NDDC To Delegate Power To State Offices- MD

The Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Mr Nsima Ekere, says the commission has concluded plans to delegate power to state offices to fast track development in the region.

Ekere said in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja that a policy shift to devolve more operational powers to NDDC state offices was ongoing.

Ekere made this disclosure when he paid a courtesy call on the Paramount Ruler of Eket, Edidem Etim Abia in Akwa Ibom State.

He said it was necessary to implement the policy for effective operations and projects monitoring.

“We want to have a situation where state offices do not need to run to Port  Harcourt headquarters for everything they need,” he said.

Ekere who also congratulated the traditional ruler on his recent coronation said that his antecedents made him a suitable candidate for the throne.

“Your contributions to Eket, Akwa Ibom and Nigeria mark you out as a leader of the people.

“We are proud of your legacy and we will support you at NDDC,” he said.

Responding, Abia commended Ekere on his appointment as the Managing Director of the NDDC, adding that the appointment was a deserved one.

He, however, called for increased NDDC presence in Eket which he said was not impressive.

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“Your jobs are intact”, NPA MD assures staff.

The management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) is not planning to retrench staff, Hadiza Usman, managing director of the organisation, has said.

Speaking during a tour of Warri Port in Delta state, Usman revealed that the management even has the intention to recruit more staff.

She disclosed that NPA’s general manager, human resources, had been tasked to bring up ideas in this regard.

Usman also said the management would take remedial measures so as not to allow ships to be grounded at the Escravos breakwaters due to high siltation.

She suggested that emergency remedial measures should be put in place to ensure that no vessel runs aground.

Earlier, Simeon Okeke, manager of Warri Port, highlighted the dangers posed by the breakwaters and the channels leading to the port due to high siltation.

He said the absence of vital buoys made navigation difficult, resulting to situations when vessels go aground.

The port manager also lamented that the right vessels were not coming into Warri Port because of the shallow nature of the berths.

Okeke suggested dredging and mooring of the channels of Warri Port as well as the removal of wrecks.

He said more manpower should be recruited into the various departments.

The port manager also talked about the problem of encroachment of port land and litigation, recommending a review of port tariffs and restructuring.

“The port needs intensive promotion to give the correct image as well as the complete rehabilitation of the facilities in the port,” he said.

Emmmanuel Adesoye, chairman of the board of NPA, advised the organisation to carry out corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Adesoye also urged the management to do physical development of the communities around them.

Cyber-Hyenas, Cyber-Vandals, Character Assassins Have Seized Nigeria’s Social Media NAN MD Says

The Managing director of the News Agency of Nigeria, Tayo Onanuga, says Cyber-hyenas, Cyber-vandals, Character assassins have seized Nigeria’s social media. He said this following the backlash he received from a post he shared on his Facebook wall few days ago where he insinuated that the hardship most Nigerians are complaining about might just be mere propaganda. He wrote;

Lynch-mob, cyber-hyenas, cyber-vandals, character assassins: this is the motley crowd that has seized Nigeria’s social media space, either on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram. It is a mob and functions like any other mob, pouncing on targets, remorselessly, twisting your words to achieve a preconceived end.

The rampaging crowd in cyberspace is the opposite of what Mark Zuckerberg and co have in mind in creating communication networks to link friends or people with common interests.

Judging by my experience in the last 72 hours, I am no longer surprised why many decent people either closed their accounts on the various platforms or have become inactive.

No sane, decent person can truly condone the vicious band of assassins always on the prowl, looking for preys to desecrate and mutilate, all because the victims’ viewpoint does not tally with their jaundiced position. I am sure that Zuckerberg will be mortified about how Nigerians have fouled his platform and Twitter. They are now nests of uncouth, ill-mannered, hate-filled Nigerians. Fellow Nigerians, we cannot all think one-way.

We cannot all think alike. I have the inalienable right to have a different idea from yours. And that in civilised societies does not call for the unbridled umbrage that my posts have attracted and the unwarranted attacks against my child.

Good morning!.

Ayade Suspends Commissioner, MD For Lateness

Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, yesterday suspended indefinitely, the Commissioner for Water Resources, Ntufam Gabe Odu Ojie and the Managing Director of Water Board Limited, Dr. Oju Igile for reporting to work late.
The governor announced their suspension during his routine but unscheduled tour of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to ensure that civil and public servants comply strictly with basic work ethics.
Speaking to newsmen at the premises of the ministry in Calabar, Ayade said it was an act of indiscipline for appointees not to be at their duty posts before 9.00am, maintaining that the suspension would serve as deterrent to other government employees, as well as appointees. “This is about 9 o’clock in the morning and the Commissioner for Water Resources is not at his duty post. The managing director of state Water Board is not in the office. I cannot understand why he is not in the office. I, therefore, with immediate effect, announce his suspension. We will appoint somebody to take over this office with immediate effect. Any commissioner I find in this circumstance will leave.”
After making the pronouncement, Governor Ayade also supervised a roll call of staff members, who signed the time book as of the time of his visit.

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NNPC’s MD Not Arrested By EFCC

Contrary to reports, the Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Retail, Mrs. Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue was not arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
A youth group, Young Professional Alliance for Change which denied reports of her arrest said Mrs. Nnamdi-Ogbue was only invited by the EFCC to clarify certain operational issues which she promptly did and was allowed to return home on the same day.
The group in a statement by its General Secretary, Mr. Chukwudi Ifediora, described reports of the NNPC’s top executive as a campaign of calumny by some detractors who were envious of the giant strides and achievements of Mrs. Nnamdi-Ogbue while she presided over the affairs of the Petroleum Products and Marketing Company (PPMC).
It said some mischief makers were uncomfortable with the strides recorded by Mrs. Nnamdi-Ogbue in the NNPC from her days as the General Manager, Board Matters and Management Committee Department (BMMC) in the Corporate Secretariat and Legal Division (CSLD) to the Petroleum Products and Marketing Company, (PPMC) which she headed before her latest promotion.
‘’ Without doubt, Mrs. Nnamdi-Ogbue is one of the shining light of the NNPC and she was very conscious of her duties and discharged them creditably. In fact, she was appointed the Managing Director of PPMC based on her pedigree in NNPC.
” The truth of the matter is that, she was invited and she naturally honored the invitation since she had nothing to hide. Moreover, she is one of the proponents of change in NNPC and her style of administration is still being spoken of in glowing terms in PPMC till tomorrow, ’’ the group stated.

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17 Remanded Over Killing Of Lekki Investment MD

A Lagos State Magistrate’s Court in Ebute-Metta yesterday ordered 17 people arrested in connection with the killing of the Managing Director, Lekki Worldwide Investment Limited, Mr. Tajudeen Disu, on Monday to be remanded in custody.
Delivering ruling in an application brought by the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Magistrate (Mrs) Folashade Botoku said she aligned with the argument of the prosecution counsel which asked for the remand of the suspects for more days.

Disu was killed during a peace mission to one of the communities in the Free Trade Zone area in Ibeju Lekki after which 17 suspects were arrested by the DSS.?

Mrs Botoku however said what was brought before her was not a charge but an application to remand the suspects in custody to enable the police conduct thorough investigation. On the application for bail as requested by the counsel to the accused persons, she said while Section 264 empowers the court to grant the leave to remand them in custody, the same section does not empower it to grant them bail since it lacks jurisdiction to hear a murder case and cannot therefore consider the application for bail.

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