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Senate moves to establish Metallurgical Training Institute

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The Senate has considered a bill seeking to establish the National Metallurgical Training Institute, Onitsha.

The National Metallurgical Training Training Institute (Establishment) Bill, 2021, which scaled second reading was sponsored by the Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi (APC, Kebbi North).

The bill was read for the first time on September 15, 2021.

Leading debate on the bill, Senator Abdullahi said the  establishment of the Institute was against the backdrop of the feasibility study carried out in 1979 by the German Agency for technical cooperation (GTZ).

According to the lawmaker, the  German Agency observed the lack of the skill technical manpower to maintain and run the heavy Mechanical and Electrical equipment in the Steel, Oil & Gas and manufacturing industries.

He explained that the agreement between the German and Nigerian Governments out of which the Institute was established in 1980, required that the German Government provide equipment and organize foreign technical training for Nigerians, while the Nigerian Government should provide the physical infrastructure and the personnel to be trained.

The lawmaker noted that when established, the Institute would be responsible for training of low and middle level technical manpower in maintenance and repair works for Steel and Allied Industries in Nigeria.

He added that it would create a pool of indigenous technical workforce that can erect, commission, operate and maintain the steel industries thereby reducing Nigerian dependence on foreign technical workforce.

Abdullahi stated further that the Metallurgical Institute would undertake training of skilled personnel already employed in steel and allied industries, offer Advisory services to firms in the implementation of their training programmes, and provide jobs for youths through empowerment with appropriate skills and competences.

“The uniqueness of the Institute is in its practical content.

“The establishment of the Institute has greatly minimized the need to send Nigerians abroad for vocational training and skill acquisition as well as assisting in job creation for Artisans, Technicians and our teeming unemployed youths.

“In 40 years of the existence, the Institute has trained many Nigerians from six geopolitical zones in the country.

“The Institute was involved in the training of ex-militant of the Niger Delta amnesty Programme. This result was a huge success”, Senator Abdullahi said.

Contributing, Senator Uche Lilian Ekwunife, drew the attention of the Senate that the Institution ought to be sited in Obosi not Onitsha.

The Senate President, however, advised the lawmaker to take up the matter with the appropriate authority seeking its establishment for consideration and possible correction at the public hearing on the bill.

The bill after scaling second reading was referred by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, to the Committee on Solid Minerals, Steel Development and Metallurgy.

The Committee was given four weeks to report back to the upper chamber.

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Sanusi Reinstated As Emir Of Kano

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Four years after Muhammadu Sanusi II was deposed as the Emir of Kano, Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State has reinstated him to the throne.

“With the full support of the kingmakers, I have approved the reappointment of Malam Sanusi Lamido,” the governor said to cheers at the Art Chamber of the Kano State Government House around 5:16 pm on Thursday.

He announced the decision right after signing the Kano State Emirate Council (Repeal) Bill 2024 into law.

The new law replaces the Kano State Emirates Council Law, 2019, and dissolves the emirate councils created by Governor Yusuf’s predecessor Abdullahi Ganduje.

It was based on the law that Ganduje split the Kano Emirate into five in December 2019 and deposed the 14th Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II on March 9, 2020. The emirates created by the Ganduje administration were Karaye, Bichi, Rano, and Gaya, in addition to Kano.

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FG Offers 2-Month Free Ride On Abuja Light Rail

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The federal government has offered 2-month free ride services to passengers on the Abuja Light rail after its inauguration on Monday.

Nyesom Wike, The FCT Minister, disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday at a ministerial press briefing on the one year in office of President Bola Tinubu.

He said President Tinubu would inaugurate the rail project on Monday, while it would start commercial services on Tuesday.

“For those who are saying that the rail system had already been commissioned, don’t make a mistake. What was earlier commissioned was the building. What we want to commission on Monday is commercial operations.

“If you are going to the airport, from here to airport is 20 minutes. Seeing is believing. Go on Tuesday. We are going to allow for free rides for two months.

“You know, Mr. President, he can even say extend it to six months just to reduce the pain of our people. That is renewed hope agenda. When you say something, you do it,” Wike said.

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Sanusi II To Be Reinstated As Kano Emir …..As State Assembly Dethrones Emir Bayero, Others

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Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II has been reinstated as the Emir of Kano, according to a report by LEADERSHIP newspaper.

This decision followed the Kano State House of Assembly’s resolution to dethrone the current Emir and also dismantle the four new Emirates in the State established under a controversial 2019 law.

Though it has not been officially announced, LEADERSHIP reported that it had it on a good authority that Sanusi II had been reinstated, and was expected in Kano on Friday.

“According to credible inside sources, ‘So certainly with the passage of the Bill, Sanusi automatically stands reinstated. No need for confirmation, the thing to is wait for the Governor to assent to it’.

“The then restructuring of the Kano Emirate is seen as a political manoeuvre to diminish the influence of then Emir Sanusi II, a vocal critic of the former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje administration. The creation of the new emirates fragmented the authority of the old Kano Emirate Council, diluting its power and influence.

“Meanwhile, the Majority Leader of the Kano State House of Assembly, Lawan Hussaini Chediyar Yan Gurasa, who sponsored the Amendment Bill, shortly after Thursday’s session, revealed to journalists that, “the bill has been sent to the governor for assent, now there is no longer an active Emir in Kano in all the five Emirates; Kano, Bichi, Gaya, Rano and Karaye. The law now provides the governor to call on the traditional kingmakers to choose a new king.”

“Our correspondent also reports that all the district heads elevated or appointed under the repealed law are to revert to their previous positions.”

 

 

 

Source: Leadership

 

 

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