The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Members of Batch “C” Stream II deployed to Taraba State, have assured the management of the scheme that they will use their allowances to establish small business.
They gave the assurance at the closing ceremony of the 2021 Batch “C” Stream II skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development program, held at the NYSC Orientation Camp Sibre in Ardo Kola local government area of the state.
Speaking to SAHEL REPORTERS, Nathaniel John, a graduate of Bio-Chemistry from Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida university Lapai, Niger State, and Fatima Mustapha Shettima who studied Architecture from the university of Abuja, an indigene of Borno state, all of them who were part of the Barbing class also promised to use their allowances to improve on the skills they have acquired during the SAED training to assist themselves, friends, family and the society in general.
According to Fatima, the reason why she joined the Barbing class as a woman was because of what she had experienced during the lockdown over the COVID-19 pandemic as her male brothers were all at home and they could not barb their hairs because there was no Barbing shop operating, and vowed to establish a Barbing shop with a view to encourage other females.
“I know as a Muslim lady in some places they will not welcome this idea but being an architect am happy for adding this skill, at least I can now use it to assist my brothers or even if i get married I can do it for my husband and also for my children” She pointed out.
Ayonde Funke Dorcas, another corps member from kwara state who studied Information and Media Technology from the federal university of technology Minna and learned fashion and design during the training, described the NYSC SAED program as impactful and advised Nigerian graduates to shun seeking white-collar jobs and focused on entrepreneurship.
“Since when I was in the university, I have my sewing machine in my room that I used to sew for my fellow students, friends, family, and even those that I have no connection with and I was making my money, therefore, I don’t need to work from 6-6 or 8 am-4 pm to make money”. Dorcas emphasized.
Also delighted with the NYSC SAED training, a graduate of food science technology from the University of Maiduguri, Borno state, and an indigene of Yobe state, Jabir Bukar said he had made friends from various states both southerners and northerners, believing that the NYSC scheme is a uniting organ, and enjoined the youths especially graduates to take the skills they have acquired with seriousness.
“I’m a Barber already but this SAED training has improved my knowledge and I will continue with my Barbing business because when I was in the university it was the money I made from Barbing shop that I used to sponsor myself. Many times I don’t even ask for anything from my parents” Bukar testified.
Earlier in his speech, NYSC Taraba State Coordinator, Mr. Anthony Nzoka explained that the fact remains that skills acquisition and entrepreneurship development among young graduates has never been as popular as it is today.
He further noted that the global community has realized that skills and entrepreneurial culture are the foundation, future, and necessity for any economy, society, or nation to thrive.
“Therefore, it is not a surprise that the National Youth Service Corps Scheme as a dynamic, responsive, and change-conscious organization has in reacting to the realities of the 21st century introduced the skill acquisition and entrepreneurship development program (SAED),” Nzoka added.
The state Coordinator, however, charged the corps members to think outside the box, be ready to take risks, see opportunities in prevailing challenges and have the ability to always think differently ahead of time, as well as develop a nose to smelling investment opportunities.
Adamawa: CDD Joins Awareness Campaign Against Gender-based Violence
As part of activities commemorating 2023 16 days activism, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has sensitized Adamawa people on Violence Against Women and Girls VAWG.
The sensitization exercise begins with road walk from Bekaji roundabout to Jimeta modern market, Yola-North Local Government Area on Wednesday.
Mrs Amina Auwal, the team lead who spoke on this year’s theme: Unite, “invest to prevent violence against women and girls” described the commitment of stakeholders as the symbol of unity against Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the state.
She urged stakeholders to unite and reduce the rate of GBV in the state.
“This VAWG is like a cancer, it is eating up the community gradually but when it has been cut off completely we will have society free of GBV.
“We appreciated the CDD for sponsoring the programme of being able to sensitize the public to bring to an end the menace of VAWG”, she said.
Mrs Rose Zinas, Desk officer GBV, National Orientation Agency (NOA) urged parents, guardians and stakeholders to take advantage of the theme of the year and to invest on women and girls-child.
She said these would help them to have something doing to reduce over dependent on husband’s and parents as well as end violence against them.
Zinas called on the women to also be proactive in looking for something doing and not to be a liability.
In her remarks, Lubna Dodo, representing Federation of Women Lawyers Association, FIDA appreciated the contribution of CDD in the fight against GBV in the state.
She explained that the mission of the road walk is to create awareness on the theme of this year activism.
“This means invest by educating the girls-child and empower them with the knowledge and skills to succeed in future.
“These will go along way by reducing their vulnerability to violence anywhere they find themselves “, she said.
Dodo further said that the passage of Violence Against Person Prohibition (VAPP) law and Child Protection law as well as ongoing sensitization for implementation have also help in reducing the rate of GBV in the state . News Hunter.
Adamawa Govt Approves 42km NYSC Camp – Borong Road Project
By Muhammad B. Muhammad
The Adamawa State Executive Council Wednesday approved reconstruction of 42km road stretching from National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Orientation Camp in Damare to Borong community.
The feeder road project which covers the 2 LGAs of Girei and Demsa will cost over N836m.
The State Commissioner of Education, Dr Umar Garba Pella disclosed this while briefing newsmen shortly after the council meeting that held in the Government House, Yola.
Dr Pella said the project was awarded to Hydro Source and Resource Nigeria Limited and has the completion of period of 12 Months.
The Commissioner further disclosed that the council has approved over N117m variation for the construction of modern laboratory at Specialist Hospital, Yola.
Pella explained that the project was initially awarded at over N578m adding that the variation was to cover the cost of increased price of building materials.
The Wednesday’s 8th 2023 Council Meeting was presided over by the State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri.
Bauchi SEC Approves Construction of 2 Flyovers , 200KM Roads
Bauchi State Government has unveiled a plan for the construction of sixteen strategic roads worth about one hundred billion naira across the state.
The project also comprises two flyovers at the busiest areas of Wunti and Central Market to beautify and decongest the city centre.
These among some other rural roads construction project across the state’s three senatorial zones were part of the resolutions made during State Executive Council Meeting presided over by Governor Bala Mohammed.
Some of the project that make a total of two hundred kilometers include two point six kilometers Sabon Kaura Birshi Gandu road, four point five kilometers Zango-Gwallagan Mayaka access road, one point seven kilometers Bayara township road, rehabilitation of Disina-Adamami road in Jama’are local government area and Dualization of A.D Rufa’i College to Misau town road among others.
Briefing journalists on the outcome of the meeting, the commissioners of Works and Transport Ibrahim Galadima and his counterpart of Special Duties and Rural Development Faruq Mustapha said the projects have been awarded to confitent contractors in line with developmental initiative of Governor Bala Mohammed led administration.
Also during the meeting, the Council has ratified and approved for upgrading of four palaces of Emirs of Bauchi, Ningi, Jama’are and Dass at sum of two point two Billion naira under the State Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.
The commissioner of the ministry Ahmed Sarki Jalam said the move was to creat a conducive environment for the traditional institutions to discharge their duties.
The council has also approved a memo for the 2024 Medium Term Expenditure presented by the commissioner ministry of Budget and Economic Planning Aminu Hammayo as well as a memo presented by the commissioner of Commerce, Trade and Investment Mahmud Baba Ma’aji on the preparation for the forthcoming Northeast Joint Trade Fair in Bauchi State.
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