The Federal government of Nigeria has launched the National Power Apprenticeship Scheme (NAPAS) which is projected at training 7,400 youths in the power sector to tackle the problem of human capital being faced by the power generation distribution and transmission companies in the Nigerian power sector.
According to President Goodluck Jonahtan, it is another step towards the effort of the administration to improve the employment of Nigerian youths.
The Minister of Power, Professor Chinedu Nebu however spoke disparagingly about the lack of adequate human capital and capacity in the power sector which has become more acute following the reforms.
He wondered why for over 23 years this step has not been taken in Nigeria, noting that negligence had caused a decay in the system.
The training will concentrate on areas such as electrical fidders, cable jointers, climbers and substation operators and the trainees which are from all state of the federation are drawn from school certificates, OND , HND, and degree holders
Goodwill messages came from the National Assembly,the development partners,the Federal Capital Territory Minister and the State Governors
The beneficiaries already taken in for training knows in few months to come they would be among the ones Nigerians would look up to for steady power supply.
The Youths of Anambra East and West Local Government Areas say it will not be business as usual for prospective aspirants to legislative positions in the 2015 general elections, as they protest what they call ineffective representation of their constituencies over the years.
The leader of the protesting youths, Mr Emmanuel Alogboja, who credited the massive infrastructural development in their area to the state government, said everybody was thriving on self sustainability when they have representatives who should move motions and sponsor bills that would attract attention to the agricultural and oil and gas potentials of the local areas and bring development to the area.
The protesting groups from their different quarters converged on the popular and central Aguleri Junction in Anambra East local Government AArea of the State to stage their dissatisfaction.
The Aguleri junction, with the statue of Reverend Father Iwene Tansi overlooking the intersection of roads, lay peaceful with everybody going about their businesses with every hope of self survival regardless of what the government or anybody can do for them.
Few persons from Aguleri community that Channels Television spoke to – Miss Ifeoma a shop owner and unemployed Ike and Samuel – said they do not know anything about representation or who their representatives were in both the State and Federal Legislative Assemblies.
It was such anomaly of poor and ineffective representation that protesting youths from Anambra East and West including women protested against at Aguleri junction, chanting notes of disappointment and dissatisfaction, insisting that 2015 general elections would be a furnace to heat and prove whoever that will represent them as they are presently not satisfied with the kind of representation they are having. From their comments, it was clear that they indeed have an idea of what they want.
In Anambra East and West Local Government Areas lies the food basin of the state and with the discovery of oil in the area too, the people said they need representatives who would be vocal, vibrant and proactive in lending their voices through bills and emotions that would attract attention to their area so they could be included in the scheme of things.
The leader of the protesting youths stated that credibility and spirit of sacrifice were the yardsticks for any prospective candidate for the 2015 election as far as Anambra East and West were concerned.
The people commended the state governor for creating an avenue of employment through the on-going registration of youths in the agricultural scheme and stated that if their representatives should be as proactive as the present administration, Anambra state would indeed be the light of the nation as it is named.
Governor Mukhtar Yero of Kaduna State has doled out over N163 million to 366 religious group in the state.
The Governor noted that three years after the post-election violence, the Federal Government was yet to redeem the N7 billion compensation for the victims of the 2011 post-election violence, adding that the state was not alone in the delay for the payment of the compensation to the victims of the violence which blew across some parts of the North in the wake of the 2011-presidential election.
The Governor, while presenting cheques to representatives of religious groups said that the N163million was to assist various religious bodies in carrying out their activities, as well as assist them in the building of places of worships, adding that his administration would not relent in its effort at sustaining lasting peace in the state.
The Governor also used the occasion to preach the message of peace and unity among adherents of the two major religions in the state. He reminded them that the aftermath of the violence has continued to hamper all the peace building processes initiated by the past and present administration due to reprisals and vengeance.
He also appealed to religious leaders to caution politicians against do-or-die politics, noting that no one could achieve what he or she is not destined to achieve.
Kaduna State is predominantly made up of Christians and Muslims. Due to its heterogeneous religious nature, the state has witnessed several ethno-religious crises in the past, which has also claimed so many lives and properties.
During the 2011 post presidential election violence in the state alone, several places of worship and commercial places were destroyed. This made the state the worst hit in the violence as both Muslims and Christians suffered losses.
The Governor, while condemning the recent attacks in parts of the state, especially those communities in Kaura, Birnin Gwari and Giwa Local Government Areas, assured the people that Government would leave no stone unturned in its determination to apprehend those behind the dastardly acts.
The benefiting religious groups comprising Christian and Muslim leaders thanked the Governor for the gesture and for his efforts to restore peace and security in the state.
Different religious groups from across the state received cheques distributed by the Governor, his Deputy, Nuhu Bajoga and other political office holders in the state.
The governor of Kaduna State, Mukhtar Yero, has held series of meetings with traditional rulers and youths in the state aimed at halting the brazen attacks on communities in the state.
The meeting was convened at the instance of the Governor as part of collaborative efforts of Government in stemming attacks on innocent citizens especially in the southern part of the State and Birnin Gwari Local Government Area in the northern part where scores of people have been killed by unknown gunmen.
Addressing the traditional rulers in his office, Governor Yero said the State government would not allow hoodlums to cause chaos in the state through incessant attacks on helpless citizens of the state.
While in a meeting with chairmen and secretaries of various communities in the southern part of the state, Governor Yero appealed to all all to unite and live together in peace.
“The government in collaboration with security agencies, is already taking steps to address the security challenges in all parts of the state and you also have a role to play as royal fathers and community leaders towards the enthronement of peace in the state,”Governor Yero said.
The Governor equally condoled with the traditional council over the unfortunate incident at Kaura communities where many lives where lost and property destroyed.
In his remark, the Emir of Zazzau, Shehu Idris, said the killing of innocent people could bring calamity upon the entire society and appealed to the perpetrators to stop such acts and embrace peace.
Those who attended the meeting are of the believe that similar meeting would be held constantly across the three senatorial zones of the state in order to engage themselves in continuous dialogue towards the enthronement of peace in the state.
A police officer in Kaduna has shot dead a middle aged woman, while trying to disperse some youths that stormed acourt proceeding in order to disrupt in Kafanchan.
According to the Kaduna state police commissioner, Olufemi Adenaike who confirmed the incident to Channels Television, the killing of the woman was not intentional, as the Police officers had gone to a court sitting in the area to disperse some youths who came to disrupt a court proceeding and in the process, a bullet from one of the police officers hit the woman which led to her death.
The commissioner stated further, that the police had gone to the court on the request of the presiding judge.
The police officer that shot the woman has been arrested while normalcy has returned to the area.
In order to maintain the harmonious nature of the state, the Kwara state governor, Abdulfattah Ahmed has called on youths in the state especially the unemployed ones to desist from destructive tendencies or being used as instrument of crisis assuring of his determination to provide means of livelihood for them soon.
The governor made the call while playing host to the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulugambari at government house who paid him Salah homage.
He noted that government would not fold its arms and allow some youths to disrupt political or social gatherings on the pretext of lack of jobs adding that efforts are on to provide jobs for thousands of youths in the next few weeks.
The Small and Medium Development Enterprises Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) has pledged to support the Students Advancement for Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE) Nigeria, to train youths in entrepreneurship and financial skills.
This is coming as consolation to youths in Nigeria as they will soon have cause to smile.
The Director General of Agency, Mr Bature Umar, while addressing a news conference in Abuja said the federal government remains committed to youth empowerment and the federal government is repositioning the agency to enthrone the culture of entrepreneurship and provision of skills for Nigerian youths.
The news conference aimed at heralding the commencement of the SAGE World Cup being hosted by Nigeria availed the Mr. Bature, the opportunity to tell delegates that there is so much misinformation about the security situation in Nigeria but pledged the government’s commitment to empower youths.
Reacting, the founder of SAGE, Mr Curtis Deberg said, Nigeria, like any other nation, had its own challenges, including security, poverty and others that needed the support of everybody to adequately address them.
Sage is currently operating in all continents with a mission to create the next generation of business leaders that their innovations and social enterprise are aimed at addressing the major needs of the global community.
Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has approved the sum of N500 million for Ambrose Alli University to upgrade its facilities.
Speaking at the inauguration of eight member Governing Council of the university chaired by Professor Greg Akenzua, Governor Oshiomhole said the money will be paid in installments, beginning from this month and spread over a couple of months.
Governor Oshiomhole who acknowledged that the institution has several challenges said the Governing Council will decide how best to put the money to use, but that he expects value for every kobo spent.
The Governor said he has total confidence in the new AAU Governing Council as it is made up of seasoned academics, administrators, and people who have demonstrated passion for quality education.
Responding, Chairman of the Council, Prof Greg Akenzua, on behalf of others, pledged that the Council would do its best to reposition the University and justify the confidence reposed in them by the Governor.
Other members of the council are Professor Thomas Audu, Professor Tom Imobighe, Dr Andrew Isegwe, Dr Andrew Okwilagbe, Dame Esohe Jacobs, Prince Tony Omoaghe and Dr Godswill Ogboghodo.