Connect with us

Business

Skills Acquisition: NYSC Seeks FG, Private Sector’s Support

Published

on

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has called on the Federal Government and the private sector to support in providing materials for skills training of corps members.
The NYSC FCT Coordinator, Mr Abdulrazak Salawu, made the call in an interview with newsmen in Abuja, recently.
Salawu said that the scheme needed training materials to adequately train the large number of corps members, noting that most of the materials currently being used were borrowed by the corps.
He said with the large number of youths mobilised annually for national service nationwide, the corps was faced with the challenge of providing materials for them to acquire skills in their chosen fields.
He said if the issue was not urgently addressed, it would affect the level of progress corps members were making in learning; as well as perfecting the skills they were being taught.
“In spite of the challenges we face, our Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme has been able to train more than two million youths in the last four years.
“We train them in skills such as; food processing, education, film and photography, construction and automobile.
“Other areas are: power and energy, environment, horticulture and landscaping, cosmetology, agro-allied, ICT, culture and tourism.
“We train them in these skills so that they do not need to go looking for white collar jobs; but become self -employed and employers of labor.
“In the fashion designing class we have over 300 corps members and they are using only three sewing machines; you can imagine how in-effective such training will be.
“We urge well-meaning Nigerians and the private sector to support us with materials such as: sewing machines, clothing materials, poultry and feed, electricity generating set and aluminium cutting machines.
“We also need make-up box, computer set, inverters, solar modules, paint making chemicals, tiling cement and many other materials for the various skills set we train corps members in,” Salawu said.
He also said that the NYSC was currently training the corps members in 12 skills set including: ICT, agro-allied, culture and tourism, education, cosmetology and automobile.
Others are: construction, power and energy, film and photography, food processing, horticulture and landscaping and environment.
He added that the SAED programme was introduced by the scheme to assist the Federal Government to address the problem of unemployment in the country.
He said that although the problem was faced not only by Nigeria but the world over, Nigeria faced a greater problem due to the large population.
Salawu urged the Federal Government to replicate the strategies used by developed nations “which is investing in the youths for national development.’’
The Tide source reports that the SAED programme was introduced by the NYSC in 2012 to train corps members in various skills to enable them become self- reliant and employers of labor.
Corps members are introduced to the programme immediately they commence the orientation course and after the training they can receive loans from various financial institutions to start up their businesses.
The Central bank of Nigeria (CBN), Bank of Industry (BoI), Bank of Agriculture and Heritage Bank are some of the institutions giving out start-up loans to corps members.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Continue Reading

Business

Crude Hits Seven-Year High On Recovery Hope … Equity Rally Runs Out

Published

on

Crude oil hit a more than seven-year high yesterday on optimism that the global recovery will ramp up demand.
However, concerns about the end of long-running central bank support and rising Treasury yields saw most equity markets reverse early gains.
After an almost uninterrupted rally from the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, world markets are showing signs of levelling out as global finance chiefs shift from economy-boosting largesse to measures aimed at reining in inflation.
Still, there is an expectation that equities will enjoy further gains this year as countries reopen and people grow more confident about travel, especially as studies suggest the more prevalent Omicron coronavirus variant appears to be milder and as vaccines are rolled out.
Analysts are also watching the corporate earnings season that is underway, with hopes that firms can match their stellar performances last year.
But while Asian markets started the day brightly after Monday’s travails, traders returned to selling, with US Treasury yields surging on expectations the Federal Reserve will have to unveil several interest rate hikes to tackle a worrying spike in inflation. Wall Street was closed Monday.
Tokyo, Hong Kong, Sydney, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, Mumbai, Bangkok and Jakarta all fell.
There were gains in Shanghai in hopes of fresh economy-boosting measures, while Wellington and Manila also edged up.
London, Paris and Frankfurt all fell at the open.
But oil built on its early promise, with Brent climbing to $88.13 a barrel and WTI hitting $85.74, both levels not seen since October 2014.
The gains came thanks to demand optimism as the world reopens and concerns about Omicron ease. The loosening of travel restrictions in several countries has seen jet fuel costs soar.
Hopes for more monetary easing by major consumer, China, to reinforce its stuttering economy were also seen as key support for the oil market.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Continue Reading

Business

NPA, MWUN, Others Synergise On Labour

Published

on

President General of Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, has reaffirmed commitment to ensuring smooth working relationship with  management, Tin Can Island Port Complex (TCIPC) of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on labour related issues.
Adeyanju, who made the commitment during a working visit to the Port Manager, TCIPC, Mr. Buba Jubril, in Lagos, noted that the union will continue to promote industrial peace and harmony in the  operational activities at seaports.
Noting that synergy among all the maritime stakeholders was key for port efficiency, he hinted that the union has changed the narrative from being tagged as hooligans to a more responsible and civil Institution in the maritime industry.
Earlier, the Port Manager, TCIPC, Buba Jubril, thanked the  PG of MWUN for the systematic approach on labour related issues at the port level
Disclosing that the PG has been instrumental to the existing peace in port operations, Jubril assured on the existing synergy the port authority and all the unions.
Jubril further said that “ Myself and the President General MWUN has come a long in the industry.
“I have known him (PG) for over 33years and that will tell you that he is my friend and friend to management of the Nigeria port authority”, he said.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Continue Reading

Business

Osinbajo Wants More Stakeholders’ Involvement In Blue Economy … Inaugurates Committee

Published

on

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has sought for wider participation of relevant stakeholders in the blue economy project to deepen participation and benefits of Nigerians from the country’s marine resources.
Making the call at the  inaugural meeting of an Expanded Committee on Sustainable Blue Economy in Nigeria at the Presidential Villa yesterday, the Vice President said “a viable blue economy project will offer vista of opportunities not only for littoral states where there are bodies of waters, but for the entire country”.
He identified areas to be exploited to include ports, terminals, fishing, training, environment, tourism, power,oil and gas.
While identifying possible challenges of sustainability, the VP urged all the ministries, departments and agencies to strengthen their collaborations in an atmosphere of inter ministerial working groups and advised all members to attend the meetings faithfully for maximum results.
Osinbajo , who formally inaugurated the expanded committee, identified the need for a legal framework that will be more robust than other international maritime conventions on blue economy, which Nigeria has been signatory to.
He said the scope and participation of the committee will be further improved upon to accommodate more members from government agencies and relevant private sector stakeholders
“There is no doubt that the blue economy is a new frontier for economic development and a means of diversifying the economy through the use of resources from oceans, seas, rivers and lakes for the well being of the people.
“It also provides positive contribution to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) 2052 Africa Integrated Maritime Strategy (2052AIM) and the UN 2030 agenda
“This concept for economic diversification is promoted by the international community and provides friendly means of livelihood in line with this administration’s agenda on job creation’, he said.
He continued that “the ocean economy as an emerging economic frontier applies to ocean-based industry activities and the assets, goods and services of marine ecosystems.
“Countries have to define the scope of their blue economy based on their priorities. For example, in Bangladesh, the ocean economy consists of the following broad and growing economic sectors; living resources, minerals, energy, transport, trade, tourism and recreation, carbon sequestration and coastal protection.
“These industries and ecosystem services do not develop in isolation, but rather interact as an economic ecosystem”, the VP said.
Earlier in his remark,Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi said the blue economy is capable of improving government revenue, create employments and grow the gross domestic product of Nigeria.
Amaechi, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr Magdalene Ajani, also expressed optimism in the benefits derivable from a well exploited marine environment
Speaking at the event,  Dr. Paul Adalikwu, Secretary General of Maritime Organisation of West and Central Africa (MOWCA) lauded the initiative of the expansion while recommending inclusion of financial institutions such as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and African Development Bank (AfDB), as well as key financial institutions that will contribute meaningfully to realizing Nigeria’s Blue Economy objective.
In addition to  maritime agencies such as the Nigeria Ports Authority, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, and Maritime Academy of Nigeria, the expanded committee also include ten state governors.
They the Governors of Rivers, Lagos, Delta, Akwa Ibom, Borno, Ogun, Ondo, Cross River, Bayelsa and Edo States.
Other members are Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Power, Finance, Environment, Trade and Investment, Agriculture and Water Resources , Chief of Naval Staff, Comptroller General of Customs, Lake Chad Basin Commission, Nigeria Economic Summit Group, etc.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Continue Reading

Trending