The Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers Thursday night, honoured the Liberian President, Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf with a Chieftaincy title of “ADA DI OHA NMA”. The Chairman of the Council, Eze Samuel Ohiri, who presided over the colourful ceremony at the Eze Imo Palace, said the decision to confer the title on the visiting President was in consideration her outstanding contributions to the restoration of peace in her country and the African sub-region. He said that it was a way to encourage her and other African women who have contributed to the development of Africa, especially the education of indigent African children, adding that she has done Africa proud . President Sirleaf had arrived at the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport where Governor, Rochas Okorocha, his wife, Nneoma and other Senior government functionaries.

President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated the Armed Forces Council and ratified the National Defence Policy 2017 (Revised); Harmonised Terms and Conditions of Service Officers 2017.

Buhari also inaugurated the Harmonised Terms and Condition of Service for Soldiers/Rating/Airmen (Revised) among others.

Speaking to State House correspondents, the Minister of Defence, Brig. Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali (retd.), said the council was reconvened and inaugurated by the President.

According to him, the last meeting of the council was held on July 17, 2014.

“The Armed Forces Council was convened which had not been done since the inception of this administration.

“The last council’s meeting that was done was in 2014. It reviewed terms and conditions of service for officers and soldiers.

“It reviewed some of the retirement benefits for officers and soldiers including Defence Policy which has been obsolete since 2006 that we reviewed and discussed and reached a conclusion on them.

The minister expressed the hope that the ratification of these documents would enable the Armed Forces cope with the ever changing contemporary security challenges.

He said the documents would help to enhance welfare, command, discipline and administration of the Armed Forces as well as the policy framework governing the conduct of security and defense in Nigeria.

 

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