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    Healthcare workers advocate support for breastfeeding mothers
     Healthcare workers advocate support for breastfeeding mothers
    Healthcare workers advocate support for breastfeeding mothers
    General news2 weeks ago

    Healthcare workers advocate support for breastfeeding mothers

    Healthcare workers at  the Ajeromi-Ifelodun General Hospital,Ajegunle, on Friday urged husbands, families and friends to support breastfeeding mothers around them.

    They also urged individuals to help nursing mothers  to achieve exclusive breastfeeding of heir babies.

    They spoke at an event to celebrate the  2022 World Breastfeeding  Week,  usually celebrated yearly from Aug.1 to Aug.7.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 2022 theme for World Breastfeeding Week is “Step up for Breastfeeding: Educate and Support”.

    It seeks to involve governments, communities, and individuals. 

    The Ajeromi-Ifelodun General Hospital, Ajegunle, celebrated the 2002 World Breastfeeding Week in the hospital premises and  with the aim to raise awareness on the need to educate and support mothers around on the importance of breastfeeding.  

    The Medical Director, Ajeromi-Ifelodun General Hospital, Ajegunle, Dr Olufemi Orebanjo,  said that all Nigerian women should be encouraged to exclusively breastfeed their babies because breast milk had all nutrients required for brain growth and general body development.  

    He also said that government had put in place an arrangement for nursing mothers to breastfeed babies even while at work.  

    “In order to make breastfeeding for the first six months of babies life achievable, our government has created a creche room where we can keep babies and breastfeed them even during work hours.  

    “So, we seek support from husbands, families and friends to help breastfeeding mother to do either housechores or run errands for them while they breastfeed their babies,” he said.  

    Orebanjo also urged individuals at work place to give chances to breastfeeding mothers to attend to their babies while at work.  

    Also, the Apex Nurse of the hospital, Mrs Esther Akerele, said that breastmilk is very paramount to the child at the first six months of life as it fights antibodies that may cause sickness in babies.  

    She also said  that breastfeeding  could  be extended till when a child  got to  two years with complementary feeding alongside.  

    Akerele said that the first milk discharged from mothers breast,  called “colostrum”, was very healthy for babies.  

    “The first milk that is extracted from breast is very healthy and its called colostrum but to some women they will say its a dirty milk,nothing like dirty but the best.  

    “The colostrum makes the baby body fights infection and makes them strong throughout life.

    “I am also advising healthworkers to monitor and educate  mothers on the need to allow babies take the colostrum,” she said.  

    She advised mothers to allow their baby suck immediately they put to birth.  

    However, the Nutritionist of the hospital,Mr Olusola Malomo, advised working mothers to extract milk before going to work, saying it was safer than over-the-counter milk.  

    “For those who do not have the opportunity to stay at home for six months ,exclusive breastfeeding is still achievable through extraction.  

    “All you need to do is extract the milk in a cup and refrigerate,even without refrigeration the milk can stay for eight hours.  

    “Your child carer should just get a hot water and place the milk cup inside hot water and that is all,the baby can then eat it,” he said.  

    Malomo,however,urged breastfeeding mothers to eat balance diet.  

    One of the breastfeeding mothers who was at the celebration ,Mrs Atolani Oni,applauded the hospital for educating them more on the importance of breastfeeding.  


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  NSF introduces Scrabble In The Jungle
    NSF introduces ‘Scrabble In The Jungle’
     NSF introduces Scrabble In The Jungle
    NSF introduces ‘Scrabble In The Jungle’
    General news2 weeks ago

    NSF introduces ‘Scrabble In The Jungle’

    The Nigerian Scrabble Federation (NSF) says it is introducing a new level of scrabble tournament titled; “Scrabble In The Jungle”, which would start from Aug. 26 to Aug. 28.The NSF said this in a statement made available to newsmen on Friday in Lagos.The body said that the tournament would involve a selection of eight top ranked players in NSF.It also said that the tournament would include four wildcard nominees, who would compete over a 36-round of games.According to the federation, the tournament will take place in a closed location where the nominees will be for three days.“The 12 players would be kept in a boot-camp like arrangement in a controlled space, where the juggernauts will test their prowess against one another at a highly competitive level.“The heavyweights will hunt for points on the boards with different strategies as they square up against one another in what has been described by many as a blockbuster showpiece,” it said.The body said that supporters would also be given the chance to adopt any of the players who they bet could go on to win the title and the grand prize money at the end of the show.Musa Olasupo, President of Scrabble Las Vegas, the organisers of the Scrabble In The Jungle Series, said that the desire to raise the stakes and make the sport more attractive and sustainable, birthed the new variant of scrabble event which would be the first in the world.“The Scrabble In The Jungle is a boot camp arrangement where we keep players under one roof to live, eat and drink scrabble for three days,” he said.“Our focus is to encourage competitive scrabble that will reward excellence.This is maiden edition.It will feature the top eight players, according to NSF July ratings and four wildcards.“Management of Vegas have discretionary powers on the four wildcards, but we hope to make the players of equal strength,” Olasupo said.According to him, the tournament willg row to a level where they can muscle enough resources to have live viewings, eliminations and other innovations to make it bigger and more glamourous.Nigeria remains the best scrabble playing nation in the world and also successfully became the first African nation to win the World English Language Speaking Scrabble Players Association Championship (WESPAC) when Wellington Jighere made history in Perth, Australia in 2015.NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Zamfara Assembly passes Social Protection Disability Bills
    Zamfara Assembly passes Social Protection, Disability Bills
     Zamfara Assembly passes Social Protection Disability Bills
    Zamfara Assembly passes Social Protection, Disability Bills
    General news2 weeks ago

    Zamfara Assembly passes Social Protection, Disability Bills

    The Zamfara State House of Assembly Friday passed the State Social Protection and Disability Bills.

    The house, thereafter, called for the establishment of a State Disability Board.

    This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Nasiru Biyabiki, the Director-General, Press Affairs and Public Relations in the assembly.

    Biyabiki stated that the house passed the bills after receiving the report of the Committees on Women, Children and Social Welfare and Parliamentary Forum, which scrutinised the bills.

    He added that the report was presented by the Chairmen of the two committees, Kabiru Magaji and Nasir Bello-Lawal.

    “In their separate contributions, the lawmakers said the two bills, if passed into law, would complement government’s efforts in addressing the issues relating to disability and vulnerability.

    “After the deliberations, the Speaker, Nasiru Magarya,  directed the Clerk of the house to read the two bills for the Third time,” the statement added.

    It also stated that clean copies of the bills would be transmitted to Gov. Bello Matawalle for his assent.

    It noted that the speaker thanked the committees for going through the rigorous process leading to the passage of the bills.

    “We also appreciate the kind support from our partners, Save the Children International, and all the stakeholders, who participated in the process.

    “We are ready to continue to partner with all development partners for the development of the state,” the speaker reportedly said.

    Meanwhile, the statement added that the speaker, who doubled as the Chairman Selection Committee, announced changes in the leadership of two committees.

    According to the statement, Ibrahim Tukur  (APC, Bakura), who formerly chaired the Committee on Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, now chairs the Committee on Rural Development and Cooperatives.

    Ibrahim Muhammad (APC, Bukkuyum North) will now oversee the Committee on Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management.

    The statement also added that the house screened and confirmed four Special Adviser-nominees sent to it by the governor.

    The list included Musa Ibrahim, Nafi’u Rabi’u, Mukhtar S-Kaura and Kamilu Kasuwar-Daji.
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  BBNaija Level 1 housemates win week 2 wager challenge
    BBNaija: Level 1 housemates win week 2 wager challenge
     BBNaija Level 1 housemates win week 2 wager challenge
    BBNaija: Level 1 housemates win week 2 wager challenge
    Entertainment2 weeks ago

    BBNaija: Level 1 housemates win week 2 wager challenge

    Level 1 housemates of the ongoing television reality show, Big Brother Naija, season 7, on Friday won the week two wager challenge.

    Biggie, the coordinator of the show after announcing the winner gave each housemate in the level 1 house “1,500 pocket naira”, which would be used to purchase their needs in the house.

    The winning housemates: Diana, Sheggs, Bella, Doyin, Adekunle, Chomzy, Deji, Giddyfia, Hermes, Dotun, Allyson, Eloswag and Chichi were also rewarded with a pool party, to hold Aug.11.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that housemates in the two level houses participated in the challenge which had them create and present a sport that could become a worldwide phenomenon.

    The level 1 housemates created the “Bum Ball” sport while the level 2 housemates came up with “Card Shot” sport.

    Earlier, Biggie cautioned Danielle and Khalid over microphone infringement while Amaka, Beauty and Cyph were advised to participate in the morning workout, adding that the exercise was compulsory for all housemates.

    NAN reports that 26 housemates are currently bidding for the grand prize of N100 million.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Troops apprehend 7 bandits kidnappers rescue 2 victims
    Troops apprehend 7 bandits, kidnappers, rescue 2 victims
     Troops apprehend 7 bandits kidnappers rescue 2 victims
    Troops apprehend 7 bandits, kidnappers, rescue 2 victims
    Defence/Security2 weeks ago

    Troops apprehend 7 bandits, kidnappers, rescue 2 victims

    Troops of Operations Whirl Stroke and Safe Haven have apprehended seven terrorists and bandits as well as rescued two kidnapped victims in different operations across Nasarawa, Plateau and Kaduna States.

    The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, in a statement on Friday, said the troops had continued to dominate and deny criminals freedom of action in their area of responsibility.

    Onyeuko said the troops had on July 29, conducted clearance operation at Tse-Ibor, Tse-Igbakyor, Akwana and Ayinbe Villages in Logo Local Government Area of Nasarawa State and made contact with terrorists.

    He said the troops engaged the terrorists with superior fire power, forcing them to flee while two of them, Danladi Selfa (23) and Usman Yau (28), were arrested with gunshot wounds at a private hospital.

    He said that one AK 47 Rifle, one Magazine with 13 rounds of 7.62mm special amongst other items were recovered.

    Onyeuko said that troops also arrested a terrorist and alleged bandit collaborator, Mr Moses Aindigh (27) and a notorious kidnapper, IIiyasu Mohammed (37) on the same day at Kukyro village in Nasarawa Local Government Area. According to him, all arrested criminals have been handed over to relevant authorities.

    “Furthermore, troops of Operation Safe Haven on Aug. 3 and Aug. 4, arrested three suspected notorious kidnappers; Umar Zakari, Usman Hamina and Haruna Umaru following credible intelligence at Fuskar Mata village in Bassa Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

    “The suspects confessed to have been involved in kidnapping activities in mentioned Local Government Areas.

    “Also, on Aug. 3, troops responded to a distress call from locals in Qua’anpan Local Government Area Plateau of four kidnappers in a hotel hideout attempting to move people away.

    “Troops mobilised to scene engaged criminals, neutralised one of them (Umar Muhammed) and recovered one AK47 rifle, 10 rounds of 7.62mm special amongst other items,” he said.

    Onyeuko also said that troops had on Aug. 4, recovered 100 vandalised rail sleepers in an abandoned white Peugeot Boxer vehicle at Bak village in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau.

    He added that troops also conducted a rescue operation at Kasuwa Ali in Gindiri District in Mangu Local Government Area and subsequently rescued two kidnapped civilians Mr Ebuka Nnadi (30) and Mr Uchenna Edoga (25).

    According to him, the rescued civilians have been reunited with their families.

    “The military high command commends troops for their efforts in curbing criminal activities in their respective theaters of operations.

    “The high command also encourages the general public to continue to avail troops with credible and timely information on criminal activities,” he said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Okoli LP chieftain urges issues based electioneering cautions against divisive campaigns
    Okoli, LP chieftain urges issues-based electioneering, cautions against divisive campaigns
     Okoli LP chieftain urges issues based electioneering cautions against divisive campaigns
    Okoli, LP chieftain urges issues-based electioneering, cautions against divisive campaigns
    General news2 weeks ago

    Okoli, LP chieftain urges issues-based electioneering, cautions against divisive campaigns

    Chief Rommy Okoli, a chieftain of the Labour Party has called on the Nigerian electorate to focus on electing candidates that can give them the future they want and avoid distractions from divisive elements.

    Okoli, a former governorship aspirant in Anambra on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) gave the advice while speaking to newsmen Awka on Friday.

    The former chairman of Nnewi South Local Government Area condemned deliberate attempts by politicians and their media handlers to divert attention from issues of national importance to attacks on peoples and ethnic nationalities.

    Okoli said Peter Obi had the experience, capacity, discipline, integrity, humility and managerial skills to turn things around in Nigeria.

    According to him, Obi has economic ideas, he is in a better position to manage Nigeria’s economy with the vice presidential candidate, Sen. Yusuff Datti Ahmed; therefore I urge Nigerians to support him.

    “It is sad that instead of dwelling on the state of the nation and type of leaders we need to address these challenges, paid agents are busy stoking the embers of hatred, ethnicity, religion and division.

    “Even if opinions are free they say, they should be within the limits of decency, objectivity and respect for one another with national unity, safety and peace in mind.

    “It is only when a politician doesn’t have any programme or manifesto that he will mobilise hirelings to be attacking opponents; thank God, Nigerians don’t fall for such antics anymore,” he said.

    Okoli, who is popularly known as apostle, thanked Nigerians for their massive participation in the just concluded Continuous Voters Registration which drove the number of prospective voters to an all time high of over 90 million.

    He said the surge in the number of voters was as a result of improved confidence in the electoral system and their desire to have a say in who would become their next president.

    “I wanted to thank the Independent National Electoral Commission for a job well done, to capture as much people as wanted to register or regularise their voting status, it was a huge success.

    “My advice is that people should endeavour to get their permanent voter cards and make sure they vote for their preferred candidate in February next year, not just the presidential election but all the contested positions,” he said.

    Okoli expressed worries about the security situation in the country especially the terrorism scare in Abuja, the federal capital territory and urged security chiefs to act on the directive of Mr President to rid Nigeria of all form criminality.

    He said the country should be secured to ensure that the election took place as scheduled without problems.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Naira constant exchanges at N428 12 to dollar
    Naira constant, exchanges at N428.12 to dollar
     Naira constant exchanges at N428 12 to dollar
    Naira constant, exchanges at N428.12 to dollar
    Economy2 weeks ago

    Naira constant, exchanges at N428.12 to dollar

    The Naira on Friday remained constant exchanging at N428.12 to the dollar at the Investors and Exporters window.

    The local currency remained unchanged at N428.12 to the dollar, same as the N428.12 traded on Thursday.

    The open indicative rate closed at N429 to the dollar on Friday.

    An exchange rate of N444.00 to the dollar was the highest rate recorded within the day’s trading before it settled at N428.12. The Naira sold for as low as 416 to the dollar within the day’s trading.

    A total of 71.92 million dollars was traded in foreign exchange at the official Investors and Exporters window on Friday.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The President Attends the Official Launch of the Operationalization of the National Integrated Emergency Management Plan NIEMP
    The President Attends the Official Launch of the Operationalization of the National Integrated Emergency Management Plan (NIEMP)
     The President Attends the Official Launch of the Operationalization of the National Integrated Emergency Management Plan NIEMP
    The President Attends the Official Launch of the Operationalization of the National Integrated Emergency Management Plan (NIEMP)
    Africa2 weeks ago

    The President Attends the Official Launch of the Operationalization of the National Integrated Emergency Management Plan (NIEMP)

    The President of the Republic, Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan attended the launch ceremony of the Operationalization of the National Integrated Emergency Management Plan (NIEMP), which took place at the Savoy Seychelles Resort & Spa, Beau Vallon yesterday morning.

    This event has been facilitated by the World Bank with the Government of Seychelles, with the support of the Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems (CREWS) Initiative.

    The Crews Initiative; is a specialized agency of the United Nations whose mandate covers weather, climate and water resources.

    The World Bank delegation is conducting a 2-week mission from August 1 to 12, 2022 in Seychelles to provide technical assistance to the Disaster Risk Management Division (DRMD).

    World Bank technical assistance will focus on improving emergency coordination at the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA) level and turning early warning into effective early action.

    There will be training sessions covering two main components; that is, the training of specialized support personnel who will be the Focal Point dedicated to Disaster Risk Management (DRM) of the key MDAs to support decision makers for the coordination of DRM.

    These Focal Points are expected to eventually lead the development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Contingency Response Plans for their MDAs. Second, build the capacity of key decision-makers within MDAs to better understand their roles in supporting disaster response and recovery operations.

    In his opening speech, the Minister of the Interior, Mr. Errol Fonseka, affirmed that the National Integrated Emergency Management Plan outlines the path to follow so that all the actors develop their sectoral plans according to their functions as lead agencies and support in five functional areas that includes Rescue and Security, Health, Humanitarian Services, Infrastructure and Essential Services, and Emergency Management.

    He called on all stakeholders to see the urgency of implementing the development of plans and SOPs for Risk Reduction based on the existential changes that are happening around the world and that have a direct impact on the security of the country.

    “It is true that the ownership for the development of Risk Reduction Plans and SOPs does lie with the respective portfolios, however, I hasten to add that at DRMD, we will be at your side at all times to help you in your development.

    These functions will need to be put in place to meet the government's expectations of reducing disaster risks by implementing an effective collaborative approach to reduce the effects of multi-hazard events,” the Minister said.

    “Its objective is to strengthen emergency preparedness for an effective response at all levels and thus contribute to the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 Priority 4: Improve disaster preparedness for an effective response and 'Build Back Better' in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction," he added.

    World Bank Task Force Leader, Ms. Keren Charles, reiterated that the main focus of technical assistance is to improve emergency coordination at the ministries, departments, and agency levels by turning early warning into effective early action.

    “Training sessions to empower specialist support staff who will be key MDA Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Dedicated Focal Point and key decision makers within MDA will be provided with insights to better understand their roles in supporting to the disaster response and recovery operation,” said Ms. Carlos.

    During the ceremony, there were also remarks from the Director General (DRMD), Mr. Robert Ernesta, the Head of CREWS by Video, Mr. John Harding, the Seychelles Risk and Resilience Requirements High Level Overview Presentation and the Disaster Case Study by Senior Disaster Risk Management Consultants (World Bank) Mr. Paul Hayden (World Bank).

    Also present at the ceremony yesterday morning was the Vice President of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr. Ahmed Afif, Speaker of the National Assembly of Seychelles.

    Honorable Roger Mancienne, Ministers and DRMD team.

  •  President Ramkalawan meets with the Emirates Group delegation at Government House
    President Ramkalawan meets with the Emirates Group delegation at Government House
     President Ramkalawan meets with the Emirates Group delegation at Government House
    President Ramkalawan meets with the Emirates Group delegation at Government House
    Africa2 weeks ago

    President Ramkalawan meets with the Emirates Group delegation at Government House

    President Wavel Ramkalawan received the Senior Vice President of the Emirates International Affairs Group Division, Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, at the State House yesterday morning.

    The President welcomed Sheikh Majid Al Mualla on his official visit to Seychelles and expressed his hope that he will serve to pave new paths, develop new partnerships and strengthen cooperation in the field of aviation and tourism.

    “Thank you for your service to Seychelles over the years, Emirates has been one of our number one loyal partners and we look forward to enhancing relations,” said Chairman Ramkalawan.

    During their discussion, the President and Sheikh Majid Al Mualla exchanged views on various ideas on the way forward and proposals to improve relations.

    Speaking to the local press after his courtesy visit to the president, Sheikh Majid Al Mualla expressed his gratitude to the government for its continued support.

    “Seychelles is one of the first destinations to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic, we appreciate the very good support we received.

    We are committed to this market, we have been in Seychelles for 20 years, with double daily flights and we look forward to expanding and increasing our partnership and operation”, he said.

    Other members of the Emirates Group delegation included the Indian Ocean Islands Manager, Mr. Oomar Ramtoola, and the Seychelles Country Manager, Ms. Denise Prea. Emirates Airline has been flying to Seychelles since January 2004 and employs over 100 Seychellois airline professionals.

  •  The president attends the annual graduation ceremony of STA
    The president attends the annual graduation ceremony of STA
     The president attends the annual graduation ceremony of STA
    The president attends the annual graduation ceremony of STA
    Africa2 weeks ago

    The president attends the annual graduation ceremony of STA

    President Wavel Ramkalawan was the guest of honor at the Seychelles Tourism Academy (STA) annual graduation ceremony held at the University of Seychelles (UniSey) Auditorium, Anse Royale, yesterday afternoon.

    Graduates who attended the morning session due to space restrictions joined the others in the afternoon.

    Two hundred graduates who have successfully completed their studies in Restaurant and Bar, Food Preparation and Culinary Arts, Lodging Operations and Services, Tourism and Tour Guides, Front Desk Operations and Services, Wellness and Spa, as well as Hotel Management.

    Ketsina William, who took the Advanced Certificate in Food Preparation and Culinary Arts course, won the President's Cup for Most Outstanding Student.

    The Director of the Seychelles Tourism Academy, Mr. Terence Max congratulated the graduates “Dear graduates, the Seychelles Tourism Academy; Along with all of your partners and stakeholders, they have played their part in developing the skills and knowledge that will enable you to further your aspirations to become the quality talent the industry demands.

    In addition to technical and managerial skills, the Seychelles Tourism Academy strives to instill in its students positive customer and service attitudes and a passion for hospitality where the notion of service is not servile.

    Passion and pride in tourism and hospitality infuse everything we do.

    do at the academy.

    We have provided the springboard for you, however, it is important that you realize that you are the engine of your success in this competitive and formidable industry,” said Mr. Max. “As you move through the world of work, there will be times of despair, frustration, and discouragement.

    My advice to you is to never give up your quest to realize your dream.

    The cultivation of courage and perseverance is something that you, as future hospitality professionals, will need to develop and manifest, not only for your careers, but also for your success and personal growth.” Prizes were also given to the students with the best performance in various areas of the different courses, and those with an outstanding general performance during the duration of their training.

    In addition, for the second year in a row, the Confucius Institute award was given to the top five Mandarin students in the Advanced Certificate.

    During the ceremony, different recognitions were given to the graduates under the Certificate level; Best Academic Award, Best Practice Award, Best Effort Award and General Award.

    In Restaurant and Bar, the winners were Hilary Amouna and Christy Bistoquet.

    In Food Preparation and Culinary Arts at the Certificate level, Kharishna Pillay and Aaron Esparon won the awards.

    Under the Hosting Services and Operations Certificate, Aruna Rabat and Staelle Sinon were the best.

    Next, prizes were awarded to those who completed the Reception and Service Operation courses.

    Tia Savy, Marie-Michelle Hermitte and Marie-Eve Didon take home the awards.

    For the Advanced Certificate in Restaurant and Bar, awards went to Jefferson Pierre, Angel Belle, and Aury Leon. For the Advanced Food Production Certificate, Ketsina William, Ashley Nourrice, Joshua Chetty were the winners.

    The Best Chinese Performer was Franchesco Boniface.

    Under the Advanced Certificate for Wellness and Spa, Best Academic Lawraine Marie and Andria Antat won the awards.

    The Best Chinese Interpreter was Bryna Albert, while Haley Benoit received the Best Interpreter award.

    For the Advanced Certificate in Front Desk Operations and Services, Best Academic Performance and Best Overall Performance went to Corine Pierre.

    Awards were also presented to Jessica Monthy and Stephanie Laporte.

    Within the framework of the Advanced Certificate in Tourism and Tourist Guide, the Award for Best Academic and Practical Executor went to Gracy Labiche.

    Prizes were also awarded to Tiffanie Joseph, Dyniz Finesse and Gaetanne Camille.

    In the Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management, the awards went to Antony Servina, Sherine Woodcock, Medhi Stravens and Martina Luther.

    In addition to the President's Cup of Prestigious Awards, Chantelle Cadeau and Hussayn Charles received the Directors Award for Most Improved Alumna at STA for 2022.

    The Minister's award went to three graduates of the Certificate, Advanced Certificate and Advanced Diploma programmes.

    This award recognizes students who have performed exceptionally well not only academically, but have also displayed exemplary behavior and job skills in both academia and industry.

    Students exhibit an exemplary attitude and have the potential to develop leadership skills.

    They were Aruna Rabat (Certificate level), Haley Benoit (Advanced Certificate level) and Martina Luther (Advanced Diploma).

    Angel Belle received the Governing Board Award.

    The ceremony concluded with a vote of thanks on behalf of all the graduates by Aruna Rabat and Sherine Woodcock.

    In addition to President Ramkalawan, guests at the ceremony included the Minister of Education, Dr. Justin Valentin, the Minister of Employment and Social Affairs, Ms. Patricia Francourt, the French Ambassador to the Seychelles, Mr. Dominique Mas, Member of the National Assembly, Grand Anse Constituency, H.E. .

    Waven William, Senior Secretary for Tourism, Ms. Sherin Francis, Senior Secretary for Educational Services, Ms. Merna Eulentin, Senior Secretary for Education Sector Development, Mr. John Lesperance, Chairman of the Governing Board of the Seychelles Tourism Academy , Mr. Derek Barbe, Director, Seychelles Tourism Academy, Mr. Terence Max, Dr. Phyllip Smyth, Director, Shannon College of Hotel Management, Mr. Adrian Sylver, Deputy Director, Shannon College, Members of the Governing Board of the Seychelles Tourism Academy, hoteliers and STA staff.