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Educated People Are Better Entrepreneurs – MD

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The Executive Managing Director of Showers Christian High School, Mrs Emilia E. Akpan has said that educated people in the society are the best entrepreneurs.
This was made known during the graduation ceremony of Showers 2020/2021 students at the Manufacturers Association conference hall recently in Port Harcourt.
The  MD said that the “ skills , morals  and every other thing  included in their training would be needed seriously. Our message  and training here is, do not aspire to work for anybody but for yourself.
Mrs Akpan said the students would grow to be in the manufacturing sector in addition to their careers having made the best results in the internal/external examinations.
“If you talk about manufacturing, we do not have skilled manpower. We are now going into the African Continental Free trade Area (AfCFTA) regime. We are always told that most of our goods are not accepted in other countries, but we (Nigeria) just opened our borders to allow influx. 
“The skills we need to compete are lacking. So, it takes education to meet up”, she said, adding that the country needs to groom the younger generation to meet up what is lacking in the manufacturing sector.
She noted that the school has always produced best students even in Cambridge examination even with their skills, stating that “the more we have educated people in manufacturing industry, the better. If I say this, they quarrel with me.
“They call it tailoring services, I say no, it’s manufacturing entrepreneurship. It puts you in different mindset. A tailor makes one dress but in manufacturing, somebody designs, others make it in large quantities. You can understand where education meets entrepreneurship and manufacturing”.
She noted that the programme of “Catch Dem Young” with  children from Evo and Egi kingdoms sponsored by Totalenergies has produced notable results that made the Kings of the two kingdoms proud. 
She however reiterated the need for other companies to partner with the school to produce future manufacturers.
Receiving the graduating students, HRM , Sir Leslie Nyebuchi, Eze Gbakagbaka of Evo Kingdom, charged the students never to make friends that would pull them down but those who would be part of their success stories.
Eze Gbakagbaka blessed and commanded “the land to bless, sustain and favour the graduands”.
In her contribution, the wife of HRM, Prof. Anele Nwokoma, Dr. Grace Anele commended Showers proprietor who she said took her children and gave her “young, educated and skilled adults”.
 Dr. Anele noted that education is the best that can be given to any child, stressing the need for parents to allow their children choose their career to enable them to excel.

By: Lilian Peters

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Entrepreneur Charges Corps Members On Entrepreneurial Skills

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An entrepreneur, Mr Emmanuel Aondoakaa has advised youth corps members to strive to acquire entrepreneurial skills in order to be self-reliant instead of waiting for white-collar jobs.
Aondoakaa, the Chief Executive Officer of Own Your Enterprise Campaign (OYEC), gave the advice when he delivered a lecture held for 2021 Batch ‘B’ Stream 2 corps members posted to Wanune in Tarka Local Government Area of Benue State.
According to him, there are no jobs in Nigeria to fall back to after the service year, as business is the key to financial independence.
“Unemployment rate is increasing among Nigerian graduates every year and the only panacea is business, so that you can be financially independent and even become employers of labour,’’ he said.
Aondoakaa pointed out that the best time to venture into business was at this period of insecurity, saying that all they needed to do was to look for the needs of their environments and venture into it.
Fielding questions from youth corps members after the lecture, he noted that the capital to kick start a business had always been the discouraging factor among young graduates.
However, he said there were many foundations such as Tony Elumelu Foundation and the likes giving grants to young entrepreneurs to encourage self-reliance in Nigeria.
He noted that applying and getting the grant might be difficult but promised to train interested persons on how to apply and get it.
Also speaking, Mrs Ann Adogah, one of the resource persons, advised the Youth Corps members to take the entrepreneurship development lecture seriously, as it would be “Plan B’’ for self-reliance after their service year.

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Rivers Farmers Hail Wike On Anti-Grazing Law

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All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Rivers State branch has hailed Governor Ezenwo Nyesom Wike for the signing of the anti-open grazing bill into law.
State chairman of the association, Comrade Ofimaobari Igwe who said this in an interview with newsmen in port Harcourt said the law will ensure peace in the state.
Igwe said the development will also lead to massive food production in the state.
According to him, the law will boost the confidence of Rivers farmers as their security is now guaranteed.
He also stressed the need for the government to set up a committee to ensure the implementation of the law. 
Comrade Igwe also called on the government to look at the possibility of assisting farmers who lost their crops to flooding last year in the state.
He said farmers in the state will continue to support all efforts by government to restore security to the state.
The Afan boss also called on farmers to take advantage of the gesture by the government to improve their farming activities.
Igwe also called on them to visit the association office for registration.
Open grazing of cattle has been a source of conflict between herders and farmers across the country.
It was against this backdrop that governors of the 17 Southern States met at Asaba, Delta State to unanimously banned open grazing in the zone.
The anti-grazing law in Rivers State was a follow-up to the Asaba meeting.
The AFAN chairman said the situation would bring peace and boost food production in the state.

By: John Bibor

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FCMB’s CEO Advises SMEs On Corporate Governance

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The Managing Director of First City Monument Bank, Mrs Yemisi Edun, has advised corporate organisations, particularly micro-businesses, to adopt sound corporate governance practices in order to stand the test of time.
A statement from the bank, titled ‘Adopt Corporate Governance, Yemisi Edun charges SMEs’, said she made the call as the guest speaker at the inaugural corporate governance and enterprise development conference organised by H. Michael & Co in Lagos, with the theme ‘Corporate governance best practices: Imperatives for business sustainability’.
Addressing the conference’s physical and online audience, the bank’s chief noted that no business could stand the test of time without sound corporate governance practices.
She said that micro-businesses also required the same to achieve optimum performance and sustainable growth, urging small businesses to imbibe corporate governance practices.
Edun listed the long-term benefits of sound corporate governance practice as strong brand equity, decreasing risks, reducing capital cost, and enhanced performance.
She added that only businesses with solid corporate governance practices could stimulate economic growth and enhance innovation while protecting communities and the environment in their daily activities.
In his keynote address, a former Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Babcock University, Prof. Sunday Owolabi, described corporate governance as “doing the right when no one is looking”.
Owolabi urged businesses to self-regulate and embrace full disclosure and accountability.
He also advised the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria to consolidate the country’s multi-sector codes of corporate governance into a single omnibus document for corporations in the country.
The conference convener, Dr Adeyinka Hassan, a notable enterprise governance advocate, noted that more than 100 companies in Nigeria had fizzled out due to corporate failure

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