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NYSC SAED: Corps Members Vow To Use Allowances to Establish Businesses

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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.

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Gov Fintiri Performs Groundbreaking Of Flyover In Bauchi

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Adamawa State Governor, the Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri on Sunday performant the ground breaking off the construction of two Flyover bridges in the heart of Bauchi by the State Government.


Performing the flag off on behalf of the Bauchi State Government, Governor Fintiri declared that Senator Bala Mohammad has developed a legacy of promises kept.


“With the projects I have seen in Bauchi State and the ones in the offing including the overhead bridges, we are about to flag off now, I am left with no other option than to congratulate the good people of Bauchi State for having a visionary and courageous leader like Senator Bala.

“The true definition of leadership often times, is not rooted in the quantum of resources at the disposal of a leader. It is more measured by the vision and courage such a leader brings to the fore in the decision of how such resource are deployed and the craft of what project are prioritized.” He said.


Governor Fintiri while commending Senator Bala for the design and prioritization of projects, noted that only few leaders have the courage to rise above lazy routes and brace up to gigantic projects.


He said that overerhead bridges referred to as Flyovers are not just symbols of municipal ecstasies but solutions to vehicular traffic which eases movement. “Having them in Bauchi is therefore a good decision that would continue to define the vision of Senator Bala Mohammed in solving the problem of not only the present-day Bauchi but the Bauchi of tomorrow.”


Speaking earlier, the Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammad noted that population growth informed the idea behind constructing the flyover, adding that it will redefining urban transportation.


Governor Bala said as gateway to the North East it will give a first visitor to the region a good impression.


He noted that the choice of Governor Fintiri to break the ground is deliberate, describing him as one of the best that has changed the landscape of the region through the execution of viable projects.


The Governor of Borno. Prof Babgana Zulum and that of Gombe Mohammad Inuwa Yahaya were present at the event.

Humwashi Wonosikou
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor

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Adamawa Poly Matriculates 2,818 New Students For 2023/2024 Academic Session

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A total of 2,818 student have been matriculated into various discipline of studies at the Adamawa State Polytechnic Yola for the 2023/2024 academic session.

Rector of the Polytechnic, Prof Mohammed Dahiru Toungos gave the revelation at the weekend in his welcome address at the school’s matriculation ceremony Polytechnic.

Breaking down the admission category, the Rector explained that Yola and Jambutu campus have two thousand four hundred and twelve, two hundred and fourteen at Numan campus while it’s National Skill Qualification, NSQF has one hundred and two.

Professor Toungos pointed out that though the institution recorded low enrollment it however poised to delivering quality service to the students.

He enjoined the matriculants to commit to their studies with tenacity and focus.

The Rector urged the learners to be regular and consistent in attendance at lecture and eschew all forms of deviant behaviours.

While assuring them of maximum security and safety, Dahiru Toungos congratulated and them successful and prosperous studies.

Earlier in a remark, the students representative of the Polytechnic, Mr. Kingsley Johanna appreciated the school’s management for the privilege to study.

He counselled the matriculating students to widen their horizon and positively impact the society during and after their stay at the Polytechnic.

Yohanna who expressed their readiness to be law abiding charged his colleagues to seek and embrace wisdom, honesty and integrity among other noble virtues.

It is now left for the students to delve into studies in earnest and all tenacity to justify the oath they took and get their parents to pride in them.

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Bauchi Lawmaker Pledges To Expedite Passage Of Bill On Reduction Of Out-Of-School Children

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Honourable Nasiru Ala, the Chairman, House Committee on Education in the Bauchi State House of Assembly has pledged to expedite the passage of the state framework Bill to reduce Out-Of-School in the state.

He made the pledge during a two-day regional stakeholders meeting on out-of-school children and retention, transition as well as completion models in Bauchi, Gombe and Adamawa states.

According to him, any moment the bill is sent to the state House of Assembly from the Executive, the lawmakers would expedite actions to ensure that the bill is passed within three to four weeks.

He said “based on the law making, we are going to enact this particular law on the domestication of the Bauchi state framework to reduce Out-of-School children bill within three to four weeks from the day of reception from the Executive Arm.

“Our governor has been very cooperative and supportive on this particular issue of out of school children because it is a serious menace.

“As an academic, I’m not always happy anytime I hear the word Out-of-School children.

“That is why it’s not going to be a big deal in the Bauchi state House of Assembly to enact the state framework to reduce Out-of-School children in the state.

“In three weeks time In-Sha-Allah, we are going to pass into Bill this State Framework to reduce Out-of-School children in the state”.

Also speaking, Mr Raphael Aiyedipe, Education Officer, UNICEF Bauchi Field Office, said that the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) had developed a National Framework of Action to Reduce Out-of-School Children and drive access to education in the country.

According to him, the framework commits to substantially and systematically decrease the number of Out-of-School children in Nigeria by 2030.

He highlighted some of the objectives of the framework to include; improve access and quality of education for all Nigerian children, drive improvement in learning and relevant skills development.

Others, he said, were to accelerate the social and economic development of communities and the country at large.

“The Framework has 5 thematic areas that includes; political actors and this means gaining the political will and government commitment.

“Best practices and alternative pathways and this translates to defeating learning poverty, Community accountability, that is engaging stakeholders to build ownership.

“Technology and ICT which means improving access through innovative solutions and Financing mechanisms, that is, reaching the most vulnerable,” he explained.

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