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6000 Youths To Undergo ICT Training In Kogi

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More than 6,000 youths drawn from the 21 local government areas in Kogi are to be trained on ICT appreciation.

The Coordinator of the programme, Mr Adeyemi Bode-George, told newsmen in Lokoja on Friday that the month-long training was aimed at making the youths to be self-reliant.

He said the modalities for the training were being discussed with the state government and other stakeholders under the Private- Public Partnership (PPP) initiative.

Bode-George said the programme was aimed at empowering youths, through capacity development, as part of efforts to  check criminal activities and unemployment among them.

He said that 30 ICT specialists were being deployed for the training in entrepreneural skills, including Website Development, Graphic Design, computer and GSM repairs and sales, solar technology and V-Sat installation.

Bode-George said the project tagged, “1st Kogi ICT Youth Employment/Entrepreneurship Bootcamp and Exhibition,” would be conducted in Anyigba, Kabba and Okene.

The training is under the auspices of the African ICT Youth Capacity Development Project.

Mr James Williams, the Managing Director of Port-Harcourt- based Maximum Insight Global Services, the consulting firm handling the project, stressed the need to equip youths to fight poverty, unemployment and insecurity.

 “Armed robberies, assassinations, kidnapping, religious violence and urban gangster activities are no longer strange occurences in our society,” he noted, adding that the project was aimed at curbing criminal tendencies.

Williams said that some 60,000 youths in the North Central states would be gainfully employed at the end of the training.

He said the training would be replicated in states in the zone.

The Chairman of Kogi chapter of the National Youth Council, Mr S. B. Godwin, said the training would be beneficial to the youth.

He said that out of the 1.7 million youths in the state, only 500,000 were gainfully employed.

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Northern Senators’ Forum Seeks Lasting Solutions To Insecurity

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Chairman of the Northern Senators’ Forum, Sen. Aliyu Wamakko, (APC-Sokoto) has called for lasting solutions to tackle the menace of insecurity in the country.
Wamakko made the call while briefing newsmen after the caucus’ closed-door session, held in Abuja, last Wednesday.
He said: “We must continue to find more solutions that can be applied to the security challenges.
“Of course, there are many ways of finding a solution. I know we are using the security outfit very well, but there are other ways of finding lasting solutions to the challenges, facing our country today.
“We are concerned as Nigerians and as northerners.
“This country has to be as free as possible, so that every Nigerian can move freely to do their normal businesses without any fear or security challenge, “he said.
He noted that at resumption on June 22, the forum would hold another meeting which would be aimed at strengthening the decisions taken so far.

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Reps Seek End To Abuses In Orphanages

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The House of Representatives has appealed to the Federal Government to end incessant abuses in orphanages across the country by the operators.
This followed the adoption of a motion by Rep. James Owolabi (APC-Lagos) at yesterday’s plenary in Abuja
Speaking on the motion, Owolabi said that many orphanages were not registered, making it impossible for the authorities to ascertain the actual number of children in their custody.
He said that the unregistered orphanages were also involved in illegal operations such as child trafficking and nocturnal abuse of children.
He said it was the responsibility of government to protect the lives and property of citizens including orphans.
The House therefore, urged the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to collaborate with relevant agencies of government towards ending the abuse.
It mandated the committee on Women Affairs to ensure compliance.

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Ganduje Restates Commitment To Community Policing In Kano

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Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has reiterated his commitment to continue partnering with stakeholders in the security sector to ensure the state is safe and peaceful.
Ganduje made this known when the Nigeria Police Force Community Policing Agenda, appointed him as its National Patron.
In a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Abba Anwar in Kano, Ganduje said:”we have community policing at the village, ward , local government, emirates levels.
“We chose 16 young people from each of the 44 local governments areas of the state for constabulary training,” he said.
Responding, the National Secretary of the association, Amb. Ibrahim Aboki said that the governor was nominated for his efforts in strengthening community policing.
“This is a man of honesty, integrity and philanthropy, the able and amiable dynamic leader and a ”Goal Getter:
“The security champion, we are presenting to you, an award and a letter as a National Patron.
“We duly acknowledge your role in pioneering, promoting and consolidating all security formations, security agencies and special constabularies,” he said.

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