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NEHIH trains 100 Women on IT, entrepreneurship in Adamawa

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NEHIH trains 100 women on IT, entrepreneurship in Adamawa

By Baba Yakubu Yola

The North East Humanitarian Innovation Hub (NEHIH), Yola, has trained 100 women and girls on ICT and entrepreneurship under its Women Codepreneur Programme (WCP).

Speaking at the graduation ceremony of women, the Program Coordinator, Mrs Bamsen Rimdans, said the programme was one of the steps taken in addressing the challenges in education and livelihood of women in the North East.

“It’s an initiative that aims to bridge the digital literacy gap of women in entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

“The program thus trains women in ICT and entrepreneurship with an opportunity to leverage their newly acquired skills to better compete in the workforce and bridged the gender gap in ICT and business.

“We trained the women in five courses namely IT Essentials, Get Connected, Android Development, Web Development and Entrepreneurship. The programme partnered with tech giant CISCO on the three of the courses and to deliver the professional certifications offered on the programme, ” Rimdans said.

She noted that the programme centered on women only because of their disadvantaged position and research  prediction that 90 per cent of jobs in the next 10 years would require technology skills and knowledge which most women lacked.

“In 2020, we want to train up to 500 women with this programme by running the course all year round. We foresee this growing into a well established ICT academy for women and girls in the north east becoming the foremost developer of digital skills in the region,” Rimdans said.

In his remarks, Adamawa Deputy Governor, Chief Crowther Seth, lauded the NEHIH for the initiative and assured it of the state government support to succeed.

Seth, who was represented by his Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Hamman Musa, said empowering women is equivalent to laying a solid found for the growth of nation and deserved full support of all stakeholders.

In their respective keynote addresses, Ms Karin Rheeder of American University of Nigeria (AUN) Yola, and Mr Olarinde Onaolapo of CISCO, Abuja, who enumerated the importance of the training in building the capacity of the graduates, urged them to be bold in facing challenges as they move to establish their businesses.

Highlights of the occasion include presentation of certificates to the graduates and a competition on business plan presentation by some of the graduates.

Laptops and other gifts are also presented to some of the graduates who distinguished themselves during the training programme.

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Adamawa Apc Warn Members against Accepting PDP Appointment

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Adamawa APC warn members against accepting PDP appointment

By Baba Yakubu Yola

The Adamawa Chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned its members against accepting appointment from Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri led government of People’s Democratic Party (PDP)

A statement on Wednesday by the State Publicity Secretary of APC, Mohammed Abdullahi, said according to the party constitution, anyone who accepted such appointment ceased to be members of APC.

Abdullahi said APC was observing the sustained fruitless effort by PDP in the state to cause disunity among its members.

“We refer to the recent appointments released by the PDP Government in the State that featured the names of some members of our Great Party and wish to draw the attention of the appointees to Article 9.5 of the APC Constitution which states that, any Party Member that accepts a political appointment from any political party or opposition Government ceases to be a member of APC.

“While we commend the loyalty and faithfulness of our Party members who rejected the appointments offered to them by the PDP Government, all those who accept the appointments will have their names removed from the Party Register.

“In conclusion, the APC is keenly watching the PDP government s fruitless efforts in trying to cause commotion and disunity within the APC family. This attempt has failed and will ever fail,” Abdullahi said.

He urged members of the party to remain resolute and focused on supporting the Buhari Administration as the party further unite to take over power in Adamawa State in 2023.

Meanwhile, one of the party chieftains given appointment by Gov. Fintiri as Special Assistant, Mrs Anna Sini has rejected the appointment.

Sini in a letter to APC said she declined the appointment as a loyal party member.

“I am assuring my party that, I remain loyal and committed APC member,” Sini who was an APC Senatorial Aspirant for Adamawa North District said in the letter.

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Borno Governor distributes foods and non food items to 10,000 IDPs households in Kala-Balge

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Borno Governor distributes foods and non food items to 10,000 IDPs households in Kala-Balge

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum has led the distribution of food and non food items to 10,000 internslly Displaced Persons (IDPS) households in Rann, headquarters of the Kala-Balge, the remotest local government area of the state.

It could recalled that  this is the fourth time Governor Zulum visited the local government which shares border with the Cameroon Republic since he assumed office in the last one year.

Zulum who was flown from Maiduguri to Rann, onboard a military chopper, on Sunday May 31, 2020, after distributed the relief items also visit Ngala, Matte and Dikwa local government area before returning back to Maiduguri.

The Governor who had made three previous similar trips, the first being in June, 2019, few days after coming into office, when he undertook the need assessment of public facilities and subsequently ordered construction works.

He was later returnto Ksla bslge in December 2019 and distributeef cash to 15,000 widows. He layer went back again. in February this year to distribute N100 million cash to 10,000 trapped families.

During the latest visit on Sunday, Zulum supervised the distribution of relief items to mostly women and aged men amongst other vulnerable persons in need, with about 300 Nigerians taking refuge in the Republic of Cameroon who returned to Rann benefiting from the gesture.

Each of the beneficiaries received a bag of 50kg Maize grain, two cartons of spaghetti, two bags of 10kg rice and a-3 liters cooking oil, while female beneficiaries got wrappers in addition to the food items.

Residents in Rann have since mid last year been trapped without road access to farmlands due to the flood from a dam, this forced Nigerians in Rann to resort to neighboring Cameroon Republic for livelihoods.

Speaking, to newsment shortly after the exercise, Governor Zulum acknowledged food contributions from the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, the Northeast Development Commission (NEDC), National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and Dangote Foundation.

“I wish to express my sincere appreciation to the President and Commander In Chief of the Armed Forces, Muhammadu Buhari, for all that he has been doing towards repositioning the northeast. I also wish to express my appreciation to the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Northeast Development Commission, as well as NEMA and Dangote Foundation, all of them have contributed to the success of this excersice”Gov., Zulum added.

After the food distribution exercise, Governor Zulum traveled to Wulgo, a border community, to assess the destruction caused by the Boko Haram insurgents.

The assessment of Wulgo, acording to Governor Zulum, was preparatory to resettlement of thousands of IDPs from the community currently staying at formal and informal camps in Gamboru town of Ngala LGA.

The governor said: “The aim of our visit here is to assess the town with a view to resetting back the community. We will have an interface with the community, I think the first thing we will do is to clear the town.”

Zulum then proceeded to Gamboru Ngala where he passed the night, during which he interfaced with the Internally displaced persons from different communities.

While in Rann and Wulgo Governor Zulum, paid visits to military formations in the two towns in order to boost their morale.

During the visits, Zulum presented 250 bags of 50 kg rice,10 bags of 50kg sugar, 200 cartons of noodles, 500 cartons of sphagetti, cooking oil and cash to each of the formations.

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Borno Government distributes palliatives food items to over 300 Frontline health workers, relatives of Covid-19 patients

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Borno government distributes palliative food items to over 300 front line health workers, relatives of COVID 19 patients

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state COVID-19 Response Committee has distributed palliative food items to over 280 front line health workers and 16 family members of Covid 19 patients currently in isolation centres in the state.

Presenting the palliative items to the front line health workers and relatives of Covid 19 patients at the Government House, Maiduguri yesterday, the Chairman of the Committee who is also the Borno state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Umar Kadafur said the gesture is palliative to assist the front line health workers and the relatives of Covid 19 patients currently receiving treatment at the Bulabulin Ngarannam and UMTH isolation centres.

The chairman of the committee who was represented by his secretary, the Borno state Commissioner for health, Dr Salihu Kwaya Bura said ” on behalf of the Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum I am presenting these palliative food stuffs to you in his magnimity as a token from the government to cushion your hardship as you engaged in national assignment and sacrificed in the fight against Covid 19 pandemic and also the relatives of patients currently in isolation”

“We are presenting these palliative, as directed by the Executive Governor of Borno state, Professor Babagaba Zulum, he is concerned for the families of the Covid 19 pateints and the front line health workers”, he added.

He said ” in Borno state as at today 31 May 2020 we had 271 cases of Covid 19, 167 discharged, 78 active cases, 16 in isolation which consists 14 in Nganaram isolation centre and 2 in UMTH isolation centre, while the remaining are in isolation in their respective homes”

Speaking on behalf of the relatives of the patients, Abba Buba thanked the Borno state government and the Covid 19 committee in particular for the gesture, saying that the food items will greatly assist them.

” I assured you that we will continue to adhered to the all preventive measures, as advised by the medical experts. We really appreciate the gestures”, he added.

Each relatives of the covid 19 oateints were given 10 kg of rice. 1 cartons of Indome noodles, 3 litres of vegetable oil, 1 carton of suoetgheti.,as well as 5 kg of surgar.

 

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