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American University hosts JIFORM Continental Migration Summit in November 

Opeyemi Adesogbon

The Medgar Evers College (MEC), City University, New York City (CUNY), the United States from October 31 to November 14 will host the intercontinental migration summit being put together by the Journalists International Forum For Migration (JIFORM) and other partners across the globe.

 Apart from attending the summit targeted at harnessing the potentials of migration and its benefits to humanity, some of the participants are also billed to undertake a certification course on migration and diaspora matters at the university according to the President/Executive Director of JIFORM,  Dr Ajibola Abayomi.

An elated Professor Byron Price from the Department of Public Administration at the City University who doubles as the Global Director of the Diaspora Innovation Institute confirmed the readiness of the institution to partner with the JIFORM.

Price is a professor of Public Administration and the former Dean of the School of Business at MEC.

The don who had featured in both the African migration summit and the West African media migration summit organized by the JIFORM in Ghana and Togo respectively in 2021 conveyed the excitement of the Chairman, Department of Public Administration, Professor Zulema Blair, PhD about the summit saying “all of us at the CUNY including Prof Blair is looking forward to receiving everyone in October in the US”.

“Having worked with you people over the years on migration matters, I am passionate about the JIFORM great campaign on regular migration. You are serving humanity. On this, I am willing and happy to work as one of the lead promoters of this summit in America” said Prof Price.

Ajibola, President of the JIFORM comprising over 300 Journalists covering migration across the continents said the body was happy about the development.

According to him, the JIFORM was willing to actualise the collaboration with the CUNY through a memorandum of understanding to be signed in the US in April as a prelude to the summit and other working arrangements.

He explained that the MoU would give an annual opportunity to at least 60 JIFORM members across the continents to be trained on media management and migration governance.

“We are committed to knowledge transfer that will improve the career of our members. This is a massive opportunity between the JIFORM and CUNY, particularly for us to further develop the academic side of our profession as Journalists” he noted.

JIFORM with headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria can be reached through It was founded in 2018 and has been organizing a series of workshops and training for Journalists and stakeholders on migration matters.

In 2019, the media body commenced an annual global migration summit in Abuja. The third edition of that comes up in Toronto between July 1-10, this year.

In 2021 between February 25 and 26 in Accra, Ghana it organized the African Migration Summit in collaboration with the Nekotech Center of Excellence Ghana and later initiated the West African Media Migration Summit in partnership with the Organization Pour I’integration Africaine, Lome, Togo between June 22-23, 2021.

In the second quarter of the year, JIFORM will host the National Media Migration/ Human Trafficking Dialogue in Lagos, Nigeria.

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President Buhari to commission multi-billion naira Dala Inland dry port Monday –Ahmad Rabiu

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All is set for the commissioning of the Dala International inland dry port on Monday 31st January 2023 by President Muhammad Buhari at Zawachiki in Kumbotso local government area of Kano state.
The Managing Director of the international inland dry port Ahmad Rabiu, stated this while addressing newsmen on the preparation for the inauguration of the port at its headquarters in Kano.
Ahmad Rabiu, who was joined by the chairman of the inland dry port, Alhaji Abubakar Sahabu Bawuro, said its the first international inland dry port where cargoes will go anywhere in the world from Kano state without follow up to any sea ports across Nigeria.
Ahmad Rabiu told newsmen that the federal government under President Muhammad Buhari has given all the support required for the take-up, noting that they have met the requirement on infrastructure and other critical amenities.
The MD said the stacking area has the capacity of containing 20 thousand units of containers before moving anywhere at any time, noting that the area covers six hectares of land and the management is willing to add more.
According to Ahmad Rabiu, all the requirements needed for clearance by businessmen, and customs duty will be done right from Kano without follow-up to any seaport in Nigeria.
On his part, the chairman of Dala Inland Dry Port, Alhaji Abubakar Sahabu Bawuro said the management of the port is prepared technically, and physically with interested partners and is going to boost businesses in Kano, Nigeria and Africa in general and urged members of the press to partner with the management in ensuring efficiency, emphasizing that the place is not a monument but a business venture.
The chairman said Dala Inland Dry Port is now a solution to the problems brought about by the seaports and they will introduce cargo tracking and door-to-door delivery of goods and services.
He said the success of the inland dry port is a joint venture between the state government, the business community, regulatory agencies and the Federal Government of Nigeria and to make business in Kano and its neighborhood more competitive.
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CRFFN rejects re-appointment bid of ousted Sam Nwakohu

Ousted CRFFN Registrar, Nwakohu
— appoints Uromta as Acting Registrar
—-shops for substantive Registrar.
The Eyewitness reporter
The Council for the Registration of Freight forwarding Practice in Nigeria (CRFFN) has thrown out the re-election bid of the outgoing Registrar of the Council, Sam Nwakohu.
In an emergency meeting of the council Thursday at its Abuja liaison office, the Council appointed Mrs. Chinyere Uromta, the Director of Regulations and Enforcement, as an acting Registrar pending the time a substantive registrar will be appointed.
The decision of the council to reject the reelection bid of the ousted Registrar was based on the recommendations of its ad hoc committee to look into the request of Nwakohu for a second term tenure.
The outgoing registrar, last year, at the December meeting of the council, submitted a letter, requesting to be considered for a second term shot at the lucrative position.
Consequently, the Chairman of the Council, Alhaji Abubakar Tsanni set up an ad-hoc committee, headed by Efeanyi Isikaku, to look into the request of Nwakohu and submit its report in two weeks.
“Following the completion of its assignment and submission of its report, the council, therefore, convened today (Thursday)in Abuja to deliberate on the next line of action to be taken in respect of the committee’s recommendations.
” The AdHoc committee made important recommendations with reference to the provisions of Public Service Rules as well as the council’s Act.
“The committee however, recommended that in order to avoid a vacuum after the expiration of the Registrar’s tenure, the council shall start making arrangements for a handover of the Registrar’s office to the most senior management staff of the council.
“Similarly, the committee also recommended that the Appointment Promotion and Discipline committee of the council be directed to start making preparations for reappointment or appointment of substantive Registrar”  Muftahu Ya’u, the chairman Committee on Media and Publicity of the governing council,  declared in a statement he sent to our reporter.
 “Finally, the council’s chairman soon after the adoption, approval, and ratification of the committee’s recommendations by members of the council directed the followings:
that arrangement for the Registrar’s handover to Mrs. Chinyere Uromta  Director, Regulations and Enforcement on 31st of January 2023.
“That committee on Appointment Promotion and Discipline go ahead to start preparations for reappointment/appointment of a new Registrar” the head of media and publicity of the council concluded.
It could be recalled that soon after Nwakohu made his ambition known to succeed himself as the Registrar of the council, he went on a lobbying spree, trying to woo the council members to buy into his ambition.
But sources close to the council whispered to our reporter that the second term bid of Nwakohu was dead on arrival due to lots of baggage he carries.
“There was no way he could have succeeded in his obnoxious bid to succeed himself.
Firstly, it was a general consensus among the freight forwarding confraternity that Nwakohu failed woefully as the registrar.
“He is incompetent, arrogant and someone not ready to learn,” a highly placed source said.
“Also, several allegations of financial sleaze against him have not been cleared.
“Similarly, the council members were not happy at the way Nwakohu handled the purchase of the CRFFN Abuja liaison office which cost they felt was inflated.
“All these and other uncharitable behavior of the outgoing registrar are enough reasons not to reappoint him as the Council registrar” the source claimed.
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Transportation ministry inaugurates project committee for Ondo, Benin seaports


The Eyewitness reporter
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transportation, Dr Magdalene Ajani, has inaugurated
a Project Steering Committee for the proposed Ondo Deep & Benin Seaports.
Dr. Magdalene Ajani, while inaugurating the Committee on behalf of the Nigerian government at the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja Wednesday,  stated that the Committee is saddled with providing guidance and direction on the projects.
She also charged the members of the committee to also facilitate necessary permits, clearance & approvals for the projects.
The permanent secretary said it is also the responsibility of the committee to prepare the transaction for the Hon. Minister of Transportation, Alhaji Muazu Sambo, to obtain the approval of tte Federal Executive Council.
She charged them to hit the ground running immediately.
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