Nigerian News from Leadership News http://leadership.ng Sat, 23 Jul 2016 21:10:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.3 Security: NAF Graduates 209 Special Forces, Says Abubakarhttp://leadership.ng/news/542909/security-naf-graduates-209-special-forces-says-abubakar http://leadership.ng/news/542909/security-naf-graduates-209-special-forces-says-abubakar#respond Sat, 23 Jul 2016 21:10:25 +0000 http://leadership.ng/?p=542909 Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Sadique AbubakarThe Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal, Sadiq Abubakar, on Saturday said 209 special force officers graduated from Regiment Training Centre ,NAF Base in Kaduna. Abubakar said this during the combined graduation ceremony of Basic Regiment Officers Course (BROOC9/2016); Basic Regiment Airmen Course (BRAC21/2016); Riggers’ Course 1/2016 and Repellers’ Course 3/2016 at the centre....]]> Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar

The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal, Sadiq Abubakar, on Saturday said 209 special force officers graduated from Regiment Training Centre ,NAF Base in Kaduna.

Abubakar said this during the combined graduation ceremony of Basic Regiment Officers Course (BROOC9/2016); Basic Regiment Airmen Course (BRAC21/2016); Riggers’ Course 1/2016 and Repellers’ Course 3/2016 at the centre.

The CAS, who was the Special Guest of honor, said that he remained resolute in laying an enduring foundation on which future generation would continue to build upon.

“This no doubt demonstrates our unwavering commitment and determination to build equip and sustain a force that is efficient, effective and highly mobile and capable of an immediate and timely response to our security challenge anywhere in the country and the sub-region.

“The brilliant demonstration by the repellers, the impressive performance of the paratroopers and expertise demonstrated in weapon handling today also underscore the high quality of training offered in the centre to the NAF in particular and the Armed Forces of Nigeria in general.”

Abubakar also said that “only a couple a weeks ago, the centre graduated reppellers for the Nigeria Navy.”

He said that this was a clear indication of the Armed Forces of Nigeria resolve to build “capacities in defence of our dear country.”

Abubakar also said it was a manifestation of his vision in the service which centres on “inter-service cooperation“.

He said that the partnership between the NAF and the British Military Advisory Training team (BMATT) had been quite tremendous.

“We look forward to greater collaboration with them in others areas,” Abubakar said.

The Commandant, Regiment Training Centre, Air Commodore Danladi Bausa, said in the course of the training the students were exposed to both theoretical and practical training.

Nausea said that the students were trained on force protection, weapon handling system and live shooting at range.

He said to further broaden their knowledge, the students embarked on tour to the Nigerian Army School of Infantry (NASI), Jaji; Nigerian Army School of Artillery (NASA) and other important security formations.

He said that this was done for practical knowledge of weapons and operations of these institutions.

“It has been indeed a challenging period for the centre but I assure you, we are willing, able and ready to train smart regiment personnel who can achieve impossibilities ,“Bausa said (NAN)

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Buhari Condoles Germany On Munich Shootings.http://leadership.ng/news/542908/buhari-condoles-germany-munich-shootings http://leadership.ng/news/542908/buhari-condoles-germany-munich-shootings#respond Sat, 23 Jul 2016 21:08:50 +0000 http://leadership.ng/?p=542908 BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep shock and horror at Friday shootings in Munich, Germany, by an 18-year German-Iranian teenager. Buhari made his feelings known in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday. In the statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, he said that it was quite unfortunate...]]> Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep shock and horror at Friday shootings in Munich, Germany, by an 18-year German-Iranian teenager.

Buhari made his feelings known in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday.

In the statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, he said that it was quite unfortunate and inconceivable that the forces of evil had not relented on their activities.

Describing the act as barbaric, he expressed confidence that with the unanimity of purpose from all forces around the world, the workers and perpetrators of evil acts would not prevail.

Condoling the Government and people of Germany, the president assured them that Nigerians were praying for them.

“Nigerians as a people are standing with them at this time and are ready to assist in any way to defeat the planners and executors of such crimes.’’

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that a 18-year-old German-Iranian gunman opened fire near a busy shopping mall on Friday evening, killing nine people.

Police reports indicated that seven of the victims were teenagers. (NAN)

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Imo Re-Run Elections Disrupted By Heavy Rainfallhttp://leadership.ng/news/542907/imo-re-run-elections-disrupted-heavy-rainfall http://leadership.ng/news/542907/imo-re-run-elections-disrupted-heavy-rainfall#respond Sat, 23 Jul 2016 21:07:02 +0000 http://leadership.ng/?p=542907 inec_logo_11The re-run elections organised in Imo North Senatorial District and three state constituencies by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Saturday were partially disrupted by heavy rainfall. The exercise had barely lasted for less than three hours in some areas before the heavy downpour thereby discouraging prospective voters to participate in the electorate process....]]> inec_logo_11

The re-run elections organised in Imo North Senatorial District and three state constituencies by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Saturday were partially disrupted by heavy rainfall.

The exercise had barely lasted for less than three hours in some areas before the heavy downpour thereby discouraging prospective voters to participate in the electorate process.

Former Imo State Governor, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, who spoke to journalists in his Okohia country home on Saturday, alleged that some persons were compromised.

Ohakim alleged that the compromising process in some parts of Imo North was to favour their preferred candidates.

“Information available to me revealed that some people who claimed to be owners of Okigwe zone are busy manipulating the re-run election resulting without recourse to the implication of their actions.

“We are people of Imo North and we are to decide who will represent us, if anybody believes that he is the owner of Imo North and decide to subvert the process, he is trying.

“We will now know how the winner that engages through such corrupt way will lead us,’’ he said.

Ohakim, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said he was optimistic that PDP candidate would emerge victorious if the exercise was free and fair.

Ohakim said he had already cast his vote before the commencement of the rain, adding that the heavy rainfall might seriously affect the turnout of voters.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent, who visited some wards in Isiala Mbano Local Government Area, Ehime Mbano Local Government, and Obowo Local Government Area reports that there was low turnout of voters in most polling units.

NAN further reports that at Community Secondary School Amaraku, Ward 1, Osu Owere ward 2, Okohia Mbano Ward 1 and Okenalogho Secondary School in Obowo Local Government Area, the turnouts were impressive and peaceful.

Mr Obinna Onwubuariri, representing Isiala Mbano/Onuimo/Okigwe Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives described the election as free and fair in his Amaraku community in Isiala Mbano Area.

Onwubuariri, who voted at about noon at Community Secondary School, Amaraku Ward 1 told reporters that aside the initial delay recorded in the area due to misconduct of the Electoral Officer (EO) for Isisala Mbano, the exercise was peaceful.

“The EO for Isiala Mbano had earlier withheld the election materials for some areas including my polling unit.

“I called the national Chairman of INEC, who contacted his men in Imo before the EO released the materials,’’ he said.

Mr Chikwem Onuoha, the Chieftain of APC in Osu Owere, Ehime Mbano area expressed confidence that the candidates of APC would win both the Imo North Senatorial election and Isiala Mbano state constituency.

Onuoha argued that the performances of Imo state governor and the bold reform being carried out at the national level by the APC-led government were enough to attract victory for the candidates of the party. (NAN)

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FG To Launch New 4-year Education Strategy – Ministerhttp://leadership.ng/news/542905/fg-launch-new-4-year-education-strategy-minister http://leadership.ng/news/542905/fg-launch-new-4-year-education-strategy-minister#respond Sat, 23 Jul 2016 17:03:45 +0000 http://leadership.ng/?p=542905 The Federal Government said on Saturday that it would soon launch a new education strategy, 2016 to 2020, to serve as a guiding framework for transforming the sector.

The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, stated at the 32nd combined convocation and Diamond Jubilee ceremony of the Kaduna Polytechnic that the strategy would inspire efforts to bring the capacity of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) systems to levels where they could respond to multiple demands.

“The aim is to give access to affordable and quality technical and vocational education and training for the acquisition of technical and vocational skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship.

“The Federal Government has identified the relevance of polytechnic education in the country’s socio-economic development and is aware of the big gully between the non-formal technical education and the formal TVET.

“Our conviction is that the national vocational framework will integrate the non-formal sector of vocational trade with the formal TVET for maximum result and impact,’’ he said.

Adamu described education as “a veritable tool for the growth and development of any nation,’’ adding that all hands must be on deck for the country to be rated high in the comity of nations.

The minister, represented by the Executive Secretary of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Dr Masa’udu Kazaure, called on well-meaning Nigerians, the private sector and non-governmental organisations to support the government in funding the sector.

The minister equally urged the graduates to contribute their quota in stirring the country in the right direction and place it on the shoes of excellence in technology, high morals and unquestionable integrity.

“You must strive to leave your footsteps on the sand of time and make remarkable contributions to the development of this great nation,’’ he said.

Also speaking, Gov Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State stressed that no country would move forward without technical education.

El-Rufai said that Nigeria needed technical manpower with sound innovation, creativity and the ability to take risk in entrepreneurship to move the nation to greater heights.

He said that the current administration was aware of the myriad of challenges affecting the sector, adding that plans are underway to improve investment in the sector to put it on the right path.

The convocation was organised for 67,403 students who graduated from the institution from the 2005/2006 academic session to the 2014/2015 session.

The Rector of the polytechnic, Dr Mohammed Ibrahim, said that out of the figure, 2,350 graduated with distinction, 15,680 with Upper Credit while the rest graduated with lower credit and pass.

“The polytechnic is highly cosmopolitan with students from all over Nigeria; from a modest figure of 158 students in 1961 to currently 40,000 students undertaking more than 140 programmes in 44 academic departments and with staff strength of 4,000 academic and non-academic staff members.

Ibrahim said that arrangement had reached an advanced stage with the NBTE for the take-off of 12 new academic programmes.

He added that during the period under review, 633 staff members were given opportunities to obtain additional qualification with 107 bagging Doctorate degrees, 150 Masters degrees and 416 first degrees and similar qualifications. (NAN)

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CBN Directs Banks To Sell Forex To BDCshttp://leadership.ng/business/542903/cbn-directs-banks-sell-forex-bdcs http://leadership.ng/business/542903/cbn-directs-banks-sell-forex-bdcs#respond Sat, 23 Jul 2016 16:46:26 +0000 http://leadership.ng/?p=542903 cbn_building31The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has directed agent banks to approved international money transfer operators to sell foreign currency accruing from inward money remittances to licenced Bureau De Change operators (BDCs). The directive is in a circular with reference number, “TED/FEM/ FPC/GEN/01/004, dated July 22, 2016 and posted on its Website’’. The circular by...]]> cbn_building31

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has directed agent banks to approved international money transfer operators to sell foreign currency accruing from inward money remittances to licenced Bureau De Change operators (BDCs).

The directive is in a circular with reference number, “TED/FEM/ FPC/GEN/01/004, dated July 22, 2016 and posted on its Website’’.

The circular by the Acting Director, Trade and Exchange Department, Mr W.D. Gotring, is part of efforts to ensure the stability of the Naira exchange rate.

It also said that the decision was to encourage all critical stakeholders to participate in the foreign exchange market.

The circular said that all international money transfer operators would be required to remit foreign currency to agent banks for disbursement in Naira to beneficiaries.

It stressed that proceeds from the international money transfer sold to the BDC operators should be retailed to end users in compliance with the provisions of anti-money laundering laws.

It also said that the process should be in observance of appropriate Know Your Customer (KYC) principles, including the use of Bank Verification Number (BVN).

The circular said: “Furthermore, authorised dealers and BDCs are required to render returns of the operation daily and monthly to the Director, Trade and Exchange, CBN via e-FASS application, in accordance with extant regulation.

“For the avoidance of doubt, failure by any authorised dealers and BDC operators to render returns as and when due shall attract appropriate sanctions, including withdrawal of dealership’’. (NAN)

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I Am Happy To Be Back In APC – Ribaduhttp://leadership.ng/news/542898/happy-back-apc-ribadu http://leadership.ng/news/542898/happy-back-apc-ribadu#respond Sat, 23 Jul 2016 16:35:19 +0000 http://leadership.ng/?p=542898 mallam-nuhu-ribadu-during2Malam Nuhu Ribadu, the gubernatorial candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last general election in Adamawa says that he feels happy to be back in All Progressives Congress (APC). Addressing party officials at the APC secretariat in Yola on Saturday, Ribadu, who spoke in Hausa, said he returned to the party with good...]]> mallam-nuhu-ribadu-during2

Malam Nuhu Ribadu, the gubernatorial candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last general election in Adamawa says that he feels happy to be back in All Progressives Congress (APC).

Addressing party officials at the APC secretariat in Yola on Saturday, Ribadu, who spoke in Hausa, said he returned to the party with good intention to contribute positively to nation building at all levels.

“Thank God I am back, I feel happy to be back; I want to thank the party for the confidence reposed in us.

“The party requested us to return and we are back to work for Adamawa and Nigeria as a whole,” he said.

Ribadu, who explained that he was the first to concede defeat and congratulate Gov. Muhammadu Jibrilla of Adamawa during the last election, said he was committed to supporting and working with the governor in transforming the state.

Chief Marcus Gundiri, the gubernatorial candidate of Social Democratic Party (SDP) in last election, who also returned to APC, said that they accepted the call to return and work for the party which they contributed to ensure its creation.

Gundiri said that they were not back to snatch or hijack the party as being speculated in some quarters.

He lauded the governor for making the party proud in the state, saying they would support him to succeed.

Gundiri urged APC members in the state to ensure that the party “cleared’’ the 21 chairmanship and 226 councillorship seats in coming Saturday local government election.

Earlier, the Acting State Chairman of APC in Adamawa, Alhaji Ibrahim Bilal, who received them, described their return as “a day of joy”.

“This party is built with you, we called on you to return and you respondent positively by going to your wards to register, visited your local government office and now you are in the state party office,” he said.

Bilal urged them to join hands and work with the state and federal APC led governments.

“You are special to us and you came at the right time when we needed your support for the coming Saturday local government election in Adamawa.

“I have briefed the governor Jibrilla of your coming and he is happy about it,” Bilal said. (NAN)

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Why Rivers Reruns Must Be Put On Holdhttp://leadership.ng/opinions/542901/rivers-reruns-must-put-hold http://leadership.ng/opinions/542901/rivers-reruns-must-put-hold#respond Sat, 23 Jul 2016 16:32:19 +0000 http://www.leadership.ng/?p=542901 Nyesom-WikeBy Morgan Omodu Following the violence that trailed the March 19, 2016 rerun of elections in Rivers State which claimed the many lives, including a Youth Corps member, Samuel Okonta, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) cancelled the elections in several constituencies, including the three senatorial district. The Commission has since then incurred huge costs to engage...]]> Nyesom-Wike

By Morgan Omodu

Following the violence that trailed the March 19, 2016 rerun of elections in Rivers State which claimed the many lives, including a Youth Corps member, Samuel Okonta, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) cancelled the elections in several constituencies, including the three senatorial district.

The Commission has since then incurred huge costs to engage with stakeholders at various levels culminating in the National stakeholders Forum on outstanding rerun elections. The meeting was held at the Ladi Kwali Hall of the Sheraton Hotel, Abuja on June 30, 2016. It was at that venue that dates were fixed for the Rivers, Kogi, Kano and Imo rerun elections.

However, while other states are seriously preparing for their elections, the politicians in Rivers are busy killing and maiming people and causing wanton destruction of property. It was agreed at that stakeholders’ meeting that INEC should not, under any circumstance, put the lives of poll duty staff, observers, electorate and, indeed, politicians, at risk if there was threat to peace. The Commission was urged to exercise its statutory powers and put off any election where lives would be put at risk.
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Rivers State politicians and candidates of all the major political parties were in attendance at that meeting, making allegations and counter allegations. Many other stakeholders, who were in attendance, must have left the venue with the impression that Rivers State was particularly a trouble spot and that the political gladiators in that state were not committed to peaceful elections.

That era can only be found in our history where politicians won elections by any means necessary.

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We Share Your Pain, Merkel Tells Family, Friends Of Munich Victimshttp://leadership.ng/news/542900/share-pain-merkel-tells-family-friends-munich-victims http://leadership.ng/news/542900/share-pain-merkel-tells-family-friends-munich-victims#respond Sat, 23 Jul 2016 16:29:01 +0000 http://leadership.ng/?p=542900 Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germans are mourning those who died in the Munich attack and “share the pain” of the victims’ families and friends.

Merkel was making her first public comments on Friday’s attacks, in which 10 people died including the 18-year-old German-Iranian gunman, who investigators believe had suffered mental problems.

Another 27 were injured in the attack.

The chancellor was speaking after a special meeting of the German security cabinet, which had been called to discuss the shooting spree at a Munich shopping centre and a nearby McDonald’s restaurant.

Police have ruled out a radical Islamist link in the Munich attack.

Police instead believe that the gunman had taken an interest in mass shootings and had been inspired by the massacre in Norway five years ago of 77 people by Anders Breivik. (dpa/NAN)

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ISIS Claims Responsibility For Kabul Bombingshttp://leadership.ng/news/542899/isis-claims-responsibility-kabul-bombings http://leadership.ng/news/542899/isis-claims-responsibility-kabul-bombings#respond Sat, 23 Jul 2016 13:31:21 +0000 http://leadership.ng/?p=542899 Two Islamic State fighters carried out the twin-bomb attack in Kabul, a statement released by the terrorist group’s affiliated Aamaq News Agency has claimed.

The explosions, which targeted protesters in Kabul, killed at least 20 people and wounded 160 others, Health Ministry Spokesman, Ismail Kawusi, said.

“These are preliminary numbers and we cannot identify number of men and women yet,” Kawusi added.

The protest was being held in connection to CASA-1000, a project to build a 1,222-kilometre power transmission line to transport electricity from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan through the country to Pakistan and India.

The casualties include Afghan security forces providing security for the protest, according to an email from the Afghan presidential palace. (dpa/NAN)

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Kogi Re-run Election Commences Peacefullyhttp://leadership.ng/news/542897/kogi-re-run-election-commences-peacefully http://leadership.ng/news/542897/kogi-re-run-election-commences-peacefully#respond Sat, 23 Jul 2016 13:23:24 +0000 http://leadership.ng/?p=542897 Polling in Saturday’s legislative re-run election in Kogi began at about 8.05 a.m. in parts of the areas of the state involved in the exercise.

The exercise is being conducted in Kogi East Senatorial District, where the senatorial seat at the National Assembly and two House of Assembly seats are at stake.

The state constituency seats in contest are for Ofu and Idah, both in Kogi East.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that electoral officers and materials for the election arrived at the polling units in time, prompting simultaneous accreditation and voting to commence as early as 8.05 a.m.

Turn out of voters was impressive, especially with adequate security provided by the agencies.

Policemen were present in the polling units visited in the local government areas involved, including Ankpa, where the exercise is holding in 11 Wards, Idah and Ofu.

At the polling unit at Ofugu/Agwa, 201 voters out of 661 registered there had turned up for accreditation and voting as at 9.15 a.m.

The Local Government Returning Officer in Ankpa, Mr Jafar Bawa, said that there were enough materials for all the polling units.

A Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Mr Folisho Adebanjo, leading the security team for the election was seen the area, making sure that the exercise was orderly and peaceful.

He expressed satisfaction with INEC’s preparation and prompt commencement of polling, and the orderly conduct of voters. (NAN)

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