The Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprises-Niger Delta (LIFE-ND) has launched its certification scheme for access to Nirsal Micro Finance Bank (NMFB) loan for 25,250 entrepreneurs in Niger Delta.
The LIFE-ND National Coordinator, Mr Abiodun Sanni, disclosed this, recently, at a stakeholders’ meeting in Port Harcourt.
Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprises-Niger Delta is in partnership with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to train youths in the Niger Delta to curb restiveness through job creation, food security and economic development.
Sanni said the launch of certification of LIFE-ND as an enterprenurship development institute by the Nirsal Micro Finance Bank would open way for trained participants in the region to access funds provided by IFAD and other partners.
He explained that the scheme, which is suposed to end by 2025, was initiated by the Federal Government in 2019 and supported by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to reduce youth restiveness, unemployment and enhance food security.
Sanni disclosed that the programme is billed to take place in nine states of Niger Delta region, but is currently ongoing in six states, which are Abia, Bayelsa, Cross Rivers, Delta, Edo and Ondo states.
According to him, Akwa Ibom, Imo and Rivers states are yet to come on board because NDDC is yet to pay a counterpart fund of $30 million within a span of six years.
“We are supposed to interface with nine states in the region, but currently running in six. NDDC is expected to pay a counterpart fund of $30 million within a span of six years, just as IFAD is promptly putting in $60 million dollars for Abia, Bayelsa, Cross Rivers, Delta, Edo and Ondo States.
In his speech, the Project Coordinator, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Engr Ubandoma Ularamu, represented by Dr Petef Kukwi, said the programme means a lot to the country as it’s aimed at eradicating unemployment, enhancing food security and lifting the livelihood of Nigerians.
Ularamu said Federal Government has invested much in agriculture, such as NIRSAL, to improve the lives of the people.
“We are happy so far that a step has been set up to train and empower youths and women with access to finance, because Niger Delta needs food scheme”, he said.
RSG Warns Against Examination Malpractices In Schools
The Rivers State Government has warned teachers in the state against indulging in any forms of examination malpractices.
The government also charged them to improve the quality of their service delivery to the State.
The Rivers State Head of Service, Dr George Nwaeke said this during a courtesy call in his office by the Rivers indigenous Teachers Association.
Dr Nwaeke also charged them to be worthy Ambassadors of good governance in order to reflect the undiluted people oriented leadership of His Excellency, Sir Siminalayi Fubara
This was contained in a press release signed by the media officer, Office of the Head of service, Dr Eric Godam.
According to the release, the Head of Service also charged them to remain resolute in the discharge of their duties which is basically to build a positive mindset for the younger generation through strategic educational attainments.
Dr. Nwaeke also advised the teachers to take the issue of examination malpractices in school seriously and decried the level of moral decadence in the society.
The Head of service also assured that more programmes would be unfolded in the days ahead by the Governor for the people especially civil servants.
On the proposed issue of the 65 years retirement age for teachers he stated that a memo to that effect has been sent to the Governor for consideration and approval.
Dr Nwaeke urged them to ensure that the association reflects the ethnic diversities of the State as the association is presently more or less an Ikwerre/Emohua/Etche alliance.
The Chairman of the association, Mr Lucky Ndimele had earlier thanked the Head of Service for the courtesy visit and explained that the association’s objective was to promote the programms and policies of the Governor especially in the area of human and infrastructural development.
Mr Ndimele also commended Governor Fubara for appointing seven teachers as Permanent Secretaries in the State, describing it as unprecedented in the history of the State.
He also disclosed plans by the association to carry out a solidarity march from the Isaac Boro Park to the Government House in support of the Governor’s administration.
In a vote of thanks, the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Head of Service, Dr (Mrs) Inyingi Brown appreciated the teachers for embarking on the visit and urged them to continue to pray for the Governor to succeed.
Rivers Elders Commiserate With Wigwe’s Family
The leadership and members of Rivers Elders and Leaders Forum have expressed their condolence to the Wigwe’s family over the death of their son, Herbert Wigwe, who died alongside his wife and son in a ghastly helicopter crash the United Stats fort night ago.
In a condolence message signed by the Acting Chairman of the group, Sir Gabriel Toby and addressed to the father of the deceased, Shingle Wigwe, the elders said the death of Wigwe came as a rude shock to them.
In their words,” it’s our deep regret on the passing away of your son Herbert Wigwe and family in an helicopter crash in the United States. The tragic news of his death came to us as a huge shock”.
Urging him to be strong, they described the death Herbert “as a heavy cross to bear “, considering his role in the family, state and nation at large.
They added,” it is indeed painful to keep abreast with the reality of his demise in view of his numerous achievements within his short stay on earth.”
The body counselled the family to be consoled by the fact that the late banker and businessman lived a good and exemplary Christian life here on earth, and is resting in God’s bossom.
“It is our prayer that God Almighty will grant him eternal repose and give us alive the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss” they further declared.
Monarch Commends IG, CP Over Killing Of 2Baba
The Eze Ekpeye Logbo III of Ekpeyeland in Rivers State, Eze Kelvin Ngozi Anugwo, has commended the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, and Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Olatunji Disu, for their untiring efforts to annihilate Gift David Okpara a.k.a 2Baba, the wanted killer of the former Ahoada Divisional Police Officer, SP Bako Angbashim.
Eze Anugwo gave the commendation in his palace at Ula-Upata Community in Ahoada East Local Government Area of Rivers State, recently.
“I must sincerely commend the Police Force, especially the Inspector General of Police and Commissioner of Police Rivers State Command, for their untiring efforts to kill 2Baba.
“2Baba was not only a cultist, but a kidnapper, rapist and terrorist in Ekpeyeland, before his desperation to kill the Ahoada Divisional Police Officer last year.
“I am impressed to say that Ekpeye people are happy, and therefore thank the police for the feat.
“I urge the Police to extend the fight to the nooks and crannies of Ekpeyeland to rid the area of all cultists,” he said.
He noted that Ekpeye Kingdom was known to be peaceful, safe and habitable, which attracts other tribes to come in for business and settlement.
The monarch re-emphasised his commitment to bring peace, development and safety to Ekpeye Kingdom and warned the youths in the area to desist from cultism or face untimely death.
Recall that 2Baba, a native of Odhiemudhie community in Akoh Clan in Ekpeye Kingdom, alongside his lieutenants, reportedly killed and dismembered the former Ahoada DPO, SP Bako Agbashim, on September 8, last year.
This heinous crime prompted the Rivers State Government to place N100million bounty on him to be smoked out. But even as frantic efforts to arrest 2Baba were intensified, the monster and his gang were killing more people in the area.
Luck, however, ran out of him last week, when the cult leader engaged the police trailing him in a fierce gun battle and he was fatally wounded and reportedly killed.
It would be recalled that the dead body of 2Baba was displayed last Friday by the police.
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