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New King of Delta Region – New Hope For Nigerian Youngsters

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After the crowning of the oil-rich but poor Niger Delta region’s dashing monarch, several young Nigerians have taken an interest again in royalty, tradition, and heritage.

The Itsekiri people of the Iwere Kingdom in Delta state anointed a new monarch, Ogiame Atuwatse III, in front of thousands of spectators and dignitaries from across the world.

A new generation has been inspired by the prince’s progressive approach, and his address was a highlight of the event for those who have long bemoaned the failings of leadership in the country.

“We must move beyond oil and gas,” he said in a wide-ranging address. With 86 per cent of Nigeria’s entire export earnings coming from oil, Nigeria is the continent’s largest oil producer.

This region of Nigeria’s Niger Delta has had to contend with militants, oil spills, and pollution produced by the region’s energy giants.

As he remarked, “We must go beyond oil and gas to focus our attention on initiatives that will result in increased value for everyone.” Because of the progressive promises and claims, some of the richest Forex traders in Nigeria, think that the country’s currency will become less volatile and be more demanded in the marketplace. In addition to that, a lot of people are hoping that when the new Olu of Warri takes office, things will get moving to rewrite the history of the region.

“It’s been either pollution or insecurity in the Niger Delta, and I think this is a tipping point,” Oritsema Jemide told CNN.

He also promised to empower women so they could play a more active part in their society.

“We will guarantee that women of all ages, young and old, are recognized and appreciated, not merely verbally, but also in actual cultural practice. Our ladies will no longer be invisible, I tell them.”

Tara Fela Durotoye, an Itsekiri businesswoman, attended the coronation event. She said to the journalists: “Many people began to dance as he arrived. Someone exclaimed… I believe Nigerians are searching for something new and fresh. His age, his exposure, his education, and the lineage make him a perfect example of all of that and more”.

“As a monarch, he brought so much to the throne: a futuristic monarch who knows technology, who understands the importance of women. Being a part of it gave me hope,” as Durotoye said to CNN,

Itsekiri’s ancestral house, Ode-Itsekiri, hosted a celebration honouring the Olu of Warri.

A large number of people watched local broadcasts and congregated at watching centres to see history unfold across the country and the diaspora.

Her father, a historian, made sure his children were well-versed in their culture, according to Durotoye.

At 10, she attended the coronation of her father, the current Olu of Warri. “To be able to participate in and witness another coronation in my life as a 44-year-old woman and mother of three was an honour,” she stated.

During the intermission, the Olu of Warri entertained the crowd by singing Christian praise hymns. The king was criticized by some for not embracing his ancestors’ beliefs.

Olu Erejuwa II is supposed to have cursed Nigeria with his grandpa Olu Erejuwa II’s blood.

“When it comes to spirituality, I feel that the spiritual and physical are intimately intertwined. I reverse the curse in my capacity as spiritual, cultural, political, and traditional monarch of this land,’ he said.

To individuals in the diaspora who desire to strengthen their links to Itsekiri culture, the new age gives optimism that a supportive atmosphere will be established for those who want to do so.

Because she’s been playing with the notion of spending more time establishing a foundation and setting down roots, she adds, “I feel like this coronation is very meaningful for me.”

This new monarch, who I believe has a vision for the kingdom that will provide an enabling atmosphere for those ambitions, is really crucial.

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via dipo.olowookere@businesspost.ng

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Ellah Lakes, Enugu Government Seal Rice Processing Deal

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By Dipo Olowookere

A Nigerian agribusiness company, Ellah Lakes Plc, has sealed an agreement with the Enugu State government for the processing of rice aimed to improve food security in the state and the nation at large.

The chief executive of the firm, Mr Chuka Mordi, described the deal as “a significant landmark for the company in fulfilling our strategic objective of diversifying our portfolio and production base.”

Ellah Lakes said in a statement that with the partnership, it will transform the Ada Rice Company and Plantation in Adani, Uzo-Uwani LGA, into a Staple Crop Processing Zone (SCPZ) in Enugu State.

This is expected to create not less than 5,000 jobs over the next 24 months as the company will have the opportunity to establish a feed mill and ethanol processing plant on the site in Adani.

Business Post reports that Adani community is well-known for the cultivation and production of rice but due to poor infrastructure and support of the government, it has suffered low patronage.

This partnership between the Enugu State government and Ellah Lakes should change the narrative for good and boost local production of rice.

In the statement issued on Wednesday by Ellah Lakes, a company listed on the trading platform of the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited, work is scheduled to begin immediately in Adani.

“Ellah Lakes is happy to announce that it has entered into an agreement with the Enugu State Government, through the Enugu State Technical Committee on Privatisation and Commercialisation, for the expansion and further development of the Ada Rice Company and plantation in Adani, Uzo-Uwani LGA, into a Staple Crop Processing Zone (SCPZ) in Enugu State, Nigeria.

“Ellah Lakes will produce and process rice with the participation of over 200 indigenous farmers in the local out-grower program. Ellah Lakes will also develop a feed mill and ethanol processing plant on the site in Adani.

“The development is expected to create a minimum of 5,000 jobs over the next 24 months, and work is scheduled to begin immediately,” a part of the statement disclosed.

“This is a significant landmark for the company in fulfilling our strategic objective of diversifying our portfolio and production base, and we are very excited to be working with the Enugu State Government.

“We are very pleased with this collaboration with the very progressive government of Enugu State. For us, this is the beginning of a great journey to expand the industrial base of the state, and we look forward to a mutually beneficial, valuable and fruitful venture,” Mr Mordi was quoted as saying.

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Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers Rewards Customers

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Ahead of the festive season, Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers, Nigeria’s largest Pension Fund Administrator (PFA), has unveiled the Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers Loyalty Program tagged Umatter.

It is a reward scheme targeted at the customers of the PFA, to reward them for their loyalty and patronage through exclusive discounts as they shop with their e-loyalty card.

The loyalty program is available at the PFA’s partner merchants’ locations and stores across the nation. It is aimed at providing Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers’ customers with exciting shopping discounts to help them spend less and save more when they shop.

Some of the participating merchant outlets are Maybrands, Café Royale, Hubmart Stores, Chocolate Royal, La Campagne Tropicana, Physio Centers of Africa, Medplus, iStore, Oriki, Launderland and Active Leisure.  The discounts range from 5 to 12 per cent on products and services purchased.

Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers’ partnerships with these major outlets will enable customers to seamlessly enjoy instant discounts on their purchases during this festive period, thereby making life even more easy and affordable for customers who use the Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers e-loyalty card.

Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers will continue to initiate valuable programs like this that encourage people to continue saving for their retirement and building their financial future.

New and existing customers can be a part of this exciting loyalty program by visiting www.stanbicibtcpension.com or calling 01 271 6000.

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FG to Inject N381trn into Economy to Create Job, Tackle Poverty

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By Adedapo Adesanya

The federal government is partnering with the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) to inject N381 trillion into the economy to cushion the growing rate of poverty, job losses and economic degradation in Nigeria.

This was disclosed by the Director-General of the Fund, Mr Joseph Ari, during a media interaction with the Correspondent Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Jos.

Mr Ari said the federal government came up with a 5-year National Development Plan tied around the sum of money to be able to achieve this aim.

He said the plan will replace the initial Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (EGRP).

According to him: “The plan, which projects the creation of 21 million jobs, with 35 million Nigerians lifted out of poverty, affordable housing for Nigerians and an export-led economy among others, is expected to cost N381 trillion to implement and have six focal areas of economic growth and development, infrastructure, public administration, human capital development, social development and regional development.

“As the leading human capital development institution in Nigeria, we have commenced the process of repositioning our programmes and activities to effectively prepare the Nation’s workforce in line with our mandate of developing a pool of qualified Nigerians to man the public and private sectors of the national economy as we believe that for this plan to succeed, all Nigerians as individual citizens and as institutions must contribute their bit.

“You will recall that on the assumption of office in 2016, the economy was in recession leading to massive job losses and corresponding increases in poverty.

“Our initiatives then particularly the emphasis on skills intervention programmes was borne out of the need to drive the actualization of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (EGRP), which we achieved to an appreciable degree by training hundreds of thousands of Nigerians that are today gainfully employed or even employers of labour,” Mr Ari said.

He, however, lauded the media for a robust coverage of the Funds activities over the years, saying that the media has been critical in return of peace in the state.

“Beyond this, fora such as we are holding today have been critical to the return of peace in plateau state, thereby creating the necessary environment for our organisation to thrive especially within the last five years on account of your professionalism and determined efforts to rise above sensationalism, headline-grabbing and petty politics,” Mr Ari said.

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