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Federal Govt Moves To Create 774 Job Centres In LGAs

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The federal government is working to create more job centres in each of the 774 local government areas to enhance Labour Market Information System. The move is in addition to the already existing 16 job centres and will be used to improve job matching for

The federal government is working to create more job centres in each of the 774 local government areas to enhance Labour Market Information System.

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The move is in addition to the already existing 16 job centres and will be used to improve job matching for job seekers, using electronic job exchange to address the country’s worrisome state of unemployment.

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Kachollom Daju, who disclosed this to journalists in Abuja at the weekend, said that the federal government’s pledge of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2030 was achievable.

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She expressed optimism that through multi-sectoral approach and private sector partnership, the government efforts to surmount the challenges of unemployment and address poverty will yield more results.

The permanent secretary maintained that several government’s poverty alleviating programmes across ministries and MDAs will create more jobs and give citizens what they are deserving of.

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Daju said, “The federal government’s policy to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty is real, with the new national development plan 2021-2025, there are many thematic areas, it is not just Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, it’s multi-sectoral as different sectors will come together to ensure that this is achieved.

“I know that the private sector is going to play key role in achieving this, so we’ll work together and for Ministry of Labour, we have different agencies and departments that have to do with employment skills, the established Labour Market Information System is to ensure that data is collected and alongside we’re actually going to improve on job matching on Nigeria electronic job exchange for job seekers.

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“We are actually constructing more job centres across the nation as we have around 16 now and we are going to ensure that the 36 states and Abuja, all have jobs centres not only in the city centres but also in 774 local governments, that is part of how government is helping.

“The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has also worked to ensure that the informal sector is skilled. They have different schemes cut-across board where unemployment can be reduced for women and matured people who are trained in various different vocational skillsacross the country,” she added.

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She also stated that the NDE has been working to include artisans on the National Health Insurance Policy to enable them take care of themselves and their families.

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Elderly Woman Falls On Her Knees To Pray For Peter Obi In Jos Rally

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As political campaigns for the 2023 general elections commenced on Wednesday, a elderly woman has been captured praying for the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, during a solidarity rally held in Jos, Plateau State.

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The Director-General of the Obi-Datti Campaign organization, Doyin Okupe, in a tweet on Wednesday disclosed that the LP candidate and his vice, Datti Baba Ahmed, will attend the Jos rally although the party is yet to commence campaigns officially.

”Today in Jos, HE Peter Obi & his running mate Datti-Ahmed, will honour an invitation from the Middle Belt forum to attend a solidarity rally. We are yet to commence our own campaigns.

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To comfort our students, We urge the FG to quickly resolve the lingering ASSU Crisis,” the tweet read.

Amongst persons seen at the venue to welcome the LP flag bearer was an elderly woman on her knees in the midst of other supporters praying for Peter Obi at the Rwang Pam Stadium Jos, Plateau state.

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UNIBEN releases post-UTME, DE screenings date

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The University of Benin has fixed dates for its Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and Direct Entry screenings for 2022/2023 session.

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The university in a notice by its Registrar, Ademola Bobola on Wednesday in Benin, said the exercise would hold between Nov. 14 and 25.

Bobola said the screening would be conducted in designated centres at the Ugbowo main campus of the institution, using the Computer Based Test mode.

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“Only candidates who applied through JAMB for the 2022/2023 UTME and Direct Entry admission and chose the University of Benin as First Choice and scoring 200 and above for UTME candidates are eligible for this screening exercise,” the registrar said.

Bobola, however, referred admission seekers to the institution to the university’s official website.

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Presidency denies authorising Katsina security outfit to carry arms

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The Presidency has denied that any state has been issued authorisation to procure automatic weapons for its security outfit.

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Last week, Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu had accused the Federal Government of bias in refusing to allow the Western Nigeria Security Network Agency, also known as Amotekun Corps, to carry sophisticated firearms, while allegedly granting approval to the Katsina State security outfit to carry sophisticated firearms.

That was as the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba said that quasi-security outfits established by state governments have no legal basis to function during the 2023 general elections.

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In a statement on Tuesday, the Presidency said the possession of automatic weapons and AK-47 remains illegal in the country.

“The Presidency wishes to strongly assert that there is no state, not Katsina, not any other state in the federation, that has been authorized to procure automatic weapons for their security outfits,” the statement reads.

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“Under this administration, the President has repeatedly made it clear that nobody is allowed to illegally carry AK-47 or any other automatic weapons and that they must surrender them”.

The Presidency however said neither Katsina nor Ondo is allowed to purchase automatic weapons for security outfits.

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“Under the existing regulations, only the Office of the National Security Adviser can issue such authorization, upon proper clearance by the President and Commander-in-Chief and as it is at this moment, no such approvals have been issued to any state government.

“In the specific Katsina State often cited, the Governor, Aminu Bello Masari wrote to explain that the administration invited the Provost of the Civil Defence Training College in Katsina to train their vigilantes for a five-day period….

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“in the handling and operations of Pump Action Rifles,” emphasising that “the vigilantes were not trained to take over the responsibilities of the security agencies of the Federal Government of Nigeria but to assist them”.

The Presidency added that it “appreciates the active involvement of states with security matters. As they continue to expand their capabilities as well as their active collaboration with law enforcement agencies of the federation, the joint efforts continue to yield good results, thwarting attempts of terrorists to wreak havoc and destruction on communities”.

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President Muhammadu Buhari was quoted as saying he has received reports “of acts of utmost bravery and professionalism” by operatives of state security outfits.

“He thanked them for their alertness that is helping to defeat nefarious plots against targets at grassroots levels”, the statement added.

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Furthermore, the Presidency called on leaders at various levels “to exercise restraint in their speech, even as we are in a political season”.

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