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Sen. Wadada partners Nasarawa varsity to train 5,000 youths on ICT



Sen. Ahmed Wadada

Sen. Ahmed Wadada (SDP-Nasarawa West), on Sunday expressed willingness to partner with the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Consult to train about 5,000 youths on the Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Wadada, who holds the traditional title of Sarkin Yakin Keffi, made this known during a meeting with the Chairman of the university consult, Malam Muhammad Aminu and a Director of the consult, Malami Ahmed Jibrin, in Abuja.

The lawmaker, who said that the importance of ICT knowledge on building the capacity of youths cannot be overemphasised, said youths empowerment had always been part of the programmes of his foundation and the Keffi Polo Ranch.

Wadada said that the objective of the training was to broaden the knowledge of participants on the ICT with a view increasing their economic and social well-being in the society, thereby reducing the rate of unemployment.

He added that ICT could enhance the efficiency and transparency of the public sector including the delivery of social services.

The lawmaker said that participants of the proposed ICT training would be thoroughly selected from the 59 electoral wards across the five local governments areas of the district.

Wadada commended the university under the leadership of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mohammed Suleiman for maintaining academic excellence over the years.

He also thanked the consult for its determination to partner with him to organise the training to alleviate the suffering of the youths.

Earlier, Aminu said that ICT provides economic opportunities to both urban and rural population, especially the youths who are the most important segment of every society.

The chairman of the consult said that the ICT training would be conducted in different skills and programmes development.

He said: “One common contribution of ICT training is that it increases productivity and makes the market work more efficiently.”


Navy disowns list of successful candidate for Batch 35 recruitment



The Nigerian Navy (NN) has disowned the purported list of successful candidate for its Basic Training School (NNBTS) Batch 35 Recruitment, saying it is fake.

Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, the Director of Naval Information, said this in a statement in Abuja.

Ayo-Vaughan said the exercise was conducted in three centres across the country, namely; Lagos, Rivers and Kaduna States.

He described the information, being circulated recently as fake, and handiwork of fraudulent miscreants who were trying to dupe some unsuspecting applicants.

He said the list of successful candidates had not been released and that no form of invitation for training, via text message had also been disseminated by the Nigerian Navy.

‘’The alarming rate of circulation of fake information by unscrupulous individuals, regarding enlistment or recruitment into Navy is quite worrisome.

‘’Efforts are on to track and arrest the miscreants.

“Members of the public especially prospecting applicants who participated in the said recruitment are strongly enjoined to always authenticate information from the NN official website,, and other official social media handles, as well as other credible mainstream media platforms.

“Similarly, miscreants and mischief makers are warned to desist from this unwholesome practice, otherwise they will face the full wrath of the law,” he said.

Ayo-Vaughan said the text message, had invited unsuspecting applicants to report for military training at NNBTS Onne, Rivers, following their purported selection.

He said the criminals further claimed in the text message that the exercise would commence on Oct. 6.

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Gov. Alia condemns kidnapping of commissioner, one other



Gov Alia Hyacinth Alia

Gov. Hyacinth Alia has strongly condemned the kidnaping of Mr. Matthew Abo, his Commissioner for Information, culture and Tourism, and former Chairman Ukum Local Government Area (LGA), Mr. Iorwashima Erukaa.

This is contained in a press statement on Monday, signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Sir Tersoo Kula, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makurdi.

According to the statement, while Mr Abo was kidnapped by unknown gunmen in his Sankara home at about 8pm on Sunday, September 24, Mr. Erukaa was taken away by a yet-to-be identified gunmen on Saturday, September 23.

The Governor, who described the act as barbaric and unacceptable, has directed security agencies to immediately commence operations to ensure the safe release of the duo.

He called on the people of the State to remain calm, as his administration would do everything possible to make the State safe for all.

“The kidnappers have made contacts with the family of Mr Erukaa but are yet to contact Mr Abo’s family,” the statement stated

Several gunmen had stormed the the commissioner’s residence in Zaki-Biam, Ukum LGA and kidnapped him.

Eyewitnesses who spoke to NAN, said that the kidnappers who came on four motorcycles, ordered everyone in the house, including the his wife and children, to lie face down and took him away to an unknown destination.

The witnesses said the abductors compelled the commissioner at gun point to sit behind the rider of one of the motorcycles while a gunman sandwitched him.

Mr Abo was sworn in as a member of the Benue State Executive Council on August 29.

He hails from Ukum Local Government Area of Sankera axis, a major flashpoint of criminal activities with rampant killings and kidnappings for years now.

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