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Mike Ozekhome, SAN, bags another visiting Professorship from the Abia State University, Uturu, Abia State



FOR renowned constitutional lawyer and leading human rights activist, the citadel of learning has again come out in full force to tap from his deep scholarship, research, mentorship and knowledge of the law, as famous Abia State University, Uturu ( ABSU ), Abia State, has appointed him a VISITING PROFESSOR OF LAW in its Faculty of Law, with effect from the 2022/2023 academic session.

In the letter sighted by this media, dated April 5, 2023, and signed by the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof O.M. Ogbulu, the University wrote interalia, as follows

“This is in recognition of your outstanding contributions to national human rights advocacies, constitutional law and enviable professional standing in the Legal profession.

“It is our hope that your association with the Faculty of Law, Abia State University, will support its academic endeavours and provide the highest source of wise counsel in that discipline, given your pedigree and contacts”.

The University in the letter also undertook to provide accommodation and feeding to Professor Ozekhome while on campus; and accord him honorarium and travel expenses to and from the University. ABSU however wrote that the position does not however include entitlement to promotion, gratuity or pension. It would be recalled that the Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti ( ABUAD) had earlier in the year appointed Professor Ozekhome, SAN, as a Visiting Professor of Law in the College of Law.


Reps dismiss petition against NPA over alleged bad debt



The House of Representatives has dismissed a petition accusing the Managing Director of the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), Mr Bello Koko of recording a bad debt of N178 billion in the audited financial statement of the authority in 2019.
A group, the  Forum of Non-Governmental Organisations in Nigeria, had petitioned the House Committee on Public Petitions on the alleged bad debt.

However, at the resumed public hearing of the committee on Wednesday, the group failed to appear to defend the allegation.

The Chairman of the Committee,  Rep Mike Etaba (APC -Cross River) dismissed the petition for lack of merit.

“This is the sixth time and the petitioner has not been in this place. The case is hereby dismissed,” Etaba said.

NAN reports that the petitioner had requested the management of NPA to be invited to address the growth of the alleged debt from N135 billion in 2018 to N173 billion in 2024.

The petition in part reads that, ” Our attention has been brought to the 2019 audited financial statement  of Nigeria Port Authority ( NPA) with special reference to Trade Accounts Receivable and the huge provision made for bad and doubt debts.

“Whilst we note that the position in 2019 would significantly changed by now, the poor quality of NPA’s trade receivable account is alarming and require urgent attention.”

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NIES: NLNG tasks energy industry players on enhanced digitalisation



The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG) has tasked the energy industry players on integration of digital technologies to improve operational efficiency, reduce emissions and increase revenue.

NLNG’s Deputy Managing Director, Mr Olakunle Osobu, made the call at the ongoing 7th Nigeria International Energy Summit (NIES) in Abuja.

Osobu spoke on “Digital Transformation and Sustainable Energy Solutions in Upstream and Downstream Sector”.

The session dwelt on innovative ideas, technological advancements and career opportunities for young professionals in the evolving energy landscape.

It delved into transformative journey of the upstream sector digitalisation improvement of refining and distribution processes, implementation of energy efficient technologies and collaboration.

He emphasised the pivotal role of digital technologies and data analytics in enhancing efficiency, productivity, safety standards, and environmental sustainability across the energy value chain.

According to him, the industry has to remain competitive as it deals with rapid global changes and energy transition.

Highlighting the significance of nurturing young talent and embracing digital tools, Osobu underscored their criticality in streamlining processes, fostering innovation, and addressing sustainability challenges within the evolving energy landscape.

He stated that leveraging digital solutions could enable the industry to unlock unprecedented career opportunities while tackling resilience and sustainability imperatives.

Osobu, while urging the players to draw insights from NLNG’s ongoing integration of digital technologies, lauded its pioneering role in leveraging digital technology within the LNG sector.

He cited examples such as the Smart Mobile Worker programme, which utilises smart helmets and tablets for remote support, enabling swift repairs, reducing mobilisation costs, and enhancing safety protocols.

He also highlighted NLNG’s digital twin technology that replicates plant operations using real-time data for remote planning and improved safety measures without necessitating physical site visits.


These initiatives, he said, collectively bolster NLNG’s competitive edge by enhancing operational efficiency, environmental stewardship, workforce safety, and financial performance.

He reiterated NLNG’s commitment to achieving its net-zero emissions target by 2040 through strategic deployment of digital solutions.

He underscored the importance of upskilling employees to leverage AI, machine learning and other digital tools while enhancing cyber security awareness to mitigate evolving cyber threats stemming from increased digitalisation.

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Lagos State rolls out modalities for staff to work remotely



Lagos State Government on Wednesday said that the flexible work initiative announced by Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to give workers relief in the face of economic hardship would take effect from March 4.

This is indicated in a circular by the state Head of Service, Mr Bode Agoro issued on Wednesday.

It said that the initiative would last for three months in the first instance, after which a review of the exercise would be undertaken.

_Flexible work initiative will commence effective March 4 for three months in the first instance, after which a review of success and impact will be carried out,” it said.

The Head of Service said in the circular that drivers, teaching staff, healthcare officers as well as first responders in the state were exempted from home initiative,

“ The governor in providing succour and palliative to the workers in the state, has directed Accounting Officers to come up with a duty roster for officers on Grade Level 15-17 to work from home one day a week.

“Other officers on grade level 01-14 will work from home two days in a week respectively to cushion the effect of fuel subsidy removal.

“ Suffice to say due to the peculiarities of their work schedules, Drivers, Teaching Staff, Healthcare Officers as well as first responders in the state are exempted from home initiative,” Agoro said.

He said there would be call duty arrangements roster or shift.

Recall that Gov. Sanwo-Olu had announced the introduction of the arrangement on Thursday, while unveiling measures the state was putting in place to reduce the economic pressure being faced by citizens in the country.

He also announced several other measures to reduce the hardship the residents were facing.

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