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Bayelsa govt empowers 366 SDGs trainees, appeals to FG on counterpart funds



Yenagoa—Bayelsa State Government has presented start-up packs and empowerment items to 366 pioneer trainees under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) programme.

The Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri speaking during the graduation ceremony in Yenagoa, commended the beneficiaries for the successful completion of their training.

He noted that the training was designed to make the trainees prosperous in line with the agenda of his administration.

Participants of the SDGs training

A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, quoted the governor as saying his administration places priority on human capital development, ensuring that his administration will do all within available resources to sustain similar empowerment programmes.

While he said the state was eager to move away from the tag of a civil service state to one with skilled individuals and entrepreneurs, the governor charged beneficiaries to put the skills acquired into profitable use, stressing that the days of insisting on white-collar jobs were over.

Diri also charged graduates not just to be self-reliant but to be employers of labour to affect those around them and the economy of the state.

He further appealed to the federal government to release its counterpart funds to enable the state government to train and empower more people to be self-reliant.

His words: “We flagged off this programme with 366 persons and today we are here with the same number of persons. Let me say congratulations to all the graduates. From the report available, you all performed well.

“This is a lifetime opportunity. We can build all the roads but if we do not build the human capacity, the success would not be complete. We want to move from a civil service state to one with people with skills and you are the ones setting the tone. Do not take this lightly as you have to affect people around you.

“Rather than waiting for the federal government, we decided to start with what we have. There can be no better investment in the youths than what we have done.

“I call on the youths to shun crime and criminality. Find yourself a skill. The days of white-collar jobs are over and there is a paradigm shift. You have shown the world that Bayelsa youths are not lazy.

“In addition to interventions like this, we are setting up technical colleges in the eight local government areas to provide opportunities for young people.

“Let me appeal to the federal government for our matching grant for 2021/2022 so we can train more people.”

In his remarks, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor and Focal Person on SDGs, Dr. Ebiware Wariowei, said the programme was put together in line with the government’s mantra of prosperity, describing it as a success.

He remarked that all trainees have been settled with their start-up packs and expressed optimism that they will impact positively on the economy of the state.

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  1. Akeem Adebanjo

    August 23, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    Good initiative! But I do hope the trainees were taught the basics of busniess management, and business planning. I also do hope that the starter packs will not end up being sold, as with other empowerment programmes.

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



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




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




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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