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NiMet predicts 3-day sunshine, thunderstorms from Monday

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), has predicted sunshine and thunderstorms from Monday to Tuesday across the country.

NiMet’s weather outlook, released on Sunday in Abuja, predicted sunny atmosphere on Monday with patches of clouds over the northern region with prospects of morning thunderstorms over parts of Adamawa, Taraba, Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara, Kebbi and Sokoto states.

“Later in the day, there are prospects of thunderstorms over parts of Jigawa, Katsina, Kano, Kaduna, Bauchi, Gombe, Taraba and Adamawa states.

“Cloudy atmosphere with spells of sunshine is expected over the North central region with thunderstorms over parts of Kwara, Niger, the Federal Capital Territory, Nasarawa and Benue states.

“Later in the day, thunderstorms with rains are anticipated over parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Niger, Kwara, Plateau, Nasarawa, Benue, and Kogi states,” it said.

According to it, cloudy skies are expected over inland states of South and Coastal states with prospects of moderate rains to parts of Ogun, Oyo, Edo, Imo, Anambra, Ebonyi, Lagos, Bayelsa, Delta, Cross River, Rivers and Akwa Ibom states.

NiMet forecasts moderate rains accompanied with thunderstorms over the entire region later in the day.

The agency anticipated sunny skies on Tuesday with patches of clouds over the northern region with prospects of morning thunderstorms over parts of Adamawa, Taraba, Gombe, Bauchi, Kaduna, Kebbi, Zamfara and Sokoto states.

“Further into the day, thunderstorms are anticipated over parts of Katsina, Kano, Kaduna, Bauchi, Gombe, Borno, Yobe, Jigawa, Adamawa and Taraba states.

“Cloudy atmosphere with sunshine intervals is anticipated over the North central region with prospects of morning thunderstorms over parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Benue, Niger, Plateau and Nasarawa states.

“Later in the day, thunderstorms are envisaged over the entire region,” it said.

NiMet envisages cloudy skies over Inland states of South and coastal states with moderate rains to parts of Enugu, Anambra, Abia, Ebonyi, Edo, Bayelsa, Rivers, Cross River, Delta and Akwa Ibom states in the morning hours.

It anticipates moderate rains with thunderstorms over parts of Oyo, Osun, Ondo, Ogun, Imo, Delta, Awka, Enugu, Edo, Ekiti, Lagos, Rivers, Bayelsa, Cross River and Akwa Ibom states later in the day.

The agency predicts patches of clouds on Wednesday with intervals of sunshine over the Northern region with prospects of thunderstorms over parts of Taraba, Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Kebbi and Kaduna states in the morning hours.

“Further into the day, thunderstorms are expected over the entire region.

“Cloudy atmosphere with sunshine intervals is anticipated over the North central region with prospects of thunderstorms over parts of Plateau, the Federal Capital Territory, Niger and Benue states in the morning hours.

“Later in the day, rains accompanied by thunderstorms are envisaged over the entire region,” it said.

NiMet predicts cloudy skies over inland states of South and coastal areas with prospects of morning intermittent rains over parts of Ebonyi, Abia, Rivers, Cross River and Awka Ibom states in the morning hours.

It forecasts intermittent rains over parts of Osun, Edo, Oyo, Ekiti, Osun, Ogun, Ondo, Lagos, Bayelsa, Cross river, Rivers and Delta states later in the day.

“For areas where thunderstorms are expected, strong winds are likely to precede the rains and as such, trees, electric poles, unsecured objects and weak buildings may be felled, so the public is advised to be cautious.

“Stay in-doors especially during heavy rainfall to avoid being struck by lightning. All Airline operators are advised to avail themselves of weather reports periodically from NiMet for effective planning in their operations.

“Moderate to heavy rainfall could lead to flash flood. The public is advised to take necessary caution like clearing drainages,” it said.

According to the agency, disaster risk managers, agencies and individuals should be proactive to avert loss of lives and property during the rainy season.

 

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Ribadu to declare open workshop on 21st century policing

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The National Security Adviser, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, is billed to declare open a two-day workshop on “21st Century Policing: Capacity Building Techniques and Brand Management for Security Image Makers,” which begins on Wednesday 24 April, 2024 in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Christopher Musa, will give the keynote address while Chief Executive Officer of Halogen Security Services, Chief Wale Olaoye, is the Special Guest of Honour.

The workshop is packaged by the Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria (ACAN), the training arm of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Offences Commission (ICPC), in collaboration with Fountain Bloom Limited, a Lagos-based strategy and development outfit.

The ICPC Chairman, Dr. Musa Adamu Aliyu, SAN, will deliver the welcome address while the ACAN Provost, Prof. Olatunde Babawale, is the Chief Host.

Participants are drawn from the Nigerian Army, Navy, Air Force, the Police, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Nigeria Correctional Service, Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Road Safety Corps, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Federal Fire Service and registered private security organisations.

Resource persons who will deliver papers include Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Frank Mba; celebrated columnist and former Editor of PUNCH newspapers, Mr. Bola Bolawole; one-time Permanent Secretary, Lagos Television, Mr. Lekan Ogunbanwo and retired Director at the ICPC, Mrs. Rasheedat Okoduwa.

Papers will be delivered on the Challenges of Media Management and Public Affairs in Crisis and Emergency Situations; Crafting impactful Press Statements, Opinion articles and Speeches; Conference Organisation and Documentary Production for Optimum Publicity; Quality Assurance as Essential Element of News Copy; Sustaining audience Interest in Broadcast News and Documentary and Contents in Public Relations Question; Social Media and In-house Publication for Desired Effect.

The workshop will address critical aspects of the officers’ job schedule to further strengthen their work performance in accordance with the present administration’s policy objectives.

It will also sensitise participants to their duties and responsibilities in a democratic setting, with a view to reducing tension inherent in the interface with their various publics.

At the end of the workshop, participants would have had an improved understanding of image-making strategies, reputation management techniques, identity and personality interpersonal communication formulas, attitudinal change and behaviour modification patterns that will further enhance their capacity to interface with their various publics.

 

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ITF launches ‘SUPA’ initiative to empower five million Nigerian artisans

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In a bid to enhance the skills and opportunities of Nigerian artisans, the    Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has introduced a groundbreaking initiative called “Skill-up Artisans (SUPA).”

The Director-General of ITF, Dr. Afiz Oluwatoyin Ogun unveiled the SUPA initiative yesterday during the organisation’s 2023 Annual Merit Award ceremony in Jos, Plateau State.

Dr. Ogun emphasised that SUPA will revolutionise the artisan sector by providing training, certification, and licensing to artisans across Nigeria, thereby improving their employability and standard of living.

This transformative program aims to upskill, license, and empower up to 5 million artisans within a year, offering them better prospects both locally and internationally.

The implementation of SUPA involves the comprehensive collation of data on Nigerian artisans, identifying areas where training is needed, and facilitating certification processes.

However, the initiative has already registered thousands of artisans, with ongoing efforts to reach out to more individuals interested in enhancing their skills.

One notable aspect of SUPA is the establishment of a dedicated call center, operational round-the-clock, to address inquiries from the public and provide essential information about the program.

Dr. Ogun emphasised that SUPA underscores the Nigerian government’s commitment to promoting economic development and uplifting the standard of living for citizens nationwide.

“It is intended to drive national development, ensure the availability of skilled artisanal workers for domestic industries, and create a sustainable pipeline for labour exports. It will equally boost the pool of local artisans with proficiency in diverse skills, among other benefits,” he mentioned.

The Director-General called on the state governments, the organised private sector, non-governmental organisations, faith-based organisations, and well meaning Nigerians to collaborate with the ITF in an effort to revitalise the Nigerian economy, especially in the area of SUPA.

On the implementation of skills intervention programs, Dogun pointed out that ITF has so far trained over 42,000 Nigerians who were empowered with start-up packs under the National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP), Women Skills Empowerment Programme (WOSEP), Skills Training and Empowerment for the Physically Challenged (STEPP-C), Construction Skills Empowerment Program (CONSEP), N-BUILD, Project T-Max, Modular Skills Development, and Technical Skills Development Program (TSDP) in collaboration with the Nigerian Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA).

He added that in the area of direct training and capacity development for MSMEs, the Fund implemented 565 scheduled and unscheduled training programs for 11,992 organisations from 908 organisations.

“In addition, we carried out performance and productivity improvement surveys for 48 companies and developed 35 training programs, of which 28 were implemented. Similarly, in appreciation of the importance of MSMEs to Nigeria’s economic growth, the Fund conducted monitoring and evaluation of MSMEs clinics for 241 participants and provided business support services and business needs assessments for 159 and 254 MSME operators, respectively.”

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Illegal arms: Kaduna Police seek collaboration with residents to end banditry

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…Nabs notorious gun runners, recover firearms

By Austine Emmanuel, Kaduna

Kaduna State Police Command has called on residents to remain vigilant and cooperate with law enforcement agencies in the fight against illegal arms proliferation and criminal activities.

The Commissioner of Police, Kaduna State Command, CP Ali Audu Dabigi made the call in a statement issued to journalists in Kaduna on Monday by the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, ASP Mansur Hassan.

The statement said the command had arrested some notorious gun runners and recovered sophisticated weapons.

According to Hassan, the Command’s operatives acted on credible intelligence and intercepted one Alkali Danladi, a 45-year-old man of Ungwan Hayatu Village, Yarkasuwa, Lere LGA, who was suspected of engaging in the illegal supply of firearms to bandits, he was arrested while coming from Jos, Plateau State.

He said Mr. Danladi, during the interception was found to have concealed several prohibited firearms, including one fabricated AK-47 rifle, five fabricated revolver rifles, and two fabricated pistols. Additionally, working tools such as fliers, screwdrivers, spanners and as well as charms, were discovered in his possession.

“The Kaduna State Police Command reports a significant development in the ongoing efforts to curb crime within the state, with the arrest of a notorious gunrunner and the recovery of prohibited firearms.

“On April 4th 2024, at about 0600hrs, diligent police operatives, acting on credible intelligence, intercepted one Alkali Danladi, aged 45, of Ungwan Hayatu Village, Yarkasuwa, Lere LGA, at Tsurutawa Village along the Kaduna-Jos Highway. Mr. Danladi was suspected of engaging in the illegal supply of firearms to bandits. He was arrested while coming from Jos, Plateau State.

“During the interception, Mr. Danladi was found to have concealed several prohibited firearms, including one fabricated AK-47 rifle, five fabricated revolver rifles, and two fabricated pistols. Additionally, working tools such as fliers, screwdrivers, and spanners, as well as charms, were discovered in his possession.

“Further investigation led to the arrest of one Gayya Koddi, aged 40, of Bundu Dingi Village. However, two suspects are still at large.

“The Kaduna State Police Command, under the leadership of Commissioner of Police CP Ali Audu Dabigi, assures the public that efforts are ongoing to apprehend the remaining culprits.

“The CP also urges citizens to remain vigilant and cooperate with law enforcement agencies in the fight against illegal arms proliferation and criminal activities,” he said.

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