Osinbanjo Commends Gov. Ikpeazu On Good Governance

Gov. Ikpeazu Says Christmas Is Season Of Giving
Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu

The Acting President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osibanjo, has commended the Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, over what he describes as “the smart business approach to governance”.

Professor Osinbajo said this when Governor Ikpeazu led a delegation of some top functionaries of Abia state government alongside top Aba business/industry leaders to a meeting with Osinbajo and top federal government functionaries in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

A press statement issued by the office of the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ikpeazu, revealed that the meeting held at the Acting President’s office in Aso Rock Villa, was a follow up meeting on the economic development plan of the state, especially as it concerns support for the growth of Small Scale and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Aba.

No Business With China

While commending Governor Ikpeazu’s “smart business approach to governance”, Professor Osinbajo restated that Aba is very strategic and important to the country in terms of innovation, manufacturing and production.

“Nigeria has no business with China if all hands are on deck to develop Aba as a major industrial base.

“I commend Governor Ikpeazu’s unflinching campaign for made in Aba products which quality have improved across board.

“I must say that the made in Aba campaign has raised the tempo in demand for Aba made goods, therefore, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAGDAC) and Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) as federal agencies should ensure that Aba business community have no difficulty registering their products” Osinbajo said.

Governor Ikpeazu, while making his presentation, outlined his administration’s MSME development plan for Aba industrial zone and thanked the FG for partnering with the state to develop the economy of Aba and Abia State.

He stressed on the need for rapid development of Aba as the SME capital of Nigeria, adding that Aba has the capacity and potentials to make Nigeria truly the giant of Africa.

“I want to say that if Aba is given adequate attention, which includes infrastructural and human capacity development, it has the potential and capacity, as the SME capital of Nigeria, to position Nigeria as truly the giant of Africa.

“Our government is doing all we can to ensure the infrastructural turnaround of Aba within the limited resources of the state, but we can’t do it alone, that is why we are thankful to the Federal Government for showing very strong interest in partnering with us to develop Aba as the SME capital of our dear country.

“I must say, it is our collective resolve to promote goods and services made in Aba, and we will not relent in the campaign.

“We call on the Federal Government and multinational companies as well as individuals to not only join us in the campaigns, but also patronise made in Aba goods.

“My administration is also looking forward to the time when all government procurement would give priority to locally manufactured goods to support local producers” the governor said.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Okey Enelama has informed Governor Ikpeazu, that the FG’s plan on the development of Aba industrial zone which is part of the 2017 budget, will soon come on stream.

Osinbajo Calls On Niger Delta Youths To Shun Violence

osinbanjoThe acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has appealed to residents of the Niger Delta, particularly youths in the region to shun violence and embrace peace.

Mr Osinbajo made this known on Tuesday, during the special engagement on Niger Delta Matters, where stakeholders in River State converged to press home several issues militating against the development of the region.

He called on the youths to give a prevailing room for sustainable development of the region.

According to him, “Peace is the most important quality we need, for the first time we are at the center of government, this is not the time to make war, this is the time to make peace, so that we can derive all the benefits the government has for us all.

“We should maintain peace, the “Buhari government” is committed to changing the narrative in the Niger Delta.

“Our party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) is going to achieve everything that we have said we will achieve, by the grace of God and you will be extremely proud of this great party

“Don’t worry, today is opposition, tomorrow is victory” He added.

Ogoni Project

The acting President on the issues of the Ogoni clean-up project,disclosed a coordinator has been appointed, while the Shell Petroleum Development Cooperation (SPDC) has been compelled to give 1billion Dollars, meant for the cleanup project and the take off grant has also been provided.

He further revealed that a committee  with focus on the projects to be achieved in the community such as, provision of clean water in the region, health impact assessment study, construction of soil management centre, training, amongst other things, has been constituted.

He appealed to stakeholders in the region that the current administration is genuinely committed to addressing the concerns that have been raised over time.





Delta Govt. Scores Administration High On Empowerment Programme

Delta Govt. To Partner With NDDC On ProjectsThe Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has scored his administration high, in its empowerment programme.

Okowa, in his inaugural speech on May 29, 2015 had said, the performance of his administration would be predicated on a SMART agenda, which is an acronym for Strategic wealth creation projects and provision of jobs for all residents of the state.

The governor said, “I came in with the SMART Agenda and I have continued to stay on course despite the economic recession; yes I agree that we are supposed to move much faster than we are doing today, but, the fact remains that though the economy is bad we have continued to keep hope alive and we will continue to stay focused on our programs.”

“In the year 2015, we had two main programs for the youths; the Youth Agriculture and Entrepreneurship Program(YAGEP) and in that year, we had 256 youths that were trained in agricultural production, we are happy to announce that they have all been established; we have visited some of them and they are doing very well, and we are glad to announce the success of the program,” He said.

“In the Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Program (STEP) we engaged 1044 youths, we have had a continued monitoring and mentoring program; and the reports we have received have been very positive.”

The governor also disclosed that, “In 2016, the YAGEP program, we trained 342 persons while in the STEP program, we trained 557 persons; the programs had their starter packs put in place and we had a micro-credit adjustment.

“We believe that if we continue to meet the people’s need, things will be better for them, so, while we are providing them with starter packs, we are also introducing them to work with the micro-credit scheme”

“We have also started a program for people with disabilities, they have been engaged in the programs and they are currently doing very well.

“We had the graduate employment enhancement scheme; most of the youths in the agricultural scheme are in clusters because we realized that it was the best way and we have been doing very well with the cluster system,” He said.

Jonathan Launches Youth Entrepreneurship Strategy

jonathanThe Goodluck Jonathan administration says it has created more jobs more than any other administration within its short term, as over seven million young Nigerians have been empowered, supported or educated using the YouWin, SURE-P and Agropreneur programmes.

This revelation was made at the conference hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

It was the unveiling of the Youth Entrepreneurship Strategy, designed to aggregate all the programmes in a single window portal for the use of the beneficiaries.

President Goodluck Jonathan, at the launch, said that with the new strategy, his administration would be providing jobs to the tune of 2 million per annum.

He called on Nigerian youths to key in to the entrepreneurship strategy which he said had been designed to turn Nigeria into a different country in the next ten years going by the process.

Taking a break from campaign tours across the country to attend to the needs of Nigerian youths, the President beat his chest that jobs are being provided already and he would like to do more.

Some of the past beneficiaries of the YouWin, SURE-P, Agropreneurs and the graduate internship programmes, who are already employers of labour, also validated the President’s claims as they shared their testimonies.

The CEO of Anabel Group, Nicholas Okoye, who has been part of waging the war against unemployment, reeled out startling statistics of what the Jonathan administration job creation programme had achieved so far.

He also created the portal that would enable more Nigerian youths  benefit from the various programmes.

It is believed that the new portal would eliminate the complains associated with all the job creation programmes.

He enjoined Nigerian youths to join the single window to access all Federal Government empowerment and entrepreneurship programmes.