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Ugwuanyi Implores Youths To Go For Skills Acquisition

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Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has implored youths in Enugu State to take training, skill acquisition and starting small-scale businesses seriously as they hold “the great tomorrow“ they yearn for.

Ugwuanyi spoke on Wednesday in Enugu at the Youths ICT AND Skill Acquisition Project (YISAP) Close Out Ceremony and Presentation of Cash Award to 34 outstanding performing ICT and skill acquisition youths from Igboeze North Local Government Area.

The governor, represented by the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mr Ugonna Ibe, praised Coca-Cola Foundation and Baywood Foundation for making the training of 600 youths in the state on ICT and skill acquisition possible.

“You must have to start from somewhere small, while with commitment and diligence you grow like the big names we have in businesses in the country,” he said.

Ugwuanyi said that the state government had placed priority on youths’ empowerment and engagement in order to build a promising future for them and prepare them for future roles and leadership in all spheres of life.

He, however, congratulated the trainees, urging them to remain focused and put all they had learnt to practical use and benefit.

Speaking, the Country Representative of Baywood Foundation, Mr Chukwudi Ojielo, urged the youths to make use of their Android Internet-enabled devices to create a market space to herald their skills and talents.

Ojielo said that under the YISAP project, which lasted for a year, 200 youths from three council areas within three senatorial zones were trained on various ICT and skills with digitalisation and internet knowledge to go with their new learning.

According to him, youths from Udi Council Area within Enugu West Senatorial Area, Enugu East Council within Enugu East Senatorial Area and Igboeze North within Enugu North Senatorial area benefited from the three-month course duration training.

“Apart from the training and giving 33 outstanding performing trainees in each council area N45,000; we have equipped them to use their Android phone as their big shop for packaging and selling their wares and talents.

“So, through the training, we have succeeded in eliminating the need for physical shops and they can operate from their houses, any available space or as remote as their villages to reach any part of the state, country and world at large,” he said.

The country representative said that the graduating trainees would be followed up and mentored by the foundation to ensure that they succeeded and follow best practices of financial prudence.

He said that the challenges faced during the training included issue of having competent visual sign interpreters, inflationary cost of training materials and stealing of all training items at Igboeze North Council Area, especially a brand new training generator.

One of the participating youths, Mrs Anthonia Ugwu, expressed appreciation to both foundations for adding value to her life and the lives of youths in Enugu State.

Ugwu called on the beneficiaries to utilise the skills they had acquired to enhance their influence and income in life, as well as be employers of labour.

They were trained on entrepreneurship and vocational skills such as ICT, photography, photo,video editing, hair cut, digital marketing, graphics design, confectionery, making of household items, consumables, fascinators, hats and other small scale enterprises, among others.

Highlights of the event were cutting of YISAP closure cake, award to best performing local government chairmen of Udi and Enugu East Council Areas and presentation of cash grants to outstanding youth trainees.

Baywood Foundation in early January 2021 received a grant award of 98,925 dollars from the Coca-Cola Foundation to empower 600 youths in Enugu State through YISAP Project.

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2023: I Will Not Impose My Successor On Rivers — Wike

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers on Thursday said he would not impose any governorship aspirant of his choice on the people of Rivers come 2023.

Wike gave the assurance in a statement issued by Mr. Kelvin Ebiri, his Special Assistant on Media, in Port Harcourt.

He assured that the leadership of the party would meet to decide who to support at the appropriate time.

Wike however said that he is obliged to ensure that Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) wins the 2023 governorship election in Rivers.

“One mistake I will not make is to impose somebody. From my experience as a student of history, reality has shown that it is difficult for you to say Joseph is the man I can trust.

”Until you give somebody power and money, that is only when you will know whether that person is trustworthy or not,” he said.

Wike stated that God would not allow someone who will destroy all the remarkable progress the state had made over the years to be the next governor.

”God will ensure that it is only someone who is courageous, firm and ready to protect the interest of Rivers that will succeed me.

“Rivers is a state that so many people have an interest in. It is a state that you have to put your feet on the ground. It is a state that you have to annoy a lot of Nigerians and a lot of Nigerians will hate you.

“But what is important is for you to know is what is good for your people and stand for your people. Do not allow personal interest to sway you against the interest of your people,” Wike stated.

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VIDEO: Moment Obi Cubana Met Wizkid Backstage At London Show

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Obinna Iyiegbu popularly known as Obi Cubana, a Nigerian entrepreneur, and businessman who chairs the Obi Cubana group of companies showed up at the O2 Arena in London venue of the talked about, a sold-out concert by Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, known as Wizkid.

Cubana like many other notable Nigerians was in attendance to support one of Nigeria’s most successful artists who kicked off the beginning of his O2 arena concert as he treated his 20,000 fans with premium entertainment for three nights in a roll.

On the first night, he had on stage with him other artistes like American Superstar Chris Brown. He also brought hitmaker Tems, Buju with the Golden Voice, British Singer Ella Mai, and British rapper Skepta who all featured in his ‘Made In Lagos’ album, as he performed songs from there.

The Popular socialite and businessman, who had shared a video of himself and Wizkid after his third night show at the O2 Arena, London wrote on his page, “Proud of you #wizkidayo“

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Former Senate President Joseph Wayas Is Dead

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Former Senate President in the Second Republic, Joseph Wayas is dead.

The death of Joseph Wayas, was announced by Governor Ben Ayade’s spokesman, Christian Ita on Thursday.

According to the governor, Joseph Wayas gave up the ghost in the early hours of Tuesday in a London hospital.

Ayade said the late politician has left a lasting legacy that will be remembered for a long time, describing the death of the 80-year-old as a monumental loss to the state and Nigeria.

He, however, condoled with the family of Wayas and said his death is a “collective loss and the pains a shared one”.

The statement reads: “As a state, Cross River is in pains as we mourn the passing of our illustrious son. He was a rare gem. Dr Wayas’ demise is indeed a monumental loss to our dear state and Nigeria,” Ayade was quoted as saying.

“As Senate President, Dr Wayas contributed to the deepening of Nigeria’s democratic ethos through his robust and vibrant leadership of the upper legislative chamber.

“And since his retirement from active politics, the former Senate President had been playing a fatherly and stabilising role in the politics and affairs of our state.”

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