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NGO Organises Free Skills Acquisition In PH

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An integrated Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) under the aegis of Daniel and Partner and Foundation (DPF) is organising a free skills Acquisition and Business Developmnet training programme in Port Harcourt.
The programme which began on July 5, 2013 will end on August 5, at the Redeemed Chritian Chuch of God, 19 King Jaja Street, Port Harcourt.
In a chat with The Tide Business Correspondent in her office in Port Harcourt, the Director of the Foundation, Miss Juliana Daniel Hart said 40 persons are currently participating in the on-going training programme free of charge in line with her motto: “Service To Humanity.”
She said they were being trained on driving, catering, computer, shoe making, sewing, that and beads making, interior decoration, GSM repairs, hair dressing as well as manicure and pendicure for a duration of one month.”
According to her, the free training is part of their contribution towards the development of indigenes of Rivers State in particular nad the Niger Delta in general, stressing that a good number of citizens had benefitted from the programme since its inception since five years ago.
The Director said through the grace of God, she was able to float the foundation to enable the youths acquire skills and be self-employed or set up their business outfit, pointing out that, “Unemployment is a disease and the foundation is to help them empower themselves for the future.”
Miss Hart, who narrated how she borne the idea of setting up the foundation hinted that beneficiaries have been calling and giving testimonies of the programme and how she had put food on their table and their families.
She also thanked God that the teachers she employed to teach the students were all paid till date, but her only challenge had been the finance involvement, students sometimes do not turn-up for studies as the organisation still pays the teachers as well as money spent on repair of equipments and faculty machines.
The Director  of Daniel and Partner Foundation however, hinted that she intend to partner with a firm to assist the graduands after training through empowerment and employment, so that they could put into practice what they have learned and acquired to make a living.
Miss Hart also thanked her parents for the encouragement and prayed that with God on her side, she would not relent in engaging the youths to acquire skill ratherthan being a nuisance to the society.
About 500 persons have benefitted from the programme since its inception five years ago.

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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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