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Zulum urges patronage of indigenous engineers




Gov, Babagana Zulum of Borno has called for patronage of indigenous engineering firms for accelerated infrastructural development and nation’s economic growth.

Zulum made call at the 31st Engineering Assembly of Council for Regulatory of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) on Tuesday in Abuja.

He said that in recognition of significant role of the indigenous engineers in the economic growth, there was the need to grow local content in engineering sector.

He said that they should also be given more opportunities to execute infrastructural projects in the country.

The governor further urged governments at all levels to render support to local engineers in infrastructural development in the country.

”We should work with local content order and ensure that our engineers handle all locally made products or at least 90 per cent,’’ Zulum said.

According to him, Nigeria has brilliant engineers but opportunities are limited to tap their advantages.

He said that Borno was among the few states that patronizes indigenous firms where many infrastructures were designed and executed by local engineers.

He enjoined the council to collaborate with National Assembly to sponsor bill on local content engineering.

Earlier, the COREN President, Prof. Sadiq Abubakar, described the Federal Government policy to withdraw funding of Professional bodies next year as a welcome development.

According to him, the funding withdrawal would strengthen the operational capacity of Professional organizations.

”COREN is not a professional association but a regulatory agency rendering government function of protecting the general public,’’ Abubakar said.

‘ He said that the council was working on new modes of engagement to identify others sources of revenue with a view to develop better planning and operations.

This year’s Assembly is designed to foster unity and educate the Practitioners on new developments in Engineering profession.


Navy disowns list of successful candidate for Batch 35 recruitment



The Nigerian Navy (NN) has disowned the purported list of successful candidate for its Basic Training School (NNBTS) Batch 35 Recruitment, saying it is fake.

Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, the Director of Naval Information, said this in a statement in Abuja.

Ayo-Vaughan said the exercise was conducted in three centres across the country, namely; Lagos, Rivers and Kaduna States.

He described the information, being circulated recently as fake, and handiwork of fraudulent miscreants who were trying to dupe some unsuspecting applicants.

He said the list of successful candidates had not been released and that no form of invitation for training, via text message had also been disseminated by the Nigerian Navy.

‘’The alarming rate of circulation of fake information by unscrupulous individuals, regarding enlistment or recruitment into Navy is quite worrisome.

‘’Efforts are on to track and arrest the miscreants.

“Members of the public especially prospecting applicants who participated in the said recruitment are strongly enjoined to always authenticate information from the NN official website,, and other official social media handles, as well as other credible mainstream media platforms.

“Similarly, miscreants and mischief makers are warned to desist from this unwholesome practice, otherwise they will face the full wrath of the law,” he said.

Ayo-Vaughan said the text message, had invited unsuspecting applicants to report for military training at NNBTS Onne, Rivers, following their purported selection.

He said the criminals further claimed in the text message that the exercise would commence on Oct. 6.

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Gov. Alia condemns kidnapping of commissioner, one other



Gov Alia Hyacinth Alia

Gov. Hyacinth Alia has strongly condemned the kidnaping of Mr. Matthew Abo, his Commissioner for Information, culture and Tourism, and former Chairman Ukum Local Government Area (LGA), Mr. Iorwashima Erukaa.

This is contained in a press statement on Monday, signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Sir Tersoo Kula, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makurdi.

According to the statement, while Mr Abo was kidnapped by unknown gunmen in his Sankara home at about 8pm on Sunday, September 24, Mr. Erukaa was taken away by a yet-to-be identified gunmen on Saturday, September 23.

The Governor, who described the act as barbaric and unacceptable, has directed security agencies to immediately commence operations to ensure the safe release of the duo.

He called on the people of the State to remain calm, as his administration would do everything possible to make the State safe for all.

“The kidnappers have made contacts with the family of Mr Erukaa but are yet to contact Mr Abo’s family,” the statement stated

Several gunmen had stormed the the commissioner’s residence in Zaki-Biam, Ukum LGA and kidnapped him.

Eyewitnesses who spoke to NAN, said that the kidnappers who came on four motorcycles, ordered everyone in the house, including the his wife and children, to lie face down and took him away to an unknown destination.

The witnesses said the abductors compelled the commissioner at gun point to sit behind the rider of one of the motorcycles while a gunman sandwitched him.

Mr Abo was sworn in as a member of the Benue State Executive Council on August 29.

He hails from Ukum Local Government Area of Sankera axis, a major flashpoint of criminal activities with rampant killings and kidnappings for years now.

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