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Stop Media Persecution of Amaechi – SNYA Tells Rivers State Government

Posted on May 19, 2016. Filed under: Press Release | Tags: |

Stop Media Persecution of Amaechi – SNYA Tells Rivers State Government

Gov Chibuike  Rotimi Amaechi

Gov Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi

The Southern Nigerian Youth Alliance (SNYA) has called on foreign media to always balance their news before publications.

In a press release jointly signed by Kelvin Adegbenga (the Coordinator) and   George Nwachukwu  (the Publicity Secretary ) of Southern Nigerian Youth Alliance in Abuja today, and made available to NF-Reports, the group said Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi remained innocent as nobody has brought up any allegations against him in the Law court, EFCC and the ICPC.

The group said the Rivers State Probe Commission set up by Governor Wike was totally a political commission even though the main white paper did not mention of Rotimi Amaechi in her final report.

Below is the full text of the press release:

Re: Is Nigerian Leader’s Pal ‘Fantastically Corrupt’? Friend Of African President Accused Of Stealing £500million.

The attention of Southern Nigerian Youth Alliance (SNYA) has been brought to a publication by one Paul Cahalan for The Mail On Sunday, UK.

Paul Cahalan said Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, remains in his post as Minister of Transportation despite being accused of misappropriating £338million by a commission investigating the sale of state assets. We wish to remind Paul Cahalan that the so called Commission NEVER indicted said Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi in the white paper available to the public.

Secondly, the Commission knows the right channel to take her report to if anybody is indicted in their report.

Cahalan claimed that in the Nigerian press, that Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi has been dubbed ‘ATM’ – the American term for cash machine – because of his ability to produce vast sums of money at short notice, we want to know which of the Nigerian press he cited for this biased publications.

Cahalan also alleged that Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi misappropriated £338million according to commission investigating the sale of state assets, how much is the total allocations to Rivers State under his administration?

“Separately, Amaechi is accused of diverting £140million of state funds into Buhari’s presidential campaign, with reports he paid for media, consultants and private jets.” Can Cahalan please publish the receipt or evidences for the media, consultants and private jets done by Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi for Buhari’s presidential campaign?

We want to remind Cahalan and his sponsors that if Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi stand indicted, President Buhari won’t nominate him neither sent his name for confirmation at the National Assembly for confirmation as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Even though Cahalan ended is article with “Mr Amaechi has denied the allegations against him”, we still find his article ridiculous as it is purely sponsored by political opponents of Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi and the Buhari’s administration from Rivers State.

If any group or individual have anything allegations against Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, such group or individual should go through the right channels; Law court, EFCC and ICPC, instead of embarking on unnecessary media persecution.

Finally, we called on foreign media to always hear from both side for balance reportage before publications to avoid libel and also called on the Rivers State Government to go through the right channel if they have any allegations against Rt. Hon Rotimi Amaechi.

Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi remains the Hero of Democracy in Nigeria and we have no doubt about that.

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DG NIMASA, Dakuku Peterside to unveil growth plan for maritime

Posted on May 19, 2016. Filed under: news | Tags: |

DG NIMASA, Dakuku Peterside to unveil growth plan for maritime

Dakuku 3The apex maritime regulator, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), has announced a three-year Maritime Business Growth Plan (MBGP) for the development of the industry.

The agency in a statement made available to NF-Reports disclosed that it would embark on its core statutory mandate for the development of the maritime industry.

Director General of the agency, Dr Dakuku Peterside, dropped the hint at a maritime industry stakeholders meeting held in Lagos.

Peterside said that the agency was determined to reposition the maritime industry for greater heights.

He promised to change the agency’s work culture for greater productivity, adding that his management would identify the challenges facing the industry and proffer solutions to them.

The director general called on stakeholders to offer every kind of suggestions that would assist the agency to perform more than ever before in its statutory obligations.

Peterside stressed that the agency would look at the structure of NIMASA and improve on the work culture, vowing that under the present dispensation, everyone in NIMASA must be made to perform.

He said that the present administration would be measured by how much the agency had impacted on the industry in terms of growth.

The NIMASA boss appealed to the stakeholders for cooperation, noting that the strength of the agency was in the people it serves.

Peterside said that management was making moves to lift the maritime industry to greater heights in order to make Nigeria the hub of maritime trade in the West and Central African subregion. The director general noted that the transformation of the sector would attract more business to the country.

He said: “Our performance will be service-based and not metric based, the focal point of which will be to create the enabling environment to gainfully engage as many stakeholders as possible with a view to creating wealth and generating employment for the overall good of the maritime industry and the national economy.”

Former Director-General of the agency, Mr Temisan Omatseye, said that the original structure of NIMASA was yet to be implemented. Omotseye, who is also the President of African Shipowners Association, explained that the structure in place now was the old one inherited from the defunct National Maritime Authority (NMA).

He advised the director general to look out for the Nzewu report, to assist him in repositioning the industry. Omatseye said that there was nothing wrong with the Cabotage regime, but the enforcement.

He said that with Cabotage Act, no foreign ship was supposed to operate in the nation’s waters the way it is now. He called on the management of NIMASA to demand for the licence of the foreign vessels currently on the territorial waters, saying this would force many of the ships to flee.

Stakeholders at the summit also pointed out the issue of poor capacity in the area of certification and called on the management to embark on aggressive training for surveyors.

Engr. Greg Ogbuagu said that the issue with NIMASA certification was one of corruption and not incompetence. He called for more training for the surveyors.

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Poll bribery scam: ‘Wike ordered me to collect N700m from bank

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Poll bribery scam: ‘Wike ordered me to collect N700m from bank

The detained Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mr. Samuel Johnson Okpoko has told the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission that he collected N700million poll bribery cash from Fidelity Bank on the instruction of Governor Nyesom Wike.

But while Okpoko will soon be charged to court, the anti-graft agency might put the invitation of the governor on hold because of constitutional immunity.

The immunity however does not prevent the EFCC from investigating the allegation against the governor and keeping vital information for his trial after his tenure.

According to a source in EFCC, Okpoko admitted that he collected the cash in two tranches at Trans Amadi branch of Fidelity Bank Plc in Port Harcourt.

The source said: “Operatives of the EFCC, have grilled the Rivers State Secretary of  the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mr. Samuel Johnson Okpoko , for collecting N700million from the controversial $115milloon lodged with Fidelity Bank Plc, by the immediate past Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison- Madueke

“Okpoko, who was the Rivers state’s PDP  campaign coordinator in the 2015 Presidential Election collected the sum of N700 million in two tranches of N600 million and N100 million respectively at the Trans Amadi branch of Fidelity Bank Plc, Port- Harcourt. Investigations by the EFCC revealed that Okpoko cashed N600 million on March  27 and N100 million on March 31,2015.

“Explaining how he became involved, Okpoko said he was instructed by the then PDP governorship candidate, Nyesom Wike to go to the branch of Fidelity Bank to cash some money there.

The source quoted Okpoko as saying: “I was with my governor in his house sometime 27th day of March 2015, when he got a call and Chief Barrister Nyesom Wike after the phone call told me that the call was from Fidelity Bank and they have some money for him.”

But Special Assistant to Governor Wike on electronic media Mr Simeon Nwakaudu said: “We are not aware of what you talked about in your test message.”

He said Okpoko was already in the custody of the EFCC and would be charged to court soon.
Responding to a question, the source said: “Since the governor enjoys immunity by virtue of Section 308 of the 1999 Constitution, we cannot invite Nyesom Wike now for interrogation on the allegation by Okpoko.

“This however does not prevent the EFCC from probing issues connected with the payment of the N700million and asking for refund from the beneficiaries.”

Section 308 of the constitution reads in part: “Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this constitution but subject to sub-section 2 of this section- (a) no civil or criminal proceedings shall be instituted or continued against a person to whom this section applies during his period of office; (b) a person to whom this section applies shall not be arrested or imprisoned during that period either on pursuance of the process of any court or otherwise; and (c ) no process of any court requiring or compelling the appearance of a person to whom this section applies, shall be applied for or issued.

Source: Kennedy Friday

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