The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) is holding an opportunity fair for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Plateau, to explore untapped opportunities in the non-oil sector.
Speaking at the event on Tuesday in Jos, Mr Olawale Fasanya, the Director-General of SMEDAN said that the fair was aimed at showcasing the products of MSMEs in the state.
“The opportunity fair is organised annually to explore the untapped opportunities in the non-oil sector in order to boost the nation’s economy.
’’ Fasanya said that the fair was to further create opportunities for MSMEs in the state to thrive, particularly in the post COVID-19 era.
”The opportunity fair, which is an annual event usually implemented in the North and South Geo-political zones of the country is to further enhance Nigeria MSMEs prominence, competitiveness and development.
”The decision to have the second leg of the 2022 edition of the opportunity fair in Jos is therefore not only deliberate but also very auspicious most especially in this post-COVID19 pandemic era.
”Also, the dwindling resources from oil and the need to explore several economic opportunities that have largely remained untapped necessitated the need for the agency to use the fair to deepen the MSME scope in the state.
”Essentially, the opportunity fair is initiated to provide opportunities that the fair usually open up for them as it presents platform for business to business and business to public sector enabling institutions networking,” he said.
Fasanya said that the fair was purposely designed to create access to market linkages, networking, and access to critical business information required for MSMEs growth and development.
”As important as this sub-sector is to the overall wellbeing of our national economy, it is bedevilled by some challenges that does not allow for some of the new enterprises to survive their third year anniversary.
”Understanding that access to market is one of such challenges; SMEDAN has over the years assiduously worked to ensure that this issue is gradually addressed through the MSME opportunity fairs.
”Essentially, the fair is designed to provide opportunities for exhibition of goods and products by participating MSMEs,” he added.
Fasanya said that the fair would also provide opportunities for critical MDAs “that are MSMEs enablers or regulators to freely interact with MSMEs operators.
’’ The D-G thanked Plateau government for its support to the agency toward the growth of MSMEs in the state.
Declaring the event open, Gov. Simon Lalong, thanked SMEDAN for organising the event and all it had been doing toward supporting young entrepreneurs in the state.
The governor, represented by the Prof. Danladi Atu, the Secretary to the State Government, further commended the agency for the efforts and modalities put in place in creating job opportunities in the non-oil sector.
Lalong promised to support and cooperate with the agency in toward boosting the economy of the state and the country in general.
The Plateau State University, Bokkos, has appointed Prof. Pyefa Galadima and Dr Jurji Gomos, as its Deputy Vice Chancellors in charge of Academic and Administration, respectively.
Mr John Agam, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the institution, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday in Jos. Agam said the appointment was announced shortly after the special Senate meeting of the university, on Monday.
He explained that the appointment of the two principal officers, which would run for two years, took immediate effect.
The PRO also said the Senate approved Oct. 10, as resumption date for newly admitted students for the 20202021 and 20212022 academic sessions.
He explained that new students would return to campus to conclude their registration process and prepare for the commencement of lectures.
He said Prof. Yohanna Izam, the Vice Chancellor of the institution, congratulated the new deputy vice chancellors and urged them to live above board and be diligent to duty.
Mr Edward Ogba, the President Movement for Nigeria’s Transformation (MNT), an NGO on Tuesday cautioned politicians against all forms of ”toxic” campaigns in order not overheat the polity.
Ogba gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria ahead of the formal commencement of political campaigns in Abuja.
He called on politicians to focus their campaigns on pertinent national issues as insecurity, economy, corruption and national unity than campaigns of calumny.
“Presidential candidate and their allies, campaign teams should make their campaigns issue based as several challenges begging for attention in the country.
“Such as insecurity, non- performing economy, poor basic infrastructure and even the fundamental problem of restructuring among others,” he advised.
The MNT boss who restated the determination of the group to promote good governance in the country, urged political gladiators to jettison mudslinging and stereotyping.
He explained that the campaign period should be a time to reexamine the Nigerian problems with a view to addressing them and never time for rancorous distractions.
Ogba therefore called on political parties and their candidates especially those seeking Presidential office to play by the rule having the protection of Nigeria as a priority.
According to him, the observation so far made reveals that the conduct of some politicians appear to be derailing from rule of decency.
He reiterated the resolve of the group to collaborate with Nigerians in the leadership recruitment process.
“We are consulting with the Presidential candidate aimed at assessing their capacity to know who can truly lead the country to the promise land.
” Ogba however expressed optimism that the country would come out stronger and better in future.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the presidential and National Assembly campaigns begin on Wednesday, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) timetable and will run through Feb. 23, 2023, while the elections proper hold Feb. 25, 2023. The All Progressives Congress APC Presidential Campaign Council postponed the start of its campaigns earlier slated for Wednesday.
The Director-General, of the Presidential Campaign Council and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong disclosed this in a statement Tuesday.
According to him, the adjustment of the timetable and schedule of activities is in order to accommodate growing interests showing by various political tendencies in being party of the campaign council.
According to him, a new date for the kick-off would be announced soon.
The Labour Party President Candidate, Mr Peter Obi promises to run a responsive, transformative government as his party picks Jos for campaign.
The Catholic Laity Council of Nigeria has advised Nigerians to vote competent and credible leaders in the 2023 general elections.
The group gave the advice in a communique issued at the end of its National Executive Council(NEC) meeting held at Bauchi.
The communique, signed by Mr Henry Yunkwap and Mr Godwin Gege, National President and Acting National Secretary-General respectively of the council, was issued on Monday in Jos. The group advised Nigerians to set aside primordial sentiments and vote according to their conscience, adding that such move would ensure credible leadership in the country.
“Council joins her voice to that of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) to urge all Catholic Lay Faithful and Nigerians in general to be honest in conscience and rise above the sentiments of political parties.
“To support and vote for the best candidates whose manifestos and economic blue print can lead Nigeria out of her present quagmire,” it stated.
The group condemned the unprovoked attacks and kidnappings of Catholic priests and other religious leaders in the country.
The communique also called on government to intensify efforts towards addressing the spate of insecurity in the country.
“The council condemns the unjustifiable and unprovoked attack on facilities, abduction and gruesome murder of Catholic priests, lay faithful and innocent Nigerians in general.
“The Federal Government must rise to its statutory obligation of protecting life and property of her citizens” it stated.
Similarly, the council called on government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to resolve the lingering strike in order not to frustrate the intellectual growth of its young citizens.
The government should also create employment opportunities for its teeming unemployed youths.
“Council calls on government at all levels to create employment opportunities and make same available to employable and creative youths.
“Council also admonishes the youths that are caught up in the web of get rich quick syndrome to explore and exploit their God-given talents for positive rather than negative purposes,” the statement said.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau says it has reconciled the aggrieved party members to ensure a united approach to electioneering.
Prof. Shedrack Best,; former Secretary to the Plateau Government and aspirant on the platform of the party, said this while addressing journalists after a reconciliatory meeting in Jos on Monday.
Best, who spoke on behalf of the convener of the meeting, an elder statesman, Mr Yahaya Kwande, stated that a reconciliatory meeting was to address issues and unite aggrieved party loyalist ahead of the campaign and general elections.
“There has been a lot of concern on the unity of the party in Plateau and there has been discordant statements in regards to the support for ours residential Candidate Atiku Abubakar.
“This meeting addressed all those issues of the need to unite the party, the need to get the people work together because there has been groups that are working across purposes.
“Today, Kwande was able to bring together all shades of opinions under one roof.
“We have been able to discuss the unity of the party so that we get ready for the take-off of the campaigns.
“We are going into this campaign and elections as one house, we are going as one Plateau, one PDP.
“The Jang camp and the retired Gen. Jeremiah Useni camp as well as the party flag bearer, were represented in this meeting, we have come together to understand ourselves, we have a one house,” he said.
Best observed that although Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers could pull out his support for Atiku Abubakar, the party would deliver.
The Government of South Sudan, under the leadership of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Welfare and with the support of UN Women, is in the process of developing its second National Action Plan on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.
(WPS) for 2023-2027 in South Sudan.
As the National Action Plan captures current issues across society with its four pillars of prevention, participation, protection, and relief and recovery, the new “SSNAP” represents a nationwide interest and effort.
Consultations are underway with a variety of stakeholders at the national and state levels, and the new Plan is expected to be launched during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign in late 2022.
“If there is no peace, women it is the ones who suffer,” said the Hon. Joseph Bangasi Bakosoro, Minister of Public Service of South Sudan at the nationwide consultation for the second South Sudan National Action Plan (SSNAP) on Women, Peace and Security ( WPS) on August 31, 2022 in Juba, South Sudan.
Organized by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Welfare with the support of UN Women, the consultation brought together government representatives, civil society actors, security sector officials and representatives of development partners at the national level to discuss how SSNAP can protect women and girls in situations of armed conflict, safeguard their human rights, prevent violence, and ensure women's equal participation in peace negotiations and reconstruction efforts in South Sudan.
The new SSNAP builds on the progress made and lessons learned from South Sudan's first generation National Action Plan on WPS 2015-2020.
Solid progress was made in the implementation of the first SSNAP.
One of the main achievements was the participation of women as negotiators and observers in the peace negotiations in South Sudan, which led to the signing of the Revitalized Peace Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) in 2018.
South Sudanese women made up 25 percent of the official delegates and members of the Women's Coalition.
“The participation of women in the peace negotiations came with a significant achievement: the affirmative action quota, which ensures the political participation and representation of women at all levels of society, was increased from 25 to 35 percent.
For the first time, South Sudanese women also gained the status of signatories to the peace agreement and achieved a key role in the implementation mechanisms,” said Rukaya Mohammed, UN Women Acting Deputy Country Representative in South Sudan.
The new SSNAP aims to address the lessons learned from the first generation SSNAP.
All four pillars and some of the strategic objectives will be carried over to the new SSNAP, while adequate financial resources for implementation and strengthening of national institution ownership and capacity to implement SSNAP will be addressed.
One of the main objectives is also to localize the new National Action Plan in the states of South Sudan.
Many of the lessons learned are highlighted in the first-generation SSNAP progress report, released in December 2021.
A variety of stakeholders are consulted to ensure that the new SSNAP reflects the current context, needs, and priorities of communities.
South Sudanese women and girls.
, and society in general.
Government, civil society actors, youth, people with disabilities, development partners and the media are involved in the process at both national and local levels.
“The MPS agenda in South Sudan could not be more timely and relevant given the ongoing transition period for the Revitalized Peace Agreement and its overarching goal of achieving sustainable peace, security and reconciliation for the benefit of women, girls, the boys and girls of South Sudan.
The roadmap for the transition period together with its landmarks, such as the unification of the armed forces, the permanent constitution and democratic elections, require the full and equal participation of women alongside men,” he said.
UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security was unanimously adopted by the UN Security Council in October 2000.
It stresses the importance of equal participation and full participation of women in all efforts to maintain and promote peace and security.
It is accompanied by nine subsequent resolutions since then, a framework of ten resolutions that are a testament to the importance of women as peacebuilders and conflict mediators.
The National Action Plans on Women, Peace and Security are a means to bring global normative frameworks into a national context and concrete actions.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Plateau, Dr Nentawe Yilwatda, says he will reconcile with the aspirants and other party members that feel offended by the conduct of the primary election that produced him.
Yilwatda stated this on Monday in Jos during his thank-tour of Bassa and Jos North local governments to appreciate the party stakehokders for giving him the mandate.
The governorhsip candidate stated that in the course of the primaries, he might have offended and hurt some people different ways unknowingly.
“We are very very sorry, please accept our deepest apology because whatever might have happened was not deliberate.
“Whatever happened, we are from the same family, because APC is one family.
“With the primaries over, we need to synergise and work for the success of our party and the state in general,’ he said.
According to him, there are myriad and equal opportunities for any member of the APC who works for the success of the party.
Yilwatda stated that as Plateau Campaign Coordinator of the Ahmed Tinubu Presidential Campaign Organisation, he would do everything within his powers to unite the party to work for the success of all its candidates.
The governorhsip candidate expressed optimism that APC would “win the elections free, square and in a transparent manner”.
Plateau APC Chairman, Chief Rufus Bature, advised the party members against indulging in any form of anti-party.
Buture urged those contemplating voting candidates at national level to review such thoughts as they would amount to anti-party punishable with expulsion.
The Chairman, Jos North Local Government, Alhaji Shehu Bala, welcomed Yilwatda and his team and assured him of the the total support of the people in the area.
An NGO, Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) of the Catholic Archdiocese of Jos, has rehabilitated 52 houses belonging to victims of attacks in Jebbu Miango community of Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau.
Mr Felix Dimka, the Project Officer, Emergency Preparedness and Response Team (EPRT) of JDPC, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Jos.According to Dimka, the projects were supported by Menonite Central Committee (MCC) and Mission 21, both international organisations.
He explained that the gesture was to cushion the hardships of the beneficiaries whose houses were destroyed during the recent attacks in the community.
”The story of the recent attacks in Jebbu Miango community is not new; many lost their homes, farmlands and means of livelihood”To cushion the hardship, MCC provided us with funds and we rehabilitated 41 houses of the victims ranging from one to five bedrooms apartments.
”Also, mission 21, another organisation, provided us with funds and we rehabilitated the houses of 11 most vulnerable among the victims.
”This gesture is basically to enable these victims, particularly the poorest of the poor among them, to have roofs over their heads because aside food, shelter is key to human existence,” he said.
He explained that the rehabilitation work done in the houses included roofing , plastering, flooring, fixing of new doors and windows, ceiling, among others.
Dimka added that his organisation had also responded to the humanitarian crisis in attacked communities in many ways.
”We have supported the victims with foodstuff, clothing, toiletries and other necessary items not only in Jebbu Miango, but other affected communities in the locality as well.
”We did all of these in a bid to ensure that the victims get the needed support to pull through their current predicaments,”he added.
McMonigle, Secretary General of the International Energy Forum (IEF), will attend and participate in the African Energy Week (AEW) (https://AECWeek.com/), Africa's premier event for the oil sector and gas, which will take place from October 18 to 22, to shape serious discussions on the challenges and opportunities facing the African energy market.
Representing one of the world's most active and influential international non-profit organizations fostering greater mutual understanding and awareness of common energy interests around the world, McMonigle's presence and participation at AEW 2022 will further the dialogue on the role of the continent's oil and gas resources.
As the fifth Secretary General of the IEF, McMonigle continues to drive the global dialogue on energy security, energy market resilience, data and transparency.
McMonigle's 20+ years of experience working on energy-related issues in both the public and private sectors make him the ideal candidate to lead high-level discussions on how Africa can address the constraints of the oil and gas industry.
gas, including lack of proper investment, skills gap.
, declining production in legacy projects, and policies related to the global energy transition, and optimizing production, exploitation, and monetization for energy reliability, access, and affordability, while driving economic growth .
Prior to joining the IEF, McMonigle served as a senior industrial executive as Chief of Staff at the US Department of Energy; Vice President and US Representative of the International Energy Agency; US Co-Chair of the US-China Energy Task Force; President and co-founder of The Abraham Group, a leading international energy sector management consulting firm and Senior Energy Analyst for Hedgeye Risk Management.
“We are honored to host McMonigle as a speaker at AEW 2022 to discuss the best solutions to address disruptions to growth in the continent's energy sector.
Having a high-level representative from the IEF at the continent's largest energy sector meeting will be vital in shaping a serious dialogue on how best for Africa to achieve a just and inclusive energy transition," said NJ Ayuk, CEO of the African Chamber of Energy.
Under the theme "Exploring and Investing in Africa's Energy Future While Driving an Enabling Environment," AEW 2022 will host McMonigle for high-level panel discussions and bilateral meetings on topics such as energy poverty, energy security, growth of the market, energy sustainability, economic growth and the energy transition.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that a brighter future filled with prospects and God’s blessings awaits Nigeria.
Osinbajo made this known in a speech at the 62nd Independence Anniversary Inter-Denominational Church Service held at the National Christian Centre, Abuja, on Sunday.
Nigeria clocks 62 years of independence on Oct. 1. The vice president said that the problems confronting the nation would be things of the past as God’s promises for Nigeria would come to fruition.
“Brethren, we stand at the gate of a new nation, and we see its light shining bright; a nation of God’s promises, a nation of opportunities, equity and justice; a secure and prosperous nation, a nation of laws and righteousness.
“Even if what we see today seems bleak and dark, we are confident that God, who owns the heaven and the earth, will fulfill his promises concerning this nation,’’ he said.
Quoting the Bible (Joshua 21 verse 45), the vice president said that all good plans God had in stock for Nigeria would manifest.
He prayed that all Nigerians would see the fulfillment of God’s promises in their lives.
“Not a word failed of any good thing which the Lord has spoken to the House of Israel; all came to pass.
“ I pronounce concerning this nation that not a word will fail regarding any good thing which the Lord has spoken of Nigeria.
All will come to pass in Jesus name.
“`Finally, to every citizen of this nation and every family that is represented here, we declare that in the name of Jesus, your best days are yet to come; every promise that God has made to you will come to pass in Jesus mighty name,’’ he prayed.
Earlier in a sermon, Archbishop Daniel Okoh, President of Christian Association of Nigeria, urged Nigerians not to give up in spite of numerous challenges facing the nation.
He said that it was worthy of celebration that Nigeria had witnessed 23 years of continual democracy.
“From 1999 till today, we have not experienced any military insurgency and forceful imposition of dictatorial rulers unto our nation.
“This, we shall celebrate as well.
The Holy Bible teaches us that because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed.
“His compassion never fails.
They are new every morning; great is His faithfulness,” he said.
According to the cleric, God’s love continues to preserve and sustain Nigeria.
“May all glory and praises be to His name for ever and ever,” he prayed.
Okoh, however, said that although Nigeria had had 23 years of uninterrupted democracy, it was still struggling with many issues of collective concern.
The CAN president implored Nigerians to trust in God to surmount the challenges.
In his vote of thanks, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, thanked President Muhammadu Buhari, the vice president and others for identifying with the service over the years.
The service featured praise and worship, special renditions, prayers for the president, vice president and other government officials, and intercessory prayers for Nigeria’s peace, security, unity and progress.
It attracted clerics, judicial officers, legislators Federal Executive Council members, service chiefs and members of the diplomatic corps, among others.
The highpoint of the event was cutting of the anniversary cake.