The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has called on Muslim faithful to pray for unity and peaceful coexistence of Nigerians during the Eid-el-fitr celebration.
IPMAN’s President, Mr Chinedu Okoronkwo made the call in a statement issued on Monday in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the Federal Government had declared May 25 and 26 as public holidays to mark the Eid-el-fitr celebration.
Okoronkwo said the lessons of the holy month of Ramadan include fervent prayers, piety, goodwill and sacrifice which were all critical for nation building and national development.
He said: “On behalf of the National Executive of IPMAN and its Board of Trustees, I want to felicitate with our Muslim brothers and sisters as they mark Eid-el-fitr.
“I urge them to continue to pray for the unity and peaceful coexistence of our beloved nation during this critical moment.
“We are all aware of the challenges posed to our economy by the COVID-19 pandemic and crash in global crude oil prices and we believe that with prayers and sacrifices, Nigeria will surmount these challenges.”
Okoronkwo said IPMAN, on its part would continue to support the government’s policies and regulations aimed at bringing sanity to the petroleum sector and improving the nation’s economy.
Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)https://nnn.ng/eid-el-fitr-ipman-seeks-prayers-for-peaceful-coexistence/
Buhari greets Sen Oluremi Tinibu at 60, salutes her courage, tenacity
President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with the former First Lady of Lagos State, Sen. Oluremi Tinubu, who turns 60 on September 21, 2020.
In a congratulatory message by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Sunday, Buhari joined family, friends and political associates to celebrate the milestone, adorned by many years of service to the nation and humanity.
The president saluted the senator, who has been re-elected three times to represent Lagos Central, for her courage and tenacity in many daunting situations.
He lauded Mrs Tinubu for remaining ”consistent in her passion for inclusivity, particularly as it relates to women and children, who constitute majority of the population, yet rank high on vulnerability.”
Buhari noted, with gratitude, the loyalty and dedication of Sen. Tinubu to the growth of the governing party, All Progressives Congress (APC).
He also acknowledged her contributions to ”strengthening leadership structures at various levels, always providing wise counsels and advocating middle ground reconciliation in favour of greater good for greater majority.”
According to him, as the Senator turns 60, the stage for better and more rewarding service has been set, with all the experiences gathered over the years from the Lagos State Government House, and as a ranking member the National Assembly.
Buhari prayed for strength, good health and wisdom for the graceful matriarch of the Asiwaju Bola Tinubu family.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
Commandant urges NAFRC trainees, retirees to be mindful of swindlers
The Commandant made this known at the thanksgiving service held for officers who graduated from the Senior/Mid-Level Officers’ Entrepreneurship and Management Course 01/2020 and NAFRC Trainees Course 02/2020.
The thanksgiving service held at the Roman Catholic Church, NAFRC.
Lar said that it was typical of some criminally-minded people to want to dupe the retirees of their hard earned money, thereby urging to also be wary of quick money making schemes.
“Typically, we live in a society where there are many criminally-minded people who don’t care what labour you went through to be able to acquire the small resources you have.
“So, sometimes these people pick on gullible people in the society and sometimes innocent people who are looking for an investment to put their resources, they get duped and lose their hard earned income.
“So, our trainees, particularly those that are retiring after this course who have served 35 years and some less, courtesy of the current administration of government, retirement benefits have been enhanced substantially,” he said.
The Commandant urged the retirees on careful appraisal of business opportunities in order to ensure that they spend their benefits wisely.
“So, my advice to them is that they should be careful how they handle the resources that would be given to them when they finally disengage, they should shine their eyes.
“My advice is that they should be careful what they invest in and be careful who they relate with because alot of fair-weather friends will want to come around them to try to take the little that they have,” he said.
Lar said that the trainees/retirees have been provided with the skills they need in case of additional income asides their benefits.
“We have provided them with entrepreneurship skill, management skills ,some vocational training to be able to cope, if they want additional income.
“Because, like I said the benefits are actually enough for them to live well after retirement. But to be engaged in doing other things, some of them might want to invest,” he said.
Reacting to other para-military, government agencies joining the scheme, the commandant said that he was elated that other sister agencies joined the course.
“I am delighted because when I came in I discovered that this Centre is a national asset where we can train not just the Armed Forces but every Nigerian that is qualified.
“So, I am happy to announce that both the senior officers entrepreneurship course, mid level and the trainees course, all of them have people from the para-military and from strategic ministries, department and agencies of government.
“We have from Customs, Defence Intelligence Agency, National Intelligence Agency ,Department of State Services and also from Resettlement Centre ,we selected some of our senior civilian staffs and officers to participate in the three courses.
“For me it is a thing of joy to see that they have made friends, establish linkages that will be useful to them,” he said.
He also thanked the Defence Headquarters for approving for other sister agencies to join the training scheme.
“The Centre is already known to be a Centre of excellence for vocational training ,what is different is that we now have people who didn’t know about it joining.
“The centre of what we are doing here is agriculture. So, we expect them to go back and feed the nation, feed their communities and make money in the process and also improve their feeding,” he said.
Navy Lt. (Rev. Fr.) Maurice Vandu, the Chaplain of Roman Catholic Church, NAFRC, also enjoined the trainees/retirees to continue to be good ambassadors of the Armed Forces.
He urged them to utilise their benefits judiciously and also put into practice the skills and knowledge acquired.
Maj. Isah Yakubu, the Imam, NAFRC Mosque on Sept. 18 who preached on repentance and forgiveness, urged the retirees to forgive anyone who may have offended them during their service years and training.
The various courses conducted in the centre include Agriculture which comprise of Rabbitry, Fisheries etc, Engineering, Technical, Management, Security etc.
NAN reports that the institution plays a crucial role in preparing military personnel for economically useful life after service.
The Passing Out Ceremony is scheduled for Sept. 25.
Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz
Land dispute stalls Aviation College plan to expand runway
Land dispute stalls Aviation College plan to expand runway
Zaria (Kaduna State) Capt. AbdulSalam Mohammed, Rector, Nigerian College of Aviation Technology Zaria, says encroachment of the college’s land has interrupted its plan to expand its runway from 1.6 kilometers to 2.4 kilometers to accommodate commercial aircraft.
The rector, in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Zaria, said the expansion for the runway was necessary to enhance the college training capacity and accommodate modern aircraft on commercial purposes.
Mohammed noted that the 1.6 Kilometer runway was originally designed for the type of aircraft used for training, but over the years the college had acquired a lot of bigger aircraft.
“Recently, the Vice-President visited Zaria to condole with the family of a youth corps member that was killed, his aircraft could not land in Zaria because it was very big, so he landed in Kaduna and came down to Zaria by a helicopter,’’ Mohammed said.
He said said the college was forced to suspend its expansion plans, as part of the land for such extension was still in dispute.
“Only when we upgrade the runway, the college airport as it is now cannot accommodate commercial operation,” he added.
According to him, the land in dispute was issued in 1964, with official documents clearly showing the demarcation of the college land.
He added that there was also documentary evidence that farmers who owned the land at that time were paid full compensation about 55 years ago.
“Most of the people that are laying claim to the land now either bought it from third party or are probably the grand children of the original owners.
“As far as we are concerned, they are not entitled to any compensation since the original owners were paid compensation.
“As you know, the case was before the law court that is what stopped us from going further. We have to allow the court to determine the cases,’’ he said.
The rector said once the legal issues were resolved, the college would execute the expansion plans.
Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed https://nnn.ng/land-dispute-stalls-aviation-college-plan-to-expand-runway/
Good work without faith is philanthropy – Bishop Martins
The Archbishop of Lagos, His Grace, Alfred Martins, says good work without faith in God is philanthropy, which will not lead anyone to salvation.
Martins made this assertion during his homily at the Sunday Mass at the Holy Cross Cathedral in Lagos.
He said goodwork without faith was philanthropy, which cannot take anyone to heaven.
“In the gospel of the day taken from the book of Mathew 20 from verse 1-16, Martins said it was the mercy of God and not people’s good work that would take them to heaven.
“If God is generous to other people, we need not to be envious. We need to be contented,” he said.
He added that everyone should always plead for the mercy of God, adding that it was His mercy, that brings forgiveness and salvation.
While citing the example of the thief that died with Jesus, he said the thief did not have so many good works but Jesus had mercy on him and he was saved.
He prayed that our sacrifice would be acceptable by the Father in Jesus Name.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that the first reading was taken from Isaiah 55 verse 6-9, while the second reading was from Philippians 1 verse 20.
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Felix Ajide