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Boris Johnson picks navy chief as head of British armed forces

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Boris Johnson picks navy chief as head of British armed forces

Boris Johnson has selected the navy chief for the first time in 20 years as the next chief of Britain’s armed forces, a choice intended to reinforce the UK’s post-Brexit switch in focus to the Indo-Pacific region.

The prime minister picked Adm Sir Tony Radakin for the £270,000-a-year position from a field of five to replace Gen Sir Nick Carter, who had been criticised over the messy retreat from Afghanistan.

Announcing the new chief of defence staff, Johnson said Radakin had proved himself an “outstanding military leader” who would “lead the armed forces at a time of incredible change while upholding the values and standards that they are respected for around the world”.

Radakin, 55, is the first sea lord, responsible for the Royal Navy, which this year deployed the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier and a string of supporting vessels into the Pacific as part of a more aggressive posture towards China.

Born in Oldham, Radakin is a barrister by training but has served in the navy since 1990, working his way up through the ranks until becoming first sea lord in 2019.

He said he was humbled to have been selected in a time of enormous change, adding that Johnson and the defence secretary, Ben Wallace, “have demanded reform and we must seize the opportunity the government has given us and ensure we are a global force delivering for global Britain”.

Allies emphasise his communication skills, seen as key to the job following Carter, who was heavily criticised for appearing naive about the Taliban, describing them as “country boys” who wanted an Afghanistan “inclusive for all” days after the fall of Kabul.

Earlier this year, Downing Street published an integrated review of defence and foreign policy, a key feature of which was to call for a significant British re-engagement in the Indo-Pacific, which had been abandoned in the late 1960s.

Naval power is deemed to be at the heart of competing with China, which has the world’s largest navy. Last month, the UK also signed a three-country pact with the US to supply long-range nuclear-powered submarines for Australia.

Radakin had pushed hard for the job, and there had been unhappiness in some parts of Whitehall that he had tried too hard to claim credit for the submarine deal, called Aukus, which had been negotiated at country-leader level.

The elevation also comes after the apparent suicide of the former head of the Royal Marines, Maj Gen Matthew Holmes, 54. Holmes, who had stepped down from his post in April after a navy reorganisation, had been experiencing personal difficulties.

Radakin’s main competitor was Gen Sir Patrick Sanders, 55, who runs Britain’s special forces and military cyber operations, whose allies argued had more operational experience than the navy chief. Others in contention were Gen Sir Mark Carleton-Smith, the head of the army, and Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston, who leads the RAF.

The appointment concludes a process that lasted about a month, beginning with interviews by a Ministry of Defence panel headed by Wallace. The defence secretary then sent his recommendation to the prime minister, but the appointment is ultimately Johnson’s.


Osun Transport Masterplan to Be Ready Soon-Governor Adeleke

Governor Ademola Adeleke has announced his administration’s plan to release to the public the Osun State Transport Master Plan to facilitate integrated connectivity for the Osun economy.

The Governor made the announcement on Thursday while commissioning the Osun State Computerised Vehicle Inspection Testing Center at Osogbo.

The Governor who narrated a series of ongoing reforms being delivered by his government said “The test center right here is the first of its kind among other interventions of our administration to reposition the State’s Transportation sector

According to the State Governor, “Our government is pursuing reforms across the transport sector. We ensure that Commercial Motorcycle operators across the State are registered under a database with a rider’s jacket and identification card for safety purposes. Mini-buses, popularly known as (Korope) have also been registered and numbered for easy identification and security.

“We have introduced single ticketing to all commercial drivers in the State through the Osun State Transport Management System (OSTMS) to guide against leakage of revenue.

“It is equally my pleasure to inform the public that our administration is working on a Transportation Master plan for Osun state. We are focused on a multimodal plan that will integrate all modes of transportation within the state. It will lay our objectives and strategic agenda for land, air, and water transportation.

“The plan is to regulate, plan, and develop an efficient and well-integrated transport system that will serve the public interest, enhance mobility, and deliver a secure and environmentally friendly Public Transportation System in different areas across Osun.

“The plan is central to our five-point agenda as it focuses on connectivity within and outside the state. Osun is centrally located in the heart of Yorubaland.

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Adeleke speaks on collapse of OAU amphitheatre

Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun has promised to pay the medical bills of students injured in the Obafemi Awolowo University(OAU), Ile-Ife, Amphitheatre roof collapse.

The affected students are receiving treatment at the University Health Centre and the Teaching Hospital Complex (OAUTHC), Ile-Ife.

Adeleke, who was represented by the Commissioner for Education, Dipo Eluwole, sympathised with the management of the University and parents of the affected students on the unfortunate incident.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Mr Abiodun Olarewaju, in Ile-Ife on Saturday.

The commissioner was conducted round the scene of the incident by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Simeon Bamire, and other principal officers of the University, and visited the two health facilities where the students are receiving treatment.

He expressed happiness that the affected students are responding to the treatment.

Eluwole lauded the university management for its quick response to the emergency and prompt medical attention given to the students.

Speaking to the four students being treated at the University Health and Medical Centre, the commissioner commended their bravery and wished them quick recovery.

At the Neurological ward of the University Teaching Hospital where two other students are being treated, Eluwole pleaded with their parents to see what happened as a natural occurrence.

He, thereafter, informed the vice chancellor that the Gov. Adeleke pledged to bankroll all medical expenses that may be incurred in the course of the treatment of the students.

Responding, the vice-chancellor thanked the governor for being so kind and loving, stressing that his fatherly role to the students and the good people of Osun is commendable.

A torrential rain on Thursday morning, accompanied with a whirlwind affected a part of the ceiling of the Amphitheatre as it fell off and injured some students.

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Woman burns stepchildren’s hands for eating rice prepared for their father

The Adamawa State Police Command has arrested one Rachel Geoffrey, a 23-year-old woman and resident of Federal Housing Estate, Girei, for allegedly setting fire to the hands of her stepchildren.

The children, Genesis Geoffrey, seven years old: and Idadai Geoffrey, three years old, now have their affected hands bandaged.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Suleiman Nguroje, said in a statement that Rachel intentionally inflicted severe physical injuries on her stepchildren.

In the statement released Saturday, the police image maker said the incident occurred on Tuesday, May 14.

He said the children suffered several calculated acts of cruelty and human rights violations from their stepmother.

He explained that the children faced the wrath of the woman over a plate of rice she cooked and kept for her husband.

“The kids, because of hunger, ate their father’s food and that angered her. She then tied their hands with a handkerchief and set fire to them, resulting in the severe injuries they sustained,” Nguroje explained.

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