President of the Republic meets National Security Council

The President of the Republic, João Lourenço on Monday will chair the second ordinary meeting of the National Security Council, in Luanda, in his capacity as Commander-in-Chief.

According to a press release to which ANGOP had access on Sunday, the meeting will address the country’s political-military, public security and human rights situation.

The meeting agenda also includes the consideration of the National Security Bill, among other issues linked to the Intelligence and State Security Services.

The National Security Council is made up of 23 members, namely the Vice-President of the Republic, the presidents of the National Assembly, the Supreme Court, the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Military Court, the Attorney General of the Republic, the Minister of State and Chief of the Military House of the President of the Republic.

Also included are the ministers of State and head of the Civil House of the President of the Republic, for Economic Coordination and the Social Area, as well as the ministers of National Defense, Former Combatants and Veterans of the Country, Interior, Foreign Relations, Finance, Territorial Administration and Justice and Human Rights.

The council also includes the chief of the General Staff of the Angolan Armed Forces, general commander of the National Police, head of the State Information and Security Service, head of the Military Intelligence and Security Service, General Director of the External Intelligence Service, inspector general of the State Administration and the director general of the Criminal Investigation Service.

Guest members and a technical group made up of other entities involved in the area of national security also participate in the meeting.

Source: Angola Press News Agency


Planned Baynes Dam will generate more than 800 megawatts

The planed hydroelectric dam, to be built in the Cunene River basin, will generate 860 megawatts of installed power, said the project coordinator, Manuel Catumbela.

Speaking to ANGOP at the end of the visit of the Minister of Public Works, Urbanism and Housing, Carlos Alberto dos Santos, to the section that will connect the planned Baynes Dam, the project coordinator said it is in the study update stage, and subsequently follow the evaluation models for the start phase, scheduled for 2024.

Manuel Catumbela said that the multisectoral visit to the section, which will connect Moçâmedes to the Baynes dam, in the municipality of Tômbwa, in a route of about 300 kilometers, aimed to assess, on the spot, the technical issues to have a safe construction of the energy infrastructure.

“With this section all intervened, in terms of road, we will thus be able to have ease in transporting all the equipment for the construction of the Baynes dam, which will arrive via the Port of Namibe, to the mouth of the Cunene River and allow the works, in due time, to run smoothly,” he said.

According to the official, the project, in addition to producing electricity for Angola and Namibia, will also create jobs.

Manuel Catumbela pointed out that the project includes a compacted concrete dam of 200 meters, with an installed capacity for the production of 860 megawatts, generated from four generator sets of 215 megawatts each.

To fill the Baynes’ operating regime, according to the coordinator’s explanation, the construction of a second dam will be planned, to carry out the flow discharges, which will be observed at peak hours.

“These discharges will have a negative environmental impact and for this, a regularization dam was designed to mitigate these loads,” he said.

In this regularization dam will also be installed a plant with three units of six megawatts, making a total of 18 megawatts, which will join the 860, thus totaling 876 megawatts of power for this Baynes dam, according to the official.

Source: Angola Press News Agency


Fund reiterates commitment to healthcare improvement in Nigeria

The Nigeria Solidarity Support Fund(NSSF) says it remains committed to the improvement of healthcare system in the country.

Dr. Fejiro Chinye-Nwoko, General Manager/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the fund disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos.

Chinye-Nwoko said that the fund is strategically focused on improving healthcare outcomes of vulnerable people and underserved communities in Nigeria through the support of impactful initiatives.

According to her, these initiatives provide critical intervention in the areas that improve leadership and governance in the health sector, particularly Routine Immunization (RI) programmes.

On why the fund is specifically focused on healthcare improvement in the country, the CEO recalled that healthcare spending in Nigeria was N7.2 trillion (3.1% of GDP), compared to the 15% agreed by African leaders at the 2001 Abuja declaration.

She said that the data above highlights the urgent need to increase healthcare spending to align with the agreed target.

“By increasing healthcare spending, Nigeria can allocate more resources to strengthen its healthcare system, improve access to quality healthcare services, and work towards achieving universal healthcare coverage.

“Only about 20 per cent of the 30,000 Primary Health Care (PHC) facilities across Nigeria are fully functional.

“As a result, a large portion of the population does not have access to quality primary healthcare services, which are essential for preventive and early intervention measures.

“Only three per cent of Nigerians have healthcare insurance leaving most Nigerians vulnerable to health emergencies- individuals and families face financial risks and barriers when accessing healthcare services,” Chinye-Nwoko said.

The CEO said with its grasp of the conditions of the healthcare system in the country, NSSF had impacted the system by providing financial support to the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) to scale up COVID-19 vaccination campaigns.

She explained that 12, 000 healthcare workers were trained in safe immunisation programme, while 12 million people were reached through vaccine advocacy programmes.

She added that over 4.9 million people received at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“We have championed participation in advocacy programmes, where over 1,200 youths participated in our campaigns.

“We have also championed advocacy discussions with key stakeholders on improved healthcare and immunization programmes.

“We have mobilized over 1.2 million in support of the governments financing of the health sector,” Chinye-Nwoko said.

On funding its programmes, the CEO said that the fund is actively seeking partnerships with private companies and businesses to secure funding and in-kind support for health programmes, including vaccine access and awareness initiatives.

“This involves building relationships with corporate entities through strategic communication and highlighting the mutual benefits of collaboration,” Chinye-Nwoko said.

The CEO said that through joint advocacy efforts, the fund aims to raise awareness about health issues, including the importance of vaccination and encourage private companies to invest in sustainable health projects that align with the corporate social responsibility objectives.

She added that the collaboration would help extend the reach of health programmes and enhance their impact on communities in need.

NAN reports that NSSF was born out of a partnership between Global Citizen (GC) and the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) during the COVID-19 outbreak.

NSSF mission is to empower organisations through innovative approaches , partnerships, and collaborations to improve the health outcomes of vulnerable people and underserved communities.(NAN)(

Source: News Agency of Nigeria


Expert urges FG to create enabling environment for domestic medical tourism to thrive

Dr Usman Isah, Convener, All Africa Medical and Wellness Expo (AMWE), has urged the Federal Government to create an enabling environment for domestic medical tourism to thrive in the country.

Isah made the call during a zoom media chat, on Saturday.

He said Nigeria continues to lose huge amount of money to medical tourism, which has succeeded in boosting other nation’s Gross Domestic Product.

Isah said it was high time the Federal Government began to view medical tourism from the perspectives of profit-making and non-profit making angles.

According to him, it is also important to foster private sector participation in healthcare development to spur investments.

He said Nigeria remains a hub for medical tourists where world-class facilities in cities such as Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and more beckon on visitors seeking top-notch healthcare.

“Nigeria is doing a lot wrong in the drive to get medical tourism right. A strong policy on domestic tourism and incentive for quality patient management will go a long way for the sector.

“ We are not doing business in the health sector but our medical bills are always high. Many Nigerians cannot afford quality medical care and many countries have ensured absolute access to medical care.

“We must get it right in Nigeria. We must upgrade the standard of care in our hospitals to be able to woo tourists to Nigeria.

Isah said that Nigeria could only get it right in developing sustainable domestic medical tourism when investors are attracted to the nation.

” Investors are not coming because they have observed that Nigeria is looking at healthcare solely as a profit making venture,” he said.

Isah described medical tourism as an aspect of the economy that could help drive healthcare development in Nigeria.

” If the private sector can see the medical sector as one with opportunities for investment, it will go a long way in enhancing development in healthcare as well as domestic tourism in Nigeria.

” We are going to organise the 2023 edition of AMWE, scheduled to hold on Oct. 4 and 5, at the Nicon Luxury Hotel in Abuja.

” This is with a view to further educate Nigerians and government on the essence of developing a sustainable domestic medical tourism.

” The theme for the programme will be “Developing Sustainable Domestic Medical Tourism for Nigeria’s Health Sector.”

He explained that the expo would be a comprehensive roadmap toward the development of domestic medical tourism in Nigeria, catalysing the growth and excellence of the healthcare sector.

Isah, therefore, urged stakeholders in the country’s health sector to take advantage of the immense opportunities that comes with AMWE 2023, to drive growth and development within both sectors.

“ 2023 AMWE is poised to make a lasting impact on the trajectory of healthcare and wellness in Nigeria and the broader African region.

“ The event is such that stakeholders, experts, and visionaries come together to shape the future of healthcare, medical tourism, and wellness in Nigeria and beyond.

” This vision extends to a healthcare system that shines as a beacon of excellence and a society where wellness is deeply ingrained,” he said.

Isah emphasised Nigeria’s abundant blessings, particularly its wealth of highly skilled medical professionals.

He said these professionals were invaluable assets to the nation, and their talents should not be at risk of the “Japa” syndrome—an exodus of talent seeking opportunities abroad. (NAN) (

Source: News Agency of Nigeria


FCT residents decry rising insecurity, demand urgent action

Some residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have described the rate of kidnapping and robbery within the city centre in recent time, as alarming.

The residents, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday, described the spate of insecurity in the FCT as worrisome, alarming and unacceptable.

They urged security agencies and the FCT Administration to take urgent measures to save residents from the criminals.

Mr Joel Adewale, a civil servant, told NAN that his daughter was attacked recently on her way from Wuse to Gwagwalada.

He said she was taken to a lonely road off Airport road before being dispossessed of her belongings.

Adewale added that the girl was forced to put a call across to him to transfer money to her account, which was removed using a PoS machine by the criminals.

“It was more like a case of kidnap for ransom, but I was lucky to have my daughter back after parting with N150,000,” he added.

Mr Joshua Orogun, the former President of Abuja Newspapers Distributors Association, said the increasing rate of insecurity the FCT, had been allowed to linger for over 15 years.

“Though the previous governments tried their best, more need to be done to safeguard the lives of residents.

“I implore the present administration to put in place measures to address the ugly situation headlong.

“I particularly called on the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory to do the needful to come to our aid by deploying the necessary machinery to salvage the situation.

“The situation we found ourselves now, calls for a very sincere approach and fervent prayer,” Orogun added.

According to him, one of his friends and chairman of a motor park in Area 10, was recently kidnapped in Keti, a suburb of Pyakasa, and had to pay N1 million ransom before he was released.

Orogun urged residents to be very vigilant, while going about their legitimate businesses “as everybody is now at the mercy of the perpetrators of these heinous crimes”.

Another resident, Mr Friday Odekina, a communication expert, blamed the increasing insecurity on the rising number of people with no means of livelihood in the FCT.

According to him, the number of people with no means of livelihood trooping to the city has tripled, with some of them taking to crime for survival.

“Everybody is now allowed to be in Abuja against its original master plan that emphasised on a particular set of people.

“To me, if government is serious of fighting the menace headlong, those set of people should be gotten rid of, because they not only constitute nuisance, but are the ones terrorising residents,” Odekina said.

Also, Adeniyi Olajide, a public servant, said that of recent, the rate of insecurity in the FCT had taken a new dimension.

“Just about two weeks ago, a friend of mine was kidnapped and up till now, he is still in captivity.

“The kidnappers made contact and demanded for ransom, but after paying the ransom, he hasn’t regained his freedom up till now.”

He therefore urged the FCT Administration to look inward and checkmate the activities of the criminals.

“The criminals are having a field day in the territory, people now live in perpetual fear, especially while trying to board a cab whether painted or not, because of the fear of the unknown.

“Just recently, a friend of mine boarded a taxi from Lugbe to Wuse District, only for him to be taken to Bwari and dispossessed of everything on him, including all the money in his bank accounts,” he added.

Another victim, who worked with one of the paramilitary agencies died of trauma after he was abducted and dispossessed of all the money in his bank account.

According to a member of the deceased family, who preferred anonymity, the victim encountered the criminals in early August when he boarded a vehicle on his way home after closing from work.

The source said the deceased officer was robbed of huge sums of money kept in his possession by a friend.

He said the trauma of how to refund the money to his friend pushed him into depression and he later died.

Also, a journalist with one of the government owned media organisations in Abuja, was abducted on Sept. 14, after closing from work at about 6 pm.

The lady journalist said she boarded a taxi from Central Area to Lugbe, but was taken to an abandoned building on the outskirts of the city by four armed men.

According to her, the kidnappers forced her to transfer all the money in her bank account amounting to millions of naira.

They further forced her to call her relations and friends who also paid over a million naira in ransom before her release.

When contacted, the FCT Police Command, downplayed the reports of increasing incidences of robbery, kidnapping and other criminal activities in the territory.

According to the command Spokesperson, SP Josephine Adeh, the command is doing its best to safeguard lives and property of residents.

“It is not true that the activities of “one chance” is increasing in the FCT because the command is not relenting in its efforts to protect lives and property.

“We have deployed appropriate assets and personnel across the territory to track criminals and protect residents,” Adeh said.

She urged residents to be security conscious and support the police and other security agencies with actionable intelligence reports to track and apprehend criminals.

“The fight against criminality is a collective one, so residents must be careful of places they board taxis because most of these criminals take advantage of such places.

“The command has over time embarked on enlightenment campaigns on the strategies the criminals usually deploy in carrying out their operations.

“Residents must play their part by ensuring that they board taxis in approved places and be watchful of the people in the taxi before boarding,” she added.

Meanwhile, the FCTA Task Force on City Sanitation, said it had been clamping down on the “one-chance” robbery syndicates in the city.

The Secretary, Command and Control of the Taskforce, Mr Peter Olumuji, explained that the syndicates usually use unpainted taxis in unapproved motor parks to perpetrate their evil acts of kidnapping and seizing people’s valuables.

Olumuji said that the taskforce comprised the Nigerian Police, Civil Defence, Department of State Security, Immigration and Correctional services, and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.

Others, he said, were the Directorate of Road Traffic Service, Abuja Environmental Protection Board, Social Development Secretariat, and other relevant agencies in the FCT.

He added that the task force had been very active in dislodging miscreants known for attacking unsuspecting residents, mostly at night, from their hideouts.

According to him, the raid is part of a holistic security operation to ensure the safety and free movement of residents within the city.

“We have been receiving reports about the operation of “one chance” syndicates in some locations in the city.

“The enforcement team is all out to ensure that we raid any location that harbours “one chance” motorists, illegal motor parks, or unapproved parking spaces.

“We have also realized that besides causing public nuisance, some beggars are being used to gather information for criminals,” he added.

On her part, Mrs Deborah Osho, Head of Operations, FCTA Directorate of Road Traffic Service, said that taskforce was also enforcing the ban on the operations of motorcycles and tricycles constituting security threat in the city.

Osho explained that motorcycles were being used by criminals to quickly escape from crime scenes.

“They are also being used for many criminal activities including snatching valuables and mobile handset from unsuspecting passersby.

“This is in addition to the rising number of casualties from accidents involving Okada riders,” she said.

The head of operations said that security agencies had tagged the commercial motorcycles as “security threat” and wanted them off the city routes.

Osho, however, advised residents against boarding okadas and patronising unpainted taxis for their safety. (NAN)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria


NSE tasks engineers on mentorship, national devt, confers fellowship on 142

The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) has tasked its members on the need to mentor younger engineers with a view to contributing to national development.

Mr Tasiu Gidari-Wudil, President of the society, gave the charge on Saturday in Abuja, while conferring Fellowship Status on 142 ‘Distinguished Engineers”.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that Gidari-Wudil was joined at the conferment ceremony by the Chairman, Board of Fellows/College of Fellows, Mrs Ebele Okeke.

While admonishing the new fellows on their status, he said they have automatically assumed the responsibility of being role models and mentors to younger engineers.

According to him, they will also be expected to increase their participation in NSE activities and in making valuable contributions to the growth of the society.

He said: “In addition, it is expected that you will always uphold good character and ethical values that will portray you as a worthy NSE Ambassador as you deliver value-adding services in your respective endeavours.”

This, he said, was towards the development of the nation

Reacting to the current debate on building roads with concrete rather than asphalt, he said that though he was not a specialist in civil engineering, the choice however depended on the situations.

Gidari-Wudil.said: “Few weeks ago, a debate was sparked in the media and in engineering circles by statements made by the Minister of Works, Sen. David Umahi, over the preferred or most potent materials for building roads.

“Technically, we call them rigid and flexible road pavement, on the normal parlance, we call it concrete or asphalt. Each one of these has its own advantages and disadvantages.

“We in NSE are not canvassing for anyone, rather we are convening a national discourse where the professionals in highway, in materials engineering, geotechnic, civil engineering other stakeholders wil chat the way forward.

“These are choices that mostly depends on the situation that the engineer finds himself, so if we are going to go for one solution it cannot fix all.”

According to the president there are situations whereby the best option to use is concrete, while in.other situations asphalt is used.

Gidari-Wudil added: “I am not going to preempt that discourse because i am not an expert on that subject matter.”

The NSE president, however, said that the society was going to set up a committee to work out the modalities for a national discussion on the issue.

He added that it would be a holistic event with all the stakeholders in the field both in and outside the country including the Federal and States’ Ministries of Works would be invited

Gidari-Wudil said it would be tagged ‘National Highways: Between Asphalt and Concrete’.

He said: “As a major stakeholder in infrastructure development and maintenance in Nigeria, we take interest and lend our voice to matters that concern the engineering sector and, by extension, the wellbeing of Nigerians.

“Recently, we called a press conference to release the NSE Position Paper on the proposed increase in electricity tariff by the DisCos, which generated some controversies across the country.

“Before then, there was also a press conference on flooding in Nigeria where we proffered engineering solutions to mitigate the devastating effect of flooding.”

Gidari-Wudil explained what the society wanted was an option in infrastructure that would endure and add to national development.

In her remarks, the Chairman, Board of Fellows/College of Fellows, NSE, Mrs Ebele Okeke, commended the conferees for having scaled through the procedures, adding that the process had remained very thorough but fair.

“This is why, even though the membership strength of the society is currently about 82,000, only a few percentage had been elevated to the Fellowship grade.

“Therefore, any engineer with the appellation ‘FNSE’ is always accorded appropriate recognition and privileges.

“I welcome you all to this occasion where we will interact to celebrate the new Fellows, as well as exchange ideas on how to play active roles in the infrastructural and economical growth of our dear nation,” she said.

One of the conferees, Mr Adetunji Adenuga, Chairman, NSE, Abeokuta, Branch, said the conferment would give him more reason to be more purpose-driven in mentoring the younger generation of engineers.

Adenuga, who is also the Director, Flood and Erosion Control, Ogun Ministry of Environment, said that he would also look out for more innovations that would transform the society.

“This is especially in the areas of flood and erosion control to ensure that the country has zero ecological retardation and avert the issue of gully erosions,” he said.

Another conferee, Mr Olalekan Lateef, Chief Engineer, National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) said he felt elated being awarded the apex honour in his profession.

He said: “Having reached the peak of my profession, i will keep mentoring young engineers and delve more into research.

“If the government will implement it’s Execution Order 5, that encourages the use of local content, Nigerian engineers will be engaged.” (NAN)(

Source: News Agency of Nigeria


UNGA 78: Nigeria launches NATEP to address unemployment

The Federal Government has launched a national talent export programme, tagged “National Talent Export Programme (NATEP)’’, designed to create at least one million jobs over the next five years as a special purpose vehicle.

The Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment, Dr Doris Uzoka-Anite, announced this on the sidelines of the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), at an event tagged “Positioning Nigeria as a Global Talent Hub in New York”.

According to her, the initiative is in line with President Bola Tinubu’s agenda to diversify the Nigerian economy, create sustainability opportunities and generate about 50 million jobs for the youths.

“NATEP is a key national initiative that will serve as a special purpose vehicle to position Nigeria as a leading global hub for service export, talent sourcing and talent export,” she said.

“As part of our strategy towards achieving this, His Excellency President Bola Tinubu, whose agenda for job creation, we have initiated a national talent export programme for Nigeria, which targets the creation of one million jobs across Nigeria over a five year period.

“NATEP is a key national initiative that will serve as a special purpose vehicle to position Nigeria as a leading global hub for service exports, talent sourcing and talent export.”

The minister said that Nigerian government under the leadership of Tinubu as part of the renewed hope agenda was committed to diversifying the economy and creating sustainable employment opportunities, especially for youths by creating 50 million jobs.

“This is in tandem with the theme of this year’s UNGA, rebuilding trust and igniting global solidarity, accelerating action on the 2030 agenda and the sustainable development goals towards peace, prosperity, progress and sustainability for all”, Uzoka-Anite told a gathering comprising officials of the World Economic Forum and the Microsoft group.

According to her, NATEP will be dedicated to addressing the unique needs and challenges faced by the talent and service sector export industry, laying emphasis on enhancing competitiveness, fostering innovation and driving sustainable growth through trade in services.

Available data indicate that the global talent sourcing industry is valued at $620 billion as at 2020 and it is forecasted to be valued at about $904 billion by 2027.

Uzoka-Anite said Nigeria has the ability to supply top talent for the global service export and outsourcing business, with over 1.7 million graduates from higher education institutions entering the workforce annually.

“NATEP will serve as a dedicated entity to address the unique needs and challenges faced by talents and service export industry. The programme will lay special emphasis on enhancing competitiveness, fostering innovation and driving sustainable growth through trade and services.”

While stating that Nigeria is ready to become a global hub for talent export, Uzoka-Anite said that government would take full advantage of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (ACfTA) to penetrate the continent’s huge market and target job opportunities in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia, among others.

“As a country we have a significant value proposition for regional and global markets for the export of services. We will actively target Greenfield and Brownfield job opportunities in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, among others.

“The four pronged objectives of the NATEP initiative as follows: One to deliver one million service export jobs over the next five years; to increase foreign exchange earnings and revenue for Nigeria; to create economic growth and to stimulate the growth of ancillary industries and support services, and to improve skills and strengthening the Nigerian brand.”

The Managing Director of the World Economic Forum (WEF), Dr Saadia Zahidi, who also spoke at the event, promised to support Nigeria’s effort in the new talent export programme.

“The World Economic Forum in Nigeria has a long standing partnership and we are very happy to support this particular effort.

“The forum established some months ago, a skills accelerator in Nigeria and under the leadership of Her Excellency, the minister and others, we hope that we will be able to provide support to NATEP through the continuous rescaling and upskilling of the workforce that will be a part of this initiative.

“The way these accelerators work, we bring in some of the learning and training providers, we bring in some of the companies that have the most to teach very often to the youth that are part of these programmes.

“And of course, bringing together the public sector as well, to then ensure that in a rapid 18 to 24 month period, there’s a rapid setup of not just the learning for those that will be part of this workforce.

“But that there is ongoing systems, change ongoing upskilling, ongoing rescaling so that those skills are not redundant at some point in time,” she said.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria


NBTE advocates mandatory 50% skill acquisition in secondary schools

Prof. Idris Bugaje, the Executive Secretary, National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), has advocated a mandatory 50 per cent skills acquisition for every secondary schools students.

He said it would help the students to better understand their interests and abilities, improve them in decision- making, thereby leading to their personal and professional development.

Bugaje said this in an interaction with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the board’s newly launched top-up programme for HND holders to acquire a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in their choice course.

He said that repositioning the Technical Education and Vocational Training (TVET) of Nigerian students at the secondary levels would greatly assist in identifying talents that would be nurtured to become profitable enterprises.

He added that the country should expose students to skills at their early stage, to be able to develop them.

“If you go to Germany that operates a dual system, right from basic education, they expose their children to skills and at the secondary school, students spend three days in schools and three days in the industries.

“By the time they are ready for higher education, three quarter of them go to the polytechnics and less than one quarter only goes to the university because they have already been exposed within the training received under the dual system.

” In Nigeria, when students come out from tertiary institutions, they have no jobs because they are not fit for the industries.

“So government must change the direction and insist that 50 per cent of our secondary school leavers should go for skills training in polytechnics, maybe 30 per cent can go to the university and 20 per cent to the College of Education (COE),” he said .

The executive secretary added that this step would enable the government to reposition the polytechnics so we can have experts to deliver on our projects.

He expressed concern over the rate at which the country engaged the services of foreign technicians when we had expertise to handle the various projects in the country.

“If you look at the Abuja railway track, it was delivered by the Chinese technicians and we should not allow that to continue because this is leading to capital flight and our youths are there unemployed.

“Why not give our own people the job and the good thing about skills training is that within six months you can finish one level and within four years you can cover eight levels.

“That is why we say the days of degrees are over. In the past degrees were important. In the 19th century, the polytechnics was the best mode of training, it was after the first world war that university began centre stage.

“All the innovations we are talking about, most of them never came from the universities , electricity that was discovered in the 19th century was not from the university, inventions were from artisans and craftsmen.

“So let us develop our own, train them to acquire skills because you can have the degree but have no job,” he said.

He added that the board had already taken steps to unbundle the curriculum to include skills qualification.

Bugaje said that polytechnic students would now be made to learn a skill relating to the course of study before such a student could graduate.

“From this October, we are adding a skill qualification to every curriculum in the NBTE and if you do not acquire the skills qualification you will not graduate.

” We are starting with HND computer science, we have unbundled the course into four. Students will now have to go to Cisco, Microsoft or any of these big players and get a skills certificate on a particular skill.

“So we call this dual certification and this will create employment for Nigerians and as well provide a market for Nigerian youths.

“Indians are taking advantage of that, Bangladesh that has the same population with Nigeria has 11,500 youths working in different part of the world. Morocco export almost half a million youths in the middle east.

“So we are saying that Nigerians should not be left behind. They must take advantage of the skills opportunity they have around them,” he said. (NAN)(

Source: News Agency of Nigeria


Sokoto Gov’t to partner local, foreign investors on solid resources – Commissioner

The Sokoto State Commissioner for Solid Minerals Development, Isa Tanbagarka, says the state government will collaborate with foreign and local investors to exploit the abundant solid minerals in the state.

Tanbagarka made this known on Sunday in Sokoto when he received a team of experts from a consortium, ‘Solid Minerals Development Funds,’ led its by Exploration Manager, Sheikh Mukhtar.

The visit was to seek the consent of the state government and partner with it in the exploration of the phosphate mineral resources around Dange-Shuni Local Government Area.

He explained that the partnership would enable the state to tap into the potential of mineral resources for its even socio-economic development.

Tanbagarka expressed optimism that the efforts would translate into substantial and rapid development in improving the living standard of citizens.

This, according to him, is in line with Gov. Ahmad Aliyu administration’s nine-point agenda.

He, therefore, urged the state traditional rulers to be fully involved in” this quest in mining our God-given resource as they know the terrain better.”

Tanbagarka expressed the state government’s commitment to harness and utilise the resources efficiently.

He said:” We will do this proficiently to make solid minerals the next economic power house in the state and the country at large.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting was attended by Aminu Abubakar-Gawo, Permanent Secretary of the ministry and Vikas Dhiman, Engineer in-charge of drilling and a Geologist, Lawal Abdulrahman. (NAN) (

Source: News Agency of Nigeria


Two truck drivers die in chain collision along TKC in Botswana

Two truck drivers on Saturday died in a chain collision involving five trucks, reportedly caused by poor visibility as a result of fire raging along the road at Bere on the Trans-Kalahari Corridor (TKC) in Botswana.

TKC Secretariat spokesperson Ankwetse Hunda on Sunday in a media statement confirmed the incident, saying that two drivers died and one was hospitalised.

He said two of the trucks that were involved in the accident were Namibian registered and the other two are Botswana registered.

“One truck unfortunately burnt to ashes and its registration and the identity of the driver is yet to be determined. According to reports from the authorities, the road crash was a result of poor visibility that was caused by fire that was raging along the road. The first two trucks collided due to poor visibility and the rest then piled on them,” Hunda said.

Furthermore, TKCS informed the public that the road has been cleared and opened for use and encouraged drivers not to take unnecessary risks when driving as it is always important to be safe and take calculated decisions in the interest of road safety.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency


Community service orders launched in Omaheke

The Namibian Correctional Service (NCS) on Friday officially launched the roll-out of Community Service Orders to the Gobabis, Witvlei, Otjinene, Leonardville and Talismanis courts.

The new launching to the five Omaheke Region districts has brought the total number of courts with community service orders to 51 courts out of the 71 targeted courts in the country.

According to Head of Division, Community Service Orders Deputy Commissioner Natacha Booysen, the new orders are targeting first-time offenders, repeat offenders with minor offences, offenders with a fixed abode, young offenders, breadwinners with family dependents and those who commit non-serious offences.

Booysen further said that those who fall under the above transgressions will be cleaning and rendering maintenance work in public schools, clinics, hospitals, parks, police stations and magistrates’ courts among other institutions.

“Rendering of specialist or professional services to the community for the benefit of the community like teaching, providing medical services, providing social welfare services and providing counselling services,” she added.

Other services or types of job according to the division leader will be to perform duties involving sharing of skills and knowledge, and performing duties to gain skills.

“We are considering the using of private entities, and all the duties to be performed are without remuneration and for the benefit of the community,” she emphasised.

Furthermore, Booysen emphasised on the sensitisation and stakeholders’ engagements to all communities in the Omaheke Region, and urged everyone involved to maintain teamwork, co-operation and dedication of their invaluable partners within criminal justice and others.

NCS Commissioner Raphael Tuhafeni Hamunyela who officiated the launching said the roll-out of this programme to this region is part of their strategic plan and their commitment to ensure that the orders are rolled out nationwide.

“The idea is to make sure we are done with the remaining 24 in the next five years, on condition we are getting other magistrates who are willing to work with the correctional service. The community service order is an adopted child of the NCS, it is a product of the Office of the Judiciary and the Office of the Prosecutor General respectively,” he said.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency


Boy shot and killed at Millennium in Rundu

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Kavango East Region are investigating a case in which an 18-year-old male learner from Rundu Secondary School was shot and killed Friday night at Rundu.

He has been identified as Alpo Malaka Sipilikita.

NamPol crime investigations coordinator in the region, Deputy Commissioner Bonifatius Kanyetu told Nampa on Saturday that the incident took place at Millennium residential area at around 22h22.

Kanyetu said the suspect is unknown and the motive for the shooting was yet to be established.

The unknown man allegedly shot the victim in the chest with an unknown firearm. He died on the spot.

Kanyetu said the information they obtained revealed that the boy was found walking in the street and was shot by the unknown person.

“Our investigators are on the ground to establish what has happened as no arrests have been made so far, thus we will still give an update on this matter once they have arrested the culprit,” Kanyetu added on Sunday.

The deceased’s next of kin have been informed and police investigations into the matter continue.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency