FCMB introduces ‘Top-5-in 5’ Entrepreneurs Initiative to grow SMEs development

The First City Monument Bank (FCMB) has come up with an innovative idea to boost the productivity and overall performance of businesses. The initiative tagged, “Top-5-In-5”, a digital video knowledge sharing and capacity building series designed to give Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) practical insight into different areas of business to also inspire them to operate optimally and successfully.  The “Top 5-in-5” initiative is aimed at adding value to Nigerian SMEs and ensures they can truly #ThriveWithFCMB. This is contained in a statement Wednesday; the bank explained that the…

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COVID-19: Edojobs engages Edo tailors on production of facemasks

In fulfilment of Governor Godwin Obaseki’s resolve to engage local skilled workers in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the state, the Edo State Skills Development Agency (EdoJobs) has mobilised tailors and other micro and medium enterprises in the state on the production of facemasks and hand sanitizers for top companies and suppliers within the state. Executive Director, EdoJobs, Mrs. Ukinebo Dare, who disclosed this in a chat with journalists, said the state government is committed to leveraging resources within the state to boost productivity and meet local demands…

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PDP demands probe into alleged Agric ministry scam

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for investigation into the over N48 billion alleged fraud in the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. The party rejected what it described as attempt by the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government to use former Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr. Umar Bello as scapegoat to cover the fraud. PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the fraud has again, exposed the corruption, sleaze and cover-ups going on in the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration. It noted…

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Race for election of another VC for UI begins

Despite the decision of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to boycott the online meeting which held on Monday to begin the exercise towards electing another Vice Chancellor, the management of the University of Ibadan has still gone ahead to advertise for qualified persons to fill the position by December 1, 2020. The five-year tenure of the incumbent CV, Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka, will expire on November 31, 2020. He had succeeded Professor Isaac Adewole who left office and was immediately appointed Minister for Health by President Muhammadu Buhari…

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The drama returns: Multichoice Nigeria announces #BBNaija Season 5

Following the success of the fourth season of the biggest and most viewed event on African television, ‘Big Brother Naija’, MultiChoice Nigeria has announced that the fifth season of the show will premiere in July. For its fifth season, the ‘BBNaija’ show will run an online audition process starting Wednesday, May 20 till Saturday, May 30, 2020. Potential contestants are expected to record a two-minute video of themselves stating why they should be picked to be a Housemate in Season 5 of ‘Big Brother Naija’. Following this, they are to…

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Covid-19: A’Ibom to workers: We can’t pay new minimum wage again

*Your bankruptcy claim a huge joke – NLC replies govt A new wave of industrial dispute between the Akwa Ibom State government and the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) is brewing following claims by the government that it can no longer pay the new minimum wage owing to what it termed her inability to “pay the Minimum Wage Salaries as the oil price has plunged far below the benchmark.” The government’s position, which was conveyed to the leadership of organised labour in the state last Friday by the Secretary to the…

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Covid-19 travel ban: Abia community intercepts hearses, buses

  No fewer than 15 inter-state commercial buses and two hearses trying to beat the Covid -19 protocol on inter state travels have been intercepted at a border community in Umuahia North Council Area of Abia State. The hearses said to be carrying the remains of those who died in Lagos in the heat of the coronavirus outbreak had thought to sneak into Abia State through Oriendu, Uhuala /Umudiawa Ofeiyi at the boundary with neighbouring Imo State but were prevented by the community’s vigilante group. The traditional ruler of Oriendu…

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Ekiti community angry over sacking of kingmakers

    The removal of kingmakers in Imesi Ekiti community, Gbonyin Local Government Area of Ekiti State by the state government and the replacement with warrant chiefs has been described as an act of illegality and flagrant desecration of tradition. Agunsoye Ruling House in Imesi Community, which expressed anger over the decision, said the action was “laughable” and “ridiculous”. The royal family added that the appointed chiefs were allegedly brought to do the bidding of politicians who were bent on imposing one Mr. Festus Olatunde as the new Onimesi. The…

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15 die, village sacked as C’River communities clash

    No fewer than 15 persons were allegedly killed and a village sacked on Tuesday when two communities in Cross River State fought over a road that they have used for centuries. Afono and Ibini communities, all in Biase Local Government Area of the state reportedly went to war when youths from Afono blocked the road us only road leading to the two communities, refusing to allow their Ibini brothers to pass. Our correspondent learnt that since Orugbam and Abanwan, two communities in the area fought war two years…

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JUST IN: Protesting agric contractors block minister’s entrance in Abuja

From Caleb Onwe, Abuja   A group of contractors Wednesday blocked the entrance of the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, at the Area 11, Garki Headquarters. The contractors are demanding for the sack of the Minister, the Permanent Secretary for failing to pay them for series of contracts executed for the ministry since 2018. Some of the angry contractors alleged that the money meant for their payment has been diverted to other projects by the current Permanent Secretary, Dr. Mu’azu Abdulkadir. Details soon…

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