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Adavi/Okehi constituents excited over empowerment by representative

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Adavi/Okehi constituents excited over empowerment by representative

By John Akubo,

Beneficiaries of an empowerment initiative of Member representing Adavi/ Okehi Federal Constituency in the National Assembly Alhaji Kabir Ajana have expressed excitement at the initiative that has brought them succor.

Coming at a time when the recession and economic downturn is biting harder many of the petty traders saw the N10, 000 empowerment stipend as life line.
The lawmaker had dolled out a total amount of N15 million to empower 1,500 women in his constituency at N10, 000 each.
Victoria Jimoh who sells dry pepper could not contain her excitement as she busted into a song of praise in Ebira language describing Ajana as God sent.
She explained that she was in a dilemma over her business capital which she had used to pay school fees of her children.
She said why she was contemplating on what next to do the lawmaker’s agents came and registered her and she is now among the beneficiaries.
The story of Bilkisu Jimoh who sells Palm oil was so touching as she said she used her capital to take care of the medical bills of one of her children who was hospitalised hence she could not continue the business.
However, she said with the N10,000 she is back and better.
Mrs Habiba Shaibu one of the beneficiaries thanked the Legislator for the kind gesture extended to her.
Shaibu who sells bean cake (Akara) said that she had since lost her business capital to take care of family’s needs before the intervention of her representative in the National Assembly.
“I have been idle for a while because I don’t have money to continue my business before I was invited and screened for this empowerment programme”

“And the money I was given today will help me in no small measure to continue my Akara business” she said.

Disbursing the empowerment fund to petty traders in Ogaminana, Adavi local government area of the state, Ajana indicated that the gesture was aimed to reducing poverty in his constituency.

He explained that all the 1,500 beneficiaries were drawn from the two local governments he is representing in the National Assembly adding that each of them got N10,000.

The Lawmaker promised more of such empowerments subsequently if they utilized the initial amount judiciously to boost their businesses

According to him, he had constructed 10 boreholes in different places to enable his constituents access potable water.

Ajana promised to continue to do everything possible to influence projects that would have impact on the lives of people in his constituency.

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FG declares its readiness to deploy 5G network after precautionary measures

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FG declares its readiness to deploy 5G network after precautionary measures

By Aminci Audu

The minister of communications and Digital Economy Isah Ali Pantami has declared that Nigeria is ready for 5th Generation Network (5G) as long as the major challenges are taken care of.

Pantami spoke yesterday, at a one day investigative hearing on the present status of 5G network organised by the joint Senate committee on communication, sScience and Technology, ICT and Cybercrime and Primary Healthcare and Communicable Diseases.

The minister in his presentation allayed the fear among Nigerians over the planned deployment of the network saying the Federal Government has taken all necessary precautions by investigating through research and trial on all issues raised.

He said “The position is that we are almost at the final stage. So now, Nigeria is ready for 5G as long as we address the major challenges.”

“We have not gotten there, wether we will deploy 5G but we are on track conducting research, investigations, engaging stakeholders and definitely if all issues are addressed, the executive will support the deployment of 5G in Nigeria.”

He noted that so far no negative impacts has been established from the research and trial carried both locally and at the international level. 

On the speculation that the 5G network escalated the COVID-19 he said there is no link between 5G and COVID-19.
“And there is no relationship between 5G and any desease. The only issue being raised usually is about radiation.  But people don’t realise that the radiation of 4G is more harmful than that of 5G. 
“The radiation of microwave oven at home is more harmful than that of the 5G. The radiation of even the smart phone itself is even more harmful that that of 5G

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SELF backs Sylva over choice of Saipem on Bonny NLNG Train 7 contract

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SELF backs Sylva over choice of Saipem on Bonny NLNG Train 7 contract

The South-south Emerging Leaders Forum (SELF) has faulted allegations of wrong doing leveled against the Minister of State for Petroleum Chief Timipre Sylva over the choice of Saipem, an Italian firm to handle the Bonny NLNG Train 7 contract.

SELF in a statement argued that the deal also endorsed by the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Local Content Board Engr. Simbi Wabote was in the best interest of the country.

SELF position was in response to an online publication which accused the duo of bribe taking running into millions of naira in the deal.

SELF warned the publisher of the medium , Mr Jackson Ude, to desist from blackmailing leaders of the South-south extraction in a bid to score political goals.

Urging the Publisher of the online medium to show proof his allegation, SELF noted: “We strongly condemn the allegation leveled by Pointblanknews.com and its sponsors, this is highly condemnable and viewed as a sponsored plot to instigate hate against the Minister and derail his concentrations.

“This is ridiculous and belittling of Jackson Ude, the face behind this blackmail for being petty to the ground level for publishing tissues of lies about the persons of Timipre Sylva and Simbi Wabote.

“Nigerians should not believe this and throw it into the dust bin. It’s incumbent on all well-meaning Nigerians to support the positive drive of Minister and collaborate with him, towards the actualization of the onerous task at stake.

“Although Jackson Ude and his medium Pointblanknews.com are criminally known for thriving in the business of blackmail, especially against the officeholders from the Niger Delta region. But this forum will henceforth resist this criminality by deploying all known instrumental of law to fight the faces behind these tissues of lies.

“This Forum is using this medium to warn the likes of Jackson Ude to stay away from Nigeria and the South-south most especially if they are not ready to turn a new leaf because the business of blackmail has long become outdated and unpopular.”

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Great relief as Kidnapped Punch reporter, Nnodim regains freedom

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Great relief as Kidnapped Punch reporter, Nnodim regains freedom


It was a great relief for journalists, family members, friends and well wishers when the news filtered in that the Punch Newspapers reporter, Victor Okechukwu Nnodim who was kidnapped from his residence in Kubwa, Bwari Area Council on Thursday has regained freedom.

He was released almost 48hours hours after his abduction alongside two other neighbours who were also abducted.
It was gathered early hours of Sunday that he has been released and in high spirits.

The media world was jolted by the news of his abduction, as many turned prayer warriors supplicating for his freedom without any harm

His abductors, NationaUpdate learnt later communicated with his elder sister who resides in Lagos demanding for N10 million.

At the time of this report it could not be ascertained if ransom was paid before he regained freedom, but colleagues made efforts to contributed money towards his release, when it became obvious that the kidnappers were bent on collecting ransom.

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