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APPEALS Project Creates 12,350 Jobs in Lagos




By Adedapo Adesanya

Lagos State Government has disclosed that its Agro-Processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) Project has created 12,350 jobs.

This was disclosed by the state’s Coordinator of APPEALS Project, Mrs Oluranti Sagoe-Oviebo, at the Project Coordinating Office in Oko-Oba, Agege, Lagos.

It was revealed that the programme has empowered 17,469 direct and indirect beneficiaries, which included farmers and SMs with improved technologies, physical inputs, job creation and infrastructural support, among others.

The Project has also contributed N333.9 million to Lagos State GDP by 924 farmers supported by the project in 2020 from the Production Output Survey validated by Lagos State Bureau of Statistics (LBS) which translates to 0.07 per cent.

Mrs Sagoe-Oviebo also disclosed that about N199 million worth of products in Aquaculture, Poultry and Rice have been sold by some women and youth since they receive grant support from Lagos APPEALS project, noting that 44.14 per cent of the 3,950 beneficiaries supported under the matching grants are females.

She said Lagos APPEALS Project, which focuses on three value chains – Aquaculture, Poultry and Rice, is directly contributing to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as THEMES Agenda of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration in Lagos State.

The State Project Coordinator, therefore, commended Governor Sanwo-Olu for supporting the project with necessary funds to improve farmers’ productivity in Lagos State.

She disclosed that the project through Lagos State government had trained its women and youth beneficiaries to develop business plans through capacity building and support People Living with Disabilities, adding that construction and rehabilitation of 13.16 km Farm Access Roads (FAR) in four locations across the State have commenced and advanced to more than 40 per cent implementation.

“The project has continued to promote productivity enhancement technologies and value addition through the demonstration of improved technologies. These have directly impacted the Project Development Objective. Most of these were confirmed through administrative data.

“The productivity of rice paddy in the State has increased from 2.0 MT to 3.5 MT / Ha. Tilapia has increased from 100 Kg/m3to 140 Kg / m3, and Broiler from 1.8 Kg/ bird per cycle (liveweight) to 2.35 Kg/ bird. The processed output and sales of products for the value chains follow the same trend.

“The Project has empowered 1,786 Women and Youths under the Project’s Women and Youth Empowerment Programme (WYEP) with Start-up grant support to 1,542 beneficiaries so far. It has also provided training support on Socio-Emotional Skills for agribusiness in collaboration with Gender Innovation Lab/World Bank for some selected beneficiaries of APPEALS project Women and Youths Empowerment Programme,” she said.

Mrs Sagoe-Oviebo also disclosed that “APPEALS Project has desilted various drainage channels that pose perennial flooding challenges to aquaculture farmers around Erunwen, Adamo, Igbe, Ijede, Omitoro, Parafa in Ikorodu and Ebute – Afuye, Epe and others. Over 200 farmers (direct beneficiaries) have been affected positively by increasing their fish production by over 50 per cent; while over 10,000 indirect beneficiaries have also been impacted owing to the mitigation of floods around their farms,”

Speaking on the objectives of the APPEALS Project, Mrs Sagoe-Oviebo said the project aims to enhance agricultural productivity of small and medium-scale farmers and improve value addition along priority value chains in the states.

“It is aimed at supporting farmers’ productivity and their linkage to markets, facilitating the consolidation of agricultural products and cottage processing, facilitating farmers and small and medium businesses’ clustering and connection to an infrastructure network and business services as well as providing Technical Assistance (TA) and institutional support to beneficiaries, federal and state governments in value chain development,” she said.

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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The Prospects for Tech Career in the Future



Tech Startups

By Otori Emmanuel

Technology’s capacity to foster growth and development is more apparent than ever. In that, the influence of technology cannot be overstated, from streamlining routine tasks to creating ground-breaking solutions. Technology has been extensively adopted throughout generations, and there is still an expectancy for it to meet future needs.

A growing demand for qualified technologists exists due to how prevalent technology has become. According to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, from 2021 to 2031, it is anticipated that overall employment in computer and information technology occupations would increase by 15%, substantially faster than the average for all occupations. This increase is anticipated to result in the creation of around 682,800 new jobs during the decade.

Many are putting in a lot of effort to maintain their position in the future and avoid becoming obsolete. This involves continuing personal training through online learning resources, giving back to the community, participating in tech forums, and attending conferences that expose one to the various facets of the tech industry.

Gap in the Industry

However, there is now competition across industries for these abilities as a result of the demand for tech skills. To keep the sector prospering, the technology skill gap caused by this competition needs to be closed. With the development of new technologies, workers’ contributions have been affected by the move toward machine learning, robotic engineering, artificial intelligence, cloud services, and decentralized operations.

The difference between what people can do and what employers expect them to be able to do is known as the skills gap. If an employee just knows how to program, yet a technology job role requires knowledge of both internet networking and a programming language, there is a skills gap. Due to this gap, businesses find it challenging to fill open positions. The employee can get better at this by developing the talent they lack.

Therefore, in order to supply services effectively, these new concepts must be acquired and mastered. Many tech professionals have been compelled to learn new ideas, hone their already-existing talents, and take on more difficult tasks to advance their careers because not all of them are knowledgeable in these new tech disciplines.

Tech industry benefits to Individuals

Due to the numerous benefits offered to employees, such as competitive pay, flexible work schedules, health insurance, skill development, paid parental leave, and job security, the tech industry is still enticing. Hence, many people have transitioned into IT from non-technical backgrounds.

Nowadays, many people do online training and obtain certifications to equip them with the knowledge they need to thrive in their employment. This is being done now to protect the future, even though it was rarely done in the past. Others have pursued their interests while working for tech companies without necessarily being “in IT”. The ease of entrance into the tech industry offers insight into how the industry is changing. Many IT experts are willing to work remotely from their homes.

Skills for the Future

Currently, hard skills and Soft skills are two basic skills essential to delivering maximum performance in the tech industry. Hard skills are frequently knowledge-based talents that are exclusive to particular professions, whereas soft skills are frequent and value-based skills that are not connected to particular employment.

Hard skills include, among others:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Machine Learning (ML)
  • Data science
  • Data analytics
  • Data visualisation
  • User Interface/Experience (UI/UX)
  • Software engineering
  • Cloud computing
  • Internet of things (IoT)
  • Cybersecurity
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Technical research and writing

Several Soft skills include;

  • Communication skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Team player skills
  • Mentorship skills
  • Work Ethic
  • Empathy
  • Networking skills etc.

Future skills are those abilities that empower people to solve tough problems when situations evolve yet in an organised manner. It comprises hard skills, soft skills, transferable skills and other innovative skills. These abilities are essential for the coordination of formal activities. Some are innate that need to be cultured, while others can be formed through a learning process. They include; Creativity, Decision making and good judgment, Digital literacy and Computational thinking, Cognitive thinking, Collaboration, Management, Cultural intelligence, Financial Intelligence, Emotional intelligence, Automation etc.

In addition to one’s primary training, these abilities are necessary for working in multi-functional teams. Not every skill must be mastered to succeed.

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Buhari Appoints Dembos as NTA Director-General



Salihu Abdulhamid Dembos

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Mr Salihu Abdulhamid Dembos has been appointed as the Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA).

Mr Dembos was appointed to the position by President Muhammadu Buhari, a statement issued on Wednesday by Mr Segun Adeyemi, the media aide to the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, disclosed.

Mr Adeyemi quoted his boss as saying that the appointment of the new DG is for a tenure of three years in the first instance.

Until his appointment, Mr Dembos was the Executive Director in charge of Marketing at the NTA.

His career as a media professional spans over 20 years. He has served as General Manager of two NTA stations, in Lokoja and Kano; and as the Zonal Director of NTA, Kaduna, among other appointments.

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Jaiz Bank Appoints Sirajo Salisu as New MD/CEO



Jaiz Bank Sirajo Salisu

By Aduragbemi Omiyale

The board of Jaiz Bank Plc has chosen Mr Sirajo Salisu as the new managing director/CEO of the financial institution. He is to replace Mr Hassan Usman, who is retiring from the company.

In a statement on Monday, the firm said the appointment of Mr Salisu takes effect from October 16. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), which regulates the country’s banking industry, approved the new MD/CEO selection.

In the statement, the management and board of Jaiz Bank expressed confidence that his appointment would further strengthen the bank and wished him success.

Before his appointment, Mr Salisu was the executive director in charge of Business Development for the Northern region. He is a certified risk manager (CRM), a fellow in the Institute of Credit Administration (FICA) and an honourary senior member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN).

The incoming MD/CEO has over 28 years of practical banking experience, with over a decade at the top management level. He started his banking career in 1992 with Inland Bank Plc as a Supervisor. He rose to Assistant General Manager with First Inland Bank Plc, where he held various managerial positions in Operations, Credit Administration and Business Development, including Regional Manager, FCT Abuja.

In 2009, he was appointed as the MD/CEO of Arab Gambian Islamic Bank (AGIB), a position he held till January 2015.

Mr Salisu joined Jaiz Bank in 2016 and served as the Regional Manager, South while supervising the Treasury Department of the bank. In 2018, he was appointed as the Chief Risk Officer of the company and later elevated to the position of Executive Director of the lender.

He has attended some management and Islamic banking courses within and outside Nigeria as a participant and/or a speaker. He is an alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School (SMP 33) and Madinah Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship (PALM 11), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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