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NiMet to Offer Technical Know-how To Upgrade NWRI

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The Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET) is to provide technical know-how to support National Water Resources Institute (NWRI) in manpower training on operational hydrology in Africa.

Prof. Sani Mashi, the Director-General of the Agency disclosed this when he received a delegation from the Institute in his office.

According to him, such move will upgrade NWRI hydrology center to regional center of excellence recognised by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) for manpower training in operational hydrology in Africa.

“We saw the need for the institute to visit NiMet in order to solicit for support, get necessary information, exchange views and learn more about each other.

“NWRI is concerned with water which is an element that affects all lives. Even without the WMO factor, we are together by virtue of our interactions with the water component.

“ We are happy that the WMO is giving Nigeria another opportunity to demonstrate its capacity and capability toward managing the affairs at the regional level,” he said.

The director-general said such confidence by WMO in Nigeria’s capability to host an operational hydrology center was premised on the track record demonstrated by NiMet at the global stage.

Mashi, who was also representative of WMO in Nigeria, said the organisation felt there was need to also adopt a center that would deal exclusively with training on operational hydrology.

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NiMet Director General

“WMO has asked us to comment and recommend a reputable Water Resources Institute that can serve the aforementioned purpose.

“ We have therefore, submitted the name of the National Water Resources Institute as a prestigious option for WMO to adopt,” Mashi said.

He, however, said in spite of NWRI’s long standing history in water resources management, the institute still needed some guidance on how to navigate their relationship with the WMO.

He said that the institute could leverage on NiMet’s experience with the world body, garnered since 1954 when the Nigerian WMO Regional Training centre was established in Lagos.

The director-general urged the institute to deploy the use of technology to deliver training in order to make their request more compelling and appealing to the World Meteorological Organisation.

“This will enable the institute to place itself in good stead ahead of other competing African countries.

“ Really, this meeting marks the beginning of a fruitful relationship which will eventually culminate into in signing of a formal Memorandum of Understanding between the two parties,” he said.

Earlier, NWRI Executive Secretary, Prof. Emmanuel Adanu, who led a delegation from the Institute to NiMet , solicited the agency’s cooperation in the quest to actualise the institute’s mandate.

He said the institute would also like to cooperate with NiMet to set up a regional training center.

Adamu highlighted mandate of the institute to include researching and analysing of water distribution, modifying systems for the benefit of Nigerians among others.

The executive secretary appealed to NiMet to assist the institute in the areas of capacity building, skill and manpower interchange between the two Federal Government organisations.

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Ebonyi Head of Service Position: Umahi Throws Application Open

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Against the usual practice of picking from the top echelon of the Civil Service,  Ebonyi State Governor, Chief David Umahi on Tuesday threw the position of Head of Service (HoS) of the state open, asking civil servants on Grade Level 14 and above to apply within two weeks.

Umahi, in a statement by the Commissioner of Information and State Orientation, Mr Uchenna Orji, said civil servants across the 13 LGAs of the state are qualified to apply within two weeks.

“The Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi requests applications from Civil Servants from Grade Level 14 and above to fill the vacancy of the Head Of Service (HOS), who shall be bowing out of Civil Service on 30th June 2021 after a meritorious and selfless service to the government and people of Ebonyi State,” the statement read in part.

The Governor further directed the civil servants to forward their applications to the Secretary to the State Government (SSG): “All applications are to be addressed to the Secretary to the State Government and Coordinating Commissioner, and submitted with all relevant credentials no later than 30th June, 2021.

Umahi added that “In replacing the outgoing Head of Service, the Government will be looking for the best for the State to continue the good work that the outgoing Head of Service began.

He applauded the loyalty, committed efforts and selfless service rendered by the out-going Head Of Service, Dr. Chamberlain Nwele, in the state and wished him well in his future endeavours.

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Federal High Court Issues New Practice Direction For Filing Of Processes As Workers Resume

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The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court (FHC), Justice John Tsoho, has issued a new practice direction on exemption of payment of default fees for filing of processes.

The development, according to a statement by Catherine Oby-Nwandu, Chief Information Officer of FHC, on Friday night, followed the resumption of work after the two-month strike by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) was called off on on Wednesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that JUSUN had, on April 6, shut down all courts nationwide to demand for financial autonomy for the judiciary at the state level.

Although the industrial action was called off on Wednesday, June 9, the workers union directed all its members to resume work on Monday, June 14.

Justice Tsoho, in the statement, therefore ordered that notwithstanding the provisions of Order 48 Rule 4 of the court rules, 2019, on computation of time for filling of court proceedings as provided by the Rules and payment of default fees for extension of time, the period covering the JUSUN strike action would be exempted.

The statement reads: “Following the resumption of work after the strike action by the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) from 6th day of April, 2021 to 14th day of June 2021 which affected court proceedings and filling of processes, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Honorable Justice John Terhemba Tsoho, announces to Hon. Judges, stakeholders and the general public, the essential need for a new Practice Direction on EXEMPTION OF PAYMENT OF DEFAULT FEES FOR FILING OF PROCESSES computation of time for the payment of default fees for extension of time for filing processes in the Federal High Court of Nigeria for the above period.

“Pursuant to the powers conferred on him, he thereby issues the following Practice Directions:
“COMPUTATION of Time for filing of court processes and payment of default fees for extension of time;
“Notwithstanding the provisions of Order 48 Rule 4 of the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules, 2019 on computation of time for filling of court proceedings or doing an act as provided by the Rules and payment of default fees for extension of time thereof, the period covering the JUSUN strike action, being from 6th day of April, 2021 to 14th day of June, 2021, is hereby exempted.

“APPLICABILITY; These practice Directions shall, save to the extent or as may be otherwise directed by the Chief Judge, apply to both criminal and civil causes and matters in the Federal High Court of Nigeria.

“CITATION; These Practice Directions shall be cited as the Federal High Court (Exemption of Payment of Default Fees for Filing of Processes) Practice Directions (No. 2) 2021.

“The Practice Directions take effect from Tuesday, June 15, 2021.”(NAN)

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BUHARI REMOVES ARMSTRONG IDACHABA, REPLACES HIM WITH SHEHU ILELAH AS NBC DG.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mr Balarabe Shehu Ilelah, as the new director-general of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

The minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the appointment in a statement made available to NAN in Abuja on Friday.

The statement said Ilelah’s appointment is for a tenure of five years in the first instance.

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It added that Ilelah is a veteran broadcaster.

Ilelah takes over from the acting director-general of the agency, Armstrong Idachaba, who had been acting since the removal of Ishaq Modibbo Kawu, the esthwhile director-general who was removed over alleged corruption last year.

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