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Tuesday, 17 January 2017 16:54


The Director General Industrial Training Fund, ITF, Joseph Ari says in order to revamp the economy there is need to focus on promoting skills acquisition especially among Nigerian youths.

Ari said since its inception, millions of Nigerians have benefited from various skills and vocationsto become entrepreneurs and employers of labor.
Ari who made this known at a press conference in Abuja said under the agreement with the Ministry of Education, students will be awarded diploma certificate after completion of their training.

He added that the organisation is strategizing to ensure more is done to help youths become self-reliant.

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017 16:11


The 2018 African Nations Championship, CHAN qualifying draw holds on April 9 in Cairo, Egypt.
Nigeria’s home-based Super Eagles will find out who they will play against
The home-based Eagles are in Zone West B with Burkina Faso, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Niger Republic and Togo.
Media officer of the team, Toyin Ibitoye said the qualifiers for CHAN will begin in April and end in August, 2017.
Based on regional affiliations, 44 CAF member nations will enter the qualifying rounds and will be split into zones.

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The immediate past Media Director to the Presidential Amnesty Programme,Daniel Alagbra has said the problem with the Amnesty programme is not that of restructuring rather it has to do with funding.

Alagbra disclosed this on WE FM Programme, Democracy Now.

Niger Delta Youth groups had released a 22 point demand this week, one of which is to restructure the Amnesty programme.

The former Media Director to the Presidential Amnesty Programme Office however maintains the major problem is that of financing

Alagbra notes that such demand from the Niger Delta Youth Groups is just expression of the fact that the demands by their elders were not given enough attention to.

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017 13:38


The Federal Government has asked the non-academic staff in the universities to suspend their strike.

The National Association of Academic Technologists, Non Academic Staff Union and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities began a five-day warning strike on Monday after which they will decide on a next line of action.
That was over the inability of the Federal Government to implement the 2009 Agreements with the unions, poor funding of the universities, increase in corruption in the system and shortfall in staff salaries.
Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige called on the unions to suspend the strike in the interest of the nation; assuring them of to assure that the Federal Government’s readiness to fully dialogue with the members union

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017 13:22



The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has urged Nigerians to be alert and focused on the prevention of lassa fever as reports of increasing cases of the disease continue.
In a statement, the NCDC Technical Assistant, Communication, Dr Lawal Bakare,said the centre has started implementing its plan to strengthen nationwide response capacity to anticipated Lassa Fever cases.
This follows nine confirmed deaths and 20 cases of Lassa Fever in seven states since December 2016.
He assured that NCDC is working with affected states to ensure an appropriate response to these cases.

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The Federal Government has set up a 21-man steering committee to restructure and recapitalize the Bank of Agriculture.

The committee would start the restructuring with N500bn and work within the next three to one month to actualize its goal.
During the inauguration in Abuja, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, represented by the minister of agriculture Audu Ogbe urged the committee to actualize the goal.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development also said restructuring was aimed at revitalizing the operations of the Bank to make it more responsive to its mandate


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Turkish police have arrested the main suspect of the New Year's Eve attack on an exclusive nightclub in Istanbul after a huge manhunt.
Abdulkadir Masharipov is believed to have mounted the assault on the Reina club which left 39 people dead.
The Uzbek national is said to have been caught in Istanbul's Esenyurt district.
Citizens of Israel, France, Tunisia, Lebanon, India, Belgium, Jordan and Saudi Arabia were among the victims, and dozens of people were injured

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017 10:15


The League Management Company has tendered out a heavy penalty to FC IfeanyiUbah for walking out of their Nigeria Professional Football League 2016/2017 season opening match against Kano Pillars in Kano on Saturday.
FC Ifeanyi Ubah staged a walkout early in the second half after they claimed their goal was wrongly disallowed by the centre referee in the first half.
The LMC handed out a fine totalling N9.15 million. IfeanyiUbah are also to forfeit three points and three goals from the match as well as a further three points from their future games this season.

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017 10:10


FC IfeanyiUbah has banned their Team Manager Jonathan Igwe and other officials for four matches.

This followed his part in the abandonment of the team’s Premier League opening game against Kano Pillars in Kano on Saturday.
Pillars were leading 1-0 before their visitors refused to continue the game.
The management of the outfit said Igwe took laws into his hands by giving orders to the team without due recourse to the laws and ethics of the game.
In a statement, the Nnewi club Chairman Chukwuma Ubah condemned Igwe’s behaviour.
Ubah apologised to the President of the Nigeria Football Federation Amaju Pinnick; the Chairman of the League Management Company Shehu Dikko; Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje; and fans for the development.

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Syrian rebel groups have confirmed that they will attend peace talks with the government in Kazakhstan next week.
A leader of Jaysh al-Islam, Mohammed Alloush, says he would head the rebel delegation and aim to end the "crimes" of the government and its allies.
The talks in Astana are being organised by Russia and Turkey.
The two countries, which back opposing sides in the civil war, brokered a truce on 30 December that has been threatened by repeated violations.

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