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Some heart warming testimonies came from the Graduate Internship scheme (GIS) as graduates who completed the program have been telling success stories of their experience in Lokoja the Kogi State capital during their exit training at Halims Hotel.
A graduate of Banking and Finance from Kogi State University Musa Ibrahim gave a mind blowing testimony of how he was able to save N320,000 from the N30, 000 stipend he was being paid while on internship at Community secondary commercial school Anigba to purchase a used Toyota Carina II.
He said the vehicle became a source of income from the business of taxi in the community while he continued with the program.
 “I was teaching in a secondary school. Based on the GIS training and my skill in driving and the need of the environment, I used my saving to buy a used Toyota CarinaII for mobility and and for taxi for survival while I continued with the program.”
Another graduate of Federal Polytechnic Idah department of architectural technology School of Environmental Studies Ibrahim Isah Achile also narrated how he was able to come up with life earning from agricultural activity; poultry farming and fish farming.
‘I can boast of some source of income now which has given me more than what I used to get.’
He said he did his internship with Government Technical College Idah saying that after the internship activities he used to return home for the farms.
“I use the period to take my students on architectural training which is my original field. I taught them on how to make designs. They have been able to come up on their own with different designs of which the GIS monitors from Lokoja and the trainers of the program sent down delegations to look at their work and we were able to give GIS a name.
We are asking the Federal Government to expand the program to accommodate more upcoming graduates yet to be employed.
Sule Blessing Oluwatosun Public Administration graduate of the Kogi State Polytechnic said GIS has put an urge in her to go for further studies especially in teaching to start her own private school.
Having been armed with how to fight and find their way out in the labour market she said she is better placed.
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 and diversify the economy.
 He said the Government discovered that the Nigerian graduates 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 if them come 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 do 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 does 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, films 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 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 also 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.

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Sahad Stores moves to invest in Bauchi, as Gov Muhammed welcomes initiative

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By Princess Rose Yusuf, Bauchi

The chief Executive Officer of Sahad Stores Alhaji Ibrahim Mijinyawa has promise to make Bauchi State a business destination with his plan to establish a department store in the State.
Mijinyawa spok when he was received in audience by the executive Governor of Bauchi State Alhaji Bala Muhammed.

The business mogul indicated that he is in Bauchi to bring business opportunities to the people of the State through construction of Sahad super market.

He said with his good relationship with Governor Bala, his company will support him to succeed in the sector of business development.

Receiving the business mogul at Council Chamber, Government House Bauchi. Governor Muhammed expressed gratitude to him for planning to construct a modern market in Bauchi.

Governor Bala with the development, promised to allocate a land for the immediate commencement of the construction exercise of the super market.

He said the super market when established in the state, will go along way in improving business and trade activities in the state for economic development.

Governor Muhammed thanked the CEO of the super market for his support to Nigerians through providing affordable goods and services.

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Gov Sule seeks support from FG to boost agric sector

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From Daniel Abel, Lafia

Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, has sought further collaboration and support from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to boost agricultural activities and rural roads development.

Sule made the call when he paid a thank-you visit to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono, in Abuja, yesterday.

The Governor pointed out that Nasarawa State being an agricultural state, requires the support of the ministry to attain its potential of adding value to the agricultural sector of the country’s economy.

In his appeal, Sule called on the ministry to include Nasarawa State in the Rural Agricultural and Marketing project (RAAM), given its proximity to the Federal Capital Territory and the high number of agricultural activities the minister has indicated interest during his two-day working visit to the state.

The Governor equally solicited the support of the ministry in the area of critical infrastructure like rural roads and water supply.

He specifically reminded the minister of his earlier promise to consider the Doma/Rukubi, Azara/Gindin Asha, as well as the rehabilitation of the Awe/Tunga rural road.

Sule also identified the Lafia/Kilema/Rice Mill internal road, the borehole facilities at the rice mill and cassava processing plant.

“You have seen that Nasarawa State is truly an agricultural state and if properly giving the support, Nasarawa will add value to the agricultural sector of Nigeria,” the Governor said.

He showed appreciation to the minister for taking time out of his tight schedule to pay a two-day working visit to the state, during which he made some promises, with the Governor returning the visit as a follow-up.

Responding, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono, said Nasarawa State is key to agricultural development in the country and that with its enormous potentials, the state holds a future for a strong agricultural relationship in the industrial sector.

Alhaji Nanono gave the Dangote Sugar plantation as a testimony of the great potential Nasarawa State holds in especially large scale allied industries.

According to the minister, when fully operational, the Dangote Sugar refinery has capacity to employ 30, 000 people.

“I see that Nasarawa State will be lifted from a rural to a major industrial state. The business acumen that you put into your governance will attract people to the state to invest,” the Minister said.

Alhaji Nanono assured that his ministry will give Nasarawa State support in some rural roads, as well as influence major agricultural undertakings to the state.

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Nationaldaddi Committed To Helping Nigerians Get Affordable Lands, Houses

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A Nigerian young businesses mogul, Ike Bishop Okoronkwo has said that he is committed to helping Nigerians to get lands and houses of their own.

Okoronkwo, who is popularly known as NationalDaddi, has floated his own estate to achieve this commitment.

The estate known as Bishop Court Estate is situated in the city of Abuja and Lagos.

Addressing newsmen in Abuja, Okoronkwo said, “I am committed to helping many Nigerians to get lands and houses of their own.”

He also restated his commitment to help other young Nigerians to grow in entrepreneurship and creativity, adding that his aim of going into different businesses, is to help build Nigeria and its people.

According to his profile, “Nationaldaddi as his popularly known on social media is a man of different parts. He was one of the young Nigerians who won President Jonathan youwin program in 2012 and since then have ventured into so many businesses including IT, entertainment, hospitality, content creation, degital trading and recently real estate.

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