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FG empowers 100 Nigerians with digital tools, free internet subscription

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The Federal Government has empowered 100 Nigerians with digital tools including laptops, free one year internet subscription and cash, towards driving Nigeria’s digital economy.

Dr Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, presented the items at the closing of a digital job creation training in Abuja on Wednesday.

Pantami said that the gesture was in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s digital economic drive in the country.

He explained that digital skills were no longer optional, as they had become a necessity, noting that the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector was a key enabler of the economy.

He said that all sectors of the economy including health, security, agriculture and education, relied on digital technologies to strive for the  future.

Stating the significance of the programme, he said that digital skill had become a useful competence across sectors.

He reaffirmed that the focus of the world had changed from certificates to skills acquisition and advised Nigerians to be patient and ambiquitiuos on digital skill acquisition.

“This is a digital training organised by the government under the supervision of the ministry in order to create more job opportunities for our citizens within and outside the country.

“This is the third. We are in the pilot phase, trying to validate the model we have developed.

“We try to study the existing gaps in digital world, come up with training to fill the gap.

“This is what we have been doing, it is all about creating jobs for our citizens in line with the priority issues of this administration, particularly in the area of economic development,” he said.

The minister, however, said that the ministry also plans to organise six other training programmes with a minimum of 100 participants in each of the six geo-political zones of the country.

“Within this period we want to organise six trainings with minimum of 100 participants in each geo-political zones of the country.

“To be fair, the only criteria is to be able to read and write, however the trainings are many, it all depends on the specific training you want to partake.

“When it is a basic training you only need to be able to read and write, for intermediary training you need the basic knowledge to be available.

“While on advance training, you will discover that the requirements, conditions are many, it all depends on the training you want to partake in, but to be fair it is free for all our citizens,” he said.

In his goodwill message,the Managing Director, Galaxy Backbone, Prof. Abubakar Muhammed lauded the minister for walking the talking by making sure the job creation programme was realised.

Earlier in his opening remarks, Director, ICT, Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, Mr Samuel Okoye, urged the participants to use the acquired digital skills to transform their businesses.

Okoye noted that the training has been able to develop the digital skills of participants in line with objective of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS).

He adviced the beneficiaries to use the skills learnt to better the Nigerian society especially in the digital space.

One of the participants, Mr Saheed Aiyegboka thanked the government for the opportunity, stating that the skills learnt would greatly impact on his life.

Similarly, another participant, Ms Dorcas Kowa, said that she had learnt how to operate her business digitally, saying that the training would propel her business exponentially in the internet space.

 

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Eid-el-Kabir: Atiku preaches sacrifice, love, peace

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Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, has called on Nigerians to use the occasion of this year Eid-el-Kabir  to demonstrate sacrifice, love and peace.

Abubakar in a statement by his media office on Saturday in Abuja, congratulated fellow Muslim faithful on the celebration of this year’s Eid-el-Kabir festival.

He said that the celebration of Eid, as stated in the scriptures, was not merely a fanfare but an admonition to the people to have forbearance and show compassion in every situation.

“The message of Eid al-Adha is to remind ourselves about the commandment of God to show love to one another and uphold peaceful interpersonal relationships.

“The essential purpose of that message is that we must put our trust in God almighty at all times.

“Even in the face of current hard times that many Nigerians are passing through, we must never fail to put trust in God and, more importantly, extend compassion and safety to the vulnerable people around us.

“This means that as we go about celebrating today, we must ensure that we extend good tidings of support and charity to one another, especially those in difficulties,”he said.

The former vice president called on governments at all levels to be deliberate in initiating measures that will ease the hardship confronting Nigerians .

“As we know that the essence of the celebration today is about a restoration of God’s mercy, it is thus incumbent on government at all levels to take a cue from the divine instruction,” he said.

He  reminded Muslims in Nigeria and across the world to remember their responsibility of being good ambassadors of the religion by living their lives according to the practices and teachings of the noble Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

“The festivities that we are undertaking today is borne out of the obedience of Prophet Ibrahim and as also exemplified by Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

“ It is thus our responsibility as Muslims to reflect on their examples in our lives by upholding the threshold of peace at all times, “AbubKar also added.

He wished every Muslim family a happy Eid celebration and prayed for God’s protection and safety for everyone during and after the celebration.

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Eid-el Kabir: VP prays for peace, bumper harvest 

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The Vice President, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, has joined other Muslim faithful to observe the Eid-el Kabir prayer in Maiduguri.

Shettima, who spoke briefly after the prayers, prayed for peace and bumper harvest this cropping season.

“We urge Nigerians to pray for peace and prosperity in the land.

“We have to cultivate peace; there can never be development without peace.

“This is the farming season, we also need to pray for bumper harvest, ” Kashim said.

In his message, the Borno Acting Governor, Alhaji Umar Kadafur, also prayed for peaceful coexistence and the need to pray for the nation.

“May Allah accept our prayers and that of our people in the Holy land,” he said.

He thanked the people of Borno for their sustained support to the government, and assured them of quality leadership.

Kadafur also thanked the Vice President  for coming home to identify with his people in Borno, and wished him a safe trip back to Abuja.

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Eid-el-Kabir: COAS hails troops’ gallantry, sacrifice

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The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, has commended troops of the Nigerian Army for their commitment and gallantry in confronting the security challenges and threats in the country.

Lagbaja gave the commendation on Sunday in Abuja, in his goodwill message to the troops and their families on the occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.

He described the Eid-el-Kabir as a significant festival depicting the important place of sacrifice in humanity and divinity.

The COAS said the 2024 Eid-el-Kabir celebration was also remarkable, as it coincided with the completion of his first year in office as the 23rd Chief of Army Staff.

He expressed gratitude to God for the gift of life and the relative peace restored in many troubled parts of the country.

He acknowledged the enormous sacrifice made by the army, both in human and logistics resources, in the ongoing battle against terrorism, insurgency, banditry, secessionist agitations and sundry crimes.

Lagbaja said the troops had displayed unalloyed loyalty, extraordinary courage and faith in the nation, thereby, emerging victorious in the face of grave danger.

He added that many of them currently bore the badge of courage and bravery in the form of battle scars and injuries, while others carried the memories and stories of their sacrifices for the country.

The COAS enjoined all Nigerians to show collective understanding and support for the government’s efforts to implement necessary reforms to restore economic prosperity.

He also urged all personnel and their families to renew their commitment to selflessness and patriotism for the growth and development of the country.

The army chief, however, reaffirmed his dedication to providing visionary and inclusive leadership needed for effective training, robust living standards and operational effectiveness.

He expressed profound appreciation to President Bola Tinubu, for his unflinching support and leadership.

Lagbaja also extended appreciation to the National Assembly, Minister of Defence, the Minister of State for Defence and the Chief of Defence Staff, for their strategic guidance.

He lauded Nigerians and the international community for their continuous support and belief in the Nigerian Army.

According to him, the Nigerian Army looks forward to continued collaboration to end security challenges and create an enabling environment for economic prosperity and other democratic dividends.

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