Nigeria’s NNS Thunder has left the city of Calabar to represent Africa for the Royal Australian Navy’s International Fleet Review (IFR) slated for 3rd to the 11th of October this year in Sydney, Australia.
Joining about Fifty other countries of the world including Russia and America and South Africa being the second African country to represent the continent, the international event is to be reviewed by the queen of England to mark the 200 years battle of Trafalgar.
The Flag officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command Rear Admiral Joe Aikhomu disclosed this at the Nigerian Port Authority NPA jetty in Calabar, Cross River State Capital been venue for the take-off point of the NNS thunder ship conveying forty officers and 140 ratings of Nigerian Navy participating.
According to the Rear Admiral the voyage to Sidney is a friendly and diplomatic expedition urging the crew to see the mission as a training program meant to enhance the Navy’s proficiency.
NNS THUNDER will be making outbound port calls at Luanda, Cape Town, Port Louis, Freemantle and Sydney and on the in-bound leg visit Melbourne, Albany, Port Des Galet, Durban, Walvis Bay and Pointe Noire.
The officers on board are expected to be back to the country within the next four to five months.
Security is tight around the Myanmar International Convention Centre in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on Wednesday as the capital prepares to host the 2013 World Economic Forum on East Asia.
Hundreds of global and business leaders from roughly 50 countries are descending on the convention centre in the country’s first international gathering since it began implementing democratic reforms two years ago.
The official opening of the forum takes place on Thursday and comes to a close the following day.
Armed security officers are on guard outside the centre with scanners and metal detectors inside for visitors and participants to check through.
Businesses around the world have expressed investment interests in the country that was once closed off under strict military rule and isolation.
According to the World Economic Forum’s website, this year’s meetings will focus on inspiring inclusive transformation, realising regional integration, and scaling solutions for global resilience.
Panels will also be held on how to support Myanmar’s on-going reforms and reconciliation process.
In a congratulatory message to all Nigerian Women as they celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day , President Goodluck Jonathan has reaffirmed his commitment to ensuring that gender barriers are broken in the country.
Speaking in line with this year’s theme, “A Promise is a Promise: Time For Action To End Violence Against Women” which was chosen by the United Nations, President Jonathan stated that he had already taken steps to empower Nigerian women.
In a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President, Reuben Abati, the President revealed that he had already acted on his promise to break gender barriers citing women in key positions approved by his administration, citing the appointment of the first female Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Aloma Mariam Mukhtar.
He also cited the female ministers in “very important ministries” such as Finance, Petroleum, Communications Technology, Education, Water Resources, Housing, Environment, Power, Defence and the Federal Capital Territory.
He also noted his authorizing the admission of women to the Nigerian Defence Academy and their commissioning as combatants in the Armed Forces.
“The President assures Nigerian women that he is determined to take their empowerment a step forward by working to ensure that they also get better representation in elective offices in future” the statement read.
He also pledged the federal government’s full support for “COMMIT”– the new United Nations initiative which calls on leaders worldwide to take a stand to end violence against women and girls.
The International Women’s Day is slated for every 8th of March.