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The Nigerian Youth: Taking Possession of Tomorrow from Today – By James Eze

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An Address Presented by James Eze, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Anambra State at the Law & Economics Summit organized by the Law Students Association of the University of Nigeria (UNEC) on April 28, 2018.

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I find it infinitely pleasant to have been invited to address such a youthful audience at a time when the Nigerian youths have become the topic of conversation. I sincerely couldn’t have hoped for a better time to be here.

There’s so much despair, so much pent-up anger and so much disenchantment among the youths that I personally think that the political class should engage the youths more. We must find time to speak to you, to counsel you, to share our experience with you. Perhaps, that way, we may avoid a repeat of the horrors of Libya and the bloated bodies floating in silent indictment on the Mediterranean Sea. And this is why I think that the Law Students Association of the University of Nigeria deserves an applause, no, an “accolade,” for organizing this Summit.

Now, I have been advised to speak on the important skills and staying power needed to succeed as an economic leader in Nigeria and beyond and I consider it a very timely topic for obvious reasons. But I also think that it is one topic that requires a very tactical approach in order to distil its various fragments down for easy absorption. It is for this reason that I seriously think that to even talk about the skills we need to survive, we must first understand the geo-political space called Nigeria. So, just how well do we know Nigeria?

Understanding Nigeria

Well, I don’t know what anyone thinks but to me, Nigeria has always been a fascinating mosaic of dreams and nightmare, hope and despair and of course promise and fail! Nigeria can be whatever you want it to be. It is difficult to describe Nigeria. Nigeria offers diversity in a manner that other countries cannot fathom. Nigeria’s diversity is quite often the reason why it is difficult to describe her. Apparently struck by Nigeria’s immense diversity and her deep fissures, one of the founding fathers, Chief Obafemi Awolowo is reported to have described Nigeria in 1947 as ‘a mere geographical expression.’ Speaking in the same year, another founding father who eventually became Nigeria’s first Prime Minister, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa had also dismissively observed that “Since the amalgamation of Southern and Northern provinces in 1914 Nigeria has existed as one country only on paper …. It is still far from being united. Nigeria’s unity is only a British intention for the country.”

Lions and Lionesses, these comments were made in 1947. That was thirteen years before Independence. But has anything really changed about Nigeria since then?

In trying to understand Nigeria too, it is also important to understand the dominant passions that ruled the hearts of our founding fathers at a time when it would be fair to assume that the struggle for independence hard started to gather steam. It may be startling to notice the sharp contrast between their private fantasies and their public ambition of ousting the colonial masters.

In The Trouble with Nigeria, his slim but seminal book published 35 years ago, Chinua Achebe sought to draw our attention to the lack of intellectual rigor that marked the political thoughts of our founding fathers. Quoting James Booth, ‘a perceptive student of Nigerian politics’ who had studied the biographies of the Great Zik and Pa Awolowo at the time, Achebe argued that quite unlike their contemporaries like Nkrumah, Nyerere and Mboya, our own Great Zik and Pa Awolowo had exhibited a shallow grasp of the daunting task of providing leadership to a young country in their early days as was captured in their biographies. Achebe reported that in 1937, the Great Zik had vowed that –

“Henceforth I shall utilize my earned income to secure my enjoyment of a high standard of living and also to give a helping hand to the needy.”

Pa Awo was even more effusive in his own avowal. He was reported to have pledged thusly –

“I was going to make myself formidable intellectually, morally invulnerable, to make all the money that is possible for a man with my brains and brawn to make in Nigeria.”

If these two quotes were to be taken seriously, we may not have to look too far for where the rain began to beat Nigeria. The two comments are not only narcissistic but embarrassingly narrow. They are bereft of the big dreams and grand visions of founding fathers which should serve as a mirror in which the citizens could locate themselves at any moment in time. These two men, along with Sir Ahmadu Bello were Nigeria’s finest minds in their time. But their declarations had no deep philosophy, no clear idea of society or even a simple silhouette of what an independent Nigeria should be.

Achebe therefore concluded that “an absence of objective and intellectual rigour at the critical moment of a nation’s formation is more than an academic matter. It inclines the fledgling state to a disorderly growth and mental deficiency.”

Lions and Lionesses, I am pained to observe that Chinua Achebe may be right in his conclusion. Nigeria’s growth has remained disorderly from independence and there is a continuing absence of rigour in our national polity that has blighted all aspirations to greatness to date. There’s almost always a rivulet of blood running through the country’s deep geographical split carved out by the Niger and the Benue. Nevertheless, at this moment, I think it is still realistic to say that even with all the gloom and doom that assault our sensibilities on a daily basis, greatness has not eluded Nigeria.
And to succeed in Nigeria, we must live in full awareness of our internal contradictions and how they limit our chances of success.

How well do you know yourself?
Surviving in the world today and making a success of one’s chosen career requires a considerable level of self-knowledge. American author, Rachel Simmons once observed that “Self-knowledge is the foundation of real success.” Indeed, experience has shown that one of the keys to living a happy life is to know oneself. No two blades of grass are the same. We are individually different. We carry different sparks of genius, distinct personalities, different aspirations and unique worldviews. Sometimes we are vaguely aware of this and most times we are not. That’s why you find people trying to force themselves into shapes and frames that were not built for them. But Bill Copeland, American poet and historian advises us to always “try to be like the turtle; at ease in your own shell.” Besides, experience has often shown that there is no faster route to career failure, lack of fulfilment and profound unhappiness than making a wrong choice of career. That is why we must be familiar with who we are and what we can comfortably do with the right passion and zeal. In all honesty, your life has not truly begun if you have not discovered your passion. So, it helps to know what we are passionate about. But it also helps to be familiar with our own story and to develop a unique way of telling it.

Once in every while, a serious job interview starts with the seemingly unserious question, “tell us about yourself.” To answer this question with convincing sincerity, the candidate must know his or her own story. He must be familiar with his or her strengths and weaknesses, his innate desires and passions, his unfulfilled dreams and aspirations. Self-knowledge is a very important first step on the road to self-actualization and contentment.

The Imagination will never fail you
Lions and Lionesses, to my mind, no meaningful conversation with the youths can ever be complete without mentioning the importance of the use of the imagination. An unknown thinker once observed that ‘imagination is the strongest nation on earth.’ And the great Albert Einstein reinforced the argument when he observed that ‘Imagination is more important than knowledge.’ The Spanish painter, sculptor and poet, Pablo Picasso agreed when he declared that ‘everything you can imagine is real.’ The word ‘Imagine’ is therefore the most powerful word in the world today. It is the word which continues where ‘creation’ stopped; for imagination is what we see when our eyes are firmly closed. All the wonders of science and technology are products of the imagination. Similarly the greatest artistic expressions; from the Renaissance through Neoclassicism to Romanticism and down to the Contemporary arts which stand today as monuments to the human genius were once figments of the imagination. So, the imagination is everything. And we must learn how to use our imagination to open new doors, expand the boundaries of nature and nurture and create a happier world for ourselves and others. Lions and Lionesses, there is in fact no better time to tune our minds to the use of the imagination than now that you are young, uninhibited and fearless!

Take the Path Less Trodden
Brothers and sisters, more often than not, life offers us an array of choices. But there are no short cuts to success. There is always a story to every success. When you put the two together, you have a “success story.” The trouble with most of our youths today is that we want success without a story. And that is absurd. That is why we have many youngsters who want to pluck their fruits before they are ripe. I think we should all worry about that because a life on the fast lane has a predictable ending. Just before I left my house this morning, I remember reading Robert Frost’s poem titled “The Road not Taken.” I remember that the final stanza of that poem always fills me with bubbles of hope. And it goes like this –

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference

Lions and Lionesses, we are talking about the Path Less Trodden. Do you want to travel the well-worn path where everything SEEMS rosy and a feast appears laid out for you? Or would you rather take the road less travelled like Frost and see what difference it will make in your life? Think about that. But while you are at it, please remember that there is a great sense of fulfilment when we boldly decide to, in the words of Martin Luther King Jnr, ‘hew out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope.’ There is no doubt about it; Nigeria is today surrounded by a mountain of despair. But only those who can hew out a stone from its rocky surface will travel far into the horizons. Fellow citizens, there is something infinitely wrong with achieving success without a story or success which story we cannot tell with pride. If you look around you today, there are so many of your fellow students who own state-of-the-art cars. On many university campuses today, there are students who are living the life that some bank CEO would envy. This is so because, I am told that the sand has since shifted from Yahoo-Yahoo to Yahoo-Plus. The question is, after all the fast cars and the bling-bling, what is next? What would happen if tomorrow comes? My only joy is that, students who conceived the idea of this lecture and have sustained it for years cannot be numbered among these “big” boys and girls.

Live in the Present
I am often fascinated by the pace at which technology evolves. It is as though when we close our eyes in sleep every night, something new slips into the technological atmosphere. At the moment, there is actually a glut of technological offerings out there that to acquire a mastery of a fraction of them presents a challenge of its own. But in this increasingly intense digital environment, we cannot afford to be left behind; for to be digitally cut off is a new kind of death that leaves one marooned in a dark tunnel without the slightest hint of light. So, we must not only strive to live in the Present but also anticipate the Future.

And let me say this here, it is a source of worry to me personally that my generation and the generations before me left the inventive fire of our fathers to die without a fight. What do I mean by this? Lions and Lionesses, our fathers fought the most horrendous Civil War in this part of Africa. And in the midst of adversity and the heavy blast of artillery fire, their creative genius found expression in the array of military hardware that they rolled out to stave off the heavy assault on our people. I have been to the War Museum in Umuahia. I have climbed down the famous Ojukwu Bunker. I have witnessed the remnants of the home-grown inventions that flowered during the war. I have taken selfies with the legendary “Biafran Babies” aircraft flown by Swedish Carl Gustaf Von Rosen and felt with my own palms the numb metal of the famous Ogbunigwe launchers. Now, the question is, if our fathers could churn out all these marvellous inventions in the heat of the war, 50 years ago, what excuse can we give for dropping the baton in peacetime? If our fathers could lend such a weighty hand to technological advancement in wartime, how do we explain our inability to walk in the shadow of their greatness in peacetime?

I have listened to different excuses which often blamed the Federal Government for abandoning the Biafran scientists after the war. That is a fact. But valid as that argument may sound, it is no longer sufficient in the light of what we know now. At least we know with a surfeit of evidence that where there is no government support, technological know-how can still be acquired by entrepreneurs who desire to make a difference in the society. Nnewi is a living proof that technology can grow without the usual hand-out from the government. Indeed the Nnewi industrialists have been at it for decades now, rising against all odds to astonish the world with their never-say-never spirit. The first job I ever did when I left secondary school was as a hydraulic machine operator at Edison Brake Pads and Linings at Uruagu Nnewi. I was waiting for the release of my high school results and rather than idle away my time at home, I choose to work in Edwin Obichebendu’s factory where we manufactured brake pads and linings long before Innoson came around to give Nigeria her first indigenous automobile. My brief stay on the hydraulic machine is still fresh in my memory today. Nwanne, otegokwalu Awusa n’uta o!

My sadness however is that Nnewi remains an island of success in a wasteland of woes. A sad reminder of what happened in Egypt where questions have been raised as to why the elevated science of building pyramids was not replicated in other surrounding countries which would have strengthened our claim to the great civilizations of Pharaonic Egypt. Why has Nnewi remained an oasis of ingenuity and daringness in a region that once astonished the world with high calibre weapons half a century ago? Obu na nwa mgbeke amarozi isi akpu, ka obu na aguba adirozi nko? What have we all been waiting for? I should like to know.

When you realize that we have produced a lot more engineers, scientists and technologists since the war ended than we had during the war, you can’t help but wince in pain. When you also realize that most of the great men and women shifting the technological paradigm in Nnewi may not have chains of university degrees, the irony becomes even more telling. So, Lions and Lionesses, the time to re-enact the wartime technological exploits of our fathers is finally here. And you must lead that charge. ‘A lion does not proclaim its lion-hood.’ I am not trying to echo somebody but this great university must lead from the front. The field of ICT offers us a rich minefield to discover hidden treasures. If India can attain such outstanding mastery of the ICT world and China can assume leadership of the industrial world, surely a region that showed a great technological promise more than half a century ago can still spring awake from its prolonged slumber. And this is my silent hope!

The Obiano Promise
There is a glimmer of hope in the horizon. About a fortnight ago, Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State, inaugurated the Board of Directors of the newly formed Anambra Creative Economy Agency. The thinking behind the establishment of this Agency is to finally create a warehouse where all the numerous creative, inventive and artistic talents that abound in the state can be harnessed for the greater good of the society. The Creative Economy Agency is the first attempt by any government in this hemisphere to give a sense of validation to people who have a gift of the imagination. I think Governor Obiano deserves applause for this. So, slowly but steadily, our political leaders are beginning to look at encouraging the inventive genius that once flourished during the war. And Nigeria shall be the better for it.

Before I end this address, I have one more advice to give –

Don’t cover up your Ignorance
In my interactions with some youngsters, I have come to realize that many of them find it difficult to admit that they are not knowledgeable in some things. They often make desperate efforts to cover up whenever a crack on their polished surface reveals the emptiness within. Sometimes, their spirited effort at face-saving speaks even more poignantly to the void within. This attitude often gets in the way of learning and mentoring. I am a proud beneficiary of long interactive sessions with cultural icons like Chinweizu, Chimamanda, Obumselu, Osundare and several other accomplished scholars and thinkers that are far too many to mention here. We are all learners at different stages and different situations in life. The field of knowledge is so vast and so immense that sometimes it is safe to say that we know only what we know. Even Albert Einstein who could be said to have singularly split the atom of knowledge and explored its innards had the humility to say “I have not eaten enough of the tree of knowledge, though in my profession I am obligated to feed on it regularly.” If Einstein could approach knowledge with such humility, why would anyone feel uncomfortable to admit their ignorance?

In conclusion therefore, there are no extraordinary skills to learn and no superhuman staying power to acquire in order to succeed as an economic leader in Nigeria and beyond. What stands us out is what we know and the passion we invest in everything we do.

Thank you

 

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Nigeria aims to sell 10 state-owned companies

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Nigeria will offer 10 state-owned companies for sale to selected investors and the public in the fourth quarter to raise 289bn naira ($797m) toward funding the 2018 budget, the country’s privatization agency said.
Preparations are in the final stages to begin the sale of the companies in industries that range from power through aviation to insurance, Joe Anichebe, a director at Abuja-based Bureau of Public Enterprises, said in an interview on Saturday in the southwestern city of Abeokuta.
Two of them, Nicon Insurance Ltd. and Skyway Aviation Handling Co. will be sold “this month or early next month” through an initial public offering, he said.
President Muhammadu Buhari signed a record 9.1trn naira budget into law in June, with a smaller fiscal deficit compared with the previous year, which the government seeks to fund from sources other than revenue from oil, its main export.

The privatization agency had pledged to raise 306bn naira to help finance the planned spending.
The agency sold a 21% stake in the state-owned mint to the central bank last week for 17.3bn naira, according to Anichebe.
It is also reviewing previous sales and plans to revoke deals where buyers haven’t kept to their agreements, he said.

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Kidnapping in Nigeria: Hostages, including the Romanian one, in good health, ransom request expected

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The name of the Romanian sailor kidnapped in Nigeria on Saturday, together with other 11 sailors, from aboard a Swiss ship, cannot be revealed by the Romanian authorities. The authorities, along with the countries of origin of the other sailors, have started the procedure to identify the pirates holding hostages on the Nigerian coast. Switzerland has activated a crisis cell and expected the kidnappers to ask for ransom. According to the first information, the hostages are in good health, stiri.tvr.ro reports on Tuesday.
The Nigerian maritime authority has confirmed the hostages are from Romania, the Philippines, Slovenia, Ukraine, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Pirates have kidnapped 12 crew members from a Swiss cargo vessel in Nigerian waters. A Romanian is one of them. He was part of the crew of a ship under Swiss flag, the Foreign Affairs Ministry informed on Monday.
The ship transported wheat from Lagos to Port Harcourt, a port city in southern Nigeria.
Pirates boarded the ship on Saturday and kidnapped 12 of the 19 crew members, stiri.tvr.ro reports.
Massoel Shipping said its vessel, MV Glarus (photo), was carrying wheat from Lagos to Port Harcourt when it was attacked on Saturday. “The pirate gang boarded the Glarus by means of long ladders and cut the razor wire on deck,” the firm said.
The kidnappings are a major problem in Nigeria, especially in the Niger Delta, where the country’s main oil fields are. Last year, ten hostages taking actions took place in Nigerian waters.
Foreign Minister, Teodor Melescanu, has activated the Crisis Cell to be in permanent contact with the local authorities.

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Saraki visits Anambra, says Nigeria needs ‘well educated’ president

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Tony Okafor, Awka

The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki on Tuesday visited the Anambra State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party to canvass for support for his presidential bid in 2019.

He asked the PDP faithful in the state to take a critical decision in the 2019 poll that would save the country from its present situation.

He said Nigeria would need a digital and well-educated president in line with the global trend.

He urged delegates of the party in Anambra to eschew sentiments and primordial considerations in their voting during the party’s presidential primary.

Receiving a rousing welcome by mostly youths of the party, Saraki said Nigeria must be rescued from the ethnic bigots and endemic sectional fanatics.

He said, “I came to seek your support for the presidential primary election, so I can emerge as your presidential candidate.

“Nigeria is at a crossroads, and we must redirect our country. People are asking if Nigeria is still one, many are not sure if they are still part of the Nigerian project.

“We need a president who is digital, a president who can move the country from this stagnation, one who can represent Nigerians without giving others seat and leaving others to stand.”

He said most countries of the world including Asian countries were not moving forward by accident, adding that such countries were progressive because their presidents understood the need to have a good country.

He urged the delegates that it was important that they elected a candidate who could hold the country firm and unite it to live up to her full potential.

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Court Nullifies Impeachment Of Imo Deputy Gov

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It was celebrations for supporters of the Imo state deputy governor, Prince Eze Madumere after a state high court sitting in Owerri nullified his impeachment. Madumere who has been facing series of political battles since his declaration of interest to contest the 2019 governorship election is seen as a hero among his supporters.

The deputy governor, Eze Madumere had approached the court following his impeachment on 30th July, 2018 by some members of the state house of assembly despite a restraining court order.
In a ruling which lasted three hours, Justice Benjamin Iheka said the purported removal of the deputy governor from office did not follow due process of the law.
The trail judge noted that the constitution of the seven – member investigative panel by the state chief judge, Justice Paschal Nnadi on the allegations levelled against the deputy governor, Eze Madumere, was not in compliance with the provisions of the 1999 Nigerian constitution, as amended.

Justice Iheka frowned at the action of the state house of assembly which went ahead to impeach the deputy governor despite an order by the court restraining them from doing so.

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No change — Nigeria’s central bank holds benchmark lending rate at 14%, with hawks and doves split.

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Nigeria’s central bank kept its main interest rate at 14 percent on Tuesday, Governor Godwin Emefiele said, in a split decision that reflected the bank’s need to contend with both sluggish growth and accelerating inflation.

Emefiele said three of the 10 members of the monetary policy committee who met voted to tighten by 25 basis points. The rate has been at a record high 14 percent since July 2016, and analysts polled by Reuters predicted the bank would again leave rates unchanged.

Nigeria emerged from its first recession in 25 years in 2017 but continues to suffer from sluggish growth and high inflation.
“There is need to maintain the current monetary policy stance and await a clearer understanding of the quantum and timing of liquidity injections into the economy before deciding on possible adjustments,” Emefiele said.
Annual inflation rose in August over the previous year for the first time in a year and a half, driven by food prices. And economic growth dipped to 1.50 percent in the second quarter, continuing a trend of slowing growth that began in the first quarter.

President Muhammadu Buhari, who came to power in 2015 partly on promises to restore Nigeria’s economy, plans to seek a second term in elections to be held in February 2019.


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PDP Heads to Court over Osun Election

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By Iyobosa Uwugiaren

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has resolved to approach the court to quash the “illegal” declaration of the September 22, 2018 Osun governorship election as inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In a press statement by the spokesman of PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan Monday, the party insisted that the polls had already been concluded and results announced in all polling and the collation centers, thus bringing the exercise to its lawful conclusion and removing INEC powers to declare the election inconclusive.

“Our electoral law is clear that once an election result is declared, INEC is bound to return a winner. INEC, in trying to play the card of the defeated All Progressives Congress (APC), contravened the law by refusing to announce a return, even when the declared results have thrown up a winner”, the party argued.
“Section 69 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) states that inter-alia in an election to the office of the President or governor whether or not contested and in any contested election to any other elective office, the result shall be ascertained by counting the votes cast for each candidate and subject to the provisions of sections 133, 134 and 179 of the constitution, the candidate that receives the highest number of votes shall be declared elected by the appropriate Returning Officer.

“Concurrently, Section 179 (2), (a) (b) of the constitution directly prescribes that “a candidate for an election to the office of Governor of a State shall be deemed to have been duly elected where, there being two or more candidates – (a) he has the highest number of votes cast at the election; and (b) he has not less than one-quarter of all the votes cast in each of at least two-thirds of all the local government areas in the State.”
The party further submitted that INEC’s action in declaring a concluded election as inconclusive was therefore an annulment, totally duplicitous, constitutionally illegal, ultra-vires and as such null and void.
The PDP demanded the immediate arrest and prosecution of the Osun State Governorship Election Returning Officer, Prof. Joseph Fuwape, for succumbing to the pressure of the APC and declaring a decided election as inconclusive.
“We demand that INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, immediately summon the courage to do the needful by declaring our candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, as winner.
“It is completely ludicrous, that INEC and the APC are now attempting to divert the narrative from the substance of the election by making outlandish allegations against the PDP and lobbying Civil Society Organisations and Electoral Observers to validate their illegality”, the party stated.
The party added that even if the Osun governorship election was conducted over and over again, the PDP will still win as the people of the state had chosen the PDP and its candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, insisting that the September 22 election, under the laws, is conclusive and the party’s candidate must be declared winner.

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NAF COMMISSIONS FORENSIC CRIME LABORATORY, TRAINS PERSONNEL IN CORE INVESTIGATIVE SKILLS & CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION

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In furtherance of its efforts to effectively employ scientific approaches to crime fighting, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has commissioned the newly remodelled and equipped Forensic Crime Laboratory at the 057 Provost Investigation Group (057 PIG) Ikeja, Lagos. The event, which took place today, 24 September 2018, also witnessed the commissioning of a newly constructed Headquarters Building for 057 PIG, which is aimed at ensuring a conducive environment for the NAF Directorate of Air Provost to effectively and efficiently carry out criminal investigations as well as train its personnel.

Speaking during the commissioning, the Guest of Honour, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, lauded the efforts of the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, in providing a befitting and functional environment whilst making inroads in the application of forensics in policing. According to him, the reactivation of the Lab is a testimony of the NAF leadership’s commitment to push the boundaries and improve on the methodologies and technological platforms to detect and analyse evidence of crime in the Service. He remarked that the effectiveness of the facility could, with time, become a force multiplier with regards to raising and maintaining the morale of airmen which would, in turn, enhance operational capability. While urging the beneficiaries of the facility to exploit its potential to the maximum, Mr Idris commended the CAS for the unprecedented achievements recorded in the area of capacity building in the NAF as well as for playing a pivotal role in bringing normalcy to troubled areas of the country.

While making his remarks, the CAS noted that the rapid growth of technology has led to an increase in the rate and extent of crimes. He observed that, following the expansion of the NAF Force Structure, it became obvious that the Service required a law enforcement arm with the capacity to effectively employ scientific approaches in all facets of its critical competencies, in order to enhance security and discipline in the Service. He noted that it was in fulfillment of this requirement that the new PIG Headquarters Building and NAF Forensic Crime Lab were being commissioned. Air Marshal Abubakar stated that, as a prerequisite to provision of the Lab, the NAF had embarked on the conduct of various specialists training for the personnel to man the Group. In this regard, the NAF, in conjunction with foreign partners from the United Kingdom (UK), had trained 16 Provost personnel in the Core Investigative Skills and Interview Techniques, while another set of 16 personnel would be concluding the Crime Scene Investigation Course by the end of the week. It is noteworthy that the last time such training was conducted in the NAF was about 30 years ago.

The CAS further disclosed that the investigative capacity of the Provost would be further enhanced through the training of 10 Provost Officers in the Advanced Detective Course at the Police Staff College Jos before the end of the year. He mentioned that the NAF was also expanding and enhancing its utilization of Military Working Dogs to boost physical security of critical NAF Bases as well as for integration into the conduct of Combat Search and Rescue operations. “In the same vein, 140 Air Provost personnel would soon commence the Force Protection in Complex Air Ground Environment training, in conjunction with the British Military Advisory Training Team. Furthermore, the rejuvenation of the Air Provost’s Explosive Ordnance Detection capability is projected to commence by the end of this year”, Air Marshal Abubakar added. The CAS also seized the opportunity to thank the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari, for his leadership and determination in providing the enabling environment for the NAF to thrive, while also expressing the gratitude of the Service to the National Assembly, especially the Senate and House of Representatives Committees on the Air Force, for their commitment in appropriating the resources to enable the NAF effectively perform its constitutional roles. The CAS equally congratulated the NAF Logistics Branch for undertaking the work by Direct Labour. Air Marshal Abubakar ended by charging all Air Provost personnel to develop a strategic foresight founded on innovation, flexibility, willingness to collaborate with other security agencies as well as objectivity and fairness, in order to successfully meet the demands of contemporary policing.

Earlier in his address, the Commander 057 PIG, Group Captain Garuba Bello, stated that the Forensic Lab would significantly assist Air Provost Investigators in obtaining credible evidence for successful prosecution of cases in a court of law while also adding to the country’s crime fighting resources. One of the highlights of the event was the simulation of a Crime Scene Investigation, conducted by resource persons from Sustainable Criminal Justice Solutions UK and NAF personnel, to demonstrate the intricate process involved in evidence collection/capturing as well as the importance of ensuring effective control at a crime scene.


IBIKUNLE DARAMOLA
Air Commodore
Director of Public Relations and Information
Nigerian Air Force

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ANAMBRA COMPENDIUM: OBIANO IS REBRANDING ANAMBRA FOR BETTER

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By Harrison Madubueze

On October 1st, 2018, the Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano shall lead other prominent great men of our dear State to the unveiling of a master piece creativity tittled ” …The Anambra Compendium 1991~2016…”. An 800 page historical material compiled in honour of great men and women of our beloved State.
The material which started it’s journey 730 days ago, will be launched on 01.10.18 at Oma Event Centre, Awka. It opens with the history of ndi Anambra, the political and communities’ governance structure represented by the traditional institutions.


This particular project is quite apt at time like this in our history as a people. This is because, there is certainly nothing to be compared to a history being told by its owners.
Anambra State has passed through crucibbles to get to where she is today. Our great men and women and leaders have paid their dues in many areas of endeavours in life and yet there are nothing historic to be seen and read about them. I have no doubt that, this shall indeed enter into the archives as one of those things the upcoming generation shall lay hands on and read and be proud of the achievement of their past leaders, mentors and role models.
The Editor-in-Chief of the Compendium, Chief Emeka Okonkwo (Omenyi Nibo) has assured that the unveiling of the compendium will attract crème de la crème of Anambra State and admirers from across the country that played prominent roles in the life of the state.


His Royal Majesty, Obi Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe is expected to be the Chairman of the occasion. The Managing Director of Fidelity Bank, Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo will be the unveiller, while former Vice Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Prof Peter Ejiofor will be the book reviewer.
Apparently, this is the first of its kind in South Eastern Nigeria and I have no doubt in my mind that, every Anambrarian will be proud to own a copy. It is also anticipated that, it shall enter into the National and State Divisional Librbries across Nigeria. Universities and various research institutes are expected to pick a copy for the archives.


KEEP A DATE WITH ANAMBRA COME OCTOBER 1ST, 2018.
………OMA EVENT CENTRE, AWKA……..
To God be the Glory, Anambra State is on the right path of history. Many thanks to our beloved GOVERNOR, Chief Willie Obiano.
Harrison Madubueze
Awka, Anambra State
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Obiano, Achebe Lead Public Presentation of Anambra Compendium on Oct 1

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The Anambra State Governor, His Excellency, Chief Willie Obiano, and Obi of Onitsha, His Royal Majesty, Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe (Agbogidi) will lead other prominent personalities to the public presentation of the Anambra Compendium on October 1, 2018. The much anticipated public presentation of the landmark documentation will take place at Oma Event Centre, opposite Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka.

The 800-page Anambra Compendium is a historical compilation in glossy images of the life, culture and achievements of the government and people of Anambra State since the creation of the state on May 27, 1991.

Speaking in Awka on the upcoming high profile event, the Editor-in-Chief of Anambra Compendium, High Chief Emeka Okonkwo said that the unveiling of the compendium will attract crème de la crème of Anambra State and admirers from across the country that played prominent roles in the life of the state.

Okonkwo revealed that Governor Obiano is the Chief Host while the Chairman of the programme is the Obi of Onitsha. The Managing Director of Fidelity Bank, Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo will unveil the Compendium, while former Vice Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Prof Peter Ejiofor is the book reviewer.

According to Okonkwo, “the presentation of Anambra Compendium on October 1, 2018 is strictly by invitation event. Prominent sons and daughters of Anambra will make their voices heard in appreciation of the role of the founding fathers, and everything that defines us as a people and as the Light of the Nation. A lot of work has gone into the production of this first of its kind compendium and I have no doubt that every onye Anambra will be proud to own a copy.”

Okonkwo who is the Chief Executive of Great Source Investment Limited, publishers of the Compendium further explained, that the compendium consists mainly of properly captioned photographs and illustrations and easy to read explanatory notes. The book opens with the history of ndi Anambra, the political and communities’ governance structure represented by the traditional institutions.

Snippets of the compendium include chapters highlighting achievements of Anambra people in the spheres of religion, education and medicine. The compendium also recorded the breathtaking, rich tourism potentials of the State.  Three other chapters profiled the ‘icons and beacons’ of ndi Anambra who are role models, who have distinguished themselves in the areas of education, entertainment, commerce, enterprise, sports, literature, among others.

The Anambra Compendium 1991-2016 is published by Great Source Investment Limited in conjunction with Anambra State Government as part of the keepsakes that celebrate the new Anambra after twenty-five years.

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BREAKING: INEC Declares Osun Governorship Election Inconclusive

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the Osun State governorship election inconclusive.
The reason for the cancellation, according to the electoral body, is because the number of cancelled votes is higher than the margin between the two top candidates – Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party and Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress.

The election, one of the closest in Nigeria’s electoral history, was held on Saturday to elect a new governor for the South-Western state.
At the end of collation of results, Ademola Adeleke of the PDP won majority votes of about 254,698 while Gboyega Oyetola of the APC came a close second with 254,345 votes.
According to electoral rules, a re-run election can be so declared if the margin of victory in an election is lower than cancelled votes, such as in Osun where thousands of votes were cancelled in various local governments while the vote difference between the leading candidates was less than a thousand. In that case, rerun will be held in only affected areas where elections were cancelled.
INEC is expected to formally announce the rerun any moment from now.

 

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