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NAF, Aviation agencies deepen strategic cooperation for airspace security



In line with one of the Key Drivers of his Vision for the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), which addresses enhanced strategic partnerships with Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs), the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar yesterday, 22 January 2021, received the Director General (DG) of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Musa Nuhu, and the Managing Director (MD), Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Captain Fola Akinkuotu, at the Headquarters (HQ) NAF, Abuja.

The duo, who were accompanied on the visit by the Director of Operations, Licensing and Training Standards, NCAA, Captain Bahago Elisha, held high level deliberations with the CAS bordering on collaboration and synergy of the 3 organizations in the areas of security of navigational infrastructure, calibration of navigational aids, training of personnel, safety of the airspace and exchange programmes.

A statement by the Director of Public Relations and Information,
Nigerian Air Force,Air Vice Marshal Ibikunle Daramola ,said the CAS expressed delight at the proposed deepening of the partnership with the NCAA and NAMA, noting that collaboration would further enhance the efforts of the NAF to improve flight safety and, by extension, operational effectiveness.

Air Marshal Abubakar disclosed that the Federal Government has so far acquired 23 brand new aircraft for the NAF, while 15 more were expected to be delivered during the course of the year, alongside 8 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The 15 expected manned aircraft, the CAS said, comprised 12 Super Tucano attack aircraft that would be based in Kainji as well as 3 JF-17 Thunder multi-role fighter aircraft.

He further disclosed that amongst the expected UAVs were the Wingloong II, which has endurance of between 16 and 20 hours depending on its operating mode, as well as the CH-4 and CH-3 UAVs.

The CAS also disclosed that the NAF was expecting 3 special mission aircraft that would be based in Benin to cover the maritime environment and handle some of the challenges in Nigeria’s territorial waters and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

“Therefore, it is nice that we keep you updated on what we are doing and ensure continuous interaction with you in terms of management of the airspace”, the CAS said.

Speaking further, the CAS noted that, other areas of concern include the certification of all the aviation personnel in the industry to ensure that ” the right person is doing the right job”.

He added that the NAF has highly skilled human resources that could be of tremendous assistance to the NCAA and NAMA upon retirement. He also asserted that there are quite a number of areas in which the NAF, NCAA and NAMA had been working together in the past, which included civil licensing of NAF pilots.

The CAS equally noted that there was the need for NCAA to revisit NAF Aviation Medicine facilities in Kaduna and Lagos to further address the issue of their certification for aircrew medical examinations.

Air Marshal Abubakar also highlighted the need to reactivate the Airport at Azare in Bauchi State as it would go a long way in aiding the fight against insurgency in the North East.

He therefore assured that a Team would be constituted, comprising personnel from the NAF Training and Operations Branch, that would liaise with the NCAA and NAMA to work out modalities on how to further improve the inter-agency collaboration for mutual benefit as well as enhanced security and management of the Nigerian airspace.

Speaking earlier, the DG NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu, emphasized that, though cooperation exists between the NAF and NCAA, there was a desperate need to formalize it with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

He noted that there were many areas of cooperation to be explored, for enhanced safety of operations and security within the Nation’s airspace, especially at this time when the NAF is playing a very critical role in the fight against insurgency.

He noted that the NCAA has adequate understanding of the NAF, and with that understanding, he said, there is a better idea of how both agencies can collaborate to put the country on the cutting edge and ensure greater effectiveness and efficiency of operations.

“We can form a committee and give them the task to come up with systems or ideas on how we can formalize the cooperation between the civil and the military,” he said.

While making his remarks, the MD NAMA, Captain Fola Akinkuotu, noted that the importance of inter-agency collaboration in airspace management could not be overemphasized.

He said his Agency was looking at having a mutually beneficial relationship with the NAF. Captain Akinkuotu reiterated that the partnership between the NAF and NAMA would provide opportunity to have an extra eye in the management of the airspace for stakeholders in the security of the Country.

He therefore urged the NAF to exploit the opportunity of the partnership to the fullest for the overall benefit of the Nation.

Also present during the visit were HQ NAF Branch Chiefs and other senior NAF officers.

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Ebonyi Head of Service Position: Umahi Throws Application Open



Against the usual practice of picking from the top echelon of the Civil Service,  Ebonyi State Governor, Chief David Umahi on Tuesday threw the position of Head of Service (HoS) of the state open, asking civil servants on Grade Level 14 and above to apply within two weeks.

Umahi, in a statement by the Commissioner of Information and State Orientation, Mr Uchenna Orji, said civil servants across the 13 LGAs of the state are qualified to apply within two weeks.

“The Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi requests applications from Civil Servants from Grade Level 14 and above to fill the vacancy of the Head Of Service (HOS), who shall be bowing out of Civil Service on 30th June 2021 after a meritorious and selfless service to the government and people of Ebonyi State,” the statement read in part.

The Governor further directed the civil servants to forward their applications to the Secretary to the State Government (SSG): “All applications are to be addressed to the Secretary to the State Government and Coordinating Commissioner, and submitted with all relevant credentials no later than 30th June, 2021.

Umahi added that “In replacing the outgoing Head of Service, the Government will be looking for the best for the State to continue the good work that the outgoing Head of Service began.

He applauded the loyalty, committed efforts and selfless service rendered by the out-going Head Of Service, Dr. Chamberlain Nwele, in the state and wished him well in his future endeavours.

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Federal High Court Issues New Practice Direction For Filing Of Processes As Workers Resume



The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court (FHC), Justice John Tsoho, has issued a new practice direction on exemption of payment of default fees for filing of processes.

The development, according to a statement by Catherine Oby-Nwandu, Chief Information Officer of FHC, on Friday night, followed the resumption of work after the two-month strike by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) was called off on on Wednesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that JUSUN had, on April 6, shut down all courts nationwide to demand for financial autonomy for the judiciary at the state level.

Although the industrial action was called off on Wednesday, June 9, the workers union directed all its members to resume work on Monday, June 14.

Justice Tsoho, in the statement, therefore ordered that notwithstanding the provisions of Order 48 Rule 4 of the court rules, 2019, on computation of time for filling of court proceedings as provided by the Rules and payment of default fees for extension of time, the period covering the JUSUN strike action would be exempted.

The statement reads: “Following the resumption of work after the strike action by the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) from 6th day of April, 2021 to 14th day of June 2021 which affected court proceedings and filling of processes, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Honorable Justice John Terhemba Tsoho, announces to Hon. Judges, stakeholders and the general public, the essential need for a new Practice Direction on EXEMPTION OF PAYMENT OF DEFAULT FEES FOR FILING OF PROCESSES computation of time for the payment of default fees for extension of time for filing processes in the Federal High Court of Nigeria for the above period.

“Pursuant to the powers conferred on him, he thereby issues the following Practice Directions:
“COMPUTATION of Time for filing of court processes and payment of default fees for extension of time;
“Notwithstanding the provisions of Order 48 Rule 4 of the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules, 2019 on computation of time for filling of court proceedings or doing an act as provided by the Rules and payment of default fees for extension of time thereof, the period covering the JUSUN strike action, being from 6th day of April, 2021 to 14th day of June, 2021, is hereby exempted.

“APPLICABILITY; These practice Directions shall, save to the extent or as may be otherwise directed by the Chief Judge, apply to both criminal and civil causes and matters in the Federal High Court of Nigeria.

“CITATION; These Practice Directions shall be cited as the Federal High Court (Exemption of Payment of Default Fees for Filing of Processes) Practice Directions (No. 2) 2021.

“The Practice Directions take effect from Tuesday, June 15, 2021.”(NAN)

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mr Balarabe Shehu Ilelah, as the new director-general of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

The minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the appointment in a statement made available to NAN in Abuja on Friday.

The statement said Ilelah’s appointment is for a tenure of five years in the first instance.


It added that Ilelah is a veteran broadcaster.

Ilelah takes over from the acting director-general of the agency, Armstrong Idachaba, who had been acting since the removal of Ishaq Modibbo Kawu, the esthwhile director-general who was removed over alleged corruption last year.

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