CAS charges commissions welfare projects in Maiduguri, honors fallen heroes

By Gom Mirian, Abuja
The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has charged Nigerian Air Force (NAF) personnel to remain resolute in the fight against insurgency and other forms of criminality in the country as their welfare would continue to receive utmost priority.

The Air Force Boss , who said this in Maiduguri on Saturday, 13 April 2019, while getting updates from the Air Task Force (ATF) Commander, Air Vice Marshal (AVM) James Gwani, on NAF’s support to Operations Lafiya Dole and Yancin Tafki, commended Officers and Airmen/Airwomen of the Service for their patriotism, diligence and commitment to dealing with the insurgency and other internal security challenges facing the Nation.

In a statement issued by the Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF, Commodore Daramola Ibikunle, the CAS noted that the NAF has continued to evolve strategies that have adequately positioned the Service to deal with current and emerging challenges.

While in Maiduguri, the CAS took time out to commission a new aircraft technicians’ crew room and a block of 30 single bedroom accommodation for personnel of the Unit.

He noted that the Service has entrusted multimillion Dollar equipment in the care of the technicians and therefore their welfare is paramount to the Service.

The crew room was named after a fallen hero, Master Warrant Officer Zabesan Hosea, who made the supreme sacrifice in an Mi-35P crash at Girei, Adamawa State on 13 November 2014.

Air Marshal Abubakar reaffirmed the commitment of the NAF leadership to provide the necessary requirements for the ATF to effectively prosecute the war.

He also expressed gratitude to the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari, for his overwhelming support to the NAF, whilst restating the unwavering commitment of the Service to the execution of its constitutional roles.

The CAS equally seized the opportunity to commiserate with the family of Late Aircraftman Umaru Abdul Ganimu, who died recently as a result of a helicopter rotor strike accident.

Also present at the event were the Chief of Training and Operations Headquarters NAF, AVM Oladayo Amao, Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Benson Akinroluyo, as well as many other senior military Officers.

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Nigerian Police Force dismiss nine senior officers, demote six for misconduct

The Police Service Commission has approved with immediate effect the dismissal of nine senior Police officers for gross misconduct.  It also approved the reduction in rank of another six officers for different cases of misconduct.

Ikechukwu Ani, the PSC spokesman said in a statement on Tuesday that this was part of the outcome of the fifth plenary meeting of the Commission, which held in Abuja on March 26 and 27, 2019, presided over by its Chairman, Musiliu Smith, a retired Inspector-General of Police.  It stated that the Commission also approved ‘severe reprimand’ for five officers and ‘reprimand’ for another five

One officer, Austin Agbonlahor, a Commissioner of Police was, however, exonerated. The statement read, “Those dismissed were Abdul Ahmed, a Superintendent of Police who will also be prosecuted; another SP, Adamu Abare, had his promotion from SP to Chief Superintendent of Police withdrawn before his dismissal.”

The Commission further requested the acting IG to furnish it with information on the punishment meted out to other officers mentioned in the Police Investigation Reports involving Abare with regard to irregularities in the conduct of the 2011 recruitment exercise.  Others who were also dismissed include DSPs Osondu Christian, Samson Ahmidu and Pius Timiala who would be prosecuted.

The statement said their promotion from Deputy Superintendent to SP had been withdrawn.   Four Assistant Superintendents of Police were also dismissed for various wrongdoings. They are: Agatha Usman, Esther Yahaya, Idris Shehu and Usman Dass.  “Oluwatoyin Adesope and Mansir Bako had their ranks reduced from SP to DSP, while Gbenle Mathew,; Tijani Saifullahi, Sadiq Idris and Alice Abbah were demoted from DSP to ASP,” the Service stated.

It added that the decisions had been conveyed to the IG for implementation in a letter signed by the Permanent Secretary and Secretary to the Commission, Nnamdi Mbaeri.

Over 280 Million Spents monthly on School Feeding in Kebbi

By Gom Mirian, Abuja
The Kebbi state Government, on Monday revealed that about N280 million is being spent monthly on school feeding programme in public primary schools in order to boost learning in the state.
Alhaji Muhammadu Magawata, Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Kebbi state,  made this known at a two-days media dialogue for journalist on Educate – A – Child on Cash Transfer in Birnin Kebbi.
The programme which is organized by UNICEF in collaboration with the Child Rights Information Bureau (CRIB) of the Federal Ministry of Information is to help increased access for out of school children and improved quality of teaching and learning environment in targets states.
Magawata stressed the readiness on the part of the state government  to ensure  the long – term sustainability of the programme even when the donors (UNICEF) exist.
“We have our own local programmes of assisting children. We do this by helping in the payment of school fees and school feeding. Every month, Kebbi state spend over N280 million on feeding. This we give for free to improve interest in going to school and also retention of children in school. This year alone, we have also spent over N2 billion for only providing furniture in our schools”.
The Minister  further  noted that the state had been able to absorb over 500,000 beneficiaries adding that an additional 400,000 beneficiaries had been added recently during its mopping excercise.
Earlier while declaring the workshop open, the Minister of Information and  Culture, Alhaji  Lai Mohammed said the federal government of Nigeria is also in the forefront of enhancing massive School enrolment attendance and completion by school aged children through various child development Policies including the school feeding programme.
Represented by the Assistant Director, Child Rights Information Bureau (CRIB) and advocacy unit, Ministry of information, Mrs.  Uche Chuta, the Minister commended the organisers of the programme for their child development in Nigeria through innovative strategies that we aimed drastically between girl child enrolment and rentention in school in parts of northern Nigeria such as the CTP
He said: “It is however, more worrisome that Nigeria is counted to be among the West African countries that have the highest number of out –  of –  school children and more than 75 percent of the 3.4 million children out of school are girls.”
Also speaking at the dialogue on the overview of cash project,  Isah Usman, Kebbi state project  coordinator, said the overall goal of education is to expand access to quality  by  Basic education for over half a million of out of school children in the state 2020.
According to him, Educate- A – Child programme is in two demention;transfer – conditional cash transfer and unconditional transfer  but all aimed at promoting the girl  child education in the Northern part of the country.

St Finbars Catholic Church erects memorial to remember victims of 2012 bomb blast

7 years after, St Finbars Catholic Church Rayfield in Jos, Plateau State remembered 14 victims who lost their lives as a result of the March 11th 2012 bomb blast with a memorial mass and a memorial fountain erected on the premises of the church.

In a homily Rev Fr Emmanuel Kundum encouraged the congregation saying though it seems like a difficult thing for everyone affected Jesus has assured us in his word, taking his reading from the book of John 14:1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. In My Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you” .  

Bar Thaddeus Okonkwo from the Arc diocese of Abuja made an appeal on behalf of the victims family “we should not forget the pain and agonies of family remembering them in prayers”, he also called on the public to be security conscious at all times.

In his message on behalf of the families of the victims, Mr Choji said the loss is not just for the family or the Catholic Church but for everyone. He appealed for support from the public to families who left behind loved ones.

The representative of the Plateau State Commissioner of Police, Obinna Simon who also gave the vote of thanks said the police is ready to partner with the church to not only curtail security challenges but to make sure that this do not happen again.

Highlight of the memorial mass is the unveiling of a memorial fountain at the church premises by Arc Bishop of Jos Diocese, Ignatius kaigama in remembrance of those that died that faithful day as a result of the bomb blast.

Those present at the memorial mass include the Long Gamai of Shendam, His Royal Majesty, Miskoom Martin Mudu’utrie Shaldas, The Gwom Rei of Kuru and Zawan, The Representative of the Commissioner of Police among many others.

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Gov Lalong commissions inauguration committee

Gov Simon Lalong has Inaugurates 2 committees to fine tune the transition to his 2nd tenure, namely;
1. Central Inauguration Committee.
2. Policy, Programmes and Projects Review Committee.
Prof Sonni Tyoden, deputy Governor Chairs both committees with the mandate to organise the Inauguration ceremony and rejig the 5-point policy thrust of the administration.

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COAS commissions Army War College mini-sports complex

By Gom Mirian, Abuja

The Chief of Army Staff Nigerian Army Lieutenant General TY Buratai, on Thursday commissioned the newly built State-of-Art Mini Sports Complex at the Army War College Nigeria at WU Bassey Barracks as part of his vision to improve the physical fitness of participants and staff of the college.Speaking at the occasion, the Army Boss urged the participants and staff of the College to make good use of the facility to complement their intellectual development.

The Mini Sports Complex include an ultra-modern Gym, Lawn Tennis, Badminton, Volley Ball and Basket Ball Courts.

PHOTONEWS: Lalong represents President Buhari at NIPSS

Plateau State Governor  Simon Lalong represents President Muhammadu Buhari as the Special Guest of Honor at the Inauguration Ceremony of SEC 41 of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Sudies (NIPSS) Kuru, Jos.

Photo credit: Josiah Envulu

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