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The Ogun State Government has commended Promasidor Nigeria Limited for initiating a career guidance workshop for secondary school students, describing it as a laudable effort towards the development of education and youth empowerment in the country.

Speaking at the second edition of Promasidor Harness Your Dream programme, organised by the makers of Cowbell, Milk, Loya Milk, Onga, Top Tea and other quality brands, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Modupe Mujota called on other corporate organisations to emulate Promasidor since education and youth development are collective responsibilities of the government and the populace in line with public and private partnership policy.

The Commissioner, who was represented at the event, held at African Church Grammar School, Abeokuta, on Wednesday by the Ministry’s Director of Education Support Services, Mr Martins Akinsolu, remarked that most adolescents are ignorant of career choices. “It would not be an overstatement to state that the most bugging problem facing the adolescents of this country is the problem of unemployment and the major cause of this problem is wrong choice of career,” she lamented.

In a separate interview, Akinsolu described Promasidor Harness Your Dream as “the first of its kind in Ogun State”, adding that the Ministry would seek further support from the company to enable the over 450 secondary schools in the state benefit from the initiative.

The Principal of African Church Grammar School, Abeokuta, Mr Akinjide Johnson was particularly delighted that Promasidor Nigeria Limited had chosen to support the future of Nigerian youths rather than devote resources to sponsor programmes he described as “promoting frivolities.”

In his opening remarks, the Managing Director, Priomasidor Nigeria Limited, Mr. Anders Einarsson admonished the students to take full advantage of the workshop in order to achieve their dream goals. Einarsson, who was represented by the company’s Head of Legal/PR, Mr. Andrew Enahoro, described success as not just what is hoped and prayed for.

The Joint Universities Preliminary Examination Board (JUPEB) has accredited KolaDaisi University,(KDU-I) ,Ibadan, Oyo State Capital as an official centre for preliminary and advanced studies.

The University Head, Public Relations, Lasun Somoye made this known in a statement made available to Penpushing, explaining that the approval came following a positive rating and endorsement of the infrastructural and manpower profiles of KDU-I by the special JUPEB inspection team to the University.

The statement added that the inspection team led by the Board’s Registrar, Professor Duro Ajeyalemi, who was represented by his Head of Academic Affairs, Mrs. Agatha  Bosini, accompanied by the JUPEB Test Officer, Mrs Amucha Happiness and the Obafemi Awolowo University’s JUPEB Coordinator, Professor M.A Akanni gave nod for the takeoff of the programme

‘Consequently, KDU-I has therefore fixed next July as the take-off date of its School of Preliminary and Advanced Studies to groom remedial and direct level candidates for university admissions’,Somoye stated.

Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Security Management Academy, Ogun State Command is set to organized a training workshop for unemployed youths and other members of the public  on Electronic Waste Reutilization.

The College Media Officer, Wale Ajayi made this known to Penpushing, explaining that the workshop was part of measures against environmental insecurity, and to enlightened participants in preventing environmental disaster and other calamitous events.

‘The scheme is one amongst the major proactive measures towards preventing environmental disaster and other calamitous events that can seriously disrupt the functioning of a community or society and causes human, material and economic or environmental losses that exceed the community's or society's ability using it's own resources’ ,he said.

The Egbas in South-West of the country said it has concluded arrangements to engage youths in skill acquisition as a way to discourage them from clamour for white collar job, which has become herculean task to be gainfully employed.

The Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo made this known at a press conference on Monday in preparation for the 32 Lisabi Day Festival, adding that the one week training will involve hundreds of youths.

He said the venue is Centenary Hall, adding that the theme of the training is, ‘Promoting Youth Empowerment Through Agriculture and Skill Acquisition’, adding that it was no more news that government cannot provide enough employment for the unemployed youths in the society.

Gbadebo said, competent resource persons have been contacted to deliver lecture on the theme at the seminar, which is expected to kickstart on Monday, February 26, alongside other programmes of the ceremony

‘Government alone cannot employ all school leavers; we must go back to Awolowo era of Agriculture, when farming was a good source of employment. We shall train as many as possible. We shall teach them how to catch fish, and stop feeding them with fish’, Kabiyesi emphasized.

The royal father also spoke further, explaining the essence of the Lisabi Day, adding that, the celebration was aimed to celebrate all heroes and heroines of Egbaland, citing example of the Ransome-Kutis, Sodekes among others.

He also debunked insinuations that, the annual visit of Egbas to the Lisabi forest was to worship idols and perform rituals, stating that the visit, was rather meant to promote culture, and honoured the late Lisabi who was the progenitor

‘We are not going to rest celebrating Lisabi. We use Lisabi Day to celebrate all heroes and heroines, the likes of Rev Israel Ransome-Kuti, first student of Abeokuta Grammar School, Olufunmilayo Ransome-Kuti, who was the first woman to drive car in Nigeria and Sodeke among others. We don’t worship idols at Lisabi forest as being insinuated, but we go there to promote our culture’,he said

The Federal Government has renamed the Federal University, Ndufu-Ikwo in Ebonyi State after the late former Vice President, Dr Alex Ekwueme, who was number two citizen of Nigeria between 1979 and 1983

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who announced the renaming at Oko, Anambra State during the burial of  Ekwueme, said the renaming had already been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari, who had said the deceased was being honoured for his contributions to national development.

In his own speech, Governor David Umahi described the development as a welcome one and part of his administration’s educational policy, and commended the federal government for appreciating his educational policy and rewarding same by renaming a federal government university in the state “after a sage and former Vice President of Nigeria.”

Penpushing recalled that  Ekwueme who died late last year had ran for Presdent several times but was particularly credited with the idea of the creation of six geopolitical zones in Nigeria when he was a member of the National Constitutional Conference in 2005 during the regime of Sani Abacha.

He confronted Abacha with the formation of the G-34, when the late dictator tried to run as life president. G-34 metamorphosed into the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which took over power in 1999 when the present republic was inaugurated.

The late Ekwueme trained and qualified as an architect, a sociologist and a lawyer. He attended the prestigious Kings College, Lagos, before travelling abroad to pursue university education, and he founded the Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra State and set up a foundation that offered thousands of scholarships to people from the Old Aguata region.

The Ogun State Government is to earmark one million dollar seed capital to develop Technology Hub in support of Information and Communication Technology experts in the state.

Declaring open the first Technological Summit in the states, tagged Tech Summit Ogun, with the theme "Disruptive Innovation, Where are we?”Governor Ibikunle Amosun  Amosun said part of the fund would be used to bring to reality outstanding technological ideas of some of our gurus in the field.

This, according to him, is to boost digital literacy and technology entrepreneurship in the state, adding that, it will not only improve on the efficiency of government, but also impact positively on real-time feedback between the government and the people.

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