STRIKE SUSPENSION: Abuja/Kaduna, Lagos/Ibadan trains resume service Saturday — NRC boss

LAGOS/Nigeria:  Abuja-Kaduna and Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail services will resume operations at 9.15 a.m. and 1p.m. on Saturday respectively, following the suspension of strike by railway workers. The Managing Director of Nigerian Railways Corporation (NRC), Mr Fidet Okhiria, disclosed this in a telephone Interview . The NRC management and the union had directed workers to resume work with immediate effect in a joint communique suspending the strike on Friday night.r The railway workers had on Thursday embarked on a three-day warning strike over staff welfare issues, thus paralysing rail transportation…

BIRTHDAY: Okowa Salutes Jonathan At 64

ASABA/Nigeria: Delta Governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has congratulated former President Goodluck Jonathan as he clocks 64 years on Saturday. In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, Okowa commended the former Nigerian president for his sterling endeavours in peace and international mediations across Africa. He said that Jonathan’s meteoric rise in international diplomacy and entrenchment of peace and democracy in the continent had been impactful and resonating. The governor remarked that the former president’s spectacular role as ECOWAS Peace Envoy in Mali remained outstanding…

Curbing Institutional Corruption In Nigeria (VIEWPOINT)

By Johnson Ebigide The Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary of contemporary English Language defines corruption simply as ‘’dishonest or illegal behaviour, especially of people in authority’’. That is, corruption is using ones official power dishonestly and illegally for personal aggrandisement and undue advantage over others. When the law empowers an individual to make use of his statutory position for the welfare of the generality of the society, but he decides to turn around, using such entrusted power to defraud the society for his personal gains, such an individual is said to…

Adingwupu Donates 11 Modern Laptops, Internet Facilities to INEC CVR Committee

By Godfrey Osakwe ASABA/Nigeria: A community leader and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stalwart, Hon. Paul Adingwupu has donated 11 modern laptops with internet facilities to ward 6, Ubulu Unor, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Continuous Voters Registration Committee. The laptops with internet access are to facilitate registration and revalidation of voters’ cards within the ward and environs. Adingwupu underlined the importance of INEC Continuous Voters Registration; more so with the newly introduced Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), which has exposed that many electorates unknowingly, may actually be carrying invalid Permanent…

Constructive Criticism Good For Sustainable Development – Okowa

OZORO/Nigeria: Delta Governor, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, on Friday said constructive criticism remained one of the most vital ingredients for democratic growth and sustainable development of any nation. Okowa made the assertion at the funeral service of late Mrs Hannah Macaulay at St. Philips Anglican Church, Owhelogbo in Isoko North Locai Government Area. He said that he was not against people criticising his programmes and policies but that such criticisms must be truthful, objective and not for political reasons. He said that as governor of the entire state, he was…

Katsina State Constructs Grain Processing, Catering Service Unit, Empowers 5,054

KATSINA/Nigeria: Katsina State government constructed a grain processing and catering service unit in Malumfashi Local Government Area of the state from its 2021 budget estimates. Gov. Aminu Masari disclosed this while presenting the state’s 2022 budget estimates to the state’s House of Assembly on Friday in Katsina. He said government had awarded a N46.6 million contract for the rehabilitation of the Unit. He explained that “the project, which is about to be completed, will train youths and women to be self-employed. He said 5,054 youths and women were also trained…

Marwa Warns NDLEA Cadets Against Taking Bribe

JOS/Nigeria: Retired Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa, the Chairman and Chief Executive of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has warned new cadets of the agency against taking bribes from drug barons. Marwa gave the warning at the passing out parade of Assistant Superintendent of Narcotics Course 15, 2021 on Friday in Jos. The chairman urged them to resist all forms of temptation that could make them compromise rules of the agency. He reminded them that they were coming into the agency at a time when the institution is being overhauled to…

Niger Delta Security To Partner NSCDC To Curb Illegal Bunkering In Ondo

AKURE/Nigeria: Niger Delta Security and Surveillance (NDSS) has reaffirmed its readiness to partner the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to curb illegal oil bunkering in Niger Delta region. The Zonal Operation Manager of NDSS in-change of Delta, Edo and Ondo States, Chief Job Omotuwa, made the remarks while speaking with newsmen on Friday in Akure. Omotuwa explained that NDSS arrested eight suspects with four boats loaded with drums of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO), in the conjunction with the anti-vandal unit of NSCDC, Ondo Command. He added that the…

Delta To Host 2-Day Workshop On LPG

ASABA/Nigeria: Delta Government in conjunction with Programme Management Office, National LPG Expansion Plan, Office of the Vice President, would host a two-day LPG Sensitization and Awareness Campaign in the state. The sensitisation and exhibition programme with theme “Stimulating Delta State Socio-economic Growth Through LPG Adoption and Expansion” is aimed at encouraging clean cooking in the country. According to a statement by the Chief Host and Commissioner for Oil and Gas in Delta, Prince Emman Amgbaduba, in Asaba, Friday, the workshop would hold at the Unity Hall, Government House, Asaba on…

A Tribute to Pascal Utomi, My Departed Son (OPINION)

By Jerome-Mario Utomi Many years ago, I read a book titled ‘Effective Leadership And The Ambivalence of Human Interest’ authored by Innocent I. Asouzu, a catholic priest, Professor and Lecturer at the University of Calabar. Among other remarks, Asouzu in  that volume underlined that In the process of forming our opinions and judgments, we acquire the world not necessarily the way the world is, but quite often the way it presents itself to us through diverse intermediaries. The above thought came flooding a few moments after my son Pascal Onyinyechukukwu…