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Navy’s Rearmament On Course -CDS

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The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Iraboh at the weekend assured of the Federal Government’s commitment to rearm the Nigeria Navy with modern warships and weaponry.
Iraboh gave the assurance on the sideline of a ‘Ceremonial Sunset’ organised by the Nigeria Navy to mark its 66th anniversary held at Nigeria Naval College in Onne, Rivers.
He said the Navy had done a lot in safeguarding Nigeria’s critical oil and gas resources through its dominance at the nation’s waters and the Gulf of Guinea.
“The Nigeria Navy is indisputably a critical contributor to the mainstay of the nation’s economy, hence efforts must be redoubled to build a Navy that we all will be proud of.
“We need to encourage the Navy to guarantee the nation’s economic prosperity within the context of the prevailing Federal Government’s effort to revamp and reposition our economy.
“The Federal Government is working assiduously to ensure the Navy’s past operational handicap regarding insufficient equipment becomes a thing of the past,” he said.
Iraboh attributed the current peace being experienced at coastal communities across the country to the doggedness of officers and ratings of the Navy in synergy with other security services.
“I commend the untiring efforts of the Navy and the entire Armed Forces for reducing crude oil theft, violent crimes and other illegalities in the nation’s maritime domain.
“The realities of our current security situation have further affirmed the multivalent utility of the Nigeria Navy.
“We are indeed proud to acknowledge Navy personnel’s gallantry and service in safeguarding our waters; the Gulf of Guinea, as well as their new and expanded continental role,” he said.
The defence Chief urged the Navy to put to good use the new warships and other platforms acquired by the Federal Government in its rearmament programme.
Speaking, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Awwal Gambo, said the event was an age-long naval tradition used to recognise its achievements and honour fallen colleagues.
He assured of Navy’s commitment to meet its mandate of protecting the nation’s maritime environment for socio-economic activities to thrive.
According to him, the acquisition of new warships and other equipment has necessitated the need to train and retrain troops to effectively use the different arms.
“Concerted efforts are also being made to upgrade the naval fleets to enable us to defend the territorial integrity of our great nation from the sea.
“Due to the availability of the newly acquired platforms, on-the-job training will also be accorded a well-deserved status in our career planning.
“To this end, increased attention is given to training to keep officers and ratings abreast with modern warfare.
“Training curriculums are being reviewed while several training aids and simulators have been continuously procured to join the inventory of the service,” he said.
He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for repositioning the Navy to be relevant in nation building.

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Rivers NLC Crisis Uncalled For -Aviation Workers

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Sequel to the disagreement in the leadership of the Rivers State Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Port Harcourt International Airport Branch, says the disagreement is uncalled for.
Making the position of the union known while interacting with The Tide, Chairman of NUATE at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Mr Felix Ogude, noted that individual interests, rather than constitutional provisions are being brought to bear in the quest for leadership.
According to him, the Constitution has spelt out how the activities and business of the union should be carried out.
Why the Executive of the union could not stick to the Constitutional provisions, he said, wondering.
“The Constitution of the NLC is clear about how elected officials of the union could be removed, and we will not allow sentiment of any kind that will jeopardise the peace of the union. Comrade Beatrice Itubo was duly elected as Chairperson of the State Council, and any process for her removal that does not follow due process will not stand.
“She had informed us of her political interest in one of our State Working Committee meetings, and promised she was going to do the needful at the appropriate time.
“How come all this rush to take over the leadership, when the majority of the executive are not in support, knowing that an elected official cannot be removed in office, even when contesting an election”, Felix said.
The NUATE State boss, however, blamed comrade Emecheta and his group for being responsible for the current problem and the leadership crisis rocking the union, and urged them to retrace their steps.
He stated that NUATE will not be a part in any way in what will bring crisis to the State Council of the NLC.

By: Corlins Walter

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Don’t See Your Incarceration As Barrier, Controller Tells Prison Inmates

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The Controller, Port Harcourt Maximum Correctional Centre, Mr Felix Lawrence, has charged inmates not to see their incarceration as a barrier, but rather another window for excellence in life.
Lawrence said this during the graduation ceremony of the centre students at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) in Port Harcourt last Friday.
The Controller, who spoke through the Human Resources Manager, Mr Benson C. Luke told the inmates to aim high irrespective of their incarceration.
According to him, the graduand-inmates have so far proven that one can excel in any condition or environment regardless of the nature.
He also charged them to use the ‘power’ given them to fight vices in the society, saying that education is the bed rock of the society.
“Education is not easy. We call on you all to reintegrate them into the society. Don’t stigimatise them by avoiding them upon their release”, he said.
In his view, the Deputy Controller, Mr Effiong Etim, who described the opportunity to study while in incarceration as a special privilege, cautioned against its abuse by the beneficiaries.
One of the ways to abuse it, Etim said, was to fall back to crime upon their release to the society.
He revealed that all the inmates are within the budding age of 25, which he tagged the epic of one’s youthful age that can be utilised positively in any given environment.
The Deputy Controller also hinted that there is provision for skills acquisition programme for those who are willing to get trained.
Meanwhile, the Registrar of NOUN, Mr Felix Eluka, reassured the inmates of the institution’s decision to offer free education to as many as may wish to school while in prison custody.
“We are here to formally present certificates to those who made it. Seven of you in all.
“Two made Second Class Upper Division, while the rest made Second Class Lower Division. We appeal to inmates to pick our forms. The university is offering you free education. No money to be spent, even the form”, he said.
Speaking on behalf of the the graduands, Mr Cletus Akanazu thanked both the Prison’s management, the Director, Port Harcourt Maximum Correctional Special Centre of NOUN, Dr Nnenna Chukwuma, and promised to be good ambassadors upon their release to the ‘outside world’ as they fondly refer to the society.

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Association Trains Over 167 Teachers In Rivers

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The United Kingdom/Nigeria’s Occupational Safety And Health Association (OSHA), Rivers State Chapter, has trained over 167 teachers in safety management.
The association made this known in its recent advocacy programme with the theme, National Safety Advocacy Programme (NSAP) Schools Workplace Safety and Security In A Dynamic Environment, aimed at creating awareness for pupils and teachers to raise an alarm in emergency situations.
The association, led by its State Chairman, Dr. Chris Mitchell, visited a total of 16 primary and secondary schools and trained over 3,280 pupils and students on safety and security consciousness in a dynamic environment.
Mitchell, during the training programme urged the pupils and students to be conscious in preventing domestic and fire accidents, which, he said, have claimed lives and properties.
He taught the students, teachers and proprietresses proprietors the basic of safety and security in classes and offices.
Mitchell, on behalf of the Association, donated over 20 first aid boxes to the 16 schools visited, while about 50 teachers were selected and trained on fire safety, evacuation strategies and first aid.
The training, which took place at Jarspok International School, Rukpokwu, Port Harcourt, had in attendance various safety experts and personnel.
In his training sessions with the teachers, Engr. Abraham Odogwu equipped them with the four key principles of safety; Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery (PPRR).
Odogwu warned the various staff on the dangers of cooking, explaining that “the best method to prevent flameable fuel is to prevent its spillage. Propane gas has 2.0 – 9.5kgl explosive range and should be properly handled”, he stated.

By: Ike Wigodo

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