The Rivers State Government has announced that in the next four years, it plans to generate about one million jobs with focus on agriculture, oil and gas, information and communication technology, tourism and solid mineral sectors.
The Commissioner for Employment Generation and Economic Empowerment, Dr. Leloonu Nwibubasaa gave the hint at the Second Employment Roundtable held in Port Harcourt, recently.
Nwibubasaa said the target forms part of the State Employment Strategic Action Plan (SESAP) aimed at providing job opportunities through the vast resources available in the state.
He further disclosed that the plan would be driven through a private sector collaboration as a way to sustain it.
Besides that, he noted that a Rivers Economic Empowerment Trust Fund would be set up to provide financial base that would drive the process.
On top of that, he stated that government was working to create a conducive atmosphere that would engender economic growth to attract investors and other job creation opportunities.
Reiterating the pledge by the state Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike to focus on job creation in his second tenure, Nwibubasaa said, “Rivers State Government under the leadership of Chief Nyesom Wike is totally committed to the implementation of our best policies for the economic benefit of the people.”
The commissioner, therefore, enjoined all stakeholders to contribute towards making the vision a reality, noting that there was need to provide jobs for the swelling youth population in the state.
On his part, Chairman of the forum, Mr Pedro Egbe admitted that though government has the responsibility to provide jobs, there was need for the private sector to support government policy.
Gliz, Glamour As Oloketuyi Premieres Lockdown Heat
Last Sunday, June 13, Seun Oloketuyi’s latest film, ‘Lockdown Heat’ hit the big screen at Silver Bird Cinemas, Lagos for a major premiere. The premiere had celebrities and guests strutting the red carpet before converging on the theatre hall to catch a glimpse of the film.
Some of the guests at the premiere were Mary Lazarus, Samuel ‘Big Sam’ Olatunji, Gbenga Adeyinka and Seun Oloketuyi.
Speaking at the event, the producer of ‘Lockdown Heat’ said, he was inspired by the covid 19 pandemic, which resulted in many notions of locking down cities and countries to curtail the spread of the virus.
”The movie is a true life story which happened during the lockdown, it’s a story of survival during the pandemic, because I don’t think anybody in our generation ever witnessed a pandemic”, Oloketuyi said.
On his part, the movie director, Big Sam Oloketuyi, described the movie as a fantasy film with a blend of two characters, Mary Lazarus and Efa Iwara, who catch viewers’ attention for over an hour. “The movie is a testament to the fact you have to deal with a certain past so that you can forge ahead”, he said.
The film parades Nollywood stars including: Bolanle Omowunmi Dada, Veteran comedian, Gbenga Adeyinka, Mr Macaroni and a host of others.
“Lockdown Heat” tells a story of two young attractive neighbours of opposite sexes, who found themselves embroiled in a shut gun romance as a result of the covid-19 inspired lockdown.
Abia NSCDC Nabs Two Over Rail Track Accessories Vandelism
The Abia State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, has arrested two suspects for allegedly vandalising materials meant for the rehabilitation of the dilapidated Eastern rail line.
The State Commandant, Mr Taiye Ayinla, who assumed duty on Monday, said this in his maiden news briefing in Umuahia yesterday.
Ayinla said the suspects, Samuel Ndubuisi, 20, and Donatus Eze, 29, were arrested at Isuikwuato by operatives of the command following intelligence report.
He said that two other suspected accomplices escaped but said that the command had expanded its intelligence network to ensure they were aarrested.
He said that the operatives recovered 23 railway irons and hooks suspected to be part of the materials for the ongoing railway project.
The commandant also said that his operatives arrested one Sule Bula, 47, a truck driver, along with his conductor, Biliya Musa, 31, on Tuesday at Ubakala, near Umuahia, while allegedly conveying suspected adulterated diesel.
He said the suspects were arrested in a MAN Diesel truck with an inscription: TAKL 131 on the body, with 10,000 liters of the product packaged in cellophane bags and concealed under heaps of bags of fertiliser.
Ayinla promised to take the fight to the sponsors and owners of the illegal oil businesses and acts of vandalism, which he described as the most prevalent in the state.
He said: “My strategy is to look beyond the driver and his conductor. “I will collaborate with the state government, the media and other sister security agencies to police the state and ensure that residents have peace and can sleep with their eyes closed.”
Nigeria’s Comic Republic Adapts African Superheroes For Film, TV
Nigerian independent comic books has signed an international deal with Emagine Content and Jackie Boy Entertainment to see the adaptation of its African superheroes catalogue for both film and television.
According to The Tide source, the production deal will first see a feature film adaptation of Comic Republics centred on a African superheroes. Confirming the collaboration, Comic Republic CEO, Jide Martin, shared:
“It’s a great time to be alive, we are in a world where diversity had taken centre stage, we are thrilled to bring our heroes and stories to the big screen, but mostly because we get the chance to be a part of black history”.
“This deal is a major push towards diversity on the silver screen for black superheroes”, he added. Emagine CEO, Ben Phelps said “The time is now to showcase heroes of all different backgrounds. The ability to create role models for future generations to come is a unique opportunity that comes with an important responsibility to make sure the storyline is authentic.
“For us, finding a partnership that is looking to be a destructive force with good moral is everything. The companies confirmed that the goal of the new collaboration was to portray a positive global influence of Africa and to negate misconceptions.
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