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Skills Acquisition: NDE Inducts 400 Women In Bauchi

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The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has inducted 400 women across the 20 local government areas of Bauchi State for a three months training on different entrepreneurship and skills acquisitions in the state.

The beneficiaries were inducted under the Basic National Open Apprenticeship Scheme (B-NOAS) in the Vocational Skills Department Programme of the NDE.

The beneficiaries included, tailoring, hairdressing, cosmetology, bead stringing, tie and dye among other trades peculiar to women.

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Speaking during the Orientation programme for the beneficiaries in Bauchi on Tuesday, Ladan Argungu, the Director-General, NDE, said the training was part of the agency’s mandate of recruiting 20 people per LG in the 774 LGAs in the country and effectively trained them in different entrepreneurship and skills acquisition.

He said one of the reasons for the training was because the Federal Government recognized the untiring efforts of women in going out to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari during the last election, hence the special attention on training women on how to be employers of labour.

Argungu, who was represented by Malam Lawan Yaya, Bauchi State Coordinator of NDE, revealed that another reason behind the training was because, when a woman is empowered, the whole community is equally empowered.

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“It’s not as if we don’t have men in Bauchi, but empowering a woman, is empowering the whole nation.

Lawani Yaya, Bauchi State coordinator of NDE, representing the Director-General, NDE.

“Once you give a woman education, you are giving the whole of that community the same education and that is why we are starting the training of women before that of men.

“Therefore, I would like to congratulate all the women here today for this opportunity and victory,” said the D-G.

He explained that skills acquisition programme is the most important scheme that one can give to a woman, adding that if a woman has a trade, she would be able to cater for herself, her children and the immediate community without intimidation.

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In his speech, Mr Yakubu Manni, Director, Vocational Skills Development Department, NDE Headquarters who was represented by Mr Ibrahim Haroon, an NDE official, National headquarters, said as water is essential to human lives, so also is skills acquisition programmes.

He urged the participants to make effective use of the opportunity given to them in order to add value to their lives and become employers of labour.

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Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mrs Khadijat Ibrahim, appreciated the Federal Government and NDE for coming up with the laudable programme, adding that they would all commit themselves into acquiring their desired skills.

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PICTORIAL: Rep Gifts Daughter SUV For Graduating From Secondary School, Netizens React

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A member of the House of Representatives from Plateau State, Yusuf Gagdi, has gifted his daughter, Aisha, a new Sport Utility Vehicle as a gift on her graduation from a secondary school, Lead British International School Abuja.

Aisha was said to have excelled in her Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations, and to mark the achievement, her father surprised her with the luxury vehicle.

Sharing pictures from the graduation ceremony on Instagram on Saturday, Gagdi wrote, “Today, I attended my amazing daughter’s graduation ceremony. Watching you, my dear daughter, walk across that stage fills my heart with immense pride and love.

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“I celebrate your achievements and the strength you’ve shown. Here’s to a future filled with endless possibilities and happiness.
Congratulations, my shining star!”

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On Sunday, Gagdi further shared a report by #northern_trending_ on Instagram, which confirmed that he surprised her with a car gift.

The report partly read, “To celebrate her graduation and great performance in JAMB, her father surprised her with a gift of a car.”

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The lawmaker’s gesture has generated mixed reactions on social media, with some praising his generosity and others criticising the extravagant gift amidst Nigeria’s economic challenges.

One Yusuf tweeting as #kubcy17 on X.com wrote, “Absolute nonsense and rubbish in this trying time. Hon. Yusuf Gagdi doesn’t have a single respect for the people of his constituency.”

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Haidar, tweeting as #AliyumuazuIbra2, wrote, “It’s not surprising to see that a car, which even university graduates and professors dream of owning, is given as a gift to a secondary school graduate.

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“If she completes university, she might receive a private jet or a personal yacht as a gift.”

Some others, however, stood on the side of the lawmaker.

#Uthmann__ wrote on X.com, “Hon. Gagdi only displayed the car he gifted to his daughter after graduation from secondary school.

“People celebrate their children according to their pockets. This is nothing new in Abuja. And this is even a gift from dad to his daughter.”

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Sen. Buba To Empower 130 Youth On Crop, Animal Production In Bauchi

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Sen. Shehu Buba, representing Bauchi South at the Senate has selected nothing less than 130 youth to be trained and empowered on crop and animal production as well as agric extension services in Bauchi state.

Mr Mohammed Dahiru, one of the Programme Coordinators, stated this during the distribution of training forms to the selected youths in Bauchi on Saturday.

According to him, the youth were selected across the seven Local Government Areas of the Bauchi South Senatorial district the senator represents at the senate to fight food insecurity in the state.

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He said that the senator’s attention has diverted to agriculture where he thought it wise and mandated them to select 130 participants to be trained on both crops and animal production as well as Agric extension services.

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“They will be trained on crop production like rice, maize, soya beans and many others and there is also a portion of animal production which consists of the process of raising and breeding animals for various purposes such as meat, milk, eggs, and other animal products.

“At the end of the programme, they would be able to have a knowledge of farming in both crop and animal production, financial management of farming and they will also know how to farm some selective crops that are more predominant in the state and animals that are not predominantly reared in the state.

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“They will also know how to monitor and evaluate a particular farm and the safety precautions that are within the farming activities,” he said.

Also speaking with newsmen, Engr. Musa Idi, the second programme Coordinator, said after the training, each of the beneficiaries would be empowered with some farming equipment that consists of a solar powered spraying machine.

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“After giving them the empowerment materials, they will be given an allowance that would help them to start something.

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“With this, they would be able to start a small farming business and put what they have learned into practice.

“This is going to help them a lot as the move by the senator is a huge one geared toward eradicating poverty,” he said.

One of the beneficiaries who spoke on behalf of others, Mohammed Ibrahim, lauded the senator for initiating the training and promised to make effective use of the training.

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NEDC Assures Adequate Development In Northeast Region

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The North East Development Commission (NEDC) has reiterated its resolve to leave no stone unturned to ensure adequate development in every part of the region.

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mohammed Alkali, made the assurance on Saturday while on project inspection to monitor the level of progress of the projects embarked upon by NEDC in Ningi Local Government Area of Bauchi state.

According to him, the commission was ever ready to provide the necessary interventions to cushion the effect of hardship experienced by the people in the region as a result of insurgency and other disasters.

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Alkali, who also assured that NEDC had not skewed its interventions towards a particular state, said every state would continue to be treated equally as far as development is concerned.

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He however, expressed displeasure at the pace of work with the contractor handling the construction of some structures at the National Obstetrics Fistula Center, Ningi and summoned him to Maiduguri, the Headquarters of the commission for explanations.

The Managing Director, added that this became necessary as the Commission needed to know what was causing the delay in the completion of the projects.

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He further expressed the desire of the commission to see that the facilities were put to use as soon as possible, saying that NEDC was desirous to see that both the Surgical ward and the skills acquisition centre were equipped in order to facilitate treatment and rehabilitation of the patients.

Alkali also lauded the Management of the Centre for providing adequate care to the parents and reiterating that the NEDC would always support the Centre in order to meet up to the objectives of its establishment.

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