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Nigeria Navy extends Operation Delta Sanity



The Nigeria Navy  says it has extended Operation Delta Sanity by three months in order to eradicate oil theft and illegal bunkering in the Niger-Delta.

Vice Adm. Emmanual Ogalla, the Chief of Naval Staff, spoke on Wednesday during the unveiling of the third phase of the operation aboard the Nigerian Navy warship, NNS Okpabana, at Onne, Rivers.

He said that the navy’s decision to prolong the operation was based on significant successes recorded since commencing on Jan. 10.

“Operation Delta Sanity (Op. DELSAN) was inaugurated to combat the issues of oil theft, illegal bunkering and pipeline vandalism among others in the Niger Delta.

“The operation was initiated to complement the Federal Government’s efforts towards the sustainable development of the Blue Economy in Nigeria.

“After 90 days of the initial inauguration of Op. DELSAN 1 on Jan. 10, Op. DELSAN 2 was relaunched on April 10 to build on the successes recorded in the first phase.’’

Ogalla explained that the second phase was expanded and achieved even greater results in combating oil thieves and illegal bunkering in the region.

“The recovery of stolen crude oil and illicitly refined petroleum products denied criminals financial gains to fund further crimes.

“Due to the successes achieved, Op. DELSAN 3 is extended for another 90 days to sustain the effort and build on the successes of the previous phases.’’

The operation, the navy chief said, utilised non-kinetic approach that led to the seizures of foreign merchant ships trespassing Nigerian waters to steal crude oil.

He said that the operation also fostered significant regional and international collaboration to tackle insecurity in wider Gulf of Guinea.

“Collaborative efforts with the Cameroonian and Gabonese navies resulted in the arrests of MV Jasmine, MT New Angel and MV Blu Shark among other notable accomplishments,” Ogalla said.

Rear Adm. Samson Bura, the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Central Naval Command, said that the naval forces recovered about 1.053 million litres of stolen crude oil during the preceding operations.

He said that troops also seized 303,051 litres of adulterated diesel and destroyed 122 illegal refineries, 57 wooden boats, 65 metallic storage tanks and 45 dugout pits.

Bura said that no fewer than 22 suspects and six vessels were arrested during the course of the six months operation.

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Governor AbdulRahman states that the Governors’ forum embraces local government autonomy



AbdulRazaq AbdulRahman, Governor of Kwara and Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), said the forum welcomed the ruling of the Supreme Court granting autonomy to local governments areas.

AbdulRahman made the remark while addressing State House correspondents after a meeting with President Bola Tinubu on Friday.

He was accompanied by Gov. Hope Uzodimma, Chairman, All Progressives Party (APC) Governors Forum and Dr Bala Mohammed, Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum.

“Compliance is a given and our Attorney General has applied for the enrollment order, which we’ll study carefully.

“But by and large governors are happy with the devolution of power in respect of local government autonomy. It relieves the burden on governors.

“Our people really don’t know how much states expense in bailing out local governments, and that’s the issue there,” he said.

He said in his state Kwara, the government had never tampered with local government funds.

“What the local governments have to do is to manage themselves, especially with the incoming minimum wage, to manage their affairs and make sure salaries are paid, traditional rulers get their five per cent and those are the main issues,” he said.

On states where local government elections are yet to be conducted, he said the forum would meet next Wednesday to look at the issue wholly and then come up with a resolution.

He also said the discussion on minimum wage was ongoing, and that the tripartite committee had met and submitted its report.

“Yes, a movement of figures is the  prerogative of the president which he will also transmit to the National Assembly for robust debate before it’s adopted,” said AbdulRahman.

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Sanwo-Olu presents official vehicles to Directors in public service



Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, has presented official vehicles to Directors in the Lagos State Public Service.

The presentation is part of the government’s efforts to increase productivity, motivate staff and ensure that Lagosians get better service delivery in all areas.

Speaking during the presentation on Thursday at the State Secretariat, Alausa, Governor Sanwo-Olu said the occasion marked a significant milestone in the present administration’s commitment to excellence and efficiency.

Sanwo-Olu, represented by the Lagos State Head of Service, Mr. Bode Agoro, said the presentation was in line with the State Government’s commitment to ensuring more efficiency.

He said: “It is all about better service delivery; better performance and more motivation. We want Lagosians to enter our offices and meet warm and friendly officials, who are smart and willing to work faster and better. Lagosians deserve the best Public Service that is highly motivated and target-driven.”

Mr Governor went on: “It is gratifying to say that these vehicles would not only serve the official needs but would also undoubtedly enhance the directors’ productivity and efficiency.”

The Secretary, Lagos State Staff Housing and Loans Board, Mr. Abdulrafiu Fashola, while responding on behalf of the Directors, expressed appreciation and heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu for the official vehicles.

“This remarkable gesture will undoubtedly have a profound impact on our daily lives. Your belief in us and your willingness to go above and beyond have truly touched our hearts”, Fashola said.

He promised more dedication and better performance by all recipients of the vehicles.

Not all directors got vehicles. Those who received the official vehicles were the ones who won during the ballot organized by the Office of the Head of Service. Others are on the queue for a similar gesture.

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NYSC DG tasks states Govt on equipping camps with facilities



By Matthew Denis

The Director General of National Youth Service Corps, Bridger General YD Ahmed has called on state governments to equipped the various orientation camps with facilities to ensure smooth running and security of Corp members.

He made expression over the collapsed of convenience that occurred in the early hours of today, Friday 12th July, 2024, at Ekiti State Orientation Camp in Ise-Orun, Emure Ekiti.

The DG said ” I want to use this opportunity to call on the state Government to urgently equip the Camp with sustainable facilities that will not endanger the lives of the Camp community.”

According to him the primary function of various State Governments to build and maintain facilities in the Orientation Camps as contained in the NYSC Act.

However, the NYSC Management wish inform the general public that the situation is under control with the collaboration of the entire camp officials that served as first responders to the two injured Corps Members from the incident were effectively coordinated by the State Coordinator.

Meanwhile, those injured are very stable and receiving medical attention at a tertiary health facility in the State.

Parents and guardians are hereby enjoined to remain calm as Management is committed to ensuring the safety of all Corps Members including Camp Officials in all NYSC Orientation Camps across the country.

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