The Director-Genera, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Mr Muhtar Usman has tasked the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) to strengthen safety awareness and culture among its personnel.
Usman gave the charge in Kaduna during a two-day safety seminar held at NAF 401 Flying School on Monday in Kaduna.
The Nigeria News Agency report that he was represented by Cpt. Muhammad Abubakar, Fflight Operations Inspector, NCAA.
The seminar has as its theme: Training to Enhance Safety Culture for Effective Aircraft Operations and Maintenance.
Usman said that the theme was apt especially in the period when NAF efforts in the ongoing counter insurgency operation have place tremendous demands on both platform and personnel.
“Developing and strengthening safety culture would therefore, not only ensure protection of personnel and equipment but also enhance mission accomplishments,” he said.
According to him, as NAF moves to fit correctly into the mould of modern and future air force, “safety must be a necessity.
“Though very expensive, it is a truism that its gains are priceless.
” This realization over the years and the pains of losses incurred both of men and equipment from operational lapses ,technical omissions and various unsafe acts in our work places, inform the investment made in safety since the inception of the NAF.”
The DG explained that safety in aircraft operations environment is dependent on many variables, adding that it was important to focus on identification assessment and mitigation strategies to reduce risk to lowest level.
Earlier, the Air Officer Commanding, (AOC) Air Training Command, AVM Muhammad Sulaiman, said safety is a critical component of any organization if they hope to archive set objectives.
“The more knowledgeable and safety conscious the available human resources, the more efficient a system operates.
” A safety seminar like this will also create awareness in the workforce so as to reduce the risk associated with those hazards significantly .”he said
The AOC appreciate the Chief of Air Staff for allowing the seminar to hold.
Edited by Modupe Adeloye/Maharazu Ahmed
Edited by Modupe Adeloye/Maharazu Ahmed
Gombe Govt approves 230 hectares of land for establishment of Air Force Operational Base
Gov. Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state has approved 230 hectares of land for the establishment of Nigeria Air Force (NAF) operational base in the state.
Yahaya stated this in Gombe on Tuesday when he received a delegation from the Air Force Headquarters on a courtesy visit.
He said the decision of NAF to establish operational base in Gombe was a welcome development consodering the centrality of the state, sharing boundaries with all the states in the North East sub-region.
According to him, the geographical location of Gombe provides advantage, especially in strategizing in the course of ensuring security in the geo-political zone.
“Establishment of Air Force operational base is a welcome development, we have offered 230 hectares of land close to the Airport.
“We hope you will utilize the land, and also come with all the benefits others got from the Air Force.
“The establishment of the base will boost security in the state, and solidify the relationship between the state and security Agencies,” he said.
Earlier in his remarks, leader of the delegation, AVM Idi Lubo, said the location of Gombe was strategic, hence the decision to site one of the operational bases in the state.
He said he knew the role Gombe played in terms of stabilising the region, and therefore thanked the government and people of the state.
We’re working to ensure Nigerians have access to COVID-19 vaccines when available – NCDC
Ihekweazu said that the centre was working with the global community to ensure this access.
He informed that data on research and development of a vaccine against COVID-19 by the global scientific community showed that results on a possible vaccine were expected in the fourth quarter of 2020.
The DG, while noting that a vaccine was the best weapon in taming the virus, however, stressed that equitable access was key.
He added that the health agency was working together with other colleagues around the continent, through the Africa CDC, to start advocating for some of the trials to be done with African institutions in the short term.
“To do this, we have to build capacity, gather sufficient data and include African institutions in these efforts.
“We have to start preparing Nigerian population for vaccine delivery when it becomes available.
“Access is a very key issue when it comes to vaccines; that a vaccine is developed do not necessarily translate to being available to those that need it the most.
“So, through the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is working with GAVI to ensure that vaccines are available to countries regardless of their ability to pay.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that GAVI is an international organisation – a global Vaccine Alliance, bringing together public and private sectors with the shared goal of creating equal access to new and underused vaccines for children living in the world’s poorest countries.
He also said that it was important to involve the private sector and academia in vaccination manufacturing.
Ihekweazu hinted that the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) would lead the distribution and planning.
The DG pointed out that campaign to enlighten Nigerians on the benefit of the vaccine was important.
This, according to him, is because a small part of the population resisted vaccines for different reasons.
“So, the time to start the risk communication about the benefits of the vaccine is now.
“As soon as a vaccine becomes available, it’s our collective responsibility to prepare Nigerians for the implementation of the vaccination campaign for whatever form they take.
“So, it’s important that we start thinking about this,’’ the DG said.
Ihekweazu stressed that a vaccine was the biggest weapon to get the virus under control and by far the most important medical tool known in history.
“Vaccine development normally takes 10-20 years, but we’ve made incredible development in the last six months,’’ he said.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
AFAN, OFAB, NABDA advocate use of biotechnology to scale up food production
Following the impact of COVID-19 and banditry activities in the country, some stakeholders in the agriculture sector and scientists have advocated the use of biotechnology to be deployed to scale up food production in the country.
Some of the stakeholders made it known during a webinar session tagged: “Media Summit on Status of Agricultural Biotechnology Research in Nigeria”, in a statement by the organisers – National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA).
The National President of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Mr Kabir Ibrahim said it was imperative to explore the option of the use of innovation to upscale food production to bring about food sufficiency to avert hunger due to the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He, however, emphasised on the need to sensitise smallholder farmers to embrace technological advancement to avert hunger caused by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying to achieve food security modern technologies such as biotechnology must be used.
“Already, a lot of work has been going on to commercialise cowpea, maize, cassava, rice, sorghum as well as cotton and the farmers are seeing good results so it is, therefore, easy to get them to embrace biotechnology,” he said.
She said that this move was crucial and necessary for the acceptance and adoption of innovative technology.
Gidado said the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of zero hunger by 2030 was fundamental for national development and well being of Nigeria, adding that the facilitation of adequate understanding of the several ways Nigeria to achieve the goal “is very fundamental”.
She said that with the current population of over 200 million people and projected population of 400 million people by 2050, an outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, Nigeria is faced with the risk of the decreased farming population due to age, decreased arable land, poverty, malnutrition and hunger.
She said that agricultural biotechnology was the solution to Nigeria’s food security. She also said the conventional method of agriculture could no longer meet up with the country’s demand.
“With the current state of agriculture in Nigeria, it has become paramount to also adopt this technology to improve our productivity and revive our industries.”
“The time is now, let us sensitise people on the potential of this innovation to aid decision making and adoption in Nigeria.”
The Acting Director-General, National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Prof. Alex Akpa harped on the importance of biotechnology application for the benefits of man, especially in the areas of health, agriculture and environment.
“Biotechnology has other applications; in agriculture, it is massive and that is where most post–COVID-19 is coming, you find out that here in NABDA, using Biotechnology we have started impacting massively in the area of agriculture.
“For instance, in our yam multiplication programme, last year, we were able to produce one million yam seedlings and this year, we are targeting five million yam seedlings, all these things are feasible because of biotechnology,” he said.
Edited By: Grace Yussuf (NAN)
COVID-19 Update in Nigeria – NCDC Coronavirus Records
COVID-19: FCT leads with 130 cases, as Nigeria records 386 new infections
August 2, 2020 6:14 am By Abujah Racheal
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) led the pack on Saturday with 130 Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases as the country recorded 386 new infection in the country.
Data from the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC ) showed that the cases were spread across 18 states and the FCT.
The NCDC said that FCT topped the list for the of states with higher daily cases of COVID-19 for the third time consecutively with 130, while Lagos, the epicentre of the virus, reported 65.
Other states with new cases were Ondo, 37, Osun, 29, Plateau, 23, Rivers, 15, Enugu, 14, Nasarawa, 12, Bayelsa, 11, Ebonyi, 11, Ekiti, 9, Oyo 8, Edo, 8, Abia, 6, Ogun, 3, Katsina, 3, Imo 1 and Adamawa 1.
The health agency said that Nigeria had now successfully treated 20,087 COVID-19 cases following the discharge of 522 additional patients in the last 24 hours.
The health agency noted that four more persons have died from the disease.
According to the NCDC, till date, a total of 43,537 cases of the virus have been confirmed, 20,087 cases discharged and 883 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
The NCDC noted that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC) activated at Level 3 would continue to coordinate the national response activities across the country.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nigeria conducted 145,454 tests in July and recorded 17,457 positive cases during the same period.
It said compared to June, the figures represented 95 per cent increase in testing numbers and 12 per cent increase in positive cases.
”It is good news that Nigeria significantly stepped up testing in July. The 95 per cent increase in testing in July compared to June only resulted in 12 per cent increase in positive cases.
”June, 74,580 tests, 15,532 positive cases. July, 145,454 tests, 17,457 positive cases. July also recorded one of the lowest monthly test positivity to date.
”July test positivity is 12 per cent . June test positivity is 21 per cent. May test positivity is 17 per cent. July also records 51 per cent of cumulative test in the country,” it said.
The Agency said that states that had made this possible by their daily increase in testing were, Kano, Plateau, Oyo, Lagos, FCT and Rivers States in July. (NAN)