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Minister Promises Shippers Council Dry Port, Transit Parks

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The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, has promised to support the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) toward the establishment of dry port and truck transit parks in the Federal Capital Territory.
Bello said this last Tuesday while receiving a delegation of Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) Board members in Abuja.
He said that the management of NSC has done tremendously well in monitoring and enforcement of rules in the port, to the service provider which was good for the country.
He also said that issues raised were already in the FCT Master plan, which are being implemented, noting that they are discussing with Nigeria Port Authority (NPA) concerning the port in the FCT.
Bello said that he would look into the masterplan and see what would be feasible for basic infrastructure.
“We give you our full support, the Abuja Master plan actually envisage all the issues you raised and they have started implementing them;
“We have started discussing with NPA and they want to set up something that is similar to what you are doing in Lagos but in a restricted manner specific to their own core functions.
“The city was planned to be a government city, but the plan was so flexible because they anticipated that this would happen.
“We will look at your request and see what is feasible within the master plan. “Of course all plans are not sacrosanct.
“We can also be flexible but I think that the basic infrastructure required to achieve all this is already on ground,” he said.
The Minister said that the FCT administration has planned to build a bus transportation centre, which is meant for long distance buses which has the same facilities as the truck transit park.
Bello, however, said that he would partner with NSC to complete the project.
Earlier, the Executive Secretary of the NSC, Mr Hassan Bello, said that Abuja is a city with so much facilities to ease movement but the future has to be considered in terms of building transport infrastructure.
“We still have to look at the future and that is where the issue of transportation comes in, we need to build infrastructure that will take care of the future needs.
“We hope that Abuja will have its own port, without body of water. We can have port of destination and port of origin.
” We want Abuja to have a truck transit park or a consolidation centre, where trucks will have basic operating facilities, so that truck don’t usually come into the town because of traffic”.
Bello said that the government cannot build the infrastructure alone, adding that the private sector needs to be involved in the development process through Public Private Partnership (PPP).
He requested that land be allocated for the truck transit parks in places like Giri, Abaji, Gwagwalada, Area1, Katampe and Zuba express way.

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Xenophobic Attacks: Unionist Demands Compensation From S’ Africa

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Renowned unionist in Rivers State and Vice Chairman of Fruits Garden Traders’ Union (Vegetable Section), Alhaji Ibrahim Aliu, has demanded immediate compensation from South African government over attack on Nigerians, even as he commended the Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, Chief Allen Onyema over what he described as his gesture of patriotism and support for humanity by way of providing his aircraft for free evacuation of Nigerians from the problem – torn South Africa.
Speaking with The Tide yesterday in Port Harcourt during an interview, Aliu who reiterated his earlier appeal to Nigerians in South Africa to come together as brothers and sisters and support one another, especially those already affected by ‘Xenophobic madness’, called on government of South Africa to compensate all those affected by the crisis.
He said this was the time for the government under President Muhammadu Buhari to demonstrate concern for Nigerians by engaging the South African government on compensating those affected.
Aliu appealed to government at all levels, as well as other well meaning Nigerians to support those affected by the crisis in South Africa.
The unionist therefore admonished Buhari and his government to tackle the scourge of killings of Nigerians in South Africa, rather than sitting on the fence and pretend as if nothing is going on there.
According to him, “Nigerians died on daily basis after being tortured, maimed and even strangulated to death. The President and his team should stand up and defend the helpless Nigerians and curb this malady for posterity.”
In this words: “Since the beginning of this senseless killings of Nigerians in South Africa, the APC led Federal Government has failed in its obligation to protect the lives of Nigerians, especially those in the diaspora. I am saddened by the kind of leadership in Nigeria now that cannot defend its citizens, who remain stakeholders in governance.”
He, however, urged Mr. President, Governors and the National Assembly members, among other stakeholders to rise up and stop this madness of harassing and the killings of innocent Nigerians, who live in South Africa with fear.

 

Bethel Toby & Ngozi Nnadozie

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Bori Residents Decry Increasing Cult Killings

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Residents of Bori, the traditional headquarters of Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State, have raised alarm over the increasing cult-related killings and its activities, saying that if urgent steps are not taken by security operatives to curb the situation, it might degenerate.
Bori community had, in the last 10 years, been under siege of various cult groups, especially the Vikings Confraternity members who have allegedly stabbed numerous persons to death, including a female trader and snatching of handsets at gun-points.
Besides cult-related activities, “break and entry” into houses have also become the reoccurring decimal as the residents could not sleep eyes open, especially during night fall.
A resident, Mr. Ernest Gbueba, who spoke to The Tide in Bori recently, lamented over the insecurity in Khana local government area, especially Bori and its adjourning communities, these past 10 years, especially with criminals terrorising innocent citizens in the area.
He, however, appealed to the leadership of Governor Nyesom Wike as well as the communities and security apparatus, to critically overhaul security weapons in Bori and its adjourning communities with a view to putting the situation under control for the security of all and sundry in the land and its environs.
Gbueba noted that in the past, Bori community had one of the best and well respected vigilante outfits, professionally equipped to challenge the cultists and criminal elements, wondering what happened to the people within the past few years.
The residents advocated that the leadership of the local government area specify the job difference between the anti-cult unit and Bori community vigilante group, and added that it was the only way the crime could be reduced.
He stressed that the police which confirmed cult-activities in Khana local government area, said that the police had re-strategised with a view to ensuring those behind the activities were brought to book.
Also lending her voice, a lecturer in the Department of English and Literary Studies, University of Port Harcourt, Dr. Pamela Sorgwe, added that suspected cultists when apprehended should be arraigned in courts and assured Bori community and its people of police commitment to the protection of lives and property in the local government area.
All efforts made by our correspondent to reach the chairman of Khana local government area, for his comment on this matter, proved abortive as at the time of filing this report.

 

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Customs Retires 304 Senior Officers, Soon

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The Nigeria Customs Services (NCS) says the it will soon retire 304 senior officers who are either due by age or statutory 35 years in service.
This was contained in a retirement notice signed by Acting Comptroller Establishment, A. G Ahmed and made available to The Tide on Wednesday.
The statement noted that the affected officers would be disengaged from service by year 2020.
The retirement notice indicated that two Deputy Comptroller-Generals (DCG), three Assistant Comptroller-Generals (ACG), 13 comptrollers, 39 deputy comptrollers and 45 assistant comptrollers would be affected.
Other rank and file officers listed on the retirement notice include 71 chief superintendents of Customs, 33 superintendents, 31 deputy superintendents, 32 assistant superintendents I, 27 assistant superintendents II, seven inspectors and one assistant inspector.
The affected officers listed for retirement in the year 2020, in the rank of Deputy Comptroller-Generals are Dangaladima A.A in charge of Finance Administration & Technical Service (FATS) and Sanusi Umar in charge of Human Resource Development.
Officers in the rank of ACGs are Zonal Coordinator in Charge of Zone ‘C’, Frances Enwereuzor, ACG FATS, Bukar Amajam and Zonal Coordinator in charge of Zone B, Chris Odibu.
Officers in the rank of Comptrollers include Victor Dimka, Florence Dixon, Yusuf Bashar, Francis Adetoye , Gwani M.J, Ogwude L. N, Edede I.E, Abdulahi I.A, Zulkifu A.A, Garba K.U, Loko Y, Angbalaga J.J and one Adediran.
Deputy Comptrollers include Agbo A.H, Abdulrahman T, Salihu M.S, Abubakar M.D, Bello A.N, Chima D.N, Muhammed M, Aliyu D.G, Idris K.I, Namanu A, Zakari N, Ibume R.k, Oyafemi C.I, Waziri S.A, Abioye, T.0, Idris A.I, Muhammed A.B, Ebieme A.U, Adamu S.A, Yusuf S, Adie B.U and Dauda A. Others include Okoloagu D.I, Eneh O.O, Mamu B, Odwong B.R, Lot-Eburajolo J.E, Thlama P.W, Umar A.
Also in the list  include Mustapha I.A, Umoh P.M, Bewaji I.O, Muhammed S.D, Maude A.M, Idris Danladi A.L, Omonoyan O.O, Malah D.A, Tanko S.M and Orekie M.C.
According to the retirement notice, the affected officers are to disengage from active service and proceed on pre-retirement leave, three months to the effective date of their retirement.
Recall that the NCS had in April announced plans to recruit 3,200 officers into the service to fill existing vacancies.
Acting Deputy Comptroller General, Human Resource Development, Sanusi Umar disclosed that 800 personnel would be recruited to fill vacancies in the support staff for superintendent cadre, while 2,400 would fill that of Customs Inspector and Customs Assistant Cadre in the General Duty categories.

 

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