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CHAIRMAN of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly Committee on Information, Mr Efefiong Antigha has commended the Information Commissioner, Mr Aniekan Umanah, for his high performance in handling activities of the Information sub-sector..

Antigha, who is member representing Okobo State Constituency in the House, said members of the Committee on Information “have been following, keenly, the activities of the State Commissioner for Information and Communications and are highly impressed with the performance of the information boss in the administration of the Information machinery of the state government.”

The House Committee Chairman was speaking in Uyo, during a familiarization visit of the Committee to the Ministry of Information and Communications' Headquarters at the Idongesit Nkanga Secretariat complex, Uyo.

Antigha acknowledged that, Umanah's two term as Commissioner for Information in the State, “is predicated on the outstanding performance of the State Information boss.”

 

THE Federal government has been urged to deregulate power distribution in the country so that states could as well generate, transmit and distribute electricity.

The call was made by Governor Rotimi Amaechi when the Chairman and members of the House of Representatives Committee on Power visited him in Government House, Port Harcourt.

Speaking at the occasion, the governor said, “the country has no choice; it is a make-or-mar situation on the issue of electricity deregulation. Let me delve into the constitutional provision of distribution and say to you that it is frustrating us. PHCN and all the entities that are involved in the electricity power business in Nigeria are frustrating the Rivers State Government from distributing power to her people.

“It is the responsibility of the National Assembly to perform their oversight functions and compel them to allow the Rivers State Government get involved in distribution of electricity.”

 

He disclosed that the Rivers State Government has “180 Megawatts ready; now even if we don't distribute anything we add 180 megawatts to what PHCN is bringing, we can have 24 hours power supply in Port Harcourt at least, but they won't allow us distribute, so you have dormant power that is not utilized and they are hanging on the premise that the law does not allow States to distribute electricity, that it is only the Federal Government.

GOVERNOR Godswill Akpabio has expressed the determination of his administration to partner with the Federal Government towards the realization of the Ibaka Deep Sea Port project in Mbo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. Towards this end, he promised to provide the necessary infrastructure for the smooth take off of the project.

The governor gave an indication to this effect in Abuja when he handed over the Certificate of Occupancy(C of O) for the 5,129 hectares of land and the master plan of the project to the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Alhaji Omar Suleiman.

He said the presentation of the certificate was a giant step towards the building of a second functional sea port in Nigeria.

The water depth in Ibaka, which he said, stood at about 17 metres without dredging “has given Nigeria an opportunity to take advantage of the water depth to build a viable sea port that could compete with any other international sea port around the world.”

 

THE Federal High Court sitting Lagos, has ordered the Inspector General of Police, Hafiz Ringim and the Commissioner of Police, Special Fraud Unit (SFU) to pay N10million to a Pastor for an illegal arrest and detention .

Also ordered to pay the lump sum along with  the Inspector General of police, Commissioner of police, Special Fraud Unit, are Police Inspector Deacon Sunday and one Ikechukwu Howell.

The beneficiary is Pastor Jennifer Noel Douglas of Heavenly Dream Reality Ministry, Lagos.

In passing judgement, Justice J T Tsoho said the Inspector General of Police, “breached the fundamental rights of the Pastor as enshrined in the African Charter on Human and peoples' Rights.”

 

After hearing all the arguments of the counsel of both parties, the judge ruled that the dispute between the applicant and the 4thdespondent, Howell, was purely a civil matter in respect of which the Police “had no powers to exercise and that their detention of the Pastor either acting by themselves or through their agents.”

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