FG names board chairmen and members for NPA, CAC, NIMASA, TCN

President Goodluck Jonathan has approved boards of directors for three agencies of the Federal Government.
They are the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA). Members of a supervisory board for the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) were also named
According to a statement by Secretary to the Government of Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, Chief Tony Anenih returns as chairman of the NPA
Other members of the NPA board are Mrs. Florence Ita-Giwa, Hon. Hamza Dan Mahawi, Sen. Lekan Mustapha, Alhaji Aminu Baba Danagundi, Mr. Austin Enyonnia Cosmos and a representative of the Ministry of Transport.
Lt. Col Agbu Kefas (rtd) is chair of NIMASA board with Ibrahim Mark,
Alhaji Hassan Baba, Alhaji Aliyu Usman, a representative of the Ministry of Transport, a representative of the Ministry of Labour, and a representative of the Navy, as members.
Mr. Funsho Lawal is Chairman of the board of CAC. Members are Alhaji Sanusi Maijama’a, (Representative of NACCIMA), Mr. Okoro Osita Franklin (Representative of. NBA), Chief Mrs. Elizabeth Omereson, (Representative of ICAN), and Dr. Ausbeth. Ajagu, (Representative of .MAN)

800,000 APPLIED FOR 1,500 INEC JOBS – Jega

800,000 applied for 1,500 INEC jobs – Jega

The level of unemployment in this country keeps on soaring everyday as more and more graduates receive (I deliberately avoided using 'earn' ) their degrees and diplomas only to join the unemployment queue. This is why i remember at a seminar i attended some time ago, the speaker said that graduates are so eager to write job tests that they will ask two women discussing about pregnancy test the venue of the test! The report by Professor Jega about the number of applicants for the INEC jobs advertised is a testimony to this fact.

The Independent National Electoral Commission Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, on Thursday said 800,000 people applied for the 1,500 vacancies in the commission.
Jega, who made this known during an African Independent Television programme, denied an allegation that the commission had secretly recruited people to fill the posts which he said were well advertised in national newspapers.
The INEC chairman also flayed de-registered political parties which accused the commission of acting a script written by the Peoples Democratic Party.
He said the allegation was not only uncharitable, but also insulting to him and other commissioners in INEC.
Explaining the commission’s ongoing recruitment exercise, he said the commission was fair and acted according to the law.
According to him, apart from advertising in several newspapers, the advertisements were posted in state and local government electoral offices.
The INEC chairman also faulted the political parties that said the deregistration of political parties was to pave the way for a one-party system, with the PDP being the only party in the country.
Jega insisted that the de-registration of the political parties complied with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.
He stated, “It (the allegation) is laughable. It is uncharitable to us. It is an insult to many of us that people can think that those of that have been entrusted with this national responsibility can pander to anybody’s wish.” 
SOURCE: The Punch


12 Health and Safety Tips for the Holiday

Pay special attention to your health and be safe this holiday season. Give the gift of health and safety to yourself and others by following these holiday tips
  1. Wash hands often to keep yourself from spreading germs and getting sick. Wash your hands with soap and clean running water for at least 20 seconds.
  2. If you happen to travel to a country experiencing winter, bundle up to stay dry and warm. Wear appropriate outdoor clothing: layers of light, warm clothing; mittens; hats; scarves; and waterproof boots.
  3. Manage stress. Don't overcommit yourself and prevent holiday anxiety and pressure. Get enough sleep.
  4. Don't drink and drive or let others drink and drive. Whenever anyone drives drunk, they put everyone on the road in danger.
  5. Fasten seat belts while driving or riding in a motor vehicle. Always buckle your child in the car using a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt according to his/her height, weight, and age. Use a seat belt on every trip, no matter how short the trip.
  6. Be smoke-free. Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke. There is NO safe amount of tobacco or secondhand smoke. Breathing even a little secondhand smoke can be dangerous.
  7. Get exams and screenings. Ask what exams you need and when to get them. Update your personal and family history.
  8. Get your vaccinations, which help prevent diseases and save lives.
  9. Monitor the children. Keep potentially dangerous toys, food, drinks, household items, and other objects out of kids' reach. Develop and reinforce rules about acceptable and safe behaviors including electronic media.
  10. Practice fire safety. Most residential fires occur during the harmattan months, so be careful to never leave open fires, stoves, or candles unattended. Have an emergency plan and practice it regularly.
  11. Prepare food safely. Remember these simple steps: wash hands and surfaces often, avoid cross-contamination, cook foods to proper temperatures, and refrigerate promptly.
  12. Eat healthy, and get moving. Eat fruits and vegetables. Limit your portion sizes and foods high in fat, salt and sugar. Be active for at least 2½ hours a week and help kids and teens be active for at least 1 hour a day. 


Holiday Season Safety Tips
In the midst of the decorations and fun for the season, you've got to stay safe. Please follow this tips:

Planning for the holidays is a busy and joyful time. But all of the decorations, extra electrical cords and the parade of people going in and out of your home calls for more safety precautions to help you make this holiday season safe and happy for you and your family.
Here's a checklist for the home holiday safety:
    • Ask a friend or neighbor to watch your house if you plan to spend the holidays away from home.  
    • If you display a live Christmas tree or live greenery, select the freshest possible. A moist tree is less likely to catch fire.
    • Place trees a safe distance from vents and any heat source that may dry the tree. Inspect the tree for dryness daily.
    • Inspect all holiday light wiring. Defective, worn or frayed electrical wiring should be thrown away. Also, be sure to use fixtures specifically designed for outdoor use if you decorate your house, trees or yard.
    • Use no more than three light sets on any one extension cord. Also, don't run electrical cords under rugs. Be sure all lights are turned off before you go to bed or leave the house.
    • Place candles and other open flames away from decorations. Never leave burning candles unattended and always supervise children when burning candles.
    • Keep a fire extinguisher near your Christmas tree.  Make sure your family has a fire emergency escape plan.  In case of fire, leave your home and call for help from a neighbor's home.
    • When buying artificial decorations, check for "flameproof" or "fire retardant" qualities.

The decorations around your house, lights, gifts, music and the presence of loved ones make the holiday season festive and fun, and with proper precautions, safe. 

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