NDDC To Create 6,300 Jobs For Niger Delta Youths In Online Retail Marketing

The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has earmarked 6,300 jobs for youths in the Niger Delta. Beneficiaries of the scheme that will include unemployed youths, university undergraduates as well as persons in employment who desire to earn more cash, will be trained by online marketing giant, KONGA.COM.
Ag. Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, said the entrepreneurship training will create jobs and offer financial stability to families. Semenitari remarked that the partnership between NDDC and KONGA.COM is one of the numerous ways the Commission under her, is reducing unemployment in the Niger Delta region and creating new entrepreneurs.According to Semenitari, beneficiaries of the job creation, to be drawn from the 9 mandate states of the Commission, will not only become prospective big income earners but have prospects to establish similar retail chains like KONGA.COM.

“Our target for those 6,300 youths goes beyond giving them the opportunity to acquire knowledge in online retail business which is creating billions of Naira patronage in Nigeria and overseas, they also stand to earn for themselves sustainable livelihood and would in future, be employers of labour”, Semenitari said.

Semenitari, who said that the Commission was determined to create entrepreneurs from the Niger Delta region, added that the NDDC/KONGA.COM partnership is one of the avenues towards achieving the goal.

The 6,300 beneficiaries are expected to undergo training at designated centres in the 9 states prior to their full engagement.

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N-Power, FG’s 500,000 Jobs’ Scheme For Unemployed Graduates, Others Enter Assessment Phase

About a million Nigerian undergraduates who have applied online for the N-Power programme of the Buhari presidency would now be assessed in order to pick the final 500,000 for the two-year volunteer positions.

N-Power also has programmes for non-graduates.

Earlier today the Federal Government released a schedule for the next phase of the N-Power Programme, which is the job creation and empowerment initiative of its Social Investment Programme.

Under the next phase of the programme, candidates will be assessed in phases based on their specific chosen programmes before the final selection.

Under this phase, applicants are to log in and fill in their phone numbers and surnames as contained in their original application, using their personal profile (which has been opened for every applicant).

In addition, all candidates will be notified by SMS of their assessment the day before.

All assessments will include some personal questions and other questions testing basic knowledge of English, General Knowledge and Quantitative Reasoning.

Applicants should also note that they will be tested on other programme-specific questions depending on the programme they applied for.

Applicants are to note also that they can take their tests on a smart-phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer provided that the devices have internet connection.

Successful applicants will be selected to participate in the N-Power programme.

Applicants can only gain access to their profile for assessment as represented in the schedule which breaks down applicants in batches by the first letter in their surnames.

Based on the schedule, applicants for the N-Power Teach programme will be first in line, starting on Tuesday September 20, 2016 and applicants whose surnames fall between the alphabets V-Z (e.g. Venda, Wushishi, Xiaver, Yusuf, Zikora) should log in and take their assessments on the stipulated date.

A schedule for each programme’s assessment is represented below

THE ASSESSMENT SCHEDULE

Programme Test Days

N-Power Teach 20th September – 28th  September 2016

N-Power Agro 29th September – 1st October 2016

N-Power Health 2nd October – 3rd October 2016

N-Power Community Education 4th October – 6th October 2016

N-Power Creative 7th October – 9th October 2016

N-Power Tech (Software) 10th October – 12th October 2016

N-Power Tech (Hardware) 13th October 2016 – 14th October 2016

N-Power Build 15th October – 18th October 2016

 

 

N-POWER TEACH PROGRAMME

DATES SURNAME BY ALPHABETS

20th September 2016 V, W, X, Y, Z

21st September 2016 P, Q, R, T, U

22nd September 2016 Aa – Al

23rd September 2016 Am – Az, B

24th September 2016 O

25th September 2016 M,N

26th September 2016 F, G, H, I

27th September 2016 C, D, E

28th September 2016 J, K, L, S

 

 

N-POWER AGRO PROGRAMME

DATES SURNAME BY ALPHABETS

29th September 2016 A, B, C, D, F, G

30th September 2016 E, H, I, J, K, L, M, N

1st October 2016 O – Z

 

 

N-POWER HEALTH PROGRAMME

DATES SURNAME BY ALPHABETS

2nd October 2016 A – I

3rd October 2016 J – Z

 

 

N-POWER COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROGRAMME

DATES SURNAME BY ALPHABETS

4th October 2016 A – G

5th October 2016 H – N, P – T

6th October 2016 O, U, Z

 

 

N-POWER CREATIVE PROGRAMME

DATES SURNAME BY ALPHABETS

7th October 2016 A – E

8th October 2016 F – N

9th October 2016 O – Z

 

 

N-POWER TECH (SOFTWARE) PROGRAMME

DATES SURNAME BY ALPHABETS

10th October 2016 A – H

11th October 2016 I – R

12th October 2016 S – Z

 

 

N-POWER TECH (HARDWARE) PROGRAMME

DATES SURNAME BY ALPHABETS

13th October 2016 A – J

14th October 2016 K – Z

 

 

N-POWER BUILD PROGRAMME

DATES SURNAME BY ALPHABETS

15th October 2016 A – B

16th October 2016 C – I

17th October 2016 J – S

18th October 2016 T – Z

 

Laolu Akande

Senior Special Assistant-Media & Publicity

Office of the Vice President

September 19, 2016

 

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How Godwin Emefiele Caused Millions of Nigerians To Lose Their Jobs By Peregrino Brimah

The direct policies of the central bank of Nigeria, CBN have been and continue to be at the helm of the current economic crisis and recession that is permanently and irreversibly destroying life and hope for the Nigerian masses. We have repeatedly pointed out these cabal-favorable, masses-exterminating policy decisions that have gotten Nigeria to this point. As support is lost, our teachers are resorting to stealing and the weak are taking their own lives. 4.6 million jobs have been lost according to the National Bureau of Statistics. This is catastrophic!

In January this year, in my article, “FOREX: Nigeria’s Economic Catastrophe From Godwin Emefiele’s Prison Economics,” I warned that due to unreasonable policies suddenly limiting Nigerians’ access to dollars, tens of thousands of businesses will fold up. I highlighted that business mogul, Leo-Stan Ekeh predicted the collapse of 99% of Nigerian businesses due to CBN forex policies. In April this year in an interview with the Tribune, I again raised the same concerns.

Cabal Favorable, Masses Exterminating Policies

The cabal are the smallest employers of labour in Nigeria. The government employs about 10% of labour. Big business employs a paltry 9% of labour while small businesses (Small and Medium Enterprises, SMEs) are the largest employers, employing over 75% of labour. You kill small businesses, you kill the country. It’s as simple as that not just in Nigeria but across the world. Godwin Emefiele with the apparent blessing of President Muhammadu Buhari protected and promoted the cabal who continued to declare juicy quarterly profits while they killed SMEs.

Small businesses employ over 100 million Nigerians while the cabal industries collectively hire less than a million. Atiku Abubakar recently touted that he is Nigeria’s largest employer. “I employ 50,000 Nigerians” he bragged. This is how minuscule the numbers employed by the chronically government-favoured  big corp. are. Those Buhari in his AlJazeera interview promised will get exclusive access to CBN subsidized dollars employ less than 9% of labour. The cabal-protective policies as enforced by the CBN had one predictable outcome as Leo Stan had warned: death of small businesses and mass unemployment. Millions of us small-scale employers who were suffocated, packed up, and threw our employees onto the streets. 4.6 million without jobs and a means of survival in times of hiked fuel prices and inflation were the result.

Godwin Was Busy Dashing Dangote $100 Million According to Reuters

Reuters in a recent article by Ulf Laessing and Himanshu Ojha, revealed how Godwin dashed Dangote $100 million dollars within a year under Buhari’s new government. Dangote got one in nine dollars the central bank sold, at sometimes one in eight, the report stated. Similarly a handful more fellow cabal got the bulk of the rest of the half-price government-subsidized dollars that the masses were deprived of even for importing their petrol (thereby leading to an unbearable price hike). We are talking about hundreds of millions of dollars given to a few dozen Nigerians.

At this time small businesses/businessmen were not only limited in amount of dollar they could purchase with prison-like restrictions suddenly imposed by banks on order of the CBN and against the constitution, but they were never allowed the advantage the Dangotes were accorded to even occasionally purchase 197-rate dollars. SMEs were thrown to the blackmarket and even then, tightly limited in what they could transfer for purchasing their goods and raw materials. As former CBN governor Soludo criticized, sudden unreasonable import ban lists by the apex bank before local availability was established put more nails in the coffin. Whereas, promoting small scale local manufacture should have been done by subsidies and other encouragement methods to preserve businesses during a needed foreign-dependence transition.

In November last year, Soludo is quoted to have summarized,“For the better part of this year, the external shocks to the economy have been complicated or accentuated by a gamut of the “tried and failed” command and control policy regime: de facto fixed exchange rate, largely fixed CBN monetary policy rate, crude capital controls, veiled form of import bans through a long list of ‘ineligible for foreign exchange’, de facto scrapping of domiciliary account established by law, etc. At first, I thought this was the usual kneejerk response of policymakers to a ‘sudden’ shock. We tried a milder variant of this for a few months during the 2008/2009 unexpected/unprecedented global crisis (with global liquidity squeeze and massive capital flight) but even then, it was communicated as a ‘short-term crisis response’ and it was quickly dismantled. We now know what works and what doesn’t even at a time of crisis.

As has been chronic of Nigeria where big businesses get billions of dollars in waivers, they continued to get billions in subsidized dollars, while the largest employers of labour, SMEs continued to be further crippled by the Buhari government. They died.

In return, of course the masses got Dangote and co’s charities. Donations of trucks of food. This chronic government SME crippling, cabal favoritism is what US inteligencia calls the Dangote “beggar-thy-countrymen” model. The cabal then sponsor politicians and the deadly cycle continues cycle after cycle. It was he same in the US during the robber baron era before the labour union riots.

We could have suggested other alternatives that would have protected Nigeria. Rather than subsidize Dangote and co alone, if Buhari had kept his promise to encourage mushroom refineries in the Niger Delta for instance, these could have been built on a franchise template with each community given shares in a small-scale refinery. These community projects should have gotten the $100s of millions gifted to Dangote and the other cabal for their personal projects. This would have not only provided a stimulus for a wide-spread growth of real jobs across localities but it would also discourage terror in the Niger Delta while addressing the local manufacturing problem. Several similar citizen-friendly policy choices could have salvaged the largest employers of labour and the larger nation instead of saving only the cabal.

Again, for too long, Godwin Emefiele rejected our better advise to devalue the already devalued Naira. Keeping a duplicity in prices to enable the amassing of billions by his private sector billionaire friends at the expense of the masses. The rich got richer.

Today the CBN under Godwin Emefiele continues to manipulate the dollar (availability) figures to satisfy his cronies, akin to “inside trading.” Nigeria is in the hands of Jim’s boy, described by many as one of the worst crooks at the center of the Jonathan era of gravid corruption. Indeed the CBN governor is as implicated as Dasuki in the open astronomical looting of Nigeria’s treasury. It is immoral to continue with such at the helm. Nigeria’s fall into recession is the direct consequence of this violation  of the trust given to the new administration.

Ultimately the buck rightly stops at the president’s table. While we cannot deny the president’s role in the job killing policies of central bank under governor Godwin Emefiele, it is more useful to directly underline the failure of this highly autonomous department. Hence the article heading. President Buhari unlike his predecessor has disappointed Nigerians by not even portraying the slightest posture of a wish to sack the CBN governor or get him investigated and prosecuted. I would not encourage the accusations that the media exposed nepotism by the apex bank has something to do with Buhari’s acceptance of the man who opened Nigeria’s vaults for Jonathan and company to steal the nation dry.

Senator Ben Murray Bruce tweeted, “It is called the Central Bank of Nigeria not the Central Bank of Rich and Powerful Nigerians. This nepotism must be investigated & punished!” It wasn’t, but rather the central bank since continued favoring the rich and connected and overseeing the loses of millions of jobs for Nigeria’s dying masses.

Dr. Peregrino Brimah; @EveryNigerian

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Anyaoku, Mimiko, Afolayan, Others To Meet Youths To Discuss Jobs And Opportunities In Nigeria’s Economy

China is leading the world in global manufacturing and production.

America is blazing the Trail in artificial intelligence, cloud computing and the technological advancement of their Economy.

In 2012, Nigerians spent an estimated N160billion Naira on Tuition Fees for their children abroad and to be more specific, Vanguard reported on Feb 10 2016 that about 2 Billion Dollars was invested in School Fees in Ghana with about 75 000 Nigerians as Students there.

Guys, this is Ghana. Ghana o. Down the road here. Not South Africa, Dubai, France, Germany or China. It’s Ghana o. Black Africa. West Africa. Far Smaller in Size, Population and Revenue than Nigeria. Not without its fair share of “leaders with horns’ but at least, we can’t build an Education System fit for our own not to talk of Foreign Students, abi.

We should be worried. We should be very very worried. About our future as young people.

In Nigeria, we produce everything we don’t consume and consume everything we don’t produce.

We even import Toothpick. What are we producing, what are we exporting?

It’s such an irony that youth Unemployment remains one of the greatest challenges of our Country, yet we keep importing Labour from other Countries instead of training our own youth to become empowered and eligible for these Jobs. We spend billions of naira paying low cost skilled labourers from Togo, Benin Republic, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and Niger and high level expatriates from China, Lebanon, India, the Philippines etc. We are merely deliberately rendering our Youth Useless.

Anyway. The Book of Lamentations was written for Nigerians so moving on,

In line with the Theme set by the United Nations for the International Youth Day 2016, THE ROAD TO 2030: ERADICATING POVERTY AND ACHIEVING   SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION, RISE Networks, Nigeria’s Leading Social Enterprise in Youth and Education Development has partnered with the UN Office in Nigeria to dissect these issues and throw up concrete Solutions for Nigeria. You should come, really?

The Event Scheduled to begin at 11am on Saturday, 13th August 2016 at the Multipurpose Hall C, University of Lagos (UNILAG) Akoka, Yaba will see thought leaders and Professionals from various alternative Industries to our monolithic Oil Economy come to share practical insights on how the successor generation of Nigeria will survive in the post oil era by focusing on acquiring major skills with or without formal education with our Speakers providing perspectives for an all- inclusive future.

CHIEF EMEKA ANYAOKU, Former Secretary-General of the Common Wealth who has been advocating for the restructuring of Nigeria in recent times is the Distinguished Chairman of the Occasion. The Governor of Ondo State, DR. OLUSEGUN MIMIKO headlines as Keynote Speaker and they will be joined by KUNLE AFOLAYAN – Actor, Film Producer and Director; AISHAH AHMAD – Group Head, Consumer Banking & Wealth Creation, Diamond Bank PLC and Chairperson of the Governing Council of WIMBIZ – Women in Business Management and Public Service; JOY ISI BEWAJI – Feminist Writer, Newspaper Columnist and TV/Radio Presenter; AUDU MAIKORI– Lawyer, Social Activist and President of Chocolate City Entertainment Group; NKEMDILIM BEGHO, Founder/MD, Future Software Resources and OKECHUKWU OFILI, Founder of Okadabooks.com.

The event is proudly supported by Loya Milk, Printmagicng.com, Close Up and Nigerian Bottling Company. Official media partners are Thesheet.ng, The Guardian, Bellanaija.com and Channels Television. The event is FREE and open to everyone. No Sign Up needed. Just show Up and Let’s thrash out these issues once and for all.

The Official Twitter Hashtag for this Event is – #UNYouth and you can visit risenetworks.org for find out more and follow us on Social Media – Twitter via (@risenetworks) and on facebook via (facebook/risegroup).

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Kwara Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed Signs $56m Chinese Investment Deal, 3000 Jobs To Be Created

Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed has signed a $56m deal with Mr. Shi Zengchao of Ningbo Jinsheng Star Import and Export Co Ltd for the establishment of Kwara Chetex Textiles Industry.

The $56m investment deal expected to create 3000 local jobs was signed at the 18th China Zhejland Investment and Trade Symposium in China.

The deal Abusidiqu gathered is part the plans by the governor to reduce the unemployment rate in the country in general and the state in particular.

Governor Ahmed is currently on business tour of China from which he aimed at bringing in investors into the state and shore up its internally generated revenue.

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FG Commences Recruitment of 500,000 Unemployed Graduates For Teaching Jobs June 12

T?he Buhari presidency will start taking applications online for positions in the 500,000 direct teacher jobs scheme, through an internet portal named npower.gov.ng.

While the portal would be live on Saturday June 11, applications are expected to start coming in on June 12, the beginning of next week. Young unemployed Nigerians are advised to visit the website and apply.

It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari in his May 29th Democracy Day broadcast to the nation formally launched the unprecedented social investment programmes already provided for under the 2016 Appropriation by the administration.

The 500,000 Teacher Corps, nicknamed N-Power Teach on the portal, is one of the three direct job creation and training schemes Nigerians can start applying for from Sunday, June 12.

Others are N-Power Knowledge which will train 25,000 Nigerians in the area of technology, and N-Power Build, which train another 75,000 in the areas of building services, construction, utilities, hospitality and catering, automotive vocations, aluminium and gas services.

All trainees would be paid for the duration of their training.

The N-Power Teacher Corps initiative which will engage and train 500,000 young unemployed graduates, is a paid volunteer programme of a 2-year duration. Unemployed Nigerians selected and trained will play teaching, instructional, and advisory roles in primary, and secondary schools, agricultural extension systems across the country, public health and community education-covering civic and adult education.

Besides their monthly take home pay estimated at about N23,000, the selected 500,000 graduates will also get computer devices that will contain information necessary for their specific engagement, as well as information for their continuous training and development. They get to keep the devices even after exiting from the programme.

According to the plan of the Buhari administration, the N-Power Teacher Corps programme is an invaluable opportunity for young Nigerians to make immense economic and social contributions to the nation while developing their skills. It will also help to address the problems of inadequate teachers in public schools.

Also, persons enlisted under the scheme will gain work experience and acquire key competencies through academic and non-academic capacity building programmes intended to improve their competitiveness in the workplace. Their devices will come loaded with knowledge-oriented applications and software that will enable them acquire the skills and capacity.

Under the N-Power Knowledge scheme, there are three aspects: Creative, Technology Software and Hardware. These three sub-divisions would will train 25,000 young Nigerians in all.

5000 of them would be trained in Animation, Graphic Design, Post-Production, Script-Writing. All of those under the sub-division of N-Power Knowledge-creative category.

The N-Power Knowledge scheme also has a technology category in two aspects: hardware and software. 10,000 Nigerians would be trained, and equipped in the area of software development, including web designers, and another 10,000 in hardware expertise including to repair, maintain and assemble mobile phones, tablets, computers and other devices.

Also the N-Power Build category was designed realizing that the presence of a well-trained and highly skilled youth population in any economy has direct impact on entrepreneurship/wealth creation, which in turn leads to a decline in unemployment.

N-Power Build is therefore an accelerated training and certification (Skills to Job/Enterprise) programme that will engage and train 75,000 young unemployed Nigerians in order to build a new crop of skilled and highly competent workforce of technicians, artisans and service professionals.

The other schemes in the Buhari presidency Social Investment Programmes which would soon be rolled out in the coming weeks. These include the Conditional Cash Transfer that pays N5000 monthly to one million Nigerians, the Micro-Credit Scheme for more than 1.5 million Nigerians, the Home Grown School Feeding programme that will serve 5.5 million Nigerian pupils in primary school a free hot meal per day this year and the Education support grant programme for 100,000 tertiary students in Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics, STEM and education.

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2500 Jobs Created As Elrufai Commissions State Traffic Agency [Photos]

No less than 2,500 jobs was created by the Kaduna State government on Tuesday with the commissioning of the Kaduna State Traffic and Environmental Law Enforcement Agency, KASTELEA.

The commissioning of the agency follows the disbandment of the Directorate of Road Traffic Services in the state.

Governor Nasir El Rufai commissioned the agency with himself adorned in the uniform designed for the outfit.

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New Price Regime Will Create Additional 200,000 Jobs – FG

The Federal Government believes  the new price regime for the downstream petroleum sector will go a long way in  tackling  the hardship faced by Nigerians and create additional 200,000 jobs in the country,the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported yesterday quoting  from a bulletin issued by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources.

It said that the new price template would potentially create jobs through the envisaged new investments in refineries and retailing of crude oil products.

It stated that the new pricing template would also prevent potential loss of nearly 400,000 jobs in existing investments in the sector.

The bulletin explained that new framework would on the long run solve the recurrent fuel scarcity crisis by ensuring the availability of the products at all locations of the country.

It said the measure would also ensure the total elimination of hoarding, smuggling and diversion of the product while also stabilising price at the actual product price.

It stated that government, through the new price regime, would monitor the new price to ensure that citizens got a fair value for the products they purchased.

It said the new price would enable marketers to source their foreign exchange independent of the Central Bank of Nigeria and ensure adequate product supply in all locations of the country.

It explained that the measure would enable government to deliver on its statutory functions of power generation, security, provision of education and health.

The document explained that the new price regime would permanently eliminate subsidy payments and ensure the availability of funds for the full payment of monthly Federal Accounts Allocation Committee.

It will also provide additional funds for other palliatives and help in stabilising the economy by creating access to development loans.

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How Abba Moro, Others Spent N676m Immigration Jobs Cash On Properties – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) believes that the N676.6 million cash collected in 2014 from Immigration Service job seekers was splashed on choice property. Former Interior Minister Abba Moro and four others are to stand trial for allegedly collecting fraudulently N676.6million from 676,675 job seekers.

The EFCC said N202,500,000 was spent on buying No. 1, Lahn Crescent, Maitama, Abuja and N120, 100,000 was lavished on the upgrade of No.2, Sigure Close, Off Monrovia Street, Wuse II Abuja.

The commission said the recruitment firm, Drexel Tech Nigeria Limited and  Mahmood Ahmadu converted N101, 200,000  to US dollars for personal use.

Nineteen applicants died and scores  got injured in stampede in Abuja, Port Harcourt, Minna in March 2014 during the ill-fated recruitment.

The EFCC made the startling revelations in the 11 charges preferred against Moro and  four other accused persons yesterday at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The others are a former Permanent Secretary, Anastasia Daniel-Nwobia, F. O. Alayebami , Mahmood Ahmadu and Drexel Tech Nigeria Ltd.

Ahmadu, who is described as being central to the scandal, is said to be on the run.

According to an EFCC source, “the charges have been served on all the accused persons in preparation for their arraignment in court.

“We are waiting for the court to give us a date for their arraignment but they are in our custody,” he said, pleading not to be named because he is not permitted to talk to the media.

All the accused persons, including Moro,  will face trial for Advance Fee Fraud (otherwise known as 419), violation of Public Procurement Act No. 65 of 2007, misconduct, contrary to Section 22(5) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission Act 2000 and offence contrary to Section 15(2) (d) of the Money Laundering ( Prohibition) Act 2011.

The charges are as follows:

“That you Abba Moro, Anastasia Daniel-Nwobia,  F.O Alayebami , Mahmood Ahmadu (at large) and Drexel Tech Nigeria Ltd on or about the 17th of March 2013 at Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud conspired to induce a total number of 676,675 Nigerian job applicants seeking employment with Nigerian Immigration Service to deliver property to wit: cumulative sum of N676,675,000 which sum represents the sum of N1,000 per applicant under the false pretence that the money represents payment for their online recruitment exercise into Nigerian Immigration Service and which pretence you knew was false, contrary to Section 8 and 1(1) (b) and punishable under Section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences

Act, No. 14 of 2006

“That you Abba Moro, Anastasia Daniel Nwobia,  F.O Alayebami , Mahmood Ahmadu ( at large) and Drexel Tech Nigeria Ltd on or about the 17th of March 2013 at Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud conspired to induce a total number of 676,675 Nigerian job applicants seeking employment with Nigerian Immigration Service to deliver property to wit: cumulative sum of N676,675,000 which sum represents the sum of N1,000 per applicant under the false pretence that that you have followed the necessary procedure and that the money represents epayment for their online recruitment exercise into Nigerian Immigration Service and which pretence and you knew was false, contrary to Section 8 and 1(1) (b) and punishable under Section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, No. 14 of 2006.

“That you Abba Moro, Anastasia Daniel Nwobia, and  F.O Alayebami on or about the 30th of April 2013 at Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did award contract for the provision of online enlistment and recruitment services to Drexel Tech Nigeria Limited without advertising the contract contrary to Section 45 and punishable under Section 58(5) of the Public Procurement Act, No. 65 of 2007.

“That you Abba Moro, Anastasia Daniel Nwobia, and  F.O Alayebami on or about the 30th of April 2013 at Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did award contract for the provision of online enlistment and recruitment services to Drexel Tech Nigeria Limited without Needs Assessment and Procurement Plan, contract contrary to Section 16(1) (b) and Section 18 of the Public Procurement Act, No. 65 of 2007 and punishable under Section 58 of the same Act.

“That you Abba Moro, Anastasia Daniel Nwobia, and  F.O Alayebami on or about the 30th of April 2013 at Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did award contract for the provision of online enlistment and recruitment services to Drexel Tech Nigeria Limited to develop recruitment portal through selective tendering process by inviting four(4) firms without seeking approval of the Bureau for Public Procurement (BPP) contrary to sections 40, 42 and 43 of the Public Procurement Act, No. 65 of 2007 and punishable under Section 58 of the same Act.

“That you Abba Moro, Anastasia Daniel Nwobia, and  F.O Alayebami on or about the 30th of April 2013 at Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did award contract for the provision of online enlistment and recruitment services to Drexel Tech Nigeria Limited and signed by unregistered Drexel Tech Global Nigeria Limited when you knew that Drexel Tech Nigeria Limited was not responsive to mandatory prequalification contrary to sections 50(5) and 51  of the Public Procurement Act, No. 65 of 2007 and punishable under Section 58 of the same Act.

“That you Abba Moro, Anastasia Daniel Nwobia, and  F.O Alayebami on or about the 30th of April 2013 at Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court  did award contract for the provision of online enlistment and recruitment services to Drexel Tech Nigeria Limited and signed by unregistered Drexel Tech Global Nigeria Limited when you knew that there was no budgetary provision for the exercise in the 2014 Federal  Capital Budget and transferring responsibility to fund the project to applicants through mandatory payment of N1,000 without approval of the Board, contrary to Section 22(5) of the Independent Corrupt Practices Act 2000.

“That you  Drexel Tech Nigeria Limited and Mahmood Ahmadu(At large) on or about the 17th of March 2015 at Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court converted the sum of N202,500,000 part of the N676,675,000 obtained from 676,675 Nigerian job applicants seeking employment with Nigerian Immigration Service to buy property No. 1, Lahn Crescent Maitama, Abuja with the aim of disguising the illicit origin of the said sum, knowing same to be proceeds of illegal activity and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15(2) (d) of the Money Laundering ( Prohibition) Act 2011 as amended in 2012 and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act.

“That you  Drexel Tech Nigeria Limited and Mahmood Ahmadu(At large) on or about the 17th of March 2015 at Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court converted the sum of N120, 100,000 being part of the N676,675,000 obtained from 676,675 Nigerian job applicants seeking employment with Nigerian Immigration Service to upgrade property No.2 Sigure Close, Off Monrovia Street, Wuse II Abuja  with the aim of disguising the illicit origin of the said sum knowing same to be proceeds of illegal activity and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15(2) (d) of the Money Laundering ( Prohibition) Act 2011 as amended in 2012 and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act.

“That you  Drexel Tech Nigeria Limited and Mahmood Ahmadu(At large) on or about the 17th of March 2015 at Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court converted the sum of N101,  200,000 being part of the N676,675,000 obtained from 676,675 Nigerian job applicants seeking employment with Nigerian Immigration Service to United States dollars for your personal use knowing same to be proceeds of illegal activity and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15(2) (d) of the Money Laundering ( Prohibition) Act 2011 as amended in 2012 and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act. “

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FG To Create 250,000 Jobs From Railway

The minister of transport, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has said the federal government has plans to embark on massive railway infrastructure development across the country, saying that works on railway lines when they start in 2016 could absorb 250,000 people.

The minister also said that from its current 1.41 per cent contribution to the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP), the ministry of transport under his leadership would work to raise transport sector’s contribution to GDP, stressing that the current contribution was unacceptable.

The minister yesterday ended his tour of transport facilities and agencies in Lagos which he began last week, touring airport facilities at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport and its environs before he briefed journalists about his findings and the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration’s plan for the transport sector.

The minister who noted that Nigeria suffers the bane of inadequate transport infrastructure, said the federal government would use opportunities that abound in the sector to build the economy as such countries as South Korea and Singapore.

“The railways has suffered significant neglect even though it is the cheapest mode of transportation. The current state of railway is an indication of severe neglect and it is a chaotic situation, with government spending without any return on investment.

“Government will focus on railway to encourage mass transit of and cargo freights by railway. The current government is planning massive investment into the standard gauge whose constructions will begin 2016, with the Calabar-Lagos coastal railway.

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By Reviving Lake Chad Buhari Will Create Millions Of Jobs In Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon – Peregrino Brimah

In France, Nigeria’s president Buhari made a most delightful revelation while answering to questions on his plans to tackle terror in Nigeria’s northeast and restore peace and development to West Africa.

Nigeria’s new president, Muhammadu Buhari told the France 24 interviewer that his mission and top priority was to work with partners like France to urgently revive the dwindling lake Chad which has been blamed by experts as a major factor in unemployment and conflict around the lake, precipitating recurrent deadly cross border conflicts and accused in the etiology of Boko Haram terror.

More To Boko Haram

We recognize that in Boko Haram’s northern pogrom agenda over the past five years, determinately displacing all farmers and fishermen in the northeast of Nigeria, with over 2 million so-far displaced, competition for resource especially water has been a major factor that has fueled the terror and ensured the instability of the region. Lake Chad that has reduced in size by over 90% over the years has been central to the existence of millions of livestock rearers, farmers and fishermen around the lake in the four countries. The bloody wars over Lake Chad started before the term Boko Haram was ever coined.

President Buhari explained that as a several year-old abandoned report and University presentation had proposed and several studies have advocated, re-filling the lake via canals will be of immense benefit to the entire region and will create over 4 million Jobs in Nigeria and millions more in neighboring nations.

The Lake Chad replenishment project has been proposed for over a decade as the lake reduced in size by over 93% from 20,000 square kilometers to 1,300 square kilometers today. The dwindling lake is source of water to 70 million West Africans, people in Cameroon, Chad, Nigeria and Niger. The vanishing lake has caused conflict and has been fingered among the reasons for covert sponsorship of Boko Haram by unscrupulous francophone elements.

Water: The World’s Most Precious Resource

Few realize that water is the most valuable and invariably most precious resource in the world today. As astounding as this may read, a barrel of Eva water sells for double the price of a barrel of oil today. While competition over oil in the Chad basin has been pointed to in the Boko Haram crisis, regional competition for water may be a more implicated factor as many have written that the big wars of these times will be over water. The France-led western action against Libya with the expulsion and murder of Gaddafi has been suspected to be related to his aquifer “the Great manmade river” project which NATO reportedly bombed in 2011, which would have released so much water from Libya, the nation was poised for immense wealth as a major water supplier to all Europe.

Recharging Lake Chad

The necessary plans for restoring lake Chad include major water diversion schemes that would involve damming the Ubangi River, tributary of the river Congo, at Palambo in Central African Republic and channeling some of the water to the Lake through a navigable canal.

The project which requires strong African leadership to initiate and navigate the various diplomatic and regional challenges, is guaranteed to not only provide millions of jobs but also improve the living conditions of tens of millions with better access to water and power as a hydro-electric power dam is being conceived along with the recharging of the lake.

Prior Nigerian administrations have been accused of lacking the leadership to urgently proceed with this desperately needed project. Recharging the lake has been continuously abandoned by the often criticized as shallow past administrations over the past 30 years, accused of being enmeshed in corruption and of utilizing the cover of the diversions caused by terror and conflict to loot billions of dollars in State funds.

Dr. Peregrino Brimah; http://ENDS.ng [Every Nigerian Do Something] Email: drbrimah@ends.ng Twitter: @EveryNigerian

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VP Osinabjo Outlines Buhari’s Economic Programmes, Says School Feeding To Create 1.14 million New Jobs

In what appears to be the unveiling of the economic programme of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration almost 100 days after assuming office, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has said the way forward for the country is social sector investment – investing in the people, education, job creation, national school feeding scheme, conditional cash transfer and reflating economies of the states as indices that will boost the economy.

He spoke in Abuja on Wednesday at the ongoing 45th Annual Accounting Conference of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) on the topic, “Repositioning Nigeria for Sustainable Development: From Rhetoric to Performance.”

He also explained why the growth in the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) does not seem to impact on Nigerians.

He pointed out that the current top-down economic model as well as lack of consideration for the structure and quality of growth partly explained why despite the country’s rising GDP and foreign reserves, unemployment and poverty had remained a challenge.

He noted that growth figures “can be deceptive where the structure and quality of growth are not considered”.

He said high growth numbers could become an irony with “a top-down economic model, when the major revenue earner is extractive and the value chain is poorly developed”.

He pointed out that some of the ideas on the nation’s economic revival had already been put in place by the Buhari administration, including the bailout package for the workers while some other initiatives were currently being worked out.

While noting that education represented the basics for economic development, he said: “One of the most important interventions required in the education sector is capacity building to improve teacher quality. This programme is intended to drive teacher capacity development; boost basic education; attract talents to the teaching profession. Better educated population increase economic potential for productivity.”

He said the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) “has made a commitment to provide one meal a day for all primary school pupils and that will create jobs in agriculture, including poultry, catering and delivery services”.

According to him, the multiplier effect of the introduction of the scheme include, 1.14 million new jobs; increased food production – up to 530,000 mt/a; attracting investor by investment – up to N980 billion.

Osinbajo further  identified conditional cash transfer as another avenue for alleviating poverty.

He said the programme is intended to support the 25 million poorest households to incentivise vaccination, education and production.

The multiplier effects of the introduction of the programme, he noted, would include: lifting millions out of poverty; putting millions into rural production; and boosting rural economy.

He stressed the need for ensuring ease of doing business, the need to improve the power sector; have one-stop shop for approvals; innovation and fighting piracy; diversifying the economy in agriculture – self-sufficiency in rice and wheat (staples) production, manufacturing, entertainment and technology.

On the power sector, he said: “Despite the challenges, there have been measurable improvements over the past three months (June to August 2015).  A 26% increase in operational generation capacity (June to August 15, 2015 compared to January to May 2015); decrease in pipeline vandalism boosting gas supply; a 10% reduction in transmission losses (June to July 2015 compared to January to May 2015); reduction in red tape to remove delays blocking the 450MW Azura-Edo IPP and the 500MW Exxon Mobil Qua-Iboe IPP; the imposition of a September 2015 deadline for the submission of the Discos’ revised tariff trajectories.”

Earlier, the President of ICAN, Chief Samuel Olufemi Deru, commended the vice-president for his commitment and for being able to attend the programme in person.

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