By Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.
Kogi state Governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello has commended the Nigerian Navy for relocating the Command’s Naval Drafting Office to its permanent site at Nigerian Naval Ship (NNS) Lugard at Banda, Lokoja.
The governor gave the commendation when he received the Commandant of the Command Drafting Office, Rear Admiral Ebony Aneke in his office in Lokoja on Thursday.
Speaking during the visit, the Commandant of the NNS Lugard, Rear Admiral Olotun commended the governor for his contributions to the command and other security agencies in the state.
He said the essence of the visit was to officially notify the Governor that the Command Naval Drafting Office has been relocated to Lokoja and to also introduce the pioneer Commandant of the Naval Drafting Office.
He said the Commandant has fully assumed duty in the state.
Rear Admiral Olotun reminded the Governor that the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, had during the inauguration of the NNS Lugard officers/ratings quarters stated that the Command Naval Draft be relocated from Lagos to Lokoja immediately.
He said the Naval Drafting Office was officially moved to Lokoja on January, 22, 2020.
In his remarks, the commandant of the Nigerian Naval Drafting Office, Rear Admiral Ebony Aneke thanked the governor for his support for the security agencies in the state over the years and the success of his administration in the area of fighting insecurity in the state.
He said the Command Naval Drafting Office is responsible for the central administration of career of all the command’s soldiers from their recruitment to their retirement period like the Nigerian Army Records.
He said the command Naval Drafting Office is similar to the Command Army Record but slightly different in structure, noting that Lokoja is going to witness an increased military presence who will be coming to the command for their records, career development and retirement processes adding that , such inflows of military officers will boost the security of the state.
He said with such operations, the command needs to officially seek for the Governor’s blessings and cooperation.
Governor Bello stated that the Nigerian Navy that he knows has been very professional, disciplined and a pride to the nation.
He revealed that in every assignments whether on the sea, land or any other capacity, the Navy had helped to stabilise the social and economic fortunes of the country, particularly in Kogi state.
He appreciated the Navy, particularly the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas for inaugurating a Navy barrack in the state, noting that such was a welcomed development.
Rear Admiral Ebony Aneke was accompanied by Commodore Gideon Kashim and Navy Captain Dotun Duyile.
Nigeria At 60: Gov Obaseki Salutes Edo Citizens, Nigerians
As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of our great nation Nigeria, I salute all Edo citizens and Nigerians, who have continued to work towards actualizing the vision of a truly great and prosperous country.
I also rejoice with the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, on this auspicious occasion.
Despite our travails and challenges as a country, we give thanks to Almighty God for preserving us as a people and ensuring that the labour of our heroes past has not been in vain.
The just concluded governorship poll in Edo State is evidence of the commitment of the government and people to the deepening of our democracy, which invariably is the instrument for the upliftment of our people and improving our collective wellbeing.
We are conscious of the daunting task of charting the course of our collective destiny, and the personal and collective sacrifices required, but remain committed to upholding the unity of our country and striving together to attain assured greatness.
We are confident that after 60 years of nationhood and having surmounted numerous obstacles and uncertainties, our faith in the future of our country remain unwavering, as we continue to forge ahead as one indivisible and prosperous nation.
Happy Independence Anniversary. Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Mr. Godwin Obaseki
Governor, Edo State
Nigeria At 60: Ortom Tasks Countrymen On Equity, Patriotism
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom urges Nigerians to uphold the virtues of sincerity, justice and fairness while rejecting impunity, to enable the country realize its full potential as a prosperous nation and the true giant of Africa.
The Governor also admonishes Nigerians to sustain their faith in the unity and capacity of the country to overcome the current security and economic challenges.
He says what the nation needs at this time are men and women of honour and integrity who can stand for the rule of law and promote the values as well as the dream of the nation’s founding fathers.
The Governor states that the grace of Almighty God has guided Nigeria out of challenges and threats to its corporate existence, and expresses optimism that the same God will continue to steer the ship of the country away from doom.
He states that only sustained synergy between the Federal Government and states, as well as other stakeholders can lead to victory against terrorism and other criminal acts in parts of the country.
The Governor reaffirms the commitment of the Benue State Government to addressing development challenges of the state by making the agriculture value chain a priority so as to engage young people in productive ventures.
He thanks Benue people for the support given to his administration in the last five years and pledges to reciprocate the goodwill with impressive performance as he is already doing.
Governor Ortom says his administration will sustain the tempo of providing development projects in all parts of the state.
He points out the domestication of the Pensions Law last year and the recent signing of the Health Insurance Scheme which gave rise to the establishment of the State Health Insurance Agency as some of the polices put in place by his administration to positively impact on the lives of the people.
The Governor wishes the people of Benue State and other Nigerians a peaceful Independence celebration.
Nasarawa Organizes Parley For Three Arms Of Government On Way Forward, Says It Will Deepen The Democratic Process – Gov Sule
Nasarawa State Government has convened a summit bringing together members of the three arms of government, namely the executive, legislature and judiciary, with a view to understanding and appreciating their distinct roles.
The summit, which is the first of its kind since the creation of the state, was organized by the office of the Secretary of the Government of Nasarawa State, which held at the Government House, on Thursday.
The parley between the three arms of government was part of activities marking the 60th and 24th anniversaries of Nigeria and Nasarawa State respectively.
Speaking at the event, Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, said the summit will provide the opportunity for the arms of government to understand each other, even as he emphasized that the executive arm of government is receiving maximum support from the legislature and judiciary.
Engineer Sule added that the summit will also deepen the democratic process in the state, towards the socio-economic development of the society.
The Governor explained that top government functionaries and other critical stakeholders, from the three arms of government, to facilitate the cross fertilization of ideas, share experience, as well as appraising distinct responsibilities of the arms.
He stressed that this was with a view to evolving the needed enduring synergy for a conflict free administration, as well as reinforcing interdependence of each of the arms, according to the tenets of the constitution.
“This is in line with the pledge which I made when I took over the mantle of leadership, to create the enabling environment for the arms of government to effectively and efficiently, discharge their responsibilities, for peace, progress and development of our dear state,” Engineer Sule statDikkoKO
Engineer Sule said his administration has supported the call for the independence of the legislature through the provision of required tools for it to carry out its statutory functions with minimum hitch.
This is even as he added that his administration has continued to sustain its regards and reverence to the judiciary and its independence, towards quick dispensation of justice and the interpretations of the laws.
The Governor further emphasized that, considering the journey so far, especially towards entrenching the democratic process, in tune with global best practices, the existing unity of purpose, have been inspirational, which has given the administration the needed strength to forge ahead in the collective commitment to provide leadership for growth and development.
He noted that it’s however pertinent to often review certain tendencies that could jeopardize the seeming harmonious relationship between the arms of government, which informed the need for the summit.
The Governor then harped on the need for maturity and tolerance so that the arms of government can work together to the benefit of Nasarawa State and the people.
Other speakers at the event include, the first civilian governor of the state, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the Speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Ibrahim Balarabe, the Chief Judge of Nasarawa State, Justice Suleiman Umaru Dikko, the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Associate Prof. Abdulkarim Abubakar Kana and the Emir of Lafia, HRH Justice Sidi Bage, among others.
The summit has the theme: “Examining the Role of Government on Security and Economy of Nasarawa State.”
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