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IOM, Japan to support IDPs, returnees, host communities in Northeast

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IOM, Japan to support IDPs, returnees, host communities in Northeast

By: Michael Mike

The Government of Japan and the United Nations International Organisation for Migration (IOM) have signed a joint agreement to support .Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), returnees and vulnerable host communities in the Northeast.

The Ambassador of Japan, Kazuyoshi Matsunaga, said during the signing ceremony of the agreement in Abuja that the the aim if the assignment is to support measures designed to tackle urgent needs of vulnerable people in Adamawa, with an eye of extending it to other affected states.

The envoy said. the agreement focused on: “Strengthening basic healthcare services for IDPs, returnees and host communities in Nigeria” between Japanese government, Adamawa government, IOM and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

According to him, the project which is worthy US$4.4 million will run from March, 2024 to March, 2026 with measures to ensure sustainability, monitoring and evaluation, calculation of post-project cost, training of personnel in the operation, maintenance, and upkeep of equipment.

Kazuyoshi said: “t is towards combining fixed facilities with innovation technology solutions, such as medical mobility, as service and telemedicine is essential to effectively serving the mobile IDP population.

“Effective technology transfer from Japan to Nigeria requires strong focus on human resource development, therefore investment on capacity building to enable local staff fully utilize and maintain medical equipments.

“So, the ultimate measure of success of this project should not be measured by the construction of beautiful primary healthcare centre or improved access to healthcare service with advanced technology.

“It should be measured by the healthy and safe life of citizens who benefit from this improved healthcare services beyond the duration of the project.”

He explained that the project will bring about introduction of innovation technology, medical masks and telemedicine, and involvement of Japanese companies as model for improving healthcare service across Nigeria.

Chairman of Adamawa Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Sulaiman Bashir, who signed the agreement on behalf of Adamawa State Government, said the agreement would not have been possible without the partnership between IOM and the Japanese government.

He said: “Our state, as mentioned earlier, had enormous humanitarian and development needs. A state of 5.5 million people, 60 per cent are less than 30 years of age.

“These are areas that are of great concern to us. In terms of the humanitarian crisis, we have the three different crises that we are battling within our state.

“Initially, we have the Boko Haram terrorist activity in the northern part of the state, we have the farmer-herder clashes, we also have the last one, the inter-communal conflict there.”

On his part, the IOM Nigeria Chief of Mission, Laurent De Boeck, promised to partner States and Local Government actors to rebuild, rehabilitate, and equip nine health facilities in eight Local Government Areas in Adamawa.

He said such will be achieved through training staff from each unit of the nine Primary Healthcare Centres, which include doctors, nurses, midwives, community health workers, information/data officers, laboratory technicians.

He added that: “This project aligns with the long-term development priorities of both the Nigerian Government and the Adamawa authorities.

“It is a testament to our commitment to not only provide immediate relief, but also to contribute to sustainable solutions that addresses root causes of displacement and insecurity,” he said.

He reiterated the organisation planned to ensure healthcare is not a privilege, but fundamental right accessible to all, to pave way for healthier, more stable and prosperous future for the people of northeast Nigeria.

Chief Representative of JICA, Mr Yuzurio Susumu, said the grant provided from the agreement will further advance construction of primary healthcare centres, and boost capacity building among other things.

Yuzurio said, “Our ultimate goal is to contribute to the creation of an inclusive environment that fosters peaceful coexistence.

“By ensuring access to quality healthcare services, we aim to encourage the return and resettlement of IDPs, laying groundwork for sustainable peace and prosperity in Adamawa.”

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Corporate Affairs Commission places First Bank record on caveat as board crisis worsens

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. As ex-AMCON chair accuses bank of promoting illegality and disobedience to court orders

By: Michael Mike

The Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, has placed the record of First Bank of Nigeria (FBN) Holdings on caveat pending the resolution of the current crisis rocking the board of the bank as a result of multiple court cases filed by aggrieved directors.
The current crisis rocking the bank stems from protests by shareholders who are kicking against the bank’s internal governance and shareholding structure, as a result of which some of them have taken their grievances to the court. One of such is the case of Olusegun Samuel Onagoruwa v. FBN Holdings Plc in Suit No. FHC/L/CP/1271/2022), which is challenging the capacity of the Board of Directors of FBN to appoint new persons to fill vacant slots.
Onagoruwa in his suit is seeking “an order setting aside, nullifying, annulling and/or quashing the appointments and approvals of Mr. Olusola Adeeyo, Mr. Viswanathan Shankar, Mrs. Remilekun Adetola, Mr. Anil Dua and Mrs. Fatima Ibrahim as Non-Executive Directors of First Bank of Nigeria Limited made on the 20th day of March, 2024, by FBN Holdings Plc during the pendency of this action and in defiance of the subsisting order of this Honourable Court made on the 15th day of July, 2022.”
The motion also seeks an order restraining the above-named non-executive directors from acting or taking any steps as non-executive directors of the bank. The current court case follows similar four other cases pending at the Federal High Court in Lagos and Abuja challenging the internal governance of FBN Limited, in addition to existing court injunctions restraining the bank from holding the last two Annual General Meetings which the bank went ahead to hold.
In a new twist to the crisis, the Corporate Affairs Commission in a letter titled
“RE: NOTIFICATION OF PENDENCY OF SUIT NO. FHC/L/CP/1575/23 AGAINST FBN HOLDINGS PLC, AND SUBSISTING INTERIM ORDERS OF THE FEDERAL HIGH COURT MADE ON THE 9TH DAY OF AUGUST 2023 RESTRAINING FBN HOLDINGS PLC FROM HOLDING OR PROCEEDING WITH ITS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING PURPORTEDLY HELD ON THE 13TH DAY OF AUGUST 2023”, weighed in on litigations threatening to tear the old generation bank apart.
Signed on behalf of the Registrar General of CAC by Chidimma Maureen Nwite, the Commission in a letter to lawyers to some of the parties in court against FBN Holdings said
“This is to inform you that the record of FBN Holdings PLC RC: 916455 has been placed on caveat pending the determination of Suit No. FHC/L/CS/1575/2023.
Please be guided accordingly.”
Speaking on the multiple crises rocking the foundation of First Bank, a former Chairman of Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, AMCON and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Dr. Muiz Banire accused the first generation financial institution of promoting illegality and flagrant disobedience of court orders, a development shareholders fear poses major threat to the bid by the bank to strengthen its capital base in line with the recent directive of the Central Bank of Nigeria to all banks operating in the country to recapitalize.
Banire who is involved in one of the court cases said “the Bank seems to now have a reputation of defying court orders. What I just read is similar to the case Iam handling also. The Bank appears to be building a reputation of lawlessness and by the time it boomerangs, the bank and by extension the shareholders will bear the brunt. I am sure the plaintiffs will not allow them to get away with the illegality. The case of the bank is becoming a bubble.”
He further said “I also believe the CBN is aiding and abetting the Board of Directors the apex bank imposed. Everything the Board is doing is beyond their mandate. The Apex Bank needs to dissolve the Board and allow the shareholders to choose their Directors. It is one illegality after another.”
According to one of the workers union leaders in the bank, “as the tenure of the imposed directors is expiring, the same illegitimate Management of FBN, whose legitimacy is being challenged, has gone further, during the pendency of the cases challenging their competence to lead the bank, to arbitrarily appoint further five independent directors. Where they derived the power from remains a mystery.
“Mismanagement and manipulation of shares are also being alleged in some of the cases pending against the bank while the legality of the AGMs and the imposed board of directors remain a challenge.” The union leader expressed the fear that the spate of litigations and board squabbles currently rocking the bank may bring a quick collapse of the over 100-year- old bank.
Also speaking on the development, a shareholder, Mr. Olalekan Babalola, said “it is imperative for the authorities to find a solution to this lingering crisis as Nigeria cannot afford another major bank’s collapse at this critical time when President Bola Tinubu is working hard to revamp the nation’s crumbling economy. This is because the current crisis will definitely impede the bank from getting the new Central Bank’s capitilisation threshold.”
He called for urgent resolution of all court cases in the overall interest of depositors, shareholders and other stakeholders of the bank before further damage is done to the oldest Nigerian bank.

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Terrorists Seize Humanitarian Aid Vehicle in Niger!

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Suspected ISWAP terrorists launched a daring attack, seizing a Toyota Land Cruiser belonging to CADEV, an NGO affiliated with CRS (Catholic Relief Services) on Friday. The NGO, dedicated to humanitarian aid and feeding refugees in Niger Republic, was ambushed between Gargada and Gagamari, along Diffa-Maine Soroa road.

Tragically, the terrorists unleashed gunfire during the assault, resulting in the death of the driver. Another official sustained gunshot wounds but remains in stable condition.

The vehicle’s tracking data uncovered its location across the border in Yobe State, Nigeria. Intelligence sources revealed to Phantom Eye that the area serves as a stronghold for ISWAP.

This incident vividly highlights the dangers faced by humanitarian organizations in conflict zones. The loss of the vehicle disrupts critical aid delivery efforts, especially for vulnerable populations, predominantly Nigerian refugees in Niger Republic.

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Angola Opens Visa and Investment Centre in Port Harcourt

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By: Michael Mike

The Embassy of Angola in Nigeria is opening a visa application centre in the oil-city Port Harcourt to boost especially the oil business of the country with Nigeria.

A statement by the embassy on Monday read that: “As part of the activities to celebrate the 4th of April, Day of Peace and National Reconciliation in Angola, a Visa Application Centre will be inaugurated this Tuesday, 04/02, in the Nigerian city of Port Harcourt, in order to obviate the need to travel to Abuja and Lagos.

“The centre, a partnership between the Embassy of Angola in Nigeria and the company Akwa Helmes International Limited – AHIL, has facilities for applying for visas, increasing investment attractiveness, supporting the oil and gas industry, as well as promoting sun-sea and adventure tourism.

“Its services will extend to hotel reservations, ticket sales and air connectivity to destinations operated by Angola’s national airline, TAAG.”

The statement added: “H.E. Siminalayi Fubara, Governor of Rivers State, is the special guest of H.E. Ambassador José Bamóquina Zau to witness the inauguration of a centre for economic, cultural and tourist rapprochement between Angola and Nigeria.

The city of Port Harcourt, in Rivers State (with a population of about 10 million), is located in the heart of the vast Niger Delta, where the main petroleum and petrochemical industries, two large state-owned refineries, two seaports, universities and scientific and technological institutes are located.

According to the statement: “Most of the businessmen and technicians working in Angola’s oil and gas industry come from this region, but the local authorities want to intensify academic cooperation with training institutes and technical internships in the oil and gas industry.”

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