setting a rate substantially above the MTR has resulted in a number of repercussions.

“One of such is the consumer shift to online channels as calls are increasingly made through Internet Protocol (IP)-based technologies such as Skype and WhatsApp because of high international call prices.

“To this end, an economically-efficient ITR that is cost-based will maximise economic benefits to all stakeholders,” he said.

Earlier in her remarks,NCC Director, Policy, Competition and Economic Analysis, Mrs Yetunde Akinloye, said the forum was aimed at formally engaging with and sharing the perspectives and insights of industry stakeholders.

Akinloye said that it was also for ultimately enlisting their collective support in relation to the inputs and requirements towards the determination of a mutually- realistic ITR in Nigeria.

She noted that the project commenced on March 10, with a kick-off meeting but was stalled by the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, necessitating the need to explore emerging channels of engagement to move forward and ensure the completion of the project.

Akinloye reiterated the Commission’s commitment to continuously provide a conducive environment and level-playing field for the effective interplay of factors that would sustain market development and growth.

“This is addition to ensuring the provision of qualitative and efficient telecommunications regulatory services for the benefit of consumers and licensees,” she said.

Edited By: Ali Baba-Inuwa
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