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2023:Army Charges Personnel To Be Non-Partisan

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The Chief Of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, has charged officers and soldiers of the Nigerian army to remain non-partisan in the discharge of their duties during and after the 2023 general elections.

 

Yahaya, gave the charge at a two-day Career Planning and Management Seminar for officers of the Nigerian Army organised by the Department of Military Secretary on Tuesday in Abuja.

 

The COAS, who was represented by the Chief of Transformation and Innovation, Maj.-Gen. Charles Ofoche, said that military officers must be professional and above board in their conducts.

 

He said the seminar was part of efforts by the Nigerian army to ensure that its personnel remained professional in all their activities and operations across the country.

“I would like to use this forum to reiterate the need for all to remain nonpartisan as we approach the 2023 general elections.

 

“Efforts are in place to ensure that the conduct of officers and men before, during and after the election remain professional and above board.

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“I, therefore, urge you all to display highest professional conduct during the electioneering process,” he said.

 

The COAS said that involvement of the Nigerian army personnel in several operations across the country had brought to fore the need for efficient career planning to engender good leadership among officers.

 

According to him, it has become imperative to improve our approach to career planning, and human resource management to ensure a balanced and rewarding career path for officers.

 

He said the seminar would avail the participants the opportunity to understand the new carrier policy decisions, analysis of the Nigerian army and the role of officers in realising the objectives of the policy.

 

“As members of the armed forces, we should be mindful of the need to adequately prepare to operate in joint environment and deploy them to where they can efficiently develop novel plans, processes, and strategies to meet the changing nature of the battle space.

 

“Therefore, it is imperative that we maintain momentum while motivating our officers and men through an efficient and balanced career planning process,” he said.

 

The Military Secretary (Army), Maj.-Gen. Jamal Abdulsalam, said the seminar was in realisation that human resource management contributes in no small measure to the professional development of personnel for optimal performance in joint and single service operations.

 

Abdulsalam said the seminar was designed to facilitate the understanding of guidelines required to position the Nigerian army officers.

 

According to him, this is to enable them meet the global best practices and the demand for efficiently carrying out the responsibility of planning careers for army officers.

 

He said the need for understanding of career related issues had been compounded by the involvement of Nigerian army in a wide range of operations.

 

“The department has observed the insufficient understanding of career related issues among officers.

 

“This has been compounded by the involvement of the Nigerian army in a wide range of operations and an increase in the number of commissioned officers in recent past.

 

“These factors have significantly affected career planning and thus require a determined approach to military human resource management,” he said.

 

The military secretary said the theme for the seminar, “Career planning and Management, Prerequisite for a Professional Nigerian Army”, was unambiguously couched pursuant to COAS’ vision.

 

He said the Chief of Army Staff placed high premium on training and retraining of officers in line with his command philosophy which include professionalism, readiness and administration. (NAN)

 

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Northern Senators Commends ECOWAS Leaders For Lifting Sanctions On Niger Republic

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Abuja. – Today, the Northern Senators Forum expresses it’s heartfelt appreciation and commendation to the exceptional leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for their decisive action in lifting sanctions imposed on Niger Republic as a result of military takeover on 26th July, 2023. We are pleased to see that ECOWAS has responded to the progressive requests made by us individually and collectively on the subject matter, and we commend their prudent and compassionate approach in addressing these critical issues.

The Northern Senators Forum believes that the principled and empathetic decision made by ECOWAS to lift the sanctions on Niger Republic is a testament to the organization’s commitment to regional solidarity, cooperation, and respect for human rights. We understand that this action will go a long way in alleviating the suffering of the people of Niger Republic, as well as ensuring the restoration of stability and economic prosperity in our region.

We are particularly grateful that ECOWAS leaders have considered our pleas to restore electricity, open borders, and lift the sanctions on Niger Republic. These measures will not only have crucial humanitarian implications, but will also foster regional integration, trade, and cooperation. We firmly believe that this step taken by ECOWAS will positively impact the lives of the people of Niger Republic and Nigeria and facilitate the restoration of trust and harmony among all member states.

As representatives of the people and advocates for justice and democracy, we commend ECOWAS for their responsiveness and understanding of the immense challenges faced by our fellow West African nation. The Northern Senators Forum stands in solidarity with ECOWAS IN restoring democracy and rule of law in Niger Republic and other west African countries, and we are committed to working to promote stability, peace, and socio-economic development throughout the region.

The Northern Senators Forum urges the government of Niger Republic and its people to seize this opportunity to hasten the process of returning to democratic governance to build a stronger and more prosperous nation, harnessing their resilient spirit and unwavering determination. Furthermore, we urge all regional stakeholders to continue engaging in dialogue and pursuing peaceful solutions to address any remaining concern, fostering a harmonious environment for progress and development.

Finally, the Northern Senators Forum would like to reiterate its deep appreciation to ECOWAS leaders especially President Bola Ahmed Tinubu of Nigeria for their proactive and benevolent intervention in lifting the sanctions imposed on Niger Republic. We are confident that this decision will leave an indelible mark on the collective consciousness of all West African nations and serve as a shining example for resolving differences through dialogue and diplomacy.

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BREAKING: ECOWAS lifts sanctions against Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso

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President Bola Ahmad Tinubu addressing the Extraordinary meeting of ECOWAS heads of state in Abuja,Photo:Channels TV

 

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has lifted sanctions imposed on Niger Republic, Mali, Burkina Faso, member nations that are ruled by military.

The authorities of ECOWAS on Saturday said the decision was based on humanitarian considerations, especially because of the Lenten period and the approaching month of Ramadan.

The regional bloc also lifted sanctions on Republic of Guinea-Bissau.

To invite all four countries to a meeting.

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Kano Unity Forum Urges Drug Dealers to Comply with Court Directives and Relocate to Dangwauro

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Alhaji Gidado Mukhtar addressing the Press

Alhaji Gidado Mukhtar, representing the unity forum, addressed the press in Kano, highlighting the city’s historic significance as a commercial hub spanning centuries, despite facing challenges from colonial and post-colonial legacies.

Recent years have seen a surge in attempts to undermine Kano through the importation of dangerous drugs, posing a grave threat to its future and Northern Nigeria at large, with drug dealers operating openly in markets like Muhammad Abubakar Rimi Market, Sabongari.
Statistics from the NDLEA reveal alarming figures, with substantial quantities of psychotropic substances seized within a short span, prompting urgent action to safeguard society’s future.

The Kano State Government, disturbed by the situation, initiated the establishment of a modern pharmaceutical market within the new Kano Economic City at Dangwauro through a Public-Private Partnership (PPP), aiming to regulate and monitor unlawful activities.

Despite efforts to relocate dealers to the new market, resistance persists, with the perpetrators going to the extent of instituting legal action against directives, recently ruled against by the court.

Stakeholders emphasize the intolerability of allowing illicit drugs to pervade society, asserting a unified stance against the trade’s detrimental impact on Kano’s fabric, and vow to employ all legitimate means to halt its spread.

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