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NNN MD extols out-gone Managing Editor for mentorship




Abuja, March 11, 2019 Mr Bayo Onanuga, the Managing Director, News Agency of Nigeria , has commended Mrs Nkechi Okoronkwo, who retired as Managing Editor in the agency for her kindness, mentorship, competence and hard work.

Onanuga gave the commendation at the send-off party organised by NNN management in honour of Okoronkwo on Monday in Abuja.

“She is very competent in her job, she understands what she needs to do and does it well. She is also a core mentor,” he said.

He particularly commended Okoronkwo for her leadership style when she acted as the Editor-in-Chief, saying she was very efficient and made far-reaching contributions during the period.

“Unfortunately people of competence are leaving at a time when their services are needed more.

Onanuga described her retirement and leaving at this time as “painful’’ and urged Okoronkwo not to hesitate to offer her advice to the agency when needed.

He, however, encouraged her to keep the good virtues and to always make herself accessible for further development of the agency.

NNN MD prayed that she excelled to greater heights in her future endeavours like she did in the agency during her service years.

The Editor-in-Chief of NNN, Mr Idris Abdulraham also extolled Okoronkwo as being a source of inspiration and a good mentor to the younger ones, especially the ladies.

Abdulraham spoke when the Editorial Department of NNN later had a farewell party for Okoronkwo.

He prayed for God’s guidance in her future endevours, adding that she achieved a lot while in NNN.

Mrs Grace Yusuf, a Deputy Editor-in-Chief, while appreciation  Okoronkwo’s contributions as an editorial staff, said was a good leader and was always ready to assist the younger ones to grow.

According to her, part of her success on the job is attributable to Okorokwo’s willingness to assist and give her motherly advice anytime she has the opportunity to do so.

Yussuf joined others to wish her well in her future endeavour, saying “aunty Nkechi has finished well and strong’’.

Responding, Okoronkwo she advised young reporters, who are mothers to learn to balance the home front and the job as journalists to enable them perform their functions optimally.

She also urged the reporters to take their job seriously and not rely on connections in the office to get to the top, saying such scheming might fail them in the future.

“Don’t rely on connections in the office, do yourself good, bend down and do your work properly because hard work pays.

“If you have challenges, talk to your bosses make your subordinates your friends, do not shy away from working hard, because it will make you stand out everywhere,” she said.

Okoronkwo, who retired at 60 as a Director and Managing Editor, was retained as a staff after her National Youth Service Corps.

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Nasarawa State Govt. tasks contractors on timely delivery of projects



 The Nasarawa State Government has called on contractors to adhere to specifications and deliver projects on time, in line with the developmental drive of the Gov. Abdullahi  Sule-led administration.

Mr Philip Dada, the Nasarawa State Commissioner for Works and Transport, made the call when he met with contractors in the state on Friday in Lafia.

According to him, the state government places high premium on timely delivery of projects without compromising designs and specifications.

Dada said that the meeting was, among other things, to rub minds with the contractors with a view to knowing the challenges confronting them in the course of executing projects across the state.

“We have discussed with you and you have presented your challenges and the areas you think we should step in to facilitate the speedy delivery of these projects.

“As I mentioned, government is in a hurry to deliver these projects,” he said.

He advised the contractors on the need to work in harmony with engineers and other professionals in the ministry assigned to supervise the projects for better results.

The commissioner promised to undertake routine supervision tours of the various contract sites in the state.

“We will embark on routine and unscheduled visits to the sites to make sure that there is compliance with the specifications and timelines given for execution of these projects,” he said.

On his part, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry,  Mr Muazu Adamu, commended the contractors for honouring the invitation and called for cordial relationship between them and the ministry.

Responding on behalf of the contractors, Mr Geoffrey Eze thanked  the ministry for giving them jobs and assured the government of their readiness to stick to specifications in the execution of projects.

Edited by Ejike Obeta/Oluwole Sogunle

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Probe allegation of mismanagement at ASCON, group urges FG



A group, Badagry Indigenes’ Professional (BIP), has called on Federal Government to institute an independent panel of inquiry into allegations of mismanagement at the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON), Topo, Badagry, Lagos State.

Addressing newsmen on Friday in Badagry, President of the group, Richard Fasinu, said that the panel should look into the prescribed retirement age of 60 years or 35 years of service and eight-year directorship tenure at the college.

“They should also find out the logjam created by the 18 directors who are caught in the web of ratio 60 /35/ 8 which has technically stalled new employment and promotion of several eligible staff of the college.

“This has also brought many of ASCON programmes to its knees,” he said.

The group said that allegations of mismanagement at the college, which was published by a national daily, was yet to be investigated by the College Board Chairman, Mr Nduka Anyanwu.

“This amounted to throwing away the bath water and the baby without calling for an emergency meeting of the board to look into those weighty allegations.

“We all live in this town and we have people working in ASCON and everybody knows all is not well with the college,” the group said.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the briefing was attended by civil society groups, students, women groups, unionists and community leaders in Badagry.

Edited by Emmanuel Nwoye/Wale Ojetimi

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Defence chief tasks attachés, aides on prudent utilisation of resources



The Chief Of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, has urged Nigerian Defence Advisers and Attachés to ensure prudent and judicious utilisation of resources allocated to them in their various places of assignment.

Olonisakin made the call at the closing of the Defence Advisers and Attachés 2019 Annual Conference on Friday in Abuja.

Olonisakin, who was represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans, Defence Headquarters, AVM M.A Balogun, said the call was in view of dwindling government resources.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the theme of the conference was “Enhancing Inter Agency Collaboration in Response to Current and Anticipated Threats in Nigeria’s Security Environment: Role of the Defence Attaches System.”

He said that the authorities had taken cognisance of the administrative constraints facing the various defence sections as discussed during the conference.

“I would like to assure you that the agency, in conjunction with Ministry of Defence, DHQ and services headquarters, will do all that is within their powers to alleviate the identified challenges.

“This is in order to ensure that you carryout your jobs with little or no stress.

“I will thus urge you all to ensure prudent and judicious utilisation of resources allocated to you in view of dwindling government resources,” he said.

Olonisakin sad that the conference had enabled the participants to articulate and produce a number of resolutions that would enhance the productivity of the defence section.

He said the conference also articulated resolutions in areas of evolving collaborations among security agencies towards combating the nation’s contemporary security challenges as well as developing synergy among them.

“Be reassured that these resolutions will be given the attention they deserve at the appropriate quarters,” he added.

He also called on the attachés to deploy the knowledge they acquired during the conference and contribute more effectively to the performance of their sections.

“In the last 13 days, the defence attaches and advisers have been taken through a refresher training, which culminated in the defence advisers annual conference.

“The idea of the refresher training is to bring the skills of the defence advisers up to date for increased and effective performance of their duties.

The annual conference had in attendance, the defense attachés/advisers deployed to different countries of the world as well as top military chiefs and past Chiefs of Defence Intelligence.

Edited by Ejike Obeta/Sadiya Hamza

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Gombe govt. moves to avert closure of airport, promises to settle debt owed FAAN



Gov. Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has promised to settle the debt owed the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) by the state government in order to avert the closure of Gombe Airport.

This was contained in a statement issued by Mr Ismaila Misilli, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the governor and made available to newsmen on Friday, in Gombe.

According to the statement, the governor has waded in and made a commitment to settle the debt which had accrued since the tenure of the last administration.

He stated that the move by the governor was as a result of the notice given by FAAN, indicating its resolve to withdraw the services of its aviation security and aerodrome rescue and fire fighting personnel.

Misilli said that the FAAN’s threat was to effectively shut down operations at the airport from Friday, Nov. 15.

He stated that FAAN had, in April, threatened to shut down the airport and eight others that were indebted to it after the earlier ultimatum had lapsed.

“On coming to office in May, Gov. Inuwa Yahaya had promised to intervene to get FAAN to continue with its services at the airport.

“Following the latest notice, the state government has made a commitment to make another payment by the end of November and offsetting the outstanding debts in subsequent months,” Misilli said.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that FAAN had, on May 3, said that the airport, owned by the Gombe State government, was owing N607.9 million.

Edited by Remi Koleoso and ‘Wale Sadeeq

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Yuletide: FRSC advises motorists not to be distracted by family problems



The Ogun Command of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), ahead of yuletide, has advised motorists not to be distracted by family problems while driving to avoid accident.

Mr Clement Oladele, Ogun Sector Commander of FRSC, gave the advice during the 2019 Ember Months Campaign organised by Idiroko Command in Idiroko, Ogun.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the campaign was tagged: “Road safety is a state of mind; road crashes is an absence of mind. Stay alert, stay alive’’.

Oladele noted that the advice became necessary to motorists as driving required full concentration, saying that any slight distraction would lead to mishap on the highways.

The sector commander said that no fewer than 314 people had died this year across the state due to some attitude of some drivers.

“Motorists need to change as their attitude may cause sorrow to somebody when an unexpected crash leading to the death of loved ones happened through them.

“They can also cause sorrow to members of any family if they drive recklessly and against traffic, which sometime resulted to loss of a `bread winner’,’’ he said.

The FRSC enjoined motorists to drive with caution and adhere strictly to 50km per hour speed limit where rehabilitation work is ongoing.

Oladele, however, said that the Federal Government was making efforts in repairing the bad roads in order to make the nation’s highways safer for people.

Earlier, Mr Akinwunmi Olaluwoye, Idiroko Unit Commander of FRSC, said that negative attitude of some drivers had contributed to unnecessary loss of lives and property.

Olaluwoye suggested a conducive environment for ease of doing business through improved road users’ behaviour so as to achieve economic growth and development.

The unit commander said that some of the crashes were caused by non-compliance with traffic rules and regulations by the drivers.

“It is in view of this that the FRSC usually intensifies its public enlightenment programme, especially during this period to educate motorists and road users on the importance of safety.

“Also to sensitise motorists and the populace on the proper usage of the highways to guide against avoidable road traffic crashes during festivals like Christmas and New Year,’’ he said.

Edited by Adeleye Ajayi

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2 die, 17 vehicles burnt in Sango-Ota tanker accident



Two persons were confirmed dead and six others injured in a fire accident involving a petroleum tanker at Bible College Bus-stop along the LagosAbeokuta Expressway on Thursday night.

Ganiyu Akeem, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Assistant Corps Commander in Ota, told the Nigeria News Agency that 17 vehicles were also burnt in the accident that happened around 11.55 p.m. on Thursday night.

He said the incident happened when the lone tanker fell and spilled its inflammable content into the drainage channel.

He said the tanker ignited the fire that burnt many vehicles.

Akeem said 17 vehicles were affected, which included one tanker trailer, 10 articulated vehicles, three cars and three commercial buses.

NAN correspondents who visited the accident scene in the early hours of Friday report that Sango Toll Gate premises of the FRSC was also affected.

Also, Mr Adekunle Ajibade, an official of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), told NAN that the fuel-laden truck was heading to Lagos from Sango-Ota when it developed a gear fault and overturned in the process.

“The driver was trying to change the gear of the vehicle and lost control.

“The truck overturned and caught fire immediately,’’ Ajibade said.

The FRSC commander said that seven fire-fighting trucks, three from Ogun and four from Lagos, were promptly mobilised to the scene.

“Thank God, we were able to stop the vehicles coming from Lagos at the Toll-gate on LagosAbeokuta Expressway in good time.

“We rescued one person and took him to Ota General Hospital.

“We also evacuated two corpses that were burnt beyond recognition and we took them in our ambulance to Ifo General Mortuary.


Edited by Abdulfatah Babatunde/Wale Ojetimi

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