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Senate President begins training, empowerment program for 300 less privileged couples …leads FG delegation on condolence visit to Borno over killing of farmers


Nigeria, Abuja – President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Monday commenced a training and empowerment Programme for beneficiaries of the mass wedding scheme which he recently sponsored for his constituents in Yobe State.
The couples numbering 300 who are from less privileged families, according to the Senate President’s SA on Press, Ezrel Tabiowo were drawn from the six Local Government Areas in Yobe North Senatorial District.
The six Local Government Areas from which fifty (50) couples each were selected for the mass wedding scheme include: Bade, Jakusko, Nguru, Karasuwa, Machina and Yusufari.
The training and empowerment Programme for the newly wedded couples, Tabiowo said is being organized by the Senator Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan Foundation in collaboration with the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals.
The Programme which is split into two phases, he said will commence with the training and empowerment of the new brides from the 30th November to 4th December, 2020 at the College of Legal and Islamic Studies, Nguru; and Umar Suleiman College of Education, Gashua in Yobe North Senatorial District.
The second phase specifically meant for the Grooms is expected to run from the 7th December through 11th December, 2020.
Meanwhile, a Federal government delegation led by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan arrived in Maiduguri, Borno State by mid-day on Monday on a condolence visit over the killing of farmers at the weekend by terrorists.
Members of the delegation include the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, Ministers of Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello, Communications and Digital Economy, Ali Pantami and the Minister of State for Agriculture, Mustapha Baba Shehuri.
Other members are the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno(rtd) and Senior Special Assistant(Media and Publicity) to the President, Mallam Garba Shehu.
The delegation was received on arrival at the Airport by the Borno State Deputy Governor, Usman Umar Gadafu.
The delegation is in Borno, on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government, to commiserate and identify with the family of the victims, the Government and the people of Borno State over the incident.

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