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Why we must develop resilience in tackling emerging security threats – Akpabio

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The President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, says developing resilience is part of measures to proffer solutions to current and emerging security threats across the globe.

Akpabio made the call at the Graduation Dinner/Award Night for the Participants of the National Defence College Course 31 on Wednesday in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Akpabio was represented by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Navy, Senator Gbenga Daniel.

Akpabio said the college had invested so much in nurturing and equipping the participants with requisite, strategic knowledge in the past 11 months of intellectual toil, pressure and anxiety.

According to him, the nation demands that the government deliver a dividend of democracy based on the ‘Renewed Hope Agenda’ of President Bola Tinubu and improve the quality of governance.

“So I look forward to receiving the thoughtful and workable solutions to the myriads of challenges bedevilling our nation.

“We also remember that the nation is also caught up in global challenges, which have far-reaching consequences.

“Meanwhile, the world has grown from the external defensive approach to security management, where the military and security agency are forced to be the exclusive custodians of security globally,” he said.

According to him, the whole of society’s approach to security management has been heralded as the way to go for matters of security.

“Also war has several factors both external and internal, that easily affect the security of nations and it behoves the security to develop resilience to all the dynamics that impart negatively on our national security.

“It is, however, heartwarming to note that for this Course 31, the theme was ‘Building Resilience for National Security Development’.

“It is my sincere hope that the solutions emanating from this college will become veritable tools that will enhance defence transformation and national security in years ahead,” he said.

Akpabio said that the defence corporation with friendly nations in Africa and the world had brought great benefits to Nigeria and other members, and expressed appreciation to foreign participants for partnering with Nigeria and the National Defense College.

He urged the international participants from 21 allied nations to be proud alumni of the college in their respective country’s armed forces.

The Commandant of the College, Rear Admiral Olumuyiwa Olotu, said the participants had understood and appreciated the fact that the course was designed to test their resilience and ability to make difficult and complex decisions in times of uncertainty, stress and strain.

He said the strategic environment was volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous, saying their ability to pull through the complexity and uncertainty was what made them strategic leaders.

Olotu expressed hope that the knowledge and experience gained while on the course would distinguish them in whatever leadership positions they find themselves in the future.

“I would like to reiterate to the participants that you need to always remember that strategic decision-making is anchored on teamwork.

“You must have been told severally that you are strong as your weakest link and this philosophy is reflected in the group-based exercises you carried out during your training in the college.

“For a long time, however, teamwork has now been really understood to mean intra-service solidarity. That is important, but we know today that the era of single-service activities is gone.

“You must learn and live here thinking of yourselves as officers of the armed forces of Nigeria or armed forces of your various countries for our international participants as opposed to Army, Navy or Air Force officers.

“Additionally, going by the nature of today’s realities, the need to keep a tab on your contemporaries from other security organisations and ministries, departments and agencies is extremely important,” he said.

The commandant re-emphasised the doctrine of joint service, which according to him, emphasises joint planning and operations.

He also charged the participants to always remember that their role was to uphold the tenets of democracy and the dictates of the constitutions of their respective countries.

“In this regard, we are supposed to engage our negotiations and dialogue skills as exemplified during the Higher Defense Management module of the course we just completed.

“Additionally, knowing that kinetic actions in themselves are not a means to an end in modern conflict, the need to embrace the whole-of-society approach in all our strategic engagements cannot be overemphasised.

“This inevitably underscores the necessity for integrated thinking, planning and execution as the civilian population is no less crucial in military operations.

“Indeed, there is hardly any operation today that does not involve the civil populace, directly or indirectly, either as actors or victims. It is For these reasons that the participation of the police and other security agencies, as well as civilians from strategic ministries, departments and agencies on the course has become inevitable,” he said.

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FG Clarifies Renaming of Murtala Muhammed Expressway

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Minister Of Information
– FG denies renaming Murtala Muhammed Expressway after Wole Soyinka
– New road inaugurated by President Tinubu named Arterial Road N20
– Murtala Muhammed Expressway remains unchanged

The Federal Government has dispelled rumors that the Murtala Muhammed Expressway in Abuja was renamed Wole Soyinka Way.

The government clarified that the renaming of the expressway was never considered by the current administration.

Instead, a new road was inaugurated by President Bola Tinubu on June 4, 2024, which was named Arterial Road N20.

This new road connects the Outer Northern Expressway to the Northern Parkway and was named after Prof. Wole Soyinka.

The confusion arose from a proposal by the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, during the inauguration, which was approved by President Tinubu. ”

The government emphasized that the Murtala Muhammed Expressway remains unchanged, honoring the legacy of the former Head of State, Gen. Murtala Ramat Muhammed.

Therefore, the Arterial Road N20 is named after Prof Soyinka.

The Murtala Muhammed Expressway remains unchanged, the government stressed.

 

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Rivers State on Edge as Youths Storm LG Headquarters Amid Tenure Crisis

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Rivers State Governor
– Tension rises in Rivers State as youths occupy LG headquarters
– LG chairmen refuse to vacate office despite expiration of tenure
– Police deploy security operatives to maintain peace

Tension mounted in Rivers State on Monday as youths occupied the Degema Local Government Area headquarters, demanding that the council chairmen vacate office.

The youths, who were seen singing war songs, barricaded the entrance and vowed to remain until Wednesday.

The crisis follows the expiration of the tenure of local government chairmen in the state, with the chairmen refusing to step down citing a new law passed by the state House of Assembly.

The law empowers them to extend their tenure by six months, a move opposed by Governor Siminalayi Fubara.

In a similar development, youths stormed the Asari-Toru Local Government Area headquarters, occupying the building and vowing to resist any attempt by the council chairman to remain in office.

The situation was tense but peaceful, with security operatives deployed to maintain order.

Meanwhile, the outgoing chairman of Eleme LGA, Obarilomate Ollor, warned those eager to throw him out of office not to come close to the council, threatening to unleash terror on such invaders. “Some people are ganging up, they want to use force to enter into the local government, If you go there against the law, what you will see you will not believe it.”

The police have urged everyone to maintain peace in the state, with the spokesperson, Grace Iringe-Koko, saying “Our men were on a show of strength this morning. We are still monitoring the situation.”

 

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