Friday, April 29, 2016

NIMASA Boss Calls for Inter Agency Deployment of Resources To Combat Piracy

NIMASA Boss Calls for Inter Agency Deployment of Resources to Combat Piracy

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has called for the deployment of inter Agency resources including the use of advanced technology to secure Nigeria’s maritime domain.

 Dr. Peterside who made the call when he led a delegation of the Management of the Agency to the Air Force Head Quarters in Abuja , seeks  collaborative ways of dealing with the rising cases of piracy in the Nigerian waters.

The Nimasa boss requested the immediate review of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) the Agency has with the Nigerian Air Force with a view to strengthening the Agency’s capacity to deal with maritime crimes as well as reduce the response time for Search and Rescue (SAR) operations.

He commended the Nigerian Air Force and the military for the successful prosecution of the war against insurgency in the North East .
According to him “now Nigeria can begin to discuss developmental issues for the good of all its citizens”.

While emphasising that maritime security needs a multi sectoral and inter Agency collaboration, Dr. Peterside called on relevant stakeholders to pool national resources together to defeat piracy and other maritime crimes for the economic prosperity of Nigeria.

He pledged the commitment of the Agency to partner with the Nigerian Air Force in order to fight this economic crime and reposition Nigeria as a major hub for maritime activities in the West and Central African sub region.

 In his Response, the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar said the Air Force can deploy Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) attached with cameras in addition to its fleet of Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) to enhance the surveillance of the Nigerian maritime domain.

Air Marshal Abubakar who said that the Air Force has several senior officers with competence in aeronautic engineering informed the NIMASA delegation that the Force has produced a prototype that is already in use and that they are ready to build capacity of some NIMASA personnel to handle UAVs.

While calling on the assistance of NIMASA and other relevant stakeholders for mass production of these UAVs, the Air Chief also pledged the support of the Nigerian Air Force to partner with the Agency to deal with maritime crimes.

It will be recalled that NIMASA and the Nigerian Air Force had endorsed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Nigerian Air Force where the Force is expected to provide air surveillance of the maritime domain as well as provide support to the Agency’s search and rescue operations amongst others.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Wike is Running A Parallel Country - Rivers APC


Wike Running A Parallel Country - Rivers APC

 Rivers state chapter of the All Progressives congress (APC) has alleged that the governor of the state, Nylson Wike, is presently running a parallel country of his own contrary to the law of Nigeria.

The state chairman of the party, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, told newsmen in Abuja at the national Secretariat of APC that the governor does not obey any part of the Constitution of the land.

His words: “It is very pathetic what is happening in Rivers State now. The PDP Governor in Rivers state seems to be running a country of his own. He does not obey any part of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He gives his own rules, he has his own sets of laws and he does not bother about the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“I can give you instances; first and foremost, this is a man that has his own army that is free to kill and then all he does is go to call AIT and he would give reasons why he should kill. This is somebody that has actually threatened anybody that wants to conduct elections in Rivers state to write his will. We lost a youth corper, some soldiers were killed, an State Security Services (SSS) operative was killed.

“Two days ago, Dr. Vincent Elvin Eebee was killed in Bori and this is where Nyemsom Wike has blackmailed soldiers not to carryout their constitutional duty of taking away arms from criminals. We are aware also that the office of our Senator, Senator Magnus Abe was brought down by bombs planted by hoodlums in that area.”

 While reacting to the recent election in Rivers state which was declared inconclusive by the INEC, the APC chairman said: “It was very sad that the election could go the way it went in Rivers State. You can see an election concluded and five days after, the result would be announced and some other results are not announced. Wherever APC won, there was no announcement, wherever PDP maneuvered, it was announced.

 “It is very very sad, even an election where the officer was asked to announce PDP at gunpoint and it was on social media everything, that result was still announced. The day that the INEC electoral Commissioner was giving certificate to those PDP people, he told them, none of you won any election, but because INEC is not a court, we have to give them the certificate.

“It is so pathetic that we would have a state in a country that would be completely lawless. It would interest you to know that we have also complained to the Inspector-General of Police, who said to us that he has given clear orders that the police should be professionals, but that order is not been obeyed in the state.”

-Dr Ibiamu Davies Ikanya,
 APC Rivers State Chairman

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Nigeria Has More Gold Than South Africa

Nigeria has more gold than South Africa, according to Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State in northern Nigeria. In fact, a local government area in Kaduna has more gold than South Africa.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

There is No Government in Libya

There is no government in Libya since the US backed rebels toppled Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, and left the north African country in chaos and in ruins. Various political factions, including the Islamists' Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are fighting over the control of Libya for the oil.

 The UN-backed government arrived Tripoli and was welcomed with sporadic gunfire by opposing factions and not by jubilation. And the new government will operate from a former Naval Base.

 Libya has two major exports; oil and illegal migrants of which thousands of them are crossing the Mediterranean Sea to work as labourers and sex slaves in Europe.

As the proverbial saying goes, "where there is no law, there is no sin", so criminals and rebels are using Libya as their battlefield and playground.

The lawless state of Libya is what will happen in Syria if the Syrian rebels overthrow President Bashar al-Assad of Syria.

The US and NATO should not support Syrian rebels, because they are also united with ISIL. They are all terrorists. Their leaders are both intellectually and politically immature and insecure. They will become embroiled in factional conflicts and Syria will be easily overtaken by the ISIL and will end up as lawless as Libya.