By Yahaya Idris, Okene
It was jubilations and show of gratitude in Okene Local Government Area of Kogi state, as over 100 women and youths from the eleven wards of Okene Local Government received grinding and sewing machines distributed by the Nigeria Port Authority under the leadership of Haijia Hadiza Bala Usman as part of its corporate social responsibilities.
The Vocational Skills Training and Empowerment program was targeted at lifting idle youths and women from the shackles of poverty and making them to be self-reliant with the skills acquired and empowerment.
Speaking at the well organised event in Okene, the leader of the team from the Nigeria Port Authority, Mr Yusuf Ibrahim Eneye explained the rational behind the laudable initiative, pointing out that as a responsible government agency, they had engaged in helping to lift Nigerians out of poverty.
Mr Yusuf enjoined the beneficiaries to make good use of the items so as to achieve the desired goal.
He praised the commitment and leadership style of the Administrator of Okene Local Government Council, Engr. Abdulrazaq Muhammad describing him as a perfect gentleman, a result oriented fellow and a lover of peace and development.
In his remark, the Council Administrator ably represented by the Council Supervisor for Health, Hon. Sueimam Jatto assures the agency that the beneficiaries would not only put the items to use as desired but will also train others to be self reliant
He said, the Local Government Council under the leadership of Engr. Abdulrazaq Muhammad will continue to attract meaningful developments to the area from within and outside the state.
Plateau State Government Revokes 3 PW Roads Contracts, Says The Contracts Will Be Re-awarded.
Yahaya Idris, Jos.
Plateau state Government has approved the termination of three road projects awarded to a company PW Nigeria Limited, explaining that the contracts were revoked based on request by the company handling the projects.
PW Nigeria is one of the leading construction contractors of roads, bridges, airports, urban infrastructure, dams and water treatment.
Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dan Manjang, who spoke to newsmen after the State Executive Council Meeting in Jos said the contracts would be re-awarded.
He said the projects include Shinkwan-Tunkus-Shendan bypass, Mangu bypass and the Tahos-Ganwuri section one roads.
Mr. Manjang said council also approved the scaling down of the Lalong legacy projects by fifty percent.
He said that the state Executive also approved the engagement of a consultant to carry out review of the audit report by the federal inland revenue service on unremitted Tax and VAT by the state MDA’s between 2016 and 2017 .
Commissioner for Finance in the state , Regina Soemlat ,who also spoke to newsmen said the state is set to obtain a loan of One hundred million naira from commercial banks to invest in the education and water sectors.
She said the loan is intended to finance counterpart fundings for the state Universal Basic Education Board and the Partnership for Expanding Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programmes that will benefit people at the grassroots.
The approval to obtain the bank facility which would be serviced within one year was made during the state executive council meeting presided by Governor Simon Lalong.
The council also approved the printing of booklets of vehicle licence, certificate of road worthiness and general receipts which the commissioner explained that they would be produced in a way that will check forgery.
Fire Guts PeeLinks Electronic Mall In Lokoja
Popular electronic shop in Lokoja named PeeLinks has been gutted by fire.
The incident which was confirmed by reliable source to Globaltimesnigeria happened at about 10:47pm.
BREAKING: FG Obtains Fresh Order To Stop Planned Labour Strike
The Global Times Nigeria reports that the Federal Government has obtained a fresh order stopping the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress from embarking on their planned strike which is to start on Monday.
According to the reports, the restraining order was issued on Friday by Justice Ibrahim Galadima of the National Industrial Court in Abuja, following an ex parte application by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation.
This came barely 24 hours after the same judge made a similar restraining ex parte order in favour of a group, Peace and Unity Ambassadors Association, on Thursday.
The duo of Acting Director of the Department Civil Litigation of the Federal Ministry of Justice, Mrs Maimuna Shiru, and Mr Tijjani Gazali, led the Federal Government’s team, who moved the ex parte application that was later granted by Justice Galadima on Friday.
The NLC and TUC had jointly declared to embark on a nationwide strike on Monday to press for the reversal of the recent hike in electricity tariff and petrol pump price.
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