From TONY JOHN, Port Harcourt
The Interim Administrator, Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Col. Milland Dixon Dikio (rtd), has boasted that the Niger Delta is currently the most peaceful and stable region in the country to do business.
Dikio spoke at the weekend in Warri, Delta State, after receiving an award for repositioning PAP at the Niger Delta Media Awards organized by the GbaramatuVoice newspaper.
The event had in attendance top media executives in the Niger Delta, the Kogi State Governor, who was represented by the the Deputy Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Ahmed Mohammed, among other dignitaries.
Speaking through his Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Nneotaobase Egbe, Dikio said: “Going by statistics, the Niger Delta region is currently the most secure and stable place to live and do business.
“We call on all stakeholders to work on their mindset to see and sell a Niger Delta as the best place to live and do business in Nigeria”.
Egbe, in a statement said Dikio urged media practitioners to report the many positive sides of the region and avoid feasting on issues capable of demarketing the people and the area.
“No one can tell your story like you do. Tell the story of the wealth of the Niger Delta beyond the oil. There’s immense human and natural resources in the region; the region is not all about the oil.”
He advised journalists to balance their reports by being objective lamenting that the Niger Delta had suffered greatly from negative reports and bad publicity.
Dikio insisted that the Niger Delta region had the most talented and most resourceful persons, adding that entertainment and creativity was domiciled in the region.
He said media practitioners were not celebrated enough, considering their efforts and commended GbaramatuVoice newspaper for the initiative.
In his remarks, the Chief Executive Officer/Publisher of the GbaramatuVoice newspaper, Jacob Abai, acknowledged the role journalists had played over the years, in the success stories of the Niger Delta region.
Dikio was honoured with a merit award for the excellent way he had coordinated the amnesty programme since he came on board leading to sustainable peace in the Niger Delta region.
Other, who were honoured include Prince Sam Amuka Pemu, the publisher of Vanguard newspaper, Emmanuel Amaize, the editor, Vanguard, Jimitota Onoyume, a reporter with Vanguard, Grace Ekang of Channels TV, Usman Adamu Attaboh, among others.
Recruitment: Police announce date for screening of applicants
By Monday Ijeh
The Nigeria Police has fixed Feb. 1 for commencement of physical and credential screening of applicants who completed the 2021 online registration for recruitment into the constable cadre.
The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Mr Frank Mba disclosed this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.
He said the screening would be conducted by the Force in conjunction with the Police Service Commission (PSC).
Mba said the exercise, slated to commence on Feb. 1 would end on Feb. 6 at designated venues in states across the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
According to him, all applicants are to proceed to their respective states of origin and appear at the various screening centres in their clean white T-shirts and shorts.
He said other mandatory basic screening requirements were two white flat files with recent passport photographs attached and National Identity Number (NIN).
Mba said other items for the screening were original and duplicate copies of credentials, Certificate of Origin and birth certificate/declaration of age.
He said printout of application submission confirmation/profile page and duly completed guarantor’s form were also, mandatory for the exercise.
Mba said candidates who failed to present the mandatory requirements would not be considered for the screening.
He urged applicants to pay attention to detailed and specific guidelines on the exercise for each state, particularly, the location of screening and dates of screening per local government area.
Mba said the guidelines would be announced by the Police Public Relations Officers in the 36 states of the federation and the FCT.
He said the Inspector General of Police, (I-G) Mr Usman Baba, had assured that the statutory entry requirements into the Force as clearly stated in the Police Act and Regulations, would be followed.
The I-G said the officials deployed for the screening had been directed to ensure that all applicants shortlisted were allowed to participate.
He said the officials were expected to recommend the suitability or otherwise of applicants in the spirit of transparency, accountability and fair hearing using the already established benchmarks as contained in the Act.
Baba said that a total of 135,027 valid applications were received in the online registration.
He expressed satisfaction over the increase in the number and geographic spread of the applications, particularly in the South-East and South-South region of the country following the extension of the online registration.
The I-G said the exercise was free of charge and urged applicants to be wary of criminal elements who would want to take undue advantage of the exercise to perpetrate recruitment related scams.
Baba however, warned that anyone found wanting would be made to face the wrath of the law.
Major airlines shrugged off 5G fiasco, but small regional carriers still face turbulence
In the lead-up to AT&T and Verizon’s rollout of their upgraded 5G C-band equipment; it seemed like the sky was falling.
For years, the Federal Aviation Administration and airline organizations had voiced concerns that the upgraded cellular tech could interfere with vital safety equipment on planes; while the FCC and carriers insisted it was safe, pointing to similar rollouts in dozens of other countries.
Even after several delays, there were still last-minute deals being made between carriers and regulators; with airlines banding together to warn that the activation could cause a “catastrophic disruption” to air travel and shipping. Several international airlines canceled flights to certain US airports.
But just a few days after the carriers switched on their equipment; United and American Airlines’ CEOs were telling investors that things largely seemed fine, according to CNN.
The large-scale delays and cancelations hadn’t come to pass, and American Airlines’ CEO even reportedly predicted that; “I don’t think you’re going to see any material disruption going forward because of this.”
But while many of the large jets used by major airlines have been deemed safe by the FAA(in most conditions — on Tuesday; the regulator issued a directive “prohibiting Boeing 747-8, 747-8F and 777 airplanes from landing at airports where 5G interference could occur”); the story isn’t necessarily the same for the smaller regional planes used for connecting flights; or that land at more rural airports.
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The saga is centered around a device with which almost every aircraft comes equipped: the radar, or radio altimeter.
Its job is to figure out how far away the plane is from the ground and help pilots land in bad weather with low-visibility conditions.
“The radar altimeter gives you really fine readings of altitude when you get very close to the ground; which is really helpful, especially in instrument conditions where you may not be able to see the ground,” said Pat Anderson; a mechanic, pilot, professor of aerospace engineering, and director of the Eagle Flight Research Center.
“In older generation airplanes, that was sort of an isolated system that the pilot would read and interpret;” he explained. In more modern planes, though; that data is accessible to and used by a wide variety of other systems such as brakes or spoilers. “As we get more integrated airplanes; there might actually be a cascade effect where it’s not just denying the pilot information — it’s actually affecting other aircraft systems on landing.”
Given that altimeters are so critical; the FAA has taken concerns that they could improperly pick up 5G C-Band signals very seriously.
It put out notices restricting how planes could land at airports where the rollout was happening and said it would clear specific models of altimeters to be used at those airports.
It’s worth noting that the FAA says it has to re-evaluate the clearances every month; based on how the carriers roll out their service.
These restrictions are gospel, but they’re not necessarily tied to the material situation.
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“Whatever Verizon, AT&T do, it doesn’t really matter,” said Jon Ostrower, editor-in-chief of The Air Current, an online publication about the aviation industry.
“Verizon could have literally shut the entire 5G network down nationally on Wednesday, and it wouldn’t have mattered because the FAA had already issued its airworthiness directive.”
Once the FAA started approving altimeters, the process seemed to go relatively quickly: on January 16th; it announced that around 45 percent of the US commercial fleet was cleared to land at “many of the airports”; where 5G C-band was deployed.
By January 20th, that number was up to 78 percent and seemingly applied to all US airports with C-band.
By January 25th; the FAA estimated that 90 percent of the US commercial fleet had an altimeter cleared for “most low-visibility approaches in 5G deployment.”
By Vivian Onyebukwa
The wife of Chief of Army Staff and National President of the Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA), Salamatu Faruk-Yahaya, Thursday, laid the foundation for the construction of classrooms, laboratories and a hall, during her official maiden visit to 81 Division, Nigeria Army, Lahos. The projects are expected to be due in fifteen months.
She said that the new projects are for better learning opportunities at the Model Nursery and Primary School, Nigerian Army Cantonment, Ojo Lagos.
The structures, which comprises of one block of six classrooms, I.C.T Laboratory and a 500-seater assembly hall, aims to improve the already existing structures in the school.
Speaking at the occasion, Faruk- Yahaya explained that once completed the projects would provide additional classrooms to accommodate more pupils.
She further stated that the buildings would also create new learning opportunities in areas of information and communication technology, provide a conducive hall for assembly and other school activities as well as employment opportunities.
The project was conceived out of her vision of sustaining legacies and upholding the tenets of unity and Service.
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Besides, being the commencement of one of her pet projects, the President explained that it is also a forum for her to show gratitude for the efforts of the past leaders for establishing the school and many more.
She expressed her resolve on the improvement of the standard of the school that will enable it to compete with schools across the nation.
She stated that NAOWA has gone beyond humanitarian services when she said, “With the legacies our predecessors have left behind, you must have business skills and human resource management skills”.
She recalled series of leadership workshops as well as skills acquisition training they have had since she came on board. “Now we are partnering Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) to ensure that there is good entrepreneurial skills”, she added.”
A minute silence was observed for the late Maryam Babangida, for supporting the school, and her humanity in general. “As most of us know, the NAOWA Model Nursery and Primary School, Ojo, is the first NAOWA School in Nigeria established by the late Maryam Babangida in the year 1985 as a Nursery School.”
The president expressed her appreciation to the Chairperson, NAOWA 81 Division Chapter, Oghenerukevwe Fejokwu, for her effort and support in ensuring the success of the occasion while thanking other members of the association.
“I want to assure you that your support to NAOWA would continuously be utilised for service to humanity,” she assured the women.
The National President also laid the foundation of fish and poultry farm in Ojo Cantonment, Lagos.
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