The Chairman, Governing Board of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding Practice in Nigeria ( CRFFN), Abubakar Tsanni, has joined the legion of well-wishers to celebrate the redeployment of Alhaji Mu’azuJaji Sambo to the ministry of transportation as the supervising Minister.
Similarly, the CRFFN boss extended his best wishes to Mr. Ademola Adewole Adegoroye as the new minister of state in the Ministry of Transportation
In his congratulatory message signed by Muftahu Ya’u, the Chairman Committee on Government Inter-Agencies, Media and Public Relations of the Council, Alhaji Tsanni lauded the decision of President Mohammed Buhari over the redeployment of Alhaji Sambo and the appointment of Adegoroye to the ministry of transportation.
According to the CRFFN chairman, Alhaji Sambo was a round peg in a round hole as the Minister of Transportation as he is not new to the industry, coming with a rich background in maritime administration as a former Area Manager of Nigerian Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA).
Alhaji Tsanni also described the new Minister as an experienced, patriot and hardworking administrator.
“Let me begin by thanking President Muhammad Buhari for the appointment of Alhaji Mu’azu Jaji Sambo to the Ministry of Transportation at a time when the Ministry is in need of a competent, experienced and patriotic leader who shall continue to execute various developmental projects already started by the current administration of President Muhammad Buhari.
“With you as Minister, we clearly see more hope and progress coming to the Ministry.
“We at CRFFN, therefore, congratulate and welcome you to your new office and the Council is ever ready to work hand in hand with you for the success of President Buhari administration’s development agenda for the Transport Sector.
“I pray that God will continue to grant you the wisdom and guidance to keep on with your well-known and well-cherished character of giving your best to the nation and humanity,” Alhaji Tsanni said.
It could be recalled that Alhaji Sambo was newly redeployed from the Ministry of Works and Housing where he was a junior Minister to take over as the substantive Minister of Transportation.
He took over from Rotimi Amaechi, who resigned his appointment to pursue his failed presidential ambition.
Buhari, Jonathan, Obasanjo, Babangida, Abdusalami, Osinbajo, Atiku, others to spend N13.8billon from N27.5 trillion 2024 budget
The Eyewitness Reporter
The Federal government has earmarked the sum of N13.8 billion in the 2024 budget as the cost of upkeep of
former presidents, vice presidents, heads of state, Chiefs of General Staff, retired heads of service, permanent secretaries, and retired heads of government agencies and parastatals.
The beneficiaries include former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Goodluck Jonathan and Muhammadu Buhari, ex-vice-presidents Atiku Abubakar, Namadi Sambo and Prof Yemi Osinbajo.
Also expected to benefit from the windfall are ex-military Heads of State, General Yakubu Gowon and General Abdusalami Abubakar, as well as a former dictator and self-styled military President, General Ibrahim Babangida, and a former Chief of General Staff, Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe (retd.).
Also, N1tn was provisioned for the public service wage adjustment for government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (including arrears of promotion and salary increases, and payment of severance benefits and minimum wage-related adjustments).
A breakdown shows that the entitlements of former presidents/heads of state and vice presidents/chief of general staff will cost N2.3bn. At the same time, N10.5bn is proposed as benefits for retired heads of service, permanent secretaries and professors.
The payment of severance benefits to retired heads of government agencies and parastatals is proposed to cost N1bn.
Other allocations include N65bn for the Presidential Amnesty Programme for the reintegration of transformed ex-militants; N1bn for the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Energy; and N108bn for unnamed special projects.
The government is also proposing the sum of N40bn to offset electricity debts owed to power distribution companies by all MDAs.
President Bola Tinubu unveiled the N27.5 trillion budget estimates for the 2024 fiscal year.
The budget was presented to a joint session of the National Assembly on Wednesday, where it is currently undergoing scrutiny and deliberation for final approval.
In his presentation, he declared, “The 2024 Appropriation has been themed the Budget of Renewed Hope.
The proposed budget seeks to achieve job-rich economic growth, macro-economic stability, a better investment environment, enhanced human capital development, as well as poverty reduction and greater access to social security.
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Ukraine blocks Russia’s reelection bid at IMO council elections
The outcome is another blow for Russia after it failed in its bid to return to the UN’s top human rights body in October, in an election seen as a key test of Western efforts to keep Moscow isolated.
Last year, Moscow also failed to win enough votes for re-election to the UN aviation agency’s governing council.
The London-based International Maritime Organization (IMO) is responsible for regulating the safety and security of international shipping and preventing pollution and comprises 175 member state countries.
Russia has been a member since 1958 and has been consistently re-elected to the IMO Council.
With voting on Friday, 40 countries were elected by secret ballot to the IMO Council, which supervises the work of the body.
In October, Russia said the IMO was departing from its impartial role due to “external pressure” which it said was impacting the fair treatment of all member countries.
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