The Minister of Defense, retired Major General. Bashir Magashi, has urged Defense Intelligence, Advisers and Attachés to develop innovative solutions to the myriad of security challenges facing Nigeria.
Magashi said this at the opening of the Annual Conference of Defense Advisers and Attachés, organized by the Intelligence Agency (DIA), on Monday in Abuja.
The theme of the week-long conference is 'Sustaining Nigeria's Defense and Security: The Role of the Defense Attaché System'.
He said that the Defense Attachés System had a crucial role to play in forging understanding and cooperation with security and defense architectures in their respective countries of accreditation.
The minister said that the myriad of security threats across the country continue to jeopardize economic growth and food security.
He said that food security had also been exacerbated by flooding across the country.
This, according to him, makes it imperative that the various security agencies collaborate more to address the problems in order to create an environment conducive for economic activities to flourish and attract foreign direct investment.
He said the conference was a vital mechanism through which the agency would assess, formulate and review strategic policies in line with evolving national and global security challenges.
“A cursory look at the security challenges in Nigeria today reveals that new dimensions in the fight against insecurity through the kinetic and non-kinetic approach are yielding positive results in the fight against terrorism and banditry.
“Particularly, in the Northwest and Center-North Zones.
“However, the coastal states of the South-South region are still plagued by illegal oil sourcing, piracy and militancy.
“While the southeast is challenged by the secessionist activities of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra and the Eastern Security Network.
“The southwestern region is equally facing secessionist leanings as well as occasional tension between herders and farmers.
“Distinguishing the threats Nigeria is currently facing and understanding its socio-geographical context is critical to tailoring appropriate and long-lasting countermeasures.
“Sadly, the prevalence of these threats has continued to jeopardize our economic growth and food security.
"This has been exacerbated with flooding across the country," he said.
Magashi therefore said that the participants must assess the shared vision of stemming the tide of insecurity through the integrated efforts of all government entities.
He also urged the participants to harness the potential of the defense attaché system to effectively contribute to the country's security efforts.
“Without a doubt, many countries, including Nigeria, have continued to devise new strategies to improve defense and security systems in order to meet ever-evolving security challenges.
“In our effort to address the myriad of security challenges facing our nation, we require the cooperation of our allies in the areas of capability development, acquisition, and provision of spare parts for our defense equipment.
“Therefore, we rely heavily on you, the Defense Advisors and Attachés, to foster bilateral and multilateral relationships with our allies,” he said.
The defense minister urged the participants to develop strategies to improve the country's defense and security.
Magashi had previously inaugurated some projects executed to enhance its operations, as well as the placement of blocks for the expansion of the DIA Headquarters complex.
Edited Oropo/Maharazu Ahmed
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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has appealed to the members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to remain calm in view of their latest outcry over the reported half-salary payment by the Federal Government.The Speaker in a statement he personally signed on Monday noted that efforts to find a lasting solution to the concerns frequently raised by ASUU were on. He, however, assured that President Muhammadu Buhari has indicated interest to wade into the latest concerns raised by the union.“When the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) called off their industrial action three weeks ago, it meant that academic activities could resume in our nation’s public universities, and students could return to their academic pursuits after the prolonged interruption. This decision was rightly heralded nationwide as the correct decision.“Since then, the Executive and the House of Representatives have worked to address the issues that led to the strike. We are currently working on the 2023 Appropriations Bill, which includes N170 billion to provide a level of increment in the welfare package of university lecturers. The Bill also includes additional N300 billion revitalization funds to improve the infrastructure and operations of federal universities.“Furthermore, the House of Representatives has convened the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and other stakeholders to facilitate the adoption of elements of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) into the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS). This effort is being supervised by the Chairman of the House Committee on Tertiary Education, Rep. Aminu Suleiman.”Gbajabiamila noted that the position taken by the Federal Government that it was not obligated to pay salaries to lecturers for the time spent on strike, was premised on the law and the government’s legitimate interest in preventing moral hazard and discouraging disruptive industrial actions.“Nonetheless, interventions have been made to explore the possibility of partial payments to the lecturers. We look forward to a favourable consideration by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR who has manifested his desire to what is prudent and necessary to resolve all outstanding issues.“Implementing meaningful change takes time, especially when appropriations and modifications to systems such as IPPIS are required. Therefore, I urge all parties to be patient and grant each other the presumption of goodwill to the extent necessary to achieve our shared objectives. This is not a time for political brinkmanship.“There is no more pressing objective than to preclude the possibility of further disruptions to the academic calendar of the universities. We must prevent this possibility by all means, as these disruptions risk the promise and potential of our nation’s youth,” he said.Speaker Gbajabiamila also restated his commitment to provide sustainable reforms to the Nigerian tertiary education system.He noted that the challenges facing Nigerian tertiary education were multifaceted, hence the need for all stakeholders to come together and proffer solutions.To this end, the Speaker advocated a national tertiary education summit during which stakeholders would come up with ways to make things better in the sector.Gbajabiamila said three weeks ago, he called for a national conversation on the substantive reforms required to address the underlying issues bedevilling public tertiary education in Nigeria.“To that end, the House of Representatives is convening a National Summit on Tertiary Education Reform. We have called for papers and memoranda from members of the public. The submissions we receive and expert presentations at the Summit will inform our policy recommendations and actions.“I urge all citizens and stakeholders to participate in this crucial effort to reinvent our public tertiary institutions into respected citadels of learning,” he added.
Human rights lawyer Femi Falana (SAN) has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to direct public universities to pay members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) their full salaries.Some members of the union which recently called off their eight-month strike had complained of getting half salaries for October 2022. The Federal Government had defended the move, insisting that the varsity teachers cannot be paid for not working.“They were paid in pro-rata to the number of days that they worked in October, counting from the day that they suspended their industrial action,” the Ministry of Labour and Employment said. “Pro-rata was done because you cannot pay them for work not done. Everybody’s hands are tied.”But in a statement on Sunday, Falana, said the ‘no work, no pay’ policy does not apply to ASUU members.“The position of the Federal Government is factually faulty and legally misleading. Since the industrial action was called off the public universities have adjusted their calendars to ensure that the 2021/2022 academic session is not cancelled. Consequently, students are currently taking lectures or writing examinations that were disrupted during the strike of the ASUU. Therefore, having regard to the facts and circumstances of the ASUU strike the doctrine of ‘no work, no pay’ is totally inapplicable as students who were not taught during the strike are currently attending lectures and writing examinations,” he said.“Furthermore, it is public knowledge that the members of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) embarked on a strike that lasted two months last year. The Federal Government dragged the striking doctors to the National Industrial Court which ordered the NARD to call off the strike. As soon as the strike was called off, President Muhammadu Buhari jettisoned the “no work, no pay” principle and ordered the payment of the salaries for the two months that the strike lasted. On that occasion, the President overruled Dr. Ngige in the interest of industrial harmony in the health sector.“In the same vein, the ASUU recently called off its 8-month-old strike in compliance with the order of the National Industrial Court and the Court of Appeal. We are therefore compelled to call on President Buhari should ignore the advice of Dr. Ngige and direct the public universities to pay the full salary of each lecturer from February to October 2022. Otherwise, the Federal Government will be accused of engaging in the selective application of the “no work, no pay” principle which is discriminatory and illegal.“It is pertinent to draw the attention of the Federal Government to section 42 (1) of the Constitution which provides that citizens of Nigeria shall not be subjected either expressly or in the practical application of any law in force in Nigeria or any executive or administrative action of the government, to disabilities or restrictions to which other citizens are not made subject; or be accorded either expressly by, or in the practical application of, any law in force in Nigeria or any such executive or administrative action, any privilege or advantage that is not accorded to other citizens.“In view of the foregoing, since the Federal Government is mandatorily required to treat all workers equally the members of ASUU are entitled to be treated like members of the NARD after they had called off their strike. In other words, as members of ASUU and NARD are entitled to equality of rights, obligations and opportunities before the law the lecturers should be paid their salaries withheld during the period of the recently suspended 8-month industrial action.“However, in view of the undeniable fact that the members of the two newly registered unions in the universities were on strike like members of ASUU the plan of the Ministry of Labour and Employment to pay the Congress of University Academics their withheld salaries and rectify the ‘half salaries’ paid to all lecturers under the newly registered union should be shelved. Otherwise, the provocative agenda will cause a fresh industrial action in public universities.”
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As the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is set to meet today, student leaders across the country have warned of dire consequences that would follow if the union embarks on a fresh strike.The decision of ASUU to declare an emergency meeting is due to the October 2022 salary cut received by members of the union, few weeks after suspending the prolonged industrial action.The emergency meeting, according to findings, is to decide whether to embark on another strike or not.A member of the union who does not want his name mentioned because he is not authorized to speak said, “I can confirm that, ASUU NEC will meet on Monday, November 7, to take a decision on strike or not. This is an aftermath of half-salary paid by the Nigerian government.”Recall that ASUU had on February 14, 2022, embarked on strike over previous agreements yet to be implemented by the government.The minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, after what he described as “failed negotiations” dragged the striking lecturers before the National Industrial Court.The court, on September 21, ordered ASUU to call off the strike and resume duty with immediate effect.ASUU had appealed the judgement but the Appeal Court also handed down a similar order, asking the striking lecturers to resume academic activities as declared in the earlier judgement and the strike was finally suspended on October 14, 2022.However, during the strike, the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government vowed to sustain its No work, No-pay policy in a bid to force the union back to class.Meanwhile, following the intervention of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, it was reported that the FG had agreed to set the policy aside and pay the arrears.However, earlier last week, lecturers were paid half salaries for October, a development that may lead to another industrial crisis between the FG and the union. The minister of Labour, Dr Chris Ngige claimed the half pay was a pro-rata.But some students’ leaders in the country have expressed worry over the continued crisis in the nation’s tertiary institutions, which is shattering the future of students.In an interview with LEADERSHIP, the national president, Nigerian Association of Science Student (NASS), Agbatemiro Raphael Akintomide said the 8-month strike had already shattered the dreams of many students and a fresh strike would have dire consequence on the country.He said the Nigerian students will never accept any delay or any further ASUU strike to come on board again, while urging the government to stop going into agreements it cannot fulfil.“First, the eight months strike is something I wasn’t happy about. I have been part of the system and I was not happy at all and during that period, I was able to issue out statements and press releases, I was able to mobilise some of my students to protest and ensure that the ASUU strike was called off, even before now.“But it is so alarming that a country of ours that has a government that even the vice president is a professor and yet we can’t solve our educational crisis. It is something that is alarming and is condemnable by every student.“And the most annoying part is that we are hearing recently that they are about to embark on another strike and I’m using this medium to tell the public and the entire Nigerian students that we can’t take it, we can’t allow it.“Destinies have been delayed, destinies have been shattered. We have lost so many members during the strikes, many of our girls were impregnated during the strike, a lot of activities have taken place that shattered and battered the destinies of Nigerian students.“So, we won’t allow such to happen again and I want to call on the federal government, His Excellency, the president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari that he should please do everything possible and even the red chamber, the National Assembly, the House of Representatives, they should do everything possible to ensure that they secure the destinies of Nigerian youths.“I remember history told us that in their own time they passed through this system free of charge, as a matter of fact, they were fed and paid. Now we are paying for it and they are depriving us. Is something that we can’t accept any longer. It has to stop.”
Before the opening ceremony of the 35th edition of the National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST), in Lagos, some state delegates arrived on Monday in their numbers.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the delegates went through the accreditation and accommodation process on arrival at the National Institute of Sports, Surulere, the venue for the festival.
The festival with the theme "Culture and Peaceful Coexistence" will take place from November 7 to 13.
Chief Olusegun Runsewe, Director General of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), urged delegates to develop sportsmanship and ensure they enjoy all aspects of the festival.
He said that the essence of the festival was to ensure that Nigerians of all ethnic divisions remain united and enjoy a peaceful nation.
He also advised all delegates to take the opportunity of the platform to learn about cultures other than their own and focus on creating a united Nigeria.
According to him, at 7:00 p.m. a command function of the State Government will be held to announce the festival.
Runsewe said the festival will feature indigenous cooking competitions, children's music; board game; crafts for kids; essay writing for kids; indigenous fabric/fashion; theater and indigenous material for interior decoration.
Meanwhile, some delegates expressed their joy and desire to emerge as overall winners of the festival's competitive events.
Adline Ibinabo, a member of the Rivers State Council for the Arts and Culture company, which will participate in the drama competition, said, "Without a doubt, Rivers will emerge as the overall winner."
Additionally, Harrison Soizari, a Rivers model, said the state would step up to emerge first in competitive events.
“I hope that the organized festival, known as the Center of Excellence, will be outstanding.
"I look forward to a well-organized and coordinated festival," he said.
reports that security personnel were seen at strategic locations, ensuring the safety of revelers.
Restaurant operators inside the sports stadium also expressed their enthusiasm for the choice of venue.
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Three civil servants appeared in a magistrates court in Birnin Kebbi on Monday for allegedly assaulting Chief Magistrate Umar Salihu-Kokani.
Police in a charge sheet charged Aliyu Shehu, Yahyah Badare, Surajo Shehu, all staff members of the Kebbi Ministry of Higher Education, with criminal conspiracy, criminal falsehood, assault and defamation in contravention of section 373 of the law. of the Kebbi State Penal Code 2021.
The case was marked BK/358c'/2022.
Prosecution lawyer Malam Jibril Abba told the court that the three men assaulted Chief Magistrate Kokani as he was performing his ablutions in the mosque.
He said they were arrested after the plaintiff reported the matter.
The prosecutor told the court that the police were ready to open his case, but due to the absence of the main witness, he will seek an adjournment.
The officials were not represented in court.
Justice Hassan Kwaido adjourned the case until November 28 to receive further citations.
Speaking to reporters after the case was suspended, the plaintiff's lawyer, Sani Dan-Yaro, explained that all his client wanted was justice.
Dan-Yaro said the action by public officials could send the wrong signal to people in society at large that anyone could be assaulted and get away with it if a chief magistrate could be assaulted without consequence.
“What we want is justice. We don't want a situation where people take the law into their own hands and think nothing will happen,” he said.
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The Nigerian Army's 34th Artillery Brigade in Obinze, Owerri says gunmen attacked their officers on patrol in Izombe community, Oguta council area of Imo on Monday.
Brigade spokesman Capt. Joseph Akubo confirmed this while speaking to reporters in Owerri on Monday.
Akubo said the incident occurred after soldiers were recruited into the oil-rich community to control youth unrest and other crime in the area.
He explained that unidentified people attacked and killed a truck driver on Saturday, prompting increased patrols.
“The soldiers were carrying out a routine patrol in the area when they were attacked.
“Two days ago, a truck driver was killed; along with other criminal activities that had required increased patrolling.
“The older ones were on normal patrol when they were attacked,” he said.
Akubo, however, said he had yet to confirm the casualty figure, as the youths were still engaging the soldiers in a fierce battle.
“I cannot tell you the number of casualties because the armed youths continue to attack our men who are taking refuge in the neighborhood buildings,” he said.
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Many motorists in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have reported persistent fuel shortages in and around the territory.
The motorists, who spoke to the Nigerian News Agency on Monday in Abuja, said the situation that had dragged on for more than four weeks was causing difficulties.
A correspondent, who monitored the situation, reports that many gas stations were not selling the product, while the few stations that were selling had long queues.
it also reports that the shortage is biting hard as many travelers are stranded.
Following the development, some petrol stations had adjusted the pump price per liter of petrol, except for the retail outlets of Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC Ltd), which sells at N175.
Some gas stations that have the product now sell between N195 and N250.
noted that JENEP, located in Azhata, along Karshi road, NNPCL retail outlet, near GSM village, Zone 1 and NNPCL Zone 4 outlet, were seen selling with long queues.
The situation had caused a traffic jam when officials from the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) were seen controlling the traffic.
The shortage was initially due to roads and bridges in Kogi that made it difficult for trucks to move petroleum products there.
However, the shortage had continued and the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) has yet to comment on the development.
Motorists called on the Federal Government to intervene to end persistent fuel shortages to stop the suffering residents face.
A businessman who simply gave his name as Timothy said he was spending a lot of money patronizing black merchants, adding that the only way he could survive was to increase the goods and services he provided to the public.
“I buy 10 liters of petrol at N3,500 from black vendors as it is not easily available at service stations due to long queues.
“It is unfortunate that no gas station sells below N175. And you can't buy jerry cans to run your generator if you don't drive a car,” he said.
Tobi Emmanuel, a motorist, denounced the pain he had been experiencing for more than four weeks, adding that he spent many productive hours at service stations and made little or no profit.
“Today most stations are not selling along my route which is Nyanyaa so I managed to get to NNPC, Zone 4 is still hopeless due to intimidating queues,” he said.
Another consumer, Ms. Rose Ogbuu, expressed her discontent with the situation, adding that despite the fluctuation in the price of the pump, if fuel was always available, people would not complain.
Public officials and other passengers also denounced the lack of transportation and the fare increase enabled, saying it was demoralizing.
According to them, commercial drivers are now charging N400 for a N250 route due to shortages.
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Recently, films about trading are rapidly gaining popularity. More and more people who are far from financial markets and macroeconomic data are interested in them. This type of earnings attracts specialists from various industries, including world classics of cinema on trading stock.The world-famous directors created their films inspired by the lives of successful stock market players. They took market trading as a basis, and added interesting plot twists and non-standard details of professional trading activities.Forex broker Exness has compiled a selection of the ten best films about trading. Looking through these works of cinematic art, you will understand how professional traders work, and what are the advantages and disadvantages of this profession.The directors skillfully revealed the main features of stock market speculation, made them empathize with the main characters, and support their desire for success. These films encourage you to take a closer look at the global market and perhaps even discover a new way to earn money.
The events of the film develop around the personality of a major banker Rainer Voss. He was a dollar millionaire and was part of the global elite of investors.The stock trader has left this dangerous game, and now he can tell in detail about the ins and outs of the financial markets. The man has valuable experience that will be useful for both novice traders and ordinary film viewers.While watching this film, a person learns how a successful banker, along with other "masters of the universe", led entire countries. He changed the economic state of states, controlling the fate of Italians, Greeks and other members of the Eurozone.The viewer becomes clear about the causes of global crises, multimillion-dollar losses and broken human destinies. Understanding how the global financial system works and who manages it, you can protect your own capital from major losses.
The movie tells about the 1980s of the last century. Jordan Belfort — an expert on financial markets — unexpectedly gets success on the world stock exchange.He becomes the head of a large brokerage company, opening up wide opportunities. The financier takes an active part in fraud, hiding them from the guardians of the law. Sooner or later, his deception is revealed, and the life of the protagonist changes in the most dramatic way.The main role in the film The Wolf of Wall Street went to Leonardo DiCaprio. Like many films about Forex, it was awarded the Oscar and Golden Globe nominations. The film is often discussed by experts, and it is recommended for viewing by anyone interested in the topic of financial markets.The viewer will watch the ups and downs of a successful stock player, his bitter mistakes, and his attempts to correct the situation.