Nigeria Prisons, Fire Service To Employ 9,675 Candidates

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140 prospective migrants graduate from LSETF/GIZ capacity building scheme

…as employers hand immediate job placements to 28% of Trainees 

In furtherance of its commitment to build capacity and upskill youths whilst empowering unemployed and underemployed persons in the state, the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) under its skills acquisition scheme, the Lagos State Employability Support Project (LSESP), has graduated 140 trainees following the successful completion of their skills acquisition programme.

The beneficiaries were trained under the pilot phase of the Skills Development for Youth Employment (SKYE) Programme, an initiative of the Deutsche Gesellschaft for Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), a development agency of the German Government in partnership with the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF). With an objective to reduce illegal migration of Nigerian youth, the Project was targeted at 140 potential migrants (including voluntary returnees from the European Union) residing in Lagos.

The beneficiaries successfully completed a rigorous vocational and technical training designed to equip them with relevant skills in order to improve their prospects of gaining economic independence.  The programme focused on skills development in the critical and vibrant industries in Lagos, such as Construction, Fashion, Health & Beauty, Hospitality, Creative & Arts and Media & Entertainment sectors. Out of the 140 graduate trainees, 61% make up the female gender. The beneficiaries of the program, so far, comprise 89% of potential migrants and 11% of voluntary returnees; having qualifications ranging from JSSCE to Tertiary degrees.

During the graduation ceremony of the beneficiaries held at Adeyemi Bero Hall, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, the graduate trainees were presented with globally renowned certifications following their successful completion of the skills acquisition programme.

Commenting, the Acting Executive Secretary of the LSETF, Mrs. Teju Abisoye, who was represented by Mr. Rahman Akinwonmi, Director, Finance and Corporate Services, LSETF, said “We are very pleased to have witnessed a very successful first outcome of this initiative, in which the LSETF and the GIZ join forces in their shared mission of up-skilling the capacity of thousands of youths in Lagos to make them globally competitive to gain sustainable employment and be dissuaded from embarking on the dangerous illegal migration to Europe.  We believe that when our youth are equipped with the right skills to take advantage of any employment or entrepreneurial opportunities in the State, they would be confident and hopeful of staying in the country to realise their dreams and not join many who take dangerous journeys in search of better economic conditions.

“While I congratulate the successful trainees, we also use this occasion to send our sincere gratitude to the organisations that have immediately placed 28% of the trainees in their employment. This has further strengthened our resolve to reach more young people, building their skills and position them for a future of rewarding and personal fulfillment”, he added.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment, Mrs Abidemi Raji, stated that, “This partnership stems out of the deliberate employment intervention policies made by Lagos state which showcases our commitment to capacity building, entrepreneurship, empowerment and sustainable youth development. We are optimistic that this collaboration will achieve all the agreed KPIs and milestones, thus impacting greatly in tackling unemployment.”


Also speaking at the graduation ceremony, Team Leader, GIZ, Tobias Wolfgarten added that “We are here on behalf of the German government, partnering with the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund to develop the youths with relevant skills and also going further to placing them in jobs. We believe strongly that this will help in providing these youths with competitive advantage in this dynamic world”.

FG Ready To Flag Off Cargo Delivery By Rail At Kaduna Dry Port

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The federal government has concluded plans to flag-off the commencement of cargo delivery by rail to the Kaduna Inland Dry Port.
In a statement by Special Adviser to the Executive Secretary of the  Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), Tahir Idris on Sunday yesterday in Abuja said the promoters of the dry ports across the country, said the Council will also hold an interactive session with all relevant stakeholders immediately after the event.
The interactive session with the stakeholders has the theme “optimizing the Kaduna dry port as key to Nigeria economic diversification.”
The stakeholders’ interactive programme/clinic will witness presentations on the following topics: “Inland Dry Port development and management – key to diversification of Nigeria’s economy; The role of Nigerian Custom Service in facilitating the operations of inland dry ports; promotion of exports and Kaduna Dry Port as key to Nigeria’s economic diversification and prospects and operational challenges of Kaduna inland dry port; The NCS is currently recruiting about 3200 new officers to fill up existing vacancies to better carry out its nationwide duties (see instruction on Nigeria Customs Recruitment for more details).”
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Commenting, the Executive Secretary and CEO, Nigerian Shippers Council, Bar. Hassan Bello said the commenting the railway to the dry port is a watershed to the facility.
He said the rail facility will lead to the full optimization of the Kaduna inland dry port adding that it will also drive down significantly the cost of transporting containers from Lagos to Kaduna.
Wizkid, Tiwa Savage Take the Shine at NET Honours

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At the recently held Nigeria Entertainment Conference (NECLive), foremost Starboy Wizkid and his once rumoured love interest Tiwa Savage took home the highest number of trophies at the NET Honours.
The Honours is an award section of the one-day entertainment conference that is held annually. This year, the nominees list boasted of many celebrities that cut across the entertainment, media and creative industry.
Wizkid was revealed as the Most Searched and Most Popular Male Musician and he’s one of the reaches in the coundtry (check out wizkid net worth), inching past 2Baba, Banky W, Burna Boy, Davido and Olamide.
Savage also topped the Most Searched and Most Popular Female Musician in categories that boasted of artistes like Yemi Alade, Simi, DJ Cuppy, Seyi Shay and Teni the Entertainer.
In the film section, Jim Iyke clinched the Most Popular Actor (Male), while Odunlade Adekola was the Most Searched Actor (Male). Mercy Aigbe also won in both categories for actresses.
Ace comedian Alibaba also emerged the Most Popular Comedian while the late media personality Tosyn Bucknor was the Most Popular Media Personality, taking the shine from popular personalities like Daddy Freeze, Toolz, Toke Makinwa and Ebuka Obi-Uchendu.
Big Brother Naija 2018 was ranked the Most Popular Event for the year under review while Tobi Bakre, a housemate of that edition clinched the honour for Top Star of the event.
The most interesting honour of the night went to President Muhammadu Buhari who emerged as the Most Popular Person. Other winners include Davido and Chioma, Juliet Ibrahim and American celebrity star Kim Kardashian.
NET Honours is an annual people’s choice awards that recognize individuals, events and moments that shape every year using data found on the entertainment publication, TheNETng website and social media pages
Davido Lauds Adams Oshiomhole

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Popular Nigerian singer and songwriter, Davido has hailed the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
This happened after a famous Warri billionaire, Ayiri Emami, posted a picture of himself on Instagram with the party chairman being together in London.
Ayiri wrote, “Happy day in London”. Davido, whose uncle, Senator Ademola Adeleke has been involved in a long protracted battle with Oshiomole and APC over the 2018 Osun gubernatorial election, hailed the APC chairman in the comment section. He is a wealthy Nigerian Artiste, see Davido Net Worth
“OSHO BABA,” he wrote. The OBO as he is also called too has been a major critic of Oshiomole since the fall out of the Osun Gubernatorial election.
Nnamdi Azikiwe University Searches For VC

Image result for Nnamdi Azikiwe UniversityAlhaji Azeez Bello, Pro Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Anambra state, has inaugurated the ‘Search Team’ for the appointment of a new Vice Chancellor in the university.
According to reports coming from Campusbiz, a Nigeria Education News Journal; the tenure of the incumbent VC, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku, would on the 3rd of June, 2019 come to an end. The search team has been charged with the identification and nomination for consideration, suitable persons who are likely to apply for the post of the Vice Chancellor on their own discretion.
The team would also ensure that such persons who are identified will turn in their applications on or before the deadline for submission of applications.
Two Importers In Prison Custody For Forging SON Import Documents

Two Importers, Emmanuel Anthony Nnan and John Paul Ejike, have been remanded in prison custody on the orders of Chief Magistrate O.A. Oshin of the Igbosere Magistrate Court, Lagos, pending their arraignment at the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos on allegation of forging the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) import documents to bring in suspected substandard liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders.

According to the SON Prosecutor, Adeleke Olofindare, the suspects were apprehended when they presented forged product registration certificate with the signature of a former SON chief Executive to the organisation’s officials at No. 3 Burma Road Apapa for importation of containers of suspected substandard LPG cylinders.

They were promptly arrested and handed over to the Police for further interrogation.

The prosecution thus applied for a detention order before Chief Magistrate O.A. Oshin  of the Igbosere Magistrate Court pending their arraignment which was granted.

It will be recalled that the SON Chief Executive, Osita Aboloma earlier in the year, admonished stakeholders in import and manufacturing businesses to comply strictly with the Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) for locally manufactured products and the offshore Conformity Assessment Programme (SONCAP) for imports, reiterating the organisation’s determination to prosecute all standards infractions

Navy hands over contraband rice, suspects to Customs

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The Commanding Officer of the Nigerian Navy, Forward Operating Base, Ibaka, Captain Toritseju Vincent, on Monday handed 416 bags of 50kg contraband rice and six suspects to the Nigeria Customs Service.
The suspects were arrested by the Nigerian Navy during two different operations.
It was gathered that the wooden boat carrying the first set of 223 bags of 50kg rice was intercepted in the early hours of April, 28, 2019, by officials of the Navy, but no arrest was made as the driver of the boat escaped. If you want to join NCS, is instruction on How to apply for Nigeria Customs Recruitment
The second boat, carrying 193 bags of 50kg rice, was intercepted and six suspects were reportedly arrested.
Other items seized were two pumping machines and two outboard engines.
Speaking in Ibaka while handing over the items, Captain Vincent said smuggling of rice was inimical to the growth of Nigeria’s economy.
He promised that the Nigerian Navy would leave no stone unturned to stop smuggling and promote government’s drive towards the production of local rice.
“On behalf of the Flag Officer Commanding of the Eastern Naval Command, I hereby hand over 223 bags of Habiba rice seized in the early hours of April 28, 2019.
“It was unaccompanied because the suspects abandoned the boat and the products, the pumping machine and an outboard engine. On the same day, we also intercepted another boat with six suspects.
“I am officially handing over the suspects, the boat, pumping machine and outboard engine to you, the Nigeria Customs, along with 193 bags of Marori Benze rice, which we believe was brought in from the Republic of Cameroon.
“We thank you for your cooperation, diligence and interaction in assisting us with these anti-smuggling operations. We would continue to do our best to promote the Federal Government’s drive in promoting our local rice production.
“These anti-smuggling activities are inimical to the growth of our own rice industry. So, we will continue to do our duty to make sure we nip it in the bud and bring it to a complete halt.
The Zonal Commander, Nigeria Customs Service, Kolade Iloyode, who received the suspects and bags of rice, promised that the suspects would be handed over for prosecution to serve as a deterrent to others.
Artiste Making Waves In Nigeria: Davido

David Ayodeji Adeleke, popularly known by his stage name Davido is a Nigerian Afro pop artist. The United States born artist is also a songwriter and a record producer. He made his music debut as a member of the music group called KB International, what exactly is Davido Net Worth .

David Adeleke popularly called Davido. Photo: Premiumtimes NigeriaDavid Adeleke popularly called Davido. Photo: Premiumtimes Nigeria

Davido studied Business Administration at Oakwood University before dropping out to go into music by making beats and record vocal references. He rose to fame in 2011 with the release of ‘Dami Duro’, the second single from his debut studio album ‘Omo Baba Olowo’.

In 2012, David Adeleke won the Headies Award for Next Rated artist. Between 2013 and 2015, he released hit singles, ‘Gobe, One of a kind, Skelewu, Aye, Tchelee which he features Mafikizola, Naughty, Owo ni koko, The sound and The money featuring Olamide Baddo.

In January 2016, Davido announced via his Twitter handle that he signed a record deal with Sony Music. The record label later put out a press release to confirm the record deal. A few months after the deal, he founded the Davido Music Worldwide (DMW) record label. In July 2016, Davido signed a record deal with Sony’s RCA Records.

The former (Sony Records) generated worldwide social media activity, while the latter (Sony’s RCA Records) became the longest-charting Nigerian pop song in Billboard history.

Davido’s Early Life and Beginnings

Davido was born on the 21st of November, 1992 to Adedeji Adeleke and Veronica Adeleke in Atlanta Georgia, USA. His father is a Nigerian business magnate and his later mother was a university (Babcock University) lecturer. He attended the British International School, Lagos and studied Business Administration at Oakwood University, US prior to relocating back to Nigeria.

His interest in music started during his time at Oakwood University. He bought musical instrument and started making beats and recording vocal references. He later dropped out of the university when he started getting bad grades and relocated to London, UK, where he focused more of his energy towards music.

When he returned to Nigeria in 2011, his music career was sidelined after he agreed to honour his father by enrolling at Babcock University. In July 2015, Davido earned a music degree from Babcock University after his father paid the university to erect a music department for an inaugural class of just one student.

“I’ve been doing music for like one year but I took it seriously in March 2011. I was formally in a group called KB International in America. It wasn’t working out so I thought I should just do this on my own and that was when I moved back to Nigeria.

“I was around people that were musically inclined. I love music, and why not do something you love and you are happy doing and making money at the same time,” Davido, on his decision to venture into music.

Davido’s International Fame

On November 30, 2017, Davido won the best African act at the MOBO Awards and also became the first African artist to perform live at the awards. On June 24, 2018, Davido became the first African-based artist to have received his award on the BET Awards main stage.

The award was presented by Hollywood actor, Omari Hardwick and actress Tika Sumpter. In his acceptance speech, he urged patrons and American artists to visit Africa and to also enjoy the African delicacies.

Davido’s Endorsements

On April 6, 2012, report revealed that Davido signed a N30m endorsement deal with MTN which unveiled him as the face of MTN Pulse, a marketing campaign for Nigerian youths. On October 24, 2013, another report revealed that Guinness Nigeria signed Davido to an endorsement deal. As part of the deal, he performed at the Guinness World of More Concert alongside notable Nigerian artists.

On the 9th of May 2018, a report once again revealed that Davido signed an endorsement deal with Infinix, a smartphone manufacturing company in Nigeria for an undisclosed fee but expected to worth millions of Naira.

Davido’s Daughters

Davido can boast of two two adorable and beautiful daughters, Aurora Imade Adeleke and Hailey Veronica Adeleke. Sophia Momodu, a fashion enthusiast and niece to Dele Momodu, CEO, Ovation Company is the biological mother of Imade Adeleke.

Nothing specific is known about the mother of Davido’s second’s daughter, Hailey Adeleke but the media later found her name to be Amanda and resides in Atlanta Georgia.

Davido is pictured in this still image from a video, giving Chioma a Valentine surprise. Photo: PMNewsDavido is pictured in this still image from a video, giving Chioma a Valentine surprise. Photo: PMNews

Davido’s Girlfriend

The Afro-pop artist and father of two adorable kids is currently dating a Babcock University undergraduate, popularly known as Chioma. Davido, in his usual manner has been spoiling Chioma with expensive gifts and shopping sprees.

He bought her an expensive sport car in 2017 to celebrate her birthday. He also currently took her to Dubai and Paris to shop, spoiling her with expensive gifts.

Chioma Avril Rowland is a 300 Level student of Babcock University.

Davido’s House, Cars and Private Jet

Davido is one of the richest musicians in Nigeria today, though he is a son of a wealthy Nigerian billionaire. The numbers of cars and houses owned by him puts him among the wealthiest artists in the Nigerian music industry.

The Atlanta born singer can boast of a mansion in Lekki, Lagos and another one in Atlanta Georgia in the United States of America.  According to report, his Lekki house is estimated to cost up to N140 million. The house is said to be a four-bedroom semi-detached duplex with one of the best interior designs in Nigeria.

The singer can also boast of exotic cars in his garage which cost millions of dollars to purchase. He recently acquired a private jet which is rumoured to have cost him N9.7billion.

Davido’s Net Worth

What is Davido Net Worth? Davido’s net worth is estimated at USD14m as at 24 years of age. His cars, houses and endorsement deals are parts of his assets

CMC Wants Dematerialization of shares of Unlisted Public Companies

Following the success recorded by the dematerialization of shares of listed companies in the capital market, the Capital Market Committee, CMC, is advocating that the exercise be extended to shares of unlisted companies. 

This was part of the deliberations at the Q1 CMC meeting held in Lagos weekend.

Acting Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, Ms. Mary Uduk who briefed newsmen on the outcome of the meeting, said this is necessary in a bid to further deepen the market. 

Uduk said it was acknowledged that the Dematerialization exercise was successful, however, the implementation of this initiative was restricted to shares of listed companies. Consequently, the CMC is advocating for the extension of the exercise to shares of unlisted public companies as this would enhance liquidity and ease market processes, enhances market dynamism, and decision making in securities investment, among others.

According to Uduk, “Dematerialization is the process of converting physical shares into electronic format. The Investor surrenders his physical shares and in turn gets electronic shares in his demat account.

“The advantages of dematerialization are many: it enables the investor to trade at any time without necessarily passing through the bottlenecks of verifying the share certificates any longer, because the shares are now domiciled with CSCS, he can give a mandate to his broker at any time and the broker accesses the Exchange that same day and trade for him. 

Uduk also disclosed that the market advocated for the Commission to take strong actions against Company secretaries who aid the trade of shares of unlisted public company outside a SEC recognized platform as required by the law.  

“The market was also informed of some successes recorded thus far in the regularization of multiple share subscription. Through this exercise, some Nigerian investors in diaspora have been able to consolidate their shareholding accounts. Similarly, several local investors with numerous accounts have also been able to consolidate their investments.  

“We therefore enjoin the general public to take advantage of this initiative to regularize their shareholding accounts before the December 31, 2019 deadline. We crave the indulgence of the ladies and gentlemen of the press to sensitize the public on this initiative.

We continue to seek the support of the media and the collaboration of the entire market as we strive to build the capital market of our dreams” she stated

The CMC was mainly established to serve as a medium for exchange of ideas among market stakeholders as well as for feedback to SEC on how to continuously improve the market activities and regulation. 

It is an industry-wide committee comprising members of the commission, representatives of capital market operators and trade groups and other stakeholders. The CMC meets every quarter to deliberate on various issues affecting the market and other policy matters