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Lanlehin preaches peace at Easter




By Ibrahim.abdulazeez

Iseyin(Oyo State) , April 21, 2019 Sen. Olufemi Lanlehin, the governorship candidate of the Action Democratic Congress (ADC) in Oyo State  in the March governorship election, on Sunday urged Christian faithful to imbibe the lessons of Easter.

The ADC standard bearer, who made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN ) said “ the reason for the season must not be forgotten.

“Our Lord Christ died on the cross of Calvary to save humanity and also underscores the importance of sacrifice; we must imbibe this spirit and endeavour to emulate Him, “he said.

He further admonished the people of the state to live in peace with one another , saying, “no meaningful development can be achieved without peace,” he said.

Also speaking in another Interview, the party’s deputy  governorship candidate, Mr Saheed Adejare-Alaran, urged the people of the state to ensure peaceful coexistence irrespective of their religious differences.

“I was born into a Muslims family and growing up, we had friends across other religious beliefs and our parents did not discriminate.

“This was how most of our people in the South-West region were brought up and that culture of religious tolerance must not be allowed to die.

“It is disheartening today that some parents are discriminating against people of different faith, we must learn to live in peace, “ he said.


COVID-19: NIMASA issues advisory on vessels from high risk countries



The Management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has notified stakeholders about 13 vessels from five countries heavily affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Eight of the vessels are expected to berth in Apapa, Lagos; four in Bonny and one in Port Harcourt in Rivers.

The Director-General of NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh, made this known in a statement signed by Mr Philip Kyanet, Head, Corporate Communications, NIMASA, in Lagos on Saturday.

According to him, information about the vessels, expected to arrive the three Nigerian ports between June 23 and July 17, was received through the Command, Control, Communication, Computer and Intelligence System (C4i) Centre under the NIMASA Deep Blue Project.

He noted that the project was also called the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure.

Jamoh added that the need to ensure stakeholders adhere strictly to the guidelines put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria informed the decision to red-flag the vessels.

“We are counting on the continued cooperation of frontline government agencies and private sector operators in this regard as we jointly wage the war against the COVID-19 pandemic,” Jamoh said.

The director-general said the advisory was to further alert all agencies of government and private sector operators at the ports of expected arrival of the vessels.

He urged them to demand the highest level of professionalism from all concerned officers in keeping with the agency’s earlier advice on the handling of such vessels.

He added that operators at the ports should ensure all safety measures and precautions in the best interest of the maritime community and the country were fully applied.

NIMASA had earlier given an advisory through a marine notice on the operational procedures for the ingress and egress of vessels arriving from such countries.

It requested officers of agencies concerned to immediately report any situation or circumstance that might compromise best practices in handling the arrival and discharge of these vessels and others that might be advised in the future.

Jamoh listed the name of vessels’ previous ports of call, expected time of arrival and destination to Nigerian ports as: EBONY RAY, United States Apapa-Lagos, June23; NORD SUPREME, United Kingdom, Immingham, Apapa-Lagos, June 25.

Others listed are GASLOG WARSAW, Spain, Ferrol Bonny, June 26; DESERT PEACE, United States, Houston, Apapa-Lagos, June 26; SHANGHAI EAGLE, Spain, Garrucha Apapa-Lagos, June 25; KATRINA THERESA, Spain Algeciras Bay, Apapa, Lagos, June 25.

Also on the list are: HARMONIC, Spain, Escomberas, Bonny, Nigeria June 27; DESERT HOPE, Brazil Santos, Apapa-Lagos, July 1; STENA CLEAR SKY, India, Dahej, Bonny, Nigeria, July 4; MUSKY, United States, Port Harcourt, Nigeria, July 7.

Also expected are: VECTIS OSPREY, United States, Houston, Apapa-Lagos, July 11; GRANDE ISLAND, United States, Houston, Apapa-Lagos, July 11; and LNG BONNY II, India, Dahej, Bonny, Nigeria, July 17.

Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)
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Commission says achieving Peace in Kajuru is Possible



Kaduna State Peace Commission, Ms Priscilla Ankut, has called on the people of Kajuru Local Government Area to take ownership of the peace process midwifed by the commission in the area.

Ankut made the call at a joint meeting of the Commission and the Kajuru Truth, Peace and Reconciliation Committee, on Tuesday in Kufana.

She expressed delight at the willingness of all sides in the dialogue to live together in peace, urging them to do more in unison to confront the challenges of insecurity affecting them.

 She said that achieving peace was possible among all the ethno religious groups if they could come together and deliberately work for peace in order to thwart the machinations of those whose actions threatened the peace of the area.

In his remark, the Chairman of the council, Mr Cafra Caino, pledged the cooperation of the local government to support all efforts geared toward restoring peace in the area.

He solicited for the support of all and sundry to return Kajuru to the path of enduring peace.

He further  briefed the meeting on efforts so far made by the council to match the efforts of the Peace Commission and other partners, promising to do more for the sake of peace, which he said, engenders development.

Earlier, a Permanent Commissioner with  the Peace Commission, Hajiya Khadija Gambo, narrated the technical support the Commission regularly provided to the committee to enable it achieve its objectives.

She pledged that the capacity of the local committee members would be improved to meet the current challenges facing them.

The chairman of the Truth, Peace and Reconciliation Committee, Mr Patrick Maigari thanked the Commission for its support and reiterated the zeal of the members to work day and night to ensure normalcy and tranquility in Kajuru./


Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
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Gov. Diri committed to socio-economic devt of Bayelsa – UN Peace Envoy



Bribena who spoke on Diri’s leadership style on the sidelines of his 61st birthday anniversary, called on the people of the state to be patient and as well support his laudable programmes.

He said that one of the programmes of the Diri’s administration was to diversify the economy of the state from oil and gas to agriculture.

He said the state would leverage on the enormous fertile arable land as well as the rich biodiversity of its water resources.

Bribena, a Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), explained that the state’s policy of economic diversification would boost the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).

He added that it would make the state less dependent on Federal Government allocation.

He described the governor as an astute politician whose steadfastness, maturity, understanding and peace-loving nature had endeared him to the hearts of the people of the people.

Bribena expressed delight over the governor’s extreme simplicity as well as his charismatic personality.

Bribena acknowledged Diri’s contributions to the socio- economic development of Bayelsa in his over 100 days in office.

He prayed God to grant the governor long life and sound health to pilot the affairs of the state and improve the standard of living of Bayelsa people.

Edited By: Angela Okisor/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)
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Air Peace hails India, China, Israel over evacuation of citizens from Nigeria



Leading Nigerian carrier, Air Peace, has commended Israel, China and India for contracting the airline to evacuate their citizens to their countries due to COVID-19 pandemic.

The Chairman of Air Peace, Mr Allen Onyeama, gave the commendation in a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the airline on Sunday evacuated 312 Indian citizens from Nigeria to their country in a 10-hour non-stop flight.

The flight, which departed on Sunday from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, was operated with a B777 aircraft with registration number 5N-BWI. The flight, operated by 15 crew members, is expected to arrive Cochin International Airport in Kerala.

NAN reports that Air Peace had also evacuated about 210 Israelis from Nigeria to Tel-Aviv on March 29, evacuated about 301 Chinese from Lagos airport to Guangzhou, China, on May 28, and also evacuated 286 Indians to Kochi from Lagos last Sunday.

Onyema said that the airline was grateful to the three countries for the confidence they reposed in it, which in no small measure portrayed their support for the development of Nigerian airlines.

He said: “Israel blazed the trail when it approved the evacuation of its citizens from Lagos and Abuja to Tel-Aviv, followed by China and India.

“For these three countries to engage Air Peace to carry out the evacuation exercise speaks volumes about the level of confidence they have on the airline and its safety standards.

“This feat has been attested to by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certification of our airline.

“What the three countries have done will help in creating and sustaining jobs for Nigerians and by identifying with a Nigerian carrier at this time shows that they love our country and their support has challenged us to do more by improving on our achievements.

Air Peace is grateful to the government of these countries. Their support means a lot to us. It shows that they truly have the interest of Nigeria at heart.”

Onyema noted that the gesture shown by Israel, China and India would not go unnoticed by the Nigerian public, which over the years have yearned for viable Nigerian carriers.

According to him, this could be flying them to different parts of the world, as it is known that Nigerians are great travellers.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
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