200 Ex-Militants Graduate In Automobile Manufacturing, Plastic Design Training

Niger-Delta-militantsAbout 200 trainees from the 2nd batch of militants under the Presidential Amnesty Programme have graduated in various fields of training.

The training include automobile manufacturing, plastic designs and production.

About 200 graduated from automobile manufacturing, while 80 others went into plastic designs and production.

The Presidential Amnesty Coordinator, Brig. Gen. Paul Boro (Rtd) addressed them as professionals and emphasised that the training does not end on their graduation day but will continue as they keep adding value to their lives and to the country.

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his commitment towards sustaining the program adding that it has yielded huge results.

Anambra State Governor, represented by the Commissioner for Education, Professor Kate Omenugha, added that talents abound in Niger Delta youths and harnessing them will be best for the country.

The training led to a breakthrough as the automobile trainees successfully manufactured a 21-seater luxury bus.

Brig. Gen. Boro said it is “a world record achievement in mechanical engineering” and urged them “to utilise every skill acquired in the academy to develop themselves, the Niger Delta and the nation at large”.

The graduating trainees expressed their readiness to commence contributing their quota in the national economic grid but urged the federal government to accelerate their empowerment process.

 

NYSC Promises To Provide Manpower To Rebuild Yobe

NYSCThe State Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps, Yobe State, said they are ready to supply the state with the required manpower that will accelerate development after the invasion by extremist group Boko Haram.

The NYSC Coordinator, Mr Abubakar Mohammed, also said the scheme will solidly support the rebuilding process, as relative peace returns to the North East.

Mr Mohammed, who recalled the role the scheme has played in the development of the state over the years, assured that with improved peace, NYSC will supply the needed manpower that will help.

He revealed that most of the stories being heard about the Northeast are not true and urged intending corps members to come and contribute to the development of the state and called on employers of labour to provide the enabling environment for the corps members.

The Coordinator said since he assumed duty in the state, the number of corps members serving in the state has not been encouraging but at the moment, the number has risen appreciably to over 1000.

Some corps members serving in the state recounted their experiences and applauded their decision to serve their fatherland in the troubled state.

They called on other corps members to accept their postings to Yobe so as to contribute their quota in rebuilding the state, which is relatively peaceful at the moment.

 

TAN Denies Supporting Ambode

TANThe Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria, TAN, has denied news making the rounds that their Coordinator, Ifeanyi Ubah, is to lead a delegation of Igbo leaders to the palace of the Oba of Lagos in solidarity with the APC governorship candidate, Akinwumi Ambode.

Mr. Ifeanyi Ubah said that it was malicious and uncharitable to link him with such moves knowing his support for the PDP.

He added that the PDP has given its members in Lagos the opportunity to be legislators at the federal level and so it wasn’t time to dump the party.

The Coordinator of TAN and six newly elected House of Representatives members in Lagos, just barely a week after they got their mandate, called a press conference, to address the issues bothering them.

They said that they were being taunted for supporting the PDP.

“I was inundated with calls and text messages that I am leading some Igbo leaders to His Majesty’s palace – Oba of Lagos, to endorse Ambode Akinwumi.

“I want to state categorically that this is untrue. I Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah or management of TAN have not endorsed Akinwumi as at today, 5th of April 2015,” Mr Ubah said.

TAN held a mega rally just days before the presidential election, where they demonstrated their support for the PDP but there have been questions regarding their loyalty after the APC won the presidential election.

Mr Ubah exlained: “I want to state that I have been threatened. My family and my business have been threatened.

“While considering that I have no skeleton in my cupboard and I have no regrets for the role and the support I have given to Dr Ebele Goodluck, I want to make it clear that I have reported these threats to the appropriate authorities and to international communities and agencies for record purposes and necessary action.

“It is my wish that all politicians will emulate the statesmanship act displayed by Mr President during the just-concluded presidential election.”

In a few days, the governorship elections would hold across the states of the federation. This is an event touted to produce many surprises but the TAN Coordinator says they are PDP in spirit, soul and body, at least for now.

Taraba:Sacked Commissioners Are Heartless And Shameless– Coordinator

The Coordinator of the Concerned Citizens of Taraba; Mohammed Bello Mustapha has debunked claims by the commissioners sacked by the deputy governor who now is the acting governor of the state over the mismanagement of the flood disaster fund given to Taraba state by federal government earlier in the year that they were sacked unjustly as the said flood disaster fund was disbursed judiciously.

Mustapha who was a guest on our morning show ‘Sunrise Daily’ said the commissioners couldn’t come up with a defence when called upon to come and explain how the fund was used.

“They were not wrongly sacked because they were given the opportunity to defend themselves, their right to fair hearing was not trampled upon, they were given the chance, they were invited to make presentation by the last Taraba state House of Assembly before the present leadership

They were all there and they made their presentations, and when the new administration came on board (the new speaker), the issue was taken from where the preceding leadership stopped, so its not a new thing”

Mustapha said the sacked commissioners should have some shame, labelling them  as ‘Heartless’ because they were placed in charge of a fund meant to alleviate the sufferings of the flood victims of Taraba state but unfortunately, they have showed that they do not have the interest of the people of Taraba at heart.

The flood disaster fund that was disbursed to some states came about when some states in the federation suffered so much loss due to natural disaster that destroyed homes, farms and several other properties runing into millions belonging individuals.

And in response, the federal government decided to compensate these states and decided to release funds to help victims of the flood. The states were categorised into A,B and C depending on the level of damage suffered.

Taraba state whose fund is now creating a buzz, was placed under category A, receiving N400m flood disastr fund from the federal government.

Watch complete interview for more details.