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Groups Trains 1,220 Youths, Women In Agribusiness In Delta

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The Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprises in Niger Delta (LIFE-ND) has empowered no fewer than 1, 220 unemployed young men and women (incubatees) in various agricultural programmes in Delta.
The Tide reports that LIFE-ND project, is assisted by the Federal Government, Niger Delta Development Commission(NDDC), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the South -South region state governments.
The Delta Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr Godfrey Enita, on yesterday in Ibusa, flagged off the distribution of agricultural items at the second series of establishing 300 LIFE-ND incubatees in poultry, fisheries, cassava and oil palm value chain in the state.
Enita lauded the sponsors and the Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa-led administration for keying into the LIFE-ND project among its numerous youths, women and girl child empowerment and development programmes established to grow the state economy, create jobs and income for participants.
According to Enita, the first series has graduated and established 320 incubatees in their own enterprises.
“I understand that the over 900 participating incubatees have successfully been trained in the second series and today is another testament of this novel concept of the incubation model.
“To the beneficiaries (incubatees), the development operation and success of your agribusiness investment depends on your attitude, passion, determination and the zeal to succeed.
“To the incubators (trainers), I must say that the position and status of a mentor no doubt placed enormous responsibilities and challenges on you because it calls for proactive actions in order to succeed,” Enita said.
Enita warned that a monitoring and supervision strategies had been put in place to ensure that the items were put to use for their purpose, adding that the essence was to enable them generate income and grow their enterprises.
On his part, the State Project Coordinator, Mr Collins Ashoro, said that the project which began in the state since 2020, had trained 1,220 incubatees in three batches.
He said that LIFE-ND project adopted the incubator (Trainer) and Incubatee (Trainee) model in the four priority commodities to train and equip the carefully selected beneficiaries from 100 communities in 10 local government areas of the state.
According to him, the first and second batches resulted in the graduation of 320 incubatees who have been established to own their enterprises in the four priority commodities.
“This third batch totalling 900 incubatees were selected across the participating communities in the state and have undergone orientation training on records keeping, agribusiness plan development, nutrition and financial inclusion and environment and climate change.
“Their capacity have equally been built in their various incubation centers on the rudiments of agricultural best practices in the enterprise they are into following well structure curriculum.
“Today, a total of 300 in the first instance out of the 900 will benefit from the project agricultural items that cuts across the various value chains in the priority commodities; poultry, fisheries, cassava and oil palm.”
Ashoro said that the LIFE-ND project was programmed to run for six years and possibly to 12 years cycle, had as its goal to transform rural economy to which rural population could drive prosperity and equal benefit at the end.
“It is also targeted at creating 4,250 direct beneficiaries of 50:50 ratio of male and females within the age bracket of 18 and 35 years and women headed household with children not older than 15 years,” he said.
In his remarks, LIFE-ND National Coordinator, Sani Abiodun, represented by his Technical Assistant, Mr Bumi Ogunleye, lauded the sponsors and the state government’s support that had ensured the level of progress achieved in Delta.
He, however, urged the beneficiaries to maximise the resources and ensure they utilised them for the purpose they were meant to grow their income and businesses, reduce poverty and ensure food security in the country.
Responding on behalf of beneficiaries, Mrs Joy Ossai and Mr Emmanuel Ugbeze, thanked the sponsors, the state government, the trainers and the facilitators of the project, while pledging their resolve to effectively utilise the items to develop their businesses.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the agricultural items worth millions of Naira were distributed to the 300 beneficiaries.
These included, 120 agrochemicals, 10 power tillers and accessories, poultry processing (de-feathering machine, generators, deep freezers), five haulage tricycles, oil palm marketing gallons, artisinal fishing wood boat and outboard engine, others.

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Edo 2024: Sen Okpebholo Promises Inclusive Govt

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The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, Sen. Monday Okpebholo, has said he will run an inclusive government when elected in the September 21 governorship election.
He stated this on the sideline of a flag-off of medical mission by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in Akamkpa, Cross River State on Monday.
The Senator, representing Edo Central in the 10th Assembly and a member of the Senate Committee on NDDC, also noted that he will adopt bottom-top approach in running the affairs of the state.
According to him, unlike what is currently obtainable in the governance of the state, his administration will be practically driven.
‘‘It will be a governance that the people can relate with, a true people’s government in the real sense”, he said.
The APC candidate, who bemoaned the lack of infrastructural development across the 18 Local Government Areas of Edo, promised to re-enact Adams Oshiomhole’s infrastructural revolution.
He said emergency would be declared on roads, schools and health infrastructure in the state.
“We are set for that. We will be taking a holistic approach to correct the decayed roads, schools and health infrastructure that have been left unattended to.
“If the Obaseki-led administration had built upon what the government of Adams Oshiomhole did, Edo would have been competing with a state like Lagos in terms of development.
“Our mission is to, from day one, hit the ground running and make Edo a better place.
‘‘A place we can actually call our own, a place that everybody will be happy to see”, he stated.
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UniCal Demonstration School Wins SAGE 2024 … To Represent Nigeria In Tokyo

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The University of Calabar International Demonstration Secondary School has won the 2024 edition of the Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE) competition.
By coming tops at the national competition, the School will represent Nigeria at the global level in Tokyo.
The school presented a solar-powered Chi ECOSOL Freeze Storage System, equiped with off-grid capacity for areas with limited or unreliable traditional electricity.
The system uses high efficiency cooling storage unit to preserve fresh produce and vegetables.
The Tide’s source reports that Federal Government Girls College (FGGC) Abuloma, finished second with a project on Bio Fortification of Cassava Flour at the finals held in Calabar.
The source also reports that FGGC Benin came third with their project on Tomato Powder.
It would be recalled that Nigeria has won 12 out of the 17 international SAGE completions held in different parts of the world after its premier edition in 2002 in America.
The theme for this year’s edition of the competition is: “Mobilising Education for Food Security”.
Speaking during the award ceremony on Monday in Calabar, Mr Peter Odey, the Cross River State Deputy Governor, said the theme for the 2024 edition of the competition was apt and well thought-out.
Represented by Hilary Bisong, the member representing Boki Constituency II at the State House of Assembly, Odey, said the theme touched on a major challenge in todays human society.
Noting the need for a multifaceted global campaign against hunger and food scarcity, he said, “nobody who has access to three square meals in a day will start thinking of crimes and violence.
“Our state has very fertile soil, the winning school has proffered solution to the challenge of food storage and preservation.
“For example, in Boki, we always have so much food after harvest, but a lot of the foods get wasted due to poor storage, so this project gives us a solution”.
Also speaking, the President, SAGE Nigeria, Mr Agwu Amogu, said the essence of the initiative was to make young people to become solution providers through entrepreneurship and community service.
Amogu stated further that the initiative had directly and indirectly impacted on no fewer than 200,000 people since 2005 when it took effect in Nigeria.
“Also, no fewer than 8,000 students have passed through the initiative, many of them have graduated, and are now alumni of SAGE.
“Our goal is to move the mindset of young Nigerians from entitlement to being solution and innovation providers.
“This new mindset will not only create jobs for them, it will even make them to become job creators and self-reliant”, he said.
On her part, 15 year old Miss Victory Idiku, the team lead of UniCal International Demonstration Secondary School, expressed her team’s joy after  wining the competition.
“It took us several weeks of research to create that innovative project, it also took a lot of hard work to effectively present it.
“We are happy to represent Nigeria at the global event in Tokyo, we promise to make our nation proud”, she said.
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Eid-el Kabir: NSCDC Mobilises 1,210 Personnel In Edo

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Edo Command of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has deployed 1,210 personnel to ensure maximum security during the forthcoming Eid-el Kabir celebrations.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, Efosa Ogbebor, in a statement on Friday in Benin, said NSCDC would provide maximum security at various Eid praying grounds, palaces, monuments and recreational centres across the state during the festivities.
Ogbebor stated that the NSCDC Commandant in the state, Mr Gbenga Agun, assured residents of security of their lives and property before, during and after the festival.
“I have directed all commanders, heads of tactical units, Area Commanders and Divisional Officers to ensure smooth, crime-free and secure celebration before, during and after the Eid-el Kabir festival.
“The personnel deployed have been tasked with critical responsibilities of safeguarding national assets and infrastructure, a core mandate of the corps, protection of lives and property and crowd control, amongst others.
“NSCDC personnel will work in collaboration with other sister-agencies”, he said.
The NSCDC boss appealed to members of the public to give maximum cooperation to the personnel and support them with useful information about criminal elements.
The Commandant felicitated with all Muslims and wished them joyous Eid-el Kabir celebrations.

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