Maritime Leaders Fete At NIMPORT 2017

By Bayo Bernard Staunch stakeholders in the maritime sector of Nigerian economy will gather between August 22 and 24 at the Oriental Hotel Victoria Island, Lagos for the annual international conference and exhibition of the Nigerian International Maritime Ports and Terminals (NIMPORT) conference. Chairman of NIMPORT, Fortune Idu, in a press statement disclosed that the theme of this year’s conference is “Improving Connectivity,Enhancing Trade” and it is aimed at “bringing together all maritime industry leaders to network and discuss on pressing issues relating to global maritime trade,port and logistic development…

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Shettima, Kanu, Fani Kayode Are Terrorists-Osinbajo

By Bayo Bernard The federal government must apprehend individuals behind the quit notice to Igbo in the Northern part of the country to leave the region before October 1, this year to show seriousness on its part to deal with hate speakers in the country. The Arewa Youth Forum had two months ago threatened to force people of Igbo decent out of the North should they failed to move out by that date. It’s barely two months to that deadline and apprehensions loom all over the country. But Acting President…

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North Korea: Fear Grips Americans

By Bayo Bernard In the event of any preemptive nuclear strike against the United States of America by the North Korea regime what will the President Donald Trump administration do? This is the question now agitating the minds of many Americans as the tension between the two countries escalates. The regime leader Kim Jong-Un has lately threatened to attack Guam, a United States territory in the Pacific. Senior military officials in PENTAGON, United States military arm have been meeting to respond to any threat from the North, sources say. North…

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ANLCA Exposes N3.2B Fraud in CRFFN

By Bayo Bernard Registrar and chief executive officer of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarders in Nigeria, Sir Mike Jukwe will be shocked over latest revelation of allege gross mismanagement of funds belonging to the Council. A group, the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents, ANLCA has alleged that the council under the watchful eyes of the council boss mismanage over N3 billion, being funds allocated to the CRFFN by the federal government in the last two years. The Association has therefore demanded a probe of the finances…

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FG Splashes N6B on Peugeot

By Bayo Bernard After years of almost redundancy Peugeot Automobile Nigeria Limited has got a new lifeline as Nigeria’s major automaker, after the federal government purchased 360 vehicles from the vehicle manufacturer. The development came after the Kaduna based vehicle maker was made richer to the tune of over N6billion by the Buhari administration. The firm was contracted to supply 360 Peugeot 506 to Nigeria’s House of Representatives members. The automobile company has already delivered 200 state of art vehicles to the lawmakers.  According to analysts, the automaker has benefited…

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N400B Debt: Senate Probes Atiku’s Intels

By Bayo Bernard Integrated Logistics Services Nigeria Limited, INTELS is one of the firms to be grilled by the Senator Hope Uzodinma joint Committee on Customs and Maritime investigating infractions on revenue accruing to the federal government from the seaports. The committee had recently alleged that the Nigerian Customs Service, NSC a la Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA failed to remit over N30 trillion to the federal government. As part of the ongoing probe the committee Tuesday directed 60 companies to appear before it. Senator Uzodinma said the companies should be…

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POF: CRFFN Bounces Back to Life

By Bayo Bernard The Abuja and Lagos offices of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarders in Nigeria, CRFFN have come alive again following the collection of Practitioners’ Operating Fees, POF by the council as directed by the Ministry of Transport, MOT. The MOT in statement titled ‘Commencement of Collection of Practitioners Operating Fee By Council for the Regulations of Freight Forwarding In Nigeria’ said Minister of Transport Rotimi Amaechi gave the directive to end the over two years POF hiatus. “The minister of transportation had approved that collection…

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Boko Haram Returns Amidst Fear

By Bayo Bernard Over 200 soldiers are ready to be deployed to Liberia under the ECOWAS peace keeping force Defense Headquarters has said. The development came on the heels of upsurge in Boko haram attacks in Borno state in the last few weeks.  Security experts insist that the dreaded terror group has continued to gain more grounds and that the military is currently under severe pressure. The prevailing situation however, runs against claims by the Nigerian Military that the terror has been technically defeated. Also claim that Boko Haram no…

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Vessels: NPA, Senate Head for Showdown

By Bayo Bernard The Senate Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff faces a herculean task in its quest to unravel allege missing of 282 vessels in the Nigerian ports. The Senator Hope Uzordinma had few days ago directed the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA to immediately account for the vessels which it said developed wings from the ports after berth. The implication the senators said is that the country was denied revenue due to the discrepancy. The Authority has however replied the Committee describing the allegation as unfounded without any proof…

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Checkpoints: Controllers Shun CG

By Bayo Bernard More than 24 hours after Controller General of Nigerian Customs Service, NCS , Colonel Hamid Alli(retired) directed the removal of all illegal checkpoints across the country men and officers of the service have failed to comply. The customs’ boss had directed his men to dismantle hundreds of such roadblocks in compliance with the circular of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) as part of President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s quest to make business easy to do in the country. Acting President Yemi Osinbajo recently signed a Presidential…

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Buhari: The Intrigues Continue

By Bayo Bernard Chieftains of ruling All Progressives Congress, APC have continued to fall over themselves to worm themselves into the heart of ailing Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, currently in the United Kingdom where he’s receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness. Acting President Yemi Osinbajo had paid President Buhari a visit in London late June where the duo held discussion on national issues. Barely one month after Osinbajo’s visit some ministers and governors of the APC have also visited Buhari who left the country in may this year and yet…

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Anambra: Uba, 40 Others Enter Race

By Bayo Bernard Governor Andy Uba had barely settled down to work after his swearing in as Anambra state governor when he was removed by Nigeria’s apex court, the Supreme Court in the famous tenure interpretation verdict in 2007. He was barely 17 days in office at the time when he was kick out of Awka Government House. The apex court pronounced Peter Obi as the authentic helmsman of the state. Exactly 10 years after that incident, Uba who was aide to former President Olusegun Obasanjo has decided to run…

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Presidency: Fayose Dares All

By Bayo Bernard Nigeria politician eying the presidency have one formidable aspirant to contest with, the governor of Ekiti state Ayodele Peter Fayose. On July 15 the controversial politician threw himself into the presidential ring, warning President Muhammadu Buhari led All Progressives Congress, APC to pack and go. I will make sure Buhari is not reelected for a second term in office, Fayose said. “I have penchant for taking powers; that one in Buhari’s hand. I will take it. I’m going straight to that villa. I’m the next president. “I…

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Ports Bill: Stakeholders Warn NA

By Bayo Bernard On April 27 the Nigerian Senate gave legal teeth to the Ports and Harbor bill, one of the bills constituting the Infrastructure Bill which the National Assembly believes will open up the country and create thousands of jobs. While the upper chamber awaits concurrence of House of Reps, events in the last few days threatens its final passage. This is so considering ongoing high wire lobby by stakeholders in the maritime sectors on lawmakers in the lower house to thoroughly scrutinize the bill. The Nigerian Ports and…

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Olubadan: Ajimobi, Monarch in Fresh Row

By Bayo Bernard The Oyo state government will press ahead with the review of Olubadan Declaration 1957, a policy review by the Governor Abiola Ajimobi led government to tinker with existing law that sets up the Olubadan institution, despite opposition from prominent leaders from the ancient city. The move which some believe will whittle down the power of the Olubadan has somehow set the city’s monarch against the state government. The city’s traditional monarch, Oba Saliu Adetunji was the latest to oppose the policy. Thus following weeks of silence the…

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Malabu: Jonathan Snubs Lawmakers

By Bayo Bernard Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan stands to make history as the first former democratically elected president to appear before the National Assembly since Nigeria returned to civil rule in 1999.  The lower chamber has concluded plans to summon the former president to explain his role in the controversial $1 billion Malabu oil deal. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and General Ibrahim Babangida, former military head of state, had both refused to appear before the National Assembly in the past. Since he lost power to incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari attempts have…

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Oyo Guber: Shittu Faces Tough Task

By Bayo Bernard Fortune smiled on Adebayo Shittu when President Muhammadu Buhari appointed him minister of Communication almost two years ago. His appointment to the prestigious post shattered predictions as other top candidates have been lined up for the post. A lawyer by profession, the Oke Ogun, Oyo state born politician, had in 2011 contested the governorship election in the state under the platform of defunct Congress for Progressive Change, CPC but failed. He was, therefore, shocked when the president made him a-list minister in his cabinet, those close to…

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PDP: More to go after Okupe

By Bayo Bernard Three years ago on April 23 former presidential aides, Doyin Okupe boasted that the merger of legacy political parties into All Progressives Congress, APC will collapse with time. Okupe stated this in the run up to the 2015 presidential election. According to him the promoters of APC were unserious persons. The fraternity, he stated will collapse with time. Okupe: “Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Maj-Gen. Mohammadu Buhari are not serious-minded people; they are going round like people dancing in a market place,” he said, defiantly.  “I expect that…

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Olubadan. Forces Against Olubadan Soars

By Bayo Bernard The tenure of current Olubadan of Ibadan land has been marred with controversy since he ascended the throne months ago. The former record label owner made name for himself in the music industry before he finally became the olubadan. His record label produced popular musicians such as late Sikiru Ayinde Barrister and King Wasiu Ayinde, poppular as Kwam 1. Therefore, the belief was that he would bring that same success to the throne. But that assertion seems to be disappearing with time following the controversy that has…

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Kogi: Melaye Walks A Tight Rope

By Bayo Bernard   The fate of controversial Senator Dino Melaye now hangs in the balance as his support base at home seems to be dropping by the day. Thus barely few days after it was widely reported that Okun leaders in the state have decided not to back his recall from the National Assembly, the assertion has been denied. It was reported that prominent leaders and politicians from the Yoruba speaking area including Former Minister for Justice and Attorney General of Federation the Chief Bayo Ojo (SAN); Professor Eyitayo…

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