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.


El-Rufai Appoints SSG, Others Ahead Of Inauguration

El-rufaiKaduna State Governor-elect, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, ahead of his inauguration on Friday May 29, has on Wednesday announced the appointment of key officials into his cabinet.

In a statement signed by the Governor-elect, Mr Balarabe Abbas Lawal has been appointed the Secretary to the State Government (SSG).

Salisu Suleiman was appointed his Principal Private Secretary, while Mr. Abu Musa Sheyin, will serve as Private Secretary to the Deputy governor-elect, Barnabas Bantex.

El-Rufai also announced the appointment of Bala Yunusa as Deputy Chief Of Staff (Legislative Affairs) and Samuel Aruwan as his Special Assistant, Media.

The statement also says, ‘’all the appointments take effect from Friday, 29 May 2015’’.

The new SSG, Lawal, served as Chief of Staff to El-Rufai when he was minister of the Federal Capital Territory and was also a Director in the Nasir El-Rufai Campaign Organization. He currently chairs the Kaduna State APC Transition Committee.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)  declared the Candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Mr Nasir El-Rufai winner of Kaduna State governorship election.

Fayose lifts Curfew, Urges Peaceful Easter celebration

fayoseThe Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, as a result of the forthcoming Easter celebration, has ordered that the 7:30pm to 6am curfew imposed on the State, be lifted.

Governor Fayose, who urged Christians in the State to celebrate Easter peacefully, assuring them that all security agencies in the state have been placed on alert, to respond swiftly to any security breach during and after the Easter celebration.

According to a statement issued on Thursday by the Governor’s spokesman, Lere Olayinka, the governor described Easter as the most important event of the Christian faith.

The Will Of God

The statement read: “Easter, being the most important event of the Christian faith, must be celebrated in an atmosphere of freedom, peace and joy”.

“It is on this note that the 7:30pm to 6am curfew declared on Tuesday is lifted so as to allow Christians in the State the celebration of Easter without any hindrance.

“It is my expectation that in this season of renewal, we will all rejoice in Christ’s rising, draw strength and inspiration from His example, and remember that in the end, even death itself will be defeated,” the Governor said.

Governor Fayose had earlier stated that the curfew imposed on Tuesday, was to prevent violence that might arise after the declaration of the final results. He said that the election result was the will of God, which, he said, must not been seen as a victory or loss for any political party.

NBC Chairman Visits Channels Television, Lauds Exemplary Role In Industry

NBCThe Chairman of the National Broadcasting Commission, Mr Herbert Orji, has paid a historic courtesy visit to Channels Television at its headquarters in Lagos.

This is the first time a sitting Chairman of the commission would be visiting a television station.

Mr Orji was accompanied by his Special Assistant, Mr Uche Iheakanwa, and the Director of the NBC Lagos Zone, Mr Femi Ayeni.

They were received by the Chairman/CEO of Channels Television, Mr John Momoh, the Vice Chairman, Mrs Sola Momoh, and the management staff of the station.

During the visit, Mr Orji commended Channels Television for the exemplary role it is playing in the industry.

He also revealed the plans of the commission towards meeting the digitization deadline set for June 2015, saying that the commission was ready to start implementation in selected states, including Lagos, Oyo and Rivers.

Mr Orji also gave an assurance of subsequent implementation in other parts of the country.

After taking a tour of the station, the Chairman took out time to grant an interview where he revealed the plans of the commission to set up a National Broadcasting Fund of 200billion naira to help fund the sector.

He revealed that 25% of this would be designated for grants and capacity building and the remaining 75% would be given as loans at a single digit interest rate.

Nema Organises Seminar For Enforcement of Law For Safer Cities

nemaThe National Emergency Management Agency [NEMA] has organized a workshop on the enforcement of law for safer cities thereby calling on professionals to adhere to laws guarding against cases of building collapses, environmental degradation, amongst others.

The Director General of NEMA, Muhammad Sanni  Sidi in his keynote address  blamed professionals for non implementation of building codes responsible for various vices as it affects building collapses in the country.

The seminar is organized by the Minna zonal office of National Emergency Management Agency to sensitize professional stakeholders on the need to fully implement building codes to guard against building collapse, building along coastal area and environmental degradation resulting from flood or illegal mining.

In his welcome address, the Special Assistant to the Kwara state governor on Emergency and Relief Services, Rahman Sefiu noted that the abuse and distortion of building or farming on waterways aggravate the impact of disasters.

He implored town planners to implement laws to ensure that people do not live in high risk areas or face threats such as flood while building codes should be adhered to.

The Director General of National Emergency Management Agency, Muhammed Sani Sidi said the world is witnessing a rapid impact of disasters caused by combinations of natural hazards and vulnerability, which constantly threatens people’s lives and source of livelihood.

The occurring cases of building collapse, building along or close to water courses and environmental degradation resulting from either flood or illegal mining should be addressed by professionals, he added.

Stakeholders were advised to ensure there is proper enforcement of laws for better cities.