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Senate gives Shippers’ Council one week to present details of 2018 recruitment exercise

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The Senate, on Thursday, gave the Nigerian Shippers’ Council a one-week ultimatum to present details of its 2018 recruitment before it.

Sen. Ahmed Sani, Chairman, Senate Committee on Marine and Transport, gave the directive when the management of the council appeared before the committee for budget presentation in Abuja.

The resolution followed an inquiry at the meeting by Sen. Theodore Orji (PDPAbia) on whether the council kept the committee abreast on its 2018 recruitment.

”Mr chairman, my colleagues, our guests, if you look at their executive summary, page four, item number six, it focuses on enhancement of manpower, training and development.

”I presume that this enhancement also includes that you have to employ people and train them.

”I want to know if you have been employing people on the conditions; employing them and if this committee is aware and has made any input in their employment system,” orji said.

Responding, the Executive Secretary (E.S.) of Shippers’ Council, Mr Hassan Bello, represented by Director, Strategic Planning and Research, Mr Ola Babafemi, said the 2018 budget of the organisation indicated that there would be employment in the course of that year.

”There was a differential in the number of staff that was indicated in 2017 and that of 2018.

”And the budget was passed accordingly, indicating that there is a number of staff that this distinguished committee approved for employment in the course of 2018.

”In the course of the year, there were some recruitment and the details of this is actually something I may not be able to clearly state precisely now,” he said.

The committee chairman, Sani, however, directed that the council should get the details of the employment across to the committee.

”Please, can you give us the details, let us know the number of people employed and the categories.

”We will also want to have details of the outstanding vacancies because the E.S. told us that there are outstanding positions.

”This information should be given to us in one week, by Tuesday next week,” he remarked.

Corroborating, the Vice Chairman of the committee, Sen. Suleiman Ogembe, stressed that the committee was unaware of any recruitment in the organisation.

”As an addendum to my colleague’s question, I can say categorically that this committee is not aware of any employment as of today.

”Because as vice chairman of the committee, with all due respect to the chairman, he has given me all the privilege to attend to most of these things, so no member of this committee is aware of any employment at Shippers’ Council.

”Although there was an arrangement that was done at a particular time, nothing came out of it.

”So Mr Chairman sir, I think you will need to request for the nominal roll of Shippers’ Council,” he said.

According to Ogembe, this is part of our system and part of the budget presentation.

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Wase felicitates with Sultan of Sokoto at 63

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The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Ahmed  Wase (APC-Plateau) has congratulated the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar lll, as he marked his 63 birthday anniversary.

In a congratulatory message on Saturday in Abuja, Wase described the monarch as an icon of peace.

The parliamentarian said that the sultan through his spiritual counsel brought peace and tolerance not only to Sokoto state but the entire nation.

“His Eminence has over the years demonstrated both in words and in deeds that he is a true man of peace by always preaching unity, mutual understanding and peaceful coexistence among the diverse ethnic and religious groups in Nigeria.

“As a spiritual leader and traditional ruler, you have over the years, distinguished yourself as an exemplary leader, traversing the length and breadth of the country, preaching peaceful coexistence and building bridges across religious and cultural divides.”

Wase prayed for many more years in good health for the sultan as he continued in his service of humanity and uniting the people of Nigeria.

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Nov. 16 election: APC screens Lokpobiri, ex-INEC REC, 4 others in Bayelsa

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The All Progressives Congress on Saturday screened the immediate past Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Sen. Heineken Lokpobiri.

Similarly, the party screened the immediate past Cross River State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) Frankland Briyai for Nov. 16 governorship election in Bayelsa.

Nigeria News Agency, reports that others, who were screened by the Mr Ita Isong led National Screening Committee include a former female Commissioner of Police, Deseye Poweigha, Ebitimi Amgbare, David Lyon and Preye Aganaba,

Earlier, Isong assured all the aspirants of a level playing ground to ensure a smooth primary of the party on Sept. 29 andl the election.

Speaking with journalists after the screening, the former Cross River REC, Frankland Briyai, and former Minister, Heineken Lokpobiri, said that they were satisfied with the outcome.

Lokpobiri said: ”Well, the screening committee did an excellent job, out of the seven aspirants, I happen to be the last person to be screened and I think the process went very well.

“If I don’t get the ticket, I will definitely cooperate with the party. Am a party man.

“Ultimately, other aspirants are expected to rally round whoever gets the party ticket, so that we can work together for the party.”

On his part, Briyia, reiterated his earlier promises to led Bayelsa industrial revolution as he had been a leader with proven integrity and commitment.

He said: “Bayelsa needs somebody who could share, who could build, who could lead.

“I have been a leader in my post primary school and tertiary school, even in my places of work I have quite outstanding qualities that make me believe that when I win and become the governor of Bayelsa, citizens will experience the best of life.”

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Go, change narratives about womanhood – Mrs Akeredolu charges BEMORE girls

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Wife of Ondo State Governor, Mrs Betty Akeredolu, has advised girls who participated in the BEMORE Summer Bootcamp to go back to their homes and change the narratives about womanhood.

Mrs Akeredolu gave the advice on Saturday at the closing of the third edition of the programme, held at the Federal University of Technology, Akure.

She enjoined the girls to proclaim what they were taught at the camp and impact the society positively.

She also urged them to introduce a ‘Weekend Democracy Meeting’ to their families, where some of the things they had learnt would be shared with others for good living.

According to the governor’s wife, she is determined to focussing on the young girls who are malleable and not yet polluted with tribalism and rabid religiosity which are common with many Nigerians.

“I’m determined to equipping them with the tools to succeed and protecting them from harm, and all manners of physical abuse.

“I am certain that this will lead them to becoming leaders, not only in technology, but in all endeavours, especially in politics where their voices are desperately needed to sit at the table of decision making,” she said.

The governor’s wife said BEMORE was structured to chart a new course and serve as a grooming ground for a new breed without greed.

She explained that the girls were taught to be selfless, good mannered, advocate of causes of their choice, especially those related to the uplift of women.

“They were also trained to be proficient in their chosen professions,” she said.

Mrs Akeredolu tasked the girls to return to their various communities and initiate positive changes without being bothered by the high and mighty that might confront them when practising what they had learnt in the camp.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the over 250 girls, selected across the state, were trained on ICT, solar energy, taekwondo and various skill acquisitions.

Edited by Moses Solanke and ‘Wale Sadeeq

 

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Be selfless, patriotic in discharging your duties, CLO charges new ministers

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The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) has charged members of the newly-constituted Federal Executive Council (FEC) to be selfless and patriotic in the discharge of their duties in order to improve the conditions of the citizenry.

Mr Vincent Ezekwueme, Chairman of the Anambra State chapter of the organisation, gave the charge on Saturday in Enugu while speaking with the Nigeria News Agency on the expectations of Nigerians from the new federal cabinet.

Ezekwueme urged the new ministers to work relentlessly in order to restore the trust and hope of Nigerians in government and earn their respect.

According to him, they must engrave their names in the heart of the citizens by being catalysts for positive change.

“They must promote and provide good governance, transparency, accountability, public interest, welfare and fear of God. Passion for betterment of the country and its citizenry must also be their moving spirit.

“The new ministers must be more effective, efficient, prudent, assiduous, conscientious and upright in the discharge of their national duties,’’ he said.

The CLO boss urged citizens to hold them accountable and tell them what they needed to know rather than what they wanted to hear.

“Holistic implementation of government policies and programmes in words and actions, not political rhetoric, is the greatest and best expectations of Nigerians.

“This is the precondition for the true democratic governance which our people have been yearning for,’’ he added.

Edited by Chioma Ugboma and ‘Wale Sadeeq

 

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Kwara deputy governor extols Offa people for integrity 

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The Deputy Governor of Kwara, Mr Kayode Alabi, has commended the people of Offa for the exhibition of high level of integrity in the politics of the state.

Alabi spoke on Saturday in Ilorin when he received the ward chairmen of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Offa Local Government Area of the state led by Mr Seun Ogunniyi in his office.

The deputy governor charged Nigerians, especially politicians, to be honest in their dealings to ensure an egalitarian society.

He also called on the people to let humility and service delivery be their guiding principles always.

Alabi, who described the people of Offa as humble and straight forward, recalled that he had a memorable time while he was in Offa Grammar School as a student.

Ogunniyi had earlier commended the state government for its efforts at developing the state, describing it as the government of the people.

The team leader expressed a belief that the present administration in the state would perform and take the state to the next level.

He pledged the unalloyed support of the party to the government in the task ahead.

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