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FG trains 177 Kano youths on smart phone repairs, distributes starter packs



The youth trained on phone repairs posed for photograph


The Federal Government has trained 177 youths in Kano on smart phone repairs to address youth unemployment.

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disasters Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Farouq, made this known at the closing ceremony of the N-Skill Training on Smartphone repairs and services on Wednesday in Kano.

The minister said that N-Skill Programme was based on a certification system and an accreditation of practical training provided through the informal training system.

According to her, each of the 177 beneficiaries will go home with rework soldering station (Soldering Iron), Digital multimeter, a set of precision screwdrivers, repair tool kit and magnifying lamp.

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Farouq said the programme was a demonstration of President Buhari’s efforts at addressing youth unemployment.

She explained that the programme was a clear demonstration of the commitment to collectively address youth unemployment in line with President Buhari’s efforts to reduce poverty in Nigeria.

Represented by Special Assistant to the President on Social Investment, Dr Nasir Mahmoud, explained that the programme accommodated many skills-based enterprises.

She noted that the graduate and non-graduate components of the N-Power programme had been expanded to provide job opportunities for 16,629 unemployed youths in Kano state under the Batch C.

The minister added that this followed the successfully exiting of 18, 042 youths under Batches A and B

“The Federal Government is investing over N5.9 billion for the training, tooling and/or payment of monthly stipends on the Batch C beneficiaries. This is a tremendous direct injection of resources at the grassroots and in the hands of youths,” she added.

She said that smart phone repairs was used to pilot the programme under the N-Power non-graduate component as it was targeted at “lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years.”

“You have acquired life-long skills that will help you to develop an entrepreneurial understanding of the trade; be responsible citizens, take decision and effectively manage interpersonal relationships.

“Understand theoretical aspects of smart phone repairs and gain practical experience of basic smart phone repairs techniques.

“Acquire knowledge and skills required to successfully start the smart phone repairs business and effectively manage it.

“I am very confident that your participation in the programme has changed your orientation and prepared you to optimize employment opportunities in the smart phone repairs and service market,” she said.

According to her, the beneficiaries will be attached directly to Master Craft Persons (MCPs) in the trade for a six-month apprenticeship.

She noted that the MCPs are masters of smart phone repairs who were also trained and certified by National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).

According to her, in the six-month attachment period, your performance will be assessed and examined by the NBTE and the National Business and Technical Examination Board (NABTEB).

The minister said this would lead to the issuance of NBTE certificates to those that met the minimum requirements, urging them to work hard to meet the requirements.

Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr Nasir Gwarzo, said that the training would prepare them to optimise employment opportunities in the smart phone repairs and service market.

Represented by Special Adviser to the Minister, Hashim Abubakar, he urged the beneficiaries to be good ambassadors of the NSIP, humanitarian ministry and the Federal Government.

Mr Baba Zubairu, the Kano state Focal Person, NSIP urged the beneficiaries to become entrepreneurs, thereby creating jobs for the people.

One of the beneficiaries, Aliyu Abubakar, thanked the president for giving them the opportunity to participate in the programme.

He promised to use the starter pack for the purpose it was intended and pledged to share the knowledge with orders.


Northern Senators Commends ECOWAS Leaders For Lifting Sanctions On Niger Republic




Abuja. – Today, the Northern Senators Forum expresses it’s heartfelt appreciation and commendation to the exceptional leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for their decisive action in lifting sanctions imposed on Niger Republic as a result of military takeover on 26th July, 2023. We are pleased to see that ECOWAS has responded to the progressive requests made by us individually and collectively on the subject matter, and we commend their prudent and compassionate approach in addressing these critical issues.

The Northern Senators Forum believes that the principled and empathetic decision made by ECOWAS to lift the sanctions on Niger Republic is a testament to the organization’s commitment to regional solidarity, cooperation, and respect for human rights. We understand that this action will go a long way in alleviating the suffering of the people of Niger Republic, as well as ensuring the restoration of stability and economic prosperity in our region.

We are particularly grateful that ECOWAS leaders have considered our pleas to restore electricity, open borders, and lift the sanctions on Niger Republic. These measures will not only have crucial humanitarian implications, but will also foster regional integration, trade, and cooperation. We firmly believe that this step taken by ECOWAS will positively impact the lives of the people of Niger Republic and Nigeria and facilitate the restoration of trust and harmony among all member states.

As representatives of the people and advocates for justice and democracy, we commend ECOWAS for their responsiveness and understanding of the immense challenges faced by our fellow West African nation. The Northern Senators Forum stands in solidarity with ECOWAS IN restoring democracy and rule of law in Niger Republic and other west African countries, and we are committed to working to promote stability, peace, and socio-economic development throughout the region.

The Northern Senators Forum urges the government of Niger Republic and its people to seize this opportunity to hasten the process of returning to democratic governance to build a stronger and more prosperous nation, harnessing their resilient spirit and unwavering determination. Furthermore, we urge all regional stakeholders to continue engaging in dialogue and pursuing peaceful solutions to address any remaining concern, fostering a harmonious environment for progress and development.

Finally, the Northern Senators Forum would like to reiterate its deep appreciation to ECOWAS leaders especially President Bola Ahmed Tinubu of Nigeria for their proactive and benevolent intervention in lifting the sanctions imposed on Niger Republic. We are confident that this decision will leave an indelible mark on the collective consciousness of all West African nations and serve as a shining example for resolving differences through dialogue and diplomacy.


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BREAKING: ECOWAS lifts sanctions against Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso



President Bola Ahmad Tinubu addressing the Extraordinary meeting of ECOWAS heads of state in Abuja,Photo:Channels TV


The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has lifted sanctions imposed on Niger Republic, Mali, Burkina Faso, member nations that are ruled by military.

The authorities of ECOWAS on Saturday said the decision was based on humanitarian considerations, especially because of the Lenten period and the approaching month of Ramadan.

The regional bloc also lifted sanctions on Republic of Guinea-Bissau.

To invite all four countries to a meeting.

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Kano Unity Forum Urges Drug Dealers to Comply with Court Directives and Relocate to Dangwauro



Alhaji Gidado Mukhtar addressing the Press

Alhaji Gidado Mukhtar, representing the unity forum, addressed the press in Kano, highlighting the city’s historic significance as a commercial hub spanning centuries, despite facing challenges from colonial and post-colonial legacies.

Recent years have seen a surge in attempts to undermine Kano through the importation of dangerous drugs, posing a grave threat to its future and Northern Nigeria at large, with drug dealers operating openly in markets like Muhammad Abubakar Rimi Market, Sabongari.
Statistics from the NDLEA reveal alarming figures, with substantial quantities of psychotropic substances seized within a short span, prompting urgent action to safeguard society’s future.

The Kano State Government, disturbed by the situation, initiated the establishment of a modern pharmaceutical market within the new Kano Economic City at Dangwauro through a Public-Private Partnership (PPP), aiming to regulate and monitor unlawful activities.

Despite efforts to relocate dealers to the new market, resistance persists, with the perpetrators going to the extent of instituting legal action against directives, recently ruled against by the court.

Stakeholders emphasize the intolerability of allowing illicit drugs to pervade society, asserting a unified stance against the trade’s detrimental impact on Kano’s fabric, and vow to employ all legitimate means to halt its spread.

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