By Emmanuel Daudu, Abuja
The Federal Government has directed the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology, NITT, Zaria to step up training of road transport operators to check their excesses to reduce the carnage in the sector.
Mr. Eric Ojiekwe, D, PPR, who made this known to journalists in a press release he signed on the 10th September 2021 disclosed that the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Magdalene Ajani, gave the directive when she led members of the House of Representatives, House Committee on Land Transport in the National Assembly, Commissioners and Permanent Secretaries of Transportation Ministries in the 36 States of the Federation on an assessment tour of NITT, Kano Outreach Centre located in Dawakin Kudu area of the State.
She expressed optimism that with the facilities on ground, the institute is poised not only to play its statutory role but on the path of becoming self-sufficient as well as being a revenue-generating agency.
Welcoming the delegation, Eric disclosed that the Director-General, NITT, Bayero Salih-Farah, noted that the Kano Outreach Centre is one amongst others located in Gombe, Ebonyi, Lagos, Abuja, Katsina, Benue, and Ekiti (near completion), to provide training, acquisition of skills, professional training in the transport sector. as well as other opportunities for technical learning.
Leading the delegation on a facility tour of the Centre, Farah, directed a demonstration of installed equipment. There is a simulation section for intending motor vehicle drivers, a welding segment, automotive spray booth but most notable is a simulation provision for heavy-duty vehicles such as forklifts, articulated vehicles, tractors, and other earth-moving vehicles. According to him, it becomes necessary as this class of operators does not go through the necessary orientation before taking the wheels hence putting lives and infrastructures of government at risk.
He further informed the team that the Center is ready to train available persons and enjoined State governments, transport companies, individuals, or participants under government empowerment learning schemes to take advantage of the opportunities being offered.
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, House of Representatives member representing Zango Kataf/Jabba Federal Constituency, Amos Gwamna Magaji, expressed delight with the out-of-the-box initiatives being adopted by Director General and promised support of the House in whatever capacity it can.
The Centre also has hostels for males and females and recreational facilities which include a gym, a basketball, lawn and table tennis courts, badminton amongst others.
It may be recalled that Farah was appointed on May 6, 2019.
By Emmanuel Daudu/Abuja-Nigeria
The Military High Command said on Thursday that the rescue of the 344 boys of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara by the military was achieved by use of Unarmed combat tactics and display of high professiinalism.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche made this know while briefing journalists in Abuja noting, “The reason behind the successful rescue of kidnapped Kankara School Boys is professionalism. We used unarmed combat training which we all got. We were trained to survive hard conditions. A military personnel should be able to disarm the enemy silently.
“The bandits don’t have that training. They only know how to fire weapons and that is where we have advantage over them. We were cautioned that no life must be lost.
He continued, “The Military will not tell you exactly what happened in operations. The Military secrecy will not allow them divulge such information.Our intelligence was handled professionally in the rescue of the Kankara school boys.
“Professionalism boosted and assisted that these boys came back alive. Our operatives from the DIA,DSS,NPF and Vigilantes cooperated at a peak. The fusion was perfect. It would also had been difficult without the support of the populace. We got the support of our superior authorities.
On operations update across the country, Gen Enenche said, “The Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies have continued their major operations across the country with renewed vigor.
In the North West Zone, troops of Operation Hadarin Daji carried out several operations including rescue operations as well as clearance, ambushes and aerial patrols.These operations led to the rescue of abducted persons, neutralization of criminal elements and recovery of arms and ammunition.
“Notably, on 17 December 2020, troops of Operation Hadarin Daji actualized their promise to ensure safe return of abducted students. As you are aware, all 344 students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara who were abducted by armed bandits were rescued alive.
“Similarly, troops rescued 39 abducted girls who were Islaimiya children returning from Maulud programme, at Nguwar Al-Kasim in Dandume Local Government Area of Katsina State.
“Also, on 20 December 2020, troops in swift response to a distress call, with overwhelming firepower, rescued 10 kidnapped victims from armed bandits at Yenyewa Village in Zamfara State. All rescued victims have been successfully reunited with their families.
“In another development, troops of Operation Hadarin Daji neutralized an armed bandit and arrested 2 of them while on night patrol at Bakinruwa Riverside in Shinkafi Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
“Other bandits were forced to flee in disarray, some with gunshot wounds, abandoning their weapons due to troops overwhelming firepower.
“Troops continue to dominate the North West theatre of operation with aggressive fighting and aerial patrols to deny the criminal elements freedom of action.
“In the North-East Zone, troops of Operation Lafiya Dole maintained and sustained continued vigilance and offensive postures through comprehensive ground and air operations, which yielded appreciable results.
“On 17 December 2020, troops of Army Supper Camp II Gamboru, neutralized 5 Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) elements in a fierce fight at Kenuba general area in Borno State.
“During the encounter, troops destroyed one gun truck and captured an anti-aircraft gun as well as recovered 3 AK-47 rifles from the terrorists.
“Relatedly, on 17 December, troops eliminated 4 BHT/ISWAP criminal elements and captured 2 gun trucks as well as one anti-aircraft gun with assorted ammunition from the terrorists at Cross-Kauwa in Borno State.
“Meanwhilee, the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole continued to dominate the theatre of operation with its force package of Nigerian Air Force fighter jets and helicopter gunships.
“Within the period, several air operations were conducted with resultant effects. Remarkably, on 19 December 2020, the Air Task Force eliminated several BHT criminal elements and destroyed their gun trucks in air strikes executed at Ajiri Village in Borno State. Subsequently, series of air patrols and Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance missions as well air cover for ground troops have been continuously conducted across the Zone.
“In continuation of intensive kinetic operations against armed bandits and other criminals in the North Central Zone, troops of Operation Whirl Stroke and other subsidiary operations conducted raids at identified criminals’ hideouts.
“These operations resulted in the neutralization and arrest of some criminal elements as well as recovery of arms and ammunition.
” Particularly, on 16 December 2020, troops of Operation Whirl Stroke neutralized 2 gang members of the late Gana’s militia group and arrested another during a dawn raid at Adangbe Village in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State. During the encounter, 3 locally made rifles, 21 rounds of 7.62mm Special Ammunition and other items including one motorcycle were recovered from the criminals.
“Furthermore, on 21 December 2020, troops neutralized one armed bandit and captured 2 others at Anguwa-Onmbaagbu general area of Benue State. The bandits who were linked to the recent killing of a Makurdi based lawyer and his wife, engaged the troops in a fire fight and were overwhelmed by the troops’ superior firepower.Troops captured some arms and ammunition from the criminals during the encounter.
“In a related development, troops arrested 2 armed bandits along with their arms at Abako Village in Taraba State. All arrested criminals have been handed over to appropriate prosecuting agency for further action. Meanwhile, troops continue to dominate the North Central theatres of Operation.
“In the South-South Zone troops of Operation Delta Safe conducted comprehensive anti-illegal refinery and anti-crude oil theft/illegal bunkering operations daily to deter economic saboteurs freedom of action in the Zone.
“Cumulatively, 7 illegal refining sites with 48 metal tanks, 2 dugout pits, 3 reservoirs, 10 ovens and 6 wooden boats were immobilized, while one 8HP Yamaha engine and 2 pumping machines were recovered.
” Also, a total of 16,984.9 barrels of illegally refined crude oil, 1,428,000 litres of illegally refined AGO and 10,000 litres of DPK were seized from oil thieves.
” In the South West Zone, troops of Operation Awatse and subsidiary Operations Calm Waters II and Swift Response have continued to intensify the fight against economic saboteurs and other criminal elements in the Zone.
“Troops’ activities have drastically reduced pipeline vandalism and other criminal activities in the South West Zone.
“Within the period under review, a total of 92 bags of 50kg foreign parboiled rice, 1,500 litres of PMS and 79 bales of fairly used cloths were intercepted. Also, 2 smugglers were arrested and handed over to appropriate prosecuting agency for further action.
“The Military High Command encourages the troops and personnel of other security agencies to remain determined and to sustain the tempo in all the Joint Operations Areas.
“The High Command also reassures the general public of its untiring dedication towards securing the country. Members of the general public are enjoined to continue providing timely information on the activities of criminals in their various localities to the military and other security agencies for prompt and effective action.