NAF set to partronise Nigerian cotton, textile and Garment manufacturing firms

By Gom Miriam,

Following the Federal Government’s Directive for the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) and other security agencies to patronise the Nigerian Cotton, Textile and Garment (CTG) Industry Sector, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is perfecting plans to partner with Woollen and Synthetic Textile Manufacturing Limited, Ikeja, for the local production of NAF uniform fabrics.

In this regard, a team from Headquarters NAF, led by the Chief of Logistics, Air Vice Marshal Muhammed Yakubu, visited the Company, on Tuesday, 16 July 2019, to inspect facilities at the factory as well as assess the capability of the Company for mass production of high quality NAF uniform fabrics.

These fabrics, some of which were hitherto imported from abroad, would subsequently be sewn into NAF uniforms of various sizes at the NAF Investment Limited (NAFIL) Tailoring Workshop, Kaduna.

According to a statement made available to journalists in Abuja on Wednesday by the Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola indicated that the NAF’s partnership with the Company, and others in the Nigerian CTG Industry, would further enhance the Nation’s self-reliance in terms of uniforms production whilst also boosting employment opportunities for Nigerians.


NOSDRA Charges Oil Operators to Comply With The Regulations Or Be Sanctioned

By Gom Mirian, Abuja

The National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, NOSDRA, has on Tuesday insisted that all operators in the petroleum industry must comply with the regulations of the agency or face sanctions.
The Director General, National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, Musa Idris, made the call at a meeting with operators in the mid and downstream sector of petroleum industries of Nigeria in Abuja.
NOSDRA Boss said the petroleum marketers needed to understand and comply with the regulations to be able to mitigate any issues arising from their activities.
According to Musa, the agency whose mandated is to detect and respond to oil spillage in the country, has deem it fit to engaged the operators with the aim to ensure safety of the environment, lives and properties in the course of oil spillage.
He therefore stressed that the the meeting was not about profit making, but to ensure that operators complied with regulations by ensuring their facilities were in good shape to mitigate spillage which would further contaminate underground water.
“The essence of the meeting was to enlighten them on the need to begin to regulate their activities and not just coming for the seek of revenue.
” to get them also understand their responsibilities in the environment in which they operate “.
He further said the penalty for non- complaince on each point is the sum of five hundred thousand naira which non complaince enforcement would begin by August 2019.
The Executive Secretary, Depot and Petroleum products Marketers Association of Nigeria (DAPPMAN), Olufemi Adebayo, while commending NOSDRA for the enlightenment, said they were always scared of being taxed whenever government agencies beckoned on them.
While assuring NOSDRA of safe environment while going about their business, he urged the agency to synergise with federal and state ministries of Environment so as to harmonize their regulations.

Navy release list of successful candidates, 2019 Recruitment & Aptitude test

By Gom Mirian, Abuja

The Nigerian Navy has released the list of successful candidates who sat for the 2019 recruitment aptitude test.

The disclosure was contained in a statement on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, signed by Commodore Suleiman Dahun Director of Naval Information.

It reads, “The Nigerian Navy wishes to inform the general public that the list of successful candidates in its 2019 Recruitment Aptitude Test has been released officially online at

“The successful candidates are to report for selection interview at the Nigerian Navy Secondary School Ojo, Navy Town, Lagos from Monday 29 July – Tuesday 27 August 2019.

The interview will include screening/verification of credentials/certificates, medical/physical and written tests.

“Candidates are to come along with the following items:Originals and photocopies of their credentials, Originals and photocopies of valid Drivers’ License (Category H only), Writing materials.

Others are:Two pairs of navy blue shorts and 2 white (unmarked) T Shirts, A pair of canvas/trainer and stockings, Bed sheets and pillow cases, Set of cutlery and Four (4) recent 30 by 30 passport sized photographs on white background.

“Any candidate who fails to report for screening on the stipulated date for his/her Batch will forfeit his/her candidature.

Open Letter: critics of insecurity are not patriotic -Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday replied former President Olusegun Obasanjo on his open letter addressing the insecurity in the country.
According to him, critics of insecurity in the country are not patriotic.
Obasanjo had on Monday in an open letter to President Buhari criticized the insecurity, saying the killings cannot be swept under the carpet.

Obasanjo, who said he was very worried over high level of insecurity in the country had called on the president to take decisive action, saying
“To be explicit and without equivocation, Mr. President and General, I am deeply worried about four avoidable calamities:
“abandoning Nigeria into the hands of criminals who are all being suspected, rightly or wrongly, as Fulanis and terrorists of Boko Haram type.
“Spontaneous or planned reprisal attacks against Fulanis which may inadvertently or advertently mushroom into pogrom or Rwanda-type genocide that we did not believe could happen and yet it happened
“Similar attacks against any other tribe or ethnic group anywhere in the country initiated by rumours, fears, intimidation and revenge capable of leading to pogrom;
“Violent uprising beginning from one section of the country and spreading quickly to other areas and leading to dismemberment of the country.”
Speaking during an audience with the National Executives of the Buhari Campaign Organisation (BCO) in the State House on Tuesday, The President who did not specifically mention Obasanjo’s name, said that those criticising the isolated cases of insecurity in the country are not patriotic Nigerians.
According to him, every country around the world is facing one security challenge or the other.
He pointed out that there are new challenges of banditry and kidnapping around the globe.

Building collapsed in Jos, many still trapped

A Three-story building has collapsed in Jos North local government area of Plateau state .
Our correspondent reports that the incident happened around Butcher Line, in the Local government area on Monday.
Many people were feared killed in the accident that occurred around 5 30 p.m.
As at the time of sending this report there has been no official confirmation of the casualty figure.
It was gathered that the building houses a pharmacy and a public toilet and many people are feared trapped in the debris.
Some of the victims were being evacuated by sympathisers at the time of sending this report.


The immediate past Commissioner Ministry For Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in Plateau state, Alhaji Dayyabu Yusuf Garga has commended members of the APC family under Pengana constituency of Bassa Local Government for their peaceful disposition before,during and after the state constituency primary elections held recently in the area.

In a statement in Jos,Garga who is the National Vice President PTD/NUPENG said the share display of maturity by members of the party is a pointer to victory ahead of the August election.

He noted that though sad the loss of the initial winner of the election, the Late Ezekiel Afon,the next occupier of the seat must continue with the laudable programmes of the deceased so as to sustain the tempo already on the ground.

While congratulating the winner Mr Yakubu Sanda,Garga said a lot lies on him to move the state constituency forward if he wins the general elections.

He said he has no doubt that Sanda will represent the people well because of his sterling leadership qualities spanning his civil service career until retirement as a Director with the Plateau state sports council.

Dayyabu Garga called on the people of Pengana constituency of Bassa Local Government to rally round an experienced Sanda to continue moving the constituency forward.

Garga commended leadership of the APC in the state and at the Local Government levels for allowing the will of the people to prevail as has shown in the remarkable acceptance of Yakubu Sanda as the candidate of the party.

*Taru Salim A. Dugub.*

SON Warns Users, Dealers In Electric Cables Not To Buy SUNRISE Electric Cables

By Gom Mirian, Abuja
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has yesterday warned consumers and dealers not to buy or sale SUNRISE brand of electric cables as the product is life – endangering and does not meet the required standard.
The Head, public Relations,Standards Organization of Nigeria, Bola Fashina gave the warning in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja.
The head, public relations disclosed that a large consignment of the substandard and life-endangering SUNRISE cable which managed to find there way into the country have been apprehended and destroyed.
According to Fashina, “the destruction was consequent upon due Conformity Assessment, the results of which showed that the SUNRISE Cable have very high conductor resistance, poor conductor elongation and very low tensile strength of insulation against the requirements of NIS IEC 60228 for conductor, NIS IEC 60227 series and NIS IEC 60811.
” It thus poses grave danger of heating up which could easily lead to fire outbreaks”. The statement read.
He also warned dealers in electric cables to avoid sale of the product or risk seizure by SON officials wherever it is found as well as the prosecution of the offenders.

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