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Etisalat Charts Career Path for Secondary School Students

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Etisalat, in continuation of its commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the society, Nigeria’s most innovative telecommunications company, organized a Career Counseling session for secondary schools students.
The schools include Ilado Community Secondary School, Wahab Folawiyo High School, Government Senior College, Ikoyi; Government Senior College, Maroko and Akande Dahunsi Senior High School, Osborne Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.
The career counseling scheme is being executed under the auspices of Etisalat Nigeria’s Employee Volunteer Program. The beneficiary school, Akande Dahunsi High School, is one of the schools the telecoms company adopted under the Adopt-A-School Initiative of the Lagos State Government.
At the counselling session, students were exposed to detailed information required to guide their decision and career paths in Law, Marketing and Information Technology by experienced Etisalat employees.
The presentations provided working definitions of the various professions and explained what the professionals who do them really do. It also detailed requirements needed to meet in order to be able to undertake the professions as course of study in higher institutions of learning. Students also learnt of the world of opportunities that studying these courses opened up to them and how they could specialise in different areas of whichever of these professions they chose to study. The presentations also touched on the various challenges associated with the professions and explained the roles of professional bodies of the professions, among other discussions.
Speaking at the occasion, Steven Evans, Etisalat CEO, said the scheme provides Etisalat’s employees the opportunity to give back to the society through impacting of their knowledge and skills.
According to him, “Through the volunteering program, Etisalat employees have an opportunity to fulfil their personal as well as the company’s corporate desire of impacting society positively. They are encouraged to volunteer their time and employ their skills in providing career counseling as well as mentorship to students of secondary schools. There is no doubt that the students certainly need appropriate guidance towards making the right and fulfilling career choices as a wrong career move may have long-term negative effects.”
The CEO noted that the career counseling program is not a one-off affair but one that is designed to run continuously. He also noted that Etisalat is implementing the scheme in partnership with the Lagos Empowerment and Resource Network (LEARN), an NGO founded by the wife of the Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Abimbola Fashola.
 “Being part of the Adopt-A-School Initiative, the Career Counseling scheme is continuous and it is designed to be implemented three times yearly in Etisalat’s adopted schools,” Evans reiterated. 
The Adopt-A-School initiative is an ongoing CSR project of Etisalat Nigeria, in partnership with the Lagos State Government, committed to continually providing support in areas including but not limited to infrastructure, leadership/management and direct support for students and teacher development in adopted schools. 
Bisi Awoyemi, head, Support Our School desk officer, Office of the deputy governor who represented Mrs. Abimbola Fashola, the Lagos State First Lady in her remarks, said Etisalat in partnership with LEARN is grooming students to be socially responsible individuals by equipping them with right information to make an informed decision.
She lauded Etisalat support and charged other organizations to emulate this CSR initiative.
Otunba Ayobade Obajimi, tutor general/permanent secretary, Education District 3 applauded Etisalat and LEARN for providing an avenue for guidance and counselling to enlighten students on available career paths.
Etisalat has so far adopted three schools namely; Akande Dahunsi Memorial Secondary School in Ikoyi, Edward Blyden Primary School in Okesuna, Lagos Island and Rabiatu Thompson Primary School in Surulere. Edward Blyden and Rabiatu Thompson Primary Schools are currently being rebuilt after old structures in the school were declared unsafe for the students and were thus demolished.
Etisalat recently commissioned a CSR centre at the prestigious Lagos Business School of the Pan Africa University as a platform designed to shape CSR opinions and understanding of present and future business leaders as well as key policy and decision makers. It is estimated that the CSR Centre would be of benefit to business students as well as over 30 corporations across different sectors of the economy in its first year of operation.
The telecommunication company has also instituted a Merit Award that awards scholarships to university students with the highest CGPA in Electrical Electronics Engineering, Computer Science and Management Sciences. About 150 students have so far benefited across the country. 
 


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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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