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Institute Trains 4,882 Transport, Logistics Experts – D-G

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The National Institute of Transport Technology (NITT), Zaria, in Kaduna State, has trained 4,882 transport and logistics experts in two years.

Dr Bayero Salih-Farah, the Director General of the institute, said the training was geared toward strengthening the logistics and transport sector with skilled, disciplined and well motivated workforce.

Salih-Farah said this on Sunday in Zaria that the training was conducted by the Institute’s Transport School from 2019 to 2020.

The director-general said the beneficiaries of the training were mostly staff of Federal Ministry of Transportation and its agencies,  and officials of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Road Traffic Management.

Others were officers of Kaduna Dtate Traffic Law Enforcement Authority (KASTLEA) and Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA).

Salih-Farah said the institute would strengthen its collaboration with Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria with whom it ran a post graduate diploma programme in Logistics and Supply Chain and Masters programme in Transport and Logistics.

He said in the last two years, 448 were trained in these programmes,  stressing that currently 30 participants were undergoing Post Graduate Diploma in Logistics and Supply Chain in collaboration with Multimix Academy.

The director-general disclosed that plans had reached advanced stage for a Post Graduate Diploma in Cold Chain Management to train professionals on handling of vaccine and other cold store products.

He added that the institute had reached advanced stage in discussion with the ABU to begin a doctorate degree programme in Transport and Logistics.

Salih-Farah said the institute through its Transport Technology Centre (TTC) was also pursuing the introduction of National Diploma and Higher National Diploma on Mechatronics, Welding and Fabrication, Crane Operation and Project Management with the NBTE.

He disclosed that in the last two years, the TTC through its Driving School had trained 157 novice drivers; 367 experienced drivers were also trained and registered for FRSC Driver certification.

NAN recalls that Ms Gbemisola Saraki, the Minister of state for Transportation, on April 1, inaugurated projects at the institute, including the Main Auditorium, Digital Library, Medical Centre and Hostels, among others.

The minister said the inauguration was aimed at putting the institute on the right path, expanding it and encouraging more people to study at the institute with a view to boosting transport and logistics industry.

Saraki said the ministry would support the institute and ensure that it got all it needed to move forward. (NAN)

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Political Party Primaries for Kwara Councils’ Elections Begin June 24

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The Kwara Independent Electoral Commission (KWSIEC), says political party primaries for the state’s local government elections will be held from June 24 to 30.

The Chairman of the electoral body, Muhammed Okanla disclosed this in an interview with newsmen on Sunday in Ilorin.

Okanla said that the conduct of elections for the offices of chairmen and councillors across the 16 local government areas of the state would take place on Sept.

21.

He said that based on the elections timetable, a meeting or interface with the leadership of all the registered political parties would be held on June 21.

He added that political parties were expected to obtain and return nomination forms KWSIEC 01 and KWSIEC 02 for the chairmanship and councillorship elections from July 1 to July 5.

The chairman also said that the verification of candidates’ credentials would be held from July 8 to July 19.

He said that the display of names of candidates nominated by political parties would be posted on the KWSIEC notice board from July 22 to July 26.

He also said that the training of ad-hoc staff for the elections in all the three Senatorial Districts would be held between July 27 and July 31.

Okanla said that the political parties have up to Aug. 5 to withdraw a candidate if need be, while Aug. 6 would be the last day for the publication of the list of nominated candidates.

According to him, political parties’ campaigns will commence on Aug. 19 and end at midnight of on Sept. 19.

“Elections for chairmanship and councillorship positions will be conducted on Sept. 21, while Certificate of Returns will be issued on Sept. 23,” he said. (NAN)

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Sallah: Nigerians Decry High cost of foodstuff

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Some Nigerians living in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have expressed worry over continuous increase in prices of foodstuffs and other commodities this Eid-el Kabir festive season.

A visit to some markets in the Abuja and its environs showed that the prices of good have continued to rise.

Some respondent told newsmen at Dutse Market, in Bwari Area Council that meeting their family needs was becoming increasingly difficult amidst lean resources.

Mallam Yahaya, a vegetable seller told newsmen: “I am just trying to find happiness in my business since I don’t want to be idle. Making gain in this business is now a herculean task.

“I am selling perishable goods and I cannot keep them for too long because I want to make a lot of gains.

If I don’t sell them I lose everything. They are not like other goods in the market’’, he said.

Mrs Hajiya Hassana, another petty trader said that the prices of foodstuffs were now determined by what wholesalers sell to retailers.

“I know that some buyers may blame because they don’t know how we get these goods from the wholesalers; the challenge of transporting the goods to the market.

“It has not been like this before, things just changed automatically since the removal of fuel subsidy.

“For instance, how will I buy a mudu of beans at N3, 000 and sell it at a lesser price, it is not impossible. I would rather stay at home than to come to the market and sell with no profit.

“It’s so unfortunate that it’s the final consumers who are affected most because it is not easy for some Nigerians household now in the country,” she told NAN.

Hassana, nevertheless, said she was trying her best to satisfy her customers as well as ensuring that she makes some gains.

Similarly, Mr Mohammed Rabiu, a buyer said it was unfortunate that he could not afford what the feeding needs of his family due to high price of food items.

Rabiu, therefore, pleaded to government intervention in the situation by using relevant instruments and institutions to bring down the cost goods.

“A lot of people are ceasing the economic situation to dupe others and blame it on fuel subsidy removal.

“I witnessed how somebody will keep what she bought previously at certain amount but refused to sell those items.

“She kept them to watch when the prices will go higher so at to double the price and make make higher gain.

“Let government monitor the market with a view to controlling the prices of goods. This will help a lot in curtailing the rising cost of things’’ he said.

Similarly, Mrs Amina Bawa, another buyer, when asked how she was coping with the economy, she said: “When I hear prices of foodstuffs, I feel like committing suicide. But I can’t because it is not a good thing to do.

“I can’t remember the last time I ate to my satisfaction, I only eat to survive, ” she said.

Another respondent, Mr Idris Bello, urged government agencies to see the need for regulatory system in the country to avoid the unnecessary hike in, not only food items but all goods and services. (NAN)

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Over 3,500 Persons to Benefit from NDDC Health Intervention in C’River

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No fewer than 3,500 persons have been slated to benefit from a free five-day medical mission in Akamkpa Local Government Area of Cross River.

The medical mission is being sponsored by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) with aim of providing healthcare services to medically underserved rural communities in the region.

The Commission’s Managing Director, Dr Samuel Ogbudu, said that the medical mission, which had already taken place in eight states of the region, had seen to the treatment of over two million people in Niger Delta.

Represented by Dr Eme Inyangabia, Assistant Director, Education, Health and Social Services (EHSS), he said the mission was the flagship of the Commission, serving to endear NDDC to the medically needy communities.

“The medical mission is one of several health programmes of the Commission, targeted at changing the health situation and narrative of our people in the region.

“It is in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) No. 3 which aspires to achieve Universal Health Coverage and ensure health and well-being for all,” he stated.

Similarly, the Executive Director, EHSS of the Commission, Dr George Uzonwanne, said they were looking at 12,000 to 15,000 data points as a particular patient may be treated on more than one ailment.

‘‘We are carrying out a one-week short term intervention free of charge to the people of Cross River State.

‘‘We are looking at treating 3,000 to 3,500 patients but not really the number of patients but the number of data points because one patient may have more than three interventions.

‘‘So, we are looking at between 12,000 to 15,000 data points.

‘‘Treatments will range from things like malaria to things as complex as having fibroid surgery or general surgery,’’ he said.

Uzonwanne added that a team would be on standby to look after patients before they were discharged and others with more severe ailments would be treated by the commission in a referral hospital. (NAN)

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