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Naval War College graduates 21 officers



The Naval War College Nigeria (NWCN) has graduated 21 officers of the Command Level Officers’ Course 5 after a three weeks intensive training in Calabar.

At the graduation ceremony on Friday in Calabar, Rear Adm. Ibrahim Dewu, the Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command, said that the College has carved a niche for itself.

He said that it has become a centre of excellence and reckonable citadel of knowledge in the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

Dewu said that the College was also an acclaimed institution of learning for moulding and refining the leadership acumen in subordinate commanders.

He said that the course was designed to prepare officers of the command level category for command responsibility afloat and ashore.

The FOC told the graduands that the Nigeria’s maritime domain was beset with plethora of illegalities and threats that affect the overall security of the country and impacts negatively on the nation’s economy.

According to him, the threats were not peculiar to Nigeria alone, as maritime threats are fluid and transnational, hence requiring comprehensive knowledge-based mitigation.

“Consequently, there are greater demands on you, the tactical and operational level commanders of the Nigerian Navy.

“Furthermore, the Nigerian Navy has become increasingly engaged in various internal security operations across the country to checkmate rising insecurity occasioned by insurgency in the Northeast, banditry, kidnapping and sectarian agitation in other parts of our nation.

“Our involvement in these operations added to the traditional role of ensuring a secure maritime domain, demand that you, the tactical commanders apply robust leadership, critical thinking and quick decision making processes.

“I want you to bear in mind that as you graduate today, you will be given responsibilities that would challenge and test the knowledge and skills you have acquired here.

“You must, therefore, brace up to these challenges and prove your mettle as worthy ambassadors of the Naval War College Nigeria,” he said.

Acting Commandant of the College, Commodore Abolade Ogunleye, said that the course was geared towards enhancing effectiveness in command, leadership and management on the graduands.

Ogunleye added that in the past three weeks, they have focused on self-awareness, ethics, communication skills and contemporary approaches to management of men, materiel and resources.

“I am therefore convinced that you the graduates have imbibed these noble objectives and will be more effective in the discharge of command responsibilities at the tactical and operational levels.

“Looking back at what has been achieved by the College since it took over the conduct of the Command Level Course in 2019, I must state that this graduation ceremony in honour Command Level Course 5 participants marks yet another milestone for the Naval War College Nigeria.

“At this point, I must state that the conceptualisation, planning and execution of this Course was in tandem with the vision of the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Adm. AZ Gambo.

“The Chief of the Naval Staff therefore, envisions that tactical and operational level commanders personify the Nigerian Navy core values of teamwork, integrity and professionalism to engender a motivated workforce,” he said.

He encouraged the graduands that as they take up tactical level leadership appointments, they must not forget the basics of the knowledge-based approach to leadership that they were taught in the College.

“Always remember the tenets of critical and systems thinking, ethical reasoning, emotional intelligence as well as legal dimension to military operations amongst other leadership tools.

“Let the knowledge and understanding that you have acquired in the College be your guiding principles as you function in the rapidly changing volatile, uncertain as well as complex and ambiguous contemporary military operating environment,” he said.

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Bush burning responsible for fire incident at FRCN, Kaduna — Official



The Kaduna State Fire Service has said bush burning was responsible for the fire incident at the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) in Kaduna.

Assistant Commandant of the service, Ayuba Yohanna, made the confirmation on Sunday in a phone conversation in Kaduna.

According to him, the fire started from bush burning at the back of the procurement office. He said the officers on duty rushed to the scene after receiving the distress call at around 1:45 pm.

Yohanna said two offices at the procurement department were affected with no lives lost or injuries.

Recall that Mohammed Malagi, Minister of Information and National Orientation, visited the station on Friday where he promised to carry out reforms at both the radio station and  NTA.

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Doctors appeal to LASG on improved welfare, as 15 die within six months



The Medical Guild has appealed to the Lagos State Government to prioritise the health and lives of healthcare workers, saying 15 doctors died within six months in the state.

The Chairman of Guild, Dr Sa’eid Ahmad, made the disclosure during a news conference ahead of the guild’s forthcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Scientific Conference, on Sunday, in Lagos.

The Medical Guild is the association of medical doctors under the employment of the Lagos state government.

Ahmad noted that the past year has been particularly challenging for the guild due to ongoing co-morbidities exacerbated by manpower bleed and the attendant severe overwork among members at service points and a number of members’ deaths.

“The intensity of the attendant sense of loss was probably brought to its peak with the tragic event of collapsed elevator in the General Hospital, Odan, Lagos, which claimed the life of our young colleague, Late Dr Vwaere Diaso.

“This was to be followed by end-on-end demises of some additional colleagues, sometimes, multiple over a few days,” he said.

Ahmad stressed that the sad events serve as an inescapable wake-up call to intensify vigilance towards self-care, and deepen the level of engagement with the government to prioritise the health and lives of healthcare workers in the state.

“These, afterall, are the people in whose hands the health and lives of the people are entrusted,” he said.

To address the situation, Ahmad said that the guild, through a series of emergency General Assemblies and consultations, developed a comprehensive position paper.

He said the paper drew the attention of the state government to urgently take actions to salvage the spiraling health of the health workers.

Ahmad said that the document identified the roots of the welfare problems culminating in massive exodus, and proffered practical and workable solutions.

 ”We had demanded short, medium and long-term solution categories to these problems, including the basic need for healthcare workers to be able to obtain much needed care themselves within the system in which they work.

 ”This document has indeed formed the cornerstone of highest level policy discussions with the Government of Lagos state on behalf of our members.

“It is our hope that these discussions produce policy pronouncements and actionable directives at any moment,” he said.

He disclosed that the guild, through its Office of Social Welfare, spent N21.5 million in responding promptly to some of its sick members and support for families of bereaved members in times of loss.

The Chairman said the guild had embarked on housing mortgage and automobile facilities in a bid to provide members decent accommodation and mobility to ease their commuting to work.

Ahmad commended the government for resolving all issues of stagnation and demotion of In-service trained specialists and financial implementation of same since August 2023.

Speaking on the forthcoming AGM and Scientific Conference, Ahmad said that week-long activities, which began on Sunday, would feature medical outreach, cancer awareness campaign, lecture series, among others.

Ahmad noted that tapping into these intellectual reservoirs by health policy makers and other stakeholders would yield benefits.

 He said it would greatly enhance appropriate policy formulation and implementation strategies for the overall benefit of saving lives and improving wellbeing of the people.

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I will embark on constant raiding of black spots in Osun — CP Isyaku Mohammed



By Ismail Azeez, Osogbo

The New Commissioner Of Police, CP Isyaku Mohammed has said the State Command will embark on constant raiding of the black spots and criminals hideouts across the state.

The new CP disclosed this at the Police headquarters, Osogbo, State capital on Friday, said he has directed all formations to draw up action plans to actualise missions that will instantly arrest prevalent crimes in their areas to the barest minimum.

Mohammed stated that during his stay in the state as chief law enforcer he will provide credible leadership that is professional and accountable to the people through intelligence-led, community-oriented.

He noted that he is open to constructive criticisms and welcomes all manners of suggestions that will aid his administration in providing better police services to the good people of Osun State.

He urged the residents of the State to join forces with the State Command to make the State a peace-haven for all.

He said, “This occasion offers me an opportunity to meet with you, the Fourth Estate of the Realm, and invite you to share in my mission of making Osun state a safe haven and home of peace for all who live and carry-on legitimate businesses therein. Together we shall all chart a good course in policing the State; and I therefore, solicit for your generous cooperation in sustaining the already existing strong synergy and good working relationship between you and the officers of the Command.

“I want to clearly state that as the chief law enforcer of the state, my mission is to bring to reality the vision of the Inspector-General of Police of zero tolerance to corruption, a secured environment for citizens to thrive, policing with International best practices, upholding the Rule of Law, and Respect for fundamental Human Rights of all citizens.

“All these I shall strive hard to achieve, especially with the support of team-spirited Officers and men I met in the Command, together with the cooperation of other security agencies in the state and stakeholders such as the traditional rulers, religious leaders, public spirited associations, students and youth leaders etc; as security is a collective responsibility. I have no doubt that, together we shall fight all criminal elements in the State to a standstill and Osun State will not be a safe haven for criminals to breed.

“In arrival, I received briefings on the security state of the Command, especially with respect to pockets of prevalent crimes such as: Cultism, Rape/ Defilement, Land Grabbing, Communal clashes etc.

“This will be immediately followed by a tour of the formations for on the ground/spot assessment of every locality within the state to ascertain their peculiarities, as I lead this mission of keeping the state safe, from the front,” the CP added.

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