Insurgency: Air Force Trains Over 2000 Officers Abroad, Procure Trainer Aircrafts

chibok girls-helicopterThe Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, says over 2000 officers have so far been trained from a range of specialist courses at different military institutions both locally and abroad.

He also said that new air crafts and equipment have been acquired to boost the fighting capacity of troops in line with current security challenges in the north east and other parts of the country.

Air Marshal Abubakar disclosed this at the 2016 Capacity Training Seminar for officers held at the Nigerian Air Force Base in Kaduna State.

He announced that the Nigerian Air Force has procured the Super Mushshak Trainer Aircraft that will provide robust and enduring foundation for combat pilots in order to enhance their productivity.

The training with the theme, “Optimizing Human Capacity Development to Enhance Professionalism”, is part of the ongoing effort by the Nigerian military to win the war against Boko Haram terrorists in the north east.
It is also geared towards improving the manpower development for officers and men of the service in their future military assignments.

Addressing the officers at the event, Air Marshal Abubakar, stressed the need for continuous training and re-training of Airforce personnel for them to be able to tackle the current security challenges facing the nation.

He disclosed that the Nigerian Air Force had in the last one year embarked on intensive individual and group training of personnel within and outside the country, adding that so far, a total of 2,275 officers have been trained locally and another 535 trained abroad in different specialties.

The Air Officer Commanding Training Command, Kaduna, Air Vice Marshal Wakili Ahmed, highlights the aim of the seminar which is to ensure a well-trained and motivated personnel for the service.

Representative of Governor of Kaduna State commended the effort of the Nigerian Military in addressing some of the security challenges in the state.

Over 100 officers, including Commanding officers, were drawn from the various Air Force divisions and units to attend the seminar, which will last for two days.
The training will focus on capacity building development, intelligence and analysis, operational capacity building and force sustainment.

Pay Salaries Or Resign, Aremu Tells Governors

NLC-Issa-aremuFormer Vice President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Issa Aremu, has asked state governors that are unable to pay their workers’ salaries to immediately resign from office.

He added that any governor who could not pay workers their monthly salary as and when due had no moral right to remain in office.

Genocide And Deliberate

Aremu, while speaking with journalists, wondered how and why state governors could not learn from President Muhammadu Buhari, who had been blocking loopholes and fighting corruption.

He described the non-payment of salaries as genocide and deliberate strangulation of the working people through a denial of wage income that had led to the deaths of many workers.

DPR, NSCDC Seal 5 Petrol Stations In Ogun

petrolFive petrol stations have been sealed up by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Abeokuta, over allegation of hoarding and selling above the official pump price.

Officials of the DPR Inspection Department, Mosinmi Unit and officers of the Civil Defence Corps ‎discovered that some of the stations had fuel in their tanks and not dispensing while others were selling above the government approved price.

Speaking to journalists after the operation, Public Relations Officer of the Ogun State Command of the NSCDC, Mr Kareem Olanrewaju, said that the command since the beginning of the New Year had received calls that majority of the stations are selling between N110 and N120 per litre.

He expressed displeasure that most of the independent marketers have fuel in their tanks and refused to sell to customers.

The Petroleum Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) in Nigeria had in December 2015 announced the implementation of the revised components of the Petroleum Pricing Template for Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).

In a statement by the Executive Secretary of the PPPRA, Mr Farouk Ahmed, the pump price was put at 86.50 Naira per litre, a price the agency said was in line with the prevailing market trend.

“This new price regime is with effect from January 1, 2016,” the statement read.

Buhari Promises To Maintain And Improve NYSC

Muhammadu-BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja pledged that his administration would take all necessary actions to maintain and improve the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme, as a functional vehicle for the promotion of national unity and integration.

President Buhari gave the assurance after receiving a briefing from officials of the Federal Ministry of Youth Development led by the Permanent Secretary, Mrs Rabi Jimeta.

The President affirmed his confidence and trust in the programme, saying that the objective for which the scheme was established in 1973 was still very relevant for national development.

“I firmly believe in NYSC and I think it should remain a national programme to promote integration.

“Whenever I go home to Daura, I look out for Corps members from Lagos, Aba and other parts of the country.

“I am always thrilled to learn that except for the NYSC, some of them have never left their states of origin to visit other cities in the country,” President Buhari said.

In her brief, Mrs Jimeta told the President that the increasing number of NYSC participants posed a challenge to the scheme due to the dwindling revenue, from the national budget, to cater for their needs.

She told the President that the annual enrolment of corps participants had increased from 2,364 at inception in 1974 to 229,016 in 2014.

“Given the increasing number of tertiary institutions, our projection is that the number of corps participants may rise to 300,000 by year 2020,”’ she said.

The Director-General of NYSC, Brigadier-General Johnson Olawumi, told the President that there were plans to make the scheme voluntary and reduce the corps population to make the programme more sustainable.

Ondo CJ Sets Up 7 Man Panel To Investigate Deputy Governor

OndoFollowing the directive of the Ondo State House of Assembly to the Chief Judge to set up a panel to look into the allegations of gross misconduct levelled against the deputy governor, Mr Alli Olanusi, a seven-man panel has been constituted by the Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Olasehinde Kumuyi.

In a letter dated 23 April, 2015, the Chief Judge said “in line with the provision of section 188 (5) of the Constitution of Federal Republic Of Nigeria 1999 as amended, I have set up a seven man panel to investigate the allegations against the Deputy Governor as required by the constitution.

in Akure, the state capital, with Mr Olatunji Stanley Adeniyan as Chairman.

Members of the panel include Mr Aladesanmi Akingbade, Barr.Ademola Ekundayo, Ven. Richard Obafemi, Mr Abraham Kola Mathew, Mr Ibrahim Shodeinde and Mrs Eunice Yinka Obadele.

Mr Olatunji Stanley Adeniyan will serve as Chairman of the panel.

All members have been inaugurated.

The House had on Wednesday directed the State’s Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Kumuyi to set up a seven man panel to look into the allegations of gross misconduct levelled against the deputy governor following the impeachment notice served him earlier in the week.

The lawmakers hinged their decision to impeach the deputy governor over allegations of gross misconduct, financial misappropriation, absenteeism from official duties and allegedly causing political disaffection in the cabinet of the state governor.

The impeachment notice signed by 20 of the 26 lawmakers was announced by the Speaker, Jumoke Akindele, after the clerk read 7 allegations against the Deputy Governor.

Council Of State Partners With Jonathan To End Insurgency By December

National Council of State

The National Council of State, on Thursday, took a unanimous decision to support President Goodluck Jonathan in the fight against insurgency and ultimately bring it to an end by December 2014.

At the meeting in the Presidential Villa, Aso Rock, members of the Council noted that the insurgency could lead to Nigeria’s disintegration if not resolved, noting that the unity of Nigeria cannot be compromised.

They condemned in strong terms, the attempt by some state governments to register non-indigenes residing in their states.

To demonstrate their resolve to stop any attempt to cause disharmony in the country, the council set up a committee to identify all discriminatory practices across Nigeria.

This is with a view to asking the National Assembly to enact a law to end all such practices wherever they exist in the country.

Present at the meeting, which was presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan, were five former Nigerian leaders: General Yakubu Gowon, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, General Ibrahim Babangida, General Abdusalami Abubakar and Chief Ernest Shonekan among others.

Saraki Describes A.P.C As Necessary National Opposition Party

The chairman of the senate committee on environment, Senator Bukola Saraki has described the newly registered All Progressive Congress [APC] as ‘necessary national opposition party’ for the growth of democratic structure in the country.

In an interview with Channels Television, the former Kwara governor-turned Senator, who represents Kwara central in the National Assembly, said that that no serious politician would leave a strong party like the People’s Democratic Party to an uncertain one.

He added that APC poses no threat to the ruling party.

He urged the new party to brace up for the challenges ahead, adding that transforming from regional parties to a national party requires much sacrifice on the part of the leaders.


Factional ASUU Chairman Blames National Leadership For Local Chapter Crisis

The Chairman, ASUU Progressives, Nnamdi Azikiwe University (NAU) chapter, Professor Maduabuchi Dukor has accused the central leadership of Academic Staff Union of Universities of keeping mum concerning the division between his faction of the association and ASUU NAU, over the university’s participation in the on-going strike.

Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, he said that “since the inception of that ASUU NAU led executives, there has been crisis” and they have painted the picture that they want to oust the Vice Chancellor at all cost.

The recent bone of contention between the two factions lies in the nation-wide strike embarked upon ASUU which they seem not to agree if they should participate or not, owing to ongoing examinations.

Mr Dukor accused the ASUU NAU faction on insisting that the university join the strike despite the fact that there is a provision for institutions which are conducting examinations.

Practical examinations had commenced in the school “about a week before the declaration of ASUU strike” in June.

He said the ASUU progressive faction had opposed the cancellation of the exams after the declaration of strike but “this body of executives of ASUU NAU led by Professor Ike Odimegwu said no, that the university must join the strike”.

“We know that ASUU has a provision of making an arrangement for an ongoing exam”.

ASUU National remained silent on that. He said.

University of Ilorin, Imo state University, University of Nigeria (Nsukka), Kogi State University are institutions which have concluded their examinations in spite of the strike.

Mr Dukor also accused the NAU faction of trying to oust the Vice Chancellor by publishing libelous articles on the internet, accusing him of abuse of funds and administration and instigating crisis in the school.

“When they failed in that agenda, they moved over to the issue of the tenure of the vice chancellor.”

The Vice Chancellor was pressured to leave office after 4 years; however, he was in acting capacity for a year. Citing the case of President Goodluck Jonathan, Mr Dukor said “acting capacity is not counted anywhere”.

He said the declaration of ASUU strike has given leeway for fresh attacks against the university management.