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Those saying NDDC should be scrapped have no stake in Niger Delta affairs — Delta monarch

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…asks govt to involve oil host communities for peace sake
…wants 13% derivation paid directly to communities, not Governors
By Levinus Nwabughiogu-Abuja
A Delta State monarch from the Ijere Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, King Monday Obukowho Whiskey has lambasted those asking for the scrapping of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, saying they don’t exist in the coastal region.

The monarch who spoke on the sideline of the two days public hearing on the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB at the House of Representatives Complex in Abuja on Thursday also asked the government to stop paying the 13 per cent oil derivation to the Governors but directly to the oil-producing communities.

Citing his Ijere Kingdom as one that produces over 40,000 barrels of oil per day without any significant benefits, King Whiskey urged the government to include the oil host communities in the management of petroleum resources in their place to enjoy greater peace.

“I came to make a presentation to this Honourable House specifically to expose the challenges my kingdom is facing. Ijere is the second-largest kingdom in Uhrubo with a production capacity of over 40,000 barrels per day. That’s one of the home bases of SEPLAT petroleum limited. Ironically, for over 10 years, SEPLAT has worked in that kingdom, we do not have a single staff in that company. We lost over 1500 souls in 1998 in an induced petroleum fire disaster. Until now, there is nothing to show that we are producing oil.

“We have an abandoned PPMC cottage hospital in the kingdom. Nothing is happening and each time we talk about peace in the Niger Delta. I also come here to advocate for the inclusion of our people in the management of resources. Some persons are talking about 13 per cent and that. If the law says 13 per cent belongs to the producing Communities and you ironically give the money to the Governors, have you given the money to the host Communities. The answer is no.

“People have come here to say, scrap NDDC, do this and that. Each time you make a statement, you should be able to know the implication of what you are saying or what you stand to get. I was the first media consultant to the Senate committee on NDDC in 2000. We know the efforts we put in place to create the present NDDC. So, why come to advocate for the scrapping of NDDC? We are talking about the government giving our people adequate attention.

“We mobilized fully to say whatever we are saying here now because if you are not a critical stakeholder, we don’t want you to say anything about oil. Those who said NDDC should be scrapped, what is their stake in oil production? What is their community, Kingdom do they come from? I mentioned Ijere. Go and see what Ijere produces.

“When you come and arrogate a position to yourself to make very wild allegations, the question is where do you come from? Can you be located? So, we are saying involve the producing community in the management of petroleum resources in their place and you will have greater peace”, he said. (Vanguard)

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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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