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Jobs for 500,000! Presidency Commences Recruitment

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced the take-off of provision of Jobs to 500,000 unemployed graduates, who would be assured jobs from the N500 billion social investment programme of the government.

Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo

Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo

Alongside it’s drive to provide jobs to unemployed graduates, the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, will also today launch Nigeria’s first national home-grown school feeding programme. Application portal opens in two days (June 12). The official statement from the Office of the Acting President, signed by his media aide, Mr. Laolu Akande, said the Buhari Presidency would start taking applications via online for positions in the 500,000 direct teacher jobs scheme through an internet portal, named npower.gov.ng. It stated that applications were expected to start coming in on June 12, as the portal would formally be launched on Saturday, June 11.

The official statement detailing how the process of securing a job through the scheme reads:

“It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari in his May 29 Democracy Day broadcast to the nation, formally launched the unprecedented social investment programmes already provided for under the 2016 Appropriation by the administration.

“The 500,000 Teacher Corps, nicknamed ‘N-Power Teach’ on the portal, is one of the three direct job creation and training schemes Nigerians can start applying for from Sunday, June 12.

“Others are N-Power Knowledge which will train 25,000 Nigerians in the area of technology, and N-Power Build, which trains another 75,000 in the areas of building services, construction, utilities, hospitality, catering, automotive vocations, aluminium and gas services. All trainees would be paid for the duration of their training.

“The N-Power Teacher Corps initiative, which will engage and train 500,000 young unemployed graduates, is a paid volunteer programme of a two-year duration.

“Unemployed Nigerians selected and trained will play teaching, instructional, and advisory roles in primary and secondary schools, agricultural extension systems across the country, public health and community education-covering civic and adult education. N23,000 to be paid as salary monthly

“Beside their monthly take home pay estimated at about N23,000, the selected 500,000 graduates will also get computer devices that will contain information necessary for their specific engagement, as well as information for their continuous training and development. They get to keep the devices, even after exiting from the programme.

“According to the plan of the Buhari administration, the N-Power Teacher Corps programme is an invaluable opportunity for young Nigerians to make immense economic and social contributions to the nation, while developing their skills. It will also help to address the problems of inadequate teachers in public schools.

“Also, persons enlisted under the scheme will gain work experience and acquire key competencies through academic and non-academic capacity building programmes intended to improve their competitiveness in the workplace. Their devices will come loaded with knowledge-oriented applications and software that will enable them acquire the skills and capacity.

“Under the N-Power Knowledge scheme, there are three aspects: Creative, Technology Software and Hardware. These three sub-divisions will train 25,000 young Nigerians in all.

“5,000 of them would be trained in Animation, Graphic Design, Post-Production, Script-Writing, all under the sub-division of N-Power Knowledge-creative category.

“The N-Power Knowledge scheme also has a technology category in two aspects: hardware and software. 10,000 Nigerians would be trained, and equipped in the area of software development, including web designer, and another 10,000 in hardware expertise, including repair, maintenance and assemblage of mobile phones, tablets, computers and other devices.

“Also, the N-Power Build category was designed, realizing that the presence of a well-trained and highly skilled youth population in any economy has direct impact on entrepreneurship/wealth creation, which in turn leads to a decline in unemployment.

“N-Power Build is, therefore, an accelerated training and certification (skills to job/enterprise) programme that will engage and train 75,000 young, unemployed Nigerians to build a new crop of skilled and highly competent workforce of technicians, artisans and service professionals.”

School feeding programme for launch today

The school feeding programme, which is expected to ensure the feeding of over 24 million primary school children, would have each of the children given one meal per day in the first year of its operation. The scheme is part of the N500 billion social investment plans of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Presidency, even as both the federal and state governments are expected to review the strategic plan for the scheme. The event is billed to hold at the Old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Some dignitaries expected to be in attendance include governors of Borno, Oyo, Osun, Enugu and Kaduna states, and other government representatives and stakeholders from 36 states of the federation and developmental partners. Plan to run till 2020

According to a statement from the Office of the Acting President, the strategic plans will run until 2020 and forms the cornerstone of the nationwide Home Grown School Feeding programme. The statement added that “the Federal Government is working with key technical partners to capitalize upon global experience and adopt best practices.”One such partner is the UK’s Imperial College, London’s Partnership for Child Development, PCD, which is providing technical assistance to the Presidency. The scheme is to help pupils become better students, and also boost the local economies, and create new jobs along the way. Beside the strategic plan, Osinbajo would also launch the “Global School Feeding Sourcebook: Lessons from 14 countries,” a joint Partnership for Child Development, the World Bank and World Food Programme analysis of national school feeding programmes from across the globe.

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Patience Ozokwor Marks 45 Years In Entertainment Industry

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Patience Ozokwor, the Nollywood actress who has become a household name as Mama G, is celebrating a phenomenal achievement! For a whopping 45 years, she’s been gracing our screens and captivating audiences with her performances.

To share this exciting news and express her joy, Patience took to Instagram. In a heartfelt video, she reached out to her fans and friends, thanking God for her successful career and inviting them to join the festivities.

She wrote,

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. My journey in entertainment started with sold-out school plays way back in secondary school and teacher’s training college. It’s time to celebrate this phenomenal journey, my people because God has indeed been faithful. Countdown begins now.”

Patience Ozokwor also offered a glimpse into the very beginnings of her remarkable journey in the entertainment industry. Patience’s passion for acting wasn’t something that developed later in life; it seems the stage was where she was destined to shine. It all began with a school play during her secondary school days.

The play was a runaway success, selling out all the available seats!

This early taste of applause and appreciation for her talent likely fueled her passion for acting. The fire continued to burn brightly even during her teacher training college years. Then another school play received the same enthusiastic response. Patience’s ability to hold the audience’s attention and captivate them with her acting prowess was evident from a very young age.

Patience’s announcement was met with an outpouring of love and support. Her fans, colleagues from the industry, and even close friends all rushed to celebrate her incredible achievement.

Messages of congratulations flooded in, expressing their admiration for her long and successful career. The love wasn’t just verbal; many offered their support to ensure her 45th-anniversary celebration would be a truly unforgettable event.

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Lagos To Begin Demolition Of Oshodi Market Extensions On July 30

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On Monday, an official from the Lagos government announced plans to make changes to Oshodi Market. The general manager in charge of building regulations, Mr. Gbolahan Oki, said they will begin removing unauthorised structures from the market by July 30th. This means any shops or buildings that were added on illegally will be taken down.

He said,

“The Lagos State Building Control Agency, in conjunction with the Oshodi-Isolo Local Government Council Authority, has embarked on the sensitization of property owners, residents, shop owners, and market women and men on the removal of illegal structures, extensions built on road setbacks, shops, buildings, and public school premises around the Oshodi-Isolo LCDA.”

Mr. Oki also mentioned that there is a deadline to receive compensation for any structures that will be removed. This deadline is set for July 30th.

He said,

“The expiration period that we are looking at is July 30, and the action we are taking is to remove all the attachments. As you can see, some buildings are right on the road, and it is because of these attachments. Some believe that the attachment is part of the building.”

He added that even though making changes might seem easy to imagine, it can actually be very hard to do in real life.

“If we want change, it is going to affect us, and we are going to have that change at all costs. All these extensions are on work, which should not be. People selling on the road is unnecessary, and that is what we are trying to put in place; it is not a tribal issue. We must all comply with the rules and regulations.”

Mr. Oki encouraged shop owners at the market to take advantage of a special 2-month period.

During this time, they can get approval for their shops from the Lagos State government. Governor Babatunde Sanwo-Olu set the deadline.

“The reason we are here is to enforce; the directive of the governor is very clear; there is no attachment. Nothing should disrupt the flow of movement, which is very important, and that we stand on.”

The Executive Chairman of Oshodi-Isolo Local Government, Kehinde Oloyede, stated that accessibility is essential in every market.

He said,

“For market women to maximise whatever they are selling, they need access to the road. The state government believes that good access to roads would better help them in the performance of their duty, particularly agencies like the fire service.”

Oloyede explained that the local government is working together with LASBCA (Lagos State Building Control Agency). They decided to show leniency to the traders by allowing them to continue their business activities. This is until the festive period is over.

He added,

“The local government is partnering with LASBCA to the end that we have been given grace that after the festive sale ends in July, the state will intervene. However, before then, the local government would see to it that most of these extensions and attachments were removed. Those that fail to comply, then the Lagos State Government will take charge and do what they deem fit.”

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Uzor Arukwe Says Actors Need To Learn To Accept Criticism

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In a recent interview with Top Charts Africa on May 27, 2024, Nollywood actor Uzor Arukwe opened up about the importance of criticism.

He emphasised that criticism, rather than being something to shy away from, is actually a valuable tool for self-improvement. Arukwe believes that constructive criticism can help us learn and grow as individuals.

I love criticism and feedback because it helps you to become a better actor. You can’t be an actor if you’re not open to criticism,” he said.

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