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FG launches Commodity and Export Department Young Professionals Programme

The FG has launched the CED-YP programme to enable youth career development needed to boost the nation’s economy.



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The Federal Government has launched the Commodity and Export Department Young Professionals Programme (CED-YP) to enable young Nigerian professionals to build and network skills needed for public administration expertise.

This was launched on Monday by the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Niyi Adebayo. The scheme would be organized by the ministry’s Commodity and Export Department.

The Minister said that the programme would enable career development needed to boost the nation’s economy and it would serve as a continuous career development strategy to trigger speedy economic growth. He added that the beneficiaries would be exposed to other career development schemes organized by multilateral organizations.

He said, “The initiative will also provide an avenue to link up with other international sponsored professional development programmes such as World Trade Organisation (WTO), UNICEF, New and Emerging Talent Initiative (NETI), and World Bank young professionals programmes.

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The Minister also said that the scheme would help young professionals with decision-making abilities and policy implementation in the globalized world.

What they are saying

Dr. Sanni Gwarzo, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, commented that the scheme was important, as it will help to elevate skilled capital needed for economic development.

“Globally, young professional programmes are used for human capital development, which is an essential component in nation-building. Skilled human capital has been pivotal and considered to be one of the fundamental solutions to the challenges of economic growth and development. We are looking forward to seeing the work plan going forward, as well as witnessing the exploits of this great plan,” Gwarzo said.

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Just-in: FG approves establishment of SIM Swap centres by MTN, Airtel, Glo, others

FG has approved the establishment of SIM Swap Centres by Mobile Network Operators (MNO).



The Federal Government has approved the establishment of SIM Swap Centres by Mobile Network Operators (MNO) and also extended their enrolment license tenure.

This was disclosed by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) via it’s Twitter handle on Wednesday.

Shortly after a meeting of Ministerial Task Force on the NIN/SIM registration, the Minister of Communication, Isa Pantami explained that the decision was taken to allow MNO to open SIM Swap centres across all Local Government Areas in Nigeria.

He said, “Approval was also given for the extension of the tenure of NIN enrollment agent licenses for MNOs from 1 to 5 years in consideration of their satisfactory performance, subject to continuous monitoring.”


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Lagos seals 35 building sites after visits to Magodo, Ogudu, Eti-Osa, others

This enforcement of its physical planning laws is being carried out by LASBCA and the LASPPPA on behalf of the state government.



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The Lagos State Government has commenced the massive enforcement of its physical planning laws to prevent building collapse and illegal developments, as it sealed 35 building sites for various contraventions.

This exercise is being carried out by the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) and Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA) on behalf of the state government, with the team visiting several construction sites and buildings in Eti-Osa, Magodo, Ogudu, Gbagada Phase II and several other Local Government Areas.

According to a report from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), this disclosure was contained in a statement issued by Mr Gbadeyan Abdulraheem, Spokesman for LASBCA, on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.

He said the enforcement was to prevent haphazard construction from preliminary stages and to stop distressed buildings from causing havoc.

Abdulraheem said the enforcement team was led by Mr Gbolahan Oki, the General Manager of LABSCA. He added that LASBCA sealed a distressed building at No. 33 Oko Baba Street, Ebute Metta and dispersed children using the building as a school.

Oki said 35 sites were sealed for various contraventions including illegal demolition, construction without permit and failure to obtain necessary authorisation from LASBCA and LASPPPA.

Oki said, “The enforcement drive will be a continuous exercise.’’

The general manager appealed to Lagos residents to follow proper channels in processing their construction works and obtaining necessary permits from the state government.

He said the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration was committed to ensuring that buildings in Lagos state were designed, constructed and maintained to high standards of safety so as to avoid loss of lives and property, through the existing building regulatory system.

Oki said LASPPPA’s role was to ascertain and validate the approvals obtained by the various construction sites visited, as well as monitor layouts and development schemes.

He added that LABSCA, on the other hand, was for the identification of distressed and non-conforming buildings and inspection/certification of various stages of building construction works.

What you should know

  • The Lagos State Government has for several months been on an enforcement drive of the state’s physical planning laws, so as to restore order and prevent the distortion of the ecosystem of the entire state and preserve the environment.
  • This has led to the demolition of illegal structures that either did not get approval or did not conform to the approved building plan or physical planning laws in such areas as Lekki Phase 1, Ikoyi, Magodo, Ogudu GRA, Ajao Estate, Ikeja and so on.

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