The leadership of the Rivers State Youth Leaders Assembly, a socio crusader in the Niger Delta region has vowed to empower and engage over 200,000 Rivers youths in various skills to better their lives and remove them from acts of criminalities in one year.
The group also said it would expand the scope of the creative industry in the state as an alternative revenue earner to rebrand and reinvent the image of Rivers State.
The 200,000 youths expected to be engaged next year by the group would be in areas of tourism, entertainment, security and water surveillance .
In a statement signed by the group Chairman, Board of Trustees, BOT, Hon Tonjo Kennedy West and made available to The Tide yesterday said the group would partner with the state Governor, Barr. Nyesom Wike and the state House of Assembly to initiate policy framework and reforms to increase Internally Generated revenue. (IGR) of the state.
The group commended the governor’s resolute for the establishment of the Neighbourhood Watch in the state called for the review of the land and waterway surveillance.
West said the security machinery outfit had empowered over 30 thousand youths across the length and breadth of the state, assisting the conventional security apparatus with intelligent gathering for overt and covert operations in the business of protecting lives and property of her citizenry.
He noted that any money expended in the area of handling security is never a lost, but huge investment.
According the BOT chairman, “Honestly speaking, the Nigerian youths had never been hungry the way they are now, the Nigerian youths have been abandoned, forgotten and Rivers State is no exception, but our consolation is that our amiable governor, the youth friendly governor is working round the clock to ameliorate the living standard of the people.
The group also thanked Governor Nyesom Wike for his proactive and pragmatic approach in tackling the increasing security issues in the state as he urged the youths to shun violence, cultism, kidnapping and sea piracy in the state as it would lead them to nowhere.
The statement also condemned the role of the Nigerian Army in the presidential and governprship elections in the atate, saying that there was no issue of vote buying in the state as the opposition knows that they are not popular.
The group leadership also lauded the governor for setting up the two judicial commission of enquiry on the electoral violence, killings and related matters during the February 23rd and March 9 general elections in the state, including,, the violent attack on the state judiciary and destruction of t property at the Judiciary complex in Port Harcourt.
The statement further urged the opposition to take advantage of the olive branch extended by the Governor with a view to collectively move the state forward.
ICT Skills’ll Deliver Economic Independence To Nigerian Girls – NITDA
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has said that if Nigerian girls are taught relevant Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills at a young age, they will be set up for economic independence in future.
The Agency who made this remark through a press release signed by its Head, Corporate Affairs and External Relations, Mrs Hadiza Umar, joined the global community to mark the “Girls in ICT Day.” The day which is marked annually on the fourth Thursday in April falls on the 23rd April this year.
In the statement, Mrs Umar said that the Agency is highlighting the need to promote technology career opportunities for girls and women in ICT, the world’s fastest growing sector.
She said, “During this year’s celebration, NITDA is drawing attention to the critical need for more girls and women to participate actively in the ICT sector of our economy. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) had estimated skills shortfall of over two million jobs in the ICT sector within the next few years. This opens a huge opportunity for girls and young women who have the ability to learn Coding, Apps Development, Computer Science and other ICT related courses.
“This will not only make them ready for a successful career in the ICT sector, but ICT skills are rapidly becoming a strong advantage for students in just about any other field they might choose to pursue. With technology playing vital role in all manner of careers, from Arts to Social Sciences, and from Law to History, to Graphic Design, learning ICT skills at a young age will set girls up for economic independence. Furthermore, the ICT sector needs more girls and women and celebrating a day like this reminds us that ICT helps to improve the lives of people everywhere.
“It contributes significantly towards better healthcare, better environmental management, better communication, and better educational systems that transform the way children and adults learn. NITDA, in its proactive manner and in line with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy as well as in furtherance of bridging the gender imbalance in ICT in Nigeria, has embarked on series of Capacity Building programmes for women and girls across the country. Girls with ICT skills can expect to earn good wages and enjoy huge career opportunities.
Keystone Bank Disowns Ex-staff, Fake Investment Company
Keystone Bank Limited has alerted customers of the activities of one Mr. Obinna Onuselogu, who parades a company, Triple C Investment Limited, as an affiliate of the bank with the aim of defrauding unsuspecting members of the public.
The bank, in a statement yesterday, said Onuselogu, who used to be a staff, was no longer in its employ.
It added that anyone who transacts any business with him purportedly in the name of the bank does so at his/her own risk.
“Please note further that Keystone Bank is neither related nor affiliated to any company known as Triple C Investment Limited, which Mr. Onuselogu claims to be its chief executive officer.
“Anyone who transacts any business with him purportedly in the name of Keystone Bank does so at his/her own risk,” the statement said.
It was learnt that the ex-staff has been using the name of the bank and its executives claiming to be in partnership with the bank with the intent of defrauding unsuspecting members of the public.
The bank said it was working on a legal process and security agents to put an end to the unscrupulous activities of the so-called Tripple C Investment and its agents.
Fishermen Union Warn Against Dead Floating Fish Consumption
The Bonny Indigenous Fishermen’s Cooperative Union has set up a 20-man task force to work with the police and arrest any person or group of persons found with the polluted floating fish along Bonny sea and creeks.
President of the union, comrade Promise Bristol, made this known in a chat with newsmen in Bonny.
Bristol observed that a large quantity of different species of fish were found dead, floating on the sea, from the Atlantic Ocean to the communities and fishing ports in Andoni and Bonny Local Government Areas.
According to him, the species of fish included croaker, popularly known as “broke marriage”, “shine nose”, mackerel, among others.
Bristol lamented that the incident had brought untold hardship to the fishermen in the areas, saying that fishing is their only source of livelihood and appealed to government at all levels to come to their aid.
Bristol said the cause of the death of the fishes was unknown and warned members of the public against their consumption, pointing out that consumption of such fishes could be detrimental to human health.
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