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  •  The Chief of Naval Staff CNS Vice Adm Awwal Gambo on Tuesday commended Nigeria Navy Ship NNS KADA for the successful delivery of military hardware to the ECOWAS stabilising force in Guinea Bissau Gambo said this during the return of NNS KADA and the ship s company to NNS BEECROFT s jetty at Apapa in Lagos after 17 days at sea The CNS was represented by Rear Adm Perry Onwuzulike Chief of Naval Safety and Standards Naval Headquarters Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria reports that NNS KADA set sail for Guinea Bissau on Aug 6 The CNS commended them for their efforts saying he was particularly impressed there were no negative reports bordering on issues of indiscipline during the mission The national assignment you went for is based on the ECOWAS protocols and I commend the manner in which you honourably discharged your duties You have assisted the primary and strategic capacity of sealift to emplace the Nigerian contingent in the ECOWAS stabilising force in Guinea Bissau Gambo said According to him other participating countries used other forms of transportation such as air and road to emplace their military hardware However the Nigerian Navy used it s sealift capability to emplace our contingent making us the only nation within the sub region to do this The mission has foreign relation imperative and dividends and this projects the Nigerian Navy s capacity and capability in the West African sub region Gambo added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CNS commends NNS KADA’s successful mission to Guinea Bissau
     The Chief of Naval Staff CNS Vice Adm Awwal Gambo on Tuesday commended Nigeria Navy Ship NNS KADA for the successful delivery of military hardware to the ECOWAS stabilising force in Guinea Bissau Gambo said this during the return of NNS KADA and the ship s company to NNS BEECROFT s jetty at Apapa in Lagos after 17 days at sea The CNS was represented by Rear Adm Perry Onwuzulike Chief of Naval Safety and Standards Naval Headquarters Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria reports that NNS KADA set sail for Guinea Bissau on Aug 6 The CNS commended them for their efforts saying he was particularly impressed there were no negative reports bordering on issues of indiscipline during the mission The national assignment you went for is based on the ECOWAS protocols and I commend the manner in which you honourably discharged your duties You have assisted the primary and strategic capacity of sealift to emplace the Nigerian contingent in the ECOWAS stabilising force in Guinea Bissau Gambo said According to him other participating countries used other forms of transportation such as air and road to emplace their military hardware However the Nigerian Navy used it s sealift capability to emplace our contingent making us the only nation within the sub region to do this The mission has foreign relation imperative and dividends and this projects the Nigerian Navy s capacity and capability in the West African sub region Gambo added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CNS commends NNS KADA’s successful mission to Guinea Bissau
    Defence/Security1 month ago

    CNS commends NNS KADA’s successful mission to Guinea Bissau

    The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Adm. Awwal Gambo, on Tuesday commended Nigeria Navy Ship (NNS) KADA for the successful delivery of military hardware to the ECOWAS stabilising force in Guinea Bissau.

    Gambo said this during the return of NNS KADA and the ship’s company to NNS BEECROFT’s jetty at Apapa in Lagos, after 17 days at sea.

    The CNS was represented by Rear Adm. Perry Onwuzulike, Chief of Naval Safety and Standards, Naval Headquarters, Abuja.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that NNS KADA set sail for Guinea Bissau on Aug. 6. The CNS commended them for their efforts, saying he was particularly impressed there were no negative reports bordering on issues of indiscipline during the mission.

    “The national assignment you went for is based on the ECOWAS protocols and I commend the manner in which you honourably discharged your duties.

    “You have assisted the primary and strategic capacity of sealift to emplace the Nigerian contingent in the ECOWAS stabilising force in Guinea Bissau,” Gambo said.

    According to him, other participating countries used other forms of transportation such as air and road to emplace their military hardware.

    “However, the Nigerian Navy used it’s sealift capability to emplace our contingent making us the only nation within the sub-region to do this.

    “The mission has foreign relation imperative and dividends and this projects the Nigerian Navy’s capacity and capability in the West African sub region,” Gambo added.


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  •  The Commander Naval Base BEECROFT Apapa Commodore Malami Haruna has reiterated the need for seafarers to always emplace all safety measures including the use of life jackets within the maritime domain Haruna said this in a statement signed by the Western Naval Command s spokesperson Commander Edward Yeibo on Monday night I Lagos The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that on Aug 2 2022 Nigerian Navy Ship NNS PROSPERITY rescued two Ghanaian fishermen floating in the water while patrolling 10 nautical miles North East of Dangote Quays Ibeju Lekki Lagos Further investigation revealed that the men were four in number but sadly two of them had drowned before the arrival of NNS PROSPERITY to the scene NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Navy reiterates need for safety measures to avoid loss at sea
     The Commander Naval Base BEECROFT Apapa Commodore Malami Haruna has reiterated the need for seafarers to always emplace all safety measures including the use of life jackets within the maritime domain Haruna said this in a statement signed by the Western Naval Command s spokesperson Commander Edward Yeibo on Monday night I Lagos The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that on Aug 2 2022 Nigerian Navy Ship NNS PROSPERITY rescued two Ghanaian fishermen floating in the water while patrolling 10 nautical miles North East of Dangote Quays Ibeju Lekki Lagos Further investigation revealed that the men were four in number but sadly two of them had drowned before the arrival of NNS PROSPERITY to the scene NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Navy reiterates need for safety measures to avoid loss at sea
    Defence/Security2 months ago

    Navy reiterates need for safety measures to avoid loss at sea

    The Commander, Naval Base BEECROFT, Apapa, Commodore Malami Haruna has  reiterated the need for seafarers to always emplace all safety measures including the use of life jackets within the maritime domain.

    Haruna said this in a statement signed by the Western Naval Command’s, spokesperson, Commander Edward Yeibo  on Monday night I.

    Lagos.

    The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that on Aug. 2, 2022, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) PROSPERITY, rescued two Ghanaian fishermen floating in the water while patrolling 10 nautical miles North East of Dangote Quays, Ibeju Lekki, Lagos.

    Further investigation revealed that the men were four in number but sadly, two of them had drowned before the arrival of NNS PROSPERITY to the scene.


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  •  The Nigeria Navy says it is collaborating with its host the Rumuolumeni community in Rivers to maintain a newly rehabilitated road in the community Commodore Suleiman Ibrahim Commander of NNS Pathfinder announced this during a special sanitation organised by the Navy in Port Harcourt on Saturday The Aker Road leading to Nigeria Navy Ship NNS Pathfinder base in Port Harcourt was recently rehabilitated and expanded by the Rivers Government after several years in deplorable condition Ibrahim said the navy decided to partner with its host community due to concerns over the dumping of refuse on the road and drains in the area The Rivers statye Government has done so much for this community and so we don t have to wait for the government to do everything for us The Aker Road was in a very bad condition until the Navy hierarchy and the community reached out to the state government and they listened and constructed the road he said Ibrahim said the sanitation was part of the navy s social corporate responsibilities in line with the strategic directive of the Chief of Naval Staff Vice Adm Awwal Gambo But after rehabilitating the road people overtime indiscriminately disposed of their used products on the road and drainage system thereby undermining the efforts of the government So I felt the need to collaborate with the community leadership to ensure the roads and environment were clean and as such not fall into decay If we don t maintain investments already made in the community then it will be difficult for the state government to further invest in the community he said Also the Community Development Chairman in Rumuolumeni Williams Ikechi commended the navy for cleaning up the area as part of its corporate social responsibilities He said the navy had never carried out sanitation since it opened its base in the community So we thank the navy for this community service and assure that we will ensure the road and the surrounding environment are kept clean at all times NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Navy, Rivers community partner on road maintenance
     The Nigeria Navy says it is collaborating with its host the Rumuolumeni community in Rivers to maintain a newly rehabilitated road in the community Commodore Suleiman Ibrahim Commander of NNS Pathfinder announced this during a special sanitation organised by the Navy in Port Harcourt on Saturday The Aker Road leading to Nigeria Navy Ship NNS Pathfinder base in Port Harcourt was recently rehabilitated and expanded by the Rivers Government after several years in deplorable condition Ibrahim said the navy decided to partner with its host community due to concerns over the dumping of refuse on the road and drains in the area The Rivers statye Government has done so much for this community and so we don t have to wait for the government to do everything for us The Aker Road was in a very bad condition until the Navy hierarchy and the community reached out to the state government and they listened and constructed the road he said Ibrahim said the sanitation was part of the navy s social corporate responsibilities in line with the strategic directive of the Chief of Naval Staff Vice Adm Awwal Gambo But after rehabilitating the road people overtime indiscriminately disposed of their used products on the road and drainage system thereby undermining the efforts of the government So I felt the need to collaborate with the community leadership to ensure the roads and environment were clean and as such not fall into decay If we don t maintain investments already made in the community then it will be difficult for the state government to further invest in the community he said Also the Community Development Chairman in Rumuolumeni Williams Ikechi commended the navy for cleaning up the area as part of its corporate social responsibilities He said the navy had never carried out sanitation since it opened its base in the community So we thank the navy for this community service and assure that we will ensure the road and the surrounding environment are kept clean at all times NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Navy, Rivers community partner on road maintenance
    Defence/Security2 months ago

    Navy, Rivers community partner on road maintenance

    The Nigeria Navy says it is collaborating with its host, the Rumuolumeni community in Rivers, to maintain a newly-rehabilitated road in the community.

    Commodore Suleiman Ibrahim, Commander of NNS Pathfinder, announced this during a special sanitation organised by the Navy in Port Harcourt on Saturday.

    The Aker Road leading to Nigeria Navy Ship (NNS) Pathfinder base in Port Harcourt was recently rehabilitated and expanded by the Rivers Government after several years in deplorable condition.

    Ibrahim said the navy decided to partner with its host community due to concerns over the dumping of refuse on the road and drains in the area.

    “The Rivers statye Government has done so much for this community, and so, we don’t have to wait for the government to do everything for us.

    “The Aker Road was in a very bad condition until the Navy hierarchy and the community reached out to the state government, and they listened and constructed the road,” he said.

    Ibrahim said the sanitation was part of the navy’s social corporate responsibilities in line with the strategic directive of the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Awwal Gambo.

    “But after rehabilitating the road, people overtime indiscriminately disposed of their used products on the road and drainage system, thereby undermining the efforts of the government.

    “So, I felt the need to collaborate with the community leadership to ensure the roads and environment were clean, and as such, not fall into decay.

    “If we don’t maintain investments already made in the community, then it will be difficult for the state government to further invest in the community,” he said.

    Also, the Community Development Chairman in Rumuolumeni, Williams Ikechi, commended the navy for cleaning up the area, as part of its corporate social responsibilities.

    He said the navy had never carried out sanitation since it opened its base in the community.

    “So, we thank the navy for this community service, and assure that we will ensure the road and the surrounding environment are kept clean at all times.


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  •  The Nigerian Navy shipped military hardware and contingent to Guinea Bissau on Saturday on peace keeping mission on the auspices of ECOWAS Guinea Bissau has experienced four coups since independence from Portugal in 1974 and is currently in turmoil Nigeria s effort towards peace keeping and peace enforcement in Guinea Bissau becomes germane while the Armed Forces of Nigeria s synergy will become a hallmark as it continues to operate The role the Nigerian Navy is playing today by NNS KADA conveying military hardware is one of the roles assigned to the Nigerian Navy Constitutionally By moving this equipment we are supporting ECOWAS with the stabilisation support force that is established in Guinea Bissau he said The FOC also said that the movement of the equipment through NNS KADA showed that the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Armed Forces had come of age to conduct such operations successfully The Chief of Defence Staff Chief of Naval Staff Chief of Army Staff and Chief of Air Staff brought it together to show the manifestation under the leadership of the Minister of Defence At the end we will continue to showcase the capability capacity and competence of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to the whole world while keeping peace within our sub region This positions Nigeria as a regional power and continues to show that we are in the lead he stressed Wambai recalled that in 1990 the Nigerian Navy conducted a similar exercise using NNS AMBE and NNS DAMISA to convey equipment and personnel to help to stabilise Liberia The exercise was conducted on the platform of the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group ECOMOG ECOMOG is a West African peacekeeping force that began with approximately 3 000 troops and has grown to between 10 000 and 12 000 troops the vast majority being Nigerians ECOMOG included forces from five countries of ECOWAS Gambia Ghana Guinea Nigeria and Sierra Leone later joined by Mali According to Wambai we did the same thing in Sierra Leone three years ago in Gambia and now we are doing it in Guinea Bissau We will continue to showcase our role and big brotherliness by assisting and coming to the aid of these West African countries whenever there is the need the FOC declared He said that the ECOWAS standby force was still in existence and that the Nigerian Navy would use that umbrella to continue to work and function to support peace and stability within the West African sub region Wambai advised the contingent en route Guinea Bissau to adhere to integrity professionalism and team work in all their operations I must remind you that the rules of engagement in the mission area demands that you exhibit utmost professionalism in the discharge of your responsibilities Also I must urge you to respect religious and cultural sensitivity of the host nation in the course of discharging your duties the FOC told the departing contingent NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria ships hardware, contingent to Guinea Bissau on peace-keeping
     The Nigerian Navy shipped military hardware and contingent to Guinea Bissau on Saturday on peace keeping mission on the auspices of ECOWAS Guinea Bissau has experienced four coups since independence from Portugal in 1974 and is currently in turmoil Nigeria s effort towards peace keeping and peace enforcement in Guinea Bissau becomes germane while the Armed Forces of Nigeria s synergy will become a hallmark as it continues to operate The role the Nigerian Navy is playing today by NNS KADA conveying military hardware is one of the roles assigned to the Nigerian Navy Constitutionally By moving this equipment we are supporting ECOWAS with the stabilisation support force that is established in Guinea Bissau he said The FOC also said that the movement of the equipment through NNS KADA showed that the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Armed Forces had come of age to conduct such operations successfully The Chief of Defence Staff Chief of Naval Staff Chief of Army Staff and Chief of Air Staff brought it together to show the manifestation under the leadership of the Minister of Defence At the end we will continue to showcase the capability capacity and competence of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to the whole world while keeping peace within our sub region This positions Nigeria as a regional power and continues to show that we are in the lead he stressed Wambai recalled that in 1990 the Nigerian Navy conducted a similar exercise using NNS AMBE and NNS DAMISA to convey equipment and personnel to help to stabilise Liberia The exercise was conducted on the platform of the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group ECOMOG ECOMOG is a West African peacekeeping force that began with approximately 3 000 troops and has grown to between 10 000 and 12 000 troops the vast majority being Nigerians ECOMOG included forces from five countries of ECOWAS Gambia Ghana Guinea Nigeria and Sierra Leone later joined by Mali According to Wambai we did the same thing in Sierra Leone three years ago in Gambia and now we are doing it in Guinea Bissau We will continue to showcase our role and big brotherliness by assisting and coming to the aid of these West African countries whenever there is the need the FOC declared He said that the ECOWAS standby force was still in existence and that the Nigerian Navy would use that umbrella to continue to work and function to support peace and stability within the West African sub region Wambai advised the contingent en route Guinea Bissau to adhere to integrity professionalism and team work in all their operations I must remind you that the rules of engagement in the mission area demands that you exhibit utmost professionalism in the discharge of your responsibilities Also I must urge you to respect religious and cultural sensitivity of the host nation in the course of discharging your duties the FOC told the departing contingent NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria ships hardware, contingent to Guinea Bissau on peace-keeping
    Defence/Security2 months ago

    Nigeria ships hardware, contingent to Guinea Bissau on peace-keeping

    The Nigerian Navy shipped military hardware and contingent to Guinea Bissau on Saturday on peace keeping mission on the auspices of ECOWAS.

    Guinea Bissau has experienced four coups since independence from Portugal in 1974 and is currently in turmoil.

    “Nigeria’s effort towards peace-keeping and peace enforcement in Guinea Bissau becomes germane while the Armed Forces of Nigeria’s synergy will become a hallmark as it continues to operate.

    “The role the Nigerian Navy is playing today by NNS KADA conveying military hardware is one of the roles assigned to the Nigerian Navy Constitutionally.

    “By moving this equipment, we are supporting ECOWAS with the stabilisation support force that is established in Guinea Bissau,’’ he said.

    The FOC also said that the movement of the equipment through NNS KADA showed that the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Armed Forces had come of age to conduct such operations successfully.

    “The Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, Chief of Army Staff and Chief of Air Staff brought it together to show the manifestation under the leadership of the Minister of Defence.

    “At the end, we will continue to showcase the capability, capacity and competence of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to the whole world while keeping peace within our sub-region.

    “This positions Nigeria as a regional power and continues to show that we are in the lead,’’ he stressed.

    Wambai recalled that in 1990, the Nigerian Navy conducted a similar exercise using NNS AMBE and NNS DAMISA to convey equipment and personnel to help to stabilise Liberia.

    The exercise was conducted on the platform of the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG).

    ECOMOG is a West African peacekeeping force that began with approximately 3,000 troops and has grown to between 10,000 and 12,000 troops, the vast majority being Nigerians.

    ECOMOG included forces from five countries of ECOWAS: Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, later joined by Mali. According to Wambai, “we did the same thing in Sierra Leone; three years ago in Gambia and now we are doing it in Guinea Bissau.

    “We will continue to showcase our role and big brotherliness by assisting and coming to the aid of these West African countries whenever there is the need,’’ the FOC declared.

    He said that the ECOWAS standby force was still in existence and that the Nigerian Navy would use that umbrella to continue to work and function to support peace and stability within the West African sub-region.

    Wambai advised the contingent en route Guinea Bissau to adhere to integrity, professionalism and team work in all their operations.

    “I must remind you that the rules of engagement in the mission area demands that you exhibit utmost professionalism in the discharge of your responsibilities.

    “Also, I must urge you to respect religious and cultural sensitivity of the host nation in the course of discharging your duties,’’ the FOC told the departing contingent.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Nigerian Navy NN Ship NNS PROSPERITY rescued two Ghanaian fishermen floating at sea on a yellow 20 litres gallon while on patrol about 10 nautical miles nm North East of Dangote Quay on Aug 2 The Director of Information Naval Headquarters Commodore Adedotun Ayo Vaughan made this known in a statement on Friday in Abuja According to him the ship on sighting a man altered course towards the position of the man and successfully recovered him Subsequently the rescued man revealed that a second person was involved as such the ship proceeded to the position of the second man and safely recovered him as well Ayo Vaughan said that further investigations revealed that the rescued men were Ghanaian fishermen residing at Takwa Bay Lagos State The director however added that the duo went fishing on July 31 but encountered a boat mishap at about 10p m same day Sadly they were said to have drowned before the remaining two were rescued by the ship he said The service however wished to reiterate its commitment towards ensuring the security and safety of all seafarers in Nigeria s maritime domain NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Navy ship rescues 2 drowning Ghanaian fishermen
     The Nigerian Navy NN Ship NNS PROSPERITY rescued two Ghanaian fishermen floating at sea on a yellow 20 litres gallon while on patrol about 10 nautical miles nm North East of Dangote Quay on Aug 2 The Director of Information Naval Headquarters Commodore Adedotun Ayo Vaughan made this known in a statement on Friday in Abuja According to him the ship on sighting a man altered course towards the position of the man and successfully recovered him Subsequently the rescued man revealed that a second person was involved as such the ship proceeded to the position of the second man and safely recovered him as well Ayo Vaughan said that further investigations revealed that the rescued men were Ghanaian fishermen residing at Takwa Bay Lagos State The director however added that the duo went fishing on July 31 but encountered a boat mishap at about 10p m same day Sadly they were said to have drowned before the remaining two were rescued by the ship he said The service however wished to reiterate its commitment towards ensuring the security and safety of all seafarers in Nigeria s maritime domain NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Navy ship rescues 2 drowning Ghanaian fishermen
    Defence/Security2 months ago

    Navy ship rescues 2 drowning Ghanaian fishermen

    The Nigerian Navy (NN) Ship, (NNS) PROSPERITY, rescued two Ghanaian fishermen floating at sea on a yellow 20 litres gallon while on patrol about 10 nautical miles (nm) North-East of Dangote Quay on Aug. 2. The Director of Information, Naval Headquarters, Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, made this known in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

    According to him, the ship on sighting a man, altered course towards the position of the man and successfully recovered him.

    Subsequently, the rescued man revealed that a second person was involved, as such, the ship proceeded to the position of the second man and safely recovered him as well.

    Ayo-Vaughan said that further investigations revealed that the rescued men were Ghanaian fishermen residing at Takwa Bay, Lagos State.

    The director, however, added that the duo went fishing on July 31, but encountered a boat mishap at about 10p.

    m same day.

    “Sadly, they were said to have drowned before the remaining two were rescued by the ship,“ he said.

    The service, however, wished to reiterate its commitment towards ensuring the security and safety of all seafarers in Nigeria’s maritime domain.

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  •  The Nigerian Navy Ship NNS PROSPERITY have rescued two Ghanaian fishermen who reside in Takwa Bay Lagos State after a boat mishap when they sailed out to fish on July 31 The Nigerian Navy s Director of Information Commodore Adedotun Ayo Vaugn said this in a statement in Lagos on Thursday Ayo Vaugn said that the fishermen were rescued on Aug 2 while on patrol about 10 nautical miles nm North East of Dangote Quay The patrol team sighted a man floating at sea on a yellow 20 litres gallon Accordingly the ship altered course towards the position of the man and successfully recovered him the director said Ayo Vaugn said that the ship then proceeded to the position of the second man and safely saved him as well after the rescued man revealed that a second person was involved The two rescued fishermen are receiving medical attention onboard NNS PROSPERITY They went fishing on Sunday but encountered a boat mishap at about 10 00 p m same day Sadly two of them were said to have drowned before the remaining were rescued by NNS PROSPERITY he said The director reiterated the Nigerian Navy s commitment towards ensuring the security and safety of all seafarers in Nigeria s maritime domain NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Navy rescues drowning Ghanaians
     The Nigerian Navy Ship NNS PROSPERITY have rescued two Ghanaian fishermen who reside in Takwa Bay Lagos State after a boat mishap when they sailed out to fish on July 31 The Nigerian Navy s Director of Information Commodore Adedotun Ayo Vaugn said this in a statement in Lagos on Thursday Ayo Vaugn said that the fishermen were rescued on Aug 2 while on patrol about 10 nautical miles nm North East of Dangote Quay The patrol team sighted a man floating at sea on a yellow 20 litres gallon Accordingly the ship altered course towards the position of the man and successfully recovered him the director said Ayo Vaugn said that the ship then proceeded to the position of the second man and safely saved him as well after the rescued man revealed that a second person was involved The two rescued fishermen are receiving medical attention onboard NNS PROSPERITY They went fishing on Sunday but encountered a boat mishap at about 10 00 p m same day Sadly two of them were said to have drowned before the remaining were rescued by NNS PROSPERITY he said The director reiterated the Nigerian Navy s commitment towards ensuring the security and safety of all seafarers in Nigeria s maritime domain NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Navy rescues drowning Ghanaians
    Defence/Security2 months ago

    Navy rescues drowning Ghanaians

    The Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) PROSPERITY have rescued two Ghanaian fishermen who reside in Takwa Bay, Lagos State after a boat mishap when they sailed out to fish on July 31. The Nigerian Navy’s Director of Information, Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaugn said this in a statement in Lagos on Thursday.

    Ayo-Vaugn said that the fishermen were rescued on Aug. 2 while on patrol about 10 nautical miles (nm) North East of Dangote Quay. “The patrol team sighted a man floating at sea on a yellow 20 litres gallon.

    “Accordingly, the ship altered course towards the position of the man and successfully recovered him,” the director said.

    Ayo-Vaugn said that the ship then proceeded to the position of the second man and safely saved him as well after the rescued man revealed that a second person was involved.

    “The two rescued fishermen are receiving medical attention onboard NNS PROSPERITY.

    They went fishing on Sunday but encountered a boat mishap at about 10.00 p.

    m. same day.

    “Sadly, two of them were said to have drowned before the remaining were rescued by NNS PROSPERITY,” he said.

    The director reiterated the Nigerian Navy’s commitment towards ensuring the security and safety of all seafarers in Nigeria’s maritime domain.


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  •  The Defence Headquarters says troops and other security agencies have recorded significant successes against criminals across theatres in the last few days The Director Defence Media Operations Maj Gen Bernard Onyeuko said this in a statemen on Thursday in Abuja Onyeuko said the troops of Operation Hadarin Daji had on June 21 engaged terrorists at Rafin Dankura in Bakura Local Government Area of Zamfara who abducted some innocent civilians He said the encounter led to the rescue of six kidnapped civilians and killing of two bandits in the process According to him items recovered include two AK47 36 Hand grenade two cell phones and the sum of N211 915 The defence spokesman said that troops also killed two terrorists at Maigora in Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State on the same day and recovered cache of weapons He also disclosed that troops of Operation Whirl Stroke on June 20 arrested a notorious gun runner one Ardo Maranewo who had been on the wanted list of security agencies According to him the suspect is a specialist in selling and leasing arms and ammunition to bandits and kidnappers in Taraba Furthermore troops on patrol along Udei Markurdi Lafiya road arrested seven rail track vandals with a trailer registered ABJ KWALI 846 XBJ loaded with cut to size vandalised rail tracks and sleepers They are Terswoo John 40 Donald Kperuv 30 Abraham Tinde 25 Jamilu Danlami 20 James Yandela 29 Idris Usman Imam 32 and Abubakar Adamu 30 Also on June 21 troops raided a kidnappers enclave at Maraba in Ukyonugu Ityuluv Ward in Ukum Local Government Area of Benue and arrested one Ichen Igbaka 65 a bandits collaborator and his wife Mrs Salomi Gbaka Their house was used by a late bandit leader Mr Azu as a hideout Suspects and items recovered are in custody for further interrogation he said Onyeuko further said that troops of 151 Task Force Battalion under Operation Hadin Kai on June 20 eliminated two terrorists in conjunction with Civilian Joint Task Force CJTF along Bama Pulka road in Borno He added that troops also arrested a Boko Haram member Malam Abacha Usman at Benishek and a terrorists logistics supplier Mallam Ibrahim Gira along Damboa Biu road in Borno on June 21 In the Niger Delta region Onyeuko said the NNS Delta on June 19 discovered an illegal refining site around Opumami Creek in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta He added that two metal storage tanks five ovens seven dug out pits with 120 300 litres of stolen crude oil were recovered from the site Similarly on the same day troops located two illegal refining sites at Atumakiri with 10 ovens and 15 metal storage tanks with 450 000 litres of AGO and 350 000 litres of stolen crude oil The Military high command congratulates the troops in various operations for their exploits he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Troops neutralise terrorists, arrest gun runners, collaborators, others
     The Defence Headquarters says troops and other security agencies have recorded significant successes against criminals across theatres in the last few days The Director Defence Media Operations Maj Gen Bernard Onyeuko said this in a statemen on Thursday in Abuja Onyeuko said the troops of Operation Hadarin Daji had on June 21 engaged terrorists at Rafin Dankura in Bakura Local Government Area of Zamfara who abducted some innocent civilians He said the encounter led to the rescue of six kidnapped civilians and killing of two bandits in the process According to him items recovered include two AK47 36 Hand grenade two cell phones and the sum of N211 915 The defence spokesman said that troops also killed two terrorists at Maigora in Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State on the same day and recovered cache of weapons He also disclosed that troops of Operation Whirl Stroke on June 20 arrested a notorious gun runner one Ardo Maranewo who had been on the wanted list of security agencies According to him the suspect is a specialist in selling and leasing arms and ammunition to bandits and kidnappers in Taraba Furthermore troops on patrol along Udei Markurdi Lafiya road arrested seven rail track vandals with a trailer registered ABJ KWALI 846 XBJ loaded with cut to size vandalised rail tracks and sleepers They are Terswoo John 40 Donald Kperuv 30 Abraham Tinde 25 Jamilu Danlami 20 James Yandela 29 Idris Usman Imam 32 and Abubakar Adamu 30 Also on June 21 troops raided a kidnappers enclave at Maraba in Ukyonugu Ityuluv Ward in Ukum Local Government Area of Benue and arrested one Ichen Igbaka 65 a bandits collaborator and his wife Mrs Salomi Gbaka Their house was used by a late bandit leader Mr Azu as a hideout Suspects and items recovered are in custody for further interrogation he said Onyeuko further said that troops of 151 Task Force Battalion under Operation Hadin Kai on June 20 eliminated two terrorists in conjunction with Civilian Joint Task Force CJTF along Bama Pulka road in Borno He added that troops also arrested a Boko Haram member Malam Abacha Usman at Benishek and a terrorists logistics supplier Mallam Ibrahim Gira along Damboa Biu road in Borno on June 21 In the Niger Delta region Onyeuko said the NNS Delta on June 19 discovered an illegal refining site around Opumami Creek in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta He added that two metal storage tanks five ovens seven dug out pits with 120 300 litres of stolen crude oil were recovered from the site Similarly on the same day troops located two illegal refining sites at Atumakiri with 10 ovens and 15 metal storage tanks with 450 000 litres of AGO and 350 000 litres of stolen crude oil The Military high command congratulates the troops in various operations for their exploits he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Troops neutralise terrorists, arrest gun runners, collaborators, others
    Defence/Security3 months ago

    Troops neutralise terrorists, arrest gun runners, collaborators, others

    The Defence Headquarters says troops and other security agencies have recorded significant successes against criminals across theatres in the last few days.

    The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, said this in a statemen on Thursday in Abuja.

    Onyeuko said the troops of Operation Hadarin Daji had on June 21 engaged terrorists at Rafin Dankura in Bakura Local Government Area of Zamfara who abducted some innocent civilians.

    He said the encounter led to the rescue of six kidnapped civilians and killing of two bandits in the process.

    According to him, items recovered include two AK47, 36 Hand grenade, two cell phones and the sum of N211,915.

    The defence spokesman said that troops also killed two terrorists at Maigora in Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State on the same day and recovered cache of weapons.

    He also disclosed that troops of Operation Whirl Stroke on June 20, arrested a notorious gun runner,  one Ardo Maranewo, who had been on the wanted list of security agencies.

    According to him, the suspect is a specialist in selling and leasing arms and ammunition to bandits and kidnappers in Taraba.

    “Furthermore, troops on patrol along Udei-Markurdi-Lafiya road arrested seven rail track vandals with a trailer registered ABJ KWALI 846 XBJ loaded with cut to size vandalised rail tracks and sleepers.

    “They are Terswoo John (40), Donald Kperuv (30), Abraham Tinde (25), Jamilu Danlami (20), James Yandela (29), Idris Usman Imam (32) and Abubakar Adamu (30).

    “Also on June 21, troops raided a kidnappers’ enclave at Maraba in Ukyonugu Ityuluv Ward in Ukum Local Government Area of Benue and arrested one Ichen Igbaka (65), a bandits’ collaborator and his wife Mrs Salomi Gbaka.

    “Their house was used by a late bandit leader, Mr Azu, as a hideout.

    “Suspects and items recovered are in custody for further interrogation,” he said.

    Onyeuko further said that troops of 151 Task Force Battalion under Operation Hadin Kai on June 20, eliminated two terrorists in conjunction with Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) along Bama-Pulka road in Borno.

    He added that troops also arrested a Boko Haram member, Malam Abacha Usman at Benishek and a terrorists logistics supplier, Mallam Ibrahim Gira along Damboa -Biu road in Borno on June 21.

    In the Niger Delta region, Onyeuko said the NNS Delta on June 19, discovered an illegal refining site around Opumami Creek in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta.

    He added that two metal storage tanks, five ovens, seven dug out pits, with 120,300 litres of stolen crude oil were recovered from the site.

    “Similarly on the same day, troops located two illegal refining sites at Atumakiri with 10 ovens and 15 metal storage tanks with 450,000 litres of AGO and 350,000 litres of stolen crude oil.

    “The Military high command congratulates the troops in various operations for their exploits,” he said.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Federal Government on Tuesday celebrated five months of zero attack by pirates and sea robbers on the nation s waterways The Minister of State for Transportation Sen Gbemisola Saraki said that the nation was in celebration mood because of its ability to combat piracy and crimes at sea within the Gulf of Guinea GoG Saraki said this in her keynote address during the 2022 World Hydrography Day celebration on Tuesday in Lagos Today makes it five months of zero attack on our waterways This is the first time in 28 years that there has been no attack This is a feat duly recognised by the International Maritime Bureau IMB I therefore congratulate the Federal Government the Federal Ministry of Transportation the Nigerian Navy and of course the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA The celebration of the Hydrography Day is as much about the work and responsibilities of our Navy as it is about the geographical landscape of our waters she said The minister noted that for a nation like ours with 853 kilometres of coastline hydrography was both an economic and a national security issue To many of us not privileged to wear this Omo Bright sparkling white uniform today is Hydrography Day Every day is Hydrography Day to a Naval Officer or a Cadet Like other Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics STEM fields hydrography has traditionally seen low rates of female participation It is my hope that in your pursuit of excellence you will begin to promote and include women in hydrography daily as well Hydrography is the key driver of ocean science studies and depicts the physical features of the ocean and that is the starting point for any meaningful understanding of the world oceans It is this knowledge that enables us to better manage our ocean s assets and deliver economic and environment solutions to the maritime public and stakeholders across Nigeria It is in this regard that I consider the theme for this year s World Hydrography Day Hydrography Contributing to the United Nations Ocean Decade apt she said The minister pointed out that the action was already receiving global accolade with NNS LANA awarded the Best Large Research Vessel in the world for the Year 2022 by Baird Maritime She said that government had also placed an order with Messrs OCEA of France for the delivery of a 35 meter hydrographic research vessel which would work side by side NNS LANA to further boost the nation s hydrographic research capacity toward actualising the objectives of the UN s Decade Ocean Science In addition the Federal Government established a committee on Blue Economy chaired by the Vice President procurement of modern survey equipment and increased tempo of human capacity development to improve Nigeria s capacity for hydrographic survey and charts she said Responding Dr Bashir Jamoh the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA said that the importance of hydrography to the maritime industry cannot be overemphasised Jamoh said that platform such as this would raise public awareness about hydrography s global benefits to navigational safety ocean conservation and environmental preservation I am delighted to be identified with the World Hydrography day I want to seize this opportunity to thank the Nigerian Navy Hydrographic Office NNHO and the Nigerian Hydrographic Society NHS for hosting the 2022 Worid Hydrography Day WHD celebration in Nigeria In addition to ensuring the safe and efficient navigation of ships hydrography underlies practically every other sea related activity Just like part of NIMASA s mission is to sustain safe and secure shipping hydrography deals with monitoring physical features of the oceans and seas for the primary purpose of navigation safety he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria celebrates 5 months of zero attack on waterways
     The Federal Government on Tuesday celebrated five months of zero attack by pirates and sea robbers on the nation s waterways The Minister of State for Transportation Sen Gbemisola Saraki said that the nation was in celebration mood because of its ability to combat piracy and crimes at sea within the Gulf of Guinea GoG Saraki said this in her keynote address during the 2022 World Hydrography Day celebration on Tuesday in Lagos Today makes it five months of zero attack on our waterways This is the first time in 28 years that there has been no attack This is a feat duly recognised by the International Maritime Bureau IMB I therefore congratulate the Federal Government the Federal Ministry of Transportation the Nigerian Navy and of course the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA The celebration of the Hydrography Day is as much about the work and responsibilities of our Navy as it is about the geographical landscape of our waters she said The minister noted that for a nation like ours with 853 kilometres of coastline hydrography was both an economic and a national security issue To many of us not privileged to wear this Omo Bright sparkling white uniform today is Hydrography Day Every day is Hydrography Day to a Naval Officer or a Cadet Like other Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics STEM fields hydrography has traditionally seen low rates of female participation It is my hope that in your pursuit of excellence you will begin to promote and include women in hydrography daily as well Hydrography is the key driver of ocean science studies and depicts the physical features of the ocean and that is the starting point for any meaningful understanding of the world oceans It is this knowledge that enables us to better manage our ocean s assets and deliver economic and environment solutions to the maritime public and stakeholders across Nigeria It is in this regard that I consider the theme for this year s World Hydrography Day Hydrography Contributing to the United Nations Ocean Decade apt she said The minister pointed out that the action was already receiving global accolade with NNS LANA awarded the Best Large Research Vessel in the world for the Year 2022 by Baird Maritime She said that government had also placed an order with Messrs OCEA of France for the delivery of a 35 meter hydrographic research vessel which would work side by side NNS LANA to further boost the nation s hydrographic research capacity toward actualising the objectives of the UN s Decade Ocean Science In addition the Federal Government established a committee on Blue Economy chaired by the Vice President procurement of modern survey equipment and increased tempo of human capacity development to improve Nigeria s capacity for hydrographic survey and charts she said Responding Dr Bashir Jamoh the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA said that the importance of hydrography to the maritime industry cannot be overemphasised Jamoh said that platform such as this would raise public awareness about hydrography s global benefits to navigational safety ocean conservation and environmental preservation I am delighted to be identified with the World Hydrography day I want to seize this opportunity to thank the Nigerian Navy Hydrographic Office NNHO and the Nigerian Hydrographic Society NHS for hosting the 2022 Worid Hydrography Day WHD celebration in Nigeria In addition to ensuring the safe and efficient navigation of ships hydrography underlies practically every other sea related activity Just like part of NIMASA s mission is to sustain safe and secure shipping hydrography deals with monitoring physical features of the oceans and seas for the primary purpose of navigation safety he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria celebrates 5 months of zero attack on waterways
    Economy3 months ago

    Nigeria celebrates 5 months of zero attack on waterways

    The Federal Government on Tuesday celebrated five months of zero attack by pirates and sea robbers on the nation’s waterways.   The Minister of State for Transportation, Sen. Gbemisola Saraki, said that the nation was in celebration mood because of its ability to combat piracy and crimes at sea within the Gulf of Guinea (GoG).   Saraki said this in her keynote address during the 2022 World Hydrography Day celebration on Tuesday in Lagos.“Today makes it five months of zero attack on our waterways.   “This is the first time in 28 years that there has been no attack. This is a feat duly recognised by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB).   “I, therefore, congratulate the Federal Government, the Federal Ministry of Transportation, the Nigerian Navy and of course the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).   “The celebration of the Hydrography Day is as much about the work and responsibilities of our Navy as it is about the geographical landscape of our waters,” she said.   The minister noted that for a nation like ours with 853 kilometres of coastline, hydrography was both an economic and a national security issue.   “To many of us not privileged to wear this Omo Bright sparkling white uniform, today is Hydrography Day. Every day is Hydrography Day to a Naval Officer or a Cadet.   “Like other Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields, hydrography has traditionally seen low rates of female participation.    “It is my hope that in your pursuit of excellence, you will begin to promote and include women in hydrography daily as well.   “Hydrography is the key driver of ocean science studies and depicts the physical features of the ocean, and that is the starting point for any meaningful understanding of the world oceans.   “It is this knowledge that enables us to better manage our ocean’s assets and deliver economic and environment solutions to the maritime public and stakeholders across Nigeria.    “It is in this regard that I consider the theme for this year’s World Hydrography Day – ‘Hydrography: Contributing to the United Nations Ocean Decade apt,” she said.   The minister pointed out that the action was already receiving global accolade, with NNS LANA, awarded the “Best Large Research Vessel in the world for the Year 2022” by Baird Maritime.   She said that government had also placed an order with Messrs. OCEA of France for the delivery of a 35-meter hydrographic research vessel, which would work side-by-side NNS LANA to further boost the nation’s hydrographic research capacity toward actualising the objectives of the UN’s Decade Ocean Science.   “In addition, the Federal Government established a committee on Blue Economy chaired by the Vice-President, procurement of modern survey equipment and increased tempo of human capacity development to improve Nigeria’s capacity for hydrographic survey and charts,” she said.   Responding, Dr Bashir Jamoh, the Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), said that the importance of hydrography to the maritime industry cannot be overemphasised.   Jamoh said that platform such as this would raise public awareness about hydrography’s global benefits to navigational safety, ocean conservation and environmental preservation.   “I am delighted to be identified with the World Hydrography day. I want to seize this opportunity to thank the Nigerian Navy Hydrographic Office (NNHO) and the Nigerian Hydrographic Society (NHS) for hosting the 2022 Worid Hydrography Day (WHD) celebration in Nigeria.   “In addition to ensuring the safe and efficient navigation of ships, hydrography underlies practically every other sea-related activity.   “Just like part of NIMASA’s mission is to sustain safe and secure shipping, hydrography deals with monitoring physical features of the oceans and seas for the primary purpose of navigation safety,” he said.  

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Presidency has again reeled out 28 page of President Muhammadu Buhari s strides in Oil and gas reforms Digital economy Mines and steel development Agriculture Education Health Creative Industry Sports and infrastructural development roads bridges rail air and sea ports housing and many others The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the president s scorecard is coming ahead of the seven year anniversary of the Buhari led administration on May 29 2022 President Buhari had in May 29 2015 took the oath of office as President promising to serve Nigeria faithfully in all spheres of national life The seven years milestone according to the President s spokesman Mr Femi Adesina presents a major landmark and opportunity to review the service of the president to the country and its people Adesina noted that the Buhari administration has so far delivered in its promises to Nigerians although revisionists would want to look at security challenges which are being robustly tackled by the government A one stop shop of the achievements of the Buhari administration at seven indicated that a lot has been done and a lot more will still be done in the 12 months ahead Nigeria under Buhari s watch has continued to witness the biggest and most ambitious federal infrastructure programme since Nigeria s Independence To further consolidate the provision of infrastructural development in the country the administration in Feb 2021 established the Infrastructure Corporation of Nigeria InfraCorp with initial seed Capital of N1 trillion provided by the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority NSIA and the Africa Finance Corporation AFC InfraCorp s goal is to to catalyse and accelerate investment into Nigeria s infrastructure sector by originating structuring executing and managing end to end bankable projects in that space In addition to the N1 trillion equity seed capital InfraCorp is expected to mobilise up to an additional N14 trillion of debt capital Establishment in 2020 of the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund PIDF with more than 1 billion in funding so far The government s capital investments in the railway sub sector has since started yielding fruitful results despite the unfortunate attack on the Kaduna bound train service in March The 156km Lagos Ibadan Standard Gauge Rail was completed and inaugurated within a Nigerian record time of four years 2017 to 2021 while 8 72km extension to Lagos Ibadan Rail Line to Lagos Port Complex was also completed in 2021 The Abuja Kaduna 186km Standard Gauge Rail Line was completed and inaugurated in 2016 while the 327km Itakpe Warri Standard Gauge Rail was completed and commissioned in 2020 33 years after construction began As part of this project there was the full rehabilitation of the Railway Village Agbor as well as construction of a Railway Ancillary Facilities Yard also in Agbor In 2021 the Line commenced commercial freight haulage transporting pipelines for the AKK Gas Pipeline project In a bid to check fraudulent practices the management of the Nigerian railway Corporation NRC completed the E Ticketing concession process on Abuja Kaduna Route in 2021 which increased the monthly generated revenue from less than N200 Million to N400 Million It has since commenced the E Ticketing concession process for the Lagos Ibadan and Warri Itakpe Standard Gauge Rail Lines The scope of the project is to Design Finance Build Operate and Manage Secure Ticketing Solution systems Hardware and Software for the two lines The Abuja Light Rail project was completed in 2018 while construction has commenced on Kaduna Kano Standard Gauge Rail Line following the ground breaking by President Buhari in July 2021 The president had also carried out ground breaking for construction of 284km Kano Maradi Standard Gauge Rail with branch line to Dutse preliminary works started 2021 The Nigerian leader also carried out the ground breaking for complete revamp of Port Harcourt Maiduguri Narrow Gauge Rail as the government took delivery of 377 Wagons 64 Coaches and 21 Locomotives including DMUs purchased for the Standard Gauge network between 2016 and 2021 On Jobs creation training and capacity building more than 11 000 new jobs had been created from the on going rail modernization projects in the country A special write up released by Mr Femi Adesina the President s spokesman indicated that More than 100 qualified young Nigerians awarded full international scholarships for courses in rail engineering and transport in China from 2018 In addition dozens of Nigerian Engineers had been trained as part of the railway modernization projects while a new Transportation University in Daura Katsina State and new Rail Wagon Assembly Plant in Kajola Ogun State are both nearing completion of construction On road projects the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund PIDF is investing over a billion dollars in three flagship projects Lagos Ibadan Expressway for completion in 2022 Second Niger Bridge for completion in 2022 Abuja Kaduna Zaria Kano Expressway first phase for completion in 2023 President Buhari had on Jan 25 2019 issued the Executive Order 7 of 2019 on the Road Infrastructure Development and Refurbishment Investment Tax Credit Scheme The scheme allows companies that are willing and able to spend their own funds on constructing critical roads to recover their construction costs by paying reduced taxes over a period of time and in a transparent manner So far more than N1 trillion has been mobilised through Executive Order 7 for road projects across all six geopolitical zones of the country like Bodo Bonny in Rivers and Apapa Oshodi Oworonshoki Ojota in Lagos The Highway Development and Management Initiative HDMI a public private partnership programme would also mobilise in its first Phase over a trillion Naira in private investment into the development and maintenance of 12 Roads amounting to 1 963km in length More than 600 billion Naira worth of Sukuk Bonds raised since 2017 for more than 40 critical road projects across all six geopolitical zones Between November 25 and December 13 2021 the Federal Government handed over to benefiting communities 941 km of completed Sukuk road projects connecting 10 states in five geo political zones of the country On air and sea ports development the government had completed the new terminals for International Airports in Lagos Abuja Kano and Port Harcourt while the New Runways for the Abuja and Enugu International Airports had been completed The Abuja International Airport Runway was reconstructed in 2017 for the first time since the Airport was built in the early 1980s In 2019 President Buhari approved a special fund of N10 Billion for the reconstruction of the Enugu Airport Runway it was completed and reopened in August 2020 Presidential approval for four International Airports as Special Economic Zones Lagos Kano Abuja and Port Harcourt was also granted by the President as he approved funds for the Accident Investigation Bureau AIB to build a world class Flight Safety Laboratory FSL in Abuja and train personnel to run it Now Nigeria no longer has to send aircraft Cockpit Voice Recorders and Flight Data Recorders Black Box abroad for downloading and analysis The Nigeria College of Aviation Technology NCAT in Zaria has undergone a transformation under President Buhari A new Boeing 737 Full Flight Simulator has been installed in the College as well as a fully automated Fire and Smoke Aircraft Training Simulator Prior to the installation of the Fire and Smoke Simulator Nigeria was sending personnel to Cameroon for the relevant training NCAT has also acquired 7 brand new Training Planes 1 multi engine and 6 single engine that use Jet A1 fuel to replace the old training planes that were expensive to maintain The Nigerian Meteorological Agency NIMET in July 2017 received the ISO 9001 2015 certification re certified in August 2020 for aeronautical meteorological services delivery making Nigeria the first ever African country to achieve this feat Significant infrastructural upgrades at various Airports nationwide include Cat 3 ILS Instrument Landing System DME Distance Measuring Equipment installed in Lagos and Abuja Airports in 2019 which allows planes to land in zero visibility Installation in progress in 3 more airports as Cat 2 had been installed in 10 airports around the country another 4 in progress Doppler Omni directional Range DVOR DME installed in 8 airports o Air Traffic Control ATC Mobile Towers installed in Lagos and Abuja Airports The procurement processes for the establishment of an Aviation Leasing Company in Nigeria a Maintenance Repair and Overhaul MRO Centre and the development of Aerotropolis Airport Cities in Lagos and Abuja are all ongoing for completion in 2022 according to the project timelines Also the Lekki Deep Sea Port the first new Sea Port in Nigeria in decades is now more than 90 per cent completed while the ground breaking done for Bonny Deep Sea Port was done in March 2021 and the inauguration of Kaduna Inland Dry Port was done in 2018 The construction of Kano and Katsina Inland Dry Ports are ongoing and to be completed this year while the Deep Blue Maritime Security Project was completed in 2021 The project includes 17 Special Mission Vessels 2 Special Mission Aircraft and 3 Helicopters The Maritime sector also witnessed the launch of a new Cabotage Compliance Strategy in 2019 by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA to enforce the implementation of the Cabotage Act The sector also witnessed the Introduction of Electronic Call up system by the Nigerian Ports Authority NPA to substantially address the challenges of traffic gridlock caused by the Lagos Ports using technology The designation of the Lilypond Container Terminal in Ijora Lagos as a specialized processing and handling facility for the export of locally made agricultural and finished goods was also achieved in the period under review It also witnessed the commencement of indigenous survey and charting of Nigeria s offshore waters by the Nigerian Navy s new Hydrographic Survey Vessel NNS LANA Cabinet approval for award of 30 year Concession of Onitsha River Port under a Rehabilitate Operate and Transfer ROT arrangement February in 2022 There was also the development of capacity at the Eastern Ports Reduction of Tariff 10 Rebate on Harbour Dues for vessels calling at the Eastern Ports as part of incentives to encourage vessel traffic to the Eastern Ports In December 2017 Calabar Port commenced export of bulk cement to Tema Port in Ghana In 2019 3 container ships berthed at Calabar Port for the first time in eleven years Dredging of Warri Port Escravos Bar Warri Port channel completed in 2018 On Oct 30 2019 an LPG Tanker operated by NLNG berthed in Port Harcourt the first time ever an LPG ship berthed in any of the Eastern Ports On Dec 8 2019 Onne Port received JPO VOLANS owned by Maersk the FIRST gearless and largest container vessel 265 07 metres to call at any Eastern Port in Nigeria On Aug 1 2019 Onne Port s Brawal Terminal received MSC GRACE its first container vessel since 2012 In March 2021 the export of 7 000 metric tonnes of cocoa through Calabar Port to the United States for the first time in about 14 years The two largest container ships to ever berth at any Nigerian port have been in Onne in the last 3 years Maersk Stadelhorn 300m long amp 48m wide on August 15 2020 and Lady Jane on April 13 2022 294 5m long and 32 3m wide On power generation and distribution the Buhari administration would be leaving behind an incremental 4 000MW of power generating assets as this will be completed during the life of the administration These include the Zungeru Hydro Kashimbila Hydro Afam III Fast Power Kudenda Kaduna Power Plant the Okpai Phase 2 Plant the Dangote Refinery Power Plant and others NAN
    One-stop shop of achievements of Buhari Administration at 7
     The Presidency has again reeled out 28 page of President Muhammadu Buhari s strides in Oil and gas reforms Digital economy Mines and steel development Agriculture Education Health Creative Industry Sports and infrastructural development roads bridges rail air and sea ports housing and many others The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the president s scorecard is coming ahead of the seven year anniversary of the Buhari led administration on May 29 2022 President Buhari had in May 29 2015 took the oath of office as President promising to serve Nigeria faithfully in all spheres of national life The seven years milestone according to the President s spokesman Mr Femi Adesina presents a major landmark and opportunity to review the service of the president to the country and its people Adesina noted that the Buhari administration has so far delivered in its promises to Nigerians although revisionists would want to look at security challenges which are being robustly tackled by the government A one stop shop of the achievements of the Buhari administration at seven indicated that a lot has been done and a lot more will still be done in the 12 months ahead Nigeria under Buhari s watch has continued to witness the biggest and most ambitious federal infrastructure programme since Nigeria s Independence To further consolidate the provision of infrastructural development in the country the administration in Feb 2021 established the Infrastructure Corporation of Nigeria InfraCorp with initial seed Capital of N1 trillion provided by the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority NSIA and the Africa Finance Corporation AFC InfraCorp s goal is to to catalyse and accelerate investment into Nigeria s infrastructure sector by originating structuring executing and managing end to end bankable projects in that space In addition to the N1 trillion equity seed capital InfraCorp is expected to mobilise up to an additional N14 trillion of debt capital Establishment in 2020 of the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund PIDF with more than 1 billion in funding so far The government s capital investments in the railway sub sector has since started yielding fruitful results despite the unfortunate attack on the Kaduna bound train service in March The 156km Lagos Ibadan Standard Gauge Rail was completed and inaugurated within a Nigerian record time of four years 2017 to 2021 while 8 72km extension to Lagos Ibadan Rail Line to Lagos Port Complex was also completed in 2021 The Abuja Kaduna 186km Standard Gauge Rail Line was completed and inaugurated in 2016 while the 327km Itakpe Warri Standard Gauge Rail was completed and commissioned in 2020 33 years after construction began As part of this project there was the full rehabilitation of the Railway Village Agbor as well as construction of a Railway Ancillary Facilities Yard also in Agbor In 2021 the Line commenced commercial freight haulage transporting pipelines for the AKK Gas Pipeline project In a bid to check fraudulent practices the management of the Nigerian railway Corporation NRC completed the E Ticketing concession process on Abuja Kaduna Route in 2021 which increased the monthly generated revenue from less than N200 Million to N400 Million It has since commenced the E Ticketing concession process for the Lagos Ibadan and Warri Itakpe Standard Gauge Rail Lines The scope of the project is to Design Finance Build Operate and Manage Secure Ticketing Solution systems Hardware and Software for the two lines The Abuja Light Rail project was completed in 2018 while construction has commenced on Kaduna Kano Standard Gauge Rail Line following the ground breaking by President Buhari in July 2021 The president had also carried out ground breaking for construction of 284km Kano Maradi Standard Gauge Rail with branch line to Dutse preliminary works started 2021 The Nigerian leader also carried out the ground breaking for complete revamp of Port Harcourt Maiduguri Narrow Gauge Rail as the government took delivery of 377 Wagons 64 Coaches and 21 Locomotives including DMUs purchased for the Standard Gauge network between 2016 and 2021 On Jobs creation training and capacity building more than 11 000 new jobs had been created from the on going rail modernization projects in the country A special write up released by Mr Femi Adesina the President s spokesman indicated that More than 100 qualified young Nigerians awarded full international scholarships for courses in rail engineering and transport in China from 2018 In addition dozens of Nigerian Engineers had been trained as part of the railway modernization projects while a new Transportation University in Daura Katsina State and new Rail Wagon Assembly Plant in Kajola Ogun State are both nearing completion of construction On road projects the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund PIDF is investing over a billion dollars in three flagship projects Lagos Ibadan Expressway for completion in 2022 Second Niger Bridge for completion in 2022 Abuja Kaduna Zaria Kano Expressway first phase for completion in 2023 President Buhari had on Jan 25 2019 issued the Executive Order 7 of 2019 on the Road Infrastructure Development and Refurbishment Investment Tax Credit Scheme The scheme allows companies that are willing and able to spend their own funds on constructing critical roads to recover their construction costs by paying reduced taxes over a period of time and in a transparent manner So far more than N1 trillion has been mobilised through Executive Order 7 for road projects across all six geopolitical zones of the country like Bodo Bonny in Rivers and Apapa Oshodi Oworonshoki Ojota in Lagos The Highway Development and Management Initiative HDMI a public private partnership programme would also mobilise in its first Phase over a trillion Naira in private investment into the development and maintenance of 12 Roads amounting to 1 963km in length More than 600 billion Naira worth of Sukuk Bonds raised since 2017 for more than 40 critical road projects across all six geopolitical zones Between November 25 and December 13 2021 the Federal Government handed over to benefiting communities 941 km of completed Sukuk road projects connecting 10 states in five geo political zones of the country On air and sea ports development the government had completed the new terminals for International Airports in Lagos Abuja Kano and Port Harcourt while the New Runways for the Abuja and Enugu International Airports had been completed The Abuja International Airport Runway was reconstructed in 2017 for the first time since the Airport was built in the early 1980s In 2019 President Buhari approved a special fund of N10 Billion for the reconstruction of the Enugu Airport Runway it was completed and reopened in August 2020 Presidential approval for four International Airports as Special Economic Zones Lagos Kano Abuja and Port Harcourt was also granted by the President as he approved funds for the Accident Investigation Bureau AIB to build a world class Flight Safety Laboratory FSL in Abuja and train personnel to run it Now Nigeria no longer has to send aircraft Cockpit Voice Recorders and Flight Data Recorders Black Box abroad for downloading and analysis The Nigeria College of Aviation Technology NCAT in Zaria has undergone a transformation under President Buhari A new Boeing 737 Full Flight Simulator has been installed in the College as well as a fully automated Fire and Smoke Aircraft Training Simulator Prior to the installation of the Fire and Smoke Simulator Nigeria was sending personnel to Cameroon for the relevant training NCAT has also acquired 7 brand new Training Planes 1 multi engine and 6 single engine that use Jet A1 fuel to replace the old training planes that were expensive to maintain The Nigerian Meteorological Agency NIMET in July 2017 received the ISO 9001 2015 certification re certified in August 2020 for aeronautical meteorological services delivery making Nigeria the first ever African country to achieve this feat Significant infrastructural upgrades at various Airports nationwide include Cat 3 ILS Instrument Landing System DME Distance Measuring Equipment installed in Lagos and Abuja Airports in 2019 which allows planes to land in zero visibility Installation in progress in 3 more airports as Cat 2 had been installed in 10 airports around the country another 4 in progress Doppler Omni directional Range DVOR DME installed in 8 airports o Air Traffic Control ATC Mobile Towers installed in Lagos and Abuja Airports The procurement processes for the establishment of an Aviation Leasing Company in Nigeria a Maintenance Repair and Overhaul MRO Centre and the development of Aerotropolis Airport Cities in Lagos and Abuja are all ongoing for completion in 2022 according to the project timelines Also the Lekki Deep Sea Port the first new Sea Port in Nigeria in decades is now more than 90 per cent completed while the ground breaking done for Bonny Deep Sea Port was done in March 2021 and the inauguration of Kaduna Inland Dry Port was done in 2018 The construction of Kano and Katsina Inland Dry Ports are ongoing and to be completed this year while the Deep Blue Maritime Security Project was completed in 2021 The project includes 17 Special Mission Vessels 2 Special Mission Aircraft and 3 Helicopters The Maritime sector also witnessed the launch of a new Cabotage Compliance Strategy in 2019 by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA to enforce the implementation of the Cabotage Act The sector also witnessed the Introduction of Electronic Call up system by the Nigerian Ports Authority NPA to substantially address the challenges of traffic gridlock caused by the Lagos Ports using technology The designation of the Lilypond Container Terminal in Ijora Lagos as a specialized processing and handling facility for the export of locally made agricultural and finished goods was also achieved in the period under review It also witnessed the commencement of indigenous survey and charting of Nigeria s offshore waters by the Nigerian Navy s new Hydrographic Survey Vessel NNS LANA Cabinet approval for award of 30 year Concession of Onitsha River Port under a Rehabilitate Operate and Transfer ROT arrangement February in 2022 There was also the development of capacity at the Eastern Ports Reduction of Tariff 10 Rebate on Harbour Dues for vessels calling at the Eastern Ports as part of incentives to encourage vessel traffic to the Eastern Ports In December 2017 Calabar Port commenced export of bulk cement to Tema Port in Ghana In 2019 3 container ships berthed at Calabar Port for the first time in eleven years Dredging of Warri Port Escravos Bar Warri Port channel completed in 2018 On Oct 30 2019 an LPG Tanker operated by NLNG berthed in Port Harcourt the first time ever an LPG ship berthed in any of the Eastern Ports On Dec 8 2019 Onne Port received JPO VOLANS owned by Maersk the FIRST gearless and largest container vessel 265 07 metres to call at any Eastern Port in Nigeria On Aug 1 2019 Onne Port s Brawal Terminal received MSC GRACE its first container vessel since 2012 In March 2021 the export of 7 000 metric tonnes of cocoa through Calabar Port to the United States for the first time in about 14 years The two largest container ships to ever berth at any Nigerian port have been in Onne in the last 3 years Maersk Stadelhorn 300m long amp 48m wide on August 15 2020 and Lady Jane on April 13 2022 294 5m long and 32 3m wide On power generation and distribution the Buhari administration would be leaving behind an incremental 4 000MW of power generating assets as this will be completed during the life of the administration These include the Zungeru Hydro Kashimbila Hydro Afam III Fast Power Kudenda Kaduna Power Plant the Okpai Phase 2 Plant the Dangote Refinery Power Plant and others NAN
    One-stop shop of achievements of Buhari Administration at 7
    General news4 months ago

    One-stop shop of achievements of Buhari Administration at 7

    The Presidency has again, reeled out 28-page of President Muhammadu Buhari’s strides in Oil and gas reforms, Digital economy, Mines and steel development, Agriculture, Education, Health, Creative Industry, Sports and infrastructural development; roads, bridges, rail, air and sea ports, housing, and many others.
    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the president’s scorecard is coming ahead of the seven year anniversary of the Buhari-led administration on May 29, 2022.
    President Buhari had in May 29, 2015, took the oath of office as President, promising to serve Nigeria faithfully in all spheres of national life.
    The seven years milestone, according to the President’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, presents a major landmark and opportunity to review the service of the president to the country, and its people.
    Adesina noted that the Buhari administration has so far delivered in its promises to Nigerians although revisionists would want to look at security challenges, which are being robustly tackled by the government.
    A one-stop shop of the achievements of the Buhari administration at seven indicated that a lot has been done, and a lot more will still be done in the 12 months ahead.
    Nigeria, under Buhari’s watch, has continued to witness the biggest and most ambitious federal infrastructure programme since Nigeria’s Independence.
    To further consolidate the provision of infrastructural development in the country, the administration in Feb. 2021 established the Infrastructure Corporation of Nigeria (InfraCorp), with initial seed Capital of N1 trillion, provided by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) and the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC).
    InfraCorp’s goal is to “to catalyse and accelerate investment into Nigeria’s infrastructure sector by originating, structuring, executing and managing end-to-end bankable projects in that space.”
    In addition to the N1 trillion equity seed capital, InfraCorp is expected to mobilise up to an additional N14 trillion of debt capital.
    Establishment in 2020 of the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund (PIDF), with more than $1 billion in funding so far.
    The government’s capital investments in the railway sub-sector has since started yielding fruitful results despite the unfortunate attack on the Kaduna-bound train service in March.
    The 156km Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge Rail was completed and inaugurated within a Nigerian-record-time of four years (2017 to 2021) while 8.72km extension to Lagos-Ibadan Rail Line, to Lagos Port Complex, was also completed in 2021.
    The Abuja-Kaduna 186km Standard Gauge Rail Line was completed and inaugurated in 2016, while the 327km Itakpe-Warri Standard Gauge Rail was completed and commissioned in 2020, 33 years after construction began.
    As part of this project, there was the full rehabilitation of the Railway Village, Agbor, as well as construction of a Railway Ancillary Facilities Yard, also in Agbor. In 2021 the Line commenced commercial freight haulage, transporting pipelines for the AKK Gas Pipeline project.
    In a bid to check fraudulent practices, the management of the Nigerian railway Corporation (NRC) completed the E-Ticketing concession process on Abuja-Kaduna Route in 2021, which increased the monthly generated revenue from less than N200 Million to N400 Million.
    It has since commenced the E-Ticketing concession process for the Lagos-Ibadan and Warri-Itakpe Standard Gauge Rail Lines.
    ”The scope of the project is to Design, Finance, Build, Operate and Manage Secure Ticketing Solution systems (Hardware and Software) for the two lines.”
    The Abuja Light Rail project was completed in 2018, while construction has commenced on Kaduna-Kano Standard Gauge Rail Line, following the ground-breaking by President Buhari in July 2021.
    The president had also carried out ground-breaking for construction of 284km Kano-Maradi Standard Gauge Rail (with branch line to Dutse), preliminary works started 2021.
    The Nigerian leader also carried out the ground-breaking for complete revamp of Port Harcourt–Maiduguri Narrow Gauge Rail, as the government took delivery of 377 Wagons, 64 Coaches, and 21 Locomotives (including DMUs) purchased for the Standard Gauge network, between 2016 and 2021.
    On Jobs creation, training and capacity building, more than 11,000 new jobs had been created from the on-going rail modernization projects in the country.
    A special write-up released by Mr Femi Adesina, the President’s spokesman, indicated that: ”More than 100 qualified young Nigerians awarded full international scholarships for courses in rail engineering and transport in China, from 2018.”
    In addition, dozens of Nigerian Engineers had been trained as part of the railway modernization projects, while a new Transportation University in Daura, Katsina State, and new Rail Wagon Assembly Plant in Kajola, Ogun State are both nearing completion of construction.
    On road projects, the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund (PIDF), is investing over a billion dollars in three flagship projects: Lagos-Ibadan Expressway (for completion in 2022), Second Niger Bridge (for completion in 2022), Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano Expressway (first phase for completion in 2023).
    President Buhari had on Jan. 25, 2019, issued the Executive Order 7 of 2019, on the Road Infrastructure Development and Refurbishment Investment Tax Credit Scheme.
    The scheme allows companies that are willing and able to spend their own funds on constructing critical roads, to recover their construction costs by paying reduced taxes, over a period of time, and in a transparent manner.
    So far, more than N1 trillion has been mobilised through Executive Order 7, for road projects across all six geopolitical zones of the country, like Bodo-Bonny in Rivers and Apapa-Oshodi-Oworonshoki-Ojota in Lagos.
    The Highway Development and Management Initiative (HDMI), a public-private partnership programme would also mobilise, in its first Phase, over a trillion Naira in private investment into the development and maintenance of 12 Roads, amounting to 1,963km in length.
    ”More than 600 billion Naira worth of Sukuk Bonds raised since 2017 for more than 40 critical road projects across all six geopolitical zones.
    ”Between November 25 and December 13, 2021, the Federal Government handed over to benefiting communities 941 km of completed Sukuk road projects connecting 10 states in five geo-political zones of the country”.
    On air and sea ports development, the government had completed the new terminals for International Airports in Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port Harcourt while the New Runways for the Abuja and Enugu International Airports had been completed.
    The Abuja International Airport Runway was reconstructed in 2017, for the first time since the Airport was built in the early 1980s.
    In 2019 President Buhari approved a special fund of N10 Billion for the reconstruction of the Enugu Airport Runway; it was completed and reopened in August 2020).
    Presidential approval for four International Airports as Special Economic Zones: Lagos, Kano, Abuja and Port Harcourt was also granted by the President as he approved funds for the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) to build a world-class Flight Safety Laboratory (FSL) in Abuja, and train personnel to run it.
    Now Nigeria no longer has to send aircraft Cockpit Voice Recorders and Flight Data Recorders (“Black Box”) abroad for downloading and analysis.
    The Nigeria College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) in Zaria, has undergone a transformation under President Buhari: A new Boeing 737 Full Flight Simulator has been installed in the College, as well as a fully-automated Fire and Smoke Aircraft Training Simulator.
    Prior to the installation of the Fire and Smoke Simulator, Nigeria was sending personnel to Cameroon for the relevant training.
    NCAT has also acquired 7 brand new Training Planes (1 multi-engine and 6 single-engine) that use Jet A1 fuel; to replace the old training planes that were expensive to maintain.
    The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) in July 2017 received the ISO 9001:2015 certification (re-certified in August 2020) for aeronautical meteorological services delivery, making Nigeria the first-ever African country to achieve this feat.
    Significant infrastructural upgrades at various Airports nationwide include, Cat-3 (ILS = Instrument Landing System; DME = Distance Measuring Equipment) installed in Lagos and Abuja Airports in 2019 — which allows planes to land in zero visibility.
    Installation in progress in 3 more airports as Cat-2 had been installed in 10 airports around the country, another 4 in progress Doppler Omni-directional Range (DVOR) DME installed in 8 airports o Air Traffic Control (ATC) Mobile Towers installed in Lagos and Abuja Airports.
    The procurement processes for the establishment of an Aviation Leasing Company in Nigeria, a Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Centre, and the development of Aerotropolis (Airport Cities) in Lagos and Abuja are all ongoing, for completion in 2022, according to the project timelines.
    Also the Lekki Deep Sea Port, the first new Sea Port in Nigeria in decades, is now more than 90 per cent completed, while the ground-breaking done for Bonny Deep Sea Port was done in March 2021, and the inauguration of Kaduna Inland Dry Port was done in 2018.
    The construction of Kano and Katsina Inland Dry Ports are ongoing, and to be completed this year, while the ‘Deep Blue’ Maritime Security Project was completed in 2021. The project includes 17 Special Mission Vessels, 2 Special Mission Aircraft, and 3 Helicopters.
    The Maritime sector also witnessed the launch of a new Cabotage Compliance Strategy, in 2019, by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), to enforce the implementation of the Cabotage Act.
    The sector also witnessed the Introduction of Electronic Call-up system by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), to substantially address the challenges of traffic gridlock caused by the Lagos Ports, using technology.
    The designation of the Lilypond Container Terminal in Ijora, Lagos as a specialized processing and handling facility for the export of locally-made agricultural and finished goods was also achieved in the period under review.
    It also witnessed the commencement of indigenous survey and charting of Nigeria’s offshore waters, by the Nigerian Navy’s new Hydrographic Survey Vessel, NNS LANA.
    ”Cabinet approval for award of 30-year Concession of Onitsha River Port, under a Rehabilitate, Operate and Transfer (ROT) arrangement, February in 2022.”
    There was also the development of capacity at the Eastern Ports: ”Reduction of Tariff (10% Rebate) on Harbour Dues for vessels calling at the Eastern Ports, as part of incentives to encourage vessel traffic to the Eastern Ports.”
    In December 2017, Calabar Port commenced export of bulk cement to Tema Port in Ghana.
    – In 2019, 3 container ships berthed at Calabar Port, for the first time in eleven years
    – Dredging of Warri Port (Escravos Bar—Warri Port channel) completed in 2018
    – On Oct. 30, 2019, an LPG Tanker operated by NLNG, berthed in Port
    Harcourt – the first time ever an LPG ship berthed in any of the Eastern Ports
    – On Dec. 8, 2019, Onne Port received JPO VOLANS (owned by Maersk), the FIRST gearless and largest container vessel (265.07 metres) to call at any Eastern Port in Nigeria.
    – On Aug. 1, 2019, Onne Port’s Brawal Terminal received MSC GRACE, its first container vessel since 2012.
    – In March 2021, the export of 7,000 metric tonnes of cocoa through Calabar Port to the United States, for the first time in about 14 years.
    – The two largest container ships to ever berth at any Nigerian port, have been in Onne, in the last 3 years: Maersk Stadelhorn, 300m long & 48m wide, on August 15, 2020, and Lady Jane on April 13, 2022. 294.5m long and 32.3m wide.
    On power generation and distribution, the Buhari administration would be leaving behind an incremental 4,000MW+ of power generating assets as this will be completed during the life of the administration.
    These include the Zungeru Hydro, Kashimbila Hydro, Afam III Fast Power, Kudenda Kaduna Power Plant, the Okpai Phase 2 Plant, the Dangote Refinery Power Plant, and others.

    (NAN)

  •  Rtd Col Milland Dixon Dikio the Interim Administrator Presidential Amnesty Programme PAP has called on Niger Delta people to take advantage of maritime opportunities in the region to grow successful businesses Dikio made the call in a statement by his Media Adviser Mr Nneotabase Egbe and made available to newsmen in Yenagoa Dikio unveiled the first set of ferries owned by Abitto Global Services Limited an indigenous firm owned by an ex agitator Mr Richard Akinaka at the weekend in Calabar at the weekend He said if stakeholders looked inwards and tapped the unique natural endowments in Niger Delta the region would produce new wealthy entrepreneurs Dikio expressed regrets that people often focused on the risk factors and discouraged themselves from starting and in the process allowed lofty ideas to die One of the first instructions God gave is go and multiply dominate Are you dominating this riverine environment Why will you be thinking about other parts when the one God gave you you have not dominated it How many roads can you build Our people live in creeks unconnected by road but God has given us roads the rivers are our roads and for those who don t know many great powers are maritime powers The waterways can carry any load any load at all it can carry it The waterways of the Niger Delta are full of money but people don t know Stop making excuses and just take the initiative he said Dikio said people lived in snow regions all year and had adapted to that environment adding that Niger Delta people should adapt and dominate the water environment He congratulated Akinaka for the bold step in floating the ferry business and urged him to expand to other riverine parts of the country Dikio said he should go public by allowing people to buy shares and be part of the business He said people of the region should pull their resources together form partnerships and cooperatives to pursue and actualise their business dreams Dikio said that the transport company should not remain only in the Niger Delta adding that Lagos was 75 per cent water I will do everything within my power to promote this initiative Already I have started I urge you to go public so that you can spread generational wealth he said Earlier Akinaka said he floated the transport business out of the need to find solutions to problems as he understood the basic challenges of the people Today I want to thank you for making out time to come For me growing up I told myself I don t want to work for the government and I don t want to work for anybody That is why you see me my activities in government are just a part time job That is why we call ourselves stakeholders We are stakeholders we assist and we interface between the government and our brothers he said Akinaka said business was all about solving problems Looking at the distance when you travel from Uyo to Calabar the bad road and terrible traffic I began to think how to ease the sufferings of the people I travel that road every week and I know how it is So while trying to build military boats I decided to design a fery and that is what we are seeing here today We did this design we have four concepts of what we have designed and the military version he said Akinaka said they had supplied about 18 pieces of the ferries to NNS Pathfinder through the government of Rivers State According to him this is the first one this is a 26 carrier that s why you see the name AWLP26 we have a 20 carrier too which is ready Akinaka said the company was meeting the gap in marine transportation He said their operation would start from here adding that they would operate from here straight to Ibom Golf Resort in Akwa Ibom and other areas NAN
    Amnesty boss calls on Niger Delta people to leverage on opportunities
     Rtd Col Milland Dixon Dikio the Interim Administrator Presidential Amnesty Programme PAP has called on Niger Delta people to take advantage of maritime opportunities in the region to grow successful businesses Dikio made the call in a statement by his Media Adviser Mr Nneotabase Egbe and made available to newsmen in Yenagoa Dikio unveiled the first set of ferries owned by Abitto Global Services Limited an indigenous firm owned by an ex agitator Mr Richard Akinaka at the weekend in Calabar at the weekend He said if stakeholders looked inwards and tapped the unique natural endowments in Niger Delta the region would produce new wealthy entrepreneurs Dikio expressed regrets that people often focused on the risk factors and discouraged themselves from starting and in the process allowed lofty ideas to die One of the first instructions God gave is go and multiply dominate Are you dominating this riverine environment Why will you be thinking about other parts when the one God gave you you have not dominated it How many roads can you build Our people live in creeks unconnected by road but God has given us roads the rivers are our roads and for those who don t know many great powers are maritime powers The waterways can carry any load any load at all it can carry it The waterways of the Niger Delta are full of money but people don t know Stop making excuses and just take the initiative he said Dikio said people lived in snow regions all year and had adapted to that environment adding that Niger Delta people should adapt and dominate the water environment He congratulated Akinaka for the bold step in floating the ferry business and urged him to expand to other riverine parts of the country Dikio said he should go public by allowing people to buy shares and be part of the business He said people of the region should pull their resources together form partnerships and cooperatives to pursue and actualise their business dreams Dikio said that the transport company should not remain only in the Niger Delta adding that Lagos was 75 per cent water I will do everything within my power to promote this initiative Already I have started I urge you to go public so that you can spread generational wealth he said Earlier Akinaka said he floated the transport business out of the need to find solutions to problems as he understood the basic challenges of the people Today I want to thank you for making out time to come For me growing up I told myself I don t want to work for the government and I don t want to work for anybody That is why you see me my activities in government are just a part time job That is why we call ourselves stakeholders We are stakeholders we assist and we interface between the government and our brothers he said Akinaka said business was all about solving problems Looking at the distance when you travel from Uyo to Calabar the bad road and terrible traffic I began to think how to ease the sufferings of the people I travel that road every week and I know how it is So while trying to build military boats I decided to design a fery and that is what we are seeing here today We did this design we have four concepts of what we have designed and the military version he said Akinaka said they had supplied about 18 pieces of the ferries to NNS Pathfinder through the government of Rivers State According to him this is the first one this is a 26 carrier that s why you see the name AWLP26 we have a 20 carrier too which is ready Akinaka said the company was meeting the gap in marine transportation He said their operation would start from here adding that they would operate from here straight to Ibom Golf Resort in Akwa Ibom and other areas NAN
    Amnesty boss calls on Niger Delta people to leverage on opportunities
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    Amnesty boss calls on Niger Delta people to leverage on opportunities

    Rtd. Col. Milland Dixon Dikio, the Interim Administrator, Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), has called on Niger Delta people to take advantage of  maritime opportunities in the region to grow successful businesses. 

    Dikio made the call in a statement by his Media Adviser, Mr Nneotabase Egbe, and made available to newsmen in Yenagoa.

    Dikio unveiled the first set of ferries owned by Abitto Global Services Limited, an indigenous firm owned by an ex-agitator, Mr Richard Akinaka, at the weekend, in Calabar at the weekend.

    He said if stakeholders looked inwards and tapped the unique natural endowments in Niger Delta, the region would produce new  wealthy entrepreneurs.  

    Dikio expressed regrets that people often focused on the risk factors, and discouraged themselves from starting and in the process, allowed lofty ideas to die.  

    “One of the first instructions God gave is ‘go and multiply, dominate’.”

    “Are you dominating this riverine environment? Why will you be thinking about other parts when the one God gave you, you have not dominated it? How many roads can you build?  

    “Our people live in creeks unconnected by road but God has given us roads, the rivers are our roads and for those who don’t know, many great powers are maritime powers.  

    “The waterways can carry any load, any load at all, it can carry it. The waterways of the Niger Delta are full of money but people don’t know. Stop making excuses and just take the initiative,” he said. 

    Dikio said people lived in snow regions all year and had adapted to that environment, adding that Niger Delta people should adapt and dominate the water environment.

    He congratulated Akinaka for the bold step in floating the ferry business and urged him to expand to other riverine parts of the country.

    Dikio said he should go public by allowing people to buy shares and be part of the business.  

    He said people of the region should pull their resources together, form partnerships and cooperatives to pursue and actualise their business dreams. 

    Dikio  said that the transport company should not remain only in the Niger Delta, adding that Lagos was 75 per cent water. 

    “I will do everything within my power, to promote this initiative. Already, I have started. I urge you to go public, so that you can spread generational wealth,” he said.

    Earlier, Akinaka said he floated the transport business out of the need to find solutions to problems, as he understood the basic challenges of the people.  

    “Today, I want to thank you for making out time to come. For me, growing up, I told myself I don’t want to work for the government and I don’t want to work for anybody.  

    “That is why you see me, my activities in government are just a part-time job. That is why we call ourselves stakeholders. 

    “We are stakeholders, we assist, and we interface between the government and our brothers,” he said.

    Akinaka said business was all about solving problems.

    “Looking at the distance, when you travel from Uyo to Calabar, the bad road and terrible traffic, I began to think how to ease the sufferings of the people.  

    “I travel that road every week and I know how it is. So, while trying to build military boats, I decided to design a fery and that is what we are seeing here today.   

    “We did this design, we have four concepts of what we have designed and the military version,” he said.

    Akinaka said they had supplied about 18 pieces of the ferries  to NNS Pathfinder through the government of Rivers State. 

    According to him, this is the first one, this is a 26 carrier, that’s why you see the name AWLP26, we have a 20 carrier too which is ready.  

    Akinaka said the company was meeting the gap in marine transportation.

    He said their operation would start from here, adding that they would operate from here straight to Ibom Golf Resort in Akwa Ibom and other areas. (

    (NAN)