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CIOTA: NEC Suspends Electoral Process; Jamoh says, ‘We are committed to credible elections’



CIOTA: NEC Suspends Electoral Process; Jamoh says, 'We are committed to credible elections'

The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Chartered Institute of Transport Administration of Nigeria has suspended the electoral process for the 2022 General Elections as announced by a 7-man Ad-Hoc electoral panel headed by Professor Innocent Ogwude.

Chairman of Council and President CIOTA Dr. Bashir Jamoh and the National Secretary, Honorable Chinda Evans Ogbuji, jointly signed a resolution at an emergency meeting of NEC noting that this decision was taken in line with the provisions of paragraph 6, sub paragraph3 of the first schedule of the Establishment Act of CIOTA signed into law in 2019 by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The National Executive Committee said the decision was to save the entire electoral process and reiterated its commitment to having transparent and credible elections and handing over of power to the next administration.

Jamoh said that the National Executive Committee is under oath to serve the institute selflessly.

‘’We had to take this decision to save the entire electoral process.

NEC has received several complaints about the process such as Ad-Hoc Electoral Committee levying interested members for expression of interest form without the approval of NEC, non-publication of all vacant elective positions, restriction of collection and submission of nomination forms to just one week instead of the 5 weeks to election date as stipulated in the CIOTA Act, non-adherence to eligibility criteria as contained in the Institute’s Act, and lack of transparency and fairness in the entire process amongst other allegations” Jamoh said, stressing that the leadership would not condone any act by anybody or group of persons to bring the Institute to disrepute.

“The Electoral Committee should not allow itself to be coerced into taking actions that will set bad precedence that will injure the reputation of CIOTA.

I am glad about the level of interest in the CIOTA electoral process. It’s a testament to the enviable standards we have taken the Institute to.

“We are committed to ensuring fair play in the conduct of elections.

All interested aspirants must be given equal opportunity and a level playing field.

All actions leading to the elections must be in line with the CIOTA ACT 2019.

CIOTA is a creation of the Law and as such must be guided by provisions of its enabling Act.

Being the Exco that midwife the enactment of the CIOTA Act in 2019, we will not condone any action contrary to the Act and constitution of the Institute on election matters”, he indicated further.

Professor Innocent Ogwude-led Electoral Panel is saddled with the responsibility of conducting elections to fill executive positions at the Annual General Meeting scheduled for the last week of November 2022

According to CIOTA Act 2019, Positions that will become vacant by the end of 2022 subject to recommendations to the Chairman of Council by the Electoral panel include President, Deputy President, National Secretary, Assistant National Secretary, Provost, Treasurer, National Financial Secretary, Public Relations Officer and Auditor 1,2 and 3.

It is also noteworthy that the CIOTA Act 2019 stipulates in section 5 subsection 2(a) that the National President of the Institute shall be a fellow of the institute with at least five years of post-registration experience. Collection and submission of nomination forms are scheduled to elapse 5 weeks prior to the elections according to the first schedule of the CIOTA Act 2019.

The institute’s image maker, Chizoba Anyika (Mrs) noted that the CIoTA became chartered in June 2019 under the Dr Bashir Jamoh-led executive, after President Muhammadu Buhari signed into law, the CIOTA enabling Act.


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NIMASA: Jamoh Visits Channels TV, Stresses the Importance of ‘National Interest’



NIMASA: Jamoh Visits Channels TV, Stresses the Importance of 'National Interest'

The Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh has stressed the crucial importance of the Media to nation-building, and tasked media practitioners to put the nation’s interest foremost.

NIMASA: Jamoh Visits Channels TV, Stresses the Importance of 'National Interest'
R-L: Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh OFR presenting a souvenir to the Chairman/CEO of Channels Television, Mr. John Momoh during a courtesy visit to the Channels TV headquarters in Lagos recently.

The NIMASA Director-General indicated this, during his working visit to the Chief Executive Officer of ChannelsTV Mr. John Momoh, highlighting the critical role of the media.

“The Media is crucial to Nation Building!”, Jamoh told his host, calling attention to why  Media owners must make conscious and deliberate efforts to imbibe national interest in information management, for the development of Nigeria with particular reference to the maritime sector.

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Nigeria- Niger Republic Rail Project Critical To Africa- Sambo



Nigeria- Niger Republic Rail Project Critical To Africa- Sambo

Nigeria and the Niger Republic have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the rail project, with the Minister of Transportation, Muazu Jaji Sambo stressing that the project will boost trade and other socio-economic activities within the continent, particularly between both countries.

The Minister stated this in Abuja at the MoU signing, noting the specific importance of the Nigeria rail line. Sambo signed for Nigeria while the  Minister of Transportation of the Republic of Niger, Alma Oumarou signed for his country. 

The Minister noted that the rail line, which will start from Kano State in Nigeria and end at Maradi in Niger Republic,  will facilitate the realization of the objectives of the African Continental Free Trade  Agreement which Nigeria and Niger Republic are signatories.

“I am aware that people have blood relationships across borders so the project will expand the historical and cultural relationship between the people of Nigeria and those of the Niger Republic. The project is also very important in enhancing inter-nation and continental trade”, Mr. Sambo added.

On the implementation of the project, the Minister said a Technical Committee would be set up within seven days in accordance with Article 3 of the MoU, adding that nomination of members and inauguration of the Technical Committee would be concluded by the first week of February 2023.

According to him, after their inauguration, the Technical Committee will take charge of the facilitation and implementation of the project. 

Speaking earlier, the Minister of Transportation of the Republic of Niger, Alma Oumarou corroborated that the rail project will promote inter-nation as well as continental trade, strengthen cultural ties between the two countries and create jobs.  

In her welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Magdalene Ajani, said work has been ongoing on the  Kano-Maradi rail line for the past two years, adding that the signing of the MoU would expedite the completion of the project. 

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Lekki Deep Seaport to boost non-oil revenue — NEPC; FG foils 66 attempts to hack FEC virtual meetings 



Lekki Deep Seaport to boost non-oil revenue — NEPC; FG foils 66 attempts to hack FEC virtual meetings 

The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), says the recently commissioned Lekki Deep Sea Port is expected to boost Nigeria’s non-oil export.

The Executive Director/CEO of NEPC, Dr. Ezra Yakusak said that the development came on the heels of tremendous performance recorded in the non-oil export sector in 2022.

A statement issued on Thursday by Ndubueze Okeke, Head, Corporate Communications NEPC, quoted Yakusak as saying that the seaport would further ease the perennial congestion at the Apapa Ports.

“This development comes on the heels of the tremendous performance recorded in the non-oil export sector in 2022 in which the sector recorded a significant result of 4.820 billion dollars in 2022 representing an increase of 39.91 percent over 2021.

“The Lekki Deep Sea Port will not only provide jobs, directly and indirectly along the value chain but will further ease the perennial congestion at the Apapa Ports and thereby enhance the export drive of the country.

“It will also guarantee seamless trade facilitation.

“Having been designated a Customs port, all is now set for commercial vessels to berth and clear cargo at the port which is reported to be the country’s first Deep Sea Port and first fully automated as well,’’ Yakusak said.

He explained that the Lekki deep sea port domiciled within the Lekki Free Trade Zone (LFTZ), would further create an enabling environment for business and commercial activities to thrive.

According to Yakusak, this is particularly for the export of Nigerian products as it will play a strategic role in promoting international trade and sustainable economic growth for the country.

“The commissioning of the Lekki Deep Seaport is strategic and very key to the development and promotion of export trade.

“Indeed, it will ease the supply chain constraints and enhance logistics given the vital role of logistics in facilitating the transportation of goods to the international market.

“It is also a major source of foreign exchange earnings,” he said.

Yakusak said that about 214 different products ranging from manufactured, semi-processed, solid minerals to raw agricultural products were exported in 2022.

He said that 19 exit points were used with Apapa Port recording the highest tonnage of exports.

Yakusak commended President Muhammadu Buhari for providing the political will to execute the project in collaboration with other stakeholders.

He said that the project was expected to add about 361 billion dollars to the economy.

The project is a joint venture between the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Lagos State Government.

Others are the Tolarams Group (owners of the Lagos Free Zone) and China Harbour Engineering Company. 

In another development, the Federal Government said it foiled  66 attempts by hackers from Europe to compromise the virtual meetings of the Federal Executive Councils (FEC).

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami gave the revelation in Abuja at the 19th edition of the President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) Administration Scorecard Series (2015-2023).

The scorecard series was organised by the Ministry of Information and Culture to showcase the achievements of Buhari’s administration.

Presenting the scorecards of his ministry, Pantami said since the unveiling of the National Policy on Virtual Engagements for Federal Public Institutions in October 2020, not less than, 108 virtual FEC meetings had been held.

He said from the 108 virtual FEC meetings held, 66 attacks to compromise the meetings were made from Europe but all failed.

The minister said all the cases were reported to the appropriate authorities for the record and actions.

He recalled that the National Policy on Virtual Engagements was launched to formalise government online meetings such as FEC and Council of State meetings.

The minister said that with the policy developed with the office of the Head of Service of the Federation, government’s virtual meetings could be held effectively and legally.

He said the implementation of the virtual meetings had saved the country over N47 billion which could have been used if they were held physically.

The minister also disclosed that in line with Buhari’s vision to lift millions of Nigerians out of poverty, not less than 2.2 million jobs had been created in the digital sector in the past three years.

He said the feat was achieved in the sector by the implementation of the Executive Orders signed by the President to priotise indigenous content as well as indigenous professional in the execution of national projects.

Pantami said in the execution of jobs, planning and design of projects as well as appointments of key officials in the digital sector of the country priorities were given to indigenous professionals.

 He said his ministry also priotised the execution of programmes and projects that could generate direct and indirect jobs.

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