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  •  AUPCTRE appeals to Buhari to inaugurate NDDC board
    AUPCTRE appeals to Buhari to inaugurate NDDC board
     AUPCTRE appeals to Buhari to inaugurate NDDC board
    AUPCTRE appeals to Buhari to inaugurate NDDC board
    General news2 days ago

    AUPCTRE appeals to Buhari to inaugurate NDDC board

    The Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE), has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to inaugurate the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) board, for real development.

    The General-Secretary of AUPCTRE, Mr Sikiru Wahid, made the appeal in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

    Wahid noted that  the call had become imperative to save the commission from destruction.

    The union also appealed to the National Assembly (NASS), President of the Senate, Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Umana Umana, to take urgent steps to ensure NDDC delivered on its mandate.

    “As critical stakeholders in the Niger Delta Development Commission and of the regional development efforts, after taking a critical review and appraisal of all the happenings within and around the NDDC, since January, 2019, have resolved as follows: “That we as staff of the NDDC collectively, under the umbrella of AUPCTRE, cannot fold our hands while different political actors from the region through their actions or inactions undermine the enabling Act of the NDDC, and so threaten the corporate existence of the commission.

    “That as a union, we say to all political heavy weights from the Niger Delta region, that enough of putting personal interest over and above the development of the region for which the vehicle of the Niger Delta Development Commission was set up,” Wahid said.

    According to him, the positions of the NDDC’s Managing Executive Officer, Nsima Ekere and its Chairman, Sen. Victor Ndoma Egba, should have been filled when they resigned their appointments to contest elections in their respective states.

    He said their positions should have been filled in accordance with Section 5, Paragraph 3, of the act establishing the commission, since January 2019 when they left.

    “The paragraph which states inter alia that: ”Where a vacancy occurs in the membership of the board, it shall be filled by the appointment of a successor to hold office for the remainder of the term of his predecessor.

    “The successor shall represent the same interest and shall be appointed by the President, Commander–in–Chief of the Armed Forces, subject to the confirmation of the Senate, in consultation with the House of Representatives.

    ” “However, political gladiators from the region for whatever reason, ill advised the president to dissolve the board of the commission, and in its place, appointed an Interim Management Committee.

    ” Wahid said the commission as it stands did not fully represent all the NDDC states, a situation that had culminated into anger and lack of support by the aggrieved persons towards successive interim management committees.

    He noted that instead of focusing on driving development of the commission, these committees either fight back or focus on pacifying the aggrieved stakeholders thereby faulting the forensic audit being carried out on the NDDC’s activities.

    “And since that January 2019, therefore, it has been one interim administration or the other.

    We as members of staff and as a union are saying enough of all these.

    Let the right thing be done.

    “A forensic audit meant to take between three to six months to complete, but eventually took almost two years to complete, has been undertaken.

    “At the moment, auditors from the office of the Auditor General for the Federation have been in the NDDC for about two months auditing the books of the commission, including personnel staff files,” he said.

    The union also kicked against what it described as unending audits that were clearly hampering the development of the region through the NDDC.

    Wahid assured that the union and staff of the commission would partner with the President and the minister of Niger Delta Affairs, to ensure that the right things were done to move NDDC forward.

    He said: “Let the Board of the NDDC be inaugurated, with the same ease as it has been done for other commissions, agencies and parastatals of government across the federation.

    “As a union, we hereby state unequivocally that we are not against a personnel audit of the commission, just as we were not against the forensic audit.

    “We are against a personnel staff audit where assumption of duty forms of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs is given to staff of the NDDC to fill as if they are fresh employees of government.

    ” AUPCTRE also reiterated that it was against doing anything that contravened the NDDC Act, 2000 as amended, while demanding for a general meeting with the minister on the way forward, at NDDC headquarters in Port Harcourt.


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  •  Leadership failure causes poverty insurgency others Omo Agege
    Leadership failure causes poverty, insurgency, others – Omo-Agege
     Leadership failure causes poverty insurgency others Omo Agege
    Leadership failure causes poverty, insurgency, others – Omo-Agege
    General news2 days ago

    Leadership failure causes poverty, insurgency, others – Omo-Agege

    The Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege, has attributed the prevailing poverty, political instability, insurgence and collapse of government institutions to leadership failure.

    Omo-Agege made the observation on Saturday at the 5th Annual Leadership Ceremony of the Value Rebirth-Centre-LSD Leadership School, in Delta.

    The senator, who was represented by Mr Mathew Omonade, said he believed in unity and urged people to enthrone sound ethical leadership rooted in respect, honesty, service, equity, justice and community service.

    Omo-Agege, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship flagbearer in Delta, noted that over the years, poor leadership had frustrated the achievement of the  country’s enormous economic and political potentials.

    “But all is not lost because State and nation-building all over the world have been and remain a permanent work in progress.

    “As we move towards leadership selection in 2023, the leaders we need now should posses knowledge, sound Judgment and commitment to specific causes and ideals,” he said.

    The senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District, said that the country needed leaders with good moral conduct and ethical responsibility to attend to demands, needs and problems of Nigerians.

    Omo-Agege, however, noted that genuine leadership also needed honest, courageous and credible followership less vulnerable to manipulation, adding that followership was an indispensible aspect of leadership.

    He said the stability and progress of the country required the deployment of deliberate commitment by citizens and those entrusted with leadership to advance the national agenda, regardless of challenges.

    Also, Mr Monday Osasah, Executive Director, African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development (CENTRE LSD), said the leadership school was a flagship programme of the Leadership Institute, adding that it started in 2009.He said the idea was borne out of the realisation that leadership was a major challenge, especially in Africa.

    Osasah said the Centre LSD Leadership School was designed for people who wanted to become leaders and be equipped with leadership skills for the transformation of organisation and society.

    “Aside the Leadership School in Abuja, the Centre is running similar school in Warri, Benin-City, Port Harcourt, Abakaliki and Jos in Plateau State.

    “This Delta annex of the school is run in collaboration with Value Rebirth and Empowerment Initiative (VREI),” he said.

    Earlier, Pastor Edewor Egedegbe, Executive Director, VREI, said the centre was graduating 101 students.

    He said it had now graduated 359 students since inception in 2017, adding that 200 students had been admitted for it’s 20222023 Leadership Academic Session.

    Speaking on the theme of the lecture, the guest lecturer, Mr Johnson Ikube said that Nigerians must acknowledge that there were challenges confronting the nation.

    Ikube urged people to vote for competency and not popularity in the 2023 general elections.

    He advocated for the decentralisation of government, noting that the system would function better under a decentrised arrangement.

    “Leaders should move from the government of business to the government of governance.

    There is poverty in the land.

    Mankind must put an end to the war or war will put an end to mankind.

    “We have gotten to a level where human life has become meaningless, not only in Nigeria but in the entire world,” he said.

    Ikube expressed worries over the wrong use of social media, saying that it had heightened insecurity in the society.

    He said that Nigerians must unite and restore the glory of the country, stressing that, “this is our country, we must keep hope alive and join hands together to bring it back to the good old days.


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  •  Transport minister threatens to sanction CCECC over rail contract
    Transport minister threatens to sanction CCECC over rail contract
     Transport minister threatens to sanction CCECC over rail contract
    Transport minister threatens to sanction CCECC over rail contract
    Economy3 days ago

    Transport minister threatens to sanction CCECC over rail contract

    The Minister of Transportation, Alhaji Mu’azu Sambo, has threatened to sanction the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) for not meeting up with the contract of providing 85 per cent of rail project cost.

    Sambo made this known at the inspection of the Lekki Deep Seaport on Saturday in Lagos.

    According to Sambo, the projects are the Kano-kaduna and the Maiduguri-Port Harcourt rail lines.

    “The CCECC have not brought anything to the table, I gave them a deadline which is Oct. 30, if I don’t get that money on ground, I know what to advise Mr President to do,” he said.

    Sambo who expressed satisfaction on the Lekki Deep Seaport project noted that initiatives were on ground to ensure smooth evacuation of cargo at the port.

    He said that for part-time, the road was being expanded, adding that government was looking into it, and for medium-term, barges would take care of it.

    “I am impressed and happy to be back here.

    This we know is the pride of all Nigerians, first deep sea port in West Africa that will take the largest ship in the world, have 16.5 meters deep and will give us hundreds and thousands of jobs.

    “Almost automated not fully but automated enough to make life easy for port operations.

    “It is initiatives like this we want to encourage, that is why I did not hesitate when I came to the ministry and I saw a proposal of the Badagry Deep Seaport sitting on my table and took it immediately for approval.

    “Also, the president is concerned about cargo evacuation at the port and does not want a repeat of the Apapa and TinCan port and so we cannot rely on the road alone which is not the best option.

    “There is a need to sit down with stakeholders to see how to tackle this,” he said.

    He pointed out that cargo evacuation was not just within the port but outside the port, as goods must reach the final destination.

    “First of all, you save a lot of time at the port because of automation and modern technology and equipment.

    “After the port what happens, it only make sense when the goods get to the shipper or owner.

    And to do that, you need to move either by rail, water or road,” he said.

    Sambo urged the management of the port to employ as many Nigerians as possible as this was the only way citizens could put food on the table for their families.

    The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mr Mohammed Bello-Koko, noted that the Lekki Deep Seaport was one of the first solution to reducing traffic at Apapa and TinCan. According to Bello-Koko, the automation deployed at the port is commendable and fantastic as the processes will be free of human interference.

    He said that the Apapa and TinCan port would still be viable, adding that what they had done was to create alternative for importers and exporters as to where they would decide to do business.

    “The operators of those ports should also up their game, and improve their speed in terms of cargo clearance or otherwise.

    “Feasibility study have shown that these ports will still be viable in future like, 10, 15 years, government can decide to turn some of these ports into a real estate, we have some of them in Europe,” Bello-Koko said.

    Mr Du Ruogang, the Managing Director, Lekki Port LFTZ Enterprise Ltd. (Lekki Port), said that the port was 95 per cent completed, adding that they would meet the targeted time.

    Ruogang appreciated the NPA for deploying marine services such as tug, pilot, lines, boats and harbour master before the operations of the port.


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  •  IPMAN threatens to shutdown depots over alleged police harassment
    IPMAN threatens to shutdown depots over alleged police harassment
     IPMAN threatens to shutdown depots over alleged police harassment
    IPMAN threatens to shutdown depots over alleged police harassment
    General news3 days ago

    IPMAN threatens to shutdown depots over alleged police harassment

     The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association (IPMAN), South East Zone, has threatened to shut down depots in Calabar, Port Harcourt and Enugu over incessant police harassment of its leaders.

    Mr Robert Obi, Cross River Chairman, IPMAN, made the threat on Friday in Calabar in an interview with newsmen.

    Obi said the association decided to close all the depots and stations after a series of meetings with some stakeholders over police harassment of its leaders.

    He alleged that there were moves by the Police Legal Unit at the Force Headquarters in Abuja to arrest its executives across the zone and possibly install a factional leadership.

    He said that if the police arrest its leaders in the zone it would create more crisis in the association in spite of various court pronouncements laying the matter to rest.

    Obi said the Attorney-General of the Federation,  in a letter which was copied to Mr Chinedu Okoronkwo and his faction who lost out at the Supreme Court, had acknowledged Alhaji Sanusi Fari as the authentic National President of IPMAN and his depots and units chairmen.

    Obi frowned at the alleged illegal moves by the police authorities and some he described as “disgruntled elements” to either misinterpret the Supreme Court ruling or subvert the will of the people.

    He said their aim was to impose their cronies on the association even when the facts of the matter were very clear.

    “Despite the legal advice, the police are putting all arsenals to arrest the current executives of IPMAN in Nigeria, particularly in Calabar NNPC depot and allegedly hand the leadership of the association to the people of their choice.

    “IPMAN warns that further step shouldn’t be taken by the police to interfere with the current leadership of the association.

    “We will shut down the distribution channels of petroleum and allied products in Nigeria pending when the police do the right thing.

    “IPMAN leadership has resolved to continue with their rights in the constitution and abide by the extant laws and subsisting judgments of the courts in its favour,” he said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN reports that the zone has been embroiled in leadership crisis which led to various court cases.

    The South East Zone of IPMAN, comprises Enugu, Aba, Rivers, Cross River and Benue with more than 40 depots and 1,000 petrol stations with about 2,000 members.

    The zone has been having a running battle with officers of the Nigeria Police over alleged attempt by the police to force a factional leadership on the association.

    Meanwhile, Force Headquarters spokesman, Mr Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said he was not aware of the matter.

    Earlier, the Cross River Command of the Nigeria Police has said it is not in position to react to the allegation.


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  •  6 Division Garrison Port Harcourt wins army drill proficiency competition
    6 Division Garrison Port Harcourt wins army drill, proficiency competition
     6 Division Garrison Port Harcourt wins army drill proficiency competition
    6 Division Garrison Port Harcourt wins army drill, proficiency competition
    Defence/Security4 days ago

    6 Division Garrison Port Harcourt wins army drill, proficiency competition

    The 6 Division Garrison Nigeria Army, Port Harcourt, on Friday won the division’s Inter-brigade Combat Proficiency Competition featuring 60 soldiers from four brigades in the South-South.

    The garrison emerged overall winner at the competition held at the division’s headquarters in Port Harcourt with 560 points.

    The 63 Brigade, Asaba came second while 16 Brigade, Yenagoa took the third position as 2 Brigade, Uyo, was last.

    The participating officers and soldiers competed for the top prize in map reading, 2.3 kilometre race, weapon handling, shooting and skills at arms in in the five-day exercise.

    Others events were open-river swimming, obstacle crossing as well as leadership training and lectures.

    Addressing soldiers at the competition’s closing ceremony, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 6 Division, Maj.-Gen. Oufemi Oluyede, praised the participating brigades.

    He said the competition was organised to enhance the combat proficiency and professional qualities of officers and soldiers under the division.

    “This competition is part of commitment to train and retrain personnel to boost esprit d’ corps, regimentation and endurance that is necessary to tackle challenges facing the army.

    “The participants have gained physical fitness, determination and teamwork in view of the fact that training develops the requisite capacity of troops to function effectively,” he said.

    Oluyede said the competition targeted mainly personnel on the ranks of major and below, describing them as critical to army operations across the country.

    “These categories of officers are important in our counter terrorism, banditry, kidnapping and sundry crime operations in the country.

    “The involvement of female officers in the training and their competitiveness is another perspective and ingenuity added to the competition.

    “Aside this, the competition brought together participants from various formations and units of the division, promoting mutual cooperation and comradeship,” he said.

    The GOC said the competition was one among several other training exercises organised by the division to improve physical and combat readiness of troops.

    He called on the participants to remain sharp and dedicated to duty, urging them to share their newly acquired knowledge and skills with junior colleagues in their respective units.


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  •  NCoS collaborates to track fleeing Kuje prison inmates
    NCoS collaborates to track fleeing Kuje prison inmates
     NCoS collaborates to track fleeing Kuje prison inmates
    NCoS collaborates to track fleeing Kuje prison inmates
    Defence/Security5 days ago

    NCoS collaborates to track fleeing Kuje prison inmates

    The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) said it was working with security and intelligence agencies to track and arrest all prisoners who escaped from Kuje and other correctional centres.

    Mr Abubakar Umar, the NCoS spokesman, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja that the collaboration also involved the provision of tight security in all correctional centres nationwide.

    He said that it was important for security agencies to work together in order to end existing and emerging security threats in the country.

    Umar said that security agencies such as the military, Police, Civil Defence and others, had been very helpful to the correctional service.

    “Though there has been a robust collaboration among the security agencies especially where we have high profile inmates in our facility being guarded by the Police, DSS, along with our armed squad, but more is still required.

    “Above all, intelligence has to be increased if our quest to tackle the ugly trend headlong is to be realised,” he added.

    The spokesman said that the NCoS Controller General had directed the service armed squad to gather more information that could help in re-arresting the fleeing inmates.

    “We are also in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence, office of the National Security Adviser and other intelligence and security agencies to ensure that the fleeing inmates were re-captured and brought back into our facility.

    “So far, the synergy has yielded positive results as quite a number of them have been re-arrested, but unfortunately some are still on the run, but there is no way they will not be re-captured,“ Umar said.

    He appealed to the general public to provide useful information to security agencies that could lead to the re-arrest of the remaining fleeing inmates He assured that the service had taken measures to forestall further attacks on correctional centres nationwide.

    The spokesman said that as a red zone, the custodial facilities would be fully protected from intruders.

    Umar, however, expressed concern over the encroachment of residential homes into areas designated as buffer zones around correctional centres.

    “The lack of buffer zones is seriously militating against effective security of our facilities in the country,“ he added.

    He agreed that the encroachment was largely due to increase in population and urbanisation, but said the trend must stop.

    “In states where we have such residential buildings close to our facilities, we do appeal to the relevant agencies to assist in halting such encroachment.

    “However, the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, as well as the Comptroller-General of NCoS, Haliru Nababa, are working together to addressed it,“ Umar added.

    The NCoS spokesman also said that work on the 3,000-capacity correctional centres across the six geo-political zones of the country were ongoing.

    “Construction work is already ongoing in Karshi, FCT and in Kano State, while another one is ongoing in Port Harcourt.

    “These 3,000-capacity structures have all the facility required of a modern correctional centre, and there is a buffer zone created in them that does not allow encroachment of any nature,“ he said.

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  •  Mimiko calls for national unity
    Mimiko calls for national unity
     Mimiko calls for national unity
    Mimiko calls for national unity
    General news5 days ago

    Mimiko calls for national unity

    Former Governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, has called for national unity to confront the current security and economic challenges facing the country.

    Mimiko made the call on Wednesday during the flag-off of construction work for the dualisation of the Azikiwe-Iloabuchi Road in Mile 2, Diobu, Port Harcourt.

    He noted that through bold legal actions, the Governor of Rivers, Nyesom Wike, had deepened national consciousness concerning the defective federal system and advocated true federalism.

    He said that Wike combined such national advocacy with effective political leadership with which he doubtlessly changed the physical landscape of Rivers.

    Mimiko expressed hope that Wike would remain committed to the struggle to entrench a true federal system that would engender real development across Nigeria.

    “It is a mission that must be accomplished.

    It’s a mission for which you are specially positioned and favoured to play a major role in.

    “It is a mission that must be subscribed to by all lovers of our country,” he said.

    Eairler, Wike stated that elders of the state like Chief Azubuike Nmerukini and Austin Opara, mounted pressure on him to intervene on the road.

    He explained that 80 per cent of the contract sum had been paid to the contracting firm, Julius Berger Nigeria PLC because the project was billed for completion in 6 months.

    He said it would be the last of such projects to be executed within Port Harcourt metropolis in keeping with his promise of restoring the Garden City status, of the Rivers capital.

    The governor gave the assurance that compensation for property marked for demolition because of the project would be paid in good time so that nothing would delay its completion on schedule.

    The Commissioner for Works, Dr Dakorinama George-Kelly, said the road would take off the traffic from the Nkpolu-Oroworukwo flyover onto Eagle Island and other part of the state capital.

    Also speaking, Mr Juergen Fischer, the South-South Regional Manager of Julius Berger Nigeria PLC, said the company was delighted to have been chosen and trusted to do the job.

    He gave the assurance that the company would deliver quality job as part of its commitment to the transformation agenda of the Wike’s administration.


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  •  FG to sanitise passport processing tackle racketeers Aregbesola
    FG to sanitise passport processing, tackle racketeers- Aregbesola
     FG to sanitise passport processing tackle racketeers Aregbesola
    FG to sanitise passport processing, tackle racketeers- Aregbesola
    Defence/Security6 days ago

    FG to sanitise passport processing, tackle racketeers- Aregbesola

    FG to sanitise passport processing, tackle racketeers- Aregbesola FG to sanitise passport processing, tackle racketeers- Aregbesola Passport By John Amieyeofori Port Harcourt, Aug. 10, 2022 [NAN] The Federal Government will sanitise international passports processing and tackle racketeers both within and outside the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) , Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesola has said.

    Aregbesola made this known on Tuesday at the Roll Out of the Enhanced Electronic Passport and the commissioning of the Passport Production Centre in Port Harcourt.

    He said that the major challenge confronting the service in the issuance of passport was not lack of innovation but people and their negative conducts.

    ‘’We have introduced far reaching reforms which some unscrupulous elements continue to frustrate and subvert with corrupt acts, these unscrupulous entities are both within our service and outside the service.

    ‘’The menace of touting, inflation of price, delay in processing application, and withholding of passport, are some of the challenges and we appeal to Nigerians to help eliminate these malpractices, there must be zero tolerance for these practices if we want to build a great nation, he added.

    He called on both the Rivers Government and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to swing into action and identify those involved in the act.

    The minister again said there was no passport booklet scarcity.

    ”The NIS has been provided with sufficient booklets to all passport offices nationwide.

    ”There are 13,000 booklets in Lagos, while the Port Harcourt office has 10,000. I urge those intending to obtain their passports to apply early to avoid delays.

    ”There is wait and get passport service worldwide.

    For fresh applicants, they are to wait six weeks and three weeks for renewals,” he said.

    He ranked Nigeria high in the processing of passport.

    In his remarks, Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers, represented by his Deputy, Dr Ipalibo Harry-Banigo pledged to partner with the federal government and all security agencies to ensure sanity in the NI office.

    Wike expressed satisfaction with the reforms introduced in passport processing and commended the minister for the orderly handling of affairs.

    On his part, the Controller-General of the NIS, Mr Isah Idris pledged said that under his leadership, the service will maintain the six weeks timeline for fresh applicants and three weeks for renewals.

    He expressed confidence that with the inauguration of the passport production centre, issues of delays would be adequately addressed.


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  •  FG to sanitise passport processing tackle racketeers Aregbesola
    FG to sanitise passport processing, tackle racketeers- Aregbesola
     FG to sanitise passport processing tackle racketeers Aregbesola
    FG to sanitise passport processing, tackle racketeers- Aregbesola
    Defence/Security6 days ago

    FG to sanitise passport processing, tackle racketeers- Aregbesola

    FG to sanitise passport processing, tackle racketeers- Aregbesola FG to sanitise passport processing, tackle racketeers- Aregbesola Passport By John Amieyeofori Port Harcourt, Aug. 10, 2022 [NAN] The Federal Government will sanitise international passports processing and tackle racketeers both within and outside the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) , Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesola has said.

    Aregbesola made this known on Tuesday at the Roll Out of the Enhanced Electronic Passport and the commissioning of the Passport Production Centre in Port Harcourt.

    He said that the major challenge confronting the service in the issuance of passport was not lack of innovation but people and their negative conducts.

    ‘’We have introduced far reaching reforms which some unscrupulous elements continue to frustrate and subvert with corrupt acts, these unscrupulous entities are both within our service and outside the service.

    ‘’The menace of touting, inflation of price, delay in processing application, and withholding of passport, are some of the challenges and we appeal to Nigerians to help eliminate these malpractices, there must be zero tolerance for these practices if we want to build a great nation, he added.

    He called on both the Rivers Government and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to swing into action and identify those involved in the act.

    The minister again said there was no passport booklet scarcity.

    ”The NIS has been provided with sufficient booklets to all passport offices nationwide.

    ”There are 13,000 booklets in Lagos, while the Port Harcourt office has 10,000. I urge those intending to obtain their passports to apply early to avoid delays.

    ”There is wait and get passport service worldwide.

    For fresh applicants, they are to wait six weeks and three weeks for renewals,” he said.

    He ranked Nigeria high in the processing of passport.

    In his remarks, Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers, represented by his Deputy, Dr Ipalibo Harry-Banigo pledged to partner with the federal government and all security agencies to ensure sanity in the NI office.

    Wike expressed satisfaction with the reforms introduced in passport processing and commended the minister for the orderly handling of affairs.

    On his part, the Controller-General of the NIS, Mr Isah Idris pledged said that under his leadership, the service will maintain the six weeks timeline for fresh applicants and three weeks for renewals.

    He expressed confidence that with the inauguration of the passport production centre, issues of delays would be adequately addressed.


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  •  Wike releases N2bn to community
    Wike releases N2bn to community
     Wike releases N2bn to community
    Wike releases N2bn to community
    General news6 days ago

    Wike releases N2bn to community

    Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers on Teusday announced the release of N2 billion promised to the Ogbunuabali community in Port Harcourt.

    Wike made the announcement at the inauguration of the dualised Ogbunuabali -Eastern Bypass Road in Port Harcourt.

    He used the occasion to lift the ban on youths activities in Ogbunuabali community.

    Wike thanked the community for their cooperation while the project lasted though they had initially rejected it.

    The Governor noted how wrong it was for people to think that leadership was a function of political party, when it was actually about the mindset of the individual.

    Wike stated that his undying love, passion and commitment to render effective service to Rivers people had sufficiently differentiated him from other politicians.

    In his speech, Sen. Aliyu Wamakko, the former Governor of Sokoto State who inaugurated the Eastern Bye-pass, expressed delight in the leadership capacity that Wike had demonstrated in serving the state.

    Wamakko said any well meaning government should serve to satisfy the yearnings and aspirations of the governed.

    He noted that as a talk-and-do-governor, Wike had done adequately well for his people.

    Furthermore, Mr Dakorinama George-Kelly, the State Commissioner for Works, said the road was a single carriage way of 7.3 metres wide but was totally rebuilt.

    According to George-Kelly, the 2.19km long road, which has been dualised, has 4.38 km width on each side of the lane, has 4.38km of drains length.

    Mr Juergen Fischer, the South-South Regional Manager of Julius Berger Nigeria PLC, said they started with the first project of the Wike’s administration on operation zero potholes which culminated into the ongoing urban renewal programme.

    According to him, they are delighted working with Governor Wike to achieve his development dreams for Rivers and thanked him for the opportunity given to the company to work in the state.


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