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‘You Win’ Programme: Youth Partner Finance Ministries For Progress

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The Federal Ministries of Youth Development and Finance said recently that they would partner to ensure more participation of youths in the “You Win” programme.

Mr Muhammad Idris, Head of Public Relations of the ministry of youth development, disclosed this in an interview in Abuja.

You Win is an initiative of the Federal Government designed to encourage the youth to come up with business ideas as a way of generating employment.

Idris said that the programme had the potential to create employment for the youths and make them employers.

According to him, the 2nd edition, launched on September  4, is a great opportunity for the youths to achieve desired economic goals.

“It is a programme that has been designed to enable youths to initiate business ideas tailored to help young people become self reliant and also tackle unemployment. “

He reiterated the resolve of the youth ministry to collaborate with the finance ministry, to create relevant awareness on the need for the youth to drive development through their participation.

“We are working out some strategies in collaboration with the ministry of finance to actually allow the youth get the benefit of this “You Win” by way of sensitisation.

“Detailing the process of the programme; which is basically for somebody to think logically and bring a business idea.

“The Federal Government can actually collaborate with the person who initiated a business idea on how to collaborate with it, in terms of funds to achieve his or her vision.

“We are trying to bring up a wider sensitisation exercise to enlighten the Nigerian society on this laudable “You Win” programme, to send a message to the grassroots. “

Idris said that plans were also underway by the ministry to establish six new youth development centres in all the six geo-political zones of the country.

According to him, the centres, which are also aimed at engaging young people in lucrative ventures, will boost the 19 existing ones.

He said that although lack of continuity of projects initiated by government was perceived to hinder development in the country, necessary measures had been put in place to ensure the completion of the centres.

“We start most of our projects, but continuity also a problem, when you consider some of the challenges facing youth development, the centres can’t last.

“Youths are multi-talented in terms of practical skills, through partnership with all tiers of government, they will be able to develop themselves and ensure continuity.

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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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