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Amaechi

Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation.

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi on Monday said that the economic recession in the country is not as bad as witnessed some months ago. Amaechi, who has assured that the ongoing Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail would be completed by December 2018, said this in a chat with newsmen in Lagos. Admitting that the All Progressives Congress (APC) must improve the economy, Amaechi said Nigerians should equally know that the economy was very bad when the present government took over.

MD Philip Morris Cosken KaganDicle

In this interview with the Managing Director of Philip Morris Limited, manufacturers of Marlboro and L & M brand of cigarettes, Mr Cosken KaganDicle, explains why the company established a manufacturing plant in Nigeria despite the challenges of operating environment, among other issues.

Nigerian produce

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, has said Nigeria produce more food than the people can consume. He stated that a huge chunk of the food got wasted due to poor storage facilities across the country.
He stated this yesterday while flagging-off the Nigeria Yam Export. Speaking at the event, Ogbeh pointed out export as one of the ways Nigeria can prevent food wastage, lamenting the country’s poor preservation capacity. He also stressed the need for Nigeria to begin to earn more foreign exchange by exporting yam.

Dr Abraham Nwankwo

Dr Abraham Nwankwo, Director General of Debt Management Office (DMO)

One of Nigeria’s longest serving public servant, Dr Abraham Nwankwo, Director General of Debt Management Office (DMO) will bow out from office on Friday after serving for ten years. Dr. Abraham Nwankwo was appointed Director-General of the Debt Management Office in 2007, having joined the services of the agency in 2001 as Assistant Director. In-between (July 2006 – July 2007), he had a stint at the Board of the World Bank where he served as Senior Advisor to the Executive Director (Africa Group II Constituency).

Oli pipes

The Presidency has declared that Nigeria’s oil reserve estimate as per reserve has been estimated to dry up in the next 25 years to 30 years at most. The Presidency added that the focus of the government must be on gas which is also estimated to last for over 60 years, adding that his government must ensure a dramatic move into gas production.
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu spoke yesterday at the 5th triennial delegates conference of the Petroleum & Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) in Abuja.

DR joe abah

DG, BPSR. Dr Joe Abah.

 

The Director-General of Bureau of Public Service Reforms, Dr Joe Abah has explained why there is a scarcity of Nigerian passports.

He said the development was caused by the increase in the exchange rate of the naira to the dollar.

Abah told newsmen on Monday in Abuja that dollar, which was formerly exchanging between N150 to N160, was now N300 and above.

He added that the passport was not produced in Nigeria as only three companies in the world had the capacity and techniques to produce an international travel passport.

His words, “The reason for the scarcity is because since it’s not produced in the country, Nigeria had a contract with the foreign firm to do most of the production. “And at the time the contract was signed, 100 dollars was worth N15,000 which is the cost of the Nigerian passport of 32 pages, the 64 pages costs N20, 000.

“So with the naira being so much against the dollar, it meant that the N15, 000 paid by individuals will only amount to 30 dollars, not 100 dollars. “So the money citizens were paying simply could not buy it anymore and the government was a bit reluctant to increase the price threefold.

“Currently, the government is making efforts to look for ways to subsidise the cost until we can produce the passport in country or dollar drops.’’

He noted that the passport would soon be produced like the drivers’ licence in the country, adding that the available passport booklets were presently being used to clear the backlog of applicants.

“A few months ago the Comptroller-General of Immigration announced that we now have passport booklets available across the country and across the world.

“However, there had been a backlog of about six months or so people who apply newly are still waiting because they are still dealing with the people who applied before them.

“So our expectation is that in the next few months, it will ease up and we will go back to the standard timing which is supposed to be 72 hours from where all your documentation is checked and correct”‎, he added.

 

Source - Daily Post.

Army

 The Defence Headquarters has issued a short code for the Nigeria Army call centre to the general public and organisations. This was made available in a press release issued by the Director Defence Information, Major General, John Enenche in Abuja on Thursday. “The Defence Headquarters wishes to notify the General Public, Ministries, Departments, and various Agencies in Nigeria, that the Nigerian Army has established an Information Call Centre where the Nigerian Army could be easily reached for the purpose of information sharing.

NCC

 

>The attention of the Commission has been drawn to a planned takeover of Etisalat by a consortium of banks. As a result of this planned action the Commission wishes to state as follows:


• The Commission is aware of the indebtedness of Etisalat to the consortium of banks;
• In conjunction with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), it mediated by holding several meetings with the banks, Etisalat and other stakeholders with a view to finding a resolution;
• Regrettably, these meetings did not yield the desired results.
• The NCC wishes to reassure the over 21 million Etisalat subscribers that it will do all within its regulatory power to ensure that Etisalat subscribers continue to enjoy the services provided by the operator.The Commission has taken proactive steps to cushion the impact of the takeover, this is without prejudice to the ongoing effort between Etisalat and the banks toward negotiated settlement.


In view of the recent development, NCC wishes to reassure all stakeholders in the telecommunications sector, in particular, the subscribers on the Etisalat Network that the Commission will ensure that the integrity of Etisalat Network is not compromised.

Accordingly, the Commission has drawn the attention of the banks to provisions of the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003 Section 38:

 

Subsection 1 – The grant of a license shall be personal to the licensee and the license shall not be operated by, assigned, sublicensed or transferred to another party unless the prior written approval of the commission has been granted;

 

Subsection 2 – A licensee shall at all times comply with the terms and condition of the license and the provision of this Act and its subsidiary legislation.

Whilst the banks and Etisalat are working at resolving the issues, the Commission wishes to assure subscribers that they will continue to enjoy the services provided by Etisalat.

 

Source - NTA

N power

 

The number of graduate applicants in the N-Power job recruitment scheme as at June 18, is a record  753,307,  which has  exceeded by 2307, the number of both graduate and non-graduate applicants in 2016.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job creation, Mr Afolabi Imoukhuede, disclosed this to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Asaba, Delta, on Sunday describing the figure,  as a landmark.

He said that the figure for 2017 was generated barely five days after the application was opened on June 14, while the applications for the previous year were got during the two and half months it was opened.

According to the SSA, N-Teach, the teacher volunteer aspect of the scheme, got the highest applications so far with 470,456 while N-Agro the Agriculture extension section of the scheme followed with 127,315.

He said that N-Health generated 85,691 applications while the latest component, the N-Tax, generated 69,842 applications in five days.

Imoukhuede said that in 2016 the total graduate applicants were 350,000 is less than 50 percent of the applications already received in less than one week of entries for 2017.

He said the reason for a large number of applications might be because “a lot of graduates now have faith in the scheme, unlike last year when many were a bit sceptical and refused to apply.’’

He said that in spite of the number, the Federal Government would restrict itself to the recruitment of 300,000 graduates in the current scheme in order not to exceed the programme’s budget for the period.

Imoukhuede hinted that the selection process would maintain same transparency as in 2016 and expressed gratitude that the hiccup in 2016 registration was completely absent in 2017.

He added that everyone to be engaged this year must satisfy the recruitment requirements outlined in the advertisement such as age and academic qualification as well as completion of the NYSC scheme.

The SSA noted that the N-Power was a lifeline provided by Muhammadu Buhari administration to curb the high rate unemployment rate in the country as promised during his presidential election campaign in 2015.

According to him, volunteerism is a global scheme performed free by those working in other countries but Buhari has promised N30,000 monthly stipend to each graduate volunteer in the country.

He advised the youth to take advantage of the scheme to improve their employability skills and also add value to the society especially in the rural areas.

He said the N-Power had received a lot of commendations from the public since its inception.

He showed NAN a particular commendation by one Lucky Odiase who also begged the“ leaders to let N-power be the hub for employment to all federal jobs’’ because “it is so transparent.’’

Other commendations had come from Olajide Abiola, Cyril Onyeama, and Umar Mohammed who hailed the engagement of N-power with the youth on timely responses to queries and concluded that it showed that “the country can get things right’’.

One Gabriel Atume simply wrote “God Almighty will bless PMB (Buhari) and Osinbajo a thousand folds for bringing dividends of democracy to the grassroots’’.

NAN reports that the applications for 2017 will last from June 14 through July 13.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 07:17

Npower Recruitment 2017: FACTS You Need to Know.

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N power
 

Skills and knowledge are the driving forces of economic growth and social development. Despite the current high level of unemployment, harnessing Nigeria’s young demography through appropriate skill development efforts provides an opportunity to achieve inclusion and productivity within the country. Large-scale skill development is the main policy thrust of the N-Power Programme.

N-Power is also linked to the Federal Government’s policies in the economic, employment and social development arena. N-Power addresses the challenge of youth unemployment by providing a structure for large scale and relevant work skills acquisition and development while linking its core and outcomes to fixing inadequate public services and stimulating the larger economy. The modular programmes under N-Power will ensure that each participant will learn and practice most of what is necessary to find or create work. The N-Power Volunteer Corp involves a massive deployment of 500,000 trained graduates who will assist to improve the inadequacies in our public services in education, health and civic education. Some of these graduates will also help in actualising Nigeria’s economic and strategic aspirations of achieving food security and self-sufficiency.

N-Power will also be a platform for diversifying the economy. N-Power is preparing young Nigerians for a knowledge economy where equipped with world-class skills and certification, they become innovators and movers in the domestic and global markets. Nigeria will have a pool of software developers, hardware service professionals, animators, graphic artists, building services professionals, artisans and others. N-Power also focuses on providing our non-graduates with relevant technical and business skills that enhance their work outlook and livelihood.

In sum, N-Power is segmented as follows:

  1. N-Power Volunteer Corps- 500,000 graduates
  2. N-Power Knowledge – 25,000 non-graduates
  3. N-Power Build- 75,000 non-graduates
 

WHO CAN APPLY

N-Power aspires to provide a platform where most Nigerians can access skills acquisition and development. At this time, however, the initial modular programmes in N-Power are designed for Nigerian citizens between the ages of 18 and 35. You will need to meet the minimum requirements (if any) for your respective programme. Generally, the selection is based:

  1. on your expression of a genuine interest in whichever area you decide;
  2. passing the relevant tests;
  3. your willingness to push yourself beyond your comfort zone; and
  4. ability to show a flair to develop all the skills you need to be the best you can be.



While there are fixed requirements along the way, we will be relying on you to take ownership of the process and take the lead in shaping your route, by making the most of the training that you will receive.

For the purposes of N-Power, Graduate means having a minimum of a Higher National Diploma (HND) or a Bachelors Degree from a higher institution.

www.npower.gov.ng

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