Not fewer than 513 junior police personnel from Niger State Command out of 31,465 recently promoted nationwide by the Inspector General of Police have been decorated by the Commissioner of Police, CP Ogundele Joshua Ayodeji, with their new rank.
CP Ogundele Joshua Ayodeji, was assisted with the decorations by the Deputy Commissioner of Police DCP Adamu Isa Ngogin and ACP Operations Yusuf Yelwa.
Speaking at the event, CP Ayodeji said 351 Sergeants were promoted to the rank of Inspectors while 162 were moved from Constables to Corporal respectively.
The commissioner while decorating the officers at his office in Minna, reminded them of their new responsibilites, adding that promotion attached additional task and charged them to be dedicated to duties, imbibe the spirit of positive change and be professional in the discharge of their policicing.
He further admonished them to lead by example, be a role model to other ranks and files in the force formation and urged them to pray that the promotion received and decoration should not be the last in the series.
In another development, Niger State Command of the Nigeria Police (NPF), on behalf of IGP Akali Baba Usman, has presented cheques of over N26.2 million to 15 families of deceased police personnel who lost their lives in line of duties.
Commissioner of Police Niger state command,CP Ogundele Joshua Ayodeji, who presented the cheques to the beneficaries at the state command headquartersMinna, however disclosed that 38 other families of police personnel who sustainedserious injuries in the course of carrying out their legitimate duties of policing, also benefitted from the cheques.
According to him, the presentation of the cheques to these families was in line with IGP Life Insurance Group (LIG), being introduced by his administration, to enable the affected families of police personnel to treat themselves as well as to cater for their needs.
He used the occasion to condole the Next of kin of the police personnel who died in active service and charged them to make judicious use of the money given to them to better their lives by engaging in meaningful venture that will uplift their families saying that the Group life insurance scheme iniated by the Inspector General of Police, (IGP) Akali Baba Usman was geared towards bringing succors to the families.
He then prayed for the repose of the departed souls and urged the families to bear the irreperable loss while wishing the injured quick recovery.
The leadership of Nigeria Union of Journalists, Niger State Council, has paid a congratulatory visit to the newly appointed media aides to Governor Umar Mohammed Bago and his Deputy, Comrade Yakubu Garba at the Government House, Minna.
They seized the opportunity to once again commend the governor, Hon. Umar Mohammed Bago and his Deputy, Comrade Yakubu Garba, over the appointments.
The state NUJ Chairman, Comrade Abu Nmodu represented by the Vice-Chairman, Comrade Uriah Tsado Gana, said the NUJ was pleased with the appointment of media personels into the offices.
He said the union did not doubt the capacity of the media aides to deliver on the mandate of their offices, saying NUJ was willing to partner and support them to succeed.
Similarly, the NUJ council secretary, Comrade Usman Mohammed Chiji, said the NUJ was part of the Bago/Yakubu project from onset because they had no doubt, that the two will make good administrators, adding that they will continue to support the Bago/Yakubu administration to deliver dividends of democracy to the people.
He equally informed them that they should not hesitate to reach out to the Union whenever they needs their support, saying the doors of the union will always remain open for them.
In their separate responses, the trio, Bologi Ibrahim, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Aisha Wakaso, Adviser on Print Media and Ummukhaltume Abdullahi Kuta, Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor, said they were overwhelmed with joy seeing the leadership of their immediate constituency coming to show them solidarity.
While appreciating the NUJ for the visit they added that they look forward to close collaboration with the union for the success of the Bago/Yakubu administration.
In a related development, the National Council of Local Government Department of Works and Housing, through a letter signed by the National President of the Council, Engr. M.K Adamu, congratulated the Deputy Governor of Niger state Comrade Yakubu Garba over his election and inauguration, saying the council was not surprised with this feat, considering his antecedence when he steers the affairs of NLC in the state.
Also, in a congratulatory letter by the state Local Government Pension Board and signed by the Director General, Emmanuel E. Alamu, the board said it was confident the Deputy Governor's influence will make a positive impact on the state.