FG Engages 320 Independent Monitors for National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) in Kano

The Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster  Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq on tuesday 15th June has flagged off the distribution of engagement letters and monitoring devices to trained Independent Monitors in Kano State at Coronation Hall Government House, Kano State. 

The Honorable Minister who was represented at the flag-off by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Bashir Nura Alkali disclosed that the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP), created by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2016 is mandated to lift citizens out of poverty through Its various programmes such as N-Power, National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP), the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) and Government Enterprise Empowerment Programme (GEEP). The Programme is implemented in the 36 states including the Federal Capital Territory. 

Alkali said, the 320 Independent Monitors in Kano State are among the 5000 trained in February – April 2021 when the nationwide trainnig was held. 

” The devices to be used in monitoring the Programme are locally made in Nigeria with an Application called the Social Investment Management Information System (SIMIS) designed by an indigenous company. Using this Application the Ministry sees real-time activities of the Independent Monitors on the field, see reports submitted, and the NSIP performance indicator state by state. This will help the Ministry detect areas where there are challenges and essentially help the Ministry to deliver on the mandate, to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty” he noted.

“The Independent Monitors are expected to monitor a designated number of beneficiaries of the NSIP and will be paid a stipend of N30,000 monthly. However, they must meet up to 80% of the deliverables to get their stipends. The engagement letters articulated the scope of work for the monitors which include; routine monitoring of NSIP in their assigned L.GA and provision of evidence-based reports on findings amongst other things”

Furthermore, the Permanent Secretary warned the monitors not to assign their responsibility to third parties, each monitor will be held accountable by the Ministry in the event of any misconduct. He congratulated them and urged them to carry out the assignment with a sense of patriotism, diligence, and sincerity.

Also speaking, the Executive Governor of Kano State who was represented at the event by the Secretary to the State Government, Usman Alhaji waziriu Gaya, lauded the Ministry for its continued support in lifting Nigerians above the poverty line and improving on the living standards of the citizenry. He told the IMs to make good use of the opportunity given to them to attain greater heights.

Earlier the Focal Person of the NSIP in Kano, Baba Aminu Zubair, said indeed the Programme is in keeping with the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty, adding that Kano State has the highest number of N-Power beneficiaries across the country.

Aminu affirmed that 119,000 households registered under the Conditional Cash Transfer Programme (CCT) in Kano State received N5,000 monthly. He appreciated the Federal Government through the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development for the kind gesture.

Others present at the event were:-  Special Assistant on Strategic Communication to the Minister, Halima Oyelade, senior officials of the State Government, the  NSIP Coordinators from the LGAs, and other dignitaries.

How People Made Millions of Dollars on Twitter Country

I intended to write this months ago after Twitter and Facebook banned former president Donald Trump following the storming of the US Capitol, due to the risk of further incitement of violence but busy schedules & deadlines had kept me procrastinating.

Twitter – A private company being able to censor the president of the United States, and this issue will be debated for a very long time to come. This tells you how powerful Twitter country has become. I am more convinced now that this article is due for publishing with the recent action of Twitter to delete a tweet of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari that is threatening.

Again with the recent clap back on  Friday,  by the federal government announcing the indefinite suspension of Twitter’s operations in Nigeria, this piece is apt.

In this article, I dispel the myths of Twitter country, the trends, the dragging, by showing you several examples of how you can become a successful global citizen on the app.

I don’t just want to give you the facts. Facts can be boring, especially when you’re desperately looking for how to ‘hammer’ (succeed) on Twitter. Instead, I’ll be sharing the success stories and limitless opportunities that prove just how possible it is to become more than Jack in a Twitter country. I promise this article will be long and short enough like a skirt. Not too long beyond the kneels, but short enough to cover the subject matter.

As you read reflect by taking decisions because ‘decisions make men’ until you make decisions you’re not ready to become.

Happy Reading!!

Become an Influencer

An influencer offers exposure to their online audience in exchange for a fee. Influencers are the first group of people that have built wealth and clout on Twitter. It is glaring that the majority of these influencers are more powerful than two to three Nigerian Media houses combined in terms of followers. The list is endless: Ogbenidipo, Pamilerin,  Omojuwa, Yemi Fasipe, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Auracool, and many more.


Become a constructive Critic

By being a constructive critic and having a good mastery of controversy you too can build wealth. Reno Omokri aka Buharitormentor is a case study. Rant, rave and smack someone online. Remember, Twitter is also a platform to vent your anger or release emotions about issues or a brand that is performing below expectations… A Nigerian bank was once dragged on Twitter for doing giveaways when the process of resolving failed transactions was taking like an eternity.

A Goldmine for content creators

Whether you’re a Music artiste, model, rapper, author, actor, dancer, spoken word artist, cook, poet, speaker, coach, podcaster,  Thought leader, comedian, or into funny video skits production you too can earn an income on the app. The likes of Lasisi Elenu, Taooma, Sydney Talker, Aprokodoctor, Mr. Macaroni, dairyofanaijagirl, Broadshaggi, Ifedioku, Sisi Yemmie will teach you that Twitter is a money-spinner if you’re creative & consistent. They consistently create videos that garner thousands of likes, retweets, and comments.


Jump on trends and threads on the app and tag as many as possible

Twitter trends are pretty insightful capturing the thoughts and emotions of the Twitter populace at any given point in time. And one of the constant traits of trends is that they are always changing. END SARS, fall of Trump, the fall of Motara, Arrest of Omah Lay & Tems in Uganda. You can leverage trending topics on the app to earn some cash. All you need is just to add the trending hashtag to all your tweets and boom.

Sell everything except human beings

Sale of anything including artworks, your products, services/affiliate marketing, and many more can be sold on Twitter. Sell on your timeline and continue to make a buzz about it until Twitter people start retweeting asking for information on the product and actually buying the products. With this, a lot of entrepreneurs and freelancers have found sustainable wealth.  You can sell your book, shoes, perfumes, confectioneries, Ankara, Powerbanks, juice, pieces of jewellery and many more. As regards affiliate marketing, simply introducing other people’s or company’s products to your followers on Twitter. If you tweet links to these products and any of your followers click these links to buy a product you get paid as a reward.

Drive traffic to your blog or YouTube channel

If you have a blog or a YouTube channel and you have monetized it. This is another way you can make money. All you have to do to achieve this is to tweet links to interesting articles or videos you have made. People are tempted to watch or read. Once they click through to watch your YouTube video and read your article on your blog, traffic is already being driven or redirected to those platforms, and guess what? The multiplier effects on income generation is huge! Ask Linda Ikeji or Burna boy they would testify. Examples here are Arise TV,  Thereasa  Tekenah, Bellanaija, Legit.ng, Lindaikejiblogspot.com, instablog9ja, Tweetsavages, the Winlos, and many more are achieving great feats with Twitter.

Uche Pedro ( Founder of Bellanaija)

Become a Social Media Handler

The job here is you tweeting per day, responding to complaints, booking appointments, increasing followership, and so on. A social media manager job can also be done from anywhere in the world as long as you have a phone and internet. Caution: you also have to be careful about what you tweet and how you respond to issues because you can be reported and your account suspended by Twitter. For being a social media manager in Nigeria you can be paid an average of 20,000- 50, 000 naira per month depending on how well you can bargain.

Join a trendy challenge on the app

Lori iro, Endsars, BelikeNgozi, BussitChallenge, Duduke, Davido’s Tule, Silhouette challenge, Sweet boy Association, Stingy Men Association….and many more. Join, network, and win cash giveaways.

If you are not on Twitter, you better join ASAP, unless according to Beverly E. Jones, you might just look like a dinosaur. Kindly follow me on Twitter @storiesosagie let’s talk, I follow back.

Exclusive Photos: International Summit of Leaders Honours Outstanding Africans

Africa’s most influential people in business, sports, leadership, security, politics, academics and governance have received recognition at the prestigious International Youth Summit/ Award Ceremony.

The annual award ceremony which was held on Saturday April 10, 2021 at the Nigerian National Merit Award House, Maitama, Abuja was organised by the International summit of leaders -an annual forum of investors, scientists, designers, corporate organizations, research institutions, academics, vice chancellors, professional bodies, public and private organizations from Nigeria and other countries to discuss key global issues.

The group was formed in October 2013 in Lagos with just 34 members and its membership has grown to 8,215 members worldwide. The summit/ Award ceremony bringing together the continent’s most powerful voices, had as its theme: Peace, security and Employment are Tools for sustainable development in Africa.

The event had a line up of keynote speakers including Dr. Otunba Kenny Odugbemi (Patron, Int’l Youth Summit & CEO of Inspection services limited), Dr. Roy Okhidievbe (Chairman/ CEO August Eye Security Services limited), Prof.  (Dr.). Dewanand Mahadew ( MD, Dutch Council for International Business, Netherlands), among others. The keynote speakers engaged the audience through hard hitting talks, fireside chats and insightful panel discussions that evaluated the recent happenings in Africa while identifying opportunities that peace, security and employment present for sustainable development in the continent.

Ambassador Dr. Olufemi Rasheed .A ( President of the Unicaribbean Business School and International Coordinator of the International Summit of leaders

In his welcome address, Ambassador Dr. Olufemi Rasheed .A ( President of the Unicaribbean Business School and International Coordinator of the International Summit of leaders said, ” the award/ Summit seek to discuss the future and value people in different countries for rendering uncommon service to humanity”

He stated that the theme was apt because conflict, insecurity and unemployment are hydra-headed problems confronting the continent. He pointed out that these issues needed to be addressed for sustainable development and peace to thrive. In addition, he added that poverty is rampant in Africa due to bad leadership, corruption and selfishness of the ruling elite.

Dr. Roy Okhidievbe

In his firework presentation, Dr. Roy Okhidievbe remarked that ” peace is not the absence of conflict and that conflict has been commonplace  as the existence of man.” The application of the rule of law, he said must be enforced to manage conflicts in the region.
He also revealed that unemployment in Nigeria is not only a result of lack of jobs, but because ” our universities graduated non-graduates” who lack entrepreneurial skills. He hinted that development in Nigeria has remained stagnated for decades because of corruption, bad governance, the entrenchment of cabals, and lack of philanthropists.

Also speaking virtually via WhatsApp Dr. Otunba  Kenny Odugbemi disclosed that poverty, insecurity and unemployment has remained predominant in Africa because African Leaders are egocentric, vision less, and desire to stay in power in perpetuity.

On his part, he explained that quality Leadership can bring about a vibrant shift in Africa. Typical examples he listed are Rwanda and Tanzania. He continued that, ” the entire Africa Continent suffers underdevelopment because of the greed of the politicians. For development to be visible in Africa, priority must be given to education, children, women and Youths”. He proffered a “workable cultural policy” for African countries that will enable them to be self- sufficient and proactive.

L-R Dr. SOS Nwachukwu ( Chief Advisor & Chairman of Dans-Hari Resources Ltd ) receiving his award from Dr. Roy

Also speaking Dr. SOS Nwachukwu ( Chief Advisor & Chairman of Dans-Hari Resources Ltd ) stated  that when personalities are elevated beyond systems and institutions, impunity is elevated in society, thus accountability must be entrenched.

Also addressing the  audience virtually from India, Prof. Dr. Dileep Kumar. M declared that “peace is also the absence of poverty, unemployment and inequality”. He asserted that competitive and collaborative effort of the government and the private sector is needed for peace to abound in Africa.

The outstanding award which is the highest was received by personalities that cut across Sierra Leone, Liberia, Uganda and South Africa. The awardees for the outstanding leadership awards were: Madam Joyce. N. Tamale CEO, Capital Solutions Ltd Kampala, Uganda, Dr. Patrick Bernard Ogwei CEO (General Secretary) National Council of Sports- Uganda, Al. Hajj Hassan Basajjabalaba CEO at Ariana George Integrated Services Ltd, Uganda, (Engr.) Otunba Adewale Adenaike Special Adviser (Projects) to the Honourable Minister of State for Education, Dr. SOS Nwachukwu, Dr. Oyedokun Oyewole, President, Chairman Governing Council ( International University of Information Management, Benjamin Yele Wehye among others.

Others that were awarded honorary doctorate degree by SSBM Switzerland are: Dr. Roy Okhidievbe, Dr. Kenny Odugbemi, Otunba Adewale Adenaike, Al.Hajj Hassan, Dr. Patrick Bernard, Dr. Sunday S. Nwachukwu, Madam Joyce Tamale, Benjamin Yele Wehye, Dr. Amina Sani, Mrs. Allen Kagina, Prof. Dileep, Comrade Sarki Yemi and others.

Plaques for International Quality Award, Honorary Fellow, Fellow and Associate Award were also presented. Dr.Olufemi also used the opportunity to induct Mrs. Mariarita Mercurio as Ambassador of the International Summit of leaders.

The event was supported by the Unicaribbean Business School, Swiss School of Business and Management, Geneva (SSBM) and the Mahatma Gandhi Mission University (MGM). Once again the event revealed that Africans that have contributed immensely to humanity will continue to get accolades.

Here are all the FAB photos from the star-studded event.

Madam Joyce Tamale receiving her award from Dr. Roy

Seun Onigbinde, Sally Suleiman, Adelodun Mohammed join Bolaji Abdullahi Mentorship Programme as Mentors

The Bolaji Abdullahi Mentorship Programme, BAMP, has announced Seun Onigbinde, Co-founder of  BudgIT; Sally Suleiman, a Media Personality and Founder of TheIsolycia Foundation; and Mohammed Adelodun, a Lawyer and Senior Associate at Y.C Maikayu & Co as the new Mentors for the second cohort of the Programme.

Seun Awogbenle, the Programme Coordinator who announced this in Lagos on Sunday, said the new Mentors are joining Harvard trained lawyer and Senior Manager at the Central Bank of Nigeria, Ngozi Njemaze; Business development professional, Fahad Garba and Strategic Communications practitioner, Olu Onemola who have been Mentors from the Programme’s first cohort.

Awogbenle said the Mentors are coming into the Programme with incredible pedigree, demonstrated record of excellence and extensive achievements as core professionals in different fields and areas of discipline.

He added that the mentors were selected “not just on merit of their work as outstanding professionals but also on the strength of their character as role models to a lot of young people and their commitment to impact and youth development, which is line with one of the programme’s objective of raising young people who are committed to strong values.
“We are deeply impressed by the impact we are making with young people. There is no other empowerment that is as powerful as the knowledge-based empowerment which BAMP is all about.

From vital lessons on leadership, finance, communication, social impact and other key areas, we are raising a generation of young people who are thought leaders, global thinkers, change makers, impact makers and solution providers in different areas that will contribute to Nigeria’s growth,” He concluded.

During the 6-month mentorship programme, successful professionals in both the private and public sector are selected to interact with mentees and share their wealth of experience and personal accomplishments with them as guide and support.

Since the programme started, renowned Nigerian citizens who have been invited to speak with fellows at the programme include: Yusuf Olaolu Ali, SAN, Principal/Founder Yusuf O. Ali & Co; Akintunde Oyebode, Commissioner of Finance and Economic Development, Ekiti State; Chude Jideonwo, Journalist and Media Entrepreneur; Ishaya Bako, filmmaker and movie director; Cheta Nwanze, Lead Partner at SBM Intelligence; Feyi Fawehinmi, Author of ‘Formation’; Chinenye Monde-Anumihe, development partnerships strategist among others.

QZ Foundation conducts free blood pressure screening for Abuja residents

Queen Zara Foundation for Human Resources Development a leading volunteer- driven organization providing & promoting Health, Peace and empowerment through education & provision, on Saturday embarked on free blood pressure screening exercise for residents in Nigeria capital city ,Abuja to improve healthy lifestyle. 

At Queen Zara Foundation for Human Resources Development, ” we believe together we can, giving back through life- changing experiences. Our mission is to focus on making the maximum positive effort for our communities. Our members & volunteers provide the momentum that helps us effect change”, the statement reads in part. 

According to the Founder, Ms. Roberts , the medical outreach couldn’t have come at a better time with low awareness about hypertension and many deaths recorded in Nigeria as a result of High-blood pressure. 

“Knowledge of blood pressure will help to reduce associated health threats. High blood pressure (also called hypertension) means when your blood pressure is consistently too high. This can pose a lot of health threats such as heart failure, vision loss, stroke, kidney disease, and even death”, she noted. 

She  is however placing a clarion call to well meaning Nigerians, Philanthropists, corporate organizations and those in diaspora to partner with the organization to reach out to disadvantaged Nigerians in need of health services.

Similarly, Country Representative of the organization, Danielle Anetor, said the exercise aimed at creating more awareness on hypertension, one of the major causes of death.

Hypertension is another name for high blood pressure. It can lead to severe health complications and increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and sometimes death.

According to her, the foundation aims to educate the people to modify their lifestyles, which will improve their health status and less likely to develop heart diseases.

“We are here to create awareness about hypertension and to educate the general public the reasons why it is essential to know what your blood pressure.

“The rate of your blood pressure will help you modify your lifestyle to become healthier and to promote a general well-being of our citizens,’’ she said.

According to her, the organization will follow up on those who have health challenges, cover their medical bills of patients and ensure they get the appropriate care and medication.

“This outreach is a starting point, we will be able to find people that we will follow up to assist them in advocating for a change in their lifestyle.

“We will also sensitise them on the need to live a healthier lifestyle and if there is a lack of funds in covering the medications, we will be glad to assist them,’’ she said.

She said due to the COVID-19 guidelines, the organisation would screen between 50 and 100 persons during the exercise.

One of the beneficiaries, Mr Rapheal Daniel emphasised the need for regular medical check-up to verify health status.

“Once in a while, we need to go to the hospital to check the level of our health.

“ It is good for an organisation like this to take this initiative, it is a welcome idea and we pray more organisations will do such,’’ he said.

Similarly, Edith Ugwuja, another beneficiary commended the organisation for the initiative, which she said would enable the people access free blood pressure screening.

FG Unveils Selection of N-Power Batch C Applicants on NASIMS

The Federal Government on Thursday announced it has begun the selection process for applicants who indicated interest to be employed under the N-Power Batch C.

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Farouq who made the disclosure to journalists in Abuja said that the N-Power is a cluster under the National Social Investment Program (NSIP) launched in 2016 as an intervention to enhance Government efforts on engaging Youths for skill and employability.

As part of measures to however make the selection process seamless and transparent, the minister has launched a portal, National Social Investment Management System (NASIMS) for ease of coordination, deployment and management.

She pointed out that all applicants have been migrated onto the NASIMS platform, adding they would be required to undergo a mandatory online test as part of the selection process.

According to her, the Batch C programme will run for 12 months adding that each beneficiary will be paid a monthly stipend of N30,000.

The Minister also attributed the delay in the entire process to the outbreak of COVID-19.

Speaking on why the portal was created, the minister said: “Based on the implementation experiences since 2016, and the impact of the Covid-19, these Social Intervention Programmes are undergoing a series of strategic realignment and restructuring with the view to optimise their operations, maximise their impacts and drive efficient coordination and management aimed to deliver even more socio-economic benefits to the poor and vulnerable.”

She informed that the platform will also coordinate and document all the interventions under the NSIP including N-Power, Government Enterprise Empowerment Program (GEEP), Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) and National Home-Grown Feeding Program (NHGFP).

On the number of people that will be recruited, she explained that: “We have reached another milestone in the process of recruiting and onboarding of the Batch C N-Power beneficiaries beginning with 500,000 beneficiaries. The N-Power Batch C as launched today is structured to onboard one million new beneficiaries, beginning with an initial 500,000 beneficiaries in the first stream, and a subsequent 500,000 in a second stream, all aligned to the National policy drive of lifting 100 million people out of abject poverty in 10 years.

“To ensure transparency, institutional memory and dynamic impact assessment of the N-Power duster, it will now be administered through the National Social Investment & Information Management System (NASIMS) designed to optimise and complement the structural reforms of Social Investment Programs and other activities of the Ministry with the systemic use of ICT tools for coordination, administration, monitoring, and stakeholder management across the entire process and value chain of all social investment programmes under the purview of the Ministry.

By commencing the administration of the N-Power Batch C through the National Social Investment & Information Management System (NASIMS), beneficiaries will be able to receive their stipends in a timely and efficient manner, have access to a wide range of industry-specific contents for optimised learning experience leveraging the enterprise learning management module of the NASIMS.”

She expressed optimism that the new platform will address issues and concerns witnessed in the past and deliver on the immediate, medium and long-term expectationss.

Highlighting some of the things expected of the applicants, she said: “As we launch the N-Power Batch C today, all N-Power Batch C applicants are required to log into the N-Power Self Service portal on www.nasims.gov.ng and update their records, following which they may proceed to take the mandatory online test in order to progress to the next level of selection. Further information on how to log into the portal will be sent via sms and email to Batch C applicants.

“It is worth noting that the selection process for the N-Power program is predicated on merit and equitable representation across all strata of the country. consequently, the processes and criteria for selection will ensure equitable regional as well as gender representation. Furthermore, special considerations for the inclusion of persons living with disabilities have been taken into account by the Ministry.

“In light of the safety concerns due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, the Ministry has taken concrete steps to ensure the recruitment and onboarding of N-Power beneficiaries in full compliance with the relevant public safety protocols and guidelines. Consequently, a greater percentage of the onboarding process will be carried out online and in a decentralized manner via the utilization of the NASIMS framework.”

Labour Party Condemns Movement of National Minimum Wage To Concurrent List

The Labour Party Family a social democratic party in Nigeria has associated itself with the ongoing protest national wide against the removal of the National Minimum Wage from the exclusive legislative list to the concurrent list.

The party said the move by the National Assembly will further pauperize the workers who are already suffering from the high rate of inflation occasioned by the poor management of the economy.

Speaking to journalists recently the National Secretary Barr. Julius Abure said “Workers over the years are made to suffer and at the receiving end of every unfair government policies”

“Removing the minimum wage from the exclusive legislative list will bring about lack of wage uniformity in Nigeria. The process of collective bargaining and negotiations becomes cumbersome, unrealistic and illusory”, he noted.

He also stressed that the party is shocked and surprised over the numerous media reports of Labour party involvement in a merger talk with other political parties or associations.

 “We hereby make it abundantly clear that the leadership of our party is not and does not intend to merge with any political party. Labour Party have a distinct ideology and programmes which can turn the fortunes of our country around”

He stated that the party intends to “canvass for the support of Nigerians around our party programmes and ideology in order to capture power in 2023”. 

The Labour party is a social-democratic party in Nigeria that advocates for various issues as a member of the opposition, from the increment of the minimum wage to other issues.

Timeout With Halima Hosts Free Online Event For Nigerians

TimeOut With Halima A Free once in every other month event designed to expose entrepreneurs and professionals to thought provoking and life changing insights and principles to help then succeed in business and career is putting together a free online event tagged: Maximize Purpose and Passion for Profit.

At Timeout With Halima, the idea is to create a network of achievers that will be exceptional in their business and professions thereby creating a highly efficient and proactive workforce and leadership in Nigeria and Africa.

According to the convener Halima Oyelade, the webinar couldn’t have come at a better time with many people in depression out of career and business-related frustrations.

“knowing your purpose will help you know where you are going in life which is the number one secret to reaching your destination. The webinar will also feature high-end tips on how to power up your passion and profit from it”, she noted.

The Live program will take place on Zoom today February 27th at 4PM.


Meeting ID: 892 9355 9915

The event has as host Halima Oyelade, a certified trainer, speaker and coach with the John Maxwell Team who is passionate and committed to helping people unlock their dreams, discover their purpose, pursue their vision and maximize their potentials.

She is an expert in human capital development, leadership and communication. Halima is equipped with required world class tools, resources and experience to help individuals and teams improve their productivity, performance and profitability.

Through seminars, trainings, keynote speaking, coaching and workshops, Halima is focussed on aiding people’s personal and professional development and enhancing their skills and talents while guiding them to evolve into phenomenal leaders in their businesses and professions.

She has tremendous amounts of experience in personal and professional growth/ development and leadership through practical application on the job in banking, government, business, non- profits, working with children and teens, as well as through trainings/mentorship.

The webinar is also another opportunity for TimeOut With Halima to give back to our community of followers in Nigeria and Diaspora as we are not only out to help Nigerians do more, have more and be more, thereby creating a world of unlimited possibilities, the statement reads.

What will be discussed

•Having Clarity on your purpose.

•Powering your passion and

 •Making Profit.

Group Empowers Nigerian Entrepreneurs, Returning Migrants & Youths On Business Development

A consulting firm, GOPA Worldwide Consultants, has trained some Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) trainers and facilitators in Lagos and Edo states on how to create business development opportunities for returning migrants and unemployed youths.

The Team Leader, Mr Peik Bruhns, made the disclosure  at an online media launch and MSME trainers, facilitators and coaches certification on Monday in Lagos.

The training was organised by GIZ (German Cooperation Deutsche Zusammenarbeit) and Pro-Poor Growth and Promotion of Employment in Nigeria and implemented by GOPA Worldwide Consultants.

BLUETOOLZ MEDIA gathered that the training was tagged “Creating Business Development Opportunities Through Entrepreneurship Training and Coaching in Lagos and Edo States”.

Bruhns said that the aim was to build capacities  and support for MSMEs in the two states.

“Some of the trainers and facilitators were Capstone Education & Invest Ltd., Hope Builders Skills Acquisitions Foundation and Leverage Platform Ltd.“The others include Knight and Bishop Consultancy,Web of Hearts, LAPO Institute for Microfinance and Enterprises Development, Sabi Hub, Society for the Empowerment of Young Persons (SEYP) and Viisaus Technology.

“They were trained on how to create basic entrepreneurship sensitisation, basic employability and career sensitisation, business start-up development and coaching support.“They will implement the training into returning migrants, females, unemployed youths, internally-displaced persons, person with disability and others,” Bruhns said.

He said that interested persons could connect to the  trainers and facilitators.“For now, we have only trained about 60  MSME trainers, facilitators and coaches and plan to train overs 1,000 before next year.“One of the indicators we are using is employment creation and  capacity building of small businesses which means that jobs for people will be enhanced significantly.

“We are expecting at least 30 per cent employment creation impact in Lagos and Edo states,” he said.A beneficiary of the training, Mr Folayemisi Adu, Executive Director, Home Builders Skill Development and Acquisition Foundation, said that the training engaged the beneficiaries  well on employability skills as well as create model and startup model for businesses.

“We are into youth and women empowerment by assisting them to acquire entrepreneurial skills; so, this training will help to develop our entrepreneurship sensitisation and development skills.“We were chosen as one of the implementation organisations to create and start models for people interested in businesses.

“Create models  are for the people who have no idea on how to start a business while start model are for people  already into  the business but want to know more.“We will teach them how to write their business plans and engage them with organisations that can help them to start businesses  and have access to loans,” she told BLUETOOLZ MEDIA

OPINION: Who Really Is Sunday Igboho

The first time I heard of Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho, he was issuing eviction notices to cattle herders in Ibarapa and all of Yorubaland like he owns the darn place.

Since Igboho branded himself as some tribal warlord intent on freeing his people from the clutches of marauding herdsmen of Fulani extraction, he has insulted APC godfather Bola Tinubu, the Ooni of Ife, the Oluwo of Iwo, and everyone else,labelling them all as slaves.

He ambles around with a foul mouth, dispensing insults here and sinister rhetoric there. He’s become a danger to the land.

He’s granted interviews to some of the most reputable legacy and digital media outfits in the land and he’s told tall tales of how he was handed N2 million by Tinubu to purchase petrol for his car in the past, how he’s the bravest of all Yoruba men alive, all while roaming the place wrapped in charms, amulets and bulletproof vests.

Every other day since mid January, Igboho has been stoking ethnic tension in the land, profiling all northerners as Fulani pastoralists and driving a wedge between the north, south and everywhere.

And the media is handing this irredentist and divisive character the kind of publicity and coverage befitting heroes, kings and princes by granting him the audience he so badly craves, sending their photographers and camera men after him and reporting all he says in nerve wracking and stomach churning details.

We need to stop. We need to draw the line.

Poisonous and eccentric demagogues like Igboho depend on the oxygen provided by the media to drive their nefarious agenda and propaganda. The ethics of our profession demand that we do better as journalists in the interest of national security.

In 2021, the media shouldn’t be granting this much publicity to a rabble rouser who is pitting ethnic groups against one another and polluting the land with the kind of inflammatory rhetoric and divisive language our febrile nation can do without at this time.

It says a lot about who we’ve become as media organisations when a man who hasn’t been elected into any office or who hasn’t been granted any kind of authority or powers by the state, mounts the rostrum to stir strife and acrimony, while we cheer him on and affix the prefix ‘activist’ to his name.

Igboho is no activist and we shouldn’t honour him with that appellation. We confer legitimacy to his propaganda and nefarious operations when we drape a war monger with the cloak of an activist.

Igboho has sadly become the latest monster the media has created.

It’s time to consign Igboho and his cohorts to the bin from whence they emerged, while we continue with the onerous task of forging a resilient, near-perfect union, by rolling out long term solutions to deal with the incessant farmers-herders crisis bedeviling our nation.


*This Opinion is the viewpoint of an Editor at Pulse. It does not represent the opinion our organization Bluetoolz