توقيع اتفاقية تنسيق الحركة الدولية بين الأمانة العامه للهلال الأحمر الليبي واللجنة الدولية للصليب الأحمر والاتحاد الدولى لجمعيات الهلال والصليب الاحمر ، تهدف هذه الاتفاقية للاستجابة للحركة المنسقة للاحتياجات الانسانية المتزايدة فى ليبيا .

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  1. Name what you want and they will fabricate it within minutes.

    Their raw materials are usually disused items: discarded soft drink cans, wires and anything aluminum-based.
    Such is their proficiency that many say they are second only to the famous technologists of Aba, Abia State.
    In the North, however, everyone agrees that the fabricators of Panteka Market have no rival.

    Its popularity in Kaduna State and across the North
    is based on nothing else but the fabricators’ phenomenal use of
    local technology to produce a variety of products and
    turning waste to wealth.

    When our reporter visited the market, the technology of their displayed products was
    striking, especially because the craftsmen never to school.

    A 30-year-old man told the reporter that it takes him less than 10 minutes to produce four
    big aluminum pots.

    Ahmed Modibbo, leader of the aluminum pots fabricators took the reporter through
    the process of aluminum pot production. The first step, he said, is collecting aluminum material, like cans, deodorant containers and wires,
    among others, and melting them into liquid.

    According to him, “it is compulsory to subject the aluminum to constant heat. So, we have a fanning system made with bike wheel, which is connected with a pipe to the melting pot. When the fire gets to the highest degree, the aluminum will start melting into liquid and dripping into a container kept under the pot through a hole.

    “After that, the liquid is collected and poured into another pot where it is further subjected to heat.
    Inside the workshop as you can see here, clay sand is moulded round a sample
    of the pot, with required inscriptions on the sand.”

    North Report’s crew was still at the ‘mini factory’ when the highly heated aluminum liquid was poured into the four carved sand to solidify. Amazingly, within five minutes, four big pots were ready for use. But it requires finishing, which is giving to another section to file and make the pot shine.

    Modibbo who said he inherited the trade from his father, said he and his team produce minimum of eight big aluminum pots a day, depending on the availability of aluminum material at their disposal. He also disclosed that, each of the big pots is sold for N10,000.

    However, Modibbo said the greatest challenge they face in the job lack of support from government, arguing that, countries like Singapore, China and Japan are industrial giants today, because of efforts of craftsmen like us. But, unfortunately our own government lays emphasis on paper qualification and not productivity.

    His plea to the government is to create an enabling environment for craftsmen to strive in their creative world and support them through provision of working tools and protective wears, which would help reduce accidents in their work.

    According to him, “as you can see, this work is dangerous and risky.
    Sometimes, we have accident, if one is not careful,
    some of the insecticide or deodorant cans we put in fire do explode and injure
    us. But, if we get protective jackets and industrial wears from government, the accident
    will certainly reduce. So, with government’s support,
    there is nothing we cannot produce in this market”.

    Modibbo’s claim was later confirmed by North Report, when it visited another section of the market, where ‘Ice block’ making freezer is fabricated. This section is equally very busy with highly skilled, but apparently not educated craftsmen at work.

    One of the leading craftsmen who identified himself as Ashimu Baba, but popularly called ‘Engineer’ among his colleagues said, everything used in constructing the freezer is sourced from within Panteka market. The materials used include iron sheet, aluminium sheet, compressors and cooling pipes among others.

    Baba explained that, though the freezers are locally made, they produce ice blocks faster than the imported ones. And the freezers sell for between N100,000 to N700,000, depending on the size, number of compressors and quality of materials used in producing them.

    Panteka can become the industrial haven of Northern Nigeria, considering the variety products being produced in the market. From household materials like candle, candle stand, kerosene lamp, cooking stove, utensils to industrial materials like shovel, rake, digger and working tools are produced in the market. It was also gathered that, automobile parts are produced in the market.

    Panteka is an untapped goldmine for Nigeria. Federal Government and its relevant agencies need to put necessary machinery in motion to reap the benefits of this unique market.

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