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  •  Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development has bagged the Nigeria Excellence Award in Public Service NEAPS Mrs Rhoda Illiya the Deputy Director of Information in the Ministry disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja Umar Farouq bagged the Award for Social and Humanitarian Interventions in recognition of her excellent performance in uplifting the plight of the poor and vulnerable in Nigeria She was among the 44 awardees in the country Iliya said in the statement that President Muhammadu Buhari who presented the award to the minister stated that the awardees were people that had distinguished themselves in service to humanity and contributed to the transformation of the country Buhari said the awards were borne out of empirical evidence of their performances in the various sectors of the economy Awardees were selected from all levels of the public service state and federal governments as well as non profit organisations Other awardees included former President Goodluck Jonathan Senate President Ahmed Lawan Speaker House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila She said ministers governors chief executive officers of agencies service chiefs the Inspector General of Police and Bankers among others all made the list of the awardees The award ceremony was organized by The Best Strategic Media TBS in conjunction with the Office of the Secretary to Government of the Federation NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Humanitarian minister bags Nigeria Excellence Award in Public Service
     Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development has bagged the Nigeria Excellence Award in Public Service NEAPS Mrs Rhoda Illiya the Deputy Director of Information in the Ministry disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja Umar Farouq bagged the Award for Social and Humanitarian Interventions in recognition of her excellent performance in uplifting the plight of the poor and vulnerable in Nigeria She was among the 44 awardees in the country Iliya said in the statement that President Muhammadu Buhari who presented the award to the minister stated that the awardees were people that had distinguished themselves in service to humanity and contributed to the transformation of the country Buhari said the awards were borne out of empirical evidence of their performances in the various sectors of the economy Awardees were selected from all levels of the public service state and federal governments as well as non profit organisations Other awardees included former President Goodluck Jonathan Senate President Ahmed Lawan Speaker House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila She said ministers governors chief executive officers of agencies service chiefs the Inspector General of Police and Bankers among others all made the list of the awardees The award ceremony was organized by The Best Strategic Media TBS in conjunction with the Office of the Secretary to Government of the Federation NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Humanitarian minister bags Nigeria Excellence Award in Public Service
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    Humanitarian minister bags Nigeria Excellence Award in Public Service

    Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has bagged the Nigeria Excellence Award in Public Service (NEAPS).

    Mrs Rhoda Illiya, the Deputy Director of Information in the Ministry, disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

    Umar-Farouq bagged the Award for Social and Humanitarian Interventions in recognition of her excellent performance in uplifting the plight of the poor and vulnerable in Nigeria.

    She was among the 44 awardees in the country.

    Iliya said in the statement that President Muhammadu Buhari, who presented the award to the minister, stated that the awardees were people that had distinguished themselves in service to humanity, and contributed to the transformation of the country.

    Buhari said the awards were borne out of empirical evidence of their performances in the various sectors of the economy.

    Awardees were selected from all levels of the public service: state and federal governments, as well as non-profit organisations.

    Other awardees included former President Goodluck Jonathan, Senate President Ahmed Lawan, Speaker House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.

    She said ministers, governors, chief executive officers of agencies, service chiefs, the Inspector General of Police and Bankers, among others, all made the list of the awardees.

    The award ceremony was organized by The Best Strategic Media (TBS), in conjunction with the Office of the Secretary to Government of the Federation.


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  •  President of Nigeria Football Federation Ibrahim Gusau says it is incumbent upon the newly inaugurated Interim Management Committee IMC of the Nigeria Professional Football League NPFL to make the competition better Gusau while inaugurating the IMC said it needed to imbue the league with integrity credibility and a firm hand on management and administration to turn things around for the better The NFF President who inaugurated the IMC at the Federation Secretariat in Abuja on Friday pointed at lack of television broadcasting as one of the major drawbacks of the elite League There is a lot of work to be done by this committee of eminent and respectable persons in Nigerian football people with the pedigree and real calibre to effect change One of the changes must be to ensure that our league is back on television and that there is a lot of integrity and credibility to the way and manner it is being administered I have tremendous confidence in the Chairman and members of the committee that they will justify the confidence reposed in them by the government and people of Nigeria Gusau thereafter presented to the chairman Gbenga Elegbeleye the terms of reference of the committee whose tenure is to end after three months While responding Elegbeleye thanked the NFF President and his Executive Committee for the confidence they have proclaimed in the committee He assured that the IMC would do its best within the three month lifespan to put in place building blocks a substantive team will improve on to rejuvenate upgrade and upscale the NPFL Definitely we have a lot of problems in the league We have problems of officiating lack of television and several other hiccups Our job will be to do a lot to redress these within the short time we have and we also appeal to the media to ensure credibility in their reporting of the league Elegbeleye a former Director General of the defunct National Sports Commission NSC said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Elegbeleye also a former Vice Chairman of the Youth and Sports Development Committee of the House of Representatives was inaugurated alongside 13 others The others include Paul Bassey Chairman of Akwa United Football Club as Vice Chairman Davidson Owumi Chairman of Rangers International Football Club as Head of Operations The other members are Kunle Soname the proprietor of Remo Stars FC ex international Daniel Amokachi Calvin Onwuka Aliyu Adamu a representative of Nigeria Police Force Danladi Ibrahim and Mohammed Sa idu There is also Ponbeni Ogun Auwalu Jada with Olumide Bamiduro as Secretary and Ayo Abdulrahaman as Assistant Secretary NAN reports that the IMC is expected in its terms of reference to come up with the procedure for rebranding the NPFL with sincerity of purpose transparency and accountability This is to help in creating an enabling environment that will ensure that the inherent benefits of its being a business outfit is fully maximised The committee is also to advise on the legal framework that will attract sponsorship opportunities from reputable corporate organisations which will make the league a sustainable and viable brand Also the IMC is to draw up modalities for the commercialisation of television rights which will represent the highest value of the profit and loss for the domestic league It is also to restart the NPFL and draw up the 20222023 calendar in line with global best practices in achieving the desired objectives In this regard the committee is to ensure that every Premier League club has a good playing infrastructure that is television friendly in line with CAF standards It is to ensure that the league is on television for better evaluation and transparency Furthermore the IMC as a matter of urgency is to draw up a checklist of tools and activities as well as assign appropriate timelines within which they would be accomplished This will be with a view to having a form of professionalism in the league The IMC is also to put up a legal framework and set up modalities for a permanent body to run the league appropriately The committee is also to review the Club Licensing Regulations in line with the FIFA Club Licensing Rules while incorporating legal administrative and financing systems This is to be done alongside putting in place a structure that will guarantee the basic club licensing requirements This is expected to ensure that players welfare is adhered to strictly by the club owners in terms of payment of players salaries contractual terms and certified Insurance schemes The IMC is also expected to review the league framework s to ensure compliance fair and credible officiating Also disciplinary measures for hooliganism must be evaluated to prevent fans and teams from indulging in it NAN reports that the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development had in September declared the defunct League Management Company LMC illegal It had ordered the NFF to withdraw the operating licence granted the LMC with a resolution later on that the IMC should be inaugurated with a defined Terms of Reference OLAL NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NFF president inaugurates NPFL’s IMC, demands integrity in Nigerian league
     President of Nigeria Football Federation Ibrahim Gusau says it is incumbent upon the newly inaugurated Interim Management Committee IMC of the Nigeria Professional Football League NPFL to make the competition better Gusau while inaugurating the IMC said it needed to imbue the league with integrity credibility and a firm hand on management and administration to turn things around for the better The NFF President who inaugurated the IMC at the Federation Secretariat in Abuja on Friday pointed at lack of television broadcasting as one of the major drawbacks of the elite League There is a lot of work to be done by this committee of eminent and respectable persons in Nigerian football people with the pedigree and real calibre to effect change One of the changes must be to ensure that our league is back on television and that there is a lot of integrity and credibility to the way and manner it is being administered I have tremendous confidence in the Chairman and members of the committee that they will justify the confidence reposed in them by the government and people of Nigeria Gusau thereafter presented to the chairman Gbenga Elegbeleye the terms of reference of the committee whose tenure is to end after three months While responding Elegbeleye thanked the NFF President and his Executive Committee for the confidence they have proclaimed in the committee He assured that the IMC would do its best within the three month lifespan to put in place building blocks a substantive team will improve on to rejuvenate upgrade and upscale the NPFL Definitely we have a lot of problems in the league We have problems of officiating lack of television and several other hiccups Our job will be to do a lot to redress these within the short time we have and we also appeal to the media to ensure credibility in their reporting of the league Elegbeleye a former Director General of the defunct National Sports Commission NSC said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Elegbeleye also a former Vice Chairman of the Youth and Sports Development Committee of the House of Representatives was inaugurated alongside 13 others The others include Paul Bassey Chairman of Akwa United Football Club as Vice Chairman Davidson Owumi Chairman of Rangers International Football Club as Head of Operations The other members are Kunle Soname the proprietor of Remo Stars FC ex international Daniel Amokachi Calvin Onwuka Aliyu Adamu a representative of Nigeria Police Force Danladi Ibrahim and Mohammed Sa idu There is also Ponbeni Ogun Auwalu Jada with Olumide Bamiduro as Secretary and Ayo Abdulrahaman as Assistant Secretary NAN reports that the IMC is expected in its terms of reference to come up with the procedure for rebranding the NPFL with sincerity of purpose transparency and accountability This is to help in creating an enabling environment that will ensure that the inherent benefits of its being a business outfit is fully maximised The committee is also to advise on the legal framework that will attract sponsorship opportunities from reputable corporate organisations which will make the league a sustainable and viable brand Also the IMC is to draw up modalities for the commercialisation of television rights which will represent the highest value of the profit and loss for the domestic league It is also to restart the NPFL and draw up the 20222023 calendar in line with global best practices in achieving the desired objectives In this regard the committee is to ensure that every Premier League club has a good playing infrastructure that is television friendly in line with CAF standards It is to ensure that the league is on television for better evaluation and transparency Furthermore the IMC as a matter of urgency is to draw up a checklist of tools and activities as well as assign appropriate timelines within which they would be accomplished This will be with a view to having a form of professionalism in the league The IMC is also to put up a legal framework and set up modalities for a permanent body to run the league appropriately The committee is also to review the Club Licensing Regulations in line with the FIFA Club Licensing Rules while incorporating legal administrative and financing systems This is to be done alongside putting in place a structure that will guarantee the basic club licensing requirements This is expected to ensure that players welfare is adhered to strictly by the club owners in terms of payment of players salaries contractual terms and certified Insurance schemes The IMC is also expected to review the league framework s to ensure compliance fair and credible officiating Also disciplinary measures for hooliganism must be evaluated to prevent fans and teams from indulging in it NAN reports that the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development had in September declared the defunct League Management Company LMC illegal It had ordered the NFF to withdraw the operating licence granted the LMC with a resolution later on that the IMC should be inaugurated with a defined Terms of Reference OLAL NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NFF president inaugurates NPFL’s IMC, demands integrity in Nigerian league
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    NFF president inaugurates NPFL’s IMC, demands integrity in Nigerian league

    President of Nigeria Football Federation, Ibrahim Gusau, says it is incumbent upon the newly-inaugurated Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) to make the competition better.

    Gusau while inaugurating the IMC said it needed to imbue the league with integrity, credibility and a firm hand on management and administration to turn things around for the better.

    The NFF President, who inaugurated the IMC at the Federation Secretariat in Abuja on Friday, pointed at lack of television broadcasting as one of the major drawbacks of the elite League.

    “There is a lot of work to be done by this committee of eminent and respectable persons in Nigerian football, people with the pedigree and real calibre to effect change.

    “One of the changes must be to ensure that our league is back on television, and that there is a lot of integrity and credibility to the way and manner it is being administered.

    “I have tremendous confidence in the Chairman and members of the committee, that they will justify the confidence reposed in them by the government and people of Nigeria.

    ” Gusau thereafter presented to the chairman, Gbenga Elegbeleye, the terms of reference of the committee  whose tenure is to end after three months.

    While responding, Elegbeleye thanked the NFF President and his Executive Committee for the confidence they have proclaimed in the committee.

    He assured that the IMC would do its best within the three-month lifespan to put in place building blocks a substantive team will improve on to rejuvenate, upgrade and upscale the NPFL.

    “Definitely, we have a lot of problems in the league.

    We have problems of officiating, lack of television and several other hiccups.

    “Our job will be to do a lot to redress these within the short time we have, and we also appeal to the media to ensure credibility in their reporting of the league,” Elegbeleye, a former Director-General of the defunct National Sports Commission (NSC), said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Elegbeleye, also a former Vice-Chairman of the Youth and Sports Development Committee of the House of Representatives, was inaugurated alongside 13 others.

    The others include Paul Bassey, Chairman of Akwa United Football Club, as Vice-Chairman, Davidson Owumi, Chairman of Rangers International Football Club, as Head of Operations.

    The other members are Kunle Soname, the proprietor of Remo Stars FC, ex-international Daniel Amokachi, Calvin Onwuka, Aliyu Adamu, a representative of Nigeria Police Force, Danladi Ibrahim and Mohammed Sa’idu.

    There is also Ponbeni Ogun, Auwalu Jada, with Olumide Bamiduro as Secretary and Ayo Abdulrahaman as Assistant Secretary.

    NAN reports that the IMC is expected, in its terms of reference, to come up with the procedure for rebranding the NPFL with sincerity of purpose, transparency and accountability.

    This is to help in creating an enabling environment that will ensure that the inherent benefits of its being a business outfit is fully maximised.

    The committee is also to advise on the legal framework that will attract sponsorship opportunities from reputable corporate organisations which will make the league a sustainable and viable brand.

    Also, the IMC is to draw up modalities for the commercialisation of television rights which will represent the highest value of the profit and loss for the domestic league.

    It is also to restart the NPFL and draw up the 20222023 calendar in line with global best practices in achieving the desired objectives.

    In this regard, the committee is to ensure that every Premier League club has a good playing infrastructure that is television-friendly, in line with CAF standards.

    It is to ensure that the league is on television for better evaluation and transparency.

    Furthermore, the IMC as a matter of urgency is to draw up a checklist of tools and activities as well as assign appropriate timelines within which they would be accomplished.

    This will be with a view to having a form of professionalism in the league.

    The IMC is also to put up a legal framework and set up modalities for a permanent body to run the league appropriately.

    The committee is also to review the Club Licensing Regulations in line with the FIFA Club Licensing Rules, while incorporating legal, administrative and financing systems.

    This is to be done alongside putting in place a structure that will guarantee the basic club licensing requirements.

    This is expected to ensure that players welfare is adhered to strictly by the club owners, in terms of payment of players salaries, contractual terms and certified Insurance schemes.

    The IMC is also expected to review the league framework(s) to ensure compliance, fair and credible officiating.

    Also, disciplinary measures for hooliganism must be evaluated to prevent fans and teams from indulging in it.

    NAN reports that the Federal Government, through the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, had in September declared the defunct League Management Company (LMC) illegal.

    It had ordered the NFF to withdraw the operating licence granted the LMC, with a resolution later on that the IMC should be inaugurated with a defined Terms of Reference.

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    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  President Muhammadu Buhari has urged leaders in the private and public sectors to be more mindful of their positions as trustees of the people urging them to always work toward leaving a legacy that will be long remembered The president made the call when he conferred Nigeria Excellence Award in Public Service NEAPS on former President Goodluck Jonathan and 43 other prominent Nigerians on Friday in Abuja I wish that leaders will arise and stand up to be counted among leaders who have distinguished themselves to do the right thing and leave their footprints on the sands of time he said The president specifically saluted former president Jonathan saying since he left office he had deployed his rich experience to ensure peace in many parts of Africa and had led mediation talks in several parts of the globe Today I am happy to have the opportunity to recognise 44 persons and organisations who have distinguished themselves across many sectors of the government and indeed the economy I am particularly happy to recognise His Excellency Dr Goodluck Jonathan GCFR my predecessor for his contribution to peace building from the Niger Delta region which has snowballed into peace in the region and now around the world Since leaving office he has deployed his rich experience to ensure peace in many parts of Africa and has led mediation talks in several parts of the globe I want to also specially recognise Abdul Samad Rabiu the Chairman of BUA International Limited for his interventions in Education through the BUA Foundation the Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative ASR Africa and his personal philanthropic initiative This initiative funds tertiary education institutions in Nigeria from its yearly 100 million ASR Africa Fund for Social Development and Renewal I am happy that five universities have so far benefited with many more to come he said The president urged public servants to make accountability and integrity their watchwords I am equally elated to have some state governors and my ministers receive this award This is to put on record that this award is born out of empirical evidence of performance and not politics This award is a recognition of the giant strides you all have made towards the transformation of Nigeria and you have consistently put hard work and dedication at the center of your initiatives Let me use this opportunity to say Thank You for your contributions to the transformation of our country This award is a validation of your approach but much more as a motivation for you and other upcoming leaders to continue doing more towards the attainment of a better Nigeria in all sectors of the economy he added He thanked organisers of the event The Best Strategic Media TBS led by Ms Mariam Mohammed a publisher and public relations expert for the continuous support of his administration Buhari said the initiative was commendable for deploying one of the best indices to determine the level of performance of public officers I know that public officers will be challenged to perform above board now that they know they are being monitored by the people the president noted Buhari said he was delighted that the maiden edition of the Nigeria Excellence Awards in Public Service NEAPS was a private sector initiative organised by TBS in collaboration with the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation to recognise excellent service delivery According to him public service is a public trust where officers and employees must be accountable to the people whom they should serve at all times with utmost responsibility integrity loyalty and efficiency He said They are expected to act with patriotism and think out of the box in order to solve the many problems facing the people they lead At present issues of corruption continue to affect the civil services in many countries around the world Several reasons for these issues still exist because of deeply rooted problems like nepotism cronyism political patronage as well as lack of transparency and accountability These vices distract them from delivering on their mandate and aspirations The unsystematic enforcement of law and institutional mechanisms for holding civil servants and public officials accountable for their actions will always lead to a negative impression to the citizens In his remarks Jonathan who received an Award for Peace Building thanked the President for always making out time to encourage initiatives that recognise the contributions of individuals and institutions to nation building On behalf of all those that have received awards I wish to say a very big thank you to the president and organisers he said While describing the event as unique the former president assured that the awards would serve as an impetus for more service to the nation and humanity The Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha said the entire event was purely a private sector driven initiative that would be encouraged to become an annual event based on acceptance The SGF said the award was a scorecard of the administration of President Buhari and other leaders in the country as it reflected different interests and political persuasions The News Agency of Nigeria reports that NEAPS was set up to recognise distinguished public service to Nigeria either contributions to individuals state or local community or the public through excellence in leadership service or humanitarianism To be eligible the recipient must be a living public official or a private a citizen excelling consistently in a given sphere of influence in good character standing and must also be at the forefront of service and innovation The individual must show an act of public service beyond the acts of their given mandate in endowing their society positively NAN reports that Senate President Ahmad Lawan Speaker House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila and service chiefs were among those honoured with various awards for their services Other awardees were 16 state governors including Nyesom Wike Rivers Yahaya Bello Kogi Atiku Bagudu Kebbi Dapo Abiodun Ogun Dave Umahi Ebonyi Babagana Zulum Borno and Bala Mohammed Bauchi Some cabinet ministers the Group Chief Executive Officer of the NNPC Mele Kyari and Executive Chairman Federal Inland Revenue Service Mohammed Nami were also honoured at the event NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Leave legacy that will benefit others, Buhari tells leaders
     President Muhammadu Buhari has urged leaders in the private and public sectors to be more mindful of their positions as trustees of the people urging them to always work toward leaving a legacy that will be long remembered The president made the call when he conferred Nigeria Excellence Award in Public Service NEAPS on former President Goodluck Jonathan and 43 other prominent Nigerians on Friday in Abuja I wish that leaders will arise and stand up to be counted among leaders who have distinguished themselves to do the right thing and leave their footprints on the sands of time he said The president specifically saluted former president Jonathan saying since he left office he had deployed his rich experience to ensure peace in many parts of Africa and had led mediation talks in several parts of the globe Today I am happy to have the opportunity to recognise 44 persons and organisations who have distinguished themselves across many sectors of the government and indeed the economy I am particularly happy to recognise His Excellency Dr Goodluck Jonathan GCFR my predecessor for his contribution to peace building from the Niger Delta region which has snowballed into peace in the region and now around the world Since leaving office he has deployed his rich experience to ensure peace in many parts of Africa and has led mediation talks in several parts of the globe I want to also specially recognise Abdul Samad Rabiu the Chairman of BUA International Limited for his interventions in Education through the BUA Foundation the Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative ASR Africa and his personal philanthropic initiative This initiative funds tertiary education institutions in Nigeria from its yearly 100 million ASR Africa Fund for Social Development and Renewal I am happy that five universities have so far benefited with many more to come he said The president urged public servants to make accountability and integrity their watchwords I am equally elated to have some state governors and my ministers receive this award This is to put on record that this award is born out of empirical evidence of performance and not politics This award is a recognition of the giant strides you all have made towards the transformation of Nigeria and you have consistently put hard work and dedication at the center of your initiatives Let me use this opportunity to say Thank You for your contributions to the transformation of our country This award is a validation of your approach but much more as a motivation for you and other upcoming leaders to continue doing more towards the attainment of a better Nigeria in all sectors of the economy he added He thanked organisers of the event The Best Strategic Media TBS led by Ms Mariam Mohammed a publisher and public relations expert for the continuous support of his administration Buhari said the initiative was commendable for deploying one of the best indices to determine the level of performance of public officers I know that public officers will be challenged to perform above board now that they know they are being monitored by the people the president noted Buhari said he was delighted that the maiden edition of the Nigeria Excellence Awards in Public Service NEAPS was a private sector initiative organised by TBS in collaboration with the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation to recognise excellent service delivery According to him public service is a public trust where officers and employees must be accountable to the people whom they should serve at all times with utmost responsibility integrity loyalty and efficiency He said They are expected to act with patriotism and think out of the box in order to solve the many problems facing the people they lead At present issues of corruption continue to affect the civil services in many countries around the world Several reasons for these issues still exist because of deeply rooted problems like nepotism cronyism political patronage as well as lack of transparency and accountability These vices distract them from delivering on their mandate and aspirations The unsystematic enforcement of law and institutional mechanisms for holding civil servants and public officials accountable for their actions will always lead to a negative impression to the citizens In his remarks Jonathan who received an Award for Peace Building thanked the President for always making out time to encourage initiatives that recognise the contributions of individuals and institutions to nation building On behalf of all those that have received awards I wish to say a very big thank you to the president and organisers he said While describing the event as unique the former president assured that the awards would serve as an impetus for more service to the nation and humanity The Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha said the entire event was purely a private sector driven initiative that would be encouraged to become an annual event based on acceptance The SGF said the award was a scorecard of the administration of President Buhari and other leaders in the country as it reflected different interests and political persuasions The News Agency of Nigeria reports that NEAPS was set up to recognise distinguished public service to Nigeria either contributions to individuals state or local community or the public through excellence in leadership service or humanitarianism To be eligible the recipient must be a living public official or a private a citizen excelling consistently in a given sphere of influence in good character standing and must also be at the forefront of service and innovation The individual must show an act of public service beyond the acts of their given mandate in endowing their society positively NAN reports that Senate President Ahmad Lawan Speaker House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila and service chiefs were among those honoured with various awards for their services Other awardees were 16 state governors including Nyesom Wike Rivers Yahaya Bello Kogi Atiku Bagudu Kebbi Dapo Abiodun Ogun Dave Umahi Ebonyi Babagana Zulum Borno and Bala Mohammed Bauchi Some cabinet ministers the Group Chief Executive Officer of the NNPC Mele Kyari and Executive Chairman Federal Inland Revenue Service Mohammed Nami were also honoured at the event NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Leave legacy that will benefit others, Buhari tells leaders
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    Leave legacy that will benefit others, Buhari tells leaders

    President Muhammadu Buhari has urged leaders in the private and public sectors to be more mindful of their positions as “trustees of the people”, urging them to always work toward leaving a legacy that will be long remembered.

    The president made the call when he conferred Nigeria Excellence Award in Public Service (NEAPS) on former President Goodluck Jonathan and 43 other prominent Nigerians on Friday in Abuja.

    “I wish that leaders will arise and stand up to be counted among leaders who have distinguished themselves to do the right thing and leave their footprints on the sands of time,” he said.

    The president, specifically, saluted former president Jonathan, saying since he left office, he had deployed his rich experience to ensure peace in many parts of Africa and had led mediation talks in several parts of the globe.

    “Today, I am happy to have the opportunity to recognise 44 persons and organisations who have distinguished themselves across many sectors of the government and indeed, the economy.

    “I am particularly happy to recognise His Excellency, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, GCFR, my predecessor, for his contribution to peace building from the Niger-Delta region, which has snowballed into peace in the region and now, around the world.

    ”Since leaving office, he has deployed his rich experience to ensure peace in many parts of Africa and has led mediation talks in several parts of the globe.

    “I want to also specially recognise Abdul Samad Rabiu, the Chairman of BUA International Limited for his interventions in Education through the BUA Foundation, the Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative (ASR Africa), and his personal philanthropic initiative.

    ”This initiative funds tertiary education institutions in Nigeria from its yearly $100 million ASR Africa Fund for Social Development and Renewal.

    I am happy that five universities have so far benefited with many more to come,’’ he said.

    The president urged public servants to make accountability and integrity their watchwords.

    “I am equally elated to have some state governors and my ministers receive this award.

    This is to put on record that this award is born out of empirical evidence of performance and not politics.

    ”This award is a recognition of the giant strides you all have made towards the transformation of Nigeria and you have consistently put hard work and dedication at the center of your initiatives.

    “Let me use this opportunity to say ‘Thank You’ for your contributions to the transformation of our country.

    ”This award is a validation of your approach, but much more as a motivation for you and other upcoming leaders to continue doing more towards the attainment of a better Nigeria in all sectors of the economy,’’ he added.

    He thanked organisers of the event, The Best Strategic Media (TBS), led by Ms Mariam Mohammed, a publisher and public relations expert, for the continuous support of his administration, Buhari said the initiative was commendable, “for deploying one of the best indices to determine the level of performance of public officers.

    ’’ “I know that public officers will be challenged to perform above board, now that they know they are being monitored by the people,’’  the president noted.

    Buhari said he was delighted that the maiden edition of the Nigeria Excellence Awards in Public Service (NEAPS) was a private-sector initiative, organised by TBS in collaboration with the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation to recognise excellent service delivery.

    According to him, public service is a public trust where officers and employees must be accountable to the people whom they should serve at all times with utmost responsibility, integrity, loyalty, and efficiency.

    He said: ”They are expected to act with patriotism and think out of the box in order to solve the many problems facing the people they lead.

    “At present, issues of corruption continue to affect the civil services in many countries, around the world.

    “Several reasons for these issues still exist because of deeply rooted problems like nepotism, cronyism, political patronage as well as lack of transparency and accountability.

    ”These vices distract them from delivering on their mandate and aspirations.

    “The unsystematic enforcement of law and institutional mechanisms for holding civil servants and public officials accountable for their actions will always lead to a negative impression to the citizens.

    ” In his remarks, Jonathan, who received an Award for Peace Building, thanked the President for always making out time to encourage initiatives that recognise the contributions of individuals and institutions to nation-building.

    “On behalf of all those that have received awards, I wish to say a very big thank you to the president and organisers,’’ he said.

    While describing the event as unique, the former president assured that the awards would serve as an impetus for more service to the nation and humanity.

    The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, said the entire event was “purely a private sector driven initiative’’ that would be encouraged to become an annual event, based on acceptance.

    The SGF said the award was a scorecard of the administration of President Buhari, and other leaders in the country, as it reflected different interests and political persuasions.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that NEAPS was set up to recognise distinguished public service to Nigeria, either contributions to individuals, state or local community, or the public through excellence in leadership, service, or humanitarianism.

    To be eligible, the recipient must be a living public official or a private a citizen excelling consistently in a given sphere of influence, in good character standing and must also be at the forefront of service and innovation.

    The individual must show an act of public service beyond the acts of their given mandate in endowing their society positively.

    NAN reports that Senate President Ahmad Lawan; Speaker House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila and service chiefs were among those honoured with various awards for their services.

    Other awardees were 16 state governors including Nyesom Wike (Rivers); Yahaya Bello (Kogi); Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi); Dapo Abiodun (Ogun); Dave Umahi (Ebonyi); Babagana Zulum (Borno)and Bala Mohammed (Bauchi).

    Some cabinet ministers; the Group Chief Executive Officer of the NNPC, Mele Kyari and Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service, Mohammed Nami were also honoured at the event.


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  •   UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous undertook a four day mission to Tanzania where she met with government officials civil society groups and partners to strengthen alliances ignite public discourse on Generation Equality and drive action to gender equality and the empowerment of women in the country One year ago on October 6 2021 Sima Bahous was sworn in to become the Executive Director of UN Women Among her top priorities is continuing to build the momentum of Generation Equality especially at a time when the world s women and girls face the lingering impacts of COVID 19 a raging climate crisis and a global rollback of women s rights women Meetings held during the mission highlighted Tanzania s progress towards gender equality and women s empowerment while providing an opportunity to share recommendations to further strengthen Tanzania s efforts to safeguard women s rights In 2021 Tanzania committed under the Generation Equality Action for Rights and Economic Justice Coalition to create more jobs for women in the care economy expand decent work expand access and women s control over productive resources and developing a gender sensitive economy plans Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan has launched a National Advisory Committee on the implementation of the country s Generation Equality commitments In a meeting with President Samia Suluhu Hassan Ms Bahous praised her for establishing a new Ministry of Community Development Gender Women and Special Groups and congratulated Tanzania on its recent appointment to the Generation Multi Stakeholder Leadership Group Equality On her side President Samia Suluhu Hassan announced Tanzania s intention to co sponsor the next Generation Equality Forum which will be a mid term meeting next year Ms Bahous continued to build momentum for Generation Equality at a reception hosted by HE Nabil Hajlaoui French Ambassador to Tanzania In an informal event that brought together stakeholders working on the implementation of Generation Equality commitments in the country Ms Bahous s announcement that Tanzania would co sponsor the Generation Equality Forum was very well received On the occasion of the International Day of the Girl on October 11 the Executive Director interacted with adolescent girls and young leaders attending events such as the Girls Agenda Forum and the High Level Meeting Defending Women s Priorities and Girls in the Response to HIV At the high level meeting she launched an intergenerational collective of African women leaders to ensure that the voices of women of all ages inform decision making around the response to HIV I am proud to launch today a collective of women leaders both established and emerging working hand in hand coming together to achieve a better life for young women and adolescent girls said Ms Bahous The high level meeting in Tanzania is part of a UN Women program supported by PEPFAR the US President s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief to provide leadership training and mentoring opportunities to empower young women and increase their access to decision making spaces in the response to HIV During the last year nearly 200 women between the ages of 18 and 24 from 15 countries received training Her Excellency Kassim Majaliwa Majaliwa Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania delivered the opening address to the conference and expressed the Government s commitment to investing in girls education and health While in Dar es Salaam Ms Bahous visited the Sitakishari Police Gender and Children Bureau run by the Tanzania Police The Desks provide holistic and expert support to women and child survivors of violence helping to make access to justice safer more inclusive and more effective UN Women Tanzania has partnered with the Tanzanian Police to strengthen the availability of quality services for survivors of violence Currently there are 417 Gender and Children Desks in Tanzania In a meeting with members of the African Women Leaders Network AWLN from Tanzania Ms Bahous discussed the issues facing women in the country AWLN is an innovative movement of African women leaders AWLN Tanzania has 256 members from 205 organizations Ms Bahous also traveled to Zanzibar to interact with women parliamentarians launch a joint program on rural women s economic empowerment and visit women farmers supported by UN Women Tanzania Meeting with women parliamentarians and equality advocates at the Zanzibar House of Representatives ZHoR Ms Bahous commended the House for its achievements in advancing women s leadership and the House s role in addressing issues of gender equality and women s empowerment She reiterated UN Women s support for continued efforts towards parity through the partnership with UWAWAZA the Zanzibar House of Representatives Women Members Association In association with UN Women Tanzania UWAWAZA is currently implementing a project to strengthen the capacity of its members to implement gender mainstreaming focusing on the promotion of women s rights in government processes legislation and budgets ZHoR Ahead of International Rural Women s Day Executive Director Suleiman Masoud Makame Minister of Blue Economy and Fisheries of Zanzibar and his partners launched a joint program on economic empowerment of rural women The project is a joint initiative of UN Women Tanzania FAO WFP and IFAD worth US 5 million with funding from Norway and Sweden The project seeks to empower rural women by securing their livelihoods rights and improving their resilience in the agricultural sector and will benefit more than 8 000 Tanzanians Read more Reviewing the implementation of UN Women s work on empowering rural women in the country Ms Bahous visited women farmers who benefited from UN Women s Climate Smart Agriculture program supported by KOICA In total 232 sunflower farmers and 300 horticulture farmers have benefited from the program and received 5 050 customary rights land certificates that promote land ownership by women As a conclusion to the mission Ms Bahous visited the office of the Tanzania Media Women s Association and had the opportunity to interact with the beneficiaries of the Wanawaka Wanaweza Women s Leadership and Political Participation project She confirmed the commitment and strong support of UN Women as the country continues to advance women s leadership and participation in decision making
    United Nations (UN) Women’s Executive Director visits Tanzania, calls for investment in women and girls
      UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous undertook a four day mission to Tanzania where she met with government officials civil society groups and partners to strengthen alliances ignite public discourse on Generation Equality and drive action to gender equality and the empowerment of women in the country One year ago on October 6 2021 Sima Bahous was sworn in to become the Executive Director of UN Women Among her top priorities is continuing to build the momentum of Generation Equality especially at a time when the world s women and girls face the lingering impacts of COVID 19 a raging climate crisis and a global rollback of women s rights women Meetings held during the mission highlighted Tanzania s progress towards gender equality and women s empowerment while providing an opportunity to share recommendations to further strengthen Tanzania s efforts to safeguard women s rights In 2021 Tanzania committed under the Generation Equality Action for Rights and Economic Justice Coalition to create more jobs for women in the care economy expand decent work expand access and women s control over productive resources and developing a gender sensitive economy plans Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan has launched a National Advisory Committee on the implementation of the country s Generation Equality commitments In a meeting with President Samia Suluhu Hassan Ms Bahous praised her for establishing a new Ministry of Community Development Gender Women and Special Groups and congratulated Tanzania on its recent appointment to the Generation Multi Stakeholder Leadership Group Equality On her side President Samia Suluhu Hassan announced Tanzania s intention to co sponsor the next Generation Equality Forum which will be a mid term meeting next year Ms Bahous continued to build momentum for Generation Equality at a reception hosted by HE Nabil Hajlaoui French Ambassador to Tanzania In an informal event that brought together stakeholders working on the implementation of Generation Equality commitments in the country Ms Bahous s announcement that Tanzania would co sponsor the Generation Equality Forum was very well received On the occasion of the International Day of the Girl on October 11 the Executive Director interacted with adolescent girls and young leaders attending events such as the Girls Agenda Forum and the High Level Meeting Defending Women s Priorities and Girls in the Response to HIV At the high level meeting she launched an intergenerational collective of African women leaders to ensure that the voices of women of all ages inform decision making around the response to HIV I am proud to launch today a collective of women leaders both established and emerging working hand in hand coming together to achieve a better life for young women and adolescent girls said Ms Bahous The high level meeting in Tanzania is part of a UN Women program supported by PEPFAR the US President s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief to provide leadership training and mentoring opportunities to empower young women and increase their access to decision making spaces in the response to HIV During the last year nearly 200 women between the ages of 18 and 24 from 15 countries received training Her Excellency Kassim Majaliwa Majaliwa Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania delivered the opening address to the conference and expressed the Government s commitment to investing in girls education and health While in Dar es Salaam Ms Bahous visited the Sitakishari Police Gender and Children Bureau run by the Tanzania Police The Desks provide holistic and expert support to women and child survivors of violence helping to make access to justice safer more inclusive and more effective UN Women Tanzania has partnered with the Tanzanian Police to strengthen the availability of quality services for survivors of violence Currently there are 417 Gender and Children Desks in Tanzania In a meeting with members of the African Women Leaders Network AWLN from Tanzania Ms Bahous discussed the issues facing women in the country AWLN is an innovative movement of African women leaders AWLN Tanzania has 256 members from 205 organizations Ms Bahous also traveled to Zanzibar to interact with women parliamentarians launch a joint program on rural women s economic empowerment and visit women farmers supported by UN Women Tanzania Meeting with women parliamentarians and equality advocates at the Zanzibar House of Representatives ZHoR Ms Bahous commended the House for its achievements in advancing women s leadership and the House s role in addressing issues of gender equality and women s empowerment She reiterated UN Women s support for continued efforts towards parity through the partnership with UWAWAZA the Zanzibar House of Representatives Women Members Association In association with UN Women Tanzania UWAWAZA is currently implementing a project to strengthen the capacity of its members to implement gender mainstreaming focusing on the promotion of women s rights in government processes legislation and budgets ZHoR Ahead of International Rural Women s Day Executive Director Suleiman Masoud Makame Minister of Blue Economy and Fisheries of Zanzibar and his partners launched a joint program on economic empowerment of rural women The project is a joint initiative of UN Women Tanzania FAO WFP and IFAD worth US 5 million with funding from Norway and Sweden The project seeks to empower rural women by securing their livelihoods rights and improving their resilience in the agricultural sector and will benefit more than 8 000 Tanzanians Read more Reviewing the implementation of UN Women s work on empowering rural women in the country Ms Bahous visited women farmers who benefited from UN Women s Climate Smart Agriculture program supported by KOICA In total 232 sunflower farmers and 300 horticulture farmers have benefited from the program and received 5 050 customary rights land certificates that promote land ownership by women As a conclusion to the mission Ms Bahous visited the office of the Tanzania Media Women s Association and had the opportunity to interact with the beneficiaries of the Wanawaka Wanaweza Women s Leadership and Political Participation project She confirmed the commitment and strong support of UN Women as the country continues to advance women s leadership and participation in decision making
    United Nations (UN) Women’s Executive Director visits Tanzania, calls for investment in women and girls
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    United Nations (UN) Women’s Executive Director visits Tanzania, calls for investment in women and girls

    UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous undertook a four-day mission to Tanzania, where she met with government officials, civil society groups and partners, to strengthen alliances, ignite public discourse on Generation Equality and drive action to gender equality and the empowerment of women in the country.

    One year ago, on October 6, 2021, Sima Bahous was sworn in to become the Executive Director of UN Women.

    Among her top priorities is continuing to build the momentum of Generation Equality, especially at a time when the world's women and girls face the lingering impacts of COVID-19, a raging climate crisis, and a global rollback of women's rights.

    women.

    Meetings held during the mission highlighted Tanzania's progress towards gender equality and women's empowerment, while providing an opportunity to share recommendations to further strengthen Tanzania's efforts to safeguard women's rights.

    In 2021, Tanzania committed, under the Generation Equality Action for Rights and Economic Justice Coalition, to create more jobs for women in the care economy, expand decent work, expand access and women's control over productive resources and developing a gender sensitive economy.

    plans Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan has launched a National Advisory Committee on the implementation of the country's Generation Equality commitments.

    In a meeting with President Samia Suluhu Hassan, Ms. Bahous praised her for establishing a new Ministry of Community Development, Gender, Women and Special Groups and congratulated Tanzania on its recent appointment to the Generation Multi-Stakeholder Leadership Group.

    Equality.

    On her side, President Samia Suluhu Hassan announced Tanzania's intention to co-sponsor the next Generation Equality Forum, which will be a mid-term meeting next year.

    Ms. Bahous continued to build momentum for Generation Equality at a reception hosted by HE Nabil Hajlaoui, French Ambassador to Tanzania.

    In an informal event that brought together stakeholders working on the implementation of Generation Equality commitments in the country, Ms. Bahous's announcement that Tanzania would co-sponsor the Generation Equality Forum was very well received.

    On the occasion of the International Day of the Girl, on October 11, the Executive Director interacted with adolescent girls and young leaders, attending events such as the Girls' Agenda Forum and the High Level Meeting “Defending Women's Priorities and Girls in the Response to HIV”.

    At the high-level meeting, she launched an intergenerational collective of African women leaders to ensure that the voices of women of all ages inform decision-making around the response to HIV.

    “I am proud to launch today a collective of women leaders, both established and emerging, working hand in hand, coming together to achieve a better life for young women and adolescent girls,” said Ms. Bahous.

    The high-level meeting in Tanzania is part of a UN Women program supported by PEPFAR, the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, to provide leadership, training and mentoring opportunities to empower young women and increase their access to decision-making spaces in the response to HIV.

    During the last year, nearly 200 women between the ages of 18 and 24 from 15 countries received training.

    Her Excellency Kassim Majaliwa Majaliwa, Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania, delivered the opening address to the conference and expressed the Government's commitment to investing in girls' education and health.

    While in Dar es Salaam, Ms. Bahous visited the Sitakishari Police Gender and Children Bureau, run by the Tanzania Police.

    The Desks provide holistic and expert support to women and child survivors of violence, helping to make access to justice safer, more inclusive and more effective.

    UN Women Tanzania has partnered with the Tanzanian Police to strengthen the availability of quality services for survivors of violence.

    Currently, there are 417 Gender and Children Desks in Tanzania.

    In a meeting with members of the African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) from Tanzania, Ms. Bahous discussed the issues facing women in the country.

    AWLN is an innovative movement of African women leaders.

    AWLN Tanzania has 256 members from 205 organizations.

    Ms. Bahous also traveled to Zanzibar to interact with women parliamentarians, launch a joint program on rural women's economic empowerment, and visit women farmers supported by UN Women Tanzania.

    Meeting with women parliamentarians and equality advocates at the Zanzibar House of Representatives (ZHoR), Ms Bahous commended the House for its achievements in advancing women's leadership and the House's role in addressing issues of gender equality and women's empowerment.

    She reiterated UN Women's support for continued efforts towards parity through the partnership with UWAWAZA, the Zanzibar House of Representatives Women Members Association.

    In association with UN Women Tanzania, UWAWAZA is currently implementing a project to strengthen the capacity of its members to implement gender mainstreaming, focusing on the promotion of women's rights in government processes, legislation and budgets.

    ZHoR.

    Ahead of International Rural Women's Day, Executive Director Suleiman Masoud Makame, Minister of Blue Economy and Fisheries of Zanzibar and his partners launched a joint program on economic empowerment of rural women.

    The project is a joint initiative of UN Women Tanzania, FAO, WFP and IFAD, worth US$5 million with funding from Norway and Sweden.

    The project seeks to empower rural women by securing their livelihoods, rights and improving their resilience in the agricultural sector and will benefit more than 8,000 Tanzanians.

    Read more.

    Reviewing the implementation of UN Women's work on empowering rural women in the country, Ms. Bahous visited women farmers, who benefited from UN Women's Climate Smart Agriculture program supported by KOICA.

    In total, 232 sunflower farmers and 300 horticulture farmers have benefited from the program and received 5,050 customary rights land certificates that promote land ownership by women.

    As a conclusion to the mission, Ms. Bahous visited the office of the Tanzania Media Women's Association and had the opportunity to interact with the beneficiaries of the Wanawaka Wanaweza (Women's Leadership and Political Participation) project.

    She confirmed the commitment and strong support of UN Women as the country continues to advance women's leadership and participation in decision-making.

  •  President Muhammadu Buhari has conferred Nigeria Excellence Award in Public Service NEAPS on former President Goodluck Jonathan and 43 other prominent Nigerians NEAPS was set up to recognize distinguished public service to Nigeria either contributions to individuals state or local community or the public through excellence in leadership service or humanitarianism To be eligible the recipient must be a living public official or a private a citizen excelling consistently in a given sphere of influence in good character standing and must also be at the forefront of service and innovation The individual must show an act of public service beyond the acts of their given mandate in endowing their society positively The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Senate President Ahmad Lawan Speaker House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila and service chiefs were among those honoured with various awards for their services NAN reports that 16 state governors including Nyesom Wike Rivers Yahaya Bello Kogi Atiku Bagudu Kebbi Dapo Abiodun Ogun Dave Umahi Ebonyi Babagana Zulum Borno and Bala Mohammed Bauchi Some cabinet Ministers the Group Chief Executive Officer of the NNPC Mele Kyari and Executive Chairman Federal Inland Revenue Service Mohammed Nami were also honoured at the event Details later NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Buhari confers NEAPS awards on ex-President, Jonathan, Wike, others
     President Muhammadu Buhari has conferred Nigeria Excellence Award in Public Service NEAPS on former President Goodluck Jonathan and 43 other prominent Nigerians NEAPS was set up to recognize distinguished public service to Nigeria either contributions to individuals state or local community or the public through excellence in leadership service or humanitarianism To be eligible the recipient must be a living public official or a private a citizen excelling consistently in a given sphere of influence in good character standing and must also be at the forefront of service and innovation The individual must show an act of public service beyond the acts of their given mandate in endowing their society positively The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Senate President Ahmad Lawan Speaker House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila and service chiefs were among those honoured with various awards for their services NAN reports that 16 state governors including Nyesom Wike Rivers Yahaya Bello Kogi Atiku Bagudu Kebbi Dapo Abiodun Ogun Dave Umahi Ebonyi Babagana Zulum Borno and Bala Mohammed Bauchi Some cabinet Ministers the Group Chief Executive Officer of the NNPC Mele Kyari and Executive Chairman Federal Inland Revenue Service Mohammed Nami were also honoured at the event Details later NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Buhari confers NEAPS awards on ex-President, Jonathan, Wike, others
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    Buhari confers NEAPS awards on ex-President, Jonathan, Wike, others

    President Muhammadu Buhari has conferred Nigeria Excellence Award in Public Service (NEAPS) on former President Goodluck Jonathan and 43 other prominent Nigerians.

    NEAPS was set up to recognize distinguished public service to Nigeria, either contributions to individuals, state or local community, or the public through excellence in leadership, service, or humanitarianism.

    To be eligible, the recipient must be a living public official or a private a citizen excelling consistently in a given sphere of influence, in good character standing and must also be at the forefront of service and innovation.

    The individual must show an act of public service beyond the acts of their given mandate in endowing their society positively.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Senate President Ahmad Lawan; Speaker House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila and service chiefs were among those honoured with various awards for their services.

    NAN reports that 16 state governors including Nyesom Wike (Rivers); Yahaya Bello (Kogi); Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi); Dapo Abiodun (Ogun); Dave Umahi (Ebonyi); Babagana Zulum (Borno)and Bala Mohammed (Bauchi).

    Some cabinet Ministers; the Group Chief Executive Officer of the NNPC, Mele Kyari and Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service, Mohammed Nami were also honoured at the event.

    Details later…
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  •  The morale of staff of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited NNPCL was boosted within the week as the House of Representatives declared support to the quest by the company to embark on the rehabilitation of the nation s refineries The support was declared by the house ad hoc Committee on Refineries after NNPCL intensified effort to reduce the nation s dependence on importation of petroleum products Speaking during an oversight visit to the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company WRPC Chairman of the Committee Rep Abdul Ganiyu Johnson said that they were ready and willing to work and support the NNPC towards realising the objective of the rehabilitation Johnson said that the committee s visit was to ascertain the level of job that is ongoing in the refinery while expressing satisfaction that the contractor has already mobilised equipment and personnel to the site The chairman gave the assurance that the committee would support any measure being taken by the NNPCL to ensure the commencement of production that would ultimately reduce dependence on fuel importation Giving an overview of the plant the acting Managing Director of the Company Mr Desmond Inyamah disclosed that a Quick fix Maintenance Service Contract for the refinery was signed in June and the timeline for the completion of Area 1 amp 2 is 12 months Inyamah noted that the 12 months would begin to count from the commencement of work adding that the refinery would operate at 60 per cent of its installed capacity after the completion of the Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit FCC He expressed delight at the show of solidarity and support by the legislators It would be recalled that the quick fix maintenance service agreement for the Warri refinery was signed with Daewoo Nigeria limited on June 24 in Abuja Refineries Rehab Reps Back NNPCL Declare Total Support In another development the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers NSCHE conferred the institution s Honorary Fellowship on the Group Chief Executive Officer GCEO of the NNPCL Malam Mele Kyari The conferment took place at the society s 30th Fellows Conference in Abuja Speaking at the ceremony Prof Ayodele Ogunye a former president of the society stated that the honour was in recognition of the valuable contributions of the Kyari led NNPC towards the advancement of Chemical Engineering in Nigeria Ogunye noted that the company remained the highest employer of chemical engineers in the country Kyari who was the Guest Speaker at the conference with the theme New Perspectives for Addressing Upstream Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Issues in Nigeria disclosed that the new NNPC was open to a new business model of taking equity in viable projects against sole ownership Sylva and KyariHe said the major focus of the company was to ensure that the nation s refineries returned to optimal production capacity before presenting them to stakeholders to decide on the best way to manage the assets in the interest of all concerned The NNPCL GCEO pointed out that the company while taking advantage of the opportunities provided by current assets to satisfy the energy needs of today it looked forward to converting the plants into other useful purposes toward the 2060 net zero commitment In his remarks the conference chairman retired Maj Gen IBM Haruna advised the leadership of the new NNPCL to take seriously the issue of good corporate governance based on transparency and accountability This Haruna said would enable the company to gain the confidence of the people especially on matters of land and other operational assets On his part the President of the NSCHE and former Group Executive Director Gas and Power Directorate of the NNPC Mr Seidu Mohammed commended the NNPCL GCEO for the achievements recorded within the few years in office He said that the body was ready to proffer workable solutions toward assisting the new NNPCL achieve its desired goal emphasising that the society had pool of experienced professionals in that regard Sylva calls for collaboration in the area of energy diplomacy Visit us on www ng for more details NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NNPC Weekly: Reps declare support for NNPCL on refineries rehabilitation
     The morale of staff of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited NNPCL was boosted within the week as the House of Representatives declared support to the quest by the company to embark on the rehabilitation of the nation s refineries The support was declared by the house ad hoc Committee on Refineries after NNPCL intensified effort to reduce the nation s dependence on importation of petroleum products Speaking during an oversight visit to the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company WRPC Chairman of the Committee Rep Abdul Ganiyu Johnson said that they were ready and willing to work and support the NNPC towards realising the objective of the rehabilitation Johnson said that the committee s visit was to ascertain the level of job that is ongoing in the refinery while expressing satisfaction that the contractor has already mobilised equipment and personnel to the site The chairman gave the assurance that the committee would support any measure being taken by the NNPCL to ensure the commencement of production that would ultimately reduce dependence on fuel importation Giving an overview of the plant the acting Managing Director of the Company Mr Desmond Inyamah disclosed that a Quick fix Maintenance Service Contract for the refinery was signed in June and the timeline for the completion of Area 1 amp 2 is 12 months Inyamah noted that the 12 months would begin to count from the commencement of work adding that the refinery would operate at 60 per cent of its installed capacity after the completion of the Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit FCC He expressed delight at the show of solidarity and support by the legislators It would be recalled that the quick fix maintenance service agreement for the Warri refinery was signed with Daewoo Nigeria limited on June 24 in Abuja Refineries Rehab Reps Back NNPCL Declare Total Support In another development the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers NSCHE conferred the institution s Honorary Fellowship on the Group Chief Executive Officer GCEO of the NNPCL Malam Mele Kyari The conferment took place at the society s 30th Fellows Conference in Abuja Speaking at the ceremony Prof Ayodele Ogunye a former president of the society stated that the honour was in recognition of the valuable contributions of the Kyari led NNPC towards the advancement of Chemical Engineering in Nigeria Ogunye noted that the company remained the highest employer of chemical engineers in the country Kyari who was the Guest Speaker at the conference with the theme New Perspectives for Addressing Upstream Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Issues in Nigeria disclosed that the new NNPC was open to a new business model of taking equity in viable projects against sole ownership Sylva and KyariHe said the major focus of the company was to ensure that the nation s refineries returned to optimal production capacity before presenting them to stakeholders to decide on the best way to manage the assets in the interest of all concerned The NNPCL GCEO pointed out that the company while taking advantage of the opportunities provided by current assets to satisfy the energy needs of today it looked forward to converting the plants into other useful purposes toward the 2060 net zero commitment In his remarks the conference chairman retired Maj Gen IBM Haruna advised the leadership of the new NNPCL to take seriously the issue of good corporate governance based on transparency and accountability This Haruna said would enable the company to gain the confidence of the people especially on matters of land and other operational assets On his part the President of the NSCHE and former Group Executive Director Gas and Power Directorate of the NNPC Mr Seidu Mohammed commended the NNPCL GCEO for the achievements recorded within the few years in office He said that the body was ready to proffer workable solutions toward assisting the new NNPCL achieve its desired goal emphasising that the society had pool of experienced professionals in that regard Sylva calls for collaboration in the area of energy diplomacy Visit us on www ng for more details NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NNPC Weekly: Reps declare support for NNPCL on refineries rehabilitation
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    NNPC Weekly: Reps declare support for NNPCL on refineries rehabilitation

    The morale of staff of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) was boosted within the week as the House of Representatives declared support to the quest by the company to embark on the rehabilitation of the nation’s refineries.

    The support was declared by the house ad hoc Committee on Refineries after NNPCL intensified effort to reduce the nation’s dependence on importation of petroleum products.

    Speaking during an oversight visit to the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company (WRPC), Chairman of the Committee, Rep. Abdul Ganiyu Johnson, said that they were ready and willing to work and support the NNPC towards realising the objective of the rehabilitation.

    Johnson said that the committee’s visit was to ascertain the level of job that is ongoing in the refinery while expressing satisfaction that the contractor has already mobilised equipment and personnel to the site.

    The chairman gave the assurance that the committee would support any measure being taken by the NNPCL to ensure the commencement of production that would ultimately reduce dependence on fuel importation.

    Giving an overview of the plant, the acting Managing Director of the Company, Mr Desmond Inyamah, disclosed that a Quick –fix Maintenance Service Contract for the refinery was signed in June and the timeline for the completion of Area 1&2 is 12 months.

    Inyamah noted that the 12 months would begin to count from the commencement of work, adding that the refinery would operate at 60 per cent of its installed capacity after the completion of the Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit (FCC).

    He expressed delight at the show of solidarity and support by the legislators.

    It would be recalled that the quick fix maintenance service agreement for the Warri refinery was signed with Daewoo Nigeria limited on June 24 in Abuja.

    Refineries Rehab: Reps Back NNPCL, Declare Total Support In another development, the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers (NSCHE) conferred the institution’s Honorary Fellowship on the Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) of the NNPCL, Malam Mele Kyari.

    The conferment took place at the society’s 30th Fellows’ Conference in Abuja.

    Speaking at the ceremony, Prof. Ayodele Ogunye, a former president of the society, stated that the honour was in recognition of the valuable contributions of the Kyari led NNPC towards the advancement of Chemical Engineering in Nigeria.

    Ogunye noted that the company remained the highest employer of chemical engineers in the country.

    Kyari, who was the Guest Speaker at the conference with the theme: New Perspectives for Addressing Upstream, Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Issues in Nigeria”, disclosed that the new NNPC was open to a new business model of taking equity in viable projects against sole ownership.

    Sylva and KyariHe said the major focus of the company was to ensure that the nation’s refineries returned to optimal production capacity before presenting them to stakeholders to decide on the best way to manage the assets in the interest of all concerned.

    The NNPCL GCEO pointed out that the company while taking advantage of the opportunities provided by current assets to satisfy the energy needs of today, it looked forward to converting the plants into other useful purposes toward the 2060 net zero commitment.

    In his remarks, the conference chairman, retired Maj.-Gen. IBM Haruna, advised the leadership of the new NNPCL to take seriously the issue of good corporate governance based on transparency and accountability.

    This, Haruna said would enable the company to gain the confidence of the people, especially on matters of land and other operational assets.

    On his part, the President of the NSCHE and former Group Executive Director, Gas and Power Directorate of the NNPC, Mr Seidu Mohammed, commended the NNPCL GCEO for the achievements recorded within the few years in office.

    He said that the body was ready to proffer workable solutions toward assisting the new NNPCL achieve its desired goal, emphasising that the society had pool of experienced professionals in that regard.

    Sylva calls for collaboration in the area of energy diplomacy Visit us on www.

    ng for more details.


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  •  Majority Leader of the House of Representatives Alhassan Ado Doguwa has commended the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing FMWH for ensuring quality work on roads construction across the country He restated legislative support to Federal Government in this regard Ado Doguwa gave the commendation on Thursday along Abuja Kaduna highway on his way back to Abuja where he coincidentally met the Minister of State for Works and Housing Mr Umar El Yakub and his entourage on oversight of road projects In an interview with newsmen Ado Doguwa said as a commuter good samaritan and a representative of the people he decided to stop and check what was happening on the road Ado Doguwa said he was surprised to see a minister in full force conducting an oversight function to ensure diligence and quality work by contractors He said that some months ago when he plyed the Abuja Kaduna highway some sections were virtually unpassable noting that it was one of the reasons that exposed commuters to security threats Doguwa noted that the palliative work that resumed on the Abuja Kaduna highway would give road users some relief especially knowing that it was a major route connecting Southern and Northern parts of the country Abuja Kaduna highway is like a trans saharan road that connects Nigeria with some neighboring countries like Niger Republic and others he said He further said that to them being on the other side of government as legislators the FMWH was easing their responsibility and duties by engaging on oversight visit to ensure the contractors and other stakeholders were doing the right thing This is of course a relief to the oversighting institution of the legislature this will be my take home to the floor of the house I have seen the ministry and minister so concerned about the plights of the people Ado Doguwa said He also said that the President Buhari s administration had been working tirelessly to ensure security and had recently achieved great feat amounting to zero incident of insecurity on the Abuja Kaduna highway Doguwa also said that for them at the legislature they were also doing their best to encourage the government and its agencies to ensure proper funding of its projects According to him road and other infrastructure were key comittments of the president Buhari s administration The President has delivered a lot of the commitments the left right and center of the country is like a construction site and we will continue to support them especially through funding Ado Doguwa said He also noted that in the 2023 appropriation bill presented by President Buhari they provided sufficient and strategic funding for projects especially to the ongoing ones He said that one of the key words of President Buhari on the submission of the 2023 appropriation bill was that it was a budget of sustainability and transition He explained that the budget would ensure sustainability of key projects such as the ongoing road construction and rehabilitation across the country through proper funding Buhari will not want to handover to his suscessor with a chunk of ongoing projects this is his mission as well as ours because we are a partner to the executive arm of the government he said He commended the minister for the palliative work inspection noting that it was part of the Federal Government s efforts in ensuring accountability It is worth commendation that the minister sees reasons to come to the areas which hav dangerous potholes and a lot of exposure to insecurity to bring palliative measures he said The Minister of State Umar El Yakub among other areas of the projects inspected the ongoing 48 Kilometres Eastern bye pass in Kaduna awarded in 2002 NAN also reports that the minister began the road inspection from section one Abuja Kaduna where he would on Friday inspect section two Kaduna Zaria and section three Zaria Kano among other sections NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Reps laud FMWH on projects oversight, restates legislative support to FG
     Majority Leader of the House of Representatives Alhassan Ado Doguwa has commended the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing FMWH for ensuring quality work on roads construction across the country He restated legislative support to Federal Government in this regard Ado Doguwa gave the commendation on Thursday along Abuja Kaduna highway on his way back to Abuja where he coincidentally met the Minister of State for Works and Housing Mr Umar El Yakub and his entourage on oversight of road projects In an interview with newsmen Ado Doguwa said as a commuter good samaritan and a representative of the people he decided to stop and check what was happening on the road Ado Doguwa said he was surprised to see a minister in full force conducting an oversight function to ensure diligence and quality work by contractors He said that some months ago when he plyed the Abuja Kaduna highway some sections were virtually unpassable noting that it was one of the reasons that exposed commuters to security threats Doguwa noted that the palliative work that resumed on the Abuja Kaduna highway would give road users some relief especially knowing that it was a major route connecting Southern and Northern parts of the country Abuja Kaduna highway is like a trans saharan road that connects Nigeria with some neighboring countries like Niger Republic and others he said He further said that to them being on the other side of government as legislators the FMWH was easing their responsibility and duties by engaging on oversight visit to ensure the contractors and other stakeholders were doing the right thing This is of course a relief to the oversighting institution of the legislature this will be my take home to the floor of the house I have seen the ministry and minister so concerned about the plights of the people Ado Doguwa said He also said that the President Buhari s administration had been working tirelessly to ensure security and had recently achieved great feat amounting to zero incident of insecurity on the Abuja Kaduna highway Doguwa also said that for them at the legislature they were also doing their best to encourage the government and its agencies to ensure proper funding of its projects According to him road and other infrastructure were key comittments of the president Buhari s administration The President has delivered a lot of the commitments the left right and center of the country is like a construction site and we will continue to support them especially through funding Ado Doguwa said He also noted that in the 2023 appropriation bill presented by President Buhari they provided sufficient and strategic funding for projects especially to the ongoing ones He said that one of the key words of President Buhari on the submission of the 2023 appropriation bill was that it was a budget of sustainability and transition He explained that the budget would ensure sustainability of key projects such as the ongoing road construction and rehabilitation across the country through proper funding Buhari will not want to handover to his suscessor with a chunk of ongoing projects this is his mission as well as ours because we are a partner to the executive arm of the government he said He commended the minister for the palliative work inspection noting that it was part of the Federal Government s efforts in ensuring accountability It is worth commendation that the minister sees reasons to come to the areas which hav dangerous potholes and a lot of exposure to insecurity to bring palliative measures he said The Minister of State Umar El Yakub among other areas of the projects inspected the ongoing 48 Kilometres Eastern bye pass in Kaduna awarded in 2002 NAN also reports that the minister began the road inspection from section one Abuja Kaduna where he would on Friday inspect section two Kaduna Zaria and section three Zaria Kano among other sections NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Reps laud FMWH on projects oversight, restates legislative support to FG
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    Reps laud FMWH on projects oversight, restates legislative support to FG

    Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, has commended the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing (FMWH) for ensuring quality work on roads construction across the country.

    He restated legislative support to Federal Government in this regard.

    Ado-Doguwa gave the commendation on Thursday along Abuja-Kaduna highway, on his way back to Abuja, where he coincidentally met the Minister of State for Works and Housing, Mr. Umar El-Yakub and his entourage on oversight of road projects.  

    In an interview with newsmen, Ado-Doguwa said as a commuter, good samaritan and a representative of the people, he decided to stop and check what was happening on the road.

    Ado-Doguwa said he was surprised to see a minister in full force, conducting an oversight function to ensure diligence and quality work by contractors.

    He said that some months ago when he plyed the Abuja-Kaduna highway, some sections were virtually unpassable, noting that it was one of the reasons that exposed commuters to security threats.

    Doguwa noted that the palliative work that resumed on the Abuja-Kaduna highway would give road users some relief, especially knowing that it was a major route connecting Southern and Northern parts of the country.

    “Abuja-Kaduna highway is like a trans-saharan road that connects Nigeria with some neighboring countries like Niger Republic and others,” he said.

    He further said that to them, being on the other side of government as legislators, the FMWH was easing their responsibility and duties by engaging on oversight visit to ensure the contractors and other stakeholders were doing the right thing.  

    “This is of course a relief to the oversighting institution of the legislature; this will be my take home to the floor of the house, I have seen the ministry and minister so concerned about the plights of the people,” Ado-Doguwa said.

    He also said that the President Buhari’s administration had been working tirelessly to ensure security and had recently achieved great feat, amounting to zero incident of insecurity on the Abuja-Kaduna highway.

    Doguwa also said that for them at the legislature, they were also doing their best to encourage the government and its agencies to ensure proper funding of its projects.

    According to him, road and other infrastructure were key comittments of the president Buhari’s administration.

    “The President has delivered a lot of the commitments, the left, right and center of the country is like a construction site, and we will continue to support them especially through funding,” Ado-Doguwa said.

    He also noted that in the 2023 appropriation bill presented by President Buhari, they provided sufficient and strategic funding for projects, especially to the ongoing ones.

    He said that one of the key words of President Buhari, on the submission of the 2023 appropriation bill was that it was a budget of sustainability and transition.

    He explained that the budget would ensure sustainability of key projects such as the ongoing road construction and rehabilitation across the country through proper funding.

    “Buhari will not want to handover to his suscessor with a chunk of ongoing projects, this is his mission as well as ours, because we are a partner to the executive arm of the government,” he said.  

    He commended the minister for the palliative work inspection, noting that it was part of the Federal Government’s efforts in ensuring accountability.

    “It is worth commendation that the minister sees reasons to come to the areas which hav dangerous potholes and  a lot of exposure to insecurity, to bring palliative measures,” he said.

    The Minister of State, Umar El-Yakub, among other areas of the projects, inspected the ongoing 48 Kilometres Eastern bye-pass in Kaduna, awarded in 2002. NAN also reports that the minister began the road inspection from section one (Abuja-Kaduna), where he would on Friday, inspect section two (Kaduna-Zaria) and section three ( Zaria-Kano), among other sections.


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  •  The House of Representatives Committee on Aviation has queried the partnership between Nigeria and Ethopia on the Nigerian Air project The lawmakers who raised their concerns at a public hearing on Thursday in Abuja said that they were determined to protect national interest Rep Preye Oseke PDP Bayelsa said that the Minister of Aviation Sen Hardi Sorika was quoted to have said that Nigeria has only five per cent shares in the partnership with Ethopia airline on the establishment of Nigerian Air He said that the members that heard the minister were agitated following the announcement of Ethiopian airline as major partners Oseke said that the committee is baffled by the type of business module that gave Nigeria only five per cent stake in the Nigeria Air project He said that the committee needed a detailed explanation of the various stakes on the establishment of the Nigerian Air The lawmaker said that the committee needed explanations on the process that saw Ethiopian Airline emerge as the only bidder for the project The Chairman of the committee Rep Nnolim Nnaji PDP Enugu said that some Nigerians had raised concerns on the establishment process of Nigerian Air According to him Ethiopia is a competitor to Nigeria and the business module is going to offload Nigeria s advantage to Ethopia which is a smaller country The traffic is in Nigeria and that Nigeria is not doing well today does not mean it cannot do better tomorrow He said that Ethopia airline was already doing international travels and was about to take over local traffic which is largest in Africa The Vice President of the Airline Operators of Nigeria AON Mr Allen Onyema agreed that there was need for a Nigerian carrier According to him the fear of AON is that Ethiopia has tried everything possible to access the Nigerian market both frontally and from behind they started with Dana using Airs Sky He recommended that the Nigerian Air be wholly Nigerian investment saying the way Ethiopia was coming would not benefit Nigeria Also Capt Roland Iyayi a member of the AON warned against creating something that would ultimately destroy the sector According to him the partnership with Ethiopian Airlines for us we consider it ill advised for a variety of reasons He said that the Ethiopian government had put in place policy that was deliberate and intentional to protect Ethiopian Airlines So if we talk about the successes of Ethiopian Airlines we are talking about an Airline that has been able to invent itself It was aided by various policies of government to ensure that it can fly even in an hostile environment The domestic carriers do not have the same luxury Domestic operators in Nigeria are operating in the most hostile of environments you can imagine for any airline company If the Nigeria Air project is subject to the same conditions of the current operators in the same domestic market it will fail he said The Minister of Aviation Sen Hardi Sirika told the committee that five per cent shares is for Nigerian government 59 per cent for Ethiopian airline consultium while 46 per cent is for Nigerian investors He explained that five percent shares was allocated to Nigeria because stakeholders do not believe that businesses handled by Nigerian government would do well as seen in the case of Nigerian Airways He said that if the proposed airline was structured and ran like the Ethopia airline which is 100 per cent owned by government it would do well Sirika said that the Ethiopian airline kept flying even during the civil war in the country and despite COVID 19 it declared one billion dollars profit He said that the reason for the five percent was to ensure the airline had a sovereign funder and to boost investors confidence The minister further explained that in accordance with relevant laws there was nothing wrong to have Ethiopian airline as the only bidder He said that after the process in line with Swiss challenge if any one willing to match the single bidder could still step up within the required time frame Sirika said that President Muhammadu Buhari had directed the national airline must work before the end of December He said that Nigeria deserves to own a national carrier that would be structured in a way that would stand the test of time Sirika said that the ministry had given all the stakeholder in the Nigerian aviation sector to participate and invest in the establishment of the national carrier From all the submissions we received we have identified partners and investors and we are currently negotiating and processing the Air Operator Certificate AOC I want to commit here that between now and the end of the year this airline will work he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Reps C’ttee queries Nigeria-Ethopia partnership on Nigeria Air project
     The House of Representatives Committee on Aviation has queried the partnership between Nigeria and Ethopia on the Nigerian Air project The lawmakers who raised their concerns at a public hearing on Thursday in Abuja said that they were determined to protect national interest Rep Preye Oseke PDP Bayelsa said that the Minister of Aviation Sen Hardi Sorika was quoted to have said that Nigeria has only five per cent shares in the partnership with Ethopia airline on the establishment of Nigerian Air He said that the members that heard the minister were agitated following the announcement of Ethiopian airline as major partners Oseke said that the committee is baffled by the type of business module that gave Nigeria only five per cent stake in the Nigeria Air project He said that the committee needed a detailed explanation of the various stakes on the establishment of the Nigerian Air The lawmaker said that the committee needed explanations on the process that saw Ethiopian Airline emerge as the only bidder for the project The Chairman of the committee Rep Nnolim Nnaji PDP Enugu said that some Nigerians had raised concerns on the establishment process of Nigerian Air According to him Ethiopia is a competitor to Nigeria and the business module is going to offload Nigeria s advantage to Ethopia which is a smaller country The traffic is in Nigeria and that Nigeria is not doing well today does not mean it cannot do better tomorrow He said that Ethopia airline was already doing international travels and was about to take over local traffic which is largest in Africa The Vice President of the Airline Operators of Nigeria AON Mr Allen Onyema agreed that there was need for a Nigerian carrier According to him the fear of AON is that Ethiopia has tried everything possible to access the Nigerian market both frontally and from behind they started with Dana using Airs Sky He recommended that the Nigerian Air be wholly Nigerian investment saying the way Ethiopia was coming would not benefit Nigeria Also Capt Roland Iyayi a member of the AON warned against creating something that would ultimately destroy the sector According to him the partnership with Ethiopian Airlines for us we consider it ill advised for a variety of reasons He said that the Ethiopian government had put in place policy that was deliberate and intentional to protect Ethiopian Airlines So if we talk about the successes of Ethiopian Airlines we are talking about an Airline that has been able to invent itself It was aided by various policies of government to ensure that it can fly even in an hostile environment The domestic carriers do not have the same luxury Domestic operators in Nigeria are operating in the most hostile of environments you can imagine for any airline company If the Nigeria Air project is subject to the same conditions of the current operators in the same domestic market it will fail he said The Minister of Aviation Sen Hardi Sirika told the committee that five per cent shares is for Nigerian government 59 per cent for Ethiopian airline consultium while 46 per cent is for Nigerian investors He explained that five percent shares was allocated to Nigeria because stakeholders do not believe that businesses handled by Nigerian government would do well as seen in the case of Nigerian Airways He said that if the proposed airline was structured and ran like the Ethopia airline which is 100 per cent owned by government it would do well Sirika said that the Ethiopian airline kept flying even during the civil war in the country and despite COVID 19 it declared one billion dollars profit He said that the reason for the five percent was to ensure the airline had a sovereign funder and to boost investors confidence The minister further explained that in accordance with relevant laws there was nothing wrong to have Ethiopian airline as the only bidder He said that after the process in line with Swiss challenge if any one willing to match the single bidder could still step up within the required time frame Sirika said that President Muhammadu Buhari had directed the national airline must work before the end of December He said that Nigeria deserves to own a national carrier that would be structured in a way that would stand the test of time Sirika said that the ministry had given all the stakeholder in the Nigerian aviation sector to participate and invest in the establishment of the national carrier From all the submissions we received we have identified partners and investors and we are currently negotiating and processing the Air Operator Certificate AOC I want to commit here that between now and the end of the year this airline will work he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
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    Reps C’ttee queries Nigeria-Ethopia partnership on Nigeria Air project

    The House of Representatives Committee on Aviation has queried the partnership between Nigeria and Ethopia on the Nigerian Air project.

    The lawmakers, who raised their concerns at a public hearing on Thursday in Abuja, said that they were determined to protect national interest.

    Rep. Preye Oseke (PDP-Bayelsa) said that the Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hardi Sorika was quoted to have said that Nigeria has only five per cent shares in the partnership with Ethopia airline on the establishment of Nigerian Air. He said that the members that heard the minister were agitated following the announcement of Ethiopian airline as major partners.

    Oseke said that the committee is baffled by the type of business module that gave Nigeria only five per cent stake in the Nigeria Air project.

    He said that the committee needed a detailed explanation of the various stakes on the establishment of the Nigerian Air. The lawmaker said that the committee needed explanations on the process that saw Ethiopian Airline emerge as the only bidder for the project.

    The Chairman of the committee, Rep. Nnolim Nnaji (PDP-Enugu) said that some Nigerians had raised concerns on the establishment process of Nigerian Air. According to him, Ethiopia is a competitor to Nigeria and the business module is going to offload Nigeria’s advantage to Ethopia which is a smaller country.

    “The traffic is in Nigeria and that Nigeria is not doing well today does not mean it cannot do better tomorrow.

    He said that Ethopia airline was already doing international travels and was about to take over local traffic which is largest in Africa.

    The Vice President of the Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON), Mr Allen Onyema agreed that there was need for a Nigerian carrier.

    According to him, the fear of AON is that Ethiopia has tried everything possible to access the Nigerian market both frontally and from behind; they started with Dana using Airs Sky. He recommended that the Nigerian Air be wholly Nigerian investment saying the way Ethiopia was coming would not benefit Nigeria.

    Also, Capt. Roland Iyayi, a member of the AON, warned against  creating something that would ultimately destroy the sector.

    According to him, the partnership with Ethiopian Airlines for us, we consider it ill-advised for a variety of reasons.

    He said that the Ethiopian government had put in place policy that was deliberate and intentional to protect Ethiopian Airlines.

    “So if we talk about the successes of Ethiopian Airlines, we are talking about an Airline that has been able to invent itself.

    “It was aided by various policies of government to ensure that it can fly even in an hostile environment.

    “The domestic carriers do not have the same luxury.

    Domestic operators in Nigeria are operating in the most hostile of environments you can imagine for any airline company.

    “If the Nigeria Air project is subject to the same conditions of the current operators in the same domestic market, it will fail,” he said.

    The Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hardi Sirika, told the committee that five per cent shares is for Nigerian government, 59 per cent for Ethiopian airline consultium while 46 per cent is for Nigerian investors.

    He explained that five percent shares was allocated to Nigeria because stakeholders do not believe that businesses handled by Nigerian government would do well as seen in the case of Nigerian Airways.

    He said that if the proposed airline was structured and ran like the Ethopia airline which is 100 per cent owned by government, it would do well.

    Sirika said that the Ethiopian airline kept flying even during the civil war in the country and despite COVID-19, it declared one billion dollars profit.

    He said that the reason for the five percent was to ensure the airline had a sovereign funder and to boost investors confidence.

    The minister further explained that in accordance with relevant laws, there was nothing wrong to have Ethiopian airline as the only bidder.

    He said that after the process, in line with Swiss challenge, if any one willing to match the single bidder could still step up within the required time frame.

    Sirika said that President Muhammadu Buhari had directed the national airline must work before the end of December.

    He said that Nigeria deserves to own a national carrier that would be structured in a way that would stand the test of time.

    Sirika said that the ministry had given all the stakeholder in the Nigerian aviation sector to participate and invest in the establishment of the national carrier.

    “From all the submissions we received, we have identified partners and investors and we are currently negotiating and processing the Air Operator Certificate (AOC).

    “I want to commit here that between now and the end of the year this airline will work,” he said.  


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  •  Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila has urged the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission RMAFC to educate Nigerians on the distinction between salaries and allowances of legislators Gbajabiamila said this in Abuja on Thursday when he received a RMAFC delegation led by the chairman Alhaji Muhammad Shehu at the National Assembly He said the lumping of lawmakers salaries and allowances has generated great controversy in the country over the actual pay of the lawmakers The allowances are tied to sundry duties or work of the office of a lawmaker like maintaining a constituency office while the salary is the actual pay he earns as a legislator You need to explain to the public the difference between salaries and allowances A lot of people lump them together and call them our take home package Salary is different and allowances are meant for many other issues Gbajabiamila said He assured RMAFC of support by the National Assembly towards strengthening it to deliver its mandate of mobilising revenue for the government Gbajabiamila said since no country could go far in terms of development without revenue it was the priority of the House to ensure that RMAFC perform its duties optimally It is revenue that takes a country from point to point for any country that wants to grow revenue is key to nation building That is why RMAFC is an essential component of the government in this country he stated The Speaker said the National Assembly made a lot of amendments in the ongoing Constitution review to improve the work of the RMAFC including new allocations to tiers of government He said that the implementation of the amendments depended on the concurrence by the 36 states houses of assembly Gbajabiamila said Nigerians including President Muhammadu Buhari were waiting for the states to turn in their report on the amendments before further action on the amendments There are issues about the exclusive and concurrent lists which you mentioned how we are going to allocate revenue and all that Well it s before the states and we are waiting for them We will put pressure on them and ensure we achieve it Mr President has said that it is the only thing he is waiting for he said Gbajabiamila advised RMAFC to build a central monitoring platform to monitor revenue movements in all government revenue generating agencies He also asked the commission to submit a detailed proposal on its needs to enable the House to work on it speedily Speaking Shehu appealed to the Speaker to work toward new legislations that could help RMAFC perform better in the nearest future He also appealed for more funding for the commission through alternative sources outside the statutory allocation by the Ministry of Finance www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Gbajabiamila wants Nigerians to know distinction between lawmakers salaries, allowances
     Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila has urged the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission RMAFC to educate Nigerians on the distinction between salaries and allowances of legislators Gbajabiamila said this in Abuja on Thursday when he received a RMAFC delegation led by the chairman Alhaji Muhammad Shehu at the National Assembly He said the lumping of lawmakers salaries and allowances has generated great controversy in the country over the actual pay of the lawmakers The allowances are tied to sundry duties or work of the office of a lawmaker like maintaining a constituency office while the salary is the actual pay he earns as a legislator You need to explain to the public the difference between salaries and allowances A lot of people lump them together and call them our take home package Salary is different and allowances are meant for many other issues Gbajabiamila said He assured RMAFC of support by the National Assembly towards strengthening it to deliver its mandate of mobilising revenue for the government Gbajabiamila said since no country could go far in terms of development without revenue it was the priority of the House to ensure that RMAFC perform its duties optimally It is revenue that takes a country from point to point for any country that wants to grow revenue is key to nation building That is why RMAFC is an essential component of the government in this country he stated The Speaker said the National Assembly made a lot of amendments in the ongoing Constitution review to improve the work of the RMAFC including new allocations to tiers of government He said that the implementation of the amendments depended on the concurrence by the 36 states houses of assembly Gbajabiamila said Nigerians including President Muhammadu Buhari were waiting for the states to turn in their report on the amendments before further action on the amendments There are issues about the exclusive and concurrent lists which you mentioned how we are going to allocate revenue and all that Well it s before the states and we are waiting for them We will put pressure on them and ensure we achieve it Mr President has said that it is the only thing he is waiting for he said Gbajabiamila advised RMAFC to build a central monitoring platform to monitor revenue movements in all government revenue generating agencies He also asked the commission to submit a detailed proposal on its needs to enable the House to work on it speedily Speaking Shehu appealed to the Speaker to work toward new legislations that could help RMAFC perform better in the nearest future He also appealed for more funding for the commission through alternative sources outside the statutory allocation by the Ministry of Finance www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Gbajabiamila wants Nigerians to know distinction between lawmakers salaries, allowances
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    Gbajabiamila wants Nigerians to know distinction between lawmakers salaries, allowances

    Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila, has urged the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) to educate Nigerians on the distinction between salaries and allowances of legislators.

    Gbajabiamila said this in Abuja on Thursday when he received a RMAFC delegation led by the chairman, Alhaji Muhammad Shehu at the National Assembly.

    He said the lumping of lawmakers salaries and allowances has generated great controversy in the country over the actual pay of the lawmakers.

    “The allowances are tied to sundry duties or work of the office of a lawmaker like maintaining a constituency office, while the salary is the actual pay he earns as a legislator.

    “You need to explain to the public the difference between salaries and allowances.

    A lot of people lump them together and call them our take-home package.

    Salary is different and allowances are meant for many other issues,” Gbajabiamila said.

    He assured RMAFC of support by the National Assembly towards strengthening it to deliver its mandate of mobilising revenue for the government.

    Gbajabiamila said since no country could go far in terms of development without revenue, it was the priority of the House to ensure that RMAFC perform its duties optimally.

    “It is revenue that takes a country from point to point; for any country that wants to grow, revenue is key to nation-building.

    “That is why RMAFC is an essential component of the government in this country,” he stated.

    The Speaker said the National Assembly made a lot of amendments in the ongoing Constitution review to improve the work of the RMAFC, including new allocations to tiers of government.

    He said that the implementation of the amendments depended on the concurrence by the 36 states houses of assembly.

    Gbajabiamila said Nigerians including President Muhammadu Buhari were waiting for the states to turn in their report on the amendments before further action on the amendments.

    “There are issues about the exclusive and concurrent lists, which you mentioned; how we are going to allocate revenue and all that.

    “Well, it’s before the states and we are waiting for them.

    We will put pressure on them and ensure we achieve it.

    Mr President has said that it is the only thing he is waiting for,” he said.

    Gbajabiamila, advised RMAFC to build a central monitoring platform to monitor revenue movements in all government revenue-generating agencies.

    He also asked the commission to submit a detailed proposal on its needs to enable the House to work on it speedily.

    Speaking, Shehu appealed to the Speaker to work toward new legislations that could help RMAFC perform better in the nearest future.

    He also appealed for more funding for the commission through alternative sources outside the statutory allocation by the Ministry of Finance.

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  •  The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate PTAD has completed the liquidation of 105 inherited pension liabilities of two defunct agencies Delta Steel Company DSC and NICON Insurance PLC The Executive Secretary of PTAD Dr Chioma Ejikeme said this at a news conference on Thursday in Abuja Ejikeme said that the 105 months pension liability was valued at N7 05 billion We have completed the liquidation of the outstanding 56 months inherited from NICON Insurance a total of 100 months was inherited and 49 months of DSC a total of 96 months were inherited amounting to over N7 05 billion In 2017 the directorate received a directive from the Federal Ministry of Finance Budget and National Planning to take over the management of pensions and severance benefit liabilities of ex workers of some agencies The agencies included DSC NICON Insurance Savannah Sugar Company Aluminum Smelter Company and the Nigeria Aviation Handling Company NAHCO among others These were commercial entities of the Federal Government that were either privatised or liquidated under the Bureau of Public Enterprises in 1999 2005 Public Enterprises Reform This exercise resulted in the disengagement of a considerable number of public sector employees she said Ejikeme said that when PTAD was given the directive to on board pensioners from these agencies they were inherited with unpaid monthly pension Also with pension arrears ranging from 84 to 219 months while some of the agencies entitled to one off payments had not been paid At the time of take over PTAD did not receive any pension funds or assets to meet the huge unfounded liabilities inherited from these agencies In spite of this enormous challenge the directorate worked assiduously to verify validate compute and enroll most of these ex workers for monthly pension One off payments were made as appropriate to those whose severance benefits were so structured she said The executive secretary said that since 2017 PTAD had been liquidating the unfunded pension liabilities of these agencies You may all recall that in Dec 2021 PTAD had completely liquidated the inherited pension liabilities for New Nigerian Newspapers and the Nigerian Re Insurance Corporation The agency also made one off payments to Savannah Sugar and the Aluminum Smelter Company beneficiaries and their next of kin and Nigerian Aviation Handling Company beneficiaries and their next of kin It also settled some months of arrears for others Ejikeme said She commended President Muhammadu Buhari the Ministry of Finance committees of the Senate House of Representatives oversighting pension and the Budget Office for their support NewsSourceCredit NAN
    PTAD completes liquidation of 105 pension liabilities of DSC, NICON valued #7.05bn
     The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate PTAD has completed the liquidation of 105 inherited pension liabilities of two defunct agencies Delta Steel Company DSC and NICON Insurance PLC The Executive Secretary of PTAD Dr Chioma Ejikeme said this at a news conference on Thursday in Abuja Ejikeme said that the 105 months pension liability was valued at N7 05 billion We have completed the liquidation of the outstanding 56 months inherited from NICON Insurance a total of 100 months was inherited and 49 months of DSC a total of 96 months were inherited amounting to over N7 05 billion In 2017 the directorate received a directive from the Federal Ministry of Finance Budget and National Planning to take over the management of pensions and severance benefit liabilities of ex workers of some agencies The agencies included DSC NICON Insurance Savannah Sugar Company Aluminum Smelter Company and the Nigeria Aviation Handling Company NAHCO among others These were commercial entities of the Federal Government that were either privatised or liquidated under the Bureau of Public Enterprises in 1999 2005 Public Enterprises Reform This exercise resulted in the disengagement of a considerable number of public sector employees she said Ejikeme said that when PTAD was given the directive to on board pensioners from these agencies they were inherited with unpaid monthly pension Also with pension arrears ranging from 84 to 219 months while some of the agencies entitled to one off payments had not been paid At the time of take over PTAD did not receive any pension funds or assets to meet the huge unfounded liabilities inherited from these agencies In spite of this enormous challenge the directorate worked assiduously to verify validate compute and enroll most of these ex workers for monthly pension One off payments were made as appropriate to those whose severance benefits were so structured she said The executive secretary said that since 2017 PTAD had been liquidating the unfunded pension liabilities of these agencies You may all recall that in Dec 2021 PTAD had completely liquidated the inherited pension liabilities for New Nigerian Newspapers and the Nigerian Re Insurance Corporation The agency also made one off payments to Savannah Sugar and the Aluminum Smelter Company beneficiaries and their next of kin and Nigerian Aviation Handling Company beneficiaries and their next of kin It also settled some months of arrears for others Ejikeme said She commended President Muhammadu Buhari the Ministry of Finance committees of the Senate House of Representatives oversighting pension and the Budget Office for their support NewsSourceCredit NAN
    PTAD completes liquidation of 105 pension liabilities of DSC, NICON valued #7.05bn
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    PTAD completes liquidation of 105 pension liabilities of DSC, NICON valued #7.05bn

    The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD), has completed the liquidation of 105 inherited pension liabilities of two defunct agencies, Delta Steel Company (DSC) and NICON Insurance PLC.

    The Executive Secretary of PTAD, Dr Chioma Ejikeme, said this at a news conference on Thursday in Abuja.

    Ejikeme said that the 105 months pension liability was valued at N7.05 billion.

    “We have completed the liquidation of the outstanding 56 months inherited from NICON Insurance, (a total of 100 months was inherited) and 49 months of DSC (a total of 96 months were inherited) amounting to over N7.05 billion.

    “ In 2017, the directorate received a directive from the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning to take over the management of pensions and severance benefit liabilities of ex-workers of some agencies.

    “The agencies included DSC, NICON Insurance, Savannah Sugar Company, , Aluminum Smelter Company, and the Nigeria Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO), among others.

    “These were commercial entities of the Federal Government that were either privatised or liquidated under the Bureau of Public Enterprises in 1999-2005 Public Enterprises Reform.

    “This exercise resulted in the disengagement of a considerable number of public sector employees,” she said.

    Ejikeme said that when PTAD was given the directive to on-board pensioners from these agencies, they were inherited with unpaid monthly pension.

    “Also, with pension arrears ranging from 84 to 219 months, while some of the agencies entitled to one-off payments had not been paid.

    “At the time of take-over, PTAD did not receive any pension funds or assets to meet the huge unfounded liabilities inherited from these agencies.

    “In spite of this enormous challenge, the directorate worked assiduously to verify, validate, compute and enroll most of these ex-workers for monthly pension.

    “One-off payments were made as appropriate to those whose severance benefits were so structured,” she said.

    The executive secretary said that since 2017, PTAD had been liquidating the unfunded pension liabilities of these agencies.

    “You may all recall that in Dec. 2021, PTAD had completely liquidated the inherited pension liabilities for New Nigerian Newspapers and the Nigerian Re-Insurance Corporation.

    “The agency also made one-off payments to Savannah Sugar, and the Aluminum Smelter Company beneficiaries and their next of kin, and Nigerian Aviation Handling Company beneficiaries and their next of kin.

    “It also settled some months of arrears for others,” Ejikeme said.

    She commended President Muhammadu Buhari, the Ministry of Finance, committees of the Senate, House of Representatives oversighting pension, and the Budget Office for their support.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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