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2022 Navy Games: CNS promises to equip sports complex in Lagos



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Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo during a golf tournament in commemoration of Nigeria Navy 66th Anniversary celebration in Port Harcourt

The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo says that plans are underway to equip the Navy Town Sports Complex, Lagos, on time for the Navy Games in August.

Gambo made this known on Sunday during a one-day golf tournament at the Sealords Golf Club, Nigeria Navy Ship (NNS) Pathfinder base in Port Harcourt.

The tournament was organized by the Nigerian Navy as part of a week-long celebration to commemorate its 66th anniversary.

According to him, the navy has prioritised use of sports activities to improve the fitness and proficiency of personnel while carrying out their assigned duties.

“So, efforts are ongoing to equip the Navy Town Sports Complex in Lagos with state-of-the-art equipment in preparation for the Navy Games that will be held in August.

“We will continue to encourage active participation in sporting activities both locally and internationally towards taking the Nigeria Navy a notch higher.

“We are committed to walk the talk as our plans for our navy remain robust,” he said.

Gambo said the golf tournament brought together about 300 amateur golfers, including both serving and retired officers and friends of the navy to compete and improve fitness.

“Participants have competed fairly and shown strong determination, great perseverance and true sportsmanship while promoting the spirit of solidarity, friendship and cultural exchanges.

“Celebrating our milestone at 66, we pledge our commitment towards the realisation of the vision to be a strong, formidable and credible navy that Nigerians can be proud of.

“The Nigerian Navy will continue to achieve giant strides in securing our maritime domain while ensuring that personnel are fit to sustain navy achievements,” he added.

The navy chief said that investments in sports had yielded positive results as its female volleyball team was currently representing the country in an ongoing female volleyball tournament in Tunisia.

Speaking, Rear Admiral Ochegomie Fingesi (Rtd) debunked the impression by golf enthusiasts that the game was exclusively for the wealthy and senior citizens.

Fingesi, 80, who retired 32 years ago, said the game could be played and enjoyed by both the young and old, rich and low-income earners, provided such individuals were fit.

“Golf is a game of all ages, unlike some other sports that you cannot participate in when you reach a certain age.

“I started playing golf in 1974 when I was 30 years old and now I am 80 and actively still playing the game of golf.

“So, we are delighted that the CNS Gambo is featuring golf in this year’s anniversary, considering that the game improves both fitness and mental sharpness,” he explained.

Fingesi, a prominent figure in General Ibrahim Babangida’s regime, said that golfing was also among the cheapest sports to go into when compared with other popular games in the country.


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NIMASA: Jamoh Bags National Productivity Merit Award 



 ….Dedicates award to stakeholders as   Ajani, and Offodile join Awardees List***

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, will on Monday be conferred, by the Federal Government with the 2021 National Productivity Order of Merit, NPOM, Award. 

Also in the category of awards is the Executive Director, Finance and Administration of the Agency, Chudi Offodile; while the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Dr Magdalene Ajani was nominated as a 2022 recipient of the award.

The official conferment ceremony is scheduled for Monday, June 5, 2023.

The DG expressed appreciation to the Federal Government, noting that it is a call to greater service to our Fatherland.

“I am spurred by this award, particularly as it is coming from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, which underscores the ministry’s role in ensuring reward for hard work and productivity in public service”

Chudi Offodile

Let me also use this opportunity to dedicate the award to the industry’s stakeholders; external and internal, as they have made our work easier as an administration. We will continue to strive to make the maritime sector a viable economic driver, especially with the Blue Economy mantra, which is critical to the sustainability of the maritime sector”, Jamoh said.

Commenting the on the selection of the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Magdalene Ajani, the DG said it is a well-deserved honour, as she has remained a core professional and astute administrator in the coordination of activities in the Ministry and the Agencies under the supervision of the Ministry.

“I am not surprised by her selection, as she is an administrator par excellence and has remained resolute and professional in the discharge of her duties. Little wonder she is commonly referred to as the “Head Mistress” of the Ministry and the Maritime Sector”. I congratulate her on the well-deserving award.

The National Productivity Order of Merit Award was instituted by the Federal Government of Nigeria to recognize and honour productive individuals and organizations in Nigeria in the year of the award for achievements made in the preceding years.

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Group Backs Tinubu On Subsidy Removal, Calls For Restructuring



The Campaign for Democracy (CD), a pro-democracy, Civil Society and Human Rights Organisation, has backed President Bola Tinubu on the removal of fuel subsidy.

The group made this known in a communique issued by its North Central Executive Committee at the end of its meeting on Friday in Minna, a copy of which was made available to newsmen in Abuja on Saturday.

The communique was jointly signed by the Chairman, of North Central Zone, Dr Abdullahi Mohammed, and Secretary General, Mr Abdulwahid Adeniran.

They urged the president to restructure the nation’s security architecture to effectively tackle the challenge of insecurity as well as Nigeria as a country.

They said the expectation of Nigerians were high in tandem with the renewed hope principle and focused policy of the administration.

According to the communique, the removal of the fuel subsidy was long overdue and welcome the development for the good of Nigerians.

The group also urged the government to do the needful by putting necessary palliative policy measures and logistics to soften the hardship that might accompany the new paradigm shift among the citizens.

“That there is a need for a national task force comprising of the Army, Police, Customs, Navy, Air Force, Civil Defence and non-state actors, civil society,  among other stakeholders, to check the arbitrary price increase of the product, stop the exploitation of the people by fuel marketers and their collaborators/dealers to tarnish the image of the new administration in the eyes of the public,” they said.

The group also called on stakeholders in the educational sector to come up with solutions to the challenges of 12.3 million out-of-school in Nigeria as a result of insecurity.

They also advocated that the president should give directions to child education through the resettlement of IDPs, and tackle banditry, poverty, food insecurity and socio-economic challenges confronting the nation.

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Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

The group recommended that federal government policy programme implementation be adopted at the sub-national state and local governments for the benefit of Nigerians.

According to them, this synergy is key to the collaborative building of the country.

Besides, CD called on Tinubu to restructure the nation’s security architecture for better performance to further curb crimes and criminalities.

They however commended the Armed Forces of Nigeria for taking the battle against insurgency, kidnapping, and banditry to the doorsteps of the criminals.

According to the group, the battle against insecurity is winnable by our gallant military men and officers in the theatre of the war.

They therefore called on all stakeholders to support Tinubu toward physical and economically restructuring of Nigeria for the common interest of all.

The group congratulated the new governor and deputy governor of Niger, advising them to partner with all relevant stakeholders for the peace and development of the state.

“We appeal to the incoming government to take the welfare of civil servants seriously by providing motivational incentives to improve the working conditions of workers and ensure commensurate take-home wages and salaries are paid as of when due,” the group urged.

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NSC: APMT Receives Registration Certificate as Regulated Service Provider



The AP Moller Terminals, led by its Vice President, Mr. Martijn Van Dongen on Friday, paid a courtesy visit, to the Nigerian Shippers’ Council headquarters in Lagos.

Dongen, leading a 4 -man delegation,  said the essence of the visit was to strengthen the collaboration with the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, as port Economic Regulator. 

During the visit, the APMT actually received its certificate to operate as a regulated service provider. 

The Legal Adviser and Head of Corporate Affairs of APMT, Chinenye Deinde also urged NSC to pursue the National Transport Commission (NTC) Bill, stating that it has the potential to sanitize the maritime sector. 

In his response, the Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of NSC, Rt. Honourable Emmanuel Jime, highlighted that the Shippers’ Council was already working on the review of its enabling Act, which he believes will strengthen the agency in its role as port economic regulator.

 According to him, the Federal Government is committed to making Nigeria an investment haven for foreign investors while encouraging local entrepreneurs to be creative in growing the economy.

  “The strategic location of this country on the African continent makes it a trigger for investments”, the NSC ES/CEO concluded.

Mr. Dongen was accompanied on the visit by Mr. Klaus Holm Laursen, Head of Joint Ventures, Africa and Europe, Mrs. Chinenye Deinde, Legal Adviser & Head, Corporate Affairs, APMT as well as Mr. Frederick Klinke, MD, APMT Nigeria.

L-R: Martijn van Dongen Vice President, Head of Global Lean Business System at APM Terminals, Maersk, Klaus Holm Laursen Head of Joint Ventures, Africa & Europe, Hon. Emmanuel Jime, Executive Secretary/CEO, Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Frederik Klinke, Country Managing Director, APM Terminals, Nigeria and Chinenye Deinde, General Manager, Legal and Corporate Affairs, APM Terminals Apapa

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