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Sirika Presents NiMet’s 2021 Climate Predictions, as Minister advises Against Hurried Planting



The 2021 Seasonal Climate Prediction (SCP) has been unveiled by the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, with a call on all stakeholders to use the climate prediction judiciously for the benefit of the nation and humanity.

The Minister said that over the years, NiMet’s predication has become a veritable tool in guiding various sectors of the nation’s economy in preparing for their yearly activities.

According to him, “the earliest onset date for rains in 2021 is likely to occur on the 1st of March along the coastal line of the country, while the late date is anticipated to be around 29th June in the Northern most part of Nigeria. While later than normal onset dates are expected over a few places such as parts of Lagos, Ogun, Kebbi and Niger States”.

Sirika said there would be dry spell, which may span in some places up to about 15 days and this is extremely important to avoid people losing their crops or to ignore flooding which may wipe away houses, businesses and farm lands. This year, severe dry spells are predicted in Kebbi, Sokoto, Katsina Jigawa, Zamafara, Yobe and Borno States in June and July which may last between two to three weeks after the onset.
“So, the implication of this is the likelihood of crop failure and even if crops don’t die completely, their growing capacity is going to be affected. Farmers should adopt soil-moisture conservation techniques to reduce the chances of crop failure during the period”.

The Minister said, “The length of the growing season will vary from 110 days in the North to over 300 days in the South. He advised farmers in the North that they should not plant crops that would take more than 100 days to mature while those in the South have opportunity to probably plant their crops twice since they have over 300 days”.

He however, advised farmers not to farm with the first rain which will likely occur on 1st March, 2021.
Most places are expected to have their usual length of season, but few places such as Lagos and FCT are likely going to have shorter length of season.

The prediction also showed that there would be a normal annual rainfall amount in most Northern parts of the country such as Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara and Kano States.

On flooding, the Minister said there would be normal to above normal rainfall in the country which could lead to flash floods due to the increasing high density rainfall at the peak of the season.

According to the Minister, “the earliest cessation date is likely to be 9th October while, Kastina and Northern parts of Sokoto, the latest cessation date is expected to be on the 25th of December over the Niger-Delta region”.

On his part, the Director General of NiMet, Prof. Sani Mashi promised Nigerians that his Agency would ensure that the prediction gets to the grassroots and called on stakeholders to always support the mandate of the agency.

According to Mashi, the annual predictions by the agency has become an increasingly indispensable guide for planning by most sectors of the nation’s economy.

The achievements, he reiterated, had been possible through the unalloyed support of the Minister of Aviation Senator Hadi Sirika who had always pushed NiMet for excellence and professionalism in the discharge of its mandates.

“Over the last 10 years, in the wake of increasing trend of uncertainties in the climate change, NiMet has continued to meet national, regional and global expectations in weather and climate forecast which is the reason behind the annual seasonal climate prediction”, said the Director-General.

The theme for this year is “Seasonal Climate Prediction: supporting the Economy to scope with the challenges of COVID-19 Global Pandemic in Nigeria”.

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Ebonyi Head of Service Position: Umahi Throws Application Open



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



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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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.


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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