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  •  The Supreme Court on Friday ended the leadership tussle in the Peoples Democratic Party PDP Edo chapter with the dismissal of an appeal instituted at the Apex Court by Dan Orbhi led faction The suit is seeking the court order to authenticate the ad hoc delegate elections conducted by Dan Orbhi s faction and to invalidate another one conducted by Gov Godwin Obaseki s faction The Apex Court in a judgment by Justice Emmanuel Agim held that the issue of leadership by political parties is an internal affair and as such the courts have no jurisdiction In the appeal marked 9792022 filed by Monday Osagie the Supreme Court said that the appeal lacked merit because it is not justiciable Agim who delivered the unanimous judgment asked political parties to always adhere strictly to their guidelines rules and regulations in order to promote genuine democracy Obaseki and a Chieftain of the PDP and Orbhi have been on each other s throats on who controls the party in the state The governor formerly of the All Progressives Congress APC defected to PDP contested for the last governorship election on the party platform and won The News Agency of Nigeria reports that on Wednesday a Federal High Court sitting in Benin City ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to recognise and publish the names of candidates produced by the Obaseki led faction of the Edo PDP as standard bearers of the party in the forthcoming 2023 elections In that judgment delivered by Justice S Shuaibu the court granted all the reliefs sought by the plaintiffs The plaintiffs include the party s candidate for Edo South senatorial district Matthew Iduoriyekemwen Sunny Aguebor for Oredo federal constituency and the flag bearer for Akoko Edo federal constituency Kabiru Adjoto among others Among the reliefs sought by the plaintiffs were an order of court mandating the fourth defendant INEC to publish the names of the plaintiffs as the validly elected candidates of the Edo PDP for the 2023 general elections NAN reports that the judge noted that based on past decisions by the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal the state chapter of a political party was not empowered by law to conduct party primaries and that only the National Working Committee NWC of a political party that has the power to conduct party primaries According to him there is nothing before the court to show that the primaries in which the 4th to 39th defendants participated was conducted by the National Working Committee of the PDP Rather their primaries were conducted by the Edo State chapter of the PDP In my view the power of INEC under Section 84 of the Electoral Act is limited to monitoring of party primary elections and does not extend to preparing or declaring the results of that election This remains the law In the light of the foregoing INEC cannot rely on results prepared by the first defendant Edo PDP NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Edo PDP: Supreme Court dismisses Dan Orbhi’s suit
     The Supreme Court on Friday ended the leadership tussle in the Peoples Democratic Party PDP Edo chapter with the dismissal of an appeal instituted at the Apex Court by Dan Orbhi led faction The suit is seeking the court order to authenticate the ad hoc delegate elections conducted by Dan Orbhi s faction and to invalidate another one conducted by Gov Godwin Obaseki s faction The Apex Court in a judgment by Justice Emmanuel Agim held that the issue of leadership by political parties is an internal affair and as such the courts have no jurisdiction In the appeal marked 9792022 filed by Monday Osagie the Supreme Court said that the appeal lacked merit because it is not justiciable Agim who delivered the unanimous judgment asked political parties to always adhere strictly to their guidelines rules and regulations in order to promote genuine democracy Obaseki and a Chieftain of the PDP and Orbhi have been on each other s throats on who controls the party in the state The governor formerly of the All Progressives Congress APC defected to PDP contested for the last governorship election on the party platform and won The News Agency of Nigeria reports that on Wednesday a Federal High Court sitting in Benin City ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to recognise and publish the names of candidates produced by the Obaseki led faction of the Edo PDP as standard bearers of the party in the forthcoming 2023 elections In that judgment delivered by Justice S Shuaibu the court granted all the reliefs sought by the plaintiffs The plaintiffs include the party s candidate for Edo South senatorial district Matthew Iduoriyekemwen Sunny Aguebor for Oredo federal constituency and the flag bearer for Akoko Edo federal constituency Kabiru Adjoto among others Among the reliefs sought by the plaintiffs were an order of court mandating the fourth defendant INEC to publish the names of the plaintiffs as the validly elected candidates of the Edo PDP for the 2023 general elections NAN reports that the judge noted that based on past decisions by the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal the state chapter of a political party was not empowered by law to conduct party primaries and that only the National Working Committee NWC of a political party that has the power to conduct party primaries According to him there is nothing before the court to show that the primaries in which the 4th to 39th defendants participated was conducted by the National Working Committee of the PDP Rather their primaries were conducted by the Edo State chapter of the PDP In my view the power of INEC under Section 84 of the Electoral Act is limited to monitoring of party primary elections and does not extend to preparing or declaring the results of that election This remains the law In the light of the foregoing INEC cannot rely on results prepared by the first defendant Edo PDP NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Edo PDP: Supreme Court dismisses Dan Orbhi’s suit
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    Edo PDP: Supreme Court dismisses Dan Orbhi’s suit

    The Supreme Court, on Friday, ended the leadership tussle in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Edo chapter, with the dismissal of an appeal instituted at the Apex Court by Dan Orbhi-led faction.

    The suit is seeking the court order to authenticate the ad hoc delegate elections conducted by Dan Orbhi’s faction and to invalidate another one conducted by Gov. Godwin Obaseki’s faction.

    The Apex Court in a judgment by Justice Emmanuel Agim, held that the issue of leadership by political parties is an internal affair and as such, the courts have no jurisdiction.

    In the appeal marked 9792022, filed by Monday Osagie, the Supreme Court said that the appeal lacked merit because it is not justiciable.

    Agim who delivered the unanimous judgment asked political parties to always adhere strictly to their guidelines, rules and regulations in order to promote genuine democracy.

    Obaseki and a Chieftain of  the PDP and Orbhi have been on each other’s throats on who controls the party in the state.

    The governor, formerly of the All Progressives Congress APC defected to PDP, contested for the last governorship election on the party platform and won.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that on Wednesday, a Federal High Court sitting in Benin City, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to recognise and publish the names of candidates produced by the Obaseki-led faction of the Edo PDP as standard-bearers of the party in the forthcoming 2023 elections.

    In that judgment delivered by Justice S.

    Shuaibu, the court granted all the reliefs sought by the plaintiffs. 

    The plaintiffs include the party’s candidate for Edo South senatorial district, Matthew Iduoriyekemwen; Sunny Aguebor for Oredo federal constituency, and the flag bearer for Akoko Edo federal constituency, Kabiru Adjoto, among others.

    Among the reliefs sought by the plaintiffs were an order of court mandating the fourth defendant, INEC, to publish the names of the plaintiffs as the validly elected candidates of the Edo PDP for the 2023 general elections. 

    NAN reports that the judge noted that based on past decisions by the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, the state chapter of a political party was not empowered by law to conduct party primaries and that only the National Working Committee, NWC, of a political party that has the power to conduct party primaries.

    According to him, “there is nothing before the court to show that the primaries in which the 4th to 39th defendants participated was conducted by the National Working Committee of the PDP.

    Rather, their primaries were conducted by the Edo State chapter of the PDP.

    “In my view, the power of INEC under Section 84 of the Electoral Act is limited to monitoring of party primary elections and does not extend to preparing or declaring the results of that election.

    This remains the law.

    “In the light of the foregoing, INEC cannot rely on results prepared by the first defendant, Edo PDP.

    ” 
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Stakeholders in the Micro Small and Medium Scale Enterprises MSMEs sub sector have met to chart a path for implementation of the national MSMEs policy in Edo The one day event which held in Benin was tagged Stalkhokders Dialogue on MSMEs Development and the Implementation of the National Policy on MSMEs in Edo Speaking at the event Mr Onesi Lawani the Deputy Director Policy Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN said the meeting was to create awareness and ownership of the national MSME policy in Edo Lawani said the implementation of the national policy was to facilitate as well as sustain a vibrant MSMsE sub sector that would be the major driver of the nation s economic growth Also speaking Markus Wauschkuhn Head of Programme Pro poor Growth and Promotion of Employment in Nigeria SEDIN said that addressing issues facing MSMEs in Nigeria was the surest way to bridge the unemployment gap in the country Wauschkuhn said the essence of the dialogue was therefore to strengthen coordination of activities done by the Federal and States MDAs as well as donor organisations geared toward the development of MSMEs in the country Represented by Akinropo Omoware Head of Policy SEDIN Wauschkuhn said we believe that the forum will provide opportunity for stakeholders in the MSMEs eco system in the state to interact on the key challenges foster common understanding and proffer some solutions Also speaking Gov Godwin Obaseki of Edo said that one could not underscore the fact that MSMEs were the engine of any economy as they remained the largest employers of labour We have struck strategic collaboration with local amd international partners to ensure the promotion of the private sector in the state The governor was represented by Hon Afishetu Braimoh the Commissioner for Business Trade and Cooperative in Edo Earlier the Director General of the Benin Chamber of Commerce Industry Mines and Agriculture Mr John Imalingmhe commended SEDIN s support to MSMEs in the state The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was organised by SMEDAN in collaboration with the Edo State Ministry of Business Trade and Cooperatives and the Edo State Skills Development Agency The dialogue was supported by SEDIN a programme under the German Agency for International Cooperation GIZ NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Stakeholders brainstorm on implementation of MSMEs Policy in Edo
     Stakeholders in the Micro Small and Medium Scale Enterprises MSMEs sub sector have met to chart a path for implementation of the national MSMEs policy in Edo The one day event which held in Benin was tagged Stalkhokders Dialogue on MSMEs Development and the Implementation of the National Policy on MSMEs in Edo Speaking at the event Mr Onesi Lawani the Deputy Director Policy Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN said the meeting was to create awareness and ownership of the national MSME policy in Edo Lawani said the implementation of the national policy was to facilitate as well as sustain a vibrant MSMsE sub sector that would be the major driver of the nation s economic growth Also speaking Markus Wauschkuhn Head of Programme Pro poor Growth and Promotion of Employment in Nigeria SEDIN said that addressing issues facing MSMEs in Nigeria was the surest way to bridge the unemployment gap in the country Wauschkuhn said the essence of the dialogue was therefore to strengthen coordination of activities done by the Federal and States MDAs as well as donor organisations geared toward the development of MSMEs in the country Represented by Akinropo Omoware Head of Policy SEDIN Wauschkuhn said we believe that the forum will provide opportunity for stakeholders in the MSMEs eco system in the state to interact on the key challenges foster common understanding and proffer some solutions Also speaking Gov Godwin Obaseki of Edo said that one could not underscore the fact that MSMEs were the engine of any economy as they remained the largest employers of labour We have struck strategic collaboration with local amd international partners to ensure the promotion of the private sector in the state The governor was represented by Hon Afishetu Braimoh the Commissioner for Business Trade and Cooperative in Edo Earlier the Director General of the Benin Chamber of Commerce Industry Mines and Agriculture Mr John Imalingmhe commended SEDIN s support to MSMEs in the state The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was organised by SMEDAN in collaboration with the Edo State Ministry of Business Trade and Cooperatives and the Edo State Skills Development Agency The dialogue was supported by SEDIN a programme under the German Agency for International Cooperation GIZ NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Stakeholders brainstorm on implementation of MSMEs Policy in Edo
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    Stakeholders brainstorm on implementation of MSMEs Policy in Edo

    Stakeholders in the Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSMEs) sub sector, have met to chart a path for implementation of the national MSMEs policy in Edo.The one-day event which held in Benin, was tagged: “Stalkhokders Dialogue on MSMEs Development and the Implementation of the National Policy on MSMEs” in Edo .

    Speaking at the event, Mr Onesi Lawani, the Deputy Director Policy, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), said the meeting was to create awareness and ownership of the national MSME policy in Edo.Lawani said the implementation of the national policy was to facilitate as well as sustain a vibrant MSMsE sub sector that would be the major driver of the nation’s economic growth.

    Also speaking, Markus Wauschkuhn, Head of Programme, Pro-poor Growth and Promotion of Employment in Nigeria (SEDIN), said that addressing issues facing MSMEs in Nigeria was the surest way to bridge the unemployment gap in the country.

    Wauschkuhn said the essence of the dialogue was, therefore, to strengthen coordination of activities done by the Federal and States MDAs as well as donor organisations, geared toward the development of MSMEs in the country.

    Represented by Akinropo Omoware, Head of Policy, SEDIN, Wauschkuhn said  “we believe that the forum will provide opportunity for stakeholders in the MSMEs eco-system in the state to interact on the key challenges, foster common understanding and proffer some solutions”.

    Also speaking, Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo, said that one could not underscore the fact that MSMEs were the engine of any economy, as they remained the largest employers of labour.

    “We have struck strategic collaboration with local amd international partners to ensure the promotion of the private sector in the state.

    ”The governor was represented by Hon Afishetu Braimoh, the Commissioner for Business, Trade and Cooperative in Edo.Earlier, the Director-General of the Benin Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, Mr John Imalingmhe, commended SEDIN’s support to MSMEs in the state.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was organised by SMEDAN in collaboration with the Edo State Ministry of Business, Trade and Cooperatives and the Edo State Skills Development Agency.

    The dialogue was  supported by SEDIN, a programme under the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ).


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  •  No fewer than 250 women and youth incubatees on Thursday graduated from the Federal Government Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprise in the Niger Delta LIFE ND agribusiness programme in Edo Speaking at the graduation ceremony in Benin the National Coordinator Mr Sanni Abiodun said that the project was in line with the president s vision for national food security especially in the Niger Delta The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the LIFE ND project in Edo was being funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development IFAD Federal Niger Delta Development Commission and Edo government NDDC Abiodun was represented by the Mrs Stella Manureh the representative of NDDC on the project He said that the federal government is promoting agriculture as an alternative source of foreign exchange earnings especially as the earnings from oil was dwindling He noted that the project was being implemented in Abia Akwa Ibom Bayelsa Cross River Delta Edo Imo Ondo State and Rivers In each state the project is designed to operate in 10 local government areas and in 10 communities in each local government Thus bringing the total number of participating local governments to 90 and participating communities to 900 The project is targeted at the unemployed youth between the age of 18 years and 35 years as well as women households with children less than15 years of age willing to engage in production processing and marketing The incubatees are engaged in four selected commodities of rice cassava fishery and poultry in Edo Today the project is graduating 250 incubatees from the first and second batches of incubatees who have undergone the incubation process he said Edo Commissioner of Agriculture and Food Security Stephen Idehenre in his goodwill massage congratulated the graduands Idehenre said that Gov Godwin Obaseki was passionate about the project noting that the governor had also executed various agricultural programmes aimed at reducing unemployment and ensuring food security In his welcome address the State Coordinator LIFE ND Jude Ekpu said that the project was being implemented in 10 local government area and in 100 communities in the state Ekpu explained that so far the project had engaged trained and empowered beneficiaries across 50 communities through the incubation model Mr Mavis Edogiawerie an incubatees who graduated from the fishery enterprise in Uteh community on behalf of other graduands thanked the federal government for the opportunity Highpoints of the event was the presentation of cash award to best graduating incubatees NewsSourceCredit NAN
    250 women, youth, graduates from FG LIFE-ND agric intervention project
     No fewer than 250 women and youth incubatees on Thursday graduated from the Federal Government Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprise in the Niger Delta LIFE ND agribusiness programme in Edo Speaking at the graduation ceremony in Benin the National Coordinator Mr Sanni Abiodun said that the project was in line with the president s vision for national food security especially in the Niger Delta The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the LIFE ND project in Edo was being funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development IFAD Federal Niger Delta Development Commission and Edo government NDDC Abiodun was represented by the Mrs Stella Manureh the representative of NDDC on the project He said that the federal government is promoting agriculture as an alternative source of foreign exchange earnings especially as the earnings from oil was dwindling He noted that the project was being implemented in Abia Akwa Ibom Bayelsa Cross River Delta Edo Imo Ondo State and Rivers In each state the project is designed to operate in 10 local government areas and in 10 communities in each local government Thus bringing the total number of participating local governments to 90 and participating communities to 900 The project is targeted at the unemployed youth between the age of 18 years and 35 years as well as women households with children less than15 years of age willing to engage in production processing and marketing The incubatees are engaged in four selected commodities of rice cassava fishery and poultry in Edo Today the project is graduating 250 incubatees from the first and second batches of incubatees who have undergone the incubation process he said Edo Commissioner of Agriculture and Food Security Stephen Idehenre in his goodwill massage congratulated the graduands Idehenre said that Gov Godwin Obaseki was passionate about the project noting that the governor had also executed various agricultural programmes aimed at reducing unemployment and ensuring food security In his welcome address the State Coordinator LIFE ND Jude Ekpu said that the project was being implemented in 10 local government area and in 100 communities in the state Ekpu explained that so far the project had engaged trained and empowered beneficiaries across 50 communities through the incubation model Mr Mavis Edogiawerie an incubatees who graduated from the fishery enterprise in Uteh community on behalf of other graduands thanked the federal government for the opportunity Highpoints of the event was the presentation of cash award to best graduating incubatees NewsSourceCredit NAN
    250 women, youth, graduates from FG LIFE-ND agric intervention project
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    250 women, youth, graduates from FG LIFE-ND agric intervention project

    No fewer than 250 women and youth incubatees on Thursday graduated from the Federal Government Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprise in the Niger Delta (LIFE-ND) agribusiness programme in Edo. Speaking at the graduation ceremony in Benin, the National Coordinator, Mr Sanni Abiodun, said that the project was in line with the president’s vision for national food security, especially in the Niger Delta.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the LIFE-ND project in Edo was being funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Federal, Niger Delta Development Commission and Edo government (NDDC).

    Abiodun was represented by the Mrs Stella Manureh, the representative of NDDC on the project.

    He said that the federal government “is promoting agriculture as an alternative source of foreign exchange earnings, especially as the earnings from oil was dwindling”.

    He noted that the project was being implemented in Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Imo, Ondo State and Rivers.

    “In each state, the project is designed to operate in 10 local government areas and in 10 communities in each local government.

    “Thus bringing the total number of participating local governments to 90 and participating communities to 900. “The project is targeted at the unemployed youth between the age of 18 years and 35 years as well as women households with children less than15 years of age, willing to engage in production, processing and marketing.

    “The incubatees are engaged in four selected commodities of rice, cassava, fishery and poultry in Edo. “Today, the project is graduating 250 incubatees from the first and second batches of incubatees who have undergone the incubation process,” he said.

    Edo Commissioner of Agriculture and Food Security Stephen Idehenre in his goodwill massage congratulated the graduands.

    Idehenre said that Gov. Godwin Obaseki was passionate about the project, noting that the governor had also executed various agricultural programmes aimed at reducing unemployment and ensuring food security.

    In his welcome address, the State Coordinator, LIFE-ND, Jude Ekpu said that the project was being implemented in 10 local government area and in 100 communities in the state.

    Ekpu explained that so far, the project had engaged, trained and empowered beneficiaries across 50 communities through the incubation model.

    Mr Mavis Edogiawerie, an incubatees who graduated from the fishery enterprise in Uteh community on behalf of other graduands, thanked the federal government for the opportunity.

    Highpoints of the event was the presentation of cash award to best graduating incubatees.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Edo Government has taken over land measuring 1 229 hectares on the Irhirhi Obazagbon Ogheghe Road Benin for the development of a new town Mr Crusoe Osagie Special Adviser on Media Projects to Gov Godwin Obaseki said this in a statement on Thursday in Benin Osagie said the state government acquired the land in 2017 for the new town project but it was encroached upon by land speculators He explained that the area repossessed used to be a forest reserve at the time of government s acquisition The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state government declared a 24 hour curfew in the area on Wednesday to make way for the exercise According to Osagie the repossession is part of Gov Obaseki s renewed campaign against land grabbing to restore sanity in land administration in the state NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Edo reposses 1,229 hectares of land illegally acquired by land grabbers.
     Edo Government has taken over land measuring 1 229 hectares on the Irhirhi Obazagbon Ogheghe Road Benin for the development of a new town Mr Crusoe Osagie Special Adviser on Media Projects to Gov Godwin Obaseki said this in a statement on Thursday in Benin Osagie said the state government acquired the land in 2017 for the new town project but it was encroached upon by land speculators He explained that the area repossessed used to be a forest reserve at the time of government s acquisition The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state government declared a 24 hour curfew in the area on Wednesday to make way for the exercise According to Osagie the repossession is part of Gov Obaseki s renewed campaign against land grabbing to restore sanity in land administration in the state NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Edo reposses 1,229 hectares of land illegally acquired by land grabbers.
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    Edo reposses 1,229 hectares of land illegally acquired by land grabbers.

    Edo Government has taken over land measuring 1,229 hectares on the Irhirhi-Obazagbon-Ogheghe Road, Benin for the development of a new town.

    Mr Crusoe Osagie, Special Adviser on Media Projects to Gov. Godwin Obaseki, said this in a statement on Thursday in Benin.

    Osagie said the state government acquired the land in 2017 for the new town project but it was encroached upon by land speculators.

    He explained that the area repossessed used to be a forest reserve at the time of government’s acquisition.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state government declared a 24-hour curfew in the area on Wednesday to make way for the exercise.

    According to Osagie, the repossession is part of Gov. Obaseki’s renewed campaign against land-grabbing to restore sanity in land administration in the state.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Dr Ernest Umakhihe says the Nigeria s Livestock subsector has huge economic potentials worth more than N33 trillion annually that ought to be explored Umakhihe said this at the inauguration of the Edo chapter of Animal Science Association of Nigeria ASAN held on Monday in Benin He noted that the subsector was estimated to contribute about 17 per cent of the Agricultural Gross Domestic Product GDP and 5 per cent of the National GDP As we all know the livestock sector is very vital to the socioeconomic development of the country and it represents an important source of high quality animal protein It provides about 36 5 per cent of the total protein intake of Nigerians generates employment income and earns foreign exchange for the country The Edo government through the ministry of Agriculture and Food Security is interested in improving livestock production hence the creation of animal husbandry department in the ministry I urge you all to take advantage of this department to explore the huge potential in the animal husbandry subsector he said Also speaking the Registrar of the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science NIAS Prof Eustace Iyayi commended the state government for creating a department of animal husbandry As an institute we are going to key into the mandate of helping the state grow livestock to harness the potential in the sector I am confident that at a time when the Nigeria s oil industry is failing we will be able to tap into the N33 trillion huge potential earnings in the value chain he said The National President of ASAN Raymond Isiadiino in his goodwill massage applauded the initiative to inaugurate the Edo chapter of the association Isiadiino noted that in face of daunting challenges the association had made landmark contributions to the advancement of the sub sector and projected the animal scientist as a professional with unlimited potential The Special Adviser to Gov Godwin Obaseki on Livestock Mr Bashiru Kadiri commended the initiative to inaugurate the Edo chapter of ASAN Kadiri said no system can develop if we do not define who plays what role and how According to him the governor believes that the livestock and the entire animal husbandry must thrive hence the implementation of the Edo state livestock initiative programme in the state Highpoints of the event was the inauguration of the ASAN state executives to be chaired by Mr Peter Aikhuomobhgbe NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Livestock sector capable of generating N33 trn annually – FG
     The Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Dr Ernest Umakhihe says the Nigeria s Livestock subsector has huge economic potentials worth more than N33 trillion annually that ought to be explored Umakhihe said this at the inauguration of the Edo chapter of Animal Science Association of Nigeria ASAN held on Monday in Benin He noted that the subsector was estimated to contribute about 17 per cent of the Agricultural Gross Domestic Product GDP and 5 per cent of the National GDP As we all know the livestock sector is very vital to the socioeconomic development of the country and it represents an important source of high quality animal protein It provides about 36 5 per cent of the total protein intake of Nigerians generates employment income and earns foreign exchange for the country The Edo government through the ministry of Agriculture and Food Security is interested in improving livestock production hence the creation of animal husbandry department in the ministry I urge you all to take advantage of this department to explore the huge potential in the animal husbandry subsector he said Also speaking the Registrar of the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science NIAS Prof Eustace Iyayi commended the state government for creating a department of animal husbandry As an institute we are going to key into the mandate of helping the state grow livestock to harness the potential in the sector I am confident that at a time when the Nigeria s oil industry is failing we will be able to tap into the N33 trillion huge potential earnings in the value chain he said The National President of ASAN Raymond Isiadiino in his goodwill massage applauded the initiative to inaugurate the Edo chapter of the association Isiadiino noted that in face of daunting challenges the association had made landmark contributions to the advancement of the sub sector and projected the animal scientist as a professional with unlimited potential The Special Adviser to Gov Godwin Obaseki on Livestock Mr Bashiru Kadiri commended the initiative to inaugurate the Edo chapter of ASAN Kadiri said no system can develop if we do not define who plays what role and how According to him the governor believes that the livestock and the entire animal husbandry must thrive hence the implementation of the Edo state livestock initiative programme in the state Highpoints of the event was the inauguration of the ASAN state executives to be chaired by Mr Peter Aikhuomobhgbe NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Livestock sector capable of generating N33 trn annually – FG
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    Livestock sector capable of generating N33 trn annually – FG

    The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Ernest Umakhihe, says the Nigeria’s Livestock subsector has huge economic potentials worth more than N33 trillion annually that ought to be explored.

    Umakhihe said this at the inauguration of the Edo chapter of Animal Science Association of Nigeria (ASAN) held on Monday in Benin.

    He noted that the subsector was estimated to contribute about 17 per cent of the Agricultural Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 5 per cent of the National GDP.

    “As we all know the livestock sector is very vital to the socioeconomic development of the country and it represents an important source of high-quality animal protein.

    “It provides about 36.5 per cent of the total protein intake of Nigerians, generates employment, income, and earns foreign exchange for the country.

    “The Edo government through the ministry of Agriculture and Food Security is interested in improving livestock production hence, the creation of animal husbandry department in the ministry.

    “I urge you all to take advantage of this department to explore the huge potential in the animal husbandry subsector,” he said.

    Also speaking, the Registrar of the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS), Prof.Eustace Iyayi,  commended the state government for creating a department of animal husbandry.

    “As an institute, we are going to key into the mandate of helping the state grow livestock to harness the potential in the sector.

    “I am confident that at a time when the Nigeria’s oil industry is failing, we will be able to tap into the N33 trillion huge potential earnings in the value chain,” he said.

    The National President of ASAN, Raymond Isiadiino, in his goodwill massage, applauded the initiative to inaugurate the Edo chapter of the association.

    Isiadiino noted that in face of daunting challenges, the association had made landmark contributions to the advancement of the sub-sector and projected the animal scientist as a professional with unlimited potential.

    The Special Adviser to Gov. Godwin Obaseki on Livestock, Mr Bashiru Kadiri, commended the initiative to inaugurate the Edo chapter of ASAN Kadiri said: ” no system can develop if we do not define who plays what role and how”.

    According to him, the governor believes that the livestock and the entire animal husbandry must thrive hence, the implementation of the Edo state livestock initiative programme in the state.

    Highpoints of the event was the inauguration of the ASAN state executives to be chaired by Mr Peter Aikhuomobhgbe.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  THE out of court settlement embarked upon by parties in a N5 billion libel suit instituted by the immediate past Resident Electoral Commission REC in Akwa Ibom Mike Igini has failed in a Benin High Court presided over by Justice Vestee Eboreime The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Igini had dragged retired Col David Imuse and two others to court over a media report where the Edo APC chairman allegedly accused the former REC of receiving bribe from Gov Godwin Obaseki ahead of the 2020 governorship election in Edo Also joined in the suit are the African Newspapers of Nigeria PLC publishers of the Tribune titles of Newspapers and the Sun Publishing Ltd publishers of the Sun titles of Newspapers Counsel to Imuse Austin Osarenkhoe had at the last adjournment on Aug 4 made an oral application for the out of court settlement However on the resumed hearing on Monday Clement Onwuwuenor SAN counsel to the Igini told the court that an agreement could not be reached as settlement broke down due to unsatisfactory terms of resolutions brought forth by Imuse the first defendant in the case Consequent to the collapse of this alternative dispute resolution counsel to the three defendants had to proceed with cross examination of Igini who had earlier been led on evidence and presented his exhibits at the last hearing Igini under the cross examination admitted that the newspapers sought his reaction before they published but noted that the reaction was not enough to malign his integrity On an application for extension of time to file statement of defence by the APC Chairman Justice Eboreime ordered the first defendant to file his defence within 48 hours having defaulted in the process The judge awarded a cost N50 000 against the defendant to the claimant for the defaulting the earlier order of the court on the statement of defence The judge adjourned until Nov 15 and Nov 16 for continuation of hearing Speaking to newsmen later Igini s Counsel Onwuwuenor said negotiations for the out of settlement broke down because Imuse failed to offer substantial proposal but noted however his client was still open to settlement out of court Osarenkhoe on his own said his client could not meet the terms of settlement gave by the claimant because they were too stringent Osarenkhoe however noted that both parties were still disposed to settlement NewsSourceCredit NAN
    N5bn libel suit: Out of court settlement fails, as court adjourns until Nov. 15
     THE out of court settlement embarked upon by parties in a N5 billion libel suit instituted by the immediate past Resident Electoral Commission REC in Akwa Ibom Mike Igini has failed in a Benin High Court presided over by Justice Vestee Eboreime The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Igini had dragged retired Col David Imuse and two others to court over a media report where the Edo APC chairman allegedly accused the former REC of receiving bribe from Gov Godwin Obaseki ahead of the 2020 governorship election in Edo Also joined in the suit are the African Newspapers of Nigeria PLC publishers of the Tribune titles of Newspapers and the Sun Publishing Ltd publishers of the Sun titles of Newspapers Counsel to Imuse Austin Osarenkhoe had at the last adjournment on Aug 4 made an oral application for the out of court settlement However on the resumed hearing on Monday Clement Onwuwuenor SAN counsel to the Igini told the court that an agreement could not be reached as settlement broke down due to unsatisfactory terms of resolutions brought forth by Imuse the first defendant in the case Consequent to the collapse of this alternative dispute resolution counsel to the three defendants had to proceed with cross examination of Igini who had earlier been led on evidence and presented his exhibits at the last hearing Igini under the cross examination admitted that the newspapers sought his reaction before they published but noted that the reaction was not enough to malign his integrity On an application for extension of time to file statement of defence by the APC Chairman Justice Eboreime ordered the first defendant to file his defence within 48 hours having defaulted in the process The judge awarded a cost N50 000 against the defendant to the claimant for the defaulting the earlier order of the court on the statement of defence The judge adjourned until Nov 15 and Nov 16 for continuation of hearing Speaking to newsmen later Igini s Counsel Onwuwuenor said negotiations for the out of settlement broke down because Imuse failed to offer substantial proposal but noted however his client was still open to settlement out of court Osarenkhoe on his own said his client could not meet the terms of settlement gave by the claimant because they were too stringent Osarenkhoe however noted that both parties were still disposed to settlement NewsSourceCredit NAN
    N5bn libel suit: Out of court settlement fails, as court adjourns until Nov. 15
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    N5bn libel suit: Out of court settlement fails, as court adjourns until Nov. 15

    THE out-of-court settlement embarked upon by parties in a  N5 billion libel suit instituted by the immediate past Resident Electoral Commission (REC) in Akwa Ibom, Mike Igini, has failed in a Benin High Court presided over by Justice Vestee Eboreime The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Igini had dragged retired Col. David Imuse and two others to court over a media report where the Edo APC chairman allegedly accused the former REC of receiving bribe from Gov. Godwin Obaseki ahead of the 2020 governorship election in Edo. Also joined in the suit are the African Newspapers of Nigeria PLC, publishers of the Tribune titles of Newspapers and the Sun Publishing Ltd, publishers of the Sun titles of Newspapers.

    Counsel to Imuse, Austin Osarenkhoe had at the last adjournment on Aug. 4 made an oral application for the out-of-court settlement.

    However, on the resumed hearing on Monday, Clement Onwuwuenor, SAN,  counsel to the Igini, told the court that an agreement could not be reached as settlement broke down due to unsatisfactory terms of resolutions brought forth by Imuse, the first defendant in the case.

    Consequent to the collapse of this alternative dispute resolution, counsel to the three defendants had to proceed with cross-examination of Igini, who had earlier been led on evidence and presented his exhibits at the last hearing.

    Igini under the cross-examination admitted that the newspapers sought his reaction before they published, but noted that the reaction was not enough to malign his integrity.

    On an application for extension of time to file statement of defence by the APC Chairman, Justice Eboreime ordered the first defendant to file his defence within 48 hours, having defaulted in the process.

    The judge awarded a cost N50,000 against the defendant to the claimant for the defaulting the earlier order of the court on the statement of defence.

    The judge adjourned until Nov. 15 and  Nov. 16 for continuation of hearing.

    Speaking to newsmen later, Igini’s Counsel, Onwuwuenor, said negotiations for the out-of-settlement broke down because Imuse failed to offer substantial proposal, but noted, however, his client was still open to settlement out of court.

    Osarenkhoe on his own said, his client could not meet the terms of settlement gave by the claimant because they were too stringent.

    Osarenkhoe, however, noted that both parties were still disposed to settlement.


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  •  The Speaker Edo Youth Parliament Osawemwenhio Uwagboe on Thursday urged Gov Godwin Obaseki to embark on infrastructure development of Uvbe Egbede community in Uhunmwonde Local Government Area of the state Uwagboe made the call in Benin after receiving report of an investigation from the office of his Special Assistant on Community Engagement The speaker said the community needed rapid infrastructural development to improve the standard of living of the people He said he was reliably informed that the community had suffered neglect from successive governments for years According to him the people of the community are basically farmers who find it difficult to convey their farm produce to the markets due to bad roads The chief parliamentarian said in this modern time most communities now drank borehole water and that it was unfortunate that Uvbe Egbede community did not have a single borehole built by the the state or local government according to the traditional ruler of the community The inhabitants of the community have made efforts to put the schools in their community in good shape for the past years but for now the cost of maintaining them is heartbreaking he said adding that they can no longer shoulder the burden The healthcare centre jointly built by the European Union and the community spearheaded by the community head in 2008 also needs urgent renovation as it is now dilapidated Besides the Uvbe market there is a major earth road that links the community to the Benin Abraka road and that if tarred will ease the stress of traveling between Edo and Delta States through Uvbe Egbede Egbede Primary School was established in 1921 and the Egbede Grammar School have been shadow of themselves and need a rapid renovation as it used to be a centre for academic excellence he said The speaker further cried that the community has not had light for the past three years due to a faulty transformer located at Oghada He therefore appealed for urgent actions and make life meaningful for the inhabitants of the community I am using this medium to solicit the help of the State Governor His Excellency Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki to make confirmation of this report and consider these projects in the next state s budget he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Edo Youth Parliament Speaker makes case for Uvbe-Egbede community
     The Speaker Edo Youth Parliament Osawemwenhio Uwagboe on Thursday urged Gov Godwin Obaseki to embark on infrastructure development of Uvbe Egbede community in Uhunmwonde Local Government Area of the state Uwagboe made the call in Benin after receiving report of an investigation from the office of his Special Assistant on Community Engagement The speaker said the community needed rapid infrastructural development to improve the standard of living of the people He said he was reliably informed that the community had suffered neglect from successive governments for years According to him the people of the community are basically farmers who find it difficult to convey their farm produce to the markets due to bad roads The chief parliamentarian said in this modern time most communities now drank borehole water and that it was unfortunate that Uvbe Egbede community did not have a single borehole built by the the state or local government according to the traditional ruler of the community The inhabitants of the community have made efforts to put the schools in their community in good shape for the past years but for now the cost of maintaining them is heartbreaking he said adding that they can no longer shoulder the burden The healthcare centre jointly built by the European Union and the community spearheaded by the community head in 2008 also needs urgent renovation as it is now dilapidated Besides the Uvbe market there is a major earth road that links the community to the Benin Abraka road and that if tarred will ease the stress of traveling between Edo and Delta States through Uvbe Egbede Egbede Primary School was established in 1921 and the Egbede Grammar School have been shadow of themselves and need a rapid renovation as it used to be a centre for academic excellence he said The speaker further cried that the community has not had light for the past three years due to a faulty transformer located at Oghada He therefore appealed for urgent actions and make life meaningful for the inhabitants of the community I am using this medium to solicit the help of the State Governor His Excellency Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki to make confirmation of this report and consider these projects in the next state s budget he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Edo Youth Parliament Speaker makes case for Uvbe-Egbede community
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    Edo Youth Parliament Speaker makes case for Uvbe-Egbede community

    The Speaker, Edo Youth Parliament, Osawemwenhio Uwagboe, on Thursday urged Gov. Godwin Obaseki to embark on infrastructure development of Uvbe-Egbede community in Uhunmwonde Local Government Area of the state.

    Uwagboe made the call in Benin after receiving report of an investigation from the office of his Special Assistant on Community Engagement.

    The speaker said the community needed rapid infrastructural development to improve the standard of living of the people.

    He said he was reliably informed that the community had suffered neglect from successive governments for years.

    According to him, the people of the community are basically farmers who find it difficult to convey their farm produce to the markets due to bad roads.

    The chief parliamentarian said in this modern time, most communities now drank borehole water and that it was unfortunate that Uvbe-Egbede community did not have a single borehole built by the the state or local government, according to the traditional ruler of the community.

    “The inhabitants of the community have made efforts to put the schools in their community in good shape for the past years but for now, the cost of maintaining them is heartbreaking,” he said, adding that they can no longer shoulder the burden.

    “The healthcare centre jointly built by the European Union and the community spearheaded by the community head in 2008, also needs urgent renovation as it is now dilapidated.

    “Besides the Uvbe market, there is a major earth road that links the community to the Benin-Abraka road and that if tarred, will ease the stress of traveling between Edo and Delta States through Uvbe-Egbede.

    “Egbede Primary School was established in 1921 and the Egbede Grammar School have been shadow of themselves and need a rapid renovation as it used to be a centre for academic excellence,” he said.

    The speaker further cried that the community has not had light for the past three years due to a faulty transformer located at Oghada.

    He therefore appealed for urgent actions and make life meaningful for the inhabitants of the community.

    “I am using this medium to solicit the help of the State Governor, His Excellency Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki, to make confirmation of this report and consider these projects in the next state’s budget,” he said.


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  •  The Edo Government has promised to reward outstanding teachers to further boost education in the state The state s Deputy Governor Chief Philip Shaibu said the state government is watching the performance of the teachers with a view to appreciating their hardwork Shaibu disclosed this on Friday in Benin at the closing of technology based training and induction of 1 446 teachers into the EdoBEST the education reform programme of the state According to him the state will also not hesitate to mete out necessary sanctions to any teacher found wanting in responsibility The deputy governor charged the new digitally trained teachers to go back and fill the gaps in the junior secondary and the hard to reach primary schools in the state This he said was in line with the administration s education reform programme and the implementation of disarticulation strategy I am sure the past 10 days of training have been rigorous and challenging and well worth it because no investment is too great in seeking to improve learning outcomes for our Edo children and ensuring that teachers are placed in every class and for a wider range of subject specifications With you we have accomplished this Thank you Education is the bedrock for development of any civilised people we are therefore hopeful that the training you received here will redefine teaching and learning Not just for you but also for over 32 000 additional Edo children in junior secondary and primary schools in whose hands the future of our dear state lies Now you have the capability to deliver lessons in more structured more encouraging and impactful ways you have no reason to fail Gov Godwin Obaseki has declared that for us as a state under EdoBEST 2 0 the emphasis has shifted to the provision of Quality Education at all levels As your new journey begins I must remind you that you have been entrusted with the responsibility of building the lives that will define tomorrow said Shaibu Earlier Mrs Ozavize Salami the Executive Chairman Edo State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB said the training was a landmark achievement for the board Salami said she was optimistic that the deliberate investment in teachers through professional development programmes would lead to measurable improvement in the learning outcomes of all students located in urban rural or even hard to reach areas NewsSourceCredit NAN
    EdoBEST: Govt pledges reward for outstanding teachers 
     The Edo Government has promised to reward outstanding teachers to further boost education in the state The state s Deputy Governor Chief Philip Shaibu said the state government is watching the performance of the teachers with a view to appreciating their hardwork Shaibu disclosed this on Friday in Benin at the closing of technology based training and induction of 1 446 teachers into the EdoBEST the education reform programme of the state According to him the state will also not hesitate to mete out necessary sanctions to any teacher found wanting in responsibility The deputy governor charged the new digitally trained teachers to go back and fill the gaps in the junior secondary and the hard to reach primary schools in the state This he said was in line with the administration s education reform programme and the implementation of disarticulation strategy I am sure the past 10 days of training have been rigorous and challenging and well worth it because no investment is too great in seeking to improve learning outcomes for our Edo children and ensuring that teachers are placed in every class and for a wider range of subject specifications With you we have accomplished this Thank you Education is the bedrock for development of any civilised people we are therefore hopeful that the training you received here will redefine teaching and learning Not just for you but also for over 32 000 additional Edo children in junior secondary and primary schools in whose hands the future of our dear state lies Now you have the capability to deliver lessons in more structured more encouraging and impactful ways you have no reason to fail Gov Godwin Obaseki has declared that for us as a state under EdoBEST 2 0 the emphasis has shifted to the provision of Quality Education at all levels As your new journey begins I must remind you that you have been entrusted with the responsibility of building the lives that will define tomorrow said Shaibu Earlier Mrs Ozavize Salami the Executive Chairman Edo State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB said the training was a landmark achievement for the board Salami said she was optimistic that the deliberate investment in teachers through professional development programmes would lead to measurable improvement in the learning outcomes of all students located in urban rural or even hard to reach areas NewsSourceCredit NAN
    EdoBEST: Govt pledges reward for outstanding teachers 
    Education4 weeks ago

    EdoBEST: Govt pledges reward for outstanding teachers 

    The Edo Government has promised to reward outstanding teachers to further boost education in the state.

    The state’s Deputy Governor, Chief Philip Shaibu, said the state government is watching the performance of the teachers with a view to appreciating their hardwork.

    Shaibu disclosed this on Friday in Benin at the closing of technology-based training and induction of 1,446 teachers into the EdoBEST, the education reform programme of the state.

    According to him, the state will also not hesitate to mete out necessary sanctions to any teacher found wanting in responsibility.

    The deputy governor charged the new digitally trained teachers to go back and fill the gaps in the junior secondary and the hard-to-reach primary schools in the state.

    This, he said, was in line with the administration’s education reform programme and the implementation of disarticulation strategy.

    “I am sure the past 10-days of training have been rigorous and challenging and well worth it because no investment is too great in seeking to improve learning outcomes for our Edo children and ensuring that teachers are placed in every class and for a wider range of subject specifications.

    “With you, we have accomplished this.

    Thank you.

    Education is the bedrock for development of any civilised people, we are therefore hopeful that the training you received here will redefine teaching and learning.

    “Not just for you, but also for over 32,000 additional Edo children in junior secondary and primary schools, in whose hands the future of our dear state lies.

    “Now, you have the capability to deliver lessons in more structured, more encouraging and impactful ways, you have no reason to fail.

    “Gov. Godwin Obaseki has declared that for us as a state, under EdoBEST 2.0, the emphasis has shifted to the provision of Quality Education at all levels.

    “As your new journey begins, I must remind you that you have been entrusted with the responsibility of building the lives that will define tomorrow,” said Shaibu.

    Earlier, Mrs Ozavize Salami, the Executive Chairman, Edo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), said the training was a landmark achievement for the board.

    Salami said she was optimistic that the deliberate investment in teachers through professional development programmes would lead to measurable improvement in the learning outcomes of all students located in urban, rural or even hard-to-reach areas.  


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  •  The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN says it will continue to create opportunities for MSMEs to penetrate local and international markets The Director General of SMEDAN Olawale Fasanya said this at the opening of the Micro Small and Medium Scale Enterprises MSMEs Opportunity Fair 2022 in Benin on Wednesday Fasanya said lack of access to market was one of the challenges that was preventing MSMEs from expanding as well as being competitive The idea of the Opportunity Fair is to impact MSMEs It is a way to assist them to access market technology finance networking capacity building If all these are put in place it means their businesses will run better He said the fair was a one stop shop to solve the challenges of MSMEs as the different regulatory and business promotion bodies as well as financial institutions were on ground to provide support Also speaking Gov Godwin Obaseki of Edo said that one could not underscore the fact that MSMEs were the engine of any economy as they remained the largest employers of labour Obaseki said the theme for the Fair Expanding Market Access for Nigerian MSMEs reinforced his administration s objectives to partner with private sector to promote enterprise and skills development in the state In Edo we have been intentional in creating the right atmosphere for the development of small businesses which have been anchored on the state skills development drive The governor was represented by Hon Afishetu Braimoh the Commissioner for Industry Trade and Cooperative in Edo The governor urged MSMEs owners attending the Fair to leverage the platform provided to showcase their products services and innovation Speaking in his capacity as Commissioner Braimoh said the state had initiated a project tagged Farm to Table where 20 made in Edo products would be promoted to the shelter of top shops in the state Braimoh said that the Fair would help MSMEs tackle challenges of lack of market information access to market as well as harnessing of export potential Represented by Mrs Evelyn Imode the Director Trade and Promotion in the ministry the Commissioner said this exhibition is a clarion call on all Edo people to improve their patronage of goods and services made in the state MSMEs activities in the state range from processing to production of consumer goods from supply of input to the real estate distribution and creative industries among others In her remarks wife of Edo Governor Mrs Betsy Obaseki who declared the Fair opened commended the organisers as well as sponsors for providing an opportunity for MSMEs to grow their businesses Obaseki said that Edo government was passionate about the growth and sustainability of MSMES noting that the Production Hub in the state had provided a space for businesses to enjoy minimum cost of production NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SMEDAN, Edo Govt, reteriate commitment to promote market access for MSMEs
     The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN says it will continue to create opportunities for MSMEs to penetrate local and international markets The Director General of SMEDAN Olawale Fasanya said this at the opening of the Micro Small and Medium Scale Enterprises MSMEs Opportunity Fair 2022 in Benin on Wednesday Fasanya said lack of access to market was one of the challenges that was preventing MSMEs from expanding as well as being competitive The idea of the Opportunity Fair is to impact MSMEs It is a way to assist them to access market technology finance networking capacity building If all these are put in place it means their businesses will run better He said the fair was a one stop shop to solve the challenges of MSMEs as the different regulatory and business promotion bodies as well as financial institutions were on ground to provide support Also speaking Gov Godwin Obaseki of Edo said that one could not underscore the fact that MSMEs were the engine of any economy as they remained the largest employers of labour Obaseki said the theme for the Fair Expanding Market Access for Nigerian MSMEs reinforced his administration s objectives to partner with private sector to promote enterprise and skills development in the state In Edo we have been intentional in creating the right atmosphere for the development of small businesses which have been anchored on the state skills development drive The governor was represented by Hon Afishetu Braimoh the Commissioner for Industry Trade and Cooperative in Edo The governor urged MSMEs owners attending the Fair to leverage the platform provided to showcase their products services and innovation Speaking in his capacity as Commissioner Braimoh said the state had initiated a project tagged Farm to Table where 20 made in Edo products would be promoted to the shelter of top shops in the state Braimoh said that the Fair would help MSMEs tackle challenges of lack of market information access to market as well as harnessing of export potential Represented by Mrs Evelyn Imode the Director Trade and Promotion in the ministry the Commissioner said this exhibition is a clarion call on all Edo people to improve their patronage of goods and services made in the state MSMEs activities in the state range from processing to production of consumer goods from supply of input to the real estate distribution and creative industries among others In her remarks wife of Edo Governor Mrs Betsy Obaseki who declared the Fair opened commended the organisers as well as sponsors for providing an opportunity for MSMEs to grow their businesses Obaseki said that Edo government was passionate about the growth and sustainability of MSMES noting that the Production Hub in the state had provided a space for businesses to enjoy minimum cost of production NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SMEDAN, Edo Govt, reteriate commitment to promote market access for MSMEs
    Economy4 weeks ago

    SMEDAN, Edo Govt, reteriate commitment to promote market access for MSMEs

    The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), says it will continue to create opportunities for MSMEs to penetrate local and international markets.

    The Director-General of SMEDAN, Olawale Fasanya, said this at the opening of the Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSMEs)  Opportunity Fair 2022 in Benin on Wednesday.

    Fasanya said lack of access to market was one of the challenges that was preventing MSMEs from expanding as well as being competitive.

    “The idea of the Opportunity Fair is to impact MSMEs, It is a way to assist them to access market, technology, finance, networking, capacity building.

    “If all these are put in place, it means their businesses will run better.

    ” He said the fair was a one -stop shop to solve the challenges of MSMEs as the different regulatory and business promotion bodies as well as financial institutions were on ground to provide support.

    Also speaking, Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo, said that one could not underscore the fact that MSMEs were the engine of any economy, as they remained the largest employers of labour.

    Obaseki said the theme for the Fair, ‘Expanding Market Access for Nigerian MSMEs’, reinforced his administration’s objectives to partner with private sector to promote enterprise and skills development in the state.

    ”‘In Edo, we have been intentional in creating the right atmosphere for the development of small businesses, which have been anchored on the state skills development drive.

    ” The governor was represented by Hon Afishetu Braimoh, the Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Cooperative in Edo. The governor urged MSMEs owners attending the Fair to leverage the platform provided to showcase their products, services and innovation.

    Speaking in his capacity as Commissioner,  Braimoh said the state had initiated a project tagged “Farm to Table” where 20 made in Edo products would be promoted to the shelter of top shops in the state.

    Braimoh said that the Fair would help MSMEs tackle challenges of lack of market information, access to market as well as harnessing of export potential.

    Represented by Mrs Evelyn Imode, the Director, Trade and Promotion in the ministry, the Commissioner said, “this exhibition is a clarion call on all Edo people to improve their patronage of goods and services made in the state.

    ” “MSMEs activities in the state range from processing to production of consumer goods, from supply of input to the real estate, distribution, and creative industries, among others.

    ” In her remarks, wife of Edo Governor, Mrs Betsy Obaseki, who declared the Fair opened, commended the organisers as well as sponsors for providing an opportunity for MSMEs to grow their businesses.

    Obaseki said that Edo government was passionate about the growth and sustainability of MSMES, noting that the Production Hub in the state had provided a space for businesses to enjoy minimum cost of production.


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  •  Mr Moses Uadiale candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP for Esan North East Constituency I in Edo House of Assembly has protested the substitution of his name The candidate registered his protest while speaking with newsmen in Benin on Sunday Uadiale who claimed to have won the party s primaries conducted on May 22 wondered why the party failed to issue him Certificate of Return along with others He alleged that his name was replaced on the list of candidates of the state chapter of the party who were presented the certificates on Wednesday in Benin He urged the party leadership to urgently see to it that he was not deprived of his right I happened to be the candidate elect for the party and when the nomination forms were given I was called to come for the form at the secretariat but on getting there I discovered my name has been replaced I tried everything possible to get the form but to no avail I consulted leaders across the state I got in touch with the speaker state House of Assembly and other members to ensure I got the form I wrote letters through my lawyer to the state chairman went to his house and begged him to let me know the reason my name was changed When information came that they would present the certificates I went there hoping that this would have been resolved for the fact that I have consulted a lot of people before but I discovered the name has been changed They replaced my name with a guy that never contested the primaries I was in Obaseki s camp he was not part of the process He did not contest the primaries with us but with another faction Unfortunately he was given the certificate to replace my candidature I asked for the reason but nobody was ready to explain to me I contested the primary election and won I have my result sheet I have video clips I have every document to prove that I was the authentic candidate produced at the primaries I am pleading and appealing to the state chairman because I know him to be a good man he has been piloting the affairs of the party in the state in a way we all appreciate He should not allow himself to be used because it will be unfair for a man like me that have fought for the party to be deprived of my right he said Uadiale said that he might be forced to seek legal action ahould the party fail to do the needful When contacted the state party chairman Dr Tony Aziegbemi said the certificates of return given out did not emanate from him but was given to him to present Edo PDP does not print certificates of return It was given to me and what was given to me was what I gave out he stated The Edo chapter of the PDP are enmeshed in legal battle over whose faction of the party the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC should recognise their candidates The party members in the state are polarised between Gov Godwin Obaseki and the South South Vice chairman Mr Dan Orbih NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Edo PDP candidate protests substitution of name
     Mr Moses Uadiale candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP for Esan North East Constituency I in Edo House of Assembly has protested the substitution of his name The candidate registered his protest while speaking with newsmen in Benin on Sunday Uadiale who claimed to have won the party s primaries conducted on May 22 wondered why the party failed to issue him Certificate of Return along with others He alleged that his name was replaced on the list of candidates of the state chapter of the party who were presented the certificates on Wednesday in Benin He urged the party leadership to urgently see to it that he was not deprived of his right I happened to be the candidate elect for the party and when the nomination forms were given I was called to come for the form at the secretariat but on getting there I discovered my name has been replaced I tried everything possible to get the form but to no avail I consulted leaders across the state I got in touch with the speaker state House of Assembly and other members to ensure I got the form I wrote letters through my lawyer to the state chairman went to his house and begged him to let me know the reason my name was changed When information came that they would present the certificates I went there hoping that this would have been resolved for the fact that I have consulted a lot of people before but I discovered the name has been changed They replaced my name with a guy that never contested the primaries I was in Obaseki s camp he was not part of the process He did not contest the primaries with us but with another faction Unfortunately he was given the certificate to replace my candidature I asked for the reason but nobody was ready to explain to me I contested the primary election and won I have my result sheet I have video clips I have every document to prove that I was the authentic candidate produced at the primaries I am pleading and appealing to the state chairman because I know him to be a good man he has been piloting the affairs of the party in the state in a way we all appreciate He should not allow himself to be used because it will be unfair for a man like me that have fought for the party to be deprived of my right he said Uadiale said that he might be forced to seek legal action ahould the party fail to do the needful When contacted the state party chairman Dr Tony Aziegbemi said the certificates of return given out did not emanate from him but was given to him to present Edo PDP does not print certificates of return It was given to me and what was given to me was what I gave out he stated The Edo chapter of the PDP are enmeshed in legal battle over whose faction of the party the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC should recognise their candidates The party members in the state are polarised between Gov Godwin Obaseki and the South South Vice chairman Mr Dan Orbih NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Edo PDP candidate protests substitution of name
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    Edo PDP candidate protests substitution of name

    Mr Moses Uadiale, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Esan North East Constituency I in Edo House of Assembly, has protested the substitution of his name.

    The candidate registered his protest while speaking with newsmen in Benin on Sunday.

    Uadiale who claimed to have won the party’s primaries conducted on May 22, wondered why the party failed to issue him Certificate of Return along with others.

    He alleged that his name was replaced on the list of candidates of the state chapter of the party who were presented the certificates on Wednesday in Benin.

    He urged the party leadership to urgently see to it that he was not deprived of his right.

    “I happened to be the candidate-elect for the party and when the nomination forms were given, I was called to come for the form at the secretariat, but on getting there, I discovered my name has been replaced.

    “I tried everything possible to get the form, but to no avail.

    I consulted leaders across the state; I got in touch with the speaker, state House of Assembly and other members to ensure I got the form.

    “I wrote letters through my lawyer to the state chairman, went to his house and begged him to let me know the reason my name was changed.

    “When information came that they would present the certificates, I went there hoping that this would have been resolved for the fact that I have consulted a lot of people before, but I discovered the name has been changed.

    “They replaced my name with a guy that never contested the primaries.

    I was in Obaseki’s camp; he was not part of the process.

    He did not contest the primaries with us but with another faction.

    “Unfortunately, he was given the certificate to replace my candidature.

    I asked for the reason, but nobody was ready to explain to me.

    I contested the primary election and won.

    “I have my result sheet, I have video clips, I have every document to prove that I was the authentic candidate produced at the primaries.

    “I am pleading and appealing to the state chairman because I know him to be a good man, he has been piloting the affairs of the party in the state in a way we all appreciate.

    “He should not allow himself to be used, because it will be unfair for a man like me that have fought for the party to be deprived of my right,” he said.

    Uadiale said that he might be forced to seek legal action ahould the party fail to do the needful.

    When contacted, the state party chairman, Dr. Tony Aziegbemi, said the certificates of return given out did not emanate from him but was given to him to present.

    “Edo PDP does not print certificates of return.

    It was given to me and what was given to me was what I gave out,” he stated.

    The Edo chapter of the PDP are enmeshed in legal battle over whose faction of the party the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should recognise their candidates.

    The party members in the state are polarised between Gov. Godwin Obaseki and the South South Vice chairman, Mr Dan Orbih.


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