The Minister of Information and Culture, Alh. Lai Mohammed, has assured Nigerians that the “Next Level’’ administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, will witness a faster pace of infrastructure development.
Mohammed gave the assurance on Thursday in Abuja, at the 9th Quadrennial Conference of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).
He said that a lot of ongoing projects would be delivered and put to use for the comfort of Nigerians.
“The government is investing massively in the provision of critical infrastructure to enable you to discharge your duties effectively and efficiently.
“As a matter of fact, no government has invested more in infrastructure development than the Buhari Administration.
“As I speak, there is at least one federal road under construction in each of the country’s 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
“The setting up of the 650 million dollar Presidential Infrastructure Fund is aimed at accelerating the ongoing construction work on the Second Niger Bridge, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, East-West Road, Abuja-Kano Expressway and the Mambilla Hydro-electric Project.
“There is no better demonstration of President Buhari’s commitment to deliver on critical infrastructure across the country, he said.
The minister also called on NURTW to support the government as it evolved innovative measures to tackle the challenge of insecurity on the roads.
He said the union should support the fight against insecurity by providing timely information to security agencies, particularly on all black spots on the nation’s highways.
“Whether on intra or inter-state journey, your members crisscross the length and breadth of this vast nation and, collectively, have great access to information that can help to make our roads safer.
“As government continues to frontally tackle the menace of insecurity, it is incumbent on all of us to collaborate in order to address the kidnapping, armed robbery and other forms of insecurity on our roads.
“You must also not forget your role in ensuring the safety of your passengers by obeying all traffic rules and regulations, shunning drug abuse and thuggery.
“As a government, we will continue to work hard to ensure that you carry out your functions with utmost ease, comfort and safety,’’ he said.
The Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi, expressed government’s readiness with NURTW.
Represented by Mrs Anthonia Akpan, a Director in the ministry, Amaechi said the president had directed that priority be given to the sector in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan of his administration.
The President of the Nigerian Labour Congress Ayuba Wabba, commended the outgoing President of NURTW, Alhaji Najeem Yasin, for the numerous achievements recorded during his tenure.
The Nigeria News Agency , reports Yasin is expected to hand over the baton of leadership to his successor, Alh. Tajudeen Baruwa, from Ogun State Council of the union.
Edited by Nyisom Fiyigon Dore
Next-generation missile data possibly leaked via cyberattack on Japan’s Mitsubishi Electric: sources
Information about a next-generation, high-speed gliding missile may have been accessed by a cyberattack on Mitsubishi Electric Corp., local media cited sources close to the matter as saying on Wednesday.
According to the sources, along with Mitsubishi Electric Corp., Japan’s Defense Ministry is also investigating the potential leaking of data regarding the prototype missile’s capabilities.
They added that the loss of information includes details about the prototype missile’s production that was requested by the defense ministry during the bidding process for the contract to develop the weapon, according to the sources.
While the information on the prototype missile, capable of flying at high speeds but on an irregular trajectory, thus making it hard to be intercepted, was not designated as being classified by the defense ministry, due to changes that could occur during the developmental process, the information was regarded by the ministry as highly sensitive, the sources added.
“The defense ministry is closely examining the impact of the suspected leak of information on security,” Japan’s top government spokesperson, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshise Suga, said at press briefing on the matter, declining to provide specific details.
Mitsubishi Electric was hit by a sizable cyberattack in January, the firm said, and details about the Self-Defense Forces, and personal data on 8,122 individuals, may have been taken during the attack.
NEC Corp. and Kobe Steel Ltd., two major Japanese firms who are also involved in working on defense-related contracts, have also undergone cyberattacks, according to local media reports.
Next rector must move LASPOTECH to next level – management
The management of Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Ikorodu, says whoever will succeed the current rector must be capable of taking the institution to the next level.
The management gave the condition in a statement signed by Mr Olanrewaju Kuye, Director Information and Public Relations of LASPOTECH, on Sunday.
It gave the assurance that the selection process of the successor – which would be organised by the Lagos State Government – would be devoid of favouritism.
“Appointments are made on merit and performances during the selection process,” it said.
The management said that there were eminently qualified academics – within and outside the polytechnic for the job, adding that alleged antagonistic position of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) on the issue had no basis.
“The attention of the polytechnic’s management has been drawn to a press statement issued by the union concerning the incoming rector.
“The union said that it would be suicidal to appoint allies of the outgoing Rector, Mr Samuel Sogunro, to succeed him at the completion of his tenure.
“It should be noted that the union known as Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics has not held any congress in the last two years.
“This followed a subsisting order of a competent court of Justice Obaseki of National Industrial Court, Lagos, restraining holding of any congress until the determination of a substantive suit against ASUP, LASPOTECH Chapter,” it said.
“These faceless group obviously, for reasons only known to them, want a puppet, who will always be railroaded into dancing to their tunes, installed as the next rector.
“Their disposition toward continuous industrial disharmony, including unreasonable demands regardless of the dictates of the Lagos State Government, is well known,” it said.
Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)
APC Governors laud Gambari’s appointment as Buhari’s Chief of Staff
All Progressives Congress (APC) Governors in their congratulatory message signed by the PGF Chairman, Gov. Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi in Abuja on Thursday, said Gambari’s appointment as CoS was well deserved.
According to the governors, the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) congratulates Prof. Ibrahim Gambari on his appointment as the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.
“As Governors elected on the platform of the APC, we rejoice with you and on this auspicious occasion reaffirm our unflinching commitment to continue to work with Mr. President and all his dedicated team at federal level.
“Given your vast knowledge, experiences, discipline and loyalty to Nigeria, we are confident that your assumption as Chief of Staff will further inspire as well as challenge all appointees of the government to aim to achieve global standards, especially on matters of national development.
“For us in the PGF, we are truly inspired by your leadership accomplishments, which is globally acknowledged and look forward to drawing immensely from your rich reservoir of experiences, insights and foresights in the management of governmental responsibilities.
“Pursuant to our commitment to supporting President Buhari, you can count on our support, individually and collectively at all times,” the governors said.
They also assured Gambari of the Progressive Governors Forum’s continued support and goodwill.
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Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Felix Ajide (NAN)
Ebonyi APC says Gambari’s choice strategic to Next Level’s agenda
The Ebonyi chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has applauded the appointment of Prof. Ibrahim Gambari as the new Chief of Staff (CoS) to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The party in a statement issued by Chief Eze Nwachukwu, its state chairman on Thursday in Abakaliki, described the appointment as ‘strategic’ in achieving the Next Level agenda of the administration.
Gambari was inaugurated on Wednesday by the President during the first virtual Federal Executive Council meeting after COVID-19 lock down in March.
Nwachukwu described Gambari as a seasoned diplomat, technocrat, politician and international statesman with a wide range of experience in local and international politics.
The party chairman also urged Gambari to use his new position to accelerate unity and progress of the party and galvanise it to victory in 2023.
“The choice of Gambari as the CoS is putting a round peg in a round hole; Mr President was divinely inspired to make the choice.
“Gambari has distinguished himself in public service both at national, regional and international arena making him much more qualified to occupy the position.
“The ambassador will leverage his wealth of experience to advise Mr President on key policy formulation, implementation, and we believe that he will be loyal and committed to realising the goals of the ‘Next Level’ administration.
“We congratulate the Kwara-born scholar, diplomat and politician and wish him a successful stay in office.”
Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)