Economy

774,000 FG/NDE Jobs are only for unskilled, semi-skilled youths – Committee Chairman

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Chief Nweke Gbazueagu, Chairman, Enugu State Selection Committee for the 774,000 Federal Government/National Directorate of Employment (NDE) Guaranteed Jobs, says  the job space is meant for unskilled and semi-skilled youths.


Gbazueagu made this known on Monday in Enugu while inaugurating 85-member of Enugu State Local Government Supervising and Monitoring Sub-Committee.

The committee comprises five members each from the 17 Local Government Areas of the state.

He noted that other sets of youths to benefit from the 774,000 Jobs were unemployed graduates.

The chairman explained that the exercise was in fulfillment of President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign promise to uplift the standard of living of many jobless youths.

Gbazueagu said that the programme would not have come at a better period than now when the adverse effects of COVID-19 pandemic had triggered economic hardship among people all over the world.

“I will caution that the exercise excludes youths, who are already engaged in any form of trade/business or government business/work.

“They should not apply because such category of youths will be automatically disqualified by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) during the final stage of the selection process.

“This programme provides opportunity for our unskilled, semi-skilled and unemployed graduate youths who are jobless.

“It is not for our fathers and mothers or those who are already engaged. Those who will be selected will eventually go to banks to open an account.

“They will be paid directly from the CBN. Those who are not qualified but selected by any member of the committee will be disqualified by CBN at the final stage.

“At ward level is where people can only be identified. The exercise is not online. It is at ward level that people will know those who are qualified by the locals,’’ he said.

The chairman however, tasked members of the sub-committee to be honest in the discharge of their duty; and see their duty as service to God and humanity.

He advised members of the sub-committee, who could not  bear the sacrifice of no salary/emolument, to resign honourably so that the state working committee could call for their replacement from their respective community leaders.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls  that a 20-member of the Enugu State Selection Committee of the 17,000 Guaranteed Jobs for Enugu State was inaugurated three weeks ago.

Each of the 17 council areas in the state would have 1,000 slots of the job.

The Enugu State Selection Committee comprised traditional rulers, representatives of Christian Association of Nigeria, the Muslim community, town unions, market unions, women group, organized labour etc.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)

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Environment

Flood: 1 out of 14 passengers rescued in Sokoto mishap 

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One corpse was recovered out of 14 passengers in a vehicle that plunged into River Rima Bridge,  along Tashar Illela on Sokoto-Kware-Illela road in SokotoState, due to flooding.


News Agency of Nigeria recalls that a commercial vehicle,  carrying 14 passengers on Thursday, plunged into the river  as water submerged the road including the bridge.

A Rescue Officer from National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Mr Aminu Ambursa, told NAN  that as at Saturday morning,  only one dead body was recovered and taken to Specialist Hospital Sokoto.

Ambursa said the rescue was  still in progress by  combined efforts of police, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) Sokoto State and Federal Fire Services.

He said other officials were from Sokoto State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and Transport unions.

He explained that the rescue  became tough due to high volume of  water that flooded the whole area.

According to him, officials have  to seek  assistance from construction firms for heavy duty crane, local divers and canoe divers for the mission.

Ambursa said the passenger vehicle involved in the accident  was spotted, but however, could not be removed because it was hooked to  a deep hole and passing water was still much.

Another rescue official from the  federal fire service, Muhammad Jibril, said efforts were still in progress to remove the vehicle along with human bodies.

A local diver, Muhammadu Sada, said they deployed different tactics to save the passengers’ lives, stressing that the high water level contributed to the mission’s  difficulties.

Sada explained that the area had not recorded such flooding in a long while  and cautioned road users to beware of crossing the bridge because of the magnitude of the flood.

A resident, Maccido Ibrahim, told NAN that the public voluntarily contributed money for local divers.

“We raised N8,000 from the contributions and a philanthropist, Alh. Ahmadu Maidoya, and others  contributed about N80,000 for canoe and local divers,” he said.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of Sokoto State Ministry of Environment, Malam Abubakar Gani, said the Commissioner, Alh.  Sagir Bafarawa, was not in town.

Gani said the ministry and State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) were aware of the situation, however, could not  speak  on their contribution to save peoples’ lives,  being the responsibility of the ministry.

The PRO assured to update the media on the situation,  noting that the ministry had earlier alerted residents on the possibility of the flood and advised people to use alternative routes.

A Public Analyst, Prof. Bello Bada, said the incident portrayed poor training and lack of techniques on disaster management and rescue operations by Nigerian officials.

Bada, from Usmanu Danfodio University Sokoto,  said the situations could attract public demonstrations  as obtained in other countries where they value human lives.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/ Maharazu Ahmed
Source: NAN

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COVID-19

Edo Election: European Centre decries non-compliance to COVID-19 protocols

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The European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES), on Saturday said voters in Ologbosere primary school, ward 4 with 40 units and other polling units they visited were not observing the COVID-19 guidelines as stipulated in the INEC policy.


Mr Wilson Manji, the deputy project coordinator, told the News Agency of Nigeria , that although the voters were all wearing face masks but they did not maintain social distancing.

“So far the election is going smoothly and calm. We are at Ologbosere primary in Ikpoba-Okha local government area of the state.

“So far everything is peaceful and calm here. Just that the INEC staff just arrived at about 10a.m. and accreditation and voting started at about 10.30a.m. instead of 8.30a.m,” he said.

According to him, the polling officers came with hand sanitisers and thermometers to check the temperature of every voter.

On his part, the Head, INEC Voter Education and Publicity, Timidi Wariowei, told newsmen at INEC office in Benin that most of the polling units and voting points started voting at 8.30a.m.

“But we are aware that there are some few isolated cases that started 9.a.m. or after 9.a.m. because of some issues they needed to sort out.

“From the reports we are getting, almost all the polling units have started voting,” he said.

Wariowei, however, said he observed that the voters were all wearing face masks but did not maintain social distancing.

According to Wariowei, before I left the polling units I visited, I educated the people on the need to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 regulations by maintaining social distancing for the safety of all.

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Donald Ugwu
Source: NAN

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Politics

Edo 2020: Card Readers fail to authenticate fingerprints in Esan West, Central

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The Card Readers provided for the Edo Governorship election to authenticate fingerprints of voters in Esan West and Esan Central Local Government Areas of Edo on Saturday failed to recognise some voters.


Correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria , who monitored the election in the areas, report that while the Card Readers easily identified the voter cards, they failed to authenticate their fingerprints.

This abnormally was noticeable at the polling units in Ward 5 (Uhunmudumu Primary School), and units 14, 15 and 16 (Emado Primary School) in Ekpoma, Esan West Local Government Area.

The same was applicable in units 5 and 6, Ward 6 (Idumebo Primary School), in Esan Central Local Government Area.

However, NAN reports that the voters were still allowed to vote after the cases were incidented on INEC form after which the voters were made to thumb print in the form.

Meanwhile, Mr Victor Edoro, a politician in the area and an ex-commissioner in Edo, Mr Gideon Obhakhan, have described the exercise as impressive.

They described the voting process as peaceful and orderly, with compliance to COVID-19 Pandemic containment protocols.

Edoro, who voted at his voting centre in Idumebo Primary School, Irrua, Esan Central Local Government Area, described the voting process as “peaceful and hitch free.”

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Donald Ugwu
Source: NAN

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Foundation donates food, other gifts items to widows in Abuja

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Smile Attracts Smile Foundation (SASF), a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), has empowered 25 widows with food, cash, clothes and shoes, among other items, as a way of putting smiles on their faces.


News Agency of Nigeria reports that at the maiden edition of the foundation’s meeting on Saturday in Abuja, the widows were full of praises to the foundation.

Major items such as rice, spaghetti, indomie, seasoning, vegetable oil, salt, bread, Ankara materials, shoes and cash were distributed to widows.

Mrs Bukola Adewumi, founder of the SASF, said empowering widows was a dream come through for her, adding that her mother was also a widow and knew what she went through during the period, until she passed on.

”This is like a burden to me, my mother was a widow, I knew what she went through, the struggle and I have nursed this ambition from my university days and also given the little I had then,” she said.

Adewumi said she had been giving her widow’s mite before now, but that it was time to establish a foundation that would be readily available to cater  for their needs.

She noted that her greatest joy would be to see the widows smile, stressing that it was the essence of establishing the foundation to assist widows.

According to her, SASF will not only be about sharing food items, but would also ensure that the widows are trained on entrepreneurial skills, in other to have a ready source of livelihood.

She explained that the foundation would  acquire land and build a widow’s home, in a bid to have projects running there.

”Whatever money we make as proceeds will be plough back to the widows,” she said.

Adewumi said the foundation would have a data base where the names and details of all widows would be saved, for possible support, adding that widows, who register with her foundation, would no longer be a liabilities.

She then called on public spirited Nigerians to contribute to the foundation in the drive to help the widows out of doldrums, adding that their financial support would help cushion their plight.

Mrs Elizabeth Aledare, a resident of Lugbe Airport road, lauded the foundation, adding that the gesture was a divine intervention for her as she and her children had nothing to eat at the moment.

She said that one of her children was billed to return to school come Sept. 21, but that the fear of getting her food had overwhelmed her, until the foundation intervened.

Aladare, 53, from Kogi, who had been a widow for 12 years, said she would remain grateful for the swift intervention by the foundation.

Mrs Chinese Ozor, one of the beneficiaries, a 40 -year-old widow from Enugu, who lost her husband in 2016, commended the organiser, describing the initiative as a timely intervention.

She said such gesture would linger in her memory, while calling for support from Nigerians for the foundation to be able to reach out to other widows.

Mrs Binta Aminu, another  beneficiary, 42, from Katsina, who lost her husband in 2018, said the intervention by the foundation was heartwarming.

Aminu said she could not believe her eyes with the items provided by the foundation, while commending the organiser for the kind gesture.

Mary Adeyemi, 23,  from Oyo, who lost her husband in 2019, described the gesture as huge and wonderful.

The young widow urged other public spirited Nigerians to join hands with SASF to reduce the burden of widows in the country.

Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Felix Ajide
Source: NAN

The Smile Attaracts Smile Foundation (SASF) distributing food items on Saturday in Abuja

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