Buhari procured 20 ships in 8 years – Naval Chief

The Nigerian Navy has said that a total of 20 capital ships were procured for the Nigerian Navy (NN) during the eight-year administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Chief of Policy and Plans, Naval Headquarters, Rear Adm. Saidu Garba said this in a statement on Friday.

According to Garba, the ships comprise of Offshore Patrol Vessels, Landing Ship Transport, Hydrographic Survey Vessels, Seaward Defence Boats, Helicopters, as well as, over 300 Inshore Patrol Vessels and Assault crafts.

He said that as a result of Buhari’s contribution to the development of the NN during his administration, the Navy was poised to give the president a befitting Presidential Fleet Review (PFR).

The PFR with the theme: ‘Fleet Readiness for National Prosperity’ is scheduled to hold in Lagos from May 19 to May 22.

The naval chief added that the president also commissioned two locally built ships in 2016 and in 2021, respectively, and laid the keel for two more, which would be ready by 2024.

“The PFR 2023 is therefore organised in honour of Buhari, in recognition of his generous contribution to the service and the nation at large.

“It involves assemblage of ships and other maritime assets at a designated area for the purpose of demonstrating loyalty and allegiance to the state.

“The review also provides an avenue for the president to assess the navy’s preparedness to meet statutory obligations in maritime security, safety and defence within a global collaborative approach,” he said.

Garba said that the last PFR was conducted in 2010 in honour of then President Goodluck Jonathan, and to mark the 50th anniversary of Nigeria’s independence.

He also noted that the NN had attended many Fleet reviews of other countries with the nation’s Flag Ship, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) ARADU.

“Also, the NN sent personnel to participate in the Bangladesh Navy Fleet Review in December 2022, to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the country’s Independence,” he said.

The naval chief said the PFR-2023 exercise would involve 16 NN warships, 3 x AW109E NN helicopters and a mix of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) aircraft.

“Some foreign warships from allied nations including Spain, Brazil and Ghana are also expected to participate in the exercise.

“Other activities lined up for the day include capability demonstration by NN Special Forces, defence/maritime expo exhibition, combined naval parade and exercises,” he said.

Garba said that the tenure of Buhari marked a period of profound transformation of the NN Fleet.

He said that the president demonstrated enormous political will in ensuring the recapitalisation of the NN Fleet, which had become the pride of the Gulf of Guinea (GoG).

“Therefore, the PFR-2023 is in celebration of Mr President’s commitment to strengthening the nation’s naval assets and capability to project her instruments of maritime power for national prosperity,” Garba said.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

CAMA 2020: Lawyer appeals against lower court judgment

A lawyer, Emmanuel Ekpenyong, has appealed against a Federal High Court (FHC) judgment which held that his suit filed against some sections of the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA), 2020, was not binding on the National Assembly.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Justice James Omotosho of FHC, Abuja, had, on April 18, nullified some sections of CAMA, 2020 which were considered to infringe on the fundamental human rights of the Nigerian citizens, following a suit filed by Ekpenyong.

Ekpenyong, an Abuja-based legal practitioner, had in the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1076/2020, sued the National Assembly, Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and the Attorney-General for the Federation (AGF) as 1st to 3rd defendants respectively.

In the originating summons dated and filed on Aug. 31, 2020, the lawyer prayed the court to determine whether the provisions of Sections 839, 842, 843, 844, 845, 846, 847, 848 and 851 of CAMA infringed on his rights to thought conscience, and religion as enshrined in Section 38 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), among others.

Delivering the judgement, Justice Omotosho agreed with Ekpenyong that the powers granted to CAC to regulate and administer Incorporated Trustees in Nigeria under Sections 839, 842, 843, 844, 845, 846, 847 and 848 of CAMA 2020 infringed on his right to freedom of thoughts.

The judge, who held that the lawyer had locus to institute the suit, struck down Sections 839, 842, 843, 844, 845, 846, 847, 848 and Section 851 of CAMA 2020, declaring same to be null and void, having been inconsistent with the provisions of the constitution.

But Omotosho, however, agreed with the National Assembly’s argument that since Ekpenyong did not serve the legislature with pre-action notice in line with Section 21 of the Legislative Houses Power and Privileges Act, the suit was incompetent against the legislative organ.

Meanwhile, in his notice of appeal dated April 28, the lawyer sued the National Assembly, CAC and AGF as 1st to 3rd respondents respectively.

He argued that the trial judge erred in law when he held that his suit was incompetent against the NASS (1st respondent) because he failed to serve a three-month’s pre-action notice on the legislative body.

He further argued that the provisions of Section 46(1) of the constitution did not make service of pre-action notice on government agencies and statutory bodies, including the NASS, a condition precedent before he can apply to the trial court to enforce his fundamental human rights provided in Chapter IV of the constitution.

He said Paragraph 3(b) and (c) of the Preamble to the Human Rights Rules provided that the overriding objectives of the rules was for the purpose of advancing but never for the purpose of restricting the applicant’s rights and freedoms.

Ekpenyong, who sought four reliefs, prayed the court for an order allowing his appeal.

“An order of this honourable court setting aside the part of the judgment of the trial court which held that the action of the appellant is incompetent against the 1st respondent (NASS) because the appellant did not serve the 1st respondent with a pre-action notice pursuant to Section 21 of the Legislative Houses (Powers and Privileges) Act.

“An order of this honourable court that the appellant’s suit is competent against the 1st respondent.

“An order of this honourable court that the judgment of Justice J.K. Omotosho of the Federal High Court Abuja Division delivered on April 18, is binding on the 1st respondent,” the application read.

No date has been fixed for the matter.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

2,246 Nigerians evacuated from Sudan – NiDCOM

Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) says a total of 2,246 Nigerians have so far been evacuated from Sudan.

Head of Media, Public Relations and Protocols Unit of NiDCOM, Mr Abdur-Rahman Balogun, stated this on Friday in Abuja, while giving updates on the Federal Government’s evacuation efforts since May 3.

He said on May 3, 94 evacuees, comprising 78 males and 16 females, boarded NAF C130 plane, while 274 boarded Air Peace plane from Aswan Airport, Egypt.

Balogun said on May 5, 130 Nigerians also boarded Tarco Airline, while on May 6, 131 evacuees boarded the same airline from Port Sudan, with 102 boarding the same airline from Port Sudan on Sunday.

He further said 410 Nigerians boarded Max Air and 322 Azman Air, both flights from Aswan Airport on Sunday.

Balogun said two flights from Tarco Airline evacuated 133 passengers, with seven children and nine infants, and 126 passengers, also with 12 children and 41 infants, from Port Sudan on Monday and Tuesday, respectively.

He further stated that 123 Nigerians boarded Tarco Airline on Wednesday from Port Sudan, while 136 boarded the same airline on Thursday.

He, however, said that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) was expected to give the details of the 264 passengers aboard Tarco Airline as well as the 128 and 136 evacuees in separate flights.

Meanwhile, the NiDCOM Chairman, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, received the Vice-Chancellor of Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo, Prof. Lawrence Ezemonye, in her office in Abuja.

Ikechukwu expressed his university’s willingness to absorb some of the students recently evacuated from Sudan and give them concessions in the area of tuition.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the war that broke out in Sudan had disrupted the academic programmes of many Nigerian students, leading to their evacuation to the country.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

NBC to appeal ruling nullifying powers to impose fines

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), says it will appeal a ruling by a Federal High Court, Abuja nullifying its powers to impose fines on erring broadcast stations.

Its reaction to the Wednesday ruling by Justice James Omotosho was contained in a statement signed by its Director General, Balarabe Shehu Illelah.

Omotosho, while ruling on a suit filed by Incorporated Media Rights Agenda, declared that NBC was not a Court and had no power to impose fines as punishment on broadcast stations.

He held that the NBC code, which gives the commission the power to impose a sanction, was in conflict with section 6 of the constitution that vested judicial power in the court of law.

He added that the NBC, not being Nigerian police, had no power to conduct a criminal investigation that would lead to criminal trial and imposition of sanctions.

But the NBC, in the statement on Friday in Abuja, said that it had applied for a Certified Copy of the judgment.

“The commission will appeal against the judgment when found to be in conflict with previous judgments which empowers NBC to regulate broadcasting in Nigeria,” the statement said.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Ministry seeks partnership with NAN to foster health promotion, literacy

Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) is seeking partnership with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) to foster health promotion and literacy among Nigerians.

The ministry’s Director, Health Promotion Division, Mrs Ladidi Bako-Aiyegbusi said this during an advocacy

visit to NAN in Abuja on Friday.

According to her, low health literacy is one of the factors responsible for the spread of diseases in the country.

She said that the nation was presently experiencing low health indices, a situation the government was

not happy about, adding that to reduce health issues, priority must be given to adequate and effective health

information promotion.

The director said “a lot of people do not know simple things that they need to do to stay healthy, or that

some simple habits and practices that they are doing are affecting them and others in the community in general.

“So, to ensure that people are appropriately informed on what to do, the Federal Government shifted its approach of getting health information to people from health education to health promotion as far

back as 2006.

Bako-Aiyegbusi said that the policy was inaugurated in 2006 and in 2017, it was evaluated to see how far it had

achieved its aim of informing Nigerians on the right things to do to maintain good health.

She added that in the process of revising the policy, it was realised that there were basic structures needed to

interface with to effectively improve health literacy.

“And to ensure that we are guided in what we do, the three tiers of government, stakeholders, civil society

organisations and implementing partners, including religious circles, communities, health providers and

beneficiaries came together to ensure structures that can support effective health literacy.

“We came up with a five-year National Strategic Plan for Health Promotion and while we were developing this

plan, we realised that the media is critical and that we cannot get the information on positive behavioural

change to the people without the media and that was how this strategy came about.’’

The plan, she said, is expected to foster collaboration between the ministry and the media to ensure that health information was given priority and reached the people in a timely and concise manner and

feedback received from the people.

The director also said that “though it is the first time of such partnership with the media, the ministry is looking forward to a robust synergy that will make the impact of the health interventions embarked upon by government to be felt’’.

Responding, the Editor-In-Chief of NAN, Mr Silas Nwoha commended the ministry for coming up with such an initiative to promote health literacy among the populace.

He said NAN is a strategic media agency that can give the ministry all the publicity it needs.

Nwoha added that the agency is ready to partner with any organisation that is prepared to leverage on its wide reach and coverage to showcase them to the world.

He said: “I pledge our total and massive support to make sure that we take you to the promised land, NAN never fails.

“Once we are given a task, we normally make sure we get to the end of it.’’

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

President João Lourenço returns to Luanda

Angolan President João Lourenço returned to Luanda this Friday, coming from Malanje province where he paid a few-hour visit.

At the Luanda Air Base, the Angolan Head of State received greetings from the Vice-President of the Republic, Esperança da Costa.

Government members and senior officials from his office also welcomed the president.

In Malanje, the Head of Executive Power met with the provincial governor, Marcos Nhunga.

The visiting programme also featured the inauguration of the water abstraction, treatment and distributing system in the locality of Quissol, 12 kilometers east of the city of Malanje.

It is an infrastructure capable of producing 720 cubic meters of water per hour, from the Cuije River, worth 31. 2 million US dollars.

João Lourenço reaffirmed the conclusion of the construction works of the Caculo-Cabaça hydroelectric dam, in northern province of Cuanza Norte, for 2026.

Also in Malanje, João Lourenço witnessed the end of the construction work on the Laúca dam and unveiled the sign for the 65.5 MW Ecological Plant.

The Laúca Hydroelectric Facility, the largest in Angola, saw its first turbine (out of a total of six) inaugurated in 2017.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

President João Lourenço winds up visit to Malanje

Angolan head of State João Lourenço ended Friday his visit to the north-east Malanje province, during which he witnessed the completion of the construction works of Lauca Dam.

During his few-hour stay in the region, João Lourenço unveiled the water abstraction, treatment and distribution system in Quissol locality.

The infrastructure is located 12 kilometers east of the capital of the north-east Malanje province.

Estimated at USD 31.2 billion and funded by Chinese credit line, the infrastructure, with capacity to produce 720 cubic meters of water per hour from the Cuije river, aims to boost the water supply system to the Malanje city.

The infrastructure includes, reservoirs, pipelines, electromechanical equipment, administrative areas

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Over 38,000 flavoured cigarettes removed from market

At least 38, 600 flavoured cigarettes have been withdrawn from the market over the last few days in central Huambo province, the National Economic Inspection and Food Security Authority (ANIESA) has announced.

The measure follows the Executive Decree number 151-22, of 11 March, on the technical regulation that prohibits cigarette manufacturers from using ingredients (aromas and flavours) that make the product more harmful to human health.

In addition to withdrawal of cigarettes, the retailers were clarified on harm caused by the consumption of such products, according to the institution’s local coordinator, Inocência Figueiredo.

Inocência Figueiredo, who was speaking on Friday, said the deadline for the withdrawal of the flavored cigarettes has been extended to further six months, due to the high number of requests for their destruction, clarification, moratoria and other concerns of the operators.

After the end of this period, the ANIESA official said that the institution in Huambo will do its utmost to ensure and enforce the law to protect the lives of the citizens.

The first communication from ANIESA about the withdrawal of the flavored cigarettes and aromas was released in April, a date when the producers had up to 30 days to get rid of the products

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Angola very close to 7,000 megawatts of electricity – President

Angolan head of State João Lourenço announced Friday, in Malanje province, that, in terms of electricity production, the country is very close to reaching 7,000 megawatts at national level.

João Lourenço was speaking to the press at the Laúca Dam, in Malanje province, adding that the country’s production results from water sources, photovoltaic power plants in Biópio, Baia Farta and Caraculo and thermal power plants created in some provinces.

“The national electricity distribution system has the contribution of several production sources, including the Soyo Combined Cycle, the Cambambe, Kapanda and Laúca dams”, said the Head of State, in that region of the country.

In his view, the country is currently producing enough energy to meet demand, as a result of a programme aimed at its industrialisation.

“All this because we are looking to industrialise our country. We want more industries, because they produce goods, produce services and provide a lot of employment. There is no industry without energy, there is no industry without infrastructure”, stated João Lourenço.

He stressed that the energy problem in the country is being solved, therefore lacking the construction of the Caculo-Cabaça power plant, more photovoltaic energy production plants, some of which have already been identified and in execution.

The President of the Republic said that now it is necessary to invest in transporting the electricity produced in the Cuanza basin and in the home network of practically the entire country.

“We are not bad in terms of production, but we are still bad in terms of taking that production to consumers, whether with transport lines or with home networks”, said João Lourenço, who paid a few-hour visit to the province of Malanje.

In Malanje, the Statesman witnessed the end of construction work on the Laúca Hydroelectric Facility (AH) and unveiled the sign for the ecological power plant.

The Laúca Hydroelectric Facility has 2,070 Mw of installed capacity and 6 water intake units, 2.2 million m3 (cubic meters) of excavation and 96,000 m3 of concrete.

The structures include advanced technologies and efficient engineering capable of developing the best projects and solutions.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

TAAG increases weekly frequency flights to Brazil

Angola Airlines will increase from five to six weekly flights on the connection between Luanda and São Paulo (Brazil), starting in August of this year, the company stated Friday in its press release.

The new frequency will be operated by a Boeing 777 aircraft, departing at night from 4 de Fevereiro International Airport, in Luanda.

According to a note sent to ANGOP, the objective is to add more mobility options to its passengers and customers, in view of the growth in market demand, on this route to South America.

However, the load factor reached an average of 73%, a figure considered positive within the parameters of civil aviation.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

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The year-on-year inflation rate increased to 6.1 per cent last month compared to the 5.6 per cent recorded in April 2022.

This is according to the Namibia Consumer Price Index (NCPI) bulletin for April 2023 released by the Namibia Statistics Agency on Thursday.

“On a month-on-month basis, the inflation rate slowed to 0.4 per cent, down from 0.6 per cent registered during the preceding month,” it said.

It further said based on the price movements at the zonal level for April 2023, Zone 1 (Kavango East, Kavango West, Kunene, Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshana, Oshikoto, Otjozondjupa, and Zambezi) recorded the highest annual inflation rate of 6.3 per cent.

This was followed by Zone 3 (||Kharas, Erongo, Hardap and Omaheke), which recorded an inflation rate of 6.0 per cent, while Zone 2 (Khomas) recorded the lowest annual inflation rate of 5.9 per cent.

On a monthly basis, Zone 2 and 1 recorded the highest monthly price changes of 0.6 per cent and 0.3 per cent, and Zone 3 recorded the slightest monthly change of 0.2 per cent.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Lutombi made these remarks at a media conference in Swakopmund yesterday.

The Roads Authority (RA) Chief Executive Officer, Conrad Lutombi, said the institution will not compromise on the technical standards of road infrastructure and will ensure a competent constructor works on the roads.

Lutombi made these remarks at a media conference in Swakopmund yesterday regarding the Pre-Qualification Process for the Rehabilitation of the Usakos-Karibib road, which will be funded by the German Government through the KfW Development Bank.

“This is a very important project, it carries more than 1 000 vehicles per day and we want to construct it with the standard that will live for many more years after we are no longer here,” he emphasised.

According to Lutombi, due to the high technical nature of the work required on this road, RA carried out pre-qualification proceedings in line with section 42 of the Public Procurement Act of 2015.

Furthermore, open international bidding was used in line with annexure two of the Public Procurement Act and as per the procurement requirement of KfW. The project will commence as soon as the bidding process is completed as funds are already available, he noted.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Alweendo made these remarks at the National Stakeholder Workshop on the Draft Local Content Policy (LCP) held in Windhoek.

Minister of Mines and Energy, Tom Alweendo, has emphasized the importance of Namibia’s policy environment, particularly its institutional and political aspects, in ensuring that the discovery of oil and gas becomes a blessing for the country.

Alweendo made these remarks at the National Stakeholder Workshop on the Draft Local Content Policy (LCP) held in Windhoek.

He said the ministry is dedicated to safeguarding the country’s resources and implementing policies that will enable all Namibians to benefit.

Alweendo stressed that inclusivity and transparency should be key guiding principles during the policy drafting process, saying merely putting policies on paper is not enough and the actual implementation should ensure ethical operations across the board.

“I am also equally aware that designing an LCP is complex and that each LCP must reflect our realities and priorities. We need an LCP that will facilitate economic diversification and deepen backward and forward linkages from various segments of the oil and gas sector value chain, thereby fast-tracking our industrialisation,” he said.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Grootfontein NaTIS suspends services temporarily

The National Traffic Information System (NaTIS) office at Grootfontein in the Otjozondjupa Region on Friday temporarily suspended its testing services for learners and driver licenses as well as vehicle roadworthy testing services.

The Grootfontein NaTIS centre through the Roads Authority (RA) in a media statement stated on Friday that the temporary suspension will take effect from 15 to 19 May 2023.

“Therefore all clients seeking urgent roadworthy tests, learners and driver’s license services are requested to visit the Tsumeb NaTIS office for assistance or other NaTIS offices convenient to them,” it read.

It however said during the suspension period, only over-the-counter services, general enquiries and transactions will be rendered to the public, from a building adjacent to the Grootfontein NaTIS centre.

All NaTIS business operations at the Grootfontein testing centre will return to normal at the main office building on 22 May 2023, it read.

The Grootfontein NaTIS apologised to clients for the inconvenience this temporary suspension may cause.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency