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Nigerian Airforce acquires 2 WingLoong II Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle

The Nigerian Air Force has acquired 2 unmanned carriers which will significantly boost Nigeria’s operations in the war against terrorism.

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The Nigerian Air Force joined China and the UAE to announce the acquisition of 2 WingLoong II Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV).

This was announced on Tuesday by the Director of Public Relations and Information Headquarters Nigerian Air, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola. The Nigerian Airforce expects 6 other UCAVs by early 2021.

Air Commodore Daramola announced that the acquisition of the 2 unmanned carriers will significantly boost Nigeria’s operations in the war against terrorism. He also disclosed that the WingLoong 3 has the capacity to remain in operations for over 24 hours.

Nigeria has joined China & UAE as the only countries operating the WingLoong II Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle.

“The 2 x Nigerian Air Force WingLoong II, which can remain airborne for 31hrs in ISR mode & 26hrs in offensive role, will add significant value to COIN & anti-banditry Ops,” he said.

Developed by Chinese Arms manufacturer – Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group (CAIG), the costs per unit is between $1 million to $2 million compared to the MQ-9 Reaper’s $30 million.

The NAF spokesman announced that the Air Force has trained nearly 200 pilots, engineers, and others to bridge gaps in capability and capacity that have made Nigeria vulnerable to asymmetrical threats.

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“Close to 200 NAF pilots, engineers, and technicians are undergoing training in nine different countries as part of efforts to bridge decades of gaps in capability and capacity that have made Nigeria vulnerable to asymmetrical threats.

“These additional new air assets and skills acquired by personnel will greatly enhance the Nigerian Air Force’s operational effectiveness, which will translate into security for Nigeria and Nigerians,” Daramola said.

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#DigitalSkillsTraining: FG announces conclusion of selection process

Only successful applicants that are contacted by the Ministry are to report at the training venue.

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President Buhari to address Nigerians on Lekki toll plaza shootings after investigation , Youth Investment Fund:  Ministry of Finance and CBN to launch provision of funds- Minister, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports launch DEEL initiative

The Federal Government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports disclosed that the selection process for the upcoming Digital Skills Training has been concluded for the #DigitalSkillsTraining from April 11th to 30th, 2021.

This was disclosed in a statement by the Ministry of Youth and Sport on Sunday evening.

“The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development wishes to inform the general public and all Nigerian Youths that the selection process has been concluded for successful applicants for the #DigitalSkillsTraining scheduled for April 11 to 30, 2021,” the statement said.

The Ministry added that only successful applicants that were contacted by the Ministry are to report at the training venue. Those who were not successful but arrive at the training would not be admitted.

Upcoming #DigitalSkillsTraining Programmes of the Ministry will be widely publicized on youthandsport.gov.ng , on : noya.ng and on the Ministry’s social media handles,” the statement added.

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Recall that Nairametrics reported in November 2020, that the Ministry of Youths and Sports Development announced it will scale up its digital skills training to cover 500,000 youths across the country after securing funding under the COVID-19 stimulus budget.

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FG to name new train station after Mobolaji Johnson

FG to name flagship train station located at Ebute Metta after the former Governor of Lagos State, Mobolaji Johnson.

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The Federal Government is set to name its flagship train station located at Ebute Metta after the former Governor of Lagos State, Mobolaji Johnson.

This was disclosed by the Ministry of Transportation via its Twitter handle on Sunday.

It tweeted, “New indoor photos of our flagship station located at Ebute Metta. It is to be named Mobolaji Johnson Station after the former Governor of Lagos State. Please share your thoughts.”

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The Federal Government has also stated why the China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) Nigeria Limited could not link the final part of the Lagos-Ibadan rail line to the sea, according to Nairametrics.

The government in its explanation said that it was due to disruption by trucks going in and out of the port complex.

According to a press statement signed by the Director, Press and Public Relations of the Federal Ministry of Transportation, Eric Ojiekwe, this disclosure was made by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, while on a routine tour of the Lagos-Ibadan rail line project on Saturday, April 10, 2021.

 

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