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Osibanjo’s visit to Kogi would open up viable enterprises says aid

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Osibanjo’s visit to Kogi would open up viable enterprises says aid

By John Akubo

Special Adviser to the vice President on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Tola johnson has indicated that the visit of Professor Yemi Osibanjo to Kogi State would open the opportunities for viable enterprises to spring up.
Speaking on Behalf of the vice president during the MSME Clinics plenary session on Monday he said it would also let the businesses know that the Federal Government is seeing what they are doing and would support all MSME in Kogi as best as they can.
He said it is also to let them know that there lots of Government interventions that they may not be aware of which they take advantage of to expand their business opportunities.
“The essence of the visit of the vice president is to come and see the share potentials that the State has in the MSME. 
“When the Governor asked for the clinics in the State he assured his exellency that he would be marveled with the potentials in terms of businesses that he would meet on ground. So the VP is coming to see what is there on ground in Kogi.”
Johnson indicated that when ever the businesses need help the vice President is going to give directives to those agencies in Kogi to offer assistance as best as they can. 
He said Osibanjo is also going to attend the Kogi State Economic and Investment Summit of the State however he said the primary reason why he coming tomorrow is for the launch of the National MSME Clinic.
The senior special assistant on N-Power programs to the Vice President Afolabi Mokwede said there would be no problem with sustainability of the Social Investment programs of the Federal Government.
He said since Nigeria is in the youthful age with about 70% of our population are below the ages of 35 for that reason every administration would really consider social investment as a priority.
“Though every administration has its own priorities and focus however what I can tell you is that there is no administration that would come in the next few years that would not make youth employment, youth entrepreneurship a topmost priority.
“Let us also reckon that the way we have ran this program is in such a way that constituted authority, the institution of Government that remains 
“Regardless of any political party in power or political dispensation they have been carried along with this program so that even if we are not there the knowledge, the know how, the institutional memory is there that is why the States are key partners with us so that what ever it is we are doing at the Federal level it is being localized for Kogi State.”
According to him, the sustainability for the volunteers, the beneficiaries of the program is really what they are able to do after the program. “The program for N-power is a 24 months revolving program. The goal is that N-Power is about learn, work and entrepreneurship so that is the reason why in as much as we are talking about MSME we have also brought the youth because as you know this is one of the areas where they can exit themselves into.”
He said a lot of the N-Power beneficiaries have already formed cooperatives, a lot of them have farms, they are doing dry season/wet season from their savings.
Part of the goal of this linkage of N-Power with Entrepreneurship being modeled in Kogi State he indicated that lots of them who have good business plans can also migrate to becoming GEEP beneficiaries.

He said the Bank of Industry is here and they also have programs that they have designed in time past for youths and things like
The focal Person in charge of the Social Investment Program in Kogi State Adoga Ibrahim said his office has been working tirelessly to identify the small businesses and the non-formal sectors that have been struggling to survive‎ with the aim of supporting them for their businesses to thrive.
” I want to inform you that the gold economy that is yet to be tapped is in the MSMEs sector
Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone. The MSME sector has been sustaining the Nigerian Economy for years especially during the recession, providing all the basic needs of low and middle calss citizens which constitutes the highest population of Nigeria.”

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FG expends N16.4b for 87 fire trucks to boost fire service operation

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The Federal Governmemt has expended N16.4b for the purchase of 87 fire fighting trucks to boost the operations of the Federal Fire Service across the country.The Assistant Comptroller general of Fire, Federal Operations Karibo Samson stated this over the weekend after conducting a fire exit drill at the Federal Secretariat, Phase 1, Abuja, in commemoration of the the 2020 International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction.It was part of the activities to in commemoration of the the 2020 International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction by the ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster management and Social Development.He countered insinuations that the approach to fire fighting has been lackadaisical saying the narrative is coming from 30 years hang over.”I went back 30 years because I have that much experience. We are enjoying a new lease of life in the fire service, it has never been like this before.”We have a spread of about 12 zones now. Federal Fire servicewise the federation is split into 12 zones.”So we have a reach into virtually every state in the country at the moment. This kind of trucks valued at cost of N189m and we have taken delivery of about 87 trucks of this nature so you now understand where I am coming from.”He said President Buhari has been very good to the fire service adding that the comptroller general has very good vision for the system that is why they have spread into all the zones in the country.”There is no fire officer that will take his fire vehicle into fire scene and will tell you there is no water whether at the federal or at the State level that will take a truck from the fire Station knowing there is no water in that vehicle and get to the fire scene and will begin to lament there is no water or fuel.”That narrative is in the last 30 years not now. If you go to any fire Station you will see this modern vehicle in every fire station that belongs to the Federal fire service.”On the Synergy with the State Fire service, he said they are in all the States of the Federation, sayjng they are not there to take over their jobs.”The Federal fire service is in nearly every State of the country now. Meanwhile we have the State fire service. Like in Abuja we have the FCT fire service responsible to the metropolis. Federal fire service is in all the States to compliment the efforts of the various State fire services, we are not there to take over their job.”He cautioned Nigerians the Harmattan is around the corner sayin being the peak period for fire occurrences he wants everybody to be safety conscious.He said there is no need to burn bushes which can not controled.”Always make sure you have fire extinguishers that are workable around you, in your houses, in your vehicles.”There are places you might call us of which there may be no network to get across to us. You must be fire safety conscious by getting fire extinguishers, fire blankets to assist you in the kitchen and then make sure you have our contact number.”You can also reach the fire service on 112, if you call 112 from anywhere in the country we will turn out the nearest fire station to that scene. “Those of you in Abuja you can reach us on our control.room phone number. Immediately you call that number somebody is going to respond to you.”Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, said more than 20 public and private buildings witnessed varying degrees of fire incidents this year

Farouq said the purpose of the fire exit/evacuation drill was to ensure effective and efficient use of the exit facilities available in the case of emergency.She noted that such drills would ensure orderly exit under control and prevention of panic that had been responsible for much of the loss of lives in major fire disasters.The minister said, “What we have just done is remarkable, considering the series of incidences of fire disasters in public and private buildings in Nigeria.“In 2020 alone, we have witnessed more than 20 fire incidents in both public and private buildings.“Experience and research have shown that panic, stampede and smoke inhalation rather than burns from fire have been responsible for loss of lives in the major fire disaster history.”Farouq noted that the 13th of October every year had been set aside by the United Nations to raise awareness, educate the public and to mobilise political will and resources in ensuring disaster risk reduction globally.

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#ENDSARS: Buhari’s Daughter carpets State Govts over hoarded palliatives

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#ENDSARS: Buhari’s Daughter carpets State Govts over hoarded palliatives

That most State Governments hoarded COVID-19 palliatives meant to be distributed to vulnerable Nigerians to cushion the effect of months of lockdown occasioned by the Coronavirus pandermic inducares that President Muhammadu Buhari is not the problem of Nigeria.
This was the position of one of the daughters of President Mrs. Zahra Buhari-Indimi.
She said that the discovery of food items and other COVID-19 palliatives in several warehouses across different States of the country has revealed that her father is not the problem of Nigeria afterall.
Zahra on her Instagram page said; “Now that people confirmed that Buhari distributed enough palliatives nationwide, it is clear Buhari is not our problem,” Zahra opined.

Thousands of Nigerians in different States particularly Lagos, Cross Rivers, Kaduna, Kwara, Plateau, Osun, Ekiti, Taraba, Adamawa, FCT amongst others, plundered warehouses where tons of COVID-19 palliatives donated by the private sector-led Coalition Against COVID-19 were stored.

Some of the items for the palliatives that included bags of rice, maize, cartons of noodles, bags of garri and salt, vegetable oil were also found in private homes of some notable politicians.

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May God visit his wrath on all evil “leaders” exposed by #ENDSARS -Natasha Akpoti

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May God visit his wrath on all evil “leaders” exposed by #ENDSARS -Natasha Akpoti

As Kogi palliative warehouse was discovered at Kpata opposite Old Market in Lokoja Sinday the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Candidate in the State Governorship election, November last year, Natasha Akpoti has asked God to send his wrath on all evil leaders.

This was according to the comment she posted on her verified facebook wall.

She said it’s wickedness of the highest order for government to hoard food items from the poor in the depth of poverty and starvation. 

“May the wrath of God and the masses visit all ‘leaders’ whose evil tactics have been exposed in these #EndSARS times. 

“I know say my Kogi people no go disappoint … abeg pack and no forget to give some to your neighbours.” 

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