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Ex-inmates who acquired skills in correctional centre beg govt for assistance

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Ex-inmates who acquired skills in correctional centre beg govt for assistance

Former inmates who acquired skills at the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Billiri, Gombe State Command, have appealed to both the Federal and the state governments to assist them with capital.

They made the plea in separate interviews with our correspondent in Gombe on Friday.

According to them, acquiring skills at the custodial centre is the best decision they made towards making their life better.

Musa Harsasi who learned tailoring for four years and eight months at the centre said since leaving correctional facility, he had been attaching himself to another tailor who owns the shop.

Harsasi said not having his own shop and sewing machine had been affecting his ability to improve his income, noting that he would have been making more if he had his own.

He said since his release in 2019, has since been working and sharing the proceeds of his work with the owner of the shop where he is sewing his customers cloths.

The 32-year-old tailor said that though he was sentenced for committing the crime of house breaking and theft, he had since turned a new leaf having acquired the skills from the centre.

He said he makes N30, 000 monthly after sharing the proceeds with the owner of the shop so “I can’t save enough to buy myself a sewing machine since I have mother and siblings to cater for.

“Tailoring has helped me to take good care of my mother since my father is now late and three other siblings are now under my care.

“I am currently attaching myself to someone in his shop, and whatever I make, we share the money.

“I don’t have my own machine and shop; this is why I couldn’t really save enough to buy machine and rent my own shop.

“I really need help with capital to have my own shop because I don’t want to go back to my old ways,” he said.

On his part, 50-year-old Nalado Muhammad said he learned carpentry at the correctional centre and had been practicing for over 10 since he was released from the centre in 2013.

Muhammad who served for 14 years said acquiring skills while at the centre within the period had helped him achieved his dream of having a wife and family of his own.

He said with carpentry skill, when he was released, he was able to work and save some money.

According to him, with the money he made, he married his wife, bought a house and he now fends for his five children who are all in school.

He said since leaving the correctional centre he had been working, empowering youths and enjoying peace of mind while serving as ambassador to youths in his community in Kumo.

He expressed concerns that his business was being threatened because his equipment were now obsolete and that was affecting his vocation.

“I love what I have been doing for the past ten years. The Federal Government through the Nigerian Correctional Service had given me purpose while in prison and I want to continue on their path.

“ I am appealing to both the Federal and the Gombe State Governments and other stakeholders to help me out to continue my trade.

“Though I have been able to buy some but there are tools I still lacked and would like to get, that will assist me do my work effectively,” he said.

The ex-inmates commended the Federal Government for introducing skills acquisition at correctional centre, noting that the training had given many of them reasons not to go back to crime.

They appealed to youths in the state to embrace skills acquisition programme of the government or sponsor themselves to get a skill as a way of self-empowerment.

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Flood: NEMA intensifies campaign against improper waste management in Gombe communities

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Flood: NEMA intensifies campaign against improper waste management in Gombe communities

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has taken its campaign on proper waste management to rural dwellers in Kwami Local Government Area of Gombe State as part of measures to mitigate impact of flooding during the rainy season.

Mrs Ummunah Ahmad, the Head of Operations, NEMA , Gombe State office, who led the campaign team to Kwami community said the exercise was to raise public awareness about proper waste management and its effect on flooding.
Ahmad said the campaign was imperative as part of effort to mitigate the impacts of flood disaster through proactive measures as well as reminding communities of their roles in disaster prevention and mitigation.

She told residents of Kwami that the devastating impacts of flood over the years, especially that of 2012, should served as a wake-up call to all stakeholders, hence the reason NEMA was collaborating with stakeholders to manage disaster risks and associated hazards.

According to her, the campaign on flooding is an initiative to save lives and livelihoods during the rainy season.

She said that there was a connection between improper waste disposal and flooding, hence the need for communities to avoid dumping waste indiscriminately in drains.

According to her, flooding will be minimised if residents take seriously proper waste management and to comply with all measures that will ensure a sustainable environment.

She said that her team was in Kwami because it is amongst the five LGAs in Gombe State that are predicted to be under the moderate flood risk areas, listing others to include Dukku, Yamaltu/Deba, Gombe and Funakaye.

“Our message is simple, they should not build houses along waterways or flood prone areas, evacuate from flood prone areas immediately to safer ground, clear drainages and waterways, and adhere to early warning alerts.

“NEMA is concerned about saving lives and property and that is why we are engaging all stakeholders to remind them of their roles as well as call for proactive measures,” she said.

Ahmad commended the Gombe State government for commencing desilting of storm drains as well as building waste collection centres in the state, adding that such was key to minimising impact of flooding in the state.

On his part, Mr Muhammad Khalid, the Special Assistant, Technical to the Executive Secretary of Gombe State Environmental Protection Agency (GOSEPA), Mr Auwalu Baba-Jada urged residents to imbibe the culture of proper waste disposal.

Khalid advised residents to always be vigilant and not encourage actions that could lead to flooding in their communities.
Our correspondent also reports that NEMA had earlier in the day, organised a training for key stakeholders tagged “Waste Segregation, Recycling and Composting Techniques, Proper Waste Management and Flood Preparedness to selected communities in Gombe State.”

The event which was held at Prof. Isa Ali-Pantami ICT Park, Gombe Statr University had participants such as community leaders, NESREA, SEMA, State Fire Service and Federal Firemen, officials of Ministry of Health, Environment, the Police, NSCDC and the media.

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African Group Backs Okonjo-Iweala for WTO Term

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African Group Backs Okonjo-Iweala for WTO Term

By Halima Abdulkadiri

The African Group at the World Trade Organization (WTO) presented a proposal at its General Council (GC) to re-elect Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as director-general of the organization.

Adebayo Thomas, the Director of Press and Public Relations at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, announced this in a statement in Abuja.

According to him, the proposal is for members to consider Okonjo-Iweala to run for another term as chief executive officer of the organization.

He said the proposal was also to enable the Chair of the General Council (GC) to commence the process of the appointment of the director-general as soon as possible.

He quoted Amb. Abdulhamid Adamu, Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the WTO, at the GC, as saying that members debated the issue.

“All members highlighted Okonjo-Iweala’s efforts and contributions to the organization, which have led to significant progress and development,” Adamu said. “They all affirmed that she deserves to be reappointed as the director-general. Almost 58 members from all regions supported the proposal.”

He added that members resolved that the General Council Chair should start consultations on the appointment process as soon as possible.

In response, Okonjo-Iweala thanked all members and assured them she would respond soon after consulting with her family.

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SGF Approves Eight New FRSC Deputy Corps Marshals

By Halima Abdulkadiri

Sen. George Akume, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), has approved the promotion of eight Assistant Corps Marshals to Deputy Corps Marshals (DCMs) of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

Olusegun Ogungbemide, Acting Corps Public Education Officer, announced this in Abuja on Monday.

Three of the new DCMs will proceed to immediate retirement, while the remaining five will fill vacancies in the South South, South East, South West, North Central, and North West geopolitical zones.

The promoted officers are DCM Clement Oladele (North Central), DCM Chidiebere Nkwonta (South East), DCM Sunday Iyamah (South South), DCM Musa Yerima (North West), and DCM Abiodun Akinlade (South West).

The retiring DCMs are Kingsley Agomoh, Jonas Agwu, and Zubairu Mato. SGF Akume praised the transparency of the promotion process and urged the new appointees to commit to the FRSC’s vision of reducing road traffic crashes and creating a safer motoring environment.

FRSC Corps Marshal Shehu Mohammed congratulated the promoted officers and emphasized the increased responsibilities their new ranks entail.

He encouraged them to stay focused and dedicated, and reassured all personnel of ongoing efforts to improve their welfare.

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