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UCH inaugurates low cost IVF centre to tackle infertility

Alonge said this while inaugurating the centre  on Thursday in Ibadan.

Trucks moved out of Lagos bridges during presidential campaign for security...

Gridlocks
By Kazeem Akande
Lagos, Feb. 14, 2019 (NNN) The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has said that articulated vehicles usually parked on the bridges leading to Apapa Port were moved out of Lagos on Saturday when President Muhammadu Buhari campaigned for re-election because of security reasons.

Your vote is priceless, NOA tells electorates

Kaduna, Feb. 5, 2019 (NNN) The National Orientation Agency (NOA) on Tuesday called on Nigerians not to engage in vote buying and selling in the forthcoming general elections, saying they must regard their votes as priceless.

FG repositioning its information management machinery – Isu-Gekpe

Isu-Gekpe said this on Monday in Abuja at the opening ceremony of a capacity building workshop for Resident Information Officers (RIOs) and Heads of Federal Information Centres.

Emir advocates constitutional role for traditional rulers

The monarch, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN), in Keffi, said that such role would challenge he rulers to contribute more to societal growth and national development.

Kogi govt. says VP Osinbajo safe after crash

The News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) reports that the Vice-President on Saturday survived an helicopter accident at Kabba in Kogi.

Job creation is global challenge — Imoukhuede

Challenge
By Femi Ogunshola and Ikenna Uwadileke
Abuja, Jan. 29, 2019 (NNN) Mr Afolabi Imoukhuede, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Job Creation and Youth Empowerment, says job creation is a global challenge, considering the problems confronting various countries in offering employment to youths.

Centre moves to enhance mentorship among youths for national development

The founder of the centre, Mrs Asher Achile made this known at the inauguration of the programme tagged: “Mentor Nigeria’’,  a youth-aimed mentoring project by the centre on Tuesday in Abuja.

Delta got higher allocation in 2018 than 2017, says Commissioner

Allocation
By Mercy Obojeghren
Asaba, Jan. 29, 2019 (NNN) The Delta Commissioner for Finance, Mr David Edevbie, has said that the state’s monthly allocation from the Federation Account increased from an average of N7 billion in 2016 and 2017 to N16 billion in 2018.
Edevbie said this on Tuesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) in Asaba, pointing out that 2018 was fairly a better year for the state with regards to federal allocation.
He attributed the development to the increase in crude oil prices in the international market and production within the state.
He also spoke on the debt portfolio of the state, saying that borrowings amounted to approximately N114 billion at the end of the third quarter of 2018.
He said, “Of this amount, N77 billion or 67.6 per cent, comprised restructured loans inherited by this administration.”
Edevbie also predicted that the finances of the state for 2019 also looked bright, with the continued improvement in the Federation Account.
“The outlook for finances for the state seems bright as long as the statutory allocation from the Federation Account maintains a consistent upward trend.
“This is based on the optimism that crude oil prices do not dwindle but maintain its average level of $60 per barrel
“In addition, with the strategies put in place to increase our internally generated revenue, there should be a positive growth in the state’s finances.
“Thus, as long as oil production is not interrupted by pipeline bombings, statutory allocation to the state should remain favourable,” he further said.
The commissioner said that the major challenge faced by the government was always how to strike a balance between recurrent and capital expenditure.
He said that between 2015 and 2017, the state was under intense pressure struggling to pay workers’ salaries.
He said that during the period, salaries accounted for the greater percentage of the N7 billion average monthly allocations to the state. (NNN)
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( Edited by Abiodun Esan/Sam Oditah)

FG to carry out national job skills gap analysis

By Emmanuella Anokam
Abuja, Jan. 28, 2019 (NNN) The Federal Government says it will collaborate with relevant organisations including the Construction Skills Training and Empowerment Project (C-STEmp) to carry out a National Skills Gap Analysis for job creation.

Jigawa community appeals for govt’s intervention on basic social amenities

Road
By Abdullahi Shugaba
Dutse, Jan. 23, 2019 (NNN) Mr Haladu Wazam, the Chairman of Kalawa Development Association, Ringim Local Govrrnment Area, has appealed to Gov. Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa to build good road and basic social amenities for the community.
Wazam made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) in Dutse on Wednesday.
He said that the measure would help to address the transportation problem in the area and make life more meaningful for the natives.
He said that Kalawa was an agrarian community blessed with huge agricultural potential but described the lack of good road as the major challenge confronting the natives.
Wazam said that the people found it difficult to evacuate their farm produce to the cities because of the deplorable condition of the community road.
“Consequently, most of our farm produce are usually left to perish.
“Also, many of our young people have abandoned the village for towns and cities because of the lack of good road.
“We believe that the governor can reverse the trend if he builds our road and provide social amenities for our people.
“This will make our young people to stay back in the village and engage fully in agriculture,” Wazam said.
He further appealed to the governor to build a school and health care facility for the community. He said, “Apart from road, we will be happy if the governor will also build a school and hospital for us.
“As I am talking with you, we don’t have a school and hospital in our place. This is why our women often died during labour.
“I am therefore appealing to the governor to come to our aid and rescue us from this predicament,” Wazam said (NNN)
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(Edited by Chioma Ugboma/Sam Oditah)