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1500 unemploy youth benefits from FG N- knowledge programme in North East



Ahmed Ahmed

Not less than 1500 youth benefits from the Federal Government (FG) N-Knowledge empowerment programme in North East

Our correspondent reports that FG N-Knowledge is a component of the N-Power Programme under the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development that will upskill 20,000 young Nigerians.

Focusing on equipping young Nigerians with relevant skills on
creative arts, script writing, computer hardware and certification to become competent workers, innovators and entrepreneurs.

Hajiya Sa’adiya Farouk, Minister of the Ministry disclosed this at the end of the training and distribution of starter parks to the beneficiaries on Wednesday in Bauchi.

She said the programme is part of FG efforts to reduce unemployment among the youth, adding that the programme trained, certificated and equipped 1500 beneficiaries in the North-East subregion out of the over 20000 to benefit nationwide.

Represented by Deputy Director in the Ministry, Alhaji Gidado Abubakar, assured that FG is committed to empowering the youths and other vulnerable Nigerians in order to bring them out of poverty and become employers of labor.

She added that all the participants in the training who successfully completed the course are expected to set themselves up with the starter packs given to them as well as the token amount considering the economic situation in the country.

“The beneficiaries were drawn from the six states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe.

“Were trained for 3 months in three clusters of creative arts (animation), computer hardware (repairs and installation, fixing of Android phones) and script writing,” he said.

Farouk charged the beneficiaries to make good use of the knowledge acquired during the period of the training.

On his part, Malam Umar Tofa a consultant of hardware cluster of the programme explained that the training acquired by the beneficiaries would enable them to handle installation, repairs, services computer and android related devices anywhere in the country.

Tofa advised the beneficiaries to take the business seriously, engage other unemployed youths in their various areas in order to grow their businesses.

Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mrs Raliya Idris from Bauchi said the training received for three months impacted much to their knowledge and skills with a pledge to make good use of it and also be employers of labor.

She commended the FG initiative for the empowerment programme of taking away unemployed youth off the street to be self-reliant.

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ACF hails Gov. Yusuf 50% slash down of school fees, says the move is exemplary



The Arewa Consultative Forum( ACF) has hail the 50% reduction of school fees for indigent students by the incumbent Governor, of Kano State, Abba Kabir Yusuf as exemplary and worthy to emulate by other governor’s.

Gov. Yusuf has recently cut down 50% reduction in the registration fee for the 2023/2024 academic session for all Kano State indigenes studying regular courses at the Aliko Dangote University of Science and Technology, Wudil, Yusuf Maitama Sule University Kano, Sa’adatu Rimi University of Education, Kumbotso, Audu Bako College of Agriculture, Dambatta and other state owned tertiary institutions accross the state to cushion  the worsening economic situation people have been going through. 

While reacting to the governor’s initiative, the Chairman of the forum, Dr. Goni Farouk Umar  described the decision as both revolutionary and a hallmark of visionary leadership. 

He noted with delight the Kano State government’s resolve to restore its foreign scholarship programme designed to sponsor 1001 best graduates which demonstrates the government compassion that resulted in the payment of N700million registration fees for 700 Kano State students at the Bayero University Kano. 

The ACF leader noted that both the slashing of the fees in state owned institutions, and the off-setting of the BUK fees would go along way to ease the burden on parents and the students occasioned by the current economic hardship. 

Dr  Umar who describe education as power, and pivot in society’s advancement, prayed for the successful implementation of the government’s pro-poor education policies.

 He also appealed to all sections of the community to support educational development in all facets. 

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Nigeria’s President Tinubu say’s country’s pilgrim who return $80,000 to owner in Saudi is a pride of all.



President of Nigeria, Mr  Ahmed Bola Tinubu will honour Zamfara pilgrim Hajiya A’ishatu ‘Yan Guru Nahuce who found $80,000 in Saudi Arabia during the last Hajj exercise and return the money to it’s rightful owner. Chairman Zamfara State Hajj Commission, Alhaji Musa Mallaha has revealed.

Mallaha disclosed that the president is overwhelmed by the act of honesty exhibited by the female pilgrim hence he directed the National Hajj Commission to organize a national press conference to interview the woman for record keeping while in Saudi.

When the directives was given by the president according to Mallaha, the woman was already airlifted back to Nigeria adding that arrangements are in top gear to ensure the presidential directives is implemented as soon as possible.

Mr. Mallaha who revealed that president Tinubu expressed delight and pointed out that Hajiya Nahuce has brought respect and honour to her country Nigeria said the commission’s preparation towards the national press conference in Nigeria now will include the State governor, Dauda Lawan keying into the activities.

Mallaha further said that her honesty is a pride to all Muslims accross the globe.

The woman during the last excise stumbled into the money while performing Tawaff at the Ka’abah, she said that she kick the bag of the money to a distance for fear of been trample upon if she bow down to pick it up because of the large crowd. An Arab Pilgrim who saw her action pick the bag and gave it to her thinking that it was hers.

Mrs. Nahuce who was sponsored to Hajj by her son’s revealed that it was her first trip to the holy land.

She further revealed in an interview that, she took the money to the officials of her local government Hajj commission and handed it over. The officials met Saudi Authorities and within few days the owner was found and the money was returned to him.

She commented that she was not aware of the magnitude of her action until she was back home to Nigeria where she understands that the news went viral before her arrival

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Nigerian Army neutralize 7 bandits, comb bush for others in Zamfara



Nigerian Army neutralized seven Armed Bandits while several others flee with gunshots wounds in the late hours of Monday. 

The bandits in large number according to reliable source attempted to infiltrate and attack the troops at Kango Sabuwa. The gallant troops of Sector 1 Operation Hadarin Daji in conjunction with troops deployed at Forward Operating Base Wanke were steps ahead of them.

This was achieved by the troops in an ambush operation along the route suspected to be used by the Bandits.

The troops Shortly after the encounter proceeds in pursuit of other fleeing wounded bandits, recovered 1 Machine Gun, ammunition and 6 Motorcycles from the armed bandits.

The Commander Joint Task Force Northwest Operation Hadarin Daji, Major General Godwin Mutkut commends the troops for their bravery and resilience in dealing with the Armed Bandits.

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