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  •  The Nigerian Defence Academy NDA says it is set to conduct Marksmanship and Precision Training for Army cadets of 70 Regular Course at NDA Open Range Afaka Kaduna The Academy s Acting Public Relations Officer Major Kayode Owolabi said this in a statement on Friday in Kaduna Owolabi said the marksmanship and precision training would begin on Monday According to him the inhabitants of Mando Tsamiya Kauya and Afaka general area are advised to stay clear of the range area and not to panic on hearing the sound of gunshots during the period from Nov 7 25 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NDA holds marksmanship, precision training for Army cadets of 70 regular course
     The Nigerian Defence Academy NDA says it is set to conduct Marksmanship and Precision Training for Army cadets of 70 Regular Course at NDA Open Range Afaka Kaduna The Academy s Acting Public Relations Officer Major Kayode Owolabi said this in a statement on Friday in Kaduna Owolabi said the marksmanship and precision training would begin on Monday According to him the inhabitants of Mando Tsamiya Kauya and Afaka general area are advised to stay clear of the range area and not to panic on hearing the sound of gunshots during the period from Nov 7 25 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NDA holds marksmanship, precision training for Army cadets of 70 regular course
    Defence/Security4 weeks ago

    NDA holds marksmanship, precision training for Army cadets of 70 regular course

    The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) says it is set to conduct Marksmanship and Precision Training for Army cadets of 70 Regular Course at NDA Open Range Afaka, Kaduna.

    The Academy’s Acting Public Relations Officer, Major Kayode Owolabi, said this in a statement on Friday in Kaduna.

    Owolabi said the marksmanship and precision training would begin on Monday.

    According to him, the inhabitants of Mando, Tsamiya, Kauya and Afaka general area are advised to stay clear of the range area and not to panic on hearing the sound of gunshots during the period from Nov. 7 – 25.
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  •  The Nigerian Defence Academy NDA said it would conduct final outdoor field training exercise for cadets beginning from Saturday The Acting Public Relations Officer of Academy Major Kayode Owolabi said in a statement issued on Friday in Kaduna that cadets of Direct Short Service Course 26 Army and Course 30 Air force will participate Owolabi said that the exercise code named Exercise Camp Highland would be held in Plateau and Kaduna states from Nov 5 18 According to him the exercise is designed to test the cadets leadership skills physical fitness resilience endurance and command and control abilities among other military competencies He said the exercise was also structured to assess cadets knowledge on map reading as well as asymmetric warfare The NDA spokesman said that the exercise would ascertain the level of preparedness of the cadets before been commissioned as Officers into the Nigerian Armed Forces Owolabi explained that the phases of the exercise that would take place in Plateau include map reading at Heipang and adventure training at the Citizenship and Leadership Training Centre Shere Hills Jos from Nov 6 11 He further explained that tactical and battle inoculation drills would take place in Kachia general area Kaduna state from Nov 13 18 Consequently communities living around Heipang and Shere Hills Jos in Plateau will observe mass movement of military personnel vehicles and equipment in the general area from 6 11 November 2022 Also residents of Katul Zangon Kataf Dutsen Bako Kumulu Fadan Kamanta axis in Kachia Kaduna state will observe same tactical drills involving firing and simulation of small arms and artillery fire from Nov 13 15 He advised the residents of the area not to panic and go about their normal activities without fear They are however advised to report any breach of security to the nearest authorities he added Owolabi also said the battle inoculation involving firing of small arms armour and artillery weapons would be conducted from Nov 16 18 within the Military Exercise Area near Nigerian Army Base Camp Kachia Therefore locals around Aninkwa Insame and neighbouring communities are advised to stay away from the live firing area during the period of the exercise On our part all necessary safety measures and arrangements have been put in place to ensure safety in the exercise areas We wish to appeal for cooperation from the local communities directly affected by the exercise and Nigerians as a whole as we train future military leaders for our Armed Forces the NDA spokesman said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NDA cadets hold final field training from Nov. 5
     The Nigerian Defence Academy NDA said it would conduct final outdoor field training exercise for cadets beginning from Saturday The Acting Public Relations Officer of Academy Major Kayode Owolabi said in a statement issued on Friday in Kaduna that cadets of Direct Short Service Course 26 Army and Course 30 Air force will participate Owolabi said that the exercise code named Exercise Camp Highland would be held in Plateau and Kaduna states from Nov 5 18 According to him the exercise is designed to test the cadets leadership skills physical fitness resilience endurance and command and control abilities among other military competencies He said the exercise was also structured to assess cadets knowledge on map reading as well as asymmetric warfare The NDA spokesman said that the exercise would ascertain the level of preparedness of the cadets before been commissioned as Officers into the Nigerian Armed Forces Owolabi explained that the phases of the exercise that would take place in Plateau include map reading at Heipang and adventure training at the Citizenship and Leadership Training Centre Shere Hills Jos from Nov 6 11 He further explained that tactical and battle inoculation drills would take place in Kachia general area Kaduna state from Nov 13 18 Consequently communities living around Heipang and Shere Hills Jos in Plateau will observe mass movement of military personnel vehicles and equipment in the general area from 6 11 November 2022 Also residents of Katul Zangon Kataf Dutsen Bako Kumulu Fadan Kamanta axis in Kachia Kaduna state will observe same tactical drills involving firing and simulation of small arms and artillery fire from Nov 13 15 He advised the residents of the area not to panic and go about their normal activities without fear They are however advised to report any breach of security to the nearest authorities he added Owolabi also said the battle inoculation involving firing of small arms armour and artillery weapons would be conducted from Nov 16 18 within the Military Exercise Area near Nigerian Army Base Camp Kachia Therefore locals around Aninkwa Insame and neighbouring communities are advised to stay away from the live firing area during the period of the exercise On our part all necessary safety measures and arrangements have been put in place to ensure safety in the exercise areas We wish to appeal for cooperation from the local communities directly affected by the exercise and Nigerians as a whole as we train future military leaders for our Armed Forces the NDA spokesman said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NDA cadets hold final field training from Nov. 5
    Defence/Security4 weeks ago

    NDA cadets hold final field training from Nov. 5

    The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) said it would conduct final outdoor field training exercise for cadets beginning from Saturday.

    The Acting Public Relations Officer of Academy, Major Kayode Owolabi said in a statement issued on Friday in Kaduna that cadets of Direct Short Service Course 26 Army, and Course 30 Air force, will participate.

    Owolabi said that the exercise, code named Exercise `Camp Highland’, would be held in Plateau and Kaduna states from Nov. 5- 18. According to him, the exercise is designed to test the cadets’ leadership skills, physical fitness, resilience, endurance and command and control abilities, among other military competencies.

    He said the exercise was also structured to assess cadets’ knowledge on map reading as well as asymmetric warfare.

    The NDA spokesman said that the exercise would ascertain the level of preparedness of the cadets before been commissioned as Officers into the Nigerian Armed Forces.

    Owolabi explained that the phases of the exercise that would take place in Plateau include map reading at Heipang and adventure training at the Citizenship and Leadership Training Centre, Shere Hills, Jos from Nov. 6-11. He further explained that, tactical and battle inoculation drills would take place in Kachia general area, Kaduna state, from Nov. 13 -18. “Consequently, communities living around Heipang and Shere Hills, Jos in Plateau will observe mass movement of military personnel, vehicles and equipment in the general area from 6 -11 November, 2022. “Also, residents of Katul, Zangon Kataf , Dutsen Bako, Kumulu, Fadan Kamanta axis in Kachia, Kaduna state, will observe same tactical drills involving firing and simulation of small arms and artillery fire from Nov. 13 -15. He advised the residents of the area not to panic, and go about their normal activities without fear.

    “They are however advised to report any breach of security to the nearest authorities,” he added.

    Owolabi also said the battle inoculation involving firing of small arms, armour and artillery weapons, would be conducted from Nov. 16-18 within the Military Exercise Area, near Nigerian Army Base Camp, Kachia.

    “Therefore, locals around Aninkwa, Insame and neighbouring communities are advised to stay away from the live firing area during the period of the exercise.

    “On our part, all necessary safety measures and arrangements have been put in place to ensure safety in the exercise areas.

    “We wish to appeal for cooperation from the local communities directly affected by the exercise and Nigerians as a whole, as we train future military leaders for our Armed Forces,” the NDA spokesman said.


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  •  President Muhammadu Buhari in the course of the week extended the ongoing fight against corruption to nation s education sector to demand for accountability in the administration of academic institutions This he said has become imperative to address corrupt practices in the institutions He said that corruption in education sector had continued to undermine investments The president stated this while declaring open the Fourth National Summit on Diminishing Corruption in the Public Sector at the State House Abuja on Tuesday The Summit was organised by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission ICPC Office of Secretary to Government of the Federation OSGF and Joint Admission and Matriculation Board JAMB Buhari expressed concern over the manifestation of various forms of corruption in the education sector He presided over the virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council FEC on Wednesday where the Council endorsed the 2023 budget proposal for onward presentation to the National Assembly Buhari also on Wednesday hosted Gov Duoye Diri of Bayelsa where he pledged to address three major requests tabled by the governor with promptness and immediacy The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the president also met behind closed doors with former President Goodluck Jonathan immediately after his engagement with Diri NAN reports that the agenda of the meeting between the president and Jonathan also an indigene of Bayelsa was unknown to newsmen as at the time of filing this report Also on Wednesday the Presidency dismissed accusations on social media by presidential candidate of the Labour Party s Peter Obi claims that some of his supporters known as Obidients have been silently arrested were unfounded A source in the State House who spoke under condition of anonymity said both the Nigeria Police Force NPF and the Department of State Services DSS have officially confirmed that no such arrests whatsoever had been effected According to the source neither silent arrests nor for that matter open arrests have been made of any of Obi s supporters On the same day Buhari expressed his happiness and satisfaction and that of the entire nation with the military as well as other security agencies on the safe release of the remaining 23 kidnapped Abuja Kaduna train passengers The affected passengers were held in captivity by Boko Haram terrorists over six months ago The president addressed the Passing out Parade and Commissioning Ceremony of Cadets of 69 Regular Course Army Navy and Air Force of the Nigerian Defence Academy NDA in Kaduna on Thursday At the event Buhari directed the Service Chiefs to replicate the successes recorded in the fight against insurgency in the North East in other parts of the country The president listed comprehensive and systematic acquisitions by his administration within seven years describing them as unprecedented in the past 38 years of the Nigerian military Buhari who again commended the military for the safe release of the remaining 23 victims of the March 28 Abuja Kaduna train attack on Wednesday met with the freed passengers at the Nigerian Defence Academy NDA hospital in Kaduna The president made an impromptu visit to the hospital to see the victims of the train attack after inaugurating Cadets of 69 Regular Course Army Navy and Air Force of the NDA in Afaka Kaduna State on Thursday Before boarding NAF 001 back to Abuja from the Kaduna International Airport Buhari detoured to the hospital where he also thanked the Nigerian military for their brave services in securing the safe release of the hostages The president s special write up also featured in the Financial Times of London where he expressed the happiness of Nigerians by the news this summer that 72 artefacts known as the Benin Bronzes held by the Horniman Museum in London were returning home 125 years after being plundered by British troops The clamour for repatriation of looted treasures is becoming irresistible There was once a similar clamour for the return of Africa s stolen assets and I see both as part of the same struggle to bring back to Nigeria what is rightfully ours Siphoned from the continent by corrupt former leaders countless billions remain stashed in western bank accounts Although Nigeria has inarguably been the most successful among African nations in securing the return of stolen money it has recovered only a fraction of what remains in the west he said in the article also published by some local media outfits on Thursday On Oct 7 Buhari met with the leadership of the Nigeria Governors Forum over the reported cases of flood across the country The president encouraged the governors to meet with the Minister of Water Resources to fashion out solutions to the problem The meeting was attended by the outgoing Chairman of NGF Dr Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti the incoming Interim Chairman Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State and the Interim Deputy Chairman Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi The governors had told the president that lives had been lost homes and farmlands washed away in states like Kogi Yobe Jigawa and many others Buhari hosted Mr Michael Lodge Secretary General of the International Seabed Authority in the Presidential Villa Abuja on Friday Lodge was in Abuja to attend a workshop on Africa Deep Sea Resources in Abuja Also on Friday President Buhari unveiled a budget of N20 51 trillion for the 2023 fiscal year at a joint session of the National Assembly NASS According to the president the 2023 budget will be his last budget to be laid before the NASS as the second tenure of his administration expires on May 29 2023 NAN reports that the budget will also be the last for the consideration and approval of the 9th NASS He described the 2023 appropriation bill as a budget of fiscal sustainability and transition The president said A total expenditure of N20 51 trillion is proposed for the Federal Government in 2023 This includes 2 42 trillion Naira spending by Government Owned Enterprises The proposed N20 51 trillion 2023 expenditure comprises Statutory Transfers of N744 11 billion Non debt Recurrent Costs of N8 27 trillion Personnel Costs of N4 99 trillion Pensions Gratuities and Retirees Benefits of N854 8 billion It also includes Overheads of N1 11 trillion and Capital Expenditure of N5 35 trillion including the capital component of Statutory Transfers Debt Service of N6 31 trillion and sinking Fund of N247 73 billion to retire certain maturing bonds We expect total fiscal operations of the Federal Government to result in a deficit of 10 78 trillion Naira Buhari ended the week with a goodwill message to Muslims on the occasion of Maulud to celebrate the birthday of the Holy Prophet Muhammad PBUH The president urged Muslims to practice the noble and shining virtues of Prophet Muhammad SAW He explained the prophet became famous for his life of humility justice and fairness saying that the best way to honour him is to follow his good examples NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Why Buhari extended crusade against corruption to academic institutions
     President Muhammadu Buhari in the course of the week extended the ongoing fight against corruption to nation s education sector to demand for accountability in the administration of academic institutions This he said has become imperative to address corrupt practices in the institutions He said that corruption in education sector had continued to undermine investments The president stated this while declaring open the Fourth National Summit on Diminishing Corruption in the Public Sector at the State House Abuja on Tuesday The Summit was organised by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission ICPC Office of Secretary to Government of the Federation OSGF and Joint Admission and Matriculation Board JAMB Buhari expressed concern over the manifestation of various forms of corruption in the education sector He presided over the virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council FEC on Wednesday where the Council endorsed the 2023 budget proposal for onward presentation to the National Assembly Buhari also on Wednesday hosted Gov Duoye Diri of Bayelsa where he pledged to address three major requests tabled by the governor with promptness and immediacy The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the president also met behind closed doors with former President Goodluck Jonathan immediately after his engagement with Diri NAN reports that the agenda of the meeting between the president and Jonathan also an indigene of Bayelsa was unknown to newsmen as at the time of filing this report Also on Wednesday the Presidency dismissed accusations on social media by presidential candidate of the Labour Party s Peter Obi claims that some of his supporters known as Obidients have been silently arrested were unfounded A source in the State House who spoke under condition of anonymity said both the Nigeria Police Force NPF and the Department of State Services DSS have officially confirmed that no such arrests whatsoever had been effected According to the source neither silent arrests nor for that matter open arrests have been made of any of Obi s supporters On the same day Buhari expressed his happiness and satisfaction and that of the entire nation with the military as well as other security agencies on the safe release of the remaining 23 kidnapped Abuja Kaduna train passengers The affected passengers were held in captivity by Boko Haram terrorists over six months ago The president addressed the Passing out Parade and Commissioning Ceremony of Cadets of 69 Regular Course Army Navy and Air Force of the Nigerian Defence Academy NDA in Kaduna on Thursday At the event Buhari directed the Service Chiefs to replicate the successes recorded in the fight against insurgency in the North East in other parts of the country The president listed comprehensive and systematic acquisitions by his administration within seven years describing them as unprecedented in the past 38 years of the Nigerian military Buhari who again commended the military for the safe release of the remaining 23 victims of the March 28 Abuja Kaduna train attack on Wednesday met with the freed passengers at the Nigerian Defence Academy NDA hospital in Kaduna The president made an impromptu visit to the hospital to see the victims of the train attack after inaugurating Cadets of 69 Regular Course Army Navy and Air Force of the NDA in Afaka Kaduna State on Thursday Before boarding NAF 001 back to Abuja from the Kaduna International Airport Buhari detoured to the hospital where he also thanked the Nigerian military for their brave services in securing the safe release of the hostages The president s special write up also featured in the Financial Times of London where he expressed the happiness of Nigerians by the news this summer that 72 artefacts known as the Benin Bronzes held by the Horniman Museum in London were returning home 125 years after being plundered by British troops The clamour for repatriation of looted treasures is becoming irresistible There was once a similar clamour for the return of Africa s stolen assets and I see both as part of the same struggle to bring back to Nigeria what is rightfully ours Siphoned from the continent by corrupt former leaders countless billions remain stashed in western bank accounts Although Nigeria has inarguably been the most successful among African nations in securing the return of stolen money it has recovered only a fraction of what remains in the west he said in the article also published by some local media outfits on Thursday On Oct 7 Buhari met with the leadership of the Nigeria Governors Forum over the reported cases of flood across the country The president encouraged the governors to meet with the Minister of Water Resources to fashion out solutions to the problem The meeting was attended by the outgoing Chairman of NGF Dr Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti the incoming Interim Chairman Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State and the Interim Deputy Chairman Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi The governors had told the president that lives had been lost homes and farmlands washed away in states like Kogi Yobe Jigawa and many others Buhari hosted Mr Michael Lodge Secretary General of the International Seabed Authority in the Presidential Villa Abuja on Friday Lodge was in Abuja to attend a workshop on Africa Deep Sea Resources in Abuja Also on Friday President Buhari unveiled a budget of N20 51 trillion for the 2023 fiscal year at a joint session of the National Assembly NASS According to the president the 2023 budget will be his last budget to be laid before the NASS as the second tenure of his administration expires on May 29 2023 NAN reports that the budget will also be the last for the consideration and approval of the 9th NASS He described the 2023 appropriation bill as a budget of fiscal sustainability and transition The president said A total expenditure of N20 51 trillion is proposed for the Federal Government in 2023 This includes 2 42 trillion Naira spending by Government Owned Enterprises The proposed N20 51 trillion 2023 expenditure comprises Statutory Transfers of N744 11 billion Non debt Recurrent Costs of N8 27 trillion Personnel Costs of N4 99 trillion Pensions Gratuities and Retirees Benefits of N854 8 billion It also includes Overheads of N1 11 trillion and Capital Expenditure of N5 35 trillion including the capital component of Statutory Transfers Debt Service of N6 31 trillion and sinking Fund of N247 73 billion to retire certain maturing bonds We expect total fiscal operations of the Federal Government to result in a deficit of 10 78 trillion Naira Buhari ended the week with a goodwill message to Muslims on the occasion of Maulud to celebrate the birthday of the Holy Prophet Muhammad PBUH The president urged Muslims to practice the noble and shining virtues of Prophet Muhammad SAW He explained the prophet became famous for his life of humility justice and fairness saying that the best way to honour him is to follow his good examples NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Why Buhari extended crusade against corruption to academic institutions
    General news2 months ago

    Why Buhari extended crusade against corruption to academic institutions

    President Muhammadu Buhari in the course of the week extended the ongoing fight against corruption to nation’s education sector to demand for accountability in the administration of academic institutions.

    This, he said, has become imperative to address corrupt practices in the institutions.

    He said that corruption in education sector had continued to undermine investments.

    The president stated this while declaring open the Fourth National Summit on Diminishing Corruption in the Public Sector at the State House, Abuja, on Tuesday.

    The Summit was organised by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Office of Secretary to Government of the Federation (OSGF) and Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

    Buhari expressed concern over the manifestation of various forms of corruption in the education sector.

    He presided over the virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday where the Council endorsed the 2023 budget proposal for onward presentation to the National Assembly. 

    Buhari also on Wednesday hosted Gov. Duoye Diri of Bayelsa, where he pledged to address three major requests tabled by the governor with “promptness and immediacy.

    ”The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the president also met behind closed doors with former President Goodluck Jonathan, immediately after his engagement with Diri.NAN reports that the agenda of the meeting between the president and  Jonathan, also an indigene of Bayelsa, was unknown to newsmen as at the time of filing this report.

    Also on Wednesday, the Presidency dismissed accusations on social media by presidential candidate of the Labour Party’s Peter Obi claims that some of his supporters, known as “Obidients”, have been “silently arrested” were unfounded.

    A source in the State House, who spoke under condition of anonymity, said both the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and the Department of State Services (DSS) have officially confirmed that no such arrests whatsoever had been effected.

    According to the source, neither “silent arrests”, nor for that matter “open arrests” – have been made of any of Obi’s supporters.

    On the same day, Buhari expressed his happiness and satisfaction, and that of the entire nation with the military as well as other security agencies on the safe release of the remaining 23 kidnapped Abuja-Kaduna train passengers.

    The affected passengers were held in captivity by Boko Haram terrorists over six months ago.

    The president  addressed the Passing out Parade and Commissioning Ceremony of Cadets of 69 Regular Course (Army, Navy and Air Force) of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), in Kaduna on Thursday.

    At the event, Buhari directed the Service Chiefs to replicate the successes recorded in the fight against insurgency in the North East in other parts of the country.

    The president listed comprehensive and systematic acquisitions by his administration within seven years, describing them as unprecedented in the past 38 years of the Nigerian military.

    Buhari, who again commended the military for the safe release of the remaining 23 victims of the March 28 Abuja-Kaduna train attack on Wednesday, met with the freed passengers at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) hospital in Kaduna.

    The president made an impromptu visit to the hospital to see the victims of the train attack after inaugurating Cadets of 69 Regular Course (Army, Navy and Air Force) of the NDA, in Afaka, Kaduna State, on Thursday.

    Before boarding NAF 001 back to Abuja from the Kaduna International Airport, Buhari detoured to the hospital, where he also thanked the Nigerian military for their brave services in securing the safe release of the hostages.

    The president’s special write-up also featured in the  Financial Times of London, where he expressed the happiness of  Nigerians by the news this summer that 72 artefacts, known as the Benin Bronzes, held by the Horniman Museum in London were returning home, 125 years after being plundered by British troops.

    ”The clamour for repatriation of looted treasures is becoming irresistible.

    ”There was once a similar clamour for the return of Africa’s stolen assets, and I see both as part of the same struggle to bring back to Nigeria what is rightfully ours.

    ”Siphoned from the continent by corrupt former leaders, countless billions remain stashed in western bank accounts.

    ”Although Nigeria has inarguably been the most successful among African nations in securing the return of stolen money, it has recovered only a fraction of what remains in the west,” he said in the article also published by some local media outfits on Thursday.

    On Oct. 7, Buhari met with the leadership of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum over the reported cases of flood across the country.

    The president encouraged the governors to meet with the Minister of Water Resources to fashion out solutions to the problem.

    The meeting was attended by the outgoing Chairman of NGF, Dr Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, the incoming Interim Chairman, Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, and the Interim Deputy Chairman, Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi.

    The governors had told the president that lives had been lost, homes and farmlands washed away in states like Kogi, Yobe, Jigawa, and many others.

    Buhari hosted Mr Michael Lodge, Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority, in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Friday.

    Lodge was in Abuja to attend a workshop on Africa Deep Sea Resources in Abuja.

    Also on Friday, President Buhari unveiled a budget of N20.51 trillion for the 2023 fiscal year at a joint session of the National Assembly (NASS).

    According to the president, the 2023 budget will be his last budget to be laid before the NASS as the second tenure of his administration expires on May 29, 2023.NAN reports that the budget will also be the last for the consideration and approval of the 9th NASS.

    He described the 2023 appropriation bill as a budget of fiscal sustainability and transition.

    The president said: “A total expenditure of N20.51 trillion is proposed for the Federal Government in 2023. This includes 2.42 trillion Naira spending by Government-Owned Enterprises.

    “The proposed N20.51 trillion 2023 expenditure comprises: Statutory Transfers of N744.11 billion; Non-debt Recurrent Costs of N8.27 trillion; Personnel Costs of N4.99 trillion; Pensions, Gratuities and Retirees’ Benefits of N854.8 billion.

    ”It also includes Overheads of N1.11 trillion and Capital Expenditure of N5.35 trillion, including the capital component of Statutory Transfers; Debt Service of N6.31 trillion; and sinking Fund of N247.73 billion to retire certain maturing bonds.

    “We expect total fiscal operations of the Federal Government to result in a deficit of 10.78 trillion Naira.

    ’’Buhari ended the week with a goodwill message to Muslims on the occasion of Maulud to celebrate the birthday of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

    The president urged Muslims to “practice the noble and shining virtues of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

    He explained, “the prophet became famous for his life of humility, justice and fairness,” saying that, “the best way to honour him is to follow his good examples.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Service Chiefs to replicate the successes recorded in the fight against insurgency in the North East in other parts of the country The president gave the directive while addressing the Passing out Parade and Commissioning Ceremony of Cadets of 69 Regular Course Army Navy and Air Force of the Nigerian Defence Academy NDA in Kaduna on Thursday The president listed comprehensive and systematic acquisitions by his administration within 7 years describing them as unprecedented in the past 38 years of the Nigerian military Malam Garba Shehu the president s media aide quoted the president as commending the military for the safe release of the remaining 23 victims of the March 28 Abuja Kaduna train attack on Wednesday Buhari told the cadets it was an honour to serve as the Reviewing Officer of the Passing Out Parade of 69 Regular Course for the last time as President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria He said When this Government came in 2015 we inherited a country at crossroads with bombs going off with frightening frequency even in our cities and we came in to confront and manage the crisis This administration has since coming on board procured over 550 naval platforms out of which 319 have been delivered as part of the aggressive fleet recapitalisation of the Nigerian Navy We have also increased the number of Nigerian Air Force platforms by more than 38 and enhanced the serviceability rate of aircraft in the NAF inventory by over 70 In pursuing this same objective the Nigerian Army has received more than 2000 units of various Armoured Fighting Vehicles guns and equipment These are in addition to improved funding of the three Services along with other security and intelligence agencies These comprehensive and systematic acquisitions within 7 years are not only unprecedented in the past 38 years but they also align with our pledge to safeguard and strengthen the security architecture of our country Although this is not a forum to introduce you to the military hardware you are stepping out to inherit it is imperative to identify the magnitude and complexities of conflicts surrounding us He acknowledged that the measures so far put in place had yielded results The president stated that the nation remains ever grateful for the sacrifices of members of the Armed Forces saying we must brace up for the dimensions this conflict has taken On the release of the train victims held hostage by Boko Haram terrorists the president in hailing the kinetic and non kinetic approaches adopted by the military in tackling some of the country s security challenges said This feat was not achieved without our military as the interventionist Chief of Defence Staff Action Committee set up by General LEO Irabor was at the centre of the development along with sister security agencies I say Bravo to our soldiers officers and gentlemen He restated the commitment of the Armed Forces under his command to fulfil the promise to neutralise Boko Haram terrorism in the North East The president also pledged that the government would not relent in resettling and rehabilitating the victims of the tragedy He appealed to Nigerians that although successes had been recorded in the conflict inherited especially in the North East the security challenges in the country had evolved and assumed other dimensions in some areas We have devised both military and non military methods to intervene and even rolled out an amnesty programme to rehabilitate repentant terrorists who surrendered and laid down their arms unconditionally Our tasks as the guardians of the nation are to prepare for the evolving and complex security situations and make sure that no terrorists can threaten Nigeria s sovereign integrity In this regard I have instructed the Service Chiefs to replicate the successes in the North East in other parts of the country and I call on all Nigerians to continue to support our Armed Forces and security agencies he said The president therefore charged the military to continue the safeguard the economic and military capability of the nation and not to allow terrorists and insurgents to destroy the investments in key national infrastructure Our interventions and even where we dealt with saboteurs were designed to prevent the collapse of the economy and revitalise the Armed Forces and this is the legacy we are handing over to the next administration This is an important point we must acknowledge especially as the election year draws closer I am utterly committed to ensuring that the forthcoming elections are peaceful and transparent and it is our collective responsibility to continue to work towards building a united and prosperous country On the graduating cadets the president while congratulating them noted that their journey and career as officers in the Armed Forces of Nigeria have begun There is no better time to prove your valour and demonstrate the virtues upon which this Academy was founded in the defence of your fatherland and I trust you to do so with uncompromising dignity and honour Your convergence here symbolises our national unity for you were all admitted into the Academy from the 36 States of the Federation and the FCT to co exist and master the arts and science of building and defending your fatherland You are required to replicate the social cohesion you experienced during your time at the Academy and be the unifying and incorruptible models of those you were trained to protect and bound by esprit de corps and love for your fatherland he said Buhari also lauded the Commandant staff instructors and gentlemen officer cadets for an outstanding parade declaring that the nation would continue to count on their valour and celebrate their willingness to serve their beloved country What sets this Academy apart is not just the primacy of discipline but its first class training curricula designed to transform young cadets into professionals with extraordinary skill set and knowledge to prevent confront and neutralise the contemporary and emerging threats facing our country and West African sub region I am aware that you are perhaps the most highly trained course since the establishment of this Academy in 1964 having completed our most methodical corporeal and academic training in line with the new capacity building philosophy of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria You emerge in an era of expanding global security threats and in the past seven years we have set aside high tech platforms and prioritised your needs to facilitate your training and commissioning the president said He urged the families and friends of the cadets to continue to support them throughout their careers saying As men and women who may frequently be away from their families sometimes for a long time they need your prayers love and emotional support to encourage them to do their best in the service of the nation A total of 21 awards were presented to deserving cadets including the Sword of Honour and Gold Medal Award Army to Academy Senior Under Officer ASUO Nzubechukwu Nweze Gold Medal Award Navy and Indian Shield Navy Award to Cadet Chinaecherem Anih Cadet Ayomide Ogunjemniyi won both the Gold Medal Air Force and Indian Shield Air Force Awards NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Buhari to Service Chiefs: Replicate Northeast successes in other zones
     President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Service Chiefs to replicate the successes recorded in the fight against insurgency in the North East in other parts of the country The president gave the directive while addressing the Passing out Parade and Commissioning Ceremony of Cadets of 69 Regular Course Army Navy and Air Force of the Nigerian Defence Academy NDA in Kaduna on Thursday The president listed comprehensive and systematic acquisitions by his administration within 7 years describing them as unprecedented in the past 38 years of the Nigerian military Malam Garba Shehu the president s media aide quoted the president as commending the military for the safe release of the remaining 23 victims of the March 28 Abuja Kaduna train attack on Wednesday Buhari told the cadets it was an honour to serve as the Reviewing Officer of the Passing Out Parade of 69 Regular Course for the last time as President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria He said When this Government came in 2015 we inherited a country at crossroads with bombs going off with frightening frequency even in our cities and we came in to confront and manage the crisis This administration has since coming on board procured over 550 naval platforms out of which 319 have been delivered as part of the aggressive fleet recapitalisation of the Nigerian Navy We have also increased the number of Nigerian Air Force platforms by more than 38 and enhanced the serviceability rate of aircraft in the NAF inventory by over 70 In pursuing this same objective the Nigerian Army has received more than 2000 units of various Armoured Fighting Vehicles guns and equipment These are in addition to improved funding of the three Services along with other security and intelligence agencies These comprehensive and systematic acquisitions within 7 years are not only unprecedented in the past 38 years but they also align with our pledge to safeguard and strengthen the security architecture of our country Although this is not a forum to introduce you to the military hardware you are stepping out to inherit it is imperative to identify the magnitude and complexities of conflicts surrounding us He acknowledged that the measures so far put in place had yielded results The president stated that the nation remains ever grateful for the sacrifices of members of the Armed Forces saying we must brace up for the dimensions this conflict has taken On the release of the train victims held hostage by Boko Haram terrorists the president in hailing the kinetic and non kinetic approaches adopted by the military in tackling some of the country s security challenges said This feat was not achieved without our military as the interventionist Chief of Defence Staff Action Committee set up by General LEO Irabor was at the centre of the development along with sister security agencies I say Bravo to our soldiers officers and gentlemen He restated the commitment of the Armed Forces under his command to fulfil the promise to neutralise Boko Haram terrorism in the North East The president also pledged that the government would not relent in resettling and rehabilitating the victims of the tragedy He appealed to Nigerians that although successes had been recorded in the conflict inherited especially in the North East the security challenges in the country had evolved and assumed other dimensions in some areas We have devised both military and non military methods to intervene and even rolled out an amnesty programme to rehabilitate repentant terrorists who surrendered and laid down their arms unconditionally Our tasks as the guardians of the nation are to prepare for the evolving and complex security situations and make sure that no terrorists can threaten Nigeria s sovereign integrity In this regard I have instructed the Service Chiefs to replicate the successes in the North East in other parts of the country and I call on all Nigerians to continue to support our Armed Forces and security agencies he said The president therefore charged the military to continue the safeguard the economic and military capability of the nation and not to allow terrorists and insurgents to destroy the investments in key national infrastructure Our interventions and even where we dealt with saboteurs were designed to prevent the collapse of the economy and revitalise the Armed Forces and this is the legacy we are handing over to the next administration This is an important point we must acknowledge especially as the election year draws closer I am utterly committed to ensuring that the forthcoming elections are peaceful and transparent and it is our collective responsibility to continue to work towards building a united and prosperous country On the graduating cadets the president while congratulating them noted that their journey and career as officers in the Armed Forces of Nigeria have begun There is no better time to prove your valour and demonstrate the virtues upon which this Academy was founded in the defence of your fatherland and I trust you to do so with uncompromising dignity and honour Your convergence here symbolises our national unity for you were all admitted into the Academy from the 36 States of the Federation and the FCT to co exist and master the arts and science of building and defending your fatherland You are required to replicate the social cohesion you experienced during your time at the Academy and be the unifying and incorruptible models of those you were trained to protect and bound by esprit de corps and love for your fatherland he said Buhari also lauded the Commandant staff instructors and gentlemen officer cadets for an outstanding parade declaring that the nation would continue to count on their valour and celebrate their willingness to serve their beloved country What sets this Academy apart is not just the primacy of discipline but its first class training curricula designed to transform young cadets into professionals with extraordinary skill set and knowledge to prevent confront and neutralise the contemporary and emerging threats facing our country and West African sub region I am aware that you are perhaps the most highly trained course since the establishment of this Academy in 1964 having completed our most methodical corporeal and academic training in line with the new capacity building philosophy of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria You emerge in an era of expanding global security threats and in the past seven years we have set aside high tech platforms and prioritised your needs to facilitate your training and commissioning the president said He urged the families and friends of the cadets to continue to support them throughout their careers saying As men and women who may frequently be away from their families sometimes for a long time they need your prayers love and emotional support to encourage them to do their best in the service of the nation A total of 21 awards were presented to deserving cadets including the Sword of Honour and Gold Medal Award Army to Academy Senior Under Officer ASUO Nzubechukwu Nweze Gold Medal Award Navy and Indian Shield Navy Award to Cadet Chinaecherem Anih Cadet Ayomide Ogunjemniyi won both the Gold Medal Air Force and Indian Shield Air Force Awards NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Buhari to Service Chiefs: Replicate Northeast successes in other zones
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    Buhari to Service Chiefs: Replicate Northeast successes in other zones

    President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Service Chiefs to replicate the successes recorded in the fight against insurgency in the North East in other parts of the country.

    The president gave the directive while addressing the Passing out Parade and Commissioning Ceremony of Cadets of 69 Regular Course (Army, Navy and Air Force) of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), in Kaduna on Thursday.

    The president listed comprehensive and systematic acquisitions by his administration within 7 years, describing them as unprecedented in the past 38 years of the Nigerian military.

    Malam Garba Shehu, the president’s media aide, quoted the president as commending the military for the safe release of the remaining 23 victims of the March 28 Abuja-Kaduna train attack on Wednesday.

    Buhari told the cadets it was an honour to serve as the Reviewing Officer of the Passing Out Parade of 69 Regular Course for the last time as ‘‘President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

    ” He said: ”When this Government came in 2015, we inherited a country at crossroads, with bombs going off with frightening frequency even in our cities, and we came in to confront and manage the crisis.

    ”This administration has since coming on board procured over 550 naval platforms, out of which 319 have been delivered, as part of the aggressive fleet recapitalisation of the Nigerian Navy. ”We have also increased the number of Nigerian Air Force platforms by more than 38% and enhanced the serviceability rate of aircraft in the NAF inventory by over 70%.

    ”In pursuing this same objective, the Nigerian Army has received more than 2000 units of various Armoured Fighting Vehicles, guns, and equipment.

    These are in addition to improved funding of the three Services along with other security and intelligence agencies.

    ”These comprehensive and systematic acquisitions within 7 years are not only unprecedented in the past 38 years, but they also align with our pledge to safeguard and strengthen the security architecture of our country.

    ”Although this is not a forum to introduce you to the military hardware you are stepping out to inherit, it is imperative to identify the magnitude and complexities of conflicts surrounding us.

    ” He acknowledged that the measures so far put in place had yielded results.

    The president stated that the nation remains ever grateful for the sacrifices of members of the Armed Forces, saying ”we must brace up for the dimensions this conflict has taken.

    ” On the release of the train victims held hostage by Boko Haram terrorists , the president in hailing the kinetic and non-kinetic approaches adopted by the military in tackling some of the country’s security challenges, said: ”This feat was not achieved without our military, as the interventionist Chief of Defence Staff Action Committee set up by General LEO Irabor was at the centre of the development, along with sister security agencies.

    ”I say Bravo to our soldiers, officers and gentlemen.

    ” He restated the commitment of the Armed Forces, under his command, to fulfil the promise to neutralise Boko Haram terrorism in the North East. The president also pledged that the government would not relent in resettling and rehabilitating the victims of the tragedy.

    He appealed to Nigerians that although successes had been recorded in the conflict inherited, especially in the North-East, the security challenges in the country had evolved and assumed other dimensions in some areas.

    ”We have devised both military and non-military methods to intervene, and even rolled out an amnesty programme to rehabilitate repentant terrorists who surrendered and laid down their arms unconditionally.

    ”Our tasks as the guardians of the nation are to prepare for the evolving and complex security situations and make sure that no terrorists can threaten Nigeria’s sovereign integrity.

    ”In this regard, I have instructed the Service Chiefs to replicate the successes in the North East in other parts of the country, and I call on all Nigerians to continue to support our Armed Forces and security agencies,” he said.

    The president, therefore, charged the military to continue the safeguard the economic and military capability of the nation and not to allow terrorists and insurgents to destroy the investments in key national infrastructure.

    ”Our interventions, and even where we dealt with saboteurs, were designed to prevent the collapse of the economy and revitalise the Armed Forces, and this is the legacy we are handing over to the next administration.

    ”This is an important point we must acknowledge, especially as the election year draws closer.

    ”I am utterly committed to ensuring that the forthcoming elections are peaceful and transparent, and it is our collective responsibility to continue to work towards building a united and prosperous country.

    ” On the graduating cadets, the president, while congratulating them, noted that their journey and career as officers in the Armed Forces of Nigeria have begun.

    ”There is no better time to prove your valour and demonstrate the virtues upon which this Academy was founded in the defence of your fatherland, and I trust you to do so with uncompromising dignity and honour.

    ”Your convergence here symbolises our national unity, for you were all admitted into the Academy from the 36 States of the Federation and the FCT to co-exist and master the arts and science of building and defending your fatherland.

    ”You are required to replicate the social cohesion you experienced during your time at the Academy and be the unifying and incorruptible models of those you were trained to protect and bound by esprit de corps and love for your fatherland,” he said.

    Buhari also lauded the Commandant, staff, instructors, and gentlemen officer cadets for an outstanding parade, declaring that the nation would continue to count on their valour, and celebrate their willingness to serve their beloved country.

    ”What sets this Academy apart is not just the primacy of discipline, but its first-class training curricula designed to transform young cadets into professionals with extraordinary skill-set and knowledge to prevent, confront and neutralise the contemporary and emerging threats facing our country and West African sub-region.

    ”I am aware that you are perhaps the most highly-trained course since the establishment of this Academy in 1964, having completed our most methodical corporeal and academic training in line with the new capacity-building philosophy of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

    ”You emerge in an era of expanding global security threats, and in the past seven years, we have set aside high-tech platforms and prioritised your needs to facilitate your training and commissioning,” the president said.

    He urged the families and friends of the cadets to continue to support them throughout their careers, saying: ”As men and women who may frequently be away from their families, sometimes for a long time, they need your prayers, love, and emotional support to encourage them to do their best in the service of the nation.

    ” A total of 21 awards were presented to deserving cadets including the Sword of Honour and Gold Medal Award (Army) to Academy Senior Under Officer (ASUO) Nzubechukwu Nweze; Gold Medal Award (Navy) and Indian Shield (Navy) Award to Cadet Chinaecherem Anih. Cadet Ayomide Ogunjemniyi won both the Gold Medal (Air Force) and Indian Shield (Air Force) Awards.


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  •  Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday tasked the Armed Forces of Nigeria to leverage digital technology in the fight against terrorism and other forms of insecurity in the country Osinbajo gave the charge at the combined 32nd convocation ceremony of officer cadets of 69 Regular Course and postgraduate students of the Nigerian Defence Academy NDA Kaduna More broadly it is clear that we cannot secure or defend a country of this size with human assets alone we must leverage technology Osinbajo said He added that the need to come up with technology driven solutions to addressing Nigeria s security needs was more imperative now when national resources were stretched thin We must come up with the policing of our borders or intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance tools aimed at identifying criminal elements within our coastal waters or locating terrorists hiding within the general population We must become savvier in the deployment of intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance tools to complement our human resources the vice president said Osinbajo explained that when applied creatively technology could be a force multiplier amplifying Nigeria s potential and its capacity to effectively secure its territory He observed that digitisation had created new threats in the cyberspace which required protection and security from enemies and malefactors This can inflict damage on Nigeria s cyber infrastructure and compromise critical economic sectors such as telecommunications and financial services he said The vice president further said that the proliferation of digital channels and rapid growth of mobile banking raised new concerns about data privacy and security He added that it also raised concerns about vulnerabilities to malware infections designed to steal money which if unaddressed could subvert Nigeria s economy Osinbajo said that the military must also focus on the cyberspace even as Nigeria provide legislations to protect its cyber infrastructure We see cyberspace as part of our strategic domain and have rolled out legislative and policy measures in the form of the Cybercrimes Act of 2015 and the National Data Protection Policy to safeguard our cyberinfrastructure The Cybercrimes Act provides for the designation of computer systems and data networks as constituting Critical National Information Infrastructure There is no doubt that the digital domain is one of the frontiers that the next generation of our armed forces will be increasingly tasked to defend he added The vice president also said Nigeria must take cognizance of climate change and its implications for national security and military planning According to him aside from the threat of environmental damage as a threat multiplier desert encroachment and severe weather conditions can create new socioeconomic problems He said that as the world gradually stop the use of fossil fuel and gas there would be massive revenue loss and Nigeria must begin energy transition strategy for the military Aside from the serious revenue loss from declining earnings from oil and gas there are the disruptions that may be caused because of our military s dependence on fossil fuels for transport logistics mobility and weapons deployment We must rigorously consider the implications of these shifts on our national defence apparatus Because as our country pursues energy transition it is worth setting as a goal for our defence and security sector an equivalent energy transition strategy for our military The quest for clean energy leads inevitably to considering new options for civilian as well as military uses This is a challenge to which we must apply he said Osinbajo also called for the building of local defence capabilities noting that the procurement of arms was often subjected to the vagaries of geopolitics geoeconomics and the caprices of the international arms industry In a country the size and population of Nigeria with threats to our citizenry and sovereignty in different locations it is absolutely imperative that we build our indigenous national defence capabilities he said He explained that building indigenous national defence capabilities for Nigeria would entail revitalising the local military industrial complex and investing in the local capacity to manufacture armaments The VP said all the research and development entities within the defence sector must have as a priority the growth of local armaments industry According to him it would open a new frontier of economic growth by advancing Nigeria s industrial aspirations with the salutary effect of creating jobs for the people Osinbajo tasked the graduating cadets on devoting themselves as their forebears did in preserving the unity of Nigeria noting that the armed forces had long been considered one of the most unified and unifying of institutions He also urged the graduating cadets to be good ambassadors of the institution and exude the high moral integrity and learning which they acquired in their academic journey while upholding civil relations with the populace Osinbajo implored the NDA to sustain its numerous accreditation status of existing courses while exploring other programmes that were core to its mandate He commended the leadership of the NDA for initiating a paradigm shift in the training and education of cadets and postgraduate students The Vice President applauded the Commandant and his management team for NDA s unprecedented infrastructural development and the revamping of ICT facilities on the campus through the procurement and installation of essential equipments I am proud to say that we are leaving behind a confident military institution prepared to sustain the succession plan of producing valiant officers and academic specialists to safeguard our fatherland and drive the knowledge economy he said Earlier the NDA Commandant Maj Gen Ibrahim Yusuf said the Academy provided the intellectual and professional platform for the search of a grand strategy to overcome the multifarious security threats challenging Nigeria He said that the curriculum provided unique experience to cadets and students aimed at producing intelligent and innovative officers prepared to defend the sovereign integrity of Nigerian without compromising professional values or warrior ethos Yusuf said among the 239 Cadets from the undergraduate category seven graduated with first class degree 70 with second class upper while 139 with lower second class 22 with third class and one with a pass degree He said that postgraduates from the faculties of Arts Social Sciences Engineering and Sciences included 43 of Doctor of Philosophy 58 Master of Philosophy 225 Academic Masters and 742 Professional Masters as well as 586 Postgraduate Diploma The Commandant thanked President Muhammadu Buhari Minister of Defence Kaduna State Government and the service chiefs for their continuous support and encouragement to the academy The News Agency of Nigeria reports that honorary doctorate degrees were confered on former Chief of Army Staff retired Gen Alwali Kazir and retired Gen Alexander Ogomudia former Chief of Defence Staff Others were Chief Eric Umeofia founder and CEO of Erisco Foods and Prof Funmi Olonisakin the first black woman to become a professor and first female professor to deliver an inaugural lecture at Kings College London www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Osinbajo tasks armed forces on leveraging digital technology to fight insecurity
     Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday tasked the Armed Forces of Nigeria to leverage digital technology in the fight against terrorism and other forms of insecurity in the country Osinbajo gave the charge at the combined 32nd convocation ceremony of officer cadets of 69 Regular Course and postgraduate students of the Nigerian Defence Academy NDA Kaduna More broadly it is clear that we cannot secure or defend a country of this size with human assets alone we must leverage technology Osinbajo said He added that the need to come up with technology driven solutions to addressing Nigeria s security needs was more imperative now when national resources were stretched thin We must come up with the policing of our borders or intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance tools aimed at identifying criminal elements within our coastal waters or locating terrorists hiding within the general population We must become savvier in the deployment of intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance tools to complement our human resources the vice president said Osinbajo explained that when applied creatively technology could be a force multiplier amplifying Nigeria s potential and its capacity to effectively secure its territory He observed that digitisation had created new threats in the cyberspace which required protection and security from enemies and malefactors This can inflict damage on Nigeria s cyber infrastructure and compromise critical economic sectors such as telecommunications and financial services he said The vice president further said that the proliferation of digital channels and rapid growth of mobile banking raised new concerns about data privacy and security He added that it also raised concerns about vulnerabilities to malware infections designed to steal money which if unaddressed could subvert Nigeria s economy Osinbajo said that the military must also focus on the cyberspace even as Nigeria provide legislations to protect its cyber infrastructure We see cyberspace as part of our strategic domain and have rolled out legislative and policy measures in the form of the Cybercrimes Act of 2015 and the National Data Protection Policy to safeguard our cyberinfrastructure The Cybercrimes Act provides for the designation of computer systems and data networks as constituting Critical National Information Infrastructure There is no doubt that the digital domain is one of the frontiers that the next generation of our armed forces will be increasingly tasked to defend he added The vice president also said Nigeria must take cognizance of climate change and its implications for national security and military planning According to him aside from the threat of environmental damage as a threat multiplier desert encroachment and severe weather conditions can create new socioeconomic problems He said that as the world gradually stop the use of fossil fuel and gas there would be massive revenue loss and Nigeria must begin energy transition strategy for the military Aside from the serious revenue loss from declining earnings from oil and gas there are the disruptions that may be caused because of our military s dependence on fossil fuels for transport logistics mobility and weapons deployment We must rigorously consider the implications of these shifts on our national defence apparatus Because as our country pursues energy transition it is worth setting as a goal for our defence and security sector an equivalent energy transition strategy for our military The quest for clean energy leads inevitably to considering new options for civilian as well as military uses This is a challenge to which we must apply he said Osinbajo also called for the building of local defence capabilities noting that the procurement of arms was often subjected to the vagaries of geopolitics geoeconomics and the caprices of the international arms industry In a country the size and population of Nigeria with threats to our citizenry and sovereignty in different locations it is absolutely imperative that we build our indigenous national defence capabilities he said He explained that building indigenous national defence capabilities for Nigeria would entail revitalising the local military industrial complex and investing in the local capacity to manufacture armaments The VP said all the research and development entities within the defence sector must have as a priority the growth of local armaments industry According to him it would open a new frontier of economic growth by advancing Nigeria s industrial aspirations with the salutary effect of creating jobs for the people Osinbajo tasked the graduating cadets on devoting themselves as their forebears did in preserving the unity of Nigeria noting that the armed forces had long been considered one of the most unified and unifying of institutions He also urged the graduating cadets to be good ambassadors of the institution and exude the high moral integrity and learning which they acquired in their academic journey while upholding civil relations with the populace Osinbajo implored the NDA to sustain its numerous accreditation status of existing courses while exploring other programmes that were core to its mandate He commended the leadership of the NDA for initiating a paradigm shift in the training and education of cadets and postgraduate students The Vice President applauded the Commandant and his management team for NDA s unprecedented infrastructural development and the revamping of ICT facilities on the campus through the procurement and installation of essential equipments I am proud to say that we are leaving behind a confident military institution prepared to sustain the succession plan of producing valiant officers and academic specialists to safeguard our fatherland and drive the knowledge economy he said Earlier the NDA Commandant Maj Gen Ibrahim Yusuf said the Academy provided the intellectual and professional platform for the search of a grand strategy to overcome the multifarious security threats challenging Nigeria He said that the curriculum provided unique experience to cadets and students aimed at producing intelligent and innovative officers prepared to defend the sovereign integrity of Nigerian without compromising professional values or warrior ethos Yusuf said among the 239 Cadets from the undergraduate category seven graduated with first class degree 70 with second class upper while 139 with lower second class 22 with third class and one with a pass degree He said that postgraduates from the faculties of Arts Social Sciences Engineering and Sciences included 43 of Doctor of Philosophy 58 Master of Philosophy 225 Academic Masters and 742 Professional Masters as well as 586 Postgraduate Diploma The Commandant thanked President Muhammadu Buhari Minister of Defence Kaduna State Government and the service chiefs for their continuous support and encouragement to the academy The News Agency of Nigeria reports that honorary doctorate degrees were confered on former Chief of Army Staff retired Gen Alwali Kazir and retired Gen Alexander Ogomudia former Chief of Defence Staff Others were Chief Eric Umeofia founder and CEO of Erisco Foods and Prof Funmi Olonisakin the first black woman to become a professor and first female professor to deliver an inaugural lecture at Kings College London www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Osinbajo tasks armed forces on leveraging digital technology to fight insecurity
    Defence/Security2 months ago

    Osinbajo tasks armed forces on leveraging digital technology to fight insecurity

    Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday tasked the Armed Forces of Nigeria to leverage digital technology in the fight against terrorism and other forms of insecurity in the country.

    Osinbajo gave the charge at the combined 32nd convocation ceremony of officer cadets of 69 Regular Course and postgraduate students of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna.

    “More broadly, it is clear that we cannot secure or defend a country of this size with human assets alone, we must leverage technology,” Osinbajo said.

    He added that the need to come up with technology-driven solutions to addressing Nigeria’s security needs, was more imperative now when national resources were stretched thin.

    “We must come up with the policing of our borders or intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance tools aimed at identifying criminal elements within our coastal waters or locating terrorists hiding within the general population.

    “We must become savvier in the deployment of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance tools to complement our human resources,” the vice president said.

    Osinbajo explained that when applied creatively, technology could be a force multiplier, amplifying Nigeria’s potential and its capacity to effectively secure its territory.

    He observed that digitisation had created new threats in the cyberspace, which required protection and security from enemies and malefactors.

    “This can inflict damage on Nigeria’s cyber-infrastructure and compromise critical economic sectors such as telecommunications and financial services,” he said.

    The vice president further said that the proliferation of digital channels and rapid growth of mobile banking, raised new concerns about data privacy and security.

    He added that it also raised concerns about vulnerabilities to malware infections designed to steal money, which if unaddressed could subvert Nigeria’s economy.

    Osinbajo said that the military must also focus on the cyberspace, even as Nigeria provide legislations to protect its cyber infrastructure.

    “We see cyberspace as part of our strategic domain and have rolled out legislative and policy measures in the form of the Cybercrimes Act of 2015 and the National Data Protection Policy to safeguard our cyberinfrastructure.

    “The Cybercrimes Act provides for the designation of computer systems and data networks as constituting Critical National Information Infrastructure.

    “There is no doubt that the digital domain is one of the frontiers that the next generation of our armed forces  will be increasingly tasked to defend,” he added.

    The vice president also said Nigeria must take cognizance of climate change and its implications for national security and military planning.

    According to him, aside from the threat of environmental damage as a threat multiplier, desert encroachment and severe weather conditions can create new socioeconomic problems.

    He said that as the world gradually stop the use of fossil fuel  and gas, there would be massive revenue loss, and Nigeria must begin energy transition strategy for the military.

    “Aside from the serious revenue loss from declining earnings from oil and gas, there are the disruptions that may be caused because of our military’s dependence on fossil fuels for transport, logistics, mobility and weapons deployment.

    “We must rigorously consider the implications of these shifts on our national defence apparatus.

    “Because, as our country pursues energy transition, it is worth setting as a goal for our defence and security sector, an equivalent energy transition strategy for our military.

    “The quest for clean energy leads inevitably to considering new options for civilian as well as military uses.

    This is a challenge to which we must apply,” he said.

    Osinbajo also called for the building of local defence capabilities, noting that the procurement of arms was often  subjected to the vagaries of geopolitics, geoeconomics and the caprices of the international arms industry.

    “In a country the size and population of Nigeria, with threats to our citizenry and sovereignty in different locations, it is absolutely imperative that we build our indigenous national defence capabilities,” he said.

    He explained that building indigenous national defence capabilities for Nigeria would entail revitalising the local military industrial complex and investing in the local capacity to manufacture armaments.

    The VP said all the research and development entities within the defence sector must have as a priority, the growth of local armaments industry.

    According to him, it would open a new frontier of economic growth by advancing Nigeria’s industrial aspirations with the salutary effect of creating jobs for the people.

    Osinbajo tasked the graduating cadets on devoting themselves as their forebears did in preserving the unity of Nigeria, noting that the armed forces had long been considered one of the most unified and unifying of institutions.

    He also urged the graduating cadets to be good ambassadors of the institution, and exude the high moral integrity and learning which they acquired in their academic journey while upholding civil relations with the populace.

    Osinbajo implored the NDA to sustain its numerous accreditation status of existing courses while exploring  other programmes that were core to its mandate.

    He commended the leadership of the NDA for initiating a paradigm shift in the training and education of cadets and postgraduate students.

    The Vice President applauded the Commandant and his management team for NDA’s unprecedented infrastructural development and the revamping of ICT facilities on the campus through the procurement and installation of essential equipments.

    “I am proud to say that we are leaving behind a confident military institution prepared to sustain the succession plan of producing valiant officers and academic specialists to safeguard our fatherland and drive the knowledge economy,” he said.

    Earlier, the NDA Commandant, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Yusuf, said the Academy provided the intellectual and professional platform for the search of a grand strategy to overcome the multifarious security threats challenging Nigeria.

    He said that the curriculum provided unique experience to cadets and students, aimed at producing intelligent and innovative officers prepared to defend the sovereign integrity of Nigerian without compromising  professional values or warrior ethos.

    Yusuf said among the 239 Cadets from the undergraduate category,  seven graduated with first class degree, 70 with second class upper while 139 with lower second class, 22 with third class, and one with a pass degree.

    He said that postgraduates from the faculties of Arts, Social Sciences, Engineering and Sciences, included 43 of Doctor of Philosophy, 58 Master of Philosophy, 225 Academic Masters  and 742 Professional  Masters, as well as 586 Postgraduate Diploma.

    The Commandant thanked President Muhammadu Buhari, Minister of Defence, Kaduna State Government and the service chiefs for their continuous support and encouragement to the academy.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that honorary doctorate degrees were confered on former Chief of Army Staff, retired Gen. Alwali Kazir and retired Gen. Alexander Ogomudia, former Chief of Defence Staff.

    Others were Chief Eric Umeofia, founder and CEO of Erisco Foods and Prof. Funmi Olonisakin, the first black woman to become a professor and first female professor to deliver an inaugural lecture at Kings College, London.

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  •  The Presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party SDP Prince Adewole Adebayo says truth and determination by Nigerians are solutions to Nigeria s problems Adebayo who stated this at an event organised by the Nigeria Defence Academy NDA stressed the need to urgently fix the nation and avoid damaging it further According to him the citizens must understand what went wrong and be ready to fix it Our country is not a difficult country to live in What the country has gone through is deliberate sabotage by some people Only Nigerians can fix Nigeria and they are the same people that damage it The first thing we must do is to fix ourselves We are going into the election not because we have learned lessons but because time has come Adebayo said The SDP presidential candidate said some people wanted to fix the country but avoided certain things to be fixed Every youth in Nigeria seems to be angry with Nigeria Youths seem to be innocent But whether we like it or not everyone is guilty For me I want to fix the country My spanner is the truth I don t stick to things that favour me We have insecurity The government of the day can fix it if it stops the business in it he said Adebayo said that Nigerians could fix the country s problem today if they want wanted to fix it We are not attracting talent in government People are in government because of money Nigeria doesn t need more than seven ideas to work The young people have no excuse anymore because the political space is now open unlike when we were being beaten by the military Adebayo added OBE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Citizens’ determination, truth’ll fix Nigeria- SDP presidential candidate
     The Presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party SDP Prince Adewole Adebayo says truth and determination by Nigerians are solutions to Nigeria s problems Adebayo who stated this at an event organised by the Nigeria Defence Academy NDA stressed the need to urgently fix the nation and avoid damaging it further According to him the citizens must understand what went wrong and be ready to fix it Our country is not a difficult country to live in What the country has gone through is deliberate sabotage by some people Only Nigerians can fix Nigeria and they are the same people that damage it The first thing we must do is to fix ourselves We are going into the election not because we have learned lessons but because time has come Adebayo said The SDP presidential candidate said some people wanted to fix the country but avoided certain things to be fixed Every youth in Nigeria seems to be angry with Nigeria Youths seem to be innocent But whether we like it or not everyone is guilty For me I want to fix the country My spanner is the truth I don t stick to things that favour me We have insecurity The government of the day can fix it if it stops the business in it he said Adebayo said that Nigerians could fix the country s problem today if they want wanted to fix it We are not attracting talent in government People are in government because of money Nigeria doesn t need more than seven ideas to work The young people have no excuse anymore because the political space is now open unlike when we were being beaten by the military Adebayo added OBE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Citizens’ determination, truth’ll fix Nigeria- SDP presidential candidate
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    Citizens’ determination, truth’ll fix Nigeria- SDP presidential candidate

    The Presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Prince Adewole Adebayo, says truth and determination by Nigerians are solutions to Nigeria’s problems.

    Adebayo, who stated this at an event organised by the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA), stressed the need to urgently fix the nation and avoid damaging it further.

    According to him, the citizens must understand what went wrong and be ready to fix it.

    “Our country is not a difficult country to live in.

    What the country has gone through is deliberate sabotage by some people.

    “Only Nigerians can fix Nigeria and they are the same people that damage it.

    “The first thing we must do is to fix ourselves.

    We are going into the election not because we have learned lessons but because time has come,” Adebayo said.

    The SDP presidential candidate said some people wanted to fix the country but avoided certain things to be fixed.

    “Every youth in Nigeria seems to be angry with Nigeria.

    Youths seem to be innocent.

    But whether we like it or not, everyone is guilty.

    “For me, I want to fix the country.

    My spanner is the truth.

    I don’t stick to things that favour me.

    We have insecurity.

    The government of the day can fix it if it stops the business in it,” he said.

    Adebayo said that Nigerians could fix the country’s problem today if they want wanted to fix it.

    “We are not attracting talent in government.

    People are in government because of money.

    Nigeria doesn’t need more than seven ideas to work.

    “The young people have no excuse anymore because the political space is now open, unlike when we were being beaten by the military,” Adebayo added.

    OBE       
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  •   window aries window aries window aries v1 window aries v1 commands const aries window aries v1 aries commands push const zoneId 8491 const anchor document getElementById _vidverto 50746e2ceb941825c2baab7bd574d6ec anchor removeAttribute id aries mount zoneId anchor width 720 height 405 Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the assignment of the Nigerian Defence Academy NDA goes beyond the training of combatants to the production of warrior scholars and innovators Osinbajo was the Special Guest of Honour at the 32nd Convocation Ceremony of NDA in honour of Cadets of 69 Regular Course Post Graduate Students and Honorary Degree Awardees on Tuesday in Kaduna The vice president said that with the trend of crime globally it had become imperative for NDA products to be equipped with the requisite knowledge to protect the Nigerian digital domain The mission of the NDA is not just to train combatants but to produce warrior scholars in the finest martial intellectual traditions It has fallen on you to be the generation of warrior scholars and innovators that will confront our enemies with an arsenal of unconventional skills unorthodox strategies and critical thinking It has fallen on you to be thought leaders that will advance development both on and off the battlefield Osinbajo listed the signposts and contexts of this new security environment He said first the military must prepare to contend with the mix of asymmetric conflicts hybrid warfare insurgencies and armed criminal activities perpetrated by criminal non state actors These are conflicts that are novel in their viciousness but dated in their origins they include the new threats of mass kidnapping for ransom and military leverage the use of victims as human shields We now have to deal with the access that these criminal gangs and insurgents have to sophisticated weapons and lethal ordinance the new possibilities of access to even more lethal and more devastating weaponry from the dark web and an ever growing economy in illegal arms and ammunition How do you engage a vicious lawless enemy along the lines of the Geneva Convention What are the new rules of engagement with well equipped criminal non state actors The second context that we must take note of is the realities of living in the digital age digitisation has created a whole new world cyberspace where all transactions and activity commercial social financial and even crucial military intelligence take place he said The vice president said that the virtual world required protection and security from enemies and malefactors including the threat of hacking and other forms of cyber warfare He said that such cyberwarfare could inflict damage on Nigeria s cyber infrastructure and compromise critical economic sectors like telecommunications and financial services Osinbajo said that policies and legislation to protect Nigeria s cyberspace had been put in place The proliferation of digital channels and the rapid growth of mobile banking raises new concerns about data privacy and security as well as vulnerabilities to malware infections designed to steal money which if unaddressed could subvert our economy We see cyberspace as part of our strategic domain and have rolled out legislative and policy measures in the form of the Cybercrimes Act of 2015 and the National Data Protection Policy to safeguard our cyber infrastructure Indeed the Cybercrimes Act provides for the designation of computer systems and data networks as constituting Critical National Information Infrastructure The National Cyber Security Policy designates the financial services sector and other sectors as National Critical Information Infrastructure So there is no doubt that the digital domain is one of the frontiers that your generation of our armed forces will be increasingly tasked to defend more broadly it is clear that we cannot secure or defend a country of this size with human assets alone we must leverage technology He said that at a time when national resources were stretched thin the nation must come up with technology driven solutions to address its security needs According to him tech knowledge is needed in policing of the borders or intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance tools aimed at identifying criminal elements within the coastal waters or locating terrorists hiding within the general population We must become savvier in the deployment of Intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance tools to complement our human resources The third strategic context that we must be cognisant of is that of climate change and its implications for National Security and military planning Aside from the threat of environmental damage as a threat multiplier desert encroachment and severe weather conditions create new socioeconomic problems Osinbajo said Nigeria must rigorously consider the implications of the shifts on its national defence apparatus because as it pursues energy transition The vice president said that it was worth setting as a goal for Nigeria s defence and security sector an equivalent energy transition strategy for its military The quest for clean energy leads inevitably to considering new options for civilian as well as military uses This is a challenge to which your generation must apply itself The fourth context we must consider is that of building our local defence capabilities Today the procurement of arms is often subjected to the vagaries of geopolitics geoeconomics and the caprices of the international arms industry he said Earlier in his speech Commandant NDA Maj Gen Ibrahim Yusuf said that the vice president s presence was a great honour to the institution and the graduands The event featured conferment of degrees presentation of certificates and academic prizes admission of Post Graduate graduands in NDA alumni award of honorary degrees among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Osinbajo rallies NDA on production of warrior-scholars, innovators
      window aries window aries window aries v1 window aries v1 commands const aries window aries v1 aries commands push const zoneId 8491 const anchor document getElementById _vidverto 50746e2ceb941825c2baab7bd574d6ec anchor removeAttribute id aries mount zoneId anchor width 720 height 405 Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the assignment of the Nigerian Defence Academy NDA goes beyond the training of combatants to the production of warrior scholars and innovators Osinbajo was the Special Guest of Honour at the 32nd Convocation Ceremony of NDA in honour of Cadets of 69 Regular Course Post Graduate Students and Honorary Degree Awardees on Tuesday in Kaduna The vice president said that with the trend of crime globally it had become imperative for NDA products to be equipped with the requisite knowledge to protect the Nigerian digital domain The mission of the NDA is not just to train combatants but to produce warrior scholars in the finest martial intellectual traditions It has fallen on you to be the generation of warrior scholars and innovators that will confront our enemies with an arsenal of unconventional skills unorthodox strategies and critical thinking It has fallen on you to be thought leaders that will advance development both on and off the battlefield Osinbajo listed the signposts and contexts of this new security environment He said first the military must prepare to contend with the mix of asymmetric conflicts hybrid warfare insurgencies and armed criminal activities perpetrated by criminal non state actors These are conflicts that are novel in their viciousness but dated in their origins they include the new threats of mass kidnapping for ransom and military leverage the use of victims as human shields We now have to deal with the access that these criminal gangs and insurgents have to sophisticated weapons and lethal ordinance the new possibilities of access to even more lethal and more devastating weaponry from the dark web and an ever growing economy in illegal arms and ammunition How do you engage a vicious lawless enemy along the lines of the Geneva Convention What are the new rules of engagement with well equipped criminal non state actors The second context that we must take note of is the realities of living in the digital age digitisation has created a whole new world cyberspace where all transactions and activity commercial social financial and even crucial military intelligence take place he said The vice president said that the virtual world required protection and security from enemies and malefactors including the threat of hacking and other forms of cyber warfare He said that such cyberwarfare could inflict damage on Nigeria s cyber infrastructure and compromise critical economic sectors like telecommunications and financial services Osinbajo said that policies and legislation to protect Nigeria s cyberspace had been put in place The proliferation of digital channels and the rapid growth of mobile banking raises new concerns about data privacy and security as well as vulnerabilities to malware infections designed to steal money which if unaddressed could subvert our economy We see cyberspace as part of our strategic domain and have rolled out legislative and policy measures in the form of the Cybercrimes Act of 2015 and the National Data Protection Policy to safeguard our cyber infrastructure Indeed the Cybercrimes Act provides for the designation of computer systems and data networks as constituting Critical National Information Infrastructure The National Cyber Security Policy designates the financial services sector and other sectors as National Critical Information Infrastructure So there is no doubt that the digital domain is one of the frontiers that your generation of our armed forces will be increasingly tasked to defend more broadly it is clear that we cannot secure or defend a country of this size with human assets alone we must leverage technology He said that at a time when national resources were stretched thin the nation must come up with technology driven solutions to address its security needs According to him tech knowledge is needed in policing of the borders or intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance tools aimed at identifying criminal elements within the coastal waters or locating terrorists hiding within the general population We must become savvier in the deployment of Intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance tools to complement our human resources The third strategic context that we must be cognisant of is that of climate change and its implications for National Security and military planning Aside from the threat of environmental damage as a threat multiplier desert encroachment and severe weather conditions create new socioeconomic problems Osinbajo said Nigeria must rigorously consider the implications of the shifts on its national defence apparatus because as it pursues energy transition The vice president said that it was worth setting as a goal for Nigeria s defence and security sector an equivalent energy transition strategy for its military The quest for clean energy leads inevitably to considering new options for civilian as well as military uses This is a challenge to which your generation must apply itself The fourth context we must consider is that of building our local defence capabilities Today the procurement of arms is often subjected to the vagaries of geopolitics geoeconomics and the caprices of the international arms industry he said Earlier in his speech Commandant NDA Maj Gen Ibrahim Yusuf said that the vice president s presence was a great honour to the institution and the graduands The event featured conferment of degrees presentation of certificates and academic prizes admission of Post Graduate graduands in NDA alumni award of honorary degrees among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Osinbajo rallies NDA on production of warrior-scholars, innovators
    Defence/Security2 months ago

    Osinbajo rallies NDA on production of warrior-scholars, innovators

    Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the assignment of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) goes beyond the training of combatants to the production of warrior-scholars and innovators.Osinbajo was the Special Guest of Honour at the 32nd Convocation Ceremony of NDA in honour of Cadets of  69 Regular Course, Post Graduate Students and Honorary Degree Awardees on Tuesday, in Kaduna.The vice president said that with the trend of crime globally, it had become imperative for NDA products to be equipped with the requisite knowledge to protect the Nigerian digital domain.“The mission of the NDA is not just to train combatants but to produce warrior-scholars in the finest martial-intellectual traditions.“It has fallen on you to be the generation of warrior-scholars and innovators that will confront our enemies with an arsenal of unconventional skills, unorthodox strategies and critical thinking.“ It has fallen on you to be thought-leaders that will advance development both on and off the battlefield.’’ Osinbajo listed the signposts and contexts of this new security environment.He said, first, the military must prepare to contend with the mix of asymmetric conflicts, hybrid warfare, insurgencies and armed criminal activities perpetrated by criminal non-state actors.“ These, are conflicts that are novel in their viciousness, but dated in their origins – they include the new threats of mass kidnapping for ransom and military leverage, the use of victims as human shields.“ We now have to deal with the access that these criminal gangs and insurgents have, to sophisticated weapons, and lethal ordinance, the new possibilities of access to even more lethal and more devastating weaponry from the dark web and an ever-growing economy in illegal arms and ammunition.“How do you engage a vicious lawless enemy along the lines of the Geneva Convention?What are the new rules of engagement with well-equipped criminal non-state actors?“The second context that we must take note of is the realities of living in the digital age; digitisation has created a whole new world, cyberspace, where all transactions and activity commercial, social, financial, and even crucial military intelligence take place,’’ he said.The vice president said that the virtual world required protection and security from enemies and malefactors including the threat of hacking and other forms of cyber warfare.He said that such cyberwarfare could inflict damage on Nigeria’s cyber-infrastructure and compromise critical economic sectors like telecommunications and financial services.Osinbajo said that policies and legislation to protect Nigeria’s cyberspace had been put in place.“The proliferation of digital channels and the rapid growth of mobile banking raises new concerns about data privacy and security as well as vulnerabilities to malware infections designed to steal money which if unaddressed could subvert our economy.“We see cyberspace as part of our strategic domain and have rolled out legislative and policy measures in the form of the Cybercrimes Act of 2015 and the National Data Protection Policy to safeguard our cyber infrastructure.“Indeed, the Cybercrimes Act provides for the designation of computer systems and data networks as constituting Critical National Information Infrastructure.“The National Cyber Security Policy designates the financial services sector and other sectors as National Critical Information Infrastructure.“So, there is no doubt that the digital domain is one of the frontiers that your generation of our armed forces  will be increasingly tasked to defend; more broadly, it is clear that we cannot secure or defend a country of this size with human assets alone; we must  leverage technology.’’ He said that at a time when national resources were stretched thin, the nation must come up with technology-driven solutions to address its security needs.According to him, tech-knowledge is needed in policing of the borders or intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance tools aimed at identifying criminal elements within the coastal waters or locating terrorists hiding within the general population.“We must become savvier in the deployment of Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance tools to complement our human resources.’’ “ The third strategic context that we must be cognisant of is that of climate change and its implications for National Security and military planning.“ Aside from the threat of environmental damage as a threat multiplier, desert encroachment and severe weather conditions create new socioeconomic problems.Osinbajo said Nigeria must rigorously consider the implications of the shifts on its national defence apparatus because as it pursues energy transition.The vice president said that it was worth setting as a goal for Nigeria’s defence and security sector, an equivalent energy transition strategy for its military.“The quest for clean energy leads inevitably to considering new options for civilian as well as military uses.“ This is a challenge to which your generation must apply itself.“The fourth context we must consider is that of building our local defence capabilities.“Today the procurement of arms is often subjected to the vagaries of geopolitics, geoeconomics and the caprices of the international arms industry, ‘’  he said.Earlier in his speech, Commandant, NDA, Maj. – Gen. Ibrahim Yusuf, said that the vice president’s presence was a great honour to the institution and the graduands.The event featured conferment of degrees, presentation of certificates and academic prizes, admission of Post Graduate graduands in NDA alumni, award of honorary degrees among othersNewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Oladayo Amao says the intensity of air operations in concert with surface forces has reversed the escalation in criminal activities across the country Amao stated this at the annual Beating of the Retreat and Awards ceremony in honour of 69 Regular Course cadets of Nigerian Defence Academy NDA on Friday in Kaduna You are all aware that the Armed Forces of Nigeria has been tackling several security challenges across the country The Nigerian Air Force for instance has had to increase the intensity of its air operations in concert with the surface forces in order to reverse the recent escalation in the activities of these criminals and enemies of the Nigerian nation These efforts have borne significant fruits as attested to by the recent successes recorded by both the air and ground forces Therefore with the continued support from the Federal Government we intend to sustain and even increase the intensity further until we completely rid our country of all the vestiges of these criminals Amao said He told the graduating cadets that the knowledge and skills they acquired would be put to test immediately after their commissioning into the military Amao therefore warned them against complacency in the course of their career adding that they must be good ambassadors of the Academy On the awards he said it was to encourage and motivate them to redouble their efforts in order to be at the top of their career Amao appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for his immense support to the Nigerian Air Force Earlier the NDA Commandant Maj Gen Ibrahim Yusuf explained that beating of the retreat signified the successful end of a training year He expressed delight that during the 20212022 training year no casualty was recorded stressing that cadets who sustained injuries are currently receiving the best medical care Yusuf commended the Chief of Defence Staff and other Service Chiefs for their support to the Academy The News Agency of Nigeria report that Mogadishu Battalion secured nine trophies to came first followed by Dalet with five Abyssinia four and Burma Battalion two trophies NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CAS hails troops’ intensive fire power against criminals 
     Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Oladayo Amao says the intensity of air operations in concert with surface forces has reversed the escalation in criminal activities across the country Amao stated this at the annual Beating of the Retreat and Awards ceremony in honour of 69 Regular Course cadets of Nigerian Defence Academy NDA on Friday in Kaduna You are all aware that the Armed Forces of Nigeria has been tackling several security challenges across the country The Nigerian Air Force for instance has had to increase the intensity of its air operations in concert with the surface forces in order to reverse the recent escalation in the activities of these criminals and enemies of the Nigerian nation These efforts have borne significant fruits as attested to by the recent successes recorded by both the air and ground forces Therefore with the continued support from the Federal Government we intend to sustain and even increase the intensity further until we completely rid our country of all the vestiges of these criminals Amao said He told the graduating cadets that the knowledge and skills they acquired would be put to test immediately after their commissioning into the military Amao therefore warned them against complacency in the course of their career adding that they must be good ambassadors of the Academy On the awards he said it was to encourage and motivate them to redouble their efforts in order to be at the top of their career Amao appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for his immense support to the Nigerian Air Force Earlier the NDA Commandant Maj Gen Ibrahim Yusuf explained that beating of the retreat signified the successful end of a training year He expressed delight that during the 20212022 training year no casualty was recorded stressing that cadets who sustained injuries are currently receiving the best medical care Yusuf commended the Chief of Defence Staff and other Service Chiefs for their support to the Academy The News Agency of Nigeria report that Mogadishu Battalion secured nine trophies to came first followed by Dalet with five Abyssinia four and Burma Battalion two trophies NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CAS hails troops’ intensive fire power against criminals 
    Defence/Security2 months ago

    CAS hails troops’ intensive fire power against criminals 

    Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao says the intensity of air operations in concert with surface forces has reversed the escalation in criminal activities across the country.

    Amao stated this at the annual Beating of the Retreat and Awards ceremony in honour of 69 Regular Course cadets of Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), on Friday in Kaduna.

    “You are all aware that the Armed Forces of Nigeria has been tackling several security challenges across the country.

    “The Nigerian Air Force, for instance, has had to increase the intensity of its air operations, in concert with the surface forces, in order to reverse the recent escalation in the activities of these criminals and enemies of the Nigerian nation.

    “These efforts have borne significant fruits as attested to by the recent successes recorded by both the air and ground forces.

    “Therefore, with the continued support from the Federal Government, we intend to sustain and even increase the intensity further until we completely rid our country of all the vestiges of these criminals,” Amao said.

    He told the graduating cadets that the knowledge and skills they acquired would be put to test immediately after their commissioning into the military.

    Amao, therefore, warned them against complacency in the course of their career, adding that they must be good ambassadors of the Academy.

    On the awards, he said it was to encourage and motivate them to redouble their efforts in order to be at the top of their career.

    Amao appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for his immense support to the Nigerian Air Force.

    Earlier, the NDA Commandant, Maj.- Gen.  Ibrahim Yusuf explained that beating of the retreat signified the successful end of a training year.

    He expressed delight that during the 20212022 training year, no casualty was recorded, stressing that cadets who sustained injuries are currently receiving the best medical care.

    Yusuf commended the Chief of Defence Staff and other Service Chiefs for their support to the Academy.

    The News Agency of Nigeria report that Mogadishu Battalion secured nine trophies to came first, followed by Dalet with five; Abyssinia, four, and Burma Battalion, two trophies .


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  •  The Chief of Defence Staff U CDS Gen Lucky Irabor on Thursday urged graduating cadets of Nigeria Defence Academy NDA to uphold discipline loyalty patrotism and professionalism being the hallmarks of military career The CDS stated this at the Academy Regimental Dinner night organized in honour of graduating cadets of 69 Regular Course of the NDA in Kaduna Irabor told the cadets that for them to reach the peak of their career which is the desire of any military officer they must maintain a high sense of responsibility integrity dedication knowledge esprit de corps and above all good character He reminded them that the NDA and the Armed Forces of Nigeria as a whole expected much from them in terms of dedication to duty and selfless service to the nation As you wait for your commissioning which will usher you into the noble career you have chosen I urge you to bear in mind that you have been trained and equipped with the capacity to professionally discharge your enshrined constitutional responsibilities he said He further advised the cadets to be cautious well behaved and avoid all forms of temptations that could lead them to compromise the standard of military ethics and values for materialism or self gratification He told the graduands that since its establishment in 1964 the NDA had consistently transformed its physical infrastructure and intellectual capital to meet the manpower needs of the Armed Forces of Nigeria The CDS therefore said he had no iota of doubt that the Academy had prepared them adequately to meet the demands of the ever changing volatile uncertain complex and ambiguous operational environment Irabor congratulated the Commandant the Principal Staff Officers and the entire staff of the NDA for their relentless efforts in churning out yet another set of highly qualified and skilled officers The News Agency of Nigeria report that the graduating 69 Regular Course Cadets are expected to be formally initiated into the Armed Forces of Nigeria on Oct 6 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Uphold hallmarks of military profession to reach zenith of career- Gen Irabo to graduating cadets
     The Chief of Defence Staff U CDS Gen Lucky Irabor on Thursday urged graduating cadets of Nigeria Defence Academy NDA to uphold discipline loyalty patrotism and professionalism being the hallmarks of military career The CDS stated this at the Academy Regimental Dinner night organized in honour of graduating cadets of 69 Regular Course of the NDA in Kaduna Irabor told the cadets that for them to reach the peak of their career which is the desire of any military officer they must maintain a high sense of responsibility integrity dedication knowledge esprit de corps and above all good character He reminded them that the NDA and the Armed Forces of Nigeria as a whole expected much from them in terms of dedication to duty and selfless service to the nation As you wait for your commissioning which will usher you into the noble career you have chosen I urge you to bear in mind that you have been trained and equipped with the capacity to professionally discharge your enshrined constitutional responsibilities he said He further advised the cadets to be cautious well behaved and avoid all forms of temptations that could lead them to compromise the standard of military ethics and values for materialism or self gratification He told the graduands that since its establishment in 1964 the NDA had consistently transformed its physical infrastructure and intellectual capital to meet the manpower needs of the Armed Forces of Nigeria The CDS therefore said he had no iota of doubt that the Academy had prepared them adequately to meet the demands of the ever changing volatile uncertain complex and ambiguous operational environment Irabor congratulated the Commandant the Principal Staff Officers and the entire staff of the NDA for their relentless efforts in churning out yet another set of highly qualified and skilled officers The News Agency of Nigeria report that the graduating 69 Regular Course Cadets are expected to be formally initiated into the Armed Forces of Nigeria on Oct 6 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Uphold hallmarks of military profession to reach zenith of career- Gen Irabo to graduating cadets
    Defence/Security2 months ago

    Uphold hallmarks of military profession to reach zenith of career- Gen Irabo to graduating cadets

    The Chief of Defence Staff U(CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor on Thursday urged graduating cadets of Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA), to uphold discipline, loyalty, patrotism and professionalism, being the  hallmarks of military career.

    The CDS stated this at the  Academy Regimental Dinner night, organized  in honour of graduating cadets of 69  Regular Course of the NDA in Kaduna.

    Irabor told the cadets that for them to reach the peak of their career, which is the desire of any military officer, they must maintain a high sense of responsibility, integrity, dedication, knowledge, esprit-de-corps and above,all good character.

    He reminded them that the NDA and the Armed Forces of Nigeria as a whole, expected much from them in terms of dedication to duty and selfless service to the nation.

    “As you wait for your commissioning which will usher you into the noble career you have chosen, I urge you to bear in mind that you have been trained and equipped with the capacity to professionally discharge your enshrined constitutional responsibilities”, he said.

    He further advised the cadets  to be cautious, well-behaved and avoid all forms of temptations that could lead them to compromise the standard of military ethics and values for materialism or self-gratification.

    He told the graduands that since its establishment in 1964, the NDA had consistently transformed its physical infrastructure and intellectual capital to meet the manpower needs of the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

    The CDS therefore  said he had no iota of doubt that the Academy had prepared them adequately to meet the demands of the ever changing volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous operational environment.

    Irabor  congratulated the Commandant, the Principal Staff Officers and the entire staff of the NDA ,for their relentless efforts in churning out yet another set of highly qualified and skilled officers.

    The News Agency of Nigeria report that the graduating  69 Regular Course Cadets are expected to be formally initiated into the Armed Forces of Nigeria  on Oct 6..

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  •  The Minister of Defence Maj Gen Bashir Magashi Rtd has tasked military personnel to continue to be more professional and dedicated in the discharge of their duties He gave the charge at the 35th Anniversary Celebration and Night of the 39 Regular Course Nigerian Defence Academy NDA at the Army Officers Mess on Saturday night in Abuja The minister represented by Maj Gen AbdulMalik Jibril Rtd President of the Nigerian Legion said professionalism and dedication to duty has been the backbone of the military profession in any part of the world He however congratulated the members adding that they had so far done excellently well in their various endeaviours and respective fields of assignments Magashi reminded them to also remember some of their colleagues who paid the supreme price and had gone great beyond In this regard it is worthy to mention that your noble initiative lend credence to the vital aspect of military profession and tradition I am astonished to see a pool of officers united for such a purpose This reflects great credit upon yourself as individual and in collectivity he said The minister commended them for their financial interventions for the families of the fallen heroes and donations to Army Reference Hospital Kaduna the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital Lagos and the Nigerian Air Force Hospital kaduna As well as the reequipping of research laboratory to NDA I have no doubt that these projects will have attracted huge resource implications in the light of our current economic realities I applaud your generosity and hereby consider your gestures worthy of emulation accordingly I want you to sustain all efforts directed toward making better our armed forces It s pleasing to see you all in various shades of grey and glamour and even to those could not join us today due to various office exigencies I urge you to continue to discharge your duties in professional manner And we must do this as we strive to cover the contemporary security situation and proffer lasting solutions Also the outgone President of the union Emmanuel Undairdeje said that they had the cause to celebrate bearing in mind where they were coming from as young students 35 years ago For us it a thing of joy and a call for celebration of life service a thank to Almighty God a special occasion for the reunion of friendships and alliances That started 35 years ago as young officers who had no knowledge of what the future entails or holds for everyone of us I therefore congratulate all of us for attaining this remarkable milestone of a very long journey and still counting and moving ahead he said According to him the union has so far visited some institutions like the Nigerian Army Reference Hospital Kaduna the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital Lagos among others where their spouses presented a specialised medical equipment to the institutions Our spouses also visited the wives of the service chiefs and donated some equipment to the skills acquisition centres to assist the wives of the fallen heroes to be self dependent The outgone president said that all these efforts aimed at making life better and meaningful to the wives of the fallen heroes He said the union also invited the spouses of the fallen heroes who were traceable to join in the celebration hence the opportunity to recognise and extend a hand of fellowship to them as well This he said was one of the high points of the celebration NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Magashi tasks military personnel on professionalism, dedication
     The Minister of Defence Maj Gen Bashir Magashi Rtd has tasked military personnel to continue to be more professional and dedicated in the discharge of their duties He gave the charge at the 35th Anniversary Celebration and Night of the 39 Regular Course Nigerian Defence Academy NDA at the Army Officers Mess on Saturday night in Abuja The minister represented by Maj Gen AbdulMalik Jibril Rtd President of the Nigerian Legion said professionalism and dedication to duty has been the backbone of the military profession in any part of the world He however congratulated the members adding that they had so far done excellently well in their various endeaviours and respective fields of assignments Magashi reminded them to also remember some of their colleagues who paid the supreme price and had gone great beyond In this regard it is worthy to mention that your noble initiative lend credence to the vital aspect of military profession and tradition I am astonished to see a pool of officers united for such a purpose This reflects great credit upon yourself as individual and in collectivity he said The minister commended them for their financial interventions for the families of the fallen heroes and donations to Army Reference Hospital Kaduna the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital Lagos and the Nigerian Air Force Hospital kaduna As well as the reequipping of research laboratory to NDA I have no doubt that these projects will have attracted huge resource implications in the light of our current economic realities I applaud your generosity and hereby consider your gestures worthy of emulation accordingly I want you to sustain all efforts directed toward making better our armed forces It s pleasing to see you all in various shades of grey and glamour and even to those could not join us today due to various office exigencies I urge you to continue to discharge your duties in professional manner And we must do this as we strive to cover the contemporary security situation and proffer lasting solutions Also the outgone President of the union Emmanuel Undairdeje said that they had the cause to celebrate bearing in mind where they were coming from as young students 35 years ago For us it a thing of joy and a call for celebration of life service a thank to Almighty God a special occasion for the reunion of friendships and alliances That started 35 years ago as young officers who had no knowledge of what the future entails or holds for everyone of us I therefore congratulate all of us for attaining this remarkable milestone of a very long journey and still counting and moving ahead he said According to him the union has so far visited some institutions like the Nigerian Army Reference Hospital Kaduna the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital Lagos among others where their spouses presented a specialised medical equipment to the institutions Our spouses also visited the wives of the service chiefs and donated some equipment to the skills acquisition centres to assist the wives of the fallen heroes to be self dependent The outgone president said that all these efforts aimed at making life better and meaningful to the wives of the fallen heroes He said the union also invited the spouses of the fallen heroes who were traceable to join in the celebration hence the opportunity to recognise and extend a hand of fellowship to them as well This he said was one of the high points of the celebration NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Magashi tasks military personnel on professionalism, dedication
    Defence/Security3 months ago

    Magashi tasks military personnel on professionalism, dedication

    The Minister of Defence, Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi (Rtd), has tasked military personnel to continue to be more professional and dedicated in the discharge of their duties.

    He gave the charge at the 35th Anniversary Celebration and Night of the 39 Regular Course, Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) at the Army Officers’ Mess on Saturday night in Abuja.

    The minister, represented by Maj.-Gen. AbdulMalik Jibril (Rtd), President of the Nigerian Legion, said professionalism and dedication to duty has been the backbone of the military profession in any part of the world.

    He, however, congratulated the members, adding that they had so far done excellently well in their various endeaviours and respective fields of assignments.

    Magashi reminded them to also remember some of their colleagues who paid the supreme price and had gone great beyond.

    “In this regard, it is worthy to mention that your noble initiative, lend credence to the vital aspect of military profession and tradition.

    “I am astonished to see a pool of officers united for such a purpose.

    This reflects great credit upon yourself as individual and in collectivity,” he said.

    The minister commended them for their financial interventions for the families of the fallen heroes, and donations to Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna, the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital, Lagos and the Nigerian Air Force Hospital, kaduna.

    “As well as the reequipping of research laboratory to NDA.

    I have no doubt that these projects will have attracted huge resource implications in the light of our current economic realities.

    “I applaud your generosity and hereby consider your gestures worthy of emulation accordingly.

    “I want you to sustain all efforts directed toward making better our armed forces.  

    It’s pleasing to see you all in various shades of grey and glamour and even to those could not join us today due to various office exigencies.

    “ I urge you to continue to discharge your duties in professional manner.

    And we must do this as we strive to cover the contemporary security situation and proffer lasting solutions.

    “ Also, the outgone President of the union, Emmanuel Undairdeje, said that they had the cause to celebrate bearing in mind where they were coming from as young students 35 years ago.

    “For us it a thing of joy and a call for celebration of life, service, a thank to Almighty God, a special occasion for the reunion of friendships and alliances.

    “That started 35 years ago as young officers who had no knowledge of what the future entails or holds for everyone of us.

    “I, therefore, congratulate all of us for attaining this remarkable milestone of a very long journey and still counting and moving ahead,“he said.

    According to him, the union has so far visited some institutions like the Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna, the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital, Lagos, among others where their spouses presented a specialised medical equipment to the institutions.

    “Our spouses also visited the wives of the service chiefs and donated some equipment to the skills acquisition centres to assist the wives of the fallen heroes to be self dependent.

    “ The outgone president said that all these efforts aimed at making life better and meaningful to the wives of the fallen heroes.

    He said the union also invited the spouses of the fallen heroes who were traceable to join in the celebration, hence the opportunity to recognise and extend a hand of fellowship to them as well.

    This, he said, was one of the high points of the celebration.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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