As part of its job creation initiative, training and empowering mankind, the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) in partnership with Federal, Edo State governments and Lady Mechanic Academy empowered women in automobile skills.
The ladies were trained in different areas of specialty including auto-mechanic, auto-electrician, diagnostic technician, body spraying and quick services.
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The graduation ceremony which took place in Benin City saw the graduands being empowered with starter-packs.
In her address, the Founder/ Chief Executive Officer, Lady Mechanic Academy, Sandra Aguebor, disclosed that a total of 60 ladies were trained, adding that 25 were sponsored by the German government while 35 were supported by the Edo Youth Academy under the Edo State government.
Aguebor who commended German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and Edo State Government for the partnership, noted that the major objective of the empowerment was to lift women out of poverty.
She said the GIZ provided starter packs which according to her include: tools boxes, spraying machines, sewing machines amongst others, while wife of the Edo State Governor, Betsy Obaseki, provided the diagnostics machines for graduands.
She commended the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, for giving opportunity to the academy to repair the government’s fleet of vehicles through which the institution was able to train the graduating ladies.
She said the girls were trained free of charge, adding that starter packs were also for the graduands to start their own trade.
Aguebor added that the initiative has changed the narratives of Edo girls and has consequently reduced the number of girls traveling abroad to perform social vices.
She, however, called on other organisations to sponsor the initiative so that more girls can acquire skills in auto mechanic among others.
In her speech, Eseosa Okuko, Edo State Coordinator, Migration for Developments under the GIZ programme, said the programme was geared towards providing reintegration and integration support both for returnee migrants as well as youths in Edo State.
” we have our vocational skills training and under which we have trained 25 ladies in the auto repair and mechanic that are graduating today“, she added.
Okuko, who encouraged the graduands to put into practice what they learnt during the training, noted that it would also encourage the German government not to relent in providing the necessary support to sustain the vocational training.
In her remarks, the Edo State Director, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment and Head of Migrant Resources Centre (MRC), Florence Owie, said GIZ in collaboration with her ministry was in the position to create employability facilities for Libya returnees and youths in Edo State.
Owie said the bilateral agreement signed with GIZ to execute the project has been ongoing in Abuja and Lagos for the past three years, but came into Edo State last year.
“We are here to celebrate the 25 ladies who are lady mechanics in various areas. So, this training has been going on for the past three months to these females in mechanics to specialise in different areas.
“Today, marks the graduation, and the federal ministry of labor and employment being in collaboration with GIZ to carry out this project is why we are here to celebrate with them,” she added.
FG Extends Kaduna-Abuja Train Resumption
The Ministry of Transportation, on Sunday, in Kaduna, extended the resumption date for the Kaduna-Abuja train Service
Recall that the train service was suspended in March 2022, after bandits attacked its passengers, killed 25, wounded several others and Kidnapped over 50 passengers.
However, early this month, the federal government had promised that the Kaduna-Abuja train service would resume before the end of November.
But the Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo, while on inspection tour to examine its readiness for operation before the commencement of operations, said certain things needed to be in place before resumption.
He said the FG has introduced a new system of purchasing tickets, which he said is the beginning of security checks that would assist the government to know who boards the train at every point in time.
Although he declined speaking on the actual resumption date, but assured the public that it wouldn’t be far from now.
Dangote Plans Fresh 300,000 Jobs For Nigerians
Africa’s foremost industrialist, Aliko Dangote, is optimistic that the new multibillion naira investment in the sugar sub-sector would help provide no fewer than 300,000 jobs in Nigeria.
A statement from the Corporate Communication Department of the company quoted the Group’s President Aliko Dangote as saying that the company was providing fresh funds and thus expanding its operations in the sugar sub-sector.
Mr Dangote, who was speaking at the Flagg off Ceremony of the 2022/2023 Crushing Season and Outgrower Scheme Awards in Numan, Adamawa State, said the opportunities would include both direct and indirect jobs.
Dangote, who is Africa’s top philanthropist, expressed optimism that the massive investment will create over 300,000 jobs for Nigerians.
He said, “We are making a massive investment in Adamawa State through expansion of DSR Numan’s sugar refining capacity from 3000tcd to 6000tcd, 9800tcd, and to 15,000tcd. DSR will be able to create about three hundred thousand jobs, direct and indirect, with positive multiplier effects on the economy nationwide.”
The Dangote Group is the biggest employer of labour in Nigeria outside the government.
Dangote was appointed Chairman, National Job Creation Committee in 2010 to assist the Federal Government in providing more employment opportunities for Nigerians.
The Dangote President had also announced that his company was doubling its spending on CSR schemes in host communities in Adamawa State, the location of its 32,000 hectares integrated sugar complex.
Speaking in Numan, Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, described the Dangote Sugar Refinery as the biggest contributor to the development of the sugar development effort of the Federal Government.
The Minister also commended Mr Dangote for the massive support through his Corporate Social Responsibility scheme.
In the same vein, the Dangote Refinery and Petrochemicals is expected to create some 250,000 job opportunities when completed next year.
Already, Dangote Cement Plc is one of Africa’s biggest job providers in the manufacturing sector.
Igbos Inaugurate Biafra House In US, Give Reasons
Igbos residing in the United States, US, have inaugurated the Biafra House in Oxon Hill in Maryland, Washington DC.
It was gathered that the Biafra House was inaugurated to serve people who believe in Biafra and friends of the nation.
This was authoritatively disclosed to DAILY POST by a source.
The source, who pleaded anonymity, said: “The Biafra House is officially opened for business to the public, including Government Administrative Matters, Diplomatic Protocol, International Relations, and Security, amongst others.”
The Biafra House was formed to help Igbos in the US and Diaspora interact with the international community.
According to the source: “The Biafra House will be interacting and providing services to local, as well as governments and the International community through partnerships, pending when the United Nations and other world bodies may compel the government of Nigeria to effect a plebiscite for Biafran people.
“Biafra House is where Biafrans in the United States and the World can seek Diplomatic and Consular services, as it’s open for five business days a week and within the New York time zone.”
“Again, The Biafra House will be interacting and providing services to local, as well as governments and the International community through partnerships, pending when the United Nations and other world bodies may compel the Fulani government of Nigeria to effect a plebiscite for Biafran people.”
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