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N-power: FG Floats New Initiative Under Empowerment Scheme



N-Knowledge: FG Kick-Off New N-Power Program

Under N-power scheme, the federal government has floated another initiative, tagged N-Knowledge.

Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, made the disclosure of this new initiative in a statement seen by Newsrand.

In the statement signed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Alhaji Bashir Nura Alkali, the minister was quoted as announcing that the N-Knowledge programme would have beneficiaries in the six geo-political zones of the country, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The statement read: “N-Knowledge is a component of the N-Power Programme focused on equipping young Nigerians with relevant skills and certification to become competent workers, innovators, and entrepreneurs prepared for both the domestic and global digital job market.

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“N-Power (N-Knowledge) programme will upskill 20,000 young Nigerians on the global radar as exporters of world-class services and content in the creative and information technology sectors.

“The training component is targeted at developing competencies of the youth in software development and hardware training which will be catalysed to make Nigeria compete in the outsourcing market for software development, Farouq said.

According to her, it will develop the skills and capacities along with the skills set in the value chain of mobile apps and website development, while boosting the talent development effort for the growth of the information technology industry in Nigeria.

She explained that the programme consisted of centralised in-camp training for three months with a six-month apprenticeship across the six geo-political zones of the country.

“A total of 20,000 beneficiaries will participate in the programme.

At the end of the programme, qualified trainees would be awarded certificates and attestations.

“The trainees will be introduced to different schedules that will definitely make them more informed and ready for the competitions in the global market.

“This is significant, because, the trainees will be introduced to life skills, attitude re-orientation and work ethics,” she said.

They were also told about the rules of engagement in the programme. 

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BREAKING: Comedian Cute Abiola Regains Freedom From Navy



BREAKING: Comedian Cute Abiola Regains Freedom From Navy

Popular comedian Abdulgafar Ahmad, who’s otherwise known as Cute Abiola, has regained his freedom from the Nigerian Navy after spending 21 days in detention.

Cute Abiola was said to have been missing on Monday, November 15, 2021, when his colleague in the comedy industry, Debo Adedayo aka Mr Macaroni, raised the alarm that he was nowhere to be found after reporting at his office in Navy Town, Lagos, that same day.

Two days after the alarm was raised, Naval spokesperson, Commodore Suleman Dahun had announced that the funnyman wasn’t missing but was detained for contravening the military laws by posting a video of himself in military uniform on social media, an act which is said to be in violation of the armed forces’ social media policy.

Dahun had also added that the comedian failed to show up when called upon to explain himself but only returned after the expiration of his leave on November 15, 2021, and was put behind bars the same day.

Giving an update on the comedian’s situation, the naval spokesman maintained that Cute Abiola knowingly violated the armed forces’ social media policy but was given a punishment after he was tried for misconduct and indiscipline.

He added that the funnyman is no longer in the naval detention as he has been released to serve his punishment.

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Omicron: State Govts Resume Testing, Demand Funds



Omicron: State Govts Resume Testing, Demand Funds

State governments have said they will resume and increase mass testing for COVID-19 following the detection of the Omicron variant of the virus in the country.

Top government officials in states including Cross River, Benue, Delta, and Akwa Ibom who disclosed this in separate interviews, however, described the funding as a major obstacle to community testing. They sought the assistance of the Federal Government on funding community testing, particularly the running of molecular laboratories.

The states made the demand as the World Health Organisation (WHO) said the new variant had spread to 23 countries.

Canada had on Sunday, November 28, 2021, detected the Omicron variant in two travellers, who recently visited Nigeria. On Tuesday, November 30, the North American included Nigeria, Egypt, and Malawi in its travel ban list.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Wednesday, December 1, announced the discovery of cases of the Omicron variant in three persons with travel history to South Africa.

It said contact tracing on the cases had started, adding that the affected persons were in isolation.

But virologists expressed fear that the strain was already circulating in the country, but could not be detected because most states had stopped community testing.

On Thursday, December 2, Cross River State said it had begun community testing in the wake of  the discovery of the Omicron variant.The state Commissioner for Health Dr Betta Edu, disclosed this to one of our correspondents on  in Calabar.

She stated, “We have already resumed community sample collection and massive vaccination. However, vaccine hesitancy and high cost of running molecular laboratories have been part of our challenges.

She added that the state had already requested the Federal Government’s assistance in that regard.

Also, the Benue State Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Professor Joseph Ngbea, said that the state had stepped up the testing rate.

The commissioner,  who spoke on the matter said that the state action committee on COVID 19 had evolved a new strategy to test people following the discovery of the new variant.

He explained that the state had continued to fund the COVID19 committee, which had started going to churches, mosques, schools, and internally displaced persons’ camps to conduct the test. He said, “We have stepped up testing capacity of people for COVID 19 in  Benue and we are very high now. We target  schools and churches and some people who want to be tested do send for us and we do meet them and get them tested.”

He called on the Federal Government to increase the budget for research to be able to tackle the spread of COVID -19.

The Delta State Government, on its part said it would resume testing immediately to check the spread of the Omicron variant.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. More Ononye, stated this in an interview with The PUNCH on Thursday in Asaba. He said, “We will resume testing because it is proper that we maintain the tempo in curtailing the spread.

For a long time now, people have stopped observing the COVID-19 protocols but with this, it is a wake-up call to everybody especially this Christmas season.

So we are advising communities to wake up for the use of all these interventions. We are doing more sensitisation for people to get vaccinated because there is a lot of complacency.”

Ononye said the state was expecting technical and other forms of assistance from the Federal Government to stop the spread of the virus.

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