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Shell invest N48m in 120 new entrepreneurs in Niger Delta



Shell invest N48m in 120 new entrepreneurs in Niger Delta

No fewer than 120 youths drawn across eight states in the Niger Delta on Tuesday in Port Harcourt received 400,000 each as grant to invest in new businesses.
Mr Igo Weli, General Manager, External Relations, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) handed cheques to the beneficiaries at the SPDC/Joint Venture-sponsored 2018 Regional Graduation and Award Ceremony of its LiveWire programme.
He said the beneficiaries were drawn from Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Imo and Rivers.
According to him, the 120 beneficiaries joined about 6,952 youths who had been trained in enterprise development and management since the programme’s inception in 2003.
“Shell LiveWire programme enables young people to start their own businesses and create employment for themselves and others.
“The programme launched in 2003, has produced 7,072 Niger Delta entrepreneurs most of whom are now employers of labour.
“Also, some of the beneficiaries have been given the opportunity to play in SPDC’s supply chain as vendors, partners as well as linked to growth capital from other agencies,” he said.
Weli, represented by Mrs Gloria Udoh, SPDC’s Manager, Social Performance and Investment, said that aside training and funding, the programme also assisted youths with ideas to draw up their business plans.
He added that no fewer than 70 per cent of the beneficiaries since the programme’s launch had become successful business owners across different industries.
“The programme was designed to contribute to economic empowerment and job creation for Niger Delta youths in SPDC host communities.
“The current beneficiaries received entrepreneurship training, wrote business plans and pitched their business ideas before 120 best-performing among applicants were selected.
“The selected beneficiaries will receive N48 million or 400,000 each of business start-up grant. We expect that they will successfully establish or expand their chosen businesses,” he said.
Weli said the success of the livewire programme necessitated SPDC to launch a special livewire programme in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa which targeted university graduates, secondary school leavers and market women.
Other livewire programmes are for Ogoni youths as well as Livewire Women for Otumara community in Excravos, Delta.
The Most Outstanding Beneficiary, Mrs Emy Harry, said the programme equipped her with requisite knowledge and skills to handle her tools with which she works.
Harry said the skills would enable her to open up a plastic recycling company in the Niger Delta.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) reports that representatives of Rivers Government, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and financial institutions.
They commended the programme and expressed willingness to partner with SPDC to develop youths in the region. (NNN)

Edited by Janefrances Oraka/Ejike Obeta

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Film corporation trains 120 youths on entrepreneurship skills in Ekiti



The Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) on Friday commenced a two-day training for about 120 youths in Ekiti on entrepreneurial, business and networking skills.

Declaring the entrepreneurial training open in Ado-Ekiti, the Head, Production and Industry Support Services, Mr Edmund Peters, said the training which was facilitated by Sen. Biodun Olujimi, (Ekiti South).

The training was part of Olujimi’s programmes aimed at addressing challenges of unemployment facing the nation’s youths.

Peters stated that it was developed to help young people achieve their career ambitions by providing guidance, support and assistance during their transition from school to meaningful employment.

He said that the training was the second to be facilitated and sponsored by the senator and had impacted positively in lives and directions on Nigerian youths.

“This is the second to be facilitated by Senator Olujimi with the first training for about 40 indigenes of her constituency (Ekiti South) and here we are for the second training.

“Youth empowerment has two broad modules; life and business skills. These are skills that young people are not taught in many Nigerian schools. The experience we have had so far showed that these young people are talented, but they need some help in understanding the best way to accomplish their goals.

“They have ideas of how to move this country forward with bankable business ideas. They need someone to guide them in the right direction to be able to actualise their full potentials,” he said.

The report of the training prepared by Dr Rosetta Nnsi, listed the areas of coverage to include: Film Production, Cinematography, Non Linear Editing, Script writing and Production Management.

Beneficiaries included: Producers, Directors, Cinematographers, Editors, Still photographers, Continuity, Digital and New Media, Production Managers and Scriptwriters.

The Managing Director of National Film Institute, Dr Chidia Maduekwe, urged participants to avail themselves the opportunities at the Institute where they could obtain diploma and higher degrees to the masters level in film production.

Maduekwe said the facilitators at the institute included Nollywood veterans and industry players as well as lecturers from the film institute.

The facilitator of the training, Olujimi urged beneficiaries to always strive to survive without white collar jobs, saying idle hands and minds were the devil’s workshop.

Represented by one of her aides, Mr Kunle Aina, the senator reiterated her commitment towards ensuring that youths in the state were given a new lease of life.

She promised that the training, which centered on youths across the 16 local government areas of the state, was to inspire them by unleashing their latent entrepreneurial skills and ideas for the benefit of Ekiti in particular and Nigeria in general.

She added that the goal was to motivate youths into a pool of individuals who would conceive business ideas, create employment opportunities and wealth.

The senator, however, stated that the programme would show to the world that Ekiti is home of intellectuals that were ready to showcase growth and sustainable development of entrepreneurs in the state.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the beneficiaries were picked across the three senatorial districts in the state with highest number from Ekiti south with 60 participants.

Edited by: Chioma Ugboma/Ismail Abdulaziz


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Legal Aid Council concludes 32 cases in 2 months in Kano



The Legal Aid Council of Nigeria, Kano Office, on Friday said that it had successfully concluded 32 cases between September and October.

The State Coordinator of the organisation, Alhaji Mukhtar Labaran, who made the disclosure in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Kano, disclosed that the cases comprised 21 criminal and 11 civil.

The Nigeria Legal Aid Council of Nigeria was established to assist indigent, who could not afford to pay for legal services.

The coordinator said that some of the civil cases were resolved out-of-court.

According to him, most of the civil cases were related to default in payment of pension and retirement benefits, mostly by privately-owned companies and Pension Fund Administrators (PFA).

He said that other cases bordered on land disputes, marriage issues and debt recovery.

“Some of the criminal cases handled include armed robbery, criminal breach of trust, homicide, rape and theft,” Labaran said.

Edited by: Tayo Ikujuni/Dada Ahmed


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FRC team inspects Benin Airport control tower project



A team of the Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC) inspected the control tower of the Benin Airport on Friday, pledging to prevail on the Federal Government to complete the project.

The leader of the team, Alhaji Ola Tijani, said that completion of the project was necessary for the safety of travelers using the airport.

Tijani, who is the Director of Monitoring and Evaluation of the FRC, said that visibility from the control tower was limited, a development, he said, that could compromise safety.

According to him, travelers are at risk using the airport because of poor visibility from the control tower.

He appealed to the Federal Ministry of Aviation and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria to re-access and prioritise their projects.

Tijani said that it was wrong for government agencies to embark on projects without considering how such projects would be funded.

The director noted, however, that the present administration had assured that projects it embarked upon would be completed before leaving office.

The team also inspected the dualisation of the Lokoja-Benin highway being handled by Reynolds Construction Company Ltd.

Inspecting the project, Tijani said the FRC was interested in ensuring prudence, transparency and accountability in the execution of Federal Government projects.

He called for synergy among companies handling projects for government so that the populace would enjoy the facilities when they needed them.

Edited by: Silas Nwoha


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Promo draw: Fidelity Bank rewards 31 customers 



Fidelity Bank Plc on Thursday gave out N19 million to 13  customers, who emerged winners in the “Get Alert in Millions Savings Promo Season 4” draw that is ongoing.

Nine customers received one million naira each, two got two million naira each and  two others received three  million naira each.

Eighteen customers also received consolation prizes.

Mr Nnamdi Okonkwo, Managing Director/Chief Executive, Fidelity Bank during the promo draw in Abuja said that the aim was to encourage good savings habit among customers.

Represented by Mr Mannir Ringim, Regional Bank Head, Northwest 1, Okonkwo said the draw was for the six regional offices across the country, which were Lagos, Abuja, South- South, Southeast, Southwest and North.

“So we are going to give out N19 million to 13 lucky customers in three categories like one  million naira, two  million naira and three  million naira categories.

“Apart from that we are also going to give 18 customers different consolation prizes, like 32 inch television set, 2.5kv generator and table-top refrigerator.”

He also said that the bank would be giving out a total of N34 million and 36 consolation prizes to beneficiaries at each draw.

“I want to also highlight the importance of this promo activities, what we are practically doing over the years as a bank is to buy into the national financial inclusion strategy of the nation.

“As you’re all aware, today in Nigeria over 50 million of the population are financially excluded and that represents over 45 per cent of the population we have in the country.

“And what that does is that it brings major impediment in the trajectory of the nation and for us in the Fidelity Bank, we have identified with the initiative that has been put forth by the Federal Government.

“As a result for the way forward, what we are practically doing is giving out this money so that we can encourage even non-savers to come and bank with us,” he said.

Similarly, Mrs Janet Nnabuko, Group Head, Savings, of the bank said that for one to qualify for the promo, one must be an existing customer and increase their savings by  N10, 000 or more.

“And one who opens a new account at zero balance and grows it to N20, 000 is qualified to participate in the promo,” Nnabuko added.

According to her, there are two categories of draws; monthly and bi-monthly draw.

“If you top up your account with N20, 000 you stand the chance of winning  one million naira to two  million naira as an existing customer.

“But as a new customer you are expected to open your account at zero balance and grow it up to N20, 000 you stand the chance of winning one million naira at the monthly draw.

“Then in bi-monthly draw you are expected to grow your balance with N50, 000 to stand the chance of winning three million naira for both existing and new customers. For the grand prize customers are expected to increase their balance with N200, 000,” she said.

Two beneficiaries of the draw, Mr Olawale Abdulgafar and Mrs Perpetua Maduike appreciated the bank for keeping its promise and urged the public to patronise the bank.

Edited by: Chukwudi Ekezie


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Train your children to be leaders of development, Mrs Oyetola’s urges parents



Mrs Kafayat Oyetola, Wife of Osun Governor, has called on parents to

train their children to be leaders of positive development in the society.

Speaking at the End-of-Year Children’s Party she organised on Thursday in Osogbo, the Osun First Lady appealed to parents to always make the issue of care and training of their children topmost priority.

She urged parents to rekindle in their children the mindset of greatness, discipline and dedication which would help them to contribute to the development of the society.

We should train our children to grow up to be great leaders in all aspects of societal development.

We should train them to be leaders of positive development and changes that will propel the greatness of our race.

We have all the necessary resources, which God has thankfully given us, to make them great, “Oyetola said.

The governor’s wife also urged mothers to engage in exclusive breast feeding of their newborns, adding that exclusive breastfeeding guarantees good living and protects children from various diseases and problems

Mrs Oyetola also warned against open defecation in the state, saying such act constituted major risks to to the well- being of the people.

She said she organised the party to enable the children to interact with political leaders, thereby creating a sense of desire in them to grow and help society and the state to develop.

Oyetola said the state government would continue to pay the right attention to issues concerning the development of children in the state.

In her remarks, Mrs Olubukola Olaboopo, Commissioner for Women and Children Affairs, commended the governor’s wife for organising the party.

Olaboopo urged parents to inculcate right moral values in their children for them to attain greatness in life.

Edited by: Buhari Bolaji/Wale Ojetimi




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