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Nigerian Navy embarks on exercise to curb illegal fishing



The Western Naval Command Fourth Quarter Sea Exercise code-named EX EJA EXPRESSION will help to combat Illegal Unregulated and Unreported Fishing (IUUF) and other maritime crimes in the Gulf of Guinea, an official said

The Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Western Naval Command, Mustapha Hassan, said that the exercise would include fleet manoeuvres and gunnery geared toward working up the ships in terms of warfighting

The exercise was flagged off on Saturday by the FOC, Western Naval Doctrine Command, Habilla Zakari

Mr Hassan, a rear admiral, said that the name of the exercise was taken from both the Yoruba and English languages in which the first word “EJA” means fish in English

“The exercise is a multi-faceted outing and the name gives an inclination of one the ideas behind it

“It is well known that Illegal Unregulated and Unreported Fishing (IUUF) is significant in the GuIf of Guinea

“Therefore, to hone our skills in our policing role, we will train today on vertical insertion and Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure (VBSS) using our helicopters and interceptor boats,” he said

The FOC added that other exercises like communication and seamanship evolutions among others would also form part of the operatio

“The Western Naval Command is therefore launching this exercise to work up her ships and personnel in keeping up with our constitutional responsibilities

“EX EJA EXPRESSION will greatly enhance the proficiency of Nigerian Navy personnel in the command and also enable us test the operational state of our machineries,” Mr Hassan sai

He said that the exercise was being carried out in collaboration with other stakeholders and government agencies such as the Nigerian Maritime and Security Agency (NIMASA), the Nigerian Police and the Federal Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture

“Having other governmental agencies participating will further provide the avenue for us to strengthen our level of interoperability and collaboration

“This collaboration will help towards securing our waters and the common goal of promoting a vibrant blue economy,” the FOC said

Mr Hassan thanked the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Emmanuel Ogalla, for the unwavering support given to the Command to conduct the exercise and other operations in their area of responsibility

“This has collectively provided a safer environment for economic activities to thrive

“The Nigerian Navy remains committed and indeed the Western Naval Command toward providing the necessary conducive environment to carry out legitimate businesses in our waterways,” the FOC said

Also speaking, the FOC, Western Naval Doctrine Command, Habilla Zakaria, who flagged off the exercise said that the exercise was to assess the readiness of the fleet to combat situations

“The function of the Western Naval Doctrine Command is to conduct combat readiness assessments of all the fleets within the Nigeria Navy

“This is to ensure that the fleets are always prepared to carry out their functions, whether during wartime or peacetime,” he said

Mr Zakaria, a rear admiral, said that the assessment would be based on conducting maritime operations, aspects of warfighting, and checking how the ships carry out exercises to evaluate their major operational readiness

“In a nutshell, as a Naval Doctrine Command, we will assess and work on them, contributing to the combatant CNS exercises,”

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NNPC Reacts As Lamido Says Tinubu Should Not Double As Petroleum Minister



The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) has reacted to the allegations made by the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.

Recall that Sanusi had said President Bola Tinubu should not double as the Minister of Petroleum.

Sanusi made the submission on Thursday while speaking at The Bank Directors Summit held at the Congress Hall of the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja.

According to him, the advice is necessary in order to have someone who can be held accountable because if anything goes wrong in the petroleum sector, people would not want to speak against the President.

The former Emir of Kano also called for the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) audit, noting that this call cost him his job as the CBN Governor.

However, speaking on the matter during an interview with Punch, NNPC’s Chief Corporate Communications Officer, Olufemi Soneye, said there would be no need for an official response to the claims made by the ex-CBN boss.

The NNPC said it was focused on delivering the task set for the national oil company, stressing that everyone was free to air their opinion.

He explained that constant responses could hinder the enormous task before the oil company, adding that NNPC would rather concentrate on handling the work that it was established to deliver.

“Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Constant responses to every individual can hinder our work. Our focus remains on delivering energy security, managing ongoing projects, and implementing reforms,” Soneye stated

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Kyari seeks just energy transition for Africa at COP 28



The Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO), Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Ltd, Mr. Mele Kyari, yesterday reflected on the search for sustainable solution to decarbonised energy.

He said the African Continent needed “a just, differentiated transition” to harness its resources for the benefit of its future generations.

Kyari spoke at a Regional CEO Panel organised by McKinsey & Company on the sidelines of the ongoing United Nations Conference on Climate Change (UNCCC) in Dubai, United Arab Emirate (UAE).

The GCEO, who joined other global energy leaders from the United States, Holland, and Oman to highlight energy perspectives and insights on the evolving energy market, said the world must understand Africa’s peculiarities in addressing the effects of climate change on energy businesses.

In a statement by NNPC’s Chief Corporate Communications Officer, Mr. Olufemi O. Soneye, the GCEO called for a differentiated energy transition.

Kyari said: “I have always advocated for a differentiated and just energy transition. In Africa, we have different circumstances compared to other places in the world.

“In Africa today, 75 per cent of our population doesn’t have access to electricity, leaving us with biomass as a key energy source. The world needs to recognize that the most practicable thing today is to substitute what we have in the short term to close the energy gap for our rising population.”

Noting that Nigeria may be among the global top 10 economies by 2035 and third in terms of the global population, Kyari said the energy poverty question should be discussed as nations unite to achieve net zero by 2050.

He said with abundant natural gas reserves of 206 trillion cubic feet (tcf) that have the potential to rise to 600tcf, Nigeria is currently utilizing gas to drive its journey towards energy transition.

Kyari said NNPC Ltd was creating a regional gas pipeline network to supply natural gas across the African continent and boost its Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) supply to the foreign market.

He said the idea of eliminating gas flares from gas projects was meant to deploy the gas towards developing power plants nationwide.

Kyari said the move will boost national electricity supply, create employment opportunities, and trigger the nation’s industrial and economic development.

He said that to demonstrate NNPC Ltd’s commitment to a net-zero future by 2025, the Company recently signed up as a participant in the United Nations Global Compact in New York, becoming the first state-owned oil company to join the global initiative

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CBN gets new spokesperson



The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has appointed a professional Public Relations practitioner, Mrs Hakama Sidi Ali, as its new Acting Director of Corporate Communications.

Mrs Ali is a recognised member of the Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), who served as Deputy Director in the same Department at the Bank before her latest appointment.

The NIPR has for years sustained the campaign to stop government agencies, individuals and corporate organisations from the illegal practice of appointing non-professionals and quacks as spokespersons.

The Economic Confidential gathered that The new CBN spokesperson is a 1992 graduate of the Bayero University, Kano, where she bagged a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication.

She also has an MSc in Mass Communication and PGDE in English Language.

Apart from NIPR, Mrs Ali is also a member of other reputable professional bodies like the Chartered Institute of Loan and Risk Management (CILRM), Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPMN), Africa Development Studies Centre (ADSC), Toastmasters International and many others. (By PRNigeria)

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