Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi and the Attorney General of the Federation have been dragged before a Federal High Court in Uyo over the controversial appointment of an Interim Management Committee to takeover and run the affairs of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN), Oron, Akwa Ibom State for a period of six months.
Also joined in the suit are the Maritime Academy of Nigeria and Chief Adebayo Babatunde Surami who is sued for himself and on behalf of the Interim Management Committee.
The plaintiffs in the suit, Mr. Ene Ntang Ene, a candidate who had applied for admission into the National Diploma programme (ND) for the 2017/2018 Academic Session of the nation’s only maritime training institution and a youth activist, Mr.
Francis Edem Otioro, jointly instituted the suit challenging the legality of the appointment of the six-man Interim Management Committee chaired by Chief Adebayo Babatunde Sarumi.
The suit was filed on Friday, 13th October, 2017 by Lagos-based legal practitioner and human rights activist, Mr. Inibehe Effiong , on behalf of the plaintiffs.
In his written address in support of the originating summons with suit number FHC/UY/CS//141/2017, Effiong is asking the Court on behalf of the Plaintiffs to determine one issue:
i) WHETHER the Minister of Transportation or the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria can appoint an Interim Management Committee to administer, manage, or participate in running the affairs of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, when the Maritime Academy of Nigeria Act has vested the power to administer, manage, or run the Academy solely in the Governing Council and the Rector of the Academy, and makes no provision for an Interim Management Committee.
Upon resolution of the above question, the Plaintiffs are seeking the following nine reliefs from the court:
1. A DECLARATION that the 2nd Defendant has no statutory power to appoint the 3rd Defendant to take charge of, oversee or participate in the administration and management of the 1st Defendant for any period whatsoever.
2. A DECLARATION that the appointment of the 3rd Defendant by the 2nd Defendant to take charge of, oversee and participate in the administration and management of the 1st Defendant is illegal, inconsistent with and contrary to the extant provisions of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria Act Cap. M3 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
3. A DECLARATION that only the duly appointed Governing Council, Rector and other staff and officers of the 1st Defendant are empowered by law to take charge of, oversee or participate in the administration and management of the 1st Defendant.
4. A DECLARATION that all administrative decisions or actions taken by the 3rd Defendant since his/their appointment and inauguration by the 2nd Defendant in relation to the administration and management of the 1st Defendant are illegal, invalid, null and void.
5. AN ORDER OF PERPETUAL INJUNCTION restraining the 2nd Defendant from interfering with the statutory powers of the Governing Council, Rector and other staff and officers of the 1st Defendant over administration and management of the 1st Defendant.
6. AN ORDER setting aside the appointment of the 3rd Defendant (Interim Management Committee of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria) by the 2nd Defendant.
7. AN ORDER setting aside all administrative decisions and actions taken by the 3rd Defendant (Interim Management Committee) in relation to the administration and management of the 1st Defendant.
8. AN ORDER compelling the members of the Interim Management Committee to return all financial assistance, salaries, allowances and other funds howsoever described received by them, jointly and severally, from the 2nd Defendant or the federal government as benefits by reason of their membership of the said committee to the federal government of Nigeria.
9. AND FOR SUCH FURTHER ORDER or orders as this Honourable Court may deem fit to make.
In a 25 paragraph affidavit deposed to by the 1st Plaintiff, Ene Ntang Ene, the candidate averred that the Minister of Transportation appointed and inaugurated an Interim Management Committee to take over, administer and manage the affairs of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria on September 6, 2017, and that the power to manage and run the affairs of the Academy is exclusively vested in the Governing Council of the Academy.
Mr. Ene further stated that the Committee suspended the 2017/2018 admission into the National Diploma, Higher National Diploma and Post Graduate Diploma programmes of the institution which has derailed his chances of being considered for admission into the Academy. Several documents have been attached to the affidavit as exhibits.
Similarly, in a Motion on Notice dated the 12th of October, 2017 filed by their lawyer Mr. Inibehe Effiong, the Applicants, Ene Ntang Ene and Francis Edem Otioro, are asking the Federal High Court to issue an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the Interim Management Committee whether by themselves, privies, officers, agents, servants or through any person whatsoever from directing, running, interfering or participating with the administration, management or affairs of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria in any manner whatsoever pending the hearing and determination of the suit.
The Applicants are also seeking interlocutory injunction restraining the Maritime Academy of Nigeria whether by themselves, staff, privies, officers, agents, servants or through any person whatsoever from recognizing, assisting or submitting to the Interim Management Committee in the administration, management or running of the affairs of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria in any manner whatsoever pending the hearing and determination of the suit, among others.
The motion for interlocutory injunction is supported by a 32 paragraph affidavit deposed to by the candidate, Ene Ntang Ene, four exhibits and a written address.
No date has been fixed for the hearing of the case.
Amaechi Vows To Release Names Of Those Sabotaging Security
Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has said that cabals are frustrating the recently approved $198m maritime security contract.
Amaechi vowed to publicly mention names of saboteurs while speaking at a Maritime Stakeholders’ Interactive Forum held in Warri, Delta State on Thursday.
He said “Reason, why vessels will not come to the Eastern ports, is because there is war insurance due to insecurity in the ports here.
“The war insurance means if the goods cost N10,000 in Lagos, it will cost N20,000 here because there is an extra cost on it due to Insecurity issues. Even as a minister, I can’t enter a boat ride from Warri to Port Harcourt due to insecurity issues, but I can move around Lagos at any time of the day.
“I once asked a former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, why people from Anambra don’t import from Port Harcourt port, and he said it cost less to import from Lagos and move to Onitsha even with the price they pay on the road. It is cheaper to import from Lagos to Aba, yet Aba to Port Harcourt is a 30-minute drive.
“For shipowners, you need to do a petition to Mr President. The President approved a contract of $195m for maritime security, but there are people in the system sabotaging the contract because it will restore security in the water. I won’t say who they are until it gets out of control. We are still battling for the contract to take place, but if it gets out of place, we will name them publicly, including the security people involved.
“There are people who make billions of Dollars from the insecurity on the water, so they don’t want security on the water because if we secure the water, all their rubbish will go.
“There are businesses which provide the vessel for oil companies in the name of providing security. The moment we secure the water, they are out of jobs?
Prison Officer Brutalizes Son, Injures Him For Playing Football (Graphic)
According to a photographer who shared photos of a teenage boy brutalized by his father, almost went into coma after he sustained a deep injury on his head, just for playing football.
The Nigerian Prisons staff beats his son from 7:00pm till 2:30 am, says report.
See what the photographer/Instagram user wrote..
This happened at Oluwatedo area of Ibadan, Mr Adepoju Biodun is married with three kids,he works with Nigerian prison service Agodi,ibadan.his eldest child is Israel, On 16th February 2018 Israel went to play football and after the football his father beat him from 7:00pm till 2:30am in the early hours of Saturday till he sustained a deep cut on his head with blood everywhere in the house.his the appropriate way to correct or chastise our child. This is beyond chastisement. Israel was beaten to coma before he was later rushed to Don Bosco specialist hospital Ogungbade. I will soon upload the surface area of the deep cut as soon as they open it.his siblings also tolu and praise served severe punishment, they were relieved as soon as Israel was rushed to the hospital. Please share until the appropriate authorities sees this especially Nigerian prisons, UNICEF. #UNICEF #law #crazyfather #ibadan #opayemioludayo
#tolanialli #bayoomoboriowo #michaelomoboriowophotography #ajimobi #florenceajimobi #lawyer #nigerianprison #nigerianprison #freshfm #splashfm #inspirationfm
Beating for your son for playing football? My God.
Someone please remind him how much Neymar is worth per week!!! Kaii
There is another angle to look at this… No father in his right mind would do this to his own son!!! This is a clear case MENTAL ILLNESS/TRUMA probably due to the nature of his work. I am not a psychologist but I know in that in Nigeria we lack the culture of looking out for the signs of mental fatigue amongst our workers in all sector. Military /Paramilitary have no proper way of been evaluated for any form of work trauma. This man could be having or experiencing trauma as the result of the nature of his job. May God help him and his family.
UYO STATE LAWMAKER RESCUES PUPILS AGAIN …DONATES DESKS TO SCHOOL
The member representing Uyo State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Monday Eyo Okon, on Friday, donated 120 desks to the pupils of Government Primary School, Aka Offot, Uyo Local Government Area.
Hon. Monday Eyo who described Education as a bedrock of any society, and for any society to make progress, stated that when the foundation that is the primary level of education is well laid, motivated and properly activated, the child who is at the centre of learning is well prepared, informed and sharpened for the future both mentally and physically.
Headmaster of the School, Mr. Simon Edet Eyo, alongside the Village Head of Aka 1, Eteidung Francis, Hon. Kufre Mendi, while receiving the Lawmaker, commended him for his kind gesture and rapid response to the plight of the pupils within the short notice of time.
PDP RESPONSIBLE FOR FUEL HIKE- Don Etiebet …BLAMES OBJ,JONATHAN FOR OIL SPILLS IN NIGER DELTA
Former Petroleum Minister Chief Don Etiebet says the current fuel crisis in Nigeria is caused by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.
Speaking in an interview in Uyo, Chief Etiebet the APC leader in Akwa Ibom explained that the petroleum distribution in Nigeria is controlled by PDP members who are causing the fuel hike to project President Muhammadu Buhari as a failure.
Buhari is the substantive Ministet of Petroleum in Nigeria.
“Who are still controlling the petroleum distribution in Nigeria; it is still the original PDP marketers.”
He attributed the fuel hike to the impending elections in the country, saying it is an attempt by the PDP marketers to discredit APC.
“Election time is coming and they are doing all kinds of thing for petrol not to be available, and what do they want? They want increase I petrol price so that they can use that against APC”
Etiebet, who was minister of petroleum under Gen. Sani Abacha attributed all oil spill in the South-South Zone to illegal bunkering.
He said illegal bunkering in Nigeria where sponsored by the previous Government OF Chief Olusegu Obasanjo and Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
“Many Government in the past even up to the last Government have been supporting illegal bunkering; please quote me, I am the former minister for petroleum and I know the details”
On the proposed reintroduction of onshore/offshore oil dichotomy by the APC restructuring Committee, Dr. Etiebet said there was nothing wrong with the committee report.
“ I believe what the committee meant maybe oil discovered or produced outside that isoba boundary.”
He assured that president buhari has done well for Akwa Ibom with the development programme been seen in all part Akwa Ibom state and urged Akwa Ibom people to rally round him for the re-election of President Buhari in 2019
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