September 2019
Nigeria Architect, Enterpreneur, Contractor and Film Maker, Arc. Chuky Ezenwa, the Chairman of GSS Group has continued in his housing and real estate campaign, stressing that the sector hold potential opportunities for young investors to building wealth and acquire an easy, smooth and productive investment that is stress free.

As an award winning Architect and real estate consultant, Arc. Chuky Ezenwa has Chaired the GSS Group with revolutionary ideas that has set incomparable trademarks and significant impacts in the sector. The strenght and capacity of the agency is defined in its international networks, recognition, mechanical equipments and contruction facilities.
According to the Chairman, during a brief chat with our correspondent, Arc. Chuky stressed on his dreams to build an agency that will continually provide mandated solutions to problems arising in areas of his intellectual ability to respond with positive ideas that will be satisfying to clients' requirements.

As a graduate of Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Awka, Chukwudi Ezenwa also used his leadership capacity and experience to provide professional engineering services and utility consultancy to build professionalism and sustain the standards in the sector.
Arc. Chukwudi is a well recognized young man, reknowned in the southeast region for his competence and efficient delivery of government and private contracts as wells as Security assurance through GSS. His agency presently brags with the pride of her abilities, especially in areas of architectural designs,  civil engineering, building construction and security services, with reputable records and commendable successes.

Arc. Chuky encourages young minds to be focused, committed and devoted to their dreams. He says there are no perfect career, persons or dreams, stressing that younger generations must work hard and never despair, because someday they could be described as perfect by others, even when they still crave for perfection. In his words, he says, "build yourself, develop your IQ and reach for the best".

Uche Nwosu, the candidate of Action Alliance (AA) in the last governorship election in Imo State, has advised the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to shelve their plan of heading to the Supreme Court in the wake of their loss at the election petition tribunal on Wednesday.
Nwosu, in his reaction to the judgment, said the ruling was unambiguous and that seeking a review at the Supreme Court would be effort in futility.
The five-member panel of the presidential election petition tribunal on Wednesday and in a unanimous decision dismissed the petition filed by Atiku and rules in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari.
Nwosu said the former vice president should not bother going to the apex court, as all the motions brought before the tribunal were dismissed.
The AA governorship candidate, who supported President Buhari in the February 23 presidential election, said what everybody should do now was to join hands with him to deliver dividends of democracy to Nigerians.
In a telephone interview, he said: “If l am to advice, l will say the PDP and its presidential candidate should not go to Supreme Court because there is a judgment you see and you just let go and support the president so that Nigeria will move forward.
“The best thing PDP would do is to allow President Buhari to continue undistracted so he can deliver the dividends of democracy to Nigerians.
“You can see clearly that the judgment has shown that President Buhari won the 2019 presidential election clearly.”
A former Cross River State Governor Donald Duke on Thursday denied ever owing the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) N537,334,360.77.
He said what he owed AMCON was N350 million which he claimed to have paid.
The former governor said some people used the news of his alleged debt to jest at him.
Duke said AMCON claimed that he owed an extra N137,334,360.77 and when he disputed this figure, it filed a suit against him to arm-twist him into paying the disputed sum.
AMCON, on August 8, sealed off Duke’s Ikoyi home and gained interim control of his bank accounts, after obtaining an order from a Federal High Court in Lagos.
But the presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in this year’s general election accused AMCON of merely making a “media circus” with the suit.
In a statement on Thursday, Duke said: “Recently, an obligation I had to AMCON has made the news. Whilst I do not understand the excitement this has generated, bearing in mind that debts far in excess of this have not received a whisper, clearly some people are having fun at my expense.
“Nevertheless, I think it appropriate now that the issue has been laid to rest, to state my side of the matter, considering the fervour the story generated.
“AMCON made a claim of N569 million against me, which I disputed. I guess to arm-twist me, they proceeded to court and created a media circus. Having done what I consider their worst, I insisted on what I believe is the correct amount. We have since agreed to this amount and the sum of N340 million has been paid.
“I hope this takes the air off the sail of those who made a mountain out of a molehill. There was nothing to be excited about, after all.”
On September 11, vacation judge Justice Nicholas Oweibo cleared Duke of the N537,334,360.77 debt after he paid N350 million as final settlement.
The court discharged its August 21 interim order which had permitted AMCON and the United Bank for Africa (UBA) to seize Duke’s properties and funds in his accounts.
Justice Nicholas Oweibo cleared the former governor, following the settlement terms filed and moved by AMCON’s legal team from Benson Reeds Legal Practitioners, Abuja.
“All orders in the case stand discharged,” the court said.
AMCON’s counsel, Mrs Juliet Benson, told the judge that Duke had fulfilled the terms of the out-of-court settlement and both parties agreed on the terms.
Nigeria Consul General in Johannesburg, Godwin Adama, says no Nigerian was arrested in the cause of evacuation of those voluntarily wish to leave South Africa following xenophobic attacks on them.
Adama said through telephone that no returnee was detained or refused to board flight on Wednesday by South African Authorities.
He said, though some had immigration problems, they were quickly fixed.
The consul general added that what happened was that many of the returnees missed the flights because of their uncoordinated attitudes.
He said the delay in the evacuation process was caused by misplacement of travel documents as required by South Africa immigration laws.
“Some will still tell you that they put their documents inside bags that had been checked into the plane; some even said that they had theirs stolen and all that.
“Then others have issues of expired passports,’’ he said.
Adama said the evacuation process was difficult, adding that the second batch flight had to be rescheduled to enable those who had issues with their documents resolve it.
“We did not transport anybody on Thursday.
“We are waiting to prepare properly because we lost some spaces in the aircraft on Wednesday due to the attitudes of some of our people.
“If you give instructions, they will not follow; calling them, they will not pick; even when they hear their names, they will not respond.
“So, because of documentation, a lot of people missed the flight but nobody was detained.
“Everybody that had issue with immigration was resolved and we ensured they all travelled.’’
Adama, however, admitted that there were obstacles in the process and that there were hitches at one point or the other, but that the mission solved every problem and everybody travelled.
The envoy explained that some of the returnees were interrogated by the immigration but the mission secured their release.
He said that there was a case of a woman, who wanted to travel with children that were not her own, adding that the case was treated as that of human trafficking.
“We equally resolved that too as the father of the children came to the airport for identification,’’ he said.
He said that mission was working to ensure that all seats in the expected aircraft were occupied and that the manifest would be ready before the plane comes again.
“We want to ensure that we have more than enough passengers as we do not want more seats to be empty.
“We are liaising with the South African authorities too; we are putting up a joint meeting with the host immigration service and other protocols.
“We are all on the same page before the next exercise.
“The next batch of passengers will not be Friday because we are not prepared for that but we want to finalise and send them the manifest.’’
He said that the mission had not given any time, but once it finish, it would intimate the airline within 24 hours.
House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs, yesterday advised the Federal government to recruit police officers from every local government of the country.
Nigeria has 774 local government areas, with several of these local councils, densely populated. She, however, currently has a paltry police workforce of less than 400,000.
Bello Kumo (APC-Gombe), Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs, at a briefing yesterday said a planned recruitment of 8,000 police officers as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari, was grossly inadequate, considering the population of Nigeria.
“The committee has found that even the 10,000 police officers earlier slated to be recruited, is not enough, yet, even that number, has been reduced to 8,000. But our advice as a House, is for the recruitment to be rationed according to the population of local governments”, he stated.
Kumo also decried the disagreement between the Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammed Maigari Dingyadi and the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, over who would supervise the recruitment, saying “there is a clash of egos and interests between the IG of Police, the Police Service Commission and the Minister of Police Affairs on who will carry out the directive of Mr. President to recruit 10,000 police officers”.
He noted that such a sensitive and very important assignment should not elicit “unnecessary clash of egos while people are dying in droves from attacks and killings.”
Recall that President Buhari had some time ago, directed the Inspector General of Police to recruit an additional 10,000 police officers to assist in tackling flashpoints across the country.
The Committee on Police Affairs is also expected to set up an enquiry on reasons for the delay in recruiting the officers.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has urged media practitioners to address the issue of fake news and provocative information.
Osinbajo, who made the call when he hosted media practitioners to a special appreciation dinner on Thursday in Abuja, also pledged improved engagement with them.
The vice president said the advent of social media had made the issue of fake news complex, noting that “fake news or provocative information can cause chaos, civil unrest, war or even death.”
“I think all of us in the media, social media, print, TV, all of us, should begin to do something serious about fake news before it begins to consume us, ” he said.
He called on media practitioners to be curious about fact-checking and do a simple but thorough investigation over any contentious issue for the public to know the truth.
Osinbajo said that the lies about President Muhammadu Buhari’s certificate went far and deep because no one bothered to unravel the truth early until it got to the court.
“Just take the allegation of Mr President’s certificate, for example, someone said Mr President did not have a certificate but Mr President said he sat for and obtained his West African School Certificate in 1961 at the Kastina College.
“The examination body then was Cambridge University, the same Cambridge University we know. I expect any media organisation to do a simple investigation to establish whether it is true or not.
“But nobody did it, and the matter went to court,” he said
He said that there was also a time a WAEC official was asked about the certificate on television and he said he was not the one that signed it.
“And the television said that the WAEC official denied Buhari’s certificate, which is false, completely false.
“It sounds funny because the WAEC official only knows about WAEC certificate, but this is a West African School Certificate by Cambridge University.
“But because nobody bothered to find out, the public believed the lies for so long.
“So with the increase of social media and anonymity every day the problems of the free media are becoming more and more complex and even more dangerous,” he said.
The vice president, who also solicited for greater support from the media, pledged to improve engagement with them.
He said that one of the books he co-authored as a law lecturer was Media Law in Nigeria.
“I am a believer in the freedom of the press, whether it a responsible press or irresponsible. I just believe in the freedom of the press.
“Every morning, I receive a summary from most of the newspapers, I also receive trending news from social media from my media assistant.
“Added to that, I also receive a special pack that contains latest news, cartoons or insult from the social media,” he said
He said that times, some of the cartoons or social media comment were very insulting and provocative but they never bothered him because of his belief in press freedom.
Reports that the dinner brought together the leadership of the National Assembly, governors, ministers, heads of government agencies and presidential aides.
The Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG) Train 7 Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) Contract would create over 40,000 direct jobs and provide employment for over 100,000 workers, it was learnt on Thursday.
Speaking at the signing of the Letter of Intent of the $10billion project in Abuja, the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Simbi Wabote, said the target job numbers are very exciting.
Wabote said the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, has the project as one of his focus areas to put an end to the drought of FID’s in the oil and gas industry in the last few years.
He said apart from job opportunities and accruable revenues from the project, Sylva also noted the additional tonnage of liquified petroleum gas (LPG) to be produced from Train-7 as a key benefit to reduce importation into the country.
Wabote said the minister “is also excited that Train-7 project attracts other upstream gas supply projects required to keep the LNG train busy. The project opens up other development opportunities for some gas fields in the shallow and deep offshore acreages such as HI, HA, HK, and Opoukunou-Tuomo fields.”
He said the minister has directed that any encumbrance related to the Train-7 project development must be addressed expeditiously by the ministry.
Wabote said the NLNG Train-7 will deliver 100per cent engineering of all non-cryogenic areas in-country.
He added that the total in-country engineering manhours is set at 55per cent which exceeds the minimum level stipulated in the NOGICD Act in line with our resolve to push beyond the boundary of limitations.
On fabrication, Wabote said that the Train-7 scope will bring many of our fab yards roaring back into life with over 70,000 tonnes of in-country fabrication covering condensate stabilisation units, tanks, pipe-racks, flare system, non-cryogenic vessels, and many other spools and fittings.
“Benefits extend to site civil works on roads, piling, and jetties, 100per cent local procurement of all LV and HV cables, non-cryogenic valves, protective paints and coatings, sacrificial anodes and many other direct procurement from our local manufacturing plants.
“Those in the service industry are not left out with the target to assemble over 70per cent of all non-cryogenic pumps and control valves in-country. Other spin-off opportunities include logistics, equipment leasing, insurance, hotels, office supplies, aviation, haulage, and many more.”
He said beyond the project, there is also huge scope for local businesses to build capabilities in the maintenance of LNG plants especially in the area of cryogenics.
“We expect full implementation of the agreed Nigerian Content levels as contained in the approved Nigerian Content Plan for Train-7 project covering engineering, fabrication, civil works, local procurement, project services, logistics, equipment leasing, insurance, hotels, office supplies, aviation, haulage, human capacity development, and jobs.
“We are indeed excited that the NLNG Train-7 Project will bring about great opportunities for the utilisation of local goods and services in addition to enhancing and developing new capacities and capabilities for the local supply chain,” Wabote.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the Federal Government has commenced the process of stashing clusters for small businesses in the 36 states of the federation and the FCT.
Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement in Abuja, said the vice president spoke on Thursday in Birnin Kebbi at the inauguration of the national Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Clinic, the 24th in the series.
Osinbajo said the gesture was in consolidation of the efforts of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in growing the MSMEs sector in Nigeria.
“One of the Next Level projects which we intend to do for MSMEs is what we call Shared Facilities for MSMEs.
” We plan to have 37 clusters across the nation; this will provide opportunity for MSMEs to walk into fully equipped clusters with specific facilities for end-to-end production of their products.
“So, the Federal Government has identified a minimum of one cluster per state and in Kebbi State we have the commercial fishing cluster to be commissioned in next year by over 9000 MSMEs to access daily.”
Speaking further on the resourcefulness of the Nigerian youth, the vice president said their talents and creativity were all that countries required achieving greatness.
He said that one of the things that emerged from just going around Kebbi State and all over the country was, the evidence that there was creativity, talent and so much enterprise and people were prepared to work hard.
“Young and old, people are making their contributions to the development of the economy and that is what makes countries great.
“It is the individual work of small businesses, young entrepreneurs that make counties great all over the world,” he said.
He urged all Federal Government regulatory agencies to see themselves first as facilitators of business and not obstacles, noting that they were not just revenue generating agencies.
At the Birnin Kebbi Central Market, where about 7,201 traders received the N10, 000 interest free loans under the TraderMoni scheme, Osinbajo assured them of the Federal Government’s continued support for petty traders.
According to him, the president wants each person who is working hard to have something for their trade.
A total of 21,703 beneficiaries have been impacted under the Marketmoni scheme in Kebbi State, while 47,041 beneficiaries have received various sums under TraderMoni scheme across the state.
During a courtesy visit to the palace of the Emir of Gwandu, Alhaji Bashar, Osinbajo urged the people to continue to coexist peacefully as surest way to prosperity.
In his remarks, Bashar thanked the vice president for his leadership style and consistent messages on peace and unity, adding that it was the panacea for a prosperous Nigeria.
“Nigeria is a great country but to achieve what we desire, all what we need is what the vice president said -to come together, forget about our religious difference seeing that we are all Nigerians.
“I love the way you managed the country when the president was away.
” I love how you go around the country trying to make peace,” the traditional ruler said.
Osinbajo also paid a visit to the family of Abubakar Bunza, a beneficiary of the N-Agro programme, one of the components of the Federal Government’s Social Investment Programmes.
Through his intervention, Bunza has tackled the problems of farming, poultry and livestock in communities around him.
Rivers State governor Nyesom Wike was yesterday berated for Congratulating President Muhammadu Buhari over his victory at the presidential election tribunal.
The PDP youths under the aegis of PDP South-South Youth Vanguard also took Wike to the cleaner for describing the panel set up by the PDP to resolve the Minority leadership crisis in the House of Representatives as the most corrupt in the history of the party.
The governor had on Wednesday congratulated President Buhari on the validation of his election by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, urging him to use his victory to work for all Nigerians, irrespective of their political leanings and also to work towards the unity of the country, as the country is divided.
Reacting to Wike’s position, PDP South South Youth Vanguard, in a statement by its National Chairman, James Efe Akpofure, said that the governor is bitting more than what he can chew.
He said that the governor is not bigger than the party, adding, “how can the leadership of PDP said that the party is heading to Supreme Court and Wike, a member of the party is Congratulating the President, who benefitted from a faulting judicial system that has been gag by the executive.
“Wike should know that he’s not more than the party and such should stop intimidating the PDP. If he thinks because he was the one that brought the National Chairman he can do whatever he likes, he should have a rethink.
“The party cannot take a position on issues and he’s taking a contrary position by Congratulating the President the whole world said he manipulated the election that brought him on board.”
The youths noted that for him to have come up with an issue that has already been done with, specifically, the issue of the PDP minority leadership in the House of Representatives, it shows that the governor does not have respect for the party.
The youth vanguard, however, called on the party leadership to assert its authority and put the governor where he rightly belongs.
They also called on the Wike to show respect for the party and stop dragging the name of the PDP in the mud.
The Federal Government TraderMoni programme is a compendium of several success stories and a few weeks back, the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP) marked their third year of creating amazing impact. While the evident impact of the government credit program for over two million petty traders seems to be the loudest of these stories, there are quite a number of underlying successes that ultimately led to the overall success of the first phase of the GEEP. 

The largest Social Investment Programme in the country was recently awarded as the most impactful Financial Inclusion program in Africa. GEEP commenced in 2016 and has empowered over 2 million micro-enterprises with collateral-free, interest-free loans to grow their businesses, making it the largest government-led microcredit program globally. The vast majority of these micro-enterprises are petty traders, merchants, enterprising youth, and agricultural workers in over 1600 clusters and markets across all 36 states of Nigeria, and the Federal Capital.

As enormous as the impact of the project has been on its millions of beneficiaries, there remains an unpublicized feat the program has achieved. GEEP is the only program of such magnitude that comes to mind as one 100% locally designed and implemented solutions. This is to say that every technology employed in the 4 distinct loan acquisition processes (Enumeration, Verification, Disbursement and Repayment) are all carried out by technology solutions fully designed and developed by core Nigerian tech start-ups. The success of this program is proof of the effectiveness of using local technology to drive widespread impact. 

With 7,102,016 lines of code written across all solutions and 16.6 terabytes of data and records for making informed decisions on the eligibility of all beneficiaries, GEEP is not just clearly more than an economic program but a technological feat that reveals the inert capacity of Nigerians to create local solutions to solve our most pressing issues. 

The enumeration records are collated through GDM Group enumerators on the field and a data collection solution software called Mobile Forms, a product of CrowdForce, a Nigerian company using mobile technology and the largest agent network to help businesses, banks, digital wallets, multinational organizations, NGOs and government agencies reach the underserved population in the emerging market.  Other digital data like facial capture, thumbprint capture, and security verification technologies were developed by RIBY another locally owned and operated company. RIBY is a leading digital platform for cooperatives and trade groups in Nigeria. 

Other local solutions deployed through the program are the Eyowo and Aku mobile wallet platforms used for disbursement of funds to over two million beneficiaries, the Bank of Industry Command Centre, the call center (EBIS) and repayment of loans via USSD recharge codes.   

Having an average age of 26.3 years and a staff number of 4,764, including field agents and ad-hoc staff, the Federal Government GEEP team is the youngest team of experts taking on such magnitude of project in Africa. 

Other significant numbers include 2,023,145 new mobile wallets, 2,202,399 Loans Disbursed, 53% of Beneficiaries are women and over 4,769,335 minutes of support calls in local languages.

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A thousand laughter cannot be compared to the engagements of entertainment and fun experienced on the 8th of September 2019, during the Drip City 1 year Anniversary event at the prestigious Sandralia Hotel in Abuja.

The Versatile entrepreneur Amen Rochas and most beautiful DJ Barbie were in attendance. Their attendance were well recognised as they partied with their friends and other guests.

There were a host of other Djs in attendance such as DJ Consequence, DJ whales, DJ crown,  DJ prince, hype men and others as well as star art Patoranking. The event was supported by Pepsi, Fayrouz, Travelbeta, Trace 963 among others.

The highlight of the event was the surprise fireworks that drove the crowd ballistic and in awe of excitement. There was so much to drink, good music, good laughter,  networking and lots of of pretty ladies in bikini.

A thousand laughter cannot be compared all we experienced at the Drip City 1 year Anniversary event.
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The 2019 "Pepper Dem" edition of Big Brother Naija Reality TV Show have been quite entertaining, controversial, intriguing and filled with several  surprise activities by  housemates, as they exhibit their talents and iconic attitudes. Most discussed and anticipated winner by fans of BB naija amongst other housemates is "Seyi", a Grandson of Former Nigeria President, Obafemi Awolowo.
His vibrant vigour, humorous humility, disciplined exposure and admirable assent has kept his fame flying across BB naija fans, subscribers and lovers of the popular African-Nigeria Reality TV Show. Thought to be a spoilt rich-Kid, considering the buoyant affluence and wealth of his Family, "Seyi" has shocked the world with his disciplined attitude, moral values, socialite principles and his intellectual disposition.

Seyi Awolowo is one amongst the few young Nigeria Enterpreneurs, who has focused majorly on creating a medium through which jobs, empowerment, trainings, opportunities and talent assist initiative are been provided for young Nigerians.

Seyi founded the @connectsng to improve the exposure of young talented Nigerians to prospective opportunities that has helped over thousands of youths in discovering and realizing their dreams. Seyi presently manages an initiative that has over 11,300 Nigerians who are subcribed to the platform.
The BB Naija Housemate has remained real, maintained his natural self and has engaged quite a mutual and loving understanding in his relationship with other housemates. The Pepper Dem Edition may be expecting alot from housemates, but fans are optimistic that Seyi may be a potential winner, with narratives on his magnificient and sensitive personality.

Fans have also noted that with Seyi Awolowo as the Winner of the 2019 BB Naija TV Show, his impact and devotion to youth empowerment and human capacity development would become more significant. Youths who have benefitted from his platform have made countless testimonies and appreciation to the platform for giving them the opportunities to realise their dreams.

Let join forces and support "Seyi". He shares in the dreams of every average Nigerian youth. He has prepared himself as the true icon of the Nigeria youths. Lets make him our winner today.
Abians have expreesed appreciation to Alex Ikwechegh Foundation for the Free Petrol and Free Kerosene they recieved as an extention of the benevolent and humanitarian gestures of Young Abia Philanthropist, Alex Ikwechegh who celebrated his birthday with Abians on the 24th of August, 2019.
Described as the Salt of the World, Alex Ikwechegh Foundation engaged in the distribution of Free Kerosene and Petrol to residents of Abia state in over 5filling stations across the state. The filling stations are, Easy-On Ngwa/East Road, Evaris Obohia, Tonimas Okigwe Road, Cozy Faulks Road and Bobby Umuoba Road.

Lots of people in Abia state benefited from the distribution which commenced at 9am to 1pm on the 24th of August. They thanked Alex Ikwechegh and wished him long life, prosperity and strength to continue in his impact activities to make life easy and better for Abians.
Alex Ikwechegh Foundation also visited orphanage homes, Prisons and Hospitals with donations of relief materials, food stuffs and drugs. Members of Alex Ikwechegh foundation have congratulated and felicitated with the Founder, Chief Alex Ifeanyi Ikwechegh, and wished him many more years of God's grace, Strenght and rsources to meet the needs of the downtrodden.
Over the years, the Alex Ikwechegh Foundation has remained undauntedly committed to  charity activities and humanitarian works especially for Abians. The foundation has maintained significant and impact track records, which includes the renovation of NEPA building, which was built by father in 1986, the foundation has also built schools, given out scholarships to over 200 students in Abia state and yet is commited to more impact a activities.

The people of Abia state have continued to enjoy the robust philanthropy of Chief Alex Ikwechegh, a great man, with a good heart and a modest personality.

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