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Lagos Empowers 450 Unemployed Youths

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A crowd of Rivers people waiting to collect application forms for the Small and Medium-scale Enterprises Scheme of the State Ministry of Commerce and Industry in 2007. Photo: Chris Monyanaga

A crowd of Rivers people waiting to collect application forms for the Small and Medium-scale Enterprises Scheme of the State Ministry of Commerce and Industry in 2007. Photo: Chris Monyanaga

The Lagos State Government has empowered about 450 unemployed youths, who graduated from the states vocational and training centres with tools that will enable them practice their vocation as well as become employers of labour.

Speaking at the ceremony which held at Adeyemi- Gbero Auditorum in Alausa, Ikeja Lagos, Friday, the state Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN), described the development as a deliberate policy of government to eradicate poverty from the society. Our correspondence reports that Governor fashola, who was represented by his special Adviser on special duties, Mr Adekunle Odubela, said it was a further manifestation of the fruits of true democracy and good governance with the lives of the citizens receiving the necessary attention by their own government.

According to him, “since the administration of our immedicate predecessor, job creation, empowerment programme has been a key component of the 10-point agenda.”

He added that the present administration has also made it one of the major channels of empowering the people through programmes that will equip them with skills that can make them employers of labour and self-dependent.

He said the youth will be engaged in a more meaningful endeavour that would make them useful to themselves and the society at large, urging them to make the best use of opportunity.

“We believe that the provision of job opportunities and social amenities for the less privileged in the state creates the right environment for our people to realize their potentials, improve and enhance their living conditions,” he stressed.

Fashola stated that the only way to take youth out of crime and other social vices is to create the enabling environment for them to be gainfully employed.

He said the government “expects every resident in the state to be committed, dedicated and determined to support the policy thrust of the present administration on the provision of an enabling environment for the less privileged, especially the unemployed youths.”

The Governor noted that, by so doing, the youths would discover their potentials, enhance their creativity and self reliance.

He called on the many unemployed youths to utilize the opportunity the programme provided, adding that, “the government is ready to take them on board as the over all plan is to considerably reduce the desire for paid employment through constant organization of skill acquisition programmes.

Earlier, the commissioner for Special Duties, Dr Tola Kasali, who was represented by the Director of Finance, Mr Numdeen Salami, disclosed that each of the beneficiaries has the potentials of making an average income of about N20,000 per month after acquiring the necessary skills.

Kasali said the development would help boost government effort in ensuring life long income generation for the beneficiaries.

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Bello’s Gunmen After My Life, Family -Kogi Dep Gov

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Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Elder Simon Achuba yesterday alleged that the governor of the state has sent gunmen after his life.
Acbuba called on the inspector General of Police, the Department of State Services (DSS), the Army and other security personnel to safeguard his life, family members and his aides.
Achuba, who spoke with newsmen at his official residence in Lokoja said, “From all information at my disposal, the governor has mobilised gunmen to attack me.
“I want the police, SSS, IGP to know that if anything should happen to me, my family and aides, the governor should be held responsible.”
The deputy governor likewise called on the President to beam his searchlight on the state.

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LGAs Responsible For Farmers, Herdsmen Clashes In Nigeria -UN

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Zebulon Takwa, Peace and Development Adviser, Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, says poor Local Government administration is largely responsible for farmers-herdsmen clashes in Nigeria
Takwa, who gave the position in an interview with newsmen yesterday in Abuja, expressed concerns over “weak operational structures at the local government level’’.
He said that issues that were supposed to be addressed by local administration authority were left unattended to over a long period.
The UN official noted that most of the issues that escalated to crises ought to have been resolved at the local level by the authorities, traditional and religious leaders.
He decried the situation where structures for such prompt amicable settlement were not effective enough to prevent conflicts.
Takwa condemned the situation where most local government officials migrated to urban centres instead of concentrating on their primary responsibilities of settling crises, developing infrastructure and social amenities, among others.

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Reprisal Killing: Taraba Police, Tiv, Junkun Differ On Casualities

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The Police Command in Taraba State has said that only one individual was killed in what appeared to be a revenge for the alleged murder of a Junkun man yesterday.
While the Tiv claimed that no fewer than nine of their kinsmen were killed in Takum town, Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State on Tuesday, the Police said the figure was not true.
Takum is the hometown of Governor DariusIshaku who turned 65 today.
Multiple sources in Takum said trouble started yesterday morning when a Jukun man was killed on his farm along Takum-Wukari road, and irate Jukun youths in Takum went on the rampage, killing at least eight people in the town.
A resident of Takum, Mr. Nathaniel Jato, in a telephone interview with our Correspondent said the eight people killed in Takum town were all Tiv resident in the town.
“We counted at least eight dead bodies around General Hospital Junction and Zenith Bank around the Wukari roundabout.
“We were told that many people were killed around Rimi Primary school area, but there is tension, so we can’t go there.
“The Caretaker Chairman of Takum Local Government Council, ShibanTikari, has assured us that the situation will not escalate, but I am afraid the situation might degenerate if adequate security measures are not put in place,” he lamented.
Jato, who said there was threat that their houses would be attacked in the night, called on Governor Darius Ishaku and security authorities to quickly restore peace in the area to pave way for proper investigation of the matter.

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