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1,051 corps members start orientation course in Anambra – Coordinator

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No fewer than 1,051 corps members were on Monday sworn in for 2019 Batch C Stream 2 National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation course in Anambra.


Mr Kehinde Aremu, Coordinator of NYSC in Anambra, made this known at the formal inauguration of the exercise at the permanent orientation camp in Mbaukwu/Umuawulu, Awka South Council Area.

Aremu said that at the close of registration on Sunday night, a total of 1,051 corps members were registered, out of which 482 were males while 569 were females.

He said that since the arrival of the corps member, they had displayed uncommon sense of patriotism, discipline and loyalty to constituted authority.

He told the corps members that their service year represented a new phase of life, where they would join club of the Nigerian elites, saying that they had been of good behaviour since they arrived camp.

“They have been exceptional ambassadors of their respective families and Alma mater and also had been receptive to instructions and had shown promises of being worthy representatives of NYSC and its ideals,” the NYSC boss said.

Aremu said the new corps members would for the three weeks be in the camp during which they would have the opportunity of being exposed to citizenship/leadership training, para-military trainings, the culture, tradition and norms of the people of Anambra.

“In the next few days, the skills acquisition and entrepreneurship trainings will start in the camp.

“I encourage you all to take advantage of the opportunity to prepare yourselves for prosperous post-NYSC period. The future starts now, ‘’ he said.

In his speech, Gov. Willie Obiano thanked the corps members for their contributions to the state over the years, while urging the new ones to surpass the efforts of their predecessors.

Obiano who was represented by Mr Harry Uduh, Head of Service in Anambra, said NYSC had made enormous contributions to the development of the state, especially in the area of education, rural infrastructure, health care delivery and agricultural sector.

He said they could only exceed their predecessors’ performance if only they align their thoughts and efforts toward the state government’s productive and developmental drive, through a seamless integration with host communities.

The governor advised the corps members to actively engage in skills acquisition and entrepreneurship development programmes.

Edited & Vetted By: Adeleye Ajayi
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Police in Anambra arrest 3 suspects for alleged abduction, rape of job seeker

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The Police Command in Anambra has arrested three suspects, who allegedly abducted and raped a  24-year-old woman under the pretext of securing a job for her.


The command’s Spokesman, SP Haruna Mohammed, disclosed this in a statement in Awka on Saturday.

Mohammed said the suspects allegedly raped the victim repeatedly while in thier custody, inspite of collecting N400,000 ransom from her relatives.

He identified the suspects as Ekwugha Chinazo, 25; Chidiebere Ogoegbunam, 24; and David Nnaemeka,19.

Mohammed however did not expose the identity of the victim.

He said: “On Sept. 19, at about 2:00p.m., police operatives attached to the Command Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) arrested the syndicate at Awkuzu in the Oyi Local Government Area.

“The suspects had on Sept. 13, lured a 24-year old lady residing at St. Micheal Hostel, Temporary Site, Awka, under the pretext of securing for her a beauty make-up job.

“They picked her at Ukpo Junction along Enugu-Onitsha expressway and took her to an isolated building at Awkuzu, where they allegedly raped the victim repeatedly while in captivity for two days.”

According to him, the suspects have voluntarily confessed to the crime and the victim taken to the hospital for medical examination.

He said investigation was still ongoing after which the suspects would be brought to book.

“Consequently, the command enjoins the public to be wary of this new trend of crime and report suspicious persons through the police emergency number 07039194332 or the nearest police station for prompt response please,” he advised.

Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Ejike Obeta
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Anambra FA Caretaker Committee enrolls club owners in health insurance scheme

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The Caretaker Committee of Anambra State Football Association (AnSFA) has commenced the enrollment of club owners in the state into a health insurance scheme.


Emeka Okeke, Chairman of AnSFA Caretaker Committee, said on Saturday in Awka that the programme was part of the support provided for grassroots football development.

He added that it would also enhance their beneficiaries’ access to affordable health care.

“The enrollment is in fulfilment of my promise at a meeting with the club owners.”

Okeke had promised that the caretaker committee would do all that was possible to provide an enabling environment for them to thrive.

Anayo Obiako, proprietor of Awka City FC, said he was happy that for the first time, club owners in Anambra were enjoying a welfare programme courtesy of the FA.

Obiako, who described it as a promise kept, said it would help many of them to enjoy free medical services especially now that the cost of healthcare services was high.

“This is a welcome development. We are happy. Normally we should pay something to access services, but the FA caretaker committee is doing that on our behalf.

“For many years, we have been working and paying all the necessary fees to enable us participate in FA programmes, but we never enjoyed any benefit. So, this AnSFA caretaker committee is doing well,” he said.

Also speaking, Ikenna Osueke, proprietor of Ozalla FC, said the programme would ensure adequate protection of the lives of beneficiaries.

Osueke said it was a huge addition to football development in the state.

Dozie Okpalaugo, coordinator of the AnSFA programme, said no fewer than 30 club owners would be captured in the first phase.

Okpalaugo said with just 1,000 Naira monthly and an annual 12,000 Naira premium, the enrollees would be able to access medical services in about 350 hospitals across the state.

“It covers a number of medical conditions, including malaria and minor surgery, Okpalaugo, who is the Senior Special Adviser to Gov. Willie Obiano on Health Scheme and Pension Matters, said.

He therefore urged the enrollees to take advantage of the gesture, assuring that the Anambra Health Insurance Scheme would ensure that health care providers render the expected services.

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Osinbajo inaugurates fashion cluster shared facility for MSMEs in Lagos

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday performed the virtual inauguration of the Fashion Cluster Shared Facility for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises(MSMEs), the Eko Fashion Hub 1, in Lagos State.


Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja.

Osinbajo said that the Federal Government remained deeply committed to creating a more business friendly environment for MSMEs to thrive, as they were the engine room of the Nigerian economy.

According to the Vice President, the Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP), has in it, a Survival Fund for MSMEs.

He said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval of the implementation of the MSMEs Survival Fund as part of the ESP was to cushion the impact of COVID-19 on the economy.

“Under the Survival Fund is a Payroll Support Scheme, which will provide up to N50,000 in monthly salaries for up to 10 staff of a qualifying business, for a period of three months.

“There is also a N50,000 grant for 100,000 small and medium-scale businesses, while 333,000 self-employed persons working as artisans and transporters will benefit from a one-off grant of N30,000.

“The President has also approved that the Federal Government bear the full cost of business name registration for 250,000 new businesses nationwide.

“We are doing all these to support MSMEs across the country to maintain their staffing levels and keep their businesses afloat through these very challenging times.”

The Vice President said the Buhari administration’s commitment to the success of small businesses was evident in its MSMEs Clinics initiative.

Osinbajo said that the clinics extended business support services to small businesses across the country, of which the MSMEs Shared Facility Scheme was a core component.

“The Eko facility, which was developed through collaboration between the Federal Government, the Lagos State Government, and the Organised Private Sector, is an end-to-end fashion production centre equipped with needed machinery and will be made available to the public under a shared facility style structure.

“When MSMEs thrive the economy thrives, when they struggle, the economy struggles.

“MSMEs’ Shared Facility Scheme being implemented by the Federal Government under the National MSMEs Clinics seeks to provide high-quality operating equipment, which small businesses can access at a reasonable cost, within a conducive space,’’ he said.

According to the Vice President, the facilities will help to reduce operating costs for users, allowing them to invest the savings in expanding their businesses and hiring more staff.

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who was physically present at the event in Ikeja, commended the President and Vice President for supporting the scheme.

He said that there were plans to replicate the same in other parts of the state.

There are 161 machines at the EKO facility, including 74 industrial straight sewing machines, 10 industrial steam pressing irons, four monogramming machines, eight industrial button-hole and five industrial button tacking machines.

It also has Tinko and Coil machines, heming and industrial weaving machines, among others.

The Facility has a 100kva standby generator and a 2kva solar power system.

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mariam Katagum, Managing Director, Access Bank, Herbert Wigwe and the Special Assistant to the President on MSMEs, Tola Johnson joined the event.

Others were the CEO, Bank of Industry, Mr Olukayode Pitan, Director-General, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN), Dr Dikko Umaru Radda, Registrar General, Corporate Affairs Commission, Alhaji Garba Abubakar and Managing Director, NEXIM Bank, Abba Bello.

Dr Lola Akande, Lagos State Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives among other government functionaries also attended the event.

Osinbajo had in June, virtually inaugurated and handed over the 200,000-capacity Yam Storage Facility at the Zaki Biam International Yam Market in Benue State.

He had said there were also plans to establish similar facilities in other parts of the country, including in Kaduna, Anambra and the FCT.

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Edo Election: NSCDC deploys 13, 311 personnel for security operations

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The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), says no fewer than 13, 311 of its personnel from across 10 states were deployed to Edo for Saturday governorship election.


Deputy Commandant General (DCG), Madu Kelechi, in charge of operations disclosed this in Benin on Friday while briefing newsmen on the corps preparedness for the Edo election.

Madu said that of the figure, about 7,331 personnel would be fully involved in the election while the others would be posted to protect critical national assets and infrastructure across the state.

He explained that the core mandate of the NSCDC was disaster management and the protection of critical national assets and infrastructure.

He added that the corps could not afford to leave the critical national assets in the state vulnerable to saboteurs because of the election, hence the deployment of some personnel to man the assets.

The DCG further disclosed that the corps would be working in synergy with the police as the lead security agency for the election as well as other sister security agencies.

He maintained that the corps was prepared, adding that after the preparation, some personnel like those from the counter terrorism and the intelligence units were deployed upfront for the election.

He also said that the personnel deployed have been trained at the corps headquarters in Abuja as well as by the NCDC on what to do as the election would be conducted in line with the COVID-19 principles.

He further said that the corps had sensitised the personnel on behavior as well as how to handle situation especially vote buying.

Madu listed the states from which the personnel were drawn from to include Edo, Delta, Bayelsa, Anambra, Kogi, Imo, Ondo, Ogun, Lagos and Ekiti.

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