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ITF decries lack of synergy with Kogi State Govt for youth empowerment

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The Industrial Skills Training center an arm of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has raised concern over the non commitant posture of the Kogi State Government to their training programs which can engage the idle teeming youths in the State.
The Training Manager of the Center Ibrahim S. Umar who spoke during the closing ceremony of the National Industrial Skills Development Program has indicated that the collaboration with Kogi State Government has been stifled and strangulated by some protocols.
He said though that synergy with the State Government is very important it has been lacking adding that the seven years of his sojourn with ITF in Lokoja has not witnessed that robust and mutual relationship
“We are not getting the right collaboration we are expecting but with the present dispensation today we are hoping that the representative of the Government here would make it abundantly clear to the executives so that they could visit us and then we can see how we can fashion out a modular kind of training in whichever trade, even if the trade is not represented in the ITF.”
“We can sit down to fashion out how we can meet the Government, meet the trainees and give them the desired vocational skilled training. That is our concern.”
“Kogi State has not yielded to our request for partnership in terms of sponsorship because we are yet to sit with them to fashion out how they can fully come in terms of getting their commitment in providing Starter packs.
“It needs a kind of real synergy so that the ITF whether at this State level or at the highest level between the Governor and our director general so that they came come up with the blue print.”
Otherwise this can be like a training institute and it is to address the issue of Kogi State first and foremost, adding that some of the training that they run in terms of short time program hardly do they get participation of Kogites.
“We source our participants from elsewhere. We develop modular training program so that we will be able to meet the needs of those that are concerned, why don’t we have this as a school on a periodic basis.”
He said the training center is effectively achieving it’s objectives to have a collection of skilled labour that the people can actually access and utilize from the talents of their own youths.
The Manager said the ITF wants the youths to be less dependent on white collar jobs and looking forward to the Government for employment.
He said the training helps to bolster their own talents which are tapped through their own efforts.
“Once they do that they are addressing the issue of poverty, and once that one is institutionalized it implies that poverty is being curbed through job creation for the youth. “The other fold is that ITF has gone further to the extent that apart from being an instrument or machinery for facilitating job creation they are trying to implement one of the Federal Government agenda of the Nigeria Industrial Revolution Plan (NIRP) that is all based on what we are having.”
Umar pointed out that the ITF provide the educational skills, the entrepreneurial skills so that who ever is producing anything, if he or she passes through ITF cannot be faulted as far as their skill is concerned.
“This is an entirely different level compared to those on of Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES). That one tries to address what the Federal Government planned right from after the Civil War; addressing one of the Rs. The RRR Rehabilitation, Reconstruction
“You know reconstructing the economy was the bases of the SIWES this particular one is to address the present agenda of the Federal Government as far as curbing unemployment is concerned and addressing it from the root that is the youth.

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Nigeria must move away from the shackles of dependency in telecommunications technology-DG NOTAP

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Nigeria must move away from the shackles of dependency in telecommunications technology-DG NOTAP 

By Joseph Sunday


The Director GeneralNational Office For Technology Acquisition and Promotio  (NOTAP) Federal ministry of Science and technology Dr. DanAzumi M. Ibrahim has raised fundamental issues on the need for Nigeria to wakeup from slumber and move away from the shackles of dependency in telecommunications technology.
Speaking at a one day investigative hearing on the present status of 5G network organised by the joint Senate committee on communication, Science and Technology, ICT and Cybercrime and Primary Healthcare and Communicable Diseases he said the country cannot afford to be trailing behind the western world.He worry is that the technology that power the Nigerian economy are largely imported adding that as an agency that regulate the use of foreign technology in the country  they see the quantum of technology that comes into the country and the quantum amount of money that leaves this country in capital flight.”As a nation we have to come out with a deliberate effort to see how we will gradually remove the shackles of dependency on foreign technology consumption. “Technologies are products of research and development. We have universities, they are products of knowledge, all the technologies that should hold our economy are supposed to  emanate from our national education system, and research establishments.
“We have to as a nation strengthen our research development platforms so that we will not continue to rely of foreign technology. “We were at 3G and now 4G and we are migrating to 5G, I am telling before we get ready 6G will come. “So Nigeria as a nation we cannot continue to trail behind others, if we continue to follow them we would not develop this nation, this shackles of dependency will remain with us but as a patriotic Nigeria and whoever cares for his own country, we must have to believe that nobody will come from any part of the world to develop our nation. “The development of our nation depends on us.
He observed that following the Presentation made by the minister of communication and digital economy, the fears put forward have been allayed.He said if all the regulatory agencies believe strongly that there is no implication whatsoever for the nation, in terms of the health implications he said NOTAP will like to align.”The technology that power the Nigerian economy are largely imported, we regulate the use of foreign technology in the country and we see the quantum of technology that comes into this country and then quantum amount of money that leaves this country in capital flight”

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Bauchi/Benue Govs’ feud: Gov Diri to the rescue

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By Princess Rose Yusuf

The Bayelsa State Governor, Duoye Diri has waded in to the war of words between the Governors of Bauchi and Benue State as the recent altercations between the Governors have become very disturbing.
He called on the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to wade in and ensure that the matter is resolved.
He was speaking during a courtesy visit to Governor Bala Muhammed in Bauchi State Government’s House Thursday.
Diri said,
“The raging current issue between two brother Governors of the same party is not good, I seize this opportunity to advise and call on both of you who are members of our great party to please cease further actions and reactions on the burning national security issues.
“May I also use the opportunity to call on our party to immediately intervene and resolve whatever issues that are still yet unresolved amicably as a party and as brothers.”

In his response, Governor Muhammed promised to cooperate and reduce the tension and he gave the assurance that no words would be heard on the matter again. He also seized the opportunity to  apologise to all Governors, the national assembly, his constituents and all Nigerians.
He said, “There is no disharmony between me and my brother and my friend in Benue, we are just having the courage to discourse a burning National issue and I am happy that Nigerians have the opportunity, to discourse the issue and we are going to do everything on my own part to make sure we disedcalate the issue that it will not bring injury to our party and to national unity. I was not doing anything in anyway to insult, or to cause any injury to my brother whom I have worked together with at the cabinet and now as Governors.
“I want to use this opportunity to apologise to my various contituencies; especially the national assembly even though I said the truth but it has injured their sensibilities or it has touched on their privileged as we used to say in parliamentary parlance.
“I was doing it out of nationalism and patriotism. At the same time the Governors if what I said was also injurious to them, I apologise to them and say sorry to them and indeed all Nigerians.
“But certainly as I said, my brother, I have no apology for saying the truth, but certainly sometimes you say the truth and it would be injurious.

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Amnesty for Bandits: coalition of Northern groups aligns with Gumi

The coalition of Northern groups says it aligns with the position of Islamic scholar sheikh Ahmed Gumi on the need to grant Bandits amnesty.

The group also said they support the decision of the amalgamated Union of foodstuff and cattle dealers of Nigeria to suspend the movement of goods to the south as way to press for compesation of losses suffered by its members.
The spokesperson of the group Abdulazeez Suleiman stated this during a news conference  in Abuja Thursday.
“We align directly with Sheikh Ahmad Guni’s position with regards to constructive engagement, opportunity for amnesty leading to reorientation, reintegration and reassimilation of those who embrace peace within a reasonable time frame after which resort can be made to force in crushing the recalcitrant ones.
“It is important to place on record that all those against the proposal for engagement for peaceful resolution of the conflict by singling out sheikh Ahmad Gunmi for attack are those who benefit directly from the conflict with proceeds from the supply if arms and drugs or remotely with the hope of riding to power on its back.

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