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FG Confirms Arrival of Final Batch of Super Tucano Jets

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FG Confirms Arrival of Final Batch of Super Tucano Jets

The federal government has taken delivery of all the 12 A-29 Super Tucano fighter jets expected from the United States.

The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, who confirmed this in an interview on TV continental yesterday, described the fighter jets as a “game changer” and disclosed that they have been used for operations in the north-east.

Noting that the jets contributed to the recent successes recorded by the military, Mohammed said: “all the 12 Super Tucano fighter jets have been received. As at this morning, all the 12 were here and they have been deployed to the north-east.

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The minister also commented on the wall street journal (WSJ) report which alleged that the Nigerian Air Force paid bandits N20 million in exchange for an anti-aircraft gun. According to the report, the anti-aircraft gun was stolen by the bandits after a clash with a military unit in Rugu forest, Katsina State.

The gun was said to have posed a threat to President Muhammadu Buhari who was flying “to his hometown about 80 miles away”. The air force had described the allegation as “utterly illogical,” saying it could be part of a campaign to worsen insecurity in Nigeria.

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IGP Approves Establishment of Special Desk for PWD

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IGP Approves Establishment of Special Desk for PWD

Nigeria – The Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has approved the establishment of a Special Desk for Persons with Disability in all the Police Zonal and State Commands across the thirty-six (36) States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The IGP, while commemorating the 2021 International Day for Persons with Disability, noted that the decision by the Force leadership to set-up the Disability Desk is informed by the need to ensure the NPF remains at the fore of contemporary policing practice which also advocates mainstreaming and inclusiveness for Persons with Disability.
The police boss observed that the decision follows exhaustive deliberations with the Executive Secretary, National Commission for Persons with Disability, Mr James David Lalu, who led delegates from the Commision to the Force Headquarters on an advocacy visit to the IGP.
The NPF Special Desk for Persons with Disability, which will be domiciled at the Police Public Relations Offices in Commands nationwide, according to the Force spokesperson, CP Frank Mba would serve as advocacy desk to enable the Force avail the PWD with unfettered access to policing services, promoting the dignity of their person, preventing stigmatization and stereotyping of PWD, and giving full effect to the Discrimination Against Persons with Disability (prohibition) Act, 2018.
The IGP equally approved a training program for Police personnel who are to serve as the Disability Desk Officers (DDO) under the coordination of the Force Public Relations Department.
The training, Mba said is being organized in partnership with the National Commission for Persons with Disability (NCPWD).
The Executive Secretary of NCPWD, who appreciated the IGP for the establishment of the Special Desk, expressed his belief that the initiative would go a long way in alleviating the numerous challenges faced by the PWD in the country.

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Consequently, the IGP has directed all the Command Commissioners of Police (CPs) and their supervisory Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs) to supervise the nomination of the DDOs and ensure hitch-free take-off of the Disability Desk Offices in their respective Commands.
He restates the commitment of the Force to ensuring adequate protection of the rights and privileges of Citizens with any form of disability in the country.

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Humanitarian Minister Explain Government’s Response to Climate Change

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Humanitarian Minister Explain Government’s Response to Climate Change

The minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Sadiya Umar Farouq has reiterated the need for developed countries to honour the promises made in 2009 of mobilizing $100 billion annually to support climate action in developing countries.

The minister who was one of the panelists at the global launch of the 2022 humanitarian overview, made this known on Thursday while speaking on the theme ‘climate change and responding to a more challenging humanitarian landscape’ virtually hosted by the United Nations office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs (OCHA).

Umar Farouq stated that since the ministry’s establishment in August 2019, it has worked collaboratively with critical stakeholders to address socio-economic vulnerabilities and provide humanitarian action.

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The Minister further explained that the government of Nigeria, in partnership with the un system and other critical stakeholders created a national humanitarian development peace framework which specifically focuses on enhancing disaster preparedness, prevention, mitigation and strengthening disaster risk information, governance and infrastructure.

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Senate Panel Rejects N323m Productivity Allowance for NAFDAC Workers

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Senate Panel Rejects N323m Productivity Allowance for NAFDAC Workers

The Senate Public Accounts Committee, on Thursday, raised a serious objection to the productivity allowance being paid to staff of the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control amounting to N324m without any approval from the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission.

The SPAC at its sitting presided over by the acting Chairman of the committee, Senator Suleiman Hadeija, hinged its objection to the alleged illegal increment of NAFDAC staff allowance in the 2016 report of the Auditor-General for the Federation.

The productivity allowance was paid with a voucher dated April 13, 2015 without approval from the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, which is the legitimate body to approve such an allowance.

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The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, admitted that the approval had not been granted by the NSIWC, but that work was still ongoing on the approval. She said the productivity allowance predated her.

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