The Federal Government through the Ministry of Agriculture on Friday announced that 300,000 jobs will be created in Plateau, through its Agriculture Mechanisation Scheme.
The Minister for Agriculture, Mr Sabo Nanono disclosed this when Gov. Simon Lalong visited his office in Abuja.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the minister in a statement by Dr Makut Machan, Director of Press and Public Affairs to Gov. Lalong said the scheme would be in partnership with Plateau govt.
According to the minister, the new agricultural programme to operate in 632 local government areas across the country will create over Six million jobs for Nigerians.
The minister further applauded Lalong for his passion in the agricultural sector and his role in the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP)
Making his remarks, Lalong said his administration was committed to developing the potential of the agriculture sector in Plateau.
He said the visit was to explore opportunities through the federal government’s new schemes in the sector.
N.Rs reports that the governor also visited President Buhari, where he appealed for the upgrade of the Institute of GeoSciences to a Federal Institute, the establishment of a federal polytechnic in the state and intervention in the construction of roads among other requests
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has barred married people from participating in its ongoing recruitment process.
In the recruitment notice of the agency, one of the criteria listed was that the applicant must be single.
The decision has, however, been criticised by the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association, an affiliate of the Nigeria Labour Congress.
Director-General of NECA, Timothy Olawale, told PUNCH that the EFCC’s action was in contravention of International Labour Organisation’s conventions.
Olawale said, “The issue of inclusion is one of the problems we have in this country. We always find a way to exclude people. One of the principles of fair recruitment is fairness. What the EFCC has done is in contravention of ILO conventions.
“During recruitment, you don’t segregate any class. Even if you will apply some factors discretionally in the course of recruitment, you don’t make it public. What offence have married people committed?”
…get new directors
The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM), has approved the appointment of Richard Ododo as the managing director, Odusi Niyi as the executive director and Haruna Mohammed and Uzoma Igbonwa as the non-executive directors of Standard Alliance Insurance Plc.
According to the company, the directors are coming on board with a vibrant enterprising mind-set coming from the experience of driving entrepreneurship, diversified background in banking and international equity market.
Ododo is an insurer with over 30 years’ experience in the industry cutting across various functional areas specifically insurance brokerage, underwriting and risk management.
Odusi, is an insurer who possesses extensive skills and over 28 years’ experience in insurance broking, underwriting (life and non-life), business development and leadership management.
Mohammed is an economist and investor with an interest in financial services and agriculture who has over 20 years experience in commercial and development banking, rising to the position of deputy general manager. He is a member of the prestigious Institute of Directors of Nigeria and a Certified Independent Director.
Igbonwa is also an economist with over 28 years’ experience in Internal Control System and Foreign Exchange and Treasury management. He was the general manager of Mazola vegetable oil and edible Products Inc. in the USA before returning to Nigeria to establish his own business. He is the chairman Board of Directors of several companies.
On the issue of NAICOM’s new minimum paid up capital, the managing director said that the company has reached an advanced stage of discussions with individual/corporate strategic investors who have signified strong interest to invest in Standard Alliance Insurance Plc and with this the company shall surpass the new minimum capital requirement.
…says create jobs or face the wrath of the youths
Nigeria’s political elite has been urged to provide enabling environment that would allow public-private sector partnership and other corporate organisations create employment opportunities for qualified youths or continue to face their wrath.
Founder of Glory Restoration Ministry, Coker, Orile-Iganmu, Lagos, Ephraim Ifionu, who gave this charge said reports of crimes committed by youths across the country were traceable to their being idle, stating that only economic empowerment could solve the problem of youths’ indulgence in crime and criminality.
Speaking at the 20th anniversary of the church, Ifionu said with the year winding down, politicians and the government in power should take practical steps to engage the youths in productive ventures in the coming years, adding that a country without vibrant young people is bound to face unprecedented social vices and economic regression.
He charged political leaders to place God at the centre of leadership and seek direction from the Almighty, saying, “the harsh economic weather is biting hard on everyone but the youths cannot bear it, it is dangerous to mobilise them during elections and push them away, if the youths are not engaged in meaningful economic activities, the rate of crimes will escalate.”
A Twitter user took to the platform to narrate how a lady lost an employment opportunity over her semi-nude Display Picture.
According to @anu_praise, the jobseeker applied for the job through him but the employer who googled her name said the semi-nude DP was a turn-off.