Challenging world of young entrepreneurs

Following the high rate of unemployment and large turnout of graduates from tertiary institutions, Nigeria has suddenly become one of the top countries with large number of entrepreneurs under the age of 30. HAUWA ABUDU, in this report, explores their world and challenges     Tired of seeking white collar jobs, which are hardly available, they have chosen to either invest in one form of business or acquire skills outside their original intention to enable them earn a living. Not only have they started earning income for themselves, some of…

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Family set to release burial arrangement of Umezulike, Ex-Enugu CJ

The family of immediate past Chief Judge of Enugu State, Justice Innocent Azubike Umezulike has said it will soon announce the burial arrangements of the late jurist who passed on in a private London hospital. The first son to the late legal sage, Barrister Victor Chukwuka Umezulike said the burial rites would soon be released. He asks for the public to continue to pray for the family at this extremely difficult time, while according the family privacy and respect as they mourn the exit of the great patriarch. His daughter,…

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Foundation invests N30bn in farmers’ training

The Leventis Foundation Nigeria (LFN) said it had invested over N30billion in training farmers across the country in the last 30 years. Executive Director of the foundation, Dr. Hope Ovie Usieta,said this in Abuja at the formal unveiling of the 30th anniversary logo of the foundation with the theme: “Three Decades of Service and Enhanced Livelihood.” He said the foundation was committed to giving back to the society and empowering beneficiaries of its training programmes. Usieta noted that the foundation had trained over 25,000 youths and farmers on modern and…

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Combating child labour through unconditional cash transfer

Recent statistics jointly released by the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and development partners revealed that rather than attain basic education, a little above 50 per cent of Nigerian children are caught up in one form of child labour or the other. REGINA OTOKPA writes on ongoing efforts to reduce the menace and educate more girls, especially in the North.   Seated on the floor staring eagerly at their class teacher, the future of about 48 young girls in a classroom in New Rimawa Model Primary School in far away…

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JOHESU: Unresolved strike with many issues

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Year-in-year-out, labour and trade unions have tried to ensure their members’ rights are protected, especially on improved welfare. However, that of health workers, currently on-going, appears not to be on the popular side. REGINA OTOKPA reports   For decades, Nigerian workers have continued to press for better welfare packages and prompt payment of their entitlements from the government. This has led to series of strike actions by various unions fighting for workers’ rights. The most recent is the agitation by health workers under the umbrella of Joint Health Sector Union…

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Olorunfemi: N66,500 too small as minimum wage

Ayo Olorunfemi is the General Secretary, Senior Staff Association of Statutory Corporations and Government Owned Companies (SSASCGOC). In this interview with REGINA OTOKPA, he speaks about the new minimum wage and disunity in labour movements.   Workers just celebrated May Day, what is your take on their plight? The condition is very sad. We claim to be celebrating but to me this is not celebration. I have come to do the rituals. Every year we gather as workers. For me, as far as i am concerned, this year is supposed…

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Labour faults job losses from concession

The Senior Staff Association of Statutory Corporations and Government Owned Companies (SSASCGOC) has advised the Federal Government to check excessive job losses especially in rail sector due to concession. The President General of the union, Comrade Mohammed Yunusa, who said the action was being carried out under the guise of concession, said Nigerian workers contributed immensely to the glorious performance of the rail sector, until it started having problem in 1984, due to successive administrations’ failures to manage it well. He said, “Nobody should attempt to discredit staff of the…

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New wage: Fresh demands threaten early execution

Federal Government’s promise to implement the new minimum wage in the third quarter of the year may face further hurdles as labor introduces fresh angle into the process. SUNDAY OJEME reports   The excitement over the likely implementation of the new minimum wage in the third quarter of the year may be down in the next few weeks going by developments bordering on labor’s decision to have the process reviewed in order to align with current economic realities. Months after the Federal Government gave the assurance, organized early this week,…

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Skills gap: Assessment report harps on career guidance

A report on skills gap assessment has identified effective careers guidance to reduce the qualitative employment gap that plagues Nigeria’s economy. Jointly put together by Industrial Training Fund (ITF) and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), it suggested to employers to encourage their employees to volunteer to go to schools and colleges to give insights into different careers to help address mismatches in young people’s career aspirations. Launched recently in Abuja, the report focuses on skills gap in six priority sectors of the economy. Speaking at the launch, Minister of…

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Nigeria’s absence in 1.2bn people’s market

Nigeria’s failure to sign the free trade pact with some other African countries, last week, is indeed an indirect denial of a new market explosion and job creation as espoused by experts. SUNDAY OJEME reports   Since the debate over last week’s endorsement of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) gathered momentum, some stakeholders in Nigerian government and the economy appear to have been looking at the issue from a single perspective, which is the fact that Nigeria currently lacks the infrastructure and wherewithal to compete with some of the…

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