Air Peace Lagos-Owerri flight makes air return

Domestic airline, Air Peace, said on Friday that its Lagos-Owerri Flight 7252 returned to Lagos following loss of cabin pressure in the aircraft on Thursday. The Corporate Communications Manager, Air Peace, Chris Iwarah, who confirmed the incident in a statement, said the flight crew observed that there was a change in cabin pressure and decided to make an air return. He stated, “In line with our standard operating procedure, the captain-in-command descended to a level where it would be comfortable for our valued guests, before making a return to base in line with global best practices in the aviation industry. “Upon safely landing in Lagos, our guests on board, who had remained calm, were quickly transferred to an alternate aircraft and flown to Owerri. We regret the inconvenience and discomfort caused our esteemed guests on board the flight. “We wish to assure members of the public that the incident had nothing whatsoever to do with the engines of the aircraft nor was it a life-threatening situation.” According to him, the aircraft has since been checked, confirmed serviceable and returned back into operation in less than an hour after going for maintenance checks. “Air Peace is renowned for its quality maintenance reputation and we assure members of the flying public that we will continue to sustain the high standards of our flight operations and professionalism to guarantee the safety of our valued guests and crew,” Iwarah added.


Death has been announced of Ezinne (Mrs.) Dorothy Ndukoso Osamgbi (Nee Eluemunor), of Nnikwu, Umuaji Quarters, Asaba. She was aged 85years.

A devout Christian of the Holy Roman Catholic Church, she was a successful business woman and an accomplished civil servant, who retired from the services of the then Bendel State Hospital Management Board.

In a press statement signed by her son Mr. Isichei Osamgbi, Deputy Director and Head of Public Relations of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), her burial rites, as announced by the family, begins on Thursday, October 25, 2018, with a vigil Mass at 5pm, at The Catholic Church of Assumption, Zappa, Asaba, Delta State. Her funeral Mass, holds at 10am on Friday, October 26, 2018 at the same Church, while Reception holds at St. Brigid’s Girls Grammar School, Umuaji Quarters, Asaba, after interment.

A thanksgiving Mass holds on Sunday, October 28 at the same church. As part of the burial obsequies, the traditional rites begin at Asaba, in her family compound at Nnikwu, Umuaji Quarters and later at Abuedo Quarters Ubulu-Uku on October 27th and 29th October 2018, respectively.

She is survived by her husband, Ogbueshi Alex Chukwuma Osamgbi, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was a women leader, a bridge builder as well as a hard-working community leader, who lived her life for the good of others and epitomised service to humanity.

As a lover of children and believer in education as the greatest gift to a child, she exemplified discipline, commitment to hard work and above all, she lived in the fear of God. She was a believer in family values and used every opportunity she had to mentor and help anyone she could support beyond her immediate family; hence she was better know and addressed as “Area Mama” – The People’s Mother!

Customs Senior Officers Promotion Tests postponed indefinitely, Amid Anger, Confusion

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There confusion and somewhat panic after a long scheduled promotion examination for the next generation of top management personnel was abruptly cancelled after all the 1,164 officers were already gathered at the Abuja headquarters of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) at 7 o clock  Monday morning.

Officers from the level of Superintendent to Deputy Comptrollers had been summoned to the Customs headquarters in Abuja for the written promotion which was to be conducted under the auspices of JAMB.

As late as Friday, October 19, 2018, the affected officers had been issued a memo affirming that the test will hold today and given directives on procedures to be observed.

The first screening exercise scheduled for 7am was for the 129 deputy comptrollers due for promotion to the rank of Comptrollers of Customs. However, after all the candidates were already seated awaiting the commencement of the test, an assistant comptroller general in charge of human resources, Mr AOB Fatade, just entered  the JAMB centre and without explanation, announced that the exercise has been called off.

“He just told us that the screening will no longer hold and has been postponed indefinitely,” one of the candidates said. No reason was given to us, there was no explanation, absolutely nothing. There was total confusion. Imagine the situation where all the officers in the affected cadres were already waiting,” the officer, a deputy comptroller, said.

Many of the officers were furious with the abrupt suspension of the screening as the exercise had been in the works for over two months. “I’m sad. This is very frustrating. Up to last Friday, they told us everything was set and we had already been accredited and seated in the examination hall before the suspension was announced,” another candidate snapped in anger.

The development has elicited an air of confusion and apprehension within the Customs hierarchy. For the candidates, some are concerned that the exercise may be put off for a considerable time. “When this sort of thing happens at a time like this, it is ominous. This is the season of politics and any unsavoury thing can be done when politics is involved,” an assistant comptroller and one of the candidates told BMWA.

In the absence of any official explanation, speculations on what may have prompted the sudden postponement range from tardiness on the part of the organisers to management ineptitude.

Other candidates are, however, concerned on the costs, logistical and financial, of their coming to Abuja for the botched interview. “I came from Borno State for this interview. No allowance was paid to us and none is promised anyway. I had to raise money for transportation, feeding and hotel accommodation and now this, the service didn’t make any provision for these,” a chief superintendent lamented.

Some of the candidates were said to have been involved in auto accident while on their way to Abuja with some fatalities.

However, BMWA could not confirm the identity of the people involved.

In the memo issued to the candidates on Friday, they had been directed not to come with any form of writing materials, including biros, laptops and tablets except the forms duly signed by their Comptrollers or sectional heads. All writing materials were to be provided by the Customs.

The memo with a reference NCS/ABJ/HRD/560/C/VOL.VIII, dated 17th October, 2018, had stated that “promotions will be based on merit and standing as determined by competitive examination”.

In a bid to give credence and transparence to the promotion examinations, the management of the Customs had engaged the services of JAMB to conduct the tests in an environment that is CCTV compliant. The candidates were warned that “any person caught cheating or involved in any form of examination malpractice or act of indiscipline will be severely sanctioned as stipulated in CEMA”.

Those that came for the promotion interview were 129 deputy comptrollers, 307 assistant comptrollers, 538 chief superintendents and 190 superintendents.

CBN Urged To Revisit ATM Card Maintenance Charges

The Senate on Wednesday after much debate has asked the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to look into the Automated Teller Machine (ATM) maintenance and withdrawal charges by banks.
This was after a motion on “illicit and excessive charges by Nigerian banks in customers’ accounts” was raised by Senator Gbenga Ashafa during the plenary session on Wednesday.
Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu seconded the motion, saying: “The ATM charge is not the only charge we get from the bank, there are VAT charges and so on; this is unacceptable. We have the Customer Protection Agency in Nigeria, but they are not living up to expectations.”
The issue generated much debate on the floor of the Senate and after much deliberation, a few resolutions were made.
The Senate directed the committees on banking insurance and other financial institutions and finance to conduct an investigation into the propriety of ATM card maintenance charges in comparison with international best practices and report back to the Senate.
It also mandated the committees on banking, insurance and other financial institutions and finance to invite the CBN Governor to appear before the body in order to explain why the official charges as approved by the CBN are skewed in favour of the banking institutions as against the ordinary customers of the banks.
The lawmakers urged CBN to suspend the ATM card maintenance charges being deducted from customers’ accounts, just as they called on the CBN to instruct the commercial banks to configure their machines to extend to N40, 000 per withdrawal, pending the outcome of the investigation by the committees.
The Consumer Protection Council was called upon to be up and doing in taking up the plight of ordinary Nigerians by looking into the various complaints of excess and unnecessary charges by Nigerian banks

World Food Day 2018: PDU Scores National Home Grown School Feeding Programme High

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The Presidential Delivery Unit has called on Nigerians to patronise local producers, adopt nutritious diets, as well as support initiatives that provide sustenance for those in need.

Nigeria’s Presidential Delivery Unit (PDU) which celebrated the successes of the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP), one of the country’s four Social Investment Programmes, which continues to provide quality meals and nutritional interventions to primary school children, to increase enrollment and advance academic achievement – while providing economic opportunities for local cooks and supporting small farmers.

Themed “Zero Hunger,” in reference to the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goal 2, World Food Day is observed annually on the 16th of October to foster global awareness and change for those suffering from hunger and malnutrition, while promoting food security. In support of this, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched a global call to leaders to accelerate action for Zero Hunger by the year 2030.

Ms. Nneka Folake Ikejiani, Senior Delivery Advisor, HGSF who gave the charge stated, “A well-nourished child will out-perform his or her peers who do not receive adequate nutrition, as the nutrients stemming from consistent, balanced meals fundamentally impact cognitive function, leading to improved academic achievement. By supporting the delivery of the National Home Grown School Feeding Program, the PDU has witnessed an increased enrolment of primary school students and a decrease in hunger and malnutrition among the poor.”

As evidenced by ‘The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018’ report, 821 million people worldwide currently suffer chronic undernourishment[1].To address this, the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) aims to provide twelve million (12,000,000) Nigerian school children with free meals daily in all 36 states of the federation in 2018. To support this target, the Presidential Delivery Unit works to ensure prompt payment of cooks, regular daily feeding of children and the identification of delays in the system affecting efficient delivery.


The Managing Director National Inland Waterways Authority, Senator Olorunibe Mamora, The Director General NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside and the Naval Chief of Training and Operations, Rear Admiral M.M Kadiri at the 2018 World Maritime Day Celebration in Lagos yesterday.*
The Managing Director National Inland Waterways Authority, Senator Olorunibe Mamora, The Director General NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, The Minister of State for Works, Engr. Mustapha Baba Shauri and the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation Mr. Sabiu Zakari at the 2018 World Maritime Day Celebration in Lagos yesterday.

*Stakeholders Commend NIMASA’s Leadership Role in Africa*

For Nigeria to effectively move away from an oil-dependent economy and
industrialise, it must develop the blue economy. This was the position of
the Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety
Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside and other top players in the maritime
industry, at the 2018 World Maritime Day celebration held yesterday in

Themed “IMO 70: Our Heritage – Better Shipping for a Better Future,” this
year’s event, which coincided with the 70th anniversary of the
International Maritime Organisation (IMO), according to Dr. Dakuku, could
not have come at a better time than now, when Nigeria is taking deliberate
steps to harness the enormous benefits of the country’s maritime industry.

According to the Director-General, NIMASA is taking various steps to ensure
the growth of the sector for the overall economic benefit of the country.
“We want to make sure that our maritime sector remains virile and this is
the reason we are making moves to safeguard our maritime domain because we
cannot talk about shipping without taking the safety and security of our
maritime domain seriously,” he stated.

Dakuku pointed out that the total spectrum maritime security strategy being
put in place by the Agency will ensure that the maritime subsector was rid
of criminalities that hamper the industry’s growth. He said the ultimate
goal of the Agency was to make Nigeria one of the safest maritime domains
in Africa.

Commenting on the Executive Order of the Federal Government on Ease of
Doing Business, the Director-General said the Agency had succeeded in
reducing the issuance time for bill and sailing clearance to vessels to 24
hours, thereby  drastically reducing the delay in vessel turnaround time.

Speaking at the event also, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of
Transportation, Sabiu Zakari, who represented the Honourable Minister of
Transportation, Rt. Hon Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, said Nigeria received and
generated a lot of cargo and must, therefore, take advantage of its
geographic position to grow its economy through effective maritime

Zakari said, “Nigeria enjoys larger share in the movement of cargoes due to
her location along the Gulf of Guinea, which is a transit and strategic
route for movement of cargo across Africa. It is, therefore, imperative
that the route is secured to fully harness the benefits of maritime trade.”

In the same vein, Nigeria’s Alternate Permanent Secretary to the IMO, Mr.
Bala Dikko, said in recent times Nigeria’s relationship with the United
Nations organ had improved. He commended the leadership role NIMASA was
playing in the West African sub-region, stating that security in the region
has greatly improved due to the renewed collaboration and cooperation being
championed by Nigeria among the maritime administrations of the sub-region.

In her own remarks, the Secretary-General of the Memorandum of
Understanding on Port State Control For West and Central African Sub
Region, popularly referred to as Abuja MoU, Barr. Ufom Usoro, noted the
recent strides of NIMASA in the development of the maritime industry. Usoro
said NIMASA, as Nigeria’s representative on the MoU, had played a leading
role in the region, especially as it concerns port state and flag state
control. She commended the leadership of NIMASA for carrying the
stakeholders along in its bid to move the industry forward.

Usoro said the impact of the Dakuku-led management of the Agency was being
felt on the continent, adding that this is one of the reasons he was
re-elected to lead the Association of African Maritime Administrations
(AAMA) for another term at the recently held fourth conference of the body
in Egypt.

The Rector of Maritime Academy (MAN), Oron, Commodore Duja Effedua, and
other notable stakeholders at the event were unanimous in their
commendation for NIMASA, especially as it concerns building capacity for
the sector. They called for support for the Agency’s drive to create sea
time for the graduates of the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme

The World Maritime Day is a day set aside by the IMO to celebrate the
contributions of the maritime industry to the global economy. Though
internationally marked on September 27, each IMO member state has the right
to choose a suitable date on which to commemorate the event.


NEPAC Awards (Nigerian Eminent Personality And COporate Awards)
NEPAC Awards (Nigerian Eminent Personality And COporate Awards)

The maiden edition of the Nigeria Eminent Personalities And Corporates Awards (NEPAC) earlier slated for Thursday, October 11, 2018 is now scheduled for November 8, 2018 at Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Ikeja Lagos by 6pm.

The 2018 Awards will have in attendancee the Honourable Minister of Industry Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah as Special Guest of Honour. Captains of Industry, Analysts and other distinguished persons.
The NEPAC Awards was instituted to identify and honour outstanding individuals and organizations that have made significant impact in their various fields and have contributed meaningfully to the development of the economy.
The Awards will be preceded by a lecture as part of its contribution to the process of nation building and economic growth. The Guest Speaker,  Professor Akpan Ekpo of the West African Institute of Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM) will be delivering a talk on the topic: Diversification – Path to Economic Recovery And Growth.
The occasion will be used to xray topical economic issues facing the nation.
NEPAC, a brainchild of  One of Nigeria’s Leading business and financial journals; BusinessUpdate’, with an online whose key focus is to identify and celebrate outstanding individuals and corporate Institutions driving the Nigerian political and economic revolution.
A statement signed by the chairman if the organising committee Mr. Lanre Alabi said it regrets any any inconvenience the change in date may have caused.
PDP Presidential Flag Bearer Abubakar picks Obi As Running Mate -Spokesman

Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, main opposition political party’s candidate Atiku Abubakar has selected a former governor from the southeast of the country to be his running mate, in the February 2019 presidential election according to the candidate’s spokesman.
Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president who will stand as the candidate for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 2019 vote, chose Peter Obi, formerly governor of the southeastern state of Ana
The choice points to a bid to generate support in the southeast, where Buhari has polled badly in past elections and cracked down on secessionists by deploying troops on the streets. Geographical affiliations are crucial in a nation of 190 million people from 250 ethnic groups.
“Former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi is the vice presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party,” Abubakar’s spokesman said in text message.
Obi had a background in business prior to entering politics. Abubakar has long enjoyed support from Nigeria’s business elite and as vice president from 1999-2007 implemented a liberalisation programme in areas such as the telecoms sector.
Buhari’s handling of one of Africa’s biggest economies since taking office in 2015 has already become a campaign issue. The country emerged in 2017 from its first recession in 25 years but economic growth remains sluggish and inflation is above the central bank’s single-digit target.

UN says 833 children released by Nigerian militia group

Related imageA militia fighting against the Islamist militant group Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria has released 833 children from its own ranks, some as young as 11, the U.N. children’s agency UNICEF said on Friday.
UNICEF spokesman Christophe Boulierac said the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) was formed in 2013 by vigilante groups in Borno state to fight Boko Haram which itself gained international notoriety for kidnapping schoolgirls in the town of Chibok.
The CJTF signed an action plan in September 2017 to end child recruitment, and the release of the children, 40 percent of whom were 15 or younger, was its first formal release.
“This is a significant milestone in ending the recruitment and use of children, but many more children remain in the ranks of other armed groups in either combat or support roles,” UNICEF Nigeria Deputy Representative Pernille Ironside said in a statement.
The released children were among 1,175 boys and 294 girls who had been identified as being associated with the CJTF in the city of Maiduguri, UNICEF said, although the total has yet to be verified and could include another 2,200 or more children.
It said that it had supported the social and economic reintegration of more than 8,700 children released from armed groups since 2017, helping trace their families, returning them to their communities and offering them psycho-social support, education, vocational training and informal apprenticeships.
Boulierac said that the CJTF included children who were “pursuing military objectives” but also many in support roles, so their reintegration into society might be easier than those released from an armed group like Boko Haram.
That Islamist group has kidnapped thousands since it began an insurgency in 2009 aimed at creating an Islamic state in the northeast.
“As far as the Nigerian government is concerned, the CJTF is a local intelligence gathering group. The defence ministry does not have any evidence of armed soldiers who are under age,” said presidency spokesman Garba Shehu, who spoke on the phone.
Nigeria’s government has said since December 2015 that Boko Haram has been “technically defeated”, 20 months after the kidnap o the 270 Chibok girls.
Yet attacks continue in the northeast, while Islamic State West Africa, which splintered off from Boko Haram in 2016, holds territory around Lake Chad.

Ochagwuba, IDMSS Building Human Capacity For Future Sustainability

Established in the year 2015, Institute of Disaster Management and Safety Science (IDMSS) in line with its vision in 2017, expanded its activities with a view to impact skills to interested youths, male and female alike as part of its contributions to human development through skill acquisition.

The Organization since inception has assisted over 50 women in small scale business, via workshops where people were trained on activities that can expose them to areas they have no knowledge of.

Located in Kogo Phase 1 Extension, by the Army check point on the way to Bwari, off SCC road, the center is accessible from SCC road immediately after check point behind the rock/Shalom House of Glory church.

The vision and Mission of the organization is to create a platform where youths can achieve their optimum potentials thereby helping them shake-off the shackles of poverty.

IDMSS is geared towards fostering an education system that creates innovative ideas for sustainable entrepreneurial development in order to increase the standard of living of the teeming populace.

It also aims at assisting unemployed youths to achieve their dreams. It is not just about impacting skills but also building a cluster where each trainee could be marketable.

IDMSS is the brainchild of Edwin Ochagwuba who was born on 07 March 1982. He was enlisted as a boy soldier in October 1994 into the prestigious Nigerian Military School (NMS) Zaria on graduation from NMS, he was posted to Nigerian Army Signals (NAS) Corps and later posted from HQ NAS to 532 Brigade Signals Maiduguri on 18 September 2001 where he served for over 12 years and later redeployed to National Defence College on 12 November 2013 where he served for another 4 years before his voluntary retirement honourably from the nation’s most prestigious service; the Nigerian Army.

A 2004 graduate of Kaduna Polytechnic with a Diploma in Law and a National Diploma in Local Government Studies respectively, he also bagged a Professional Diploma in Security Management and Technology from NAOWA Instituteof Management and Technology, Higher National Diploma from Kano State Polytechnic and Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma.

In his quest to further professionalize his capacity in 2010, he proceeded toUniversity of Maiduguri and completed a Master’s Degree program leading to the award of an Excellent Masters in Disaster Risk Management.

Presently an MPHIL student in Disaster Management at the Prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and PHD research student in Public Safety and Terrorism Studies St. Monica University, Cameroun, Dm. Edwin participated in several United Nations Peace Operations Training Institute courses leading to award of Certificates of Completion.

He was at his best when he completed 2 programmes each from National Institute of Disaster Management India, in collaboration with the World Bank and University of Minnesota, USA.

Dm. Edwin participated in peace keeping operations as Member, Nigerian Battalion15 United Nations African Mission in Darfur (NIBATF 15 UNAMID) November 2008 —May 2009 and Member Nigerian Battalion 28 United Nations Mission in Liberia (NIBATT 28 UNAMID) June — December 2012

He contributed to building a safe and disaster free Nigeria through his selfless sacrifice in Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF] Baga, May to September 2009, Operations Klewa 19 to 24 July 2009, Operations Flush I1th July to December 2010, Operations Restore Order 1st August 2011 to March 2012, Operations BOYONA, April to July 2013 and

Operations Zaman Lafiya, July to November 2013 (All in Borno state).

Edwin served for a period of 16 years in the Nigerian Army before retiring to private life.

He is presently the substantive Registrar, Institute of Disaster Management and Safety Science, Nigeria, August 2017 to Date. Also, Nigerian Representative, Disaster/Safety Manager to International Security Association, Switzerland.

He is married and blessed with children. Among his hobbies are reading, writing,walking, and table tennis.