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CAS to operational commanders: Show no mercy to terrorists

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By Blessing Wika, Abuja

The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, has charged Nigerian Air Force (NAF) operational Commanders in the various theatres of operation across the country to ‘show no mercy’ and ensure they employ maximum firepower against terrorists posing security threats in the country.

While commending them for their efforts as well as the improved synergy with sister Services and other security agencies, Air Marshal Amao also underscored the need for effective allocation and utilisation of all NAF platforms deployed for operations in the North-west and North-central for enhanced operational effectiveness.

Doing so, according to the CAS, will deny the terrorists freedom of movement while boosting the confidence of the populace and ensuring a peaceful country.

A statement by NAF spokesperson Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet Wednesday, said Air Marshal Amao made stated this when he met with frontline Air Officers Commanding (AOC) and Air Component Commanders (ACCs) at the NAF Base in Kaduna.

Speaking further, the CAS noted that though the security environment remains fluid and uncertain with terrorists moving between the northeast, northwest and north central, the need to continually modify NAF’s air power strategies to stay ahead of the asymmetric and unconventional nature of terrorists’ activities is of paramount importance.

According to him, “We have a responsibility to secure our nation and give our citizens a sense of hope, trust and belonging. Therefore, we must ensure that we stay ahead of the enemy and envisage his next line of action.”

He charged them to show no mercy against any terrorist and their accomplices while also denying them the freedom of movement and ease to cause mayhem against innocent Nigerians.

Air Marshal Amao assured them that training of more combat pilots, imagery analysts and other specialties in the NAF would continue to be of utmost priority so as to address the manpower challenges within the operation areas.

He added that efforts were at advanced stage to procure more combat platforms for the NAF to meet the ever-increasing demands of air assets in various theatres of operations across the nation.

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Gombe, UNICEF launch N11bn four-year action plan on food, nutrition

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…Spend N100m on child nutrition fund

By Rauf Oyewole, Gombe

The Gombe State Government and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have launched a four-year Multi-Sectoral Strategic Plan of Action on Food and Nutrition (GMSPAFN), spanning through 2023-2027 projected to cost N11bn.

According to the UN Agency, over 50 percent of children and women in Gombe are anemic, contributing to the high rate of malnutrition, stunting and wasting.

While speaking at the official launch of the action plan in Gombe on Tuesday, the Chief Field Officer of Bauchi, Tushar Rane urged the state to strive to eradicate malnutrition in the state.

Tushar said that the Food and Nutrition Policy would guide the State in addressing the problem of food and nutrition security from individuals, households, communities, local governments to state levels.

“The Costed Multi-sectoral Strategic Plan will promote diets, services and practices that support optimal nutrition, growth and development for all children, adolescents, and women.

“The strategic plan estimates that the interventions across the state would require a public investment of N11,169,423,741.16 with an average annual public investment cost estimated of N2,035,892,400.00 over the next four years (2023-2027),” he said.

Tushar, who was represented by the Field’s Nutrition Specialist, Philomena Irene, said that Gombe state has contributed N50 million as counterpart contribution for the Child Nutrition Fund (CNF) to address all forms of malnutrition particularly wasting, anaemia and stunting.

He said, “Today, millions of young children are not reaching their full potential because of inadequate nutrition.

“It is our hope that the new policy will provide an overarching framework, covering the multiple dimensions of food and nutrition improvement, with the special focus on nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions.”

The UNICEF Chief added that children in the state “are experiencing chronic food poverty. About 30.7 percent of newborns are exclusively breastfed; only 22.5 percent of children aged 6 to 23 months in Gombe receive a minimum acceptable diet and only 8.4 percent receive minimum dietary diversity.

“More than 50 percent of women and children are anemic. These statistics are available in the 2021 MICS. We envisage that the effective implementation of this policy can contribute to alleviating these nutrition gaps in the state. Hence, at UNICEF, we delightfully supported the development of this policy from the scratch. UNICEF mobilised financial and technical support in terms of providing data on nutrition indices and supporting the costing of the policy,” he said.

Also speaking, the Deputy Governor of the state, Dr. Manassah Daniel Jatau, said that the implementation of the Food and Nutrition Policy and Multisectoral Plan of Action is a task that must be carried out effectively for the optimal nutritional status of residents of Gombe State, within the time frame of 2023-2027.

He admitted that 2023 is gone and that all hands must be on deck “to avoid a situation where set dates and targets by concerned authorities are not met, for example Health for all by year 2000, Shelter for all by year 2000. My contribution to attaining this Policy is that we must encourage an improvement in the production of protein and vitamin sources from our local, indigenous farm produce, such as sorghum, groundnuts, soya beans, etc.”

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Sokoto inferno: Sen. Wamako sympathises with marketers

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Sen. Aliyu Wamakko (APC-Sokoto), has sympathised with the victims of inferno at the motorcycle and tricycle section of Sokoto central market.

The fire outbreak, which occurred in the early hours of Monday, destroyed many shops and stalls.

Valuable items consumed included; motorcycles, bicycles, and herbal medicine worth millions of Naira.

Special Adviser on Media to Wamakko, Bashar Abubakar, made this known in a statement issued to Newsmen in Sokoto on Monday.

Wamako, who is also the leader of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, described the incident as a tragic event, while advising the affected marketers to accept the will of God Almighty in good faith.

“I urge the affected traders to remain resilient in the face of adversity. Let me also appeal to the victims to view the incident as part of Allah’s divine plan,” he advised.

He, however, appreciated God that there were no reported casualties in the inferno and prayed to Almighty Allah to replace what was lost in multiple folds.

“I pray for divine intervention, may He replace the immense losses in multiple folds and prevent recurrence of such incidence in future,” he prayed.

 

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Trader sentenced to two years imprisonment for stealing N361,000 from gas station

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A Magistrates’ Court in Jos, Plateau State on Thursday sentenced a 19-year-old trader, Ahmad Umar, to two years imprisonment for stealing N361.000 belonging to a gas station.

Mr Umar, however, pleaded guilty to the charges of trespass and theft, but begged for leniency.

The Magistrate, Shawomi Bokkos, after listening to the accused’s plea, summarily sentenced him to two years imprisonment with an option of N50,000 fine.

Bokkos said the sentence would serve as a deterrent to those aspiring to indulge in such criminal acts. Earlier, the Prosecutor, Inspector Ibrahim Gokwat, told the court that the case was reported on January 7, at the “A” Division Police Station by one Cecelia Ali.

Mr Gokwat said that the convict entered into the room where the money was kept, and was caught committing the crime.

The prosecutor said the offences were punishable under the provisions of the Plateau Penal Code Law.

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