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Journalists float NGO to sensitise Nigerians on ills of corruption, violence

  Captain Adamu Mshelia, Chairman of the Board, MACI
 Eyewitness reporter
A group of journalists, in collaboration with other concerned Nigerians, have come together to advocate against corruption and violence in the country.
To achieve these twin objectives, the group has floated a Non- Governmental  Organisation (NGO)  called Media Anti-Corruption  Initiative (MACI),  a vehicle through which it intends to drive the advocacy.
According to the press statement signed by Mr. Funso Olojo, the Secretary of the Board of the NGO,  the Chairman of the Board,  Captain Adamu Mshelia, said the body, which was registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission(CAC), is purely an advocacy group which intends to use media platform to drive its vision and objectives.
“We have come together to use media as a vehicle to promote the consciousness in Nigerians that will make them shun any acts of corruption and violence.
“We want to promote the culture of transparency and accountability in the conduct of businesses in the private and public sectors of the economy.
“We want to propagate the value of peaceful coexistence among all the ethnic groups in the country that we think, if fully imbibed by all, will reduce, if not eradicate, the amount of violence and bloodshed that is currently ravaging the country”
Captain  Mshelia stated that the NGO was not out to rival the existing organisations such as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) which have the statutory duties to fight corruption.
“We are not out to rival these government agencies, rather we are poised to complement their efforts through the use of the instrumentality of media.
“As professional journalists, we believe we can use our media platform to complement the efforts of the government to rid the country of corruption and violence and create a peaceful and egalitarian society”  the Chairman of MACI group explained.
He said the group does not have the power to arrest nor prosecute but only to advocate for a better society.
“We need to make this clarification so that the aims and objectives of this group will not be misconstrued by Nigerians”, Captain Mshelia stated.
“We shall hold people in the positions of authority both in the public and private sectors accountable to their actions and inaction and this, we believe, is in tandem with the sacred duties of the media which the group represents” the chairman further clarified.
Captain  Mshelia, therefore, solicited for the support, cooperation, and encouragement of all the stakeholders in the Nigerian project to enable the advocacy group to succeed in its task of creating a conscionable and peaceful society.
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IGP grieves over assault on policewoman

Prof. Zainab Duke Abiola

 

— orders prosecution of culprits
 Owolola Adebola

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba,  has strongly condemned the grievous assault of a female Police Officer, Inspector Teju Moses, by her principal who is a Legal practitioner and human rights activist, Prof. Zainab Duke Abiola and her domestic staff comprising the housemaid, one Rebecca Enechido and a male suspect currently at large.

Zainab Duke, a Mbaise-born activist, grievously assaulted her orderly in the company of some accomplices on Tuesday 20th September 2022 at her residence in Garki, Abuja, due to the refusal of the orderly to breach professional ethics by carrying out menial and domestic chores at her house.

The IGP also directed the express prosecution of the arrested suspects who are currently in Police custody, as the preliminary investigation shows overwhelming evidence of culpability on the part of the Professor and her domestic staff.

The IGP has equally tasked the investigative team to ensure that the fleeing suspect is arrested and made to face the wrath of the law.

It is pertinent to clarify that the suspect, Prof. Zainab, who name-drops the IGP, his family members, and other officers in the top hierarchy of the Force has no acquaintance with the Police in any form as erroneously peddled on social media.

The Inspector-General of Police who similarly ordered the withdrawal of all Police personnel attached to the Professor expressed consternation at the fact that an individual who claims to be an advocate for Human Rights could stoop so low as to violate the rights of another individual, a police officer tasked with ensuring her protection.

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Customs collects N1.7trn  revenue in 8 months

CGC, Ali

 

–embarks on aggressive revenue hunts to meet target

The Eyewitness reporter

The Nigeria Customs Service has collected a whooping sum of  N1,755,386,486,390.02  as revenue in the first eight months of the year spanning January and August.

The service made the highest monthly earnings of N241,903,781,854.46 in August as the service intensifies its aggressive revenue drive to meet the expectations of the Federal Government which has come to rely on the revenue from the service to fund its critical project.

This follows the diversification of government to non-oil sectors and expands its tax base due to the dwindling revenue from the oil sector.
The revenue in the first eight months of 2022 is N363,436,321,614.95 higher than N1,391,950,164,775.97 the customs collected in the corresponding period of 2021.

Abuja has increased its focus on non-oil revenue sources, prompting higher expectations from revenue collection agencies such as the NCS, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), among others.

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Jamoh wears OFR diadem as Buhari confers national honour on NIMASA DG

 

The Eyewitness reporter 
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Bashir Jamoh, has expressed deep appreciation to President Mohammed Buhari for being conferred with one of the highest national honours in Nigeria, Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR).

The Office of the Honourable Minister, Ministry of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Senator George Akume, has conveyed this good news to Dr Jamoh in a letter of Award which has slated the investiture ceremony for the International Conference Center (ICC), Abuja on Monday, 10th October 2022.

Recall that Dr. Jamoh had served the Nigerian maritime sector as an administrator for over 30 years when he was appointed by President Buhari as the NIMASA DG in March 2020.

Since that time, he has overseen the successful deployment of the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure otherwise known as the Deep Blue Project which has played a major role in achieving a reduction of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea to its barest minimum since 1994 and culminating in Nigeria being removed from the infamous piracy red list by the International Maritime Bureau, IMB.

A hallmark of his tenure at the helm of NIMASA has been his institutionalization of collaboration among stakeholders, within and outside the country, to achieve significant milestones in the sector.

One notable example of this is his initiation of the Gulf of Guinea Maritime Collaboration Forum/ Shared Awareness and De-confliction (GOG-MCF/SHADE), which has demonstrated the positive outcomes of information sharing among regional and non-regional military forces in achieving a secure maritime space.

Reacting to the news on his social media handle, Dr Jamoh expressed gratitude for being considered for the honour stating:

“Words cannot express how humbled I feel to be so considered for the National Honour as an Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR).

“When I began my maritime journey 30 years ago, little did I know that Almighty Allah would so favour me to rise to the position of NIMASA DG, let alone to be considered for one of the highest honours in the land”.

Dr Jamoh especially thanked His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, and the Standing Committee on National Honours Award for deeming him worthy of the honour while also appreciating everyone who had supported him throughout his tenure as NIMASA Director General, especially the maritime stakeholders.

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