The Chief of The Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Hasan Abubakar, says the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is committed to enhancing its Safety Management Systems across all its units.with special focus on operational and engineering units.
Abubakar said this at the opening of the 2023 NAF Safety Review Board (SRB), on Thursday, in Abuja.
This is contained in a statement by the Director, Public Relations and Information, NAF, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, in Abuja.
He said that safety management in the NAF was a major priority and core function in view of the technical and complex nature of assigned tasks and roles of the service.
According to him, “the NAF is fully committed to developing, implementing and reviewing policies to ensure that NAF operations and other activities are conducted in a safe environment.
The CAS said his resolve to ‘transform the NAF into an agile and resilient force that effectively meets the airpower demands of national security in all operational environment’ could best be achieved with safety as the bedrock.
He reiterated his commitment to ensuring continuous improvement in safety standards through deliberate programmes aimed at enhancing flight safety as well as occupational and domestic safety in the NAF.
He used the opportunity to appreciate the commitment of President Bola Tinubu-led administration towards equipping the NAF with modern platforms in furtherance of efforts against terrorism, insurgency and other forms of criminality in various parts of the country.
Abubakar said that some of the platforms acquired by the Federal Government have arrived the country and will soon boost the NAF’s combat capabilities as well as help in increasing its operational tempo hence the need for safety vigilance.
He said that increase in operational tempo would lead to increase in hazards associated with NAF operations in line with International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO’s) postulation that hazards were the by-products of production or operational activities.
He called for proactive management of safety in all units and commands and specifically directed operational units where newly acquire NAF aircraft would be domiciled to commence the process of aggressively identifying hazards associated with the arrival and operations of the new platforms and finding ways to manage the risks involved.
The air chief further emphasised the need for field commanders to ensure that the safety trainings translate to the development of positive safety culture, improvement in safety practices as well as creation of awareness that safety is the responsibility of all personnel.
“I expect us to redouble our commitment in this regard to ensure that as an organisation and as individuals, every NAF Unit and personnel have the responsibility to ensure that safety practices and standards are maintained in all activities,” he said.
Earlier, the Chief of Standards and Evaluation (NAF), AVM Micheal Onyebashi, said the SRB is designed to discuss and review issued related to safety policies and regulations as well as allocate resources for enhanced safety standards in the NAF.
Onyebashi said the board was expected to provide appropriate directives and guidelines that would ensure the entrenchment of a positive safety culture in the NAF.
He said there was the need for enhanced safety standards in all operational units With the receipt of new platforms into the inventory of the NAF.
Highlights of the meeting were a paper presentation on Safety Management System and Human Factors by Air Vice Marshal Gabriel Odesola (Rtd), review of NAF Safety Outlook and briefs by various Air Officers Commanding, amongst others. (NAN)
Nasarawa: Police Arrest 10 for Allegedly Stealing 45 Children, Recover 6
The Police Command in Nasarawa State has arrested 10 suspected members of a child theft and sale syndicate, who allegedly stole no fewer than 45 children.
The Commissioner of Police, Shehu Nadada, made the disclosure while parading the suspects at the command’s headquarters in Lafia, on Friday.
According to the commissioner, police operatives attached to Keffi Division on routine patrol on Jan.10, rescued a man from mob action and upon enquiry discovered that he allegedly abducted a five-year-old boy in Keffi.
He said that the suspect later confessed to being a member of a syndicate that specialised in child theft and sale of same to the highest bidder.
Nadada said that further investigation led to the arrest of nine other members of the syndicate.
He said that further analysis on their mobile phones indicated that they had stolen and sold 45 children, who have been illegally adopted by unsuspecting member of the public across the country.
The commissioner, who did not state the period when the children were stolen, said that most of them were stolen from Abuja, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Plateau and Niger states.
He said that six of the children had been recovered from Abuja, Ondo and Lagos State, while effort was ongoing to arrest more accomplices and recover more of the stolen children.
He further said that the suspects confessed to selling off many children at different prices, from N350,000 to N1.5 million depending on their age and gender.
Nadada disclosed that the suspects usually conspire with some social welfare officers to produce fake documents that facilitated the sale of the children to willing buyers.
The commissioner charged parents to pay more attention to their wards while calling on those seeking to adopt children to be wary of criminals.(NAN)
Police Arrest Car Theft Syndicate Member in Ogun
The Police Command in Lagos State said it had arrested a suspected member of a car theft syndicate, stealing cars parked anywhere in Ogun and selling them off in Lagos.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the arrest to the newsmen on Tuesday in Lagos.
Hundeyin said that police operatives from Elere Division, who were on stop and search foot patrol on Friday, at about 6.00 p. m., along Agege Motor Road, carried out the arrest.
He said that during a stop and search, the officers intercepted a Sienna Space Bus, with four men in it.
The image maker said that while the officers were questioning the occupants, the four suddenly jumped down from the vehicle and took to their heels.
“They were pursued and one of them, simply identified as John, 28 years, was arrested, while others escaped.
“The suspect claimed he was contracted by one of the fleeing suspects, whose name he claimed he did not know, to drive the vehicle from Abeokuta, Ogun Capital to Ijora in Lagos.
“The suspect also claimed that two of the suspects at Large joined the vehicle on their way to Lagos before the police interception,” he said.
Hundeyin said that preliminary investigation revealed that the said vehicle was removed from where it was parked at Kemta in Ogun.
He said that the suspect and the vehicle were in their custody, while efforts were on to arrest the fleeing members of the syndicate. (NAN)
LASRERA Collaborates with EFCC to Curb Real Estate Fraudulent Practices in Lagos
The Lagos Real Estate Regulatory Authority (LASRERA) says it has collaborated with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to curb real estate fraudulent practices in the state.
The Special Adviser on Housing to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Barakat Odunuga-Bakare said this in a statement in Lagos on Friday.
Odunuga-Bakare stated that the collaboration was part of the decisions reached when LASRERA’s management paid a courtesy visit to EFCC.
She added that the partnership was a response to the growing concerns surrounding real estate activities in the state.
The governor’s aide said the collaboration between the two organisations would enhance regulation and enforcement of ethical standards within the real estate industry.
According to her, the initiative will promote a transparent environment for both buyers and sellers of property as well as secure the interests of both investors and the general public.
“LASRERA and EFCC will work closely to investigate and prosecute individuals and organisations involved in fraudulent practices such as impersonation, property flipping and document forgery.
“By leveraging their respective expertise and resources, the two bodies will strengthen the legal framework and enforcement mechanisms in tackling real estate fraud effectively.
“Real estate fraud not only undermines the integrity of the sector but also poses serious financial risks to individuals and the economy as a whole.
“By teaming up with EFCC, we are sending a strong message that such inimical practices would not be tolerated as perpetrators will be held accountable,’’ she said.
The governor’s aide expressed optimism that EFCC would put its expertise and experience in unraveling erring individuals and groups who commits fraud in the sector.
According to her, the commission’s mandate aligns with LASRERA’s mission in regulating and promoting ethical practices in the real estate industry.
She implored the EFCC, Lagos Zonal offices to always confirm the registration status of any individual or organisation who engages for real estate-related activities through LASRERA’s registration portal.
According to her, this will help the commission to know if the person or organisation is genuine or not.
Responding, Zonal Commander, EFCC Lagos Zonal Command, Mr Michael Wetkas, lauded LASRERA’s management for approaching the commission, noting that this would further assist the Commission in investigating corrupt cases related to real estate transactions.
Wetkas said that real estate investment-related issues constitute the major part of complaints received by the commission recently.
The commander said that the partnership between LASRERA and the EFCC would rekindle investors’ confidence in Lagos state’ real estate sector.
According to him, the collaborative effort is expected to have a far-reaching impact on the real estate sector and restore confidence and trust among stakeholders.
Wetkas urged the public to report any suspicious activities related to real estate transactions to the appropriate authorities. (NAN)
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