2m expected at annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca – Saudi authorities

By Aliyu DANLADI Saudi authorities said two million Muslims from around the world are expected to converge on Islam’s holiest city of Mecca and nearby sites in Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj pilgrimage, which starts Sunday. The hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam, is a mandatory duty for all Muslims to make once in a lifetime if they possesses enough financial resources and are physically capable of undertaking the journey to the birthplace of the prophet Mohammed. It ends for most Muslims on Thursday. Men don seamless…

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Vocational skills training: ITF targets 13,000 Nigerians in 2018

By Kunle SHONUGA The Director-General, Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Mr Joseph Ari, has said the fund will train 13,000 Nigerians on 11 vocational skills in order to achieve the Federal Government’s policy on job and wealth creation. Ari made this known in Abuja on Tuesday during a news conference. According to him, numerous vacancies still exist in several sectors of the economy that cannot be filled by Nigerians due to the absence of requisite skills. “In order to address the issue of unemployment and drive President Muhammadu Buhari’s job creation…

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PCN seals 596 pharmaceutical stores in Gombe – Official

By Olamilekan FAWAS The Director, Inspection and Monitoring Unit, Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria, Mrs  Anthonia Aruya, (PCN) on Friday said 596 pharmaceutical stores were sealed in Gombe during an inspection and monitoring exercise. Aruya, who disclosed this to newsmen in Gombe, said the state was the 31stthe council had visited so far in the course of its inspection and monitoring. She said it was discovered during the inspection that many operators of pharmaceutical stores in the state were not following due process. “The exercise which is being carried out in…

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Epe council to sponsor 1000 indigenes on skill acquisition in 4 years

By Olamilekan FAWAS The Eredo Local Council Development Area (LCDA) in Epe, Lagos State, is to sponsor 1000 indigenes to acquire different skills in the next four years. Its Executive Chairman, Mr Adeniyi Saliu, said the idea was borne out of his desire to reduce unemployment, eradicate poverty and develop the community. “The skill acquisition programme will make our indigenes to be self-employed and self-reliant. Some of them are graduates without jobs, while some are school certificate holders. This opportunity will ensure that they become independent business owners. “The capacity…

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Board raises water supply to 1.2 million litres daily in Daura – Official

Giwa SHILE The District Manager, Katsina State Water Board, Malam Tukur Amadi, said on Wednesday that the board has raised daily water supply to Daura to 1.2 million liters. Amadi said in Daura that the increase in water supply to the town was due to the drilling and installation of additional pumping facilities by the board. According to him, the board is now pumping water to more areas in the town including Kururrubai, Dunu, Rahamawa, Cadi and Kofar Baru. The district manager assured that very soon the whole town would…

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CIIN unveils reformed code for insurance practice

By Giwa SHILE The Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN), has unveiled new code for insurance practice in the country. The President of CIIN, Mrs Funmi Babington-Ashaye, unveiled the code at the ongoing 2018 National Insurance Conference in Abuja on Monday. She said the codes would align the practitioners with international best practices. TBI Africa reports that the National Insurance conference with the theme: “Insurance Industry and Financial Inclusion’’ attracted more than 500 Insurance practitioners. The practitioners were drawn from the Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers (NCRIB), Chartered Insurance…

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Empowerment: NGO distributes N3m starter packs to 46 adolescent girls

By Giwa SHILE A Kaduna-based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) — Gender Awareness Trust (GAT) in collaboration with Christian Aid Council distributed N3 million worth of starter packs to 46 adolescent girls in Zonkwa, Kaduna State. The Executive Director of GAT, Mrs Lydia Umar, said while distributing the packs to the girls on Tuesday at the Igbo Community Town Hall in Zonkwa, Zangon Kataf Local Government, that the gesture was under the Collective for Adolescent Girls’ Initiative (CAAGI) mission. According to her, the gesture is to empower women in education and commerce,…

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Escravos dredging: Ilaje communities decry non-inclusion in project execution

By Thompson ABISOLA A group, the Concerned Ilaje Coastal Communities (CICC) in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta, has decried its non-inclusion in the proposed dredging of the Escravos/Warri channel project. The group made this disclosure in a statement signed by its National Youth President, Mr. Felix Iyamolere and Secretary, Mr Adeokan Jose, on Thursday in Warri. The CICC called on the Federal Government to ensure that the communities are included in the execution of the multi-billion naira project. The Federal Government on April 11, announced the approval of…

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Nigeria to boost economic relations with Tanzania –Buhari

By Meletus EZE Nigeria is ready to boost economic ties with Tanzania for the benefit of citizens of both countries, President Muhammadu Buhari has said. Buhari made the pledge when he received the Letter of Credence from the High Commissioner of Tanzania to Nigeria, Muhidin Moweto, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Thursday. He said both countries had a lot of potentials which could make them key economic actors in the region. The President congratulated the Government of Tanzania for the recent discovery of gas reserves in the coast region,…

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President Buhari woos tourism investors

By Olamilekan FAWAS President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday called on tourists and investors in the tourism sector to consider Nigeria as their second home. Buhari, represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, made the call at the 61 United Nations World Tourism Organisation Commission for Africa (UNWTO-CAF), conference, in Abuja. The theme of the conference is  “Tourism Statistics: A Catalyst for Development.” Buhari said the theme of the meeting was apt and could not have come at a better time than now, considering…

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