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Legal practitioner Tasks FG on Judicial Autonomy

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The Vice Chairman, Gwagwalada branch of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), David Aigbefoh, has called on the Federal Government to consider judicial autonomy as necessary for the development of  the country’s judicial sector.

Aigbefoh, who made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gwagwalada, on Sunday, said if granted, judicial autonomy would go a long way to strengthen the nation’s justice system.

He lamented that the judiciary workers’ strike had now crippled Nigeria’s judiciary at both state and federal levels for over 7 weeks.

“The legislative and Judicial arms of the government these days seem to be a tool for the interests of the Executive.

“The Constitution which is the grund norm, provides for separation and balance of powers among the three arms of government.

“Typical to every federation is the decentralisation of the sovereign powers of the government between a number of constituent authorities/regions, so that each authority retains some degree of control of the federal state,” he said.

He said that in other to move the country forward, there must be conscious and proactive schemes that would alleviate the hardship suffered by the general population.

According to him, a reading of Section 40 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, and Section 48 (1) of the Trade Dispute Act (TDA), 2004, made the strike action by JUSUN, not only legal but also, necessary.

“I call on the executive and the legislature to do the needful in order to achieve judiciary financial autonomy,” he said. (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.

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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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