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UGRL Produces 18 Young Microsoft Office Specialists



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United Global Resources Limited (UGRL) a leader in ICT training solutions in Partnership with leading private schools has trained and produced among the youngest 18 Microsoft Office Specialists in Word 2010. These students from Grade 4 and 5 are from various partner schools and have made the country proud at this tender age of 8 -11 years.

Mr. Sunil Dhanuka, MD of UGRL stated that “Over the years UGRL in conjunction with its partner schools has certified over 100 primary & secondary students of various age groups at the school level making an impact in the educational sector. The training provided in schools would be of great value to them not just within but outside the country as they have passed International exams. The need to inculcate ICT in the curriculum in Primary and Secondary Schools has become imperative considering the pace at which ICT is affecting our lives”

He further stated that a Microsoft Certification is an industry standard that is recognized and can help open doors worldwide along with preparing students for life after school.

MOS certification is among the leading IT certification in the world. More than 1 million MOS exams are taken every year in over 140 countries. As partners to Microsoft, UGRL was positioned to Train and certify students to play an essential role in preparing IT professionals for the evolving world.

The Head of School of Role Model, Mrs. Adesimbo Banjo said that the partnership has led to remarkable growth in pupils interest in ICT, along with pupils impressive performance in ICT competitions and International Exams.

While Mrs. Celine Nwosu the proprietress of Early Advantage School said that the relationship with UGRL has been rewarding and beneficial to the school as it has provided her school with complete computer teaching solution.

The students that passed included Ogudoro Godswill, Olojede Moyosore, Bankole Morinsola, Nwandu Kachi, Nwosu Chinedu, Okoro Marovieno, Ofuyatan Noel, Omokorode Inioluwa, Okonye Michael, Ibeh Chidi.

Others include Okoro David, Ajayi Mofinfoluwa, Nwoke-Mike Chiamaka, Obianaga Chukwu Ezugo,  Tunde-Oladipo Jomiloju, Kio West Leslie, Orji Benedict.

This great achievement by the students was as a result of UGRL’s commitment to quality IT training education. Partnership with schools like Halcyon International School, Role Model School, Childline Private School, The Lord Seeds Children School, Vicsum Private School, Lea-Valley School, Alphasmart School, Ezekiel Primary School, Early Advantage Montessori School, Apostolic Faith Secondary School etc has thus yielded this result.

Mrs. Omokorode, the Head of School, The Lord’s Seeds Children School in her reaction said that this was a notable achievement for her school, a great feat for the pupil and an uncommon accomplishment by UGRL. She used the opportunity to congratulate the pupils from her school for making the school proud.

Some of the computer whiz kids had this to say about the training and certification program

Ofuyatan Noel (10 years): I think the exam was excellent for my first attempt

David Okoro (9 years): I am happy I wrote the exam and passed, thanks to UGRL.

Michael Okonye (9 years): I was scared initially when I entered the room to write the exam. When I finished I expected to score 638 or less. But when the result came out I passed and I was so glad. I really love my teachers. Thank you teachers for teaching me.

Morinsola Bankole (10 years): I felt scared at first when I wanted to do the exam. Then suddenly I didn’t feel scared anymore then I passed the exam. I say thank you to my lovely teachers. I loved the program.

Jomiloju Tunde-Oladipo (9 years) –It was not easy, but with a lot of hard work, practice and encouragement from my ICT teachers gave me the required confidence to pass the exam.

Ajayi Gold (9 years old): it was a very good training and I enjoyed it and my teachers were the one that made me get to this level, and I want to say a big thank you to all of them. I enjoyed the training thank you UGRL.

Nwandu Kachi (8 years): I am happy that I passed the exam, it was not easy but the teachers encouraged us to read and practice very well thank you to the teachers, my parent and UGRL.

According to the Mr. Vipul Gajjar the GM of UGRL: this remarkable and notable feat was achieved by this these pupils was as a result of UGRL desire to train, promote and encourage IT knowledge and certification among young kids in both primary and secondary schools associated with the [email protected] program.

Under this program, UGRL deputes its teachers in school and students are trained on UGRL own proprietary curriculum through out the year.

 Currently, UGRL has partnered with over 60 schools where more than 7000 students are trained annually.

He used the opportunity also to appreciate and congratulate all partner schools that participated in the program, the pupils for been among the youngest set of IT professional and the parents for the feat achieved by the children.

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Verve Rewards 600 Customers in Good Life Promo



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Africa’s leading payment technology and card brand, Verve International, has rewarded 600 customers so far after the third weekly draws in the ongoing Verve ‘Good Life’ Promo.

Verve rewarded the lucky cardholders at prize presentation ceremonies held in various locations across the country recently.

Amongst the 300 lucky cardholders that emerged winners of the N10,000 cash prize in the weekly raffle draws that have held three times were: Adeleke Moshood, a student from Oyo State; Adeogun Shakiru, an automobile specialist and Rashidat Abolaji, a businesswoman, both from Lagos State.

Another set of 300 Verve cardholders emerged winners of airtime worth N5,000, bringing the total amount won so far to N4.5 million Naira.

Speaking during the draws, Cherry Eromosele, Group Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Interswitch Group, expressed her delight about the number of cardholders that have been rewarded lately.

Eromosele reiterated Verve’s resolve to continue to provide secure, convenient and reliable payment solutions for its cardholders.

She said: “Because our cardholders are of priority to us at Verve, beyond providing them brilliant payment solutions, we are rewarding them for their loyalty with the expectation that the reward helps them achieve the good life, whatever the good life means to them”.

Verve recently launched a nationwide promo tagged The Verve ‘Good Life’ Promo which kicked off on September 1, 2020 and will run till November 29, 2020.

The promo seeks to enable Verve’s loyal cardholders to live the good life, whatever the ‘good life’ means to them.

The promo is targeted at rewarding over 2,500 Verve cardholders nationwide, with over N27million Naira in cash and airtime, during the course of 12 weeks duration of the promo.

With three weeks concluded out of the twelve weeks of the promo, Verve cardholders have eight more weeks to keep transacting with their cards and standing the chance to win.

Other Nigerians presently without Verve cards but have the desire to enjoy the good life, can take advantage of this eight-week window to ask their respective banks for a Verve card in order to start transacting, to qualify to win from an array of exciting prizes.

The prizes have been categorized into four segments, with their respective qualification requirements as follows:

Weekly Prize category 1 – N10,000 cash for 100 winners weekly, requires at least 3 transactions weekly. Weekly Prize category 2 – N5,000 for 100 airtime every week, requires at least 3 transactions weekly.

Monthly Prize category – N50,000 cash for 50 winners every month, requires at least 12 times monthly Grand Prize category – N1,000,000 cash for 2 winners, requires at least 36 transactions from now till the end of the promo.

Prospective winners of the Verve ‘Good Life’ promo should consistently use their Verve cards within the next eight weeks, across payment channels such as Point of Sale (POS) terminals, Automated Teller Machines (ATMs), Web and agent banking centers.

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World Cleanup Day: Coca-Cola Partners NGOs, Recovers Over 900kg of Plastic Waste



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World Cleanup Day, celebrated globally on September 19, 2020, saw diverse people come together to combat the solid waste problem through numerous community cleanup activities.


To mark this day, Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited partnered with two local NGOs – African Cleanup Initiative and Mental and Environmental Development Initiative for Children (MEDIC), on cleanup activities across Lagos and Ibadan.

African Cleanup Initiative held cleanup activities across numerous locations in Lagos, Ogun and Oyo states. This outreach saw more than 200 volunteers gather to collect over 1,500kg of solid waste materials and about 300kg of recyclable waste materials.


At the Lagos event, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, Mrs Belinda Aderonke Odeneye, applauded the programme.


She expressed the Lagos State Government’s delight at being part of the cleanup activity. Odeneye, who was represented by the Assistant Director, Sanitation Services Department of the Ministry, Mrs Toyin Oguntola, went further to encourage citizens to be environmentally responsible.

She stated, “The government can only perform excellently with law-abiding citizens. We all have a role to play in waste management and ignoring those responsibilities will make all the efforts of the government futile”. 


Similarly, the International Coastal Cleanup held at Bonny Camp Coastline by Mental and Environmental Development Initiative for Children (MEDIC) also produced outstanding results with about 600kg of marine plastic waste materials recovered and over 250kg of marine debris sent to the landfill. The outreach saw participation from over 100 volunteers.


These activities are in line with Coca-Cola’s vision for a World Without Waste and the company’s commitment to doing business sustainably.


Speaking on its World Without Waste initiatives, Nwamaka Onyemelukwe, Public Affairs, Communications & Sustainability Manager, Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited, explained, “We all have a responsibility to keep our environment clean and Coca-Cola is not left out as we remain committed to promoting a sustainable environment through our plastic recycling and recovery activities, as well as other environmental initiatives”. 

With the award of grants of over $800,000 by The Coca-Cola Foundation to multiple local NGOs, several recycling and women empowerment programs are being implemented to help address the issue of environmental protection while simultaneously empowering women who remain significant pillars of the environment.


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TETFund Seeks Increased Annual Research Funding of $1bn



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The Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund, Thursday, urged the federal to increase its yearly funding for Research and Development (R&D) to $1 billion. This was as it hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for his recent increase of the research grant from N5 billion to N7.5 billion.

Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, executive secretary of TETFund, speaking at the inauguration of TETFund’s R&D Standing Committee in Abuja, said massive investment in research would bring about the much-needed development in the country.

Bogoro also said it was time for the promulgation of a law that will bring into full place what he referred to as the “National R&D Foundation (NRDF)” to deepen research in the country.

Hear him:”To galvanize our vision towards making R&D the ace and game changer in our national development agenda, the need for an appropriate law to support the establishment of a National R&D Foundation (NRDF) cannot be overstated.

“We need a robust institutional framework and arrangement for the NRDF. I am recommending a minimum annual budgetary threshold of 1billion dollars as the funding portfolio for this Foundation.

“When we consider the inevitable benefits of R&D and the inevitable benefits of R&D and the socio-economic challenges in Nigeria, this amount begins to look like a drop of water in the ocean-population of 200 million people in 2020 and projected to become double in 10 years for now.”

Prof. Bogoro, who said the TETFund’s R&D Standing Committee is expected to come up with its own recommendation on the required amount that is suitable for efficient research activities in the country, called for a robust collaboration between researchers and the private sector to bring about all-round development in the country.

“It is envisaged that the private sector of the economy should pick the gauntlet to steamroll the lofty initiative by taking ownership of it,” he said.

Prof. Bogoro lauded the recent performance of Nigerian universities in the world’s ranking, saying TETFund intervention projects have continued to encourage such feats.

On his side, Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, while inaugurating the committee, called on members to put their best to the work he described as ‘national assignment.’

Represented by the Minister of State for Education, Hon. Chukuemeka Nwajuiba, Adamu said that continued investment in research would herald a rebirth of Nigeria.

“Nigeria voted us into power predicated on our being able to transform our national aspirations and make them a national achievement.

“It is in recognition of this direction that the Executive Secretary, TETFund, presented his vision of a research-driven nation and how to finance that ambition through the Board of Trustees (BOT).

“To a large extent, Nigeria’s future depends on you. You have been summoned to a national service that is not available to the rest of the 200 million population. It is a national calling that requires almost all of you,” he said.

On his part, the Chairman, House Committee on Tertiary Education and Services, Hon. Aminu Suleiman said the work of the committee would open the windows of opportunities to tackle various developmental challenges confronting the country.

Suleiman, represented by Hon. Ikenna Elezieanya, lamented the way Nigeria has shown less concern to research, saying that many developed countries invested in research and development and thus helped to improve on their economy.

He said, “Research is the gateway of innovation. It is said that while countries like the USA, Korea, and the like have been investing in research and development, we seem to show less concern.”

He encouraged beneficiaries to take good advantage of the initiative to solve problems for the betterment of the country.

Responding, the Chairman of the over 160-member TETFund’s R & D Committee, Prof. Njidda M. Gadzama, said the epoch-making event will transform the socio-economic sector by ensuring the robust promotion of cutting-edge innovations.

“We promise to carry out our assignment with commitment and diligence and this will result in the R & D Culture and R&D Foundation to drive industrialization of the country,” he said.

The standing committee whose membership is drawn from the academic, industry, and private sector, has the President of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN, Mansur Ahmed, as one of the three Vice Presidents.

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