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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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Osinbajo says he is heart broken over demise of Pst Dare, pays condolence visit

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has expressed grief over the passing on to glory of Pastor Dare Adepoye, first son of the the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christain Church of God, Pastor Enoch A. Adeboye.

Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Vice President, Laolu Akande in a tweet said his principal visited to commiserate with the General Overseer whose son died while asleep earlier on Thursday.

The late son of Daddy G.O as he is fondly called would have celebrated his 43 years birthday on 9th June before he passed away.
Akande said the VP is deeply saddened by the development, hence his visit to Daddy G.O and Mummy G.O. to commiserate with the bereaved family.

He was accompanied by Gov. Abiodun and Minister, Keyamo.
“May Pst Dare’s memory be blessed and the LORD grants fortitude to Daddy G.O, Mummy, the family and all.”
Pastor Dare Adeboye who was the regional Youth Coordinator on the Redeemed Christian Church of God died on Thursday.

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World Press Freedom Day: Activist urges safeguard of information free flow

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World Press Freedom Day: Activist urges safeguard of information free flow

By Friday Idachaba

Executive Director of Kogi-based Conscience for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (CHRCR) Mr Idris Miliki has called on all media owners and stakeholders to safeguard freedom of press and free flow of information.

Miliki who made the call in a statement to mark the “2021 World Press Freedom Day” in Lokoja described Journalism as a noble profession and urged that media professionals must be protected and encouraged.

“As we celebrate the world press freedom day, it is important for all stakeholders, to continue to safeguard freedom of the press and free flow of information”, the Human Rights activist said.

Miliki decried a situation where Media professionals were being attacked in line of duty as witnessed recently Nigeria and other instances across the world saying the trend was unacceptable and condemnable.

“Journalism is a noble profession and journalists should be able to practice their profession without any hindrances.

The owners of Media organisations, (public and private) should take the welfare of journalists seriously and ensure they are provided with necessary tools, timely and adequate remunerations and conducive environment for practice”, he added.

Miliki however, called on journalists not to allow themselves to be intmidated but strive to uphold the principle and ethics of the profession and ensure objectivity and balancing at all times. (NAN)

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The Executive Director, Conscience for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, Comrade Idris Miliki has called on stakeholders to work towards protecting and safeguarding press freedom.
The Activists in a statement to mark this year’s World Press Freedom Day said it is
important for all stakeholders, to continue to safeguard freedom of the press and free flow of information.

He decried attacks on Media practitioners while on line of duty as withnessed recently in Kogi State, in other part of the country and the world at large as unfortunate and unacceptable.

He condemned the harassment of Journalists, describing Journalism as one of the mist noble profession.
He said journalists should be allowed to practice their profession with out let or hindrances.
Comr Miliki called on the owners of Media institutions to also take the welfare of journalists seriously adding that the onus rests on them to lead by example.
The Executive Director called on journalists not to allow themselves to be intmidated in any way but strive to uphold the ethics of the profession at all times as he wished Journalists a happy press freedom day.

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