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Minister tasks corps members on skill acquisition for self-reliance

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The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, has urged corps members to actively participate in skill acquisition training in order to be self-reliant and contribute to the socio-economic development of the country.

The minister made the call on Saturday when he visited the 2019 Batch ‘C’ corps members at the NYSC permanent orientation camp in Keffi, Nasarawa State.

He stressed the need for them to acquire vocational and digital skills before the end of their service year to boost their chances of being self-reliant and ultimately become employers of labour.

Dare said that plans were underway to partner with the federal ministry of health to provide more than 1,000 treated mosquito nets for the corps members as part of plans to improve their welfare.

He also pledged to personally donate 5OO mattresses to the Keffi orientation camp.

“More than eight skills acquisition programmes were designed for corps members, in collaboration with some agencies, to facilitate the training programmes.

“There will be a digital training centre in the state, at the end of which certificates will be awarded in web deigns, apps development, coding and mobile repair, among others,” he said.

Earlier, the state NYSC Coordinator, Hajiya Ramatu Sanda, commended the minister for the visit and his moral support for the corps members.

She assured that the corps members, comprising 946 males and 1,106 females, would be guided to take full advantage of their service year to nurture their creative instincts.
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NGO urges Nigerians to demand transparency, accountability from leaders

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A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Youth  Adolescent Reflection Action Center (YARAC), has urged Nigerians to demand transparency and accountability from their leaders at all levels in order to achieve effective change.

The Director of YARAC, Rev. Duke Ogbureke, made the call on Tuesday in Jos during a Town Hall meeting organised by the group for various stakeholders in the state.

Ogbureke said development was possible in Africa, given the example of a country such as Rwanda, but that it could not be achieved without active citizenship.

He said if the citizens were not active in demanding transparency and accountability, “our leaders would mostly likely  do wrong”.

He said that for good governance to be achieved, citizens should be involved.

” We need to ask for good governance, because without it being demanded, many a times our leaders fail to deliver on their campaign promises,” the director said.

He said at the end of the town hall meeting, it was believed that the participants would go with a mandate of demanding accountability from their leaders.

The state Coordinator of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr Bulus Dabit,  in his remarks, said the programme was apt and very appropriate in view of the  low capacity by some state actors to observe the critical values of good governance in service delivery.

He commended the NGO for organising the town hall meeting.

News Agency of  Nigeria reports that the objective of the town hall meeting is to sensitise people to the need to deepen and sustain transparency and accountability in Nigeria.

Edited by Abdullahi Yusuf

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PHED warns against trading under high tension electricity wires

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The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) has warned people trading under high tension electricity wires in Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River and Rivers to desist from the act.

Mr John Onyi, Manager of Corporate Communications, PHED, gave the warning in a statement in Port Harcourt on Tuesday.

Onyi, who made the appeal during a public awareness campaign organised by the company, also urged the people against erecting structures under high tension lines.

“People should stop trading and erecting structures under high power lines as many lives have been lost due to non-adherence to safety standards.

“In October, a 14-year-old boy lost his life when a line snapped on Abuloma 11KV feeder and rested on top of the building he was in.

The spokesman noted that a safe distance from 11KV feeder was 5.5 metres while the distance from 33KV power lines was 12.5 metres.

“On tolerance, the safe distance for 132kv lines is 25 metres while 0.415kv line is 1.5 metres.

“However, we are dismayed that members of the public have habitually jettisoned the safety rules and regulations.

“So, PHED is calling for concerted effort with relevant authorities to enforce safety standards in order to save lives,” he said.

Onyi said the company was currently carrying out door-to-door safety awareness campaign to discourage the people from trading and living under high tension lines.

According to him, the company should not be held responsible in the event of loss of lives or injury caused by electricity shocks from such power lines.

Edited by Ejike Obeta/Felix Ajide

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Foundation empowers 100 market women, herdsmen in Kwara

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A group, Isaac Adewale Olorundare Foundation (IAOF), on Tuesday, donated livestock drugs and cash to no fewer than 100 market women and herdsmen in Erin-Ile, Oyun Local Government Area of Kwara.

Mr Isaac Olorundare, the Sole Financier of the foundation, said the gesture was aimed at improving the trading activities and living standard of the beneficiaries.

Olorundare, represented by Mr Muyideen Raji, the Coordinator of the foundation, also said the donation was a fulfillment of his passion toward assisting the less privileged in society.

“It’s part of our social responsibilities and aimed at putting smiles in the faces of our people, especially the less privileged,” he said.

He promised that the empowerment initiative would be a continuous exercise and would also be expanded to cater for more beneficiaries.

“This programme will continue to be a regular exercise with the aim of alleviating the suffering of the masses.

“It’s our own little way of complementing government’s efforts and contributing to the socio-economic development of the state.

Olorundare called on well meaning individuals in the state to support government in its effort to transform the state, saying government had demonstrated its sincerity toward industrialising the state.

“The state has experienced dramatic and positive transformations, especially in industrialisation, job creation, road construction/rehabilitation, provision of qualitative education, health facilities and empowerment, among others.

Alhaja Jemilat Daramasu, who spoke on behalf of the market women, thanked the donor for his foresight and magnanimity.

She described the donation as very beneficial and timely in alleviating the suffering of the targeted beneficiaries.

Also, Mr Bawa Yusuf, leader of the herdsmen in the area, described the gesture as unprecedented in the history of the community.

“This is the first of its kind as far as this community is concerned. We the bororos (herdsmen), have not benefited from such a gesture in the past.

“As bororos, we are ready to reciprocate whenever the donor needs our attention,” he said.

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Cleric’s wife tasks women to shun acts promoting child trafficking

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Mrs Martha Ibezim, the wife of the Anglican Archbishop, Province of the Niger in Awka Diocese, Most Revd. Alexander  Ibezim, has called on women to shun any activity that would promote girl child trafficking.

Ibezim made this appeal in an interview with Nigeria News Agency in Awka on Tuesday.

She urged women to be mindful of the activities of their children, more importantly the  girl child as girl child trafficking had become the order of the day.

“It is an abominable act that must be checked by women, all mothers to ensure that they do not engage or encourage such act of inhuman activity against a girl child,” she said.

Ibezim said such act would be curtailed if not eradicated when women resolved to play their active role of home building entrusted into their hands by God as mothers and nation builders.

“Materialism must come last in our list of nation building by prioritising grooming of our children and tending of our husbands,” Ibezim said.

She reminded women of their role as women within and outside the home, as a sacred duty given to them by God, which must not fall below expectation.

Ibezim said that women from all the 17 Archdeaconries in Awka Diocese must be very vigilant in these last days, where  craze for materialism was fast taking over the homes and society at large.

“Our goal as women in the Anglican Communion remains to win souls for God and build a home and a nation where Christ reigns for a better society, we must not lose focus,” She said.

He said that women must shun any attitude that would lead to any form of misrepresentation of womenfolk by any form of modernisation or other emerging unbiblical trends of the end time.

Ibezim, as the President, Mothers’ Union, Women’s Guild and Girls’ Guild, Diocese of Awka, listed some of the roles of women to include, companion for the man, nurturing of the husband and children, among others.

“None of these roles must be neglected for the sake of worldly things, women must wake up and stand to fight the good fight of a right way of home building, which results in a safe and progressive society,” she said.

According to her, women play important role in reshaping the future for the society and and mothers should not relent in upholding the basic standard of home grooming.

Ibezim also urged the church to aid women in using the forum to achieve a significant result in both home grooming and contributing to the development of the society.

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Centre decries widespread violence in Kogi elections

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The Socio Economic Research and Development Centre (SERDEC) has decried what it called, the widespread violence and intimidation that characterised the Nov.16 governorship and national assembly elections in Kogi.

A statement by the Executive Director of SERDEC, Mr Tijani Abdulkareem on Tuesday in Lokoja, said in spite of the process being truncated and disrupted by violence, the people still came out en masse to cast their vote.

According to Abdulkarim, “the just concluded election from available reports from our observers, was marred with serious reported issues that would undermine the integrity of democracy if not critically looked into and resolved”.

He, however, commended the Kogi electorate for their determination and resilience by coming out in their numbers to exercise their franchise during the elections.

He alleged that the elections across polling units in the state witnessed voters’ inducement and vote buying and non use of smart card readers for accreditation in some polling units.

The executive director also said that there were intimidation and harassment of voters, observers and journalists; disruption of voting process and late arrival of election materials in some polling units.

The centre, therefore, called on the police and other security agencies deployed for election duty to explain to the public, the cases of electoral violence that occurred at their duty posts.

He stressed that security men were reported to be helpless as a result of the astronomic height of violence, thuggery, and vote buying which had marred the integrity of the election.

”In an election where the electoral process was interrupted, it is expected that the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) would follow its guiding principles by cancelling and ordering a rerun for the places where ballot boxes were snatched, so as to avail voters the right to vote,” he said.

Edited by Abdullahi Yusuf

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Monarch cautions Nasarawa youths against violence, other social vices

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Alhaji Mustapha Zubairu, the Gom Mama of Mama Chiefdom in Nasarawa, has advised youths to shun violence and all other negative tendencies in their interest and for societal development.

Zubairu gave the advice on Tuesday when he received Wamba/Farin-Ruwa Youths Movement residing in Lafia, the state capital.

The traditional ruler said that if youths and other Nigerians could shun violence at all times, it would go a long way in not only promoting peace but would also ensure speedy development of the country.

Zubairu also tasked youths on nation building and urged them to continue to contribute their quota positively to national development.

“I want to thank you for the visit and for forming this group aimed at promoting unity and peaceful co-existence among yourselves and other Nigerians.

“This is because peace is the necessary requirement for the development of any society.

“Peace is priceless and non-negotiable; as no society or nation will achieve meaningful progress and development without peace.

“It is in view of this that I want to call on you and other Nigerian youths to always shun violence and embrace peace at all times in the interest of development,’’ he said.

He called on members of the association to continue to preach peace and unity to the people of the area and Nigeria at large in the interest of development.

The monarch urged his subjects and other Nigerians to live peacefully with one another and respect constituted authorities for development to thrive.

Earlier, the President of the association, Mr Solomon Mundung, said that the visit was aimed at seeking the monarch’s blessing and advice to enable them succeed.

Mundung gave an assurance that the association was determined to be up and doing toward promoting unity among its members and other Nigerians.

Edited by Cecilia Odey/Adeleye Ajayi

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