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News Flash: NEPZA mulls incentives, loans for enterprises in Free Trade Zones



Prof. Adesoji Adesugba, Managing Director, Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA), says the agency is considering incentives and loans for enterprises operating in Free Trade Zones in the country.

Adesugba stated this in Kano during a familiarisation tour of the Kano Trade Free Zone, on Wednesday.

Details later….

Edited By: Isaac Aregbesola (NAN)


NAF trains 435 specialists to man its platforms



The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, on Monday said that 435 specialits have been trained by the Nigerian Air Force to man its platforms.

The personnel were trained at the Nigerian Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Kaduna.

Abubakar disclosed this during the graduation ceremony of participants of Initial Officers and Basic Airmen/Airwomen Sundry Courses at AFIT, NAF base in Kaduna.

He said that it was time for the institution to reflect on how well it has delivered on its mandate while the students reflect on the enormity of the challenges that lie ahead in building a successful professional career in the NAF.

He noted that for over 40 years, AFIT has consistently trained officers and airmen/airwomen who have performed creditably in supporting NAF operations as specialists in aircraft and armament engineering.

Also in works and services, supply management, communication as well as Information and Communication Technology.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 435 students where trained on engineering, armament maintenance, logistics and procurement management.

Others include, electrical/electronics/radar/Information technology, aircraft maintenance, Air Frame and Power Plant Option and avionics.

NAN also reports that among the 435 graduating students, 75 are officers and 360 are airmen and airwomen.

Abubakar said the vision of the current NAF administration was anchored on human capacity development for enhanced professional performance.

“Ensuring NAF personnel have the requisite knowledge and skills to effectively support Nigerian Air Force operations which remains the prime focus of my administration

”For this year, despite the COVID-19 Pandemic, AFIT has successfully completed the training of 760 NAF personnel including the 435 students who are graduating today.

“In the area of pilots training, two officers including the first female fighter pilot have concluded their tactical training on the A-Jet aircraft.

“Only last week, we witnessed the graduation of 29 officers of Super Mushk Pcourse and 46 who have successfully completed their ab initio pilot training on the Supermushak and the DA-40 aircraft.

”Similarly, last Friday, 24 special forces personnel passed out as instructors at the RTC Annex in Bauchi and the unit also commenced the training of 219 SF personnel.

“Later in the week, we shall witness the graduation of four student pilots that have completed their Basic Fighter Training course in Kano.”

According to Abubakar, these courses that have been concluded successfully despite enormous challenges including the COVID–19 pandemic.

”It will no doubt have positive impact not only on our operations but will go a long way towards ensuring that the Service is positioned into a highly professional and disciplined force.”

He also noted that the technical and logistics management courses conducted by the Air Force Institute have helped tremendously to reduce dependence on foreign expatriates and save huge foreign exchange for the nation.

“The execution of air operations in theatres across Nigeria using solely Nigerian crews, engineers, technicians, and controllers is a testament of the success story of our capacity building initiative.

”I congratulate the students for their steadfastness, tenacity of purpose and grit to complete your course work.

”However, let me remind you that the initial and basic courses you have just completed is the beginning of your journey as professionals in the NAF.

“You still have a lot to learn particularly from your superiors in the field.

“It is my sincere expectation that as you go to the field, you will be good and worthy ambassador of AFIT as you join a long line of outstanding graduates of this prestigious citadel who through excellence, hard work and commitment have continue to contribute to the success of the Nigerian Air Force.”

Abubakar expressed NAF appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari, for his continuous support.

“The invaluable support the NAF has enjoyed over the years has placed us in a position to tackle the challenges of insurgency and myriad of other forms of insecurity across the nation.

“We hereby reaffirm our commitment to ensuring the safety and security of all Nigerians and indeed all the people who reside in our great country,” he said.

Earlier, the Commandant of AFIT, AVM Abdulganiyyu Olabisi, said that the basic courses were aimed at introducing the officers and men to their various trades in preparation for deployment to the field.

Olabisi said having recognized that the officers and men of the NAF can only give as good as they are equipped to, reiterated the need to train and re-train them to handle all the operational needs of the Nigerian Air Force.

This he said will deemphasize dependence on foreign nationals and non-military actors.

The Commandant appealed to NAF Headquarters to assist in the funding of the training initiatives.

NAN report that the Chief of Air Staff also inaugurated two block of hostels of 24 rooms each built by the Nigerian Airforce Investments Limited and handed to the AFIT.

Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/ Maharazu Ahmed
Source: NAN
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FG sensitises stakeholders on safe school reopening template



The Federal Government says it has begun the orientation of stakeholders in the education sector on School Reopening Readiness Template in the six political zones of the country.

The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, disclosed this on Monday in Kano during a one-day zonal stakeholders meeting to review the guidelines and protocols for the schools reopening.

Nwajuba said the ministry had developed a School Reopening Readiness Template to fast track an integrated approach to safe school reopening, hence, the need to desiminate the template in the zones.

According to him, the template requires the full engagement of stakeholders to facilitate successful implementation of the guidelines.

Nwajiuba added that the meeting would enable the government to generate input from the stakeholders ahead of the reopening of schools.

He noted that the Federal Government was working towards ensuring safe reopening  of schools as well as to support state government in this regard.

The minister: “We all know that great accomplishments are made based on synergy, it is on this premise that we are all here to deliberate and adopt the template for the safe reopening of schools and learning facilities.

“The template has some key roles and shared responsibilities to be played by the stakeholders at national, states, local government and the school levels,” he said.

Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje said that the state government had conducted fumigation exercise and provided Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE) to the schools in the state.

Ganduje, represented by his deputy, Nasiru Gawuna, said the measure was part of efforts to encourage compliance with the COVID-19 safety protocols to ensure protection of students and teachers as well as stem further spread of the pandemic.

He added that: “The state government recently released the sum of N880 million for the renovation of schools in the state.”

Also speaking, Sunusi Kiru, the state’s Commissioner for Education, said that the state government also approved N4.66 billion for feeding programme in boarding schools after reviewed of the of the allowances.

On his part, Danlami Hayo, the Chairman, Kano State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), disclosed that the state government had earmarked  over N70 million for procurement of PPE and training of teachers in the state.
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Kano State Fire Service decorates 47 promoted officers



The Kano State Fire Service has decorated 47 elevated officers with their new ranks, its Acting Director, Hassan Muhammad said.

Muhammad stated this in a statement by Saidu Muhammad, the Public Relations Officer of the service issued on Monday in Kano.

He expressed joy over the development and tasked the newly-promoted officers to put in their best and maintain the integrity of the service.

The statement also quoted Habibu Muhammad, one of the beneficiaries, as commending the state government over gesture and pledged to be dedicated in the discharge of their duties.
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New Tariff: KEDCO pledges better service delivery



The Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) says it has fulfilled 85 per cent of its supply target, based on hours of supply under the new service-based tariff regime.

Mr Ibrahim Shawai, Head of Corporate Communications of the company gave the clarification in a statement on Monday in Kano.

Shawai said base on various tariff bands, KEDCO had delivered the stipulated hours of supply per band.

He explained that the management had decided to give customers 100 per cent satisfaction.

KEDCO is working to ensure we meet the remaining 15 per cent supply target as we further improve on our service delivery,” he said.

The spokesman added that customers should reciprocate the gesture and respect their own side of the deal by paying for what they consume to sustain the improvement.

Shawai also quoted Mr Jamil Gwanna, the Managing Director of the company as saying that the management of the improved supply per hour was an evidence of the company’s efforts to give customers value for money under the new regime.

“As a responsible organisation, the best we can deliver at a time like this is to make our customers smile and it is in that spirit we appeal to them to collect their meters from any of our offices to assist KEDCO end the era of estimated billing,’’ he said.

Edited By: Ali Baba-Inuwa
Source: NAN
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