140 N’Delta Youths Win Shell’s N56m LiveWIRE Grant
No fewer than 140 young and talented people from eight states of the Niger Delta have graduated from the special Shell LiveWIRE Nigeria Entrepreneurial Training programme, which provides business and financial support to enable them to establish small and medium scale businesses.
Drawn from Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Imo, and Rivers States, the beneficiaries, 20 of whom are under the Oporoma Special LiveWIRE Nigeria category in Bayelsa State, got N56million grants from the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) Joint Venture at the recent graduation ceremony in Port Harcourt.
SPDC’s General Manager External Relations, Igo Weli, said, “These beneficiaries have now become part of the 7,212 Niger Delta young entrepreneurs who have graduated from the LiveWIRE Nigeria programme since SPDC launched this flagship youth enterprise development programme in 2003.”
Represented at the graduation ceremony by SPDC Manager for Social Performance and Social Investment, Gloria Udoh, Weli said, “Shell LiveWIRE Nigeria has produced young entrepreneurs, most of whom are now employers of labour. Some of the beneficiaries are also given the opportunity to play in SPDC’s supply chain as vendors and are provided with access to growth capital.”
The traditional head of Oporoma, Andy Zighadina, applauded SPDC for initiating such a laudable programme to benefit the youths of the community.
The visibly excited monarch also offered cash rewards to the top five beneficiaries from Oporoma to make appreciable success in first three months after the graduation.
Previous beneficiaries of the Shell LiveWIRE Nigeria programme were also at the ceremony to share their success stories.
Managing Director of FarmToJuice Limited, Esther Bolouebi Ekiotenne, a 2019 winner of the Shell Group Global Top 10 Innovator award, and Solar Energy entrepreneur, Henry Chikodi told the new beneficiaries that passion, hard work and discipline were necessary requirements for business success.
The Shell LiveWIRE Nigeria programme is part of the global Shell LiveWIRE social investment programme, which enables young people to start their own businesses and create employment. It provides young entrepreneurs with access to essential business knowledge and customised support they need to transform their enterprising ideas into viable and sustainable businesses.
In 17 years of its implementation in Nigeria, the Shell LiveWIRE Nigeria has received local and international recognitions, including the 2011 African Leadership Magazine Award for Youth Development, a year after it won the Social Enterprise and Reports Award in 2010.
‘Diri Met Criteria For Guber Polls’
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship Screening Committee for Bayelsa State has screened and cleared Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, for the November 11, 2023 governorship election in the state.
The Tide learnt that the screening exercise took place at the party’s headquarters in Abuja.
Report states that Diri, who is the incumbent Governor of the oil-rich state, is the lone aspirant from the party that picked the PDP nomination and expression of interest forms for the November polls.
Chairman of the screening committee and Edo State Deputy Governor, Comrade Philip Shaibu, said the panel screened Governor Diri in line with guidelines of the party and as stipulated in the Electoral Law.
Shaibu said the Bayelsa helmsman met all the requirements of the party for the election.
“We have checked the documents of Governor Douye Diri and have also interviewed him. Having satisfied our question-and-answer process, we discovered that he is not only worthy to contest the election but also have no encumbrances as far as his documents are concerned.
“Regardless of the fact that he is the incumbent Governor, and having been a Senator of the Federal Republic, we still went through his documents page by page to ensure that there is nothing that is contrary to the Electoral Law.
“Having met all the conditions and in line with the process, you have been cleared by the committee. We wish you well in the forthcoming election in Bayelsa State.
“We know you have performed well as governor and by the grace of God, you will continue with the good work you have started after the election to make Bayelsa the state that Bayelsans dream to have”, the Committee said.
By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells,
Small Claims Court Commences Sitting In Bayelsa
The Bayelsa State Judiciary under the leadership of Hon. Justice M. A. Ayemieye, the Ag. Chief Judge, has established the Small Claims Court in the state.
The Tide reports that the Small Claims Court has since commenced sitting from the 20th of March, at the State Multi-door Court House, High Court Complex, Ovom, and at the Hon. Justice Koripamo David Ungbuku High Court complex, Onopa, Yenagoa, the state capital.
The Tide further gathered that the court is saddled with the responsibility of claim for money in any debt recovery action with value not exceeding N5,000,000.00, and can be filed at the Small Claims Court Registry located at the Hon. Justice Koripamo David Ungbuku High Court complex.
A statement issued by Mr. Julius Lambert Nyananyo, Head, Media and Information Department of the state Judiciary for and onbehalf of the Chief Registrar, Bayelsa State Judiciary (High Court) said the Small Claims Court is an innovation in the Nigeria legal system, with a view to helping small business operators recover debt owed for goods supplied.
The statement reads in part: “The small claims court will assist business men and it does not have to go through litigation system that may take longer time to reach a final decision.
“The State Judiciary had earlier inaugurated the Management Committee on the 4th of January, 2023 for effective take off of the Small Claims Court”.
The Head, Media and Information of the State Judiciary also noted in his statement that the Small Claims Court is very affordable and easy to use, hence one does not need to have a lawyer to represent him or file his matter.
“An individual, partnership, association or corporation can use a small claims court as cases are speedily dispensed. However, claimants and defendants must reside and do business in Bayelsa State”, he said.
Meanwhile, Mr Nyananyo aslo called on the attention of legal practitioners and interested members of the public to the fact that handbooks and practice directions were also available at the state judiciary and online at the judiciary website: bayelsastatejudiciary.gov.ng.
The statement urged the public to take advantage of the Small Claims Court.
By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells,
Ex-Uniuyo VC’s Wife Emerges First Female CIPM Chairman In A’Ibom
Wife of a former Vice-Chancellor of University of Uyo, Dr Rosalyn Essien, has been elected as the first female Chairman of Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) in Akwa Ibom State.
The Tide’s source reports that Essien was elected unopposed at the institute’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), with the theme: “The Human Resources Methods of The Master,” in Uyo.
Essien, who holds B.A (Hons.) in English Language degree from University of Uyo, and Master and Doctoral degrees, is a seasoned bureaucrat with interest in human resources management.
Aside going through various cadres within the Akwa Ibom civil service, she had also attended courses in conflict management in some countries, including South Africa, Britain and United States of America.
In her acceptance speech, Essien said her position as CIPM Vice-Chairman in the last two years had given her the opportunity of fully understanding the dynamics and workings of the institute.
According to her, her emergence as Chairman is a call to duty.
“Leadership is all about shared vision and responsibility. I want to assure you that during my tenure, I intend to build on the achievements of my predecessor”, she said.
Also speaking, the immediate past Chairman of the institute, Mr Anthony Isonguyo, highlighted his achievements to include: training of members, advocacy through courtesy calls/visits to some notable firms in the state.
He said the immediate past executives, under his leadership, had also reached out to some organisations for training of their workforce, while they had successfully completed training for other firms.
In his goodwill message, CIPM National President, Mr Mojid Olusegun, said the institute would remain a strong voice in the bargaining for a new minimum wage from the Federal Government.
Olusegun, who was represented by the South-South Zonal Vice-President, Mr Samuel Omeregun, said that the institute would continue to deliver effective human resources services as its core mandate.
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