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Chikwe Seeks Early Women Involvement in National Development

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In relation to the capacity building and development of women in their various endeavours, Kings Communication Limited, the organisers of the MMS Woman of Fortune Hall of Fame has been advised to inject younger generation of women into the annual programme as a means of ensuring continuity and sustainability in women development.

The category of the younger generation of women to be invited include undergraduate students in the universities to serve as a platform for inspiring them to work harder to achieve success in life.

This was declared by Dr. Kema Chikwe, former Minister of Transport, at the 2014 class of MMS Plus’ Woman of Fortune Hall of Fame induction ceremony with the theme: Building Capacity for Transformative Leadership, held in Lagos, recently.

According to her, inviting them to watch as some women who have made success in their diverse professions are being honoured will also spur them to be better in future and striving towards it as well.

In her words, “What I will like to say to the organisers is please, next year you must make sure that you specifically invite some undergraduate students, give them a section in the hall so that as you are building, there will be continuity, acquire experience from Nigerian women”.

Lauding the success of the event, she added that it will serve as a vehicle of inspiration for the younger generation of women.

Earlier, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) National Leader had described the organisers as being resilient and would never rest on their oars until they achieve the task ahead of them.

“It is very easy to start a project but it is not easy to sustain it. They have been resilient and that accounts for this third edition. What goes for Kingsley Anaroke and his wife is that they target what they want and they will not sleep until they get it.

“And that is a quality for transformation and also success so I am very happy to be here after receiving the award in 2012 and being appointed the chairperson of the governing council”.

Speaking further, Chikwe who is also the Chairperson, Governing Council of the MMS Plus Woman of Fortune Hall of Fame said that the project was a significant one as the award was not only being given to serving women but also remembering the late Prof. Dora Akunyili, whom she described as an institution in the country even as she said it focuses on gender issues in development.

She stated that according to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), over 50% of voters are women hence women deserve to be given more chance in participating in decision making in the country.

Otunba Kunle Folarin, chairman of Port Consultative Council (PCC), in his goodwill message said that there was no doubt that women have achieved a lot in the maritime industry, adding that women have also excelled in areas such as; administration, engineering, legal profession as well as in education.

He reiterated that over 160 young Nigerians are currently undergoing training in Nautical Sciences, Marine Engineering, Nautical Survey and other aspects of the maritime sectors in Nigerian universities and polytechnics.

According to him, the country is going to have a lot of women who are going to be Marine Engineers on most of the ships that ply Nigerian territorial waters.

However, he advised that more opportunities should be given to women as a means of encouraging them to perform better in their professions.

In another development, the Chairman of the occasion and Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate in Lagos state in the forth coming elections, Mr. Jimi Agbaje has said that since over 50% of voters in the country are women, they deserve to be given a place in the decision making in the country adding that they are deserving of such awards, adducing their success stories to hard work and resilience.

He described the event as a “morale booster” which will get the women to do better and be focused because they would have it at the back of their minds that someday, they too would be so honoured for their hard work.

He commended the organisers for seeing through the future to be able to bring up such a laudable idea that would spur women to achieve the best in their chosen careers, while advising the younger generation of women to put in their best to become somebody in future.

Sen. Idris Umar, minister of Transport, represented by Deputy Director, Cabotage and Shipping Development, Federal Ministry of Transport, Mallam Mohammed Umar, called on women, especially the younger generation to be more focused and emulate the accomplished women for the development of the nation.

“We need to set our agenda, have our objectives clear, remain focus, persist with dedication and the sky is the limit, we will succeed. If we want to move this country, then each and every one of us should remain focused and dedicated”, the minister noted.


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Rivers State, Shell Inaugurate Cluster Development Board for Assa North Gas Project

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The Rivers State government and the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC), energy company, recently inaugurated the Egi/Igburu Cluster Development Board (CDB) for pipeline communities to SPDC’s Assa North Gas project, which has a capacity for 300 million standard cubic feet of gas per day and the potential to be one of the largest domestic gas projects in Nigeria when completed.

Rivers State, Shell Inaugurate Cluster Development Board for Assa North Gas Project

Barrister Elloka Tasie-Amadi, State Commissioner for Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, at the ceremony, urged the Comrade Orikoha Ekwueme-led newly elected officials of the CDB to use the opportunity of leadership to make positive impacts that will improve living standards in their communities.

He said, “The state government is always available to support you. Always speak with your people, including the Community Trust Committees (which were also newly inaugurated). Adequate communication will ensure the buy-in of all your stakeholders”.

He decried those who see leadership as opportunity for self-seeking gains. “Leadership is more of sacrifice; not an opportunity for personal benefit”, The Commissioner said.

Also, at the inauguration, Mr. Igo Weli, SPDC general manager External Relations,  said, “The Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU), that you signed today, sets the framework for long-term partnership between SPDC JV and the Egi/Igburu Cluster. The GMoU runs on the principle of community-led development. Today, SPDC JV commits to providing funding to help you realise your community development aspirations.”

Represented at the ceremony by Dr. Banji Adekoya, SPDC External Relations Manager for Projects and Opportunities, he asked the CDB to “be prudent and implement projects and programmes that will deliver maximum benefits to the Egi/Igburu communities. Note that government, SPDC JV and the communities that you represent will hold you accountable for the judicious utilisation of the development funds.”

“With the inauguration, SPDC reiterates the company’s commitment to the Assa North Gas Project and to making it an exemplary one, particularly in Nigeria’s quest for energy sufficiency, for power generation and industrialization”, he said.

On its part, the new CDB committed to use SPDC’s award-winning GMoU agreement, which is a community-led sustainable development and interface management model that puts the communities in the driving seat in setting development priorities and implementation of programmes and projects to meet their needs.

The GMOU is a proven winning approach introduced in 2006, adopted across SPDC’s operational areas and provides a secure five-year funding for communities to implement development projects of their choice.

With the inauguration of the Egi/Igburu CDB, SPDC now has 40 active GMoUs in Abia, Bayelsa, Delta, Imo and Rivers States. Since 2006, SPDC JV has disbursed a total of $252 million to communities through these GMoUs.

The Assa North/Ohaji South gas project is a joint venture project involving the SPDC, the NNPC, Total E&P Nigeria Limited, and Nigerian Agip Oil Company, and will result in a new SPDC gas processing plant.

The development will help the federal government deliver on its ambition to provide enough gas for domestic consumption, power generation and gas-based ammonia and urea fertilizers for farmers.


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African Entrepreneurs Vying for Anzisha Recognition

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The Anzisha Prize, a partnership between African Leadership Academy and Mastercard Foundation, has revealed its top 20 finalists for 2020. Winners will be announced at this year’s Anzisha Prize Conference on 27 October 2020.

Organisers say this year’s application season saw a record 1 200 applicants vying for a chance to join the Anzisha Prize fellowship.

From these applications, 20 businesses emerged that were 45% percent female-owned and represented sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing and education.

Young entrepreneurs from Morocco, South Africa and Tanzania displayed impressive ventures that are tackling critical issues within their communities while also turning a profit. Through their businesses and entrepreneurial leadership skills, these job starters are paving a way for other young Africans to pursue entrepreneurship.

Selected as a top 20 finalist is 21-year-old Alaa Moatamed who is the co-founder of Presto, a company she describes as one of the leading delivery management platforms in Egypt. The venture provides business owners with an affordable and convenient delivery service for their customers.

Joining Alaa is 20-year-old Benjamin Mushayija Gisa from Rwanda who manufactures and packages natural organic products for consumption and for cosmetic purposes in the form of lotions and coconut soap.

“2020 has seen a global shift in the future of work. This year’s applicants have personified the resilience and innovation that Africa needs as we navigate our way into a post-COVID-19 future,” says Melissa Mbazo-Ekepenyong, Deputy Director of the Anzisha Prize.

The Anzisha Prize, a partnership between African Leadership Academy and Mastercard Foundation, has supported 122 entrepreneurs and 77 of those businesses have created over 2 000 jobs, with 56% of those being employment provided for young Africans under 25.

Peter Materu, Chief Program Officer, Mastercard Foundation says, “The success of the Anzisha Prize over the last decade stands as a resounding testament to the creativity and entrepreneurial potential of Africa’s very young people—a hugely under-tapped resource.

Through Anzisha, we’re reminded of what they can achieve when challenged and enabled to own and solve the problems they see around them. Now, as ever, the innovations that have emerged through the Anzisha Prize inspire and renew our faith in and commitment to their promise.”

This year, the top 20 will gather virtually from their various countries to share knowledge and learn from expert coaches and mentors as they prepare for their final pitches to a panel of external judges.

All the entrepreneurs will receive a cash prize of US$2 500. The grand prize winner will receive US$25 000, while the 1st runner and 2nd runner receive US$15 000 and US$12 500 respectively.


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FG Bans Emirates Airlines from Operating in Nigeria

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Federal Government has included Emirates Airlines in the list of airlines not allowed to operate in Nigeria.

FG Bans Emirates Airlines from Operating in Nigeria

This is part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

Hadi Sirika, minister of Aviation, confirmed this via his Twitter handle on Friday.

According to Sirika, the decision was taken following a meeting between the Presidential Task Force (PTF) and European Unions (EU).

The ban would take effect from Monday, September 21, 2020.

“The PTF sub-committee met today with EU Ambassadors to discuss Lufthansa, Air France/KLM ban.

“The meeting progressed well. Emirates Airlines’s situation was reviewed and they are consequently included in the list of those not approved, with effect from Monday the 21st September 2020,” Sirika tweeted.


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