Over 8000 employed in Lagos computer village — Official
The Phone and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria (PAPDAN) has said that the Computer Village in Ikeja, Lagos, creates no fewer than over 8000 job opportunities for Nigerian youths.
Mr Ifeanyi Akabue, President, PAPDAN, said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Thursday.
He said that the figure was for only those engaged with his association, aside from other trade associations in the location.
Akabue said that because of the rate of unemployment in the country, the hub had offered lots of jobs, including online or digital marketing.
He, however, said many of the young people do not have shops at the hub to transact their businesses.
According to him, the association has conducted training for over 200 people on online marketing within the last six months.
‘’So many of our young ones are in online marketing, we had a training for our members and workers.
‘’Over 200 young people have been trained in the last six months, since after the COVID-19 and EndSars saga.
‘’Some of our members have empowered those trained by supplying goods to them on trust to sell and make refunds later.
‘’The training has had a multiplying effect on the employment rate of youths in the country,’’ he said.
Akabue, therefore, advised policy makers to encourage the young ones by patronising local content.
He said that there were a lot of talented young ones that need government, organisation and individuals support to promote their works.(NAN)
10th Senate: NNPP Senator-elect kicks against zoning by APC
The Senator-elect from Kano South Senatorial District, Sulaiman Kawu, yesterday warned the All Progressives Congress (APC) not to repeat mistakes of the past by zoning the position of Presiding Officers of the Senate.
Kawu, who is a member of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) spoke at a press briefing in Abuja.
He described the action of the APC as an insult to opposition members-elect of the 10th National Assembly.
He urged the APC and the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to do the right thing through consultation of National Assembly members-elect and other critical stakeholders to arrive at what needs be done.
Kawu said: “In the 7th Assembly during President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, you are all aware how the executive intended to stop us from exercising our constitutional right. We fought them and they tear-gassed us, at the end, the wish of the people and the constitution prevailed.
“Now there are so many challenges we face in making sure that we consolidate the gains of democracy more especially the parliament. Now the 10th Assembly is about to be inaugurated, suddenly we saw a letter directing the members of the National Assembly to abide by the decision of the National Working Committee of the APC.
“For us, as veterans in this game. For us who have suffered a lot in defending the sanctity of the National Assembly we believe it is an insult.
“The National Assembly is an organ of government. It is not an agency of the Federal Government and the role of a political party is to guide, but they can’t dictate the selection of the Presiding Officers in the National Assembly.
“The constitution is very clear that we should choose among ourselves irrespective of party. and we are very lucky this time around the opposition constitute almost 48 per cent of the total population of the Senators-elect while the majority party has 52 per cent.
“When you go to the House of Representatives, it is the opposition that has the majority even though it is a combination of the different political parties. We thought the President-elect and the APC, will learn from past mistake in the 7th Assembly when President Jonathan intended to dictate to us where we would go in the selection of Speaker of the House of Representatives.
“We said no. We must follow the rule of law and the Constitution and we must be guided by the rules of the House.
“We chose Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and Nigerians are all aware. Even in the 8th National Assembly, Bukola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu emerged presiding officers of the Senate against the intention of the APC.
“Our thinking now is that the APC and the President-elect will learn from past mistakes and do the proper thing through consultation, interface, reach out, persuasion and persuade the members of the National Assembly and all the stakeholders in arriving at that position.”
He added: “The essence of Constitutional democracy is to give power to the people. What we are witnessing today is against the tenets of democracy.
“It is against what we stood for for over two decades. It is an insult for the APC to dictate to me where I will go in choosing the presiding officers.
“We are representatives of the people came with our own agenda, the agenda of our people and there are so many issues on the ground now. Some people are agitating that we must sit down and discuss our Constitution.
“Some people are asking for true federal system; others are asking for fiscal federalism, while some people are asking for restructuring to change the political structure of Nigeria.
“Some people are not even happy with the way and manner the country is going, and so they intend to break out from Nigeria. The only way we can face these challenges is to have the Constitution as our guidance. Allow us to sit down and do the needful. Allow us to do those things that will promote unity, happiness and prosperity of Nigeria.
“I am advising the President-elect, that as a democrat, we learnt a lot from him. He was in forefront in fighting Obasanjo for this democracy.
“We were with him when we stopped Jonathan from installing leadership in the House of Representatives. So, ‘Baba’ don’t allow sycophants, don’t allow the so-called new cabal in Nigeria to dictate to you; we will not allow it and we will resist it.
“Some of your sons are still in the National Assembly and we know that you are very consistent in terms of democracy and you are very consistent with the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“We learnt a lot from you but we will not allow this one to happen when we are in the National Assembly. It is a game of number, and we are doing our best to teach them another lesson.
“We are in touch with 109 senators-elect and I will assure you that we have a serious number to stop imposition in the Senate or in the House of Representatives. Yesterday the House showed Nigerians a lesson.
“We are consulting and politics is a game of number, it’s a game of persuasion, interface and we are doing it. We will cross the bridge when we get there.
What we are saying is that we have many challenges in Nigeria and we have a document which all of us have agreed to, the constitution, why can’t we use the constitution to resolve the logjam?”
No Nigerian Life Lost In Sudan Conflict — Minister
The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada, on Wednesday, said no Nigerian life has been lost so far in the crisis engulfing Sudan.
He stated this at a media briefing after the Federal Executive Council Meeting, adding that the Federal Government had already perfected plans to evacuate over 5,000 citizens in the war-torn country.
He stated that the first batch of Nigerians are being conveyed as of Wednesday, noting that citizens will be conveyed via buses through Egypt and consequently airlifted.
Diplomat, women and children are to be prioritised in the evacuation process.
Eleven days of heavy fighting until Monday has killed hundreds of people, left bodies rotting in the streets, and some neighbourhoods of greater Khartoum in ruins.
The latest conflict is between forces loyal to army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan against those of his former deputy Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, who commands the heavily armed paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF).
The RSF emerged from the Janjaweed militia that then-president Omar al-Bashir unleashed in the Darfur region two decades ago, leading to war crimes charges against Bashir and others.
Minimum Wage Adjustment To Be Paid Soon,’ FG Urges Aviation Workers To End Strike
‘The Federal Government on Monday urged the striking aviation workers to resume work, saying the requested adjustment of the minimum wage would be paid soon.
In a statement, the spokesman for the Ministry of Aviation, Oluseyi Odutayo, expressed the ministry’s displeasure at the industrial action embarked on by the workers, saying the ministry had made efforts to address their demands.
Odutayo described the strike as unnecessary, stressing that it would increase the hardship by Nigerians as well as lead to economic losses.
He asked the aggrieved workers to sheathe their swords, shelve their strike and contribute their quota to make the country’s aviation industry the hub of Africa.
“The Unions should also note, if they are not already aware, that consequential adjustment of the minimum wage has been finalized and about to be paid anytime soon. We have always conveyed this information in the several conversations and meetings held with the Unions,” the statement read.
“The Management of the Ministry of Aviation is open to continuous engagement with the Unions to improve their welfare. However, this can only be done in an atmosphere of peace and mutual respect.
“Let me reiterate that while we are appealing to the Unions to sheath the sword, the Management will view seriously any behaviour by any Union that is likely to lead to a breakdown of law and order at our airports.”
Aviation workers commenced their two-day warning strike with a protest on Monday, a situation that inevitably left many air passengers stranded.
The unions involved include National Union of Air Transport Employee (NUATE), Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), and Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionals (ANAP).
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