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PRESIDENT BUHARI MOURNS DEATH OF ENGINEER Rotimi Fashakin , SAYS ”HE WAS A DEDICATED NIGERIAN”

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President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the death of Engineer Rotimi Fashakin, a former Executive Director of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

Reacting to the demise of Fashakin in Abuja on Monday, President Buhari said:

” I’m saddened by the death of such a dedicated and loyal party man whose intellect and competence were amazing.

“As a former spokesperson of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) party, I’m proud to put it on record that Fashakin was one of the most dedicated and hardworking party officials that I had ever known and related with.”

Recalling his relationship with Fashakin in the former CPC, President Buhari explained that “the former party spokesperson had also given a good account of himself, discharging every responsibility with amazing skill and competence.”

“The late Fashakin was an outstanding loyalist who would stand by you through thick and thin without ever complaining. These are rare virtues among our politicians. May God bless his gentle soul and forgive his shortcomings and grant his family the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss,” the President added.

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Prestige Excellence Award and Lecture Rolls Out Big Time for 6th Edition… Holds Sunday November 27

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All is set for 2022 Prestige Excellence Award and Lecture slated for Sunday November 27 at Presken Hotel, Allen Junction, Ikeja, Lagos.

2022 edition is the 6th in the series.

According to Wale Abiodun, CEO, Prestige Media Group in a statement made available at a press briefing on the forthcoming glamorous event, Prestige Excellence Award and Lecture is instituted to recognize and appreciate deserving individuals, corporate entities and professional institutions that have made remarkable impact in our society.

The Award is the brainchild of Prestige International Magazine and Prestige News Online.

Prestige platforms give accolades to the deserving and dedicated to extolling the virtues of hard work, ingenuity, integrity and uncommon achievements in service to humanity.

“The 2022 edition is tailored to honour and celebrate individuals and organizations who have exemplified those virtues in the course of the year under review. This award is expected to bring together the crème de la crème of the Nigerian society from all walks of life and offering a unique platform for social and corporate networking as well as a fertile ground for corporate and product branding”, he said.

Theme for 2022 edition is ROBUST TRANSFORMATION IN POLITICS, ECONOMY AND SECURITY: THE ROLE OF LEADERSHIP, while top Socio-Political analysts and commentators are expected to deliver thought provoking lectures.

Guest Speaker for the event is Multiple awards winning media practitioner and Socio-Political analyst and commentator, Mr. Babajide Kolade-Otitoju of TVC and “Journalists Hangout” fame.

Meanwhile, top entrepreneurs and leading players in Corporate sectors like real estate, banking, hospitality, insurance, PR, Advertising and Marketing Communications, education, sports, tourism, Media, entertainment and Fashion will be celebrated and honored at the event.

In the same vein number of community friendly top politicians and top clergymen will also be celebrated and honored for their contributions to humanity.

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2023 GENERAL ELECTIONS: IGP TRAINS PILOTS, AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE OFFICERS FOR SEAMLESS AERIAL SURVEILLANCE

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– Holds Colloquy with Police Mobile Force Leadership, Squadron Commanders on Election Security Management

As part of the build up towards ensuring concrete security arrangements for the nation, particularly as the 2023 General Elections approach, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc(+), NPM, fdc, has approved the training of the first batch of Bell 412EP B1.3 Type-Training Course for Police Airwing Aircraft Maintenance Engineers comprising seventeen (17) officers, whose training is expected to improve the technical expertise of the Aircraft Maintenance Unit of the Police Airwing and prevent operational mishaps during aerial surveillance operations.

Similarly, the IGP has approved the training of more Pilots on Cessna Citation, the training and maintenance of a fully operational Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) squad, training of more Engineers on both Fixed Wing and Rotary Wing, as well as training for other auxiliary aviation staff to streamline operational inadequacies, improve human resourcefulness and ensure enhanced operational efficiency and cohesive operations.

The trainings, which were run simultaneously, in partnership with foreign experts, came to an end on Friday 30th October, 2023, with presentation of certificates of participation to the trainees by the Inspector-General of Police at the FHQ, Abuja.

In the same vein, the IGP has recently met with the leadership of the Police Mobile Force (PMF) and Squadron Commanders at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, where he appraised the internal security situation of the country and unraveled the possible ways of positioning the Nigeria Police Force for effective service delivery through strategic restructuring.

The IGP noted that the PMF, under his leadership and command would be adequately restructured, equipped, with effective  trainings, to align with its age-long tradition of basic unit concept and unit deployment.

The IGP reiterated the importance of proper election security management for the upcoming 2023 General Elections. He further challenged the Squadron Commanders to provide adequate security in their respective Areas of Responsibility, to support the conventional police not only during the general elections, but in ensuring and reassuring members of the public of their safety before, during, and after the elections.

The Inspector-General of Police further asserted that the present leadership of the Nigeria Police Force will continually embark on training and retraining of its officers to reposition the Police and invariably improve the general security of Nigeria even as the NPF attains its primacy in maintenance of law and order.

 

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Implement Tourism Law, Establish Tourism Agency, Lagos Lawmakers Tell Sanwo-Olu

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Lawmakers of the Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday called on Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to direct the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf to ensure continuous awareness relating to tourism.

They also urged the Governor to ensure the full implementation of the Tourism Law including the creation of a Tourism Agency as stipulated in a bill passed by the House since 2018.

The lawmakers debated the motion in commemoration of World Tourism Day 2022 at a sitting presided over by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa.

The Chairman of the Committee on Tourism Arts and Culture, Hon. Fatai Oluwa, who raised the motion, stated that the purpose of this year celebration themed ‘Rethinking Tourism’ is to focus on reviewing and redeveloping tourism after Coronavirus Pandemic.

He said Lagos State, being the Centre of Excellence, hopes to ensure that tourism potentials are explored in every area of the State.

“The House of Assembly passed the Lagos State Tourism Agency Law 2018 in order to develop and promote the State tourism investment, which aims to enhance revenue generation for the State. Unfortunately, this law is yet to be implemented,” he said.

He added that if this agency is established, it would encourage provision, improvement and marketing of tourism facilities in the State locally and Internationally.

In his contribution, the Deputy Majority Leader, Hon. Noheem Adams said the main objective of the World Tourism Day is to celebrate and sensitise the world on the long term planning and development of tourism.

Globally, he said, tourism has been found to be lucrative and impact positively on the lives of the residents and users of tourist destination.

He urged the government to pay more attention to tourism in the State.

Also speaking, Hon. Adewale Temitope noted that Lagos State has lots of tourist sites.

He said these sites are tools for Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and that most countries see tourism as sources of financing government.

“Since the House has passed a law to enhance tourism in the State, it is on point to call on the commissioner and all other agencies that are attached to tourism board with immediate effect to implement the law,” he said.

On his part, Hon. Victor Akande added that tourism helps create jobs and income generation.

He further noted that through tourism, foreign investors can be attracted thus creating economic value for the State.

Hon. Desmond Elliot, who also contributed, commended Lagos for currently building a Film Village.

He, however, noted that the State had more to do in relation to the sector.

The House, thereafter, passed a voice vote to adopt the motion.

 

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