The National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, (NIPSS) has felicitated Nigerians on the 62nd Political Independence Anniversary, while urging parties to play according to the rules.
Prof. Sola Adeyanju, the Head of Public Affairs Department, NIPSS, said this in a statement on SaturdayAdeyanju called on all players in elections, political parties, electoral management bodies, politicians and electorates to play according to the rules and promote peace and unity in the country.
He said that as the apex think-tank of the country, the NIPSS was convinced that in-spite of all challenges facing the country, its collective efforts and desire were ingredients of hope that the future is bright.
According to him, the nation’s large population of young, agile, educated and enterprising citizens is a big asset to Nigeria, adding that harnessing the humongous human resources should be the resolved of all Nigerians.
“As we celebrate this independence anniversary, NIPSS enjoins all Nigerians and Nigeria to keep the flag flying and make the harnessing of the huge human and material resources abound in the country possible.
“Let us together create the enabling environment for love, justice, peace and unity to reign,” he said.
The National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) has sought the support of House of Representatives to amend the law that established it.
The institute’s Director-General, Prof. Ayo Omotayo, led the delegation to the Speaker of the House of Reps, Femi Gbajabiamila in Abuja on Thursday to forward the request Omotayo said that there was the need to improve funding of the institute as well as request for adequate attention to it deserved He said that NIPSS was supposed to provide training to policy makers and conduct researches in varies field of development but was incapacitated due to some challenges.
“I will be deceiving myself to say that all is well with NIPSS, though we are doing all our best to execute the mandate for which it was set up,’’ D-G said.
He, however, said in spite of the numerous contribution of the institute to the national development for decades NIPSS could not retained best resource persons due to poor remuneration.
“You need to help us do more in term of what we get, the funding is too poor, we believe when we seek help, we will get it,’’ he said.
Responding, Gbajabiamila, commended NIPSS for its long service to the nation saying that there was the need for amendment to NIPSS Act “Many of us will want to attend NIPSS because of what you have done and it is not an institution that anybody will want it to die, there is need for collaboration between NIPSS and NASS,’’ the Speaker said.
According to him, research is key to development in any sector, therefore requested the institution to the draft amendment for onward action.
He, therefore, pledged his support to fast track the process.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday said the biggest challenge the nation was facing today was on national unity.
Osinbajo stated this at a one-day National Unity Conference organised by the Alumni Association of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (AANI) in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the conference is “Nigeria’s National Unity in the build-up to the 2023 General Elections”.
The Vice President, represented by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, commended the alumni for always coming in to intervene whenever the nation was facing challenges.
He said, “I want to take this opportunity to thank the alumni of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) for always coming in to intervene when the nation is facing challenges and difficulties.
“And they always get it right.
Today there’s no doubt that the biggest challenge the country is facing is that of national unity.
“If one listens to the cacophony of voices from the East, to the West, from the North to the South, whether you are talking about challenges, of the disorders, Boko Haram insurgents or the bandits.
“So, bringing us together here to discuss this very, very important matter, especially with regard to the 2023 elections, is timely.
”On his keynote address, the Former Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Martin Agwai, said Nigeria’s unity has been over-centralised to the extent that it reflected more of unitary arrangement than a federal one.
He added that Nigerians needed to take conscious steps towards enthroning responsive leadership and demanding action against insecurity through every means permissible in a democracy.
“We should start finding a method of selecting who becomes our leader.
We should select leaders that we can hold them accountable tomorrow.
“And must we practice democracy in the way it is today?
Let us see how we can have an inclusive democracy, how we can select our leaders that we are comfortable.
“For nation to have stability and development, it must transform and reduce the threats to its national security,” he said.
On his part, the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola said, “there is a gap in our assessment of the country’s situation.
“Because of the disproportionate distribution of our resources, Nigeria is assumed to be very rich.
“I understand the need for leaders to direct the harnessing of potentials, but the citizens must challenge ourselves to what is necessary.
”Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno, in his speech, urged Nigerians to separate politics from governance.
Zulum, who was represented by Dr Bulama Gubio, added that “as long as we don’t separate politics from governance, we will continue to have problems in this country.
“Elders should play good roles in the affairs of this country because Nigeria is a youth population of about 70 per cent.
“There is need for us to work towards ensuring unity of this country.
”He urged Christians and Islamic leaders to preach peace and eschew violence.
One of the panelists, Prof. Patrick Utomi, Founder, Centre for Values in Leadership in an interview with newsmen, said politicians needed to have clear agenda on how to make lives better for the people.
“When the politicians don’t have enough consciousness and divide people to acquire power, they weaken the country.
“This is why politicians have to learn to focus on issues, have a clear agenda on how to make lives better for people and how they can be held accountable for it.
“That’s what elections should be about.
That is what is referred to as moral tribes.
We can create these emotional, you know, tensions that don’t serve us well.
“It’s a global phenomenon, but not Nigeria problem alone, and the usage of moral tribes is not even original from me.
“So, we have to recognise that emotions can do damage, and we want to focus on rational public conversation,” he said.
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Maj.-Gen. Barry Ndiomu as Interim Administrator of the Amnesty Programme.
Mr Femi Adesina, the President’s spokesman, confirmed this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.
The appointee hails from Odoni in Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, and was admitted to the Nigerian Defence Academy as part of 29th Regular Combatant Course.
He was commissioned 2nd Lt. in 1983. He held several command and staff appointments in the course of his successful military career.
He retired in December 2017. Ndiomu also trained as a lawyer, and is alumnus of National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Administrative Staff College of Nigeria, Badagry, Harvard Kennedy School, and George C Marshall Centre for European Security Studies, among others.
Stakeholders at the just concluded Nigeria Golf Federation (NGF) Summit say it is a new dawn for the game of golf in the country.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the maiden three-day NGF Summit for Captains, which began on Wednesday, ended on Friday in Abuja with no fewer than 70 golf clubs in the country taking part.
A cross section of stakeholders, who spoke to NAN at the end of the summit, said the event would usher in a new wave of development in the game of golf in Nigeria.
Ekanem Ekwueme, the only certified female World Handicap System (WHS) Course rater in Nigeria, said it was a new phase, adding that the WHS concept would change the perception of golf in Nigeria.
“It’s a new dawn in golf in Nigeria.
I can assure you that golf is wearing a new face in the country.
“We just have to thank God for the president we have now in the NGF in the person of Olusegun Runsewe.
“We couldn’t have had it any better, seriously speaking, because it takes serious passion to execute what he is doing in the golf federation right now.
“I am speaking as someone who also has a passion for golf.
I can tell you that he is doing a very good job and I don’t think we’ve ever had so many captains in one place like this before.
“This alone is a big feat and I must commend our president for putting this all-important summit together,” she said.
Bello Suleiman, the North East Zonal representative on the NGF Board, said the summit was indeed a good thing which has happened to the development of golf in the country.
“I think this is a good thing that has happened to golf development in Nigeria.
“I was in the former NGF Board as the vice-president and we did our best but weren’t able to achieve much in terms of what we are seeing today.
“You see all our captains, as well as other stakeholders, coming together to cross fertilise ideas and chart a new course for the sport.
“Indeed, so many things were discussed and there are lots to take home,” he said.
Tony Philmore, the Executive Director of Professional Golfers Association of Nigeria, said the summit was a new dawn and has helped to make things easier for a professional body such as the PGA of Nigeria.
“This is a wonderful development and has really gone a long way to make it easier for professional bodies like ours to scout and source for tournaments.
“You will agree with me that in recent times it has been very difficult for us, even though we had launched the Naija Tour which is the commercial wing of the PGA of Nigeria,” he said.
He said that the WHS was a welcome idea which would help in the unification of all handicaps in the country.
`You find out that from club to club, the characteristics of the course differ and so people tend to carry different handicaps, but with this development there will be a unified handicap system,” he said.
Juliet Monyei-Inyere, the President, Ladies Golfers Association of Nigeria (LGAN), praised the organisers of the summit, adding that it has helped her to network and acquaint herself with the process of the WHS concept.
“The summit has been a success and I want to congratulate the NGF for putting this together because we have learnt a lot of things in this summit, especially with regards to the WHS “It has also afforded me the opportunity of getting to know other club captains and at this summit.
I have been able to appeal to them to support the lady section which is a body of LGAN.
“For those of them who do not have LGAN at their various clubs, we have also urged them to encourage the ladies who play in their club to be part of LGAN,” she said.
B Bello, the Grand Patron of Parkland Golf Resort Club, Abuja, said that the summit was a fantastic outing and a really good development of golfing in Nigeria.
“The summit has laid the foundation for sustainable development and we as stakeholders hope to key into that.
`The introduction of the WHS concept is also quite commendable because what it means is that everything about golfing in the country will now be done professionally well.
“I think this is a much needed change for us, ” he said.
Ogechi Osuagwu, Captain of Arsenal Golf and Country Club, said the summit would help golf’s growth in Nigeria.
“I think this is quite a very good one, having all captains come together to share ideas and to look at all the challenges they have and see how they can resolve and proffer solutions to them.
“I want to say that this will indeed help the growth of golf in the country and we also believe that as we leave here, we will get back to our respective clubs and pass the message to our members.
“We want to see how we can key into the new WHS concept once it takes full effect in Nigeria and move the game of golf forward in the country,” he said.
Ahmed Sabo, the Captain of Calabar Golf Club, said the summit was a commendable development which has gone a long way to show that NGF was really interested in coordinating the affairs of golf in Nigeria.
“Honestly, it is a wonderful development and worth commending.
“The NGF and the president have done marvelously well.
You can imagine the turnout we recorded, especially this being the first-of-its-kind in the history of golf in Nigeria.
“The massive participation of the various club captains was proof that the NGF enjoys the full support of all stakeholders and will have no problem in coordinating the affairs of golf in the country,” he said.
He noted that the WHS was also a welcome development, adding that it would harmonise all the players handicap in the country and eliminate a lot of discrepancies in the game.
Anthony Oboh, Golf Captain, Ikoyi Club 1938, Lagos said: “It’s the synergy we are looking at as one tree cannot make a forest.
Yes, we are numero uno because our proximity, age and membership strength.
“But coming here has indeed shown me that there are other golf clubs beyond us.
I am surprised that we are up to 70 golf captains that came here.
“Although some other golf clubs are not as big as we are, but the idea is for us to come together as one, synergise and move the game of golf in the country forward.
“However, it is not for only golfers but for the rest of the country because golf is a game for everybody and not for the elite alone,” he said.
Shija Abellegah from Sappers Golf Club, Makurdi, noted that attendance at the event was very impressive.
“The content of the summit was very impressive and I will score it over 90 per cent success.
“This is indeed just the beginning and I think it will get a lot better.
I give kudos to the President of the NGF and his entire team.
“Also to golfers for taking this strategic step forward towards taking golf to the next level in the country,” he said.
Jacob Tsado, the Captain of National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) Kuru, Jos, said the summit was an epochal event in the history of golf in Nigeria.
“Bringing together the various clubs across the different geo-political zones to review the state of golf in the country and to plot the way forward is an excellent idea.
“It will go a long way in improving the game of golf in Nigeria and the president, as well as his executives must be commended for this,” he said.
Babatunde Salami, the Captain of Tiger Golf Club, Ibadan, said the summit was unique and quite apt.
“It is a unique one and good that it is coming now.
From the turn of events it is very obvious that it is going to be a new dawn in golf.
“It will usher in new and serious development as far as golf is concerned.
“We are very happy and I must tell you that there is no captain present here that you will ask about this summit who won’t be pleased about what has transpired in Abuja,” he said.
Armed men have kidnapped Da Gyang Balak, the Gwom Rwei (District Chief) of the Vwang District of Jos-South Plateau Local Government Area.
Ishaku Takwa, the media officer for Operation Safe Haven, OPSH, which maintains peace in and around Plateau, confirmed the incident in a statement Monday in Jos.
He said the boss was kidnapped on Sunday night on his way to Vom.
He said that the operation troops and other security agencies have launched a hunt for the criminals and to rescue the monarch.
“OPSH troops together with other security agencies are on the trail of the kidnappers.
“God willing, security agencies will soon be closing in on criminals,” he said.
The traditional ruler was kidnapped just meters before the main gate of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru in Jos.
The incident comes just weeks after the kidnapping of Mr. Charles Mato, Sum Pyem and Supreme Ruler of Gindiri, in the Mangu local government area of the state.
Vwang district is where the famous National Veterinary Research Institute, NVRI, Vom.
Barely 24 hours after President Muhammadu Buhari’s pledge to consider request for unconditional release of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), currently standing trial, IPOB had vowed to wage war against gunmen killing and maiming people in the South East zone of the country.Buhari had in the week under review, made the pledge when he received a group under the aegis of Highly Respected Igbo Greats, led parliamentarian and Minister of Aviation, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, at State House, Abuja, on Friday.
The president, who believed that the request runs contrary to the doctrine of separation of powers between the Executive and Judiciary, however, told the 93-year-old statesman:
“You’ve made an extremely difficult demand on me as leader of this country. The implication of your request is very serious. In the last six years, since I became President, nobody would say I have confronted or interfered in the work of the Judiciary.
”God has spared you, and given you a clear head at this age, with very sharp memory. A lot of people half your age are confused already. But the demand you made is heavy. I will consider it.”
While stressing his policy of non-interference with the Judiciary, Buhari said when Kanu jumped bail, got arrested and brought back to the country, “I said the best thing was to subject him to the system.
”Let him make his case in court, instead of giving very negative impressions of the country from outside. I feel it’s even a favour to give him that opportunity.”
Others in the visiting delegation were; Chukwuemeka Ezeife, former Governor of Anambra, Bishop Sunday Onuoha of the Methodist Church, Chief Goddy Uwazurike, former President of Igbo socio-cultural group, Aka Ikenga, and Mr Tagbo Amaechi.
However, barely 24 hours after the president’s pronouncement on Kanu, IPOB, in a statement issued by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful on Nov. 20, completely disassociated the group from the activities of Eastern Security Network (ESN), saying that most of the killings in the Southeast were perpetrated as members of its security outfit
Powerful, who warned the armed men to desist from killing innocent citizens, also cautioned the police to stop parading them as members of ESN.
The News Agency of Nigeria observed that it was a busy week loaded with numerous official engagements for the president, who returned from an official visits to Glasgow, Scotland, France and Durban in South Africa where he attended the second Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF) 2021.
The president presided over the virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), on Wednesday, where the Council approved establishment of a Federal University of Sciences in Oturkpo, Benue as well as N27.4billion for execution of various projects Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) and the Ministry of Works and Housing.
Buhari had on Nov. 18, hosted the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, at the presidential villa, Abuja, where he described the recent removal of Nigeria from watchlist of countries violating religious freedom, States of America, as a welcome development.
The Nigerian leader noted that there was freedom of worship in Nigeria, and “no one is discriminated against on the basis of his or her faith.’’
On the EndSARS Probe Panel Report, Buhari said the Federal Government would allow the system to exhaust itself, and therefore, await pronouncements from state governments which set up panels to probe police brutality in the country.
On development of democratic ethos, Buhari said Nigeria had adopted the American model, “hook, line, and sinker, with its term limits. Those who have attempted to breach it were disappointed, if not disgraced.
“You are even lucky if you have two terms. Others try hard, and don’t get it. The American model has been accepted the best.”
He noted that Nigeria and her neighbours had been living with the impact of climate change for a while, “which has seen the Lake Chad shrink drastically from its original size, and affected the livelihood of about 30 million people in the Lake Chad Basin countries.
“That is why the youths defy the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean to attempt emigrating to Europe.
Buhari also on Thursday met behind closed doors with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Speaking to State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting, the speaker expressed optimism that the Electoral Bill recently passed Assembly would soon be signed into law .
According to him, the president has always supported direct primaries, adding that he has been a proponent from the very start.
Gbajabiamila said he was in the presidential villa to update the president on the happenings in the country as it affected the National Assembly in recent times.
The Nigerian leader also signed into law two important bills passed Assembly, including the climate change bill.
The new Climate Change Act owes its origin to a bill sponsored of the House of Representatives, Sam Onuigbo.
It provides for, among other things, the mainstreaming of climate change actions and the establishment of a National Council on Climate Change.
The Act also paves the way for environmental and economic accounting, as well as pushing for a net zero emission deadline plan for the country, according to a statement Shehu, the President’s media aide.
The statement, issued on Thursday, in Abuja, also identified the second bill assented to as the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (Amendment) Act, which amended the AMCON Act No. 4, 2010.
Buhari also received the Report of the Senior Executive Course 43 (2021) of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) , Kuru, Plateau State.
The report entitled, “Getting Things Done: Strategies for Policy and Programme Implementation in Nigeria,” was presented to the president on Thursday where he directed Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) to study it on how best to ensure effective policy design and implementation with a view to implementing some of its recommendations.
The Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, had attended as the Special Guest of Honour, the Graduation Ceremony of the Senior Executive Course 43, 2021 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Jos, on Saturday.
Osinbajo had earlier on Nov. 18, presided over the meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC) where Buhari’s approval of a fresh N656 billion Bridge Ficing Facility to the 36 States was announced.
Dr Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Fice, Budget and National Planning, made the disclosure, saying the support was to help state governments to meet their ficial obligations, especially the previous budget support facility due for repayment.
According to Ahmed, each state will receive N18.2 billion.
Ahmed said that the bridge facility was being processed Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
The president had earlier on Nov. 16, felicitated former President Goodluck Jonathan on his 64 birthday anniversary, which was held on Nov. 17.
He congratulated Jonathan for serving the country, and working for the peace and advancement of democracy on the African continent.
According to the president, Jonathan has continued to expand the boundaries of leadership, teaching many in the country the power of focus, consistency and diligence.
Also on Nov. 16, the Nigerian leader condemned the massacre of 15 people in Goronyo and Illela Local Government Areas of Sokoto State, saying that bandits are living in a fool’s paradise.
The president reassured Nigerians that his administration would not abandon them to their fate in the face of the existential challenge caused by banditry.
Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom has restated his administration’s commitment to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the state.
The Commissioner for Lands and Water Resources, Mr Umo Eno, stated this on Sunday in Uyo when members of National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), led by Mr Jacobs Tsado, visited him.
Eno said that the governor was very passionate about ensuring that SDGs were met in every area.
He added that the state government was currently reviewing the state’s water bill in order to have an acceptable water law and policy.
The commissioner noted that one of the main focus of the completion agenda championed by the governor was food security.
He said that the governor had set different machineries in motion to achieve the set objectives and ensure sustainability.
According to him, government is approaching agriculture from a different perspective to ensure food sufficiency and security.
“The constitution of the Technical Committee on Agriculture and Food Sufficiency and the Directorate of Agricultural Investments are strategic moves toward attaining the goals,’’ he said.
The commissioner reiterated the fundamental objective of the Emmanuel led-administration which, he said, was to ensure that 80 per cent of the foods being consumed in the state were produced internally.
He said that in the area of water and sanitation, the ministry was on track and currently collaborating with the Federal Government on the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme to end open defecation.
Earlier, Tsado said that the NIPSS members were currently undertaking an appraisal of some critical aspects of SDGs in some states of the federation, including Akwa Ibom.
According to Tsado, NIPSS is the apex policy, research and training institution in Nigeria which, among other engagements, undertook policy research into all areas of national life.
He said that NIPSS was a general purpose research institute, with the mandate to look into any and every issue that concerned Nigeria.
Tsado said that the study was ongoing in six states of the federation, representing the six geopolitical zones, with specific interest in goals two (food security) and six (water and sanitation) of the 17 SDGs.
He noted that food security and water and sanitation were the critical goals affecting people at the grassroots level. (www.)
By Emmanuel Mogbede
Dr Gloria Shoda, the President, National Council for Women Society (NCWS) has stressed the need for political meetings to be held in day time to enable married female politicians effectively participate in politics.
Shoda made the call while speaking with newsmen at a one-day stakeholders’ engagement on Enhancing Women’s Participation in the Political Process in Nigeria, on Monday, in Abuja.
Shoda was represented by Dr Nwanganga Ibeh, the President South-East Professional Women Association of Nigeria at the event, which was organised by National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) in collaboration with the European Union (EU).
She said that because of the cultural background that did not allow women to be out late at nights, they were always not present at night political meetings where important decisions were taken.
“In our culture, we know that women are not supposed to stay out late or come home very late, most marriages pack up when women become very actively involved in politics,’’ she noted.
She said this was especially so if such women gave in to attending late night political meetings where importance decisions were taken.
“And we know that when they do not turn up for these night meetings where important decisions are taken, they are just left off.
“So I want to advocate that for women in politics to be effectively active in policy making and political party activities.
“Political meetings should hold when it is reasonable for a married woman to attend,’’ she said.
“Because we are in a changing and challenging world where violence is becoming the order of the day, political meetings should be held in the day time.”
Shoda said there was need to recognise that the world had changed, adding “we need to create new policies that aee viable and attainable in line with the new world order.”
Hajiya Mufuliat Fijabi, the Executive Director, Nigerian Women Trust Fund said her office was working to bridge the gender gaps in governments.
“We are working to ensure that there is political will to assist women to be where they have to be in terms of participating actively in politics and the electoral process.
“We have been mobilising women and giving them necessary technical assistance to enhance their opportunities to emerge as elected representatives and appointed persons in government,’’ she said.
She, however, noted that women were still being challenged because of political terrain in the country and cultural background in some cases.
Dr Leonard Nzenwa, the Inter-party Advisory Committee (IPAC) Chairman assured that going forward, women would have a better deal in politics because they would always be carried along.
He, however, added that most of the political request made by women needed constitutional backings to actualise them.
“Most of the things being requested by women need constitutional backings; you don’t just talk of reserving particular positions for women, you have to look at the constituency and other things.
“It is not only a one party thing, it is an inclusive thing and that is why we are asking the National Assembly to make these provisions where it will be possible for all parties to comply with.
“If it is going be seven sits that will be kept aside for women, all the parties will comply,’’ he said.
Brig. Gen. Chukwuemeka Udaya, the Acting Director-General NIPSS, said women participation in politics could not be underestimated.
He said the institute had commenced sensitisation efforts aimed at mobilising political leaders and other stakeholders to further deepen women participation in politics.
He noted that there were adequate legislature in the country and political guidelines to encourage women participation in politics, adding however that there was need for more sensitisation.
He said as a national institute, NIPPS would help to formulate strategies to encourage more women participation in politics.
He, however, regretted that not withstanding the existence of Nigerian gender policy, participation of women in political processes at various levels in the country was still very low.
Udaya blamed political parties for stalling efforts being made to include more women in politics and governance.
“Indeed, political parties in Nigeria have provisions in their constitutions and guidelines and rules to ensure inclusion of women in the scheme of things but in practice, these provisions are either disregarded or utterly breeched.
“We are trying to develop strategies to implement those policies that are on ground, identify those regulations and bring out strategies that will assist to implement those legislatures.(NAN)
Abuja, Nov. 3, 2020 The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Adamu, has approved the posting of Mr Sanusi Lemu, a Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG), as Head, Department of Operations of the Nigerian Police Force.
The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Mr Frank Mba, made the disclosure in a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja.
Mba said that the postings of the senior officers followed the recent retirement of the two DIGs heading the departments, Abdulmajid Ali (Operations) and Abduldahiru Danwawu (Finance and Administration).
He said that the two erstwhile heads of the departments retired after the completion of their statutory years of service.
According to him, the new DIG (Operations) holds a Bachelor of Education (B.A. Ed.) in Political Science and has attended several professional courses, including intermediate command course, senior command course and peace keeping training course.
“A distinguished member of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Lemu has held many command positions, including the Commissioner of Police, Kaduna and Bauchi Police Commands.
“Until his new posting, he was the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in-charge of Zone 12 headquarters, Bauchi,” he said.
Mba also said that the new head of Finance and Administration holds a Master degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor degree (B.A. Ed.) in Political Science.
He added that Baba, a fellow of the National Defence College and member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, had attended several professional courses and workshops.
The Yobe-born police officer had also held several strategic positions, including Assistant Inspector-General of Police in-charge of Zone 5, Benin, Zone 4, Makurdi, Zone 7, Abuja and Commissioner of Police, FCT and Delta Commands.
He was, until his new posting, the Force Secretary.
He said that the posting of Dandaura followed the vacuum created by the posting of Baba, who was the former occupant of the position.
The FPRO said that Dandaura, who was appointed into the Force on March 3, 1990, holds a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in International Affairs and Strategic Studies and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in History from Bayero University, Kano.
According to him, prior to the posting, Dandaura was the Force Provost Marshal, Force headquarters and had also served as the Commissioner of Police in Rivers, Anambra and Railway Police Commands.
He quoted the IGP as calling on the newly-deployed officers to bring their vast experiences and professionalism to bear in their new offices to enhance the ongoing drive at repositioning the Force for improved service delivery.
Mba said that the postings of the senior police officers were with immediate effect.
Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye and
Source: NAN‘Wale Sadeeq