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AKSG Partners Bank Of Industry In Training NG-CARES Enumeration Agents.



The Akwa Ibom State Government in collaboration with the Bank of Industry has organized A One Day training programme for State Enumeration Agents towards the support of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the state.

The event took place on Tuesday 2nd March, 2021 at Edinan Hostel, Uyo.

In his opening remarks, The Honorable Commissioner for Economic Development and Ibom Deep Seaport and Chairman, Akwa Ibom State COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (CARES) Steering Committee, Mr. Akan Okon, explained that the training exercise was to equip the Agents with the skills to identify and capture the MSMES that will benefit from the NG-CARES grants.

The Chairman who noted with dismay the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on MSMEs and the entire country’s economy, thanked the State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel for his relentless efforts in revamping the State’s economy.

According to him, the World Bank Programme has 3 Results Areas with different areas of concentrations.

“The Result Area 1 focuses on improvement in the livelihood of our people, that is, the poorest of the poor in our society.

Result Area 2 focuses on Agriculture with the view of improving food sufficiency and security, while Result Area 3 focuses on Small/Medium Enterprises which is the area of their concern “

Mr. Okon particularly appreciated Governor Emmanuel for providing everything that was needed for the success of the training and the Bank of Industry for their supports.

He encouraged the 150 Agents drawn from the 31 local government areas of the state to take the training programme serious, assuring them that the knowledge they have gained shall be useful to them at every point of their lives.

The Honorable Commissioner, Ministry of Trade and Investment, and member of the state Steering Committee for NG-CARES, Prince Ukpong Akpabio, while welcoming the Agents, maintained that,

” the training is expected to provide the field Agents/Enumerators the opportunity of learning the processes of identifying the affected MSMEs and capturing all the required data/GPS in the Bank of Industry platform”.

Prince Akpabio who was represented by the Permanent Secretary,  Ministry of Trade and Investment, Mr. Oliver Udoukpo, asserted that the training will ensure that the real and targeted MSMEs are properly captured to enjoy the grants.

He commended the World Bank and the Bank of Industry for the cooperation in putting up the training to enable the State participate in the programme.

On his part,  the Team Lead, Bank of Industry, Goodness Adewale, thanked the State Governor for creating an enabling environment for their Program to succeed and urged the enumerators to pay attention to their trainers so that they would be able to perform creditably well when they get to the field for the exercise.

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Yoruba Self-Determination Rally Begins In Ibadan



The Yoruba self-determination rally organised by the Ilana Omo Oodua is underway in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Hundreds of members of the group whose leader is an 86-year-old Emeritus Professor of History, Banji Akintoye, had initially scheduled the take-off of the rally for the ancient Mapo Hall but the heavy presence of armed policemen forced them to change the venue.

They are addressing people at Mapo Roundabout but they were not disturbed by the police in any way.

The agitators are armed with banners and Yoruba nation flags while leaders of the group addressing the people are saying Yoruba people are tired of staying with Nigeria.

One of the leaders of the group, Basorun Kunle Adesokan, said Yoruba were no longer part of Nigeria and the people want to be an independent nation.

He condemned the insecurity in Yorubaland, saying the people could no longer stand the injustice in Nigeria.

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