FG Gets Kudos For Improving Air Force
The Federal Government has been commended for its determination to improve the operational capability of the Nigerian Air Forcec.
Making the commendation during the induction of the AGUSTA 109 Helicopter:into the Alr orce Inventory at the 305 Flying Training School, Enugu, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Olusegun Oluseyin Petinrin , noted that attempts to regenerate the Nigerian Air Force as a vital instrument of national power are yielding results.
His words: “Efforts are on to increase our C-130 Hercules aircraft fleet. The
Mi 24/35 Atta7k Helicopter, the super Puma helicopters, the G-222s, the ATR-42 Maritime PaErol Aircraft and the Donier228 light transport and liaison aircraft.
“Similarly, the Alpha jets, the new F-7 NI combat aircraft will spoon start operations. Today’s occasion is to usher in the Augusta A 109 Light I Utility Helicopter / A 109 Executive into the service.”
Air Marshal Petinrin, who spoke through Air Vice Marshal
Edwin Allene Okafor, expressed happiness that the Nigerian~Air Force would attain and claim its rightful place~when all these platforms are
fully operational by the end of this year.
He stated that acquisition of the platforms are Agusta A 109LUH/E aircraft and deployment of Alpha Jet Fighters at the 305 Flying Training School, Enugu will enhance the Nigerian Air
Force capability to protect the nation’s maritime environment, as a single service or in joint operations with surface forces.
He, however, recalled with regrets that the Nigerian Air Force the nation and a dependable air power in the sub-region in the 1980s, but due to the lack of platforms and other challenges could not perform its constitutional roles.
“Our capacity for rapid response in the defence of our nation by air and in support of other security initiatives of government was thus blunted. “It is a well known fact that huge losses are incurred annually to illegal bunkering and exploitation of maritime resources along Nigeria’s exclusive economic zone. “It is, therefore, imperative that positive steps be taken to protect vast arine resources and,/indeed, our territorial integrity”, he further stressed.
Also in a welcome address, the Air Officer, Commanding Training Command, Air
Vice Marshal MD Umar, noted the decision to transform 305 Flying Training School into an international flying training school open to other services, the general public and sister African countries.
To governor Chime of Enugu State, who has picked a form to enroll as the first executive student pilot, AVM Umar said: “I can assure you, sir, you are in good hands.”
“Indeed this occasion calls for celebration, as it’s marks a mile stone towards the realization of the chief of Air Staff vision to rebuild the operational capability of the Nigerian Air Force for effective and efficient employment as a vital instrument of national power in a rapidly changing world},” he said.
Governor Chime, on his brief part also commendd the chief of Air staff for his bold initiative to rebuild the Nigerian Air Force generally and the 305 Flying Training School, Enugu.
He assured the Air Force of the cooperation of his government at all times.
The high point of the ceremony was the testing of the two new helicopters, during which governor chime and some government officials were airlifted to ascertain the air worthiness of the aircrafts.
Tinubu Signs Bill Unifying Retirement Age For Judicial Officers
Asiwaju Bola Tinubu yesterday signed his first piece of legislation as President, when he assented to a constitutional amendment bill bringing uniformity to the retirement age and pension rights of judicial officers in the country.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the State House Director of Information, Abiodun Oladunjoye, yesterday.
The statement is titled ‘President Tinubu assents to constitutional amendment Bill on uniformity in retirement age of judicial officers’.
The statement read in part: “In exercising the powers vested in him under the 1999 Constitution as amended, President Bola Tinubu yesterday at the State House assented to a fresh amendment of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“President Tinubu signed into law the ‘Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Fifth Alteration) (No.37), 2023’ presented by the outgoing 9th National Assembly”.
It added that “With the signing of the Constitutional amendment Bill, retirement age and pension rights of judicial officers have been effectively brought into uniformity and other related matters”.
While signing the amendment Bill into law, Tinubu pledged his administration’s dedication to strengthening the judiciary, ensuring the rule of law, and empowering judicial officers to execute their responsibilities effectively.
Democracy Day: FG Declares Monday Public Holiday
The Federal Government has declared Monday, June 12, as a public holiday in commemoration of 2023 Democracy Day celebration.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Dr Oluwatoyin Akinlade, on behalf of the Federal Government.
While congratulating Nigerians on the occasion, Akinlade stated that the country’s democratic journey has encountered stormy and smooth sails, just like in many other climes.
She said, “But the ship of State, its institutions and most importantly, the Nigerian people have remained steadfast on the tenets of democratic governance.”
“On this memorable occasion therefore, Nigerians and friends of Nigeria are invited to appreciate the progress that has been made, celebrate the milestones covered and look forward to a better future for the country’s democracy.
“The Permanent Secretary wishes all Nigerians a Happy Democracy Day celebration, “ the statement added.
RSHA Screens Five For Commissioners, Today
Five commissioner nominees are to appear before the Rivers State House of Assembly, today for screening.
The nominees include Engr. Chukwuemeka Woke, Barr.(Mrs) Inime Aguma, Hon Nwafor Uchechukwu, Dr. Kenneth Chisom Gbah and Hon. Henry Ogiri.
In a statement signed by the Acting Clerk of the House, Dr. Emeka Amadi, the five commissioner nominees are expected to appear before the lawmakers by 10am.
The nominees are also requested to submit 40 copies of their original credentials to the office of the Acting Clerk on or before 9am, today.
Four commissioners had earlier been screened by the Assembly and sworn in by the State governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, last week.
These nominees, if screened and confirmed, will therefore, bring the number of commissioners in the State to nine in the last one week.
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