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President Buhari appoints Chief Economic Adviser

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President Muhamadu Buhari has appointed Dr Doyin Salami as his Chief Economic Adviser in a bid to address the current economic crisis in the country.

The development was made known on Tuesday in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

Until his new appointment, Dr Doyin was the Chairman of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council (PEAC).

The 59-year-old economist was a 1989 doctorate degree graduate in Economics of Queen Mary College, University of London.

He is Managing Director and Head Markets Practice at KAINOS Edge Consulting Limited, and member of the Adjunct Faculty at the Lagos Business School (LBS), Pan-Atlantic University, where he recently attained the rank of Senior Fellow/Associate Professor.

According to Mr Femi, “The Chief Economic Adviser to the President is expected to address all issues on the domestic economy and present views on them to the President; closely monitor national and international developments, trends and develop appropriate policy responses; develop and recommend to the President national economic policies to foster macro-economic stability, promote growth, create jobs, and eradicate poverty, among others”.

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NSCDC vows to arrest attackers of its headquarters in Lafia

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence  Corps (NSCDC) in Nasarawa,  says it has commenced investigation to unravel those behind the attack on its headquarters in Lafia.

Mr Jerry Victor,  the NSCDC Public Relations Officer in the state said  this in an interview with the newsmen on Tuesday in Lafia.

The unspecified number of suspected bandits attacked the NSCDC Lafia office in  the early hours of  June 17,  but were repelled by the personnel of the command.

Victor said that the state commandant of the corps, Ismaila Abdullahi, had  directed the Intelligent unit to get to the root of the attack with a view of apprehending the attackers, collaborators and sponsors.

He said  that those behind the attack would not escape justice as the command would go after them, no matter their status in the country.

Victor said that preliminary investigation  revealed that the bandits wanted to set some of their members at their custody free.

“They came in large numbers with iron rods and attempted to break some part of the command’s fence to gain entry into the facility.

“Our personnel swiftly responded by opening fire on the hoodlums, whose mission was to release some high-profile suspected criminals including informants of kidnappers in our custody,” he said.

Victor  said that the command had beefed up surveillance in and around their office to forestall future occurrence.

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NCAA praises Keyamo’s contributions toward Nigeria’s ICAO’s audit rating

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The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has praised the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development,  Mr Festus Keyamo’s contributions to Nigeria’s 71.04 per cent audit rating by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

Mr Michael Achimugu, Director of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection of NCAA, made the commendation before journalists on Tuesday in Lagos.

Achimugu said that Nigeria scored 71.04 per cent in the ICAO-conducted Universal Security Audit Programme-Continuous Monitoring Approach (USAP-CMA).

He said that Keyamo (SAN) and the Acting Director-General of NCAA, Capt. Chris Najomo, played huge roles during the recently-concluded ICAO’s USAP-CMA in the country’s aviation industry.

He said that Keyamo and Najomo were pivoted to the ICAO’s rating due to their leadership skills and mobilisation of human  and material resources to ensure that all gaps were closed.

The NCAA spokesman described as mischievous, comments in some quarters that the minister and Najomo were responsible for  alleged poor ratings Nigeria had.

“It is ironic that the writer blames the ‘failure’ of the security audit on the honourable minister (meaning that the minister should have intervened and done whatever was necessary to score higher).

“At the same time, the writer  blames the minister for “intervening” in security and safety issues. He needs to decide if he wants the minister to be involved or not,” he said.

Achimugu said that both Keyamo and Najomo came into office months ago and swang into action immediately to improve  infrastructure and workers’ remuneration.

“Six months ago, we met a dilapidated industry with poor infrastructure. The security and safety issues did not start in the last six months.

“Had it not been for the tireless efforts of the honourable minister and the D-G, NCAA, what we met on the ground would not have scored 30% in the audit.

“Going by what was on ground when Keyamo and Najomo assumed office, the current score is a substantially good showing, a miracle if I must say.

“The narrative being pushed out is just a part of the larger strategy to push out Keyamo and Najomo from office. It is the handwork of paid mercenaries,” he said.

According to Achimugu, ICAO auditors praised Nigeria’s performance during their final briefing at the NCAA and  mentioned that they  had complained about an absent infinfrastructure.

According to him, the auditors eventually  said that they were pleasantly surprised that the infrastructure  was made available the following day.

ICAO had in March conducted the USAP-CMA for the Abuja and Lagos airports.

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CDS marks Sallah celebration with troops in Delta

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By Matthew Denis

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Christopher Gwabin Musa paid a working visit to the troops of Operation Delta Safe, where he had sallah lunch with them.

The visit is part of the CDS operational tour to boost the morale of troops for effective and maximum results.

Brigadier General, Tukur Gusau, the Director Defence Information (DDI) made this known in a press statement shortly after General Musa spoke during his visit, extended his warmest greetings and best wishes to all Muslim personnel and their families on the joyous occasion of Eid-Kabir.

He prayed for the day to bring happiness, peace, and prosperity. He added that “as we gather here today, on this auspicious occasion of Sallah, I am deeply honored to stand before you, the brave soldiers who serve tirelessly to protect our nation’s interests in the Niger Delta region.

The CDS maintained that the troops’ unwavering vigilance and act of professionalism in combating threats posed by criminal elements, oil thieves, and other security challenges are commendable.

He also said he is proud of each one of them for their steadfastness and resilience in the face of adversity.

“Your commitment, sacrifice, and dedication do not go unnoticed, especially on such a significant day of celebration.

“Operation Delta Safe plays a crucial role in safeguarding our national assets, ensuring stability in the region, and promoting economic activities vital to our nation’s growth.

“your efforts contribute significantly to the overall security architecture of our country, and your sacrifices are deeply appreciated by the government and the people of Nigeria.

The Defence Chief concluded that as we celebrate Sallah together, let us reflect on the values of unity, peace, and tolerance that this festive season represents.

“These are values that resonate with our mission here in the Niger Delta. Let us continue to work together as a cohesive force, respecting each other’s differences and upholding the integrity of our operations.

“I also want to acknowledge the families of our dear personnel who support us from afar.

“Your unwavering support and understanding enable us to carry out our duties effectively. We are grateful for your sacrifice and commitment to our collective cause.

Earlier in his wellcome address, the Joint Task Force (JTF) Commander, Real Admiral JU Okeke said he is honoured to well come the CDS to the luncheon with troops of JTF South South Operation DELTA SAFE.

He sincerely appreciated General Musa for his Magnanimous presence.

He added that the event was organized in line with the CDS philosophy and passionate attachment to troops deployed in various theatre of operation.

Real Admiral Okeke further said that the gesture showcases the Defence Chief deep concern for the welfare and morale of personnel which he said, are critical to their fighting spirit.

The Commander JTF also added that his troops in synergy with other security agencies, community leaders and other stake holders have been involved in both kinetic and non- kinetic activities which has considerably brought peace.

He concluded that they conducted raids in criminal hideouts and recovered several weapons.

Presence at the event are some DHQ Departmental Chiefs, GOC 6 Division, land component commander, Major General JH Abdussallam, FOC NAVTRAC, Real Admiral IM Albara and some traditional rulers.

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