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DNKI Holds NEC/NAC Retreat In Bayelsa

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From Mike Tayese, Yenagoa

De Norsemen Klub International (DNKI) over the weekend held its National Executive Council (NEC) and National Advisory Council (NAC) Inauguration and Leadership Retreat in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, with the theme: “Accountability as a Tool for Good Governance – DNKI In Perspective”

The new NAC leadership has Mr Oliver Patrick-Ityohegh (Abuja Chapter) as Chairman, Dr Chidex Eze (Rivers State Chapter) as Vice Chairman, Dr.

Ojong Bassey (Lagos Chapter) as Secretary and Mr Ifeanyi Larry (Edo state Chapter) is Treasurer while for NEC, the International President of DNKI, Chief (Engr) Chidi Anokwu is Chancellor, Chief Akpabio Essien is Chairman while Senator Okenwa Nnachi-Uka is the Secretary.

The three-day event witnessed a medical check/outreach, meet and greet, interactive session with the International President, stakeholders and delegates, All White Pool Party,, NAC meeting/elections, novelty football match as well as a courtesy call on His Royal Majesty, King (Capt) Frank N. Okurakpo, Odhe the second, of Okugbe Isoko Kingdom in Sagbama LGA of Bayelsa State.

Speaking to newsmen after the retreat, the International President of DNKI, Chief (Engr) Chidi Anokwu charged the new executive to be proactive by abiding to the principles of the organization so as to shun every tendency culpable of demeaning the Klub.

He expressed belief in the capacity, experience and competence of the new executive to take the Klub to greater heights.

He said ” I trust the new executive, one thing I know for them is that we are already cruising, I can tell you that this is the best team any leadership ever had in DNKl take it to the banks. Without mincing words, this team will produce results that we have never had before.”

The DNKI boss, while explaining some of the roles of DNKI, said the organization provides humanitarian services to the society, and called on members not to relent in providing succour to the vulnerable people in the society and as well to love one another.

On the misconception about DNKI, he reiterated that the Klub has carried out various developmental projects for people to see and attributed the misconceptions to mischief makers who don’t mean well for the organization.

He further assured, that his leadership will not rest on its oars to correct this misconceptions, hence, he promised that in no distant time the society will differentiate them from others trying to thwart the goodwill of the Klub

His words “This organization is seen from a different perspective, people bear our name, people answer our name, saying they are Norsemen, but we know they are not Norsemen. People want to copy us, mind you it is only good fruit that people stone, if the fruits are not good, people will not stone them.

“They keep calling us bad names while we excel. Prosperity is what we have come to inherit, but I want to assure you with time we will get rid of it.

Also, the host and Guv’nor of the Bayelsa State Chapter, Chief Anthony Oboghor said the aim of the retreat was to discuss the role of the leadership, capacity building of members and operations on how the organization will move forward.

He mentioned some developmental projects embarked by the organization in Bayelsa to include, installation of street lights, traffic stands, provision of drinking water in some communities, receptacles in Yenagoa.

According to him, DKNI, also provide other services such as enlightenment campaigns on drug abuse, provision of items like foodstuffs, toiletries,, mosquito nets, slippers and more to orphanages, the Nigerian Correctional Facility as well as providing stipends to the elderly, payment of fines for prisoners, blood donation among several others.

“We are like a signboard, the more they see us, the more they truly say these people practice what they preach. You can see how we organize our retreat peacefully. By October we have our humanitarian day, before then we must have done our other projects. He noted”

He said a lot went into planning the retreat and thanked God for making it a huge success, while also appreciating Chief Anokwu for the immense role he played in creating the enabling atmosphere for the successful hosting of the all-important event as well members of the state chapter who contributed their resources and energy to host what has been widely called the best retreat so far.

‘To my International President, I thank you for your unwavering support, advice, prayers and encouragement. I pray God continues to bless you with more wisdom and good health/sound mind to continue to pilot our noble organization to heights never attained before. To all delegates across the various chapters who thronged Bayelsa State for the past three days, I say thank you for adding colour to the event. You have left a lasting memory in our hearts which will be with us forever. Let us continue to work together to ensure the growth and success of DNKI” He said.

The retreat lecture titled: Family Budgeting “Indaba-Doxa”: Let the Believers Help the Unbelievers, MBOK! Was delivered by Professor Emmanuel Sabastien Akpan of Banking and Finance Department, Federal University Otuoke, Bayelsa State.

Highpoints of the event includes cultural display by the award winning Bayelsa State Arts and Culture and award presentation to some deserving members and personalities who have contributed meaningfully to the development of society.

They include, International President of DNKI, Chief (Engr) Chidi Anokwu, who was honoured with an Award of Excellence in recognition of his Innovative Leadership, Pastor Peace Belema-George and Dr Samuel Gambo jointly received the Lifetime Impact Award, Mr Ndunupere Owonaro and Mr Maurice Enarebebe also jointly received an award in recognition of Life of Service to DNKI/Bayelsa State Chapter.

Others are former Bayelsa State Information Commissioner, Barr. Esueme Dan-Kikile Esq. who received an award for inspiring the young generation, immediate past International President of DNKI, Chief (Dr). Adeshola Giwa was also honored with an Excellence Award for Setting The Pace For DNKI while Engr. Solomon Olali was presented with an Achievement Award for his remarkable achievements while he was the Bayelsa State Chapter Guv’nor.

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Kano APC Suspends National Chairman, Ganduje Over Alleged Corruption

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The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has been suspended as a member of his ward in Kano. Reports says that the Executive members of Ganduje Ward In Dawakin-Tofa Local Government Area of Kano state announced the suspension of Ganduje over alleged corruption on Monday.

Addressing newsmen in the state capital, the legal adviser of the Ganduje Ward, Haladu Gwanjo said the former Kano state governor is alleged to have committed gross misappropriation of public funds during his time as governor of the state.
According to him, the members decided to suspend the national chairman’s membership after a vote of no confidence was passed on him due to his inability to clear his name from various allegations of corruption against him, which range from the circulated dollar videos where he was allegedly collecting bribe from contractors.
He said the suspension takes effect from today 15 April.A viral video had captured Ganduje allegedly receiving bundles of dollar notes as a bribe from a man said to be a contractor and stuffing them in the pockets of his flowing gown.The video, which garnered widespread attention in 2017, has been the subject of intense scrutiny.Ganduje had denied the content of the video when it first surfaced and maintained his innocence but years after, the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP)’s administration of Governor Abba Yusuf revisited the case, vowing the prosecute the ex-governor.The Kano High Court would arraign Ganduje on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 on charges bordering on allegations of bribery, diversion, and misappropriation of funds, including the purported acceptance of $413,000 and N1.38bn in bribes.The Kano State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Haruna Dederi, had said Ganduje would be arraigned alongside his wife and six others.The Yusuf administration, which initiated the criminal suit against the eight respondents, had declared its readiness to present 15 witnesses to testify before Justice Usman Na’aba of State High Court.

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Q1:PTML Customs Rakes N66.9b, Surpasses 2023 Revenue

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The Port Terminal Multiservices Ltd. (PTML) Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has recorded N66.9 billion revenue in the first quarter of the year.

The Customs Area Controller (CAC), PTML Command, Comptroller, Saidu Yusuf, said this at a news conference in Lagos on Monday.

He said that the figure, which was N22.

19 billion higher than the N44.
72 billion recorded same period in 2023, represented 49.
6 per cent increase.

Yusuf described the increase in the revenue collection as a laudable feat.

According to him, the command is committed towards trade facilitation and supports the government’s drive on ease of doing business.

The comptroller thanked the Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Adeniyi, for initiating strategies to achieve faster cargo clearance.

He reiterated that PTML command, under his watch, aimed to surpass its record of three hour cargo clearance for compliant traders.

“The launching of Time Release Study (TRS), which is ongoing and other deliberate efforts by the Comptroller General, had contributed to the expansion of terminal space and promoted ease of doing business in PTML.

“PTML command has potentials to achieve two hour cargo clearance and surpass it’s existing three hours record if port users compliance level is improved upon.

“PTML is one of the safest and most secure environments for RoRo(Roll On Roll Off) and general cargoes,” Yusuf said.

He advised importer and their agents to take advantage of the incentives available for compliant traders such as fast track, advance ruling and possible migration to the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status.

He reminded port users in PTML of the robust and time conscious dispute resolution mechanism, which had contributed immensely to the revenue collection, trade facilitation and anti smuggling functions of the command.

Yusuf commended the various government and private sector stakeholders for their cooperation and support toward the realisation of the overnment goal of revenue collection and prevention of unlawful activities.

He also expressed optimism that the command would surpass it’s annual target for the year.

He described the importation of vehicles meant for Nigerian roads into nneighbouringcountries with the ntent to smuggle them through unapproved roads into Nigeria as unpatriotic and act of economic sabotage.

The PTLM customs boss said that the command had the capacity for seamless and efficient processing of such automobile cargoes.

The CAC enjoined officers of the command to maximally deploy available technology and rededicate themselves to the job to achieve more revenue for the second quoter.

He reminded the port users of the increased in anti-smuggling vigilance to uncover concealment such as under declaration and smuggling of prohibited items.

Yusuf said that any discovered infraction would lead to full evoking of the Nigeria Customs Service Act (NCSA), where there were spelt out penalties. (NAN)

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EFCC Arraigns 5 for Illegal Crude Oil Deal

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Monday, charged five defendants before a Federal High Court in Lagos, over an illegal deal in petroleum products.
The defendants are: Mt Vinnalaris (a vessel), Azeez Abubakar, Wisdom Borborley, Samuel Akpan and Freedom Otuagoma
They appeared before Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke on two counts bordering on unlawful deal in petroleum products.


After the charge was read to them, they pleaded guilty.

Following their plea, the prosecutor, Mr R.A. Abdurasheed, informed the court that the prosecution had filed the plea bargain agreement with the defendants, before the court.
Consequently, the court adjourned the case until April 25, for adoption of plea bargain agreement.

The court, however, ordered that the defendants remain in custody of the prosecution till then.
In the charge, the defendants were said to have committed the offence sometime in 2023, while on the Nigerian maritime domain.
They were alleged to have dealt in 515.8 litres of crude oil without lawful authority.
The offence contravenes the provisions of Section 1(17) and 3(6) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap M17 Law of the Federation 2004. (NAN)

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