The Nigerian Army on Friday announced the relocation of its Directorate of Physical Training from Chindit Barracks, Zaria to Muhammadu Buhari Cantonment, Abuja.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Farouk Yahaya said this during the inauguration of the Headquarters Complex of the Directorate of Army Physical Training in Abuja.
He said the relocation of the Directorate from Zaria was first muted in 1993, but added that nothing was done until 2019 when a case was made for its movement to Rigachukun.
According to him, this was however, set aside because the location did not fit the picture of what the new Headquarters should be.
“It is therefore heartwarming that after 29 years, I am presiding over this ceremony to fulfill the dream of a befitting headquarters complex for the Directorate.
“The headquarters is co-located with the Army School of Physical Training and various facilities for the headquarters and school are currently undergoing construction.
“The plan is to ensure that the Nigerian Army provides all facilities that are required to ensure that the Directorate is positioned for the effective discharge of its duties,” he said.
He said the idea was to provide a conducive environment, that would spur the Directorate to come up with innovative ideas and initiatives for the fitness level of the Nigerian Army.
Yahaya said construction of the headquarters complex was part of plans for the development of the Cantonment intended to provide a decent alternative for the congestion of Nigerian Army formations and units within Abuja metropolis.
According to him, when completed, the Cantonment is expected to provide modern accommodation and facilities that will permanently resolve the recurring problem of inadequate accommodation in Abuja.
The COAS reiterated the commitment of his administration to continue to accord infrastructural development a priority.
“My plan is to gradually improve the equipment holding of the Nigerian Army whilst also, ensuring that personnel welfare, training and accommodation are given the desired attention.
“We have already made tremendous progress in this regard as there are various ongoing projects in formations across the country with a good number already completed.
“In the area of equipment holding, there is significant improvement as some of the platforms procured at the onset of my tenure have already been received while others are being expected.
“The improved equipment holding as well as general welfare of troops has led to a renewed onslaught on criminals, particularly in the North East and North West with significant successes being recorded,” he added.
In his remark, Maj.-Gen. Nasiru Muktar, the Director of Procurement, Nigerian Army said inauguration of the complex was historic as relocation of the directorate had become a reality after several years of planning.
He said the inauguration was a testament to the determination of the COAS to provide the needed infrastructure and improve the welfare of personnel of the Nigerian Army.
Muktar said the relocation and equipping of the Directorate along with the Army School of Physical Training was expected to provide an excellent opportunity for efficient service delivery.
He said it would also maximise the potentials of the directorate to promote physical fitness and mental alertness for personnel to professionally discharge their responsibilities.
According to him, the approval for the construction of facilities at Headquarters Directorate of Army Physical Training, Giri in phases was given in Aug. 20, 2021.
“The project was handled by Nigerian Army Engineers through direct labour and work began on Nov. 20, 2021 with the mobilisation of men, equipment and materials to the site.
“The project was executed to the highest standard by professionals who were permanently deployed to the site under the supervision of a senior engineer officer under the guidance and direction of the Commander, Corps of Engineers,” he said.
Federal lawmaker, Shiddi Refutes Publication By Punch Online, Others
The Senatorial Campaign Council of Hon. Danjuma Usman Shiddi in Southern Taraba has described the publication circulating in Punch online and other online platforms against the APC Senatorial candidate as fake, Baseless, misleading, and malicious.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Director of Media and Strategic Communication of the Campaign Council, Tanko Kyen-Emoh Danjuma Ambi-Usi Jr. Esq.
The statement reads in parts: Dear Southern Tarabans, Teeming Supporters, Family, Friends, and well-wishers across the globe,
“Our attention has been drawn to a FAKE, BASELESS, MISLEADING, and MALICIOUS publication circulating in PUNCH online on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, and some online platforms with a rider:
“The All Progressives Congress (APC) Southern Taraba Senatorial candidate, Hon. Danjuma Usman Shiddi refutes completely this fake and malicious publication as it remains a figment of the imagination of those behind the publication.
“As a loyal and law-abiding Party man, Honourable Danjuma Usman denies the assertion alluded to him and put the authors of such fake and malicious publication to the strictest proof of same.
“We understand they resorted to their regular trademark of spewing a litany of lies from the pit of hell, cheap blackmail, name-calling, and red herring theatrics in a futile attempt to obfuscate and hoodwink soaring popularity of the Lawmaker and the All Progressives Congress on the true situation in the APC Taraba and as laid bare by Hon. Danjuma.
“For the record, Hon. Danjuma should not and cannot be used as a face or front to hide their monumental failures and mischief!
“We wish to state emphatically that this lame narrative is FAKE, FALSE, BASELESS, and LUDICROUS as the sterling, phenomenal, and quintessential Hon. Danjuma Usman Shiddi a.k.a Danji SS is busy helping to build and consolidate the gains of the APC, Taraba State.
It pointed out that the federal lawmaker representing Wukari/Ibi Federal Constituency also committed to making valuable contributions to the party at the national level – a monumental feat he is seeking to replicate in Southern Taraba Senatorial District, bringing home more dividends of legislative representation, and wishes to be allowed to focus on that.
The campaign council, therefore, urged both the discerning and unsuspecting public not to give any credence to this FAKE, FALSE, BASELESS and ILL- MOTIVATED publication that remains a lie from the pit of hell and a figment of the individual and collective imaginations of the authors.
“Just like LIGHT have always overcome DARKNESS, the TRUTH and TIME shall VINDICATE Hon. Danjuma Usman Shiddi,” the statement closed.
FRSC Command Establishes Emergency Clinic for Accident Victims In Taraba
The Taraba State Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), has established an emergency response clinic for victims of road accidents in the state.
Sector Commander of the Corp, Corps Commander Celina Williams made this known in an interview with newsmen in Jalingo.
Williams said that the clinic, which was located in the command’s headquarters in the state capital was to serve as a medical emergency response to accident victims especially those whose condition would require such.
She said that the project had received the blessings of the Chief Corp Marshal (CCM) Hassan Biu who graciously supported the clinic with a ‘state of the earth’ ambulance and assorted medical equipment to the clinic.
CC Williams explained that the feat was achieved due to the robust collaboration between the FRSC and the FMC which she said had yielded a positive result, applauded the CMD, Dr. Aisha Adamu for her support.
She further announced that her tenure had seen the growth of the command in the state, adding that the befitting new office complex was constructed under her watch.
Williams also announced that the Chief Corp Marshal has graciously approved a new FRSC Unit Command (UC) in Takum.
She said that the CCM has provided the unit command with a new Innoson Hilux and other logistics for the take-off of operations in Takum LGA of the state.
The Sector Commander added that the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) has also provided a befitting house that would serve as office accommodation for the corps.
She stated that the command had already deployed some of its personnel to commence operations in the new unit command.
She informed that the Takum Unit command would cover its operations from Takum to Ashuku in Kurmi local government, as well as Marraraban Baisa in the Donga local government area of the state.
The Sector Commander maintained that plans were on the way to establish another unit command in Zing LGA, which would operate from Zing down to Mayo Belwa in Adamawa State.
She advised motorists to adhere to driving rules such as observation of speed limits, using a seat belt, and avoidance of wrong overtaking, and overloading among others.
According to her, these rules, if observed, will reduce accidents on the highway to the barest minimum.
CC Celina Williams who described the relationship between the FRSC and other sister security agencies as cordial, urged them to maintain the tempo.
She, however, thanked the state Governor, Darius Ishaku for his support of the command, and appealed to him to provide more funds to support the command’s operations.
Edited by Sani Yarima
You’re Safe Under My Administration – Atiku Assures Nigerian Christians
Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP,) and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has assured christians that they are very safe under his watch if elected President come next month.
He said as a born unifier, he believes in the integration of humanity at all levels and would do everything to promote unity in diversity.
Atiku was speaking in Jos while gracing the 2023 extra-ordinary General Church Council,GCC of the Evangelical Church Winning All, ECWA.
Speaking through the former Speaker Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara, the former VP said God did not make any mistake in creating people and allowing them to belong to different tribal,ethnic and religious backgrounds.
According to him,’ a divided Nigeria cannot achieve the purpose of God for us as a people. a divided country will only keep us in darkness and disunity.
“All through my life I have lived and worked harmoniously with people of other faiths and ethnic affiliations with ease because of mutual understanding and respect.
“My business and political partners come from different backgrounds with zero expressions of religious or ethnic sentiments.
“I have never contemplated the same faith ticket throughout my political career. The Muslim Muslim ticket adopted by some people is a recipe for disaster.
” It is an indication that not everyone will be carried along in government. As Governor- elect of Adamawa in 1999, I gave my full backing to Boni Haruna to take over when
“I.was nominated Vice President against all odds. Boni governed Adamawa for 8 interrupted years. In Taraba, Rev Jolly Nyame was encouraged to contest the Governorship in 1999 just after losing the local government primary elections.
“We have and are working together with many Christians across the nation and the Church should have confidence in my capacity,experience and ability to deliver”.
Atiku appreciates Christians all over the nation for their prayers and commitment to the nation and assured that he will not relent in cementing a cordial relationship between Christians and Muslims all the time.
Speaking for himself, Dogara admonished Christians to take stock of what each Presidential candidate has done for Northern Christians and meditate on it.
Quoting copiously from the Bible, Dogara likened Atiku to the popular centurion servant in the Bible, whose faith was acknowledged by Jesus because of his determination to help across divides.
He said they settled for Atiku following a scientific analysis of the various candidates which was carried openly and which presented Atiku as the leading candidate in the contest.
” Don’t waste your votes by casting them elsewhere. We believe very strongly in coming together and living together. The Muslim- Muslim ticket is not an option at all.
“It does not give room for mutual understanding, unity , peace and stability. Atiku has great respect for northern Christians hence his choice of a Christian to deputise for him. We know him as a good man who has contributed in building the brethren and the church even as a Muslim.
He does not segregate and his experience and abilities speaks for him all the time.
According to Dogara, ” this period of gross darkness hovering over the nation must be overcome. We keep surviving one catastrophe and jumping to the other. Darkness is an evidence of the absence of light. We must lighten our lights and let them shine.
Atiku remains the Pan Nigeria candidate that has what it takes to move this nation forward by uniting us across the various divides we have found ourselves. Based on the scientific analysis inclusive of CAN leadership, we arrived at the choice of this man as a candidate to beat in the coming elections.
He apologized for the absence of Atiku and Okowa at the occasion saying they were in Ekiti for the nationwide Presidential rally.
In a remark, the President of ECWA, Rev Dr Stephen Baba Panya appreciates Atiku for finding time to give attention to what the church is doing and for sending eminent political leaders to grace the church’s GCC meeting.
He said the church is watching,monitoring, and listening to all the candidates and will make decisions according to its conviction soon.
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