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Sahara Group Reaffirms Commitment to Literacy, Skills Development

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Sahara Group Reaffirms Commitment to Literacy, Skills Development

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

The ability to read and write is not only a fundamental human right but in the 21st century, it is an essential tool for human survival. Like Darwin propounded in his theory of evolution by Natural Selection, species that fail to acquire the abilities [skills] and features for survival or competitiveness in an ever-evolving world will die – commonly referred to as survival of the fittest. Survival of the fittest refers to the ability of a species to survive and reproduce its kind.

Literacy, at the very least, in its most basic form, the ability to read and write – is a critical evolutionary feature for any human in the 21st century. It is becoming unthinkable that any human can make any significant impact or progress in the times that we live without the most basic form of education.

The International Literacy Day is a day set aside every year to remind world leaders and policymakers of the importance of education/literacy to the development of a people and the growth of a nation.

Globally, it is estimated that at least 750 million adults, including 102 million young people (15-24 years old), lack basic literacy skills. Further estimates show that six out of ten children and adolescents (617 million) are not achieving minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics. These are alarming statistics for the survival prospects of these millions of people. If they are to make it to the next generation, they must acquire these literacy skills for survival.

Literacy is the basis for lifelong learning and plays a crucial foundational role in the creation of sustainable, prosperous and peaceful societies. In addition, it equips people with the abilities/skills to make a living and develop key resources for their growth and development.

According to Bethel Obioma, Head, Corporate Communications, Sahara Group, the leading energy, and infrastructure conglomerate has invested in and supported various projects and programmes aimed at improving youth and child literacy across Sahara’s locations in Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

In 2014 and 2015, Sahara Foundation implemented a book drive aimed at improving the interest of children in reading. The intention was to build up an interest in the children to learn early the importance of life-long learning. Staff members also volunteered to read to children in those schools. “The sessions remain evergreen in the minds of the children, providing the foundation for a strong bond between Sahara and the beneficiaries. Helping people pursue and realize their dreams is a venture that Sahara is passionate about,” Obioma said.

In addition, undergraduates of the University of Lagos, through AIESEC Lagos were supported in their drive to equip other young students with the knowledge of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how it relates to their development.

Sahara Foundation’s support for the Vocational Centre in Surulere represents a sustainable platform for propagating skills acquisition and development. At the centre, young people are equipped with vocational skills in catering, hairdressing, photography, and ICT among others. Sahara’s core support for the centre was for the upgrade of the industrial kitchen to a modern one for the beneficiaries to acquire skills that they need to become self-sufficient catering entrepreneurs. Through our support for this centre, over 1000 young caterers have benefitted with more than half of them becoming gainfully employed or business owners.

In a bid to develop the skills of young people at scale, Sahara Foundation launched the Saharahub digital platform to empower millions of young people from around the world with the needed skills for improved lives.

This year, Sahara Foundation in partnership with Realizing Education for Development (READ) International are empowering 30 young men and women in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, with entrepreneurship skills and built their vocational capacities. The support to these beneficiaries includes startup capital, vocational training, business advisory and post-training support as well market access. In line with our Extrapreneurship framework, the goal is to ensure that the supported beneficiaries – all youths – are able to start and sustain successful businesses while empowering other young Tanzanians as their business grows.

Oluseyi Ojurongbe, Sahara Foundation said the energy giant would continue to seek avenues for promoting literacy and skills development.

“At Sahara, we believe that education essential to economic sufficiency. As such, we support education and execute literacy and education programmes. The subject of literacy (and skills development) is so important to us that from inception, Education and Capacity Building has been one of the four pillars of our Personal and Corporate Social Responsibility focus. We have and will continue to support the literacy and skills development of young people.”

Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. Her passion for journalism is amazing. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour.

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Reps Order IGP to Prosecute Dowen Student Killers

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Sylvester Oromoni dowen student

By Aduragbemi Omiyale

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Usman Alkali Baba, has been ordered by the House of Representatives to prosecute the killers of one Sylvester Oromoni, a student of Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos.

The death of the Dowen student has sparked reactions on social media for some days. This was triggered by the video of the painful dying moment of the boy released by his family.

Sylvester was allegedly beaten to death by five students of the school over his refusal to join a cult group, according to the family of the deceased.

The Lagos State Police Command had issued a statement over the weekend to say that the matter was being investigated.

But at the plenary on Tuesday, the green chamber of the National Assembly directed the police chief to take over the investigation and prosecution of the case with immediate effect.

The lawmakers also said the IGP must also investigate other similar killings and human rights abuses earlier reported in boarding schools across the country and see to the prosecution of the perpetrators.

Sylvester’s death, the rising cases of abuses and cult-related activities in boarding schools in the country, came up in the House under matters of public importance on Tuesday.

A member from Akwa Ibom State, Mr Idem Unyime, who moved the motion, urged his colleagues to strongly condemn such abuses, which he noted could ultimately destroy the future of young people.

“The victims of these abuses are our constituents. They are the people we represent here.

“We have to rise up to defend them and safeguard their future.

“Cases of bullying in the Nigerian boarding school system have been on the increase.

“The federal government should launch a national campaign against bullying and killings in boarding schools,” he stated.

In passing the resolution, the House also called on the Federal Ministry of Education to “set out proper guidelines on the operation of boarding schools in Nigeria.”

Members, who contributed to the motion, observed that the absence of proper guidelines had exposed the operation of the boarding school system to the discretion of the owners, particularly private operators.

The resolution was unanimously endorsed by members at the session, which was presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Mr Ahmed Idris Wase.

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How to Check WAEC Results 2021 Via Text Message

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By Adedapo Adesanya

On Monday, the West African Examination Council (WAEC) released the 2021 Secondary School Examination (SSCE) results with about 82 per cent achieving five credits in five subjects, including Mathematics and English Language.

This number came from a total of 1,560,261 candidates that sat for the exercise in five countries – The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, out of which 1,274,784 candidates achieved the benchmark grades.

According to the regional examination body, candidates can check their results via their mobile phones.

Candidates are to send an SMS as below:

WAEC*ExamNo*PIN*ExamYear to the short-code 32327 (MTN, Airtel & Glo subscribers)

For example – WAEC*4250101001*123456789012*2021

NB: Candidates are advised to follow the format listed above. This means there is no need for space in the message.

After sending the SMS, the result will be delivered via mobile phone at a cost of N30.

Alternatively, candidates can check their results via the WAEC portal.

They are to go through this format as stated by the examination body:

  1. Enter your 10-digit WAEC Examination Number.

(This is your 7-Digit centre number followed by your 3-digit candidate number eg. 4123456789)

  1. Enter the 4 digits of your Examination Year eg. 2021
  1. Select the Type of Examination
  1. Enter the e-PIN Voucher Number
  1. Enter the Personal Identification Number (PIN) on your e-PIN
  1. Click “Submit” and wait for the results window to come up.
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Torilo Launches Bizedge to Help SMEs Navigate Business Management

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By Adedapo Adesanya

Torilo Nigeria has launched its Bizedge platform to enable business owners to manage all their operations in one place.

The service will help personalise businesses by onboarding various operational tools that will help to simplify management for owners and teams, all in one place.

Speaking at the launch event, Bizedge Experience the Future of Work, Mr Oluwaseun Farinre said that following its passion for identifying tech talents through its Torilo Academy, the company was taking a step further to see how it can grow business for Nigeria’s booming population.

“Banking on resourcefulness, resilience, and creativity, we looked at how we can help businesses make better outputs and how we can aid entrepreneurs and ailing businesses in the country.

“This led to the creation of the Bizedge to eliminate the constraints in businesses.”

He expressed that the business will help identify some opportunities, cut down on modalities, identify gaps, and eliminate all constraints in human resources, finance, sales, management, and service provision.

“We didn’t just build this for building sake, we saw something and we tapped into it. What we are about to witness is a revolution in the business world.

“It is set to bring a different feel to your business. We are talking assets, payroll, people, and data management all in one.”

The Product Manager, Torilo Nigeria, Mr Aderinola Adebanjo, said the uniqueness of the Bizedge solution is the consolidation of all the applications towards solving problems in businesses in order to make them thrive.

Head of Human Resources, Torilo Nigeria, Mrs Gbemisola Asa said, Bizedge comprises a group of applications that seeks to simplify business processes.

“Although there are other applications to solve problems facing businesses in single phases, Bizedge brings all the applications together to enable business owners to resolve the challenges facing their businesses in the technology world.

“You don’t have to pay for multiple applications to get these features, you can get everything in Bizedge.

“Bizedge is here to make life easier for every professional out there. It helps bridge the gap of paper works. It will prevent businesses from liquidating because processes are one of the problems most startups have presently and this solution will manage these processes and reduce work stress,” she explained.

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