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Nigeria to Implement IOPC Fund



  • Nigeria to Implement IOPC Fund

The Federal Government has expressed her commitment to the implementation of the 1992 International Civil Liability Convention and the 1992 International Oil Pollution Compensation (IOPC) Fund.

IOPC FundThe international compensation regime as developed under the auspices of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) comprise of two main conventions. They are the 1992 International Civil Liability convention and the 1992 International Oil Pollution Compensation (IOPC) Fund.

It is on record that Nigeria has ratified both conventions and she is expected to pursue its effective implementation in her maritime domain.

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside said this at the 7th meeting of the National Standing Committee (NSC) on the implementation of the IOPC Fund and related conventions in in Abuja.

Peterside who was represented by the agency Director Abuja Zonal office, Mr. Ali Indabawa assured stakeholders that the agency is committed to the adequate implementation of the IOPC Fund and related conventions for the benefit of dwellers of coastal communities and the preservation of the marine environment.

“The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency is working hard to ensure that our marine environment is free from all sorts of pollution. This entails preventing and controlling pollution from all sources such as ship based and land based sources”, he said.

According to him, the IMO has developed this compensation regime which helps victims of oil pollution damage to obtain compensation and for government to be reimbursed for cost of oil spill clean-up. Minister of Transportation, Right Hon. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr. Zakari Sabiu had earlier called on NIMASA and other relevant agencies to develop a strategic implementation plan in order to curb incidences of marine pollution and to effectively compensate victims when pollution occurs.

Sabiu who is also the Chairman of the National Standing Committee on the implementation of the IOPC and related conventions also urged members to work together to achieve the task ahead.

Besides her being the Chairperson, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (United Kingdom) Nigeria and Managing Partner, Doyin Rhodes-Vivour & Co (Legal Practitioners and Arbitrators), the author is also a chartered arbitrator and a CEDR, United Kingdom accredited mediator. She holds the LLB [Hon] and LLM degrees in law from the University of Lagos and a masters of Arts degree [MA] with merit in International Peace and Security from King’s College London, University of London.

An awardee of the prestigious British Government Chevening Scholarship, she was nominated by the United States Information Services (USIS) to participate in the ‘Young African Leaders Programme’ in 1990 in recognition of her leadership qualities.

She is listed on various international and domestic Arbitration/ADR panels including the database of London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the database of LCIA-MIAC Arbitration Centre, Panel of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), Kigali International Arbitration Centre(KIAC), Kuala Lumpur and Lagos Regional Centres for International Commercial Centre, Panel of Neutrals of the Lagos Multi-door Court House and Abuja Multi-door Courthouse.

Rhodes-Vivour is listed in editions of the Global Arbitration Review (GAR) International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration, Who’s Who Legal and recognized as one of the world’s leading arbitrators. She is also listed in editions of Guide to the World’s Leading Commercial Arbitration Experts as a preeminent professional in the field of arbitration. Mrs. Adedoyin Rhodes-Vivour is described by Who is Who Legal as “second to none for her skill and versatile thinking”.

Nominated by Nigeria as a member of the Court of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at The Hague, The Netherlands, Rhodes-Vivour is a member of the ICC Paris Commission on Arbitration and ADR, SIAC Users Council Africa Regional Committee, International Law Association (ILA) International Committee on International Commercial Arbitration headquartered in London and the pioneer Chair, Committee on International Commercial Arbitration of the International Law Association (ILA) Nigerian Branch.

She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Nigerian Maritime Law Association, pioneer Board of Directors of the Lagos Court of Arbitration, pioneer Board of Governors, Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre, Governing Council of the Nigerian Chamber of Shipping (NCS), Council of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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Oyo State Budgets N330M Monthly To Support Community Policing In LGAs



Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State

Oyo State Governor, Seye Makinde has said that the state has set aside a monthly budget of N330 million to be spent on security across the 33 local governments in the state.

The governor who disclosed this in Ibadan said each local government in the state is expected to spend N10 million to support the security of lives and property in their domain.

He said part of the measures was the instruction to local government chairmen to involve traditional rulers as well as other voluntary residents in policing their areas.

Each local government is to spend N10 million monthly on this security arrangement.

Makinde explained that the initiative amounts to spending N330 million in the 33 local government areas, besides other efforts the state government had put in place to tighten security.

“We said each local government should set up a security committee, which should include traditional rulers and voluntary people willing to police their areas.

“I encouraged them to budget N10 million to service the committee every month. For the entire state, that’s N330 million per month by all local governments, excluding what we are doing generally at the state level,” the governor told a group on a visit to him during the recent Muslim festival.

“On security, most of the data in the past months shows that things are now improving. The Igangan incident, some days ago, was only falsified by some people who were saying that Fulani herdsmen had invaded Igangan again. The truth is actually about the NCS and smugglers. They know each other.

“Customs officials were accused to have entered Igangan, which is not a border town. But we are working with Federal authorities and they have arrested most of them.

“The gun that was collected is still with us. I said I won’t release it until I get the attention of the Federal authorities.

“In the Constitution of Nigeria, Oyo State is a federating unit. We are not saying Federal agencies should not carry out their operations here. But they must tell us; they must inform us. They may not disclose the details of the operation to us, but we must know about it.

“If we had known about the operation, we would have pre-informed the security detail in the town and those who died could have been alive. The Amotekun Coordinator that died in Igboora would have still been alive today.

“How can you go operating in an unidentified vehicle in a town where the security tactics have been heightened? As they wanted to enter the town, they were confronted because we have heightened security in all of those places.

“So, we will keep appealing to them and to our people that false information won’t help anybody. Nobody will profit politically from the security issues we are faced with. It is our collective responsibility. The people will play their part and the government will play its own part,” Makinde said.

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Security Operatives Arrest Sunday Igboho in Cotonou, Benin Republic



The security operatives in Cotonou, Benin Republic have arrested Yoruba freedom fighter, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho.

An anonymous source privy to the arrest disclosed on Tuesday morning.

According to the source, Sunday Igboho was arrested in Cotonou while trying to travel to Germany from the West African nation.

President Buhari-led administration is now working with the Benin government to repatriate him to Nigeria.

The source said, “Sunday Igboho has been arrested in Cotonou. He was arrested about an hour ago.

“He was supposed to travel to Germany through Cotonou this night. He wanted to leave Africa through Cotonou. He was arrested by security operatives in Cotonou.

“They are planning to bring him back to Nigeria.”

It would be recalled that the Department of State Services had declared Igboho wanted after its operatives carried out a bloody midnight raid on his residence in the Soka area of Ibadan, Oyo State.

DSS Public Relations Officer, Peter Afunnaya, had advised Igboho to turn himself in to the nearest security.

“Those cheering and eulogizing him may appeal to or advice him to do the needful,” Afunnaya said. “He should surrender himself to the appropriate authorities. He or anyone can never be above the law.”

Pelumi Olajengbesi, one of the lawyers representing Igboho and others arrested in his House, told SaharaReporters he had not confirmed the news of Igboho’s arrest in Cotonou.

“I will contact Yomi Aliu (SAN) to verify the news,” he said.

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IOM Ethiopia Appeals for USD 40 Million to Assist Additional 1.6 Million People in Northern Ethiopia



Northern Ethiopia - Investors King

Nearly two million people affected by the crisis in northern Ethiopia desperately need life-saving assistance, including water, medicine and shelter, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said today as it issued an urgent appeal for USD 40 million to help internally displaced men, women and children, including newborn babies. 

Since the outbreak of the conflict eight months ago in Ethiopia’s Tigray Regional State, millions of people are enduring unimaginable suffering, including forced displacement, hunger, death, and destruction of private and public property.

In Tigray, IOM has been providing support to more than half a million people, including displaced children, women, men, and vulnerable groups such as pregnant women and persons with disabilities. This includes shelter and provision of essential items such as food, water, clothing, medicine and supplies for babies, as well as sanitation and hygiene services.

IOM has also been supporting camp coordination and management efforts, providing mental health care to those in need, and producing Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) reports to shed light on the evolving situation.

Nearly USD 70 million (USD 69.3M) is needed to respond to the needs of internally displaced populations in northern Ethiopia but only USD 28.7 million has been received this year. IOM needs an extra USD 40.6 million for the remainder of 2021 to be able to continue and further expand its response to help the displaced.

“The nearly two million people displaced by this crisis continue to live in inhumane and undignified conditions and require critical and urgent support,” said Maureen Achieng, IOM Chief of Mission to Ethiopia and Representative to the African Union and UNECA. “IOM Director General António Vitorino said it before, and we say it again: we must act without delay to meet the needs of people in the region.”

The situation in Tigray remains volatile. In partnership and coordination with other UN agencies, IOM is committed to delivering life-saving humanitarian assistance, to continue reaching people in need. IOM is planning to significantly scale up response programming and increase the deployment of senior IOM staff in the region despite the severe shortage of funding.

IOM’s response is aligned with the Inter-Cluster Coordination Group’s (ICCG) – a cooperative effort among sectors and the Humanitarian Country Team to improve the national response – Northern Ethiopia Response Plan, which estimates that 5.2 million people are in dire need in the worst-case scenario of this escalating humanitarian crisis.

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