Connect with us

News and Report

AISHA BUHARI, DOLAPO OSINBAJO & TONY ELUMELU SIGN WOMEN EMPOWERMENT INITIATIVE

Published

on

AISHA BUHARI, DOLAPO OSINBAJO & TONY ELUMELU SIGN WOMEN EMPOWERMENT INITIATIVE

 

Abuja, Nigeria, 13 July 2016 —  Leading African businessman and philanthropist, Tony O. Elumelu CON joined the First Lady of Nigeria, Mrs. Aisha Buhari and wife of the Vice President of Nigeria, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo at a forum and exhibition on Nigerian Women in Export which was held in Abuja.

 

 

Themed ‘Achieving Zero Oil Growth Through Women Inclusiveness in Global Export Trade’, this year’s Stakeholders Forum and Exhibition is organised by the National Export Promotion Council and the International Trade Center (ITC) in Geneva. The Women in Export Stakeholders Forum and Exhibition seeks to increase economic empowerment of women through trade via the ITC’s SheTrades Initiative. The goal of this initiative is to connect one million women to the international market by 2020.

 

The keynote addresses at the Forum were delivered by the First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari and Ms. Arancha Gonzalez, the Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC). In her opening remark, Mrs. Buhari, stated, “Nigerian women are extremely hardworking. We only need a little push, and this is the time”.

 

She further called on the public sector to support in a bold statement, “I would like to lead a call to the Federal Government to assign 20% of public procurement to women-owned businesses.”

 

Mr. Elumelu, Chairman of Heirs Holdings, United Bank for Africa and Transcorp Plc stated that the capacity of women in the private sector to contribute to the development of the country was underestimated. He validated this remark by sharing the significant value created by the female beneficiaries of the $100 million Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme, who are impacting their communities in many ways.

 

“Africa is in need of economic and social development and investing in women is one of the smartest ways to go about it. It is for this reason that the SDGs have focused on women empowerment as a necessary commitment in alleviating poverty,” said Elumelu as he addressed the audience made up primarily of women from diverse backgrounds.

 

“When a woman does well, her entire family does well.  We need to put women first. I am proud to say that full and equal participation of women is an important internal objective of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme.”

 

Representing the private sector, Elumelu was joined by Mrs. Buhari and Mrs. Osibanjo, where he signed a Call-To-Action through partnership with The Tony Elumelu Foundation and Africa’s global bank, UBA, to achieve the following:

  • Drive up the statistics of female participation in the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme from 70:30 (male/female) representation in 2016 to 60:40 in 2017 and 50:50 by the year 2020.
  • Commission the production of in-depth research publications and case studies focused on solutions to unique challenges facing women entrepreneurs.

 

Other dignitaries present at the forum include Senator Aisha Alhassan, Honourable Minister of Women Affairs; Ms Aisha Abubakar, Honourable Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and Olusegun Awolowo, Executive Director/CEO, Nigerian Export Promotion Council.

Continue Reading
Advertisement

News and Report

Police Deploy More Personnel To Seaports In Lagos Over Nigerian Students, NANS’ Protest

Published

on

Following the ASUU strike that has kept university students across the nation at home for over seven months, NANS declared “Occupy The Airport” nationwide protest.

The Nigeria Police Force has announced that it has deployed personnel to adequately secure seaports across the nation following a threat by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to shut down commercial activities at the nation’s busiest seaports ¬¬¬¬¬¬- the Apapa and Tin-Can Island Ports in protest over the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Following the ASUU strike that has kept university students across the nation at home for over seven months, NANS declared “Occupy The Airport” nationwide protest.
The aggrieved students who protested on Monday at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport also reportedly threatened to ground commercial activities at the Apapa and Tin-Can Island Ports in Lagos State.
Disclosing the security beef up to Daily Trust, the Commissioner of Police in charge of Western Port Authority Command, Jonathan Towuru, said security was tightened around the Western Ports to avoid any breakdown of law and order although the student body did not show up as threatened.
The commissioner said, “People went about their businesses while operations at the terminals went on seamlessly, without any hindrance. But if the students eventually turn up, we will engage them in discussions. I must say that they conducted themselves well on Monday at the airport even though you still saw police monitoring the protest.”

 

Continue Reading

Crime/Security/Safety

Evans The Billionaire Kidnapper Bags 21 Year Imprisonment

Published

on

Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Ikeja Special Offences Court on Monday sentenced kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans, and his co-defendant, Victor Aduba, to 21 years imprisonment for kidnapping one Sylvanus Hafia.

They were accused of conspiring and kidnapping Sylvanus Ahanonu Hafia at about 5:30 pm on June 23, 2014, at Kara Street, Amuwo Odofin in Lagos and were alleged to have captured and detained Hafia and demanded a ransom of $2m.

But they pleaded not guilty to the four charges.

The judge held that the sentence would serve as a deterrent to other aspiring kidnappers

Continue Reading

News and Report

Poverty, Hunger in the Country, Okowa Blames APC

Published

on

…says Delta healthcare will curb medical tourism

Delta State Governor and Vice-Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ifeanyi Okowa, weekend, said that poor management of the nation’s economy by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) caused the rising hunger and poverty in the country.

He stated this at an empowerment programme for the people of Ika Federal Constituency at Boji-Boji Owa, Ika North Council by the member representing the constituency at the House of Representatives, Mr. Victor Nwokolo.

The governor, who commended Nwokolo for his gesture, described the event as “empowerment programme with a difference. He said Nigeria was troubled because people were hungry and out of job due to mismanagement of the nation’s economy.

He added that even students were having lots of challenges because their parents could not meet their needs owing to the level of poverty resulting from ineptitude of the APC-led Federal Government.

He, therefore, urged Nigerians to support the PDP, saying it was the only party with clear understanding of the nation’s challenges and had clear solution to rescue the nation.

Earlier, Nwokolo said his motive for the empowerment was to restore hope to the hopeless amid rising hunger and poverty in the land.

MEANWHILE, Okowa, also at the different forum, said the huge investment being made by his administration in the health sector was to improve healthcare delivery and reduce medical tourism in the country.

He disclosed this in an interview with journalists shortly after inspecting facilities at the Advanced Diagnostic Medical Centre and Mother and Child Hospital, Owa-Alero in Ika Council of the state.

He said the twin medical facilities would, on completion, reduce medical tourism as it would provide first-class medical services to people who would have sought medical treatment abroad.

“I am glad we have gotten to this stage. I had high hopes that by today, we would have inaugurated these projects.

“The equipment are fully on site and we are trying to get things fully sorted out and I am sure that in the next one month, it should be ready and opened to the public for use.

“The two projects are obviously very important. The Mother and Child, as it is so stated, is supposed to take care of every illness concerning our women and children,” he said.

Continue Reading

Trending