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SMEDAN trains Adamawa school teachers on entrepreneurship



Nigeria’s Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN) has organised an intensive building capacity for primary and secondary schools teachers in Adamawa on entrepreneurship.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the three-day training kicked off on Thursday in Yola.

Mr Dikko Radda, the Director-General of the agency, said at the opening that the training was designed to enhance the capacity of the teachers who would in turn prepare and convert their pupils and students into entrepreneurs.

“There is much anxiety and uncertainty among Nigerian students about their future because of dearth of employment opportunities and their lack of entrepreneurial skills to go into new business ventures.

“It was on this premise that the Mind Shift Entrepreneurship Programme (MEP) was conceived by the agency,” Radda said.

He said the programme was designed to engage the vibrant energy of the nation’s students and youths and channel it into productive venture creation and management of their own businesses.

According to the director general, the programme is aimed at providing access to functional and hands-on entrepreneurship literacy and community service education to every primary and secondary student in Nigeria.

He said the programme has three main components that include entrepreneurship training the trainer (teachers), exposure to selected business skills, and post training and hands-on support.

He noted that the core objectives of the programme was to inculcate the culture of entrepreneurship to students of young age, involve many business and community leaders in the programme and to stimulate and facilitate the culture of entrepreneurship and community service in schools across the country, among others.

Hajiya Aishatu Umar, the Permanent Secretary, state Ministry of Education, said the state government was making effort toward implementation of entrepreneurship education.

Umar said that the participants were intensively selected and urged them to pay attention on the training in order to acquire more knowledge.

She thanked the agency for selecting Adamawa in the North East to start the pilot programme, adding that the ministry will use the opportunity to promote entrepreneurship education in all primary and secondary schools across the state.

NAN also reports that about 60 school teachers were participating in the training. (NAN)


Edited by Muhammad Suleiman Tola

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Ota tanker fire: Falana says victims should be compensated



Mr Femi Falana, (SAN) says he is ready to go to court in defence of any victim that was involved in the recent tanker fire incident at Sango-Ota in Ogun, or their willing family members.

Falana spoke on Wednesday at the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Zone 2 4th Quarter 2019 retreat held at Public Staff Development Centre (PSSDC) Magodo, Lagos.

According to him, somebody must be responsible for any traffic crash on the the road.

Recall that two persons died and six others were injured in a fire accident involving a petrol tanker close to the old toll gate at Sango-Ota, Ogun State on Thursday night.

Seventeen vehicles were burnt in the accident that happened around 11.55 pm, according to the FRSC Assistant Corps Commander in Ota, Mr Ganiyu Akeem.

Falana said he was ready to go to court to seek compensation for victims who lost their vehicles and the families of the dead victims Pro Bono.

“That is the whole essence of insurance; they must be compensated, so that we don’t turn their families to beggars on the streets.

“The case must be pursued, we must put smiles on peoples face,” he said.

Falana also tasked the FRSC to always get the authority involved to fix dilapidated roads to prevent future occurrence of such disaster.

According to him, the corps should not only check the road worthiness of vehicles, but also identify roads that are bad and channel the reports to appropriate agencies for rehabilitation.

“The corps must also ensure the reports of bad roads are constantly channelled to Ministry of Works.

‘The life span of every road is four years, FRSC must ensure both the federal and state government do their responsibilities as the case may be on road rehabilitation,” he said.

Falana also charged the FRSC to always discharge its duties in line with the law.

“Ignore big men who threaten you on the highways by making calls when they are arrested, do your work in line with the enabling law, always keep your record of any incident and shun briber;  then, we’ll be there to defend you,” said.

Mr Samuel Obayemi, the FRSC Zonal Commanding Officer in Charge of Ogun and Lagos States, earlier in his address, said that the corps had done well in terms of patrol operations in the zone.

Obayemi said that the corps was also trying to improve on its service delivery despite many cases of assault by members of the public against its officials.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the fourth quarter retreat involved Unit Commanders in both Ogun and Lagos States.

Edited by Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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Presidential panel on sexual, gender-based violence receives 96 complaints- NHRC



The presidential Special Investigation Panel on Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) in Nigeria has so far received 96 complaints and memoranda across the six geo-political zones on cases of sexual gender-based violence.

Mr Tony Ojukwu, the Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), made this known at the South-West public sitting of the panel on Wednesday in Lagos.

Ojukwu said that so far, the panel had received 96 complaints/memoranda across the six geo-political zones with South-East accounting for the highest number of 35, representing 37 per cent of the total complaints received.

He said that the North-Central accounts for 19; South-West has 15; North-West 12; South-South 11, while North-East has four.

Ojukwu said that the panel, which had conducted sitting in Abuja, was constituted following the complaint received on April 26, 2019 in respect of raids of night clubs and streets of Abuja by armed security personnel.

According to him, it was led by the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) under the auspices of the FCT Joint Task Force, claiming that the raids were intended to arrest prostitutes.

He said that victims of the raids, mostly women had made serious allegations of rape, sexual harassment and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.

“Pursuant to the above, the office of the Vice President requested the commission to take immediate steps to arrest this scourge in the society and make appropriate recommendations to the government,’’ Ojukwu said.

The commission executive secretary called on the victims of sexual and gender-based violence to forward their complaints to the panel.

He explained that the essence of the public sitting was to check the scourge of sexual and gender-based violence in Nigeria and increase access of Nigerians to the services of the commission.

Ojukwu said that this was to enable them to seek for accountability “where there is evidence to indicate that any officer or official or any individual is involved in acts of sexual and gender-based violence’’.

He said that the public sitting was also to provide opportunities for fair hearing to both complaints and alleged violators and to mainstream human rights norms and tenets into the operations of AEPB.

Ojukwu said that the panel would still hold public sittings in the South-South; South-East; North-West and North-East toward addressing the scourge of Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) in Nigeria.

He said that members of the panel were carefully selected to represent diverse interests of the society.

Ojukwu said that the panel would work closely with consultants who would bring expertise in the field of SGBV to bear on the proceedings and reports of the panel.

He said that the commission would hear complainants and investigate alleged acts of violation of human rights under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).

“Investigate matters of conduct and discipline of the joint task forces including AEPB, the police and other law enforcement agents during raids, especially as it affects women and girls within the past 10 years.

“Identify individuals directly responsible for any violation and abuses and make recommendations for further actions including, but not limited to prosecutions, disciplinary proceedings and damages.

“Develop clear guidelines and policy on SGBV for institutions, MDAs, public and private organisation and homes that can serve as good practices against the backdrop of reported cases of abuse,” he said.

Edited by Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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Young enterprehours deserve more encouragement- reality show contestants tell governments



Some contestants in the Next TITAN Nigeria Season 6 – a  television reality programme – have called on governments and corporate organisations to support platforms that could promote entrepreneurship among the youth.

The Next TITAN Nigeria is an entrepreneurship reality show, which focuses on harnessing the entrepreneurial ideas of young  people and providing them with seed funds to turn their ideas to businesses or grow their existing businesses.

The theme for this year’s edition  – Season Six – which has  16 finalists is “Impossible is Possible.”

According to the organisers, the show, the sixth in the series, gives an opportunity to young Nigerians with  innovative business ideas to compete with one another in real-life entrepreneurial challenges.

This is in a bid to win a prize which will enable them to start businesses or build existing businesses.

Miss Amifeoluwa Yakubu, one of the remaining eight contestants, told the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos that the show should be celebrated and  supported by governments, private organisations and individuals, as a strategy to reduce unemployment.

Yakubu is involved in mass production of garments and branded apparels and specialising in school uniforms, branded shirts and outfits for companies.

“We all know that there is a high level of unemployment especially among the growing youth population in the country.

“This competition is one of the ways to ensure that such a challenge is reduced.

“It usually lasts for 10 weeks, and we are in the eighth week;  we have gone through six tasks, with this current one,  the 7th,” she said.

According to her, whenever young people delve into entrepreneurship, creating jobs and solving societal problems, they  should be seen as heroes and encouraged, supported and celebrated.

Yakubu called on  governments to create an environment that would encourage young persons to project their skills and be  job providers  instead  of job seekers.

“Such a programme as this, which has been on for the past six years and has produced five winners, created jobs, added values to the economy, needs to be supported,” she told NAN.

Another contestant, Mr Adebiyi Ajayi,  a lawyer,  told NAN that entrepreneurship remained a key to self-sufficiency.

According to him, the value placed on acquisition of degrees  is partly responsible for the high rate of unemployment in the country.

“I am a lawyer by training but delved into business. I am a real estate entrepreneur;  what we do essentially is to ensure that services in the real estate sector are done timely with excellence.

“We are looking at bringing inclusion and accessibility to the real estate market in Nigeria.

“For this show, we are equally looking at ways for us to be able to get more partnership, sponsorship and investment  and make it something  every Nigerians entrepreneur can identify with in the  future –  something African that will assist in repositioning nations’ economies.

“One unique thing about this show has remained its consistency. This is the sixth season and it is not easy for something that has to do with entrepreneurship or business to last so long,” he said.

NAN reports that the grand finale of the show comes up on Dec. 10, with the winner going home with  N7 million and a brand new Ford.

The 16 finalists emerged after regional auditions in Abuja, Port Harcourt, Enugu and Lagos.

Edited by Adeboye Ajayi/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)

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Tinubu fit for presidency in 2023 – Maharaj Ji



The Founder of One Love Family, Satguru Maharaj Ji, has described the APC National Leader, Sen. Bola Tinubu, as fit and suitable for presidency from the southern part of the country in 2023.

Maharaj Ji stated this on Wednesday at a news conference held at his Maharaj Ji village to herald the Family’s golden age festival.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the festival, organised by the acclaimed living perfect master, is aimed at enlightening the people on the golden age threshold.

“Anybody can become the president of Nigeria as long as he or she places the interest of the country above personal interest.

“If there is anyone who is fit in the south, it is Sen. Bola Tinubu. So, I will offer him for president if the presidency is going to come from South-West.

“This is because he has been able to play the role of a mobiliser and bridge-builder across the country. Also, Peter Obi is a fine choice from the South-East,” he said.

Maharaj Ji said that there was no rift between President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, saying it was the fifth columnists creating crisis between the two leaders.

He called on government to establish education bank to avail indigent Nigerians access to quality education.

According to him, “the bank can pay for individual’s education, so that the person pays back upon getting a job after graduation. This will be paid back through stipulated percentage of salary over a period of time.”

MaharajJi expressed dissatisfaction with the state of affairs of the country, urging Buhari to do more in salvaging the situation.

“Nigeria has the highest number of mosques and churches, but can’t produce a pen. We need to get our priority right by making our factories more functional.

“We must also ensure that more jobs are created for our teeming youths to be fully engaged. We are a nation blessed with resources and industrious youths,” he said.

The religious leader expressed support for government’s closure of borders, saying such move would add economic value to the country.

MaharajJi, however, urged government to consider the plight of Nigerians, who, he said, were counting their economic loss from the closure.

He issued a 3-day ultimatum to the Miyetti-Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) to retract its threats to southern governors over their refusal to make grazing land available in their respective states.

He described the controversial hate speech bill as draconian, urging the president not to treat corruption with kid gloves.

MaharajJi called on the media to put more efforts in enlightening the people on the need to free themselves from global misinformation.

Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq

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Nasarawa State Govt. will continue to provide qualitative, affordable education – DG



Malam Yakubu Lamai, Director-General, Strategic Communications and Press Affairs to Nasarawa State Governor, says the Gov. Abdullahi Sule led administration would continue to provide quality and affordable education to residents of the state.

Lamai stated this when he received Haruna Abubakar-Yerima, 400 level student of Nasarawa State University, Keffi, who won a Mathematical quiz competition.

The competition was organised by the National Mathematical Science Students Association recently at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka , Anambra, in which 26 universities participated.

The governor’s aide also said that the administration would give priority to education to engender development in the state.

He said that education remained one of the pillars of development.

“The State Government is seriously committed to ensuring that all children in the state are properly educated,” he said.

Lamai said government had also concluded plans to embark on massive construction and renovation of primary, secondary and tertiary educational institutions across the state.

“The decision to embark on massive construction and renovation of schools in the state is necessitated by the desire to provide quality infrastructure,” he said.

He said the government would ensure adequate provision of sanitary facilities in schools in the state.

“From time to time, the Nasarawa State Government will visit schools across the state to inspect the sanitary condition,” the director-general said.

Edited by Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)

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Buhari signs Executive Order 009 to check open defecation




Abuja, Nov. 20, 2019 President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja signed Executive Order 009 entitled, The Open Defecation-Free Nigeria by 2025 and Other Related Matters Order, 2019.

The President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, confirmed this development in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday.

According to the statement, the Order declares as follows:

1. That by this Order, Nigeria is committed to being open defecation free by 2025.

2. That the National Open Defecation Free (ODF) Roadmap developed by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources with support from other key sector players across Nigeria be put into effect.

3. (a)There is established in the Federal Ministry of Water Resources a National Secretariat called “Clean Nigeria Campaign Secretariat”.

The Secretariat is authorized on behalf of the President to implement this Order by ensuring that all public places including schools, hotels, fuel stations, places of worship, market places, hospitals and offices have accessible toilets and latrines within their premises.

4. All Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government shall cooperate with the Clean Nigeria Campaign Secretariat.

5. The National Assembly and the State Houses of Assembly shall enact legislation on the practice of open defecation with appropriate sanctions and penalties.

6. All development projects shall include construction of sanitation facilities as an integral part of the approval and implementation process.

7. The Secretariat shall terminate when Nigeria is declared Open Defecation Free.

8. All enforcement authorities are hereby directed to diligently collaborate with the Federal Ministry of Water Resources in implementing this Order.

The presidential aide said the Executive Order 009 came into being against the background that:

“Nigeria is ranked second amongst the nations in the world with the highest number of people practicing open defecation estimated at over 46 million people – a practice which has had a negative effect on the populace, and has contributed to the country’s failure to meet the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs);

President Buhari had described the statistics on open defecation and access to pipe borne water service and sanitation as disturbing, and had declared commitment to implement the National Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Action Plan;

“The President had declared a State of Emergency on Nigeria’s water supply, sanitation and hygiene sector, the action being imperative as it will reduce the high prevalence of water borne diseases in different parts of the country which have caused preventable deaths;

“Nigeria has committed to end open defecation throughout the country by 2025 in consonance with her commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);

According to Adesina, the Executive Order takes effect from Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019.


edited by Sadiya Hamza

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