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Food security: NDE trains 100 unemployed youths on sustainable Agric development in Nasarawa

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Food security: NDE trains 100 unemployed youths on sustainable Agric development in Nasarawa

From Umar Egbunu Muhammed, Lafia

The National Directorate of Employment ( NDE) in Nasarawa State has trained100 unemployed youths on sustainable Agricultural Development for wealth creation and food sufficiency.

The Acting State Coordinator of the agency, Mr. Rotgak Goden- Go’ar, disclosed this on Tuesday during the orientation exercise for 2021 Sustainable Agricultural Development Training Scheme (SADTS) for the participants in Lafia.

He said that the programme was essentially organized to sensitize the new trainees on the task ahead

According to him, the orientation exercise is also an opportunity to bring to the knowledge of the participants the various programmes of NDE for accessibility and for self reliance.

He said: “It is also to educate the participants on the code of conduct, the do’s and the don’ts while in training as well as general counselling. “This scheme was carefully crafted to attract youths into agricultural production using modern methods.”

“It will provide more profitable farm income, promote environmental stewardship and enhance quality of life for farming families.”

“It is therefore in line with the Federal Government policy on agriculture for empowerment, wealth creation and food sufficiency,” he added.

“A total of 100 trainees have been engaged. The first phase is a two week intensive theory classes while the second phase is practical that involves establishment and maintenance of two model demonstration farms in livestock and crop production,” he said .

Goden- Go’ar  commended the acting  Director General of the Agency, Mallam Nuhu Abubakar- Fikpo for being up and doing in tackling youths restiveness in the country.

He also commended the Provost, College of Agriculture, Science and Technology, Lafia Dr. Yahaya Maikeffi for providing the piece of land for the scheme’s practical demonstration.

The acting coordinator has expressed his readiness to partner individuals, organisations and state governments in order to tackle youths restiveness and unemployment in the state and the country at large.

Also speaking, the Chairman of the occasion, Dr Yahaya Maikeffi, the Provost, College of Agriculture, Science and Technology, Lafia called on the participants to take the training seriously in their own interest and for the overall development of the country.

Maikeffi, who was represented by Dr. Peter Aboki, assured of the institution’s commitment to boost food sufficiency in the state.

Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries in an interview with the NationalUpdatr, Pius Utime, applauded NDE for the gesture and promised to take the training with all seriousness for food sufficiency

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CUPP scribe felicitates with Muslims at Eid-El-Fitr

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The National Secretary of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), Chief Peter Ameh has congratulated Muslims in Nigeria and other parts of the world, for being alive to witness the end of Ramadan fast and be part of the celebration of Eid-el-Fitri.

In a statement signed and issued in Abuja on Thursday, he advised Nigerians to be united.

Chief Amed described this year’s Ramadan fast as exceptional and very important, considering what Nigerians are going through in the hands of enemies, who are exploiting every means to destabilise the country.

The statement urged Muslims to celebrate Eid-el-Fitri moderately and continue seeking Allah’s intervention in the problems militating against security, economy, peace, development and progress of Nigeria.

“The enemies of this country are not Muslims or Christians, but invisible forces, from those who are jealous of our country” Chief Ameh added

“We must not also fail to admit that saboteurs among our people are working for these enemies”

According to the statement, Chief Ameh prayed that this season of worship will usher the country into the needed peace and prosperity.

He also prayed that that the celebration may bring Nigerians together as a people to work for their progress and good of tge Nation.

“As we roll out drums to worship and celebrate, it is my prayers that Almighty Allah accept the ibadah of all the faithful”

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Nasarawa Speaker urges Muslims, others to sustain the spirit of Ramadan, pray for nation’s security

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From Umar Egbunu Muhammed, Lafia

As Muslims celebrates this year’s Eid-el- Fitr, the Speaker of Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Mr. Ibrahim Balarabe-Abdullahi, has urged Muslims to sustain the spirit of the Holly month of Ramadan and continue to pray for God’s intervention in order to overcome the security challenges facing the country.

This was contained in a statement issued by his Press Secretary, Mr. Jibrin Gwamna which was made available to the NationalUpdate in Lafia on Thursday.

The statement quoted the Speaker to have called on Muslims and other Nigerians to have faith and trust in God as well as believe in Nigeria’s greatness.

He admonished the people of the state to continue to pray and strive for the nation’s unity, peace,  progress and development. Balarabe-Abdullahi also called for intensive prayer against insecurity and other challenges.

He also urged wealthy individuals in the society to extend hands of fellowship to the less privileged ones in order to improve on their standard of living as well as to give  them a sense of belonging in the society.

He enjoined Muslims to sustain the spirit of sacrifice, perseverance, commitment to God’s activities and enhancement of prayers among other good deeds  associated with the month of Ramadan.

The speaker enjoined political, religious, traditional and community leaders to continue to preach peace and love among their followers.
Balarabe-Abdullahi further called on Muslims and other Nigerians to support President Muhammadu Bahari and Gov. Abdullahi Sule’s administrations and other leaders at all Levels fir them to succeed.

He urged Nigerians to unite, embrace peace, tolerate one another irrespective differences and remain committed to constituted authorities for development to thrive for an egalitarian society.

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Group alleges corruption in selection of Permanent Secretaries, decries appointment of non-carrier civil servants

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A group, New Era For Sustainable Leadership and Accountability Initiative (NESLAI) has alleged that, the selection examination processes for Permanent Secretaries in the recent past have been fraught with corruption, outright fraud and all manner of malpractices.
The group also frowned at the appointment of non-carreer civil servants as Permanent Secretaries which they say dampen the moral of civil servants that have risen through the ranks.
The executive Director of the initiative, Comrade Edwin Olorunfemi spoke while addressing a press conference in Abuja on Monday on the skewed process in the selection/appointment of Permanent Secretaries to Federal ministries.
He therefore asked the Federal Government to jettison the examination process and use appraisal of the civil servants in terms of merits.
He said, “Further Findings also revealed that the selection examinations processes in time past were laden with fraud, corruption and also enmeshed in all sort of malpractices, as monies were alleged to have usually changed hands between the examiners and the desperate candidates in order to boost their scores believing that they stand a better chance with higher scores. 
“Few weeks ago candidates were asked to submit CVs, a situation which has prompted many running to banks for loans which will invariably put them under pressure for repayment there by leading to corruption which the current administration out rightly frowns at from the beginning of its emergence in office.
“Moreover, judging that in a time like this whereby government is considering cutting down cost of governance, whereas lots of money is required for the conduct of examinations, wisdom dictates that we jettison the idea of conducting examinations but rather, set up a committee and invite prospective candidates for a one on one interactive session where their antecedence will be properly scrutinised and merit given to those who deserves it.” 
On the appointment of non-carrier civil servants he said, “We must not be oblivious of the fact that, as much as competence is important and required, appointing non-career civil servants as Permanent Secretaries should be discouraged as it dampens the morale of the civil servants that has grown through the ranks and put in most active parts of their lives in service diligently.”
He said such actions invariably will deprive them of getting to the peak of their career which also couldlead to inefficiency and dereliction of duty in the civil service. 
According to him the position of Permanent Secretary requires a candidate to have been in the civil service for at least 25-30 years
In the light of that he urged the Federal Government to develop a workable template and mechanism that will see to the emergence of best hands for the job. 
He also challenged the Government to jettison selection examination considering its cost implication coupled with the corruption it breeds in the system. 
Another demand by the group is for a committee to be set up to invite all the candidates for an interactive section.
“This we believe will help save cost, time and streamline the numbers instead of having to conduct examination that has no direct bearing on the job description. 
“Past records, competence and potential be given consideration above every other thing as what we need is delivery on the job and not figure heads. 
He indicated that career civil servant that have grown through the ranks should be appointed to boost the morale of the civil servants giving them the hope and assurance of getting to the peak of their career which will lead to efficiency and commitment to service. 
He expressed the optimism that the Federal Government will heed tgeir advice and act fast. 

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