Gov’t gets N4.2bn al­lo­ca­tion for Au­gust

NAF grad­u­ates in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cers in Makurdi

Weekly Trust - - News - Itodo Daniel Sule, Lokoja Isa Saidu, Zaria Hope Abah, Makurdi

The Kogi State gov­ern­ment on Fri­day con­firmed the re­ceipt of N4.2bil­lion as statu­tory al­lo­ca­tion re­leased to the state for the month of Au­gust 2017.

TThis was re­vealed in a state­ment is­sued in Lokoja by the State Com­mis­sioner for Fi­nance, Asi­waju Idris Asiru.

He said the state’s Value Added Tax (VAT) for Au­gust was N909 mil­lion as against N855mil­lion he Igbo com­mu­nity and the peo­ple of Sabon- Gari Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Kaduna State have en­dorsed a peace ac­cord ini­ti­ated by Arewa Youth De­vel­op­ment Or­ga­ni­za­tion aimed to en­sure har­mo­nious co-ex­is­tence among the di­verse eth­nic and re­li­gious groups.

This is against the back-drop of re­cent tirade of hate speeches be­tween Igbo and Arewa com­mu­ni­ties.

Re­ceiv­ing the Igbo del­e­ga­tion, Arewa Youth and Com­mu­nity lead­ers at his palace, the Dis­trict Head of Sabon Gari, Iyan Zaz­zau Al­haji Bashar Aminu, rep­re­sented by Makama Al­haji Tukur de­scribed the ini­tia­tive as a pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to him, it was a unique mod­ern ap­proach to any con­flict res­o­lu­tion es­pe­cially a het­ero­ge­neous com­mu­nity.

He said the ac­tion was the ex­act ap­proach the Emir of Zaz­zau, Al­haji Shehu Idris, ini­ti­ated es­pe­cially at this time when peace­ful co-ex­is­tance was be­ing threat­ened by pol­i­tics and re­gional sen­ti­ments.

The Kaduna State Chair­man of Arewa Youth and De­vel­op­ment Or­ga­ni­za­tion, Al­hai Im­rana Abubakar Nata’ala, said the vi­sion of the or­ga­ni­za­tion was to see the fu­ture of the coun­try where no one would be asked to dis­crim­i­nate against one an­other.

The Igwe Ezeeigbo Unogu, thanked Iyan Zaz­zau, for host­ing the meet­ing, not­ing that al­ready Ig­bos have re­solved not to leave Zaria fol­low­ing gov­ern­ment and the Emi­rate’s pledge to pro­vide ad­e­quate se­cu­rity.

Tfor July.

The com­mis­sioner said the de­ci­sion to make the fig­ures public was in line with the pol­icy of trans­parency, ef­fi­ciency and ac­count­abil­ity to the peo­ple of the state.

Ig­bos, Sabon- Gari com­mu­nity en­dorse peace ac­cord

he Nige­rian Air­force School of Air In­tel­li­gence (NAFSAINT) in Makurdi, Benue State yes­ter­day grad­u­ated its per­son­nel in in­tel­li­gence anal­y­sis aimed at com­bat­ing in­sur­gency and other forms of un­rest in cri­sis prone ar­eas of the coun­try.

Com­man­dant of NAFSAINT, Group Capt Sa­muel Chinda, said that af­ter 16 weeks of in­ten­sive train­ing and aca­demic ac­tiv­i­ties, the seven grad­u­at­ing Ba­sic In­tel­li­gence Of­fi­cers had been po­si­tioned to per­form their task ef­fi­ciently.

Chinda added that through ca­pac­ity build­ing ini­tia­tive for ef­fec­tive, ef­fi­cient and timely em­ploy­ment of air­power in re­sponse to Nige­ria’s na­tional se­cu­rity chal­lenges, ter­ror­ism would be­come a thing of the past in line with the vi­sion to re­po­si­tion the NAF into a highly pro­fes­sional and dis­ci­plined force.

The Guest of Hon­our and Air Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer of Tac­ti­cal Air Com­mand (TAC), Air Vice Mar­shal, Mo­hammed Idris, charged the gradaunds to use the knowl­edge gath­ered to bet­ter the op­er­a­tions of the armed forces in their re­spec­tive fields of as­sign­ment.

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