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COAS Urges Officers To Develop Skills For Strategic, Operational Performance

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Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, has emphasised the need for military officers to develop necessary leadership skills to enable them to perform both operationally and strategically.
He stated this while delivering a lecture titled; ‘Strategic Leadership in a Complex Security Environment: My Perspective’ to the Course 8 participants at the Air Force War College, in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, yesterday.
Amao posited that strategic leadership would require that commanders provide political leaders with balanced military options to aid them in making informed decisions.
While identifying lack of focus on the bigger picture, pressure to meet short-term demands, success syndrome and toxic leadership as reasons why most strategic leaders fail, the Chief of Air Staff urged the participants not to be caught in that web.
“Lack of clearly articulated or misunderstood mission leads to decisions at the lower levels that may not support the ‘Big Picture’ with followers feeling overly pressured for time and overcommitted for resources.”
Amao added that this may even make operational leaders make decisions that are at variance with the strategy or vision of the leader.
He urged the participants to focus on the big picture by understanding that the dynamics of the national security environment are a must for the attainment of strategic leadership.
Responding, the Commandant of the Nigerian Air Force War College, AVM Sayo Olatunde, while describing the lecture as epoch-making, commended the Chief of Air Staff for finding time out of his very busy schedule to personally come and deliver the lecture.
“The lecture itself is painstaking, thorough and pragmatic. It is an indispensable study material for developing our strategic leadership capacity,” the commandant stated.

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Mgbundukwu Community Crisis: Paramount Ruler Wins Round One

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The chieftaincy crisis that has been rocking the Mgbundukwu Community in Mile II, Diobu, Port Harcourt City Local Government Area of Rivers State has taken another twist.
According to a press release signed by the Palace Secretary, Chief Chijioke Amadi, and made available to the press, “The Paramount Ruler/Nyenweli Mgbundukwu Community, Eze Owabie Tobin has won the round one of the matter.” It added that the factional leaders of the community could not prove their case against the monarch at the Zone 16 of the Rivers/Bayelsa States Police Command, where the matter was reported.
The release stated further that since the community did not present any challenger to the said throne and the monarch, having substantiated his coronation for the throne with evidence shows that he is still the King.
Amadi stated further that from every sense of reasoning, the paramount ruler is not taking the matter lying low and plans to sue the factional leaders of the community to the High Court for malicious damages, libel and defamation of character.
They also stated that the alleged attack on the paramount ruler was politically motivated as he was perceived as having sympathy with the Governor Nyesom Wike government while the leaders were predominantly of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
Most of the leaders, other sources say are on the run as the royal father prepares to start the round two of the matter.
The good thing, according to a community leader in a nearby community, Mr. Simeon Wigodo, is that the case has not affected the administration or socio-economic activities of the Mgbudunkwu Community neither have the people resorted to violence as some others would have done.
Amadi indicated that sometime earlier this year, some persons from the community questioned the authenticity and origin of their paramount ruler/Nyenweli after 23 years on the throne by not only putting it in writing but went ahead and allegedly assaulted the monarch during one of their town hall meetings and still dragged him to the Police Zone 16 headquarters in Bayelsa State but could not substantiate their allegation, and abandoned the case and disappeared.

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Bonny Security Is Top Notch – LG Boss

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The authorities of Bonny Local Government in Rivers State say security of lives and property remains top notch
This was disclosed yesterday by the Chairman of the Council, Hon Anengi Barasua, in her office while receiving an award of excellent performance by the weekly watch.
Hon Anengi said essence of adequate security could not be over emphasised.
She noted that it would give room for conducive working environment among her people and companies ,industries opeatng in the area.
The Bonny first female Chairman opined that necessary support had been given to all security agents by her administration to achieve such feat.
Anengi explained that in the past, Bonny used to experience sea piracy and other forms of security threats ,but since she assumed office all ha become things of the past.
She vowed never to compromise security of lives and property of her people.
“Security of lives and property of our people is top notch to us .
In the past, we used to experience sea piracy and other forms of security threats ,but since I assumptef office all have been a thing of the past
“We have achieved this by working closely with the security agents
On no account can I compromise security of the people ,” she declared
Hon Anengi commended Governor Nyesom Wike for priotising security which had helped her achieve much success.
She described Governor Wike as a great leader whose footprint would be difficult to erase in Rivers political annals.
Anengi said she remained grateful to Governor Wike for the opportunity given her and other Rivers women to prove that they could do it better.
She noted women of Rivers State and beyond would continue to appreciate him and give necessary support to him.
She commended the efforts of the media especially weekly watch for recognizing Excellency and hardwork
While acknowledging the effort of weekly watch in the development of Rivers State.
While admitting that the prestigious award was a challenge to escalate scope of work and do it better.
She said the grace of God had been enormous and sufficient.

By: Chidi Enyie

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Insecurity In Nigeria Is Alarming – Lawyer

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A Port Harcourt based lawyer and human rights activist, Mr. Chijioke Agi, has described the insecurity in the nation as alarming.
Mr. Agi, who made the remarks while speaking with journalists in Port Harcourt, on Monday, expressed regret that leaders had put the nation on a precipice.
He said recent development in the country had blatantly shown that there was no leadership.
He opined that the killings and shootings in Abuja, the country ‘ s federal capital territory was quite benumbing and underscored the fact that the military could no longer contain insurgency in both the northeast and northwest.
He noted that in spite of the huge resources spent the military there was nothing to show for it.
Mr. Agi said the call for President Mohammadu Buhari’s impeachment by the national assembly was pretty belated given the quantum of losses the country had suffered in all sectors of the economy.
He said the present administration had undermined the progress of the nation and caused nationwide poverty.
The Port Harcourt based lawyer remarked that the nation would grind to a halt if the present administration had more time to stay in office.
He stated that the anti-corruption was a mirage and pointed out that corruption had gained more grounds in the present administration.
“A country blessed with abundant natural resources is borrowing to pay salaries of workers. How long will that be? It’s pathetic,” he stated.
He said that there was no unity among Nigerians and explained that leadership by the mediocre had put paid to the achievement of national goals.
Mr. Agi said unless the nation had a way of bringing its leaders to book and holding them accountable the expected change would never come.
He said it was disheartening to see the masses reeling in abject poverty in the midst of abundant human and resources.
The lawyer called for deliberate and concerted effort to choose a good leader in 2023.

By: Chidi Enyie,

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