Concerned about the high unemployment rate, the Federal Government said over the weekend that it is establishing job centers in each of Nigeria’s 774 local government areas and enhancing the Nigerian Electronic Labour Exchange to better connect job seekers with employers.
The FidelinfoNews reports that in order to assist those who have not been able to take care of themselves or their families when they are ill to go to hospitals and be taken care of, the government has already stated that the informal sector, particularly the artisans, has been included in the National Health Insurance Act that was recently passed into law.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Ms Kachollom Daju disclosed this when she received members of Labour Correspondents of Nigeria, LACAN in Abuja.
She expressed optimism that with the new National Development Plan 2021 to 2025 which is multi-sectoral,
The Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment and other ministries are working hard to ensure that the government policy of lifting 100 million people out of poverty is achieved.
According to her, “It’s not just federal government. The private sector is supposed to play a huge role because we cannot all be dependent on the government.
“The private sector has its own role to play. And that’s why the federal government has shown that for the development plan, a certain percentage is a huge percentage of what it takes to ensure that employment, infrastructure and all that is carried out by the private sector. I know that the private sector is going to play a huge role in achieving this.”
Continuing, she said, “So, we will work together and for the Ministry of Labour, we have different agencies and departments that have to do with employment skills. As you all know, and recently, the Labour Market Information System, which we’re bringing out for the citizens to know is to ensure that data is collected.
“And alongside that, we’re actually going to improve on job matching, the Nigerian Electronic Labour Exchange which has been on but now we are only going to improve on where you match job seekers with the job.
“It has been going on but apparently many Nigerians are not aware of that, so the ministry is upgrading that and ensuring that hopefully, I do not want to give a date but I know that we are improving more and actually constructing more job centres across the nation.
“We have around 16 now and we are going to that the 36 states and Abuja, all have job centres not only in the cities centres but also in the 744 Local Government Areas and we have started that in the 2022 Budget.
“We want more job centres created in the 744 Local Government Areas and the states, that is how the government equally want to help.”
She said that one of the agencies in the ministry, the National Directorate of Employment, NDE, was brought to ensure that the informal sector which has remained a problem for the government is well taken care of.
She said that the NDE has different schemes that cut across the board where employment is reduced for the use.
“Not only for the youth, but you also have schemes that are for women only, solely for women, you have agric skills, you have mature people skills, and they are trained in various different vocational skills all across the country.
“You have bead making, mechanic training and so many different things, you actually have a rural infrastructure, where roads are built and hospitals are maintained, and many things like that,” Daju said.
She further stated that “A large per cent of people are in the informal sector and with the National Health Insurance Act which was just passed, the insurance has to go to the informal sector too now and it is all part of what government is doing
“It will equally help the artisans who have not been able to take care of themselves or their families when they are ill to go to the hospitals and being taken care of.
“NSITF (Nigerian Social Insurance Trust Fund) which is part of the Ministry of Labour, has Employment Compensation Act, where anybody who has an accident at the place of work is compensated and paid a certain amount, depending on how much they have been doing or how much you earn and they have been doing that.
“They have actually taken the bill before the National Assembly, where it will be improved upon and better things will come to the citizens and we are hoping and praying that the National Assembly will be able to pass the bill in time as it will make it easier for employees who are supposed to pay one per cent to the fund.
“All employers are expected to pay one per cent to NSITF which is part of the Employee Compensation Act.
“Yes, I would say government policy to reduce poverty by 2030 is real, to cut down youth unemployment is real.
“The statistics can speak for themselves and this actually is multi-sector and it cuts across all MDAs.”
The Permanent Secretary said that the Ministry of Labour and Employment, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Ministry of Youths and Sports Development, the Ministry of Information and Culture, the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and all the MDA’s have their individual roles to play in reducing poverty.
“But we all come together as one government to ensure that the citizens are given what is deserving of them,” she submitted.
Police Arrests Suspects And Recover Weapons After Rampage In Osun
The Osun State Police Command on Monday disclosed that it has arrested ten persons in connection with the disruption of law and order in Osogbo while trying to take control of motor parks.
Fidel Info reports that Hoodlums, earlier in the day, were on a rampage across Osogbo, Osun state capital shooting sporadically into the air and attacking members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, across major parks in the town.
However, the police, in a statement by its Public Relations Officer, SP Yemisi Opalola, said the security outfit arrested ten suspects and recovered various weapons.
The statement reads partly, “This is to inform the general public that the Osun State Police Command is aware and frowns at the crises that erupted within the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in the state.”
“The Commissioner of Police, CP Faleye Olaleye, swiftly charged the Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, and Tactical Commanders to ensure the situation is brought under control and arrest culprits.”
“Consequently, the Police operatives tactical operation led to the arrest of Ten (10) Suspects and recovery of One (1) Barretta pistol, Two (2) Pump Action, Two (2) Barrel guns, Nine (9) live and Four (4) expended cartridges, Five (5) cutlasses and charms.”
“The Commissioner of Police wishes to assure the general public that the Police Command is fully on top of the situation as Mobile/Conventional/Tactical/Patrol teams have been deployed to curtail the crises and advice members of the public to go about their lawful businesses/work without fear of insecurity or attacks.”
“He, therefore, sternly warned that anyone found culpable in these unwarranted violence/attacks will face the full wrath of the law.”
Nigeria Has Enough Food To Feed All Residents – FG
The nation has enough food to feed every resident, according to Dr. Mohammad Abubakar, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Fidel Info reports that this was disclosed by Abubakar during his presentation at the fifth meeting of the “PMB Administration Scorecard 2015-2023 Series,” which took place on Monday at Radio House in Abuja.
The Minister attributed the country’s soaring food prices to both inflation and the effects of the Covid-19 outbreak, which led many nations, including Nigeria, to halt vital economic activity for months.
According to him, the ministry is building 10 large-scale integrated rice mills with a daily capacity of 320 metric tonnes in Jigawa, Kano, Adamawa, Niger, Kaduna, Gombe, Ekiti, Ogun, Bayelsa, and the Federal Capital Territory, in addition to assisting in the production and distribution of breeder, foundation, and certified rice seeds for farmers, all of which are intended to increase the nation’s food supply.
He added that the number of fertilizer factories has expanded from eight to 200 as a result of the presidential fertilizer initiative, which was started in 2016 and increased production from 300,000 metric tonnes to seven million metric tonnes.
He said, “We have enough food to take care of Nigerians. We are producing food across the country and we will continue to do so to feed Nigerians in line with our mandate and expedite the transformation of the rural communities of Nigeria.
“As it is today, many parts of the world, including our own country are yet to fully recover from the negative effects of the pandemic, which has triggered inflation and high food costs across the world.”
“The fact that some categories of food are imported by Nigeria is not an indication that we have food shortages. The high cost of food that we experience in the country is a result of rising inflation, which is not peculiar to Nigeria but due to the Covid-19 pandemic that forced many sectors of economic production to be shut down for many months.”
He also noted that the ministry was also constructing two 2000 metric tonnes specialized warehouses for the storage of food commodities at federal government-retained silo complexes in Irrua, Edo State and Ilesha, Osun State.
He said, “In a bid to ensure that the country had enough food to eat, the ministry has procured 79,277.30 metric tonnes of food commodities between 2020 and 2021 to replenish the national strategic reserve that was depleted by Covid-19 release and relief to the Poultry Association of Nigeria in 2021.”
Despite his assurance that the federal government has started taking action to eliminate such confrontations, Abubakar stated that he was unsure whether pastoralists purposely let loose their animals.
He said, “One of the measures to checkmate herders’/farmers’ conflicts is the introduction of the National Livestock Development Programme and the proposal to have ranching and grazing reserves across the country.”
Adeleke Clashes With Osun Assembly On Renaming State
On Monday, the Osun State House of Assembly disapproved of Senator Ademola Adeleke’s move to change the name of the state from “State of Osun” to “Osun State,” who had just been sworn in as governor.
Fidel Info reports that the Assembly stated that no one can use force to change the state’s anthem, crest, or flag because they are enactments of laws that were approved on December 18, 2012.
Adeleke changed the state’s name from “State of Osun” to “Osun State” and its nickname from “The State of the Virtues” to “The State of the Living Spring” during his inauguration on Sunday, November 27, 2022.
Additionally, as of July 7, 2022, Adeleke revoked all appointments made by the outgoing governor, Adegboyega Oyetola.
Additionally, he mandated the freezing of all government bank accounts and stated that all decisions made by the Oyetola-led administration as of July 17 will be reviewed.
The House issued a press release on Monday, November 28, 2022, to refute the governor’s decision. It was written by Moshood Kunle Akande, the chairman of the House Committee on Media and Publicity. It read, “The State of Osun House of Assembly having reviewed the inaugural speech of the Governor and the activities of the inauguration hereby resolves as follows;
“The usage of the State Anthem, Crest, and Flag is an enactment of the law and as such, its usage is a matter of law and not choice.
“The enactment ‘State of Osun Anthem, Crest and Flag Law, 2012’ assented to on December 18, 2012, contained in Schedule 1, II, III, IV and V, which carefully details every component of this law is not in ambiguity.
“Schedule I is the State Anthem, Schedule II has to do with the State Crest, and Schedule III is the symbolic significance of the elements in the Flag.
“Lastly, while we are aware of a court judgment in effect recognizing ‘Osun State, the Assembly, pending the determination and exhaustion of all legal means would not be drawn into this matter.”
The lawmakers further said that the state will continue to be described as the “State of Osun” and “Ipinle Omulabi” (State of the Virtuous).
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