NCAA Shuts Abuja Glo Switch Centre Over N4.7bn Debt
The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has shut down the main switch centre of Globacom Limited at Wuse 2, Abuja over non-payment of N4.7billion debt.
The NCAA Director–General, Capt. Musa Nuhu, shut the switch centre, under the supervision of the Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika.
Nuhu told newsmen after locking up the tower that the facility would be switched off until the outstanding debt was paid.
He said the company had paid only N500million out of the N5.2billion it was owing, pointing out that the outstanding debt was N4.7billion.
According to him, all the other telecommunications service providers are paying except Globacom, which has failed to meet up since 2007.
“My agency is under tremendous pressure by the Federal Government of Nigeria and we will do our best within the powers vested on us to make sure the debt is settled.
“The action we took is for the safety of aviation in Nigeria. As a matter of fact, any masts after a certain height, we are supposed to regulate it to ensure that it is properly covered.
“We do fly aircraft, we do fly helicopter, and it could be drone among others things we fly. Not necessary regular passenger flight. Police, PHCN and all those people; they do aerial patrol all over the country.
“I am sure, you have seen their helicopters, that is why it is important for us to ensure we have all these in road map and put them in action,” he said.
Nuhu said it was the regulation of NCAA that whoever erected the masts would pay for the process that would be carried out by NCAA.
According to the director-general, 15 letters have been sent to Glo in the past without any tangible reply since he assumed office.
He said that generally in the past, they only paid some amount and walked away.
“Of recent, when I came, then we sat down, we have been speaking silently.
“They have paid some money but they still have almost N4.7billion debt remaining. None of the communication services providers has that amount due for payment.
“That started in 2007. We don’t like shutting down things but we have to take this drastic action because we are having financial issues and we face pressures from different sectors of government,” he said.
Nuhu listed sectors of government pressuring NCAA to include; committees from the National Assembly, Federal Ministry of Aviation as the supervising ministry, agencies such as Fiscal Revenue Commission, and Auditor General Office of the Federation and Accountant General Office of the Federation.
Tinubu Signs Bill Unifying Retirement Age For Judicial Officers
Asiwaju Bola Tinubu yesterday signed his first piece of legislation as President, when he assented to a constitutional amendment bill bringing uniformity to the retirement age and pension rights of judicial officers in the country.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the State House Director of Information, Abiodun Oladunjoye, yesterday.
The statement is titled ‘President Tinubu assents to constitutional amendment Bill on uniformity in retirement age of judicial officers’.
The statement read in part: “In exercising the powers vested in him under the 1999 Constitution as amended, President Bola Tinubu yesterday at the State House assented to a fresh amendment of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“President Tinubu signed into law the ‘Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Fifth Alteration) (No.37), 2023’ presented by the outgoing 9th National Assembly”.
It added that “With the signing of the Constitutional amendment Bill, retirement age and pension rights of judicial officers have been effectively brought into uniformity and other related matters”.
While signing the amendment Bill into law, Tinubu pledged his administration’s dedication to strengthening the judiciary, ensuring the rule of law, and empowering judicial officers to execute their responsibilities effectively.
Democracy Day: FG Declares Monday Public Holiday
The Federal Government has declared Monday, June 12, as a public holiday in commemoration of 2023 Democracy Day celebration.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Dr Oluwatoyin Akinlade, on behalf of the Federal Government.
While congratulating Nigerians on the occasion, Akinlade stated that the country’s democratic journey has encountered stormy and smooth sails, just like in many other climes.
She said, “But the ship of State, its institutions and most importantly, the Nigerian people have remained steadfast on the tenets of democratic governance.”
“On this memorable occasion therefore, Nigerians and friends of Nigeria are invited to appreciate the progress that has been made, celebrate the milestones covered and look forward to a better future for the country’s democracy.
“The Permanent Secretary wishes all Nigerians a Happy Democracy Day celebration, “ the statement added.
RSHA Screens Five For Commissioners, Today
Five commissioner nominees are to appear before the Rivers State House of Assembly, today for screening.
The nominees include Engr. Chukwuemeka Woke, Barr.(Mrs) Inime Aguma, Hon Nwafor Uchechukwu, Dr. Kenneth Chisom Gbah and Hon. Henry Ogiri.
In a statement signed by the Acting Clerk of the House, Dr. Emeka Amadi, the five commissioner nominees are expected to appear before the lawmakers by 10am.
The nominees are also requested to submit 40 copies of their original credentials to the office of the Acting Clerk on or before 9am, today.
Four commissioners had earlier been screened by the Assembly and sworn in by the State governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, last week.
These nominees, if screened and confirmed, will therefore, bring the number of commissioners in the State to nine in the last one week.
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