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FCT Joint Unions Action Committee Elects New Leaders

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Workers in FCT Administration and Federal Capital Development Authority, under the umbrella of Joint Unions Action Committee (JUAC), have elected new leaders for a term of three years.

Mrs Rifkatu Iortyer, the immediate Vice President of the union emerged  President unopposed in Abuja on Tuesday.

Other elected officials are Mr Musa Istifanus as Vice President, Mr Umar Abdullahi, Secretary and Eric Esemekhai,  Treasurer.

The President said after the election that she would prioritise the welfare of workers in the next three years through constructive engagement with  management of the FCTA.

Iortyer said that she would pool the knowledge and experience of workers to push for improved welfare package.

“Together we will put our heads together through teamwork to improve on where our predecessors stopped.

“My priority is the welfare of workers. This is because, if you are a leader, it is the welfare of members that is paramount and what should be on your mind,” she said.

She promised to have a cordial working relationship with the FCT Minister, Mr Nyesom Wike, who has demonstrated high regards for workers and their welfare.

The president particularly said that Wike had already secured President Bola Tinubu’s approval for the implementation of the FCT Civil Service Commission Act, 2018.

She said  that Wike was on the verge of appointing nine permanent secretaries for the nine secretariats of the FCT Administration.

“So far, he is in the right direction because the civil service commission has been our fight for a very long time.

“The union has not met with the minister, but we have put one or two requests, and he has answered us even without interfacing with us.

“Every of our requests is being considered; that is the most important thing. So, we expect that we are going to have a good working relationship with the minister,” she said.

The outgone president, Mr Korede Matilukoro, who served for two terms, said that the journey had not been easy.

Matilukoro described the implementation of the FCT CAC law, promotion of directors from between levels 10 and 15, to over 146 and the promotion confirmation, advancement, and conversion as some  key achievements.

He said that under his leadership, the union secured land allocation for about 200 members for the development of FCT/FCDA Staff Housing Estate.

He said that so far compensations have been paid, building plan approval secured, including survey and other requirements.

He said that the new leadership would deliver the allocation for the benefiting staff.

Matilukoro said that the welfare of workers had significantly improved under his leadership among other successes, and urged the new leadership to build on what has been achieved so far. (NAN) 

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Catholic Church Welcomes New Apostolic Nuncio

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The Catholic Church in Nigeria  has welcomed the newly-appointed Apostolic to Nigeria, Archbishop Michael Francis Crotty.

Crotty, an Irish, was appointed by the Vatican.

He will oversee the propagation of the gospel of Jesus Christ through the church in Nigeria.

The position, an ambassadorial status, advances cohesion in the body of Christ.

In his welcome message for Crotty on Tuesday,  the President of Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), Archbishop Lucius Ugorji, said that the Church was glad to receive him.

The CBCN president,   who is also  the Archbishop of Owerri Catholic Archdiocese, said,” With joy and gratitude to God, I extend a hearty welcome to Archbishop Michael Francis Crotty on behalf of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, clergy, religious and lay faithful in Nigeria.

“We are thankful to His Holiness, Pope Francis, for appointing Archbishop Michael Francis Crotty as the Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria to build on the good works of his predecessor, Archbishop Antonio Filipazzi.

“His appointment is a testament to the strong spiritual bond between our countries,” he said.

He said that although Crotty was the first Apostolic Nuncio from Ireland to serve in Nigeria, many Irish missionaries had played significant roles in spreading the gospel in Nigeria.

“We appreciate Archbishop Crotty’s acceptance of serving in Nigeria and assure him of our full support and cooperation.

“We pray for a fruitful mission and a blessed tenure for our excellency,”  he added. (NAN)

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Boundary Commission to Provide Infrastructure Along Disputed Boundary Areas

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The National Boundary Commission (NBC), says it has concluded plans to provide infrastructure in flash locations along interstate boundaries to encourage integration and cooperation.

The Director-General of the commission, Mr Adamu Adaji, stated this in an interview in Abuja on Wednesday.

Adaji said that the commission would look at flash point areas and provide infrastructures that would encourage cooperation and integration among border communities.

He said that the goal was to see how the commission could bring people in border communities together to share from a common facility.

This, according to him, will douse tension and bring some kind of understanding among border communities.

“The bounder communities will share the facilities, which in the long run will bring the people together and eventually reduce tension and boundary conflicts.

“This is a way of encouraging integration and cooperation by encouraging people to come together, relate with one another and engage in beneficial commercial activities.”

Adaji said that a similar initiative was test runed with a borehole, constructed boundary corridor in Ado Local Government Area of Benue state, where it shared boundary with Ebonyi.

“We have also been able to construct some market stalls in the Ebonyi sector of the boundary between Ebonyi and Cross River,” he added.

“So, our appeal is for people to appreciate, cooperate and understand that boundaries are not barriers.

“The boundary line will not stop somebody from owning properties across and that is what we want to partner with the states to educate people along by the boundary corridors. (NAN)

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 Recertification: NCAA Suspends 10 Private Jet Operations

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The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended ten private jet operations over failure to begin recertification process.

This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Michael Achimugu, Director, Public Affairs and Consumer Protection on Friday in Abuja.

The agency said the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations 2023 Part 18.

3.
4 forbids holders of Permit for Non Commercial  Flights (PNCF) from using their aircraft for carriage of passengers, gargo or mail for hire or rewards  (commercial operation or charter services)

“As a result of flagrant disregard of this rule, the NCAA had earlier directed all holders of PNCF to undergo re-evaluation which should have been concluded by the April 19,  2024.

“To this end, the  NCAA has suspended the PNCF

 of Azikel Dredging Nigeria Ltd, Bli-Aviation Safety Services, Ferry Aviation Developments Ltd and Matrix Energy Ltd.

” Also Marrietta Management Services Ltd, Worldwide Skypaths Services, Mattini Airline Services Ltd, Aero Lead Ltd, Sky Bird Air Ltd and Ezuma Jets Ltd.

 “The public is hereby notified that it is illegal to engage PNCF holders for commercial purposes. The NCAA will not hesitate to initiate enforcement actions against any PNCF holder found guilty of illegal operations,” the agency said.

The agency said that its officials had been deployed to General Aviation Terminals (GAT) and private wings of the airports to monitor activities of the PNCF holders. (NAN)

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