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The Graduate Internshi‎p scheme (GIS) conceived as a social safety net component of Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) is also a stop gap in curbing insecurity and other social vices in Kogi State‎ Mr Fidelis Umenyia has indicated.
Umenyia a staff of the Federal ministry of Finance spoke at the project’s Career Development and Entrepreneurship Skills Training for interns held at Halims Hotel Lokoja at the weekend.
‎Speaking against the background of the security challenges in Kogi State caused by high rate of unemployment, Umenyia said the graduates who are successfully enrolled may have been taken off the street hence they would not be available for crimes like kidnapping and armed robbery.
He expressed the optimism that should the program be sustained more graduates would have learned to be self reliant and even become employers of labour if they actually put what they would be taught in to practice.
He indicted that the stipend of N30, 000 during the course of the program for one year is a life line that can make them feel as if they have been fully engaged.
According to him, the project is being implemented by the Federal Ministry of Finance with a mandate to provide short term employment for graduates.
‎He pointed out that GIS is a good program that can ensure that the youths that have been roaming the streets joblessly are given lifeline to be self reliant instead of waiting for Government jobs.
“The most important reason for this program is for them to be inducted on how to be useful to themselves since already they have the talent they can develop on.
“Though for some their talent has been latent this program can pop them up for excellence.”
‎”The GIS would mop up the street of idle youths that are ready tools for crimes like kidnapping and armed robbery.”
Consultant for Federal Ministry of Finance on GIS Brain Nwaezike said the scheme was coming at the right time when the country needed to change its stereotypical ways of doing things.
 He said the Government discovered that the Nigerian graduates were unemployable as most firms find it difficult to employ them because they don’t have employable skills that can keep them in organizations.
 “A lot of them are shunned out and since they don’t have those employable skills they are unemployed thereby they cause some problems for the economy.
“When we train them we give them employability skills while Government attaches them for the next twelve months for internship within which period they get stipend of N30000.
 “We are giving them financial skill on how to save and invest properly and once they are through even if the companies do not retain them they can become entrepreneurs or employers of labour or become role models to others with what they have gained from this program.”
 Brain pointed out that they can become small and medium scale business people.
He said the training is‎ for new intents that have been fixed in different organizations where they are serving.
“Some are attached to agricultural companies that are into sales, education sector, firms that provides consultancy services while others are attached to artisans to produce things.”
“These are the skills they need to start on their own.”

Company representative for Ancient of Days Jerry Amana who said the program is starting/exit training indicated that while the new interns were given orientation as they were being brought on board, those exiting after the one year experience were given exit training in preparation for what they would meet after the stipend of N30, 000 monthly is no more.
The other area they focuse attention on is on how they can market themselves, personal branding, to get job from the job market, how to do business proposal and become entrepreneur. 
He expressed the optimism that many of them would be having what it takes to be very competitive in labour market to get themselves something that they would be doing for a living.
“We have had testimonies of people that passed through this program and are doing very well outside there. They would now become people that can give back to the society by contributing to the welfare and development of this country, for themselves and their families.”
The Scheme was designed for the graduate interns to be attached to firms /organizations, where they can work for a year and enjoy a monthly stipend of N30,000. 
The interns can use the opportunity to gain working experience and enhance their employability

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Association for the Support of Urban Poor (FEDUP) has promised to deliver affordable housing for its members.
A new board was constituted after the last management was accused of embezzling over N200m for which the matter is in court.

Secretary of the association Mr. Yusuf Edego said the association is building confidence and credibility after the mismanagement that affected its clients.

He stated this yesterday in Abuja during a press briefing to let the public know the association’s effort in giving the group a new image.

Edego said with what the new management team has put on ground they believe their members and the general public will have confidence in the new team to deliver affordable housing for them.

“By a persons impact, performance, character and sincerity as well as walking the talk, with time people will see that the project is a reality”

He said the major problem as a people is lack of sincerity and that once people see that a person is sincere they will trust him to deliver.

“The major problem bedevilling the country is integrity. Many people especially in property development, more than 60% collect money from people and the public generally yet there is nothing on ground to show for it.
“That is why we removed the former executive members and then came up with elected people of integrity.
“Our chairman is a paramount ruler of impeccable integrity. I am a legal practitioner I have my law firm at Jennifer plaza Central area.
“So you have people with verifiable address. We are people that people can enquire and link up with our character.  “They know that for our records we are people of integrity and we are sure that by God’s grace they will not be disappointed”

On how he thinks people will have confidence in the association after the dent on its integrity he said it is the reason for the press conference. “Before we came we have one or two projects on ground that are verifiable that has been executed by the new executive.
“We have acquired twelve hectares at Kurudu that you can verify which you can buy and build your own house.
“Also the public can go to FCDA at the SDD department and meet the director that FEDUP claim they are in partnership with them to build about 167 housing units at Kuje.
“They are verifiable. Then the issue of 30 hectares we just acquired is still in process.
“We have the Family homes Fund which is an agency established by the Federal Government for provision of Social Houses for Nigerians so we are partnering with them by the grace of God they have agreed to sponsor the 30 hectares for the general Public

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The African Economic Congress (AEC) has opened a portal to select credible entrepreneurs through its African Startup Challenge.

Mrs Nancy Illoh-Nnaji, Chief Executive Officer of the congress made this known in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.

Illoh-Nnaji explained that African Start-up Challenge was an entrepreneurship sustenance body of the Economic Congress tasked with discussing business development issues relating to
startups and small enterprises.

She said the start-up was introduced to build jobs and boost livelihoods in Africa and it also sought to infuse a culture of creativity and foster innovations.

According to her, the expected outcome
of the competition is to select winning ideas that can lead to new products,
programmes, projects and processes.

She added that this development would also help to engage young entrepreneurs eager to tackle the challenges they faced as well as global challenges through “smart solutions” that transform the economy of Africa and the world.

She said the annual competition would highlight Innovation, Technology and Originality in African Entrepreneurs.

The AEC boss noted that application had opened on October 4, and would close Oct 21, urging interested applicants to draft a short summary of startup ideas,
detailing plans on profitability and apply through startup@aecongress.org.

Meanwhile, Illoh-Nnaji disclosed that
more than 1,000 participants from all over Africa would be at African Economic Congress (AEC) from November 2 to 4 which would be held through televised virtual congress.

It will be recalled that, AEC held its maiden congress in 2019 in Abuja, Nigeria with participants drawn across the Africa continent. (NAN)

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The price of fertiliser has been reviewed downwards from N5,500 to N5,000 per bag as ordered by President muhammadu Buhari.

This is inline with the Buhari administration policy of encouraging the populace to return to the farms.

The Food Security Council made the disclosure while briefing reporters at the end of the body’s meeting presided over by the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, yesterday in Abuja.
Vice Chairman of the council and Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu,
said the decision followed nomaliasation of production of the commodity since the reopening of Indorama plant in Rivers State shut after the COVID-19 pandemic claimed some lives.
Governor Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State, who represents the North West in the council, said the council observed that the bulk purchase for palliatives was one of the factors that trigged increase in prices of foods nationwide.
He therefore, expressed confidence that the situation would normalise after the harvest season.

Badaru made the observation while addressing the media alongside his Plateau counterpart and representative of North central, Simon Lalong, the Jigawa chief executive said the trio of Coalition Against Covid-19 (CACOVID), federal and state governments were involved in the mass buying as part of measures to mitigate the adverse effects of the disease.

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