By Idris Ahmed, Lafia
Nasarawa State Government has expressed its readiness to collaborate with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on agriculture, towards ensuring food security as well as economic development of the state and country at large.
The state Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule disclosed this while playing host to the Director General of the NYSC, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, who was on a thank-you visit at the Government House, on Monday.
While commending the Director General for seeking to turn NYSC into a revenue earner, Engineer Sule said the collaboration will see members of the scheme who studied courses relating to agriculture at the university, actively participate in the several agricultural activities ongoing across the state.
The Governor noted that the collaboration will further buttress the original concept of the scheme, meant to foster unity among Nigerians, especially when such corps members chose to stay permanently in Nasarawa State, instead of going back to their states of origin.
Engineer Sule disclosed that at the last National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Abuja, Nasarawa State was listed among the first three state selected for the pilot project for the National Livestock Transformation Programme (NLTP), explaining further motivation for the state to collaborate with the NYSC particularly in agriculture.
“For me, I believe if we say something we should start working on that thing. Not just to talk about it here and it’s gone. I strongly believe that it’s a wonderful idea.
“We can draw a timetable. Coming from where I come from, we don’t just talk, we define. We say, this is the time table, this is what we are going to achieve every week in order to get there.
“If we can do that with you, I can tell you we can start doing something in that order,” he stated.
The Governor then directed the NYSC boss to liaise with the Secretary to the Nasarawa State Government, Aliyu Tijani Ahmed, with a view to actualizing the collaboration.
Early, in his introductory remarks, the Director General of the NYSC, Brigadier General Ibrahim, said alongside his management, they were at the Government House to say thank-you to the government and people of the state for hosting the 2020 NYSC promotion exercise.
The NYSC DG used the opportunity of the visit to update the Governor on the activities of the scheme, stressing that the NYSC is being redefined, to become a revenue earner, especially with the recent increment in the allowance of corps members.
“We discovered that the budget of the government is becoming huge and it becomes necessary that we also think outside the box, to see how we can generate revenue and take some of this overheads away from government,” the NYSC boss said.
The NYSC DG therefore appealed to the Governor to give the scheme a portion of land to cultivate rice in the state, just like its ongoing rice farms in Kebbi, Saminaka and Abuja.
“We have also rejigged our ventures, we now have NYSC water, NYSC bakery. If you go to Kubwa and some parts of Abuja, these are on sell. We also rejigged our agriculture. We also have a big farm in Kebbi were we farm rice and also in Saminaka where we farm rice and cereals in Abuja,” he explained.
NLC/TUC suspension of Nationwide strike; beauty and power of dialogue – YAN Nat. Speaker, Sani
Speaking on the proposed Nationwide strike by the Organized labour and the subsequent suspension; Rt. Hon. Shuaibu Sani, National Speaker of the Youth Assembly of Nigeria (YAN) applauded labour leaders, Federal Government and other mediating bodies including National Assembly for showing sense of responsibility for the sake of Nigerian populace, adding that, the decision to suspend the strike by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) is the best decision any reasonable and coordinated Union can make at a time like this.
A Press Statement signed and issue by Makerin Masaka,
National Deputy Director Media & Publicity, YAN, in Abuja, shortly after the press conference said the Youth leader was hopeful that, NLC, TUC and the Federal Government will reach a common understanding that will make for an amicable resolution of all issues in contention as he further commended the organized labour for having masses at heart by given the proposed strike a human face in view of the hardship it would have brought on Nigerians and finally prays for a lasting solution to incessant unrest in the country. He said.
ICPC Clarifies Chairman’s Speech on N2.7Billion School Feeding Diverted
Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, ICPC Chairman.
The attention of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has been drawn to some reports making the rounds on a segment of the speech delivered by the ICPC Chairman, Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, yesterday, Monday, 28th September 2020 at its 2nd National Submit on Diminishing Corruption in the Public Sector. The said reports erroneously implied that the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs diverted monies meant for Home-Grown School Feeding Programme.
In the speech, Professor Owasanoye stated inter alia, ‘’… we discovered payments to some federal colleges (secondary schools) for school feeding in the sum of N2.67b during the lockdown when the children were not in school, and some of the money ended up in personal accounts. We have commenced investigations into these findings’’.
The Commission wishes to clarify that the “school feeding” referred to by the Chairman of ICPC was the feeding of boarding students in Federal Government Colleges, who were all at home during the COVID-19 lockdown. This is NOT the Home-Grown School Feeding Programme being managed by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.
The Commission had discovered through its review of publications on the Open Treasury Portal that statutory monthly allocations meant for the feeding of secondary school students of SOME Federal Government Colleges were diverted into personal accounts.
This statement is issued for the purpose of clarifying the statement of the Hon. Chairman. Consequently, the general public is hereby advised to disregard the said reports suggesting reference to the school feeding programme going on in primary schools. The full speech of the Chairman can be downloaded from the Commission’s website at www.icpc.gov.ng.
Military Retires 256 Soldiers, Prepares Others For Post-Service Life (Full List)
Global Times Nigeria reports that after 35 years of service to the nation, 256 Non Commissioned Officers (NCOs) of the Nigerian military were on Friday retired in a colourful celebration.
The retirement of the 256 followed several months of courses on reintegration to civil life, entrepreneurship and other skills acquisition programmes at the Armed Forces Resettlement Centre (NAFRC), Oshodi in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial city.
According to reports, the retirees were drawn from the Nigerian Army (NA), Nigerian Navy (NN) and Nigerian Air Force (NAF). They were hosted to a combined passing out ceremony with 26 Generals and 47 mid-level officers who underwent management and entrepreneurship courses also at NAFRC.
It was gathered, 76 officers, were penciled for the courses they took to prepare them for retirement since they do not have many years in the civil service.
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin while speaking at the ceremony, urged the retirees to be unrelenting in their support to security agencies particularly in the area of community intelligence gathering.
Reminding them of the recently approved enhanced welfare packages for retiring members of the Armed Forces by President Muhammadu Buhari, Olonisakin reminded them of the need to stay loyal and dedicated to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Olonisakin commended NAFRC Commandant, Air Vice Marshal Kingsley Lar and other staff for ensuring that Armed Forces personnel were exposed to the latest trends in global entrepreneurship and management training.
“I am aware of the reviewed curriculum designed to enhance the management and entrepreneurial skills of the participants. I urge the Commandant to continue these laudable initiatives for high quality human resource development that will be gainful to our personnel and society at large,” said the CDS.
In his welcome remarks, AVM Lar the retirees where the stream one of the second batch for this year. He praised them for their unblemished military service, adding them to remain disciplined, law abiding and worthy ambassadors of the centre.
Lar who led dignitaries at the event round the centre for inauguration of some of the projects executed since his assumption of office in January, said he was glad to have officials of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Department of State Services (DSS), National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and Defence Intelligence Agencies (DIA) participate in the courses for the first time ever.
“When l assumed command of this centre in January this year, my first impression was that this is a well-positioned centre with capacity to optimally deliver on its core mandate of vocational training not just for retiring personnel of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) but also for all Nigerians as well as the West African sub region.
“Pursuant to this objective, I immediately developed my vision of command which is to harness the available human and infrastructural capital to transform NAFRC into a word class centre of excellence for international best practice in vocational training. The implementation of this vision was anchored on a three pronged approach of reengineering the people, processes and systems.
“Towards achieving this objective, my first emphasis was to develop and improve different aspects of our human capital resource. Next step was to update the training curricula of the various workshops in line with contemporary practices. As a corollary to this, several of the workshops had to be upgraded and equipped with modern and up to date equipment for training.
“To complement the already existing vocational workshops, l approved the introduction of new vocational workshops in paint making, communications equipment repairs and floriculture. My emphasis was also on maintaining and improving the physical and social infrastructure of the centre.
“On completion of the three anchors of my vision, l thereafter sought and obtained Defence Headquarters (DHQ) authorisation to admit members of para military agencies as well as government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to carry out training in NAFRC.
“In line with my firm belief that NAFRC is adequately poised to train all Nigerians with vocational skills, the centre in conjunction with the Mushin Local Government Council has successfully conducted various vocational training for citizens in Mushin Local Government as well as youths in different military barracks across Nigeria.
“Specifically, the centre’s Agriculture Wing has conducted training and cultivated several economic trees and vegetable farms in Nigerian Army Cantonment Ojo, NAF Base Ikeja while that of the Navy Town Ojo is being finalised. This same gesture has also been extended to several other military formations in Abuja, Bauchi, Kaduna, Makurdi and Kerang in Plateau State…” he said.
Also at the ceremony were a former CDS, Gen. Alexander Ogomudia (rtd.), Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Defence, Babajimi Benson, General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division, Maj.Gen. Godwin Umelo and Air Officer Commanding (AOC) Logistics Command, AVM Lawal Alao, among others.
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