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Monarch lauds military interventions on tackling banditry in Sokoto

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Monarch lauds military interventions on tackling banditry in Sokoto


Alhaji Isa Muhammad, the District Head of Sabon Birni in Sokoto State on Wednesday, commended the Nigerian Air Force and Nigerian Army on their onslaughts against bandits in the area.

Muhammad gave the commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, in Sokoto.

He noted that the interventions had restored normalcy in the area, which recently witnessed killings and displacement of communities by bandits.

The district head assured the military of maximum support in order to achieve the desired results.

He also lauded NAF for conducting medical outreach where people in his community were given free treatment and food items, stressing that the gesture had enhanced people’s well-being.

Muhammad advised members of the community to shun all forms of restiveness and support law enforcement agencies in their task to restore permanent peace in the area.

He also called on the people to continue to live in harmony with the security agents.

The district head refuted claims that security personnel from Niger Republic were protecting Nigerians against the bandits in the area.

He said Nigerian troops have been rooted in the area and recording successes as residents were witnessing relief, as the hitherto daily attacks by bandits have stop.

The monarch further commended Gov. Aminu Tambuwal on his commitment and concerns over the plights of the people across the state.

NAN recalled that Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said that NAF had intensified strikes on bandits’ hideouts in Sokoto communities and border areas with Niger republic.

Abubakar stated this when he inspected fighter jets and other NAF facilities at Sultan Abubakar III International Airport, Sokoto.

He expressed satisfaction over ongoing interdictory operations which he said was extremely successful as NAF maintained pressure on the bandits.

According to him, NAF is working with the ground troops to mop up the affected areas after each strike in order to clear  the places and make them safer.

”Kagara forest is extended from Kaduna up to Zamfara state and Niger Republic with target to secure all parts of Nigeria.

”We liaise with Niger Republic security forces to ensure complete success of the exercise.

”Security is not only about bullets and bombs, security and development are two side of the same coin.

”I have constantly sought to evolve strategies that would enable the service adequately project air power to effectively and efficiently deal with prevalent security threats.

”I am happy that state governments are doing right things to return hopes to the residents through putting up right infrastructure and other support.

”All sectors needed to be mobilized to ensure peace and safe environments, collective efforts are desirable to achieved the targeted goal,” the Air Chief said.

He said that those that nursed the impression that the operations was for some days are wasting their time.

Abubakar commended governors and community members for their support in the ongoing interdiction operations against banditry and other criminals.

He urged the troops deployed to fight against banditry and kidnappings to continue to do everything possible not to give breathing space to bandits.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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COVID-19: SON, committee review safety guidelines for tourism sector resumption

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COVID-19: SON, committee review safety guidelines for tourism sector resumption

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Abuja, July 3, 2020 Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and National Mirror Committee on Tourism are reviewing standards on health and safety measures for  the industry post COVID-19.

Mrs Chika Balogun, Committee Chairperson and Director-General, National Institute for Hotels and Tourism, said via a webinar meeting on Monday in Abuja that the draft standards would help revive the tourism sector.

According to her, it will help the sector to pick up when the lockdown ends.

”The online meeting by the committee’s Working Group on Tourism and Related Services is aimed at mitigating harrowing effect of COVID-19 on the industry.

”It will find a common ground for post-COVID-19 way forward in reviving the industry.

”The draft standards on Health and Safety Measures for Tourism and Hospitality Establishments-Post Pandemic (COVID-19) Resumption Guidelines specified resumption requirements to comply with lives protection and business sustainability.

”The guidelines apply to Hotels, Restaurants, Fast Foods, Conferences, Meetings, Event Centres, Tour Operatives, Travel Agents, Tourist Information Centres, Airlines and Beaches, among others,” she said.

Balogun said at a difficult period like this, tourism stakeholders needed to put all hands-on deck to pull out of the pandemic challenges.

Balogun thanked the committee members for their commitment and dedication towards making Nigerian tourism sector at par with its counterparts on the global scene.

The Director, Standards Development, SON, Mrs Chinyere Egwuonwu, said tourism sector had been adversely affected by the pandemic within and outside Nigeria.

“National Mirror Committee is expected to oversee a comeback by the sector through deliberations on the draft standards and the eventual implementation,” she said.

Represented by SON Group Head, Service Standards, Mr Ayoola Ololade, Egwuonwu stated that SON was ready to work with stakeholders to revamp the sector to ensure that activities pick at the end of the lockdown.

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Buhari greets retired AVM Shekari at 80

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President Muhammadu Bihari has congratulated a prominent citizen of Kaduna State and one-time Military Administrator of the old Kano State, retired Air Vice Marshal Ishaya Shekari, on his attainment of 80th birthday.


The President’s congratulatory message was conveyed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Monday.

Buhari described Shekari as “a remarkable citizen and statesman’’ and thanked him for his many years of service to the nation.

The president prayed for his good health and increased support to his community and the nation.

Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Nigeria’s candidate for WTO chief prioritizes fixing dispute settlement system if selected

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Nigeria’s candidate for the top job of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, said fixing the Geneva-based body’s dispute settlement system would be one of her priorities, if selected as the new chief of the WTO.


Okonjo-Iweala, who is competing with seven other nominees for the position of director-general of the WTO, told Xinhua in a recent interview that her top priorities if selected, would be preparing for the WTO’s 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) in Kazakhstan in 2021.

She also hoped to work on restoring the dispute settlement system and updating the WTO’s rule book.

The WTO’s dispute settlement body is currently paralysed.

The Appellate Body, considered as the Supreme Court for global trade disputes, is supposed to have seven judges and needs a minimum of three judges to function.

The United States administration has been blocking new appointments for more than two years, with United States officials claiming that the court had gone beyond its remit.

“I would be focusing, if I get the job, on the dispute settlement system because this is the fundamental pillar of the WTO,’’ Okonjo-Iweala said.

“If you have a rules-based organisation, you must have a place where rules are arbitrated and that’s what happens with the dispute settlement system.

“So, restoring that will be a top priority as well.’’

Nigeria nominated Okonjo-Iweala, an economist who twice, served as Nigeria’s finance minister and briefly acted as foreign minister, for the post of WTO director-general in June.

She also had a 25-year career at the World Bank, including as a managing director.

The candidate, who also sits on the board of Twitter and the Gavi Vaccine Alliance, said she was confident to win the selection process and that she would be a listener-in-chief as well as a tough negotiator.

“I have strong political skills and negotiation skills.

“I think that’s very much needed; I am a consensus-builder and I’m a good listener too.’’

The candidate showed her confidence to “find a way to unlock the seeming division’’ on the trade side, between China and the United States, underlining that finding areas of mutual interest and to build trust within the WTO trading system would be important.

“Actually, if you listen to the two members, they have some things in common,’’ Okonjo-Iweala added.

“The dispute settlement system of the WTO is valued by both, they want it to reform, they don’t want it to disappear.’’

Okonjo-Iweala also noted that she hopes China will play the role of an economic growth engine in the current COVID-19 pandemic as it did during the 2008 global financial crisis.

“I think the best thing China can do is to recover quickly.

“Because it’s one of the engines of growth in the world and it’s almost a quarter of world trade,’ she told Xinhua.

“So, if it recovers quickly, it means that it can help the rest of the world recover.

“So, that’s the role I would see for China.’’

Roberto Azevedo, the incumbent WTO chief, announced in May that he will officially leave his post on Aug. 31, a year before his term expires.

The second phase of the selection process, in which the candidates “make themselves known to members’’, will end on Sept. 7 and then the General Council chairperson will consult with all WTO members before making the final decision.

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Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Buhari mourns Khalifa Tidiane Niass, Senegal-based Islamic leader

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President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep sadness over the demise of Sheikh Ahmed Tidiane Niass, Grand Khalifa (leader) of Tijjaniyya Islamic movement in Africa.


The President’s spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, in a statement in Abuja on Monday, said Buhari’s condolence message was addressed to President Macky Sall, government and people of Senegal as well as millions of members of the sect in Nigeria.

President Buhari said: “It is really sad news for all of us to learn that our beloved Khalifa, Sheikh Ahmed Niass, has passed away in Senegal.

“Sheikh Ahmed Niass, who took over from his father, Sheikh Ibrahim Niass, did not at all disappoint the large followers of his greatly adored father.

”He will be remembered for his impeccable service to Islam and passion towards the sect’s followers, which has a large body in Nigeria.”

The Nigerian leader recalled that June, 2018, Sheikh Ahmed Niass visited the State House, Abuja, accompanied by some eminent Nigerians including President of BUA Group of Companies, Alhaji Abdulsamad Rabi’u.

President Buhari, on behalf of government and people of Nigeria, prayed “for the eternal repose of his departed soul.”

Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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