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Bill to Establish Federal College of Fishery Scales 2nd Reading

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Senate has passed for second reading, a bill seeking to establish the Federal College of Fishery and Aquatic Science in Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa state.

This followed the presentation of the general principles of the bill by the sponsor, Sen. Wadada Aliyu at plenary on Tuesday.

Presenting the bill, Aliyu said the bill sought to amend the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria Act, 2004 to establish the federal college of fisheries and aquatic Sciences in Umaisha in Toto local government area of Nassarawa.

He said the bill would bolster the development of fisheries and aquatic sector in Nigeria for purpose of enhancing food security, economic growth and sustainable management of aquatic resources.

According to him, Nigeria endowed with abundant aquatic resources with vast potential for fisheries and aquatic science development, is however facing various challenges.

He listed the challenges to include; inadequate skilled manpower, outdated technology, limited research and absence of training institutions for the sector.

He said establishing the institution would be a strategic intervention to address the challenges and harness full potential of Nigeria’s aquatic resources.

He said the college shall have the mandate to provide high quality education, research and training in fisheries and aquatic sciences.

Wadada said the college shall collaborate with relevant stakeholders including government agencies, research institutions, industry players and international partners to enhance its effectiveness and impact.

“The establishment of the College will contribute to the development of skilled manpower in the fisheries and aquatic sector, thereby addressing the current shortage of qualified personnel.

“The College will serve as a hub for research and innovation in fisheries and aquatic sciences leading to the development of new technologies, practices and solutions to enhance productivity, sustainability and value addition in the sector.

“The College will support entrepreneurship, job creation and economic development in the fisheries and aquatic industries thereby contributing to poverty reduction and national prosperity,” he said.

President of Senate, Godswill Akpabio, after the bill passed second reading, referred it to the Committee on Agriculture for further legislative input and to report back to plenary in two weeks. (NAN)

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Nigeria Customs Generates N249b Within 5 Months in Rivers

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The Nigeria Customs Service, Area 2 Command, Onne in Rivers, said it has generated more than N249 billion as at May, 2024 representing 40.3 per cent of its current annual revenue target.

Comptroller of the command, Muhammed Babandede, made the disclosure while briefing newsmen at Onne.

According to him, the 40.3 per cent revenue record followed a recent review of the command’s annual revenue target from N494 billion to N618 billion.

The comptroller noted that when compared to the same period in 2023, the command had recorded an increase of more than N153 billion.

He also said that six containers laden with codeine, contraband drugs and goods valued at more than N3 billion were also confiscated within the period under review.

He said that the seizures included four containers laden with bales of clothing, lace and fabrics with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of more than N911 million.

Others, the controller said, were two containers laden with 2,625 cartons of codeine syrup among other contraband valued at more than N2 billion.

Babandede commended the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for inter-agency collaboration while also assuring adequate handover of seizures.

He also emphasised that the command would not relent on its core function of trade facilitation which entailed streamlined and simplified technical and legal procedures for clearing import or export goods.

On the operations of bonded terminals, the comptroller explained that the final destination for clearing of consignment was at the importer’s discretion.

“These procedures are guide which all Customs officers must adhere to.

“This negates the erroneous belief that officers of the Onne command connive with operators of Bonded Terminals to transfer containers,” he said. (NAN)

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Troops Neutralise Several Bandits in Kaduna– Official

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The Kaduna State Government (KDSG), said several bandits have been eliminated in another coordinated attack by the military in Giwa Local Government Area of the state.

Mr Samuel Aruwan, Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, made the disclosure in a statement on Friday in Kaduna

Aruwan said that the coordinated ground and air strikes by the troops of Operation Whirl Punch successfully neutralised several bandits including some of their leaders at an identified meeting point near Bula community within Yadi forest in Giwa locality.

He said that according to operational feedback to the state government, the strike was based on credible intelligence which followed the recent elimination of some bandits’ kingpins along the Kaduna-Katsina border areas.

According to him, the intelligence report had earlier revealed that bandits were to converge at the area for a meeting on a deadly mission within the Yadi forest general area.

Arywan said, “Close monitoring followed, and at the agreed time, the bandits were sighted bearing arms and approaching the location on motorcycles.

”Further exploration confirmed the movements and convergence of the bandits in a group of about seven to 10 members at a hub in the location.

“Upon verification, the location was struck and scores of the bandits including one Alhaji Kachalla Ragas, an ally and childhood friend of the previously neutralised Buharin Yadi were confirmed to have been neutralised by the strike.”

The commissioner said that Gov. Uba Sani has expressed his satisfaction and commended the security forces for their quick response, diligent efforts and precise execution.

”The governor thanked the various sources who provided crucial intelligence leading to the successful strike.

“Citizens are encouraged to continue to volunteer useful information on suspicious movements to the state’s security operations room via the following phone lines 09034000060 and 08170189999, (NAN)

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Withheld Salaries: NASU, SSANU Give 2-week Ultimatum

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Two unions in tertiary institutions say they cannot guarantee industrial harmony if the federal government fails to pay their four months withheld salaries in two weeks.

The unions are the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU).

The unions, under the Joint Action Committee (JAC), made their position known in a letter addressed to the Minister of Education, Prof.

Tahir Mamman, on Thursday, in Abuja.

The letter titled, “Re-Four months withheld salaries: Demand for immediate payment,” was signed by NASU General Secretary, Mr Peters Adeyemi and SSANU President, Mr Mohammed Ibrahim.

The unions, in the letter, recalled that the JAC of NASU and SSANU had embarked on a one week warning strike between March 18 and March 24.

“This is to protest the denial of the arrears of four months salaries withheld between May and August 24, 2022.

“Following series of letters and the assurances of the payment, we write to remind the Honourable Minister of our various letters, engagements, assurances towards the payment of the four (4) months withheld salaries of SSANU and NASU.

“We wish to express our regrets and dismay that up till date, the withheld salaries have not been paid to our members.

“We view it as an act of insincerity and neglect on the part of government to the yearnings and aspirations of our members,”it said.

The unions said that the government had negated the spirit of collective bargaining and built distrust.

They added that the deafening silence of government and failure to pay the withheld salaries was creating high level of agitation and contention among their members in the Universities and Inter-University Centres.

“This is such that we can no longer guarantee industrial peace and harmony on university campuses.

“We, therefore, demand the immediate payment of the four months withheld salaries to our members not later than two weeks from the date of this correspondence, failing which we will be left with no option than to shut down the Universities and Inter-University Centres,”it said.(NAN)

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