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Association calls for expansion of access roads to Lagos ports

Eid-el-Fitr: Low patronage worries Zaria tailors (metro)

ZARIA – Some tailors in Zaria, Kaduna State, have expressed concern over low patronage barely a week to Eid-el-Fitr (Sallah celebration).

The tailors expressed their worry in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Zaria on Friday.

Malam Mohammed Kabir, a tailor at Tudun Wada market, attributed the development to paucity of funds in the hands of the public.

“This low patronage had shown that people don’t have enough money to purchase clothing materials unlike before where people troop with different materials, especially for their children.

“Remember today is the 21st day of Ramadan, but as you can see the workload on us is very low compared to last Sallah,” he said.

Malam Babangida Tela, a tailor in Zaria-city, observed that people were more concerned about what to eat on Sallah day than what to wear.

“Some of our customers said they prefer to sew clothes for their children and buy meat for the family instead of clothing all members of the family.

“It is normal that children need to wear new clothes on Eid day than others because it has become part of them while the elderly can manage with what is obtainable when economy is low,” he said.

On his part, Alhaji Ibrahim Mohammed, a parent, said the economy was biting harder, hence the need to adjust.

Mohammed said that Eid was a special day not only for children, but for all Muslims. (NAN) ————————————————————————————————

MDGs: Ekiti spends N12bn to train health workers, teachers (health)

ABUJA – The Focal Person, Ekiti State Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Mr Owolabi Adeniyi, said on Friday that the state had spent N12 million to train health workers and primary school teachers.

Adeniyi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the health workers were trained and deployed to the various local government areas in the state.

“Our intervention covers renovation of schools. We provide the school furniture and teachers’ furniture for schools.

“Most of the schools need intervention in that aspect especially where we need to support the government in providing some basic infrastructure.

“In Ekiti state, we`ve trained primary school teachers where about N6 billion was expended on the training.

“We equally trained health workers, where about N6 billion was equally expended.”

He said the scheme was launched by the MDGs office nationwide to improve uptake and utilisation of health care facilities provided by the Federal Government and other stakeholders.

Adeniyi also said that the scheme sensitised  individuals, households and communities to always take advantage of health care facilities provided in the communities.

He added that the teachers were trained to ensure that the state engaged qualified teachers to improve the quality of education in the state.

[eap_ad_1] “The project also concentrated on the drilling of boreholes, procurement of medical equipment, constructions of medical facilities, improvement on existing school facilities, among others.

“These are small projects that will not take time to do. I want to assure you that we do not have any challenge because many of these projects were done within a month.

“The procurement of the medical equipment aspect had been done within a month and we don’t see the drilling of borehole as a challenge.

“The moment the geophysical survey is done between the next one and two months the borehole will be ready. These are small projects that are not too cumbersome to implement.

“We are covering all the local governments. My state has 16 LGAs. We have already covered 13 of them.

“The remaining three are what we are doing and before the end of the year they will be completed,’’ he said. (NAN) ————————————————————————————————

Association calls for expansion of access roads to Lagos ports (biz)

LAGOS – The Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO), on Friday called for the expansion of the roads leading to Lagos ports to reduce the congestion experienced on a daily basis.

Its Chairman, Chief Remi Ogunbgemi, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the expansion would end the impatience and recklessness among users of the access roads.

Ogunbgemi criticised the constitution of a taskforce to patrol the roads, saying that it would only add to the problems being experienced.