The Nigerian Army on Friday ended it’s 2022 Combat Competition with 82 Division emerging the overall winner with a total of 53 points.
The event, held in Ogoja Local Government Area of Cross River, had the 3 Division in the second position with 52 points, while the 2 Division had 46 points to clinch the third position.
The five days event, Inter-Division Combat Company Orienteering and Adventure Competition was held at 314 Artillery Regiment, Godwin Ally Military Cantonment, Ogoja.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, represented by Maj-Gen Erema Akerejola, Corps Supply and Transport, said the objective of the competition was to enhance the operational readiness of troops.
Yahaya explained that the competition was to enhance their strength, to tackle the fight against insurgency and other security challenges bedevilling the country.
According to him, the activities no doubt improved efficiencies in leadership skills, organisational ability and endurance.
“It has also enhanced esprit-de corps, physical fitness, map , administration in the field and minor tactics, among others.
“I congratulate all the participants for the good outings and the zeal displayed throughout the competition.
“You are therefore expected to take back to your various formations the invaluable knowledge and endurance you gained during the competition,” he said.
He said the army expected to see a remarkable improvement in their approach to the defeat of the enemies and management of the various security challenges in the country.
Brig.-Gen. Etsu Ndagi, Chairman, Local Organising Committee of the competition, commended the participants and thanked God the event was successful.
Ndagi noted that the competition involved eight military units across the country.
He said that the participants competed in various activities such as 10 kilometre-run, 20 kilometre-navigation run, 30 kilometres run with heavy loads, amongst others.
The highlight of the event included the presentation of certificates of participation, award and trophies to the various divisions.
Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Retired Gen. Jeremiah Useni, has advised Nigerians to vote for credible candidates in the 2023 general elections, and not money.
Useni gave the advice when he received the Presidential Candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Prince Adewole Adebayo in his Abuja residence on Friday in Abuja.
“My plea is that we should do the right, choose the right people.
Don’t follow people because they can give you money.
“My plea to all of you is that we must all do the right thing.
Vote properly, vote the right people not because they give you money,” he said.
Useni said that Nigeria is a country blessed with everything, all that was needed to make the country great was to do the right thing.
“Everybody has a time to do something, some of us have played our role, some of you are still playing your role while some will play theirs later.
” Useni, who expressed delight in the manner in which Adebayo spoke, said he was convinced that he meant well for the country, advising that he maintain it.
Earlier in his remarks, Adebayo said he was in Useni residence to seek his blessings and advice on the 2023 general elections.
The SDP presidential candidate said that Nigeria needed a government that was capable of addressing the numerous complaints and injustices.
Adebayo said that in every part of the country there were complaints about one injustice or the other including ethnic, religion, economic and social.
He said the injustice must be addressed by a leader who was ready to say the truth and do the right thing at all times.
“We must say the truth in this country.
It may be convenient, it may not be convenient to some.
“It may make some people happy or and some not make some happy, but we must say the truth.
“Everything we need to succeed as a country has been given to us but our problem is we quarrel with the truth.
“We need to have leaders like you who know the truth and say the truth.
“We must have a government that is capable of addressing the numerous complains by Nigerians in 2023,” Adebayo said.
He said that the job of the head of state was to be the father of all, who we say the truth and be ready to make sacrifice when the need arises.
A group of candidates and aspirants in the 2023 general elections on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has pledged to work for the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
The group, under the aegis, Atikulated Global Movement (AGM), made the pledge during the official unveiling of its national office on Friday in Abuja.
The group also donated branded materials in support of the party’s presidential flag bearer.
The group’s Co-convener and National Vice Chairperson, Princess Nikky Onyeri, made the pledge in her remarks at the office unveiling ceremony.
Onyeri said that the movement with slogan of the movement is, “aspirants and candidates united,” would use its network at the grassroots across the federation to deliver for Abubakar.
“Here is a grassroots organisation that cuts across the length and breadth of Nigeria in all the 36 states and the FCT.
“Our membership now is about 1,000 but we are working to accommodate about 15,000 candidates and aspirants that contested PDP tickets at all levels ready to work with us for the success of Abubakar,” she said Onyeri said that the movement had already met with Abubakar who endorsed AGM, gave it the mandate to unify all PDP aspirants in the last primary elections for the party.
She said that the movement was already reaching out to all aspirants and candidates including, both incumbent and governorship candidates in all geopolitical zones.
She urged all Nigerians and PDP members to go out and canvass support for the Abubakar-Okowa presidential ticket.
Onyeri also urged other aspirants yet to key into the movement to do so for the benefits of the party and the nation.
“There is power in coming together.
Together is power.
We have a database of 15,000 aspirants, imagine the size of the community we are talking about.
“For other aspirants that are still sitting on the fence, this is the only way for you.
If you don’t join this movement, four years from now, nobody is going to remember you,” she said.
The special guest of honour at the occasion, Hajia Maryam Atiku Abubakar, wife of Abubakar, commended the movement for taking it upon itself to strengthen the party.
She appreciated the group for working for the success of PDP and the candidature of Abubakar in 2023 general elections.
Atiku, who is also the AGM National Leader, represented by Hajia Hauwa Atiku Abubakar-Uwais, while unveiling the head office described the movement’s effort as selfless and commendable.
“The most important thing that I am taking away from this is the fact that the aspirants in PDP are relentless, selfless and they have put the party first.
“So this is very important for me, for the growth of the PDP and also for the success of the PDP in 2023 general elections,” she said.
Mrs Atiku urged all aspirants and candidates to put the party first, while advising those yet to key into the platform to do so without delay for the success of PDP in 2023. “I believe that in everything that we do, we should always consider the platform that we are given.
“If the PDP will allow you into its fold even to contest for a primary election, I believe it has been welcoming.
“It is also important for you as an aspirant to also put your party first and to ensure that your party is successful, because if today it is not you, perhaps tomorrow it will be you,” she said.
The President, National Cashew Association of Nigeria (NCAN), Mr Joseph Ajanaku, says the 16th edition of African Cashew Alliance Conference to hold in Nigeria will attract foreign investors and grow the nation’s economy.
Ajanaku said at a media briefingq1 on Friday, that the conference would hold from Sept. 12 to Sept..
15, in Abuja.
According to him, one thing that stands out for Nigeria in this big event is that there will be significant opportunities for growth in Cashew nuts processing and production and businesses that will strengthen synergies.
Ajanaku said that it was going to be the biggest Cashew Summit ever held in Africa because it will harmonise delegates and major stakeholders and attract a lot of business opportunities and influence some policies in the Sector.
The News Agency of NIgeria reports that the Conference is with the theme“strengthening sustainable kernel and by-products marketing in the African cashew industry.
” Speaking earlier, Mr Ernest Mintah, ,Managing Director, African Cashew Alliance (ACA) said that the conference was being held annually.
“In different African Countries ,we have held 15 editions and am happy to see that this time it’s coming to Nigeria for the first time and holding in the Capital City of Abuja.
” Government and the private sector will be exchanging ideas , learning from experts globally to expand production in the Sector.
Mintah explained that while processing is growing in Nigeria,with about 10 per cent ,it was still too little and still needs to be explored in order to generate more revenue and create employment for the youths”.
According to him,the largest volume was going to Vietnam in Indian and it’s a lot of jobs also being exported.
“If we are exporting the primary products we are getting one dollar 20 cent per kg to cover the farmers services, transport and export.
”If we process,we stand about three times of the Government accrued to the Government,we are also growing jobs.
He stated that for every thousand metric tonnes exported, Nigeria was losing about 300 jobs of processed cashew depending on the technology used which can create about 250-300 jobs .
“The crop and production is here, during the Conference,we won’t only be listening to experts speak,we will also do field visits to the various factories here and people will know how they are set up and opportunities to invest in.
He called on the Government to support Investment in the sector in Nigeria and increase the processing of Cashew in the Country.
NAN reports that Africa produces about 57 per cent of the total world production of Cashew yet Nigeria process only about 10 per cent
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, on Friday inaugurated a physiotherapy complex at the Jaji Military Cantonment Medical Centre in Kaduna.
He reiterated his commitment to improve all Army medical facilities to provide skilled and specialized management to personnel who sustain injuries.
“The Physiotherapy complex will facilitate treatment of Injuries in veins and nerves, among other injuries that had hitherto not been attended to here; it will enhance and facilitate personnel quick recovery,” he said.
Yahaya added that the Physiotherapy complex would also facilitate treatment to those in need within the Jaji Military Cantonment, thereby making it easier to get timely medical intervention.
He said that the Army has been providing medical services, equipments and structures to various formations to give its troops immediate medical support when needed.
“Our enhancement and improvement of medical facilities across Army formations is very important to troops morale.
“Administration is also important, and that is why we don’t take it for granted, and thereby choose to build upon what our predecessor left,” Yahaya saidThe COAS also spoke on ongoing military operations, saying it has picked heightened tempo, leveraging on enablers provided by President Muhammadu Buhari, and the commitment of troops in various theatres of operation.
Yahaya assured that the operations would be sustained, and restated the Nigerian Army’s commitment in improving on its successes.
“We shall live no stone unturned in the pursuit of those criminal bandits, kidnappers and terrorists, we shall continue to follow them wherever they are,” he assured.
He said with the support of the Air Force, Navy and other security agencies, they will not relent in carrying out the orders of the Commander-in-Chief.
“The orders are clear: you carry arms and we send you to hell to account for your sins,” Yahaya said.
Earlier, Lt-Col. Bolanle Suleman, Commanding Officer Jaji Military Cantonment Medical Centre, briefed the COAS on the state of the art medical installation available to personnel and their families in the complex.
Also, Brig.-Gen. Francies Omata, Director Special Forces, Headquarters Infantry Corps Centre (ICC), on behalf of the Commander Infantry Corps, thanked the COAS for his immense support to the Corps.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the COAS also inspected ongoing projects within the Jaji Military Cantonment.
The projects included the proposed Infantry mess, zoological garden, Nigerian Army School of Infantry Swimming Pool, GTAG complex and the Rigger Tower of Airborne Wing.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya has charged senior military officers to be more professional and raise their performance in the ongoing military operations in the country.
Yahaya gave the charge while delivering a lecture on his “Vision for the Nigerian Army”, to students of Senior Course 45 of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji on Friday.
The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, made this known is a statement in Abuja.
The COAS highlighted the pillars of his command to include professionalism, readiness, administration and cooperation with other security agencies and stakeholders.
He said that those pillars drove his vision “to have a Professional Nigerian Army Ready to Accomplish Assigned Missions within a Joint Environment”.
He added that the vision was a deliberate and conscious effort to achieve the constitutional mandate of the Nigerian army.
Yahaya reiterated the commitment of the Nigerian army under his command to deal decisively with security challenges confronting the nation.
The Commandant of the College, AVM Oluwarotimi Tuwase, urged participants from the army to key into the vision of the COAS during and after their course, to effectively tackle the security challenges bedeviling the nation.
The COAS later inaugurated the Jaji Military Cantonment Physiotherapy Centre to boost healthcare services for soldiers and their families.
While inaugurating the ultra modern Physiotherapy Center, Yahaya expressed optimism that it would be put to purposeful use.
The COAS was also conducted round some projects by the Commandant Nigerian Army School of Infantry, Maj.-Gen. Monday Ali. The projects include,among others, the Reconnaisance and Airborne Training Wings.