Nigeria Airforce partners local Engineering coy for improved services



The Nigeria Air Force (NAF) is partnering with over 30 Nigerian universities for research purposes and some Nigerian companies as a way of engaging local content in its operations.

AVM Abdulganiyu Olabisi, the NAF Commandant, Institute of Technology said during a courtesy visit and inspection of TRANOS facility in Ikeja, Lagos State.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that TRANOS is an engineering and manufacturing company; adding value to lives through innovative solutions.

Olabisi said that the NAF was working with companies like Innoson and Ibeto Group in its aircraft equipment and maintenance requirements.

“The Nigeria Air Force is a highly technical service operating a variety of sophisticated aircrafts and equipment. Therefore, Innoson helps to assemble some of the equipment for our aircraft while Ibeto produces batteries for our aircrafts.

“We are glad to know that TRANOS is an engineering company that has factored safety and quality production as the watch word of the industry.

“Before now, almost all the input of our operations as well as trainings came from abroad because of the sophistication of the equipment that we operate.

“However, partnering with local companies will help to improve our service to the country at cost effective prices,” Olabisi said.

Also, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, Director of Public Relations and Information, HQ NAF, said the visit was to focus on local contents in procurement and development of science, technology and innovation.

“We are seeking to collaborate with this company as we have done with other companies like Ibeto and Innoson.

TRANOS is another logical step in that direction in developing indigenous solutions to our technological challenges. The NAF is a highly technological driven service that require such inputs where some of the issues involved are the production of spare parts for our aircraft,” he said.

Daramola said that the Covid-19 pandemic led to a number of restrictions placed on air travel which had affected the logistics supply chain interms of spares.

“This has driven us to look inwards interms of looking for solutions to this issues.

“For the NAF to make sure it is self sufficient, we need to look inwards to look for solutions. That is why partnership with local companies is important to us. So, we will continue to collaborate with them to come out with these specific areas of need for the NAF to get the solutions that we require,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Jude Abalaka, Managing Director, TRANOS expressed his appreciation to NAF for the partnership, promising that they would get value for their money.

Abalaka said that partnership was important for growth and expansion which would enable both parties to grow and positively impact on each other and the society.

‘We will focus on the challenges that the NAF might be facing in other to help interms of their aircraft; whether it be mechanical or electrical.

“There is also a drive for made in Nigeria goods right now and we are a company that has focused on investment, in equipment, in personnel and in training to be able to do a lot of things locally,” Abalaka said.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)


Edo poll: Ultimate power lies in electorate – Okei-Odumakin



Saturday’s Edo governorship election has reawakened the consciousness that ultimate power to elect leaders

lies in the hands of the electorate, rights campaigner,  Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, has said.

Okei-Odumakin, the President of Women Arise Initiative, made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria

in Lagos on Monday.

She said that Nigerians should no longer allow  internal and external `political merchants’ to determine who should govern them.

According to her, the digitisation of the election result portal greatly improved the transparency of the election process.

“Meanwhile, the areas where I think the commission should improve its performance, especially as we look forward to future elections, are further digitisation of the election process.

“The commission should also improve synergy with other stakeholders within the electoral chain, particularly security agencies, while also investing more in the capacity building of its staff and ad-hoc staff,” she said.

Okei-Odumakin said that the commission had learnt from its inadequacies of the past and it resulted in an improvement in the conduct of the governorship  poll.

She said that INEC  had been working hard toward ensuring a better electoral system.

“As the leader of one of the organisations that observed the election, I can say that INEC deserves kudos from Nigerians on it new initiatives,” she said.

Okei-Odumakin advised the re-elected Edo Gov. Godwin Obaseki  to make the interest of the people of the state the main focus of his administration.

Edited By: Saidu Adamu/Ijeoma Popoola
Source: NAN
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Lessons of COVID-19 by FCT residents



A cross section of FCT residents on Monday said that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic had taught them lessons and opened new opportunities for many people in the country.

In separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria on the effects of the pandemic on people and the economy, some of the respondents, said that the COVID-19 pandemic had brought some positive changes to them.

Mrs Vivian Abraham, a businesswoman, said the pandemic had opened new doors for many people.

According to her, many new businesses are springing up.

“The face mask is a thing that was never in the mind of anyone to design and make, but now, it has become a business source for people to provide for their families.

“Some house wives were forced to look for how to fend for their families since their husbands could not go to work as usual to cater for them,” she said.

Mr Andrew Okechukwu, a resident of Lokogoma, said that the pandemic made it possible for him and few others in his neighbourhood to start home delivery of food services.

“Some of us use our motorcycles and vehicles as delivery van to home without touching each other, just to observe the COVID-19 protocols as directed by the Federal Government, to get money to run our homes.

“Apart from this, children are now made to engage in skills acquisition like shoe making, hair dressing, tailoring and printing and others and this has made most children to be better equipped to succeed and be self-reliant.

“As for me, the pandemic even with its negative effects had left some good lessons for us as a people,” he said.

He said that some house wives were frying cake and some were roasting corns in their street.

Mr Roland Odiese, who resides in Asokoro, told NAN that the lockdown period made many promiscuous men to sit at home and were more responsive and responsible to their families.

He said those men that hardly stay at home with their families, had nowhere to go and were forced to stay at home with their families, saying that this built more family bond and closeness.

“Parents got to know their children more and families got closer to God because there was now enough time for them to relate with God.

“The pandemic really brought with it some positive things, which we should be grateful to God for,’’ he said.

Mr Samuel Lawal, General Manager, Lawal Communication Links Ltd, said the pandemic had taught him of the need to save and make future plans.

According to him, during the pandemic, many people that died were as a result of hunger and diseases that had no connection with the COVID-19.

“Many people died as a result of not having what to eat or the means to take care of their health.

“ I found out that only those that had saved something aside were not terribly affected by the pandemic, it was a situation that nobody had envisaged.

“It was never imagined that a day will come when the whole world would be shut down totally, and that businesses would be shut down, churches and mosques.

“Nobody envisaged or thought that it was possible for them not to go to clubs.

“The pandemic changed people’s lives, most importantly it taught people to be disciplined and to maintain good hygiene.

Lawal also urged the government to save and plan for the future for the citizens.

Edited By: Celine-Damilola Oyewole/Felix Ajide
Source: NAN
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School reopening: Kano Govt urges proprietors, parents to exercise patient



Kano State Government has urged proprietors, parents and stakeholders to exercise patient as it adopted proactive strategies to fast track safe school reopening in the state.

Sunusi Kiru, the state’s Commissioner for Education, made the call in a statement by Aliyu Yusuf, the Public Relations Officer of the ministry issued on Monday in Kano.

Kiru spoke when members of the All Private and Voluntary Institutions Proprietors Association of Nigeria paid him a courtesy visit.

The commissioner was quoted as saying that the state government would not violate the Federal Government’s directives on closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kiru said: “The issue of schools reopening has been a topic of discussion at national and state levels, and we are doing everything possible to ensure safe reopening of the schools in compliance with the Federal Government’s guidelines.”

Kiru dismissed as misleading insinuations that some schools in the northern part of the country had resumed, adding that state governments in the region were yet to reopen schools.

According to him, the forum of Commissioners of Education of the 19 northern states are in constant contact and discussing best guidelnes on the matter.

The statement also quoted Bashir Adamu, the Chairman of the association, as saying that they visit was to enable them brief the commissioner on the joint stakeholders’ meeting.

Adamu expressed satisfaction with the level of preparations by the ministry towards ensuring safe reopening of schools in the state.
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CODE canvasses support for Okonjo-Iweala over nomination as WTO’s D-G



Connected Development (CODE), a Non-Governmental Organisation on Monday declared its support for Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former Nigerian Finance Minister as Director-General for the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Mr Hamzat Lawal, Chief Executive of CODE and Founder of Follow The Money, disclosed this in a statement issued to newsmen in Abuja.

Lawal said that its support for Okonjo-Iweala’s nomination by respective governments for position of WTO Director-General among seven other candidates was based on her capability to creatively steer the affairs of the organisation.

According to him, the support is based on understanding of Okonjo-Iweala’s sound judgment, remarkable skills in navigating difficult institutions in national affairs, motherly and cerebral style of problem-solving.

Lawal said, “Okonjo-Iweala represents what WTO needs at this moment; the international body is actually staging a contest to replace outgoing Director-General Roberto Azevedo, who is stepping down a year early.

“The new WTO leader will be taking on an institution beset with huge challenges even before the pandemic-driven global economic crisis struck.

“As the global community now struggles to recover from COVID-19, the role of free and fair trade will be very crucial to the world’s recovery.

“The two-time Nigerian Minister of Finance has bagged the experience of pushing a troubled developing country from the doldrums of economic mismanagement to the high pedestal of continental superstardom.

“It was under Dr Okonjo-Iweala’s leadership that Nigeria became the biggest economy in Africa.”

He described Okonjo-Iweala as a builder whose cognate experience, knowledge and networks in Africa’s economy, World Bank, Twitter and GAVI, positioned her to lead the WTO at a time like this.

Lawal noted that, moreso, Okonjo-Iweala’s emergence as Director-General would be exemplary for women to duly occupy positions of leadership, in line with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on gender equality before 2030.

He explained that his first encounter with Okonjo-Iweala was in 2019, at the invitation of to meet the American entrepreneur, Jack Dorsey, the co-founder and CEO of Twitter, during his visit to Nigeria.

Furthermore, he said that her educational background, work experience and track record of accomplishment were testimonials of her suitability for the job.

Other candidates contesting with Okonjo-Iweala are Dr Jesus Seade Kuri (Mexico), Me Abdel-Hamid Mamduoh (Egypt), Mr Tudor Ulianovschi (Moldova) and Ms Yoo Myung-hee (Republic of Korea).

Also in the race are Ms Amina Mohamed (Kenya), Mr Mohammad Maziad Al-Tuwaijri (Kingdom of South Arabia) and Dr Liam Fox (United Kingdom).

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that WTO deals with the global rules of trade between nations and to ensure that trade flows smoothly, predictably and as freely as possible.

NAN also reports Lawal was recently appointed into the prestigious Malala Fund Global Education Champion, working to accelerate progress to get girls’ back to school in Northern Nigeria.  

Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Ifeyinwa Omowole
Source: NAN
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