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<strong>2022 STEP Trainees Undergo Leadership Class 101</strong>

2022 STEP Trainees Undergo Leadership Class 101

–By Gertrude Onyekachukwu-Uteh and Laura Ese Oghene: 2022 trainees enrolled in the Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) have lauded the Delta State Government’s for its job creation programme, describing it as the surest way out of poverty. They made the commendations during the first series of Personal Effectiveness and Leadership Development (PELD) workshop held for…

<strong>2022 YAGEP Beneficiaries in Cassava Production Receive</strong><strong> Orientation</strong>

2022 YAGEP Beneficiaries in Cassava Production Receive Orientation

-By Gertrude Onyekachukwu-Uteh: Beneficiaries of the Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP) enrolled into the 2022 cycle has received orientation with a call on them to use knowledge acquired to boost their farm enterprises. The Chief Job and Wealth Creation Officer, Prof Eric Eboh, made the call during…

<strong>I Now Fend </strong><strong>f</strong><strong>or Myself</strong><strong>, Says </strong><strong>STEPreneur</strong><strong> </strong><strong>Onome</strong>

I Now Fend for Myself, Says STEPreneur Onome

-Gertrude Onyekachukwu-Uteh and Laura Ese Oghene: Juliet Onome is the CEO of Judos Clothing, a beneficiary of Fashion Design and Tailoring in the Delta State Government’s Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) in the 2015/2016 cycle.  She hails from Okpe LGA and is a graduate of Botany, but was jobless for three years…

US Trains Nigeria on Capabilities to Investigate Chemical, Biological Weapons-Contaminated Crime Scenes

US Trains Nigeria on Capabilities to Investigate Chemical, Biological Weapons-Contaminated Crime Scenes

The United States Trains Nigeria on Enhancing Capabilities to Investigate Chemical and Biological Weapons-Contaminated Crime Scenes The United States conducted a training workshop in Abuja, Nigeria September 19-23, 2022, with partners from Nigerian domestic security services, law enforcement, and first responders, aimed…

<strong>YAGEP </strong><strong>Grew</strong><strong> My Business</strong><strong>,</strong><strong> Says </strong><strong>Muyiwa</strong>

YAGEP Grew My Business, Says Muyiwa

–By Ese Laura Oghene: Mebaghanje Muyiwa is the CEO of Finger Integrated Farm. She hails from Warri South Local Government Area. She studied Business Administration and enrolled into the Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP) in the 2019/2020 cycle as a Brown YAGEPreneur in Piggery. She shares her story. ‘’I was into pig farming for three years, but mybusiness was not growing…

75-year-old grandpa, 21 others arrested by NDLEA in clampdown on illicit drugs in 7 states

75-year-old grandpa, 21 others arrested by NDLEA in clampdown on illicit drugs in 7 states

A 75-year-old grandpa, Usman Bajama is among 22 suspects arrested in operations across seven states by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in the last one week during which over a million bottles/capsules of banned new psychoactive substance, Akuskura…

CAPACITY BUILDING: NSCDC PARTNERS IGBINEDION VERSITY ON TRAINING OF PERSONNEL

CAPACITY BUILDING: NSCDC PARTNERS IGBINEDION VERSITY ON TRAINING OF PERSONNEL

As part of efforts to improve the capacities of personnel for enhanced performance, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and Igbinedion University, Okada, have agreed on a partnership to provide strategic training, research needs and scholarship for its members. The…

Three retired IGs, ex-DIG lobby AGF, others, for PSC top job

Three retired IGs, ex-DIG lobby AGF, others, for PSC top job

*Police appeal judgment on constables recruitment after two years Three former Inspectors-General of Police and a retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police are currently lobbying to replace ex-IGP Musiliu Smith as the Chairman of the Police Service Commission. The former police chiefs, according…

Edo Cultural Association registers 140 Nigerians for NIN in Massachusett

Edo Cultural Association registers 140 Nigerians for NIN in Massachusett

Edo Cultural Association in Massachusett, United States, has successfully registered 140 Nigerians for the National Identity Number (NIN).An online newspaper, saharareporters in its report alleged that the organiser, had turned the exercise which ought to be free to a merchandise, charging the…

NDLEA seizes N194 bn worth cocaine in largest single bust  …Arrests 4 drug barons, another

NDLEA seizes N194 bn worth cocaine in largest single bust …Arrests 4 drug barons, another

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have busted a major warehouse in a secluded estate in Ikorodu area of Lagos where 1.8 tonnes (1,855 kilogrammes) of cocaine with street value of $278,250,000 (approximately $278.3 million) or N194,775,000,000 (approximately N194.8…

<strong>Delta Job Creation Bureau Trains Staff on Performance Improvement</strong>

Delta Job Creation Bureau Trains Staff on Performance Improvement

–By Gertrude Onyekachukwu-Uteh: Senior Management Staff of the Delta State Job and Wealth Creation Bureau have been charged to deplore knowledge acquired during training to improve their performance in their duties. The Director-General of the Centre for Management Development (CMD, Abuja, Mr….

<strong>Car Wash Operators Urged To Ensure Security, Standard In Delta Capital Territory —Onyemaechi</strong>

Car Wash Operators Urged To Ensure Security, Standard In Delta Capital Territory —Onyemaechi

–By Albert OGRAKA: Director General (DG) Of Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency (DSCTDA), Hon. Joan Onyemaechi, has reiterated her call for security measures to be put in place by car wash operators in the Asaba capital Territory. The Director General made…

<strong>STEP</strong> <strong>Broadened My Knowledge </strong><strong>in</strong><strong> Electrical Works, Says </strong><strong>Eyaguobor</strong>

STEP Broadened My Knowledge in Electrical Works, Says Eyaguobor

–By Gertrude Onyekachukwu-Uteh and Laura Ese Laura Oghene: David Eyaguobor is the CEO of Daux Electrical Works & Parts. He enrolled and trained in Electrical Installation and Repairs in the 2017/2018 STEP cycle. He hails from Okpe LGA and is an SSCE holder. He is knowledgeable in electrical works having worked with…

ECOWAS Parliamentarians Express Concern Over Handling of Religious Matters in W/Africa

ECOWAS Parliamentarians Express Concern Over Handling of Religious Matters in W/Africa

Members of Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS) Parliament have expressed deep concern regarding the unequal treatment of religious matters in political decisions by government of various countries in West Africa. The Parliament therefore called on political and religious leaders from…

<strong>T</strong><strong>H</strong><strong>E</strong><strong> JOB AND WEALTH CREATION EVIDENCE </strong><strong>[</strong><strong>REVISED AN</strong><strong>D U</strong><strong>P</strong><strong>DATED</strong><strong>]</strong>

THE JOB AND WEALTH CREATION EVIDENCE [REVISED AND UPDATED]

Okowanomics Fact Sheet No. 6, September-A 2022 1.0  Introduction Okowanomics Scorecard Series is a semi-monthly [twice-a-month] bulletin of evidence-based “Fact Sheets” showing Governor Okowa’s spectacular achievements in the social, infrastructural and economic development of Delta State. The Scorecard Series is a “book of chronicles” of Governor…

<strong>YAGEP Has Helped to Grow My Business, Says </strong><strong>Nwabuokei</strong><strong>.</strong>

YAGEP Has Helped to Grow My Business, Says Nwabuokei.

–By Gertrude Onyekachukwu-Uteh and Laura Ese Oghene: Nwabuokei, Uche Festus is the CEO of Chubuokei Farms. He hails from Aniocha South Local Government. He studied Estate Management. He enrolled into the Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP) in the 2020/2021 cycle as a brown YAGEPreneur in fish production, but was supported in poultry…

<strong>Take Training Seriously, Eboh Charges STEP Trainees </strong>

Take Training Seriously, Eboh Charges STEP Trainees 

–By Gertrude Onyekachukwu-Uteh and Ese Laura Oghene: Beneficiaries of the Delta state Government’s Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Training (STEP) have been called upon to take their vocational training seriously in order to adequately equip themselves to practise their chosen vocational skills. The Chief Job and Wealth Creation Officer and Head of the Delta…

Okowa congratulates Bashorun Askia Ogieh at 60 

Okowa congratulates Bashorun Askia Ogieh at 60 

Delta Governor and Vice-Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has felicitated with the Managing Director of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC), Bashorun Askia Ogieh, as he celebrates 60th birth anniversary.  He said that Askia had had outstanding…

<strong>I Was Jobless till I Enrolled </strong><strong>i</strong><strong>n STEP</strong><strong>– Omokra </strong>

I Was Jobless till I Enrolled in STEP– Omokra 

–By Gertrude Onyekachukwu-Uteh and Laura Ese Oghene: Omamode Omokra trained in Decoration and Event Management in the 2018/2018 STEP cycle of the Delta State Government’s Skills training and Entrepreneurship Training (STEP). He has an OND in Banking and Finance. She hails from Ughelli South LGA and…

STEP Transformed Me from Liability to Provider, Says Efijemueh

STEP Transformed Me from Liability to Provider, Says Efijemueh

–By Gertrude Onyekachukwu-Uteh and Ese Laura Oghene: Rita Efijemueh, the CEO of Ritofex World, hails from Uvwie Local Government Area. Though a graduate of Mass Communication, she trained in Decoration and Event Management in the 2016/2017 cycle of Delta State Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Training (STEP), after seven years of unemployment. …

Breaking: Aniagwu Appointed PDP Presidential Campaign Spokesman Ahead 2023 Polls

Breaking: Aniagwu Appointed PDP Presidential Campaign Spokesman Ahead 2023 Polls

Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party Atiku Abubakar has appointed the Commissioner for Information in Delta State, Mr. Charles Aniagwu as one of his spokesmen for the 2023 presidential campaign A press statement signed by Atiku’s Media Adviser, Paul Ibe notes…

Crisis Disrupts Olomoro Community Quarter Election as Izogo Rejects Result, Demands Constitution Based-Election

Crisis Disrupts Olomoro Community Quarter Election as Izogo Rejects Result, Demands Constitution Based-Election

-By Michael J. Ekokoruwe: The election into the position of 1st vice president of Olomoro Community Development Union, zoned to Ukoli quarters in Olomoro Community, Isoko South local government area, has degenerated into crisis as Hon. Chief Alex Izogo, former councilor Olomoro…

Exhibit core tenets of journalism profession to engender egalitarian society -Asagba of Asaba tells NUJ

Exhibit core tenets of journalism profession to engender egalitarian society -Asagba of Asaba tells NUJ

The Asagba of Asaba, His Royal Majesty, Obi Prof. Chike Edozien, has advised media practitioners to continue to exhibit core tenets of the profession anchored on objectivity, fairness and balance in their reportage as it was the only way to engender an…

A BETTER BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT IS NOW IN PLACE [Part I]

A BETTER BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT IS NOW IN PLACE [Part I]

Okowanomics Fact Sheet No. 5, August-B 2022 1.0 INTRODUCTION Okowanomics Scorecard Series is a semi-monthly [twice-a-month] bulletin of evidence-based “Fact Sheets” showing Governor Okowa’s spectacular achievements in the social, infrastructural and economic development of Delta State. The Scorecard Series is a “book of chronicles” of Governor Okowa’s legacies and…

United States, Nigerian Military Officers Confer on Techniques for Protecting Civilians  

United States, Nigerian Military Officers Confer on Techniques for Protecting Civilians  

Experts from the U.S. Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS) worked with 14 officers from all three Nigerian military branches August 15-18 on issues involving human rights, the law of armed conflict, and the protection of civilians.  Through group discussions and…