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Foundation, FCMB urge youths to seize entrepreneurial opportunities





By Kazeem Olanrewaju and Nafisat Sobowale
Lagos, Feb. 6, 2019 (NNN) Mrs Iwalola Akin-Jimoh, Executive Secretary, Youth Empowerment Foundation (YEF), has advised youths to be optimistic as entrepreneurs and seize every opportunity that come their way in the process of carrying out their entrepreneurial activities.

Akin-Jimoh gave the advice at the Graduation Ceremony for 2018 Empowered for the Future Project Beneficiaries (E4F), organised by the Youth Empowerment Foundation (YEF) and supported by FCMB in Lagos on Wednesday.

She said that there was the need for youths to beware of relationships that will not add value to their lives.

According to her, this can hinder them from becoming successful entrepreneurs.

“One of the things that actually debars youths from achieving their goals is the kind of relationships they keep.

“You have to be careful of the relationships you keep; if you are in a relationship that does not add value to you as a person, you are not supposed to be in that relationship.

“If you are in a relationship where anyone is putting you under pressure to go against your values, you have to put an end to that relationship.

“Par adventure, you go against your values, you will not be able to do the things that you are supposed to do and you will eventually fail in your quest to becoming a successful entrepreneur,’’ she said.

She urged parents and guardians not to expose their children to situations that might put the children’s lives at risk because the perpetrators of child abuse and other nefarious activities were people that live within their immediate environment.

“Those people who rape, those people who persuade these children to do what they are not supposed to do are people in our immediate environment.

“If you have a good relationship with your child, your child will tell you what is happening to him or her, the threats and challenges; there is need to develop closer relationship without children.

“We need to respect their opinions and not expose them to situations that might compromise their future or their state of health as the case maybe,’’ Akin-Jimoh said.

Contributing,  Mr Micheal Nwoseh, Head, Youth Segment Unit, FCMB, said that the youths have been given all they need to become great and successful entrepreneurs.

“You guys are on a journey and you have taken the first step of getting trained.

“FCMB has committed resources, human resources and a whole lot of things to train and get you prepared for the future, all you have to do now is to seize and maximize those opportunities.’’

According to him, youths are in a generation where opportunities abound and given the needed support, they utilise them.

He advised the youth to be optimistic, hardworking and have persistent abilities.

He added that youths should leverage on financial, human and social capitals to make a difference and become successful entrepreneurs.

“Take note of the three capitals I mentioned because the environment poses a whole lot of opportunities; I believe you are different from the person out there and when you go out there you will succeed,’’ Nwoseh said.

Mrs Sarah Igoh, a parent to one of the beneficiaries, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) that the empowerment programme had helped her son to become a fashion designer in three weeks and showed appreciation to YEF and FCMB for the initiative.

She urged government at all levels to encourage youths with opportunities for financial capital to help them be self-reliant.

One of the beneficiaries, Mr Johnson Ikezoalu, who acquired a skill in Software Engineering, said he now manages a business and finances himself without depending on his parents.

He commended the YEF and FCMB for the initiative and for making him realise his dream.

He said that his goal is to become one of the most successful software engineers in Nigeria and God helping him, he will work hard to attain the heights.
(Editing by Vivian Ihechu/Peter Ejiofor)


COVID-19: BUA Foundation donates N200m, 5 ambulances to Lagos govt



BUA Foundation on Tuesday in Lagos donated N200 million and five ambulances to the Lagos State government to strengthen the state’s COVID-19 response plan.

Mr O’tega Ogra, Group Head, Corporate Communications, BUA Group, said in a statement that the Group Chief Operating Officer of the group, Chimaobi Madukwe, presented the ambulances and cheque to the First Lady of Lagos state, Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu.

Madukwe commended the effort of the state in curbing the effects of the virus, noting that BUA would continue to support various efforts across Nigeria to stop the virus.

“As a responsible corporate citizen, we felt a responsibility to support the state government and the people during these times.

“We are proud to be associated with the Lagos State government in this fight against the coronavirus.

“We are keen in contributing our quota where needed to end the pandemic and these ambulances are to ensure the people of Lagos state get the best medical attention.

“We are working tirelessly with various stakeholders to further identify places where help is needed, and had since set aside a grant in addition to this cash donation and five ambulances from which some projects are being carried out,” Madukwe said.

Receiving the donations on behalf of the Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the First Lady of Lagos state, Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, said the donation was critical to the COVID-19 fight.

Sanwo-Olu commended the foundation and the BUA Chairman, Abdul Samad Rabiu for the gesture, saying it would strengthen the state’s response to the pandemic.

Edited By: Salif Atojoko (NAN)

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Buratai lays foundation for construction of Nigeria army reference hospital in Maiduguri



The Chief of Army Staff (COAS),Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Monday laid the foundation for construction of 200-bed-capacity Nigerian Army Reference Hospital in Maiduguri.

Buratai said while commissioning the project that the establishment of the hospital would be of immense benefit, not only to the military, but also to the people of the Northeast.

He said that Nigerian army was committed to ensuring welfare of its personnel  and their families,  including families of deceased colleagues.

“We are gathered here today to give boost to our effort  by providing effective and efficient healthcare services to personnel, their families, as well as the  public within the northeast,”he said.

He explained that the evacuation of personnel  to military reference hospital in Kaduna had often resulted in loss of valuable time, especially in emergency cases, in addition to the stress the  patients went through during movement to access medical care.

“It is on this premise that the Nigerian Army decided to construct the 200 bed capacity hospital to provide tertiary level care to our troops ,as well as their families and the good people of the Northeast,” he said.

The COAS said that the hospital, when completed, would be adequately staffed and equipped to meet international standards..

“Let me use the medium to commend the officers and men of the Nigerian army for their gallantry in their various operations across the country.

“I must say that they have made remarkable progress in fight against ‘Boko Haram,’ISWAP, and other criminal elements in the country.

“I urged our gallant troops to keep it up and remain professional in performing our constitutional responsibilities,” he said.

The COAS urged relevant stakeholders to support the initiative to enable speedy completion of the projects.

Buratai commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his continued support to the Nigerian Army and Gov. Babagana  Zulum of Borno for approving  the land for siting of the project.

In his remarks,  Zulum said that establishment of the hospital would boost the health care requirements and welfare of troops and their families.

Represented by his Chief Of Staff, Alhaji Babagana Wakil,  Zulum said  the laudable project would not only meet the health needs of the troops but also that of members of the  public.

“It  will  also serve as a morale booster,as well as strengthen the civil-military relationship and add value to the development of the northeast,” he said.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma (NAN)

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Foundation reiterates commitment to educational support to orphans, vulnerable children



The Ane Osiobe International Foundation, an NGO, has reiterated its commitment to support the educational programmes of orphans, poor and vulnerable children in the country.


Dr Ejiro Osiobe, the Chief Financial Officer of the Foundation, made the commitment in a statement on Monday in Abuja, to mark the organisation’s five years of service.


He said the Foundation had been donating educational materials to various schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) since 2015.


According to him, the Foundation is committed to positive change, through educational support, care for the poor and vulnerable groups in the society for economic development of the country.


“I will start with a quote I play all the time in my head, no one is asking you to be Mandela, Malala or Obama; we’re are asking you to be the best version of yourself.


“What is the best version of one’s self? It is the state of mind that desires and strives to be better every day, not comparing one’s progress with others.’’


The officer also said that the organisation’s aim was to see how it could help children achieve their dreams “so that those who want to become great will achieve their desired goals.’’


He said that the Foundation had supported not fewer than 100 schools in the provision of educational materials across the six area councils of the FCT.


“Once again, we at the Ane Osiobe International Foundation will like to thank all the schools that welcomed us during the past five years.


“We promise to keep the Foundation’s founding fathers principle and by the grace of God will be allies of positive change to the Nigerian economy.


“Our philosophy is what keeps us moving at Ane Osiobe International Foundation; The Ane Osiobe Trendsetters Department, has concluded that ‘poverty isn’t a money problem but an opportunity problem,” he said.


He also urged Nigerians to make deliberate efforts in showing love through educational support and care to widows and their children to ensure their moral, social, physical and academic well-being.


He added that the NGO founded in 2015, in honour of Mrs Ann Osiobe, was established by Ejiro U. Osiobe and co-founded by Nyore Osiobe, to support education in the country.



Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Obike Ukoh (NAN)


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No Tobacco Day: Foundation begins anti smoking campaign in Northern states



A Kaduna based NGO, The Eye Opener Youth  and Women Foundation, says it has began house-to-house campaign and using social media platforms to sensitise the youth against the use of tobacco across the states in the North.

Mrs Margaret Julius, the founder, told journalists on Saturday in Kaduna that in spite of the COVID-19 lockdown, the foundation would try to reach as many households as possible during the campaign which would run throughout June.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the campaign is ahead of the World No Tobacco Day, marked on May 31, every year.

She said that the aim was to raise more awareness on the dangers of tobacco to human health, in order to reduce the number of deaths among youth and teenagers across the country.

Julius said millions of people die annually as a result of diseases associated with tobacco smoking across the world.

According to her, the World Health Organization 2020 report has indicated that tobacco kills more than eight million people each year and more are affected with various cancer problems.

She stressed that smoking not only caused cancer, but also damaged nearly every organ in the body, including the lungs, heart, blood vessels, reproductive organs, mouth, skin, eyes, and bones.

Julius noted that teenage cigarette smokers were more likely to get into fights, carry weapons, attempt suicide, suffer mental health problems such as depression, and engage in high-risk sexual behaviors.

“This doesn’t necessarily mean that tobacco use caused these behaviors, but they’re more common in teens who use tobacco now a days.

“The teenagers and youths of now a days used the new method of smoking using decorated Pot Called Shisha which enabled them ton mixed cigaratte and othe traditional leaves to make them feel okey.”

She also said that the campaign was also to draw the attention of second hand smokers on the dangers they expose themselves to living with people who smoke.

“Smoking tobacco affects human health in many ways which include, increased risk of gum disease and tooth loss, wounds taking longer to heal, decreased immune system function.

“Increased risk of type 2 diabetes, decreased sense of smell and taste, premature aging of the skin, bad breath and stained teeth.

“Increased risk for cataracts, higher risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, increased risk for age-related macular degeneration, which can cause blindness.

“Smoking damages the airways and small air sacs in smokers  lungs. This damage starts early in smokers, and lung function continues to worsen as long as the person smokes.

“Still, it may take years for the problem to become noticeable enough for lung disease to be diagnosed.”

Meanwhile, the Director, African Climate Reporters, Nurudden Bello, has called for total ban on smoking in playgrounds, park, markets, stadium and other public places in the country “to reduce the chances of children growing up thinking that using cigarettes is normal.”

He said that the ban would protect people from the dangers of secondhand smoke.

According to him, researchers have indicated that teen tobacco users are more likely to use alcohol and illegal drugs than non-users, as such parents must monitor and advice their children properly.

Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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COVID-19: Foundation partners FCTA to curtail spread



Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation has sought the partnership of the Federal Capital Territorial Administration (FCTA) to join in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Hajia Amina Abdulrahman, the Director of Planning and Research for the foundation made the request during the donation of 1,500 pieces of facemasks to the administration on Friday in Abuja.

Abdulrahman said that the 19 northern states of the federation had so far benefited from the philanthropic gesture the foundation was rendering to Nigerians to put a smile on their faces.

“Our board of directors and advisory council deemed it fit that we should contribute to the fight against this pandemic in the 19 northern states and the FCT; this is to augment what they have done by adding our own.

“This is what informed our mission to partner the FCTA in the fight against this virus through this contribution in our own little way,” she said.

According to her, when the time is right, the foundation will think of other ways to help the economy and help people get back in terms of recovering by levering on what the foundation does most.

Receiving the items, the Acting Secretary, Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS), Dr Mohammed Kawu appreciated the donation.

According to Kawu, government alone at all levels cannot fight against the struggle to curtail the fight on COVID-19 without the tangible contributions from well-meaning Nigerians.

Kawu said that the donation of the facemasks would go a long way to curtail the spread of the virus, adding that the donation would be put to meaningful use by the secretariat.

Edited By: Grace Yussuf (NAN)

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Foundation awards scholarship to 5 Nigerian girls, others 



Working to Advance Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, Education for African Women (STEMWAAW) Foundation has awarded scholarship to ten college girls in Africa for their studies.

The Chief Operating Officer of the foundation, Mrs Loveth Imo, disclosed this on Friday in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.

Imo said that the scholarship was awarded to the girls because they were under-privileged, from poor socio-economic backgrounds in public schools.

The WAAW foundation need-based scholarship is awarded to African female undergraduate college students studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines in colleges in Africa from age 18-32 years.

“We provide 500 dollars to support underprivileged girls such as orphans, girls impacted by HIV or girls from low-income families who demonstrate proven financial need while studying a STEM-related degree course.

“Scholars are mentored to become college-to-secondary STEM advocates, leaders, and change agents, who give back to their communities and promote technology innovation for problem-solving.

“In the past years, WAAW foundation’s awards up to five girls and from 2007 to date, WAAW foundation has awarded a total of 74 girls from over 20 African countries.

In 2020, WAAW foundation increased its impact and has awarded ten girls from nine universities and six African countries,” she said.

According to her, girls who go to school and stay in school are able to find jobs, and they spend most of their incomes on their families.

She further said that the young women impact their families, communities and country at large.

Imo said the students were accessed through virtual interviews after a written application.

The official added that the foundation had alumni community, where they constantly mentor the girls, connect them to jobs or internship programmes upon graduation and also employ some.

“We have employed over 10 fellows in the last five years either through internship and our goal is that they graduate with a degree and be relevant in their community, especially to the younger girls,” Imo said.

The girls are five Nigerians, which included Miracle Ufodiama, studying Computer Science in University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Ajakaiye Rita, studying Physics Electronics in Federal University of Technology, Akure.

Other Nigerian students are Nweze Perpetua, Agricultural Extension, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Naomi Oborewori, Mechanical Engineering from Delta State University and Goodness Esene studying Petroleum Engineering in University of Benin.

The other girls are Delelegne Yenework studying Software Engineering in Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, Paskalina Amos, Computer Engineering in University of Dodoma,Tanzania, Orera Anita, Geomatic Engineering and Geospatial Information Systems in Jomo Kenyatta University, Kenya.

Others are Tawiah Macbeth, studying Oil and Gas Engineering in All Nations University College, Ghana and Marcella Ishimwe, studying Architecture in University of Rwanda.

WAAW foundation is a non-profit making organisation with the mandate to empower girls in Africa by increasing the number of girls educated in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.

The foundation also encourages the girls’ engagement in technology, entrepreneurship and innovation to benefit Africa.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Felix Ajide (NAN)

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NMA lays foundation for multi billion naira headquarters



The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has pledged timely completion of its multi billion naira headquarters’ building in Abuja, using indigenous construction experts.

The President of the Association, Dr Francis Faduyile, said this at the ground breaking ceremony of the the proposed seven-storey-building on Wednesday.

Faduyile said that the project, which would cost over eight billion naira, would boost the image of NMA when completed.

He explained that the project was delayed because the association had  legal battles over the ownership of the plot of land located in the Maitama Area of Abuja.

He said that it took the commitment and doggedness of the NMA executives to win most of the cases to arrive at the actual commencement of the building.

”We met a lot of court cases on this land and resolving those cases took a lot of time. But we are happy that everything is fine now and the actual construction is commencing,” Faduyile said.

He commended members of the association, its local organising committee, the building committee headed by Dr. Frank Odafe and other stakeholders for their determination and doggedness.

He promised that the building would be ready in a few years time.

On the choice of an indigenous company for the construction of the building, the president said that as an association, NMA encouraged the use of indigenous professionals to achieve its aim.

He also commended Dutum Construction Company Limited, the firm handling the project,  for its resolute to ensure the commencement of the work.

Speaking on behalf of the building committee, Odafe said that with God on the committee’s side, the building would be delivered in due time.

Also, the Managing Director of the construction company, Mr Tope Runsewe, appreciated the NMA for trusting them with the project.

He gave assurance that the company would deploy all the professionalism at its disposal to ensure that the building is completed in due course according to specifications.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo and Isaac Aregbesola (NAN)

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WHO announces launch of WHO Foundation to support critical health needs




The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday announced the creation of the WHO Foundation, an independent grant-making entity that will support the organization’s efforts to address the most pressing global health challenges.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a virtual press conference from Geneva that the idea to support the establishment of the WHO Foundation dated back to February 2018, and “today it gives us enormous pleasure to launch it officially.”

“For WHO to fulfil its mission and mandate, there is a clear need to broaden our donor base, and to improve both the quantity and quality of funding we receive,” he said.

According to the WHO, headquartered in Geneva, the Foundation will support global public health needs by providing funds to the WHO and trusted implementing partners, but is legally separate from WHO.

A WHO spokesperson told reporters on Wednesday in a press release that in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the WHO Foundation will initially focus on emergencies and pandemic response, and will also raise and disburse funds for all WHO global public health priorities.


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Chinese foundations donate medical supplies to Timor-Leste for fight against COVID-19




The medical supplies jointly donated by Jack Ma Foundation & Alibaba Foundation to Timor-Leste arrived at the Dili airport by a cargo plane on Tuesday.

Chinese Ambassador Xiao Jianguo, Timor-Leste’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Dionisio Babo, the WHO Representative to Timor-Leste and other officials from the Timor-Leste government attended the handover ceremony at the airport.

Ambassador Xiao said China has dispatched two chartered flights to Timor-Leste in a month to help Timorese people fight against COVID-19 and thanked Jack Ma Foundation & Alibaba Foundation for their kindness and generosity.

The supplies included face masks, medical gloves, personal protective equipment (PPE), face shields, testing kits, handy thermometers and ventilators.

Minister Babo thanked China and Jack Ma Foundation & Alibaba Foundation on behalf of the Timorese government. He believed that with the sincere help of the international community, especially the Chinese government and enterprises, Timor-Leste will win the fight against COVID-19 at a early date.


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