The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, has received the interim report of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) on science, innovation and economy.
Onu, received the report on Friday in Abuja with the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology’s joint committee on review and strategy, for the implementation of the annual presidential parley report(s) from 2008 to 2019.
The committee, which was set up by the minister, was to examine ways and means by which the socio-economic development of Nigeria could be galvanised, using Science, Technology and Innovation.
Receiving the report, Onu said the report of the committee would enable the country to refocus its economic outlook, in the light of the shortfall in oil prices and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The minister said the input of science and technology would be very crucial to the new economic blueprint that would emerge in the new national and world order in post- COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the him, for Nigeria to increase her Gross Domestic Product (GDP), there is need to increase her exports and significantly reduce her imports.
This, he said, could only be accomplished through the application of science, technology and innovation, as encapsulated in the knowledge and innovation-driven economic order, being championed by the ministry.
He mentioned the policies to include Executive Order 5, Science and Technology Roadmap 2017 to 2030, National Methanol Fuel Production Policy, the National Strategy for Competiveness in Raw Materials and Product Development.
Onu also mentioned the national leather products policy among others, while noting that these policies were put in place to ensure economic diversification and development of a new economic order in the country.
”This can be done and must be done,” he said.
Dr Peter Ekweozor, Chairman of the committee and Director of the Environmental Science Tecchnology Department of the ministry, said the committee had examined the reports of NIPSS set 1 – 42.
Ekweozor said after the examination, the committee came up with policies that would propel the socio-economic development of the country.
He maintained that the committee had made concrete recommendations and implementation strategies that would drive the recommendations.
The chairman further said that in the course of its assignment, the committee met with various stakeholders including the organised private sector.
Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Felix Ajide (NAN)
The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Ibok-Ete Ibas, has approved new appointments of some senior officers in the Nigerian Navy.
The Navy Director of Information, Commodore Suleman Dahun, made this known in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.
He said the major reshufflement affected 110 senior officers, consisting of 33 Rear Admirals and 77 Commodores.
Dahun said the new Chief of Policy and Plans Naval Headquarters is Rear Adm. Ifeola Mohammed.
He said Rear Adm. Obi Ofodile, formerly Director of Plans, Defence Headquarters, has been reappointed to Defence Headquarters as Chief of Defence Administration.
“While Rear Adm. Matthew Emuekpere, formerly Deputy Commandant, Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, moves to Naval Headquarters as Chief of Naval Transformation.
“Rear Adm. Ahamefule Eluwa, who was a Directing Staff at National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru-Jos, resumes as Admiral Superintendent, Naval Doctrine and Assessment Centre,” he said.
Dahun said the re-organisation also affected Rear Adm. Segun Adebari, who has been posted to Defence Headquarters as Director of Plans from Nigerian Navy Holdings Limited.
He said Rear Adm. Abubakar Al-Hassan, formerly Director of Development, Defence Headquarters, has been appointed as Admiral Superintendent, Naval Ordnance Depot, while Rear Adm. Francis Isaac is the new Navy Secretary at Naval Headquarters.
“Also Rear Adm. Abdullahi Adamu, the immediate past Admiral Superintendent, Naval Ordnance Depot, moves to Defence Headquarters as Director of Search and Rescue.
“Rear Adm. Maurice Eno, who was the Admiral Superintendent, Naval Doctrine and Assessment Centre, has been posted to Defence Headquarters as Director of Development.
“Rear Adm. Frederick Ogu, formerly Navy Secretary, Naval Headquarters, is the new Flag Officer, Commanding Naval Training Command,” he said.
Dahun said Surgeon Rear Adm. Lawan Adams is now the new Director, Medical Services of the Nigerian Navy, while Rear Adm. Abraham Adaji, who was the Director of Training, Naval Headquarters, resumes as Group Managing Director of Nigerian Navy Holdings Limited.
He said Rear Adm. Elkanah Jaiyeola, formerly Fleet Commander, Headquarters Western Fleet, has been appointed as Moderator at NIPSS, Kuru, Jos.
“Similarly, Rear Adm. Baribuma Kole, formerly Fleet Commander, Eastern Fleet, is now the Director of Foreign Liaison Desk at Naval Headquarters.
“Rear Adm. Ibikunle Olaiya, the immediate past Director of Operations, Naval Headquarters, is the new Chief of Training and Operations, Naval Headquarters, while Rear Adm. Othaniel Filafa moves to Naval Headquarters as Director of Veteran Affairs,” he said.
He said Rear Adm. Akinga Ayafa has been reappointed Director, Recruitment, Release and Reserve at Naval Headquarters, while Rear Adm. Nuhu Bala resumes at Naval Headquarters as Director of Transformation.
“Rear Adm. Barabutemegha Gbassa, formerly the Chief Staff Officer, Headquarters Logistics Command, has been posted to Defence Headquarters as Director of Project Monitoring.
“Rear Adm. Sileranda Lassa, the immediate past Director of Project Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate at Naval Headquarters is the new Flag Officer, Commanding Logistics Command.
“Rear Adm. Danjuma Moses has been appointed as the Fleet Commander, Headquarters Western Fleet, while Rear Adm. Muhammad Nagenu is now the Director, Project Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate at Naval Headquarters,” he said.
“Similarly, the new postings moved Rear Adm. Yakubu Wambai from Defence Headquarters to Naval Headquarters as Director of Training,
“While Rear Adm. Emmanuel Beckley has been reappointed Director, Combat Policy and Tactics at Naval Headquarters,” he said.
He said Rear Adm. Perry Onwuzulike resumes as the Fleet Commander, Headquarters Eastern Fleet, while Rear Adm. Murtala Bashir, formerly the Chief Staff Officer, Headquarters Western Naval Command, moves to Naval Headquarters as Director of Operations.
Dahun also said Rear Adm. Tanko Pani is now the Chief Staff Officer, Headquarters Western Naval Command, while Rear Adm. Chukwu Okafor has been reappointed to the Naval Headquarters as the Hydrographer of the Nigerian Navy.
He said the former Commandant, Nigerian Naval College, Onne, Rear Adm. Joseph Akpan, resumes at Naval Headquarters (Naval Safety and Standards) as Director, Records Return and Analysis.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, on Thursday stressed the need for national interest and use of tourism as instrument for effective foreign policy formulation and implementation.
Onyeama, represented by Amb. Olusegun Iginla, Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, said this at the 2018 overview of Nigerian foreign policy that started April 9, to May 4, in Abuja.
The forum was organised by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for participants of the Policy Strategy and Leadership Course (PSLC), National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) Kuru.
He said that the call for national interest and the use of tourism had become imperative because both drive foreign policy as reflection and projection of domestic environment plan.
Onyeama said “the determining factor in foreign policy formulation and implementation of any country is the promotion and pursuit of national interest.
“National interest constitute promotion of core national values of a state, it can either be operational values or aspirations.
“Tourism is also accorded a pride of place; the significance of tourism in international relations is more often overlooked.
“However, the potentials of Nigeria’s tourism sector remains generally untapped compare to other sister African Countries that records higher number of visitors annually.
“Yet, Nigeria is replete with a rich, diverse and untouched natural beauty, lots of carnivals, durbars and wild life parks across the country.”
He identified terrorism, climate change, irregular migration, human and drug trafficking, illicit trade in small arms and light weapons, to be global issues that hinder nation building.
According to Onyeama, Nigeria is part of the global community and therefore just like many other countries, faced with domestic, continental and global challenges.
He said although Nigeria’s status and international image has been portrayed as bad, it should not affect the goodwill, friendship and partnership the country enjoys among comity of nations.
He decried the practice by a section of the media to highlight Nigeria’s weakness and perceived failures of government.
He, however, assured that government would remain focused on its commitment to deliver on its programmes.
Speaking, the Chief Consultant of PSLC, Mrs Sandra Agbor, said that the discussion was targeted at knowledge sharing and experiences on leadership to ensure sustainable development.
According to him, the idea is for the participants to gain ground knowledge on policy formulation and implementation.
Meanwhile, Team leader of the Participants, Mr Asipita Umaru, that the ministry for organising the course.