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Nairaland / General / Late King Prof. T.J.T Princewill Burial Committee Inaugurated by NwaorguF: 10:38pm On Oct 01
The central working committee alongside the subcommittee chairman and secretaries for the burial of the longest-serving Monarch in Rivers State, His Serene Majesty King Prof. T.J.T Princewill, JP CFR, Amachree the XI and Amanyanabo of the Kalabari Kingdom has been inaugurated in the capital Buguma Asari Toru local government signaling commencement of activities for the burial of the late monarch.

Headline members of the inaugurated committee include: Prince Tonye T.J.T Princewill Chairman, Chief (Dr.) David T Briggs Co Chairman, Hon Dr. Tammy Danagogo Alternate Chairman I, Hon Dr. Dax George Kerley Alternate Chairman II, Prof. Victor Omuaru Secretary, Chief (Dr.) Emi Membere Otaji Chairman, Finance Committee, Sir. Opunabo Inko –Tariah Chairman Media and Publicity.

Other members are: Sen Ipalibo Harry Banigo, Hon Igo Aguma, Sen Seriake Dickson, Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo Asari, Rtd Navy Capt Ibim Princewill, Alhaji Nasiru Danu, Mrs. Betsy Godwin Obaseki and Mr. Segun Owolabi

Speaking to newsmen shortly after the inauguration, the regent of the KALABARI kingdom, Dr Charles Numbere Princewill said he is expecting maximum commitment with a view to having a PAN KALABARI Nation burial ceremony.

Dr Charles Numbere Princewill further said the burial celebration will foster peace and unity amongst Kalabari people and Ijaws in general

Speaking at the inauguration, the son of the late monarch and the chairman of burial committee, Prince Tonye Princewill said the burial will demonstrate unity, peace and will showcase the rich cultural heritage of the KALABARI kingdom.

He said though it was a sad reality, he took heart in the knowledge that the King had lived a good life and left a legacy that will serve as a template for us to live.

He thanked the regent, his kitchen cabinet and Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo Asari amongst others for the commendable roles they all played.

The co-Chairman of the burial committee Chief Dr. David Briggs said that he was looking forward to the responsibility and he expected the entire KALABARI Nation to now participate fully with a view to having a befitting burial ceremony for the late Monarch. He commended the work done so far and said it was very clear that the Kingdom was awake.

Meanwhile, the state Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, D B Kaladokubo on his part assured that he would ensure that the Christians in Rivers state turn out to honour a King who was truly deserving. The burial is fixed for the 29th and the 30th of November.

Nairaland / General / Andoni Tourism: Rivers’ Arts And Culture Boss Woos Investors by NwaorguF: 6:29pm On Sep 25
The Acting Director, Rivers State Council for Arts and Culture, Mr. Dike Eleberi has asked investors to take advantage of the huge tourism potentials in Andoni local government in Rivers state and invest.

Speaking to journalists on the sideline of the official unveiling ceremony of the "third edition of Andoni Unity Festival" weekend in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital, Eleberi described tourism as a huge investment standpoint even as he urged investors to harness its potentials in the State.

He commended the Chairman of Andoni local government Area, Barrister Erastus Awortu for paying diligent attention towards growing the tourism sector.

Eleberi noted that arts and culture is a huge revenue earner next to oil and praised the council for adopting various strategies towards promoting business in that sector.

"Mr. Chairman, I want to say kudos to you and your team for promoting tourism. The people may not appreciate what you are doing today but I can assure you that your vision is apt because tourism is a reliable revenue earner," he said.

Meanwhile, the council Chairman, Barrister Erastus Awortu has emphasized that his administration has successfully enshrined by-laws that would enhance the ease of doing tourism business, having passed law against poaching.

Speaking further he said "we will continue to project Andoni through our annual Unity Festival, this is a long term effort and I can say that our motive is becoming more feasible as the year rolled by."

"From what we see here today, I can assure you that this year's carnival is going to be the biggest and most decorated, it is going to project further our rich tradition and culture to potential investors," he said.

The council boss also noted that the essence of the annual carnival was to project the area to the world, ensure sustainable peace and also to attract investments using the natural habitats as focal points.

"The winding creeks, beaches, exquisite aquatic and terrestrial wildlife are some of the peculiarities of our area.

"'There is no other place here in Rivers state where you have the elephants, countless antelopes, crocodiles, sea turtles, sharks, dolphins as well as other wild creatures and that is the reason we are calling on the government and investors to tap into our huge tourism potentials," he added.

On his part, Mr. Frank Macurley, the Carnival committee Chairman described the annual event as a result-oriented program having stood as a unifying factor in over two years since its inauguration.

The Andoni Unity Festival, a five-day entertainment programme is scheduled to take place on 15th December which is a Christmas Carol and 30th, December, 2023 for Boat Regatta.

Others include, Coconut Festival scheduled for the 3rd January, Beach Carnival for 4th January and the carnival parade, the climax of the program that is slated for 5th January 2024.

Nairaland / General / Nigeria: An Economic Misnomer For Sixty-three Years by NwaorguF: 8:26am On Sep 24
By Enajite Enajero, Ph.D.

His Excellency,

Bola Ahmed Tinubu, President

Federal Republic of Nigeria

Dear Mr. President,

I must first congratulate you for becoming the President of Nigeria. Nigeria is faced with so many challenges. The problem facing Nigeria is not only that of reducing poverty, but also that of saving a chunk of humanity by creating the capacity to coalesce the most populous Black Country into the comity of developed nations.

Some might think Nigeria becoming a developed nation will not occur in the foreseeable future. The purpose of this letter is to assure the president that Nigeria could become a developed nation if only it applied the appropriate development model at its economic stage. Also, the country’s future cannot be charted by only one person or a few people. All Nigerians, especially those in the Diaspora, will have to participate either by relocating back to Nigeria or by contributing well-thought ideas from abroad.

In August 2016, I had the opportunity to interview with a University in Nigeria after numerous attempts to be on the ground in Nigeria or any part of Africa. I had an interview with the same university five years earlier but was not successful. I believed teaching and researching in Africa would afford me the opportunity to feel economics as taught, discussed, and practiced in Africa. The continent has been brutalized by all human qualities measured by economic indices. Thus, it becomes imperative for well-meaning people with flowing adrenaline to tackle the economic challenges in Africa.

During the interview, after the introduction and discussions about the position, the first question given to me by one of the interviewers was: “Is Nigeria in a recession?” Surprised, but confirmed my fears during my school years that African nations, at their stage of development, were practicing the wrong economics. Is Nigeria in a recession? I asked myself, when was Nigeria in an economic peak? We know from the introductory economics discussing business cycles that a nation must be producing at a peak, when resources, especially labor, are fully utilized and then cool off to a recession. Since independence, one cannot point to any period in the history of the country that everyone who wished to work was employed in Nigeria. Characterizing the situation in the country as a recession at any time in its history is flattering but deceptive. Also, it is tantamount to describing a passenger jetliner as descending and about to land when actually it is sitting in a terminal, still boarding, and not even on the runway. It was a misnomer to construe any period of Nigeria’s economy as a recession.

Yes, the Nigerian economy is akin to other economies in Africa that are still “boarding” a gigantic jetliner at their stage of economic development. Unfortunately, mainstream economics does not emphasize the boarding stage because it would be contradictory to the basic tenets of mainstream economic theories founded on the concept of “rational choice.” These theories are constructed on “what ought to be,” an “ideal situation,” and the benchmark of efficiency. Moreover, these theories comply with the political principles of freedom and liberty. However, the economic history of developed nations would reveal that “what ought to be,” or an “ideal situation” may not be practicable. Therefore, at this stage of Nigeria’s economic development, it is imperative to discuss workable models. Before then, I wish to discuss the second question posed during the interview with my potential employer in Nigeria’s academia.

The next question during the interview was less shocking: “Do you believe in money as an economic tool?” I pondered again. In a society with scanty transactions and speculative motives for money, how does money work? Yes, I believe in money; however, money works well depending on money demand, which is a function of transaction and speculative motives, aka, the financial market. There are no mortgage markets. Except for imports, there is no market for automobiles, no vast market for furniture and kitchen utensils, no market for repair men, and very few borrow to start a business. All the transactions are “cash and carry.”

Yes, the central bank buys and sells government securities, which is the major function of notable central banks of the world, but how many Nigerians, retirement funds, or foreign investors are holding Nigerian government securities? If there is a money market, only a handful of Nigerians participate because the majority of Nigerians remain in a deep subsistence life, let alone invest their wealth in government securities. In the early households, for example, the men were hunting, and the women were gathering; the households were independent of each other, and transactions were unnecessary. Thus, money was not needed. Subsistence life in Africa is one rung higher than the practices of early humans. Heavy transactions are necessary to make money meaningful. For money to have an impact on the gross domestic product (GDP), transactions far above the subsistence level will be needed.

Perhaps, my interviewer meant M1 (coins, currency plus checking accounts), and not M2. Even if he meant M1, the currency content of M1 in some countries is less than 50% of what is referred to as money in the economic sense. Besides, billions of the Nigerian currency, the Naira, were reportedly set ablaze for ritual purposes or buried in officials’ backyards and abandoned buildings because they were ill-gotten. In these scenarios, money defies its mnemonic role in society, because money is not in transactions and not in circulation.

Therefore, the two questions during my interview were intertwined. A recession is when economic activities or transactions slow down, not because the price of oil dropped to $20-$25 a barrel as it was in August 2016. Theoretically, when the price of an essential input such as oil drops, it is good for business, and it is a period of economic recovery for most nations of the world. If it was otherwise in Nigeria due to sole reliance on one global commodity, that was not a recession; it was a result of economic dysfunction. Thus, Nigeria is operating a counter-cyclical economy. In addition, money matters in a society because it facilitates transactions. When transactions are flat, based on the quantity theory and the velocity of money as discussed in the 1970s, money is neutral. Meaning it has no impact on output but only on prices. That is the experience in many African nations.

A passenger jetliner must board all its passengers in the terminal before departure. Nigeria and the rest of Africa seem to believe that they could skip the stage of economic onboarding, the development stage of making the economic man, the stage of democratizing the economy, the stage of mobilizing the people, and, best of all, the stage of creating an egalitarian society. People are more crucial elements of an economy than oil and gas. People consume, spend, engage in entrepreneurship, and make transactions. Oil and gas do not. Therefore, the first stage of economic development is to be inclusive and induce people into making transactions. This agrees with the development theory in evolutionary economics that economic development occurs through changes in the ‘habits of thought.’ Thus, economic development must be people focused.

For the new administration, it must not be business as usual and must realize Nigeria’s stage of economic development. Therefore at this onboarding stage, the federal, state and local governments need to collaborate and align the desires of the people with the development objectives of the nation. What are the desires of the people? Which goods are in the utility function of Nigerians? Utility is an economic jargon for satisfaction or pleasure.

To be less technical, I refer to utility function as the happiness function. What makes people happy in addition to food and clothing? They are standardized affordable homes, education, healthcare, and transportation. These are the lifetime ambitions of every household in the entire world to own and live in a home with inner plumbing. They also wish their children receive a good education, affordable healthcare, and subsidized public transportation. These could be produced by low-to-medium skilled workers that are abundant in Nigeria. Furthermore, affordable homes are, in the long-run, self-financed, and it does not require Forex. Therefore, in economics, it is self-contradictory that a nation has homes to build, roads to construct, education, healthcare, transportation, and safety to provide, yet a good percentage of youths are unemployed. There is a coordination problem.

Fortunately, the process of onboarding, making money matter, and moving people from subsistence life are related. These are supported by transactions or economic activities. Any federal government administration, in collaboration with the state and local governments, can taxi the Nigerian economy to the runway, and ready for takeoff. The outcome of the appropriate policy could result in 25-30% GDP growth in the first year if properly implemented, and the rate subsequently drops gradually as the economy approaches its potential production level––That is, producing on the production possibility frontier. Then, we are ready for capital accumulation, the second stage of economic development. Evidence in many developed countries began with providing these infrastructures (social capital), then financial and physical capital started flowing in.

Therefore, Mr. President, the purpose of this letter is for you to re-examine the existing development model of this country, whether it has outlived its purpose, and whether it is time, the country considered a different development approach2. An approach focused on the people rather than oil for Forex for elephant projects, many of which remain non-functional after 63 years. People are economic agents; they bear the burden of an economy, and they also ferry an economy through good and bad times.

Yours sincerely,

Enajite Enajero, Ph.D. (Economics)

B.Sc. (Accounting)

African Association for Evolutionary Economics


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Nairaland / General / Rotary Sues Collaboration To Fight Environmental Challenges In Rivers by NwaorguF: 9:54pm On Sep 21
Rotary Club Eco Rivers State says it is seeking collaborative efforts to fight environmental challenges in Rivers state and the Niger Delta.

Speaking to Newsmen on the sideline of his installation ceremony as the 3rd President, Rotary club of Port Harcourt Eco and the induction of the Board of Directors last week , Rtn. Dr Anthony Ikpor says that the club "is dedicated to bringing solutions to the environmental challenges in Rivers state and the Niger Delta area" even as he employed the general public, good spirited individuals and the government to work towards a healthy and sustainable environment.

Continuing, Ikpor maintained that the mangrove trees have been depleted and destroyed and that was what Rotary Club Eco is fighting to reclaim by planting over 20, 000 trees both economic and aesthetic in the few years to come.

Speaking further, Ikpor, a Doctorate degree holder in Political Science (International Relations)from the University of Nigeria Nssuka and and an alumnus of Abia State university Uturu who is also an astute banking executive, averred that "globally the environment( climate change) was of serious concern that needed attention among scientists, researchers, policy makers state and non state actors as a result of its dire consequences on man and his activities."

According to him, the nature and manifestation of climate change is evident in the continued increase in temperature, variable rain fall, rise in sea level, flooding, drought and desertification, land degradation, extreme weather conditions, water scarcity, loss of biodiversity among others.

Ikpor, an award winning management consultant and member, Nigerian Institute of management and a versatile business negotiator, noted that based on the above, it has become a thrust of the Rotary club Port Harcourt Eco to create an awareness campaign on climate change mitigation and adoption with a view to reducing and curbing greenhouse gas emissions and vulnerability of climate change through the club's lofty projects to the people .

He listed such projects as Saving Mother and child project, an Advocacy for family planning for women of Reproductive age, monthly environmental sanitation and awareness campaign/Advocacy in schools and public places and donation of receptacles, Tree planting Advocacy in public places and mangrove preservation campaigns

Others include community sensitization on flooding and provision of direct succor to direct victims, Pad-a girl project and scholarship for four indigent students in Nigerian universities and waste to wealth project which he said would be in collaboration with corporate bodies and sister clubs.

In his contribution, the President elect Rotary Eco, Rtn. Dr Bieye Renner Briggs scored government low on their effort to ensure an environmental and friendly Eco system.

He said the environment provides everything we need, air, water, medicine, all the comfort we need but human beings must reciprocate the gesture by ensuring that we protect and conserve it for healthy living by planting trees and cleaning up the environment.

On the government involvement in environmental advocacy, Dr Briggs, who is a public health physician and an environmental advocate, lambasted the government for not doing enough.

According to him, he could only score the government 15%, saying government is supposed to protect the environment with the numerous environmental laws but the reverse was the case noting that for two weeks now, there were two incidents of oil spillage in Ogoni axis of Rivers state without concrete efforts by the company concern to stop the spillage.

He therefore called on the people and government to always take the issue of the environment seriously for a healthy living.

Also speaking, the chairperson, installation committee, Rtn. Sele May Aso described Rtn. Dr. Anthony Ikpor as a dedicated, committed, professional and passionate member who has exhibited high values and dexterity even as she expressed her unwavering belief that Rtn Anthony will push for actionable policies that would impact positively on the environment, noting, that "Rotary Port Harcourt Eco chartered three years ago is the first in Nigeria and second in Africa with a unique focus on the environment, equipped with the vision and mission of ensuring a pollution free and safe environment for all " She however, enjoined every member to adopt the Rotary 4-Way Test in everything they do even as the club inaugurated new board and new members.

Earlier, the chartered President, Rotary club Eco, Port Harcourt Rtn. Emem Okon who had showered encomium on Rtn. Dr Anthony Ikpor as a reliable, humble, accommodating and dedicated Rotarian who is interested in the environment said she has no doubt in her mind that Ikpor would perform optimally for the protection of the EcoSystem and betterment of the Niger Delta people whose environment has been devastated over the years.

In his valedictory speech, the immediate Past president, Rotary Port Harcourt Eco Rtn Davis Okarevu has stressed the need for a successful succession in every association saying that "it is a truism that as a leader one will ascend to lead and play his part then give way for others to lead too" insisting that he believed that was the greatest achievement of a leader. He then thanked all his members for their support during his tenure.

The event also featured an exhibition, lecture by Prof. Winston Bell-Gam on Mitigating Flood in Niger Delta Region, fund Raising among others.

Nairaland / General / Charkin Maritime Academy: Ukotije Hezekiah emerges 2023 Best Graduating Student by NwaorguF: 5:44pm On Sep 18
Mr Ukotije Hezekiah a beneficiary of Andoni local government 'Maritime scholarship scheme' has emerged 2023 best graduating student of Charkin Maritime Academy.

At the passing out parade/convocation ceremony weekend in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State Capital, Mr. Erastus Awortu, Chairman of the area council and initiator of the program lauded cadets for putting in commensurate efforts in their respective courses of study.

Awortu said that upon commencement of his administration in 2021, he unveiled the 'Maritime scholarship scheme".

According to him, 15 students (4 females and 11 males) who successfully completed the scholarship requirements were enrolled into Charkin Maritime Academy for a two year Diploma Course in Marine Engineering and Nautical Science.

Continuing, he said "the scholarship is a part of my administration's efforts to tackle unemployment and youth restiveness in our Communities.

"I'm so happy having one of our cadets as the best graduating student, I feel like a fulfilled father especially considering the uniqueness of this program and performances of our cadets, I am very optimistic that their employment is guaranteed.

He further stated that their next training would be a one year 'sea time' which would avail them of practical experience even as he insisted he was sure that after the training, they would be employed.

Adding "we will keep monitoring, and also supporting them to ensure their dreams are actualized," Awortu said.

Dr Charles Wami, Founder/ Proprietor of the institute commended the three council Chairmen of Andoni, Port Harcourt City and Obio/Akpor for taking advantage of the school's academic program and for sponsoring students from their respective local government areas.

He said though the training cost was huge, but the overall gain in terms of human capacity and employability cannot be quantified.

He however, noted that the institution has not been able to fill its government allotted quota in terms of students admission, adding that, out of 160 students in the 2023 academic session, only eight students were admitted representing 5 per cent of its quota.

The proprietor urged government and Cooperate bodies to take advantage of opportunities provided by the institution while also adding that 29 graduands were awarded National Diploma in Maritime Engineering and Nautical Science during the ceremony.

Meanwhile, graduands and parents of beneficiaries of the local government scholarship have commended their council chairmen for funding the program.

On his part, Hezekiah, the best graduating student commended Andoni council Chairman. He attributed his success to dedication and hardwork, noting that consistency in funding of the program provided a stress - free study experience.

Nairaland / General / Oyo Govt. Pays 92 Pensioners N206m Gratuities by NwaorguF: 11:05am On Sep 13
No fewer than 92 pensioners in Oyo State on Monday received cheques worth N208 million as gratuities from the Oyo State government.

This, according to the Commissioner for Establishments and Training, Hon. Adeniyi Adebisi, is in fulfillment of Governor Seyi Makinde's promise to the executives of Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), Oyo State Chapter.

The Commissioner for Establishments and Training, Hon. Adeniyi Adebisi made the disclosure during an interactive session with the Executives of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners, Oyo State Chapter and the symbolic presentation of cheques to some retirees.

He said the beneficiaries comprise state, local government and primary school retirees.

Hon. Adebisi stated further that about 92 retirees have been shortlisted for the payment and release of cheques has commenced.

The Commissioner explained that there is need for synergy and cooperation between the Nigerian Union of Pensioner and the Ministry of Establishments and Training, so as to make life better for Pensioners, while the Ministry is working on the review of pensions as directed by the Governor.

He stated further that, the Oyo State Government believes in dialogue as against industrial action to avoid sending bad signals to the general public.

He said, "Dialogue can resolve more than 50 percent of any problem no matter how big".

Adebisi added that the State Government is committed to the wellbeing and welfare of civil servants, as well as the retirees.

Earlier, in his remarks, the State Secretary Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Comrade Olusegun Abatan stated that the loyalty of the Union to the State Government was demonstrated in the last gubernatorial election, when pensioners trooped out en-masse to vote for His Excellency, as a sign of appreciation.

Comrade Abatan expressed his delight that the Governor fulfilled his promise to resume payment of gratuity and believes that the 13-points agenda presented by the Union would be executed one after the other especially now that the pension review is being looked into.

Some of the beneficiaries expressed their appreciation to Governor Seyi Makinde for paying their gratuities at this time of economic hardship and recession, praying that God will grant him more wisdom to move the state forward.
Nairaland / General / The Era Of Operating Without Customs License Will Soon Be A Thing Of The Past - by NwaorguF: 10:51am On Sep 13
The National President Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) Mr Emenike Nwokeoji has said that the era of operating without license as a clearing Agent will soon be a thing of the past.

Speaking to members of ANLCA Eastern Zone, who trooped in their numbers to welcome him Monday, in Port Harcourt the Rivers state capital after returning from the recently concluded ANLCA election, he said "operating without a license is limiting yourselves" even as he insisted that going forward, the licenses would begin to count for effective operation as a licensed customs agent.

“Don't operate without any license. Get your license to avoid operating like a tout.” He admonished.

Nwokeoji who promised assistance for those trying to get their operating licenses said people can form corporatives to enable them raise the finance to do that, noting that even when such is done and jobs captured, every individual would know the job that belongs to him.

Nwokeoji who had paid glowing tribute to Chief Sir Ernest Elochukwu and other ANLCA members for the massive support he got , said his victory was made possible by God Almighty "our coming back with this glory that belongs to God, is that if you're determined the sky is your limit" he insisted, even as he promised that "with your support and God on our side, we shall make a positive impact" adding that "no leader can perform beyond the support of the people he is leading."

Continuing, he said I will only asked let's not chicken out, let's work together for the upliftment our association

Contributing, the former National president, and now a BoT member, chief Ernest Elochukwu said election was now over, insisting that all ANLCA members should come on board to build a formidable, respectful and purposeful association that will take its place in nation building.

He said in the past, people were enthroned into positions because they were favoured not merited but today, a right thing has been done through the election of Mr. Emenike Nwokeoji as the national president of ANLCA.

He however, solicited for the maximum support of the Eastern Zone to enable him succeed even as he admonished that members should desist from thinking of their individual gains but how to move that association forward.

In his remarks, the former eastern zonal Chairman, chief Uche Martins said that he was optimistic that Mr. Emenike would succeed. He noted that with Emenike on the ANLCA National saddle, the Association is in good hands. He enjoined every member to accord him and his team the needed support.

To Dr Chinyere Celestina Okere, it was wonderful working among men. She thanked God for all he has done and charged every ANLCA member to come together to strengthen the Association. She regretted that the crisis which engulfed ANLCA for some years now, has robbed it of successes.

But she said, going forward, ANLCA is positioned to take back her rightful position even as added that the Association would continue to partner with the Nigerian customs service as a united body for effective service delivery.

The event featured cultural displays including the famous Ohafia War Dance among others

Credit: Bon Peters

Nairaland / General / Customs Vows Continued Collaboration, Trains Agents On Documentation by NwaorguF: 1:25pm On Sep 10
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has promised continued stakeholders engagements so as to tackle challenges associated with faulty documentation, under-declaration and wrong classification of goods.

Comptroller Chedi Wada of Port Harcourt Area 1 customs command stated this weekend at the second phase of a stakeholders sensitization and workshop organized for licensed customs agents and other critical Maritime operators in Port Harcourt the Rivers state capital.

He advised consignees to take advantage of the in-house routine training as part of efforts to help guard against breach of customs procedures.

Recall that earlier, the Customs boss had engaged in an interactive session with other sister government agencies operating at the Port Harcourt ports, for effective collaboration and synergy to ensure a seamless port operation.

Such agencies include the Nigerian Ports Authority, the police, immigration, NDLEA among others.

Speaking further, the Comptroller said that the command would not tolerate ignorance as an excuse in an event of faulty documentation or under-declaration.

According to him, the first phase of the sensitization conducted in the first quarter of the year had so far helped consignees reduce to barest minimum, mistakes usually associated with documentation.

"It is clear that we cannot operate efficiently without organizing a forum of this kind as it gives us an opportunity to discuss issues bothering on clearing and forwarding of goods.

"During interactions such as this, we are able to identify certain issues that may need some explanations, consignees are also given opportunity to tender their day- to -day complaints while we proffer solutions to such complaints," Wada said.

The customs boss also noted that the challenges of documentation can be effectively surmounted if agents equipped themselves with in-depth understanding of clearing procedures.

The Lecture 'Enhancing Trade Integrity: A comprehensive understanding of customs declaration to counter abuse was presented by Mr. Babani Gambo who is also a Customs Chief Superintendent at the command.

Gambo, a general service duty officer and policy management analyst noted that the objective of the lecture was basically aimed at sensitizing the service Personnel and trading Community on the importance and use of correct customs procedures.

He noted that session also seeks to educate consignees on commonly abused declaration factors such as Customs procedure code (CPC), false declaration and undervaluation which contributes hugely to loss of Customs revenue.

Meanwhile, the clearing agents have commended the customs for the transfer of knowledge and called for more cooperation to the ease of doing business as well as profitability.

They also lamented the poor state of the East-west road and Aba/Port Harcourt road urging the federal government to redouble efforts towards repairs so as to foster business growth at the Eastern ports.

Written by Bon Peters,

Port Harcourt, Rivers State

Nairaland / General / Uduaghan Congratulates Edevbie As He Bags Honorary Doctorate Degree by NwaorguF: 2:34pm On Sep 09
The Alema of Warri Kingdom, Chief Emmanuel Oritsejolomi Uduaghan, has congratulated the Group Managing Director of Income Electrix Limited, Engineer Matthew Edevbie on the conferment of a Doctor of Science in Engineering (Honoris Causa) on him by the Michael & Cecilia Ibru University.

“Engineer Matthew Edevbie has chosen to fill the role of an active pen flowing with ink” Uduaghan stated in Abigborodo, Warri North Local Government.

In a statement on Sunday, Uduaghan said the honorary degree conferred on Edevbie was evidence of his commitment to excellence and uplifting of humanity.

“The honorary doctorate is a reflection and confirmation of Matthew Edevbie’s high level of excellence, strong mental effort and social commitment to the international community” Uduaghan who is also the Chief Executive Officer of Webster Group of Companies said.

The statement underscored excellence in integrity, morality, erudition, relationships, expertise and spiritual fervor.

The prominent chief said Michael & Cecilia Ibru University made a better choice by conferring the honorary doctorate degree on Engineer Edevbie.

“I am delighted that Engineer Matthew Edevbie has been recognized by the Michael & Cecilia Ibru University in this way. This is a well-deserved acknowledgement.”

Edevbie, a seasoned engineer with over 30 years’ experience in various aspects of electrical engineering concept, design, procurement, construction, operations management, maintenance and consulting was given the honour at the university 5th convocation held on Wednesday, September 6, 2023.

The internationally distinguished engineering professional attended several prestigious professional courses and workshops including but not limited to: IESE Business School, University of Navarra, Barcelona, Harvard Business School, John. F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Massachusetts, Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania and Lagos Business School.

An astute administrator, people manager, Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Management and the Nigerian Institute of Management Consultants is a registered member of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) and the Nigerian Environmental Society,

Edevbie is also an active member of Enterprise Development Services (EDS) of the Lagos Business School.

Nairaland / General / PH Area 1, Customs Revenue Up By 10.6% As It Rakes In Over N57billion In 7months by NwaorguF: 11:37pm On Aug 29
The Nigeria Customs Service Area 1, Command Port Harcourt Rivers state says that despite some daunting challenges in the Maritime sector, the Command had been able to generate and collect the total sum of Fifty Seven Billion, Four Hundred and Five Million, Eight hundred and Thirty Four Thousand, Four hundred and Twenty Naira and Sixty Eight Kobo (₦57,405,834,420.68) from January to July, 2023.

Disclosing this to newsmen Monday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital, the Customs Area 1 Controller, Comptroller CD Wada said When compared to the corresponding period of 2022, which stood at Fifty One Billion, Eight Hundred and Sixty Eight Million, Three hundred and Thirty Four Thousand, Three hundred and Ten Naira, and Fifty One Kobo (₦51,868,334,310.51),there was a significant difference of Five Billion, Five Hundred and Thirty Seven Million, Five Hundred Thousand, One hundred and Ten Naira (₦5,537,500,110.00)which was realized.

According to him, the difference in these figures represents a 10.6 per cent increase in the revenue figure.

He noted that apart from the month of April where the Maritime sector experienced a global shipping downtime, which affected the revenue of the Command’s records, every other month had surpassed its corresponding months of the year 2022, adding that the significant milestone was achieved in the month of March where the sum of Eleven Billion, Six Hundred and Seventy Five Million, Nine Hundred and Eighteen Thousand, Six Hundred and Thirty Seven Naira and Ninety Nine Kobo (₦11,675,918,637.99) was realized, as against Eight Billion, Three Hundred and Ten Million, Nine Hundred and Seventy Eight Thousand, Nine Hundred and Thirty Three Naira and Sixty Nine Kobo (₦8,310,978,933.69) of March 2022.

Comptroller Wada however, stressed that such "feat could not have been achieved without painstakingly engaging with our critical stakeholders through several forms of sensitization programs and other forms of training particularly on issues of Non-conformity with statutory clearance procedures." even as he emphasized that the feedback the Command got could be attributed to some of their successes. He said the Command also insisted that all unpaid assessment must be paid.

Speaking on intervention, in terms of additional value through interventions, the Command generated a total sum of Nine Hundred and Eighty Eight Million, One Hundred and Twenty Seven Thousand, Five Hundred and Four Naira (₦988,127,504) in the period under review. He added that "this interventions were derived from Demand Notices (DN) issued to importers with infractions on their importation."

In the aspect of Anti-Smuggling activities, Comptroller Wada also disclosed that the Command had put more emphasis on 100 percent physical examination policy of the service, and as a result, some containers suspected to have falsely declared had been placed under detention, pending further investigation. Comptroller warned any would be smuggler to avoid Area 1 Command, as according to him their containers would be seized and culprits arrested and prosecuted in the court of law.

Speaking further, he stated that within the period under review, the Command had embarked on a working tour to Bayelsa and Ahoada Out-Stations to appraise the Customs activities in those Areas saying "the visit to Bayelsa State also afforded us the opportunities to pay courtesy visits to the heads of other Government Security agencies. The purpose of this visit was to seek further collaboration and synergy with them in order to foster a better working relationship and to achieve National interest in line with the extant guidelines."

I am very optimistic that with the Command’s strategy of maximizing the collection of Customs duties, other levies, and payment of all unpaid assessments, the Command will surpass the revenue collected in 2022 even as he said

“We cannot thank the Ag. Comptroller General of Customs BA Adeniyi MFR and his management team enough for their timely support and encouragement towards the achievements of these successes."

"Also a big thank you goes to the stakeholders, especially the compliant traders among them and the distinguished gentlemen of the press for their professional reportage.

Written by Bon Peters

Rivers State, Port Harcourt.

Nairaland / General / South-south Women Call NDWL Officials, Timi Frank Idle Talkers by NwaorguF: 6:25pm On Aug 28
....Lauds Akpabio

South-South women on Sunday criticized calls for the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio to resign.

They also described the Niger Delta Women League (NDWL), former Deputy National Spokesman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Timi Frank and other critics of the Senate President as idle talkers and a bunch of worthless wimps.

“We must speak out for reason and balance. Anyone taking a thoroughly objective look at the views of the Niger Delta Women League (NDWL) has to be dismayed and shocked. All sense of logic and balance has been lost.”

A statement issued in Port Harcourt by the South-South Women Vanguard (SSWV) applauded Akpabio for working towards the common good of the country, putting Nigeria in the right perspective and placing the interests of Nigeria ahead of his own.

“Senate President Godswill Akpabio is dedicated, honest and devoutly religious. He understands the country’s problems, has a good grasp of what needs to be done to resolve them and is working to make the necessary changes. Nigerians are turning to him to solve their problems.”

The women hailed Akpabio for his morals, values and respect for Nigerians, particularly his colleagues.

“Desire for perverted materialism and government hand-outs are the two things motivating some traitorous individuals and groups in the country’’ the statement said.

The statement signed by Dr Margaret Ani underscored strong leadership, Akpabio’s hatred for greed and corruption.

The highly respected women in the zone described calls for Akpabio’s resignation by Niger Delta Women League (NDWL), former Deputy National Spokesman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Timi Frank and other individuals as foolish.

“Senator Godswill Akpabio is the epitome of success and a stumbling block to the plans of self-interest groups’’ the statement added.”
Nairaland / General / South-south Women Call NDWL Officials, Timi Frank Idle Talkers by NwaorguF: 6:14pm On Aug 28
....Lauds Akpabio

South-South women on Sunday criticized calls for the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio to resign.

They also described the Niger Delta Women League (NDWL), former Deputy National Spokesman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Timi Frank and other critics of the Senate President as idle talkers and a bunch of worthless wimps.

“We must speak out for reason and balance. Anyone taking a thoroughly objective look at the views of the Niger Delta Women League (NDWL) has to be dismayed and shocked. All sense of logic and balance has been lost.”

A statement issued in Port Harcourt by the South-South Women Vanguard (SSWV) applauded Akpabio for working towards the common good of the country, putting Nigeria in the right perspective and placing the interests of Nigeria ahead of his own.

“Senate President Godswill Akpabio is dedicated, honest and devoutly religious. He understands the country’s problems, has a good grasp of what needs to be done to resolve them and is working to make the necessary changes. Nigerians are turning to him to solve their problems.”

The women hailed Akpabio for his morals, values and respect for Nigerians, particularly his colleagues.

“Desire for perverted materialism and government hand-outs are the two things motivating some traitorous individuals and groups in the country’’ the statement said.

The statement signed by Dr Margaret Ani underscored strong leadership, Akpabio’s hatred for greed and corruption.

The highly respected women in the zone described calls for Akpabio’s resignation by Niger Delta Women League (NDWL), former Deputy National Spokesman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Timi Frank and other individuals as foolish.

“Senator Godswill Akpabio is the epitome of success and a stumbling block to the plans of self-interest groups’’ the statement added.”
Nairaland / General / The Task Before Mr. Wike As FCT Minister by NwaorguF: 8:14pm On Aug 23
The primary concerns for Nigerians right now are security and food. It is essential to avoid any actions that could further escalate the already tense atmosphere and adversely affect the poor and vulnerable population in Abuja. Unfortunately, numerous displaced communities from states ravaged by banditry are being relocated to Abuja without sufficient shelter and food. These individuals often gather near road junctions, seeking alms, and later retreat to makeshift shelters. Tragically, young girls and even married women are exposed to criminals who exploit them as sex slaves in exchange for basic necessities like food, shelter, and clothing.

Moreover, there is a significant presence of motorcycle riders, commonly known as "Okada," in Abuja. Many of them have fallen victim to banditry and kidnapping or have managed to escape from Boko Haram. They utilize motorcycles to provide transportation services to residents in the outskirts where proper road infrastructure is lacking.

The number of individuals using motorcycles, such as Okada, on a daily basis surpasses the number of car owners. Additionally, due to the rising fuel prices, more car owners are opting for public transportation, including Okada and Keke.

The immediate challenge faced by residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) is not the distortion of the Abuja Master Plan but rather the lack of essential infrastructure, such as access to clean water, electricity, and well-maintained roads. These issues should be the top priority for the newly appointed Minister of the FCT.

Abuja's peace is fragile, particularly due to its proximity to Niger State, which is grappling with the threat of terrorists and bandits. Recently, a train traveling from Abuja to Kaduna, a neighboring state, was brutally attacked, resulting in several months of kidnappings and deaths. There have also been incidents where prisons were attacked, leading to the escape of numerous dangerous members of Boko Haram who remain at large. Local areas such as Kuje, Gwagwalada, Kubwa, Karu, Nyanya, and Wuse 11 have all experienced their fair share of deadly attacks.

As we anticipate improvements in road networks, electricity supply, affordable housing, and access to clean drinking water, it is crucial for the Minister to prioritize addressing the major issues over the minor ones. It is unacceptable for any individual, such as Wike, to be scapegoated and demolish houses belonging to suspected opposition party members or the businesses of the poor.
The contributions made by these impoverished traders, artisans, and riders in Abuja are invaluable, and alternative solutions must be provided before taking any drastic action.

In line with the teachings of the Bible, it is evident that there will always be impoverished individuals among us. Therefore, it is our responsibility to ensure that their rights and livelihoods are protected as we strive for progress and development.

Let the poor also breathe!

Written by Obiaruko Christie Ndukwe, a socio-political commentator, analyst and columnist
Nairaland / General / Ibori, Symbol Of Unity, Says Uduaghan by NwaorguF: 10:14pm On Aug 05
....Praises Ex-Delta Governor For Building Infrastructure, Institutions, People

.....Calls Him Exceptional, Courageous Man

Former Delta State Governor, Chief James Onanefe Ibori, has been described as a rare gem, prime nationalist and redeemer of the masses.

“Chief James Onanefe Ibori is a leader of great stature, a symbol of unity and the well-being of individuals within and outside the country”, the Alema of Warri Kingdom, High Chief Emmanuel Oritsejolomi Uduaghan, said on Monday.

Uduaghan in a statement in Abigborodo acknowledged Ibori’s ability, will, humility and dogged commitment to the Nigerian project.

He praised the heroic deeds of the former Delta State governor in the struggles leading up to the abrogation of the onshore/offshore dichotomy.

“Delta State is blessed to have a personality of great honour and a man of the people in person of Chief James Onanefe Ibori.”

Popularly called “Mr. Resource Control”, Uduaghan described Ibori as a brave man, bridge builder and totally detribalized Nigerian.

He commended Ibori for giving a new dimension to Nigerian politics, promoting harmony, diversity, and inclusivity.

“Chief James Ibori is a practical, rational person by temperament. He is also a fine example of how to contribute while not holding a legal post” the business mogul said.

The statement underscored strength, encouragement, purposeful direction, Nigeria’s unity, peace and stability.

The statement also emphasized problem solving capacity, Ibori’s policy of accommodation, foresight in economic development, his magnificent achievements in the country and Uduaghan’s deepest respect for the former governor of Delta State.

Particularly, the man of high title applauded Ibori for providing important political guidance on the development of Nigeria, upholding Christian values, strengthening the traditional institution of family, putting feelings first and responding to the needs of the people with understanding regardless of their appearance, reputation or mood.

“Thank you for the great job you do for the family, Delta State and for our country” Uduaghan, a brilliant, very generous and tolerant man, said.

Ending the statement, the Warri High Chief and Chief Executive Officer of Webster Group of Companies said “I wish His Excellency robust health, much joy, unlimited strength and energy, as well as productive activities to the benefit of the Nigerian people.”

Nairaland / General / Rivers State: NPA, Transport Ministry Sensitize Eastern Maritime Stakeholders On by NwaorguF: 12:24pm On Aug 02
The Eastern Maritime stakeholders have been sensitized on the need to evacuate overtime cargoes at the various seaports and terminals.

The event which took place recently in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, was in continuation of the Joint Task Team Committee sensitization exercise going on across the Nation on the need to make the various Seaports and terminals free of over- stay cargoes which Maritime industry watchers believe has hindered free movements of Containers which has negatively affected the smooth operations at the terminals.

Speaking at the event, Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, (NPA,) Mr. Mohammed Bello - Koko, Commended the Federal government on her directive to decongest the Seaports noting that the stakeholders’ engagement was a welcomed strategy insisting that "such is relevant and necessary giving the escalating issue of cargo congestion at the Seaports and terminals"

Bello-Koko who was represented at the event by the Ports Manager, Onne Ports Complex, Mr Stanley Magaji Yitnoe stated that Seaports were designed to be efficient transit points, facilitating swift movement of goods but regretted that due to various reasons and factors, the seaports have become burdened with un-cleared cargoes that linger indefinitely obstructing terminal operations and adversely impacting overall Ports efficiency and our national economy.

Raising concern about the scarcity of space at the seaport terminals, Bello-Koko said the two container terminals at West African Container Terminal (WACT) and Onne Multipurpose Terminal (OMT) have suffered significant land loss due to long-stay containers. He insisted that such losses have severe implications for terminal efficiency and performance even as he said that it was his desire that "this sentiment is shared by terminal operators, shipping companies and consignees alike that presidential committee execute its assignment expeditiously as he was of the opinion that the timely resolution of the issue would enhance Ports efficiency, improve performance and contribute to a more favorable business environment at the ports.

Bello - Koko however, vowed NPA unalloyed support and cooperation even as he assured his management commitment in areas of resources, expertise to ensure a successful implementation of the deliberations insisting that together they could address the overtime containers challenges and bring about tangible improvements at the Ports.

He therefore urged the stakeholders to seize the opportunity to pave the way for enhanced Ports efficiency, economic growth and an environment that fosters seamless business transactions.

The Permanent Secretary Ministry of transportation, Dr Magdalene Ajani who was represented by Director of Maritime services Babatunde Sule said that the thrust of the event was to find out ways of decongesting the ports and terminals to create more space for other cargoes to come in and reduce the high cargo dwelling and ships turnaround time.

Ajani maintained that for such to take place, there should be a collaborative efforts with, Federal Ministry of Transport Nigeria Customs Service, Nigerian shippers Council and Nigerian Ports Authority, which she posited that the stakeholders should be sensitized and their ideas bought on how to decongest the ports and terminals for the betterment of the stakeholders, and the Nigerian economy.

Ajani said that the federal government has lost a colossal amount of money as a result of non availability of spaces caused by the overtime cargos and the committee wished to reverse the trend.

Speaking on behalf of ANLCA, Secretary General ANLCA Onne Seaport chapter, Deacon Chinedu Ikenga who is also the Group Managing Director Prestige Associates Bonded terminal said that one of the reasons for overtime cargoes was Government’s policy inconsistency. He said such policies are negatively affecting the clearing of cargoes at the ports and terminals even as he decried the exchange rate which he said has caused great setbacks to Maritime business insisting that the Government should come up with a clear and consist politics as no business man would like to lose money to unwholesome policies. He said some importers might decide to abandon their cargoes if the money they would spend in clearing the cargo is higher than what they intend to get.

Present at the event include ANLCA, NAGAFF, Terminal Operators, Shipping companies, operators of Customs bonded terminals, among others.

Credit: Bon Peters in Port Harcourt

Politics / Wike: Walking Into The Landmines by NwaorguF: 3:44pm On Jul 31
I find it difficult to comprehend the fuss surrounding a ministerial appointment for an individual who has previously held positions as both a Minister and a Governor. Is it considered a promotion to become a Minister after having a strong desire to be President or Vice President?

To me, it appears to be nothing more than a comfortable landing or a form of compensation in the form of a pension.

I had expected Governor Wike to take a cue from Dr. Peter Odili, who understood his own value, mission, and passion and quietly transitioned in to an advisory role when he failed to become President or Vice President. No ministerial appointment could possibly compensate Odili for the substantial funds he invested during his unsuccessful journey to Aso Rock, especially not under the incorruptible leadership of the late Umaru Yaradua.

There comes a time when one should speak up and a time when one should gracefully retire from the political stage.

Attempting a desperate bid to become a Minister under the politically astute Tinubu and his associates would likely only leadto disaster. The individuals associated with Tinubu in Lagos spare no one who tries to undermine their authority.

It would indeed be a futile pursuit to spend a considerable amount of money supporting an opposition party, only to end up as an aide accountable to those whom you once financially supported while they revered you as a political godfather.

Apart from his substantial wealth, Wike's primary desire seems to be power and control. However, can the Tinubu-led government afford to grant Wike such blatant authority and control beyond his home state? If power and control are the only benefits to be gained, then it may be a waste of both space and time.

Instead, Wike should focus on rebuilding his party, the PDP, and prepare to face the likely presidential candidate of the APC in 2027, if that is the path the divine providence leads him on. The APC will never serve as a platform for the Rumuepirikom strongman to establish a solid foundation for his future ambitions, beyond are curring ministerial appointment.

Perhaps, had Wike abandoned his plan to challenge Atiku in the presidential primaries of the PDP, he might have found himself in the position currently occupied by Akpabio, as the Senate President.

Wike's significant financial resources and strong alliance with the Tinubu group could have potentially changed the dynamics of electing the leadership of the National Assembly. By humbling himself and setting aside his ego and thirst for power, running for the Senate could have placed the former governor in the prestigious position of the nation's number three leader.

However, by allowing his bruised ego to guide him, he will only receive a portion of the benefits without the full rewards.

Those who cheer and celebrate Wike's nomination into President Tinubu's cabinet might have overlooked the fact that Wike should not settle for anything less. If he must serve in a government whose party he has been at odds with since 2014, then he undoubtedly deserves a more prominent role. The position of Secretary of Government would have been a suitable option.

It appears that Wike's celebrated appointment is no different from Amaechi, who also should have been given a role like Chief of Staff or Secretary of the Government. However, credit must be given to Amaechi for his exceptional performance as the Transportation Minister. In the end, someone will inevitably be sacrificed for the sake of political maneuvering and power dynamics.

Despite the significant energy and resources invested in preventing Atiku from winning the election, it seems that there are no substantial new developments or achievements for the GS group to celebrate. Despite their efforts, the desired outcomes may not have been achieved, leading to a sense of disappointment or frustration.

Obiaruko Ndukwe, Publisher Media consultant, and public analyst writes from Abuja. Email: beamnews@yahoo.com
Nairaland / General / Group Applauds Customs New MGT Team by NwaorguF: 12:45pm On Jul 31
The Business and Maritime Writers' Association of Nigeria, BUMWAN, has congratulated the newly appointed three Deputy Comptroller Generals of Customs, DCGs, and three Assistant Comptroller Generals of Customs, ACGs, by President Bola Ahmed TINUBU.

Recall that the Nigeria Customs service has announced the appointment of DCG Festus OKUN, DCG MUSA Baba Abdullahi, DCG Albashir HAMISU, ACG Kamarudeen OLUMOH, ACG AUWAL Baba MOHAMMED and ACG Adeogun OLAJOGUN as the new management team that would pilot the affairs of the service following the appointment of acting Comptroller General of Customs and the retirement of some senior officers.

This decision was reached at an emergency executive meeting held today in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.

Commenting on the development, BUMWAN National president, Peter Ihejirika applauded the president, Bola Ahmed Tinubu for rewarding what he termed as hard work and dedication shown through the appointment of those whom he said have grown through the ranks and have contributed immensely to the soaring venue profile of Nigeria Customs Service over the years.

Ihejirika, posit that, "With the recent appointment , the Nigeria Customs Service will witness an astronomical growth both in manpower development, service delivery and in fact the federal government fiscal policy stimulus which would be enhanced."

Adding, "Smugglers and those that engage in unwholesome trade should think of another business as the new management team are known for their averred compliant with extant laws guiding import, export and cargo clearance and also the core mandate of Nigeria Customs Service which includes Revenue generation, Trade facilitation, Anti-Smuggling among others."

He enjoined all officers and men of the service, other stakeholders in the Maritime industry to work together with the new management team to ensure the achievement of their mandate.

In his remarks, the National Secretary of BUMWAN, Apostle Tony Nzekwe, said, “The appointment of the six senior customs officers is an affirmation of Merit, Professionalism, discipline and productive results driven Nigeria Customs Service. It’s a new dawn of enhanced technological driven Service delivery, robust stakeholders synergies and improved geometrical revenue generation into the federal coffers."

He asserted, "The newly appointed 3 DCGs and 3 ACG s are Senior Customs Officers who have consistently over decades remained astute, Pragmatic, Transparent, resourceful and compliant to the fiscal policies of the federal government of Nigeria."

His words: "These are distinguished Senior Officers who have killed self interest over national interest, Security and Prosperity. And all critical stakeholders and operators in the Maritime industry should give them adequate and needed cooperation and support to excel in their new assignment."

Nairaland / General / Prince Tonye Announces Official Burial Activities Of His Serene Majesty, King Pr by NwaorguF: 9:03pm On Jul 24
Prince Tonye Princewill, the son of the longest reigning monarch in Rivers State, His Serene Majesty, King Prof. T.J.T Princewill, Amachree the XI and Amanyanabo of the Kalabari Kingdom, has fixed the official date for the commencement of activities for the burial of his late father

According to him, “The official date for the commencement of activities for the burial of the longest reigning monarch in Rivers State, His Serene Majesty, King Prof. T.J.T Princewill, Amachree the XI and Amanyanabo of the Kalabari Kingdom has been fixed for the 29th and the 30th of November."

The son of the late monarch, Prince Tonye T.J.T Princewill, confirmed this in a statement issued to journalists.

He disclosed that the date which signals the commencement of 21 days of ceremonies was agreed upon following consultations with various levels of Chiefs in the royal family, as well as titled chiefs in Buguma and Kalabari land.

He also confirmed that other stakeholders like Amanyanabo of Abonemma, King Disrael Bob Manuel, King Alfred Diete Spiff, the Amanyanabo of Twon Brass, other Kalabari leaders and key non Kalabari stakeholders were consulted in arriving at the date

Prince Tonye T.J.T Princewill further said a formal burial committee will now be inaugurated to commence work towards a ensuring a befitting burial for his Serene Majesty, King Prof. T.J.T Princewill, Amachree the XI and Amanyanabo of the Kalabari Kingdom.

Members of the committee are expected to cut across the length and breadth of the Kalabari Kingdom, other Kingdoms in Rivers state, Ijaw nation as a whole, the wider pan Niger Delta region and other regions in Nigeria. The King was of course a pan Nigerian who spent several of his years in Northern Nigeria.

Nairaland / General / Half Year, Onne Customs Command Generates N136 Bilion Revenue by NwaorguF: 11:41am On Jul 21
.....Intercepts 32 Seizures of Contraband Worth over N1Billion

With the core mandate of the Federal government on fiscal policies which include revenue generation, anti smuggling and unwavering resolve to facilitate trade, the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Port Harcourt Area 11 Command, Onne says it had generated over N136, 213,838, 643. 56 Billion in the half year of 2023, covering January to the 20th of July 2023 and intercepted 32 contraband goods worth over N1Billion the same period under review.

Our correspondent reports that this disclosure was made available in a press statement issued and signed by the Command's public Relations officer Superintendent Benjamin Lomba in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital.

Recall that since assumption of Office early this year, Compt. Imam Baba has continued to add value, and innovation which resulted in total face-lift of the entire command especially with the construction of a new 110-seater capacity conference hall, 40-seater training centre among others which have created a conducive business environment for Maritime stakeholders.

Such robust stakeholders’ engagement has resulted in a high revenue profile and ensured strict compliance to import, export and clearance procedures.

Comptroller Imam's dynamic and results- oriented leadership style has ensured the blockage of all possible revenue leakages and smuggling activities which resulted in “the seizures of a total number of containers – Thirty two (32) with Duty Paid Value of ₦1,152,747,338.88; notable among this seizure consists of the following; Pharmaceutical/Medicament and fireworks with Duty Paid Value of 139.8 Million naira; Vegetable oil with Duty Paid Value of 833.1 Million naira; Plastic with Duty Paid Value of 6.6 Million naira; Textiles with Duty Paid Value of 3.6 Million.”

Continuing, the statement says “In the Month of June, The Command made a Seizure of drugs in one of the Bonded Terminals. The drugs were handed over to NDLEA in order to fulfill our obligation as contained in the memorandum of understanding between the Nigeria Customs Service and NDLEA.”

On the Transire/Bonded Terminal, The Customs Area Controller, Compt Imam Baba, noted that “It is important to inform the public that one of the core functions of Customs is trade facilitation which entails a streamlined and simplified technical and legal procedure for items entering or leaving Nigeria.”

He added that, these Procedures are guides in which all Customs officers must adhere to saying "in recent times the Area 11 Command Onne has observed that stakeholders are misinformed about some of these procedures, especially the procedure for transferring containers to bonded terminals.”

The CAC insisted that it was necessary to educate the public that the final destination of any consignment rests in the choice of the owner even as he stated that “It is necessary to educate the public that the final destination for any consignment into the Country is at the owner’s choice. Hence, the procedure to follow in achieving these cannot be altered by any customs officer including an Area Controller.”

Compt. Imam continued, “Firstly the importer has to stipulate the bonded terminal or port that will be the final destination right at the country of exportation. The Final destination is always indicated in the bill of lading which is transmitted via the shipping companies to the sea port where the vessel will berth.”

The statement continued, “The Onne Command on receiving the transmission by procedure is expected to check two things on the bill of lading. Which are the Nature code and the Transit clause to ensure that the consignments are destined for a bonded terminal outside the command.”

He reiterated that “This negates the erroneous belief that consignments land in Onne port and thereafter the importer decides to move them to a bonded terminal.”

The CAC reaffirmed, “Once again Customs officers cannot determine the final destination of any consignment into the Country.”

“Secondly part of the procedure stipulates that this items moving to bonded terminals should have a bond which is one of the requirements the Onne Command ensure is fulfilled before the third procedure of escort from Onne Port to the bonded terminal.”

He posited that the moment all these requirements were met no Officer not even the area controller can stop these consignments from leaving the port even as he added that , by procedure this consignment cannot be examined in the Command before their departure no matter their content.

He explained that the best the Command could do was to relay any intelligence about the consignment to the Customs formation where it was destined to arrive.

Compt Imam, reiterated, that It was worthy to note that it is only the customs officers at the final destination that were allowed by procedure to examine the consignment even as he emphasized that for consignments destined for a bonded terminal under the Command jurisdiction by procedure they are subjected to Payment of duty via the designated banks before proceeding to the bonded terminal.

The Customs Area Comptroller made it clear that “The public and our stakeholders should note that these procedures are strictly observed by the Onne Customs Command hence should have a rethink before assuming fictitious imaginations about operations in Onne.”

However, the statement stated that the Command recently got a directive from Headquarters in Abuja to ensure that all consignments leaving the port are scanned. "This instruction has been carried out diligently.”

“In view of the development, “All stakeholders involved in movement of containers via transire to other destinations outside the port can testify to the fact that their containers are scanned after fulfilling the necessary procedures before leaving the port.” He asserted.

He therefore called on all importers, exporters and Licensed Customs Agents to adhere strictly to the fiscal policies of the Federal government vowing that the Command would not condone any action or inaction capable of derailing or undermining the federal government fiscal policies on imports and exports.

Credit: Bon Peters, Port Harcourt, Rivers State

Nairaland / General / ANLCA Chieftain, Henry Njoku Debunks Purported Dissolution of Necom by Taiwo Mus by NwaorguF: 1:43am On Jul 16
ANLCA Chieftain, Henry Njoku Debunks Purported Dissolution of Necom by Taiwo Mustapha

The Patron of Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents ANLCA, chief Henry Njoku says the purported dissolution of the National Executive Committee NECOM of the Association as credited to one Dapo Olawumi who alleged that Alhaji Taiwo Mustapha a self acclaimed ANLCA board of Trustees Chairman has dissolved the NECOM was a ruse, malicious, misleading and inconsistent with ANLCA supreme constitution.

Addressing journalists in his office in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State Capital recently, Njoku said, " My attention has been drawn to a publication credited to Dapo Olawumi that the National Executive Committee NECOM of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents ANLCA has been dissolved by Taiwo Mustapha who was alleged to be the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of ANLCA and acted in that capacity to purport to have dissolved the NECOM"

The visibly angry ANLCA Patron and chief executive officer of Harritex group of companies, Chief Henry Njoku, said he would not have wasted his time replying to such hoax and garbage being dished out by those who did not mean well for the association but to put the record straight added , "I wish to state that such publication is misleading and such dissolution is inconsistent with ANLCA's supreme constitution and only reflects the wish of those who do not mean well for ANLCA", insisting that "all well-meaning members of ANLCA should disregard the said unconstitutional act and remain calm."

Speaking further, Njoku said that Taiwo Mustapha who has been specifically restrained by a Federal high Court sitting in Lagos in 2018 in suit no FHC/L/CS/1274 /2018 from parading himself as Chairman of Board of Trustees of ANLCA is neither a member of Board of Trustees of ANLCA nor the Chairman of Board of Trustees of ANLCA registered and recognized by Corporate Affairs Commission Abuja, and wondered where such power to dissolve ANLCA NECOM was gotten even as he maintained that "Alhaji Taiwo Mustapha and his cohorts have no power under ANLCA's supreme constitution to announce such dissolution and appointment as Taiwo Mustapha has been specifically restrained by the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos in suit no FHC/L/CS/1274 /2018 from parading himself as Chairman of Board of Trustees of ANLCA. "

In a related development, the Eastern Zonal executive committee of ANLCA has rejected in its entirety the purported dissolution of ANLCA National Executive Committee ably led by the Acting National president, Dr Farinto Collins.

This position was disclosed to Newsmen in Port Harcourt by the Zonal Secretary Sir Joshua Ahuama on behalf of the Zonal Chairman Chief Uche Martins.

Rising from an emergency meeting weekend , Ahuama said, the zone having perused all the relevant provisions, sections and sub-sections of the ANLCA constitution has decided to solidly stand on the decisions of the National Executive council (NEC) held on Wednesday July 12, 2023 at RockView Hotel Abuja, extending the tenure of the current NECOM by three months in line with ANLCA supreme constitution and also upheld the NEC decision to grant one month extension request by the Association Electoral Commission (ASECO) to conduct free, fair and credible elections.

The zone insisted that NEC is the only organ of the Association saddled with such responsibilities and power for extension as contained in the ANLCA constitution and wondered why anybody or group of persons should announce the dissolution of the National Executive Committee and appoint an administrator without recourse to the ANLCA constitution.

He described such act as unconstitutional which violated the provisions of the Association's constitution, even as the zone dissociated herself from the alleged dissolution of NECOM while pledging her unwavering loyalty to the Acting National president Dr Farinto Collins led administration.

Recall that ANLCA which is the oldest Maritime association in Nigeria has been engulfed in a lingering crisis for many years which has defied every effort to resolve it.

Industry watchers believed that the recent moves made by the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) would have solved the problem, but with the situation on ground one may wont to believe that the end to this lingering crisis might not be in sight after all.

Credit: Bon Peters

Nairaland / General / Expert Gives Kudos To Rivers Educational Standard by NwaorguF: 7:48pm On Jul 04
The Rivers state government has been commended for ensuring a high ethical and educational standard both in the primary and secondary schools.

This commendation came on the heels of the inauguration of the National proprietor- parent- Teacher Association (PPTA) last week by the Eggheads group of schools in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.

Speaking to journalists on the sideline of the event, Prof Ezekiel Edem Williams, the Director of Eggheads International School stated that the standard of education in Rivers state is high and the school curriculum is planned such that both the pupils and students are well prepared for any academic challenges in the future.

Prof Williams, who was the former Chairman of Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria and former Chairman Association of National Accountants all in Rivers state maintained that the aim of forming the National proprietor - parent - Teacher Association is to have a synergy between the proprietors, parents and teachers to ensure that pupils and students are well trained even as he said it was obvious that government schools alone could not cater for all the educational needs of the children hence the private schools are handy to assist.

Prof Williams who traced the origin of Parent-teacher Association formation in 1897 to Alice McLellan Birney and Phoebe Apperson Hearst, when it was regarded as the National Congress for Mothers, said the Association then was a strong voice which aimed at collaborating with teachers in the public schools to ensure students' educational success and well-being but now, with the advent of private schools, there should be an avenue for partnership between the school owners, parents and teachers. Adding "It is to unify and solidify the relationship between the parents, proprietors and teachers to ensure that a healthy training ground is created" Even as he insisted that "when pupils and students were not well trained, and left behind, it becomes a challenge."

Prof, Williams who also condemned the unwholesome act of some schools that aid and abate examination malpractice stated that such could not be entertained at Eggheads who operate on zero tolerance to examination malpractice insisted that the solution of the children education rests in the solution of the state and wondered why parents and some schools should cut conners to ensure that their children and students pass examinations through the back doors.

He said that "such schools have lost the concept of education"

On the suggestion for the unbonding of science subjects from Jss1 as canvassed by one of the parents, who opined such would earlier guide the student on his career path, Prof Williams said that such suggestion would not be in the interest of the students as according to him, the school curriculum in Rivers state is one of the best in Nigeria and the academic standard very high.

On State government intervention on secondary and primary schools especially with the proliferation of private schools, he said such intervention should be in the areas of good policy formation that would allow schools to thrive. He equally stated that other interventions should be on the qualification of teachers, good environment, security among others, saying any school that did not have such qualities mentioned above should not be allowed to operate even as he advocated periodic inspection on schools by appropriate authorities.

Also speaking, the administrator of the school, Beloveth EdemWilliams paid a glowing tribute to the teachers and parents who she said had contributed immensely to the success story of the school.

She noted that such collaboration ensured that the school won Silver medals in the Ultimate African Mathematics Olympiad, National English Olympiad among others.

She however advised that schools should desist from engaging unqualified teachers as such would be counterproductive hence according to her, teachers' qualifications play a very important role in the standard of education and the students' performance.

Some of the parents who spoke to our correspondent expressed their happiness on the moral and ethical standards being inculcated in their children and vowed to resist any form of temptation for examination malpractice even as they said they are advocates of hardwork, commitment, and perseverance for academic excellence.

The highpoint of the event was a seminar presentation with the title "The Aid Experience from Parent To child" presented by Anugua Meshale

Credit: Bon Peters, Port Harcourt, Rivers State

Nairaland / General / Rivexcel Health Announces Strategic Partnership With Neuro Spinal Hospital For M by NwaorguF: 2:55pm On Jul 03
RivExcel Health, a leading international medical tourism facilitator, is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with Neuro Spinal Hospital (NSH), a renowned healthcare institution with advanced services in comprehensive oncology, orthopedics, neurology, neurosurgery, and spinal surgery.

RivExcel in a statement circulated to media houses said, “This collaboration aims to expand and enhance the medical tourism services provided by RivExcel Health, further solidifying their commitment to offering high-quality medical solutions to patients from Africa seeking treatment in Dubai.”

The press release noted that, “as part of this partnership, RivExcel Health has independently vetted and selected NSH based on their exceptional reputation, expertise, and commitment to patient care. Neuro Spinal Hospital, known for its state-of-the-art facilities and highly skilled medical professionals, aligns perfectly with RivExcel Health's mission to connect patients with reputable healthcare providers in Dubai.”

"Our partnership with Neuro Spinal Hospital marks a significant milestone for RivExcel Health," said Tonye Princewill, CEO of RivExcel Health. "Neuro Spinal Hospital's specialization in oncology, orthopedics, neurosurgery, spinal surgery and rehabilitation perfectly complements our existing network of healthcare providers. We are confident that this collaboration will greatly benefit our patients by providing them with access to world-class medical expertise and cutting-edge treatment options."

The statement read further, “Through this partnership, RivExcel Health will offer patients seeking the latest treatment options, a seamless and comprehensive experience. In addition to connecting patients with Neuro Spinal Hospital's highly skilled specialists, RivExcel Health will provide personalized assistance with travel arrangements, visa applications, language interpretation services, accommodation, and overall patient comfort. This holistic approach ensures that patients can focus on their health and well-being while receiving top-quality medical care in Dubai.

“RivExcel Health and Neuro Spinal Hospital are dedicated to upholding the highest standards of patient safety, quality of care and ethical practices. By combining their expertise and resources, both organizations aim to provide patients with unmatched medical solutions and an unparalleled experience throughout their medical journey.”

About RivExcel Health: RivExcel Health is an international medical tourism facilitator that connects patients from Africa with reputable healthcare providers across the globe. With a commitment to exceptional patient care, RivExcel Health offers a wide range of medical solutions and personalized services, ensuring a seamless and stress-free experience for patients seeking treatment in Dubai. The website www.rivexcelhealth.com is simple and easy to navigate, a perfect gateway to all your medical needs.

About Neuro Spinal Hospital: When commissioned in 2002, Neuro Spinal Hospital was the first private subspecialty hospital in the region. Over the years NSH has grown their patient base and reputation as a dynamic medical and academic centre and remains today, the leading centre of referral for complex neurosurgical, spinal, orthopedic and rehabilitation diseases. NSH has launched its NSH Cyberknife cancer centre using robotic technology to treat tumors without surgery or anesthesia and minimal side effects, the most comprehensive cancer centre existing in the UAE.

Combining expertise from around the world with cutting edge technology, NSH provides patients access to the latest diagnosis and treatment options, such as the first Cyberknife in Dubai. Now patients can have all they need from diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation under one roof. The values that drive NSH are all centered on the needs of patients and their families. Its purpose is noble; to bring patients the best care possible in a compassionate environment and to raise the standards of healthcare in the Arab world.

Nairaland / General / Convener Of Think Home Campaign, Chief Mrs Oby Ndukwe Hails Gov Otti’s Appointme by NwaorguF: 8:35pm On Jun 26
Convener of Think Home Campaign, Chief Mrs Oby Ndukwe hails Gov Otti’s appointment of Rtd Justice Duroha-Igwe as Chairman, Judicial Panel of Enquiry on Assets Recovery

In his administration’s bid to recover all Abia State Government Properties and Funds that were looted and are in the hands of retrogressive forces, the governor of Abia State, his Excellency Dr. Alex Otti has set up a Judicial Panel of Enquiry for the Recovery of Government Properties and Funds headed by Rtd Justice Florence Duroha-Igwe

Reacting to Justice Duroha’s appointment, the Convener of “Think Home Campaign” Chief Obiaruko Christie Ndukwe said, “She did well in Imo. Hope Uzodinma retained her after Ihedioha appointed her, adding that she is an indigene of Abia and married to an Imo man. All her service from Magistrate to Justice was in Imo.”

According to her, “she also served as the Chairperson of the Imo State Judicial Commission of Inquiry into police brutality and related extra-judicial killings after the End SARS protests. This was a sequel to her appointment by the Imo State Government as Chairman of the Recovery of Public Properties inaugurated by Gov. Emeka Ihedioha which report was submitted to Gov. Hope Uzodinma.”

Media FBI as the “Think Home Campaign” convener who is fondly called by her contemporaries recalled her prophetic declaration in the life of Justice Florence Ikwuoma Duroha-Igwe which she shared on her facebook wall thus, “ Justice Florence Ikwuoma Duroha-Igwe, was at the Methodist Church, Aladinma Estate Owerri to thank God as she bows out from the Judiciary, from 1981- 2018. The Imo State Bench and Bar joined her family and friends to honour one of their own. We, her family, are so, so proud of her and thank God for keeping her throughout the tortuous journey.”

“I wish her success in her future endeavours as she moves on to serve Nigeria in other capacities. An asset to the nation.”

“Welcome to your next level, Maama!”

My post on FB in 2018. It was prophetic. I am glad it's all coming to fruition. Guys, help me pray for God's protection on her”, Chief Obiaruko appealed.

“A well seasoned legal luminary, a goal getter and a no nonsense woman as described in some sections of the media, Rtd. Justice Duroha no doubt has the required qualification, capacity, competence and determination to carry out the assignment and demands of her new position, there are no hiding places for those who have looted the common patrimony of the state”, Chief Obiaruko declared.

Congratulations my Lord on your new appointment!

Nairaland / General / Group Congratulates New Customs Comptroller General; Wale Adeniyi by NwaorguF: 12:25pm On Jun 23
Group under the aegis of Business and Maritime Writers’ Association of Nigeria, BUMWAN, has congratulated the newly appointed Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Wale Adeniyi, who will be saddled with the responsibility of steering the stewardship of the revenue, anti- smuggling and trade facilitation of the federal government parastatal; under the supervision of the Federal ministry of Finance.

Peter Ihejirika, the President of BUMWAN, in his congratulatory message, on Thursday in Port Harcourt Rivers state, said the new customs boss is equipped with the needed capacities and abilities to move the service to enviable heights in the comity of Maritime nations, and thus deserves the meritorious new appointment as the new Comptroller General of Customs given his past outstanding feats.

According to him, “President Ahmed Bola Tinubu has exercised his constitutional powers aimed at reengineering and boosting the job productivity of officers and men with an inherent efficient service delivery.”

President of BUMWAN recalled that DCG Adewale Adeniyi, MFR served as Customs spokesman for almost a decade from June 2003 to May 2011. However, in January 2017 he was redeployed to the Apapa Area Command, after his promotion to the rank of Comptroller and subsequently appointed Deputy Commandant of the Nigeria Customs Command and Staff College, Gwagwalada, Abuja.

Recall also that in 2019, he was redeployed to serve as the Controller in charge of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Command, Lagos, afterwards, he was promoted to the rank of Assistant Comptroller General in February 2020 shortly after he supervised the seizure of $8.07 million cash being illegally taken out of Nigeria through the E-Wing of the international airport tarmac. He was subsequently posted to head the Nigeria Customs Command and Staff College, Gwagwalada, Abuja as Commandant.

“It was as a result of his stellar performance in his field of endeavour that he was conferred with national honour, Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) at an investiture during President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration on October 11, 2022,” Mr. Ihejirika said.

Similarly, the National Secretary of BUMWAN, Tony Nzekwe, said the appointment of Wale Adeniyi is most and well deserved sequel to his unalloyed commitment, good conduct, integrity and high ethical standards in the discharge of his duties.

Nzekwe added that the new Customs Boss is a man who grew from the ranks with dint of hard work, steadfastness and brotherliness aimed to make pragmatic and progressive impacts, adding that his coming on board is the birth of a fast track and seamless digitally driven customs operations and administration in accordance with global best services.

Sports / Basketball Africa League (BAL) And Rwanda Announce Five Year Extension by NwaorguF: 3:34pm On Jun 19
***BAL to Collaborate with RDB on Building African Talent

*** RwandAir To Continue As Official Airline

KIGALI, RWANDA, June 19, 2023 – The Basketball Africa League (BAL) and the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) today announced a 5 year extension of their existing collaboration that will see the BAL continue to play games at BK Arena in Kigali, Rwanda each season, including the BAL Playoffs and Finals in 2024, 2026 and 2028. The BAL and RDB will also collaborate on youth development and social impact programs.

The extension will see “Visit Rwanda” - the country’s marketing and tourism initiative - continue as a Foundational and Host Partner of the BAL. Through the agreement, Visit Rwanda will continue to be showcased on BAL team uniforms and at the BAL Combine. [RwandAir - Rwanda’s national airline - will continue as the Official Airline Partner of the BAL and facilitate travel to and from Kigali for select BAL teams and staff.]

“The Rwanda Development Board, as a Foundational Partner, has been integral to the launch and continued growth and success of the Basketball Africa League over our first three seasons,” said BAL President Amadou Gallo Fall. “Coming out of our most competitive and compelling season yet, we’re excited to renew our collaboration with RDB that will bring BAL games as well as youth development and social impact programs to Rwanda for years to come.”

“We are excited to extend our collaboration with the Basketball Africa League,” said RDB CEO Clare Akamanzi. “We have seen tremendous success and return on investment over the last three years and look forward to doing much more together. In the first two years of the partnership Rwanda saw a net benefit of 9.1 million dollars to the Rwandan economy. BAL has proven to be a great unifier, and we remain committed to showcasing the best Rwanda has to offer in terms of tourism, investment opportunities, talent development, made in Rwanda products and much more to the world. With the BAL and other major events, Rwanda is the home for sport, not just basketball in Africa.”

Yvonne Makolo, RwandAir CEO, said: “RwandAir is proud to be a partner of the Basketball Africa League and we are excited to see the Rwandan Development Board continue to bring world-class basketball to Rwanda.

“We know how sport can bring communities together as teams compete to win and celebrate the power of teamwork and know the extended partnership will further strengthen those bonds.

“We are also focused on our goal of delivering world-class customer service as we bring people together through our extensive route network, and we look forward to flying fans and players over the coming years.”

Hon Aurore Mimosa Munyangaju, Rwanda’s Minister of Sports noted:

"This partnership renewal seals our commitment of being home of the most prestigious basketball league in Africa. We will keep ensuring that this partnership strengthens the core of our sports industry, from talent development programs to capacity strengthening initiatives to further job creation opportunities for Rwandans."

On May 27, 2023, Egypt’s Al Ahly defeated Senegal’s AS Douanes 80-65 to win the 2023 Finals, which took place at BK Arena and reached fans in 214 countries and territories in 17 languages. In conjunction with the 2022 and 2023 BAL Playoffs and Finals, the BAL and NBA Africa held a variety of youth development and social impact programming in Rwanda, including in collaboration with RDB. Activities to date have included Jr. NBA, Special Olympics and coaches clinics; an environmental day of service; innovation summits that brought together African leaders from business, entertainment, sports, social entrepreneurship and beyond to discuss the enormous growth opportunities on the continent; and a series of workshops for young women from the local community as part of BAL4HER, the league’s platform for advancing gender equality in the African sports ecosystem and celebrating women in the sports industry who serve as role models to young women across the continent.

The BAL’s Foundational Partners also include NIKE, Jordan Brand, Wilson and New Fortress Energy (NFE). The league’s roster of world-class marketing partners also includes the Attorney General Alliance (AGA-Africa), Envol City, Hennessy, SERTEM and Société Pétroliere (SP).

About Visit Rwanda: Visit Rwanda is the tourism and marketing initiative of the Rwanda Development Board, a government body responsible for fast-tracking Rwanda’s economic development by enabling private sector growth. Visit Rwanda works with local conservation, tourism, and development partners to create and market tourism experiences that benefit inbound tourists, local communities, and wildlife and ecosystems. For more information about Visit Rwanda, visit www.visitrwanda.com.

About the Rwanda Development Board: The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) is a government agency in Rwanda with a vision to transform Rwanda into a dynamic global hub for business, investment, and innovation. Its mission is to fast-track economic development in Rwanda by enabling private sector growth. Learn more about the Rwanda Development Board at www.rdb.rw

About RwandAir: Operating from Kigali, RwandAir is the national airline of Rwanda, with a fleet of modern aircraft, and serves 25 destinations across Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. The airline has a reputation for delivering a premium service to all its customers, while also promoting Rwanda's tourism and trade industries.

RwandAir has received numerous awards for its service, including the "Best Airline Staff in Africa" award at the Skytrax World Airline Awards.

About the BAL: The Basketball Africa League (BAL), a partnership between the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the NBA, is a professional league featuring 12 club teams from across Africa that completed its third season in May 2023. Headquartered in Dakar, Senegal, the BAL builds on the foundation of club competitions FIBA Africa has organized across the continent and marks the NBA’s first collaboration to operate a league outside North America. Fans can follow the BAL (@theBAL) on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube and register their interest in receiving more information at BAL.NBA.com.

Nairaland / General / King Prof. T.J.T Princewill Has Passed On by NwaorguF: 10:47pm On Jun 17
His Serene Majesty King Prof. T.J.T Princewill, Amachree the XI and Amanyanabo of the Kalabari Kingdom has passed on

In a statement titled “The King has departed, long live the Kingdom” signed by his son, Prince Tonye Princewill, on behalf of the family said, “It is with a very heavy heart that I am formally announcing the departure of my father, our King and His Serene Majesty, King Prof. T.J.T Princewill, Amachree the XI and Amanyanabo of the Kalabari Kingdom. He was not just my father; he was also my best friend.

“Earlier today, the Buguma Council of Chiefs and the Kalabari Council of Chiefs were formally briefed, all in accordance with Kalabari tradition, thereby opening the door to our now officially informing the world, as the cart cannot be put before the horse.

“Further announcements will follow in the days and weeks to come, but we call on you for your prayers and your well wishes, not just for the family, but for the entire Kalabari Kingdom. He’ll truly be missed. “

Brief Biography:

His Serene Majesty King Prof. T.J.T Princewill, JP, CFR, Amachree XI, The Amanyanabo & Natural Ruler of the Kalabari Kingdom was born on the 4 January, 1930 in Buguma City into the Royal Family of King & Queen Jacob Tom Princewill, Amachree the VII.

Academically, he attained his professorship in the year 1984 at the University of Port Harcourt. He was the first Head of Department of Microbiology, the first Professor of Microbiology and the first black Professor to be Dean, Faculty of Science, Rivers State University of Science and Technology where he finished his stint with academia.

Traditionally, he was installed King Amachree XI on the 23rd day of March, 2002, thus making him the first Professor to become a King of the Kalabari Kingdom and by extension Rivers State. HSM King Prof. T.J.T Princewill was appointed Chairman, Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers on the 1st of January, 2010 by His Excellency Rt Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, thus becoming the first Professor King to be Chairman, Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers as well as the first King of Kalabari extraction to be Chairman, Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers.

In 2011, he was honoured with the National Award of Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by the Administration of HE Dr. GoodluckEbele Jonathan GCFR, former President and Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Though a Professor of international repute, his in-depth knowledge of the tradition and custom was such that he was the second King after King Kariboye- Abbi Amachree IV to have adorned and played the famous Egbelegbe masquerade to the admiration of the people of Tombia from whom the masquerade was acquired by King Kariboye Abbi Amachree IV.

The sum totality of his being was peace personified even in the face of persecution; hence he was fondly referred to as HIS SERENE MAJESTY.

Nairaland / General / Citizens Quest Congratulates Sen. Godswill Akpabio On His Emergence As Senate Pr by NwaorguF: 10:26pm On Jun 13
The Citizens Quest for Truth Initiative has congratulated the former Governor of Akwa Ibom State and Former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, distinguished Senator Godswill Akpabio on his successful inauguration as the President of the Nigerian 10th senate.

A release by the National President of the accountability advocacy Non-Governmental Organization, Chief Obiaruko Ndukwe, hails Senator Godswill Akpabio for braving the odds to clinch the number three position in the Country and prays for wisdom and forthrightness in the discharge of his official duties.

It will be recalled that in the heat of the NDDC/NASS debacle, in 2020, which loomed every inch a battle for the soul of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) the Citizens Quest stood with the people, to protect the heritage of the Niger Delta region which was misconstrued as being "Akpabio associates", even though that did not deter us from standing by the truth.

Citizens Quest however is undaunted and resolute in the tenets of her incorporation and ready to continue to stand by the Nigerian people.

We are convinced that Senator Akpabio will exploit this opportunity to the service of the Nigerian masses which has been his burning passion since he bestrode the political space of our nation.

Congratulations His Excellency, Senator Godswill Akpabio, Senate President, Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Politics / Akpabio Is Our Choice – South-east Leaders by NwaorguF: 1:22pm On Jun 13
...Say Former Senate Minority Leader Will Help Tinubu Remove Discomfort

South-East leaders on Monday dismissed the chances of Abdulaziz Yari, Orji Kalu and Osita Izunaso in the senate presidency race.

“We are pleased that Senator Godswill Akpabio was endorsed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) as senate president and we are extremely grateful to President Bola Tinubu, senators-elect and the leadership of the ruling party”, the leaders said in Enugu.

The leaders also warned against electing a capricious person as senate president.

“We admire Senator Godswill Akpabio greatly. He remains the most satisfactory of those eyeing the senate presidency. Those for whom poor education and wastage of resources are the major virtues will not look with admiration upon Senator Godswill Akpabio.”

The leaders who met under the auspices of the South-East Unity and Advancement Forum (SEUAM) to advance the position of the zone in the senate presidency, hailed Akpabio for devoting himself to the furtherance of human happiness.

“The function of government is to remove oppression and increase liberty. Senator Godswill Akpabio will safeguard the interests of the majority and protect smaller elements.”

In a statement titled, South-East has spoken, the leaders urged senators-elect to teach Kalu, Yari and Izunaso a lesson in democracy.

“Godswill Akpabio is very simple and puritanical. He has a very good intellect, gifted with reason and understands the making and law changing powers of government.”

The statement was signed by the Chairman of the South -East Unity and Advancement Forum (SEUAM), Chief Maxwell Okoye.

“Senator Godswill Akpabio is an outstanding leader and an adherent to the principle of utility. He’s got a lot of sense and marshals his facts well. His importance in Southern and Northern Nigeria remains beyond dispute.”

The statement highlighted Senator Akpabio’s intellect, conscience, and strength of reason.

“Senator Godswill Akpabio’s brain is nimble. His development efforts in the Niger Delta leave much to be desired.”

It also emphasized Akpabio’s contribution to the stability of Nigerian politics.

“It will be folly to ignore his achievements as senate minority leader. It would be hard to find any corner of Akwa Ibom State where the effort of Akpabio is not working today.

“Senator Godswill Akpabio, a saintly man, a great fighter for freedom, equality and advocate of industrial as well as of political democracy, is our choice for senate president”, the statement added.

Akpabio Is Our Choice – South-East Leaders

...Say Former Senate Minority Leader Will Help Tinubu Remove Discomfort

South-East leaders on Monday dismissed the chances of Abdulaziz Yari, Orji Kalu and Osita Izunaso in the senate presidency race.

“We are pleased that Senator Godswill Akpabio was endorsed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) as senate president and we are extremely grateful to President Bola Tinubu, senators-elect and the leadership of the ruling party”, the leaders said in Enugu.

The leaders also warned against electing a capricious person as senate president.

“We admire Senator Godswill Akpabio greatly. He remains the most satisfactory of those eyeing the senate presidency. Those for whom poor education and wastage of resources are the major virtues will not look with admiration upon Senator Godswill Akpabio.”

The leaders who met under the auspices of the South-East Unity and Advancement Forum (SEUAM) to advance the position of the zone in the senate presidency, hailed Akpabio for devoting himself to the furtherance of human happiness.

“The function of government is to remove oppression and increase liberty. Senator Godswill Akpabio will safeguard the interests of the majority and protect smaller elements.”

In a statement titled, South-East has spoken, the leaders urged senators-elect to teach Kalu, Yari and Izunaso a lesson in democracy.

“Godswill Akpabio is very simple and puritanical. He has a very good intellect, gifted with reason and understands the making and law changing powers of government.”

The statement was signed by the Chairman of the South -East Unity and Advancement Forum (SEUAM), Chief Maxwell Okoye.

“Senator Godswill Akpabio is an outstanding leader and an adherent to the principle of utility. He’s got a lot of sense and marshals his facts well. His importance in Southern and Northern Nigeria remains beyond dispute.”

The statement highlighted Senator Akpabio’s intellect, conscience, and strength of reason.

“Senator Godswill Akpabio’s brain is nimble. His development efforts in the Niger Delta leave much to be desired.”

It also emphasized Akpabio’s contribution to the stability of Nigerian politics.

“It will be folly to ignore his achievements as senate minority leader. It would be hard to find any corner of Akwa Ibom State where the effort of Akpabio is not working today.

“Senator Godswill Akpabio, a saintly man, a great fighter for freedom, equality and advocate of industrial as well as of political democracy, is our choice for senate president”, the statement added.
Politics / Good Speech On “democracy Day, 2023" By President BAT: Not Much Has Changed by NwaorguF: 12:49pm On Jun 12
"We can easily recall the sacrifice and martyrdom of Chief MKO Abiola, the custodian of the sacred mandate that was so cruelly annulled. He sacrificed his life in unyielding, patriotic defense of the ideals of democracy as symbolized in his choice, by his fellow countrymen and women, as their duly-elected President. There was an easier choice for him. It was to forgo the justice of his cause and opt for the path of ease and capitulation in the face of the tyranny of power."

Above is an excerpt from the speech delivered by Nigeria's president who was one of the key actors in the struggle to entrench democracy against the military junta in 1993.

It captured very well what would have been the alternative if the hero and winner of that election which was aborted on June 12, 1993, had abandoned his mandate and the pursuit of justice. He could have opted out considering the enormous weight of tyranny by the anti-democratic forces, yet he remained a stickler for the truth and the preservation of democracy in its real sense rather than aligning with the forces that truncated the willful mandate bestowed on him by the Nigerian people through the ballots.

It's yet 30 years and another election similar to the kind which aborted the transition from military to civilian government has taken place. The hitherto lackadaisical populace who had long lost faith in the Nigerian electoral system for the first time after 30 years decided it was time to take over their nation and foster a truly people-influenced democracy. They stepped out en masse with their personal voter's cards, defying tyranny and intimidation by opposing forces who sought to silence their voices in electing the next leaders. It was a long-drawn battle for the soul of Nigeria by the people for the people.

Even though three decades have passed, and a new date signaling the rebirth of democracy set, the only success recorded has been the victory of civilians over the military. It has been a sustained transition from one civilian administration to another which has spanned 24 years. But it is not yet Uhuru as the forces which have silenced the Nigerian voters have transmuted from the military garb to the long-flowing gowns known as "agbada" in local parlance.

Not much has changed. It is now a battle between the cabal and the people.

The 2023 elections have been a reformation of the 1993 elections where the choice of the people is no longer truncated by the military but by an organized and systemic group of Nigerians through the electoral body, INEC, and the Judiciary.

Just like MKO's failed efforts at justice, Peter Obi is not likely to get justice through these democratic forces. It's only a modification of the process of muzzling the man whose mandate has been snatched!

As usual, those who should have made history like the martyrs and the living legends in that struggle for June 12 will again set another record on whatever date the apex court chooses to do justice or opt for a "peaceful" transition without recourse to justice.

Happy Democracy Day to all Nigerians who would read this article dispassionately without fear or favour.

Chief Obiaruko Christie Ndukwe, a socio-political commentator, analyst and columnist based in Port Harcourt, Rivers State
Nairaland / General / Customs Area 1 Command Ph, Sensitizes Stakeholders On Customs Clearance Procedur by NwaorguF: 12:40pm On Jun 12
The Nigeria Customs Service Area 1 Command Port Harcourt has commenced what it termed stakeholders partnership on the training and retraining of its trading community with the aim to sensitize stakeholders on issues of non conformity with statutory procedures and other vices in Customs clearance processes.

The event which commenced last week in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital comes in phases to avail the Maritime operators especially the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents, (ANLCA), (NAGAFF,) Bonded Terminals operations, shipping agents among others the opportunity to learn the Customs procedure codes which would in turn ensure seamless clearance of containers at the ports.

In his opening remarks, the Zonal Coordinator, Zone C Customs headquarters in Port Harcourt, ACG Olugboyega Peters who expressed happiness with, the level of revenue profile of the Command, cooperation and synergy among the stakeholders and the Nigeria Customs Service said he was happy with the level of seamless operations the Command is enjoying with the stakeholders insisting that the essence of the gathering was to learn hence according to him, “there is no end to education."

He went further to posit that people should continue to learn adding that "learning stops when we have entered the grave."

Speaking further, he said in Customs operations, the most important thing is transparency even as he charged the operators to be transparent in their declaration as such would ensue they exit their containers within 48 hours." If you're doing the right thing, your consignment can leave the terminal within 48 hours" Peters said.

Delivering the lecture, CSC, Joseph Atile said the objective of the interactive session was to enlighten, educate and create awareness and sensitize the service personnel and the trading community on the importance and use of correct Customs procedure as it affects imports, exports and transit operations with respect to commonly abused factors on declarations and customs procedure code (CPC) leading to huge loss of revenue. He insisted that to be a Licensed Customs Agents a basic sound knowledge of tools, processes and documentation is required, adding that agents should make training and retraining their watchword, even as he noted that they should embark on consultation and strict adherence to customs procedures, process and documentation.

In his contribution, the Customs Area 1, Controller, Comptroller CD Wada, admonished the stakeholders to build capacity and add value to themselves and their organizations, vowing to partner with the agents to train and retrain them. While reminding them on the cure mandate of Customs which he said included revenue generation trade facilitation and Anti smuggling, he said every genuine and compliant trader would enjoy trade facilitation but recalcitrant ones, even their agencies would be blocked from doing business.

Responding, on the impact of the training, Slot Bonded Terminal Manager, Mr. Fabian Nwanyanwu said the lecture was impactful as what customs was doing to the agents according to him was very much expected. “What customs is doing today is part of what they ought to do. The Nation is moving forward and customs should not be left behind, my prayer is that everybody should key in and learn since they have promised to be doing it regularly."

Continuing, Nwanyanwu said, I have learnt today that most of the applications we use during capturing are in error and as ACG Peters has said, you can't apply anything you do not know" He insisted.

To comrade Ngozi Uzoho of NAGAFF, what the agents and customs did was to rob minds on compliance trade. According to him, "compliance is everybody's game and once you complied, you helped the Customs, yourself and the stabilization of the Nigerian economy."

By Bon Peters, Port Harcourt

Politics / Akpabio Will Shape Nigeria’s Future For The Better - South-south Leaders by NwaorguF: 12:31pm On Jun 12
.....Move to stop Yari, Kalu, others

South-South leaders on Friday called on Senators-Elect to better understand what is at stake and to have an enhanced commitment to work for the victory of Senator Godswill Akpabio.

“Nigerians are looking to Senator Godswill Akpabio for leadership. They are looking to him for strength. The former Akwa Ibom State governor is in a unique position in his political career, with a unique set of experiences and insights for this moment in history. He has the skills and experiences to bring about meaningful change in the country.”

The leaders also described Akpabio as a genuine patriot.

“We need a tested, seasoned, wise, strong, courageous, steady hand on the throttle. We need an experienced leader to have a firm hand on the controls. That is why we need Senator Godswill Akpabio as Senate President.”

The leaders under the aegis of the South-South Front (SSF) praised Akpabio for serving remarkably during his first term in the National Assembly.

In a statement by the Chairman SSF, Chief John Harry, the leaders urged Abdulaziz Yari, Orji Uzor Kalu and others to throw in the towel.

“Senator Godswill Akpabio has become a force of nature in the country’s ruling party. His persistent and gritty determination projected confidence. He is the favourite. You can feel it in the country.”

The prominent South-South leaders applauded Akpabio for growing stronger in the face of obstacles and opposition, setting the Niger Delta on a better course for the future.

“Senator Godswill Akpabio took the job of leading the Niger Delta through one of the most trying and difficult periods of change the region has known. He will move the Senate in a new direction and help to shape Nigeria’s future for the better.”

The leaders also praised Akpabio for his understanding of issues and flexibility in thought.

“Senator Godswill Akpabio is a thoughtful person, a man of sound judgement. As minister, he made a positive difference in a lot of ways. As governor, the list of his accomplishments is pretty solid.”

The statement underscored credibility, integrity, Akpabio’s personality, and personal history.
The statement also emphasised faith, strength, composure, leadership and guidance.

“Senator Godswill Akpabio is engaging, has a great sense of humour and is a strongly devoted family man.”
Akpabio, a sincerely pleasant man with a bright smile and a winsome personality, is expected to be the country’s next senate president.

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