Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Job Creation, Mr. Afolabi Imakwuede, has called on Nigerians youths to embrace President Muhammadu Buhari’s employment generation programmes, which were designed to reduce unemployment, especially among the youths.
Imakwuede, who made this call in Bauchi, commended the state government for providing the necessary facilities to drive Federal Government N-Power agenda under the Social Investment P rogrammes (SIP).
The N-Power programme is a job creation and youth empowerment initiative of the Federal Government being implemented in partnership with the 36 states and FCT.
It was designed to help young Nigerians acquire and develop life-long skills to become solution providers in their communities and to become players in the domestic and global markets.
Imakwuede called on the N-Power Volunteer Corps (NPVCs) to remain committed to their job postings in order to actualise the goals of the programme and other similar programme.
He said NPVCs should remain committed to their N Power job postings in order to actualise the goals of the programme and other similar programmes. Imakwuede said that the provision of office accommodation, running costs and other incentives by the state government was commendable.
Speaking on the success story of the programme in the state, the Special Assistant to Governor Mohammed Abubakar on Development Partners, Mansur Manu Soro, said the successful take off of the empowerment programme has further boosted the economy of Bauchi State as not less than 4,834 volunteers deployed to various places have received their payments between December 2016 and April this year.
According to him, the Federal Government through the Social Investment Programmes (SIP) has injected the sum of over N447 million into the state’s economy. The special assistant, who disclosed this while meeting with the volunteers and Imakwuede, said that the state had a total of 42,617 applicants and is among the three best states in the country due to the massive mobilisation and the facilitation of free registration of applicants by the governor.
He said: “In collaboration with institutional partners, we have recorded a successful deployment of 4,834 NPVCs to various places of primary assignment across the lengths and breadth of Bauchi State. “
As one of the key economic policies of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration and the instrument through, which the present economic recession is being addressed.”
While advising the volunteers to furnish the Federal Government’s delegation with all the necessary information needed on the N-Power activities in the state, he commended the governor for providing the enabling environment for implementation of SIP in the state.
The Federal Government commenced the payment of the N30, 000 monthly stipends for beneficiaries of the programme last December. Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, Mr Laolu Akande, had said at the beginning of the programme that all successfully verified beneficiaries who have provided bank accounts were being processed for payment.
He said the process of payment would continue, urging beneficiaries of subsequent batch of the scheme to take seriously their virtual training. He also encouraged states who had yet to conclude the physical verification process to do so, “as that would enable the N-Power beneficiaries in those states to draw from its benefits and empowerment offers.’’
The unemployed graduates selected for the N-Power programme are given assignments that will help to address issues in schools, hospitals and other areas in communities across the country.
A total of 150,000 out of the 200,000 selected in the first phase of the scheme were deployed as support teachers to help address shortage of teachers in schools at the basic and secondary levels. Another 30, 000 graduates were expected to work as extension workers in various communities, which will expectedly aid the government’s diversification agenda.
DAAR Communications commends retired workers
The Management of DAAR Communications Plc has announced the retirement of some members of staff of the organization with effect from Feb 2018.
A statement made available to New Telegraph said those affected had served the organisation between 20 and 25 years.
According to the statement, the Chairman and the Board of the media outfit commended and appreciated the retirees’ pioneering efforts, the outstanding, remarkable contributions and all the personal efforts to the organisation right from inception in 1993/1996.
“They made their respective indelible marks in their respective departments, which cumulatively made the broadcast stations of the organisation not only household names but also a reference point in broadcasting in the Federal Republic of Nigeria and indeed the continent of Africa.
“As they gracefully move into another stage in their respective lives, we wish them the very best and a most successful future endeavor,” the statement added.
Hike in IGRs: MAN slams MDAs
As the general elections draw nearer, the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) has warned that the quest by regulatory agencies of government-ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to increase their internally generated revenues (IGRs) will put unexpected pressure on manufacturing activities this year.
President, MAN, Dr. Frank Udemba Jacobs, disclosed this in a chat with New Telegraph in Lagos.
He insisted that the move by the MDAs to shore up its IGRs is not good for Nigeria’s economy, especially the manufacturing sector.
He explained that its members were groaning over the way MDAs were harassing them in some key sectors of the economy in a bid to meet revenue targets set for them by the Federal Government.
He said that information reaching the association’s headquarters in Lagos showed that many of their members were facing challenges over unexpected hike in tariffs and taxes by regulatory agencies of the government as elections approach.
Jacobs warned that the continued rush to raise unregulated taxes or tariff for the sake of contributing monies to the Treasury Single Account (TSA$ for election purposes at the detriment of stabilising the economy was not in tandem with good governance.
He explained that some of its members were complaining of bottlenecks they are facing at the ports with officials of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) during goods clearance.
According to him, the dispute with the NCS had to do with goods valuation computation.
Jacobs stressed that the association had already implored its members to abide with the Nigeria Customs’ honest declaration process, adding that here has, however, been challenges with valuations.
He added that this was causing dispute between officials of the Nigerian customs and manufacturers/importers of imported goods.
He opined that there should be a credible ground to resolve the dispute relating to the value of invoice on imports, adding that most of the prices were global prices and easily verifiable online.
“In many of the instances, the actions of the NCS have no bearing with these global prices. Prices vary across different regions of the world,”Jacobs said.
“Regrettably there is no dependable dispute resolution framework in place to ensure speedy resolution of such disputes.”
Strike: ‘We exhausted all avenues for dialogue’
Health workers, under the aegis of Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu chapter, have said that there will be no going back on the strike embarked upon by the workers except all arrears of salaries are paid.
Speaking in Enugu, the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals and Secretary Trade Union Congress, TUC, Enugu State chapter, Ben Asogwa, said they exhausted all avenues for dialogue with the management to no avail.
He said they had no choice than embark on the action, which has grounded activities at the hospital.
The workers under JOHESU had earlier issued a 21-day ultimatum to the management of the hospital over a litany of issues.
This was followed by another 7-day ultimatum, which has also expired.
JOHESU’s ultimatum borders on withheld salaries and arrears from February 2017 till date; withheld promotion arrears, withheld teaching allowance and enrolment of the hospital into the Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System, IPPIS.
The ultimatum was signed by Comrades Ozurumba Anthony, Onu Bank-Anthony, Sims Nwagwu, Ugwu Eric. A. Eze Mathew and Oduru Friday on behalf of the JOHESU affiliate bodies.
It was followed by another one by the University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA), and signed by its President, Chief S.E.O Egwuenu and the Secretary, Nurse Goodluck Nshi.
The group said if the current situation at the hospital was not checked, it will result in a breach of peace and a breakdown of law and order, adding that peace would not return to the hospital without the immediate implementation of the report of a panel earlier sent to the hospital by the minister.
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