Beauty pageantry should promote physical beauty, intelligence and confidence among the youth, Miss Interglobal 2021, Miriam Damoah, has said.
Damoah, 26, spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday through telephone from the Philippines.
According to the graduate of Financial Management, beauty contests or pageants is also a platform for development of talents and should discourage vices.
She said that any contestant should do her best to showcase her worth in terms of beauty, talent and intelligence.
“We use beauty pageantry to display our intellect, show that we are more than what they see or think of us.
“Most of us are inspiration to different people because being a beauty queen doesn’t end with just being beautiful or glamorous.
“Beauty queens use the platform to voice out advocacies and help others,” she told NAN.
Damoah, who is currently working as a collections specialist, said that beauty contests should motivate more youths to work harder, think differently and build confidence.
“Beauty pageantry have great impact on youths because they help them to boost confidence and connections with different people.
“It gingers them into studying because no beauty queen can succeed without going through formal education.
” You have to be intelligent to stand an international audience; so, you have to be forced.
She added that beauty pageantry would meaningfully engage participants and their admirers and remove their attention from crime,” she told NAN.
She told NAN that she worked hard to attain victory and was excited when she was announced as the winner.
” I cried when I was announced as the winner, and thanked God because I knew how hard I worked for it.
“I actually started the pageantry journey from 18 years with very supportive people around me who believed in me and also prayed along.
“What I have passion for is pets, giving donations to different organisations that rescue stray dogs and cats and those who are sick.
“I use social media platforms to raise awareness concerning the needs of pets.
“It has also always been my dream to reach out to people in need, giving tokens that might make them smile, ” she said.
The beauty queen also told NAN that she would be giving out books and stationeries to some schools in Lagos State on resumption.
On prostitution by some young women, the beauty queen said: “It is quite difficult to say something regarding this issue because we don’t know the reason they are doing such.
” I have heard stories from different people regarding prostitution to the effect that such prostitutes did such a job because they wanted to step out of poverty.
” People have different stories that we are not aware of and I think my message for them is that they should find their purposes in life rather than engage in prostitution,” she said.
She advised ladies to engage in businesses, careers or vocations that would lead them to a successful life.
NAN reports that the beauty queen, who will hand over in October, is also a freelance model for some local brands in the Philippines.
NAN) Mr Jarl Hansstein, Chief Techinal Advisor, United Nations Industrial Organisation (UNIDO), said it had collaborated with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), to register informal businesses.
Hansstein said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said that registration for Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) was part of UNIDO’s intervention programmes aimed at strengthening their capacity.
Hannstein added that the registration of informal businesses with CAC was fully funded by UNIDO.
According to him, without formal business registration, enterprises will find it difficult to have access to funds, markets and other forms of support.
“We have helped a number of companies in informal sector to register their businesses , because it is only registered businesses that can benefit from other components of important equipment supply .
” Because we have another project for supply of equipment“So far, we have over twenty or thirty companies in need of registration in form of partnership , ” he said.
Hansstein, however, said that they had set up technical assistance for tools in achieving the set goals.
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The Department of State Services (DSS) on Wednesday said its operatives do not engage in abduction of Nigerians as falsely claimed in a publication by an online medium.
A statement by Dr Peter Afunanya, the Public Relations Officer of the DSS in Abuja, said the service only carry its activities within the confines of the law.
He said the online medium had quoted Amnesty International as stating that the DSS abducts innocent Nigerians under President Muhammadu Buhari regime.
Afunanya dismissed the report as false, and an attempt to deliberately tarnish the image of the Service.
“Whether reported by the online platform or Amnesty International, the Service outrightly denies this misleading narrative.
It does not abduct Nigerians.
“At no time has the agency embarked on its actions without following laid down procedures in respect of obtaining warrants of arrest or orders for detention from competent legal authorities.
“The claim of abduction or use of enforced disappearances is an absolute lie and a make-up narrative designed to bring the Service to disrepute,” he said.
According to him, the DSS is law abiding and committed to the protection of citizens and sensitive government installations.
He assured that the service would continue to discharge its mandate of intelligence collection and timely dissemination of same to relevant action agencies and stakeholders.
“Public attention should, however, be drawn to the deliberate and determined efforts of the publisher of the online platform to use his medium to undermine law and order.
“He is known to have, on several occasions, engaged in false and distorted publications to misinform the public,” he added.
Afunanya called on the publisher and his cohorts to desist from acts that would undermine the peace and security of the nation.
He urged media practitioners in the country to rise above parochial considerations and sanitise its fold to fish out quacks in the system.
Delta Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, has urged Nigerian youths and women to vote for ticket come 2023 general elections to secure their today and future in the country.
Aniagwu, stated this while delivering a keynote address at the official inauguration of the State Chapter Executives and Local Government Area Coordinators of the People Democratic Part(PDP) New Generation Platform on Wednesday in Asaba.
He said that the joint ticket of the Party Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubarkar, and his Vice -Presidential Candidate, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa, has the blueprint that would articulately accommodate the youth and women during and after the 2023 general elections.
He said that the theme of the event, “Politics Beyond Today, Securing Our Future” was apt, adding that the PDP, Atiku ticket had provided the opportunity for the youths to take that future now.
“As the countdown to the formal commencement of campaigns ahead of the 2023 general elections continues, the formation of the PDP New Generation becomes necessary;“A group whose Mission is “to create and promote a platform for youth and women to network and participate actively in the political process and governance for a new Nigeria” is both apt and timely.
“Gentlemen and Ladies, this is your time, this is your opportunity.
Your future is now, seize the moment,” Aniagwu said.
According to Aniagwu, many things have currently gone wrong in the country; the case of insecurity, division among different ethnic groups, geopolitical divide, children not in school due to ASUU strike among others.
“We have not addressed the issues on how to make work available for our people to enable our young ones who are educated and employable get job.
” Those are the issues that the ticket identify in the covenant with Nigerians.
“The reasons why the youth need to key in is to a large extent that is talking about the present for the youths and not just the future.
“We need to address the issues that have divided us as a people and the need for us to come together and have a buy in of every segment of our society.
”He said that the divisions today in the country was the cause why the potentials of the nation have not been fully realised.
He expressed optimism that the Atiku led PDP when enthroned would pull both human and natural resources to deliver good governance to the people.
According to him, Nigeria should be in a position to lend money to not just African countries and not report to borrowing given the abundant human and natural resources that God has blessed the nation with.
That is why the ticket is set to reset Nigeria and bring the country back to winning waves.
“Today’s youth inauguration is a way to bring all hands on deck.
We recognise that the youths have critical roles to play not only in galvanising the votes but to make them leaders who would learn the process of leading.
And, what is more, the Atiku-Okowa policy document, “My Covenant with Nigeria” has a robust message and agenda that resonates with Nigerians,” It is a policy document that speaks to the issues that are most concerning to the average Nigerian on the street – security, cost of living crisis, devolution of power, others.
“Your task is to get the message in this document, using the various tools at your disposal to every potential voter out there.
“As youth ambassadors of the PDP, your job is well cut out: use your power to drive change for inclusion and active political participation within the party’s internal structures“And on a larger scale, use your power and network to mobilise Nigerians for a PDP victory at all levels come 2023. Knowing the current state of affairs in the country,” Aniagwu said.
Also, the Senior Political Adviser to Gov. Okowa, Chief Funkekeme Solomon, said the people of the state were duty bound to vote 100 per cent for PDP seeing that there was no opposition party in the state.
According to Solomon, other parties exist on paper in Delta, ticket is well experienced to lead the nation out of the many challenges.
Earlier, the State Coordinator, PDP New Generation, Mr Efe Ani, assured of their resolve to deliver 100 per cent votes for PDP come 2023 general election for all candidates.
The highpoint of the event was the inauguration of the various organs of the platform.
The Presidency has challenged Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue to name those military personnel who told him that President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered security forces not to move against criminal herdsmen.
Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s media aide, who challenged the governor in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, described the claim as ridiculous and patently untrue.
He , however, asked Ortom to name the military personnel who told him this story or forever shut up.
The statement read in part: ”In a recent interview, the Governor of Benue, Samuel Ortom, claimed that high ranking security personnel had informed him personally that President Buhari had ordered security forces not to move against the Fulani herdsmen responsible for recent violence.
”These ridiculous claims are patently untrue.
If he is as brave as he claims to be, let him name names.
”Let him name the military personnel who told him this story or forever shut up.
”It is disappointing that Ortom, who in the same interview describes himself as a child of God who believes in being lawful and respects the Nigerian constitution, felt the need to spread such a divisive lie.
” According to Shehu, in a period of heightened insecurity, politicians should be working to bring the nation closer together, not risking further violence by ”dishonestly seeking” to further divide Nigerians along ethnic or religious lines”.
He said: ”Fortunately, the cheap, dog whistle politics behind Ortom’s falsehood are plain for all to see.
”He is not the first opportunistic politician who has attempted to sow discord amongst his country’s people in the run-up to an election; sadly, he will not be the last.
”The Nigerian people will see him for what he is: an opportunist flaunting his wares as the country prepares to elect its next president.
“A man fond of posing in military fatigue who expects the country to believe Nigeria’s top security personnel would share high-level confidential information with him.
”To be clear: they do not.
Aliko Dangote Foundation, Kano Government, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on improving Routine Immunisation in the state.
Speaking during the signing of the MoU on Wednesday in Kano, the Managing Director of Aliko Dangote Foundation, Zouera Yousefou, congratulated the Kano government for achieving the objectives of the addendum ll.
Yousefou commended the government’s effort in sustaining funding for all Routine Immunisation (RI) activities, and for increasing budgetary allocation by 22 per cent over the past six years.
The managing director said the parties involved would thrive to achieve the target on maternal and child health outcomes.
“We need to ensure that we use the lessons learnt from the previous years to effectively execute better-suited strategies to fast-track progress and ultimately achieve the Health MoU addendum lll targets.
“One of such is the need to devolve the programme’s oversight to lower levels and ensure LGA health teams are responsible for driving implementation across the wards in their respective areas.
“We need to ensure that our health teams at local government and Ward levels have the autonomy and resources they need to deliver within their specific contexts, while holding them accountable for the results,” she said Yousefou also urged traditional rulers in the state to remain tireless at ensuring that people utilise essential health services, including immunisation, nutrition as well as the maternal and reproductive health services.
He encouraged the administration to continue to improve its performance by ensuring timely release of funds for both Routine Immunisation and Primary Healthcare activities.
She restated the commitment of the Aliko Dangote Foundation in supporting Kano State at ensuring that all residents live long and healthy life.
In his remarks, Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje, said the state had achieved significant milestone on healthcare services to the citizenry.
He said his administration would continue to reposition the health sector through improvement of primary and secondary health facilities as well as provision of qualified personnel to manage them.
Ganduje noted that signing of the health MoU addendum lll is the testimony to the commitment of the administration towards improvement of healthcare services.
He assured the state’s promptness in contributing counterpart funds in a bid to achieve the success of the programme.
Also speaking, the Country Director, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr Jeremie Zoungrana, expressed delight to witnessing signing of the MoU.
He said the event was a perfect opportunity to implement new and advanced programmes in the area of immunisation, noting that Kano State had the potential to do more on that regard.
“With its commitment, technical, capacity and resources at its disposal, I believe Kano government has the potential to do better.
“We will be committed to make sure that this addendum lll help in addressing the key issues raised during the review meeting.
“We will contribute our own quota in the improvement of healthcare in Kano State,” he said.
Zoungrana urged the Kano government to ensure timely release of resources for the success of the programme.
The UNICEF representative, Mr Peter Hawkins, said that they came into the programme as technical partners.
He said the MoU offered another opportunity to build healthcare facilities in Nigeria, especially at the Primary Healthcare level.
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on Wednesday donated medical equipment to Asokoro District Hospital in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
Mr Edward Osagie, Assistant Director, Public Relations, NIMASA, made this known in a statement in Lagos.
Presenting the items, the Director-General of NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh, represented by the agency’s Director of Special Duties, Mr Isichei Osamgbi, said that the donation was part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme.
He said that the donation to Asokoro District Hospital was symbolic and that some other hospitals within the FCT were billed to benefit from the donation.
“The gesture is to support the Federal Government and other stakeholders in improving service delivery in the healthcare sector,” he said.
Responding, Alhaji Abbass Idriss, Executive Secretary of the FCT Emergency Management Agency, expressed appreciation for the gesture.
He said that the equipment would go a long way to improve healthcare delivery in the FCT.
NIMASA has donated hospital equipment, education materials, security intervention items and relief materials to states as part of its 2022 CSR programme.
The Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), for China’s non-manufacturing sector dropped by 52.6 per cent in August down from 53.8 per cent in July. The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said on Wednesday.
A reading above 50 per cent indicates expansion, while a reading below reflects contraction.
The construction sector maintained steady expansion in August driven by rapid progress in infrastructure construction and the growth of market demand.
The sub-index for business activities in the sector stood at 56.5 per cent remaining in a high expansion zone.
The service sector reported slower recovery in August due to factors including the epidemic and high temperatures.
The NBS senior statistician, Zhao Qinghe, said that the sub-index for business activities declined 0.9 per cent points from July to 51.9 per cent, remaining in the expansion range.
Wednesday’s data also showed that the PMI for China’s manufacturing sector came in at 49.4 per cent in August, up from 49 in July.
NAN) United Nations Industrial Organisation ( UNIDO), said it had assisted about one hundred and seventy four Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs ), on capacity building.
Mr Jarl Hansstein, Chief Technical Advisor at UNIDO said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said that UNIDO came up with a structure on the project on four agencies and capacity building.
He added that the areas were not limited to quality of products, but also for access to finance, as well as marketing ,amongst others.
Hansstein said that UNIDO originally conceived the project as an emergency one, focusing on production of Personal Protective Equipment ( PPEs).
According to him, the organisation, however, realised that it was necessary to tackle the inefficient management of enterprises.
“The focus is to enhance the quality of the products, but at the same time to improve on the management system and that is why they came up with an integrated project,” he said .
He said that, in the midst of cross-carpeting methodological approach and tools, there are also access to finance, and marketing among others .
He added that there was a vertical approach, which meant direct assistance to each of the selected enterprises.
” We have selected about 174 enterprises and the numbers might fluctuate, because it is a fully integrated project and that is why we have four agencies partnering with us.
“And we have inaugurated and mobilised about 20 MSMEs in some geopolitical zones and we have experts also .
“We have also set up a structure in four components capacity building in all relevant areas.
”We have helped a number of companies in informal sector, because it is only registered businesses that can benefit from it “Another component that is important is equipment supply, because we have another budget to supply equipment, ” he said.
According to him, in terms of quality management, there were two levels in the enterprises and two components were set up regardless if it is micro or medium size.
” The micro has to do with quality of standards in place .
The other level is to assist the institutions like the Standards Organisation of Nigeria ( SON), to test the quality of the products.
“It will also contribute to the certification of process to be completed and certified by National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
“We are also visiting a number of equipment in some laboratories in Lagos and Kaduna, and the process was rolling out now along with capacity building for undertaking the event.
“The other component is the supply of equipment to some enterprises that were in need of improving their production system and production efficiency .
“It requires a range of equipment of some machines.
We have pre-selected a number of suppliers and is now in a final stage of negotiations for final certifications and other methods,” he said.
He added that the fourth component was the visibility.
According to him, the market for quality products and establishing a demand among the people were key for the users of quality products.
China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOC) is set to introduce a new batch of policies to stabilise foreign investmentShanghai Securities News reported on Wednesday quoting an official.
Guo Tingting, assistant commerce minister of China, at a news conference held Tuesday, said that the new policies would include inauguration of a new version of the industry catalog that encourages foreign investment.
He said that the policy would further expand the scope to encourage foreign investment in advanced manufacturing, scientific and technological innovation.
This he said includes modern services, and guiding foreign investors to increase investment in manufacturing, research and development in China.
Tingting said that MOC would also promote the establishment of more comprehensive pilot areas for further opening-up in the service sector.
“It will also ntroduce more pilot measures for reform and innovation, replicate and promote the new pilot results, and propel institutional opening in the service sector nationwide.
”At present, the comprehensive trial in expanding the opening-up in the service sector has been carried out in Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Hainan and Chongqing.
He said that in the first seven months of this year, the above-mentioned five places attracted 33.3 billion dollars of foreign investment in the service sector, up by 27.6 per cent year-on-year.
Also, 13.6 percentage points higher than the national level, and accounting for 35.8 per cent of the national total foreign investment attracted by the sector.
The ministry said to stabilise foreign investment, it would also further improve services for foreign investment.
According to the ministry, it will strengthen regular communication and exchanges with foreign-funded enterprises, foreign business associations.
This is through various ways such as seminars and video conferences to respond to the demands of foreign-funded enterprises.