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N-power build begins training of 132 builders in Northeast





Gombe, April 29, 2019 The second phase training under Federal Government’s N-power Build Programme,  has commenced in the North-east, with the  training of 132 Builders  drawn from 46 centres in the zone.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the training,which is in  collaboration with the Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON), is aimed at training the trainers.

Speaking during the training on Monday, Mr Yunusa Yakubu, the Northeast Zonal Lead Facilitator, said the objectives of the exercise was  to have standardised delivery model across the nation, as well as update the knowledge of the participants from the previous training, who were expected to train others in their states.

He advised the participants to pay attention to enable them train other N-power beneficiaries in their respective states.

Yakubu added that the two-day training was going to be interactive and therefore urged the participants to participate fully.


Buratai’s relocation to Northeast has made a difference in Boko Haram fight- Ndume



Sen. Ali Ndume (APC-Borno), says the relocation of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai to the Northeast has significantly impacted on the fight against Boko Haram insurgency.
Ndume, who is the Chairman of Senate Committee on Nigerian Army made this known in Maiduguri on Monday while speaking with newsmen.
He said many successes had been recorded within the two months stay of Buratai in the area, saying that what was remaining was the final uprooting of the insurgents in Lake Chad fringes, Sambisa forest and Mandara Mountain.
“Definitely the coming of COAS
has made visible difference. He has taken a break after two months, to re-strategise because the remaining areas are delicate, because they are mixed with civilians being held hostage by the insurgents.
“The army needs to sort that out to avoid high level of collateral damage; they need to strategise for the last push,” Ndume said.
He said that the recent sporadic attacks on soft targets by the insurgents were normal as they become desperate after being defeated by the military.
Ndume lamented the delay in releasing funds for military capital projects, adding that the military and other security agencies needed to be given all the needed support to discharge their assigned tasks.
“I don’t know what happened from Thursday that I left Abuja, but before Thursday you can quote me on that, no money has been released to the army as their capital allocation 2020 and we are in June.
president has been giving presidential orders on tackling insecurity but some people responsible for providing the army with funding are not responding. That’s what is baffling me,” he said.
Ndume lauded Gov.  Babagana Zulum for his commitment towards reconstruction and resettlement of people in areas affected by the insurgency before the farming season.
“I want to personally appreciate the governor for his courage and determination, resilience and of course commitment to making sure that he returns the people of Kirawa, Ashegishar and Ngoshe back to their homes.
“Already the governor is waiting for the military to give him the go ahead for the state Ministry of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement to move in,” he said.
Ndume said that he had been making contact with the military towards deployment of soldiers in Kirawa a border community so that Nigerians taking refuge in Cameroon can return home and continue their farming activities.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)
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Army eliminate 1,015 insurgents in decisive encounters in Northeast – COAS



The Nigerian Army said it had eliminated over 1,015 Boko Haram terrorists in different encounters with the insurgents in the Northeast between April 4, 2020 till date.

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, who disclosed this on Sunday when he hosted the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole to Eid-El-Fitr luncheon at Military Control and Command Centre in Maiduguri.

Buratai said that the insurgents were nutrialised since his arrival in the Theatre to lead the troops under Operation KANTANA JIMLA within the period under review.

He said that some of the notable encounters since the commencement of Operation include: that of Buni Gari, Gaidam, Minok, Dapchi, Baga, Dikwa, Awulari, Ajiri, Pulka, Ngoshe, Alafa and different parts of Sambisa Forest as well as Gajiganna.

He explained that the Artillary’s airstrike and blockage operations conducted by troops at the Tumbuktu Triangles around Sambisa has been greatly successful.

He said that the troops succeeded in dislodging major camps of the terrorists at Mungusum, Gajirin, Talala, Buk, and Malumti among others under the operation.

“Hundreds of terrorist fighters have been nutrialised in this different camps as confirmed by the force and captured terrorists while trying to escape the operations.

“Many more hundreds have been injured and are hiding in the forest with serious wounds.

“This explains why the terrorist have resulted to desperate attacks on towns and villages such as Babangida, Dapchi searching for medical supplies and other logistics to treat their injured colleagues, who are dying like foul in the forest.

“Overall, since my arrival here in the Northeast on the 4th of April this year, you gallery troops of operation Lafiya Dole have nutrialised over 1,015 Boko Haram terrorists.

“Also, you have impressively maintain the blockage of Boko Haram logistics supply chains and freedom of movement within the Tumbuktu Triangles.

“In a light manner, the Nigerian army intelligence core has impressively been organised and its operations has greatly improved.

The Chief of Military Intelligence Team, through covert Operations have arrested 84 Boko Haram/ISWAP logistics suppliers, informants and curriers.

According to him, this has greatly disrupted their logistics supply chain and communication network, thereby tightening the blockage around them.

“It is also gratifying to note that officers and men of the Nigerian army, fighting in close support with the combatant personnel of the Nigeria Navy Special Force Services and the gallant pilots of the Nigerian Airforce, have consistently disrupted the terrorists moves and done well in nutrialising them,” he said

The COAS said it had also sustained some casualties while others sustained injuries while executing the operations.

“We pray for the departed souls even as you continue to look after injured ones to the best available standard,” he said.

He charged the troops to collectively match ahead without fear, put ahead without hesitation, strike ahead without holding back to end the war and secure the country once and for all.

“Like all other sectors in the country, the Nigerian army has its own share of some Challenges. This inadequacies of recent times has further compounded by the global lockdown occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has to some extend delayed the arrival and delivery of some of our much needed military equipment.

“However, our good foresight as examplified in the investment in the local production of the Ezegwu, Concoror and the Champion Mrap, alongside other notable efforts that are proffiting some of our old equipment by the Command Engineering Depot and the Special Vehicle Plant and the Defence Industry Corporation of Nigeria, have assisted in sustaining our operations thus far.

“We have also embarked on special recruitment sub commissioning exercise to carter for our manpower challenges.

“We are restructuring our forces to enable them fight better within the dictates of the new assymetric warfare we are encountering today.

“In this regards, in the four Special Forces Command, we have trained Special Brigades and Special Forces Battalions, which have been established. Two of these battalions recently completed the special forces training and have been inducted into this Theatre.

“It is expected that the effects of their specialised training and modes of operations would be felt across the Theatre in the days to come.

“Therefore, what remained is our collective efforts as a nation and as officers and men to make good use of this platforms to end insurgency and other forms of criminalities across the country.

“The Nigerian army on it part remained focused in dealing with the insurgency and other forms of criminalities in the country and will not allow itself to be distracted from unpatriotic elements in the society.

Buratai lauded President Muhammadu Buhari, troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, Governors of Yobe and Borno states as well as the people of Northeast for their unflinching support to the Nigerian army.

“I commend the support and sacrifices of each and every one of us, especially those who have paid the supreme sacrifice. I charged you all never to allow the sacrifices of our fallen heroes to be in vain,” said Buratai.

In his remarks, Gov. Babagana Zulum, acknowledged the tremendous success recorded by the Nigerian military during the last two months and prayed to God to give the troops more strength, wisdom, courage, long life and productivity to fight the insurgency.

Zulum, who described the Eid-El-Fitr celebration as month of devotion, sacrifice and spiritual rejuvenation, noted that lessons learnt from fasting include: patient, perceverrance, devotion, sacrifice and resilient.

“I want to express our appreciation to those that are here and to the COAS, and other high ranking military officers for the enormous support that you have been rendering toward protecting the lives and property of the displaced communities of Borno state.

The governor noted that the security architecture has to be motivated for greater efficiency and productivity, and pledged his administration commitment toward supporting the military to succeed in the counter terrorism campaign.

Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)
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Local Content: FG to upgrade Lagos Highway Training School



The Federal Controller of Work in Lagos State, Mr Kayode Popoola, said plans were ongoing to upgrade the ministry’s Highway Training School in Lagos to boost local content and researches into road construction.

Popoola told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Lagos that the upgrade was necessary to accelerate capacity of local engineers in construction methods to help Nigeria overcome its huge infrastructure deficit.

He said that the ministry would incorporate research and development into the upgraded curriculum to ensure local engineers begin production of construction materials and equipment needed for road construction.

“The ministry will start manufacturing all the components that we can do locally for our roads. We have engineers, we have staff and we have equipment. It is just training that we need.

“That Highway Training School in Badagry is where we normally train all our highway technical assistants.

“The technical assistants are the ones we take to site to take measurements, they take charge of surveys, the road works, and even testing of materials on site.

“The Highway Training School is not for the Federal Ministry of Works alone, other state governments including Lagos, do send their staff there for training. So the school is very useful to the nation,’’ he said.

He explained that the training school in Badagry was not abandoned but would be upgraded to perform at optimal capacity to meet up with current needs of the nation.

Popoola said in the past, only secondary school leavers were admitted into the training school but now the admission requirement has changed as people with higher qualifications were being absorbed.

“What the ministry is planning is to upgrade the training school so that even very senior engineers can go there and receive refresher training,’’ he told NAN.

He, however, declined comment on how soon the upgrade could be achieved, insisting that “plans are on the way to make sure that the training school continues to function as it used to be.’’

Popoola explained that training and retraining was a continuous exercise, and that the training school offered huge potentials for development of local engineers.

He said that the place of research and development was also important and was being explored, stating that the ministry has geotechnics department and laboratories for testing construction materials.

Geotechnical engineering, also known as geotechnics, is the use of scientific methods and engineering principles for the acquisition, interpretation and use of knowledge of materials from both beneath and above the earth to solve societal problems.

“The training a Controller will receive will not be the same as that of senior or principal engineer will receive.

“So, we are going to incorporate, integrate all those researchers to come and teach us on how to effectively utilize the Training School so that little amount will be spent on importation.

“We have bitumen in Nigeria in abundant quantity  somewhere in Ondo though it is yet to be extracted by Federal Government. That does not mean that the engineers will not receive training that will help highway work further,’’ he said.

He added that Nigeria has two other highway training schools in Kaduna State and Benin, Edo, which could revolutionise the construction industry in the country.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
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Training plane crashes in northern Iran




A training plane belonging to the Iranian police crashed near Salmanshahr city in Iran’s northern Mazandaran province on Wednesday evening, semi-official Mehr news agency reported.
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