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  •   The President of the Republic HE Dr George Manneh Weah has called on Liberian citizens both at home and abroad to consider and embrace peace as the single most important factor in national transformation He said that Liberians should put peace before all other considerations because without peace nothing can be achieved The President said that reflecting on the years of war Liberians would know that neither sustainable development nor pluralistic democracy can be achieved in an environment marked by chaos disorder and violence In a special statement delivered Thursday August 18 2022 at programs marking the 2022 Bicentennial Edition of the Kukatornon National Peace Festival held at the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Ministerial Complex Dr Weah thanked Liberians for maintaining 18 uninterrupted years of peace something he described as a great achievement Maintaining eighteen years of uninterrupted peace is a great achievement for which we should applaud ourselves as Liberians said the Chief Executive warning citizens that advancing on the path of uninterrupted peace is a challenge that all We must take it together The President recounted defining moments associated with August in Liberia calling August the mysterious month of peace in Liberia For example it was on August 24 1990 that the brave men of ECOMOG landed on Liberian soil to begin a long and costly process of peace enforcement surveillance and peacekeeping the President recalled Again the first in a series of fourteen peace agreements was signed on August 7 1990 Then came the Abuja agreements which were signed on August 19 1995 and August 17 1996 respectively And the last historical agreement was signed on August 18 2003 The former UN peace ambassador said that as president he would remain fully focused more on ensuring that nothing disrupts the peace that we Liberians our neighbors and partners have suffered to achieve He added I am happy to have served in that capacity because the experience there has strengthened me to be tolerant and respectful of others when their grievances are voiced An open and tolerant society is an essential element of peace and stability President Weah said that the experience Liberians gained during the long and bloody civil war is more than a teacher he is a teacher we gt Certainly we will never forget the lessons of conversion from honor to misery from a respected nation state to an unwanted pariah state We suffered in the desert of chaos and destruction for 14 terrible years We are now expected to show that we are a nation of respect dignity and integrity He said that it is the binding duty and obligation of all Liberians to maintain the peace which we have promised to the world and to ourselves He congratulated the organizer of the program Ambassador Julie Endee and all who have supported her in planning and executing this elaborate program The President welcomed the guests who had traveled from abroad to honor the invitation to honor this occasion with her presence He thanked the international community for supporting Liberia during and even after its long years of conflict
    “Pluralist democracy is not possible without peace”, President Weah calls on citizens to unite
      The President of the Republic HE Dr George Manneh Weah has called on Liberian citizens both at home and abroad to consider and embrace peace as the single most important factor in national transformation He said that Liberians should put peace before all other considerations because without peace nothing can be achieved The President said that reflecting on the years of war Liberians would know that neither sustainable development nor pluralistic democracy can be achieved in an environment marked by chaos disorder and violence In a special statement delivered Thursday August 18 2022 at programs marking the 2022 Bicentennial Edition of the Kukatornon National Peace Festival held at the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Ministerial Complex Dr Weah thanked Liberians for maintaining 18 uninterrupted years of peace something he described as a great achievement Maintaining eighteen years of uninterrupted peace is a great achievement for which we should applaud ourselves as Liberians said the Chief Executive warning citizens that advancing on the path of uninterrupted peace is a challenge that all We must take it together The President recounted defining moments associated with August in Liberia calling August the mysterious month of peace in Liberia For example it was on August 24 1990 that the brave men of ECOMOG landed on Liberian soil to begin a long and costly process of peace enforcement surveillance and peacekeeping the President recalled Again the first in a series of fourteen peace agreements was signed on August 7 1990 Then came the Abuja agreements which were signed on August 19 1995 and August 17 1996 respectively And the last historical agreement was signed on August 18 2003 The former UN peace ambassador said that as president he would remain fully focused more on ensuring that nothing disrupts the peace that we Liberians our neighbors and partners have suffered to achieve He added I am happy to have served in that capacity because the experience there has strengthened me to be tolerant and respectful of others when their grievances are voiced An open and tolerant society is an essential element of peace and stability President Weah said that the experience Liberians gained during the long and bloody civil war is more than a teacher he is a teacher we gt Certainly we will never forget the lessons of conversion from honor to misery from a respected nation state to an unwanted pariah state We suffered in the desert of chaos and destruction for 14 terrible years We are now expected to show that we are a nation of respect dignity and integrity He said that it is the binding duty and obligation of all Liberians to maintain the peace which we have promised to the world and to ourselves He congratulated the organizer of the program Ambassador Julie Endee and all who have supported her in planning and executing this elaborate program The President welcomed the guests who had traveled from abroad to honor the invitation to honor this occasion with her presence He thanked the international community for supporting Liberia during and even after its long years of conflict
    “Pluralist democracy is not possible without peace”, President Weah calls on citizens to unite
    Africa1 month ago

    “Pluralist democracy is not possible without peace”, President Weah calls on citizens to unite

    The President of the Republic, HE Dr. George Manneh Weah, has called on Liberian citizens, both at home and abroad, to consider and embrace peace as the single most important factor in national transformation.

    He said that Liberians should put peace before all other considerations because without peace nothing can be achieved.

    The President said that reflecting on the years of war, Liberians would know that neither sustainable development nor pluralistic democracy can be achieved in an environment marked by chaos, disorder and violence.

    In a special statement delivered Thursday, August 18, 2022, at programs marking the 2022 Bicentennial Edition of the Kukatornon National Peace Festival held at the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Ministerial Complex, Dr. Weah thanked Liberians for maintaining 18 uninterrupted years of peace, something he described as a great achievement.

    "Maintaining eighteen years of uninterrupted peace is a great achievement for which we should applaud ourselves as Liberians," said the Chief Executive, warning citizens that advancing on the path of uninterrupted peace is "a challenge that all We must take it together."

    The President recounted defining moments associated with August in Liberia, calling August the mysterious month of peace in Liberia.

    "For example, it was on August 24, 1990 that the brave men of ECOMOG landed on Liberian soil to begin a long and costly process of peace enforcement, surveillance and peacekeeping," the President recalled.

    “Again, the first in a series of fourteen peace agreements was signed on August 7, 1990.

    Then came the Abuja agreements, which were signed on August 19, 1995 and August 17, 1996, respectively.

    And the last historical agreement was signed on August 18, 2003”.

    The former UN peace ambassador said that as president he would remain fully focused "more on ensuring that nothing disrupts the peace that we Liberians, our neighbors and partners have suffered to achieve."

    He added: “I am happy to have served in that capacity because the experience there has strengthened me to be tolerant and respectful of others when their grievances are voiced.

    An open and tolerant society is an essential element of peace and stability.” President Weah said that the experience "Liberians gained during the long and bloody civil war is more than a teacher: he is a teacher!" “we> “Certainly, we will never forget the lessons of conversion from honor to misery; from a respected nation-state to an unwanted pariah state.

    We suffered in the desert of chaos and destruction for 14 terrible years.

    We are now expected to show that we are a nation of respect, dignity and integrity."

    He said that it is the binding duty and obligation of all Liberians to maintain the peace "which we have promised to the world and to ourselves."

    He congratulated the organizer of the program, Ambassador Julie Endee, and all who have supported her in planning and executing this elaborate program.

    The President welcomed the guests who had traveled from abroad to honor the invitation to honor this occasion with her presence.

    He thanked the international community for supporting Liberia during and even after its long years of conflict.

  •  The Nigerian Navy shipped military hardware and contingent to Guinea Bissau on Saturday on peace keeping mission on the auspices of ECOWAS Guinea Bissau has experienced four coups since independence from Portugal in 1974 and is currently in turmoil Nigeria s effort towards peace keeping and peace enforcement in Guinea Bissau becomes germane while the Armed Forces of Nigeria s synergy will become a hallmark as it continues to operate The role the Nigerian Navy is playing today by NNS KADA conveying military hardware is one of the roles assigned to the Nigerian Navy Constitutionally By moving this equipment we are supporting ECOWAS with the stabilisation support force that is established in Guinea Bissau he said The FOC also said that the movement of the equipment through NNS KADA showed that the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Armed Forces had come of age to conduct such operations successfully The Chief of Defence Staff Chief of Naval Staff Chief of Army Staff and Chief of Air Staff brought it together to show the manifestation under the leadership of the Minister of Defence At the end we will continue to showcase the capability capacity and competence of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to the whole world while keeping peace within our sub region This positions Nigeria as a regional power and continues to show that we are in the lead he stressed Wambai recalled that in 1990 the Nigerian Navy conducted a similar exercise using NNS AMBE and NNS DAMISA to convey equipment and personnel to help to stabilise Liberia The exercise was conducted on the platform of the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group ECOMOG ECOMOG is a West African peacekeeping force that began with approximately 3 000 troops and has grown to between 10 000 and 12 000 troops the vast majority being Nigerians ECOMOG included forces from five countries of ECOWAS Gambia Ghana Guinea Nigeria and Sierra Leone later joined by Mali According to Wambai we did the same thing in Sierra Leone three years ago in Gambia and now we are doing it in Guinea Bissau We will continue to showcase our role and big brotherliness by assisting and coming to the aid of these West African countries whenever there is the need the FOC declared He said that the ECOWAS standby force was still in existence and that the Nigerian Navy would use that umbrella to continue to work and function to support peace and stability within the West African sub region Wambai advised the contingent en route Guinea Bissau to adhere to integrity professionalism and team work in all their operations I must remind you that the rules of engagement in the mission area demands that you exhibit utmost professionalism in the discharge of your responsibilities Also I must urge you to respect religious and cultural sensitivity of the host nation in the course of discharging your duties the FOC told the departing contingent NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria ships hardware, contingent to Guinea Bissau on peace-keeping
     The Nigerian Navy shipped military hardware and contingent to Guinea Bissau on Saturday on peace keeping mission on the auspices of ECOWAS Guinea Bissau has experienced four coups since independence from Portugal in 1974 and is currently in turmoil Nigeria s effort towards peace keeping and peace enforcement in Guinea Bissau becomes germane while the Armed Forces of Nigeria s synergy will become a hallmark as it continues to operate The role the Nigerian Navy is playing today by NNS KADA conveying military hardware is one of the roles assigned to the Nigerian Navy Constitutionally By moving this equipment we are supporting ECOWAS with the stabilisation support force that is established in Guinea Bissau he said The FOC also said that the movement of the equipment through NNS KADA showed that the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Armed Forces had come of age to conduct such operations successfully The Chief of Defence Staff Chief of Naval Staff Chief of Army Staff and Chief of Air Staff brought it together to show the manifestation under the leadership of the Minister of Defence At the end we will continue to showcase the capability capacity and competence of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to the whole world while keeping peace within our sub region This positions Nigeria as a regional power and continues to show that we are in the lead he stressed Wambai recalled that in 1990 the Nigerian Navy conducted a similar exercise using NNS AMBE and NNS DAMISA to convey equipment and personnel to help to stabilise Liberia The exercise was conducted on the platform of the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group ECOMOG ECOMOG is a West African peacekeeping force that began with approximately 3 000 troops and has grown to between 10 000 and 12 000 troops the vast majority being Nigerians ECOMOG included forces from five countries of ECOWAS Gambia Ghana Guinea Nigeria and Sierra Leone later joined by Mali According to Wambai we did the same thing in Sierra Leone three years ago in Gambia and now we are doing it in Guinea Bissau We will continue to showcase our role and big brotherliness by assisting and coming to the aid of these West African countries whenever there is the need the FOC declared He said that the ECOWAS standby force was still in existence and that the Nigerian Navy would use that umbrella to continue to work and function to support peace and stability within the West African sub region Wambai advised the contingent en route Guinea Bissau to adhere to integrity professionalism and team work in all their operations I must remind you that the rules of engagement in the mission area demands that you exhibit utmost professionalism in the discharge of your responsibilities Also I must urge you to respect religious and cultural sensitivity of the host nation in the course of discharging your duties the FOC told the departing contingent NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria ships hardware, contingent to Guinea Bissau on peace-keeping
    Defence/Security2 months ago

    Nigeria ships hardware, contingent to Guinea Bissau on peace-keeping

    The Nigerian Navy shipped military hardware and contingent to Guinea Bissau on Saturday on peace keeping mission on the auspices of ECOWAS.

    Guinea Bissau has experienced four coups since independence from Portugal in 1974 and is currently in turmoil.

    “Nigeria’s effort towards peace-keeping and peace enforcement in Guinea Bissau becomes germane while the Armed Forces of Nigeria’s synergy will become a hallmark as it continues to operate.

    “The role the Nigerian Navy is playing today by NNS KADA conveying military hardware is one of the roles assigned to the Nigerian Navy Constitutionally.

    “By moving this equipment, we are supporting ECOWAS with the stabilisation support force that is established in Guinea Bissau,’’ he said.

    The FOC also said that the movement of the equipment through NNS KADA showed that the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Armed Forces had come of age to conduct such operations successfully.

    “The Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, Chief of Army Staff and Chief of Air Staff brought it together to show the manifestation under the leadership of the Minister of Defence.

    “At the end, we will continue to showcase the capability, capacity and competence of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to the whole world while keeping peace within our sub-region.

    “This positions Nigeria as a regional power and continues to show that we are in the lead,’’ he stressed.

    Wambai recalled that in 1990, the Nigerian Navy conducted a similar exercise using NNS AMBE and NNS DAMISA to convey equipment and personnel to help to stabilise Liberia.

    The exercise was conducted on the platform of the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG).

    ECOMOG is a West African peacekeeping force that began with approximately 3,000 troops and has grown to between 10,000 and 12,000 troops, the vast majority being Nigerians.

    ECOMOG included forces from five countries of ECOWAS: Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, later joined by Mali. According to Wambai, “we did the same thing in Sierra Leone; three years ago in Gambia and now we are doing it in Guinea Bissau.

    “We will continue to showcase our role and big brotherliness by assisting and coming to the aid of these West African countries whenever there is the need,’’ the FOC declared.

    He said that the ECOWAS standby force was still in existence and that the Nigerian Navy would use that umbrella to continue to work and function to support peace and stability within the West African sub-region.

    Wambai advised the contingent en route Guinea Bissau to adhere to integrity, professionalism and team work in all their operations.

    “I must remind you that the rules of engagement in the mission area demands that you exhibit utmost professionalism in the discharge of your responsibilities.

    “Also, I must urge you to respect religious and cultural sensitivity of the host nation in the course of discharging your duties,’’ the FOC told the departing contingent.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   The Nigerian Ports Authority NPA is taking strong action to tackle unhealthy trends in maritime trade to build confidence in the system its acting chief executive Mohammed Bello Koko said He told reporters in Lagos on Sunday that one of the measures was a general redeployment of security officials who had been on their guard for a long time What we found out is that there are security officials who have been working in the area we call the red zone which has been the Tin Can Apapa area for four five or six years and they are still there We have asked that they be posted there and that a new set of people who will actually and truly work for Nigeria be brought there We have had cases where we have tried to establish proof of people who were allegedly extorted because you have to have proof but there is none So what we ve done now is look at how many checkpoints should be on the roads We had a meeting with all the security agencies about three weeks ago and agreed to form a team and identify how many checkpoints we should have along this corridor If we identified six checkpoints for example that means when you wake up the next day and find 16 checkpoints that means there are 10 illegal checkpoints It was also agreed that it is quite normal that all security formations be it LASTMA the police the army or the NPA which send security agents to the checkpoints have the names officers posted at each checkpoint We think if we do this and there is evidence of extortion on a certain date in a certain location then we should be able to know the officers involved But the interesting fact about all of this is that things have moved on now Now you have boys from the area they call ECOMOG boys doing the collection for them A few weeks ago it was even more like a battle over who is extorting where They are standing others are waiting to receive their share Let me also make it clear that we had the cooperation of the navy the army the police and everyone involved in this they have made efforts to tackle all the unhealthy tendencies Many actions have been taken to them for this I know the police have taken steps to reduce vices as well but sometimes you have racing agents off duty and they show up in uniform with guns and destroy At the NPA we have dealt with security guards accused of unhealthy tendencies We are doing a lot and will soon rid the ports of such defects he said Bello Koko also spoke of the agony of the Apapa traffic jam and said the deployment of infrastructure under the electronic call system for trucks has eliminated it by 80 percent The fact that the traffic jam reduced the cents is verifiable In addition to the deployment of the Eto platform we are currently promoting multimodal transport systems through the use of barges for the movement of goods in and out of ports From our observation this development has significantly reduced congestion in most terminals their efficiency The low traffic jams in some areas of Apapa are due to the very poor condition of the Tin Can Port Mile 2 corridor which is under construction When the road rehabilitation is complete the little traffic you see now will be completely eliminated Most of the road networks on the Tin Can Cocoa Nut Mile 2 axis are in various stages of reconstruction and the eto infrastructure has therefore not been deployed in this area he said Bello Koko explained that as part of the efforts to deploy the electronic call system around 27 to 29 truck transit parks have been developed in Lagos State with the collaboration of relevant stakeholders including the Lagos State Government Of that number only about eight have fully deployed the eto infrastructure which includes automated control systems and other IT equipment related to information technology Apart from some of the challenges we listed earlier which border on human interference electronic calling has been able to streamline cargo evacuation and truck movements the level of road health of To Dad The disappearance of the Apapa traffic jam could be attributed in part to the new empty container policy which requires shipping companies to take at least 80 of their empty containers We are monitoring this to make sure they take that number of containers before they leave he said Bello Koko also spoke about other seaports in the east of the country and why importers were not using them to reduce pressure on those in Lagos There are many other ports outside of Lagos like the ports of Calabar Warri Onne and Rivers but the NPA cannot decide for the consignees importers where they will transport their cargo We understand that around 70 of the cargo entering Nigeria goes through Lagos There is a high concentration of industries in Lagos and Ogun It is very likely that any importer of raw materials destined for these factories in Lagos or Ogun will actually bring them in through the ports of Lagos But what we have done is offer pricing incentives at these port locations to encourage shipping lines and importers to use them It started to work and we have seen a gradual increase in tonnage and we hope there will be a jump but we don t see that jump yet he said Source NAN
    How we’re tackling corruption in maritime operations – NPA MD
      The Nigerian Ports Authority NPA is taking strong action to tackle unhealthy trends in maritime trade to build confidence in the system its acting chief executive Mohammed Bello Koko said He told reporters in Lagos on Sunday that one of the measures was a general redeployment of security officials who had been on their guard for a long time What we found out is that there are security officials who have been working in the area we call the red zone which has been the Tin Can Apapa area for four five or six years and they are still there We have asked that they be posted there and that a new set of people who will actually and truly work for Nigeria be brought there We have had cases where we have tried to establish proof of people who were allegedly extorted because you have to have proof but there is none So what we ve done now is look at how many checkpoints should be on the roads We had a meeting with all the security agencies about three weeks ago and agreed to form a team and identify how many checkpoints we should have along this corridor If we identified six checkpoints for example that means when you wake up the next day and find 16 checkpoints that means there are 10 illegal checkpoints It was also agreed that it is quite normal that all security formations be it LASTMA the police the army or the NPA which send security agents to the checkpoints have the names officers posted at each checkpoint We think if we do this and there is evidence of extortion on a certain date in a certain location then we should be able to know the officers involved But the interesting fact about all of this is that things have moved on now Now you have boys from the area they call ECOMOG boys doing the collection for them A few weeks ago it was even more like a battle over who is extorting where They are standing others are waiting to receive their share Let me also make it clear that we had the cooperation of the navy the army the police and everyone involved in this they have made efforts to tackle all the unhealthy tendencies Many actions have been taken to them for this I know the police have taken steps to reduce vices as well but sometimes you have racing agents off duty and they show up in uniform with guns and destroy At the NPA we have dealt with security guards accused of unhealthy tendencies We are doing a lot and will soon rid the ports of such defects he said Bello Koko also spoke of the agony of the Apapa traffic jam and said the deployment of infrastructure under the electronic call system for trucks has eliminated it by 80 percent The fact that the traffic jam reduced the cents is verifiable In addition to the deployment of the Eto platform we are currently promoting multimodal transport systems through the use of barges for the movement of goods in and out of ports From our observation this development has significantly reduced congestion in most terminals their efficiency The low traffic jams in some areas of Apapa are due to the very poor condition of the Tin Can Port Mile 2 corridor which is under construction When the road rehabilitation is complete the little traffic you see now will be completely eliminated Most of the road networks on the Tin Can Cocoa Nut Mile 2 axis are in various stages of reconstruction and the eto infrastructure has therefore not been deployed in this area he said Bello Koko explained that as part of the efforts to deploy the electronic call system around 27 to 29 truck transit parks have been developed in Lagos State with the collaboration of relevant stakeholders including the Lagos State Government Of that number only about eight have fully deployed the eto infrastructure which includes automated control systems and other IT equipment related to information technology Apart from some of the challenges we listed earlier which border on human interference electronic calling has been able to streamline cargo evacuation and truck movements the level of road health of To Dad The disappearance of the Apapa traffic jam could be attributed in part to the new empty container policy which requires shipping companies to take at least 80 of their empty containers We are monitoring this to make sure they take that number of containers before they leave he said Bello Koko also spoke about other seaports in the east of the country and why importers were not using them to reduce pressure on those in Lagos There are many other ports outside of Lagos like the ports of Calabar Warri Onne and Rivers but the NPA cannot decide for the consignees importers where they will transport their cargo We understand that around 70 of the cargo entering Nigeria goes through Lagos There is a high concentration of industries in Lagos and Ogun It is very likely that any importer of raw materials destined for these factories in Lagos or Ogun will actually bring them in through the ports of Lagos But what we have done is offer pricing incentives at these port locations to encourage shipping lines and importers to use them It started to work and we have seen a gradual increase in tonnage and we hope there will be a jump but we don t see that jump yet he said Source NAN
    How we’re tackling corruption in maritime operations – NPA MD
    General news11 months ago

    How we’re tackling corruption in maritime operations – NPA MD

    The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) is taking strong action to tackle unhealthy trends in maritime trade to build confidence in the system, its acting chief executive, Mohammed Bello-Koko, said.

    He told reporters in Lagos on Sunday that one of the measures was a general redeployment of security officials who had been on their guard for a long time.

    “What we found out is that there are security officials who have been working in the area we call the red zone, which has been the Tin Can, Apapa area, for four, five or six years, and they are still there.

    “We have asked that they be posted there and that a new set of people who will actually and truly work for Nigeria be brought there.

    “We have had cases where we have tried to establish proof of people who were allegedly extorted because you have to have proof, but there is none.

    “So what we've done now is look at how many checkpoints should be on the roads. We had a meeting with all the security agencies about three weeks ago and agreed to form a team and identify how many checkpoints we should have along this corridor.

    “If we identified six checkpoints, for example, that means when you wake up the next day and find 16 checkpoints, that means there are 10 illegal checkpoints.

    “It was also agreed that it is quite normal that all security formations, be it LASTMA, the police, the army or the NPA, which send security agents to the checkpoints, have the names officers posted at each checkpoint.

    “We think if we do this, and there is evidence of extortion on a certain date, in a certain location, then we should be able to know the officers involved.

    “But the interesting fact about all of this is that things have moved on now. Now you have boys from the area they call "ECOMOG boys" doing the collection for them.

    “A few weeks ago it was even more like a battle over who is extorting where. They are standing, others are waiting to receive their share.

    “Let me also make it clear that we had the cooperation of the navy, the army, the police and everyone involved in this; they have made efforts to tackle all the unhealthy tendencies. Many actions have been taken to them for this.

    “I know the police have taken steps to reduce vices as well, but sometimes you have racing agents off duty and they show up in uniform with guns and destroy.

    “At the NPA, we have dealt with security guards accused of unhealthy tendencies. We are doing a lot and will soon rid the ports of such defects, ”he said.

    Bello-Koko also spoke of the agony of the Apapa traffic jam and said the deployment of infrastructure under the electronic call system for trucks has eliminated it by 80 percent.

    “The fact that the traffic jam reduced the cents is verifiable. In addition to the deployment of the Eto platform, we are currently promoting multimodal transport systems through the use of barges for the movement of goods in and out of ports.

    “From our observation, this development has significantly reduced congestion in most terminals, their efficiency.

    “The low traffic jams in some areas of Apapa are due to the very poor condition of the Tin Can Port-Mile 2 corridor, which is under construction. When the road rehabilitation is complete, the little traffic you see now will be completely eliminated.

    “Most of the road networks on the Tin Can, Cocoa Nut - Mile 2 axis are in various stages of reconstruction and the eto infrastructure has therefore not been deployed in this area,” he said.

    Bello-Koko explained that as part of the efforts to deploy the electronic call system, around 27 to 29 truck transit parks have been developed in Lagos State with the collaboration of relevant stakeholders, including the Lagos State Government.

    “Of that number, only about eight have fully deployed the eto infrastructure, which includes automated control systems and other IT equipment related to information technology.

    “Apart from some of the challenges we listed earlier, which border on human interference, electronic calling has been able to streamline cargo evacuation and truck movements, the level of road health of To Dad.

    “The disappearance of the Apapa traffic jam could be attributed in part to the new empty container policy which requires shipping companies to take at least 80% of their empty containers.

    "We are monitoring this to make sure they take that number of containers before they leave," he said.

    Bello-Koko also spoke about other seaports in the east of the country and why importers were not using them to reduce pressure on those in Lagos.

    “There are many other ports outside of Lagos like the ports of Calabar, Warri, Onne and Rivers, but the NPA cannot decide for the consignees (importers) where they will transport their cargo.

    “We understand that around 70% of the cargo entering Nigeria goes through Lagos. There is a high concentration of industries in Lagos and Ogun.

    “It is very likely that any importer of raw materials destined for these factories in Lagos or Ogun will actually bring them in through the ports of Lagos.

    “But what we have done is offer pricing incentives at these port locations to encourage shipping lines and importers to use them.

    “It started to work and we have seen a gradual increase in tonnage and we hope there will be a jump but we don't see that jump yet,” he said.

    Source: NAN

  •   The Nigerian Ports Authority NPA is taking strong action to tackle unhealthy trends in maritime trade to build confidence in the system its acting chief executive Mohammed Bello Koko said He told reporters in Lagos on Sunday that one of the measures was a general redeployment of security officials who had been on their guard for a long time What we found out is that there are security officials who have been working in the area we call the red zone which has been the Tin Can Apapa area for four five or six years and they are still there We have asked that they be posted there and that a new set of people who will actually and truly work for Nigeria be brought there We have had cases where we have tried to establish proof of people who were allegedly extorted because you have to have proof but there is none So what we ve done now is look at how many checkpoints should be on the roads We had a meeting with all the security agencies about three weeks ago and agreed to form a team and identify how many checkpoints we should have along this corridor If we identified six checkpoints for example that means when you wake up the next day and find 16 checkpoints that means there are 10 illegal checkpoints It was also agreed that it is quite normal that all security formations be it LASTMA the police the army or the NPA which send security agents to the checkpoints have the names officers posted at each checkpoint We think if we do this and there is evidence of extortion on a certain date in a certain location then we should be able to know the officers involved But the interesting fact about all of this is that things have moved on now Now you have boys from the area they call ECOMOG boys doing the collection for them A few weeks ago it was even more like a battle over who is extorting where They are standing others are waiting to receive their share Let me also make it clear that we had the cooperation of the navy the army the police and everyone involved in this they have made efforts to tackle all the unhealthy tendencies Many actions have been taken to them for this I know the police have taken steps to reduce vices as well but sometimes you have racing agents off duty and they show up in uniform with guns and destroy At the NPA we have dealt with security guards accused of unhealthy tendencies We are doing a lot and will soon rid the ports of such defects he said Bello Koko also spoke about the agony of Apapa s traffic jam and said deploying the infrastructure under the electronic control system for trucks has eliminated it by 80 percent The fact that the traffic jam reduced the cents is verifiable In addition to the deployment of the Eto platform we are currently promoting multimodal transport systems through the use of barges for the movement of goods in and out of ports From our observation this development has significantly reduced congestion in most terminals their efficiency The low traffic jams in some areas of Apapa are due to the very poor condition of the Tin Can Port Mile 2 corridor which is under construction When the road rehabilitation is complete the little traffic you see now will be completely eliminated Most of the road networks on the Tin Can Cocoa Nut Mile 2 axis are in various stages of reconstruction and the eto infrastructure has therefore not been deployed in this area he said Bello Koko explained that as part of the efforts to deploy the electronic call system around 27 to 29 truck transit parks have been developed in Lagos State with the collaboration of relevant stakeholders including the Lagos State Government Of that number only about eight have fully deployed the eto infrastructure which includes automated control systems and other IT equipment related to information technology Apart from some of the challenges we listed earlier which border on human interference electronic calling has been able to streamline cargo evacuation and truck movements the level of road health of To Dad The disappearance of the Apapa traffic jam could be attributed in part to the new empty container policy which requires shipping companies to take at least 80 of their empty containers We are monitoring this to make sure they take that number of containers before they leave he said Bello Koko also spoke about other seaports in the east of the country and why importers were not using them to reduce pressure on those in Lagos There are many other ports outside of Lagos like the ports of Calabar Warri Onne and Rivers but the NPA cannot decide for the consignees importers where they will transport their cargo We understand that around 70 of the cargo entering Nigeria goes through Lagos There is a high concentration of industries in Lagos and Ogun It is very likely that any importer of raw materials destined for these factories in Lagos or Ogun will actually bring them in through the ports of Lagos But what we have done is offer pricing incentives at these port locations to encourage shipping lines and importers to use them It started to work and we have seen a gradual increase in tonnage and we hope there will be a jump but we don t see that jump yet he said Source NAN
    How we’re tackling corruption in maritime operations – NPA MD
      The Nigerian Ports Authority NPA is taking strong action to tackle unhealthy trends in maritime trade to build confidence in the system its acting chief executive Mohammed Bello Koko said He told reporters in Lagos on Sunday that one of the measures was a general redeployment of security officials who had been on their guard for a long time What we found out is that there are security officials who have been working in the area we call the red zone which has been the Tin Can Apapa area for four five or six years and they are still there We have asked that they be posted there and that a new set of people who will actually and truly work for Nigeria be brought there We have had cases where we have tried to establish proof of people who were allegedly extorted because you have to have proof but there is none So what we ve done now is look at how many checkpoints should be on the roads We had a meeting with all the security agencies about three weeks ago and agreed to form a team and identify how many checkpoints we should have along this corridor If we identified six checkpoints for example that means when you wake up the next day and find 16 checkpoints that means there are 10 illegal checkpoints It was also agreed that it is quite normal that all security formations be it LASTMA the police the army or the NPA which send security agents to the checkpoints have the names officers posted at each checkpoint We think if we do this and there is evidence of extortion on a certain date in a certain location then we should be able to know the officers involved But the interesting fact about all of this is that things have moved on now Now you have boys from the area they call ECOMOG boys doing the collection for them A few weeks ago it was even more like a battle over who is extorting where They are standing others are waiting to receive their share Let me also make it clear that we had the cooperation of the navy the army the police and everyone involved in this they have made efforts to tackle all the unhealthy tendencies Many actions have been taken to them for this I know the police have taken steps to reduce vices as well but sometimes you have racing agents off duty and they show up in uniform with guns and destroy At the NPA we have dealt with security guards accused of unhealthy tendencies We are doing a lot and will soon rid the ports of such defects he said Bello Koko also spoke about the agony of Apapa s traffic jam and said deploying the infrastructure under the electronic control system for trucks has eliminated it by 80 percent The fact that the traffic jam reduced the cents is verifiable In addition to the deployment of the Eto platform we are currently promoting multimodal transport systems through the use of barges for the movement of goods in and out of ports From our observation this development has significantly reduced congestion in most terminals their efficiency The low traffic jams in some areas of Apapa are due to the very poor condition of the Tin Can Port Mile 2 corridor which is under construction When the road rehabilitation is complete the little traffic you see now will be completely eliminated Most of the road networks on the Tin Can Cocoa Nut Mile 2 axis are in various stages of reconstruction and the eto infrastructure has therefore not been deployed in this area he said Bello Koko explained that as part of the efforts to deploy the electronic call system around 27 to 29 truck transit parks have been developed in Lagos State with the collaboration of relevant stakeholders including the Lagos State Government Of that number only about eight have fully deployed the eto infrastructure which includes automated control systems and other IT equipment related to information technology Apart from some of the challenges we listed earlier which border on human interference electronic calling has been able to streamline cargo evacuation and truck movements the level of road health of To Dad The disappearance of the Apapa traffic jam could be attributed in part to the new empty container policy which requires shipping companies to take at least 80 of their empty containers We are monitoring this to make sure they take that number of containers before they leave he said Bello Koko also spoke about other seaports in the east of the country and why importers were not using them to reduce pressure on those in Lagos There are many other ports outside of Lagos like the ports of Calabar Warri Onne and Rivers but the NPA cannot decide for the consignees importers where they will transport their cargo We understand that around 70 of the cargo entering Nigeria goes through Lagos There is a high concentration of industries in Lagos and Ogun It is very likely that any importer of raw materials destined for these factories in Lagos or Ogun will actually bring them in through the ports of Lagos But what we have done is offer pricing incentives at these port locations to encourage shipping lines and importers to use them It started to work and we have seen a gradual increase in tonnage and we hope there will be a jump but we don t see that jump yet he said Source NAN
    How we’re tackling corruption in maritime operations – NPA MD
    General news11 months ago

    How we’re tackling corruption in maritime operations – NPA MD

    The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) is taking strong action to tackle unhealthy trends in maritime trade to build confidence in the system, its acting chief executive, Mohammed Bello-Koko, said.

    He told reporters in Lagos on Sunday that one of the measures was a general redeployment of security officials who had been on their guard for a long time.

    “What we found out is that there are security officials who have been working in the area we call the red zone, which has been the Tin Can, Apapa area, for four, five or six years, and they are still there.

    “We have asked that they be posted there and that a new set of people who will actually and truly work for Nigeria be brought there.

    “We have had cases where we have tried to establish proof of people who were allegedly extorted because you have to have proof, but there is none.

    “So what we've done now is look at how many checkpoints should be on the roads. We had a meeting with all the security agencies about three weeks ago and agreed to form a team and identify how many checkpoints we should have along this corridor.

    “If we identified six checkpoints, for example, that means when you wake up the next day and find 16 checkpoints, that means there are 10 illegal checkpoints.

    “It was also agreed that it is quite normal that all security formations, be it LASTMA, the police, the army or the NPA, which send security agents to the checkpoints, have the names officers posted at each checkpoint.

    “We think if we do this, and there is evidence of extortion on a certain date, in a certain location, then we should be able to know the officers involved.

    “But the interesting fact about all of this is that things have moved on now. Now you have boys from the area they call "ECOMOG boys" doing the collection for them.

    “A few weeks ago it was even more like a battle over who is extorting where. They are standing, others are waiting to receive their share.

    “Let me also make it clear that we had the cooperation of the navy, the army, the police and everyone involved in this; they have made efforts to tackle all the unhealthy tendencies. Many actions have been taken to them for this.

    “I know the police have taken steps to reduce vices as well, but sometimes you have racing agents off duty and they show up in uniform with guns and destroy.

    “At the NPA, we have dealt with security guards accused of unhealthy tendencies. We are doing a lot and will soon rid the ports of such defects, ”he said.

    Bello-Koko also spoke about the agony of Apapa's traffic jam and said deploying the infrastructure under the electronic control system for trucks has eliminated it by 80 percent.

    “The fact that the traffic jam reduced the cents is verifiable. In addition to the deployment of the Eto platform, we are currently promoting multimodal transport systems through the use of barges for the movement of goods in and out of ports.

    “From our observation, this development has significantly reduced congestion in most terminals, their efficiency.

    “The low traffic jams in some areas of Apapa are due to the very poor condition of the Tin Can Port-Mile 2 corridor, which is under construction. When the road rehabilitation is complete, the little traffic you see now will be completely eliminated.

    “Most of the road networks on the Tin Can, Cocoa Nut - Mile 2 axis are in various stages of reconstruction and the eto infrastructure has therefore not been deployed in this area,” he said.

    Bello-Koko explained that as part of the efforts to deploy the electronic call system, around 27 to 29 truck transit parks have been developed in Lagos State with the collaboration of relevant stakeholders, including the Lagos State Government.

    “Of that number, only about eight have fully deployed the eto infrastructure, which includes automated control systems and other IT equipment related to information technology.

    “Apart from some of the challenges we listed earlier, which border on human interference, electronic calling has been able to streamline cargo evacuation and truck movements, the level of road health of To Dad.

    “The disappearance of the Apapa traffic jam could be attributed in part to the new empty container policy which requires shipping companies to take at least 80% of their empty containers.

    "We are monitoring this to make sure they take that number of containers before they leave," he said.

    Bello-Koko also spoke about other seaports in the east of the country and why importers were not using them to reduce pressure on those in Lagos.

    “There are many other ports outside of Lagos like the ports of Calabar, Warri, Onne and Rivers, but the NPA cannot decide for the consignees (importers) where they will transport their cargo.

    “We understand that around 70% of the cargo entering Nigeria goes through Lagos. There is a high concentration of industries in Lagos and Ogun.

    “It is very likely that any importer of raw materials destined for these factories in Lagos or Ogun will actually bring them in through the ports of Lagos.

    “But what we have done is offer pricing incentives at these port locations to encourage shipping lines and importers to use them.

    “It started to work and we have seen a gradual increase in tonnage and we hope there will be a jump but we don't see that jump yet,” he said.

    Source: NAN

  •   By Chijioke Okoronkwo Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Friday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja received Dr Jewel Howard Taylor Vice President of Liberia Howard Taylor is in Nigeria to attend the first ordinary session of the ECOWAS Parliament for the year Osinbajo spokesman Laolu Akande then told State House correspondents that the two vice presidents took the opportunity not only to exchange jokes but also to make up for it They had already met here in Abuja and also in Liberia where she had invited the vice president to speak at the international launch of Sheroes in Monrovia During their meeting today they expressed the desire of the two countries to cooperate internationally bilaterally and multilaterally Basically it was just a courtesy call he said Howard Taylor who is also Senate Speaker in Liberia spoke at the opening session of the ECOWAS Parliament on Thursday Nigeria and Liberia have a wide range of economic political cultural and social ties The two countries had signed cooperation agreements in the fields of education culture bilateral trade and training of Liberian foreign service officers Nigeria s leadership role in ECOMOG s intervention in Liberia has been critical in restoring peace to the country after years of civil war NOPE NAN
    Osinbajo welcomes Liberian vice president
      By Chijioke Okoronkwo Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Friday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja received Dr Jewel Howard Taylor Vice President of Liberia Howard Taylor is in Nigeria to attend the first ordinary session of the ECOWAS Parliament for the year Osinbajo spokesman Laolu Akande then told State House correspondents that the two vice presidents took the opportunity not only to exchange jokes but also to make up for it They had already met here in Abuja and also in Liberia where she had invited the vice president to speak at the international launch of Sheroes in Monrovia During their meeting today they expressed the desire of the two countries to cooperate internationally bilaterally and multilaterally Basically it was just a courtesy call he said Howard Taylor who is also Senate Speaker in Liberia spoke at the opening session of the ECOWAS Parliament on Thursday Nigeria and Liberia have a wide range of economic political cultural and social ties The two countries had signed cooperation agreements in the fields of education culture bilateral trade and training of Liberian foreign service officers Nigeria s leadership role in ECOMOG s intervention in Liberia has been critical in restoring peace to the country after years of civil war NOPE NAN
    Osinbajo welcomes Liberian vice president
    General news1 year ago

    Osinbajo welcomes Liberian vice president

    By Chijioke Okoronkwo

    Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Friday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, received Dr Jewel Howard-Taylor, Vice President of Liberia.

    Howard-Taylor is in Nigeria to attend the first ordinary session of the ECOWAS Parliament for the year.

    Osinbajo spokesman Laolu Akande then told State House correspondents that the two vice presidents took the opportunity not only to exchange jokes, but also to make up for it.

    “They had already met here in Abuja and also in Liberia where she had invited the vice president to speak at the international launch of Sheroes in Monrovia.

    “During their meeting today, they expressed the desire of the two countries to cooperate internationally, bilaterally and multilaterally.

    “Basically it was just a courtesy call,” he said.

    Howard-Taylor, who is also Senate Speaker in Liberia, spoke at the opening session of the ECOWAS Parliament on Thursday.

    Nigeria and Liberia have a wide range of economic, political, cultural and social ties.

    The two countries had signed cooperation agreements in the fields of education, culture, bilateral trade and training of Liberian foreign service officers.

    Nigeria's leadership role in ECOMOG's intervention in Liberia has been critical in restoring peace to the country after years of civil war. (NOPE)

    (NAN)

  •   By Sumaila Ogbaje The Nigerian Army has announced the death of its Chief Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 others in an ill fated NAF aircraft near Kaduna International Airport on Friday The Director Army Public Relations Brig Gen Mohammed Yerima who did not disclose the names of the other victims said the plane was en route Abuja Kaduna before the crash The Nigerian Army regrets to announce the passing away of its Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru The sad event occurred following an air crash in Kaduna which also claimed the lives of 10 other officers including the crew The COAS was enroute Kaduna from Abuja on May 21 when the unfortunate incident happened Details of the sad incident and burial arrangements will be communicated soon he said Born on 10th August 1966 in Doka Kaduna North Local Government Area Kaduna State Gen Attahiru began his cadets training at Nigerian Defence Academy NDA in January 1984 and was commissioned into the rank of Second Lieutenant in December 1986 as an Infantry Officer He holds a masters degree in Strategic Management and Policy Studies from the NDA and has held several appointments on the staff instructional and in command during his military career He had a tour of duty with the United Nations in Sierra Leone as a Military Observer where he facilitated United Kingdom military engagement Operation BARASS in September 2000 He was an Operation Officer and later Company Commander in NIBATT 19 ECOMOG Operations in Liberia Also he had the unique privilege of having commanded with distinction all through the chain of command in the Nigerian Army Prominent among these appointments are Commanding Officer 146 Battalion Nigerian Army Operation HARMONY IV in the Bakassi Peninsula Commander 13 Brigade Nigerian Army Operation PULO SHIELD General Officer Commanding 82 Division Nigerian Army He was one time Theatre Commander Operation LAFIYA DOLE A Attahiruhas been exposed to leadership and professional development programmes at globally renowned institutions He was at the National Defence College Kenya for the National Defence Management and Security Studies Course and at the Chinese People s Liberation Army Special Forces Academy Shijiazhuang Hubei Province China for the Basic and Advanced Special Operations Commando Forces Courses He had undertaken leadership and security policy course at the prestigious Kennedy School of Government Harvard University USA Graduate School of Media and Communication Agha Khan University of Nairobi Bournemouth University Disaster Management Center and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy The general had several honours and awards to his credit He is a highly decorated officer with UNAMSIL Medal ECOMOG Medal Forces Service Star Meritorious Service Star Distinguish Service Star Grand Service Star Corp Medal of Honour Command medal Field Command Medal and Field Command Medal of Honour NAN NAN
    Nigerian Army confirms Attahiru’s death, 10 others
      By Sumaila Ogbaje The Nigerian Army has announced the death of its Chief Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 others in an ill fated NAF aircraft near Kaduna International Airport on Friday The Director Army Public Relations Brig Gen Mohammed Yerima who did not disclose the names of the other victims said the plane was en route Abuja Kaduna before the crash The Nigerian Army regrets to announce the passing away of its Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru The sad event occurred following an air crash in Kaduna which also claimed the lives of 10 other officers including the crew The COAS was enroute Kaduna from Abuja on May 21 when the unfortunate incident happened Details of the sad incident and burial arrangements will be communicated soon he said Born on 10th August 1966 in Doka Kaduna North Local Government Area Kaduna State Gen Attahiru began his cadets training at Nigerian Defence Academy NDA in January 1984 and was commissioned into the rank of Second Lieutenant in December 1986 as an Infantry Officer He holds a masters degree in Strategic Management and Policy Studies from the NDA and has held several appointments on the staff instructional and in command during his military career He had a tour of duty with the United Nations in Sierra Leone as a Military Observer where he facilitated United Kingdom military engagement Operation BARASS in September 2000 He was an Operation Officer and later Company Commander in NIBATT 19 ECOMOG Operations in Liberia Also he had the unique privilege of having commanded with distinction all through the chain of command in the Nigerian Army Prominent among these appointments are Commanding Officer 146 Battalion Nigerian Army Operation HARMONY IV in the Bakassi Peninsula Commander 13 Brigade Nigerian Army Operation PULO SHIELD General Officer Commanding 82 Division Nigerian Army He was one time Theatre Commander Operation LAFIYA DOLE A Attahiruhas been exposed to leadership and professional development programmes at globally renowned institutions He was at the National Defence College Kenya for the National Defence Management and Security Studies Course and at the Chinese People s Liberation Army Special Forces Academy Shijiazhuang Hubei Province China for the Basic and Advanced Special Operations Commando Forces Courses He had undertaken leadership and security policy course at the prestigious Kennedy School of Government Harvard University USA Graduate School of Media and Communication Agha Khan University of Nairobi Bournemouth University Disaster Management Center and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy The general had several honours and awards to his credit He is a highly decorated officer with UNAMSIL Medal ECOMOG Medal Forces Service Star Meritorious Service Star Distinguish Service Star Grand Service Star Corp Medal of Honour Command medal Field Command Medal and Field Command Medal of Honour NAN NAN
    Nigerian Army confirms Attahiru’s death, 10 others
    Defence/Security1 year ago

    Nigerian Army confirms Attahiru’s death, 10 others

    By Sumaila Ogbaje

    The Nigerian Army has announced the death of its Chief, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 others, in an ill-fated NAF aircraft near Kaduna International Airport on Friday.

    The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, who did not disclose the names of the other victims, said the plane was en route Abuja-Kaduna before the crash.

    “The Nigerian Army regrets to announce the passing away of its Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru.

    “The sad event occurred following an air crash in Kaduna which also claimed the lives of 10 other officers including the crew.

    “The COAS was enroute Kaduna from Abuja on May 21, when the unfortunate incident happened.

    “Details of the sad incident and burial arrangements will be communicated soon,” he said.

    Born on 10th August 1966 in Doka, Kaduna North Local Government Area, Kaduna State, Gen. Attahiru began his cadets training at Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in January 1984 and was commissioned into the rank of Second Lieutenant in December 1986 as an Infantry Officer.

    He holds a masters degree in Strategic Management and Policy Studies from the NDA/and has held several appointments on the staff, instructional and in command during his military career.

    He had a tour of duty with the United Nations in Sierra Leone as a Military Observer, where he facilitated United Kingdom military engagement, Operation BARASS in September 2000.

    He was an Operation Officer and later Company Commander in NIBATT 19 ECOMOG Operations in Liberia.

    Also, he had the unique privilege of having commanded with distinction all through the chain of command in the Nigerian Army.

    Prominent among these appointments are Commanding Officer 146 Battalion Nigerian Army (Operation HARMONY IV) in the Bakassi Peninsula, Commander 13 Brigade Nigerian Army (Operation PULO SHIELD), General Officer Commanding 82 Division Nigerian Army.

    He was one time Theatre Commander Operation LAFIYA DOLE.A

    Attahiruhas been exposed to leadership and professional development programmes at globally renowned institutions.

    He was at the National Defence College, Kenya for the National Defence Management and Security Studies Course and at the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Special Forces Academy Shijiazhuang-Hubei Province, China for the Basic and Advanced Special/Operations Commando Forces Courses.

    He had undertaken leadership and security policy course at the prestigious Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University USA, Graduate School of Media and Communication, Agha Khan University of Nairobi, Bournemouth University Disaster Management Center and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.

    The general had several honours and awards to his credit.

    He is a highly decorated officer with UNAMSIL Medal, ECOMOG Medal, Forces Service Star, Meritorious Service Star, Distinguish Service Star, Grand Service Star, Corp Medal of Honour, Command medal, Field Command Medal and Field Command Medal of Honour. (NAN)

    (NAN)

  •   By Ismaila Chafe President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the death of the former Chief of Defence Staff retired Lt Gen Joshua Dogonyaro The president made his feelings known in a statement by his spokesman Malam Garba Shehu in Abuja on Thursday He described the demise of Dogonyaro as a great loss not only to the Nigerian military but also to the country because of his patriotic sacrifices in defence of its unity and territorial integrity He said The death of Dogonyaro comes as a great shock to me because as a soldier I know what it means to lose such an officer and a gentleman who gave his best in the service of the country he said The president further described Dogonyaro as a thoroughbred soldier who had professionally distinguished himself in the course of his military career Laying down one s life for the country is one of the greatest sacrifices any citizen can make to his country Gen Dogonyaro s incalculable contributions will be remembered for years to come Buhari also extended deepest condolences to the Government and people of Plateau State on the passing of this legendary general He prayed almighty God to bless the soul of the departed and grant his family the fortitude to bear the loss The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that Gen Dogonyaro a soldier and an administrator was born on Sept 12 1940 in Vom Plateau State though a native of Taroh in Langtang North Local Government Area Dogonyaro had his early education at Boys Secondary School Gindiri and thereafter was enlisted in the Nigerian Army 1964 He was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Nigerian Army Armoured Corps 1967 Officer Commanding 1 Recce Squadron NA 1967 69 Quartermaster General I Infantry Division Main N 1969 to 1970 The late general became Chief Instructor and Adjutant Rece Training School NA 1970 to 1972 Commanding Officer I Recce Regiment NA 1972 to 1976 He was appointed Principal Staff Officer Headquarters Nigerian Army Armoured Corp 1976 to 1977 Commanding Officer 24 Armoured Brigade NA 1977 79 Between 1984 and 1985 he was made the Task Force Commanding Officer 203 Armoured Battalion on the Peace keeping Force in Chad Director of Manning Army Army Headquarters A Branch N A and Director of Armoury 1985 He was also the General Officer Commanding 3 Armoured Division N A Jos 1985 to 1987 mm Armed Forces Ruling Council AFRC 1985 General Officer Commanding 2nd Mechanised Division N A Ibadan 1987 promoted Major General 1988 Promoted Lt General former ECOMOG Commander retired in 1993 Dogonyaro attended also the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies Kuru Jos and obtained National Institute mni in addition to the Staff College Psc and Forces Service Star NAN NAN
    Buhari mourns Dogonyaro, former Chief of Defence Staff
      By Ismaila Chafe President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the death of the former Chief of Defence Staff retired Lt Gen Joshua Dogonyaro The president made his feelings known in a statement by his spokesman Malam Garba Shehu in Abuja on Thursday He described the demise of Dogonyaro as a great loss not only to the Nigerian military but also to the country because of his patriotic sacrifices in defence of its unity and territorial integrity He said The death of Dogonyaro comes as a great shock to me because as a soldier I know what it means to lose such an officer and a gentleman who gave his best in the service of the country he said The president further described Dogonyaro as a thoroughbred soldier who had professionally distinguished himself in the course of his military career Laying down one s life for the country is one of the greatest sacrifices any citizen can make to his country Gen Dogonyaro s incalculable contributions will be remembered for years to come Buhari also extended deepest condolences to the Government and people of Plateau State on the passing of this legendary general He prayed almighty God to bless the soul of the departed and grant his family the fortitude to bear the loss The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that Gen Dogonyaro a soldier and an administrator was born on Sept 12 1940 in Vom Plateau State though a native of Taroh in Langtang North Local Government Area Dogonyaro had his early education at Boys Secondary School Gindiri and thereafter was enlisted in the Nigerian Army 1964 He was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Nigerian Army Armoured Corps 1967 Officer Commanding 1 Recce Squadron NA 1967 69 Quartermaster General I Infantry Division Main N 1969 to 1970 The late general became Chief Instructor and Adjutant Rece Training School NA 1970 to 1972 Commanding Officer I Recce Regiment NA 1972 to 1976 He was appointed Principal Staff Officer Headquarters Nigerian Army Armoured Corp 1976 to 1977 Commanding Officer 24 Armoured Brigade NA 1977 79 Between 1984 and 1985 he was made the Task Force Commanding Officer 203 Armoured Battalion on the Peace keeping Force in Chad Director of Manning Army Army Headquarters A Branch N A and Director of Armoury 1985 He was also the General Officer Commanding 3 Armoured Division N A Jos 1985 to 1987 mm Armed Forces Ruling Council AFRC 1985 General Officer Commanding 2nd Mechanised Division N A Ibadan 1987 promoted Major General 1988 Promoted Lt General former ECOMOG Commander retired in 1993 Dogonyaro attended also the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies Kuru Jos and obtained National Institute mni in addition to the Staff College Psc and Forces Service Star NAN NAN
    Buhari mourns Dogonyaro, former Chief of Defence Staff
    General news1 year ago

    Buhari mourns Dogonyaro, former Chief of Defence Staff

    By Ismaila Chafe

    President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the death of the former Chief of Defence Staff, retired Lt. Gen. Joshua Dogonyaro.

    The president made his feelings known in a statement by his spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Thursday.

    He described the demise of Dogonyaro as “a great loss not only to the Nigerian military, but also to the country because of his patriotic sacrifices in defence of its unity and territorial integrity.”

    He said: “The death of Dogonyaro comes as a great shock to me because as a soldier, I know what it means to lose such an officer and a gentleman who gave his best in the service of the country,” he said.

    The president further described Dogonyaro as a thoroughbred soldier who had professionally distinguished himself in the course of his military career.

    ”Laying down one’s life for the country is one of the greatest sacrifices any citizen can make to his country.

    ”Gen. Dogonyaro’s incalculable contributions will be remembered for years to come.”

    Buhari also extended deepest condolences to the Government and people of Plateau State on the passing of ‘‘this legendary general’’.

    He prayed almighty God to bless the soul of the departed and grant his family the fortitude to bear the loss.

    The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Gen. Dogonyaro, a soldier and an administrator, was born on Sept. 12, 1940, in Vom, Plateau State, though a native of Taroh in Langtang North Local Government Area.

    Dogonyaro had his early education at Boys’ Secondary School, Gindiri, and thereafter was enlisted in the Nigerian Army, 1964.

    He was commissioned Second-Lieutenant in the Nigerian Army Armoured Corps, 1967; Officer Commanding, 1 Recce Squadron, NA, 1967-69; Quartermaster General, I Infantry Division (Main), N, 1969 to 1970.

    The late general became Chief Instructor and Adjutant, Rece Training School, NA, 1970 to 1972; Commanding Officer, I Recce Regiment, NA., 1972 to 1976.

    He was appointed Principal Staff Officer, Headquarters, Nigerian Army Armoured Corp, 1976 to 1977; Commanding Officer, 24 Armoured Brigade, NA., 1977-79.

    Between 1984 and 1985, he was made the Task Force Commanding Officer, 203 Armoured Battalion on the Peace-keeping Force in Chad; Director of Manning (Army), Army Headquarters, ‘A’ Branch, N.A and Director of Armoury, 1985.

    He was also the General Officer Commanding 3 Armoured Division, N.A, Jos, 1985 to 1987; mm: Armed Forces Ruling Council (AFRC), 1985; General Officer Commanding 2nd Mechanised Division, N.A, Ibadan, 1987; promoted Major-General, 1988; Promoted Lt. General; former ECOMOG Commander; retired in 1993;

    Dogonyaro attended also the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos and obtained National Institute (mni) in addition to the Staff College (Psc) and Forces Service Star (NAN)

    (NAN)

  •   By Thompson Yamput The former Chief of Defence Staff to late Gen Sani Abacha Lt Gen Joshua Dogonyaro has died He died at the age of 80 Joseph first son of the deceased disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria NAN in an telephone interview in Pankshin on Thursday Daddy has been sick for some time until yesterday when he had a stroke and we rushed him to the Jos University Teaching Hospital JUTH for medical attention Unfortunately early this morning Thursday around 3 00am precisely he breathed his last His death comes as a rude shock to us as a family We are going to miss his love and warm as a grandfather father brother uncle and supporter he said Joseph said that the family was trying to cope with the shocked of the general s demise and would discuss the funeral arrangements soon He described his father as a General who was so faithful and loyal to the nation Nigeria He was a general who had no bias mind as a detribalised Nigerian He served this nation faithful and identified with all Nigerians and Africa as a continent We and Nigerians are going to miss him having served humanity in this country and Africa as a whole Joseph said According to him the corpse of the general has since been deposited at the JUTH mortuary Late retired Lt Gen Dogonyaro a soldier and an administrator was born on Sept 12 1940 in Vom Plateau State though a native of Taroh in Langtang North Local Government Area Dogonyaro had his early education at Boys Secondary School Gindiri and there after was enlisted in the Nigerian Army 1964 He was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Nigerian Army Armoured Corps 1967 Officer Commanding 1 Recce Squadron NA 1967 69 Quartermaster General I Infantry Division Main N 1969 70 The late general became Chief Instructor and Adjutant Rece Training School NA 1970 to 1972 Commandirg Officer I Recce Regiment NA 1972 to 1976 He was appointed Principal Staff Officer Headquarters Nigerian Army Armoured Corp 1976 to 1977 Commanding Officer 24 Armoured Brigade NA 1977 79 Between 1984 and 1985 he was made the Task Force Commanding Officer 203 Armoured Battalion on the Peace keeping Force in Chad Director of Manning Army Army Headquarters A Branch N A and Director of Armoury 1985 He was also the General Officer Commanding 3 Armoured Division N A Jos 1985 to 1987 mm Armed Forces Ruling Council AFRC 1985 General Officer Commanding 2nd Mechanised Division N A Ibadan 1987 promoted Major General 1988 Promoted Lt General former ECOMOG Commander retired in 1993 Dogonyaro attended also the National Institute for Policy and Suategic Studies Kuru Jos and obtained National Institute mni in addition to the Staff College Psc and Forces Service Star FSS NAN NAN
    Gen. Joshua Dogonyaro, ex-CDS dies at 80 Death
      By Thompson Yamput The former Chief of Defence Staff to late Gen Sani Abacha Lt Gen Joshua Dogonyaro has died He died at the age of 80 Joseph first son of the deceased disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria NAN in an telephone interview in Pankshin on Thursday Daddy has been sick for some time until yesterday when he had a stroke and we rushed him to the Jos University Teaching Hospital JUTH for medical attention Unfortunately early this morning Thursday around 3 00am precisely he breathed his last His death comes as a rude shock to us as a family We are going to miss his love and warm as a grandfather father brother uncle and supporter he said Joseph said that the family was trying to cope with the shocked of the general s demise and would discuss the funeral arrangements soon He described his father as a General who was so faithful and loyal to the nation Nigeria He was a general who had no bias mind as a detribalised Nigerian He served this nation faithful and identified with all Nigerians and Africa as a continent We and Nigerians are going to miss him having served humanity in this country and Africa as a whole Joseph said According to him the corpse of the general has since been deposited at the JUTH mortuary Late retired Lt Gen Dogonyaro a soldier and an administrator was born on Sept 12 1940 in Vom Plateau State though a native of Taroh in Langtang North Local Government Area Dogonyaro had his early education at Boys Secondary School Gindiri and there after was enlisted in the Nigerian Army 1964 He was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Nigerian Army Armoured Corps 1967 Officer Commanding 1 Recce Squadron NA 1967 69 Quartermaster General I Infantry Division Main N 1969 70 The late general became Chief Instructor and Adjutant Rece Training School NA 1970 to 1972 Commandirg Officer I Recce Regiment NA 1972 to 1976 He was appointed Principal Staff Officer Headquarters Nigerian Army Armoured Corp 1976 to 1977 Commanding Officer 24 Armoured Brigade NA 1977 79 Between 1984 and 1985 he was made the Task Force Commanding Officer 203 Armoured Battalion on the Peace keeping Force in Chad Director of Manning Army Army Headquarters A Branch N A and Director of Armoury 1985 He was also the General Officer Commanding 3 Armoured Division N A Jos 1985 to 1987 mm Armed Forces Ruling Council AFRC 1985 General Officer Commanding 2nd Mechanised Division N A Ibadan 1987 promoted Major General 1988 Promoted Lt General former ECOMOG Commander retired in 1993 Dogonyaro attended also the National Institute for Policy and Suategic Studies Kuru Jos and obtained National Institute mni in addition to the Staff College Psc and Forces Service Star FSS NAN NAN
    Gen. Joshua Dogonyaro, ex-CDS dies at 80 Death
    General news1 year ago

    Gen. Joshua Dogonyaro, ex-CDS dies at 80 Death

    By Thompson Yamput

    The former Chief of Defence Staff to late Gen. Sani Abacha, Lt-Gen. Joshua Dogonyaro has died.

    He died at the age of 80

    Joseph, first son of the deceased disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an telephone interview in Pankshin on Thursday.

    “Daddy has been sick for some time until yesterday when he had a stroke and we rushed him to the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) for medical attention.

    “Unfortunately, early this morning (Thursday), around 3.00am precisely, he breathed his last.

    “His death comes as a rude shock to us as a family. We are going to miss his love and warm as a grandfather, father, brother, uncle and supporter,” he said.

    Joseph said that the family was trying to cope with the shocked of the general’s demise and would discuss the funeral arrangements soon.

    He described his father as “a General who was so faithful and loyal to the nation, Nigeria.”

    “He was a general who had no bias mind as a detribalised Nigerian. He served this nation faithful and identified with all Nigerians and Africa as a continent.

    “We and Nigerians are going to miss him having served humanity in this country and Africa as a whole, ” Joseph said.

    According to him, the corpse of the general has since been deposited at the JUTH mortuary.

    Late retired Lt. Gen. Dogonyaro, a soldier and an administrator, was born on Sept. 12, 1940 in Vom, Plateau State, though a native of Taroh in Langtang North Local Government Area.

    Dogonyaro had his early education at Boys’ Secondary School, Gindiri, and there after was enlisted in the Nigerian Army, 1964.

    He was commissioned Second-Lieutenant in the Nigerian Army Armoured Corps, 1967; Officer Commanding, 1 Recce Squadron, NA, 1967-69; Quartermaster General, I Infantry Division (Main), N, 1969-70.

    The late general became Chief Instructor and Adjutant, Rece Training School, NA, 1970 to 1972; Commandirg Officer, I Recce Regiment, NA., 1972 to 1976.

    He was appointed Principal Staff Officer, Headquarters, Nigerian Army Armoured Corp, 1976 to 1977; Commanding Officer, 24 Armoured Brigade, NA., 1977-79.

    Between 1984 and 1985, he was made the Task Force Commanding Officer, 203 Armoured Battalion on the Peace-keeping Force in Chad; Director of Manning (Army), Army Headquarters, ‘A’ Branch, N.A and Director of Armoury, 1985.

    He was also the General Officer Commanding 3 Armoured Division, N.A, Jos, 1985 to 1987; mm: Armed Forces Ruling Council (AFRC), 1985; General Officer Commanding 2nd Mechanised Division, N.A, Ibadan, 1987;promoted Major-General, 1988; Promoted Lt. General; former ECOMOG Commander; retired in 1993;

    Dogonyaro attended also the National Institute for Policy and Suategic Studies, Kuru, Jos and obtained National Institute (mni) in addition to the Staff College (Psc) and Forces Service Star (FSS). (NAN)

    (NAN)

  •  Gov Simon Lalong of Plateau has congratulated former Chief of Defence Staff retired Lt Gen Joshua Dogonyaro on his 80th birthday Lalong in a message issued by his Director of Press and Public Affairs Dr Makut Macham on Saturday in Jos described Gen Dogonyaro as a committed and patriotic Nigerian He said the former Field Commander of ECOMOG had always demonstrated loyalty in his service to the country saying he served his nation with courage dignity and selflessness He recalled the achievements of Dogonyaro during his career in the Army where he held several command positions and accomplished his assignments with tremendous success Plateau State celebrates this elder statesman whose outstanding achievements in the service of Nigeria brought a lot of pride and honour to the State The accomplishments he recorded and gallantry he demonstrated in his military career have continued to inspire younger officers and men to commit to the defence of Nigeria s territorial integrity As well as ensuring its peace unity and prosperity in the face of daunting challenges the governor said He also commended his significant role in the development and professionalism of the Nigerian Army as Chief of Defence Staff and other positions he held He noted his outstanding leadership during Nigeria s contributions to international peace keeping and monitoring efforts especially when he served as the Field Commander of the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group ECOMOG in Liberia Lalong urged Gen Dogonyaro to continue to avail his wealth of experience and knowledge to Plateau and the nation especially in the current efforts to address security challenges of insurgency banditry kidnapping and other crimes He wished him good health God s protection and success in all his endeavours Gen Dogonyaro was born on Sept 12 1940 and hails from Langtang North in Plateau Edited By Abdullahi Yusuf Source NAN
    Gov. Lalong Congratulates Gen. Dogonyaro @80
     Gov Simon Lalong of Plateau has congratulated former Chief of Defence Staff retired Lt Gen Joshua Dogonyaro on his 80th birthday Lalong in a message issued by his Director of Press and Public Affairs Dr Makut Macham on Saturday in Jos described Gen Dogonyaro as a committed and patriotic Nigerian He said the former Field Commander of ECOMOG had always demonstrated loyalty in his service to the country saying he served his nation with courage dignity and selflessness He recalled the achievements of Dogonyaro during his career in the Army where he held several command positions and accomplished his assignments with tremendous success Plateau State celebrates this elder statesman whose outstanding achievements in the service of Nigeria brought a lot of pride and honour to the State The accomplishments he recorded and gallantry he demonstrated in his military career have continued to inspire younger officers and men to commit to the defence of Nigeria s territorial integrity As well as ensuring its peace unity and prosperity in the face of daunting challenges the governor said He also commended his significant role in the development and professionalism of the Nigerian Army as Chief of Defence Staff and other positions he held He noted his outstanding leadership during Nigeria s contributions to international peace keeping and monitoring efforts especially when he served as the Field Commander of the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group ECOMOG in Liberia Lalong urged Gen Dogonyaro to continue to avail his wealth of experience and knowledge to Plateau and the nation especially in the current efforts to address security challenges of insurgency banditry kidnapping and other crimes He wished him good health God s protection and success in all his endeavours Gen Dogonyaro was born on Sept 12 1940 and hails from Langtang North in Plateau Edited By Abdullahi Yusuf Source NAN
    Gov. Lalong Congratulates Gen. Dogonyaro @80
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    Gov. Lalong Congratulates Gen. Dogonyaro @80

    Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has congratulated former Chief of Defence Staff, retired Lt.-Gen. Joshua Dogonyaro, on his 80th birthday.

    Lalong, in a message issued by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Makut Macham, on Saturday in Jos, described Gen. Dogonyaro as a committed and patriotic Nigerian.

    He said the former Field Commander of ECOMOG had always demonstrated loyalty in his service to the country, saying he served his nation with courage, dignity and selflessness.

    He recalled the achievements of Dogonyaro during his career in the Army, where he held several command positions and accomplished his assignments with tremendous success.

    “Plateau State celebrates this elder statesman whose outstanding achievements in the service of Nigeria brought a lot of pride and honour to the State.

    “The accomplishments he recorded and gallantry he demonstrated in his military career have continued to inspire younger officers and men to commit to the defence of Nigeria’s territorial integrity.

    ” As well as ensuring its peace, unity and prosperity in the face of daunting challenges,”the governor said.

    He also commended his significant role in the development and professionalism of the Nigerian Army as Chief of Defence Staff and other positions he held.

    He noted his outstanding leadership during Nigeria’s contributions to international peace keeping and monitoring efforts, especially when he served as the Field Commander of the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) in Liberia.

    Lalong urged Gen. Dogonyaro to continue to avail his wealth of experience and knowledge to Plateau and the nation, especially in the current efforts to address security challenges of insurgency, banditry, kidnapping and other crimes.

    He wished him good health,God’s protection and success in all his endeavours.

    Gen. Dogonyaro was born on Sept. 12, 1940 and hails from Langtang North in Plateau.


    Edited By: Abdullahi Yusuf
    Source: NAN

  •  Some Naval officers on Friday described a former Chief of Naval Staff CNS late Vice Admiral Patrick Koshoni as an intellectual efficient thinker and a visionary Koshoni who was born on April 17 1943 died on Jan 25 2020 after an illness Koshoni was the Chief of Naval Staff under the former military President Gen Ibrahim Babangida between 1986 and 1990 Some of the Naval officers told the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos that the late Koshoni would be missed because of his personality administrative style and intelligence Retired Admiral Kehinde Komolafe the Aide de Camp ADC to Koshoni as CNS said that the deceased was an intellectual efficient thinker and a visionary He was someone whom I had a lot of respect for he was very brilliant thorough and professionally sound He was quite professional Nigeria is going to miss him His type was rare he was an intellectual an efficient naval thinker and he was a planner And reflecting back now I am wondering how at that age he could sail the affairs of the Navy so well as well those of the ministries he headed before his appointment as CNS then At 46 he had concluded his tenure as the CNS he said Komolafe said that Koshoni demonstrated his motto of The Fear of God and simplicity well in all his affairs saying that he wished others could emulate him He was quite learned his motto was Fear of God and simplicity and he demonstrated it in all affairs I wish that others can take a cue from him he introduced quite a number of outstanding things to the areas where he served his fatherland They include intellectual development physical development to the admiration of even his colleagues at the Federal Executive Council even the then military President Gen Ibrahim Babaginda Admiral Koshoni was gifted he said The former ADC said that his respect for Koshoni increased when they visited the U S Navy and showcased that Nigeria was and is endowed with talented people There was this typical example when we went to see the CNS of the U S Navy they clearly gave us five minutes to see him because they thought who was this young African coming to disturb them When we entered the U S CNS sat at one edge and Vice Admiral Koshoni at another edge and they were like what did he want to say But when they started discussing the U S boss saw the kind of depth of discussion We spent over one hour the U S Naval boss was engrossed as he was enjoying the discussion It was a great sight for me to behold then as a young officer Koshoni gave Nigeria the respect it deserved he said Koshoni was later allowed to speak at the U S Navy Committee which also brought prestige to Nigeria he said Also Retired Commodore Omatseye Nesiama said that the late Koshoni was a very revered senior naval officer and CNS in a class of his own His personality turnout and administrative style had its uniqueness that you could not help but notice Significantly I remembered in his time I was a Midshipman onboard the Nation s Flagship when we conducted several Flag showing cruises to foreign countries and sea exercises of different forms There we tested every aspect of our warfare capability then short of missile firing test That culminated in a robustly conducted Presidential Fleet Review whereby he was able to get the then Military President General Ibrahim Babangida to address all the Fleet from sea for the first time ever he said Nesiama said that it was then that the Naval Air arm came on stream and was able to take off and land onboard the Flagship at ease Infact Gen Babangida was flown from the ship at sea back to Dodan Barracks on completion of the Fleet Review The Nigerian Navy was professionally and combat ready to take on its role of military power projection beyond the West African sub region and we did that with the coming of the ECOMOG years after he said Nesiama said that one special feature about the late CNS was that he was given to discovering talents and developing them for the good of the country He was able to identify and pick a young officer from the Accounts and Budget Branch to become his Flag Lieutenant ADC which was a normal preserve for the Executive Branch That officer who later rose to become an Admiral served and retired from the Navy as one of the most respected Branch Chiefs of this era for his purposefulness he said Nesiama also described the deceased as someone who had eyes for good things Similarly Rear Adm Oladele Daji the Flag Officer Commanding FOC Western Naval Command described the late Koshoni as someone who was far knowledgeable than them His knowledge was far beyond us he said It would be recalled that the late Koshoni also served as the Minister of Health from December 1983 to August 1985 and Minister of Employment Labour and Productivity from 1985 to 1986 He was appointed CNS from October 1986 to January 1990 Edited By Peter Dada
    Naval officers eulogise Koshoni,  late former Chief of Naval Staff
     Some Naval officers on Friday described a former Chief of Naval Staff CNS late Vice Admiral Patrick Koshoni as an intellectual efficient thinker and a visionary Koshoni who was born on April 17 1943 died on Jan 25 2020 after an illness Koshoni was the Chief of Naval Staff under the former military President Gen Ibrahim Babangida between 1986 and 1990 Some of the Naval officers told the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos that the late Koshoni would be missed because of his personality administrative style and intelligence Retired Admiral Kehinde Komolafe the Aide de Camp ADC to Koshoni as CNS said that the deceased was an intellectual efficient thinker and a visionary He was someone whom I had a lot of respect for he was very brilliant thorough and professionally sound He was quite professional Nigeria is going to miss him His type was rare he was an intellectual an efficient naval thinker and he was a planner And reflecting back now I am wondering how at that age he could sail the affairs of the Navy so well as well those of the ministries he headed before his appointment as CNS then At 46 he had concluded his tenure as the CNS he said Komolafe said that Koshoni demonstrated his motto of The Fear of God and simplicity well in all his affairs saying that he wished others could emulate him He was quite learned his motto was Fear of God and simplicity and he demonstrated it in all affairs I wish that others can take a cue from him he introduced quite a number of outstanding things to the areas where he served his fatherland They include intellectual development physical development to the admiration of even his colleagues at the Federal Executive Council even the then military President Gen Ibrahim Babaginda Admiral Koshoni was gifted he said The former ADC said that his respect for Koshoni increased when they visited the U S Navy and showcased that Nigeria was and is endowed with talented people There was this typical example when we went to see the CNS of the U S Navy they clearly gave us five minutes to see him because they thought who was this young African coming to disturb them When we entered the U S CNS sat at one edge and Vice Admiral Koshoni at another edge and they were like what did he want to say But when they started discussing the U S boss saw the kind of depth of discussion We spent over one hour the U S Naval boss was engrossed as he was enjoying the discussion It was a great sight for me to behold then as a young officer Koshoni gave Nigeria the respect it deserved he said Koshoni was later allowed to speak at the U S Navy Committee which also brought prestige to Nigeria he said Also Retired Commodore Omatseye Nesiama said that the late Koshoni was a very revered senior naval officer and CNS in a class of his own His personality turnout and administrative style had its uniqueness that you could not help but notice Significantly I remembered in his time I was a Midshipman onboard the Nation s Flagship when we conducted several Flag showing cruises to foreign countries and sea exercises of different forms There we tested every aspect of our warfare capability then short of missile firing test That culminated in a robustly conducted Presidential Fleet Review whereby he was able to get the then Military President General Ibrahim Babangida to address all the Fleet from sea for the first time ever he said Nesiama said that it was then that the Naval Air arm came on stream and was able to take off and land onboard the Flagship at ease Infact Gen Babangida was flown from the ship at sea back to Dodan Barracks on completion of the Fleet Review The Nigerian Navy was professionally and combat ready to take on its role of military power projection beyond the West African sub region and we did that with the coming of the ECOMOG years after he said Nesiama said that one special feature about the late CNS was that he was given to discovering talents and developing them for the good of the country He was able to identify and pick a young officer from the Accounts and Budget Branch to become his Flag Lieutenant ADC which was a normal preserve for the Executive Branch That officer who later rose to become an Admiral served and retired from the Navy as one of the most respected Branch Chiefs of this era for his purposefulness he said Nesiama also described the deceased as someone who had eyes for good things Similarly Rear Adm Oladele Daji the Flag Officer Commanding FOC Western Naval Command described the late Koshoni as someone who was far knowledgeable than them His knowledge was far beyond us he said It would be recalled that the late Koshoni also served as the Minister of Health from December 1983 to August 1985 and Minister of Employment Labour and Productivity from 1985 to 1986 He was appointed CNS from October 1986 to January 1990 Edited By Peter Dada
    Naval officers eulogise Koshoni,  late former Chief of Naval Staff
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    Naval officers eulogise Koshoni,  late former Chief of Naval Staff

    Some Naval officers on Friday described a former Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), late Vice Admiral Patrick Koshoni, as an intellectual, efficient thinker and a visionary.

     

    Koshoni who was born on April 17, 1943, died on Jan. 25, 2020 after an illness.

     

    Koshoni was the Chief of Naval Staff under the former military President, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, between 1986 and 1990.

     

    Some of the Naval officers told the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos that the late Koshoni would be missed because of his personality, administrative style and intelligence.

     

    Retired Admiral Kehinde Komolafe, the Aide-de-Camp (ADC) to Koshoni as CNS said that the deceased was an intellectual, efficient thinker and a visionary.

     

    “He was someone whom I had a lot of respect for; he was very brilliant, thorough and professionally sound.

     

    “He was quite professional; Nigeria is going to miss him.

     

    “His type was rare, he was an intellectual, an efficient naval thinker, and he was a planner.

     

    “And reflecting back now, I am wondering how at that age, he could sail the affairs of the Navy so well as well those of the ministries he headed before his appointment as CNS then.

     

    “At 46, he had concluded his tenure as the CNS,” he said.

     

    Komolafe said that Koshoni demonstrated his motto of: ‘The Fear of God and simplicity’ well in all his affairs, saying that he wished others could emulate him.

     

    “He was quite learned, his motto was `Fear of God and simplicity’, and he demonstrated it in all affairs.

     

    “ I wish that others can take a cue from him; he introduced quite a number of outstanding things to the areas where he served his fatherland.

     

    “ They include: intellectual development, physical development to the admiration of even his colleagues at the Federal Executive Council, even the then military President, Gen. Ibrahim Babaginda.

     

    “Admiral Koshoni was gifted,” he said.

     

    The former ADC said that his respect for Koshoni increased when they visited the U.S Navy and showcased that Nigeria was and is endowed with talented people.

     

    “There was this typical example when we went to see the CNS of the U. S. Navy; they clearly gave us five minutes to see him because they thought who was this young African coming to disturb them.

     

    “When we entered, the U.S,  CNS sat at one edge and Vice Admiral Koshoni at another edge, and they were like what did  he want to say.

     

    “But when they started discussing, the U. S boss saw the kind of depth of discussion.

     

    “We spent over one hour, the U.S.  Naval boss was engrossed as he was enjoying the discussion. It was a great sight for me to behold then as a young officer.

     

    “ Koshoni gave Nigeria the respect it deserved,” he said.

     

    “Koshoni was later allowed to speak at the U.S. Navy Committee, which also brought prestige to Nigeria,” he said.

     

    Also, Retired Commodore Omatseye Nesiama,  said that the late Koshoni was a very revered senior naval officer and CNS in a class of his own.

     

    “His personality, turnout and administrative style had its uniqueness that you could not help but notice.

     

    “Significantly, I remembered in his time, I was a Midshipman onboard the Nation’s Flagship when we conducted several Flag showing cruises to foreign countries and sea exercises of different forms.

     

    “There, we tested every aspect of our warfare capability then short of missile firing test.

     

    “ That culminated in a robustly conducted Presidential Fleet Review whereby he was able to get the then Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida, to address all  the Fleet from sea for the first time ever,” he said.

     

    Nesiama said that it was then that the Naval Air arm came on stream and was able to take off and land onboard the Flagship at ease.

     

    “Infact, Gen. Babangida was flown from the ship at sea back to Dodan Barracks on completion of the Fleet Review.

     

    “The Nigerian Navy was professionally and combat ready to take on its role of military power projection beyond the West African sub-region and we did  that with the coming of the ECOMOG years after,” he said.

     

    Nesiama said that one special feature about the late CNS was that he was given to discovering talents and developing them for the good of the country.

     

    “He was able to identify and pick a young officer from the Accounts and Budget Branch to become his Flag Lieutenant (ADC) which was a normal preserve for the Executive Branch.

     

    “That officer who later rose to become an Admiral served and retired from the Navy as one of the most respected Branch Chiefs of this era for his purposefulness,” he said.

     

    Nesiama also described the deceased as someone who had eyes for good things.

     

    Similarly, Rear Adm. Oladele Daji, the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Western Naval Command,  described the late Koshoni as someone who was far knowledgeable than them.

     

    “His knowledge was far beyond us,” he said.

     

    It would be recalled that the late Koshoni also served as the Minister of Health from December 1983 to August 1985, and Minister of Employment, Labour and Productivity from 1985 to 1986.

     

    He was appointed CNS from October 1986 to January 1990.


    Edited By: Peter Dada