Economy

NIMASA poise to safeguard dockworkers’ welfare, rights

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The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has declared a renewed commitment to enhancing welfare and interest of stevedores as captured in the 2014 Stevedoring Regulation.


Philip Kyanet, Head, Corporate Communications, NIMASA disclosed this in a statement in Lagos on Friday.

According to Kyanet, the Director-General of NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh, disclosed this in Lagos during a courtesy visit by the leadership of the National Association of Stevedoring Companies (NASC).

Jamoh pledged to work more with NASC to improve the working conditions of dockworkers in the country.

He sought a closer partnership between the NIMASA and NASC.

He pledged greater involvement of the stevedoring companies in the ongoing effort to amend the NIMASA Act.

“We understand our responsibility towards the dockworkers and we are committed to ensuring that their rights and welfare are safeguarded at all times.

“Our recent directive to registered stevedoring companies, via a marine notice, to mobilise to their work locations and commence operation is in line with that commitment.

NIMASA is, as always, willing and available to assist dockworkers.

“We remain committed to facilitating an enabling environment for stevedores to operate.

“As an agency, we need a deeper partnership with the stevedoring companies and, indeed, more participation from you in the current effort to amend the NIMASA Act for a more robust law that works for all of us.

“But we also urge the NASC to be more proactive in communicating challenges facing them to facilitate timely interventions by the agency,’’ Jamoh said.

Earlier, President of NASC, Mr Bolaji Sunmola, who led the visiting delegation, stated that since its inception, the association had provided a platform for discussion, formulation and implementation of policies affecting maritime labour, with focus on cargo handling operations.

Sunmola said that assisting NIMASA in the administration of maritime labour, as specified in the relevant enabling Acts, remained a primary focus of the NASC.

He acknowledged the ongoing efforts by NIMASA to enforce the new Stevedoring regulations, reiterating his association’s readiness to work with the agency to successfully implement the regulations.

This, he said, was aimed at improving revenue generation and sustaining capacity building within the maritime industry.

Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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COVID-19

COVID-19: Lagos govt reopens cinemas, gyms

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The Lagos State Government on Saturday permitted the reopening of cinemas and gyms, with a maximum of 33 per cent occupancy.


Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu said this during the 18th update on the management of coronavirus in the state.

Sanwo-Olu said that in October, the state government would announce the decisions regarding the reopening of other sectors of the economy.

”Dear Lagosians, henceforth, cinemas and gyms are permitted to reopen as soon as possible, with a maximum of 33 per cent occupancy.

”This means that there must be a minimum of two empty seats between occupied seats; and in the case of gyms, there must be constant disinfection of machines and equipment throughout the course of the day.

”Next month, October, we will announce the decisions regarding the reopening of other sectors of the economy: night-clubs, bars, event centres, spas, public parks and so on.

”For now, these will continue to remain closed, until fixed plans for reopening are announced in October 2020,” he said.

Accordings to him, places of worship are also permitted, while the mosques to resume their five times a day prayers; the churches are permitted to resume their mid-week services.

”We must not forget that the coronavirus pandemic is still very much with us, and we must therefore strive to prioritise the safety of all our children, teachers, parents, and the entire society.

”All of these resumption guidelines and protocols must be strictly adhered to by the various stakeholders,” he said.

Sanwo-Olu said that the state government was committed to continuing the maintenance of a balance between the safety of lives and the sustenance of livelihoods.

He said that the state would continue to make adjustments as required, but the gradual resumption of social, educational and economic activities must never be taken as an excuse to let down the guard against the pandemic.

According to him, some parts of the world are seeing a resurgence of infections, and rising possibilities of the kind of hard lockdowns being experienced a few months ago.

”Let me make it clear that if we do not continue to maintain our guard, and sustain the adherence to all required protocols and guidelines, we will find ourselves in a situation where fresh lockdowns are inevitable.

”The only way to avoid this is to continue to act responsibly: maintain the required levels of hygiene, through regular handwashing and use of sanitisers, wear masks in all public places, avoid non-essential public gatherings, and maintain the prescribed levels of physical distancing at all times,” Sanwo-Olu said.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Wale Ojetimi
Source: NAN

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Nigerians gifted with exceptional confidence, resilience,  mental acuity – Osinbajo

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says Nigerians are gifted with exceptional attributes of confidence, resilience and mental acuity.


He said that the attributes were best demonstrated in how Nigerians exceled even in other countries in sciences, medicine and politics.

Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Saturday in Abuja, said the vice president delivered the keynote address at the 111th Founders’ Day Lecture of King’s College, Lagos.

According to Osinbajo, teaching young people Integrity, innovation and hard work is the foundation of a good society.

“Teaching young people that there are huge rewards from creativity, innovation with a culture of integrity in business and personal life, coupled with hardwork and diligence, is the foundation of a good and prosperous society.

“When people are nurtured in the notion that rent-seeking or the prebendal capture of wealth or benefit by access to power is the path to success, then the society will not prosper.

“A few will capture all the resources, everyone else will be poor or on their way there.”

Citing Edward Banfield, American Political Scientist, Osinabjo explained that the exceptional attributes did not free people from the moral basis of a backward society, which was the self-interested, family-centric society where often the public good was sacrificed.

He said that while receiving an education, the mind of a young person must be lifted up beyond self as education must teach the primacy of community, of the good and the well-being of the collective over self.

The Vice President said that the educational design and content must take into account, the current moral and social circumstances, as well as the physical and mental constraints we face as a people.

“There must be, as a rule, a prevailing moral standard, corruption or deviance must be the exception, not the rule.

“Concerns faced at the lower levels of our society; the problems of out-of-school children and the huge deficit in the education of girls,” he said.

For her part, Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, who was the guest speaker, commended the Federal Government’s response to COVID-19 through the Economic Sustainability Plan.

Mohammed said that scaling up infrastructure for connectivity will be crucial as well as access to digitalised curricula, digital skills training for teachers and students, and methods to protect privacy.

Other dignitaries at the event included the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, who virtually-delivered a goodwill message from President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Security Adviser, retired Maj.–General Babagana Monguno.

The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folashade Adefisayo and the former Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido II, among others also featured.

Edited By: Felix Ajide
Source: NAN

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Environmental advocates call for total ban of plastics

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Some environmental advocates have called on the Federal and State Governments to find alternative and innovative ways of ridding the environment of plastic wastes.


The advocates made the call during a clean up exercise at the Bonny Cantonment, Victoria Island on Saturday in Lagos.

The exercise was carried out to commemorate the International Coastal Clean up Day marked annually on every third Saturday in the month of September.

One of the advocates, Dr Leslie Adogame, Executive Director, Sustainable Research and Action for Environmental Development, a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), called for the ban of single use plastics in the country.

“The government has to take bold steps to ban single use plastics and replace them with alternatives.

“We can no longer continue to die when we are alive by ingesting microplastics; corporate entities must have a paradigm shift away from plastics.

“This is not a sustainable way; plastic is not part of our system, because it is injurious to life, health and all life chain of this world, ” he said.

Also, the founder, Beach Samaritans, an NGO, Ms Adesola Alamutu, urged people to be part of the solution by consciously taking a reusable bag when they go out shopping.

Alamutu said: “One of the things I believe people can do is, when they go shopping and are offered plastic bags, they should refuse.

“The more the people who refuse, the less the plastic bags being used and thrown away.

“Also, the government needs to do a lot of enlightenment, especially in the major languages to educate people on the need to carry their bags when going out.

“Government should also ensure people are charged for the plastic bags; that way, people may be discouraged from using it.”

Also, the Founder, Kids Beach Garden, an NGO, Ms Doyinsola Ogunye, said a lot of awareness creation should begin from homes, schools, religious institutions.

Ogunye said also that people need to be consistent and continue to do things to protect the environment in their own little spaces for as long as possible.

“We have young children and we need to let them know that plastic wastes littered everywhere and in our water ways is not the kind o environment to grow up, ” she said.

Also, Mr Omotola Soares, Secretary to the Local Government, Eti-Osa, Imoyi, Obalende Local Community Development Area, urged people to support the government by being responsible.

Soares said that the government had carried out a lot of programmes to ensure the environment was clean.

“The government cannot do it alone; we all need to work together and take responsibility of our environment, because the environment defines who we are, ” he said.

In his remarks, the Director, Media and Online Visibility, Humanity Nigeria, an NGO, Mr Akinola Onanuga said the organisation would be carrying out an enlightening programme from Nov. 24 on dangers of plastics.

He said: “We are bringing up the Earth Festival in order to rid the environment of plastics and enlighten people that these plastics can be recycled and made into wealth instead of throwing it away and causing harm.”

Edited By: Felix Ajide
Source: NAN

 

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Bye-elections: 12 candidates jostle for Lagos East, 8 for Kosofe Constituency II

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Twelve candidates will be contesting for the Lagos East Senatorial bye-election slated for Oct. 31.


Mr Femi Akinbiyi, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) spokesman in Lagos State, gave the figure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday.

He also said that eight candidates would be contesting for Kosofe Constituency II, Lagos State House of Assembly bye-election.

“In accordance with Section 31 Subsection 3 of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended), the commission in Lagos State has published the list of nominated candidates for Lagos East Senatorial bye-election in the five local government areas that constitute the senatorial district.

“We have also published the list of nominated candidates for the Lagos House of Assembly Kosofe Constituency II bye-election in the six registration areas (wards) that constitute the state constituency.

“Twelve candidates of 12 political parties are vying for the Lagos East Senatorial seat, while eight parties are fielding candidates for the Kosofe Constituency II, Lagos Assembly bye-election.

” The local government areas in the senatorial district are Somolu, Ikorodu, Ibeju-Lekki, Epe and Kosofe,” Akinbiyi said.

According to him, the list has been published in all the affected local governments and registration areas (wards) since Sept. 17, being the last day for the publication of nominated candidates for the two bye-elections.

NAN reports that in the final list signed by Mrs Bose Oriaran-Anthony, the Lagos East Senatorial District contestants include, Mr Muyiwa Adebanjo of Action Alliance (AA), Ms Mercy Adeoye of African Action Congress (AAC) and Mr John Kome of African Democratic Congress (ADC).

The others are Mr Adebowale Ogunlaru of Action Democratic Party (ADP), Mr Adetokunbo Abiru, All Progressive Congress (APC); Mr Olusola Babatope, Allied Peoples Movement (APM); Mrs Florence Trautman, Labour Party (LP) and Ms Adijat Lawal, New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).

The rest are Mr Babatunde Gbadamosi, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); Mr Olakunle Adisa, National Rescue Movement (NRM); Mr Saheed Aluko, Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Mr Taiwo Temitope, Young Progressive Party (YPP).

For the Kosofe Constituency II bye-election, the eight contestants are Messrs John Akerele of AA, Sadiq Olawale of AAC, Wasiu Saheed of APC, Adekunle Oladapo of LP, Muyideen Agoro of NNPP, Ademorin Adelaja of NRM, Sikiru Alebiosu of PDP and Mrs Mary Abojeh of ADC.

NAN reports that out of the 12 candidates contesting Lagos East Senatorial bye-election, three are females, and among the eight contestants for Kosofe constituency II bye-elections only one is a female.

The two bye-elections, slated for Oct. 31, became necessary following the demise of the two occupants of the seats at both the senate and Lagos Assembly.

Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Chinyere Joel-Nwokeoma
Source: NAN

 

 

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