Showing posts with label Economy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Economy. Show all posts

COVID-19: Fuel price cut, right or favour?

Jos, Plateau State: Last week, Nigeria slashed local fuel prices by 13%, a major cut in five years, supposedly to ease economic tensions caused by the Coronavirus disease. At the time the cuts were announced, crude oil, the country’s main export product had crashed from $65USD per barrel, to $25USD per barrel.

This implied a 45% revenue shortfall for the oil-dependent West African nation. At the time, many creditors had withdrawn, and local businesses shut, dimming the country’s hopes of financing its nearly $30bn budget for 2020, anchored mainly on oil sales, taxation and borrowing . The country should have perhaps inflated prices of the refined crude, to cover existing revenue gaps.

However, the local fuel prices do not affect government earnings, says a local Oil and Gas businessman, Mr. Moses Shipi.

“Nigerian Crude Oil made of Bonny Light, Forcados and Aqua Light is owned by the Federal Government.

“Slump or fall in the prices of any of these can affect the nation’s income and budget, since it is the primary source of funding revenue.

“Refined crude – Premium Motor Spirit, Automotive Gas Oil and Dual Purpose Kerosene is imported by independent marketers and therefore has no direct effect on national income or budget,” Shipi said in an online discussion forum, Plateau Our Heritage.

Inevitably, the fallen crude oil prices, according to a former Central Bank Official, Sunday Akun, caused decrease in “some cost components that make up the domestic pump price of petroleum products.”

In Akuns’ words, “The key sources of oil revenues in Nigeria are crude oil export proceeds, taxes on domestic sales of petroleum products, petroleum profit tax, signature bonus and sundry sources from gas sales. Oil and gas revenues contribute a significant proportion of budget funds in Nigeria.

“In general, a fall in the price of crude oil in the international market will result to a decrease in some of the cost components that make up the domestic pump price of petroleum products; such cost components include purchase price of crude oil, refining margin, product shipping cost, domestic distribution cum marketing cost and finally, government tax. This simply explains the current reduction in the pump price of PMS from N145 to N125 per liter.”

Fuel price slash however, Akun said is a microeconomic strategy aimed at reducing cost of local goods.

“The benefit of a reduced pump price of PMS are: likely increase in energy consumption by consumers and reduction in the cost of energy as a component of economic production cost. Bearing the sticky nature of prices of goods and services and also market imperfections, these two above could lead to lower prices of goods and services.

“In the long run, the reduced cost of energy in the production process could lead to increase in firm profit, which ordinarily is an incentive for business to expand production and/or make new investments, leading to more employment of labour.”

A former Director General of the Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI), Prof. Danladi Matawal however said the fuel prices should not have been hiked from N65 to N145 per litre in 2016.

Prof. Matawal said, “It is an indictment that the former pump prices were simply intuitively and haphazardly fixed to dupe and intimidate Nigerians and make our lives uncomfortable.

“Old pump prices had no logical justification but were arbitrary changed at the whims and caprices of the powers that be.

“We welcome the new pump prices and urge that they should be lowered further to ease the suffering of the masses.

“The only consideration that may stand against us is if our refined products are pumped out of the filling stations and transported to neighboring countries because of relative cost advantage.”

The Nigerian government has not confirmed paying subsidy on the imported fuel to arrive at the new price.

Any subsidy however, perhaps might further overstretch the country’s already fragile treasury, thus depriving other sectors of funds.

ITF trains 450,000 in catering, solar, others

Joseph Ari, DG ITF

Jos, Plateau State: The Industrial Training Fund has trained 450,000 Nigerians in different skills, officials say.

The agency’s National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP) has equipped the trainees with skills in leather works (shoe and bag making), welding and fabrication, catering and event management.

Others are tiling, production and laying of interlock tiles, furniture making and domestic electrical wiring and installation.

The agency has also trained graduates and non-graduates in solar energy installation, plumbing and pipe fitting, as well as autogelle and beauty care for “employability and entrepreneurship,” Sir Joseph Ari, the ITF Director General told journalists in Jos, Friday.

“Our commitment to skills acquisition is based on the fact that it is the most proven solution to combatting unemployment, reducing poverty and youth restiveness in this country,” Ari said.

The latest batch of the trainees enrolled for three to six months in 2019, the agency’s boss said will be given “startup packs” to own their businesses at a closing ceremony fixed for February 10, 2020 in the Nigerian capital city, Abuja.

The ceremony will be repeated in all Nigerian states, he said.

Project commissioning

ITF, Mr. Ari said will from 20th to 28th February, 2020 commission projects executed across the country, to ease access to its services.

The projects according to him include Lagos Island Area Office complex, a 500 capacity library in Jos, a “mecharonics workshop” at its Industrial Skills Training Center in Kano and an Area Office in Kaduna.

SIWES Conference

ITF will equally hold its 14th biennial Students Industrial Training Experience Scheme (SIWES) conference in February.

This is part of efforts to improve the scheme – step up engagements with supervising agencies and other stakeholders to address some of the problems facing the program, Ari said.

SIWES according to him was set up by ITF to provide students of engineering, technical and allied disciplines with practical experience of “real work” situations.

National Skills Summit

The agency will equally hold a “National Skills Summit” in the first quarter of 2020.

The summit aims to serve as a platform to articulate “strategies and actionable steps” for developing employable skills to enhance job creation in Nigeria, Ari said.

Chief Executives of industries, policy makers and training officers will according to him gather to discuss this year’s theme, “Skills for Employability and Job Creation.”

Reps Maren, Maje team up for Mangu-Bokkos-Wamba road completion

Hon. Bulus Maren speaking at his 2020 empowerment program

Jos Nigeria: The Federal Government has resumed the construction of the earlier abandoned Mangu-Bokkos-Wamba road.

The project contract was awarded on 19th April 2007, to STATECO Nigeria Ltd, at the cost of N5,338,200,930.90, with a 24-month tenure.

It was however revoked in 2012 for falling below 20% completion.

This was after over 66 months, with two extensions granted over the contract period.

The construction firm handling the project immediately instituted a suit against the Federal Government thus preventing its re-awarding.

After 8yrs however, “the litigations which had stalled the progress of work on the Panyam-Bokkos-Wamba road have been resolved,” Hon. Solomon Maren, the Member representing Mangu-Bokkos Federal Constituency in the Nigerian National Assembly disclosed, Monday.

“What is now left is for the FG to reaward the contract to a more competent firm”, Maren said in Mangu and Bokkos while launching his 2020 constituency empowerment program.

Currently, work according to him is ongoing at the phase 3 of the project which is Wamba-Wanze road.

The feat, Maren said was achieved through his synergy with his APC Colleague and Deputy Speaker of the House of Reps, Idris Maje and the Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen.

Maren who distributed 60 wheelchairs, 4000 Mathematics and English textbooks to 100 schools, N2million educational support to 200 students, 150 irrigation water pump machines and 300 bags of fertilizer to farmers called for support for government through “constructive criticism” to enable it deliver on its mandate.

Gov. Lalong plans economic showoff of Plateau State in 2020

The Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong says he will in 2020 complete ongoing infrastructural projects and initiate new ones to improve State revenue.

With the 2020 budget already signed into law, government will be ‘active’ to deliver “quality, prompt and selfless service” to the people, Lalong said, Tuesday in a new year press statement signed by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Mr. Simon Macham.

“The year 2020 will be quite eventful as we put behind us the distractions of elections litigation and focus on delivering on the dividends of democracy to our people especially in completing the legacy projects we have initiated in all parts of the State.

“We shall commission many of them and also ensure that others are given the desired priority attention,” Lalong said.

He appealed to citizens to citizens to maintain peace for investment to thrive.

An Investment and Economic Summit, the Governor said will be hosted in 2020 to expose the State’s economic potentials to the world.

Uni-Jos: Our students produce the toiletries we use

The University of Jos has engaged its students to produce toiletries for its use.

The partnership developed through the University’s Center for Entrepreneurship Studies is, according to officials, for the production of multipurpose liquid soap, hand wash, perfumes, air freshener and liquid antiseptic.

Skills and equipment for photography, videography and photo printing are also being provided for students to be self-employed, Vice Chancellor of the Institution, Prof. Sebastien Maimako, Monday told journalists in Jos, the capital of Plateau State.

Uni-Jos students, Maimako said are trained in both theory and practicals to meet the needs of communities.

“Unijos products are therefore uniquely positioned to be outstanding and provide leadership in their chosen fields of endeavour,” said the VC.

Added to its millions of Nigerian graduates, the institution according to the Don has trained 88 foreign students from DR Congo, Liberia, Kenya, Uganda, Togo, Niger Republic and Benin Republic.

Its latest set of graduates are expected to be officially conferred with various degrees at a convocation ceremony holding Saturday, December 7, 2019.

Two ‘distinguished’ Nigerians – Prof. Peter Akinsola and Dr. Attia Nasreddin will be conferred with honorary Doctorate degrees at the “31st abs 32nd Convocation ceremony.

The event holding at the University’s Jeremiah Useni Mini Stadium, Naraguta Campus, will be preceded by a football match on Tuesday, and Exhibition of various inventions and works of art by the University on Wednesday.

On Thursday, there will be project commissioning and a convocation lecture, followed by a convocation play on Friday.

After the convocation ceremony on Saturday, a Dinner is expected to hold at Aliel Center, Jos by 7pm wherein graduands of the Institution will be inducted into its alumni association.

No apologies for border closure – Adams Oshiomole

Guests at the 3rd FG-PGF parley in Jos

Jos Nigeria: National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Osheomole says Nigeria has no regrets for closing its borders to imports.

The policy has revived local industries, thus improving national revenue, Osheomole said, Monday in Jos, the capital of Plateau State.

Weak local and foreign economic policies in the past turned Nigeria into a “dumping ground” for unwanted products, Osheomole said.

In his words, “We are not repentant of the closure of our borders until neighboring states realize that Nigeria is not dumping ground for smuggled goods.

“Whatever we have to do to get Nigerians patronise local goods should not be regretted.”

Fight poverty, illiteracy not each other, B/Ladi Chair begs citizens

Central Nigeria’s Barkin Ladi Local Government Chairman, Barr. Ezekiel Mandyau on Monday launched a campaign against poverty and illiteracy in a move to restore peace in the troubled LGA.

“Let’s fight poverty and ignorance not each other,” says the campaign media message written in English, Berom and Fulfulde unveiled by the LG boss.

“It aims to reconcile communities involved in conflicts for participatory government,” said Mandyau at a town hall meeting in Gashish, 40kms Southwest of Jos, the capital of Plateau State.

Barkin Ladi has witnessed violent conflicts between predominantly native farmers and migrant Fulani herdsmen for over a decade.

At least 200 people were killed in the latest of such violence in June 2018.

Thousands of people, mainly women and children displaced by the attacks have yet to return to their homes for fear of being killed.

“Government is disturbed by this,” said the recently appointed Official.

Some community representatives at the interface – Mr. Jok Alamba and Ibrahim Musa had blamed the violence on illiteracy and poverty.

According to Mr. Alamba, a former Chairman of Barkin Ladi and a serving national official of the All Progressives Congress party, “when as a leader you neglect the people in their hunger and poverty, you fuel anger and hatred.”

Mr. Musa, the leader of the Fulani community in Gashish said, “when youths lack education, they take to drugs and when they go into drugs, they become violent.”

The LG Chairman’s campaign was launched along with a community needs assessment survey.

The survey form is expected to be circulated in the locality and filled by citizens.

Findings from the research will guide government policies and programmes, it was learnt.

Special Task Force authorities in the locality however say dialogue and reconciliation was key to attaining the government’s objectives.

Colonel Ojo and Colonel Audu, the Commanders of the STF Sectors 4 and 5 respectively, separately said at the meeting that officials needed to bring communities together to discuss their differences.

The State Government in 2016 set up a Peace Building Agency to resolve and prevent conflicts.

The agency holds monthly dialogue meetings with stakeholders from crisis-hit communities.

Other peace organizations like the US-based Search for Common Ground have for decades also funded peace and reconciliation programmes in conflict-affected communities in the State.

No clear records exist to show the impact of these interventions but many farmers and herders who were obviously meeting at the Gashish town hall for the first time in 16 months since the conflicts, joyfully exchanged pleasantries in what appeared to be a happy reunion.

Jos Trade Fair: A meeting place for farmers and herders

Buying and selling at 2019 Jos Trade Fair

MK REPORTERS: Central Nigeria's Jos, the capital of Plateau State came alive with electrifying business and social activities as the 2019 Jos Trade Fair opened on October 10.

The 17-day exhibitions at the Jos Polo Field, 5kms northwest of the Jos Terminus market saw the influx of local and foreign manufacturers and distributors. This offered an opportunity for different categories of consumers to discover new or improved products, interact with producers and enjoy low prices.

This is a huge relief for residents, who mostly travel out to enjoy such benefits, or get them at exorbitant prices from retailers. Plateau is one of Nigeria's lowest business and manufacturing States. Since the fire disaster that destroyed the famous Jos Main Market and the later collapse of the State owned Jos International Breweries, the State has been widely defined as "civil service" oriented.

The ethno-religious conflicts that claimed hundreds of lives in 2001 have worsened situations. The "Christian versus Muslim" violence, though long curtailed left in its trail, segregated settlements and fractured relationships, sometimes sparking bloody clashes at the slightest provocation.

The deadliest of this phenomenon is the near frequent clashes between farmers and herders, which have claimed several lives, displacing entire communities in different parts of the State and widening the gap for intercommunication.

However, crop farmers and animal herders, both have needs, which directly or indirectly require the goods or services they each produce to satisfy. The farmer for instance must exchange some of his crops for diary products or money to meet other needs. The herder likewise must at a point exchange his animals for staples or money.

In this case, exchange must take place. But how does this happen if they only rate each other from afar? Glad enough, the marketplace is the playing field of ideas, goods and services, and not sentiments. Thus, the Jos Trade Fair was a good way to shorten the distance between them for mutual understanding.

The venue of the Jos Trade Fair sits right at the heart of the city, where roads to the predominantly Muslim Hausa/Fulani north and the predominantly Christian south of the city meet. There you also find motor parks and roads to other States.

Being a neutral ground therefore, the Fair brought together buyers and sellers, window shoppers, games and entertainment enthusiasts from different parts of the State and beyond, farmers and herders included.

One fascinating feature of these event is that not only did the buyers interact with the sellers, but also with their fellow customers. For instance, a herder went into an Irish potato booth and did not know which variety was the best to buy until he asked another buyer, obviously an experienced farmer.

In another scenario, both herders and a group of crop exhibitors sat on a table of a local yogurt vendor, obviously the wife of a herder, drinking the diary product and happily conversing about the politics of Nigeria. One would have thought that since these two hardly cohabit, they would never engage each other in any business or social interaction. But alas, money has no tribe, no religion. And the place where such is exchanged is always a place for mutually beneficial relationships.

What this perhaps implies is that the more communities engage in business interactions, the likelier they would identify their common values, thus forgetting their differences. Perhaps, bitterness only exists where barriers to communication exist. Like stereotypes and prejudices, people easily judge when they don't get close enough to discover the good about others.

Thus, trade fairs should not just be organized "as a forum for dialogue and exchange of ideas between producers and consumers of goods and services" as the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong said at the event opening. They should be encouraged as an avenue for renewed social interactions for peace and development.

Government could also create more of such opportunities by resuscitating ailing businesses and markets, and establishing new ones to reposition the State as the "Home of Peace and Tourism" that it is widely regarded.

Population Growth: Nigeria risks hyper economic crisis - Plateau Village Chief

Engr. John G. Mallo

Nigerians giving birth to increase political power might be risking their children’s economic future, an international businessman, Dr. John Mallo has said.

Increasing population without economic opportunities, Mallo says create unhealthy competition.

“In the past, people produced children to increase their voting power, but forgot to increase their capital base, thus creating a community of liabilities, he said, Sunday in Jos the capital of Plateau State.

Not having children one can cater for, Mallo said increases the potential for crime.

The Chairman, Bejafta Group and Village Head of Butura, in Plateau’s Bokkos Local Government Area, at a gathering of Butura Women Association, called for development consciousness against political concerns.

“Nigerians seeking to grow must rid all forms of bitterness and unhealthy rivalry, and think strategic development, not population increase,” he stressed.

Senator Gyang: Plateau poorly represented in 2020 budget

Senator Iftifanus Gyang

JOS NIGERIA: The Senator representing Plateau North in the Nigerian National Assembly, Istifanus Gyang has said that Plateau State has for years been unfairly represented in successive budget proposals in the country.

The 2020 budget presented by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday also shows less of Plateau State, Gyang told the Senate on Thursday.

“Budget making has to demonstrate fairness, equity and inclusiveness.

“It is my desire that the Senate will address this imbalance and to make provision for the Akwanga-Jos-Bauchi Road, and equally facilitate the completion of the Jos Yakubu Gowon Airport Heipang,” the Senator said.

The Senate Committee Deputy Chairman on Defense equally pleaded for the review of the allocation to defense.

“One Hundred Billion naira to me, is grossly inadequate to the combined armed forces to address the critical issues of security in this country,” Gyang said.

The ex House of Reps member insisted that the budget must address infrastructural deficits, poverty and human capital development.

He equally called the Senate to review cost of procurement to match global best practices.

Ex UN Official to speak at Uni-Lag Alumni Anniversary Celebration

Dr. Yumkella. Source:

LAGOS NIGERIA: The University of Lagos Alumni Association will on Thursday, October 24, 2019 host the immediate past Sierra Leonean Director-General, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), Dr. Kandeh Yumkella to discuss Sustainable Development Goals in Nigeria.

Dr. Yumkella, a former United Nations Under-Secretary-General and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for all will be speaking on "How Nigeria Can Achieve The Sustainable Development Goals by 2030".

The event holding at J.F Ade-Ajayi Auditorium, University of Lagos by 3pm will be preceded by series of exhibitions by "notable names in Nollywood, Fashion and Music," spokesperson of the Alumni Association, Mrs. Regina Ogbodo says.

Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Sustainable Development Goals will be discussing the presentation along with two others, Ogbodo said in a press statement.

The event organized as part of activities marking association's 50th anniversary holds two days before the grand finale, which features "Distinguished Alumni Awards and Dinner."

"A select few of our notable alumni who have left inedible footprints across spheres both in and outside Nigeria will be honored at the event," says the Alumni's spokesperson.

Other activities lined up for the celebration are:

1. Sunday, October 13, 2019 – Annual General Meeting at the Jelili Omotola (formerly known as Multipurpose) Hall C. Time 2.30pm.

2. Friday, October 18, 2019 – Jumat Service at the University of Lagos mosque. Time: 2:00pm

3. Sunday, October 20, 2019 – Thanksgiving Service at the Chapel of Christ the Light, University of Lagos. Time 10:00am

5. Friday, October 25, 2019 – Campus Tour and honour of "few friends of the association" at the Lagos Continental Hotel, 52a Kofo Abayomi Street Victoria Island, Lagos.

The Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo is expected at the event.

Jos: 100 arrested illegal miners listed for free jobs

Sen. Gyang with State NSCDC Officials meets the arrested miners in Jos

Over 100 youths arrested for “illegal mining” in Jos have been listed for free job training by the Senator representing Plateau North in the Nigerian Senate, Istifanus Gyang.

The suspects were Thursday arrested by the Nigeria Civil Defense Corps near Lamingo water treatment plant of the State Water Board for constituting economic sabotage.

Local laws stipulate at least seven years imprisonment for such crimes.

The arrested suspects including six females will be charged to court on completion of investigations, State NSCDC Commandant, Mr. Solomon Olasupo told visiting Senator Gyang at the Corps’ headquarters in Jos.

He however appealed to Senator Gyang and other State Officials to provide skills and jobs to stamp out unemployment that may have pushed the suspects to commit the crime.

The Senator instantly requested for the names of all the suspects with their contacts and addresses for enrolment into skills acquisition programs.

His mandate as a parliamentarian is to secure local communities through dialogue, reconcile broken relationships and empower communities economically.

The Senator pledged his support to the Corps in carrying out its legal duties.

He particularly vowed to facilitate adequate budgetary allocations to the Agency for optimal performance.

The Senator has singlehandedly paid over N2 million annual rent for the NSCDC Commandant’s accommodation for the past seven years.

His visit to the Corps was however to discuss areas of synergy towards better securing the Senatorial zone.

He had held similar discussions with authorities of the State Police Command, the Special Task Force and the Jos University Teaching Hospital among other Federal Establishments in the State.

Details of those engagements underway.

ITF to partner Jos-born Powerbank inventor, Zang Bot

Mr. Luka Zang, left with the ITF DG, Joe Ari at the ITF HQ

The Industrial Training Fund, ITF says Nigeria is gradually becoming Africa’s Technology exporting giant.

Many technological innovations have emerged from the country of late, indicating a gradual shift from export reliance, Director General of ITF, Sir Joseph Ari said, Tuesday.

Receiving a delegation of lawmakers and a recently awarded local computer accessories manufacturer, Mr. Luka Zang Bot on a courtesy call in Jos, Ari said the ITF will provide training and logistics to encourage local businesses.

The ITF according to him has trained over 20 million Nigerians in different trades, with at least 450,000 trained within the last two years.

“From our database, more than half of these trainees have set up on their own and are already employing others,” he said.

With this feat, the institution’s boss expressed confidence that the Nigerian economy will soon be industrialized, placing the country among the world’s economic giants.

Mr. Ari pledged the ITF’s partnership with local innovators to reduce restiveness and its related vices in the country.

He particularly assured of working with Mr. Zang, the inventor of the first ever Nigerian powerbank and computer foot mouse, both made from e-waste.

Zang was awarded last week Thursday by the presidency for the best Technology Innovation of the Year.

In addition to the powerbank and foot mouse, Zang has produced a functional sand sieving machine and a candle light control device.

Rep Bagos to FG: Secure our farmers to produce more food for Nigeria

SunNews: Member Representing Jos South/Jos East Federal Constituency of Plateau State in the House of Representatives, Hon. Dachung Musa Bagos, has challenged security agencies to reclaim from foreigners lands that were taken forcefully from the natives for agricultural activities.

He urged the security personnel to give cover to farmers in the state to enable them return to their farms to avert food scarcity in the state.

Hon. Bagos disclosed this on Tuesday when he flagged off the distribution of fertilizers to farmers in Jos South/Jos East Federal Constituency of Plateau State.

“As farmers, we must ensure that our farmlands are secure, cultivated to address the looming issues of food insecurity in the country. This will enable us to produce sufficient food for the constituency, state, and Nigeria.

“I will not sit down while my people are hungry, I will not watch when my people are scared of going back to farm because of insecurity. I will do everything possible to ensure that insecurity is address in Jos South and Jos East and the entire state to enable our people go to farm without fear.

“I intend to champion a serious discussion within the constituency so that people will not be afraid of going to farm. We will open farms lands again and recover those that were taken forcefully due to insecurity.

“We will make sure that we open new roads from the farms into the communities to ensure that people are secure and the food produced is also secure.

He noted that the constituency will focus on agriculture to provide food security for Nigeria, health to ensure that the people are free from diseases and provide education for the hopeless children through scholarship.

Bagos said the constituency had secured four-kilometre

road intervention through the Rural Development Agency, two-kilometre will go to Jos South and two kilometre to Jos East and solicited the cooperation of the people.

He noted that he promised the people during his campaign of dividends of democracy and vowed to keep to his words in the next four years that he would be representing them in the House of Representatives.

Bagos said he had presented a bill on the need for the establishment of Federal University of Agriculture in Plateau and that he would lobby h his colleagues to ensure that the dream came to reality.

Unemployment: Senator ID Gyang vows support for ITF

APC Plateau Assembly Speaker, Ayuba Abok (left) and PDP Plateau North Senator, ID Gyang

The Senator representing Plateau North in the Nigerian National Assembly, Istifanus Gyang has vowed to ensure adequate budgetary allocations to the Industrial Training Fund to enable it equip more of the nation’s youths with entrepreneurial skills.

Gyang said, Tuesday that he will use his legislative capacity to enhance the attainment of the mandate of the ITF.

He had pushed for an Act to establish the College of Medical Laboratory Science Technology Jos and the Bill establishing the Regional Center for Oral Health Research and Training Initiatives, Jos among 20 others while in the House of Reps and desires to do more starting with the ITF.

“The ITF has distinguished itself in empowering citizens with skills, vocation and expertise, therefore addressing the vex issue of unemployment as the beneficiaries become self employed and even job creators,” the Senate Vice Committee Chapman on Defense said during a visit to the ITF headquarters in Jos.

Gyang who was accompanied by the Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Mr. Ayuba Abok said he will collaborate with all relevant stakeholders to ensure that the institution succeeds.

He assured that the people of Plateau North have resolved to peacefully coexist to provide a conducive environment for businesses and Federal establishments in the zone to thrive.

The Speaker of the State Assembly, Mr. Abok also assured of partnering with the Federal legislator to support the ITF to success.

The ruling APC lawmaker equally appreciated the contributions of the ITF to human capital development in the country.

The ITF has since establishment trained about 20 million Nigerians in different trades, its Director General, Joseph Ari said.

At least 450,000 youths were trained within the last two years with over half of them already established as employers of labour, said Mr. Ari.

The partnership of the legislators according to him would enable it do more to rid the country of poverty-induced crimes such as armed robbery, kidnapping and drug abuse among others.

Ranching is our choice not Ruga, Plateau Peace Building Agency clarifies

L-R: DG Plateau Peace Building Agency, Mr. Joseph Lengmang and DG Plateau Research and Documentation Office, Government House, Prof. John Wade

The Plateau State Peace Building Agency says the State has opted for "ranching pilot scheme" in keying into the National Livestock Transformation Plan of the Federal Government.

The NLTP is a "broad national framework" with different components for states to adopt, Mr. Joseph Lengman, the Director General of the Peace Agency said, Wednesday.

Plateau according to him has chosen Ranching which best suits its peculiarities.

"Based on our own peculiarities, we have found ranching to be most suitable but even at that, it is just a pilot scheme and that's why government is using an existing Grazing Reserve - a Federal gazetted land in Kanam and Wase Local Government Areas for the pilot project," said Mr. Lengmang at the July 2019 monthly Peace Architectural Dialogue of the PPBA.

Contrary to speculations, the State he said has at no point contemplated Cattle Colonies, Grazing Reserves or Ruga which according to officials originally means "Rural Grazing Areas".

The National Livestock Transformation Plan has been designed to accommodate all livestock farmers, the Plateau State Focal Person of the Social Investment Program, Dr. Sumayya Hamza said at the forum.

"Within the ranches, there are diary farms, feedlots and all kinds of livestock rearing structures for different farming activities including piggery," she said.

Government according to her has carried out enumeration of all farmers and livestock within the pilot locations to make for easy planning and implementation of the project.

The project in the words of Prof. John Wade, the State Director General, Research and Statistics and Secretary, Ranching Committee was thought out of Government's desire to provide security and grow the Nigerian economy through livestock production.

"Government realizes the need to protect lives and property and came up with this program to check incessant conflicts between farmers and herders, as well as leverage agriculture as a catalyst for national development," he said.

The July monthly Peace Architectural Dialogue of the PPBA centered on "The National Livestock Transformation Plan: Insight and Prospects" involving Journalists and Civil Society groups.

It aimed to create public awareness on the NLTP using the networks and influence of the media and Civil Societies.

Another young Plateau inventor listed for Presidential SMEs award

Mr. Luka Zang Bot operating his PC with his self-made foot mouse

A 27 year-old inventor, Zang Luka Bot has been listed for the annual Small and Medium Scale Enterprises award by the office of the Vice President.

Mr. Bot  was picked after developing a high capacity power bank from electronic waste.

The Plateau born Chief Executive Officer of  Zang Technologies, based in Jos, Central Nigeria unveiled the first model power bank in May 2018.

The power banks exclusively designed and produced by Zang Technologies have 13000mAh capacity, with 5V/1A power input and 5V/1A output.

Also developed by Mr. Bot is a sand sieving machine and a computer foot mouse.

These projects endeared him to the Presidency's ease of doing business team led by Vice President Yemi Osibanjo.

He was notified of his nomination on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 after applying in the first week of the month.

He is expected to be accompanied by a state delegation to the ceremony holding next week at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Plateau: Pankshin Legislature passes N3.9bn 2019 budget into law

The Pankshin Local Government Legislative Arm has passed the 2019 appropriation bill of over N3,974,000,000.00 into law.

This follows a report presented to the House, Wednesday by the House Standing Committee on Appropriation.

A budget of N3,854, 656,414.22 was initially presented to the House by the Executive Chairman of the Council, Hon. John Damap.

After scrutiny however, the House approved the bill with a difference of N119,000,700.00.

Of the amount, Capital expenditure stands at B1,082,028,134 .95 while Recurrent Expenditure is N2,892, 136, 279.27.

DPR Seals At Least 20 Illegal Fuel Stations In Plateau

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Jos, Plateau State, has sealed off at least 20 illegal fuel stations.

Operations Controller of the DPR Jos field office, Jerome Agada, confirmed this to journalists on Friday.

According to the officials, some of the retail outlets visited did not have the required permit to operate while some do not conform to technical and electrical specifications required as well as structural construction for such facility.

Meanwhile, 18 persons were also arrested for operating the various illegal retail outlets.

Agada noted that the exercise was part of measures to ensure sanity in the petroleum retail outlet business as well as compel operators to comply with rules and regulations in providing efficient services to the public.

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Autonomy: Monitor LG fund use, Ex Commissioner tells States

A former Plateau State Finance Commissioner, Hon. Davou Mang says States should closely monitor Local Governments to ensure proper use of Federal Allocations for development.

The Federal Government had set June 1, 2019 for the direct payment of monthly subventions to Local Governments, as against the previous system of paying through States.

The ex PDP appointee, Mr. Mang however believes such moves are prone to abuse without proper supervision.

As such, States should provide laws that will govern the use of the funds, he said in an interview with The Light Bearer in Jos.

The constitution says the State Houses of Assembly will make laws that govern the LGs – their tenure and mode of operations.

“If that can also be done providing monitoring mechanisms for the use of public funds, Mang said.

The implementation according to him must however be done in collaboration with the local governments for inclusion and effectiveness, he said.

“Both the Legislatures and the Executives in States and Local Governments have to bring up a joint way of monitoring because the State also has a contribution to the Local Governments.

“By law, 10% of the IGR from the Local Governments and States is supposed to be allocated to the development of the Local Governments.

“If there is such collaboration, they should both participate in ensuring that these directly paid funds are monitored,” said the ex Commissioner.