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NASENI trains over 100 youths on vacational skills



By Ogaga Ariemu

National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure(NASENI) has commenced vacational skills training for over 100 youths selected from Ibadan, Oyo state.

This was contained in a statement disclosed to Nigerian NewsDirect by the Deputy Director, Information, NASENI, Mr Olusegun Ayeoyenikan in Abuja.

According to him, the State-of-the-art plumbing equipment, tools and diagnostic kits worth several millions of naira were handed over to 100 youths around Ibadan in continuation of President Buhari’s directive to NASENI to give Nigerian youths new skills, carry out retraining exercises in line with modern techniques in their different vocations.

He added that a similar exercise kicked off in Kebbi State recently (in August) where youths from the area were giving training, modern equipment and tools in modern farming.

The Executive Vice Chairman/CE NASENI, Engr. Mohammed Haruna while flagging off the training in Ibadan recently said that NASENI was carrying out President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive saying, “the time had come to put an end to the habit of giving out technical jobs meant for Nigerians to foreigners or migrants from neighbouring countries.”

With the training as a hands-on empowerment programme, Professor Haruna explained, “President Buhari’s intention is the prosperity of the youths and job satisfaction so they could take their plumbing work seriously and move to the highest level of efficiency and professionalism in plumbing.”

The training programme targets inputting in the trainees Modern Skills, Acquisition and training on modern methods of Plumbing and its applications. The youths selected from Oyo State are benefiting from the first phase of the programme targeted at those who are already in the profession of plumbing. The capacity building focuses on reskilling the plumbers to handle installations and maintenance of plumbing works with modern techniques, tools, diagnostics and equipment.

According to the study carried out which led to the presidential directive; it was observed in Ibadan metropolis that delivery of plumbing works had become problematic because residents and house owners are experiencing poor jobs and finishing of plumbing works. The training programme is therefore targeted at addressing such challenges for professionals and also to make plumbing work become knowledge-based for youths and in tune with modern methods in plumbing and further upgrade of their skills.

Speaking also at the event, the Chairman of the Occasion and Honourable member representing Ibadan North Federal Constituency who doubles as Chairman House of Representatives’ Committee on Science Research Institutes, Honourable Musiliudeen Olaide Akinremi (Jagaban) said the Ibadan citizens were grateful to President Buhari and NASENI for the intervention to upgrade the skills of plumbers in Ibadan and also giving new tools and technology for them to work with.

He said the youths and their empowerment had become the most critical socio-economic programme for sustenance of any modern economy and also a glimpse at “the idea of what the future of the country will looks like.”

Therefore empowering the youths, he said and especially a critical subsector like plumbing is critical to housing and general construction, he said. He also disclosed that youths empowerment programme was central to his legislative agenda, adding, that the Ibadan North Federal constituency zone was lucky for being the first beneficiary of the programme by the Federal Government in South west.

He charged the trainees to use the equipment and tools to help themselves to increase their efficiency in the course of carrying out their tasks on site.

The presidential mandate to NASENI in the on-going exercise is to move round the 36 States of the country to empower 100 youths in each location on such areas and skills where it is observed that critical vocational skill lacks efficiency and therefore needing upgrades, new skills acquisition, tools and equipment to advance such identified vocation.

The list of new tools and equipment handed over to the plumbers include: PPR machine, Drilling Machine, Pressure Testing Machine, Plum, Plunger, Mechanical tools box, Sets of spanners, Pipe Wrench, Punch, Set of Chisels, Ratchet Socket Spanner Box and Gas Piler. Other safety kits given to the trainees include Safety shoes, Eye goggles, mechanical hand gloves amongst others.


Lagos to unveil transport policy in May – Sanwo-Olu



The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, says the Lagos State Transport Policy will be unveiled in May.
Sanwo-Olu said this at the unveiling of the Global Transport Policy Annual Transport Roundtable/Bilingual Magazine on Wednesday in Lagos.

The theme of the event was: “Transport Infrastructure and Strategic Policy Intervention: Building Blocks for economic Growth.”

Sanwo-Olu was represented at the event by the Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Oluwaseun Osiyemi.

The governor noted that the policy was put together to ensure a sustainable, efficient, and reliable transportation system that would attract investors and encourage public private partnership.

According to Sanwo-Olu, the policy document when fully operational will serve a number of functions.

“First, as a set of transport goals, objectives and strategies for the government and people of Lagos State. Second; as the basis for emerging regulations and legislations on transport and traffic development of the state.

“The Lagos State Transport Policy will address issues such as integration of all modes, inclusion of people with disability in the provision of transport infrastructure.

“Others are the encouragement of private participation in the provision of infrastructure and services, encouragement and inclusion of non-motorised transport infrastructure in on going road projects,” he said.

Sanwo-Olu, however, called for insightful discussions and exchange of ideas at the roundtable for economic growth and development.

“Everyone should seize this opportunity to harness collective wisdom, innovation, and collaboration to chart a course toward a more resilient, sustainable, and inclusive transport ecosystem.

“Together, let us strive to unlock the full potential of transport infrastructure and strategic policy intervention as the building blocks for economic growth, prosperity, and shared prosperity for all,” he said.

Also, Mr Segun Obayendo, President, Chartered Institute of Transport Administration (CIOTA), enjoined stakeholders in the sector to embrace professionalism.

“If the transport sector is professionalised, it will see to a new beacon and shape the future of the industry.

“We do not have a National Transport Policy and we can achieve this if we professionalise this sector and CIOTA is solidly behind the convener with their support,” he said.

Earlier, Dr Oluwasegun Musa, Chairman/Chief Consultant, GTP, said that development of robust transportation networks was not merely about connecting cities and regions.

Musa said that transportation networks must be built on sustainable economic growth, societal advancement, and global competitiveness.

He stressed the need for strategic policies designed to optimise transportation networks to ensure efficiency, sustainability, and inclusivity.

“Connectivity goes beyond geographical boundaries integrating different regions into cohesive economic units.
“Whether it be roads, pipeline, railways, airways, or maritime routes, the seamless interconnectivity of transport networks fosters trade, spurs investment, and promotes the exchange of knowledge and expertise.

“By investing in last-mile connectivity, we can ensure that the benefits of economic growth are shared by all segments of society.

“Therefore, our first building block is the establishment of a comprehensive, multimodal transport system that enhances connectivity within and beyond our borders, stretching to neighbouring countries to further amplify the benefits of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA),” he said.

Musa called for the development of policies that reinforces the success of intermodal transport.
“The revitalisation of Nigeria’s transport infrastructure requires bold vision, decisive action, and unwavering commitment.

“By prioritising strategic policy intervention, we can lay the foundation for sustainable economic growth, job creation, and improved quality of life for all Nigerians,” he said.

He commended government’s commitment to infrastructure development, with the instituting of the National Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan, and the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund for execution of critical infrastructure projects.

The highlight of the event was the unveiling of the Global Transport Policy magazine, a bilingual magazine, produced quarterly with authoritative trend-spotting and compelling cross-cutting analysis.

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Anambra Assembly passes bill to prohibit cult activities, killings



The Anambra State House of Assembly has passed a bill to prohibit secret cult activities and killings in the state.

The Bill, entitled: Anambra State Secret Cult and Similar Activities Prohibition Bill 2024, was passed after the third reading on Wednesday.

The lawmakers, at the Committee of the Whole House, took turns to scrutinise the executive Bill before its passage.

The Speaker, Dr Somtochukwu Udeze, conducted a voice vote on each of the clauses of the bill before it was passed.

Udeze said the passage followed the consideration of the report presented by the joint committee on Education, Judiciary and Justice.

Subsequently, Udeze directed the acting Clerk, Mr Okechukwu Nwobi, to transmit a clean copy of the bill to Gov. Chukwuma Soludo for assent.

The bill states that any person who participates in a meeting or activity of a secret cult shall be presumed to be a member of the secret cult.

It says that any person who has in his possession or custody or under his control any of the insignia, documents or other properties belonging to a secret cult or wears such insignia shall be presumed to be a member of the secret cult.

“The law also empowers the police or any security agent to arrest a person who is in possession of an offensive weapon being kept in any house or building.

“Any person, who is a member of a secret cult, commits an offense whether or not in possession of offensive weapon and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for life or a minimum of 21 years imprisonment without an option of fine.

“Any member of a secret cult who voluntarily renounces his membership of the cult and submits any offensive weapon in his possession to the Police, shall be free from prosecution.

“A rehabilitation agency shall be created where persons who renounce their membership of secret cult or any proscribed society shall receive counseling,” it said.

Speaking to newsman at the end of plenary, Mr Ikenna Ofodeme, Majority Leader and member representing Ekwusigo Constituency, said the bill would go a long way in assisting government to curb crime and criminality in the state.

He said it would help save lives of residents and empower authorities to take decisive actions against perpetrators.

The House adjourned plenary till Thursday.

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FG to prioritise application of technology in education – Minister



The Minister of State for Education, Dr Yusuf Sununu has said that the ministry would continue to prioritise the application of technology in education for informed decisions.
Sununu said this in Abuja on Wednesday, at the 2024 Information Technology Professionals’ Assembly.
The assembly withthe theme: ‘Artificial Intelligence: An Enabler for Economic Transformation and Sustainable Development’, was organised by the Computer Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN).
The Minister emphasised the importance of technology in providing students with access to online resources as well as encouraging researches.
“In the last few days, President Bola Tinubu has approved the project of the education which encapsulated the generation of overall data of all school in Nigeria right from kindergarten to our tertiary institutions.
“This will enable us to have the actual data and number of students, their performances, the number of schools and their current status, so that where we need to intervene and otherwise we can,” he said.
Sununu said the ministry is collaborating with other governmental agencies to ensure a comprehensive data of out-of-school children.
He recalled that one of the campaign promises of the Tinubu’s administration was
to move out-of-school children from street back to school.
“It is worrisome that Nigeria has first position in the number of out-of-school children globally.
“Over 20 million out-of-school children is unacceptable and that’s why we must find solution to it,” he said.
The Minister commended the efforts of the council at eliminating quackery in the profession, urging them to redouble their strategies at ridding quackery out of the system.
“Your efforts at eliminating quackery in the profession through the registration of individuals and corporate organisations that are practicing Information Technology have not been unnoticed.
“The Federal Ministry of Education is conscious of your efforts at enforcing the Act that established CPN by making it mandatory for all individuals and corporate organisations that are practicing IT in Nigeria to be duly registered with CPN.
“The global practice is for professionals to regulate their profession properly in order to exterminate quacks and undesirable elements from making incursions into the profession.
“Therefore, all individuals and corporate organisations that are into Information Technology practice should register with CPN to allow for effective regulation of computer education and practice in Nigeria,” he said.
The minister, therefore, urged the council to align with the vision of the administration in their programmes and activities so that it would not be a mirage.
The President and Chairman of CPN, Mr Kole Jagun, said the IT Professionals’ Assembly had continued to set the tenor and directions for IT policies for successive governments.
He said this was part of the various initiatives of the Council to ensure that Nigeria is positioned to take maximum advantage of the knowledged-based economy globally.
He noted that 400 new members would be inducted into the profession on Thursday.
“There is no doubt that our profession is a critical sector to the development of any nation in this modern world.
“In fact, no meaningful development can take place if the Information Technology sector is prostrate.
“That is why we have to be alive to our responsibility of moving with the dynamics and realities in the world.
The profession has evolved and should take the centre stage of national development,” he said.
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