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NMT Policy is pivotal to the survival and advancement of the Maritime sector of Nigeria – Magdalene Ajani

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The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Magdalene Ajani has said that “the development of the National Maritime Transport (NMT) Policy is pivotal to the survival, sustainability and advancement of the Maritime sector of Nigeria.”

Ajani made this known while speaking at the opening ceremony of the stakeholders meeting on the national maritme transport policy in Lagos on Thursday.

According to Ajani, A Country that fails to develop policies that will stand the test of time and serve generations to come, is at the verge of failure, backwardness and anarchy. Nigeria like other Nations have recognized the integral role policies play in developmental process and as such, engendered different processes to drive her quest for a sustainable, feasible and generic National Maritime Transport Policy.

Noting that Policies have been proven to be the bedrock for the development of any Nation and Sector, she said the development of the National Maritime Transport policy is apt aa this will boost the Maritime sector and widen the horizon to enable it serve the domestic market and have comparative advantage globally, she said.

She added that, The geographic, economic and technological conditions of the maritime sector of a nation determines their future development. Therefore, no efforts should be spared to help nations maximize the ocean as a means of transportation in their development plans and policy. This further underscores the need to develop and domesticate this National Maritime Transport Policy.

The Permanent Secretary however noted that the Federal Government through the Ministry of Transportation is enthusiastic to see that the National Maritime Transport Policy is developed and implemented.

Ajani thereby reiterated the ministry’s commitment to playing a crucial role in the development of the NMT Policy and see to it that it is not only approved at Federal Executive Council but efficiently implemented.

However, she implored stakeholders as they have been saddled with the responsibility to brainstorm, design, project and make inputs that will chart a Road Map for the Maritime Transport Sector and also produce a working document.

”Today, the onus has fallen on us to develop implementable Policies and workable strategies that are in line with current trends and global practices; aimed at lifting millions of Nigerians out of poverty; improve the general wellbeing of the Nigerian People and put Nigeria along the tracks of the advanced Nations,”

”It is pertinent to state that the vision for a safe, efficient, affordable and seamless Maritime Transportation system lies in our hands. Therefore, let us work collectively to guarantee this,” she said.

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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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