Senate confirms Irabor as CDS, others as service chiefs

Senate confirms Irabor as CDS, others as service chiefs

The Senate on Tuesday, March 2, confirmed the appointment of the new Service Chiefs by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Those confirmed were- Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff, Maj-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff, Rear Admiral Awwal Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff, and AVM Isiaka Amao, Chief of Air Staff.

Their confirmation followed the adoption of the report of the Senate Committee on Defence at plenary.

Presenting the report, Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Wamakko Aliyu (APC-Sokoto) said the nominees responded satisfactorily to questions during their screening.

He said also that there were no petitions written against them; saying that the nominees were also cleared by the Department of State Service (DSS).

Wamakko said their service experience in the military made them eminently qualified for appointment as service chiefs.

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan in his remarks, said Nigerians expected much from the new service chiefs.

He said the National Assembly would continue to support them in the fight against security challenges in the country.

He said that the new service chiefs should take the fight against bandits to their hideouts.

”Situations, where bandits abduct students in secondary school at will, are not acceptable,” Lawan said.

He stressed the need for inter-agency cooperation among security agencies in the fight against banditry and also other forms of criminality in the country.

Meanwhile, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has urged the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) to unlock the mystery of failed or poorly implemented policies and projects in Nigeria.

Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Monday, March 1, in Abuja, said that the vice president stated this when he virtually inaugurated the Senior Executive Course 43 of NIPSS.

The theme of the Course 43 programme is “Getting Things Done: Strategies for the Implementation of Policies and Programmes in Nigeria.’’

“So, your task is already well cut out for you. Perhaps Course 43 will be able to unlock the mystery of failed or poorly implemented policies as well as  projects; but more importantly, promote a practical, nitty-gritty guide to implementing projects and policies.

“This is a body of knowledge that is desperately needed today. This year’s theme goes to the heart of what is generally considered the bane of development in Nigeria; poor implementation.

“The proverbial gap between intention and results; between policy and stated outcomes; delivering on campaign promises or even just doing what the well-articulated policy papers say.

“For many serious-minded policymakers, the frustration is the same, yes we know all about think-tanks, what we need now are do-tanks.”

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