The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Management of Nigeria (CIPSMN) has on Tuesday, 16 Nov 2020 conferred fellow to 26 senior Nigerian Army officers. Top amongst the recipients were Corps Commander, Nigerian Army Corps of Supply and Transport (NACST) Maj Gen Bolaji Nicodemus Salami and Corps Commander Nigerian Army Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (NAEME), Maj Gen Dickson Ehzorobo alongside 24 others. The event took place at the Conference Hall, HQ NACST, Bonny Cantonment, Victoria Island Lagos.
In his welcome address, Maj Gen Salami stated that both corps play a very strategic role in the supply chain management function of the NA which ensures effective and seamless service delivery in all NA operations.
Gen Salami added that the importance of logistics cannot be over emphasized in any military operation, especially now that the country is facing security challenges in most of the geo-political zones.
He further said – the effective delivery of logistics principles require logisticians to constantly update themselves with contemporary logistics; particularly in the ever-changing logistics environment. “Thorough planning is required to ensure that the design, development, storage, distribution and disposition of material are kept in order to meet up with strategic objectives of the NA logistics needs”.
He noted that the knowledge gained from the institute as a result of collaboration with the NA has further enhanced proficiency of logistician of the NA, particularly in the area of procurement and supply chain management.
Maj Gen Salami added that; the choice of the CIPSMN to honour these distinguished officers was timely and welcomed. He further said, the choice came as a result of their individual and collective contributions towards the effective and efficient delivery of service both in their respective endeavours and in the current fight against terrorism, kidnapping and armed banditry in our dear country. He used the medium to assure the institution that this honour will serve as a morale booster to the beneficiaries and will assist to strengthen their commitment in their various endeavours for greater productivity and efficiency in the discharge of their core responsibilities.
In his remarks, the Registrar/ Chief Executive Officer of the institute, Alhaji Mohammed Jimoh Aliyu said that CIPSMN attaches great importance to the event as a vehicle for creating more awareness and conscious development in procurement and supply chain management sector in Nigeria.
According to him, CIPSMN was founded in 28 Jun 1974 under the name Nigerian Institute of Purchasing and Supply Management and was duly registered as a corporate body in 31 Mar 1984 which later became chartered by an Act of Parliament 21 of 30 Apr 2007 with the motto “Value for Money”. The objectives of the institute amongst others include; secure and maintain recognition of the importance of efficient, effective management and techniques of procurement and supply both in public, private and indeed defence sector of the country’s economy and to improve and encourage the maintenance of a high professional standard and status of procurement and supply personnel, generally throughout the country.
The ceremony was climaxed with the presentation of a Toyota Hiacce bus donated by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt GenTukur Yusuf Buratai to the institute.
The event was witnessed by the President, CIPSMN, Alhaji Ado Jubrin, National Military Coordinator, Mr George Omongbade Ojo and senior military officers.
Nigeria Police Force Promotes 82,779 Junior Officers To Their Next Ranks, Pledges To Reform The Force.
—Those Killed By EndSARS Rioters Get Posthumous Promotion.
By Yahaya Idris, Abuja.
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni, on Monday, 23rd November, 2020 approved the promotion of Eighty-Two Thousand, Seven Hundred and Seventy Nine (82,779) Junior Police Officers to their next ranks. The promotion of the officers comprising 56,779 Sergeants to Inspector, 17,569 Corporal to Sergeants and 8,431 Constables to Corporal is part of the on-going efforts at boosting the morale of personnel and repositioning the Force for greater efficiency. Those promoted also include 86 junior officers negatively impacted by the ENDSARS riots – 16 got special posthumous promotion while 70 others injured during the violence arising from the ENDSARS protests were equally specially promoted.
A statement by DCP Frank Mba
Force Public Relations Officer,
Abuja, said the IGP, while congratulating the officers, charged them to see their promotion as a mark of additional responsibility and a call to rededicate themselves to their professional calling. He enjoined them to continue to carry out their duties diligently and in conformity with best practices and respect for the rights of the citizen. He noted that the promotion albeit, posthumously, of the officers who were killed by some ENDSARS protesters is a symbolic gesture in recognition of the ultimate price they paid in the service of the nation.
According to the statement, the IGP promised to work with all relevant agencies, organs of Government and other stakeholders in driving a successful reform of the Police for improved welfare and conditions of service towards better service delivery to the people.
Nasarawa Assembly Ask Security Agencies To Unmask Killers Of State APC chairman
The Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has called on the state government and security agents to intensify efforts in unravelling the killers of the state All Progressives Congress ( APC) chairman , Mr Philip Shekwo.
Rt. Hon. Ibrahm Balarabe-Abdullahi, the Speaker of the House made the demand after Hon Tanko Tunga, the Majoriy Leader of the House moved a motion under the matters of public interest on the death of Shekwo during the House proceedings in Lafia today.
He said that unravelling and punishing the perpetrators of the evil act would serve as deterrent to others and would ensure peace in the state.
” The resolution of this House is to the effect that members advised His Excellency, Gov. Abdullahi Sule to direct the security agents to work hard to unravel the perpetrators of this act to face justice.
” Security agents are to intensify efforts to protect lives and property of the citizens.
” Government should provide adequate support to the security agents to effectively protect lives and property, ” he said.
According to him, our state APC chairman is a man of peace, is an easy going man and this is one death to many.
” We have lost a leader in the state and may his soul rest in perfect peace,” the speaker said.
The speaker directed the clerk to the House to produce a clean copy of the House resolution to the governor for his further necessary action.
Earlier, Hon Tanko Tunga, the Majority Leader of the House while moving a motion under the Matters of public interest said that it is inhuman and ungodly for someone to take another’s life.
“It is ungodly and godless to take the life of another person. Security operatives are around, government are doing their best in protecting lives and property.
” And it is not that government are not doing anything but this is the sign of end time,I am calling on perpetrators of the act to repent and change for the better,” he said.
Hon Danladi Jatau, the Minority Leader of the House supported the majority leader’s motion and urged government to put more efforts to protect lives and property.
” It was unfortunate that we received the news of the death of the APC chairman with shock.
” Government are doing their best in the area of security but a lot need to be done towards protecting the lives and property of the people across the state,” he said.
Others members who contributed Hon Mohammed Okpoku,Hon David Maiyaki and Hon Labaran Shafa threw their weights behind the submissions earlier made and called on government to give more support to National Orientation Agency to do more in sensitizing people on morality to guide the younger generation against negative acts.
The House unanimously passed a resolution advising the state government to direct the security agents to put more efforts in addressing the security challenges facing the state.
Shortly after the sitting,the Speaker led other members to paid a condolence visit to the deceased family where they were received by the deceased deputy Aliyu Barde, Yarus Dagusa and the deceased wife Larai Philip Shekwo.
It would be recalled hat on Nov. 21, 2020, the Nasarawa State Chairman of APC, Mr. Philip Shekwo was reportedly abducted from his residence in Lafia, the state capital, and found dead on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020.
Islamic Group Alerts NSA Over Imminent Religious Crises In Kogi
Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.
An Islamic group in Okene local government area of Kogi state, ‘Righteous On-Lookers Association’ has raised alarm over threat to peace following the lingering crises rocking the area on the appointment of Chief Imam.
Worried by the ugly situation, the group has appealed to the National Security Adviser, (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), to prevail on Kogi State Government to put in place procedure for the appointment of a substantive Chief Imam of Okene Central Mosque.
The appeal was contained in a letter addressed to the office of the national security adviser titled “Security alarm -The pending leadership crises over Imamship of Okene central juma’at mosque” signed by the patron of the association , Ahmed Adoke copies which were made available to newsmen in Okene on Sunday.
Adoke lamented that the yet to be resolved Imamship crises has pitched two Islamic group; the Tijaniya and Ansarul Islamic Society of Nigeria in the area against each other as a result of disagreement on the mode of ascension to the position of Chief Imam of the central Juma’at mosque in Okene.
According to him “Our concern is that instead of addressing the mode of ascension that has generated palpable tension, Kogi State Government waded in and appointed one of the contenders as acting chief Imam for an indefinite period.
“Thus giving the appointee an undue advantage over other contenders, a situation that seems to have generated more tension in the area.”
He pointed out that part of the consequences of Kogi State government’s action was the recent violent clash between supporters of the two Islamic groups putting the area in an unnecessary apprehension.
While calling on the State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, to as a matter of urgency do the needful to avoid further crises that can snowball into massive killings and destructions of property, Adoke cautioned that religious crises can be more disastrous than political crises if urgent steps are not taken.
“As much as we appreciated and commended the quick intervention of the state governor , His Excellency Governor Yahaya Bello immediately after the demise of Late Chief Imam Alhaji Musa Galadima, we still appeal to your honourable office and other Islamic Authority to act promptly in order to avert further crises against the existing peace we are enjoying in Kogi State.
“This association is of the candid view that the leadership (Imam) crises has gotten to a level that calls for attention of your respected office, especially when considered the fact of the strategic location of Okene town as a gateway between north and southern parts of the country” he said.
While appealing to the two warring Islamic sects to exercise utmost restraint in the interest of peace and the comfort of Islam that both parties propagate, Adoke drew the attention of those fuelling the crises directly or indirectly to bear in mind that the consequences of any crises can not be underestimated, noting that “no one can predict the end result”
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