By Funmi Komolafe
The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) and a private firm-Prosec Systems (Nig) Limited- have began exploratory talks with a view to collaborating in the area of the establishment of Hi-Tech Training Centers for the purpose of training unskilled unemployed Nigerian as part of the job creation programme of the Directorate.
The training programme is expected toÂ boost the agricultural schemes ran by the NDE across the country.
Durring a meeting held at the NDE corporate Headquarters in Abuja, the NDE Management, led by the Director-General Mallam Abubakar Mohammed discussed a wide range of issues bordering on the framework for the establishment of Hi-tech Training Centers in Nigeria and the improvement of agricultural training facilities under the NDE Rural Employment Programme (REP).
The Chief Executive Officer of Prosec Systems Nigeria Limited Mr. Homossany Eliav, an Israeli, who led the firm to the talks, saidÂ Â it offers a wide range of services which can help transform the economy through employment creation.
The meetingÂ also explored the potential of developing the 18 skills acquisition centres into self-sustainable training centres. The centres were established and run by the NDE since 2009 under the millennium development goals (MDGs) office of the Presidency.
They are located in six states representing the geo-political zones namely Gombe, Katsina, Edo, Enugu, Ogun and Benue States. The host states have three centres with the three senatorial districts having one centre each.
Omar leads NLC team on deregulation committee
Nigerian Labour Congress NLC, has released names ofÂ seven of its leaders toÂ join the government deregulation committee to work out the modalities for full deregulation of the downstream sector of the Petroleum sector. The seven namesÂ excluding the President and General Secretary of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), who are automatic members, to join the Federal Committee on full deregulation of the downstream sector of the Petroleum sector.
At an emergency meeting of itsÂ NEC , leaders of NLC, named its President, Comrade Abdulwaheed Omar, its three Deputy Presidents, Comrade Onikoelease Irabor, Peters Adeyemi and Promise Adewusi, General Secretary, Mr. John Odah, one of its Vice-Presidents, Mr. Issa Aremu and Its National Treasurer, Mr Wabba Ayuba.
Labour Vanguard gathered that Trade union Congress of Nigeria, TUC would have four members in the committee.
It was not immediately known whether the President and General Secretary of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) who are automatic members are part of the TUCâ€™s four-man team
It would be recalled that at a meeting with the Acting President on February 22, government and labour including TUC agreed to set up a committee on deregulation committee to work out the modalities for implementation of the policy.
NLC threatens to sue Newspaper for libel
THE National Executive Council, NEC, of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC has mandated its leadership to drag a national newspaper that accused it of taking a N500m from government to compromise its anti-deregulation stance to court for libel.
General Secretary of NLC, Comrade John Odah, who disclosed this immediately after the NLCâ€™s NEC meeting in Kaduna, Kaduna state, said: â€œNEC mandated the ledearship of the NLC to clear the name of both the leadership and NLC with respect to the allegation that was published in one of the papers to the effect that the leadership of the NLC had collected N500m to compromise the struggle against deregulation.
In this respect the leadership would go to court to compel the newspaper house to disclose their source and if they are not able to do so and if they are not able to show public apology for trying to tarnish the image of our organisation and our officers, NEC also resolved that any member at the national executive council that has information which would prove the allegation can also go to court and be witness for the newspaper.â€