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Delta, NIMASA To Partner On Maritime Development

The Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, said on Thursday his administration would partner with the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to develop the state’s maritime potential.

Okowa stated this when the Director-General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, and his management team paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House in Asaba.

The governor commended the management of the agency for reaching out to stakeholders in the littoral states in its bid to develop the maritime sector.

He said the take-off of the Maritime University in Okerenkoko had brought peace to the Niger Delta and pledged the support of the state government to the growth and development of the institution.

Okowa acknowledged that NIMASA had done well in Delta, but urged the agency to do more to enable the state to reap the dividends in the maritime sector.

The governor said: “I appreciate the effort of NIMASA in the establishment of the Maritime University in Okerenkoko.

“The school should be developed to international standards because of its uniqueness and for it to produce adequate manpower needed in the maritime sector.

“Indeed, the coming of the university gave birth to peace in the Niger Delta and we must appreciate NIMASA for its contribution.

“I am glad that a lot is being done by NIMASA, particularly in Delta State, and we will continue to appreciate it so that you can continue to do more.

“I am aware that we have been having issues with the ship repairs and building project and we will be happy to see this industry established to complement the university.

“We are aware that a lot of scholarship had been given to Delta indigenes and I must register our appreciation to NIMASA.”

Earlier in his remarks, Jamoh said he was in Delta as part of the stakeholders’ sensitisation on the development of the maritime sector.

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Borno To Train 100 Journalists On Capacity Building

Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum has announced plans to sponsore 100 journalists for capacity building training at the University of Maiduguri.

Zulum disclosed this at the Triennial Delegates Conference of the state council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) on Saturday in Maiduguri.

Represented by his Special Adviser on Communications and Stategy, Malam Isa Gusau, the governor said he requested the University to organise a certificate training programme for the journalists to be funded by the state government.

He urged the council to nominate its members to participate in the programme to enhance their capacities.

While reiterating commitment to run an open door policy, Zulum assured continued support to the journalists to enable them to discharge their duties.

The Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Babakura Abba-Jato, lauded the delegates and contestants for the peaceful conduct of the exercise.

Abba-Jato represented by Baba Shiekh-Lawan, urged the contestants to accept the outcome of the election in the spirit of sportsmanship.

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We Will End Crude Oil Theft Through Deployment Of Technology- F.G

The Federal Government has restated its determination to end crude oil theft through the deployment of technology as well as additional security measures.

Mohammed made the remarks at a press briefing in Abuja on Friday after an aerial surveillance of the Trans-Forcados oil pipeline in Rivers state.

According to a statement by Segun Adeyemi, special assistant to the president on media in the office of the minister, Mohammed said the measures taken so far have started bearing results, as 210 suspects have been arrested, and 365 illegal refining sites destroyed.

“The continued campaign by the government security agencies (GSAs) have led to the arrest of 210 suspects and confiscation of 20.2 million liters of AGO, 461.8 thousand liters of PMS, 843.6 thousand liters of DPK, and 383.5 thousand barrels of crude oil,” he said.

An additional 365 illegal refining sites were destroyed, with about 1,054 refining ovens, 1,210 metal storage tanks, 838 dugout pits, and 346 reservoirs destroyed by the GSAs.

“We witnessed first-hand a number of illegal refineries destroyed by our military in the course of our aerial surveillance.”

Mohammed said many vehicles, crude mining and bunkering equipment, such as speed boats, wooden boats, trucks and tankers, have also been confiscated.

He said private security contractors were also engaged to provide local intelligence on all illegal crude ventures happening within the region, adding that the contractors were also engaged for security surveillance services to ensure safe and seamless operations along the country’s pipeline networks.

“The new security architecture leverages collaboration between the upstream operators, industry regulators, government security agencies (GSA), and private security contractors (PSC),” the minister said.

 

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Nigeria Has A Revenue, Not Debt Problem- Finance Minister

Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, has said that contrary to widespread insinuations, Nigeria’s problem is that of revenue and not debt.

Ahmed stated this in an address at the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum in New York, while responding to earlier remarks by the president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, who said Nigeria needs help in tackling its debt burden.

Ahmed disagreed, arguing that Nigeria has set a debt-to-GDP ceiling at 40 per cent, which the country is yet to exceed and added that Nigeria’s revenue generation is low right now.

“We do have a revenue problem and this revenue problem, we’re tackling using the instrument of the strategic revenue initiative, the revenue challenges we have we have been addressing in a systematic manner,” she added.

Ahmed further stated that the country has a very significant impact in revenue performance based on the issues in the oil sector, which is being addressed by the security agencies.

“There are some ineffective tax incentives that are currently in process of being review, so some that have reached maturity will not be renewed, there might be some new ones that are being introduced, but we’re trying to make sure that we’re getting value for the investments that we have provided.”

She said the Strategic Revenue Growth Initiatives (SRGI) is designed around three thematic areas: achieve sustainability, identify new and enhance existing revenue stream and achieve collision within the revenue ecosystem — alignment between our people and our truths.

The minister said the government has taken on some innovative approaches to financing infrastructure, giving an example of road infrastructure for tax rebate.

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