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Take advantage of TICs, Onu advises job seekers, SMEs



The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, on Monday urged Nigerians, particularly job seekers and small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs), to take advantage of Technology Incubation Centres (TICs).

He said they could  explore opportunities that would  help actualise their dreams at the TICs.

Onu spoke during his visit to Spectra Industries Limited, a food processing and packaging company in Lagos.

He said if job seekers and SMEs with potentials reach out to the TICs, they could find the space and support they needed to achieve successful businesses.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the aim of the visit was to show Nigerians that dreams of individuals could end up in success stories.

Onu said he decided to come personally to see what the organisation had accomplished because its success story wasn’t for the company alone but the nation’s.

He said that if the nation was importing virtually everything, the implication was that there would not be industries where people could find jobs.

The minister said: “Naira is depreciating because of the intense pressure on it to meet foreign exchange demands for our imports.

“There’s no way we can be producing cocoa seeds and we’ll be importing cocoa powder.

“We want Nigerians to know we have technologies in our research institutes; we must do more, we must make sure that all good research findings are used,” he said.

Onu commended the organisation for its vision and doggedness of maintaining its standards, which could be compared to that of international best practices.

“If other Nigerians can do this, many of our problems will be considerably reduced.

“I want you to never lose sight of your vision to be a global leader in functional food processing,” he said.

He assured the organisation that his ministry would  consider all the issues raised and give the support they needed to succeed further.

The Chief Executive Officer, Spectra Industries Ltd, Mr Duro Kuteyi, said food processing companies could achieve more if there were solutions to some of its challenges.

Kuteyi, who started the business through sales of plantain chips, said the challenges include inadequate access to government intervention funds, excessive power bills and government’s preference of purchasing from contractors, instead of manufacturers.

He noted that Nigeria could also import machines from Europe to process some of the goods that were imported.

Kuteyi appealed to  government to ensure that manufacturers had access to its intervention funds.

Mrs Modupe Kuteyi, Executive Director of the organisation, said that food processing was the solution for post-harvest losses experienced in Nigeria.

She said that the organisation had collaborated with agencies such as Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO), Raw Material Research and Development Council (RMRDC) and Bank of Industry (BOI) to promote training in food processing and packaging.

The executive director urged other food processing organisations to be passionate in ensuring that farm produce do not waste. (NAN)

Edited by Chioma Ugboma/Oluwole Sogunle


Army provides free medical services to community in Ondo



The Nigerian Army on Sunday provided free medical services to people of Ugbo community in Ilaje Local Government area of Ondo State.

Brig. Gen. Zakari Abubakar, the Commander of 32 Artillery Brigade, said that the gesture was part of on-going exercise of Crocodile Smile lV in the area.

He said that the gesture was to enhance the life of the people in the area.

According to Abubakar, it is also to cement the relationship between the military and civil populace.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Nigerian Army had earlier donated some computers, printers, exercise books, generators, stationary and sporting materials to schools at Atijere community in Ilaje Local Government area on Nov.13.

NAN also reports that the gesture was part of civil-military activities as Crocodile Smile IV  flag off in the southern part of Ondo State will last from Nov.8 to Dec. 23, 2019.

Abubakar said that the medical services delivered included services at the general outpatient department for general consultation, general eye examination, health education, oral care, laboratory investigations, issuance of free mosquito nets and drugs.

He thanked the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, and General Officer Commanding 2 Division,Ibadan, Maj. Gen. Anthony Omozoje, for they exemplary leadership and for finding the Brigade worthy of hosting the exercise and approving the civil-military activities.

“The COAS is particularly  concerned about the health and well being of our community knowing fully that health is wealth. It is in this light that he has taken by his step to provide this medical outreach.

“The objective is for you to embrace peace and shun every act of violence and criminality.

“COAS believes with peace, come development. There will not be development without peace,” Abubakar said.

,Maj. James Agbe, the Commanding Officer, 32 Artillery Brigade Medical Centre, Akure, said that one of the services rendered was to teach people on how to brush.

“We also rendering free eye care handled by specialists, free toothpaste and brushes, free drugs for common ailment in the community, free mosquito net to prevent mosquito bite considering the environment in which they living as riverine area.

“Community should take the advantage of the services being provided by COAS to make maximum use of the services and drugs effectively, ” Agbe admonished.

In his welcome address, Oba Akinruntan Obateru,Olugbo of Ugbo kingdom, who was represented by the High Chief Hosea Iperepolu and Chairman of Ugbo Council of Chiefs, commended the gesture.

He said that the gesture would bring cordial relationship between the Nigerian Army and the community.

“The exercise is laudable one because we all know that health is wealth.

“This will bring cordial relationship between civilian and Nigerian Army. People are always afraid of Army, but with this new development, people will not see them as their enemy.

“When Army starts to come nearer to the people like this, people will be able to interact with them and it will reduce the rate of insurgency, kidnapping and all unnecessary crime in the societies,” he said.

Obateru charged the community to see the Nigerian Army as their friend and admonished the Army to continue with their good relationship so that people would not see them as their enemy.

The monarch promised Nigerian Army that Ugbo kingdom would continue to support and cooperate with them so that the issue of kidnapping, pipeline vandalism and many other crimes would reduce in the area.

One of the participants, Mr Akin Adetuo, a 60-year-old farmer with eye problem, thanked the Nigerian Army for the gesture.

“I am here with my eye problem so that I can see very well, but with the service rendered by Army today am very happy. May Almighty God help them as they choose to help us,” he said.

Mr Maigba Israel, who said that he came from the neighboring town near Ugbo kingdom for stomach ache and eye problem, urged the Nigerian Army to continue to support civilians, especially on health related issues.

“I am not from Ugbo kingdom, but I am from Ugbo-Nla town.

“I believe this services will go a long way for our people, especially for me because I don’t have money to go to hospital that is why when I heard that Nigerian Army is giving free eye service, I left my food to benefit from the services,” he said.

Edited by Tajudeen Atitebi

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Cleric advises Christians on marriage before procreation



Pastor Fred Odekhian of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Court of His Majesty, Abesan Estate, Lagos, on Sunday advised the Christian faithful to get married before procreation.

Odekhian, the Assistant Provincial Pastor of RCCG, Province 12,  gave the advice during the Sunday service as he advised individuals who were not legally married to do so in obedience to the almighty God as prescribed in the Holy Bible.

He emphasised the importance of marriage before procreation in accordance to the Holy Bible.

According to him, marriage is a sacred institution which God valued so much, saying that God will only make himself available in a family that has obeyed his precept of marriage.

He said when there is no marriage, a breeding ground for problems and misunderstanding would be created due to lack of God’s presence and blessings in the family.

” We must accept that except the Lord builds the house, they labour in vain that build as stated in the Bible.

” If you are living together as husband and wife and you are not legally married, whether by traditional wedding, court wedding or church wedding, you are living a sinful life.

” As Christians, you must as a matter of urgency get married legally to avoid problems later in life and to align your home with God’s dictate.

“It will only take wisdom to obey God’s dictates for us for things to fall in place,” he said.

The Cleric advised the Christian faithful to ensure they got married first before procreation to guide against misfortunes or eventual separation.

He urged children to remain responsible citizens of the nation, desist from frivolous affairs, but rather engage in fruitful ventures.

” As children, the best gift you can give to your parents is to make them proud of you always. So please do everything to always make progress in life in order to make your parents and God proud,” he said.

Edited by Tajudeen Atitebi

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Nigerian Film corporation trains 130 youths on cinematography in FCT



The  Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) has trained 130 young and upcoming creative artistes in film, video production and photography in the Federal Capital Territory(FCT).

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the young artistes were handed certificate of participation on Saturday night at the closing ceremony of the workshop tagged “Special Cinematography Training for Youths and Emerging Talents.”

The three-day event had veteran industry players, scholars from the academia, as well as top officials of the NFC as resource persons and  facilitators for the young thespians.

Participants were taught the basics and rudiments of Production Management, Digital Cinematography, Acting and Directing for the Screen, as well as Set Design/Special Effects.

Other modules included Film Production (Shooting and Editing), Intellectual Property Protection and Marketing and Exhibition Strategies, among other topics.

Dr Chidia Maduekwe, Managing Director of the corporation, in his closing remark, commended the youths for painstakingly going through the training.

He then urged  them to apply what they learnt in the pursuit of their careers, adding that the aim was to equip them as emerging professionals in the motion picture industry.

“There is no doubt in my mind that indeed within the past few days, we have all learnt something new in film production.

“I am assured that you will effectively deploy the new or additional skills gained here, so that you will add value to the quality of films and creative works undertaken by you.

“I closely monitored and at some point watched you engage in the film shoot and other activities of this training workshop.

“Impressively, we have watched what you have been able to produce under 48 hours, and it confirms that given the resources and opportunities, you will excel beyond expectation,” he said.

Mr Bako Iliya, President of Students Union Government (SUG) of the National Film Institute (NFI), expressed gratitude for the training opportunity on behalf of the participants.

He noted that the skills and experience garnered   from the workshop would spur the emerging filmmakers and actors to always strive for excellence.

NAN reports that highpoint of the ceremony was the screening of a short film and a documentary, written, directed and produced by the participants at the end of the training.

Edited by Ifeyinwa Omowole

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Gelegele beach to create 5000 jobs, developer



Mr Olu Omaghomi, an enterprenuer and the developer of the Gelegele Beach, in Ovia North East Local Governement Area of Edo, said when completed, no fewer than 5000 direct and indirect jobs would be created.

Omaghomi stated this in Benin on Sunday when speaking with the Nigeria News Agency on the reason for embarking on the ambitious project.

He said aside creating jobs, the beach is meant to expose the tourism potential of the state to the outside world.

He said the Gelegele beach, which will be the first beach in the entire state, would cost N69  million and would open up economic activities of nine communities in the area and by extension, the state.

The developer,  who said no less than N11 million had already been expanded on the project, however, said support, in form of collaboration was needed to fast track the completion of the project.

According to him, “For now, I am solely responsible for the amount of work that has been spent here, and i dare say that a lot has been achieved with much more still needed to be done.

“Basically, opening of the land, sand filling/dredging of the location has been done. The next line of action is to begin planting of trees, building of an artificial pool, floating boat, water bike and chalets.”

Omaghomi said when completed, the beach would have facilities such as floating bar, Golf court, Bush bars among others.

“Apart from the need to create jobs and expose the tourism potential of Gegegele to the world, it must be known also that the community is a historic one, it was through it that the British invaded Benin in 1897.

“This is in addition to the fact that Gelegele, an Ijaw community, has been abandoned by successive governments of Edo State.

Gelegele is also an oil producing community and home to the Gelegele forest reserve and marine activities; the Gelegele river links Lagos through the atlantic ocean,” he stated.

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Osinbajo says right virtues make Nations great



Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says some key principles for a nation to achieve greatness include righteousness, service and diligence, hardwork and planning as well as time consciousness.

Osinbajo made this known on Saturday at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Region 5, `Great Minds Summit 2019” at the RCCG’s Chapel of Blessing, Port Harcourt.

Delivering a keynote address titled `Exercising Kingdom Dominion’, Osinbajo said that the Church and Christians had the responsibility to transform the nation through exemplary lives and actions.

He said that Nigeria, with its great talents in all fields of endeavour, needed to imbibe the principles that made other nations great.

The vice president said the influence of the Gospel, alongside the right virtues, transformed not only Europe and America but also Asia.

“Let me explain how Emperor Meiji in 1871, (within three years of the Meiji restoration) having observed the phenomenal progress of the West decided to send a mission to the UK and America to discover how they did it.

“The mission became known as the Iwakura mission. It was led by Prince Iwakura Tomomi; it was a team of statesmen, scholars, administrators and students totaling 50 to UK and America and find out why these people are great.

“Many left behind to study; they studied the principles that made these nations great and of course, the Japanese copy very well; they copied the principles, and later Chinese copied from Japan too.

“What were those principles? Righteousness, integrity, forthrightness; Proverbs:14:34-righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.

“This principle applies to a man or woman; because a nation is first a person; Genesis 12:2, I will make you a great nation;  first righteousness is the hallmark of the children of God.

“The second principle of the gospel which we need to practice is service and diligence; the principle of the gospel is that the greatest is the servant; the leader must be prepared to be the servant of all.

“Hard work/planning –the puritanical work ethic; this is the hallmark of the Christian; the puritans were so hardworking; so diligent that hard work was named after them.

“Time consciousness, Ecclesiastes 3:1–to everything there is a season; a time for every purpose under heaven, preparedness.; we must be conscious of time.

“All these principles made those countries great because the believers in those countries took their responsibilities seriously,” he said.

The vice president said that righteousness meant integrity, honesty, trustworthiness; meaning `No’  for No and `Yes’ for Yes.

In her remark, Dr Ipalibo Banigo, Deputy Governor of Rivers, thanked the vice president for honorung the invitation to attend the summit in Port Harcourt.

She said that Osinbajo was passionate about the plight of the common people which he demonstrated in the manner he supervised the implementation of the Social Investment Programmes (SIPs).

“When the General Overseer, of RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye was speaking about how we are going to move from great minds to greater minds and we should use this to help the poor; immediately, I thought about our vice president and all the good work he has been doing in this great nation.

“I remember vividly, the effect of the SIPs all over the country; all over the local government areas.

“I recall on an occasion, I had the privilege of riding with him in Bonny when I also represented the governor at the flag off of the Bonny-Bodo Road.

“We got to a section of the road and there were so many women and men and boys and all his humility, he stopped the convoy.

“He needed to talk to them and to ask them how the programme had impacted on them,’’ she said.

Earlier, in his exhortation, Adeboye said that the highest level of dominion was that which the people benefited from.

He said greatness could only be meaningful when it was used to impact on the lives of the poor who were suffering.

In his welcome address, the convener, Pastor Belemina Obunge, said that there must be proper deployment of the resources God had given one towards helping the poor, for one to experience greatness.

Edited by Dianabasi Effiong/Ismail Abdulaziz

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Ogun govt. tasks teachers on use of teaching aids in schools



The Ogun government, on Saturday, urged teachers in public primary and secondary schools to complement teaching with the instructional materials it had provided to enhance effective learning for students.

Mrs Aderonke Soyombo, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary, Secondary and Technical Education, stated this in Ilisan, Ikenne council area of the state.

Soyombo spoke at the 2019 annual conference of the state chapter of the Association of Primary Schools Head Teachers of Nigeria (AOPSHON).

“The Dapo Abiodun-led administration has invested huge funds on providing instructional materials in public schools across the state to aid teaching,” she said.

“We hereby appeal to our teachers to ensure that the teaching aids are put into use to make learning easy for our students,” she said.

She assured that government would continue to contribute its quota to the provision of conducive environment for teaching and learning.

Soyombo said that the conference had become necessary for head teachers to enable them undergo proper induction for optimal output and make support the government in its efforts at repositioning the education sector in the state.

Earlier in his remarks, the state Chairman of AOPSHON, Mr Balogun Olatunji, commended the governor for appointing seasoned professionals as key officers in the education sector.

He said that the conference was aimed at equipping teachers to improve the current standard of education in the state.

Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq

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