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RSG Employs Best Performing Corps Member

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The Rivers State Governor, Rt Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has offered automatic employment in the state civil service to the best corper of the year in the Batch C 2009 members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

Amaechi who announced the offer at the passing out of the NYSC members in Port Harcourt yesterday explained that the offer was the  rewarding of the good performance of the recipient, Mr Borishade Adetola during the service year.

Speaking at the occasion, Amaechi told Nigerian youths not to be  deterred by the present economic situation in the country as the future provides endless opportunity for them to excel.

The governor, who recalled his year as a. corps member, said the “opportunities available in Nigeria are limitless, but to achieve the breakthrough every effort must be backed by determination to succeed”.

The State Chief Executive thanked the corps members for their services to the state, in spite of obvious deprivations, and apologised over the kidnap of four of their colleagues at Omuma Local Government Area of the state.

He explained that the perpetrators of the crime came from neighbouring Abia State and entered the area, through a border community in the state to commit the act, assuring that steps had been taken to avert a repeat of the incident.

He, however,  announced the release of all outstanding monetary allowances owed the corps members which he said should be paid immediately to the outgoing corps members including transportation.

The State Chairman of NYSC Governing Board and Secretary to the State Government, Hon. Magnus Abe, lauded the corps members for successfully completing their one year service to the country and urged them to remain good ambassadors of the scheme by upholding its lofty ideals.

He urged them to explore the many possibilities made available by some government agencies such as the National Directorate of Employment and Small and Medium Scale Development Agencies to be self employed rather than wait for non-existent jobs.

On her part, the Rivers State Co-ordinator of NYSC, Mrs Esther Wogbo, congratulated the outgoing corps members for successfully passing through the four cardinal points of the scheme which are, orientation, primary assignments, community development service and winding up processes leading up to passing out.

She said while some of the corps members would be rewarded for their outstanding performances, 17 of them had been sanctioned for various offences, and would not pass out, and announced that the state lost one member of the 2009 Batch C “corps member, Amanze George Chigozie, who was serving with the Ministry of Justice, up till his death.

Highpoints of the passing out was march past by the corps members, observance of a minute of silence for the deceased corps member and presentation of certificates to the corps members.

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Stakeholders Meet To Assess Nigeria’s Preparedness For AFCFTA

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Stakeholders are expected to converge in Lagos today to take a look at the Nigeria’s preparedness to maximize the gains of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). 
The Tide learnt that stakeholders will be converging at the instance of a popular online newspaper, Primetime Reporters, to assess the progress made so far by the Federal Government through the National Action Committee on AfCFTA agreement.
The event which is the Third Annual Lecture and Awards of the online medium has as its theme: “Assessing Nigeria’s Preparedness to Maximize the Gains of AfCFTA.” 
The event will also witness conferment of awards on eight eminent Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in various fields of human endeavours.
The Managing Director/Editor-In-Chief of Primetime Reporters, Mr. Saint Augustine Nwadinamuo, made this known in a statement made available to The Tide in Lagos on Monday.
According to him, the event will hold at the National Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos beginning from 10.00am.
Nwadinamuo said that the event would be chaired by a renowned legal practitioner, Barr. Osuala Emmanuel Nwagbara of the Maritime and Commercial Law Partners, Lagos, while the Director General, Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Dr. Muda Yusuf, would be the lead paper presenter.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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EFCC Nabs 419 Kingpin Over N250m Fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arrested a leader of a deadly 419 syndicate, Abayomi Kamaldeen Alaka (a.k.a Awise) over an alleged attempt to swindle an innocent Nigerian of N250 million. 
The Tide learnt that the syndicate operates from a shrine at Ashipa Town, near Abeokuta, Ogun State.
According to a statement made available to The Tide in Lagos on Sunday, by the EFCC, Awise’s arrest followed a petition by his victim, Juliet Bright who lost N250m to the fraudster after she was tricked to provide money for sacrifices and invocations to heal her of an ailment.
The statement said Bright was introduced to Alaka by one Akinola Bukola Augustina (a.ka. Iya Osun) whom she met on Facebook in the course of her search for solutions to her health challenge. 
What drew her to Augustina was the latter’s post under the name, Osunbukola Olamitutu Spriritual Healing Centre.
 Once Bright contacted Augustina, the latter promised to heal her if she could pay N16 million. 
The victim paid the money through an Access Bank account belonging to one Mohammed Sani, who later turned out to be a Bureau De Change Operator.
After paying the money without receiving healing, Augustina transferred the victim to other members of the syndicate, notably Awise. 
Bright revealed that she met Awise at his shrine in Ashipa Town and was hypnotized and subsequently transferred various sum through bank accounts and in cash to the suspect and his syndicate members, until she lost N250 million to them.
Despite all the monies collected from her, her health conditions has never improved.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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Expert Wants Farmers To Grow Plant Produce For Export

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An expert in Quarantine Agriculture, Dr Vincent Ozuru, has advised Nigerian farmers to give more attention to growing plants produce that could be exported.
He said that plant like the hibiscus, popularly known as Zobo is on high demand in some countries around the world, today.
Ozuru who gave the advice while speaking to aviation correspondents at Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, noted that some plants produce, particularly hibiscus, had yielded huge revenue to the Federal Government through export.
According to him, Nigeria exported about 1,983 containers of hibiscus to Mexico alone in 2017 and earned $35 million within nine months of that year.
The agricultural quarantine expert explained that the export of the plant had a setback as a result of storage pest discovered by the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service in some consignments.
“The issue has now been taken care of and the export is resuming again, and all matters have been resolved with the stakeholders across the value chain.
“Mexico is the largest importer of Nigerian hibiscus, and our farmers should brace up to the challenge.
“The good news is that Nigeria has a vast growing belt in hibiscus, and the harvest is available all year round.
“We need to take advantage of this opportunity to earn foreign exchange for ourselves and for the country at large, even with the commitment of the present administration to diversify the economy”, he said.
Ozuru called on Nigerian farmers to show more commitment to the growing of export produce and also endeavor to get ready information on it in order to increase their income.

By: Corlins Walter

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