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Bayelsa commissioner bags ambassadorial award, stresses importance of peace to development

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Yenagoa—The Bayelsa state Commissioner For Health, Dr. Pabara Newton Igwele has been awarded a Peace Ambassador by the InterFaith Mediation Centre (IMC), South-South Nigeria.

IMC is an organization working to promote trust and tolerance between Christian and Muslim communities, with a mission to create a peaceful society in Nigeria and beyond through non-violent and strategic engagement.

Mangrovepen.ng gathered that Igwele won the award in the category of responsive governance, advancing the cause of peace and dialogue promotions, engaging in non-violent resolution of conflict, advocating for a world of peaceful coexistence through community-based engagements, human capital development and empowerment.

The councillor representing Yenagoa Ward 1, Hon. Okai Nefegha, received the award on behalf of the commissioner at the Yenagoa City Council Hall, in Yenagoa.

Speaking after the award conferment, the health commissioner said peace and security remain the panacea for growth and development in Bayelsa state and Niger Delta region as a whole.

He dedicated the award to the Senator Douye Diri-led prosperity team and Bayelsans. He also appreciated organizers of the award for deeming him fit to be honoured.

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NDCMB begins training of 500 persons in GSM phone repair in Bayelsa

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Yenagoa—The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has kick-started the training of 500 persons in GSM Phone repair in Yenagoa, Bayelsa.

According to a statement on the Board’s official Facebook page, the training was initiated by the NCDMB Youth Empowerment Training Programme aimed at building the capacity of Nigerian Youths through sellable Skills Acquisition.

The statement further read, “The General Manager, Research Statistics & Development, NCDMB, Mr. Abdulmalik Halilu in his remark after giving an overview of the training programme urged Trainees to grab the opportunity created by the training to join the global trend of providing innovative solutions as Entrepreneurs.

“Mr Halilu informed Participants that the NCDMB worked with the Bayelsa State Government to design this 3 phase training programme for Bayelsans across the 8 Local Government Areas.

Some of the participants of the training

“Mr Halilu further congratulated all Trainees who made the list, on behalf of the Executive Secretary, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote (FNSE, FIPS) and wished them the best as they set on the journey of being empowered and becoming income earners in their own right.

“The Commissioner for Labour, Employment & Productivity, Bayelsa State, Mr Stanley Braboke, in his keynote address thanked the Board for partnering with the Bayelsa State Government in bringing this training to reality. He encouraged trainees to take the training seriously.”

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There is nothing like ancestral curse, Bayelsa-born innovator declares

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Abuja—Bayelsa-born innovator, Azibaola Robert has given his perspective on the much-debated issue of ancestral curses in Africa especially Nigeria.

He stated oftentimes Africans pre-occupy themselves with negative thoughts of their ancestors, as the cause of their misfortunes.

In a post on his official Facebook page, the entrepreneur averred that “ancestral curses only exist in Africa and in reality in our minds.

“The most heinous and brutal criminal acts, including slavery, genocide, sea piracy, were mostly carried out by the ancestors of the world’s richest, most powerful people and nations.

“If their ancestors left no curses that inhibit them from further domination of the world, yours too didn’t leave any for you that prescribes your progress.

“In this life, not everyone will succeed; unfortunately the thoughts and efforts wasted in the fighting of ancestral curses have pulled a lot of us irredeemably backward.
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Robert who is also the founder of Zeetin Engineering added that the inability of some individuals to succeed shouldn’t be attributed to curses from their ancestors

“Each individual has his/her course to run; ours’ different from our ancestors. Your ancestors have done theirs; it’s our duty to do ours.

“All we owe is a duty to be good and proud ancestors to our offsprings and the coming generations. Let’s let our ancestors be; there is no curse left behind for us by them.”

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I’m where I am today because of luck, says Tony Elumelu

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Abuja—The Chairman of Heirs Holdings, Mr. Tony Elumelu, has said that luck has brought him this far.

Vanguard reports that Elumelu made this known Via his Twitter page on Monday, while motivating his followers.

He also said luck is part of the cocktail one needs to be successful.

Elumelu wrote, “I am where I am today because of luck. Let me be clear: Luck is important, but it is not a substitute for hard work or labor. Luck is a part of the cocktail that you need for success.
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“There are two ingredients for luck-hard work and passion. The more work you put into something and the more passion you apply, the “luckier” you will find yourself. You have to work hard, and be passionate and committed about what you do, to be successful and make your own luck.

“Hardwork and passion are within your power and control, and you should apply them to earn your own luck and to help us foster a better and more prosperous world.”

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