500 Ex-militants Get Training In Advanced Farming

Five  hundred  ex-militants are undergoing training in advanced farming as part of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.

The first batch graduated on Tuesday at the Bio-Resources Development Centre (BIODEC), Odi, Bayelsa State.

The Amnesty Office is about to acquire 100,000 hectares in the nine oil producing states for advanced agriculture.

The acquisition is a step in its integration phase under which beneficiaries will be empowered as part of a Strategic Exit Programme (STEP).

Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the programme Brig-Gen. Paul Boroh said the programme would partner states and others to boost agriculture, ensure food security and engage beneficiaries.

He said the 500 are being trained in  batches of 100, and taken through  one-month intensive training at BIODEC.

Seventy nine graduated in Fresh Water Fish Production, five in macro propagation of elite plants, such as banana, plantain, pineapple; nine graduated in snail farming, three in grasscutter farming and one in household production.


500 ex-militants get training in advanced farming

Kaduna Refinery Offers Skills Training To 100 Unemployed Youths

The Kaduna Refinery and Petrochemical Company (KRPC) on Friday began the training of 100 unemployed youths in various skills’ under its Youth Empowerment and Skills’ Acquisition Programme.

The training, the eighth under the programme, was targeted at some of the unemployed youths from the company’s host communities.

Alhaji Abdullahi Idris, KRPC Executive Director, Services, said the more than 900 youths had benefited since the programme was introduced in 2008. According to him, the programme is part of the company’s corporate social responsibility and is designed to support government’s efforts in poverty eradication, containing youth restiveness and tackling unemployment.

Idris said the training covered more than 16 trades that include : Plaster of Paris (POP), welding and fabrication, plumbing, pipe-fitting, electrical installation, rewiring, carpentry, woodwork, and fashion design.

It also includes : poultry farming, auto-mechanic, auto- spray painting, handset repair, photography and visual imaging and panel beating, he said. “I want to reassure you that the general review of the programme will soon commence and all areas including consultancy fees will be given serious attention in the next edition of the programme,” he said.

Mr Aminu Daneji, Manager, Public Affairs Division of the company, said the 100 youths would be empowered with skills so that they could become engaged in useful ventures. Also, Mr A. B, Makama, who spoke on behalf of the host communities, commended the company for the initiative, stressing that the youths were the backbone of any country.

Makama said the involvement of youths in skills acquisition would make them become responsible citizens, who would contribute positively to national building. One of the participants, Tobias Aboki, pledged that the trainees would be punctual, disciplined, serve as good ambassadors of their communities during the training.



Ten Amnesty Beneficiaries for Helicopter Training

The Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) is to deploy ten beneficiaries of the programme for helicopter training at the International Helicopter Flying School, Enugu.

Speaking while receiving a delegation of the International school in his office, the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Brigadier General Paul Boroh (rtd) and PAP Coordinator, said the training is part of the programme’s Sustainable Reintegration Agenda and building the manpower needs of not just the Niger Delta, but also the country.

He said the helicopter training, among other programmes by the Amnesty Office, is a clear indication by the federal government under President Muhammadu Buhari’s leadership that it is committed to developing the region.

He said they are also bold statements that this administration “is ready and determined to solve the Niger Delta crisis.”

Boroh said in the past, there were doubts that the Presidential Amnesty Programme could be trusted to fulfill its obligations and meet its commitments, but that despite the economic challenges of the country, the programme has won the trust of the people and beneficiaries.

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Nigerian Footballer Dies During Training

A young Nigerian footballer, Michael Umanyika, died yesterday while in training with Azerbaijani First Division club, Zagatala PFK.

Umanyika who reportedly fell during his first training session with Zagatala PFK after returning from vacation in Nigeria was unable to be revived despite several efforts put in by the medical team on ground. The deceased joined Zagatala PFK last season and made 20 appearances for the club.

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British Council Offers To Train 50,000 Teachers To Be Employed By FG

The British Council has offered to assist Nigeria in training the 500,000 teachers to be employed by the federal government.


The Chief Executive of the Council, Ciaran Devane, announced yesterday this during a dinner organised in his honour in Abuja. He said the training would be centred on technical support and building the capacity of the teachers from their wealth of experience in education sector.


He noted that the Council was particularly interested in exploring every possible area of collaboration to assist her in matching the growing out of school population in the country. ‘‘I am leading a delegation to Nigeria from the British Council and UK parliament involving journalist as well and Vice Chancellors of a leading UK universities. We are here in Nigeria to look at collaborations British Council has with Nigeria in culture sector, education sector, security and education.


‘‘We want to see what is going on and what we can learn from, which we can carry to other parts of the world. But going forward, we need to think of what is good for modern Nigeria in some ways.


We need to think through how we can work through the education system which is growing rapidly and training the 500, 000 teachers the government plans to hire. We will be doing more, making new things like Lagos Festival.


‘‘We have a lot of experience from other countries and we work with teachers who become trainers. But then, a lot can be done digitally like in Pakistan, where teachers learn from different cities. In Europe and America, we have programmes with supporting class rooms and training methodology will be another input.


‘‘With the number of young people joining the school system in Nigeria, whatever we can do to support the school system we will do,’’ said Devane. He described Nigeria as one of the most important countries to the British Government, which cannot be ignored due to its potentials, saying that the bond between the two countries have grown stronger over the years.


‘‘For me, Nigeria is one of the most important countries in the world to the British Government, the bigger and fastest growing economy in Africa. Nigeria is going to be one of the powerful drivers of economy in the future. For me the connection is getting stronger, the significance of Nigeria will only grow stronger as well.’’


On security, the British Council Chief Executive informed that the Council have a number of programmes on security, through which it is working with communities to develop mobile police and also have been working with government towards bringing stability to Nigeria through some other initiatives.


The Minister of Information and Culture, Alh. Lai Mohammed said he had earlier solicited for UK’s assistance in training the 500,000 teachers with her rich technical skills experience in education. ‘‘We have earlier sought the corporation of the British Council on recruitment of 500,000 teachers, which has had experience on this in training teachers because one of the things the Council offers is capacity building in these areas,’’ he added.


The Minister also explained that part their discussion is for the Council to assist Nigeria in capacity building for the creative industry and changing the negative narrative about Nigeria in UK and other European countries.


His words: ‘‘This partnership is an ongoing partnership. I have had the opportunity of meeting with the Country Director of British Council and we both agreed to develop the local creative industry. ‘‘The Council did offer assistance in capacity building for the creative industry. They are leveraging on the experience in the UK just like in Nigeria there are some countries that depend on coal to grow their economy around their culture.’’

On the plan to change the negative perception about Nigeria in UK, he said, ‘‘it is a good development that the British Council has offered to assist Nigeria in changing the negative narrative in UK and to put across government’s position in fighting insurgency. The narrative out there is not a good narrative . It will be a welcome development if they can do that.’’



The British Council was established in Nigeria in 1943 during the second world war and the idea was to share knowledge and culture of people from other parts of the world to make the world a better place through culture and educational exchange.



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US Resumes Training Of Nigerian Troops For Anti-terror War

Fourteen months after a U.S. army-led combat training for Nigerian soldiers was aborted, American authorities have announced a resumption of the programme.

The American Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said, Tuesday, that the training would resume this February.

Speaking on U.S. strategy against Boko Haram at a meeting in Washington DC, Ms. Thomas-Greenfield said U.S. expects would “inaugurate the first round of training for an infantry battalion later this month.”

The resumed training program is part of a broad U.S. strategy against the terror group and, part of the new deal the Obama administration entered with President Muhammadu Buhari during his official trip to America last July.

“Our counter Boko Haram Strategy is an integrated, interagency effort to help Nigeria and its neighbors in their fight to degrade and ultimately to defeat Boko Haram”, said Ms. Thomas-Greenfield adding that the Obama administration engaged Mr. Buhari’s military leadership “to draw up a range of new and continued security assistance”.

“We have stepped up information-sharing efforts, we are jointly evaluating new efforts to counter improvised explosive devices, developing better tools to assess harm to civilians, and assess the potential for U.S. advisory assistance”, the Assistant Secretary of State said.

One of the reasons the Jonathan administration gave for terminating the previous U.S. training program in December 2014 was America’s reluctance to share real-time intelligence with the Nigerian military and refusal to sell Cobra helicopters to Nigeria.

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FG To Train 370,000 Artisans

Mr Afolabi Imoukhuede, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation and Youth Employment, said on Thursday that the Federal Government planned to train 370,000 artisans to boost skills development and employment generation.


Imoukhuede disclosed this during the inauguration of the Construction Skills Training and Empowerment Programme (C-STEmp) in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that C-STEmp, an initiative of J. Hausen Ltd, a construction management consultancy firm, is an accelerated skills development project to prepare eligible beneficiaries for employment as artisans in construction industry.


Imoukhuede, represented by Mr Ife Adebayo, Special Assistant on Production and Innovative, said the Federal Government also planned to employ 500, 000 graduates as teachers, to improve the educational system.

“The Federal Government has plans to train 370,000 artisans this year and to employ 500,000 graduates as teachers, because one of our key problems is on education.
“It has already been decided. We have had a fruitful discussion on it with the Vice President and relevant ministers and we are looking forward to working with the C-STEmp to achieve the goal.



The Presidential Aide said the job creation office developed a framework for job creation which included construction, agro-allied and Information Communication and Technology.
He, however, called for collaboration with the relevant government agencies and Public Private Participation to train more Nigerians in skill development.


Also speaking, Rev. Ugochukwu Chime, C-STEmp Chairman of Trustee, noted that the project would break the paradox of high unemployment and poverty in the midst of severe shortage of skilled manpower, which constrained the housing and construction industry from meeting demand for its products.

“This will be done done through a fast track intensive skills acquisition programme, using a combination of classroom, indoor and outdoor practical and a programmed apprenticeship period.


This, he said, would equip beneficiaries with sufficient skills, certification and reference, to enable them to gain employment in the housing and construction industry.
He said that the struggle for economic inclusiveness by the grassroots over the years in Nigeria was worsened by lack of education and competence in chosen profession.



“As a nation, our socio-economic ascendancy has been severely weighed down by years of neglect and near exclusion of this vital component of development agenda.”
He noted that the programme would empower unemployed and under-employed persons to fend for themselves and rise above their limited circumstances to achieve their potentials.
Chime, who is also the President, Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria (REDAN), noted that curriculum, manuals and other vocational teaching resources would be used for the training.


He listed the courses to include concreting block laying and plastering, general construction, carpentry, steel fabrication, plumbing installation and maintenance and electrical installation and maintenance.


Others are tiling and decorative stone work, painting and decoration and site orientation and practice for building and engineering graduates.


NAN reports that the project is being supported by UK Aid, under the construction idea fund of the Growth and Employment in States (GEMs) project.


It is also collaborating with the Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON) and the Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB).




Gary Neville Opens Doors To Valencia Fans On First Day

New Valencia coach Gary Neville has taken a step towards endearing himself to the club’s fans by allowing supporters to watch his first full training session in charge on Monday. Neville was appointed on Wednesday, but watched on from the stands at the weekend as Valencia salvaged a 1-1 draw against European champions Barcelona under the caretaker charge of Voro and Gary’s brother Phil Neville.

Open training sessions which the fans can attend are a long-running tradition in Spanish football, but many clubs have scaled back the practice in recent seasons seeking greater privacy to prepare for games. Indeed, Valencia hadn’t had an open training session for nearly a year and the news was warmly welcomed by fans on social media.

Neville’s first game in charge is on Wednesday as Valencia look to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in three years. The Spanish side need to beat Lyon at home and hope Belgian champions Gent fail to beat the already qualified Zenit St Petersburg.

EFCC Probes Special Forces’ Training In Belarus, Others

It was gathered that the current probe of the EFCC focused not only on the amount of money spent on the procurement of arms for the military but also on personnel training outside the country.

A security source said on Monday that the EFCC Task Force was probing the training of Special Forces in some Eastern European countries.

It was learnt that the operatives were probing how funds, earmarked for the training of 750 Special Forces in Belarus and other Eastern European countries, were spent.

The security operatives, who were trained specifically to raise an elite force against the Boko Haram menace, were drawn from the Nigerian Police, the Department of State Services, the Nigerian Army, the Air Force and the Navy.

The Special Forces, who went for the training in September 2014, arrived in the country in December, 2014 and were immediately deployed in the operational areas of the North-East in March, 2015.

It was gathered that the select security personnel were trained in counter- terrorism, counter-insurgency, handling of rocket propelled grenades, machine guns and other weapons.

The source said one of the officials of the ONSA under the former NSA, was among some personnel of the office being interrogated in relation to the ongoing probe into arms procurement under former President Goodluck Jonathan.

It was learnt that the EFCC Task Force sent out letters to the affected personnel and commenced arresting them penultimate week.

The source said some of the suspects had been in detention of the EFCC for nine days.

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Faulty Abuja Stadium Floodlight Hinders Eagles’ Training

The Super Eagles were not able to train under floodlight yesterday because the Abuja Stadium does not have the facilities to supply light to the pitch at night, an official of the team has revealed.

The Super Eagles were earlier scheduled to train at least three times at night to condition the players with what they will encounter when they meet Swaziland in a World Cup qualifier in Mbabane this weekend. But the team was forced to cancel such plans when they realized the stadium did not have the facilities to power the floodlight.

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Jigawa Trains 650 Health Workers On Neglected Diseases

The Jigawa Ministry of Health on Monday said it has trained 650 community health workers on the management of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in the state.

The State Eye Care Programme Coordinator, Dr Abubakar Abdurrahman, disclosed this in an interview with NAN in Dutse.

He said that the exercise, conducted in collaboration with an NGO, Health and Development Support Programme, had participants from the 26 local government areas in the state.

Abdurrahman said that the the training was focussed on updating the knowledge and skills of health workers at community level to support the treatment and control of the diseases.

He added that it was also to ensure delivery of effective strategies to rural communities for the prevention and control of the NTDs.

The coordinator said that the health workers, who were divided into four teams, were trained for seven days.

He reaffirmed that the commitment of the government and the supporting partners to eliminate NTDs in the state before the year 2020.

Abdurrahman commended health officers in various communities for their cooperation towards the successful implementation of the programme.

Nigerian Government Calls Halt to U.S. Training for Army

The U.S. is cutting short a training program for Nigerian soldiers following a request by the West African nation’s government less than a month after Washington said it refused to sell the country Cobra attack helicopters.

“At the request of the Nigerian government, the United States will discontinue its training of a Nigerian Army battalion,” the U.S. Embassy in the capital, Abuja, said in an e-mailed statement. The program was designed to help Nigeria battle the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

The U.S. turned down the helicopter request “due to concerns about Nigeria’s ability to use and maintain this type of helicopter in its effort against Boko Haram and ongoing concerns about the Nigerian military’s protection of civilians when conducting military operations,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in Washington on Nov. 12.

Nigeria’s military, under the leadership of President Goodluck Jonathan, is struggling to deal with intensifying attacks by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.The insurgents have killed more than 13,000 people since 2009, according to Jonathan. Suspected Boko Haram members carried out two attacks on cities in Nigeria’s northeast today, killing at least five people.

“We regret premature termination of this training, as it was to be the first in a larger planned project that would have trained additional units with the goal of helping the Nigerian Army build capacity to counter Boko Haram,” the embassy said.

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Floyd Mayweather Trains Justin Bieber

Multi- talented pop singer Justin Bieber has been training with world’s top paid sports man and boxing champion, Floyd Mayweather.

The 19 year old posted a video and a photo of himself with the champion and even twitted,  “Training with the champ @FloydMayweather tonight.”

Mayweather is seen tying up Bieber’s boxing gloves.

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