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Benue floods: NIMASA lauds Buhari over timely intervention

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Benue floods: NIMASA lauds Buhari over timely intervention

From John Akubo, Lokoja

The Chairman, Governing Board of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), retired Maj. Gen. Jonathan India Garba has applauded President Buhari for nipping the disaster in the bud through the intervention of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
The NIMASA boss in a release signed by an aide, Adakole Ejegbudu, and made available to reporters yesterday in Lokoja said that “The gratitude of the entire people of Benue and other locations across the country affected by this year’s floods is eternal”.
He also applauded President Buhari on the move to dredge River Benue to tackle the menace of perennial flooding that had over the years wrecked havoc across communities in the state.
The benefits of the proposed dredging according to him, include reduced risk of flooding, greater federal presence in the state, improved navigability of the water ways, increased value of water fronts and greater economic activities along the River Banks.
The statement noted that the visit of the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo to Makurdi at the instance of the President showed the Presidency’s commitment to the well being of the ordinary Nigerians.
He said people across the state have received the announcement of the proposed dredging of the River Benue with a lot of excitement given the many benefits they stand to get when the River is fully dredged.
“The excitement generated by this announcement is understandable given that the River which in times past was a very busy waterway utilized for transporting people and goods between locations as far apart as Buruku in Benue State and Numan in Adamawa State has become filled with silt and other materials and is consequently unnavigable for long stretches,”he said.
The statement commended the National Inland Waterways (NIWA) for its efforts in keeping the nation’s waterways navigable.
He said they are committed to greater synergy with National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) in the shared quest for the development and utilization of the maritime endowments.
We are committed to greater synergy with National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) in the shared quest for the development and utilization of our maritime endowments.
“We at the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency ( NIMASA ) are committed to fulfilling the mandate of the Cabotage regime in its four cardinal points which stipulate that vessels for coastal and Inland trade must be; built in Nigeria, owned by Nigerians, manned by Nigerians and be registered in Nigeria.
“We have demonstrated our commitment to this by recently unveiling the New Cabotage Compliance Strategy( NCCS ) and by the proposed amendment to the Cabotage Act of 2003 currently before the National Assembly.”
He said when passed into law, the amendment would strengthen the Cabotage regime to the benefit of Nigerians and also make the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund readily accessible to enable more citizens acquire vessels.
“This ties in with the stated vision of the Honourable Minister for Transport,Rt Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi of making all 10,000km of our inland waterways navigable ,starting with the most viable stretches.
“Making the waterways which link 28 out of 36 states navigable and busy would rank with the efforts at linking all 36 states via rail as one of the most transformative infrastructure projects in Nigeria in modern times.”
He used the opportunity to convey the gratitude of the good people of Benue especially those he met at the IDP camp to the President, the vice President, Alhaji Aliko Dangot’s flood relief committee,all other well meaning Nigerians and foreigners (too many to mention) for the bold and timely intervention.
“We will continue to pray for your health and well being.”

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Buhari says the good family name left by Sam Nda-Isaiah is worth more than gold

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Buhari says the good family name left by Sam Nda-Isaiah is worth more than gold

***As Leadership Alumni holds candle light for him

The good family name left by Sam Nda-Isaiah is worth more than gold, President Muhammadu Buhari has declared.

He urged the family to do whatever it takes to uphold it.
This was contained in a letter he wrote to the bereaved family. President Buhari said: “On behalf of the Federal Government and my family, I sincerely express my condolence on the sudden transition of my friend and ally, Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah, the publisher of Leadership newspapers.
“Indeed, Sam’s untimely passage filled me with shock and sadness to the point that I was short of words when the news reached me.”
Presidential aide, Garba Shehu, delivered Buhari’s letter to the deceased’s younger brother, Abraham Nda-Isaiah.
This was coming just as Leadership Newspaper Alumni held an evening of tributes and a candle light in his honour at the NUJ, FCT council secretariat on Tuesday.

At the session session, he was described as a man of many paths and a bridge builder who had finished his course.


The chairman of the NUJ FCT Council, Comrade, Emmanuel Ogbeche described him as “A man, many Love to Hate and Hate to Love”
A former editor of the paper, Sadiq Abdullateef said he was more than a boss, but like a father and big brother to all Alumni.
“He taught us a lot about leadership and journalism, no amount of words or eulogies can appropriately describe what chairman meant to all of us.
“He made us what we are today, so we can’t thank him enough for giving us the opportunity to grow on this job.
“Personally, a few days before he died we spoke on the phone and a day before he died I missed his call and I have been asking myself what that conversation would have been.
“It so sad, we will continue to pray for him, his family and Leaderhip as an jnstitution.”
He said he edited the newspaper from 2012 to 2016 as the longest serving editor of the paper.

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Humanitarian minister tasks media on awareness creation on the ills of drug abuse

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The minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has charged, the Nigerian Mass Media on the need to educate the public on the ills of drug and substance abuse.
She made the call at a Media Orientation on National Awareness on Drugs and Substance Abuse held at Merit House, Abuja on Tuesday.

The Minister described the Media as a major agent of socialization as well as a viable tool for disseminating information on the ills of drug and substance abuse.

“The role and importance of media as a viable tool for informing and educating people across groups and demographics especially on Drugs and substance abuse in our society cannot be over emphasized.
“As you are aware, substance abuse is increasing at an alarming rate, deteriorating the health of nations, increasing crime, hampering productivity, destroying relationships, eroding social and moral values and impeding the overall progress of societies”.

Umar Farouq noted that young people were increasingly becoming victims of substance abuse, hence the urgent need for the mass media to propagate the disadvantages of the use of substances and hard drugs.

“The potential power of the mass media has helped in solving social problems. Television, radio and print advertising have been used overtime to influence our ideas, values and behaviour. “The continuous abuse of drugs has led to a situation of drug addiction and criminality. “The effects of drug abuse is detrimental not only to the individual but to the society as a whole, therefore, the use of campaigns by the mass media to reduce health and other related social problems in the society is very critical.
“The potential of mass media campaigns lies in their ability to propagate simple and focused messages to large audiences repeatedly, over time, at a low cost per capita.
“It is also assumed that they are able to reach a large and heterogeneous proportion of the population”.

The Minister also urged the media to remain steadfast in the accurate reportage of helpful information that will promote peace and unity of the nation.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary Bashir Nura Alkali reiterated the negative consequences of substance abuse on the society especially on youths.
Alkali who was represented by the Director Human Resource Management, Mr Abdulrahaman Babatunde Jaji urged the mass media to join hands in stamping out substance and drug abuse.

“The abuse of alcohol and other drugs by youths may result in family crises and jeopardize many aspects of family life, which sometimes result in family dysfunction.
“Therefore, the collaborative effort of all stakeholders is needed as no one alone can control it.
“The  problem is on the increase especially in the conflict zones of the country which is a serious threat to our national sanctity. Based on these findings, prevention advocates would look to the mass media as an important aid in addressing the problem of Drugs and Substance abuse”.
In her closing remark, the Director Social Development, Dr Dorothy Nwodo thanked the participants and other stakeholders for their contributions in ensuring a robust  awareness on drugs and substance abuse. She also implored  the media to keep up efforts towards projecting and actualizing the Ministry’s mandates.

Other participants at the Media Orientation on Awareness on Substance and Drug Abuse were representatives of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, the Nigerian Correctional Service, Nigerian Immigration Service, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and the Media.

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NUJ FCT describes Nda-Isaiah’s death as monumental loss to Nigerian media

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NUJ FCT describes Nda-Isaiah’s death as monumental loss to Nigerian media 

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) FCT Council has described the death of Publisher of Leadership Group, Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah as a monumental loss to the media and the nation.
In a statement issued Saturday in Abuja, jointly signed by Comrade Emmanuel Ogbeche and Ochiaka Ugwu, Chairman and Secretary of Council respectively, it noted that council received the news of the death of the publisher with rude shock.
It stated that the late Nda-Isaiah was not only a true friend of the council, who never missed any opportunity to engage the council, but also one personality whose doors were wide opened to the NUJ anytime for  interactions and negotiation on labour issues.
According to the statement, “The former publisher would be remembered for his invaluable contributions to the growth of the Nigerian media, national discourse, development and passion for the dissemination of information which he achieved through his medium (Leadership Group with its many titles).
“The entire members of the NUJ FCT Council condole with the family of the visionary publisher, whose newspaper began a new approach to publication and gave the voiceless a voice to speak especially in the North.
“We also commiserate with the management and staff of Leadership Group and enjoin the entire members of NUJ FCT Council to identify with their colleagues in their moment of grief and, pray God to grant the bereaved family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
“He would also be remembered for his consistent conviction and strong belief in the socialist ideology for an egalitarian society, where the masses enjoy equal opportunity and social justice as he demonstrated with his “Big Ideas” .
“He was fearless and selfless. A great Nigerian patriot who was passionate about the liberation of the ordinary people from the doldrums of oppression to freedom and that was why he was rewarded with the title of “Kaakaki Nupe” by his people” the statement added.

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