NPA To Commence Recruitment As Succession Plan– Usman

The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Ms Hadiza Usman, says the authority will commence the recruitment of younger professionals into the service in view of the ageing workforce.

Usman disclosed this at a news conference to round off her ongoing tour of Calabar port, which ended on Friday.
According to her, there is a lot of skills and knowledge that need to be transferred and we should be able to transfer knowledge and skills.

Usman said that the authority would embark on recruitment drive and look at the organisational structure to determine how the recruitment would be carried out. She said that the management was looking at succession planning and recruitment of people.

“We met an arrangement on ground concerning the decision to recruit as the present workforce is ageing.

“We want to recruit specialists, mariners, critical operational staff. These are those positions that we will be targeting.

“We encourage every member of the public to be on the look-out for the advertisement of vacancies and to apply,’’ the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quotes Usman as saying.

She said that the 10-year old port concession exercise is due for a review holistically, adding that the review will broadly examine all facets of the terms of port
concession engagement.

The managing director said the review would cover areas like financing models and the concession environment.

According to her, 10 years after, we have to revisit the concession exercise because we believe it is time to do that.

She said: “We would reach out to the ICRC and they would be part of the review.’’

Usman said that as the nation’s economic climate changes, there was need to adjust.

She also said that many agencies including the NNPC were indebted to the NPA to the tune of huge monies, adding that the management will proceed aggressively to recover the debts.

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Doctors To Commence Indefinite Strike April 25

Others were the reversal of sacked members in some hospitals as well as appropriate funding of residency training programme. Askira noted that some of their members in states tertiary hospitals in Osun, Imo, Ekiti, Abia and Kogi, among others, had not been paid salaries ranging from three to eight months, adding that labourers deserved their wages. He described that of Osun State government as worrisome, noting that it had remained at ease in spite of the total collapse of the healthcare delivery in the state and its attendant loss of lives.

He said: “We note the undue sack of our members from some of the training institutions. Additionally, the delay in effecting the pension deductions of our members was regrettably noted. “Whereas a labour deserves his wages, we note that some of our members in some state owned tertiary hospitals have not been paid salaries ranging from three to eight months. “Most notable are LAUTECH, Ogbomoso in Osun State, IMSUTH, Orlu in Imo State, Kogi Specialist Hospital, ABSUT, Aba in Abia State and Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital.

“Most worrisome is the government of Osun State that remains unperturbed despite the total collapse of health care delivery in the state and its attendant loss of lives. “We note with dismay the inappropriate placement and remuneration of our members in states and federal tertiary hospitals across the nation. As such, most hospitals are paying our members only fractions. “Most hospitals are paying our members only fractions of their salaries, notably FETHA Abakiliki, FMC Umuahia, ABUTH Zaria, UNTH Enugu, among others, while in UCH Ibadan, UBTH Benin City, LUTH Idi-Araba, FMC Owerri, ISTH Irua, and NOH Dala November and December 2015 salaries are yet to be paid.” Askira, however, urged the government to adequately fund hospitals at all levels and upgrade existing facilities in public hospitals in line with international best practices.

“We implore government to adequately fund hospitals at all levels and upgrade existing facilities in our hospitals in line with international best practices which will go a long way to curb the menace of foreign medical tourism. “We urge governments at all levels to release and implement residency training guidelines with appropriate budgetary backing. “Our association will no longer tolerate the undue sack of resident doctors and demands immediate reversal of such.

We also urge government at all levels to strictly comply with pension deductions act as amended,” he said. Asked about the consequences of the association’s action following the “no work, no pay rule” by the Federal Government, Askira said such a threat did not bother the association, and that government had no moral justification for it. He said: “The issue of no work, no pay is a matter of law, and we are law abiding. But we are working for months without pay. We are ready for it. We are making demands that are primarily the responsibilities of government. Government can’t rule out strike when it fails to play its part. Doctors in some hospitals have not been paid since December.”

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PPMC To Prosecute Pipeline Vandals, Commence Truck Tracking

The Managing Director of the Pipeline and Products Marketing Company (PPMC), Mrs Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue, has warned that any oil pipeline vandal caught, will be prosecuted with their assets destroyed to serve as deterrence.

Mrs Nnamdi-Ogbue, who spoke to reporters when some pipeline vandals were apprehended on Christmas day, said that the pipelines are the only effective way to distribute petroleum products nationwide and must be allowed to function.

The Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, said that Nigeria cannot give in to the point where vandals and saboteurs become more powerful than the government.

“Oil pipelines in Nigeria serve two purposes: to distribute crude oil to the country’s three refineries for processing and to distribute refined petroleum products across the country for easy supply to consumers.

“Frequent pipeline vandalism has made these two functions ineffective for several years,” he said.

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Delta Steel Company To Commence Full Operation

Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has said that the multi-billion naira Delta Steel Company, Aladja would commence full operations in 14 months’ time.

He made this revelation while addressing leaders and elders of Delta North Senatorial District (Anioma nation) who paid him a solidarity visit at Government House, Asaba.

According to the Governor when the steel company becomes fully operational, it would add value to his administration’s commitment to job creation for Delta citizens, disclosing that he had a fruitful discussion with the new owners of the company on the revamping of the steel company during the recent India/Africa Business summit he attended with President Muhammadu Buhari in India.

He also believes that in another 12 to 14 months, the DSC would come alive again with many other companies in the state.

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Compulsory Registration Of Fulani Herdsmen & Animals In S/West Set To Commence

The leadership of the Fulani commu­nity in the South West region rose from an emergency meeting in Ibadan, at the weekend, with a resolve to embark on compulsory registra­tion of all herdsmen op­erating in the various states of the geo-political zone, including their ani­mals.

The move is targeted at putting an end to the crisis between the herds­men and farmers in the region.

The registration is ex­pected to ensure effective monitoring of the activi­ties of the herdsmen by their host communities and security operatives to guard against un­wholesome behaviors.

The meeting, which lasted for over six hours was held inside the Sasa Palace of the Sardauna Yamma and Chairman of the Sarkin Hausa was in the 17 southern states, Alhaji Haruna Maiyasin.

Maiyasin, while ad­dressing journalists on the resolutions, called for cooperation of the host communities, in­cluding the various state and local governments in supporting the Fulani leadership to effectively implement the proposed registration exercise.

The Sarkin Sasa of Ibadanland said the meeting also mandated Fulani parents to keep close watch on their chil­dren and wards to ensure that they do not engage in anti-social behaviors or consumption of hard drugs.

The Fulani commu­nity then expressed de­light over the proactive measures taken by secu­rity operatives, which led to the arrest and sub­sequent prosecution of suspected kidnappers of Afenifere chieftain and former Secretary to the Government of the Fed­eration, Chief Olu Falae.

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Buhari Asks Muslims To Promote Love, Peace As Ramadan Begins

President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerians to pray for the return of peace, love and prosperity throughout the country as Muslims start the 2015 Ramadan.

This followed the declaration of moon-sighting by the president-general, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, yesterday night.

In a congratulatory message released on Buhari’s behalf by his senior special assistant, Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the president implored Muslims to seek maximum benefits from the Ramadan period “by being helpful to all manner of people, learning and following the true message of the religion as taught by the Holy Prophet.”

The president in his message appealed to the perpetrators of violence and destruction in the name of Islam all over the world to desist from tarnishing the name of the religion.

“As we make collective efforts to bring to a permanent end the menace of Boko Haram in the Lake Chad basin countries, let me use this auspicious occasion to appeal to our misguided brothers to drop their arms, embrace peace and seek a better understanding of Islam during this Holy period and beyond,” Buhari said.

Meanwhile, while addressing newsmen in his palace, the Sultan stated that Thursday, June 18, marks the beginning of Ramadan 1436 A.H, and urged Muslims to use the 29 or 30-day period to offer prayers for peace and development of the country.

“I have the greatest pleasure to announce to you that today, June 17, marked the end of Shaaban and, therefore, Thursday June 18 marks the beginning of Ramadan 1436,” he said.

“Reliable reports from Muslim leaders across the country show that the new moon of Ramadan has been sighted in various parts of the country. I urge you all to use the opportunity to offer prayers for peace and development of this country.”


Activities Commence For Buhari’s Inauguration

Activities marking the inauguration of the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari commences today with Jumat prayers at the Abuja National Mosque, the Presidential Inauguration Planning Committee, PIPC, has announced.

According to a statement issued by the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, the processes leading to the transfer of power would end with an inauguration gala night on May 29, 2015.

Continuing, the statement said there would also be a church service and thanksgiving at the National Ecumenical Centre on May 24, while inauguration dinner would be held at the State House Conference Hall in Abuja on May 28, 2015.

The high point of the week long programme, however is the swearing in ceremony, coming up on May 29 at the Eagle Square in Abuja, with the inauguration luncheon following on the same date at the State House Banquet Hall.

The statement further said the car parks to be used by guests for the inauguration dinner are the Supreme Court Car Park and Federal Ministry of Justice Car Park.

According to the statement, car parks to be used by those attending the swearing in ceremony are Old Parade Ground Car park, Federal Ministry of Works Car Park, Federal Ministry of Lands Car Park and Abuja Geographic Information System Car Park. It also advised those coming for the inauguration dinner to use the Supreme Court Car Park and Eagle Square Car Park.

Dignitaries attending the Presidential Luncheon would however be conveyed directly from the swearing in venue to the State House. All events, aside the Jumat prayers and Church service, are strictly by invitation.