Senator Aliyu Wamakko, the Chairman of the Northern Senators Forum, has disclosed that the Federal Government would soon disburse N25 billion to Nigerians, under the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) and Central Bank of Nigeria agribusiness loans scheme.
Senator Wamakko disclosed this at the disbursement of N10,000 each to six hundred unemployed women and youths to empower them under the Directorate’s Micro Enterprises Enhancement Scheme (MEES), graduation of four hundreds youths trained by Senator Wamakko in automobile engineering, as well as the flag-off of training of one thousand persons in several vocational skills.
Recently there was an attack in Benue state that claimed many lives. The claim by the state Government is that the attack was carried out by Fulani herdsmen, whatever that means. But this is not the first time lives were lost in Benue due to the problem of clashes between farmers and herders encroaching upon their farmlands. Two years ago there was a similar attack on Agatu community of the same state that claimed many more lives. There are also similar attacks in other parts of the country especially South and North Central states where the pasture is greener.
The Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has decried reports that he was supporting the 2019 presidential bids of President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Obiano in a statement yesterday by the state Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr. C-Don Adinuba, said he was rather supporting the ambition of the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Gen. John Gbor, in the race.
He described stories that he was either supporting the PDP or the APC in the race as “wishful thinking.”
The politicians may tell us otherwise, but data shows us that Nigeria is currently sitting on a keg of gunpowder with over 40 million of its working population either unemployed or underemployed even as 2.6 to 3 million people join the labour market yearly. If Nigeria hopes to escape the coming anarchy, it must begin to think of how to provide jobs for these millions of young, angry Nigerians. That was my main concern as I went through the policy documents of the two presidential frontrunners. I was eager to see how they planned to tackle the jobs challenge, especially considering that a record nine million people lost their jobs over the last three years and the unemployment rate doubled from 8.9 percent in the second quarter of 2015 to 18.8 percent Q3 2017.
MTN Nigeria on Sunday in Lagos unveiled its 4th edition of ‘Season of Surprises’ in commemoration of the Christmas season.
The Human Resources Executive of MTN Nigeria, Mrs Esther Akinnukawe, said that the ‘Season of Surprises’ was part of MTN’s community development initiatives which would spread to other parts of the country.
According to her, the 4th edition of the programme started at Ikoyi community and its environ.
“Making the lives of our customers and community brighter is the major concern of MTN and that is the reason the Season of Surprises was instituted.
Atiku Abubakar Reveals How He Will Defeat Boko Haram
Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has revealed part of his plans on how he intends to defeat Boko Haram, if elected into office.
According to the former Vice President, since terrorists are themselves human beings, and recruit their members from the local populace, he would make it tough for them to replenish their ranks by working for and with local communities.
In line with the existing policy of the Federal Government, the Niger State government on Saturday said it had approved 65 years as retirement age for academic staff in tertiary institutions owned by the state.
The government policy statement was contained in a speech at the 27th combined convocation ceremony of the State College of Education by Governor Abubakar Sani Bello on Saturday.
By Chesa Chesa
President Muhammmadu Buhari on Sunday debunked raging rumors that he had died and a certain Jubril from Sudan used as his cloned double.
The rumours of his being cloned after his purported death following a prolonged ill-health and treatment in a London hospital last year, had gained momentum recently in Nigeria.