Kaduna Government Commences Training Of 5,000 Youths

Youths, KadunaThe Kaduna State government has commenced the training of 5,000 youths on entrepreneurship under its ‘Start UP Entrepreneurship Programme’.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony of the first set of beneficiaries and induction of new ones on Wednesday, Governor Nasir El-Rufai said that the programme was targeted at training youths to learn skills that would help in transforming their lives.

He challenged the beneficiaries to explore the opportunity given them to become productive in their lives, so as to enhance their economic well-being and become self-reliant.

The Governor described the intervention as very critical and a major component for economic rejuvenation and prosperity of Kaduna State.

In his speech, the acting Managing Director of the Bank of Industry (BOI), Waheed Olagunju, disclosed that the BOI and Kaduna State government contributed 500 million Naira each for the training and empowerment, which was executed in partnership with the Kaduna Business School.

He stressed that the programme was organised to support the accelerated development of the state through job creation, urging the beneficiaries to remain committed and responsible, in order to reap the benefit of the training.

In her address, the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Aisha Abubakar, said that the Federal Government has outlined quite a number of entrepreneurship programmes aimed at diversifying the economy and empowering youths in Nigeria.

She adviced the trainees to take the opportunity seriously in order to advance their lives.

The Kaduna Start UP Entrepreneurship Programme was initiated by the present administration in the state and it is aimed at creating more jobs, reducing poverty and restiveness among the youths.

FEC Approves 34 Strategy Priority Projects

FECThe Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved 34 strategic priority projects to be implemented with the 2016 Budget.

The priority projects were contained in a document presented by the Ministry of Budget and National Planning to the Council presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.

Briefing State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, says the government was expecting a final copy of the 2016 Budget from the National Assembly for the President’s assent today or tomorrow.

She briefd alongside the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment, Aisha Abubakar, and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Khadija Bukar Abba.

The 34 priority projects are grouped into four broad objectives including security/policy governance, diversification of economy, succour for vulnerable‎ Nigerians and relating the economy through investments.

ITF To Train IDPs On Entrepreneurship

ITF To Train IDPs On EntrepreneurshipThe Industrial Training Fund (ITF) says it has begun a new initiative targeted at creating a source of income for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nigeria.

The development was unveiled to reporters by the Director General of ITF, Juliette Chukkas-Onaeko.

She said the initiative would help improve the livelihood of the IDPs as well as enable them contribute their quota to the nation’s development through self-reliance.

The ITF boss said that plans were underway to assist the IDPs to gain expertise on how to export the products they produce.

The Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Aisha Abubakar, also gave reasons for the choice of a mobile workshop to train the IDPs.

Some of the people to benefit from the first phase of the gesture, Joseph Gyang and Deborah Michael, spoke on how they intend to use the knowledge gained to transform their lives.

They said it was the first time a mobile workshop would be provided to improve the skills of IDPs.

Many of the victims look forward to a time when all of the initiatives will begin to yield income for them.

Burden Of Feeding Over 500,000 IDPs Getting Unbearable – Borno Govt.

BornoThe Borno State Government says that more than $20million would be needed to resettle those displaced by the Boko Haram violence in their homelands.

The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, told a delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross, led by its President, Mr. Peter Maurer, in Maiduguri, that the state government needs the assistance of the federal government and international donor agencies to rehabilitate the internally displaced persons.

The Governor lamented that since the displacement of many residents from their communities by the Boko Haram militants, the state government had shouldered the responsibility of feeding the IDPs through the State Emergency Management Agency.

He admitted, however, that military troops had liberated most of the communities under the control of Boko Haram in the state.

He added that the government and the IDPs found it difficult to go back to their homes and go about their normal lives due to security reports that most of the roads and streets, leading to the affected communities and their farmlands, were not safe as Improvised Explosive Devices and land mines were planted by the fleeing terrorists.

The President of the ICRC, Mr Maurer said that they came to the state to personally see the IDPs and hear from them, particularly of their conditions.

He said this might inform the action of the organisation to considerably increase its humanitarian gestures as a result of the renewed attacks and killings by the sect.

Borno Government Relaxes Curfew From 12Noon To 5PM

CurfewThe government in Borno State has relaxed the curfew in the state from 12noon to 5pm.

Our correspondent in Maiduguri reports that the 12noon to 5pm curfew may be to pave way for the jumaat prayers.

There was an attack on Kayamla village on Wednesday. The attackers launched the offensive through an area called “Cashew Plantation” behind Giwa Barracks, the headquarters of the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army.

The attack by the insurgents and subsequent bombardment by the military had resulted to an earlier 24 hour curfew declaration.

Meanwhile as the curfew enters its day two, villagers of Bale-Galtimari and Bale-Shuwari have reported the killing of 28 locals during an attack in their areas on Wednesday evening.

They said insurgents attacked their villages, burnt houses and rustled large number of cows.

According to them it was after the invasion of these villages that the insurgents moved towards the cashew farm near Kayamla where they were engaged by military forces.

Only recently, the military announced that it had raided Sambisa Forest, believed to be the last stronghold of the terrorists, and rescued numerous women and children as well.

The Boko Haram militants have suffered losses in recent times, following a fresh onslaught by the Nigerian military, leading to the recapture of territories formerly controlled by the insurgents and the rescue of over a thousand people held in captivity in various locations in the northeast.

Boko Haram: Army Imposes Curfew On Maiduguri

Boko HaramThe Army has imposed a 24-hour curfew on Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State in Nigeria’s north east region, after Wednesday’s attack on Kayamla village.

Before now the curfew was 7pm to 6am.

Some residents told Channels Television that the attackers launched the offensive through an area called “Cashew Plantation” behind Giwa Barracks, the headquarters of the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army.

Our correspondent in Maiduguri, Blessing Tunor, said that sounds of heavy gunshot were heard from the direction of the barracks on Wednesday and residents took to their heels to avoid being caught in the crossfire.

Only recently, the military announced that it had raided Sambisa Forest, believed to be the last stronghold of the terrorists, and rescued numerous women and children as well.

The Boko Haram militants have suffered losses in recent times, following a fresh onslaught by the Nigerian military, leading to the recapture of territories formerly controlled by the insurgents and the rescue of over a thousand people held in captivity in various locations in the northeast.

1, 200 Repatriated Borno Indigenes Arrive Maiduguri

internally displaced persons IDPs in NigeriaAt least 1,200 indigenes of Borno repatriated from Niger Republic arrived the state on Tuesday and were received by the Borno State Emergency Management Agency.

The deportees are among the over 6,000 sent parking from Niger after the attack of two of the country’s island by Boko Haram, as a fallout of ongoing military operations in Sambisa Forest, dislodging the bandits from their enclave.

They have found temporary shelter in a new camp established by the state government bringing the number of camps established for Internally Displaced Persons to 21.

Most of the deportees had abandoned their hometowns and migrated to neighbouring Niger Republic following attacks by the Boko Haram group.

20 local governments in the state were sacked by the insurgents and the inhabitants now live in makeshift camps in the capital city.

Speaking to Channels Television, heavily pregnant 15 year-old Aisha Abubakar, went into forced labour after many hours of trekking.

“Karanga town was attacked, and we are neighbours and probably their next target. Even the soldiers deployed to our area withdrew so we had to escape. We travelled on foot for two days”, she said.

Recounting his ordeal, Njidda Aminu said “they (Boko Haram) burnt our houses in Baga and sacked everyone so we escaped to Niger. We started farming to support our families until recently when the Nigerien government asked us to leave.”

Hauwa Garba, however, claimed to be in contact with her relatives living in Internally Displaced Persons’ camps spread across the capital city and remains hopeful of a re-union.

“We were terrified when we heard about boko haram attacks around us so we trekked for days until we got to Gaidam in Yobe State, a lot of people died on the way as we came out due to hunger and thirst. Some of my family members who escaped from Baga are in Maiduguri but I am yet to meet them”, she said

The Chairman of Borno State Emergency Management Agency, Grema Terab, said the state government is not ruling out the possibility of collapsing the new camp into the 20 already in existence when verification exercises are concluded.

Mr Grema, adds that more people are still expected as the Nigerien government continues to repatriate more people.

“The 2,400 are not the only people we are expecting back in Borno from Niger and provisions have been made to get them housed in one of the 400 Housing Estate along Gubio Road.

“Some of them, though Nigerians, were born in Niger and have never been to Nigeria. We have to keep them in a camp for now, console them and treat those that are traumatised with the intention of allowing them to mix with other Nigerians in not too distant a time.

“We are equally looking at the possibility of assisting them to start a new life in the country by given them economic assistance”, he said.

Mr Terab also called for assistance from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Federal Government.

Troops Uncover Boko Haram Female Wing Members

Boko Haram WomenThe military hierarchy, on Friday, told newsmen that it has arrested three suspected female terrorists who it says have been secretly recruiting ladies into the female wing of the Boko Haram sect.

The suspects, Hafsat Usman Bako, Zainab Idris and Aisha Abubakar, were said to have been intercepted while travelling to Madagali, Adamawa State from where they were to transit to the forest to reunite with their cohorts.

Investigations carried out by the military revealed that the suspects, led by Hafsat Bako, were on their way to recruit members into the female wing, as well as conduct espionage for the group.

According to the military, Hafsat’s link with the terrorists group had earlier been a subject of investigation in 2012, when security agents on a man-hunt for one Usman Bako, her husband, who was identified as a terrorist, stormed their residence in Jimeta.

This is said to have resulted in the discovery of an AK 47 rifle and 2 loaded magazines.

Before the arrest of the trio suspects, the women were hiring ladies especially widows and young girls by enticing them with male suitors who are mainly members of their terror group.

The military says it has continued to make good progress in the war against terror.