FG has taken charge of Nigeria waterways security – Sambo
Minister of Transportation Mu’azu Sambo says the Federal Government has taken charge of the country’s waterways through the implementation of Deep Blue project.
Sambo said this during the 2nd Edition of the President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) Administration Scorecard Series (2015-2023) in Abuja on Monday.
He said since the inauguration of the project in June 2021, the country had not recorded any case of piracy in its maritime domain.
”The ministry in its versatile and intermodal mandate has taken charge of the safety and security of the nation’s international waters in our waterways, and railway corridors in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders.
”Now, it may interest you to note that the Gulf of Guinea is the most notorious region of the world, as far as piracy is concerned.
”To tame that in Nigeria’s exclusive economic zone, the ministry implemented the deep blue project, otherwise known as the integrated national security and waterways protection infrastructure.
”In order to prevent illegal activities in Nigeria’s maritime waters, thereby aiding regional security in the Gulf of Guinea and maritime organisation of West and Central Africa jurisdictions.
”The project is also aimed at enforcing maritime regulations to enhance the safety of lives at sea.
”With this impressive record, we are preparing to challenge the war zone insurance burden on Nigeria bound ships by the international shipping community,” he said.
According to the Minister, the Buhari administration also assented to the Anti Piracy Bill, adding that it is an important legislation which has defiled several administrations before 2015.
He said the legislation would prevent and suppress piracy, armed robbery and any other unlawful act against a ship, aircraft, and any other maritime traffic, including fixed and floating platforms.
He further said that the bill had opened the doorway for the administration of justice for piracy and other maritime offences in the country.
On inland waterways, he said Buhari’s administration had taken it as an alternative mode of transportation other than road, air and rail as it was cheap and environmentally friendly.
”We have over 10,000 kilometres of inland waterways in Nigeria, in addition to about 850 kilometres of coastal waters. So what business do you have moving containers from Lagos to Onitsha by road?
”If we develop our inland waterways sufficiently, then we’ll be able to have our goods competitively, the prices of our goods in the international market will be very competitive, just like importing goods will be very competitive,” Sambo said.
The minister restated that the Onitsha port had been successfully concessioned and the government had established ports at Baro in Niger, Lokoja in Kogi and Oguta in Imo States.
On development of the inland dryports in the country by the Federal Government, Sambo said the essence was to bring shipping closer to the people.
According to him, the government had successfully declared the Kaduna and Dala inland dryports as ports of origin, adding that other ports such as the Funtua, Isialangwa, Aba, Jos, Maiduguri among others were at various levels of completion.
FG Approves N24.2bn For Free Internet At Airports, Schools, Markets
THE Federal Government has approved free internet services worth N24.2 billion naira at 20 selected airports, 43 universities and six markets across the country.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Isa Pantami, disclosed this after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday
Pantami said that the airports were selected from the six geo-political zones.
“Certain intervention projects are going to be implemented by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Nigerian Communications Commission of providing Internet in 20 selected airports in Nigeria and higher institutions of learning and also some markets to support micro small and medium enterprises.
“In each geopolitical zone, you have around three airports. In the South-West, we have Lagos and Ondo. For the South-East, we have Anambra and Enugu.
“For the South-South, we have Port Harcourt and Akwa Ibom. For the North-Central we have Abuja and Ilorin. In the North-West, we have Kano, Sokoto and Kebbi. For the North-East we have Yola, Maiduguri and Gombe.”
The minister said the markets and 43 institutions which include universities and polytechnics were also drawn from the six geopolitical zones, adding that it will ease e-learning in schools and also enhance the transition to a cashless economy.
Buhari Approves Appointment Of 6 New Perm Secs
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday approved the appointment of six new permanent secretaries in the Federal Civil Service
The appointments followed after a recent conducted selection process.
The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF),Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, made this known in a statement by Mohammed Ahmed, Director of Communications of the Office of the HOCSF,
The appointees and their states of origin are Esuabana Asanye (Cross River), Mahmud Kambari (Borno), Richard Pheelangwah (Taraba), Lamuwa Ibrahim (Gombe), Yakubu Kofar-Mata (Kano) and Oloruntola Michael (Ogun).
DSS Confirms Plot To Install Interim Govt
The Department of State Security Service has said that the plot to Instal interim government was real
DSS noted that the plot was “by some key players” to install an interim government and stop Bola Ahmed Tinubu from being inaugurated as president.
A statement on Wednesday, by Peter Afunanya, the public relations officer of the secret police, said: “The Department of State Services (DSS) has identified some key players in the plot for an Interim Government in Nigeria.
“The Service considers the plot, being pursued by these entrenched interests, as not only an aberration but a mischievous way to set aside the constitution and undermine civil rule as well as plunge the country into an avoidable crisis.
“The illegality is totally unacceptable in a democracy and to the peace loving Nigerians. This is even more so that the machination is taking place after the peaceful conduct of the elections in most parts of the country.”
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