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NIMASA holds interactive session with security agencies in Cross River State



IN continuation of the quest to enhance security across the various states in the country, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, in collaboration with the Cross River State Emergency Management Agency, CR-SEMA, has organized a one-day sensitization workshop with security agencies in Cross Rivers State.

NIMASA also donated security equipment to the state in order to aid the fight against criminality.

The Director General, NIMASA, Bashir Jamoh, who spoke during the interactive session, underscored the importance of security in the operations of the maritime sector, citing the fact that insecurity in the sector is initiated, planned on land before execution in the maritime domain.

He explained that this is the reason the Agency is poised to tackle it by collaborating with relevant security agencies across the country.

The DG, who was represented by the Head of Procurement, Danjuma Babah, stated that there is the need for the interactive session in order to foster synergy among the various security agencies in the state, as this will help combat all forms of criminality in an organized manner.

“The maritime sector is the gateway to economic prosperity in the country, more so as the Federal Government is looking towards diversification through the Blue Economy mantra. Therefore, there is the need for the various security agencies to collaborate with one another to ensure the safety and security of the sector is guaranteed; as this will encourage more investment in the sector,”  he said.

Head of Procurement of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and representative of NIMASA DG, Mr. Danjuma Babah presenting security items to Director General, Cross River State Emergency Management Agency (CR-SEMA), Mr. Ayim Princewill, during a one-day interactive session and presentation of security equipment to security agencies in Cross River State.
Head of Procurement of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and representative of NIMASA DG, Mr. Danjuma Babah flanked by Director General, Cross River State Emergency Management Agency (CR-SEMA), Mr. Ayim Princewill (left) and Representative of the Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Naval Command, Captain M.W Gana. During a one-day interactive session and presentation of security equipment to security agencies in Cross River State.

Meanwhile, the Director General of the Cross River State Emergency Management Agency, Ayim Princewill, expressed appreciation for the gesture by the Agency, in bringing together various security agencies to brainstorm on tackling challenges associated with security in the state.

He also used the opportunity to commend the Agency for consistently using its Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives in strengthening the capacity of CR-SEMA as an Agency.

“The Cross River State Government is elated at NIMASA’s contribution to saving lives, properties and curbing insecurity in the State. Responding to emergencies has different approaches, but the primary objective is saving lives and property, which is the objective of every security agency represented in the forum,” Ayim said.

On his part, the Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Naval Command – Rear Admiral J.O. Ibrahim represented by Captain M.W Gana commended NIMASA for the initiative. He emphasised that measures should be in place to avert natural disasters and that responses should be intelligence-driven.

Participants at the workshop were drawn from the Nigerian Navy; Nigerian Police Force; Department of State Security; Nigerian Civil Defence; Federal Road Safety Corps; and the Cross River State Fire and Rescue Service where they all committed to working together in ensuring zero tolerance to insecurity in the state.

The highpoint of the event was the Agency’s donation of security equipment including handcuffs, two-way radio system, Tasers, flashlights, batons, body scanners, vehicle search mirrors and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The equipment would go a long way to curb the menace of insecurity.

The statement by NIMASA recalls that the Agency under the leadership of Jamoh has consistently been involved in various CSR projects across the six geopolitical zones of the country through the provision of educational/instructional materials, hospital equipment, relief items and security equipment/sensitization workshops.

“The aim is to assist the underprivileged, while also helping to augment efforts of the governments at the various levels: Local, State and the Federal Government,” it added.


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Rotary executes N68m worth of impactful projects in Plateau



The Rotary Club of Jos Central, has executed 17 impactful projects valued at N68 million.

Mr Kayode Fasua, the club’s outgoing president, who made the disclosure on Friday evening, at a dinner/award night, said that the projects, spread across Plateau, were in line with Rotary International’s seven areas of priority.

Fasua listed some of the projects executed to include the donation of a motorised solar-powered borehole to the Alheri community, and the donation of medical equipment to some selected secondary schools in Jos.

The president added that under his leadership, the club distributed grinding machines to widows and wheelchairs to disabled persons.

He further said that the club provided uniforms, sandals, socks, school bags, and shoes to 90 students from three primary schools.

According to him, the club also donated 90 modern school desks (30 per school) to three primary schools and also provided 3,000 notebooks, with 1,000 going to each school.

“Additionally, we planted 200 economic trees in Jos East to benefit the environment.

“In addition to N14 million worth of projects, we executed a global grant project in partnership with the Rotary Club of Calgary, North Canada, and Rotary International.

”The project, worth N54 million Naira, was carried out in five communities across Plateau and Kaduna states.

“We trained 10 youths in each community in brick molding technology to help rebuild their communities that were destroyed as a result of attacks.

“We held a medical outreach in Tudun Wada, attending to over 600 inhabitants for various medical interventions, including complex gynecological procedures, thanks to Professor Ishaya Pam, former CMD of Jos University Teaching Hospital.

“We visited internally displaced persons camps in Mangu, providing foodstuffs, sanitary pads, and clothing. We also erected a peace signboard in front of the local government,” he added.

The outgoing president believed that he would be fondly remembered for a major leap in membership recruitment, stating that within one year, the club gained 29 new members.

He pointed out that the feat was the largest recruitment in the entire district, spanning 26 states.

Mr Mike Nwanoshiri, District Governor-Elect for District 9127, lauded the club president’s sterling leadership, which he said would be indelible in the history of the club and beyond.

“However, remember that our work is far from over; there are challenges, needs to be met, and lives to be changed.

“In our collective strength, we will continue to be the changemakers, the vision carriers, and the history makers in communities and beyond,” Nwanoshiri said.

Mr Hilary Ezeadilieje, Assistant District Governor, appreciated all rotarians on the Plateau, saying that achievements would not have been possible without their unflinching support.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that different categories of awards were given to individuals who distinguished themselves during the rotary year.

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Ogun Govt. bars traditional rulers from signing MoUs on land



Gov. Dapo Abiodun has issued three Executive Orders, an official said on Saturday in Abeokuta.
Two of the three orders are establishing two new agencies, while the third restrains traditional rulers from signing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on land in the state.
Abiodun’s Special Adviser on Media and Strategy, Mr Kayode Akinmade, in a statement, listed the agencies as the Ogun State Mineral Resources Development Agency and Ogun State Landscaping and Recreation Agency.
“In addition to the establishment of these two agencies, the third executive order restrains traditional rulers from entering into any form of agreement or MoU concerning mining activities or any other land matters in their domain,” he said.
Akinmade said the Mineral Resources Development Agency would establish a working relationship with host communities in order to conduct geo-technical and geological surveys of solid mineral deposit within their domain.
“The second agency is responsible for sustaining the achievement of the Ministry of Environment in the area of environmental regeneration and restoration and through the provision of parks, gardens and recreational centres state-wide to preserve the biodiversity and ecosystem of the environment,” he added.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governor’s aide said the three executive orders take an immediate effect.
“Executive Order One is based on Section 5(2) of the 1999 Constitution which vests in the governor the exercise of executive powers of the state for the purpose of effective governance.
“The agency shall, directly or through qualified third parties, conduct and establish working relationship with host communities and local governments for the conduct of geo-technical and geological surveys of solid mineral deposits within their domain.
“It will conduct geo-technical survey of solid mineral deposits in the state and maintain relevant data in the sector, (and) organise the solid minerals sector to the best interest of the state.
“To realise its objectives, the agency shall be funded through fees generated from regulatory agency, budgetary allocation, grants and financial intervention from both local and international development partners, as well as gifts, aid and other legitimate contributions,” he explained.
Akinmade said Executive Order Two was on the basis of the Ministry of Environment starting a massive and aggressive tree-planting campaign to complement the beautification and landscaping programmes.
”This is to ensure environmentally sustainable, healthier and beautiful society, and the agency shall administer, maintain and manage all designated parks and recreation centres in the state.
“For the purpose of realising its objectives, it shall be funded through budgetary allocation or monies received for services rendered, grants and financial intervention from both local and international development partners, as well as gifts, aids and other legitimate contributions.”
He added that Executive Order Three bars traditional rulers in the state from entering into any form of MoU with reference to mining or any other land matters.
“The State has observes the current trend in which miners and investors circumvent regulations and government oversight by encouraging traditional institutions to interfere with land management by entering into MoUs and other irregular legal arrangements.
“Therefore, all forms of traditional institutions existing within the state are hereby with immediate effect barred from entering into any form of MoU or agreement with any individual, companies or organisations seeking land within any part of the entire state for purposes of mining or industry.
”They are to forthwith refrain from issuing any form of consent letters for mining across the state.
“Any traditional institution or stakeholder in the institution who flouts this order shall be sanctioned in line with the provisions of the Kings and Chiefs’ Law and other relevant criminal statutes.
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Lagos cholera cases rise to 421, as govt intensifies response efforts



By Sodiq Adelakun

The Lagos State Government has confirmed an increase in suspected cholera cases, with the total number now standing at 421, up from 417 reported earlier.

Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, disclosed this on Saturday via his Instagram handle.

The additional four cases were reported as of June 20, 2024.

The government has activated the Emergency Operations Centre, which is working closely with partners to conduct contact tracing, community-based surveillance, awareness campaigns, sample testing, and ensuring appropriate medical treatment for confirmed cases.

So far, 35 cases have been confirmed, and 24 deaths have been reported across 20 Local Government Areas in the state.

Cholera is a food and water-borne disease caused by ingesting the bacteria Vibrio cholerae in contaminated water and food.

The World Health Organisation has also reported a global spike in cholera cases, with almost 195,000 cases and over 1,900 deaths reported in 24 countries since the start of 2024.

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