An NGO, DSK Foundation, on Friday, advised Nigerians to brace up for tough times after the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Chief David Kente, Chairman of the Foundation and a philanthropist, gave the advice during a news conference in Abuja.
Kente said the Nigerian society and world at large, might not be the same again after the battle against COVID-19 must have been won.
He said that COVID-19 was real and not a scam as being peddled by some groups, adding that Nigerians should be more bothered about the aftermath of the pandemic.
“No matter how long Coronavirus lingers, it will be defeated and as an economist and businessman, the implication of the current situation is that the economy will be highly affected as a result of the pandemic.
“The fact that for almost a month now, production and distribution have stopped in Nigeria, is an indication that hard time is ahead
“This requires the setting up of a strong think tank by the Federal and state Governments to draw a blueprint and reassess the economic policies, then come up with a new major programme that will assist the economy,” he said.
He said that with the current low price of crude oil in the international market, things were definitely going to be tough in the country.
He added that only strong people and institutions would survive the backlash because,, several jobs and businesses would be affected.
He said Nigerians should support their families by involving in agricultural production, no matter how little the scale
Kente, who is also a member, representing Taraba state in the North East Development Commission (NEDC) said that the DSK Foundation was breaking barriers of poverty among widows, orphans and vulnerable.
He said the goal of the foundation was to contribute to the well being of the rural people and the urban poor communities, by initiating ideas and programmes that met the challenges of their day to day activities.
Kente said the foundation had empowered 2,000 youths and 4,200 women for small scale business enterprises in Taraba state and provided several intervention on education, health and basic amenities to rural dwellers and the IDPs.
He disclosed that the NGO was also packaging Ramadan palliatives for the Muslim communities in Taraba so as to provide relief during this fasting period.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)https://nnn.ng/brace-up-for-tough-times-after-covid-19-ngo-advises-nigerians/
NiMet predicts cloudiness, rains Sunday to Tuesday
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), has predicted cloudiness and rains from Sunday to Tuesday across the country.
NiMet`s weather outlook released on Saturday in Abuja predicted cloudy morning over the north on Sunday with prospects of isolated thunderstorms over Southern Borno, Adamawa and Taraba.
According to it, few thunderstorms are expected over Borno, Sokoto, Kebbi, Yobe, Bauchi, Taraba, Adamawa and Gombe state in the afternoon and evening hours.
“The north central is expected to be cloudy during the morning hours with chances of a few thunderstorms and rains over Abuja, Niger and Benue.
“ Later in the day, isolated thunderstorms and rains are expected to affect Kogi, Abuja, Kwara, Benue and Plateau.
“ Cloudy atmosphere is anticipated over the inland cities of the south west in the morning, while moderate rains are expected over parts of the southeast inland, like Abakaliki, Awka, Cross-River and Imo.
The agency forecast moderate rains over the coastal cities of the south to include the coastal part of Ondo state in the morning.
NiMet predicted few thunderstorms and rains over most parts of the inland with chances of moderate rains over the coastal parts of Cross-River, Akwa-Ibom, and Rivers state in the afternoon and evening periods.
According to NiMet, cloudy skies are anticipated over the north western flank in the morning of Monday with prospects of few thunderstorms over the northeast to affect southern Borno, Adamawa, Taraba and Yobe.
“Progressing into the day, pockets of thunderstorms are expected to affect parts of Yobe, Sokoto, Zamfara, Bauchi and Kebbi in the northwest, while a cloudy atmosphere should prevail over the north east.
“ The north central is expected to be dominated by cloudy atmosphere in the morning with prospects of isolated thunderstorms and rains over Plateau and Benue.
“ As the day progresses, pockets of thunderstorms are expected to affect parts of Abuja, Plateau, Kwara and Niger, “ it said.
It predicted the south to be dominated by cloudy atmosphere in the morning with chances of moderate rains over parts of the inland and coastal cities.
The agency envisaged moderate rains over most parts of the south later in the day.
According to NiMet, thunderstorms are expected to affect some places in the north, like Taraba, southern Sokoto, Gombe, Bauchi and Adamawa in the Tuesday`s morning.
The agency envisaged cloudy conditions over the north with chances of thunderstorms over Taraba in the afternoon and evening periods.
“Isolated thunderstorms and rains are expected to affect places in the north central region, like Niger, Abuja, Benue, Kwara and Kogi in the morning.
“ Later in the day, cloudy conditions are expected to dominate this region with prospects of isolated thunderstorms and rains over Niger and Kwara.
“Cloudy atmosphere is anticipated over most parts of inland of south with chances of moderate rains over Enugu in the morning.
“In the afternoon and evening periods, moderate rains are anticipated over most places, “ it sad.
Edited By: Felix Ajide
FG disburses N24m loan to 2,400 entrepreneurs in Sokoto
Mr Festus Keyamo (SAN), Minister of State, Labour and Employment, has disbursed N24 million to 2,400 small scale entrepreneurs in Sokoto State.
He reiterated the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to increased investment in the area of business empowerment among Nigerians, stressing that micro economic growths remained the backbone of development.
The minister said President Buhari has great concern towards the development of all Nigerians irrespective of political inclinations.
Keyamo commended Gov. Aminu Tambuwal for emulating Buhari on common grounds in spite of their different views on politics and governance.
”Leaders ensure that after elections all government policies should affect every citizen irrespective of political party differences.
”Such action foster great unity among people and enhance public confidence on governance,” Keyamo noted.
The minister further commended Gov. Tambuwal for keying into federal government’s empowerment policies by liaising with Yusha’u Furniture Factory in training of 1,700 youths on furniture making businesses.
The Director General of NDE, Dr Nasir Argungu, said the agency was encouraged by the effort of Sokoto orphanage home to commence ”Catch Them Young Entrepreneur Scheme ” in Sokoto.
Argungu said during his visit, he discovered that Sokoto State Government had provided empowerment training tools for occupants of orphanage home comprising children.
He pledged to provide 20 sewing machines and other skills acquisition training instruments to facilitate more training at the orphanage.
On MEES, Argungu said 100 persons were enrolled in 23 local government areas of the state and it would be a revolving loan for the beneficiaries.
He said the selection processes was transparent and assured more openness in the agency schemes.
In his address, Gov. Tambuwal reassured of his government’s readiness to partner with federal government on all business empowerment schemes and other policies geared towards uplifting people’s lives at all levels.
Tambuwal stressed that his administration, through Ministry of Commerce, Sports and Youths Development, initiated various programmes to improve self reliance and productive lives of citizens.
He noted that the state had commenced disbursement of N4 billion loans to small scale business owners along with many other agricultural and skills acquisition schemes across the state.
”My administration ensures incorporations of all citizens on its programmes and policies, especially in the area of business growth, agriculture, health, infrastructures development, social services and others,” Tambuwal said.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Malama Zakiyya Malami, expressed appreciation over the gesture and assured judicious use of the funds.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the event was attended by Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Maigari Dingyadi, Sokoto State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Manniru Dan’iya, and many others.
Edited By: Benson Iziama/Wale Ojetimi
2023: NYC urges Gov. Umahi to consider running for Presidency
The Nigerian Youth Council (NYC), a socio-political organisation has urged Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi to consider running for Presidency in 2023 due to his developmental strides in the state.
The group made the call on Saturday in Abakaliki during the inauguration of the state’s chapter of the congress.
Mr Nasiru Adhama, the SSA to the President on Youth and Students Affairs said at the occasion that the group was impressed with the governor’s transformational strides and would be “favoured” to do so at the national level.
Adhama, represented by his Aide, Mr Aminu Isyaku, said the delegation inspected projects executed by the governor on Friday and got tired at a point during the tour.
He said: “We told the tour guide, the Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Information and Orientation to tell the governor that he has executed so many projects.
“We visited projects such as the modern rice mills across the state, the fertiliser plants which meet the need of the South-East zone and country, the ultra modern shopping mall that is a replica of the Dubai mall, among others.”
The president’s aide said with the realities on ground in Ebonyi, the state would be chosen to represent the south-east in the Presidential Youth Empowerment Scheme that would be launched soon.
“The NYC is an emerging youth group aimed at propagating and driving a ‘new youth agenda’ for the country to ensure that the present legacies of our leaders are sustained.
“Today’s inauguration is a milestone for the state as we will offer the state chapter, the necessary support to succeed and meet its aspirations,” he said.
Mr Blessing Akinlosotu, the National President of the council, thanked the Ebonyi Government for welcoming the group and declared that the delegation was impressed with its performance.
“We are trying to tell the world that the Nigerian youths have the zeal and capabilities to turn things around in the country and solve several political problems such as god-fatherism and mal-administration.
“Gov. David Umahi has proven to be a youth friendly governor with his cabinet dominated by youths thus emulating the influential countries of the world ruled by youths,” he said.
Dr Yakubu Shendam, Chairman, Governing Board NYC, said that President Buhari had always supported the youths to excel and Umahi was needed at the national level to replicate the feat.
Gov. Umahi represented by Dr Kenneth Ugbala, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), thanked the council for visiting the state.
“You should be planning to stay in the state for about two weeks when next you visit, to enable you to see the good work which is domesticated in all the 13 Local Government Areas of the state.
Chief Enekwachi Akpa, the Special Assistant to the Governor on State and Local Government Affairs, pledged that the council would be inaugurated in all the wards and local government areas of the state.
Mr Raymond Okoro, the newly inaugurated Chairman of the state chapter of the congress, pledged on behalf of the executive council to work assiduously to achieve the objective of the council in Ebonyi.
Edited By: Benson Iziama/Ejike Obeta
“Its your portion to die,’’ Clergyman tells Christians
A clergyman, Rev. Bassey Umoh, has advised Christians to live a good life as it is the portion of every Christian to die.
Umoh in his sermon at the funeral of Chief Kalu Okonta, at his country home, Igbere, Abia, on Saturday, said what was not the portion of Christians however, was untimely death.
The Minister-in-Charge of First Aba Parish of the Pesbyterian Church of Nigeria, stressed the need for people to enjoy life while alive.
The clergyman, who was represented by Rev. Onyeani Kalu, said that “ good life does not translate to wealth.
“Since life is unreliable, enjoy your life. You do not need millions to enjoy your life. The chicken of a poor man is his cow.
“Enjoy your life and glorify God.’’
The clergyman said that people should remember that life was brief, and that after life, something must follow.
“What follows depends of how you lived, and where you will spend eternity depends of how you lived on earth,’’ he stressed.
He decried giving prominence to prosperity in Christian sermons, stressing that there could be prosperity without diligence.
Speaking on the life of the deceased, Umoh said that Okonta prospered materially and spiritually because he conducted his affairs on earth with diligence.
Elder Ngozi Udogu, daughter of late Okonta, who read the father’s biography said that the deceased, who was born on Dec. 17, 1930, lived as a good Christian.
Udogu said that Okonta was ordained as an Elder by the First Aba Parish on Aug.11, 1996.
She said that as a result of his community service, he was conferred with the chieftaincy title of Oji Udo Eme Uwa 1 of Igbere on Dec. 28, 1993 by the late traditional ruler of Igbere, Eze Samson Ukaegbu.
Okonta’s first daughter, Mrs Nnenna Obike-Ukoh in her tribute, said that if death was not inevitable, her father’s good deeds would have prevented him from dying.
Prof. Ogwo Ekeoma Ogwo, former Vice-Chancellor, Abia State University in his tribute, said that Okonta was not the typical businessman, but was largely a self-effacing, low profile, but effective operator.
He said that the Okonta family should be satisfied that they had a worthy patriarch, who contributed to the growth of the family and the community.
The late Okonta, who died on Jan. 15, at the age of 89, left behind many relatives, including Mr Obike Ukoh, a Deputy Editor-In-Chief with the News Agency of Nigeria .
Senate Chief Whip Orji Kalu, was among dignitaries that were present at the ceremony.
Edited By: Nyisom Fiyigon Dore