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Prof. Ekele Re-appointed By President Buhari as Medical Director, UATH



Prof. Ekele Re-appointed By President Buhari as Medical Director, UATH

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reappointment of Prof. Bissallah Ahmed Ekele, as the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH), Gwagwalada, Abuja.

This was disclosed in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, which revealed that the appointment of Prof. Ekele would be valid for another term of four years after a selfless service in his first tenure in office.

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While congratulating him on his reappointment, Buhari urged Ekele to use the responsibility given to him to continue with the development of the hospital and health sector in the country.

“Prof. Ekele officially took over from the Acting CMD, Dr. A.S. Haruna, on July 3, 2017, and has performed creditably well in infrastructural development, research, clinical services, and industrial relations, among others,” the statement said.

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Electricity Grid Suffers Collapse, Blackout Worsens



Electricity Grid Suffers Collapse, Blackout Worsens

The national grid has suffered another system collapse, worsening the blackout being experienced in parts of the country.

The collapse, which occurred around 11.00 am on Wednesday, was confirmed by two of the country’s electricity distribution companies in separate messages to their customers.

“We regret to inform you that the power outage currently being experienced across our franchise – Kaduna, Sokoto, Kebbi, and Zamfara states – is as a result of the collapse of the national grid,” Kaduna Electric said on Twitter.

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Eko Electricity Distribution Company Plc, in a text message to its customers, said, “Dear customer, there is a partial system collapse on the national grid. Our TCN partners are working to restore supply immediately. Please bear with us.”

The grid, which is being managed by the government-owned Transmission companies of Nigeria, has continued to suffer system collapse over the years amid a lack of spinning reserve that is meant to forestall such occurrences.

READ ALSO: Nigeria Needs N1tn To Make National Grid Stable

Spinning reserve is the generation capacity that is online but unloaded and that can respond within 10 minutes to compensate for generation or transmission outages.

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Nigeria@60: FG To Recognize Special Nigerians In September



Nigeria@60: FG To Recognize Special Nigerians In September

The Federal Government says it is set to wrap up the Nigeria@60 celebration with a National Special Awards for Achievement and Recognition of Exceptional Nigerians in Abuja in September.

Mr. Olakunle Fasina, Director, Public Affairs and Bilateral Relations/Secretary, Ownership Sub-Committee on Nigeria @60 Project said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja.

NEWSRAND earlier reported on Oct. 1, 2020, the celebration of Nigeria’s 60th years of existence as a nation.

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President Muhammadu Buhari had on Sept. 16, 2020, declared that the anniversary celebration would be observed for a whole year, ending on Sept. 30, 2021.

The theme for the year’s celebration is “Together,” aptly chosen to forge a more united and cohesive Nigeria.

Fasina said that the awards were targeted at recognizing and honoring patriotic Nigerians making a positive impact across all sectors within Nigeria and in the Diaspora.

Fasina said that the event would be attended by top government officials chairmen and managing directors of multinational companies, foreign mission ambassadors to Nigeria as well as Nigerian celebrities.

He said that President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila would be expected to grace the occasion.

“Performances at the award include cultural displays showing major cultural dances and music renditions by popular Nigerian artistes.

“There will also be a brief documentary showing the resilience of Nigerians across all sectors as well as a poetic brief history of Nigeria’s independence and our unity in diversity, intermarriage, and cultural heritage,” he said.

Mr. Femi Oyelade, the Managing Director, Say It Loud Limited, the Consultant/Organiser of the event, said that the awards would be witnessed by no fewer than 500 million viewers within and outside the country.

“The Nigeria@60 Jubilee Special Awards enjoys over 500 million viewership within and across the globe.

“It will also be streamed live on a dedicated YouTube Channel, Facebook, and IG Social Media Platforms respectively for viewing across the globe,” he said.

Oyelade said that the organizers embarked on a strong sponsorship drive ahead of the event and called on the public/private sectors as well as financial institutions to come on board.

He added that a website would also be launched at the end of the month where people would have the opportunity to nominate possible recipients for the award.

“The Nigeria@60 Jubilee Special Awards Independent Assessment Panel will access from the information contained in the submission and any other information available in the public domain.

“There will be 10 categories of awards, each having its own specific subject area, but all the Special Awards are underpinned by the overarching qualities of transparency, integrity, determination, and achievement.

“Also, there will be more than one recipient per category cutting across the six geopolitical zones of the Federation.

“The categories include; Services to Arts; Business; Community; Education; Healthcare; Industry; International Achievement; Volunteering and Charitable Giving; Sports and Life Time award,” he said.

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IGP Assures Nigerians Of Ending Insecurity Soon



IGP Assures Nigerians Of Ending Insecurity Soon
Mr. Usman Baba

The Acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. Usman Baba, has assured the citizenry that the security challenges currently facing Nigeria will soon be over.

Baba said this on Monday at the graduation ceremony of Tactical Leadership and Command Course (TLCC) 16/2021 of Police Staff College Jos.

Represented by Mr. Danmallam Mohammed, the DIG in charge of Training and Development, Force Headquarters, Baba said that he would ensure peace returns to all crisis areas in the country.

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He explained that he would build stronger synergy with other security agencies in the country to ensure all forms of security challenges in the country are surmounted.

“We are working hard to make sure that peace and tranquility are restored to all crisis areas in Nigeria.

“Security is everybody’s business; we cannot do it alone, so we are doing our best to reach out and ensure inter-agency cooperation with other security agencies especially the military.

“By the special power of God Almighty, and support of Nigerians, we are going to defeat insurgency, banditry, kidnapping, and all other forms of insecurity in this country, “he said.

The IGP further promised to make training one of the key components of his administration, adding that such initiative would ensure proper management of internal security in the country.

He said that the syllabus for the TLCC course was designed to adequately address the basic knowledge required by officers to function optimally in their various posts as tactical commanders.

He added that the course has availed participants the knowledge to play strategic roles in the police force by disseminating the policy direction of the force to the populace.

Baba, who described the EndSARS campaign of 2020 as unfortunate, called on the participants to regularly review their human rights posture as they performed their duties as tactical commanders.

“On the other hand, you must be fast in distinguishing between subversive activities engineered by outlawed organizations and common crimes to enable you to apply the necessary force in the defense of your lives and government property.

“I am happy that your course consisted of lessons in community policing and technical aids in policing. The two are the in-thing in modern policing.

“Embrace them and ensure the knowledge trickles down to your subordinates to make your job easier,” he advised the participants.

The IGP thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his support to the police force and promised to work hard to justify all the supports.

Earlier, the Commandant of the College, AIG Don Awunah, said the three-month course had 44 participants, mainly of the rank of the Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP).

He said the course is designed to enhance their capacities in human and material resources management and techniques in the performance of their duties, in line with international best practices.

“Basically, the course is meant to refresh participants’ knowledge on the traditional police duties, prepare them for higher responsibilities in management levels and further expose them to emerging trends in crime and criminalities in the modern era.

“This is with a view of optimizing their performance in the discharge of their enormous constitutional duties.

“It is also designed to enable them to acquire leadership by design which will further impact on the participants with required skills and competencies to effectively manage their subordinates and prepare them for further leadership responsibilities,” he said.

Awunah said as part of the course, participants took part in a three-week joint training code-named “Operation Haske Biyu”, with the armed forces and other para-military agencies at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji, Kaduna state.

He also said participants had a week’s outdoor activities at the Citizenship and Leadership Training Centre, Shere Hills, Jos, aimed at instilling the tenets of leadership, teamwork, endurance, courage, and empowerment in them.

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