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NEMA retools staff in Kano with life saving skills

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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Monday commenced a two-day training on saving lives for its staff in Kano.

Declaring the training open, the Director-General, NEMA, AVM Muhammadu Mohammed, said it was in line with the policy and guidelines of NEMA to ensure competence of its staff, to effectively respond to emergencies.

Mohammed further said that the training was to improve the competence of the agency’s personnel in disaster management and to equip them with appropriate skills in reducing the number of accidents.

The NEMA director-general was represented at the event by the Coordinator, Kano and Jigawa Territorial Office, Mr Sanusi Ado, which had the theme “Basic First Aid and Recertification”.

“In our work place, we try to create a positive and safe working environment, understand the proper usage and handling of first aid kits and encourage personnel to effectively manage emergencies with confidence, clarity, and without fear and confusion.

“The agency will emphasise commitment to continuously improve on staff competence and operational readiness by ensuring that they are provided with the right skills and a systematic approach in all emergencies,” Mohammed said.

He described the training as collaboration between NEMA and the Nigeria Red Cross Society (NRCS), being one of the major partners and stakeholders in disaster management, to provide its staff with basic first aid training and recertification.

Mohammed added that the training would help NEMA staff to feel more secure and confident, when dealing with emergency situations, minimising risks and ability to react immediately to accidents.

Also speaking, the Executive Secretary, NRCS, Kano, Mr Musa Abdullahi, said that the training would equip NEMA staff with all the necessary techniques in life saving during emergencies and in discharging their duties at home, office or community.

“At the end of the training, we will certify that the staff have qualified to conduct any emergency rescue anywhere for three years, after which they are expected to go for refresher training.”

Some of the participants commended the Federal Government for the opportunity to acquire new skills and knowledge on saving lives.

One of the participants, Umar Shittu, Senior Training Officer, NEMA, Kano Territorial Office, said the training was a good development, commending the NEMA director-general for equipping staff with new skills on first aid and effective service delivery.

Shittu urged other participants to be focused during the training, to enable them acquire new and valuable life saving skills.

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Double taxation: Ogun govt. moves to harmonise taxes, levies

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Ogun Government says it is working round the clock to ensure harmonisation of taxes and levies to reduce incidence of double taxation that may affect the revenue base of businesses in the state.

Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr Adebola Sofela, said this during a visit to the Managing Director of Nestle Nigeria, Mr Wassim Elhusseini, on Friday.

Sofela said that his visit was occasioned by the need to boost the existing relationship between the state government and its various stakeholders and to further collaborate and share ideas on areas of common interest.

He expressed the Gov. Dapo Abiodun-led administration’s commitment to capacity building at all levels.

As a practical demonstration of this, the commissioner said that that technical schools across the state were being upgraded to ensure companies that did not have any gap in power to fill the technical needs.

Sofela, who was accompanied by top management staff members of the ministry, stated that the present administration had improved land administration system to enable investors get title documents without delay in order to leverage for financing.

He said that government had been creating new industrial clusters to take care of the new influx of investors and prepare for the future.

The commissioner appealed to the various companies across the three senatorial districts to consider the qualified residents of the state for employment, as part of efforts to promote their relationship with host communities.

“We are working to ensure harmonisation of taxes and levies to reduce the incidence of double taxation.

“The governor is particularly interested in creating an enabling environment for business to thrive, considering government’s huge investments in security and infrastructure,” he said.

In his remarks, the Managing Director of the firm, said that 80 per cent of his company’s investments were domiciled in Ogun.

According to Elhusseini, the state government is in the right direction with its business-friendly policies.

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Reps committee to probes appointments of NASRDA, RMRDC DGs

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The House of Representatives on Friday unveiled plans to investigate the appointments of Director General of the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC), Prof. Martins Ike-Muonso.

The committee will also investigate the appointment of the Director-General of National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) Dr Mathew Adepoju.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Chairman of the committee, Rep. Olaide .

The committee chairman said that a six-member panel headed by Rep. Abiodun Akinlade had been inaugurated to carry out the probe.

He said both DGs were recently appointed by the Minister of Innovation Science and Technology, Chief Uche Nnanji.

“The panel is to look at the procedure of the appointments qualification and the compliance with the relevant laws and regulations that established both agencies.

“The panel is to invite the Minister of Innovation Science and Technology, the Secretary to the Federal Government, Head of Service and both DGs amongst others.

“The panel has two weeks to within which to submit its report,” he said.

The chairman promised that the assignment will be free and fair saying that the aim is not to witch hunt anyone but to put the records straight.

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Tinubu to observe Eid-el-Kabir in Lagos

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President Bola Tinubu will depart Abuja for Lagos state on Friday ahead of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.

This is contained in a statement by Chief Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President, Media and Publicity, in Abuja.

The statement said the President would observe Eid-el-Kabir in Lagos, where he would also spend the Sallah holidays.

“The President will mark the occasion in prayers and reflection on advancing the transformation of Nigeria in line with his Renewed Hope Agenda,” said the statement.

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