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Open Letter to President Muhamadu Buhari

Open letter to his Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria.
By cotonoutimes news

Urbain Karim Elisio da SILVA Kamar Deen II
1st High Dignitary of the Islamic Community of Porto Novo
Grand Cross of the National Order of Benin
Chairman of the Porto-Novo Council of Elders
  Asiwaju Ilu Ajase
Nonagenarian
Porto Novo, October 5,2019

Subject : Plea for the reopening of the borders between Benin and Nigeria

Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari.
Through this personal endeavor, it is in the name of Islam that I am heading to you in this delicate economic context arising from the closure of the land borders between Nigeria and Benin.

I apologize for the liberty that I am taking, in writing to you as a well informed retired Muslim businessman, who for a long time worked closely with the Nigerian authorities( former holder of the Special Security Pass N°4 issued on June 26, 1968 by The Lagos Garrison Organization- Nigerian Army)

You are a Muslim and so am I, just like millions of Nige…

Women In Journalism: Frontline Reporting

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Sandra Ukele

The 5th Women In Journalism conference kicked off with the theme, “Action Journalism: Women on the Frontlines.”
The annual summit held with a line-up of speakers particularly Anna Cunningham a former BBC reporter turned multimedia freelance correspondent.

Anna had worked in Afghanistan making a documentary on the Taliban, she covered extensively the 2014 Chibok school girls attack and kidnap.


She speaks on Frontline reporting and how you get your success factors.
In her words: “Over the years I’ve been in the industry, the idea of Frontline reporting has changed.

“If you go back times and years and you try to cast the image of, 'there you are in the Frontlines, battle line with the good guys with a big microphone in front of the camera with mortars melting over your head and you are doing your thing. And that’s what people think Frontline reporting is. But you know it is not now.

“The Frontlines is anywhere,” she says.

Anna outlines the dangers that have increased, t…

Nigeria Customs Destroys Poultry worth 17.6 million Naira.

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The Nigeria Customs Service, Western Marine Command has again destroyed poultry products worth  N17.6 million naira in a foiled smuggling attempt recently.

The poultry products were intercepted along the Badagry waterways and Ibeche  axis.

This comes on the heels of the closure of land borders by the Federal Government of Nigeria to curb the nefarious activities of smugglers, terrorism and insurgency besieging the country.

The Area Commander of the Command, Comptroller Boniliya Binga said: “ If they are not tired of losing their money, we are not tired of destroying it.”

“Better look for a better thing to do with your money than to smuggle in products that are not supposed to be brought into this country.


“Better for you take your money look for a legitimate business, if you don’t have any, we have a enough lands for you to farm if you have no other legitimate business to do."

According to reports this is the second time in a week the Command is intercepting and destroying smugg…

NPA Affirms Commitment to Revitalize Eastern Ports

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Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman has reinstated the Authority’s commitment to the optimal utilisation of Eastern Ports. This is in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s administrations Ease of Doing Business Policy.

Speaking while hosting members of the House of Representatives Ad-hoc committee on Ports and Habours at the Marina, Lagos head office of the NPA on Tuesday, Bala Usman said the management of NPA was working with all relevant stakeholders towards tackling the challenges that hamper patronage of the Ports.

She enumerated issues that discourage vessel owners from patronising the Eastern Ports to include: the level of insecurity on the waterways, shallow depths which hinders the movement of big vessels as well as the problems of poor access roads and rail linkages to Ports in these areas.

On the issues of draft limitations, Bala Usman explained that following the approval of the contract by the Federal Executive Council last year, dr…

Lagos In Pictures

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Wharf Road Apapa, Opposite Union Bank.



Wharf Road Apapa,  across HeritageBank.

DPR Files Report on Ijegun Pipeline Fire

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A report has been filed on the Ijegun fire that engulfed parts of Ejigbo and NNPC distribution hub in Lagos state some months ago.

The report is prepared and presented to the Lagos State governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu by the Director of the Department of Petroleum Resources, Mr. Ahmad Shakur.


Mr. Shakur who led the team gave an update on the pipeline incident that claimed lives in Lagos a few months ago.

According to the governor of Lagos, Mr. Sanwo-Olu:

"We are collaborating with the FG to ensure security of all economic assets within the state," he affirmed.

Netherlands Pledges Support in Agro-Tourism to Lagos State.

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The governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has received a delegation from the Embassy of the kingdom of Netherlands this morning.

The delegation led by the Consul General Mr. Jan van Weijen of Netherlands have promised to provide support to the state administration in the areas of tourism, education and agriculture.