Dr. Solomon Arase, the Chairman of the Police Service Commission, has urged Police Public Relations Officers (PROs) in state Commands and Departments of the Nigeria Police Force to prioritize accessibility to the public and the media, emphasizing the need to be available and responsive to inquiries.
Conveying the chairman’s message, Ikechukwu Ani, the Head of Press and Public Relations of the commission, stated that in order to succeed in their careers, PPROs must see themselves as servants of the people who actively seek information.
Dr. Arase made these remarks during the opening ceremony of the Annual Conference of the Police Public Relations Officers in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. He highlighted the challenging nature of the work of Police Public Relations Officers at all levels, emphasizing the requirement for dedication and commitment.
He stressed the importance of upholding the fundamental purpose of communication, which is to foster mutual understanding and trust with the citizens. This trust, he noted, should be based on the assurance that information provided by the public will be handled with the utmost confidentiality.
Dr. Arase, represented by the Commission’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ani, emphasized the increasing necessity of information sharing in the current landscape where criminal activities have become more mobile.
He lauded the commitment of the Nigeria Police Force management to the Annual Conference, which convenes all serving Public Relations Officers to strategize on enhancing the information management of the Force.
“We should not only react to public opinion but should anticipate and shape public opinion; we must be proactive,” he asserted.
The Police Service Commission urges PROs to prioritize accessibility and a strong commitment to their duties.
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FG introduces new terms for tolling Benin-Asaba, Lagos-Abeokuta highways
The Federal Government has laid out specific conditions for the tolling of the Benin-Asaba and Lagos-Abeokuta road corridors. It has been outlined that toll collection will only commence after 100% completion of one carriageway. These conditions were established following a renegotiation process with Africa Plus Partners Nigeria Ltd, prompted by increased inflationary pressures, exchange rate concerns, and reduced vehicular traffic on the highways, stemming from the rise in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit.
Further specifications include adherence to the project’s design, the approved construction period, and strict compliance with specified variations. The Minister of Works, David Umahi, has introduced these new parameters to enhance the quality delivery and management of road infrastructure under the Highway Development and Management Initiative, ensuring efficient utilization of completed projects by road users.
In a statement released by the minister’s special adviser on media, Uchenna Orji, it was stated that discussions aimed to devise a more effective operational model for the HDMI program and enhance efficient contractual relations between the Federal Government and concessionaires.
“The minister has introduced parameters to strengthen the quality delivery and management of road infrastructure under the Public Private Partnership model of road infrastructure development known as Highway Development and Management Initiative. This will ensure efficient utilization of the completed projects by road users. The minister also listed new parameters to be fine-tuned, agreed upon, and adopted in all contractual relations between the Federal Government and concessionaires going forward,” the statement read.
New parameters to be incorporated in contractual relations include ensuring that the business plan aligns with socio-economic dynamics, compliance of tolling terms with federal laws, and adherence to standard contract conditions.
Contractors are obligated to obtain express and written permission for contingency and variation on price. The bill of quantities must be verified and aligned with prevailing market prices, and road traffic count must be conducted by the investor or verified in agreement with the client. The duty of investors also encompasses public sensitization about the toll program in every project, with the client retaining the right to terminate the investor for failure to adhere to the road project completion timeline. Furthermore, all road construction for highways must comply with the highway standard prescribed by federal laws.
In response to these new conditions, the team leader of the APPNL expressed gratitude to the minister for highlighting the need to review not only the cost but also the scope of the concessioned project to meet road construction standards set by the ministry. They have pledged to engage in comprehensive negotiations on the project review to secure a financial close and are committed to conducting further technical analysis on all raised issues for reconsideration by the minister.
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The Passing of Asagba of Asaba Kingdom, Chike Edozien
The transition of HRM Asagba Joseph Chike Edozien, Asagba of Asaba to eternal glory has been officially announced by the Asaba kingdom.
Anthony Edozien, the second son of the late monarch, has been designated as the regent responsible for overseeing the kingdom’s development until the return of the first son from abroad and the installation of a new monarch.
This information was conveyed in a statement signed by Anthony Edozien, on behalf of the family, Chief Patrick Ndili, the honor of Asaba, and Palace Secretary, and Obi Chief P Onyeobi, Iyase of Asaba, for Asaba Kingdom.
The late monarch, who ascended the throne on July 1, 1991, was 100 years old and had served as the 13th Asagba of Asaba.
Chief Ndili further clarified that although a new monarch has not been installed, the regent will fulfill the duties expected of a monarch.
“With heavy hearts, we announce the transition unto eternal glory of our highly revered royal father, Asagba Joseph Chike Edozien, the Asagba of Asaba kingdom.
“In all parts of the country, when a monarch passes on, only the community has the right to confirm, nobody should have the audacity to confirm it.
“Some even published that he has passed on when he was still ill. It is an abomination. Those who did that need to cleanse themselves and if it happens again they will be sanctioned.
“The burial arrangement will be announced by the family,” Ndili stated.
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Warning from Wike: FCT Ground Rent Non-Payers at Risk
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Nyesom Wike, has released a list of foreign embassies that are behind on their ground rent in Abuja. The total owed by these embassies amounts to $5.36 million.
In a memo titled “Final Notice on Payment of Outstanding Ground Rent in the FCT,” Wike has given the affected organizations a two-week ultimatum to settle their dues.
The notice reads, “All allottees, property owners, as well as beneficiaries of the sale of Federal Government Houses in the FCT who could not pay or settle their outstanding ground rents for the year 2023, are hereby advised in their interest to ensure payment within two weeks from the date of this publication, failure of which such titles shall be revoked.”
To facilitate reference, the names of the allottees and their corresponding outstanding ground rents have been provided.
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