The Delta Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, has identified talent development as a critical factor in generating employment and curbing youth restiveness.
The commissioner made the assertion in a statement on Friday in Asaba.
Aniagwu spoke when he received a delegation of actors and actresses led by Mr Emmanuel Iwala, the Special Adviser on Talent Hunt to the Akwa Ibom Governor.
He said that Delta would partner Akwa Ibom in the development of the entertainment industry.
The commissioner said that the state government was developing an ultra modern film village at Anwai, near Asaba.
“The film village will cater for the huge number of talented Deltans who may not have been able to explore ways of showcasing their talents.
“It is expected to engender peace, unity and development.
“Delta state and Akwa Ibom state are noted for hospitality, and I am not surprised that the special adviser led a powerful delegation to Delta,’’ he said.
Aniagwu expressed hope that the collaboration between the two states would move beyond hospitality and entertainment to other areas of economic development.
Earlier, Iwala said that they were in Delta to explore the abundant resources and enabling environment that made film production much easier.
He commended the state government for developing an all-encompassing film village, noting that the initiative would make the state a destination for film production.
Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho/Ejike Obeta (NAN)https://nnn.ng/talent-development-key-to-curbing-unemployment-delta-commissioner/
COVID-19 FG will support MSMEs with N75bn loan — DG SMEDAN
The Federal Government will support Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) with N75 billion survival fund to cushion the negative effects of COVID-19 pandemic on small businesses.
Alhaji Dikko Radda, Director-General, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN), dislosed this during the closing of National Business Skills Development Initiative (NBSDI) in Katsina on Friday.
The SMEDAN boss said that the N75billion survival loan would support 500,000 MSMEs and 333,000 artisans across the country.
He pointed out that the implementation of the N75 billion MSMEs Survival Fund nationwide would help to cushion the negative effects of COVID-19 pandemic on small businesses.
He explained that NBSDI was designed to provide entrepreneurship skill and empowerment material (equipment) to bridge the capacity gap of the youth.
According to him, the programme is also aimed at enhancing youth engagement in productive ventures, thereby ensuring that they become independent.
“The initiative is designed to ensure that more professional services will be provided by local and well trained young artisans leading to reduction in job losses to immigrants from neighbouring countries.
“It further seeks to pursue a drastic reduction in poverty as most of the our of youths who still rely on stipends from parents are empowered to become self – reliant,” Radda said.
The DG announced that the National Business Development Initiative was being implemented in seven states of the federation.
There are Katsina, Rivers, Delta, Ebonyi, Adamawa, Niger, Lagos, Kwara, Bauchi , Zamfara and Ekiti where a total of 1,397 entrepreneurs will benefit from the programme.
Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Wale Ojetimi
Domestic oil refiners urge FG to establish modular refineries in Niger Delta
Artisanal Oil Refiners Association of Nigeria has appealed to the Federal Government to establish modular refineries in Niger Delta region to boost the nation’s economy.
The National Chairman of the Association, Mr Godwin Sunday, made the appeal at an interactive session with Sen. Ita Enang, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs on Friday in Abuja.
Sunday said that the government should at least establish 10 units of One thousand barrels daily per Niger Delta state to enhance the economy.
He said that the Federal Government should as well provide guarantee for the refiners to the tune of 15 million dollars per refinery.
Sunday said that the group was ready to be integrated in order to add value to the petroleum sector of the nation’s economy; hence we sought for the needed facility to establish the project.
According to him, the group agreed to stop illegal oil bunkering, and collaborate with the government to enhance the economy, considering the devastating effect on the environment such as degradation and even negative effect on the ecosystem.
The chairman also on behalf of the group commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the removal of fuel subsidy, describing it as one of the government’s greatest achievements.
He said that Nigerians were yet to align with the benefits of the subsidy removal in terms of economic stability.
“Let me officially appreciate President Muhammadu Buhari for integrating Artisanal Gold Mining activities in the country’s legal, economic and institutional framework.
“This is a significant milestone and it will change the trajectory of our nation’s economy,” he said.
The chairman, however, used the session to plead with the Federal Government to open up the oil and gas industry to avoid certain individual setting up monopoly at the detriment of Nigerians.
“As a body well rooted in oil and gas industry, we will continue to give the government maximum support for this purpose,” he added.
He, therefore, appealed to the Federal Government through the Office of the presidential aide and other relevant agencies of government to set up Presidential Committee to look into the activities and demands of the Artisanal Oil Refiners in the Niger Delta region.
In his response, Enang said that the office was engaging with stakeholders on the integration of Artisanal Refinery Operators into the mainstream petroleum refining in the country.
He noted that Nigeria had the capacity to produce the required petroleum products required in the country, if the Artisanal Refinery Operators were given the necessary support.
According to him, harnessing the potentials in artisanal oil refinery operators and integrating locally refine products into the petroleum market will crash the price of petroleum products in the country.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that Artisanal oil refiners is a group with ideology, whose primary aim is building, empowering and adding value to the petroleum sector with technological power to refine crude.
Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Felix Ajide
Edo Election: NSCDC deploys 13, 311 personnel for security operations
The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), says no fewer than 13, 311 of its personnel from across 10 states were deployed to Edo for Saturday governorship election.
Deputy Commandant General (DCG), Madu Kelechi, in charge of operations disclosed this in Benin on Friday while briefing newsmen on the corps preparedness for the Edo election.
Madu said that of the figure, about 7,331 personnel would be fully involved in the election while the others would be posted to protect critical national assets and infrastructure across the state.
He explained that the core mandate of the NSCDC was disaster management and the protection of critical national assets and infrastructure.
He added that the corps could not afford to leave the critical national assets in the state vulnerable to saboteurs because of the election, hence the deployment of some personnel to man the assets.
The DCG further disclosed that the corps would be working in synergy with the police as the lead security agency for the election as well as other sister security agencies.
He maintained that the corps was prepared, adding that after the preparation, some personnel like those from the counter terrorism and the intelligence units were deployed upfront for the election.
He also said that the personnel deployed have been trained at the corps headquarters in Abuja as well as by the NCDC on what to do as the election would be conducted in line with the COVID-19 principles.
He further said that the corps had sensitised the personnel on behavior as well as how to handle situation especially vote buying.
Madu listed the states from which the personnel were drawn from to include Edo, Delta, Bayelsa, Anambra, Kogi, Imo, Ondo, Ogun, Lagos and Ekiti.
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Ismail Abdulaziz
Military destroys illegal refineries, recovers stolen crude
The Defence Headquarters says military has intensified its aggressive fight against crude oil theft, pipeline vandalism, bunkering, economic saboteurs and other criminal activities in the country.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, said this while giving weekly update on the operations of Armed Forces of Nigeria on Friday in Abuja.
Enenche said that between Sept. 12 and Sept. 17 , the military arrested seven suspected oil thieves, discovered barrels of stolen crude oil and destroyed numbers of illegal refineries in the South- South and South West zones.
According to him, within the period under review, Nigerian Navy Ship PATHFINDER patrol team in the South South located and immobilised an illegal refining site at Mudukiri Creek, Degema Local Government Area of Rivers.
“The site had a metal reservoir laden with an estimated 150,000 litres of illegally refined AGO.
“The team discovered eight metal storage tanks and four dugout pits laden with about 1,289.45 barrels of product suspected to be stolen crude oil,”he said.
He said that Nigerian Navy Ship JUBILEE clearance operation team acting on credible intelligence on a suspected pirates and sea robber’s camp at Otoyo, Akwa-Ibom, raided the camp.
He said that the patrol team with superior power dislodged and deactivated the camp in the area.
“The team recovered one AK 47 rifle with two magazines, two Pump Action Rifles, 20 rounds of 7.62 and 39mm ammunition, one Fishing Gun, one Tecno phone, a bag of hard drugs, one diving face mask and one hand held metal detector.
“ Between Sept. 12 and Sept. 17, Forward Operating Base IBAKA patrol team around Utan Inyata Creek arrested two suspects and two small-sized wooden boats laden with 165 bags of 50kg of foreign parboiled rice suspected to be smuggled from the Republic of Cameroon,”he said.
“The suspects and items are currently in custody and will be handed over to NSCDC Uyo Command for further necessary action,” he said.
He explained that Troops of Operation AWATSE in the South West zone, also intensified the fight against pipeline vandals, economic saboteurs and other criminal elements in the area.
He recalled that the vessel and her crew members were arrested on July 31 for sailing without obtaining requisite documents.
“Troops have continued to dominate the general area with clearance and aggressive patrols while maintaining surveillance to rid the area of pipeline vandals and other economic saboteurs,” he said.
He expressed the Military High Command commendation to all the gallant troops of the Armed Forces and personnel of other security agencies involved in various operations across the country for their commitment, determination and dedication.
He encouraged the troops to remain firm and decisive in curtailing the activities of all criminal elements in the country.
“Members of the general public are hereby assured that the Armed Forces of Nigeria working with other security agencies will continue to tackle the security challenges and will ensure that normalcy is attained in all the geo-political zones of the Country.
He, therefore, solicited for the support of the public in providing credible information to assist the military’s operations,
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza