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The Federal Government’s N-Power Tech under the Social Investment Programme, SIP has said that it will train 4,000 more beneficiaries as 6,000 participants acquire hardware technology skills across the six geo-political zones of the country. This was revealed during the training of beneficiaries in the South West geo-political zone. The Federal Government designed the N-Power Initiative (NPI) to drastically reduce youth unemployment. The focus is to provide young graduates and non-graduates with the skills, tools and opportunities to enable them advance from unskilled labour to employment, entrepreneurship and innovation. The first phase of NPI targets the country’s critical needs in agriculture, creative, construction and artisanal services, education and technology industries. Speaking at the Foursquare Camp in Ajebo, Ogun State where the last batch of 1,000 beneficiaries from the South West Geo Political Zone where being trained, the coordinator of the Scheme, Mr. Tunde Animashaun, noted that, under the N-Power Tech training scheme, participant’s learn how to service and manufacture tech hardware like mobile phones, tablets, computers and other tech hardware. “The Programme runs for twelve (12) months which includes three (3) months training and nine (9) months internship before they are discharged. After the three (3) months training, they are equipped with a set of tool box, which includes, a soldering iron, precision screw set, set of pliers, set of screwdrivers, current meter, soldering wick and wire, cutter, hand lens magnifier amongst other sundry tools. “In addition to this, the volunteers are also paid a monthly stipends of N10,000 throughout their stay in camp for training and subsequently for their 9 month internship in various technology firms and start-ups across the Nigeria. “It is our hope that with the rise of several tech startup firms and use of mobile technology, our beneficiaries will fill in the corresponding rising need for tech support services”, Mr. Animashuan noted. Also speaking, a female beneficiary, Bukola Adeyemi thanked the federal government for the opportunity availed her to horn her tech skill. “Before now, I barely know how to unscrew a phone device or laptop, but with my training at the camp, I’m certain I will be able to fix faulty devices going forward. There is still a lot for me to learn, but I believe I will learn more during the internship phase.” Speaking in the same The Federal Government’s N-Power Tech under the Social Investment Programme, SIP has said that it will train 4,000 more beneficiaries as 6,000 participants acquire hardware technology skills across the six geo-political zones of the country. This was revealed during the training of beneficiaries in the South West geo-political zone. The Federal Government designed the N-Power Initiative (NPI) to drastically reduce youth unemployment. The focus is to provide young graduates and non-graduates with the skills, tools and opportunities to enable them advance from unskilled labour to employment, entrepreneurship and innovation. The first phase of NPI targets the country’s critical needs in agriculture, creative, construction and artisanal services, education and technology industries. Speaking at the Foursquare Camp in Ajebo, Ogun State where the last batch of 1,000 beneficiaries from the South West Geo Political Zone where being trained, the coordinator of the Scheme, Mr. Tunde Animashaun, noted that, under the N-Power Tech training scheme, participant’s learn how to service and manufacture tech hardware like mobile phones, tablets, computers and other tech hardware. “The Programme runs for twelve (12) months which includes three (3) months training and nine (9) months internship before they are discharged. After the three (3) months training, they are equipped with a set of tool box, which includes, a soldering iron, precision screw set, set of pliers, set of screwdrivers, current meter, soldering wick and wire, cutter, hand lens magnifier amongst other sundry tools. “In addition to this, the volunteers are also paid a monthly stipends of N10,000 throughout their stay in camp for training and subsequently for their 9 month internship in various technology firms and start-ups across the Nigeria. “It is our hope that with the rise of several tech startup firms and use of mobile technology, our beneficiaries will fill in the corresponding rising need for tech support services”, Mr. Animashuan noted. Also speaking, a female beneficiary, Bukola Adeyemi thanked the federal government for the opportunity availed her to horn her tech skill. “Before now, I barely know how to unscrew a phone device or laptop, but with my training at the camp, I’m certain I will be able to fix faulty devices going forward. There is still a lot for me to learn, but I believe I will learn more during the internship phase.” Speaking in the same vein, another beneficiary, Muktar Abdullahi, a resident of Ogbomoso who hails from Kano was full of praises for the Muhammudu Buhari led administration. “I didn’t know anybody. I saw the opportunity online, applied and I was selected. I had nothing doing before, but with this, I know I can never by poor or broke again. The skills I have acquired will help me both financially and psychologically. Now, I have a sense of purpose and don’t wander around when I wake up in the mornings.” vein, another beneficiary, Muktar Abdullahi, a resident of Ogbomoso who hails from Kano was full of praises for the Muhammudu Buhari led administration. “I didn’t know anybody. I saw the opportunity online, applied and I was selected. I had nothing doing before, but with this, I know I can never by poor or broke again. The skills I have acquired will help me both financially and psychologically. Now, I have a sense of purpose and don’t wander around when I wake up in the mornings.”
My personal account of the trending #NpowerTech program by the FG from my Twitter account. For the next couple of days, I’ll be sharing a little something about a program of the @npower_ng called #NPowerTech. Follow this thread for details. But first off, it is important to state that the @npower_ng is a Federal Government (@NigeriaGov) under the National Social Investment Office (NSIO). It was designed to empower Nigerian Youths within the ages 18-38, ultimately taking them out of joblessness #NPowerTech #NPowerTech‘s focus is on empowering Youths with market relevant tech skills to enable them earn a living as quickly as possible while serving their local community. It runs on the 3T Model: #NPowerTech 1. Train 2. Tool 3. Transition. #NPowerTech, asides giving the youth market relevant skills, also works in partnership with industry leaders to giving them tools to getting started with work. The two components of #NPowerTech include: 1. #NPowerTech Hardware: which focuses on producing Device Technicians. This program has empowered 6000 Youths across Nigeria; 1000/Geo-political zone 2. #NPowerTech Software: This will kick off in October 2019. It however is preceded by a 5 day Train-the-trainer session which starts today 2nd September, 2019 Pictures from the training being conducted by @npower_ng for the #NPowerTechteam It’s Day 2 of the #NPowerTech‘s Train the Trainer program and here are a few of things the training hopes to achieve: The #NPowerTech software beneficiaries are divided into two batches based on their geographical location – North and South. Registration for this year’s #NPowerTech training is closed, however the next registration will be publicized accordingly to enable more beneficiaries participate. VIDEO: Blessing, a participant from Plateau State, shares her experience at the #NPowerTech train the trainer program Japheth from Imo State shares his #NPowerTech Train the trainer experience
Beautiful People ft. Khalid by Ed Sheeran Ed Sheeran has always had a knack for making catchy songs. His entire discography is filled with several different earworms – many of which, most listeners end up imbibing subconsciously after hearing it just a few times. His song, Beautiful People, off his latest album, No.6 Collaborations Project, is just one of them, sporting a catchy and indelible melody you’ll likely want to hear all summer. The track features American R&B artist, Khalid, and is produced by Shellback, Max Martin, FRED and the artist himself. It also sports an uplifting message that is spread across a number of songs by Sheeran. A message which, – if you know anything about the artist – is consistent with his general demeanour. That message: It’s okay to be yourself! Click here to listen to the track! Superman by Superstar Ace Still riding the momentum from the success of his debut single, Fundamental featuring Runtown, afrobeats maestro, Superstar Ace releases his new lively single, Superman. With a familiar afrobeats sound, the track stands out due to Ace’s stellar delivery and witty lines sung in English, Pidgin and Yoruba. It is also produced by Nigerian producer, Phantom, who produced Burna Boy’s Ye. Click here to listen to the track! Pookie ft. Lil Pump by Aya Nakamura French phenom, Aya Nakamura, known for mega international hits like Djadja and Copines, as well as Gang featuring Davido, recently dropped a remix to her 2019 single, Pookie. The remix features American rapper, Lil Pump. The song is a catchy reggaetón number, showing off Aya’s natural vocal ability, as well as her ability to infuse urban and Afrobeats sounds into pop. Lil Pump also shines on this song with his trademark downplayed delivery, as well as his amusing adlibs. Click here to listen to the track! I Like ft. Wizkid by Kojo Funds Kojo Funds is back, and making a late push for song of the summer with new single, I Like, featuring Nigerian superstar, Wizkid. The track is the UK artist’s first solo release since his acclaimed 2018 mixtape, Golden Boy. The track is an infectious afroswing record, which shows both Kojo Funds and Wizkid at their best, with both artists delivering smooth, stellar verses on either side of Funds’ catchy chorus. Click here to listen to the track! Ibeballinho ft. Sho Madjozi by pH Raw X Don’t call it a comeback! Super producer pH Raw X returns after four years dropping a new single Ibeballinho, featuring exciting new South African artist, Sho Madjozi. The track is an 808-heavy, trap-infused banger, with a fiery chorus and self-assured verses. pH Raw X’s autotuned vocals complement the beat very nicely, reminding of the distinct Atlanta sound sweeping across the world today. Sho Madjozi likewise brings a great amount of youthful energy and braggadocio to the record. Click here to listen to the track!
The Deputy President of the Senate and Senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has rolled out empowerment schemes for people in his constituency. Beneficiaries include youths and women in his constituency. At the empowerment programme which took place in Orhomuru, Orogun, the hometown of the Deputy Senate President, the DSP, ably represented by Mr. Jimmy Omo-Agege said that sustainable empowerment of the people is the key to a safer and better society. ￼￼ According to him: “It is my resolve to represent my people with the very best of my capabilities and in doing so, empowerment programmes like this one is one of the ways in which we can reach out to the rural people and help them to be self-sufficient.” Items distributed at the empowerment programme include cars for all the Delta Central APC LGA chairmen, members of the ‘Agege Again’ team, ward youth and women leaders. Other empowerment tools include, grinding machines, Tricycles and motorcycles. Beneficiaries of this gesture were elated and thanked the DSP and the APC for this show of love towards them.
In a recent Instagram story on his official page, popular hip-hop artiste, Jude MI Abaga, has called out the management of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) for illegal mismanagement of funds. In a screenshot culled from Chocolate City Music’s Vice President, Ibukun Aibee Abidoye’s page, which showed the astronomical jump of the Society’s Security Spend from ₦1m in 2017 to ₦31m in 2018, MI wrote: This time we will not sit back down quietly!!! Our hard earned income shouldn’t be mis appropriated this way. This is coming on the heels of Innocent 2baba Idibia’s backlash on the Society for the same reasons.
To Hon Bago, a strong contender for the speaker of the incoming House of Representatives, among his priority is the accommodation of all interests as the head of the Green Chamber. He, however, remarked that when it comes to parliamentary matters, party affiliation counts less in the pursuit of national goals and election of its leaders. Bago said that he is vying for the office of speaker of the 9th Assembly because the North Central zone deserves to occupy the seat. He argued that the region has not held the position since the return of democracy in 1999, a situation Bago stated, smacks of marginalisation of the people of the zone. The lawmaker posited that it was a fallacy for anybody to think that members of the parliament are biased to party affiliation in the Lower Chambers. He said: “It’s going to be a fallacy for anybody to think the parliament has political party affiliation. Once you are in the chambers, the party doesn’t matter – individual, community, constituency interests, geographical, geopolitical interests play. So, for anybody to think it’s a winner takes all, it will never happen. It’s a dream.” The third-time member of the House of Representatives, who visited the corporate headquarters of LEADERSHIP Group Limited in Abuja yesterday, added that “when you have an opposition that has 150 members, they are a necessary evil. Whether you like it or not, you must consult them. They are our colleagues. We are already talking.” Hon. Bago, who described himself as a core Buharist, said that he had been with the president form the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), which fused with other parties to form the APC. The lawmaker said that he had written letters to President Buhari and the APC leadership to intimate them of his aspiration for the speakership of the Lower House. On zoning and endorsement of certain aspirants, he said: “This issue of getting anointed people to man certain positions is a 2013 arrangement. There is no need for people to pretend. The desperation for the speakership and Senate presidency is for what? Why must it be that person? These are questions Nigerians should be asking. Why do you want to anoint a person if he’s popular? “Do you want to have a speaker that will not even last a month? No! We are not ready for these kinds of issues. The party should think wisely, look at things critically and come up with results from an informed position that will make sure that the policies of our government are supported by laws,” Bago said. Asked what model of leadership he would introduce, the lawmaker said that his administration would ensure that the independence of the legislature is entrenched and ensure that ambiguous lines in the Nigerian constitution are really amended, adding that “the architecture of Nigeria must have to be looked into and addressed accordingly. Our parliament must be fashioned toward civilization.” He said that the crisis that trailed the emergence of Hon. Yakubu Dogara as speaker and the Senate president, Dr. Bukola Saraki, was not well managed by the APC. “And that is why we are waking people up to the fact that the North Central is being muzzled out of the way.” Bago said that he would reach out to the opposition PDP to garner the number to be the speaker. “They are our colleagues and we are already talking,” he disclosed. He argued that since 1999, the North Central had not produced the speaker of the House or even a deputy, adding that all other zones had produced speakers and or deputy speakers. “We have done so well for the victory of this party (APC) and we are only asking for fairness in the political equation of this country. Since 1999, nobody has been given the opportunity in the House of Representatives from the North Central to either be a speaker or deputy speaker. “However, if you talk about equity, fairness and the constitution which all of us will use on the day of swearing in to take the oath, I think we must also imbibe the provision of the constitution. “The constitution is clear and the APC constitution is also very clear that every federating unit must be catered for in any federal arrangement. And the party constitution also corroborated this.” He held that it was necessary for the party to recognise the youths for such positions in line with the Not Too Young to Run Act, adding that if given the mandate, his regime would ensure the enactment of laws that would enable the APC to achieve its manifesto and good governance in different sectors. Noting that he had taken the necessary steps, Bago said: “I have written letters to the party and President Muhammadu Buhari who is the leader of our party, as a loyal party man. And you need to understand that I am a core Buharist. “I started with Buhari in 2003. I came to the House of Representatives in 2011 under the platform of the CPC. Since then, I have been in this party. The merger met me in 2015 and till date, I am in APC. I have done what is supposed to be done to notify them of my intention,” he said.
HOUSE SPEAKERSHIP: QUEST FOR EQUITY, FAIRNESS AND REWARD FOR POLITICAL LOYALTY, THE NORTH CENTRAL CASE
The North Central geopolitical zone comprising of Kwara, Niger, Plateau, Benue, Nasarawa and Kogi states has played a pivotal role in the politcal evolution and stability of the nation since independence up to this period due to the fact that the zone has always remained steadfast and consistent in their support for a united and cohesive nation most crucially during the Nigerian civil war when they played a yeomen’s role in keeping the nation one. And during the political period thereafter the support and loyalty of the North Central states have always been central to the victory of any political party nationwide right from the Second Republic, the Third Republic and the present Fourth Republic. For instance, the National Party of Nigeria (NPN), the Social Democratic Party (SDP), the Peoples Democractic Party (PDP) and lately the All Progressive Congress owe their presidential election victories to the bulk of electoral support from the strategic North Central zone, without which they would have failed dismally at the polls. In the 2015 presidential elections it was the switching of support by the majority of North Central states from the PDP to the APC that led to the landmark defeat of President Goodluck Jonathan by General Muhammadu Buhari. Even in the 2019 general elections, the suport of the North Central has been unwavering particulary in Niger, Kwara, Nasarawa, Plateau and Kogi states. So it is not far fetched to state that the North Central holds the ace in the Nigerian political configuration as it has not produced a presidential candidate from a major political party but has voted for candidates from other geo-political zones not for primordial or parochial concerns but out of a deep seated belief in promoting the cohesion and stability of our national institutions. For instance in 2011, the Northeast and Northwest zones voted for General Muhammedu Buhari while the South east/Southsouth zones voted for President Goodluck Jonathan all due to ethnic and regional loyalty, however the North Central voted for President Jonathan who prevailed then. In the 2015 elections the reverse was the case as the North Central zone voted for General Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 giving him the decisive edge to defeat President Jonathan even though the voting pattern in the other zones remained the same. The same scenario repeated itself in the recently concluded 2019 general elections. From the foregoing it is quite germane that the North Central zone should be adequately rewarded for its loyalty, consistency, resilience and commitment to the aims, objectives and electoral fortunes of the APC even though the Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates are not even from the zone. In this regard many opinion leaders and influential leaders of thought as well as the rank and file of the party have been clamouring for the Speaker of the House of Representatives slot to be zoned to the North Central zone as a transparent gesture of reward for the sacifice that it has made for the success of th APC since its tremendous victory in 2015. In this regard, it is germane to outline some issues regarding the zoning of the House Speakership position and why the North Central deserves to be given the slot in the 9th National Assembly. For one, President Muhammadu Buhari is from the North West geopolitical zone, and as is the convention the House Speakership cannot be zoned to the North West. Also the political calculus does not favour the zoning of the Speakership position to the South west zone given the fact that the Vice President is from that zone. In the zoning and allocation of political positions and offices, it is a time honoured tradition that party support and loyalty should be adequately rewarded in order to encourage the teeming party faithfuls to continue to back their party in future elections. Accordingly, the North Central stands at a more solid footing than the South West which is also angling for the House Speakership given the fact that the former has always voted overwhelmingly for the APC presidential candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari both in 2015 and 2019. In fact the North Central zone gave President Buhari over 2.4 million votes against the South West’s 2 million votes in 2019. Undoubtedly, President Muahammadu Buhari has consistently emerged victorious in the North Central zone which gave him the edge in 2015 and 2019. Indeed all the aspirants and contenders for the position of House Speaker are eminently qualified for the exalted seat and while the final decision of the party is being awaited as regards the zoning formula, it must be stated clearly that Hon Mohammed Bago, Chairman House Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration possesses a towering profile and an awesome political resume in given the fact that he has been a card carrying member of the Congress for Progressive Change, the party formed by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2011 and won elections to the House of Representatives under that platform in the same year when it had only a handful of elected members compared to the PDP, the ACN and defunct ANPP. The political loyalty and steadfastness of Hon Mohammed Bago to the progressive tendencies of President Buhari is also mirrored by the loyalty of HonBago’s home state, Niger to President Mohammed Buhari in the 2015 and 2019 elections where he won a whopping 80% and 71% of the votes respectively. Given the dogged and uncompromising support that Niger State has given to the APC and its presidential candidate, President Mohammed Buhari, it is only logical and equitable that Hon Mohammed Bago (being from Niger State) should be whole heartedly supported in his historic quest for the House Speakership position. Indeed Hon Mohammed Bago and his beloved Niger State have sowed faithfully in the APC’s political landscape so they deserve to reap abundantly as well.
A pressure And lobby group, Justice Advocacy Group has advised the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to cede political offices in the 9th Assembly to reflect regional balancing. In a statement, on Monday by the coordinator of Justice Advocacy Group, Mr. Akintunde Lawal, the body said Nigeria cannot afford a repeat of the feud that characterized the 8th assembly where the leadership of the National Assembly and the executive could not work together in the interest of the nation. “Now that APC has won the elections, the critical issues should be how the APC will deliver to the electorates the dividends of democracy. So what the party leaders need to do is to allocate key offices to respect geopolitical sensitivity and standing among geopolitical zones,” he said. Arguing further Lawal said “we should guard against the crisis that characterized the 8th Assembly. The In-coming Nigerian legislature can not afford any unnecessary feisty political relationship with the executive and to forestall this, the APC leadership must do what is right. There must be justice and fairness as enshrined in the constitution of the party and Nigerian constitution” “As it is now, the North West has the President while the South West has the Vice President, leaving Four Zones bare. So it is incumbent on the party to reflect political balancing in considering the leadership of the 9th Assembly. All the zones must be considered on the basis of equity as enshrined in the APC constitution. Nigerian Constitution 1999(as ammended) Section 14: Sub Section 1;1c;3 & 4 and the ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS CONSTITUTION (2014) AS AMMENDED THE PREAMBLE -ARTICLE 7;sub (i); (ii); (ix) (xii) Doing otherwise would be courting crisis in the coming Assembly,” Lawal said. He noted that ceding the positions to the appropriate zones “would not amount to sacrificing competence but strengthening the foundation of democracy in the country. It is important that every geopolitical zone in the country has a sense of belonging,” stressing further that politics “also recognizes the number of votes and therefore every zone must be recognized on the basis of their contributions to the party”. In the just concluded Presidential election the North West, comprising seven states produced 5, 995, 651 votes for APC, representing 72.45% of the votes cast; North East comprising six states produced 3,238,783 votes representing 74.36%; North Central comprising six states produced 2,465,599 votes representing 54.92%; South West comprising six states produced 2,036,450 votes representing 53.41%; South East comprising five states produced 403, 968 votes representing 19.26% and South South comprising six states produced 1,051,396 votes representing 32.01%. Lawal however warned that “if APC goes to the contest i.e election of principal officers in the National Assembly) with a divided house, it will be detrimental not only to the party but the 9th Assembly. It must be noted that a divided APC will be very vulnerable and the opposition parties can spring surprises during the elections yet again suggesting that the APC would not have allowed experience to be the best teacher. President Buhari and the leadership of the party will do well to consider the implications of a repeat of the scenario of the last four years. Nigerians are watching.
Brian Ballard of Ballard Partners – a veteran Florida lobbyist who raised money for Trump’s campaign and inauguration – the company is expected to help in ensuring the success of Abubakar as Nigeria’s president in 2019 general election. The firm will earn $90,000 monthly (N31.5 million) for its services. The contract which is expected to last for a year will cumulatively fetch the firm a sum of N400 million (above $1 million) at the end of the period. According to a published copy of the contract, Ballard Partners will advocate for the Client before the U.S. government including, but not limited to, enhancement of U.S.-Nigerian relations; strengthening and advancing democratic values and the rule of law in Nigeria, with a special focus in the coming months on maintaining political and security conditions free of intimidation and interference in order to ensure the success and fairness of Nigeria’s national election for president in 2019. “This contract is entered into between the Peoples Democratic Party of Nigeria (“the Client”), Plot l970 Michael Okpara Street, Wuse Zone 5, Abuja, and Ballard Partners, Inc. (“the Firm”), 601 13th Street NW, Suite 450N, Washington, D. C. 20005,” the agreement read. A former Nigeria Aviation minister, Osita Chidoka signed the contract on behalf of the PDP. “It shall be the Client’s duty to provide the Firm the information necessary to best represent the Client. It shall also be the Client’s duty to timely compensate the Firm for its services. According to the contract, the firm will also be expected to strengthen democratic values in the West African nation, maintain secure conditions in Nigeria during elections. “It shall be the Firm’s duty to consult with the Client and advocate on its behalf those issues the client deems necessary and appropriate before the U.S. Federal government.” Ballard is closer to the U.S. president than perhaps any other lobbyist in town, writes the online news site Politico. “He’s parlayed that relationship into a booming business helping clients get their way with the Trump administration — and his clients and even some of his rivals say his firm has a better grasp of what’s going on in the West Wing than almost anyone else,” the online magazine said in October in a report.
Emmanuel Nwachukwu, popularly known as Emma Dele has officially and graciously bowed out from his post as Head, Strategy and Customer Relations at Slot Systems Limited after 8 years and 4 months of meritorious and unequalled service. Starting out in August 2010 as a Salesman, Emma Dele through hard work and dedication rose through the ranks to becoming an Accessories Warehouse Manager in March 2011; First Branch Manager of the Ikeja City Mall Store in December 2011; Franchise Store Trainer in August 2012; Fist Head of Operations/Sales in May 2015; Head of Procurement/Inventory Management in January 2017 and finally Head, Strategy and Customer Relations in August 2018. A position he held till December 2018. In his personal statement, Emma gave as reasons for his resignation, the need to do more for himself and brand. Colleagues, friends, fans and business associates have continued to shower messages of goodwill while extoling his wonderful all-round personality on social media with the hashtag #ThankYouSLOT The Board of Directors, colleagues and entire staff at Slot Systems Limited bade him well in his new adventure at the company’s 20th anniversary ceremony and book launch of the CEO, Nnamdi Ezeigbo, earlier in the month. This is wishing our Emma Dele well in his future endeavours.