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World Youth Skills Day: Equip Nigerian Youths with Vocational Skills, Formal Education – Sen.Ekwunife



Nigeria Female Senator Uche Ekwunife has advocated vocational skills acquisition and formal education for youths of the country

She stated this as Nigerians joined others in marking this year’s World Youth Skills Day, WYSD

The senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Uche Ekwunife Iyom emphasized the importance of basic vocational skills acquisition by the youth in addition to the formal education from secondary and tertiary institutions.

Speaking on the theme for this year’s theme, titled: “Transforming youth skills for the future”, the legislator urged government and public office holders at all levels to invest in skill empowerment programmes for the youths within their jurisdiction.

Ekwunife, who spoke through a goodwill message released to mark the occasion, said with such programmes, the unemployment gap among the youth will be bridged and by extension quell youth restiveness and insecurity being faced in the country.

Highlighting her efforts at the 9th Senate, she disclosed that through her empowerment and skills acquisition programmes, thousands of young people within Anambra Central Senatorial District and beyond have had the opportunity to acquire various relevant skills by engaging in the series of programmes which she has organised.

“Today, I join the rest of the world to celebrate the #WorldYouthSkillsDay. The strategic importance of equipping young people with the needed skills to succeed in the 21st century cannot be over emphasized.

“Gladly, through our legislative efforts and interventions, thousands of young people within Anambra Central Senatorial District and beyond have had the opportunity to acquire various relevant skills by participating in our series of empowerment and skills acquisition programmes.

“In line with my commitment towards achieving the sustainable development goal of decent work and economic growth for our youths, I remain committed to facilitating interventions that directly impact the lives of young people,” she stated.

Ekwunife encouraged youths not to rely on their certificates and white collar jobs but also be relentless and proactive in their pursuit to acquire basic entrepreneurship and vocational skills in order to become self employed and reliant.

Some of the programmes highlighted by hee include distribution of laptop computers to youths in her Senatorial District; entrepreneurship development training for youths in Anambra; Vocational training for youths and women in seven LGAs in Anambra; Development of skills and capacity development on confectioners for youths and women through the National Board for Technology Incubation.

Others are training on use of NBBRI finished products in building through modern masonry, painting and carpentry for skilled technicians; Capacity training on snailery and fishery; capacity building on empowerment of MSMEs in creating value addition to strategic raw materials in Anambra State through the Raw Materials Research and Development Council, RMRDC, among others.

The World Youth Skills Day is celebrated every year on July 15 to provide essential skills to youngsters around the globe so that they can get employment.

The day helps in disseminating awareness about the importance of skills in getting good job opportunities.

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FG Approves N24.2bn For Free Internet At Airports, Schools, Markets



THE Federal Government has approved free internet services worth N24.2 billion naira at 20 selected airports, 43 universities and six markets across the country.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Isa Pantami, disclosed this after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday

Pantami said that the airports were selected from the six geo-political zones.

“Certain intervention projects are going to be implemented by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Nigerian Communications Commission of providing Internet in 20 selected airports in Nigeria and higher institutions of learning and also some markets to support micro small and medium enterprises.

“In each geopolitical zone, you have around three airports. In the South-West, we have Lagos and Ondo. For the South-East, we have Anambra and Enugu.

“For the South-South, we have Port Harcourt and Akwa Ibom. For the North-Central we have Abuja and Ilorin. In the North-West, we have Kano, Sokoto and Kebbi. For the North-East we have Yola, Maiduguri and Gombe.”

The minister said the markets and 43 institutions which include universities and polytechnics were also drawn from the six geopolitical zones, adding that it will ease e-learning in schools and also enhance the transition to a cashless economy.

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Buhari Approves Appointment Of 6 New Perm Secs



President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday approved the appointment of six new permanent secretaries in the Federal Civil Service

The appointments followed after a recent conducted selection process.

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF),Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, made this known in a statement by Mohammed Ahmed, Director of Communications of the Office of the HOCSF,

The appointees and their states of origin are Esuabana Asanye (Cross River), Mahmud Kambari (Borno), Richard Pheelangwah (Taraba), Lamuwa Ibrahim (Gombe), Yakubu Kofar-Mata (Kano) and Oloruntola Michael (Ogun).

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DSS Confirms Plot To Install Interim Govt



The Department of State Security Service has said that the plot to Instal interim government was real

DSS noted that the plot was “by some key players” to install an interim government and stop Bola Ahmed Tinubu from being inaugurated as president.

A statement on Wednesday, by Peter Afunanya, the public relations officer of the secret police, said: “The Department of State Services (DSS) has identified some key players in the plot for an Interim Government in Nigeria.

“The Service considers the plot, being pursued by these entrenched interests, as not only an aberration but a mischievous way to set aside the constitution and undermine civil rule as well as plunge the country into an avoidable crisis.

“The illegality is totally unacceptable in a democracy and to the peace loving Nigerians. This is even more so that the machination is taking place after the peaceful conduct of the elections in most parts of the country.”

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