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  •   Akwa Ibom State Government is partnering with Nigeria Immigration Service NIS towards fighting insecurity especially during the coming 2023 general elections with a promise to deport any foreigner who runs foul of electoral laws This was disclosed yesterday in Uyo during a courtesy call on the Commissioner for Information and Strategy Ini Ememobong by the Comptroller of Nigeria Immigration Service Akwa Ibom State Command Francisca Dashe Dakat While welcoming the new immigration boss to the Ministry Ememobong emphasised that with security on the priority list of the state government necessary facilities will be activated to enable NIS to sensitise the populace on security challenges posed by foreigners and other unscrupulous members of the society He added that NIS has been granted free access to all information platforms of the Ministry to facilitate its sensitisation duties Earlier the comptroller lauded Ememobong for the support extended to the state Command before her deployment to the state and solicited a continuous cordial working relationship She listed programmes of the Command to include Public sensitisation on security profiling of beggars training of immigration officers for optimal performance cultivating synergy with other security agencies in the state and sensitisation of foreigners against violation of electoral laws We want to carry out public sensitisation which will include the sensitisation of foreigners especially as we are nearing the general elections in 2023 Any foreigner who is found near the polling booths and violating electoral laws will be deported she warned In a vote of thanks the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry Akparawa James Edet expressed appreciation to the Comptroller and his team for the familiarisation visit and pledged the Ministry s continuous support
    NIS partners Akwa Ibom on 2023 polls, says errant foreigners will be deported
      Akwa Ibom State Government is partnering with Nigeria Immigration Service NIS towards fighting insecurity especially during the coming 2023 general elections with a promise to deport any foreigner who runs foul of electoral laws This was disclosed yesterday in Uyo during a courtesy call on the Commissioner for Information and Strategy Ini Ememobong by the Comptroller of Nigeria Immigration Service Akwa Ibom State Command Francisca Dashe Dakat While welcoming the new immigration boss to the Ministry Ememobong emphasised that with security on the priority list of the state government necessary facilities will be activated to enable NIS to sensitise the populace on security challenges posed by foreigners and other unscrupulous members of the society He added that NIS has been granted free access to all information platforms of the Ministry to facilitate its sensitisation duties Earlier the comptroller lauded Ememobong for the support extended to the state Command before her deployment to the state and solicited a continuous cordial working relationship She listed programmes of the Command to include Public sensitisation on security profiling of beggars training of immigration officers for optimal performance cultivating synergy with other security agencies in the state and sensitisation of foreigners against violation of electoral laws We want to carry out public sensitisation which will include the sensitisation of foreigners especially as we are nearing the general elections in 2023 Any foreigner who is found near the polling booths and violating electoral laws will be deported she warned In a vote of thanks the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry Akparawa James Edet expressed appreciation to the Comptroller and his team for the familiarisation visit and pledged the Ministry s continuous support
    NIS partners Akwa Ibom on 2023 polls, says errant foreigners will be deported
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    NIS partners Akwa Ibom on 2023 polls, says errant foreigners will be deported

    Akwa Ibom State Government is partnering with Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) towards fighting insecurity, especially during the coming 2023 general elections, with a promise to deport any foreigner, who runs foul of electoral laws.

    This was disclosed, yesterday, in Uyo during a courtesy call on the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Ini Ememobong, by the Comptroller of Nigeria Immigration Service, Akwa Ibom State Command, Francisca Dashe Dakat.

    While welcoming the new immigration boss to the Ministry Ememobong emphasised that with security on the priority list of the state government, necessary facilities will be activated to enable NIS to sensitise the populace on security challenges posed by foreigners and other unscrupulous members of the society.

    He added that NIS has been granted free access to all information platforms of the Ministry to facilitate its sensitisation duties.

    Earlier, the comptroller lauded Ememobong for the support extended to the state Command before her deployment to the state and solicited a continuous cordial working relationship.

    She listed programmes of the Command to include: Public sensitisation on security; profiling of beggars; training of immigration officers for optimal performance; cultivating synergy with other security agencies in the state and sensitisation of foreigners against violation of electoral laws.

    “We want to carry out public sensitisation, which will include the sensitisation of foreigners, especially as we are nearing the general elections in 2023.

    Any foreigner, who is found near the polling booths and violating electoral laws, will be deported,” she warned.

    In a vote of thanks, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Akparawa James Edet, expressed appreciation to the Comptroller and his team for the familiarisation visit and pledged the Ministry’s continuous support.

  •   The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC Akwa Ibom Command has impounded nine trucks loaded with 400 000 litres of suspected adulterated petroleum products and nabbed two suspects The State Commandant Mr Suleiman Mafara disclosed this in a statement issued in Uyo and made available to newsmen Mafara said the seizure was made possible by a combined team of the NSCDC operatives the Nigerian Army and the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria IPMAN He explained that the operations lasted between Nov 12 and Nov 20 at Eket Ikot Abasi and Etinan Local Government Areas where the trucks were impounded with the products He said that some drivers of the trucks ran away on sighting security operatives and only two were apprehended during the operations The command has through the concerted coordinated and collaborative efforts with the Nigerian Army and IPMAN successfully cracked down on criminals who sabotage activities in the oil and gas sector This is as part of the fight of oil theft and illegal bunkering in the Niger Delta and in furtherance of the directive of the Commandant General We impounded nine trucks containing petroleum products such as AGO LPFO and crude oil The fight is ongoing and we will not relent until we rid the state of criminal elements Mafara said The commandant applauded the synergy the corps enjoyed with sister security agencies and well meaning groups such as IPMAN all through the joint operations He said the agency was ready and willing to partner with individuals organisations and groups in the interest of the country He warned criminals to desist from sabotaging the mainstay of the nation s economy adding that the suspects would be charged in court on the conclusion of the investigation
    NSCDC impounds 9 trucks laden with petroleum products
      The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC Akwa Ibom Command has impounded nine trucks loaded with 400 000 litres of suspected adulterated petroleum products and nabbed two suspects The State Commandant Mr Suleiman Mafara disclosed this in a statement issued in Uyo and made available to newsmen Mafara said the seizure was made possible by a combined team of the NSCDC operatives the Nigerian Army and the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria IPMAN He explained that the operations lasted between Nov 12 and Nov 20 at Eket Ikot Abasi and Etinan Local Government Areas where the trucks were impounded with the products He said that some drivers of the trucks ran away on sighting security operatives and only two were apprehended during the operations The command has through the concerted coordinated and collaborative efforts with the Nigerian Army and IPMAN successfully cracked down on criminals who sabotage activities in the oil and gas sector This is as part of the fight of oil theft and illegal bunkering in the Niger Delta and in furtherance of the directive of the Commandant General We impounded nine trucks containing petroleum products such as AGO LPFO and crude oil The fight is ongoing and we will not relent until we rid the state of criminal elements Mafara said The commandant applauded the synergy the corps enjoyed with sister security agencies and well meaning groups such as IPMAN all through the joint operations He said the agency was ready and willing to partner with individuals organisations and groups in the interest of the country He warned criminals to desist from sabotaging the mainstay of the nation s economy adding that the suspects would be charged in court on the conclusion of the investigation
    NSCDC impounds 9 trucks laden with petroleum products
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    NSCDC impounds 9 trucks laden with petroleum products

    The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Akwa Ibom Command, has impounded nine trucks loaded with 400,000 litres of suspected adulterated petroleum products and nabbed two suspects.

    The State Commandant, Mr Suleiman Mafara, disclosed this in a statement issued in Uyo and made available to newsmen.

    Mafara said the seizure was made possible by a combined team of the NSCDC operatives, the Nigerian Army and the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN).

    He explained that the operations lasted between Nov. 12 and Nov. 20 at Eket, Ikot Abasi and Etinan Local Government Areas where the trucks were impounded with the products.

    He said that some drivers of the trucks ran away on sighting security operatives and only two were apprehended during the operations.

    “The command has through the concerted, coordinated and collaborative efforts with the Nigerian Army and IPMAN successfully cracked down on criminals who sabotage activities in the oil and gas sector.

    “This is as part of the fight of oil theft and illegal bunkering in the Niger Delta and in furtherance of the directive of the Commandant-General.

    “We impounded nine trucks containing petroleum products such as AGO, LPFO and crude oil.

    The fight is ongoing and we will not relent until we rid the state of criminal elements,” Mafara said.

    The commandant applauded the synergy the corps enjoyed with sister security agencies and well-meaning groups such as IPMAN all through the joint operations.

    He said the agency was ready and willing to partner with individuals, organisations and groups in the interest of the country.

    He warned criminals to desist from sabotaging the mainstay of the nation’s economy, adding that the suspects would be charged in court on the conclusion of the investigation.

  •  The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives ICLEI said that its permanent Africa Regional Office complex and 10 000 capacity International Conference Centre would be located in Uyo The African Regional Co odinator ICLI Mr Prince Owoh Jr disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja Owoh said that the move was announced by the LCLEI Canada based on the state s sustained cleanliness performance ratings and safe havens for investments He said that the process leading to the project location began in May in Malmo Sweden during the ICLEI World Congress According to him a resolution was passed on August and Uyo was chosen by the world body out of other cities including Cape Town and Kigali There were four cities nominated for the location of the complex and international conference including Uyo but Uyo was chosen for the location The ICLEI world body that made the selection were the Global Executive Council GEXCOM and Regional Executives Committees REXCOM It is composed of nine regions The project is part of the global strategy and policy frameworks for five years 2023 to 2028 strategic action plan It is one of the key projects on climate adaption and knowledge exchange CAKE he said Owoh said that the effort would add tremendous value to the state and Nigeria as well This will also play host to the annual African Regional Conference and activities that will attract to the country over 1 250 towns cities countries and organisations to the state It will also promote ecotourism and boosting the revenue based of the state and the Nigeria at large This is in addition to show casing the cultural homage of the people he said He said that the ICLEI was an umbrella body of over 2 500 local and regional organisations committed to sustainable environmental development worldwide NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Environmental organisaion to locate 10,000 capacity international centre in Akwa Ibom
     The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives ICLEI said that its permanent Africa Regional Office complex and 10 000 capacity International Conference Centre would be located in Uyo The African Regional Co odinator ICLI Mr Prince Owoh Jr disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja Owoh said that the move was announced by the LCLEI Canada based on the state s sustained cleanliness performance ratings and safe havens for investments He said that the process leading to the project location began in May in Malmo Sweden during the ICLEI World Congress According to him a resolution was passed on August and Uyo was chosen by the world body out of other cities including Cape Town and Kigali There were four cities nominated for the location of the complex and international conference including Uyo but Uyo was chosen for the location The ICLEI world body that made the selection were the Global Executive Council GEXCOM and Regional Executives Committees REXCOM It is composed of nine regions The project is part of the global strategy and policy frameworks for five years 2023 to 2028 strategic action plan It is one of the key projects on climate adaption and knowledge exchange CAKE he said Owoh said that the effort would add tremendous value to the state and Nigeria as well This will also play host to the annual African Regional Conference and activities that will attract to the country over 1 250 towns cities countries and organisations to the state It will also promote ecotourism and boosting the revenue based of the state and the Nigeria at large This is in addition to show casing the cultural homage of the people he said He said that the ICLEI was an umbrella body of over 2 500 local and regional organisations committed to sustainable environmental development worldwide NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Environmental organisaion to locate 10,000 capacity international centre in Akwa Ibom
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    Environmental organisaion to locate 10,000 capacity international centre in Akwa Ibom

    The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), said that  its permanent Africa Regional Office complex and 10,000 capacity International Conference Centre would be located in Uyo.The African Regional Co-odinator, ICLI, Mr Prince Owoh, Jr, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja.

    Owoh said that the move was announced by the LCLEI, Canada, based on the state’s sustained cleanliness, performance ratings and safe havens for investments.

    He said that the process leading to the project location began in May in Malmo, Sweden during the ICLEI World Congress.

    According to him, a resolution was passed on August and Uyo was chosen by the world body, out of other cities including Cape Town and Kigali.

    “There were four cities nominated for the location of the complex and international conference, including Uyo, but Uyo was chosen for the location.

    “The ICLEI world body that made the selection were the Global Executive Council (GEXCOM) and Regional Executives Committees (REXCOM).

    “It is composed of nine regions.

    The project is part of the global strategy and policy frameworks for five years, 2023 to 2028 strategic action plan.

    “It is one of the key projects on climate adaption and knowledge exchange (CAKE),” he said.

    Owoh said that the effort would add tremendous value to the state and Nigeria as well.

    “This will also play host to the annual African Regional Conference and activities that will attract to the country over 1,250 towns, cities, countries and organisations to the state.

    “It will also promote ecotourism and boosting the revenue based of the state and the Nigeria at large.

    “This is in addition to show casing the cultural homage of the people,” he said.

    He said that the ICLEI was an umbrella body of over 2,500 local and regional organisations committed to sustainable environmental development worldwide.


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  •  The Federal Government says it will develop inland waterways transportation to ensure seamless movement of cargoes by barges to their ports of destination The Minister of Transportation Mu azu Sambo gave the assurance in a statement by the ministry s spokesperson Mr Eric Ojiekwe in Abuja The statement said the minister spoke at the ongoing 2022 ministerial retreat in Uyo Sambo said that the Federal Government was committed to opening up the routes to ensure easy movement of containers We want to see containers and other cargoes in barges move from Lagos through the intra coastal routes to the hinterlands he said The minister said that the process would involve the clearing the waterways cannalisation and effective cannal management He said the ministry had commenced discussion with a company that was willing to commence work anytime in November Our dream is to move containers from Marina in Lagos to Onitsha in Anambra and even to Baru in Niger he said Sambo further stated that the implementation of the Lagos Calabar coastal railway project was affected by paucity of funds He said the China Civil Engineering Construction Company CCECC contractor handling the project had not provided its 85 per cent counterpart funding The Federal Government is to provide 15 per cent of the counterpart funding for that project We are holding talks with an investor that is willing to provide the funds We need to determine how to share the works between the investor and CCECC The coastal rail line project is very important it is one that connects all the port cities of Nigeria he said He said that by connecting all the port cities by rail it would be easier to open up the Eastern Ports NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG reiterates commitment to develop inland waterways transportation
     The Federal Government says it will develop inland waterways transportation to ensure seamless movement of cargoes by barges to their ports of destination The Minister of Transportation Mu azu Sambo gave the assurance in a statement by the ministry s spokesperson Mr Eric Ojiekwe in Abuja The statement said the minister spoke at the ongoing 2022 ministerial retreat in Uyo Sambo said that the Federal Government was committed to opening up the routes to ensure easy movement of containers We want to see containers and other cargoes in barges move from Lagos through the intra coastal routes to the hinterlands he said The minister said that the process would involve the clearing the waterways cannalisation and effective cannal management He said the ministry had commenced discussion with a company that was willing to commence work anytime in November Our dream is to move containers from Marina in Lagos to Onitsha in Anambra and even to Baru in Niger he said Sambo further stated that the implementation of the Lagos Calabar coastal railway project was affected by paucity of funds He said the China Civil Engineering Construction Company CCECC contractor handling the project had not provided its 85 per cent counterpart funding The Federal Government is to provide 15 per cent of the counterpart funding for that project We are holding talks with an investor that is willing to provide the funds We need to determine how to share the works between the investor and CCECC The coastal rail line project is very important it is one that connects all the port cities of Nigeria he said He said that by connecting all the port cities by rail it would be easier to open up the Eastern Ports NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG reiterates commitment to develop inland waterways transportation
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    FG reiterates commitment to develop inland waterways transportation

    The Federal Government says it will develop inland waterways transportation to ensure seamless movement of cargoes by barges to their ports of destination.

    The Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo, gave the assurance in a statement by the ministry’s spokesperson, Mr Eric Ojiekwe, in Abuja.

    The statement said the minister spoke at the ongoing 2022 ministerial retreat in Uyo.Sambo said that the Federal Government was committed to opening up the routes to ensure easy movement of containers.

    ”We want to see containers and other cargoes in barges move from Lagos through the intra-coastal routes to the hinterlands,” he said.

    The minister said that the process would involve the clearing the waterways, cannalisation and effective cannal management.

    He said the ministry had commenced discussion with a company that was willing to commence work anytime in November.

    ”Our dream is to move containers from Marina in Lagos to Onitsha in Anambra, and even to Baru in Niger,” he said.

    Sambo further stated that the implementation of the Lagos-Calabar coastal railway project was affected by paucity of funds.

    He said the China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC), contractor handling the project, had not provided its 85 per cent counterpart funding.

    ”The Federal Government is to provide 15 per cent of the counterpart funding for that project.

    ”We are holding talks with an investor that is willing to provide the funds.

    We need to determine how to share the works between the investor and CCECC.

    ”The coastal rail line project is very important, it is one that connects all the port cities of Nigeria,” he said.

    He said that by connecting all the port cities by rail, it would be easier to open up the Eastern Ports.


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  •  The Minister of Transportation Mu azu Sambo has said that the Federal Government is set to generate 21 million full time jobs and lift 35 million people out of poverty by 2025 Sambo in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity Dr Sam Idiagbonya disclosed this on Friday at the ongoing 2022 Ministerial Retreat at Uyo Akwa Ibom According to him the transportation sector is setting the stage for achieving the government s commitment of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years Sambo said infrastructural gaps that existed in the sector necessitated the development of the National Development Plans Medium Term Development Plans 2021 2025 and a Long Term Plan called the Nigeria Agenda 2050 This is to invest massively in infrastructure ensure macroeconomic stability enhance the investment environment improve living conditions and implement climate change mitigation This will generate 21 million full time jobs and lift 35 million people out of poverty by 2025 thus setting the stage for achieving the government s commitment of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years The plans are aimed at accelerating the growth of the transportation sector in the country with a strategic Medium Term Vision Statement I am well aware that you are all conversant with these high level goals as they have become a blueprint for tracking performance towards the delivery of our mandates They have also helped in addressing the bottlenecks militating against the growth of the transportation sector and stimulating domestic growth Sambo said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG set to lift 100m Nigerians out of poverty – Sambo
     The Minister of Transportation Mu azu Sambo has said that the Federal Government is set to generate 21 million full time jobs and lift 35 million people out of poverty by 2025 Sambo in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity Dr Sam Idiagbonya disclosed this on Friday at the ongoing 2022 Ministerial Retreat at Uyo Akwa Ibom According to him the transportation sector is setting the stage for achieving the government s commitment of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years Sambo said infrastructural gaps that existed in the sector necessitated the development of the National Development Plans Medium Term Development Plans 2021 2025 and a Long Term Plan called the Nigeria Agenda 2050 This is to invest massively in infrastructure ensure macroeconomic stability enhance the investment environment improve living conditions and implement climate change mitigation This will generate 21 million full time jobs and lift 35 million people out of poverty by 2025 thus setting the stage for achieving the government s commitment of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years The plans are aimed at accelerating the growth of the transportation sector in the country with a strategic Medium Term Vision Statement I am well aware that you are all conversant with these high level goals as they have become a blueprint for tracking performance towards the delivery of our mandates They have also helped in addressing the bottlenecks militating against the growth of the transportation sector and stimulating domestic growth Sambo said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG set to lift 100m Nigerians out of poverty – Sambo
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    FG set to lift 100m Nigerians out of poverty – Sambo

    The Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo, has said that the Federal Government is set to generate 21 million full time jobs and lift 35 million people out of poverty by 2025. Sambo, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Dr Sam Idiagbonya, disclosed this on Friday at the ongoing 2022 Ministerial Retreat at Uyo, Akwa Ibom. According to him, the transportation sector is setting the stage for achieving the government’s commitment of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years.

    Sambo said infrastructural gaps that existed in the sector necessitated the development of the National Development Plans; Medium-Term Development Plans 2021-2025 and a Long-Term Plan called the Nigeria Agenda 2050. “This is to invest massively in infrastructure, ensure macroeconomic stability, enhance the investment environment, improve living conditions and implement climate change mitigation.

    “This will generate 21 million full time jobs and lift 35 million people out of poverty by 2025, thus setting the stage for achieving the government’s commitment of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years.

    “The plans are aimed at accelerating the growth of the transportation sector in the country with a strategic Medium-Term Vision Statement.

    “I am well aware that you are all conversant with these high level goals, as they have become a blueprint for tracking performance towards the delivery of our mandates.

    “They have also helped in addressing the bottlenecks militating against the growth of the transportation sector and stimulating domestic growth ” Sambo said.   


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  •  Minister of Transportation Mu azu Sambo says transportation remains the only catalyst to rapid national development Sambo in a statement by the Director of Press and Public Relations of the Ministry Mr Eric Ojiekwe said this on Friday at the on going 2022 Ministerial Retreat at Uyo Akwa Ibom State The theme of the retreat is Developing Capacity and Strategy to Deliver the National Development Plan NDP for the Transportation Sector He said The Transportation Sector has contributed to the socio economic needs of Nigerians and promoted the overall sustainable development of the nation The provision of transportation infrastructure is and will always be work in progress for any nation that desires rapid development It is in recognition of this that a lot needs to be done in the sector that the government developed the National Development Plans Medium Term Development Plans 2021 2025 and a Long Term Plan called the Nigeria Agenda 2050 Which the Ministry domesticated as the Transport Sector Medium Term Development Plan MTDP 2021 2025 Policy Document aimed at accelerating the growth of the transportation sector in the country The strategic medium term vision statement of this is to have an effective efficient intermodal safe reliable affordable and sustainable transportation system contributing positively to the growth of the Nigerian economy he said Sambo said in order to make the above possible the ministry would pursue it through improving safety and transportation security collaboration and synergy amongst transportation stakeholders professionalism and Human Capacity Building We will also strengthen institutional governance and regulation multi modal infrastructural development to bring about safe and secure transportation drive economic development facilitate connectivity Intermodal and Multimodal develop local capacity professionalism and ensure sustainability he said The minister identified the activities to drive the transportation sector to include Implementation of the 25 year Railway Modernisation Programme and the Ports Master Plan He said others are the Inland Waterways Transportation Development the Nigerian Transportation Master plan NTM Tariffs and Costs and Reation of Private Sector led National fleet and Manpower capacity development Also speaking the Minister of State for Transportation Prince Ademola Adegoroye enjoined stakeholders in the sector to leverage on the opportunities presented by Public Private Partnership PPP to grow the sector According to Adegoroye PPP has the capital and expertise needed for growth He also advised that Nigeria should take full advantage of its geographical position in the West African sub region and Africa at large to leverage on the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement of which she is privy He further noted that the transportation sector was a major driver for the promotion of intra African trade Earlier the ministry s Permanent Secretary Dr Magdalene Ajani said the sector was a major driver of the National Development Plans and was critical for the enhancement of natural integration economic growth and unification of the country NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Transportation panacea for rapid national devt.- Sambo
     Minister of Transportation Mu azu Sambo says transportation remains the only catalyst to rapid national development Sambo in a statement by the Director of Press and Public Relations of the Ministry Mr Eric Ojiekwe said this on Friday at the on going 2022 Ministerial Retreat at Uyo Akwa Ibom State The theme of the retreat is Developing Capacity and Strategy to Deliver the National Development Plan NDP for the Transportation Sector He said The Transportation Sector has contributed to the socio economic needs of Nigerians and promoted the overall sustainable development of the nation The provision of transportation infrastructure is and will always be work in progress for any nation that desires rapid development It is in recognition of this that a lot needs to be done in the sector that the government developed the National Development Plans Medium Term Development Plans 2021 2025 and a Long Term Plan called the Nigeria Agenda 2050 Which the Ministry domesticated as the Transport Sector Medium Term Development Plan MTDP 2021 2025 Policy Document aimed at accelerating the growth of the transportation sector in the country The strategic medium term vision statement of this is to have an effective efficient intermodal safe reliable affordable and sustainable transportation system contributing positively to the growth of the Nigerian economy he said Sambo said in order to make the above possible the ministry would pursue it through improving safety and transportation security collaboration and synergy amongst transportation stakeholders professionalism and Human Capacity Building We will also strengthen institutional governance and regulation multi modal infrastructural development to bring about safe and secure transportation drive economic development facilitate connectivity Intermodal and Multimodal develop local capacity professionalism and ensure sustainability he said The minister identified the activities to drive the transportation sector to include Implementation of the 25 year Railway Modernisation Programme and the Ports Master Plan He said others are the Inland Waterways Transportation Development the Nigerian Transportation Master plan NTM Tariffs and Costs and Reation of Private Sector led National fleet and Manpower capacity development Also speaking the Minister of State for Transportation Prince Ademola Adegoroye enjoined stakeholders in the sector to leverage on the opportunities presented by Public Private Partnership PPP to grow the sector According to Adegoroye PPP has the capital and expertise needed for growth He also advised that Nigeria should take full advantage of its geographical position in the West African sub region and Africa at large to leverage on the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement of which she is privy He further noted that the transportation sector was a major driver for the promotion of intra African trade Earlier the ministry s Permanent Secretary Dr Magdalene Ajani said the sector was a major driver of the National Development Plans and was critical for the enhancement of natural integration economic growth and unification of the country NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Transportation panacea for rapid national devt.- Sambo
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    Transportation panacea for rapid national devt.- Sambo

    Minister of Transportation Mu’azu Sambo says transportation remains the only catalyst to rapid national development.  

    Sambo, in a statement by the Director of Press and Public Relations of the Ministry, Mr Eric Ojiekwe, said this on Friday at the on-going 2022 Ministerial Retreat at Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.  

    The theme of the retreat is, “Developing Capacity and Strategy to Deliver the National Development Plan (NDP) for the Transportation Sector.

    ”   He said: “The Transportation Sector has contributed to the socio-economic needs of Nigerians and promoted the overall sustainable development of the nation.  

    “The provision of transportation infrastructure is and will always be work in progress for any nation that desires rapid development.  

    ”It is in recognition of this that a lot needs to be done in the sector that the government developed the “National Development Plans (Medium-Term Development Plans 2021-2025 and a Long-Term Plan called the Nigeria Agenda 2050)   ”Which the Ministry domesticated as the Transport Sector Medium Term Development Plan (MTDP) 2021-2025 Policy Document, aimed at accelerating the growth of the transportation sector in the country.  

    ”The strategic medium-term vision statement of this is to have an effective, efficient, intermodal, safe, reliable, affordable and sustainable transportation system contributing positively to the growth of the Nigerian economy,” he said.  

    Sambo said in order to make the above possible, the ministry would pursue it through improving safety and transportation, security, collaboration and synergy amongst transportation stakeholders, professionalism and Human Capacity Building.  

    ”We will also strengthen institutional governance and regulation, multi-modal infrastructural development to bring about safe and secure transportation; drive economic development; facilitate connectivity (Intermodal and Multimodal); develop local capacity (professionalism) and ensure sustainability,” he said.  

    The minister identified the activities to drive the transportation sector to include: Implementation of the 25 year – Railway Modernisation Programme and the Ports Master Plan.   He said others are, the Inland Waterways Transportation Development, the Nigerian Transportation Master-plan (NTM); Tariffs and Costs and Reation of Private Sector – led National fleet and Manpower capacity development.  

    Also speaking, the Minister of State for Transportation, Prince Ademola Adegoroye, enjoined stakeholders in the sector to leverage on the opportunities presented by Public Private Partnership (PPP) to grow the sector.  

    According to Adegoroye , PPP has the capital and expertise needed for growth.  

    He also advised that Nigeria should take full advantage of its geographical position in the West African sub-region and Africa at large to leverage on the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement of which she is privy.  

    He further noted that the transportation sector was a major driver for the promotion of intra-African trade.  

    Earlier,  the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Dr Magdalene Ajani, said the sector was a major driver of the National Development Plans and was critical for the enhancement of natural integration,  economic growth and unification of the country.


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  •  The Nigerian Air Force NAF has winged 17 young pilots who successfully completed their various flying training courses The Director of Public Relations and Information NAF Headquarters Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet made this known in a statement on Thursday in Abuja According to him the Chief of Air Staff CAS Air Marshal Oladayo Amao while winging the pilots during the opening of the 2022 Air Operational Seminar in Uyo implored them to be prepared for the arduous task ahead The CAS said that there was no better way to launch them into their operational flying career than to have them draw from the rich operational experiences of seasoned pilots during the seminar He said that the seminar will facilitate discussions on germane issues relevant to air operations Amao specifically reminded them to always adhere to laid down Rules of Engagement while also taking all necessary steps to protect civilians and minimise casualties during operations The efforts to mitigate civilian casualties are not just a reflection of NAF values as a service but also strategically imperative to our operations he added The CAS assured Nigerians that the nation s Armed Forces had so far made significant gains in curtailing and degrading the miscreants that seek to destabilise Nigeria He particularly commended the efforts of NAF at unleashing the coercive effects of air power particularly on insurgents through intensive air interdiction of their locations and facilities These punitive strikes have degraded their resources disrupted their supply lines and denied them their freedom of movement Amao said The theme of the seminar is Harnessing Nigerian Air Force Combat Experience in Joint Military Operations for Doctrinal Development Amao explained that the theme was borne out of the need to draw instructions from the diverse and rich air combat experiences to develop sound doctrinal principles to guide future engagements This he added was largely because lessons learnt from previous campaigns remained veritable sources of inputs for doctrinal development Hence the need to reappraise our past operational successes and failures to restrategise towards a more operationally effective NAF that can contribute to expeditiously ending the current scourge of insecurity Amao stressed the need for the participants to take cognisance of the dynamism and complexities of the ever changing security environment He also charged them to adopt strategies that would promote NAF s retention of credible air power capability to prosecute current and future warfare In his remarks the Governor of Akwa Ibom Mr Udom Emmanuel said that NAF has lived up to its statutory responsibilities over the years considering its successful exploits in Sierra Leone Liberia the Gambia and Mali This Emmanuel said had tremendously accorded great international recognition for the country He added that the professionalism of NAF under the leadership of Amao has further given the country a sense of hope and security The governor acknowledged the great sacrifices that Nigeria s prestigious serving and retired airmen have made and continue to make towards the peace and progress of the country The News Agency of Nigeria reports that on the sidelines of the event NAF would on Oct 28 be conducting Sea Exercise using some selected NAF aircraft The aim of the exercise is to showcase the capabilities of NAF as well as its presence in the ongoing air operations against crude oil theft in the South South region of the country It is also to improve aircrew skills in tactical aspects of maritime operations thus enhancing their capabilities NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NAF ‘wings’ 17 young pilots, urges re-dedication to duty 
     The Nigerian Air Force NAF has winged 17 young pilots who successfully completed their various flying training courses The Director of Public Relations and Information NAF Headquarters Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet made this known in a statement on Thursday in Abuja According to him the Chief of Air Staff CAS Air Marshal Oladayo Amao while winging the pilots during the opening of the 2022 Air Operational Seminar in Uyo implored them to be prepared for the arduous task ahead The CAS said that there was no better way to launch them into their operational flying career than to have them draw from the rich operational experiences of seasoned pilots during the seminar He said that the seminar will facilitate discussions on germane issues relevant to air operations Amao specifically reminded them to always adhere to laid down Rules of Engagement while also taking all necessary steps to protect civilians and minimise casualties during operations The efforts to mitigate civilian casualties are not just a reflection of NAF values as a service but also strategically imperative to our operations he added The CAS assured Nigerians that the nation s Armed Forces had so far made significant gains in curtailing and degrading the miscreants that seek to destabilise Nigeria He particularly commended the efforts of NAF at unleashing the coercive effects of air power particularly on insurgents through intensive air interdiction of their locations and facilities These punitive strikes have degraded their resources disrupted their supply lines and denied them their freedom of movement Amao said The theme of the seminar is Harnessing Nigerian Air Force Combat Experience in Joint Military Operations for Doctrinal Development Amao explained that the theme was borne out of the need to draw instructions from the diverse and rich air combat experiences to develop sound doctrinal principles to guide future engagements This he added was largely because lessons learnt from previous campaigns remained veritable sources of inputs for doctrinal development Hence the need to reappraise our past operational successes and failures to restrategise towards a more operationally effective NAF that can contribute to expeditiously ending the current scourge of insecurity Amao stressed the need for the participants to take cognisance of the dynamism and complexities of the ever changing security environment He also charged them to adopt strategies that would promote NAF s retention of credible air power capability to prosecute current and future warfare In his remarks the Governor of Akwa Ibom Mr Udom Emmanuel said that NAF has lived up to its statutory responsibilities over the years considering its successful exploits in Sierra Leone Liberia the Gambia and Mali This Emmanuel said had tremendously accorded great international recognition for the country He added that the professionalism of NAF under the leadership of Amao has further given the country a sense of hope and security The governor acknowledged the great sacrifices that Nigeria s prestigious serving and retired airmen have made and continue to make towards the peace and progress of the country The News Agency of Nigeria reports that on the sidelines of the event NAF would on Oct 28 be conducting Sea Exercise using some selected NAF aircraft The aim of the exercise is to showcase the capabilities of NAF as well as its presence in the ongoing air operations against crude oil theft in the South South region of the country It is also to improve aircrew skills in tactical aspects of maritime operations thus enhancing their capabilities NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NAF ‘wings’ 17 young pilots, urges re-dedication to duty 
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    NAF ‘wings’ 17 young pilots, urges re-dedication to duty 

    The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has winged 17 young pilots who  successfully completed their various flying training courses.

    The Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF Headquarters, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, made this known in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

    According to him, the Chief of Air Staff  (CAS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, while winging the pilots, during the opening of the 2022 Air Operational Seminar in Uyo, implored them to be prepared for the arduous task ahead.

    The CAS said that there was no better way to launch them into their operational flying career than to have them draw from the rich operational experiences of seasoned pilots during the seminar.

    He said that the seminar will facilitate discussions on germane issues relevant to air operations.

    Amao specifically reminded them to always adhere to laid down Rules of Engagement while also taking all necessary steps to protect civilians and minimise casualties during operations.

    “The efforts to mitigate civilian casualties are not just a reflection of NAF values as a service, but also strategically imperative to our operations,” he added.

    The CAS assured Nigerians that the nation’s Armed Forces had so far made significant gains in curtailing and degrading the miscreants that seek to destabilise Nigeria.

    He particularly commended the efforts of NAF at unleashing the coercive effects of air power, particularly on insurgents through intensive air interdiction of their locations and facilities.

    “These punitive strikes have degraded their resources, disrupted their supply lines and denied them their freedom of movement,” Amao said.

    The theme of the seminar is “Harnessing Nigerian Air Force Combat Experience in Joint Military Operations for Doctrinal Development”.

    Amao explained that the theme was borne out of the need to draw instructions from the diverse and rich air combat experiences, to develop sound doctrinal principles to guide future engagements.

    This, he added, was largely because lessons learnt from previous campaigns remained veritable sources of inputs for doctrinal development.

    “Hence, the need to reappraise our past operational successes and failures to restrategise towards a more operationally effective NAF that can contribute to expeditiously ending the current scourge of insecurity.

    ” Amao stressed the need for the participants to take cognisance of the dynamism and complexities of the ever-changing security environment.

    He also charged them to adopt strategies that would promote NAF’s retention of credible air power capability to prosecute current and future warfare.

    In his remarks, the Governor of Akwa Ibom, Mr Udom Emmanuel, said that NAF has lived up to its statutory responsibilities over the years, considering its successful exploits in Sierra Leone, Liberia, the Gambia and Mali. This, Emmanuel said, had tremendously accorded great international recognition for the country.

    He added that the professionalism of NAF under the leadership of Amao has further given the country a sense of hope and security.

    The governor acknowledged the great sacrifices that Nigeria’s prestigious serving and retired airmen have made and continue to make towards the peace and progress of the country.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that on the sidelines of the event, NAF would on Oct. 28, be conducting Sea Exercise using some selected NAF aircraft.

    The aim of the exercise is to showcase the capabilities of NAF as well as its presence in the ongoing air operations against crude oil theft in the South-South region of the country.

    It is also to improve aircrew skills in tactical aspects of maritime operations thus enhancing their capabilities.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Chief of Air Staff CAS Air Marshal Oladayo Amao has said that the Nigerian Air Force NAF has set up a committee to compile all allegations of accidental air strikes on civilians This is contained in a statement issued on Thursday by NAF Director of Public Relations and Information Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet Amao who made the disclosure at the opening of the 2022 Air Operations Seminar in Uyo said the committee would review the circumstances leading to such strikes He said that the investigation was to proffer far reaching measures that would mitigate future incidences of collateral damages on civilians during NAF operations Amao said the investigation was aimed at promoting accountability and allow NAF to learn valuable lessons to avoid and mitigate similar cases in the future He added that the investigation would give NAF the opportunity to take extra measures to minimise civilians harm and casualties in conflict areas NewsSourceCredit NAN
    We`re investigating alleged accidental airstrikes on civilians-CAS
     The Chief of Air Staff CAS Air Marshal Oladayo Amao has said that the Nigerian Air Force NAF has set up a committee to compile all allegations of accidental air strikes on civilians This is contained in a statement issued on Thursday by NAF Director of Public Relations and Information Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet Amao who made the disclosure at the opening of the 2022 Air Operations Seminar in Uyo said the committee would review the circumstances leading to such strikes He said that the investigation was to proffer far reaching measures that would mitigate future incidences of collateral damages on civilians during NAF operations Amao said the investigation was aimed at promoting accountability and allow NAF to learn valuable lessons to avoid and mitigate similar cases in the future He added that the investigation would give NAF the opportunity to take extra measures to minimise civilians harm and casualties in conflict areas NewsSourceCredit NAN
    We`re investigating alleged accidental airstrikes on civilians-CAS
    Defence/Security1 month ago

    We`re investigating alleged accidental airstrikes on civilians-CAS

    The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, has said that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has set up a committee to compile all allegations of accidental air strikes on civilians.

    This is contained in a statement issued on Thursday by NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet.

    Amao who made the disclosure at the opening of the 2022 Air Operations Seminar in Uyo, said the committee would review the circumstances leading to such strikes.

    He said that the investigation was to proffer far-reaching measures that would mitigate future incidences of collateral damages on civilians during NAF operations.

    Amao said the investigation was aimed at promoting accountability and allow NAF to learn valuable lessons to avoid and mitigate similar cases in the future.

    He added that the investigation would give NAF the opportunity to take extra measures to minimise civilians harm and casualties in conflict areas.


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  •  Norbert Okolie the Media Officer of Rangers International Football Club says the club s participation in the ongoing Ifeanyi pre season tournament is being very helpful for the team Okolie told the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Enugu that the tournament was helping to build their players fitness for the forthcoming national football season He said the Enugu based club had recruited 14 players and needed to blend them together for the new Nigeria Professional Football League NPFL season particularly This has been seen in the way we defeated an amateur club A and A Kiviasennus Palvelut FC of Lagos 3 0 in the first match of the tournament We also played 1 1 with a national league team Lamray FC and will face an Academy clubside Golden United from Abakpa on Tuesday But I must say the purpose of the Ifeanyi pre season tournament is for our coaching crew to assess the readiness of the players for the forthcoming season We have recruited 14 players and they are blending well but their fitness can only be ascertained and sustained with competitive matches the Rangers International FC spokesman said He however said the club s performance at the tournament has not been the best and they would keep improving as the event progressed Okolie nevertheless recalled that the club had played several friendly matches with clubsides in the NPFL Nigeria National League NNL academy and amateur categories before the ongoing tourney He said this was all part of getting ready for the new Nigerian football season We played a friendly match with Rivers United in Port Harcourt and it ended 1 1 and Akwa United defeated us 2 0 in Uyo Also in Uyo we beat Rocket FC Academy 1 0 followed by other numerous friendlies we have played inside our training pitch in Enugu Okolie said NAN reports that the Ifeanyi Pre season Tournament is in its fourth edition NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ekwueme/TICO pre-season tourney helping to build our players fitness  — Rangers FC
     Norbert Okolie the Media Officer of Rangers International Football Club says the club s participation in the ongoing Ifeanyi pre season tournament is being very helpful for the team Okolie told the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Enugu that the tournament was helping to build their players fitness for the forthcoming national football season He said the Enugu based club had recruited 14 players and needed to blend them together for the new Nigeria Professional Football League NPFL season particularly This has been seen in the way we defeated an amateur club A and A Kiviasennus Palvelut FC of Lagos 3 0 in the first match of the tournament We also played 1 1 with a national league team Lamray FC and will face an Academy clubside Golden United from Abakpa on Tuesday But I must say the purpose of the Ifeanyi pre season tournament is for our coaching crew to assess the readiness of the players for the forthcoming season We have recruited 14 players and they are blending well but their fitness can only be ascertained and sustained with competitive matches the Rangers International FC spokesman said He however said the club s performance at the tournament has not been the best and they would keep improving as the event progressed Okolie nevertheless recalled that the club had played several friendly matches with clubsides in the NPFL Nigeria National League NNL academy and amateur categories before the ongoing tourney He said this was all part of getting ready for the new Nigerian football season We played a friendly match with Rivers United in Port Harcourt and it ended 1 1 and Akwa United defeated us 2 0 in Uyo Also in Uyo we beat Rocket FC Academy 1 0 followed by other numerous friendlies we have played inside our training pitch in Enugu Okolie said NAN reports that the Ifeanyi Pre season Tournament is in its fourth edition NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ekwueme/TICO pre-season tourney helping to build our players fitness  — Rangers FC
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    Ekwueme/TICO pre-season tourney helping to build our players fitness  — Rangers FC

    Norbert Okolie, the Media Officer of Rangers International Football Club, says the club’s participation in the ongoing Ifeanyi pre-season tournament is being very helpful for the team.

    Okolie told the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Enugu that the tournament was helping to build their players’ fitness for the forthcoming national football season.

    He said the Enugu-based club had recruited 14 players and needed to blend them together for the new Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season particularly.

    “This has been seen in the way we defeated an amateur club, A and A Kiviasennus Palvelut FC of Lagos, 3-0 in the first match of the tournament.

    “We also played 1-1 with a national league team, Lamray FC, and will face an Academy clubside, Golden United from Abakpa, on Tuesday.

    “But I must say, the purpose of the Ifeanyi pre-season tournament is for our coaching crew to assess the readiness of the players for the forthcoming season.

    “We have recruited 14 players and they are blending well, but their fitness can only be ascertained and sustained with competitive matches,” the Rangers International FC spokesman said.

    He however said the club’s performance at the tournament has not been the best, and they would keep improving as the event progressed.

    Okolie nevertheless recalled that the club had played several friendly matches with clubsides in the NPFL, Nigeria National League (NNL), academy and amateur categories before the ongoing tourney.

    He said this was all part of getting ready for the new Nigerian football season.

    “We played a friendly match with Rivers United in Port Harcourt and it ended 1-1 and Akwa United defeated us 2-0 in Uyo. “Also in Uyo, we beat Rocket FC Academy 1-0, followed by other numerous friendlies we have played inside our training pitch in Enugu,” Okolie said.

    NAN reports that the Ifeanyi Pre-season Tournament is in its fourth edition.

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  •  A Federal High Court FHC in Abuja has fixed Nov 28 to deliver a ruling in a motion filed by Sen Ita Enang seeking to be joined in the suit filed by Akanimo Udofia and the All Progressives Congress APC against Independent National Electoral Commission INEC Justice Emeka Nwite fixed the date on Monday after counsel for the parties adopted their processes and presented their arguments for and against the motion The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Enang former Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta had filed the motion on notice marked 129022 after Justice Nwite granted him leave to do so The application seeking to join Enang a governorship aspirant of APC as 2nd defendant in the suit was dated and filed on Oct 12 NAN reports that APC and Udofia had sued INEC as the sole defendant in the matter Udofia a factional governorship candidate of the APC is seeking an order compelling INEC to accept his name as governorship candidate for Akwa Ibom 2023 poll He is also asking for an order directing the commission to publish his name as forwarded by the party to it The plaintiffs had in the suit argued that INEC cannot refuse to publish the name of a person sent to it as the candidate of a political party The court after listening to parties in the suit had fixed Oct 6 for judgment But the appearance of Enang in court forced the judge to halt the delivery of the judgment Enang drew the attention of the court to his presence as a party seeking to be joined in the matter He argued that he would be prejudiced if the court delivered its judgment without hearing him out Meanwhile in the affidavit in support of the motion for joinder Enang averred that contested in the APC Akwa Ibom governorship election of May 26 alongside with the 2nd plaintiff Udofia and others He argued that the intention of the plaintiffs is to obtained judgment behind his back having refused to serve him with the court processes knowing that he is a necessary party for the just determination of this suit Enang therefore urged the court to grant his application to enable him protect his interest as a candidate of the APC in the governorship election When the matter was called Enang who appeared for himself told the court that on Oct 19 he filed better and further affidavit where he exhibited INEC s report that there was no governorship primary for APC in Akwa Ibom He said that Udofia filed the suit despite a similar matter which had been reserved for judgment in Uyo division of the court He told Justice Nwite that he had set out the prayers in Abuja and Uyo courts clearly in his points of law filed to make it easier for the court to determine that the two matters are similar My lord this is the same subject matter same claim and same parties I have not seen this practice for a long time As a trustees at the bar I have not seen a situation where counsel in a matter who have appeared before the same court sitting in another jurisdiction will file a case like he said He called the attention of the court to FHC s chief judge s Practice Direction which states that parties in a pre election matter must filed non duplicity of suit He argued that Udofia and his lawyer filed a non multiplicity of suit before Abuja court despite a similar matter pending in Uyo court He vowed to take up the matter against them On why I should be joined in the suit I am the appropriate person who contested and won in the election If any name must be forwarded to INEC it has to be my name he said Enang who alleged that Udofia was not an APC member as at the time the poll was conducted said he Udofia contested in the PDP governorship primary election held on May 25 before coming to contest the APC primary on May 26 We have also exhibited the ballot papers of the PDP in our application he said Lawyer to the plaintiffs Valentine Offia opposed the application Offia who urged the court to dismiss Enang s motion said the subject matter in the two suits are different He said while Udofia is contending INEC s refusal to accept his name as forwarded to it by APC Enang s suit in Uyo stemmed from the election conducted on May 26 The judge consequently fixed Nov 28 for ruling on Enang s motion for joinder NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Akwa Ibom APC governorship crisis: Court rules on Ita Enang’s motion Nov. 28
     A Federal High Court FHC in Abuja has fixed Nov 28 to deliver a ruling in a motion filed by Sen Ita Enang seeking to be joined in the suit filed by Akanimo Udofia and the All Progressives Congress APC against Independent National Electoral Commission INEC Justice Emeka Nwite fixed the date on Monday after counsel for the parties adopted their processes and presented their arguments for and against the motion The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Enang former Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta had filed the motion on notice marked 129022 after Justice Nwite granted him leave to do so The application seeking to join Enang a governorship aspirant of APC as 2nd defendant in the suit was dated and filed on Oct 12 NAN reports that APC and Udofia had sued INEC as the sole defendant in the matter Udofia a factional governorship candidate of the APC is seeking an order compelling INEC to accept his name as governorship candidate for Akwa Ibom 2023 poll He is also asking for an order directing the commission to publish his name as forwarded by the party to it The plaintiffs had in the suit argued that INEC cannot refuse to publish the name of a person sent to it as the candidate of a political party The court after listening to parties in the suit had fixed Oct 6 for judgment But the appearance of Enang in court forced the judge to halt the delivery of the judgment Enang drew the attention of the court to his presence as a party seeking to be joined in the matter He argued that he would be prejudiced if the court delivered its judgment without hearing him out Meanwhile in the affidavit in support of the motion for joinder Enang averred that contested in the APC Akwa Ibom governorship election of May 26 alongside with the 2nd plaintiff Udofia and others He argued that the intention of the plaintiffs is to obtained judgment behind his back having refused to serve him with the court processes knowing that he is a necessary party for the just determination of this suit Enang therefore urged the court to grant his application to enable him protect his interest as a candidate of the APC in the governorship election When the matter was called Enang who appeared for himself told the court that on Oct 19 he filed better and further affidavit where he exhibited INEC s report that there was no governorship primary for APC in Akwa Ibom He said that Udofia filed the suit despite a similar matter which had been reserved for judgment in Uyo division of the court He told Justice Nwite that he had set out the prayers in Abuja and Uyo courts clearly in his points of law filed to make it easier for the court to determine that the two matters are similar My lord this is the same subject matter same claim and same parties I have not seen this practice for a long time As a trustees at the bar I have not seen a situation where counsel in a matter who have appeared before the same court sitting in another jurisdiction will file a case like he said He called the attention of the court to FHC s chief judge s Practice Direction which states that parties in a pre election matter must filed non duplicity of suit He argued that Udofia and his lawyer filed a non multiplicity of suit before Abuja court despite a similar matter pending in Uyo court He vowed to take up the matter against them On why I should be joined in the suit I am the appropriate person who contested and won in the election If any name must be forwarded to INEC it has to be my name he said Enang who alleged that Udofia was not an APC member as at the time the poll was conducted said he Udofia contested in the PDP governorship primary election held on May 25 before coming to contest the APC primary on May 26 We have also exhibited the ballot papers of the PDP in our application he said Lawyer to the plaintiffs Valentine Offia opposed the application Offia who urged the court to dismiss Enang s motion said the subject matter in the two suits are different He said while Udofia is contending INEC s refusal to accept his name as forwarded to it by APC Enang s suit in Uyo stemmed from the election conducted on May 26 The judge consequently fixed Nov 28 for ruling on Enang s motion for joinder NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Akwa Ibom APC governorship crisis: Court rules on Ita Enang’s motion Nov. 28
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    Akwa Ibom APC governorship crisis: Court rules on Ita Enang’s motion Nov. 28

    A Federal High Court (FHC) in Abuja has fixed Nov. 28 to deliver a ruling in a motion filed by Sen. Ita Enang, seeking to be joined in the suit filed by Akanimo Udofia and the All Progressives Congress (APC) against Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

    Justice Emeka Nwite fixed the date on Monday after counsel for the parties adopted their processes and presented their arguments for and against the motion.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Enang, former Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, had filed the motion on notice marked: 129022, after Justice Nwite granted him leave to do so.

    The application, seeking to join Enang, a governorship aspirant of APC as 2nd defendant in the suit, was dated and filed on Oct. 12.NAN reports that APC and Udofia had sued INEC as the sole defendant in the matter.

    Udofia, a factional governorship candidate of the APC, is seeking an order compelling INEC to accept his name as governorship candidate for Akwa Ibom 2023 poll.

    He is also asking for an order directing the commission to publish his name as forwarded by the party to it.

    The plaintiffs had, in the suit, argued that INEC cannot refuse to publish the name of a person sent to it as the candidate of a political party.

    The court after listening to parties in the suit had fixed Oct  6 for judgment.

    But the appearance of Enang in court forced the judge to halt the delivery of the judgment. 

    Enang drew the attention of the court to his presence as a party seeking to be joined in the matter.

    He argued that he would be prejudiced if the court delivered its judgment without hearing him out.

    Meanwhile, in the affidavit in support of the motion for joinder, Enang averred that contested in the APC Akwa Ibom governorship election of May 26, alongside with the 2nd plaintiff (Udofia) and others.

    He argued that the intention of the plaintiffs is to obtained judgment behind his back, having refused to serve him with the court processes knowing that he is a necessary party for the just determination of this suit.

    Enang therefore urged the court to grant his application to enable him protect his interest as a candidate of the APC in the governorship election.

    When the matter was called, Enang, who appeared for himself, told the court that on Oct  19, he filed better and further affidavit where he exhibited INEC’s report that there was no governorship primary for APC in Akwa Ibom.He said that Udofia filed the suit despite a similar matter which had been reserved for judgment in Uyo division of the court.

    He told Justice Nwite that he had set out the prayers in Abuja and Uyo courts clearly in his points of law filed to make it easier for the court to determine that the two matters are similar.

    “My lord, this is the same subject matter, same claim and same parties.

    I have not seen this practice for a long time.

    “As a trustees at the bar, I have not seen a situation where counsel in a matter who have appeared before the same court sitting in another jurisdiction will file a case like,” he said.

    He called the attention of the court to FHC’s chief judge’s Practice Direction which states that parties, in a pre-election matter, must filed non-duplicity of suit.

    He argued that Udofia and his lawyer filed a non-multiplicity of suit before Abuja court despite a similar matter pending in Uyo court.

    He vowed to take up the matter against them.

    “On why I should be joined in the suit, I am the appropriate person who contested and won in the election.

    If any name must be forwarded to INEC, it has to be my name,” he said.

    Enang, who alleged that Udofia was not an APC member as at the time the poll was conducted, said he (Udofia) contested in the PDP governorship primary election held on May 25 before coming to contest the APC primary on May 26.“We have also exhibited the ballot papers of the PDP in our application,” he said.

    Lawyer to the plaintiffs, Valentine Offia, opposed the application.

    Offia, who urged the court to dismiss Enang’s motion, said the subject matter in the two suits are different.

    He said while Udofia is contending INEC’s refusal to accept his name as forwarded to it by APC, Enang’s suit in Uyo stemmed from the election conducted on May 26..

    The judge consequently fixed Nov. 28 for ruling on Enang’s motion for joinder.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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