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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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Finally Biden arrives at the White House

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Finally Biden arrives at the White House

By AFP

US President Joe Biden arrived at the White House on Wednesday, walking the last block with members of his family through streets that were eerily empty because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Under tight security, military bands and an escort of police motorcycles led the presidential motorcade to the White House down Pennsylvania Avenue.
Biden was riding in a limousine with the license plate “46” — he is the 46th US president — flanked by six mask-wearing Secret Service agents before emerging to walk the final steps to the White House.

“It feels like I’m going home,” he told a reporter from NBC News along the route.

Biden’s arrival was followed shortly afterward by that of Kamala Harris, the first woman vice president of the United States.

The 78-year-old Biden was sworn in at the Capitol about four hours earlier, calling for “unity” in his inauguration speech.

Instead of going straight to the White House, Biden and Harris visited Arlington National Cemetery to pay respects to US military war dead at a ceremony attended by former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.

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FG to provide Solar home systems for 5m households

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FG to provide Solar home systems for 5m households 

Nigeria’s Minister of State for Power Jedy-Agba has disclosed that the country is set for a ‘bounce back’ programme in its green recovery initiative that will provide solar home systems to 5 million households

He spoke at a UK hosted Climate Change Conference Roundtable on Clean Power Transition on 11 January during a virtual visit to the UK on 10–12 January by United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres which he attended. 

The Minister added that off-grid power sources have become more competitive since the removal of fuel subsidies.

He stressed that Nigeria was taking steps to merge its energy access and energy transition plan. 
He acknowledged that the largest population without electricity globally resides within its borders, and identified financing as a major constraint to Nigeria’s clean and renewable energy transition plans. 
According to him, 

“With the help of the international community, we can improve the decentralized renewable energy market to create jobs, provide energy more quickly to those without access, and ensure that we maintain and eventually reduce our emission levels to achieve our net-zero objectives.

“As the COP26 Presidency, the UK Government is committed to supporting the Nigerian government to develop ambitious evidence-based plans to deliver on Nigeria’s own commitments ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow in November 2021. 
“The UK supported the solar sector in Nigeria with a £66m programme between 2014 and 2020 which  helped provide energy access to   5.5 million Nigerians since 2015.
He said the UK is delivering ongoing programmes to develop quality standards, financing and manufacturing arrangements for solar home systems.
“Many UK companies are also active in the solar home system market in Nigeria.
“The UK considers the licensing of mobile money to facilitate Pay As You Go arrangements for solar home systems a positive development.”

The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres at the event challenged developed nations to fulfil their pledges to provide $100 billion annually for developing countries’ clean energy transition.
During the roundtable, the Foreign Secretary announced that the UK will pledge up to £38 million to the Climate Compatible Growth programme, supporting developing countries to accelerate their transition to clean energy while growing their economies.
“The UK is already moving to clean power faster than any major economy, and last year committed to protect at least 30 per cent of its land and ocean by 2030.
“Together these announcements address the two leading sources of global emissions – electricity generation and land use – and demonstrate the UK’s leadership in fighting climate change ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow in November.”

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Kogi Govt donates food items to widows of fallen heroes

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Kogi Govt donates food items to widows of fallen heroes

By Aliyu Abubakar

As part of the activities to Mark the just concluded Nigeria Army Day celebration, Kogi State Security Trust Fund, has donated consumable items to families of the fallen heroes at Command Army Record, Lokoja.
Presenting the food items, the Executive Chairman Kogi State Security Trust Fund, Hon Samari Teina Abdulmalik, who was represented by the Acting Board Secretary, Mrs Ajayi Grace, said, the gesture was to put smiles on the faces of widows of the fallen heroes as their husbands colleagues celebrate the Nigeria Army Day.
Samari, urged the fallen heroes’ wives to be strong and courageous, “I want to urge you wives of our fallen heroes to be courageous and engage in positive ventures that will create better life for you and your children in future.”
” Please accept the token presentation of various items and use them judiciously as we hope to come up with more programmes of mutual benefits.” He said.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, the Commander, Command Army Record, Maj- Gen. O. O Sholaye, who was represented by the Personal Assistant to the Commander, Staff Sergeant, Konto Ibrahim, thanked the State Government, for the gesture.
He prayed for the Governor, the families of fallen heroes and the fallen heroes, who paid the ultimate sacrifice for peace and unity of our dear country Nigeria.

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