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Navy reiterates commitment to national security

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The Nigerian Navy says it will continue the protection of key economic platforms for the security and prosperity of the Nation.

It also re-assured tax payers in Nigeria that their resources would be judiciously utilized in this endeavour.

Rear Admiral David Adeniran, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command, gave the assurance on Monday during a press conference on board the Nigerian Navy Ship Centenary.

The briefing was held on the occasion of the Fourth Quarter Sea Exercise tagged “Exercise Ani-Oforifori”, meaning Chase Thief in Kalabari language.

Adeniran said that the Navy was committed to the protection of Nigeria’s critical asset for the good of the country.

He said that the exercise is being conducted in pursuant of the Chief Of the Naval Staff mission ‘to develop a naval force that is well trained, organized and highly motivated to discharge its constitutional roles professionally and efficiently for the defense of Nigeria in ensuring her economic prosperity’.

According to him, the exercise is part of the strategies developed by the Nigerian Navy over the years, adding that the strategies are Total Maritime Spectrum, Surveillance Capability and Choke Points management regime.

“The objective of the Exercise is to assess the operational readiness of ships, gunboats, helicopters and other platforms of the Eastern Fleet in order to practice the skills of personnel in tackling maritime threats within the Command’s Area of Responsibility.

“The simulated training exercise at the center covered Fleet Maneuvers, Steering Gear Breakdown, Machinery Breakdown, Visit Board Search and Seizure among others,” he said.

He said that the conduct of the exercise would give the Command the opportunity to ascertain the operational readiness of ships of the Eastern Fleet in furtherance of Nigerian Navy policing roles as constitutionally enshrined.

He added that the exercise would also avail personnel the opportunity to carry out series of exercises including fleet maneuvers; drills; Man Overboard; Opposed and Unopposed Boarding; Search and Rescue; Communication; Gunnery; Abandoned Ship, Boat Operations among others.

“Most importantly, the tax payers must be reassured that their resources are judiciously utilized in protection of key economic platforms for the security and prosperity of the Nation.

“It would be recalled that the Navy in collaboration with other maritime law enforcement agencies collectively developed the Harmonized Standard Operating Procedures on arrest, detention and prosecution of vessels and persons involved in maritime crimes within the Nigeria’s maritime environment.

“To further enhance the operationalization of this document, we have with us today some maritime law enforcement agencies that would participate in this sea exercise.

“I wish to reassure you that the Command will not relent in its efforts in ensuring smooth conduct of legitimate maritime activities within the Command Area of Responsibility,” he assured.

He commended the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ette Ibas for ensuring the safety and security of the maritime environment which he said generates 90 per cent of the Nation’s income.

He however, informed the public that the fleet proceeding to sea is procedural and the exercises that follow should not be source of worry or create panic.

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FG urged to declare state of emergency on federal roads, Senate tasks

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Disturbed by the deplorable conditions of road networks across the country, the Senate on Tuesday, charged the federal government to declare a state of emergency on all federal roads.
This was as the upper legislative chamber mandated  its Committees on Petroleum (Downstream), Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, FERMA and National Planning to investigate the Petroleum Products Price Regulatory Agency, PPPRA on the non-remittance of five percent user charge pump price of petrol.
Besides, the joint committees were also asked to investigate the non remittance of international vehicle transit charge accruing to FERMA and other established state roads maintenance agency.
These resolutions followed deliberations on a motion sponsored under Orders 42 and 52 of the Senate rule by Senator Geshom Bassey (PDP Cross River South)  who lamented the deplorable state of federal roads in the country.
Presenting the motion, Senator Basset expressed concern that several thousands of lives have been lost to road accidents due to bad and un-motorable roads, while bad portion of roads are safe haven for kidnappers and armed robbers on Nigerian highways.
Supporting the motion, Senator Chukwuka Utazi (PDP Enugu North) said the state of the federal highways are highly deplorable and that urgent attention is needed especially within this budget cycle to do something drastic to address the situation.
Utazi said “and like you prayed that the PPPRA should release the fund for totally provided for FERMA to do  it’s job.
“Mr President, the raining season is just gradually coming to an end and this is the opportunity for FERMA to go and start rehabilitating our roads so that Nigerians can move freely.
“This period is also the time for harvest and in order to ensure that farmers that are in the hinterland get to the appropriate market to get adequate prices for their goods, we  have to make sure the roads are properly done.
“You also know that because we don’t have the rail lines that should be in place, most of the goods and services that we move from one place to the other are done through trucking and if you continue to do trucking, you know that the life span of any  major federal highway may not last long.
“This is a very important motion moved at the most appropriate time to get the desired attention and I’m standing here lending my support and full weigh to get that being done knowing fully well that those of us from the south east are the major complainants of the bad roads in this country and we hope that we get the desired attention from FERMA if  this motion scales through.”
In his remark, President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan said he believe that every part of the country suffers from this problem of deplorable  roads.
He expressed optimism that the  committees mandated to look into the matter will  swing into action and attend to the issue associated with this motion.
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SAD… Taraba INEC REC is dead

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The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, (REC) in Taraba State, Alhaji Baba Abba Yusuf, is dead.
INEC Secretary, Rose Oriarian-Anthony, said the REC died on Saturday night at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Borno State, where he had been on admission.
She said: “The Independent National Electoral Commission regrets to announce the death of the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Taraba State, Alhaji Baba Abba Yusuf.
“He died last (Saturday) night at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Borno State, where he was on admission for sometime.
He was buried today (Sunday) September 29 2019 at 4pm in Maiduguri.
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Transgender: Sade Adu’s daughter finally becomes a man (PHOTOS)

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Izaak and Mum

Sade’s transgender son has shared a heartfelt message of thanks to the soul singer, as he completes his transition from female to male.

Izaak Theo Adu, born Mickailia ‘Ila’ Adu, has spent the past six months in recovery after undergoing phalloplasty surgery, the reconstructive procedure typically undergone by transgender and non-binary people.

After returning home to his family, Izaak shared a sweet photo of himself hugging Sade, 60, along with a message praising the iconic singer for her unwavering support. In the Instagram post, Izaak wrote: ‘It’s been a long hard road but We did it!! We are coming home!!!! ‘Thank you for staying by my side these past 6 months Mumma. Thank you for fighting with me to complete the man I am. ‘Thank you for your encouragement when things are hard, for the love you give me. The purest heart. I love you so much. Queen of queens ♥️ #mumma #lioness #queen#iloveyou.’

Izaak is Sade’s only child from her former relationship with reggae music producer Bob Morgan.

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