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Patriotism Beyond Politics: NIWA Boss Congratulates Soludo, Anambra Governors-Elect



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… As NIWA plans exit from national budget by 2022:***

Patriotic zeal may have outpaced party politics for the ‘Ohamadike’, as the Managing Director, Nigerian Inland Waterways Authority NIWA, Dr. George Nnadubem Moghalu Campaign Organisation has allegedly sent a Congratulatory message to Professor Chukwuma Charles Soludo of APGA, the Anambra State Governor-elect.

The 11th November felicitation message was sent on behalf of Chief Moghalu, his family, the Moghalu Campaign Organisation and Support Groups, following Soludo’s election as Governor of Anambra State.

“Your victory is a righteous expression of democracy, it represents not only a personal victory but a triumph for all those who believe in the promise of a genuinely representative democracy built on the foundations of the rule of law and respect for the popular will.

“As you are aware, I had hoped to participate in this election as the candidate of my party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), and contribute to the robust public debates necessary for democracy to thrive and progress to happen.

“However, as a result of adverse machinations against the public good, that was not to be.

Nevertheless, l remain as committed today, as I ever was, to the progress and prosperity of our dear state and the welfare of all her people.

“The obligation to seek the progress of Anambra State transcends politics.

As such, we are called to embrace the higher calling of service to humanity so that by collective effort, we can make Anambra State the shining city on a hill.

Therefore, as you assume the Office of Governor of Anambra State, I want you to know that in every effort you make to better the lives of our people, you will have my support and utmost goodwill”, Chief Moghalu, a grassroot operator further highlighted, congratulating the Governor-elect as a ‘brother’ and wishing him well on the new assignment.

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A cross-section maintained that the poll results could have been different, most likely in favour of Moghalus APC, if the NIWA Boss had personally participated.

In another development meanwhile, the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), has sought the permission of the National Assembly towards exiting from the annual National Budget.

Dr George Moghalu, Managing Director, NIWA, said this when he appeared before the Joint National Assembly Committee on Marine Transport, Ports and Harbours/Inland Waterways for  2022 budget defence on Thursday.

He said that the approval would allow the authority to be self-sufficient.

Moghalu noted that as a deliberate policy drive toward attaining financial autonomy, the authority exited the Overhead Allocation in 2020.

“We are now poised to opt-out of the Recurrent Allocation (comprising both Overhead and Personnel costs) effective from the 2022 Budget, with a view to becoming fully autonomous by 2023.

“Consequently, the Authority in its 2022 budget accorded priority to the completion of all on-going projects especially those that align with the new policy objectives of government’s Medium-Term National Development Plan (MTNDP) 2021-2025 and Nigeria Agenda 2050.”

“Our exiting the national budget does not in any way remove the regulatory authority of agencies of government and even the national assembly oversight functions.

“We can’t stop the national assembly from exercising its oversight functions, we can’t stop the auditor-general’s office from coming to audit us.

We can’t, statutorily speaking, do any expenditure outside the budget as approved by the national assembly,” Moghalu said.

A member of the committee, Sen. Smart Adeyemi (APC-Kogi West) said most of the agencies that had autonomy were those where corruption thrived.

“NIWA is located in my Senatorial District. There were a lot of complaints against the agency. Agencies are federal government organisations and in all, you will do, you must reflect the federal character and you must be transparent, even in recruitment.

“I can’t understand where you present a total Overhead of an agency as zero. I have never seen a budgeting system where you have zero overhead.

“I think there is what is called Consolidated Revenue Account where agencies are supposed to remit proceeds.

“If we continue giving autonomy to agencies, you will discover they will spend everything and give you zero.

“If you want Nigeria to move forward, let us do things the way it should be done. Let there be checks and balances,” he said.

Sen. Abiodun Olujimi (PDP-Ekiti) said “we are glad you exited 2021 overhead cost. But you are now asking to exit personnel costs.

That is very dangerous for you.

“This is because there is no way the government will add a penny on an MDA that is fully autonomous.

“We cannot allow you to exit everything; you must still be part of the government because exiting means you are now on your own, and being on your own is very dangerous.”

Sen. Isa Jibrin (APC-Kogi East) said the committee was happy with NIWA’s planned exit from the national budget.

“We want to encourage as many government agencies who want to exit so that at the end of the day, the burden of funding from the government will reduce drastically.

“It is that burden of funding that has consistently made it difficult for the government to exit borrowing,” Jibrin said.

Meanwhile, after the heated debate, Chairman of the Joint Committee Sen. Danjuma Goje (APC-Gombe Central) gave the managing director another date for resubmission of the budget document.



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FISHING: Maritime expert, Edodo-Emore tasks FG on advantages in ocean resources



FISHING: Maritime expert, Edodo-Emore tasks FG on advantages in ocean resources

A Maritime industry expert, Mrs. Oritsematosan Edodo-Emore, on Thursday, urged the Federal Government to secure and harness the advantages of the nation’s ocean resources.

Edodo-Emore, Chairman, Zoe Maritime Resources Ltd., made her observation in Lagos, stressing that illegal, undocumented and unregulated fishing that occurs in the country‘s waterways needed to be checked, in addition to securing the ocean resources.

“The competition facing the Nigerian fishermen in the fishing industry in Nigeria is enormous. One is that industrial fishing organisations from different continents come to take advantage of our oceans.

“It requires us to be alert, our security apparatus needs to be alive and alert to make sure that our oceans and its resources are protected.

“It is important for government to know that there is need to educate and train its people, to be able to take advantage of the ocean resources.

“And so, we need for the Ministry of Agriculture, the minister in charge of fishing, to work with the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and security forces to protect our oceans,” she said.

She noted that it was important to ensure the use of technology to address some of the challenges confronting the fishing industry such as catching fish, storage and preservation.

She also said that effective storage of fishes makes it readily available for sale at any point in time.

“Technology will ensure our fishes move out of the country but unfortunately, many of our fishermen are artisanal and we need to move from artisanal to industrial fishing.

“In doing this, requires training, involvement of government, push and support from them. It also requires collaboration with other countries.

“The fishermen are already in associations. What needs to be done is to bring technology to that association and support them,” she said.

She noted that these issues affecting fishing and fisheries as well as the country’s ocean resources would be addressed at the Maritime Business Roundtable Breakfast Meeting (MBRBM), scheduled for April 13 at the Lagos Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island.

According to her, the aim of the MBRBM is to bring users and suppliers of Nigerian maritime and aquacultural services together to share ideas and explore opportunities in Nigeria’s Blue Economy.

She listed some notable personalities for the roundtable including Dr. Bashir Jamoh, Director General of NIMASA, Abisola Olusanya, Commissioner for Agriculture, Lagos State, Benedette Okonkwo, President, Nigerian Trawler Owners Association (NITOA) and many others.

The benefits of the meeting are: visibility, growth, networking, impartation and exchange of knowledge and solutions.

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Indian tribunal upholds 162m fine on Google



Indian tribunal upholds 162m fine on Google

An Indian appeals court National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) has upheld a penalty of 162 million U.S. dollars imposed on Google by the country’s antitrust regulator.

The Competition Commission of India (CCI)’s penalty is connected to a case related to Android’s market dominance.

The NCLAT said the CCI order did not violate the principles of natural justice and Google was liable to pay the fine.

Google defended itself saying “we believe it (the CCI decision) presents a major setback for our Indian users and businesses that trust Android’s security features, and potentially raising the cost of mobile devices.’’

“We upheld this penalty,’’ NCLAT said earlier on Wednesday, adding that “the appellant (Google) is allowed to deposit the penalty.’’

The order is seen as a major setback to Google in India.

The NCLAT had held that Google asking the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to pre-install the entire suite of Google applications amounts to imposition of unfair conditions.

Over 95 percent of smartphones in India use the Android system.

In October 2022, the CCI imposed a fine on Google for anti-competitive practices in relation to Android mobile devices. Google had challenged the ruling before the NCLAT.

Meanwhile, the search giant has been given 30 days to pay the penalty and implement the order.

Google now has the option to challenge the order in India’s Supreme Court. 

– Xinhua

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LASG Arraigns Chrisland School, 4 Staff Over alleged Manslaughter of 12-year-old Student



LASG Arraigns Chrisland School, 4 Staff Over alleged Manslaughter of 12-year-old Student

… Court stringently grants them bail***

The Lagos State Department of Public Prosecution (DPP) on Thursday arraigned Chrisland School Ltd and four staff members for the alleged involuntary manslaughter of the 12-year-old student, Whitney Adeniran.

The Ikeja High Court however admitted the four staff members, comprising Ademoye Adewale, Kuku Fatai, Belinda Amao, Nwatu Ugochi Victoria on a two-count charge of manslaughter and negligent acts, to bail conditions, after the defendants, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

 Justice Oyindamola Ogala admitted the defendant’s bail after the defence counsel moved the motion for bail dated  March 28 and March 29 respectively.

There were no objections from the prosecution, led by the Lagos State Attoney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN.

Ogala admitted the first and second defendants to N10 million bail each with two sureties each in like sum

She also admitted the third and the fourth defendants to N20 million bail each with two sureties each in like sum.

The judge said all the sureties must be gainfully employed, have credible and verified evidence of financial status and reside within the court’s jurisdiction.

“All the sureties must have two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government and must submit their international passports with the Chief Registrar of the State High Court,” Ogala said.

The court, however, ordered the defence counsel to write an undertaken in order for the defendants to be released to them before the perfection of their bail.

The defence counsel were Mrs Bimpe Ajegbomojon (first defendant), Richard Ahonarougho (SAN) second defendant), Olukayode Enitan, SAN, ( third defendant),  Ademola Animashaun (fourth defendant)  and Mr Bolaji Ayorinde, SAN, (fifth defendant) while Mrs Oluwatodimu Ige held brief for the family of the deceased.

The five defence counsels urged the court to grant bail to the defendants on self-recognisance.

According to the charge, information signed by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Dr  Babajide Martins, on March 24, the defendants allegedly committed the offence on  Feb. 9, at about 1. 00 p.m. in Agege Sports Stadium, Agege, Lagos.

The prosecution said that the defendants negligently killed Adeniran by not ensuring her safety.

The state also submitted that the defendants acted in a reckless and negligent manner that endangered human life.

Onigbanjo, while arraigning the defendants, informed the court that the state would be presenting 17 witnesses against the defendants.

“We shall be praying for a date to open trial,” he said.

According to the prosecution, the alleged offence contravened Sections 224 and 251 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

Ogala subsequently adjourned the case until May 25 for the commencement of trial. 

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