A group under the aegis of Nasarawa State Initiative for AA Sule 2023, has said that Gov. Abdullahi Sule’s records of achievements would earn him second term in office.
Engr. Moses Utondu, Chairman of the group stated this when he led others a courtesy visit to the state Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr John Mamman on Tuesday in Lafia.
Utondu, who is also the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the governor on Security Matters, said the group comprised of political appointees and other APC stakeholders in the state.
According to Utondo, the achievements of the governor in the last three years have greatly impacted the people and improved the rating of Nasarawa State on several fronts.
He said the group has structures from the state level down to the polling units and saddled with the sole responsibility of sensitising the people to vote for Sule given his track record of achievements.
“It is one thing to perform and another for the people to know.
So, it’s our duty to preach about his performance to those yet to come to terms with his achievements,” he said.
Utondu noted that as political appointees, they were doing their best individually to propagate the achievements of the governor, but decided to come together to harness ideas for maximum impact that would ensure the reelection of the governor in 2023. Responding, Mamman, thanked the group for the efforts in trying to actualise the reelection bid of Gov. Sule. He said the group’s effort would go a long way to complement the party towards electoral victory in 2023. Mamman urged them not to relent in carrying the message to the grassroots in order to ensure an overwhelming victory for the the party in the general elections.
The party chairman noted that the governor’s achievements, especially in the areas of security, infrastructure and attracting investments for economic development of the state were glaring for all to see.
He, however, said that the party would not relent as electioneering campaign starts, to take the message to all nooks and crannies of the state.
Maman assured the people of the state that given the governor’s disposition, vision and commitment, he would leave the state far better than he met it for the benefit of the people.
The Federal Government on Monday, restated its commitment to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2030, following the ongoing launch of its Project T-MAX (TVET Maximisation) initiative in seven states in the country.
Mr Fela Bank-Olemoh, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to President Muhammadu Buhari on Education Interventions, stated this in Lagos.
He spoke when he paid a courtesy visit to the Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo, to intimate her with the proposed training which would start from next month till the end of the year.
According to him, the Project T-MAX is a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme, approved by the National Steering Committee on National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy (NPRGS).
“To achieve the Federal Government’s goal of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2030, we believe that strong partnerships with the state governments is critical.
” Through this partnership, we will be able to successfully empower over 15,000 Nigerians with skills and also serve as a model for the expansion of technical and vocational skills acquisition across the country,” he stated.
Bank-Olemoh said that the key objective of the initiative was to deploy a transparent, functional and sustainable TVET framework that would equip 15,000 people across seven pilot states.
It is expected to equip them with technical and vocational skills, needed to be self- employed and reliant.
He said it was also to ensure that such TVET centres across the country were operating at full capacity, while providing free skills, training and pumping resources into the local economy.
The senior special assistant said that the pilot phase of the project would run from August to December in seven states, namely: Lagos, Ogun, Edo, Enugu, Kaduna, Nasarawa and GombeHe said that more than 16 skills would be deployed across the states, subject to modification or addition, depending on the Federal Government’s engagement with key stakeholders in the various states.
Bank-Olemoh listed some of the skills as Web development, animation, mobile development, graphic design, animation, cyber security and coding.
They also include beauty care and cosmetology, leather works, tailoring, ICT solar installation, building and construction, plumbing and fittings.
Bank-Olemoh stated that the objectives were also to ensure that the TVET centres across the states were operating at full capacity, while providing free skills training and pumping resources into the local economy.
“So, by Sept. I, the portal will be open in Lagos, for the registration of participants.
“We are looking at having not less than 3,000 of them registered here in Lagos for training in various skills.
It is a three months programme.
“We will register students, send them to the centres and the Federal Government will pay for their training over the next three months.
“The portal will also be open too in Ogun and Kaduna on the same day by that time.
“The programme is funded by the Federal Government and our target is to train 15,000 Nigerians across the seven pilot states, including Lagos.
“Like I said before, it is a programme that focuses on ensuring that TVET centres in Lagos and the others six pilot states, are running on full capacity.
“So, if you are a TVET centre and you have training centres in skills like plumbing, electricians, automotive, ICT and all that, we want such centres to come into this space.
“Next year, the plan is to scale up over 1,000,000 people.
Because of the challenges we have in our country, we have lots of people without skills.
We need to do big programmes and fill that confidence that this is the type of programmes that will proffer solutions to those challenges,” he said.
He listed Kaduna and Lagos as pilot states where the programme had been launched, noting that the team planned to be in Ogun on Wednesday and Nasarawa and other remaining states by next week.
“I want to just challenge you the press, one of the things we need to be doing in Nigeria is to ensure that when we say we are going to do things, you ensure we do that.
“We have told you that we are going to train 15,000 Nigerians across seven states of the federation, I will like you to hold us to that.
“Go to these states, check if we are doing just that.
Talk to the students, see if we are doing it.
Because ultimately, if we strengthen the nation, we strengthen ourselves.
“Our expectation is to confirm that we do not need to build more TVET centres to train our people on skills acquisition, as we already have enough that could maximise their capacities.
“This programme will encourage more participation from females and People With Disabilities (PWDs),” he said.
According to him, starter packs will be given to the top participants in each state, based on their assessment rankings.
He said that the starter packs would also serve as incentives to ensure maximum concentration and participation from the individuals.
Bank-Olemoh said that the main activities of the Project T-MAX in the states would be stakeholders engagement, accreditation of TVET centres, training, monitoring and evaluation, among others.
According to him, at the end of the programme, the team will carry out certification, give out starter packs, job placements as well as organise closing events, do tracking and follow ups.
“Ultimately, we are confident that we will be putting our money into the hands of Nigerians and spend it within the local economy.
“This programme will reduce to the barest minimum, unemployment and poverty, as well as restiveness among youths.
“Whether we like it or not, we have to get this country to work and together, I know we can,” he stated.
In her opening remark, the Lagos Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folashade Adefisayo, lauded the Federal Government for the initiative.
The commissioner noted that the impact of the training on participants and residents, would be overwhelming.
She decried the poor interest shown by citizens in vocational and technical training, especially among the youth.
Adefisayo said enough people were not being trained in areas such as construction.
“A lot of times, we neglect the aspect of technical and vocational education.
“We are not training enough people in the construction sector and this is getting back to us,” the commissioner stated.
According to her, technical and vocational education has been one key area that the state government has been passionate about.
“The stakeholders summit we normally organise about this, has indeed opened more doors to TVET to thrive.
“Currently, there is a shift in perception about TVET in all the sectors of the society and that shows we are getting back to track.
“And with the investment and attention given to this section of education in the state, perceptions are fast changing, as more persons are showing interests in acquisition of skills,” she said.
Mrs Moronke Azeez, Executive Secretary, Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB), said the development was a game changer.
She said that the state was fully ready to work with the team.
Azeez also commended the Federal Government for the initiative, assuring that the state government would give all the support needed for it to thrive and fulfill its mandates.
Jody Adewale, Executive Director of Etiwa Tech Centre, a non profit TVET institute, noted that skills were drivers to economic growth and nation-building.
She noted that the initiative was a step in the right direction, adding that partnering with the Federal Government was something encouraging and heartwarming.
The Nasarawa State Government on Thursday renewed its commitment to the provision of infrastructure development in order to improve the standard of living of the people in the state.
Mr Yahaya Adams, the Special Adviser to Gov. Abdullahi Sule on Rural and Community Development, said this while inspecting ongoing construction of rural roads in Nasarawa South Senatorial district.
He said that Sule had embarked on the provision of infrastructure in order to tackle poverty and boost the socio-economic activities in the state.
“This inspection visit is to ascertain the quality of work done so far with the view of correcting any abnormality, if discovered.
“Gov. Sule has embarked and still embarking on development projects in order to improve on the standard of living of our people.
“As this will help in tackling poverty and boost the socio-economic activities of the people of the state.
“As the importance for the provision of Infrastructure to human and societal development could not be overemphasised,” he said.
Adams expressed happiness with the quality of work done so far, saying that the state government is determined to provide more infrastructures in the state.
“I feel happy with the good works done so far, plans are on for the provision of more projects across the state,” he added.
The special adviser therefore called on the people of the state to continue to support the governor to succeed beyond 2023 in order to enjoy more dividends of democracy.
Also speaking, Mr Rilwanu Abubakar, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to governor on Rural and Community Development, commended Sule for keying into people’s oriented projects in the state.
He said that the governor’s developmental strides across the state had impacted on the lives of its citizens.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some of the projects inspected are the road, road, Agbashi road, St. John College road, all in Southern part of the state.
The Nasarawa State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Amb. Lucky Isaac, has urged youths to contribute their quota to promote good governance in the country.
Isaac made the call at a one-day Citizenship and Leadership Training Programme for youth leaders in Lafia on Thursday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the training was themed: “The Role of Nasarawa State Youths Towards Establishment and Promotion of Good Governance: 2023 in Focus” The commissioner said that if youths contributed positively to good governance, it would not only promote development but would also promote peace in the country.
He described youths as pillar and backbone of every society, hence the need for them to channel their energies towards good governance in the country.
Besides, Isaac enjoined them to shun negative acts at all times and to contribute positively to nation building.
“I want to commend the convener of this programme as it will go a long way in boosting their leadership skills to ensure good governance in the near future,” he said.
The commissioner restated the state government’s continued commitment to initiate youth friendly policies and other programmes that would improve on the lives of the youths.
Mr Moses Otundo, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State on Security, and Mr Musa Ayas, SSA on Community Development, also urged the youths to conduct themselves peacefully at all times.
The duo urged the youths and other people of the state to support the Sule’s re-election in 2023. Earlier, the Convener of the Programme and Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the governor on Youth Affairs, Mr Shuaibu Sani, said that the programme was designed to train the youths on leadership skills and their roles in the society.
Sani said the programme was also designed to remind the youths on their roles as nation builders.
2000 Kaduna citizens to benefit from FG vocational T-MAX programme The Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Educational Intervention, Fela Bank-Olemoh says 2,000 people in Kaduna State will be equipped with technical and vocational skills through the Federal Government Project T-MAX.
Bank-Olemoh said this when he paid a courtesy visit to the Acting Governor of Kaduna State on Tuesday at the Government House.
According to him, Kaduna and six other states were selected to pilot the programme targeted at 15,000 beneficiaries in Nigeria.
He said Gombe, Lagos, Ogun, Edo, Enugu, Kaduna, and Nasarawa were the seven states selected for the pilot programme.
The SSA said the 15,000 Nigerians would be equipped with vocational skills in the next three months during the programme.
Bank-Olemoh said that by 2023, the programme would be scaled up to one million Nigerians using the facilities that exist within the eco system.
He said the gesture was part of the Federal Government’s commitment to empower Nigerians with skills.
“Things are tough; the best thing to give Nigerians is skills and starter packs.
Students that did well in their final test after the training will be given starter packs,” he said.
The SSA explained that Project T-MAX is a Technical and Vocational Education and Training Programme approved by the National Steering Committee on National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy (NPRGS).
He said it was aimed at achieving the Federal Government’s goal of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty with NPRGS as one of the core poverty interventions by 2030. In her remark, Dr Hadiza Balarabe, Acting Governor of Kaduna State, commended the programme which she said aligned with the state government’s human capital development initiative, especially in skills and talent development.
Balarabe, represented by the Commissioner for Business Innovation and Technology, Prof. Kabir Mato, said the state government would work with Project T-Max and ITF for the success of the project in the state.
She said the state government believes in partnership and collaborations in delivering its governance agenda.
The acting governor described the programme as laudable and timely, especially to Kaduna State as one of the states in the pilot phase of the project that would run from August to December.
“It is our hope that the programme will run seamlessly with a hitch-free implementation across the nation and in particular, Kaduna state,” she said.
Balarabe assured government continued commitment through provision of enabling environment for the smooth implementation of the programme in the state.
Mr James Thomas, Executive Chairman of Karu Local Government Area in Nasarawa State has imposed a curfew on the council area as a measure to checkmate security threats.
This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Danbaba Magaji, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Chairman on Media and Publicity, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Karu on Monday.
According to Magaji, the chairman took the decision after an expanded peace and security meeting with all the security agencies in the area.
He added that the curfew is expected to take effect on Thursday, August 11, 2022 from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am, till further notice.
“It has become imperative for us to take a holistic approach to curb or checkmate the security threat in our area, even though we are enjoying relative peace in Karu LGA.
“But, we must work tirelessly and take all security measures to ensure we live in peace, considering our proximity to Abuja and criminals are using that as an option to take advantage.
”As such, we will take this as precautionary measures, from Thursday, till further notice,” Thomas was quoted as saying.
Magaji further revealed that the curfew once in effect will restrict all movements of vehicles, closure of all cinemas, bars and joints and all other activities in the local government.
The newly appointed Special Adviser to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Transportation, Mr Sola Giwa, has solicited support of Management and Staff of the Ministry of Transportation in the implementation of the Themes Agenda on transportation.
Giwa made the plea in a statement signed by the Deputy Director, Public Affairs, Mrs Bolanle Ogunlola, in Lagos On Thursday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that THEMES, as part of components to make ‘Lagos Greater’, would form the basis for assessing Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State governance.
THEMES, an acronym for his administration’s six strategic development agenda, represent Traffic Management and Transportation, Health and Environment, Education and Technology, Making Lagos a 21st Century Economy, Entertainment and Tourism as well as Security and Governance.
Giwa sought support of the management and staff of the ministry of transportation during an official welcome forum organised by the ministry, following his appointment as Special Adviser (SA) to the Lagos State Governor on Transportation.
Giwa said that that support from the staff was crucial to achieving set goals and targets, the statement said.
NAN also reports that the former SA, Hon Toyin Fayinka, resigned to pursue his political career and contest in the year 2023 elections.
Speaking at the event, the Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, while welcoming the new special adviser noted that Giwa was on familiar terrain.
He said that Giwa had worked closely with the former special adviser, Mr Toyin Fayinka, urging him to bring his wealth of experience to bear.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Mr Kamar Olowoshago disclosed that he was not only optimistic about working with the new Special Adviser but was also looking forward to a favourable tenure.
Olowoshago said that Giwa’s tenure would favourably impact on the THEMES agenda as it pertains to the Transportation sector.
The erstwhile SA, Mr Toyin Fayinka, while congratulating his successor on his new status added that the journey in front of him may be tasking but it is not insurmountable.
He disclosed that he was rest assured that the rank and file of the ministry would leave no stone unturned to support Giwa. In his response, the special adviser expressed appreciation to the entire ministry for the warm welcome.
He said that the support of every member of staff was crucial to achieving set goals and targets.
Mainwhile, Ogunlola said that Giwa had built an active and enviable career in public office in the past years working closely with the Lagos State Governor in different capacities.
She said that Giwa was appointed SA to the governor on LASTMA in 2007 where he worked with the then special adviser on Transportation to the Governor, Comrade Kayode Opeifa, in building strong capacity and human resource that ensured the performance of LASTMA as an effective agency.
Ogunlola said that in 2011, he became the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on transportation working with the Commissioner for Transportation and other stakeholders within the government in building a virile transport system in the State.
She added that in 2015, he contested the seat of the Lagos Island Constituency 2, and was elected member of Lagos State House of Assembly 8th Assembly.
She, however, said that before his appointment as SA, Giwa was a member of the Special Traffic Management and Enforcement Team on Apapa.
The Federal Government, through National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), has established Agricultural Machinery and Equipment Development Institute (AMEDI) in Lafia, Nasarawa State.
Speaking at the ground breaking of the institute on Monday in Lafia, Executive Vice-Chairman of NASENI, Prof. Mohammed Haruna, said the development was part of federal government’s intervention in agriculture to revolutionise farming and food processing in Nigeria, using technology.
He said that the institute had the mandate of building on the successes of NASENI in the production of agricultural equipment from cultivation through the food value chain to post-harvest, processing and food preservation.
Haruna said that the institute would serve as a pilot location for the implementation of the agreement between Nigeria and Czech Republic on research, development of equipment and training of Nigerians in the field of agriculture.
He said that the institute would also focus on processing agricultural waste to renewable energy.
“The institute will also serve as a pilot location for the implementation of agreement between NASENI and a Jordanian agency on food safety to guarantee quality and acceptability of Nigeria’s farm produce for export,” Haruna added.
Also speaking, Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, commended NASENI for championing the course of technological innovation and advancement in the country.
Represented by Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Foreign Affairs and Development Strategies, Amb. Abdullahi Omaki, Gambari assured that the present administration would continue to leverage science and technology to drive agricultural development in the country.
In his address, Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State lauded the federal government for the establishment of AMEDI in Lafia.
He noted that the establishment of the centre was geared toward transforming the agriculture sector into an industrial hub through job creation, youth empowerment, skills acquisition and value addition.
Sule said that AMEDI would complement the role of the state’s skills acquisition development centres and deepen the availability of skilled manpower to match the influx of companies coming to do business in the state.
He assured that state government would continue to collaborate with NASENI for other interventions in order to galvanise its development efforts.
In his remarks, President, Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), Mr Ali Rabiu, congratulated NASENI for living up to its mandate.
He said that COREN would support the centre with a curriculum that would ensure production of quality and top notch graduates who would be ready to deliver indigenous facilities, equipment and infrastructure that would address the country’s socio-economic challenges.
sponsors 274 Christians on pilgrimage to Israel, Jordan< State Government on Friday said it had sponsored 274 Christians on pilgrimage to the Holy Lands of Israel and Jordan, urging them to pray for the state and Nigeria.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Christian Pilgrimage is an occasion for Christians (Pilgrims) to step out of their comfort zone to encounter God where He has revealed Himself.
It also entails visiting places associated with the life, times and teachings of Christ especially his birth, passion, death and resurrection.
For Christians, it is an opportunity for quiet introspection and spiritual rebirth; they are expected to return as more dedicated practitioners of the Christian Faith.
Speaking during the inauguration of Batch A of the 2022 Christian Pilgrimage in Enugu, Gov.
Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi enjoined them to pray for peace, security, unity and progress of Enugu State and Nigeria as a whole.
Ugwuanyi, who noted that Nigeria was going through strange and difficult times which needed God’s intervention more than ever, urged them to pray for the country.
The governor, who was received by the elated beneficiaries, enjoined them to also “pray particularly that we may love one another as this, in my judgment, is the missing link in our society, for love bears all things (I Corinthians 13:7).” He further told the the pilgrims to equally pray for peaceful electioneering campaigns, successful general elections and seamless transition in Nigeria, in 2023.
“I congratulate the intending Pilgrims for the unique opportunity and thanking the Almighty God for using the instrumentality of his administration to accomplish.
“In keeping with our commitment to deepening the practice of Christian Faith in our State, we are sponsoring 274 Pilgrims, 24 for Jordan and 250 for Israel,” he said.
Ugwuanyi, however, advised them to obey the extant rules in their letter, adding that “the state expects 100 per cent return of our Pilgrims and the handlers should ensure that no one absconded from the trip”.
The governor, therefore, wished them journey mercies and spiritually enriching experiences.
Ugwuanyi earlier, the Executive Secretary of the Enugu State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, Mr Nestor Ezeme, described the governor as “God fearing and the best Pilgrimage Governor in Nigeria”.
Ezeme thanked Gov.
Ugwuanyi for his commitment to God and immense contributions to the success of religious programmes in Enugu State, stressing that they are unprecedented in the annals of the state.
He pointed out that the governor’s faithfulness to God was responsible for his enviable feats in all spheres of development despite the nation’s numerous challenges.
“No wonder you are number one in education, health, rural infrastructure, Judiciary, security, everywhere you are; and you have taken number one in pilgrimage,” he said.
In his goodwill message, the Chairman of Enugu State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, Bishop Emmanuel Edeh, expressed profound gratitude to Gov.
Ugwuanyi for his steadfastness in championing the noble objectives of the board.
Edeh who is also the Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Enugu State chapter, said the Christian community was highly impressed that Enugu State under the watch of Gov.
Ugwuanyi, had been outstanding in sponsoring pilgrims.
“It is on record that talking about Pilgrimage in the South East, it has been Enugu State all the way,” the CAN Chairman said.
He recalled that Gov.
Ugwuanyi was recently conferred with the ‘Best Pilgrimage Governor in the South East Nigeria’ by the National Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) for committing resources towards the growth and sustenance of Christian Pilgrimage in Nigeria.
The cleric encouraged Gov.
Ugwuanyi to hold on tightly to his vision and Christian belief, beseeching God to continue to guide and protect the governor to finish well.
Other dignitaries at the event were Chairman, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Enugu State, Bishop Godwin Madu, Director of Special Duties, Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), Mr. Sunday Udeh, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor on Religious Matters, Rev.
Sadiya Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, has warned the Independent Monitors of the National Social Investment Program (NSIP) not to intimidate or harass beneficiaries.
Farouq, who said this on Friday in Akure during the training of Stream 2 independent monitors in Ondo state, said the ministry will not accept intimidation of beneficiaries by an independent monitor.
Represented by Mr. Joseph Adaramoye, Director of Finance and Administration (DFA), the minister said that 3,000 independent monitors across the country were joining the program.
He said stream 1 of the program had 4,452 independent monitors trained and enrolled across the country between February and March 2021 as NSIP monitors.
Farouq said that the program was important and strategic as the trained men and women would add value to the program after previous training and would receive commitment letters and tablets (phone) as working tools for monitoring.
“Monitoring in the state requires Independent Monitors to partner with the state NSIP team, as their work cannot be done in a vacuum.
“All state NSIP officials are here today and I ask that you work closely with them.
The ministry will not accept intimidation of beneficiaries by an Independent Monitor.
“Any independent monitor found to be intimidating or harassing a beneficiary will be removed from the program.
“Please note that we have officials from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Department of State Services (DSS) working with us on this program, and the culprits will be turned over to the relevant authorities.
"We are also working with non-governmental organizations and civil society groups that will support you in your monitoring task," he said.
According to the minister, the NSIP was created by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2016 with a mandate to lift citizens out of poverty through a series of social interventions including the Job Creation Program - NPOWER.
Others are; National Homegrown School Feeding Program (NHGSFP), Conditional Cash Transfer Program (CCT), and Government Enterprise and Empowerment Program (GEEP).
The Ondo State Focal Person for Social Investment Programs, Ms. Olubunmi Ademosun, urged the Independent Monitors to be diligent in their assigned duties.
Ademosun, represented by the Governor's Senior Special Assistant (SSA) for Social Investment, Mr. Felix Kolawole, informed grantees that their feedback would help improve the program.
Technical Assistant, Monitoring and Evaluation, Mr. Kehinde Adegbola, said that the program was organized to provide new entrants with the necessary training to facilitate the process.