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VSF, ITF To Spend N130m for 1,500 Out-of-school Children in N’east



VSF, ITF To Spend N130m for 1,500 Out-of-school Children in N'east

VSF, ITF Earmark N130m for 1,500 Out-of-school Children in N’east


VSF : The Victims Support Fund in partnership with the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has earmarked N130 million for 1,500 out-of-school children in the three states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.

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The Executive Secretary, VSF, Sunday Ochoche, while speaking during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the ITF in Abuja, stated that the first phase of the programme involves training in critical areas.

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VSF, ITF To Spend N130m for 1,500 Out-of-school Children in N'east

VSF, ITF To Spend N130m for 1,500 Out-of-school Children in N’east

Ochoche noted that the 1,500 out-of-school children in the three states will also have their capacities built in vocational skills to increase employability and self reliance.

According to him, “VSF is now working on addressing the root cause of the insurgency in the North-east and it has been discovered that lack of education and high poverty rate were responsible for the crisis in the area.”

He revealed that the entrepreneurship development project will target 5,000 community-based women entrepreneurs.

He said that the existing loan associations established in 2016 and 2017 will be scaled up into 250 small scale women producer groups.

“The partnership with ITF will further facilitate the restoration of livelihood for households reached and hasten the community recovery process in the North-east,” he said.


Ochoche noted that ITF has similar programmes running currently and that its technical skills would be of great benefit to VSF in fasttracking its own programmes.

He further revealed that the second phase involves the provision of starter packs to beneficiaries.

Also speaking, the Director-General, ITF, Joseph Ari, said: “The agreement we are about to undertake is to further deepen the activities of both organisations.

“Particularly as the ES stated, our mandate crisscrosses each other and also have the same template, in terms of strategies, in terms of outcomes and in terms of our plans to be impactful to the Nigerian people and to our economy,” Ari said.
He urged stakeholders to join force with them to solve the problems in the North-east, adding that this would improve the livelihood of the people.

According to him, “I assure you that this MoU is full and ready to be executed. It has been well studied by the two parties both here and in Jos.
“It is my hope that the partnership would bear meaningful fruits, will give birth to government’s efforts towards empowering our people.”


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Customs Corner

Nigeria Customs Seeks Support of Traditional Rulers to Educate Subjects Against Smuggling



Author: Lucy Nyambi.

The Nigeria Customs Service has appealed to Traditional Rulers in border communities to support the service by educating their subjects against smuggling and assisting the NCS in its anti-smuggling activities.

The Comptroller-General Customs Service (CGC), Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, made the appeal at a one-day workshop for the creation of Nigeria’s Platform for Local Authorities Along Nigeria-Benin International Boundary on Monday, 26 February 2024. In Ibadan, Oyo State.

The workshop had in attendance, His Excellency Adebayo Lawal, Deputy Governor and Chairman of Oyo State Boundary Committee, Her Excellency Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele, Deputy Governor and Chairman, Ogun State Boundary Committee, Adamu Adaji, Director General, National Boundary Commission, Traditional Rulers, Local Government Chairmen of Border Communities, representatives of heads of security agencies, among others.

Speaking at the event, the CGC, who was represented by the Zonal Coordinator, Zone A, ACG Hammi Swomen, emphasized the importance of the workshop to the mandates of the service.

He stated that the workshop is timely and the Service views it with great importance, “it is significant in view of our mandates in controlling movement of goods across our borders in and out of the country, protection of Nigerian Economy, collection of revenue and accounting for same, trade facilitation and implementation of National and International protocols, including the ECOWAS protocols on the free movement of persons and goods.”

He noted that the Service is working increasingly to educate border communities and doing so with strategic stakeholders such as traditional rulers, local and state governments.

He, therefore, appealed to traditional rulers to give the service the needed support by educating their subjects against smuggling and assist the NCS in its anti-smuggling activities.

His words, “I will, at this point, like to appeal to the traditional rulers to give the Service the necessary support in educating their subjects against smuggling and assist the Service in its anti-smuggling activities. It will greatly help the Service and other security agencies where development is brought to our border areas”.

On his part, the Deputy Governor of Oyo State, His Excellency Adebayo Lawal, urged the DG National Boundary Commission to come up quickly with a Bill to be presented before the National Assembly in a way that will increase the budgetary provisions annually to cater for all the challenges faced by border communities.

Adamu Adaji, DG National Boundary Commission, stated that the workshop is intended to sensitize the people on unity and integration along the borderline.

“It is a workshop intended to sensitize our people to the fact that we have a boundary, but it is not unmindful of the fact that the people of Nigeria and Benin Republic share so much in common.”

“We want to take advantage of the oneness of these people along the border corridor, to see how we can enhance corporation which will help a long way to combat security challenges and promote cross border corporation and development of the border areas of the two nations.” He concluded.

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NCCSC Commandant Commends CGC Adeniyi’s Support for Training Programs



Author: Muhammad Bashir.

The Commandant of the Nigeria Customs Command and Staff College (NCCSC) Gwagwalada, Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs Kingsley Egwuh, lauded the unwavering support of the Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC) Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR for the College’s training initiatives.

ACG Egwuh extended his commendation during a recent interaction at his Office on Wednesday, February 7th, 2024, following a two-day capacity-building workshop focused on installing Virtual Reality Technology systems.

He said, “Under CGC Adeniyi’s leadership, the NCCSC has undergone significant advancements, including the establishment of a Language Lab, the provision of advanced training for officers, and the introduction of new courses.”

The Commandant added, “These transformations reflect the CGC’s commitment to equipping customs officers with contemporary knowledge and skills essential for effective service delivery.”

Emphasizing the significance of the VRT training supported by the World Customs Organization and Customs Corporation of Korea, ACG Egwuh underscored its role in enhancing Officers’ understanding of physical inspection procedures at ports.

He highlighted the pivotal role of trained officers in disseminating acquired knowledge to facilitate broader adoption of technology-based capacity-building initiatives within the Customs Service.

ACG Egwuh applauded CGC Adeniyi’s strategic policy framework, centered on consolidation, collaboration, and innovation, to enhance Officers’ exposure to technological advancements.

Describing his appointment as a call to service, he emphasized the critical role of the NCCSC in training and retraining Officers, as well as grooming middle-level Officers for higher responsibilities, especially in leadership and weapon handling, amongst other fields.

With an annual training capacity of at least 250 Officers, comprising Superintendents of Customs and Chief Superintendents, the Commandant highlighted the College’s pivotal role in upholding service standards and enhancing the reputation of the Nigeria Customs Service.

He reiterated CGC Adeniyi’s steadfast support for the College’s programs, underscoring its significant contribution to the Service’s operational excellence.

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JAMB Registers 1.8 million Candidates, for 2022 UTME



JAMB Registers 1.8 million Candidates, for 2022 UTME

Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, on Sunday said a total of 1,837,011 candidates were successfully captured in the registration for the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) programme




An estimated revenue of a total of N8.6 billion was generated. Out of the lump sum, a total of 776 computer-based test centres that took part in the exercise will share an estimated amount of N1.3 billion at the rate of N700 per candidate registered by each of the centres.


The Board also pledged support for the CBT centre owners over the sudden increase in the prices of diesel and the erratic power supply suffered nationwide recently.

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