Air Chief Says Military Will Not Compromise In Carrying Out Its Duties

Sadique Abubakar, Bello Abubakar, Niger, MilitaryThe Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, says that the military will not compromise in its responsibilities to the nation.

Air Marshal Abubakar also urged various communities across Nigeria to support soldiers in ensuring peace.

He expressed sadness at the avoidable clash between military and civilians that led to the loss of lives in Kpaidna villages in Bosso Local Government Area of Niger State, north-central Nigeria.

The Air Chief, during a condolence visit at Government House in Minna, appealed to the Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, to enlighten the people on security to avoid future occurrence.

He also urged the people of the state to go about their normal activities and promised to sustain the peaceful coexistence in the state.

The Air Marshal noted that he was in Niger State to inspect the existing infrastructure with a view to improve on them, adding that measures have been put in place to establish Aircraft Maintenance Repairs Organisation in Minna in collaboration with the state government, to boost the economy of the state.

Governor Bello on his part asked the military to exercise restraint and called for calm as the state government awaits the report of the investigating team.

He also expressed grief over the incident and called for security consciousness on the part of the people.

The Governor pledged to continue to assist and support all the security agencies to safeguard the people of the state.

He called for the continued synergy between the Nigerian Air Force and the state and commended the military and other security outfits in maintaining peace in Niger State.

Air Marshal Abubakar also made a courtesy call on the Emir of Minna, HRH Umar Bahago, at his palace and inspected the Air Force Primary School in the community, where he pledged to add a secondary school for the benefit of the community.

Babangida Says His Oil And Gas Vision Will Continue To Flourish

Ibrahim-Babangida-Niger-Oil-and-GasThe former Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida (Rtd), says that his vision in the oil and gas industry will continue to flourish.

General Babangida says this is because his administration considered petroleum very important during his tenure.

He made the statement on Tuesday when he received the Controller of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Niger State, Engineer Abdullahi Jankara, at his residence in Minna.

“I appreciate the evolution of history of petroleum in the country because I consider it very important during our tenure.

“We discussed a lot with my Minister of Petroleum, Professor Jibrin Aminu and our vision is still working and will continue to flourish,” he said.

The former military President appreciated the visit of the DPR boss and commended the efforts put in place in oil and gas sector.

He assured the DPR of maximum support and assistance from the people of Niger State who he said are known for peace and for Nigeria’s development.

The Babangida-led administration established the only petrochemical industry in Nigeria situated in Eleme, Port Harcourt which Nigeria relies on till date.

Mr Jankara, in his remarks, applauded the machinery put in place by the former military President’s administration.

He described the former Head of State as a visionary leader, adding that it was his vision for the establishment of the two deports in the state that led to the citing of DPR in Niger State.

The DPR official also visited the palace of the Emir of Minna, HRM Umar Faruk Bahago, to seek his royal blessings.

He said that those involved in the distribution of petroleum have begun to appreciate the work of DPR in the state unlike when they were unaware of the benefits of licensing their business.

HRH Bahago also appreciated the foresight of General Babangida and that of the present administration for their vision at every level to succeed. He assured the DPR of his support.

Emirs Frown At Indiscriminate Tree Felling In Niger State

Niger State, Tree Felling, EmirsThe Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers has called on Nigerians to stop illegal mining and indiscriminate felling of trees in the state.

‎The emirs made the warning when the Niger State Commissioner for Environment, Mineral and Forestry Resources, Ali Mohammed‎, visited their palaces, as part of plans to sensitise the people on environmental degradation.

Speaking differently at the meeting on Monday in north-central Nigeria, they vowed that defaulters would be dealt with accordingly.

The Emir of Minna, Farouk Bahago, and his counterpart from Agaie Emirate, Yusuf Nuhu, said that stringent laws were needed to tackle illegal activities in the state.

The Emir of Minna who asked the people to desist from illegal activities, expressed readiness to support the policy to ensure strict adherence.

In his words, the Emir of Agaie stressed that there was an urgent need for illegal operators to stop cutting economic trees for charcoal.

“We have invited our villages and District Heads to monitor their areas, report any illegal mining and ‎tree felling to us. They should be made to face the law,” he insisted.

The monarch added that, the Council had declared its support for the review of the law at the Niger State House of Assembly.

“All of us (the royal fathers) have been yearning for this law to be reviewed. We have been waiting for the government to review the law, so that we can know how to control the illegality. We are ready,” he said.

The Emir pointed out that the illegal operators had lied that they got licence from the Ministry of Environment to fell trees, maintaining that it was not true.

Mr Mohammed had earlier decried the indiscriminate felling of trees and illegal mining going on in the state.

“We are revisiting areas of penalty in the forestry law, so as to make fines effective enough to serve as deterrent for further destruction,” he said.

The Commissioner explained that the State government had banned all form of commercial exploitation of the forest.

Compensation Stalls Zungeru Power Project

ZungeruProblems arising from the compensation of locals have stalled the 700 mega watts hydro power project in Zungeru, Niger State.

The Project Coordinator, Abiy Getattun, revealed this when he led his team on a visit to the Emir of Minna,  Umar Farouq Bahago.

He stated that because of the problems with the locals, who are demanding for full compensation, the Project could not go ahead as planned.

On his part, the Emir of Minna. Umar Farouq Bahago, promised to intervene in the issue so that the Project, which is going to be of great benefit to the country, can go ahead.

Zungeru was the capital of the British protectorate of Northern Nigeria from 1902 until 1916.

It is the site of the Niger State Polytechnic and is located on the Kaduna River.