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FCT NAPPS gets Chairperson, pledges to enshrine professionalism



The National Association of Proprietors of Private School (NAPPS), FCT chapter has elected a new Chairperson, Mrs. Rukayat Agboola, who pledged to enshrine professionalism in the association.

The association at the 2022 Transition Retreat for Outgoing and Incoming executives conducted an election for its new executives to pilot the affairs of the association in the next four years.

The retreat, which has as the theme:” Restructuring NAPPS FCT for the Future” is as a result of the need to improve upon the progress of the previous administration.

Agboola said the new executives would work toward putting in place a firm structure and policy that would have positive effect on the association as well as make the association a voice in the country.

“My major point during my manifesto is professionalism that I want to bring into the association. We want to see that schools are run the way they should.

“We want to see that we follow established laws of the Federal Ministry of Education and other educational agencies like FCT Education Departments, Department of Quality Assurance, Education Resource centre and other agencies.

“Our major focus is professionalism, we want to see that the teachers are well trained not just on their subject area but have gone through the qualification of being a teacher.

“This should be from Grade 2 Teacher, NCE, bachelor degree in education, master degree in education and will also undergo many training to make them grounded as teachers,” she said.

Agboola called on relevant authorities to compel school owners to meet up with required standards as prescribed by the government in operating a school.

She further called for contributions from Non-governmental Organisations (NGO), parents and well-meaning Nigerians in funding the educational sector.

“Education cannot be 100 per cent funded by the government, there should be contribution from parents, NGOs to support the government.

“The government has a yearly budget for education but if the budget is well utilised, it will go a long way.

“For schools not having adequate infrastructures, government can help to put more measures in infrastructure and training and retraining of teachers,” she said.

Mr. Steven Bello, the outgoing former Vice Chairperson of FCT NAPPS, advised the new executives to work together as a team to achieve success during their tenure.

Bello, who is also the Chairman of the Electoral Committee for the conduct of the association’s elections, said the elections were conducted smoothly except for some hitches which, was actually surmounted.

“Generally, the elections went smoothly, of course you cannot rule out the fact that there are hitches along the way but we were ready for all those challenges and we overcome them.

“At the end of the day, it was a smooth election. We have hitches like people not taking timeline seriously, people not bringing supporting document to back up their claims and allegations of partiality,” he said.

Also, Mrs. Angela Ajala, the Executive Director, Ladela Schools, who spoke on the Presentation of NAPPS Constitution, By-law and Financial Policy, urged the new executives to focus on capacity training and be deliberate to having stakeholders’ engagement to have a qualitative system.

“We are in the transition mood, we just had elections and we have new set of people ready to take the association to the next level.

“So, this is an opportunity for those who are outgoing and those incoming to have their handover notes and to begin to put in place new things to do.

“We want the new executives to focus on capacity training. We want them to be deliberate to their stakeholders’ engagement, build the capacity of their members and make sure schools in FCT are qualitative with laid down procedure that government wants,” she said.

Similarly, Mrs. Olushola Bankole, the outgoing Chairperson, expressed satisfaction on the election, saying they were able to expand the financial committed membership of the association from the inherited 100 members to over 700.

Newsmen reports that the election with 217 voters has Mrs. Rukayat Agboola as the Chairperson and Mrs. Lilian Ogujiofor, Vice-Chairperson.

Others are Mrs. Oluwayemisi Asun as Secretary, Mrs Rukaiya Mohammed, Assistant Secretary, Mrs. Julie Onovwiona, Treasurer, Mr. Lawrence Omonade, Welfare and Mr. Michael Akande, Financial Secretary


AGF urges 36 State Governors to implement financial autonomy for the judiciary



The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Lateef Fagbemi, SAN  urges the Attorneys General of the 36 states to ensure full implementation of financial autonomy for judiciary in their respective states.

Fagbemi made the call at the meeting of the Body of Attorneys General on Tuesday in Abuja.

“I urge my distinguished colleagues to ensure the full implementation of financial autonomy for the judiciary across our States as provided for under Section 121(3)&(4) of the Constitution.

“This is as a mark of our true and holistic commitment to the ideals of democracy and good governance.

“We should in this regard seek to robustly build the capacities of the judiciary, both in terms of personnel and infrastructure, particularly by investing in technologies that are necessary to automate vital aspects of our court operations and ultimately implement a digital justice delivery system”.

He noted that the need for improvements within the judicial and justice sector institutions and practices is non-negotiable.

“Access to justice goes to the very heart of what our mandate entails. So, we will in this regard critically look at the major policy documents that would lead us to this goal.

“One of the documents is the revised National Justice Policy, 2024-2028 which we hope would be considered and adopted at the National Summit on Justice.

“The ministry is making plans with relevant stakeholders to convene a National Summit on Justice, to among other things, engage all justice sector stakeholders to constructively look at how far we have gone in the implementation of the 2017-2022policy document.

“We will in this regard seek to examine current challenges within justice sector institutions with the objective of supporting critical reforms, necessary to build a resilient justice system; facilitate adherence to rule of law, respect for fundamental human rights and ultimately, build public confidence in the entire justice sector”.

He said there is the over-riding need for close collaboration, cooperation and mutual understanding in the performance of the constitutional and statutory responsibilities by the Attorneys General.

“We collaboration both horizontally between the national and subnational entities and vertically by the three arms of government at all levels.

“We need to see how we can strengthen the entire justice sector particularly the administration of criminal justice sector, in order to meet the end goals of justice and the expectations of our citizens.

“This objective is very central and key to the realisation of our mandates as Chief Law Officers within the Nigerian Federation.

“As we all know, the effectiveness and functionality of the justice system has direct effect on the overall development, stability and sustainability of any society”.

Fagbemi said that it had become imperative for states of the federation to take maximum benefit of the constitutional alterations in developing their legal and policy frameworks legislative issues.

“In doing so, I enjoin the states to ensure proper structuring and delineation of their responsibilities by taking cognizance of the constitutional doctrine of covering the field, so as to minimize or avoid constitutional frictions”.

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Nigeria’s waters now secured for local, intl. trade – Navy chief



The Nigeria Navy says it has successfully secured the country’s territorial waters for local and international merchant ships to transport goods and services without fear of criminal attacks.

Rear Adm. Zakariyya Muhammad, Chief of Training and Operations, Nigeria Navy, gave this indication to newsmen in Onne, Rivers, at the end of a four-day naval expedition, codenamed “Exercise Nchekwa Oshimiri 2023”.

The four-day exercise, tagged ‘Chief of the Naval Staff 2023 Annual Sea Inspection’, featured 13 warships, 88 patrol boats, two helicopters and 4,000 personnel.

Muhammad said the navy was able to fully secure the nation’s maritime environment with enhanced presence of its patrol boats and warships at sea.

“Our enhanced presence at sea had restored the confidence of merchant ships and other maritime stakeholders in conducting legitimate activities.

“This four-day exercise afforded us the opportunity to maintain presence at sea; enhance our maritime security – leading to interrogation of several ships and arrest of one.

“Exercise Nchekwa Oshimiri has enhanced the training of personnel onboard our ships for better performance in delivering our constitutional mandate of securing Nigeria’s maritime domain,” he said.

Muhammad said that Nigeria’s maritime environment and economic zone were now secured which has impacted positively in security of the Gulf of Guinea (GoG).

“So, our increased presence at sea has given more confidence to merchant ships to carry their trade without fear or threat from maritime criminal elements.

“This exercise has also improved security within the wider GoG because our sister navies and countries are abreast that we are conducting this exercise,” he added.

Speaking, Navy Capt. Tony Archibong, Commanding Officer, Nigeria Navy Ship (NNS), Kada, said the exercise was an enormous success.

He said Exercise Nchekwa Oshimiri was part of actionable steps taken to end oil theft, sea robbery, sea piracy and illegal unreported and unregulated fishing, among others, in Nigeria’s waters.

According to him, the exercise was used to improve operational capability of Navy’s fleets and stimulate real-time operational scenarios.

“During the exercise, we had a merchant vessel stimulate a rogue vessel engaged in anti-piracy for which we dispatched NNS Aba and NNS Oji to intercept, board, seize and search the rogue vessel.

“The exercise is used to build confidence in our security architecture aimed to secure the maritime environment for mariners to continue to carry out their trade and economic activities.

“Therefore, this will benefit both the Nigerian people and other maritime stakeholders using our waters,” he said.

 The Nigeria Navy also conducted activities like anti-bunkering operation, fleet manoeuvring, gun exercises and replenishment (refuelling of warship from another) among others.

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Insurgency: Defence Minister, Service Chiefs visit Maiduguri operational base



The Minister of Defence, Muhammad Badaru Abubakar, on Tuesday, paid an operational visit to the Theatre Command, Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK) in Maiduguri.

Abubakar was accompanied in the visit by the Minister of State for Defence, Bello Mattawalle, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Christopher Musa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal, Hassan Abubakar, Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla and Chief of  Defence Intelligence (CDI), Maj.-Gen. Emmanuel Undiandeye.

The Minister said that he was in Maiduguri in company of the high level delegation of the Service Chiefs assigned by President Bola Tinubu, to appraise security situation in the theatre of operation.

“President Tinubu asked us to visit the governor and the good people of Borno, and our patriotic officers here in Borno to see and to hear from them, what is happening both in the frontline and in the cities.

“What are the progress being made and what we need to do more to support their operations. 

“We had frank and honest discussions with Gov. Bagana Zulum before coming here where we discussed the way forward and it is our resolve that in no distant future, we will see the end of the insecurity. 

“He had also shared a lot of strategies with the CDS and the Service Chiefs and together they agreed on the next line of action and I believe if followed religiously, insecurity in the state will come to an end,” the Minister said.

Abubakar reitrated commitment of the president to support the military and security agencies to end insurgency and restore peace to ensure sustainable resettlement of displaced persons.

“From here, we will go to  see our troops, greet and thank them for their sacrifices, for being their and taken the bullet for us, for all the work that they are doing as well as hear from them on their challenges and needs so that we can how best we can resolved them 

“The crop of leadership we have in the military are working hand in hand together and have resolved to fight this war diligently and they are working as a family committed to see the end of the menace in no distant future.

The Minister commended Zulum for his support to the military, adding that, “we appreciate all the support, sometimes you risk your life in supporting and giving courage to our personnel in the frontline”. 

Responding, Zulum said the visit to the theatre demonstrated the commitment of Service Chiefs towards achieving lasting peace in the State.

He said the security situation in the state had improved tremendously as a result of the successes recorded by the troops. 

The governor cautioned against sensational security reportage, noting that the insurgents leverage on such information to breathe in spite of its diminishing capacity.

“Within the last two weeks, I have been to the nooks and crannies of the state and reports reaching me from stakeholders in these areas indicated that peace has returned in the state,” he said.

While lauding President Tinubu and the military for sustaining the improved security situation in the state, Zulum urged them to root out remnant of the terrorists.

“The only way we can degrade their presence is continued and sustained military operations,” he said.

He said that about 160,000 insurgent fighters and their family members had surrendered sequel to the non kinetic effort of the military.

The governor sought the support of the military in terms of manpower development to enable the state to curtail transborder small arms and light weapons proliferation.

“We have insurgency in other part of the country but the security in the northeast is very important for the stability of the country because of the porous borders with Niger, Cameroon and Chad Republics. 

“We have to ensure that we don’t have safe haven for ISWAP  in the northeast as the Sahel is now a major problem,” he said.

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