Bayelsa polls: Group urges new gov to focus more on women, youth

Pauline Onyibe, Yenagoa As the Bayelsa State governorship comes up on November 16, a non-governental organisation known, as Girl Child Empowerment and Reproductive Health Initiative (GREP) has urged any candidate that is eventually elected to work assiduously to improve the free maternal and child health care services in the state. GREP also called on any candidate that will emerge as the next governor to build and rehabilitate primary and secondary school structures in all local government areas of the state, and invest in the free education scheme for primary and…

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‘Intellectual development of youth necessary for sustainable growth’

  Leaders at all levels in the country have been called upon to pay attention to the intellectual development of the youth if the country must attain sustainable growth.   Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, gave this charge at a book launch in Abuja. Dr. Baru, who was the special guest at the public presentation of the book entitled: “Preferred Above My Peers” written by Mrs. Betty Amechi Anekwe- Ugona, Executive Director, Storage, Nigerian Pipelines and Storage Company (NPSC), a subsidiary of…

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Youth entrepreneurs: Expert decries lack of business plan

Chief Executive Officer, Vantage Global Consult, Mrs. Olanrewaju Oluyide, has decried the lack of ideal business plan among aspiring youths targeting start up business in the country. She made this remark while speaking at a 3-day SMEs business clinic in Lagos. He stated that there was need to empower and equip young Nigerians with basic entrepreneurial skills, legal requirements and financial support before going into start up business in order to avoid failure.   Mrs Oluyide said that the programme was organised to teach young Nigerians who are interested in…

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How CADP women, youth guarantee economic security for Lagos farmers

Before now agriculture was predominantly at the subsistence level. It was also more of exclusive preserve of men. Although there are communities where women are actively involved in agriculture, it nonetheless was for the family upkeep. Farmers engaged in production just to feed family and kept the remaining stock for the next harvest. This situation limited the ability of farmers to expand and produce more particularly for commercial purposes. The Commercial Agriculture Development Project (CADP), a tripartite arrangement between the Federal Government of Nigeria, the World Bank and five participating…

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Sustained development for Etche

As at May 29, 2015 when the good people of Rivers State rightly expelled the All Progressives Congress ( APC) from government, the people of Etche Ethnic Nationality were one of the most neglected communities. They were denied developmental projects, appointments and respect from their own state government. Due to no fault of theirs, they were degraded to second class citizens in a state where they served as food basket and also have some of the critical oil producing communities. Their situation was worsened by the fact that Etche APC…

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Ekiti guber aspirant preaches unity among APC members

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Ahead of the 2018 governorship election in Ekiti State, an aspirant, Mr. Yinka Akerele, yesterday advised members and leaders of the opposition party in the state, the All Progressives Congress (APC), to close ranks and ensure the party’s victory at the poll. According to him, the mission of taking over power from those he described as usurpers must dwarf other tendencies among the party members. He added that they needed to remain united until APC records success democratically. He spoke when he visited the party’s secretariat where he officially notified…

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Oshonaike hails Oribamishe for YOG ticket

African table tennis queen Funke Oshonaike has hailed youngster Esther Oribamishe who won the African Continental Qualification tournament and booked a ticket to 2018 Youth Olympic Games. Despite missing out on participation at the 2017 ITTF African Junior and Cadet Championships, Oribamise was in terrific form at the continental qualification event as she beats Egypt’s Marwa Alhodaby in the final in Tunisia on Monday. Victory over Morocco’s Ines Outolla in the last four (11-4, 11-9, 11-7, 11-1) guaranteed a top two finish and the Olympic qualification in the Girls’ Singles…

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Vigilantes beat man to death with charms

A 28-year-old businessman, Tayo Olatunbosun, has been allegedly killed by two members of Vigilante Service of Nigeria (VSN) at Adiyan, a community in Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State. The vigilantes, identified as Ismaila Jimoh and Hassan Olatunde, have been arrested by the police. The suspects were said to have nabbed Olatunbosun, who was selling phones and laptops, in the Adiyan area on Saturday for allegedly stealing a hair dryer. The vigilantes reportedly beat Olatunbosun with charms and later took him to the Agbado Police Station about 10 p.m.…

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Umahi promises more dividend of democracy for Edda people

Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State has promised the people of Edda in Afikpo South Local Government Area of the stateof more dividends of democracy even as he said that the people will not be left behind in his developmental strides. The governor while speaking on Easter Sunday at the country home of his friend and chieftain of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Julius Amah Orji at Nguzu Edda, said the people were dear to his heart. He said it was the special love he has for his friend in…

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Ohafia stands still for Kalu

The ancient city of Ohafia in Abia State was yesterday agog with jubilations at the sighting of a former Governor of Abia State, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu and his new branded APC buses. This is even as the convoy of the former governor escaped being mobbed as residents trooped en mass to cheer him with shouts of change. The former governor, who was returning from a wedding ceremony held in Ohafia had recently in his Facebook handle shared photos of All Progressive Congress branded buses. According to him, the buses…

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